Wenerei Drive with Brett 30th July

I must apologise. I was going to add some thoughts and post this on Thursday morning, but I was distracted from the task at hand, so it’s a few days late.

I’ll quickly mention Nick Cave’s lecture, The Secret Life of the Love Song. It was written for the Vienna Poetry Festival in 1998 and released as audio on CD in 2000. Whether you think it is fantastic or melodramatic and overblown will probably depend on your existing opinion of Nick Cave. If you don’t like him, don’t bother. If you do like him, track it down. The University of Canterbury library has a copy, and I’m sure the nice folks at Galaxy Records will be able to import one for you.

The lecture’s crux is the argument that a love song is a sad song. A song which expresses both the joy and the sorrow of longing. (Roughly the theme of the songs I played in the last hour of the show) Also on the CD is a lecture on christianity ‘The Flesh Made Word’ and a few recordings of Mr Cave’s songs. The version of ‘West Country Girl’ is worth the price of admission alone.

Also, I’m quite excited about the new album from The Bug – ‘London Zoo’ which is out on Ninjatune. (myspace) Poison Darts has been kicking round the playlist for a little while, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the record.


To the playlist!


The Shins – So Says I

CSS – Jager Yoga

Ian Pooley – Heat (feat pete colo)

Islands – Creeper

The Bug – Poison Dart (feat. Warrior Queen)

Recloose – Deeper Waters (feat. Joe Dukie)

Dynamo Go – Sad Again

The Smiths – Still Ill

The Helio Sequence – Keep Your Eyes Ahead

High Contrast – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang


Shapeshifter – In The Rain (feat. Ladi 6))

White Swan Black Swan – Finger and Nail

The Clean – Teepees and Tomtoms (live)

Crystal Stilts – Converging in the Quiet

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – 100 days 100 Nights

Eli ‘ Paperboy’ Reed and the True Loves – Stake Your Claim

Action Biker – By Myself

Danny Byrd – Weird Science

The Do – On My Shoulders


Hennessey Love Machine – Butterfly Kisses

Ladytron – Ghosts

(excerpt from) Nick Cave The Secret Life of the Love Song

Sufjan Stevens – Dear Mr. Supercomputer

The Roots – Get Busy


Wilco – At Least That’s What You Said

Elliot Smith – Between the Bars

Iron and Wine w/ Calexico – History of Lovers

Bob Dylan – I Threw It All Away

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – From Her to Eternity

Tom Waits – Little Drop of Poison

Jim O’Rourke – Prelude to 110 or 120

Nick Drake – River Man

Robert Johnson – Kind Hearted Woman Blues

Nouvelle Vague – Teenage Kicks

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mystery Girl

Cat Power – Love & Communication

Devendra Banhart – Lover

king of the delta blues singers


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