Various Artists | 04/08/10

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In this episode, hit-makers The Count & Sinden speak with our genial host Billy Reeves about their debut LP ("Mega Mega Mega"). Villagers have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and we celebrate with "Ship of Promises". Plus new songs by Tricky, These New Puritans, Lightspeed Champion and Chief.

Oh! and remixes galore with Four Tet's remix of Jon Hopkin's "Vessel", Reeboot's "Un Dia" remix and the Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) remix of Steve Mason's "Am I Just A Man".


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Chapter 1: Intro with Billy Reeves (0:00)
Chapter 2: Tricky "Murder Weapon" (0:21)
Chapter 3: These New Puritans "Hologram" (3:19)
Chapter 4: Steve Mason "Am I Just A Man (Alexis Taylor remix)" (5:54)
Chapter 5: The Count & Sinden interview (10:20)
Chapter 6: The Count & Sinden "After Dark" (18:22)
Chapter 7: Juana Molina "Un Dia (Reeboot Remix)" (22:21)
Chapter 8: Lightspeed Champion "I Don't Want to Wake Up Alone" (30:49)
Chapter 9: Jon Hopkins "Vessel (Four Tet remix)" (33:30)
Chapter 10: Villagers "Ship of Promises" (38:47)
Chapter 11: Chief "Night & Day" (38:47)



Video Gallery | The Count and Sinden | 27/07/10

Here's the new video for the summer smash "After Dark" featuring Will and Kai from the Mystery Jets. This was the first single to come from The Count & Sinden's album Mega Mega Mega, which was released 23rd August 2010.

Video directed by Jo Apps.



Video Gallery | She & Him | 16/07/10

Following the release of their much acclaimed second LP, Volume Two, She & Him are back with their next single, "Thieves". "Thieves", the gorgeous sugar-sweet album opener forms the sonic backdrop for this silent film-inspired new clip.



Video Gallery | Chief | 16/07/10

The new video from Chief for "Night & Day" from their forthcoming debut Modern Rituals.

"Night & Day" is overflowing with West Coast sunshine and charm, with a sweeping, fiercely infectious chorus and lyrics full of romantic yearning.

Directed by Matt Creed.



Dirty Projectors | 07/07/10

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This Saturday morning (July 10th) between 05:00 - 07:00 on UK’s Radio 1, and following on the iPlayer, Rob Da Bank will play the entire 'Mount Wittenberg Orca' collaboration record, track-by-track. The show will also feature exclusive interviews with both Dave Longstreth and Bjork.


Here's a link to where you can find the programme http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006wknd



Various Artists | 02/07/10

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Time now for the July edition of Domino Yeah!

Let's see what our good pal Billy Reeves has to say about this episode:
Billy Reeves here, hello. I’ve been looking all my adult life for the band who will marry to emotion of the Go-Betweens with the skill of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and here they are, four laid-back dudes from L.A. - Chief. Said chaps have been playing the 2 biggest UK festivals recently (Hyde Park & Glastonbury) so just before they left London, England I caught up with them; and herein play you two tracks from their forthcoming beautiful LP.

PLUS how about some Dirty Projectors? Some She & Him? Jon Hopkins ambient re-thinking of ‘Angel Echoes’ by Four Tet? And an announcement of a very special show from Villagers too. (#1 in Ireland don’tcha know). Balmy!


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Chapter 1:Intro with Billy Reeves (0:00)
Chapter 2: Dirty Projectors "Stillness Is The Move" (0:31)
Chapter 3: Wild Beasts "Hooting & Howling" (5:20)
Chapter 4: Chief "Night & Day" (10:39)
Chapter 5: Interview with Chief (14:34)
Chapter 6: Chief "Breaking Walls" (18:35)
Chapter 7: She & Him "Thieves" (23:14)
Chapter 8: Four Tet "Angel Echoes (Jon Hopkins Remix)" (23:14)
Chapter 9: Villagers "Ship Of Promises" (32:26)



Steve Mason | 15/06/10



Boys Outside, the new album from Steve Mason, available everywhere.

Having previously recorded as The Beta Band, King Biscuit Time and Black Affair, Steve Mason has just released his first album under his own name, Boys Outside. The 10-track album, produced by Richard X and Steve Mason, is at once fiercely contemporary, and unlike anything else you’ll hear in 2010. The tracks on Boys Outside are every bit as singular as the Beta Band's standout album, The Three EP’s. 'All Come Down' is a beautiful song that is very much indicative of the fragile and haunting sounds found throughout Boys Outside.

"Mason’s best post-Beta Band work" - Mojo

"Boys Outside is a confident, stripped-down affair... Mason always had an appealing voice, but it’s never been as soulfully expressive as it is here" "8/10" - Under The Radar

Enter your email address to be kept up to date with news, and also get a free MP3 of 'All Come Down'.





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A new edition of Domino Yeah is up!

Ever wondered what it’s like to be in The Fall? From what your genial host Billy Reeves sees, it’s a right good laugh! Peter, Kieron and Dave invite Billy to help set up the stage for Mark in Birmingham, and talk about the current LP "Your Future, Our Clutter". The relatively new two young lads explain how they got invited to join the band and the chaps sift through an enormous pile of 10p records bought in the excellent Birmingham branch of Record & Tape exchange.

So, two tracks from The Fall to hear, as well as a special Archie Bronson Outfit remix, the next single from "Becoming A Jackal" by Villagers, a lovely bit of Robert Wyatt and the beautiful sound of young L.A. new boys Chief.



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Chapter 1: Intro with Mr. Billy Reeves (0:00)
Chapter 2: Chief "Breaking Walls" (0:29)
Chapter 3: Archie Bronson Outfit "Hoola - Moscow Remix" (4:58)
Chapter 4: The Fall "Cowboy George" (11:11)
Chapter 5: The Fall interview (16:32)
Chapter 6: The Fall "Bury Pts. 1 + 3" (23:55)
Chapter 7: Villagers "Ship Of Promises" (30:43)
Chapter 8: Domino Glastonbury Line-up (34:24)
Chapter 9: Robert Wyatt "Sea Song" (35:18)



The Fall | 05/05/10

The legendary Fall have released their much anticipated 28th album, Your Future Our Clutter. This is the first video off their new record.

Directed by ThirtyTwo.



Malachai | 05/05/10

Check out the video for Malachai's "Snowflake" off of their album Ugly Side Of Love. Directed by Rob Hall.




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In this episode: Billy Reeves tests his baking skills with VILLAGERS. Plus, previews of new releases from BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY, THE FALL, TO ROCOCO ROT, MALACHAI and a bona fide classic from THE TRIFFIDS. Click the Play button to listen.

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Chapter 1: Intro with Billy Reeves
Chapter 2: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang "The Sounds Are Always Begging" (0:15)
Chapter 3: Malachai "Warriors" (5:58)
Chapter 4: Villagers "Twenty-Seven Strangers" (9:26)
Chapter 5: Interview with Villagers (12:29)
Chapter 6: Villagers "Becoming A Jackal" (15:53)
Chapter 7: The Triffids "Wide Open Road" (20:05)
Chapter 8: To Rococo Rot "Seele" (25:18)
Chapter 9: The Fall "Bury Pts. 1 + 3" (29:22)




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John Sicolo (centre) welcomes a couple of young Monkeys to TJs back in 2006.


John Sicolo, or Johnny Sieco to his mates, was born in Newport south Wales to a father from the Seychelles and Welsh mother. One of eight kids, he joined the Merchant Navy soon after leaving school at the age of fifteen. He signed on as galley boy, learning the art of cooking, and quickly rose through the ranks to become the youngest Chief Steward sailing out of the Bristol Channel. During his twelve years in the Merchant Navy he circumnavigated the globe and visited many of the major port cities of the world.

When Johnny left the navy he returned to Newport and put his cooking skills to good use, opening a restaurant called the Pittsburgh Diner in 1971. Jugfuls of sangria where served with everything and slowly the food was replaced exclusively with alcohol and the place had a reputation where a good time could be had by all.

The diner became a nightclub, El Siecos, in the mid seventies. With his partner, the equally formidable, Trilby Tucker, running the club with him El Siecos became known as a rough and ready after hours drinking den.

I began regularly visiting the club around 1979 beginning what turned out to be a thirty year relationship with Johnny. A big, thick set, powerful man, he was extremely strong and he never needed to employ bouncers. Any trouble and Johnny would personally eject the culprits from the premises by appearing to tie their arms and legs behind their backs and rolling them out of the door. He seemed solid, indestructible. He even had a strict dress code and delighted in turning away well dressed business types and anyone with a tie.

What struck me was, from the outset, he remembered your name. He seemed to know everyone’s` name and took an interest in the people who visited the club. A warm welcome, good natured banter and a warning blow to the gut was par for the course and he quickly made me feel like a regular, which I duly became.

I, along with my brother Baz and some childhood friends, formed a band called The Abs around this time and began playing our own brand of fast punk with funny songs. Johnny and Trilby always took an interest in our band and when the Student`s Union (the only venue that would give us a gig) closed we approached John. He had no hesitation letting us play in his club that resembled a rock`n`roll version of the Bat  Cave .

 The deal was that we would organise the gig and he made the profit on the bar, simple. It stayed that way until the end and, when we couldn’t get a gig anywhere else, Johnny would always let us play. He always counted The Abs as one of his favourite bands and when interviewed for fanzines or newspapers would namecheck us. Unfortunately, because of his thick Newport accent, this was always interpreted as The Yaps so we unable to capitalise on the great man’s endorsement!

Around 1984 the club’s name had changed to TJ`s (Trilby and Johnny’s) and innovative promoters such as Simon Phillips of Cheap Sweaty Fun began bringing a succession of touring bands to Newport. Bands such as Hole, Nomeansno, No FX, The Lemonheads, The Offspring, Chuck Prophet, Green Day, Fugazi, Snuff, The Jesus Lizard, to name just a few, came to TJ`s. They gave us an education and Johnny provided the school. He would often stand in the middle of the mosh, like a demented, sweaty headmaster with a big grin on his face, making sure no one got hurt. If someone was becoming a little over enthusiastic they would receive a bop on the head and a look that said enjoy yourself but don’t spoil it for others. This always seems to have been taken in the way it was intended demonstrating a rare gift for communication that Johnny seemed to use so easily. He made TJ`s the safest place in town.

The bands all received the same warm welcome and benefited from Johnny’s culinary skills learnt in his navy days. He would often take bands to his house after the sound check where, along with Trilby and the kids, they would sit down to a family meal and made to feel they were in their home from home. All the while Johnny would be engaging in conversation with the band and he could talk with knowledge on an impressively wide range of subjects. After the gig, bands would often stay in his flat above the club. This was luxury for touring bands when the UK had the reputation of the least hospitable of European countries to play in.

The death of his beloved Trilby around 1995 seemed to leave him appearing a little lost but he carried on in the club among the noise and people that he loved. We became closer as the years rolled on and in 1997 my wife Wendy and I asked Johnny to be Godfather to our daughter Jess. He was chuffed to be asked but disapproved of the non religious family/rockabilly celebration / ceremony we held in our garden. “It`s what separates us from animals” he gruffed before leaving early to open the club for Muse to play that night.

When I heard we lost him I was gutted. I felt a large chunk of Newport life was gone forever and that one of the most important threads linking my past and present had snapped. John Sicolo`s funeral was held last week and over a thousand people attended, including The Mayor. Bikers followed the hearse as it stopped outside TJ`s to receive the salute from a few hundred bereft souls. At the church, Johnny`s coffin was draped in the Red Ensign and he had a Guard of Honour from old boys of the Merchant Navy who proudly carried flags and played The Last Post. Crowds were left outside in the rain as St Pauls was packed. After the ceremony, Newport City Centre came to a halt as Johnny was brought out of the church to the revving of the bikers and the sound of genuine spontaneous applause. The scene provided a feast for the eyes, ears and soul and reminded me of some of the life-changing gigs I`d seen because of the vision held by this special man who provided the venue and his own brand of philosophy.

Afterwards, the Wake was held in, where else, TJ`s. As I walked in, The Abs was being played through the PA and I felt an enormous sense of honour, pride and loss for a man who helped me and hundreds of others find a path in life.

As the future of the club hangs in the balance, it’s hard to see who could fill the giant, Johnny shaped gap that his passing has left. Time will tell.

Thank you  Johnny Sicolo. Goodnight. God Bless.

John The Rev, March 2010




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Alex Chilton was a soul singer. The music of Alex Chilton and Big Star has a huge emotional depth to it that has resonated through the years, which is why he had, and still has, a huge influence on people who form rock’n’roll bands. Well, the good ones anyway. It’s also why he never sold too many records, because regular folks can’t take that kind of honesty. They prefer the fake to the real and the overdone to the understated. Alex Chilton was one of the givers. His life was a triumph for art, truth, singing and rock’n’roll music. I don’t go for that underachiever shit that the “journos” always go on about - the guy made three of the greatest albums of all time!!! What a fucking talent! 

Let me tell you my Alex Chilton story. Indulge me, cos I’m a bit choked up here. In 1986 I released a record by the Replacements, called Boink!, on my label, Glass Records. It was a mini LP culled from some of their earlier releases but had an unreleased track called “Nowhere Is My Home” produced by Alex Chilton, which mightily impressed Nikki Sudden, who alongside his brother Epic Soundtracks, first turned me on to Alex’s music. Nikki and Epic are sadly no longer with us either. 6 years later I was working at Creation Records and I met Alex at Victoria Station straight off the Gatwick Express. Creation brought him over to London to talk about making a record. Me and Alan McGee took him out for a couple of drinks and had a real nice time. The next day Alex and myself went up to Glasgow together on the train for the weekend to record a hastily arranged session for BBC Radio Scotland with Teenage Fanclub. He told me some great stories, like taking acid for the first time with Dennis Wilson, and hanging out at Dennis’s place when Manson and “all those chicks” were around. I lapped all that stuff up. I love all those stories. He was damn good company. At the rehearsal for the Radio thing, Alex asked the band to play “Alcoholiday”, his favourite song from “Bandwagonesque”, which he then proceeded to sing, and yes he knew all the words. Imagine how you’d feel if Alex Chilton sang one of your songs, two feet away from your face. I tell you, walking into the Griffin, where all the Glasgow bands hung out, with Alex fuckin’ Chilton was totally genius. Cries of “No way!!” could be heard all the way up past the King’s Cafe to  Sauchiehall Street. Well, for some reason or another that record never happened, and I think that it was a great disappointment to him, as indeed it was to me. 

Alex, it was a pleasure and a privilege to know you for a brief time. You are the MAN and I remain, your fan. God bless. 

David E Barker March 2010.

Here are some other stories and  tributes from some of Alex’s friends and fans.

I feel lucky that with Teenage Fanclub we had the opportunity to work with Alex a few times and through that to fully realise what an amazing musician he was. I’d actually been reminiscing about working with Alex the day before I found out he’d died, remembering a radio session we recorded in ‘92 where, at his instigation of course, we worked on an instrumental version of a theme from the overture of Wagner’s Tannhauser. On the day I heard he’d died I went to a concert, the thought of which had prompted my reminiscence, where the Scottish Symphony Orchestra played the overture of Tannhauser. Of course, in my mind this was a beautiful little tribute to him, someone for whom the work of Wagner, Eddie Floyd, and Joe Meek were all part of the same thing. Alex was inspiring to me in terms of his songwriting, his eclecticism, his not just innovative but also accomplished musicianship, and all that allied with his disdain for sycophancy and bullshit. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed his company. Raymond McGinley, Teenage Fanclub

I was introduced to the music of Alex Chilton by Brian Taylor, guitarist in the first Pastels lineup. Brian, it's fair to say was not too impressed by many things, but Alex had found his favour, and he seemed to love everything from pop soul sides with the Box Tops through to raw but exciting productions for The Cramps and Tav Falco's Panther Burns. Me, I really liked Alex's voice and some of his songs; hearing September Gurls for the first time was unbelievably thrilling. Alex always seemed like someone who could move easily from era to era - 1960s, 1970s, 1980s. He was clever enough to keep moving and aware enough to usually have the right length of hair for the time. Eventually he started turning up in Glasgow thanks to super enthusiastic fans like Jason from V-Twin, and of course the Teenage Fanclub connection, which he knew was a good thing.  I met him a couple of times and he seemed kind of there, not there.  But somehow I expected this smart traveller to keep moving; moving through things and around them, to be here for ever or at least until he was 100. Not to be.  It's like the feeling you get from listening to so many of his lovely, sad songs. Stephen Pastel, Glasgow. March 2010

We were in LA mixing an album and Alex is passing through town. He has a show at McCabes guitar shop and invites us down. Alex plays a great set and we hang out afterwards and drink beer. He tells us that he's going to be playing at a Beach Boys fanclub event the next evening and that we should “really” come down as it's going to be “very special”. 

We make our way to a small theater in Santa Monic, once inside, us and the fifty other people there take our seats and watch The Beach Boys Hawaii concert movie along with a load of outtakes and rare and unseen clips. Next, we are treated to a set of Beach Boys tunes performed by a band that includes Brian Wilson producer Andy Paley, who are accompanying a number of guest singers. Alex does a great version of Solar System. The show builds to a climax and it seems that the night is over when unexpectedly, Rodney Bingenheimer appears at the front mic and announces that there is to be one more performance, and at that, Brian Wilson shuffles onstage and up to the piano. He sits down and self deprecatingly starts to play "I'm a little teapot" (with the handle and spout arm movements) before launching into "Do it again" and then "God only knows". We are at the front of the stage about five feet away from Brian, gobsmacked. This is his first public performance in a long time. He's fragile but brilliant. Alex is at the other side of the stage and looks over at us with an enormous grin on his face. Thanks for that Alex. What a treat.

Alex Chilton, was a great singer and performer and a much better songwriter than he would have you believe. He is man who told Charles Manson where to get off....but that's another story. Norman Blake, Teenage Fanclub

We did some west coast dates with Alex in 1988 around the time of High Priest. We were all mightily impressed at the Chilton Soundcheck, which involved parking his guitar and his amp on the stage before going straight back out of the venue again in search of good times. (It was a trick he repeated in London in the nineties, striking terror into the hearts of his "minders" by disappearing into the Streets of Fear around King's Cross.)

Then in 92 I ran into him in New Orleans. He wasn't supposed to be drinking, but he took me on a 2 night binge that ended up in a transvestite cowboy bar called "Roundup". It was only supposed to be a one night thing, but when I went out around town the next day I found him banging on the window of a bar that I was passing, beckoning me in for round two, as it were.

Of course, he was a proper Southern Gent, courteous and charming and prone to the occasional "Vietnam moment" where he would sort of glaze over and start muttering incomprehensibly at some unseen foe for a second before snapping back into your reality once again. Like a lot of southern people he had a genuine belief in astrology. Our birthdays were close together ("December boys got it bad") and he called me "the Jack of Hearts". Guess we all knew who the King was.

In New Orleans we went past this bar, which he told us was Muddy Waters' club. "I had some of the best nights of my life in there," he said. I figured he meant that he'd played some gigs there. "No," he replied, "I was the janitor."

That struck me as typical of him. He said that he only really rated three or four of his own songs and was much happier just being a singer, covering other people's stuff. For somebody who had done so much and meant so much to so many, he seemed almost entirely uncorrupted by any kind of "ego". Even after the Big Star revival of the nineties, he would still regularly turn up and play on old sixties revue packages in odd places like Canadian leisure centres.

I never heard him refer to Jody Stevens as anything other than simply "The Drummer". Once in London, Joe Foster was talking to him about the fact that there were Big Star tee shirts on sale; he was concerned that Alex was getting his fair cut of the proceeds. With consummate unconcern Alex told him "Aaaah, that was the Drummer's idea." Case closed.

Alex Chilton was the real thing. Raised in a house full of music in Memphis, he lived the true and proper rock and roll life all his life. I'm not sure that we shall ever see his like again. Pat Fish, The Jazz Butcher




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Check out the all-new March 2010 edition of Dominocast hosted by Mr. Billy Reeves. This episode features an interview with GALAXIE 500. Plus, preview new releases from Eugene & The Lizards, Archie Bronson Outfit, Pavement, Four Tet, Wild Beasts, Galaxie 500, She & Him and Arctic Monkeys.

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Chapter 1: Intro with Billy Reeves (0:00)
Chapter 2: Eugene & The Lizards "Bugjuice" (0:38)
Chapter 3: Archie Bronson Outfit "Magnetic Warrior" (2:51)
Chapter 4: Pavement "Cut Your Hair" (5:44)
Chapter 5: Four Tet "Sing" (8:50)
Chapter 6: Wild Beasts "We Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongues" (12:50)
Chapter 7: Galaxie 500 "Oblivious" (16:33)
Chapter 8: Interview with Galaxie 500 (19:13)
Chapter 9: Galaxie 500 "Blue Thunder" (24:22)
Chapter 10: She & Him "In The Sun" (27:33)
Chapter 11: Arctic Monkeys "My Propeller" (30:18)



Archie Bronson Outfit | 19/02/10

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