LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 158 – Mind your head with CAPTAIN PARANOID

Just because you are paranoid it does not mean they are not out to get you

On 21st November the legend that is Captain Paranoid joined Peppermint Iguana in the studio for a very special radio show.

Pick a few songs we said. The next thing we knew we had a massive thirty eight track play list and he could not make up his mind which ones to loose. He was even arguing with musicians he has collaborated with over which version of his own songs to play.

We were well over an hour into the show before we finally worked out what the play list was going to look like. But hey, this is what happens when working with people who are all consumed by music and are filled with passion and emotion. It was memorable. To say the least.

To listen to the show again click on the cloudcast below – and below that is what we think the play list was – even now it is hard to keep up with what went on!

  1. Capitol Radio two: BY THE CLASH
  2. Lust for life: BY IGGY POP
  3. Naked: BY TERRORIST BALLET DANCERS FROM HELL
  4. Fight the power: BY PUBLIC ENEMY
  5. Intergalactic: BY THE BEASTIE BOYS
  6. Masses: BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI
  7. Sex and bombs: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND THE DELUSIONS
  8. Revolution: BY GROUNDNATION
  9. Typical girls: BY THE SLITS
  10. Words of advice for young people: BY WILLIAM BURROWS
  11. Snake eyes: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND THE DELUSIONS
  12. Five and dime: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID AND LARRY LOVE
  13. Doves cry: BY BE GOOD TANYAS
  14. Another girl another planet: BY THE ONLY ONES
  15. The war song demo: BY SUCKAFISH AND CAPTAIN PARANOID
  16. Bodyloose: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID
  17. Looking for a kiss: BY THE NEW YORK DOLLS
  18. Fever: BY PEGGY LEE
  19. Had me a girl: BY TOM WAITS
  20. James alley blues: BY DAVID JOHANSEN
  21. Elvis: BY GILLIAN WELCH
  22. Father and son: BY JOHNNY CASH
  23. Three little birds: BY CAPTAIN PARANOID

Show first broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 21st November 2017

 

 

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 158 – MIND YOUR HEAD – WITH CAPTAIN PARANOID

On 21st November, legend of the Cardiff music scene, Chas, AKA Captain Paranoid, will be joining Peppermint Iguana on the decks for a mind bending special radio show.

Expect tales of The Terrorist Ballet Dancers from Hell, Captain Paranoid and the Delusions, Grass Roots Café, hanging out with The Alabama Three and who knows what else. All we need now is for Chas to whittle down his play list from 63 tunes to something a little more manageable.

Get it in your diary now, it’s gonna be mind-expanding.

Live on www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock on Tuesday 21st November. Expect the unexpected.

Show sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 157 – 100th Anniversary of the October Revolution

On 7th November 2017, we went out live and direct, broadcasting to the free world, with a show that marked one hundred years to the day, since the October Revolution in Russia.

On 7th November 1917 the Red Guard occupied government buildings in Petrograd, in preparation of the storming of the winter palace, which took place on 8th November.

The start of ten days that shook the world, ten days that had an impact on every man woman and child on the planet, ten days that are still reverberating around the world today.

There are far better places to go for a history lesson of those one hundred years, but we had a go at reflecting on the last century using rock and roll as our media of choice.

From October 1917 itself, through plots and coups, through wars, cold and hot, through the expansion of an ideology to the collapse of an empire.

Listen again, to two hours that shook the world, by clicking on the cloudcast below.

PLAY LIST

  1. Theme from the hunt for red October: BY THE RED ARMY CHOIR
  2. Revolution radio: BY STRAWBERRY BLONDES
  3. History of the Russian revolution part one October: BY WAT TYLER
  4. Revolution rock: BY THE CLASH
  5. Centenary dub: BY THE REVOLUTIONARY DUB WARRIORS
  6. Back in the USSR: BY CRISIS
  7. Lev Bronstein: BY THE REDSKINS
  8. What about di working class: BY LINTON KWESI JOHNSON
  9. Bella ciao: BY THE RED ARMY CHOIR
  10. No more heroes: BY THE STRANGLERS
  11. Stalin wasn’t stallin: BY THE GOLDEN GATE JUBILEE QUARTET
  12. The Russians are coming: BY VAL BENNETT
  13. The Russians are coming: BY CAPTAIN SENSIBLE
  14. So afraid of the Russians: BY MADE FOR TV
  15. Theme tune to The ipcress file: BY JOHN BARRY
  16. Holiday in Cambodia: BY THE DEAD KENNEDYS
  17. Gagarin: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
  18. Revolution of thought: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  19. In Gorbachev we trust: BY THE SHAMEN
  20. Market sector one: BY ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER
  21. Bloody revolutions: BY CRASS
  22. Free pussy riot: BY DOGSHITE
  23. Capitalism is good for corporations that is why we have been told socialism is bad: BY THEE FACTION
  24. From Russia with love: BY MATT MONRO

 

First broadcast on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk on 7th November 2017

 

Show sponsored by UNISON, the union for public service groovers

 

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 157 – 100 years of spinning revolutions

The October Revolution in Russia Kicked off 100 years ago this week – on 7th November 1917. As our next show goes out live on 7th November 2017, it would be rude to not run with a play list heavily laced with tunes that have a connection with Russia, revolutions and counter revolutions

Whilst all those with a left wing slant will look to the October Revolution for inspiration, there is no denying that in the century since, some pretty bad shit has gone down as well. So, whilst we are still secretly plotting our play list expect cold wars, doping and riotous pussys to feature alongside tunes from revolutions around the world inspired by the big one. Continue reading LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 157 – 100 years of spinning revolutions

LISTEN AGAIN: Never mind the bollocks, here’s Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 156

Rebel Riot from Myanmar (Burma in old money)

Punk from Myanmar, spaced out psychedelic jams from Japan, tribal folk from Cameroon, Ska Punk from Netherlands, hard-core punk from Russia, Dub from France and stoner rock from Cardiff. All in a day’s work at Peppermint Iguana.

Yes, we were back swimming against the tide and beyond the mainstream once more on 24th October. To listen to the show again, check out the cloudcast below

PLAY LIST Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Never mind the bollocks, here’s Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 156

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguaua Radio Show # 155 – The Shape of things to come 10/10/17

On the 10th October we hit the hit the airwaves once more for a show full to overflowing with hot new releases, and demos.

Throughout the summer we have been concentrating on the UK festival scene, showcasing the bands playing the best of the underground gigs. But the season is finally over. Tents are now being stuffed into attics for the winter, lightweight caravans are being put in storage and hardcore trucks are heading for the sun.

So for this show we caught up with some of the demos and freebies we have had sent to us through the summer, but not got around to playing. Despite cocking up the advertising for the show, twice, forgetting to take our glasses into the studio and leaving the iguana phone back at HQ, it was a blast.

To listen again, check out the cloudcast below innit like

Play list……… Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguaua Radio Show # 155 – The Shape of things to come 10/10/17

DOOZER McDOOZE: ‘Help’ – new video released for Mental Health Awareness Day 2017


Doozer McDooze
has gone and made a music video for a song he is releasing on Tuesday 10th October 2017 for Mental Health Awareness Day.

The Dooze’ told Peppermint Iguana, “This is a topic that means a lot to me, more so as I get older and I’m trying to spread the word in the hope of helping others by them relating to the song and becoming aware of the help that is available. As you know mental health is a universal issue which is becoming an epidemic particularly among young people, and most recently highlighted has been the fact that male suicide has been on the rise”.

“I feel that this topic needs to be spoken about more so that the feelings of stigma and shame which are attached to mental illnesses can become one step closer to being eradicated in our society.
By speaking honestly in this song through my lyrics about my own experiences and allowing my friends, family and audience to see a side of me that is mostly hidden away, I am hopeful that other people will feel compelled to talk to someone about how they feel; because sometimes there is no visible reason for mental illness to become such a huge factor in someone’s life”.

The song is called “HELP” – and this be the video

Lyrics
I Believe that our purpose on Earth
Is to create happiness Continue reading DOOZER McDOOZE: ‘Help’ – new video released for Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

HEAD NOISE: Dangerously Close – video preview of forthcoming album.

The South Wales valleys can be a dangerous place to live, being so close to so many heads making a noise.

And to prove it – Here be a video of the debut single, ‘Dangerously Close’ by Aberdare/Cardiff based Electronic Art-Punk trio “Head Noise” .

It is lifted from the new Mini-Album “Special Effects Improves The Defects” whoch will be out on 14th October 2017.

Album Review soon come!

JAMES RIVERS DUFF: ‘Time is Yours’ video launched

James Rivers Duff – erm – on a river!

James Rivers Duff is a singer song writer that does not seem to let time or geography get in the way of his art. And this be the video for his latest musical offering.

James has travelled widely, particularly around Africa. He has contributed as a member of the Future Dub Project but is currently taking some time to focus on some solo work.

We asked James to tell us a little about his latest recording. “Time Is Yours is a song about making the most of your life and living in the moment”, James told us. “I asked my friend Jess if she could record some backing vocals but she was in Bali at the time, so she found a studio out there to record. The man in charge Andy Duarsa asked if she’d like to shoot a video for it so we collaborated over the net. I was travelling in Denmark so shot some footage on my phone and sent it over for him to add in”.

The result, as you will see below, features some stunning photography from Bali, James (rather ironically, on a river) and an uplifting but mellow soundtrack from the boy Duff.

Don’t get jealous, get your passport out!

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 154 – Something Else in the Dean 2017 Special

Other strong ales are available

As a warm up for the last festival of the season Gail Something Else joined us in the studio to spin tunes by bands playing Something Else in the Dean.

There was music, laughter and romance, there was swearing, controversy and songs of a rather personal nature.

If you want to hear what went on check out the cloudcast below

(*please be aware, as we have said, lots of swearing, not for the faint hearted)

PLAY LIST
Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 154 – Something Else in the Dean 2017 Special

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 153 – Equinox Festival Special (12/09/17)

On 12th September we broadcast our penultimate festival review show of 2017 – an Equinox special.

We had a few technical problems but we think we have managed to edit this cloudcast version so you don’t notice – well – not much anyway.

To listen again, check put the cloudcast linky thing below

Play list

  1. One of these days: BY PINK FLOYD
  2. Atomic Moog: BY COLDCUT
  3. Punky reggae party: BY LEE PERRY AND Z TRIP
  4. Czech neck: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  5. Bunsen burner: BY JOHN OTWAY
  6. Burning up: BY DUB THE EARTH
  7. Come around: BY THE DEFEKTERS
  8. We do it ourselves; BY PRIMEVAL SOUP
  9. Watching the grass grow: BY NICK TURNERS SPACE RITUAL
  10. Phoenix: BY SYSTEM SEVEN
  11. Vacation town: BY THE FRONT BOTTOMS
  12. The Devil went down to Jamaica: BY DAVID ALLEN COE
  13. Bella’s kiss: BY FUNKE AND THE TWO TONE BABY
  14. Internal riot: BY THE SUBHUMANS
  15. Blank page: BY BAND OF THE UNDERHAND
  16. Hard edged few live: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  17. Fessytune: BY SKIPRAT
  18. Skiprat: BY BUFF
  19. Gun fury: BY THE DAMNED
  20. Fight dem back: BY THE AUTONOMADS
  21. Let’s stay together: THE SKINTS
  22. PAIN: BY PAIN
  23. Hierarchicide: BY BOLSHY
  24. Looking too closely: BY FINK

Show first broadcast on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk on 12th September 2017.

As usual, high five to our sponsors, Cwm Taf Local Government Area Branch of UNISON, the union for public service groovers

 

Watch out for our next show, which will be an end of festival season party – with guest host Gail Something Else – who will be along to talk about this year’s Something Else in the Dean Festival, which will close the season in style.

 

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 152 – Feral Fest/Common Ground special (29/08/17)

landed festivalAs usual, the most recent Peppermint Iguana Radio Show featured a selection of some of the bands playing festivals in the next two weeks.

With the calibre of the festivals coming up in the next two weeks, including Feral Fest and Common Ground, it was inevitable the play list was going to be top draw. But no need to take our word for it. Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 152 – Feral Fest/Common Ground special (29/08/17)

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 152 – 29/08/17

DSC_1161This week’s Peppermint Iguana Radio Show will feature the cream of the underground festival scene.

With the first ever Feral Fest coming up over the weekend of 1/2/3 September, and Common Ground 2017 the same weekend, the show will be overflowing with some of our favourite festival bands.

Expect Tribazic, Tribe of Cro, P.A.I.N., Radical Dance Faction, The Sporadics and Dub the Earth to turn up at some point during the show.

Yes, that’s right, the Sporadics. They will be hitting the road again shortly with not one but TWO new guitarists. We can’t F@ckin’ wait.

We are going to have to hold a few of our favourites back though, cos Something Else in the Dean will be bringing the season to close at the end of September – we are already planning our end of season show in anticipation.

Festivals aint the only things happening though – so you can expect a preview of hot gigs coming up with Back to the Planet, Senser and Ruts DC, alongside new releases from Steven Wilson, Blue Forest and Jinx in dub.

All this festival loveliness can be listened to live by going to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm on Tuesday 29 August.

As usual, the show is sponsored by www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales the union for public sector groovers.

 

Merthyr Rising 2018 – Sticking with its roots

merthyr rising t shirtMerthyr Rising 2018 looks set to stay on it’s spiritual home ground. The event will take place over the weekend of 25/26/27 May 2018

Since its monumental success in 2017 where the likes of The Alabama 3 and the Stereo MC’s shook the ground that the festival stood on to their core, there has been talk that the Merthyr Rising Festival had outgrown its spiritual home on Penderyn Square and that the next step was to go to a larger area within Merthyr Tydfil to hold the event in 2018. Continue reading Merthyr Rising 2018 – Sticking with its roots

Everything you ever wanted to know about Landed Festival but were afraid to ask

the Chalk Outlines will be back to rock the house again this year
the Chalk Outlines will be back to rock the house again this year

Landed? What’s that all about then? Well, it is a cracking little festival in Mid Wales.

The fact that Roughneck Riot, Captain Ska and the Defekters are headlining means the gig is punching above its weight, that’s without all the other awesome bands on the bill, and the amazing location, and the cheap ticket price.

You want to know more? Well, here is everything you ever wanted to know about landed but were afraid to ask.

Are you sure you are going to the right festival this weekend?

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 151 – another muddy festival show

Fun for all the family!
Fun for all the family!

If you are getting ready for festival, at a festival or just sat in your box wishing you were at a festival, the most recent Peppermint Iguana Radio show is just what you need.

Previewing Landed Festival, Green Man and Beautiful Days, this show is the perfect way to start your weekend. Continue reading LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio Show # 151 – another muddy festival show

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 150 – Landed Festival Special 2017

Landed crew Tina, Grub and Bella - on the site of Landed Festival
Landed crew Tina, Grub and Bella – on the site of Landed Festival

With Landed Festival just three weeks away, we took the opportunity to focus on bands playing Landed, and gave away two tickets for the festival!

We also previewed a few other upcoming festivals and played some hot new releases.

To listen again check out the mixcloud thingy below

PLAY LIST

  1. Each mans hell: BY ROUGHNECK RIOT
  2. Lion is the king of the jungle: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
  3. Get a steady job: BY HEADGAMES
  4. Ride on rider: BY SWEETCORNBREAD
  5. Snow at Landed: BY GRUBBY TINA AND BELLA
  6. Party Dub: BY SMILEY AND THE UNDERCLASS
  7. Hamburger meat: BY THE DEFEKTERS
  8. No beef: BY REGIME
  9. There was a time: BY GENE CHANDLER
  10. Do anything you wanna do: BY EDDIE AND THE HOTRODS
  11. First time: BY THE BOYS
  12. Bubble bubble: BY THE STIFF JOINTS
  13. Liar liar: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  14. Seven diddly sins: BY KANGAROO MOON
  15. Tribal theory: BY LOONALOOP
  16. I wish there were no prisons: BY COSMO
  17. Anthropocene: BY BOLSHY
  18. Never seen the sun: BY LACERTILLIA
  19. Java cheer up: BY JUNIOR BILL
  20. Superman III: BY JOHNNY CAGE AND THE VOODOO GROOVE
  21. Bang on the door: BY FJORKA
  22. Fiddle Castro: BY YOKO PWNO
  23. TV: BY INNER TERRESTRIAL
  24. Teenage turtles let go: BY BACK TO THE PLANET

OH – and by the way – the pair of tickets for landed were won by DEBORAH COLES!

Show first broadcast on Dapper FM on 1st August 2017

Big hugs to our sponsors, Cwm Taf Local Government UNISON, the union for public service groovers

LANDED FESTIVAL TICKETS COMPETETION OVER (But you can still sign up to mailing list)

Chalk Outlines @ landed festival 2016
Chalk Outlines @ landed festival 2016

Over the weekend of 18th to 20th August 2017 the hills will be alive to the sound of Landed Festival. We have two tickets, generously donated by the organisers, up for grabs

Snuggled away in the heart of Mid Wales (Between Llandrindod Wells and Rhayader) Landed is one of Wales best kept secrets, mixing live music, DJs, theatre, crafts, healing and stalls, all surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery in the UK.

For a chance of winning two tickets, all you have to do is join our mailing list by entering your e-mail below.

COMPETITION OVER! IT WAS WON BY DEBORAH COLE .  WHY NOT SIGN UP TO OUR LIST ANYWAY TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH FUTURE NEWS AND COMPETITIONS?

We wont be inudating you with spam, we will probably limit it to one e-mail a week – or maybe even a fortnight. You will get updates about the radio show and details of any news, news and interviews on this ere website.

Some of the updates coming soon include an interview with the crew of landed telling us all about what is coming up this year.

It will all be professionally done through Mailchimp, so if you feel you want to come off the mailing list at any time it will be dead easy.

So – what are you waiting for?



LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana # 150 – In a Field of Their Own – (Festival Focus – Landed Special)

Landed crew Tina, Grub and Bella - on the site of Landed Festival
Landed crew Tina, Grub and Bella – on the site of Landed Festival

The Peppermint Iguana Radio Show will be coming at ya live and direct on Dapper FM again on Tuesday 1st August and, once again, the focus will be forthcoming festivals.

This summer has already witnessed a plethora of festivals but, as always, things go up a gear in August.  There is no excuse for not being able to find a festival to go to next month. Boom Town, Beautiful Days, Shambala, Green Gathering, Green Man, Truefest and of course, ye olde McReading, to name but a few.

Into the mix this year comes Landed, a festival previously held in April, but this year moving to a sunnier (hopefully) place in the calendar.

For this show we will take a peek at some of the festivals coming up in August, but will be focusing mainly on Landed. Why? Well, because it is set in the heart of Mid Wales, which is where we like festivals; it is non commercial and grass roots, which is how we like our festivals to be run and – last but not least – cos they have been generous enough to give us tickets for the festival to give away as a prize.

So tune in on 1st August, hear some of the bands playing landed, find out what landed is all about and, if ya be lucky, win yourself a pair of tickets to the event.

To tune in, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm on 1st August 2017.

For a chance to win tickets, go to http://peppermintiguana.co.uk/winticketstolanded2017/

As usual, high five to our sponsors, www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales, the union for public sector festival heads.

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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 149 – Tom Returns For Green Gathering Special

Ton Fowler, a face for the radio if ever there was one
Ton Fowler, a face for the radio if ever there was one

He nagged and nagged to be invited back, so we gave in and said yes. On 18th July Tom Fowler swept into the studio, swore a lot, and played some of his favourite releases of the year so far.

Clint meanwhile, played loads of choons by bands that are playing this year’s Green Gathering, spun a few hot new releases, and announced a major competition to win tickets to Landed festival

To listen to the show again, check out the cloudcast below

PLAY LIST

  1. Kick out: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  2. War crime: BY CAPTAIN SKA
  3. Welcome to hell: BY PS3UDONYM
  4. Europe is lost: BY KATE TEMPEST
  5. Bella Ciao: BY FIREPIT COLLECTIVE
  6. Get off your knees: BY ONE EYED GOD
  7. Chalk and flint: BY GRAND COLLAPSE
  8. Bathing in blood: BY NO PULSE
  9. Daughter of the fireplace: BY MAN
  10. Every Valley: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
  11. War on rules: BY WOLF BRIGADE
  12. All our failed seekers: BY THIS ENDS HERE
  13. Subtle spirits: BY PARK VIEW
  14. Shoeburryness: BY BLACK LIGHT SECRET
  15. Life: BY THINK PRETTY
  16. Timewaster: BY SALT BATH
  17. Clash of civilisations: BY COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
  18. Protean: BY TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND
  19. Everything is problematic: BY TWATSS
  20. I haven’t found home: BY PERKIE
  21. McShane: BY THE DON BRADMANS
  22. Autonomous spaces: BY SPANNER
  23. Mace: BY FRESH PRINCE
  24. Look like: BY KOJEY RADICAL
  25. Festivals, I shit em: BY ANTI-POET
  26. Nah sell out: BY DUB-STUY MEETS BURRO BANTON
  27. POWA: BY MIA

Show first broadcast live on Dapper FM on 18th July 2017.

High five to show sponsors, Cwm Taf Local Government UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

To win tickets for landed, go here.

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 149 – The Return of the Fowler 18/07/17

TomFowler (on the left) hanging out with rock stars at Surplus
TomFowler (on the left) hanging out with rock stars at Surplus

The boy Fowler has been nagging to come back and do another radio show, so we have let him come back on the 18th July to shut him up.

“Get me back before Green Gathering” he said, “so I can play loads of Green Gathering bands and talk about the Radical Wales Campaign Area” he said.

So here we are, he is doing a show before the Green Gathering and how many GG bands is he playing? None. Not one. He is just playing his favourite recent tunes. We are sure he will do loads of talking about the festival though.

Don’t panic, Clint to the rescue, he will be playing some GG related choonage. He will also be playing a few teaser tracks by bands playing the forthcoming Landed Festival and will be announcing a special mega give away competition related to the aforementioned Landed.

Clint will also be throwing in some tunes that are not related to any festivals – they are just new.

Log on to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm on Tuesday 18th July

As usual, big slobbery wet kiss for our sponsors, www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

SURPLUS FESTIVAL 2017: The tribes gather

DSC_0054For the last four years the Surplus Festival in South Wales has been one of the highlights of the grass roots festival scene. Over the first weekend in July 2017, the event went up a gear, putting on their best event yet and throwing down the marker for other grassroots festivals. It will take some doing to beat Surplus this year.

Arriving at the site near Bonvilston, just outside Cardiff, it was almost immediately obvious that this year was a more organised event.  More Stewards, better organised parking, more security – yet at the same time, the laid back vibe that makes Surplus what it is, was still there.

Once in the main arena the changes from 2016 were obvious straight away. Continue reading SURPLUS FESTIVAL 2017: The tribes gather

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Every Valley (PIAS Recordings 2017)

psb every valleyWith their third album, Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) remind us that concept albums do not need to be about Topographic Oceans or operas about pubescent mods coming of age. This album looks at the social impact of the fall and rise of an industry on the local community.

PSB’s modus operandi is to create funky instrumental music with occasional rocky outcrops, then layer over the top vocal samples. In the past that has included public information films (hence the band name), audio from NASA and specifically recorded interviews.

For Every Valley the focus is very much the south wales mining communities, how the coal industry provided hope, dreams of a job for life, and provided the glue that held a whole community together. It also document’s the decline and the death of the industry – and how the sole of the community also goes into decline when the main source of employment is ripped out of it. Continue reading PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Every Valley (PIAS Recordings 2017)

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 148: The virtual Surplus Fest after party – 04/07/17

crop drunkWith the dust of surplus festival barely washed off, and us still trying to account for our lighters, there was no time to waste, it was back in the saddle for a post Surplus virtual after party radio show on 4th July.

We also previewed some of the other festivals coming up and gave some brand new releases an airing.

To listen again, check out the cloudcast below.

  1. Planet Claire: BY THE B52s
  2. Holiday in Cambodia: BY CHINA SHOP BULL
  3. Mercurius rising: BY MERCURIUS RISING
  4. BOTHER Bother: BY JO CARLEY AND THE OLD DRY SKILLS
  5. People will always need coal: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
  6. Electro rays remix: BY BACK TO THE PLANET
  7. This is the place: BY COMBAT WOMBAT
  8. Anarchists make the best lovers: BY THE BUS STATION LOONIES
  9. What ya gonna do remix: BY THE LAST TREE SQUAD
  10. Private revolutions: BY CULTURE SHOCK
  11. Nation none the wiser: BY JOE YORKE
  12. Brain smashing dub: BY LINTON KWESI JOHNSON
  13. Open up: BY THE WITCHES DRUM
  14. Something inside me: BY THE BIGGEST THING SINCE POWDERED MILK
  15. Cheap bacy: BY COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
  16. Sonic reducer: BY ARMY OF SKANKS FEATURING PHIL PAIN
  17. Fool’s paradise: BY BENDER
  18. How can you keep on moving: BY RORY McLEOD
  19. Get your hands off them: BY CISTERN FAILURE
  20. Death of European industry: BY BENG BENG COCKTAIL
  21. Fairy fails: BY CARA MEANS FRIENDS
  22. Mother of the village: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING

Show first broadcast on 4th July 2017 on community radio station www.dapperfm.co.uk

As usual, high five to our sponsors http://unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales/

LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 148 – Virtual Surplus Festival After Party

inner terestrials at Surplus fest 2015
inner terestrials at Surplus fest 2015

Next live show, Tuesday 4th July, a day when we traditionally celebrate Independents – bands that do it themselves without the assistance of ‘the music industry’.

OK – some of us actually do that every day, but hey, we got to call the show something.

Between now and then we will be in a field drinking dodgy cider and listening to loud music, doing research for you. Who know what we will discover that will make it to the final play list.

Tune in from 8 till 10pm by going to www.dapperfm.co.uk

As usual, show sponsored by Cwm Taf Local Government UNISON.

 

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 147 – Solstice/Surplus Festival Special

Two Speed Steve, The Boy Fry and Torrie - SURPLUS PEOPLE!
Two Speed Steve, The Boy Fry and Torrie – SURPLUS PEOPLE!

Peppermint Iguana don’t do festivals, if they did they would look a bit like Surplus Fest.

In the last four years they have held six festivals at three different locations. This year they return to the same site as last year, having struck a good relationship with the landowner after the 2016 event.

Surplus is an old skool event, organised by underground festival heads, for underground festival heads. They are all volunteers and the priority is having a good time whilst providing a space for the tribe to gather, rather than making a fast buck.

With bands and DJs spread over five stages, the line us is a veritable who’s who of the festival underground, including Radical Dance faction, Hawklords, the Omega Tribe, AOS3, Tribazik, Kilnaboy, Clusterfuck, The Sporadics, Dub the Earth, The Autonomads and Lacertillia.

Whilst there will be enough crusty-ska-punk-dub-stoner-rock-legends to keep the keenest of brew crew happy – and their dog – there will also be plenty of new music to discover, such as welsh outfits Captain Accident and the Disasters, the Chalk Outlines and the Biggest Things Since Powdered Milk, alongside Chubby Thunderous Bad Kush Masters from that London and Cornwall’s Cybernetic Witch Cult.

In short, this is set to be one of the best festivals of the summer.

On 20th June 2017, the eve of the summer solstice, three of the disorganisers of the festival, the Boy Fry (singer with Lacertilla and all round mover and shaker on the UK stoner rock scene), Steve Speed (techno head and trouble maker) and Torrie (old git, veteran scrap merchant from 2,000 Dirty Squatters and general rouge) joined us in the studio for a special radio show.

The result of that two hours of mayhem can be heard again by clicking on the cloudcast thingy below.

Play List
1. Surplus People: BY RDF
2. Scrap the church; BY 2,000DS
3. Go: BY THE DEFEKTERS
4. Spirit of 77: BY AOS3
5. 99% Uprising: BY BLACKSTAR DUB COLLECTIVE
6. Stonehenge pig bastards: BY BUFF
7. Last pain to skasville: BY PAIN
8. Fire up the engine of god: BY LACERTILLIA
9. Besties: BY CLUSTERFUCK
10. Awake for a reason (Slamfish remix): BY THE DHARMA VIOLETS
11. Living in a field: BY REALITY ATTACK
12. Government whores: BY TREVOR’S HEAD
13. Daily routine: BY BENJI 303
14. Coppers in the dance: BY THE AUTONOMADS
15. Broken Britain: BY THE SPORADICS
16. Back from the light: BY THE SKRAELINGS
17. Money people: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
18. Molten: BY TRIBAZIK
19. Devil’s buttermilk: BY CHUBBY THUNDEROUS KUSH MASTERS
20. Smash it dub: BY DUB THE EARTH
21. Is this the future: BY THE OMEGA TRIBE
22. Something wrong with the right: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
23. Shoeburyness: BY BLACK LIGHT SECRET
24. Byker Hill: BY KILNABOY
25. Hurry on sundown: BY HAWKWIND
First broadcast on 20th June 2017 on www.dapperfm.co.uk

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LISTEN LIVE: Peppermint Iguana Radio # 147 – Surplus Festival/Solstice special

suplus air guitarOur next show goes out on the eve of the summer solstice and will preview the forthcoming Surplus Festival, which takes place in South Wales, 30th June to 2nd July.

Festival organisers Torrie, Fry and Speed will join us in the studio talk about all things Surplus and spin some of the bands and DJs that will be performing over the weekend.

The festival is basically a who is who of the current festival underground and has more of our favourite bands than you can shake a stick at. It is going to be hard work working out who we can leave off the play list.

Expect The Defekters, Black Star Dub Collective, 2,000 Dirty Squatters, Lacertilla, Clusterfuck, AOS3, P.A.I.N. Radical Dance Faction and much much more (so long as the Torrie and gang stop talking long enough for us to play some music)

To listen live, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm o’clock hours till about 10(ish) on Tuesday 20th June 2017.

As usual, high five to our sponsors, www.unisoncwmtaflocalgov.wales

PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Ebbw Vale Album Launch 08/06/17

DSC_0736As the ballots papers were rolling in, hoisting Theresa May by her own petard, Public Service Broadcasting were in Ebbw Vale, launching their new album. ‘Every Valley’ reflects on the decline of industry in the valleys. Some would argue the decline was hastened by the last female Tory Prime Minister.

The timing was pure coincidence, the gig had been planned well before the snap election had been called, but the irony could not be ignored.

But hey, this is not a post about Westminster power trips, it is about a gig in Ebbw Vale that had ‘legendary’ written all over it from the moment it was conceived. Continue reading PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING: Ebbw Vale Album Launch 08/06/17

LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio 146 – 06/06/17

Regime at Blue Lagoon Festival
Regime at Blue Lagoon Festival

As usual, our most recent show featured bands we have recently caught live, bands we are going to see in the next two weeks and some stuff relevant to current affairs.

But sadly, we had to kick off with a tribute to long time friend of the iguana Tribe, Anne Nicholson, who slipped away to the great after party in the sky on Monday 5th June. Anne was an inspiration and wise head to the many of us who knew her and will be sadly missed.

To listen again, click on the mixycloud thingy below

Play list

1. Baka: BY OUTBACK
2. One love Utah Saints remix: BY STONE ROSES
3. Dub scientist: BY HEADJAM
4. This town: BY THE SKINTS
5. Ravin raven: BY THE INEXPLICABLES
6. Festival twenty three; BY THE SPORADICS
7. Fatman: BY REGIME
8. My back is fucking fucked: BY PIZATRAMP
9. If you bomb somebody: BY DAVID ROVICS
10. Doesn’t make it alright: BY STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
11. On the goulash: BY COSMO AND FLAPSANDWICH
12. Taco: BY SMERINS ANTI-SOCIAL CLUB
13. Dear fear: BY THE EXCELLENT SKELETONS
14. Brothers on the slide: BY CYMANDE
15. Earn your stripes: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
16. Nationalism: BY QELD
17. Elfstedentocht: BY PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING
18. Luciano Ponzetto: BY GRAND COLLAPSE
19. Liar liar GE2017 mix: BY CAPTAIN SKA
20. Where were you: BY THE MEKONS
21. Too far gone: BY THE WITCHES DRUM
22. Space shanty remix: BY LEFTFIELD
23. Do we really need a government: BY CAPITAL LETTERS
24. Strictly dub: BY DENNIS BOVELL

Originally broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 6th June 2017

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Next show – 20th June 2017