Friday, December 19, 2014

My Top Five from 2014....

An annual tradtition at Vive Le Rock HQ is the writers' Top Fives of the year. No surprises from me really - as these are names getting mutiple mentions on the blog, podcast and various scribblings and mags for the last four years...

Dig around the back pages and you'll also find reviews from for  Marriot and Lane's Magic Mijits and The Quireboys

In case you have hadn't had the chance to check out any of the above - dig in below....

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Saturday Night Tweeter - Happy Holidays in The Sun (aka Jehoovers Witness)

So, sitting in the kitchen of a Saturday evening with a few scoops, a few tunes, and thumbing through Facebook updates - I stumble across this picture of a local electrical shop (Sales Appliances, Westcliff) by Sam McDonagh, and, within a blink, share Sam's shot on the Twitter. Which, at the time - seemed to be probably the most flat-line time to repost, with bods either being out and about, or tucked up indoors for cozier doings

I couldn't have been more wrong - a few clicks of the clock later, and notification alerts were pinging in by the second.. comments , responses and retweets. By Sunday and with a run of Celtic flavored names commenting on the picture, noticed the story had been picked up by The Daily Edge in Ireland... 

Monday saw usvsth3m feature my pictures (now with added a stable and star) and an interview with the shop owners. Shortly after that - The Poke The Scotsmen were on it,  BBC local  and BBC national

By Monday evening and nearly 3,500 RTs and 300,000 views of Sam's original picture later - London paper The Metro were checking in on our festive chums. And today sees the Essex Chronicle The Huffington Post ,Charlie BrookerCaitlan Moran  - and The Sun spotlighting the nativity scene  (with self and Mrs M reflected in the window)

I wouldn't normally endorse anything to do with the shadowy world of  Murky Murdoch - but as the picture supports a local electrical business, was originally shot by Sam from Argosy Toys and most importantly the display is in aid of HARP - Southend's Homeless Charity -  that pretty much seems to sum up the essence of Christmas to me.

As a festive epilogue, why not donate to HARP hereabouts 

New testimonials...... from the Daily Mirror (top) and Metro. - shouts on Chris Evans breakfast show, the Express and ITV News and local paper The Echo confirms Henry is viral:official

Today's #nationalanthem is about a Henry Hoover Nativity Scene in a shop window. Can you think of a song? The link:

Friday the 12th - Henry makes HIGNFY...

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Radio Podrophenia - Duets edition. Now up for download

It’s a fully loaded edition for the last Podrophenia of 2014 (theme: couples, team-ups, duets)

In the folk and acoustic corner: a suite and sweep of five songs from the fantasticus Matt Boulter – three newbies getting exclusively aired for the first time hereabouts. So freshly pressed one track is still untitled…

In the effing and jeffing corner: Sadie Hasler with tales of her TV and festival work, book news and background on her award laden newspaper column. Plus a surreal reveal on Mount Rushmore…

Quotes from this edition include .. ‘

'You wouldn't get me doing that into a kettle’ ‘Squinting through a different eye’ ‘he had the biggest tomatoes I’d ever eaten’ But who said what – find out below…

Download here

Or via iTunes..

And behold the Rattus edition cushions from Paisley Power

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Podrophenia: team-ups...

It's an evening of double billed wins tonight on Podrophenia as we're joined by award winning columnist and comedienne Sadie Hasler along with local folksy bloke M G Boulter...

We'll be getting the lowdon on Sadies scribblings and some live music from Matt's solo album The Water or The Wave..

The usual playlist of Podrophonic picks will be threading together:

Old-jazzers swinging with punks,
Old punks accompanying Hammond jazzers
Hip-hoppers rapping with ex Pistols
Bollywood legends with Wolfmen

All this and James from The Ends working the desk - and will Piley make it back from Warwickshire in time before we go live on air....

All live from 8PM on Ship Full of Bombs

Friday, November 21, 2014


Photos by Paul Hughes

What a wingding. What a Shakedown. What a tear-up. An evening of  triple win amazingness was had by Howling Black Soul Dr X , The Ends - and the Railway's assembled drinkers and dancers.As Piley says it was like having three headliners.

Huge salutes due to everyone who played, danced and drank and Duncan on the desk for the wall of sound..

Howling Black Soul were majestic. Their album is already one of Podrophenia's highlights of the year, but live they somehow even outdid that! Incredible sound, proper R.O.C.K vocals!

Leicester's Dr. X were playing their first ever show in Southend (possibly Essex, maybe the South in general!), and what a treat it was. Mesmerising seeing them create such a amazing sound from home made, hand-crafted instruments, ingenious! Loads of great feedback on them during the rest of the evening and the CDs seemed to be selling well too!

And The Ends? They are like an incendiary bomb going off! A sonic boom of unrelenting energy . Power-pop punk tunes, super-chargedstage presence, and an electric bunch of musicians.

And behold our first moshpit - so lively that even lead Mike dived in! .Southend rocks..

And watch out for the large format poster of the Ends new single sleeve (and vinyl debut) out on Podrophenia Records in 2015

Hurrah, hats aloft and here's to the next five years

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five Years, Three Bands, One shebang of a night

I've chewed enough internet ears about tonight's Podrophonic extravaganza - so will leave the always excellent Echo to load you up with the low-down.. See above from their Wednesday 'Scene' feature

All you need to know - dates, deets etc are here and here.

See you on the other side

For a selection of our Echo back issues - zip yourself hereabouts

Friday, November 7, 2014

One week from today, we celebrate five years of Podrophenia with three live bands.....

Pod-quiz: can you name all the acts and artists above who've appeared or played at live nights and radio sessions? 

Cats, kittens, rock and rollers - in one week's time a triple-whammy bill lands at Southend's most Rock 'n' Roll local to celebrate  FIVE years of one of Britain’s longest running podcasts  (yes, we really have been doing our ol' podcasting, radio-ing, DJing and live night-ing what-nots for a FIVE years !).

The event takes places at Southend’s Railway Hotel - where, upstairs, there’ll be live music with three (yes, THREE!!) quality acts, all of whom have been heard on Podrophenia.

Headliners are Canvey’s newest new wavers.. THE ENDS


There's blues-blasting support from  DR. X.

And we open with the explosive HOWLING BLACK SOUL

Followed by Piley and the other one DJing for the aftershow in the downstairs bar

If you’ve ever listened in, downloaded or contributed to anything Podrophonic - come along, raise a glass, shake a leg and bring a pal. Kick off’s at 8pm and we run ‘ til last orders. Salut!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Podrophenia Horror:The Queen of the Taxidermy scene's Box of Delights and The Ends new single

What a gallery of goodies Essex legend Tequila Jayne brought in with her for our Horror Podrophenia: pea-chicks, a rat with an ear its back, freeze dried brains. All you need to know about taxidermy and rouge taxidermy is contained within the latest Podrophenia.

And behold as we reveal Essex most haunted, why ghosts are rubbish and other assorted spooky doings

All this and your first listen to The Ends vinyl debut out on Podrophenia Records next year...

Stream below, download here - or load up via iTunes

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Podrophenia - The Halloween Edition live tonight... with The Ends and a Rougue Taxidermist

What a treat we have for you on the October edition of Podrophenia:

A playlist of horror themed songs from Piley and self...

A special guest, and ol' pal of mine from the Templewood Court Massive -  Jayne Brown. Britain's leading 'rogue taxidermist

'Homemade dragons, a 'unicorn' and even a pair of GLOVES made from dead pet cats: Meet the UK's leading 'rogue taxidermist'....  read all about it here..

Or catch Jayne in action via All Creatures Great and Stuffed...

All this and James and  Joe from The Ends dropping in for a chat, natter and some 'sclusive news.

Tune your internet airwaves to Shipful of Bombs from 8pm tonight

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Leo Bud Welch: when the Mississippi meets The Thames

Photo by Gary Franklin....

If you grabbed, downloaded or listened live to our recent U edition of Podrophenia, with Martin McNeill and West Weston - you may recall some talk about the sweaty, stomping performance by Leo Bud Welch at The Railway

You can browse my review of this gig in the new Blues Magazine, as well as spotting my fuzzy-mug peeping out of page 7 (part of the Blues Crew). And by coincidence, there's a live write-up on the same page as LBW, of West Weston at Ronnie Scott's with Mud Morganfield...

Although 220 words I didn't quite squeeze in the nugget about:  Leo making his way stage-wards, and stopping for a nifty-footed  shuffle and dance to a tune I'd just spun in - the Stones version of I'm a King Bee...