Blogs

Blog posts from the Kooba DJs. Read the latest on the bands we play, events at the station and everything else besides.

News
So ends the story of Kooba Radio. For now…

11 February 2013

This is the last show-proper of Kooba Radio's 10 year reign as the premier place for unsigned bands on the Interweb.
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Christathon 2013

I've just set up the Facebook event page for this year's Christathon so that means it is OFFICIALLY happening.
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Band of the Year Competition update

01 January 2013

Voting for the Band of the Year Competition has now closed. Tune in to our results show in mid January to find out who won.
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Band of The Year Competition

01 December 2012

Hello Kooba Kids, it's time for our Band of the Year competition! All year we have been choosing our favourite bands from the THOUSANDS of music submissions sent in to the station and we have been posting them on the site as our Bands of the Month. Now it's your turn to choose your favourite and vote online.
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The End of Kooba Radio

28 November 2012

In 2002, a group of friends invented Kooba Radio. Now we’re almost to the end of 2012, and we’re un-inventing it again.
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On Air Myles (2010-2012)
A few more tunes for November

Tunes are flooding into the Kooba inbox, so here's another round of chucking buckets of music out of our inbox, and into your ears.
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On Air Myles (2010-2012)
A late summer treat of tunes

I've been a bit busy this summer (getting married, but anyway...), soI have a bit of catching up to do with informing you about music and artists I think are worth having a listen to.
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Congratulations Myles and Alice!

19 July 2012

Kooba Radio wishes to congratulate Myles and Alice on their pending nuptials!
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We’ll be right back

19 July 2012

"The Kooba Show", with Jonny, Alex and the Painted Lady, is taking a little break throughout July. We are regrouping in order to bring you 4 fresh new podcasts in August.
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Show some zombie love for The London Eye Zombie Walk

18 April 2012

We love a zombie here at Kooba Radio. In fact, we can't wait for the Zombie Apocalypse. Jonny has eight hundred tins of spam stockpiled in his kitchen for just that occasion. And it turns out that said cataclysm will be arriving slightly sooner than expected - on Saturday April 28th on London's South Bank!
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Blogs
An Easter holiday treat of tunes

For all those wanting a few new tunes for their long Easter weekend...
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Attention Jesi

03 April 2012

Christathon 2012 cometh! It all start at 2.30pm on Easter Sunday. That's this coming Sunday!
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Christathon spreads

22 March 2012

The excitement surrounding Christathon is continuing to mount. As well as being listed in Timeout we have also gained a recommendation from TNT Magazine.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Oxo Foxo – Snow Day

Here is a meteorologically topical track (for the UK) from our Band of the Month for February - the amazing Oxo Foxo!
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Features
Band of the Year

As revealed last week in our special Results Show, the grand honour of Band of the Year, or B.O.T.Y. (pronounced 'botty') was bestowed on the one and only...
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Please Don’t Eat Us – Dinosaur Planet

11 January 2012

Ah 2012, nice to meet you. Something tells me we are going to have fun together. Let's get started, shall we? What better way to begin our recommended tracks of 2012 than with a cut from MJ Hibbett's long awaited rock opera Dinosaur Planet (ah-oooh ah-oooh).
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On Air Myles (2010-2012)
A last minute treat from 2011…

...enjoy what the final gasps of 2011 had to offer with these lovely ditties...
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Guy Page Trio – Chance

23 November 2011

This band's name makes them sound like a trad. blues outfit but the reality of their sound is a million years more advanced than that.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Humousexual

16 November 2011

I think I have just invented a new word – Hibbetty. As in sounds-a-bit-like-MJ-Hibbett.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Dinosaur Planet (ah-oooh ah-oooh)

02 November 2011

The album version of Dinosaur Planet (ah-oooh ah-oooh) by MJ Hibbett is about to drop, people!
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Death Surf – Now You Say

19 October 2011

Death Surf play an enjoyably exuberant type of throbbing grunge rock. Have a listen...
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Mad Monks

My first solo show saw a slew of swaggering blues tracks hitting the Kooba airwaves. I was remiss by not including one such band in this initial barrage. Check it...
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Kooba Radio’s Winter Mix 2011

11 October 2011

In celebration of Kooba Radio being recommended in Mixcloud's Indie category, here is a little music-only winter mix of some recent favourite tunes.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
The Howling by Dog Ears

06 October 2011

Now here is a seriously good find: Dog Ears. This is a solo side project from Special Benny’s Mat Baynton. Dog Ear’s debut EP So It Goes is quite Benny sounding, which is to be expected as it features Ben and Tom from Special Benny on various instruments, but it is more melancholy and introspective with a bit of a Beirut brass thing going on too.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Rock Bossa Nova Fourbeat Black by My Tiny Robots

28 September 2011

On this lovely sunny day here in London I can't help but feel the need for some jaunty indie electro. Luckily I have just the thing to fit this bill in the form of Edinburgh's My Tiny Robots.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Guile – Deep By The Dockery

21 September 2011

Yet another good band in the mail bag today! Will wonders never cease? The emphasis here is on haunting echoey guitar, clattering cymbals, pleading blues lyrics. Ladies and gents I give you GUILE!
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
The Snake by Madam

14 September 2011

Today's track was recommended to me by my colleague and cultural advisor Vyvyn Howel...
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Tentacles by Bearsuit

04 September 2011

You will know all about my love of Bearsuit already, after all I did choose them as band of the month a year and a half ago. I've been listening to their latest album Phantom Forest quite a bit lately.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
You Can Take A Heart But You Cannot Make It Beat

24 August 2011

Let's switch the genre-dial to futuristic minimal electro pop with this remix of Hong Kong In The 60s' "You Can Take A Heart But You Cannot Make It Beat".
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Something from the mail bag…

19 August 2011

Here's a first for Kooba Radio's Recommended Tracks blog... today's track is a postal submission which literally just arrived. I played it, liked it, and uploaded it right away! That might sound simple but this is actually a freakish and rare occurrence!
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Literally A Festival

10 August 2011

This week's track is from... BBC Comedy...?? Eh??? Not strictly an unsigned band but you'll understand why it is relevant if you give it a butchers..
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Jonny Yeah (2011)
Free Jonathan Coulton Track!

05 August 2011-07-05

Kooba favourite Jonathan Coutlon gives away a free track Nemesis from his soon-to-be-released new album Artificial Heart.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
World Domination by the David Goo Variety Band

03 August 2011

I'm not exaggerating when I say that DAVID GOO IS A KOOBA LEGEND! It is hard to imagine doing what we do on this station without having enjoyed Goo's toe tapping funk and bizarro lyrics for the last few years.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Hermitage Shanks by Mr B

27 July 2011

Mr B is the self styled king of Chap Hop, a genre seemingly invented in the 19th century which shares much in common with the trappings of musical styles more readily associated with the late 20th century. I.e. its funny.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
The Suitcase Royale

13 July 2011

Last night my spiritual advisor took me to the Soho Theatre to see a show by The Suitcase Royale, a three man comedy troupe from Melbourne. The show was entitled The Ballad of Backbone Joe.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Allergonoise “Shreds” the Kings of Leon

06 July 2011

At first this might seem a bit out of place on Kooba but trust me and go with it for a sec ok...
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
MasterChef Synesthesia by Swede Mason

This fantastically humorous and genuinely catchy mash-up comes to you from Swede Mason, a video remixer from the Cassetteboy school of anarchy. The caption that goes with the video on youtube says "editing doesn't get harder than this".
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Perfect Day by Frilly White

20 June 2011

Frilly White is the moniker taken on by collaborators Belinda Blair and the Evolution Control Committee. As Kooba listeners will know, The Evolution Control Committee are the masters of irreverent mash-ups and remixes (see What Would Think If I Sang Auto Tune), but Belinda is more of an unknown quantity.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Another song from K and the G

15 June 2011

CAUTION: Contains mild peril! This track should only be listened to by people with a high tolerance for swearing and graphic sexual references. Do not click this link if you find sweary comedy songs offensive.
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Jonny Yeah (2011)
The Geek Shall Inherit II – Gtv Part 1

    We have a fondness for all things Geek over here on Kooba as you might have noticed. With that in mind I thought I’d share with you some geeky music videos.     Lets start with a Katy …
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On Air Myles (2010-2012)
Recommended Podcasts

On Air Myles has some top notch podcast recommendations: Hatty Ashdown's Silly Radio Show; Jon Hillcock's New Noise; Si Jubb's Jubbseekers...
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Air Filter by Special Benny

10 June 2011

What can you say about Special Benny? They are a close knit group of multi instrumentalists who produce epic jazz rock symphonies that have inspired a fanatical following over a number of years. They switch between keyboards, guitars and sax with a tightness that comes from genuine friendship and camaraderie.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
My Luminaries – Parasol (Worship remix)

08 June 2011

Here's one of our most requested tracks from the last 12 months - Parasol (Worship remix) by the mighty My Luminaries.
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Additional Content (2010-2011)
Culthub.com interviews Jonny Yeah

07 June 2011

Check out our Jonny being interviewed by culthub.com. The Cult team talk to Papa Kooba about the birth of the station, bands we have known and the hazards of the inbox of shame. It's a great read, especially if you ever wondered what goes on back stage here at Kooba Towers.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Tell Me Your Love Is Only Mine by The Husbands

06 June 2011

The exhumed corpses of a lost 60's girl group have been implanted with cruel, punk brains and a hickory beat. For connoisseurs of combustible Rock N Roll, Rhythm N Blues, and Garage N Punk, The Husbands create a paint peeling sound full of heartache and violence.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Ty Segall – In Your Car

03 June 2011

Ty Segall is a solo musician from San Francisco with a dirty west coast sound. He has been known to tour the UK where he once played on the same bill as Kooba favourite Dignan Porch.
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Hands up who remembers Yokoko!

02 June 2011

Hands up who remembers Yokoko! They were a cheerful little indie pop act from Brighton. Local listeners may remember their storming set at one of our Kill Screen gigs in 2009. Fun times!
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Recommended Tracks (2011-2012)
Philanthropy by Roxy Rawson

30 May 2011

This is Philanthropy by a lady called Roxy Rawson. Kooba Radio has a long tradition of playing skilled female singer song-writers (think Clare Portman, Vienna, Emma Foreman, Miss Joe Williams et al) and I think that we can safely add Roxy to that group.
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Jonny Yeah (2011)
The Geek Shall Inherit – Jonathan Coulton on Kooba Radio

2008 was the Year of the Coulton on Kooba Radio. JoCo gave us two interviews ahead of his sell-out UK tour - one over the phone and one in person. Hear them in full for the first time.
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