New Gaslight Troubadours Single – Featuring TR

Here’s the new single from enigmatic steam-powered beat maestros The Gaslight Troubadours - which features a spoken-word guest vocal from, er, me... It comes from  their second album Stranger Swings, which is due for Halloween release on 31 October 2018 via their own Purblind Productions imprint. One Big Con features a wild sonic and visual collage of samples, clips and conspiracy theories. The lyric's my…

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George Lyward

Sorry - another piece from me that isn't anything to do with music. But several people have asked for more info on Finchden Manor - mentioned last week in my piece about mental illness. So here's an article I wrote for The Times in 2003 about the the visonary educationalist George Lyward who founded it... One night in the winter of 1966 I swallowed a handful…

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Depression & Mental Illness

Photo and text from Mind Out for Mental Health‘s 1 in 4 project, 2002. One way of looking at mental health problems is as a gap between the way we view the world internally and the way we experience it externally. If there’s too big a gap we get into trouble. I went to a co-ed boarding school in the 60s and fell in love…

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Tom Robinson On Tour In October

This is a quick heads-up to artists and bands that I'm going to be away from Fresh On The Net until November. Next week I'll be co-hosting the BBC Introducing 10th birthday party at Brixton Academy and presenting two sessions at The BBC's Amplify event in London next week, and hosting my weekend radio shows. But after that I'm heading out on tour with my…

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The KLF – The White Room

The KLF - or Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu as they've always preferred to be known - are simply unique. That said, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty always had that anarchic Malcolm McLaren vibe of “destroy, subvert and undermine expectations…” and of simply improvising their strategy in response to each new idea or opportunity as it cropped up. That's why The White Room - far…

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Less Is More

Once again, Monday finds me sitting down to build next week's BBC Introducing Mixtape, and as usual it's a case of trying to cram a quart into a pint pot. That's the expression we used in the old days before decimalisation: somehow trying to cram a litre into a half-litre pot doesn't quite have the same ring. But you get the idea. Each week I…

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Benji Kirkpatrick & Faustus

Benji Kirkpatrick is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs on guitar, mandolin and banjo although his favoured instrument is the bouzouki. Born in Shropshire, England in 1976, he is the son of renowned English folk musicians John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris, and his entry into the recording business suitably came about on his father’s 1994 album Earthling. Benji subsequently formed the acoustic band The…

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Brixton Party Invite !

Today's guest blog post comes from Stephen Gilchrist of Brixton Hill Studios and founder of new label Brixton Hillbilly Records. "...tracks arrive hotfooted from Brixton Hill Studios – perhaps the funkiest creative hub to be found anywhere in South London." Tom Robinson - BBC 6music Not our words, but the words of hero and musical mentor Tom Robinson. What a brilliant endorsement to get -…

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Palestine Music Expo 2017

This email arrived today from Martin Goldschmidt - the founder and chairman of legendary UK indie label Cooking Vinyl "Last November I went to Israel for the first time to see the industry showcase Tune In Tel Aviv. Jeremy from Tune in Tel Aviv kindly also hooked me up with some Palestinian musicians who took me around the West Bank. We met their fellow musicians…

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No Upload = No Airplay

Folks, BBC Introducing is a free service designed to help emerging UK artists get heard. But we at the BBC can't help you unless you help us too - by actually sending us your music via bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/uploader... Between 150-200 tracks arrive in our Soundcloud dropbox here at Fresh On The Net each Mon - Thur and our entire moderation team, including me, listens to every…

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