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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Into The Unknown 90

Here it is folks! Episode 90!
Danielle Dax - Yummer Yummer Man
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danielle_Dax
https://myspace.com/ddax
http://www.danielledax.com/

Guiville ft. Faerie - Mr Shadowman
www.guiville.com

The Scenes - Always Lie About Your Childhood
Finland
https://www.facebook.com/scenesband
https://soundcloud.com/the-scenes
https://twitter.com/The_Scenes

Psysurf - What'd I Say-Surfin' Bird-Wipeout
Brazil
https://soundcloud.com/psysurf
https://twitter.com/PsYSurF1
https://www.facebook.com/pg/psysurfoficial

Wildwood Jack - The Captain And Me
https://soundcloud.com/wildwoodjack
https://twitter.com/wildwoodjack
https://www.facebook.com/wildwoodjack
http://wildwoodjack.tumblr.com/
http://www.wildwoodjack.com/

The Long Ryders - Looking For Lewis And Clark
https://soundcloud.com/the-long-ryders
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Ryders
http://thelongryders.com/
http://www.sidgriffin.com/long-ryders/

Black Mirror - Worms
https://soundcloud.com/blackmirror-music
https://www.facebook.com/blackmirrormusic/
https://elhombrebalarecords.bandcamp.com/album/no-colours-for-concern

Kalko - Inch Of Space
https://soundcloud.com/kalkomusic
http://www.kalkomusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/kalkomusic/
https://www.instagram.com/kalkomusic/

Leonie Evans - Come On In
https://soundcloud.com/leonieevans
https://leonieevans.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/leonie.evans.9
https://www.leoniemusic.co.uk/
http://www.bloommusic.co.uk/
https://shop.smugglersrecords.com/

Mustelide - Telepatia
Minsk
https://soundcloud.com/mustelide
https://mustelide.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mustelidemusic
https://vk.com/mustelide

Skogursson - The Brooding May
https://soundcloud.com/skogursson
https://skogursson.bandcamp.com/album/bobo
https://www.facebook.com/Skogursson/
https://twitter.com/JacobSkogursson

The Gaff -So Close
https://soundcloud.com/thegaff
thegaff.ca/
https://www.instagram.com/mikethegaff/
https://twitter.com/MikeTheGaff

The Sparrows - Don't Cry, Wolf
https://soundcloud.com/the_sparrows
https://www.facebook.com/thesparrowbrothers
https://twitter.com/Sparrowbrothers
https://www.instagram.com/thesparrows/

Yochay Motsary (Claus Zinger) - 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
https://clauszinger.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/clauszinger
https://soundcloud.com/claus-zinger
https://twitter.com/ClausZinger

Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan - Syncopation (1958)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Dissevelt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Raaymakers

The Bloodsugars - Self-control
https://www.facebook.com/The-Bloodsugars-11060017334/
https://myspace.com/bloodsugars
https://soundcloud.com/jason-rabinowitz
https://thepopups.com

Wildwood Jack - By The Light Of This Lantern

The Applicants - History Has Been Kind To Spike Milligan
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Bus-Lane-Applicants/dp/B001RRCM1U/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1525311556&sr=1-1-mp3-albums-bar-strip-0&keywords=Applicants

Told Slant - Sweater
https://www.facebook.com/ToldSlant/
https://toldslant.bandcamp.com/
www.dbldblwhmmy.com/

BRUNO - Siamese Brain
https://jessicabell.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jessbell.vineleaves
https://www.facebook.com/brunomusicnews
http://www.bruno-music.com/

Monday, April 2, 2018

Into The Unknown 89

Well, here it is folks, episode number 89 in the series, and a right groovy wing-ding it is to boot.

Winchester - Throw It Down

https://soundcloud.com/soundsofwinchester
www.soundsofwinchester.com
https://www.facebook.com/soundsofwinchester
https://www.youtube.com/user/soundsofwinchester
https://www.instagram.com/sounds.of.winchester/


Penny - Misery Guts

https://soundcloud.com/pennymusicuk/misery-guts-penny
www.pennymusic.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/officialpenny/


Andy Stott - Faith In Strangers 2014

https://soundcloud.com/modernlove
https://www.facebook.com/Andy-Stott-262174253793725/
https://twitter.com/andystottmlove


Baba Sonya - Bones

https://soundcloud.com/baba-sonya
www.babasonya.com/
https://www.instagram.com/probablybabasonya/
https://babasonya.bandcamp.com/


Belial Pelegrim - The Code Of Human Affections

https://soundcloud.com/belial-pelegrim
https://twitter.com/pelegrim
https://belialpelegrim.bandcamp.com/


Birthday - Weekend Walking

https://soundcloud.com/tasteandtone
www.tasteandtone.com/
https://www.facebook.com/birthdaytracks/
https://twitter.com/duranzilla
www.birthdaytracks.com/


Custom Built - Trust In Me (The Fat Pockets RMX)

https://soundcloud.com/fatpockets
https://twitter.com/dmonroe27


DintySlop - Gore Sweetie

https://soundcloud.com/dintyslop
https://www.facebook.com/DintySlop
https://twitter.com/dintyslop
https://www.mixcloud.com/dintyslop/


Dubree - Kinetika

https://mixcloud.com/dubree
https://soundcloud.com/dubree


jerkcurb - Voodoo Saloon

https://soundcloud.com/jerkcurb
jerkcurb.bigcartel.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jerkcurb/
https://www.facebook.com/jerkcurb
http://www.jacob-read.com/


Morning Smoke - How Does It Feel

https://soundcloud.com/morning-smoke
https://twitter.com/_MorningSmoke
https://www.instagram.com/_morningsmoke/
https://morningsmoke.bandcamp.com/


Olga Bell - Randomness

https://soundcloud.com/bellinspace
https://www.instagram.com/bellinspace
https://www.facebook.com/bellinspace
https://twitter.com/bellinspace


Puro Instinct - Tell Me

https://soundcloud.com/puroinstinct
https://www.facebook.com/puroinstinct
https://twitter.com/puroinstinct


Splashh - Rings

https://soundcloud.com/splashhband
https://splashh.lnk.to/WAL
https://www.facebook.com/splashh.band
https://splashhband.com/
https://twitter.com/splashhband
https://www.instagram.com/splashhband/


Poggy - Beautiful Woman (remix by Ollie Seager)

https://soundcloud.com/poggymusic
https://www.facebook.com/poggymusic/
https://twitter.com/poggymusic
https://www.poggymusic.com/


Theatre Of Hate - Do You Believe In The Westworld?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_Hate#Theatre_of_Hate


The Funk Hunters & Chali 2na - Oh Shit (Featurecast Remix)

https://soundcloud.com/thefunkhunters
https://soundcloud.com/chali2na
https://soundcloud.com/westwoodrecordings
https://soundcloud.com/featurecast
https://twitter.com/featurecast
https://www.facebook.com/featurecast
https://www.featurecast.co.uk/
https://www.instagram.com/thefunkhunters/
https://twitter.com/thefunkhunters
https://www.facebook.com/thefunkhunters
https://thefunkhunters.com/
https://www.facebook.com/chali2na
https://twitter.com/chali2na
www.chali2na.com/


Local Joke - Illaijah

https://localjoke.bandcamp.com/releases


Lucky+Love - Venus

https://luckyandlove.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/lucky_and_love_band/
https://shop.luckyandlove.com/
https://www.facebook.com/luckyandloveband/
https://twitter.com/luckyxloveband


Šuma - Rano Rano

https://soundcloud.com/shuma-by
http://www.shuma.by/en
https://www.facebook.com/shumaby/
https://shuma-by.bandcamp.com/


Max Vernon - I Kissed A Girl

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Vernon
maxvernon.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MaxVernonMusic
https://twitter.com/maxvernon

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Into The Unknown 88

At long last a new edition of Into The Unknown!  Here's a complete track list with all the usual info. Enjoy!


Lucky+Love - Full Moon
https://luckyandlove.bandcamp.com
https://www.instagram.com/lucky_and_love_band/
https://shop.luckyandlove.com/
https://www.facebook.com/luckyandloveband/
https://twitter.com/luckyxloveband

drunkeninstrumentcorp. - I Love Your Eyes
https://soundcloud.com/drunkeninstrument

Keep Shelly In Athens - Leave In Silence
https://soundcloud.com/keepshellyinathens
https://athenianaurarecordings.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/keepshellyinathens/
https://twitter.com/keepshellyinath
https://www.facebook.com/keepshellyinathens
http://www.keepshellyinathens.com/

Ummagma - Winter Tale (A.R.Kane Mix 69 Style)
http://ummagma.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ummagma
https://twitter.com/ummagma
https://soundcloud.com/ummagma
https://www.youtube.com/user/ummagma

American Anymen - Late To The Party
https://americananymen.bandcamp.com/
https://www.songkick.com/artists/7955648-american-anymen
https://soundcloud.com/american-anymen
https://vimeo.com/americananymen
https://www.facebook.com/americananymen/

The Blue Hour - Kyoto Song (The Cure)
https://thebluehour.bandcamp.com/
https://www.thebluehour.us/
https://www.facebook.com/bluehoursongs/

A Shoreline Dream - Whirlwind
https://ashorelinedream.bandcamp.com/
http://www.latenightweeknight.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ashorelinedreamband/

Hologram Teen - Magique Afrique
https://happyrobotsrecords.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hologramteen/
https://soundcloud.com/hologramteen
https://www.mixcloud.com/Hologram_Teen/

302 Acid - Quest and the Future Beyond
https://versesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/even-calls
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/302_Acid
https://www.versesrecords.com/
https://twitter.com/versesrecords
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHYDjlzG98iIQ4J4ILWnVow
https://www.facebook.com/versesrecords/

Bulgarian State Television Female Choir - Erghan Diado
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Mystère_des_Voix_Bulgares
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgarian_State_Television_Female_Vocal_Choir
http://themysteryofthebulgarianvoices.com/www/

Lyla Foy - Right to Be
https://www.subpop.com/artists/lyla_foy
https://twitter.com/lylafoy
https://lylafoy.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/lylafoy
https://www.facebook.com/LylaFoy/

Avante Black - Imaginary Love
https://www.facebook.com/avanteblackband/
https://soundcloud.com/avanteblack
https://avanteblack.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/avanteblack
https://www.instagram.com/avanteblack

Nick Vivid - Slicey
https://www.nickvivid.com/
https://www.facebook.com/NickVivid/
https://soundcloud.com/nickvivid
https://twitter.com/nickvividrocks

Bruno Merz - Whisper Turn
http://www.brunomerz.com/
https://soundcloud.com/brunomerz
https://www.facebook.com/BrunoMerzMusic/
https://twitter.com/BrunoMerz

Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan - Oola Heatray
https://www.reverbnation.com/jasonherringthemysteryplan
https://www.facebook.com/jason.herring.733
https://soundcloud.com/10mmomegarecordings

The Logical Hairs - Clare Grogan Is The Real Kochanski
http://www.thelogicalhairs.com
https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheLogicalHairs
https://twitter.com/thelogicalhairs
https://soundcloud.com/the-logical-hairs

Šuma - Magic Forest
https://soundcloud.com/shuma-by
http://www.shuma.by/en
https://www.facebook.com/shumaby/
https://shuma-by.bandcamp.com/

Kid Creole & The Coconuts feat. Coati Mundi - Me No Pop I
http://kidcreoleandthecoconuts.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KidCreoleandtheCoconuts/
https://www.instagram.com/kidcreoleband/
https://twitter.com/kidcreoleband

Kyuss -  Space Cadet [MissingNo. Rmx] [Instrumental]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyuss

Cassettes Won't Listen - Hello To Vernon
https://soundcloud.com/cassetteswontlisten
https://www.facebook.com/cassettes/
https://twitter.com/cassettes

23 Skidoo - Coup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_Skidoo_(band)
http://www.23skidoo.co/

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Lesson

Back in the 80s,  whilst unemployed,  my friend Nigel and I would hang out at my house and when there was nothing else on the telly , we often resorted to watching the programmes for schools and colleges,  which were shown early in the morning before breakfast TV came along.  After the advent of Breakfast Time and TV-am, BBC 2 would show schools programmes all morning until lunchtime and sometimes beyond.  Occasionally there were gems among the dross.

One day a show about English came on featuring the musician and poet Roger McGough. He read out a poem about school which Nigel and myself found hysterically funny.  We didn't know what the title was, but we never forgot the line about the headmaster looking in on a riotous classroom who then 'nodded understandingly, and tossed in a grenade.'

Well, now we live in the digital age,  and so this morning it took me all of 45 seconds to find it, and here it is.  However,  in light of recent events in the world,  it may be considered by some to be in poor taste, but whatever.  I have told you the back story,  I am committed now. It's called "The Lesson".


Chaos ruled OK in the classroom
as bravely the teacher walked in
the nooligans ignored him
his voice was lost in the din

'The theme for today is violence
and homework will be set
I'm going to teach you a lesson
one that you'll never forget'

He picked on a boy who was shouting
and throttled him then and there
then garrotted the girl behind him
(the one with grotty hair)

Then sword in hand he hacked his way
between the chattering rows
'First come, first severed' he declared
'fingers, feet or toes'

He threw the sword at a latecomer
it struck with deadly aim
then pulling out a shotgun
he continued with his game

The first blast cleared the backrow
(where those who skive hang out)
they collapsed like rubber dinghies
when the plug's pulled out

'Please may I leave the room sir? '
a trembling vandal enquired
'Of course you may' said teacher
put the gun to his temple and fired

The Head popped a head round the doorway
to see why a din was being made
nodded understandingly
then tossed in a grenade

And when the ammo was well spent
with blood on every chair
Silence shuffled forward
with its hands up in the air

The teacher surveyed the carnage
the dying and the dead
He waggled a finger severely
'Now let that be a lesson' he said
by Roger McGough

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I'm On Mixcloud

Just a quick note to let you lovely people that you can listen to all of my podcasts to date in one place. They're now all available to stream or download at https://www.mixcloud.com/jeff-hickmott/

Enjoy!

P.S. There'll be a new episode in the next few days!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Start Listening

You know that feeling?

When you've had a few days off work and consequently didn't bother setting your normal 'early' alarm.

You're lying there under the covers, half asleep and your body clock is saying to your brain, "it's time to get up. It is. I just know it is."

And your brain gets all logical and says, "Naah, can't be. Haven't heard the alarm yet."

And your body clock says, "But it's too bright in this room for it NOT to be time to get up. Trust me on this."

And your brain says, "but this bed is sooo comfy and the alarm still hasn't gone off. So why don't you quit your belly-achin' and leave us be, here in this nice comfy bed. We'll wait for the alarm, thank you."

"But," continues the body clock, "I've had years of experience on this very topic and I know damn well when we're supposed to get up. I'm telling you we are gonna be late if we don't get up right this second."

"Hush," says brain, "the alarm hasn't gone off yet, has it, smart guy? We're fine, let's just snooze."

"But, " says body clock, "what if you forgot to set the alarm, eh?"

You sit bolt upright. Grab the phone. Look at the time.

6:44 am.

Hurriedly jump out of bed and put clothes on. "Shitshitshitfuckshitshitshiiiit!"

Body clock says, "When will you ever start listening to me?"






That.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Health & Safety Gone Mad

The other day I was doing one of my least favourite chores around the house - mowing the lawn. I say it my least favourite because (a) I feel that lawns are a waste of space - I'd rather see a garden filled with flower beds and veggies growing, although I do understand that if you have kids, lawns are pretty essential so they can play footy or frisbee or whatever - and (b) we have a long garden with a lot of lawn, although the garden has obviously been previously used for flower beds and veggie patches and is consequently lumpy and bumpy and made up of at least 15 different types of grass.

As I stopped to empty the grass catcher on the back of the mower, I noticed the little safety symbols on the protective back flap. I'd noticed them before, of course, but I'd never really paid much attention to them.

What I saw disturbed me.



I don't know what all of these symbols are trying to say, but I shall attempt to translate for you.

BEWARE OF LARGE EXCLAMATION POINTS.

ALWAYS BUY BOOKS WITH PAGES THAT GET GRADUALLY SMALLER TOWARDS THE MIDDLE.

STOP TURNING ANTI-CLOCKWISE.

DO NOT DANCE NEAR BROKEN ARROWS.

STAY AWAY FROM FRIDGES.
NO AFROPICKS.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO KICK TROMBONES.

BEFORE UNPLUGGING THIS APPLIANCE, LAY YOUR SPANNER DOWN ON A BOOK.

NO WHEELIE BINS ALLOWED.

ATTEMPTING TO JUMP-ROPE WHILE OPERATING THE MOWER MAY BE COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE.
As you can see, these are true pearls of essential wisdom without which any person engaged in lawnmowing would be lost indeed.
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