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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 91
Date Published: 11th 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.

05-10-14

Peter Singh: Rockin’ with the Sikh

Spoon: Rent I Pay

Aphrodite’s Child: Aegian Sea

Soft Walls: Won’t Remember my Name

Spiritualized: Symphony Space

Rocket Scientists: Traveller on the Supernatural Highway

Katie Lee: Guilty Rag

Merry Pranksters Merry Pranksters

Britain With Beat: Eight Days a Week

Neil Sedaka: Where the Toys Are

J Mascis: Every Morning

Janet Greene: Fascist Threat

Luluc: Small Window

Soft Walls: Never Come Back Again

Robert Reed: Sanctuary pt 1

Genesis: Twilight Alehouse

Soft Walls: Guided Through

Ethel Merman: I Get a Kick out of You

Psychedelic Guitars: Way Out

Psychedelic Guitars: Take a Trip

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Sub Reality Sandwich #23
Date Published: 11th 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 bit 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 are in the frozen north way into the Arctic Circle, they listen to whale song with the inevitable Whales/Wales jokes,  Tim plays a demo of The Cramps singing ‘don’t eat anything off the sidewalk’,  There is Mongolian throat singing, and the submariners bemoan the rapidly melting icecaps. They play the strangest version of ’A Hard Day’s Night’ that I have ever heard, and Maisie the Cow has 23 dribbles coming from her mouth, but then again the number 23 seems very important this issue.

 There is even a stupid Russell Hunter joke. It doesn’t get much better than this.

 What’s not to like?

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Friday Night Progressive #165
Date Published: 11th 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:

The Samurai of Prog

http://www.facebook.com/thesamuraiofprog

Pervy Perkin

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

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband

Vincent Carr's SUMIC

http://www.facebook.com/vincentcarrssumic — with Vincent Carr, Steve Unruh, Prog Sphere and Jani Korpi.

Tags: Artist On Line Music Promotions Radio and Friday Night Progressive

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CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES: Episode Twenty
Date Published: 11th October 2014

CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES: Episode Twenty

We at Gonzo Web Radio are very proud to bring you Canterbury Sans Frontières - a podcast dedicated to the music of the 'Canterbury Scene' and more. Creator Matthew Watkins writes: 

As with Canterbury Soundwaves, a new three-hour episode will be released with each full moon.I decided to wind down Canterbury Soundwaves so that I didn't end up (i) repeating myself, (ii) scraping the bottom of the Canterbury barrel, or (iii) becoming increasingly tangential. This new podcast broadens the musical remit, so it'll be about one-third 'Canterbury sound', together with progressive/psychedelic/experimental music from the Canterbury of today, the remainder being a mix of music from various times and places which I feel to be in a similar spirit of creative adventurousness. I'll be doing a lot less talking, and the programme will be less expository – so no interviews, barely-listenable bootlegs, etc.

I also plan to include guest one-hour mixes from various musicians from the current music scene in Canterbury (Episode 2 features a mix from Neil Sullivan from Lapis Lazuli).

And for those of you who wonder what Matthew was referring to when he writes about Canterbury Soundwaves we have brought you all the back catalogue of that as well. Those wacky guys at Gonzo, eh?

EPISODE  TWENTY The last episode for a while (hopefully the series will be back at some point in 2015).

Featuring some classic live Soft Machine (and Soft Head), an hour of selections from Brian Eno's "Ambient" album series, various ex-Kent University students making splendid sounds, Ivor Cutler, Lindsay Cooper, Caravan, Gong, King Crimson, Syd Barrett and two Archbishops of Canterbury (one in a musical encounter with Robert Wyatt!).

http://canterburywithoutborders.blogspot.co.uk

p.s. if anyone's disappointed that there won't be new episodes in the coming months, this would be a good time to explore the CSF archive (scroll down the right-hand sidebar of the blog). And then there are 28 episodes of the earlier "Canterbury Soundwaves" series at http://canterburysoundwaves.blogspot.co.uk"

all the best,
m

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Gonzo Weekly #99: Jon meets Carl Blue Wise
Date Published: 11th October 2014

Carl "Blue" Wise, Producer/Songwriter/Owner of Blueboy Records in Memphis, TN, the home of Rhythm, Rock and Soul, has been writing and producing music for years. He recently produced an album on the legendary Sun Recording artists "The Climates" and the new band "Highway 51" on Blueboy Records at blueboyrecords.com. These are a labor of love recorded at Royal Studios - this is the same studio that housed Hi Records, home of Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Bill Black, Charlie Rich, and Ann Peebles. Keith Richards and Rod Stewart also recorded their biggest solo records at Royal. John Mayer and Tom Jones have recently recorded there as well.

Carl "Blue" Wise and his son Jordan formed Blueboy Records to exploit all genres of great music including R&B, Soul, Rock and Roll, Americana, and Pop. Carl "Blue" Wise, having been in every facet of the music industry since the Stax glory days, had the good fortune of working with some of the all-time greats in the music industry; Willie Mitchell, Eddie Floyd, Sir Mack Rice, Rufus Thomas, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zant, The Bar-Kays, and many more.

By anybody’s standards, that is an impressive resumé, but he has now started yet another new project as a concert promoter.

DENNY LAINE is a founding member of THE MOODY BLUES and co-founding member (with LINDA MCCARTNEY) of WINGS. Laine will be performing all his hits from the Moodys and Wings with THE CRYERS in Memphis, Tn. at Neil's Music Room.

"Go Now", "Band On The Run", "Time to Hide", "Jet", "Silly Love Songs", "With A Little Luck", "Mull Of Kintyre" and many more...

Advance tickets are $25 via paypal (blueboysoul@yahoo.com) or $30 at door. Info: blueboysoul@yahoo.com

This is all too exciting to ignore, so a couple of days ago, I telephoned him all the way over in Tennessee to talk about this and his other exciting projects.   Enjoy.

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GONZO WEEKLY #99: Jon meets Judge Smith and Edgar Allan Poe
Date Published: 11th October 2014

For those of you who don’t know, the opera The Fall of the House of Usher by Peter Hammill and Judge Smith has a long and complicated history.  Wikipedia may not be the most reliable source in the known universe, but this brief overview of its history is good enough for these pages:

“The Fall of the House of Usher is an opera by Peter Hammill (music) and Chris Judge Smith (libretto). It is based on the short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. (Pictured below)

Hammill and Smith, two of the co-founders of Van der Graaf Generator, worked sporadically on the opera from 1973 until its first recording was released on Some Bizzare Records (the only instance of Hammill's work appearing on the label) in November 1991. The album was available on CD, cassette and a limited edition of 500 double vinyl LPs. The cast of singers was:

  • Hammill himself, playing Roderick Usher and the House
  • Lene Lovich, playing Madeline Usher
    Andy Bell, playing Montresor
  • Sarah Jane Morris, playing the Chorus
  • Herbert Grönemeyer, playing the Herbalist

Smith's libretto takes certain liberties with Poe's source text. The House itself becomes a vocal part, to be sung by the same performer who sings the role of Roderick Usher. The narrator, unnamed in the story, is given the name Montresor (the name of the narrator of another tale by Poe, "The Cask of Amontillado"), and a romantic attachment between Montresor and Madeline Usher is hinted at

In 1999, Hammill regained the rights to the music from Some Bizzare and set about revising the piece. He re-recorded some of his own vocals, although the parts of the other singers were untouched. He also removed the percussion, added more electric guitar and remixed the entire recording. The results were released as The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Deconstructed & Rebuilt) on Hammill's own Fie! label in November 1999. Hammill regards this version as the definitive recorded version of the opera.”

The Fall of the House of Usher is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe and first published in 1839.

“The story begins with the unnamed narrator arriving at the house of his friend, Roderick Usher, having received a letter from him in a distant part of the country complaining of an illness and asking for his help. Although Poe wrote this short story before the invention of modern psychological science, Roderick's condition can be described according to its terminology. It includes a form of sensory overload known as hyperesthesia (hypersensitivity to textures, light, sounds, smells, and tastes), hypochondria (an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness), and acute anxiety. It is revealed that Roderick's twin sister, Madeline, is also ill and falls into cataleptic, deathlike trances. The narrator is impressed with Roderick's paintings, and attempts to cheer him by reading with him and listening to his improvised musical compositions on the guitar. Roderick sings "The Haunted Palace," then tells the narrator that he believes the house he lives in to be alive, and that this sentience arises from the arrangement of the masonry and vegetation surrounding it.

Roderick later informs the narrator that his sister has died and insists that she be entombed for two weeks in the family tomb located in the house before being permanently buried. The narrator helps Roderick put the body in the tomb, and he notes that Madeline has rosy cheeks, as some do after death. They inter her, but over the next week both Roderick and the narrator find themselves becoming increasingly agitated for no apparent reason. A storm begins. Roderick comes to the narrator's bedroom, which is situated directly above the vault, and throws open his window to the storm. He notices that the tarn surrounding the house seems to glow in the dark, as it glowed in Roderick Usher's paintings, although there is no lightning.

The narrator attempts to calm Roderick by reading aloud The Mad Tryst, a novel involving a knight named Ethelred who breaks into a hermit's dwelling in an attempt to escape an approaching storm, only to find a palace of gold guarded by a dragon. He also finds hanging on the wall a shield of shining brass on which is written a legend: that the one who slays the dragon wins the shield. With a stroke of his mace, Ethelred kills the dragon, who dies with a piercing shriek, and proceeds to take the shield, which falls to the floor with an unnerving clatter.

As the narrator reads of the knight's forcible entry into the dwelling, cracking and ripping sounds are heard somewhere in the house. When the dragon is described as shrieking as it dies, a shriek is heard, again within the house. As he relates the shield falling from off the wall, a reverberation, metallic and hollow, can be heard. Roderick becomes increasingly hysterical, and eventually exclaims that these sounds are being made by his sister, who was in fact alive when she was entombed and that Roderick Usher knew that she was alive. The bedroom door is then blown open to reveal Madeline standing there. She falls on her brother, and both land on the floor as corpses. The narrator then flees the house, and, as he does so, notices a flash of moonlight behind him, causing him to turn back in time to watch the House of Usher split in two, the fragments sinking into the tarn.”

Bizarrely, none other than Claude Debussy also tried to write an opera on the subject.  He worked on it intermittently between 1908 and 1917, but it was never completed.

Earlier this afternoon, fighting back a completely undeserved hangover, I telephoned Judge Smith to talk about the opera …..

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 90
Date Published: 4th 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.

28-09-14 – SHOW 90

The Masked Marauders: I Can’t Get No Nookie

Stuart Masters: Heart Shaped Box

Joyce Green: Black Cadillac

Kaukasus: Reptilian

The Flaming Lips: Race for the Prize

Lol Coxhill: I Am the Walrus

Hawkwind: The Awakening

Hawkwind: Lord of Light

Hawkwind: Wastelands of Sleep

Hawkwind: The Secret Agent

The Future Sound of London: Flak

Moura Mint Seymali Tikifite

X-Ray Spex Germ Free Adolescence

Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Floppy Boot Stomp

Pure Reason Revolotion: The Bright Ambassadors

Pure Reason Revolution: Fight Fire

Clint Eastwood: I Talk to the Trees

Yes: Siberian Khatru

Yes: Step Beyond

Yes: Looking Around

Yes: Going for the One

Frank Sinatra: One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)

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Sub Reality Sandwich #22
Date Published: 4th 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 bit 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 is quite possibly the weirdest episode yet. The submarine is in the Caribbean, but Tim and Maisie seem to have been swallowed by a whale from whence they are conversing with Jaki and the rest of us by means of Skype utilising the whale’s vocal chords.

They discuss Felix Dennis and the most expensive coffee in the world (except that it is a civet cat not a monkey). They play Wayne Kramer and The Pink Fairies doing a Jimmy Cliff song, and all sorts of other merriment ensues.

There are also various narcotic jokes and quite a lot of reggae. What’s not to like?

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GONZO WEEKLY #98: Jon meets Matt Malley
Date Published: 4th October 2014

Matt Malley will best be known as the bassist and founder member of American rock band, Counting Crows. Whilst Matt was with the band between the years 1990 and 2004, it achieved massive worldwide success, releasing a number of hugely successful albums and touring the world. Matt also received nominations for an Oscar, Grammy and a Golden Globe award

Since leaving Counting Crows Matt has concentrated on his craft as a bassist and working in his recording studio on his own projects and on production for others.  

Right after leaving Counting Crows in 2004, Matt purchased recording equipment with the plan of making his first solo record.

While learning to record at home, he made his first solo CD titled "The Goddess Within". Matt played all instruments and sang all vocals.

The Goddess Within was released in 2008 and will appeal to fans that have followed his career with Counting Crows and beyond.

Being a fan of World Music, Matt recorded a CD in his studio with Grammy-Winning Indian Slide Guitarist Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. This was released worldwide on the "Harmonia Mundi World Village" record label.

In 2009 he spent time recording with former Yes and Moody Blues keyboardist Patrick Moraz, and joined up with singer /song writer Emitt Rhodes playing bass. 

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Friday Night Progressive #140 to 164
Date Published: 4th 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:

Jartse Tuominen

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

Ouroboros

http://www.facebook.com/ProjectVy

Karmamoi

http://www.facebook.com/Karmamoi

Karda Estra

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

Neil Alexander

http://www.facebook.com/NailAlexander

Irene Ketikidi

http://www.facebook.com/ireneketikidi

Luiz Bertoni

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Luiz-Bertoni/100755237964

Blacklands

http://www.facebook.com/Progressive.Melodic.Rock

Dead End Space

http://www.facebook.com/deadendspace

Kingbathmat

http://www.facebook.com/kingbathmat

Back Drop art by: Greg P Onychuk — with Johnny Engström, Sonja Sledgehammer Sipilä, Richard Wileman, John KingBathmat Bassett, Neil Nail Alexander, Trili Smith, Daniele Giovannoni, Thomas Kelleners, Jartse Tuominen and Irene Ketikidi.

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Friday Night Progressive #163
Date Published: 27th September 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:

CTU - Channel The Universe

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

Seconds Before Landing - exclusive from FNP!

https://www.facebook.com/SBLMusic

Regal Worm - exclusive from FNP!

https://www.facebook.com/regalworm

Freak Zoid Returns

https://soundcloud.com/tsmcgill

Faint Signal

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faint-Signal/261440247282353

Simplexity

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simplexity/499539430107726

The Fierce And The Dead

https://www.facebook.com/fierceandthedead

Active Heed

https://www.facebook.com/ActiveHeed

Mingmen

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mingmen/23481451711

Demon Dudes Revenge

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Demon-Dudes-Revenge/137200813001194

Backdrop art by: Greg P Onychuk — with Regal Worm, Active Heed, Bill Austin, Gordo Bennett, Varrod Goblink, Seconds Before Landing, Scott McGill, Al O'Dave, Umberto Pagnini, Matt Stevens, Henri Eisenbaum and Mingmen.

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 89
Date Published: 27th September 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.

14-09-14 – SHOW 89

Is  Buddha: Lament for Planet Earth

Motorhead: Speedfreak

Sam Doores; Drifter’s Wife

Elephant: Elusive Youth

Amy Lavere: Rabbit

Paul Horn: Initiation – Invocation

Paul Horn: Initiation - Psalm 1

Paul Horn: Initiation - Psalm 2

Paul Horn: Initiation – Psalm 3

Gruff Rhys: Painting People Blue

Bat for Lashes The Wizard

Halou: The Ratio of Freckles to Stars

Jim Stafford: Undecided

Charlotte Gainsbourg: Le Chat du Café

Charlotte Gainsbourg: The Time of the Assassins

The Future Sound of London: Dead Skin Cells

Octopus: Rainchild

Loudon Wainwright III I Knew Your Mother

Throne: Heavy Lies the Crown

Polly and the Billets Doux Calico Blankets

Fully Ugly: Hilly Street

Cut Chemist: Sound of the Police – b

Paul Horn: Enlightenment – Psalm 4

Paul Horn: Enlightenment – Psalm 5

Paul Horn Enlightenment – Psalm 6

Smashing Pumpkins: Farewell and Goodnight

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Sub Reality Sandwich #21
Date Published: 27th September 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable new 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 bit 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 inhabitants of the titular submarine are marooned in the Bermuda Triangle (try to see it from my angle) and (as any fule kno) the laws of space and time work differently in the aforementioned Bermuda Triangle as they do anywhere else in the known or unknown universe, they have found themselves in a temporal anomaly, with the show being broadcast a week later than it should have been.

Actually that is not true.

The real reason that it is being broadcast a week late is that, as you probably will remember, last week’s issue was produced early in rather a rush with the imminent arrival of baby Evelyn.  This episode of the Submarine Sandwich arrived just as we were uploading the final PDF.  By the way did I mention that I am a grandfather?

Tim and Jaki discuss American black ops.  They have a message on the leg of an albatross from the crew of the Marie Celeste, and there’s music from Panther Burns.  What’s not to like?

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GONZO WEEKLY #97: Jon meets Freddie Bannister
Date Published: 27th September 2014

The other day I had a fascinating conversation with one of the men who was most important in shaping the world of rock and roll as we know it.

As always when a 21st century music journalist is seeking after knowledge, the first stop is Wikipedia.  It may not always be 100% accurate (at one time it had me married to someone called Lisa and living in Manchester) but it is usually a good place to start.

Wikipedia describes Freddy Bannister thus:

Freddy Bannister (sometimes written as Freddie Bannister) was a leading UK concert promoter during the 1960s and 1970s, and was the founder of the Bath Festival of Blues 1969, the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music 1970 and the Knebworth festivals.

Bannister started promoting music acts through his father-in-law in 1959, organising performances in local dance halls. From 1963 to 1969 he promoted numerous shows at the Pavilion in Bath, England including those by artists such as Gene Vincent, The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Pink Floyd and The Yardbirds.

His first festival event was the Bath Festival of Blues which was held on the Rec Ground in the centre of Bath in 1969. The following year, the Festival (now known as the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music) was moved by Bannister to the much larger Bath and West Showground, attracting an audience of between 150,000-200,000.

Following his departure from Bath, Bannister founded the Knebworth Festival in 1974 and ran what would be the first of seven consecutive festivals there. These festivals were headlined by The Allman Brothers in 1974, Pink Floyd in 1975, The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1976, Genesis in June 1978, Frank Zappa and Peter Gabriel in September 1978, and Led Zeppelin in 1979 (two concerts). Bannister's concert promotion company, known as Tredoar, was forced into liquidation in the early 1980s due to a financial dispute with the management of Led Zeppelin following the 1979 festival.

Bannister was noted for his philosophy of "always giving the very best value for money" by keeping festival tickets at a reasonable cost, whilst also attempting to book the strongest program possible.

He specialised in working with American Bands, including Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Johnny Winter, Steppenwolf, Canned Heat, Country Joe, Hot Tuna, The Flock, It's a Beautiful Day and Dr John. In addition, he was the European representative for Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, and also Grunt Records, the Jefferson Airplane label which represented such artists as Hot Tuna, Jack Bonus and Black Kangaroo.

During the 1990s Bannister and his wife Wendy ran Parkes Auctions, based at Sandown Park, Surrey, which was later complemented by a two-day classic and collectors car show at the same venue. In 1998 Parkes went out of business. The Sandown Park venue was subsequently taken over by Barons and has no connection with the Bannisters

In 2003 Bannister released his autobiography, entitled There Must Be a Better Way, published by Bath Books.

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Friday Night Progressive #162
Date Published: 19th September 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:

Orquesta Metafisica

http://www.facebook.com/orquestametafisica

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband

Dreadnaught

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

Circle of Illusion

http://www.facebook.com/circleofillusion

Three Wise Monkeys

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Wise-Monkeys/106937686000814

The Inner Road

http://www.facebook.com/InnerRoad

Rare Blend

http://www.facebook.com/rareblendmusic

Voice of the Enslaved

http://www.facebook.com/votemusicproject

Yuval Ron & Residents Of The Future

http://www.facebook.com/YuvalRonMusic

The Former Life

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Former-Life/152310128188668

Backdrop art by: Robert Marquiss — with Brad Kypo, Circle of Illusion, Yulia Dyukova, Yuval Ron, Victor Samalot, Jani Korpi, ORQUESTA METAFÍSICA, Richard Habib, Matteo Ballarin, Steve Gresswell, Blake GreenMan Carpenter and Michael Schetter.

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GONZO WEEKLY #96: Jon meets Tony Palmer
Date Published: 19th September 2014

Felix Dennis died earlier this year.  He was a remarkable man and one of the most important people to have come out of the counter-culture of the late-‘60s and early-‘70s.  Indeed he can probably be described as being the person who came out of said counter-culture who had the most successful publishing career of all. More importantly, unlike many of his peers, who will remain nameless, he continued doing projects – such as the Heart of England Forest, whose mission statement is: “"the plantation, re-plantation, conservation and establishment of trees for the benefit of the public, together with the education of the public by the promulgation of knowledge and the appreciation of trees".”  which are totally in line with the ethos of the hippy movement then and now.  According to Sean Coughlan, writing in 2006, Dennis told him: “I've been busy for years, buying land, often under pseudonyms, and planting trees on it. All the money is going into it when I die - and in the end I'd like to think that it will be 20 to 30,000 acres.”

Later in the same interview he described how he still felt that need to stand up against the establishment where necessary: “"It's the bullying that annoys me... When I see something that's wrong, I just speak and act first and I'll take the consequences later."”

He was the youngest and arguably the most dangerous of the three Oz conspirators, and his death has left a very big gap to fill.

The trial took place in the summer of 1971. Writer, broadcaster and film-maker Tony Palmer was in the court throughout the trial, and wrote an excellent book on the subject called ‘The Trials of Oz’.

Some years ago I worked with Palmer on a new edition of this book which is now being reissued via Gonzo Publishing.

Palmer had this to say:

“Felix Dennis vowed revenge on all and sundry when, at the infamous OZ trial in 1971, Judge Michael Argyle sentenced him to a lesser term of imprisonment than the other two defendants, Richard Neville and Jim Anderson, "because he was obviously less intelligent."

Within a few years Felix was a multi-zillionaire who could easily have destroyed Argyle financially in a threatened libel case against the now discredited Judge.

That he chose not to do so is symptomatic of the Felix I knew - a pussy cat, generous, funny and a very shrewd business man.

And a good poet, connoisseur of wine and collector of art - he had over 40 bronzes in his gardens.

He adored the fine life and the pleasures it brought him. Nothing pleased him more than buying David Bowie's house in Mustique, not to mention the million (yes, a million) trees he planted around his house in Warwickshire as part of an educational scheme for children.

He gave away his money as fast as he earned it. It meant nothing to do him, except that it allowed to do those things which he hoped would give others pleasure.

This for him was happiness.

Incredibly, he still lived in the same house in London he bought soon after the Oz Trail. "Why move?" he asked me. "It's quite big enough for what I need."

He was a lovely, lovely man, only 67 when he died and, as he told me last year "so much to do, and so little time."

What a waste.

TONY P.

The new edition of The Trials of Oz on which I worked long and hard is now available, both through Gonzo Multimedia and outlets such as Amazon. 

This week I caught up with Tony for a chat for the first time in some years

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 88
Date Published: 19th September 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.

 

07-09-14 – SHOW 88

Choir of Aspatria Townswomen’s Guild: John Peel

The Misunderstood: I Can Take You to the Sun

Russell Morris: The Real Thing

Free: Walk in my Shadow

Pink Floyd: Astronomy Domine

Principal Edwards Magic Theatre: The Asmoto Running Band

Mike Hart: Please Bring Back the Birch for the Milkman

Lol Coxhill: Little Triple One Shot

The Damned: New Rose

Rico: Africa

Medicine Head: His Guiding Hand

Quintessence: Sea of Immortality

Tangerine Dream: Dolphin Dance

Gentle Giant: Pantagruel’s Nativity

Girls at our Best: Getting Nowhere Fast

And the Native Hipsters: There Goes Concorde Again

Grab Grab the Haddock: I’m Used Now

Mighty Mighty: Is There Anyone Out There

The Cure: A Forest

Altered Images: Song Sung Blue

The Frank Chickens: Blue Canary

The Orb: Back Side of the Moon

Maxman: Fascist Boom

Bolt Thrower: Prophet of Hatred

Peanuts Wilson: Cast Iron Arm

Winifred Atwell: The Charleston

Ballboy: All the Records on the Radio are Shite

CLSM: John Peel is Not Enough

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STRANGE FRUIT: Episode 87
Date Published: 13th September 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.

Matthews Southern Comfort: Woodstock

Bob Dylan: The Drifter’s Escape

Procul Harum: A Whiter Shade of Pale:

Jeff Beck: Hi-ho Silver Lining

Jeff Beck: Where Were You?

It’s a Beautiful Day: White Bird

John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band: Power to the People

Spirit: Silky Sam

Spirit:  Drunkard

Spirit: Darlin’ If

Love:  Bummer in the Summer

Love: Andmoreagain

The Moody Blues: Candle of Life

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

Joni Mitchell: Woodstock

The Byrds: Mind Gardens

Tommy James and the Shondelles: Crystal Blue Persuasion

It’s a Beautiful Day: Bombay Calling

Iron Butterfly: In-a-Gadda-da-Vida

Free: Wishing Well

Led Zeppelin: The Rover

It’s a Beautiful Day: Girl With No Eyes

Roy Rogers: Rock me to Sleep in the Saddle

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Friday Night Progressive #161
Date Published: 13th September 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:

Thierry Zins & Roberto Torti

http://soundcloud.com/thierry-zins

Robert M. Crawford

http://www.carosta.com/bob-crawford/

Regal Worm

http://www.facebook.com/regalworm

Seconds Before Landing

http://www.facebook.com/SBLMusic

The Psychedelic Ensemble

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

Sébastien Gramond

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sébastien-Gramond/202662393941

Froidebise Trio

http://www.facebook.com/FroidebiseTrio

BROTHERHOOD OF THE MACHINE

http://brotherhoodofthemachine.bandcamp.com/

Children in Paradise

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

Steve Cochrane

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Sub Reality Sandwich #20
Date Published: 13th September 2014

Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present a remarkable new 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 bit 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 are off the coast of Blackpool which delights Tim and appals Jaki, who is a lady of taste and refinement.

Tim sings a Bo Diddleyesque song about the Golden Mile, and Jaki plays Donovan. Jaki sulks because she wants Tim to win her a teddy bear, and Tim proffers a goldfish. Jaki then gets candyfloss confused with cauliflowers, and everything gets more confusing than usual.

Tim decides to go for a paddle, and then they have an argument about the north-south divide. What’s not to like.

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