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Playlist 20.06.08

Stuart Bailie | 15:54 UK time, Sunday, 22 June 2008

Stevie and Jonathan from Cat Malojian were on the show on Friday, talking up their self-titled album, defending the banjo, bigging up Nick Drake and getting enthused about the Glasgowbury Festival, July 26. We've been playing their music for 18 months or more and it's a delight to know that they can sustain it over a full collection.

catmalojian200.jpgJonathan was raised on bluegrass music, but he seems to be in denial these days. Stevie keeps urging him to go back into that place, to unleash a full-on Earl Scruggs moment, but it may have to wait until album two. Instead, they hired a cottage in the Mournes, got their producer friend Mudd Wallace to fetch the microphones, and then recorded the sedate fun. Extra marks for the clarinet playing and while Stevie isn't a full-on fan of Harry Nilsson, he recognises a kinship in the halting voice and all that emotion, quietly stated.

You may have read plenty of enthusiastic reports about the Seattle act Fleet Foxes. We've been road-testing the songs for a month now and they hold out beautifully. Huge harmonies and awesome aspects.

PLAYLIST 20.06.08

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

Doris Duke - the Feeling Is Right (Kent)
Pete Molinari - Adelaine (Damn Good)
Fleet Foxes - Ragged Wood (Bella Union)
Cat Malojian - Couldn't Be Better (Bad Paw)
Nick Drake - From The Morning (Island)
Cat Malojian - Pettigoe (Bad Paw)
Paul Weller - Push It Along (Island)
Panama Kings - Young Blood (We Collect Records)
Weezer - Heart Songs (DGC)
Tom Rush - Sunshine Sunshine (Elektra)
Sigur Ros - Festival (EMI)

Ash - A Life Less Ordinary (Infectious)
Manu Chao - Politik Kills (Radio Bemba)
Fleet Foxes - He Doesn't Know Why (Bella Union)
Otis Clay - Piece Of My Heart (Ruf)
Republic Of Loose - The Steady Song (Loaded Dice)
Gene Vincent - Back Up Baby (Poppy Disc)
Sinful Psalm - Other Boy's Fathers (white)
My Bloody Valentine - I Only Said (Creation)
Port O' Brien - I Woke Up Today (City Slang)
Benny Green - Down By The Riverside (Blue Note)
The National - Mistaken For Strangers (Beggars Banquet)
Crystal Castles - Vanished (PIAS)
The Dramatics - Thank You For Your Love (Stax)


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