Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A live masterclass on blues harmonica from Steve West Weston and Martin McNeill in the latest Podrophenia..

In five years of Podrophenia, there haven't been many occasions (read:none), when all of us behind the tech desk have been stunned into silence and goose pimples - but last Thursday, Steve's rendition of Summertime, was a moment when the room faded away and we became lost in a deep blue dream...

Press play and behold the genius of Steve Weston accompanied by Martin McNeill on guitar.

Should you fancy grabbing all six tracks recorded during Steve and Martin's Podrophonic session, grab the full length podcast below. You'll also hear both of our guests discussing influences, early records bough and with work other artists (Wilko, Eddie and The Hot Rods, Roger Daltrey, Dr Feelgood, Digby Fairweather) ..

From Piley and self, we pitch in a run of ' Letter U' themed tracks - including Lowell Fulson and Henry Gray unreleased instrumentals, so rare they're not even titled..

Two hours of tunes, chat and pure-brewed blues all here for free...

Or via iTunes...

Thursday, September 4, 2014

As heard on Wilko Johnson's last album, Steve 'West' Weston - is live in session on Radio Podrophenia tonight

If you've read about, rambled your way to or rocked and rolled at one the Railway Hotel's, blues-blasting Sunday Sessions, there's a strong probability you'll have beheld the double-barrel combo of Martin McNeill on guitar, and West Weston on harp..

Both players are Grand Masters of their musical medium, and regular fixtures on the Essex/London blues scene. In the past week - Martin shared a bill and stage with the 81 year old Mississippi ledge Leo Bud Welch.. While West has completed a European tour with Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters son) including two nights at Ronnie Scott's. Earlier in the year he added his signature sound to Wilko Johnson/Roger Daltrey - which followed on from his previous work with Dr Feelgood..

So rewire your dials to Podrophenia tonight as Martin and West join us live in the SFOB studio from 8pm. A wing-ding is guaranteed for all...

For a taste test of what's a'popping tonight - tune in below..

And join us here from 8pm Ship Full of Bombs - or chip in with the chat at Chatwing 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Radio Podrophenia - Dave Woodock debut album edition..


The Podrophenia David Woodcock Debut Album Special is now up for download, and yours to fill up on for free. 

What a peach of a treat we had as Dave joined us live in the studio for salty stories (fish and chip horrors) and nimbly-fingered spectacular tracks from the album, as well as playing some listener requests.. 

And joy of joys - Ma Woodcock joined us by phone for tech advice, and to choose her fave Dave W tune. All this and a pop up appearance from Mark Vidler of Go Home Productions.

It's yours to grab here for free...



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Radio Podrophenia: Dave Woodcock debut album special and live session tonight

What a furiously busy few days for the Boy Woodcock: open mic night and album released Monday, starring on Steve Lamacq yesterday as the Favourite New Band (listen again here) - and to top off the week an album launch gig at the Bussey Building this Saturday...

But, between his tour from one end of the Thames to the other, Dave is stopping (or having a comfort break you could say) from whipping around like a whirling dervish to join Piley and the other one for live session of tunes, chat and natter for tonight's Podrophenia.

We've a run of songs fitted around variations on 'Woodcock' - and a few live renditions of album tracks and getting the back-story on the tracklist....

And as a bonus - we've also managed to nip in an exclusive pop up appearance from Mark Vidler of Go Home Productions to talk us through a selection from his Spliced Krispies ..

Set your dials for 8pm Southend Central time tonight on Ship Full of Bombs

Monday, August 4, 2014

David, Essex.....

For three years now - (first posted here) at PM and over at Podrophenia HQ, we've been saluting and supporting the sprawling songbook of Southend maestro and multi-instrumentalist David Woodcock. Today boys. girls, bloggers and rollers - Dave's debut release is officially unveiled and brought to you by Blow Up Records

Order a pint, pull up a bar stool and settle in as Southend's hardest-working export entertains you for the next fourty-odd minutes, thundering through a set of uptempo tear-ups, misty-eyed memories and home-brewed belters. Updating the Thames Delta traditions of hi-octane rock and salty sing-alongs with a nippy contemporary twist.

Dave Woodcock's Lennon-esque time changes and fidget-hipped tunes are like a late-hours lock in (with pint mugs on the piano) - while Ronnie Lane, Mickey Jupp and Suggs go heads together on boozy, crowd rousing choruses of high times, heartbreak and hometowns. All captured with a Ray Davies-style snipers-eye for the everyday details  - and topped off with a boisterous production polish that gives the album the full-bodied bounce of a new wave knees up.

So, raise a glass to the debut album from the spectacularly talented David Woodock.

To collect your copy (early orders come with a free signed postcard) wing your way to David Woodcock.com

For a preview, tune into the third single Open Secret below, catch Dave on Steve Lamacq this Wednesday - or live on Podrophenia this Thursday...or for the album launch at The Bussey Building on Saturday

Friday, August 1, 2014

London Brawling: The Mutants meet Guitarwolf

Behold and buckle up West-enders as Nagasaki noise rockers Guitarwolf hit London’s legendary 100 Club tonight as part of their British blitz and finishing at Southend's Railway Hotel tomorrow (with support from Eight Round Rapid).

Expect an explosive evening of firebrand garage by way of Guitarwolf’s signature sound. But what makes this event extra tempting is the one-off, double-whammy deal – as for this date only, Guitarwolf’s guests on the gig are The Mutants – the mutated all-star line up of legends this site and  Vive Le Rock mag, have been bringing you up to speed with over the last year

Featuring Chris Constaninou on bass and vox, Paul Frazer on guitar and Rat Scabies on drums, it'll all be kicking off on Oxford Street tonight

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Podrophenia fifth Anniversary special - with five tunes of boom, from The Ends...

Kapow, what a way to celebrate five years of Podrophonic bumbling - with a full-pelt belter of a session from The Ends. Who, gave us a fistful of booming new tunes - and a couple of bonus covers, off the cuff and unrehearsed, but sounding as fast and furious as the rest of the set  - all played out live, to a specially invited audience, and at the centre of the set  - new single Black Hole Girl

Studio-wise there's all the usual chat and natter. some '5' themed tracks from Sammy Davies, Ben Folds, David Bowie, David Woodcock sweary Elvis and five punk legends that make up The Mutants..

And a pop-up from Podro past guests Pouchy Paul and Jack Gestures, and newbies to the pod booth - Steve Taylor of Swindle and Mickey Denny

So buckle up and behold as Podrophenia meets The Ends...
MP3 here, iTunes here or stream away below

Friday, July 18, 2014

Snap, Crackle & Bastard Pop: Spliced Krispies 2

When I first fired up this blog, almost seven years ago - one of the earliest entries was a Fabtastic bootleg remix Jet Lady Joe - leaked from the lab of DJ and remixer Mark Vidler - aka Go Home Productions...

A few months on, and we were lucky enough to bag a world exclusive on GHP's hat-popping, bastard pop compendium - Spliced Krispes, which bolted together The Supremes with TV themes, the Beach Boys with school boys

So huzzah and hats in the air - as the Willy Wonka of soundwaves, returns with booming new batch of disco biscuits, where scraps and shrapnel from R 'n' B, punk, 80s funk, new wave and new bands are whisked and whirled into newly minted mashups and sonic screen prints.

You can grab the entire collection for free here - but first load up on a triple whammy taste test with a few words from GHP HQ..

My Paperback Sharona 
The Beatles 'Paperback Writer' vs The Knack 'My Sharona'

I've always loved 'My Sharona' with a passion that borders on the ridiculous...seriously *cough.. and always wanted to pair it up with something decent. Along come them Beatles (again) and Paperback Writer (again) but what the hell, these two tracks were made for each other. Lot's of editing went into this one but I won't bore you with technical details....for long.

The Beatles 'guitar riff' was cut to match the Sharona riff and plays with it the majority of the time. Had to edit down the long version of Sharona to match the 'single' version...easy...and had lots of fun finding relevant dub delays & reverbs. There you go...that's as boringly techy as I can be bothered with.


Rude Peaches 
Rihanna 'Rude Boy' vs The Stranglers 'Peaches'

Had a Stranglers fixation for a month or so earlier this year. Was hoping to do something with 'Nuclear Device' but Peaches is much easier to plunder riffage and stuff from. Listening back to this it reminds me of early GHP bootlegs...in the way that I used to pair all those 'R 'n B female vocals with rock songs...mainly due to the fact that in those heady days of 2002-2004, those were the only readily available acapellas I suppose.

Anyway, Rihanna complements the bump & grind of Peaches pretty well. Check the video! I plundered lots of the footage from The Stranglers gig at Battersea Park '78 when they brought on 10 strippers for Nice 'n Sleazy.


Whatever My Tears
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 'Tracks Of My Tears' vs Oasis 'Whatever'

A cheeky little match. Was originally wanting to have Smokey's vocals with strings only from 'Whatever' but alas the strings in the verses aren't available, so had to make do with the full Oasis instrumental until the very end where the strings play out. An odd mix but the Oasis track is very 60's in structure and a handful of Motown tracks would probably work with it. Smokey got the short

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Podrophenia: a Five Year Mission to to explore strange new sounds

This evening Piley and I celebrate and mark our fifth Podrophonic Anniversary! Five years that started with us parked up at Piley HQ playing records and a ball-pit, to tonight where we'll be broadcasting live music from The Railway's ballroom

During however many shows it is! (I haven't kept count) we've migrated from as-'n'-when podcasts to regular live radio run-outs. Had sessions from a scrolling rollcall of southend talent:. David Woodcock, Darren Jones, Roman jugg, Andy Gallagher, Syd Moore, Hannah Marsh, Tom Burgess, Philious Williams Steve Hooker and the Glass Brides

Been lucky enough to bring in a gallery of guests for chats and natters. And were on to our 8th live night at the last count, Podrophenia (and sometimes Retroman team-ups) always superbly shot by Paul Hughes, that have included storming performances from the Len Price 3, Bif Bam Pow, TV Smith, Dick Yorke, Swindle, Andy Gallagher, Thee Faction and - Eight Rounds Rapid, the rising rockers who became our first release on the Podrophenia label

Random Podro moments: a flashmob review from the listeners on this single. A stage invasion at our TV Smith night, being bootlegged by Russian sites. Although of all the hot-spots and highlights - getting the offical endorsment and approval of David Bowie will be hard to beat..

A magical, and musical mystery tour that has taken Piley and I to places and people, we couldn't have in anyway expected when we chuckled and bumbled our way through that first sixty minutes of tunes and chatter in July 2009

If you've ever listened live,downloaded a podcast, chipped in, appeared in, commented, suggested a tune, bought a single, shaken a leg at live night - we'd love it if you could swing by for a listen in tonight

Or if you're local pop down to the Railway for our indoor/outdoor broadcast of a live session from Southend's chippies nippiest band The Ends

A huge thank you is due to everyone who's ever done any of the above

You can listen live from 8pm Southend Sentral Time here at Ship Full of Bombs and chip in at Chatwing...

Salut and here's to another 5


Saturday, July 5, 2014

60 Minute Man: Jukebox Jimmy's Guide to Rock and Roll

Boys, girls, rockers and rollers, for the next sixty minutes - let the Pellicci legend and pal of mine, Jukebox Jimmy take you by the hand and guide you through the streets of Rock and Roll..

 Jerry Lewis, Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson, Jackie Wilson, LaVern Baker and roll call of other rockers are  pitched into play with narration, tales and context about the tracks and acts from Jim

All ripped and rendered from the vinyl library that makes up the JBJ collection. Fill your boots and brothel creepers below...

Jukebox Jimmy's Guide to Rock n Roll

For further foody doings - tuck into the ten minute treat that is Breakfast at Pellicci's with a couple of cameos from Jukebox Jim