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Playlist 25.05.13

Stuart Bailie | 11:39 UK time, Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Music from Mali has consistently brought joy to the Monday playlists. That would include Salif Keita, the late Ali Farka Touré, plus Toumani Diabate, Tinariwen and Oumou Sangare. This resource is seemingly deep into their culture. All of the above radiate a love for the music and a threshold of greatness that travels well.

Then of course there's Amadou & Miriam. Like many, I became a fan in 2004 with their 'Dimanche a Bamako' album, a great pulsing temtimony to one of the top musical cities. The furthered the story with 'Welcome To Mali' in 2008 and then last year there was the more contentious 'Folila'. This found the duo working with a variety of western hipster names, with questionable results. But that won't stop me getting in a fever about their appearance in this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, May 9. Prepare for maximum delight.

The Dells - Thinkin About You (Universal)
Johnny Marr - Lockdown (Warner)
Palma Violets - Johnny Bagga Donuts (Rough Trade)
Little Green Cars - Harper Lee (Island)
The Strokes - All The Time (Rough Trade)
Indians - Lips Lips Lips (4ad)
Johnny Marr - Upstarts (Warner)
Chelsea Light Morning - Heavenmetal (Matador)
Caitlin Rose - Old Numbers (Names)
Amidships - Lost (white)
Michael Stipe, Courtney Love - Rio Grande (Anti)
Le Carousel -The Good Times (white)
The Only Ones - Another Girl, Another Planet (CBS)
Barbara Acklin - Just Ain't No Love (Brunswick)
Palma Violets - We Found Love (Rough Trade)
Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell - Invitation To The Blues (Nonesuch)
Ryan Vail - Fade (white)
Johnny Marr - New Town Velocity (Warner)
Ciaran Lavery - Love Will Tear Us Apart (white)
Amadou & Miriam - Cherie (Names)
Indians - La Femme (4ad)
Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell - Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch)
Marika Hackman - Retina Television (Dirty Hit)
Nick Cave - Higgs Boson Blues (Bad Seed)

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