Category Archives: Saturday Breakfast

Antonia Jones is back from her hols – listen to this week’s show (13.8.16)

Antonia Jones is fresh back from her summer hols in Greece with tales to tell, along with a fab playlist featuring some classic throwbacks, including new music from the UK official charts featuring the likes of Jonas Blue,  Calum Scott, and chart-toppers Major Lazer and Justin Bieber. This week’s story of the week was hilarious as it sends out a warning to young holiday makers in love.

 Listen to this week’s show  13 August 2016:

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Catch me next week Saturday from 7am-10am.

Catch up on Saturday Breakfast with Antonia – Summertime is finally here! (23 July)

Catch up on this week’s summer themed show with a selection of songs to celebrate the wonderful season of good weather here in the UK. Other features included hits from the popular Justin Timberlake, a classic mix from the late Amy Winehouse, new music from Britney Spears, Drake and more. Lastly the quirky story of the week came from some of the UK’s population and their obsession with dialling the emergency services to report all sorts of nonsense!

Catch up on this week’s show 23 July 2016:

This week’s playlist:

Sheryl Crow – Summer Day
Stereophonics – Have A Nice Day
Crowded House – Weather With You
Remember The Time – Michael Jackson
B.O.B ft Bruno Mars- Nothin’ On You
Queen – A Kind of Magic
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie
Mariah Carey – Emotions
Kaiser Chiefs – Parachute
Rihanna – Sledgehammer
Shaggy – In The Summertime
Cee Lo Green – Forget You
Anastacia – I’m Outta Love
Mark Ronson – Valerie
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
Will Joseph Cook – Girls Like Me
Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
Britney Spears – Make Me
Drake – One Dance ft. Wizkid & Kyla
Jake Thomas Turnbull – Do Anything
Donna Summer – Hot Stuff
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl
Kent Jones – Don’t Mind
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
One Republic – I Lived
Nathan Sykes feat G-Eazy – Give It Up
Pink – Just Like Fire
Bastille – Good Grief
Beck – Wow
Beyonce – Freedom (ft.Kendrick Lamar)
Tiesto & John Legend – Summer Nights
Justin Bieber – Company
Alicia Keys – In Common

To keep up with the:

  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth

I’ll see you in two weeks on Saturday 13 August, when I return from my summer hols – Enjoy!

 

Antonia Jones interviews Jazzie B at the Brentwood Festival plus your Saturday playlist (16 July 2016)

This week’s Saturday Breakfast Show featured new music and a fresh interview with founding member of Soul II Soul OBE Jazzie B, who performed a live set with his band at the Brentwood Festival 2016.

2016-07-15 Brentwood Festival - Antonia 08 - Antonia and Jazzie B

Listen back to hear the interview, breakfast playlist, plus news on the latest gaming craze :

This week’s playlist:

Train – Hey, Soul Sister
James Bay – Craving
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass
Earth Wind and Fire – September
Mystery Jets – Bombay Blue
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Rufus and Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody
All Saints – One Strike
Natasha Bedingfield feat. Sean Kingston – Love Like This
Rihanna – Sledgehammer
Outkast – Ms Jackson
Bobby Valentino – Slow Down
Carly Rae Jepsen – Boy Problems
Shania Twain – Forever And For Always
Shania Twain – Ka-Ching!
Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much
Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
Kaiser Chiefs – Parachute
Antonia Jones interview Jazzie B
Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler – Back To Life
The Brand New Heavies – Dream On Dreamer
Level 42 – Something About You
Drake ft Kyla & Wizkid – One Dance
Yungen feat Angel Take My Number
OneRepublic-Wherever I Go
Usher ft Will.i.am – OMG
Clean Bandit feat Louisa Johnson Tears
Can’t Sleep Love- Pentatonix
Beck – Wow
Bastille – Good Grief
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Fifth Harmony feat Fetty Wap – All In My Head Flex
Tiesto & John Legend – Summer Nights
Kungs – This Girl
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

To keep up with the:

  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth

See you next week at 7am -10am for another great show.

Listen again to Saturday Breakfast with throwbacks from Kelly Rowland & Rihanna (2 July 2016)

Listen back to Antonia Jones’ Saturday Breakfast Show featuring a throwback from the past with Nelly and Kelly Rowland, on this day in music history which celebrated Rihanna’s fantastic music career and her achievements, plus new music from Tiësto and  John Legend and so much more. Not to forget my story of the week about a father whose son called 911 on him because he ran a red light!

Listen back to the show here 2 July 2016:

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  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth

 

Saturday Breakfast blues plus Jake Thomas Turnbull interview and live music (25.6.16)

 
Jake Thomas Turnbull 25.6.16 Antonia Jones Saturday Breakfast Show

Jake Thomas Turnbull interview – 25.6.16

Catch up on the latest interview with Jake Thomas Turnbull, who returned to Phoenix FM to perform a live acoustic version of his new single ‘Do Anything’ in AJ’s SoundBooth, which is the show feature for new artists. We also heard new music from Kent Jones, James Bay plus David Guetta’s new track featuring Zara Larsson to welcome in UEFA 2016.

Lastly, this week’s quirky news story of the week featured a series of hilarious holiday complaints from Brits abroad.

This week’s playlist

U2 – Beautiful day
Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It for the Boy
Michael Buble – Crazy Love
Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Best of My Love
Dido – Thank You
Corinne Bailey Rae – Been To The Moon
Bruno Mars – Treasure
Eliza Doolittle – Big When I Was Little
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony
Lily Allen – LDN
Blu Cantrell Feat Sean Paul – Breathe
Estelle – American Boy ft. Kanye West
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
Train – To Be Loved (Track from Abduction)
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Kaiser Chiefs – Parachute
Kent Jones – Don’t Mind
James Bay – Craving
David Guetta ft. Zara Larsson – This One’s For You (UEFA EURO 2016)
Shawn Mendes – Treat You Better
Carly Rae Jepsen – Boy Problems
Kungs vs Cookin on 3 Burners – This Girl
Years and Years – Desire
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Twice
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Florence and the Machine – Third Eye
Drake feat Wizkid Kyle – One Dance
Sigma and Take That – Cry
Galantis – No Money
Jake Thomas Turnbull – Do Anything
Little Mix – Hair ft. Sean Paul


To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth

See you next week at 7am -10am for another fantastic show.

Listen to Antonia Jones’ Frog on the Rocket interview plus highlights from this week’s show (18.6.16)

Antonia Jones Frog on a Rocket interview 18.6.16

Antonia Jones had her very own special pre-Brentwood Festival Party 2016, with an exclusive live interview and performance from the band ‘Frog on a Rocket’ who entered AJ’s SoundBooth for new artists / bands. Frog On A Rocket is made up of five members – Neill Staff on keyboards and backing vocals, Luke Wilson On drums, Jason Irving on bass guitar, Tim Wheeler on lead guitar, lead vocals and backing vocals, and Annie Humphrey on lead vocals and backing vocals. The band who are also special guests on the Phoenix FM stage at the festival on 16 July put on a fantastic show.

To keep up-to-date with Frog on A Rocket visit:

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Listen to this week’s show (18.6.16) again and check out the live interview, which was hilarious and the rest of the show, which featured new music from Chaka Khan, Justin Bieber plus some of the artists appearing at the festival.

This week’s playlist:

Journey-Dont Stop Believing
KC and the Sunshine Band – Give It Up
Phil Collins and Philip Bailey – Easy Lover
George Michael & Mary J Blige – As
James Bay – Craving
Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Boyz II Men – End Of The Road
Cameo – Candy
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Level 42 – Something About You
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
Eternal Feat Bebe Winans – I Wanna Be The Only One
Eternal – Stay
Eternal – Power of a Woman
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Chaka Khan, Taka Boom & Mark Stevens – House Of Love
Justin Bieber – Company
Jake Thomas Turnbull – One More Day
Louisa Johnson Ft. Clean Bandit – Tears
Nathan Sykes ft G-Easy – Give It Up
Elle King – Under The Influence
Justin Timberlake – Cant Stop The Feeling
Sigma and Take That – Cry
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Frog On A Rocket – Mel C & Brian Adams – When Your Gone (Cover)
OneRepublic – Wherever I Go
ABC – Viva Love
Brand New Heavies – Midnight At The Oasis
Frog On A Rocket – Erasure – A Little Respect (Cover)
Boomtown Rats – Rat Trap

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

Join me in the studio next week from 7am- 10am because Jake Thomas Turnball will be in AJ’s SoundBooth talking about his new single.

Have a great week!

Antonia

Catch up on Antonia Jones’ Saturday Breakfast show (11.6.16)

Listen again to this week’s show:

On this week’s show we celebrated the short lived life of the amazing R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton, heard new music from Beverley Knight, Florence and the Machine and new band Frog on a Rocket. The quirky news story of the week lets you in on a secret for the runners at heart because it will provide some inspiration!

This week’s playlist 11.6.16:

Sheryl Crow – Summer Day
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up
Jocelyn Brown – Somebody Else’s Guy
Maroon 5 – This Love
Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Black Eyed Peas ft Justin Timberlake – Where Is The Love
Omi – Cheerleader
Carly Rae Jepsen – Boy Problems
ABC – Viva Love
Macy Gray – I Try
Coldplay – Up and Up
Joss Stone – Super Duper Love
Aaliyah – Try Again
Aaliyah – Rock The Boat
Aaliyah-Back & Forth
Nickelback – How You Remind Me
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Beverley Knight – Middle Of Love
Florence and the Machine – Third Eye
Frog on the Rocket – UpTown Funk (Cover)
Nathan Sykes feat G-Easy – Give It Up
Kungs vs Cookin on 3 Burners – This Girl
Calvin Harris ft.Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Drake Feat. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
OneRepublic – Wherever I Go
Louisa Johnson Ft. Clean Bandit – Tears
Ariana Grande – Into You
Tinie Tempah – Girls Like ft. Zara Larsson
Beck – Wow
Will Joseph Cook – Girls Like Me
Fifth Harmony – ft. Ty Dolla $ign -Work from Home
Justin Timberlake – Cant Stop The Feeling
Shawn Mendes Camila Cabello – I Know What You Did Last Summer
Grace – Hell Of A Girl

Interview and live music from Frog on a Rocket this coming Saturday 18 June at 9am

frog on a rocket 18 June 16

See you on Saturday from 7am – 10am, where I will have a live interview in AJ’s SoundBooth with the lively band Frog on a Rocket who are appearing at the Brentwood Festival this year. Tune in and join the pre-festive party!

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

 

Antonia Jones celebrates 1 year on Phoenix with a music themed party (4.6.16)

Antonia's Phoenix Party 4.6.16

Antonia Jones celebrated her first year on Phoenix FM presenting the Saturday Breakfast Show in style, by throwing a special celebratory music themed party with a selection of her favourite hits over the past 12 months.

Music also came from the special guests who appeared earlier this year, on the show feature for new artists called AJ’s SoundBooth. Highlights from some of the favourite quirky stories, which featured on the weekly show were also relived again!

To all my supporters and listeners I want to thank you for tuning in each week and a special thanks goes out especially to the team at Phoenix who have made this all possible. Here’s to another year!

Listen to this week’s show again:

This week’s playlist 4.6.16:

Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Kool and the Gang – Celebration
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
Simply Red – Fairground
Nelly Furtado – I’m Like a Bird
Blue feat Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
Robin S – Show Me Love
Kevin Simm – All You Good Friends
Clash – London Calling
James Bay – Best Fake Smile
Nathan Sykes feat G-Easy – Give It Up
Sigma and Take That – Cry
Adele – When We Were Young
Rudimental feat Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me
Disclosure – Latch feat. Sam Smith
Natasha Bedingfield – These Words
Coldplay – Up and Up
Florence & The Machine – You Got The Love
Louisa Johnson – ft. Clean Bandit – Tears
Beck – Wow
Catfish and The Bottle Men – Kathleen
Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Goo Goo Dolls – So Alive
Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl
Gnash – I Hate I Love ft. Olivia O’Brien
Reggie n Bollie New Girl
OneRepublic – Wherever I Go
Saraswati -Sweet Little Bassline (AJ’s SoundBooth artist)
Lydia Chase – Ultimate Drive (AJ’s SoundBooth artist)
Scarlet Baxter – Down With It (AJ’s SoundBooth artist)
Jake Thomas Turnbull – One More Day (AJ’s SoundBooth artist)
Yinka Williams – Take Charge (AJ’s SoundBooth artist)
Alicia Keys – In Common

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

I’ll be back on Phoenix this Saturday from 7am – 10am.

Antonia Jones

Antonia Jones interviews Yinka Williams (28.5.16) – She talks about The Voice & sings live

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This week’s show featured an interview and a live performance on AJ’s SoundBooth from new artist Yinka Williams, who gave us the low down about her appeared on The Voice in 2014, together with a sweet rendition of her latest single ‘Take Charge’. We also got to hear some great throwbacks including the hit ‘Push It’ from Salt N Pepa and we celebrated Kylie Minogue’s birthday too as well as playing new music from Craig David and much more.

To keep up-to-date with Yinka Williams visit her on:

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Listen again this week’s show:

This week’s playlist 28/5/16:

Shanice – I Love Your Smile
Genesis – Invisible Touch
Madonna – Holiday
Queen – Radio Ga Ga
Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
McFadden & Whitehead – Aint No Stopping Us Now
Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
Womack and Womack – Teardrops
Janet Jackson – All For You
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Ed Sheeran – Sing
Ghost Town DJs- My Boo
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Kylie Minogue – Spinning Around
Kylie Minogue – Wow
Kylie Minogue – Red Blooded Woman
Coldplay – Up and Up
Craig David -One More Time
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – I Know What You Did Last Summer
Grace – Hell Of A Girl
Sigma and Take That – Cry
OneRepublic – Wherever I Go
Nathan Sykes ft. G-Easy – Give It Up
Jay Z – Empire State of Mind ft. Alicia Keys
Rihanna – Work ft. Drake
Little Mix – Hair ft. Sean Paul
Alicia Keys – In Common
Beyonce – Freedom ft. Kendrick Lamar
Yinka Williams – Take Charge (Live performance)
Elle King – Under The Influence

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

Saturday Breakfast – Listen again – highlights Yinka Williams interview & live music on 28 May

Listen again to this week’s show:

 

This week’s playlist 21.5.16:

Prince – The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis
Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy
Kevin Simm – All You Good Friends
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power Of Love
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
Temptations – Treat her like a lady
TLC – No Scrubs
Will Joseph Cook – Girls Like Me
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
Destiny’s Child – Bills Bills Bills
Destiny’s Child – Survivor
James Bay – Best Fake Smile
Reggie n Bollie   New Girl
Yinka Williams – Take Charge
Sigma ft. Take That – Cry
Coldplay – Up and Up
Nathan Sykes – Give It Up ft. G-Eazy
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Will.i.am – Boys & Girls ft. Pia Mia
Drake ft Wizkid Kyle – One Dance
Helen Connelly – Behind Your Eyes
Justin Timberlake – Cant Stop The Feeling
Calvin Harris Feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Pink – Just Like Fire
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
Alessia Cara – Wild Things
Rudimental – Lay It All On Me ft. Ed Sheeran
Alicia Keys – In Common

Interview and live music from Yinka Williams this coming Saturday 28 May:

See you on Saturday from 7am – 10am, where I will have a live interview in AJ’s SoundBooth with the sensational Yinka Williams, who appeared on The Voice in 2014. Don’t miss it!

Yinka William & Antonia Jones 28.5.16

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

Saturday Breakfast (14.5.16) Antonia interviews Jake Thomas Turnbull + live acoustic set

Antonia Jones & Jake Thomas Turnbull Saturday Breakfast 14.5.16

Jake Thomas Turnbull popped into Antonia Jones’ Saturday Breakfast Show to perform live on AJ’s SoundBooth (14 May 2016).

Jake who is from North East England, recently released his debut single ‘One More Day’ and he put on a fantastic acoustic performance of it.  This rising singer-songwriter who has a very distinctive singing voice, compares to the likes of  Ed Sheeran, who is known for his unique style of songwriting and acoustic performances.

To keep up-to-date with Jake Thomas Turnbull visit his website here

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Listen to this week’s show plus interview and live acoustic session with Jake Thomas Turnbull and find out about the story behind his music and more:

This week’s playlist 14.5.16:

Bill Withers – Lovely Day
Fairground Attraction – Perfect
Texas – Say What You Want
Whitney Houston – I’m Every Woman
Kevin Simm – All You Good Friends
Livin On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
Earth Wind and Fire – Let’s Groove
Ghost Town DJs- My Boo
John Newman – Come And Get It
Mark Ronson feat Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Will Joseph Cook – Girls Like Me
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
Queen – We Will Rock You
Queen – A Kind of Magic
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Joel Adams – Please Don’t Go
Alessia Cara – Wild Things
Coldplay – Up and Up
Robbie Williams – Radio
Rihanna – Kiss It Better
Taylor Swift – New Romantics
Alicia Keys – In Common
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
1975 – The Sound
Kygo feat Kodaline – Raging
Jake Thomas Turnbull – One More Day
Drake feat Wizkid Kyle – One Dance
Daniel Merriweather – Red
Catfish and The Bottle Men – Kathleen

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

See you this coming Saturday from 7am – 10am.

 

Listen again & welcome in the summer with Antonia Jones’ breakfast show (7.5.16)

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This week’s playlist 7.5.16:

Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass
Take That – Shine
Mike and the Mechanics – Over My Shoulder
Adele – When We Were Young
Heather Small – Proud
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson-The best Things in Life Are Free
James Bay – Best Fake Smile
Mika – We Are Golden
Steve Brookstein – Good Man Down
Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Murder On The Dancefloor
DJ Jazzy Jeff The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Spandau Ballet – True
Spandau Ballet – Gold
Spandau Ballet – Once More
Sheryl Crow – Summer Day
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Fleur East – More And More
Beverley Knight – Middle Of Love
Jake Thomas Turnbull – One More Day
Joel Adams – Please Don’t Go
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Nathan Sykes – Give It Up (feat. G-Eazy)
Drake -One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb remix)
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
Tinie Tempah feat Jess Glynne – Not Letting Go
Scarlet Baxter – Down With It
1975 – The Sound
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Little Mix – Hair (feat. Sean Paul)
Pink – Just Like Fire

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

Have a great week see you on Saturday from 7am – 10am, where I will have a live acoustic session and interview with Jake Thomas Turnbull.JakeThomasTurnbull

 

Saturday Breakfast Show – Music from Jake Thomas Turnbull & news on his interview plus more great music

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This week’s playlist 30.4.16:
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
Journey-Don’t Stop Believing
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Tom Odell – Magnetised
S Express – Theme from S Express
Will Joseph Cook – Girls Like Me
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
John Newman feat Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
Elle King – Under The Influence
Estelle – Free
Olly Murs – Stevie Knows
Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler – Back To Life
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
Soul II Soul – Feel Free
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Duffy – Mercy
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
Katy B – Honey
Pentatonix –  Can’t Sleep Love
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Drake ft Wizkid & Kyla
Craig David & Blonde – ‘Nothing Like This’
All Saints – One Strike
Vamps – I Found A Girl
Jake Thomas Turnbull – One More Day
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
David Guetta ft Sia & Fetty Wap – Bang my Head
Kygo feat Kodaline – Raging
Pink – Just Like Fire
Saraswati -Sweet Little Bassline
Ellie Goulding-Something – In The Way You Move
Jay Sean ft Sean Paul – Make My Love Go

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

Have a great week see you on Saturday from 7am – 10am.

Saturday Breakfast (23.4.16) Prince tribute, Chesney & Puff Daddy throwback, Pink & Little Mix new releases & more

Listen to this week’s show again:

This week’s playlist 23.4.16:

Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!
Elton John and Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
Prince – Diamonds And Pearls
Ben Haenow – Second Hand Heart ft Kelly Clarkson
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake – Love Never Felt So Good
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Puff Daddy ft. Faith Evans – I’ll Be Missing You
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
The Police Every – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Prince – The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Level 42 – Something About You
Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only
Chesney Hawkes -Caught Up In Circles
Chesney Hawkes – Aeroplane
Killatrix feat Wallace Rice – Bad Language
Alessia Cara – Wild Things
Will Joseph Cook – Girls Like Me
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Ed Sheeran – Bloodstream
Pink – Just Like Fire
Nathan Sykes ft G-Eazy  -Give It Up
Will.i.am ft Pia Mia – Boys & Girls
Meghan Trainor – NO
Chvrches – Clearest Blue
Prince – Kiss
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Little Mix ft Sean Paul – Hair
Boyce Avenue – Be Somebody
Izzy Bizu – White Tiger
1975 – The Sound
Saturdays – Gentleman

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog at AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

Have a great week see you on Saturday from 7am – 10am.

Saturday Breakfast (16.4.16) Antonia interviews Scarlet Baxter, live acoustic session & more

Antonia Jones & Scarlet Baxter & Dom Ireland interview 16.4.16 @phoenixfm

Antonia Jones interviewed the soulful Scarlet Baxter on this week’s Saturday Breakfast Show. Scarlet who is set for big things in 2016 performed an amazing acoustic version of her single ‘Braindead’ with her guitarist Dom Ireland. We also got to hear her new track ‘Dancing All Night’, which is out on Friday 20th May.

Listen to this week’s show and interview with Scarlet Baxter, the live acoustic session and other highlights from the Saturday Breakfast Show:

This week’s playlist 16.4.16:

Queen – A Kind of Magic
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Name And Number
Adele – When We Were Young
Kelvin Jones – Call You Home
Magic!- Rude
Janet Jackson – All For You
James Morrison – I Need You Tonight
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On
Chvrches – Clearest Blue
All Saints – One Strike
Years and Years – Desire
1975 – The Sound
James Bay – Best Fake Smile
DJ Cassidy feat. R. Kelly – Make The World Go Round
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Run DMC and Aerosmith – Walk This Way
Aerosmith – Dude Looks Like A Lady
Britney Spears Ft Madonna – Me Against The Music
Pharrell Williams – Gust Of Wind
Trac Cee – Hearts in Symphony
Corinne Bailey Rae – Been To The Moon
Cee-Lo Green – Music To My Soul
Scarlet Baxter – Cruel Love
Drake – One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
Ellie Goulding – Army
Scarlet Baxter – Braindead (live acoustic session with guitarist Dom Ireland)
Scarlet Baxter – Dancing All Night

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog plus details about Scarlet Baxter AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

See you next week Saturday from 7am – 10am.

Saturday Breakfast (9.4.16) Antonia interviews powerhouse vocalist Lydia Chase

Antonia Jones & Lydia Chase interview 9.6.2 @phoenixfm

Listen to this week’s short interview with the powerhouse Lydia Chase:

Check out this week’s exclusive interview by Antonia Jones with Lydia Chase who popped in to AJs SoundBooth. Lydia talks about the inspiration behind her music, after an illness and her journey as a new artist. Lydia even gained a backing singer, when she goes on tour from yours truly Antonia Jones – Listen to hear their mini duet during the interview.

Listen to this week’s full show:

This week’s playlist 9.4.16:

KC and the Sunshine Band – Give It Up
George Harrison – I Got My Mind Set on You
Eternal – Power of a Woman
Mark Morrison – Return Of The Mack
Richard Ashcroft – This Is How It Feels
Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids
Robin S – Show Me Love
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Lisa Stansfield – All Around The World
Carrie Underwood – Chaser
Fleur East – More And More
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Billy Ocean – When The Going Gets Tough
Billy Ocean – Caribbean Queen
Simply Red – Shine On
Zayn – Pillowtalk
Scarlet Baxter – Down With It
Boyce Avenue – Be Somebody
James Bay – Best Fake Smile
Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You
Craig David – Fill Me In
1975 – The Sound
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Coldplay ft Beyonce – Hymn For The Weekend
Lydia Chase – Ultimate Drive
Lydia Chase – Morning Coffee (Live)
Lydia Chase – Do You See Me

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter
  • AJ’s SoundBooth is a new show feature for up and coming artists. Find out more on Twitter: @AJsSoundBooth and Facebook

See you next week Saturday from 7am – 10am with another live interview and acoustic session with the fab Scarlet Baxter, look out for news on this in the week.

 

Saturday Breakfast (2.4.16) – New music Lydia Chase, interview next week & more

Listen to this week’s show:

This week’s playlist 2.4.16:

Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
Nelly Furtado – I’m Like a Bird
Wham  – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Gabrielle – Dreams
The Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Song
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Temptations – Treat her like a lady
Jessie J – Sweet Talker
Oasis – Wonderwall
Charles & Eddie – Would I Lie To You
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Darkness – Love Is Only A Feeling
Mariah Carey – We Belong Together
Mariah Carey – It’s Like That
Mariah Carey – Don’t Forget About Us
Florence & The Machine – You Got The Love
Sabatta – Middle Of The Night
Avicii – You Make Me
Lydia Chase – Ultimate Drive
James Morrison – I Need You Tonight
James Bay – Best Fake Smile
DNCE – Cake By The Ocean
Viola Beach – Swings and Waterslides
Craig David ft. Big Narstie – When the Bassline Drop
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb remix)
Scarlet Baxter – Dancing All Night
Fifth Harmony – Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You
The 1975 – The Sound
Sia – Cheap Thrills Ft. Sean Paul
All Saints – One Strike

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag featuring news on the up and coming interview on next week’s show (9 April) with Lydia Chase.
See you next week Saturday from 7am – 10am.

Celebrated Aswad’s hits, Phoenix FM’s 9th BD, heard Meghan Trainor’s new music & more

Listen to this week’s show:

This week’s playlist 26.3.16:

Scissor Sisters – I Don’t Feel Like Dancin
Emotions – Best Of My Love
Adele – When We Were Young
Zhane – Hey Mr.Dj
Nickelback – Someday
Kool and the Gang – Celebration
Bryan Adams & Mel C – When You’re Gone
Birdy – Wild Horses
1975 – Chocolate
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Justin Timberlake – Lovestoned – I Think She Knows
All Saints – One Strike
Aswad – Don’t Turn Around
Aswad – On And On
Aswad – Shine Like A Star
Killers – Mr Brightside
Muse – Starlight
Meghan Trainor – NO
James Bay – Running
Katy Perry – Birthday
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
Coldplay ft Beyonce – Hymn For The Weekend
Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You
Alessia Cara – Here
Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza
DNCE- Cake By The Ocean
Craig David & Blonde – Nothing Like This
Killatrix – Overcome
Shawn Mendes – Stitches
Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds
Clean Bandit – Stronger
Zara Larsson – Lush Life

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter

See you next week Saturday from 7am – 10am, where you’ll get to hear more about the up and coming live acoustic sessions and interviews on my show in April.

Enjoy your bank holiday.

 

Antonia

Mis-Teeq, Shakira, a felon’s new version of Adele’s ‘Hello’ great music & more on this week’s show (19.3.16)

Listen to this week’s show:

Saturday Breakfast playlist 19.3.16:

Coral – In The Morning
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
George Ezra – Budapest
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Whitney Houston – Million Dollar Bill
Steve Brookstein – If This World Were Mine
Mis-Teeq – Style
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
Blue feat Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered
Birdy – Wild Horses
Wham – Freedom
Ne Yo – Because Of You
Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Shakira feat Wyclef Jean – Hips Don’t Lie
Shakira – Whenever, Wherever
Beyonce ft Shakira – Beautiful Liar
Cee-Lo Green – Music To My Soul
Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You
Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees
Craig David – 7 Days
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
1975 – The Sound
James Bay – Best Fake Smile
James Arthur – Impossible
Fifth Harmony – Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
Nick Jonas – Jealous
Adele – Hello (Paul Damixle Remix)
Markus Feehily – Sanctuary
Coldplay ft Beyonce – Hymn For The Weekend
Tinie Tempah – Girls Like (Feat. Zara Larsson)

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag.
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter

See you next week Saturday from 7am – 10am.

U2’s No.1 album, Brand New Heavies throwback, Tinie Tempah & Zara Larsson, plus a story about the wedding crasher

Listen to this week’s show:

Saturday Breakfast playlist 12.3.16:

Journey-Don’t Stop Believing
George Harrison – I Got My Mind Set on You
Sheryl Crow – Summer Day
James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love
Empire of the Sun – Alive
Janet Jackson – Just A Little While
The Brand New Heavies – Dream On Dreamer
Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
Beatles – Help!
Paloma Faith- Can’t rely on you lyrics
Sugababes – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor (Arctic Monkeys)
Joss Stone – Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now
James Morrison – You Give Me Something
U2 – New Year’s Day
U2 – Beautiful Day
U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Mary J. Blige – Just Fine
Jessie J – Domino
Fifth Harmony – Work from Home ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Nickelback – Miss You
Rihanna – SOS
Zayn – Pillowtalk
All Saints – One Strike
Tinie Tempah – Girls Like ft. Zara Larsson
Twenty one pilots- Stressed Out
Corinne Bailey Rae – Been To The Moon
Tra Cee – Favorite Song
Izzy Bizu – White Tiger
Busted – Crashed The Wedding
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick
Craig David ft. Big Narstie – When the Bassline Drops

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag.
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter

See you next week Saturday from 7am – 10am.

 

Listen again to yesterday’s show (5/3/16) ft dub throwback new releases The 1975, Corinne Bailey Rae and more

Listen to this week’s show here:

Saturday Breakfast playlist 5.3.16:

Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Take That – Shine
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Whitney Houston – My Love Is Your Love
Shania Twain – That Don’t Impress Me Much
Womack & Womack – Teardrops
Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me
Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part II)
Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Keane – Somewhere Only We Know
Cameo – Candy
Cee-Lo Green – Music To My Soul
Estelle – American Boy  [Featuring Kanye West]
Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
Corinne Bailey Rae – Closer
Corinne Bailey Rae – Steady As She Goes
Spice Girls – Mama
Corinne Bailey Rae – Been To The Moon (new releaase)
The 1975 – The Sound (new release)
Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up
Lily Allen – Smile
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go (new releaase)
Blackwell – Make me feel ft Nicole Jackson (new releaase)
Rihanna ft. Drake Work (new releaase)
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Florence and the Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Viola Beach – Swings and Waterslides (new releaase)
David Guetta feat. Sia & Fetty Wap – Bang My Head
Alessia Cara – Here
Izzy Bizu – White Tiger (new releaase)
Saraswati -Sweet Little Bassline (new releaase)
Walk the Moon- Shut Up and Dance
Zara Larsson – Lush Life (new releaase)
Flo Rida feat Sia – Wild Ones

To keep up with the:

  • Latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag.
  • Highlights from the show join my Facebook group and Twitter

See you next week Saturday from 7am – 10am.

Live acoustic session and interview with Saraswati

Saraswati, the talented singer and songwriter from Leeds joined Antonia Jones, on the Saturday Breakfast Show for a fantastic live interview and an acoustic session on 27/2/16.

Saraswati spoke about her inspirations, her life growing up and most of all what keeps her going as an artist as well as singing her latest EP ‘Bad Habits’ and a track off her album called ‘For You’.

Keep up-to-date with Saraswati on;

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Listen to the live acoustic session and interview with Saraswati here:

Saturday Breakfast playlist 27.2.16:

Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Elton John – I’m Still Standing
David Bowie – Dancing In The Street
Queen – I Want To Break Free
Cee-Lo Green – Music To My Soul
Mika – Grace Kelly
Jermaine Stewart – We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off Lyrics
Destiny’s Child Independent Woman
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
Arctic Monkeys – Arabella
John Newman – Losing Sleep
Jessie J feat Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinead O’Connor – 8 Good Reasons
Sinead O’Connor – Angel
Saraswati – Bad Habits
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
All Saints – One Strike
Jack Garratt – Weathered
Shawn Mendes – Stitches Lyrics
Lukas Graham – 7 Years
Years & Years – Shine
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
Killatrix – Overcome
Coldplay ft Beyonce – Hymn For The Weekend
Disclosure – Latch feat. Sam Smith
Craig David ft. Big Narstie – When the Bassline Drops
Rudimental – Lay It All On Me ft.Ed Sheeran
Snakehips – All My Friends ft. Tinashe, Chance The Rapper

Article of the week – Why I changed my name to Bacon Double Cheeseburger – Read the full article here.

To catch up on the latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag.

Tweet me @toyacjones if you have any requests. Join the Saturday Breakfast Facebook Group here.

See you on Saturday at 7am – 10am for another great show!

 

Coldplay’s most successful hits, Karaoke to Craig David’s song, news on interview with Saraswati

Antonia Jones

Listen to this week’s show here: Saturday Breakfast playlist 20.2.16:

Emeli Sande – Heaven
Take That – How Deep is Your Love
Queen – A Kind of Magic
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Mica Paris – My One Temptation
McFadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
Gabrielle – Dreams
TLC – Waterfalls
Mike and the Mechanics – Over My Shoulder
Craig David – Fill Me In
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Michael Jackson – Black Or White
Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Coldplay – Paradise
Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend ft. Beyonce
Iggy Azalea – Trouble ft. Jennifer Hudson
Ed Sheeran – Don’t
Saraswati – Bad habits
Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean
Cee-Lo Green – Music To My Soul
Natasha Bedingfield – These Words
Jess Glynne – Ain’t Got Far To Go
Fleur East – More And More
Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up
Saraswati -Sweet little Bassline
Blackwell – Make Me Feel ft Nicole Jackson
Ellie Goulding – Army
Rihanna – Work ft. Drake
Charli XCX – Break The Rules
Paloma Faith – Smoke And Mirrors
Florence & The Machine – You Got The Love
Zayn – Pillowtalk

Article of the week –Man who skipped work for six years is caught out after being nominated for a long service award. Read the full article here.

To catch up on the latest news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag.

Join me next week Saturday from 7am – 10am to catch the live interview and acoustic session with new singer and songwriter Saraswati and more here.

Tweet me @toyacjones if you have any questions for Saraswati.

Join the Saturday Breakfast Facebook Group here.

Thank you for your continued support of the show and keep on listening to Phoenix FM!

Catch up on the Saturday Breakfast Show – Valentine’s Weekend special

Antonia Jones

Listen to this week’s show here: Saturday Breakfast playlist 13.2.16:

Emotions – Best Of My Love
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power Of Love
Madonna – Into The Groove
Journey-Don’t Stop Believing
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Etta James – I Just Want To Make Love To You
Oasis – Stand By Me
Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel
Eternal Feat Bebe Winans – I Wanna Be The Only One
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
One Direction – History
Robbie Williams – Millennium
Robbie Williams – Angels
Robbie Williams – Let Me Entertain You
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Mark Ronson – Stop Me
Adele – Hello
Coldplay ft Beyonce – Hymn For The Weekend
Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do
Rihanna ft. Drake –  Work
Craig David ft. Big Narstie – When the Bassline Drops
Years and Years – Eyes Shut
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Little Mix – Love Me Like You
John Newman – Come And Get It
Calling – Wherever You Will Go
Train – To Be Loved
Lukas Graham –  7 Years
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
David Guetta ft. Sia & Fetty Wap – Bang My Head

Article of the week –Valentine’s Day DOs and DON’Ts for couples, single people and the hopelessly confused – Read the full article here.

To catch up on the last news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag.

Join me for next week Saturday from 7am – 10am. Twitter: @toyacjones Join the Saturday Breakfast Facebook Group here.

Saturday Breakfast 6.2.16 – Natasha Bedingfield and Sean Kingston throwback, a celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday and more

Antonia Jones Listen to this week’s show here:  

Saturday Breakfast playlist 6.2.16:

Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy
David Bowie – Modern Love
Nate James – The Message
Fleur East – More And More
Earth Wind and Fire – September
Jess Glynne – Take Me Home
Natalie Cole – This Will Be
Nothing But Thieves – Itch
Travis – Everything At Once
James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love
Natasha Bedingfield feat. Sean Kingston – Love Like This
Soul II Soul feat Caron Wheeler – Back To Life
Bryan Adams & Mel C – When You’re Gone
Phil Collins – Easy Lover
Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
Bob Marley And The Wailers – Jamming
Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds
Mariah Carey – Emotions
Rod Stewart – Please
Take That – Hey Boy
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Bruno Mars – Treasure
Adele – Hello (Paul Damixle Remix)
Zara Larsson – Lush Life
Blackwell – Make Me Feel – ft Nicole Jackson
Aston Merrygold – Get Stupid
Jack Garratt – Weathered
Stereophonics – Traffic
Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love
Amy Winehouse And Ghostface Killah – You Know I’m No Good

Article of the week – Man takes his wife to court for not fulfilling her household chores – Where is the love! Read the full article here

To catch up on the last news and gossip in the music industry featured on my show check out my blog AJ Mag

Join me for next week Saturday from 7am – 10am. Twitter: @toyacjones Join the Saturday Breakfast Facebook Group here

Listen again (30.1.16)…Lady Gaga’s top 10 and 20 hits, All Saints throwback and a 20 question interview challenge

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Listen to this week’s show here:

This week’s show featured hit songs from Lady Gaga to celebrate the success of her chart toppers, we also welcomed back girl band All Saints, set listeners a job interview challenge and featured some new music releases.

Saturday Breakfast Playlist 30.1.16:

Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
Shanice – I Love Your Smile
Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
Macy Gray – I Try
James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love
All Saints – Never Ever
Lionel Richie – I Call It Love
Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire
Eagles – Hotel California
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Lady Gaga- Bad Romance
Lady GaGa ft. Beyonce – Telephone
Lady GaGa – Paparazzi
Outkast – Hey Ya
Rihanna – Pon De Replay
Craig David ft. Big Narstie – When the Bassline Drops
Coldplay ft Beyonce – Hymn For The Weekend
Passenger – Holes
Florence and the Machine – Delilah
Pentatonix feat Tink-Can’t Sleep Love
The Script – Hall of Fame ft. will.i.am
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know
Cee Lo Green – Forget You
One Republic – I Lived
Jess Glynne – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
WSTRN – In2
Avicii – Broken Arrows
Tori Kelly – Should’ve been us
Grace feat G-Eazy – You Don’t Own Me
Pharrell Williams – Gust Of Wind

My story of the week

How well do you think you could answer these 20 interview questions – Poor candidates! Read the full article click here

Join me for next week Saturday from 7am – 10am.

Twitter: @toyacjones

Join the Saturday Breakfast Facebook Group here

Sade’s birthday, The Brit Awards, breaking news – the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster & more. Listen to this week’s show again

Antonia Jones

Listen to this week’s show here:

Saturday Breakfast Playlist 16.1.16:

Stereophonics – Have A Nice Day
Wham  – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
David Bowie and Mick Jagger – Dancing In The Street
Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out
Police – Every Breath You Take
Duran Duran – Notorious
Mariah Carey – Honey
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
James Morrison – You Give Me Something
Jess Glynne – Take Me Home
Michael Jackson – Rock With You
Sade – Still In Love With You
Sade – Your Love is King
Sade – Smooth Operator
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Rachel Platten – Stand By You
David Bowie – Lazarus
One Direction – History
Fleur East – More And More
Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
David Bowie – Under Pressure
Jack Garratt – Weathered
Craig David – 6 Of 1 Thing
Disclosure – Latch feat. Sam Smith
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Paloma Faith- Can’t rely on you
Shawn Mendes-Stitches
James Bay – If You Ever Want To Be In Love
Pentatonix feat Tink-Cant Sleep Love

My story of the week

If you love spaghetti and meatballs you’ll love this one. Read the story here.

Join me next week for the Saturday Breakfast Show from 7am to 10am.

 

Saturday Breakfast playlist – 9 January 2016

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Saturday Breakfast Playlist 9 January 2016
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
Journey-Don’t Stop Believing
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody 07:26:32
Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
Bros – When Will I Be Famous
UB40 – I Got You Babe
Bryan Adams & Mel C – When You’re Gone
Mika – Grace Kelly
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
Ed Sheeran – Lego House
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Mark Ronson feat Amy Winehouse – Valerie
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Cee-Lo Green – Music To My Soul
Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That
Spice Girls – Wannabe
T’Pau – Nowhere
Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie
Joss Stone – Super Duper Love
Fatboy Slim – Praise You
Little Mix – Love Me Like You
The Script – Hall of Fame ft. Will.i.am
Coldplay – Birds
Adele – Hello (Paul Damixle Remix)
One Direction – History
Fleur East – More And More
Olly Murs – Stevie Knows
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Vamps – Rest Your Love
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Florence And The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Will Young – Your Game
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Listen again to Antonia Jones’ Christmas Special 25/12/15

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If you missed my Christmas show which aired on the special day itself, featuring a mix of festive songs, the UK’s favourite top 10 hits for 2015 and my picks for the year, plus some festive chatter listen to it here: Antonia Jones’ Christmas Show 25 Dec 15

Have a great New Year and I’ll be back presenting the Saturday Breakfast Show on 9th January 2016. Check out the schedule to see what’s coming up: Phoenix Schedule

The Christmas Special Playlist 25/12/15

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Cee Lo Green – All I need is Love (ft. The Muppets)

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime

Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas

Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah

Sam Smith – Writings On The wall

Taylor Swift – Back to December

Ed Sherran – Thinking Out Loud

Wham – Last Christmas

The Darkness – I Am Santa

Justin Bieber (feat. Boyz II Men) – Fa La La

Maroon 5 – Sugar

King – Years and Years

James Bay – Hold Back The River

Major Lazer ft Mo & DJ Snake – Lean On

Wiz Khalifa  (feat. Charlie Puth) – See You Again

Ellie Golding – Love Me Like You Do

Hozier – Take Me To Church.

OMI (Felix Jaehn Remix) – Cheerleader

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – Up Town Funk

Adele – Hello

Rudimental Feat. Ed Sheeran -Lay It All On Me

Tinie Tempah (Feat. Jess Glynne) – Not Letting Go

Imagine Dragons- Radioactive

Walk The Moon -Shut Up And Dance

Fleur East – Sax

Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime

Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me

Vanessa Williams -.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

 

Antonia wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Hi listeners,

What a fantastic six months it has been presenting the Saturday Breakfast Show since joining Phoenix in the summer. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, having had the pleasure of playing some great music for our listeners in Brentwood, Billericay, in the UK and across the world.

Each week I always look forward to featuring some of the strangest, funniest and even interesting news stories, as well as keeping you up-to-date with news from the music industry about your favourite artists and bands.

So I’m off now on my hols and will be back on Saturday 9 January 2016, but until then you can still tune in and join one of our DJ’s, who will be presenting a fantastic Saturday Breakfast Show to help kick start your weekend each week.

Here is what happened on Saturday Breakfast this week:

The festive throwback Saturday song was Coldplay ‘s 2010 single Christmas Lights. It got to number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and peaked at number 12 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. See the video here

On This Day In Music History was dedicated to Ike and Tina Turner for their contribution to the music industry. See the video here

Last but not least, my article of the week all the way from Santa Monica is Sweaty Betty who provides an interesting spin on how to survive Christmas   – I couldn’t keep a straight face while reading this out on air! Read the article here

Saturday Breakfast Playlist: 12/12/15

Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time
Band Aid II – Do They Know It’s Christmas
Hozier – Take Me To Church
Beatles – Help!
Oleta Adams – Get Here
Mike and the Mechanics – Over My Shoulder
Craig David feat Sting – Rise And Fall
Coldplay – Christmas Lights
Dido – Thank You
Emotions – Best Of My Love
Fifth Harmony – All I Want for Christmas is You
Eliza Doolittle – Let It Rain
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero
Tina Turner – The Best
Tina Turner – What’s Love Got To Do With It
Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time (requested by one of our listeners again)
Corinne Bailey Rae – Steady As She Goes
Olly Murs – Stevie Knows
One Republic – I Lived
Dionne Bromfield – Foolin’
Duffy – Mercy
Sam Smith – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Shane Filan – Me And The Moon
Cee-Lo Green – It’s OK
Ed Sheeran – Sing
Chvrches – Empty Threat
Fleur East – Sax
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Iggy Azalea – Trouble ft. Jennifer Hudson
Disclosure – Latch ft. Sam Smith
Vamps – Cheater
HomeTown – Where I Belong
Walk the Moon- Shut Up and Dance
Little Mix – Love Me Like You
Justin Bieber – Fa La La ft. Boyz II Men

You can still keep in contact with me via Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to listen out for my Christmas Show, which will be aired over this festive season. Visit our schedule for more information about what’s coming up by clicking the link

See you in 2016 and have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Antonia

 

Mariah’s Christmas list, Adele the record-breaker, office party do’s and don’ts and more – 5 Dec 2015

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It’s the festive season with lots of people spreading good cheer, so the throwback Saturday song this week was the hit song by Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas is you – See the video here

On this day in music history in 2011 Adele’s album ‘21’ become the biggest selling LP in the UK. Listen to the album here

My article of the week  ‘Top 10 Office Christmas Party Do’s and Don’ts’- See the full story here

Saturday Breakfast Playlist 5/12/15
Wet Wet Wet – Sweet Little Mystery
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Michael McDonald- I Keep Forgettin
Maxi Priest – Wild World
Bonnie Tyler – Holding Out For A Hero
Queen – A Kind of Magic
Michael Buble – I Haven’t Met You Yet
Boyzone – Love Me For A Reason
Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Simply Red – Shine On
James Bay – Hold Back The River
Bee Gees – You Win Again
Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby
Adele – Chasing Pavements
Adele – Someone Like You
Adele – Hello
Maroon 5 – Sugar
Rihanna – SOS
Sia – Taken For Granted
Take That – Hey Boy
Florence and the Machine – Ship To Wreck
John Newman feat Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
Avicii – Wake Me Up
Rudimental – Lay It All On Me (feat. Ed Sheeran)
Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne – Not Letting Go
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Naughty Boy – Runnin’ (Lose It All) ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Jessie J feat Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own
Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love

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Man marries a pizza, Madonna’s moment in history and more on Saturday Breakfast 28/11/15

This week’s throwback Saturday song was the 70s club classic McFadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now – See the video here

On This Day in Music History featured 3-in-a-row from the Queen of Pop Madonna (aka Madge), who  returned to the UK and played at Brixton Academy on this day back in 2000 after seven years. Songs played were ‘Into the Groove’, ‘Vogue’, ‘4 Minutes’ – If you can’t remember the Vogue moves watch the video here

My article of the week: You’ve got to read why this young Russian man decided to marry a pizza  – See the full story

Saturday Breakfast Playlist 28/11/15

Shanice – I Love Your Smile
Katrina and the Waves – Walking On Sunshine
UB40 – I Got You Babe
Prince – Diamonds And Pearls
Police – Every Breath You Take
Calling – Wherever You Will Go
McFadden and Whitehead – Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
Free – All Right Now
Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger
Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror
Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part II)
Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney – FourFiveSeconds
Amy Winehouse And Ghostface Killah – You Know I’m No Good
Madonna – Into The Groove
Madonna – Vogue
Madonna feat Justin Timberlake – 4 Minutes
Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
Britney Spears – Toxic
Joss Stone – Super Duper Love
The Darkness – I am Santa
Adele – Hello
Coldplay – Paradise
Clean Bandit – Stronger
Imagine Dragons – Radioactive
KDA – Turn The Music Louder (Rumble) ft. Tinie Tempah, Katy B
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Killatrix – Overcome
Rudimental – Home
Rixton – We All Want The Same Thing
Tori Kelly – Should’ve been us
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Fleur East – Sax
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Years and Years – Eyes Shut

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The special feature this week was Marvin Gaye: 21/11/15

This week’s throwback Saturday song was Womack and Womack ‘ Teardrops’ – See the video here

Our On This Day in Music History feature celebrated Marvin Gaye whose song ‘How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” entered the charts – See the video here

My article of the week: 48 Christmas MoneySaving Tips to help you make some savings to help you prepare for the big day – Read the story

Saturday Breakfast Playlist 21/11/15

Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
Madness – It Must Be Love
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth
Charles and Eddie – Would I lie to you on
Extreme – More Than Words
Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your s Records On                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Womack & Womack – Teardrops
Simply Red – (Money’s Too Tight) To Mention
Annie Lennox – Shining Light
Rod Stewart – Please
Carrie Underwood – Smoke Break
Maroon 5 – Makes Me Wonder
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston – It Takes Two
Klair Quest – Social Conscience (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Robbie Neville – C’est La Vie
James – She’s A Star
Nathan Sykes – Over And Over Again
Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up
Killatrix – Overcome
One Direction – Perfect
Fleur East – Sax
The Vamps-Wake Up
Rachel Platten – Fight Song
Little Mix – Love Me Like You
Outkast – Hey Ya
Passenger – Let Her Go
Jess Glynne – Take Me Home
Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime
Adele – Hello
Justin Bieber – Sorry

 

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This week’s show 14/11/15

Saturday Breakfast Playlist 14/11/15

Westlife – Flying Without Wings
Emeli Sande – Next To Me
Stereophonics – Have A Nice Day
Huey Lewis and the News – The Power Of Love
Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Nelly Furtado – I’m Like a Bird
Beyoncé – Love On Top
Swing Out Sister – Breakout
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
Supergrass – Alright
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
Fatboy Slim – Praise You
George Michael – Faith
George Michael – Freedom
George Michael & Aretha Franklin – I Knew You Were Waiting
Eva Tobin – Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Adele – Hello
One Direction – Kiss You
Anastacia – I’m Outta Love
Paul Williams – Only One For You (Phoenix FM Creative Session)
Natasha Bedingfield – These Words
Charles Hamilton feat Rita Ora – New York Raining
Foxes feat Bastille – Better Love
John Newman feat Charlie Wilson – Tiring Game
Ben Haenow – Second Hand Heart ft Kelly Clarkson
Years and Years – Eyes Shut
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Ellie Goulding – On My Mind
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
Flo Rida-My House
Jason Derulo – Cheyenne

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Check out what happened on Saturday Breakfast 7/11/15

Just some of what happened on this week’s show:

Thowback Saturday – The track of the week was ‘Dancing in the Street’ sang by David Bowie & Mick Jagger

This song was originally a hit for Martha & the Vandellas back in 1964. Bowie and Jagger also covered this for the Live Aid charity in 2007.

#tbs watch – Dancing in the Street

On this day in music history – 7/11/87 Bruce Springsteen got to No.1 with ‘Tunnel Of Love’

We celebrated the successful career of US rock star Bruce Springsteen and his hit song which in 1987 on this day (7 Nov) peaked at No.1 in the US album chart. A selection of tracks were played and this included the Tunnel of LoveBorn in the USA, and High Hopes.  The Tunnel Of Love was a song off Springsteen’s eighth studio album, which went triple platinum.

#OnThisDayInMusicHistory watch- Tunnel of Love 

My story of the week: ‘Prankster’ cons mum into sawing her sofa into three bits

This humorous story is shocking I can’t believe it!

Read the story here

Saturday Breakfast playlist  7 November, 2015:

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car
Mike and the Mechanics – Over My Shoulder
Michael McDonald- I Keep Forgettin
Men at Work – Down Under
Mika – Grace Kelly
David Bowie – Dancing In The Street
Lionel Richie – I Call It Love
Earth Wind and Fire – September
Duran Duran – Notorious
Carrie Underwood – Smoke Break
Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
Adele – Hello
Cee Lo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City
Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel Of Love
Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
McBusted – Get Over It
Tom Odell – Can’t Pretend
Phil Collins – Sussudio
Beverley Knight – After You Radio
Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars
John Newman – Losing Sleep
Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne – Not Letting Go
Clean Bandit – Rather Be
Ne-Yo – Coming With You
Take That – Hey Boy
Olly Murs – Kiss Me
Years and Years – Eyes Shut
Tori Kelly – Should’ve been us
Maverick Sabre – No One
James Bay – Hold Back The River
R. City – Locked Away ft. Adam Levine

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Antonia Jones’ Saturday Breakfast Show

 

Welcome to the Saturday Breakfast page it’s Antonia Jones here and I’m the familiar voice you hear each and every Saturday morning from 7am -10am.

My show which launched on June 6, 2015 features the latest local traffic and travel updates, plus news on events and not to forget a selection of stories from the music industry about your favourite artists / groups to keep you in the know!

Other show features include:

  • The throwback Saturday section which includes a memorable song for listeners from any genre and era.
  • On This Day In Music History – This part of the show gives listeners clues about a particular artist / group and celebrates an iconic moment in history i.e. winning an award, or reaching No.1 in the music charts. This is followed by a selection of three songs from the band / artist.
  • My story of the week – I’ve read out some funny and even strange stories, this has included an article about a women who planned to take an online retailer to court over not allowing her to sell plots of land on the planet Mars, to a man suing an actress for physiological damage because he felt her gaze thought the telly was too much for him to bear!

You can also join my public Facebook group or follow me on Twitter too – Feel free to send in your music requests anytime, or if you are a band or artist and want to share your talent with Phoenix let me know.

So catch me on Saturday mornings because it’s the perfect way to start off your weekend!

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Last hurrah

Well its the Month of May and Its time to wind up the regular Saturday Breakfast show, which I called the Electronic Breakfast, which came about as the music style changed and evolved into electronic based songs. Over the years the show had the pleasure of first plays of loads of new singles and ones that no-one else was playing. Bands even gave me exclusive remixes to debut

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing some of those artist, that I played, and some even came in to the studio and played live sets. Some guests were via the old telephone and one notable, was the late great Steve Strange (Visage).

Every Saturday morning I was taken aback how people got up and joined me on my Facebook group to chat to each other and celebrate the Electronic music scene. Sometimes over the years I wasn’t feeling my best but the listeners and chatters made it all worthwhile.  Meeting the show listeners at gigs made me realise how important it is to put together such a show and though change is rarely welcomed, it has become time to move to a different slot at Phoenix FM, One good reason- so I can play more great music regardless of how avant garde or loud or laced with naughtiness…..

So please enjoy the fun a frolics of my Final Electronic Breakfast by clicking and following my MIXCLOUD version below;

The last but one

As you may had noticed, there was no Electronic Breakfast for the last two Saturdays. Well, thats because I had the cheek to go on a weeks holiday- I know, cheek… Any road up the creek, I had a lovely time, so I was fighting fit and rarely to get back into the studio. Which was handy as I had a chatty bit related to my Holiday, new of a new show for me; as we are moving this show, so to speak to another day. Move you say, yes to a Tuesday night and with a new name and paint job – you need to listen again to the show to hear more, even thou the promotional image below tell the basics, it doesn’t really reveal the awesome special guests we have coming in to the studio, to play live and help me launch the new show.

SYNTH CITY- [from June 2nd 2015]

SYNTH CITY- [from June 2nd 2015]

On this show I had some classics electronic tracks; both old and current,  along with new tracks to this hear show,  such as the wonderful Eurythmics cover by Tiny Magnetic Pets, to brand new stuff from Kite, a remix from Lana Del Ray, Bauer and Flip Martian.

If you miss the penultimate Electronic Breakfast, then feel free to click on the Mixcloud link below;

 

A Royal Promenade

As we move into May and good old Summer approaches, I had another delve into a show of music delights, ahead of my own Holiday- aka Summer break in the sunshine. On the show this time we had yet more brand new music, and this time from Train To Spain, and new to the show Two Skies and Promenade Cinema. I had a look back at the Depeche Mode Top 20 Special I had produced a few days back, and a slight debate occurred on my Facebook group, as a result. Depeche_Mode_singles

As the show fell on the weekend where there was another Royal Birth, I asked in my Chatty bit- how royalist are you?, In my news story this week was about a human search engine in Iceland.

I tried not to mention my impending holiday, but let the music say it….Sunset Now- If you missed the live show, then feel free to click on my Mixcloud edited version of the live show;

Halo to you

As April draws to a busy close, we had another selection of great new music on the show and a special guest, New music came from Jonteknik, Stars Crusaders, Steven Jones & Logan Sky, Roby Fayer, Charlotte Someone and Dancing with Ruby. We spoke of weird or exotic holidays, and my story of the week showed you how to get a flat by throwing fruit at the countries leader.

In the studio I was joined by journalist and author, Kevin May who is putting the finishing touches to his new book, called HALO -The Violator book. Kevin May and RHThe book looks and the ‘story’ of the creation and delivery of the hugely successful 1990 album- Violator. HALO Book promo

 

For the full story on the chat and all the shows audio joy, why not rerun the show via the Mixcloud edition;

The Force awaken place

The Force is strong with this one and so were the tracks, as we yet again had a bounty of new tracks to keep Boba Fett all happy till December. The new tracks came from Californians trio I, Us & We, Chicago Electro Punks,Killwave. Eminent Sol, Future Perfect, Master Of The Radio, Model Depose and Shiny Darkness. We naturally had a few classics and recent favourites along the way.

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Thou is was a sunny day, we spoke of motivational tips for those, like me who can seem to get back into or keep up their fitness plans. I also introduced a story of Zebras running wild in Brussels and the excitement of the news of the next Star Wars epic.

 

 

                If you missed the live radio show, then why not click on the edited Mixcloud version below, and enjoy;

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Modern Family Unit

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Liking the way April is going already with its summer days, and with its gigs a plenty; although some seem to clash, and the new music still cometh. Today I had a new mix of the new single from Modovar and a new artist to my show rota- MFU (Modern Family Unit). We squeezed in the odd classic track along with the stunning new electronic goodness.

Plus I spoke about the choice of wether to use Herbal remedies or sticking with those over the counter pharmacy type medicines for your ill’s, to Camel Cloning and Dick Tracy’s wrist watch; well you can say my show not diverse.

If this makes no sense then why not click on the edited rerun below;

The Violator Spell

Great to start the month with guests and great new music, which was what we had today. As we debuted new much from Rodney Cromwell, Imaginary War and Model Depose. Just right for an Easter bank Holiday show in my book..

In the studio we had three members of the UK Premier Depeche Mode tribute band, ‘Speak & Spell. The guys regularly perform the huge catalogue of hits by Basildon Depeche Mode, and today they were here to talk about their big London gig at the o2 Islington, in which they will recreate the 1990 album Violator by Depeche Mode. We spoke of the complexity and the fun of taking on the task, plus the boys generously gave away 2 pair of tickets to the London gig; which has had to move a bigger stage to allow for the success of interest for this gig. Oh, and we even got to hear a remix by Keith from the band, for Modovar 11041667_10155575655620105_3119256392131367706_n

Also on the show I took advantage of the great knowledge of my show listeners, to gain advice on booking a summer holidays- well don’t ask, don’t get.

S&S SelfieDon’t worry if your are sad to have missed the full-on live show, because here below is my edited down version care of Mixcloud;

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Apache Darling

Well it is the end of March and the clocks are due to go back, but no fear we had a great show. With new music from Rare Facture, Frozen Nation and Actors. Plus of course a few electronic gems along the way. We spoke of the new fad for relaxation- Colouring books and that led to a few ways listeners relax. This week gone I had the opportunity to meet up in Glasgow with a duo that I feel will be the next big thing, think Eurythmics, meets Allison Moyet, Meets Chvrches- Meet APACHE DARLING. The band made up with Stefanie Lawrence and her partner Andrew Black. We chatted about there style and avoided the Chvrches reference, they spoke of playing with Simple Minds, the excitement of being in an international songwriters competition and cheekily I asked how they got their name – Find out more about: APACHE DARLING

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Violator 25

I was spoilt for musical choice today, as the stations A-list has some absolute corkers within it; which complemented some of the new tracks I had lined up- love it when a plan comes to hand. As it had been a solar eclipse I asked the question in my chatty bit about those moments in life that they hype up and say you can miss them.

My news story of the week combines asian culture with a 1970’s rock classic Layla. Violator 25thAs well as some great music we spoke of the fact that this month signifies the 25th anniversary of the release of Violator by Depaeche Mode, and my future studio guests… who will be putting on a tribute show of the entire album.

If you missed the live show, then why not rerun the edited version and find out more- Just click on the Mixcloud link below;

The Heart of parties

Another whirlwind of music on the show today, with new stuff and old. We had new from Malpas, Battery Operated Orchestra, Zero Corporation and an exclusive play of the next single from Modovar; the guys have a few mixes and we had a taste of the Geoff Pinckney mix- who happens to be the producer of their next album and one half of Tenek. On my chatty bit I tried to explain the theme, but failed and my New story Of the week, taught me to brush up on my maths, if I want a bride to marry me.

If you missed all the fun from the live show, then fear not and click on the edited version via Mixcloud;

Glass rock

Pity punch and all that….. my first show of March and my first return to going to a gig the night before a show….its a rare occasion. I travelled to London to finally catch Vivien Glass live, and boy oh boy was I not disappointed. Great stage presence, sexiness and rocking rhythms- what more could I ask. Also making a great show was Dollxx and Empathy Test; who are due to play Basildon in June.

Thou it was a late night, lucky I was ok as I presented the show with a little less sleep then normal, talking of which as we are a week away from Digital Darkness and the launch of Johnny Normal album ROBOT ROCK, we got to play a track from this album and give away 2 signed copies ahead of its release.

We discussed on my chatty bit those little habit or routines at your day job that if altered can throe you out, plus we looked at my News Story of the week, which was a tale of banning.

If you missed the full live show, then feel free to click on the Mixcloud link and rerun the show;

Live Long And Rock

As  the month of February comes to an end we hear the sad news of the passing of Star Trek Legend, Mr Spock aka Leonard Nimoy, who was lesser know for his occasional songs- so we dug out a classic in tribute.

We had the latest release from Scotland’s Analog Angel and a few classic tracks along the way, plus we got to hear from Tony Mayo, the man behind cult electronic punk band, Naked Lunch. We chatted about playing live back at the start in the 1980’s to now, plus the joys of getting up close with your audience, forgiveness and the pranks of road crews.  On my talking bit, I looked back at the recent accident Madonna had at the Brits and posed the question around seeing other have an accident on stage. My story of the week was a sad tale of a man who was stung by the divorce courts for telling his wife he didn’t love her.

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Call your Tiny pets

As the month draws ever closer to an end, I enjoy the marvel of the Chinese Zodiac; being as i’m the FIRE Horse….. and it would seem a few loyal listeners had similar creatures as their birth animal. On the news item of the week I spoke of a story about getting equal dog rights for cats in Japan and if that was enough, I introduced the world to Wallace Dancing (as in Wallace and Gromit) – see the Instagram link if you dare; Wallace Dancing

Plus we had some more great new music and a few classics to boot….. and if you missed the live show, then why not simply rerun the fun via the Mixcloud link;

Fade to great

It may well be a valentines weekend, but that had no real bearing on todays show. We did have the odd track with romance as an underline theme I guess. Thou we did also have some great new tracks too, from EmT , Voxtrot Alpha and Seadrake, plus a few classics tracks, as per.

On my chatty bit we spoke of dubious claims to fame. We looked back at the late Steve Strange, who passed away this week with a rerun of a March 2012 phone interview I had the privilege to make with him. Talking about his new side projects, the Visage album, his new autobiography and future plans- which he was on track with till his passing. It was odd playing back that interview and then playing Fade to Grey, which sounded so much more of a tune of melancholy then I recall…. RIP Stephan Harrington.

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Steve Strange – RIP [2015]

 

 

 

Paid Breakfast

An almost TOP GEAR stunt start to the show this week, as I skidded on frosty roads to avoid a car that was across the road that morning. Which led me to talk about those important or not so important job for your car, that you’ve been putting off- for me it was clearly tires. More great tunes today, and even a future release type single. Firstly we had a new track from a free album from The Alpha Video and then a potential new single from Apache Darling. We had yet more classic tracks and a story of a reality concept in Korea where you can get paid for broadcasting you eat meals online..

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Normal strange fabulous

It seems as thou we are still dodging that there snowy weather around here at Phoenix fm, which at any rate suits me as the show best indoors. Mind you the chatty bit today was about eavesdropping and loud mobile phone users. We also spoke about changing skylines and the lost of an odd landmarks, like the massive metal framed Gasometers – historical or eyesore, as we discussed, they are almost a thing of the past now.

Still, at least we have our music, as we debuted a few new tracks in the show, from Vivien Glass, Ideomotor, April Towers, Moscow Metro and Faerground Accidents, plus I had the pleasure of announce another great gig, for April 24th in London, with an amusing  line up of comedy genius and electronic firepower – NORMAL, STRANGE & FABULOUS.Johnny gary shelter

 

If you missed the live show, then why not rerun the fun via the edited version on Mixcloud;

 

 

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Expandable…..

As we breeze towards the end of January, it is great to hear of old actors getting new gigs to raise them up. This week I read all about Hollywood super action hero, Sylvester Stallone. Who has signed up to front an advertisement campaign from a large UK Bread making company. Now I know he is not short on dough… but like bread is he an expandable Expendable.

Music wise, we had lots of brand new music, including a new single a guy called Neil Francis, who came to attention care of a post Erasure gig tube singalong (see video clip). The single connected is with Shelter, who recently supported Erasure.

Also on the show we had a track from the debut album from Finnish artists Jaani Peuhu, plus a brand new track from duo, Machinery and Pulse; who play London later that day. We talked phobias or fears you might have, along with some of the best music from the field of electronic/synth/new wave…. If you missed the live radio show, then please subscribe to my post show edited versions  on Mixcloud;

 

Tattoo my weather bomb

As it was a busy week in world news, I though it time to bring back  an old conversational feature, where I pick an odd news story out from the week gone by for views. This week it was about the seemingly artistic and yet strangely odd concept of Eye tattoo; this is where you dye the white of your eye a colour….. yes very dangerous, very striking but why. Earlier in the show we chatted about the impending snowy weather and this ‘Weather bomb’ word, do we like snow and why. Music wise we had more electronic tracks new to the airwaves or at least to me,  entwined with a few recent tracks of note and a few classics.

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Martyn Dolls out the chat

New year fully under way and as you may had heard in the show there are lots of music gigs to attend in January; which is what I love. We had some more new music, and one was a cool cover from Swedish band Vogon Poetry, plus there were a few classic tracks, all set for my first guest of 2015, Singer/Songwriter Martyn Bailey, who joined me in the studio.  Martyn has only recent had the joy of signing to a record label and told me about how things led up and what next, new album next album musical and his fear of toy Dolls.

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Under the Stars of 2015

The game is a foot as they say, and straight away we have a few exclusive ala debut tracks on the show…. and that how I like to start the first show of the year. Along with a few classics and me posing the question around alternative New Year Resolution…. as it is all poppycock. No gyms for me just life. Naturally there is more to the show today then that, so click below and rerun the fun;

PLAYLIST:

Placebo – Nancy Boy (Radio Edit)

Holly Johnson – Heaven’s Eyes

Elbow – Neat Little Rows

Rain Diary – Frail Flags in Wind

ARGH – Night In The City

Roby Fayer. ft Tom Gefen – Ready to Fight

Vague Notion – Human Love Song

Berlin Berlin – Be here (radio version)

Depeche Mode – A Photograph Of You (Rose Tinted Mix)

Margaret Berger – Human Race

Jesus Jones – Right Here Right Now

Avec Sans – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)

Simple Minds – Big Music

ACTORS – Like U Want 2

Johnny Normal – Alive

Berlyn Trilogy – Leaving Notes

Model Depose – Rise and fall

Under the Stars – Rapture

Q Lazarus – Goodbye Horses

Chvrches – Get Away

Vivien Glass – JULIUS

Low Tide Theory – To Begin Again (Radio Edit)

Sinestar – I am the Rain (Mesh remix)

Prides – Out of the Blue

White Lies – Getting Even

EKKOES – Last Breath (Radio Edit)

Public Service Broadcasting – Gagarin

Apache Darling – More Than Me

Thomas Azier – How To Disappear

Martyn Bailey – Godspeed

Eurasianeyes – Far Off Land

Among the Echoes – Fracture

Tenek – Where’s the Time (Telematic Holiday 80 Edit)

Say Lou Lou – Instant Crush

Shelter – Fierce!

Spacebuoy – How Much Does it Hurt

Christmas is Alive

Twas the last Saturday Breakfast show of the year, no one was stirring, not even my mouse….well till I clicked start button anyway. We dived into the regular fun and frolics of the Breakfast show,  allowing the music to be dictated by the old year of 2014; mostly.  The show was so much a review as a nod in certain areas, as we had yet another brand new track to see the last show out. As we debut the new single from Johnny Normal, who as you recall was my studio guest at the start of the December.

Johnny Normal – Alive

The new track is called ALIVE, and it is his first track from Johnny after his long illness and is the starter on his return to form for his new year which will see him return to the stage with his partner in crime, Psyco Pete. CLICK To order the new JOHNNY NORMAL Single here.

We did reflect on somethings on the show, as we had a little chat about how people over do the festive season and how they say, they will cut down next year.. but do they will they….

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PLAYLIST:

Goldfrapp – Happiness

Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short

Father Tiger – On Christmas Day

All She Knows – Why do I Fall

Apt – Make Contact

Berlin Berlin – Brilliant Mind

Kid Kasio – Letters of Love

New Neon – Everything iz Different (Clive Pierce Rework)

Giorgio Moroder – 74 Is The New 24

Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future

ACTORS – Like U Want 2

Berlyn Trilogy – Can the Heart be saved-

EKKOES – Last Breath (Radio Edit)

Apache Darling – More Than Me

Analog Angel – Drive

Chatterbox ft Tara & Andy J – Au Revoir

Among the Echoes – Fracture

Johnny Normal – Alive

Chvrches – Get Away

Cloak – Blood and Pain

EMT – Regret

Empathy Test – Where I Find Myself

Eurasianeyes – Walk As One

Hot Pink Abuse – Mysterious Souls

Gary Numan – I Am Dust

Depeche Mode – Should Be Higher

FRAGILE SOULS – Ghosts of Sippi

Junksista – 2 Live A Little

Vile Electrodes – Damaged Software

Low Tide Theory – Crash

Model Depose – Nightwatch

Martyn Bailey – TEN

Shelter feat. alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix)

Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)

Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING

Pulse – Positron Electron

Sinestar – The Same Way

tenek – What Kind Of Friend (N Mix)

Tis the season to be jolly

Well it is almost the last Saturday Breakfast of 2014, its the penultimate as they say in ego land. so it was business as normal with some brand new tracks on the show and a few classic tracks. I tried not to think about the fact that Christmas is upon us and I’ve not wrapped anything, nor have I thought about looking back over the great music of 2014, ala review. We did however have a little chat about those unsung heroes, who work over Christmas and then those we don’t really mind, that they work as well at Christmas…you know the ones #Baahumbug.

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 PLAYLIST:

KLF – Last Train To Trancentral (LP Mix)

Kosheen – Hide U

Maccabees – Pelican
Ladyhawke – Black White And Blue
Father Tiger – On Christmas Day
Scarlet Echo – Lose Control
Blur – Charmless Man
Vanguard – A Brighter Day
Erasure – A Little Respect (Edward Remix)
Empathy Test – Losing Touch
Thomas Azier – Ghostcity
Debbie Harry – French Kissing In The USA
Tenek – What Do You Want_ (Radio Edit)
Alex Juno Ft Johnny Normal – Don’t Blow It
EKKOES – Last Breath (Radio Edit)
Hurts – All I Want For Christmas Is New Year’s Day
Apache Darling – More Than Me
The Department – Not For You
Analog Angel – Drive
Vile Electrodes – Play With Fire (Amarta Project Vile Remix)
Model Depose – We feel we can make it
Soft Cell – What
Northern Kind – Euphonic
Chvrches – Get Away
Prides – Out of the Blue
MIKRO – Hello
Eurasianeyes – Walk As One
CURXES – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Spacebuoy – How Much Does it Hurt
shelter feat. alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix)
SineStar – Hurricane
ACTORS – How Deep is the Hole
Spatial Relation – Contour Lines (Scene Noir Remix)
Cloak – Blood and Pain
Gary Numan – Cars
Martyn Bailey – SUBJECT (Single Remix)
Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)

A christmas emerge

Finally time to play the odd Christmas record or two now, and luckily I had a few that suited my taste and were new to your ears. AS we had one from a Swedish band and another giving the old Phil Spector a run for his money.PFM xmas On the show I had the nice honour to be able to announce the next artist to be signed up to play the hugely enjoyable music festival in Basildon BAS 2015; The band mentioned is within my Mixcloud– yes I’m a tease.. We also chatted about the old office party and does anyone still have them in the actual (photocopying fun) office.

As they say, feel free to rerun the fun via Mixcloud;
PLAYLIST:

Duran Duran – The Reflex
Bastille – Pompeii
New Order ft Ana Matronix – Jetstream
Automatic – Monster
Vogon poetry – we wish you a merry christmas
Vogon Poetry – The Diceman (Johan BaeckstrÓm Remix)
Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
Pinklogik – Mindstorm
Jona Lewie – Stop The Cavalry
Babylon Zoo – Spaceman
Vanguard – A Brighter Day
Human League – (Keep Feeling) Fascination
Republica – Christiana Obey (Radio Edit)
Prides – Out of the Blue
Future Islands – Balance
Model Depose – We feel we can make it for
Shelter – Fierce!
Empathy Test – Where I Find Myself
Among The Echoes – Freak (Nikki Noodles Remix)
Emt – Christmas Baby please come home
The Department – As If Transformed
Johnny Normal – Miss Razorblade (Sam Wale Mix)
Chvrches – Get Away
DeVision – Ready to Die (Dominatrix Remix)
tenek – What Kind Of Friend
Vivien Glass – JULIUS
ACTORS – Like U Want 2
Kovak – Radiate
MIKRO – Hello
Cloak – Blood and Pain
Vile Electrodes – Empire of Wolves (Conquered Lands Version)
Human League – Human (Minimalistic Mix)
Father Tiger – On Christmas Day
Simple Minds – Honest Town
Heliophile – The Silence
Martyn Bailey – TEN
Apache Darling – More Than Me
Erasure- She Wont Be Home (Lonely Christmas)

Back to Normal with Johnny

First show of the month and Christmas is but a shiny moment away, and I’m not ready. On the show this week we had more great new music and guests. In the studio we had a very special guest, who is still recovering from a series of terrible complications from an illness, Singer/Song Writer Johnny Normal, who gave us a sobering account of the nightmare he went through just recently. Johnny was joined by his creative partner Psyco Pete and we discussed looking like Darth vader and Adam Ant- see, nothing normal.
Johnny also spoke of those medical hero’s who worked hard on him and whom he is fundraising for in thanks. So please, help him and his family raise some money to help fund the lifesaving treatment that Leicester’s Specialist Hospitals provide for people like me who had little or no hope of survival. Please give whatever you can through JustGiving and you can be sure that the money goes to where it is needed.CLICK: Just Giving – Johnny Normal
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Before the studio was invaded by Johnny Normal, I was asking what people are like for Christmas, do they go made with all the pomp and ceremony or are they quiet celebrators. Plus we had great new music from Cloak, Shelter and Filter Distortion.
If you Missed the live show then fear not and click on the MIXCLOUD link below;

Playlist:
Kaiser Chiefs – Na Na Na Na Naa
Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
Beautiful South – Perfect Ten
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
Filter Distortion – Neon Nights
Berlin Berlin – Brilliant Mind
EKKOES – TEAM (LORDE COVER)
Damned – Eloise
CURXES – Spectre (Soil in the Synth Remix)
Model Depose – We feel we can make it for
Machinista – Picture Frame Eternity
Mesh – Born To Lie
ACTORS – Like U Want 2
MIKRO – Hello
Gary Numan – Love Hurt Bleed (Radio Edit)
Johnny Normal – Save Me (Sam Wale Mix)
CHVRCHES – I Would Die 4 V
Johnny Normal – Miss Razorblade (Sam Wale Mix)
Erasure – Bells of Love (Isabelle’s of Love)
Simple Minds – Honest Town
Among the Echoes – Fracture
Sinestar – Smoke Screen
Berlyn Trilogy – Can the Heart be saved-
Martyn Bailey – Red Sky Supernova
Jean Team – Keine Melodien 1234
Shelter – Fierce!
Cloak – Dance
Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future
Hot Pink Abuse – Mysterious Souls
Apache Darling – More Than Me
Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)

Bright light Saturday

As the Month of November draws to a close and we recover from another American fad- Black Friday. I had a bright Saturday and of course, the delight of squeezing on to the show another big selection of new electronic gems and the odd classic. It may not come as a surprise that I’m fairly talked out after a show, but as I need to write a blog of sorts, I have to mention me talking about being a creatures of habits during the show and by failed attempt to creat a viral spamming of Facebook with your ‘Meme’.. are well, maybe next week, with a special guest.

Ses here below, the Mixcloud version of the live show that you may had missed for your edification and delight;

Playlist:
Inspiral Carpets – Dragging Me Down
Killers – Mr Brightside
Cardigans – Lovefool
Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
Gary Numan – The Fall
M83 – Midnight City
Jaani Peuhu – No Regrets
Eurythmics – Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)
Sugarcubes – Hit
Train To Spain – Passion (Machinista Club Remix)
The Cure – The Caterpillar
Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
Rain Diary – Frail Flags in Wind
Model Depose – We feel we can make it for
Among the Echoes – Fracture
Tokyo Witch Hunt – A Forest (The Cure)
Empress Touch – Precious (THE DEPARTMENT REMIX)
Lorde – Team
Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)
MIKRO – Hello
Shiny Darkness – Mother
Vanguard – On My Own
Last Cry – Under My Skin
Simple Minds – Honest Town
Shelter feat. alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix)
New Neon – When its love its love (Produced by Clive Pierce)
The Slow Readers Club – Forever in Your Debt
Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING
Heliophile – Echo Chamber
Classix Nouveux – Is It A Dream
Vogon Poetry – The Diceman (Johan BaeckstrÓm Remix)
Electro Kill Machine – Cause & effect
Machinista – Picture Frame Eternity
Romeo & Juliet – FOTONOVELA [feat.James New]
Morrissey – Suedehead
Johnny Normal – There’s a Girl that Lives in the Sea

A cure for all seasons

It has been one of those weeks and the show started off thinking that, but I pull the show up and told it who’s boss. Then the show told me it was the show and I was just a minion. So a battle ensued, with me playing a couple of ‘suitable for daytime’ tracks, from a compilation album which is a selection of covers off songs from The Cure – visit the band camp link for more samples from this release;
ALFA MATRIX, Tribute to The Cure

Now I had a slight ‘mare this morning and before that I witnessed three fallow Dears crossing the road; which I now take as an omen. Talking of ‘Dears’, we spoke briefly about the silly things you get roped into at work, and how I might have to wear high-heels for a awareness event next week at my day job.

If you missed today’s little show then why not click on the mixcloud version and listen again at your leisure;

PLAYLIST:
Simple Minds – Don’t you forget about me
Republica – Christiana Obey (radio edit)
Editors – When Anger Shows
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Shipbuilding
COSMIC ARMCHAIR – Friday i’m in love (synth pop mix)
Alavano – Together Alone
New Order ft Ana Matronix – Jetstream
I Blame Coco – Selfmachine
Keane – A Bad Dream
Hurts – Better Than Love (Radio Edit)
Killers – Smile Like You Mean It
Model Depose – We feel we can make it for
Tubeway Army – Are Friends Electric
White Lies – A Place To Hide
Alex Juno Ft Johnny Normal – Don’t Blow It
Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat
DIFFUZION – Pictures of you
Chvrches – The Mother We Share
The Slow Readers Club – Forever in Your Debt
Eurasianeyes – Far Off Land
Ultravox – Live
tenek – What Kind Of Friend (N Mix)
Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING
Shamen – Move Any Mountain (Beat Edit)
Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work (EKKOES Remix)
EKKOES – Last Breath (Radio Edit)
Spacebuoy – The Fear
Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)
Rain Diary – Frail Flags in Wind
Roby Fayer. ft Tom Gefen – Ready to Fight
Martyn Bailey – TEN
EMT – Walk away
Shelter feat. alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix)

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Yet another busy show with a wealth of new music to introduce and while away the Saturday Morning.
We were far an wide too, with the selection, from Israel to the Netherlands to Manchester to Canada, and loads more places in-between. One of those bands was Model Depose, who had join me in the studio earlier this year. The guys debut their new single today as they work to their new album, which they are hopping thanks to Crowd Sourcing for support from fans- MODEL DEPOSE – new album support

There are more great gig to look forward too and another guest to the show to come. We chatted briefly about the joy of online games and their fiscal surprises and a memorial street bench.
If you missed the live show, then no need to worry as I’ve edited all down into a little Mixcloud version;

PLAYLIST:
Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
Johnny Marr – New Town Velocity
Kasabian – eez-eh
Prince – I Would Die 4 U
Maximo Park – Give, Get, Take
FRAGILE SOULS – Devil’s Sun
Editors – Honesty
Vague Notion – Human Love Song
The Cars – Heartbeat City
U2 – Invisible
The Slow Readers Club – Forever in Your Debt
All She Knows – Why do I Fall
Depeche Mode – Should Be Higher
Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart (Black Sand Extension)
Gary Numan – Love Hurt Bleed (Radio Edit)
Low Tide Theory – Exit Ramp
Model Depose – We feel we can make it for
Chatterbox ft Tara & Andy J – Au Revoir
The Department – As If Transformed
EKKOES – Last Breath (Radio Edit)
Iris – Don’t Cry
Hot Pink Abuse – Mysterious Souls
Sounds of Sputnik – New Born (Malcolm Holmes/OMD Remix)
Kid Kasio – Letters of Love
Margaret Berger – I Feed You My Love
Machinista – Take comfort in being sad
Empathy Test – Losing Touch
ACTORS – How Deep is the Hole
Roby Fayer. ft Tom Gefen – Ready to Fight
Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future
Among the Echoes – Fracture
Johnny Normal – Miss Razorblade (Sam Wale Mix)
APT – Changing Lanes (metroland adaption 7inch)
Analog Angel – We Wont Walk Away (Spacebuoy Nebular mix)
Berlyn Trilogy – Can the Heart be saved
Alavano – Together Alone
Tenek – State Of Mind

Big music to see us thru

It is ye olde Fireworke this weekend….not. Well its firework season actually, so the season isn’t the only thing that spreads out. Christmas music already in the stores and we’ve not even got past this trodden yet- are moving these things too fast was my question; among others, today. We played 3 tracks from the brand new album from Simple Minds, and a few cool dreamy tracks new tracks the show along with a little give away care of those lovely guys/gal, Hot Pink Abuse.

This weekend around the UK is a period of remembrance and this year it is the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1….’lest we forget‘ .Dm s&s poppy cover

If you missed the show, then maybe you would like the edited down rerun, which has no ads but just music and mirth…all on my mix cloud version;


PLAYLIST:
Monaco – What Do You Want From Me
Mighty Wah – Story of the Blues
Delphic – Doubt
Sinead O’Connor – 8 Good Reasons
Simple Minds – Honest Town
Nirvana – Lithium
Black Volition – Rivers (Video Edit)
Landscape – Einstein A Go-Go
Editors – Sugar
Ummagma – Kiev (Original Mix)
Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
The Human League – Tell Me When
Thomas Azier – Ghostcity
The Horrors – So Now You Know
Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)
FRAGILE SOULS – Ghosts of Sippi
Martyn Bailey -Panic in the Skies (Single Mix)
Rain Diary – Frail Flags in Wind
Hot Pink Abuse – Mysterious Souls
shelter feat.alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix)
Simple Minds – Let the Day Begin
Tenek – What Kind Of Friend (N Mix)
Chvrches – Lies
EMT – Walk away
ACTORS – Like U Want 2
Analog Angel – Drive
The New Southern Electrikk – Mother of Earth
Then Jerico – Big Area
Simple Minds – Big Music
Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves
Cloak – Little Boy Lost
Eurasianeyes – Walk As One
Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING
Sinestar – Smoke Screen

Hallo’winge season

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Simple Minds

Nothing spooky themed about the show today, as we recover from the annual pain, that is our all new Americana Halloween. Well I say nothing spooky, I meant maybe not spooky but tedious themed, as there was the odd track and or artist that had a slight connection to the all Hallows eve spooky season. We debuted a new track from Glasgow band Simple Minds, as they prepare to release their new album. We looked forward to the big OXJAM gig in Basildon and its array of bands on the bill, which will all help raise money for Oxfam uk. Along with all this, we chatted about being disturbed by neighbours and or are you a nosey neighbour.

If you missed the full on live show, then no matter, as you can listen again via my Mixcloud version;


PLAYLIST:
Genesis – Abacab
Kaiser Chiefs – Never Miss A Beat
Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye (Radio Edit)
Hoosiers – Worst Case Scenario
Alabama 3 – Woke Up this Morning
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
All About Eve – Martha’s Harbour
London Grammar – Strong
White Lies – First Time Caller
Zutons – Confusion
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
Hot Pink Abuse – Mysterious Souls
Mcalmont And Butler – Yes
Model Depose – Nightwatch
Martyn Bailey – TEN
Simple Minds – Honest Town
The Horrors – Still Life
Black Volition – Rivers (Video Edit)
EMT – Walk away
Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)
Sinestar – The Same Way
Adam And The Ants – Stand And Deliver
Among the Echoes – Pure (Numan)
ACTORS – It Goes Away
Editors – Sugar
Vile Electrodes – Empire of Wolves (Conquered Lands)
Avec Sans – Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush Cover)
Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes
Berlyn Trilogy – Can the Heart be saved-
Vivien Glass – PART MACHINE (Alternate Version)
Matt Jessup – ghost
Eurasianeyes – Walk As One
Junksista – 2 Live A Little

Useless mistakes

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Depeche Mode – Useless

Well it is technically and officially end of Summer 2014 and the beginning of Autumn, clocks go back an hour…. So, an extra hour in Bed on Sunday- every silver cloud ah…. Among the music and flim flam, today we chatted about those useless moments where you have an accident or something embarrassing you at work; mine was spilling soup into my lap. Naturally I shoehorned a few relevant and slightly tenuously linked tracks.

Feel free to listen again, via the edited mixcloud version of the live show;

Playlist:

REM – Orange Crush

James – Come Home

Prince feat Zooey Deschanel – FallInLove2Nite

Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes

Pet Shop Boys – All Over The World

Gotye feat Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know

Maximo Park – Leave This Island

Hot Pink Abuse – Mysterious Souls

Men Without Hats -The Safety Dance

Goldfrapp – Happiness

U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

Interpol – Obstacle 1

Low Tide Theory – To Begin Again (Radio Edit)

Northern Kind – Euphonic

Dubstar – Not So Manic Now

Spacebuoy – So Easy

Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)

Depeche Mode – Useless

Sinestar – I am the Rain (Mesh remix)

shelter feat. alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix)

Rain Diary – Frail Flags in Wind

Gary Numan – Love Hurt Bleed (Radio Edit)

tenek – What Kind Of Friend (N Mix)

Say Lou Lou – Instant Crush

Visage – Mind Of A Toy

Republica – Christiana Obey (Radio Edit)

Analog Angel – Drive

Erasure – Bells of Love (Isabelle’s of Love)

Chvrches – Gun

EMT – Regret

Cloak – Nobody’s Diary (Acoustic)

Martyn Bailey – TEN

A-Ha – Take On Me

The Department – As If Transformed

Vile Electrodes – Play With Fire (Amarta Project Vile Remix)

Berlin Berlin – Brilliant Mind

Talking Heads – Psycho Killer

Rain diary of an ego

Lovely autumnal morning outside this week, which gave good to my playlist of music, with new music from Local duo Modovar, with their new track ‘Cold’, and then Finnish dark ware outfit, from Helsinki- Rain Diary,  so you can see there was actually a slight weather vibe in the playlist to match.

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Rain Diary

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Modovar – Cold

Naturally, few odd classic tracks in the show again, both sets from the 1980’s and 1990’s to try and be equal, plus a few current tracks without the musical egos….. well, apart from U2, which brought be on to today talkie bit, Ego and those decisions you make that you felt were good at the time.

If you miss the full live show then why not do as ‘Pat Sharp’ used to say- “Rerun the Fun”…. or maybe just listen to the edited version below;

Playlist:

Garbage – Stupid Girl

Goldfrapp – Believer

Electric Six – Danger (High Voltage)

The Vaccines – All In White

Losers – Sirenna

Everything Everything – Cough Cough

Hettie – No Guarantee

U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

New Musik – This World of Water

Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye (Radio Edit)

Pony Pony Run Run – Walking On A Line (Lifelike Remix)

Foxes – Youth

Sisters of Mercy – Lucretia My Reflection

Berlyn Trilogy – Leaving Notes

Among the Echoes – Fracture

Assemblage 23 – Love My Way

Modovar – Cold (Radio Edit)

CHVRCHES – We Sink (ROBRV edit)

Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future

Hot Pink Abuse – Mysterious Souls

Jesus Jones – Right Here Right Now

Depeche Mode – Freelove

Model Depose – Rise and Fall

Eurasianeyes – Walk As One

Shamen – Ebeneezer Goode

Tenek – Punishment

ACTORS – Like U Want 2

Blancmange – making aeroplanes (ft victoria)

Toyah – I Want To Be Free

Rain Diary – Frail Flags in Wind

Pulse – Positron Electron (Skinbag Jones Bleep Bleep mix)

Roman Remains – This Stone Is Starting To Bleed

Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING

Johnny Normal – Save Me (Sam Wale Mix)

The Horrors – So Now You Know

Edison Effect – I See Fire (Ed Sheeran Cover)

White Lies – There Goes Our Love Again

Man-flu over the cuckoo’s nest

Well this week I felt better after stalwartly maning up against the daring nuisance that is, the dreaded and evil incarnate – MAN-FLU. Naturally, I soldiered on at work and never mentioned it, but I must admit to being surprised when a female colleagues weren’t so shy at whinging about her suffering … Hmm, hashtag, double standards me thinks. So, this became my question for the morning…..and a few listeners agreed about these dramas queens…. Whom ever they are.

This week, we had a brand new single from Portuguese band;  who we like, ‘Hot Pink Abuse, who allowed me the honour to debut their new single on the show (Nov 7th 2014) . Along with that great track we had yet more classic tracks; the odd one lamenting my Man-flu hero status and my biting wit….WIT I said.10612972_752034088166238_8553198763822702402_n

Anyway, if you missed my lovely little, live radio show, then see here below, the edited version on Mixcloud;

PLAYLIST:

Kula Shaker – Hush

Audio Bully’s – Only Man

It Bites – Calling All The Heroes

Johnny Marr – Easy Money

Gary Numan – A Game Called Echo

The Twang – Two Lovers

Inspiral Carpets – Generations

The Department – As If Transformed

Tina Turner – We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)

Public Enemy – Harder Than You Think

Kaiser Chiefs – My Life (single edit)

Pet Shop Boys – So Hard

Eurythmics – Sexcrime

Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future

Berlin Berlin – Brilliant Mind

London Grammar – Strong

WJAX – DAYLIGHT

Hot Pink Abuse – Mysterious Souls

Sinestar – The Same Way

Empathy Test – Losing Touch

Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING

OMD – if you want it (marsheaux remix)

New Neon – When its love its love (Prod by Clive Pierce)

EMT – Walk away

Thomas Dolby – Hyperactive

La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy

Electro Kill Machine – Warped

Heliophile – First Strike (You’re Out) – radio edit

Martyn Bailey – TEN

Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves

Republica – Ready To Go – Radio Mix

Tenek – Elusive (Radio Edit)

Analog Angel – Drive

Thomas Azier – Ghostcity

Low Tide Theory – To Begin Again (Radio Edit)

Modovar – The Sea of Unspoken Words – Radio Edit

Chvrches – Lies

David Brent’ would

This week was the launch of the new ‘biopic’ style film about the life of Spandau Ballet, full of footage and arguments and musical gold. Which was a world away from an actual Biopic I watched about Ian Dury, still we chatted on the show about what Biopics we’d like and I noted Gary Numan would be interesting.. but who would play him. New music on the show came from WJAX and would you believe it, we heard from comedian, writer and artist Ricky Gervais character- David Brent, with his debut single…all about sunny Slough.
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Feel free to listen again to the edited MIXCLOUD version of the live show;


Playlist:
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
Gorillaz feat Daley – Doncamatic
0Maisonettes – Heartache Avenue
Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood
Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This
Kaiser Chiefs – My Life (single edit)
Edison Effect – Stretching Time
Ian Dury and the Blockheads – Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick
Spandau Ballet – To Cut A Long Story Short
Keane – This Is The Last Time
All She Knows – Why do I Fall
Space feat Cerys Matthews – Ballad Of Tom Jones
Tears for Fears – Broken
The Department – As If Transformed
Vile Electrodes – Empire of Wolves
Justice vs Simian – We Are Your Friends
Martyn Bailey – TEN
WJAX – DAYLIGHT
Depeche Mode – Waiting for the night (bare acoustic)
Johnny Cash – Hurt
Johnny Normal – Save Me (Sam Wale Mix)
OMD – Dresden
Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING
The Circuit Symphony – New Romantic feat. Nick Beggs
Kid Kasio – Letters of Love
Metroland – Harry Beck
Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future
Empathy Test – Where I Find Myself
David Brent – Slough
Machinista – Take comfort in being sad
Tenek – If I Should Fall
Among the Echoes – Pure (Numan)
Analog Angel – Drive
Pulse – Positron Electron
Junksista – 2 Live A Little
The Cure – Let’s Go To Bed

On the synthetic Pulse

I say busy show and I meant a busy day….. for on the show I was chatting with Howard H Moth, him out of PULSE, and I played their new single, along with new tracks from Kira, and a few others, like The Department and Black Volition for example. We spoke about those tekkie upgrades and how they have recently changed our lives.Pulse

If you missed the live show, then here is my edited version via Mixcloud;

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Well the voting’s all done, so I won’t mention the situation, but I did play a cheeky Scottish anthem type motif, which could have been the new blue face rally rouser tune. I harped on about last weeks TEC003 event and looked forward to the slightly further from home, Synthetic City 2..in Birmingham, on September 27th. We had brand new stuff from Visage and a few classics here and there.10519247_533948803400434_4041764469380869765_n Plus I posed the question about your fave old animated show that you’d love to see brought back, as we here actor/comic/TV Presenter, Alexander Armstrong is to voice our 80/90’s mousey hero, for the return of Danger Mouse in 2015.

Did you miss the live show, Crumbs…Why not click on the mix cloud and listen again…

ABC – How To Be A Millionaire

The Feeling – Love It When You Call

Magic Numbers – Forever Lost

Editors – Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors

The Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love

The Charlatans – The Only One I Know

The Cars – My Best Friend’s Girl

Deacon Blue – A New House

Cocteau Twins – Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops

Morcheeba – What’s Your Name

REM – All The Best

Squeeze – Slap And Tickle

Sugarcubes – Hit

Chvrches – Lies

Analog Angel – Drive

Modovar – Same Old Scene

Visage – She’s Electric(Coming Around)

Automatic Writing – Continuous

Thomas Azier – Ghostcity

Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough

Vile Electrodes – Empire of Wolves(Conquered Lands Version)

Human League – Never Let Me Go

Hot Pink Abuse – Hit me and run

Electro Kill Machine – Warped

Dubstar – Not So Manic Now

Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING

Duran Duran – A View To A Kill

The Horrors – So Now You Know

Martyn Bailey – TEN

EmT – Walk Away (Pinklogik Remix)

KirA – Pure Delight

Among the Echoes – Fracture

Gary Numan – M.e.

Pulse – Too many meltdowns

Eurasianeyes – Walk As One

Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed

Shelter feat. Alignment North – Trouble with u

Funky vile mode

Always a busy show, never a chore for me….well I don’t like to gripe; much. but then it is easy not to moan when you have superb music, and total was no exception with new music from Vivien Glass, Junksista, Say Lou Lou and Apache Darling. Plus there were of course a few classic tracks, and a look forward to an event called TEC 003. In which depeche Mode tribute band, Speak & Spell, will be playing the entire debut Depeche Mode album; from which the guys took their name from. Also on the event bill, will be Vile Electrodes who will headline and play their very own  debut album – ‘Future through a Lens’ in full… plus the event will have a special guest DJ, Sarah Blackwood…

….Should be a great night.
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We spoke of albums forced on us this week and routines changes….well when I say we, I rather gave too many examples… none the less if you want to catch the show again, well you can via Mixcloud;


PLAYLIST:
Pet Shop Boys – It’s A Sin
Alien Ant Farm – Smooth Criminal
Coral – In The Morning
Gorillaz – Stylo
Filthy Rich and Catflap
Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind
Hoosiers – Worst Case Scenario
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Zephyr Song
U2 – With Or Without You
Freeez – IOU
Monaco – What Do You Want From Me
Deacon Blue – A New House
Ellie Goulding – Lights
M – Pop Muzik
OMD – Dresden
ACTORS – It Goes Away
Gary Numan – Metal
Tenek – Punishment
Vivien Glass – SOMETHING RUNNING
Last Cry – Under My Skin
Apache Darling – More Than Me
The Cure – Never Enough
Eurasianeyes – Walk As One
Pulse – The Throne
Low Tide Theory – To Begin Again (Radio Edit)
Republica – Christiana Obey (radio edit)
CHVRCHES – We Sink (ROBRV edit)
Berlyn Trilogy – Can the Heart be saved
Johnny Normal – Talk to Me (Sam Wale Mix)
Among the Echoes – Fracture
Junksista – 2 Live A Little
Ultravox – Live
Depeche Mode – Puppets
Vile Electrodes – Damaged Software
Martyn Bailey – TEN
Say Lou Lou – Instant Crush
Electro Kill Machine – Warped

I-September

Twas one of those week. I was scrabbling around the barbers yesterday and that found hair sticking out of my ears, well I made sure the music on my show was loud today- need to blast those follicles. Talking of being technical, we chatted about the launch of more must haves, the joy of tech and those new fangles smart watch type smart phone thingies. …which will take over our wrists as well as our fingers.

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Now, new music today came all the way from Dublin duo Analogue Wave, who are on their second album, along with another great little old playlist of electronic tracks, we had a classic from 1981, in which to me this track always sounded like this sheffield band thinks it is still its old band…

Hmm, intrigued?…..

Well why not listen again to the show, via this edited version of my show now on my mixcloud below;


PLAYLIST:
La Roux – In For The Kill
Morrissey – First Of The Gang To Die
Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood
INXS – Suicide Blonde
Mannequins – Everytime I See Ya
Arctic Monkeys – Brianstorm
Go! Team – Ladyflash
Ladyhawke – Black White And Blue
Heaven 17 – We’re Going To Live For A Very Long Time
Gorillaz – Dare
Johnny Marr – New Town Velocity
Muse – Unintended
Talk Talk – Talk Talk
Goldfrapp – Believer
Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future
Berlyn Trilogy – Leaving Notes
Cult With No Name – Everything Lasts an Age
Analogue Wave – Half Light
White Lies – Change
Model Depose – Rise and Fall
Martyn Bailey – TEN
Vivien Glass – WINGS ON FIRE
Johnny Normal – Miss Razorblade (Sam Wale Mix)
Electro Kill Machine – Warped
Pulse – The Throne
Ultravox – Live
Analog Angel – Drive
Adam and the Ants – Beat My Guest
CHVRCHES – We Sink (ROBRV edit)
The Human League – Tell Me When
Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes
Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves
EMT – Regret
Among the Echoes – Pure (Numan)
FOTONOVELA feat.James New – Romeo & Juliet
tenek – What Kind Of Friend (N Mix)
Eurasianeyes – Walk As One

Counting to Ten

I may say this at the end of every month, when it falls on my show day, but boy don’t the months fly by. Which I guess can be a little annoying. However, I tell what is often annoying and that is the odd voicemail messages; which was the subject of my chatty bit today. We had a brand new single from a solo artist who is due to release his second album, we had a few classics as per and spoke of the gambit of gigs from now until Christmas it would seem, and one of which I’ve been asked again to play some music at Synthetic City..want to know more?? .BwOmGVYCMAEXW-x
Well, if you missed the live show, then feel free to enjoy the edited rerun via Mixcloud;

PLAYLIST:
Goldfrapp – Ooh La La.
MGMT – Electric Feel (Album Version).
Paul Hardcastle – 19.
Django Django – Default.
Interpol – Evil.
Erasure – Stop.
Dusty Springfield – Nothing Has Been Proved.
Disclosure feat London Grammar – Help Me Lose My Mind.
New Neon- A Different Game (Produced by Clive Pierce).
Andy Williams – Can’t Get Used To Losing You.
Gnarls Barkley – Smiley Faces.
Eltronn – Something Or Nothing.
Haim – Don’t Save Me.
Chvrches – Lies.
Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future.
Analog Angel – Drive.
Train To Spain – All About.
Martyn Bailey – TEN.
Mirrors – Falls By Another Name.
Tenek – Punishment.
Berlyn Trilogy – Departed.
Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves.
Tin Tin – Kiss Me.
Chatterbox ft Tara & Andy J – Au Revoir.
Berlin Berlin – Brilliant Mind.
New Order – Crystal.
Junksista – Queer (featuring Ladyhell).
Vivien Glass – WINGS ON FIRE.
Model Depose – Rise and Fall.
Dramatis – Ex Luna Scientia.
Mcalmont And Butler – Yes.
KirA – Pure Delight.
Among the Echoes – Fracture.
Tingle In The Netherlands – She’s No Lady.
White Lies – First Time Caller.
Eurasianeyes – Walk As One.
Shelter feat. alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix).

New Who

Who do think your are kidding Mr Moffat if you think I’m on the run; to my TELLY- well I am till the new Doctor is aired. Well, till then we had a little old show with more new music, from the US, we had New Neon and from leeds Eltronn, plus a few classics. There was also my small confessional conversation about grass cutting in the show, that went a bit ‘Carry On’; no fault of me for once. As well as that naughty comment, we have news of another new album and a debut single from it next week – So feel free to dive into the mixcloud version of the live show to find out;


PLAYLIST:
Ultravox – All Stood Still
Vaccines – All In White
Noah and the Whale – Give It All Back
James – She’s A Star
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Forgotten Man
Dubstar – Stars
One Night Only – Just For Tonight (radio edit)
Futureheads – The Beginning Of The Twist
The Beatles – Yesterday
Big Audio Dynamite – E=Mc2
Blur – Popscene
Parlotones – Here Comes The Man
Pet Shop Boys – Left To My Own Devices
Republica – Christiana Obey (Tenek Remix)
Cyferdyne vs. Deviant UK – Changed The Way You Kiss Me (Radio Edit)
Shelter feat. Alignment North – Trouble with u
Gary Numan – Love Hurt Bleed (Radio Edit)
ACTORS – Like U Want 2
New Neon- A Different Game (Produced by Clive Pierce)
Depeche Mode – Heaven
Cloak – Nobodys Diary (Acoustic)
Air – Remember
Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future
Adamski feat Seal – Killer
Garbage – Stupid Girl
The Shamen – Move Any Mountain (Beat Edit)
White Lies – Getting Even
Vivien Glass – WINGS ON FIRE
CHVRCHES – We Sink (ROBRV edit)
Eltronn – Something Or Nothing
Electro Kill Machine – Warped
The Opiates – Anatomy Of A Plastic Girl
Spacebuoy – So Easy
Modovar – If I Called
OMD – Dresden
Martyn Bailey – Red Sky Supernova
Tenek – Where’s the Time(Telematic Holiday 80 Edit)

(Apologies for the sound quality on playback)

Edge to Oxjam

Blimey, riding the crest of wobbly weather again this week, which I agree seems a regular topic within my show blog as it is; sooo British. Still from a fairly selfish point of view, it helps to be indoors or undercover to enjoy the show fully sometimes; less interference. We had a few new tracks today and announced another great live music event, and this one is close, as it is in Basildon. 10613045_10152588679477110_1196690602035383101_n
The event is OXJAM, and is one of those, now famous live music gig events put on care of Oxfam. Four bands will be playing at The Edge night Club bar on November 8th ( Fuller details of who are playing are contained within my Mixcloud rerun).

We spoke briefly of comedy heroes in the show, as we paid tribute to the comedy Legend Robin Williams, who passed away this week, with a little clip of his madcap banter, on the subject of Oscars.Robin-Williams

Playlist:

XTC – Generals And Majors

Inspiral Carpets – Dragging Me Down

Mr Hudson ft Kanye West – Supernova

Interpol – C’Mere

Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

Mcooleys – What Happened tonight

It Bites – Calling All The Heroes

Robin Williams on Being an Oscar Winner, on The Graham Norton Show

The Smiths – There is a light that will never goes out

Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind

Everything Everything – Kemosabe

Goldfrapp – Believer

Analog Angel – Drive

Sinestar – The Same Way

Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future

Electro Kill Machine – Warped

EMT – Regret

Modovar – The Sea of Unspoken Words (Radio Edit)

Shiny Darkness – Don’t make me regret it

Vivien Glass – PART MACHINE (Alternate Version)

Chvrches – Lies

Shelter feat. Alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix)

Nouvelle Electro – RADIO

Vile Electrodes – Empire of Wolves (Conquered Lands Version)

The Cure – Why Can’t I Be You

Berlyn Trilogy – Can the Heart be saved-

tenek – What Kind Of Friend (N Mix)

Horrors – So Now You Know

Vogon Poetry – Possibilities

Live – Ultravox

Ghost Capsules – Forget (We Are All Dust)

Nephew – Police Bells & Church Sirens

People Theatre – here (Aevemi remix)

Yazoo – Situation (7” Remix)

Low Tide Theory – To Begin Again (Radio Edit)

Pulse – The Throne

Eurasianeyes – Walk As One

Keeping a Pulse

Another wildly busy show this week, with tons of new music played, from far and wide it seems. We had a new remix from Wakefield band- Berlyn Trilogy, from Sunderland- Eurasianeyes. Another album track from Birmingham band- Among The Echoes (who are launching their album Fracture, in Birmingham today). Keeping my finger on the new music pulse, I had a track from two frontman, one from Lichfield UK (Spacebuoy’s Howard) and the other Lille France (Shiny Darkness’s Sebastian D)- Pulse…plus a few others from far and wide.
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We also squeezed a few more new bands and a few covers as well, plus we spoke fairly openly; or rather I did, about Gulty Pleasures- One of mine being Kylie Minogue; which I illustrated with s special track currently used for an TV ad campaign... and you will have to listen again for the rest or mine, plus others.

Which your in luck as the edited version is contained within the Mixcloud edition below:

PLAYLIST:
Ladytron – Destroy Everything You Touch
Kasabian – eez-eh
Lily Allen – The Fear (clean)
Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
THE MINX – NO FRIENDS
Erasure – Stop
Holloways – Generator
Delphic – Doubt
KYLIE MINOGUE – I Believe In You (Abbey Road Sessions)
China Crisis – Christian
Phoenix – Entertainment
The Traveling Band – Passing Ships
Foster The People – Coming Of Age
Shelter feat. Alignment North – Trouble with u
Future Perfect – Fall
Heliophile – First Strike (You’re Out) – radio edit
Paul Humphries – Random
Gary Numan – I Am Dust
Eurasianeyes – Walk As One
The Circuit Symphony – New Romantic feat. Nick Beggs. CHVRCHES – I Would Die 4 V
Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future
Northern Kind – Euphonic
Sinestar – I am the Rain (Mesh remix)
Among The Echoes – Hate
Thomas Azier – Ghostcity
Alex Juno Ft Johnny Normal – Don’t Blow It
Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes
Tokyo Witch Hunt – A Forest (The Cure)
Berlin Berlin – Brilliant Mind
September – Cry For You
Soft Cell – What
Pulse – Too many meltdowns
Visage – Never Enough
M83 – Midnight City
Berlyn Trilogy – Words Of A Stranger (None More Black Remix)
Iris – Don’t Cry
BLSHS – Armour Love (La Roux Cover)
EMT – Walk away
Kid Kasio – Letters of Love

Shelter my Poetry

A bit of a week for dodging the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, as I’ve grown a tad bored of this televised sporting malarkey thing. I noted this week that there is another classic movie about to be remade- MADMAX. Now, having not actually seen the original Mel Gibson version, I was not exactly too bothered this time round- Unlike the remakes of the Italian Job and Get Carter….Luckily we had a few suggestions from listeners of titles of movies they would be happy to see remakes of.

Music wise we had a first play of a track from a soon to be released ep, from Swedish outfit, Vogon Poetry. The next single from Shelter and an album track from the new albums from Among The Echoes; who are due to launch their album, Fracture. Plus there so many great gig type events to talk about, and now there is news of another to look forward to, this one is in  October and in Exeter, Devon – SYNTH WEST.

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Missed the live show? then why not listen again, to the edited version below and catch up;

PLAYLIST:

Frankie & The Heartthrobs – Ungrateful
Killers – Somebody Told Me
Maroon 5 – Payphone
Garbage – Push It
Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind
Foster The People – Coming Of Age
Gorillaz – Stylo
Midge Ure -Taking Back My Time
Thompson Twins – Love On Your Side [7 Version]
London Grammar – Strong
W:Jax – Just So You Know (Radio Edit)
New Order – Hellbent
Republica – Ready To Go – Radio Mix
Johnny Normal – Miss Razorblade (Sam Wale Mix)
Shelter feat. Alignment north – trouble with u (DJ Jekyll’s Guitar mix)
The Horrors – So Now You Know
Vogon Poetry – Vectors
CHVRCHES – We Sink (ROBRV edit)
Paul Humphries – Never Let Go
Empathy Test – Losing Touch
David Bowie – Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)
EMT – Regret
tenek – What Kind Of Friend (N Mix)
Ultravox – All Stood Still
White Lies – There Goes Our Love Again
Berlyn Trilogy – Can the Heart be saved-
Vivien Glass – WINGS ON FIRE
Tears For Fears – Woman In Chains
Among the Echoes – Medusa
Cloak – Nobody’s Diary (Acoustic)
KirA – Pure Delight
Sinestar – Smoke Screen
Junksista – Queer (featuring Ladyhell)
Ladytron – The Way That I Found You
Model Depose – Rise and Fall
Margaret Berger – Human Race

Rain or Shine

Middle of July and we have had some of the oddest mix of weather for me, blistering Sun and shocking thunderstorms.  Sunscreen to Brollie, still at least all things were calm for today show, which was nice as we heard that singer songwriter; and friend of the show,  Johnny Normal is on the road to recovery after his serious illness.

We had some more new music this week and a few solid classics, I spoke about the bad luck to be full George Harrison’s memorial tree and conformed why Boy George is more a Club DJ now then a singer.

The-Road-RunnerIf didn’t catch the full live show today, then no need to worry. See below the edited version taken from the show, for you to listen again;

PLAYLIST:

Hurts – Better Than Love (Radio Edit)
ABC – How To Be A Millionaire
Paul Carrack – One In A Million
Goldfrapp – Ooh La La
Nephew – Police Bells & Church Sirens
Foster The People – Coming Of Age
Boy George – Sold
Muse – Madness
The Beatles – Taxman
The Strokes – Juicebox
Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Forgotten Man
Killing Joke – Love Like Blood
ACTORS – It Goes Away
Eurasianeyes – Chaos In Your Mind
Depeche Mode – Puppets
WJax – Just So You Know (Radio Edit)
Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
Analog Angel – Drive
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
Visage – Never Enough
Gary Numan – I Am Dust
Vile Electrodes – Empire of Wolves (Conquered Lands Version)
Kid Kasio – Letters of Love
SpacyBuoy – U.F.O.
Glass – WINGS ON FIRE
09:11:09 Edison Effect – I See Fire (Ed Sheeran Cover)
Tingle In The Netherlands – Shes No Lady
tenek – What Kind Of Friend (N Mix)
Among the Echoes – Fracture
Alex Juno Ft Johnny Normal – Don’t Blow It
Johnny Normal – Talk to Me (Sam Wale Mix)
Gary Le Strange – All I Ever Do (Is Sit in My Room)
Pet Shop Boys – Flamboyant
Shiny Darkness – Don’t make me Regret it
Sinestar – The Same Way

The Spell to Speak

For me it is always great to have some musical guests on the show, and this week was one of those shows. For in the studio, I was joined by one half of Speak and Spell, the UK premier Depeche Mode Tribute band.  I chatted to Keith and Joe from the band about the hard issue of getting the balance right and having real fun, with the task of breathing life it to a massive catalogue of music, of a band who are still filling stadiums around the globe. We talked tech and guy liner too….and a very special show coming up in September – TEC003

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If you missed the live show, then you can catch up with the chat and music, by listening to the edited version of the show below;

PLAYLIST:
CHVRCHES – We Sink (ROBRV edit)
Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye (Radio Edit)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – If I Had A Gun
Blur – Coffee & TV
Kasabian – eez-eh
U2 – Electrical Storm
The Thrills – Don’t Steal Our Sun
Electric Six – Gay Bar
Art Of Noise – Legs (Black Sand’s Painted Lipstick Mix)
Ladyhawke – Black White And Blue
Kooks – Around Town
Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name
Modovar – Same Old Scene
Shelter feat. Andy Bell – Beautiful (don mueller’s beautiful single mix)
Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves
Kid Kasio – Letters of Love
Nephew – Police Bells & Church Sirens
Marsheaux – Computer Love
Tenek – Where’s the Time (Telematic Holiday – 80 Edit)
Florrie – Left Too Late
Margaret Berger – Human Race
Spacebuoy – So Easy
Shiny Darkness – Don’t make me Regret it
The Horrors – So Now You Know
White Lies – There Goes Our Love Again
Sinestar – I am the Rain (Mesh remix)
Northern Kind – Euphonic
Depeche Mode – World In My Eyes
Depeche Mode – Walking in My Shoes
Berlyn Trilogy – Can the Heart be saved-
Edison Effect – Stretching Time
Vivien Glass – WINGS ON FIRE
Mikro – Just Another Day
OMD – if you want it (marsheaux remix)

Tour De Phoenix

I was trying not to weep about the british cycle team ala Tour De France…with our hopes of sporting glory now dashed, cycle wise. So to combat that feeling, we had new music from Vile Electrodes, Kid Kasio and two great mixes for Shiny Darkness and M83; both just happened to be french.

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PLAYLIST; Simple Minds – Ghostdancing Hurts – Better Than Love (Radio Edit) CSS – Let’s Make Love And Listen To Death From Above Darkness – Friday Night M83 – Wait (Kygo Remix) Train To Spain – Screw it up Maximo Park – Leave This Island The Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This Tom Jones – Help Yourself Twang – Two Lovers Feeling – A Hundred Sinners (Come And Get It) Calvin Harris – Summer

Rebublica – Christiana Obey(Radio Edit,Tenek Remix) Sinestar – The Same Way Among the Echoes – Fracture Method Cell – Blame Me Siouxsie And The Banshees – Cities In Dust Blume – Across The Bridge Kid Kasio – Letters of Love Kraftwerk – Tour De France (La Grande Boucle Mix) Depeche Mode – New Life Vivien Glass – WINGS ON FIRE Tenek – What Kind Of Friend (Radio Mix)

CHVRCHES – We Sink (ROBRV edit) Low Tide Theory – To Begin Again (Radio Edit) White Lies – Getting Even Chatterbox ft Tara & Andy J – Au Revoir Gary Numan – I Am Dust Vile Electrodes – Empire Of Wolves Model Depose – Rise and Fall Automatic Writing – Nostalgia For The Future Automatic Writing – Maladjusted Shiny Darkness – Go Outside (Robotiko Rejekto mix) Berlyn Trilogy – Leaving Notes Cloak – Nobodys Diary (Acoustic) Spacebuoy – So Easy

Here is the edited version of the Live show, to listen again;

COMEDY PICK:

Richard Herring, and Ed Gamble (Edinburgh previews) – 13th July 2014 • Pleasance Theatre After covering such issues as death, love, religion and spam javelins, Richard Herring is back with a frivolous new show about daftness, and how his whole comedy career has failed to top a simple piece of slapstick Dara O’Briain — Work in Progress 14th, 28th, 30th & 31st July 2014 • Pleasance Theatre Don’t miss this chance to catch Ireland’s most charming, charismatic, and fast-talking funny man in a special “work in progress” show, as Dara O’Briain prepares for his upcoming UK and Irish tour. Monty Python Live — One Down, Five To Go! 15th, 16th, 18th, 19th & 20th July 2014 • O2 Arena It’s almost to good to be true… but it is! Monty Python are getting back together for a five-night run at The O2. The original team of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman.

Weather Fracture

Hot weather please stay…..I was trying to recover from my mad family seaside jaunt to Southend, with some great loud and in some cases new music. We heard a newie from Among The Echoes; who allowed me to debut a track from their new album Fracture- Which is due out August 9th at an album launch event.

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For more Info on: AMONG THE ECHOES

We heard the next single from Tenek and they finish off their next album. From Argentina, we had a band called Farmacia and if that was electrifying enough, then there was a superb mash-up type mix from Robin Skouteris, plus i squeezed in a double up of Depeche Mode covers for Twofers.

Now last weekend after my show, I traveled up to Leeds to a event called Electronic Gears.  Where amongst the DJ stuff there was two great bands playing, local Berlyn Trilogy…. who played their socks off with a very mature performance, with cool as a cucumber bad jokes to keep the crowd amused in-between. The headline act was the latex wearing super Vile helmet wearing Vile Electrodes; Who added their own light show to their own scintillating sonic wall of sound.

Also at the gig, I got to meet Derek from the Jan Doyle Band; who came to support the event, And the man behind a great music website, Andy from Revival Synth, and his family – who I must say were Generosity with a capita G…. apart from the Pidgeon.

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On my talkie bit, I asked about what jobs, are made of those Unsung heroes. Oh and twofer this time was another chance in the formula, as this time I played 2 covered of one artist.

If you missed the live show, then why not listen again:

Intoxicated Sunshine

Fairly fast paced breakfast show again, with new music from US band, The Mystic Underground, anglo french band, Neutral Lies, the wonderfully arty Vivien Glass and the atmospheric boys, Automatic Writing, plus 4 from Spacebuoy as they released out into the open their new album- INTOXICATED, so we had a quad Twofer (two tracks from one artist of band).

That Track That Started It was back for one of our band/listeners.

A3I did ramble on about going to a gig in Leeds,  Electronic Gears  a few hours after my show and I spoke of the annoying state of life, called Sods Law.

 

If you missed the live show, or want to relive… then subscribe to my Mixcloud, and listen again;

COMEDY PICK:

Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store

1st July 2014 • Comedy Store

Join Jarred Christmas for some “Topical Comedy” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include Alistair Barrie, Imran Yusuf, Steve Gribbin, Paul Sinha(TBC) and Sean Meo.

Stewart Lee — A Room With A Stew

1st – 6th July 2014 • Soho Theatre

Stewart Lee is back with a series of “Work in Progress” shows at the Soho Theatre. The acclaimed comedian will present a mixed bag of unrelated ideas, read off of some crumpled bits of paper, to test out some brand-new material

Monty Python Live — One Down, Five To Go!

1st – 5th July 2014 • O2 Arena

It’s almost to good to be true… but it is! Monty Python are getting back together for a five-night run at The O2. The original team of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Graham Chapman.

Mesh in the Model Depose

Longest day of the year and so that gave me an excuse for more stuff….. new music and Guests. On the Phone I got to speak on the phone with Rich Silverthorn from the band Mesh, ahead of their Headline gig at BAS 2014- We spoke about touring and Glamrock, among other things.

If that was enough, I had the double pleasure of special guest in the studio, Dutch band Model Depose, joining me in the studio, as they were in the UK to enjoy BAS 2014..We chatted about their change in style and heard their next single, Rise & Fall. The guys made it over from Basildon to Brentwood  care of Flip Martian, who was also here for BAS 2014.

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If you missed the LIVE show, well why not enjoy the edited  Mixcloud version;

June a fool

Second show of Beautiful June – On the show this week, we had new music from from Shiny Darkness, with a special remix of their new single, a beautiful new track from Cult With No Name.  Plus an interesting reworking of a ‘Example’ track from CYFERDYNE vs Deviant UK.

Whilst the world cup is on, I wondered what people do instead of watching the truck loads of football matches dominating the Telly……..

There was no Twofers on this week show, as we wanted to mark the very sudden and sad passing of Comedy genius, actor, writer, raconteur, golfing buddy to Tarby and general Bottom burping king;  Rik Mayall, with a little snippet of a clip from the rampant TV show Bottom.

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If you missed the live show, I always produce an edited version directly after. So feel free to listen again at the Mixcloud link below;

COMEDY PICK:

Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store
17th June 2014 • Comedy Store
Join Jarred Christmas for some “Topical Comedy” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include Paul Thorne, Alistair Barrie, Imran Yusuf, Markus Birdman and Sean Meo.

Comic magicians Penn & Teller
18th – 22nd June 2014 • Eventim Apollo
Comic magicians Penn & Teller will be returning to the UK to play 3 nights at the Eventim Apollo.

Show & Tell Comedy, with Henning Wehn
20th June 2014 • Bush Hall
Join the star of Radio 2’s “Henning Knows Best” and “8 Out Of 10 Cats”, Henning Wehn, for a night of comedy at Bush Hall. The line-up will also include Tony Law and Andrew Maxwell.

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It is always great to be able to play music and hear it live, but without support it can be truly hard out there. So it is really nice to hear a independent website that champions music, reach it’s first year birthday, I’m talking about- REVIVAL SYNTH

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Today’s little show had more new music, and thou this luckily seems to happen every week so far, you have to respect the fact that people are working hard out there on new singles, albums and playing live. On the show we had new, from New Neon, Ummagma, All She Knows, The Clox and a free download from Sinestar….

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COMEDY PICK:

Rich Hall’s Hoe Down
9th – 14th June 2014 • Soho Theatre
You might have seen Rich Hall on comedy quiz shows like “QI”, but if you haven’t seen him on stage then you’re missing a treat. Now’s your chance to catch Rich with some of his musical mates in a late-night mix of music

Stephen K Amos is the Spokesman — Udderbelly Festival
9th June 2014 • Southbank Centre
Stephen K Amos is hitting the road with his brand new show: “Stephen K Amos is the Spokesman”. Underbelly is an annual festival, which is held in an upside-down purple cow. You can find it grazing along the Southbank

Stewart Francis: The Pun Gent Tour
11th June 2014 • Bloomsbury Theatre
Stewart Francis (‘Mock The Week’, ‘Michael McIntyre’s Road show’ and ‘Live At The Apollo’) is embarking on a brand-new “Pun Gent Tour” with a fantastic and hilarious new show.

Emerge May Talent

Nice to see out the month of May with more guests on my show, and it is even better when they play live. In this weekends show we got the special treat of a debut set from EmT, a duo made of Ema and Tony. The guys played us two songs, one brand new and another which is the new single, then we chatted a little, about all things EmT and what live is…

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We had more new music on the show, from  a few bands-Actors, Spotlight Kid and Agency and we heard from my musings around the joy that could be if I had a camera grafted to my head.

If you missed the live show, with the awesome live music from EmT, then feel free to listen again;

COMEDY PICK:

Mark Watson — Edinburgh Previews, at the Boat Show Comedy Club
2nd June 2014 • Tattershall Castle.
Mark Watson will be at the Boat Show Comedy Club alongside John Hastings, giving some Edinburgh Previews. More acts will be announced.

Laugh Till It Hurts… Patrick Monahan, John Moloney, Jen Brister
2nd June 2014 • Comedy Store.
Some of Britain’s top comedians are coming together at the Comedy Store to raise money for ‘Cancer Research UK’. “Laugh Till It Hurts” will feature John Moloney, Lloyd Langford, Patrick Monahan, Steve Gribbin.

Comedy Benefit Night — with Ed Byrne and Jon Snow
2nd June 2014 • Shaw Theatre.
The Shaw Theatre will be hosting a Comedy Benefit Night in aid of New Horizon Youth Centre, a charity working with homeless and vulnerable young people. Ed Byrne, Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow, will hosting the evening.

May over Modovar

May maybe running out of steam, but the show wasn’t with new music, both recorded and live…….

And by live I say, Modovar, who joined us for a stunning live session with 2 new tracks and a Yazoo cover; as voted and picked by listeners during the show. We had a little cheeky chat about all things live and; as you can see below for starters….

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 COMEDY PICK:

Greg Proops: Smartest Man In The World
25th May 2014 • Soho Theatre
You might recognize him from shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, “Mock the Week” and “The Bigger Picture”, but now you can see Greg Proops doing what he does best

Jo Caulfield, at the Comedy Store
30th – 31st May 2014 • Comedy Store
Join Jo Caulfield for the “Best in Stand-Up” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include MC Ian Moore, Justin Moorhouse, Steve Gribbin and Joe Lycett.

Comedymania — Aurie Styla, Richard Blackwood
31st May 2014 • Tabernacle
Hosted by Aurie Styla at the Tabernacle, “Comedymania” features a fantastic line-up of comedy talent including Richard Blackwood, Mo The Comedian, KG Comedian, Chrissy Charles, Rukhsana Merrise, Nio and DJ X Rated

Summer may fly

Glad of the air-conditioning this weekend at Phoenix 98 FM, as the studio needed it, what with the early summer heat outside and the hot air inside from moi. Still we had cool music and chuckle of two…

If you missed the show or wish to catch up, then click on the Mixcloud version;

COMEDY PICK:

Richard Herring — “Meaning of Life” – 18th May • Leicester Square Theatre

Richard Herring’s “Meaning of Life” show will tackle one of life’s big questions each month: Is there a God? What happens when we die? Why are we here? And is there really good and evil?

Dara O’Briain and Milton Jones — Comedy Store – 19th May 2014 • Comedy Store

Say “Balls to Homelessness” with a night of comedy featuring Dara O’Briain, Milton Jones, Ian Stone, Joe Bor, Jim Campbell, Tom Davis and MC Romesh Ranganathan.

Abandoman — Udderbelly Festival – 20th – 24th May • Southbank Centre

Abandoman found fame mixing a bit of rap with comedy, but now they have a full band with them and a brand-new show: “Moonrock Boombox”. Mashing-up futuristic jams live on stage, using the history of hip-hop

 

A bit of Cloak and swagger

Love having guests, and today was the first for the month of May, as I had a phone chat with Kevin Prior from the band CLOAK.

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COMEDY PICK:

Marcus Brigstocke — Je m’accuse cop
12th – 24th May • Soho Theatre
Join the former podium dancer, oilrig worker, musical theatre enthusiast, eco-hypocrite, ex-Goth, muppet fan, and award-winning comedian Marcus Brigstocke, as he brings his new show to the Soho Theatre.

Robin Ince — In and Out of his Mind – 14th May • Bloomsbury Theatre
Robin’s new show probes the human mind to see what we have learnt about this “blooming, buzzing confusion”. Using his own shoddy brain as an example, his rapid-fire tour asks what it is to have a brain.

Comedy for Depression — with Jason Manford
15th May 2014 • Union Chapel
Join Jason Manford at the Union Chapel for a night of comedy in aid of the Depression Alliance. Other comedians on the bill include Hal Cruttenden, Ellie Taylor, Angela Barnes, Trevor Lock and MC David Morgan.

Clear as a Bell

 Tis the Month of May and the weathers, sort of grey blue and yellow ……I can sing a rainbow….’stop it’

Actually the colours of the sounds in my show I could sing something.. We had two great collaborations, bringing Andy Bell a new single care of Shelter and former Kajagoogoo bassman Nick Beggs a new single, plus we had a few classics of a disco vibe, and me wondering about Hypnotherapy….

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COMEDY PICK:

Jack Dee’s Helpdesk6th – 10th May • Soho Theatre

Have you got a problem? Do you need a sympathetic ear? Well fret not, because Jack Dee and his panel of experts are here to help. Career advice… relationships… how to tell your in-laws you no longer want them in your life.

Patrick Monahan, at the Udderbelly Festival7th May  • Southbank Centre

Patrick Monahan likes hugging and eating cake (not at the same time) and has a great charm and unmistakable brand of humour. Underbelly is an annual festival, which is held in an upside-down purple cow.

The Big Laugh — Greg Davies, Josh Widdicombe, Patrick Kielty8th May • Eventim Apollo

The Friends of the Earth’s annual comedy night will be held again at the Eventim Apollo. All proceeds will help to protect and preserve British bees. ‘The Big Laugh’ will be hosted by Patrick Kielty.

Great tunes She Cried

Coming to the end of another month as it is almost the month of May- gawd, it will soon be Christmas, as they say in corny land.

Luckily I had yet, more new music, this time from three artists, Mikro and You, plus we had new from Eurasianeyes; who have released a wonderful reworking of a 1960 b side by PJ Proby. This track is released free but is encouraging people to donate to Cancer Research, a charity dear to the hearts of Eurasianeyes.

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So, If you would like to make a donation for this track all proceeds will go to Cancer Research UK. You are under no obligation to do so but if you would like to make a donation to the charity direct, then please go to:www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/d…

 

We had news of future guest and lots more besides, so if you missed this week show, then listen against to the edit;

COMEDY PICK:

David Baddiel — “Fame: Not The Musical”

29th Apr – 23rd May 2014 • Menier Chocolate Factory

David Baddiel’s “Fame: Not The Musical” is his first proper stand-up show for 15 years. Our society is obsessed with fame, but who will talk honestly about what it’s really like? …David Baddiel will.

Andy Zaltzman’s “Cricket vs The World” — Udderbelly Festival 1st May • Southbank Centre

Andy Zaltzman is bringing his “Cricket vs The World” show to the London Udderbelly, after a successful stand-up tour of India. The show will be his take on the world of cricket and politics.

Alun Cochrane, at the Comedy Store1st – 3rd May • Comedy Store

Join Alun Cochrane for “The Best in Stand-Up” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include Mick Ferry, Kerry Godliman, Paul Sinha and Dave Fulton.

 

Never can say good bye

As I’m a simple character, so was the show this Easter weekend, with some classic mind, and new tracks a plenty. Including one which aims to help support a Three peaks challenge event and raise money for cancer research.

Aitor aka Chatterbox2011 composed the music to this track and he kindly added my lyrics and 2 years later we have agreed to use the track as a means of supporting DJ Dave Charles and his Fundraising Events for Cancer Research UK.

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To raise awareness Dave and a group of work collegues from the Ford Motor company based in  Daventry have decided to take up the challenge of completing Ben Nevis, Sca Fell Pike and Snowdon in North Wales in 24 hours. This will be held on 31st May 2014.

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS TRACK WILL BE DONATED TO DAVES ‘JUSTGIVING’ PAGE www.justgiving.com/user/47289750

Here is the direct link for the track-  Au Revoir

And as always, if you missed the live show, then here a Mixcloud edit version,  catch up;

Kickstart your eyes

A marathon of a show…. well maybe not 26 miles worth, but lots of racy things and hot music stuff involved. We had new music from Torquay band Tourists and the latest single from one the best french bands, Shiny Darkness. Plus a quality That Track That Started it, me bemoaning about my best run achievement.

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Shiny Darkness – Your Eyes

We had guest in the studio this week- Carol Canfer and Sian Daffern, talking all things Among the Echoes; as the band have started a Kickstarter project to help launch their debut album and you can donate and make it a reality……see the lovely link;

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As always, if you missed the show then here is the edited version of the show, for your entertainment;

COMEDY PICK:

Hal Cruttenden, at the 99 Club14th Apr 2014 • 99 Club

Hal Cruttenden (‘Live at the Apollo’, ‘Rob Brydon Show’) will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Mike Wozniak and Tom Allen.

Jarred Christmas — Comedy Store14th Apr 2014 •  Comedy Store

 “Stand Up for Choice” is a night of live comedy in support of “GamesAid”, a campaign to provide greater choice at the end of life. Jarred Christmas will be there, alongside MC Imran Yusuf, Paul Tonkinson, Paul Thorne, Ola, and more

Russell Howard — “Wonderbox”14th – 17th Apr 2014 •  Royal Albert Hall

Russell Howard, the star of TV’s “Good News” and “Mock The Week”, is back with his first stand-up tour for three years. “Wonderbox” promises us more of his upbeat and razor-sharp comedy.

Dusted April down

Despite all the gloom of the weather dust pollution, I managed a bright and breezy show, with more new music, from such people as Gary Numan, There was also few classics and  the odd faux paux.

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We had a great That Track That Started it and a slight twist on the TWOFER feature….. Plus, see if you can spot my soundtrack fact error…..have listen and be a spotter and spot it;

COMEDY PICK:

Seann Walsh — The Lie-in King8th – 19th Apr 2014 (except 13th, 14th) •  Soho Theatre

Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Seann Walsh is back on the road with his eagerly anticipated new show — “The Lie-in King”. Seann Walsh has appeared on TV shows including “Stand Up For The Week”, “Live At The Apollo” and …more

Holly Walsh, at the 99 Club10th Apr 2014 •  99 Club

Holly Walsh (‘Mock The Week’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’) will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club, alongside Rhys James and Prince Abdi.

Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store10th – 12th Apr 2014 • Comedy Store

Join Jarred Christmas for “The Best in Stand-Up” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include MC Ian Coppinger, Geoff Norcott, Christian Reilly, plus another special guest. 

Spring sounds forward

Is it summer yet, well the old clocks are going forward and it feels sort of summery…. so hmm, maybe its getting shorts and barbecue weather time.

Now I avoided mentioning the Kate Bush ticket thingie, but managed to play some new music by UMA and the first airplay of a new track by Martyn Bailey, along with some classics -because thats the way I roll.

If you missed the show well, don’t feel like a Kate Bush Ticket hunter, just relax and listen again;

Comedy Pick;

Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh… – 31st Mar 2014 •  Leicester Square Theatre

Get down to Leicester Square Theatre for “A Night of Comedy” in aid of the MS Society. The top comedy line-up includes Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe, Seann Walsh, Romesh Ranganathan, Nathan Caton, Dave Fulton..

Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store1st Apr 2014 •  Comedy Store

Join Jarred Christmas for “The Cutting Edge” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include Alistair Barrie, Paul Thorne, Stephen Grant, Steve Gribbin and guest ‘Edger’.

Mark Watson — Work in Progress2nd Apr 2014 •  Pleasance Theatre

Mark Watson will be testing out some brand new material at the Pleasance Theatre, in a series of “work in progress” shows. Somewhat darker in tone than usual, he says. Also funnier than usual, though.

Mirrored success

 Aw, back from my travels to IDES OF MARCH in Birmingham, with a corker of a show. Loads of new music and a few classics plus in the studio was Peter Steer from the band Tenek. We chatted about producing that hard 3rd album and the fun of playing live.          We also had our That Track that started it and a stunning little Twofers…..and lots of freud waffling, that you wonder about with me.

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Comedy pick:

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 23rd Mar 2014 • Comedy Store, London

TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson.

Richard Herring’s Podcast – 24th Mar 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre, London

The “Podfather” Richard Herring is bringing his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast show to London, during which he will partake in some improvised comedy and serious chat with another comedian. Each episode in the series will appear on a future podcast.

Two for the price of one

Love a bargain and this show had two for the price of one, as we had two phone guests- firstly chatting with John Lindqwister from the swedish band, Machinista. Then Tony Mayo from Naked Lunch, who we had the pleasure of announcing as the Special Guests for BAS 2014 (June 20/21st) – More details via: BAS PRODUCTIONS

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Beyond Planets

Tony and I did have a rather long chat the other night, so during the show we had section of the interview chat type affair; so we could hear two tracks from their current album Beyond Planets– you can hear the full interview/chat below;

 Twofers was also ala Naked lunch and our ‘That Track that Started it all’ had a ambient rave type vibe….so lots to enjoy, along with some classics and my nonsense…..

If you missed the show then why not listen again via my Mixcloud version below;

Comedy pick:

Russell Brand — Messiah Complex – 9th Mar 2014 • O2 Academy Brixton

Russell Brand is back on stage with his brand new show — “Messiah Complex”. A ‘Messiah Complex’ is a mental disorder where the sufferer thinks they might be God. Did Jesus have it? What about Che Guevara or Gandhi…

Richard Herring’s Podcast – 10th Mar 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre

The “Podfather” Richard Herring is bringing his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast show to London, during which he will partake in some improvised comedy and serious chat with another comedian.

GQ Comedy Extravaganza 10th Mar 2014 • Eventim Apollo

Get down to the Apollo for the 3rd annual GQ Comedy Extravaganza, with appearances by John Bishop, Russell Howard, Milton Jones, Greg Davies, Jennifer Saunders, Omid Djalili, Russell Peters, Lee Mack, Russell Kane, Jason …more

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I will be away on March 15th, attending the IDES OF MARCH music event in Birmingham -so, Stephen Bealey will be covering for me.

I’ll be back on-air on the 22nd as normal…ish.

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Marching on

Yes, is your actual March already and though the weather is still being a tad odd, I didn’t let odd things effect the show- well none more the normal, with my mixed up electronic musical mela of a show.

We had a glittering diva classic and looked at the five minute wonder that is keeping fit – so, don’t ever say I’m square as I’m always up to date ……

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Comedy pick:

Mark Thomas — “100 Acts of Minor Dissent” – 4th to 8th Mar 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre

Comedian and political activist Mark Thomas has set himself the task of committing 100 Acts of Minor Dissent in the space of a year… everything from small and silly gestures to big grand confrontations.

Russell Brand — Messiah Complex – 2nd Mar 2014 • Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Russell Brand is back on stage with his brand new show — “Messiah Complex”. A ‘Messiah Complex’ is a mental disorder where the sufferer thinks they might be God. Did Jesus have it? What about Che Guevara, Gandhi….

Richard Herring’s Podcast – 3rd Mar 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre

The “Podfather” Richard Herring is bringing his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast show to London, during which he will partake in some improvised comedy and serious chat with another comedian.

Orange Hearts aglow

Bright spring weather today and an artist on the phone with an Orange glow, as we heard from Spacebuoy frontman and leading light in Orange, Howard Moth. We chatted about the programme for making music and the gigs ahead, plus we heard the new single; both sides to be exact.

Also on the show we chatted about strange injuries and her a small tale of Locky woe.

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Comedy pick:

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence  – 23rd Feb 2014 • Comedy Store

TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Andy Smart.

Richard Herring’s Podcast – 24th Feb 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre

The “Podfather” Richard Herring is bringing his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast show to London, during which he will partake in some improvised comedy and serious chat with another comedian. Each episode in the series will appear on iTunes and the British Comedy Guide.

Tim Key — Single White Slut – 24th Feb – 8th Mar 2014 (except 2nd) • Soho Theatre

Tim Key is back on stage with a brand new show — “Single White Slut”. His show will be full of simple tales of love, verses, and talking. A lot of fairly grubby water has sloshed under his bridge of late, so he’ll be churning that up as well. And there will also be some Indian poetry, beer, owls and maybe fairies.

Burpday romance

Another Birthday done, now wiser as well as older…..then there is Valentines day shortly afterwards, so neither in that area. Still I had a romantic gift tip and some birthday thanks in the show; so all is good.

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Cheers to Andy Jay (aka Revival Synth) for a lovely mug for my birthday- You Beauty.

We also had more brand new tracks and mirth- so if you missed, well click on my Mixcloud link, subscribe and enjoy…….

Comedy pick:

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence   16th Feb 2014 • Comedy Store

TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Andy Smart.

Richard Herring — “Meaning of Life” – 16th Feb 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre

Richard Herring’s “Meaning of Life” show will tackle one of life’s big questions each month: Is there a God? What happens when we die? Why are we here? And is there really good and evil? Herring will offer his own views

Richard Herring’s Podcast – 17th Feb 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre

The “Podfather” Richard Herring is bringing his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast show to London, during which he will partake in some improvised comedy and serious chat with another comedian.

Burpday Cometh

Busy as a  bee today and with good reason, again we had new music and first airplays to enjoy along me withering on about snooze button injuries and a very special announcement, as part of this year BAS music festival.. oh and the current rundown for BAS 2014

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 Comedy Pick:

Bill Bailey Unplugged 9th Feb 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre

Bill Bailey is back at the Leicester Square Theatre with a “work in progress” show. No whistles, bells or owls at this stage

Sean Lock, Alan Carr, Jo Brand, Jack Dee… and more! 9th Feb 2014 •  Eventim Apollo

Get down to the Apollo for a night of comedy in aid of the Felix Dexter Foundation. It will have one of the best line-ups comedians, including spots from Sean Lock, Alan Carr, Jo Brand, Jack Dee, Dara O’Briain

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence  9th Feb 2014 • Comedy Store

TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Andy Smart.

Jimmy Carr, Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon, Josh Widdicombe 9th Feb 2014 • Union Chapel

Live at the Chapel returns with another fantastic line-up headed by the brilliantly bonkers Paul Foot.

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Oh and Its my Birthday Feb 11th…..happy Burpday to me…..lol 

That’s Crazy Biesh

Ok hands up,  I do love comedy clips and get carried away, and this week I was channelling  a message from Michael Jackson (aka Leigh Francis) and my favourite Dick Emery creation, Mandy.

Music wise we had a few classic corkers from France and Ireland and some new tracks to delight.

You can always listen again if you missed out:

Comedy pick:

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence – 2nd Feb 2014 • Comedy Store

TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson and Andy Smart

Boat Show Comedy Club — Lee Hurst – 3rd Feb 2014 • Tattershall Castle

Lee Hurst will appear at Tattershall Castle — London’s finest floating comedy club — alongside Romesh Ranaganathan, Kwame Asante, Kerry Godliman and MC Ian Smith.

Alan Davies and Phill Jupitus – 3rd Feb 2014 • Comedy Store

Alan Davies and Phill Jupitus will be performing of the “Lily Foundation” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill include Terry Alderton, Seann Walsh, Josh Widdicombe, Matt Forde and MC Kevin Day.

Kissing the Pink

Ending the 2014 January part of the year with a guest is always good, and this show we had Paul Humphries in the studio chatting about this new path of music for him and we got to hear the new single. Plus we had a couple of new acts to the show where pink was a feature…… plus we spoke of routines.

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Comedy pick:

Pete Firman — Work in Progress 25th Jan 2014 • Pleasance Theatre

Pete Firman’s hilarious “Jiggery Pokery”, “Hoodwinker” and “Scoundrel” shows were such a success at the Edinburgh Festival that he took them on a national tour. Now you can see him preparing for his next one with a special show.

Richard Herring — “Meaning of Life” – 26th Jan 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre

Richard Herring’s “Meaning of Life” show will tackle one of life’s big questions each month: Is there a God? What happens when we die? Why are we here? And is there really good and evil? Herring will offer his own

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 26th Jan 2014 • Comedy Store

TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart.

I can move any mountain

On this weeks show I looked back briefly, at my mad last minute dash to Bristol, for the Sinestar album launch, and we get to hear from the band about euro-tour fun and we catch up with one of their two support bands. We played a few new tracks as per and indulged a few people with dedicated tracks.

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Comedy pick:

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 19th Jan • Comedy Store

TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, and Andy Smart.

Fringe Benefits — Phil Jupitus, Stewart Lee, Robin Ince – 21st Jan • Bloomsbury Theatre

Some of Britain’s top comedians are coming together at the Bloomsbury Theatre in support of in support of Edinburgh’s Free Fringe. The line-up currently includes Alistair Barrie, Daniel Kitson, Robin Ince, Phil Jupitus.

Frank Skinner: Man In A Suit – 21st – 31st Jan • Leicester Square Theatre

Frank Skinner is back with a brand-new live show. Frank Skinner famously won the 1991 Perrier Award ahead of fellow legends Jack Dee and Eddie Izzard, but is probably best-known for his TV shows alongside David Baddiel. 

 

January, don’t go, don’t go

Second Saturday show of the season and we had some new music and the odd classic tune. We had the first airplay of two tracks from the new EP from Eurasianeyes- Crisis. Debut track from a 16yr old singer/songwriter- Hettie, who studying music…. Plus we had my suggestion for making your year different.

Comedy gig pick:

Rob Newman’s “New Theory of Evolution” 6th – 18th Jan 2014 (except 12th) • Soho Theatre
Rob Newman first shot to fame as part of “The Mary Whitehouse Experience” in the early 90s, and then went on to perform with comedy partner David Baddiel. Now he’s making his return to comedy with his first new show in 7 yrs.

Richard Blackwood — Live and Uncut 11th Jan 2014 • indigO2
See Richard Blackwood, Live & Uncut, when he plays one night at the indigO2 in January.

Jarred Christmas, at the Comedy Store 13th Jan 2014 • Comedy Store
Join Jarred Christmas for “Laugh ‘Til It Hurts” (in aid of Mind) at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill will include John Moloney, Scott Capurro, Jason John Whitehead, Chris Martin and Jarred Christmas.

Hello 2014..BAAAAH!

Well it was the first Saturday show of the year for me and indeed top music was on the menu, with the usual mix of hits and classics along with new stuff from Low Tide Theory and Model Depose. We brought bank twofers and That Electronic Track that started it’.
Discussed new years resolution, or personal targets and launched a website- and if you don’t believe me then you can listen again via my Mixcloud;

Comedy gig pick:

Stewart Lee — Much-A-Stew About Nothing – 2nd – 19th Jan 2014 • Leicester Square Theatre
Stewart Lee is back with a series of “Work in Progress” shows at the Leicester Square Theatre. The acclaimed comedian will present a mixed bag of unrelated ideas, read off of some crumpled bits of paper.

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence – 5th Jan 2014 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, and Andy Smart.

Rob Newman’s “New Theory of Evolution”6th – 18th Jan 2014 (except 12th) • Soho Theatre
Rob Newman first shot to fame as part of “The Mary Whitehouse Experience” in the early 90s, and then went on to perform with comedy partner David Baddiel. Now he’s making his return to comedy with his first new show in 7 yrs.

Unlucky 13 and 2014 dawns

As another final end of year passes, I liked to look forward these days but its only fair to also play the music of the year ending to speed us on to the next one. 2013 was a great year for new albums, from Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Shiny Darkness, White Lies, Northern Kind, Vivien Glass and Sinestar…..to name but a few top albums releases, plus some splendid gigs, I-Synth in Lille kicked it all off, BAS 2013 and then Depeche Mode..Synthetic City, Republica and Tenek, Gary Numan, White Lies, Northern Kind, Automatic Writing, album launch for Shiny Darkness… So many great music nights, with so many great people – Here’s to 2013 for being great.

My final Breakfast show is contained in the below Mixcloud for your enjoyment…Happy New Year, and thank you.

Don’t be Darth it’s CHRISTMAS

Twas the last Rob Harvey Saturday Breakfast show before Christmas and no body stirred…. well most had hangovers. Still I didn’t take that into account, because I decided to blast the top electronic music from this year with a few classics to boot. We also looked at the whole excitement vibe of Christmas and the sweepstake on what TV repeats to expect.

If you missed the live show, then nee bother because these a lovely edited down version on Mixcloud to partake – Merry Christmas and feel the force >>

Spectacles, wallet and watch

As christmas draws near we get an extra surprise this year at Phoenix 98 FM, in the shape of our very own Christmas song, made by our Daytime presenters with the lovely Popettes…..
-they even got a pop video >>

We had the usual fun and frolics as I got to grips; or tried to get to grip with my new Glasses. Plus we have wonderous electronic music and if you missed well, check out the Mixcloud link>>

New Substance of sound

Wild and crazy weather this week and it would seem that was the theme for the show, as I rattle throughout great new music in time for special guests. Joining me for an exclusive chat and play of tracks from their third album, were Shiny Darkness. We spoke about their new album and the big party album launch that was to occur that evening.

As per, you can catch the show again via my Mixcloud >>

Going dutch

Twas my last show of November and that means it is the slipper slope to Christmas, so todays show we parked ‘That Track that Started it’ till the new year and instead we will and did play A Christmas Electronic track – this week is was Erasure. We had another selection of brand new tracks, including the first radio play from new band Apt and new from New Neon.

We had yet another special guest, and this week all the way from The Netherlands we spoke on the phone with Mr Gijs Van Ouwerkerk from Heliophile and new solo synth band, which is Gijs new direct after being in a Heavy rock band.

Before you listen again to my show, why not check the video for the New single Silence by Heliophile >

As per, here is my show again in full, well minus the adds, but care of Mixcloud >>

Doctor Normal will see you now

In case it hadn’t escaped your notice it was the big Doctor Who build up to the 50th anniversary, this weekend and so I could resist talking about this and the other Sci-Fi be moth, Star wars.
We had another selection of brand new singles, one especially as a exclusive from Shiny Darkness. The french band from Lille are due to launch their next album on December 7th- with three top bands and me as their DJ.

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On the phone today we had a long chat with one of those artists, Johnny Normal and we heard of his creative process and finished off with the New single- Save me. As well, we had new first plays from another french band- XMS. Plus we had the new single from Naked Lunch and Southend’s Go Yoko- who have a halloween’ish video >

As per- if you did somehow miss the show then feel free to listen again, via my Mixcloud >>

Bedsit land my only home

It may be cold out side but you have to get out there among it; so to speak, and I did that, as I travelled to Tufnell park to watch Automatic Writing play and Northern Kind. I got to chat to both bands before their sets and hear about Brian Ferry and clever on stage technology.
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I also played a lovely array of music and chatted about weird sites at your 1st ever music gig, that you recall.

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Who do you think you are

Today’s little musical of fun was splashed with new music again with a few classic’s, and by classic, well I had a very special Doctor Who Montage, who just happen to be celebrating their 50th anniversary.

We chatted about Trick or treat and the lost of out own traditions…whilst I tried to console myself that my face is not a natural horror mask – If you missed the whole show then why not get the Mixcloud version; subscribe and join the gang…

Sympathetic city

Great to be back after my jaunt last week to Birmingham, where there was a great little music event Synthetic City, with Among the Echoes, Johnny Normal and Spacebuoy.
I met the author of the Blog ‘Revival Synth and two member of the Bas production team; so all it turned this event to a synth-family affair.
We had that Track that Started it- As always if you missed the show then why not spend a few houses reliving the show and catching up with all the chat and brand new music – feel free to Subscribe to my Mixcloud..

The Last Astronaut

On today’s show we had a very special guest, we spoke to Martyn Bailey singer/songwriter and we talked about his brand-new album, Red sky supernova; which was selling rather well in the physical CD form, so we managed to get the physical human form on the phone to chat all about how he started out, how he found his singing voice and who influenced him musically, as well as creative collaborations, plus we played a special album track.

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We also spoke of invention and indeed our own creative ideas, plus we had another ‘that track that started it’, and this time we had an oriental electronic instrumental classic.

All sounds fun- why not listen again via my Mixcloud page;

Always a good Reza to listen

In today’s show I avoid talking about my new 007 hair style, the fact I’ve never won decent money from the lotto, heard popcorn and Tenek back stage……plus we had Reza Uddin of Inertia in the studio, fresh back from Prague and chatting not only about his band Inertia, but the band he plays keyboards for, none other than Killing joke. We also talked about weird venues and what got them to pen a song that they felt would not only help bring attackers to justice but would support the Sophie Lancaster Foundation; the song is called Lies-

We played a gambit of new tracks and a classic novelty track for that Track that started it…some silly stuff, so if you missed the fun then please subscribe to my Mixcloud;

Cause and Effect

I always find it a joy to hear new songs and indeed reworks of songs, and today we had not just one but three reworks. I chatted to Tenek’s Peter Steer about work and music and their new joint EP, in which Peter explained that acclaimed singer songwriter JULIANNE REGAN (All About Eve) had teamed up with Tenek and The Last Cry to release a six-track charity single in aid of anti-hate campaigners.

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Following the horrific murder of Sophie Lancaster, her family wanted to ensure a lasting legacy to their beautiful, bright creative daughter and so The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was established and it became a registered charity in 2009 — www.sophielancasterfoundation.com

I asked in today talkie about what spin off show would you like to see made, as a production company state side are making a TV series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon. Best suggestion for a spin off came from Lisa in Billericay who suggested Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory should have spin off show – BAZINGA to that.

Todays ‘That Track that Started it’, came care of Music Artist, Chris Mines, who suggested Buggles and the title track of their 1st and only album PLASTIC AGE. Chris also just happens to be working on a cover version as we speak….

Following on after my show today on the lovely world wide web, was a short film made by Martyn Bailey; Martyn’s single Red sky Supernova has been one of our favourite tracks for the last few week- If you missed the film, then here it is again via Youtube; The Last Astronaut.

Sadly no Mixcloud this week, but here is my Playlist for this weeks show:

ABC – Tears Are Not Enough
Orson – No Tomorrow
Goldfrapp – Ride a White Horse
Ian Brown – Love Like A Fountain
Garbage – Stupid Girl
Hazel O’Connor – Eighth Day
Gorillaz – Stylo
OMD – Dresden
Ladyhawke – Black White And Blue
Badly Drawn Boy – Something To Talk About
Razorlight – Up All Night
Marina and the Diamonds – Hollywood
Franz Ferdinand – Right Action
Maroon 5 – Wake Up Call

Vivien Glass – JULIUS (Original)
SpacyBuoy – Electronic Encounters-U.F.O.
Shiny Darkness – Mother
London Grammar – Strong
White Lies – Getting Even
Tenek – Punishment
The Last Cry – Under My Skin
Buggles – Living in the Plastic Age
Among the Echoes – Sin

Low Tide Theory-To Begin Again (Radio Edit)
Eurasianeyes – Far Off Land
Miss Razorblade (Sam Wale Mix)
Tingle in the Netherlands -Shes-No-Lady
Inertia – Lies
Chvrches – Tether
GoYoko – Song on the radio
Vile Electrodes – Proximity
Martyn Bailey – Red Sky Supernova
Queen of Hearts – Wicked Game
NOBLESSE OBLIGE Runaway (Farmacia remix)

iPad or paper pack

Well what a week a big launch for a big Computer company for geeks and obsessives everywhere, and a newsreader who confused one of their products for a pack of A4 paper.
Still there was no confusion with the new releases from Johnny Normal, Among the Echoes, Kira, EMT…to name but a few and we played the first track from Tenek, taken off a special EP to support the
Sophie Lancaster Foundation

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Next week I will be joined by Peter Steer from Tenek to tell us more about this great EP and hear another track from it….

Modovar darling….

Modovar playing live on my show…. and playing Vince Clarke songs – what a belter of a show. Plus me talking about odd rain protection and hearing of a Special event with Modovar headline in December; see below

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Yes, so there you have it- and if you did some how miss today lovely live music blessed show, then why not follow my Mixcloud and catch up on all the fun…..

August stroller

As August draws to an end, I had a lovely walk along the coast the day before the show, which if nothing else blows those cobwebs away.
As always we had some great music and a few exclusives, so if you missed the live show then why not listen again, via my Mixcloud version and here me ramble >

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Bank that Holiday

Weather may had been typical for a UK bank holiday but that didn’t stop the music, and despite the fact I had issues with lighting at home today and got dressed in the dark, I felt pretty stylish for the show, but then what do I know about flying low.

If you are feeling lost with that opening statement then feel free to listen again and get a clearer view; so to speak…. Just click on the Mixcloud link below>

More fun and frolics, next week……

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Not so far off

Yet another busy show with a ton of Brilliant new music; which is very useful on a music show. Our ‘That track that started it all’ showed out our disco diva, plus we had a guest on the phone from Sunderland- Paul Russell from Eurasianeyes, who chatted about their recent EP and stunning new single.

We also played among the plethora of new singles a New single by Inertia, Below is the special video version, and this version of the song (S.O.P.H.I.E Mix) has had the lyrics changed to reflect the brutal attack that Alexys from Inertia experienced in late December 2012 by a gang of girls. It is believed that she was attacked for looking “Alternative”.

Part proceeds from the single will be donated to the Sophie lancaster Foundation who educate people/schools all over the UK about members of Alternative Subcultures. This was set up after the horrid murder of Sophie Lancaster because she was a “goth”.

As always my lovelies, if you missed the show then why not click on my Mixcloud link and enjoy again….

Allo john gotta new motor

We chatted box sets today, Russian dance and the wonderful new reality show that brings selling cars and Towie together….sadly. Plus as per, brand new records, and a few classics.

One of classic we dug out for you……

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Augustus Bloom

Blimey if it is August with all the mix weathered bags you would expect, talking of which this old bag brought a few mix bags of new tunes in the show again….plus some rather dandy EP’s. Along with some Music news that even spoke of the return of Hats returning to Gary Numan; albeit Top hats….

We also had a little Acoustic version of the new Single by White Lies, sos for contrast let dance weirdly to the actual singles video…

As per, why not relive the show at your leisure, care of Mixcloud>…..>

Wake up Harv machine

A week off work led me nice and lovely, into a 3 hour jolly jaunt into a fine music selection; even if I do say so myself. We hand another Electronic track that started it’, we also spoke about my first ever live music gig, which was in 1983 and those record breaking records, particularly ones that used to never end on vinyl. Plus we had brand new tracks From Scorbie and Vivien Glass (who’s single Part Machine is due out July 30th) – Have a gander at their video teaser….

As always I endeavour to edit down the 3 hour show so you can listen again, podcast style at your leisure – via Mixcloud, so click the Green play link>>

Hottie Extra

What a scorcher it is, if summer was an rock god Amp, it would be set to 11 right now I’d say man. Luckily the air-con in the studio allows for a great show, with its lovely extra hour- in which we had 9 live replays taken from the Phoenix FM Creative Sessions, recorded at the Brentwood Centre in April- I choose the following: Joanne Joanne, Tenek and Republica – check out the website for the rest of the bands and the special videos.

The sun may have got to my head as subject matter stretched from Best looking Newsreader in a recent poll to Googie Withers…..who you say?.. well now should pay more attention.
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Whicker wrap

Blimey what a scorcher, as they say- weather was hot too….. None the less we had a great mix of music today and the odd exclusive from Alex Juno featuring Johnny Normal. Plus a little tribute to the late great Alan Whicker.

We helped pick a winner for music blog Revival-Synth and introduced the feature “That Electronic track that Started it”.. Basically Name that seminal electronic track that made you go WOW, and or I wanna make that kind of sound- this week Johnny Normal picked the track that got him into the sound- that is Synth electronica.
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We covered other things and a few extra special track, so why not listen again- click the mixcloud link:

Steer my Vivien Glass

Love a show where the sun is fully shining on to….well through the windows anyway. This spurned me on for the need to play a nice mix as per…. with New tracks from Eurasianeyes and Vivien Glass. Which incidentally brought to taking a call from Tenek’s Peter Steer, who tried his had at a post gig review, as he had seen Vivien Glass perform on stage the night before.

We played their new single- Part Machine, but here the Teaser to the single, which in it self is a little touch of PR art:

We spoke about many things but especially the announcement of the French band, Shiny Darkness’s new single and forth coming album…..and the fact they will play a live session for us in the autumn on my show. You can here more on this and SyntheticCity, and Peters Steer, talking all things Vivien Glass – Just click on the mixcloud link below;

The July 6th Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

Oh, me Bach!

Red hot weather for once at Glastonbury and Wimbledon….and naturally around us too, which made it all the more delightful to hear from Tingle in the Netherlands, Naked Lunch and a Debut single from Martyn Bailey, plus a few classic and another Creative session 3 play, this time from all girl band Joanne Joanne, who rocked the sound of Duran Duran.

During the show I mused over the question to wether open air festivals are better the indoor ones and if they are making Terminator 5, with the original T model, Arnold Schwarzenegger… then what would the new Punch line be?

As always, you cam listen again- care of mixcloud, so please click the link below and share (and share this page too, pleeeeeaasee) >>

The June 29th Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

ZZ Strawberry

It is the middle of summer, just wish someone would convince the weather of this….what a mix bag of wet and dry today had in shore. Still I was in the dry, and chatting about good old Russell Brand and his hilarious tour interview in the states, which turned the shoe onto the other foot; so to speak

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I had the honour of announcing an early bird ticket winner for music event in Birmingham, which is due to happen in October- Synthetic City

Music wise, I had two interesting mixes to debut, one care of ZZ Top and another from a Norwegian artist called Limbic Void – and you can listen again to the show (minus the ads) by clicking the red / Orange Mixcloud link;

The June 22nd Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

Louis do you think you are

In today’s show, along with my ramblings I was marvelling at a story this week, of a con man who decide to check into a out of town hotel for 3 nights and pretended to be Louis Theroux; that fly on the wall gangly be speckled documentary maker…. I posed the question, Have you ever said you were someone you wasn’t and or who would you want to pretend to be – most guys would say James Bond, but having said that Louis is a real life person, but surely there must have been better choices for this guy, after all he didn’t even look like him.

Music wise we had New singles from our very own Superstar Alison Moyet and the foxy new single by Chvrches…

Straight after the show I’m off to attend a Summer Fete, that Phoenix 98 FM are supporting at Woodlands school in Warley-…..0h 0h DJ..

If you missed my show- for shame, however, feel free to listen again to the said show, on my lovely red Mixcloud link below:

The June 15th Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

The Tomorrow People today

Yet another jam packed music show today with quite a few new singles, from White Lies, Mooger and Go Yoko, plus three tracks taken from this years Creative session. Performed by Outset Ocarina.

I was chatting today about the fact the USA have brought the old 1970’s TV show, The Tomorrow People and jazzed it up to the gunnels for the modern age of TV…. It may not be as wooden as the old UK kids show, but will it be any better…..we will have to wait till winter 2013 I guess.

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The June 8th Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

BAS to reality

After a stunning bank holiday weekend, it can often be hard to return to normal. Well I’m no different after spending three days at an BAS-tacular event in.. Basildon, BAS 2013….. Which had a gambit of bands and artists playing live in Basildon, honouring the acts that have come from the town, namely Depeche Mode and Vince Clarke. To top it off I then got to see Depeche Mode play the o2….what a Bank Holiday weekend.

As well as live music, there was a very special video from Columbia, from a tribute act called DMK- bewarned it is too cute …… DMK – Just Can't get Enough

I had the pleasure of being one of the DJ’s playing a set, in-between the performances on day two, plus I had the privilege of being back stage, to meet and chat with some of the stars of the weekend..wasn’t easy as All were very busy and in demand.

Enjoy today show again, with some of the chats from that weekend and a track from all the bands and artist that I was able to see, by clicking the link from MIXCLOUD below >

The June 1st Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

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Special Thank you to all the team at BAS Productions for inviting me to BAS 2013…..

Never mind the Tunnocks, here is Analog Angel

In Todays show, we were bless with the company of two members of Analog Angel, who hail from Glasgow- they came special down for my show. Ok, they didn’t but they spared the time before they got set up and ready to play at a very special music festival in Basildon, BAS 2013, who along side Heaven 17 will take over many venues this May bank holiday weekend…….

Derek Macdonald and Ian Ferguson, regaled us all with why they play music live, who they like, what can happen at a London gig, that could lose you a band member and much much more…..

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I am hoping to bring you some band interviews for the next Saturday Breakfast show, taken from BAS 2013…..

Out of the Shadows

This week got better for poor old me as my little old flu bug seem to had got better…..which is handy as I’m going to need my strength for another big music event, this time massively local. BAS 2013 the big May bank holiday weekend event….which I can’t wait for…….


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The May 18th Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

My music pick for this week;

Mon /Tue 20/21 May The Flaming Lips – Roundhouse, London
Zany psychedelic rock band who make melodic space music. They descend from Oklahoma City and are much loved by musicians, fans and industry insiders for their innovation and weird stage antics.

Wed 22 May Fenech-Soler – Electric Ballroom, London
Electro wonder kids from Northamptonshire.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store 22nd May 2013 • Comedy Store
Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Suki Webster and Steve Edis.

Micky Flanagan: Back In The Game 24th – 25th May 2013 • Hammersmith Apollo
Micky Flanagan is bringing his “Back in the Game” tour to the Hammersmith Apollo. Using his East End background and Cockney wit, Micky will tell a tale of his working class

You may echo that

Bless me was I a walking cold virus today…. all bunged up and chesty, still the show must go on..and lucky for my guest that was via a telephone

This week I got to chance to chat with Ian Wall from a Birmingham band, Among the Echoes. We played tracks from their debut EP Freak and heard a stunning new remix of the current Analog Angel track – You can listen to that track and the whole show on the Mixcloud link below….

The May 11th Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

My music pick for this week;

Mon 13 May CSS – Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
Brazilian electro-funksters were the NME darlings of 2006. They are famous for their funky dance aesthetic and sexy front woman, Love Foxx, who is considered by many to be the sauciest export from Brazil since Pele.

Fri 17 May The Fall – The Clapham Grand, London

Coming out of the Mancunian post-punk scene in the late 1970s, Mark E. Smith’s band have undergone many line-up changes to leave a large number of highly influential albums encompassing everything from arty post-punk to electronica-influenced rock.

Sun 19 May Lana Del Rey – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1986), better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer-songwriter. Del Rey initially began performing in clubs in New York City at age 18 and signed her first recording contract when she was 20 years old with 5 Points Records, releasing her first digital album Lana Del Ray a.k.a. Lizzy Grant in January 2010.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Stand Up For Women… featuring Michael McIntyre – 13th May 2013 • Bloomsbury Theatre
Michael McIntyre will be joining some of Britain’s top comedians at the Bloomsbury Theatre in support of Eaves. “Stand Up For Women” will feature Luisa Omielan, Maff Brown, Carly Smallman, Ed Petrie …more

Jimmy Carr — “Gagging Order” – 18th May 2013 • O2 Academy Brixton
Jimmy Carr’s back on the road with a brand-new stage show — “Gagging Order”. Expect plenty of bare-knuckle gags as he brings his quick-fire wit to the Brixton Academy.

Channel 4 Comedy Gala – 18th May 2013 • O2 Arena
Channel 4 is hosting a spectacular comedy gala at The O2 in aid of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. Some of the best comedy talent in Britain and abroad will be taking part including Alan Carr

May oh my

Great to be back into the studio, after last weekend of April I spend at one of the best little music festivals to ever begin- I-SYNTH 1. Which held its first ever fore ray into a micro festival in Lille, France.

The micro festival was set to bring two English bands – Space Buoy and Tenek, into an event produced my French Electronic band Shiny Darkness; who just happen to be based in Lille.

This event was a sort of follow up to a UK gig that happened in Croydon in 2013, which inspired the idea of bringing Spacebuoy and Shiny Darkness together again with the mighty Tenek , courtesy of the germ of the idea from DJ Dave Charles. Dave Charles who had championed these bands for while now and was indeed, the glue for the Croydon gig and brought his style to Lille, as the main DJ for the weekender.

I-Synth 1 started technically on Friday, with a family like warm up gig at Le Comedia; which is a lovely quaint club in Lille, and was under a bar…which seemed to be the vogue for the weekend . Shiny Darkness hosted this night and welcomed the ‘early bird’ fans who brought tickets for the main event on Saturday. The night was a spectacular success in its own right because not only did Dave Charles prove the music, but was joined by Greg Dailliet from Pascal 99.4 FM; a local French Radio station – oh, and little me. Shiny Darkness put on a great set with old and new hits from people like Depeche Mode to Mesh, and a few cheeky covers….such as a tasty little Tenek cover. They were also joined by SpaceBuoy for a few tracks and Howard from Spacebuoy, joined Shiny Darkness later for another great Depeche Mode track and a surprise REM number.

Saturday Afternoon saw Tenek and Spacebuoy play a live PA at a massive music / book superstore in Lille- Le Cultura, and afterwards, the bands met with fans old and new, signed copies of there new EP’s and posed for picture…which caused quite some attention.

The main event I-Synth 1, Saturday Night was at yet another interesting venue Le Biplan – which is a large cellar bar under a trendy theatre in the heart of Lille; who’s 100+ capacity was tested that night. The night started with a side project from Shiny Darkness’s Sebastien Deruwez- ‘Electro Caution’, who provided a two piece techo flavoured sound that got some great interest.

Electro Caution were followed up with Shny Darkness, who almost raised the brick ceiling with Sebastien’s encouragement to show us your hands. Shiny Darkness treated us to some of their best tunes and introduced us to a taster track from their eagerly awaited new Album- so watch out news.

Just as people thought they were entertained enough, the room filled with the Orange statement sound that is Spacebuoy…who burst more juicy orange electro sounds through the room, that drew a super-fan to the stage; who almost out ‘Oranged’ Howard from Spacebuoy.

The night sped along faster then any Eurostar could wish for, and like a shot out of a gun were TENEK, headlining the night with yet another blistering set that made the brick cavern club rocked very hard…and a surprise encore request from the crowd made the night feel it was never going to stop…as the wee small hours called the night ended with such a buzz that the audience chatted and danced, till the club could legally not stay open for any longer, which led to the quiet streets being filled with an international mix of buzzing friends wondering off into the night, saying bring on I-Synth 2……… and you know, I think their wish.

A song that went down rather well in Lille, was from Vivien Glass’s Julius, and their sexy debut album got its release bank holiday Monday -Awake My Sleeper – I had heard it and I can tell you it’s a belter……

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My music pick for this week;

Wed 08 May Vampire Weekend – Troxy, London
American indie rock bands, Vampire Weekend, formed in 2006 and are signed to XL Recordings.

Thu 09 May The Pigeon Detectives – Dingwalls, London
Leeds indie band proving to be incredibly popular, wearing their Britpop influences with pride. They continue to maintain a populist laddish fanbase and their biggest hit to date is the student favourite ‘I’m not Sorry’.

Thu 09 May The Twang – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
The Twang is a Birmingham five-piece indie band. They are considered to be one of the most exciting and popular indie bands in the UK. They received widespread public attention at end of 2006 and have since been lauded by music critics for their Baggy influenced singles and unpretentious laddish image.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Stand Up For NAPAC Stewart Lee, Mark Thomas, Mark Watson 8th May 2013 • Bloomsbury Theatre
Some of Britain’s top comedians are coming together at the Bloomsbury Theatre in support of NAPAC — a national organisation focused on supporting adults who have been abused as children.

Rory Bremner’s One Question Quiz – 10th May 2013 • Shaw Theatre
If you’re a fan of Radio 4’s “One Question Quiz” then get yourself down to the Shaw Theatre, where Rory Bremner will be joined by Andy Zaltzman, Nick Doody, multi-talented impressionist Kate O’Sullivan.

Sea of music for Only You

If last week’s Phoenix FM Creative session wasn’t enough live Music, then this week we had a little more- in the shape of Modovar. The guys were in the studio and performed two tracks from their debut album- Sea of Unspoken Words, and a bonus song for us….Yazoo’s Only You.

Glen and Chris – MODOVAR



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The edited version of the whole show is here, including the FULL chat with Modovar and those live tracks + more things and stuff Saturday Breakfast Show – RERUN

My music pick for this week;

Thu 25 Apr Frank Turner – The Forum, London
Frank Turner is a musician born in Bahrain who has toured the UK extensively and started solo acoustic shows prior to the demise of his former band, Million Dead.

Thu 25 Apr Gaz Coombes – The Garage, London
A night of live music from Gaz Coombes- from the former Supergrass front man

Sun 28 Apr Noah and The Whale – Palace Theatre, London
Noah and the Whale are from Twickenham and formed in 2006. The band consists of Charlie Fink, Tom Hobden, Matt Owens, Fred Abbott, and Michael Petulla

Mon 29 Apr Chvrches – Village Underground, London
Chvrches are Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry – three distinct individuals bearing three distinct personalities on a consummate whole. Combining indie sensibilities and aesthetics with barbed pop hooks and an unhealthy obsession with Prince, Chvrches take elements of classic electronica, hip hop and post-punk, and yet sound like none of the above.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Jimeoin — “What?!” – 25th Apr 2013 • Bloomsbury Theatre
The acclaimed Irish comic Jimeoin has recently been seen on “Live at the Apollo”, “Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow” and the “Royal Variety Performance”. Now you can see him when he brings his stand-up show to London

Jimmy Carr — “Gagging Order” – 26th – 27th Apr 2013 • Hammersmith Apollo
Jimmy Carr’s back on the road with a brand-new stage show — “Gagging Order”. Expect plenty of bare-knuckle gags as he brings his quick-fire wit to the Hammersmith Apollo.

Modovar live at Phoenix FM

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We welcomed Modovar back for their third Phoenix FM session this morning.

Christopher and Glen have been very busy since they were last in, having released their debut album “The Sea Of Unspoken Words” earlier this week. They played two songs from the album plus a Vince Clarke cover in readiness for their forthcoming set at BAS 2013 later this month. You can see/hear the session again below:

You can find out all the latest goings on at their official website.

Orange space

Well it is often a busy show, but today had the added bonus of the Phoenix FM Creative sessions occurring- this is a mammoth event we organise for local unsigned bands/acts to come down and record a short set. Which we loving rebroadcast later on-air….this year we had Tenek and Republica….along with some bands who had only been together formally for a few months; in one case…. Such a great selections this year.

The Creative Sessions took place at the Brentwood centre, and was over Saturday and Sunday…Bands were interviewed live on air and you can listen again, as they are to be found on the main part of the website and soon we will have specially shot hi-res videos …..Please keep checking into the main site.

I can not resist posting this great new video from the band that Stormed Saturday REPUBLICA… Oh and I got a lovely hug and CD from the stunning Saffron… enjoy the bands new vid>

AS well as brand new songs on the air from Dean M Oldfield, and The March Violets…we also heard a great track from Johnny Normal…..

Plus special guest on the phone- As I got to chat to SPACEBUOY’s head of Orange- Howard Mott, and we chatted all about their new EP Breathe and their forthcoming gig in France at I-SYNTH 1.. and the creative process of the band.

YOU CAN LISTEN AGAIN to the Interview with SPACEBUOY and Check tracks from their EP Breathe -ON THE LINK BELOW:>
April 13th show- The Rerun (edited)


Twas a very busy weekend here at Phoenix FM, with the live 24 hour Creative Sessions -well done to DAVE and his team…. at Creative Music Studios www.creativemusicstudios.co.uk

My music pick for this week;

Mon 15 Apr Skunk Anansie – Cadogan Hall, London
Melodic rock band fronted by enigmatic front woman Skin, recognised as one of the most iconic and confrontational female lead singers in modern musical history.

Wed 17 Apr British Sea Power – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
British Sea Power are an indie rock band based in Brighton, although three of the band members originally come from Natland, near Kendal in Cumbria.

Wed 17 Apr The Wonder Stuff – O2 Academy Islington, London
The Wonder Stuff, originally based in Stourbridge, West Midlands, in the Black Country…are back.

Fri 19 – Sat 20 Apr James + Echo and The Bunnymen – O2 Academy Brixton, London
James has enlisted Echo & The Bunnymen for a 10-date tour. in support of the band’s The Gathering Sound box set, a career-spanning collection that originally was due out in 2011

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 14th Apr 2013 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart and Lee Simpson. The Comedy …more

The Boy with Tape on his Face, at the Comedy Store – 15th Apr 2013 • Comedy Store
The Boy with Tape on his Face will be appearing at the Comedy Store in support of GamesAid. Other comedians on the bill include MC Imran Yusuf, Paul Thorne, Price Abdi, Paul McCaffrey, Kev Orkian.

Russell Peters – Notorious World Tour – 16th Apr 2013 • O2 Arena
Russell Peters’ Notorious World Tour has been setting sales and attendance records around the world, becoming the highest attended comedy show in large parts of the Middle East and Asia.

The Big Sky in Theory

Easter behind us does not mean the end of treats, as more albums and EP seem to be on their way to us. So whilst the weather confused the music seems clear enough, especially as we had what maybe the first radio airplay of Steve Strange’s new track -Shameless Fashion by Visage, we also had my guess for the third official single to be released from Depeche Mode’s Delta Machine – Soft Touch/Raw Nerve.

Here’s a recent exclusive live studio clip…..

We also has a guest on the phone, Paul Robinson, who is a member of the three piece synth band- Low Tide Theory. Paul was chatting about their debut album: BIG SKY and the plans for the band, as April 6th is album launch day – LOW TIDE THEORY- website

If you missed the live show, well please enjoy the edited down version; – click the red link below:
RERUN: The edited version of the April 6th 2013 show

My music pick for this week;

Sat 06 Apr Patrick Wolf – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
South London born singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf bestows the image and demeanour of a man far removed from the world of popular music

Thu 11 Apr The Fratellis – Electric Ballroom, London

Uplifting pub rock and beery anthems from Glasgow’s East End. The football loving lads follow in the city’s raucous heritage and unlike some of their skinny jean peers, The Fratellis can definitely claim to be a band of the people.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Harry Hill, at the Hammersmith Apollo – 11th Apr 2013 • Hammersmith Apollo
Harry Hill doesn’t do many stand-up shows these days, so it’s great to see the floppy-collared loon back where he belongs. Joined again by his showband “The Harrys”, there’ll be a chance to catch up on Harry’s Nan’s latest

Richard Herring, at the Bloomsbury Theatre – 12th – 13th Apr 2013 • Bloomsbury Theatre
Richard Herring will be “Talking Cock” at the Bloomsbury Theatre. As an object of both pride and shame, inspiring both laughter and fear, it’s a symbol of power, and yet it’s incredibly

Can you bank on Easter

Blimey O’Reilly, it is that there Easter bank Holiday weekend… I’m still wearing the Christmas excess around my waist… Which is why I’ve tried to get back to some jogging- typically I’ve had one Easter Egg; so far and this is bu a minor lapse. In today show there was no lapse in good music, and indeed, new stuff – Among the Echoes, Sinestar, Low Tide Theory, Vivien Glass, SpaceBuoy and a band who made such a subtle return with a very quiet return with their 13th Album; You may not have guessed, but I am referring to Basildon’s finessed export Depeche Mode.

We also discussed; well I talked at you, about the amount of TOWIE Shops in Brentwood, and would you want to set up your own shop, and if so what would you sell.

Going back to Depeche Mode- their lead track off the new album-Delta Machine, is called ‘Heaven’ and after weeks of playing the track, it had just dawned on me where I may have heard the intro before… I think it is here- Robert Wyatt’s classic, ‘Shipbuilding’…….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeD9xFszOG4

HERE THE SHOW AGAIN- The edited version is in the RED link:

The March 31st Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98 FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

My music pick for this week;

Wed 03 Apr Biffy Clyro – The O2, London
Cult rock trio Biffy Clyro formed in the mid 1990s as teenagers. Slowly building a fanbase across the UK with their angst post-grunge sound, it was only following the release of their fourth album ‘Puzzle’ in 2007 that they achieved mainstream success.

Fri 05 Apr Funeral For a Friend – Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea
Bridgend post-hardcore band Funeral For a Friend formed in 2001 and released their debut album ‘Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation’ in 2003 to critical acclaim.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Live at the Chapel — Mark Thomas, Tim Key, Alun Cochrane 6th Apr 2013 • Union Chapel
Live at the Chapel returns with a fantastic line-up, headed by political activist/comedian Mark Thomas. This is your chance to see him in the Union Chapel’s intimate surroundings, alongside Tim Key, Cardinal Burns.

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 7th Apr 2013 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Andy Smart and Lee Simpson.

Basildon is sound – with BAS 2013

Great hectic bundle of joy of a show this week, despite the snow flurries outside, I managed to open the float-gates to another hot potato of a show; which was just as well, as we invaded by the BAS Production crew …Gary Clark, Susan Paget, Richard Sharpe and Kevin Burtt (Clare Whatley was there in spirit). We chatted about this year event on the May bank Holiday, about the history, the bands, my dodgy Essex accent and exclusive hint at a Record label….

BAS 2013 – May bank Holiday 25/26/27th


Enjoy the chatty Interview again, which is within the edited show red-link posted below>

The Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix 98FM (Edited) by Robrv on Mixcloud

Lots of BAS artists were on the show playlist, as well as the great Simple Minds who will be touring and will have special guests in the shape of Ultravox…….oooooh – check this classic video..

My music pick for this week;

Tue 26 Mar Chapel Club – Plan B, Brixton
London indie-rock five piece whose debut album Palace was released in January 2011 and saw them break into the UK top 40.

Wed 27 Mar Stornoway – The Forum, London
Quirky indie folk band who consist of an Ornithologist, an occasional Russian translator, a South African Pirate Captain, and a human radio.

Thu 28- Fri 29 Mar Bastille – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Underground upcoming band playing bewitching electro-pop. Their song ’Flaws’ has become quite the Youtube hit, spawning loads of covers.

Sat 30 Mar Suede – Alexandra Palace, London
Mercury Prize-winning alternative rock band who were at the forefront of the 90s Britpop movement. Formed in 1989, Suede enjoyed great commercial success as well as considerable critical acclaim throughout the 90s.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Harry Hill, at the Hammersmith Apollo- 26th Mar 2013 • Hammersmith Apollo
Harry Hill doesn’t do many stand-up shows these days, so it’s great to see the floppy-collared loon back where he belongs. Joined again by his showband “The Harrys”, there’ll be a chance to catch up on Harry’s Nan’s latest ailments.

Russell Howard and Friends 31st Mar 2013 • Roundhouse
Russell Howard, the star of TV’s “Good News” and “Mock The Week”, will be performing a “work-in-progress” show at the intimate Roundhouse Studio. This will be a rare opportunity to see one of the country’s most popular Comics

Weather with who?

This week i was away from the office on a Training course, to learn of all things how to teach….. well, plan a lesson. the real amazement for me this week, was in fact the so called typical british weather, whilst on this course we had all the seasons in one week- and its only spring.

Highlight of my week has to be seeing Republica play The Garage in Highbury, supported by Saturday Brekfast show Favourite Tenek, who technically were supported by Kovak…. if you get my drift- we had three bands on the bill….bargain.

To tease you further….here is a clip’ette from Kovak…who played a blinding set which really rocked the evening off in great style- I thought, Blondie, Goldfrapp….stunning….

And then there was Tenek…..again teasing us as the band embark on their tour with the Another Day EP to add yet more magic to their arsenal of great songs…

As I say the Headliners – REPUBLICA – Enjoy this lo-tech video of them playing live and in this Youtube vid their hot new single..Christiano Obey. >>

Yup, an awesome little gig – In the show again we had some great new music on todays show- one track has a Dragons Den and Tubeway Army connection…..if you missed that track and indeed the show, don’t fear, because the Music only version of the show is available –At the bottom of this Blog, enjoy.

My gig pick for the week ahead:

Thu 21 Mar Primal Scream -Royal Albert Hall.
The one thing that has remained constant throughout this Scottish rock band’s history is drummer Bobby Gillespie’s presence. The former Jesus and Mary Chain drummer formed the band in 1985 with Jim Beattie who has since left. The group have had Top Ten hits with ‘Rocks/Funky Jam’, ‘Kowalski’ and ‘Country Girl’. The current line-up is Bobby Gillespie (drums), Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield (bass) and touring guitarist Kevin Shields.

Fri 22 Mar Kasabian – Royal Albert Hall.
Kasabian are pop rockers from Leicester who rival Oasis as ‘the lads’ favourite indie band’. They merge electronica influences with head-bashing rock to produce anthemic hits such as ‘Empire’.

Sat 23 Mar Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon- Royal Albert Hall
A Britpop mash-up show as Oasis meets Blur, with Noel, Damon and Graham all performing on the same stage.

My Comedy show pick for the week ahead:
Stand Up For The Comedy School, with Phill Jupitus – 18th Mar 2013 • Comedy Store

Phill Jupitus will be “Standing Up For The Comedy School” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill include Adam Bloom, Quincy, Arnold Brown, John Moloney and Neil Mullarkey.

Paul Tonkinson — Fancy Man – 21st – 23rd Mar 2013 • Leicester Square Theatre
Time Out Comedian of the Year, Paul Tonkinson, is taking to the road on his eagerly-awaited debut tour — Fancy Man. Expect explosive and tender reflections on love, food, family and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies.
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Tenek and party

Saturday Breakfast Show
Love a busy show with good music waffle and guests, and today’s show was one of those. Well with that in mind we had some great mix of new music including an interesting band from Argentina FARMACIA.


In the studio was Peter Steer and Geoff Pinckney from Tenek, who chatted about their rather exciting tour, which kicks off with support to Republica, they also discuss languages, collaborations and their stunning new EP, Another Day (released March 11th 2013).
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My music pick for this week;

Tue 12 – Wed 13 Mar My Bloody Valentine – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Alternative rock band formed in Dublin in 1983, bring their brand of rock to London for two nights.

Thu 14 Mar Republica + Tenek & Kovac – The Garage, London
Republica have returned to the live scene. Formed in 1994, the band has achieved of over three million albums sales in their career, resulting in platinum sales worldwide. The track ‘Ready To Go’ achieved No. One in 18 countries and has been featured in Hollywood movies, TV shows and in international advertising campaigns. ‘Drop Dead Gorgeous’ was used as the theme to Wez Craven’s box-office hit horror ‘Scream’. Also featuring Tenek and Kovac

Fri 15 Mar Johnny Marr: The Messenger – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Johnny Marr, former Smiths guitarist, with the Healers, brings his recently voted- ‘God like genius’ status to London.

Sat 16 Mar Killing Joke – The Forum, London
A gig by the influential English post-punk band from London who were founded in the late Seventies.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

David Baddiel: Work in Progress – 18th – 23rd March 2013 • Soho Theatre
David Baddiel is coming to the Soho Theatre for a series of “work in progress” shows, testing out some brand-new material for an upcoming show — his first proper stand-up show for 15 years.

I-SYNTH 1 – April 27th – Lille, France

March my words

ROB HARVEY’S SATURDAY BREAKFAST SHOW.
Love new singles, and we had a few juicy-ones this week- Alison Moyet is back with a free download and those Liverpool scallies SPACE, all have new material. You heard me also recanting the fact I’ve finally applied for a renewed passport, which meant a new mug shot….suffice to say I wasn’t at my best for the photo-booth, so lo and behold I’ve come out to a likeness which apparently goes from a likeness to Adolf Hitler, to ‘Rainman’ (Dustin Hoffman) to Joey Essex- that will learn me to share.
and no, I’m not posting it here…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1VRZWNOlis&feature=player_embedded

My music pick for this week;
Wed 06 Mar Fatboy Slim – Westminster Hall House of Commons
Populist English DJ who dominated the chart in the late nineties with a series of superlative radio hits, which famously include the ‘Right Here, Right Now’, ‘Praise You’ and ‘You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby’.

Thu 07 /Fri 8 / Sat 9 Mar Sigur Ros – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Critically acclaimed Icelandic group from Reykjavik with a lush musical aesthetic. They are considered by many musical lovers to be the most beautiful band on the planet. Jon Por Birgisson’s spine tingling voice is like a heavenly instrument passed down by God to send fans of Sigur Ros into a blissful séance.

Thu 07 Mar The Darkness – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Return of the exuberant hard rock band from Lowestoft, Suffolk.

My Comedy show picks for this week……
Jon Richardson, Charlie Baker and Shappi Khorsandi 4th March 2013 • Comedy Store
Join Jon Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi, Josh Widdicombe, Charlie Baker, Suzi Ruffell, Marlon Davis and special guests at the Comedy Store… in a night of comedy in aid of The MS Society.

David Baddiel: Work in Progress – 18th – 23rd March 2013 • Soho Theatre
David Baddiel is coming to the Soho Theatre for a series of “work in progress” shows, testing out some brand-new material for an upcoming show — his first proper stand-up show for 15 years.

Join me on March 9th, when we will be catching up with the band TENEK, ahead of their support for Republica.

TODAYS SHOW (edited) WHY NOT LISTEN AGAIN:Click on the Red link below…

Basically Ride on….

Ah the end of half term normally means nothing to me, but you see I had spare leave to burn so I had to have the week off…groan I hear- well it was like a week of Sunday’s, all peaceful and quiet with nothing on the telly. Sadly all those jobs you put off never seem to get done until you have the spare time; well maybe next time ah.

Now, as I had mentioned many times before, I’m ecstatic about the fact that I’ve been asked to be a support DJ to a great new event at Lille in France, on April 27th – I-Synth 1. Which will see Spacebuoy, Shiny Darkness and Tenek all play the same stage again. Three great bands and a beautiful european setting, so why not come and join us in Lille on April 27th >>> I-Synth 1 – TICKETS

This week I was confirmed as a DJ supporting this years BAS 2013. An Electronic festival in Basildon, which is on his 3rd year. Thou I’m supporting the headline DJ’s, who are supporting the headline acts….which this years see HEAVEN 17 top of the bill, I’m nervous…even thou its not till the May bank holiday weekend…. but blimey what a line up;

for more info: BAS 2013

In the studio we had guest who we have spoken to a few times in the past, under his former band guise- BA5IC, Today we met Dean Michael Oldfield, singer & songwriter, composer and keyboard wizard from Basildon, chatting about his new path. Dean spoke about his new solo work, his time with his cousin as the duo BA5IC and the fact he has a notable songwriter & musician within his family, namely Martin L Gore of Depeche Mode- Has he been inspired by his Uncle? -> LISTEN AGAIN:>>

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Rob meeting Dean M Oldfield


…..family ties (Martin L Gore and Dean M Oldfield)

My gig pick for the week ahead:

Mon 25 Feb Fenech-Soler – Birthdays, Stoke Newington
Electro wonder kids from Northampton are back.

Tue 26 Feb Ocean Colour Scene – Electric Ballroom, Camden
Soulful mature rock from Birmingham by one of the leading Britpop bands of the nineties. The laddish band are best known for their commercial rock singles such as the ‘Riverboat Song’ and ‘The Day We Caught The Train’.

Wed 27 Feb Chvrches – ICA (Institute for contemporary Arts), London
Chvrches are Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry – three distinct individuals bearing three distinct personalities on a consummate whole. Combining indie sensibilities and aesthetics with barbed pop hooks and an unhealthy obsession with Prince, Chvrches take elements of classic electronica, hip hop and post-punk, and yet sound like none of the above. Their blend of classic and modern analogue synthesizers, bruised beats and crude vocal sampling comes to the fore in their debut single The Mother We Share, as it did in Lies, their first track that seeped onto the internet in mid-2012.

My Comedy show pick for the week ahead:

Tim Minchin, Alistair McGowan – 27th Feb 2013 • Hammersmith Apollo
Get down to the Hammersmith Apollo for a fantastic night of comedy in aid of the homeless charity “Stand Up For Shelter”. Some of the UK’s finest comedy talent will be there including Tim Minchin, Alistair McGowan, Stewart Francis.

Jon Richardson, Charlie Baker and Shappi Khorsandi – 4th Mar 2013 • Comedy Store
Join Jon Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi, Josh Widdicombe, Charlie Baker, Suzi Ruffell, Marlon Davis and special guests at the Comedy Store… in a night of comedy in aid of The MS Society.

The Saturday Breakfast show – ‘be involved!!!’…
If you are in a Band/Artist local to Brentwood & Billericay or a locally based Comic, then I’d love to hear from you!

horsing around

A week of being older- nee wiser, Yes it was my birthday this week and as I get older thy see, to get more low key. But then I was upstaged this week by more Horse meat scandals and a spooky Meteorite hitting Russia- so far no Zombies or plagues of locusts.

We enjoyed a Saffron from Republica’s gig review, care of Eddie Curry(you can listen again on its own Blog story), and as Kraftwerk completed their run at the Tate Modern this week, we delved into a BBC archive, to hear legendary DJ Tommy Vance, chatting with Rolf Hutter from Kraftwerk back in 1981 – listen again on the link below;

Tommy Vance – KRAFTWERK Interview (1981)

Talking of live music- I got to impart some details about the forth coming BAS2013, a music festival held in Basildon to celebrate the musical legacy of Dapeche Mode and other acts who share a common influence.

My Comedy show picks for this week……
Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store 20th Feb 2013 • Comedy Store
Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Suki Webster and Josie Lawrence (TBC).

Paul Merton, at the Comedy Store – 24th Feb 2013 • Comedy Store
Paul Merton will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill include Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart and Josie Lawrence

My music pick for this week;

Thu 21 Feb The View – Jamm, Brixton
The chart-topping indie band from Dundee play a gig, mixing elements of punk, pop, folk and acoustic into their music
Fri 22 Feb Bloc Party – Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London
Student indie band from Essex whose impassioned anthems have captured a generation of young fans. The are regularly cover stars for the NME and in recent years they have established themselves as festival favourites
Fri 22 Feb The Cribs – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Wakefield four-piece comprising brothers Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman and ex-Smiths guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr are known for their, gritty melodies, earthy guitar sound and bitingly observant lyrics.
Sat 23 Feb Richard Hawley – Troxy, London
Mercury-nominated singer and guitarist Richard Hawley found fame as a member of Britpop band Longpigs. After a brief stint among the ranks of Pulp, Hawley is now a seasoned and critically acclaimed solo artist. His most recent album .Standing at the Sky’s Edge’ was released in May 2012 and reached number three on the UK album charts.

On March 23rd we have a special guest – Dean Michael Oldfield (formerly of BA5IC) chatting about his new solo career and debuting his new single….. so join us.

Getting older but seldom wiser

Its all going on today- Mud & Madness race and the Phoenix FM Quiz night after that; glad I’m just at the quiz….. after all it is my birthday on Monday and one has save one’s self…right?. Ok that is my story, still I will go for a run after the show in respect.

We had a crop of new music today, The Brand single from Depeche Mode- ‘Heaven’; which was the first airplay in Essex and London.. We also heard from A Superb Scottish artist- Analog Angel and the brand single from an EP due for release on Feb 11th, from Kovak- Radiate. I will be sing them on March 14th, supporting Tenek and headliners Republica….

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Paul Merton, at the Comedy Store 10th Feb 2013 • Comedy Store
Paul Merton will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill include Richard Vranch, Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart and Josie Lawrence

Stewart Lee (and Guests) Stand-Up For Kids – 11th Feb 2013 • Leicester Square Theatre
Stewart Lee and other top comedians are getting together for a one-off event at the Leicester Square Theatre, to make people laugh and raise money for “Action For Kids”, a national charity working with disabled kids.

Alan Davies, at the Hammersmith Apollo – 16th – 17th Feb 2013 • Hammersmith Apollo
It’s been ten long years since the star of “Jonathan Creek” and “QI” last tried stand-up, but after a hugely successful tour of Australia, Alan Davies is back on stage with a brand-new show.

My music pick for this week;

Tue 12 Feb Darwin Deez – Heaven, London
A New York indie-pop collective fronted by the enigmatic Darwin Smith. Formed in 2009, the band found initial recognition in the UK as opposed to their US homeland. Slobbered over by the NME, Darwin reached the top 10 of the hipster bible’s ‘Cool List’ and appeared on the cover of said tome. The band released their eponymous debut album in April 2010, which went straight to number three on the UK Indie chart.
Wed 13 Feb Kate Nash – Sebright Arms, Hackney
London-born singer-songwriter best known for her melodic ditties about modern life.
Fri 15 Feb The Datsuns – Dingwalls, London
Sexy New Zealand rockers who were once championed by the late great John Peel at the beginning of the noughties. The NME considered to the Kiwi band to be an essential part of the New Rock Revolution in 2002 and they are still touring and playing in front of sweaty young audiences.

Join me next week for fine little archive interview with KRAFTWERK- To commiserate for not getting to see their sell gigs at the Tate Modern.

Feb o ray to Jet away

Hooray is February – well its my birthday this month, so bit biased I guess…. had a chock block full of talent in the show today, new stuff by Modovar, as they have released a new EP;The Sea of Unspoken words – and a lady called Margaret Berger, her track, “I feed you my love” is a set to be the Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest entry for 2013- I must admit this track would, in my mind be the 1st Eurovision song I’ve liked in a millennium.
We chatted about the new single from Depeche Mode- ‘Heaven’, which will be released March 17th, a head of the new album Delta Machine, due out from March 27th {a month before I-Synth 1, in Lille – April 27th } .



Well as I say, nice to be in Feb, as January had that snow nonsense and I had a prowling issue with a local Tom cat, who likes to sit on my car and stare me out.

Cat got your tongue, Punk?

On the show today we got to chat to two guests at the same time- a technical feat for little me I tell you. Via the good old phone was Jet Noir and Tony Mayo – we chatted about rather cyber-punky sound of Jet Noir and all things ‘Naked Lunch’….and you can listen again by clicking on the audio link below;

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And if you like the track ‘Big Shot’ then check out a video for ‘Inhale Exhale’ >>

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5a6Om696w3E

Plus- Don’t forget the great NAKED LUNCH – Check out their game player style website where you can hear more what they are doing along with Jet Noir > NAKED LUNCH <

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Rich Hall’s Hoe Down – 4th – 10th Feb 2013 • Soho Theatre
You might have seen Rich Hall on comedy quiz shows like “QI”, but if you haven’t seen him on stage then you’re missing a treat.

Jack Whitehall and Phill Jupitus – 4th Feb 2013 • Comedy Store

Join MC Kevin Day, Noel Fielding, Jon Richardson, Jack Whitehall, Phill Jupitus, Josh Widdicombe and Andy Zaltzman at the Comedy Store… alongside a very special appearance from a comedy King of Channel 4.

Chris Addison: “The Time Is Now” – 4th Feb 2013 • Queen Elizabeth Hall
Chris Addison, from TV’s award-winning “The Thick of It”, returns to the stage with his critically acclaimed show. “The Time Is Now” promises some top class stand-up from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around.

Snow more I love you’s

Seemed like a full week of weather this week- Snow to Sunshine…. but we made it through ah. I don’t know about you but I’m getting rather used to the week of snow we seem to have like clock work after Chrimbo.

In the show today we took great delight in mentioning the fact that Low Tide Theory will be officially launching their debut single ‘To Begin again’ – on Jan 28th >> …after playing it for what seems months.

To Begin Again by LOW TIDE THEORY

And if that was enough…. Depeche Mode announce the release in March of their latest Album ‘DELTA MACHINE’

Depeche Mode’s new album- March 27th

The first single off the album is ‘HEAVEN’… Due out February 2nd.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Mark Thomas — “Bravo Figaro” – 29th Jan 2013 • Leicester Square Theatre
Comedian and political activist Mark Thomas is best known for his political comedy, but now he’s turning his attention to matters closer to home with a show about his father. “Bravo Figaro” is the true tale.

Alun Cochrane, at the Comedy Store 31st Jan – 2nd Feb 2013 • Comedy Store
Alun Cochrane will be joining the Comedy Store Players for three nights of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Hal Cruttenden, Ian Moore, Doc Brown and Daniel Sloss.

Micky Flanagan, at the Leicester Square Theatre – 1st – 2nd Feb 2013 • Leicester Square Theatre
Micky Flanagan is doing a series of preview shows at the Leicester Square Theatre, in preparation for an upcoming tour. So this is your chance to hear some brand-new material before he takes it out on the road.

My music pick for this week;

Wed 30 Jan The Spin Doctors: 20th Anniversary – O2 Academy Islington, London

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Spin Doctors’ landmark debut album ‘Pocket Full of Kryptonite’, the band’s four original members come to London.
Thu 31 Jan The View – Jamm, Brixton
The chart-topping indie band from Dundee play a gig, mixing elements of punk, pop, folk and acoustic into their music.

On the show next week – Anthony Malpass and Jet Noir

Snow way to be

Oh lovely, snow and ice…..well snow mostly. Idea for just listening to the radio in the warm to some…which is no bad thing when we had new songs from Mesh, Nouvelle Electro and Weak(end Arrows.

We also chatted about film and how the Cinemas a great place to hide from the snow….. The Lone Ranger gets a Super Heroes vamp up, with Johnny Depp playing Tonto…. which gave me an excuse to play ‘The Lone Ranger’ by Quantum Jump….

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Alexei Sayle – 21st Jan – 9th Feb 2013 (except 27th, 28th, 3rd & 4th) • Soho Theatre
As one of the best comedians from the 80s, Alexei Sayle has been sorely missed from the stage. But now he is returning to stand-up with his first full-length solo show in 16 years.

Laugh Till It Hurts… – 23rd Jan 2013 • Bloomsbury Theatre
Some of Britain’s top comedians are coming together at the Bloomsbury Theatre in support of ‘Save The Children’. “Laugh Till It Hurts” will feature Sean Lock, Stewart Francis, Marcus Brigstocke, Dave Johns, Lloyd Langford

Micky Flanagan, at the Leicester Square Theatre – 26th Jan 2013 • Leicester Square Theatre

Micky Flanagan is doing a series of preview shows at the Leicester Square Theatre, in preparation for an upcoming tour. So this is your chance to hear some brand-new material before he takes it out on the road.

Fan promo- Mr Andy Jordan.


Bowies out

Seems a slow week in the world of live music, however Ideal for David Bowie 66th birthday, as he released his 1st single in 10 years Even the video has been spoofed already…. enjoy>>

I do like the come back Bowie single, but I had to play this snippet of a naughty cameo of a skit from the awkwardly funny Extras, with Ricky Gervais…..enjoy>

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We chatted today about the New Kate Middleton Portrait- which to be would be a compliment if she was a lovely forty something, so it seemed odd. Back to the music, We got to hear the Brand new come back single from SUEDE, ‘Barriers’….
Oh, nice vid too..

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Stand Up For Women – 14th Jan 2013 • Bloomsbury Theatre
Self-proclaimed feminist, writer and comedian James Mullinger has brought together a fantastic line-up of comedians in support of Eaves, a charity which supports vunerable women. Shappi Khorsandi, Holly Walsh and Richard.

Micky Flanagan – 17th – 19th Jan 2013 • Leicester Square Theatre
Micky Flanagan is doing a series of preview shows at the Leicester Square Theatre, in preparation for an upcoming tour. So this is your chance to hear some brand-new material before he takes it out on the road.

Mark Thomas — The Manifesto Warm Ups – 20th Jan 2013 • Leicester Square Theatre
In advance of a brand-new series of “The Manifesto” on Radio 4, comedian and political activist Mark Thomas will be doing some special warm up shows at the Leicester Square Theatre.

My music pick for this week;

Thu 17 Jan Peter Hook and The Light – Koko, London
Peter Hook, legendary bassist with seminal Manchester bands Joy Division and New Order, together with his band The Light, plays tracks from Joy Division’s back catalogue.


I’ve been asked to DJ at I-Synth 1 – a Music event in Lille France;- tickets are NOW ON SALE!

To purchase, just go to the website for the band Shiny Darkness and order your e-Ticket.

*FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY – the first 50 tickets starting at 12 euros. Tickets are going fast, so don’t delay! (A combo ticket special includes the ‘I-Synth 1′ T-Shirt. Check website for further details)

» Store / Shiny Darkness >> www.shinydarkness.com/store

Lucky 2013

Happy NEW year to all – So, we are now in 2013 and looking forward to whatever it may have in-store… especially after the great events of 2012.

I should be having my first guest in Feb- JET NOIR & Anthony Malpass….Confirmed for March are TENEK.

Started the year off with a new feature, called VOXLESS- Which is basically a instrumental track feature… todays was a little left field with a track famous for use in a add in 2011. The track was ‘Tick of the Clock’ Chromatics..


We will have another next week…maybe Brain Eno… who knows.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 6th January 2013 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart.

Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store – 9th January 2013 • Comedy Store

Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey and Andy Smart.

Sean Lock: Work in Progress – 10th – 16th January 2013 (except 14th) • Leicester Square Theatre
You’ll recognise Sean Lock from the many comedy and quiz shows that he appears on the telly, including “QI”, “8 Out Of 10 Cats” and “Argumental”. But now he’s returning to stand-up with a series of “Work in Progress”.

No GIG PICK as such this week, But…………

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to DJ at I-Synth 1 tickets are NOW ON SALE!

To purchase, just go to the website for the band Shiny Darkness and order your e-Ticket.

*FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY – the first 50 tickets starting at 12 euros. Tickets are going fast, so don’t delay! (A combo ticket special includes the ‘I-Synth 1’ T-Shirt. Check website for further details)

» Store / Shiny Darkness >> www.shinydarkness.com/store

Short n sweet

Last show for 2012, so I played as normal some of the great tunes of the year; in my humble…. plus a few new tracks as per… including this great 80’s vibe tune by Kasio Kid ‘Telephone Line’…

Can not wait for 2013… always like to look forward then gaze back for too long…. Even thou we had some great guests, Steve Strange on the phone, Tenek, Lee from Wierdgear and Oberhiem in the studio chatting, plus not forgetting those who played live- Shiny Darkness, Electro Kill Machine. Then there was the backstage interviews from the massive BAS2 event in Basildon- where I got to chat with Ba5ic and the much loved Spacebuoy. Followed that up with The Box in Southend, where I got to interview Sinestar. Then in December we landed in Leigh-on-Sea, at The Christmas Box, were I had the delight to interview Automatic Writing and Curxes….
{all interviews still available to listen again, via the previous show blogs}

HAPPY NEW YEAR and thanks for supporting my show in 2012….bring on 2013!!!…..

Events I can’t wait for I-Synth 1 and BAS2013…(tune in for the details, as and when) plus Depeche Mode live at the 02.

Christmas boxed clever

After my little weekend away, it was indeed a delight to be back in the Phoenix FM studio, and even more as the night before I was in Leigh-on-Sea, enjoying the latest event arranged by BAS Productions- The Christmas Box.

The Christmas Box was the big old end to 2012, with three great new bands playing live at The Ship in old Leigh-on-Sea. First on the bill was Oberheim, who gave us their very first live performance. A sound that had a roll of pop and electro rock with a subtle nod towards Depeche Mode. The band are better know as the number Depeche Mode covers band: Speak & Spell, and proved that as Oberheim they can stand on their own feet with great songs.

Next up were two Brothers, collectively known as Automatic Writing, a sound that has a hazy psychedelic electro vibe – before they took to the stage the guys chatted to me back stage….

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Headlining The Christmas Box was a duo, Curxes, joined tonight by the Drummer from The Strangers. A spectacular performance, has to be said as not only did their sound captivate but the sensual Roberta took her stage to the dance floor and sand within the dancing masses, bringing the audience right into the world of Curxes. The show ended with a bitter sweet Christmas song, which is now attached to our little pre-show chat….which you can enjoy again>

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Twas a really wonderful Christmas Box of musical talent, which included DJ sets by The Electricity Club (TEC) Steve Grey and Chi Ming Lai, with other performers of this years BAS II subtly enjoying just being part of the audience- Modovar, Peter Steer from Tenek, Sinestar, Electro Kill Machine’s Greg Damiano and Lee Sargent……I also spotted Global Citizen’s Rich Mills.
Special thanks to Deb & Martin, and indeed ALL at Bas Productions for another cracker of a night- So as its Christmas, lets raise a glass and say here’s to BAS3 in May bank Holiday…which promises another top draw line up.

www.basproductions.co.uk

December, Is Magic again………

December is magic again, says a song from Kate Bush…..well I guess it can be,as we get to build up to a massive family get-together. Bust up are us….. Still we had a good little show today; as per

We heard the Duran Duran John Taylor is flogging a book, so Twofer helped them out with ‘Notorious’ and ‘Rio’.

We also had another blast from the past, an un-sung act- New Musik, Who’s biggest hit was ‘Living by Numbers’, we placed Sanctuary…..have a gander at the rare pop vid ‘World of Water’>

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Greg Proops, at the Soho Theatre – 2nd December 2012 • Soho Theatre
You might recognise him from shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, “Mock the Week” and “The Bigger Picture”, but now you can see Greg Proops doing what he does best

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 2nd December 2012 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Neil Mullarkey

Richard Herring’s Podcast, with Russell Howard – 3rd December 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre. The “Podfather” Richard Herring is bringing his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast show to London, in which he will partake in some improvised comedy chat with another comedian.

My music pick for this week;

Wed/Thur
05/06 Dec Florence and The Machine – The O2, London

Theatrical art school graduate Florence Welch is renowned for her luscious vocals and kooky videos. The pre-Raphaelite goddess of the airwaves is one of the UK’s most popular female stars and has become increasingly famous due to her hit singles such as Rabbit Heart, You Got the Love and Dogs Days Are Over.
Fri 07 Dec Band of Skulls – O2 Academy Brixton, London
A gig from British rock’n’roll three-piece, previously known as Fleeing New York.
Fri 07 Dec Therapy? – Koko, London
Hardcore metal rock band from Northern Ireland whose emotive records and touring exploits have earned them a cult following since their conception back in 1989.

Weird how it works so well

Busy busy bee….During the week I got to enjoy an up and coming band from Glasgow; who played in London- ‘Chvrches’. The three piece managed to fill a truly odd looking venue in Islington, the Electrawerkz, and indeed, put on a really exciting performance, with one odd highlight for me, a Prince track, given their unique electro pop style – certainly a band to watch out for in 2013. So I had to have my little twofers feature as 2 tracks from the Chvrches: ‘Lies’ and that Prince cover, ‘I would Die for you’.

Chvrches

On today’s show, we had all the usual things and stuff, plus a little old guest in the shape of Lee Mayer, one third of local band Weirdgear – we talked about their possible new Cameo look and how to be a human sequencer : listen to our chat in full right here>>>

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My Comedy show picks for this week……

Greg Davies: The Back Of My Mum’s Head – 27th Nov 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo
You’ll recognise him as Mr Gilbert from “The Inbetweeners”, and stints on “Have I Got News for You”, “Live at The Apollo” and “We are Klang”, but now you can see Greg Davies doing what he does best — a solo stand-up show

Michael McIntyre, at Wembley Arena – 28th Nov – 3rd Dec 2012 • Wembley Arena
Michael McIntyre is one of the biggest names in comedy and his witty commentary on everyday life has made him a huge star. You can catch him when he plays a week-long run at Wembley Arena.

Rowan Atkinson, Jimmy Carr, Dame Edna…and more! – 28th Nov 2012 • Royal Albert Hall
The cream of Britain’s comedy talent will be taking to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall, in a show in support of the Prince’s Trust. Rowan Atkinson, Jimmy Carr, Miranda Hart and the E4 comedy trio The Midnight Beast.

My music pick for this week;

Mon 26 Nov The Human League – Royal Albert Hall, London
Synth-pop international superstars from Sheffield. The group were one of the most innovative bands to break into the pop mainstream on a wave of synthesizers.
Tue 27 Nov Elbow – Wembley Arena, London
Inspirational acoustic indie band from Bury who came into prominence in the late nineties
Wed 28 Nov Darwin Deez – XOYO, London
A New York indie-pop collective fronted by the enigmatic Darwin Smith. Formed in 2009, the band found initial recognition in the UK as opposed to their US homeland. Slobbered over by the NME, Darwin reached the top 10 of the hipster bible’s ‘Cool List’ and appeared on the cover of said tome.
Fri 30 Nov Keane – The O2, London
Emotive rock band laden with spooky melodies and inspiring lyrics. The genteel band have emphatically topped the UK album charts since their debut release ‘Hopes and Fears’ in 2004 and have become huge festival favourites.

Fireworks and wrapping

It is all very good people getting excited about Christmas, but what about Easter or pancake Sunday.. Still if it helps stimulate a financial recovery, ok. This week I finally got to see the new Bond movie ‘Skyfall’, and yes worth the wait, as it was an explosive action festival of all what we love in a bond movie; if a little guessable in places. To say it was on form would be the worse I could say and to that i’d say its well worth a viewing.

Twofers today came from Depeche Mode, as we eagerly await the name of the or new album and tour- so We played Personal Jesus and a new track ‘Angel’.

Looking forward to a lovely Christmas gig, The Box on December 14th, on the bill will be Oberheim and Curxes, here a video of one of the Bands playing- Automatic Writing;


My Comedy show picks for this week……

Al Murray — The Only Way is Epic – 18th Nov 2012 • Queen’s Theatre
Join Al Murray’s irrepressible Pub Landlord for an epic night of comedy. Broken Britain may be staring into the bottom of an empty pint glass, but don’t lose hope

Strictly Come Laughing – 18th Nov 2012 • Hackney Empire

Join a host of top comedy talent for “Strictly Come Laughing”, in aid of the impoverished town of Kwahu Tafo in Ghana. Names confirmed so far include Eddie Nestor, Robbie Gee, Slim, Axel, Glenda Jaxson, Stephen K Amos

Richard Herring’s Podcast, with Adam Buxton – 19th Nov 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre
The “Podfather” Richard Herring is bringing his Edinburgh Fringe Podcast show to London, in which he will partake in some improvised comedy chat with another comedian.

My music pick for this week;

Tue 20 Nov Band of Horses – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Dreamy indie band from South Carolina who openly embrace their Christian values. Sonically they are a typical American band with husky emotive vocals and a sublime fusion of electric guitars and silky looped drum beats.
Tue 20 Nov Passion Pit – HMV Forum, London
Sexy electro rockers from New York whose records sound like they have been spun on a waltzer of noughties psychedelia.
Thu 22 Nov The Dandy Warhols – Heaven, London
Heroin tainted rock’n’roll band fronted by Courtney Taylor. His charismatic group are most famous for their swaggering hits such as ‘Bohemian Like You’ and ‘Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth’.
Sat 24 Nov Crystal Castles – O2 Academy Brixton, London
A cult underground experimental electro duo from Toronto with a sleazy modern aesthetic.

***In the Studio for a Chat on Nov 24th will be Lee from Weirdgear…..***

November again, that what you swore the time before

Getting ready for Christmas seems like everyone else’s plan- not mine thanks very much- bar humbug…lets get Movember out of the way and Then enjoy The Christmas Box…..plus loads more gigs.

Had to post up this funny find from Eddie Curry – Morgan Freeman as a young Hip dude….

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Charity Gala — Sean Lock, Micky Flanagan, Harry Hill – 12th Nov 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre
Join Sean Lock and friends (Micky Flanagan, Harry Hill, Dave Johns and more!) at the Leicester Square Theatre for a special night of comedy in aid of P.O.R.T — the Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust.

Alan Davies: “Life Is Pain” – 12th Nov 2012 • Hackney Empire
It’s been ten long years since the star of “Jonathan Creek” and “QI” last tried stand-up, but after a hugely successful tour of Australia, Alan Davies is back on stage with a brand-new show: the cheerily titled “Life Is Pain.

Chris Moyles Live – 15th Nov 2012 • O2 Empire Shepherd’s
Now that he’s been released from his BBC Radio 1 show, Chris Moyles will be off celebrating the end of an era by embarking on a UK tour. The show will be filled with music, comedy, and plenty of audience participation.

My music pick for this week;

Wed 14 Nov Ladyhawke – HMV Forum, London
Ladyhawke is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Thu 15 Nov Mark Ronson – Electric Brixton, London
A live performance from Mark Ronson, playing hip hop, rock and soul.
Sat 17 Nov Motorhead – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Lemmy’s legendary metal band performs classics from a career that spans the decades. Famously considered by their lead singer to be ‘the dirtiest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world’, they are also said to be one of the loudest live acts around.
Sat 17 Nov The Vaccines – Alexandra Palace, London
Formed in June 2010, the band consists of Justin Young (vocals, who previously worked under the name Jay Jay Pistolet, playing indie folk), Anri Hjorvar (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar, younger brother of Tom from The Horrors) and Pete Robertson (drums).

Halloween Behind you….

Well I survived Halloween again this year, I did scare a few people thou…next year I will try wearing a MASK – boom boom. Its is me or are all the commercial seasons all happening at once, as we seem to have halloween, Guy Fawkes and all the talk of Christmas- can we get easter out as well, save some time ..

In today’s little show, we had special guests, in the shape of Joe Beaumont and Keith Trigwell, one half of ‘Oberheim‘ a new to my ears electronic band, who just happen to be Britain premier Depeche Mode tribute band ‘Speak n Spell’ – we chatted about this and the new project, plus the forth coming outings as Oberheim, which include The Christmas Box at The Ship on December 14th, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
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My Comedy show picks for this week……

Micky Flanagan: Work in Progress – 6th – 27th Nov 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre
Micky Flanagan is doing three weeks of ‘work in progress’ shows at the Leicester Square Theatre, testing out some brand new material for an upcoming tour. The Leicester Square Theatre seats around 420 people.

Frankie Boyle — The Last Days of Sodom – 8th – 11th Nov 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo
Frankie Boyle made a bit of a name for himself with some bare knuckle gags, and as a result he’s become one of the hottest and most controversial comics of the moment. Now he will attempt one final tour to heal Britain’s

Sean Lock: Work in Progress – 9th – 11th Nov 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre
You’ll recognise Sean Lock from the many comedy and quiz shows that he appears on on the telly, including “QI”, “8 Out Of 10 Cats” and “Argumental”. But now he’s returning to stand-up with a series of “Work in Progress”

My music pick for this week;

Tue 06 Nov The Vaccines – Hard Rock Cafe London
Formed in June 2010, the band consists of Justin Young (vocals, who previously worked under the name Jay Jay Pistolet, playing indie folk), Anri Hjorvar (bass), Freddie Cowan (guitar, younger brother of Tom from The Horrors) and Pete Robertson (drums). The band released their demo ‘If You Wanna’ in the summer of 2010.
Wed 07 Nov Maximo Park – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
A popular indie five-piece from Newcastle who are festival favourites across Europe
Wed 07 Nov The Divine Comedy – Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road
During the early ’90s, The Divine Comedy built up a strong cult following with their idiosyncratic, critically acclaimed records and have since moved from British indie rock favourites to a minor mainstream cult in their own right
Thu 08 Nov M83 – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Shoegazing electronica rock band from Antibes in France.

Oh, its nearly Hallows eve

T’was very tricky to made a Breakfast show a little spooky or horror themed related, which was a shame as I fancied being part of the forth coming Hallowed-eve shizzle – hence my haunted story care of Spencer Cork and the odd dark track from Garvey, taken from the tense creep filled movie ‘Silence of the Lambs’.

Twofer today was two tracks from Kate Bush – ‘Running up that Hill (2012 mix)’ and ‘Sensual world’. The reason, if I needed one, was a story I read last week, it was about a new sonic weapon developed by the US Military to knock out communications……the Story reminded me of one of her other songs called ‘Experiment IV’ – check the comedy actors in the vid….

On Tuesday (23rd 2012) we heard that Basildon’s electronic pioneers DEPECHE MODE announces dates for their 2013 world tour – The UK will see them in May 2013, 28/29th, as the Depeche Mode tend to tour Europe, the UK and then the USA – sometimes coming back for extras in the UK – So Fingers Crossed. Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, from the band, happily took questions at their Paris press launch and hinted to the new album sound, which sounds like its a progressive use of vintage synth-tech and modern leather Swagger. Chief song-writer Martin Gore also explained that Lead singer, Dave Gahan had also penned a few tracks…so we can expect new creative ideas from Dave’s solo vibe…....And yes, I will probably be banging on till the day of the gigs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72_ZFBZn5aw

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Jenny Eclair — Eclairious – 29th Oct 2012 • Bloomsbury Theatre
“Eclairious” is Jenny Eclair’s new stand-up show. The star of ‘Loose Women’ has been thirty years in the business now, and stand-up gives her enormous pleasure. It also gives her dreadful varicose veins.

Andy Parsons: Work in Progress – 3rd Nov 2012 • Pleasance Theatre
Andy Parsons is probably best known as a panellist on TV’s “Mock The Week”, but now you can see him doing some stand-up at the Pleasance Theatre in a series of “work in progress” shows, trying out some brand-new material

Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican – 3rd – 4th Nov 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo
Sarah Millican is back on the road with a brand-new show. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a treadmill, or how to eat party food without going to a party, then fret no more! Because “Thoroughly Modern Millican” will help

My music pick for this week;
Mon/Tue 29/30 Oct: Bat for Lashes – HMV Forum, London
Brighton born singer-songwriter Natasha Khan performs under the alias of Bat For Lashes. Khan is a kooky purveyor of a cinematic world and a mystical indie rock sound, which is reminiscent of the nocturnal wanderings of Kate Bush and the heartfelt prayers of Cat Power.
Wed 31 Oct: Django Django – Heaven, London
Psychedelic indie bands Django Django are Dalston quartet Dave Maclean, Vincent Neff, Tommy Grace and Jimmy Dixon.
Wed 31 Oct: The Polyphonic Spree – HMV Forum, London
Symphonic, energetic and off-beat, the Spree clan can have up to 27 members on hand to create happy, jangly rock.
Thu 01 Nov: Kate Nash – Shacklewell Arms, London
London-born singer-songwriter best known for her melodic ditties about modern life

Mid October malarky

What a week I’ve had, things really do come back to bite you sometimes in this world…and strangely push you into new direction; not sure which direction yet, but that’s half the joy I guess. You may have wondered about my croaky voice, but yes I have ‘Man flu’; naturally I’m a real trooper and didn’t mention it…… much.

Twofers today came from The White Lies – we heard: ‘Death’ and ‘A place to Hide’.

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Micky Flanagan: Work in Progress 22nd – 23rd Oct 2012 • Pleasance Theatre
Micky Flanagan is returning to the Pleasance Theatre for a couple of work in progress shows, trying out some brand-new material before he goes out on tour.

Joan Rivers — The Now or Never Tour – 22nd Oct 2012 • Royal Albert Hall
Joan Rivers is coming to the Royal Albert Hall with her “Now or Never Tour”. A true comedy legend, Rivers is very funny, but she’s also scary as hell. Expect razor sharp wit, bluntly honest opinions and plenty of jokes.

Liverpool funnyman John Bishop – 24th – 25th Oct 2012 • O2 Arena
Liverpool funny man John Bishop has had a good year, performing to nearly half-a-million fans on his sold-out tour, topping the charts with his latest DVD, and fronting his own popular TV show “John Bishop’s Britain”.

My music pick for this week;

Sat 20 Oct The Cribs – HMV Forum, London
Wakefield four-piece comprising brothers Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman and ex-Smiths guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr are known for their, gritty melodies, earthy guitar sound and bitingly observant lyrics.
Wed 24 Oct Gaz Coombes – XOYO, London
A night of live music from former Super grass front man, Gaz Coombes.
Wed 24 Oct Tim Burgess – Union Chapel, Islington
A gig by Tim Burgess, former lead singer of The Charlatans, who rode the waves of first Madchester then Britpop. Following the release of his frank and vivid autobiography ‘Telling Stories’, Tim now embarks on a solo tour
Fri 26/27 Oct Muse – The O2, London
Combining heavily-distorted guitars, lush pianos and lavish orchestral arrangements with lead-singer Matthew Bellamy’s sonorous vocals, Muse have drawn comparisons with the likes of Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Pink Floyd.

RV’s back and there gonna be some trouble..

So good to be back in the studio, after my little weekend away on a course, suffice to say I missed the joy of playing great music and I feel I made up with this enough today. Well we had a few classic and a few brand new tracks, plus a little sideways audio sketch at the ‘expense’ of 007…garnished with the Title song for Skyfall by Adele.

Twofers today looked forward to the new single by The Rolling Stones- so we played ‘Lets spend the night together’ and ‘Painted Black’.

Here is the new Stones single – ‘Doom and Gloom’ ….

My Comedy show picks for this week……

David Baddiel: Work in Progress – 16th – 20th Oct 2012 • Soho Theatre
David Baddiel is coming to the Soho Theatre for a series of “work in progress” shows, testing out some brand-new material for an upcoming show — his first proper stand-up show for 15 years.

Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store – 17th Oct 2012 • Comedy Store
Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey, Phelim McDermott and Colin Sell.

Dara O’Briain — “Craic Dealer” – 18th – 20th Oct 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo
Don’t miss this chance to catch Ireland’s most charming, charismatic, and fast-talking funny man in London, when Dara O’Briain plays the Hammersmith Apollo.

My music pick for this week;

Mon 15 Oct The Gaslight Anthem – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Soulful rock band from New Jersey who write jagged emotive lyrics.
Thu 18/19 Oct Hot Chip – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Hailing from London, Hot Chip entered the picture with the release of their 2000 debut, Mexico.
Sat 20 Oct The Cribs – HMV Forum, London
Wakefield four-piece comprising brothers Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman and ex-Smiths guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr are known for their, gritty melodies, earthy guitar sound and bitingly observant lyrics.

Brilliant – you are..

It seems clear that we have now finally seen the end of our little summer…..aww. On the bright side, we can enjoy warm nights and days in with good music – so no pressure Still today was ok weather wise..

Looking forward to next week, where I’m going to see Ultravox in Concert in Southend – so todays ‘Twofers’ was two tracks from their current album Brilliant.. We heard the title track ‘Brilliant’ and a special mix of ‘Remembering’.

Here are the Ultravox boys performing another track from their album called ‘Live’ on Oct 22nd->

My Comedy show picks for this week……

Kevin Bridges — The Story Continues… – 1st Oct 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo
“The Story Continues…” is Kevin Bridges’ brand-new show at the Hammersmith Apollo. He has recently appeared on his very own TV show “Kevin Bridges What’s The Story

Paul Merton’s “Out Of My Head” – 1st – 20th Oct 2012 • Vaudeville Theatre
The Vaudeville Theatre will be exploring the inner workings of Paul Merton’s mind, as he muses on the mighty behemoth that is his noggin. This is Merton’s first solo stand-up show for ten years.

Michael McIntyre, at The O2 – 2nd – 6th Oct 2012 • O2 Arena
Michael McIntyre is one of the biggest names in comedy, and his witty commentary on everyday life has made him a huge star. You can catch him when he plays six dates at The O2 in September/October.

My music pick for this week;

Mon 01 Oct We Are Augustines – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Live soul and pop music from We Are Augustines. With the critically acclaimed album ‘Anytown Graffiti’ under their belts, and a nine city sell out tour in the US with their previous outfit Pela, apparent newcomers Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson are actually no strangers to this industry.
Wed 03 Oct Richard Hawley – O2 Academy Brixton, London
Mercury-nominated singer and guitarist Richard Hawley found fame as a member of Britpop band Longpigs. After a brief stint among the ranks of Pulp, Hawley is now a seasoned and critically acclaimed solo artist.
Thu 04 Oct The Temper Trap – Hammersmith Apollo, London
An atmospheric rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2005, the band found worldwide success after prominent spots on festival line-ups including Reading and Leeds and South By Southwest.

The Saturday Breakfast show – ‘be involved!!!’…
If you are in a Band/Artist local to Brentwood & Billericay or a locally based Comic, then I’d love to hear from you!

The Box was trick

Busy Friday was had by little old me…..New phone, and I manage to see three bands at their show in Southend – at the Box. on the bill was Modovar, SineStar and Strangers. All bands played with easy and style and one thing you get bowled over is the sound and lights show put on by the promotor- BAS Productions, its almost hard to tell your not at a Top venue.
You can hear the interview I tried to do with the guys from SineStar, who hail from Bristol…was a very noise venue, and you could hear a sound check during, but thats rock and roll
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Modovar had the joy playing as the opener for The Box, and here’s their debut video for CLEARLY- enjoy

My Comedy show picks for this week……
Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 23rd Sept 2012 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster and Steve Edis.

Michael McIntyre – 26th – 30th Sept 2012 • O2 Arena
Michael McIntyre is one of the biggest names in comedy, and his witty commentary on everyday life has made him a huge star. You can catch him when he plays six dates at The O2 in September/October.

Jo Brand – New Variety’s New Act of the Year Awards – 28th Sept 2012 • Bloomsbury Theatre
Jo Brand will be hosting the New Variety’s New Act of the Year Awards at the Bloomsbury Theatre, introducing the winning acts and a selection of the best finalists, including Patrick Cahill, Mark Stephenson.

My music pick for this week;
Tue 25 Sep Lana Del Rey – Roundhouse, Lond
on
Lana Del Rey grew up in Lake Placid on the outer edges of New York State. Herein some of her unique musical flavour was incubated. “It has an epic, nostalgic feel.
Wed 26 Sep The Charlatans – The Garage, London
Classic indie band from the early Madchester scene in the late eighties are still growing strong and maintain a fanatical laddish fanbase.
Sat 29 Sep Hot Chip – Roundhouse, London
Hailing from London, Hot Chip entered the picture with the release of their 2000 debut, Mexico.
Sun 30 Sep Muse – Roundhouse, London
Combining heavily-distorted guitars, lush pianos and lavish orchestral arrangements with lead-singer Matthew Bellamy’s sonorous vocals,

The Saturday Breakfast show – ‘be involved!!!’…
If you are in a Band/Artist local to Brentwood & Billericay or a locally based Comic, then I’d love to hear from you!

Mid September madness

September is certainly a wash with madness, in the sense that I’ve noted Christmas items in some shops already…… Blimey, has summer shut up shop then, in commercial land. I don’t see how this is right and proper, as the sun has shone again for another extended period, with beautiful sunshine all the week; par a little rain…..and just in time to help us Commemorate Battle Of Britain Sunday across the UK…

Twofers today came from the Australian band, the Temper Trap, we played – ‘I need your Love’, preceded by ‘Trembling hands’ (two tracks from one artist or band = Twofers)

We also reminded ourself of the great debut single released by Talk Talk, Called ‘Talk Talk, as there is indeed a delightful tributing type covers album out at the moment called…’SPIRIT OF TALK TALK’

– check out the Facebook band page link>
Talk Talk – covers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqjttpl3peI

My Comedy show picks for this week……
Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 16th Sept 2012 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster and Steve Edis.

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 23rd Sept 2012 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster and Steve Edis.

Michael McIntyre, at The O2 – 26th – 30th Sept 2012 • O2 Arena
Michael McIntyre is one of the biggest names in comedy, and his witty commentary on everyday life has made him a huge star. You can catch him when he plays six dates at The O2 in September/October.

My music pick for this week;
Tue 18 Sep Matchbox Twenty – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

One of the most successful American rock bands of all time originate from Florida and are enormously popular in the United States and abroad.

Wed 19 Sep The Futureheads – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
Provincial indie rock band from Sunderland come with angular punk riffs and socially aware lyrics often ignored in a largely decadent music scene.

Sat 22 Sep Biffy Clyro – Roundhouse, London
Cult rock trio Biffy Clyro formed in the mid 1990s as teenagers. Slowly building a fan base across the UK with their angst post-grunge sound, it was only following the release of their fourth album ‘Puzzle’ in 2007 that they achieved mainstream success.

The Saturday Breakfast show – ‘be involved!!!’…If you are in a Band/Artist local to Brentwood & Billericay or a locally based Comic, then I’d love to hear from you!

Back to Skool

The joy of joys this week as the little ankle bitters return for education and that lends a little peace and quite for parents- Sadly the roads get ramped up as a result. I cant believe the amount who drive their darlings to school everyday, I was marvelling at the luxury I had of being able to walk to school, which I dare say is rare nowadays.

Twofers today was from Coldplay – we played ‘sparkes’ and ‘Princess of China’.

We also got to hear an extended mix of the 1980 classic, ‘In the Kitchen at Parties by Jona Lewie. There was no such thing as a 12″ back then, so this version was a nice treat.

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(JONA LEWIE- in the Kitchen at parties: spiral tribe extended edit v2)]

My Comedy show picks for this week……
Micky Flanagan: Work in Progress – 10th, 11th & 13th Sept 2012 • Pleasance Theatre
Micky Flanagan is coming to the Pleasance Theatre for a series of work in progress shows. Using his East End background and Cockney wit, Micky will tell a tale of his working class childhood, where alphabetti spaghetti was a luxury

Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store – 12th Sept 2012 • Comedy Store
Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Pippa Evans and Neil Mullarkey

Jack Dee: Work in Progress – 14th Sept 2012 • Pleasance Theatre
Join Jack at the Pleasance Theatre as he road-tests some new material for an upcoming tour. It’s been six years since he last tried his hand at stand-up, so why is he touring again? “Because I want to spend less time with my family.”

My music pick for this week;
Mon 10 Sep The XX – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
A night of live music from critically acclaimed band of the moment The XX playing their latest material.

Wed 12 Sep The Black Keys – The O2, London
Fuzzy blues-rock from Ohio accompanied by obligatory masculine vocals.

Sun 16 Sep Billy Bragg – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Legendary English protest singer who came into prominence during the Thatcher era. The articulate champion of lost causes is best known for his folk music and his work is perceived to be a traditional blend of poetry, politics and punk rock.

Sun 16 Sep The Cult – Hammersmith Apollo, London
Classic Eighties rock band are based around the passionate song-writing partnership of vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy.

Back 2 Skool..

As the six week holiday draw to a close, I can hear the crying of the kids, knowing school is almost in session, or is that the Teachers with dread, or the parents…..with Joy. Either way, it will soon be Christmas…..baa humbug I say.

I dug out a few pop and rock gems today, which got me raving nostalgically and here the video of one, from The Cars, who had more then just Drive intheir lexicon of great songs- check the 80 hit ‘HeartBeat City’

Twofers today was chirping at those brit pop wide boys BLUR, as we hear one member is forming a band with Naked chef, Jamie Oliver, so we played ‘There no other way’ and ‘Under the west way’…. no puns or Psychosomatic references intended.

My Comedy show picks for this week……
Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 2nd Sept 2012 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch and Niall Ashdown.

Phill Jupitus — Comedy Store – 5nd Sept 2012 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation.

Micky Flanagan, at the Soho Theatre – 5th, 9th Sept 2012 • Soho Theatre
Micky is coming to the Soho Theatre with all his cockney wit and charm, with a work in progress set of shows. Hear tales of working class life and alphabetti spagetti.

My music pick for this week;
Wed 5 Sept Skunk Anansie – Village Underground, Shoreditch London
Melodic indie group with the stunning voice of Skin.
Fri 7 Sept Elbow – The Roundhouse, Camden London
The Mercury Prise winning folk rock band play their latest album success.
Sat 8 Sept Jack White – The Roundhouse, Camden London
Former White Stripes and Raconteurs front man continues his winning solo path.

August of of fun

Oh we so love a Bank Holiday weekend……..well I do – Despite the weather planning its traditional sprinkling of moisture.

Twofers today was all up to date with the Vaccines, as we played ‘All in White’ and their new single ‘Teenage Icon’…..

My Comedy show picks for this week……
Greg Proops, at the Soho Theatre – 28th Aug 2012 • Soho Theatre
You might recognise him from shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, “Mock the Week” and “The Bigger Picture”, but now you can see Greg Proops doing what he does best — taking centre stage with a small table and chair.

Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 2nd Sept 2012 • Comedy Store
TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch and Niall Ashdown.

My music pick for this week;
Tue 28 Aug Guillemots – Rough Trade East, London
Melodic indie group from London create pop records with broken rhythms and mini-keyboard orchestras.
Wed 29 Aug Patrick Wolf – The Old Vic, London
South London born singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf bestows the image and demeanour of a man far removed from the world of popular music.

FRANKIE SAYS……..

Joining me today in the studio was Alan Mason, a volunteer from local Charity – Saint Francis Hospice, who is organising ‘Frankie’s Classic Car Fest and Family Fun Day.
The event is a classic car and bike show with activities for the whole family to raise funds for the Saint Francis Hospice, including judging for cars 20 years old or more. As Alan explained, the event will be held on Sunday 2 September, at The Ford Technical Centre, Dunton. With classic cars and bikes and with activities for the whole family to raise funds for the Saint Francis Hospice, including on the day will be judging for cars 20 years old or more. There will be a Supercar Paddock for future classics, motoring themed stalls including the Essex Police Subaru simulator, parade laps around the Test Track and food and drink stalls plus a guest appearance from the Original Stig.

We also had a few exclusives on the music front again – we had the 1st airplay in Essex of the new mix of the Brand new Republica single – which was specially remixed by Tenek: ‘Christiana Obey’. Check them out: – REPUBLICA {on Myspace}

We got to hear Jez from SpaceBuoy chatting about their new single, which is due out ahead of their appearance at INFEST UK festival and we got the exclusive first airing the single ‘The Look to Die for’. Check more details: – SPACEBUOY

Twofers was a sort of dedication to the Olympic closing ceremony, as the feature a synth classic or two – We played two from the Pet Shop Boys: ‘West End Girls’ and ‘Being Boring’.

My Comedy show picks for this week……
Boat Show Comedy Club — Lee Hurst – 25th August 2012 • Tattershall Castle
Lee Hurst will appear at Tattershall Castle — London’s finest floating comedy club — alongside Adam Bloom Michael Fabbri

Sandi Toksvig: “My Valentine” 25th Aug 2012 • Queen Elizabeth Hall
Popular comedienne, author and Radio 4 presenter Sandi Toksvig will be embarking on a mini UK tour to celebrate the release of her new novel “Valentine Grey”. Sandi’s show will be a uniquely witty evening of stand-up.

Greg Proops, at the Soho Theatre – 28th Aug 2012 • Soho Theatre
You might recognise him from shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, “Mock the Week” and “The Bigger Picture”, but now you can see Greg Proops doing what he does best — taking centre stage with a small table and chair.

  • My music pick for this week;
  • Sun 19 Aug The Afghan Whigs – Koko, London
    Influential and critically-acclaimed early 90s alternative rock band
    Mon 20 Aug Frank Turner – Roundhouse, London
    Frank Turner is a musician born in Bahrain who has toured the UK extensively and started solo acoustic shows prior to the demise of his former band, Million Dead.

  • Take my Breath away…boom boom

    Lovely end to a top week of sport with glorious summer sun…..such a surprise, in the melodic words of celebrated Belgium martial arts actor, Star of Expendables 2 and famed white sock wearer…. ‘Claude Van Damme- “Take my breath away….boom..boom“.

    Talking of oddities….on today’s show we were talking about songs that either have a double meaning or a hidden story/narrative, that your either like and or regret when you hear the subliminal element. for example – ‘Turning Japanese by The Vapours’..then there was ‘The Lone Ranger by Quantum Jump’check the video:

    Then there are songs where you remember often snippets but nothing more, and only discover maybe years later what the song is about – I had this Vacoder layered song in my head which turned out to be a corny ‘Hi-NRG’ shocker – ‘Male Stripper by Man 2 Man meets man parish’ – check the video:

    On a more sensible and classier note – theres a rumour that Kate Bush maybe part of the Olympic closing ceremony – so Twofers today was two from Kate Bush, we played – ‘Sensual world’ and ‘Wild man’.  

    Kate Bush

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 12th August 2012 • Comedy Store

    TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Andy Smart.

    David Hasselhoff Live! – 17th – 18th August 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    David Hasselhoff is the most indisputable superstar on planet Earth, bar none. And you can meet Mr Swimming Trunks when he comes to London for an evening of music, laughter, and a behind-the-scenes look at his amazing Career.

    Boat Show Comedy Club — Lee Hurst – 18th August 2012 •  Tattershall Castle

    Lee Hurst will appear at Tattershall Castle — London’s finest floating comedy club — alongside Ian Stone, Duncan Oakley and MC John Ryan.

    My music pick for this week;

    Tue 14 Aug

    Grant Lee Buffalo – HMV Forum, London

    A gig from 90s rockers Grant Lee Buffalo, one of the leading lights of the American alt-rock scene. The original line-up of Grant-Lee Phillips, Paul Kimble and Joey Peters have reformed and return for a very special performance

    Fri 17 Aug

    Shed Seven – O2 Academy Islington, London

    Indie band from York who were a staple of the 1990s Britpop scene. With 15 Top 40 singles and a string of Top 20 albums to their name, the band officially broke up in 2003 only to announce their reformation in 2007

    Sat 18 Aug

    Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – The Windmill Brixton, London

    Opinionated and political with the hedonistic streak of a twenty something given the chance to escape hometown life. Get Cape’s music is passionate and life affirming with a layering of socially aware lyrics

    Sun 19 Aug

    The Afghan Whigs – Koko, London

    Influential and critically-acclaimed early 90s alternative rock band

     

     

    On the way to Gold

    Ah, its the end of the first Olympic week, and it would seem, team GB is well on the way to a few more Golds.. and some how they seem to achieving this when I’m not watching – so for the sake of us all, I will try to not watch as much.

    Todays Twofers had a corny connection to the 2012 games – We had two from Spandau Ballet, ‘Gold’ and ‘Once More’. 

    Spandau Ballet

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 12th August 2012 • Comedy Store

    TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Andy Smart.

    David Hasselhoff Live! – 17th – 18th August 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    David Hasselhoff is the most indisputable superstar on planet Earth, bar none. And you can meet Mr Swimming Trunks when he comes to London for an evening of music, laughter, and a behind-the-scenes look at his amazing Career.

    Boat Show Comedy Club — Lee Hurst – 18th August 2012 •  Tattershall Castle

    Lee Hurst will appear at Tattershall Castle — London’s finest floating comedy club — alongside Ian Stone, Duncan Oakley and MC John Ryan.

    My music pick for this week;

    Thu 09 Aug

    The Enemy – Hyde Park, London

    Chart-friendly proletarian rock from The Enemy

    Fri 10 Aug

    The Temper Trap – Hyde Park, London

    An atmospheric rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2005, the band found worldwide success after prominent spots on festival line-ups including Reading and Leeds and South By Southwest.

    Sat 11 Aug

    Public Image Limited – HMV Forum, London

    John Lydon, Lu Edmonds, Bruce Smith and Scott Firth celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ‘Metal Box’ album, in Public Image Ltd’s first live performance for 17 years

     

    Al gust of Olympian fun

    Hard to compete with Danny Boy; and his Brilliant Olympic opening ceremony aftermath, but I think we had a good show…. we had the last episode of The Lighthouse comedy, special remix tracs from Ultravox and the Human league….comedy guide and gig guides.

    Plus twofers was all about an American with a good sense of humour – Bruce Springsteen – we played . ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Hungry Heart’….luckily no one cut the power midway through  this set

     

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    See Paul Merton, at the Comedy Store – 29th July 2012 • Comedy Store

    Paul Merton will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey and Niall Ashdown.

    Eddie Izzard: Work in Progress – 1st – 11th Aug 2012 • Soho Theatre

    The legendary Eddie Izzard is in residence at the Soho Theatre for an entire month, working on new material for an upcoming show. The neon-lit Soho Theatre is one of London’s smaller venues, right in the heart of London.

    Micky Flanagan: Work in Progress 1st – 2nd Aug 2012 • Soho Theatre

    Micky Flanagan is coming to the Soho Theatre for a series of work in progress shows. Using his East End background and Cockney wit, Micky will tell a tale of his working class childhood.

    My music pick for this week;

    Wed 01 Aug

    Chapel Club – Birthdays, Stoke Newington

    London indie-rock five piece whose debut album Palace was released in January 2011 and saw them break into the UK top 40. Enjoying a successful year in 2010.

    Wed 01 Aug

    The Levellers – Hyde Park, London

    Grungy rural rockers who are influenced by traditional English music, as well as punk and rock. The band had hits with albums ‘Levelling the Land’ and the single ‘One Way’.

    Fri 03 Aug

    Dodgy – Hyde Park, London

    Britpop band who came to fame during the mid-nineties with hits such as ‘Staying Out For The Summer’. – and recently visited us at Phoenix FM

     

    Creative sound and chuckles…

    A bumper show today with lots going on…….we started the 6 week serial of a madcap radio-play ‘The lighthouse’ – which I’m sharing airplay with Breakfast with Bealey, on Sundays.

    Also in todays show, Phoenix FM 24 Hours Creative session playback from MODOVAR today- all 5 tracks, were enjoyed – See a clip on You Tube and here me get caught with Donuts…..

    We heard Mr Steve Tyler is going to be giving up being an Simon Cowell rock hard judge On American Idol to get back to his real job, as lead singer with AEROSMITH…

    So, Twofers in this weeks show, has us enjoying ‘Love in and Elevator’ and ‘Dude looks like a lady’.

     

     

     

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    An Evening with Jo Brand and Friends – 16th July 2012 • Comedy Store

    Spend an evening with Jo Brand, Jenny Eclair, Norman Lovett and Sol Bernstein, in aid of The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. The Comedy Store started out as a venue for alternative comedy in the 1980s, and has helped to launch many top comics.

    Reginald D Hunter — Warm Up – 17th July 2012 • 100 Club

    American comic Reginald D Hunter is one of the most engaging, honest and provocative stand-ups in the UK today, and is one a select group of comedians to have been nominated for the Perrier Award three years in a row.

    Stewart Lee, at the Royal Festival Hall – 18th July 2012 • Royal Festival Hall

    Stewart Lee is back with a brand-new show. But what can a middle-aged married man, whose life now consists of watching Scooby Doo cartoons with his 4-year-old boy, possibly find to write comedy about?

    My music pick for this week;

    Mon 16 Jul

    M83 – Somerset House, London

    Shoegazing electronica rock band from Antibes in France

    Fri 20 Jul

    Turin Brakes – The Square, Harlow

    South London acoustic duo with a whimsical indie sound. The popular underground group emerged out of the New Acoustic Movement at the turn of the decade.

     

     

     

     

    I’m Back on July 28th…..bye for now.

    Kicking off July

    Starting July off with Sunshine, shouldn’t be a novelty, but it would seem, so as i was feeling melancholic I decided that ‘Twofers today would feature two from Nirvana – ‘In Bloom’ & ‘Lithium’

    Its all systems go in the studio today, and despite a small audio cliche at the start, we got hear from Singer Songwriter Neil Gahan:

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    Neil Gahan

     

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Face-to-Face, with Julian Clary – 9th July 2012 • Arts Theatre

    Julian Clary might have turned 50, but happily he shows no signs of growing up. Tonight’s event will be an on-stage interview with a mix of witty stories, innuendo (probably) and fascinating facts about his life.

    Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store – 11th July 2012 • Comedy Store

    Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Richard Vranch, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Stephen Frost and Steve Steen.

    Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation – 14th July 2012 • Bloomsbury Theatre

    After the tremendous success of his “Googlewhack” and “Are You Dave Gorman?” shows, Dave Gorman is back with the most exciting one yet… “Powerpoint Presentation”.

    My music pick for this week;

    Tue 10 Jul

    Faith No More – O2 Academy Brixton, London

    Legendary American rock-metal group from San Francisco who have reformed to play once again in front of their worldwide fanbase.

    Wed 11/12 Jul

    Queen + Adam Lambert – HMV Hammersmith Apollo

    A night of live music from Queen and Adam Lambert

    Wed 11 Jul

    The Temper Trap – Somerset House, London

    An atmospheric rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2005, the band found worldwide success after prominent spots on festival line-ups including Reading and Leeds and South By Southwest.

    Fri 13 Jul

    The Enemy – Somerset House, London

    Chart-friendly proletarian rock from The Enemy.

    Sat 14 Jul

    The Enemy – New Cross Inn, London

     

    You can July on the weather

    Another month over and yet another day of mixed weather….sun n showers outside the studio. Today was Armed Forces Day, and so we doff our cap to our Brave men & woman, and as per, played some great songs. Including two from The Stone Roses, on my Twofers as they were playing a massive reunion gig on Friday…. 

    Reunited ..The Stone Roses. so we played 'I want to be adored' and 'Love spreads'.

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Marcus Brigstocke: The Brig Society Edinburgh Preview 3rd July 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Marcus Brigstocke is promising no less than the total restructuring of every aspect of life in Britain, organised through the medium of jokes. How can you miss that? The Leicester Square Theatre seats around 420 people

    Rich Hall’s Hoe Down – 4th – 12th July 2012 • Soho Theatre

    You might have seen Rich Hall on comedy quiz shows like “QI”, but if you haven’t seen him on stage then you’re missing a treat. Now’s your chance to catch Rich with some of his musical mates in a late-night mix of music

    Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert – 5th – 7th July 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo

    Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert is starting to make a name for himself after a string of successful performances on the “Royal Variety Performance”, “Live At The Apollo”, and “Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow”. Now he’s back.

    My music pick for this week;

    Sun 01 Jul

    Garbage – O2 Academy Brixton

    Nineties indie band fronted by fiercely intelligent Shirley Manson who provides the tortured and acerbic lyrics to the male musical backbone of Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig.

    Thu 05 Jul

    The Gossip – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

    Feminist punk band from Arkansas who have their backs against the wall. Beth Ditto is their highly charismatic front woman, whose thunderous soulful vocals will ensure that anyone attending a Gossip concert will be subject to an overwhelming punk experience.

    Fri 06 Jul

    Gruff Rhys – Royal Festival Hall

    Super Furry Animals front man Gruff Rhys showcases his latest psych-folk pop gems

    Sun 08 Jul

    Faith No More – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

    Legendary American rock-metal group from San Francisco who have reformed to play once again in front of their worldwide fanbase


    A ‘Superb’ Shine example….with Shiny Darkness.

    What a packed show as usual, but today we had more live musically delights -this time from French Synth-pop band Shiny Darkness, who joined us for a live session…. ahead of their show in East London. Sadly I had a bit of a cold still, so my voice was a bit husky, none the less Sebastion, Olivia 1, Olivia 2 and Katrina sounded awesome (you can listen again, via the special page link>> – Shiny Darkness – LIVE

    Shiny Darkness (@BASII)

    For more info: Reverb; SHINY DARKNESS

    To make the the band feel at home, Twofers today, was two tracks from AIR, we played ‘Sexy Boy’ and ‘Kelly watch the stars’.

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Sean Hughes Stands Up – 24th June 2012 • Southbank Centre

    Having matured since his early days, Sean Hughes has plenty of issues that he wants to discuss (ie. moan about). Religion, society and race are all topics that will be covered, along with his thinning hair, his dodgy knee

    Harry Hill, at the 100 Club – 25th – 26th June 2012 • 100 Club

    Harry Hill doesn’t do many stand-up shows these days, and concentrates on his TV shows. So it’s great to see him return to the stage with a special “Work in progress” show at the 100 Club (in preparation for an upcoming tour).

    Micky Flanagan: Work in Progress – 25th – 30th June 2012 • Soho Theatre

    Micky Flanagan is coming to the Soho Theatre for a series of work in progress shows. Using his East End background and Cockney wit, Micky will tell a tale of his working class childhood, where alphabetti spaghetti was a luxury.

    My music pick for this week;

    Sat 23 Jun

    Shiny Darkness  – Bridgehouse2, Canning-town

    French synth-pop band with a leaning towards the Depeche Mode sound

    Tue 26 Jun

    The View – Koko, Camden

    Chart-topping indie band from Dundee, mixing elements of punk, pop, folk and acoustic into their music.

    Sun 01 Jul

    Garbage – O2 Academy Brixton, London

    Nineties indie band fronted by fiercely intelligent Shirley Manson who provides the tortured and acerbic lyrics to the male musical backbone of Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig.

     

    Shiny Darkness live at Phoenix FM

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    It was great to welcome French electronic band SHINY DARKNESS to the Phoenix FM studios for the first time. Also great to see a band raring to go at 8am on a Saturday morning!

    We chatted to the band recently before their performance at Bas II and it was good to catch up about the current album and gig news.

    You can find the band on Facebook or Twitter or visit their official website.

    A unique touch of Brilliance from ULTRAVOX

    Today on this glorious Jubilee weekend we had the Brilliant joy of hearing all the new album tracks, from the long awaited album from Ultravox….Called ‘Brilliant’ – The album tipped to be the follow up to Eden, is there first in 26 years and has sparked a UK tour. So no twofers today, but instead we enjoyed the full album spread out over the 3 hour show: see track list…

    BRILLIANT by Ultravox
    No. Title
    1. “Live”
    2. “Flow”
    3. “Brilliant”
    4. “Change”
    5. “Rise”
    6. “Remembering”
    7. “Hello”
    8. “One”
    9. “Fall”
    10. “Lie”
    11. “Satellite”
    12. “Contact”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Bill Bailey — ‘Qualmpeddler’ – 4th June 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Bill Bailey’s new show “Qualmpeddler” is all about his ‘qualms’. Bill has many qualms, chiefly about the modern world, nuclear power, dentists, rare planetary alignments, the spice girls and the Mayan End of Days prophecy.

    Simon Amstell, at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire – 7th – 9th June 2012 • O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

    The old “Never Mind The Buzzcocks” host Simon Amstell is back on stage with his painfully, and brilliantly honest stand-up show.

    Sean Lock: Work in Progress – 8th – 9th June 2012 • Pleasance Theatre

    You’ll recognise Sean Lock from the many comedy and quiz shows that he appears on the telly, including “QI”, “8 Out Of 10 Cats” and “Argumental”. But now he’s returning to stand-up with a series of “Work in Progress”

    My music pick for this week;

    Tue 05 Jun

    Chromatics – Madame JoJo’s, Soho

    Taking a cross section from 70s horror films, a fixation with ancient societies, and a love for percussive electronic music.

     

    Tue 05 Jun

    Cypress Hill – HMV Forum, London

    Harking back to 1991, Cypress Hill can easily claim to be a seminal hiphop group, working with numerous other established artists (Mellow Man Ace, Everlast, House of Pain and Eminem) and placing them firmly on the map of evolution of this style of music.

     

    Fri 08 Jun

    Keane – O2 Academy Brixton, London

    Emotive rock band laden with spooky melodies and inspiring lyrics.

     

    Fri 08 Jun

    Maximo Park – Heaven, London

    A popular indie five-piece from Newcastle who are festival favourites across Europe.

     

    Fri 08 Jun

    The Charlatans – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

    Classic indie band from the early Madchester scene in the late eighties are still growing strong and maintain a fanatical laddish fanbase.

     

     

    May not be for long

    My last show of May, and what beautiful weather to have it on….scorching sunshine breakfast show – roll on the Diamond Jubilee June. More new music again today, one from ‘Father Tiger and the other from ‘Grimes’.

    Twofers today, doth its cap to those Manchurians, the Stones Roses, who played a secret gig in Manchester this week, and by all accounts it was a ‘sound’ and they were still ‘mad for it’ ….. so we played ‘I want to be adored’ and ‘I am the resurrection’. 

    Reformed ..'the Stone Roses'

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    E4 Udderbelly: Pete Firman – 1st June 2012 • Southbank Centre

    Pete Firman’s hilarious “Jiggery Pokery” show was such a resounding success at the Edinburgh Festival that he’s taking it on a national tour. Firman’s brand of magic includes amazing feats and a rapid rate of top-notch.

    Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 3rd June 2012 • Comedy Store

    TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart and Lee Simpson.

    Bill Bailey — ‘Qualmpeddler’ – 4th June 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Bill Bailey’s new show “Qualmpeddler” is all about his ‘qualms’. Bill has many qualms, chiefly about the modern world, nuclear power, dentists, rare planetary alignments, the spice girls and the Mayan End of Days prophecy.

    My music pick for this week;

    Mon 28 May

    Saint Etienne – London Palladium

    Indie-dance pioneers from the early nineties who are imaginatively named after the French football team AS Saint-tienne.

    Thu 31 May

    Guns N’ Roses – The O2, London

    Notorious hard rock band from Hollywood who are as famous for their hedonistic rock ‘n’ roll antics as they are for their music.

    Fri 01 Jun

    Gary Numan – HMV Forum, London

    Electronic pioneer famous for pop favourites such as ‘Are Friends Electric?’ and ‘Cars’. Embarks on his UK tour with his rocky new album, Dead son rising

     

     

    Live bands on the RUN.

    A busy day at Phoenix FM today, as it was the start of the station legendary 24 hour caressive sessions event. From 9am Saturday till the same time on Sunday, the invited bands came to record a free 3 track session and this year it was at the former sports bar at the Brentwood centre; some bands event went on to play an acoustic set during a few of the Saturday Programmes – the fruits of their recorded labour are to follow…..

    Twofers today was dedicated to the late Donna Summer, who we sadly lost last week – We heard ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘I feel Love’. 

    Donna Summer

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Are You Taking The Peace? – 23rd May 2012 • Bloomsbury Theatre

    Al Barrie will be hosting a special night of comedy in aid of International Alert at the Bloomsbury Theatre, called “Are You Taking the Peace?” A fantastic night of laughter is promised with sets from Sean Hughes.

    Marcus Brigstocke, at the Comedy Store – 27th May 2012 • Comedy Store

    Marcus Brigstocke will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Steve Edis, Niall Ashdown and Josie Lawrence.

    Sean Hughes — “Life Becomes Noises” – 27th May 2012 • Southbank Centre

    Sean Hughes’ dark, explosive style and quick-fire banter made him the youngest-ever winner of the Perrier award — and now he’s back with a brand new show called “Life Becomes Noises”.

    My music pick for this week;

    Mon/Tue 21/22 May

    The Temper Trap – Koko, London

    An atmospheric rock band from Melbourne, Australia. Formed in 2005, the band found worldwide success after prominent spots on festival line-ups including Reading and Leeds and South By Southwest.

    Wed 23 May

    Elvis Costello – Royal Albert Hall

    A gig from Elvis Costello, one of the most influential songwriters of a generation. Bursting onto the scene in 1977 amid the new wave explosion, Costello has come a long way since his punk days. He is a distinguished lyricist who has written some of the most memorable songs and fiercely literate lyrics of all time.

    Thu 24 May

    The Enemy – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

    Chart-friendly proletarian rock from The Enemy.

    Fri 25 May

    The Horrors – O2 Academy Brixton

    Mercury-nominated Victorian styled indie rockers with a debauched fifties presence onstage. They are a shocking blend of scuzzy punk and rock’n’roll and their riotous sound is underpinned by heavy organ melodies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Relight the BASII gig chat

    Nice little mix bag of musical items on today little show, as I had the pleasure of reliving the Basildon Synth Festival – BASII, with some of the interview I was lucky to do at last weekends gig with Space-buoy and Ba5ic– along with some of music from the other bands that played.

    The event itself, was held in a Football club in Basildon, and was packed each of the two night with not just locals, but with German, French and Swedish music fans….and few more european nationals. This made BASII feel really international, and to add to that notion, a Band called Shiny Darkness was there, all the way from France.

    Friday night saw Blancmange topping the bill, and Top of the billing on Saturday was a band muted as the best Depeche Mode Tribute band ever.. ‘Speak and Spell’; who I must say they were spot on and I found it hard to fault the close sound resemblance to Depeche Mode. Every band and DJ played an amazing set, and the sound & light system was truly impressive, for a venue such as a footy club….. all in all value for money and great music… Roll on BASIII I say…

     

    BASII

    Twofer was inspired by the band Queen show story, they are to have a special tenth anniversary show of ‘We will rock you’, in the west end, were they plan to use special technology to some how bring the late Freddy Mercury into the show – so we played, ‘Bicycle Race’ and ‘The show must go on’

     

    Queen

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store – 13th May 2012 • Comedy Store

    Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Steve Edis, Brendan Dempsey and Josie Lawrence.

    The Best In Stand-Up — with Rufus Hound – 17th – 19th May 2012 • Comedy Store

    Join MC Rufus Hound for “The Best in Stand-Up” at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill include Mike Gunn, Carl Donnelly, Imran Yusuf and Alistair Barrie.

    Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store = 20th May 2012 • Comedy Store

    Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Steve Edis, Stephen Frost and Josie Lawrence.

    My music pick for this week;

    Tue 15 May

    The Gossip – XOYO, Old Street

    A feminist punk band from Arkansas who have their backs against the wall. Beth Ditto is their highly charismatic front woman, whose thunderous soulful vocals will ensure that anyone attending a Gossip concert will be subject to an overwhelming punk experience

    Sat 19 May

    Happy Mondays – O2 Academy Brixton

    Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays return with their original line-up

     

     

     

     

    Show PLAYLIST;

    Katy Perry – Part Of Me

    Wonder Stuff – Dizzy

    Iglu and Hartly – In This City

    Fine Young Cannibals – Suspicious Minds

    Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

    Cribs – Come On, Be A No One

    Pulp – Mis-shapes

    Queen – Bicycle Race

    Queen – The Show Must Go On

    Kelly Clarkson – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

    Pretenders – Message Of Love

    Human League – Never Let Me Go (Single Version)

    Ofra Haza – Im Nin Alu

    Guillemots – The Basket

    Temper Trap – Need Your Love

    Detroit Starrzz – Shooting For Gold

    SineStar – Hurricane

    Ultravox – Brilliant

    Spacebuoy -Venom

    Dramatis – Love Needs No Disguise

    Shiny Darkness – Bitter kiss

    Protégé Reign – Puppets

    Modovar – Clearly (Radio Edit)

    Basic – Drive

    Tenek – Elusive (Radio Edit)

    Mirrors – Falls By Another Name

    Marsheaux – Empire state human

    Missing Andy – Money

    Low Tide Theory -To Begin Again (Radio Edit)

    Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (The Stargate Mix)

    Electric Kill Machine – Falling Down

    Junior Senior – Go Junior, Go Senior

    Metronomy – The Look

    WeirdGear – Coffee Girl

    Jon and Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home

    Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Feat. Kimbra)

    Strangers – Shine On You (Sensual Harassment Remix)

     

    May we bank on it….

    Well, what a busy week and indeed weekender….Friday night in Basildon listening to Tenek, Modovar and Blancmange at BASII…..and another evening of more of the same today; Methinks I won’t stand so close to the PA, as my ears are still ringing. 

     

     

    The actual stage set up and sound was, and is unbelievable for a mere local football club….the kind of value you get at proper music festival events – well done to the BAS productions team.

    Twofers today was a tribute to the late Adam Yauch aka ‘MCA’, Of the Beastie Boys, who lost his long battle with  cancer and passed away yesterday  – So we blazed an audio trail with two from the boys – ‘Sabotage’ and Intergalactic’.Adam 'MCA' Yauch - BEASTIE BOYS

    My Comedy Pick

    ‘Balls to Homelessness’ – 7th May 2012 – Comedy Store

    Join MC Justin Moorhouse for a night in aid of the homeless. “Balls To Homelessness” will star a clutch of comedy greats including Alan Davies, Jack Whitehall, Ian Stone, Romesh Ranganathan and Jim Campbell. The ‘opposing side’ will consist of Stephen Grant, Seann Walsh, Lloyd Griffith and a HUGE special guest.

    Michael McIntyre ‘Work in Progress’ – 9th May 2012 – Soho Theatre

    Michael McIntyre is one of the biggest names in comedy, and his witty commentary on everyday life has made him a huge star. You can catch him when he plays a “work in progress” show at the Soho Theatre.

    Bill Bailey’s Qualmpeddler – 10th May 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Bill’s new show “Qualmpeddler” is all about his ‘qualms’. Bill has many qualms, chiefly about the modern world, nuclear power, dentists, rare planetary alignments, the spice girls and the Mayan End of Days prophecy.

    Gig picks:

    Tue May 8th – The Cribs – Troxy, London

    Wakefield four-piece comprising brothers Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman and ex-Smiths guitarist and songwriter Johnny Marr are known for their, gritty melodies, earthy guitar sound and bitingly observant lyrics.

    Wed May 9thGarbage – Troxy, London

    Nineties indie band fronted by fiercely intelligent Shirley Manson who provides the tortured and acerbic lyrics to the male musical backbone of Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig. The band are particularly popular in the United States and are arguably most famous for their radio friendly hits such as Stupid Girl, I’m Think I’m Paranoid and Only Happy When It Rains.

    Thur 10 May – Happy MondaysO2 Academy Brixton

    Legendary Manchester band Happy Mondays return with their original line-up.

    Thursday 10 May – The SubwaysO2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

    Fearless indie three-piece band from Hertfordshire who crackle with the hormonal exuberance of youth

     

    April’s an absolute shower, May BAS better….

    Final weekend of April and with the drout on, and the rain falling like you wouldn’t believe, you maybe excused ironically , if I splash out the odd sarky comment.  I’ve been off sick this week, so have had to enjoy or was that endure, the delights of daytime TV and the struggles of concocting a nice lunch each day.

    So, twas good to be back in the studio, chewing the cud over what has been going on over the last seven days, and squeezing in some great music – in particular we played two from Kylie, as she has the big task of headlining Proms in the Park this year… so we played ‘All time Lovers’ and ‘I believe’, to wish her well.

    My Comedy show Pick

    Phil Jupitus – 29th Apr 2012 • Lyric Hammersmith

    Phill will be headlining the Sunday night comedy slot at the Lyric Hammersmith alongside Chris McCausland and MC Richard Herring. The ‘Main House’ at the Lyric Hammersmith accommodates 550 people.

    Sean Lock “Work in Progress”  – 30th Apr 2012 • Pleasance Theatre

    You’ll recognise Sean Lock from the many comedy and quiz shows that he appears on on the telly, including “QI”, “8 Out Of 10 Cats” and “Argumental”. But now he’s returning to stand-up with a series of “Work in Progress”

    Bill Bailey’s Qualmpeddler – 3rd May 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Bill’s new show “Qualmpeddler” is all about his ‘qualms’. Bill has many qualms, chiefly about the modern world, nuclear power, dentists, rare planetary alignments, the spice girls and the Mayan End of Days prophecy.

    Music gig/event:

     

    BASII - May 4 / 5th

    BAS II – Basildon – May 4/5th;

    on the bill …

    –        Blancmange

    –        Tenek

    –        Marlow

    –        Naked Lunch

    –        Modovar

    –        Shiny Darkness

    –        Ba5ic

    –        Electro Kill Machine

    –        SpaceBouy

    –        Sinestar

    –        Protege Reign

    –        Speak & Spell

    + specialist DJ’s

    For more info – www.basproductions.co.uk

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    I look forward to reporting back next week, with news from this event ….ciao bella.

     

    My First Breakfast Ever!

    Whoo hoo! Very happy to have covered Rob Harvey’s Saturday Breakfast today. Such Fun!
    We heard the usual mix of great Phoenix FM music and looked at some local news stories and entertainment news. Some of the stories covered were:

    Lady Gaga has confirmed details of the European leg of her Born This Way Ball world tour, including shows in London and Manchester.
    The singer will play Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 8 September and Manchester Arena on Tuesday 11 September.

    EastEnders has been nominated for 18 prizes at this year’s British Soap Awards, held later this month.
    The BBC One programme is up for best soap with Jo Joyner who plays Tanya Branning shortlisted for the top actress title.
    Former Doctor Who star David Tennant will play a French spy in a forthcoming BBC Four show by the writers of The Likely Lads.
    As Britain’s Got Talent 2012 star Mr Zip becomes an overnight success with his ‘Where Me Keys and Phone’ rap, the singer has released a new video, teaching everyone the ‘official’ dance!
    Jane McEvoy has become the latest candidate to be fired from The Apprentice 2012 after a tricky task in which the candidates had to source second hand items before selling them at a profit.
    A LONG-SUFFERING railway campaigner says he is at “the end of his tether” over toilets at Brentwood railway station which remain closed.

    The Robster returns next week….

    Nice Tenek you, Tenek you nice

    Love a bank holiday weekend, good weather and one that has the hint of chocolate about it – not that I’ve had any of those…. still it is early.

    Joining me again the studio were the lads from TENEK…..well two members, as Geoff was busy beavering in his studio, we had the pleasure of Roger and Peter this time round, Listen again below to our little chat; –

    *For more info on TENEK *.

    TENEK - 'Where's Roger.......'

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    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    E4 Udderbelly — Rufus Hound, “Being Rude” – 9th – 11th Apr 2012 • Southbank Centre

    Rufus Hound is probably best known for having one of the finest moustaches on TV, but did you know that he’s also a top-notch comic? Well now you can see him “Being Rude” at the annual E4 Udderbelly

    “Jiggery Pokery” – comedy magician Pete Firman – 12th Apr 2012 • Bloomsbury Theatre

    Pete Firman’s hilarious “Jiggery Pokery” show was such a resounding success at the Edinburgh Festival that he’s taking it on a national tour. Firman’s brand of magic includes amazing feats and a rapid rate of top-notch.

    Marcus Brigstocke, at the Comedy Store – 15th Apr 2012 • Comedy Store

    Marcus Brigstocke will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Andy Smart, Steve Edis, Stephen Frost, Steve Steen and Josie Lawrence.

    My music pick for this week;

    Tue 10 Apr

    Orbital – Royal Albert Hall, London

    Nineties dance wizards from Kent are touring again and will be bringing their electric brand of acid house tunes to the decadent Masses

    Thu 12 Apr

    Asian Dub Foundation – Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road

    A combination of ragga-jungle rhythms, indo-dub basslines and guitar.

    Fri 13 Apr

    Frank Turner – Wembley Arena, London

    Frank Turner is a musician born in Bahrain who has toured the UK extensively and started solo acoustic shows prior to the demise of his former band, Million Dead.

    Sat 14 Apr

    Hadouken! – Chinnerys, Southend-on-Sea

    Essex indie band combine a potentially mad cocktail of drum ‘n’ base, rock and nu-rave beats to a delirious effect.


    Aiming for Strange

    Yet another yummy sounding show packed with great music, all to round off a really sunny spring week. An if that wasn’t enough, the show was excited even more by my special guest.

    Twofers this morning came from the 80’s as we splashed out on two tracks from Visage – ‘Fade To Grey’ and ‘Mind of a toy…… As we had the joy of speaking with the flamboyant 80’s Pop music icon, Steve Strange, who regaled us with tales and excitement over his busy career and in particular his new music project Detroit Starrzz……..

     

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    Rob Chats with Steve Strange – {LISTEN AGAIN}:

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    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Bill Bailey — ‘Work in Progess’ show – 29th Mar 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Join Bill Bailey for a special ‘work in progress’ show at the Leicester Square Theatre, as he tests out some brand new material on a captive audience.

    Sarah Millican: Thoroughly Modern Millican – 30th – 31st Mar 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo

    Sarah Millican is back on the road with a brand-new show. If you’ve ever wondered how to make a treadmill, or how to eat party food without going to a party, then fret no more! Because “Thoroughly Modern Millican”

    Michael McIntyre — Work In Progress – 30th & 31st Mar 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Michael McIntyre is one of the biggest names in comedy and his witty commentary on everyday life has made him a huge star. You can catch him when he plays a “work in progress” show at the Leicester Square Theatre.

    My music pick for this week;

    Sat 24 Mar

    Nero – O2 Academy Brixton, London

    Nero is two producers Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, and vocalist Alana. Like Magnetic Man, Chase and Status and Sub Focus, Nero have found crossover success with a big room sound which merges drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep with elements of ‘Nineties commercial house and trance.

    Thu 29 Mar

    Paul McCartney – Royal Albert Hall, London

    The Beatles legend Paul McCartney returns to perform all of his famous hits and 60s classics on the big stage.

    Fri 30 Mar

    The Rifles – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

    English five-piece indie band from Walthamstow with distinctly home-grown influences such as The Clash, Jam and The Beatles.

    Fri 30 Mar

    The Twang – O2 Academy Islington, London

    The Twang are a Birmingham five-piece indie band. they are considered to be one of the most exciting and popular indie bands in the UK.

     

     

    Spring will eat itself.

    Hallo all, thanks for tuning in and indeed popping back to read my little blog. This spring malarky is being odd, nice sunshine and now dreary rain…. It had me all confused.  We played the new and exclusive single from Tenek

    As it is St Patricks Day, I played two from my current favourite Irish combo – Snow Patrol – we played ‘Caught out in the dark’ and ‘Chocolate’. 

    SNOW PATROL on 'Twofers'

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Michael McIntyre — Work In Progress – 19th, 22nd & 23rd Mar 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Michael McIntyre is one of the biggest names in comedy and his witty commentary on everyday life has made him a huge star. You can catch him testing new material, when he plays a “work in progress” show at the Leicester Square Theatre.

    Tim Vine Chat Show 22nd Mar 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Tim Vine, the king of the one-liner, will be inviting the audience into his very own chat show! As guests are plucked from the crowd, he could be cracking gags about Martin from the rug shop one minute, and Lydia the next.

    Marcus Brigstocke, at the Comedy Store – 25th Mar 2012 • Comedy Store

    Marcus Brigstocke will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Andy Smart, Ian Coppinger and Stephen Frost.

    Live music pick for this week;

    Mon 19 Mar

    Spiritualized – Hackney Empire, London

    Space-rock indie group fronted by the enigmatic singer Jason Pierce

    Thu 22 Mar

    The Shins – HMV Forum, London

    Indie four-piece from Portland draw their pop influences from the Beach Boys with a sprinkling of country and folk.

    Fri 23 Mar

    Enter Shikari – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London

    A hardcore metal punk act from St Albans with a fiercely independent attitude to music.

    Fri 23 Mar

    Pop Will Eat Itself – Electric Ballroom, London

    Principal PWEI songwriter Graham Crabb revives the indie band 25 years after the release of their first EP.

     

     

     

    Arching into March

    Another week over and another weekend begun…this week I met singer Charley Bird at a family funeral; not the best venue.. but technically means we are related Lots of great new eclronic music again today, and all about to play live in Basildon in May for BASII.

    Now this week, or rather on march 8th to be precise, twas the 54th birthday for personal hero and music legend, Gary Numan…

    . …so ‘Twofers’, we naturally played two from this electro pioneer – We played ‘Cars’ and ‘The Fall’.

    Happy Birthday to Gary Numan

     

     

     

     

     

     

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Phill Jupitus, at the Comedy Store 14th Mar 2012 • Comedy Store

    Phill Jupitus will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Josie Lawrence, Neil Mullarkey, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart and Steve Steen.

    Sean Hughes, at the 99 Club – 17th Mar 2012 • 99 Club [Leicester Square]

    Sean Hughes will be the pick of the comedians performing at the 99 Club on the 17th March. Also performing will be Hal Cruttenden and Paddy Lennox.

    Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — Comedy Store – 18th Mar 2012 • Comedy Store

    TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Neil Mullarkey, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Andy Smart.

    Live music pick for this week;

    Thu 15 Mar

    Anthrax – O2 Academy Islington

    A gig from Anthrax, one of the originators of thrash metal, who have been melting faces since 1981, and have been integral to the development of metal.

    Fri 16 Mar

    Inspiral Carpets – Koko, Camden

    Classic indie band from Oldham and Manchester, still producing their unique brand of psychedelic punk-pop music

    Fri 16 Mar

    Presidents of The United States of America – HMV Forum

    Cult American rock band from Seattle

    Sun / Mon 18/19  Mar

    Paul Weller – Roundhouse, London

    Paul Weller, aka The Modfather, His influence as an artist was often cited during the Britpop movement of the Nineties, and his status as a current and relevant performer was cemented after winning a BRIT Award in 2009 for Best Male Solo Artist.

     

     

    The Eyes of March…

    With a week of fairly bright spring sunshine, it really makes for a nice weekend, if only the rain would have not called… I can’t recall the last March starting so nicely…. makes me think of the Need for a Summer holiday.  Mind you we need to prepare to wade through the mountains of Easter Eggs that are already festooning the shops; where mine?

    In today’s twofers we marked Jon Bon jovi’s birthday; he was 50 yesterday , with the two from one feature

    Bon Jovi - 'Living on a Prayer' and 'Its my life'... were played.

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    See Andy Parsons, at the Comedy Store – 6th Mar • Comedy Store

    Andy Parsons will be performing at the Comedy Store’s “Cutting Edge”. Other comedians on the bill include Andi Osho, Paul Thorne, Zoe Lyons, Roger Monkhouse and Steve Gribbin. The Comedy Store

     

    The outrageous Roy Chubby Brown! – 8th Mar • indigo at the O2

    Join Roy Chubby Brown for a night of Mickey-taking, banter and gags. Britain’s most outrageous comedian tears into his audience with a battering ram of hilarity!

     

    Jack Whitehall: “Let’s Not Speak Of This Again” – 9/10th Mar • Hammersmith Apollo

    Jack Whitehall is only 21, but he’s already made a big impact upon the comedy world. Do people learn from their mistakes? Jack doesn’t think so, He reckons that we stumble through life making the same mistakes over and again.

    Tue 06 Mar

    Band of Skulls – Roundhouse, London

    British rock n roll three-piece, which met at college and were previously known as Fleeing New York.

    Thu/Fri/Sat 

    08/09/10 Mar

    Florence and The Machine – Alexandra Palace, London

    Theatrical art school graduate Florence Welch is renowned for her luscious vocals and kooky videos.

    Thu 08 Mar

    Killing Joke – Roundhouse, London  http://youtu.be/TnpwuRlXbhk]

    Influential English post-punk band from London who were founded in the late seventies.

    What it feels to be Spring..

    Its almost Easter and yet the weather was of Summertime…. I can’t wait for the chocolate’athon during Easter, but I’m liking the warmth of Summer – luckily with the maltesers in the fridge at Phoenix FM, I kind of had both . Today I thought I’d give Adele a little more airplay by playing two great tracks from her on my ‘Twofers’ slot…. and there was not an interruption insight.

     

    PROTEGE REIGN

    Joining me today in the studio were two members of Indie new romantic band Protege Reign…  And naturally you can listen again [ just click the player below]…….

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    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    See Andy Parsons, at the Comedy Store – 28th Feb 2012 • Comedy Store

    Andy Parsons will be performing at the Comedy Store’s “Cutting Edge”. Other comedians on the bill include Alistair Barrie, Roger Monkhouse, Mick Ferry, Hal Cruttenden and Mitch Benn.

    Chris Addison, from TV’s “The Thick of It” – 29th Feb • Hammersmith Apollo

    Chris Addison, from TV’s award-winning “The Thick of It”, returns to the Apollo with a brand new show. “The Time Is Now, Again” promises some top class stand-up from one of the classiest, toppiest stand-ups around.

    Live music pick for this week;

    Sun 26 Feb

    Protégé Reign – The Underworld, Camden

    Essex Indie new romantic synth rockers

    Tue 28 Feb

    The Ting Tings – Scala, London

    Salford indie-dance duo The Ting Tings formed in 2007 and became one of the hottest acts off 2008

     

    “Settle down now”

    The hot seat is certainly getting comfortable in the new studio, here at the Brentwood Centre, and it’s only the second Saturday Breakfast show. I’ve just had a ‘half term’ break, so lots of lounging around, small jobs about the house, some Squash playing, music playing, twittering and generally not missing my normal daytime gig…..aww, bliss.

    Plenty of good music today; as ever….. 

    Roxy Music

    We had Roxy Music on the twofers, with ‘ Angel Eyes’ and ‘On the Radio’.  Also and as well, we squeezed in a great Cover of ‘The same old Scene, by Modovar.

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Jimmy Carr’s “Gagging Order” -19th Feb 2012 • Bloomsbury Theatre

    Join Jimmy Carr as he tests out some brand new material for a forthcoming tour. Might be good, might be rubbish. Bloomsbury Theatre is part of the University College London, and has a distinctly student feel.

    Omid Djalili24th – 25th Feb 2012 • Hammersmith Apollo

    The world’s funniest Iranian comic is back at the Hammersmith Apollo with a brand new show. Omid Djalili has had a great 12 months, picking up the best actor award for his role in “The Infidel”.

    Boat Show Comedy Club: Lee Hurst24th – 25th Feb 2012 • Tattershall Castle

    Lee Hurst will appear at Tattershall Castle –London’s finest floating comedy club — alongside Dave Fulton and Mark Mair.

    Live music pick for this week;

    Mon 20th Feb

    The Big Pink – The Garage, London

    Mysterious white noise indie band inspired by the lo-fi scene of the early nineties

    Wed 22nd Feb

    Dodgy – Bush Hall, London

    Britpop band that came to fame during the mid-nineties with hits such as ‘Staying Out For The Summer’

    Wed 22nd Feb

    The Wombats – O2 Brixton Academy

    Popular three-piece indie band from Liverpool

    Thur 23rd Feb

    Kaiser Chiefs – Hammersmith Apollo

    The Leeds five-piece are one of the most popular indie bands of the decade. They have become Brit Award favourites due to their commercial pop records, which are invariably packed full of radio friendly choruses.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Join me NEXT WEEK – Sat 25th: Protege Reign will be in for a chat.

    Check them out: www.protegereign.com

    House warming and Birthday DAY…..

    What a day… 1st show from the new  studio complex at the Brentwood Centre – Which I’m labelling the Phoenix Country House…. Amazing how a whole studio facilities was rearranged within 24hrs…. with only a few glitches. 

    'Phoenix 98 FM Country House'

    We are here and I had a good show….Plus it’s my birthday; yes 21 again..{Click}- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ztoSUhbNntQ#!

    and we’ve a big day of house-warming to bring in the fun of the new home for PHOENIX 98FM.

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Bill Bailey — ‘Work in Progress’ show – 13th Feb 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Join Bill Bailey for a special ‘work in progress’ show at the Leicester Square Theatre, as he tests out some brand new material on a captive audience. Bill Bailey is famed for his surrealist comedy and musical interludes. 

    Comedy legend Jackie Mason — his farewell UK show – 13th Feb 2012 • Wyndham’s Theatre

    Jackie Mason is back in town with “Fearless” — his farewell show in the UK. Jackie’s politically incorrect and acerbic wit will be aimed at everything from the economy and the US presidential race to the Olympics.

    See Andy Parsons, at the Comedy Store – 14th Feb 2012 • Comedy Store

    Andy Parsons will be performing at the Comedy Store’s “Cutting Edge”. Other comedians on the bill include Paul Thorne, Ian Stone, Imran Yusuf, Alistair Barrie and Martin Coyote.

    Jimmy Carr’s “Gagging Order” – 19th Feb 2012 • Bloomsbury Theatre

    Join Jimmy Carr as he tests out some brand new material for a forthcoming tour. Might be good, might be rubbish. Bloomsbury Theatre is part of the University College London, and has a distinctly student feel.

    Live music gig pick for this week’s show;

    Sat/Sun 11/12 Feb

    Snow Patrol – The O2, South London

    Melodic indie boys from Northern Ireland who formed at Dundee University in 1994

    Thu 16 Feb

    The Drums – Roundhouse, West London

    A Brooklyn post-punk four-piece with hints of surf-rock and indie Melodies

    Thu 16 Feb

    M83 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, West London

    Shoegazing electronica rock band from Antibes in France

    Sat 18 Feb

    Lightning Seeds – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, West London

    A gig by the Lightning Seeds, a quirky English indie pop band fronted by Ian Broudie, who is famous for his Scouse charm and warm lyrics

     

    Feb a dabba do

    Freezing weather is upon us weather we like it or not; see what I did there… I’m so dry sometimes. Well, twas the last show in the Baytree centre Studio for me, and I dare say I will miss people walking past and staring at me like a Monkey at Colchester Zoo – Roll on the new Studio at the Brentwood Centre I say.

    Twofer’s this morning was a slight connection to BBC’s Mastermind, as a show last week had a lady on who’s specialist subject was ….

     

     

    Fleetwood mac

    Fleetwood Mac, so we played ‘The Chain’ and ‘Everywhere’ –  well, it is also 25 years today that Rumours was released….

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Mark Watson, at the Soho Theatre9th, 10th & 11th Feb 2012Soho Theatre

    Mark Watson’s face is finally getting noticed on the telly with stints on “Never Mind the Buzzcocks”, “Have I Got News for You” and “Mock the Week”.

    Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, at the Comedy Store – 6th Feb 2012 • Comedy Store

    Sean Lock and Jon Richardson will be performing at the Comedy Store in aid of the Lily Foundation. Other comedians on the bill include Ian Stone, Kevin Day, Sean Walsh, Josh Widdicombe and Shappi Khorsandi.

    Bill Bailey — ‘Work in Progess’ show – 7th Feb 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Join Bill Bailey for a special ‘work in progress’ show at the Leicester Square Theatre, as he tests out some brand new material on a captive audience. Bill Bailey is famed for his surrealist comedy and musical interludes.

    Boat Show Comedy Club — Lee Hurst – 10th – 11th Feb 2012 • Tattershall Castle

    Lee Hurst will appear at Tattershall Castle — London’s finest floating comedy club — alongside Andrew Bird and MC Yianni.

    Live music pick for this week;

    9&10th Feb

    The Black Keys – Alexandra Palace, London

    Fuzzy blues-rock from Ohio accompanied by obligatory masculine vocals.

    10 &11/12 Feb

    Snow Patrol – The O2, London

    Melodic indie boys from Northern Ireland who formed at Dundee University in 1994.

     

     

     

    “January, sick and tired you’ve been hanging on me”

    Blimey if it is not the end of January 2012….. how time has flown this month; soon be Summer – brings an old song to mind, by Pilot – ‘January’ …..

    January by Pilot

    “Don’t go, Don’t go”.

    Todays twofers has a Basildon connection, as we played two from Bronski Beat. ‘Small-town Boy’ and ‘Hit that Perfect Beat’; the latter being the connection, as Jon Jon (Basildon Born) replaced Jimmy Somerville. 

    Bronski Beat

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Paul Merton and Josie Lawrence — 29th Jan 2012 • Comedy Store

    TV’s Paul Merton will be joining Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart and Neil Mullarkey. The Comedy 

    Stewart Lee, -1st to 5th, & 7th to 10th Feb 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Following his much acclaimed BBC TV series and his sell-out season last year, Stewart Lee returns to the Leicester Square Theatre with a brand new show. The Leicester Square Theatre seats around 420 people, and can be 

    Mark Watson, – 2nd, 4th, 9th, 10th & 11th Feb 2012 • Soho Theatre

    Mark Watson’s face is finally getting noticed on the telly with stints on “Never Mind The Buzzcocks”, “Have I Got News For You” and “Mock The Week”. He’s also the star of the cult Radio 4 series “Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better

    Live music pick for this week;

    Tue 31 Jan

    Feeder – Koko, Camden

    The popular indie band from South Wales achieved mainstream indie success in 2001 due to the popularity of their Buck Rodgers single.

    Wed 01 Feb

    Jonny Cola and The A-Grades – The Windmill, Brixton

    A Live gig from a fave band of Phoenix FM’s – Jonny Cola and The A-Grades.

     

    Running away with itself..

    Stone the crows….its almost easter and it is definatly like christmas is a distant memory. For there be so much to get on with in 2012, not just my up and coming birthday and or the Olympics, But a special music weekend in Basildon with loads of Electronic bands from the area on the bill – BAS II is the name of the event, and so that inspired me to play a few of the acts due to be on the bill – Tenek, Ba5ic, Modivar and BLANCMANGE…. You read me right 80’s duo Blancmange will be headlining – So I tell you, May 4th can’t get here quick enough.

    Twofers today was all about the material girl- Madonna, who has a bit hand in the new period movie about Wallace Simpson – the movie is called “WE’, and old Madonna only directs it – [ www.imdb.com/title/tt1536048/ ]

    So we played two from Madonna: ‘Frozen’ and ‘Hung up’.

    My Comedy show picks for this week……

    Paul Merton, at the Comedy Store – 22nd Jan 2012 • Comedy Store

    Paul Merton will be joining the Comedy Store Players for a night of comedy improvisation at the Comedy Store. Other comedians on the bill include Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Andy Smart, Neil Mullarkey and Niall Ashdown. 

    Bill Bailey — ‘Work in Progress’ show – 23rd Jan 2012 • Leicester Square Theatre

    Join Bill Bailey for a special ‘work in progress’ show at the Leicester Square Theatre, as he tests out some brand new material on a captive audience. Bill Bailey is famed for his surrealist comedy and musical interludes

    Frank Skinner & Friends 23rd Jan – 4th Feb 2012 • Noël Coward Theatre

    Frank Skinner & Friends promises a fine night of comedy, cabaret and music all rolled into one. Each night will feature four different acts, compared by Frank.