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Sunday, 21 December 2008

Playlist, 21 December 2008

The Show Today is our last live show of the year so we decided to do a combined "Best of 2008" show and "Christmas Special". Thanks to all our listeners for your support in 2008. Let the madness continue in 2009. The Music The first two tracks were in the "best of" category, firstly one of the stand-out tracks from the wonderful new Stereolab album Chemical Chords: 1. Stereolab - Neon Beanbag (Chemical Chords, 2008) Followed by a track from a new Daedalus album, nominated by regular listener Ronnie: 2. Daedelus - Drummery Jam (Love to Make Music To, 2008) Then it was time for the first of our Christmas tunes this evening: 3. Big John Greer - I Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo (Wish You Too Best Christmas Ever, 1954/2008) Followed by one of our favourite tracks played on the show this year: 4. Slim Gaillard - How High the Moon (Slim Gaillard Rides Again, 1958) 2008 saw the release of the second album by our patron saint Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman. So we played what is probably our favourite track on the album: 5. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman - Funky Little Spacegirl (Destination Space, 2008) 2008 was also the 50th anniversary of the formation of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop: 6. John Baker - Christmas Commercial (BBC Radiophonic Music, 1968/2008) The Bird and the Bee have recorded a truly wonderful arrangement of a Christmas classic - and you can download it for free from their website. 7. The Bird and The Bee - 12 Days of Christmas (2003) Then it was time for a couple more favourite tracks from the last 12 months on the show: 8. Setsubun Bean Unit - Gujo Ondo (Setsubun Bean Unit) 9. Ten Plus - 9-10-Out (Watch With Teacher, 2008) Our regular listener and Facebook group member Kaylie texted us to nominate a track by Pram. As it happens, Pram have recently released a limited edition DVD collecting together various short films, music videos, animations and collaborations. So that's two great reasons for playing a track by this great Birmingham band: 10. Pram - Scirocco (Dark Island, 2003) We always try to play a version of Caravan in our shows so it seemed sensible to pick one of our favourites from the year and, as it happens, this one also features sleigh bells, making it one of very few Christmassy versions of this tune: 11. Richard "Groove" Holmes - Caravan (Greatest Hits of Richard "Groove" Holmes) The great Jonny Trunk has made that classic funk/rock/latin set Hymns A Swinging available as a download from the Trunk Records website: 12. The Mike Sammes Singers & The Ted Taylor Organsound - He Who Would Valient Be (Hymns A Swinging, 2008) Listener Ronnie also suggested another track we should revisit - and this is one that MC Zirconium brought to our attention: 13. Sonseed - Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine (First Fruit, 1983) We discovered a new musical genre this year - "Moog ska": 14. Colonel Elliott & The Lunatics - Plutonian Pogo Stick (Bonus Track) (Interstellar Reggae Drive) 2008 marked the centenary of the birth of Barry Gray which gave us an ideal excuse to play this wonderful tune again: 15. Barry Gray - White As Snow (commercial version) (Captain Scarlet, 2003) We closed the show with a wonderful version of a Christmas classic by one Moot BooxLe. This is the same chap who provided the vocoder on the Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman track we played earlier in the show and even better you can download this track for free from Moot's website: 16. MooT BooXLe - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Download Of The Month, 2006) The News

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Life According to Dinosaurs: Christmas

Our friends the dinosaurs (voiced by two of Project Moonbase's hosts) bring you Christmas greetings: Express your feelings about this video on the 4mations website.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Playlist, 14 December 2008

The Show On this week's we marked the 70th birthday of "biophonist" extraordinaire Bernie Krause. We also reminded you of some of the artists we've played in 2008 to help you nominate your favourite tracks in next week's end of the year review show. The Music 1. Piero Umiliani - Open Space (To-Day's Sound, 2004) 2. Stereolab - Self Portrait With "Electric Brain" (Chemical Chords, 2008) 3. Beaver & Krause - Another Part Of Time (In A Wild Sanctuary 1970/2005) 4. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - Fageschäft - Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - 2008 5. Coconami - Siebenschritt (Coconami, 2008) 6. Cal Tjader - Money Penny Goes For Broke - Cal Tjader Sounds Out Burt Bacharach - 1969 7. Keith Mansfield - Soul For Sale (KPM & Conroy Recorded Music Libraries (1970-1977): Sounds of the Times, 2009) 8. Beaver & Krause - Salute To The Vanishing Bald Eagle (In A Wild Sanctuary 1970/2005) 9. The Bad Examples - Papeete (The River The Night The Moon Temptation And You) 10. C++ - Comme dans les films (Orienté objet, 2005) 11. Jacques Dutronc - Mini, Mini, Mini (Et Moi Et Moi Et Moi, 2008) 12. Edmundo Ros - The Lonely Goatherd (The Ros Sound Of Music / Latin Rhythm Deluxe, 2008) 13. Stereolab - Daisy Click Clack (Chemical Chords, 2008) 14. Tätärä - Mother's Little Helper (Dingdingding) 15. Sven Libaek - Start Growing Up Now (Vocal) (Inner Space: The Lost Film Music Of Sven Libaek, 2006) 16. Bernie Krause - We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Wild Christmas) 17. Chris Gunning - Tough Assignment (KPM & Conroy Recorded Music Libraries (1970-1977): Sounds of the Times, 2009) 18. Eumir Deodato - Baubles, Bangles & Beads (Prelude, 1972) The News

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Moonbase A-No-Go

Unfortunately, because someone forgot to plug the thingummy into the oojamaflip and left the whatsit behind, we were not able to do a live show this evening. Please accept our apologies. We should be back in action next Sunday... DJ Bongoboy

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Playlist, 30 November 2008

The Show The great purveyor of advice relating to tea, biscuits, DIY, jacking points on an Austin Ambassador and whether it's "nice up north", John Shuttleworth, is coming to Edinburgh on Wednesday 3 December so we marked this great occasion by playing a couple of his wonderful songs. In addition to that we played several tracks from a brand new compilation of music from the KPM and Conroy library music labels, a track from a new Edmundo Ros reissue, the sound of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop rocking out plus all the usual nonsense. The Music We kicked off the show with a track from the above-mentioned new KPM/Conroy compilation: 1. Nick Ingman - Speedway (KPM & Conroy Recorded Music Libraries (1970-1977): Sounds of the Times, 1976/2009) 2. Roberto Delgado - Grazin' In The Grass (Lounge Legends: Roberto Delgado, 2001) Then it was time to hear a song we discussed recently on the show, Barry Gray's attempt to have a chart smash back in the 60s: 3. Barry Gray - Robot Man (7") 4. Jean-Jacques Perrey - The Minuet Of The Robots (The Out Sound From Way In!(Disc2), 1969) As mentioned above, the versatile singer-songwriter John Shuttleworth is coming to town on Wednesday night so what better reason do we need to play some of his insightful and informative music, starting with: 5. John Shuttleworth - Two Margarines (4 Rather Tasty Tracks, 2007) Next up, another track from the new KPM/Conroy compilation: 6. Alan Hawkshaw/Brian Bennett - String Boogie (KPM & Conroy Recorded Music Libraries (1970-1977): Sounds of the Times, 1976/2009) 7. Los Tropicanos - My Sweet Lord (Easy Melodías) 8. Leo Addeo - Hawaiian War Chant (Songs of Hawaii) On last week's show we played a Beatles cover from Charlie Byrd's album Aquarius. This week we played the title track seeing as Aquarius is one of our favourite tunes: 9. Charlie Byrd - Aquarius (Aquarius) A new Edmundo Ros compilation has come out on the wonderful Dutton Vocalion label. It couples "Latin Rhythm Deluxe"(!) with Edmundo's latin arrangements of songs from, er, The Sound of Music! 10. Edmundo Ros - La Comparsa (The Ros Sound Of Music / Latin Rhythm Deluxe) The recently release retrospective of music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop contains the Workshop's attempt to have a hit (much as we heard Barry Gray doing earlier in the show): 11. Peter Howell / Roger Limb / Jonathan Gibbs / Malcolm Clarke / Elizabeth Parker / Dick Mills - Radiophonic Rock (The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective, 2008) It's been many months since we played any Mrs Miller. We can only do this occasionally because it makes MC Zirconium have a funny turn. 12. Mrs. Miller - Let's Hang On (Wild Cool & Swingin' Vol.3, 1999) Because they are going on tour together in January we thought we would play a track each from the wonderful Bertrand Burgalat and April March: 13. Bertrand Burgalat - Ma Rencontre (Bertrand Burgalat Meets A.S Dragon, 2001) 14. April March - Chick Habit (Chick Habit, 1995) And then it was time for another track from John Shuttleworth: 15. John Shuttleworth - I Can't Go Back To Savoury Now (4 Rather Tasty Tracks, 2007) A great debut album came out in September from a Japanese duo based in Germany who seem to like playing Ramones covers on ukuleles: 16. Coconami - Sheena Is a Punk Rocker (Coconami, 2008) We closed the show with a Funky Finale courtesy of this great KPM/Conroy compilation: 17. Dave Gold - Funky Finale (1977) (KPM & Conroy Recorded Music Libraries (1970-1977): Sounds of the Times, 2009) The News

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Playlist, 23 November 2008

The Show Yesterday saw the 40th anniversary of the release of "The Beatles" (aka The White Album). Our London correspondent Jeff suggested we take the opportunity to play a selection of cover versions of tracks from this classic double album. So we did! In addition to that, we'll have a few tracks from a great new compilation of music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, and a preview of a new release on the wonderful DC Recordings label. The Music 1. The Les Reed Piano - On The Scene (The Easy Project - 20 Loungecore Favourites, 1963) 2. Tony Osborne - John & Paul (Gypsy Creams & Ginger Nuts: Sounds That Swept The Supermarkets, 2007) 3. Baba Yaga - Back in the USSR (v/a - La Musique De Paris Derniere 2, 1999) 4. The Link Quartet - Glass Onion (Italian Playboys, 2004) 5. Enoch Light - O-Bla-Di, O-Bla-Da (Spaced Out, 1969) 6. Charlie Byrd - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Aquarius) At this point we took a break from our White Album tribute to play a couple of tracks from this great compilation of music from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop: 7. Peter Howell - Merry-Go-Round (The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective, 2008) 8. Paddy Kingsland - The Changes (Suite) (The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective, 2008) And we followed that with some classic Thai pop, for no reason whatsoever: 9. Kabuan Garn Yor Yod Yung Yong - Gang Geng Nai Krai Lab (Look Whose Underwear is Showing) (v/a - Thai Pop Spectacular 1960s-1980s, 2007) And then we returned to the White Album briefly for a wonderfully bizarre "version" of Piggies by a gentleman I would like to know more about: 10. R.A.M. Pietsch - Piggies (Exotic Beatles Vol 2 (1999) / Norwegian Wood (1988)) Keeping things electronic, we then played a brand new track on the DC Recordings label: 11. Arcadion - Arc (Ghost Feeder EP, 2008) And then we returned to our White Album birthday celebrations: 12. Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo - Rocky Raccoon (Lena & Gabor, 1969) 13. Ramsey Lewis - Mother Nature's Son (Mother Nature's Son, 1968) 14. Henhouse Prowlers - Helter Skelter (Henhouse Prowlers, 2007) Next up a track from the Android Sisters who were apparently characters on a mid-80s radio series I'd frankly never heard of called Ruby: The Adventures of a Galactic Gumshoe: 15. The Android Sisters - Down On The Electronic Farm (Best of The Android Sisters, 1984) Followed by another track from this great new compilation of recordings by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop on Mute Records: 16. Delia Derbyshire - Dance From "Noah" (Stereo Mix) (The BBC Radiophonic Workshop - A Retrospective, 2008) And then back to the White Album: 17. The Brothers Four - Revolution (Golden Throats 4: Celebrities Butcher Songs Of The Beatles, 1997) 18. Ella Fitzgerald - Savoy Truffle (v/a - Glass Onion: Songs of The Beatles, 1969) 19. Marty Gold - Good Night (Moog Plays the Beatles) The News

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Playlist, 16 November 2008

The Show Last week we lost one of the greats of the Exotica genre, the "Peruvian songbird" Yma Sumac so we celebrated her life on the show this evening. Also, since we were last with you the great Ennio Morricone turned 80 so we'll wishing him a belated Happy Birthday by playing some of his less well known soundtrack music. There's also new music from Mr Hopkinson's Computer and Tipsy (yes, a new Tipsy album!). The Music 1. Ennio Morricone - Brontolone (versione VI) (Crescete e moltiplicatevi, 1973) 2. Piero Piccioni - Camille 2000 Theme (edit) (Camille 2000 OST) 3. Brian Blessed - Act Two: Metropolis (Metropolis (1989 Original London Cast), 1997) 4. Barry Gray - White As Snow (commercial version) (Captain Scarlet, 2003) 5. Yma Sumac - Xtabay (The Return Of The Legendary Sun Virgin - Vol. 1, 1950) 6. Leila - The Exotics (feat. Seaming To) (Blood, Looms & Blooms, 2008) 7. Ananda Shankar - The Voyager (2001, 1984) 8. The Free Pop Electronic Concept - Cosmos Rhythms (A New Exciting Experience) 9. Ennio Morricone - Un Salotto Borghese (Morricone Aromatico, 2004) 10. Chaquito - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (The Big Big Sound of Chaquito, 1970) 11. Tipsy - Sweet Spot (Buzzz, 2008) 12. Mr Hopkinson's Computer - Boombastic (Mr_Hopkinson's Computer Sings [ V.2.0 ], 2006) 13. Yma Sumac - Goomba Goomba (The Return Of The Legendary Sun Virgin - Vol. 1, 1950) 14. Yma Sumac - Magenta Mountain (Miracles, 1971) The News

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Moonbase is closed on Sunday 9 November

DJ Bongoboy was in London attending this extravaganza. Normal service will be resumed next week.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Playlist, 02 November 2008

The Show This week we featured tracks from new releases by Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik and I Am Robot and Proud. Tangerine Dream were in town for a show so for the first (and probably last) time in the life of Project Moonbase we played a track by these pioneers of German 70s prog. The Music 1. Enoch Light - Marrakesh Express (Permissive Polyphonics, 1970) 2. Eddie Warner - Crazy Fiddles (Music for Dancefloors: The Cream of the Chappell Music Library Sessions, 2001) 3. Bert Kaempfert - Bert's Bossa Nova (That Latin Feeling, 1964) 4. Tangerine Dream - Le Parc (L.A. - Streethawk theme) (Le Parc, 1985) 5. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik - Bardolator (Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, 2008) 6. I Am Robot and Proud - The Melt (Uphill City, 2008) 7. Ron Grainer - Playing It Cool 8. Tipsy - El Bombo Atomico (Trip Tease, 1997) 9. Nino Nardini - Tropical (Luke Vibert's Nuggets, 2001) 10. Johnny Keating - Bali Ha'i (Temptation/Percussive Moods, 1962) 11. Flanger - Galak (Outer Space / Inner Space, 2001) 12. Señor Coconut - Que Rico El Mambo (Around The World, 2008) 13. Klaus Wunderlich - Besame Mucho (Latin Festival) The News

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Playlist, 26 October 2008

The Show With Halloween just around the corner it was an evening of spookiness here at the Moonbase this week. Wooooooooo.... The Music 1. Quiet Village - Circus Of Horror (Silent Movie, 2008) 2. John Buzon Trio (Mr Ghost Goes to Town, Inferno!/Organs in Orbit) 3. Perrey & Kingsley - Spooks in Space (The In Sound From Way Out) 4. Esquivel - Lazy Bones (Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, 1994) We took a brief rest from THE TERROR to bring you another track by this wonderful Japanese duo called Lullatone. This one comes from their latest album: 5. Lullatone - Tiny Cinema (The Bedtime Beat, 2008) Then it was straight back into horror mode with another new track, this time from the Moon Wiring Club: 6. Moon Wiring Club - Form The Circle (Shoes Off And Chairs Away, 2008) And then the first of two tracks from a great new CD which is more like reference material than a regular album as it consists of 20 tracks recorded on 20 different analogue systems, one for each year consecutively from 1968 to 1987! 7 Benge - 1970 ARP 2500 (Twenty Systems, 2008) And another new track, this one from the recent compilation of tracks by the Man From Uranus recorded over the last 4 years: 8. Man From Uranus - Watch Out For The Giant Pickle - Amazing Science Friction Volume One, 2008) Then a track from someone we really ought to feature more on the show, the wonderful Ms People Like Us: 9. People Like Us - OB & Cha Cha (Beware The Whim Reaper, 1996) 10. Lew Davies - Ghost Riders in the Sky (Strange Interlude, 1961) 11. The Three Suns - Danny's Inferno (Movin' and Groovin', 1961) 12. Reg Tilsley - Old Devil Moon - When Lights Are Low, 1973) 13. Eric Framond - Bacchanale Chez Satan - Top Timing!) Then we skipped forward 15 years from the first of our tracks from the new Benge album to bring you the sound of 1985: 14. Benge - 1985 Yamaha CX5m (Twenty Systems, 2008) More spookiness followed: 15. Belbury Poly - The Willows (The Willows, 2004) 16. Padded Cell - Night Must Fall (Night Must Fall, 2008) 17. The Daniel Pemberton TV Orchestra - The Bells Of Doom (Theme From Hells Kitchen) (Tvpopmuzik, 2007) 18. Korla Pandit - Trance Dance (Exotica 2000) And we closed with a track we alluded to on last week's show. As listeners may recall, last week we paid tribute to Neal Hefti and I mentioned that his track Jervis (from the Batman soundtrack) had been sampled by someone. Well, it took me a while to remember who it was(!) but I got there in the end so we closed the show with it: 19. Roudoudou - Inna slow tempo (Tout l'univers - 1999) The News

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Playlist, 19/10/08

The Show FEATURED ARTIST: Neal Hefti This evening we celebrated the life and work of the great Neal Hefti who sadly left us this week. Most famous for composing the theme to the original Batman TV series, Hefti was responsible for composing many other fine soundtracks and we dipped into some of these on the show this evening. The Music 1. The Herbaliser - Goldrush (Very Mercenary, 1999) 2. Yusef Lateef - Eastern Market Eastern & Hip 1969) Following the news that Ringo Starr has had enough of fan mail, it gave us the ideal opportunity to once again play you what might have happened if Ringo Starr had got the gig to compose the theme to Goldfinger: 3. Peter Serafinowicz/Matt Berry - Goldfingo 4. Henry Mancini & His Orchestra - Here's Looking At You Kid (The Pink Panther OST, 2005) Then it was time to kick off the tribute to Neal Hefti with a "version" of the Batman theme and a Batman-inspired tune by arch-twangers The Ventures: 5. Sun Ra and the Blues Project - Batman Theme (Batman and Robin, 1966) 6. The Ventures - Zocko! (Batman Theme & TV Themes) And then a track from the man himself from one of the first movies for which he composed the soundtrack: 7. Neal Hefti - Vikki (Boeing Boeing OST, 1965) 8. Gillian Hills - Ne Crois Surtout Pas (Vue Intégrale, (1961) MC Zirconium brought to our attention a wonderful video on YouTube of the "Kazookelele" which has to be seen to be believed. We played an excerpt on the show: 9. Pockets - The Final Countdown (on Kazookelele) Followed by another track from the great new album by the Moon Wiring Club: 10. Moon Wiring Club - Bewitching Cattle (Shoes Off And Chairs Away, 2008) Another band brought to our attention by MC Zirconium is the wonderful Japanese duo Lullatone who make music from toy instruments and instruments they construct themselves: 11. Lullatone - bushman's samba 12. Johnny Hawksworth - The Whistler (Luke Vibert's Further Nuggets, 2002) Time for more from this week's featured artist: 13. Neal Hefti - Jervis (Batman Theme & 11 Hefti Bat Songs / Hefti in Gotham City, 1966) 14. Neal Hefti - Metropole (The Odd Couple OST, 1968) Our London correspondent, Jeff, informed us of the new Stereolab tour single so we played it on the show - could this be a UK radio exclusive? 15. Stereolab - Explosante Fixe (2008 Tour Single, 2008) Stereolab are on tour at the moment, coming to Glasgow on 16 December. Get your tickets here. A great documentary has been airing on BBC Four telling the life story of living legend, Les Paul, who still plays a set at the Iridium club in New York City every Monday night. And he's in his 90s! 16. Les Paul - Caravan (The Very Best of Les Paul & Mary Ford 1950/2008) Two very hard to find CD reissues (yes, hard-to-find *reissues*) which have been out of print for a few years are getting a welcome re-pressing in this, the 50th anniversary year of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop: 17. John Baker - Quiz Time (BBC Radiophonic Music, 1968/2008) Nearing the end of the show, it was time to play some more by our featured artist this week, the recently departed legend Mr Neal Hefti: 18. Neal Hefti - Bathtub / Saturday Night (Harlow OST, 1965) 19. Neal Hefti - This is Mother (Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet & I'm Feelin' So Sad OST, 1967) Next up a track from the recent reissue of some great Keith Mansfield tunes: 19. Keith Mansfield - Soul Thing (All You Need Is ...) And we closed the show with a version of one of Neal Hefti's most loved theme tunes, namely The Odd Couple: 20. The Button Down Brass Band - The Odd Couple (This Is Easy) We will miss you, sir... The News

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Playlist, 12 October 2008

The Show Today was either the 76th or 80th birthday of one of our heroes, John Gregory (aka Johnny Gregory, aka Chaquito) - depending on which internet source you believe...! In any case, we took the opportunity to play a few tracks by the great man. We also dipped into the wonderful new album by the Moon Wiring Club and of course we simply had to play another track from Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman's new album, Destination Space. The Music We kicked things off with some groovy Now Sounding library music: 1. Al Newman - Five Plus Four (Music for Dancefloors: The Cream of the Chappell Music Library Sessions, 2001) And that was followed by an arrangement of delicious tune written by the great Gary McFarland: 2. Benny Golson - Fried Bananas (Tune In, Turn On The Hippest Commercials Of The Sixties, 1999) Then it was time for the first of this evening's tracks by John Gregory: 3. Chaquito - The Private Ay Ay Ay (Latin Favourites, 1960) Followed by another spy tune: 4. Dick Hyman - The Third Man Theme (The Man From O.R.G.A.N., 1965) The Man From Uranus is a Cambridge-based musician who until recently was doing a radio show on a local community radio station. But now he's given that up in favour of making his own music. He has a new collection of tracks out which we will hopefully be dipping into on next week's show. But in the meantime, here's a track from an earlier release of his: 5. Man from Uranus - Chased Down the Alley By a Hammerhead Shark (Future Focus, 2006) Keeping things electronic, here's another standout track from the new Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman album: 6. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman - Barn Dance on Saturn (Destination Space, 2008) Then it was time for our first selection this evening from the new Moon Wiring Club album: 7. Moon Wiring Club - Midnight Moulding (Shoes Off And Chairs Away, 2008) Next up we played a track by the wonderful Finnish band who provide our theme tune (which is called Diamond Pyramid by the way): 8. Aaviko - Homo Futurus (Back From The Futer, 2005) Following the story about the "Our National Debt" display (see below) we felt it appropriate to play some educational music on the subject of managing one's finances: 9. Bob Dorough & Val Hawk - Dollars And Sense (Schoolhouse Rock, 1973) Then it was back to our birthday boy for an original composition and one of the finest things John Gregory has recorded: 10. John Gregory - A Face In The Clouds (Gregory Conducts, 1972) For the next track we returned to the recent reissue of Keith Mansfield's All You Need Is... which features several tracks by trumpeter extraordinaire Maynard Ferguson (Mansfield was one of MF's producers): 11. Maynard Ferguson - Spinning Wheel (All You Need Is Keith Mansfield 1972/2008) Time for some space disco next with a track from a great compilation of electronic library music from the mid-70s through into the mid-80s: 12. Brian Bennett - Cloning (Alexis Le-Tan & Jess Present Space Oddities, 2008) And then a double bill of magic starting with another track from the new Moon Wiring Club album: 13. Moon Wiring Club - House And Garden Magic (Shoes Off And Chairs Away, 2008) 14. The Advisory Circle - Hocusing For Beginners (Other Channels, 2008) The Advisory Circle are one of several great bands on the Ghost Box label. And Ghost Box have described the new Moon Wiring Club album as "a masterpiece". Quite an accolade... Another contemporary artiste we love at the Moonbase is Cornelius and he has recently released a DVD edition of his most recent album Sensuous which contains amazing videos for each track on the album. So we took the opportunity to play one of our favourite Cornelius tunes: 15. Cornelius - Brazil (Point, 2001) Seeing as Johnny Gregory/Chaquito recorded one of the best ever versions of Caravan how could we not play it on the man's birthday: 16. Chaquito - Caravan (Spotlight on Chaquito) We closed the show with a track that our London correspondent Jeff brought to our attention: 17. Momotte and Laetitia Sadier - J'ai peur de la voiture (single, 2008) The News

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Life According to Dinosaurs

Watch the premier of the new web comedy show Life According to Dinosaurs, on Channel 4's new animation site 4mations. It's free animated dinosaur goodness and it stars two of Project Moonbase's hosts! Find out more about the dinosaurs here and also on Facebook.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Playlist, 05 October 2008

The Show On this week's show we had the second and final part of our recent interview with our hero Jean-Jacques Perrey and his current musical partner Dana Countryman o the subject of their new album, Destination Space. We also played tracks from the wonderful new Squarepusher album Just A Souvenir as well as tracks from some great new reissues. The Music We kicked things off with tracks from three great reissues that have recently appeared on various subsidiary labels of Cherry Red: 1. The Keith Mansfield Orchestra - Soul Confusion (All You Need Is Keith Mansfield, 1968) 2. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends - Always You (Full Circle) 3. Gary McFarland & Gabor Szabo - Gypsy Jam (Sketch For Summer, 1965) And then a brand new track from the wonderful new Squarepusher album: 4. Squarepusher - Star Time 2 (Just A Souvenir, 2008) This next track is from the sampler CD given away free with the current edition of The Wire: 5. micronormous - Rainland (The Wire Tapper 20, 2008) Then it was time for the penultimate section of our recent interview with Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman followed by one of the standout tracks from their new album: 6. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman - Funky Little Spacegirl (Destination Space, 2008) Then another track from the new Squarepusher album, this one a wonderfully cheesy slice of vocoder fun: 7. Squarepusher - A Real Woman (Just A Souvenir, 2008) Then another track from the Keith Mansfield album, this was was first introduced to me by some bloke calles fuz: 8. The Keith Mansfield Orchestra - Boogaloo (All You Need Is Keith Mansfield, 1968) Last week we played a slice of contemporary exotica from Medeski, Martin and Wood's latest album. Here's another track, this one altogether more prog-esque: 9. Medeski, Martin and Wood - Agmatia (Zaebos: the Book of Angels, Vol. 2, 2008) Then it was time for the last part of our interview with Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman. We followed this with one of the daftest tracks from the new album which had me laughing out loud when I first heard it: 10. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman - Kittens on the Moon (Destination Space, 2008) Followed by another track featuring cats and dogs getting on famously: 11. The Beatle Barkers - We Can Work It Out (The Exotic Beatles Volume 1) We closed the show with tracks from the recent reissues from Roger Nichols and Gary McFarland and Gabor Szabo: 12. Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends - Talk It Over In The Morning (Full Circle) 13. Gary McFarland & Gabor Szabo - Bloop Bleep (Sketch For Summer, 1965) The News

Sunday, 28 September 2008

Playlist, 28 September 2008

The Show The "main feature" this evening was the first part of our recent interview with Jean-Jacques Perrey and his current musical partner Dana Countryman which we were very excited to have the privilege of doing. The interview was primarily about the release of their new album Destination Space but we covered lots of other topics too. We also took the opportunity to pay tribute to the great Paul Newman who sadly left us on Friday. The Music 1. Lefties Soul Connection - Paul Newman (Skimming the Skum, 2007) 2. Berto Pisano - Little Snack Bar (Interrabang, 1962) 3. Iron Wood - African Voodoo (Pop Boutique Vol. 1, 1998) 4. Cal Tjader - Poinciana (Several Shades Of Jade/Breeze From The East, 1997) Then it was time for the first part of our interview with Jean-Jacques and Dana which we set up by playing a track from the new album: 5. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman - The Mysterious Mr Him (Destination Space, 2008) Followed by another great track from the album: 6. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman - The Spy From Outer Space (Destination Space, 2008) That last track has some lovely theremin playing by Kevin Lee who happens to be half of the duo Seksu Roba so we played a track from their debut album: 7. Seksu Roba - Crystal Garden (Seksu Roba) After a news bulletin we played an excerpt from the rap that NASA commissioned from a student at the University of Glamorgan (see link below): 8. Jonathan Chase - Astrobiology 2008 (excerpt) Then we played the second section of our interview with Jean-Jacques and Dana followed by another track from the new album: 9. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman - Calypso Electronica (Destination Space, 2008) During the interview, Dana mentioned that they were hoping the great Vinnie Bell would be at the show they're doing in New York on Wednesday so we took the opportunity to play Vinnie's great version of show favourite, Caravan: 10. Vinnie Bell - Caravan (16 Guitar Hits) Next up we played another tribute to Paul Newman in the form of the main title from The Hustler: 11. Kenyon Hopkins - Main Title (The Hustler OST) A new album from Brooklyn trio Medeski, Martin and Wood came out earlier this year and it has a great slice of contemporary exotica on it: 12. Medeski, Martin and Wood - Sefrial (Zaebos: the Book of Angels, Vol. 2, 2008) After the last of the sections from our interview with Jean-Jacques and Dana this week we played a track by Jean-Jacques and the musician who'll be playing with him at his gig in Lausanne: 13. Jean-Jacques Perrey & David Chazam - What's Up Duck? (Eclektronics, 1998) Keeping things in a quirky mood we felt it was time to play a track from another great French musician we haven't played in a while: 14. Pierre Henry & Michel Colombier - Too Fortiche (Messe pour le temps présent et musiques concrètes, 1997) And we closed the show with another tribute to Paul Newman by playing a version of the most famous song written by Burt Bacharach for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: 15. "Sir" Christopher Scott - Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (More Switched-On Bacharach, 1970) The News

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Playlist, 21 September 2008

The Show On the show this week we got touched by the funk, came over all peaceful and also broadcast a sneak preview of an interview we carried out recently with Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman. The Music We kicked the show off this week with some funky library music courtesy of one Eric Vannell: 1. Eric Vannell & His Orchestra - Whistler On The Rocks (v/a - Pop Boutique Vol. 1, 1998) Then a truly bizarre slice of flute playing with intermittent shrieking courtesy of Harold Alexander: 2. Harold Alexander - Mama Soul - The Vibes (The Ultimate Rare Grooves Series, Vol. 2: Ghetto Funk, Sweet Soul & Classic Breaks, 2004) Then we played another track from this great Henry Mancini album we recently discovered in a local charity shop: 3. Henry Mancini - Baretta's Theme (Cop Show Themes) 4. Alan Tew - Headlights (Dramatic Funk Themes Vol. 1, 1976) Alan Tew's soundtrack to the TV series Bullet was reissued by our friends at DC Recordings and they were kind enough to send us a copy of a new remix album comprising remixes of various tracks from Kelpe's recent album: 5. Kelpe - Shipwreck Glue (Wes Coats Remix) (Extraquarium (Remixes), 2008) And then two more brand new tracks, the first from a new album by the arch absurdist, Dada-ist, industrialist but also exotica-ist and lounge-ist Nurse With Wound: 6. Nurse With Wound - Ketamineaphonia (Huffin' Rag Blues, 2008) And then a blistering version of show favourite Caravan by virtuosic Japanese pianist Hiromi Uehara featuring some mind-bending guitar work by David Fiuczynski: 7. Hiromi's Sonicbloom - Caravan (Beyond Standard, 2008) Contining the Japanese theme, a track from a great compilation that came out a good few years ago by Cubismo Grafico: 8. Cubismo Grafico - Salon A Sunday (Escalator Records, Tokyo, 2000) Today was the annual International Day of Peace and at the request of One Love for Music we played Bob Marley's One Love, though being Project Moonbase we found a suitably daft version: 9. The Grassmasters - One Love / People Get Ready (Marley Grass, 2006) And we kept the theme of love, peace and daftness with a track brought to our attention by MC Zirconium - there's even a video for this track you can watch too: 10. Sonseed - Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine (First Fruit, 1983) Now last night I had the pleasure of speaking to our hero Jean-Jacques Perrey and his current musical partner Dana Countryman on the subject of their new album, Destination Space. The full interview will go out on next week's show but tonight we played an excerpt in which Jean-Jacques talks about meeting Raymond Scott (the featured artist on last week's show) and one of his musical heroes, Les Paul. This prompted Dana to tell us about about an extremely rare recording that Jean-Jacques made in 1960 as a tribute to his hero - a recording of one of Les Paul's biggest hits, Lover. Dana was kind enough to send us a copy of the tune to play on the show: 11. Jean Jacques Perrey - Lover (Ondiolinorama, 1960) We closed the show with three tracks by three contemporary artists, none of whom I believe we've played on the show before - which just goes to show how much great music there is out there to discover: 12. Nicola Conte - Missione a Bombay (Jet Sounds, 2000) 13. The Coctails - Alderaan (Popcorn Box, 2004) 14. Nice System - Dream Of Me On Tuesday (v/a - The Men From O.R.G.A.N. - Vol.2, 2002) The News And we should also mention Life According to Dinosaurs, featuring the vocal talents of two of your Project Moonbase hosts - we'll let you work out who... You can watch the premier of this new web comedy show on Channel 4's new animation site 4mations. It's free animated dinosaur goodness! You can sign up to add your comment and give those dinos some ratings love. Watch Life According to Dinosaurs! After that, have a look at the Life According to Dinosaurs! website. You can also become a fan on Facebook.

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Playlist, 14 September 2008

The Show On this week's show we took the opportunity to celebrate the recent centenary of that great musical pioneer Raymond Scott. As it happens today was also the centenary of another favourite of fans of space-age bachelor pad music, namely Bernie Green. So we played some of his music too... The Music We kicked off with some ping-pong percussion courtesy of local lad Johnny Keating: 1. Johnny Keating - Mountain Greenery (Temptation/Percussive Moods, 1962) Then continuing the latin theme we had something I picked up in a local charity shop recently: 2. Victor Buchino - Mama Ines (Festival of International Hits) And another one: 3. Johnny and Charley - Yenka Riketik (La Yenka! 7") Then it was time to start the Raymond Scott celebrations: 4. The Raymond Scott Quintette - The Toy Trumpet (Microphone Music, 1939) Followed by another trumpet-themed miniature: 5. Bunny J. Browne And His New Group (aka Alan Parker) - The Little Trumpeter (Watch With Teacher, 2008) Our London correspondent Jeff tells me that a new 4-disc compilation of tunes by the great Ananda Shankar recently came out (from here or here and no doubt other places too), and this one has been sanctioned by the Ananda Shankar estate so we urge you to get hold of a copy. We took the opportunity to play one of the tracks included in the set and we dedicated it to Mr Planet Earth Rock and Roll himself, Jake, his wife and their new baby who arrived on Wednesday: 6. Ananda Shankar - Kaziranga Beat (Melodies From India) Following news that The Fly is being made into an opera (see below) we thought it appropriate to play the only song in our archives that features a fly throughout: 7. Martin Denny - Tsetse Fly (Exotica! The Best Of Martin Denny, 1959) And next up, an exclusive - almost certainly the first airing on a UK radio station of a track from the new Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman album, Destination Space, which is coming out at the end of the month: 8. Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman - Funky Little Spacegirl (Destination Space, 2008) I will be speaking to these great fellows next Saturday night. If you would like me to pose a question to them, do please get in touch! You can also hear more tracks from the album on their MySpace page. Next it was time to get back to today's featured artist and we played a version of probably his biggest hit, as played by a band put together by Scott evangelist Mr Irwin Chusid (who wrote this great piece for Boing Boing this week): 9. The Raymond Scott Orchestrette - Mountain High, Valley Low (Pushbutton Parfait, 2002) And then something from the man himself. This time from his vast output of electronic pieces, taken from an amazing 2 CD set on the Basta label which includes a 140-page booklet with some jaw-dropping photos of Scott at work in his studio: 10. Raymond Scott - Portofino (Manhattan Research, Inc. [Disc 1] - 1962/2000) As mentioned earlier, today was the centenary of another of our favourites, Mr Bernie Green, and so we played this brilliant piece involving one Julian Joseph on the hands: 11. Bernie Green & Julian Joseph - Concerto For Two Hands (Musically Mad, 1958) That medley of classical favourites includes a burst of In The Hall of the Mountain King and as it happens, our featured artist today, Raymond Scott, wrote a piece with a very similar title: 12. Raymond Scott - In The Hall Of The Mountain Queen (Manhattan Research, Inc. [Disc 2], 1969/2000) Then it was time to hear our last piece today performed by Scott which was the result of him returning to some of his compositions from the 30s together with some standards and some new compositions: 13. Raymond Scott - Temptation (The Secret 7: The Unexpected, 1960) MC Zirconium told us of the imminent release of a special Scalextric set of three minis in the style of the star cars of The Italian Job, so what better reason did we need to play a bit of Quincy: 14. Quincy Jones - It's Caper Time (The Italian Job Original Soundtrack, 1969) Followed by another of my recent finds from charity shops: 15. Bert Weedon - Big Beat Boogie (7") We closed the show with a track from each of this week's centenarians, firstly an arrangement of Raymond Scott's most well-known composition: 16. The Bobby Hammack Combo - Power House (Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 3: Space Capades, 1956) And then a piece from Bernie Green showcasing his pioneering use of tape loops from way back in 1961: 17. Bernie Green & His Orchestra - Kiss Of Fire (Futura, 1961) The News

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Playlist, 7 September 2008

The Show On the show this week we enjoyed a musical miscellany featuring several recent acquisitions found in local charity shops as well as some library music and a splash of Moog... The Music 1. Keith Woodman's Piccadilly Brass - Mexican Flier (On The Brink Return Of The Instro-Hipsters, 2007) 2. Alan Tew - Brazil (Don't Cry For Me Argentina, 1977) That last track was one of the tracks I picked up in a local charity shop recently and the album is worth getting just for the bizarre photo of Mr Tew on the back of the sleeve. Next up, a brace of tuneless twanging, but great tuneless twanging it has to be said: 3. Puccio Roelens Orchestra - Detroit City (Ciao Musica, 2007) 4. Sukia - Vaseline & Sand (Contacto Espacial con el Tercer Sexo - 1997) The Large Hadron Collider is due to be fired up this week (see news story below) so we thought we would mark the occasion: 5. The Moog Cookbook - Black Hole Sun (The Moog Cookbook, 1996) Two slices of latin loveliness: 6. Bill McGuffie - Begin the Beguine (When Lights Are Low, 1973) 7. Cal Tjader - Sally's Tomato - Soña Libré Thanks to Jeff for drawing my attention to this fabulous slice of space disco: 8. Alan Hawkshaw - The Speed Of Sound (Elaste Vol. 2, 2008) 9. Ten Plus (aka Alan Parker)- 9-10-Out (Watch With Teacher, 2008) When Jeff was on the show the other week Jean-Claude Vannier was our featured artist and listeners may recall that M. Vannier worked with many great musicians including one Bernard Estardy: 10. Bernard Estardy - Cha Tatch Ka (Top Timing!) 11. Janko Nilovic - Hand In Hand (Last Impressions, 2007) Wonderful news reaches us at Moonbase Towers of the imminent release of a new album by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman. To celebrate we played a track from the first album that they put out in 2006: 12. Jean Jacques Perrey with Dana Countryman - Atomic Twist (The Happy Electropop Music Machine, 2006) Followed by some Moog-ska: 13. The Vulcans - Red Herring (Star Trek, 2005) A recent trip to some local charity shops has thrown up some great tunes and here are a couple more: 14. Perry Botkin - Ode to Billy Joe (Folk Hits From Across the Sea, 1969) 15. Henry Mancini - Policewoman (The Cop Show Themes, 1976) The long-awaited release of a DVD containing the amazing music videos by Cornelius is out so we played something by the great man: 16. Cornelius - The Microdisneycal World Tour (Sean O' Hagan Mix) (Sushi 4004, 1997) And to close, another track from the 10th anniversary reissue of Air's Moon Safari which includes a whole load of remixes, rarities and radio sessions: 17. Air - Kelly Watch the Stars (Moog Cookbook Remix) (Moon Safari Remixes, Rarities and Radio Sessions, 2008) The News

Friday, 15 August 2008

Playlists and News coming soon...

Dear Project Moonbase fans - Apologies for the lack of info about music and news but I've been moving house and haven't been able to post this information to the blog. However, all this info will appear here eventually... DJ Bongoboy

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Playlist, 27/07/08

The Show A music miscellany this week including another track from the new Señor Coconut album. We also celebrated the presence of Tom Waits in our fair city after a 20 year absence. And we also countered the so-called "Dr Who Prom" by playing some music from the Radiophonic Workshop. The Music 1. Christian Bruhn - Ford Capri II (Popshopping vol.1, 1973) 2. Al Shapiro & Orch - 24 or 6 to 4 3. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Whistlin' Past the Graveyard (New Coat of Paint - Songs of Tom Waits, 2004) 4. Delia Derbyshire - The Wizard's Laboratory (Electrosonic, 1972) 5. Dave Richmond - Movin' Along (Electronic Toys, 1999) 6. Señor Coconut & His Orchestra - Voodoo Dreams By Les Baxter (Atom Remix) (Around the World, 2008) 7. George Shearing - Aquarius (The Way We Are, 1974) 8. Gil Trythall - Polk Salad Annie (Nashville Gold - Switched On Moog, 1973) 9. Klaus Doldinger - Frei Mit Boots (Popshopping vol.1, 1973) 10. Jack Costanzo & His Afro-Cuban Band - Viva Tirado (Mr. Bongo) 11. Scott Ludwig & Maximillian - Caravan (The Sounds Of Tomorrow, 2005) 12. Arling & Cameron - Le Flic Et La Fille (Music For Imaginary Films, 2000) 13. Bertrand Burgalat - Ma Rencontre (Bertrand Burgalat Meets A.S Dragon, 2001) 14. Leroy Anderson - The Syncopated Clock 15. The Advisory Circle - Spider's Web (Ghost Box Free 3 Track EP, 2008) 16. Tom Waits - Army Ants (Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, 2006) 17. The Focus Group - Hava Take (Ghost Box Free 3 Track EP, 2008) 18. Biddu - Unfinished Journey (Futuristic Journey, 1977/2008) 19. Brigitte Bardot - Contact (Best of BB, 1968) 20. C-Side & Tom Waits - Saw Sage (Coffee and Cigarettes OST, 2004) The News

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Playlist, 20/07/08

The Show This week we celebrated the recent centenary of the birth of that great composer for TV, Barry Gray. In November a concert is taking place in London where you'll be able to hear many of Mr Gray's tunes played by a full orchestra. F.A.B.! The Music 1. The Barry Gray Orchestra - Joe 90 (Top TV Themes, 1993) 2. Barry Gray - Double Agent Entertainment (Joe 90 Original Television Soundtrack, 2006) 3. Baden Powell - Sarava (Exotic Jazz, 1966) 4. Carla Bruni - Le temps perdu (Comme si de rien n'était, 2008) 5. Mareva Galanter - Les Cornichons (UkuYéyé, 2006) 6. Giampiero Boneschi - The Solarium ("The Latest Fashion") (Space: 1999: Year 1, 2004) 7. Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennnett - Oddball (Dramatic Funk Themes Vol. 1, 1974/2004) 8. Barry Gray and Gary Miller - Flying High (original Thunderbirds theme) (Thunderbirds 2, 2004) 9. The Barry Gray Orchestra - Parker, Well Done (edit) (No Strings Attached) 10. Barry Gray - White As Snow - commercial version (Captain Scarlet, 2003) 11. The Flee Rekkers - Fireball XL5 (Top TV Themes, 1993) 12. Cy Payne and His Orchestra - Stingray 13. Jim Sullivan - Atonement (Space: 1999: Year 1, 1974) 14. Martin Denny - Incense And Peppermints (A Taste Of India, 1968) 15. The Barry Gray Orchestra - Hijacked (Top TV Themes, 1993) 16. The Barry Gray Orchestra - The Mysterons Theme (No Strings Attached, 2002) 17. The Radio Science Orchestra - Aqua Marina (Memories of the Future, 2008) 18. Vic Elms, Alan Willis - Captives of Triton/Moonwalk (Space: 1999: Year 1, 1974/2004) 19. Cinema Recorded Music Library - Getting Away With It (Your Introductory Record, 2000) 20. Karl Hector & The Malcouns - Passau Run (Sahara Swing, 2008) The News

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Playlist, 13/07/08

The Show On the show this week we were delighted to welcome back Dr Woods for his sage advice and opinions. We were also excited to get our hands on the new album from one of our favourite contemporary artistes, Señor Coconut. The Music 1. Duke Ellington - Blue Pepper (Far East Of The Blues) (The Far East Suite, 1966) 2. Chaquito - Un Otra Vez (Spotlight on Chaquito, 1977) 3. The Moog Machine - Spinning Wheel (Switched On Rock) 4. Ray Davies - Flying Home 5. Brass Menagerie - Proud Mary (Brass Menagerie 1973, 1973) 6. Jean-Pierre Decerf, Gerard Zajd & Tony Cerrona - Black Safari (Space Oddities, 2008) 7. Yello - On the Run (Baby, 1991) 8. Señor Coconut & His Orchestra - Pinball Chacha (Around the World, 2008) 9. Martin Denny - Hypnotique (A Taste of India, 1967) 10. Various Artists - All Blues (edit) (Miles From India, 2008) 11. Hank Marvin - Boogitoo 12. Johnny Harris - Stepping Stones (Movements, 1970) 13. Los Admiradores - Caravan (Bongos/Flutes/Guitars, 1960) 14. France Gall & Cesar Camargo Mariano - Zoizoi (7", 1970) 15. Dorothy Ashby - Myself When Young (The Rubaiyat Dorothy Ashby, 1970) 16. Mike Leander Orchestra - The Letter 17. Bill Cosby - Ursalena The News