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From the Bottom of the Record Box

Richard, Tobin and Jamie: Self confessed music addicts

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The ultimate weekly music discovery podcast for serious music lovers. Join your hosts Richard, Tobin and Jamie 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 from work as we listen to and discuss songs from all genres of music, young and old, as we attempt to widen not only our own musical palate but a ...
 
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Christmas 2021 is officially upon us. And we are in a better place than this time last year, so let's party god damn it! like it's 1999. On today's Christmas 2021 Special please do join us for the best in alternative festive music and some idle chat. No big Christmas hits here, clear off Cliff Richard as we welcome artists as diverse as Christopher…
 
Psykidelic Oven Mit return to the show with their new EP which is released on gorgeous transparent red vinyl and CD - yes, we have both! We have played Psykidelic Oven Mit before on the show — way back in February 2020. We played and discussed Staring Into The Sun from their debut LP Ghost Machine. Richard was lucky enough to be have given the pre-…
 
Tochiro is a project by a dude from Pennsylvania who felt sad and is still sad but at least he doesn't drink anymore. Furthermore, his debut 5 track EP The Age of Rock 'n' Roll Death has landed. It is limited to a run of 50 cassettes and you can buy your copy here. The cassette release of the EP also comes with an exclusive commentary about the rec…
 
Ethereal, Swedish-born multi instrumentalist joins us this week with her hauntingly beautiful ballad Black Mist. Ethereal has since formed an alliance and now records and gigs under the name Ethereal & The Elevated. During the UK's second lockdown Ethereal continued mainly as a solo project again although decided to keep the name & The Elevated as …
 
Wesley Bennett joins us on today's show with a live performance from Saint Peter's Church together with pianist and cellist. It's a stunning performance, full of emotion and truth with a smattering of heartbreak. Having spoken to Wesley he mentioned that he was actually quite nervous about performing some of these songs because of that raw emotion.…
 
The Zipheads hailing from Jamie's home town of St Albans provide us with the rarest of beats - a cover that is way better than the original. Their take on a musical staple is both energetic and raucous without losing the sentiment of the original. In fact, in a post Dickensian world the sentiment carries even more weight. We've got two belters from…
 
Thai Elephant Orchestra provide you with a listening experience quite different from anything we've ever played on the show before. You can learn more about this engaging project later on in these show notes. Richard has gone down the vinyl rabbit hole again and snapped up their only vinyl release on RSD2. That should tell you how good these "boys"…
 
The Black Armadillos are a rock duo from Genoa, Italy. The band was formed in 2019 by vocalist/guitarist Santo Castagnaro and drummer Maurizio Nuzzi. With sounds heaped in fuzz and reverb it's reminiscent of garage rock revival bands like The Black Keys and The White Stripes. Secondly, there are bigger influences at work here like Jimi Hendrix and …
 
Snowglobe give us cause to question whether you need to be writing and performing garage rock to make it in Memphis. And the answer would appear to be "no". We spin five tracks in all in today's show from their 2 albums. Our Land Brains was Snowglobe's debut LP released on Nine Mile Records and is beautifully produced and features a completely blan…
 
Los Psychosis manage to cut their debut LP to wax amid a system that is groaning under the strain of unprecedented global demand. And we've managed to grab a test pressing! Wow, what a record this is. Authentic, dripping with fiery Latin fusion and more than a nod to music from a bygone era. Gone are the overtly familiar tones of a sloppy double ba…
 
Birthday Ass were formed as an improvisational outfit with no clear idea about the sound of the band. It's freeform we guess. Richard loves Birthday Ass. Jamie is confused by Birthday Ass, he thinks he loves it but it makes his brain hurt and makes it difficult for him to speak properly. Tobin definitely does not like Birthday Ass, he tried it, he …
 
Merry Christmas, fuzzy avant-garde folk infused strangeness from Japan are this week's focus and bring us delight in bucket loads. Merry Christmas bring a much needed antidote to the norm with their fun and enthusiastic songbook. Eschewing the music industry norms, their innocent but ultimately thought provoking music is a welcome break from tradit…
 
JIM - we play a wistful, soft track off his 4 track EP this week. And with only 18 months of guitar playing under his belt! The sublime and delicate sound of the EP made choosing a track to play rather difficult. The titular opening track gives way throughout to gentle strings, woven around JIM's warm vocal tone. Both bowed and pizzicato the string…
 
Surfer Gorilla, hailing from Colombia, are brought to the show this week by That Jamie leaning toward sounds from his ancestral home. The opening track by Surfer Gorilla features rap artiste Diggis, whom Richard likens to an accountant from North Yorkshire. Richard does apologise for this as it does sound rather disparaging. However, Surfer Gorilla…
 
Look Mum No Computer completely rewrites the analogue modular synth rulebook with homemade modules and music, so bloody British. Making a big noise on the show this week, Look Mum No Computer proves to be a massive hit with the FTBOTRB crew. We've got two songs from them and lots of discussion about our thoughts and feelings of this unique act. Loo…
 
Senyawa serve up a vision of hell today in a track so divisive Tobin actually leaves the studio, declaring "The End" of the show. The song is 9 minutes of utter brilliance but not appreciated by everyone it seems. In their rich 11 year history Senyawa have managed to blend traditional Indonesian sounds with punk and avant-garde. Senyawa have done t…
 
Biosynth, self-described French synth geek, beings us closer to France with a poetic look at the city and people of Nantes. Originally scheduled to open the show, the track Nantes immediately came under fire. Tobin thought it too much for our listeners as an opener. Of course Richard disagrees and it leaves the team on the edge of war. What we do n…
 
Bayboards are our focus this week and our Jamie gets to chat to the up and coming Manchester home grown talent on today's show. Firstly, Bayboards give us two excellent tracks and a chat. Secondly, Richard is off the foreign shores with his first track of the show from Dr Jazz Dixieland Band. You can find out more about this fully acoustic jazz set…
 
Noah C Lekas steamrolls the sky this week as we spin his latest vinyl release live in the studio. It's another cracker from Blind Owl Records. You can grab your copy right here. This fantastic new production draws on Noah C Lekas' book Saturday Night Sage. Noah reads excerpts from the book to some wicked music provided by other acts from the Blind …
 
Savannah Pope's new single finally walks amongst us and becomes our focus on this week's show. It's Season III of the Music Discovery podcast. The record marks a change in the wind for Savannah, slightly spooky, gothic and subdued. However, you may be forgiven to think that the Savannah we know and love is gone forever. Spiralling out of control al…
 
Christmas Music on the show can mean only one thing, it's the end of another season of music celebration and review. We serve up another festive smorgasbord of musical crackers with all the trimmings. Join Tobin, Jamie and Richard to celebrate "Good Riddance" to an Annus Horribilis. It's been a year of unprecedented changes not only in the world of…
 
Ryo Kawasaki is a jazz fusion guitarist, composer and band leader from Tokyo, Japan. Kawasaki is best known as one of the first musicians to develop and popularise the fusion genre. Secondly he helped to develop the guitar synthesizer in collaboration with Roland Corporation and Korg. His album Ryo Kawasaki & the Golden Dragon Live was one of the f…
 
Nick Cave, a strange choice for the show, and one that by merit should never be on here, such is his greatness. But actually, that is why he ends up here, it's a paradox, and we're pretty sure Nick would love a paradox. If you have the patience dear listener, then bear with Richard's monologue about his love and admiration for Nick Cave as he intro…
 
Heather Trost, with her delightful new album Petrichor, is giving us two brilliant tracks this week as we showcase her talent. Quite coincidentally, it's a double edged sword victory for Heather Trost. We say that in so much that not only is the music quite sublime, but the artwork is to die for. Join us to explore her past as we explain about how …
 
Jennifer Propeller, 3 tracks deep and a further EP in the wings. They are the self-styled dreamy end of indie-alternative melancholia. And they are a unanimous success here. It's the combination of dreamy guitars and Dalena's voice that really make Jennifer Propeller stand out. Luckily for us, we've also managed to have a sneak preview of some of t…
 
Godcaster, cult-like psych-rockers and firm devotees of Judson Kolk, spill out their nightmarish vision onto the unsuspecting masses. Unsurprisingly pressed to red vinyl (what else) Godcaster's debut LP has landed. Or should that be surfaced? It's likely been spawned in the fires of an underworld populated with dog-girls, doppelgängers and pious ig…
 
Tapeworms, bedroom shoegaze fused with J-pop and video games bring us a new release on Howlin' Banana Records. Straight out of France. After releasing a couple of home-recorded EPs to a modicum of critical acclaim, Tapeworms are back with debut LP. This new offering certainly extends their range of influences. We play their eponymously titled singl…
 
Silverlode, a folksome indie rock’n’ roll band from Leeds, Yorkshire, England. There is quite a lot to go at from Silverlode, and a great starting point would be their Bandcamp page. To be fair to their music, not all of it sounds like what we are playing here on the show today. Nonetheless, Silverlode make an excellent listen. Particularly the mat…
 
Savannah Pope - Freeway, it's her new single release and could it signal a new LP from her in the making. After Atlantis it would make sense. This single release is a further nod to her past, and a glimmer of hope that new work is coming. It follows fairly standard Savannah Pope conventions by now, there's the high octane guitars, booming percussio…
 
Test Card Girl was a teenager in the 90's in Manchester and what a time that was to be alive. She soaked up a lot of the sounds of the time and you can hear that in her eclectic and brave music. From subtle folk sounding acoustic noodling to some comedy Casio synth musings, all accompanied by Catherine's beautiful voice, it's a confident start to h…
 
Web bring Intimidation and Shame to the studio this week, along with a truckload of division. Richard is a fan, Tobin is still trying to work out whether he is or not. Read on, and indeed listen on, for more about Web and their dark and oppressive masterpiece that is Intimidation and Shame. It actually transpires that this is in fact Part I, as Par…
 
Hello there! Jack Hubbel makes a return to form and a return to the show with his latest Telyscopes release. Well, we say latest, it's not even released yet so you are getting an exclusive pre-release listen. No charge. It's what we do. Also, on a general note, it's great to be back. After a 12 week hiatus we are poised to deliver music that begs t…
 
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 …
 
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 Reignin…
 
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…
 
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 ar…
 
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, Enoug…
 
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 exc…
 
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 t…
 
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…
 
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. Remem…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 yo…
 
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 rhythmi…
 
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 h…
 
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 a…
 
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 d…
 
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