11 Nov 2014

Catch up on The Other Woman

Catch up on all the latest news and playlists from The Other Woman on Amazing Radio here. In the build up to The End Festival at the end of the month I've been playing The Drink who are sure to be a highlight of the weekend’s festivities in north London. The band are readying the release of their debut and it’s been quietly and stealthily receiving rave reviews from all corners. We’re huge fans and had them for a very loud session last year.

24 Oct 2014

The End Festival: Eliza Shaddad, Caitlin Park, De'Borah

I'm curating a night at The End Festival on 21 November. This is very exciting for a number of reasons - firstly that I've been a fan of said festival in Crouch End for years, secondly it's another co-promotion with The Local who do fantastic things for new music... and thirdly, the line up: I've managed to snag Shoreditch busker turned hot new talent Eliza Shaddad, Australian folktronica songstress Caitlin Park and the equally skilled Londoner De'Borah all on the same bill at the lovely ex-British Legion social club Earl Haig Hall.

Eliza Shaddad - Waters

Some other Other Woman favourites are also performing across all four nights of the festival including Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, Evelinn Trouble, Mishaped Pearls, The Drink, Leaf Library and Malka. There's also going to be a mini-conference with guest speakers, panelists from The Local and international industry delegates. Ooh ee! Check out the website for more details, and tickets (weekend pass only £25!) here.

Curator of The End, Howard Monk says: “Crouch End is an area full of creative and media types yet only really well known for decent restaurants. However, there are a number of excellent events if you scratch the surface, and this is a fresh one for the calendar, perhaps a little more ambitious in scale. We’re keen to bring excellent touring bands out of the usual epicenters of Shoreditch, Camden, Central London up to Crouch End for a couple of nights. Not just celebrating local acts (although there are a number on the bill), but mixing those with touring acts makes a great event.”

Catch up on The Other Woman

Last week on The Other Woman on Amazing Radio (available to listen again now!) there was so much great new music we hardly knew where to start! Trash Kit are back with a brand new album out in December on brilliant indie Upset the Rhythm. We’ve got a track from Nat Johnson’s new album due out mid-November and trust us, every song we hear just gets better and better! Dear Pariah has launched her stunning EP Engulf on the world too and we’ll be playing the title track from that too.
There’s also Sharon Van Etten, Auclair, Wildbirds & Peacedrums and Hunter As A Horse.

29 Sep 2014

The Other Woman at The Vortex - 16 October

You Are Wolf

Excellent east London live music venue The Vortex and The Other Woman have joined forces for this show, bringing together three very different but equally intriguing performers.

Roshi featuring Pars Radio is the project created around the beautiful voice, original songs and individual interpretations of Iranian material by Roshi Nasehi. Featuring the electronic soundscapes, beats and production of Graham Dids aka Pars Radio (Gagarin, Nico, John Cale, Pere Ubu), her albums have piqued the interest of an enviable range of the music press, from The Quietus and The Wire, to Q Magazine, The Independent and DJ Magazine. And Mixmag twice voted them experimental record of the month and described Roshi as “one of the most singular voices working at the moment”.
Roshi has received commissions from BBC Radio 3, So & So Circus Theatre and a live score for Birds Eye View for the Southbank 2012 WOW festival. Her most recent commission, from the British Council, was to create and present public sound art in Kuwait in May 2014.

You Are Wolf
You Are Wolf (aka Kerry Andrew) fuses traditional English and American folk with leftfield pop, gentle touches of electronica and a hint of spoken word, all melded with an array of wild vocal techniques. Debut album ‘Hawk to the Hunting Gone’ (produced by MaJiKer) explores the folklore of British birds. She has been played on BBC6Music and has performed commissioned songs and stories for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.
‘English avant-folk at its finest’ The Observer
‘imagine Bjork working her magic on the English countryside’ Uncut

Amy Kohn
Amy Kohn is lauded by some of the top composer/producers in modern song: Van Dyke Parks says she’s “Brimming with such talent!” and the late, legendary producer Arif Mardin dubbed Amy a “Musical Devil in a Red Dress” and featured her on his final recording, All My Friends Are Here, along with performers such as Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, and Carly Simon. Amy always seeks sounds she’s never heard, and it comes through in the “oddly structured beauty” (Scottish Herald) of her highly arranged, effervescent music.
Her lushly orchestrated third album PlexiLusso is released on September 16.

23 Sep 2014

PRS Women Make Music funding

I love this picture of Tanya Auclair rocking out. The west London singer and multi-instrumentalist, is one of the many recipients of the PRS for Music Foundation Women Make Music fund.

Are you a woman making music? Have you applied yet? No? Then WHY NOT?! The PRS have up to £5000 to award your project if it ticks their boxes. Applications are wide ranging and varying artists have been awarded money in the past, so it’s clear that the initiative is aimed at all musical styles and genres.

Electro artist Tara Busch, experimental instrumentalist You Are Wolf, alt-choir Gaggle, classical artist Ana Silvera and singer-songwriter Victoria Hume are just some of The Other Woman favourites who have been given a much needed financial boost in the past and this year it could be you!

The deadline for applications is the 29th September and you can find out how to apply here.

17 Sep 2014

Session: This Is The Kit

This Is The Kit is Kate Stables band and she makes fantastic, melodic, folk music which often ends in raucous psych-rock riffing.

We have two beautiful songs from Kate’s forthcoming third album due in February 2015. Kate wrote and recorded the album, it’s produced by Aaron Dessner from The National (who HASN’T he worked with lately?) and says of the experience:

‘Aaron was great to work with. Quite a quiet character. Very thoughtful and tactful. He was great at having a vision of what sound the music should have and then somehow finding it. It’s a pleasure and such a privilege to be able to collaborate with people and share the process of making an album.’

In fact they’ve been on tour with The National so you may have already seen This Is The Kit, or perhaps when they supported Sharon Van Etten too. We think 2015 is going to be a great year for the band and it’s a privilege to have a sneak preview.

8 Sep 2014

The Other Woman latest

I thought I'd retrospectively post about some of the recent shows that went out and that you might have missed whilst on holiday in August. They are all available to listen to at The Other Woman show page on the Amazing Radio website.

The latest show features multi talented Scottish folkee and former TOW guest Jo Mango who has remixed her beautiful second album Murmuration, Transmuration is out in October. We've got a track from the young London artist everyone's talking about, FKA Twigs, also Roxanne De Bastion got in touch about her new EP and it's really very good - standard! There's also some Irish traditional music courtesy of Cork's Polly Barrett. 

The week before (30 Aug) we featured the new single from Swedish husband and wife duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums, The Offbeat. It was also a the perfect excuse for us to post this picture of them looking cool on even cooler bikes. They can do no wrong!

12 Aug 2014

Interview: Malka

This week on The Other Woman on Amazing Radio the show Malka dropped in for a chat. The London based Scottish musician is frontwoman of indie stalwarts 6 Day Riot, and also mistress of her own label, Tantrum Records, and varied solo career. Malka, or 'The Queen', is her latest incarnation and foray into electronic music!

29 Jul 2014

The Other Woman latest listen again

This week on The Other Woman on Amazing Radio we’re celebrating the return of extraordinary east London MC Shystie – she seemed to vanish a while back after a signing with Universal, that seemingly went nowhere. She teamed up with Azealia Banks back in 2012 so she’s ticking all of our boxes. Her new single Stop is a fantastic return to music! We also hear from newcomers Box of Light, Madrid duo Deers and Finland’s Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda VHS? You can listen again here.

22 Jul 2014

Session video - Fiona Bevan & Kal Lavelle

Suffolk singer and songwriter Fiona Bevan has already scored a number 1 hit with Little Things that she co-wrote for One Direction. Now life is sweet, recording her own album Talk To Strangers in LA and making it sound exactly how she wants it too. She's currently touring with Irish singer-songwriter Kal Lavelle, a youtube sensation in her own right, on the Song Sisters Tour - where they hold songwriting workshops for women before each show. These two are a force of nature individually, catching them performing together is a treat!

15 Jul 2014

Session video - Eliza Shaddad

The delightful Eliza Shaddad was a recent guest on The Other Woman on Amazing Radio. The Londoner born of Scottish and Sudanese cut her teeth busking on the streets of east London and has a quiet confidence and self-assuredness that imbues all she does. It's emotional, cerebral and very beautiful.

14 Jul 2014

Session video - Brigid Power-Ryce

Photo by Laura Sheeran

Brigid Power-Ryce is an Irish musician and songwriter from Galway. She makes wonderfully eerie folk music which veers to the experimental. She recorded her album in a local church complete with background noises and an obliging vicar. Brigid joined us in session and interview on The Other Woman on Amazing Radio:

FREE SHOW - The Drink and Dear Pariah - 27 July

It's with great excitement that TOW is joining forces with the good folk at The Local to put on two of our current favourites. Irish guitarist and songwriter Dearbhla Minogue fronts The Drink (along with east Londoners Dan and Dave) they make grungey and melodic indie rock that gets under your skin. Then there's Somerset native Charlie Hinchliff who is Dear Pariah, she sings soulful folk rock ballads with a kick ass band behind her. 27 July, Ace Hotel Shoreditch and it's FREE!

16 Jun 2014

Smoke Fairies interview and session

Smoke Fairies are back with a stunner of a new album, simply called Smoke Fairies - near break up, lots of traveling and despair at the soul-destroying day jobs has produced a beaut. Hear live session tracks here and the girls get all introspective as we talk about the new album.

9 Jun 2014

Bird to Beast, Sephine Llo free live show 17 June

The Other Woman has been working closely with The Local plotting live shows across the summer. Our first with Talk in Colour and Collectress at the Ace Hotel was a resounding success and we'll be back there at the end of July to bring you The Drink who are just superb.

In the meantime we're trying out a new venue - Topolski on the Southbank. Come along for performances from multi-talented singer songwriter Sephine Llo and Lancashire duo Bird to Beast on Tuesday 17 June, it's free and the cocktails are excellent.

4 Jun 2014

Festival Pass - How The Light Gets In Festival

Since the beginning of May Festival Pass has been on Amazing Radio every Saturday afternoon with The Local's Howard Monk and myself debunking the festival scene. How do you get on the bill? Who do you need to know? How do you put on a festival? We spoke to Rob Da Bank about Bestival, Jane Beese about Meltdown, Tom Baker about Field Day and more. For the final show in the series we ran a competition for bands to play at How The Light Gets In at Hay on Wye. We took Seftel and Dear Pariah to the rain soaked festival for pies, beer and a good time had by all. We reflect on what we learned from the series and chat to our winners:

28 May 2014

Gabby Young interview and session

It’s always a joy to welcome Gabby Young to the studio, this time without all the Other Animals, but just one – Milly McGregor, who plays violin and sings, and what a duo they make!

I could listen to Gabby Young for hours, her voice is one of the best in the business and stripped down the songs are utterly beguiling. Her new album One Foot In Front Of The Other is out in June and we’re treated to three songs on the show.

However don’t miss her playing a live show if you can, in full flight she is something to behold – you’ll be bopping and smiling like a crazy person.

27 May 2014

Broken Twin in session

We had two session tracks from Broken Twin recorded for The Other Woman on Amazing Radio recently. The singer and pianist from Denmark has been casting her spell over critics in 2014 and her show at The Great Escape was a knock out. Prepare to be amazed!

12 May 2014

Juanita from Howling Bells interview

Juanita Stein is frontwoman, songwriter and rockin' guitarist for Australian indie darlings Howling Bells. They've made the UK their home for ten years now, with various label homes along the way including Independiente, Cooking Vinyl and Bella Union. New album Heartstrings, their fourth, comes out on Birthday Records on 2 June. We caught up with Juanita about female producers, making London her home and becoming a mother. There's also another track from the extraordinary Mishaped Pearls debut album, plus German rapper/ producer DENA, Iceland's Samaris and of course, Sharon Van Etten. Listen again here.

6 May 2014

Latest radio shows listen again

The Other Woman is on Amazing Radio every Sunday evening at 9pm:

There’s been much excitement at Amazing Towers as rockin’ Glaswegian duo Honeyblood released a new single, Killer Bangs is just as good as what’s come before and we’re all over it. 2014 is looking like the year for these two and we’re right behind them!

We’ve got a new single from Moulettes and Fiona Bevan too, plus Little Sparrow delivers some gorgeous country tinged folk. There’s some electronic loveliness from Sweden’s Klara Lewis too, daughter of Graham Lewis of Wire fame and doing extraordinary things with her debut album.

Congratulations to The Other Woman favourites The Tuts who’ve recently released their third EP Time To Move On. We particularly love this picture of them! They’re celebrating by playing fashion label parties in London and doing a session for our mate John Kennedy over on XFM. Perfect.

There’s also music from Kathryn Williams, in which she writes about her lack of love for the daily grind in Monday Morning from her latest album Crown Electric. You’ll also hear something new from Dum Dum Girls (sounding quite Chrissie Hynde like) and we introduce Joana Serrat, a Catalan singer who sounds a little like Laura Veirs.

You can listen again to all the most recent shows here.

23 Apr 2014

Win a chance to play at How The Light Gets In

Attention bands! This summer my show with Howard Monk on Amazing Radio, Festival Pass, is giving you the chance to play live at a wonderful festival on the banks of the river Wye.

Set across 11 days with 500 events How The Light Gets In is a joint philosophy and music festival where 180 speakers and some 300 acts will be performing live across 7 stages. The music line up is already looking very strong with the likes of Mr Scruff, Emmy The Great and Moulettes all set to play and YOU COULD TOO!

15 Apr 2014

Listen again to the latest shows

Sharon Van Etten
The Other Woman has a new home! We’ve moved to 9pm on Sunday evenings, as the new short series Festival Pass is going to be aired on Saturdays at 5. Check it out for your chance to play on a festival bill and to win tickets.

On the last two shows on The Other Woman we’ve had a session track from London’s Sephine Llo, Marissa Nadler‘s beautiful single Was It A Dream, and something ‘banging’ from Germany’s Nina. We delved into the session archive for another track from Charlie Hinchcliff aka Dear Pariah too, as she readies her EP for release.

An old favourite of ours makes an appearance, the wonderful Brooklyn songwriter Sharon Van Etten. She's releasing her second album soon and Taking Chances, the first single, is an excellent taster. I also can’t wait to go and be a groupie at her forthcoming UK tour.

We’ve got new music from Smoke Fairies too, the endlessly prolific duo are rockin’ out on their new album. We’re dipping into some electro-pop with sisters Say Lou Lou and also Australian native George Maple, plus, we introduce you to Manchester’s Rachel Hillary.

Listen again here or join in the fun on Sunday from 9pm.

Festival Pass with Meltdown and Field Day - free tickets!

Ruth Barnes and Howard Monk are focusing their attention on two of London’s finest festivals in Meltdown at the Southbank Centre and Field Day in Victoria Park on Festival Pass.

To help us tell the story of these very different events we’ve enlisted the help Jane Beese from Meltdown and Tom Baker from Field Day, so if you’re interested in learning about the special relationships Meltdown cultivates with it’s curators or what it takes for a new band to play Field Day, this show is for you.

Festival pass is a run of special shows giving you access to the major players in the UK festival circuit, in the second edition we’ll be playing out music from bands appearing at both Meltdown and Field Day whilst also giving you the chance to win tickets to these two great events.

10 Apr 2014

Festival Pass with Rob Da Bank and ticket giveaway

BBC Radio 1 DJ, label boss and festival organiser Rob Da Bank gets things moving for my new run of shows entitled Festival Pass, on Amazing Radio, with agent and promoter Howard Monk (The Local).

Rob gives us a unique insight into the UK festival circuit, what it takes to be successful as an independent and how he decides his line-ups. Originally kicking off Bestival over a decade ago, the small festival went from strength to strength and even spawned a little sibling in the ever popular Camp Bestival. Don’t forget we’re giving you the chance to go for free!

We're also giving away tickets to all our upcoming featured festivals - this Saturday we feature Meltdown and Field Day, so you'll find tickets to those too here.

Bethia Beadman in session

Described by Amanda Palmer as sitting somewhere between Cat Power, Nick Drake and Scott Walker, London based Bethia Beadman reveals her new video for Mary exclusively here on Amazing Radio. The new album Chinatown is soaked in Phil Spector-esque production and big, strong melodies. There’s no acoustic noodling here, this is the sound of a confident artist who is poised for greatness album number three.

7 Apr 2014

Bird to Beast in session

On first hearing Bird to Beast's single Elephant, you cannot help but break out into a joyful whoop and start singing along like a maniac. It's *that* catchy, it's *that* beautifully crafted and honed, it's worthy of the great pop masters, I reckon Lennon would have been envious. Married couple Sam and Hannah Hird are the talent behind Bird to Beast, and 2014 will be a special year for them, having already garnered radio and online attention - the only way is up for this pair. I snagged a session with them for Amazing Radio in 2013 that thought best to hang onto it until the single release - so here it is for your listening pleasure:

2 Apr 2014

The Other Woman & The Local present...

I'm very excited to be putting on three fantastic bands in association with The Local. On April 27th - London experimental quartet Collectress headline, with a new album to plug, then using electronics, harp, cello and more there's TOW favourites Talk in Colour and taking a break from TV soundtracks and Levi's ad campaigns we also have Megan Wyler on the bill - all will perform at The Ace Hotel in London's Shoreditch. I'll be deejaying - it's FREE.

Festival Pass on Amazing Radio

Over the next 6 weeks I'm hosting a new show on Amazing Radio with agent and promoter Howard Monk (The Local) - Festival Pass.

We're getting under the skin of our favourite festivals and asking the organisers how they do it, but more importantly how do YOU get to play on the bill. Do you need an agent? Do they actually listen to every last submission they receive?

As well as giving away tickets to Camp Bestival, Meltdown, Field Day, Barn on the Farm and The Great Escape - we're also running a competition where you and your band could play at How The Light Gets In.

All you need to do to enter is upload a killer track to your Amazing Tunes profile like this:

Artist Name - Track Titles (Festival Pass) ... and you'll be in the running.

19 Mar 2014

Intl Women's Day with Little Boots - listen again

Our guest on The Other Woman to celebrate International Women’s Day was Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots. The electronic musician and On Repeat Records founder has been on a whirlwind trajectory from Brit’s Critics Choice nominee (and major label deal) to true independence. Little Boots has railed against the misogyny she experienced in the industry and is now fiercely independent and outspoken about what women in the great grinding mainstream machine go through. With an excellent ear for an electro-pop hit, she’s playing us some of her latest favourites and we’re getting to the bottom of it all…

18 Mar 2014

Sephine Llo in session

The gorgeous Sephine Llo is in session on this week's The Other Woman on Amazing Radio – the sound engineer turned awesome songwriter and musician is facing 2014 full steam ahead with her new EP Flame, out on Tape Club Records, and has an album set for later this summer. With an interest in weird and wonderful instruments which aid the song writing process, her songs are intricate and very beautiful. Listen to the session tracks below:

25 Feb 2014

Listen again with Howard Monk

This week we chat to Howard Monk who runs brilliant live music nights and manages talent as The Local. He bigs up some artists he’s loving right now including The Other Woman favourite Sophie Jamieson, New Zealander Tiny Ruins, Rachael Dadd (a new single!) and introduces us to Catalan singer and musician Clara Sanabras. We’ve got new music from Marissa Nadler, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Smoke Fairies… it doesn’t get better than that! You can listen again to the show here.

18 Feb 2014

Lilies on Mars interview

This week we meet duo Lilies on Mars in an East London pub. The girls are over here from Italy playing some shows and we’re loving their new single Dream of Bees (especially the Julia Kent remix which gets a spin too).

We also dig into our session archive and play one from San Francisco’s Jessica Pratt who recently graced Simon Raymonde‘s show with her presence. There’s also music from Bristol’s Rachael Dadd and London rockers The Drink… listen again here!

13 Feb 2014

Latest show listen again with The Anchoress

Who is THIS?

Well, this is a fabulous promo shot of The Anchoress. You might remember piano chanteuse and Lady Gaga cover queen Catherine AD (she covered Telephone and transformed it), well she’s revamped her image and her sound and relaunched as The Anchoress. It’s pop-tastic and we love it.

This week we’re also featuring some of Simon Raymonde’s gorgeous session tracks with Sumie (Yukimi from Little Dragon’s sister) and there’s a new single from the inimitable gypsy ska crowd Gabby Young And Other Animals.

Listen again here!

6 Feb 2014

Skinny Girl Diet in session

I'm in the gang! with Skinny Girl Diet
Recent guests on The Other Woman on Amazing Radio include scrappy teen grunge rockers Skinny Girl Diet. The London trio are blazing a trail on the live circuit already although not one is yet to hit twenty. With fans including John Kennedy and Everett True they’re creating quite the buzz with their grungy punk rock. We talk fad diets, girl gangs and... grunge!

4 Feb 2014

Mad About the Boy - BBC Radio 4

Mad About the Boy is a programme for BBC Radio 4 presented by Jude Rogers and Ruth Barnes, produced by Falling Tree Productions. The thesis was this: obsessive teen girl fan culture is given a bad rap in the press and in society as a whole, going back generations. We look at the flip side, we celebrate it and conclude that it's a vital rite of passage for young women as they reach puberty. With contributions from author and David Cassidy fan Allison Pearson, One Direction songwriter Fiona Bevan, One Direction fans, E17's Tony Mortimer and Jude's mother-in-law and Beatlemaniac Lillian Adams.

Jessica Pratt in session

As usual Simon Raymonde has chosen another blinder of a session for his show this week. San Francisco's Jessica Pratt popped in and played some simple acoustic tracks. She's a new favourite of The Other Woman and we shall be playing these on the show over the next few weeks!

29 Jan 2014

Johanna Glaza in session

Johanna Glaza
Prepare for something rather stunning. Remember Joana and the Wolf? Well they’ve been rather quiet for the past few years and that’s because their front woman Johanna Glaza has become, well, Johanna Glaza. The Lithuanian turned Londoner has struck out on her own via a stint of writing and playing in New York. The result is the stunning Shall I Be A Saint E.P. and here she is performing Mama and the title tracks in session on The Other Woman.

Sumie in session for Simon Raymonde

Here's an Amazing Radio session I just had to post. Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins/ Bella Union Label boss) had the very beautiful Sumie in session recently and here it is for your listening pleasure. You know Yukimi from Little Dragon? This is her sister - talent runs in the family then!

17 Jan 2014

De'Borah in session

De'Borah is a young singer songwriter from Croydon, via Brighton and The Brit School. Softly spoken and completely unassuming, when she starts singing her voice is spell binding. She's connected to the musical hotbed that is Fiona Bevan and Emily and the Woods et al, so she's in good hands. Also don't underestimate training at The Brit School, that's gotta toughen you up! The Waiting Games EP is out now and here she is in session for The Other Woman on Amazing Radio: