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Adam Buxton Adam Buxton | 12:45 UK time, Tuesday, 4 May 2010



Thanks for all your questions for Jon Ronson and your song suggestions too, they were all very much appreciated. Congratulations to Azrael (that a Smurfs reference?) who was the first to correctly identify the film clip in last week's show as being Brad Pitt doing his very odd Cherman exint in Seven Years In Tibet. You win a cheer and a nude jig. I am dancing and cheering as I type.


This week my guest is, for one week only, NOT a white bloke around the same age as me! I'm delighted to say that instead the super talented singer/songwriter Emmy the Great will be joining me to talk rubbish and contribute songs to a tape of mellow music, which I'm thinking of naming Chill Cakes. If you have any questions for Emmy, tips for compiling mellow/chill out tapes or anything at all you wish to share do please contribute below. As ever I will read all your messages with interest and sing with joy and gratitude as I do.


Love Adam xx**oOoOoOo**xx


  • Comment number 1.

    Fantastic! Looking forward to the show (not that I wasn't looking forward to it already before this blog post...). I love Emmy's work and it will certainly be nice to hear what a feminine touch brings to the Mixtape.

    My favourite chill cake at the moment is The Postal Service's album "Give Up". Perfect for unwinding on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Mixes some nice generally upbeat electronica with the great vocal work of Ben Gibbard.


  • Comment number 2.

    Don't fret Buckeroo about you're run in with the Modfather, just remember next time, tell him that Steve Winwood/Pete Townsend/Steve Marriott would find it
    hilarious, then he'll bust a gut laughing.

    byeeee xx

  • Comment number 3.

    Are you a descendant of Alexander the Great?

  • Comment number 4.

    Question for Emmy the Great:
    I think your voice has a similar tone to Rickle Lee Jones and you have a similar 'oddness' to your tunes (which is a good thing!)....Are you influenced by or a fan of hers at all?

  • Comment number 5.

    Emmy, I think you're really great. I probably would call you 'Emmy the Great' even if you didn't. So my question really is would you like to come hang out some time because you're really pretty great.

    Failing that, what DVD boxset are you currently into? Your album makes references to 24 and Friends, I wonder if there's a new one in your life, of the life of someone close to you...

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Adam.

    So glad you have Emmy as a guest on the show. She's my all time favourite singer songwriter. Her ingenious story telling style lyrics never fail to make me smile. Anyway, on to questions.

    Obvious musician asking sort of questions:

    1. Will you be touring soon, if so, whereabouts will you be stopping off?
    2. Will there be any sort of special collaboration on the next album?

    Uberfan question: In the song 'Snow' you created a language to describe how bored you were and then speak some of the language, were you actually saying something there or just randomly making funny little noises for the fun of it?

    Other questioning:

    If you could own any pet what pet would that be?
    Do you collect anything?
    What is your favourite muppet movie?

    Okay, I think I'm done there. Hope the recording goes well. :)



  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Adam,

    Loving the show - particularly Louix and Jon rocking along with your formidable interview style. I do love the way you open the proceedings with the A&J agreed 'optimal interviewing method', but perhaps I could suggest an additional way of really getting to the crux of how someone thinks:

    "Nature" - does your pee smell different after eating asparagus?


    "Nurture" - did you parents ever play Chris Rea cassettes while you were growing up?

    Now that'll sort the men from the boys! (or maybe the Emmys from the Greats?)

  • Comment number 8.

    For the Chill Cake playlist:

    -Rebel Rebel by Seu Jorge

    -Sweet Child O' Mine by Taken by Trees

    -Superstar by Sonic Youth

    -Fake Plastic Trees (or) Exit Music(For a Film) by Radiohead.

    Byeeeeee! Love Will
    Seven big hugs, Three small kisses, one small hug and two big kisses no more no less.

  • Comment number 9.

    My fave chill cake is All I Need,by Air. Lovin' your work Dr.Buckles. Keep it up fella! :D xx

  • Comment number 10.

    Also, here's some chillcake suggestions.

    To start with you could use Crazy Tuesday or Idle Lover by thenewno2. The band's frontman is Dhani Harrison, son of the Beatle George, which is a fact I'm sure you can weave skilfully into your show.

    Reel Big Fish have some nice and chilled covers, my personal fave is their version of Oingo Boingo's We Close Our Eyes (from the tribute album Dead Band's Party), but they've also done Talkin' Bout Revolution, The Long Run and Won't Back Down.

    The Kaiser Chiefs have two good B-Sides from their Good Days Bad Days single, Acting Up and Addicted to Drugs - Appendix 1, the latter of which is a chilled version one of the songs from their third album.

    Jonathan Coulton did a remarkably chilled cover of Baby Got Back.

    Pike St./Park Slope and What You Live By by Harvey Danger are good, although they might be a little too chilled for you.

    My last suggestion is Strange News From Another Star by Blur. I hope even if you don't play these on the show you enjoy listening to them!
    Love you byeeeeeeeee

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Adam, loving the show.

    On The Beach - Neil Young. (you *have* to play that surely? But I'm sure you already thought of it, don't worry we'll say it was your idea man)

    Although I like Will having suggested a bit of Radiohead, I can't help but think those particular two aren't completely 'chill cakey'. 'How to disappear completely (and never be found again)' would be perfect; for a certain kind of mellow though perhaps... maybe not the kind you're after.

    (General suggestions):
    Across the universe - The Beatles.
    Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Charles Mingus.
    Porcelain - Moby.
    Naked as we came - Iron & Wine.
    + Perhaps you've already planned on playing some ambient, but you really can't go wrong with Eno.

  • Comment number 12.

    Oooh forgot about chill cake suggestions....Hmmmm.....

    How about Guinnevere or Woodenships by Crosby Stills and Nash.
    Man of the world - Fleetwood Mac
    Feel Flows, In My Room, or Warmth of the Sun - The Beach Boys
    Carpet Crawlers - Genesis
    The Only Living Boy in New York - Simon & Garfunkel (Very mellow!)
    Sunday Morning - Velvet Underground (nice and chilled for a Sunday morning/afternoon radio show!)
    Saturday Sun, Chime of the City Clock or River Man - Nick Drake
    After Hours - Rickie Lee Jones
    Slow Like Honey - Fiona Apple

    I think that's just about enough of that! I'm sure whatever you put on the tape, it will be great!

    @Will - I like that version of Sweet Child O'Mine, just listened to it on Spotify.

  • Comment number 13.

    Am I the only one who when he sees this farewell from Buckminster:


    in his head he hears Jimmy of the Saville making his 'throat noise..' *ugh..shivver...

  • Comment number 14.

    Marge, will you stop nicking my recommendations !?!? I was going to go with River Man & Only Living Boy In New York but I was going to suggest the EBTG version. Hadn't thought of the Rickie track but its a good choice. Anyway here are my chill cakes;

    Daylight Katy - Gordon Lightfoot
    Carolina - James Taylor
    '95 aka Make Things Right - Lemon Jelly
    Lets Be Natural - The Rutles
    Russian Hill - Jellyfish
    The Process - Saint Etienne

    I'll get in early next week, Marge and foil your evil plan!

  • Comment number 15.

    can i please make a suggestion of
    Goddamn your fingers by Choir of Young Believers
    Pretty much anything off their album "This is for the white in your eyes" is a chill Bill. (could be billed for a chill tape)
    another good one is Peace by myself by luke toms.
    I think they would be good additions to your chill cake comp.
    love you bye!!

  • Comment number 16.


    Some of my favourite chill-cubes are:

    Will Saul - "3000 AD"
    Broker/Dealer - "Midnight"
    Howie B - "To Kiss You" or "Limbo"
    Paul Kalkbrenner - "Azure"
    Luke Chable - "Melburn (Am-be-en-tea Mix)"
    Asche & Spencer - "Under the Stars" (from the "Monsters Ball" OST)
    Sasha - "Requiem"
    Jellyfish - "Russian Hill"
    Jean-Michel Jarre - "Ethnicolor II" or "Waiting for Cousteau"
    Redanka - "Waves (Bay of Islands Mix)"
    Leftfield - "El Cid" or "Rino's Prayer"
    Vangelis - "Heaven & Hell part 3" (theme from the tv series "Cosmos") or for that matter, the entire "Bladerunner" soundtrack, as already discussed with Julian Barratt!

    And I didn't even get to "The Orb" :-)

    Really enjoying "Big Mix Tape" and looking forward to this one.


  • Comment number 17.

    When I'm not baking chill cakes, stuffing them into envelopes and posting them across the country, I like to listen to these:

    1. Tracy by Mogwai (Young Team)
    2. First Day Of Sun by God Is An Astronaut (God Is An Astronaut)


  • Comment number 18.

    Chill cake ingredients:
    Tropical - FM Belfast
    Underwear- FM Belfast
    Too Much Talking- Chew Lips
    Osaka Loop Line- Discovery
    White Winter Hymnal- Fleet Foxes
    Little Bit- Lykke Li
    Marry Me - St. Vincent
    Family Tree- Tv On The Radio
    Feel It All Around - Washed Out

  • Comment number 19.

    I'm not sure whether you want upbeat chill (a la laid back hip hop) or kind of transcendental trance-inducing chill... i've only catered for the latter sadly. These are from my playlist entitled 'sittingnicetiredmood' for when you are sitting down in a nice tired mood.

    Seal Jubilee - Bat For Lashes
    Inarticulate Speech Of The Heart No1 - Van Morrison
    Cobwebs - Animal Collective (off of the water curses EP - think how trendy you'd look if you dropped this!)
    So Soft, So Pink - Wild Birds and Peacedrums
    Neighborhood #4 (7 kettles) - Arcade Fire
    Blessed To Be A Witness - Ben Harper
    Doubtful Comforts - Blue Roses
    Senza - Camille
    Coldplay - We Never Change
    Na Na Na - The Knife
    Val Jester - The National
    (and for a climactic end where you realise something deep)
    This Is The Sea - Mike Scott and The Waterboys
    (Go face the world my son!)

    Now, I know this looks like i'm showing off about my music taste, but it genuinely is that good.

    Now this is sprawling...

    But questions for Emmy The Great

    Are you actually as self-assured as your name suggests? Do you get musical jealousy?

    Picture this- you're having a hot beverage of some kind - what are you thinking?

    What's been your happiest accident?

    Emmy, thanks for waking me up calmly at Glasto 2008. My friend tried to hug me without permission the night before so I was pretty shook up.

    Harry x

  • Comment number 20.

    Dear Ms the Great,
    is the dead Ed in Edward is Dedward a very different Ed to the dead Ed in Ed is Dead (pixies) or a similar Ed (it couldn't be the same Ed could it)?

    Hope your time with Mr Buxton is pleasant.

    bye for now.

  • Comment number 21.

    A couple of my preferred chillout tunes:

    HAZE by FINGATHING: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65ww0bMNxkI


    INSOMNIAC OLYMPICS by BLOCKHEAD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCbbNOS8Cyw

  • Comment number 22.

    Absolutely loving the new show, btw - great guests (all of whom so far have been people I much admire) and amazing music every week - much as I loved the old A+J show it was obvious that a lot of the music was playlisted and wasn't your choice - it's SO much better in the new show. Well done to all involved!

  • Comment number 23.

    Brilliant show Buckminsterfullerene. Great to have you back at the weekends. I too was a fan of making compilations as a teen, often badly recorded over tapes I had lying around. Often fragments of German listening homework or something like that would pop up between the songs.

    Excited to hear Emmy the Great is your next guest. I had the pleasure of seeing her last week at the Barbican. She sang with an all female Mariachi band, including a woman with the biggest guitar I've ever seen (It was like a double bass round her neck). Fun night, but I was wondering if you could ask Emmy how she got involved? Not the most obvious connection to make between her music and Mexicanas trilling in spangly jackets?

  • Comment number 24.

    Hi Adam,

    Loving the show, and the guests so far. My favourite Chill Cake is often a hefty slice of Royksopp, particularly the track 'In Space' which I find has a warming hypnogogic effect. EXCITEMENT about Emmy's appearance! Should be a corker!

    Loves and stuffs.

    Vixon X

  • Comment number 25.

    Hi de hi, here’s my top 5 chill cake toppings:

    Saint Low– Morningless Dreamer (check this out if you like Madder Rose – it’s Mary Lorson’s other group – she is a chill cake in human singing form)…you could have ‘Car Song’ or ‘Waiting for Engines’ by Madder Rose too
    Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader (mmmmmmm, harmonies!)
    Cocteau Twins – Cico Buff
    Morrissey – Now My Heart Is Full
    The Sundays – I Feel

    I love seeing everyone’s suggestions, I just wish I had time to sit and look up all the songs I don’t already know. Does anyone else sometimes panic that there is so much music to listen to; you can’t ever really listen to any particular thing enough times. Sorry if that’s a depressing thought!

    That could be an Emmy question – are there any albums which you’d regard as your favourites but that you haven’t played for ages? (I haven't played half the things I just suggested for ages!)

  • Comment number 26.

    @Bolly Knickers
    I couldn't agree more, there will always be something out there that you haven't heard and probably never will that you would absolutely love! Oooh dear I've gone all "Woody Allen", better book an appointment with my analyst!

    Sorry I nicked your ideas sennas! It's almost as if I crept into your room at night and drew them out through your ear with a large syringe! ;)

  • Comment number 27.

    A cheer and a nude jig, now that's a special prize (you didn't happen to film it, did you?)

    Chill cake special ingredient:
    Lisa Hannigan & Gary Lightbody ~ Some Surprise.

  • Comment number 28.

    Re: the Lisa Hannigan / Gary Lightbody chillfest, that band is called The Cake Sale. (how fitting!)

    Forgot to mention it in my prevoius post.

  • Comment number 29.

    Here's another one: Lucifer Airlines by Electric Six.

  • Comment number 30.

    hello there!

    just thought i would share with you some of the chills out

    sister in love by envelops
    yeah yeah by matt & kim
    homicide by prairie cartel
    short skirt/ long jacket by cake
    councile estate by tricky
    hoilday by vampire weekend

    also a quick question: how many words have you mixed to form one big super word like- populion- when people cause polution?

  • Comment number 31.

    That's alright Marge, its good to know someone else shares the same taste. I wonder if we'll cross over on the next playlist?

    I also agree about all these tracks people are recommending. I will have to sit down and go through some of them but its difficult finding the time.
    Nice to see Stu Bell suggesting Russian Hill by Jellyfish too. They are the most underrated band ever in my humble opinion.

    Oh and I forgot "Cayman Islands" by Kings Of Convienence for this playlist too.

  • Comment number 32.

    @sennas_elbow - (Hi!) I agree they were fantastic, first saw them supporting INXS at Wembley Stadium, surprised they never made it bigger, I guess maybe a few years ahead of their time in how retro they were (if that makes any sense!!) Your comment was still being moderated when I wrote mine so it was nice to log in just now and see someone with similar good taste :)

    Can't believe I forgot to include on my list last night:
    Spooky - "Belong (Echo Space Dub)" / "No Return (Dorset Echo)"
    Pink Floyd - "Cluster One"
    David Holmes - "Tub Scene" (from the "Out of Sight" OST)

    Some great suggestions here folks - I'm inspired to spend some time checking these out and then doing my own chill-cakes mix!

  • Comment number 33.

    Questions for Emmy the Great:
    1) What does it take to be great?
    2) Do I have what it takes?
    3) What was the last thing you drew?

    I don't have any chill cake suggestions. That's your job! Don't try to make me do the flipping work.

    Yours fuzzily,

  • Comment number 34.

    A humble question for Emmy The Great (if I may, milady). Is your stage moniker a nickname bestowed by a rabid admirer/special friend, or are you just naturally very comfortable with yourself? Did you decide to forgo the 'The Greatest' because Muhammed Ali beat you to the punch?


    Chill cakes...goooooood...

    Global Communication - 14:31 (the time of it, but also the title. Crazy)
    Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Cursed Coin/Sometimes the father is the son
    This Mortal Coil - Song to the siren
    Geneva - Museum Mile
    Groove Armada - At The River
    Burt Bacharach - Any day now
    U2 - Promenade
    Simple Minds - Somebody Up There Likes You
    Blondie - Fade away and radiate
    Fleetwood Mac - Albatross
    Beethoven's 6th Symphony (aka 'Pastoral' don't you know)
    Vangelis - To The Unknown Man/Himalaya
    Wire - Outdoor miner
    Joni Mitchell - Carey
    The Bobster - Lay lady lay
    Shins - Phantom limb
    Jimi Hendrix - Wind cries Mary
    Beatles - Flying
    Zeppers - Tangerine
    Kraftwerk - Neon Lights
    VU - Sweet nuthin'
    King Crimson (or Waldeck version) - Talk to the wind
    Talking Heads - Heaven
    Jean michel jarre - Oxygene 1/2
    Brian Eno - Ascent/Prophecy Theme

    Chaining together all the above could result in super-chillage where coma may be a risk, but you'll feel pretty damn fine when you finally stir from hibernation.


    MrDebonair wrote:

    "Am I the only one who when he sees this farewell from Buckminster:


    in his head he hears Jimmy of the Saville making his 'throat noise..' *ugh..shivver..."

    Ahah, good call! Though I'm also going to hear that noise in my head whenever I see that emoticon array in future. Thanks.

  • Comment number 35.

    emmy the great is quite an arrogant name, I was thinking of other arrogant band names, his a few that made it to the final round:

    earth, wind and fire


    cage the elephant (quite optimistic and rude)

    black rebel motorcycle club - (if you call yourself rebellious, you're probably not)


  • Comment number 36.

    Hello Lady Emmy of Greatness and Count Buckules!

    When I'm trying to get to sleep I either listen to radio phone in shows or my Olivia Tremor Control dream mix CD. What do either of you two listen to in order to have a relaxing snooze?

    Benny the average

  • Comment number 37.

    No song recommendations, I'm afraid. Or questions for Emmy. But I do request that you actually bake a chill cake and serve it to Emmy the Great.

  • Comment number 38.

    Emmy is so pretty :)

    This has been my ultimate chill tune since I discovered it last year. Some guy went on holiday and filmed this video and washed out then made it his official video! Really sorry if I depress you about being stuck in England after watching this :((


    Can it be holiday time now please? Laura xxx

  • Comment number 39.

    Aw someone already suggested mine and the only other one I have is not playable on the beeb. But I suppose it's one to save for hometime. It's a masterpiece reworking of lil wayne's - lollipop. JJ - EcstaSy (with an S not a C!!)

    But that album (No. 2 is pretty chill!)

  • Comment number 40.

    Glide Time - The High Llamas (trust me it's chill time Burt Bacarach style!)

  • Comment number 41.

    I feel like a crazy knucklehead. I hadn't listened to any of the podcasts yet when I posted my questions for Jon Ronson last week. I didn't realize Adam was asking everyone the "Who are you? What do you do?" questionnaire. Sorry. I'm all caught up now.

    I think I'm too late, but I highly recommend The Blue Nile's album Hats for all chill-caking activities.

  • Comment number 42.

    Did you really almost have a baby? In what sense?

  • Comment number 43.

    I'm green with envy Stu Bell. I would have loved to see them live. And your retro comment makes perfect sense too. I know it seems a bit weird but I always thought they suffered because their drummer was also their lead singer. I think the business couldn't get their heads round that if that makes any sense. They should have been huge and if you pop over to the new thread about funny songs I'm mentioning them again.

  • Comment number 44.

    @Charlie, or perhaps a nice little bit of pie with 'Humble' written on it as a playful jest.



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