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TRACKLISTING. SUNDAY 18/12/2011

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 01:00 UK time, Sunday, 18 December 2011

TR with Christmas compilation guests Glenn, Paul and Lynn

Christmas. That means the same old, overplayed songs on the radio then, yes? No! Here at Introducing we’ve come to save you from musical-Groundhog Day, with five superb additions to the genre that strikes equal amounts of fear and joy into the hearts of the nation every December.

“I’ve probably lost all my integrity”, sings Elliott Morris on his wry, spirited Festive offering, “but you can sing this when you decorate your tree”. You certainly can, as well as raise money for Barnardos while you’re at it. And you’d be foolish not to, given Elliot’s songwriting on ‘La La La La La (Christmas Song)’ is as funny as it is accomplished.

Like Elliott, our guests tonight were also hounders of cracking festive tunes as well as charitable donations. We spoke to Paul and Glenn, from the South-Shields band Hollywood & Vines, who orchestrated The Christmas Project in aid of Operation Christmas Child, and Lynn, the great mind behind For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas, raising money for the Integrated Cancer Centre.

From For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas we had The Leisure Society’s wonderfully droll ‘Christmas Mistakes’, which paints a familiar for many scene of civil war come the 25th: “the insults fly as cold mince pies rain down from up above / and long before the turkey thaws / we’re battered, bruised and slumped beneath the mistletoe”.

Paul and Glenn gave us ‘Christmas Nights’, their own band’s forage into Yuletide territory. Too many Christmas tunes smack of insincerity but that’s not a criticism you could aim at this song- it’s honest, heartfelt and moving. What more could you ask for?

On a similarly poignant theme, we heard The Narrows’ ‘Santa, Is That You Outside My Window?’, a soulful ballad featuring the classy use of seasonal bells, for once. And if you’ve often thought there should be more guitars that sound like chainsaws in Christmas songs, then Birmingham band Ace Bushy Striptease’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ should soundtrack the unwrapping of your presents next week.

But it’s not all about Santa’s big day here at Introducing- we’ve also got plenty more of the best underground tracks from across the world to offer you.

The impervious Luke Barwell (aka Black Dots) takes another step on his long and brilliant musical journey with ‘Diamonds In The Fields’, a song that channels Super Furry Animals via a cowbell driven groove. Meanwhile Lux Lisbon give us their thoughts on the ‘Bullingdon Club’, exactly the kind of politically-charged song you’d expect to come out of a year as turbulent as 2011.

Be sure to download both charity albums via the links above to give your Christmas playlist a much-needed revamp. Believe us, everyone will thank you for it!

Nico Franks, Intern
BBC 6 Music Introducing

MAYORS OF MIYAZAKI - Your Goose Is Cooked
http://mayorsofmiyazaki.bandcamp.com

ATHLETES IN PARIS - No Bridge, No Crossing Allowed
http:// athletesinparis.bandcamp.com

PNEY GIR - Outta Sight
http://soundcloud.com/pineygir

CHEMICAL SMILE - Everybody Loves You
http://chemicalsmile.bandcamp.com

KOTKI DWA - Lunch
http://kotkidwa.bandcamp.com

WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS - Human Error
http://wewerepromisedjetpacks.co.uk/

TRIPS AND FALLS - This is All Going to End Badly
http://soundcloud.com/songbytoad

CARPETFACE & AUDIBLE - Time To Get Out
http://carpetfaceaudible.bandcamp.com

INTERVIEW GUEST CHOICE 1
THE LEISURE SOCIETY - Christmas Mistakes
http://forfolkssake.bandcamp.com

INTERVIEW GUEST CHOICE 2
HOLLYWOOD & VINES - Christmas Nights
http://thechristmasproject.bandcamp.com

CREISION HUD - Satellite
http://soundcloud.com/creisionhud

BETHAN ELFYN TIP
STRAIGHT JACKET LEGENDS - Sofia
http://facebook.com/straightjacketlegends

ACE BUSHY STRIPTEASE - Nightmare Before Christmas
http://acebushystriptease.bandcamp.com

ELLIOTT MORRIS - La La La La La (Christmas Song)
http://facebook.com/elliottmorrisguitar

KUMI - Your Favorite Toy
http://soundcloud.com/kumi

LUX LISBON - Bullingdon Club
http://luxlisbon.com/track/bullingdon-club

DJ TARGET TIP
MARLEY - Reasons
http://soundcloud.com/marleygrimeartist

LÉONORE BOULANGER - Comme Ils Sont
http://soundcloud.com/sisyphe-favori/01-comme-ils-sont

MY PET SHADOW - High Places
http://mypetshadow.bandcamp.com/

AMIDSHIPS - The One
http://amidships.bandcamp.com

BAANEEX - Space Wagon
http://soundcloud.com/baaneexband

DRY THE RIVER - Weights & Measures
http://soundcloud.com/pluggedin/dry-the-river-weights-measures

D.D. - Something Special
www.soundcloud.com/ddmusic08

THE DIN - Sinner's Fingers
http://facebook.com/thedinuk

THE 53s - Old Cassette
http://soundcloud.com/the53s

BLACK DOTS - Diamonds In The Fields
http://soundcloud.com/blackdots

THE NARROWS - Santa, Is That You Outside My Window?
http://facebook.com/thenarrows

THE BILINDA BUTCHERS - Careless Teens
http://thebilindabutchers.bandcamp.com

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    BETHAN ELFYN TIP
    STRAIGHT JACKET LEGENDS - Sofia--- Can't stop singing this song. Its catchy and a breath of fresh air. Brilliant. They are also very good musicians and write their material.

 

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