It’s Portobello, Man.

Spot the Shiv

Portobello Road Records - looking north

Been meaning to post a few of these pictures for weeks now. The top end of Portobello Road has been host to the biggest collection of LP’s I’ve ever seen. Big as in six feet high and representing some of the musical connections of the area. I’ve probably put links to Tom Vague’s music and psychogeography writings about Ladbroke Grove here before but if you want to dig deeper here’s a shovel. And if you want to get seriously nerdy and see how many you own, you can click through the pictures to see larger versions or find the full set here. I’m good for thirty or so so far but keep spotting more.

It’s ‘Portobello Man – The Bevis Frond’

The Climber – AKA, give a man enough rope and he’ll write a Songstory.

All photographs copyright Sean Kelly/Inge Tillere by permission.

Bergen Moi?

Those with long Spill memories may remember a post about a trip to Norway for the world premiere of Judge Smith’s Songstory ‘The Climber’. Well the choir involved were recorded during that trip and and the piece came back to Judge Smith’s studio where fairy dust was added in liberal quantities … leading to a release of the finished article just last month.

Weirdly, friend of a friend, I got the call to fanboy heaven and together with my mate Sean am gearing up to chat to Judge about this and other projects on London’s fabulous Resonance FM this very night. The show is Johny Brown and Inge Tillere’s ‘Mining For Gold’ , between 11.30 and 00.30 BST.

Judge and John Ellis (Vibrators/Gabriel/Hammill/Stranglers) are doing some live numbers and if anyone is interested in hearing me talk nonsense in dulcet tones just follow this link.

I should do a whole post on Resonance FM at some point, I was thinking about it whilst reading the ‘Outsider Music’ discussion this week.  It’s kind of ‘Outsider Radio’, broadcasting in London but available everywhere on the web. In the meantime, bookmark and bung it on in the background, see what you think.

Meltdown Social – Saturday 12th June

RR Freak Flag


As previewed on the Mothership, a small band are meeting up with treefrogdemon for a bunch of Meldown shows on the Southbank next week.  Saturday’s show starts early (because of the England game that evening:)) so it seems like a good opportunity for a relaxed mini-social for anyone who wants to drop by and join us for an hour or two in Embankment Gardens

I’ll bring Pimms, throws, scones and family buckets of Kentucky Fried Frog Legs; there’s a cafe on site and an empty bandstand so if you’re in or around the Great Wen when Saturday comes, just pitch up – 2pm to 4pm.  Send me a message if you want a contact number for the day.


Veda in Vienna – The kid of God stays up all night long

I’m slightly obsessing about this today having stumbled on it in the dark watches of the night.

Good excuse to practice on the wheels and pulleys of WordPress.  I was trying to embed a version of the same film  in better quality on Vimeo but it’s not having it.

Anyway, enjoy … Veda go gal! (see how I resurrected that wee pun – we are all stardust and material is finite)