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  • seandodson 4:56 pm on December 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , dandelion radio, festive fifty, , , , , radio one, the fall   

    Keeping it Peel: Festive Fifty continues over on Dandelion Radio 

    I’ve been listening to Dandelion’s Radio’s Festive Fifty a little over Christmas. Dandelion is a net radio station inspired by the work of the late John Peel.

    Sadly you can’t download the countdown when you feel like it, Dandelion only “streams” audio, meaning that you must wait for the show to be broadcast live on a schedule. Which is fair enough when you consider that that the independent station – run and paid for by volunteers – needs as much exposure as it can get.

    This year’s fifty, voted for by fans of the station, is about halfway through now and is fittingly full of fuzzy guitars and Fall songs. It’s surprising that this idea is not taken up by the BBC, who could archive the show and make a virtue of keeping Peel’s tradition alive online.

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  • seandodson 1:01 pm on November 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cabaret voltaire, , , , joe strummer, , , , rough trade, rough trade at 30, the fall,   

    Rough Trade at 30: the indie pioneer that begat Britain’s biggest record shop 

    Many happy returns to Rough Trade, the pioneering indie label, which celebrates its 30th birthday next week. Thanks for some of the best indie bands of all time, particularly The Smiths, Arcade Fire, British Sea Power, The Fall and Cabaret Voltaire, to name but a few.

    Geoff Travis started the label out of the old indie shop in Portobello Road in West London. My happiest memories are of the hours of subterranean bliss i spent in the sister electronic music shop in Covent Garden (right). Both are sadly defunct, but there’s a super new store off Brick Lane in the east end of London to to hunt for the best in underground and forward-thinking music. Many happy returns to you all.

    BTW, if you can’t make the shop there’s a 30th anniversary CD for sale. Includes Island Hopping, a mellifluous little ballad from the late Joe Strummer.

  • seandodson 10:04 am on September 18, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , brix smith, , dave simpson, , mark e smith, , , the curse of the fall, the fall, the fallen   

    The Fall are a great band, but they’re not worth losing your girlfriend over 

    Like John Peel before him, Dave Simpson, music critic with the Guardian, loves the Mancunian punk band The Fall. Two years ago, he started trying to track down all 43 former members of the band for a book. Each of them had notoriously fallen out of favour with the band’s front man Mark E Smith, a man known for his falling out with people.

    According to this article, the search cost him his car, his health and eventually his relationship of 17 years.

    “It was my turn to feel the Curse of the Fall. For months, everything went wrong. I drove my shiny new MG (purchased after my other car blew up) into a river. My beloved Leeds United were relegated …I was struck down with nasty food-poisoning. Suzanne announced she was leaving me. Her dissatisfaction apparently started when I was “finding all those people in the Fall”. For 17 years, there had been two predominant sounds in my life: the sound of the Fall, and the sound of Suzanne’s breathing as we lay side by side. And now, because of one of them, the other was gone. Inevitably, she dumped me for a trucker, a Container Driver, the title of my favourite Fall song.”

    The Fallen is published today by Canongate.

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