Author: El

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  Since the demise of The Teardrop Explodes in the early 80’s Julian Cope has been a reluctant pop star, acid casualty, eco-warrior, pagan revivalist, village idiot, holy fool, shaman, poet, author, revolutionary and scholar – he’s also released no less than 44 albums, most of which you’ve never heard of, I expect. Join me […]

EL’S SINGLE OF THE WEEK   THE TIME AND SPACE MACHINE – CHILDREN OF THE SUN Richard Norris, one half of Saturday Morning Breakfast Show favourites Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve (which he formed with Erol Alkan) and The Grid, has a newish project called The Time and Space Machine. Following a rare as hens teeth […]

                                         MIND DE-CODER 11                                                  (23-03-09)   JULEE CRUISE      UP IN FLAMES Back when Twin Peaks was first on Julee Cruise was the girl for me. She was the coolest girl around, she sang numbed out songs about broken promises, crushed relationships and heartache in a way that made loneliness seem almost narcotic. She looked great […]

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March 16, 2009

                                             MIND DE-CODER 10                                                       (16-03-09)     SYD MATTERS      AUTOMATIC Syd Matters, otherwise known as French musician Jonathon Morali, released the debut album, a Whisper And A Sigh, from which this track is taken, in 2002. On it he creates elegiac, finger picked folk over etherial electronic rhythms that place him somewhere between Nick […]

                                         MIND DE-CODER 9                                                 (09-03-09)   ALEISTER CROWLEY      THE POET The Great Beast himself introducing tonights show with a poem taken from a special selection of wax cylinder recordings made between 1910-1914, and made available in 2001 as The Great Beasts Speaks. The scratchy intonation is then drowned out by the first few […]

                                            MIND DE-CODER 8                                                     (02-03-09) THE CHRISTIAN ASTRONAUTS      PREPARE TO FIRE Taken from the album Beyond The Blue, a home-made album by the Shoup family in 1971 – it’s my favourite Christian kiddie record ever, featuring all members of the Shoup family and a seven foot cardboard robot called Loosenut. Join them as they travel […]

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February 24, 2009

                                             MIND DE-CODER 7                                                      (23-02-09)   EDEN AHBEZ      FULL MOON Eden Ahbez was a hippy some 20 years before the term was invented. Living a bucolic life from at least the 1940s, he traveled in sandals and wore shoulder-length hair and beard, and white robes. He camped out below the first L in the […]

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February 16, 2009

                                             MIND DE-CODER 6                                                       (16-02-09)   KATE BUSH      INTERLUDE Taken from her most recent album, Ariel, released in 2005. Regretably, the rest of the album didn’t sound like this. MAGNET (feat. LESLEY MACKIE)       WILLOW’S SONG Possibly the most beautiful bit of music I own. This has been covered by loads of bands – The […]

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February 7, 2009

MIND DE-CODER 5   (09-02-09)   FORTYONE      BUCKETS Crazy-super-magical-funtime-goodness from cut-and-paste genius Fortyone. This track is taken from the CD No More Mayonnaise, which is available for free, along with 29 other CDs, simply by writing to him at It’s a bit like listening to cartoons on the radio, too much and your teeth […]

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February 1, 2009

          MIND DE-CODER 4   (02-02-09)   More trippy than folky, it must be said…     SPACEMEN 3      COME DOWN SOFTLY TO MY SOUL This mesmerising track offers a gentle introduction to tonight’s show. This is taken from their third album, Playing With Fire, released in 1988, an album that […]

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