Category Archives: Musical Meanderings

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.

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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)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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)

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Sonic Titan – Musical Meanderings 17th August 2017

Sleep

Sleep

A return to a heavier perspective on tonight’s show with the return to some doom/ stoner rock via a couple of examples of old thrash metal in Sepultura and Obituary.

It was a platform to play some of the music I’ve found and enjoying recently in Oak, 1968 and Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters. Also to diver to some of the “Post-rock’ music I’ve been finding and enjoying recently. I talked about how I feel about that as a genre name and what it means to me and also the form of expression. The kind of picture that can be painted without words, just with soundscapes and melodic guitar.

OakThis also brought me to talk about some of the evocative band names and song titles I’ve spoken about in recent shows. It was no different tonight with examples by Tehran’s False Horizon and the title ‘I’ve Fallen For You’ and ‘Your Wave Caresses Me’ by the wonderful band I’ve recently discovered and enjoyed, The Last Sighs Of The Wind. It’s a pleasure to feel where your mind takes you with those expressions.

A much deserved thank you to the YouTube page WherePostRockDwells which has been an amazing resource.

WindhandSpeaking of expressing, there was a lovely example of contrast tonight. Not only was there the soundscapes of the post-rock music I was playing, but also what can be expressed with singer-songwriter music, then a big heavy metal sound. In this case via just one artist, Dorthia Cottrell. I played a piece of her solo work, then a different way she can express via the metal band she is in, Windhand.

I also touched on some live music again. Not just the mighty live songs I played at the start with Sleep and Sepultura, but also highlights of live music coming up in London, featuring tonight Black Orchids and The Cortège who are playing big gigs in Camden and Deptford respectively. The Cortège will be featuring at a big bank holiday ‘Nestival’ weekend at the Birds Nest on the Sunday. The event runs all weekend from Friday to Monday, with Musical Meanderings stalwarts Sabatta also featuring on the Friday.

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 17th August 2017
1. Sleep – Sonic Titan (Live – 2013)
2. Sepultura – Inner Self (Live)
3. ObituaryVisions In My Head (Inked In Blood – 2014)
4. Oak – Mirage (Oak II – 2016)
5. Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters – Earth Hog (Earth Hog – 2015)
6. 1968Vorpal (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
7. Black OrchidsObscure Vision (Blood Moon EP – 2016)
8. The CortègeStarting Gun (Love & Land – 2016)
9. Mogwai – We’re No Here (Mr. Beast – 2006)
10. Sound Architects – Icarus (In Time of Need – 2017)
11. False HorizonI’ve Fallen For You (Transition – 2017)
12. Distant Dream – A Touch Of The Sky (It All Starts From Pieces – 2017)
13. The Last Sighs Of The Wind Your Wave Caresses Me (We Are Trees – 2017)
14. Lonesome SistersDeep Water (Deep Water – 2012)
15. Dorthia CottrellVessell (Dorthia Cottrell – 2015)
16. WindhandSummon The Moon (Windhand – 2012)
17. PallbearerA Plea For Understanding (Heartless – 2017)

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Reflection – Musical Meanderings 10th August 2017

Desperate Journalist - Grow Up

Desperate Journalist – Grow Up

A return to the usual time slot on a Thursday. But perhaps as a result, or just how the week went, the musical journey was a different one than expected.

It was about to be a bit heavier, but then some reflection from perhaps a tired perspective brought me to play some more mellow, perhaps melancholic music I enjoyed when I was younger. Perhaps from a time when I was delving into such music for too long, keeping myself in those frequencies rather than brief visits to embrace feelings, then let them go.

It was lovely to hear them tonight from that perspective and enjoy them with fresh ears as it were.

Songs that I listened too from Frank Black, The Antlers and Jeff Buckley don’t hold the same power as they once did. But I can enjoy them and recognise the feelings they represented and still resonate when I bring my attention there.

iiah - Voyagers

iiah – Voyagers

This is also reflected in some of the music I still discover, such as in the ‘post-rock’ genre I discussed a bit during the show. There is a lovely scale/grandness to the music, but also a melancholic and inward thinking type edge to it. I will be examining the style over the coming weeks, but tonight I enjoyed playing great examples from Synopsys and iiah. You will find Bandcamp links in the track listings, along with some of the artists I played.

The Antlers at Latitude 2012

The Antlers at Latitude 2012

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 10th August 2017
1. Desperate Journalist Resolution (Grow Up – 2017)
2. Planet of Zeus – Macho Libre (Macho Libre -2011)
3. Alcest – Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles (Les Voyages De L’ame – 2012)
4. Synopsys – Morning In The Wilderness (Le Temps Du Rêve -2017)
5. Mt. Mountain – Freida (Cosmos Terros – 2016)
6. Boris – Window Shopping (Heavy Rocks – 2011)
7. iiah – Voyagers (Distances – 2017)
8. Madrugada – Sirens (Industrial Silence – 1999)
9. John Trudell & Bad Dog (Undercurrent (Live A Fip – 2003)
10. Immortal Technique – Eyes In The Sky (The Martyr – 2011)
11. The Mother Hips – Time We Had (Kiss The Crystal Flake – 2007)
12. Brandi Carlile – Again Today (The Story – 2007)
13. Bobby Whitlock – The Scenery Has Slowly Changed (Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way – 1972)
14. Blue King Brown – Babylon A Fall (feat. The Congos) (Born Free – 2014)
15. The Antlers – Kettering (Hospice – 2009)
16. Frank Black – I Burn Today (Honeycomb – 2005)
17. The Last Town Chorus – Huntsville, 1989 (Wire Waltz – 2006)
18. Jeff Buckley – Morning Theft (Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk – 1998)
19. King Creosote & John Hopkins – Bats In The Attic (Diamond Mine – 2011)
20. Love – Live & Let Live (Forever Changes – 1967)
21. Iron & Wine – Walking Far From Home (Kiss Each Other Clean – 2011)

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Earlier – Musical Meanderings 27th July 2017

Black Orchids at Afropunk

Black Orchids at Afropunk

An earlier intervention of Musical Meanderings, where I continued to enjoy the new Thursday evening, but this time a 6 o’clock start to prepare for heading straight to the Standon Calling festival after. This allowed me to enjoy the theme of some of the great music I’ve been hearing at festivals this year and some highlights of the past few years, including recent stalwarts Desperate Journalist and also the Black Orchids who performed at the Afropunk festival in London the previous weekend.

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Also during the show I played music by bands I enjoyed meeting recently, including 1968, who organised a great gig up in Chester where they invited Sabatta to join them. They’re a wonderful blend of riff heavy stoner rock with the right mix of the blues. I was able to see them again recently at a multi band day at the Black Heart in Camden organised by Oak who are also a wonderful, heavy stoner rock type band, who also blend in the right amounts of psychedelia.

You can listen to the show again here:

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Here is the playlist for 27th July 2017
1. Band of Horses – The Funeral (Everything All The Time – 2006)
2. Desperate JournalistHollow (Grow Up – 2017)
3. The Black Crowes – Horse Head (By Your Side – 1998)
4. Glasvegas – It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry (Glasvegas – 2008)
5. The Allman Brothers Band – Leave My Blues At Home (Idlewild South – 1970)
6. Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies – Sister Mercy (The Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies – 1993)
7. Loudon Wainwright III – A Father And A Son (History – 1992)
8. Midlake – Small Mountain (The Courage Of Others – 2010)
9. Gill LandryWaiting For Your Love (Gill Landry – 2015)
10. Beach House – Zebra (Teen Dream – 2010)
11. The Beautiful Girls – Cash Money (Learn Yourself – 2003)
12. Raging Slab – Ain’t Ugly None (Dynamite Boogie Concert – 1993)
13. Audioslave – Show Me How Live (Audioslave – 2002)
14. Clutch – D.C. Sound Attack (Earth Rocker – 2013)
15. Monster Truck – Don’t Tell Me How To Live (Sittin’ Heavy – 2016)
16. 1968Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
17. Oak – Against The Rain (Oak II – 2016)
18. Corrosion Of Conformity – Clean My Wounds (Deliverance – 1994)
19. Somali Yacht Club – Loom (The Sun – 2015)
20. Dinosaur Jr. – Rude (I Bet On Sky – 2012)
21. Black OrchidsBlood Moon (Blood Moon EP – 2016)
22. SabattaMiddle Of The Night (Middle Of The Night – 2016)
23. Bon Iver – re: Stacks (For Emma, Forever Ago – 2007)

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Tom Grennan – Phoenix FM at Standon Calling 2017

Tom Grennan

Tom Grennan

Another artist I was able to speak to before he performed at Standon Calling was Tom Grennan. It was a great chance to hear how much he enjoys playing festivals- with the immediate feedback from the crowd and how he is able to let himself go and allow his words and music to flow back out to them. A cycle of energy I’ve touched on before in some previous conversations.

He noticed the contrast between playing at festivals and his earlier gigs and how he is so grateful for his journey and opportunities to be there. A wonderful example of staying present and enjoying moment to moment.

 

 

 

 

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Fickle Friends – Phoenix FM at Standon Calling 2017

Fickle Friends

Fickle Friends

The second day at Standon Calling and it was a pleasure to meet and speak to a band after they arrived at the festival and fresh before they played.

Fickle Friends have been busy and playing at many festivals over the summer and had just arrived from Kendal Calling this morning. I spoke to Naty and Jack about their festival adventures and their progress with live dates in general, from the many dates they’ve played around the UK establishing themselves, to this festival season.

We also talked about their journey together, from how they got into music, met each other studying it in Brighton and how their relationship together has grown to become a creative almost family. Where they’re now looking forward to future adventures, recording their album and future tours, back around the UK, to then Europe and beyond.

You can hear my conversation with them here:

Fickle Friends

Fickle Friends

 

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Lucy Spraggan – Phoenix FM at Standon Calling 2017

Lucy Spraggan played a wonderful set on the main stage at the Standon Calling festival and it was a pleasure to record a conversation with her when she finished. She had great fun engaging with the audience, lighting them up on the Friday afternoon of the festival.

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Lucy talked about how much she’s been touring, the fun she’s had and the amazing places she’s played at, including a cave. And she talked about her process into becoming a full time singer songwriter, partly caused by her dream of becoming a fire fighter thwarted by a broken leg at a critical moment. There are certainly no regrets now, as writing and singing is what she does.

Also, on that note, as what is becoming a bit of a theme in my conversations, was a discussion on her songwriting process. She also found that it is easy and makes sense to write about herself and experiences and what a great way it is to connect with the shared experiences with the audience. You can hear the conversation here:

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Alex Francis – Phoenix FM at Standon Calling 2017

I spoke to Alex Francis after he finished performance on the main stage of the Standon Calling festival.

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He spoke of how great it was to be performing at a festival in his home county of Hertfordshire and of his background of playing gigs in the area and London, as well as studying and fine tuning his art in Brighton.

Alex has also been fine tuning his songwriting process and talked about how much he enjoys writing with others now, such as his band mates.

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