Then I also somehow ventured from some blues based rock of Raging Slab and Richie Kotzen through a mini melancholic theme featuring alt country such as My Morning Jacket through to the gentle beauty of Lucy Claire and Daniel Lanois.
On Tuesday 21st November, I was able to fill in for Michelle Ward on Eat My Brunch on Phoenix FM which gave me the chance to speak to Ellie Parsons, Musical Director with the Billericay Choral Society.
Another enjoyable Musical Meanderings and a great full circle moment as I have the pleasure of sharing a conversation with an artist who was my first ever interview on Phoenix FM.
Jay Matharu is a wonderful and accomplished guitarist and I first met him when he sent me a CD of one of his previous projects, Mahavira only two weeks after I had started Musical Meanderings. I remember recording the conversation by the canal in Camden after we arranged to meet.
His life has taken various turns since then, including a move to Sweden with his wife almost ten years ago. After finding some outlets for playing out there, he noticed that he had a lull in his creative output for himself. He then found a way of pushing out of it, which was then the path of creating his new, solo album- These Clouds Are So Undisciplined!
You will find out the process of how he did during the conversation, along with the origins of the album name and also how he was able to arrange the collaborations on the album with wonderful musicians, including Nili Brosh, Ponch Satrio and Andreas Boliden. I included the songs featuring them during the conversation.
Speaking to Jay then made it easy to organise the other music I played during the show as it allowed me to share some songs featuring some of my favourite rock and metal guitarists over the years, including Dinosaur Jr, Joe Satriani and Pallbearer. I also ‘book ended’ the show with a couple of post-rock songs from bands I’ve been playing over recent weeks as I spoke with Jay about enjoying a lot of artists in that genre- Sound Architects and I/O.
It was great news when I heard that Night Ranger were releasing a new album ‘Don’t Let Up’ and they were still going strong after more than 35 years.
It was also lovely to see how they continued to share such positivity in their music, such as in the single from the new album ‘Running Out Of Time’ and examples I noted from their 2011 album ‘Somewhere in California’, such as ‘Live For Today’ and ‘Follow Your Heart’.
This topic was thread throughout our conversation and it is a belief of his how important art such as music is at bringing light and positivity to the world amidst what else may be happening.
Kelly also spoke about enjoying a recent change with how him and the band write songs and record together over recent albums. Allowing for a live and spontaneous element into their creations, which also brought some freshness to their time together.
We also covered topics such as how much he enjoys playing live, changes in the music industry and the effects of modern technology.
Metallica played a series of nights at the Millennium Dome this week, which allowed for a playlist which created itself. I got inspired to share some of the music I enjoyed from a peak period of Heavy Metal, namely around 1987/88. Pivotal albums by the ‘Big Four’ bands- Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. But then also other bands had big albums, or even began around that time, such as Iron Maiden and Sepultura.
You can hear it all again here:
Here is the playlist for 26th October 2017
1 Budgie – Breadfan (Never Turn Your Back on a Friend – 1973)
2 Metallica – Master Of Puppets (Master Of Puppets – 1986)
3 Megadeth – Holy Wars…The Punishment Due (Rust In Peace – 1990)
4 Obituary – Dying (Cause Of Death – 1990)
5 Anthrax – Time (Persistence Of Time – 1990)
6 Iron Maiden – Infinite Dreams (Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son – 1988)
7 Sepultra – Arise (Arise – 1991)
8 Slayer – Raining Blood (Decade Of Aggression – 1991)
9 W.A.S.P. – Rebel In The F.D.G. (The Headless Children – 1989)
10 Suicidal Tendencies – If I Don’t Wake Up (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow… – 1988)
11 Motörhead – Motörhead (Motörhead – 1977)
12 Helmet – He Feels Bad (Meantime – 1992)
13 Infectious Grooves – Punk It Up (The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move… – 1991)
14 Downset – Empower (Do We Speak A Dead Language – 1996)
15 Corrosion Of Conformity – Vote With A Bullet (Blind – 1991)
16 Nine Inch Nails – Just Like You Imagined (The Fragile (Left) – 1999)
17 Machine Head – Old (Burn My Eyes – 1994)
18 Life of Agony – Through And Through (River Runs Red – 1993)
19 Monster Magnet – Nod Scene (Spine Of God – 1991)
20 Pallbearer – I Saw The End (Heartless – 2017)
22 Windhand – ‘Woodbine’ LIVE @ Mixtape 5 (2014)
23 Osi And The Jupiter – Landvœttir (Uthuling Hyl – 2017)
A celebration of the continuing transition into autumn, the Harvest full moon in Aries and the life of Tom Petty. Also, a reminder of the life of Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone and some propaganda, perhaps perpetuated by the media, helpfully assisted by Sepultura.
There was a a traditional meander into some alt-country as well with interventions by Neil Young, Geoff Tweedy’s Wilco and My Morning Jacket.
I had a melancholic meander during the show which was lovely to embrace temporarily, but it was even nicer to be brought back up via a beautiful classic by Stevie Wonder and India Arie, then into a finale featuring I/O and Pictures from Nadira.
You can listen to the show again here:
Here is the playlist for 5th October 2017 – Click the links where available to find out more and where to buy their music:
1. Tom Petty – Don’t Come Around Here No More
2. Neil Young – Harvest Moon
3. Mother Love Bone – Heartshine (Stardog Champion – 1992)
4. The Cult – Rain (Love)
5. Sepultura – Propaganda (Chaos A.D.)
6. W.A.S.P. – The Titanic Overture (The Crimson Idol)
7. Mastodon – Oblivion [Instrumental] (Crack The Skye – 2009)
8. High on Fire- 10,000 years (The Art Of Self Defence)
9. System Of A Down – Aerials (Toxicity)
10. Faith No More – Ashes To Ashes (Album Of The Year – 1997)
11. Neil Young – Country Home (Ragged Glory)
12. Wilco – You Satellite (Star Wars)
13. King Creosote & John Hopkins – Bats In The Attic (Diamond Mine)
14. Malojian – All I Need (Simple Life EP)
15. My Morning Jacket – Just One Thing (It Still Moves – 2003)
16. Leonard Cohen – On That Day (Dear Heather – 2004)
17. Richard Hawley – Lady Solitude (Lady’s Bridge – 2007)
18. Stevie Wonder & India Arie – A Time To Love
19. Cocteau Twins – Carolyn’s Fingers (Blue Bell Knoll – 1988)
20. I/O – South (Anyone, Anywhere 2017)
21. Pictures from Nadira – Por la Noche (Nadira – 2017)