On this week's show, Tom Coates returns to take us through some of the history of 4AD, via some of his all time favourite artists: Pixies, The Breeders, Frank Black, and Kristin Hersh. Meanwhile, we feature the latest Volume 11 & 12, release from Josh Homme's Desert Sessions project — the first release from the quirky ephemeral in supergroup in over 15 years. The rough edges and oddities are part of the charm, but the new record contains some really great work by any measure, Homme's recognisable sound applied to different styles and voices.


  1. Checkmate by Hot Snakes on Checkmate (Sub Pop)
  2. All Night Disco Party by Brakes on Give Blood (Rough Trade)
  3. Break
  4. Something You Can't See by Desert Sessions on Desert Sessions Vol. 11 and 12 (Matador)
  5. 100 Million Miles by BNQT on Volume I (Dualtone/Bella Union)
  6. I Wanna Make It Wit Chu by Desert Sessions on Desert Sessiosn Vol. 9 & 10 (Ipecac)
  7. Break
  8. Walking in the Dark by Throwing Muses on House Tornado (4AD)
  9. Nimrod's Son by Pixies on Come On Pilgrim (4AD)
  10. Silver by Pixies on Doolittle (4AD)
  11. Not Too Soon by Throwing Muses on The Real Ramona (4AD)
  12. Break
  13. If You Run by Desert Sessions on Desert Sessions Vol. 11 and 12 (Matador)
  14. Mary by Supergrass on Supergrass (EMI)
  15. War Horse by Mark Lanegan on Somebody's Knocking (Heavenly)
  16. Break
  17. You and Your Sister by This Mortal Coil on Filigree and Shadow (4AD)
  18. Safari by The Breeders on Safari (4AD)
  19. Cannonball by The Breeders on Live on Mark Radcliffe (4AD)
  20. Bird Dream of the Olympic Mons by Pixies on Trompe le Monde (4AD)
  21. Break
  22. A Loon by Kristin Hersh on Hips and Makers (4AD)
  23. Angel by Belly on Star (4AD)
  24. Regale Esta Noche by The Breeders on Mountain Battles (4AD)
  25. Parry the Wind High, Low by Frank Black on Frank Black (4AD)
  26. Break
  27. Easier Said Than Done by Desert Sessions on Desert Sessions Vol. 11 and 12 (Matador)
  28. Break
  29. Someday by Julia Jacklin on LIke a Version (Polyvinyl)