We'll be upstairs at the King & Queen, Foley Street, London. Come and join us. There will be birthday cake.
Everyone welcome! Drop me a line if you're a first timer so I can keep an eye out for you (and force cake on you).
Last 2 were cancelled, first due to inclement weather second due to indolence and apathy (only kidding!!). We are now going for it big style as rthey say and will be eating first class Cantonese food at the Ruby in Lichfield from 7.30pm on Friday 7th June - we will also be talking complete bollox and the more attendees we get the more bollox we get to hear. Be there or be square or something like that. Oh and by the way we are still planning on cd compilations with a theme of places. Ain't going to change it because mine has been primed since february and it hailed in my own household as a masterpiece.
Looking forward to seeing smiley faces old and new.
He's the legendary chap who turned down Jimmy Page's offer to sing for The New Yardbirds but suggested a bloke he knew called Robert Plant instead. Aretha Franklin, when asked what was worth hearing in England in 1968, cited The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Terry Reid. He's still a fine singer.
The Half Moon is one of the oldest small venues in the London Area, with plenty of good history and a nice vibe.
My ticket is already purchased. If you fancy going I'll see you there.
We return to our spiritual home, the Gorbals' finest sham-pain bar The Laurieston, on Friday 17th May.
There will folk there from maybe 5.30 onwards - anyone not actively watching the racing or playing dominoes is likely to be The Word Crew. (Oh, and it'll be in the bar, not the lounge).
Looking forward to it!
Here's a very Afterword friendly evening out.
Paul Du Noyer is a former Mojo Editor, Q and NME scribe and of course no stranger to readers of The Word and listeners to the Word Podcast. He's also penned three splendid rock books, “Liverpool: Wondrous Place”, “In The City: A Celebration of London Music” and “John Lennon: We All Shine On”.
Paul will be at fab new Record Shop/Cafe Beatnik in Altrincham, Greater Manchester to give a talk and a Q&A session. This will be chaired by our good friend Paddy Hoey, (who's to be occasionally found posting around these parts and entertaining the North West Word Massive from time to time).
The talk starts at 6.30, and it's free to get in but places are limited so please contact the shop first or call in person to reserve your place (contact details in the links below)
and the details of Beatink here:
There are a few of us heading to this gig. If anyone is interested in joining our merry band make yourselves known. It's a Saturday so the crack should be good. This message goes out to Afterworders worldwide!
Forgoing the taste of India, the next Thames Valley Massive mingle will take place at the Three Frogs pub on the outskirts of Wokingham - avoiding the hellish one way system in town.
Suggested time of arrival is 8pm. if you could let me know if you're attending then I can reserve us a table as its bound to be busy on a Friday night
Newbies or oldies, all welcome. We don't bother with CDs n swaps so just bring your wallet and your useless jibber-jabber. Any bootleg requests welcome however.
Hope to see you there!
I did a pop show the other day at The High Barn in Great Bardfield, which is where we originally turned up some years ago to do a set at their beer festival, the fee for which we negotiated down to a day's recording at which we did a version of "(Don't Fear) The Reaper". This set in motion many trains of endeavour, not least the one which lead to us featuring in The Word Magazine as a bunch of Rock Dads (I've gone on about this at length before many, many times) which in turn meant that our friend James Kindred, who we'd corralled at short notice to do the accompanying photo for us, got sent a press pass to the Latitude Festival in order to do some shots with Peter, Bjorn and John. He put them in deck chairs eating ice creams if I recall correctly, and his submission featured in the next issue. Kind of serendipitious.
Anyhoo, long story short, we were belatedly launching our cunningly-titled album 'IV' at the gig and decided to do a chronologically-based set list starting with the first song we wrote and finishing some hour and a half later with the most recent. Since there's a fully-automated 69-track digital studio right there it seemed a shame not to record the whole thing for posterity, so that's what we did. Now we'd like to make it available as CD/download recording, which rather involves getting a proper engineer to trim the edges and tidy the flowerbeds, and employing someone to letraset the cover for us. They, apparently, want actual money in order to perform these services for us and we haven't got any.
Here's a link, however, to a Kickstarter page, which details a number of enticing packages that you can invest in, and which also features a short video explaining our predicament vis-a-vis finance in which I end up threatening my friend James with a battery powered drill. Yes, it's safe, it's very safe, it's so safe you wouldn't believe it.
Apologies for promo (hence why this in on this bit rather than main blog) but my name's Juliet Harris and I present a show on internet radio. As some of the Massive are already aware (and hugely supportive, a thousand thank yous to you all) my show is called Indie Wonderland and is on Thursdays at 7-9pm at www.arfm.co.uk
Old shows are also available as a "listen again" type thing at www.mixcloud.com/arfm
Good tunes and cheery chat is by and large the order of the day. I'm currently doing my "A-Z of Indie, Alt Rock and Miscellaneous" project. This involves an hour of bands beginning with a letter, then the next week the same letter but with listener suggestions The most recent show featured my go at G, right here http://i.mixcloud.com/CCVYc0
So. Here's the thing. If you like this, I'd be ENORMOUSLY grateful if you would go to www.sonygoldenheadphones.com and vote for me as your favourite presenter (simply select vote now and type my name into the box). Obviously only do this if you like the show, despite my rather undignified appeal here!
Somebody like Danny Baker or Lauren Laverne will rightly win, but to get anywhere near the shortlist would be a pretty incredible thing.
Thank you for reading this!
Hello - our latest Episode of Retrosonic Podcast is out now and available to listen to, or download for free, from Soundcloud.
Me and Ad from The Jetsonics play a selection of Punk and New Wave, Soul, Garage Rock, Psychedelia, Mod and weird stuff, plus the usual waffle, reminiscing and news.
Then there's the latest in our "specials", this time together with rock photographer Paul Slattery we talk to The Fallen Leaves about their history and music as well as some of their favourite songs and influences. As guitarist Rob Symmons was in the original Subway Sect the story takes in early Punk, Vic Godard, Joe Strummer, Malcolm McLaren and Bernie Rhodes, Sex Pistols and along the way, Ronnie Wood, Pete Townshend and Billy Childish.
A-Side "Punk Rock for Gentlemen"
B-Side "Simple Songs for Complex People"
I hope you enjoy them and would value comments, criticism and suggestions...oh and if you want to "suggest a request" please feel free!
Many thanks, Steve
Another visit to the Corn Exchange for Beau Jangles - Hertfordshire based roots 'n' roll due playing originals and the odd cover with one mic a la bluegrass stylee at the fab Corn Exchange. For those who don't know the venue it is a fab room with proper PA, terrific sound, great lights, tables, chairs, tea lights, real ale bar, bar snacks involving roast potatoes, little cubes of cheese, nibbles....family friendly, and 4 great acts all for zero pence. What more could you ask? Music starts at 2.45. I think we're on first. It would be lovely to see a few of you.
Due to a foolish double-booking related cock-up, I can no longer go to the Handsome Family's gig at Islington Assembly Hall, London, on 29 May.
Would anyone be interested in my ticket? - please let me know. Payment would be lovely but I would suggest an appropriately Handsome discount (face value £15 but to you... £10?).
It's a 'WeGotTickets' ticket so if you'd like it, I think I need your e-mail address so I can re-allocate it to you electronically.
Hope to hear from (at least) one of you! Thanks.
Beatnik will be opening in Altrincham, Cheshire on 20 April 2013 (appropriately enough Record Store Day). Behind the counter most days will be the lovely Grant who some of you will know as the convener of the North West Word Massive mingles.
The shop will be selling good quality second hand Vinyl and CDs across a broad range of genres, with a 'carefully curated' selection of new stuff, as well as books, Art, merch and of course Coffee, cake and other eatables.
Performing a live acoustic set on Record Store Day will be MJ Hibbert. MJ and his band The Validators have recorded sessions for Radio 1, were awarded 'Record of the Year' by Rolling Stone magazine, been championed by BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and according to The Word magazine MJ “...should be a national institution”.
Lots of events and happenings are planned including a talk by former Word/NME/Mojo scribe Paul Du Noyer on Friday 3 May.
To find out more follow us on Facebook http://facebook.com/beatnikshop or Twitter http://twitter.com/beatnik_shop
Its here at last! The 33 & A Nerd podcasters kick off with an edition devoted to the man of the moment, Mr David Bowie. Your host Dave Dogfacedboy together with invaluable colleagues Mr Sqwubsy & Spencer Rocks tell you their first memories of The Dame. We look at his unreleased album from 2001 'Toy' and then the new album 'The Next Day'. All this plus an interview with the man himself (honest!). We hope you enjoy and visit our blogspot - http://thirtythreeandanerd.blogspot.co.uk/
As some of you know, I play guitar in The Primevals - it's a hometown gig!
Support from several of our friends - Los Tentakills, The Creeping Ivies and The Brutes.
Change of Venue - now at 13th Note Cafe, King St, Glasgow
Tickets are still £6
Here is In A Violent Way, from our recent LP Heavy War :
I wrote a novella called Music for a Parade of Whores.
I’ve published it on Amazon. It’s free to download from 22nd until the 26th this month. You don’t need to have a Kindle as it can be read on your computer, on a mobile phone, on an iPad and probably other places as well. It is available worldwide, not just the UK.
My previous novella Barker Woo is also free for the same length of time.
Music for a Parade of Whores
Performance artists perform a taboo challenging show for a shadowy figure known as Mr Herman.
The next day Mr Herman opens his safe to watch one of the snuff movies he has collected. He is shocked to discover that the film canisters are missing.
He assumes the performance artists stole the films. He sets his snuff makers on their trail to recover them.
Enthusiasts of surrealist films by David Lynch (Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive), Luis Buñuel (The Exterminating Angel, Belle de Jour and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) and Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo, The Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre) should find a lot to enjoy in this novella.
A post-rock art band attracts the attention of supernatural forces.
'A pretty good read.
Downloaded and read it yesterday. Very disturbing in parts, positively peculiar in others and some very funny bits too.'
Mike_H theafterword.co.uk 20 November 2012 - 6:57pm.
Hi - as a sideline to my Retro Man Blog I also do a little Podcast called Retrosonic that might be of interest to (hopefully some) Afterworders. It's obviously inspired by the Word Podcast, in that me and two pals sit around drinking and talking bollocks about music. Joining me are Adam from New Wave Power Pop trio The Jetsonics and the Rock Photographer Paul Slattery who has, over the years, worked with Dr. Feelgood, The Smiths, The Clash, Motorhead, Oasis, Stone Roses, The Fall and many more.
We play and chat about a wide range of "alternative" music - Punk, New Wave, Mod, Soul, Psychedelia and Garage Rock stuff. Expect to hear a diverse mix such as Etta James, The Fall, The Ruts, Felt, Marsha Hunt, Dr. Feelgood, Pere Ubu, The Len Price 3, Betty Wright, Link Wray, Giuda, XTC, Sparks, Vic Godard, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Go-Kart Mozart, The Chambers Brothers, The Rezillos and much more...
We have also branched out into special dedicated Episodes, for example, interviews with TV Smith of The Adverts (with exclusive acoustic session), Ian Person and Mattias Barjed from The Soundtrack of Our Lives, JC Carroll from The Members, Swedish singer-songwriter Mattias Hellberg. There are Episodes looking at the International Mod and Power Pop scenes and a special on Swedish music along with an interview with ex IFK, Liverpool and Fiorentina footballer Glenn Hysen and the Directors of the superb IFK Gothenburg footie documentary "Football's Last Proletarians".
Here's the link to all the Episodes
they are all free to download to listen to at your leisure, I hope you enjoy them and I'd really appreciate any comments, feedback, suggestions, what-have-you. Cheers! Steve
Once again, the bat signal has gone up over the Passorn.
Edinburghers, Leithers and those further afield (yea even unto the Weedge) are invited to gather at Mr Ianess' famed Passorn for another evening of drinks, music, anecdotage and fiendish quiz.
17 March, 7pm.
There is some other stuff on the go - Richard Thompson, The Magic Band, iainiain band - but I'll leave those to the comments.
So, who's in?
My vintage Soundcraft & Yamaha PA system will be amplifying Straw Bear this Saturday at The Sun Inn, Waterbeach near Cambridge.
The gig is the launch of the Straw Bear album 'Black Bank' (which comes highly recommended).
Band website at http://www.strawbear.com/welcome-to-straw-bear-music.htm
Venue details at http://www.beachsessions.co.uk/
It's a large function room in a pub so refreshments available. Entry is free with the hat passed round to cover the band's expenses.
Our usual convener, Grant, is rather busy with an exciting new venture so it falls upon me to announce that, at very short notice there will be a North West Massive Mingle on Friday 1 March in Liverpool.
Grant has kindly booked our usual Liverpool base which is the very fine Ship & Mitre inn, and as always we'll be in the splendid Art Deco function room upstairs from 6-ish onwards (pictured in a previous mingle below) so please do join us for drinks and lively conversation with lovely people!