Monday, 31 August 2015
A programme that has been in the planning for about a year or so finally came to broadcast yesterday when Steve Underwood commanded the turntables of a MuhMur Radio show. Steve packed a box full of his favourite 7" singles (with a couple of albums - just in case the show was "under-running") and headed down from Nottingham to play them.
Apologies for all the folk who thought this was to be a Harbinger Sound programme with a selection of the great label's output or a programme of Sleaford Mods out-takes, or even a show where I interview Steve about his life & times and 20 odd years at the helm of Harbinger Sound, that was never the case. I just asked Steve to fill the three hours any way he wanted.
Thanks go to Chris for sitting in as producer type guy and making certain it all ran smoothly, to the White Hart for the beer and of course Steve for a great programme.
01: The Agitators : "Alien Sketch" (Redball Records) 1979.
02: The Agitators : "Johny W." (Redball Records) 1979.
03: The Agitators : "Fat Boy lager" (Redball Records) 1979.
04: The Agitators : "The Very Reverend 'Slow Talking' Jack Ruby" (Redball Records) 1979.
05: The Agitators : "RASCLAAT" (Redball Records) 1979.
(All tracks taken from the "Bound & Gagged With A Length Of Rubber Tubing" EP).
06: Pre Fix : "Underneathica" (Subterranean Records) 1981.
07: Der Spielverderber : "Spielverderber" (Zick Zack Records) 1980.
08: Pulp Music : "Low Flying Aircraft" (Pulp) 1982.
09: Dix Denny/John Denny : "Adulthood" (Numbskull) 1979.
10: Zyklon : "Part Time" (Grim) 1981.
11: NG : "Ambivalence" (Unbalance Recordings) 1980.
12: Residenz : "Albert Hilsberg" (Rondo Records) 1980.
13: Anemic Session : "Anemic Session" (Output Records) 1981.
14: Eazy Teeth : "Car Noise" (Dental Records) 1980.
15: Orchid Spangiafora : "Dime Operation" (Orchid Spangiafora) 1978.
16: Enstruction : "Keep Out Of My Body Bag" (Deux Ex Machina) 1982.
17: Die Lemminge : "Im Himmel" (Pure Freunde) 1981.
18: Flesh : "My Boy Lollipop" (Flesh) 1979.
19: Michael Atavar : "Cabral Dynamic" (Chance Records) 1980.
20: Sex : "Correlation Coefficient" (Index Records) 1979.
21: Annie Anxiety : "Hello Horror" (Crass Records) 1981.
22: Anonymous : "Snake Attack" (Flat Records) 1980.
23: The Barons : "Boiled Dinner" (Doublethink) 1981.
24: 8 Voices : "8 Voices" (Plurex) 1980.
25: Rectifier : "Perversion Of A Refined Nation" (Local Anaesthetic Records) 1982.
26: Nun : "Riv Skf" (If Product) 1984.
27: Another : "Paris Tribe" (Backstreet Backlash Records) 1982.
28: The Magits : "Fragmented" (Outer Himalyan Records) 1979.
29: Survivors : "We Died …" (Peoples Records) 1979.
30: Collective Horizontal : "Beach Coma" (Dolmen Records) 1981.
31: Phil Bedel : "Voice Of Concrete" (Happy Squid Records) 1980.
32: Daisuck & Prostitute : "Ai O Itamu Uta" (Altamira) 1980.
33: Omming For Woks : "Cut Of Knives" (Jabberwok Records) 1984.
34: In The Pink : "Running In The Family" (Grey & Anxious Records) 1982.
35: Idol Death : "New Lesson" (Dispy) 1980.
36: Radio Free Europe : "Eno's Funeral" (MiG Records) 1979.
37: Monty Cantsin : "Paper Bag Syphon" (Syphon) 1978.
38: Men/Eject : "Draw" (Not On Label) 1980.
39: Neu Electrikk : "Converse Of Tapes (Synesthesia) 1980.
40: Neu Electrikk : "Hand" (Synesthesia) 1980.
41: Hovlakin : "Unknown Title" (Unbalance Recordings).
42: The Poems : "Achieving Unity" (Polka) 1981.
43: Culturcide : "Consider Museums As Concentration Camps" (Information Records) 1980.
44: Debt Of Nature : "Gospel Light" (New Alliance) 1982.
45: What Is Oil? : "Scrosh!" (Oof Potato Enterprises) 1982.
46: Precision Bearings : "Don't Fall Down" (Fowl Records) 1982.
47: Mu : "Turn Off The Radio" (Backstreet Backlash Records) 1981.
(Taken from the "Motion In Tune" LP).
48: Grønvirke : "Grønvirke" (Gry) 1982.
I have split the programme in to two halves for easy listening please copy & paste …
The next programme will be back at the regular slot of Thursday night, 3rd of September at 20:00 hours (gmt).
01: Table of records.
02: Steve wandering the grounds of Dartington Hall (outside The White Hart).
03: Chris Booth : "Tweet Tweet Tweet".
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
There will be an extra MuhMur Radio broadcast this month, as Harbinger Sound main man and vinyl addict Steve Underwood will present a special programme. Steve will be travelling down from Nottingham with a box of records to play, and maybe spill a few words of wisdom about the sounds he is spinning. The programme will be broadcast live on August 30 at 20:00 hours (gmt) and last for about 3 hours … If you are in the South Hams / Torbay area of Devon you can tune in to : SOUNDART RADIO 102.5 FM, or hear the live stream at www.soundartradio.org.uk the programme will (as always) be archived on MixCloud.
Later next month MuhMur will have author and former editor / sub-editor of "Music From The Empty Quarter" and "Immerse" magazines Mathew F. Riley presenting a special programme. Details will follow.
01: An artists impression.
02 & 03: Some of Steve's choice cuts.
Friday, 7 August 2015
Ten years after (and no sign of Alvin Lee). On tonights programme I played a piece by Koji Tano / M:S:B:R in memory of his passing ten years ago, and a piece from Michael Muennich to celebrate his first ten years as head of one of Germany's finest labels Fragment Factory. Also played a "Business Card" CDR by Kevin Sanders. I have no idea of the title, but it "might" be called "Last Breath". If anyone can help here please get in touch. The sad passing of Mancunian madman and poet John The Postman is also marked as is three pieces from the soon to be released Circuit Breaker LP. "My Descent Into Capital" will be released by Harbinger Sound on October 1.
Blue skies over SoundArt whilst broadcasting …
Please Cut & Paste & Listen :
For the first 16 minutes I listed Enhet För Fri Musik as "Dokumnet 1 Side 1" because if a band name is listed four or more times folk in certain countries such as USA can't hear the programme as it breaks copyright laws. (No me neither). So here I have play listed each track.
01: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Pä Väg Hem"
02: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Improvisation"
03: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Vaqqvisa"
04: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Det Lilla Som Finns Kvar Inam Oss"
05: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Jorden"
06: Enhet För Fri Musik : "Den Stig Va Vaudras På"
(All tracks from the LP "Dokument 1" on Holidays Records. 2015).
07: Michael Muennich : "Zelphabet Soup" (Zelphabet) 2012.
08: M:S:B:R : "Electrovegetarianism (Part Two)" (Pinch-A-Loaf Productions) 1996.
09: Throbbing Gristle : "Greasy Spoon" (The Grey Area) 2007.
10: I.B.F. : "There Still There" (Harbinger Sound) 2008.
11: Helm : "Silencer 2" (Death Waltz Originals) 2015.
12: Kevin Sanders : "Last Breath" (Hairdryer Excommunication) 2015.
13: Clock DVA : "Ambiviolence" (Vinyl On Demand) 2015.
14: Circuit Breaker : "SE 1" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
15: Circuit Breaker : "Commercial" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
16: Circuit Breaker : "Fault" (Harbinger Sound) 2015.
17: Dome : "The Red Tent (Parts 1 & 2)" (The Grey Area) 1992.
18: Experimental Audio Research : "Data Rape (Part 9)" (Earworm) 1998.
19: John The Postman : "Mahatma Ghandi's Heartbreakers" (Overground Records) 1998.
20: Cabaret Voltaire : "Eastern Mantra" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
The next programme will be broadcast on August 20.
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
It was a few weeks ago whilst perusing the Vinyl On Demand web site trying to gather information on the latest Clock DVA "Horology 2" box set that I saw that VOD were also releasing an album by Cacophony '3.3'. I was pleasantly surprised, I didn't think the work of Kev Kettle had reached the ears of Frank at VOD, I had to buy a copy.
Cacophony '3.3' were prolific throughout the 1980's and 1990's releasing a myriad / plethora of cassettes. Based in Lincoln Cacophony '3.3' is the brainchild of Kev Kettle. There have been collaborators in the past but it has always been Kevin's baby.
I first came across the name of Cacophony '3.3' in the mid 1990's, reading reviews of his cassette releases in every edition of "Music From The Empty Quarter" magazine. Each review had the contact address of St. Catherines in Lincoln. Intrigued. I was living in Yorkshire at the time and the fact that someone was producing sounds worthy of a mention in the mighty MFTEQ magazine and from an address so close to Dave Crewe's old house in Lincoln had me intrigued.
By 1997 I was living back in Lincoln and seeking out interesting folk to have a chat and drink with. Lincoln had changed since I was last there (around 10 years earlier). I met Mick McDaid the MC of Outsider Records, he had put out records by Delphium, Stephen Meixner, Project D.A.R.K. and Cacophony '3.3'. We arranged a meet with Kevin and it turned out I was living about 1 minutes walk from "Park Holme".
Kevin gave me some fine tapes. There was one release called "Car Boot" that was absolutely brilliant (I am using past tense as I have lost / sold / mislaid the cassette). Kev had collected old reel to reel tapes bought at car boot sales in Lincolnshire and randomly spliced them together (splicing blind) to make a new sound (with the odd overdub), it truly was a work of genius. Then there was this other side to Cacophony '3.3'. The more commercial side, the more … this wouldn't be out of place on Third Mind Records side of Kev's work with full polyphonic synth and heavy yamaha drum machine patterns with freestyle electric guitars. Think Konstruktivists and / or Legendary Pink Dots.
"Park Holme Recordings 1983 - 1989" concentrates on the latter and to some extent the release is slightly disappointing. Included are the prog moments, the "white reggae" moments, the easy listening cocktail jazz style moments breaking into John Shuttleworth moments - but then again There is "In My Hair" which brings to mind Coil circa "Scatology" and the excellent raw primal noise of "Saw Throat" and "Gollum Goes Trance" an epic instrumental built of acoustic guitars and keys a la Death In June.
I wish Kevin had included his more "experimental"pieces. Maybe there will be a volume two?
In 1998 I asked Cacophony '3.3' to play live in Lincoln with Dieter Mūh at Grafton House. The gig was co-promoted by Outsider Records. I still have a recording from the gig. A chap called Martin Speck was on bass. T'was an interesting night out ….
"Park Holme Recordings 1983 - 1989" is available from Vinyl On Demand and Tesco Organistaion in Europe. It's an interesting release and something that I thought I would never see - I am very pleased for Kev - his work deserves a bigger audience and a vinyl release.
01: The LP + 7"EP.
02: My copy of a Cacophony '3.3' CDR of the live gig in Lincoln.