Sunday, 26 September 2010

Second time on BBC 6 Music

[orig. post: 26 Sept 2010] Very chuffed to get two national radio plays in my first year of muso rebirth. The Boy with the Big Dad, this time. I thought it sounded good in the flow of Tom Robinson's programme, alongside some good companion pieces. I'm always surprised when my own tracks don't sound terrible next to other things. I have a sense this will be the last outing for this album on this particular programme. No-one gets massive exposure at the 'introducing' level... and fair enough, really..

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Sunday, 23 May 2010

First national airplay as an adult

[orig. post: 23 May 2010] Gardeners' Questiontime was the first track on Introducing with Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music). He faded it out in the middle but talked it up afterwards, so I forgive him. Until someone says something better his words will feature prominently on the Mister Salmon website..

32 years ago I might have had his own album Power in the Darkness on the radiogram as I worked on a school art project. For some reason I still remember the lyrics to Grey Cortina, and I have the sound in my head of a line I could never decipher... something to do with a 'flash', an 'aerial' and a 'trim'...

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

Xtreme weather

[org. post: 13 May 2010] Seymour Patrick played Stay Out tonight on his online Painter's Radio Show on Xtreme East. My track ends with the sound of miserable rain... Seymour cunningly followed it with Lena Horne's Stormy Weather.

My nephew made a brilliantly detailed drawing from the lyrics of Stay Out:

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Friday, 19 February 2010

How raw am I

[org. post: 18 Feb 2010] The opening track of Mister Salmon Yorkshirama (Yorkshirama!) was played tonight on BBC Radio Sheffield. I am happy it was played, but it sounded peculiar, in among the young guitar bands. The programme: Raw Talent. Finishing the album just before my 50th birthday probably meant I was just "raw" enough to qualify for airplay.

On a blog I recently found a ripped copy of an EP featuring a couple of tracks by my art school band. One was played a couple of times John Peel's Radio 1 show in the early 80s... and it is very raw indeed. It was recorded by me, trying my best with four track reel-to-reel before I knew very much about production. Technical quality is so taken for granted today. Does it make us more discerning (because so much sounds at least ok), or less able to be discerning (because there's just so much that sounds ok)?

Competently made artistic culture that refers more and more to earlier artistic culture... I'm more than ever drawn to anything unfamiliar in the familiar.

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