Davids fav songs, gigs, and releases of ’08

Hello.  As it’s that time of the year, I did a bit of a look through the memory and thought about my favourite songs, live gigs, and releases of the year.  It’s tricky being picky, but the top 7 releases and 5 gigs are listed, as well as some of my fav tunes from the year

Trees Climbing Trees  – Baby Please Don’t Go

Boy Eat All – Bounce

Lykke Li – I’m Good, I’m Gone

Lawrence Arabia – Beautiful Young Crew

Architecture in Helsinki – Beef in a Box (new album out next year!)

Gigs of the Year

#5 – Polka Dot Dot Dot @ Dux – Little Finger

#4 – Tourettes @ Wunderbar – I Don’ Write Poetry for Poets

#3 – Bear Cat @ Social Centre – Red Panda Blues

#2 – Lullatone @ Physics Room – Pajama Party Pop (party mix)

#1 – Arcade Fire @ BDO – Intervention

Releases of the Year

#7 – Naked and Famous – This Machine EP – Part 1

#6 – The Insurgents – Yours Disappointiedly EP – None of us are getting out alive

#5 – Bang! Bang! Eche! – EP – Time Mismanagement

#4 – Dudley Benson – The Awakening – Asthma

#3 – Tiger Tones -Tiger Tones – Pop Eats Pop

#2 – The Ruby Suns – Sea Lion – Adventure Tour

# 1 – Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster – My Year In Lists


Friday Drive with Dr H – 31st October 2008

Hi there, here is what I played on my show on RDU tonight. Is there anything that really caught your ear? Anything that blew you off? Let me know, either leave a comment or send me an email starliftertv (at) gmail (dot) com


CSS – move (Cut Copy remix)
Ladyhawke – dusk til dawn (Linus Loves remix)
{Surf Report}

The Draytones

The Draytones

The Draytones – after all
I Heart Hiroshima – candy cut
Van She – cat & the eye
So So Modern – clean up step up
Happy Mondays – staying alive (12″ remix)
The Go-Betweens – going blind
Goldie – saint angel
Concord Dawn – guardian angel

Vibrasics – flick the switch (Dunedin, NZ)
James Pants – cosmic rapp
Reks – stages
[Bristol Graffiti Feature – DJ Lean] Download from here
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Fujiya & Miyagi – knickerbocker
Oasis – the turning
[Nu Noyzzzze] The Exchange – fat man in a tie
Sheba – philistine
The Deceivers – rumour and sigh
[Interview – Tes La Roc]
Uncle Sam – round the world girls (Tes La Roc remix)

6pm – Starlifter.TV Showcase
Garageland – beelines to heaven
The Doors – love me two times
The Scavengers – mysterex
Nirvana – negative creep
Cougar Cougar Cougar – fast times & cheap thrills
The Datsuns – cruel cruel fate
The Rock and Roll Machine – rock and roll machine
The Strokes – 12:51
{Gig Guide}
DJ Kicks – Erlend Oye – Tracks 4-8
James Pants – i choose you
Rex The Dog – i can see you, can you see me?

Dr H

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

Friday Drive with Dr Hitchcock * RDU 98.5 FM * Friday 1st August 2008 [radio show]

Hey ya!

What have you been up to this week? Isit party central this weekend or a quiet one at home? Whatever ya do, keep it real ow!

Just thought you’d like to know about Planet B-Boy at the 32nd Christchurch International Film Festival! It’s only screening twice in CHCH!

Trailer – http://www.flicks.co.nz/trailer.php?movieid=1214
Film Fest Movie Info – http://www.nzff.co.nz/n6289.html?region=4
Official Planet B-Boy Website: http://planetbboy.com/

Here’s what went down on the show today:

[songs to be listed]

Dr H

monday drive with brett. it rocked, it rolled, and then it hit the countryside.

A few words on some of the stuff I played today…

Firstly, Invincible; She’s an MC from Detroit and has a new record out called ‘Shapeshifters’ which is totally sweet. If radical-urban-postmodern-left-wing politics, catchy eclectic production and intelligent, witty, complex rhyming sounds like your idea of good hip-hop you owe it to yourself to give this a listen. The record is out on ’emergence media’, and you can check out her myspace here.

Secondly, Mazzy Star; ‘She Hangs Brightly’ came out in 1990, so it is by no stretch of the imagination a new record, but since I discovered it last year, I can’t seem to get enough. It falls somewhere in the sweet spot between shoegaze and country; like lying in bed with the curtains open on a clear night after knocking back a few of shots of cough syrup. Highly recommended. (The record that is. Drinking robotussin whilst gazing into the ether is to be done strictly at your own risk.)

And here goes the playlist:


The L.E.Ds – Sound Surrounds

Evils – You Must Conform

The Hungry Eyes – My Scene

The Benka Boradovsky Bordello Band – The Dance of Death

Sufjan Stephens – Chicago

Grayson Gilmour – Occupation: dreamland

Booka Shade – Charlotte

Popolice – closer now

The Go! Team – Ladyflash (Simian Mobile Disco remix)

A Human – Post Post Modern Anxiety Blues


Xiu Xiu – Under Pressure (feat. Michael Gira)

XX Teens – The Way We Were

The Grates – Burn Them Bridges

Bloc Party – Mercury

Ian Pooley – Heat (feat. pete colo)

Dynamo Go – Sad Again

Unitone hi-fi -Up to Eleven

Tiger Tones – 17

Nu Noyzzzze! Pop Hits City – Skate Around (myspace)

John Matthias – I Will Disappear

The Roots – Get Busy

Invincible – Sledgehammer!

O.G. – Where I’m At (feat. Mara T.K.)

Hadouken! – Crank It Up!

The Flaming Lips – The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song


The Velvet Underground – White Light / White Heat

Shellac – Spoke

The Fall – Impresssion of J Temperance (live at Mainstreet, Auckland 21/08/82)

Gallon Drunk – Just One More

PJ Harvey – Sheela Na Gig (peel session 29/10/91)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – City of Refuge

Frank Black and the Catholics – Bullet

Ryan Adams – Argument with David Rawlings Concerning Morrissey -> To Be Young (is to be sad, is to be high)

Loose Fur – Apostolic

Silver Jews – What is not but could be if

Samuel Flynn Scott – Chopped Liver

Wilco – Far, Far Away

Mazzy Star – Give You My Lovin’

Friday Drive with Dr Hitchcock * RDU 98.5 FM * Friday 18th July 2008 [radio show]


Hey ho party peep! Thanks for listening to the show!!
Here’s what went down:

((( start )))
Yves Klein Blue – silence is distance
The Futureheads – the beginning of the twist

Sonic Smith – the arcade @ urs
CSS – jager yoga

Tono and the Finance Company – daffodils & a cashbook
The Deceivers – skins & slaps

Moby – alice
Quiet Village – circus of horror

Interview with Meghan, Vice President @ Sub Pop Records
Mudhoney – the lucky ones

Ed Muzik – dancing in the dark (Bruse Springstein cover)
Module – rock my computer

Does It Offend You, Yeah! – with a heavy heart (I regret to inform you)
The Dandy Warhols – now you love me

The L.E.D.s – sound surrounds
The Greenmatics – i love technology

Tweq aka Dr Muz and the Psy-Pirates with the Tall Poppy Syndrome CD Release Pre-Party

((( fin )))

Dr H

the revolution must have a soundtrack. wednesday drive with brett, 16/07

another week of excitement and sweet tunes.


2562 – Morvern

Bloc Party – Mercury

Collapsing Cities – Fear of Opening my Mouth

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 (oh yeah)- Romantic Rights (live CBS radio session)

The Decievers – Basement Funk

The Hungry Eyes – Bees

Grayson Gilmour – Follow Me Around

The Mighty Boosh – Soup Song

The Magic Numbers – Take a Chance

Red – Simmer

Ladytron – Ghosts

Surf City – Free the City

Urban Notion – Modaji


The ‘Dig!’ Double Up:

The Dandy Warhols – Now You Love Me

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Mansion in the Sky

Thought Creature – Words Can’t Save You

P- Bass Expressway – Easyride

Crystal Castles – Vanished

The Fall – Taurig

Stanton Warriors – I Want To Need To

Shy FX & T-Power – Feelings

Tono – Daffodils & a Cashbook

The Album Leaf – Always for You

Ladyhawke – Always For You

The Actualities – Fools Run Wild


‘le discothèque heure’

Shantel feat. Boban Markovic Orkestar – Disko (friends of boban mix)

Kraftwerk – L’Homme Machine

The Youth For Christ International Teen Team – The Whole World In His Hands

Prinzhorn Dance School – You are the Space Invader (optimo espacio mix)

Hot Chip – And I Was a Boy From School

Flying Lotus – Parisian Goldfish

Nouvelle Vague – I Just Can’t Get Enough

The Specials – Ghost Town

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 – Black History Month (Fred Falke and Alan Braxe remix)

Wade Nicholls – A Horse With no Shame (re-edit of America’s ‘Horse With No Name’)

Willie Nelson – Georgia On My Mind

The last ten minutes of this evening’s show – where I dropped a subtle re-edit of some some mainstream 70s pop – generated a great deal of controversy. (one angry phonecall, one text message, and one mild rant from your host, to be precise) The track in question came my way via a nifty little blog called ‘music for robots’ which covers a range of music, from house and electro to alt.country and, well… dad-rock. You can check the edit out for yourself here. I felt it was in keeping with the ‘discothèque’ theme. If you feel you need to compare it to the original, look no further than your parents’ record collection.




cheers to Annie for the props.