Thursday, January 28, 2016

Radio Podrophenia: Bowie remembered, our best of 2015 and Island City in Session

For January's Podrophenia Piley and I bring you a live session from Island City - booming around the SFOB studio with their brand of acoustic northern soul. There's a few tunes from our fave 2015 albums, a rare Bowie demo of All the Young Dudes and respin of David Woodcock and Angel Melodyhorn doing a tango twist on Let's Dance...

A taste test of the Island City boys in session then

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Vive Le Live

Rockers, rollers and rascals - your recommended reading is the new Vive Le Rock

A Joe Strummer special, which features in the reviews section, some scribblings from me: T Rex box set, Sharpies comp, Shandy (new Aussie rockers) and a couple moreThumb through the live pages and you'll find a thumbnail summary of Howling Black Soul supporting Barrance Whitfield at The Railway on page 103

Available at Tesco, WH Smiths and all in the know newsagents..

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Podrophenia - The Black Edition

The latest Podrophenia from Piley and the other one is now up for download. A black special (all tracks fitted around the theme of black). Suitable tunes and unsuitable chat! Including awful pun shop names, your own Scandinavian death metal band name, brand bands, eccentric top trumps, a Q and A with Tiny Piley

PLUS, an extended and exclusive live session from local volume-botherers Howling Black Soul with me now installed on bass..

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Stream hereabouts

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I'm with the band: catch us live tomorrow and this Saturday

Eight years on from kicking off my cyberspace allotment, we've ended up doing the loop.

How so? Originally - the PM blog was setup off the back of a band I'd just finished with as way to fill out (some may say flannel) about my own solo music I'd be working on, with those tunes being hosted on Myspace (remember Myspace?).. But after an offer back in June to join Howling Black Soul (who we've been given repeat plays on Podrophenia, and were on the bill for our fifth anniversary bash last year) Huzzah - I'm the new bass cadet for the band...

Gigs have been regular to date, including head;lining The Railway's Eight Birthday Bash and a support slot for the ever-blazing Barrance Whitfield and the Savages. This Saturday we make our debut at Peggy Sue's Music Bar.. with a mix of tunes we've never played before and tunes you won't have played before and me DJing after...

Should you fancy an earful of HBS ahead of Saturday's set - tune into Podrophenia tomorrow 8pm Ship Full of Bombs where, we'll be live in session..

Hope to see you on the wireless stats tomorrow, or live on the night this Saturday.. Salut

Monday, October 5, 2015

Podrophenia - Dogtober edition

The October edition of Dogrophenia is now up for grabs. David Woodcock and Angel Melodyhorn are live with exclusive reveals of brand new tunes, While Piley and I pitch in with Bowie covers, Blow Up belters, 70s rockers and Howling Black Soul on the pooch-based playlist...

Plus all the news on two charity events Dogtober and the HARP sleep out... Dig in and dig it..

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Podrophenia the Electro edition...

Was this the incident that got Dave Gahan on the long road to ruin - find out in Podrophenia.. 

The Lectro edition of Podrophenia is now up for download – with guests Lloyd Price of Massive Ego and Barry Cain ex-Record Mirror punk reporter and former Flexipop boss..

Wherein you’ll hear new tunes from Massive Ego and Barry's twin-fisted tales of Rat Scabies transatlantic raffle, Dave Gahan bothered with dead bodies and bananas (not at the same time tho), Ian McCulloch being a grumpy bunny and how Zodiac Mindwarp killed of Flexipop...

Plus a couple of exclusive  Flexipop editions of Depeche and Marc Almond tunes

For further reading you can grab the Flexipop Annual here, and buy tickets for the upcoming Flexiparty..

And check in with Massive Ego here... Download hereabouts or stream below


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Podrophenia Electro a go-go tonight 8pm

Plug and play tonight pals as Podrophenia brings you an electrical special...

We've got guests: Lloyd Price (Sigue Sigue Sputnik Electronic, Massive Ego), Barry Cain (77 Sulphate Strip and Flexipop inventor) and DJ, musician and remixer Tronik Youth.

We've got special editions of Depeche Mode and Marc Almond tracks - plus Andy Partridge on the History of Pop

Rewire your dials for 8pm tonight

Monday, August 10, 2015

Podrophenia - Generation Games

Like The Who sang - the kids are alright... As Piley and I are joined by P & M Jr for our Generations edition.

There's also a phone in from Eddy Pile (Piley senior) , tunes from our uncles (The Essex Brothers. and David Morley in The Habits) Plus surprise appearances from Ruben Caruana Steve Taylor and Liz van Gorkom 'n' Hans. Along with a new Mark Vidler Go Home Productions mashup and some genius impressions of the Dad's Army cast by Tiny Piley age 7

Dig in and dig it here - Podrophenia Generations or via iTunes..

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Vive Le Rock - Looking Sharpie....

For those about to read - we salute you: rock. rollers and rumblers - fill your bovver boots with the latest Vive Le Rock - an Aussie special, featuring a piece from you know who on the Australian/NZ only Yoof Cult - Sharpies...

Dig around the back pages you'll also find me giving a critical ear to  Johnny Thunders live L.A.M.F. A couple of reviews submitted, which didn't make the final edit due to space issues were - Beat Bespoke 6 and the Memphis Dawls - but nothing goes to waste, so dig in below

Le Beat Bespoké 6 
Detour Records 
Turn on, tune in, freak out - Underground, overground rumbling free

The essence of Beat Bespoké volume 6 straddles the 67-72 era when mods became rockers, rockers turned hippy and hippies got heavy. The mood of these freshly-picked finds is one of frizzy hair, fuggy clubs, open air freak-outs and underground festivals. From the fuzzy stoner rock of Jerry Holmes ‘I’m The Man’ and Spontaneous Generation’s ‘Purple Purple’ to Chris Rayburn’s ‘One Way Ticket’ with its thumping drums and Are You Being Served strings, to the in-kraut sound of Marian Ruxell’s ‘It’s So Much The Better’ and the galloping garage of The Tears ‘Rat Race’ - BB6 gathers together a collection of heavy mod, garage nuggets and psych pop that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Dracula AD 72 soundtrack. A new addition to an already healthy back catalogue, and where the New Untouchables begin to give Psychic Circle's Instro Hipster series a run for their money

Memphis Dawls - Rooted to the Bone 
Madjack Records 
Hello Dawlies – potent debut from the Jack White endorsed all-girl trio

For all of its broad country trimmings and western trappings, echoing from The Carter Family and Tammy Wynette to The Handsome Family and Doc Watson, scratch beneath the surface of the Memphis Dawls Sun Studio recorded album and I wouldn’t be surprised to find a broader book of influences subtly colouring the collection that makes up Rooted to the Bone. ‘Liar’ has the soulful horns and harmonies of Aretha in Alabama for her Muscle Shoals sessions ‘Skin Like a Cage’ could be an Allen Toussaint twist on Bacharach and David standard. While the American Gothic of ‘Shadows’ shuffles with a dark-hearted gumbo groove. And ‘Please Don't Leave Me’ takes a transatlantic hop to tap up Kate Bush, Bridget St John and The Beatles. An album of folk-soaked confessionals and galloping cowgirl anthems with a pop sensibility that saddles it somewhere between Gillian Welch and Aimee Mann

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Our 100th Podrophenia with The Long Run live - download and dig in here

Worra walloper, worra wing-ding worra way to celebrate our centenary and six years of Podrophenia

Huge salutes are due to the ever-glowing Jo Mondo and Citizen Marmite for bringing in the birthday bling. To George Crockford  for the Ship Full of Bombs tech decks duties. Hubbs for the Jingles.. To the guests and chippers in Tommo and Sam (Mondo Jrs) Alan Cathouse, Drakey, Grant, Steve Swindle, Jack Gestures,. Mark Dredge, Ruben, Baz, Bob, Paul FSP – and roaring toot is due to The Long Run boys Darren Gavin and Joe for ripping the roof off the The Railway…
Sample a two tracks here - then full your boots with the full set below...

If you were there, or want to be hear the hi-jinx and hat-popping performance from The Long Run, download and dig it here…

100th Podrophenia