On Team Brekky, we couldn’t resist using the Advent Calendar to highlight one of our favourite Amazing sessions of recent weeks – Cloud Control have been one of my favourites since Bliss Release landed earlier this year, so we gave the session version of current single Death Cloud a spin. To hear more and read an interview check out their session page and watch the video below!
Earlier in the year I spoke to the brilliant Peggy Sue. I could have asked them all about the new record, but that would have been much less fun than a rather surreal game of Would You Rather and Either/Or mashed up together. Would Peggy Sue rather have a hand coming out of their faces, or a foot coming out of their butts?! Find out!
Feeling festive yet? If you're still Scrooging it up, refusing to believe that Xmas is a comin' then this might help you out a little.
Last year The Maccabees did a ridiculously awesome cover of Walking In The Air...it's still my favourite indie Christmas song.
Now in 2011, they've gone one better and done a medley of the Home Alone soundtrack. It's inspired.
On the 9th of January they release Given To The Wild, their third album and believe me, you're in for a treat then as well. I'm one of the lucky ones that has had a listen to the record as we're running a package in the Music News on 6 Music with myself and Felix chatting, the day the record is out. One word sums it up... Outstanding.
Check out their Christmas covers here, before you know it you'll be in your Santa hat putting up some last minute tinsel...
We've been providing audio treats daily in December as part of our Audio Advent Calendar on the show.
Check it all out here.
I thought I'd stick up some of the highlights packages with some of the faces/voices that have been Artist of the Week in 2011.
Behind some of the doors were festive catch-ups with former Artist of the Week acts.
Ice Black Birds - Last time we spoke to them, they were about to record their debut album, but what have they been up to since? Find out!
The wonderful Laura Bettinson AKA Dimbleby and Capper let us in on her Christmas plans and what 2012 holds...
Continuing on this theme, we also had a catch up with the ever-charming Brian from Beat Radio:
As ever, team Amazing Breakfast like to do things a bit differently on a Friday, and though Duncan from former Artist of the Week Dutch Uncles certainly did fill us in on his Christmas plans as so many of our other favourite people have done so far, as he happened to be in the area, we collared him for a bit more of an in-depth chat, seeing as he was such a lovely chap last time we spoke. Listen to what he had to say:
Team Amazing Breakfast are here to offer treats for your ears every day because it is the season of good will, after all. We have another catch up with a favourite Artist of the Week from across the year. We loved speaking to the frankly hilarious Cat from the brilliantly uncompromising PRIS. If you missed out on what our Tom thinks of PRIS, it’s worth a read! We couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch up with her to find out what they have in store for 2012:
Dunno why but the above image felt right!
Help us find our ULTIMATE Track of the Week from Amazing Breakfast with Georgie Rogers in 2012 and vote for your favourite here...it involves clicking just ONE button.
This week's list includes songs by The War On Drugs, Zola Jesus unouomedude Standard Fare D/R/U/G/S Clock Opera and Chad Valley. GO!
Spread the word and find your favourite by listening to them below....
My friend runs this awesome clothing label called Mrs Wilberforce and this is the latest product that has just dropped.
I defy anyone to watch this video below and then not desire one of these 100% wool hats.
Been representing the plum colour and they are nearly sold out to get in there quick.
It is, of course, officially December. Which, if you’re a big kid like we are, means ADVENT CALENDARS. If you’re too embarrassed to pop round the shops and buy yourself one because they’re all Ben 10 and Hello Kitty, let’s face it – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Through December we’re running an AUDIO ADVENT CALENDAR! We did it last year, but this time it’s bigger, better, and just generally pretty neat.
We sat down with a list of all our Artists of the Week from across the year and committed ourselves to the tough task of narrowing it down to a few to get back in touch with, after a great year, to hear what they’ve been up to, and what we can look forward to from them in 2012. (Most answers thus far have been rather apocalypse centric. Thanks, Wye Oak, thanks Matt from Spokes…) We’ll be playing out one of these on the show every day, and while you’re sitting around twiddling your thumbs waiting for Monday’s show so you can see who we’ve got lined up, you can listen to the first two right now:
Something ELSE we’re doing every day as a part of our Audio Advent Calendar is enlisting your help to find our Track of the YEAR. Once again, heated debate broke out between Team Brekky of which would make the cut, but we whittled down a year’s worth of the incredible music we’ve featured as Track of the Week across the year to form a shortlist. We’ll be playing the tracks again, one every day, to jog your memory so you’re fully informed when you come to our show page on Monday morning to vote for your favourite!
Team Amazing Breakfast understand that sometimes, you just can’t be around to listen to the whole show from start to finish. It happens. We don’t want you to miss out on Advent Calendar treats though, so we’re putting one in every hour in the hopes that you catch it and let it make your day a bit brighter after its aural treat. On Thursday your treat was a cheeky festive extra from Patrick Smith. We all love Christmas movies and thought it would get us all feeling seriously festive if we asked Patrick to just ruminate on some of the classics, reminding you of how brilliant they are, and also to introduce a couple less obvious favourites to the mix. With that in mind, he kicked things off with Bad Santa:
A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of the wonderful company of a charming gentleman called William Fitzsimmons. We featured him earlier this year as Artist of the Week, and were so taken with him in this lovely interview, when we heard he was gracing our shores with his live show (and spectacular beard) we couldn’t resist the chance to steer him into our studios for a catch up and a gorgeous acoustic session. I asked William to play our favourite track from the album Gold in the Shadow – Psychasthenia, which, it turns out, he’d never done for radio before.
Last week’s Track of the Week saw us revelling in the Swedish synthy awesomeness that is Wired by one of my favourite artists, I Break Horses, followed up this week with the weird and wonderful I Thought I Was An Alien by SoKo. Have a listen to both because they’re ace.
This week’s Artist of the Week has been the utterly brilliant Wye Oak. After falling hard in love with their album Civilian earlier this year, I had been dying to get them on the show. We had the title track as our Track of the Week not so long ago, and I went down to speak to the band ahead of their London show, which proved so raucous the three of us had to decamp to the venue’s toilets for the second half of the interview! Have a listen to the chat in full:
As ever Patrick Smith has been on hand to make sure that when our eyes are pointing at the tellybox it’s going to be worth our while. Last week he gave us his views on a couple of series’ we’ve discussed before, now that they’ve had the chance to bed in a little – Frozen Planet and Pan Am. This week, as we crossed the boundaries into December, we thought we’d mix it up a bit – so he told us all about Charlie Brooker’s new series Black Mirror, but because TeamBrekky are a selfless bunch, we thought we’d ask Patrick to talk about a series available on DVD to give you lucky lot some gift ideas if you’re stuck. No need to thank us, we do it as a service. Listen to Patrick and myself yammer on about TV things...
The Amazing Breakfast round-up is written and lovlingly crafted by the Amazing Breakfast producer Dani Charlton.