Thursday, 14 January 2016

HangNine FM Playlist January 16th 2016

Here is the playlist for HangNine FM show on North Sea Surf Radio, first transmitted on January 16th 2016


Bristol Express
The Eagles
Smash Hits


Speed of Life
David Bowie
Low


Ziggy Stardust
The Thurston Lava Tube

 Ziggy Played Surf Guitar

Dial 155
Meanwhile in Mexico
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Deaf


Vaquero
Los Elaticos
NSSR Latin American Surf Sampler Pt 1; Valley of the Kings


Hidrogeno
Los Pegajosos
NSSR Latin American Surf Sampler Pt 1; Valley of the Kings


The Last Ride
Balu & die Surfgrammeln
Los Chicaorones del Surf


Hang in There
Surfer Joe
El Sonido Cojonudo De Surfer Joe EP


Tansania
Bang! Mustang
The Big Twang Theory


Mr Custer Stomp
The Scouts
Surf-Age Nuggets


Repeto
The Varitones
The Ultimate 60's Surf Classics


Roswell
Davie Allen
Fuzz Fest


Yuruyusu
Les Agamemnonz
Au Revoir


A Palavas-Les-Flots
Les Agamemnonz
Au Revoir


Das Model
The Treble Spankers
Araban


Dark Sands
Dirty Fuse
Last Wave


Chemical Cats
Man or Astroman?
Analog Series (Vol 2)


Langhorns
The Quiet Surf
Langhorns


Sandstorm
The Bitch Boys
Ride the First Wave


Lady Grinning Soul
Los Fantasticos
Ziggy Played Surf Guitar


Andy Warhol (introduction)
David Bowie
Hunky Dory

HangNine FM Playlist January 9th 2016

Here is the playlist for HangNine FM show on North Sea Surf Radio, first transmitted on January 9th 2016


Bristol Express
The Eagles
Smash Hits


Wave Vehicle
Burt Rocket
Fiberglass Frenzy


Volcanno Juice
Insect Surfers
Satellite Beach


Luna Park
Los Twang Marvels
Guitars in Orbit


Surf Party
The Astronauts
The Surf Set


Spectr
Blue Spectre
We Were Strangers EP


Slaughterhouse '69
Genki Genki Panice
Ghoulie High Harmony


Cemetery Beach
Messr Chups
Church of Reverb


Sandstorm
Mic's Masters
The Ultimate 60's Surf Classics


Road Runner
The Ventures
The Ventures The Original


Note Crisis
Laika and the Cosmonauts
Instruments of Terror


The Breeze and I
The Fentones
Great British Instrumentals of the 50's & 60's


Miss Wong
Watang!
Miss Wong


March of the Eagles
The Eagles
Smash Hits Plus


Kai Wahine
Phantom Frank
Phantom Frank


Nosy Parker
The Tremolo Beer Gut
Live, Beyond Our Means


Go Kato Go
Los Coronas
Surfin' Tenochtitlan


Jaguar
Surfer Joe
El Sonido Cojonudo de Surfer Joe EP


Closed Beach
Jimmy Strings
Instro Hits


Black Eyed Surfer
The Overtones
Search for Atlantis


Sweet Anna
Culebra and the Evolution Surf School
NSSR Latin America Surf Sampler Pt 2; La Playa

Monday, 11 January 2016

David Bowie


When I was at school we had a teacher who once told us that, when he himself had been a child, he had been shocked and somewhat affronted to discover that other people actually watched the same television programmes as he did. He had assumed that only he knew about these things, that they were his, not anyone else’s.

This morning, like everyone else, I guess, I learned of David Bowie’s death. The Today programme on Radio 4 was full of the news and a succession of people appeared, some making touching and heart-felt tributes, others trotting out the same old tired clich├ęs which will no doubt be attached to Bowie’s legend for all eternity. Shape-shifting alien chameleon mime artist ART avant garde blah blah blah… Even the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was asked to comment on Bowie’s passing. Well, forgive me, and perhaps the Archbishop did get his penchant for wearing dresses from David, but he fronts an organisation which institutionalises bigotry, so I fear he may have missed the point of the androgyny, the bisexuality, the whole gender ambivalence of it all. Of course, homosexual priests are OK, just so long as they’re not practising, isn’t that right Justin? Try telling that to the bigots in your fold, Justin. It’s OK to be an ignorant bigot, just not a practising one. David Cameron was quoted too! A man without a single unconventional fibre in his body, whose most transgressive act was to dress up like a penguin and trash restaurants, while leering at the plebs and letting daddy pick up the bill! This man has the nerve to have even heard of David Bowie!

This can’t be right, I wanted to scream at the radio. He’s mine, David Bowie is mine. He’s not yours, you idiot priest, you Tory scumbag! David Bowie is mine! I had him first. The first single I ever bought was Drive in Saturday. The first album I ever bought was Aladdin Sane. He’s mine. How dare the rest of you lay claim to him?

But of course, he’s not mine. I’ve known this since I first bonded, aged eleven, with the person who is now my oldest friend, over our mutual love of Bowie’s music. Look today at Facebook and Twitter, listen to the radio, watch the television.  It will rapidly become clear that David Bowie is not mine. Neither is he yours, whatever you may think; he is pretty much everyone’s (and I’m sure Bono will be along in a minute – isn’t he always? - to point out what a massive influence Bowie was on his own band’s flaccid pomp-rock; thereby proving that he was listening to those records in an entirely different way to both me and, I imagine, everyone else), that he is held in massively high esteem by all and sundry. Damn it, even the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Prime Minister appreciate his music.

Many will tell the story of seeing Bowie on Top of the Pops performing Starman (I’m just watching it on You Tube again now) and I can remember it as if it were yesterday. I’m back in my ten year-old body in our living room, rather glad that my dad is elsewhere in the house, as I watch this extraordinary being, who looks and, more importantly, sounds as if he really does come from another planet, from another universe in fact.

I can remember to this day the smell of my copy of Aladdin Sane (long ago stolen by some lowlife scum who burgled my house in Coventry – that was my childhood you stole; thanks for nothing!), caused, I think, by the silver ink used in printing the sleeve. And I remember listening to it for the first time and being swept up in the whole giddy adultness of it all. I had no idea what most of the songs were going on about, of course (I was eleven!). Time may well have been flexing like a whore and have fallen wanking to the floor, but I had not the slightest clue what a whore was, or what wanking might be. I had no idea that The Jean Genie was a reference to Jean Genet, that Drive in Saturday imagined some post-apocalyptic dystopia. I could, however, sense that the cover of Let’s Spend the Night Together suggested that doing just that with someone might be pretty thrilling and I just knew that Lady Grinning Soul promised something unimaginably sensual for when I was old enough to learn what that word meant. That’s still my favourite of all his songs.

From there I moved on, or rather I moved backwards (not something of which Bowie would often allow himself to be accused), to discover The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Space Oddity (I had no sense that I should explore Bowie’s back catalogue in anything resembling chronological order), The Man Who Sold the World and Hunky Dory. Great albums all. I stayed with him through Pinups (where he actually did look back), Diamond Dogs, his blue-eyed soul boy period, his extraordinary Berlin period, all the way to Scary Monsters and Super Creeps.

And then, somehow, I felt he lost his way… Let’s Dance wasn’t a terrible album, or anything, but, for me, it never stood up to his previous work. I have barely listened to anything Bowie recorded subsequently, although I did find Where Are We Now, from 2013’s The Next Day to be rather affecting and Blackstar, released just two days before his death, has received some critical acclaim. For all that, I’m sure that there are many who were as gripped, as moved, by his later work as I was by those first thirteen (thirteen!) extraordinary albums and I have to concede that maybe it was me who lost his way and not Bowie at all. Maybe I got distracted, maybe there just wasn’t enough space for David Bowie and everything else. Maybe thirteen albums just took up enough space on my shelves and in my heart.

Amidst all the words (including these ones) generated by David Bowie’s passing this morning, it seems that precious little has been said about his voice. My god, though, what a voice. Tender (Letter to Hermione), kick-ass rocking (Queen Bitch, Panic in Detroit), soaring and operatic (Heroes) and just plain old stunningly beautiful (Lady Grinning Soul, Wild is the Wind). David Bowie had the lot. Yes, he was a shape-shifting chameleon from another planet. Yes, he was high art and avant-garde. Yes, he blah blah blah… It’s all just words and you can never sum up what he sounded like with anything as useless as words. Writing about music is like dancing about architecture, as someone (or, possibly, several someones) once said (or, possibly, didn’t say). Above it all, David Bowie was a great singer. And he’s gone. He was mine and I miss him.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Surfer Joe Summer Festival 2016

So, I'm not the first to announce this, obviously, but for anyone who hasn't already seen this elsewhere, here is the line-up for this year's Surfer Joe Summer Festival at The Surfer Joe Diner in Livorno, Italy.

I'm particularly excited to get  a first chance to see The Shar-Keys, from London, to see the fabulous Barbwires again and to finally see the almost legendary Surf Coasters (twice, if I can stay awake long enough). I did introduce Watang at The North Sea Surf Festival last year, but missed nearly all of their set, as I had to get ready to play with Los Fantasticos as soon as they were finished, so I'm looking forward to seeing them properly this time. I'm also happy to see some old friends on the bill, in the shape of Surfer Joe, The Razorblades, Hell-o-Tiki and Los Venturas, while I know from experience that The Psycho Surfers and Bradipos IV will both be excellent. The recent release from Stories from Shamehill (Same Same, But Different) suggests that they will also be worthwhile catching, while there's still one band to be announced and plenty of bands I don't know much about (yet!).

Best of all, of course, the sun will shine, the bar will be open and there will be so many friends, old and new, to pass the time with. I can hardly wait. Less than six months to go!

More HERE.


THURSDAY 16th June

h 21.30 - Tiki Stage
THE GASOLINES
(Brazil)


h 22.25 - Tiki Stage
ALOHA SLUTS
(The Netherlands)


h 23.20 - Tiki Stage
LOS OXIDADOS
(Mexico)



FRIDAY 17th June

h 18.20 - Tiki Stage
THE SURFIN' BOARDS
(Italy)


h 19.15 - Tiki Stage
THE SHAR-KEYS
(UK)


h 20.10 - Tiki Stage
LOS PROTONES
(Peru)


h 21.05 - Tiki Stage
WATANG
(Italy)


h 22.00 - Tiki Stage
SURFER JOE
(Italy)


h 22.45 - Main Stage
LOS BANDITOS
(Germany)


h 22.30 - Tiki Stage
EL CAMINOS
(Japan)


h 0.15 - Main Stage
THE SURF COASTERS
(Japan)


Special night show
h 1.30 - Tiki Room
HELL-O-TIKI
(Belgium)


DJ set
Mz Siren
(UK)



SATURDAY 18th June

h 15.00 - Tiki Room
Surf Music Brazil
presentation hosted by Leopoldo Furtado (aka Dj Mocoto - Reverb Brasil) and Fernanda Coronado (Hell'Surf Festival)


h 16.00 - Tiki Room
Surf Guitar Clinic with
Martin Schmidt
of The Razorblades
(Germany)


h 17.45 - Tiki Stage
BAD RIDERS
(Italy)


h 18.40 - Tiki Stage
PSYCHO SURFERS
(Italy)


h 19.35 - Tiki Stage
LOS VENTURAS
(Belgium)


h 20.30 - Tiki Stage
BOSS FINK
(USA)


h 21.15 - Main Stage
LES AGAMEMNONZ
(France)


h 22.00 - Tiki Stage
THE RAZORBLADES
(Germany)


h 22.45 - Main Stage
THE BARBWIRES
(Sweden)


h 23.30 - Tiki Stage
THE BRADIPOS IV
(Italy)


h 0.15 - Main Stage
To Be Announced
(USA)


Special night show
h 1.30 - Tiki Room
THE SURF COASTERS
(Japan)


DJ set
Lukino Ungawa & Buddy
(Italy)



SUNDAY 19th June

h 18.40 - Tiki Stage
LOS APOLLOS
(Germany)


h 19.35 - Tiki Stage
STORIES FROM SHAMEHILL
(The Netherlands)


h 20.30 - Tiki Stage
DEMON VENDETTA
(France)


h 21.15 - Main Stage
THE STINGRAYS
(Germany)


h 22.00 - Tiki Stage
THE VOLCANICS
(USA)


h 22.45 - Main Stage
BANG MUSTANG
(Germany)


h 23.30 - Tiki Stage
MULLET MONSTER MAFIA
(Brazil)


h 0.15 - Main Stage
THE CHARADES
(Finland)

HangNine FM Playlist January 2nd 2016

Here is the playlist for HangNine FM show on North Sea Surf Radio, first transmitted on January 2nd 2016

Bristol Express
The Eagles
Smash Hits


What Remains of a Hit Single
Alwaro Negro
El Hoyo Negro


Toes on the Nose Bros
Stories from Shamehill
Same Same But Different


The Shadow Knows
Link Wray
Rumble! The Best of...


Shenanigans
Guantanamo Baywatch
Darling... It's Too Late


Rock It
The Orbit Rockers
The Ultimate 60's Surf Classics


Plutonium
The Tremolo Beer Gut
Under the Influence of...


Shut Down, Part II
The Beach Boys
Shut Down Volume 2


Mr Yunioshi
The Tiki Tones
Idol Pleasures


Golden Decade
Hell-o-Tiki
Tiki Twister


Farthest Shore
The Madeira
Ancient Winds


Corre
The Almighty Devildogs
Surf Report Volume 1


Hoots Mon
Lord Rockingham's XI
Great British Instrumentals of the 50's & 60's


Bombay Duck
The Shadows
The Original chart Hits 1960-1980


Esplanade
The Tikiyaki Orchestra
Idol Worship and Other Primitive Pleasures


Andando com o Carburador
Os Carburadores
Surf Report Volume 1


A Fistful of Schnitzel
Surfer Joe
Live in Brighton 2014


A Brave Face Against Insurmountable Odds
The Reverb Syndicate
Odyssey


20000 Leagues
Blue Spectre
We Were Strangers EP


The Motherfucking G
The Tremolo Beer Gut
Live, Beyond Our Means


Vulcanizer
Les Agamemnonz
Au Revoir


Amnesia
Los Coronas
The vivid Sounds of...


Balihai
Los Twang Marvels
Jungle of Twang

HangNine FM Playlist December 19th 2015

Here is the playlist for HangNine FM show on North Sea Surf Radio, first transmitted on December 19th 2015


Bristol Express
The Eagles
Smash Hits


Exploding Eyes
Blue Spectre
We Were Strangers EP


12 Monkey's Flag
Hell-o-Tiki
Tiki Twister


Schnell Wie Eine Rakete
Les Agamemnonz
Au Revoir


Death Valley Sunrise
The Phantom Operators
Metal Mariachi Music


They Peel Them With Their Metal Knives
The Sine Waves
Into the Syntax Era


Zulu As Kono
Swami John Reis and the Blind Shake
Modern Surf Classics


Better Dancing Through Technology
The Reverb Syndicate
Odyssey


We're Gonna Feed Your Voodoo Ass to the Lions
Rapido T Lusso
Caffeine Racer EP


Ancient Winds
The Madeira
Ancient Winds


Adrienne's Song
The Tommorwmen
Futourism


Fiberglass Frenzy
Burt Rocket
Fiberglass Frenzy


Twistin'
Surfer Joe
El Sonido Cojonudo De Surfer Joe EP


A Fistful of Schnitzel
Surfer Joe
Live in Brighton 2014


Swedish Erotica
The Tremolo Beer Gut
Live, Beyond Our Means


Return of the Dark Surf Lord
Horse Rock
The Men From E.N.C.O.R.E


Corey Baum's Theme
Guantanamo Baywatch
Darling... It's Too Late


Swamp Hands
Genki Genki Panic
Ghoulie High Harmony


Caffeine Racer
Rapido T Lusso
Caffeine Racer EP


Paniolo
The Tikiyaki Orchestra
Idol Worship and Other Primitive Pleasures


Tunak Tunak Tun
The Tommorowmen
Futourism


Peaks of Eternal Light
The Sine Waves
Into the Syntax Era

HangNine FM Playlist December 12th 2015

Here is the playlist for HangNine FM show on North Sea Surf Radio, first transmitted on December 12th 2015


Bristol Express
The Eagles
Smash Hits


K-39
The Balihaians
Search for Atlantis


Car Hop
Los Straitjackets
The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of...


Introduction
Les Agamemnonz
Au Revoir


Raunch Stomp
Guantanamo Baywatch
Darling... It's Too Late


Exploding Eyes
Blue Spectre
We Were Strangers EP


The Good Intentions of Professor Atombender
The Reverb Syndicate
Odyssey


Dr Kilometers (Uncertainty Principle)
The Tomorrow Men
It's About Time


Happy Fingers
Man or Atroman?
Your Weight on the Moon


Ganroku Hanami Odori
Takeshi Terauchi
Nippon Guitars - Instrumental Surf, Eleki & Tsugaru Rock 1966-1974


Queen Gipsy Witch
Los Twang Marvels
Guitars in Orbit


Rumble
Dead Man's Curve
World Catastrophe Generator


Meltdown
Mark Brodie and the Beaver Patrol
The Shores of Hell


Thor Island Thunder
The Barbwires with the Blue Ocean Orchestra
Searider


Lanky Bones
Eddie and the Showmen
Squad Car


Mr Rebel
Guantanamo Baywatch
Darling... It's Too Late


Surf Raptor
Blue Spectre
We Were Strangers EP


Paniolo
Frankie and the Pool Boys
The Adventures of Cap'n Coconuts


Tansania
Bang! Mustang
The Big Twang Theory


Malaga Cove
The Tikiyaki Orchestra
Idol Worship and Other Primitive Pleasures


Au Revoir
Les Agamemnonz
Au Revoir