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Playlist 13.02.09

Stuart Bailie | 23:07 UK time, Sunday, 15 February 2009

benjamin.jpgI came away from the Unconvention event in Belfast with a clatter of CDs. My favourite so far is The Benjamins. They play songs that hurtle and aim towards a rhapsodical moment. I also like the way the players stop occasionally and then resume the music with much intent. With luck, I'll see them at the Speakeasy this Thursday, supporting the Panama Kings.

I'm still not sure about the live recording of 'Astral Weeks'. The title track is incontestably great, certainly when Van makes the confession, "I believe I've transcended myself," He makes it sound like a happy accident. But there are other times when the lyricism is strained and the voice doesn't soar with the authority he commanded back in 1968. Still, I'll give the record some time.

Playlist 13.02.09

BBC Radio Ulster, 92-95 FM
Online: www.bbc.co.uk/radioulster
Fridays, ten - midnight

The Detroit Spinners -Mighty Love (Rhino)
Ben Kweller - Things I Like To Do (ATO)
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks (live) (Listen To The Lion)
Josh Ritter - Snow Is Gone (Independent)
The Benjamins - Love Like Fire (demo)
The Handsome Family - Linger, Let Me Linger (Loose)
Jimmy Cliff - Synthetic World (Island)
Bishop Allen - Dimmer (Dead Oceans)
Everly Brothers - Love Is Strange (Rhino)
Hollow Kind - Down Under The Sea (Other City)
Bjork - Like Someone In Love (One Little Indian)
Bon Iver - Beach Baby (Jagjaguar)
Bell X1 - The Great Defector (ADA)

The Impressions - Keep On Pushing (Kent)
Van Morrison - Cyprus Avenue (live) (Listen To The Lion)
Beirut - On A Bayonet (Forte)
Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine (Pacific Jazz)
Amy Lavere - Tennessee Valentine (Archer)
The Magic Circles - Meet Me In Milan (Creeping Bent)
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime (Sire)
Kowalski - untitled (white)
The Miracles - Baby Don't You Go (Motown)
Chew Lips - Solo (Kitzune)
The Replacements - Talent Show (Reprise)
Carosel - Easy As It Flows (Reekus)
The Detroit Spinners -Are You Ready For Love (Rhino)

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