Author Archives: Graham Stannard

About Graham Stannard

A broadcaster and massage practitioner, based in Essex and London. Presenting Musical Meanderings on Phoenix FM and now also the Mental Health Matters podcast.

Musical Meanderings Playlist 14th June 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sabatta Interview – Musical Meanderings 31st May 2018

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

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

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

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 24th May 2018

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

It’s available to listen again here:

K-Rino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to see her website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Unplugged & Rewired 3 | Musical Meanderings 10th May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 3rd May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Musical Meanderings Playlist 19th April 2018

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

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