Playing tracks by
Johnny cash, Darlene Love, The Great Balloon Race, Adrian Crowley, The Go-Betweens and more.
We’re not doing a Christmas special as such this year, but I will slip in a few songs of the season before the holidays. So we had J Cash singing a June Carter song, Darlene Love with an incomparable wall of sound and Dean & Britta with some gorgeous dream pop. New music wise, The Great Balloon Race, a fantastic Cork band whose debut album is just out, also Adrian Crowley, Yo La Tengo, Sylvain Chauveau & FU. And from earlier in the year, Kyle Forester singing the wonderfully laconic songs of Joshua Stein and the great cut up rhythms of Zammuto. In the “My Highlights of 2012” category, David Byrne/St Vincent and Ariel Pink, both on 4AD but poles apart in most other ways. And a pair of chamber pop beauties – Jon DeRosa from his great new album, and The Go-Betweens, from Liberty Belle.... Pop music doesn’t get much better than when Grant McLennan sings: “And the rain hit the roof, with the sound of a finished kiss, like a lip lifted from a lip". www.theundergroundofhappiness.blogspot.com