Thursday, November 04, 2010

Beard Radio goes to Instal

This week we're previewing Scotland's leading experimental music festival, Instal, which takes place at the Tramway, Glasgow, from 12-14 November.

We interview curator Barry Esson about how the festival has evolved over the years and what to expect next week. There are tracks from festival performers, including Catherine Christer Hennix, Florian Hecker, Ian Campbell and Christopher De Laurents.

Unrelated to Instal, we bring you new tracks from Sun City Girls, Ensemble Economiques and James Blake and classics from Bongwater, Sister Mary Nelson and David Sylvian, featuring Derek Bailey.

Listen here!

Sun City Girls - Ben's Radio; Funeral Mariachi (Abduction)
Florian Hecker - Acid in the Style of David Tudor 3 (Editions Mego)
Ensemble Economique - Real Thing; Psychics (Notnotfun)
Jean Luc Gionnet & Eric La Casa - Maison Glasgow Lisa (Arika)
Ian Campbell - The Golden Boy Eats
James Blake - Only Know What I Know Now; Klavierwerke (r & s)
Bongwater - Psychedelic Sewing Room; Too Much Sleep (Shimmy Disc)
Sister Mary Nelson - Judgement; Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music Vol 2 (Folkways)
David Sylvian - The Good Son; Blemish (Samhadi Sound)
Christopher De Laurent - Our Streets
Catherine Christine Hennix - The Electric Harpsichord (excerpt) (Die Schachtel)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beard's Halloween Hour of Terror!!!

Cower before the diabolical orgy of terror that is the Beard Radio Halloween Hour of Terror!!!

Featuring Anton La Vey, St Vitus, Inflatable Boy Clams, Rick Wakeman, a very odd David Bowie number, and much, much more. Can you handle the evil?

With special, blood-spattered thanks to my fiendish co-conspirator in evil Satanic Sean Welsh, and our henchmen in diabolis Murderous Matt Evans, Neil "Necromancer" Jacques, Reuben "The Ripper" Kay and Ghoulish Gary Thoms. May your souls rot in hell!

Black Sabbath - Supertzar; Sabotage (Sanctuary)
Rick Wakeman - Hell; Lisztomania OST (A&M)
King Horror - Loch Ness Monster (Trojan)
Inflatable Boy Clams - Skeletons (Subterranean Records)
Meco - Werewolf (Loose in London); Phonograph
Sebastian Peabody - Grave In The Desert; Wavy Gravy for Adult Enthusiasts (Beware)
Beherit - Goat Worship; The Oath of Black Blood (Emetic)
Anton La Vey - Satan Takes A Holiday (Amarillo)
David Bowie - Please Mr Gravedigger; S/T (Deram)
Caldera - Christ, When I Leave This Life; Capitol
Jack Lucifer - I Am Living Death (Kotzaak)
Riz Ortolani - Cannibal Holocaust (Main Theme); Cannibal Holocaust OST (Lucertola Media)
Ruth White - Spleen; Flowers of Evil (Limelight)
Louvin Brothers - Satan Is Real (Capitol)
St John Green - Goddess of Death (Flick Disc)
St Vitus - Zombie Hunger; St Vitus (SSt)
The Vampires of Dartmoor - Tanz Der Vampire; Dracula's Music Cabinet (Finders Keepers)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Beard Radio 30.9.10 with special guests TIME

Transmitting not-quite-live from Mile End, we welcome our very special guests Frances Morgan and Mark Dicker of glorious psych-folk-doom duo TIME, who will be playing us some of their favourite records. Frances also plays with Morgen Und Nite, is one of the finest music writers around and was editor and publisher of the lamented Plan B magazine. You may know Mark as guitarist in the mighty grindlords Trencher. Tune in for Turkish folk, Finnish electronica, French prog, Kosmische, harsh noise and an EXCLUSIVE new Trencher jam. Essential listening!

Fabio Frizzi - Falling For Emily/Beyond Emily; The Beyond (Dagored)
Pan Sonic - Corona; Gravitoni (Blast First Petite)
Omar Souleyman - Li Raja Behawakom; Jazeera Nights (Sublime Frequencies)
Secret Chiefs Three - Vajra; Book M (Web of Mimicry)
Erkan Ogur & Ismail H Demircioglu - Pencereden Kar Geliyor; Gulun Kokusu Vardi (Golden Horn Records)
Popol Vuh - Engel Der Gegenwart; Heart of Glass (Brain)
Trencher - Vlad Tapas; All suffering... soon to end (White Label)
Archaia - Soleil Noir; Archaia (Private Press)
Spacecraft - Surface; Paradoxe (Spalax Music)
Zen feat Murat Ertel - Mazhar Neyzen ve Kopegi; Bakirkoy Akil Hastanensinde (Ada Yayincilik)
Whitehouse - Wriggle Like A Fucking Eel; Bird Seed (Susan Lawley)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Unknown Is Best: The Return of Beard Radio 16.9.10

We return with some beautiful new tunes from Afrirampo, Swans and Antoni Maiovvi and pay tribute to free jazz legend Noah Howard and poet and all round hero Edwin Morgan. There's some Bollywood proto-acid, sound poetry, cosmic disco, Moroccan electric banjo jams and a very, very odd unreleased Beach Boys tune. Shout outs to Chris Storey for the Jemaa El Fna recommendation, Katie Pope for the Edwin Morgan ASLS CD, and Frances Morgan for the Beach Boys bootleg. The Aeolus Morgan recordings come from a CD that comes with Ken Cockburn and Alec Finlay's wonderful anthology of Scottish sound, pattern and concrete poems, 'The Order of Things': well worth tracking down, as are most of the titles in Finlay's brilliant Pocketbooks series.

Afrirampo - Miracle Lucky Girls; We Are Ucho No Ko (Rock Action)
Edwin Morgan - Canedolia: an off concrete Scotch Fantasia (Aeolus)
Antoni Maiovvi - This is the beast; Thorns of Love (Caravan Recordings)
Mancingelani - Vana Vasesi; Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa (Honest Jons)
Swans - No Words/No Thoughts; My Father Will Guide a Rope From The Sky (Young God)
Edwin Morgan - The Day The Sea Spoke (Aeolus)
Chanjirit Singh - Raga Lalit Bombay; 12 Ragas to a Disco Beat (Bombay Connection)
Beach Boys - My Solution; Landlocked (Bootleg)
Noah Howard - Space Dimension; Space Dimension (America)
Edwin Morgan - At 80; 23 Poems of Edwin Morgan Vol 2 (ASLS)
Amal Saha - Lahmami; Ecstatic Music of the Jamaa El Fna (Sublime Frequencies)

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Return of Beard Radio

This calls for a celebration...

After a well-earned summer break, Beard Radio returns to the air on Thursday 16th September at 6pm on Subcity.

Brace yourselves for another year of fluffed cues, eclectic tuneage and illustrious guests. In a turn up for the books, we're actually quite organised, and can reveal our September schedule!

Sep 16: Back to School
We welcome freshers, returning students and listeners old and new with some records that are exciting us right now. We also pay tribute to one of our heroes, the great poet, translator and scholar Edwin Morgan.

Sep 23: TIME
Transmitting not-so-live from Mile End, we welcome our very special guests Frances Morgan and Mark Dicker of glorious psych-folk-doom duo TIME, who will be playing us some of their favourite records. Frances also plays with Morgen Und Nite, is one of the finest music writers around and was editor and publisher of the lamented Plan B magazine. You may know Mark as guitarist in the mighty grindlords Trencher. This show promises to be a belter.

Sep 30: New Zealand Special
Beard buddy and Glasgow music scene legend-of-sorts Lo-Fi Bri spreads the gospel of the New Zealand underground. From The Chills to Alastair Galbraith, Pumice to the Dead C, this show will turn your world upside down in the best possible way.

Friday, August 20, 2010

R.I.P Edwin Morgan 1920-2010

A true hero as an artist and a person, Edwin Morgan will be much missed. I've been reading his poetry since I was a wee boy and his humanity and spirit of enquiry have been an inspiration. Living in Glasgow, in Scotland, he's helped me think about my surroundings in new ways, while his internationalism and experimentation have opened my mind to concrete poetry, the Russian futurists, art, music. He's the guiding spirit of my academic work in many ways: from Glasgow to Saturn indeed. A great life. I'll share some of my Morgan finds from the National Library of Scotland later.

When You Go

When you go,
if you go,
And I should want to die,
there's nothing I'd be saved by
more than the time
you fell asleep in my arms
in a trust so gentle
I let the darkening room
drink up the evening, till
rest, or the new rain
lightly roused you awake.
I asked if you heard the rain in your dream
and half dreaming still you only said, I love you.

Siesta of a Hungarian Snake

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Giant Sand for The Quietus

Very chuffed to have been asked by the lovely folk at The Quietus to pen a piece on the world of Howe Gelb and Giant Sand. My argument is that epithets such as 'godfather of alt. country' damn Howe with faint praise. He's got nothing to do with snoozesome Whispering Bob approved MOR Americana, and much more in common with cats like Neil Young, Meat Puppets, Gun Club, X, Thelonious Monk, Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Cormac McCarthy, Captain Beefheart, William Faulkner, Doug Sahm, Lee Hazelwood, Harry Dean Stanton, Richard Linklater and Los Bros Hernandez.

I've been a fan of Howe for years, but so vast is his discography that I only discovered certain albums for the first time, at least in full, while researching this piece. Many of these are long out of print, but happily, Fire Records have managed to license the entire Howe/Giant Sand/Band of Black Ranchette/Arizona Amp & Alternator discography - some 30 odd records - and are commencing a reissue program, starting with 1983's Valley of Rain, so you need pay ridiculous collector's prices for such classics as Center of the Universe or Long Stem Ramp no longer.

The Howe quotes in the Quietus piece are from an interview I conducted with the great man in 2006. This first appeared in Beard 6 from 2007, which is still available. My jejune attempts at scene-setting are cringeworthy, but the interview is a good read, thanks to Howe's wonderful way with words and quality anecdotes. Email us if you fancy a copy. They're cheap!

I'm very excited to say that I will be interviewing Howe again next week, the results of which will also appear on The Quietus. In the meantime, catch him with Kristin Hersh at the Barbican in London tonight and at the Sage, Gateshead on Saturday 24 July. A European tour is lined up for November, so fingers crossed for a Scottish date.

I'll leave you with a couple of videos that aren't in my Quietus piece - hell there's just too much good Howe stuff on Youtube. Gorgeous live version of Spiral, from 2008's Provisions and the video for Happenstance (such a lovely word, very Howe) from 1994's Glum.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Apologies for the lack of blog action lately. I've been a busy boy, working on my PhD, writing papers and the like. Beard Radio is off air for the summer, but we should be back in the Autumn. In the meantime, you can enjoy the last three shows of the semester, which we didn't list properly here. Suffice to say they're bangin'.

The real reason for this post is to plug Cry Parrot's latest warehouse party at SWG3. Live music and visuals, some great DJs and, well, us! Think I'm going to go for something of a cosmic vibe - a bit proggy, a bit synthy, a bit jazzy...

On that note, how great is this? Geeta Dayal has some interesting thoughts on this mindblowing proto-techno record by Bollywood musician and composer Charanjit Singh.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Raw & The Cooked: Beard Radio 13.5.10

Ass blasting Scandinavian free jazz, Sun Ra saluting comets with some astonishing electronic sorcery, blue-eyed soul old and new, kinky EBM, gorgeous jazz meditations from the Windy City, atmospheric dubstep, and motorik pop thrills... it can only be another episode of Beard Radio!

The Thing - Drop The Gun; Bag It! (Smalltown Superjazz)
Gayngs - Gaudy Side of Town; Relayted (Jagjaguwar)
Hall & Oates - Is It A Star?; War Babies (A&M)
Breakage - Vial (feat Burial); Foundation (Digital Soundboy)
Fad Gadget - Ladyshave; The Singles (Mute)
Sun Ra - Discipline; Concert For The Comet Kohoutek (ESP Disk)
Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake - For Brother Thompson; From The River To The Ocean (Thrill Jockey)
Subway - Simplex (Gatto Fritto Mix); Soul Jazz Singles 08-09 (Soul Jazz)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Picnic on a Frozen River: a Faust Interview

The transcript of my interview with Jean-Herve Peron of mighty kosmische freaks Faust. This was the basis of my article for The List magazine. Of course there was plenty of material that I didn't have room for, so here's the whole thing. This was one of the most enjoyable interviews I've ever done. Thanks to Jean Herve Peron for being such an engaging chap.

Tell me about the early days of Faust.

We've been together since 1970 and there were six of us. One disappeared, another died (producer/mentor Uwe Nettlebeck), one lost interest, so it's gone through all kinds of changes. What happened recently, well, by recently I mean ten years ago, there's been two different currents within the Faust philosophy. (The other Faust features original keyboardist Hans Joachim Irmler and the members who joined in the early '90s) It was better to make a clean split, rather than argue for ever. One Faust is with Zappi and myself, two original members from the '70s and we are joined by Geraldine Swaine, who you might know, she was in Bad Servant and is a London painter lady, and James Johnson who is from Gallon Drunk and the Bad Seeds. And most of the time we invite people. I don't know who will come in Glasgow, but we might have a guy called Mick, he's one of yours I think. He plays guitar and uses his lyrics, he makes quite good lyrics. But my head is a bit confused, I'm not quite sure who will be guests in Glasgow. Maybe I'll keep that sort of a surprise, because I don't want to say who and then they say, oh shit, I'm playing somewhere else!

The BBC Krautrock film showed you and Zappi performing together. Was this in the Bad Durmentingen base?

No, no, no, not at all. You are confusing both Fausts, that's quite alright, I don't mind. It's all cool. We wanted it that way anyway. No, what you saw on BBC4 was a documentary at my house in Schiphorst in Northern Germany. Yeah, BBC4 came, they stayed for a few days, we answered their questions and it was very pleasant. Zappi and I, we started to improvise. I used a bit of the concrete mixer and Zappi went on with his percussion thing. We enjoyed it. I think the BBC people enjoyed it.

Were you playing a Mongolian horn? I've seen a few jazz musicians use those.

No. I'd love to have one of those. It was like a straight trumpet, you play only with the lips, you only play basics and harmonics. All horns function under the same principal, it's all with the lips and you play basics and harmonics.

Is this a good example of what you do live in that its improvised?

Ah, my ears are a bit fucked with old age and noise! On stage we do a mixture. We respect and love our audience so we realise there a few things to consider. First of all is what we are, that means improvisation, whatever comes up in our minds. But also what the audience is sort of expecting. They buy a ticket for Faust and they know they shouldn't expect anything precisely, so we do a few old tunes, and a few much more recent tunes, so everybody's happy. It's one third old tunes, one third recent tunes, and one third improvisation.

Are you bringing the cement mixer?

Probably, probably. It all depends how much gear we have. We are touring now. It didn't fit in my van, but I will try again to make it fit. It's a good instrument, we miss it when it's not there. It creates a very droney atmosphere and it seems to reach ladies, it seems to move the heart of ladies in some way. In Glasgow when we last played, I remember a lady – she didn't have much interest in our music, she just came because her man liked it and she said, ok I'll go along and see what they do. At the end she came up to me in tears and said, and I'm not kidding, 'Oh god, The Fish,' - which is the song we play with the concrete mixer - 'That really moved my heart.' So that was very motivating, not flattering, very inspiring.

Are you bringing along other power tools?

We are going a little bit back to basics, having less things all around, making more straight music. That doesn't mean a thing really. James plays guitar and keyboard and vacuum cleaner, Geraldine plays the accordian, guitar, keyboard, she paints on stage, and Zappi plays metals and percussion. I blow different horns, I try to play some acoustic guitar, play some bass, and I love to have a talk with my concrete mixer, with a chain saw, things like that. And I also like to paint on stage.

Some of your shows in the 90s were pretty crazy, with fireworks going off. Are you going to have any of that, or are you not allowed to say?

(Laughs) Unfortunately we can't do that anymore. In the 90s nobody knew what we were up to, so when we arrived at a venue and they asked 'are we going to do the usual thing?' we'd say 'yeah yeah yeah.' Then we'd start putting things on fire, starting fireworks. And now the promoters are aware of this and they have us sign this thing saying 'no open fire, no bombs, no fireworks'. So we cannot be as carefree as we used to be.

But instead you've got the painting and all other kinds of visual elements.

(enthusiastically) Yeah yeah. I don't feel like doing always the same things. There was a period where I enjoyed that. We change.

I guess it becomes a drag, like Jimi Hendrix having to set fire to his guitar at every show...

Right, yeah.

How do you feel about the influence Faust have had? When you returned in the '90s new artists lined up to work with you like Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino, Dalek, Nurse With Wound and Michael Morley of the Dead C. Do you feel an affinity with them?

We never, ever realised that we were influential. We never realised that we would have any impact on anybody. We were and we still are unaware of all this. When people come up to us and say 'ah, your music and this and that' of course it is a nice massage for our ego but we were never aware of that, so I guess it's a good thing. I feel happy that I can tell my children and my grandchildren that I have done something that doesn't seem to have been that bad, because people seem to think that I gave them inspiration. I will say one example like Stereolab. I seldom feel that they like our music, but one nice thing about it is that they've taken it one step further, or one step in their own direction. They've take an inspiration, an impulse and they've used it their way. Or NWW. Maybe they just took the energy, or the general attitude of our music, they didn't take any chords or plagiarise, they just took the energy.

It's maybe harder to copy Faust than Can or Neu, say, as there isn't a particular signature sound, like the 'motorik beat'.

You are quite right, but I would disagree when you say we don't have motorik. Zappi from time to time, he loves to go into one of his mighty beats, but other times we like to be without any rhythm.

Have you been working on new material?

Yes. We are going to go into the studio in July. We don't really work. We meet once, twice, three times a year at my place in Schiphoff, we spend maybe five, six days together and then we jam, we record it very roughly. Then we pick up the themes and try to remember them. We've been doing this to prepare the UK tour, because we are here quite regularly, so we don't want to repeat ourselves, so we have to get a new set all the time for the UK. So we did this in March and we came up with some new things.

It seems you're still working in a similar way to the Wumme years, albeit over shorter periods of time?

Yes, we work in a very similar way. In the back of heads is the feeling of being free, not being under pressure to produce anything. If something happens it's fine, if not it's also fine. We are happy to be together and we happen to have people around us who are excellent cooks, we have good wine, so everything is art in life, not only music, not only getting into the rehearsal studio and producing sounds, but everything is art. It's like Wumme all the time. Maybe we're just stupid, maybe we're just naïve! (Laughs)

Anything you'd like to add?

If you could mention the Avant-Garde Fest in Schiphorst that would be a great help. (Happy to oblige. See below)

Also tell your people that we enjoy very much to play the northern part of England (sic), we went all the way to Edinburgh... You are fucking loud! We too are sometimes! We have to have a good sense of humour because your are loud. But it comes from the heart and this is what I really like. It's not because you are disrespectful of our music, it's just that you are very vital, very passionate.

Faust play The Arches, Glasgow, tonight, then tour the UK.
Peron's Avant-Garde Fest takes place in Schiphorst, Germany from 2 – 4 July 2010. Confirmed acts include Lydia Lunch's Big Sexy Noise, Blood Stereo, Gallon Drunk and, of course, Faust!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Fab! Gear! The Beard Beatles Special!

We raise our thumbs aloft to the Fab Four. Rest assured this is no predictable Mojo-style snooze fest featuring the same old stuff. We kick off with a classic blast of Yoko, with John freaking out, Sonny Sharrock style, on noisy slide guitar. Take that Yoko haters! There's Beatles sampling hip-hop, bizarre easy listening proto-mash-ups, and some great - and memorably awful - Beatles covers, including one from the infamous Sgt Peppers film starring the Bee Gees, Pete Frampton and Frankie Howerd! There's a tune from Macca's secret lounge project, Thrillington, featuring an all star cast of session musos including Clem Clattini, and, fresh from recording Serge Gainsbourg, Herbie Flowers and Vic Flick. You can tell: Flower's bass playing is awesomely fluid and funky. We even manage to fit in a couple from the Fab Four themselves, as well as some weird solo cuts. Of course, we had far more stuff lined up than we had time for, so keep an eye on the blog over the next few days for some bonus beats.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Why; Plastic Ono Band (Apple)
The Rutles - Cheese & Onions; Anthology (Warner Bros.)
The Beatles - I'll Follow The Sun; Beatles For Sale (Parlophone)
Ernest Ranglin - You Won't See Me; Trojan Beatles Box (Trojan)
Alan Copeland - Mission Impossible/Norwegian Wood; Golden Throats (Rhino)
Wu Tang Vs The Beatles - Got Your Money; Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers (Teasearecords)
Beastie Boys - Sounds of Science; Paul's Boutique (Capitol)
Dangermouse - 99 Problems; Grey Album (Self-Released)
The Beatles - Dear Prudence; The Beatles (Apple)
Ringo Starr - Blindman; Goodnight Vienna OST (Apple)
Paul McCartney - Temporary Secretary; McCartney II (Parlophone)
Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington - Too Many People; Thrillington (Regal Zonophone)
Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out (Motown)
George Burns - With A Little Help From My Friends; Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band OST (RSO)

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Beard Radio 29.4.10

It's the last Beard Radio before the election, but hopefully not the last under a Labour government. Not that we're Labour cheerleaders by any means, but better them than the Tories... As a fuck you to bigots everywhere, this show is full of Eastern Europeans: Poles, Hungarians and Bulgarians. Plus some amazing music from the middle-east, anti-Tory tunes and some sage like commentary on the media circus. It's not all political, but tonight's show is all about celebrating the power of music to bring people together and counter ignorance and hate.

Le Mystre Des Voix Bulgares - Pilentze Pee; Vol 1 (4AD)
Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser - Ringsad El Magad No 2; Well Hung (Finders Keepers)
Vex'd - Nails; Cloud Seed (Planet Mu)
Omar Khorshid - Sabirine; Guitar El Chark (Sublime Frequencies)
Krzysztof Komeda - Astigmatic (excerpt); Astigmatic (Polskie Nagrania Muza)
Robert Wyatt - Mass Medium; Old Rottenhat (Domino)
Specials - Maggie's Farm; Stereo-Typical (Two Tone)
Lord Beginner - Mix Up Matrimony; London Is The Place For Me (Honest Jons)
Kenny Graham & His Satellites - Lullaby; Moondog and Suncat Suites (Trunk)
John Coltrane - Peace On Earth; Infinity (Impulse)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cry Parrot's 3rd Birthday, with Beard DJs

Posting this on behalf of the good folk at Cry Parrot. These guys have been putting on DIY gigs in Glasgow for three years now so they're celebrating with a party at the Flying Duck on Thursday 22 April. They've kindly asked me to play some records, but don't let that put you off, as there are some great bands and DJs playing. I'll be on between 8.30 and 9.30 in the kitchen. Expect missed cues, records being played at the wrong speed and a delirious mix of synths, saxophones, brutal bass and wayward beats.

Cry Parrot's DIY principles, eclectic booking policy and love of a good party has helped breathe new life into the Glasgow underground. Their shows are colourful, noisy, messy and fun. When they put on Pocahaunted's dubbed out psych-funk show in a sweaty rehearsal space I danced like a loon. When they put on The Ex & Brass Unbound I danced like a loon. Hell, whatever they put on I'll probably end up dancing like a loon. They've a nice line in unusual venues as well, Gary War's flat gig being a delightfully odd experience. And while they've brought some great touring acts to town, they deserve special kudos for supporting local acts, a number of whom will be performing at Thursday's party. Ultimate Thrush are always a blast of gonzoid noise rock, Teenage Ricky pull of the unlikely trick of making math rock silly, weird and fun, while Nackt Insecten's improvising space-rock trio Moon Unit always bring it. The latter were fantastic at Mono for Record Store Day on Saturday.

It should be a blast. I hope to see you all there.

Here's what Cry Parrot have to say about the event:

In the main room, we’ll have 7 of our favourite bands playing, while in the kitchen we’ll have some ace DJs (including a disco takeover by Side-Show + Brian D'Souza!). There will also be a selection of independent record and zine stalls to rummage through til' 11.30pm.

We are very excited. We hope you are too.

Entry is just £5. Join us!!



ULTIMATE THRUSH – By far one of the most exciting bands in UK, never-mind Scotland. Fast, freeform, complex, unpredictable, but - of course, fun – Ultimate Thrush deliver an aural and physical assault with their mindbending spazz-core. Its always an absolutely pleasure having these guys along.

TWO MINUTE NOODLES – The last time we saw this band, it was in the middle of the woods in Cumbria. Everyone –even the local woodmen and farmers – got up the front during their set and danced the night away. Featuring Moz from Quack Quack and Chops, Two Minute Noodles are a two-man micro-party. Think Goblin composing the soundtrack to Ace Ventura.

GUMMY STUMPS – Another one of our favourite Glasgow-based bands. Choppy, gruff no-wave, lead by the Scottish equivalent of Mark E Smith. Features members of Park Attack and Vars of Litchi.

ETERNAL FAGS – Ex members of Plaaydoh and Dirty Summer making a fresh new racket. Tight, playful punk, with the melodic soul of Wipers and The Replacements.

TEENAGE RICKY – Skittles-induced hyper-pop. Teenage Ricky deny all logic: Girly falsettos, triple guitar freakouts and one minute long songs shouldn’t work, but for them, it just seems perfect. Features members of Gay Against You, Danananaykroyd, Sexy Entourage and Tangles.

MOON UNIT – Transcending psychedelic explorations in the style of Neu! and Acid Mothers Temple. Every set they do is different, and every time they’ve never failed to blow our mind. Unmissable stuff.

CHEER – A beautiful tapestry of tape loops, subtle guitar picking and field recordings. Everyone who caught his gig with Grouper will be sure to agree he is something special.






ADAM STAFFORD DJ (Y’all is Fantasy Island)




Preceding the party, there will be an open-air performance by the lovely RM HUBBERT and WOUNDED KNEE.

Flying Duck
Thursday, 22 April 2010, 19.30-03.00

Friday, March 26, 2010

Beard Radio 25.3.10

This week's show focusses on (relatively) new releases. Sassy hip-hop, dark pop melodrama, hypnagogic desert-blues, dreamy glo-fi, future dubstep and garage, warped AM gold and more.

Dominique Young Unique - Show My Ass (Art Jam)
Envy - Chips In My Dip; Set Yourself On Fire (Stop/Start)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round and Round; 4AD
J Dilla - Safety Dance; Donut Shop (Stones Throw)
Q-Tip - Barely In Love; Kamaal The Abstract (Jive)
James Blake - The Bells Sketch (Hessle Audio)
Zola Jesus - Night; Stridulum EP (Sacred Bones)
Dam Mantle - Rebong; Grey EP (Halleluwah Hits)
Toro Y Moi - Talamak; Causers of This (Carpark)
Bok Bok - Citizen's Dub (feat Bubbz) (Blunted Robots)
James Ferraro - Last American Hero (extract); Last American Hero (Olde English Spelling Bee)
Mosca - Square One (Night Slugs)

Next week, it's our Beatles special with a difference. Fab! Thumbs Aloft! etc

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Beard Radio with special guest John Cavanagh

Tonight's Beard Radio with special guest John Cavanagh. Featuring exclusive new tracks from Family Elan, Nalle, Ben Reynolds and Trembling Bells, plus John's reminiscences about Alex Chilton, Delia Derbyshire and reading the football results on Saturday Sportscene.

Family Elan - Trees of Ishfahar (Alt. Vinyl)
Del Shannon - My Love Has Gone (Bear Family)
Ben Reynolds - Pull Back The Covers (White Label)
Lesley Duncan - Love Song (Sanctuary)
Delia Derbyshire - Liquid Energy (Glo-Spot)
Geoff Goddard - Telstar (demo) (Unreleased)
Geoff Goddard - Girl Bride (HMV)
Phosphene & Friends - See Sign Defined (Pickled Egg)
Trembling Bells - Did We Sing Together (Honest Jons)
K-Space - Kuzungu (Ad Hoc)
Big Star - When My Baby's Beside Me (Big Beat)
Yummy Fur - Department (Vesuvius)
Nalle - Sunne's Return (Alt. Vinyl)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Beard Radio with special guest John Cavanagh

Beard Radio is delighted to announce our special guest, the legendary John Cavanagh! Radio presenter, musician, producer, writer and raconteur, John will be playing some of his favourite records, as well as some exclusive new tracks.

In addition to working for BBC Scotland and presenting his own weekly Soundwave show on Radio Six International, John has recently been producer for weird-folk luminaries Trembling Bells and Family Elan, while working on his own Phosphene Project.

Past projects include a one-man show about electronic music goddess and BBC Radiophonic Workshop legend Delia Derbyshire, and a book in the 33 & 1/3 series on Pink Floyd's Piper At The Gates of Dawn. He has also been involved in the release of records by Derbyshire and Ron Geesin.

Read all about his activities on the Phosphene site.

We're really excited for this show. Do tune in and turn on.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Beard Radio 4.3.10

Stew and Reuben bring you an hour of awesomeness. Glorious new releases from Joanna Newsom, Hyperdub and Ghost Box, some freaky Joe Meek classics, some visionary British jazz, German cabaret tango-pop, Glasgwegian prog obscurities and an absolutely incredible Japanese underground classic. We dedicate this show to Guru of Gang Starr. Get well soon sir!

Joanna Newsom - Good Intentions Paving Co; Have One On Me (Drag City)
Slapp Happy - Casablanca Moon; Acnalbasac Moon (Virgin)
Orchestra Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Minsato Le, Mi Dayihome; World Psychedelic Classics Vol 3 (Luaka Bop)
Kan Mikami - Bang!; Bang! (URC)
Geoff Goddard - Sky Men; Joe Meek Alchemist of Pop (Castle)
Advisory Circle - Nuclear Substation; Mind How You Go (Ghost Box)
Joe Harriot & John Mayer Double Quintet - Raga Gauld-Saranga; Indo-Jazz Suite (Columbia/Atlantic)
Gang Starr - Beyond Comprehension; Step In The Arena (Chrysalis)
Captain Marryat - Dance of Thor; S/T (Shadoks)
The Buzz - You're Holding Me Down; Joe Meek Alchemist of Pop (Castle)
Terror Danjah - Acid; 12" (Hyperdub)

Friday, February 26, 2010

Beard Radio 25.2.10

Tonight's show brings together a gem from the Rock In Opposition singles box in the form of R Stevie Moore's (pictured) ersatz cockney Suicide banger What You Looking At?, some mindblowing Italian prog, some gloriously funky free jazz from Joe McPhee, Dundonian dubstep from Loops Haunt and much more. Special thanks to Daniel Padden of the One Ensemble, whose fantastic DJ set at the wonderful Sir Richard Bishop gig the other night gave me a few ideas for the show.

Joe McPhee - Shakey Jake; Nation Time (Atavistic) 1970
Kuedo - Starfox, 12" (Planet Mu) 2010
US Girls - Red Ford Radio; Go Grey (Siltbreeze) 2010
Area - La Mela Di Odessa; Crac (Cramps) 1975
R Stevie Moore - What Are You Looking At?; V/A 16 Dance Party Smash Hits (Recommended Records) 1985
Ennio Morricone - Trafelato; Crime & Dissonance (Tzadik) 1971
Sarah Kechington - A Hollow Tube; Dummy Jim (Unshaped) 2010
The One Ensemble - Khaki Knickers; Dummy Jim (Unshaped) 2010
Fred Frith - Too Much Too Little; Step Across The Border (Fred Records) 1990
Richard Thompson - Roll Over Vaughan Williams; Henry The Human Fly (Fledg'ling) 1972
Loops Haunt - Joplin 12" (Black Acre) 2010
Aphex Twin - Finger Bib; Richard D James Album (Warp) 1996
Joseph Spence - Out On The Rolling Sea; Happy All The Time (Folkways) 1964

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sir Richard Bishop interview - director's cut

Photo copyright Mark Sullo

This is a director's cut of the preview of Sir Richard Bishop's Glasgow gig I did for The List. A slightly lazy director's cut admittedly - it's just the preview with the full Q & A tacked on rather than a through-written feature, but hey, I've got a PhD to do! Hopefully Bishop's tales of magick, travel and Arabic guitarists, as well as some choice youtube clips, should make up for it. Be sure to check out his new heavy psych band with Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano, Rangda.

For the past three decades, avant-garde guitar wizard, Sir Richard Bishop has dazzled, confounded and disturbed, both as a member of Arizona freaks Sun City Girls, and as a wildly inventive solo artist. While less deranged than Sun City Girls’ sprawling oeuvre, Bishop’s own albums are just as eclectic, deftly leaping from gypsy jazz to Indian ragas, or between psychedelic rock and electronic soundscapes. Reflecting his Lebanese ancestry, Bishop’s current album, the excellent Freak of Araby, pays homage to the Arabic surf-rock of Egyptian guitarist Omar Khorshid.

You're on tour just now, but have you been on any other travels

I recently returned from two months in Thailand and Laos where I was doing a little research and taking a lot of photographs for some potential projects in the future. I had a guitar with me as well and Idid work on some new material. I may go back to India later this year unless things get too busy.

You've recorded an album with Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano as Rangda. It's more psych rock and less improv than I expected. Perhaps you can tell me about this project?

Ben and I had been discussing this idea of working with Chris and forming this trio for a couple of years now. Chris was pretty busy for a while but the chance to get together finally came about last September and we did our first show after about an hour and half of practicing. The record which we recorded a day after the show did include a lot of improvisation based on some loose ideas that each of us had but we also wanted to concentrate on creating a few structured songs. We will be
touring in Europe in late May and there will probably be equal parts improvisation and compositions. We have been discussing a lot of possibilities and it is a project that all of us are excited about and we hope to continue touring and make a lot of records over the next few years.

You mentioned that you and Alan Bishop might start another band. Has this happened yet? Any other projects in the pipeline?

We've discussed a few options but haven't done anything yet since both of us have been quite busy - myself with touring and Alan has been extremely occupied with Sublime Frequencies. Seems like there just isn't enough time to do everything we want to right now but I am hoping that changes in the future. But it's sometimes difficult to think about another band with Alan without Charlie (Gocher, the late SCG drummer) being part of it. It will take some more time to come to terms with everything.

Does your interest in magic and the occult influence your music making in any way? Some might say your pieces are like invocations.

It influences most aspects of my life in one way or another including musically but I try not to think about it too much. I think the influence may have been stronger when Sun City Girls was performing live and making records because there was a ceremonial aspect to a lot of what we were doing. But with my solo music it doesn't seem to play as big a role as in the past but that is okay. I am aware of the energies that are present, but the less I think about it, the better.

Freak of Araby was a tribute to Omar Khorshid and Arabic surf rock. Was this a project you'd long planned, or was it more spontaneous?

It was something that just happened. I had been listening to a lot of Omar Khorshid's music prior to the recording session but it wasn't my intention to make any kind of Arabic or Middle Eastern type record. But after recording a couple of original pieces that were "eastern" sounding, I decided that I wanted the entire record to reflect that sound, even though I had a number of other songs that I was going to record but I decided to scrap those. So I scrambled to find some traditional songs to record and a number of them were songs that Khorshid also played. I then wrote a couple more pieces which fell into the same category. It all happened so fast. So it just kind of worked out the way it did and The Freak of Araby was the result.

I've heard Khorshid's album Rhythms of The Orient, which I love, but are there any other albums by him, or similar artists, you'd recommend?

Rhythms of the Orient is great! But Khorshid's records are hard to locate. He made nine full length records in Lebanon in the early 70s, plus he composed the soundtracks for numerous Egyptian and Lebanese films. The soundtracks were never made available commercially. You can, with a little digging, find some download links online but in order to get the actual LPs (or cassettes) from the 70s, you'd probably have to go to Cairo, Damascus, or Beirut. Some to seek out are: Belly Dance From Lebanon, Tribute to Oum Kalthoum, Tribute to Farid-Al-Atrache, and Belly Dance with Omar Khorshid (Volumes 1-3). There is also a Lebanese guitar player from the 70s named Mohammed "Mike" Hegazi who made at least two LPs. These are almost impossible to find but they are great if you can locate them.

It's interesting that this is an electric solo tour. Any particular decision for switching from acoustic? Does it suit the Freak of Araby material better, or are you doing something else altogether?

I just needed to step away from acoustic guitar for a while. I wanted to force myself to try something different and not play the same material that I had been playing during the last few tours. I am doing a couple of pieces from the Freak of Araby which work best with electric guitar but since I don't have a backup band, I can't do much more from the record. I am also doing a fair amount of improvisation and trying out some new songs and some older pieces that I haven't really played live before.

You help gather material for Sublime Frequencies. Are you encouraged by its recent success? For example, people went crazy for Omar Souleyman when he played here in Glasgow. Also, have you made any recent musical discoveries for the label on your travels?

I've collected some music and film over the last couple of trips abroad for the label and perhaps some of that will be released at some point. But there is quite a backlog of material already and a lot of other people are now submitting stuff as well. Either way the label will continue to release incredible music that hasn't been heard. I am excited that the label is finally getting some good recognition and it is quite inspiring on many levels. I wish I could have seen some of those live shows from the Souleyman/Group Doueh tour. I have seen quite a bit of video footage from the tour but I want to experience it in person. We're trying to get Omar to come to the United States later this year. I just hope the authorities will grant him permission to enter the country.

Sir Richard Bishop plays Stereo, Glasgow on Wednesday 24 Feb, with support from Graeme Ronald (RememberRemember) and RM Hubbert.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beard Radio 18.2.10

Beard radio touches your erogenous zones with Kate Bush and Hyetal & Shortstuff, surfs the waves of Lebanese psych with Omar Khorshid, drops a tear in your beer with Hank Williams, and levitates the White House with the incredible electrified free jazz of Love Cry Want. And then some...

Sir Richard Bishop - Barbary; The Freak of Araby (Drag City)
Omar Khorshid - Ah Ya Zen; Rhythms From The Orient (Unknown
Stellar Om Source - Copper Dream; Ocean Woman (Self-released CD-R) (pictured above)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Russian Mind; Rifts (No Fun)
Kate Bush - The Sensual World; The Sensual World (EMI)
Hyetal & Shortstuff - Don't Stop, 12" (Punchdrunk)
Hank Williams - I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You); Greatest Hits Vol II (MGM)
Nicholas & Gallivan with Larry Young - The Great Medicine Dance; Love Cry Want (Weird Forest)
Bobb Trimble - Another Lonely Angel; Harvest of Dreams (Drag City)
Carla Bley -Hotel Overture; The Elevator Over the Hill (Jcoa Records/Virgin)

NB - I said the trombonist on Elevator... is Roswell Rudd. Wrong! It is of course the great Jimmy Knepper. Check 'im out on classic Mingus albums like Ah Um.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Beard Radio 4 Feb & Jan 29

Charge your glass, plump your cushions and sit back to enjoy another fine edition of Beard Radio. Stew is flying solo and manages not to screw up too much. On the menu: Dave Holland, PJ Pooterhoots, Anaal Nathrakh, Albert Ayler, Pangea and Flower-Corsano Duo serving it rare. Not 'alf

Albert Ayler - Our Prayer; Live In Greenwich Village (Impulse)
Pangea - Why (Hessle Audio)
Dave Holland - Interception; Conference of the Birds (ECM)
Prince - Darling Nikki; Purple Rain (Warner Bros.)
St. Vincent - Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood; Actor (4AD)
Anaal Nathrakh - Virus Bomb; Hell Is Empty And All The Devils Are Here (Feto)
Flower-Corsano Duo - 85% Pure; Live From The Chocolate Cities (Self-Realeased)
PJ Pooterhoots - Chase (Tigerbass)
Sly & The Family Stone - In Time; Fresh (Epic)
Untold - Stop What You're Doing (James Blake Remix) (Hessle Audio)

Oops, we forgot to post last week's show. Well, here it is: from metal to slow jams to visionary British jazz, it can only be Beard Radio!

Split Enz - The Choral Sea (A&M)
Real Estate - Beach Comber (Woodsist)
Absu - Amy (Candle)
Stu Martin & John Surman - Live at Woodstock Town Hall (Dawn)
Raffertie - 7th Dimension (Planet Mu)
Sparks - Achoo (Island)
The Ex - Huriyet (Ex Records)
Vektor - Deoxyibonucleic Acid (Heavy Artillery)
Teddy Pendergrass - Turn Off The Lights (Sony)
Mercyful Fate - A Dangerous Meeting (Roadrunner)
Erasure - Stop! (Mute)

We played The Ex on this show. Read my interview with Andy Moor. Longer director's cut version to follow soon.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Beard Radio 21.1.10

We're back, with yet more PROG CORNER in the form of USAISMONSTER and a truly insane Yes tune, some ridiculous power metal, a slept on PE classic, a killer new Wiley beef track, Japanese sax mayhem and the new Joy Orbinson, putting the joy into, er, joy...

Wiley - Last day of 09 (reply to Trim) (White Label)
Public Enemy - Do you wanna go our way??; There's A Poison Goin' On (Atomic Pop)
Roxy Music - Street Life; Stranded (Island)
Sax Ruins - Korromda Peimm; Yawiquo (Ipecac)
Megadeth - Last Rites/Loved To Death; Killing Is My Business... (Combat)
Joy Orbison - BRKLN CLLN (Doldrums)
Blind Guardian - This Will Never End; Nightfall (Nuclear Blast)
USAISAMONSTER - Somehow; Tasheyana Compost (Load)
Yes - Sound Chaser (edit); Relayer (Atlantic)
10cc - Honeymoon With A B Troop; How Dare You (Mercury)
Bruce Springsteen - Dream Baby Dream (Blast First Petite)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Beard Radio 14.1.10 now with Prog Corner

Stewart's flying solo and making loads of technical mistakes in the process. Oh dear. Good tunes though! Plus PROG CORNER! Behold our monolithic new jingle.

Abba - Eagle; Greatest Hits Vol 2 (Epic)
Boredoms - No Core Punk; Osorezan no Stooges Kyo (Earthnoise)
McCoy Tyner -Ebony Queen; Sahara (Original Jazz Classics)
Mark Hollis - Colour of Spring; Mark Hollis (Polydor)
Eno & Harmonia - Welcome; Tracks & Traces (Gronland)
Dolphins Into The Future - On The High Seas; On Sea Faring Isolation (Not not fun)
Josephine Foster - Trust In The Unexpected; Graphic As A Star (Fire)
Van Der Graaf Generator - Still Life; Still Life (Charisma)
Alasdair Roberts - You Muses Assist; Spoils (Drag City)
Pangaea - Memories (Hessle Audio)
Bird Names - A New Map For Kissing; On Opaque Things (Pecan Crazy)
Ian Dury & The Blockheads - Wake Up And Make Love To Me; New Boots & Panties (Stiff)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Beard Radio Brighton Takeover 7.1.10

It's a Brighton Takeover for the first Beard Radio of 2010 as we're joined by Joseph Stannard (Wire magazine, The Outer Church club) and Petra Davis (Plan B) who select tonight's fine tunes. Where else would you hear Billy Joel and Clannad alongside Gay Beast?

Lady Sovereign - Ch Ching (White Label)
Ikonika- Smuck (Planet Mu)
Clannad - Robin The Hooded Man (RCA)
David McAlmont & Michael Nyman - Secrets, Accusations & Charges; The Glare (NM Records)
Moon Wiring Club - A Friendly Warning (Gecophonic Audiosystems)
Paul McCartney - Talk More Talk; Press To Play (Parlophone)
Bee Gees - Love You Inside Out (Warner Bros)
Sun Dog Peace House - Infinite Life (Digitalis)
Electrik Red -Drink In My Cup; How To Be A Lady Vol 1 (Def Jam)
Solange Knowles - Stillness Is The Move (Geffen)
Cheap Trick - Stop This Game (CBS)
Gay Beast - White Diamonds (Skin Graft)
Billy Joel - Pressure (CBS)
Beyonce - Upgrade; B'Day (Columbia)
Hall & Oates - Downtown Light (RCA)
Broadcast - Man Is Not A Bird; Haha Sound (Warp)
Scritti Politti - Brushed With Oil, Dusted With Powder; Anomie & Bonhomie (Virgin)

This week's Beard Radio is back on Subcity at the usual time of 7pm on Thursday evening.

The third Outer Church club night takes place tomorrow night at Brighton's Free Butt. Put on your moon boots and get on down to Joe's cosmic and hauntological sounds.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Beard Radio New Year Party Session

Happy New Year to all our wonderful listeners!

Stew and Gary are joined by our good chums Kate and Brian for a truly banging two hour Hogmanay party session. Of course, it's good at any time of year. Crank it up and party on folks!

2562 - Love In Outer Space; Unbalance (Tectonic)
Boredoms - Ant 10 Lindstrom remix; Super Roots 10 (Thrill Jockey)
Patrick Cowley - Menergy (Polydor)
Sun Ra & His Arkestra - Disco 2100; The Singles (Evidence)
Second Phase - Mentasm; Joey Beltram Classics (R & S)
The Juan MacLean - You Can't Have It Both Ways (DFA)
Asha Senator - One Bible (Dancehall Jungle Mix); Rumble In The Jungle (Soul Jazz)
Topcat - Love Mi Ses; An England Story (Soul Jazz)
Rainbow - A Light in The Dark; Rising (Polydor)
Marnie Stern - Roads? Where We're Going We Don't Need Roads; This Is... (Kill Rock Stars)
Dr Dre - Let Me Ride; The Chronic (Death Row)
2000F & J Kamata - You Don't Know What Love Is; Hyperdub 5 (Hyperdub)
Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems; Life After Death (Bad Boy Records)
Terror Danjah - Zumpi Hunter; Gremlinz (Planet Mu)
XTC - That's Really Super Super Girl; Skylarking (Virgin)
ELO - Livin' Thing; The Very Best Of (Epic)
Devo - Gut Feeling; Q: Are We Not Me? A: We Are Devo (Virgin)
Andrew W.K. - Ready To Die; I Get Wet (Mercury)
Joe McPhee, The Thing, Cato Salsa Experience - The Witch; Two Bands & a Legend (Smalltown Superjazz)
Durrty Goodz - Destruction; Ultrasound (Ultrasound)
Daft Punk - Crescendolls; Discovery (Virgin)
LCD Soundsystem - Yeah (Crass Version) DFA 2 (DFA)
David Banner - Play (Universal)
Raffertie - Wobble Horror (Planet Mu)