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Playlist 18.04.11

Stuart Bailie | 08:50 UK time, Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Anthony Toner has a natty album out called 'The Light Below The Door'. The words are well chosen, the sound has broadened with the help of producer Clive Culbertson and the cover image is quality. No surprise that the photographer is Ken Haddock, who made such as great job of the Matt McGinn cover recently. Ken is like a Savile Row tailor in that he gives his subjects character, gravitas and definition.

Anthony is bold enough to write about local place names, a move that might sometimes sound contrived. But it works for Van, it's increasingly easy for Duke Special and on the track 'All Of The Above', Anthony puts the subject of his song in Bedford Street, Belfast, surrounded by the stylish, the superficial and the kind of people who blow kisses into mobile phones. How do you find meaningful emotions in such a place? That's the poser that the songwriter and his love-shy subject are unable to resolve.

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Mondays, ten - midnight

Elvis Costello - High Fidelity (Demon)
Rufus Thomas - Bear Cat (Sun)
Wake The President - Elaine (Electic Honey)
The Waterboys - The Whole of The Moon (demo) (EMI)
Ben Marwood - Singalong (Xtra Mile)
Lemonheads - Outdoor Type (Atlantic)
Eliza Carthy - A Letter (Hem Hem)
Culture - Behold (Virgin)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Anne With An E (PIAS)
Robbie Robertson - When The Night Was Young (Fontana)
Anthony Toner - All Of The Above (Dozens of Cousins)
Jason Isbelle - Never Could Believe (Lightning Rod)
Arctic Monkeys- Don't Sit Down (Domino)

Mott The Hoople - All The Way To Memphis (Columbia)
Booker T Jones - Representing Memphis (Anti)
Alex Clare - Too Close (Island)
Paul Kane - Dadstar (white)
Jason Isbelle - Codeine (Lightning Rod)
Anthony Toner - Still Unsigned (Dozens of Cousins)
Robert Randolph - Salvation (Warner)
Rolling Stones - 100 Years Ago (Polydor)
North Mississippi Allstars - Ain't No Grave (Songs of the South)
Noah And The Whale - Old Joy (Mercury)


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