Monday, 20 October 2014

Rig Veeda & The Twins - The Tale of the Man With The Toothpaste Head (LP 1986)

 
 
 
Trawling through the extensive and comprehensive Cale archives over the windy weekend, I stumbled upon this here cult classic curio.  Despite the name giving the impression of a mystic frontman backed by identical siblings, they were in fact two different groups: The Twins featured Paul Rixon from The McTells and Bi-Joopiter co-founder Gillian Elam; Rig Veeda were the aforementioned duo accompanied by the surname-secretive David and Lesley.
 
No mere McTells side project(s) for rejected ideas in the group proper, Rig Veeda issued their debut cassette on Bi-Joopiter as far back as 1983. The Twins issued to two cassette-only albums - A Banana Fish On The Moon and Boy Saves Hedgehog - in 1986 and '87 respectively. In between those releases this vinyl album came out on Illusion Production, a French label with a roster that included The Legendary Pink Dots and DDAA, and whose sporadic releases continue to this day.
 
The McTells performed at the C86 Launch Party in London back in June, and with that ongoing revival largely being documented by Cherry Red, it is tempting to fantasise about a Bi-Joopiter back catalogue box set materialising in physical form(at) one day in the not too distant future.
 
Until then, give this album a virtual spin and marvel at more innocent times when lo-fi was being created before the genre was indelibly tagged.
 
 
  
 
 
Dance With A Fish
Man In Green
Brother Be
Man With The Toothpaste Head
Down
Trapeze
Fuisha
Hundred Hollow Horses
Here/Come Again
Never Seen That Girl Before
Richard Said
Red
I'm All Messed Up
Capa Milo
Into The Dark
Nails
A Wet Night In Brighton
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Friday, 26 September 2014

The Undertones - Peel Session 2/4/2003





In their original incarnation, Derry's finest recorded five sessions for John Peel which over the years were issued piecemeal on several releases, the most comprehensive being the Listening In set from 2004 which featured the long lost debut session recorded in a Belfast studio in 1978 and a lone Richard Skinner session.

This 2003 session - the only one to feature current singer Paul McLoone - has yet to gain an official release. I've not come across this on the land of blog (or for that matter youtube) before, so enjoy!


 
Peel Intro
Everything But You
Thrill Me
I Need Your Love The Way It Used To Be
A Girl Like You

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

The Wolfhounds - 1988 Peel Session Upgrade

 
.....Or 75% upgrade to be exact.
 
 
The Wolfhounds third (and final) session was Peel was aired recently on Marc Riley's 6 Music show, and yours truly was on hand to capture the sonic delights for posterity. IN-FUUUR-REEE-A-TING-LEEEE Non-Specific Song wasn't played, so we're stuck with the tinny file from the original post.
 
Retail therapy is bestowed upon Wolfhounds fans worldwide this winter with the release of the group's first album since 1990. Middle Aged Freaks, a 13 track cd to be issued by Oddbox in October, collects all of the recordings the group have made since reuniting, including all tracks from the three limited edition 7" singles. Available to pre-order now from Oddbox.
 
And if that wasn't enough spontaneous auto combustion-inducing excitement for you, 1987 debut Unseen Ripples From A Pebble receives the expanded deluxe reissue treatment this November. Available on cd for the first time ever, there will also be a double vinyl version, each format featuring 15 bonus tracks. Details from Optic Nerve.
 

 
Happy Shopper
William Randolph Hearse
Son Of Nothing
Non-Specific Song
 
First two sessions posted August 2013.
 

 



Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ivor Cutler - Peel Sessions 1977-78

 

At the risk of turning this blog into the Ivor Cutler Appreciation Society (which would be no bad thing, mind) here are another two sessions from the great man.
 
 
Of the nine sessions Ivor cut (see what I did there) for Peel during the 70s, only the 1979 set has surfaced so far, courtesy of the indefatigable Fruitier Than Thou. This session from August 1977 - his eighth for the programme - is the only one to have been made available commercially, appearing as a Strange Fruit 12" in 1989, copies of which will now set you back £25 minimum, assuming you're lucky enough to track down a copy.
 
In addition to that we have three pieces from a follow up session in April 1978. A total of 14 pieces were taped at this session - including three episodes of Life In A Scotch Sitting Room. I edited the files from a partial recording of a repeat broadcast on 5 May 1978 that I found on the John Peel Wiki. Thanks and superlatives go out to the unknown tapist/uploader
 
 
 
 

A Great Grey Grasshopper
A Suck Of My Thumb
The Shchi
Get Away From The Wall
The Natural Height Of Cloud
If We Dug A Hole
I Had A Little Boat
I'm Going To A Field
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 12
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 13
Jungle Tips: Owl
                      Lion
                            Leopard
                     Boa 
 
 
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 8
There's Got To Be Something There
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 14
 


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Pere Ubu - 1989 Peel Session Upgrade!



Following my original post of this session (now deleted), Pete Conkerton from the Peel sessions group on Facebook came to the rescue to provide the missing track, We Have The Technology. I've since discovered that all three tracks were officially issued by Mercury in 2007 as bonus material on the expanded and remastered cd editions of The Tenement Year and Cloudland.

This was Cleveland's most famous sons only session for the Peel show, taped on 27th June 1989 and transmitted on 7th August the same year.

Ubu's latest album Carnival Of Souls was released just last week and is available on both cd and vinyl formats.

We Have The Technology
Miss You
Bus Called Happiness
 
 
 
Additionally, Pete has also kindly sent me a file of Doing The Bathroom Ep 2 that was missing from Ivor Cutler's 1992 session, as well as three more files for the 1983 session.. Thanks Pete!!!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Ivor Cutler - Peel Sessions 1991-93


Four more sessions (No's. 17-20) Ivor Cutler taped for the Peel programme in the early nineties.
 
 
Ivor had been a regular session guest on the JP wing-ding after debuting on the short-lived Noght Ride show in 1969, making appearances if not every year then certainly every other yeat.
 
Unsually four years had elaspsed since the Peel/Kershaw double-header of summer 1987 by the time he recorded his first session of the nineties. Perhaps making up for lost time, or maybe a sense of guilt for such a lengthy absence, Ivor was invited back to Maida Vale on Halloween just four months later - the only time he recorded two sessions in the same year for Peel. Two more sessions would ensue a year apart from one another in 1992 and 1993 respectively.
 
As far as I can ascertain, all sessions are in completion bar one missing piece from the 1992 set.*
Ivor would go on to record two more Peel session in 1995 and 1998, the latter recorded at his (Cutler's not Peel's) own home.


* Update 13/9/14 - A file for Doing The Bathroom Ep 2 was kindly sent to me by Pete Conkerton from the excellent John Peel Sessions group on Facebook.

 
 

Glasgow Dreamer Ep 8
Beside The Fish
Footsteps
Green Light
Bill Tong
A Long Hard Gland
Hee Haw
Two Coy Hinnies
Insect
Seaweed
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 6
 
 
Thick Coat
Neighbours
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 7
The Following
Squares and Exit
Sparked Off By
Horse
 
 
 
Peel Intro
Doing The Bathroom Ep 1
The Lid
25,000 Miles
Part Of The Ground
Between Two Walls
Your Side
Pschawa
Ros Vulgaris
A Dale Song
Two Paracetamol
  Doing The Bathroom Ep 2
 
 
 
Gym Mistress
Billy's Wife
Sharks
Slut
A High Treat
Spreadeagled
Terrific Fun
Peelspeak
My Top Twenty Words
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 19
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, 30 August 2014

Peelfest! #3


 
 
I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that today is John Peel's 75th birthday, so by appropriate coincidence here is my 75th Peel session post. Previously the Peelfest's have been posted on the anniversary of Uncle John's passing, but I decided to bring this one forward as a small contribution to commemorate this special occasion.
 
So, once again here are five eclectic sessions, one from each decade of John's broadcasting career.
 
 
 
 
Trouble Trouble
An Old Poltroon
Bounce, Bounce, Bounce
There And Back Via Sweden
Interview
In My Room Sits A Box
Beatrice
An Indirect Love Poem



  
 
Nymphenberger
Sphinx
Jig-A-Jig



 
Rodgers and Out
Tears On My Pillow
Jumping Into Love
Margarita
 
Fruitier Than Thou has CDV's debut 1984 Peel session and an Andy Kershaw set from 1985.
 
 
 
 
Hawaiian Island Wranglers
I'm In Love With No One
Street Bunny
Volvo In G

 
 

Pram - Peel 4.3.2000
Sirocco
Steamwhistler
Leeward
The Archivist
A Million Bubbles Burst*

(* bonus track from debut 1999 session).