Sunday, November 27, 2016

Beatcroft Social (Incorporating The Museum Of Lost Audio) broadcast live on 26 November 2016. Playlist and embedded streams

Still up on Facebook! Here's last night's Beatcroft social, complete with 78s, 8-tracks, cassettes and LP vinyl! Plus an interview with Robert and Chris from Shetland band Trookers, who you can discover more about here.

Really loving their first single 'Minute Steak', which you can download for free via their Soundcloud page here.

Welcome to the future of r@dio!

UB40: Blues Eyes Crying in the Rain
Rolling Stones: Ride 'em On Down (2016)
Rolling Stones: Route 66 (1964; vinyl)
Trookers: Chris Thomson and Robert Balfour interview
Trookers: Minute Steak
Trookers: Birds
Chuck Prophet: Bad Year for Rock'n'Roll
Eddie Taylor: Big Town Playboy
Wendy James: This is a Test
Elvis Costello and Jimmy Cliff: Seven Day Weekend (vinyl)
Ricky Ross: The Germans Are Out Today (cassette; So Long Ago)
Spoothawk: Hot Love (Straight After Midnight)
Bull Moose Jackson and his Buffalo Bearcats: I Love You Yes I do (78 rpm shellac 10-inch single)
Mark Kozalek and Minnie Driver: Something Stupid
Buddy and Julie Miller: The Price of Love
James Mainland (reading): No Particular Place
Chuck Berry: Promised Land
Imelda May: Call Me
Blue Aeroplanes: You're Going to Need Somebody (cassette)
Bob Dylan: Motorpsycho Nitemare (vinyl)
Lyle Lovett: If I had a Boat
Lindisfarne: Winter Song (from a vintage Kyoto 8-track player)
Al Green: Tired of Being Alone (vinyl)
Gallagher and Lyle: Among the Birks
Tom Russell: Tonight We Ride
Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Blue Jeans and Moonbeams

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Latest Beatcroft Social on 60 North Radio: Bongshang to Para Handy via Bryan Ferry and the Bluesbreakers

Here's the Beatcroft Social (incorporating The Museum Of Lost Audio Reproduction) from last night, Saturday 19 November 2016. A few wee hiccups with cassettes and vinyl, but a lot of fun messing about the redundant tech.  You can go straight to the Facebook video, with the outdoor Shetland webcams and cameras inside the studio in Lerwick...

...or, in glorious highly mellifluous stereo and audio only, stream the music from Mixcloud...

Anyway, the full playlist follows. Next show on Saturday, live on Facebook and at (ZE3 stream). And advance warning - from 10 December, the show will be moving to the earlier time of 7.00pm on Saturdays. And we will be LIVE on both Christmas Eve and Hogmanay.


The Beatcroft Social's Museum Of Lost Audio Reproduction

Bongshang: If and When (CD)
The Supernaturals: I wasn't Built To Get Up At This Time (cassette; from the album A Tune A Day)
Bryan Ferry: Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (CD)
Filska: Repeal the Poll Tax (stream)
Spooky Tooth: I am the Walrus (Vinyl; from the Island compilation Bumpers)
Peter Bruntnell: Domestico (CD)
Firegarden: Choose Your Own Adventure (stream)
A Highland Voyage: We're No' Gaun tae Blaw (Vinyl; from the album Highland Voyage)
Karl Blau: That's How I Got to Memphis (stream)
Taj Mahal: Six Days on the Road (Vinyl; from the CBS compilation Fill Your Head With Rock)
Starwheel Press: Subbuteo (stream)
Aberfeldy: Vegetarian Restaurant (stream)
Easterhouse: The Boy Can Sing (cassette demo)
Family: Burlesque (Vinyl; from the album Bandstand)
Andrea Marini: White Van Man (CD)
UB40: Can't Help Falling In Love With you (stream)
James Yorkston: Woozy with Cider (stream)
King Creosote: Wake Up to This (stream)
Hank Wangford: Never Wear Mascara (cassette; from the album Rodeo Radio)
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (feat. Peter Green): Out of Reach (Vinyl; from the album The World of Bluespower)
June Tabor and Oysterband: Love Will Tear Us Apart (stream)
Elmore James: It Hurts Me Too (Vinyl; from the Island compilation This Is Blues)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The new Beatcroft social on Mixcloud and Facebook, with playlist (and a brief note on foiling music identification algorithms)

Here's the playlist and Mixcloud audio version of last night's (Saturday 12th November) Beatcroft Social, as broadcast on 60 North Radio. As I write, the Facebook Live feed is still up on my timeline as a recording with all the accompanying video, some glimpses of the aurora and my bargain priced red microfleece from excellent Cumbrian company EDZ.

A quick word regarding our continued efforts to stop the phantom Facebook algorithms from taking the live feed down (during and after broadcast) in the mistaken belief (if algorithms can believe anything) that we don't have the requisite licences. The Facebook machines are not geared up to detect relatively obscure music from Inverclyde, Edinburgh and Dundee. Nor are they good at dealing with old cassettes and vinyl. Leonard Cohen, bless him, tripped the wire this time but as I say, the feed is back for the moment.
Catch daytime views and much more music and video content from Shetland at

And now the playlist:

The Garlands: Viva Tomorrow (from the album Kerosene Days)
David Heavenor: Jenny and the Cold Caller (from the album  I Wanted To See Him)
Bruce Cockburn: Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long (Vinyl; from Waiting for a Miracle)
Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
Transvision Vamp: The Only One (from the cassette Velveteen)
Andy White: Tower of Babel Time
Joe Cocker: Many Rivers to Cross (from the horribly scratched vinyl album Sheffield Steel)
Southern Tenant Folk Union: The War (from the album Join Forces)
Deacon Blue: Church (1986 cassette demo)
Dean Owens: Raining in Glasgow (single)
Bryan Ferry: A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall
The Legendary Hearts: Make a Home (single)
Cado Belle: Stone's Throw From Nowhere (vinyl; from the eponymous album )
Vivian Stanshall: Terry Keeps His Clips On
Sam Spiers: Three Cemetery Town (from the album Downdie)
Edwyn Collins: Hope and Despair (vinyl single, from the AED Edwyn CollinsTape Box)
The Big Dish: Prospect Street (Cassette. Live in Liverpool, 19th May 1985)
Mowgli and the Donuts: Out of Time (from the album Volume One - Terms and Conditions Donut Apply)
Luka Bloom: You Couldn't Have Come At a Better Time
Tom Russell: He Wasn't a Bad Kid When He Was Sober
Ry Cooder: Face to Face That I Shall Meet Him (vinyl; from the album Jazz)
Tired Pony: Dead American Writers
Leonard Cohen: The Darkness

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

On the Election of a Former Gameshow Host to the Presidency of the United States of America

The dad-dancing Strictly buffoon
The Apprentice psychopath with interesting hair
The I’m-A-Celebrity-Get-Me-In-There
Rehab refugee from an afternoon

He’s no dope

Don’t think that for a minute
A woman-hating, fumbling, groping freak
Cunning, desperate, wealthy, scared and weak
It’s his gameshow world, and we’re in it

Press play
There’s no ‘press’ today

Only the pad of thumbs on glass
Tweeting and retweeting
Endlessly retreating
Enabling the crass

To win

So it begins…

Tom Morton 2016

Sunday, November 06, 2016

The Beatcroft Social on 60 North Radio - 5 November 2016. Absolute Beginners please!

Back live after a week awa' sooth, and back into the battle with Facebook Live. We ARE legal, here at 60 North, or as legal as the antiquated, sheet-music system of music licensing can allow. We have all the licences we can obtain. Get with the programme, guys! I see Facebook are advertising for a 'Global Music Licensing Executive' who will doubtless be negotiating with the likes of Sony and Universal, and be immune to the wishes of tiny wee outfits like 60 North. Just get on with it, Markie.

So, the Facebook stream has been removed, without explanation, and that took all your valuable and much appreciated comments as well. Sorry, but we cannot control the Mighty Zuckerberg and his algorithms.

Thank goodness for Mixcloud, an entity which understands music and how it should work on the web. Here's the link to Saturday's show. A full playlist follows. Back next week for more adventures in visual radio, and hopefully some better weather.

Oh, and as I write, Sunday Teas in Gulberwick Hall this afternoon. Thanks to John Hunter for that information. I should also say that the track which just leaps out at me from the show is the long, soundtrack version of Absolute Beginners, by David Bowie, played off cassette. It's a truly awesome song, and an amazing performance with fabulous piano from Rick Wakeman and one of the all time great saxophone solos by Don Weller.

Other highlights: Kid Canaveral off 45rpm single; James Taylor's still-stunning guitar playing on You Can Close Your Eyes, probably the best solo acoustic accompanist there has ever been. And the news (via Michael Craig) that ALL the late Michael Marra's recordings will be issued digitally, for the first time, in January.

This week's show has more cassettes and vinyl than ever before, including some very rare tunes indeed.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Into Your Arms
Yvonne Lyon: We Were Not Made for the Shadows
XTC: Love on a Farmboy's Wages
Steely Dan: Dallas (from the Probe/MFP sampler 'Spirit of Rock'. Vinyl)
World Party: When the Rainbow Comes
Teenage Fanclub: Kylie's Got a Crush on Us (Select Magazine Cassette 1992, live at King Tut's)
Staple Singers: If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)
Dougal and the Blue Cat: Excerpt from the original soundtrack (vinyl).
Andy Fairweather-Low: Wide Eyed and Legless
David Bowie: Absolute Beginners (full film soundtrack version; cassette)
Lindi Ortega: Ashes
Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle: This One's From The Heart (Vinyl; full soundtrack version)
Half Man Half Biscuit: Adam Boyle Has Cast Lad Rock Aside
Ramones: Blitzkrieg Bop
Kathleen Edwards: Sidecar
Tony O'Neill: Throw Away Your Guns (1986 cassette demo)
James Taylor: You Can Close Your Eyes
Michael Marra: O Fellow Man (from the cassette Candy Philosophy)
Kid Canaveral: Low Winter Sun (from 45rpm vinyl single!)
Amazing Rhythm Aces: Third Rate Romance
The Walkabouts: Murdering Stone (from NME 'Fort Apache' cassette)
Linda Ronstadt and Anne Savoy: King of Bohemia
Jennifer Warnes (with Stevie Ray Vaughan): First We Take Manhattan
Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows

With thanks as ever to Iain Waddell and Bo Anderson (and Andy in Singapore!)