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Playlist 27.06.08

Stuart Bailie | 22:36 UK time, Sunday, 29 June 2008

Last Friday night, I played three tracks from a new album by The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock. They're a Dubln act that's making bold combinations with trad folk and American left field. For the sake of shorthand, let's say they're a bit Horslips and a smidgeon of Will Oldham. Which is naturally a momentous thing.

spook200.jpgThere's a mythology thing going on, with hares and warriors that recalls 'The Tain'. It's kind of fearless and pretentious in all the right ways, and the Nick Cave references are also quite apt. I own my discovery of the band to Jim Carroll's blog, which routinely divines good music and pokes at the Dublin establishment with a pointy stick.

The announcement that Ennio Morricone will be playing the opening night of the Belfast Festival at Queens (October 17, just shy of his 80th birthday) was a great incentive to dig out the Mission soundtrack.

There was a customary bit of blarney with Joe Lindsay at the end of the show. I'm winding down and he's revving up for his after midnight performance. We tend to burble, but the last few exchanges have found us talking about the attractions of the mature woman - Philomena Lynott, Emmylou Harris and even Emmylou's mother. It's curious enough, but then again, the conversations before this were getting a bit homo-erotic. We both have understanding wives, y'all.

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

Thin Lizzy - Rosalie (Vertigo)
Ry Cooder - Fernando Sez (Nonesuch)
The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock - In Country Dark (Transduction)
The Weakerthans - Tournament Of Hearts (Anti)
Teddy Thompson - In My Arms (Universal)
Nathan Abshire - Offshore Blues (Ace)
The Wolfmen - Jackie Says (Damaged Goods)
My Morning Jacket - Touch Me I'm Going To Scream (Rough Trade)
Dr Feelgood - She Does It Right Grand)
Willard Grant Conspiracy - The Pugilist (Loose)
Mulatu Astaqe - Yekermo Sew (Manteca)
The Wild Beasts - The Devil's Canyon (Domino)
The Prodigy - Ghost Town (Independents Day)

mission.jpgThe Neville Brothers- Yellow Moon (A&M)
The Wave Pictures - Just Like A Drummer (Moshi Moshi)
Teddy Thompson - One Of These Days (Universal)
The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock - Pimlico (Transduction)
Agnostic Mountain Choir - Stop That Thing (Ball The Jack)
Ry Cooder - 5000 Country Music Songs (Nonesuch)
Ennio Morricone - Gabriel's Oboe (Virgin)
Freedom And The Dream Penguin - The Duke Out On The Ocean (Well Maybe Next Year)
Shout Out Louds - Tonight I Have To Leave (Weekend)
Thin Lizzy - Are You Ready (Vertigo)
The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock - The Hare (Transduction)
The Allstars Collective - All About The Music (Specific)


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