Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Refits, reworks and retreads are the themes for tonight's Radio Podrophenia - an all suggestions special of cover versions built around a playlist handpicked by the Podrophenia Panel from.... Simon, Drakey, Marmite, Dave Wright and Dog Faced Boy.
Tonight's opener will be a Simon says suggestion
Sandie Shaw - Love Me Do
Mystery Track Alert: I'll be pitching in possibly the most spectacularly unexpected chunk of funk from a mystery artist midway through the evening. On a similar riff - tuck in to a reamped versh of a Northern Soul classic from Cliff
Should you fancy lending an ear to last week's radio run-out, grab the take away edition below
Radio Podrophenia - Charity Shop Classics
Friday, January 27, 2012
Following up on their debut album, Portland's finest pop-boffins Yacht return with Shangi-la, a collection of triple distilled listening. The new, New Wave of New Wave you could say - where the duo's inspirations and influences are worn like button badges of honour.
Lene lovich, Atomic-era Blondie and Giorgio Moroder are gathered together in the Yacht music library, with the key components being hand-picked and refined down to a distilled spirit. A drop of which is added to Yacht's hot-wired originals. The final blend is a creation of futurist-disco and android-electro - that booms, bleeps and buzzes its way into your internal hi-fi, repeat playing the album's key pieces. Yacht's house sound is Claire L. Evans kittenish vocals deployed as either dream-scrape drifts or street-corner bawling, twinned with skittery electro-funk - sitting somewhere between The Slits and The Tom Tom Club.
Love in the Dark, is Heart of Glass given a ghoulish re-spray in blood and glitter One Step is Gina X's flirtier sister fluttering her false eyelashes. And Paradise Engineering must be an absolute roof-raiser live.
In fact the word is from those in the know (Tronik Youth), who happened to catch them in action at the Hoxton Square Bar last summer - live, Yacht ramp Shangri-la's already pulsing base-build to super-charged new levels of snap, electri-crackle and pop.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Suggested by David Wright - the theme for this evening's Tuesday night shindig is Charity Shop Classics. Theme tunes, Studio 2 Stereo albums, Herb Alpert and Hallmark TOTP make-overs are all appearing on the Radio Podrophenia playlist...live from 9. It won't be a complete cheese board, we're also donating Big Beat, Beatles covers and Shirley Bassey belting out the funk.
Along with some natter and banter on best/worst buys, and an eye-spy guide to charity shop stock - books: James Bond, Jaws, Blue Peter annuals. Records: MFP, The World of comps...gadgets: sketch-a-graph'.
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This is my opener for tonight, following a Bassey related rarity from Piley
Shirley Bassey - Spinning Wheel
Radio Podrophenia - Avenues and Alleyways
Friday, January 20, 2012
Pull up a seat, ready your remote and focus your peepers as Piley and I unravel the big red ribbon wrapped around our new Youtube channel Podrophenia TV.
Last year Roman Jugg and Darren Jones joined Piley and myself in our Tuesday night bunker for some close mic'd acoustic sessions, which (with thanks to Phil Hubbard) have been recorded, rendered and uploaded to Channel P. So what's on the viewing information..
Roman Jugg gives us an acoustic version of The Damned's obscure single-only release 'Lovely Money' - refitting it as a stripped down Ray Davies unplugged piece- (or is that unjugged). With the Viv Stanshall spoken word section being taken up by Piley and the other one.
And local lad and Oil City dweller Darren Jones - pitches in with 3 self compositions from the first of his two acoustic sets
We'll update and upload as more Podrophonic sessions happen - (and more are planned)
But for now turn on, tune in and tell a pal.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
As well as roads and streets - expect to hear some uptown uptempo anthems celebrating farms, woods and parks - from Ella Fitzgerald, Solomon Burke, XTC and Lowell Fulsom. Right here at Chance Radio from 9 tonight...
If you missed last week's edition of the Podrophonic Alphabet - H. Feel free to take one and pass it on right here.. or on iTunes if you prefer
Radio Podrophenia - H
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If only I could find this kinda shirt for tonight
Friday, January 13, 2012
Aye Carumba amigos - how about this for a for two-fisted find - not uno, but dos Spencer Davies ditties given a hot tropical going over by way of this collection of samba stompers and shakers.
Feeling Alright - usually known to these ears via Lulu's lung-busting belter.
I'm a Man - of all the frisky refits, Wynder K Frog's take is the one I'll typically reach for first.
But for a pan-continental combo try these for sizzlers..
Feelin Alright - Mongo Santamaria
Spiteri - I'm A Man
And if you missed our Top Tunes of 2011 Radio Podrophenia - fill your boots below
Radio Podrophenia - New Year's Honours List
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Happy 65th birthday (belatedly) to ol' blue/brown eyes himself David Bowie - continuing with the riff of H, what a run of great haircuts he's paraded through the ages..
Why H? Because tonight we unwrap chapter 8 of the Podrophonic Alphabet. The hooting-tooting harmonica honking of Wes Weston. Happiness (the Pursuit of) and a funky Monkees cover from Hubert Laws and his Royal Bowieness are amongst a handful of the hits and highlights you can expect to hear live from 9 on tonight's Radio Podrophenia. Where Piley and I are joined in the bunker by King of the Jingles - Phil Hubbard.
Tune your ears and internet to Chance Radio from 9..
A few related rarities for your Bowie browsing
The Freddy Buretti version of Hang On to Yourself
One unreleased Springsteen cover from the Young Americans sessions
David Bowie - It's Hard to be a Saint in the City
And a Ziggy-era cover by Belfast punks Victim - with Rat Scabies pushing the production buttons..
Victim - Hang On To Yourself
Friday, January 6, 2012
Two tunes perfect for practicing along to were found on Christmas/birthday CDs
Vid B: Habanera beat works a treat for
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Happy New Year bloggy chums. Putting a musical toe into 2012, the first Radio Podrophenia of the year brings you a round up of the best of 2011. Twelve Hand-picked personal faves from the combined collections of Piley and the other one. So what's on the list? A mix of six tunes culled from the above bundle of thumpers and thunderers, new releases which hit the record racks last year (ish)...
We're live from 9 tonight and spinning our New Year's revolutions...
Tune in to Chance and let us know your hits, highlights and must haves of last year, or perhaps any predictions for this one.
A seasonally themed vid' (the full 11 minute versh) from the Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (pictured top left)