Sunday, 22 November 2015

Notes From The "Popside" #7

After last seasons debacle of trying to watch Torquay United take on Lincoln City at Plainmoor, 2 attempts before third time lucky and then Lincoln City losing out to an obvious "off-side" goal, I did promise to never enter through the gates of Plainmoor again. Unless (of course) Lincoln City failed promotion and they meet in the 2015/16 season or Torquay United draw Nottigham Forest in the FA Cup. All this can be read about in "Notes From The Popside #6". (

Saturday November 21 was a gloriously sunny day on the English Riviera, and it hadn't rained since Thursday- there was no postponing this game due to a waterlogged pitch. Gloriously sunny and freezing cold. Torquay United have changed managers since I was last here, and a lot of the playing / coaching staff have left as well. Torquay United are a club in financial crisis and perhaps this is why it cost me £18 to get through the gates. Luckily children under 11 got in free.
It was good to see Lincoln City in their regular red & white stripe kit, taking me back to the days when I used to watch them "on the Bank" in the 1970's. I was never LTE, but I was there. They played some good football, they seemed to have a "game plan" which is more than could be said for Torquay United. Lincoln City seemed to play it on the floor, keep the ball moving whereas Torquay were quite happy to "Hoof n' Head" the ball. Unfortunately the Torquay keeper had a nightmare of a game. Dan Lavercombe. Nervous and slow, and whoever told Shepherd Murombedzi he could play football must've been drunk. He had the touch of the Sterling's about him. Ran with the ball, a few step overs to slow the pace and then either forget the ball, or forget what he was supposed to do with it. Terrible to see at this level.
Lincoln City were worthy winners. 3-1, with a brace from Luke Waterfall and a great shot from (my) Man Of The Match Liam Hearn. One thousand one hundred folk watched this, with one hundred and seventeen making the journey from Lincoln. Next time this game happens, I'm in the "away end".

I enjoyed myself so much I might go to Plainmoor again this season.

1: £18!
2: What is "Rock Soud"?
3: Midfield action.
4: Oscar (in Red) and his mate Cameron.
5: More Midfiels action.

Friday, 13 November 2015

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast : 12/11/2015.

I should have opened the programme with "Stormy Weather", it was blowing a gale and clearing the trees of their leaves. Public transport disrupted due to burst gas mains and fallen trees. Thanks to Tamsin (Mrs. MuhMur) I made it to the studio on time. "The show must go on".
Tonights programme featured an hour (or so) of material from Osaka based artist Kazuya Ishigami. Back in the 1990's I used to correspond with Kazuya, trading Dieter Mũh Cdr's and tapes for his work as Daruin and compilations he released on his Neus-318. Movement and time and correspondence fell by the wayside, and then Kazuya wrote via this blog thanking me for a Daruin "review" of sorts …

More information about the work(s) of Kazuya can be found at the following links. Please copy + paste : and the Neus 318 label :

Also in "the mix" are two singles released on the same day by 4AD Records, Mass & Modern English. Both still sounding fresh after 35 years!
Please copy + paste : I hope you enjoy.

01: Bokor : "Melbourne (Daruin Re-Mix)"  (Neus-318) 1999.
02: Kazuya Ishigami : "Story Of Assaji"  (Neus-318) 2009.
03: Billy? : "MI1"  (Test Tone Musik/Neus-318) 2012.
04: Kazuya Ishigami : "Electroacoustic Work (Remix)"  (Not On Label) 2015.
     (Piece exclusively produced for MuhMur Radio,)
05: Billy? : "MIK"  (Test Tone Musik/Neus-318) 2012.
06: Ø : "Mikro Makro #C"  (Noton/Rastermusik) 1997.
07: Cheapmachines : "Quiet Trade #3" (Strange Rules) 2015.
08: Hula : "Ignoring The Famine"  (Red Rhino Records) 1982.
09: The Conet Project : "Phonetic Alphabet-NATO"  (Irdial Discs) 1997.
10: Emaciator : "Premontion"  (Not Not Fun Records) 2008.
11: Mass : "You & I"  (4AD Records) 1980.
12: Modern English : "Gathering Dust"  (4AD Records) 1980.
13: Thee Majesty : "Thee Nature Ov Control"  (Blossoming Noise) 2007.
14: The Tards : "Wind-Up Doll"  (Sympathy For The Record Industry) 1995.
15: Kazuya Ishigami : "Senritsunokami"  (Neus-318) 2015.

The next programme will be on November 26 and feature a special "Guest Mix" from Mathew F. Riley.  20:00 gmt -

01: Playlist.
02: Kazuya Ishigami CDR.
03: Kazuya Ishigami.

Friday, 30 October 2015

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 29/10/2015 :

Dark nights at the studio, Glowing orange lights floating outside the window. Last nights programme was a selection of sounds from my collection. The old cassette machine has been replaced with a new Denon model. Excellent - more cassette plays to come.
The next programme is on November 12 and will feature exclusive material from Kazuya Ishigami.
Please take a listen, comments always welcomed : (Copy & Paste) :

01: Artificial Memory Trace : "Scene 13 - Daytime Rainbirds" (Monochrome Vision) 2011.
02: Stephen Cornford : "Migration #2" (Rumpsti Pumsti Edition) 2015.
03: Andrea Borghi : "Vetrale #2" (Observatoire) 2013.
04: Resgestae : "Technoscience, Whither Do We Go?" (Force Majeure) 2015.
05: Splintered : "Outpost" (Pitsbull Records) 1994.
06: John Foxx : "Miles Away" (Metal Beat/Virgin Records) 1980.
07: Family Fodder : "Dazomo" (Fresh Records) 1981.
08: BBBlood : "Xinbad Rapid" (Not On Label) 2015.
09: No Intention : "Good Intentions" (I Dischi Del Barone) 2014.
10: Grey Park : "Juri Gasolin" (Not On Label) 2003.
11: Shining Vril : "Of Coin & Ruin" (Old Europa Cafe) 2008.
12: Ultravox! : "I Want To Be A Machine" (Island Records) 1977.
13: Shine On Me : "The Sea Cannot Be Seen From Here" (Neus-318) 2011.
14: Stephen Cornford : "Migration #3" (Rumpsti Pumsti Edition) 2015.
15: Stephen Cornford : "Migration #4" (Rumpsti Pumsti Edition) 2015.
16: Emaciator : "Ruined (Side B)" (Morbid Tapes) 2007.

01: Broadcasting.
02: Playlist.
03: Orange light.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 15/10/2015 :

Tonights programme features a twenty minute piece from Swedish Occultist / Author / Sound Artist Michael Idehall. I have been listening to Michael since he released the "Sol" cassette on Belaten in 2012. I am quite honoured that he recorded a piece and entitled it "MuhMur" especially for the programme. More on Michael's work can be found here : (copy & paste).
I ended the broadcast with a couple of pieces that involve the recently departed John Murphy.
Please take a listen :
Also in the mix is a track by Kazuya Ishigami. November 12 programme will feature an exclusive piece from Kazuya.
Next programme will be on October 29.

Playlist : 
01: Tibetan Red : "Kalahari Frire Birth" (Gràcia Territori Sonor) 2000.
02: Kazuya Ishigami : "The Great Hermit" (Neus-318) 2011.
03: Clock DVA : "Psychoactive Magnetic Fields" (Vinyl On Demand) 2015.
04: Erdlicht : "Erstes Licht" (Licht Und Stahl) 2009.
05: The Cure : "All Cats Are Grey" (Fiction Records) 1981.
06: Current 93 : "LashTal" (L.A.Y.L.A.H AntiRecord) 1984.
07: Aqua Dentata : "Untitled" (Not On Label) 2015.
08: Michael Idehall : "MuhMur" (Not On Label) 2015.
     (piece exclusively recorded for MuhMur Radio).
09: Clock DVA : "Subliminal Suggestion" (Vinyl On Demand) 2015.
10: Current 93 : "The Mystical Body Of Christ In Chorazaim (The Great In The Small)"
                             (Durtro) 1992.
11: John Murphy (Shining Vril) : "Rose Garden" (Edizioni Passarotto) 2013.

Monday, 12 October 2015

John Murphy 1959 - 2015

I was kind of knocked for six today when I read about the death of John Murphy. I am saddened. I knew John, not too well, but I knew him and we laughed and chatted and drank beer whenever we met.

I first met John in 1983 when he was touring as part of S.P.K. The "Metal Dance" tour of the UK. Manchester Hacienda. I kind of followed S.P.K. around on the tour and ended up being some kind of unpaid "roadie". Unfortunately when they played towns and cities where I had nowhere to stay (a friend's floor etc) I stayed in the same hotel room as John and the S.P.K. bassist Derek. I don't think either liked the arrangement. I slept on the floor, the uninvited guest. The first time this happened, just as I was settling down for some sleep, John holding a tube of toothpaste, told me that when I closed my eyes he was going to "shove this tube of toothpaste up my arse", which kind of "broke the ice". It was a great tour with John and Derek and Dave Kenny on the mixing desk.
The next time I met John I reminded him of the "toothpaste" incident and he laughed and apologised. On that occasion (February 2001), Dieter Müh were supporting John's latest project Knifeladder. We supported Knifeladder a couple of more times and it was always a pleasure to see John. After one gig we went back to Lloyd James's house and spent the night chatting away.  I questioned John about his time with Shriekback. John had played with them all … Whitehouse, The Associates, Current 93, Nurse With Wound, Death In June. Fascinating tales of London in the early 1980's.
Recently I met John in Berlin, at the NK Gallery. He was drumming with Jordi Vall's Vagina Dentata Organ. We caught up,  and as ever John was talking about a variety of projects he was involved with … and he was instrumental in getting Dieter Müh a gig at the NK in 2013.
And now I shall never see John again.

The picture above is taken from the 1983 tour (not by me), I don't know which venue but it is as I always remember him, this is how John was when we first met.
A sad loss.

Friday, 2 October 2015

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast : 01/10/2015.

Tonights programme was built around the 70 minute mix "En To Pan" by Thomas Ekelund, and features only Swedish projects. I asked Thomas to provide "something" for the radio programme and he kindly provided "En To Pan" a mix of ritualistic, occult, dark ambient magickal mastery. I have tried to playlist the programme to the best of my abilities but a lot of what Thomas played I remain blissfully ignorant!
Copy & Paste :

01: Arkhe : "Softets Hus" (Cipher Productions) 2015.
02: Ättestupa : "Vattnet Drog Sig Tillbaka, Stenarna Blev Synliga (Side B)" (Järtecknet) 2015.

      Thomas Ekelund "En To Pan"
03: Unknown Artist.
04: Herman Kropp : "Umbilical Cord Strangulation"
05: Metgumbnerbone : "Death" (Nekrophile Records) 1985.
06: Unknown Artist : "Chung-Võ-Diēm Parts 1 & 2.
07: Alone In The Hollow Garden : "Dharmata" (Red Cavity Records) 2015.
08: Unknown Artist : "Shiva Full Moon Ritual".
09: Dernière Volontė : "Der Kinder Nacht" (Hau Ruck!) 2000.
10: Normand Edmons : "Kingdom Come".
11: Huun-Hur-Tu : "Oske Cherde" (Shanachie) 1993.
12: Halo Manash : "Feast On The Bitter Fluid-Flowing Through The Lips Of Her Vulgar Womb-
                                 Ingest Inebriate Initiate" (Aural Hypnox) 2008.
13: Unknown Artist : "Seto Gompa".
14: Arnica : "Una Bestia Astada" (Percht/Soliferro) 2014.
15: Trial Of the Bow : "The Promise" (Release Entertainment) 1997.
16: Kara Ool : "Chant. Rec. Kysyi" (Supposé) 2007.
17: Tvlpa : "Schechiriron Sabbath" (Belzebez) 2015.
18: Current 93 : "Fields Of Rape" (L.A.Y.L.A.H. AntiRecords) 1984.
19: Wardruna : "Fehu" (Indie Recordings) 2015.
20: Teeraal Räum Pheynix : "En To Pvan".
21: Les Joyaux De La Princesse : "Adieu Chèrie" (Les Joyaux De La Princesse) 2006.

22: Karmanjakan Intonarumori : "Pseudocircular Downer (Parts 1&2)" (KI Produkt).
23: Altar Of Flies : "Texel And Oxford Donn Part Two" (777 Was 666) 2015.


Saturday, 19 September 2015

MuhMur Radio SoundArt Radio Broadcast 17/09/2015.

On Friday 26th September 2014 the lovable polymath known to us as John Several (aka. John ‘Evil E’ Everall) sadly passed away just 10 weeks after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. 

John made a significant contribution to the creation, promotion & sharing of emerging new sounds. From his early experimental noise compositions with tape loops/tone generator and the fanzine ‘Spreading the Virus’, John  continued to approach the avant-garde with a punk ethos. As the boss of Sentrax Corporation, gig promoter and writer for MFTEQ, The Wire, etc. he  demonstrated a selfless generosity and enthusiasm for bringing unknown sounds & unrecognised people together. 

                                 The above comes from the Sentrax Corporation website.

This broadcast is dedicated to John. I feel honoured to have counted John as a good friend. I know him for around 10 - 11 years after being introduced at one of his Harcourt Road gatherings in 1989. The last time I saw John was on millennium eve at a party hosted by Martin Cooper. (Mr. O'Bollocks). I seem to remember John was dressed as a rabbit, a giant Harvey moving between rooms dispensing wit and wisdom and dispensing of any alcohol that was left on surfaces … I was on a mixture of cocaine, ecstasy and hash that night hugging a litre bottle of home mixed vodka and coca-cola so of course none of this may have happened …..
Like all good friends who "disappear" I thought about John, wondered about him … his whereabouts and activity. Rumours came through … Tactile releases happened … John seemed to OK, and then I played a gig in 2012 at The Chameleon Arts Centre in Nottingham and was given a piece of paper with John's phone number on it. 12 years after we last spoke telephone conversations became a regularity, phone calls that would last for at least an hour. John was enthusiastic, restarting Sentrax Corporation and Tactile. 
The last time I spoke to John was in July 2014. I miss him, and so this programme is for him and the time we spent together. There are some Tactile pieces as well as Blind Amongst The Flowers, a band John played bass guitar for in the late 1980's. The Soviet France piece comes from the "What Is Not True" CD and was recorded at Nottingham Old Vic in 1993, a gig that John and his (then) partner Teresa organised. Lull were support. There are records that we used to shout over and jump about to when we had evenings around his place in Worcester Road (Woodthorpe) and some sounds from his friends. 

The final Tactile release "Deep Immersion Electronics" will be released as a double LP on Sentrax Corporation on September 26th. Pre order here :

01: Nocturnal Emissions : "Ophiccus Rises!"
02: Nocturnal Emissions : "Retrovirus".
03: Nocturnal Emissions : "The A.I. Man".
04: Nocturnal Emissions : "Blue Pollution".
05: Nocturnal Emissions : "Transgression".
06: Nocturnal Emissions : "Bring Power To It's Knees".
07: Nocturnal Emissions : "No Separation".
     ( All tracks from the CD "Mort Aux Vaches" (Mort Aux Vaches) 2000 ).
08: Tactile : "Incubation" (Sentrax Corporation) 1996.
09: Scorn : "Soleil Noire" (Dying Earth Records) 1993.
10: Soviet France : "Public Service Announcement" (Charrm) 1993.
11: Coil Vs. Eskaton : "First Dark Ride" (Eskaton) 1994.
12: Michael Prime : "Rotifers" (RRRecords) 1993.
13: Blind Amongst The Flowers : "Back In The South" (Snarling Red) 1987.
14: Public Image Limited : "Graveyard" (Warner Brothers Records) 1990.
15: A Certain Ratio : "Thin Boys" (Factory Records) 1979.
16: Tactile : "The Unspeech Of Angels" (Else Product) 2005.
17: Throbbing Gristle : "Mother Spunk" (The Grey Area Of Mute Records) 1993.
18: Whitehouse : "Her Entry" (Susan Lawly) 1994.
19: Project DARK : "Tongue And Groove" (Outsider Records) 1997.
20: Crass : "Shaved Women" (Crass Records) 1994.

Please copy & paste : and feel free to comment. Next broadcast is on October 1 at 20:00 (gmt) and will feature a special 70+ minute mix by Thomas Ekelund of Belaten / Trepaneringsritualen.