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Desert Isolation Discs aims to capture the essence of the people we interview through their music choices in a cheekily familiar format. We talk to creative types and music lovers about what eight songs they couldn't live without if stranded in a desert. The show is hosted by London-based journalist and ShadowPlay fanzine editor Alex Lawson. Tweet him @MrAlexLawson and more on the show at http://desertisolationdiscs.blogspot.co.uk/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
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Luke Moore of the acclaimed Football Ramble podcast tells us the eight songs he couldn’t live without. In a fusion of two pods - world football and music show Rabonas & Rhythms and cheeky parody pod Desert Isolation Discs - we talk music, football and #travel with one of podcasting’s biggest talents. Luke is quizzed on boybands, Portsmouth, podcast…
 
Toby Litt is a writer of impressive breadth and daring. Over two decades as a published author Litt has spanned crime, romance and the down right weird in his novels and short stories. Famed for naming his novels in order, from A to Z, his writing is anything but predictable. As well as his acclaimed works, Litt is a university lecturer in creative…
 
Mark "MJ" Hibbett is one of the most unique, funny and intelligent figures on the British indie pop scene. The man knows how to write a tune and, what's more, get a crowd going. He's been making music since forming his first band on the way home from a school art trip in 1981 and, along with his troupe the Validators, has been gigging for years. Hi…
 
Nick Helm is a man so rock'n'roll the discipline is not even big enough for him. A fine musician - in fact his latest album, Nick Helm is Fucking Amazing is out this month - he's also made his name as a comedian and actor, providing heavy entertainment to the masses. His star has shone brightest in hit comedy Uncle, in which he plays a layabout mus…
 
Whether it's tinkling the ivories or tapping the keyboard, James Heather is a master in his endeavours. By day, he promotes some of Britain's most innovative artists as head of communications at record label Ninja Tune. By night he works on his own fantastic compositions. It's a pleasure to turn the spotlight around on the man who has spent the las…
 
Broadcaster Ruth Barnes is a certified selector. After a career spent largely in music radio – she knows how to pick a tracklist. With an all-female playlist on her Amazing Radio show The Other Woman and through work with everyone from BBC 6Music to Resonance FM, Ruth has adeptly curated choice cuts for years.She’s achieved an absolute shedload – w…
 
As the frontman of caketronica starlets Yunioshi, Mr Rob Garner has toured everywhere from festivals in Canada and Iceland to local gigs when he's been living in Nottingham or London, where he's from. A designer by day and an axe wielder by night, he's also played in other bands including Spaceships are Cool and the ridiculously weird Revenge of Ca…
 
Gordon ‘Mac’ McNamee has played a crucial role in the way the UK has consumed soulful music - from reggae to house - over the last four decades. As founder of Kiss FM, he helped bring black music to London’s rapidly evolving 80s club scene. He took the pirate station on to FM and continued to manage it when taken over by Emap. Now at the helm of ne…
 
Simon Read is one of a kind: comfortable sipping Sidecars and talking shop or banging in the goals on a pre-season European footy tour. Known as The People’s Champion, he’s a fire fighter of personal finance - solving the problems of his readers in The Independent and Evening Standard. The sunglasses-touting journalist boasts a lengthy career in na…
 
As author of Fanzines: The DIY Revolution, Teal Triggs has been on the Desert Isolation Discs wish list for some time. Her study of publishing’s finest form is an excellent examination of their loudmouth birth (titles included Crap Hound and Beer Can Fanzine) and cultural influence. The American living in London has enjoyed a lengthy career first a…
 
Mr Tom Whalley is used to making difficult choices where music is concerned. As producer of The Huey Show, fronted by Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin’ Criminals, on BBC Radio 6 Music, Nottingham’s finest flatcap wearer is a master selector. The London resident is also known for lecturing in radio at the University of Westminster, his record label Hell…
 
The Hats of Liz O’Keefe is a musical that has never been written. But it if had, it would’ve doubtless have gone a little like this. This show has the variety to switch from Trilby chic to peak cap capriciousness. Which of course means nothing, but here, Liz in typically colourful manner discusses the records that influenced her and, more important…
 
One half of the podcasting world’s most amusing, esoteric and silly duo, Helen Zaltzman is our guest. Her question and answer podcast, launched in 2007 and presented in tandem with Olly Mann, has won an armful of gongs, a world full of followers and imparted important knowledge in response to teasers such as why do round pizzas come in square boxes…
 
Angela Penhaligon, aka country-folktronica songstress Piney Gir, is my latest guest on Desert Isolation Discs as she tells me the eight tunes she couldn’t live without in a desert. Piney is an acclaimed artist who has released five albums, toured the globe including playing Glastonbury festival and was a member of both Vic Twenty and The Schla La L…
 
Mr James Lambert tells me the eight songs he’d save from the wreckage if stranded in the desert after a freak extreme air ironing accident. A sports and music fanatic and one half of Sheffield’s finest radio duo, the ShadowPlayboys, Lambert lets us into his world to talk attitudes to punk music and the glory of Sheffield and Nottingham. See acast.c…
 
Barcelona-based record label head honcho and talented marketer Anders Knight is my latest guest on Desert Isolation Discs. He became the lynchpin in the arts and culture scene of Nottingham when based there through his excellent stewardship of craft night Jumpers for Goalposts as co-host of the Pretty Dandy Flea markets and enticing us to watch gre…
 
It is an absolute pleasure to welcome a very special guest to Desert Isolation Discs… my mother! Part of the reason I began recording these missives was as an excuse to quiz mum on her choices. She is an avid listener to a certain similar show and has also hosted DiD parties. Here, Heather tells us which eight songs she couldn’t do without when str…
 
As vanity projects go, recording your own Desert Isolation Discs podcast is right up there. But nonetheless, here’s your blogging host Alex Lawson’s eight tunes he would save from the wreckage after a freak sky diving accident. Tom Bonnett manfully steps in as host. More details and full songs here - http://desertisolationdiscs.blogspot.co.uk See a…
 
Anoraks presenter and long-time ShadowPlay collaborator Tom Bonnett is our guest on Desert Isolation Discs - a podcast presented by Alex Lawson. Tom he tells us which eight tracks he would save from the wreckage when stranded in the desert after a freak hang gliding accident. A journalist, DJ and broadcaster, Tom allows us int [...] See acast.com/p…
 
Anoraks Tom Bonnett and Alex Lawson discuss the beauty of the tape ahead of Cassette Store Day. Alex explains why a handmade cover and a curated collection of songs can make a couple of magnetic reels in a plastic case come to life and why tapes may be making a comeback. For a blog on Cassette Store Day, visit http://shadowplayfanzine.blogspot.co.u…
 
The Anoraks put listeners out of their misery by revealing the winners of the British cheese awards, discussing the bizarre sport of horse boarding and pondering what David Attenborough keeps in his pockets. The eclectic musical nerds discuss the benefits of putting music online for free with the launch of new service Moozar and paw over the life a…
 
Anoraks Tom Bonnett and Alex Lawson meet experimental Ninja Tune artists Grasscut in a special edition of the fortnightly Shoreditch Radio show. Grasscut’s Marcus O’Dair and Andrew Phillips discuss the south London label’s progression, their involvement in it and playing live across Europe. The show features some brand new and unreleased material f…
 
The Anorak’s cope with a week without Tom Bonnett by replacing him with the very lovely indie pop star and ShadowPlay agony aunt Piney Gir. Piney tells Alex Lawson and Alex Burnard about her new album, school uniformed recording playing ladies and answers listeners’ agony aunt questions. She also picks some great new music, plays along in our usual…
 
This time out The Anoraks take you on a car journey with silly games (Alphabeat), scenes from afar (with our Adventuring Anorak Cyril) and music to make you bellow (with Horse Meat Disco’s Wham remix). We’ll be discussing DJ Shadow’s latest charitable act stashing his new release in unlikely place and chowing down on the career of one of music’s gr…
 
The nerDJs hone in on voodoo in this edition of Shoreditch Radio’s more incisive and, more importantly, fun music show. Tom Bonnett, Alex Burnard and Alex Lawson chew the fat on new app WahWah.fm which allows you to make an radio station from your smartphone and we find out where Cyril’s arrive while charting our musical map of the world. Mr Bonnet…
 
The Anoraks find themselves with an Alex-imbalance as Mr Tom Bonnett hides under his hood this time out. But never fear, some very special guests in the form of fellow station DJs the Sure Ditch Stars’ Talia and Becks step up to the plate in guessing whether Mr Burnard is a phoney in Real Fake. Elsewhere in a rammed show, the Alexes ponder the vali…
 
The Anoraks return with a show more packed than your auntie’s suitcase before a week in Marbella. The trio examine perceptions of a mainland European music in the UK, where next for Battles and why sailing a boat named Titanic Two might just be ill-advised. Great music from the likes of La Bionda, The Sonics, Benji Boko and Tinariwen accompanies Cy…
 
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