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Strange Harvest #1
Date Published: 29th August 2015

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).

Neil Nixon, the founder and co-presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia.

The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. For the next few weeks we shall be broadcasting four one hour specials: Strange Harvest

Strange Harvest # 1 – 17-05-15

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion:   Funeral

Stinky Picnic:  Double Rainbow

Todd Rundgren:  Rise

Ilyas Ahmed:  Come On

Ilyas Ahmed:  Closer Tonight

Acid King:  Infinite Skies

Gnod:   Breaking the Hex

Mandala:   Dreaming

Bill Fay:  War Machine

The Rezillos:  Animal

Mexican Spitfires:  You Can’t Run

Will Z:  Jain Devotion part 2

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Friday Night Progressive #209
Date Published: 29th August 2015

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:

Quicksilver Night

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

Ed Bernard

http://www.facebook.com/edbernardmusic?fref=nf

The Vicious Head Society

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vicious-Head-Society/144197792260763?fref=nf

David Kollar

http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Kollar/1450495081883509?fref=ts

Nice World

http://www.facebook.com/niceworldband

Merrell Fankhauser

http://www.merrellfankhauser.com/

Metamorphosis

http://www.facebook.com/waldek.knade

Josh Swann

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joshua-Swann-Music/454649144641680?fref=ts

Eduardo Aguillar

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

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband?fref=nf

Backdrop Art By: Randall Lee — with David Kollar, Warren Russell, Waldek Knade, Ed Bernard, Bill Ray, Mu, Jani Korpi, Josh Swann, Graham Keane, Merrell Fankhauser and Eduardo Aguillar.

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GONZO WEEKLY #145: Jon meets Twink
Date Published: 29th August 2015

I like the way that if you go to Twink’s website www.tweinktwink.com you are greeted by the message: “Having played with Tomorrow, The Pretty Things and The Pink Fairies, John ‘Twink’ Alder requires no introduction to fans of underground rock.”

But for those of you who are not aware of the career of this legendary man: John Charles Edward Alder (born 29 November 1944), better known as Twink, is an English drummer, singer and songwriter who was a central figure in the English psychedelic movement, and an actor. Recently, while still recording as Twink, Alder has converted to Islam and changed his name to Mohammed Abdullah.

Alder was born in Colchester, Essex, England, into a musical family. His father's mother was a concert pianist and soloist. Alder has said he was always interested in music as a child.

Alder's career began in 1963 as a member of a rhythm and blues band from Colchester called Dane Stephens and the Deep Beats. After a year, the band evolved into The Fairies – Dane Stephens (vocals/blues harp), John 'Akky' Acutt (lead guitar), Mick 'Wimps' Weaver (rhythm guitar/fiddle – NOT the same-named organ player also known as Wynder K Frog), John 'Freddy' Gandy (bass) and John 'Twink' Alder (drums). In 1964 The Fairies recorded the single "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" for the Decca Records label. The Fairies were sometimes sent gifts and Alder, having long curly hair, regularly received bottles of Twink brand home perm lotion. It was at this time that he adopted 'Twink' as his stage name.

In 1965 Twink moved to London and lived in Chelsea. When The Fairies came to a halt, he joined a rhythm and blues/soul music band called The In-Crowd in August 1966, after its previous drummer had left the band. Other members were Steve Howe (guitar; later of 'Yes' fame), singer Keith West & John 'Junior' Wood (bass).

A few months later the band was renamed Tomorrow. The success of West's solo recording Excerpt From A Teenage Opera resulted in the band breaking up, leading to a one-off single by the short-lived 'Aquarian Age' (Twink & Junior).

In Joe Boyd's book White Bicycles he cites a Tomorrow show at UFO Club and, in particular, Twink's performance, as the zenith of 60's pop culture. Also, at UFO Club Tomorrow jammed with Jimi Hendrix.

At some point around early 1967, Twink completed a recording session with a group called Santa Barbera Machine Head, featuring two former members of Beat group 'The Birds' – Ron Wood and Kim Gardner (both later of 'The Creation', and also of The Rolling Stones and Ashton, Gardner & Dyke respectively) – and keyboardist Jon Lord (later of Deep Purple).

Twink replaced Skip Allen in The Pretty Things (alongside Phil May, Dick Taylor, Wally Allen & John Povey) and participated in the making of their classic album S.F. Sorrow. He was also a member of this group when they appeared in the Norman Wisdom film, What's Good for the Goose. He became noted for outrageous behaviour, such as climbing the speaker stacks and diving into the audience when the band performed at a free open-air concert in London's Hyde Park.

He recorded his first solo album, Think Pink, towards the end of his tenure with The Pretty Things. Supporting musicians were The Deviants, including Mick Farren (who produced the album), Paul Rudolph (who played guitar), Russell Hunter and Duncan 'Sandy' Sanderson; as well as Steve Peregrin Took (of Tyrannosaurus Rex); The Pretty Things' May, Povey, Waller and Victor Unitt; Viv Prince (ex-Pretty Things); John 'The Honk' Lodge (Junior's Eyes, Quiver); 'Junior' Wood and the enigmatic 'Pink Fairies Motorcycle Club and All-Star Rock and Roll Band' (the name taken from a story by Deviants manager Jamie Mandelkau, who may not have been aware of Twink's former band).

Now, forty plus years later, he has recorded a sequel. Now, I am afraid that it has to be said that most rock music sequels are mere shadows of their former selves (much like most long-awaited literary sequels). I was not particularly impressed by Tubular Bells II or Neil Young’s Harvest Moon for example, although the latter did have some nice moments. When I spoke to Twink eighteen months or so ago he told me that a sequel to Think Pink was in the offing, but I am afraid that I had forgotten all about it. So it came as a fantastic surprise the week before last, when I was still suffering from post Weird Weekend ennui, to find that the album was up and being streamed on Bandcamp.

http://johntwinkalder.bandcamp.com/album/think-pink-ii

And bloody hell, what a fantastic record it is.

So I contacted Twink on Facebook and asked whether he would like to have a chat about it...

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Friday Night Progressive #208
Date Published: 22nd August 2015

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:

Ronny Heimdal

http://ronnyheimdal.bandcamp.com/

Ben Vandagriff

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Altruistic-Messiah-Ben-Vandagriff/123167642148?fref=ts

Karda Estra

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

SYNCROMIND PROJECT

http://www.facebook.com/SYNCROMINDPROJECT

Scott Jones

http://www.facebook.com/sjonesmusicofficial

GorMusik

http://www.facebook.com/pages/GorMusik/434451266724178?fref=nf

Jacqueline Taylor

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacqui-Taylor/167711123280082?fref=nf

El tubo Elastico

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Strange Fruit #134
Date Published: 22nd August 2015

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine!

He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers. This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love..

Strange Fruit 134 - Back of the Net

Rock meets Football and Gets Sent Off 

Featured Album:  Flair 89 - The Other World of British Football - Volume 1

 

Tracks 

1  Half Man Half Biscuit: (All I want for   Chistmas is a) Dukla Prague Away Kit

2  Wreckless Eric: Whole Wide World (for   England)

3  Attila the Stockbroker: And Smith Must Score

4  Morrissey: We hate it when our friends become   successful

5  Jefferson Airplane: Third Week in the Chelsea

6  The Players of Maidstone United FC: The   MUFC Club Song

7  The Swanscombe End: Here Comes the Fleet

8  Cockney Rejects: I'm Forever Blowing   Bubbles

9  The Ataris: San Dimas High School Football   Rules

10  Andy Cole: Outstanding

11  Jegsy Dodd: Only Football Can Truly Break   Your Heart

12  Crooked Jack: The Raith Rovers Song

13  The Mansfield Town Players: Mansfield Magic

14  Wills and the Willing: Skin (with Didier   Drogba & Michael Essien)

15  Quicksilver Messenger Service: Pride of Man

16  Glasvegas: Flowers and Football Tops

17  Fat Les: Vindaloo

18  Half Man Half Biscuit: Referee's Alphabet

19  Rod Stewart: Reason to Believe

20  Someone Still Loves You Boris: Goal Mind

21  Boli and Waddle: We've Got a Feeling

22  Argyle Squad & Mount Charles Band:   Farewell 3rd Division

23  Mark Lazarus & Queens Park Rangers: QPR   the Greatest

24  John Cooper Clarke: Burnley

25  Half Man Half Biscuit

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GONZO WEEKLY #144: Jon meets Luca Ferrari
Date Published: 22nd August 2015

I will admit that I had never heard of Mike Taylor. But without knowing it I had heard his music.

Michael Ronald Taylor (1 June 1938, Ealing, West London - 19 January 1969) was a British jazz composer, pianist and co-songwriter for the band Cream.

Mike Taylor was brought up by his grandparents in London and Kent, and joined the RAF for his national service. Having rehearsed and written extensively throughout the early 1960s, he recorded two albums for the Lansdowne series produced by Denis Preston: Pendulum (1966) with drummer Jon Hiseman, bassist Tony Reeves and saxophonist Dave Tomlin) and Trio (1967) with Hiseman and bassists Jack Bruce and Ron Rubin. They were issued on UK Columbia.

During his brief recording career, several of Taylor's pieces were played and recorded by his contemporaries. Three Taylor compositions were recorded by Cream, with lyrics by drummer Ginger Baker "Passing the Time", "Pressed Rat and Warthog" and "Those Were the Days", all of which appeared on the band's August 1968 album Wheels of Fire. Neil Ardley's New Jazz Orchestra's September 1968 recording Le Déjeuner Sur L’Herbe features one original Taylor composition "Ballad" and an arrangement by him of a Segovia piece "Study".

Mike Taylor drowned in the River Thames near Leigh-on-Sea, Essex in January 1969, following years of heavy drug use (principally hashish and LSD). He had been homeless for three years, and his death was almost entirely unremarked.

In 2007, the independent record label, Dusk Fire Records, released for the first time Mike Taylor Remembered, a 1973 tribute to the musician recorded by Ardley, Hiseman, Ian Carr, Barbara Thompson, and other major modern British jazz players.

In 2015, Gonzo Multimedia published Out of Nowhere, the first biography on him written by Italian writer Luca Ferrari. I worked with Luca on this book, and we soon became friendly via email. So once the book was done and dusted, I gave him a ring.

 

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GONZO WEEKLY #144: Jon meets Percy Jones
Date Published: 22nd August 2015

"Go interview Percy Jones" said the Gonzo Grande Fromage, one evening after I had consumed a half bottle of vodka and was just about to go to bed, "We have some more Brand X stuff coming out, and he is always an interesting dude to talk to". No arguments there. I interviewed him about eighteen months ago, and had a great time.

For those of you not in the know. Percy Jones (born 3 December 1947, near Llandrindod Wells, Wales) is a Welsh bass guitarist, and was a member of jazz fusion band Brand X, from 1974 to 1980, and a reformed version which lasted from 1992 to 1999. Brand X was another one of those bands who were beloved of other musicians and the more discerning of critics but which despite everything, never had the commercial success that it deserved.

They were a jazz fusion band active 1975–1980. Brand X started in 1975 as a 'jam' band signed by Island Records' Richard Williams. Williams A&R man Danny Wilding wrote down the name 'Brand X' to keep track of their activity on the studio calendar and the name stuck.

Noted members included Phil Collins (drums), Percy Jones (bass), John Goodsall (guitar) and Robin Lumley (keyboards). Not long after jazz/rock fusion greats Brand X put out their 1980 album, Do They Hurt?, the band members went their separate ways until their comeback in 1992. Goodsall and Jones formed a trio version of Brand X with drummer Frank Katz in 1992. To make up for the lack of a keyboard player, Goodsall used a Gibson Max MIDI-guitar system to trigger synths, samples and keyboard sounds along with his guitars. This line-up went on to record Xcommunication (1992) and Manifest Destiny (1997), and tour Japan and Europe in 1997 with keyboard player Kris Sjobring and ex-Gong drummer Pierre Moerlen replacing Katz.

The latest release by Brand X on Gonzo is a live album from Ronnie Scotts in 1976. Sometimes the title of a record is self-explanatory and – to use the current vernacular – does just what it says on the tin. Here we have the legendary jazz fusion band at the legendary London club, when both were at their commercial zenith.  The band played like demons, and the result is extraordinary. Nearly forty years on the sounds are still absolutely mindblowing.

Residing in New York, Jones is, according to Wikipedia, currently a member of jazz fusion band, Tunnels, along with drummer Walker Adams. He is best known for his unique bass sound, and his trademark use of the fretless Wal bass. In a long and eclectic career, Jones was also a member of the jazz fusion group Soft Machine, the poetry rock group The Liverpool Scene (featuring poet Adrian Henri), and has contributed to recordings by David Sylvian, Brian Eno, Steve Hackett, Paranoise, Suzanne Vega, Richard Barbieri and Fovea Hex, amongst others. He released a solo album, Cape Catastrophe in 1990.

Talking to Percy is always a joy, and we nattered for ages, as you can hear....

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GONZO WEEKLY #144: Jon meets Roger Dean
Date Published: 22nd August 2015

The other morning I had a lie in. I didn't mean to, but it was only a few days after the Weird Weekend, and I was still recovering. I slept most of Monday, but Tuesday and Wednesday I was supposed to be back to normal. However, it didn't actually work out like that. So it was about eleven in the morning when I staggered out of bed. I was negotiating my way through a plethora of cats when the telephone rang. I am never in the best of tempers first thing in the morning, and assumed that it was probably someone from a call centre somewhere in Uttar Pradesh trying to sell me something.

So I picked it up grumpily, quite prepared to instruct the caller to commit a biologically impossible act of self-procreation, when the last person in the world that I was expecting spoke to me.

"Hello Jon, it's Roger Dean," the voice said, and I immediately tripped over the orange cat.

For Roger Dean has long been an artist whom I admire greatly. I was a devotee of his paintings on Yes album covers long before I actually heard the music, and his alien landscapes have been part of my personal inner environment for well over four decades now.

For those of you not au fait with his work, although I truly cannot believe that there will be anyone reading this magazine who has NOT heard of him, here is his biography taken straight from the horse's mouth on his own website:

"ROGER DEAN was born in England in 1944,and is an artist and designer internationally renowned for his, album cover designs, posters, books, the revolutionary publishing companies, Dragon’s Dream and Paper Tiger, Eco architectural, furniture and stage design, as well as typefaces, logos and iconic designs for computer games company, ‘Psygnosis’ and redesigned the Tetris Logo.

Dean attended Canterbury College of Art between 1961-1965 inclusive where he received his National Diploma in Design (NDD) he then went on to the Royal College of Art 1965-1968 where he received a first for his Masters Degree (M.Des.RCA) and a silver medal, ‘For Work of Special Distinction’. His was thesis on, The Psychology of the Built Environment, and the research for that formed the basis for his architectural designs. Whilst a student he designed the ‘Sea Urchin’ chair.

This chair was exhibited at the Design Centre in London is now owned by the Victoria and Albert museum for their permanent collection (furniture). A second prototype was acquired for the MAK museum in Vienna for their permanent collection in 2008

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London have also acquired two original “Yes” logo paintings plus the six sketches and 11 of his album covers and record labels for their permanent collection (Prints ,Drawings and Paintings).

In 2002 received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Academy of Art University. In 2009 the Arts The Institute of Bournemouth conferred an Honorary Fellowship. In 2013 he received a Gold Badge of Merit from BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. Around the world, over sixty million copies of Roger Dean’s images have been sold, as album covers, posters, cards, calendars and books. His work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums around the world including, The Royal Academy, The Royal College of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, The New York Cultural Centre, The institute of Contemporary Art London. In 2010 the Daelim Contemporary Art Museum in Seoul Korea held a major retrospective.

There are three volumes chronicling the Deans work: “Views” (1975) “Magnetic Storm” (1984) “Dragons Dream”2008.

In 1981, with his brother Martyn, Dean built their first architectural prototype shown at the NEC. During the course of a several exhibitions, over 250,000 people have visited the prototype. His work has inspired generations of young men and women who have become professional designers and artists, as well as demonstrating the importance of never going anywhere without a sketchbook and a pencil."

His paintings have become the visual interpretation of an entire genre of music for many people, including myself, who believe that his organic realism perfectly compliments the music which defined our adolescence. Yes guitarist Steve Howe said, "There is a pretty tight bond between our sound and Roger's art", and it is hard not to agree with him.

Despite the fact that I was bursting for a pee we chatted for a few minutes, and we made arrangements for me to telephone him that evening at his home in Sussex. We had a long and involved telephone conversation which I shall be publishing in two parts. The second, and longer bit, will be broadcast on Gonzo Web Radio in September to coincide with Roger's major exhibition at Trading Spaces in Sussex. The first excerpt, in this issue of the magazine, concerns his relationship with Rick Wakeman, and what he will be doing at Wakemanfest.....

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GONZO WEEKLY #143: Jon meets Billy Sherwood
Date Published: 15th August 2015

I don't think I had ever come across the phenomenon of mass grieving until the autumn of 1997.

One Saturday in August of that year I had spent something like six hours together with Jan Scarff, a mate of mine, having our photographs taken. At the time I was seen as somewhat of an authority on the subject of UFOs. I wasn't of course, but had invented myself as such in order to earn enough money to pay for my exorbitantly expensive divorce, and also - I will admit with a mildly embarrassed blush - to meet cosmic minded chicks. I will confirm that both aims were successful. 

However, I digress as I so often do within my inky fingered scribblings. I was feeling particularly full of myself, because - for the first, and to date the only time - I had sold an article to the hallowed pages of The Times itself. We spent ages over this bloody photo session and were absolutely exhausted when we finished. As the photographer packed up his gear I joked. "how much do you want to bet that some member of the Royal Family has a car crash, and the bloody story never appears?"

Everybody laughed.

The next morning at about six o'clock I was fast asleep. The telephone rang. it was Jan.

"I think that you should switch on the television" he said, and then rang off.

I had never seen such an outpouring of public grief, with nine hour queues to sign the books if condolences, and piles of flowers and soft toys left outside churches, war memorials and other places of geomantic interest.

I got myself sacked by the BBC. There was a discussion on my regular Weird about the West show  about the conspiracy theories surrounding Diana's death. I chipped in that the only people to benefit were Interflora, and was promptly dismissed.

Five years later it all happened again with the demise of the Queen Mother, but this week I have noted something bizarrely similar.

Since I have been the editor of these hallowed pages, we have borne witness to the death of quite a few notable musicians who are of importance to people who are interested in the sort of music that we cover. The two most notable of these are perhaps Mick Farren and Daevid Allen, both of whom I knew personally, and the deaths of whom did hit me hard. The passing of both of these men was noted quite extensively in the mainstream press which was something that I found rather gratifying.

Earlier this year Chris Squire, the bass player and last remaining founding member of long term British prog rockers Yes announced:

“This will be the first time since the band formed in 1968 that Yes will have performed live without me,” says Chris Squire. “But the other guys and myself have agreed that Billy Sherwood will do an excellent job of covering my parts and the show as a whole will deliver the same Yes experience that our fans have come to expect over the years.”

Squire had been diagnosed with acute erythroid leukemia, and whilst everyone wrote that they were sure that he would recover soon, I privately thought that it would take a minor miracle to intervene in the aetiology of such a virulent strain of the disease. And sure enough, I was asleep one Sunday afternoon in June when Corinna woke me up to tell me that Chris Squire had died.

As I thought they would, the newspapers were full of tributes to Squire, and - because Yes were more famous than either Gong or The Deviants - there were more tributes to him in the papers than there had been to either Mick or Daevid. But time like an ever rolling stream bears all its rock and roll heroes away and the flow of tribute stories dried up.

Fast forward to the beginning of August, and Yes play their first gigs ever without Chris Squire. And the floodgates have opened. I was completely unprepared for the outpouring of emotional articles, tributes and blog posts which appeared. I had already been scheduled to do an interview with Billy Sherwood who has taken over bass duties with the band, and serendipitously it turned out that it happened on the day after their first gig.....

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Friday Night Progressive #207
Date Published: 15th August 2015

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:

Tim Wenzel

https://www.facebook.com/CoyoteFloeMusic?fref=nf

Cloud Over Jupiter

http://www.facebook.com/CloudOverJupiter

The Aaron Clift Experiment

http://www.facebook.com/AaronCliftMusic?fref=nf

Profusion

http://www.facebook.com/ProfusionRock

Coalition

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

Circuline

http://www.facebook.com/circulinemusic

Dave Kerzner

http://www.facebook.com/davesquidskerzner

RDG

http://www.facebook.com/rdgrocks?fref=nf

Telergy

http://www.facebook.com/telergymusic?fref=nf

One

http://www.facebook.com/1OneUniverse?fref=ts

Backdrop art by: Csilla Savos — with Robert McClung, Tim Wenzel, Dave Kerzner, Steve Gresswell, Jerry King, Marian Rodriguez, Colin Tench, Aaron Clift, Andrew Colyer, Vladimer Lado Sichinava, Bill Ray, Raymond DiGiorgio and Blake Carpenter.

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Friday Night Progressive #206
Date Published: 8th August 2015

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:

Nice World

http://www.facebook.com/niceworldband

David Kollar

http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Kollar/1450495081883509?fref=ts

Metamorphosis

http://www.facebook.com/waldek.knade

Merrell Fankhauser

http://www.merrellfankhauser.com/

Josh Swann

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joshua-Swann-Music/454649144641680?fref=ts

Existence

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

Eduardo Aguillar

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

Seconds Before Landing

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

ALex FriAs

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Innprata-ALex-Frias-Solo/451323614969309?fref=nf

ONY

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

Backdrop art by: Csilla Savos — with David Kollar, Bill Ray, Merrell Fankhauser, Waldek Knade, Josh Swann, Greg P Onychuk, Eduardo Aguillar, Alan Charles, Csilla Savos, ALex FriAs and Seconds Before Landing.

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Strange Fruit #133
Date Published: 8th August 2015

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).

Neil Nixon, the founder and co-presenter of the show has released a book about rare albums for Gonzo Multimedia. The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight.

 31-07-15 – SHOW 133 – PUNK AND DISORDERLY

Death by Stereo:   Unstoppable

Pil:  Cruel

Pussy Riot:  Putin Lights up the Fires 

The Slits:  New Town

Essential Logic:  Aerosol Burns

Siouxsie and the Banshees:  Mirage 

Peter Hamill:   Nadir’s Big Chance

Count Five:  Psychotic Reaction 

Seething Wells:1. Godzilla vs. the Tetley Bittermen

2. Police Dog

3. Cadillacs in Bradford

4. Agro-Britain

5. Ha Ha Ha

Lindisfarne:  Fog on the Tyne 

The Users:  Sick of You

Acme Sewage co:  Young British and White 

The Slits:  Love and Romance

Viv Albertine:  If Love 

John Cooper Clarke  Beasley Street

The Boys:  Organ Grinder

Vic Godard and the Subway Sect:  The Devil’s in League with you

The Rezillos:  Zero 

Gina X:  Drive my Car

The B52s:  Downtown 

The Durutti Column:  Without Mercy pt 1

The Young Marble Giants:  Final Day 

Wild Man Fischer:  Larry and the New Wave

Fast Forward Cassette Magazine:  New Wave News 

The Slits:  Instant Hit 

Agnostic Front:  Gotta Go

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CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES: Episode Twenty Four
Date Published: 1st August 2015

CANTERBURY SANS FRONTIÈRES:

Episode Twenty Four

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?

THIS EPISODE:

Something from Soft Machine Volume 2 preceded by a home recording of the same lineup playing free jazz seven years earlier, Didier Malherbe guesting with Hugh Hopper's band in Paris in 2003, French guitarist Alain Blessing paying tribute to Hatfield and the North (with help from Hopper and Greaves), Robert Wyatt singing in French, a Soft Machine-inspired band from early 70s Germany, Riley-inspired sounds from late 70s Italy, some late 60s Ellington, new tracks from current Canterbury favourites Syd Arthur and the Boot Lagoon, and the sound of Gong evaporating. Also, a tribute to Edgar Froese (RIP) featuring a one-hour mix of Tangerine Dream tracks from their first four (pre-Virgin Records) albums 1970-73.

 

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Friday Night Progressive #204
Date Published: 25th July 2015

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:

John Beagley

http://www.facebook.com/john.beagley.10?__mref=message_bubble

GorMusik

http://www.facebook.com/pages/GorMusik/434451266724178

United Progressive Fraternity – UPF

http://www.facebook.com/UPFrat

Hasse Fröberg and the Musical Companion

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hasse-Fröberg-and-the-Musical-Companion/84014399944?fref=nf

Mastermind

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

Circuline

http://www.facebook.com/circulinemusic

SYNCROMIND PROJECT

http://www.facebook.com/SYNCROMINDPROJECT

Brotherhood of the Machine

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brotherhood-of-the-Machine/595944157125209

Cailyn

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cailyn/88087502602

Moonwagon

http://www.facebook.com/Moonwagonband?fref=nf — with John Beagley, Andrew Colyer, Cailyn Lloyd, Gordo Bennett, Enzo Ferrara, Mark Truey Trueack, Hasse Fröberg, Dave Francis, Jani Korpi and Bill Berends.

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Strange Fruit #131
Date Published: 25th July 2015
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GONZO WEEKLY #140: Jon meets Jaki Windmill
Date Published: 25th July 2015

I am very fond of Jaki Windmill. I first met her in the spring of 2013 when my dear nephew Dave B-P and I drove to Brighton to interview the late Mick Farren, and ended up filming one of his last concerts.  We spoke to the other members of The Deviants at some length, and on stage that evening I was particularly struck with the sensitivity and energy that one member in particular brought to what was otherwise a brutal monolith of sound. Jaki's vocals and percussion added a whole new dimension to the sound and she provided both a visual and emotional foil to Mick.

On her website Jaki describes herself: "I am an astrologer, shamanic practitioner, actress, musician, teacher and writer. I have a son, (aged 36, works for BBC). I was brought up in St. Ives in Cornwall (and retain strong connections there) but now live in Brighton – a stimulating place! I have strong connections with Mexico – and the San Francisco Bay Area!

I gained my Diploma from the Faculty of Astrological Studies in 1998, receiving the Margaret Hone award for the best interpretation paper that year. Since then, I have interwoven writing about Astrology, teaching it, running workshops and doing private consultations. I have also spoken about astrology on BBC Radio, including doing ‘on the spot‘ consultations live on air.

My style of astrology can apparently be both sensitive and raunchy!

I have lectured frequently on Sex in the Chart, Creativity in the Chart, the Moon, Neptune and Saturn. I am particularly interested in hidden potential as is revealed in the birth chart. I write astrological articles, in particular for an Astrology Correspondence course manual printed by the astrologycollege.com. (Aspects in the Chart and The Astrological Cycles.)

I have taught Mundane Astrology for the Faculty of Astrology and lectured at their Summer School at Jesus College Oxford."

All that, and singing with The Deviants who, in a vaguely analogous replay of events nearly fifty years ago, became The Pink Fairies. What's not to find enthralling? Nothing, that's what!

She is also one of the headline speakers at this year's Weird Weekend which will be held at the Small School in Hartland on the third weekend of August this year. She will be talking about Astroshamanics,  and will be doing music later on the Saturday evening. Jaki and I also come from much the same political and Fortean perspective, and so it is always a joy to speak to her, and as we hadn't spoken for a while, and hadn't done a formal interview (if any communication between the two of us can be considered formal) an interview for this issue of the magazine seemed like a jolly good idea...

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GONZO WEEKLY #140: Jon meets Sophia Sage
Date Published: 25th July 2015

I have a lot of so-called friends on my Facebook page. Unfortunately I have no idea who the vast majority of them are, because I tend to use Facebook more as a marketing tool, either for this magazine or for the CFZ, but there are some people of whom I am genuinely fond.

One of these is a record producer from Tennessee called Carl "Blue" Wise, who is the co-owner of Blueboy Records in Memphis.

They have this to say about the company:

"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, Joey Molland of Badfinger, an Apple Records artist, and many more. Having the production/songwriting skills and the artistic abilities, Carl and Jordan needed an outlet to bring their creative services to the people.

"With Blueboy Records, We intend to bring fresh, new talent along with some of the great artists of the past." - Carl "Blue" Wise. It is our goal at Blueboy Records to fill the need for original music in the market. We will present to you music and artists with integrity, heart, and soul. Our motto is "Music For The Universe". We intend to give the little guy the break he/she would never get at a large record label. Look for Blueboy Records to bring back that warm,vintage feel we all love with exciting, cutting edge sounds. We Thank You for joining us in our journey and becoming part of The Dream."

A few weeks ago, my friend and oppo Graham Inglis installed a BT wireless router thingy in our conservatory, which means that I can finally get a signal on my iPad upstairs in Corinna's and my bedroom.

This means, I often take my iPad to bed, and catch up on things that I am supposed to be reading as I wait for my evening meds to lull me into the arms of Morpheus.  However instead of reading the Entomological journals that I am meant to, I often find myself pootling about on eBay or Facebook.

The other night I was preparing to switch off and go to sleep when I saw a posting from Carl Wise linking to a crowdfunding page for a new singer called Sophia Sage. She writes:

"I am Sophia Sage.  I was born and raised in Jackson, TN and that is where I currently reside. 

I am 18 years old.  I graduated from Madison Academic High School and I will be a Freshman in college this fall.  I attend Northside United Methodist Church and have been a part of their music program since I was five years old.  I am a praise singer on Sundays and have participated in the church’s youth musicals for seven years.  I was a part of the writing team for the last two musical I participated in, and was the head of the writing team for the June 2015 musical.

I have been practicing and competing in Taekwondo for 14 years and am a third degree black belt.  Taekwondo has taught me discipline and how to set goals and achieve them. 

I love music and have always had a passion for it.  I have been singing since the day I could talk.  It has always been a passion and dream for me to be able to do the thing I love most:  to produce great music.  I love being able to perform and share my music with people and see the impact it has on them.  I would appreciate your help in funding my project.

I am looking for people to fund my debut album to be produced by Carl 'Blue' Wise in Memphis, TN of Blueboy Records.  Carl has worked with some of the greatest legends in the music industry including Willie Mitchell, Joey Molland of Badfinger, Sir Mack Rice (writer of 'Mustang Sally', 'Respect Yourself' and 'Cheaper to Keep Her') and has produced for many of them.

Thank you so much for your support!"

http://www.gofundme.com/sophiasagemusic

There was also a brief video clip of her singing a song called Girl Crush, and even on the titchy speakers of my iPad, her lush, gorgeous voice filled the room. Sophia is completely inexperienced as a singer but has one of the most emotive voices I have ever heard, and I completely understand why Carl decided that he had to work with her.

If there is any justice in this world you will be hearing a lot from this young lady. We will certainly be following her career trajectory with interest in the pages of this magazine.

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GONZO WEEKLY #139: Jon meets Raz
Date Published: 18th July 2015

This was one of the more peculiar editorial commissions that I have been given. The Grande Fromage sent me an email asking me to interview a dude called Michael Rescigno. Only trouble was, he omitted to give me anything except for an email address for the man, and I have to admit that I had never heard of him.

So I did what any good researcher worth his salt does in these decadent days and looked him up on Google. There are all sorts of men with his name, including an interesting fellow who has done research on the growth rates of meadow grass, and although I quite fancy talking to him, I cannot truly say that this is gonna be the sort of thing which will make headline news in a rock and roll weekly, no matter how eccentric.

So I did what I should have done in the first place and emailed him, and soon found why I could not find any information about him. He has always played under the stage name of Michael Raz, and his Raz Band has been playing for a hell of a long time, and furthermore the current incarnation includes two of my favourite musicians, namely:

  • Joseph "Joey" Charles Molland (born 21 June 1947, Edge Hill, Liverpool, England) is an English composer and rock guitarist whose recording career spans four decades. He is best known as a member of Badfinger, the most successful of the acts he performed with.
  • Joseph Anthony "Joe" Vitale is an American musician primarily known as a drummer but also a flautist, keyboardist and singer. He has played with many of the top names in music during a career dating back to the 1970s.

Bloody hell! These two guys have played on some of my favourite albums. Molland played on All things must Pass  by George Harrison, arguably the best post Beatle solo album by any of the Fab Four, and Vitale played on the massively under-rated Long May You Run by the Stills-Young Band, which is one of the greatest things that either Neil Young or Steven Stills played on.

So I asked for a biography and I was sent this:

Members: Michael Rescigno, Jeff Hutchinson, Jim Manzo, Joey Molland, Joe Vitale 
"The RAZ Band" Celebrates 30 Years of Hits and Stuff" Songs You Should Know and Love! Remember where you were the first time you heard TRB??? 

One day Raz played the new songs for a record company executive who said," I love these songs, this is a great band, but your'e to old to sign. Why don't you find some 20 year olds, teach them the songs and I'll sign them." It was then that Raz came up with the new name for the band:"The RAZ Band".

So "The RAZ Band" were born! The End . P.S. This is a true story.

Raz played in bands in High School. With his friends Hutch & Neil. And they would would go see Joey Molland when Badfinger was playing in the New York/New Jersey area.As well as fans of Joe Vitale when he toured with Joe Walsh in the New York/New Jersey area. 

Raz & Hutch went to L.A.(winter in Jersey sucks). They formed the band "The Contents", played all over LA: Madame Wongs East & West, Troubadour, Whisky, The Central, Gazzaris, and many other clubs. The Contents disbanded and then some of The Contents formed "The Raz Nasty Band" They made records/cds , videos, , kept playing live around town, Started to play colleges. 

Then one night at Filthy McNasty's, Raz Nasty became "RAZ". Jim Manzo joined the band. Joey Molland would either play guitar, sing or produce RAZ. Joe Vitale would either play keyboards, drums, sing or produce RAZ,(lots of history here)(how they came to play with RAZ is another story) 

Then Raz & Hutch went back to New Jersey for their High School reunion. Being the kind of fellas that they are they played at the reunion. 

So Thank you for reading our story, listen to the music , watch the video, read the blog, and please don't do drugs and clean up your room ,make your bed, don't stay out to late etc.;;; I don't like the looks of those people that you're hanging out with! You know the drill. late, peace, out.........see ya. 

Cheers

So I took the bull by the horns and telephoned him for what turned out to be one of the most enjoyable interviews of my chequered career.

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Strange Fruit #130
Date Published: 18th July 2015

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). The show is broadcast on Miskin Radio every Sunday from 10-00-midnight. Every other week the show is now presented by Jeremy Smith and as the two promotional pictures that he sent consisted as one of him covered in mud and the other of him covered in guinea pigs he is obviously mad as a bagful of cheese, which means he will fit in here just fine! 

He writes: I’ve been a huge music fan ever since my parents bought me a transistor radio and I would listen to the sixties pirate music stations at nights under the covers. This love of live music has stayed with me to this day and I still love standing in a small club like the Borderline in London with some mates and watching a band with a pint in my hand. With the Strange Fruit radio show, I want to continue the trend of doing themed shows and playing the music I love..

Strange Fruit 130 – The Holiday Show
Songs about travel, holidays & hotels and songs to listen to by the pool.

Featured Album: Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come: Journey

Tracks

1 The Dead Kennedys: Holiday in Cambodia

2 Seasick Steve: Underneath a Blue and Cloudless Sky

3 The Ramones: California Sun

4 TV Smith: Coming in to Land

5 Tom Jones: Traveling Blues

6 Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come: Time Captives

7 Gang of Four: I Love a Man in a Uniform

8 The Kinks: Holiday

9 The Beach Boys: Don't Go Near the Water

10 The Pogues: Turkish Song of the Damned

11 John Lennon: Cold Turkey

12 Pink Floyd: One of these days

13 Elvis Presley: Heartbreak Hotel

14 John Cooper Clarke: Majorca

15 Alice Cooper: School's Out

16 The Sex Pistols: Holiday in the Sun

17 Blyth Power: Hard Summer Long

18 Husker Du: Celebrated Summer

19 Attilla the Stockbroker: Holiday in Albania

20 Attilla the Stockbroker: Holiday in Albania Revisited

21 Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come: Triangles

22 Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come: Spirit of Joy

23 Davy Graham: Maajan (A Taste of Tangier)

24 Kirsty MacColl: Free World

25 Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Ramada Inn

26 The Flaming Lips: Look the Sun is Rising

27 The Flamin' Groovies: Heading for the Texas Border

28 Counting Crows: Holiday in Spain

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Friday Night Progressive #203
Date Published: 18th July 2015

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:

Cloud Over Jupiter

http://www.facebook.com/CloudOverJupiter

RDG

http://www.facebook.com/rdgrocks?fref=nf

Terl Bryant

http://www.facebook.com/terl.bryant?fref=ts

One

http://www.facebook.com/1OneUniverse?fref=ts

Paddy Steer

http://www.facebook.com/paddy.steer?fref=ts

ORK

http://www.facebook.com/O.R.k.band?fref=nf

Larry R Campbell

http://www.facebook.com/lraycampbell

El tubo elastic

http://www.facebook.com/ElTuboElastico

Sendelica

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sendelica/191174294239796

Telergy

http://www.facebook.com/telergymusic?fref=nf — with Larry R Campbell, Robert McClung, One Universe, Sendelica, Pedro Kaldini, Terl Bryant Drummer, Bill Ray, Paddy Steer, El tubo elástico, Terl Bryant, Marian Rodriguez, O_R_k, Alfonso Ro Mo and Cloud Over Jupiter.

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