Sunday, 25 October 2015

Peelfest! #6

R.I.P. John Peel - eleven years gone. Here are ten more rare and elusive sessions once again, two from each decade of the great man's broadcasting career.
Diamond Hard Blues Apples Of The Moon
Get To You
Little Arabella (And Sorcery)

The Whitsun Dance
Lovely Joan
God Dog
The Blacksmith Courted

I'm Walking To A Farm
Baby Sits
The Railway Sleepers
Three Sisters
Big Jim
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol2 Ep19
Down Di Road
Reality Poem
Sonny's Lettah
I Want Fi Go Rave
This Town
Waiting For A Change
We Belong
One Day
Get A Hotel
There's A Ghost In My House
Haf Found Bormann
Even perennial Peel favourites were prone to doing a spot of moonlighting rival shows as evidenced by this Janice Long set. Featuring a rendition of then current minor hit, two songs that would grace The Frenz Experiment the following year, plus a superior reading (in my humble opinion) of rare B side Haf Found Bormann.
The Flower Called Nowhere
The Light Will Cease To Fail
Refractions In The Plastic Pulse
Miss Modular
Metronomic Underground
The 'Lab recorded countless sessions for the BBC during the 90s, including five for Peelie, which were largely collected on their exhaustive 2cd set ABC Music. This, their fourth, performed live to air from the BBC Maida Vale studios, wasn't included on that release, so unless you had your finger poised on the pause button back in the day (or evening as the case may be) then you won't have this!

Peel Intro
Monkey Puzzle
A Million Bubbles Burst
Teaching Snails To Make Pearls
Hey Sailor
Hot Dog

Higgle-dy Piggle-dy
Midnight In Aspen
Pacifying Joint
Interview Pt 1
Interview Pt 2
With Peel's passing and 6 Music still in it's infancy, the chance of hearing The Fall on the nation's airwaves was slim if not non-existent. Then in stepped none other than Radio 3 with this Fall Heads Roll-heavy set. In the interview MES sings the praises of the democratic nature of his current line up, blissfully unaware they would desert him midway through what turned out to be their last US tour just a few weeks later.
Maggot Caviar will return for a BOGSHED SPECTACULAR in the run up to Christmas, so keep 'em Peeled!

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Peelfest! #5

 Today would have been John Peel's 76th birthday, so I thought I'd pop back out from the woodwork from whence I originally came to enlighten the masses with another eclectic smorgasboard of sonic wonderment that is Peelfest #5.
Since I announced my "retirement" last October, whereupon a nation mourned and wept uncontrollably, sparking off severe flood warnings far and wide across the land, I seem to have spent most of my leisure time clearing out my email inbox notifying of ever-increasing downloads from this blog. I've even acquired 7 or 8 new members in my absence. Hmmmm.... maybe I should just keep quiet.
There was a time in the not so distant past when comebacks were frowned upon and were normally the reserve for burned out heavy metal bands who were forced into earning a living again due to unexpected tax bills or having their homes repossessed due to monies squandered on excessive drug usage.
But after many sleepless nights pacing the floorboards and writhing feverishly in contemplation and indecision on sweat soaked sheets, my decision was swayed when one night a bearded apparition swathed in golden light appeared at the foot of my bed.
"Young fawn!", the spirit asserted. "I hearby command you to post the Mandrake Paddle Steamer session. I realise it received a limited vinyl released a few years back, but here in the afterlife there are no turntables. I've not heard the session snce the first night of broadcast and will not rest until I have done so. Failure to comply and I will quite happily - and, for that matter, mercilessly - unleash the ghosts of my dead dogs upon ye!"
"Y-y-y-yes, Your Greatness", I stammered as the incandescent figure dematerialised into the windswept, crepuscular night.
So here he have a whopping ten sessions, two from each decade of Uncle John's broadcasting career, that are 100% guaranteed to eat up precious disk space on your hard drive. And if that wasn't more than enough, at the bottom of the post you will find ten links to upgraded sessions - including, at long last, a pristine-ish upgrade of Bogshed's fourth session from 1987 and Big Flames debut from 1984. For zydeco fans, the John Delafose 1992 session for Andy Kershaw is now complete with all six tracks.
That should keep you all amused for now. Back in October.

Senlac Lament
Cooger and Dark
Janus Suite
Ivory Castle Of Solitaire Husk
East Wing

Time Of No Reply
River Man
Three Hours
Bryter Layter
Cello Song
Some Of That Stuff
Hurry On Sundown
Seeing It As You Really Are


Pearly Winged Fly
Go and Sit Upon The Grass
Life In A Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 Ep 11
True Humility
Nigerians In A Tunnel
I Spent Ten Years
Sleepy Old Snake
Little Black Buzzer
A Wooden Tree
Mr. Cutler's sixth session for Mr. Peel. Complete set taken from a medium wave transmission in December 1975.

Cripple Creek
Hickory Holler
Long Tall Texan
Little known band I know little about. Mining similar territory to Terry & Gerry and Lash Lariat & The Long Riders, they appear to have released just one single in 1984 and an album, Skiff Skat Stuff, in 1985. This was their debut session for Peel, recording a follow up In February 1985 which you will find at the indefatigable Fruitier Than Thou youtube channel. 
Kuroja Chete
Chemedze Vana
Writing On The Wall
Let's Work Together
My Foolish Heart
Tracks 1-5: Peel #1 6/7/86
Tracks 6-9: Peel #2 21/12/86
This month marks the 20th anniversary of Biggie Tembo's tragic demise, so it seems appropriate to post the Bhundus two Peel sessions, recorded just five months apart, by way of tribute.
A couple of ropey versions of the debut session (tracks 1-5) have been circulating on youtube for eons, so here's a pristine-ish version largely taken from a re-airing when Vic Galloway sat in for Marc Riley only last month.
Kamata Lupembe
Remmy Ongala recorded at least three sessions for Andy Kershaw, which were compiled on a cd on the short-lived Strange Roots label in 1994, but this was his only session for Uncle John. If Kamata Lupembe doesn't have you dancing in your own inimitable interpretation of dancing, then quite clearly you are not in possession of legs.
The Wedge
Night Rider
3rd Stone From The Sun
Calling Up Spirits
Tracks 1-6: Peel TX 8/4/95
Tracks 7-9 Kershaw TX 7/5/95
The King of the surf guitar was undergoing a bit of a renaissance thanks to the inclusion of Miserlou as the main theme to Pulp Fiction by the time he made his first trip to the BBC Maida Vale studios. The first of five sessions Dale recorded for Peel, this was recorded in tandem with Andy Kershaw's show. The Peel tracks (1-6) are complete and got their debut airing 8th April 1995. The remaining tracks were broadcast on the Kershaw programme the following month. 

The Lady and The Travelling Man
Out On The Side
How I Long To
Dim Brains Dot Com


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Peelfest! #4

It doesn't seem possible that a whole decade has elapsed since the passing of John Peel. While his former colleagues are being exposed as paedos and pervs, Peel's legacy remains undiminished and will quite possibly inspire future generations of musicians with the misfortune of being too young to have had the pleasure of listening to his shows first time around.
So here we have the fourth - and final - Peelfest!, kicking off with two much-bootlegged-but-still-commercially-unreleased Syd-era Pink Floyd sessions from 1967, Peel's first year of broadcasting at Radio 1. Ideally, it would have been fitting to end this post with a session from 2004, but all I had from that year was The Magic Band's set which is already available @ Life Has Surface Noise (along with the ATP set from April 2003), so it seems pointless duplicating it here.
And so it seems appropriate to call time on my life as a blogger and consign Maggot Caviar to the flotsam of cyberspace, until rediscovered a hundred years from now by a futuristic music obsessive commuting to work by jetpack, whose genetically-modified cerebellum with built in Wi-Fi accidently stumbles across these archaic but perfectly preserved pages.
Nostalgia be damned!
 But as Shaw Taylor used to say on Police 5: Keep 'em Peeled!
Matilda Mother
The Gnome
Reaction In G
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Vegetable Man
Scream Thy Last Scream
Pow R Toch H
Jugband Blues
Fone Bone
Pipe Dream
I Will Never Be The One To Break Your Heart
Please Please Please
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 15
Glasgow Dreamer Ep 14
The River Bends
Local Natural Sounds
Free Wood
A Warm Bucket
The Book
A Big Head
Carry On Dancing
A Romantic Man
01 Paid Cheto Ar Pam (Don't Cheat On Pam)
If Fingers Were Xylophones
Plethau (Things)
Long Was The Year
Echo's Answer
Where Youth and Laughter Go
The Drinking Eye
Pro-Your Life
Tiny Girls
Leave The Day Free
Come On Over To My House
Bad Girl
I'll Keep Holding On
Village Of Love
 Song For The Family
Wake Up To The World
At Your Luau
Nothing Here
Lover Lover
Your Priorities
HD Rider
Show Me The Roof
Winners Lose
Running Around
I Don’t Mind
Colour Me In
And if you are reading this a hundred years from now, hello from beyond the grave and don't forget to leave a comment!
Thanks very much for listening......Goodnight.


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
Hundred Hollow Horses
Here/Come Again
Never Seen That Girl Before
Richard Said
I'm All Messed Up
Capa Milo
Into The Dark
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
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