Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Ian Svenonious speaks to Mark E Smith!

Our featured artist on Beard radio next week is Ian Svenonious. From Nation of Ulysses through The Make Up and David Candy, to Scene Creamers and Weird War, Svenonious is one righteous, funny and cool motherfucker, communicating radical left-wing politics, mind-boggling conspiracies, and gospel power via an inspired blend of punk, hardcore, funk, psych, free jazz, mod and freakbeat. Last year he published the little pink book The Psychic Soviet, where he expounds on politics and music in his uniquely tangential and inspired manner.

And now he's a chat show host. The first season of Soft Focus saw Svenonious interview the likes of Genesis P'Orridge, Ian Mackaye, Andrew WK and Chan Marshall.

This go-round he's in England to round up and interview the cream of the UK's musical crop. First up, Mark E. Smith, frontman and only continous member of the greatest Manchester band of all time, the Fall (sorry, 808 State). If you're familiar with the man and his work with the press, you're probably aware of the challenge Ian faced in sitting down with him to chat. Well, you'll either be pleased or disappointed to learn that ol' slurry neither punched nor pissed in a bucket by him during the taping. He talked about sports.

The first part of the first ever Soft Focus UK!
Mark E. Smith talks to Ian Svenonius!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween Spooky Special 29.10.07


Featured artist Screaming Lord Sutch

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Birthday Party - Release The Bats
The Moontrekkers - Night of the Vampire
The Mummies - House on the Hill
Mount Vernon Arts Lab - The Black Drop/The Submariners Song
Fantomas - Rosemary's Baby
Third Ear Band - Dagger & Death
France Gall - Frankenstein
Serge Gainsbourg - Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Tristam Cary - Quatermass & The Pit Section 5
Tom Waits - What's He Building In There
Mr Gasser & The Weirdos - Surfer Ghoul
Electric Wizard - Vinum Sabbati
Space Lady - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
Screaming Lord Sutch - Fallen In Love With A Monster Man
Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You
Screamin' Lord Sutch - 'Til The Following Night
Screamin' Lord Sutch - Dracula's Daughter
Albert Ayler - Ghosts
Eilert Pilarm - Jailhouse Rock
Goblin - Suspiria
Celtic Frost - Dying God Coming Into Human Flesh
The Shaggs - It's Halloween
The Frantics - Werewolf
Holy Modal Rounders - Werewolf
Scott Walker - And Who Shall Go To The Ball Part 4
Dead Kennedys - Halloween
Ennio Morricone - The Bird With The Crystal Plumage

Listen again here.

They never time the listen again thing quite right, so don't worry if you don't hear Sabbath jumping out of your speakers right away, it takes a minute or two.

And as a blog special extra, here's the Screaming Lord in action!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Beard Halloween Special on

Tune in, if you dare, to the terrifying, unsettling, freaky and ghoulish Beard Halloween Special!!!!

Tremble! Sinister Stew, Nefarious Neil, Monstrous Matt and Reuben The Ripper bring you two hours of sonic terror and creeping dread!

Scream! we dredge up the most horrifying sounds from the Beard crypt of fear.

Monday 28th, 6-8pm and available to listen again.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Beard on 22 Oct

Hmmm, the html is being weird so instead of nice hyperlinks this will just have to look ugly!

To celebrate the Boredoms' return to Scotland this show mainly consists of Japanese psych, rock, prog, noise, punk and free jazz! With a few diversions into folk, Krautrock, indie and Czech surrealist film soundtracks...

Melt Banana – Cracked Plaster Cast (Bambi's Dilemma, 2007)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz – King Of The North (Blues Du Jour, 2003)
Boredoms – B For Boredoms (Chocolate Synthesiser, 1994)
Boredoms – Super AE (Super AE, 1998)
Lubos Fiser – Valerie & Her Week Of Wonders (Valerie OST, 1968)
Fiery Furnaces – (Widow City, 2007)
Nagisa Ni Te – Me On The Beach (You Don't Need Darkness…, 2001)
Makoto Kawabata & Richard Youngs – untitled (S/T, 2001)
Kaoru Abe – untitled
Acid Mothers Temple – Occie Lady (New Geocentric World, 2002)
Mainliner – Cockamamie (Mellow Out, 1996)
Meg Baird – Willie O'Winsbury (Dear Companion, 2007)
Afrirampo – I Am A Bird (Kore Ga Mayaku Da, 2005)
Ruins – Celledomi Guatzo (Pallaschtom, 2000)
Koenjihyakkei – Cambell Rotta (Viva Koenji! 1996)
OOIOO – UMA (Taiga, 2006)
Harmonia – Arabesque (Live, 2007)
JA Caesar – Jashumon part 4 (Jashumon, 1970)
Flower Travellin' Band – Satori part 1 (Satori, 1972)
Ghost – Caledonia (In Stormy Nights, 2007)
Boredoms – Circle (Vision Creation New Sun, 2000)
Ground Zero – Those Were The Days (Plays Standards, 1997)
Merzbow – Spiral Blast (Pulse Demon, 1996)

Oh dear, it appears some technical mishap means the Ground Zero track is silent! Argh, my bad. We'll play it another time!

Also, if you want to hear the first two tracks, tune into the previous show, Stereo Trash. It's a tip top show so it's well worth tuning into anyway.

Next week, Spooky Halloween special!!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Beard restocks - Monorail, Rough Trade


Music in King's Court, Glasgow, has a fresh batch of Beards on sale now. They have a bunch of the current 6 at £2.50 and a limited number of 5 for the bargain price of £1!!!

We've also dropped a few copies of Beard 6 off at the new Rough Trade East, just off Brick Lane, London.

Beard 6 (Summer 2007)

Featuring interviews with:
Vashti Bunyan
Silver Jews
Jeffrey Lewis
Howe Gelb
Gay Against You
Nina Nastasia

Beard 5

Featuring interviews with:
Robert Wyatt
Shirley Collins
and more!

Other stockists...

and Avalanche in Edinburgh
Glastonbury High St!

Beard is also available through mail order.

Beard 6 is £3.50 via paypal to
Beard 5 is £2.00 via paypal to
Or buy both for £4.50!

We'll also post overseas - email us to check the postage price.

Beard radio on - current show available to listen again. New show every Monday from 6-8pm.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Beard radio

No featured artist this week. Instead the thread loosely hanging the show together (ahem!) is the stuff I found in the MVE Basement in Notting Hill Gate - everything from Pentangle and the Tornados, to Atahualpa Yupanqui and Duane Eddy. Nice!

Radio Birdman – Aloha Steve & Danno
Mothers of Invention – Who Needs The Peace Corps? (We’re Only In It For The Money, Reprise, 1967)
Dirty Projectors – Gimme Gimme (Rise Above, Rough Trade, 2007)
Mr Bungle – Ars Moriendi (California, Warners, 2001)
The Tornados – Telstar (Decca, 1962)
Marnie Stern – Every Single Line Means Something (In Advance Of The Broken Arm, Kill Rock Stars, 2007)
The Blow – Parentheses (Paper Television, Tomlab/K, 2006)
Gay Against You – Telerad (Musclemilk, Adaadaat, 2006)
Duane Eddy – Guitar Man
The Spotniks – Galloping Guitars
Os Mutantes – Ando Meio Desligado
Atahualpa Yupanqui – Cancion Del Canaverel
Garnett Mimms – As Long As I Have You
Sir Richard Bishop – Free Masonic Guitar (Polytheistic Fragments, Drag City, 2006)
Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz – On The Beach Boys Bus (Osaka Bridge, Karaoke Kalk, 2006)
Pentangle – Train Song (Basket of Light, Transatlantic, 1969)
Lucky Luke – Fear Eats The Soul (Patrick The Survivor, Invada, 2005)
Can – Vitamin C (Ege Bamyasi, Spoon, 1972)
Tinariwen – Maladjem Yinmixan (Anam Iman, World Circuit, 2007)
Rezillos – Top Of The Pops (Sire, 1978)
Pulsallama – The Devil Lives In My Husbands Body (Y Records 1982)
Final Fantasy – Arctic Circle (He Poos Clouds, Tomlab, 2006)
Buck Owens – Who’s Gonna Mow Your Lawn (1969)
Shirley Collins & Albion Band – Poor Murdered Woman (No Roses, Harvest, 1971)
Magik Markers – Empty Bottles (Boss, Ecstatic Peace, 2007)
Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band – Michael
The Rutles – I Must Be In Love

Monday, October 08, 2007

Beard radio 8 October playlist

This week's show is available to listen again

Our SST special went a bit like this...

This week's bed music was from Supersonic Guitars Vol.2 by Billy Mure (MGM, 1959)

Husker Du – New Day Rising (New Day Rising, SST, 1984)
Minutemen – Corona (Double Nickels On The Dime, SST, 1984)
The Monks – Shut Up
Fiery Furnaces – Egyptian Grammar (Widow City, Drag City, 2007)
Hank Williams – Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Dinosaur Jr – Little Fury Things (You’re Living All Over Me, SST, 1987)
Black Flag – Rise Above (Damaged, SST, 1981)
Electrelane – To The East (No Shouts, No Calls, Too Pure, 2007)
Guanoman – 14 Deaths of Monroe Simmons
Baby Huey – Hard Times (The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend, Curtom 1970)
Meat Puppets – Plateau (II, SST, 1983)
Meat Puppets – Two Rivers (Up On The Sun, SST, 1984)
Scatter – Mountain Announces (The Mountain Announces, Blank Tapes, 2006)
Opal – Rocket Machine (Happiest Nightmare, SST, 1987)
Negativland – Car Bomb (Escape From Noise, SST, 1987)
Robert Wyatt – AWOL (Comicopera, Domino, 2007)
Sonic Youth – Expressway To Yr Skull (Evol, SST, 1986)
Sonny Sharrock – Black Woman (Black Woman, Water, 1969)
The United States Of America – Coming Down (S/T, Sundazed reissue, 2004)
Husker Du – Pink Turns To Blue (Zen Arcade, SST, 1984)
Minutemen – Vietnam (Double Nickels, SST, 1984)
Blind Idiot God –
Dirty Projectors – Six Pack (Rise Above, Rough Trade, 2007)
Firehose – Brave Captain (Ragin’, Full On, SST, 1986)
Dinosaur Jr – Sludgefeast (You’re Living All Over Me, SST, 1987)

We said we'd play My War by Black Flag at the end. But I miscued the cd. Argh! Nevermind, you got an awesome Dino song instead. And we'll play said BF song next week.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Beard Subcity radio playlist for Monday 1.10.07

Beard Subcity radio playlist for Monday 1.10.07

You can tune in again by going to and selecting Listen Again.

Jean Claude Vannier special!!!

Bernard Hermann – The Man Who Knew Too Much (The Essential Film Music Collection: Bernard Hermann, Silva Screen, 2006)
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – Moonlight On Vermont (Troutmask Replica, Reprise, 1969)
Panda Bear – Comfy In Nautica (Person Pitch, Paw Tracks, 2007)
The Congos – Children Crying (Heart of the Congos, Blood & Fire, 1978)
MIA – Bird Flu (Kala, XL, 2007)
Andre Herman Dune – Here With Me (AHD Sings Dido, CDR, 2006)
Little Tommy Brown – Don’t Leave Me (All Tore Up, Bluesbeat Records, 1999)
*Jim O’Rourke on Jean Claude Vannier*
JC Vannier – L’Enfant Au Royaume Des Mouches (L’Efant Assassin Des Mouches, Finders Keepers reissue 2006. Original 1972)
Francoise Hardy – Dame Souris Trotte (Soleil, EMI France, 1970)
Magik Markers – Axis Mundi (Boss, Ecstatic Peace, 2007)
Betty Davis – Ooh Yeah (Betty Davis, Just Sunshine, 1973)
Peter Brotzmann Octet – Machine Gun Take 2 (Machine Gun, FMP, 1968)
Serge Gainsbourg/JC Vannier – La Horse (La Horse, 1969)
JC Vannier – L’Enfant la Mouche et les Alumettes
*Jean Claude Vannier interview!!!*
Serge Gainsbourg – Ballade De Melody Nelson (L’Histoire De Melody Nelson, Polydor, 1971)
Fanfare Ciocarlia – Hora De Bucharest (Radio Pascani, Pirhana,1998)
Alasdair Roberts – Firewater (Amber Gatherers, Drag City, 2007)
The Royal We – All The Rage (Single, Geographic, 2007)
Jim O’Rourke – All Downhill From here (Insignificance, Domino, 2001)
Parliament – Testify (Up For The Down Stroke, Casablance, 1974)
Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Next (Next, Vertigo, 1973)
Robert Wyatt – A Beautiful Day (Comicopera, Domino, 2007)
Fleetwood Mac – The Ledge (Tusk, Reprise, 1979)
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg – Chanson De Slogan (Slogan, 1969)
Charalambides – Walking Through The Graveyard (Likeness, Kranky, 2007)
Comus – Diana (First Utterance, Dawn,1971)

Next week we're doing a featured label rather than a featured artist. And that label is legendary post-hardcore stable SST!!! Expect lots of Black Flag, Husker Du, Minutemen, Meat Puppets and Descendents, as well as less obvious stuff like Negativland. That's Monday 8th October, 6-8pm.