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19
Aug
09

Tom Ravenscroft on BBC 6 Music

Tom Ravenscroft

Tom Ravenscroft

Tom Ravenscroft

Marc Riley/Tom Ravenscroft programme page

Tom Ravenscroft will be in the chair for the week while Marc Riley is on holiday.

Programmes run from 24th August, Monday to Thursday on BBC 6 Music at 19:00 to 21:00.

• MONDAY 2009/08/24

Programme link
Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Marc Riley and is joined by American musician Bill Callahan.

Tonight he’s got Bill Callahan, formerly known as Smog, in the studio for a live session and we are very, very excited about this.

Bill Callahan is a prolific American musician who currently lives in Austin, Texas. In 2007, Callahan released Woke On A Whaleheart, his first solo album released under his own name. His current album Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle was released in March.

Cat Power recorded Callahan’s song Bathysphere on her 1996 album What Would the Community Think and also covered another Callahan song, Red Apples, on her Covers Record, released in 2000.

Smog’s Cold Blooded Old Times appears on the High Fidelity soundtrack and the song Vessel In Vain was also used on the soundtrack of the independent British film Dead Man’s Shoes in 2004. In 2009, Callahan contributed cover songs to three separate tribute albums to Judee Sill, Kath Bloom, and Merge Records.

• TUESDAY 2009/08/25

Programme link
Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Marc Riley with a session from AJ Holmes.

Tonight it’s Tom Ravenscroft’s second night in the steam cleaned chair of Marc Riley. His session band is A.J. Holmes & The Hackney, Empire who describe their unique blend of African and European pop music as “The New Electric Hi-Life”.

A.J. Holmes & The Hackney Empire is currently the resident band at the monthly London tropical party Secousse and have recently played with David Byrne at the Royal Festival Hall.

The band are A.J. Holmes on guitar and vocals, Ian Simon Andrew Darroue on bongos, tambourine, djembe and vocals, Simon Keer on drums, electric drums and sampler, Polly Soloman on maracas and vocals, Emile George Ogoo on bass and vocals and finally Martyn Pott on bass.

African musician and teacher Folo Graff emigrated from Sierra Leone, West Africa to the birth place of A.J. Holmes (the East End of London) in 1976. In 1999 they became neighbours and a year later Graff started to teach Holmes guitar music. Mixing this with his background in electric pop Holmes has developed irresistible dance tracks, instrumentals with a fragile swing, pop tunes with earworm qualities, or heart-warming love songs and they are crowned by his own emotional and self-ironic lyrics. The term hi-life is from ‘Highlife’ a musical genre that originated in Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria starting in the 1920s.

• WEDNESDAY 26/08/2009

Programme link
Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Marc Riley and is joined by UK post-rock band Sian Alice Group

It’s day three of Tom Ravenscroft’s stint on the Marc Riley show and tonight he’s booked Sian Alice Group, a band whose music has been described as “analog-synthtronica”

The band are a collective of UK Musicians: Sian Ahern, Rupert Clervaux and Ben Crook. In the past couple of years they’ve been very productive with the epic album 59.59, The Dusk Line EP and the experimental Remix 12″. They’re back now with a new second album Troubled, Shaken Etc which was released at the beginning of August.

• THURSDAY 2009/08/26

Programme link TBA
Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Marc Riley. Details TBA.

21
Apr
09

Andy Kershaw on BBC Radio 4

Andy Kershaw

Andy Kershaw talks about rebuilding his life and career.

Here’s an early notication that’s sure to be of interest to a great many that frequent this site.

On the Ropes
09:00-09:30 (repeated at 21:30-22:00)
Tuesday 28th April 2009
BBC Radio 4

John Humphrys talks to successful people who have weathered storms in their careers.

Andy Kershaw talks about rebuilding his life and career after losing his BBC radio show and spending time in prison for breaking a restraining order.

Andy has enjoyed a highly successful broadcasting career, winning a brace of Sony Radio awards and receiving critical acclaim for his reports from Rwanda, Angola, Haiti and Iraq. However, his outspoken opinions led to him being dropped by Radio One; he openly attacked Bob Geldof over his stance on Africa and in 2007 his personal life began to suffer.

He was arrested trying to break into the home of his former girlfriend and was found guilty of drink driving. A restraining order was placed on Andy, and his Radio 3 show was taken off air. In 2008 he breached this restraining order in an attempt to see his two children and ended up in jail. He is attempting to rebuild his life and career.

source: BBC Radio 4

// audio links to follow

23
Mar
09

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle (+JP DL)

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle

The Format That Dare Not Speak It’s Name. Welcome Back To Adult Television.

I’ve only just got around to watching the first episode of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle and it’s extremely rare these days I can empathise wholeheartedly with anything delivered via a sanctimonious mainstream media, but this was a wonderful exception.

For those that feel the merest hint of an insightful or intellectual thought made in public these days is likely to invoke a scene reminiscent of the threatening mob from Don Siegel’s 1956 classic allegory, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, switch your television to BBC2 at 10 O’clock on Mondays.

Armando Iannucci is Executive Producer. How much convincing do you need?

John Peel Footnote
But that’s not all! Upon visiting Mr. Lee’s website I found a John Peel Show file for download. “16 October 1996 – Richard Herring and Stewart Lee appear on the John Peel show, a teenage dream”. You’ll find it in the archives section. I’ve not listened to it yet so I can’t advise on how it compares with the version/s already circulating. See also “John Peel stands in for Mark Radcliffe and Rich & Stew guest”

stewartlee.co.uk
Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle BBC2

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is on Mondays at 10pm on BBC2

DVD & Music Update

Nice mash.

Nice mash.


Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle is due out on DVD in September so no more posting links once it’s commercially available please. Once it’s released the links here will have to come down. What do you want, ‘The moon on a stick’? Actually while we’re on the subject, if you liked this series then seek out the two DVDs of him performing live. His comedy works even better in longer form.

“What’s that tune in Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle?”

The server logs reveal that quite a few people are arriving here as a result of searching for the theme music used over the opening titles of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. Well it’s Tom Hark by Elias & His Zig Zag Jive Flutes, from that ‘golden year’ 1958. It appears onJohn Peel and Sheila, The Pig’s Big 78’s – A Beginner’s Guide, and is available from Trikont Records, Klang, their UK distributor, or any one of these fine indie retailers. Also, via YouTube, the ’58 original, plus Brighton band The Piranhas’ 1980 vocal version on Top of the Pops.

18
Mar
09

BBC iPlayer Technical Support

BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer


I foresee ongoing problems with iPlayer that will certainly delay future uploads. I’ve taken heed and bookmarked technical support.

However they were great at fixing the problem last week by re-editing the programme in question. Moreover they achieved this very quickly indeed. Easily within the space of 5 hours. So, technical issues with the software aside, I wish to give the BBC iPlayer Support and 6 Music Website Team a huge thank you. Respect ;)

I may occasionally moan about the Beeb but that’s all to do with upper management, not the people who do the real grafting.

11
Mar
09

You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again (Complete Series)

You'll Never Be Sixteen Again

You'll Never Be Sixteen Again

“A rare chance to hear this acclaimed series, presented by John Peel and first broadcast in 1985, which tells the story of the British teenager through music, archive and reminiscences.”

It’s time once again to man the editing block (ask your parents!), as “6 Music Plays It Again” but in bite-sized chunks of course. One ought not to complain though, because it’s good to know someone has the good sense to embark upon regular raids within the BBC archives.

Each of the original one hour episodes was split in two and broadcast over consecutive nights which necessitated a degree of creative editing that I only really embarked upon with any degree of flair from episode 3.

I might re-edit 1 and 2 if only to provide consistency, although I don’t think it will bother anyone too much, other than myself if, as I suspect, It becomes yet another of those empty ‘promises’ that you’ve doubtless come to expect from me.

Although fostering low expectations for this site must make anything a welcome bonus I imagine. Perhaps somewhat like the denial of a wife-beater’s prey whose loyalty rests on the claim that, “He’s actually quite a softie really”.

NOTICE: I foolishly named rar files, 1 & 2, the wrong way around. However the links are correct and so are the actual audio files within!

↓ Episode 1 : Ain’t Misbehavin’

“A look at austerity, fashion, Elvis Presley, rock ‘n’ roll and attitudes towards sex.”
01. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1985).mp3

↓ Episode 2 : Puttin’ on the Style

“Looking at skiffle, trad jazz, beatniks, beehives, coffee bars, Aldermaston and the twist.”
02. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – Puttin’ on the Style (1985).mp3

↓ Episode 3 : I’m Into Something Good

“The era of Merseybeat, Mods & Rockers and ‘Swinging London’.”
03. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – I’m Into Something Good (1985).mp3

↓ Episode 4 : Hello, I Love You

“Flower power, student protest and the road to Katmandu.”
04. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – Hello, I Love You (1985).mp3

↓ Episode 5 : In a Broken Dream

“The era of long hair, skinheads and tartan-trousered teenyboppers.”
05. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – In a Broken Dream (1985).mp3

↓ Episode 6 : Pretty Vacant

“The rise and fall of punk, the John Travolta disco boom and riots in the cities.”
WARNING: THIS EPISODE FEATURES THE VOICE OF THAT M*RGARET TH*TCHER. LISTENERS WHO DO NOT WISH TO BE REMINDED OF THE MANIACAL FECTULANCE THAT CONTINUES TO EMANATE FROM THIS RANCID OLD CUNT’S PUSS-FILLED FILTHY FACE MAY PREFER TO AVOID WHAT IS OTHERWISE AN ENJOYABLE PROGRAMME.
06. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – Pretty Vacant (1985).mp3

↓ Episode 7 : Best Years of Our Lives

“New Romantics, glue sniffers, casuals and psychobillies.”
07. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again – Best Years of Our Lives (1985).mp3

27
Jan
09

The Big O (updated)

Shades and a mean guitar...genius.

Shades and a mean guitar...genius.

I must admit, I’d never heard about this documentary, but I wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to hear it.  And John  was always good at the documentary thing.

At midnight on 29  and 30 January, BBC6 is broadcasting a two-part documentary about Roy Orbison, narrated by Peel, who was always a great fan, and in fact chose It’s Over as one of his Desert Island Discs. Where I live (South Korea), I’ll be able to make morning coffee and toast for myself and my wife while listening, as opposed to staggering back bleary-eyed from the pub and then finding you missed it.

I particularly like a story JP wrote for the Times in 1994 when he described seeing him live just before he died: one wobbly start (with Running Scared, I think), then the voice of a god came through. Sheila believes he would have nominated the Ipswich gig as one of his best ever.

[UPDATED]
Link in comments.

03
Jan
09

Radio Ravenscroft

Tom and William Ravenscroft on BBC Radio
BBC 6 Music Schedule for Saturday 3rd January 2009 at midnight

00:00 BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson
Tom and William Ravenscroft, sons of the late John Peel, guest on Tom Robinson’s programme with two hours of new music.

So that’s midnight Saturday until 2am Sunday morning on BBC 6 Music.

Read less at the new and crappy BBC website
Unpredictable Porridge A going concern? Forum still not working prop.
→ Tom’s podcasts for Channel 4

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P.S.
I’m sending out invites so that others can contribute news and links to their own Peel site updates. Just because I want to take a back seat shouldn’t allow the site to go unloved. If you’ve got a reason to be invited just ask.

13
Sep
08

It’s Alive

It’s Alive: A Celebration of the Session with John Walters

Michael Redgrave and Hugo. But which is the dummy?  Ealing Studios' classic Dead of Night from 1945

Michael Redgrave with Hugo. Ealing Studios' classic Dead of Night from 1945

In this BBC radio documentary from 1991, John Walters relates a potted history spanning over 70 years of the BBC music session, with conributions from John Peel, Bernie Andrews, Dale Griffin, Peter Hooton, Robert Wyatt, Phil Collins, Nick Gomm, Siouxsie, Steve Severin, and erm, Jordan. Huh?

Audio demuxed by me from a DVD compiled by Alasdair via jah-peel. The detailed running order is also courtesy of Alasdair. Thank you sir.

While you’re fetching the link from the comments, you could thank Alasdair. Fair deal? :)

01. Intro
02. Jimi Hendrix : Radio 1 Jingle
03. John Walters narration / Hoovers interview (1991-01-29)
04. Alan Price Set : Barefootin’ 1966 Saturday Club
05. Narration / interviews
06. Bernie Andrews interview / Dave Clarke Five : Bits & Pieces
07. Narration / interviews
08. Jimi Hendrix : Get My Heart Together Again (1967-12-15) / narration & interviews
09. Narration / interviews / T-Rex : Ride A White Swan
10. Narration / interviews / Soft Machine : Moon In June (1969-06-10) / narration / interviews
11. Brand X : unknown (1976-02-26 or 1976-07-15) / narration / interviews
12. Narration / interviews / Gene Vincent : Be Bop A Lula (1971-10-01)
13. 2 Chimpanzees playing piano (1971, unreleased/unbroadcast) / narration / interviews
14. Narration / interviews / Carol Concert 1970 (Rod Stewart) / narration
15. Narration / interviews / The Damned : Stab Your Back (1976-11-30)
16. Adam & The Ants : Lou (1978-01-23) / narration / interviews
17. Narration / interviews / The Slits : Love And Romance (1977-09-19) / narration / interviews
18. Narration / interviews / Siouxsie & The Banshees : Hong Kong Garden (1978-02-06)
19. Narration / interviews / The Smiths : unknown
20. Narration / interviews / The Four Brothers : unknown
21. Narration / interviews / A Guy Called Gerald : unknown (1988-10-30 or 1989-08-06)
22. Narration / interviews / The Farm : No Man’s Land (1983-04-17) / narration / interviews
23. Narration / interviews / The Ukranians : unknown (1991-09-24)
24. The Hoovers : Big Time (1991-01-29) / narration / interviews
Total Time : [59:39]

26
Sep
07

John Peel: Radio Week on the Beeb

BBC 4 Television are running a themed series of programming under the banner of ‘Radio Week’. Here are some of the highlights…

Sunday 30 September 11:40 pm
Arena: Today Carshalton Beeches…Tomorrow Croydon (1981)

This programme looks at John Peel‘s role in the rock world and that of his radio show producer, John Walters.

Sunday 30 September 12:20 am
Arena: Caroline 199 – A Pirate’s Tale

Radio Caroline, founded in 1964 by Ronan O’Rahilly, gave many DJs their first break. Arena traces the origins of this broadcasting phenomenon.

Tuesday 02 October 10:30 pm
Belgrade’s Radio Warriors: Storyville

In 1989, radio station B-92 started in Belgrade and became a symbol of resistance to Serbian Nationalism. In this film, the workers give an account of life in Belgrade throughout the years of war.

Tuesday 02 October 11:40 pm
Arena: Desert Island Discs

This 1982 episode of Arena marks 40 years of the radio institution that is Desert Island Discs.

Also in this weeks Radio Times there is a picture of our John (p142) in reference to the following programme, however I doubt he’ll figure large in this.

Friday 28 September 2007 7:00 pm
BBC Radio 2 – 60s Season – Documentaries
Don’t Start Me Talking 2 – About Radio

This episode of Don’t Start Me Talking… gives a voice to the most important person in the radio equation – the listener. This is the story of the last days of the BBC’s Light Programme & the birth of Radio 2 told entirely in the words of the great British public. If you were there, it’s how you remember it. If you weren’t – this is how it was!

Let me know if you spot something I haven’t listed here.

BBC 4 Schedule
Radio 2 Schedule

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!

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