Thursday, October 29, 2009

Beard Radio's Halloween Haunting

Behold! Prepare to submit your trembling souls to the sheer wanton terror of Beard Radio's annual witching night special. Quiver with fear, shriek with horror and curse your existence as Stewart and Gary let the devil take over their souls live on air! Our shiversome selection of tenebrous tunage takes in hauntological transmissions, face-melting death metal, witchy prog, evil techno, satanic jazz invocations and readings from Byron. Miss this chilling, thrilling hour at your peril, for we shall doom the souls of non-believers for eternity! Bwahahahahaha!!!!

Black Widow - Come To The Sabbat; Sacrifice (CBS)
Cathedral - Hopkins (The Witchfinder General); The Carnival Bizarre (Earache)
The Shaggs - It's Halloween; Philosophy of the World (RCA/Rounder)
Kode 9 & The Spaceape - Ghost Town; Hyperdub 5 (Hyperdub)
Drexciya - Devil Ray Cove; Neptune's Lair (Tresor)
The Cramps - Goo Goo Muck; Psychedelic Jungle (I.R.S)
Dead Raven Choir - Bluenose; My Firstborn Will Surely Be Blind (Aurora Borealis)
Advisory Circle - Eyes Which Are Swelling; Other Channels (Ghost Box)
Topper - Hell's Fire; Songs of Faith and Inspiration: Spiritual Psychedelic Rock For The Devoted Listener (Sound Stories)
Repugnant - Spawn of Pure Malevolence; Epitome of Darkness (Soulseller Records)
Roswell Rudd - Satan's Dance; Roswell Rudd (Impulse!)
The Caretaker - Lacunar Amnesia; The Persistent Repetition of Phrases (History Always Favours The Winners)
Screaming Lord Sutch - All Black and Hairy; SLS & The Savages (EMI)
Blue Phantom - Violence; Distortions (Spider Records)
Hellfish - Wolfman (Death Chant)

Delia Derbyshire - Phantoms Of Darkness; Out of This World: Atmospheric Sounds from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (BBC)
Stewart Smith & Gary Thoms: ghoulish vocal horror, Garageband cathedral organ and sound effects

Special thanks to our most evil brethren Matt Evans and Reuben Kay for their musical suggestions. Satan has your back.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beard Radio 22.10.09

Beard Radio bounds across your speakers and into your body, mind and soul with an inimitable mix of Balkan folk, visionary hip-hop, nautical folk, slinky indie, next level dubstep, spectral song, neo-Krautrock freakout and stormin' acid-mod.

A Hawk And A Hacksaw - Turkiye; Deliverance (Leaf Label)
J Dilla - Lightworks; Donuts (Stones Throw)
Nic Jones - The Humpback Whale; Penguin Eggs (Topic)
St. Vincent - Actor Out Of Work; Actor (4AD)
Shackleton - Let Go; 3 EPs (Perlon)
Grouper - Heavy Weather/I'd Rather Be Sleeping; Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill (Type)
Raekwon - Cold Outside (feat Ghostface Killah); Cuban Linx II (ICEAL)
Hudson Mohawke - Rising 5; Butter (Warp)
Cooly G - Weekend Fly; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub)
Cave - Requiem For John Sex; Psychic Psummer (Important)
The Open Mind - Magic Potion; Nuggets II (Rhino)

This week's bed music is Hammond Organ Dance Party by Big Jim H. It's a groove sensation!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Beard Radio 15.10.09

It's another bootylicious Beard Radio!!! Stewart and Gary bring tha ruckus!

Jakes & TC - Deep; An England Story (Soul Jazz)
Flaming Lips - Worm Mountain; Embryonic (Warner Bros.)
Jay-Z - Can't Knock The Hustle (Fool's Paradise Mix); Reasonable Doubt (Rockafella Records)
Sa-Ra Creative Partners - Gemini's Rising; Nuclear Evolution (Ubiquity)
Sonny Sharrock - Many Mansions; Ask The Ages (Axiom)
Burning Witch - Sacred Predictions; Crippled Lucifer (Southern Lord
Quarta 330 - Bleeps From Outer Space; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub)
Evangelista - The Slayer; Prince of Truth (Constellation)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Beard Radio 08.10.09

This week's show is available to listen again.

Stew and Gary bring the tunes and the swears - hey, PJ Harvey started it! A bit of dubstep, an amazing wiggly grime instrumental, some beautiful jazz, lush disco with amazing synths, Iranian classical music and NEW LIGHTNING BOLT! Rhode Island's finest unleash a gonzo hoedown.

I made a slip of the tongue during the show. I said Angels was by Don Cherry. It is of course by Don Ayler.

Darkstar - Aidy's Girl's A Computer; Hyperdub 5 (Hyperdub)
PJ Harvey & John Parish - A Woman A Man Walked By/The Crow Knows Where...; A Woman A Man Walked By (Island)
Position Normal - Fart In A Bottle; Cassette Album (Self-released)
Micachu and The Shapes - Calculator; Jewelry (Rough Trade)
The Thing - Angels; Bag It! (Smalltown Superjazz)
Terror Danjah - Zumpi Hunter; Gremlinz (Planet Mu)
Lightning Bolt - Funny Farm; Earthly Delights (Load)
Zeki Duygulu - Karciar Taksim; Victrola Favorites (Dust To Digital)
XTC - Respectable Street; Black Sea (Virgin)
Patrick Cowley - Going Home; 12" (Megatone)

Our Glasgow listeners can catch Darkstar, along with Rustie and Jaimie Vex'd, at Ballers Social Club at Stereo on Friday October 9th. Micachu is also playing Glasgow that night, at the Captain's Rest. And Ballers also present Terror Danjah at the Sub Club on October 22. What a month for gigging and clubbing!

Pick up the excellent Position Normal cassette album from their website. A hauntological, scatological, wonky sample-based delight!

This week's wonderful bed music was Billy Mure's Supersonic Guitars Vol II. The cover, I'm sure you'll agree, is rather beautiful.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Beard Radio 1.10.09

Stewart and Gary return with an hour of amazing music and pish banter. In honour of our friend Alex's progrimage to Magma in London next week, we bring you a classic track by the French lunatics. Plus vintage Greek rebetika, deranged wobble-step, neo-Italo, dreamy bedroom pop, harsh black metal, Glasgwegian mutant hip-hop, classic doom, hauntological transmissions and glorious synth pop.

Raffertie - Wobble Horror; 12" (Planet Mu)
Pentagram - All Your Sins; Pentagram (Peaceville)
Marika Papagika - Zmirneikos Balos; I Don't Feel At Home In This World Any More (Mississippi Records)
Magma - Ima Suri Dondai; Mekanik Destruktiv Kommandoh (Seventh Records)
Antoni Maiovvi - They Return; Shadow Of The Blood Stained Kiss (Seed Records)
Nite Jewel - Artificial Intelligence; Good Night (No Pain In Pop)
Acephale - The Book of Lies; Mord Und Totschlag (Aurora Borealis)
Broadcast & The Focus Group - The Be Colony; Witch Cults of The Radio Age (Warp)
Hudson Mohawke - Star Crackout; Butter (Warp)
Thomas Dolby - Flying North; Golden Age of Wireless (EMI)

If you enjoyed the Thomas Dolby song, then check out Beard chum Joseph Stannard's interview with the synth-pop pioneer on Drowned In Sound.

This week's bed music was a charity shop favourite, Moog Party Time on Contour. The version of Sailor's Coconut is particularly choice, while the breezy take on Beautiful Sunday brought much cheer to the studio.