Speakers Push Air

Stagger Cast #10
November 25, 2010, 8:06 pm
Filed under: Mixes

… has been mixed and uploaded here. If you want to download it, the link is at the very foot of the page


November 25, 2010, 1:25 pm
Filed under: All Back To My Place

At risk of sounding creepy, Flounder is one of my favourite people, a true gent. Among his many past roles was roadcrew to goths and cowpunks alike, and from that he’s becoming increasingly involved in Endorse It! festival (my favourite festival and not just cos they let me have my own tent) to the point where he now programmes some of it, does all sorts of web voodoo and even helps with other festivals now. Not to mention his role as banjo player and vocalist for The Boot Hill All Stars, the finest (only?) hillbilly ska band around (trust me, it works!). He’s thoroughly immersed in the scrumpy and western scene and a firm supporter of talent from all over the area.
So folks, please welcome Flounder Murray – one of the good guys.

What music are you currently grooving to?

The Inbredz – a local ( Somerset) hip-hop band. A bit like GLC meets Who’s Afear’d. They were on after us at Glastonbury and truly were a highlight of my weekend. Without wanting to get all sickly-hero-worship on your ass, I’m also enjoying the podcasts from your good self & a lot of old time banjo stuff, mainly to listen to the licks for ideas. Another nod goes in the direction of Punk-steppers NOVA.

(ed – I’ve used some Who’s Afear’d here because I couldn’t find any decent Inbredz or Nova clips, and also because the late lamented Who’s Afear’d encapsulate a lot of what Endorse It! and, I guess, Flounder himself, are about. Drinking, mainly.. )

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?

Probably Stomping at The Klub Foot vol 1, which was one of the records that started the whole thing off for me, alongside various Meteors, King Kurt & Guana Batz stuff.

Other nods have to goto Wish you were here by Pink Floyd & Go Wild by Culture Shock. Incidentally, Paul from Culture Shock is writing new material and using Morph’s ( my wife) vocals.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?

Album was Out of the blue by ELO ( from WH Smiths in Chester)  cos I liked the cover – I was about 9 yrs old and like any 9 yr old boy loved all things spaceship. That cover wanged my imagination all over the place and I used to spend hours looking at it and imagining adventures that could be had. I think I even had a bash at making it out of Lego. Pity that the actual album was so bland.

First single was Some Girls will by Racey, from Smiths again. I liked the rock n roll 50’s  groove and as The Fonz was the coolest thing I’d been exposed to it sort of fitted in to my perspective of the world. I think it was latterly used in target practice.

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

I came to the whole thing a bit late really, after a brief spell DJing ( had another baby, so they had to go) and then trying to learn the guitar ( too many strings) – the banjo just fits in nicely  I don’t really do heroes and all that, so there’s no-one that actually stands out.

I admire anyone who can play no matter what the instrument – it’s a huge amount of practice & commitment . You do have to be able to perform though, if doing it live. People have come along to be entertained, so that is the least that they deserve. I’ve seen some technically brilliant bands, but last only 10 mins due to boredom and lack of engagement. Cranmore, Boot Hill’s Drummer, (and King Of Dorset – ed.) has a nice little ditty that we say before each show – goes along the lines of “grabbing the audience by the bollocks and fu….do unmentionable things do them” – it’s not really printable, but it does serve as a reminder to do your best.  I enjoy good front men/women –there’s some corkers around at the minute.

Sorry, that was a long winded way of not answering the question.

What do you sing in the shower?

Could be anything from Gilbert & Sullivan to the lyrics of a new Boot Hill song that I need to learn

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

There’s so many and it’d be depending on what the night had in store – I’m quite liking Babyhead and Los Albertos at the mo

And your Sunday morning record?

As above  – something pumping  – The Prodigy‘s Thunder maybe. Or some laid back ska – a lot of it would be dependant on what the previous evening’s antics had been about.


Thanks, Flounder. You’re a fucking diamond.

November 25, 2010, 12:01 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

Coil mean so much to me I even have their art inked on my body.

Request-A-Mix #1: The Book Lovers
November 22, 2010, 4:46 pm
Filed under: Mixes, Request-A-Mix

After making Ted his Robot Mix, I was tickled by the idea of Request-A-Mix – an occasional mix generated by suggestions from friends on Facetwitter or wherever. I had some great suggestions for the first one, some of which might get made, but it was the suggestion of “books” from demon librarian Glenda Read that fired my imagination the most, so that’s what you’re getting.

It’d be far too easy just to run a few key words (books, writers etc) through a search of my mp3 folders, so while I did do that, I also tried to be a little smarter about it – songs about authors, stories, about the joy of reading, about libraries and, of course, librarians. So  here goes…

Request-A-Mix #1: The Book Lovers
(192kbps, 78 mins, 107mb)

1. Tom Waits – Childrens Story

2. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Burn It Down

3. The Divine Comedy – The Book Lovers

4. Bo Diddley – You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

5. The Go Betweens – Karen

6. The Pandoras – I Could Write A Book About My Baby

7. Slick Rick – A Children’s Story

8. The Heptones – Book Of Rules

9. Tom Russell – Extract from Harry Partch, Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce

10. Love – My Little Red Book

11. Tuung – Stories

12. The Kinks – Picture Book

13. Modest Mouse – Bukowski

14. Joanna Newsom – The Book Of Right On

15. The Moontones – Book Of Love

16. Terry Hall Reads The Lion & Albert

17.  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – We Call Upon The Author To Explain

18. Husker Du – Books About UFOs

19. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Storybook Children

20. Harry Crews

21. Hank Williams – When The Book Of Life is Read

22. Broadcast – The Book Lovers

23. The Auteurs – Government Bookstore (session version)

24. Elvis Costello – Everyday I Write The Book

25. The Sundays – Here’s Where The Story Ends

Domo Arigato, Mr Roboto
November 18, 2010, 8:50 pm
Filed under: Mixes

My mate Ted has a blog. About robots. So I made him a mix About robots. And here it is.

Ted’s Robot Mix (75 mins, 192kbps, 103mbs)

1. Kraftwerk – Die Roboter
2. Princess Superstar – Do It Like A Robot
3. Disrupt – Robot Tracker
4. The Juan Maclean – I Robot
5. Senor Coconut – The Robots
6.  The Prodigy – Android
7. Jesper Dehlbeck – Robot Dance
8. Ten Benson – Robot Tourist
9. Add N To X – Robot New York
10. Man Or Astroman –  Cyborg Control
11. Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
12. FC Kahuna – Machine Says Yes
13. Hawkwind – Spirit Of The Age
14. Crawling Chaos – Sex Machine
15. Techno Animal – Cyborg Dread
16. Balanescu Quartet – Robots

Singalong With Morton Valence
November 15, 2010, 4:33 pm
Filed under: Miscellaneous

there’s no new Morton Valence album this year, which means some other lesser artist will get the top spot in my end of year charts. But the odd track has leaked out of their Oval Ivory Tower. Like this one, now available in karaoke-vision, so be sure to join in.

The Seige Of Millbank
November 10, 2010, 8:04 pm
Filed under: Mixes

this mix started the day as a joyful celebration of bass weight and then got a little bit overexcited as I watched the Seige Of Millbank. Praise be to Sky News (“Kay Burley is what you get if you don’t invest in education“) for announcing at one point “drums and bass is playing.. and the beer is flowing”.

Drum & Bass Is Playing & The Beer Is Flowing (60mins, 256kbps, 109mb)

1. Super Chron Flight Brothers – Dirtweed
2. Digital Mystikz – Earth A Run Red
3. Mims Ft Baby Cham & Junior Reid – This Is Why I’m Hot
4. Ghislain Poirier – Blazin’ (Modeselektor mix)
5. Tribe Of Isichaar – Wardance
6. Team Shadetek – Brooklyn Anthem
7. Dr Israel – Hardcore War Inna Jungle
8. Blood Of The Heroes – Blinded
9. DJ Rupture – Old Skool Armageddon
10. High Contrast – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Jonny L Remix)
11. DJ Scud – Strong Back
12. Congo Natty – Kunte Kinte (dub)
13. DJ Scud & Nomex – Total Destruction

Staggering On…
November 9, 2010, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Mixes

I’ve been a bit slack about posting details of my weekly Stagger Cast – a weekly hour long podcast of the kind of tunes I play out in my Stagger Lee / Randy & Earl’s Old Record Club personae. I’m up to number 7 – number 8 will probably get uploaded tomorrow – and each one gets taken down after 4 weeks to be replaced by the newest. So apologies if you’ve missed a couple.

The link to my podomatic profile is here

There’s a download link right at the foot of the page (a bit hidden) and you can subscribe and stuff too, if you like. I’m really pleased with how they’re turning out, although I’ve yet to turn them into a radio show which is kind of my dream. Awww…

All Back To My Place #6: Eric Kleptone
November 9, 2010, 11:37 am
Filed under: All Back To My Place

The PROD crew first came across The Kleptones in the “last chance saloon” that is the Lost Vagueness tent, at Electric Picnic a few years ago. Through the fug of several days drinking, it became clear that the guy on stage was doing frankly ABSURD things with his set. Mixing tunes that really didn’t belong together and making it work; bringing a humour and eclecticism as well as some real damn funk to his mash-ups / reworks at a time when the mash-up was becoming just something else for EMI to use to flog their tired singles. He was, in fact, the bomb and we were in love.

You can get a wealth of Kleptone sounds here and you should! (his twitter feed @kleptones is well worth an add too). It’s remarkable stuff. Eric himself sums up what he does as an attempt to “demonstrate that audio collage is a force that can move the mind, the heart and the body simultaneously, often in new and unexpected directions”. Which sounds good to me.

The Kleptones

So, ladies and germs, I give you Eric Kleptone. Respect for not only providing a wealth of great links but also obviously putting a lot of thought into it..


What music are you currently grooving to?

Right now the grooviest things are all remixes, not surprising for me, really: a pile of Pete Herbert (http://soundcloud.com/peteatlas) remixes and re-edits (damn, the man is on a roll right now – worth investigating if you think that melodic electronic dance music has gone to the dogs), a few choice “re-edits” of 70s funk and rock (I use the word in inverted commas as it can mean anything from simply re-structuring the tune to adding shitloads of drums, synths and effects – since when did “remix” become such a dirty word?). A great example is this version of Deep Purple‘s “You Keep On Moving” from two guys in San Sebastian (http://soundcloud.com/the-two-mamarrachos/you-keep-on-moving-t2mm-edit).

I’m also digging into loads of what has sadly become known as Global Tech (but hey, everything needs a name I guess) – which is, simplistically, producers using the internet and bootleg technology to cross rhythms and styles from around the world, so you get people in the Netherlands sampling Cumbia rhythms which then get sped up and remixed by someone in South Africa, which then gets downloaded and played in a club in London etc… all within a week. It’s like sticking your ears in aural river rapids – an invigorating rush, and by the time you’ve heard it, it’s retro.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?

This is probably the most dreaded question… there’s so many, and for so many reasons, but, as you say, if push comes to shove it would probably have to be Ian Dury‘s “New Boots And Panties“. I first heard it through my older brother when I was seven, and for some odd reason, probably me reciting some lyrics, my primary school teacher at the time enquired about it – I told her I could make her a cassette copy, which I promptly did – learning how to wire my record player up to my bro’s ghetto blaster in the process – my entry into the world of peer-to-peer!

But really, it’s got everything, from balls-to-the-wall punk, crisp rock’n’rollers and some serious funk playing – to get that all on one album without fucking up the flow is testament to both the Blockheads chops and Dury’s voice and words being the glue that holds it all together. Also an absolute masterpiece of a cover photo.

Furthermore, the aforementioned tune, along with “Frigging In The Rigging” gave me a solid grounding in swearing (always a useful skill for a seven year old). It still gives me a thrill to stick on “Wake Up And Make Love With Me” at a party around sunrise – everyone, whether they know it or not, gets down to it without hesitation.

Sadly I never got to see the bugger live – he cancelled the Glastonbury show I would have seen as he was too ill. So that’s in my imagination too, which only adds to the mystique. Since then I’ve made a concerted effort to check out any of my heroes still worth bothering about when the opportunity arises – you never know if you’ll get the chance again…

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?

Ah… David Bowie‘s “Space Oddity”, when it got re-issued and hit number one in 1975 – I was five. “Changes” and “Velvet Goldmine” on the B-side.

I remember standing in the Co-Op in Dover, where they had a wooden rack of the top 20 singles at the foot of the steps down to the basement floor, and pointing up to the orange-centred one at the top left going “That one!” to my mum, who reluctantly reached for her purse and handed over the necessary coinage.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” followed soon after, so I was fucking cursed from a very early age…
(ed: maybe so, but a grounding in Queen did make for some of the Kleptones finest, most twisted moments)

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

David Bowie again, really. He’s done the lot, hasn’t he? The mod kid, the hippie, the struggle, the success, the women, the men, the drugs, the ego, the Eno, the Glass Spider, the Muppets. And, in comparison to most of his age and ilk, he’s growing old quite quietly and gracefully, yet could still put out what the fuck he likes tomorrow and people would give it a solid listen.

.. the muppets...

What do you sing in the shower?

I rarely sing in the shower, but if I do I’m making up nonsense lyrics to well known tunes. “Just a bacon tree, love don’t live here any more” is a current favourite.

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

Apart from the above groove selection, at the moment probably “You Can’t Hide From Yourself” by Teddy Pendergrass. It’s been sampled and remixed to death, but still shines bright in any form, and turns an average night into a splendid one every time.

And your Sunday morning record?

Right now it would have to be “Stranded” by The Walkmen. They’re one of those bands that probably could be a lot bigger than they actually are, but just can’t help making their tunes a little different from everyone else. “Stranded” is from their latest album “Lisbon”, and in my imagination is being sung drunk from half way up a lamp-post. It takes a certain kind of person to make a ballad that swaggers, but these guys get it bang on.

And here to finish, some Kleptones with an astonishing video from Boris B.

Thanks Eric.

Mr Eric Kleptone

All Back To My Place – Phase 2
November 9, 2010, 10:56 am
Filed under: All Back To My Place

Back in the spring you might recall I started a little blog feature called All Back To My Place. Identical in every way to the feature in each issue of Mojo magazine with one vital difference: I’m only asking cool people.

So far I’ve posted contributions from Hue Jah Fink, Matthew McCarthy, Alice Nutter, Paul White and Rob Davis, which are all in the archives here if you click on the All Back To My Place tag.

Anyway, I’ve got another batch to start posting up, so watch ^^^ that space.