Feliz Navisad

Did you know that Christmas Day is actually the 300th day of March? Our silly little “time is meaningless” meme has a major milestone to coincide with the worst Christmas ever. Also, did you know that time is not, in fact, meaningless and that very real things continue to happen inside of it? Of course you did, you're living it too. I just really needed to emphasise it this week.

So, what to do for a Christmas party where all the mince pies got filled with literal shit? This week's show will attempt to take a number of different theraputic paths simultaneously: Firstly, there will be some sadness to wallow in. My God, there's a lot of really good sad music. Some of it's even about Christmas! Also, we're going to try and out-right ignore it: There's lots of really good not-sad music too, hard as that is to believe sometimes, and even one of those picked tonight is seasonal.

Finally, we're going to glance bittersweetly at something hopeful. Our record of the week is the new With Love EP from Sylvan Esso. Songs from their record of earlier this year (Free Love), recorded with a group, performend in isolation. The result is songs that are a touch less electronic than the studio editions, a little barer and clearer, yet filled with warmth from its participants and physical instruments. It's a tiny glimmer of transcendence at the end of a shitty shitty year.

It's penultimate show of 2020. Next week we'll do a recap, such that we may never have to speak of it again.


  1. The New by Interpol on Turn On The Bright Lights (Matador)
  2. You Said by Fountaines D.C. on A Hero's Death (Partisan)
  3. Break
  4. Reptilia by The Strokes on Room on Fire (BMG)
  5. All I Want For Xmas is Rock & Roll by LA WIse Man on All I Want For Xmas is Rock & Roll (Domino)
  6. Break
  7. Liberty Bell by Darkside (Matador) New
  8. I Don't Recognise You by NewDad on I Don't Recognise You (Fair Youth)
  9. Like a Lady by Pom Poko on Like a Lady (Bella Union)
  10. Break
  11. Featured Train by Sylvan Esso on With Love (Loma Vista) New
  12. Temporary by Dream Wife on So When You Gonna... (Lucky Number)
  13. The Fight (Caroline Rose Remix) by Overcoats on The Fight (remixed) (Loma Vista) New
  14. Break
  15. The Chocolate Conquistadors by BADBADNOTGOOD & MF DOOM on Grand Theft Auto Online: The Cayo Perico OST (Rockstar Games) New
  16. Lost Song by Sea Oleena on Weaving a Basket (Self Released)
  17. His Rope by Burial & Four Tet & Thom Yorke on Her Revolution / His Rope (XL Recordings) New
  18. Break
  19. Featured Numb by Sylvan Esso on With Love (Loma Vista) New
  20. Red Sock Pugie by Foals on Antidotes (Sub Pop)
  21. 5 Flucloxacillin by Los Campesinos! on Sick Scenes (Wichita)
  22. All Alone At Christmas by Slow Club on Christmas, Thanks For Nothing (Moshi Moshi)
  23. Have to Hide by The Afterglows on The Afterglows (Salinas)
  24. Break
  25. The Divine Chord (feat. MGMT, Johnny Marr) by The Avalanches on We Will Always Love (Modular Recordings) New
  26. Puppet Clubbing by A Grape Dope on Puppet Clubbing (Dangerbird)
  27. Camille by Ana Roxanne on Becase of a Flower (Kranky)
  28. Break
  29. True Love Waits by Radiohead on A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
  30. Helix III by Kelly Moran on Chain Reaction at Dusk (Hospital)