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LISTEN AGAIN: Peppermint Iguana Radio #120 Merthyr Rising Special

merthyr unsionOver the weekend of 3rd/4th/5th June, Merthyr Tydfil will be celebrating its rich radical past by hosting the third annual Merthyr Rising Festival.

Over the weekend you will be able to watch live bands, listen to political debates and laugh at non-violent direct action stand up.

Peppermint Iguana Radio Show, sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public service groovers, invited two of the directors of the festival in for a chat and to play some music.

Below you will find a link to a cloud cast of the show for you to listen to again at your own inconvenience.

Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, along with Merthyr Tydfil UNISON, have combined forces to sponsor the festival and are hoping this will be the start of a long term relationship.

First broadcast on Dapper FM, Community Radio Station on 31/05/16

Play list

1. Red flag: BY BILLY BRAGG
2. Ironmasters: BY THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG
3. When will be paid: BY THE STAPLE SINGERS
4. Dog scratched ear: BY HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE
5. Peterloo to Orgreave: BY MATT ABBOT
6. Reactions: BY TRACEY ISLAND
7. Union man: BY THEE FACTION
8. Strike occupy resist (Flappsandwich re-rub): BY COSMO
9. Current affairs: BY THE UPBEAT SNEAKERS
10. UK arms trade: BY MARK THOMAS
11. Know your riots: BY THE CHOMSKY ALL-STARS
12. Modern day burn: BY DOLE AGE
13. Groovy train: BY THE FARM
14. Get up stand up: BY BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
15. Half the world away: BY OASIS.

Peppermint Iguana Radio Merthyr Rising Special 31/05/16

UNISON keeping the red flag flying in Merthyr
UNISON keeping the red flag flying in Merthyr

Over the weekend 3rd/4th/5th June, Merthyr Tydfil will be commemorating the uprising of 1831 with the Merthyr Rising Festival. Now in its third year the festival features music, talks, walks, films and much more. Highlights include music from the Farm and Henry’s Funeral Shoe, talks from the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Tariq Ali and comedy from Mark Thomas.

To provide you with a warm up for the event, Peppermint Iguana Radio have invited organisers from the event to join us in the studio to talk about the idea behind the event and talk about what is instore for us this year.

We will also be spinning tunes by some of the bands playing the festival and one or to tunes that fit in with the spirit of the Merthyr Rising.

To listen live, go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till 10pm on Tuesday 31st June.

Peppermint Iguana Radio, like the Merthyr Rising, is sponsored by UNISON, the union for public service groovers.

LISTEN AGAIN – Peppermint Iguana Radio tribute to Steve Will

Steve and his wife Lesley
Steve and his wife Lesley

On 24th May, Peppermint Iguana Radio paid tribute to our mate Steve Will, who sadly passed away earlier this month. Below you will find a cloud cast of the show to listen again.

At times like this it is always difficult to know what to say or do. People will always struggle to come to terms with someone passing too early. Everyone will have their own way of dealing with things.

Here at Peppermint Iguana we do a radio show. So we did a show for Steve. That’s what we do. It won’t rewind the hands of time and it won’t bring Steve back. But it has helped us down the road of coming to terms with things and hopefully will play a part in the healing for others.

Steve was as passionate about music as we are. The show features some of the songs he introduced us to and some of the songs we shared with him. It also shares a handful of memories that will live with us forever.

We hope that the show will bring comfort to those that knew him and provide an insight into who Steve was to those that did not know him. We think it stands up in its own right alongside all of our other shows – entertaining and hopefully informative. Judge for yourselves.


Play list

1. The Cardiff City sound: BY THE BLUEBEATS
2. Keep on keeping on: BY THE REDSKINS
3. Skinhead moonstomp: BY SYRAMIP
4. A little bit of something: BY LITTLE RICHARD
5. All for one: BY THE STONE ROSES
6. Psychic attack: BY RUTS DC
7. Ali Baba: BY JOHN HOLT
8. Too late: BY LARRY WILLIAMS
9. Memphis soul stew: BY KING CURTIS
10. David Watts: BY THE JAM
11. Ignite: BY THE DAMNED
12. Pressure drop: BY THE CLASH
13. Blue army: BY THE OPPRESSED
14. Simon says: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
15. Geno: BY DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNER
16. Al capone: BY PRINCE BUSTER
17. Geno: BY PHOENIX CITY ALLSTARS
18. Jubilation dub: BY JOE GIBBS
19. Little latin lupe lu: BY THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS
20. Legalise it: BY PETER TOSH
21. Everything’s groovy: BY GAYE BYKERS ON ACID
22. Cornflake: BY THE PSYCHEDELIC PORN CRUMPETS
23. Miss you: BY TED TAYLOR
24. The harder they come: BY JIMMY CLIFF
25. Riders on the storm: BY THE DOORS
26. Seasons in the sun: BY TERRY JACKS
27. One love: BY BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
28. My way: BY SID VICIOUS
29. Ghost in my house: BY R DEAN TAYLOR

Show first broadcast live on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 24th May 2016

Peppermint Iguana Radio is sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public service groovers

Peppermint Iguana Radio 118 – A tribute to Steve Will – 24/05/16

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Steve – at home on the dancefloor in the middle of the night, or just out walking the dog

On 24th May, Peppermint Iguana pays tribute to Steve Williams, who sadly went on to the great dancefloor in the sky recently. Steve touched many of us in many ways. He was an uncle, a friend, a mentor and – in some ways – a role model.

Well known on the Northern Soul All-nighter scene, on the terraces of Cardiff City and loved by all who knew him, Steve was an avid music lover that taught us all a few things in his time. Never sticking to what he knew, Steve was always one for checking out new sounds.

This show will pay tribute to Steve by playing some of the music he loved and some of the music we love that reminds us of him. Expect Northern Soul and Ska. But also expect punk and a few other little surprises.

We will also feature a few new hot releases – cos that is what Steve would have wanted – for us to keep on keeping on.

To listen live go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm till just after 10pm on Tuesday 24th May.

Peppermint Iguana is sponsored by RCT UNISON, the union for public sector groovers

Euros 2016 podcast with Dymock and Corky

Wales fans away
Wales fans away

First time around he forgot what day it was, then when we finally got him into the studio Corky broke the radio station. But we managed to salvage something from it and we now have two hours in conversation with Paul Corkrey and Neil Dymock of the Football Supporters Federation Cymru recorded and on line for you to listen at your own inconvenience.

Yep, apologies to those of you that tried to listen live but Corky managed to pull out a vital cable and we could not work out where it came from. But no matter, below you will find a downloadable link to our chat about the forth coming Euro 2016 Tournament.

Expect vital information about stadiums, discussions about wales prospects of winning the final and tales of leper colonies.

Continue reading Euros 2016 podcast with Dymock and Corky

Iguana Radio – four shows in three weeks!

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We have a busy few weeks coming up on Peppermint Iguana Radio, with four shows in three weeks.

  • Sunday 22nd May 5pm till 7pm – we have a Euro 2016 Special, with guests Paul Corkery and Neil Dymock of the Football Supporters Federation Cymru in the studio to talk about the past, present and future of travelling away to watch the Welsh international football team. If we don’t incriminate ourselves it will be made available for download shortly after.
  • Tuesday 24th May 8pm till 10pm + a bit– A tribute to our mate Steve Will, who recently went on to the dancefloor in the sky. Expect tunes that remind us of Steve mixed in with new sounds we think Steve might have approved of
  • Tuesday 31st May 8pm till 10pm + a bit – A Merthyr Rising Special. We invite some of the organisers of the Merthyr Rising Festival in to the studio to talk about what they have lined up and play some of the music from bands playing the event.
  • Tuesday 6th June 8pm till 10pm – its Euro time. Expect music connected with both the Euro 2016 tournament and the EU referendum.

You can listen to all of these live by going to www.dapperfm.co.uk

Peppermint Iguan Radio is sponsored by RCT UNISON, the union for public sector groovers

Iguana Radio Euro 2016 special with Corky and Dymock 22/05/16

 RESCHEDULED

Wales fans waiting for plane home from Krakow - after watching Wales lose to Poland (yes, the game was in Warsaw, don't ask!)
Wales fans waiting for plane home from Krakow – after watching Wales lose to Poland (yes, the game was in Warsaw, don’t ask!)

With Wales’ first major football tournament since 1958 looming, on 22nd May 2016 Peppermint Iguana dips its toes into new territory. We will be presenting a strictly spoken word show, featuring special guests Paul Corkery and Neil Dymock, of the Football Supporters Federation Cymru.

We will be talking about the arrangements for fans heading to France for the tournament and looking back at some memorable moments from past away trips.

Paul has already been out to check out the stadiums and the arrangements for the games in France, so is perfectly placed to tell us all we need to know. Expect all the information you will need about the grounds, fanzones and security.

Neil Dymock will also be joinging us in the studio. Neil clocked up 18 years worth of aways without missing a game, is a gol trustee, editor of Dragon Has Landed fanzine and been manager of the supporters team for 13 years

We will also be looking back at previous trips away following the ‘sleeping dragon’, reminding Corky of things he wants to forget and straighten him out when he strays from the truth.

You can listen live on Sunday 22nd May from 5pm to 7pm GMT. Feel free to leave questions on our Facebook event page for the gang.
If we do not end up incriminating ourselves on the show, we will then make it available as a downloadable podcast for you to listen to at your own inconvenience.

The show will be broadcast live on www.dapperfm.co.uk and you can listen anywhere in the world that has an internet connection

Peppermint Iguana Radio is sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public service footy fans.

 

STONE ROSES: New single splits the nation shock

Stone Roses
Stone Roses

Manchester’s Stone Roses have released their first new music in twenty one years – and it has divided the nation within hours of its release. Oddly, people who like the Stone Roses like it and People who don’t like the Stone Roses hate it. Go figure.

Music is a funny old business. The more successful a band the more people get passionate about them. Fans of a band will make an effort to like things that are not as good as the stuff that got them into the band in the first place. People who do not like a big name band will, rather than just ignore them, go out of their way to be hostile about them.

Then of course, you have to throw into the mix the ‘following the crowd’ factor. There have been some really dreadful bands that have reached the dizzying heights of headlining stadiums and festivals purely because the media have made them out to be cool.

So where do the Stone Roses fit into this? Continue reading STONE ROSES: New single splits the nation shock

LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sunday (01/05/16)

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Now is our winter of disco in tents

We surfaced at the crack of mid afternoon. We had planned on getting up for Reverend Dread’s Sinday Service set in the dance tent at noon, but it was too warm and dry in the tent.

Mmm Steamers
Mmm Steamers

First stop was the cafe for a caramel Steamer then to stand at the back of the dance tent watching the big box little box crew grooving to one of the many DJs that made up Psy-Sunday. We then had a bit of a wander, took some photographs of the kids on the bungee swing, stuck our head inside the ‘psychonaught’ machine for a psychedelic ten minutes and back over to the buskers stage.

Again, there was some sort of hip hop jam going on. Clearly they had not spent half the day in bed like we had, ‘cos at four in the afternoon they had the thousand yard stare and mile wide grins, but still managed to get a decent free style beat box and rap session going. Continue reading LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Sunday (01/05/16)

LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Saturday (30/04/16)

Someone has got the horn
Someone has got the horn

Waking up at the crack of noon we went for a day time reckie. The site is on land owned by descendents of James Watt, the steam engine bloke. Apparently they have the honour of being heirs to the title Lord Watt of Wye. The site is at the bottom of a beautiful valley, has the A470 and Doldowlod Hall on one side, with the River Wye bordering the other side of the site.

In between is beautiful flat lush grass land with some magnificent ancient trees dotted around the site.

Fruit (they are not real you know, really!)
Fruit (they are not real you know, really!)

For this weekend the trees are complimented by several stages, a bar, several small cafes, a craft area, a small market space, kids area, circus area, the deliberately trippy psychonaut tent and the obligatory dance tent. Scattered around this are random acts of beauty, in the shape a variety of sculptures. Continue reading LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Saturday (30/04/16)

LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Friday (29/04/16)

The sttely home of Lord Watt of Wye
The sttely home of Lord Watt of Wye

Preparing for a festival we don’t normally have to worry about being prepared for snow and ice, but amazingly this was potentially on the cards for Landed Festival this year. It was with some trepidation we set off up the A470, but we needn’t have worried, the festival was always going to eclipse anything Mother Nature had to throw at us.

Arriving on Friday evening it was clear from the off that this was going to be a laid back friendly event. The gate crew were warm and welcoming and as we drove into the site lots of familiar faces reminded us what a tight knit and welcoming community the festival family is.

Once we had plotted up for the weekend it was time for a quick sprint around the site to get bearings and establish what was on the menu for tonight. Only on site an hour and we had our first ‘clash’. Was it to be Kilnaboy on the Main Stage or Cosmo in the Verbal Melodies tent. Fortunately, with a site this size, it was not too difficult to flit between the both.

Kilnaboy (and girl)
Kilnaboy (and girl)

Kilnaboy have been slowly but surely slogging away at it for over a decade now. With each year they get tighter and – once the perennial support band – now claim decent slots on the bill of any half decent festival. Their usual rawkus set of punk fuelled celtic rebel music had the well wrapped up crowd losing layers and warming up the tent. Being so familiar with a band you sometimes assume everyone knows them, but it was clear from the response that even those that had not come across them before were loving it. Continue reading LANDED FESTIVAL REVIEW: Friday (29/04/16)

EURO 2016 IGUANA RADIO SPECIAL – with Paul Corkery 17/05/16

STOP PRESS: SHOW TO BE RESCHEDULED
Our man Corky is stuck in North Wales on FSF Cymru outreach work. Show to be recheduled for 22nd May 5pm to 7pm

Wales fans waiting for plane home from Krakow - after watching Wales lose to Poland (yes, the game was in Warsaw, don't ask!)
Wales fans waiting for plane home from Krakow – after watching Wales lose to Poland (yes, the game was in Warsaw, don’t ask!)

With Wales’ first major football tournament since 1958 looming, on 17th May 2016 Peppermint Iguana dips its toes into new territory. We will be presenting a strictly spoken word show, featuring special guest Paul Corkery, of the Football Supporters Federation Cymru.

We will be talking about the arrangements for fans heading to France for the tournament and looking back at some memorable moments from past away trips.

Paul has already been out to check out the stadiums  and the arrangements for the games in France, so is perfectly placed to tell us all we need to know. Expect all the information you will need about the grounds, fanzones and security.

You can also expect anecdotes from past trips that will make you want to laugh, cry and spill your beer at the same time.

To liven things up we will have some special guests that also have a few away games following the sleeping dragon under their belts. They will be on hand to remind Corky of things he wants to forget and straighten him out when he strays from the truth.

You can listen live on Tuesday 17th May 2016 between 8pm and 10pm. Feel free to leave questions on our Facebook event page for the gang.

If we do not end up incriminating ourselves on the show, we will then make it available as a downloadable podcast for you to listen to at your own inconvenience.

The show will be broadcast live on www.dapperfm.co.uk and you can listen anywhere in the world that has an internet connection

Peppermint Iguana Radio is sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public service footy fans.

THE BELLRAYS: Live @ Moon Club Cardiff 24/04/16

The Bellrays
The Bellrays

It’s a long time since we have been to a gig with four bands worth catching on the bill in one night. Yes, we know, it’s lazy, we should always make the effort to check out support bands – that is the best way to discover new music – but hey, they were still sound checking when we arrived for tonight’s Bellrays gig.

Continue reading THE BELLRAYS: Live @ Moon Club Cardiff 24/04/16

LISTEN AGAIN: Iguana Radio # 117

LANDED FESTIVAL SPECIAL
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As hail stones battered the window of the studio, the Iguana Crew tell themselves, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing” – because we are just days away from our first festival of the season. Landed Festival.

For tonight’s show there was a heavy splattering of bands that will be playing Landed, alongside some hot new releases, a tribute to Prince, a look back at the birth of punk and – in a last minute addition to the play list due to a historical verdict passed the day of the show – a tribute to the 96 football fans that died at Hillsborough.

To listen to the show again, check out the mix cloud link below.

Play list..

1. Raving Raven: BY THE INEXPLICABLES.
2. Bees: BY THE SWEETCHUNKS BAND
3. Beat on the brat: BY THE RAMONES
4. Boss Hoss: BY THE SONICS
5. Stay awake: BY THE UPBEAT SNEAKERS
6. Cipher: BY ZUB ZUB
7. Chalice in the palace: BY U ROY
8. No monarchy: BY KIDS
9. Queenie: BY REGIME
10. Fun done: BY DUB WAR
11. Everything you wanted: BY SPEAR OF DESTINY
12. Emergency: BY NINE NINE NINE
13. Kings of the world: BY DEPARTMENT S
14. Noise complaint: BY THE VEGETABLE COLLECTIVE
15. Why birds follow spring: BY ALTON ELLIS
16. I’ll forgive and forget: BY ROY HOLDEN
17. The old shool will rise: BY THE CHALK OUTLINES
18. Dub sinsation: BY REVEREND DREAD
19. Who the cap fit: BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
20. Alone again or: BY LOVE
21. On top: BY THE BELLRAYS
22. Byker Hill: BY KILNABOY
23. Princess and the frog: BY THE JIM JONES REVIEW
24. Wild child: BY DONNIE ELBERT
25. Blood is thicker: BY THE UNDERCOVER HIPPY
26. Death of the festival: BY SLAMBOREE FEATURING BEANS ON TOAST
27. Hey hey hey hey: BY LITTLE RICHARD
28. I wish you heaven: BY PRINCE
29. Why? :BY TWENTY FIFTH OF MAY
30. Ninety six tears: BY QUESTION MARK AND THE MYSTERIONS

Show first broadcast live on www.dapperfm.co.uk

Show sponsored by Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public service groovers.

PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO # 117 LIVE – 26/04/16

THE FESTIVAL HAS LANDED

Landed after dark
Landed after dark

The daffodils may be still in bloom and the roads may still getting gritted at night, but the festival season is already underway and a few hardy souls have already had their sleeping bags out of mothballs. But Beltane is almost upon us and with it the 2016 festival season will be kicking off properly.

Over the weekend of 29th April to 1st May the hills will be alive to the sound of Landed Festival. 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 the next Peppermint Iguana radio show, on 26th April, we scoop up a sample of the bands playing Landed to whet your appetite. As yet we have not finalised the play list but we have plenty to choose from. Will it be the Goa Trance of Zub Zub, the Anarcho Folk Punk of Kilnaboy or the Ska of the Chalk Outlines? All will be revealed on the night.

We will also have some hot new tunes from the likes of Dub War and Department S and we mark the 40th Anniversary of the Ramones seminal first album.

For all this much more, log on to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm on 26th April.

To interact with us before, during and after the show, go to our facebook event page

As ever, high five to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

To listen to recent shows, go to our Mixcloud page

Last show –

 

HILL WALKING WITH STEWART LEE AND S.H.A.T.

The obligitory 'Before' we SHAT ourselves shot
The obligitory ‘Before’ we SHAT ourselves shot

Last time I yomped up a mountain I was thirty years younger and ten stone lighter. My excuse has been that none of my mates are interested in that sort of masochism, but when the Socialist Hikers and Anarchist Trekkers (SHAT) was formed, that excuse disappeared.

So, at the crack of mid-morning we headed up to the Brecon Beacons for a yomp up Pen-y-fan. The great wide open, far from the madding crowd on a crisp spring morning, what could be better? What could go wrong?

Continue reading HILL WALKING WITH STEWART LEE AND S.H.A.T.

ATTENTION ALL VINYL JUNKIES: Rockaway Record Fair Dates 2016

Simon hard at work - nice work if you can get it
Simon hard at work – nice work if you can get it

If you like your music in a format you can skin up on (rather than an MP3), hate the corporate gloss of chain stores and point blank refuse to buy music from a supermarket, then a record fair is the place for you.

With independent record stores closing quicker than pubs, many towns are now left without a decent place to go and browse – and even buy – non mainstream music. Well, keep your minces peeled cos there could be a record fair coming your way.

Rockaway Record Fairs are run by the incredibly clued up Simon Philips. He does not have much of a web presence, so we thought we would share this link to his Tumblr page, which has all the dates and venues for all his fairs this year. Continue reading ATTENTION ALL VINYL JUNKIES: Rockaway Record Fair Dates 2016

LEE SCRATCH PERRY: Visions of paradise (2016)

LEE SCRATCH PERRY: Visions of Paradise (2016)
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Whilst Lee Scratch Perry is hardly a household name, there can be few people on the planet that have not been touched by his work or the ripples in the musical pond that have been caused by the sonic stones he has dropped in it.

This film is the culmination of footage collected by the makers over fifteen years. If you are not familiar with the man, don’t expect to a chronological documentary detailing his life and his work. This is more a collage mixing animation, interviews with people he has influenced and conversations with the man himself. The result is an insight into the workings of the mind of a man who straddles the border between genius and madman. Continue reading LEE SCRATCH PERRY: Visions of paradise (2016)

LISTEN AGAIN- Peppermint Iguana Radio 116

PAIN and Howard Marks - Let me Grow More Weed
PAIN and Howard Marks – Let me Grow More Weed

Peppermint Iguana Radio hit the net once again on 12 April 2016. We Marked the opening of the festival season, said hello to John’s Bees and said goodbye to Howard Marks.

To listen again, check out the cloudcast below.

PLAY LIST

1. Don’t mess with my man: BY IRMA THOMAS
2. Clampdown: BY THE CLASH
3. Mental (REMIX): BY DUB WAR
4. Fuego: BY THE HEADS
5. Chicken pack: BY THE BEES
6. Buzzzzz: BY JIMMY GORDON
7. Fern hill: BY HOWARD MARKS
8. Grow more weed: BY PAIN FEATURING HOWARD MARKS
9. Jah rasta: BY CULTURE
10. Babylon: BY NEW YORK DOLLS
11. Kick and scream: BY DAMIDGE
12. Do one: BY TITS UP
13. Honey boy: BY GINGER WILLIAMS
14. Queen majesty: BY THE TECHNIQUES
15. Pelting drove: BY THE FIREPIT COLECTIVE
16. Dreams: BY DOOZER MCDOOZE
17. Honey honey: BY THE SUPREMES
18. Honey bee: BY DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES
19. Watcha gonna do about it: BY THE SMALL FACES
20. Politicians in my eye: BY DEATH
21. Delilah: BY JOHN OTWAY AND WILD WILLY BARRETT
22. Brixton nights: BY CRAZY PINK REVOLVERS
23. Offshore banking business: BY THE MEMBERS
24. Mouth full of shit: BY CHUMBAWAMBA
25. 5 10 15: BY RUTH BROWN
26. Creation: BY PETER TOSH
27. Cameron: BY MUDDY SUMMERS AND THE DIRTY FIELD WHORES
28. Thank you for smoking: BY THE LONE STUNTMAN FEATURING HOWARD MARKS

First Broadcast on www.dapperfm.co.uk on 12/04/16

High five to our sponsors Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

 

FESTIVALS – the most fun you can have with your clothes on

Surplus Festival 2015
Surplus Festival 2015

Our 2016 festival listing has been updated again this morning. Thanks to those that have alerted us to festivals we have not known about (and thanks to those that have pointed out the obvious one we forgot about).

Festivals are the most fun you can have with your clothes on – although you don’t necessarily have to stay fully clothed. They are a gathering of like minded individuals who wish to escape the drudgery of wage slavery and let their hair down listening to music, drinking beer and standing around campfires talking nonsense. These days many festivals will include children’s areas, cinemas, political debates, craft workshops, comedy tents and more. If you have never been to one, you really should. It might just change your life – it certainly changed ours.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s the strong arm of the law came down very heavily on free festivals and it took the scene a very long time to recover. In the wake of legislation aimed specifically at stopping free parties organisers tried out various models for events, some more successful than others. These days there are a lot of grass roots festival organisers who have got their shit together and put on safe, vibrant, innovative, sustainable events for anything from a few hundred to a few thousand.

Capitalism has woken up to the fact that people like to go to festivals. Where there used to be a handful of commercial events like Reading and Donnington, there are now huge commercial events all over the country throughout the summer.

Smaller events are generally less commercial, more friendly and have a better vibe that the giant McFestivals where you can find yourself, literally, half a mile from the stage with a sea of strangers in-between you and the band you are watching. Small does not necessarily mean lower quality. No, you won’t get huge stars playing to a crowd of five hundred, but you will still find some high quality cutting edge talent on display – for a fraction of the price of the big commercial events. The vibe will be more relaxed and your neighbours are more likely to talk to talk to you.

PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO # 116 – No more Mr Nice Guy – live 12/04/16

PAIN and Howard Marks - Let me Grow More Weed
PAIN and Howard Marks – Let me Grow More Weed

Mother festival is wiping the sleep out of her eyes, having a bit of a stretch and putting the kettle on for a cup of chai. To provide a sound track to her wake up, on 12th April 2016 Peppermint Iguana Radio will be featuring some of the bands playing the Something Else Solar Warm Up Party and All Tomorrow’s Parties.

So you can expect Muddy Summers, Doozer McDooze and the Firepit Collective to show up on the play list.

Not only is Mother Festival walking up, but the Peppermint Iguana Beehive is also coming to life, so expect lots of bee related tunes from the likes of –erm – TheBees, The Techniques and two different bands called the Supremes.

Sadly, as we were putting the finishing touches to the play list, we heard the news that on 10th April 2016 Mr Nice, AKA, Howard Marks shuffled off his mortal coil, 21 years to the day after being released from prison. Howard was about as rock and roll as it is possible to be, without actually being a rock and roller. He did dabble with the odd collaboration though, and we will be featuring a few of those throughout the show.

To hear all of this, and more, live go to www.dapperfm.co.uk from 8pm on Tuesday 12th April.

As usual, high five to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

TJS THE MOVIE: Be part of history – send the film makers your story

John Peel with TJS owner John Sicolo
John Peel with TJS owner John Sicolo

For twenty five years, from 1985 to 2010, South Wales had a music venue that was quite literally known around the world. Newport’s TJs. Local lad Nathan Jennings is now in the process of putting together a film documenting the history of this slice of rock and roll history.

Nathan is currently on the hunt for videos, photographs and stories of the venue. If you have anything to contribute, visit his new website for the project.

It is fair to say, TJs was a bit of a toilet. But that was part of its charm. It seemed to mutate almost every time you went there. It expanded and shrunk, the stage kept moving around the venue and the toilets were like an open cesspit. It had started out with the walls covered in some strange wire and concrete concoction to make it look like you were in a cave. As modification were made bits of the cave were removed but they seemed determined to leave bits of it on the wall. On one occasion I recall watching Citizen Fish whilst there was a huge wheelie bin in the middle of the dancefloor to catch the water that was leaking from upstairs. Whether or not it was rain water or a burst pipe I never got to find out.

But despite the venue being a shithole, it did have a few magic ingredients:

1. John Sicolo: the owner. An ex merchant navy cook who was larger than life and made the place open house to anyone who wanted to put on a gig. Whilst he was no musician, without his generosity and faith in the young guns of Newport, the South Wales and even the UK music scene would look very different today.

2. Bands and promoters: Looking back it is hard to believe now, but the likes of Green Day, Oasis, Fugazi, Offspring, Joe Strummer, The Manic Street Preachers and Primal Scream were regularly turning up in this tiny little club in one of the most unfashionable towns in the country. On top of that local bands such as 60 Foot Dolls, Dub War and Novocaine (to name but three) all cut their teeth there. At one point I the 90s the venue was often jammed with record company A&R men looking to sign the next big thing.

Key to all this were the promoters. Whilst Peppermint Iguana put on a few gigs with the likes of New Model Army, Tofu Love Frogs and PAIN, a very special mention has to go to Cheap Sweaty Fun, the boys that turned TJS from a local live venue to an internationally renowned venue that was an essential stop off for any band on their way to the top.

3. The people of Newport: The Port has always been the poor relation to neighbouring Cardiff. But in some ways, that is what has made Newport what it is – staunchly working class, tough, uncompromising and unpretentious. If a Newport crowd took to a band they would be passionate and enthusiastic, making a TJs moshpit a place few cage fighters would dare to step.

If you have any stories from TJs, why not get in touch with the makers of the film and share your experiences of this unique piece of rock and roll history.

To listen to an interview with Simon Phillips, the man behind Rockaway Records and Cheap Sweaty Fun promotions, listen to our cloud cast from the Peppermint Iguana Radio Show

DAMIDGE: Limitation

DAMIDGE: Limitation (Self released 2016)

Damidge Limitation
Damidge Limitation

This four track EP is the missing link between the UK festival scene and the New York CBGBs scene of the early 1970s.

High energy grungy punk with chunky rhythms and guitar solos long enough to keep us closet rockers happy, but short enough to keep the three chord punk purists happy. Al Damidge’s vocals strut across the EP with a nonchalant swagger and if a voice could wear clothes, his would wear leather trousers and carry a flick knife. Continue reading DAMIDGE: Limitation

BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS

BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS (2016)

Which is the greatest attraction, the hills or the man?
Which is the greatest attraction, the hills or the man?

After getting rumbled trying to steal a JCB in Cardiff, two sisters, Clare and Lisa, do a runner in the middle of the night and find themselves lost in the Black Mountains of South Wales. When they run out of petrol they steal a car from two other sisters, ‘The Wilding Sisters’ who are on their way to a poets’ retreat in the mountains. They then take on the identity of the Wilding Sisters at the retreat and pretend to be the much revered poets.

As part of the retreat, the participants go camping in the mountains for inspiration, but the whole trip seems to centre around which of the female poet wannabees will win the affections of Richard, the shy, handsome hunk poet on the retreat. Continue reading BLACK MOUNTAIN POETS

PENETRATION: Live @ Clwb Ifor Bach 02/04/16

Penetration - courtesy of Claire Strodz
Penetration – courtesy of Claire Strodz

Penetration were born out of the maelstrom that was the first wave of punk back in 1976, before the chord police dictated that you should play no more than three chords and they should all be played super fast. Although this is not quite the original line up, the current band all came out of that same old school where energy was matched by rhythm.

Forty years on Penetration have grown old gracefully. Unlike many of their counterparts who have reformed, they don’t try to dress like twenty year olds, they look like seasoned musicians with rock and roll jackets and shirts.

Tonight, in Clwb Ifor Bach, the band set things in motion by getting into an instrumental groove. Singer Pauline Murray then slowly wanders through the crowd and climbs on stage, complete with silk shirt, waistcoat and trilby.

They kick off the set with a half dozen numbers from the new album, Resolution, released in 2015, which go down well. Pauline then has a chat with the audience about the merits of old tunes v new tunes and never knowing what a crowd wants, before storming into some old classics from back in the day. Continue reading PENETRATION: Live @ Clwb Ifor Bach 02/04/16

PEPPERMINT IGUANA RADIO SHOW # 115 – listen again

rezilloshowOn 29th March 2016, the Iguana Crew took over Dapper FM once more and shook off the post Easter blues. We brought you classic tracks resurrected from BC (Before The Clash) and AD (After the Damned).

The play list included several tracks so new they have not even been recorded yet and tasters of gigs coming to South Wales in the not too distant future.

To listen again, check out the Mixcloud player below

Play list
1. Shopping: BY THE EGG
2. Eston square: BY ACROSS ALL THE OCEANS
3. People funny: BY LEE SCRATCH PERRY
4. Don’t be angry: BY NAPPY BROWN
5. Respectable man: BY JUNIOR BILL
6. I loves the port: BY BAD SAM
7. Back from the dead: BY THE ADVERTS
8. The gardener: BY JULIE ANN
9. Davie demo: BY JOE YORKE
10. Restless man: BY CAPTAIN ACCIDENT
11. Take the bitter with the sweet: BY LITTLE GIGI
12. Psyche: BY KILLING JOKE
13. Smoking seriously harms you and others around you: BY AMBER
14. Taken by surprise: BY POISON IDEA
15. It’s hard to get around: BY ALEX TURNER
16. Feed the mantaray: BY SLAVES
17. Not going back to that: BY DOOZER MCDOOZE
18. Chocolate staircase: BY THE DEAD FLOWERS
19. Everybody’s talking: BY JOAN BAKER
20. Rub up, push up: BY JUSTIN HINDS AND THE DOMINOES
21. Writing on the wall: BY EDDIE AND THE HOTRODS
22. Master race rock: BY THE DICTATORS
23. Flying saucer attack: BY THE REZILLOS
24. Free money: BY PENETRATION
25. Nothing nothing: BY CAPTAIN SKA
26. The hour between dog and wolf: BY THE BAR CREEPS
27. In school: BY ALAN WOODWARD
28. Home-grown: BY DODGY

As usual, all praise to our sponsors, RCT UNISON, the union for public sector good eggs.

WE WILL BE LIVE ON AIR AGAIN ON 12th APRIL 2016

Peppermint Iguana Radio live # 115 – next show 8pm 29/03/16

psychedelic_easter_eggs_by_heavenriverLooking to sweat off all that chocolate? Wanting to put your feet up and chill after four days of partying? Whatever you have been up to over Easter, Peppermint Iguana Radio has the cure for you.

We will be coming at ya once again live and direct from the studios of Dapper FM from 8pm till just after 10pm on Tuesday 29th March 2016.

The play list, as usual, is still shaking itself out, but will include Doozer McDooze, Amber, Captain Accident and the Disasters, Penetration, The Rezillos.

To listen live go to www.dapperfm.co.uk

As always, high five to our sponsors, Rhondda Cynon Taff UNISON, the union for public sector groovers.

GIVE ME SPACE- A postcard from the European DIY scene disguised as a zine

efa tour zineEver fancied spending six weeks touring Europe on shoestring budget, playing gigs, supporting the DIY activist scene and meeting loads of cool people? Well, some people don’t just dream about it, they do it. Efa Supertramp has. Thirty three gigs over six weeks in eight countries and more than 4,383 miles. And what’s more, she has turned her adventure into a zine for you to read, be entertained by, educated by and – hopefully – inspired by.

Efa, for the uninitiated, is a North Walian riot grrrl that writes songs, sings them, records them, put them out on her own label (along with a shed load of other bands), sets up autonomous spaces, puts on gigs, cooks, rages against the machine and in her down time writes about it all in various zines. We really don’t know where she gets the time to do it all. Continue reading GIVE ME SPACE- A postcard from the European DIY scene disguised as a zine