Faber Radio Presents Billy Bragg’s In the Country of Country.

‘Did you ever see Dallas from a DC9 at night? Country music has the ability to take the mundane and make it seem magical, to elevate the yearnings of ordinary folk into something Shakespearean. Yes, it can be sentimental, but it’s never schmaltzy.   At its best, it taps into the existential struggles of isolated…

Announcing Sweet Dreams: The Story of the New Romantics.

Dylan Jones’s definitive history of the Blitz Kids, Synth-Pop and the Style Press from 1975 to 1985.   Sweet Dreams charts the rise of the New Romantics, a scene that grew out of the remnants of post-punk and developed quickly alongside club culture, ska, electronica, and goth. One of the most creative entrepreneurial periods since…

Announcing Robert Wyatt and Alfie Benge, Side by Side.

Presenting the life’s work of two of British music’s most unique and timeless artists, with an introduction by Jarvis Cocker.   Side by Side presents the lyrics, poems, writings and drawings of innovative musician Robert Wyatt and his creative partner, English painter and songwriter Alfie Benge. Artist and collaborator Brian Eno said ‘Whenever an aspiring…

Pre-order Akwaeke Emezi’s The Death of Vivek Oji

The captivating, complex and mercurial new novel from the author of Freshwater.   They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died. One afternoon, a mother opens her front door to find the length of her son’s body stretched out on the veranda, swaddled in akwete material, his head on her welcome mat….

Faber Radio presents Richard King

Richard King introduces his Tan Corduroy Jacket Sutras.   “This is a two-hour playlist of contemplative music from Brazil, France, Algiers, Belgium, Venezuela, Cameroon and America and none, I realise as I write this, from the UK. It’s been compiled with the idea of enabling the listener to spend time in a sort of universal…

Faber Radio presents Dylan Jones

Tune in to Dylan Jones’s synth-heavy New Romantics playlist.   “Punk. Soul. New Romantics. Synth pop. What worlds they were. Sweet Dreams is the story of how these worlds and narratives inter- linked, and how they were all undeniably helixed together. The original New Romantic scene revolved around self-expression, being a platform for identity. Today…

Faber Radio presents Sally Rooney

Before there was Normal People, there was Conversations With Friends – and we’re pleased to present three playlists by Sally Rooney that inspired the three central characters in this unforgettable book.   Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with…

Faber Radio presents Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter

Here’s an eclectic mix of ‘light’ tracks for the shifting moods of these strange times. ‘Let the music wash over you. Close your eyes and sway…’ Exotika, 1987 Enjoy, Cosey & Chris. May 2020   Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the…

Faber Radio present Front Room Family Disco

Bob and Tessa spin their pick of front room favourites.   When Len was born four years ago, a friend gave us a three CD box of nursery rhymes and merrily said “There you go, that’s your car journeys sorted for the next five years.” We hadn’t intended to raise him on a diet of…

Faber Radio presents Robert Wyatt and Alfie Benge

The legendary, innovative musician Robert Wyatt and artist and collaborator Alfie Benge have curated their favourite songs for Faber Radio.   This September, we’re proud to publish Side by Side, the collected lyrics, poems, writings and drawings of one of the most enduring creative partnerships of the last half-century. As a founding member of influential English rock…

Faber Radio presents Samantha Irby

Samantha Irby introduces her ‘Late 1900s Time Capsule’ ‘Irby may be our great bard of quarantine’ New York Times ‘I keep every CD I’ve ever bought, since high school, in black Case Logic binders hidden in the closet in the sunroom of this house I didn’t grow up in and don’t have a real attachment…

Faber Radio presents Viv Albertine

In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn’t play an instrument and she’d never seen a girl play electric guitar. A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band The Slits, who fearlessly took on the…

Sebastian Barry’s Laureate Reads

Laureate for Irish Fiction Sebastian Barry will read from his celebrated novels every Friday for the next eight weeks. Recorded at home in the Wicklow mountains, Barry’s reading of The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is available to watch now. His next recording will be live on Friday at 11 a.m.  Follow #LaureateReads on Twitter or check…