The Parish News In 2019

My radio show, The Parish News, is going from strength to strength – I may be getting played on a digital network down south sometime soon, but I will try and not count my chickens before the eggs hatch.

The show always follows the same format – it is quite a regular show. As in – the format of the radio show is not experimental but the music is experimental. I wish I had the inspiration to really fly by the seat of my pants and go hell for leather with a couple of dog barks before launching in to a Scat Poem.

But, no.

Instead, I present The Parish News in a friendly style that shares with listeners the music I have been ear-looking at over the week.

The artwork for the radio is getting there too – I have a series of png files that I have collected over the years of flowers. Yunno, arty shots. Here is a brief highlight.

It really is a good laugh – if you want to find out more about the show then head over to www.theparishnews.com – it is a WordPress build that I made. The Parent Theme is Divi and I have customised it to the point it is functional for a radio show. None of the shows are hosted on the site – that is all done on Mixcloud.

Currently, The Parish News is broadcast on Soundart Radio in Devon, UK. It is also broadcast on a couple of community stations in America (KBOG & K-PIP in Oregon and Missouri respectfully).

It sometimes charts. On Mixcloud that is. I think the highest it has reached is No.4 in the Noise Chart – but that was back at the beginning of 2018.

There may be a brief change tot he organised playlist as I hammer “Mr Smith In Rhodesia” every week until the year is out – it is my new shiny thing. It is a protest Text-Composition about British brutality in Zimbabwe. The piece shook me. It is a brilliant work that I have only just switched on to. Åke Hodell is the composer – I will try and write a bit about him in the coming days.

So, here is to another year of broadcast – I really am lucky in that people consent to broadcast my show – I doubt anybody listens, but it is nice to be broadcast.

Weekend 26/52 – 2018

It has been weekend 26/52 in 2018 – what did I get up to? What did those I love get up to? We are experiencing a heatwave in England at this time (very hot) and the World Cup is on – if it was not for the inhumane way people are treated then I would say “what a time to be alive.” But, Trump & May.

 

 

Friday night was spent in good company – I had the pleasure of recording Stewart up at Creao and Karen joined us. It was a good show but dogged by nagging tech issues. The show is live and has been broadcast on UK media but is in the pipeline for America. It gets broadcast on K-BOG in Oregon, one of the stations I am on. Here is the show –

 

 

A bit of good beer was drunk – ASDA has started to stock ‘Brooklyn Mix’ take-out boxes. These are selections of beers by Brooklyn Brewery. There are some really good beers in there and it is good value for money.

Saturday saw me back at Creao Studio to record The Parish News and it is a good show, for me. I have seemed to have stopped the ‘ummmming’ and ‘aaaaaahhhing’ normally associated with my show. I hung out with Dom and it was a good way to spend an afternoon – Dom has just invested in a van and plans on sleeping in it whilst seeing Scotland – sounds the idyll but he better watch out for midges. Here is the show –

 

 

Mrs Backhouse had some retail therapy when I was doing the show and got some clothes for the heatwave. Plus a handbag – always changing handbags …

Sunday was a bit of a scrabble as I had run out of my medicine that morning – thankfully the pharmacist at ASDA came to the rescue and wrote me a script for a week. Need to chase that up at some point.

We saw the sun go down from North Bar’s beer garden – taking in the Magic Rock Take-Over. There were some good beers on and it motivated me to check out an app called Untappd. Untappd is a social network for beer nerds and a few of my friends are on it – we share recommendations in cyberspace without the fuss of having to organise a meet-up, we can get on with our independent lives and still enjoy each other’s recommendations. I doubt I will log in every beer I drink on the app – that would be like watching paint dry (much like this blog) but it is a good way of keeping tabs on developments on beer trends.

Today mum and dad got Polly.

 

New Chart Success

Me and Allan, as Guerrilla Dub System, have a new release out – called “Dubucation”. I was a bit worried about how it would be received. Our last big hit “Alligator” was quite fast tempo and a bit of a banger – it was on the Space Bass EP.

Dubucation is a smoker’s record – really chilled out and – if you ask me – not what people go on to Beatport to buy. However, it entered the Beatport Charts at No.3. Something I am very proud about.

To top off a great sleep – I have been out of action since 6pm last night and it is now 5am – we were broadcast on BBC Introducing York & North Yorkshire. It is great the amount of support we receive from Jericho Keys, the host from the show – he claimed our cover was his favourite – something not to be sniffed at.

Roots Conversation Radio Show

As a Reggae DJ/Producer, I have a radio show. My band is called Guerrilla Dub System and we have had some success in the charts. However, when I make the radio show “Roots Conversation” I am on my lonesome and my producer partner leaves me be.

Roots Conversation is Guerrilla Dub System’s radio show. On the shows, I play music that has helped shape and inspire our success in the charts – everything from Ska & Rock-Steady to Digital Dub & Ragga. Presented as a DJ mix with a soundboard and synthesised speech, the show lasts for exactly one hour.

Roots Conversation is available to play on your network – if you have a gap in your programming schedule. If you are keen on listening to the back-catalogue of shows and checking out how to get Roots Conversation on your station then head over to this link HERE.

I have reached Episode #10 in the series and it is proving to be a lot of fun – I normally recorded the shows in either Creao Studio or at my place, using headphones. The response has been varied but the show has a collection of dedicated listeners. Here is Episode #10 for your ears:

 

Congratulations Scooby – 100 Shows

Stewart, aka DJ Scooby, has managed to record 100 episodes of Sound Of Wonder. No small feat. Stewart picks the music and sorts the links and I am the person in charge of recording the thing. It proves quite a laugh and I am happy doing it as long as Scoob doesn’t fart in the studio with some serious bad-time egginess.

What is the secret? Well the show itself is still a bit of a secret.

Yes, there is a station in America who broadcasts the later episodes. But the success we are toasting tonight is mainly down to the internet station Easy Street who took the show up, without hesitation.

 

 

The show has a modest following on Mixcloud – but do not let that put you off from listening. Abive you will be able to hear the 100th edition of Sound Of Wonder.

There was a group of us met up in Tom’s for a celebratory drink to mark the occasion. Here is proof – All the funs were had …

The Parish News Enters 2018

My radio show, The Parish News, was recorded for this week, last night, in Creao Studios, Harrogate. I am up to show number seventy-three – The show is still proving to be a bit of a challenge. But, a rewarding challenge.

I have learned a lot from the production of The Parish News – as well as the production of Sound Of Wonder, my friend Stewart’s show. It has led to me studying audio mastering.

The Parish News also exposes me to a whole range of new and exciting music. I am in cahoots with a PR firm in Berlin who send me out some music every now and then and I am tipped off by a range of people I know and respect to buy new music.

The spoken links on the show are still dreadful – but it is a good excuse to leave the flat and not be such a recluse.

My Dad has started to listen to the show, of which I am massively proud. I appreciate he probably hates the music I play but it is always nice to speak to him about the show and receive feedback. He is not the only listener to the show though – I often chart in the top twenty on Mixcloud for the genre of music that I play on my show; noise, avant-garde, experimental & experimental ambient music alongside Field Recordings and Sound Art.

To try and show the stations that I do take my show seriously, I built a website for The Parish News at www.theparishnews.com. It is a simple, one-page build that allows for smooth-scrolling between sections. My good friend, Jem, has offered to do the copywriting for the blurb on the show’s site – so, I will update that when I get around to it. Jem works a copywriter at Weasel Words and I really recommend her for all of you copywriting. Plus, she is ace!

The Parish News really started as a vehicle for the music that I put out on my record label – this, in turn, allowed me to interact with a whole range of artists and other labels so that now Soundart Radio in Devon broadcast my show; which is a massive honour. I am also broadcast on some internet only stations to compliment this.

Whilst the music is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, I get great satisfaction that some people really dig my show and that someone, somewhere gets it.

W/E & A Session

What happened over the weekend? Nowt much – Friday I had my residency at RETRO Bar, DJing to nobody. It was dead. So we closed early and I joined Allan in town and had a few beers.

Saturday was an early night so that I would make the farm on Sunday – Alison was visiting the ‘rental’s and it was good to see everyone again. We ate a meal of ‘certainly-cooked’ lamb and all the trimmings.

It really was fun to see Alison again – she seems to be thriving in her new job.

Sunday was spent as a practice session for Monday. This is because on Monday we had a BBC Session in York. A ‘Session’ on the local Introducing show is not something to be sniffed at – it is regarded as having made it locally.

I was all trembles and butterflies by the time we arrived in York – we found the local BBC down a side street and went for a power pint. The Power Pints went down very quickly and very well. They made me over confident and cocky. I was drinking on an empty stomach.

L-R: Sign, Me, Allan

The resulting session was a complete blur and over in a heart beat – the nerves had really got me and all I remember of the BBC Session is the dead air, mistakes in the interview and the mumbled garbage me and Allan spewed.

However, I am pleased to say that we nailed the music side of it – Jericho Keys (the BBC Introducing York & North Yorkshire host) punched the air after our cover of ‘Single Ladies’ (originally by Beyoncé). He claimed that it was one of his top ten covers of the year! Amazing.

However, how much of the session sees the light of broadcast or ends up on the cutting room floor remains to be seen – we are going to be broadcast on the third of June at quarter past eight in the evening. This is something that si a bit of a sticking point for me: I am unsure what was said during the interview due to nerves: we walked out of the studio with our heads held high and at a brisk pace. Whether we will be asked back to BBC York remains to be seen … but we enjoyed the day and hopefully provided a bit of entertainment.

Me, Dubbing

 

Then on Monday night we both met up in Tom’s for a few drinks – I got a bit merry and lost my electronic cigarette. Had to buy a newer version today: there was a law passed a while ago that limits the size of the oil tank on eCigs. I have gone from having a 5ml tank to having a 2ml tank – the result is that I have to top up more often, but it could make me less dependent on it.

Tuesday was spent sleeping and practicing for Fridays gig. This Friday sees me and Allan playing Henshaw’s Arts & Craft Centre as part of their Friday Night Mix. It is an honour to have been invited along to the thing – we are partially playing our own tracks live and combining it with a DJ set. It should be good …

Something Brewing

Well, one of the projects I have been working on has come to fruition – other than that, well, I am afraid I am going to have to keep a lid on it. Let’s just say: fun.

Other than that, not much has been done this last weekend. I did not sleep a great deal (three hours over the whole weekend) and feeling sorry for myself the rest of the time. As everything is swings and round-abouts, I put in a good 12 hour doze on Sunday evening and have yet to head back to sleep. Ho hum.

However, I have had a chance to do the weekly podcast I get up to most weekends.

I record The Parish News every Sunday or Monday evening and then master it in the same evening – it is a good laugh and I have got to the point where people send me their music to play.

Here is this week’s edition:

 

Much of a muchness, really. All of the tracks are new to me – they were sent by artists or PR firms to my box in the past week. Do you want the track listing?

 

TRACKLIST –

Splitter Orchester & Felix Kubin / Shine On You Crazy Diagram / 04 – B2 Felix Kubin – Lichtsplitter / 11:48
Jos Smolders / Nowhere: Exercises in Modular Synthesis and Field Recording / NowHere / 7:49
Oto Hiax / s/t / Insh / 2:30
Elisabeth Smalt / Subvoice / 4_Music for Viola / 11:53
Marcus Fjellström / Skelektikon / Boy With Wound / 5:08
Nakama / Most Intimate / Most Initmate / 4:31
Muddersten / Karpatklokke / Høstfloks / 6:18
Kleefstra / Bakker / Kleefstra / Dize / Moannegat / 14:08
Chistian Bouchard / Broken Ground / Ideal Strength / 4:57
Angelina Yershova / Resonance Night / Sweet Glissando / 6:39
London’s all-Australian chamber orchestra Ruthless Jabiru / Textile / -06- Sandhi Prakash / 9:45
Andreas Usenbenz / Bells Breath / 3 Study II / 7:00
Myra Davies / Sirens / Armand Monroe / 5:51
Olivia Louvel / Data Regina / Elizabeth Song / 4:26
Harry Sumner / Earth (Listening) / Black Bird Social Club (Cumbria) / 2:04
Sun Ra / Second Star To The Right: Salute To Walt Disney / Second Star To The Right / 9:56
 

Thanks for listening!