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Pallbearer – Musical Meanderings 9th November 2017

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost TourA great joy to see Paradise Lost once again at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. The last time was in 1993 during their Icon tour.

What made it better was that on this occasion they were supported by Pallbearer, who I’ve been enjoying a lot over the last couple of years.

Before the show it was wonderful to speak to them and Waltteri from Paradise Lost and share the conversations on tonight’s show.



You can listen to the show again here:

And here you can listen to my conversation with Pallbearer on its own:

PallbearerHere is the playlist for 9th November 2017 (with links to where to purchase where available)
1. Fjord – Phoenix (Portrait for a Reflection – 2016)
2. Oh Hiroshima – Aria (In Silence We Yearn – 2015)
3. Iah – Eclipsum (Iah – 2017)
4. Paradise Lost – True Belief (Icon – 1993)
5. Paradise Lost – Erase (Symbol Of Life – 2002)
6. High On Fire – Sons Of Thunder
7. Windhand – Woodbine (Soma – 2013)
8. Pallbearer – Devoid Of Redemption (Sorrow & Extinction 2012)
9. Pallbearer – The Ghost I Used To Be (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
10. Pallbearer – I Saw The End (Heartless – 2017)
11. Pallbearer – A Plea For Understanding (Heartless – 2017)
12. Bark Psychosis – All Different Things (All Different Things EP – 1990)
22. Paint The Sky Red Red – The Happy Ending Is You (Not All Who Wonder Are Lost – 2015)

Kelly Keagy | Night Ranger Interview – Musical Meanderings 2nd November 2017

Night Ranger

Night Ranger

It was great news when I heard that Night Ranger were releasing a new album ‘Don’t Let Up’ and they were still going strong after more than 35 years.

It was also lovely to see how they continued to share such positivity in their music, such as in the single from the new album ‘Running Out Of Time’ and examples I noted from their 2011 album ‘Somewhere in California’, such as ‘Live For Today’ and ‘Follow Your Heart’.

This topic was thread throughout our conversation and it is a belief of his how important art such as music is at bringing light and positivity to the world amidst what else may be happening.

Kelly also spoke about enjoying a recent change with how him and the band write songs and record together over recent albums. Allowing for a live and spontaneous element into their creations, which also brought some freshness to their time together.

We also covered topics such as how much he enjoys playing live, changes in the music industry and the effects of modern technology.

Find out more about their upcoming tour here:

You can hear it again here:

And the interview on its own is here:

Or on my Soundcloud page:

Here is the playlist for 2nd November 2017
1. Iah – Stolas (Iah – 2017)
2. Windhand – ‘Feral Bones’ LIVE @ Mixtape 5 (2014)
3. A Perfect Circle – By and Down (Stone And Echo – 2013)
4. Aerosmith – Dream On (Aerosmith – 1973)
5. W.A.S.P. – The Idol (The Crimson Idol – 1992)
6. The Law – Miss You In A Heartbeat (The Law – 1991)
7. Asia – Heat of the Moment (Asia – 1982)
8. Night Ranger – Sentimental Street (Seven Wishes – 1985)
9. Night Ranger – Running Out Of Time (Don’t Let Up – 2017)
10. Night Ranger – No Time To Lose Ya (Somewhere In California – 2011)
11. Night Ranger – Somehow, Someway (Don’t Let Up – 2017
12. Night Ranger – Live For Today (Somewhere In California – 2011)
13. Night Ranger – Sister Christian (Midnight Madness – 1983)
14. Hillsong United – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Live)

Big Four – Musical Meanderings 26th October 2017

Metallica played a series of nights at the Millennium Dome this week, which allowed for a playlist which created itself. I got inspired to share some of the music I enjoyed from a peak period of Heavy Metal, namely around 1987/88. Pivotal albums by the ‘Big Four’ bands- Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. But then also other bands had big albums, or even began around that time, such as Iron Maiden and Sepultura.

You can hear it all again here:

Here is the playlist for 26th October 2017
1 Budgie – Breadfan (Never Turn Your Back on a Friend – 1973)
2 Metallica – Master Of Puppets (Master Of Puppets – 1986)
3 Megadeth – Holy Wars…The Punishment Due (Rust In Peace – 1990)
4 Obituary – Dying (Cause Of Death – 1990)
5 Anthrax – Time (Persistence Of Time – 1990)
6 Iron Maiden – Infinite Dreams (Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son – 1988)
7 Sepultra – Arise (Arise – 1991)
8 Slayer – Raining Blood (Decade Of Aggression – 1991)
9 W.A.S.P. – Rebel In The F.D.G. (The Headless Children – 1989)
10 Suicidal Tendencies – If I Don’t Wake Up (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow… – 1988)
11 Motörhead – Motörhead (Motörhead – 1977)
12 Helmet – He Feels Bad (Meantime – 1992)
13 Infectious Grooves – Punk It Up (The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move… – 1991)
14 Downset – Empower (Do We Speak A Dead Language – 1996)
15 Corrosion Of Conformity – Vote With A Bullet (Blind – 1991)
16 Nine Inch Nails – Just Like You Imagined (The Fragile (Left) – 1999)
17 Machine Head – Old (Burn My Eyes – 1994)
18 Life of Agony – Through And Through (River Runs Red – 1993)
19 Monster Magnet – Nod Scene (Spine Of God – 1991)
20 Pallbearer – I Saw The End (Heartless – 2017)
22 Windhand – ‘Woodbine’ LIVE @ Mixtape 5 (2014)
23 Osi And The Jupiter – Landvœttir (Uthuling Hyl – 2017)

Free Fallin’ – Musical Meanderings 12th October 2017

Continuing traditional Meanderings. Including heaviness, celebrating current Windhand tour. Then also the life of Tom Petty.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 12th October 2017 – Click the links where available to find out more and where to buy their music:
1. Soulfly – Prophecy (Prophecy – 2004)
2. The Cortège – Love & Land (Love & Land EP – 2016)
3. Windhand – Summon The Moon (Windhand – 2012)
4. Pallbearer – The Ghost I Used To Be (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
5. Khemmis – The Bereaved (Absolution – 2015)
6. Mogwai – White Noise (Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will – 2011)
7. Alcest – Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles (Les Voyages De L’Âme – 2012)
8. Synopsys – Morning In The Wilderness (Le Temps Du Rêve – 2017)
9. Oh Hiroshima – Holding The Rivers (In Silence We Yearn – 2015)
10. Screamin’ Cheeta Wheelies – Sister Mercy
11. Brandi Carlile – Again Today (The Story – 2007)
12. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Free Fallin’ (Full Moon Fever – 1989)
13. John Denver – Rhymes And Reasons (Rhymes And Reasons – 1969)
14. Blue King Brown – Babylon A Fall (feat. The Congos) (Born Free – 2014)
15. Eurythmics – Miracle Of Love (Revenge – 1986)
16. Pictures From Nadira – Por la Noche (Nadira – 2017)
17. Solar Fields – Falling Shadows (Origin – 2005)

Classical Meanderings – Stepping Out on Phoenix FM 8th October 2017

Returning to stand in for Nigel Fitzmaurice on a Sunday evening, continuing to share some of my favourite classics.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for the 8th October 2017
1. James Whitbourn/ Matthew Berry – John The Apostle (Luc in Tenebris) (Luminosity)
2. Antonio Vivaldi – Autumn from The Four Seasons
3. Idil Biret – Chopin – Variations on a German air (Chopin Box Set)
4. Dvorak – Symphony No.9 in E Major, New World
5. Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (Adagio)
6. Tallis Scholars/ Peter Phillips – Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli – Agnus Dei 1&2 (Live in Rome)
7. Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garded – Prokoviev Dance of the Knights from Romeo & Juliet
8. Elgar – Variations On An Original Theme, Op.36 Enigma
9. Anton Nanut/ Ljubljana Symphony Orchestra – Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
10. Ermanno Mauro & The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Of Canada – Puccini Nessun Dorma From Turandot
11. Barber – Agnus Dei
12. Johann Strauss – Blue Danube Waltz
13. King’s College Choir, Cambridge – Taverner The Lamb
14. James Whitbourn/ Matthew Berry – A Prayer of Desmond Tutu (Luminosity)
15. Vienna Opera Orchestra – Ravel Bolero
16. Salzburg Boys’ Choir & Orchestra – Orff O Fortune From Carmina Burana
17. Beethoven – Symphony #7 In A, Op.92 Allegretto
18. Antonin Dvorak – Op. 90 ‘Dumky’
19. I Fagiolini/ Robert Hollingworth – Striggio Missa Ecco Si Beata Giorno 1&2 (Mass in 40 Parts)
20. Tallis Scholars/ Peter Phillips – Spem In Alium (Live in Rome)

Harvest Moon – Musical Meanderings 5th October 2017

A celebration of the continuing transition into autumn, the Harvest full moon in Aries and the life of Tom Petty. Also, a reminder of the life of Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone and some propaganda, perhaps perpetuated by the media, helpfully assisted by Sepultura.

There was a a traditional meander into some alt-country as well with interventions by Neil Young, Geoff Tweedy’s Wilco and My Morning Jacket.

I had a melancholic meander during the show which was lovely to embrace temporarily, but it was even nicer to be brought back up via a beautiful classic by Stevie Wonder and India Arie, then into a finale featuring I/O and Pictures from Nadira.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 5th October 2017 – Click the links where available to find out more and where to buy their music:
1. Tom Petty – Don’t Come Around Here No More
2. Neil Young – Harvest Moon
3. Mother Love Bone – Heartshine (Stardog Champion – 1992)
4. The Cult – Rain (Love)
5. Sepultura – Propaganda (Chaos A.D.)
6. W.A.S.P. – The Titanic Overture (The Crimson Idol)
7. Mastodon – Oblivion [Instrumental] (Crack The Skye – 2009)
8. High on Fire- 10,000 years (The Art Of Self Defence)
9. System Of A Down – Aerials (Toxicity)
10. Faith No More – Ashes To Ashes (Album Of The Year – 1997)
11. Neil Young – Country Home (Ragged Glory)
12. Wilco – You Satellite (Star Wars)
13. King Creosote & John Hopkins – Bats In The Attic (Diamond Mine)
14. Malojian – All I Need (Simple Life EP)
15. My Morning Jacket – Just One Thing (It Still Moves – 2003)
16. Leonard Cohen – On That Day (Dear Heather – 2004)
17. Richard Hawley – Lady Solitude (Lady’s Bridge – 2007)
18. Stevie Wonder & India Arie – A Time To Love
19. Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers (Blue Bell Knoll – 1988)
20. I/O – South (Anyone, Anywhere 2017)
21. Pictures from Nadira – Por la Noche (Nadira – 2017)

Classical Meanderings – Stepping Out on Phoenix FM 1st October 2017

I covered Nigel Fitzmourice’s Stepping Out show this Sunday evening and took the opportunity to play a lot of the classical music I’ve been enjoying recently. Especially as it is a Sunday and I spoke about what a special day of the week it is for me. The day when we can hopefully relax and be away from the daily grind and also how it is traditionally a sacred day, one of worship.

I played a lot of what I considered to be ‘heavyweights’ of the classical genre, especially of the polyphonic choral music I enjoy so much, some of which was taken from the Cathedral Voices album. Also were examples by the Tallis Scholars and Robert Hollingworth’s I Fagiolini.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 1st October 2017 – Click the links where available to find out more and where to buy:
1. Greig – Morning from Peer Gynt
2. Thomas Tallis – Spem in Alium (Cathedral Voices)
3. Steve Reich/Czech Philharmonic Orchestra – Duet for 2 Violins
4. Craig Armstrong/Paul Bateman & Prague Philharmonic Orchestra – Balcony Scene From Romeo & Juliet
5. Barber – Adagio For Strings, Op. 11
6. I Fagiolini/ Robert Hollingworth – Striggio – Missa Ecco Si Beata Giorno – Credo (Mass in 40 Parts)
7. Dimitri Shostakocich Jr./ Maxim Shostakovic – Piano Concerto #2 In F Op. 102 Andante
8. Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
9. Tallis Scholars/ Peter Phillips – Palestrina – Missa Papae Marcelli – Kyrie (Live In Rome)
10. John Barry – The John Dunbar Theme (Dances With Wolves Soundtrack)
11. Idil Biret – Chopin – Nocturn in G Major, Op. 37 No.2
12. Philip Glass & Lavinia Meijer – Metamorphosis Two – Flowing (Metamorphosis – The Hours)
13. Johann Sebastian Bach – Air on a ‘G’ String
14. Bizet – Les Pecheurs De Perles – Au Fond Du Temple Saint
15. Mascagni – Intermezzo- Cavalleria Rusticana
16. Faure – Requiem – In Paradisium
17. Taverner Consort – Miserere (Cathedral Voices)

Into Autumn – Musical Meanderings 28th September 2017

I’m continuing to enjoy the transition into autumn and celebrated with a gig I enjoyed at the Bird’s Nest in Deptford, organised by Trevor’s Head and featuring Oak, Wychhound and Dead Nectar.

I spoke about Wychhounnd’s change in style to no vocalist and talked about their upcoming gigs. There was more live music talk with Trevor’s Head and I looked forward to seeing Paradise Lost and Pallbearer at the Electric Ballroom in November.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 28th September 2017 – Click the links where available to find out more and where to buy their music:
1. Wychhound – Hourglass (Wychhound EP- 2015)
2. Trevor’s Head – Pan-Galactic Peaceniks (Tricolossus – 2016)
3. OAK – A Bridge Too Far (OAK II – 2016)
4. Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters – Mother Chub (Earth Hog – 2017)
5. Pallbearer – Foundations (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
6. Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf (Master Of Reality – 1971)
7. Sleep – The Clarity (Single – 2014)
8. OM – Thebes (God Is Good – 2009)
9. Mt. Mountain – Elevation (Cosmos Terros – 2016)
10. Yuri Gagarin – Za Kosmosom (Yuri Gagarin – 2014 Remix)
11. Sound Architects – Seismos – (In Time Of Need – 2017)
12. The Last Sighs Of The Wind – Euphoria (We Are Trees – 2017)
13. Pictures from Nadira – Rijl al Awa (Nadira – 2017)
14. I/O – To Everyone I Could Have Loved & All The Places We Could Have Called Home (Anyone, Anywhere – 2017)

August End – Musical Meanderings 31st August 2017

Interesting feeling for a show to land on the last day of August. Even though we’re still technically amongst summer, it can be seen negatively as the time of the end of holidays, the beginning of a colder autumn and the start of school and more work. On tonight’s show I was speaking of it more positively, helped by remembering the last few years when we’ve had glorious Indian summers, with warm weather into October.
But also that change is always good anyway and autumn is one of the more powerful in that regard. A great opportunity for reflection as we go inwards, even physically indoors, and integrate what we’ve learned and experienced during the expansive out and about adventures over the past warmer months.

Playing House at the Reading Festival

Playing House at the Reading Festival

What has helped in this regard has been more festival adventures, with the pleasure of catching up with Playing House once again as they had the pleasure of progressing and playing at the Reading and Leeds festival over the bank holiday weekend. I was able to take them to both and tonight I celebrated by playing another wonderful song from their Jocelyn EP of this year and also the other artists I enjoyed meeting there such as Beth and Lily from IDER who’s song King Ruby I played during the show.

I’ve spoken before on the show about how much I enjoy tight harmonies and particularly female vocals and IDER are a wonderful example of that. After their song, I couldn’t resist playing a song by other favourites and regulars to the show, The Lonesome Sisters.

Before that segment was the recently usual heavy launch into the show and tonight I started with a song by Trippy Wicked And The Cosmic Children Of The Knight who are sadly now on hiatus, but were an early landmark band for me on the road to enjoying more of the recent contemporary heavy/stoner genre, especially from the UK. It was also a great excuse to play songs by 1968 and once again by local favourites Herida who have also been experiencing a hiatus of sorts, but are looking to record new music soon.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 31st August 2017
1. Trippy Wicked & the Cosmic Children of the Knight – Going Home (Going Home)
2. 1968 – Green Sails (1968 EP – 2016)
3. Alcest Autre Temps (Autre Temps – 2011)
4. Anathema – Deep (Judgement – 1999)
5. Herida – Otra Vida (Ghost Of The Sun – 2012)
6. Kyuss – Whitewater (Welcome To Sky Valley)
7. Stone Temple Pilots – Piece Of Pie (Core – 1992)
8. Yuri Gagarin – The Big Rip (Yuri Gagarin 2014 Remix)
9. Distant Dream – Cold Clouds (feat. Mike Salow) (It All Starts From Pieces – 2017)
10. The Last Sighs Of The Wind – Bird’s Song (We Are Trees – 2017)
11. The Inklings – Lady Luck (Rhizomes – 2006)
12. Desperate JournalistYour Genius (Grow Up – 2017)
13. The Czars – Paint The Moon (Goodbye – 2004)
14. Belly – Silverfish (King – 1995)
15. Playing House – Penmere (Jocelyn – 2017)
16. Eurythmics – Miracle Of Love (Revenge – 1986)
17. IDER – King Ruby
18. The Lonesome SistersOh Sleeper (Going Home Shoes – 2004)
19. Joni Mitchell – A Case Of You (Blue – 1971)
20. Rodriguez – I Think Of You (Coming From Reality – 1971)
21. Allen Morgan – Love will find you (Light Tide – 2013)
22. The Whites – Keep On The Sunny Side (O Brother, Where Art Thou? – 2000)

Signs – Musical Meanderings 24th August 2017

It was a return to a more traditional meandering journey tonight. I continued to celebrate August by enjoying a both heavy and melodic blend with some of the new bands I’ve been enjoying recently, such as Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters, Hubris, I/O and The Last Sighs Of The Wind once again.

I tempered that with some of the more traditional rocking of Orange Goblin, Deftones and Senser.

The journey then changed as I enjoyed some more anthemic music, such as Madrugada from Norway and Amaral from Spain into a brief blues type adventure of classic Aerosmith and an even poppier edge with Donnie Ray and Jaye Hammer.

The Cortege

There was even time to celebrate the ‘Nestival’ at the Bird’s Nest in Deptford, London- a 4 day live music extravaganza over the bank holiday weekend, featuring Sabatta on Friday and The Cortège on Sunday.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 24th August 2017
1. Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters – Chopsticks and Bad Meatballs (Earth Hog – 2017)
2. Corrosion Of Conformity – Man Or Ash (Wiseblood – 1996)
3. Deftones – Rosemary (Koi No Yokan – 2012)
4. Orange Goblin – Orange Goblin (Frequencies From Planet 10 – 1997)
5. Senser – Return To Zombie Island (SCHEMAtic – 2004)
6. Madrugada – Sirens (Industrial Silence – 1999)
7. Badmarsh and Shri – Signs (Signs – 2001)
8. Amaral – Hacia Lo Salvaje (Hacia Lo Salvaje – 2011)
9. Playing House – Missing (Jocelyn – 2017)
10. Sabatta – Always You (Middle Of The Night – 2016)
11. Aerosmith – All Your Love (Pandora’s Box – 1977)
12. Donnie Ray, Jaye Hammer – Is She Waiting On You? (I’m The Right Man – 2015)
13. Teenage Fanclub – De La Soul – Fallin’ (Judgement Night Soundtrack – 1993)
14. The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin (Oh My God, Charlie Darwin – 2008)
15. Elliot Smith – Needle In The Hay (Elliot Smith – 1995)
16. Eels – Little Bird (End Times – 2010)
17. Loudon Wainwright III – Prince Hal’s Dirge (BBC Sessions – 1998)
18. Hubris – Deimos to Phobos (Apocryphal Gravity – 2017)
19. The Last Sighs Of The Wind – Bird’s Song (We Are Trees – 2017)
20. Jonsi – Grow Till Tall (Go – 2010)
21. I/O – South (Anyone, Anywhere 2017)