MR. RADAR – Video Director Extraordinaire – Review
Aug07

MR. RADAR – Video Director Extraordinaire – Review

“UNDER THE RADAR” – AN APPRAISAL OF THE NEXT WOULD-BE SPIKE JONZE By Thomas “T-Bird” Jones/Jonze Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry.. yeah, great video directors..theres no argument.. but i want to add a name that many of you will not have heard of.. Mr Radar. One saturday afternoon in January a few years back he asked me to meet him at the Coldrice (r.i.p.) Studios in central Birmingham, he had an idea! Now...

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THE LILAC TIME – ‘PRUSSIAN BLUE’ EP Review
Aug07

THE LILAC TIME – ‘PRUSSIAN BLUE’ EP Review

THE LILAC TIME is the band of Stephen Duffy. He was a founding member of Duran Duran but left before they became the Wild Boys (now wild haired old men) of pop. He had a dalliance with the charts solo with “Kiss Me” and was once “Tintin”, but Herge had the Gaul to make him drop his stage middle name. He recorded a song with Blur’s cheese-meister Alex James until he realised he was a Tory. His band with...

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PERC – Song For Ewe
Aug05

PERC – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE” with PERC  “SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a man, a musician but definitely not a muppet, whom the authorities know as Ali Wells. His label Perc Trax has been slowly exploding for ten years, originally as an imprint for his own distorted, bass worrying techno shash, but then releasing top notch electro noise...

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DOUGLAS McCOMBS of TRTS & ELEVENTH DREAM DAY – Song For Ewe
Aug04

DOUGLAS McCOMBS of TRTS & ELEVENTH DREAM DAY – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE” with DOUGLAS McCOMBS of TRTS, BROKEBACK & ELEVENTH DREAM DAY “SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a guitar and bass playing polymath-rocker, who plies his trade and ploughs his furrowed brow with the instrumental bands Brokeback, which he leads, and Tortoise (or TRTS these days) which he co-founded. He is also...

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THE BLACK DOG – Lucky 7
Aug04

THE BLACK DOG – Lucky 7

THE BLACK DOG – Lucky 7. Lucky 7 is our regular feature where bands select 6 songs that have influenced their music then, as a bonus, they get to select their Lucky 7th – one of their own! Today’s guests are an electronica collective from Sheffield who like deep bleeps and deeper seated conspiracy theories, it’s The Black Dog. I’m a sucker for the Sheffield Warp sound, and The Black Dog emerged from the same scene as...

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