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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)

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)

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)

Corrosion Of Conformity | Reed Mullin Interview – Musical Meanderings 18th January 2018

During the holiday season it was wonderful to record a phone conversation with Reed Mullin of Corrosion Of Conformity. In fact it was on Christmas eve as they were flying out on Boxing Day to meet Zakk Wylde and join the tour with Black Label Society.

You can hear the show here:

During the interview we spoke about how much they’re enjoying being back together and creating the new album ‘No Cross No Crown’. They continue to have a big, grooving sound and Reed spoke about how great it was to still be working with John Custer, their ‘fifth Beatle’.

We also spoke about their origins, such as how Slayer helped get them signed, the evolution of music through the eighties and nineties. And how they almost worked with Dave Grohl to do some work with his sound city studio for the new album, though it wasn’t needed in the end as they were so happy with what they recorded locally in Mike Dean’s studio.

He was also looking forward to playing in London again. We talked about the venues they’ve played and lamented some of the ones that have closed that Reed remembered fondly, such as also gigs he’s seen such as Faith No More at the Brixton Academy.

During the conversation I played the first two singles from the new No Cross No Crown album- Wolf Named Crow and The Luddite, then also one of my favourites of theirs- Albatross (written by Reed) and the song which introduced me to them- ‘Vote With A Bullet’.

Here is the playlist for 18th January 2018 (links to more information and where to buy where available)
1. Faith No More – From Out Of Nowhere (Live at the Brixton Academy – 1990)
2. Soundgarden – Hands All Over (Louder Than Love – 1989)
3. Black Sabbath – Tomorrow’s Dream (Volume 4 – 1972)
4. Ozzy Osborne – Desire (No More Tears – 1991)
5. Zakk Wylde – Lost Prayer (Book Of Shadows II – 2016)
6. Nebula – Freedom (To The Centre – 1999)
7. Corrosion Of Conformity – Wolf Named Crow (No Cross No Crown – 2018)
8. Corrosion Of Conformity – Albatross (Deliverance – 1994)
9. Corrosion Of Conformity – The Luddite (No Cross No Crown – 2018)
10. Corrosion Of Conformity – Vote With A Bullet (Blind – 1991)
11. Foo Fighters – Everlong (The Colour And The Shape – 1997)
12. Vy Pole – V (Untitled Album – 2013)
13. Mooncake – Rain in the Ashtray (More Oxygen, I Said – 2007)
14. Solar Fields – Sky Trees (Movements – 2009)

Black Orchids | Live In The Studio | Musical Meanderings 11th January 2018

Wonderful to have live musical guests to launch powerfully into 2018. The Black Orchids, Kay Elizabeth, Magnus Box, Alain Duchesne and Brian Hedemann, joined me live in the studio in Brentwood to talk about the recording of the new album and shared a couple of songs from it- Still Remains and The Wonder.

You can hear it all again here:

We also reflected on the previous release ‘Blood Moon‘ and any changes in the song writing and production styles, especially with the help of producer John Moon.

Their Facebook:



As well as their music I also started the show with a song by Motörhead- Killed By Death, celebrating the life of ‘Fast’ Eddy Clarke who passed away today. Also, as the conversation unfolded, we talked about musical influences, such as the heavy music I’ve enjoyed with Kay, such as Windhand and there were a couple of contributions by Magnus who shared a song from his other project Sparkle Darkly as well as a song he enjoyed by another band he came across Ringo Deathstarr.


Also, here is the post rock youtube channel I mentioned, ‘WherePostRockDwells‘:

Here is the playlist for 11th January 2018 (including links for more information and where to buy where available)
1. Motörhead – Killed By Death
2. Alice In Chains – Dam That River (Dirt)
3. Grottos – Pendulum (Catch The Breeze EP – 2012)
4. Moby – New Dawn Fades (Heat Soundtrack)
5. Black Orchids – Obscure Vision (Blood Moon EP – 2015)
6. Black Orchids – Still Remains
7. Black Orchids – Blood Moon (Blood Moon EP – 2015)
8. Windhand – Hyperion (Grief’s Infernal Flower – 2015)
9. Alcest – Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles (Les Voyages De L’ame – 2012)
10. Black Orchids – The Wonder
11. Ringo Deathstarr – Guilt (Pure Mood – 2015)
12. The Sweetest Ache – Briaris (Jaguar – 1990)
13. The Mystery Of The Bulgarian voicesa Feat. Lisa Gerrard – Pora Sotunda (Single- 2018)
14. Sparkle Darkly – Velvet Glove
15. Sejd – Båtsman (Sejd – 2015)
16. Bark Psychosis – All Different Things (All Different Things EP – 1990)

Black Orchids

2018 Launch – Musical Meanderings 4th January 2018

A dual celebration – remembering highlights of 2017 and looking forward to what’s ahead in 2018.

Enjoying the new music I discovered, such as the explorations of the post rock and doom metal genres, such as Tempus and Fjord, and also highlighting my song of the year- Pallbearer- A Plea For Understanding and my album of the year- 1968 – Fortuna Havana.

Also looking ahead to upcoming gigs in 2018, such as Myrkur, Crowbar and Obituary.

I looked at what I learned about the variations in forms of expression in artists such as Dorthia Cottrell– I played a song from her solo project along with her fronting doom metal band Windhand. Similarly, I discovered an artist from Denmark- Amelia Bruun who has done the same. I played a song of hers, then from her other more well known project- Myrkur from the new album Mareidt which she is promoting during her current tour. She is playing in Bethnal Green on the 22nd.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready for a fantastic 2018! Here’s to all the music we will be enjoying.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 28th December 2017 (including links to more information or purchasing where available)
1 Tempus – Tuvia (Hymn For The Courageous – 2017)
2 Fjord – Phoenix (Portrait for a Reflection – 2016)
3 Sleep – Sonic Titan (Live – 2013)
4 Yuri Gagarin – The Big Rip (Yuri Gagarin 2014 Remix)
5 1968 – Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
6 Pallbearer – A Plea For Understanding (Heartless – 2017)
7 Crowbar – Self Inflicted (Crowbar – 1993)
8 Windhand – Summon The Moon (Windhand – 2012)
9 Dorthia Cottrell – Gold (Dorthia Cottrell – 2015)
10 Goldmund – Threnody (The Malady Of Elegance – 2008)
11 Lucy Claire & Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon (Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon – 2016)
12 The Last Sighs Of The Wind – Your Wave Caresses Me (We Are Trees – 2017)
13 Desperate Journalist – Be Kind (Grow Up – 2017)
14 Amalie Bruun – Siren (Crush EP – 2012)
15 Myrkur – Ulvinde (Mareidt – 2017)
16 Saturnus – I Long (Veronika Decides To Die – 2006)
18 I/O – To Everyone I Could Have Loved & All The Places We Could Have Called Home (Anyone, Anywhere – 2017)

Christmas 2017 – Musical Meanderings 21st December 2017

Celebrating the end of 2017 and the holiday season with some of the highlights of the year and the music I discovered.

You can listen to it again here:

Here is the playlist for 21st December 2017 (including links to more information or purchasing where available)
1. Yuri Gagarin – First Orbit (Yuri Gagarin – 2014 Remix)
2. Fjord – There is Life inside this Sapphire (Portrait for a Reflection – 2016)
3. Corrosion Of Conformity – Wolf Named Crow (No Cross No Crown – 2018)
4. Vista Chino – Dargona Dargona (Peace – 2013)
5. Kyuss – Gardenia (Welcome To Sky Valley – 1994)
6. Crippled Black Phoenix – How We Rock (No Sadness Or Farewell – 2012)
7. Raintimes – Forever Gone (Raintimes – 2017)
8. Night Ranger – Running Out Of Time (Don’t Let Up – 2017)
9. The Mystery Of The Bulgarian Voices Feat. Lisa Gerrard – Pora Sortunda
10. I/O – Alternates (Anyone, Anywhere – 2017)
11. Oh Hiroshima – Ellipse (In Silence We Yearn – 2015)
12. Paint The Sky Red – Victory (Not All Who Wonder Are Lost – 2015)
13. Pictures From Nadira – Por la Noche (Nadira – 2016)
14. We Shine Every Night – Guiding Hand (All Shall Rise, All Shall Prosper – 2017)
15. Stars Of The Lid – December Hunting For Vegetarian F**kface (And Their Refinement Of The Decline – 2007)

Barren Moon – Musical Meanderings 30th November 2017

Eleventh Vibration

Lucy Claire

Lucy Claire

A return to more traditional meanderings, featuring new examples of some of the post rock I’ve being learning about recently. In this case from Russia, such as Eleventh Vibration, Siberia* and We Shine Every Night.

Then I also somehow ventured from some blues based rock of Raging Slab and Richie Kotzen through a mini melancholic theme featuring alt country such as My Morning Jacket through to the gentle beauty of Lucy Claire and Daniel Lanois.

Thanks again to the ‘Where Post Rock Dwells’ YouTube channel for the help in discovering some of the new music:

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 30th November 2017 (including links to buy or find out more where available)
1. Eleventh Vibration – Nature (Illusions – 2016)
2. Wychhound – Hourglass (Wychhound EP – 2015)
3. Boris – Riot Sugar (Heavy Rocks – 2011)
4. 1968 – Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
5. Obituary – Platonic Disease (Back From The Dead 1997)
6. Dinosaur Jr. – Watch The Corners (I Bet On Sky – 2012)
7. Richie Kotzen – Something To Say (Something To Say – 1997))
8. Raging Slab – Gracious (Sing Monkey Sing – 1996)
9. Jackson Browne – Sleep’s Dark And Silent Gate (The Pretender – 1976)
10. My Morning Jacket – I Needed It Most (At Dawn – 2001)
11. Daniel Lanois – Desert Rose (Belladonna – 2005)
12. Ulaan Khol – Sunset, 2am (Los Angeles EP – 2012)
13. King Creosote & John Hopkins – Your Own Spell (Diamond Mine – 2011)
14. Lucy Claire- Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon (Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon – 2016)
15. Elliot Smith – Stupidity Tries (Figure 8 – 2000)
16. Alice In Chains – Down In A Hole (Dirt – 1992)
17. Windhand – Hesperus (Grief’s Infernal Flower – 2015)
18. Alcest – Délivrance (Shelter – 2014)
19. Siberia* – She Is The Universe (Kaleidoscope – 2015)
20. We Shine Every Night – Guiding Hand (All Shall Rise, All Shall Prosper – 2017)

Ellie Parsons from Billericay Choral Society

Billericay Choral SocietyOn Tuesday 21st November, I was able to fill in for Michelle Ward on Eat My Brunch on Phoenix FM which gave me the chance to speak to Ellie Parsons, Musical Director with the Billericay Choral Society.

She popped into the studio to talk about their latest production- a wonderful version of Handel’s Messiah this coming Saturday the 25th November at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Great Burstead.

We spoke about her journey in becoming Musical Director with the choir, how often they meet and what goes on behind the scenes to make such a production happen.

You can listen to the conversation again here:

Ellie Parsons

You can find out more about the Billericay Choral society here, including upcoming productions and how to get involved and join here:

And where to find tickets for the production:

And you can find out more about Ellie here:

Jay Matharu – Musical Meanderings 16th November 2017

Jay MatharuAnother enjoyable Musical Meanderings and a great full circle moment as I have the pleasure of sharing a conversation with an artist who was my first ever interview on Phoenix FM.

Jay Matharu is a wonderful and accomplished guitarist and I first met him when he sent me a CD of one of his previous projects, Mahavira only two weeks after I had started Musical Meanderings. I remember recording the conversation by the canal in Camden after we arranged to meet.

Jay Matharu

Jay Matharu

His life has taken various turns since then, including a move to Sweden with his wife almost ten years ago. After finding some outlets for playing out there, he noticed that he had a lull in his creative output for himself. He then found a way of pushing out of it, which was then the path of creating his new, solo album- These Clouds Are So Undisciplined!

You will find out the process of how he did during the conversation, along with the origins of the album name and also how he was able to arrange the collaborations on the album with wonderful musicians, including Nili Brosh, Ponch Satrio and Andreas Boliden. I included the songs featuring them during the conversation.

Speaking to Jay then made it easy to organise the other music I played during the show as it allowed me to share some songs featuring some of my favourite rock and metal guitarists over the years, including Dinosaur Jr, Joe Satriani and Pallbearer. I also ‘book ended’ the show with a couple of post-rock songs from bands I’ve been playing over recent weeks as I spoke with Jay about enjoying a lot of artists in that genre- Sound Architects and I/O.

You can listen to it all again here:

You can listen to the interview on its own here:

Here is the playlist for 16th November 2017 (Including links to purchase where available)
1. Sound Architects – 1972 (In Time of Need – 2017)
2. Dinosaur Jr. – Get Me (Where You Been? – 1993)
3. Joe Satriani – I Believe (Flying In A Blue Dream – 1989)
4. Testament – The Legacy (Souls Of Black – 1990)
5. Marty Friedman – Saturation Point (Dragon’s Kiss – 1988)
6. PALLBEARER – Watcher In The Dark (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
7. Jay Matharu – Ascent (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
8. Jay Matharu – Illumination (feat. Ponch Satrio) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
9. Jay Matharu – Kaleidoscope (feat. Andreas Boliden) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
10. Jay Matharu – Breathe In, Breathe Out (feat. Nili Brosh) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
11. I/O – 60 – South (Anyone, Anywhere – 2017)