Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Poplie is celebrating April's Fool Day! decided to become the first radio show in history with a name celebration day, so this is why April's Fool Day will be celebrating, receiving wishes and giving back lots of pop lies in a day-long on-line party.

From 9:00 on the morning of the 1st of April and for 18 consecutive hours, all the station;s producers on live and pre-recorded hourly shows will be lying like there's no tomorrow, spread completely false rumours and pick music that they would not dare play any other day. 

The day's celebration mood will be enhanced with music nes flashes and many gifts to listeners.

The program for April Fool's Day:

09:00-10:00 – Fresh Air
10:00-11:00 – Athens66
11:00-12:00 – lkrory21
12:00-13:00 – Narita
13:00-14:00 – Psycho Soul
14:00-15:00 – Kool Thinks
15:00-16:00 – John Streckfous
16:00-17:00 – Good Times
17:00-18:00 – Themis, Vaggelis
18:00-19:00 – Tone Twisters
19:00-20:00 – Big Lebo
20:00-21:00 – Dust Road
21:00-22:00 – NoiZine
22:00-23:00 – Alexandra
23:00-00:00 – Blu Velvet & Gsus
00:00-01:00 – Elafini
01:00-02:00 – Spiral
02:00-03:00 – Indiefunka

Wishes and lies at throughout the day..

Monday, March 29, 2010

ION - Elfish Tapes

ION is a Greek artist, active in the Athens underground scene for more than 20 years now. In the mid 1980's he played bass for dark electro post-punk band Rehearsed Dreams, who released a full-legth album on the seminal Creep label in 1985. After some years living in Sweden, in 1992, along with fellow musician Makis Faros he set up Elfish record label. The two of them also formed Raw, an electronic duo that managed to record three albums (the third remains unreleased).
The “Elfish tapes” project started last spring. It was recorded and produced, as scheduled, within the limits of one year. It is a 14 track album opening the “Elfish circle” trilogy, including collaborations with Spyros Faros, May Roosevelt, Ilias Katelanos & Phaedra Vokali. Each track will be accompanied with its dedicated video by Aggeliki Vrettou.
The “Elfish tapes” album will be initially released on Saturday, 27th of March as a free file /MP3 download from this blog.
A limited edition release of the audio/visual product is scheduled for a later date of this year.

Ion – Elfish Tapes

Words & music: Giannis Papaioannou
Voices & French translation: Phaedra Vokali
E-bow guitars on Abattoir: Spiros Faros
Theremin on Lazareta: May Roosevelt
Electric guitars on Rebirth & album mastering: Ilias Katelanos
Video: Aggeliki Vrettou

Cover photograph: Alexis Papaioannou
Design & typography: Manos Daskalakis

Ion – Elfish Tapes by Giannis Papaioannou is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Poplie radio show, 28th of March 2010

This Sunday found me in a really bad mood and the rainy weather outside did not help at all. So this show, especially the first half of it, follows my melancholy disposition, with things picking up significantly in the second hour. You can download it from the left column as usual. Click on the image to see the list larger.

Photography by Andreas Smetana

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Poplie radio show, 25th of March 2010

Thursday, national holiday in Greece and an extraordinary show, replacing John Porfyropoulos who was away in Berlin. You can download it as usual from the column on the left - click on the image above to see the playlist.

Photograph by Iain Crawford

Monday, March 22, 2010

Review: Massive Attack - Heligoland

Heligoland is a German Archipelago in Northern Sea. And that is how the songs of the namesake Massive Attack album (with  Grant “Daddy G” Marshall back together with Robert Del Naja) sound like: autonomous sound islands scattered in a sea of ominous strings(without Craig Armstrong any more) and menacing rhythms. Definitely better than 100th Window but not a masterpiece, it leaves us without a sense of satisfaction despite the brilliant troupe of guest artists appearing: Damon Albarn (Blur), Andrew Utley (Portishead), Horace Andy, Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star), Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey (Elbow).

Suggested tracks: Splitting The Atom, Paradise Circus, Atlas Air

This review was originally published in Screw magazine - issue 15.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Poplie radio show, 21st of March 2010

This Sunday was a mix of new and old songs, with one half-hour dedicated to the concept album of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim called Here Lies Love. The show is as always found on the left column if you did not catch it live. Click on the image above to read the playlist.

Artwork by Jack Crossing.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Review: Sade - Soldier Of Love

The return of imperious Sade and her group, ten years after Lover's Rock. With a dynamic first single (Soldier of Love) she reminds everyone how much good, timeless music is missing these days. The album is low key, tight, without pointless elations and flourishes. And her instantly recognizable warm voice is there, ready to guide you to familiar but welcomed travel routes. We just bow to her.

Suggested tracks: Soldier Of Love, The Moon And The Sky, Babyfather

Sade - Soldier Of Love from DarkFish Entertainment on Vimeo.

This review was first published in Screw magazine issue 15 in March 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Marc Almond in Thessaloniki, 20th of March 2010

Marc Almond has been to Greece before, he has a loyal small group of fans here since the Soft Cell days. So he will be playing live at Block 33 in Thessaloniki on Saturday 20th of March. Last night he played in Patras and tonight he is live in Athens at Gagarin 205 Live Music Space. Here is a small taste of what's coming:

Monday, March 15, 2010

Poplie radio show, 14th of March 2010

This Sunday on Poplie the focus was mainly on new music - songs from new albums or just released singles. I tried to cover a wide variety of music from folk to pop to dance to indie rock. You can always download the show from the left column.

Illustration by Michael Paukner (substudio)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Poplie radio show, 7th of March 2010

This Sunday was again dedicated to the songs heard on the BBC Three series Being Human - the first part was on the 21st of February. Great music from a variety of artists, old and new - I just could not find Rebekka Karijord's haunting "The Noble Art Of Letting Go" to play, which is a shame. The show can be found on the left column for your pleasure!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Poplie radio show, 28th of February 2010: Kate Bush - This Woman's Work

This Sunday was filled with the aural landscapes of the incredible Kate Bush. A retrospective of her career that spans32 years, from the trills of "Wuthering Heights" to the melancholy piano of "Lyra". I even held a small contest  with the prize being the 7" picture disc of Kate's "King of the Mountain" 2005 come-back single. Download the show from the left column.