From the Bottom of the Record Box

Richard and Tobin: Self confessed music addicts

The ultimate music discovery podcast for serious music lovers. Join your hosts Richard and Tobin every week for a show bursting with the best of new music, rock, blues, indie, pop, alternative, classic rock and roll, cover songs, electronica, singer-songwriter, listener recommendations and much more. Give your ears a treat on your commute to and

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Welcome to the finale of Season I of From the Bottom of the Record Box - The Music Discovery Podcast, with over 100 minutes of music and conversation. We've lined up an impressive triple bookend this week featuring Wolf City, Tenci and The Comet is Coming. Later on "That Jamie" joins us for the party as we sign off Season I in style. We also say a few "hellos" and "thank you's" to a host of musical glitterati. We'll be playing our favourite listener suggestion of Season I and once again Tobin utters his favourite two words … Harmony Byrne. Season II begins on October 10th where we'll have new features, more excellent music, more collaborations and a multitude of other exciting "stuff". It's what makes FTBOTRB your favourite go-to Music Discovery Podcast. So, we're all ears. Why not get in touch if you are a budding musician and you want to reach a global audience?

Jul 11

106 min

Sammy Brue has managed to pen another belter with Crash Test Kid and we've got a track on the show. Turn it up, it's no acoustic meander. The red/yellow splatter vinyl signed by the man himself is on the way to Record Box HQ. They're all gone now but you've still got time to grab the black vinyl release. Also coming from the US this week is Reigning Sounds' classic LP Home For Orphans. Again, we think you've missed the gorgeous blue vinyl release but you can still grab a black vinyl copy from Goner Records in Memphis. "That Jamie" returns this week with his now hotly anticipated Track Of The Month - he's plundering the wealth of French Pop tracks this month. Richard runs this track by a real life proper Frenchman! What then transpires leaves Jamie with his tail between his legs. Poor Jamie. However, Jamie returns next week as we close off Season I in style. And there is a Spoiler Alert - next week Jamie delivers two absolute bangers. Romero bring us this week's bookend slot in fine post-punk style. It's Tobin's bookend and the suggestion that there is a possible point-scoring scenario sends him into something of a spin. The ever-competitive Tobin showing that he constantly lives by his own catchphrase "if there's a chance to win, I'm in!"

Jul 4

45 min

Dullards bring a healthy amount of self-written, self-produced glam power pop to Richard's final solo bookend of Season I. George and Roger deliver funny, toe-tapping vibes with their insightful and inspiring Dullards. We play the double A-side single today and discuss the wider merits of this fantastic musical collaboration. What a way to kick off the show as we rapidly approach the end of Season I of From the Bottom of the Record Box. And Dullards are a perfect example of why we champion here at Record Box HQ as we help spread the word to the world. And talking of aspiring artists, we welcome Wesley Bennett to the show as we play a track off of his new 4-track EP - Middle Man. Wesley was kind enough to tell us a few words about himself so read on to find out a little more about this talent young man. Alternatively, you can find him on Bandcamp where you can purchase this essential new EP. Tobin brings back W.H. Lung and their latest single release. Does it show as much promise as their debut LP Incidental Music did last year? The lads certainly think so. And Caamp are back and Björk is back, proving that Tobin has indeed practically run out of steam. Does he listen to anyone else these days? Well, yes, he does, because he's also playing Water Liars in today's show. They prove to be a big hit with Richard. Join us next week as "That Jamie" returns for a 2 show run as we head rapidly toward the close of Season I - great listens coming very soon indeed.

Jun 27

48 min

Welcome to the show where we say "Hello" to Booty and The Beard and their latest release Strange Little Rocks. It's a cautionary tale of festival life. A tale of boy meets girl. Moreover a brilliant song, brilliantly crafted, from two brilliant musicians. Yeah, we think it's brilliant! And what's more, we want to share it with you, our listeners around the world. And it comes at a fitting moment as we rapidly approach the end of Season I of From the Bottom of the Record Box. With that said, we have so much more to pack in before the season ends. Next week Richard bookends with rising new talent which answers the question we've all been asking. What happened to all the experimental melodic glam rock power pop bands? Tobin brings us One Man and a Guitar and proves he's still wrapped up with CAAMP. But more about this week… Firstly, Tobin's bookend does little to inspire further trophy grabbing where bookend artistes are concerned. He brings Nathaniel Rateliff's new solo release to the fore and sparks furore in the camp. New Music, always a treat from Tobin yields the sexy, serious and delightfully produced tones of Sharada Shashidar. Losing himself for a moment, he wonders whether Richard's contemporary Japanese track is one of his own. Secondly, this Japanese artist spurns a bit of infighting as both Tobin and Richard scrap it out to obtain the rarest vinyl pressing of said record. Let's dive straight in and give these two idiots a listen.

Jun 20

46 min

Welcome to this week's show where Richard brings us The Midnight Pine and their keys heavy intro masterpiece Enough. Tobin thinks he's heard this before, alas, only a dream. We uncover some unlikely connections with other San Diego favourites Creature and the Woods. We play and listen to the sonorous vocal delivery of Shelbi Bennett. However, Enough of The Midnight Pine! Richard has the bookend this week and brings us the sadly now disbanded Broken Dog. Playing to Tobin's naturally critical streak, Broken Dog's ethereal and slightly breathy vocals prompt him to take Richard to task. It's a brilliant two-song set from Martine Roberts and Clive Painter in their previous guise of Broken Dog. More sabre-rattling to come as Richard is perplexed by Moscow Apartment's outdated website gallery. No up to date photos? Only photos of the duet as teens? The clouds thereon parted and Richard's epiphany unfurled before his very eyes. Not one to steal Tobin's thunder he gallantly steps aside so that Tobin can reveal all. It's New Music and it's straight out of Canada this week. Unexpectedly popular Blithe Field also make a deep impression on Richard much to Tobin's surprise. He tries to score a hat-trick with Audiodope and Absence of Gravity - does he pull it off? As always, it's all about the music on From the Bottom of the Record Box. However, Tobin delivers some important news this week about the future of the show. And exciting news it is indeed. It seems that Tobin, Richard and Jamie are only just beginning the rise of FTBOTRB. There are bigger, better things coming signalling a very bright future ahead. And as we stated it's always about the music here, but perhaps the biggest news on today's show is that Harmony Byrne's debut LP has finally dropped. We spin yet another track from off of it. Destined to become a riotous success, we get to know Harmony before she is untouchable. So, that's it, listen on for the usual combative conversation and great music.

Jun 13

43 min

Any Sunday Morning, Paris-based musician Sébastien, brings his simple, well-travelled music to today's show. Richard has been listening with glee to the LP White Rainbow and picks his favourite tune off of it as we explore Any Sunday Morning. More on this French musician later. Tobin has the bookend this week and brings back I Am Kloot with two excellent tracks. Sandwiched in amongst the show as well this week is "That Jamie" and his track of the month. Jamie describes the track as "divisive" - listen the boys arguing it out. Two out of three ain't bad Jamie! As I Am Kloot return to the show, so does the latest from Huw Costin aka Torn Sail. Following on the heels of his latest NuNorthern Soul release this reworking of A Beautiful Life is esoteric, subtle and dripping with the gloriously fluid vibes we've come to expect. Torn Sail are rapidly becoming a favourite here at Record Box HQ. They are an official FTBOTRB Recommendation and are essential listening. And staying in Nottinghamshire, UK, we bring Lawrence County to the show. Americana from deep in the UK. Who'd have thought it? Finishing off the show this week we have Tobin's New Music Shot and his field recordings masterpiece from Eluvium. Quite why Tobin likens Dead Pony – his New Music candidate – to Eurovision failures is anyone's guess, but he apologises, before he gets lynched by the band. His temptation from Eluvium, and the promise of a seven disc set sends Richard into interstellar overdrive. Bats? Who would have thought they make such good music???

Jun 6

64 min

The Last Waltz, arguably the most iconic performance in the history of Rock 'n' Roll, recreated in all its glory by Mrs Henry. Forty one years later and Mrs Henry took to the stage at the Belly Up, Solana Beach, San Diego. Not alone, a plethora of friends were just about to join them. What happened next is likely an as epic and defining moment as the original. A task of immeasurable complexity, Mrs Henry pull it off with panache, soul and above all – passion. We play two tracks of the beautifully presented vinyl presentation in today's show, which will no doubt leave you craving more. We've played Mrs Henry on the show previously and Dan Cervantes himself spoke with us about The Last Waltz. You can hear what he had to say here. We also have another live performance on the show this week as coincidence. The expertly performed Coffee from Tobin's favourites Sylvan Esso. Speaking of Tobin, he also jostles for position for the "ridiculous band name" crown with Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Waxing lyrical as he does, this is his latest instalment of his never-ending love affair with Australia and her music scene. Cue endless playing of Harmony Byrne's new LP. Tobin's New Music Shot this week expands on Richard's idea of new music that really is old music. He shines a light a new/re-release from the king of Sudanese Jazz, Sharhabil Ahmed. It is a riot of noise and a great introduction to Habibi Funk. Sticking with jazz in this week's show, Tobin also brings in a track from Chip Wickham. It's an odd and somewhat inappropriate title. Finishing off today's show is another live track pulled from The Last Waltz LP. This time featuring the quite beautiful and jealousy enduringly talented Tina White and Brittany Wallace.

May 30

57 min

Tyler Keith has a new LP floating around in the musical ether and we have managed to take a listen. And it's awesome, as is to be expected. Comes as it does from Memphis musician championing Black and Wyatt Records this new LP is something of a reminiscent revelation. One foot in the past and one foot in the future. Alongside The Toy Trucks it's up there with our favourite releases from this excellent Memphis label. Besides Tyler Keith, we have New Music from The Landing, news of Harmony Byrne's new LP and we go back to Philadelphia once again. Oh, and Tobin plays a Scottish bloke.

May 23

48 min

Sunglass Moustache have literally just released their groundbreaking debut LP. Complex yet simple listening at the same time. This band of, how can we put it, weirdos from Texas, supply the bookend this week. We say weirdos, but it is said with affection and respect for their music. It's music that goes wider than just aural appeal. It's art. Remember Alabaster Deplume? Yeah, well Peaches from Sunglass Moustache is a walk down a similar promenade. And with the accompanying short film, it's also a departure from that. Sounds like a riddle? Well that's because, ultimately, that's what Peaches from Sunglass Moustache is.

May 16

43 min

Roy Bulkin has resurfaced from his lost South African archive of the '70s. Back In My Buggy will have you reaching for your flares! It's a fun, sun soaked '70s carefree vibe from a bygone era. Capetown Sound are reviving Roy Bulkin's career here with plenty of his back catalogue. Richard is a fan, but Tobin is decidedly standoffish about this track. God rest Roy Bulkin, and let him posthumously rejoice in our appreciation. But that's not all this week, "that Jamie" returns with his always much anticipated Track Of The Month. And this week he's on more familiar shores for us English speakers. It's a curious idea, a band put together from already existing and successful musicians to celebrate the works of a poet. Robert Burns to be precise. It's about as far away as you can get from Roy Bulkin. However, it works, musical poetry is obviously "a thing". It's always a pleasure to have Jamie on the show, and this week he delivers up a banger. Lick The Tins provide us with a classic Elvis cover, with news of its nearly record breaking run at Number One. Unfortunately English rockers Fleetwood Mac managed to out do it, albeit at least a decade later. But it's not the only cover this week. And this gives Tobin opportunity to expand on his already unfortunate naming of featurettes. Following on from his absurd "songs from bands or others we may have listened to previously or not" whatever, comes "Richard is desperate to get The Velvet Underground on the show" feature. Never mind. It's a unique take on what is potentially their most famous song. It's such a worthy listen. Tobin is back with his obtuse feature with his much lauded and admired SAULT. With news of a missed vinyl shipment comes another track from Vanishing Twin. There is good news, however, said vinyl shipment has finally reached Tobin. He's calmed down a bit now. We hope you enjoy this week's show. By the way, there is some very big news coming on the show in the next few weeks so keep tuned.

May 9

54 min

He Sees Me is the latest single release with accompanying video from rock powerhouse Savannah Pope. Fans of Savannah Pope more or less know what to expect from her, however, this is something of a surprise. The veil has slipped somewhat and Savannah invites us to view her inner soul. Intimate, fragile, self-effacing and tragically artsy, He Sees Me is a wondrously personal work. Savannah Pope has delivered again. Here at Record Box HQ we can see little to stop this shimmering light from going stratospheric. And rightly so. In stark contrast to He Sees Me, we have Junior Brother providing the bookend material this week. Two excellent tracks from this rising Irish singer-songwriter from the shared EP with Powpig. Opening the show is the view ruined by swans that is The Back of Her. Another belter from Junior Brother closes today's show. Reminding Richard of many of his fondest acquaintances is the wonderful Full of Wine. Tobin introduces an unfathomably intricately headed new feature for the show - best tracks from other people we know and have heard from before, or something like that. Anyway - it's a ridiculous title but a great listen. This week it's CAAMP. We have the welcome return of Torn Sail this week, following on from the Joey Fitzgerald remix of Disconnected last week. This time it's an unmixed original from Nottingham-based Huw Costin - the man behind Torn Sail. Likewise as Savannah Pope, this Torn Sail track is quite intimate and personal. We have the welcome return of Harmony Byrne this week, a week that should have seen her debut LP drop. Her management team have shared this LP with us, however, we aren't allowed to pre-release any of the tracks off of it. More's the pity, because it's a solid and excellent production. The LP is delayed, and likely to drop in July at the earliest. The music industry clearly visibly shaken by the international COVID19 crisis. Still, it's always good to have something to look forward to…

May 2

62 min

Torn Sail have just released a new EP on friend of the show label NuNorthernSoul and it is a banger. Featuring two original tracks from Torn Sail and 3 remixes, it's essential listening. Phat Phil Cooper (founder of NuNorthernSoul) certainly has an ear for a great tune. Nothing shows this more than this Torn Sail release. And if this already has your interest, you can join Phat Phil every morning. Live every Monday through Friday 10am BST / 11am CET. Phil broadcasts live more bangers from his catalogue and beyond to get your mornings off to a chilled and relaxed start. We revisit this excellent EP from Nottingham musician Huw Costin (Torn Sail) next week. This week is a Colombian Special as That Jamie runs up with 4 Cabezas' band member Daniel. We learn more about this eclectic, funky, raucous jam band from South America. Jamie manages to drill down into the detail. Despite being locked down on top of a mountain and having a highly unreliable internet connection. Daniel introduces the rest of the band and gives us a brief history lesson on 4 Cabezas. We've also got two tracks from them, including their latest release.

Apr 25

48 min

Black Midi introduce us math rock this week as we play a track from their current and only studio to date LP Schlagenheim. With its roots in prog and indie rock, math rock certainly has its early influences in King Crimson, Steve Reich et al. Black Midi use many of its characteristic staples in the track Western such as complex and atypical rhythmic structures, counterpoint and angular melodies. Black Midi also have something of a krautrock sound about them. Further to this, we learn that Tobin had the pleasure of seeing Black Midi perform live recently as they supported Brittany Howard. Lucky him. Kicking off the show is the fantastic cover of now legendary track Home Is Where The Hatred Is. Originally penned by the sage Gil Scott Heron way back in 1971, this cover by Esther Phillips was laid down the same year. Leaving this mortal coil at the tender age of 48, Esther Phillips' liver and kidneys finally gave up the ghost. Her life long battle with substance abuse, mainly heroin, finally caught up with her. Kids, drugs are bad. Don't do drugs! That's an official FTBOTRB order. Sadly Esther Phillips was laid to rest in an unmarked paupers grave in Compton, LA. Fortunately, one year after her death she was reinterred at Forest Lawns Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, where a bronze statue marks her musical achievements.

Apr 18

52 min

Jack Hubbell joins us today all the way from Philadelphia USA as we learn about Telyscopes' new 5 track EP. Pander is due to drop next month and we play 2 tracks off of it. We catch up with Jack Hubbell to find out more about his creative process, influences and music that doesn't suck. We've had Telyscopes on the show before and Jack Hubbell now holds the title of the only artiste ever to have bookended the show more than once! And there is a reason why. Quite simply Jack Hubbell's brainchild Telyscopes is the most important music creator out there today. Well, in Richard's opinion anyhow. And here at Record Box HQ it's the only one that matters. However, Jack Hubbell isn't the only one to drop by today. Back by popular demand we have "That Jamie". Yes, it's that time again where Jamie presents his track of the month. The perennially difficult to pronounce Bassekou Kouyate takes us closer to God with his sublime ngoni playing. Jamie's knack of finding the best music out there is enviable. And it's the reason he joined us. Originally a listener Jamie is now a much treasured piece of furniture around here. If you think you've got what Jamie has, then get in touch and tell us all about it. You never know, you may end up presenting on the show too. Tobin brings us a New Music Shot par excellence. Glassio's newest track Nobody Stayed For The DJ airs on today's show and it's a banger. And, there's more. For only $1 per month you could have heard this track weeks ago when it was as fresh as a daisy. Become a Patron of the show now to get a jump on the hottest tracks as soon as they're released. Tobin rounds of the show today with Informer. Enough said.

Apr 14

55 min

Tom Greenhouse delights us with a prerelease from off of the much anticipated debut LP from The Cool Greenhouse, eponymously titled. Limited to only 150 copies initially, this has since been extended. A run of 300 with further promises of no extension on that. The transparent green vinyl ships with red OBI strip, envelope containing mystery seeds and printed insert. Yep, ours is on order so expect the vinyl to be spinning live on the show early June 2020. However, we've got more than just Tom Greenhouse this week. Tobin is bookending the show with the excellent Joy Kills Sorrow and his usual New Music Shot with Tessa Dixson. One of Richard's old playlists entitled Cowboy Music prompts a memory from Tobin about another classic gunfighter ballad. Marty Robbins sings of his love to the musings of a Mexican guitar and evokes a real image of times gone by. Tobin tells us more about Marty so listen on. We also have the classic reggae track Fisherman from The Congos and of course that unbelievable cover of Lady Gaga's Shallow. Performed Unplugged and Outdoors in Sweden by friends of the show JP Paulsen, Annsofi and Jerry Geraldi. It's another subtle reminder of the talent of this Scandinavian/American trio from Norway.

Apr 4

50 min

Turnstyles' debut LP on vinyl from Black and Wyatt Records is our focus of attention this week. We declare the show a Memphis Special. The surf-psych garage punk duo from Memphis pull the rug out from under our feet. They prove that after the death of The White Stripes that there is certainly still life in the guitar and drum duo outfit. In these days of international lockdown we are certainly looking at the intended launch party for this excellent debut LP being cancelled. We are fervent supporters of independent musicians here at Record Box HQ and would urge all our listeners to go preorder the vinyl here and help support these vibrant musicians and their label. Apart from the obvious connection to Memphis in this week's show we do have other music from Tobin, and the introduction of Brooke Bentham is a welcome surprise. Her unique vocal delivery belies her South Shields ancestry, however, she's destined for stardom were sure. Further to Brooke Bentham and friends of the show Fingers Like Saturn, Tobin features New Music from Khruangbin and Leon Bridges which fails to delight Richard despite its credentials as important and essential listening. What is Richard's problem with this track? Listen on to find out. Tobin manages to redress the balance with Bullion and the weird soundscape from Vanishing Twin. Apparently he's willing to share his vinyl with Richard, a sentiment that is most certainly not reciprocated.

Mar 28

43 min

Wolf City manage to break free from the European mainland despite the current lockdown status - and we are on board. A Parisian musician par excellence. Read on to learn more about this experimental, genre-busting musical outfit from the suburbs of Paris. We cherish our relationship with all our French brothers and sisters and Wolf City are a perfect example of this. We'll be firm friends forever now and very much relish hearing what Wolf City has to offer in the future. Tobin brings an amazing bookend artiste to the show this week in Ezra Furman. The next Justin Beiber? Hardly. Ezra shares his Lousy Connection with us as his opening gambit. It leaves us looking forward to the back of the show to hear more from him. Leaving show protocol behind Tobin plays Ezra Furman and The Golden Age of TV (New Music Shot) back to back. He scores pretty highly with Me, You and A Dog which leads nicely into an explosive set from Janus Stark and lead axeman Gizz Butt. Richard waxes lyrical about his recent intimate gig with Janus Stark as part of their tour to promote their latest LP. Presented on flame red vinyl and signed by all four members of the band, our copy is nestled nicely in the studio crates here at Record Box HQ. To see more from this amazing performance go sign up as a Patron of the show. You'll gain exclusive access to more FTBOTRB content and footage, plus your very own New Music mini-show once a week! Tobin passes of disco as something else, or tries to. Richard introduces us to the tragic and beautiful Vic Chesnutt. So, whilst we are globally on lock down and self-isolating take the time to catch up with the show and ready yourself for more of the same next week.

Mar 21

48 min

Mammoth Penguins spark a debate of prehistoric proportions this week between Richard and Tobin. They both agree that this is a killer track, however, there is some ambiguity about the meaning of the title. Closure by Mammoth Penguins is the second track to feature on today's show that has something of a nostalgic coming-of-age feel to it. Both this track and Keep On by Loose Tooth, separated by Record Box Classic, bring an erstwhile, teenage feel to the proceedings today. It's pretty much a scoop for Tobin this week, with the disco hit from New Music trailblazers Rayowa, that is, well, erm, disco. Richard is already bowled over by Mammoth Penguins and Loose Tooth that the game is already won. But like the hamster destined to run on the wheel of eternity Tobin brings Rayowa nonetheless.

Mar 14

58 min

Kikagaku Moyo - try saying that after a few sherbets. Well, if you listen on you'll quickly find out that they are our bookend artiste for this week. Psychedelic Western theme music springs to mind, but it's much more than that. It's a bold choice from Tobin but reaffirms his recent run of excellent music. Tobin is certainly on a roll of late and Kikagaku Moyo certainly back up his credentials as music snout. However, as the introduction to the show declares, Tobin is definitely only one half of the show. Richard slams us this week with one man and a guitar. And one man and a guitar. And then one man and a guitar. Save us. But it's not all that bad because one man is Smog, another man is Kristofer Astrom and finally he brings us skateboarding legend Tommy Guerrero.

Mar 7

58 min

Harmony Byrne returns to the show this week and once again leaves us reeling in her wake. This is our third track from this Australian musical behemoth and there is the promise of an album in the wings, with release scheduled for later in the year. Her plaintive vocal delivery on this track is enchanting and harks back to deep alt-country and Americana heritage, quite a feat for a native Aussie. We're backing Harmony Byrne to be massive news in the very near future, and remember, we did the same with Black Pumas and look at them now! It's a Wax Time Special from Richard this week and moving away from tradition he opens and closes the show with two different artistes. Naturally, both are vintage vinyl spins live in the studio from deep in his personal vinyl collection. Secondly, Richard has a Record Box Classic of truly colossal proportions. Again, played off of the vinyl. We're beginning to wonder if Richard is going to exhaust his vinyl collection. However, we've been told it's forever growing and new additions feature on our Patreon channel, so to get involved head over there and become a patron of the show. Austria's greatest songwriting son Tobin stumbles upon inadvertently spinning a Record Box Classic of his own. Completely unintentionally he quickly realises that anything by Falco qualifies. We discover this tragic magical talent who was taken from us way before his time. Even now Falco remains Austria's most successful singer of all time. Now there's a gauntlet to throw down… Wrapping up today's proceedings is the Gamble Brothers Band, we play their authentic sounding time travel special Tiki Bar. It proves something of a mistake as it fills Richard's head with ideas of his attractiveness and prowess. Both ridiculous figments of his lurid imagination. Pity him and his feelings of self importance whilst enjoying an instantly likeable musical romp.

Feb 29

54 min

Taken by Canadians spins in the studio today from off of the vinyl. Their eloquent track Magdalene is the first of two tracks this week dedicated to women. It sparks further debate from the boys on other song dedications from over the years. And with two Cover Shots this is building up to be a great show. So that's Magdalene from Taken by Canadians and Jolene from Susanna & The Magical Orchestra. Proof that Richard has not been repressing women for centuries as he was once accused of by his youngest daughter. Ridiculous statement from someone who is old enough to know better. New Music from Tobin this week is the strange track by Tennis. It does something that is rarely, if ever, heard today. The song sort of unwinds, that is to say it slows down. And begins deconstructing. It's a very interesting sound. So, what better reason to listen to today's show? Well, there is a better reason. Harmony Byrne.  

Feb 22

48 min

The Telyscopes left Virginia and now sing out of Philadelphia. Not to be confused with the flavourless emulsion cheese of the UK. The Telyscopes are anything but. Flavour aplenty here. We have two tracks from Richard's favourite go-to band of the moment. Sequencer driven indie guitar thrashing track that opens up the show and their Beefheart-esque show closer. However. more than the really quite excellent The Telyscopes, Tobin brings SHY Martin to the show. This prompts Richard to reflect on his own life experiences. Relationships are rarely smooth running but Richard is so long in the tooth that he's a pretty sage old bear these days. Drawing on personal recent experience of family breakups between two people who ought to know better, this track brings to the fore his feelings on such.

Feb 15

45 min

The Lathums – just a couple of lads from Wigan – are brought to the show this week by "that Jamie". Jamie calls in to the studio to discuss the merits of this fine Northern band. A meteoric rise in 2019 has seen The Lathums rise to prominence and are are sure to make 2020 all their own. We've got their release The Great Escape playing on the show today. However, as regular listeners will know, we never play just one track and today is no different. Jamie – our Content Lead – introduces his track of the month from The Lathums and we have new music from Boulevard 95 reminding us that warmer times are to come to brighten up our cold UK days. Durand Jones and his outfit The Indications are our bookend artiste this week. A potent deep soul revival band from Indiana fronted by sax man Durand Jones achingly authentic and dripping with Mississippi heritage. Tobin has brought us a couple of bangers here. Their self-titled debut LP was recorded for just $452.11 and a case of beer. The opening track on the show shines a light through the bleak backdrop of American life, transforming it with old-soul croon made new. Moonshake and their polar opposite Karate Boogaloo also play on the show today. Richard has been digging deep into his personal CD collection to bring us Flow by Moonshake. Also, a pre-release from Psykidelic Oven Mit which is actually now released. Testament to how untidy Richard's home studio is. This recent discovery actually landed on his desk about 12 months ago. We are glad he's had a clearcut at this track is a beauty. Last but not least we have a play of some fine old bluegrass dedicated to NHS Ian. Ian is one of the country's finest nurses, country/folk/bluegrass aficionado and firm friend of the show. NHS Ian gave Richard a lengthy list of recommendations to get through during his short stay in hospital recently. We can't thank Ian and his team enough for the care that they gave Richard, and everyone who passes through them. Thank you NHS Ian. We'll be featuring some of your recommendations on the show in the future.

Feb 8

57 min

Mrs Henry from San Diego, California, bookend today's show with two real rock 'n' roll bangers. Once again brought to us by our friends Blind Owl Records, Mrs Henry are a 4-piece rock outfit with some of the finest musicians on the circuit today. Recently released is the excellent Live at The Casbah LP and you can grab yours here. We feature 2 tracks from straight off of the vinyl in the studio today. Firstly it's the fantastic Dylan cover from the Mrs Henry Vol II LP. Secondly, it's The River from the 7" single A side. It's really special music so join us to listen to what you've been missing out on. Besides the fantastic Mrs Henry, we also end up in deep conversation about the obvious and not-so-obvious merits of today's featured Cover Shot. It seems that Richard's knowledge of '90s popular music is outrageously poor. Apparently he was too busy "listening to proper music" in the '90s. Despite his damning insight, it is a belter of a cover and one that to everyone else is instantly recognisable. Following quickly on its heels Tobin's New Music provokes yet another one of Richard's typography and lexicon rants. What's got his goat this time? Listen on to find out. Mrs Henry finish off the show in style with The River played directly off of the 7" vinyl in the studio. However, before we get to the end of the show, Proleter and Gogo Penguin bring a fresh sound. Is it electro swing as we know it? Or some other sub-genre. We're still guessing really. It shows Tobin still has a the ability to surprise us with music of integrity and worth. There is some talk of "3 by 3" which apparently is "a thing". It seems to have passed Richard by but Tobin has all the round up on it. Turns out it's a waste of time anyhow. Enjoy this week's shenanigans with your two amiable and jovial hosts. More of the same next week.

Feb 1

59 min

Dude Cervantes is spinning direct from the as yet unreleased vinyl in the studio today. It's a cover of a classic and not to be missed. The cover artwork is excellent and FTBOTRB deems this an essential record to your collection. In fact, you can watch and listen to Dude Cervantes' latest release in the video that accompanies these show notes. Excellent news all round. However, that's not the only Cover Shot on today's show. Tobin brings us Saint Mesa and a cover of a now modern classic from a now legendary band. It Smells Like Teen Spirit in the studio. Tobin also brings us the bookend artiste this week which is The Cave Singers and two brilliant tracks is what we have from them. Opening the show is Swim Club and closing the show for us is Beach House. Firm favourites here at Record Box HQ already. Big Fox are also a feature of Tobin's musical snouting this week with their luminary track All I'm Trying – listen on to find out more about this exciting band. Firstly, Bearded magazine said of Red River Dialect "a band that can actually play" and their track Piano is no exception. As a result this track promotes something of a discussion about the classification of the piano – Richard stating it is in fact a percussion instrument thus opening the floodgates of pedantry. Please email us with your pedantic summation of this. Secondly, the man who uses samples of only records that he has bought for a dollar, it's Tim Fite. This track has certainly won over Tobin and he even states that he is Tim Fite's newest and possibly biggest fan. We have the usual music commentary and nonsensical musings to accompany the music that has caught our attention this week. Oh, and did we mention Dude Cervantes is playing on the show?

Jan 25

48 min

Creature and the Woods are playing from off of the vinyl this week. In fact, it's a Wax Time Special with Mario Monterosso spinning in the studio as well. We've got two tracks from Creature and the Woods, both off different albums. Firstly, we play Holy Hell off of the beautiful cyan and multicolour spatter vinyl copy of Rise, thanks to Blind Owl Records - you can get your copy here. Secondly, we finish off the show with Two Golden Coins from their J-Tree 4 track EP. It's a beautiful presentation with all 4 songs on side A, side B is completely empty and unusual for that fact. Our second wax track this week is from old friends Black & Wyatt Records in Memphis. It's the suitably authentic Mario Monterosso with his cover of Steady Girl by The Heathens. Keen eared listeners will recall that this was possibly the first ever garage track ever recorded. Well, here's Mario's take on it, with more than just a smattering of rockabilly vibes. Of course Jamie provides us with another class track from The Mysterines. We have a belting Listener Recommendation in the form of The Unthanks and their woeful tale of conjugal infidelity. Listener Avenda certainly has excellent taste if this is anything to go by. Tobin has New Music for y'all this week, along with a couple of other tracks from Big Thief and William Tyler. Yeah, it's all good, but it's all about Mario Monterosso and Creature and the Woods spinning on vinyl this week.

Jan 18

55 min

Tom Dibb, multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter of merit is bookending the show this week. Live from Grand Chapel Studios. It's a sound of alt-country or could indeed spawn a new genre of Briticana, if that makes any sense. It certainly will once you listen to this aspiring artist. Join us as we head to South East England for the sounds of Tom Dibb. Tobin becomes tetchy this week as Richard introduces Belbury Poly to the show. Despite Tobin's love of all things literary, he denounces Chanctonbury Rings as a derisory reading of a novel to music. Phillistine that Tobinis, Richard thinks he's completely missed the point. However, to redress the balance, Tobin brings us Lord Cut Glass with his Gaelic lilted vocals and interesting musical phrasing. There is some pronunciation argument here. It's a hands down winner and a firm placement in the FTBOTRB Jukebox of Fame. New Music Selection Tobin, as ever, painfully dedicated to New Music as he is, brings Storme's latest track to the studio. It's a stark reminder that we aren't in control of our planet as much as we think we are. Jamiroquai wrote about this nearly 30 years ago which raises the question is Storme late to the party. And will her track be anywhere near as influential? Following on from Richard's personal vinyl party on our Patreon channel where he played the new EP from Squid, we play the excellent track The Cleaner direct from the vinyl in the studio. Become a Patron of the show to hear more from this must-hear band. Another pre-release track from Mike Pope on the show this week, just ahead of eagerly awaited LP later this month. From the impressive stable of Blind Owl Records in San Diego, it's currently our most anticipated recording of 2020. Finally, vocal melody masterclass is conducted this week by Thao & Mirah. Featured before on the show in an entirely different guise, this track demands attention in a way that few songs have the ability to do. Join us this week as we mine our way to the bottom of the record box.

Jan 11

45 min

    Godknows Ronnie Jr is our featured artiste this week. Soulful, Rasta vibes from this ultra-talented Zimbabwean now working and living in Cape Town. It's a cover of a classic track originally recorded by a giant. You'll get to know a little bit more about this Zimbabwean musician, comic, actor, host and performing artist later on in the show notes. For now, just listen to that voice and marvel. Bookending the show this week is the mighty Vulfpeck, drawing on such talent as Corey Wong and Blake Mills the band are a monolithic funk force to be reckoned with. They've recently successfully ended a crowd funding event with a nearly 4000% success rate. You can join in the fun and order the Live at Madison Square Garden vinyl package here. UK tour kicking off soon too. Listener Recommendation extraordinaire We have what is quite simply one of the best Listener Recommendations to date as well on the show. The sublime vocal arresting Fight Like Apes entertain us with a vitriolic tale of a woman scorned. Sadly, Tobin has more than a tale of woe to recount about this excellent band. No longer together for all the wrong reasons, they're another victim of the music industry and its capitalist snake eating its own tale mentality. Where's Peter Grant when you need him? Complementing the already stellar music on today's show is another cover from Australian surf layabouts Headland. It's a far departure from the original but no worse for it. Withered Hand executes some sombre acoustic wizard and Tobin introduces us to nocturnal music legend NYX Not. So, let's tread quietly, lay low and look across the prairie. Rango II Vulfpeck Remember Me Godknows Ronnie Jr I'm Beginning To Think You Prefer Beverly Hills 90210 To Me Fight Like Apes Deaf Forever Headland Radio NYX NYX Not No Cigarettes Withered Hand Animal Spirits Vulfpeck Godknows Ronnie Jr Right ho, Jamie, our Content Lead has been in touch with Cape Town Sound for more information on Godknows Ronnie Jr but maternity leave and the holiday season has scuppered most of it. So, when we receive more information we'll post it here. In the meantime here's what Cape Town Sound sent us over with the submission. "Remember Me" - New-comer GODKNOWS RONNIE Jr. debuts with "REMEMBER ME" - a unique interpretation of Rasta legend LUCKY DUBE's mega-smash hit in South Africa. GODKNOWS RONNIE Jr. is from Zimbabwe - now living and working in Cape Town. Nicole - Cape Town Sound

Jan 4

54 min

  The best of 2019 round up is finally here! We here at From the Bottom of the Record Box have brought together some of our favourites from the show over the last 12 months. It is nearly an impossible task and there are many tunes that could have easily made the list but for the constraints of time. We have tried to pick the very best of 2019 and present them to you in a complimentary way. We also announce Listener Recommendation of the Year 2019! So dear listener, get ready for some excellent music as we reveal some amazing tunes in our Best of 2019 playlist.   Cardboard Man The Cool Greenhouse Laundry Room The Avett Brothers Major League Chemicals Unknown Mortal Orchestra Summer Sickness Shards I'm Tired of your Repeating Story Otoboke Beaver Hey Beau Dillon Simpatico People W.H. Lung I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet) Laura Jean Anderson Hunnu Guren Batzorig Vaanchig & AULI Got So Long Andi Hanley Every Loving Herd Does As It Should Mike Pope Good Kisser Lake Street Dive Roll The Bones Shakey Graves Velvet Underground Jonathan Richman Around and Down Cool Sounds Window Shook Twins Captain Remo The Toy Trucks Purple Hat Sofi Tukker Hollow Spheres Talkboy OK so that's it for the best of 2019 as presented by From the Bottom of the Record Box. It has been a year of excellent musical discoveries, plus we made tons of new friends along the way. Thanks for all the Listener Recommendations you've all sent in and here's to another year of growth and expansion. Of course, it goes without saying that we are looking forward to another year of sharing music with the world. Happy New Year everyone.

Dec 2019

80 min

    Welcome one and all and Merry Christmas, it's our Christmas Special 2019. Tobin & Richard relax in the studio and play some alternative Christmas gems. As part of putting together this Christmas Special 2019 we have chosen to eschew the usual banal Christmas offerings. Richard and Tobin have gunned down some tunes that will not necessarily feature anywhere else this Christmas. Check out that turkey dinner playlist! There's the usual family disparity and abject dislike from The Therapy Sisters. Tobin once again proclaims that Christmas isn't Christmas without bluegrass with The Clarke Family and he finishes the Christmas Special 2019 with a more traditional feel. In between you'll meet the unlikely bedfellows of William Shatner and Iggy Pop, with some useful insight from a listener. Song introduction maestro Red Simpson is Truckin' Trees for Christmas and dressing up his truck. Yeah, right. There's much festive music to go at in our Christmas Special 2019 Louis Armstrong offers some traditional vibes and The Waitress along with Devo give us a little alternative Christmas edge. However, without doubt, the stand out track is from Sufjan Stevens this year. So, chuck another log on the fire, wrap up in your scarf and hideous skin tight Christmas jumper and pour yourself something that you'd turn your nose up at any other time of year. Christmas isn't Christmas without bluegrass Tobin - From the Bottom of the Record Box Or, if you're lucky enough to be a listener in more tropical climes, please laugh at us here in the UK who are currently suffering grey skies and wet days, a reality far from the picture postcard utopia. Nevertheless, this is our show and we're determined to enjoy it! Please join us. Codependent Christmas The Therapy Sisters Deck The Halls/We Wish You A Merry Christmas Christmas Treasures Series & The Clarke Family Zat You Santa Claus Louis Armstrong Silent Night William Shatner (Feat. Iggy Pop) Truckin' Trees For Christmas Red Simpson Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses Lonely Man of Winter Sufjan Stevens Merry Something To You Devo In Dulce Jublio Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

Dec 2019

57 min

    John Schooley duets with punk rock harmonica player Walter Daniels in an empty shopping mall. This is Dead Mall Blues and it's one awesome recording. Recorded back in 2014 it features John Schooley on resonator guitar and Walter Daniels on harmonica. It's an eclectic mix up of reworked classic blues tunes from way back. The cover artwork is a collection of photographs of "dead malls". It's really thought provoking and eerie to see the malls with no people milling about in them. It sort of sets the tone for the record really. The music certainly has a haunting quality and a theme of empty space runs through the recording. It was really difficult to pick just one track to feature on today's show, the LP is just brimming with belting tunes. We've been lucky enough to catch up with John Schooley, so read on to find out more about this unique recording and the man himself. More stuff you'll learn today We're also introducing you to The Rezillos by way of a back to back Double Cover Shot. Two classics from the late '70s punk explosion, but covers of far earlier recordings from the rock 'n' roll era. The Rezillos are touring in the UK during 2020 so if this was for you then get your tickets for their brilliant live shows. Really tight band and still as good as they were back in the day. New Music from Tobin this week is French for Rabbits which inspires Richard to imagine the day when he might mastermind a supergroup. It's material that you can subscribe to via our Patreon site for just $1 per month. Your generosity would help us continue broadcasting and expanding. Whether or not you donate we are just glad that you are here. Bookending the show this week is SAULT and they've really got Tobin in a spin. So much so that he's gone right ahead and purchased their two studio releases on vinyl. Sadly, we're not playing off of the vinyl this week, but we will do so in the future without doubt. Toucan and Bones Shake both feature in our ongoing "Guess where the band comes from" game and Tobin fails on both accounts. BIG NEWS - STOP PRESS We are announcing some big news for From the Bottom of the Record Box on this week's show. So, get your headphones on, ignore the outside world and come on in. Champe Tabluo by Systema Solar set the tone for the announcement, and their Colombian heritage is the perfect stage to break the news. Over SAULT Champe Tabluo Systema Solar Glad All Over The Rezillos I Like It The Rezillos We Fell For Miles Toucan Uncloudy Day John Schooley and Walter Daniels C'mon Get It On Bones Shake Middle of the House French for Rabbits Masterpiece SAULT John Schooley in his own words I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere, and my first musical influences were guitar-based roots music like blues and country music. I later combined this with punk rock when I finally heard it. I've been playing this sort of rock n' roll (for want of a better term) for going on 20 years. My first record was a super lo-fi 45 on Goner Records as a one man band. My first band was the Revelators who had an LP on Crypt Records. That label that put out the Back from the Grave 1960s garage reissues, and bands such as the Gories and Oblivians. Whilst in the Revelators I was lucky enough to do some touring with R.L. Burnside and T. Model Ford. Luckily I got to play onstage backing up R.L., which was a huge thrill for me as I was (and remain) a big R.L. fan. There are some clips of me playing with R.L. here. After the Revelators I had three LPs as a one man band on Swiss label Voodoo Rhythm, which had a similar mix of blues, country, and punk rock. There was also other weird shit as we had in the Revelators, except I played all the instruments myself. So I've always had one foot in noisy punk and garage rock, and one in roots based music. Usually, too punk for the roots rockers and too rootsy for the punks! Europe meets John Schooley One review of my last one man band album described it as "CharliePoole meets Metal Machine Music". I thought that was great, but you can understand it probably has a limited appeal. A radio show in Canada did a whole set of my covers of blues and roots tunes, along with the originals, which I posted on my blog. I toured a lot in Europe as a one man band as the records, being Swiss imports, were hard to find in the states. So it seems like fewer people in my own country know who I am than in Germany, Holland, or Switzerland. The Revelators actually did a reunion show in Spain two years ago. People there still remember the band. After three one man band LPs I was tired of the one man band setup and wanted to do something different. My newest LP is as Rocket 808, which I would describe as Suicide and Alan Vega solo records meets Link Wray. Dead Mall Blues - John Schooley & Walter Daniels The Dead Mall Blues album is an acoustic record that I made with Walter Daniels. Walter is a friend I've known for years. We actually first recorded together back in the late 1990s with the Revelators. He's also done records with bands like the Oblivians, and even James Williamson of the Stooges. Walter's 1990s band Jack O' Fire was in the same ballpark as my band the Revelators. They both combined blues and punk rock, which at the time was pretty uncommon. I slept on Walter's floor the first time I came to Austin when on tour, and later ended up moving here. So, I've been a fan of Walter for ages, and as a punk rock harmonica player, he's a pretty unique musician. Here's Jack O' Fire's version of the Blind Willie McTell tune You Got to Meet Death One Day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztQjP-XcvAE Life after Dead Mall Blues After the acoustic record, we did an electric LP with the band name Meet Your Death taken from this song. In 2014 I got a new job that paid a living wage, and my landlord had yet to raise my rent, so I had enough money laying around to do some recording. Walter had never been recorded in an acoustic context, he usually plays feedback-laden electric harmonica. Walter and I were both big fans of acoustic blues and played it a lot, but had never done a record like that. Gerard Cosloy of 12XU records was willing to put it out, for which I am eternally grateful, even though his label did more post-punk stuff and wasn't exactly a blues and roots kinda outfit. I did a post on my blog talking about the records that influenced the album Even more time had elapsed between 2014 when the Dead Mall Blues album was recorded and the 1960s, when many of the records mentioned in that blog post were made, than had elapsed between the 1960s and when the original blues records were recorded, which was interesting to me. I went with the title Dead Mall Blues because I wanted something contemporary rather than retreading the usual tired blues cliches. Using the mall photos on the cover made me think of the record as being like an acoustic vaporwave album! (Haha)

Dec 2019

59 min

James Holt and Inez Hargaden are your spotlight artistes this week. Multi-intrumentalist James Holt transcends to Indie-pop greatness with his newest single release Little Green Light. This song has clearly everything it needs to break James Holt into the higher echelons of music makers. In quite stark contrast to James Holt's toe tapping track is the gentle sounds of Inez Hargaden. Inez's bell like clarity vocal delivery with plaintive guitar melodies is reminiscent of faraway singer/songwriter tunes. However, there's a newness and fresh breeze running right the way through her song. Moving on through the show despite Tobin's hangover, we meet Winston Surfshirt. This causes a sense of disagreement in the studio as the two boys try to reach some common ground. Agreed the title of the band is epic, but the vocals at least cause some division. It's New Music so there's a saving grace that Richard may warm to Winston Surfshirt in future. Dillon is our bookend artist for this week and opens with the classic tune Hey Beau. Tobin fills in the gaps about this photography student-cum-excellent musician. Furthermore, Tobin introduces us to Sleepertrain which proves so inspirational to Richard that he has gone and listened to the whole EP. In addition to listening to it, he's recommending it. So Tobin has better luck with his music choices this week after surviving a recent grudge match with Richard. As if that lot wasn't enough to satiate even the most voracious musical appetite, we include Venezuelan legend Daniel Grau. The father of jazzanova is back after a thirty year hiatus with the epic El Magic Mundo de Daniel Grau. Our choice off of this essential recording is Andromeda. Listen to the show to find out what we think of this future classic. Plus, next week we have some very big news to announce on the show. So, settle in with this week's show before the storm arrives.

Dec 2019

39 min

Phat Phil Cooper has the perfect antidote to the colder months with his Winter Warmers compilation from NuNorthern Soul. It releases December 6th. However, we've been luck enough to have been treated to a prerelease of it and we share a track with you today. It's Phil's edit of a classic B.J. Smith tune. Tobin describes it as "sublime" - listen on to see if you agree. There's so much more to go at in NuNorthern Soul's compilation too, so be sure to check it out fully and give it the time it deserves. It's richly rewarding. Furthermore, we've got music-as-art specialist Alabaster dePlume bookending today's show. Unique is probably the best word to describe this music. Firstly, Alabaster himself forms a new band every month. Secondly, he writes fresh compositions for said band and performs live. After that, the process repeats itself. Such a visionary way to approach music making. Alabaster dePlume is also an artist with a wide range of theatrical talents. Check out his "I was gonna fight racism but…" production below. It went viral for good reason. You can also buy a t-shirt of it it right here - what are you waiting for? New Music - Talkboy Talkboy is your New Music selection this week and this track is even better than the previous track we played on the show. Hollow Spheres is a triumph and clearly marks out the path toward greatness for Talkboy. Richard proclaims that Talkboy sounds more like U2 than U2! Taken from the recently released Over and Under EP Hollow Spheres is for us the stand out track. It's surely only a matter of time until this is a single release from the EP. Wasting Time has already been released as a single and has featured on our Patreon posts earlier this month. Greatness in store for Talkboy for sure. In addition, we've got an excellent Cover Shot of Stacy's Mom, originally penned by Fountains of Wayne. Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox gives it a fresh lick of paint and turns an already classic tune into an essential listen. Prepare yourself for the manic mini drum solo about a third of the way in. Tyler Burns and Remember Sports round out today's show. It's the weekend so relax, grab yourself some "me" time and join us for musical discovery, discussion and commentary. Enjoy. Is It Enough? Alabaster dePlume Hollow Spheres Talkboy You're So Sorry (feat. Addie Pray) Remember Sports Way I Feel BJ Smith (Phat Phil Cooper edit) Stacy's Mom (feat. Casey Abrams) Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox Western Country At Night Tyler Burns Be Nice To People Alabaster dePlume Phat Phil Cooper - Winter Warmer compilation With the sweltering summer quickly fading from memory, thoughts quickly turn to frosty winter nights spent reclining by a roaring fire. Ideally with the accompaniment of suitably atmospheric and evocative music. To that end, NuNorthern Soul founder Phat Phil Cooper has trawled through the label’s archives and selected a bumper selection of “winter warmers”. They're guaranteed to provide the perfect soundtrack to snowy walks, crisp autumnal mornings and evenings spent turning the central heating up to the max. It’s a side of the label’s output that largely gets overlooked. It's thanks to NuNorthern Soul’s association with the sunrise and sunset-ready Balearic movement. Yet as the 13-track selection proves, there’s plenty of languid, hazy and seductive fare. Within the vaults there are evoking mental images of falling autumn leaves, glistening icicles and windswept afternoons outdoors. Beginning with the atmospheric “Aquapella mix” of Ilija Rudman’s inspired collaboration with soul man Andre Esput, “Tears To Sound”. Phat Phil Cooper gently guides us through a range of slow-motion tracks that variously touch on ambient and kosmiche. There's also slow motion soul, dubbed-out soundscapes, post dubstep beats, intoxicating Indian grooves, pitched-down nu-disco and exotic psychedelic jazz. It’s a selection guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart. It's one helluva playlist The list of contributors and remixers is impressive. Ambient soundscape hero Jon Tye delivers the shuffling, horizontal heat of “Wind Blows” as Captain Sunshine. After reuniting with his Seahawks band on an undulating, slow burn rework of Dos Palos’s “I’ve Been Around”. Claremont 56 regular Benjamin J Smith is represented by a trio of soft focus cuts. Rich in languid acoustic guitar motifs (one of which has been remixed by Balearic legends A Man Called Adam). Jose Manuel offers up the compilation’s steamiest cut, “Mumbai”. Elsewhere, Phat Phil Cooper has opted to shine a light on lesser-known talents from the label’s roster. With the cuts by Lowhitey, Ragz Nordset (as remixed by Ghostchant), Abimaro and the Free. Ryo Kawasaki (the off-kilter psch-jazz brilliance of LP standout “Quasar Infection”) being amongst the most potent winter warmers on show. Want to see in the '20s with Tobin? As we mentioned on the show Tobin is performing at an event on New Years Eve to see in the return of the 20s. In his guise as Professor Gramophone he'll be spinning tracks deep into the early hours. If you want to join him and party like it's the 1920's you can get tickets here. The website has all the information you need on the event and this is what they had to say on the whole affair. Return of the 20s is a spectacular evening of sensational music and captivating performances. From jazz bands and singers to DJs on gramophones, vintage burlesque, dancing troupes and pop up performances around the venue, there will be plenty to experience. Come dressed to dance and dazzle, mingle and meet characters. At Return of the 20s everyone is a someone, but not everyone or everything is as it seems. Immerse yourself in the unfolding experience and you may even find yourself becoming part of the action. Elysium Experiences

Nov 2019

52 min

    Vic Mars takes us on a journey of his Inner Roads and Outer Paths this week. It's all very nostalgic and wistful. It's life viewed from a rail carriage. Think of endless summers, grass stains on your knees and collecting bugs in a jar. Now try to imagine how that might sound and you've pretty much landed in the world of Vic Mars. Tobin remarked that it was a very subtle way to open the show, and he'd be right. However, therein lies the beauty of Vic Mars' music; subtlety. Initially then, the show's bookend is all about the English countryside, however, we've much more than this. Firstly, Tobin has brought us another cracking Cover Shot that gives us the dilemma of which is better, the cover or the original. It's an epic jam that takes in more than one track and is an ambitious recording to say the least. It even sparked interest in Richard's youngest son, who went on to demonstrate his alarming dance skills. Secondly, Tobin also has a Record Box Classic with a melody line par excellence. And, that's exactly why it's a classic. New Music Infuriatingly omitted vowels spell out the track from Illuminati Hotties today. You can join their label subscription for as little as $6 per month. You'll get instant music - over 29 tracks - and you'll be happy in the knowledge that your wonga is going to help some decent folk. Check it out here. The song itself sounds somewhat juvenile, but there's a river of benign aggression running all the way underneath it. To be honest, it's a great listen and attracts little, if any, criticism. Apart from the title of course. A Nest in the Warehouse Roof Vic Mars Harder Better Faster Stronger The Traffic The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five PPL PLZR Illuminati Hotties Know Where Dead Sea Mad World Tears for Fears Hedgerows and Conservation Vic Mars Vic Mars is a compelling listen - Inner Roads and Outer Paths This LP from Vic Mars is largely greater than the sum of its parts. Is it minimalist? We're not sure. Gut feeling is no. Is it great music? Yes. It's captivating on more than one level at least. The cover artwork is expansive and full of perspective. So that's the menu that has you salivating and wanting to taste the food right? It's also gorgeously presented on what Clay Pipe Records describes as "transparent blue vinyl". This description is incorrect, and incorrect in a good way. We would describe the vinyl as more dark turquoise, maybe even lapis lazuli, with a slight smokey marbling. It's truly breathtaking. Quite unlike any other coloured vinyl we've seen. When sat on the Technics it takes on a thick opaque look which is likewise beautiful. Also, the cover is printed on uncoated board giving a very tactile feel. It's excellently printed, as is the inner sleeve which contains credits and track listing. As a bonus, we received two download vouchers in our copy! Deliciously different. In summation, a phenomenal product. But what's the music like? The soundscape of Vic Mars If you check out the reverse of the cover of this LP you are looking through the broken glass of a church window onto the landscape peppered with the odd pebbledash bungalow. And that's how this whole LP feels, like you're peering into the world of Vic Mars from a secretive vantage point. It's easy to hear the influences of the 1980s recording equipment that was used in the production of this. Everything is so very retrospective but yet feels forward looking at the same time. Vic Mars has conjured up a very British, nay English, scene here and has managed to monumentally express it musically. A photograph, made out of recorders, 80's keys and school glockenspiels. A remarkable achievement and one worth gracing any music aficionado's vinyl crates. But go ahead and do it soon. This pressing is limited to 700 and all are hand numbered. Ours is number 91/700.

Nov 2019

52 min

    Hackney Colliery Band kick off our show this week with a double cover shot bookend. Both songs were massive hits during the 90s, and they are performed beautifully. Hackney Colliery Band do intimate justice to a couple of 90s bangers this week - it's a mammoth task. What impresses us here at Record Box HQ about these tracks is the work that has gone into them. Yeah, get 4 guys or gals with guitars and drums and you can cover songs. It's easy enough. But for a brass band it's so much more difficult. You're all of a sudden no longer covering the song. Firstly, you're arranging the song for a brass band. Secondly, you have to think about the dynamics of the sound. It's mega really, and that's why Hackney Colliery Band are bookending today. Throat singing makes a welcome return to the show as the modern day Robert Johnson performs Cape Cod Girls. Now, that is a bold statement but just stick around and listen to Baby Gramps and you'll get it. Bashing away at his trusty National steel guitar and killing every nerve ending in his throat, its a mesmerising performance. And moreover it's Pirate Music! Zooluxx play a pre-release on the show too, a good 2 months plus before it's released. Regular listeners will have already heard Zooluxx on previous shows and will well know what to expect. Zooluxx deliver, sonic vibes and dirty vox. It's all so god darned American and Wild West Psychadelia at its best. Plus there's more choice music here, so dive right in. Track Listing Under The Bridge Hackney Colliery Band Just A Little Bit Zooluxx That Old Black Magic Green Book (original motion picture soundtrack) No Other Like You Kate Bollinger Holy Ghost Fire Paul Cauthen Cape Cod Girls Baby Gramps No Diggity Hackney Colliery Band Hackney Colliery Band - in their own words... Since the release of Hackney Colliery Band’s debut album in 2011, they have blown their way into the public consciousness. Their genre-bending combination of brass, reeds and percussion established themselves as one of the most exciting bands in the UK. Performing at numerous venues, festivals and clubs around the world, including a show at the Scala as part of the London Jazz Festival. Hackney Colliery Band have also been busy in the studio. Developing a more mature and polished sound, they are pleased to announce the release of new album ‘Collaborations: Volume One’ . It's their first new material since the critically-acclaimed ‘Sharpener’ in 2016. It’s already been an incredible journey for this talented group of musicians. HCB have played a 45-minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards. Also, live sessions on BBC Two, BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and worldwide airplay from many more. They have collaborations with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Madness. To add, they have sold out venues across London including KOKO and The Forum, to a European tour. Hackney Colliery Band have not stopped. It’s hard to believe that 2019 is our tenth anniversary. Now we’re ten years older it felt like the right time to get back to our jazz roots. It’s been a privilege to work with so many of our musical inspirations both old and new. And we’re super excited to be ushering in the next ten years with this new collaborative spirit. Steve Pretty - bandleader LISTEN TO MEMPHIS RADIO STATION WEVL NOW! JEREMY SCOTT FOREVER. Collaborations - Hackney Colliery Band Featuring collaborations with a host of key names in jazz and world music. Amongst others the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, British jazz funk legend James Taylor, trombonist Dennis Rollins, UK saxophonist Pete Wareham and Beninese singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo. Hackney Colliery Band have effortlessly transformed their explosive live energy into 11 original recordings that push the groove and form.  On ‘Collaborations: Volume One’, writers Pretty, Blackman and Christie have between them penned the outfit's most dynamic material to date. ‘Mm Mm’ (feat. Angélique Kidjo and Roundhouse Choir) merges Beninese grooves with wah pedal trumpet textures. The rousing call-and-response between Kidjo’s soaring vocal and the exhilarating choir adds a richness and depth to the composition. Words © Hackney Colliery Band - read more

Nov 2019

51 min

This week we plumb the depths of the family playlist and unearth two blinders. The eponymous Pool Hall Richard and Tobin respectively. Richard has been spoilt somewhat in the family playlist as there are some excellent tracks out there with Richard in the title. And Pool Hall Richard is no exception. However, Tobin finds the similarity in characters astonishing, and obnoxious. To be honest, it's an unlikely enough event to even have found a track entitled Tobin. Moreover, he actually stars twice in the family playlist, but that's for another episode of the show. It's a bit of a bloodbath this week on the show as the ever combative Richard doesn't mince his words at some of Tobin's tracks. Both Cigarettes After Sex and Party Pupils and MAX come into Richard's firing line. But that's in stark contrast to the universal appeal of Pueblo Café; dirty and often comical street music with mariachi and New Orleans jazz flavours, it's an excellent listen. Pueblo Café means that we haven't quite lost Tobin just yet to the murky depths of electronic pop epic fails. He's still a good snout. Canadian retro rockers release new LP Mumford and Sons evil twin The Dead South have just released their new studio LP Sugar and Joy and we dive in for a listen. Richard has stolen Tobin's thunder on this quite by accident and serves up his choice, Blue Trash. It's more or less a certainty that Tobin will revisit this LP in the future after he's had adequate time to digest it. Other than that, Noah makes the cut with an unpronounceable song title (unless of course you can speak Japanese, which we cannot). Check out the playlist to test your knowledge. Track Listing Pool Hall Richard Faces Todo Mi Vida Pueblo Café Falling In Love Cigarettes After Sex Blue Trash The Dead South Love Me For The Weekend (with Ashe) Party Pupils and MAX メルティン・ブルー Noah Tobin Ben Nichols Pool Hall Richard - what a track! One of The Faces' lesser known tracks, Pool Hall Richard wasn't a particularly great commercial success. Written by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood in 1973, it was released as a single with Motown song I Wish It Would Rain on the B side. In fact, it even pictured a photo of Ronnie Lane on the cover despite him neither playing bass or providing backing vocals on it. He had left the band prior to this song being recorded to form The Bump Band. It's always really good to see Rod and Ronnie playing and singing together. They have such a great rapport on stage and completely dominate the band. Fresh from The Jeff Beck Band they joined Ronnie Lane's The Small Faces and became simply The Faces. All done by 1975, the band split and Ronnie famously joined The Rolling Stones and Rod went solo. The rest is rock 'n' roll history folks. unremarkable Stephen Thomas Erlewine - AllMusic critic Banal fact: Pool Hall Richard was actually covered by The Butchers on their 2000 release Familiar Faces - A Tribute To Rod Stewart and The Faces. Further suspect analysis of Pool Hall Richard Unfortunately Tobin managed to draw much similarity between the protagonist and Richard himself. "Obnoxious" was the term of endearment he chose to employ. Pool Hall Richard with his yellow carnation and pink satin shoes is a worthy mentor for any young player we think. Described as having dirty hands but a clean scent, his reputation is massive and his demeanour slightly obscene. Richard clearly thinks these are more than attainable attributes and describes trying to hustle a friend many years ago. There'll be more from the family playlist in the future. Tobin by Ben Nichols also features in today's show. What a shame that Ben Nichols irritates Tobin so much with his vocal style. The track should be a joyous event for Tobin but alas has become something of an albatross.

Nov 2019

51 min

    Lee Michaels is very much our concentration point this week. However, with the seasons changing its now a fitting time to play Twain. Very much autumnal in feel, the indie folk outfit are our bookending buccaneers this week. Tobin has expert pedigree in delivering New Music nuggets, so we very much look forward to Twain. Plus we'll learn more about Lee Michaels and his plagiarism battle later on. Tobin once again plays his guessing game music shenanigans with The Marcus King Band. Such a full and mature sounding frontman it's hard to imagine. Quite obviously steeped in blues heritage Marcus King delivers by the bucket load and foxes Richard. New Music this week is curated by Richard as Tobin once again jets around Europe without such a thought for souvenirs or cheap, awful booze reminders. And as such, Richard brings us Chromatics' cover of one of Simon and Garfunkel's most well loved songs. It's eerie, it's cold, haunting and steeped in retrospective vibes. Record Box Classic As Long As I Can See The Light is belted out by John Fogarty, one of the greatest vocalists in rock history. Arguably one of Creedence Clearwater Revival's lesser known hits it remains one of Rock and Roll's finest moments. Join us, especially younger listeners to discover a legendary recording. Rounding all of this off is the Young MC 1989 classic Principal's Office and the song that inspired the samples therein, and the legal battle that ensued. Enter Lee Michaels. Death (or S.F.) Twain Rita Is Gone The Marcus King Band The Sound Of Silence Chromatics Principal's Office Young MC Who Could Want More Lee Michaels Long As I Can See The Light Creedence Clearwater Revival Solar Pilgrim Twain Lee Michaels - just keys and drums, that's all Noted for his powerful and soulful voice Lee Michaels was an unusual act. His choice of Hammond organ accompanied in the main by only a drummer it gained him some notoriety in the Californian music scene in the late 1960s. He sometimes also played piano or guitar. However, it was for his virtuosic and energetic style of Hammond organ playing that he will best be remembered for. the ultimate power organist Sounds Magazine Lee Michaels began his career with The Sentinals, a surf-style band that also contained drummer Johnny Barbata. Barbata later went on to play with The Turtles and later Jefferson Airplane, and Jefferson Starship. Lee Michaels also played as a session musician with Jimi Hendrix. When he left The Sentinals he joined Johny Barbata with the group The Joel Scott Hill Trio, led by guitarist Joel Scott Hill. He later moved to San Francisco and cut his first solo album in 1967 with A&M Records - Carnival of Life. A crucial turning point in this story. His bare bones performances of just a Hammond organ and "Frosty" (Bartholomew Eugene Smith-Frost - strangely sharing the same middle name of Eugene as Lee Michaels) on drums. Frosty's bare handed technique was also unusual and proved to be an inspiration to John Bonham. After cutting his first LP with A&M Records Lee Michaels went mainly unnoticed in the music industry. That is until his fifth LP arrived - entitled 5th. Lee Michaels finally achieved commercial success and recorded another 2 LPs with A&M. Michaels moved to Columbia Records in 1973 but failed to generate a repeat of his success with A&M. Later career By the end of the 1970s Lee Michaels had more or less retired from the music industry. However, several rights usage disputes arose in the early 1990s after A&M granted licenses to Delicious Vinyl for Young MC to use samples from several of Michaels' tracks. After regaining full rights to his music from A&M, Lee Michaels granted licenses to Rhino Records to release several of his LPs over the years. In February 2016 Manifesto Records released his entire A&M recordings on vinyl.

Nov 2019

51 min

Toy Trucks kick of the show this week for a Wax Time Special where Richard plays 3 tracks from direct off the vinyl. Further to this, Richard has the pleasure of being in conversation with Jeremy Scott, lead singer and guitarist with The Toy Trucks. Jeremy is a likeable and laid back gent who effortlessly lets the conversation roll about the band. Richard is also curating New Music this week, bringing back Sports Team to the show. The Jaggeresque Alex Rice reminds us why guitar bands work. Excellent music and lyrical jokers Sports Team make a welcome return to form and impress the hell out of Tobin. Speaking of whom, he brings us Meg Myers with her high-school indie rocker Lemon Eyes. It's easy to get lost in its crashing guitar sounds. And Tobin is indeed master of sounds this week. He brings us some Cool Sounds straight out of Australia. Cool Sounds' latest LP is a massive hit with us here at Record Box HQ. Richard has been intermittently spinning this with Rockets, Bells and Poetry all week. All that's left is Tobin's Double Record Box Classic - it's his Nana exclusive 2-track playlist. It's the infectious sample-based early 90s classic by Chad Jackson and then something as suggested by his Grandmother. The Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Peggy Lee remind us where pop music really started. Let's dive in. Track Listing Don't Be So Easy The Toy Trucks Lemon Eyes Meg Myers Captain Remo The Toy Trucks Fishing Sports Team Hear The Drummer (Get Wicked) Chad Jackson Why Don't You Do It Right Benny Goodman & His Orchestra feat. Peggy Lee Around And Down Cool Sounds Show You Love The Toy Trucks The Toy Trucks - as described by their label Here's what Black & Wyatt Records, Memphis-based record label has to say about The Toy Trucks: The Toy Trucks are collectively 180+ years old. They are fueled by equal parts cheap beer, cheap thrills and Cheap Trick. Over the band’s multi-year existence, songwriter/leader Jeremy Scott has developed an “anything but another crappy love song” ethos. This has resulted in the songs on the band’s first full-length, Rockets Bells and Poetry. (“We stole the title from Mama Cass Elliott,” Scott explains.) Over the course of said album, the band prove conversant with, among other things, Rascals-like blue-eyed grooves (Don’t Be So Easy. Along with grisly true crime balladry (57 Bayview), updated Del Shannonesque psychodrama (Hot Tears). And there's honest flat out rock and roll (I’m on the Dish But I Ain’t No Rag). This LP is both a stand-alone statement and a teaser for the band’s revved up live show. Rockets Bells and Poetry should satisfy anyone’s rock/garage/power-pop itch quite nicely. The Toy Trucks deliver stomping pop flavours on debut platter The Memphis Flyer Further praise from The Memphis Flyer Jeremy Scott is familiar to any fan of Memphis music. He has played in the original Reigning Sound and groups backing Harlan T. Bobo and Dan Montgomery. Although his ensemble playing reveals a fine sense of playing at the service of the song, it's barely offered a glimpse of his songwriting talents. For a time, he led the Wallendas, which also included longtime guitar ace Jim Duckworth, but that was ancient history in pop terms, and never resulted in a full length release. Nonetheless, as Scott's Sunday night DJ slot on WEVL makes clear, he is steeped in the history of pop and rock, old and new, and something was bound to come of it. Now, with his band The Toy Trucks making their debut, rockets bells and poetry (Black & Wyatt), we can finally hear all that cumulative experience blossom into some fine material. Read the full article Memphis combo The Toy Trucks... Led by ex-Reigning Sound member Jeremy Scott, the group — which also includes guitarist Dylan Cranmer, bassist Ryno Hanson and drummer Steve Barnat — have crafted a killer full-length debut for the local Black and Wyatt label that bears the influence of everything from Del Shannon to the Rascals, from garage to punk to power pop and beyond. Commercial Appeal FTBOTRB review of Rockets, Bells and Poetry Visceral. Well, you have been warned in the opening track that there is a distinct possibility you may get disemboweled. It's a raucous and driven way to open this excellent LP from the Memphis circuit's cheap beer driven rockers. However, you're in for quite a ride with Rockets, Bells and Poetry, it's not all balls out rocking. There's the self-effacing heart string plucker Show You Love which plays out the show this week. The whole sound of this LP is one of transition and exploration. The quite carnival-like C D B gives way to the anthemic Hot Tears without so much as a warning. Despite band leader Jeremy Scott professing the band is past its sell by date this recording is much more than that. Its freshness belies Jeremy's statement and one can only wonder how much that tongue in cheek comment actually influences the bands' sound. It is boyish, scruffy and offers more than an occasional sense of childlike wonderment. Much can be learnt from a few listens of this new offering from The Toy Trucks, such as punk glockenspiel. You may never have been touched by it before, but from now on you'll never be untouched. Excellent and rewarding music from past-it rockers who are only just beginning their journey. FTBOTRB official verdict: essential listening.

Oct 2019

53 min

    It's all about Zooluxx this week. Psychedelic gunslingers straight from the Los Angeles Music scene and recording on the Blind Owl Records label. Zooluxx really do take us to Different Planets. This week Richard is In Conversation with founder of the label and frontman of Mrs Henry, Dan Cervantes. We discuss the label in general and some of its roster, including Zooluxx and Mike Pope among others. Dan Cervantes is down to earth and enthusiastic. Richard and Dan also touch on Mrs Henry's rendition of The Last Waltz and the documentary it spawned. Tobin is bookending the show this week with oddly named The Japanese House. Rarely to be outwitted, Richard delves into the research books and unearths the story behind the name. But what does Richard really think about The Japanese House? Listen on to find out more. Also in Tobin's sights this week is another of his favourite "guess where this band is from" spins. Nérija do sound cool and very sexy indeed, can Richard rise to the challenge? Tobin tops it all off with Maye and her New Music release Tú. Originally broadcast on our Patreon channel 3 weeks ago, Maye finally makes it onto the show. Blodwyn Pig tease us with a comedic intro. Finally, Richard introduces the Family Playlist and dives right in with the classic Russian Circles track, Ethel. Good old auntie Ethel. Track Listing Face Like Thunder The Japanese House Different Planets Zooluxx Riverfest Nérija The Change Song Blodwyn Pig Ethel Russian Circles Tú Maye Saw You In A Dream The Japanese House Zooluxx - two EP's coming January 2020 We call our music jazzadelic space groove, it's heavy funk. Zooluxx frontman Troy Vincent He's talking about Zooluxx, the psychedelic, genre-crossing band he shares with bassist Ned Casual, drummer Princess Frank, and percussionist Bertie Paradise. Formed in Los Angeles from the ashes of a locally-beloved blues outfit, Zooluxx makes raw, rhythmic music that nods to the band's influences — including 1960s rock & roll, electric blues, Parliament Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield, and Afrobeat — while still sounding fresh and feral. It's spontaneous dance music rooted in grooves and guitars, both modern in its explosively eclectic approach and proudly old-school in its reverence for analog sound. Appropriately, the guys sharpened the edges of their acclaimed live show with a weekly residency at Good Times at Davey Wayne's, a 1970s-themed bar in the middle of chic Hollywood. The place was an oddly fitting home for Zooluxx, whose songs mixed vintage cool with contemporary kick. Every Monday night for five years, Troy and Ned would hit the stage, piecing together their band's unique sonic stomp — as well as their ideal lineup — while members of the Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Paul McCartney and U2 circulated throughout the audience. It was a proper scene, with Zooluxx's co-founders serving as the ringleaders. New releases for 2020 Ghetto Starship was released in June 2019, introducing Zooluxx's sound to those who had yet to catch the band in concert. Recorded to analog tape on Lynyrd Skynyrd's old API console in San Diego, the EP found the guys working with Karl Denson, a multi-instrumentalist and producer who currently tours as a member of the Rolling Stones. Arriving less than a year later, the follow-up EP Just a Little Bit shines a light on the spontaneity of a Zooluxx gig, even kicking off with an improvisational jam called Golden Gun Blues. With its mix of raw energy, sharp songcraft, and uplifting lyrics, Just a Little Bit will be released next year by Blind Owl both digitally and on vinyl on January 31st, with Ghetto Starship as the B-Side on the vinyl release. Words courtesy of Blind Owl Records - click here for more

Oct 2019

60 min

Slaves are our New Music shot this week whilst Tobin has been out of the UK. Be prepared for some outlandish British punk at full volume. We'll find out more about Slaves and their take on modern day punk later in the show. Of course, you could have heard this New Music weeks ago when it was released. Just become a patron of the show. Find out more here about how just $1 a month could secure you New Music every week. Plus, you get a warm feeling inside knowing that you are helping to support the show. Along with Slaves, we've got a spectacular Beatles cover, which Richard argues is actually better than the original. Drown in Daisy DeBolt's lusciously imploring vocal lines as she weaves her way around Allan Fraser's linchpin melody. Arguably Canada's greatest band never to have made it, this track is an essential listen. Coming hot on its heels is the cracker from Dialgo. We discuss Stranger Things, coke bottle green vinyl and Richard's continued avoidance of modern TV culture. It's Jazzamatazz, it's slick and it's something you should be getting onboard with. Tom Misch watch out. Andrew Bird brings some Father John Misty-like vibes and inspires us with the whistled melody lines. It's something of a conversation starter. We ruminate on the possibility of showcasing more tunes where whistling the melody line is of high prevalence. Woodstock - our continuing fascination with Yasgur's farm Ten Years After, fronted by epic axe-man Alvin Lee own the stage in this weeks vinyl play. Such a staggering performance from UK-born Alvin who knows his way around Gibson's Big Red. Aside from his lightning fast fret-work, Alvin chugs away at some fat, gorgeous sounding chords. In the unlikely event that you've never heard this, please don't listen to it if you intend to drive or operate heavy machinery. It's a narcotic set. You'll be left high as a kite. So that's it? Not really, we discuss Tobin's recent holiday, how we wasted most of the week drinking and playing board games. Chess and Settlers of Catan (Seafarers and Cities and Knights variant with Oil Springs scenario) - all very dull really. However, join us as we stumble through our weekly studio time arrangement. And get in touch, we love Listener Suggestions, or just ask us for a shout out. 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Undoubtedly the punk capitol of the UK! Musicians Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman make up Slaves since their formation in 2012. Slaves released their first single in early 2014, the wonderfully titled Where's Your Car Debbie? Firstly, it's a punk thrash affair very much in the vain of the vintage 3-chord style. Secondly, the song deconstructs half way through. The protagonist is clearly worried and just really wants Debbie to get her car! Following the success of this they played on Jools Holland's Later… and were nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2015. Currently Slaves have 3 LP's released as well as the 4-track EP we play off today. We highly recommend the track When Will I Learn from off of that EP. It didn't make the show because of its explicit content, but it is a great listen. Go ahead and listen on Apple Music. People being silly Slaves have continued to attract controversy with the accusation that their name is racially insensitive. Allegedly their "white background" is further proof of this. Grow up everyone. Slaves are a great band writing and recording great punk music. Their unique and colourful take on the current music scene should be relished, not discourage. Let's focus an that, the music that Slaves are creating instead of trying to find a way of being "offended". Slaves, 9 out of 10 from FTBOTRB. Well done lads, you've made people sit up and start listening again. Our band name relates to people not being in control of their day to day lives. Slaves was our way of getting off the paths we didn’t want to walk down anymore. The music we make is motivational and aimed at people personally as well as collectively. Laurie Vincent & Isaac Holman - Slaves

Oct 2019

50 min

  Sofi Tukker forms the back half of Tobin's excellent New Music Double Header this week. This American musical duo follows hard-to-beat tune Dennis from Liverpool's very own Pizzagirl. However, Sofi Tukker manage to pull a blinder and get straight to the back of the net with Purple Hat. Listen on for a truly epic listen. It's an official From the Bottom of The Record Box (Music Discovery Podcast) Recommendation. Tobin also brings us a Listener Recommendation from "that" Jamie as once again Jamie unleashes his vast musical knowledge on us. In much the same vein that Spike from the Bearded Pig Forge brought us Batzorig Vaanchig, Jamie also brings us Mongolian throat singing. It's the belligerent war-like swagger of Altan Urag. A future gaming top ten hit in the making we predict. Secondly, Richard is on all pre-release mission this week. He's got three tracks off of The Claim's new LP - The New Industrial Ballads. Two up at the top of the show, and the retro narrative classic 30 Years at the bottom of the show. Introducing Blind Owl Records Richard is also playing tracks off his current favourite spin The Ripening by Mike Pope. Mike is a stalwart of the San Diego music scene and has an album in the wings. Scheduled for release in early 2020, The Ripening is coming out of the Blind Owl Records stable. Formed in 2012 by Mrs Henry frontman and all-round rock 'n' roll nice guy Dan Cervantes, Blind Owl Records is a community driven label. Blind Owl also puts out film and literature as well as music. Mrs Henry are undoubtedly best known for their rockumentary on their performance of the whole The Last Waltz gig by The Band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPXTKhGuR2I   Track Listing Johnny Kidd's Right Hand Man/Under Canvas The Claim Every Loving Herd Does As It Should Mike Pope Dennis Pizzagirl Purple Hat Sofi Tukker Mother Mongolia Altan Urag 30 Years The Claim Homonculus/Ain't It Strange Mike Pope Sofi Tukker at One Colorado Old Pasadena - Photo © Justin Higuchi Sofi Tukker at One Colorado Old Pasadena - Photo © Justin Higuchi What do we know about Sofi Tukker? Not to be confused with Sophie Tucker - Last of the Red Hot Mamas - Sofi Tukker is an American musical duo. Based in New York the band consists of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. Perhaps best known for the song Best Friend (which Apple used during their unveiling of iPhone X) Sofi Tukker have delivered again here. Hawley-Weld, a native Canadian, schooled in Europe at the United Word College of the Adriatic whilst her counterpart is a Boxing Day baby from Massachusetts. They first met at an art gallery where Sophie was performing. Tucker approached her and a song writing partnership ensued. Sofi Tukker released their first EP only 3 years ago, its title drawing on inspiration from the poet Mary Oliver. "You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves" gives Sofi Tukker the EP title Soft Animals. Their single release from that EP, Drinkee is again poet inspired. The Brazilian poet Chacal is indeed the source of this and was nominated for a 2017 Grammy for Best Dance Recording. It seems that poets and Apple are recurrent themes in Sofi Tukker's timeline. The clean version of their track Batshit (entitled That's It [I'm Crazy]) was used by Apple for their iPhone 8 TV advertising. Treehouse Treehouse is their only studio LP to date, released a little over a year ago, on April 13th 2018. Paste Magazine described the LP as "an insatiable dance collection of jungle-pop songs with many well-executed nods towards Brazilian instruments, poets and to the national language, Portuguese". The songs on Sofi Tukker's Treehouse are alternately playful and sincere, intimate and global. Though Sofi Tukker's mélange of disparate sounds and influences - bossa-nova rhythms, cowbells, castanets, and spaghetti-western guitars - lends Treehouse an air of worldly sophistication, Hawley-Weld and Halpern never take themselves or their music too seriously. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Slant Magazine

Oct 2019

41 min

Welcome to the show this week where we introduce you to Tina-Marie. Her music is low-key, it's funky, smooth, sexy and very cool. We're lucky enough to be able to share this with our listenership around the globe and we hope you enjoy her slick and enticing groove. But it's not all about Tina-Marie in the show, Tobin has a choral delight that is sure to blow off your socks. OK, we get it, you're turned off by the word choral right? Well don't be - this is modern, engaging vocal work by Shards. It's a world away from the dusty halls of any long since forgotten congregation and eschews children with bowl cuts in matching cassocks. It's eerily cold, spacious and at the same time joyous to listen to. From the cool grooves of Tina-Marie we move seamlessly to the dark, Americana, alt country sounds of Brown Bird. Sadly Brown Bird are no more as founder David Lamb passed away in 2014 from leukaemia. However, his wife Morgan Eve Swain carried on the legacy and formed her new band, The Huntress and Holder of Hands. Coincidentally, speaking of David Lamb's passing, we learnt at the time of recording of the death of Daniel Johnston. Daniel was a monolith in modern music, had a family connection with us and delighted more people on earth than he would ever know. We've played him on the show before and you can hear him here and on a Wax Time Special here. Tina-Marie - Capetown, Wintergreen - Manchester Wintergreen, a couple of more than decent Manchester lads bring us the notion of clockwork mice. Oscillators, sequencers and laptops feel in stark contrast to the summery vibes that Capetown has delivered today. However, Wintergreen have a timeless feel that will probably happen to Tina-Marie as well. Listen to Gravi-T in 15 years and we're certain that it will have lost none of it's appeal. In fact, on the contrary. Tina-Marie's track is likely to become a staple listen. We can only look forward to her next release with much relish. Did we mention New Music? No? OK, so Pip Blom are featured in Tobin's New Music Shot this week, although you could have had it here 3 weeks ago when it was über-fresh. Firmly off the leash, Tobin also sees fit to bring us another track from one of his favourite genres - electro swing! Summer Sickness Shards Bilgewater Brown Bird Freckles Pip Blom Gravi-T Tina-Marie Fel Del Av Garden Movits! Clockwork Mice Wintergreen Find Sound Shards What Capetown Sound has to say about Tina-Marie Our friends over at Capetown Sound introduced Tina-Marie to the show. She was a big hit here at Record Box HQ and easily made the cut for the show. We didn't have much information on Tina-Marie so Nicole at Capetown Sound sent us the following information. It's short but sweet, as sweet as Tina-Marie's voice. Born and bred in Cape Town, Tina-Marie has been singing and composing since a very young age. She has worked with Nic Hazell, Patric van Blerk and Paul Petersen. Tina has performed with Zolani from Freshlyground years ago, singing Paradise Road. Influenced greatly by Sade, Meschell n D'Degeo Cello, Café Del Mar, Soul Candi and other lounge artists. Finds herself working closely with Wendy Oldfield as producer and Paola de Vito as manager. Want to get social with Tina-Marie? Become a Patron of the show https://youtu.be/rwvUjAv6pxg Become a patron of the show for as little as $1 a month

Oct 2019

47 min

Tinariwen are today's Triple Bookend! Tuareg musicians par excellence - they take us on a transcendental trip deep into the Western Saharan desert night. And what a trip it is. With guesting musicians from the annals of rock history and traditional Mauritanian folk masters. This double LP release that is only a couple of weeks old is a must-have for any record collector. Richard presents 3 tracks of his choice from that release, Amadjar. Released on double 180g premium vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with additional 28pp road trip booklet AND digital download, order here. As if the sonic landscape created by Tinariwen was not enough Tobin brings us a 52 year old Record Box Classic. Despite the difficulties recording this in the studio it's a cracking listen. In fact, it acts beautifully as a Record Box Classic. In so much that you've not heard it for ages but it sounds brilliant. Go right on ahead and listen, you'll understand what we are saying. In addition to this, we have New Music from Ayelle where we all get a bit confused about what she is actually singing about. Crabs? Cycle paths? Eh? Yeah, it's a real fun listen and you could have heard it 3 weeks ago if you were a patron of the show. Want to get involved? Get some deep personal enlightenment right here. Furthermore Tobin lifts the lid on Caamp's new LP and Richard adds some cautionary listening advice. It's a great new release but comes with a caveat. Zawal Tinariwen After The Rain Kyson Tramp Carla Thomas & Otis Redding Kel Tinawen Tinariwen Psychopaths Ayelle Penny, Heads Up Caamp Madjam Mahilkamen Tinariwen A very British problem This is a bit embarrassing, and we don't like to ask. However, we've had to renew our music licence this week and it has more than doubled in price! That means that it is going to cost us twice as much to broadcast for the coming 12 months. It'd be great to feel your support dear listener, for only $1 a month you could help us cover this increase. If only a small fraction of our listeners could get to a $1 a month pledge we'd be more than buoyant. Please help us continue broadcasting. In return, we will email you a New Music Shot mini show every week where Tobin offers you his musical selection for the week. It's exclusive and only for people like you who contribute to our success. Go ahead, click below to help us out Become a Patron! Tinariwen - true rock 'n' roll rebels Well right off the bat, friend of the show Will has been in touch with us to tell us his best mate used to work at a record label and worked with Tinariwen at said label! There you are, a personal Listener Recommendation if ever there was one. But there's more… Tinariwen (meaning "deserts") were founded in 1979 in Algeria by Ibrahim Ag Alhabib who aged 4 witnessed the execution of his father. His father was a Tuareg rebel and was killed in a 1963 uprising in Mali. Tinariwen returned to Mali in the 1990s after a ceasefire. Ibrahim Ag Alhabib was influenced by a movie he saw as a young child which featured a cowboy playing a guitar. Ag Alhabib built his own guitar out of a plastic water can, a stick and some fishing wire Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni In the late 70's Ag Alhabib joined with other members of the rebel Tuareg community. The band began to explore Morroccan folk music and Algerian pop music. They began to fuse this with more western sounds like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana et al. The music collective used to play at weddings and other social gatherings, and whilst not having an official name people came to know them Kel Tinariwen. This translates in the local Tamashek language as "People of the Desert" or "The Desert Boys". The 1980s ushered in a new era for Tinariwen In 1980 Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi issued a cry to Tuareg people living illegally in Libya to receive nine months military training. His idea was to have an elite fighting force honed from the tough Tuareg people to patrol Western Sahara and assist in his campaigns in Chad and Niger. Ag Alhabib and other band members heeded the call. They did so with a similar call in 1985, this time by Tuareg rebel leaders in Libya. This is where many of the musicians met and formed Tinariwen. The idea was to create songs about the struggles Tuareg people faced. They built a makeshift studio and vowed to record music for free for anyone who supplied a blank audio cassette. The resulting cassettes were traded widely throughout the region of the Sahara. In 1989 the band left Libya, returning to Mali. Ag Alhabib returned to his home village for the first time in 26 years. Rock 'n' roll rebels whose rebellion, for once, wasn't just metaphorical Slate magazine In 1990 the Tuareg people revolted against the government. Members of Tinariwen acted as rebel fighters and soon a peace treaty was forced in the January of 1991. It was finally time for Tinariwen to leave military service and start focussing on music full time. Since 2001 new Tuareg musicians have joined Tinariwen who did not live through the military conflicts contributing to the bands multi-generational evolution.

Sep 2019

47 min

    Lake Street Dive bookend the show today and prove to be a big hit here at Record Box HQ. Tobin floated the band and their kick-off-the-show tune Good Kisser is a great introduction to the Boston five piece. More on Lake Street Dive later. Personal friend and country songstress Andrea Glass features at long last. Well overdue is a play from her. We have a track from her debut LP, North Wind. More used to being played alongside other Country/Americana greats on shows like the legendary Bob Harris' we hope she feels equally at home here. Bobby Womack ends his track so abruptly it causes some hilarity in the studio. However, we delve into his colourful private life and the legacy he, and his brother Cecil left. Cecil forming Womack and Womack with Sam Cooke's daughter, Bobby's step-daughter with whom he'd had an affair. All very risqué and exciting. We've also got New Music in the form of the decisive Husbands track Mexico. You can get early access to New Music from Record Box HQ here. Wax time and a pre-release Richard spins up more legendary tracks from deep in his personal crates with the sublime Urban Species feat. MC Solaar track Listen. French rap never sounded so good. Couple that with a pre-release from Goner Records, Aquarian Blood send us a teaser from their forthcoming LP. Couple that with a Record Box Classic and you're in for a musical ride without comparison. Sit down, buckle up, get them head phones on and let's give the proverbial musical bird to the outside world and enjoy each other's company for about an hour. Just a little less actually, but it's time well spent. Good Kisser Lake Street Dive North Wind Andrea Glass Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) Bobby Womack Mexico Husbands Listen Urban Species feat MC Solaar A Song For You Donny Hathaway There's A World Aquarian Blood Rich Girl Lake Street Dive Lake Street Dive - tell us more Named after a street in Minneapolis that contains many dive bars (disreputable drinking establishment) Lake Street Dive formed in 2004. You're hearing lead singer Rachael Price here telling us all about how good she is at kissing. Backing her mighty claim is Mike Olson, Bridget Kearney, Mike Calabrese and Akie Bermiss. Respectively they play trumpet and guitar, upright bass, drums and finally keys. Keyboardist Akie Bermiss joined the band on tour in 2017 and plays on this LP. Lake Street Dive was brought into existence by a shared love to create free country music. Yes, really that. Just country music played for free. However, as Mike "McDuck" Olson states, The concept was abandoned for something that actually sounded good. Mike Olson Most members were already playing instruments at a young age and some even had classical training. However, their influences came mainly from the music they heard at home. Mainly jazz, soul and '60s rock. Lake Street Dive also all individually cite the entire Beatles discography as hugely influential. In fact Kearney wrote Hello? Goodbye! and Don't Make Me Hold Your Hand as a direct result of her love of The Beatles. Further influences on Lake Street Dive In addition to The Beatles, LSD cite Hall and Oates (heard here on the track Rich Girl), The Jackson 5, The Mamas and the Papas, Fleetwood Mac, ABBA and The Drifters. They also annually release a Halloween cover/video. You can go check out their Fun Machine EP which contains some of these covers. With this in mind, it's quite obvious Lake Street Dive don't take themselves too seriously at all. They're a fun band knocking out slick grooves and having a whole lot of fun along the way. In fact, they claim to draw on the energy of their audience and are able to pump that energy back at them and mould the atmosphere in the room We want it to sound like the Beatles and Motown had a party together Mike Calabrese Andrea Glass roll call Richard mentioned on today's show that Andrea Glass had an incredible roll call of musicians on this recording. Well, here's some further information to fill in the gaps. The LP from which Northwind comes is Stood Under Stars, recorded, mixed and engineered at 16 Ton Studios in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. Mastered at Yes Master, again in Nashville. Featured musicians are as follows: Acoustic Guitar - Andrea Glass, Shawn Byrne Bass - Danny White Drum - Paul Griffith Electric Guitar - Shawn Byrne Hammond Organ - Mike Webb Piano - John Hobbs, Steve Knight Steel Guitar (lap & pedal), Resonator Guitar, Banjo - Al Perkins Vocals - Andrea Glass, Kevin Montgomery, Ashley Monroe, Andrea Zonn

Sep 2019

55 min

Batzorig Vaanchig throat sings his way into the show with Latvian bagpipers. Interested? We thought you would be! Spike from The Bearded Pig Forge recommended this one and what an excellent and rewarding listen it is. Mongolian throat singing with Latvian bagpipes. As Tobin says, please don't hit the off-switch, this is good. Real good. The Lovemongers give us an epic cover of a Led Zeppelin classic. In stark contrast to Batzorig Vaanchig, it is no less vocally splendid. Obviously it's completely different and more recognisable, but a fantastic vocal celebration nonetheless. As ever we've got New Music and much more besides. Secondly, Richard introduces us to his virtual friend and artist extraordinaire Carly Strauss. It's a full show so let's dive straight in. Where They Do Not Know My Name Bad Livers Swimming Pools Thao Nguyen & The Get Down Stay Down Hunnu Guren Batzorig Vaanchig & AULI You Decided Mia Berg Battle of Evermore The Lovemongers He Don't Love Me Winona Oak Shot at a Bird, Hit Me a Stump Bad Livers Batzorig Vaanchig and AULI hook up Despite starring on the soundtrack to Netflix's landmark series Marco Polo, Batzorig Vaanchig also found time to collaborate with AULI. AULI are the Latvian bagpipe and drum outfit featured on Hunnu Guren. AULI had undertaken research into ancient singing techniques and this brought Batzorig Vaanchig firmly onto their radar. Just two members of AULI travelled to Mongolia in 2018 to meet Batzorig. They recorded three songs featuring Batzorig Vaanchig on the stringed instrument Morin Khuur whilst they were there. The tracks were further adjusted to suit the sound of the bagpipes and AULI further worked upon this on their return to Latvia. In March 2018 the whole band traveled to Mongolia to record the video for Hunnu Guren. The destination was the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Meet Carly Strauss We've all done it. We've followed back an account on Facebook or Instagram and after time that follow back proves to be a very interesting ride indeed. Well Richard's new virtual friend is Carly Strauss, amazing artist, teacher, apparel designer and consistent Instagrammer. Add her cameo appearance on Savannah Pope's excellent Rock 'n' Roll No More music video and her educational merits and you've got a gorgeous human being on your hands. Carly's artwork is really a firm favourite here at Record Box HQ. Carly's artwork is also for sale - check it out here. We're still deciding here which to go for. It's one of Carly's pieces that is the featured image for this post. However, not all her work is of the same vein. In fact, her work is incredibly diverse. Shame she's not a musician. Well she's not admitted to being one anyhow. Carly very generously offered us an invite to her recent exhibition in Los Angeles but being UK based we couldn't make it unfortunately. More's the pity, we are massive fans of her work and relished the opportunity, however difficult it was. Thanks Carly. From the Bottom of the Record Box has a dedicated and passionate listenership globally and has outstripped our wildest expectations but we need to commit more time and energy to keep up with demand. This is far from a full-time occupation for either of us, we have jobs and families and bills the same as anyone and what started as a hobby now costs time and money we can no longer afford on our own. The podcast will always remain free of charge but for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each month your help as a patron can help us deliver extra content and keep the quality and integrity of the podcast long into the future. We are looking for your patronage to help maintain our fantastic show and ensure we can grow this podcast for all unsung artists and passionate music lovers. Because we decide what goes on the show we are in a unique position to offer any patron a bespoke way of saying 'thank you'. We'd love to have you onboard with either a mention or even live in the studio talking about your own love for music. From the Bottom of the Record Box belongs to all music lovers, after all and we couldn't do this without you!

Sep 2019

47 min

Of course, following the sad news of David Berman's untimely demise recently we thought it fitting to play Silver Jews. David Berman was a wonderful man and his music reflects this. More on David Berman later on, because we have much more besides. SALES bookend the show with flavours of Joy Division and Suzanne Vega. There is some promise as we expect a Chinese takeaway delivery only to be reminded it's New Year and no such delicious meal is in sight. We discover that making music purely for your own enjoyment is a thing. Sir Woman was doing just this, much like Keaton Henson whom has graced the show previously. But Sir Woman isn't the only one and we have more secretive music makers being showcased on the show in coming weeks. Over nineties music making sensation Barbara Dane sings of the binds of conjugal felicity in her wonderful Single Girl. You think you know about protest singers? Woody, Bob and Pete? Be prepared to relearn what you think you know as Barbara Dane towers above them all. Is there anything else? There sure is. Flogging Molly mix never ending Irish reels with rock and roll and send us heading for the dance floor. And finally, before the close of the show we introduce you to The Local Honeys. Straight out of Kentucky these two ladies are the real deal. Banjo player Montana Hobbs and guitarist Linda Jean Stokley manage to blend bluegrass foot stompers with sweet Appalachian mountain harmonies. Able to drive hard fiddle based tunes, sing the high lonesome sound and tell a damn good story these girls are destined for great things. You can even hire them out for your own events via their website! Chinese New Year SALES Random Rules Silver Jews Making Love Sir Woman Single Girl Barbara Dane Devil's Dance Floor Flogging Molly The Junkman The Local Honeys Renee SALES David Berman - the legacy of beautiful music remains The first time I met David Berman was at a backyard party at Grimey’s Records in Nashville. One of the fun ideas Grimey’s cooked up that day was to have a “Meet and Greet The Nashville Indie Rockers” table, and at this table was David Berman, Kurt from Lambchop, and me. I found David Berman funny, avuncular, and sweet. Not many people came up to talk to us - most of the people at the party already knew us, and we probably all felt a little silly and embarrassed sitting there. It felt a little like that scene in Spinal Tap when no one shows up for the autograph signing at the record store. Kurt killed time by drawing ‘blind caricatures’ of us by placing a blindfold on his face and drawing our portraits from memory. I still have mine. David had with him two old Silver Jews 7” singles he was trying to sell. A young woman eventually came up and asked about them. “They’re $3 each,” David told her. “I only have $5,” said the girl. “That’s OK, take them,” said David, handing her the records. “I’m not here today to make money. I’m here to make friends.” 2008 low point In 2008 I was at a very low point in my life. I was in the midst of what is often euphemistically known as a “messy divorce” and was about to be dropped from my label. Also being informed, while on tour, that the record store I managed back home was to close, leaving me unemployed. I had been abandoned by both my band and my then-wife in the middle of a grueling five-week tour across the US. The final two weeks of this tour were dates opening for Silver Jews. By this point on the tour I was traveling alone. I was already friends with guitarist William Tyler and bassist Cassie Berman. The latter of whom played bass in a short-lived band I was in at the time called HP Witchcraft. I didn’t really know the rest of the band very well. Word spreads quickly in our small circle of indie rockers. By the time I met up with the Silver Jews crew in New Orleans, everyone had already heard about my recent run of hard luck. The entire band and crew made me feel very welcome at a time when I really needed it. It felt good to be among friends. They were sympathetic but not pitying or meddlesome.Each of them made an effort, despite their demanding schedules, to hang out with me and make sure I was OK. A few of them even offered to travel with me and keep me company on the road. David Berman in particular was a good friend to me during this time despite people constantly seeking his attention and tugging on his sleeve. David Berman to the rescue On the last night of the tour, at the Echoplex in LA, I was asked to join the band onstage for the last song of their set, “Punks in the Beerlight.” Cassie and guitarist Peyton Pinkerton quickly ran through the chords of the song with me backstage. Cassie told me she’d cue me when it was time to join the band onstage. David Berman was blind as a bat. He also didn’t like to wear his glasses onstage. When it came time for me to accompany the band on “Punks In The Beerlight,” David saw me approach, but didn’t recognize me at first, only seeing the shape and shadow of a big guy hopping up onstage and fiddling with an amplifier. Oh, well, I guess they’re pulling the plug on us, sorry. The crowd booed. David Berman Myopic misunderstanding In his blindness, David, having momentarily forgot about the plan for me to sit in with the band. He thought I was a security guard cutting the power and coming to tell him the show was past curfew and they had to stop. “No, David, that’s James!” explained Cassie. Everyone laughed. It was a memorable moment and I still smile when I think about it. The last time I spoke to David he suggested I call my new band “Orangutan Menopause.” Then he apologized for not being more present during the tour years earlier when he knew I was going through so much gnarly shit. I told him truthfully that I never felt that he was anything but present. Those last shows of the tour with Silver Jews might have saved my life. At the very least, if he and his band hadn’t been as generous, sweet, and hospitable to me as they were, I almost definitely would have bailed on the remainder of the tour and God only knows what else. David is still there for me, as he is for so many of you, when I listen to his songs. Though it will be a while before I am able to listen to them again, I expect that they will remain just as beautiful as before, if a lot sadder. To the max. Written by James Jackson Toth and published on Aquarium Drunkard Further reading - The David Berman interview

Sep 2019

43 min

The Toy Trucks have a new LP out next week. We've been lucky enough to have been granted access to a track or two before its release on September 6th. It's Jeremy Scott's brainchild and these ageing rockers are stirring up Memphis in the US. The Mama Cass inspired LP title is a precursor to a much awaited release. However, The Toy Trucks is not our only pre-release this week. Secondly to their track we have a bookend (and pre-release) from Vivian Girls. Join your resident hosts, Tobin and Richard, and The Toy Trucks, and Vivian Girls and other great artistes. Shovels and Rope bring us round to Birmingham. Tobin discusses his recent work in The Bearded Pig forge where he discussed with ironmonger Spike the respective talents of Shovels and Rope, The Devil Makes Three, Caamp et al. Importantly, Spike has a cracking Listener Suggestion for us in a fortnight's time so listen out for that. Talkboy is Wasting Time and results in some discussion about movies Richard hasn't seen. Coincidentally, so does our double and final Woodstock homage this week. Slaves make a return to the show with track 1 off side 2 of the famously limited edition 4-track EP. We don't play it from the vinyl, however, as Richard is coveting the unopened vinyl package with fervent determination. It's a strange old affair this track in comparison to the punk rock thrasher we had last week. We think you'll be surprised, nay, amazed. Weird Milk is our New Music Shot on today's show. You could have heard direct upon its release a few weeks ago here. Woodstock - the final journey This week, our final nod to the legendary Woodstock festival, now celebrating its 50th anniversary, we pull up two tracks. Firstly, the enigmatic Sha Na Na both parody and yet resurrect interest in the 1950s music scene. Secondly, '60s icon and all-round gentle human being John B. Sebastian seems to eloquently add the closing notes to the decade. Sha Na Na were the penultimate performance at Woodstock, playing early on the Monday morning, August 18th. A short 30 minute set from 7:30am to 8:00am that ushered in the now legendary performance from Jimi Hendrix. Less than a year later Jimi was dead and his death signalled an end to the euphoria and hope of a generation and a close on the '60s. Dance (If You Wanna) Vivian Girls At The Hop Sha Na Na Wasting Time Talkboy The Velvet Ditch Slaves Honey I'm Around Weird Milk I'm On The Dish But I ain't No Rag The Toy Trucks Rainbows All Over Your Blues John B. Sebastian Sick Vivian Girls The Toy Trucks - the lowdown The Toy Trucks are collectively 180+ years old and are fueled by equal parts cheap beer, cheap thrills and Cheap Trick. Over the band’s multi-year existence, songwriter/leader Jeremy Scott (ex-Reigning Sound) has developed an “anything but another crappy love song” ethos which has resulted in the songs on the band’s first full-length, Rockets Bells and Poetry. Over the course of said album, the band (Scott, guitarist Dylan Cranmer, bassist Ryno Hanson and drummer Steve Barnat) prove conversant with, among other things, Rascals-like blue-eyed grooves (Don’t Be So Easy), grisly true crime balladry (57 Bayview), updated Del Shannonesque psychodrama (Hot Tears) and honest flat out rock and roll (I’m on the Dish But I Ain’t No Rag). As both a stand-alone statement and a teaser for the band’s revved up live show, Rockets Bells and Poetry should satisfy anyone’s rock/garage/power-pop itch quite nicely. We stole the title from Mama Cass Elliott Jeremy Scott What does FTBOTRB think of The Toy Trucks? Here at Record Box HQ we've been eagerly awaiting this release to arrive and there is only a week left now. We've been treated to this pre-release and have consumed it with gusto. The band's enthusiasm shines through on the track I'm On The Dish But I Ain't No Rag. It's far from contrived and over-produced, displaying the trademark Black & Wyatt touch of honesty and purity that seems to accompany every new release from the label. The guitar has a definite nod to the great Wilko Johnson but the song has an overall American feel. Scott's vocals cut straight through the noise and this track is in fifth gear right off the bat. It's a brilliant introduction to what is sure to be a must-have full length LP. You can go pre-order the record here and you'll be treated to a few more songs off the LP early - like right now! What are you waiting for? Love music? Well, so do we! From the Bottom of the Record Box is the music podcast dedicated to celebrating the overlooked, forgotten and underrepresented artists making great music and not getting the platform they deserve. That is, not getting the platform they deserved until we came along! We listen to thousands of tracks in making this show to really give you the best in undiscovered music and showcase artists you're going to love & want to show off yourself. We also play a few Record Box Classics along the way, tunes that you've not heard for a while and need reminding of how great they are! What do we do? It's a true labor of love and creating this podcast takes time and dedication, so much goes into each episode before we can even start to record and that is before we think about editing, website management, comms, marketing etc. We take inordinate pride in polishing and finishing each episode to the highest standard as it's what all undiscovered artists and each and every one of our listeners deserve. From the Bottom of the Record Box has a dedicated and passionate listenership globally and has outstripped our wildest expectations but we need to commit more time and energy to keep up with demand. This is far from a full-time occupation for either of us, we have jobs and families and bills the same as anyone and what started as a hobby now costs time and money we can no longer afford on our own. The podcast will always remain free of charge but for less than the cost of a cup of coffee each month your help as a patron can help us deliver extra content and keep the quality and integrity of the podcast long into the future. How you can help We are looking for your patronage to help maintain our fantastic show and ensure we can grow this podcast for all unsung artists and passionate music lovers. Because we decide what goes on the show we are in a unique position to offer any patron a bespoke way of saying 'thank you'. We'd love to have you onboard with either a mention or even live in the studio talking about your own love for music. From the Bottom of the Record Box belongs to all music lovers, after all and we couldn't do this without you! Don't want to become a patron? You can give a one-off donation if you like

Aug 2019

53 min

Welcome to another ear-bursting show bookended this week by the mighty Good Foxy, a likeable bunch of Northern lads. Their music has notable influences from the almanac of the greats, psychedelia, prog-rock and much more besides. We've been recording in Richard's home studio this week and play Good Foxy direct from the limited edition 1st pressing CD, hand numbered number 035. The CD jacket is signed by the lads of Good Foxy and the whole package is an utter delight. So, we've got 2 tracks from Good Foxy this week. Richard brings us New Music this week as Tobin was out of the UK and needed a replacement. Richard brings us not only New Music but a remix to boot - it's the Sun Glitters production of Baby by Primitive Heart. Faux vinyl crackles and all. The track is another offering from Brighton-based Shore Dive Records, the label that brought us Superego last week. Also showcasing this week, Super 8 reminds us of the greats of rock and roll over the years name checking some of the greatest. The track Sing Along entices you to do just that. Joni Mitch … Ray Davies and Johnny Lydon. Instrumental metal is the genre we are still trying to unfathom, God is an Astronaut bring us Loss, the spatial cosmic sounding instrumental anthem. Tobin recently went to a God is an Astronaut gig, so if you like this, head over to our Patreon page for some exclusive video footage. We've also got Paralyzed Waltz by Sarah Bethe Nelson breezing into the show and she gives us some gorgeous vibes. Woodstock take three Finally, it's our third instalment of our month-long theme showcasing some of the artists who performed at the now legendary festival. This week it's Crosby, Stills and Nash's turn to take to the stage. It's the quite breathtaking Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. If you've never heard this (as per Tobin) then put your feet up and relax. It's a beautiful tune and delivered expertly by the obviously nervous trio.

Aug 2019

51 min

Welcome to the show notes for our 1 year anniversary, it's nothing special, no celebration of that here. However, we are celebrating Woodstock, and particularly Richie Havens' epic performance on the inaugural day. Quite what Richie Havens was thinking as he walked onto that stage to see all those people in front of him is any one's guess. But we've got much, much more than Richie Havens today. Our bookend artiste this week is another one off Tobin's Australian roster. He must have some serious contact there. Mallrat brings us the belting opener Groceries and follow up at the bottom of the show, where all good Mallrats should be we guess, with Nobody's Home. Shame there was nobody home when Ed Rooney visited the Bueller home and suffered a serious beating from Ferris' sister! Further to all that noise, we've got a banger from Shoredive Records' Indonesian shoegaze outfit Superego, the track Float, Lost leaves us feeling just that. Shoredive Records have an exciting and different catalogue of artists and we recommend you get off that beaten track you've been treading for so long. Don't look down at your feet in the musical mud, but look towards the heavens and dream of new shoes. Wait… there's more New Music Shot since old Tobers has been away - we had Horse Jumper of Love in the wings but due to technical difficulties couldn't get this up on our Patreon page. So, Richard jumped in with a Sunglitters remix of Baby by Primitive Heart, but you're going to have to jump on our Patreon channel to hear that. It's $1 a month for extra show, exclusive content. What are you waiting for? And lastly, but by no means least, we've got a double Cover Shot, M. Ward and the track that confused Richard, Let's Dance, and the instantly recognisable New Morning performed by James Corder. Join us, it's a lot of fun.

Aug 2019

56 min

Laura Jean Anderson returns to the show and blows us away with her soulful, bluesy, gospel-inspired White Stripes cover and finally wins over Richard. Her track is tantamount proof that she is an incredible vocal talent and her new EP Live From Studio Hotel Earth is bursting with more vocal prowess. The initial track off of the EP Lonesome No More is dripping with jazzy vox chops from yesteryear. There's more, there's a live one-woman-and-a-guitar rendition of Thinkin' 'Bout You which featured previously on the show. Go explore that EP, it's an official FTBOTRB Recommendation. We've got more than just Laura Jean Anderson however. Firstly we have a beautiful bookend from elfish songstress Rachel Ries, two eloquent and tender recordings showcase this poetic, compassionate songwriter at her best. Secondly, we have a Krautrock classic from Michael Bundt; insidious synth futurism that's a great introduction to this genre if you're new to it. Tobin is a massive fan! Wait... there's more New Music from Kalaido transports us eastwards to the lush tropics of Vietnam, via Portland, Oregon, USA. Motorbikes in Sapa is a wonderful foray into the world of Eastern musical instruments and delights with every note. Furthermore, we play the Jack Bruce classic Theme For An Imaginary Western as performed by Mountain. Straight from the vinyl. It's the first instalment of our monthlong celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. We play tracks from the world's most famous music festival throughout August. Talking Heads are our Record Box Classic this week and we top everything else off with Royal Jelly Jive and the track Pteryophora. Join us for an eclectic show full of music that requires much further investigation! And last but not least, welcome aboard Young Chris, keep listening, especially when you shouldn't be. Rock 'n' Roll Chris, pure Rock 'n' Roll.

Aug 2019

56 min

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