Monday, 4 October 2010

Ego Gymnastics

Today, the official Resonance FM Twitter feed looked like this:

A casual observer might be tempted to wonder what prompted this message, so here's the background story:

On 26th August 2010, I received the following email from Richard Thomas, Content Manager at Resonance FM:

Happy to discuss the matter, I responded immediately with this email:

As Richard's original message mentioned that my show would be paused from November, I was keen to continue this conversation, at least as far as clarifying which specific date would be the last show before the break. Alas I never received a response, despite a couple of gentle prompts:

I continued to do my show, with the slight nagging feeling that, as November approached, I would really like to hear back from Richard, so that I could hear his response to the points I'd raised, but mainly so that I knew when to stop travelling in to the station in order to broadcast.

Three hours before what was to be last Saturday's edition of Rotogravure, a friend who works at the station called me up and told me that the show had been cancelled. I asked him to forward me the email in question, as this was the first I'd heard about it, so here it is:

Rather than the show taking a break from November as originally suggested, this word-of-mouth message revealed that there would be no more Rotogravure as of now, this being the start of October.

I took great offence at the fact that a radio station Content Manager would send me an email informing of plans to alter a long-running radio show, then fail to respond to a perfectly polite reply sent that same day, eschewing any further discussion in favour of dropping the show from the schedule without warning - a whole month before the original date suggested - and failing to let me know that this was happening, despite having five weeks in which to do so.

For this reason, among others, I decided to call it a day, telling Resonance FM that I no longer wished to broadcast my show. Apparently this constitutes "ego gymnastics".

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UPDATE 6/10/10 - Resonance FM apologises:

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

25th September 2010

Jake Thackray: Sophie
Geza X And The Mommymen: Funky Monsters
Haruomi Hosono: La Pleja Felico (Nokto De La Galaksia Fervojo soundtrack)
Mr Oizo: Lars Von Sen (X-Mas Version)
Medicine And Duty: Eagle-Eyed And Idolised
The KLF: Madrugada Eterna (Club Mix)
Tom Milsom: Porphyrophobia
Hamsa Khalafe & Ali Atia: Ballali Madja
Joe Meek & The Blue Men: The Bublight
New Order: Confusion Beats
To Rococo Rot & I-Sound: Music Is A Hungry Ghost
Om: Rays Of The Sun / To The Shrinebuilder
AFX: Batine Acid
Guided By Voices: Her Psychology Today
Andrew Gold: Lonely Boy

Saturday, 18 September 2010

18th September 2010

Xex: Fashion Hurts
John Adams: Lollapalooza
Benoit Widemann: Stress!
Wire: Three Girl Rhumba
I Signori Della Galassia: Vulcano (Iceman soundtrack)
Vicious Pink Phenomena: In The Swim
Alice Coltrane: Blue Nile
Cristian Vogel: Tearing The Groove
Amit Lissack: Boogers
Admiral's Hard: Hullabaloo Belay
Vox Dei: Terroriste
The Continental Co-Ets: I Don't Love You No More
Adrian Belew: Ballet For A Blue Whale
Mu: So Weak People

Saturday, 11 September 2010

11th September 2010

Small Faces: Ogden's Nut Gone Flake
The Other Two: Tasty Fish
Larytta: Wonder Vendor
The Bit-52's: Rock Lobster
Royal Trux: Victory Chimp - Episode 3
Dancers Of Bali: Tumulilingan (Gamelan Of Peliatan 1952)
Voivod: Intro/The Unknown Knows
Jensen Sportag: Power Sergio
Erase Errata: Ca. Viewing
Extra Life: Black Hoodie
X-103: Temple Of Poseidon
FIrst Attempt: C.L.O.T.H.E.S.
Aaliyah: More Than A Woman

Saturday, 4 September 2010

4th September 2010

No Age: Cappo
Haruomi Hosono: Androgena
Cymande: Equatorial Forest
Chrome Hoof: Deadly Pressure
Gong: I Never Glid Before
The Long Lost: The Art Of Kissing
Teardrop Explodes: Sleeping Gas
Cardiacs: Will Bleed Amen
Princess Superstar: Who Writes Your Lyrics
Harmonia feat. Phyllis April King: Deluxe (Immer Wieder)
Ivor Cutler: Trouble Trouble
Safety Scissors: I Am The Cheese
Emitt Rhodes: With My Face On The Floor
Zero B: Lock Up

Saturday, 7 August 2010

7th August 2010

Zach Hill: Memo To The Man
Wiggy: Rigs
Teen Inc: Fountains
Dawn: Funky Thang
Mercury Rev: Shhh/Peaceful/Very Sleepy Rivers (BBC Finsbury Park Session)
Transformer Di Roboter: Stranger In Moscow
The Fiery Furnaces: Cops & Punches
Material: Discourse
Baaba: Dance
Wha Ha Ha: Zoo
Grovesnor: Lickstick
Electric Light Orchestra: From The End Of The World

Saturday, 24 July 2010

24th July 2010

Dominique Leone: Red, Gold & Yellow On White
Plush: Instrumental
Mito: Droid
The Cure: Grinding Halt
Cornelius: Mic Check
MC's Logik: Operating Logikally
Gold Panda: Vanilla Minus
UM: Holy Fire (Candie Hank Remix)
Woo: A Wave
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Bellerin' Plain
Omodaka: Otemoyan
Nice Nice: See Waves
Polygon Window: Quixote
White Hinterland: Moon Jam
The Mekons: 32 Weeks

Saturday, 10 July 2010

10th July 2010

Joyce Sims: All And All
Dave "Baby" Cortez: Rinky Dink
Ultra Vivid Scene: Staring At The Sun
Scritti Politti: Absolute (Version)
Scritti Politti: Messthetics
Medicine And Duty: The Imperial Black Fracture
Cabaret Voltaire: Three Mantras
Half-Handed Cloud: Pressing Into It
Will Powers: All Through History
Jamie Lidell: Silent Why
The Cardigans: Tomorrow

Saturday, 3 July 2010

3rd July 2010

The Monochrome Set: The Monochrome Set (I Presume)
Synergy: Phobos And Deimos Go To Mars
ESG: Step Off
Kleenex Girl Wonder: Jobs Jeans
Rip, Rig & Panic: Subversive Wisdom
St Vincent: The Strangers
Basti: Culture
Barnes & Barnes: Fish Heads
Stock, Hausen & Walkman: Sniffed Up
Just Brothers: Sliced Tomatoes
Haco: Element
Wigwam: Timedance
Jim O'Rourke: Women Of The World

Saturday, 26 June 2010

26th June 2010

Frank Sidebottom: What For From Me Mum
Julee Cruise: Rockin' Back Inside My Heart
John Adams: The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot For Orchestra)
Frankie Bones: At My House
Field Music: Them That Do Nothing
Thomas Belhom: Pianomeka
The Debonaires: Headache In My Heart
Louise Le May: Be My Guru
Flying Lotus: Clock Catcher
Bill Nelson: Don't Touch Me (I'm Electric)
Kid606: Circumvent (Before And After Part 1)
Huang Chung: Ti-Na-Na
Mystic Moods Orchestra: Jim Webb Collage
Freeform: Sopping Wet

Saturday, 12 June 2010

12th June 2010

Freeez: Easy On The Onions
Africa Hitech: One Two (Instrumental)
Dirty Projectors: I Will Truck
Laurie Anderson: Born, Never Asked
Wire: Another The Letter
Gonzales: Walk For Hours
Extra Life: I'll Burn
Aretha Franklin: Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky)
Ride: Making Judy Smile
Jon Hopkins: Insides
Kenny Graham And His Satellites: Sunstroke
Knifeworld: An Arrival
Sheila E: The Glamorous Life

Saturday, 5 June 2010

5th June 2010

Si-{cut}.db vs Scanner: Bovine Revolver
Melvins: Black Santa
Liaisons Dangereuses: Peut Être... Pas
The Sea And Cake: A Fuller Moon
Can: Uphill
Grasscut: The Door In The Wall (Bibio Mix)
The Fall: The Mixer
Cristina: Things Fall Apart
The Residents: Romanian/Nice Old Man
Metronomy: The End Of You Too
Hell: Suicide Commando
Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Rock Out

Saturday, 29 May 2010

29th May 2010

Klark Kent: Office Girls
Osborne: Afrika (Bullion Remix)
Railroad Jerk: Don't Be Jealous
Toumani Diabaté: Elyne Road
Von Südenfed: Fledermaus Can't Get It (Hooloo Rock)
Goodiepal: Lick Lick Flick Flick (Mainpal Inv)
Talking Heads: Moon Rocks
Dominique Leone: I'm The Police
Ann-Marie: With Or Without You
Jocelyn Pook: Migrations
Squarepusher: Vic Acid
Half Man Half Biscuit: Monmore Hare's Running
The Rip Off Artist: This Is Static
The Flaming Lips: Miracle On 42nd Street
What A Fool Believes (MIDI file)

Saturday, 22 May 2010

22nd May 2010

The Chap: We Work In Bars
Caleb: Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad
Gold Panda: Before We Talked
Lou Reed: Stupid Man
Sax Ruins: Komnigriss
High Places: On A Hill In A Bed On A Road In A House
Omar Souleyman: Hot Il Khanjar Bi Gleibi (Stab My Heart)
John Cooper Clarke: The It Man
Bob Drake: Plinth Shriveller
Rum & Black: Slaves
Francis Poulenc: Alerte (performed by Nelly Van Doesburg)
De De Mouse: Hill Girl Steps
The Advisory Circle & Belbury Poly: And The Cuckoo Comes To Belbury
Autechre: Known(1)
Black Dice: Twins
Cardiacs: Blind In Safety And Leafy In Love

Saturday, 15 May 2010

15th May 2010

Rhodri Marsden's Rotogravure #2!

Daryl Hall: NYCNY
Jake Thackray: La-Di-Dah
15-60-75: Here In The Life
HTV Wales Ident
The Good News: Girls
Bobby Caldwell: What You Won't Do For Love
Bogshed: Can't Be Beat
The Magic Band: Japan In A Dishpan
Gonzalez: Let's Ride
Leoncie: Killer In The Park
Ken Campbell: excerpt from Wol Wantok
Dora Brilliant: Thud
St Vincent: Marrow
Idjut Boys feat Phil Collins: I'm Not Moving
God Is My Co Pilot: 2 Meats
The Left Banke: And One Day
The Scaramanga Six: Last Roll Of The Dice

Saturday, 8 May 2010

8th May 2010

Rhodri Marsden's Rotogravure #1!

Simon Bookish: The Alsatian Dog
Dirty Projectors: Remade Horizon
Charlie Penrose: Laughter At The Old Bassoon
Stretchheads: Skinrip
Gary Toms Empire: Welcome To Harlem
London Snorkelling Team: TV In The Schoolhouse
An Alice In Wonderland mashup thing
Ed Tracy: Girl's Got A Habit
Azymuth: Aguia Nao Come Mosca
Rancid Hell Spawn: Sex In A Butcher's Shop
Findo Gask: Va Va Va
Eek A Mouse: Modelling Queen
Pomplamoose: Telephone
Magma: Üdü Wüdü
Sneaker: More Than Just The Two Of Us
Wigwam: Pedagogue

Saturday, 24 April 2010

24th April 2010

7” Special #3!

Simon & Garfunkel: I Am A Rock
Johnny Clarke: Joyful Festival
Kid Creole & The Coconuts: Table Manners
The Boo Radleys: Sunfly
Cubic 22: Night In Motion
Red Box: R'n A
Skeye Flexi-Dish (excerpt)
Lloyd Price: Where Were You On Our Wedding Day?
Paul Hardcastle: Fly By Night
Brighter: Tinsel Heart
Ruins: Dhaskrive
The Monsoon Bassoon: 28 Days In Rocket Ship
The Cure: The Dream
Vietnamese (excerpt)
Semiconductor: Cat Walk
Isabel: Disco Piper (I Love You Disco)
Bill Nelson's Red Noise: Acquitted By Mirrors
The Maytones: Brown Girl
The Supremes: Nathan Jones

Saturday, 17 April 2010

17th April 2010

The KLF: Kylie Said To Jason
Mantler: In Stride
Haruomi Hosono: Living-Dining-Kitchen
Moe Tucker: Hey Mersh!
Cryptacize: One Block Wonders
Bonzo Dog Band: 11 Moustachioed Daughters
Jan Hammer & Jerry Goodman: Country And Eastern Music
Cybotron: Clear
Michael Nyman: At This Hour Lie At My Mercy
The Clean: Drawing To A Hole
Flying Lotus: Satelllliiiiiiiiteee
Gigi: Some Second Best (Chorus)
Arthur Russell: That's Us/Wild Combination
The Evens: Crude Bomb
Hired Muscle: McLean's Kitchen
The Sundays: My Finest Hour

Saturday, 10 April 2010

10th April 2010

Omodaka: こきりこ節
School Of Language: Marine Life
Unique 3: The Theme (Mordant Music Reprise)
Caribou: Hannibal
Roberto Cacciapaglia: Sport Et Divertissement
Paradise Island: I Came To Party
Joanna Newsom: Kingfisher
They Might Be Giants: Kiss Me, Son Of God
No Kids: I Want To Be Around
Jeanette "Lady" Day: Come Let Me Love You (Shep Pettibone Mastermix)
Devin Townsend: Olives
Man From Uranus: Wild Animals Ate My Mother
Growing: Rave Pie Only
Blossom Dearie: Once Upon A Summertime

Saturday, 3 April 2010

3th April 2010

Emmett Frisbie: Rush Hour
Steve Reid: Lions Of Judah
Marmoset: Winter
The Black Dog: The Crete That Crete Made
White Magic: Hear My Call
Grace Jones: Cry Now - Laugh Later
Swans: Celebrity Lifestyle
Leoncie: Invisible Girl
Eric B & Rakim: Move The Crowd
Bill Nelson: Magnificent White Horse/Beauty Enters The Castle
Donna Summer: Time And It's [sic] Other
Xavier Charles: Crosseyed And Painless
Men Without Hats: Cocoricci (Le Tango Des Voleurs)
Steely Dan: Gaucho

Saturday, 27 March 2010

27th March 2010

James Larcombe's Rotogravure #2!

Moebius: Love In The Afternoon / Intermission
Arch Garrison: Peekaboo
Cheval De Frise: Fresques Sur Les Parois Secrètes Du Crâne
Zag And The Coloured Beads: Ekim Bey
Fiona Larcombe: The Faithless Shepherd
Valentin Clastrier: Migration 4
Mr And Mrs Smith And Mr Drake: Dergo
Extra Life: Blackmail Blues
Shudder To Think: Earthquakes Come Home
Billy Pigg: Crookit Bawbee / Blll Charlton's Fancy
Richard Larcombe: Wisdom And Beauty
Max Tundra: Number Our Days

Saturday, 20 March 2010

20th March 2010

James Larcombe's Rotogravure #1!

Defeat The Young: I'm Your New Neighbour
XTC: Seagulls Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her
Spratleys Japs: Vine
Beck: We Live Again
The Old Signs: Laning Song
Aphex Twin: Bucephalus Bouncing Ball
Gong: The Octave Doctors And The Crystal Machine
Circulatory System: Days To Come (In Photographs)
Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention: The Uncle Meat Variations
William D. Drake: Stone Carnation
Zs: B Is For Burning
The Gasman: Dinner Dance
Freddie Phillips with Brian Cant: Mr. Clamp's Song
James Larcombe: Untitled
Ligeti: Continuum
Don Caballero: Slice Where You Live Like Pie
The Beach Boys: And Your Dreams Come True
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band: Veteran's Day Poppy

Saturday, 13 March 2010

13th March 2010

Field Music: Something Familiar
Cristian Vogel: La Isla Picola
Hang On The Box: Yellow Banana
Isotope: Do The Business
Isotope 217: Harm-O-Lodge
Cyriak: Cycles
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: Miss Trudy
Prinzhorn Dance School: Realer, Pretender
Tonto's Expanding Head Band: Cybernaut
Sister Suvi: Claymation
Skeletons: Dripper
Spacemen 3: So Hot (Wash Away All Of My Tears)
Genesis: I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
The Ladies: Black Metal In The Hour Of Starbucks
Baby Ford: Blow Back
Stars In Battledress: Pinocchio Falls In Love

Saturday, 6 March 2010

6th March 2010

John Maus: Times Is Weird
Jackson & His Computer Band: Radio Caca
A Hawk And A Hacksaw: Kertész
Lola: Wax The Van
Arch Garrison: Stone On The Pound
Dustin Wong: Summer/Fall
Of Montreal: Labyrinthian Pomp
This Heat: The Fall Of Saigon (1977 Peel Session Version)
Café Tacuba: El Aparato
Ken Ishii: Extra

Saturday, 27 February 2010

27th February 2010

Think About Life: Johanna
White Car: Hearth's Hymn
Unit Four Plus Two: Cross A Million Mountains
Solex: The Boxer
Rarely Seen Above Ground: It Over
Robert Wyatt: Little Red Riding Hood Hit The Road
Todd Rundgren: Flamingo
Nightmares On Wax: I'm For Real
Baby Washington: Either You're With Me (Or Either You're Not)
Buckner & Garcia: Pacman Fever
Frantic Elevators: You Know What You Told Me
Underworld: Blueski
A Frames: U Boat
Architecture In Helsinki: Need To Shout
Giorgio Moroder: Baby Blue
Robert Mitchum: They Dance All Night

Saturday, 20 February 2010

20th February 2010

Jean-Luc Ponty: Final Truth (Part II)
Stereolab: Pause
Eden Ahbez: Full Moon
Harmonia: Watussi
Kimitaka Matsumae: Robot Famicom (20th Anniversary Remix)
Psapp: Part Like Waves
Malcolm McLaren: Jive My Baby
Jedi Knights: Dances Of The Naughty Knights
XBXRX: Ear Even Hear
A Certain Ratio: Saturn (Backwards)
My Bloody Valentine: She Loves You No Less
The Police: Next To You
Mieko Shimizu: Kanojotachi
Peter Gabriel: A Wonderful Day In A One-Way World
The Seeds: Out Of The Question

Saturday, 13 February 2010

13th February 2010

The Knife ft. Mt. Sims & Planningtorock: Colouring Of Pigeons
Raymond Scott: Nescafé
The Who: Fiddle About
The 11th Voyage: The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Kosmonaut
Cheer-Accident: Blue Cheadle
Adam & The Ants: The Idea
Phuture: Acid Trax
Thomas Bangalter: Rectum (Excerpt)
Gentlemen's Agreement: Stay By Your Side
Royal Trux: Hashish
Carl Brown: Fourth Garden Flow
The Fugs: Marijuana
What's Up?: ?
The Fiery Furnaces: Waiting To Know You

Saturday, 6 February 2010

6th February 2010

Donna Summer: State Of Independence
XTC: Science Friction
Indica Ritual: Iceberg Island
The United States Of America: Stranded In Time
Freur: My Room
Daryl Hall & John Oates: Hallofon/Intravino
The Fall: Fit And Working Again
Windjammer: Dive Inside My Love
Andrew Poppy: The Amusement
Hands On Heads: Is An Umbrella Really Necessary?
Orbital: Attached (Peel Session Version)
Thurston Moore: Female Cop
Yes: Our Song
Jean Robinson: Weekend Blues

Saturday, 30 January 2010

30th January 2010

Synergy: Delta Two
The Belle Stars: The Clapping Song
Caribou: Odessa
Ron Geesin: Carousel 2
Yazoo: Bad Connection
The New Rotary Connection: I Am The Blackgold Of The Sun
Self: What A Fool Believes
Department Of Eagles: Teenagers
Rolling Stones: Just Wanna See His Face
Scritti Politti: Boom! There She Was
Midlake: It Covers The Hillsides
Sonic Solution: Beatstime
The Tea Set: Parry Thomas
Ian Middleton: Curious Electronics 1

Saturday, 23 January 2010

23rd January 2010

Japanese Music Special!

De De Mouse: Sweet Gravity
Mothke-San: Tofu
Illreme: Ride On Mind
Klara Circus: Little Giant
Oorutaichi: Jimaji
Ruins: Graviyaunosch
Riow Arai: Kusakari
Organization: Bull Mark
Tipographica: Rhythm Mountains~Tanker
Araki Kenta: Aitoku
Ippu Do: China Step
Ground Zero: Paraiso-1

Saturday, 16 January 2010

16th January 2010

Kavus Torabi's Rotogravure #2!

Celtic Frost: Innocence And Wrath
Shudder To Think: Hit Liquor
Weidorje: Vilna
The Byrds: So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
The Muffins: The Adventures Of Captain Boomerang (excerpt)
Voivod: Pre-Ignition
News From Babel: Who Will Accuse/Hearts Of Stone (Megalopolis)
Koenjihyakkei: Rattims Friezz
They Might Be Giants: The Cap'm
Fred Frith: Laughing Matter, Esperanza
Robyn Hitchcock: Luminous Rose
Caravan: Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
Cosmic Dennis Greenidge: Buttery Moon

Saturday, 9 January 2010

9th January 2010

Kavus Torabi's Rotogravure #1!

Valentin Clastrier: Comme Dans Un Train Pour Une Etoile
The Mothers Of Invention: Dwarf Nebula Processional March
Syd Barrett: No Good Trying
Lee Wiley & George Gershwin: Someone To Watch Over Me
OLD: Underglass
Egg: Contrasong
Comus: Figure In Your Dreams
The Beatles: Because
Krakatoa: Telegraph
Neil: The Amoeba Song (From A Very Cellular Song)
Hella: Hand That Rocks The Cradle
Moving Gelatine Plates: We Were Lovin' Her
Slayer: Behind The Crooked Cross
Henry Cow: Solemn Music
Madness: One Better Day
The White Noise: Firebird