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Playlist 19.03.12

Stuart Bailie | 09:43 UK time, Friday, 23 March 2012

The Magnetic Fields have their fans and I'm generally happy to play their tracks. Stephin Merritt is the author of many fine ones, including the most excellent '69 Love Songs' set. Just ask Neil Hannon or the writer Daniel Handler - who guests occasionally on accordion. I did a phoner with the guy in 2006 around the time of the 'Showtunes' record, when we discussed the might of the ukulele and the emotive essence of Chinese Opera. He wasn't massively amenable, to be honest, and my questions were often met with seeming distaste. He was like Morrissey's scornful nephew. That tone is reprised on his new record, which musters up the synthesisers and casts a pallid eye on love's unreliable parade.
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Joey Ramone - What A Wonderful World (Sanctuary)
Wonder Villains - TV (No Dancing)
Alabama Shakes - Hold On (Rough Trade)
The Contours - Baby Hit And Run (Universal)
Jack White - Sixteen Saltlines (XL)
Pete Wylie - Sinful (10)
The Clash - Armagideon Time (CBS)
Howler - I Told You Once (Rough Trade)
Bruce Springsteen - We Take Care Of Our Own (Columbia)
The Magnetic Fields - I'd Go Anywhere With Hugh (Domino)
Dorothy Moore (Misty Blue)
Lost In The Trees - Red (Anti)
Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross (Island)
Bruce Springsteen - Tenth Avenue Freeze Out (Columbia)
M83 - Reunion (Naïve)
Kathleen Edwards - Chameleon / Comedian (Zoe)
Kris Kristofferson - Hemmingway's Whiskey (Music Road)
John Cale - Whaddya Mean By That (Domino)
Dexys - Nowhere Is Home (white)
Etta Baker - One Dime Blues (Tradition)
Paul Thomas Saunders - A Lunatic's Guide (IG)
Magnetic Fields - The Only Boy In Town (Domino)
Bruce Springsteen - Land Of Hope And Dreams (Columbia)
Josh T Pearson - Country Dumb (Mute)
Terry Allen - Old Friends (Music Road)

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