I knew Thee Oh Sees’ Toe Cutter Thumb Buster would be an opener from the second I heard its rumbling, lethargic riff. Elsewhere on the podcast there’s a jazz funk party, terrifically brutal noise generated by a drum-mounted oscillator, Cali-inspired summer pop, doomy Calgarian treasure which sounds like it was recorded in the Rotherhithe Tunnel and a song with a chorus so catchy you’ll need some kind of lobotomy to escape it.
I’m also chuffed to have Pitchfork’s UK-based Associate Editor Laura Snapes on as Guest Informant. We discuss the future of the music press, the differences between UK and US music writing, The National’s new album and her decision to drop out of university to work at the NME. Laura also recommends a stack of music and chooses to play some crinkled new wave funk by Pat Jordache and the rousingly optimistic Runner by Laura Stevenson and the Cans.
It’s an hour of music designed to delight, surprise and, perhaps occasionally, disgust.