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live session, Radio Reverb TONIGHT

Mon Oct 12th: am playing a live session for Pete Jones on Radio Reverb 97.2FM tonight, which can be heard on the wireless or streamed live here.  It goes out from 6-8PM, with a repeat on Friday at noon (see above).  I’ll be doing songs old & new, and probably chatting a bit.


airplay! “Evil Empire” on The Seance

 

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In The Evil Empire is being played on ace radio show The Séance – “phantom seaside radio”, as it says.
It’ll probably be on next week’s show, broadcast at 6pm on Radio Reverb on 97.2FM Saturday and throughout the week, then archived on The Séance site (and at totallyradio) the following Friday.
EDIT: the show’s now archived on The Séance site here…  check out that playlist.

on the radio, muttering – Sunday 28 July (& Tue, Wed, Fri…)

I’m on Radio Reverb this Sunday as part of an hour-long programme of spoken word and improvised music – that’s 28 July at 11pm, on 97.2FM.  The programme’s repeated at the following times:

Tue 30 July 7am

Wed 31 July 11am, &

Fri 2 Aug 5am

Prog’s Tales from a Coldean Woodsheddetails here.  It features a load of readings from me, abstract performances by David Moscovich and improvised guitar interludes from Jamie Sturrock.
The show’s been recorded already and sounds absolutely superb – if you like that kind of thing.  If you don’t, why the fuck are you reading this?

coming soon: more radio & a novel

L Poet

sneak preview: live readings

Something different…  In a week’s time I’m back on Nigel Staley’s programme Under The Table on Brighton & Hove Community Radio, Thursday 27th June, 6 – 7pm.  (Not bad going, considering the last occasion was only a couple of months back.)  This time I’ll be performing eight spoken word pieces, with ambient interludes from Susumu Yokota’s album The Boy and the Tree.  The pieces will include three extracts from this novel, Leland Poet – which I’m re-releasing onto Kindle the following week, on Monday 1st July.

It’s quite a step away from strumming guitar, but there’s many hooks to grip you with.


care in the community (radio)

So… live session on Thursday (25th) went well – Under The Table on BHCR.  Despite technical problems at the start of the show cutting into the timeslot (handled with aplomb by presenter Nigel Staley… truly, the man’s unflappable), it was a good programme and a buzz to perform on.  The time issue meant I didn’t get to play a couple of pre-recorded tracks – from Glow in the Dark – but did manage to fit in:

Monkey – an old song recorded by my band Empty Vessels in 2006 (on the Parlour 9 Sessions album)

Phantom Party – from the Episodes EP

Undertow – from 1st album This Mucky Age

…Plus live versions of Wet Dream Disaster, Face of Stone & Larkin.  I got these recorded, and will no doubt find a use for em soon.  A freebie, perhaps.  Did a spoken word piece and talked a load of shit about nudist beaches in Brighton, John Peel’s disembodied essence, that kind of thing, and selected tracks by Lou Reed (Waves of Fear) and The Fall (Ladybird) – neither of them get aired enough nowadays.

Yeah, tech issues aside it was pretty sweet to have almost a whole programme to play with.  Other than that, I’ve been offered a local gig – details very soon – and am hatching schemes and plans enormousfold.


Container Drivers/gig/BHCR 13th – 25th April

A track of mine can be heard on Container Drivers Radio, Fri April 13th:

Playlist – Part 1

  1. The Beat – Stand Down Margaret
  2. Edwyn Collins – Carry On,  Carry On
  3. Matt Finucane – Degenerate Son
  4. Rollor – Minority of the Opulent
  5. Spacemen 3 – Take Me To The Other Side
  6. Jaguar Love – Up All Night
  7. King Khan and The Shrines – Land of the Freak
  8. Flies on You – Spain
  9. Woodpecker Wooliams – Sparrow
  10. The John Knox Sex Club – The Devil’s in Your Hands
  11. Monoganon – Eternal See You Soon
  12. Pokey LaFarge – Mr. Nobody
  13. 3th Floor Elevators – Levitation
  14. The Fall – Spinetrak

Playlist – Part 2

  1. Dengue Fever – Glass of Wine
  2. Young Marble Giants – N.I.T.A.
  3. Netarine No 9 – Found Things
  4. The Donkeys – Lower The Heavens
  5. True Widow – Duelist
  6. Trapped Mice – Arthur’s Seat
  7. Battery Face – Pugsley
  8. The Monochrome Set – Ici Les Enfants
  9. King Tuff – Wild Desire
  10. Holograms – Apostate
  11. Cowboy 78 – The Wiseguys
  12. Richard Swift – Dracula (Hey Man !)
  13. Roberta Flack – I Told Jesus

…The programme’s up on their site for a while, so give it a listen.  Apart from my song (a live acoustic track & B-side to Nemesis), there’s loads of cool stuff on the playlist – as you can see.

Sadly the Edinburgh gig, Tuesday 16th with Rollor, isn’t happening.  Such is life…

However, I’m still doing a live session on BHCR on Thur 25th April @ 6pm – such is… death???  The last time was a lot of fun, pretty freeform and relaxed – this one’ll be even better.


Happy Blank Page: 2013

2012 was bipolar – but I’d do it all again

Well, that was a… colourful year.  And who could ask for more?  Rather that than the alternative, which is a dreary thought.  Death!

So what happened?  (I’m still asking myself that, so this summary is as much for my benefit as anything else.)

1) Released 2nd album.  Got more, and better, reviews than #1 – which was kind of the idea.

2) Did a brief and eventful tour after release – pretty much broke even: another first.  Played a fair few other gigs, mostly solo, some with…

3) A band, which orbited around the songs for roughly 8-9 months and then exploded.  With hindsight, it was never going to last, but during that time we played…

4) Live on BBC Introducing: The South (and the single got a little air-time too).  This was exciting.

5) Did some more on the writing front, including an anthology on Kindle.  My shady publication history can be partially untangled here, for anyone who’s into the minutiae.

…Besides these bare bullet-points, I’ve just kept on doing it, “it” being more songs.  Met some potential collaborators in the last couple of months, had a few tantalising overtures;  again, I’m not going into detail yet for fear of The Jinx; in this game, so many promising set-ups tend to evaporate without warning.

But it’s promising just the same.  And it’s been a blast – on a gross venal level, the trickle of royalties makes filling in an income tax Self Assessment form such a thrill.

Joking aside, I’m still fuelling off the highs and regret none of the lows – hope you (whoever you are) likewise.  Happy New Year.


radio gig verdict

That was fun.  Played three songs live and read a short story, on BHCR‘s Under The Table programme, Thur eve.  The songs were Into It, Love Unknown and Clumsy – album versions here – and the story was Complaint from the Other World, recently re-published by Ether Books.

You know how obscure old horror/ghost story writers have that one tale that crops up again and again in paperback collections…?  Hubristic as it sounds, I reckon this story’s mine, in a shit internet sort of way.

Which isn’t to say ambition doesn’t still gravel my arse.  To do better in writing, but more immediately in music.  Thankfully, that part went smooth as an adrenaline icecream, and hopefully I’ll have some recordings as evidence soon.

Thanks to Nigel & Pierce – and btw, James Herbert has oddly sketchy handwriting (his was the previous entry in the guestbook)…


Empty Vessels on Container Drivers Radio: old song, new programme

the past: cobwebs or stardust?  discuss

The guys at Container Drivers Radio have another podcast up, featuring a song by my old band Empty Vessels.

  • A Certain Ratio – Do The Du
  • Joy Division – Warsaw
  • Hawkwind – Death Trap
  • Adrian Sherwood – Boogaloo
  • The Lovely Eggs – Watermelons
  • Monkeys In Love – I’m Alan
  • Can – And More
  • Sky Architects – Cave In
  • Gespenst – The Bloodline
  • The Fall – R.O.D.
  • Althea and Donna – Uptown Top Ranking
  • Power Switchblade – Keep it Light
  • Jake Bugg – Taste It
  • Empty Vessels – Monkey
  • Stanley – Obstacles
  • There Will Be Fireworks – Harmonium Song
  • New Order – Vanishing Point
  • X – Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
  • Kingsley and Perrey – Unidentified Flying Object
  • Bauhaus – Spy in the Cab
  • Human Don’t be Angry – Asklippio
  • Porcelain Raft – Put Me To Sleep
  • Mugstar – Serra
  • Ennio Morricone – L Estasi Dell Oro
  • Signalsundertests – Kapelle

Thanks, as always, are in order.  The song was recorded live at Rooz Studios, nr Old St in London, as part of an EP/album thing (it’s complicated).  I’m told it was available in shops, back when that sort of thing mattered.  Anyway, it’s a blast from the recent-ish past; my principles are unswerved, my delusions intact.  (And the new band?  Now almost equal in its ferocity.)  If nothing else, it’s a nice fit with Hawkwind and The Fall: give the programme a listen.


BBC session – retrospect

The BBC Introducing: South live session we played is up on their site for the next 5 days, here.

We’ll get a recording of our songs, which were spread out across the broadcast, so I’ll probably upload it here &/or to Soundcloud at some point…  Till then, check out the programme.  It includes an interview, which I think went okay – the top of my head was spinning off somewhere in the upper atmosphere at the time on sheer adrenaline.  Managed not to swear or otherwise disgrace myself – somehow.

In all, sounded nice and crunchy; in fact we were ear-splittingly loud.  No idea how the sound engineer made sense of this tidal sheet of fuzz, but what went on-air was magicked into something very tight and coherent, more so as we progressed.  The fact we were lean, ready and up for it must’ve helped too.

Abiding memory?  How swift and efficient the whole operation was – totally hassle-free, nice people to deal with – and, uh, playing with a big cardboard cut-out of Beloved National Treasure (and in my book, twat) David Jason as Del Boy, right in my eyeline.  That and the chundering monotony of football, everywhere, inescapable.

No, seriously though: it was a pleasure.  Had thought I was shackled to the acoustic guitar forevermore, minorly-doomed never again to wring whorls of feedback out of a hard-driven amp… Happily, I was wrong.


BBC Introducing: South radio session Sunday 24th June (info)

Okay, the live session on BBC Introducing: South is going out this Sunday, from 7 – 9 pm.  We’re playing 4 songs and doing an interview.  EDIT: 1st song goes out at 7:05.

Link to their webpage here.   Info:

BBC Introducing: The South, 7-9pm Sunday evenings

BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey & BBC Radio Solent

Listen in Brighton on 95.3 FM

Listen in Sussex & Surrey 104-104.8 FM

Listen in Solent & Hampshire on 96.1 FM

Listen in Dorset on 103.8 FM L

Listen on-line

 www.bbc.co.uk/sussex

www.bbc.co.uk/surrey 

 www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire 

 www.bbc.co.uk/dorset

Text during the show on 81333 your normal rates apply, but you must start your text with the word ‘radio’

Email unsigned@bbc.co.uk

…I can promise the unpredictable, the colourful, the atom-smashing.  Give us a listen, do!


more press & BBC session news

Here’s another write-up for Hard Science from is this music?  Good again: I’m a punk poet prepared to push the boat out, it sez.  Damn right.

The BBC Introducing: South session takes place next Sunday, 24th June – more details as soon as I have them (probably tomorrow).  Exciting stuff.


GLOW IN THE DARK album: first press coverage/BBC gig

Here’s a nice write-up for the upcoming album at indiebandsblog.com

And here’s one at withguitars.com

Appreciated, as ever.  Live, the gigs are gradually pencilling in, circling like inky tenebrous corner-of-the eye spectres, hazing toward actuality, an’ shit…  Also, just been offered a BBC radio session quite soon, so more news on that swiftly.


HARD SCIENCE on Radio Reverb podcast (Mixcloud)

Hard Science got a play on Radio Reverb 97.2FM on 29th May – thanks to Melita Dennett.  (I… <cough> might’ve mentioned it before…)

The programme was archived as a podcast and can be heard on Mixcloud here.  It features loads of other interesting music, so do give it a listen.


FUTURES & PASTS

old news and new news…

New: looks like I’ve finally got a band together, at least the strong framework of one.  All we lack – perhaps – is a keyboard or synth (or even laptop) player.  It’s sounding great so far…  Exciting stuff.

Also, been getting some more airplay on Brighton’s Burst Radio – do check em out.

Old: my former band Empty Vessels now has a Youtube channel here.  There’s live footage in 3 parts, and also loads of free audio on Bandcamp.  While I don’t want to make the mistake of raking around in the past too much, it’s worth a look.  It brings back the chaos and superhuman focused energy of those days – which, with a new band, are about to come round again.


more radio play for the single

hey BBC – I take it all back about the licence fee…

Hands Up got played on BBC Introducing: South again this weekend (I found out this morning).

As before, it can be heard on iPlayer for a week, till 7pm next Sunday.  It’s the first track on the programme (again!) at about 1min 10secs in, here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7kh

A good start to the week – album out today, gig in London on Wednesday.


interviewed / album release Monday 25th July

Well.  This coming Monday the album’s on sale – Bandcamp, Amazon, you name it.  CD copies can be had at gigs.

Been working toward this for so long, it’s kind of hard to take in; I’m very happy with the album, but it’s the creation of an earlier self enduring some difficult times (and mining them for music).  In fact, I’ve already made significant progress on the follow-up.

Still, it’s quite a piece of work.  Judge for yourself, as of Monday 25th July.

Good to hear it on the airwaves, too: in the run-up to release, did an interview yesterday on Radio Reverb  here in Brighton with Jeff Hemmings.  It went smoothly well, had a couple of tracks played, talked nonsense, did my best not to laugh like a loon.  (It was fun, I was buzzed with adrenaline and due-ness of album – what the hell.)

So what’s next?  Gigs.  As many as I can get.  O yes.

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interview on Radio Reverb, Thur 21 Aug

In Brighton, Thur 21 Aug, 5-6pm

I’m being interviewed by Jeff Hemmings on the In Brighton programme this Thursday, on Brighton’s Radio Reverb.

It can be found on 97.2 FM, or listened to online.  It goes out from 5 – 6pm, and is repeated at 11pm.

Exciting stuff – give it a listen.


God bless the BBC

…and all who sail in her

Thanks to everyone who sent in comments to the BBC Introducing programme this evening.  Very much appreciated.

It can be heard on iPlayer for the next week, here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00hrd41

…And Hands Up starts off the programme.

(In fact, I was disentangling myself from some internet admin guff and very nearly missed my own song.  Was in that weird mix of frantic busy-ness and frustrated inertia that only technology can create – watching lots of little coloured bars creeping slooowly toward fulfilment, only to be thwarted by tiny circles and incomprehensible error messages…  I shudder just thinking about it.)

Anyway, all’s well that ends well.  The whole programme was great – if you didn’t get a chance to hear it on broadcast, give it a listen on iPlayer.


Radio play for Hands Up

BBC Introducing: The South – Sunday 10th, 7-9pm

Hands Up‘s getting played on BBC Introducing: The South by Melita Dennett this coming Sunday.  Fantastic news – here’s the info:

BBC Introducing: The South, 7-9pm Sunday evenings
BBC Sussex and BBC Surrey & BBC Radio Solent

Listen in Brighton on 95.3 FM
Listen in Sussex & Surrey 104-104.8 FM
Listen in Solent & Hampshire on 96.1 FM
Listen in Dorset on 103.8 FM

Listen on-line
 www.bbc.co.uk/sussex
www.bbc.co.uk/surrey
 www.bbc.co.uk/hampshire
 www.bbc.co.uk/dorset

You can email the programme with comments at unsigned@bbc.co.uk or text 81333 (you have to start the text with the word ‘radio’).

Do please give it a listen.  Good times.