Category Archives: Shady Ladies

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

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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…

Shady Ladies podcast volume 1

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The Shady Ladies podcast - ace tunes with added giggling

Here’s the first of our Shady Ladies podcasts, put together and waffled over by me and the lovely Mary  from The Shadow Orchestra.

Everyone in the band has picked a few tunes that we love, and we hope you love them too!

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Here’s the tracklist:

  • LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great
  • Daedelus – Fair Weather Friends
  • School of Seven Bells – Face to Face on High Places
  • Kraftwerk – Computer World
  • Caribou – Sun
  • Lusine – Two Dots
  • The Fall – Touch Sensitive
  • Connan Mockasin – It’s Choade My Dear
  • Helene – Escalator Carry you to the Stars
  • Shadow Orchestra – Pushing to Sea
  • Serafina Steer – Tiger
  • Oh No Ono – Swim
  • Jon Hopkins – Vessel
  • Massive Attack feat. Martina Topley Bird – Psyche
  • Queens of the Stone Age (Silent Seraph 8-bit mix)- No-one Knows
  • Professor Longhair – Big Chief
  • Janelle Monae – Wondaland
  • Shadow Orchestra – The Biggest Animal of Them All
  • Owen Pallett – Lewis Takes Off his Shirt
  • Beck – Black Tambourine
  • CeeLo Green – Fuck You
  • James Brown – Talking Loud and Saying Nothing
  • Beastie Boys – Root Down
  • Belleruche – Clockwatching

And there’s even a Spotify playlist with most of the tracks. Don’t say we’re not good to you…