Friday, February 25, 2011

Ghost Box on the Freak Zone this Sunday

Julian and I will be guests on the Stuart Maconie's Freak Zone this Sunday on BBC6 at 6:00pm. Laugh, as we get carried away with our usual stream of consciousness rambling, confuse release dates and forget our own track titles. As well as tracks from the recently re-issued Ghost Box albums, we'll be previewing Jonny Trunk's Study Series single and a track from the forthcoming Belbury Poly album.

A tremendous honour to be invited back onto our favourite show on radio (apart from the OST on Resonance of course). If you don't already listen, but you enjoy the kind of music on Radio Belbury you should make it a weekly habit. For those of you worried about the clash with Evensong you can listen again all week here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Xylitol - Music Played by Other People

More of what I think we're now calling  "Confusing English Electronic Music" emerges this week in the shape of a two volume 3" CD album of remixes of music by cult electro-kosmiche artist  Xylitol (aka Jim Backhouse).

Two years in the making Mr Backhouse has coaxed re-interpretations and re-imaginings of his tunes and unfinished sketches by a very diverse set of artists, including our own Belbury Poly, Woebot, Sculpture and the Cambridge scenesters explored in this month's Wire: Um and Nochexx.  Each set of this very limited edition comes with a unique hand made bundle of artwork and is available right now from the Xylitol Blog.

Talking of Sculpture, take a look at their beautiful website and movies here.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Radio Belbury Programme No.2 "Magpie and Crow"

Presenting programme No. 2, in what will hopefully be a monthly spot. This month features a sneak preview of the upcoming Advisory Circle album, As The Crow Flies.

If you want to get in touch about the programme the address is , I'd love to hear from you. (The show is exclusively available through Mixcloud incidentally, because being a fully licensed service all the artists get payed for plays (not much mind...grumble)).

Talking of things Brooksian, you can now download both episodes of Resonance FM's Weird Tales for Winter recorded by The Advisory Circle and Moon Wiring Club for free right here. Its William Hope Hodgson's "The Gateway of The Monster" a tale featuring the redoubtable psychic sleuth Thomas Carnacki, music by Mr. Jonathan Brooks and read in the genial fireside tones of  Mr. Ian Hodgson . No relation, or is he ? Is he ?

And to accompany this Jon has released a download soundtrack album on his own Cafe Kaput label.

You can buy it here priced £6.99. Each copy comes with sleeve notes as a PDF and a hi-res graphic of the lovely Blank Workshop cover art. Anyway before you get too excited, don't forget you're supposed to be listening to my show first. The name again ?  It's...

Friday, February 04, 2011

Sketches & Spells & The Willows return.

Re-issues of the very first full albums on Ghost Box, Belbury Poly's The Willows and The Focus Group's Sketches and Spells, are available now on vinyl and CD from the Ghost Box shop and very soon from our regular stockists.