Anja & The Memory People – Horror Pop Sounds

Anja & The Memory People by The Asistent
Anja & The Memory People by The Asistent

This week, Horror Pop Sounds release a limited edition cassette of the original soundtrack to a cult 1970’s Czechoslovakian psychological TV drama, Anja & The Memory People by The Asistent.

The cassette only very limited run of 105 is the first release on the Horror Pop Sounds label, based in north-west England, who state they are “an apocryphal archive of film and TV soundtracks”. The music is interesting, mesmerising, weird, at times dark and disturbing; and years ahead of its time. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to know this was actually recorded in 2016 by a pale-faced geek with a bushy beard and an intense love for all things analogue!

Listen to Anja & The Memory People

Cassettes are still available from Horror Pop Sounds priced £8 each.

Anja & The Memory People cassette only releaseThe Anja & The Memory People cassette comes with an original A3 Czech TV poster unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus a high-quality digital download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Arctic Monkeys 2013 UK Arena Tour

In 2002 a group of teenagers formed The Arctic Monkeys in a suburb of Sheffield and played their first gig on 13 June 2003 at The Grapes in the city centre. Before releasing a single record the band had gathered quite a following and made a bit of a stir by offering their music for free across the Internet.  The band had recorded some songs themselves and began giving away free CDs at gigs.  In turn, the songs were shared across the Internet via free file sharing sites. In fact, they were one of the first bands to proactively use file sharing and social media to raise their profile, and in doing so had record companies clambering over each other to sign the band.

After releasing a debut single limited pressing of 500 CD’s & 1,000 7” singles on their own Bang Bang label, they decided to sign to the independent label, Domino Records, a small independent label run by Laurence Bell from his flat, who apparently only signed artists he liked!

In 2005 the Arctic Monkeys released their first single on Domino Records on 17 October 2005 and it went straight to No. 1 in the UK singles chart.  “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” was a manic slice of energetic youth, lyrically amusing and showed The Arctic Monkeys were worth every column inch of hype they were currently receiving.

I still remember their first appearance on Later with Jools Holland as they performed “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When The Sun Goes Down”, probably the best two songs from their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.


Since then they have lost the acne, released five studio albums and become one of the biggest indie rock groups in the UK with no less than two main stage headline appearances at Glastonbury.

Following the release of this year’s fifth studio album, AM, the Arctic Monkeys are once again embarking on an arena tour.  Buying Arctic Monkey tickets isn’t always the easiest thing to do these days as the band is as popular as ever.  But there are currently a few tickets still available for the UK shows including a homecoming concert at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday 2nd November, before they fly off for sold out shows in Spain and Italy.

Arctic Monkeys 2013 UK Arena Tour Dates

Tuesday 22nd October
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Wednesday 23rd
Phones 4u Arena, Manchester

Friday 25th
Earl’s Court, London

Saturday 26th
Earl’s Court, London

Monday 28th
Echo Arena, Liverpool

Tuesday 29th
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

Thursday 31st
LG Arena, Birmingham

Friday 1st November
SSE Hydro Arena Glasgow

Saturday 2nd
Motorpoint Arena Sheffield

From Red Bull Studio – The Producers featuring Lee Scratch Perry & Diplo

lee perry-producers

Made at the Red Bull Studio in London, the six episode series of The Producers documents the progress of a top music producer when they collaborate with an artist of their choice in the studio.

The series includes top producers like Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Diplo, Mark Ronson,Jamie Reynolds of the Klaxons, Gareth Jones and the series kicked off with Sheffield beatmaster Toddla T

This episode features Diplo and Lee Perry collaborating on a track in the studio, culminating in Perry preforming with Diplo and Switch’s Major Lazer at the 2010 Notting Hill Carnival.


The Producers is a co- production between Red Bull and, is a six-part documentary series showcasing a selection of the most innovative and exciting producers in the world, working in the Red Bull Studio London as their creative hub.


BBC Proms – a celebration of orchestral classical music

Being the youngest sibling in a large family I was raised in a house where music was plentiful.  Influenced by the contemporary pop music tastes of my older brothers and sisters I was also influenced by my father’s tastes in music.

A big country music fan, he would listen to Wally Whyton’s evening shows on Radio 2 with a massive pair of headphones, so big he would have to lean back in his armchair through fear they would breaking his neck, should he fall asleep!

Forgetting his James Last albums, he would also occasionally listen to classical music albums.  I particularly remember Holst’s The Planets, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Tchiakovsky’s 1812 Overture; and once a year the regular Saturday night TV viewing schedule was replaced by The Last Night Of The Proms.  Above all, I remember rousing performances of Land Of Hope & Glory and my father’s personal favourite, Jerusalem.

In recent times I have found myself listening more to classical music and intrigued to find how groups like Sigur Ros and electronica music, the likes of Susumu Yokota and d_rradio among others, are blurring the lines between these music genres.

Tonight sees the start of the annual BBC Proms, an eight week celebration of orchestral classical music spread over seventy concerts, held mainly at the Royal Albert Hall.

The BBC Proms or to give them their full title, The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC begins with music from Ligeti, Tchiakovsky, Langgaard and Sibelius; and continues with a mix of music from lesser known (to me) composers and well known music from the likes of Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Cage, Wagner, Mahler and Mozart; culminating with The Last Night Of The Proms, and climaxing with the ubiquitous performance of Thomas Arne’s Rule Britannia!

BBC Proms Tickets are difficult to acquire, especially for the Last Night Of The Proms, but the live experience is completely amazing.

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New TV Comedy – FM incluldes Live Music

FM is a new TV comedy showing starting tonight (Wednesday 25th February) on ITV2.

The sit-com is set in a radio station and follows two deejays, played by Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd, Under The Blue Sky) and Kevin Bishop (The Kevin Bishop Show, Star Stories, Fat Pig).

Each episode includes a live performance in the FM studio from the likes of The Charlatans, The Wombats, Guillemots, Ladyhawke, The Subways and Sway; as well as celebrity guest appearances from Justin Hawkins, Marianne Faithfull, Toyah Wilcox and Tim Westwood.