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)
I covered Nigel Fitzmourice’s Stepping Out show this Sunday evening and took the opportunity to play a lot of the classical music I’ve been enjoying recently. Especially as it is a Sunday and I spoke about what a special day of the week it is for me. The day when we can hopefully relax and be away from the daily grind and also how it is traditionally a sacred day, one of worship.
I spoke about Wychhounnd’s change in style to no vocalist and talked about their upcoming gigs. There was more live music talk with Trevor’s Head and I looked forward to seeing Paradise Lost and Pallbearer at the Electric Ballroom in November.
Interesting feeling for a show to land on the last day of August. Even though we’re still technically amongst summer, it can be seen negatively as the time of the end of holidays, the beginning of a colder autumn and the start of school and more work. On tonight’s show I was speaking of it more positively, helped by remembering the last few years when we’ve had glorious Indian summers, with warm weather into October.
But also that change is always good anyway and autumn is one of the more powerful in that regard. A great opportunity for reflection as we go inwards, even physically indoors, and integrate what we’ve learned and experienced during the expansive out and about adventures over the past warmer months.
Playing House at the Reading Festival
What has helped in this regard has been more festival adventures, with the pleasure of catching up with Playing House once again as they had the pleasure of progressing and playing at the Reading and Leeds festival over the bank holiday weekend. I was able to take them to both and tonight I celebrated by playing another wonderful song from their Jocelyn EP of this year and also the other artists I enjoyed meeting there such as Beth and Lily from IDER who’s song King Ruby I played during the show.
I’ve spoken before on the show about how much I enjoy tight harmonies and particularly female vocals and IDER are a wonderful example of that. After their song, I couldn’t resist playing a song by other favourites and regulars to the show, The Lonesome Sisters.
Before that segment was the recently usual heavy launch into the show and tonight I started with a song by Trippy Wicked And The Cosmic Children Of The Knight who are sadly now on hiatus, but were an early landmark band for me on the road to enjoying more of the recent contemporary heavy/stoner genre, especially from the UK. It was also a great excuse to play songs by 1968 and once again by local favourites Herida who have also been experiencing a hiatus of sorts, but are looking to record new music soon.
I tempered that with some of the more traditional rocking of Orange Goblin, Deftones and Senser.
The journey then changed as I enjoyed some more anthemic music, such as Madrugada from Norway and Amaral from Spain into a brief blues type adventure of classic Aerosmith and an even poppier edge with Donnie Ray and Jaye Hammer.
A return to a heavier perspective on tonight’s show with the return to some doom/ stoner rock via a couple of examples of old thrash metal in Sepultura and Obituary.
It was a platform to play some of the music I’ve found and enjoying recently in Oak, 1968 and Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters. Also to diver to some of the “Post-rock’ music I’ve been finding and enjoying recently. I talked about how I feel about that as a genre name and what it means to me and also the form of expression. The kind of picture that can be painted without words, just with soundscapes and melodic guitar.
This also brought me to talk about some of the evocative band names and song titles I’ve spoken about in recent shows. It was no different tonight with examples by Tehran’s False Horizon and the title ‘I’ve Fallen For You’ and ‘Your Wave Caresses Me’ by the wonderful band I’ve recently discovered and enjoyed, The Last Sighs Of The Wind. It’s a pleasure to feel where your mind takes you with those expressions.
A much deserved thank you to the YouTube page WherePostRockDwells which has been an amazing resource.
Speaking of expressing, there was a lovely example of contrast tonight. Not only was there the soundscapes of the post-rock music I was playing, but also what can be expressed with singer-songwriter music, then a big heavy metal sound. In this case via just one artist, Dorthia Cottrell. I played a piece of her solo work, then a different way she can express via the metal band she is in, Windhand.
I also touched on some live music again. Not just the mighty live songs I played at the start with Sleep and Sepultura, but also highlights of live music coming up in London, featuring tonight Black Orchids and The Cortège who are playing big gigs in Camden and Deptford respectively. The Cortège will be featuring at a big bank holiday ‘Nestival’ weekend at the Birds Nest on the Sunday. The event runs all weekend from Friday to Monday, with Musical Meanderings stalwarts Sabatta also featuring on the Friday.
A return to the usual time slot on a Thursday. But perhaps as a result, or just how the week went, the musical journey was a different one than expected.
It was about to be a bit heavier, but then some reflection from perhaps a tired perspective brought me to play some more mellow, perhaps melancholic music I enjoyed when I was younger. Perhaps from a time when I was delving into such music for too long, keeping myself in those frequencies rather than brief visits to embrace feelings, then let them go.
It was lovely to hear them tonight from that perspective and enjoy them with fresh ears as it were.
Songs that I listened too from Frank Black, The Antlers and Jeff Buckley don’t hold the same power as they once did. But I can enjoy them and recognise the feelings they represented and still resonate when I bring my attention there.
iiah – Voyagers
This is also reflected in some of the music I still discover, such as in the ‘post-rock’ genre I discussed a bit during the show. There is a lovely scale/grandness to the music, but also a melancholic and inward thinking type edge to it. I will be examining the style over the coming weeks, but tonight I enjoyed playing great examples from Synopsys and iiah. You will find Bandcamp links in the track listings, along with some of the artists I played.
An earlier intervention of Musical Meanderings, where I continued to enjoy the new Thursday evening, but this time a 6 o’clock start to prepare for heading straight to the Standon Calling festival after. This allowed me to enjoy the theme of some of the great music I’ve been hearing at festivals this year and some highlights of the past few years, including recent stalwarts Desperate Journalist and also the Black Orchids who performed at the Afropunk festival in London the previous weekend.
Also during the show I played music by bands I enjoyed meeting recently, including 1968, who organised a great gig up in Chester where they invited Sabatta to join them. They’re a wonderful blend of riff heavy stoner rock with the right mix of the blues. I was able to see them again recently at a multi band day at the Black Heart in Camden organised by Oak who are also a wonderful, heavy stoner rock type band, who also blend in the right amounts of psychedelia.
Another artist I was able to speak to before he performed at Standon Calling was Tom Grennan. It was a great chance to hear how much he enjoys playing festivals- with the immediate feedback from the crowd and how he is able to let himself go and allow his words and music to flow back out to them. A cycle of energy I’ve touched on before in some previous conversations.
He noticed the contrast between playing at festivals and his earlier gigs and how he is so grateful for his journey and opportunities to be there. A wonderful example of staying present and enjoying moment to moment.
The second day at Standon Calling and it was a pleasure to meet and speak to a band after they arrived at the festival and fresh before they played.
Fickle Friends have been busy and playing at many festivals over the summer and had just arrived from Kendal Calling this morning. I spoke to Naty and Jack about their festival adventures and their progress with live dates in general, from the many dates they’ve played around the UK establishing themselves, to this festival season.
We also talked about their journey together, from how they got into music, met each other studying it in Brighton and how their relationship together has grown to become a creative almost family. Where they’re now looking forward to future adventures, recording their album and future tours, back around the UK, to then Europe and beyond.
Lucy Spraggan played a wonderful set on the main stage at the Standon Calling festival and it was a pleasure to record a conversation with her when she finished. She had great fun engaging with the audience, lighting them up on the Friday afternoon of the festival.
Lucy talked about how much she’s been touring, the fun she’s had and the amazing places she’s played at, including a cave. And she talked about her process into becoming a full time singer songwriter, partly caused by her dream of becoming a fire fighter thwarted by a broken leg at a critical moment. There are certainly no regrets now, as writing and singing is what she does.
Also, on that note, as what is becoming a bit of a theme in my conversations, was a discussion on her songwriting process. She also found that it is easy and makes sense to write about herself and experiences and what a great way it is to connect with the shared experiences with the audience. You can hear the conversation here: