No Magic

About No Magic

An evening session with Ben Ward playing eclectic blends of pop, rock, electronic, dance and whatever else seems tangentially appropriate. A featured guest brings along their musical inspirations and stories, and we'll pour over the record of the week. “This isn't about looking good. This isn't about making people like you. No magic, just music.”

  • Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00pm


  • This week's show features the incredible new Hether Blether from Orkadian musician Erland Cooper, completing a triology of records written about his home islands. Athmospheric,…

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  • This week we're featuring Maxïmo Park's 2012 record The National Health, which seemed somewhat fitting given its gesture at social ills and our current pandemic disaster. Also…

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  • No guest or featured album this week. Just a packed playlist of things that matched my mood on a warm evening summers day in locked-down San Francisco.

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  • Today, in the midst of a nationwide civil rights crisis, democratic collapse, and (still) the ongoing pandemic that has disproportionately killed people in racial minorities, many of…

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  • We're sweltering in place in San Francisco, the sun's out, there's a tiny little bit of a breeze so we're going to engage some summer sounds. Cornershop's…

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  • This week revists Arcade Fire's incredible second album Neon Bible.

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  • This week's show features Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid, one of their absolute best records in a career filled with standout anthems and sublime songwriting.

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  • This week we feature 2000's Primal Scream vowel-rejecting tour de force XTRMNTR, plus new tracks from Gorillaz, Run the Jewels, Pure X, and Sorry.Stereogum wrote a great…

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  • This week we're playing tracks from The National's fouth album Boxer — a record that completed their breakthrough in the UK and set up a lifelong companionship…

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  • This week's record is Jet Plane and Oxbow, by the magnificient band Shearwater. With a sound and songcraft that incessantly builds to bouyant warmth, while channelling the…

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