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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 96
Date Published: 21st November 2014

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 

Strange Fruit presenter Neil Nixon is currently working on a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. 

09-11-14 SHOW 96

Thom Yorke: Skip Divided

Kay Martin and Her Bodyguards: Fever

Dead Kennedys: Viva Las Vegas

Mark Fry: Aeroplanes

Suzi Quatro: The Girl from Detroit City

John Lennon McCullough: Box of Tricks

Sable Noir: Chew

John’s Children: Jagged Time Lapse

Bill Nelson: End of the Season

Rachel Zeffina: Letters from Tokyo

Aphex Twin: Acrid Avid Jam Shred

Mark Fry: I Lived in Trees

Mark Fry: Dreaming with Alice

Simon Warner: Moody (from the album Waiting Rooms)

Brad Berwick: I’m Better Than the Beatles

Haiku Salut: Sounds like There’s a Pacman Crunching Away at Your Heart (album Tricolore)

John Martyn: I’d Rather be the Devil

Roy Rogers: Devil Got my Woman

Mark Fry: Little Flashing Light

Bridget St John: If You’d Been There

Mark Isham Tibet Part V

Bob Harris: End Title – Love Theme from Lolita

Mark Fry: River Kings

The Beatles: Goodnight

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Friday Night Progressive #171
Date Published: 21st November 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

Arcade Messiah

http://www.facebook.com/arcademessiah

Fantacone - LaRue

http://www.facebook.com/fantaconelarue

Astronomusic

http://www.facebook.com/Astronomusic

Mastermind

http://www.facebook.com/Mastermindband

Karda Estra

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karda-Estra/67051130804

Dreadnaught

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreadnaught/135886783102455

Daniele Liverani

http://www.facebook.com/Daniele.Liverani.Page

CuDa RenKo CuDa

http://www.facebook.com/chriscudamusic/timeline

Thierry Zins & Roberto Torti

http://soundcloud.com/thierry-zins

Cold Flame

http://www.facebook.com/coldflameuk?fref=ts

Back Drop art Ron Marquiss — with Chris Cuda, Bill Berends, John KingBathmat Bassett, Thierry Zins, Richard Habib, Richard Wileman, Roberto Torti, Lisa LaRue Baker, Cold Flame, Daniele Liverani, Federico Fantacone, Zózimo Rech, John Baker and Adrianne Simioni.

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GONZO WEEKLY #1-5: Billy James remembers Peter Banks
Date Published: 21st November 2014

When original Yes guitarist Peter Banks died back in 2013, his friend, musician and publicist Billy James )aka Ant-Bee) wrote this:

Guitar Legend Peter Banks Passes – July 15, 1947 – March 8, 2013

London, UK - Best known for his innovative and unique guitar work with YES and Flash, as well as his own critically acclaimed solo albums, guitar legend Peter Banks passed away at his home in London on March 8, 2013. Banks, a founding member of the ground breaking progressive rock group YES, performed on the band's first two albums, 'Yes' and 'Time And A Word'. He would go on to form Flash and release 3 well-received albums (Flash, In The Can, Out Of Our Hands), along with several successful tours of Europe and the US, culminating in an appearance on the widely watched late night American TV show 'The Midnight Special'. With an admitted fondness for improvisation, music critics touted Banks as a cross between Pete Townshend and Wes Montgomery. Even Pete Townshend, one night after witnessing a YES performance, walked up to Banks, slapped him on the back and said, “You're great!”

After Flash, Peter Banks would form the band Empire in the mid '70s and eventually release 3 albums 'Mark I' 'Mark II' and 'Mark III'. During his career, Banks would release 5 solo albums (Two Sides Of..., Instinct, Self-Contained, Reduction, Can I Play You Something?) and had been active in recent times working with acts such as Harmony and Diversity, Prog Collective, ANT-BEE and Days Between Stations. Banks first solo album 'Two Sides Of Peter Banks' has been considered by many as one of the great 'prog' records of all time and features an all-star line-up of Jan Akkerman, Phil Collins and John Wetton. In the early 2000's Banks wrote his autobiography 'Beyond & Before' published by Golden Treasures publishing in the US. Peter was putting on the final touches of the log awaited live recording 'FLASH - IN PUBLIC' CD set for release on Cleopatra Records at the time of his passing

"I loved working with Peter on the many records I have produced over the years, he always delivered amazing stuff, creative, inspires and always with that classic original YES flavor that came with his playing. He will be missed by me and many many other fans of his music and playing." - Billy Sherwood

Peter Banks will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of progressive rock guitar and will be missed by musicians worldwide.

Peter Banks - July 15, 1947 - March 8, 2013

Gonzo are releasing a slice of unreleased Banksiana from his band Empire and so, in the first of two pieces, we spoke to Billy about his old mate...

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 95
Date Published: 15th November 2014

02-11-14 – SHOW 95

Glambeats Corp:   The Blitzkrieg Bop

Fire Engines:         Candy Skin

Northern Picture Library:    Paris

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention:               Hungry Freaks, Daddy

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention:               Wowie Zowie

Joni Mitchell:         Shine

Joan as Policewoman:          The Ride

ABBA:    Intermezzo

Neutral Milk Hotel:              Two Headed Boy Part 2

Shel Silverstein:    Julie’s Working

Bernie Sizzey: No Fear – Incredible Release

Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: Help I’m a Rock

Duke Ellington and his Orchestra: Arabesque Cookie Arabian Dance

The Beatles: Happiness is a Warm Gun

Noseflutes: Perfect Cockney Hard-on

Jessie Ware: Strangest Feeling

Unkle: Bloodstain

Brightblack Morning Light: Come Another Rain Down

Kate Bush: Among Angels

Bob Dylan: Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands

Frank  Zappa and the Mothers of Invention: The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet

Mr Goon-Bones: Crazy Bone Rag

The Five Keys: The Glory of Love

The Flamingos: Lovers Never Say Goodbye

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Sub Reality Sandwich #28
Date Published: 15th November 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bet yer sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

Jaki writes:

"Forced to roam the streets of San Francisco for another week due to the state of a floating Tim who I take with me encased in a balloon on the end of a piece of string. Will we get away by next week? I have my doubts. x"

This sounds remarkably like the opening  verses of Plastic Palace People by the immortal and invisible Scott Walker:

Over the rooftop sails Billy
A string tied to his underwear
Through cobbled stone streets a child races
And shouts "Billy, come down from there"

"My mother's calling" his voice whimpers
A string clutched in his tiny hand
Not till I've seen the sky's not lit up
In tears, child try and understand
Don't pull the string, don't bring me down
Don't make me land

Are you getting all existential on us Timothy dear?

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Friday Night Progressive #170
Date Published: 15th November 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

Psicolorama

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Psicolorama-Rock-Progresivo-y-Sinfónico/922383211108542?sk=timeline

Oleg Polyanskiy

http://www.facebook.com/olegpolyanskiyofficial

Grus Paridae

http://www.facebook.com/GrusParidae

Bernier – DeCarlo Live!

http://michaelbernier.bandcamp.com/album/michael-bernier-ritchie-decarlo-live

Orquesta Metafisica

http://www.facebook.com/orquestametafisica

Children In Paradise

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Children-in-Paradise/128677017168142

Joe Compagana

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joe-Compagna/141261019257226

ONY

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ony/128343966123

MDESTINY

http://www.facebook.com/MarquissMusic

Backdrop art by: Greg P Onychuk ONY — with Grus Paridae, ORQUESTA METAFÍSICA, Psicolorama Prog Rock, Oleg Polyanskiy, Greg P Onychuk, Rami Turtiainen, Dam Kat, Michael Bernier, Joe Compagna and Ritchie DeCarlo.

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GONZO WEEKLY #104: Jon is away with the Fairies
Date Published: 15th November 2014

I first heard that The Pink Fairies were planning to re-form nearly a year ago at the Mick Farren memorial concert, which was held – fittingly enough – in London’s Ladbroke Grove. It was the last show that The Deviants were ever going to play, and – as far as I know - the only one that they ever did without Mick Farren. 

After Mick’s death, it seemed the logical move to re-create – in a bizarre sort of way – what they had done over four decades before in 1969 when Sandy, Russell, and Paul Rudolph from The Deviants found that Mick was far too out to lunch for even them to deal with and sacked him during a disastrous tour of the West Coast of the United States.

They formed the legendary people’s band, ‘The Pink Fairies’ and proceeded to carve a swathe of chaos through the music business for the next few years. 

Their brand of rock and roll madness was the perfect soundtrack to some very insane times. This time around, however, the reason for being without Mick was a sadder, and far more important one.

Paul Rudolph was unable to join the reunion, as he lives in Canada, and his replacement back in the ‘70s, Larry Wallis, is no longer well enough to play in a rock and roll band, so the guitar chores were taken over by our old friend Andy Colquhoun who had played with The Pink Fairies in various line-ups for the past 30 years. 

George Butler, an old friend of the band, joined as the second drummer recreating the iconic two-drummer tub thumping ethos of the original band, and Jaki Windmill from The Deviants completed the line-up on vocals and percussion.

The band retuned to the stage in May with gigs in Wolverhampton and the 100 Club in Oxford Street, following this with festival gigs across the summer, and shows with Hawkwind in the autumn. 

Tim Rundall writes:

And so it was that on a memorable night in London City in May of 2014, The PINK FAIRIES once again mounted the stage - this time at 100 Club in Oxford Street to a packed house. The mooted appearance of Paul Rudolph didn't take place for logistical reasons, but anyone who was disappointed at first was surely converted by the end of a mighty set that saw Russell take lead vocals on some numbers, Sandy on a few, and both Andy and Jaki on others…

The set comprised many old favourites from all stages of the band's career, from the early band's take on Tomorrow Never Knows to the late 80s Waiting For The Ice Cream To Melt (a Farren song for the Fairies), and even a new number Skeleton Army. Even ex-Fairy Larry Wallis's Police Car was given an airing - truly a musical history lesson with a huge punch. And god was it hot in there!

Far from being a one-off (actually they had already done a warm up gig in Bilston's Robin 2 venue) the 100 Club gig has signalled the start of a new phase in the long history of the Pink Fairies and you will see as you navigate around this site there are gigs a plenty looming, with quite a few already under their belts (including the Hop Festival where Sandy's son Billy took George's place due to prior commitments by the great Mr. Butler).

Who would have imagined, back in 1969, that the energy, commitment and audience would still be there all these years later? But it is true - they are back and in the Pink!  While the emphasis is on the older material (as Sandy said to me - that's what the fans want really) who knows what the future may bring - I for one thank goodness that the decision to continue was made, and the world is surely a better place with the Pink Fairies out there doing what they do best. It's rock n roll - and the message is keep doing it!

But what are they planning to do next?  The only way to find was to ask them, so I telephoned Andy for a long and enlightening chat ….

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 94
Date Published: 8th November 2014

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 

Strange Fruit presenter Neil Nixon is currently working on a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

26-10-14 – SHOW 94

Status Quid: Boring Song

Jennifer Castle: Sparta

Killer Pussy: Teenage Enema Nurse

Morton Valence: The Day I Went to Bed for 10 Years

Flying Lizards: Move on Up

Flip It: Dreams

Black Box Recorder: Uptown top Ranking

Fleetwood Mac: These Strange Times

Zola Jesus: Trust Me

Morton Valence: Boyfriend on Remand

Morton Valence: Ordinary Pleasures

Lambchop: Paperback Bible

The Mustang: AhCid

Tweedy: Summer Noon

Fever Tree: Day Tripper

Yuri Gargarin: Conquest of Space Part 1

Yeti: The Man With the Lamp

Morton Valence: Old Punks Part 1

The Boys: Punk Rock Girl

The Boys: I Need You

Morton Valence: Old Punks Part 2

D J Earworm: Brazil is Full of Love

Eden Ahbez: Full Moon

Durutti Column: Salford Harmonics

Morton Valence: Thank you and Goodnight

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Friday Night Progressive #169
Date Published: 8th November 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

AlogiA

http://www.facebook.com/alogia.official

Expedition Delta

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Expedition-Delta/158563394188705

Gadi Caplan

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Gadi-Caplan/176562585740440

The Samurai of Prog

http://www.facebook.com/thesamuraiofprog

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband

Pervy Perkin

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pervy-Perkin/216528511714447

A Lonely Crowd

http://www.facebook.com/alonelycrowd

Elephants of Scotland

http://www.facebook.com/elephantsofscotland

Jeremy Cubert

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Jeremy-Cubert-Project/44624435837

Faint Signal

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Faint-Signal/261440247282353 — with Robert Ancell, Choosh Pies, Gadi Caplan, Jeremy Cubert, Tenacious MacDonald, Steve Unruh, Jani Korpi, Henri Eisenbaum, Elephants of Scotland and Prog Sphere.

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Sub Reality Sandwich #27
Date Published: 8th November 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bet yer sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

This week our titular submarine dwellers, Jaki, Tim and Maisie the cow are in San Francisco, where Tim is determined to relive his youth as a teenage acidhead. 

Almost immediately they have an argument about whether ‘hippy’ died after 1966, or whether – as Jaki believes – it carried on going strong. The three of them head towards Haight Ashbury still arguing about the internecine highways and byways of hippy history.  After all, the Pink Fairies were there in 1969.  I have only one thing to say to these dear people:

‘Every town must have a place where phoney hippies meet.  Psychedelic dungeons springing up on every street.  Go to San Francisco.’

What’s not to like?

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GONZO WEEKLY #103: corky Laing remembers Jack Bruce
Date Published: 8th November 2014

Corky Laing may be best known as the renowned drummer with Mountain, but for two years from 1972 he joined forces with Mountain’s Leslie West, and legendary bass player, Jack Bruce. The latter band actually came straight out of the dissolution of the former. 

Mountain’s bass player and producer Felix Pappalardi who had produced all but one of the albums by the seminal British hard rock three piece Cream, and when Cream dissolved in 1968, the last show of which was filmed by film-maker  Tony Palmer of whom more later, Pappalardi produced Bruce’s first solo album ‘Songs for a Tailor’.

Therefore, when Pappalardi left Mountain in favour of advancing his career as producer to the stars, there was only one real option for who would replace him.

This week I telephoned Corky at his studio and we talked about his memories of Jack Bruce.

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 93
Date Published: 1st November 2014

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 

Strange Fruit presenter Neil Nixon is currently working on a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

19-10-14 - Show 93

Hawkwind (feat, Brian Blessed): Sonic Attack

Bloodsucker: Conversations with Real Vampires

Stitched Back Foot Airmen: Why

Wild Man Fischer: The Wild Man Fischer Story

Os Mutantes: Adeus Maria Folo

Cannibal Corpse: The Undead Will Feast

Deep Purple: Bloodsucker

Winterset: Horse of Mud

Sky Picnic: Upon Further Reflection

Sky Picnic: Lady of the Moon

Sky Picnic Her Dawn Wardrobe

Durutti Column: Spanish Lament

Esther Ofarim: Song of the French Partisan

Aphex Twin: Domino

Banana Splits: We’re the Banana Splits

Stinky Picnic: Animals on the Beach

George Formby: Happy go Lucky me

Wild Man Fischer: Which Way did the Freaks Go

Wild Man Fischer: The Leaves are Falling

Wild Man Fischer: Monkeys versus Donkeys

Wild Man Fischer: Think of me When Your Clothes are Off

Noura Mint Seymali: Eguetmar

Aicha Tachiniwite Track 4

Noura Mint Seymali: El Mougelmen

Ringo Starr: Just a Dream

Don Hinson: Monster Surf Stomp

Matthew Smith: The Seaside Town

Wild Man Fischer: Merry Go Round

Wild Man Fischer The Circle

Joshua Scott Breakstone: Exit 6

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Friday Night Progressive #168
Date Published: 1st November 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

Progeland

http://www.facebook.com/Progeland

Seconds Before Landing

http://www.facebook.com/SBLMusic

MOTR

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mysteries-Of-The-Revolution/13339313306

Regal Worm

http://www.facebook.com/regalworm

FORMATIV

http://www.facebook.com/Formativ

BARAKA

http://www.facebook.com/BARAKAJAPAN

Resistor

http://www.facebook.com/resistorband

The Psychedelic Ensemble

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Psychedelic-Ensemble/268422653205782

Michael Farrell

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Farrell/179157735457970

Yuval Ron

http://www.facebook.com/YuvalRonMusic

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Sub Reality Sandwich #26
Date Published: 1st November 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bet yer sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

This week the titular submarine dwellers, Jaki, Tim and Maisie the Cow are in the Sahara Desert. They are not quite sure how they got there but I like to think that they landed near Laâyoune in the country now known as Western Sahara, and taken one of the small seasonally active watercourses into the heart of the desert. But then again I am ridiculously pedantic about these things, and if they have followed my suggestion they are in completely the wrong part of the Sahara Desert for Tim's "I'm in De Nile" joke to make any sense.

There is a joyous discussion about Wilko Johnson's miraculousrecovery from cancer, they reminisce about meeting him at Mick Farren's funeral, and Jaki describes how she tried to cover up an awkward social situation with him by making an oral sex joke. There is vintage live music from Television, before they talk nonsense about Berbers and barbers. This is interspersed with some glorious North African shamanic musostuff. Then comes more bad jokes about dates.

I love this show, it is one of the highlights of my week. It gets better and better...

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 92
Date Published: 25th October 2014

Strange Fruit is a unique two-hour radio show exploring the world of underground, strange and generally neglected music. All shows are themed and all shows set out to give the most hardened of sound-hounds some new delight to sample.

The show is also unique in providing homework for undergraduate students on North West Kent College’s Foundation Degree in Professional Writing (who dig up many of the odd facts featured in the links between tracks). 

Strange Fruit presenter Neil Nixon is currently working on a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.  The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

12-10-14 – SHOW 92

The Novas: The Crusher

Rt Hon David Steele MP: I Feel Liberal Alright

D.C. and Company: Bump to the Funk

Ethel Merman: There’s No Business Like Show Business

Portsmouth Sinfonia The Blue Danube

Bob Anthony: The Jersey Polka

The Orb: Montagne D'Or (Der Gute Berg)

Country Joe McDonald Bring Back the Sixties

Andy Williams: Love Story (Where do I Begin)

Ethel Merman: Something for the Boys

Petula Clark: Downtown 76

Steve Dahl: D’ya Think I’m Disco?

Sesame Street Fever: Rubber Duckie

Disco Bazouki Band: Do Ra Ma Fa Soul

Steve Miller Band: Macho City

The Fifty Milers: The Grunt

Dick D’Agostin: Night Walk

Ethel Merman: Some People

Wild Man Fischer: Disco in Frisco

Perplexer: Acid Folk (Vocal Mix)

Paraffin Jack Flash: I Can’t Get no Satisfaction

Nitin Sawhney: Sunset (Initin’s Radio Edit)

Faithless: Drifting Away (Floating Mix)

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Friday Night Progressive #167
Date Published: 25th October 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

Secret River

http://www.facebook.com/asecretriver

Ritchie DeCarlo

http://www.facebook.com/ritchie.decarlo

Dreadnaught

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreadnaught/135886783102455

Moon Tooth

http://www.facebook.com/moontoothband

United Progressive Fraternity

http://www.facebook.com/UPFrat?ref=br_tf

Dylan Furr

http://www.facebook.com/dylanfurrband

Elizabeth the last

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Elizabeth-the-last/167892503243585

Colin Tench Project

http://www.facebook.com/pages/BunChakeze/100320176689506

Protomythos

http://www.facebook.com/Protomythos

Jacqueline Taylor

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacqui-Taylor/167711123280082 — with Tom Treivish, John Bergstrand, Mark Truey Trueack, Ritchie DeCarlo, Dylan Furr, Richard Habib, Nick Lee, Colin Tench, Elizabeth the last and Jacqueline Taylor.

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Sub Reality Sandwich #25
Date Published: 25th October 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable radio show put together by none other than the lovely Jaki Windmill and the irrepressible Tim Rundall. An anarchic mixture of music, politics, current affairs and all sorts of other things really wrapped in a surreal miasma of post-psychedelic credibility. Sounds good?  You bet yer sweet pondos it does.

Tim approached me some weeks ago.  Apparently before he died Mick Farren told him about Gonzo Web Radio and some of the plans Rob and I had tentatively began to put together.  Would we like to broadcast some of the stuff he had recorded with Mick?

I’ve heard some silly questions in my time, but this takes the biscuit.  Of course we would. Mick Farren was one of my greatest heroes, and the fact that he took an interest in this magazine and helped me steer it into the direction in which it is currently sailing, meant that dear Tim’s question was completely superfluous. 

So I waited to see what would happen.  Soon after that I got approached by Jaki.  Apparently she has been co-hosting a radio show broadcast from a conceptual submarine together with Tim for some time.  Would we like a whole slew of brand new shows for Gonzo Web Radio?  Of course we would. 

Somehow the titular submarine dwellers have turned up in Florida where they can bitch happily about the Disneyfication of the landscape and the way that much of the Everglades have been turned into a rubbish dump. Apparently one is not allowed to take cows into amusement parks which upsets Maisie.

There is a discussion about the global economics of cocaine, as Miami was once the ‘Cocaine Capital’ of the USA. The only time I was there I declined to go out and look for the stuff and stayed back in my hotel room. Then we find what happens when various Pink Fairies meet a Motorheadbod..

And like I say every week, what on earth is there not to like? Jaki, Tim and Maisie should be interplanetary superstars. Ummm. I don’t get out much, perhaps they are.

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GONZO WEEKLY #101: Jon and Tommy James think they're alone now
Date Published: 25th October 2014

Last week I reviewed Tommy James’ remarkable autobiography, and as I wrote then, I have been aware of Tommy James for some decades.  Like everybody I know the songs ‘Hanky Panky’ (although I think it means something different over here in the UK than it does in America), ‘Mony Mony,’ and ‘I Think we’re Alone Now.’

But it wasn't until I read the book and found out what a fascinating career this man has had, that I sat down with my trusty Spotify account and found out what a slew of great music I have been missing out on for all these years. I am particularly impressed by the music that the man usually considered as the "father of bubblegum music" made when he was allowed to let his hair down and play games with form and style. Why these more psychedelic outings aren't spoken of more often I have no idea.

But leaving the music aside, it’s the socio-political background to this book that I find most fascinating.  I had no idea, for example, that Tommy James had been such an important figure in the 1968 elections.  Hubert Humphrey had been unsuccessful in his two bids for the Presidency in the 1950s, he was Vice-President under President Johnson, and when – in 1968 – Johnson made his surprise announcement that he was withdrawing from the re-election campaign, Humphrey took his place.  According to James’ book he was planning to end the Vietnam War had he been elected, but as the other two Democratic candidates, Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy were campaigning on an anti-war ticket he decided not to make this part of his campaign until after he had won.

As we all know, this never happened.  Robert Kennedy was assassinated, and the arch-hawk Richard Nixon not only became president, but condemned the United States to another seven years of a pointless, unpopular, and quite possibly illegal war in southeast Asia.

Tommy James and the Shondells played a whole slew of campaigning concerts alongside Hubert Humphrey, and the two men remained friends with Humphrey quite possibly attaining a unique position in the annals of rock and roll by being the first , and quite possibly the only, senior politician to write the liner notes for a rock and roll album.

When one discovers the extent of Tommy James’ involvement in the politics of the time in what were – arguably – some of the most tumultuous years in American history, then the dramatic changes in his style, from bubblegum to proggy-psychedelic make perfect sense.  Usually when artists change stylistic horses quite so dramatically in mid-stream then the resulting work is less convincing as they move further away from their roots.  However, Tommy Jones is a member of an elite club which also includes The Beatles, of artists who have maintained their professional integrity through radically different stylistic and socio-political eras.

However, his relationship with Hubert Humphrey is far from being the most peculiar one detailed in these pages.  I wanted to find out more about the man and what makes him tick, so I inveigled his telephone number out of the powers that be and gave him a ring...

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Gonzo Weekly #100: Jon and Matt Malley talk about the new Jon An
Date Published: 17th October 2014

Legendary YES Singer/Songwriter Jon Anderson and Counting Crows Matt Malley To Release Charity Single

“The Family Circle”

London, UK - GONZO Multimedia is proud to announce the release of a new charity single “The Family Circle” by legendary YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson and former Counting Crows bassist Matt Malley. The money received from the single will go to the following charities: Flutie Foundation - www.flutiefoundation.org (Jon Anderson), Sahaja Yoga Meditation - www.sahajayoga.org (Matt Malley) and National Autistic Society - www.autism.org.uk (Rob Ayling, GONZO Multimedia president)

“ 'Family Circle' came together when Matt sent me the beautiful music earlier this year. I sang the song and lyric idea and sent it back to Matt, thanking him for the great energy. Eventually, Matt added some more sounds and the haunting guitar solo. We decided to have all sale proceeds go to our respective charities. It's a pleasure to release this around Thanksgiving time, reminding us of our connection with our families and how our children keep us together, bonding our love of life.” - Jon Anderson

“Not only am I a fan of Jon's voice but I’m a fan of his fearless spiritual outlook which appears in all of his music. A mutual friend said we should meet and got us in touch and after talking a little, Jon said, 'So send some music!' - so I had a cup of my best Darjeeling  tea, went into my studio and came up with the instrumental arrangement that you hear on 'Family Circle'. I sent the file up to Jon and it came back with his marvelous voice, lyrics…everything that brought the song to becoming fully realized.” - Matt Malley

Jon Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable voices in progressive rock as the original lead vocalist and creative force behind YES. Anderson was the author and a major creative influence behind the ground-breaking album 'Fragile' as well as the series of  epic, complex pieces such as “Awaken”, “Gates of Delirium” and especially “Close to the Edge” which were central to the band's success. Additionally, Anderson co-authored the group's biggest hits, including “I've Seen All Good People”, “Roundabout”, and “Owner of a Lonely Heart”. In addition, Jon Anderson had great success with a series of albums he did with Vangelis, and most recently released the critically-acclaimed solo album entitled “Survival and Other Stories” (GONZO Multimedia). In the fall of 2014 Jon Anderson teamed up with jazz violin legend Jean-Luc Ponty to form the AndersonPonty Band.

Matt Malley is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated songwriter who is best known for co-founding the multi-platinum selling rock band Counting Crows back in the early 90's. He appears as bassist on their biggest hit records and songs. In 2004 Matt retired from the band so he could work from his studio at home and be with his family. He is a student of the Indian Slide Guitar and a fan of Progressive Rock, Celtic Folk, World and Indian Music.

Listen to a sample of the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hATdN-XMBSQ

To purchase Jon Anderson & Matt Malley's “Family Circle”: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/family-circle-single/id911786898

Read GONZO Weekly's 100th issue! http://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-100.html

Jon Anderson's official website: www.JonAnderson.com

Matt Malley's official website: www.malleyablemusic.com

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Friday Night Progressive #165
Date Published: 17th October 2014

I first came across Friday Night Progressive totally by accident, but I soon found myself beguiled by the style and taste of presenter M Destiny who presents a weekly two-hour show showcasing all sorts of progressive music that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else.  This is surely a man after my own heart.  I also very much approve of the way that it is the hub of a whole community of artists, musicians, and collaborators.  I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.  Welcome aboard, chaps.

Hello, I am M Destiny host of Friday Night Progressive. You will find it to be an incredible independent internet broadcast show. But it’s more than that. We tend to boast that the musicians played on FNP are above the status quo. This includes the multi-instrumentalist and the educated musician. We tend to shy away from computer generated creations and rely on talent using musical instruments and steer this talent for purposes of shear inspirational indulgence. It is only in the FNP chat room where you will find the most talented musicians packed at one time into such an honored space.

ARTISTS:

Grus Paridae

http://www.facebook.com/GrusParidae

Katsumi Yoshihara

http://www.facebook.com/RocksKat

Alberto Rigoni

http://www.facebook.com/AlbertoTHEBASSRigoni

Orquesta Metafisica

http://www.facebook.com/orquestametafisica

Thierry Zins & Roberto Torti

http://soundcloud.com/thierry-zins

Robert M. Crawford

http://www.facebook.com/bobcrawford.rmcomusic

CTU - Channel The Universe

http://www.facebook.com/pages/CTU-Channel-The-Universe-/277196912334710

Astronomusic

http://www.facebook.com/Astronomusic

Unified Past

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unified-Past/189506772045

MurdRuss Intentions

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Quicksilver-Night-Productions/183962139093

Backdrop artwork by: Greg P Onychuk — with Thierry Zins, Bill Austin, Katsumi Yoshihara, Robert M. Crawford, Alberto Rigoni, ORQUESTA METAFÍSICA, Rami Turtiainen, Warren Russell, Stephen Speelman and Zózimo Rech.

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