Author Archives: Graham Stannard

About Graham Stannard

I've worked in radio off and on since 1993, from the early days of Restricted Service Licence broadcasts in Southend with Searock and Supanova, through Southend Hospital Radio to Phoenix FM which I joined in January 2010. My show Musical Meanderings covers a broad range of music such as metal, acoustic and electronic. The show particularly showcases unsigned bands, both locally and internationally, and features interviews and live music in the studio, out on location or via Skype. I also present the Mental Health Matters podcast on the station. Interviewing local and international practitioners, using and researching various techniques to help people with a variety of mental health conditions, and also looking into some broader issues which may be behind the increase in mental health problems.

Musical Meanderings Playlist 21st June 2018

Another more traditional meander on this episode, featuring some recent favourites such as Cloud, The Heavy Eyes and The Sun Burns Bright, via some old favourites, such as Allman Brothers and Curtis Mayfield. Including some reminiscing and memories along the way…

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Here is the playlist for 21st June 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1. Six Months of Sun – The Barbarian (Below The Eternal Sky – 2018)
2. The Heavy Eyes – Levantado (Maera – 2012)
3. Cloud – As The Dust Settles (Deus Ex Machina – 2018)
4. Electric Valley Records – Nazca (24Moons – 2018)
5. Dozer – Big Sky Theory (Through The Eyes Of Heathens – 2006)
6. Raging Slab – Ain’t Ugly None (Dynamite Boogie Concert – 1993)
7. A Perfect Circle – By And Down (Live: Stone & Echo – 2013)
8. Desperate Journalist – Be Kind (Grow Up – 2018)
9. Allman Brothers Band – You Don’t Love Me (At Fillmore East – 1971)
10. Curtis Mayfield – Don’t Worry (Curtis – 1970)
11. Midlake – Fortune (The Courage Of Others – 2010)
12. Jackson Browne – Sleep’s Dark & Silent Gate (The Pretender – 1976)
13. Learn To Be A Friend To Yourself
14. VAR – Þórsmörk (Vetur – 2017)
15. Caspian – Run Dry (Dust and Disquiet – 2015)
16. Widek – Skybridges (feat. Stel Andre) (Dream Reflections – 2018)
17. Ohgod – Avalanche (The Great Silence – 2017)
18. Hemelbestormer – Eight Billion Stars (A Ring Of Blue Light – 2018)
19. Loud Exit – It Fell & Left Us Alive (Loud Exit – 2018)
20. The Sun Burns Bright – Home Is Not A Place, It’s A Person (Through Dusk, Came The Light – 2018)
21. Aurora Borealis – Sun Down – Lights (Goodbye – 2018)

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 14th June 2018

A return to traditional Meanderings on this edition. Featuring latest doom and stoner, such as Cloud and Fire Down Below towards the start of the show, through some ‘80s memories into some singer-songwriting I’ve been enjoying, including talking about seeing Gill Landry live again on his recent UK tour.

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While reminiscing, I also took the opportunity to share stories of my old friend, the late Tony Weston and share a song by Little Richard, from a genre he loved.

Here is the playlist for 14th June 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Fire Down Below – The Cosmic Pilgrim (Hymn Of The Cosmic Man – 2018)
2 Cloud – Deus Ex Machina (Deus Ex Machina – 2018)
3 Dog Chasing Sun – Southern Melancholy (Slow Burn – 2018)
4 Sabel – Atlantean (Re-Generation – 2018)
5 Trevor’s Head – Idiot Time (Tricolossus – 2016)
6 Six Months Of Sun – Mud Horse Rider (Below the Eternal Sky – 2018)
7 Pallbearer – Dropout (Adult Swim Single Program – 2018)
8 W.A.S.P. – I Wanna Be Somebody (W.A.S.P. – 1984)
9 Cinderella – Night Songs (Night Songs – 1986)
10 Zakk Wylde – Lost Prayer (Book Of Shadows II – 2016)
11 Little Richard – Long Tall Sally
12 ZZ Top – Planet Of Women (Afterburner – 1985)
13 The Black Crowes – Losing My Mind (Lions – 2001)
14 Wilco – I’m Always In Love (Summerteeth – 1999)
15 Gill Landry – Emily (Gill Landry – 2015)
16 Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies – Sister Mercy (Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies – 1993)
17 Young Coppers – Hard Times Of Old England (Passing Out – 2008)
18 Natalie Merchant – Seven Years (Tigerlily – 1995)
19 Spurv – den gamles stemme brister (Myra – 2018)
20 Aurora Borealis – Goodbye 1 (Goodbye – 2018)

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Wychhound | Neil & Miles Interview – Musical Meanderings 7th June 2018

More wonderful conversation on Musical Meanderings, with Neil and Miles from Wychhound driving up from London to join me live in the Phoenix FM studios.

You can listen to it again here on my Mixcloud page:

I learned about how they formed and are now pursuing their current sound without a singer, and of their influences and how they taught me more about the origins of the scene and some of the formative bands, such as Hermano and Yawning Man. As well as more current bands I wasn’t aware of, such as Operator Generator and King Buffalo. Wychhound have just had some great news in that they will be supporting Yawning Man as part of their tour in Manchester in July, you can find out more here.

We also spoke about the vibrancy and brotherhood of the stoner/ doom metal scene in London, such as the night they put on at the Big Red pub, showcasing other bands. You can find out more about the next event through this link. And they’re also putting on a special event in August in aid of their friend Johhny Rivo, you can find out more here.

More support with the scene is reflected by other bands putting on events, such as Trevor’s Head, who also put on a monthly event at the Bird’s Nest Pub in Deptford. They will also be playing at the next Stone Frequency event, organised by OAK at the Black Heart in July. The link to that event is here.

Also, another shout out to the great resource Stoned Meadow of Doom for sharing the music and a source of the music we’ve discovered.

Here is the playlist for 7th June 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 OAK – Once You Die (OAK III – 2018)
2 Wychhound – Supercluster (Earth Orbiter – 2018)
3 Wychhound – Comet Shoemaker – Levy 9 (SL-9) (Earth Orbiter – 2018)
4 Mogwai – Batcat (The Hawk Is Howling – 2008)
5 Six Months Of Sun – Mud Horse Rider (Below the Eternal Sky – 2018)
6 Green Lung – Free The Witch (Free The Witch – 2018)
7 Wychhound – Matter – Antimatter Annihilation (Earth Orbiter – 2018)
8 Hermano – Señor Morenos Plan (Only a Suggestion – 2002)
9 All Them Witches – Talisman (Dying Surfer Meets His Maker – 2015)
10 Operator Generator – Arctic Quest (Polar Quest – 2015)
11 Spurv – fra dypet under stenen (Myra – 2018)
12 Wychhound – Aurora (Earth Orbiter – 2018)

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Sabatta Interview – Musical Meanderings 31st May 2018

Another conversation this week, this time with Yinka Oyewole and Debbie Dee from Sabatta, talking about their new album Misfit Music, due out on Monday 4th June.

It was wonderful to hear the passion and excitement about this new chapter in their journey. You can hear it again here:

Here is the playlist for 31st May 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Six Months Of Sun – Riddle Of Steel (Below the Eternal Sky – 2018)
2 Sabatta – Scream Of Consciousness (Misfit Music – 2018)
3 1968 – Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
4 Sabatta – Go And Be Damned (Middle Of The Night)
5 Sabatta – Rock Star S**t (Misfit Music – 2018)
6 Sabatta – Emperor’s New Clothes (Emperor’s New Clothes – 2008)
7 Sabatta – Feel It Too (Misfit Music – 2018)
8 Motörhead – Too Late, Too Late (No Remorse – 1984)
9 Sabatta – Innocence (Misfit Music – 2018)
10 A Perfect Circle – So Long- And Thanks For All The Fish (Eat The Elephant – 2018)
11 The Sun Burns Bright – You Can’t See The Forest For The Trees (Through Dusk, Came The Light – 2018)

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 24th May 2018

The podcast of this week’s show, featuring new music including Cloud, Fader, Aurora Borealis & Good Weather For An Airstrike.

It’s available to listen again here:

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Here is the playlist for 24th May 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Cloud – As The Dust Settles (Deus Ex Machina -2018)
2 Appalooza – Hourglass (Appalooza -2018)
3 Year Of No Light – Perséphone (Enna) (Ausserwelt – 2010)
4 Sex Blender – Diver (Hormonizer – 2018)
5 Unleash The Tides – Mind Abused By Vengeful Thoughts (The Turbulent Life of Mr. Nobody – 2018)
6 Dinosaur Jr. – Out There (Where You Been – 1993)
7 Belly – Suffer The Fools (Dove – 2018)
8 Ocean Colour Scene – The Waves (One from the Modern – 1999)
9 Oasis – Listen Up (Definitely Maybe – 1994)
10 K-Rino – The Plan (Feat Sniper) (Annihilation of the Evil Machine – 2010)
11 Echobelly – Scream (Everyone’s Got One)
12 The Sun Burns Bright – The Glass Is Always Full (Through Dusk, Came The Light – 2018)
13 Good Weather For An Airstrike – Every Day’s New (Little Steps – 2017)
14 Fader – Invisible Marks (The Last Years – 2018)
15 Wistful – I (Metempsychosis – 2018)
16 Sejd – Duvan från Tuvalu (Sejd – 2015)
17 Sparkle – Cold Inside (Lost Humanity – 2018)
18 Aurora Borealis – Goodbye (5) (Goodbye – 2018)

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Good Weather For An Airstike | Tom Honey Interview – Musical Meanderings 17th May 2018

It was a pleasure to record an interview with post-rock/ ambient artist Tom Honey, otherwise known as Good Weather For An Airstrike.

You can hear the full episode here:

Tom originally conceived the idea in 2009 to help him alleviate his issues caused by suffering from tinnitus. I spoke with him about my issues with this too and how he learned to create the music, along with the wonderful song and album titles.

He also helped me with discovering other artists and bands in the genre, such as bands he recommended like Caspian and his brother’s band Oceanus. We even spoke about other genres and how they may crossover into post-rock, such as what I’ve been discovering on the doom/ stoner front.

Tom also revealed that the name he chose- Good Weather For An Airstrike came from a rough translation of a Sigur Ros song.

I asked about any thoughts he has about playing live and Tom explained his thoughts on how he will do it, his experiences in the past and ideas for venues and how a show would look and feel.

Here is the playlist for 17th May 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 The Heavy Eyes – Levantado (Maera – 2012)
2 Wychhound – Matter – Antimatter Annihilation (Earth Orbiter – 2018)
3 OAK – Walking Away (OAK III – 2018)
4 Dog Chasing Sun – Weed Powered Spaceship
5 Distant Dream – Gradient Space (feat. Stel Andre) (Your Own Story – 2018)
6 Audrey Fall – 1944 (Mitau – 2014)
7 Stars As Lights -The Path Back To You (Constellations – 2016)
8 Caspian – Rioseco (Dust and Disquiet – 2015)
9 Good Weather For An Airstrike – Blossom (Little Steps – 2017)
10 Good Weather For An Airstrike – Every Day’s New (Little Steps – 2017)
11 Liam J Hennessy – Beacons (Ft. Tom Honey) (Held – 2017)
12 Good Weather For An Airstrike – Lungs (A Home For You – 2014)
13 Oceanus – Nautica (Sirens – 2013)
14 Liam J Hennessy – Søen (Held – 2017)
15 The End Of The Ocean – On Floating (In Excelsis – 2012)

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Mental Health Matters | Find Focus & Ancestral Healing | Series 2, Episode 7

I have enjoyed returning to the Mental Health Podcast here on Phoenix FM, especially with another couple of wonderful conversations- with entrepreneur Martin Böddeker and multi skilled therapist Marie Delanote.

You can listen to it here:

Martin Böddeker has achieved a lot in his young life, from a professional poker player, through to starting his own company. He has faced challenges along the way, including painful moments with his family and a failed first company of his own, but has faced them strongly and always sees the positive in situations and works through to outcomes. However, one thing he noticed as he worked for himself was how easy it is to be distracted while working online. It is a problem I have faced and it has affected my well being in the past, with being stuck and procrastinating.

Martin spoke honestly about his journey and how his solution to reduce being distracted became the creation of his new business- FindFocus.net. You can learn more about it here:
https://findfocus.krtra.com/t/FbDtKIrWwCZa

Marie Delanote is a Brentwood based therapist. She is one of four sisters and now has four children of her own. She has struggled with many issues in her life, including OCD, eating problems, depression and anxiety. Now also her two sons have been diagnosed with autism. Over the years she developed meditations and coping mechanisms to deal with these emotions.

She has had great success with them and has also published books- The Healing Of The 1lb Baby and now the children’s meditation book- Acorns To Great Oaks. Marie is also able to help others with a variety of therapy techniques. I learned a lot in our conversation.

Click here to see her website.

Here are the articles mentioned in the mental health news:
www.providr.com/things-others-dont-realize-about-your-high-functioning-anxiety/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/27/mental-health-cuts-children-young-people

Here are the songs played:
Sade – By Your Side (Lovers Rock – 2000)

Corey Hart – I Am By Your Side (Boy In The Box – 1985)

Aurora Borealis – Goodbye 1 & 2 (Goodbye – 2018)

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

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Unplugged & Rewired 3 | Musical Meanderings 10th May 2018

Another enjoyable episode of Musical Meanderings with the return of wonderful live guests to the studio. In this case it was musicians Dan Hobbs, Dave Stannard and Lyndon Nutkins talking about their involvement with the upcoming charity event ‘Unplugged and Rewired 3’ event at the Brentwood Theatre on the 18th and 19th of May 2018.

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It’s the third event over a number of years they’ve arranged in aid of the British Heart Foundation, each of which have been a great success. It was lovely to hear about the origins, reasons and their individual journeys in music. We even talked about the creation of the wonderful poster and flyer. And somehow ended up discussing some of the deep history of technology and the internet!

Dan and Dave are part of Mr MRB who will be headlining, and Lyndon is part of The 99 with Martin Mays and Sticksy, formerly of Bushfire.
The event will be opened by Ksenia and Dan talked about how she came on board. Dave performed some live music during the show and I managed to record some video of one of them:

It was a particularly great night for me, actually I kind of reunion, as I have known them for many years, but have seen them in a few. Part of catching up with them and their musical history included asking Lyndon to bring some music with him and talking about what they meant to him.

Before I spoke with them, I continued the heavy start to the show by playing some new music of the stoner/doom genre I’ve been enjoying, including a track from the great new OAK III EP and another from the recent new Wychhound release. Also, it was wonderful to hear a new release by an amazing, mighty band from Russia- Dog Chasing Sun.

Have a listen to the show again, enjoy the conversations and support the event at the Brentwood Theatre if you can.

Here is the playlist for 10th May 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 OAK – Once You Die (OAK III – 2018)
2 Dog Chasing Sun – Only Stoned Will Survive (Slow Burn – 2018)
3 Wychhound – Supercluster (Earth Orbiter – 2018)
4 Honeybus – Story (Story – 1970)
5 Dave Stannard – The Songwriter’s Dictionary
6 Heads, Hands and Feet – Country Boy (Heads, Hands and Feet – 1971)
7 Dave Stannard – Worldwide Me
8 Steely Dan – Aja (Aja – 1977)
9 Dave Stannard – Twisted Out Of Mind
10 Brandi Carlile – Again Today (The Story – 2007)
11 Jets to Brazil – Autumn Walker (Perfecting Loneliness – 2002)
12 Manic Street Preachers – International Blue (Resistance Is Futile – 2018)
13 Ohgod – Avalanche (The Great Silence – 2017)
14 The Sun Burns Bright – Forward We Move, Upward We Climb (Through Dusk, Came The Light – 2018)

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 3rd May 2018

There was more new music this week, particularly anticipated new material by Wychhound and Sabatta. You can hear it again here:

Wychhound have been waiting to release recorded material of their new sound without a singer and they released it – ‘Earth Orbiter‘, on the first of May. Really capturing their fantastic new live sound.Sabatta have a new album, Misfit Music, coming out on June 4th and it was great to hear their new single ‘Scream Of Consciousness‘. They’ll be joining me in the studio in a few weeks.

Based on Wychhound’s new sound, I began the show with some of my recent favourite instrumental sounds, such as Yuri Gagarin and Eleventh Vibration. And new stoner rock vibes, such as Foot.

Another shout out to the ‘WherePostRockDwells‘ and ‘StonedMeadowOfDoom‘ Youtube channels which has helped me discover some of this great, new music.

This week I also discovered some new wonderful post rock music in The Sun Burns Bright. Really capturing what I enjoy about that genre of music- the beautiful ambient landscape contrasted with a mighty, heavy melodic guitar based crescendo.

There was continued meanderings in the form of another play of the new Belly single, through more recent discoveries I’ve been enjoying, such as K-Rino and Hillsong United, to more new music by The Breeders and old favourites like Loudon Wainwright III, 10,000 Maniacs and Richard Hawley.

Here is the playlist for 3rd May 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Yuri Gagarin – The Big Rip (Yuri Gagarin 2014 Remix)
2 Somali Yacht Club – Loom (The Sun – 2014)
3 Wychhound – Comet Shoemaker – Levy 9 (SL-9) (Earth Orbiter – 2018)
4 Eleventh Vibration – Nature (Illusions – 2016)
5 1968 – Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
6 Foot – Sweet Stuff (Buffalo – 2018)
7 The Sun Burns Bright – Forward We Move, Upward We Climb (Through Dusk, Came The Light – 2018)
8 Alcest – Shelter (Shelter – 2018)
9 Sabatta – Scream Of Consciousness (Misfit Music – 2018)
10 Black Sabbath – Hole In The Sky (Sabotage – 1975)
11 K-Rino – Hidden Agenda (80-Minute Eternity – 2012)
12 Belly – Shiny One (Dove – 2018)
13 Aimee Mann & Michael Penn – Reason To Believe (Badlands – A Tribute To Bruce Springseen – 2000)
14 Loudon Wainwright – Sometimes I Forget (History – 1992)
15 Thundercat – Them Changes (Drunk – 2017)
16 The Breeders – All Nerve (All Nerve – 2018)
17 10,000 Maniacs – Peace Train (In My Tribe – 1987)
18 Hillsong Worship – What A Beautiful Name (Let There Be Light – 2016)
19 Neil Diamond – Act Like A Man (Home Before Dark – 2008)
20 Richard Hawley – Lady Solitude (Lady’s Bridge – 2007)
21 Loud Exit – Out Of Hibernation (Loud Exit – 2018)
22 The Last Sighs Of The Wind – Bird’s Song (We Are Trees – 2017)

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Doomsday Outlaw | Indy Chanda Interview – Musical Meanderings 26th April 2018

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It was great to speak to Indy Chanda from blues rock band Doomsday Outlaw. I discovered their origins, including how they got signed to Frontiers records and how they created their new album Hard Times. They’ve also started a UK tour with Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate.

I also enjoyed continuing to share new music I’ve been discovering, including new releases, such as Hemelbestormer, Belly and new releases by Pallbearer and the long awaited new record by Sleep.

Here is the playlist for 26th April 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Hemelbestormer – Eight Billion Stars (A Ring Of Blue Light – 2018)
2 Year Of No Light – Perséphone (Enna) (Ausserwelt – 2010)
3 Pallbearer – Dropout (Adult Swim Single Program – 2018)
4 Mt. Mountain – Seek The Sun (Cosmos Terros – 2016)
5 Sleep – Giza Butler (The Sciences – 2018)
6 Doomsday Outlaw – Over and Over (Hard Times – 2018)
Doomsday Outlaw – Bring It On Home (Hard Times – 2018)
Doomsday Outlaw – Spirit That Made Me (Hard Times – 2018)
9 Belly – Shiny One (Dove – 2018)
10 K-Rino – Really Need You (Wizard’s Ransome – 2016)
11 Kauan – Nainen (Kaiho – 2017)
12 Ohgod – Bloom (The Great Silence – 2017)
13 Good Weather For An Airstrike – Blossom (Little Steps -2017)
14 Aurora Borealis – Goodbye (3) (Goodbye – 2018)

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 19th April 2018

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Here is the playlist for 19th April 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Appalooza – Obsolescence (Appalooza – 2018)
2 Weedpecker – Embrace (III -2018)
3 Monster Truck – Don’t Tell Me How to Live (Sittin’ Heavy – 2015)
4 The Rosewood Brothers – A Child Of Nations (Soul Blossom – 2017)
5 Universal Hippies – Evolution (Evolution Of Karma – 2018)
6 Doomsday Outlaw – Bring It On Home (Hard Times – 2018)
7 K-Rino – Hidden Agenda (80-Minute Eternity – 2012)
8 Helmet – Milquetoast (Betty – 1994)
9 HighLow – Where have you been? (Record Day 2018 release)
10 Weezer – My Name Is Jonas (Blue Album – 1994))
11 Belly – Feed The Tree (Star -1993)
12 Madder Rose – Beautiful John (Bring It Down – 1993)
13 Adorable – Sunshine Smile (Against Perfection – 1993)
14 Corey Hart – Jenny Fey (First Offence – 1984)
15 Rocket Miner – And They Can Never Truly Die (Elegy – 2014)
17 Unleash The Tides – Unleash The Tides-Eternal Struggle For Happiness (The Turbulent Life of Mr. Nobody – 2018)
18 Loud Exit – For When We Forget (Loud Exit – 2018)
19 Aurora Borealis – Goodbye 1 & 2 (Goodbye – 2018)

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 12th April 2018

You can hear this week’s show again here:

Continuing to play some new stoner and doom metal I’ve come across recently, especially Nebula and Monolord, inspired by the visit from Andy Valiant of Oak last week. I began the show with some wonderful psychedelicness from Portugal in the form of Astrodome.

Also celebrated the 30th anniversary of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son by Iron Maiden– a big influence on my musical journey.

I also continued to play songs from Tanya Donelly’s ’Swan Song’, along with a little journey through Natalie Merchant and the Dixie Chicks.

It was also wonderful to discover lovely new post-rock with the likes of Good Weather For An Airstrike & Loud Exit– who continued the trend of wonderful song titles I enjoy – Dream Friend Dream Like a Resting Ship in the Night.

I finished the show with one of my favourite ever songs- December Hunting…. by Stars of The Lid. It has once again provided a wonderful background over the last week or so. I described how it’s music I enjoy through good times and bad. During bad times it takes some of the weight of some fragile and uncomfortable burdens.

Here is the playlist for 12th April 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Astrodome – Mirage (II – 2018)
2 Foot – Low Mist (Buffalo – 2018)
3 Iron Maiden – The Clairvoyant (Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son – 1988)
4 Monolord – Empress Rising (Empress Rising – 2014)
5 Oak – Love Is Falling (Oak III – 2018)
6 Nebula – Freedom (To The Centre – 1999)
7 System Of A Down – Aerials (Toxicity – 2001)
8 Alcest – Autre Temps (Autre Temps – 2011)
9 Led Zeppelin – Black Dog (Led Zeppelin IV)
10 The Black Crowes – No Speak No Slave (Southern Harmony and Musical Companion – 1992)
11 Janis Joplin – Take Another Little Piece of my Heart (Live At Winterland – 1968)
12 The Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored (The Stone Roses – 1989)
13 Natalie Merchant – Tell Yourself (Motherland – 2001)
14 Tanya Donelly – I Would Like To Call It Beauty (Swan Song Bonus Tracks – 2016)
15 Buddy Miles – The Segment (A Message To The People – 1970)
16 Dixie Chicks – Landslide (Home – 2002)
17 Loud Exit – Dream Friend Dream Like a Resting Ship in the Night (Loud Exit – 2018)
18 Good Weather For An Airstrike – Every Day’s New (Little Steps – 2017)
19 Stars of the Lid – December Hunting for Vegetarian F**kface (And Their Refinement of the Decline – 2007)

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OAK | Andy Valiant Interview – Musical Meanderings 5th April 2018

This week it was a pleasure to welcome Andy Valiant of London based stoner rock band Oak into the studio. I’ve been playing their music or referring to them over many weeks and it was finally lovely to speak to him to find out more about them.

You can hear the show again here:

We discussed their origins, the origins of the band name and how their style has evolved. Partly due to how each of their EPs have been recorded in different studios, but also the evolution in Andy’s voice, from mainly making noises in the early days, to now with lyric writing. From this is also the enjoyment of having a platform for telling stories from the heart.

Andy Valiant | OAK

I’ve been a fan of the artwork Oak use on their EP covers and Andy spoke of his relationship with the artist- Unexpected Spectre and how much of a symbiotic relationship it is, where they don’t have to explain too much of what they’re after, but they get wonderful results anyway.

Andy also described his musical influences, especially the effect Led Zeppelin had when he first heard them. Also the effect this had on how he can use his voice, also the difference between singing live and recording in a studio.

While Andy spoke of how he enjoys performing, I wondered whether his growth in confidence came from the progress of this. Actually he discussed how it was more from knowing that this path is what he wants to do.

With the discussions about their musical evolution, we spoke about the new single Love Is Falling and how it came about, especially how it it became a single almost unexpectedly. They also created a video for it which you can see here:

It was great to talk about the scene in London and the UK in general. We mentioned other artists that we enjoyed, such as 1968 and Wychhound, and how much the bands in the scene help each other. Especially with the live events that are organised, such as the event at the Big Red on Holloway Road by Wychhound– here is the next one:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1033502320140879/

And the night in Deptford by Trevor’s Head:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2494174517473816/

Also Andy is helping organise the next all day Stone Frequency II event at the Black Heart in Camden on July 28th:
https://www.facebook.com/events/192920791322396/

Their next gig is in Manchester on the 28th April:
https://www.facebook.com/events/112556956231936/


Here is the playlist for 5th April 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Kyuss – Odyssey (Welcome To Sky Valley – 1994)
2 Black Sabbath – Hole In The Sky (Sabotage – 1975)
3 The Cortège – Love & Land (Love & Land EP – 2016)
4 Oak – Dissolve (Oak EP – 2015)
5 Led Zeppelin – The Girl I Love, She Got Long Black Wavy Hair (BBC Recording – 1969)
6 Oak – Against The Rain (Oak II – 2016)
7 Wychhound – Hourglass (Wychhound EP – 2015)
8 1968 – Vorpa (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
9 Oak – Love Is Falling (Oak III – 2018)
10 Herida – Otra Vida (Ghost Of The Sun – 2012)
11 Oak – Mirage (Oak II – 2016)
12 Sabatta – Emperors New Clothes (Emperors New Clothes EP – 2008)graybo.com


Musical Meanderings Playlist 29th March 2018

Celebrating the dawn of the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Beginning with some 80s and 90s metal with the likes of Anthrax, Megadeth and Helmet, then more recent examples such as 1968, Elder and the new song from Black Orchids debuted a few weeks ago during their visit to the show.

I then meandered towards a more relaxed end of the show, even discussing one of Dave Grohl’s favourite pop songs Andrew Gold’s ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’ from 1978. I then chose another example from that year with Billy Joel’s ‘My Life’.

You can hear it all again here:

Here is the playlist for 29th March 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Anthrax – Time (Persistence Of Time – 1990)
2 1968 – Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
3 Megadeth – Holy Wars…The Punishment Due (Rust In Peace – 1990)
4 Helmet – He Feels Bad (Meantime – 1992)
5 Black Orchids – Still Remains
6 Elder – Staving Off Truth (Reflections Of A Floating World – 2017)
7 Dinosaur Jr – Get Me (Where You Been – 1993)
8 Faith No More – Ashes To Ashes (Album Of The Year – 1997)
9 Aerosmith – Beyond Beautiful (Just Push Play – 2001)
10 Mother Love Bone – Heartshine (Stardog Champion – 1992)
11 A Perfect Circle – By and Down (Stone And Echo – 2013)
12 Memory Tapes – Yes I Know (Player Piano – 2011)
13 Andrew Gold – Never Let Her Slip Away (All This And Heaven Too – 1978)
14 Billy Joel – My Life (52nd Street – 1978)
15 Beautiful Girls – Cash Money (Learn Yourself – 2003)
16 Feist – The Limit To Your Love (The Reminder – 2008)
17 Brandi Carlile – Again Today (The Story – 2007)
18 Neil Diamond – Pretty Amazing Grace (Home Before Dark – 2008)
19 Natalie Merchant – Not In This Life (Motherland – 2001)
20 Snatam Kaur – Deep Blue Sea (Celebrate Peace – 2005)

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 22nd March 2018

This week I enjoyed playing some new releases from Australian stoner rockers Foot and Swedish post-rock band Loud Exit. I also continued to share new music from Tanya Donelly, The Breeders and carried on the recent habit of playing songs from recent favourites such as the Lonesome Sisters.

Also this week I discovered some wonderful new classical music, including choral music from The Cambridge Singers and Tallis Scholars.

You can hear it all again here:

Here is the playlist for 22nd March 2018 (With links to purchase or discover more where possible)
1 Telekinetic Yeti – Colossus (Abominable – 2017)
2 Pallbearer – Foundations (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
3 Burzum – Back to the shadows
4 Foot – Thunder Cave (Buffalo – 2018)
5 Corrosion of Conformity – Albatross (Live)
6 Yuri Gagarin – Za Kosmosom (Yuri Gagarin – 2014 Remix)
7 Arhios – Ath (Arhios – 2018)
8 My Morning Jacket – One Big Holiday (Okonokos – 2006)
9 The Breeders – All Nerve (All Nerve – 2018)
10 Tanya Donelly – Snow Goose And Me (Swan Song)
11 Lonesome Sisters – Peachtree (Deep Water – 2012)
12 Aerosmith – You See Me Crying (Toys In The Attic – 1975)
13 Midlake – Small Mountain (The Courage Of Others – 2010)
14 John Williams – Vivaldi- Concerto For Lute in D Major- II- Largo Rv 93
15 Ludovico Einaudi – I Giorni (I Giorni – 2002)
16 Tallis Scholars- If Ye Love Me
17 The Cambridge Singers – Rheinberger – Abendlied
18 Loud Exit – Out Of Hibernation (Loud Exit – 2018)
19 Vibrasphere – Tierra Azul (Nordlight Remix)

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Mental Health Matters | Fitness In Mind & Good Guys 2 Great Men | Series 2, Episode 6

Welcome to Episode 6 of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM. You can listen to the whole episode here:

Fitness In Mind – Chris & Evie

First of all it was lovely to speak to Phoenix FM’s own Chris Hood, who also works for Fitness In Mind at the Brentwood Centre in Essex. It is an initiative designed to promote, encourage and provide physical activity as an aid to mental wellbeing.

Chris enjoyed being on the other side of the microphone for a change, receiving questions and describing the services they’re able to provide. We spoke of their origin, funding and how successful the scheme has been in helping people out of difficult circumstances and isolation.

We were able to hear a success story first hand, because joining Chris to share her experience of how it works was Evie. She spoke enthusiastically of how she was able to come from a low point after a breakdown and never consider entering a gym or class, to now enjoying them and feeling positive of her progress. In fact, she is so positive about her experiences and is able to describe it so well, that it is clear she would be a great ambassador for the initiative.

As well of the benefits of physical exercise and the feeling of achievement of completing a course, one of the main benefits I picked up on was the feeling of community that develops when people come together with shared experiences and goals. There is soon a comfort and strength in numbers and camaraderie that continues after the course finishes. I’ve spoken about this on previous episodes of the podcast, where isolation is more common in our society, surely a major cause of mental health issues. Living in a small community, or ‘tribe’ is something I advocate and I certainly have felt better since bringing myself out of isolation and once again returning to circles of friends once again.

Here is their website where you can learn more and also find out how to register for the next 12 week course in April:
http://www.brentwood-centre.co.uk/sport-and-leisure/fitness-in-mind

Also included in this episode is another conversation I was looking forward to recording ever since I first saw Steve Horsmon’s videos on his Good Guys 2 Great Men YouTube channel.

A bit like the isolation I mentioned above, issues in relationships have a major effect on our mental wellbeing. I know from my own experience of how upset, even distraught I have felt in moments after a break up, or the heartache that can come from the yearnings for that someone special you wish to be with. I also see it around me, with those my age feeling similar yearnings as they continue to get older and don’t have that special someone they’d like by their side. Or conversely, have had relationships or marriages broken up, perhaps after many years, with the trauma and loss that can bring.

Steve’s coaching work helps people through these problems. A lot of it is based around changing our perspective, focussing on what we want to create in our lives, such as love, joy, happiness and success.

I was able to record an online conversation with Steve and his UK based colleague Dan Dore, who both wonderfully described what they do and how they are able to help. It was also a big turning point for me, because it meant I had to be more honest and open ‘on the air’ than I have been in the past. Since starting this podcast, and indeed at other times on my other Musical Meanderings music show, there have been limits to what I’ve shared of my own experiences or things personal to me. But to help illustrate points for Steve and Dan to describe their work, I provided specific examples of issues I have been having with relationships- in finding them and maintaining them. Indeed, also why I was focussed on that on not other areas of my life. I found it very healing and has already helped me in my work and removed a restriction in communicating and sharing.

The topics that we covered include how important it is to realise that you’re ok right in this moment, how expectations can build in resentments in relationships and examples of their coaching, such as where they encourage writing and describing your guiding principles and values you have and want to create in your life.

Find out more on their website:
http://goodguys2greatmen.com/goodguys/

And here is Steve’s YouTube channel where I discovered him:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC13h36xaBvyTPVAES4-4rXw

Also, here is where you can find Steve’s book that he mentions during our conversation. It has great results on its own and often helps people enough to not even need the coaching:
https://www.amazon.com/Straight-Talk-Tools-Desperate-Husband-ebook/dp/B0775GSLMT

Here is the article mentioned in the mental health news:
https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/breathing-techniques-coherent-calm-mind-minutes-mental-health-yoga-benefits-a8259146.html

Here are the songs played:
Sarah McLachlan – In the arms of an angel (Surfacing – 1997)

Joni Mitchell – A Case Of You (Blue – 1971)

Solar Fields – The Missing (Origin #2 – 2006)

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 8th March 2018

This week it was lovely to celebrate some beautiful female vocals with the likes of Windhand, Sarah McLachlan and Nicole Atkins, but also hearing from Tanya Donelly again.

Also, I celebrated some more live music, also with Nicole Atkins, speaking about her recent UK tour which has just finished and the coming of Obituary in London on Saturday and Night Ranger on Sunday. Also, recently in Manchester was the Riffolution Festival, which hosted the likes of Oak, Trevor’s Head, Wychhound and 1968, so it was lovely to mention during the show.

You can listen to it here:

Here is the playlist for 22nd February 2018, including links to download and more information where available.
1. Windhand – Forest Clouds (Griefs Infernal Flower – 2015)
2. Wychhound – Hourglass (Wychhound EP – 2015)
3. Obituary – Back To One (The End Complete – 1992)
4. Soundgarden – Superunknown (Superunknown – 1994)
5. Dinosaur Jr – Feel The Pain (Without a Sound – 1994)
6. Tanya Donelly – Mass Ave (Swan Song Vol.1 – 2016)
7. The Leisure Society – Although We All Are Lost (Into The Murky Water – 2011)
8. Natalie Merchant – Seven Years (Tigerlily – 1995)
9. Sarah McLachlan – In the arms of an Angel (Surfacing – 1997)
10. Lonesome Sisters – When The Angels Call My Name (Follow Me Down – 2006)
11. India Arie – Ready for love (Miami Vice Soundtrack – 2006)
12. Nicole Atkins – The Way It Is (Neptune City – 2007)
13. Future Islands – Seasons (Singles – 2014)
14. Night Ranger – Sentimental Street (Seven Wishes – 1985)
15. Credence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Pendulum – 1970)
16. Joni Mitchell – A Case Of You (Blue – 1971)
17. Don McLean – Vincent (Starry Starry Night) (American Pie – 1971)
18. Bon Iver – Re: Stacks (For Emma, Forever Ago – 2007)
19. Mooncake – Rain in the Ashtray (More Oxygen, I Said – 2007)
20. Fjord – A Breath as a Promise (Portrait for a Reflection – 2016)
21. Solar Fields – The Missing (Origin #2 – 2006)

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Phil Campbell ATBS | Neil Starr Interview – Musical Meanderings 22nd February 2018

Legendary Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell has had a side project for a few years with his sons Todd, Dane and Tyla. After the sad passing of Lemmy, he had time to reflect and decide what he wanted to pursue next. He chose to make the band his next full time project and they’ve just released their first full album together- The Age Of Absurdity.

It was a great chance for him to start from a blank slate creatively and experiment with different musical styles, including blues rock in songs like Dark Days. But there is still his trademark riff sound throughout. Also, he greatly enjoys playing in a band with his sons and it has helped as part of his process of getting over the loss of his friend Lemmy and his time in Motörhead.

In tonight’s show I enjoyed sharing a conversation with the singer in the band Neil Starr. During the interview we spoke about his involvement, the path of creating the album and enjoying the different musical styles. Also and how they’re looking forward to playing more live gigs, including the upcoming tour supporting Ugly Kid Joe and then their own dates sometime after.

You can hear the conversation during the show available on my mixcloud page:

Or the interview via my soundcloud page:

The show also included more of the usual meanderings, including adventures in soul, with a recent song by Thundercat, some post rock including Ruins! Ruins! and Arsiesys, memories of my youth with Natalie Merchant and Loudon Wainwright III and even an opportunity for some worship with Hillsong United.

Here is the playlist for 22nd February 2018, including links to download and more information where available.
1 Ruins!Ruins! – Kurta (Mammrock – 2017)
2 Sejd – Irrbloss (Sejd – 2015)
3 Boris – Window Shopping (Heavy Rocks – 2011)
4 Orange Goblin – Land Of Secret Dreams (Frequencies From Planet 10)
5 Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons – Ringleader (Age Of Absurdity – 2018)
6 Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons – Dark Days (Age Of Absurdity – 2018)
7 Motörhead – Motörhead (Motörhead – 1977)
8 John B Wells – Western Man (Single – 2015)
9 Arsiesys – Why Do You Leave Me So Soon (Until The End Of The World – 2012)
10 Soulsavers – Longest Day (The Light The Dead See – 2012)
11 Thundercat – Show You The Way (Drunk – 2017)
12 King Creosote – You Just Want (Astronaut Meets Appleman – 2016)
13 Lonesome Sisters – Over The Sea (The Lonesome Sisters – 2005)
14 Loudon Wainwright – A Father And A Son (History – 1992)
15 Natalie Merchant – River (Tigerlily – 1995)
16 Hillsong United – What A Beautiful Name
17 Vibrasphere – Forever Imaginary (Exploring The Tributaries – 2007)

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 1st February 2018

A return to more traditional meanderings with a journey from a heavy start. through singer-songwriter music to classical music.

Also celebrating guitarists briefly with Joe Satriani and Zakk Wylde after a lovely guitar laden post rock song by Ohgod.

Hear it again here:

Here is the playlist for 1st February 2018, including links to download and more information where available.
1 Synopsys – Morning In The Wilderness (Le Temps Du Rêve – 2017)
2 Windhand – Kingfisher (Grief’s Infernal Flower – 2015)
3 Dozer- Big Sky Theory
4 High on Fire- 10,000 years (The Art Of Self Defence)
5 Iceberg Theory – Quiet Water (I See Land – 2013)
6 Ohgod – Kepler (The Great Silence – 2017)
7 Zakk Wylde – Lost Prayer (Book Of Shadows II – 2016)
8 Joe Satriani – I Believe (Flying In A Blue Dream – 1989)
9 Billy Bragg & Wilco – California Stars (Mermaid Avenue – 1998)
10 Sigur Ros – Hrafntinna (Kveikur)
11 Bon Iver – re: stacks (For Emma, Forever Ago – 2007)
12 Abide With Me -King-s College Choir- Cambridge
13 James Horner – All systems go, The Launch (Apollo 13 Soundtrack)
14 Idil Biret – Chopin- Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37, No. 1
15 Cocteau Twins & Harold Budd- Why Do You Love Me? (The Moon And The Melodies)
16 Vibrasphere – Ensueno (Exploring The Tributaries)
17 Solar Fields – Sky Trees (Movements – 2009)

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Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM | Mindfulness, Philosophy & Growth | Series 2, Episode 5

Welcome to the latest episode of the Mental Health Matters podcast. You can listen to it here:

It features conversations with Youtube creator ‘Wild Thing‘ and Brentwood based Mindfulness teacher Myra Mchale.

Wild Thing‘ is a Youtube creator who posts videos talking about and sharing his experiences with personal growth and mental healing. Much of it is described from a philosophical perspective, but also very grounded and easy to hear and feel how it applies to our lives and what we’ve been through.

He offers his e-mail address to get in touch and have a Skype session to talk about what is on your mind. He is open, listens and reflects back what his understanding is of what he hears.

I got in touch with him to record a conversation for the podcast, but also to see what he could be able to help with. On that note the recording begins with a sort of testimonial of the skype session we just had. I was curious to how it would go and what he would be able to share and help with. I included that part as I thought it might provide some explanation of how he is able to help you should you wish.

The conversation then unfolded where I learned more about his perspectives on life and the human condition, and what ultimately led him to spread his word on Youtube.

His channel is here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfSQ…

Get in touch with him here: wildthing@believeinparadise.com

It is wonderful to share an interview I had the pleasure of recording with local Mindfulness Teacher and Practitioner Myra McHale, based near Brentwood, Essex.

During the conversation we heard about her background, why she chose to pursue mindfulness, it’s benefits and the teachers who inspired her.

Here is where you can find out more about Myra, her work and how to book a session: http://myramchale.com

Here are the links to the mental health news items I mentioned during the show:

The pressures and effects of living in London:
https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-to-over-come-workplace-anxiety-expert-tips-a3739566.html

The pandemic of mental health issues with children spreading throughout schools:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5360497/Secondary-schools-mental-health-staff.html

The lack of physical activities in girls leading to poor mental health and low aspirations:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/girls-physical-activity-lack-mental-health-aspirations-levels-boys-women-comparison-gender-a8185271.html

Here are the songs played:
The Eurythmics – Miracle Of Love (Revenge – 1986)

Solar Fields – Sky Trees (Movements – 2009)

Maneesh De Moor – Chidananda (Om Deeksha – 2007)

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

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