Posts Tagged ‘Peel Acres

29
Dec
06

20 Fun-Packed Peel Sessions

Here’s a quick end-of-year round-up of the last 20 Peel Sessions brought to you courtesy of The Runout Groove and The Perfumed Garden. There are plenty more where these came from so go and take a gander. Don’t these boys work hard on our behalf?

| The Runout Groove

Aerial M (1998)
Trans Am (2000)
Aereogramme (2003)
Man Or Astro-Man? (1999)
Calexico (2003)
Calexico (1999)
Bardo Pond (2001)
Pretty Girls Make Graves (2003)
Ballboy (2000 & 2003)
PJ Harvey – Live at Peel Acres (2004)

| Or jump over to The Runout Groove and browse…

| The Perfumed Garden

Bikini Kill (1993)
Monkey Steals The Drum (2000)
Camera Obscura (2001)
Ride (1990)
Tim Buckley (1968)
Carcass (1989)
Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle (F.S.K.) (1986)
Gallon Drunk & Breed (Clawfist Records Peel Sessions)
Viv Stanshall (1977)
The Wedding Present – John Peel’s 50th Birthday Bash (1989)

| Or jump over to The Perfumed Garden and browse…

20
Sep
06

More John Peel For Sale

It looks like the BBC has finally come around to truly appreciate the unique talents of Sir John Peel. To cash-in, excuse me, to tie-in with the second annual John Peel Day BBC Enterprises release John Peel Remembered and Home Truths: The Peel Years & Beyond on the 2nd of October and 2nd of November respectively.

Am I being overly cynical or is it perhaps easier for the BBC to appreciate John PeelTM the brand over the previous awkwardly principled living breathing model?

John Peel Remembered includes the Radio 4 Book of the Week serialisation of Margrave of the Marshes, Peel’s part-written autobiography completed by his wife, Sheila Ravenscroft and a Home Truths Special, a special programme to mark the anniversary of John Peel’s death, in which Tom Robinson visits Peel Acres to meet John’s wife Sheila and their four children. Available on tape and CD.

BBC Radio 4’s Home Truths, which was hosted by John Peel from 1998 until his death in 2004, had a hugely dedicated following. The programme became synonymous with Peel and with his family, as well as his unique and eccentric views on British life, which were reflected in the people he chose to contribute to the programme.

From an autistic child who’s a brilliant magician, to the Page 3 girl who became a mayor; and from a man betrayed by his best friend to a fire-eater in a giant, pink rabbit’s suit, Home Truths was at its strongest when it juxtaposed the inspiring with the humorous, the moving with the idiosyncratic. Never sentimental, it was often incredibly moving and, in the voice of John Peel in particular, managed to be enquiring without being voyeuristic, concerned but never ingratiating.

This collection of the best stories from the programme reflects the particular character of the show and its contributors, ranging between comedy and tragedy, eccentricity and inspiration. A perfect bedside companion, and a book for dipping into, Home Truths: The Peel Years and Beyond wonderfully evokes the true flavour and voices of British life. Available in Hardback book.

08
Jul
06

The John Peel Show 23rd, 24th & 25th July 2002


Thank you for all the positive feedback. I never fish for sympathy but if I’m in a low I see no reason why I shouldn’t mention it just as a matter of fact really. Having said that I can’t begin to tell you just how good it does me to get any response at all. I enjoy making these recording available – especially to people who may not have much knowledge as to who John Peel is. See Bruce Hodder’s post for the shocking evidence!

A bit late this week, but here’s the latest batch of uploads – and pretty good sessions too!

Tuesday 23rd July 2002
Peel Session:
Misty In Roots
http://www.mistyinroots.ws/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/m/mistyinroots/
Tracklisting:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/tracklistings/peel_archive_shtml.shtml?20020723

Wednesday 24th July 2002
Peel Session:
Icarus Line
http://www.icarusline.com/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/i/icarusline/
Tracklisting:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/tracklistings/peel_archive_shtml.shtml?20020724

Thursday 25th July 2002
Peel Session:
Belle and Sebastian
http://www.belleandsebastian.co.uk/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/b/bellesebastian
Tracklisting:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/tracklistings/peel_archive_shtml.shtml?20020725

NEW! The John Peel Torrent Index & Bonus File!
You may have noticed a new feature that’s been added to this site: It’s the John Peel Torrent Feed. It shows you what’s currently available without having to search yourself. Neat huh?

I found this programme while casually searching torrent files the other day. I’ve no idea who seeded this originally but I’m certainly glad they did as it was one that I was missing. You’ll find the link to it over there down on the left!

Tuesday 24th December 2003
Peel Sessions:
Laura Cantrell
http://www.lauracantrell.com/
http://www.matadorrecords.com/laura_cantrell/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/l/lauracantrell
Ballboy
http://www.ballboy.org/
http://www.slrecords.net/ballboy.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/artists/b/ballboy
The Peel Family Choir
Tracklisting:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/johnpeel/tracklistings/peel_archive_shtml.shtml?20031224

Some really nice photos from this programme feature on the Ballboy website here. You might find you suffer mixed emotions when looking at the happy faces in this gallery. It was the last Christmas programme from Peel Acres of course.

05
Jun
06

The John Peel Show (four new downloads)

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John Peel Archive


Not one, not two, not three but four John Peel radio programmes have been uploaded today for your enjoyment. That’s 8 fabulous hours of the mighty Peelster – join now and get this fantastic ring binder absolutely free!!!!

All from the week of July 2002 plus a bonus from the 18th June, the week before where our John discusses his time in Barcelona. You know how last time I said I’d match the date of the uploads to the present day? Well it didn’t last beyond that one but coincidentally the first batch I pulled off my set of DVD’s are close‘ish!

There is a minisite at over at Radio 1 concerning the Sonar festival in Barcelona including lo-if video our of John’s expedition.

Sonar 2006 at Radio 1
Sonar 2006 Official Website
“Oh to be in Spain now the summer’s here”

The John Peel Show – 18th June 2002 (68.4MB)
Included here as the last week before July but where John talks of his time at the Barcelona Sonar Festival. At 8 minutes 13 seconds in is the track What Kinder World by Uplifter which John describes as loving “..to the point of madness” – I agree and confess to having this play on a loop here at domestic empire HQ!
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The John Peel Show – 2nd July 2002 (68.4MB)
Features Dj/Rupture Recorded Live At The Sonar Festival In Barcelona.
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The John Peel Show – 3rd July 2002 (68.4MB)
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The John Peel Show – 4th July 2002 (68.4MB)
Features Nina Nastasia Live at Peel Acres.
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19
Mar
06

The Last Broadcast

John Peel’s Final BBC World Service Programmes

John pre-recorded three half hour shows for his regular BBC World Service slot at his home at Peel Acres before setting off for his trip to Peru. A traditional technique employed by broadcasters to ensure seemless programming, these were to be played-out during his holiday.

I remember seeing a television programme years ago illustrating an American radio station that was completely automated – probably Entertainment USA with that kiddie-fiddler jonathan king. It had no staff other than one or two technicians – similar to how many digital tv channels are structured these days. Each pre-recorded DJ link would be slotted in between records and ads. Even the time checks were pre-recorded. I imagine money could be saved by paying said DJ an hourly rate. His intros for the week could all be recorded at once – probably in time it would’ve taken them to do one live sit-down programme. But no one weeps for DJ’s – ‘quite right too’, as Peelie himself would almost certainly have said.

John may have refered to himself as a DJ but like most employed in radio by the Beeb, they’re primarily presenters. As opposed to commercial radio in the UK where the DJ’s only obligation is not to talk over the ads. In fact the technology is such that if he or she does get the timing wrong the computer just fades them down and the commercials up – still, keeps them in their place I say! Mind you having heard 6Music recently I’m not so sure that criteria still holds water. My God, you actually have people sounded like they are in training for Hospital Radio. Really, from what I’ve heard it’s truly fucking awful. Not bad in a funny way or bad in a good way – just baaaaad.

But I’m getting further away from the crux of this post. Introduced by Mark Coles (described as “..a fellow World Service music broadcaster and a life-long friend.”), these World Service programmes were, in the end, broadcast posthumously. I managed to catch the first two but missed the third. If anyone has that third programme please get in touch.

The files were converted from a pitifull 22kHz mono Real Audio feed. I’ve converted them to mp3, and sent them through a ten band equaliser with the hope this might offset some of the additional compression that is inevitable, but to be fair there aint much one can do with a source like that. Though it does now sound less ‘boxy’ than most World Service feeds. Playlists included!

Kat’s Karavan
Access code: johnpeeleveryday

TECHNICAL GUMPH:
The files are compressed using WinRar I’ve lost data to zip in the past but never to rar. If you don’t have WinRar already installed and can’t be arsed to buy it, use one of the freebies below to get at the files.

For Windows:
http://www.nullify.net/Default.aspx?page=winunrar
http://www.nullify.net/files/WinUnrar%20Setup.msi

For Mac:
http://unrarx.sourceforge.net/
http://webpages.charter.net/kyngchaos/software/files/UnRarX20.dmg
or
http://rarexpander.sourceforge.net/index.html
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/rarexpander/rar_expander_v083.dmg?download

27
Oct
05

John Peel – BBC Radio 4 Home Truths Programme

Celebrating John Peel
This week, Home Truths comes from Peel Acres in Suffolk. Tom Robinson presents a tribute to John Peel with Sheila and the family, along with your memories of John – and news of the The John Peel train.

(web page) http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths/
(direct) rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/hometruths/hometruths.ra
[this links to the current week’s programme and will change on Saturday – so you have until then.]

A Home Truths tribute to John Peel from 2004.
The programme, presented by Roger McGough, looks back at some of Peel’s highlights on the show.

(web page) http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths/20041030_peel_tribute.shtml
(player) http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hometruths/ram/20041030_peel_tribute.ram
(direct) rtsp://rmv8.bbc.net.uk/radio4/hometruths/hometruths_20041030.ra




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