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