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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.
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Billy Sherwood is a remarkable man. Of all the people that I have interviewed since I first started my association with Gonzo Multimedia over two years go, I think that Billy is one of the most interesting.
He does so many projects. Just a brief look at his recent workload reveals records with Gene Loves Jezebel, Days Between Stations (on which he proves himself to be a remarkable drummer as well as bass player, guitarist and producer. He also produced the astounding debut album by XNA which has been one of my favourite albums of this last year.
He is possibly best known as having been a member of Yes during the 1990s, and his long-standing relationship with Chris Squire has come back into play recently as he was called back into action with prog rock’s longest running soap opera, to do production work on the backing vocals on the band’s eagerly awaited new album which is out in July.
He was kind enough to agree to our second interview some weeks ago, but events conspired to thwart us. Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. The first time I was scheduled to telephone him, I did so at the agreed time, but he was unavoidably delayed somewhere else, and we had to reschedule.
The next time – a week later – the delay was entirely my fault. One of my nephews came to visit, and there were various family issues to discuss, some wine was drunk, and I completely forgot all about it or where the time had gone. I sent an apologetic email to Billy asking for yet another reschedule.
The third time, things worked out just dandy. Billy and I had a long and cheerful conversation about his recent activities, and once again I was left in awe at quite how much this pleasant and unassuming man manages to do with his life. He is not only a massively talented musician and producer, but a damned nice fellow as well, and I always enjoy our conversations.
It is telling, and quite the mark of the man, that he told me about his own new solo project (that sounds very interesting indeed) as an afterthought, having forgotten to mention it earlier in our conversation. Not one to shy away from difficult subjects, no matter how high concept, his new solo project sounds as if it is going to be a suitably apocalyptic career highlight. I, for one, can’t wait. Listen to our conversation here.
Gonzo Web Radio is chuffed to bits to present the world premier of 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. And this is the first of them featuring – amongst other things – an unreleased slice of Larry Wallis’ past, a scathing rap-attack on the NHS management system, and Tim’s disastrous new haircut. What’s not to like?
The revolution may not be televised, but it’s certainly coming over on the virtual airwaves. Listen to it live on Gonzo Web Radio.
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 FOURTEEN features the very earliest and latest Soft Machine covers (both 7" B-sides, the former from a most unexpected source), a string of Canterbury miniatures, Geoffrey Richardson playing Robin Williamson, Robert Wyatt (sort of) playing Buddy Holly, Kevin Ayers going pseudo-Malaysian, Gong getting all cosmic, more Indonesian jazz, an impressive piece of Roxy Music, another dub gem and a block of new sounds from the Canterbury of 2014 (Lapis Lazuli, Kairo, Koloto, Syd Arthur). Also featuring a one-hour mix from guest contributor LTJ Bunkum [sic], the perfect introduction to the band Stereolab."
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Erik Norlander is an extraordinarily talented musician and composer. I have been following his career for the last couple of years ever since Gonzo released his two Galactic Collective DVD sets. I interviewed him first a couple of years ago, and within minutes realised here was a chap with whom I felt an extraordinary affinity with. We have similar tastes in music, curry and books, and whenever we talk the conversation ends up going off onto arcane tangents that no body could have foreseen.
He has just resurrected his band The Rocket Scientists who have just released an extraordinary new record called Supernatural Highways. He was kind enough to send me a copy, and it arrived on the day that some of the prophets of gloom were predicting that unusual activity amongst the wildlife at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming meant that the long dormant super volcano situated beneath the park was about to erupt for the first time in seventy thousand years.
The projected result of this will be catastrophic for the future of mankind, and will solve the problems of global warming and human over-population at a stroke, but not in a good way.
Back in the day, Duran Duran claimed that they wanted to be the band to dance to when the bomb dropped. After listening to the intense, melodic, and cinematic sounds on Supernatural Highways, especially the title track, (ok it’s not a title track but you know that I mean) I quipped to Erik that The Rocket Scientists were the band to listen to as we watch the end of western civilization as we know it.
Listen to our conversation here.
THE TOWERING AND OVERLOOKED GENIUS OF THE TWIGGS
Oasis – Supersonic
Leftfield and Lydon – Open Up (Vocal Mix)
Terrorvision – Pretend Best Friend
The Twiggs – Fly So Hard
Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart – Angels
PiL – Cruel
Sugar – Changes
Belly – Gepetto
The Lemonheads – Learning the Game
Teenage Fanclub – Burned
Neil Young – Prime of Life
ZZ Top – Cover Your Rig
Sabres of Paradise – Smoked Belch II
Transglobal Underground – Earth Tribe
Pulp – Do You Remember the First Time?
Teenage Fanclub – Spark’s Dream
Blur – Boys and Girls
Material with William Burroughs – Words of Advice
U2 – Numb
The Twiggs – Beaming In
Sparklehorse – Someday I Will Treat You Good
Technossory – Andriod
Prefab Sprout – Electric Guitar
Saint Etienne – Join Our Club
Mazzy Star – Cry, Cry, Cry
Brian Wilson – Til’ I Die
The Twiggs – Fast #1
Prophets of Doom – Insanity Reigns Supreme
I have been a Beatles fan for about 40 years now, since someone at school lent me a copy of Sgt Pepper, and over the years I have amassed quite a collection of Beatles-related odds and sods. I am also fascinated with Apple Records; a gloriously quixotic concept that was quite probably doomed to failure, but which produced some transcendentally wonderful music before its eventual collapse into bitterness and acrimony.
Everyone agrees that the most successful band on the label, apart from the Fab Four themselves were Badfinger.
Poor Badfinger; if ever there was a pop group “born under a bad sign” it was them. Things started off quite auspiciously. As The Iveys they signed to The Beatles’ Apple Records and had a hit single. However, they decided that their name, and their image were a little old fashioned and for reasons that remain obscure they also decided to change their guitarist. Exit Ron Griffiths and enter Joey Molland. Badfinger was born.
They had hit singles with the Paul McCartney penned Come and Get It (recorded just as Griffiths was leaving the band) and No Matter What, and perhaps their greatest moment was when Harry Nilsson had a massive worldwide hit with their song Without You in 1972. After that it was all downhill.
And downhill very very fast.
The band were the last non-Beatles artists to release an album on Apple, and a move to Warner Brothers was not a success.
There were grave management issues (which were so contentious that even now it is probably not safe to put in writing) and – probably as a result of these internal pressures – two members of the band (Pete Ham in 1975 and Tom Evans in 1983) committed suicide by hanging.
Joey Molland, who had written the vast majority of the group’s later output, remains an immensely under-rated and very talented songwriter, whose career has been blighted by the appalling catalogue of disasters which had overtaken his band.
Originally from Liverpool, Molland now lives in America, where he continues to write and perform some beautiful music. Let’s hope, with the release and re-releases of some of his most exquisite records on Gonzo that his star is finally in the ascendant.
He is also a very nice bloke, and I always enjoy talking to him. The other evening I telephoned him for a chat about some of the extraordinary things he has done in his long career. In this, the first of a two part interview he talks about how he got started in his musical career, and reminisces about life at Apple, and some of the recordings that he worked on. He shares his memories off Phil Spector, Derek Taylor and Richard DiLello amongst others, and he recalls other Apple artistes like the legendary Jackie Lomax (who died last year) and working on albums by George Harrison and John Lennon.
EPISODE THIRTEEN features an excellent one-hour guest mix from new Canterbury-originated project Bison Bonasus. Also, news about the new Gong lineup, Mike Ratledge playing flute and Hugh Hopper playing sax with Soft Machine in 1969, Caravan playing a 41-year-old classic last year, a mysterious Robert Wyatt cover from Italy, 'broken beat' electronica from Kyoto 2002 and some mellow jazz fusion from Indonesia 1967. From the Canterbury of today, the new single from Syd Arthur and a new track from the debut EP from Koloto.
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 asome 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.
I AM THE CENTER – NEW AGE AND RELATED
Durutti Column: Sketch for Summer
Linda Perhacs: Morning Colours
Aphex Twin: Meltphace 6
Alice Damon: Waterfall Winds
Bob Chance: It’s Broken
David Sylvian: Answered Prayers
Enigma: Morphing Through Time
Larkin: Two Souls Dance
Nat King Cole Trio: Route 66
Rothko: Words Melt Away
David Crosby: Song With no Words (Tree With no Leaves)
Mark Hollis: Watershed
Grateful Dead: Dark Star
Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel
Steven Halpern: Seventh Chakra (Keynote B Violet)
Ivor Gurney: Song of the Summer Woods
Nesta Kerin Crain: Gongs in the Rain
P.M Dawn: X-Files Theme
THE 1967 SHOW, ALMOST!
Strawberry Alarm Clock: Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow
Tintern Abbey: Beeside
John’s Children: Smashed Blocked
John Martyn Fairy Take Lullaby
Donovan: Three Kingfishers
The Velvet Underground: All Tomorrow’s Parties
Jimi Hendrix: The Wind Cries Mary
Jefferson Airplane: The Battle of You, Me and Pooneil (Live- Long Version)
The Tremeloes: Sunshine Games
Traffic: Paper Sun
The Smoke: Girl in the Park
John Martyn: Rollin’ Home
The Beatles: Within You, Without You
Higher Elevation: In the Diamond Mine
Kaleidoscope: Flight from Ashiya
The Accent: Red Sky at Night
Strange Mix: (Incl: Jimi Hendrix – EXP/ The Monkees – Band 6/ The Beach Boys – Fall Breaks and Back to Winter/The Doors – Horse Latitudes/ The Beatles Srawberry Fields Forever (Demo)/ Moby Grape – Naked If I Want To/ The Monkees – Don’t Call On Me / Lothar and the Hand People – Rose Coloured Glasses/ Love – Hummingbirds (Demo)/ Moby Grape – Rounder/ The Doors – Strange Days/ The Beach Boys – With me Tonight/ Jefferson Airplane – Embyronic Journey/ Jefferson Airplane – Today)
John Martyn: Who’s Grown Up Now?
Incredible String Band: Alice is a Long Time Gone
Consortium: Cynthia Serenity
The Syn: 14 Hour Technicolour Dream
The Beatles: A Day in the Life
REGAL WORM AND RELATED
Les Diablos 21-7-69
Vince Taylor: Brand New Cadillac
Pete Wylie and Wah: Hope (I Wish You’d Believe Me)
…Native Hipsters: Mr Magic
Pure Reason Revolution: Bright Ambassadors of Morning
Regal Worm: Cherish That Rubber Rodent
Pink Floyd: Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
Ultramarine: Kingdom (Extended Mix)
Regal Worm 08 6-17pm The Aunt that Turns into an Aunt
Cocteau Twins: Musette and Drums
Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man: Mysteries
Beach House: Norway
Strange Mix: Inc. Olivia Tremor Control – Combinations/ Jimi Hendrix – Manic Depression/ Dao du Noize – You Suffer/ The Cardboard Lung – The Patient Lifted: Silver Lino/ Del Close and John Grant – Basic Hip/ Queen – Cool Cat/ Memory Tapes – Bicycle/ R.D. Burman – The Bullet Train
Regal Worm: Apple Witch
Kevin Ayres: Blue
Deepest Blue: Say Goodbye
Vera Lynn Goodnight Children Everywhere
This week Judy Dyble released what is possibly the most beautiful, poignant and touching video that I have ever seen for a pop song. It is a video for 'Wintersong' from her Flow and Change album, and was directed by an eminent Italian film director called Francesco Paladino. Since music has been made there have been love songs, and since the music video was first made there have been videos for love songs. But I have never seen one like this.Featuring Paladino's own parents, his mother in her eighties and his father in his nineties, this is a love story; a story of what love really means. Nothing to do with chocolate boxes and soft focus camera effects, this film shows his parents about their daily routine, when first thing in the morning his mother cares for his bedridden father, washing him, cleaning him, and cuddling him, but above all loving him. I defy anyone to watch this video without crying.I telephoned Judy for a chat about the video. Listen to the conversation HERE.
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