Snowapple interview

Interview with Una, Laurien and Laura from Snowapple with live performances of two songs.

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[audio: http://sites.google.com/site/weareokradio3/interviews/Snowapple_2015_01_19.mp3]

 

 

 

Show #44 – Snowapple

I first interviewed Amsterdam 3 piece, Snowapple 2 years ago on a breakfast radio show. Even at 7am in the morning, they somehow managed to perform music with stunning, luscious harmonies at a time in the day when I personally could barely speak. Overjoyed to have them back in the studio playing live and promoting their soon to be released 2nd album ‘Illusion’.

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The harmonies still astound (my co-host spent the evening with jaw suitably dropped), but their music has developed with more sinister, creepy undertones.

We chatted about being signed to a UK label, the recent shows at Noorderslag and having difficulties trying to swap a batthered old Korg keyboard for a pianetta.

You can hear the full interview from this link here.

Catch them live on 2nd February in the Paradiso to witness them in their live glory.

Show #43 – Kraftwerk gushfest

And we’re back in the room…

It was Sept 11th 1976 when Kraftwerk last played the Paradiso, and since then they’ve whittled themselves down to one member accompanied by 3 robot/humanoids, gone all 3D, seen their creative output diminish to merely a trickle and turn their live show in what some commentators unkindly compare to watching ‘4 eldery men spend an evening sending emails’.

Do not be fooled: seeing Kraftwerk live is a must. This time they are playing 8 consecutive concerts covering their 8 main albums from Autobahn to Tour de France Soundtracks. Choosing the show to see has been the impossible task for the fan to undertake (unless you’re the guy who contacted the show who’s seeing all 8)

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Listen back to our programme where we gave this event an entire show’s coverage (because we can), played some of the classic tracks, gave you some KW-factoids, discussed their importance and generally got all gushy about them for an hour. Boing.

Show #42 – Merry Xmas, We Are OK is over (for now)

Like a bunch of de-mob happy troops with a new set of ration cards and loaded guns, our last show of the year was a nostalgia fest of the best stuff we’ve aired in 2014 since we went on air in March. That’s included Rina Mushonga, Rita Zipora, Playground Zer0, Awanto 3, Rivers, Sarah Jane, Naïve Set, Elementary Penguins, David Douglas, House of Cosy Cushions, CUT_, The Great Communicators, Sleaford Mods, Public Service Broadcasting, Mason, Martine Bond, Jeanne Rouwendaal, GOSTO, Stillwave, Tears and Marble, Channah, Zitakula, Sofie Winterson and more. Doing a show half-cut directly from the pub can be a surprisingly coherent experience. See here.

There’s been some seriously talented people in our first few months and we’re not finding it difficult to find a whole new bunch of great stuff to present to you in 2015.

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Wishing you a lovely festive period and thanks for bothering to check us out and appreciate what we do. See you back on 12th Jan 2015.

In the meantime, if you’ve never checked our podcast out, there’s a wealth of content to get stuck into there:

https://itunes.apple.com/nl/podcast/we-are-ok-radio-podcast/id932563365?l=en&mt=2

Show #41 – The Elementary Penguins

Sjap from Amsterdam power pop funkateers (yes, them) Elementary Penguins came in for a cosy chat with our Alex. They have a smashing new album out called ‘Weekend Transition’ which is like a bulging sack of tunes that even Spotify have tipped for attention in 2015.

elementaryThe full interview sits in our shiny podcast/RSS feed for you to listen to while you are doing the washing-up/cycling to church/buggering a penguin

 

 

Show #40 – David Douglas

A man so busy  and dedicated to his work, David Douglas totally forgot he was due up for a phone interview with us, hence the somewhat rabbit-in-headlights style of conversation. We were just looking for an excuse to play some stuff off his wonderful album ‘Moon Observations’ (and the subsequent remix album also).

We getting hints of Boards of Canada and more expansive type of electronica than your usual idle knob-twiddling, and for good reason he’s been nominated for album of the year by 3voor12

You can listen to our interview here of a man who didn’t want to be disturbed while making his music 😉