Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mind your Ps and Qs - it's Radio Podrophenia

That's 'P' for Podrophenia and 'Q' for the 17th edition of the Podrophonic Alphabet: Queen, Quintessence, Quicksilver Messenger Service and the Quantic Soul Orchestra - NONE of which will be featuring on this month's playlist. 

So who are the Qs getting a run out in the July Podrophenia? Tune in from 9pm (Southend time) at Radio Novalujon for the full reveal. But we will be bringing you - glam/electro covers, homo-erotic-jazz-disco, Hungarian Funk, a quintet and a quarteto

We may even be joined by a special guest from 8 Rounds Rapid, and will be updating you on all the latest #Whereswoodcock news


Atlantic Ocean


Friday, July 19, 2013

Eight Rounds Rapid new single 'Writeabout' - out August the 9th, The first release on Podrophenia Records

Behold, boys, girls and inbetweeners: as in three week's time. Friday August the 9th. Eight Rounds Rapid release their first seven inch single. A limited edition run - and our debut recording on the Podrophenia label. So what do you need to know ahead of the ninth.....

Who are Eight Rounds Rapid
Southend's rising stars and estuary bred rock ‘n’ rollers, filtering Dr Feelgood Thames-Delta grooves through post-punk punch and new wave clout.

Where might I have seen 8RR 
Supporting Wilko Johnson on his Farewell Tour,
Supporting Thee Faction.
At Podrophenia live nights

Where might I have heard 8RR 
Previous single (Channel Swimmer) was played by…….
Mark Radcliffe (6Music and Radio 2)
Gary Crowley (BBC Radio London)
Radio Podrophenia

What do I need to know about the single. 
It's a limited edition 7" vinyl release - and the only format that Writeabout will ever be available on. The flip side Steve is long-haul live crowd pleaser and fan favourite.

When can I get hold of a copy
August the 9th. The Writeabout/Steve launch night is a free 8RR gig at Southend's most Rock 'n' roll local - The Railway Hotel. With support from The Tuppenny Bunters

What label is it on
Podrophenia Records- after five years as a radio show/podcast - with exclusive appearances from The Dandy Warols, Cornershop, Marco Pirroni - and endorsement from David Bowie - Podrophenia branches out into a new format. A record Label

You can get an advance earful of Steve in this vid. Now you know where, when and how to get yourself a copy - come on down on the Ninth of August.. IN FACT SIGN UP BELOW IF YOU'RE THINKING OF BOUNCING DOWN

Eight Rounds Rapid/Tupenny Bunters/Podrophenia - at The Railway


Friday, July 12, 2013

Village Greenery 2013: VG Tips - but who are the special guests?

Hurrah and hats aloft for Metal's 2013 Village Green Festival. And what a compendium of mixed-mediums and musical doings are in store for Saturday's seaside shindiggery..

From out-of-towners: The Skints, Skinny Lister, DB Cohen  and the mighty Mika Bomb

To local heroes: David Woodcock, Plantman, White Devil's Cause, the Lucky Strikes.
and The Wobbly Lamps with Zoë Howe on drums

To Lieghterati style music and movement: Middle Age Spread, Sundown Arts and Old Trunk… 

Concluding the day on the main stage is a mystery special guest - but who? The whispers are rattling about town like washers in a charity box with names from Wilko to Bowie being bounced abou

The full fat programme of events is viewable here , downloadable as a PDF. Or keep in touch via Twitter.

Although, this year's event is still all for free it's ticketed via wristband - which I believe are all gone, excepting a limited amount released on the day for early birds, and available on the gate...

Thumb through the the Village Green previous back issues here - or review the 2012 highlights in HD below....

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Radio Podrophenia - Summer Holidays

Ahoy Shipmates - for the June edition of Radio Podrophenia, while Dave Jazzy Dawson was on his travels - Piley and myself had a Novalujon vacation and were piped aboard Southend's newest and nattiest station Shipful of Bombs for a one off special, with Kate Johnston keeping us on course..

The theme is Summer/Holidays/Seaside - and we've a twelve track playlist picked and pulled together from all (well, mostly) listener picks - and a special guest appearance from Pellicci legend Jukebox Jimmy (above) - as well as an airing of Dave Woodcock's Blow Up debut single - Same Things... (as heard on Steve Lamcq, Radio London and XFM) as well as the exclusive reveal of Eight Rounds Rapid's second A side -  the flip of Writeabout...

Fill your waders with our Podrophonic Beano, as an mp3, via iTunes or stream on your mobile device here

Or listen in below.....

Friday, July 5, 2013

Vive Le Bauhaus - that second Peter Murphy interview in full.....

So after two weeks of hair-tearing, hoop-jumping, faulty Macs, missed deadlines and infinitely patient PAs - Pal Pete finally came up with goods and popped his replies into my electronic inbox - at literally the 11th hour.

But *breathes and relaxes* it was worth the wait - as his answers are deliciously written and Peter is on perfect form relaying tales of a Catholic upbringing, what BBC engineers clad in lab-coats made of ver 'Haus at their first Beeb sessions - and, talk of his due-soon album produced by youth

It's all browsable in the latest issue Vive Le Rock - six pages of pale and interesting action with original eighties Rocky Horror Show. Alongside a spectacularly accurate take on Bauhaus from Louise Ann Oldroyd, and insights on the band and their cadaverous body of work from Cathi Unsworth, Syd Moore, Paul Tunkin and Tronik Youth...

You'll also find me contributing to the Guida interview and a couple reviews in the back pages: TV Smith and this Northern Soul comp with two related vids on the DVD - Function at the Junction, and The Way of the Crowd...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Kick in the Skype. That First Pete Murphy interview in full.....

Two weeks of polite digital bustling and some shuffling of email exchanges between industry types, personal assistants and Vive Le Rockers have finally staked us a date for an interview with the high priest of Goth Rock and overlord of the ebony underworld - Peter Murphy. Featuring as part of a hefty retrospective in support the Bauhaus back catalogue, an overview of his solo years.and spotlighting his current '35 years of Bauhaus' tour,

The time-slot is sorted and 'Skype call' red-ringed on the calendar: Sunday 12th May, 7pm GMT

Someone in the know had advised me 'tread carefully he can a bit prickly'. A subtle check with his PA the day before - 'anything I should avoid' (alluding to his meth-based DUI arrest) gets me a 'No we're all good' reply.

So, Sunday 12th May, 7pm GMT. 'Skype call'

I'm settled in with three pages of deep-reaching, heavily researched questions. Dial up, click, connect - and we're away with the tomb-like tones of Peter Murphy a'rumbling from the laptop..........

ME: How's the tour going

PM: Are you calling from London

ME: No Southend

*connection drops - the Skype's gone out*

PM: - This will probably happen again. Oh I used to come there as a child. So....

*connection drops* ( he knows, you know)

ME: I was thinking, for some additional perspective on the piece - of bringing in noir/horror authors (Cathi Unsworth and Syd Moore both Bauhaus fans)  for their memories and experiences of the band

PM: Who's writing the piece you or them

ME: Oh, I am

PM *snapping* I am neither a horror nor a noir artist' - says the artist currently touring '35 years of Bauhaus' his debut single being Bela Lugosi's Dead, and star of the bite-night pics The Hunger and Twilight - I think we're done here

*Drops the call. Click. Gone* Time 7:05 GMT

A kick in the Skype. Press eject and give me the twerp
It could have been my imagination, a fault on the line perhaps, or even some rogue electronic crackle - but I'm almost certain I heard a crack of thunder, a puff of sulphur smoke and the manic flapping of bat wings as Count Murphy made his exit stage left?.

Either way, bagsy I get to review his new due-soon solo album please..