Tunes for the chilled in us

Three picks on an easy tip. The first heard on this month’s episode of the Rhythm Doctor’s Estonian Raadio 2 show (available here and well worth listening to every month!) taken from their 1977 LP Seven Deadly SinsRinder & Lewis with Lust and an excellent tune it is too.

The second a very nice downbeat tune called Snowdrifts from the excellently named Bonnie & Klein from Greece. Drift away and dream about being back out in the garden in the spring. Lovely stuff!

And finally a very chilled dancehall tune from Red Fox & Screechy Dan called Real Yard Man on the Rum & Boom riddim (instrumental available here) as heard on David Rodigan’s show the other week. Nice!

Three tunes to play while considering a possible day it isn’t raining this week to pull up those Dahlia tubers to dry out and keep under the stairs over the winter months. #tunesforthechilledinus


A night out, out of the ring

We’ve always had a soft spot for “The Wrestling” here over the years (above) and the other night joined about 120 or so other grapple fans to watch the excellent 1992 Arena special “Masters of The Canvas” (available to watch here) and the after show Q&A featuring the masked wrestler/mystic Kendo Nagasaki and artist Sir Peter Blake at the Regent Street Cinema, an event put on by Heavenly Films.

Before the film commenced Kendo Nagasaki came out to great applause, raised some sort of ceremonial stick in our direction and threw salt on the stage like Sumo wrestlers do before a match to purify the ring. A nice touch! Never seeing the film before it was a real treat to watch and featured amongst other things the masked Kendo riding on horseback in the countryside (which looked like something out of an episode of Midsomer Murders), a subtitled interview with the masked man in the back of his limo with no sound (apart from barely audible mumblings picked up from a mike on the other side of the soundproof screen) and some very gruesome footage from a 1991 “grudge match” at Croydon Fairfield Halls against Giant Haystacks (much more atmospheric than the youtube version here).

Straight after the film Kendo Nagasaki, (his spiritual advisor) Atlantis Chronos Goth, Sir Peter Blake and Mary Dickinson (the director of the film) took to the stage for about 40 minutes of interesting conversation. True to his reputation Kendo didn’t say a word but sat motionless in his mask and cape holding his stick throughout while Atlantis answered all questions aimed at him. Out of these came some interesting stuff previous unknown to us here; mentions of Billy Riley‘s notoriously tough wrestling school in Wigan called The Snake Pit (to quote wikipedia: “luxuries such as a toilet were not provided at the Snake Pit”) and the great wrestler (and one Kendo had feuded with in the past and mentioned that he still holds in high esteem) Billy Robinson. Needless to say the talk didn’t go on for long enough for us!

On leaving the auditorium walking through the foyer, the queue for autographs of Sir Peter Blake and Kendo Nagasaki were so long we had to pass on that one. The last thing we saw on leaving was a glimpse of the side of great wrestler’s masked head lowered in mid-autograph and that was good enough for us and it will stick in our mind for a long while. An end to a good evening! More on the great wrestler and his present day work here. #KendoNagasaki #mastersofthecanvas

A couple of wresting related things to end on. We once read that Dickie Davies the presenter of World of Sport and the man who introduced “The Wrestling” on a Saturday afternoon supposedly hated the actual sport. Kendo Nagasaki and the late “Gorgeous” George Gillette went into music management in the late 70’s with one of the ventures being the band Cuddly Toys. The Dulwich Destroyer himself Mick “not the ears, not the ears” MacManus may even have co-wrote Hawkwind’s Silver Machine (see here). Who said music and wrestling don’t mix? #nottheearsnottheears

Gardening blogs and Big Youth

A big thanks to all at Thompson & Morgan’s gardening blog for including Weeds in its post called Nine notable seed bloggers (here). Ta for the kind words! All the other blogs featured in the piece all are well worth looking at especially Modern Veg Plot and The Sunday Gardener. The Thompson & Morgan blog is worth exploring too with all sorts of features and useful gardening related information. Make a start here and take it from there. #adahliastateofmind

To keep sane at work we listened to Earl Gateshead’s excellent Big Youth mix on rotation today. It brought back memories of seeing one of our favourite Reggae artists earlier this year in a pub in Lewisham. A “must listen to” mix! Shouts to Earl Gateshead for the great mix!  #bigyouthfox&firkin  #bigyouthlewisham

Pass the salt, pass the salt…

The Frightnrs – Till Then (Version) – Daptone Records
A lovely dub from The Frightnrs as mixed by the great Ticklah aka Victor Axelrod (who we featured a couple of times here) which we heard the other week by the Rt Hon David Rodigan. A nice stripped down “less is a lot more” minimal affair with a bit of breakthrough creeping through in an old-time style. A tune to play loud when finding out that the salt that was put down to kill the weeds in your back garden was in fact of the low sodium type. Well you win some, you lose some and all that.

And while we’re on the subject of hot dubs of The Frightnrs by Ticklah look no further than “Lookin version” Tune! One to play very loud indeed never mind the sodium content of what salt you use.

Which put us in mind here of another excellent dub, this time from way back in time in 1977 by the late great Augustus Pablo…

No rest for the wicked

Here’s a couple of recommendations if you fancy music of a chilled nature. The first a tune that Tom Ravenscroft and Ross Allen have been playing on the radio comes from Charlotte Gainsbourg (produced by Guy-Man from Daft Punk) called Rest. It’s a brilliant song but do disregard the “walking in the air” lyric or you’ll think of that dreadful Snowman film. The second is an excellent set from Laut & Luise (a record label from Cologne and Berlin) thanks to our good mate Will who slung it our way. It’s a mix in an “out there” downbeat style (track listings please!)

We’ve been busy the last fortnight so we haven’t had much time to garden until yesterday when the sun came out in force. The lawn was mown and the seed spuds we bought from Shannon’s many moons ago were finally dug up. Usually as soon as the plant’s flowered we’re in with a fork pulling up marble sized spuds but this time it’s been well worth the wait!Also we tried for the first time an alternative weedkiller (a strong solution of salt and water with a little dot of washing up liquid) for the cracked pavement out the back. We will revisit the area in a week or two to see if it actually works or it’s back out there on our hands and knees.

Brand new secondhand

The other day while sorting through a box of old magazines and yellowing punk fanzines we came across a piece we wrote for the good folks at Mojo Collections* (Big shout to Mark Paytress!) many moons ago. Reliving the memories of some of the best second hand record vendors from the past really made us smile. We are presently writing a piece about all the crazy things we’ve experienced while downloading MP3’s, so do look out for that as it’s looking quite lively at the moment! Below are the fine tunes that are featured in the Article.
*Please note: all prices were correct at the time of going to press. All terms and conditions apply. Remember your home is at risk if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or another loan secured on it.

Have you memories of a second-hand record emporium that smelt of rising damp, a sheepskin-coat wearing market stall vendor whose records had no prices on them or a favourite mail order outlet that sent you anything other than the record you wanted? A story of a great tune found between piles of such classics as Singalongamax and I missed again at your local charity shop? You once paid an arm and a leg for the Contempo – Black Jade dub LP from the Record and Tape exchange only to find Status Quo’s You’re In The Army Now 12″ when you got it out of its cardboard sleeve on the bus home. Well we would love to hear from you!

What difference a week makes

It’s been a week since we returned from our holidays in Turkey (the above taken at a local olive grove last week) and the weather in London has taken a turn for the worst, our tomato plants are on their last legs and two squirrels in as many days have had their lives cut short in our back garden thanks to our cats. Very sad indeed.

A few years ago we covered the subject of squirrels in the garden on our Sounds from the South podcast after one of our cats cornered one down the drive. At the time we wished we knew a bit more about looking after the young orphan but since then we found a good website called where there’s load of info about caring for injured ones. More info here.

On a nicer note here’s a lovely tune by Haruomi Hosono (from the Yellow Magic Orchestra) that was heard on last week’s Tom Ravenscroft show as part of his companion tracks series as chosen by Mac Demarco.  In 1983 Haruomi Hosono was commissioned by the Japanese retailer Muji to compose some in-store music and the track above “Talking” is off the released cassette called “Watering a flower”. Hypnotic is not the word!