O c t o b e r 2 0 1 8
- M a r c h 2 0 1 9
It's time, I think, for a long overdue update on what's going down in the
underground, it's got to be a year and a half since the last one, and a
year and a half is a long time in the subterranean subculture we inhabit.
Our "United World Underground Collection" (M&E 25-01) has been out for a
year now, so it's interesting for me also to review what folk have been
saying about it and what impact it's had in general. Now our second
biggest selling title ever (a feat which took it only 44 days), it was
certainly well received by the M&E faithful. There's not been a huge
amount of reviews, but then I guess a 31 album collection would be a great
demand on the time of even the most dedicated of bloggers! Even the 'promo
pack' featured some 4½ hours of stuff to wade through, not to mention
confused the hell out of a number of reviewers, so back to the drawing
board for me on that one! Excellent radioplay though, been very popular on
the airwaves, and spreading the music (and elsewhere) is, after all, what
it's always been about.
Strangest place I've seen it get any attention was on Pinterest. I don't
have an account there, so no point in going looking for it, but I was in
the process of checking out several other social media sites to see what
might work for us. So I get to Pinterest and there it was, undoubtedly due
to the power of bloody tracking cookies or something equally sinister, but
top left as I got there was a thumbnail of Alan Arthur's stunning cover
art. Why? Only clue was "This Pin was discovered by David Jewitt." Not a
name I recognise, I thought, and to explore that further; I would have had
to register and set up an account etc etc; and there are only so many
hours in the day; and I have a five year old who thinks she's entitled to
the benefit of most of them.
Oh, while I remember, another piece of interest I found on Amazon, whilst
accidentally typing 'Magic Moments At Twilight Time' in to the search bar
(ahem), was a copy of the old Secrets Of Sound EP! For those that weren't
around that far back, it was put together by Neil Crud back in 1993,
featuring a track from each of Sons Of Selina, The Original Mind Band,
MMATT and Frank's Dad. Something in the region of 100 copies were bought
up by the German My Way zine (whatever happened to Uli Gernand?) and given
out as freebies with a special edition, think that may account
for it being marked as an import on here. It's an interesting curio from
our viewpoint, being the only time MMATT have ever appeared on vinyl.
Guess we shouldn't sniff at it selling for £10 either, think it was only
£1.50 at the time. Wonder what I could get for my white label test copies?
Right, without further ado, let's see what lights have been shining out
from the furthest depths of the underworld...
I n d e x (*click on the image
Pougounas' Blackout Radioshow / Tribe4mian's Weblog
Never let yourself fall into oblivion...
Harten's Bliss / Aquamarine
Online fanzine dedicated to underground and
independent music, focusing on folk, psych, indiepop and related...
Armstrong's Tuning Up / Psonic Psundays
Two eclectic and underground friendly weekly
radioshows, presented by The Speed Of Sound front man...
Rice Goff III's Deprogramming Center / Magnetic Bungalow Radioshows
Avant garde radio reborn in the 21st century...
Former publisher of Feedback and freelance reviewer for the Prog Archives
and many more...
On electronic music and the music industry...
Garry Lee's Starship Overflow
The home of alternative and underground
music on the radio...
Litter's Magic Music Box, International & Radio On Berlin Shows
The true spirit of the underground burns ever onward...
Campau's No Pigeonholes Radioshows & The Living Archive Of Underground
Musician, radio host and archivist, and so very much more...
"Mr. H" Hamilton's Zeitgeist Radio & The Rocker
For work, for play, for life, but not for
Yfantis' Skylight Webzine
The underground friendly broad spectrum music magazine run by an
Batcow's Pumf Records
Eternally dedicated to the task of continuing to find and release the
strangest music on the planet...
Carsten S' Klappstuhl Records
Different music for different people and different situations... and a new
free downloadable label sampler compilation to boot!
Olbrich's Radio Escobar & Ebus Music
Herr Ebu's monthly radioshow on Radio X out of Frankfurt am Main, and the
label from the golden age...
Jones' The Reverend Rabbit Show
Alternative and underground radio, featuring classic rock, progressive,
psyche, jazz, folk and independent sounds...
Becu and Ann Cnockaert's Luminous Dash
music website that tries to be more than just a music website, and not
exclusively in its native Belgium...
Fred's Radio Session ('John Peel')
Inspired by the late DJ, Fred presents a show with the underground ideal
that even the smallest labels count...
Barry Mart's Earth Calling
Cosmically inspired 'no-rules-as-long-as-it-rocks' underground friendly
radioshow from DJ Bazza...
Crud On Tudno FM
An alternative radioshow that aims for great music and no rules,
with just the slightest bias towards North Wales...
Kev Ellis Show
Space and psychedelic rock radio and podcasting from the former Dr. Brown
Bell's TMR Records
There are some genuinely underground friendly record labels out there, and
this is one of the best...