Dr Beat comes to The Kiosk
Coming to The Kiosk on Phantom 105.2 this weekend is the first in our new, monthly music makeover series, Dr Beat. Named after the Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine classic, we’re giving one Phantom listener per month the chance to revitalise their jaded record collection.
Our first ‘patient’ is Jo Gohmann, and she has received a special 18-track mix CD (tracklisting below), compiled by Team Kiosk’s ‘doctors’, Nadine O’Regan, Derek Byrne and myself, Johnnie Craig.
Jo will be on The Kiosk this Saturday to tell us how she got on with the CD and if we have managed to revolutionise her musical tastes – and she will also reveal her favourite track, thereby awarding one member of Team Kiosk with the coveted Doctor Beat crown for one month.
If you, or anyone you know, needs the Doctor Beat treatment, email us, email@example.com.
Jo Gohmann’s Doctor Beat Mix
1. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – A Teenager In Love
Hugely interesting New York band that single-handedly resurrected the British C86 (1986) scene, so fondly remembered by those of a certain vintage, for a new generation. This is pure indie-pop which would, in a perfect world, be on Top of the Pops week in, week out.
2. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
Yeasayer are one of many bands that have emerged from the music hotbed of Brooklyn NY in the last 5 years. This is the second single from their new album ‘Odd Blood’. Listen out for the sudden change in song by the backing vocals just towards the end of the track. Amazing stuff!
3. Joe Chester – Maybe This is Not Love
Taken from his second album The Tiny Pieces Left Behind, Maybe this is Not Love is a great example of what Dublin musician and producer Joe Chester does best – luscious multi-layered, soulful indie-pop. Chester was previously in the band Ten Speed Racer and now produces records for artists including The Coronas, Future Kings of Spain and Mundy.
4. Sol Seppy – Come Running
Formerly a member of alt-rock favourites Sparklehorse, this lovely track comes from Sol Seppy’s debut solo album The Bells of 1 2, which was released around 2006. She’s based in Britain and can be found at www.solseppy.com.
5. Aesop Rock — No Regrets
Not all hip-hop is about guns, bitches and bling. And Eminem is not the only white rapper doing the rounds. Aesop Rock has been working the underground hip-hop scene for over a decade. This is a track from his 2001 release ‘Labour Days’ telling the life story of Lucy – a girl who just wants to paint and draw.
6. Lupe Fiasco – Little Weapon (feat. Bishop G & Nikki Jean)
Taken from his album The Cool, yes, Lupe Fiasco is another rapper on the Dr Beat mix album. But give him a chance – this track is deadly!
7. The Soft Pack – Parasites
These are San Diego natives, from their self-titled debut album (released in January), the final track Parasites. A fantastic riff, for those dancefloor wig-out moments, it’s made up of only one chord, and yet works superbly thanks to the yelped vocals and bouncy bassline. The Soft Pack were formerly known as The Muslims…
8. A Place to Bury Strangers – To Fix the Gash in Your Head
A track from their self-titled 2008 album, this New York trio who have raised the ghost of the Jesus and Mary Chain with their incredible guitar effects. Front man Oliver Ackermann creates his own effects pedals too – amazing live but no less astonishing on record.
9. Shearwater – Century Eyes
From their 2008 album Rook, this is an excellent band from Austin, Texas, led by ex-Okkervil River member and ornithologist Jonathan Meiburg. A short, sharp but devastatingly brilliant song here. Their new album, The Golden Archipelago has just been released.
10. Grizzly Bear — Two Weeks
This one runs the risk of being too recognizable – Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear featured in several Best Of polls in 2009 — but it’s a great track nonetheless. Check out this lovely fan made video to the song:
11. Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You into the Dark
A 4-piece alt-rock band from Washington State, this rather breathy, yet rocky track is from their ‘Plans’ album from 2005.
12. Colm Mac Con Iomaire – Emer’s Dream
He’s best known for his work with The Frames and Swell Season, but Wexford artist Colm Mac Con Iomaire’s solo work is hugely well worth exploring. It’s traditional music, but with a contemporary feel – and every track on the album this is taken from – The Hare’s Corner – is gorgeous.
13 Richard Walters – Brittle Bones
Critics have said for a long time that Oxford-based musician Richard Walters deserves to be massive. Unfortunately it hasn’t happened for him, but that’s got nothing to do with the quality of his tunes. This is a typically lovely track, drawing on his plaintive, striking vocals.
14 Miike Snow – Animal
If you’re looking for cool electronica, look no further. One of us has been playing this artist to death on the airwaves for the past few months – this Swedish outfit look set for major things…
15 Two Door Cinema Club – What Do You Know
From the debut album by this amazing trio from Bangor, Northern Ireland. Ultra-catchy chorus, funky bassline and infectious guitar riff, designed to be loved and danced to.
16 Disconnect 4 – Eighteen
Taken from 2009’s Modern Love EP, Disconnect 4 are a young and very exciting Galway band, who have yet to release an album. On the evidence of the EP, expect them to be very big when they do… Find about more about them here:
17 Blur – No Distance Left to Run
A familiar name, but – perhaps? – an unfamiliar track (? – JC). This is an album track gem from a band and a man – Albarn — who have consistently delivered the goods.
18 Brendan Benson – You Make a Fool Out of Me
Permanently underrated songwriter, producer and sometime member of The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson has been making brilliant solo albums for the past decade. His 2009 album My Old, Familiar Friend, from which this beautiful song comes, was an absolute peach. He plays Vicar Street on March 2nd, a gig upgraded from The Button Factory due to phenomenal demand.