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#226: “Waiting Here for Catastrophe”

It's election night in America, do you know where you votes are? Honestly, Simon and I have found ourselves suckered into bloviating political commentary before and I've somewhat concluded that it makes for our worst radio — who the fuck are we, anyway? And all the more during such a demonically awful time, in an election that could realistically only be a step forward, not a do-over, we kinda felt we'd keep that on the down-low. So, there're some songs, we're not ignoring it, and we...


#225: “Cinematic Soul”

A solo round from Ben, doubling down on mostly-new music this week, with a decadent diversion into the soundtrack works of Radiohead. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist UllswaterHookwormsMicroshiftDominoBusiness ManFEWSPlay It Again SamCheck Out Time 11amSparksBMGRay PurchasePeeping DrexelsRay PurchaseFierce PandaIs This How Love Should Feel?CommunionsIs This How Love Should Feel?HeartdropHer Cold Cold HeartNight BeatsMyth of a ManHeavenlyBack in the...


#224: “The Authentic Experience”

This week Ben is at the Gruff Rhys show (we may have mentioned that a few times…) so tonight's episode is pre-recorded with regular occasional co-host Mr Tom Coates. Loads of great music for you to enjoy, remember you can Tweet to @BFFKettle with your favourite tracks and moments. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist While My Guitar Gentle WeepsThe BeatlesThe BeatlesAppleDeadly ValentineCharlotte GainsbourgDeadly ValentineBecause MusicWorld In My EyesDepeche...


Bonus Track: Full Interview with Gruff Rhys

On October 16th, Gruff Rhys joined our broadcast of Eclectic Kettle. We abridged the interview for airtime, but here's the full version, along with a transcript. Remember, you can win tickets for Gruff's October 23rd show at The Chapel in San Francisco here. Enjoy! Thank you to Leslie Hampton at The Owl Magazine for co-ordinating this interview with us. Ben Ward: Hi everyone, this is Ben Ward of's Eclectic Kettle. You're listening to a special extra release that we're putting out...


#223: “Babel Babble”

As the sun begins to sink to the west of Eclectic Kettle, we're trying to bring back some of our favourite guest hosts from over the years. This week it's Johan Oskarsson from 1.21 Gigawatts. This week is also really special as we'll be featuring excerpts of Ben's interview with Super Furry Animals front-man Gruff Rhys. He's here to talk about his new solo record Babelsberg, and his show next week at the Chapel in San Francisco. Gruff is a smart, thoughtful man and one of Ben's all time...


#222: “Do It For Ghosts”

A nice show this week, full of great music, but somber as we note the passing of our friend and legend Ben Russo. Read the memorial to him here. Rest in peace, Ben, you're an inspiration and one of the most upright, kind-hearted people you could know. Truly a rock of our radio community, it's hard to imagine we'd recognise today without his influence and hard work in the early years. We also announced that at the end of November, Eclectic Kettle will be coming to an end. 😱...


#221: “Somewhat Disstracking”

Back in the present Ben and Simon bring a whole glut of new tunes featuring Metric, Open Mike Eagle, Clark, Rhye, Villagers, BadBadNotGood and many more. We also analyse the various states of excrement in the world in the world today. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Above UsThe KVBOnly Now ForeverInvadaDie HappyMetricArt of DoubtMMIDeliverFoxtrottMeditations I-II-IIIOne Little IndianA Trick of the LightVillagersThe Art Of Pretending To SwimDominoAll...


#220: “Brothers in Arms to Iran”

It's the first days of autumn and we're enjoy the overspilling summer evenings. So many great records this year and we're playing them loud to drown out the sound of inimitable, obscene political corruption. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Love Is The SlugWe've Got a Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use ItBostin' Steve AustinVindaloo RecordsHappy HourThe HousemartinsLondon 0 Hull 4ElektraFall On MeR.E.M.Life's Rich PageantI.R.S. RecordsI Hope You're Happy...


#219: “Accidentally Autopilot”

Simon is away again so Ben puts together a classic Kettle set list, including a highly recommend middle of delicate, immersing, cinematic piano-driven works. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist The Morning AfterSpiritualizedAnd Nothing HurtFat Possum200 Deer, 1 RabbitAlvie & The Breakfast PigsPlastic SurgeryBird Flu KitchenYoung At HeartMilo GreeneAdult ContemporaryNettwerkThe InvisiblesSuedeThe Blue HourWarnerI Feel FreeDilly DallyHeavenPartisanFuneral...


#218: “A Questionable Podcourse of Action”

Two Kettles in two days, Ben returns to the studio after yesterday's ATA Window-occupying bank holiday special, to play all the music that didn't make it into yesterday's set. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Soft StudBlack Belt Eagle ScoutMother Of My ChildrenSaddle CreekWham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out!Art BrutWham! Bang! Pow! Let's Rock Out!Alcopop!OutsideDrengeAutonomy EPInfectiousIf You Really Love NothingInterpolMarauderMatadorSee You at the...


#217: “Bank Holiday Special” (Live from BFF @ ATA.)

A long weekend yields special programming and so we're delighted to present an extra special afternoon episode of Eclectic Kettle for the Labor Day holiday. “Less Steve Lamaq, a little more Mark Radcliffe” is the plan. Tune in for afternoon choons, affable rambling, and the true meaning of Labor Day. Plus we'll replay our conversation with Matt B from last week's Tuesday show, and give you all another chance to indulge the wonders of the modular synth. What's more, this broadcast comes...


#216: “Modular Melodies”

This week on Kettle, Simon is away in the desert so Ben is rejoined by Matt B to play new tunes and chat about music production with modular synths (Simon played one of his tracks back on #207.) Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist BodysCar Seat HeadrestTwin FantasyMatador RecordsMainlandRolling Blackouts Coastal FeverHope DownsSub PopMe And My HusbandMitskiBe The CowboyDead OceansUnder the SunDIIVIs The Is AreCaptured TracksRepeating PatternsWe Were...


#215: “Nightmares on Wax”

This week's Eclectic Kettle is a special show as we're finally keeping a promise to ourselves to play all vinyl for the night. As a result, you get a set-list that's 50% non-existant on streaming services and includes eclectic gems such as the Castle Face Records “Group Flex” book (a literal book of rubber flexidisc promos), Aphex Twin's “33 or 45” release of Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments (at 45, so you can dance to it), Record Store Day releases, the original mono promo for...


#214: “Soundtrack OST”

It's Tuesday, it's still number… I dunno, 8? It's Eclectic Kettle! This week Simon makes an appearance, picks some great tunes and previews a set of chill electronic beats that he'll be playing live at Burning Man next week. Fiona is in the studio for laughs, and we occasional visit the theme of “what if this was all the soundtrack to a movie?”. The movie would be… disjointed, we conclude. Enjoying the show? Please support BFF.FM with a donation. Playlist Grow BackThe Happy...


#213: “Trivial Genius”

It's the final show of the Summer Sustainer month — it's not too late to sign up and become a Bestie, do it now! — and we conclude this run of guest co-hosts having featured other DJ's (Lily and Johan), our station founder and station manager, and now it's a delight to bring back a voice from the past, as Sarah of Lyrical Genius returns to the air. Sarah is joined by Audra, who hasn't run run a radio show (yet) but we did used to do Trivia nights together so...


#212: “A Guest Around”

It's week 3 of the Summer Sustainer so we welcome station founder and GM Cosmic Amanda onto the show to play some tunes and talk about the things does beyond radio — sharing stories from the shows we put for Off the Grid, and the plans for the the 5th Birthday Celebrations in September. Musically, Amanda features a handful of artists who've been part of our shows at Off the Grid, and played our anniversary parties, while Ben plays a game of “makes me think of…” with a...


#211: “Living It Up”

For week two of the Summer Sustainer, Ben is joined by Lily from Radical Advice (Tuesdays 10am–12) and bring you a packed show of music new and old from Hampshire and Foat, The Twilight Sad, Madeline Kenney, and DJ Supreme, plus a host of live and alternate takes from from The xx, Florence + The Machine, DJ Shadow, and The National. In between, rampant encouragement to become a Bestie and support the station, and Ben joins Pottermore. Playlist


#210: “Sweet Sustinance”

Continue the wild ride of the Summer Sustainer with Ben and Johan, this weeks' special guest host from 1.21 Gigawatts. Playlist


#209: “World in Commotion”

Ben and Simon return to the studio and ponder England's unexpected footballing prowess, and whether sweating profusely counts as a superpower. Playlist


#208: “Out of Time”

You might not notice the impact on their legendary on-air chemistry, so we'll state it up front: This week Ben and Simon are out of San Francisco and out of band with one another, recording the show from Florida, Brighton, Cambridge and London. Fortunately, the format remains the same, with some music from the places Ben has been visiting, a whole load of new releases, and a lot of beats to get your foot tapping while you stare out the window of trains (if you're into that kind of...