Thursday, April 16, 2015

Podrophenia: live radio tonight. Live in-store for RSD on Saturday …




It’s a double whammy of Podrophonic what-not over the next couple of days...

Tonight: Piley and I bring you the April edition of Radio Podrophenia, with this month’s theme being ‘Veggie’ bringing together a buffet of funk, mod, pop and a special track chosen by our pals from the Funk Pen....

And behold our special guest joining us to chat, singles, LPs and upcoming gigs..Billy Brentford of The Cee Cees..whose, album Solution Songs is out today..



Tune in and get your five a day hit in one funky bundle... at Radio  SFOB - 8PM

Or chip in with the chatabouts, hereabouts... Chatwing




Saturday: Team Podrophenia will be installed at Fives Records for the 12 – 1 slot at the Record Store Day event, held at Fives, Leigh Broadway. It’s a full day celebrating vinyl - with DJ sessions from the Middle Age Spread boys, Polyvinyl Craftsman and Camel Walk massives - along with live music from Phil Burdett, Tuppenny Bunters and the Glass Brides….


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thee Cee Cees: The Revolution starts here – at 45 rpm




Behold rockers, rollers and revolutionaries as we bring you the next single released on the Podrophenia record label.. a sizzling seven inch slab of socialist stomping pop that'a had  meeja movers 'n' shakers describing it thus...

DANNY BAKER “enough invention and energy to power three-quarters of Europe

 ZOE HOWE  “swaggering, sexy, hard-boiled rock ‘n’ roll with a conscience and a point to make

 Vive Le Rock magazine  "9/10"


But who are Thee Cee Cees: a heavy-hitting line-up of punk ‘n’ Britpop rockers, fuelled by the spirit of industrial strength Thames Delta rockers and Oil City Rollers..

Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard on drums (Strummer/Foxton/Archive/The Alarm)

Adam Devlin (The Bluetones’s) - guitar

Billy Brentford (Thee Faction) on rhythm & polemic

Andy Lewis (Paul Weller/Spearmint/Drugstore) bass & memotron

Chris T-T (Xtra Mile recording artiste & D.I.Y. music expert ) vocals

Kerry Schultz & Darren Hayman on other vocals

Buckle up and behold side A below

Dates and details, of wheres and whens will be with you shortly. And the first Podrophnonic airing of side 2 is due soon/  Salut

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

You Write the Hits (they Write the Headlines) - and the Podrophenia Beardcast..

 

 The best window display story since that Henry the Hoover nativity scene..Southend's noisest boys The Ends send Leigh sliding down the table of 'family friendly' towns....

A piece of Leigh history was created on the 7th March, when The Ends instore at Fives Record was so boisterous and booming that some ol' crosspatch got on the grinch-line, complaining to the council about the noise - and that there were actual people dancing in the streets of Leigh. The council in turn, had to phone our favourite indie record shop to officially wag a civic finger..Fives first complaint in 37 years... So Leighsiders, seasiders and Southenders. If you were there on the day - hoist your high your hats and take pride in being part of this momentous event. If you weren't - show your support for those tarred with the rowdy brush, by buying You Write the Hits (I Write the B Sides) single from Fives....

Should you fancy more Canvey action, your recommend listening is the current Podrophenia - all beard bands on the playlist, listener beard bands and song suggestions. And for balance Mandy and Michelle of The Beard Police join us to say 'No one likes your beard'

There’s chat and tunes from Double Headed Jester, and lend an ear to the single from Thee Cee Cees – ‘Have an Analysis’ due-soon on Podrophenia Records.  James from The Ends gives advice to Southend’s newest rockers The Scores (featuring mini Mondo) on their post gig match report..




Download here, stream below or via itunes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Podrophenia - the Beardophenia special...



Tonight's edition of Podrophenia is themed around the riff of beards and general hirsutery.

Beard bands will be on the playlist from all genres: rock, funk, country.
Beard-band puns will be on the roll-out: Pete Sideburns, David Soulpatch, Johnny Tache

For balance we have Mandy Casley chief of the Beard Police coming in with the pitch

The Beard Police are fed up with looking at fellas with a face full of fuzz. Let's change that. Get your razors out and show us your faces!

And standby for action as we announce the release of the third single on the Podrophenia label, by a band with an all star line-up, and a one off gig in Southend

There's a fruity new feature as a pals from The Funk Pen select a fatbacked tune for this month's theme (see below)




Also in for chat and natters are Canvey's newest rockers Double Headed Jester.

We go live at 8pm on Ship Full of Bombs - and feel free to chip in with chat via Chatwing

Friday, March 13, 2015

Broadway Blitz - The Ends live at Fives....




In its second week of release, The Ends You Write the Hits has sold out at both Norman Records and Rough Trade with top-ups being required at both boutiques..

Saturday (7th March) brought about the band's first in-store at Five's in Leigh Broadway - and what a stormer  with the assembled Leighsiders, seasiders and Southenders dancing in the streets, selling out the first batch of singles, and the home-town crowd, queuing for autographs...

With only one grumpy punter, being the auld boy, shuffling past the performance with his fingers knuckle-deep in his ear'oles...


Should you fancy catching some live Ends, head yourself to Soho tonight for three of our favourite Podrophonic things: Dave Woodcock, The Ends live at Blow Up....




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Ends - Sell Out!


Hells bells and hat's a popping - worra night of heavy volume, hi def amazingness at Southend's most musical boozer. And rammed to the point of the pub doors being locked and - one-in/one-out by ten of the clock. 'Carnage' as Ms Sadie Hasler called it

So smart work Southenders. Glowing salutes and toots are due to all the drinkers and dancers, the vinyl buyers, those that swished in from Southend, Londinium and Holland for the hi-jinx, the top rocking Canvey massive that caused a health and safety alert of hi-vol and max capacity... Double Headed Jester, Eight Rounds Rapid and The Ends.... seen below

Double Headed Jester

Eight Rounds Rapid

The Ends

And to Mark Lancaster for being the Mr Benn style costume shop merch-assistant, and of course my Podrophonic other half Piley for gritting and grinding through the back agg' - even if he did flash his Playtex girdle to anyone within peeping distance.




But fret-not, if you couldn't make (or get in to) the gig - there's no need for tears or hair-tearing, as the boys will be doing an instore at Fives, Leigh Broadway this Saturday, 8th March 11:30. Singles (and signings), stickers and badges all there for the bagging of.... There's an interweb flyer here so take one and tell a pal....


Monday, February 23, 2015

Radio Podrophenia - the Letter V. Now up for download



If you fancy something to lively up your commute and doings over the coming week - grab a take away version of our Radio Podrophenia show, featuring a mix of musical styles fitted around the theme of V recorded and broadcast live from The Railway, Southend...

Steven Hastings from Harbour Bazaar spotlights a classic Velvet Underground album with a rare take of a VU tune. Gentleman George Crockford from Box of Delights mans the Tech Decks - and our special guest is Chris Constantinou ex of Adam and the Ants talking about covering a Velvet Underground lost song and working with Tony Visconti on Adam's Vive Le Rock album and his current project The Mutants

Tune-wise we've got South African soul, Motown stompers, first-wave and now-wave punk

We also, ask what happens when you show retro children's TV shows to today's children... get listeners fancy dress confessions  (Peters and Lee, the 'hills' from The Sound of Music)...

Grab here Radio Podrophenia - the Letter V 

Stream here


Or via iTunes..

And what has this video got to do with the Letter V - find out inside..

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Podrophenia Alphabet: V is for Velvets, Visconti and Vive Le Rock




Pod-bods: tonight it’s the February issue of Podrophenia, where we’ll be thumbing through the 'V' chapter of our Podrophonic Alphabet…

Pal Piley is out of action for this edition but – but Steven Hastings from SFOB’s show Harbour Bazaar will be stepping in and bringing some of Harbour's formats and features with him - focusing on a key/classic album and introducing us to Cover/Uncover..

Roll-out wise, we’ll be after #spiritsongsorsingsers and asking - do Schpunk have a point that 'boxsets retrospectively ruin your childhood' 

And behold: as we come face to face with a real life Ant Man and Mutant when Chris Constantinou (spottable on bass below)  phones in from The Mutants HQ





Join us online, 8pm at Ship Full of Bombs or chip in with the chat and natter at Chatwing

Friday, February 6, 2015

Radio Two Times: hits, highlights, finds - and Mick Ronson remembered



Should you fancy grabbing the latest edition of Podrophenia wherein Piley and I (assisted by Weird Gear's Paul Wolf on the tech decks) run through our hits, highlights and finds of 2014 - dig in below.

There's a fistful of new tunes, threading together - blues, funk, indie and retro-disco and Southend band

For natterings -  we ask which celebs are look-a-likes for these Essex police photo fits  and #beersongs and #shoesongs... plus an appearance from James of The Ends to discuss the upcoming single


Radio Podrophenia - Best of 2014





Last Sunday (31st Jan), I was invited to take part in Steven Hastings always excellent Harbour Bazaar: The theme of this edition - Love's Forever Changes (an album new to me). - where, we were joined by Roman Jugg (The Damned, Phantom Chords, Naz Nomad)

Also on the menu were lost gems from Daniel Newman, and we discuss majesty of Mick Ronson... Who did Bowie clone his Ziggy Tone from, which local legend is also secret TV drummer - what is the Southend connection with Teddy Boys - and Roman Jugg brings you Ronno's most perfect note...all contained within this podcast. Download, dig in and groove on...

Harbour Bazaar with Steven Hastings : Love Forever Changes, Mick Ronson & Lost Gems

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Last Ramone Standing...



The latest edition of Britain's most rocking, rolling mag  - Vive Le Rock has just hit the shelves - and worra walloper it is. Going heavy on the Sex Pistols and spin off related projects...there's also Bauhaus, and Ian McLagen remembered..

You'll find tucked away in the back pages me scribbling about Bruce Joyner and Atomic Clock. One review that should have been, but never made the final print is my take on C. J. Ramone's revved up newbie Last Chance to Dance...

But, nothing goes to waste - so dig in below.....

Punk fact: Glam Rock Super-Yobs, Slade were a major influence on The Ramones. Vocalist and black-leather mantis Joey once said 'I spent most of the early 70s listening to 'Slade Alive!' - thinking this is what I want to do'. And check the Da Brudda's barnets - pure Dave Hill. Bassist CJ may have been a late addition to The Ramones’ line-up (replacing Dee Dee in 1989), but he’s kept the band’s integrity intact - backtracking to Slade's romper-stomping roots, fusing it with authentic Lower East Side slam-handed riffs and rumbling thunder. ‘Long Way to Go’, ‘Won't Stop Swinging’ and ‘Mr Kalashnikov’ are classic Gabba Gabba updated with a twenty first century clout. While ‘One More Chance’, ‘Undertand Me’, ‘Pitstop’, and ‘Last Chance to Dance’ sit alongside key period Ramones bankers and in the back catalogue. An album that will keep hardcore avids and casual fans blitzkrieg bopping