Here we are coming into the Autumn, and I have managed to cobble together another mix. But what do we have on this one????? The Elephants Memory, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Justin Hopper, Wendy Craig, The Owl Service, Nino De Luca, Simon Heartfield and loads more. So there you are, and of you go now.
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.