The NoMen On E

I love this – partly because the first thing you hear is one of the old sounds from an old Casio SA-1 (ours was called Garfield, random fact fans!) but also the KLF Chill Out meets psych Spacemen 3 style drone rock and kids toys in Space ‘Magic Fly’ costumes, how could you not like this? The full version is apparently on EarSpook radio.

Heard about The NoMen via the very cool Active Listening free compilation which was posted by Ian Fondue who’s a big fan of the label, their track R-A-D-I-O is a must for Peel fans, I think (sounds like his voice on there, from the old school Radio London days).

Christ re-releases rare album

Really enjoying this rare limited edition bonus album by christ. formerly released in 2005 as part of the Minerals boxset, for a short time you can buy it via Bandcamp. I bought a copy and I don’t own that much christ. – unusually I LOVE this album in the ways the more acclaimed ones pass me by (Distance Lends Enchantment To The View for instance, although I’ve played some tracks off Metamorphic Reproduction Miracle in the past, I love some of that, and of course that amazing Peel Session ;-)

Surprised his first two ‘albums’ are on Discogs Yugo77 and Delicass Harmonium though, since I think they never ever existed – that’s the joke. Pretty sure they are ghost albums or were never released.

RC 222: All the Ducks (Odds & Sods 13)

I’ve been doing such a run of themed shows that I had a massive pile of great tunes with nowhere to go, so I’ve created not one but two separate ‘Odds and Sods’ shows – if you don’t know about them, maybe search through the Radio Clash archive ;-) Basically the shows where the tracks are all misfit orphans, but we love them all the same.

This one is strangely duck themed – comes from the episode number (BINGO!) but also as random as crispy duck in hoisin sauce. Which isn’t random, but the analogy is.

Much love again for this episode for Music for Maniacs and their Quackers Covers and to Naked on my Own & Dopedrone, Icons of Andria and Our Flaws Remain for sending in their tracks :-)

These Are The Drakes, Quack it up, quack it up, quack it up –  touchdown! (113Mb, 1:52)

  • Quentin Crisp – Stop The Music
  • Scissor Sisters – Shady Love
  • Plan B – Ill Manors (The Prodigy Remix)
  • Morgan Fisher – Green And Pleasant
  • John Cooper Clarke – Suspended Sentence
  • Our Flaws Remain – La Famiglia (Internet Assault Version)
  • Norman Lovett – John Peel Sings The Blues Badly
  • Louis Jordan – Choo Choo Ch’boogie
  • Gold Panda – Win-San Western
  • Jacques Siroul – See
  • Napt – Italian Spiderman Feat. Fireflowerz (Original Mix)
  • Morgan Fisher – Jah Wurzel – Wuthering Heights
  • Patrick Portella – Breather
  • Charlotte Dada – Don’t Let Me Down
  • El-P – For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums The Word)
  • Jiri Bezant/Jiri Malasek – Erotica (B)
  • Tommy Seebach – Booble Sex
  • Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band – My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes
  • Prefab Sprout – Bonny ( Leo Zero Re-Work )
  • Andy Partridge – History Of Rock And Roll
  • Dopedrone & Naked On My Own – Tunnel
  • Icons of Andria – The Universal Way (Their Facebook)
  • Dusty Springfield – I’ve Been Wrong Before

John Peel’s Record Collection

It’s been floating around the blogotwitfaceosphere since Monday, but only really had a look now at the John Peel’s Record Collection site. Love the videos and photos, and small peek into his amazing collection. I hope at some point they allow access to the entire archive as a database, I’m sure some really good uses that could be put to (even if the site just goes and finds tracks off YouTube that would be good).

The downside is obvious – I think fans (well myself, extrapolated ;-) hoped to be able to look through the whole collection, although obviously lack of funds means that’s quite a big ask (BBC? Hello?). Also the lack of info about sessions and shows – it’s rather incomplete, for that I’d suggest the John Peel Wiki, which also has full shows that were lovingly taped by fans back in the day.

The lack of complete Peel shows reminds me – I wonder if with all the frequency/bandwidth that the BBC et al now has with the switchover, will they start nichecasting – ie. creating small stations about one subject or show, with maybe subscription basis. I think a good one to start with would be John Peel – I could imagine a station made up just of John Peel shows from different eras, I’d subscribe, and I think a lot of people would. Really the future isn’t a few main channels, or making them all 3D/HD, the idea of  a monoculture is dead –  it’s a lot of niche digital subscription channels serving everyone.

Oh and if you’re interested in his record collection and John Peel in general, and his famous ‘star’ system, watch this documentary for his 60th birthday where he explains it:


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