Tuesday, 27 December 2011

2011 Most Played

Server problems continue to plague Optical, but fear not. There is still the podcast to be enjoyed.

Here are the Odd Girl Out top five most played artists of 2011:

1. AGF
Incredibly prolific, with numerous solo and collaborative releases, expat German wordsmith/musician Antye Greie had another sparkling year. I particularly recommend her poetry-inspired Gedichterbe.

2. Jude Cowan
A London-based multi-threat, Jude came into the studio to play live and we hit it off immediately, going on to collaborate on a short film cycle. In addition to the remix version of her William Blake project, she produced a stream of improvs based on news stories.

3. Planningtorock
W was my favourite album of the year and numerous remixes also did the rounds, courtesy of Janine Rostron's Berlin-based alter ego.

4. The Dark Shadows
The Sydney trio released some limited edition vinyl and finished up the year with an EP, 11:11, in two different versions.

5. Rebecca Clamp
The Helsinki-based British folk artist also visited the studios for a chat to discuss her latest album, The Keys to the City.

Here is a video from one of AGF's projects, Beatnadel.

AGF: Beatnadel 2011, Introduction from agf Pro on Vimeo.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Technical difficulties...

Looks like the server problems are persisting, so no show today and perhaps not on Sunday, either. Curses!

Monday, 19 December 2011

This week's repeat: show five

After server problems disrupted last week's show, I am hoping show five will go out as planned this week. This show from November 2009 features an interview with Bettina Köster and a feature on The Slits.

Here is Bettina performing her cover of "Femme Fatale".

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

This week's repeat: show four

Show four features interviews with artist Verena Kyselka and Cocteau Twin Elizabeth Fraser.

Here is a video for "Half Gifts", one of Liz's most revealing lyrics.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Odd Girl Out podcast 1

Here is a sampling of recent interviews and encounters with arty folk in highly condensed form. This may be a regular or occasional feature. Guests are Jude Cowan, Jasmina Maschina, Carol Morley, Susie MacMurray and The Dark Shadows.

Odd Girl Out podcast 1 by Val Phoenix

Sunday, 4 December 2011

This week's repeat: show three

Still in autumn, 2009, show three featured hot-off-the-press-interviews from the London Film Festival with directors Shirin Neshat and Jane Campion, as well as a little Berlin set, featuring a chat with Gudrun Gut.

This is actually a reconstructed version of this show, as the original was destroyed after it was recorded.

Here is the trailer for Shirin Neshat's film, Women Without Men.

Women Without Men Trailer from Transmission Films on Vimeo.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

This week's repeat: show two

This week's repeat is show two, from October 2009, featuring interviews with Gossip singer Beth Ditto and Mad Chicks.

Here is some live old-school Gossip.

Monday, 21 November 2011

This week's repeat: show one

This week begins the re-run of Odd Girl Out from the beginning. And, so, to show one, which featured an archive chat with Ari Up and her mum, Nora.

Here's a gem I found online.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Odd Girl Out: show 85

Susie MacMurray; photo by Val PhoenixMy final show on Optical featured a selection of old faves. So, that's all, folks.

Show 85; 17/11/11; repeat 20/11
Avengers—I Believe in Me
PJ Harvey—Yuri-G
Peaches—I U She
Julie Ruin—Aerobicide
Sinead O'Connor—Just Like U Said It Would B
Susie MacMurray—interview
Scrawl—Your Mother Wants to Know
Vanessa Paradis—Joe le Taxi
X-ray Spex—The Day the World Turned Day-Glo
Pixies—Ana (BBC session)
The Long Blondes—Giddy Stratospheres
The Go-Gos—(Remember) Walkin' in the Sand
The Au Pairs—Come Again
Mekons and Michelle Shocked—Prince of Darkness
k.d. lang—Pine and Stew
Belly—Dream on Me
Dee Rees—interview
Pat Benatar—Fire and Ice
Altered Images—See You Later
Blonde Redhead—Hated Because of Great Qualities
Kristin Hersh—A Cleaner Light
Heavenly—She and Me
Siouxsie and the Banshees—Happy House
Cyndi Lauper—Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Hydrogen Bootleg mix)
Ladytron—He Took Her to a Movie
Phranc—Surfer Girl
Cocteau Twins—Wax and Wane (Peel session)
Lauryn Hill—Ex-Factor
Marianne Faithfull—Broken English
Lucinda Williams—Passionate Kisses
Bjork—Play Dead
Blondie—Underground Girl

Monday, 14 November 2011

Coming up on show 85

This week's show features two sparkling new interviews, the first with artist Susie MacMurray, and the second with director Dee Rees, discussing her new film, Pariah.

This week will be my last show on Optical Radio. Odd Girl Out will then go on hiatus and may return in some new form. Keep an eye out here for information. In the meantime, the show will be repeating in the usual slots on Optical, at least for awhile.

As this will be the last show, I thought I would make the music a selection of tunes that mean something to me, a musical My Life Story.

Here is the trailer for Pariah.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Odd Girl Out: show 84

Dangerous Dinky; photo by Val Phoenix
The New Special, featuring music from the last few months, was pre-recorded, in order for me to attend a gig and see what this crazy "live music" thing is all about. Kooky.

Show 84; 10/11/11; repeat 13/11
Laura Gibson—La Grande
David Lynch ft. Karen O—Pinky's Dream
Jasmina Maschina—Retrospective Hallucination
Dangerous Dinky—interview
Julia Holter—Goddess Eyes
Chairlift—Sidewalk Safari
A Sunny Day in Glasgow—Hybrid Moments
Sleeper Agent—Get Burned
Cate Le Bon—Work
Givers—Meantime (Bombay Bicycle Club mix)
Kimya Dawson—Driving Driving Driving
High Places—Year Off
Roseanne Barrr—You Lie
Sin Kitty—Skin Crash
Suburban Mousewife—My Idol Is Me
Gazelle Twin—Changelings
New War—Ghostwalking (Wild Body live dub by HTRK)
Lea De Laria—interview
Meshell Ndegeocello—Dirty World
Bleached—Searching Through the Past
Asobi Seksu—Little House of Savages
Princess Chelsea—Too Fast to Live
Sahara Hotnights—Let You Down
Fleetwood Mac—Rhiannon (Flying White Dots Diskomiks)
Terrible Truths—Diamond
Lianne La Havas—Don't Wake Me Up
Carter Tanton ft. Marissa Nadler—Fake Pretend
North Highlands—Steady Steady
Chains of Love—Breaking My Heart
Metronomy—Everything Goes My Way (CazeNove mix)

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Coming up on show 84

Otherwise known as the "New" special, show 84 has already been recorded and features music from the last three months, plus interviews with musician Dangerous Dinky and (in a vintage chat) comic Lea DeLaria.

Here's Lea in her other career as a jazz singer.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Odd Girl Out: show 83

Miranda July at London Film Festival; photo by Val Phoenix
An unseasonably warm and definitely seasonably wet autumn day's show. Enjoy it while you can...

Show 83; 3/11/11; repeat 6/11
Operator Please—Cringe
Shunda K ft Snax—Time to Get Paid (Dickey Doo's Ol' Skool mix)
LCMDF—Take Me to the Mountains (Derek Allen Mad Decent mix)
Pat Laureate—interview
Lung Leg—Whisky-a-Go-Go
Gazelle Twin—Men Like Gods
Solex—Solex Feels Lucky
AGF—Rooster Beats
Dubstar—St. Swithin's Day
Korallreven—Sa Sa Samoa
Exene Cervenka—Woman of the Year
Princess Chelsea—Yulia
Camille—Ta Douleur
Supersnazz—Middle of the Way
Me&LP—Bonnie Says (No Shitty Ride)
Rubeo—Movie Star
Viv Albertine—Never Come
Lucy Stoners—Mental Xtrakshun
Miranda July—interview
The CeBe Barnes Band—She's a Winner
Keep Shelly in Athens—DIY
Edith Frost—Temporary Loan
Tennis—Tell Her No
Yael Naim—New Soul
The Slingbacks—The Beach Song
Katie Herzig—Free My Mind (RAC mix)
Gash—The Future
1000 Spoons—It's Not Totally Enormous But It's Okay
Keren Ann—Ailleurs
The Pastels—Cycle (My Bloody Valentine mix)
Zambri—Heather Heather
Lana del Rey—Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison mix)

Monday, 31 October 2011

Coming up on show 83

This week's interviews are a newbie with indie director Miranda July and a vintage chat with Vesuvius Records boss Pat Laureate.

Here's the trailer for Miranda July's new film, The Future, which gets its UK release on 4 November.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Time change to GMT

This morning the clocks went back in the UK from BST to GMT. So, today's repeat of show 82 should follow suit.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Odd Girl Out: show 82

Brigitte Handley in Hackney; photo by Val PhoenixThe last show on BST, as the clocks go back this Sunday a.m.!

Show 82; 27/10/11; 30/10
A.P.P.L.E.—If in Heaven
Daughters of Eve—Don't Waste My Time
Esben and the Witch—Hexagons II (The Flight)
dodo—Cleopatra's Needle
Bettina Knaup—interview
Virginia Dare—Ships Go Down
The Beets—Doing As I Do
The Beatle-ettes—Only Seventeen
Clara Luzia—Snow Woman
Friends—My Boo
The Gun and Doll Show—Crazy
Jasmina Maschina—Forgotten Wood
The Melons—See If I Don't
Sue P. Fox—Dear Beauty Editor
Roseanne Barrr—Thief's Journal
Gas—World Peace
Annie Crane—Ghost Body
Sarah Peebles—Where All the Wild Things Went
Brigitte Handley—interview
The Dark Shadows—Eisbär
She Makes War—Delete
The Tourists—Summers Night
Shit Robot—Answering Machine (Planningtorock mix)
the sunshine club—When Love Comes Down
Toxic Waste—Traditionally Yours
Skinned Teen—Punk Rockest
Princess Chelsea—Caution Repetitive
Dolly Parton—Jolene (Sweetish mix)
Miguel Migs ft. Meshell—Close Your Eyes
Barbara Manning—Stain on the Sun
Phantogram—Don't Move
Falange—Falange Suburbana
CSS—City Grrrl (Teeth mix)

Monday, 24 October 2011

Coming up on show 82

Still on BST for this show, which will feature a 2009 interview with re.act.feminism curator Bettina Knaup, plus a walking-and-talking chat from last summer with singer/guitarist Brigitte Handley.

Here is a live clip of Brigitte's band, The Dark Shadows, which is touring Europe from this week.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Repeat today at 15:00

Following my confusion over time zones and problems with the player, today's repeat of show 81 will go out in 20 minutes, at 15:00 BST.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Odd Girl Out: show 81

Jude Cowan; photo by Val PhoenixThe second anniversary show got off to a bit of a stumbling start, owing to some equipment changes, but then settled down to present some highlights of the last 12 months of the show.

Show 81; 20/10/11; repeated 23/10

The Duke Spirit—Everybody's Under Your Spell
Johanna and the Dusty FloorWitch Shoes
Metronomy—The Look (Ghostpoet mix)
She Makes War—interview
Carol Bui—'Geisha' Means 'Open-minded'
Unthanks—Queen of Hearts
Le Butcherettes—I'm Getting Sick of You
Oh Really—interview
Emmy the Great—Century of Sleep
Asobi Seksu—Trails
Raveonettes—I Wanna Be Adored
Jude Cowan—Egypt Art Revolution (live)
Architecture in Helsinki—Contact High (Clock Opera mix)
Petra und der Wolf—Disco
ilex—Hals Angry
Lisa Gornick / Campbell—interview
Angus and Julia Stone—Big Jet Plane (Michael Brun bootleg)
Eleanor Friedberger—My Mistakes
Jesse Ruins—Dream Analysis
Rebecca Clamp—interview
Yelle—Que Veux Tu
Laurie AndersonDuets on Ice (live excerpt)
Josefeen Foxter—reading
Thao and Mirah—Love Is a Battlefield
Jean Grae—Casebasket
AGF / Craig Armstrong—Writing Pitch and Depth
Gabriella Apicella—interview
Marissa Nadler—Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning
Amanda Palmer—Map of Tasmania (ft. Young Punx)
tUnE-YarDs—Bizness (Blackbird Blackbird mix)
JD Samson—interview
Christina Aguilera—Birds of Prey (Reuben Wu Ladytron mix)
Girl in a Thunderbolt—Nitroglycerine
Ringo Deathstarr—Imagine Hearts
The Kills—DNA