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No Magic with Ben Ward on BFF.fm. Listen to show archives, or tune in live Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00pm. BFF.fm is a San Francisco-based community radio station. Our mission is to support emerging and underground artists and bring the Bay Area music scene to the world.

No Magic with Ben Ward on BFF.fm. Listen to show archives, or tune in live Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00pm. BFF.fm is a San Francisco-based community radio station. Our mission is to support emerging and underground artists and bring the Bay Area music scene to the world.

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No Magic with Ben Ward on BFF.fm. Listen to show archives, or tune in live Tuesday 8:00 – 10:00pm. BFF.fm is a San Francisco-based community radio station. Our mission is to support emerging and underground artists and bring the Bay Area music scene to the world.

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English

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Episodes

#61: No, Sweat

5/26/2020
We're sweltering in place in San Francisco, the sun's out, there's a tiny little bit of a breeze so we're going to engage some summer sounds. Cornershop's Handcream for a Generation provides the base, and we hope you won't find yourself getting too toasty if you dance. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Northern LitesSuper Furry AnimalsGuerillaPlacid CasualBummer DaysLiza AnneBummer DaysArts & CraftsSerpentine PrisonMatt BerningerSerpentine PrisonBook...

Duration:09:54:11

#60: An Ocean of Noise

5/19/2020
This week revists Arcade Fire's incredible second album Neon Bible. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Mr. MotivatorIDLESMr. MotivatorPartisan RecordsShe's ThereRolling Blackouts Coastal FeverSideways To New ItalySub PopIt's All About The DolphinsDas KooliesIt's All About The DolphinsStrangetownKeep the Car RunningArcade FireNeon BibleMergeI Don't Understand Rock and RollWhite DenimWorld as a Waiting RoomRadio Milk RecordsIn Our GunGomezIn Our...

Duration:09:39:58

#59: Seldom Seen

5/12/2020
This week's show features Elbow's The Seldom Seen Kid, one of their absolute best records in a career filled with standout anthems and sublime songwriting. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Good TalksFearingGood TalksFuneral PartyOver NowSpecial GuestDinosaur City Records Mixtape #4Dinosaur City RecordsGrounds for DivorceElbowThe Seldom Seen KidPolydorI'm Not Your DogBaxter DuryThe Night ChancersLE LABELI'm A LoserElephant CastleI'm a LoserOld WizardSame...

Duration:09:45:46

#58: Be Careful

5/5/2020
This week we feature 2000's Primal Scream vowel-rejecting tour de force XTRMNTR, plus new tracks from Gorillaz, Run the Jewels, Pure X, and Sorry. Stereogum wrote a great 20 year retrospective on XTRMNTR here. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Buena VistaGomezAbandonned Shopping Trolly HotlineVirginMiddle AmericaPure XMiddle AmericaFire TalkDraw(in)g to a (W)hileThe CleanVehicleFlying NunPerfectSorry925DominoMost of AllOracle SistersMost of...

Duration:09:46:53

#57: 157 Charing Cross Road

4/28/2020
This week we're playing tracks from The National's fouth album Boxer — a record that completed their breakthrough in the UK and set up a lifelong companionship with their melodic, sometimes crooning, sometimes driving, always emotive brand of indie rock. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Don't Look Back Into the SunThe LibertinesI Get AlongRough TradeSqualor VictoriaThe NationalBoxerBeggars BanquetShip of FoolsDovesRemnants IVirginBrainyThe...

Duration:09:55:59

#56: Looking Outdoors

4/21/2020
This week's record is Jet Plane and Oxbow, by the magnificient band Shearwater. With a sound and songcraft that incessantly builds to bouyant warmth, while channelling the calm the natural world, their back catlogue has been a touchstone for me this week. Jet Plane and Oxbow, is actually one of their bolder compositions; exhibiting all those traits but also delving into spkier synths, great drama, and even cutting loose with LCD Soundsystem–esque indie-disco. There are also got new tracks...

Duration:09:47:13

#55: Listen, Listen

4/14/2020
This week, we feature the first The Charlatans record I ever owned — Us and Us Only — as a tribute to lead singer, the wonderful Tim Burgess, who in this time of socially distant lockdown homeboundness, has been orchestrating dailing listening parties on Twitter — calling in his indie scene mates far and wide to join fans around the world, listen to a favourite record, and enjoy a bit of a director's commentary from band members and producers as it goes along. There's a magic in knowing...

Duration:01:55:52

#54: Dream all right

4/7/2020
This week on No Magic, we feature a Grandaddy's The Sophtware Slump, as apparently shelter in place week 3 has become rather more subliminal than I might first have realised. However, it's one of my all time favourite albums, is celebrating 20 years this year, and it does community the trials and emotional strain of isolation and separation in a melancholy, beautiful way, entangled with Jason Lytle's hopeful and inspiring melodies. Lots of other new music this week, too! Dream, dream,...

Duration:09:37:58

#52: What Would You Like?

3/31/2020
This week's self-isolation lockdown home-studio episode features British Sea Power's brilliant third album, Do You Like Rock Music? And from that really comes a whole show of formative UK rock scene music from 2007/2008, memories of the SXSW and Great Escape festivals those years, and just how many records came out that at a real bouyant peak for British indie. It's definitely been enjoyable to get a little nostalgic, although we do play one brand new piece of music that's very worth your...

Duration:01:23:50

#52: Live Lounge

3/24/2020
What a week, eh Jack? It's Tuesday!? For people stuck at home BFF.fm has been a little busy as we've been ordered to shelter in place in San Francisco, and that meant our studio is closed. Since then, we've deployed some new tech to enable our DJs to broadcast from home, and with some delight, this week's No Magic — after a little bit of a hiatus, it must be acknowledged — was recorded and broadcast live from a pillow fort in my office. Given …*gestures generally all around*… the music this...

Duration:01:37:58

#51: Seen Within

3/3/2020
This week's show revists The Horrors scene-upending and hype-defying sophomore record Primary Colours. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Come On OutsideNoel Gallagher's High Flying BirdsBlue Moon Rising EPSour MashStrange HabitsThe InformationNoah's ArkSpeed of SoundBad DecisionsThe StrokesThe New AbnormalRCAFeeding a FeelingDG SolarisFeeding a FeelingFitsDo NothingFitsExact TruthWho Can SayThe HorrorsPrimary ColoursXLShadowplayJoy DivisionUnknown...

Duration:01:58:37

#50: Milestones

2/11/2020
It's the 50th episode of No Magic! And it's my birthday! Therefore, bordering on celebration, we'll be featuring the first record I ever heard in my life, and genre-transcending timeless classic — The Clash's London Calling. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Keep Your DreamsPrimal ScreamXTRMNTRCreationThe Queen's NoseSlow ClubComplete SurrenderWichitaLondon CallingThe ClashLondon CallingCBS RecordsBrand New CadillacThe ClashLondon CallingCBS RecordsRiot on...

Duration:01:58:43

#49: Sleeper Hits

2/4/2020
This week we finally feature the record from which the No Magic title music was borrowed: Doves sophomore The Last Broadcast. Doves are a special band to me, partly because their records were great at a very musically formative time for me, and also because studying in Manchester I was treated to the extra enthusiasm of their homecoming shows. I could happily feature any of their records, honestly, and if I'm lucky maybe I'll get to do No Magic for long enough to do that. But for now, the...

Duration:02:03:36

#48: Antidote Anecdotes

1/28/2020
This week we feature Foals debut Antidotes. A huge record from my time living in London that I continue to love revisiting. Coming out of math-rock's crossover into charting popularity, Foals first album fused an effective balance of rhythmic complexity with an instinctive ear for anthemic satisfaction. Where the likes of Battles specialised in swirling, progressive instrumentals, Foals kept their compositions tighter, shorter. Their music is exhilerating, and energy matched in their live...

Duration:01:59:37

#47: The Sub Bass Speaks

1/21/2020
This week's show features Algiers new record There Is No Year, and playing a load of music at that eclectic intersection of rock, beats and electronics. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Echo ChantThem SquirrelsExchanging SayingsShapeWish We Had More TimeAlice BomanDream OnPlay It Again SamHeaven, How Long?Hannah PeelRebox 2My Own PleasureThe Joy in Sarah's EyesDouglas DareMilkteethErased TapesThere is No YearAlgiersThere Is No...

Duration:01:59:35

#46: Need You Around

1/14/2020
On this week's show we get excited about the imminent new Algiers album, compelling new music from Agnes Obel, and get lost in the chance discover of Cold Beat's Prism. Our record of the week is a special one for me. A classic, perfect slice of jangly, surfy, inide-pop from the early-tens; Veronica Falls sophomore LP Waiting for Something to Happen. Some days this record is everything I need, melting at the sound of the harmonies and the thumping drums never cease to excite. It's a record...

Duration:01:59:50

#45: A long time ago, but in a year that sounds like the future…

1/7/2020
Happy new year to everyone except JJ Abrams, I suppose. No Magic is back, starting the new year slowly and gently with a set largely made up of contemporary electro/classical genre, as we feature the wonderful new A Winged Victory for the Sullen record The Undivided Five, along with a number of genre adjacent pieces. We also get to play the enticing new track from Moses Sumney, Me in 20 Years. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Tocyn (feat. Gruff Rhys)Whyte...

Duration:01:59:56

#44: No Magic of Christmas

12/17/2019
Guest: Anna Pickard This week we're joined by Anna Pickard, and playing music of the season to wrap up No Magic for 2019. Where did the year go? Anna finds deep meaning between music that makes this time of year for her, and our shared sense of place as ex-pats, surrounding by the seasonal norms of another country and different people. There's so much about Christmas that's intense, emotionally elevated, and the music on tonights show that reflects that, subverts it, viserally captures...

Duration:02:03:09

#43: Your Seasonal Shot

12/10/2019
Guest: Dan Baber of A Shot in the Arm It's almost the end ot the year?! Well, time to start the round-ups with BFF.fm alum Dan Baber of A Shot in the Arm. Plus we enjoy a set of tracks from the new 30th Century Records compilation. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Good Times AheadFaux Ferocious30th Century Records, Vol. 230th Century RecordsVoidAlgiersThere Is No YearMatadorThe Truth Is Dead (feat. TT)St. Francis Hotel30th Century Records, Vol. 230th...

Duration:02:02:38

#42: Aesthetic Decade

12/3/2019
Guest: Johan Oskarsson Johan and I have both lived in San Francisco now for around a decade, and in that time have been to a lot of shows in our fair city. Tonight Johan reflects on his 10 years here, and the end of the decade (yes, yes, “there's no year zero”, I know…) by highlighting some of the noteable shows he's seen over the time. We're featuring DJ Shadow's new double album Our Pathetic Age, his best album in years that encapsulates a whole swathe of his talents and...

Duration:01:59:23