First Firsts

This week's guest Ariel Waldman brings a selection of music that's all about firsts. The soundtrack to big milestones in life, the introduction to genres, formative experiences and soaring highlights. Meanwhile, the album of the week celebrates Bloc Party's debut, Silent Alarm, which turned 10 years old last year and which the band will be playing in full around the US starting this month.

As a bonus, after the show friend-of-the-show Gabe Neisis sent me this, which is sublime and really puts a cap on a retrospective of an album that with time turned out to be even better than I first thought.


  1. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? by R.E.M. on Monster (Remix) (Craft)
  2. Banquet by Bloc Party on Silent Alarm (BMG)
  3. Govt Cheese by Bethlehem Steel on Govt Cheese (Exploding in Sound)
  4. Break
  5. Liar Liar Liar (feat. Gaz Coombes) by St Francis Hotel on Liar Liar Liar (30th Century Records )
  6. Mary by Supergrass on Supergrass (EMI)
  7. Helicopter by Bloc Party on Silent Alarm (BMG)
  8. Break
  9. Dirty Epic by Underworld on Dubnobasswithmyheadman (Smith Hyde Productions)
  10. Song for Lindy by Fatboy Slim on Better Living Through Chemistry (Astralwerks)
  11. Break
  12. Sonali by Iggy Pop on Free (Loma Vista)
  13. Design Guide (feat. Brian Eno) by William Doyle on Your Wilderness Revisited (William Doyle)
  14. High Alice by Jenny Hval on The Practice of Love (Sacred Bones)
  15. Blue Light (Engineers ‘Anti-Gravity’ Mix) by Bloc Party on Silent Alarm Remixed (Vice)
  16. Break
  17. Where is My Mind by Maxence Cyrin on Novö Piano (Kwaidan Records)
  18. Sometimes by My Bloody Valentine on Loveless (Sire)
  19. Break
  20. Dirt by Death in Vegas on Dead Elvis (Sony)
  21. Break
  22. Dimension Stepper by Cykada on Cykada (Astigmatic Records)
  23. Heavy Water by Foals on Antidotes (Sub Pop Records)
  24. This Modern Love by Bloc Party on Silent Alarm (Vice )
  25. Jungle Bunny by Kele on 2042 (Kola)
  26. Break
  27. How Can You Tell by Lone on Abraxas (Ancient Astronauts)