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Music on Mondays: Mixtape for May 2011

Kat listening

This is *exactly* what I look like when I'm listening to music

In the manner of teenagers everywhere, I have been avoiding doing my homework by making another mixtape as I’ve got a bit bored of the one I made in December last year.

It’s not particularly cool and most of the songs aren’t new, but they’re all tracks that I’m loving right now. You may have heard some in previous episodes of the Shady Ladies podcast, although this mix comes without our waffle.

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  • ACDC – Back in Black
  • Anna Calvi – Suzanne and I
  • The Naked and Famous – Punching in a Dream
  • School of Seven Bells – Half Asleep
  • Wave Machines – Keep the Lights On
  • TV on the Radio – Shout me Out
  • Buck 65 – Dang
  • Beastie Boys – OK
  • Spank Rock – Sweet Talk
  • Brother Ali – Uncle Sam Goddamn
  • De La Soul – Plug Tunin’ (Last Chance to Comprehend)
  • Feist – Inside and Out
  • Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
  • Martha Wainwright – Jesus and Mary
  • Captain Beefheart – Observatory Crest
  • Belleruche – You’re Listening to the Worlds
  • Sunday Driver – The General (Live at the BBC)
  • The Dead Weather – Old Mary
  • Bonobo – Full Stop

Here’s a Spotify playlist with most of the tracks in it.

Shady Ladies volume 9: Bad-ass mother-f*cking cool shirt

*There were some problems with the mp3 file when I first put it up.Please let me know in the comments if you have any problems listening*

Set your profanity filters to stun, because this one’s a bit sweary.

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It’s a bumper – but rather rude – selection this month. We’ve got some ironically naughty beat poetry, filthy rap and aggressively rude metal, mixed in with the usual eclectic selection. There’s also more than a little hat-tip to the 90s – a decade whose comeback seems about as inevitable as death, taxes and the demise of the Liberal Democrats.

If you’ve got any requests for the next show, bung them in the comments below or on the Podbean page.

  • Arcade Fire – The Month of May
  • Mark Ronson and The Business feat Q-Tip – Bang Bang Bang
  • Thao and Mirah – Eleven
  • Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise
  • No Bra – I Like listening to KarlHeinz Munchausen
  • Spank Rock – Bump
  • Shadow Orchestra – Spring 2005
  • Digitalism – 2 Hearts
  • Pulp – Lipgloss (Solo of the month)
  • Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
  • A Guy Called Gerald – Voodoo Ray
  • Flying Lotus – Do the Astral Plane
  • Mr Oizo and Gaspard Auge – Tricycle Express
  • Tortoise – Gigantes
  • The Morning Benders – Promises
  • Still Corners – Endless Summer
  • King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Bats in the Attic
  • Olof Arnalds – Klara
  • Pantera – F*cking Hostile
  • Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog – Unknown Track (Live)

Here’s a link to the Spotify playlist

Shady Ladies podcast 8 – Totally nepotastic!

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We got new pictures!

This month we’re keeping it in the family (or near enough) with a podcast packed with tunes from our own side projects and friends’ bands. Please do go and check them out and show some support.

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The Shadow Orchestra will be emerging from the studio in May, blinking in the sunlight, for a couple of gigs. We’re playing at Simple Things in Bristol on 1st May (AMAZING lineup, don’t miss it!) and at the WahWah45s night at Favela Chic in London on 5th May – come and get some caipirinhas down your neck and dance the night away.

Here’s the (somewhat diminutive) Spotify playlist

Bung your requests for next month in the comments below or on the Podbean page

Shady Ladies podcast 7: All melodrama, big guitars, and…errr…Stevie Wonder

In this month’s podcast we bring you a world exclusive – no, not the new Radiohead album (although we’ve got a track off that too) but the first outing of a new work in progress from the Shadow Orchestra, fresh out of the mixing desk.

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We’re still hard at work in the studio finishing up our album so in the meantime please enjoy our rag-bag selection of tracks, from 90s dance classics to an epic bebop jazz workout. Thanks to everyone who sent in requests. We’ve managed to get a couple in – the rest either fell victim to Kat’s temperamental broadband or were vetoed…

Also we’re introducing a new feature – solo of the month, celebrating the lost art of the instrumental solo. Leave your suggestions for future candidates (and any other requests) in the comments below.


  • Anna Calvi – Suzanne and I
  • School of Seven Bells – Babelonia
  • Shoes – Stay The Same (Isolee remix)
  • Pop Will Eat Itself – 92.F (The 3rd Degree)
  • The Fuzztones – 1 2 5 (request from Ricky Fabulous of Belleruche)
  • Harry’s Gym – Attic
  • The Beatles – Good Morning Good Morning (Solo of the month)
  • Gonjasufi – She Gone
  • Liz Green – I Do Wrong
  • Tunng – Hustle (request from Fran in Argentina – hi Fran!)
  • Radiohead – Bloom
  • Vision of Trees – Sometimes it Kills
  • Shadow Orchestra – Direct Out (work in progress mix)
  • Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
  • Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
  • 3rd Bass – The Gas Face
  • Digable Planets – Jettin’
  • Stevie Wonder – Love Light in Flight
  • Thelonius Monk – Epistrophy

Here’s a Spotify playlist with some of the tracks – enjoy!

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Shady Ladies volume 6: The sound of raging hormones

Love is in the air! Or, at least, it is if you believe the rampant commercial machine that drives the Valentine’s Day industry. This month we’re jumping on the romantic bandwagon and picking lovesongs and songs we love, from loved-up dance tunes to bitter ballads. Grab a box of tissues and put your headphones on…

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Thanks to everyone who sent in requests. Keep them coming – leave your suggestions in the comments below or on the Podbean page.


  • Haddaway – What is love
  • Prince – Kiss
  • The Juan Maclean – Happy House
  • Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me
  • Those Dancing Days – Spaceherosuites (requested by Tom Humberstone)
  • Pulp – Babies
  • Dubstar – St Swithin’s Day
  • The Postal Service – Such Great Heights
  • The House of Love – Love in a Car
  • The Mountain Goats – No Children (requested by Helen Arney)
  • Herman Dune – I Wish That I Could See You Soon
  • Mickey & Sylvia – Love is Strange
  • Ella Fitzgerald – Night and Day
  • Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – The Hub (excerpt)
  • John Martyn – The Dealer (Live)
  • Crosby Stills & Nash – Helplessly Hoping
  • Captain Beefheart – Observatory Crest
  • Shadow Orchestra – Plucking and Bowing
  • Stone Roses – Tightrope (requested by Keith Kerwin)
  • Richard Thompson – 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (requested by Harriet Moll)
  • Jeff Buckley – Lover You Should’ve Come Over
  • Sunday Driver – Naked Bodies
  • Lamb – Gorecki

Here’s the Spotify playlist

See you next month!

Shady Ladies podcast volume 5: Like a rave-up in a car part factory

Apologies for the delay – we lost Mary north of the border and had to wait for her to be dried out and shipped back. This month’s podcast is worth the wait though, being packed full of tunes that we discovered in 2010 ranging from shouty thrash-pop to glorious glitchy electronica.

Next month we’ll be doing love songs – not the cheesy ones, but songs we fell in love with (or to!). If you’ve got a suggestion for a track leave it in the comments below or on the Podbean page, along with a little story about why and we’ll play the best suggestions in the February show.

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Here’s the tracklist:

  • Belleruche – 3 Amp Fuse
  • Sleigh Bells – Kids
  • Casiokids – Fot I Hose
  • Gold Panda – You
  • Florence + The Machine – You Got the Love (XX remix)
  • Janelle Monae – Dance or Die
  • Shadow Orchestra – Sweet as a Nut (Strongroom mix)
  • Caribou – Odessa (Nite Jewel remix)
  • Pantha Du Prince – Bohemian Forest
  • Soulive – Drive my Car
  • Steely Dan – Peg
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Home
  • Sam Sallon – You May Not Mean to Hurt Me (But You Do)
  • Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down
  • Deerhoof – L’Amour Stories
  • Jamie Woon – Night Air
  • Downliners Sect – Negative Green
  • James Blake – Limit to Your love
  • XX – VCR (FourTet remix)

And here’s a Spotify playlist, cos we’re so damn nice…

Music on Mondays: Mixtape 2010

I’ve had loads of fun flexing my audio editing skillz making the Shady Ladies podcasts this year, so I thought I’d sling together a cheeky mix of my favourite songs from this year.

Not all of these are new tunes – and at least one of them is very old – but they’re all songs that have wormed their way into my brain this year, or have particularly special memories associated with them. If you’ve been listening to the podcasts, you’ve probably heard them all already but nevermind…

I make no apologies for the selection – which is neither cool nor trendy – or my admittedly poor mixing ability. And unlike the Shady Ladies, this comes without the usual mindless wittering. Enjoy!

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  • Bill Conti – Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)
  • Atmosphere – Watch Out
  • Cypress Hill – Loco en el Coco (Insane in the Brain)
  • Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter
  • Jay-Z – Lucifer
  • Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You
  • Janelle Monae ft Big Boi – Tightrope
  • Cristina Aguilera – Ain’t No Other Man
  • The Gourds – Gin and Juice
  • Florence + The Machine – You Got The Love (Jamie XX remix)
  • Lusine – Two Dots
  • Hudson Mohawke – Fuse
  • Four Tet – Love Cry
  • School of Seven Bells – Face to Face on High Places
  • Nite Jewel – Want You Back
  • Darwin Deez -Radar Detector
  • Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
  • Andrew Bird – Not A Robot But A Ghost
  • Belleruche – Bobby
  • Shadow Orchestra – Matilda
  • Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – Blackbird

Spotify playlist with most of the tracks here

Shady Ladies podcast volume 4: The Christmas disco

Here’s the fourth Shady Ladies podcast, brought to you by Kat and Mary from the Shadow Orchestra.

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This month it’s our fab Christmas disco – everyone in the band has chosen a party track, a slow dance for our “erection section”, and a song that reminds them of the festive season.

Given the diverse musical influences in the band, that means that this particular Christmas selection box runs the gauntlet from Jethro Tull to Jonah Lewie, via old-school close-harmony, electronica with added squeaky toy noises, and good old-fashioned rock’n’roll.

Another mince pie, vicar?

  • Sergei Prokofiev – Troika edit (from Lieutenant Kije suite)
  • Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter
  • Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
  • Jethro Tull – Reason for Waiting
  • Otis Redding – I Can’t Turn You Loose
  • The Showstoppers – Ain’t Nothing but a House Party
  • The Smiths – Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before
  • Frank Zappa – Father O’Blivion
  • Darwin Deez – You are a Radar Detector
  • Pointer Sisters – Automatic
  • !!! – Jamie, my Intentions are Bass
  • When in Rome – The Promise
  • Twin Shadow – Castles in the Snow
  • Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
  • Flamingos – I Only Have Eyes for You
  • Soulive – Joyful Girl
  • Mazzy Star – Fade into You
  • Shadow Orchestra – Time and Distance (from the Remaker EP – out now)
  • Four Tet – Slow Jam
  • Joni Mitchell – River
  • Helen Arney and Paul Richards – Never Built a Snowman (from the fantastic new album “It’s Going to be an Awkward Christmas, Darling” – raising money for Cancer Research UK and Shelter – buy yours now!)
  • Sergei Prokofiev – Troika redux
  • Jona Lewie – Stop the Cavalry
  • Barenaked Ladies – O Holy Night

Here’s a Spotify playlist with most of the tracks in it.

Enjoy – and have a very merry Christmas. We’ll be back in the new year with another one, hopefully featuring sneak previews of our upcoming album. If you want us, we’ll be in the studio…

Music on Mondays: New Shady Ladies podcast

Me and Mary from the Shadow Orchestra have been getting busy with our records and a bottle of rose, creating the third Shady Ladies podcast. This month’s show features funky harp, dodgy German and a folk fight.

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In this month’s show we’ve got Jarvis Cocker going disco, a surprisingly listenable choice from guitarist NickShadow, the latest single from Revere (who we’re supporting at the Tabernacle on the 18th November) and jazz-funk stylings from harp legend Dorothy Ashby.

Plus we ponder who would win in a fight between Rachel Unthank and Laura Marling. My money’s on the Geordie lass…

Here’s the full tracklisting:

  • Discodeine ft Jarvis Cocker – Synchronise
  • Everything Everything – MY KZ UR BF
  • Shadow Orchestra – No Other
  • Buraka Som Sistema – Kurum
  • Andrew Bird – Not a Robot but a Ghost
  • Phoenix – Rome (Neighbours with Devandra Banhart)
  • Revere – We Won’t Be Here Tomorrow
  • Arthur Russell – Get Around to it
  • John Grant – That’s the Good News
  • Glasser – Tremel (Jamie XX remix)
  • Gorillaz – Empire Ants
  • Dorothy Ashby – Action Line
  • Talking Heads – Houses in Motion
  • Junip – Rope & Summit
  • Rachel Unthank and the Winterset – Blackbird
  • Fink – This is the thing
  • The Cure – Lullaby
  • Sharon Van Etten – Don’t do it
  • Ulrich Schnauss – On my own

Here’s a Spotify playlist with most of the tracks. We’re also on iTunes apparently – just search for Shady Ladies.

And you can download the featured Shadow Orchestra track No Other for absolutely zero pence right here.

We’re back next month with a special Christmas Disco edition. Yay!

Witches, jazz and nu-Stravinsky: Shady Ladies podcast no. 2

Well, we’ve made it to number 2. This month’s podcast features an exclusive preview of Bobby, a track from the new Belleruche album 270 Stories, in honour of the Shadow Orchestra playing at the band’s launch party on 8th October – THAT’S THIS FRIDAY, PEOPLE!! More info and tickets here.

Plus witches, jazz, howling, tenuous Scandinavian links and one of the most bonkers pieces of music you’ll hear for a while.

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Here’s the full tracklisting:

  • Synthetiseur – Housse de Racket
  • Gang of Four – Not Great Men
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience – House burning down
  • The Horrors – Three Decades
  • Can – Vitamin C
  • Belleruche – Bobby
  • Fever Ray – Mercy Street
  • Plaid ft Bjork – Lilith
  • Hudson Mohawke – Fuse
  • Maximum Balloon – Young Love
  • Nite Jewel – Want You Back
  • Correspondents – Washington Square
  • CW Stoneking – The Love Me or Die
  • Shadow Orchestra – Matilda
  • Beaufort Scale – Boej Kashmet
  • Dirty Projectors – Useful Chamber
  • TrenteMoller – Sycamore feeling
  • Grizzly Bear – Southern Point
  • Three Trapped Tigers – Untitled 5
  • Shadow Orchestra – Plucking and Bowing (Grizzly Man remix)
  • Quack Quack – Bravo 150
  • Esmerine – Red Fire Farm
  • Tyondai Braxton – Platinum Rows

And here’s a Spotify playlist with some of the tracks in it. Not a lot this month, we’re afraid – you’ll just have to download the whole thing.

While you’re there, do go and check out Robyn’s amazing Spotify playlists – links and more on her blog. Hat tip to her for alerting me to the existence of Housse de Racket and Darwin Deez.