The Sun’s out, stereo’s on

The Sun is showing it’s face in London town today and to celebrate here’s a great five and a half hour recording of the great Jah Shaka at The Dub Club, Kingston. Earlier on in the mix “Problems” by Horace Andy is spun, reminding us of a great Augustus Pablo version of the rhythm. More on the dub club, Kingston here.

Spring is finally here (but there’s still a massive risk of frost in the next few weeks so take it easy at that garden centre!)

 

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Primal stream

Big shout to Rob from Yesmate a great music sharing platform for mixes and playlists (Mixcloud, Soundcloud, Youtube, Spotify, etc). You’ll definitely find something to keep you happy never mind what genre you’re into. We’ve been listening since the weekend to some fine mixes including the great Blundetto, Mixmaster Morris and Jon More. Log on…

Charity shop classic of the week

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A super tune obtained this afternoon for the bargain price of £2.04 (with plastic bag) from Oxfam on Drury Lane, Covent Garden.

Bought on a whim, the only reason being, it was on a label called Better Days (the name of the New York club where Tee Scott would play and Steve Proctor’s musical project) and the mention of Frank De Wulf on the A side.

It’s a cracker of a tune from the New Composers out of Saint Petersburg called The Sirens of Titan. It’s a great chilled out piano-led piece which features some operatic vocal samples and even a bit of morse code, a tune that’s well up our street. Who said you can’t find a decent record in a charity shop anymore?

It’s been a long time coming

Thank God that January’s now over! We here are now officially counting down to spring.

Here’s a tune to get us all back on track, heard on last week’s Tom Ravenscroft show by the great Johnny Clarke/The Aggrovators called It’s a disgrace/It’s a disgrace dub. One to dream about starting those seeds off outside to. Tune!

On the bonkers for a Thursday night

Go Team!

Here’s a super guest mix from The Go! Team from last week’s excellent Tom Ravenscroft show on BBC Radio 6 music. A mix of all sorts of madness!

One to play very loud in the greenhouse late at night while repotting plants (with just a torch as a light source) especially when there’s a full moon. That’ll get the neighbours talking! The mix is available here.

To all the twirly kings and queens…

toms and peppers feb 2015It’s never t’wirly* here! A few days into the new year I stuck in some seeds (post here) and here’s how they are getting on nearly a month or so later. It’s all done on the cheap, (especially after the expense of christmas!) the propagator cost us £3.50 from shannon’s, the seeds were off ebay and the whole thing is stuck in the back room by the patio doors.

There’s some tomatoes on their way (tray on the left, front) and behind them, the peppers are starting to come through. Alright it’s been a month, but who cares as they won’t be able to go out till ages yet. The other seeds coming through in the pots are some lettuce leaf basil and some strawberries. The other two pots contain an odd one for me, alkanet, don’t ask me why but I’m giving it a go this year and also a chinese lantern (aka bladder cherry. what a good name!) More reports on those in the next few weeks.

spuds on the chit feb 2015And as for the seed potatoes from shannon’s (above), there’s signs of life! Keep on chitting on.

And to end on, here’s a happy sounding slice of tune-age from a few years ago with an apt forward-looking title (considering the weather of late) as heard on Tom Ravenscroft’s show the other week. It’s from Karriem Riggins called Summer Maddnes S.A. (Alone Together.) Roll on the spring!

*More on the cult of the twirly here.

Coming in from the cold

Hardly the articI woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow over the garden. I’ve a day off today and was hoping to tidy up a couple of beds out there if I got an hour or two, but they can now wait as you can’t see the weeds for the snow!

I found out a new gardening term the other day as I wanted to buy some bluebell bulbs to stick in the bottom of the garden under the tree by the pond as it can get quite shady and I never have much luck there anyway.

As I’ve long missed the autumn delivery/planting, the only way to purchase them now is when the bulbs have started growing in the spring. They’re lifted at the nursery and then transplanted to us the punters “live”, hence the term “In the green.” Roll on the spring!

Two to feel warmer to (after the stereo and the heating’s been turned up!)