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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Ramblings of an Old Fart.

My name is Mick and I am an old fart.

When I was a teenager it seemed half the country was on strike. I remember a bill-board at the time declaring “Britain Isn't Working”, and this appeared to be true. Industries were closing down at an alarming rate. The 3 day working week with it's associated power-cuts each night was still a recent memory. It was the 70's, and it was depressing.

If you were “different” there were things called bashings. These were happily dished out by gangs of knuckle-dragging morons. Gay-bashing and Pakki-bashing seemed to be especially popular - almost as popular as the comedians on the TV who were getting paid for telling us jokes about their “darkie” mates (usually named “Chalkie” or something equally hilarious). Oh how we didn't laugh.

Corruptness was everywhere. Millions were unemployed. If you got something new you paid for it “on the weekly”.

There was also the odd explosion as well. Beatings, bills and bombs. Bleak.

And we had a bloody outside toilet.

This is the bit where I tell you we all gave up and surrendered to a drab inevitable future.


Some damned individuals had planted a new rose, and we smelled it while we witnessed the rotten sneer. A man called Joe and some of his friends asked if we were taking over or taking orders. We were soon in a different kitchen with another music, and Weller had a thousand things to say to us.

It was truly a new wave of music, and it was everywhere. Even animals got in on the act, from Norvegicus rats to Parisian ants.

We trampled in gardens new, made in Hong Kong, and we roared along with Ian who was from Essex (in case you couldn't tell).

We met other girls – one from another planet and one in the neighbourhood – and, like tin soldiers, we got stiff and skidded into the valley.

We forgot our lives, and in doing so we began to fully live our lives. There were no more heroes.

Except maybe Geno... Oh Geno.

Like Dickens nearly said: It was the worst and best of times. Darkness and light, the winter of despair followed by the spring of hope.

Music gave me hope. And still does.

My name is Mick and I am an old fart.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlist 08/08/13

  1. Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlist 08/08/13

    01 ~ The Human League ~ Being Boiled ~ iTunes

    02 ~ The Human League ~ Open Your Heart ~ iTunes
    03 ~ David Bowie ~ Where Are We Now? ~ iTunes
    04 ~ Elbow ~ Mirrorball ~ iTunes
    05 ~ The Chase ~ Misspent Youth ~ N/A
    06 ~ The Del Vikings ~ Come Go With Me ~ iTunes
    07 ~ Jeremy Tennant ~ City Lights ~ Soundcloud
    08 ~ Lorde feat Gilbert Forte ~ Royals (RAAK Remix) ~ Soundcloud
    09 ~ Erasure ~ Sometimes ~ iTunes
    10 ~ Tidy Street ~ Green Eyes ~ Soundcloud
    11 ~ Roxy Music ~ Pyjamarama ~ iTunes
    12 ~ The Fireflys ~ Julianne ~ Soundcloud 
    13 ~ Eric Clapton ~ Alberta ~ iTunes
    14 ~ The Analog Affair ~ Gold ~ Soundcloud
    15 ~ Savages ~ Shut Up ~ iTunes
    16 ~ Midlake ~ Antiphon ~ Free DL via Midlake Site
    17 ~ Pink Floyd ~ Comfortably Numb ~ iTunes
    18 ~ The Relics ~ Song 4 ~ Soundcloud
    19 ~ The Looking Rough ~ Looking Rough ~ Soundcloud
    20 ~ Summer Camp ~ Fresh ~ iTunes
    21 ~ Elvis Presley ~ (Marie's The Name) Of His Latest Flame ~ iTunes 
    22 ~ Elvis Presley ~ Way Down ~ iTunes   
    23 ~ The Sex Pistols ~ My Way ~ iTunes
    24 ~ The Ninth Watch ~ The Optimist ~ Soundcloud
    25 ~ Northern Portrait ~ Happy Nice Day ~ Soundcloud
    26 ~ Pet Shop Boys ~ Love Is A Bourgeois Construct ~ iTunes
    27 ~ Slaughter And The Dogs ~ You're Ready Now ~ iTunes
    28 ~ Clear ~ Sunlight ~ Soundcloud
    29 ~ Pulp ~ Do You Remember The First Time ~ iTunes 
    30 ~ Agua Roja ~ Summer Ends ~ Soundcloud
    31 ~ This Mortal Coil feat Liz Fraser ~ Song To The Siren ~ iTunes
    32 ~ The Bedroom Hour ~ Shadow Boxer ~ iTunes  
    33 ~ Mutineers ~ Infidelity ~ iTunes 
    34 ~ Saskwatch ~ Your Love ~ iTunes 
    35 ~ Real Waves ~ Gold ~ Soundcloud
    36 ~ Golden Sun ~ Bonneville ~ iTunes
    37 ~ Richard Hawley ~ Seek It ~ iTunes  
    38 ~ Blues Brothers ~ Sweet Home Chicago ~ iTunes
    39 ~ The Small Faces ~ Tin Soldier ~ iTunes
    40 ~ Calexico ~ Crystal Frontier ~ iTunes      

    That's your lot for this playlist folks, thanks for listening and supporting my shows on Fusion, much love, Gray

    Disclaimer: Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlists blog provides external links as a convenience to readers and users of this blog. The appearance of external hyperlinks on this blog does not constitute endorsement by blog management of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein. Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlists blog management do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are used at the users risk.  

Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlist 02/08/13

  1. Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlist 02/08/13

    01 Stevie Wonder ~ Sir Duke ~ iTunes 
    02 Stevie Wonder ~ He's Misstra Know-It-All ~ iTunes
    03 Radiohead ~ Lotus Flower ~ iTunes
    04 Summer Camp ~ Fresh ~ iTunes
    05 Elvis Costello ~ Shipbuilding ~ iTunes
    06 The Chase ~ Misspent Youth ~ N/A
    07 Buffalo & Back ~ Yorktown Heights ~ ReverbNation 
    08 Swim Deep ~ She Changes The Weather ~ iTunes
    09 Stone Thieves ~ New Mexico ~ ReverbNation
    10 Mutineers ~ Tell Me Why ~ Soundcloud
    11 The Grafham Water Sailing Club ~ Ankara ~ Soundcloud 
    12 Bat For Lashes ~ A Wall ~ iTunes
    13 Atlas Genius ~ If So (Magic Man Remix) ~ iTunes  
    14 Sololab feat Huge Shark ~ Want To ~ Soundcloud
    15 The White Stripes ~ I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself ~ iTunes 
    16 Elvis Presley ~ (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I ~ iTunes 
    17 Elvis Presley ~ (Let's Have A) Party ~ iTunes
    18 Theatre Royal ~ Here It Comes ~ Soundcloud
    19 Blakcan ~ Calls Of The Stalls ~ Soundcloud
    20 Life In Film ~ Needles & Pins ~ Soundcloud 
    21 Dumb ~ Dive ~ Soundcloud
    22 Swwwerve ~ Honey Dripper ~ Soundcloud
    23 Dennis Brown ~ Wichita Lineman ~ iTunes 
    24 Superfood ~ Superfood ~ Soundcloud
    25 Cold Fields ~ Never Get Back ~ Soundcloud
    26 Little Comets ~ Jennifer ~ Soundcloud
    27 B.B King ~ Everyday I Have The Blues ~ iTunes
    28 Tom Hickox ~ White Roses Red ~ Soundcloud
    29 The Ninth Watch ~ Brave Bombardier ~ Soundcloud
    30 Puppet Rebellion ~ The Greatest Lie Ever Told ~ Soundcloud
    31 The Relics ~ Rocky Mountain Time ~ Soundcloud
    32 Stolen Haven ~ Decent Shoes ~ Soundcloud
    33 GoGoBot ~ You Ain't Seen Nothin' ~ Soundcloud
    34 Muddy Waters ~ Mannish Boy ~ iTunes 

    That's your lot for this playlist folks, thanks for listening and supporting my shows on Fusion, much love, Gray

    Disclaimer: Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlists blog provides external links as a convenience to readers and users of this blog. The appearance of external hyperlinks on this blog does not constitute endorsement by blog management of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein. Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlists blog management do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are used at the users risk.  

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Grays Pop Up Radio Show Playlist 30/07/13

Two From One Special

01 Bruce Springsteen ~ Nebraska iTunes 
02 Bruce Springsteen ~ Streets Of Philadelphia iTunes 
03 J.J Cale ~ Cocaine iTunes
04 J.J Cale ~ After Midnight iTunes
05 Bauhaus ~ Bela Lugosi's Dead iTunes
06 Bauhaus ~ She's In Parties iTunes
07 The Dandy Warhols ~ Bohemian Like You iTunes
08 The Dandy Warhols ~ Get Off iTunes
09 Janis Joplin ~ Mercedes Benz iTunes
10 Janis Joplin ~ Coo Coo iTunes
11 Elvis Presley ~ (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear iTunes
12 Elvis Presley ~ Treat Me Nice iTunes
13 Bob Marley ~ Exodus iTunes
14 Bob Marley ~ Sun Is Shining iTunes
15 The Everly Brothers ~ Bird Dog iTunes
16 The Everly Brothers ~ Cathy's Clown iTunes
17 Radiohead ~ Iditeoque (Live)  iTunes
18 Radiohead ~ Weird Fishes/Arpeggi iTunes
19 Joe Cocker ~ Delta Lady iTunes
20 Joe Cocker ~ With A Little Help From My Friends iTunes
21 New Order ~ Bizarre Love Triangle iTunes
22 New Order ~ 1963 iTunes
23 The Mamas And The Papas ~ Creeque Alley iTunes
24 The Mamas And The Papas ~ Dream A Little Dream Of Me iTunes
25 R.E.M ~ Tongue iTunes
26 R.E.M ~ Shiny Happy People iTunes
27 Stornoway ~ Boats And Trains iTunes
28 Stornoway ~ (A Belated) Invite To Eternity iTunes
29 Supergrass ~ Moving iTunes
30 Supergrass ~ Alright iTunes
31 T Rex ~ Debora iTunes
32 T Rex ~ Celebrate Summer iTunes
33 Stereophonics ~ Dakota iTunes
34 Stereophonics ~ Local Boy In The Photograph iTunes
35 The Temptations ~ Ain't Too Proud To Beg iTunes
36 The Temptations ~ Just My Imagination (Running Away From Me) iTunes

That's your lot for this playlist folks, thanks for listening and supporting my shows on Fusion, much love, Gray

Disclaimer: Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlists blog provides external links as a convenience to readers and users of this blog. The appearance of external hyperlinks on this blog does not constitute endorsement by blog management of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein. Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlists blog management do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are used at the users risk.  

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlist 26/07/13

Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Podcast

01 The Rolling Stones ~ Start Me Up iTunes
02 The Rolling Stones ~ Beast of Burden iTunes
03 The Velvelettes ~ Needle In a Haystack iTunes
04 The Capris ~ There's a Moon Out Tonight iTunes
05 Bad Livers ~ Lust For Life Mp3Chief
06 The Undertones ~ Teenage Kicks iTunes
07 The Kingswoods ~ Purty Vacant abMp3
08 The Fall ~ Mr. Pharmacist iTunes
09 Joy Division ~ Love Will Tear Us Apart iTunes
10 The Clash ~ What's My Name iTunes
11 Garbage ~ Milk iTunes
12 Flashbulb Fires ~ Dark Ghost (I've Got Arms) iTunes
13 Elton John ~ Lady D'Arbanville iTunes
14 The Pet Shop Boys ~ Vocal iTunes
15 Yello ~ Oh Yeah iTunes
16 Matthew and Me ~ Hide and Seek iTunes
17 Saskwatch ~ Your Love iTunes
18 Dusty Springfield ~ I'd Rather Leave When I'm In Love iTunes
19 Yeah Yeah Yeahs ~ Despair iTunes
20 Sixto Rodriguez ~ I Wonder iTunes
21 Sixto Rodriguez ~ Sugar Man iTunes
22 Gorillaz ~ Highway (Under Construction) iTunes
23 Morrissey ~ Margaret On The Guillotine iTunes
24 Morrissey ~ Ammunition iTunes
25 The Stranglers ~ European Female (In Celebration Of) iTunes
26 Theatre Royal ~ Cold Charity Bandcamp
27 Puppet Rebellion ~ The New Twenty Soundcloud
28 The Ninth Watch ~ Brave Bombardier Soundcloud
29 The Relics ~ Song 4 Soundcloud
30 The Rolling Stones ~ Angie iTunes
31 The Rolling Stones ~ Wild Horses iTunes

That's your lot folks for this playlist, thanks for listening and supporting my shows on Fusion much love, Gray

Disclaimer: Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlists blog provides external links as a convenience to readers and users of this blog. The appearance of external hyperlinks on this blog does not constitute endorsement by blog management of the linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein. Gray's Pop Up Radio Show Playlists blog management do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. All links are used at the users risk.  

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Everything and the Kitchen Sink Comeback show!

Yes folks, that’s right Everything and the Kitchen Sink is back. 
Even though I was on sabbatical for about 3 months, I never stopped searching for new music so this playlist is crammed with a bunch of new bands, new releases blah blah blah.
I just want to say thank you for continuing to support the show via word of mouth, listening, downloading during my sabbatical – that meant the world to me!
As always the playlist for you folks as well as the links to the bandcamp, facebook, or websites to make your search for awesome music that much easier.
Go buy some awesome music folks, cause record store day should be every damn day.
Everything and the Kitchen Sink is back kicking mainstream radio's ass. (well attempting to anyway)
Happy listening folks,
Nikki xo

Two places to listen to the shows

Track listing
King Beez – Death Proof
The Cramps – What’s Inside a Girl?
The Shondes – The Fortress
Matson Jones – Exes and Ohs
Sisters – Clearhead
The Spitfires – Greek Riot Squad
Westbank Robbers – Mosiakk
The Rebel Spell – Beautiful Future
Old School Reasons – “27”
Rocket From the Crypt – Flip the Bird
The Mants – Rebel Set
The Cola Heads - I Hate Hierarchies
Shift-D   - Serf & Terf
The Brass Action – Jack Kerouac
The Computers – Mr. Saturday Night
The Ballantynes – Misery
Jr. Thomas – Somebody Like You
The Clash – Mustapha Dance
Gaoler’s Daughter – When We Were Young (Feat. “Steely” Dan Monte)
The Bored Housewife – Oh Andy
Joe Strummer – Forbidden City
Joe Strummer – Dizzy’s Goatee
Mara Project – Overstand (feat. Phoebe Votolato)
The Ramones – 53rd & 3rd
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – 5ive Gears in Reverse
Saint Alvia – Not Our World

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Everything and the Kitchen Sink April 29th 2013 playlist

So folks, this is the last Everything and the Kitchen Sink show for a little bit. That is why it’s a little extra long. Yup this hobbyist host is a little burnt out so a sabbatical is so very much needed. You all knew that I did this as a hobby right?
BUT..... THANK YOU to all of you for listening and supporting this nonsense of a radio show < That means the world to me.
Catch ya in a few folks!

 Nikki xoxoxoxoxxoxo

Links to listen to the show are right here >   
Or you can download or listen via soundcloud as well

P.S. I put the links of the bands cause this way you can search them too!

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Get Down Moses
Battle Born – Forget About Tomorrow
The Class Assassins – The Solution
The Mants – The Mants! The Mants!
The Population Drops – Enough
Rough Francis – Not A Nice Guy
Maximum RNR – Cutthroat
Saint Alvia – Roll With It
Needles/Pins – Hale Bop
Michael Rault – She’ll Cut You Down
The Ballantynes –Velvet
Bored Housewife - Suicide Fears (for Britney Spears)
Whiskey Hearts - So Cold
Louise Distras – This Is Your Life
Carbon Silicon – Big Surprise
The Dum Dum Girls – I Got Nothing
Thee Oh Sees – I Come From The Mountain
The Black Keys – Money Maker
How I Became Invisible – Jupiter (Let’s Go)
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Redemption Song
Husker Du – Makes No Sense At All
The Clash – London Calling
The Hold Steady – Constructive Summer
Dubmatix – Kingdom Dub
Goyte – Puzzle With A Piece Missing
Pama International – Highrise Mungos Hi Fi Dubstep
The Dirtbombs – Sarivari
Bad Religion – Fuck Armageddon... This Is Hell
The Bronx – Ribcage
The Cola Heads – Don’t Know Shit
Teenage Bottlerocket – Headbanger
Toys That Kill – V-Chip
Koffin Kats – Graveyard Tree
The Brains – Six Rounds
Thirteen Shots UK - Nekro Sexual
Desmond Dekker – Music Like Dirt
Toots and the Maytals – Broadway Jungle (2000 Version)
The Clash – Bankrobber
Here Come the Fire Horses – Sometimes You Break Your Heart
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away

Saturday, 27 April 2013

An Alternative Friday Night In - 26th April 2013

Here's the playlist for this week's Alternative Friday Night In. As usual Jim picked an eclectic selection of Indie and Alternative music including great new tracks and some more familiar tunes too. The show can be streamed from the Fusion mixlr site or on Jim's Soundcloud page and there are further posts from JIm on

  1. Bombskare - Catastrofuck
  2. The Wombats - Let's Dance to Joy Division
  3. The Primitives - Crash
  4. New Killer Shoes - Smooth
  5. Birds vs Planes - Relative Worth
  6. The Enemy - You're Not Alone
  7. The Rakes - Suspicious Eyes
  8. Dexters - Recover
  9. Kasabian - Fire
  10. Art Brut - Lost Weekend
  11. Evil Regent - You're So Strange
  12. Frank Turner - Recovery
  13. Suede - Animal Nitrate
  14. The Wedding Present - Back a bit - Stop
  15. To Kill a King - Funeral
  16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege
  17. Beady Eye - Flick of the Finger
  18. XOVA - 9 Lives
  19. The Neighbourhood - Female Robbery
  20. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly - Let The Journey Begin
  21. Spector - No Adventure
  22. July Days - Can You See

Monday, 22 April 2013

Mick's 60s Mod & Soul Show 21st April

Mick is flying solo on Sunday evenings at the moment while Rich is unwell but the sounds he's playing more than make up for the shortage of presenters! This week's show is no exception, the playlist below is jam packed with tunes that'll make you stomp, make you sing and make you smile:

  1. The Bar-Kays - Soul Finger
  2. The Olympics - Good Lovin'
  3. Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels - Sock It To Me Baby
  4. Mitty Collier - Help Me
  5. Elmore James - I Can't Hold Out (Talk To Me Baby)
  6. Marlena Shaw - Let's Wade In The Water
  7. The Small Faces - Hey Girl
  8. Tony Clarke - Landslide
  9. Aretha Franklin - Chain Of Fools
  10. David Bowie - Love You Til Tuesday
  11. The Flirtations - Nothing But A Heartache
  12. Etta James - Seven Day Fool
  13. Dave Clarke Five - You Got What It Takes
  14. The Ronettes - Baby I Love You
  15. The Animals - We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
  16. Wayne Cochran - Some-A Your Sweet Love
  17. The Who - A Legal Matter
  18. Toni & the Showmen - Try My Love
  19. The Righteous Brothers - This Little Girl Of Mine
  20. Little Milton - So Mean To Me
  21. The Marvelows - I Do
  22. The Coasters - Shopping For Clothes

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Bombskare Sunday on Fusion

Rich writes:
Tonight we at Fusion were honoured to be able to preview the brand new album by the Scottish Ska Juggernaut that is Bombskare and the band kindly gave us a fistful of copies to give away. For my money Bombskare are the finest ska band in the world today. They produce ska of the highest quality infused with an irresistible humour and upbeat, brassy bounciness.

Mick kicked the evening off with an hour of truly wonderful music that had all of us here bouncing around like nutters. Including this absolute classic:

For my show I asked each of the band members to choose a track for me to play on the show and they duly obliged. To this I added two tracks from the album and the rest of the playlist was drawn from a selection of tunes that the band said were favourites of theirs. I can't argue with their choices - there isn't a track on this playlist that I didn't enjoy! 

1. The Upsetters - Jungle Lion
2. The Silvertones - It's Real
3. The Blues Busters - Soon You'll Be Gone
4. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra - Dream Express
5. The Skatalites - Exodus
6. Bombskare - Catastrofuck
7. Jimmy Soul - If You Want To Be Happy
8. The Granville Williams Orchestra - Honky Tonk Ska
9. Byron Lee and the Dragonaires - Jamaica Ska
10. The Upsetters - Return of the Django
11. Toots and the Maytals - Living in the Ghetto
12. The Maytals - It's You
13. Jimmy Cliff - Miss Jamaica
14. Dave & Ansel Collins - Double Barrell
15. Desmond Dekker - Get Up Edina
16. Prince Buster - Linger On
17. Bombskare - The Day the Earth Stood Stupid
18. Bombskare - Triplet Fiasco

The album is called The Day The Earth Stood Stupid and is available on CD from April 1st. I can't recommend it highly enough and would urge anyone that loves bouncy, brassy ska with a traditional and humorous feel to get a copy - you won't regret it!

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Fusion changing the way your ears hear!

      Nikki of Everything and the Kitchen Sink's newest rant on Fusiononair

You want the most recent updates? You want to know what's playing and who? Better get yourself a twitter and follow..........


Fusion is about a collaboration of DJ's and Hobbyists DJ's ( I call myself a radio host and I stick by that!).We all do this in our spare time and completely for the love of sharing our love of music with you, the listener. So first up let me introduce you to the Fusiononair group.

First we have the awesome Mighty Mick. Now Mick is a very eclectic man. He'll spin hip shaking, bouncing mod and soul that will shake your soul. But Mick is a man of varied taste so sometimes if your lucky you'll hear him spinning mixes of current unsigned bands, dabbling in the ska, soul and some of the more popular bands. Mick's spining time is Sundays but you might find him spinning the occasional Saturday. Again people go to that damn twitter and follow it! 

Following the Mighty Mick is the Oracle of Ska and Reggae  Rich. Yeah I called him the Oracle of Ska and Reggae. I challenge you to find someone more knowledge based on a global level when it comes to Ska and Reggae. It ain't gonna happen. So if you want to get a proper schooling on some serious reggae and ska tunes you really need listen to Rich. When does the Oracle of Ska and Reggae spin? Well if your damn lucky it's on Sundays. And again follow on the twitter folks....

Now that is Saturday and Sunday kinda covered for your live listening pleasure... But what about the rest of the week? Well I am getting to that... damn it!

So it's a Friday night and you don't wanna go out. TV is shit..... Well Fusiononair has the remedy for you. Big Jim Cambo spins on Friday night with a show called An Alternative Friday Night In. Jim will spin various genres but he is very keen on the indie scene.Follow that man on twitter you won't be disappointed.

Last but not least is the Great Gray with his Music Nuptials. Every Tuesday and Thursday. A little bit of old, a little bit of new, something borrowed and something blue. A very eclectic show with requests from the twitter listeners in his show. Again Follow cause that's how you get the updates.

I want to give a big welcome to the newest members of the Fusion Family Rob and Tom  (we are sorted bunch indeed)

 Friday nights just got EVEN better!  That's right Tom from Ireland is armed with a "Fistful of Records" (it's not a coincidence that his show is called that as well! Tom spins an eclectic mess of music that you won't hear anywhere else. Follow Tom on his twitter for updates for when the shows are and other nonsense. 

Also a shout out to the man Rob who spins some of the greatest mod and soul around. Folks you will need your paper and pen because I am guaranteed that he will spin some gems that your ears have never heard.  Now Rob is a busy man and we are super happy when he can spin a show for fusion. You wanna know when he spins? Well follow his twitter. (You seeing a theme here yet?)  @Nit3owl64

 There might be more hosts/DJs in the future folks so keep your eyes and ears peeled.

And then there is my show. Everything and the Kitchen Sink.  Yeah that. So what the hell do I do?
 Well .. if the name doesn't say it all I spin a very eclectic mix of punk/ska/indie/rockabilly/acoustic/blues/dub  and everything in between. Because I am the only Canuck in this collaboration I tend to play quite a few unsigned Canadian bands. But one thing is always guaranteed with me; I am so obsessed with Joe Strummer that you will get Joe Strummer x3 in every damn show.
From the 101 er's, The Clash, Joe and the Latino Rockabilly War, or The Mescalero's or him playing with The Pogues.. < Yeah it's gonna be in the show for sure. Sometimes I do band interviews.
*a disclaimer, I make shit loads of mistakes, I swear, and I make no apologies for my nonsense.*

Currently Everything and the Kitchen Sink is on sabbatical. But if you want to be in the know
 follow me on twitter cause that's the only way you'll know when I do a show @eatks

                                          THIS IS FUSION.... NOT MAINSTREAM RADIO

Happy listening folks.

Nikki xxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

How those boots have walked...

Following on from an earlier post here from Rich regarding cover versions, today in 1966 Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking" hit the Number 1 spot on the US charts.

The song was penned by singer, songwriter and producer Lee Hazlewood, who collaborated a number of times with Nancy.

As is so often the case with hits from that era, this song has been covered by numerous artists (there are well over 50 recorded versions), but it is the diversity of genres is quite extraordinary.  Among the many artists who have covered it are;  The Supremes, Boy George, Siouxsie, Bad Manners, Nick Cave, Megadeth and even The Swedish Chef from The Muppets!!

Below are three versions that I (Mick) personally like...

First, the original by Nancy Sinatra:

Next comes a less well-known version by The Artwoods, taken from their excellent Art Gallery album:

And finally the classic Stomping version by Symarip:

How those boots have walked.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Band of the Month: March 2013

That's right folks, each month one of the presenters of Fusion gets to highlight a band for their lovely listeners. This time it's my turn (Nikki of Everything and the Kitchen Sink). Now I am clearly not awesome when it comes to blogging and stuff. But if you have ever listened to the show you know that's it's an eclectic mayhem of music! So coming from The Great White North (also known as Canada) I tend to put Canadian bands in the show.
                        Fusion's Band of the Month feature is the musician Cactus Vella.

 The greatest thing about this is that I get to talk about not only Cactus Vella's solo project but he is the guitarist in some of my favourite Toronto punk bands. Cactus Vella has been around in the Toronto Punk scene since the early 90's,and continues to play in Sinkin' Ships, Class Assassins and The Whiskey Hearts Collective.
One of my favourtie things about any musician is when they push the boundaries of their own music. Cactus Vella plays in some amazing hardcore punk rock bands, but who is to say that you can't go and record a gritty acoustic punk rock album?  And he did just that. So here's a couple of clips of his acoustic stylings.

                                                                  Cactus Vella

   This is the music video for his single called Touch The Ground off his acoustic album  Sailin' On. If you like it, why not check out his bandcamp page right here >

And because I am a sucker for my punk rock as you all know here's a video of  The Sinkin' Ships! This is off their album Mayday recorded in 2004. But really, it's an album that remains current in 2013.In fact, I play a fair amount of Sinkin' Ships on EatKS. The Sinkin' Ships have been kicking some punk rock ass since the early 90's and will be putting out some new material this year. So keep your eyes peeled folks. And yes they have a bandcamp as well. So check it out! Right here >

The Sinkin' Ships 
 Last but not least the Toronto punk rock band The Class Assassins! The Class Assassins have been around since 2001. But folks don't let that fool you. The members of this band, come from a long pedigree of Toronto punk rock band awesomeness. Bands members are from Bitter Grin, Hockey Teeth, Direct Action, Sinkin' Ships just to name a few. And if you know your Toronto punk rock you know that this is pretty damn awesome. I heard through the grape vine that The Class Assassins are also working on a new single. But you can check out their bandcamp right here >

The Class Assassins

Cactus Vella and some Sinkin' Ships were played on the last Everything and the Kitchen Sink.. and wait for it... yes another damn link for you folks!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Covered with glory?

Having finalised my playlist for my show tonight I settled down with the headphones on to listen to Mick belt out an hour of the finest 60's Mod and Soul scorchers. Now given that Mick plays Mod and Soul and I play Reggae (and Stuff) you would have thought the chances of us having the same song in our playlist - on the same evening too - would be pretty remote. Not so, it seems! 

Happily bouncing away to Mick's cracking tunes I heard the unmistakeable sound of The Temptations with this absolute corker:

A song which by sheer fluke also happened to be in my playlist! As it is (probably) very bad radio-form to have the same song in consecutive shows I would normally have made a hasty alteration and slotted in another tune. But tonight I didn't do that: partly because I'm lazy and stubborn but also because the version I was playing was this one:

I'm an absolute sucker for a good cover version and this version is, I think, sufficiently different from the original for me to get away with playing it within an hour of Mick playing it. It's also an absolute belter of a track too, which helps! 

My Reggae (and Stuff) show next weekend will be a Cover Versions Special - an hour (or more!) of familiar tunes given a reggae / ska makeover. Should be fun, hope you can join us.