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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.


Ravenscroft at the Weekend & Archive Peel


• Archive Peel Recordings Online At The Beeb

Glastonbury isn’t the same without John, but then nothing is anymore is it? Anyway, some bright spark at the BBC – Thank You – has riffled the archives to replay several Peel shows from happier days.

Many thanks to Chris for initially drawing my attention to this and to Steve ‘saipanda’ for saving me having to track down the links. Is that the best link to use for you Steve, you are the wikimaster are you not?

No doubt everyone has already checked out the old JP Glastonbury stuff that is still being streamed by the BBC. If not, here’s the links (I think):

24 June 1994 (60 mins), part 1, Madder Rose (60 mins)
24 June 1994 (60 mins) part 2, Dreadzone part 2 (60 mins)
27 June 1995 (120 mins) Ash, Sleeper (120 mins)
29 June 2004 (Belle and Sebastian, PJ Harvey) (120 mins)

Think the 2004 show is available via torrent (in of the 17 set), but as far as I know the others are not generally circulated. If anyone could mp3 these, I for one would really appreciate it – some technical issues at this end.”

John at Glastonbury Festival Picture Gallery
• Don’t forget Paul Battley’s excellent Open Source cross-platform iPlayer Downloader!

If Steve or anyone else is still in need of mp3 links for the above, leave a comment and I shall see to it.

• Ravenscroft On BBC6 Music This Weekend

Tom Ravenscroft is back on BBC6 Music this coming Friday and Saturday.

Friday 3 July 2009 19:00-21:00
“Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Tom Robinson with a session from Tinariwen.”

Saturday 4 July 2009 00:00-02:00
“Tom Ravenscroft sits in for Tom Robinson with more great internet discoveries.”

• The BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson will doubtless have full playlists in due course.


Chips Off The Old Block

Tom Robinson with Tom and William Ravenscroft at BBC 6 Music

Tom Robinson with Tom and William Ravenscroft at BBC 6 Music

Steve from Teenage Kicks here! Before treading lightly in the deep waters of this hallowed ground, I just want to say many thanks to Gary for setting me up as an author here, and I hope in the coming months that I won’t do anything to disgrace the reputation it so richly deserves. So enough gab from me, and here’s info regarding Peel’s offspring and their fledgeling recording career.

128kbp/s MP3 Part 1 of 2:
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128kbp/s MP3 Part 2 of 2:
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Or, RealAudio web-rip:
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At time of writing a 58min podcast version, thus described “BBC 6 Music’s new album-length podcast – a dozen new handpicked tunes every week from Tom Robinson’s Introducing shows in the small hours of Sunday and Monday mornings: full length tracks by upcoming artists, direct from their own websites.” can be downloaded from here:
Free BBC Introducing Podacast 05/01/09

Now get downloading and enjoy the continuation of a great tradition in radio.


Steve runs Teenage Kicks, which is a great source of Peel-related features and files. It’s updated regularly too!


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


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.


Web Roundup Week 8 (Part 1)

Web Roundup Week 8 (Part 1):
Links to some of the web’s finest Peel purveyors.

Every day? A new post every day. Who bleedin’ well told you that? Actually having the news about Martyn’s Peel Tapes book on top for two days is no bad thing at all. He’s since told me that he will indeed be keeping us posted with his progress. Looking forward to it.

The Perfumed Garden has, among it’s usual steady flow of Peel Sessions, The Fall’s gig from Sheffield’s Hallam University back in 1993, part of which was broadcast to mark BBC Radio 1’s Sound City initiative.
| The Fall

Sound of The Suburbs is another site I’ve featured before that regualrly posts Peel Sessions. A John Cooper Clarke session, in particular, caught my eye. Recent posts also feature Pete Wylie, Therapy, Pulp & Period Pains’ ‘Spice Girls (Who Do You Think You Are).
| John Cooper-Clarke
| Pete Wylie
| Therapy
| Pulp
| Period Pains

Peter writes to inform me that his site has links to a John Peel session from Medicine Head session – 26th april 1970. He would also like to hear from anyone who has the previous session one i that was “..done before the first lp (new bottles, old medicine) which was recorded in a birmingham studio and was of most of the songs on that lp” I hope I’ve got I’ve all the details correct there.
| Medicine Head

Koogy’s comprehensive music tracklistings for the SlashMusic podcasts have garnered attention from Mr Tom Ravenscroft himself stating, “I have to admit, it’s a very good site indeed,and I kind of wish we’d done it..”
| SlashMusic Playlists

Finally and certainly by no means least, I extend my thanks and appreciation to Richard for supplying me with the recent Guardian Guide which featured many of yours & my favourite websites including this one. The fact that they reproduced my ever so humble graphc design (not withstanding credit for the photographer of said pic used) without consultation infers I may do the same with their content. Unless of course they think Bloggers don’t warrant the same courtesy not to mention potential legal considerations? Huh, then Jamie went and topped it by being mentioned in Q Magazine, although a little investigative journalism (and a penchant for graphic design) on my part revealed the awful truth Media Whores & Pictures At An Exibition.


Tompod Ravenscast

A press release from channel 4 was issued via the yahoo peel group Monday morning. Viral or not I decided to take a further look as it concerned Tom Ravenscroft (Peel’s son in case you need telling), who’s hosting a new music programme dedicated to new music on something called Channel 4 Radio – whatever that is.

After a frustrating few minutes of finding absolute no details of this new venture at their website I decided instead to listen to something else that was currently on offer – more frustration. No where that I could see does it tell you how to listen or ‘tune in’. I couldn’t tell whether this was a digital tv deal or DAB. Nothing inspires me less than having to dig deep inside a web site to find the required information but then I remember having this problem before. B4? Less4?.

So anyway as I poke around it dawns on me that it’s nothing more exciting than a selection of themed podcasts. But that’s not all, it’s a podcast you have to register for to access and download. I’m really losing interest now. Using the spam account I signed up and will probably re-investigate some other time.

What all this has to do with Unpredictable Porridge, the joint venture between Ravenscroft and Universal Music is anybody’s guess but with so many mp3 blogs and podcasts around another one isn’t going to make that much differerence is it?

Obviously I have nothing but good wishes for any of Tom’s projects and look forward to the result of his musical siftings but to me this appears to be a small and incidental step on what I hope will be a long a fruitful career journey.

“Ooer, listen to Mr Grumpy Boots” – DE’s worringly effeminate conscience!

BBC News says…
Tom has more to say at The Telegraph
ch4 ‘radio’ sign up page
Unpredictable Porridge


John Peel’s Record Box – Channel 4 date

Friendlier old school logo from better days!

John Peel’s Record Box
Monday 14th November 2005
Channel 4

I’m sure I’m not the only one to head straight for the record collection on being invited in to someone’s house for the first time. Far more revealing than any psychometric or ink blot test, one can tell an awful lot about a person in this way and many a good friendship can built on this premise. It’ll also get you of the requisite house tour.

‘Our Tom’, (As John would say), promises to take us on an hour long tour of some of the 142 musical gems inside that legendary box his Dad cherished and delves into the history behind them. It’s in no way a definitive list of John’s all time favouries, as all us record collectors know our ‘favourites’ can change on a daily or hourly basis as the mood takes us, but there are, without doubt, some here that would have been perenials to Peelie?

As Tom rightly declares, “The only reason for so many White Stripes singles is that they were his latest band, In another 12 months, there may not have been any White Stripes at all.”

Despite the circumstances – how many times will I have to use that phrase to justify myself – this promises to be, not only a must-see for all John Peel fans, but an absolute delight for all music fans?

So when do we get the full works ‘John Peel’s Record Library’ eh Tom? It would need it’s own tv channel I feel!

The complete list:

01. al casey – surfin’ hootenanny + easy pickin (pie international) 1963
02. al ferrier – i’m not drinking more + don’t play blue eyes’ (master trak) 1980
03. alan price set – i put a spell on you (decca)
04. andy capp – popatop + reco – the lion speaks (treasure island) 1969
05. anemic boyfriends – guys are not proud + bad girls in love (red sweater records) 1980
06. ann peebles – i can’t stand the rain + i’ve been there before (london) 1972
07. anti-social – traffic lights + teacher, teacher (dynamite records) 1977
08. arthur k adams – wildwood flower + it’s a wild, wild, wild, wild wildwood flower (jetstar)
09. big stick – drag racing + hell on earth (recess records) 1985
10. bill oddie – harry krishna + on ilkla moor baht’at (dandelion) 1970
11. boards of canada – aquarius + chinook (skam)
12. bobby lee trammell – if you ever get it once + don’t you know i love you (alley records)
13. cat power – headlights + darling said sir (the making of americans)
14. charlie feathers – deep elm blues + nobody’s darling’ (holiday inn records)
15. charlie feathers – nobody’s women + when you decide (king) 2x copies
17. charlie feathers – today and tomorrow + wild wild party’ (memphis recordings)
18. charlie feathers – tongue-tied jill + get with it’ (meteor records)
19. charlie feathers – when you come around + too much alike’ (king)
*20. cheeze – dancin with the dead – dancin queen + direwolf 1989 (bob records) 1989
21. clague – the stride + i wonder where (dandelion) 1969
22. clefs of lavender hill – stop! – get a ticket + first tell me why (date)
23. cleveland crochet – sugar bee + drunkards dream (goldband)
24. don covay – it’s better to have + leave him (mercury) 1973
25. don french – lonely saturday night + goldilocks (quality) (lancer) 2x copies
27. dreamland express – groovy + u.f.o (emi)
28. easy teeth – car noise + her blade (dental records) 1980
29. eddie & ernie – i believe she will + we try harder (chess) 1984
30. eddie & ernie – i’m gonna always love you + outcast (eastern)
31. eddie & ernie – time waits for no one + that’s the way it is (eastern)
32. electro hippies – mega-armageddon death (strange fruit) peel session
33. elmore james – the sky is crying + standing at the crossroads (flashback records)
34. firemen – old smokie + louie’s theme (le cam)
35. freshmen – you never heard anything like it + bombing run (release records) 1979
36. g l crockett – it’s a man down there + every hour, every day (4 brothers)
37. g l crockett – look out mabel + did you ever love somebody (checker)
38. geater davis – for your precious love + wrapped up in you (house of orange)
39. gene dozier & the united front – give the women what they want + the best girl i ever had (mercury) 1974
40. golinski brothers – bloody + toy (badge records) 1980 2x copies
42. green hornes – stayed up last night (italy records)
43. hooten 3 car – danny + numena (rumblestrip records)
44. idle race – here we go round the lemon tree + my father’s son (liberty) 45. izzy royal – coronation st (wea) 1983
46. jane bond and the undercover men – hot rod lincoln + come on up (ear movies records) 1982
47. jerry byro – memories of maria + invitation (monument) 1961 2x copies – different labels
48. jody reynolds – endless sleep + western movies (liberty)
49. johnnie taylor – i’ve been born again + at night time (stax) 1974
50. johnny adams – you’re a lady + i wish it would rain (atlantic) 1972
51. johnny fortune – dragster + soul surfer (sonet) 1964
52. ken colyers jazzmen (tempo records) 1953
53. la peste – black + better off dead (black records) 1978
54. larry bright – mojo workout + i’ll change my ways (tide)
55. laurie anderson – o superman + walk the dog (one ten records) 1981
56. lee perry – bafflin’ smoke signal + black smoke signal (black arc) 1978
57. lightnin hopkins – mojo hand + glory be (flashback records)
58. marc bolan – marc bolan talking to stevie dixon, 1973. jennifer sharp, steve harley & john peel talking to stevie dixon 1977. (cube/pye records)
59. mary monday – i gave my punk jacket to richie + popgun (malicious productions)
60. max romeo – sipple out deh’ lee perry + revelation (upsetter)
61. mc5 – looking at you + borderline (a-square records) 2x copies
63. medicine head – coast to coast + all for tomorrow (dandelion) 1970
64. medicine head – his guiding hand + this love of old (dandelion) 1969 2x copies
66. mel and tim – starting all over again + it hurts to want it so bad (stax) 1972
67. meow – kat nip + one night stand + anthem + kill kill kill + catastrophe + boy groupies (twist like this records)
68. mickey lee lane – tuitti fruitti + with your love (mala)
69. mike spencer and the cannibals – good guys + nothing takes the place of you (big cock records)
70. nice – the thoughts of emerlist davjack (immediate)
71. nilsson – everybody’s talkin’ (rca)
72. nilsson – kojak columbo (rca)
73. nilsson – without you (rca)
74. o v wright – that’s how strong my love is + there goes my used to be (goldwax)
75. paul blake & the blood fire posse – every posse get flat + flat out (studio work) 1984
76. paul revere & the raiders – him or me – what’s it gonna be? + legend of paul revere (cbs) 1967
77. pavement – demolition plot j-7 (drag city) 1990
78. pocket fishrmen (sic) – yr story + the leader is burning (noiseville) 1989
79. quads – you’ve gotta jive + there must be thousands (big bear records) 1979
80. ray martin – blue tango + bell of the ball (columbia) 81. revelino – step on high (musidisc)
82. rod bernard – this should go on forever
83. roshell anderson – the grapevine will lie sometimes + such a beautiful thing (contempo) 1974
*84. roy head – treat her right + so long, my love (vocalion) 1965
85. sam & dave – i can’t stand up for falling down + soothe me (stax)
86. sasha caro – grade 3 section 2 + little maid’s song (decca) 1967
87. scrugg – will the real geraldine please stand up and be countered + only george’ (pie) 1969
88. sheena easton – 9 to 5 + moody (emi) 1980 2x copies
90. sipho bhengu – tickey
dopies + i saluti (inkonkoni) 1971
91. soledad brothers – sugar & spice + johnny’s death letter, with jack white (italy records)
92. some chicken – new religion + blood on the wall (raw records) 1977 2x copies
94. spit out – o from i + tan + rot’n’roll’ (ma frog records) 1996
95. stanley winston – no more ghettos in america + it’s alright (jewel)
96. status quo – down down (vertigo) 1974
97. super sister – no tree will grow + she was naked (dandelion) 1971
98. the beatles – come together + octopus’s garden + something (foreign pressing, country unknown)
99. the big three – you’ve gotta keep her under hand + if you ever change your mind (decca) 1964
100. the buzzcocks -ever fallen in love (united artists) 1978
101. the factory – path through the forest + gone (mgm) 1968
*102. the galactic symposium – y.m.c.a + money (vague records) 1978
103. the legion of super-heroes – the great name dropper part 1 + the great name dropper part 2 (amy records)
104. the mark four – hurt me if you will + i’m leaving (decca) 1965
105. the mighty avengers – so much in love + something they say (decca) 1964
106. the misunderstood – i can take you to the sun + who do you love (fontana) 1966
107. the move – i can hear the grass grow + wave the flag and stop the train (deram) 1967
108. the negatives – love is not real + stakeout (look) 1979
109. the nightcaps – wine wine wine + nightcap rock (musicor)
110. the ramrods – zig zag + riders in the sky (london american) 1960
111. the smoke – my friend jack + we can take it (columbia) 1966
112. the squirrels – oz on 45 + alone again (popllama prod) 1988
113. the undertones – teenage kicks (good vibrations records) 1978 3x copies
116. the upholsterers – makers of high grade suites (sympathy for the record industry)
117. the upsetters – bucky skank + yucky skank (down town)
118. the upsetters – key card + domino game (dl international)
119. the users – sick on you + i’m in love with today (raw records) 1977 2x copies
121. the versalites – cutting rasor + black belt jones (dl international) 122. the white stripes – lafayette blues + sugar never tasted so good (italy records)
123. the white stripes – party of special things to do + china pig + ashtray heart (sub pop)
124. the white stripes – merry christmas from…. (xl)
125. the white stripes – it takes two, baby + fell in love with a girl (sympathy for the record company)
126. the white stripes -dead leaves and the dirty ground (xl) 2001
127. the white stripes – hand springs (extra ball records)
128. the white stripes – hotel yorba (xl) 2001
129. the white stripes – lord, send me an angel (sympathy for the record industry) 2x copies
131. the white stripes – hello operator + jolene (sympathy for the record industry) 2000
132. the white stripes – the big three killed my baby (sympathy for the record industry) 2x copies
134. the henchmen featuring jack white – some other guy + psycho daisies (italy records)
135. 2 star tabernacle – ramblin man’ (bloodshot records) 1998 cover photo by jack white
136. the wildbunch – danger – jack white backing vocals (flying bomb)
137. surprise package vol 2 featuring white stripes, rocket 455 and the blowtops (flying bomb)
138. surprise package vol 3 featuring the real pills, mhz, the dirtbombs (flying bomb)
139. travis wammack – fire fly + scratchy (ara) 140. xl-capris – my city of sydney + dead bugies (axle)
141. yami bolo – richer than cory (jamaica international)
142. yardbirds – happenings ten years time ago + psycho diaries (columbia) 1966

* John Peel Record Box Torrent?
Someone on a site somewhere (sorry I forget which) suggested we create a torrent for these. It’s a good idea but I feel we may have trouble aquiring more than just a few. I’ve highlighted three of the possibly harder-to-get items which I have in my possession should this plan take hold!

Link update (2009.04.23):

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