Monday, March 31, 2008

Beard Radio 31.3.08

Spring arrives! Beard radio celebrates! 31.3.08

Just me tonight, but a member of the Jacques family will be dropping by next week!

Fire and brimstone country, oceanic disco, Senegalese singer-songwriters, a ten year old free jazz drummer, and some Alaskan post-punk. The latter, I should add, is by the Anaemic Boyfriends. I have no idea if this song is commercially available - came across it a couple of years ago on an internet forum where MP3s of John Peel's singles box were being traded. Beard shall investigate further, because they totally rule. Also! My amazing anecdote about seeing Antony Hegarty in a Glasgow libary...

Louvin Brothers - Satan Is Real (Satan Is Real, 1958)
Butthole Surfers - Sweat Loaf (Locust Abortion Technician, 1987)
Jenny Hoyston - Spell D.O.G (Isle of Dog, 2007)
Anaemic Boyfriends - Guys Are Not Proud (1980?)
Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (S/T, 2008)
Arthur Russell - That's Us/Wild Combination (Calling Out Of Context
Leonard Cohen - Tower Of Song (I'm Your Man, 1987)
Boubacar Traore - Kele (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Ornette Coleman - Sound Gravitation (The Empty Foxhole, 1966)
Portishead - Machine Gun (Third, 2008)
Fleetwood Mac - That's All For Everyone (Tusk, 1979)
Dennis Wilson - Thoughts of You (Pacific Ocean Blue, 1977)
Health - Triceratops (Lovepump United, 2008)
*aborted due to scratch on cd!*Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black (Is It Because I'm Black? 1969)
Walker Brothers - The Electrician (Nite Flights, 1978)
Future Pilot AKA - Tery Bina (Secrets From The Clockhouse, 2007)
Oum Khaltoum - Ali Baladi Elmahboub (Tichouf Oumouri, 1935)
Please - Sutton Hoodo (
James Blackshaw - Infinite Circle (Litany of Echoes released June - myspace preview)
Francoise Hardy - Temps L'Amour (Ye Ye Girl From Paris, 1962)
Atari Teenage Riot - Start The Riot (Burn Berlin Burn, 1997)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Save Pollok Park!

Thought this was worth bringing to people's attention. If you live in Glasgow you may be aware of proposals to turn part of Pollok Park into a Go Ape! Adventure Course. Fuck that shit. Pollok Estate was gifted to the people of Glasgow by the Maxwell family - it is not the City Council's to sell off. Furthermore, our green spaces are precious and there is much to suggest that this development will be detrimental to the environment and atmosphere of the park.

Stefan King and his G1 Group seem to have abandoned their plans to turn the old Botanic Gardens underground station into another one of their shitty nightclubs - let's hope Go Ape's plans go the same way.

I'll let SavePollokPark take up the story:

Glasgow City Council's planning committee are visiting the site for the proposed Go Ape! aerial adventure course on the 25th of March 2008. SavePollokPark are organising a group of people to represent those who are opposed to plans to visit the Burrell and the City Chambers on that day. (for new members to the group please follow this link)

also has an online petition which requires as many signatures as possible to help represent the opinion of those against the idea.

SPP intend to present to the Council and Planning Applications Committee a petition with all signatures collected - more than 3,000 thus far.

They would really appreciate if those of you who have not yet signed the petition would take a few minutes to follow this link.

And if you have the time and the inclination, please get as many family and friends to sign the petition online as possible.

Again thanks for your time and support with this cause and know that you are making a huge difference for the future of Glasgow and its heritage.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Beard radio 17.3.08

Chet Baker


It may be the Easter holidays for students, but Beard radio continues apace, as we slave over a hot mixing desk to bring you two hours of tasty sonics.

Includes only the finest ingredients, such as Boris, Chet Baker, Talk Talk, Candi Staton, Gene Vincent, John Fahey, Religious Knives, Thelonious Monk, Cath & Phil Tyler, and a psychedelic freakout from Nina Simone. Yummy!

Kyuss - Demon Cleaner (Sky Valley, Elektra, 1994)
Boris - Buzz In (Smile, Southern Lord, 2008)
Ersen - Gunese Don Ciceqim (Ersen, Finders Keepers, 2008)
Funkadelic - Super Stupid (Maggot Brain, Westway, 1971)
Candi Staton - His Hands (His Hands, 2006)
Talk Talk - I Believe In You (Spirit Of Eden, Parlophone, 1988)
Cath & Phil Tyler - Farewell My Friends (Dumb Supper, No-fi, 2007)
Chet Baker - My Buddy (Let's Get Lost, Poppydisc, 2008)
Sunny Murray - An Even Break (An Even Break, BYG/Actuel, 1969)
Damon & Naomi - The Turnaround (Within These Walls, 20/20/20, 2007)
Abe Vigoda - Bear Face (2007)
The Congoes - Open Up The Gate (Heart of The Congoes, Blood & Fire
reissue, 1996)
Religious Knives - The Streets (It's After Dark, No Fun, 2007)
*50p scratchy but catchy single of the week*Nina Simone - Revolution
(RCA single 1969)
Pussy Galore - Dick Johnson (Dial M For Motherfucker, Blast First, 1988)
Liquid Liquid - The Cavern (Slip In And Out Of Phenomenon, Domino
reissue, 2008)
Rolo Tomassi - Film Noir (2006)
Gene Vincent - Blue Jean Bop (Blue Jean Bop!, Poppy Disc reissue, 2008)
Thelonious Monk - Bemsha Swing (Brilliant Corners, Riverside, 1956
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - I Wanna Find Me A Woman That'll
Hold My Big Toe Til I Have To Go (Lick My Decals Off Baby, Reprise, 1970)
Deerhoof - Come See The Duck (Green Cosmos, 2005)
John Fahey - Voice of The Turtle (America, Takoma, 1972)
Slayer - Angel Of Death (Reign In Blood, Def Jam, 1986)

Monday, March 10, 2008

Beard radio 10.3.08


Stephanie Hladowski

Greetings pogonologists wrap yr lugs around this week's Beard radio, a smorgasboard of proggy Norwegian improv, deranged rock 'n roll, sinister and beautiful weirdness, dreamy pyschedelic lovepop, Spanish riot grrrl, malevolent doom and more, much more.

Representing Glasgow, we have a stunning double bill from the Hladowski siblings, and some brutalising doom from the mighty Black Sun. Yow!

The Open Minds - Magic Potion (Nuggets II)
Hello Cuca - Kung Fu Combo (Amor Y Cohetes, 2006)
Breeders - We're Gonna Rise (Mountain Battles, 2008)
Cadence Weapon - Sharks (Breaking Kayfabe, 2007)
Don Cherry - Brown Rice (Brown Rice, 1975)
Hasil Adkins - She Said (Rockabilly Psychosis & The Garage Disease)
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers (In Rainbows, 2007)
Stephanie Hladowski - 7 Virgins The Leaves Of Life (High High Nest, 2007)
The Family Elan - All Around (Stare of Dawn, 2007)
Jack Rose - Kensington Blues (Kensington Blues, 2005)
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (SBS, 197
Burning Witch - History of Hell (Crippled Lucifer, 2008)
Bobb Trimble - Premonition of Fantasy (Harvest of Dreams, 1982)
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks (Astral Weeks, 1968)
Supersilent - 8.3 (Supersilent 8, 2007)
Fred McDowell - 61 Highway (The First Recordings, 1970)
Minor Threat - One Day We'll Look Back And Laugh (Complete Discography)
Throbbing Gristle - Convincing People (20 Jazz Funk Greats, 1979)
Jarboe & Justin K Broadrick - Romp (J2, 2008)
Diamanda Galas - Lonely Woman (Serpenta Canta, 2005)
Black Sun - Disintegrate To Christ (Hour of The Wolf, 2007)
Sun City Girls - Radar 1941 (Torch of the Mystics, 1988)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Village Fete - art, design and music!

If you're in Edinburgh on Saturday why not pay a visit to the Village Fete? There will be music and art and design. All kinds of goodness. And I'll be playing some records, but don't let that put you off.

I'll let the organisers fill in the rest:

'The Village Fete' is almost here and it's going to be pretty lovely we reckon. A whole day of arty stuff with some amazing live music and little something to eat. There's all sorts for sale; jewellery, clothing, accessories, prints, books, cards, records and plenty more besides. There will also be origami, colouring in and a raffle (in true fete style) to win some of the nice stuff on sale.

Throughout the afternoon there'll be some lovely live music organised for us by Tracer's what's on offer...

RANDAN DISCOTHEQUE, embroiderer and quasi-comic songwriter extraordinaire, will be celebrating the news that the Prince did in fact go to Iraq;

WITHERED HAND, father of two and pillar of the community, will be continuing his battle against folk music;

WOUNDED KNEE that ex-German beard-grower, will be making things up as he goes along;

and in the gaps, veritable cottage industry STEWART FROM BEARD MAGAZINE AND SUB CITY RADIO will be playing Aretha Franklin records.

It runs from 11am-4pm and it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible.

Saturday, March 8, 2008
11:30am - 4:00pm
Old St Pauls Church Hall
Jeffrey Street (under North Bridge)

Monday, March 03, 2008

Beard radio 3 March '08

This week: a couple of reggae classics produced by the late great Joel Gibb, who sadly passed away the other week, and some hard driving psychedelic soul from Buddy Miles, another sad loss. Plus sweet outsider folk from Michael Hurley (top photo), neo-tropicalia party sounds from El Guincho, gorgeous vintage Cuban pop from Los Zafiros (middle), gloriously nasty post-hardcore from Pissed Jeans, hard bop from Miles, ju-ju, heavy psychedelic dronage, and our favourite Swedish surf group splicing Jimmy Shand and Link Wray - yes, it can only be The Spotniks!

Apologies for the minute of silence after the first track - simple technology defeats me once again...

Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking (Lightning 7" 1977)
U Brown - Train To Zion (Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown)
Vialka - Incapable (Plus Vite Que La Musique, 2007)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Baltimore (Real Emotional Trash, 2008)
Miles Davis - Dr Jekyll (Miles Ahead, 1958)
El Guincho - Palmitos Park (Alegranz, 2007)
Los Zafiros - Y Sabes Bien (Bossa Cubana)
King Sunny Ade - Sunny Ti De (Best of The Classic Years)
Pissed Jeans - I'm Trying Now (Hope In Men, 2007)
Buddy Miles/Hendrix - Changes (Band of Gypsys, 1970)
Michael Hurley - Knockando (Ancestral Swamp, 2007)
Gowns - Fake July (Red State, 2007)
Sonny Sharrock - Portrait of Linda In 3 Colours (Black Woman, 1969)
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Canyons Of Your Mind
Derek Bailey - Laura (Ballads, 2002)
Mountain Goats - Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident (Heretic Pride, 2008)
Giant Sand - Yer Ropes (Glum, 1993)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Cinammon Girl (Everybody Knows This Is
Nowhere, 1969)
Steve Reid Ensemble - Welcome (Daxar, 2008)
Shirley & Dolly Collins - Go From My Window (Love, Death & The Lady, 1969)
Spotniks - Highflying Scotsman (Oriole 7" 1963)
Culture - Two Sevens Clash (Two Sevens Clash, 1977)
Jandek - Nancy Sings (Chair Beside A Window, 1982)
The Move - I Can Hear The Grass Grow (Deram 7" 1967)
Skullflower - Orange Canyon Mind (Orange Canyon Mind, 2005)