It all started with an email from Kevin Oyston (Soulless Party Tales from the Black Meadow)
"Can you contact Chris Lambert" (Tales from the Black Meadow Book)
So I sent Chris an email, he sent me one back.
"Would you like to take part in Songs from the Black Meadow"
Without any hesitation I said "YES"
Each week one of the fifteen artists from the Songs from the Black Meadow album is featured on the Songs from the Black Meadow blog page. From Sunday 16th to Sunday 22nd of June it was my turn to be featured. So if you want to delve into my past present and maybe a bit of my future then go to here and have a mooch. Chris Lambert recently recorded a mix for The Garden of Earthly Delights which can be heard here
I recently re-watched the 1984 BBC production Threads. I remember watching Threads when it was first shown and must admit it scared the hell out of me. 30 years later and it still bothers me. I have no intention of outlining the whole story here, there is no point. But if for some reason you do not know what Threads is about here we go. Threads centers on life in and around Sheffield before (build up of hostilities), during (Nuclear Exchange) and after (immediate and 10 years). Threads is horrific, dark and down right disturbing. It is also happens to be as relevant today as it was in 1984. If you have never seen it, watch it now. Threads was nominated for 7 Bafta awards. In 1983 NATO held Operation Able Archer which resulted in the biggest Nuclear scare since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963.
After quite a long while here is Test Transmission Archive Reel 17. This time round we have music from Concretism, Gaslight Troubadours, Neal Hefti, Frowning Clouds, DJ Spooky, Camel, The Peddlers, Jonas Munk, Clothilde and quite a lot more. Until next time. TATA.
At last the new Keith Seatman album Around the Folly and Down Hill has been released and is available to buy as CD (£6) or Digital download (£5) from Bandcamp. Been a bit of a while since the last one (17 months) but after a few probs and ups and downs its here.
The tracks are.--
The Inside Out Man, Future Usefulness & Happiness, Into the Well, A Specific Function,
Hoops & Loops, Old Pepperbox, The Binocular Boy, Play by the River,
Susan’s Always Strange, Reading the Signs, The Hunting Party, A Gathering of the Odd
The new (release date 19th May) Album Around the Folly and Down Hill has just got a rather cracking review in issue 39 of Shindig Magazine. So a big thanks to Jon Mojo Mills for this review. Album excerpts here
If your in North Devon around the 30th of May, then you really should pop along to St Anne's Chapel Barnstable to see Douglas E Powell & the Rising Spirit do their thing.
Alt-folk, alt-country, acoustica and Anglo Americana; Douglas E Powell is both a lyricist and poetic singer-songwriter. His songs are wistful, melancholy and fragile. Layering wistful stories over classic English folk blended with alt-country, he is well known in the south west live music and gig scene. Musical influences derive from a mixture of American country music, blues and folk music.
Whilst having a rummage around in the loft the other day, I came across all that is left of my mighty badge collection. I say mighty because it was. From Jelly Tots and Rhubarb to UFO Punk/Post Punk, Star Wars (Where did they go??) and beyond. The Swell Maps and Undertones badges are a tad rusty. The reason for this is I fell into a river with these two pinned to my old black Harrington Jacket. This lot I will hang onto.
A few weeks back, I headed West to Twister Valley North Devon to catch up with my friend singer songwriter and all round top chap Mr Douglas E Powell. When there I asked Mr P if he would be interested in writing some lyrics and singing on some new tunes/ideas that I am working on. Mr P said he would be very interested in doing this, so a new project is now looming for much later in 2014/15. After this discussion we adjourned to Mr P's studio to listen to records play some new tunes, and drink cider and ale (Doug Cider, me Ale)
Early next morning we had a stroll through Twister Valley, where I finally saw the Crackling Buzzing pole which Doug had sampled the year before. As usual a fantastic time in Twister Valley with Doug and his wonderful family.
I have been informed that on March 29th I will be venturing into Southsea/Portsmouth to play a DJ set at The King St Tavern as part of The Lost Hour events. All looks and sounds very interesting so best I turn up. If all goes to plan I should be playing at about 5pm. If I don't turn up send out a search party, look for a sad looking chap wandering around lost and carrying a box of records hassling tourists for money.
Here are some excerpts from the new keith seatman album Around the Folly and Down Hill. There are 12 tracks on the album but only 8 excerpts here for the time being.The tracks included here are The Inside Out Man, Future Usefulness & Happiness, Into the Well, A Specific Function, Play by the River, Susan’s Always Strange, The Binocular Boy, A Gathering of the Odd. Written recorded and produced by keith seatman All instruments keith seatman Additional production jim jupp
Mastering by jack packer
Around the Folly and Down Hill is available as a CD and Digital download from Bandcamp. by: K.S.Audio ksa 003
I was on NTS RadioAlien Jams last Sunday and Chloe who presents Alien Jams told me about an event that she was promoting and taking part in.
Chloe is part of a collective of ladies organizing an International Women’s Day event at London’s Ace Hotel on the 8th of March that will incorporate both djs and performance art!
International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked as a holiday on March 8 in many countries across the world. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday somehow lost its political flavour, however we don’t want to forget its origins and want to celebrate the social and cultural achievements of the women of the world and also raise awareness towards mistreatment of women.
Excerpts from the event will be broadcast on the Alien Jams show on NTS Radio at 5pm on Sunday 16 March. Tune in to http://ntslive.co.uk/
Daniella Valz Gen
All proceeds will be donated to Eaves, a charity which helps women in vulnerable situations and campaigns for a society in which all women live free from violence, exploitation, objectification and discrimination.
Been a tad slow with getting this together and do hope to get another
one done by the spring. This time round we have Pink Floyd, Dolly Dolly,
Gong, Cabaret Voltaire, Add N to X, Fuck Buttons, Bernard Cribbins,
Spacedog/Belbury Poly, Jaco Gardner and way to many more to list here. Hope you enjoy this, TA TA.
Last year I was wandering around that emporium of useless Tat Hawkin's Bazaar with my Daughter and her friend. For some reason at the time the two of them had decided that everything within Hawkin's was great and cool and was needed right now "please please"
When we did manage to get out of the shop I started to drift back in my mind to days gone by when a 10 year old me living in the city of Terminal Boredom got quite obsessed with some similar tat. This similar tat could be found within the pages of Marvel and DC comics. Yes for 45 cents (it was ads from the USA) I would learn to Hypnotize people, I could go into school and hypnotise my Teachers and friends into giving me money and good grades. Or I could buy some Xray glasses and never ever have to use a Hospital Xray Dept in my life because for $1.00 I had my own, and I would charge people for my Xray service. If I bought a Money Maker I could spend the summer break just making my own money, it was going to be that simple, I would be rich. Or maybe I should send of for an 8 ft Balloon because that would have just been really handy. I have now excepted that all this old tat was really needed, we needed it because It helped us kill 6 weeks in the summer. 6 weeks spent with your friends discussing what we were going to do with Giant Balloons Hypno Coins, becoming a Kung Fu master in a few days and other such things. Things which we were never really ever going to buy. Now I just have a loft full of different needy tat, Records/Cds, old laptops/computers, Synths/Keyboards, piles of old comics and books, things that will come in handy one day because "I just might need them". I never did order nothing from these ads but after much pestering I did get a Gat Gun and spent the rest of the summer in the Garden shooting at tin cans and some old Airfix Models (I should have kept them) These ad pages came from one of my many old copies of Tomb of Dracula.