Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Bandcamp VAT Update (Normal Service Resumed)

Looks like I will NOT be disabling my digital downloads on Bandcamp on 1st Jan 2015. The latest from BC is that they will be dealing with the VAT with regards to downloads. Which is very good news for all the musicians and small independent labels out there. So I looks like when I do get round to finishing the new album it will be on Bandcamp as CD and Download.
On that note......Happy New Year to you all, see you on the other side.
Goodbye for now.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Bandcamp Downloads Now Disabled (Temporarily)

Sadly from Jan 1st 2015 my digital music will no longer be available to download and purchase from Bandcamp. Due to new EU law anyone selling music downloads online has to now pay VAT. I have spent many a sad and dull hour today reading all the FAQs and HMRC docs regarding this and like quite a few others have decided not sell my music as digital downloads on Bandcamp for the time being (might change if it all gets sorted out)
On the plus side all my albums/music will still be on Bandcamp to listen to (stream) and I should add that CD copies of my albums will still be available from Bandcamp (seems the tax issue is all sorted there)

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Seasons Greeting to all

Time for a rest now after a very up (new album & music etc) and down (due to illness) year.
Seasons Greetings. Happy Christmas to you all.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Test Transmission Archive Reel 19

Its the final one of the year and time for be to have a short break and get on with some recording (new album to get to grips with) This time round we have Dolly Dolly, Kate Bush, Graham Bowers, Nurse with Wound, The Lost Trail, Wyrdstone, Oneohtrix Point Never, Douglas E Powell, Black Sabbeth, Collection D'Arnell-Andrea and loads more for your winter listening pleasure. Have a good winter.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Secret Self 7/12/14

I produced a mix for Simon Heartfield's Secret Self show (5pm on 7th December). Simon's show is the 1st Sunday of every month.
The mix consisted of
Louis & Bebe Baron - Krell Shuttle Ride and_Power Station
Dick Mills (Radiophonic Workshop) - Macrocosm
Pye Corner Audio - Theme Number Six
Bruce Haack - Incantation
Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy
Amon Tobin - Bloodstone
Moon Wiring Club - Activate the Poacher
Michael Bundt - La Chasse Aux Microbes
Kemper Norton - 22.8.99

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Alien Jams Nov 30th

A month or so ago Chloe Frieda who hosts and runs The Alien Jams show on NTS Radio & also the Alien Jams Record Label, invited me back onto the show. I was last on the show way back in February 2014 and had a fantastic time. So I was very much looking forward to it again. This time round I played tunes by The Soulless Party, Simon Heartfield, Alan Hawkshaw, Thomas Leer, The Listening Center and Space Art. I had a fantastic time, and after a very swift post show drink I bid my farewells to Chloe and headed of to find the tube station. Top tip for the day, always check to see if there is any engineering work taking place on the underground.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Its the new one from The Advisory Circle

Very happy chap because the new The Advisory Circle album From out Here dropped through the door. And what a fine album it is to. Some very interesting and creepy stuff here,
Mr Foyster (is full of menace) From out of Here (a tad errie) Triadex Two Five Nine (they are coming to get you) Jessica finds the Beach (Mournful and lovely).
A big old thumbs up for Mr Brooks, and no doubt this will (like as The Crow Flies did) live in my car for a few months for those long and dark winter journeys (I have one coming up in fact, just me and From Out of Here)

Friday, 14 November 2014

Alien Jams NTS Radio Sunday 30th

I have been asked back on to the NTS Radio Alien Jams show on Sunday 30th November at 5pm. I have sorted out a nice selection of music/records to play so if you get the chance do tune in for a listen.

Friday, 7 November 2014

This looks fantastic. Unearthing Forgotten Horrors

This looks fantastic. Aderlating, Kemper Norton, Soulless Party, Emily Jones, Septimus Keen. Screenings of Mumsy Nanny Sonny and Girly and Shockwaves, and selections from The Ghost Box Film Retrospective will be shown. Sadly there is no possible way that I can get along for the weekend, so best I check out Hotels ready for next years event.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Out Now Keith Seatman & Douglas E Powell My Morning Ritual

This collaboration came about after I made a visit to Douglas’s recording studio, Twister Valley Records in North Devon to spend the weekend immersed in music, writing and producing field recording’s whilst rambling the countryside and beaches of North Devon. The product of this weekend’s folly was ‘My Morning Ritual’, an electronica scene scape produced by Keith Seatman with words by Douglas E Powell which explores the beauty and ancient rural secrets of the surrounding North Devonshire countryside. I have since recorded another track with Doug and a 3rd might be in the pipeline. All these tunes should be on the next album due out sometime in 2015.
My Morning Ritual is available now on Bandcamp for the mighty price of 80p.

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Post Office Tower "Its not yours"

I recently found an old Postcard from 1967. 
It reminded me of how much I loved The Post Office Tower when I was growing up. 
For me it really was the future.
"It’s not yours. It was paid for by the British taxpayer, and given to you 
by Margaret Thatcher, and it wasn’t hers to give". 
Tony Benn MP

Monday, 8 September 2014

Test Transmission Archive Reel 18

Here we are coming into the Autumn, and I have managed to cobble together another mix. But what do we have on this one????? The Elephants Memory, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Justin Hopper, Wendy Craig, The Owl Service, Nino De Luca, Simon Heartfield and loads more. So there you are, and of you go now.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Firework Art, Mark Fleming

A recent present from my friend Mr Palmer the lovely Firework Art Book
and it is exactly what it says on the back cover and website.
An evocative look at a century of British fireworks and Bonfire Nights, seen through the artwork of their labels, posters and brochures
Copies still available from Amazon.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

An email leads me to The Black Meadow

It all started with an email from Kevin Oyston (Soulless Party Tales from the Black Meadow)
"Can you contact Chris Lambert" (Tales from the Black Meadow Book)
So I sent Chris an email, he sent me one back.
"Would you like to take part in Songs from the Black Meadow"
Without any hesitation I said "YES"
Each week one of the fifteen artists from the Songs from the Black Meadow album is featured on the Songs from the Black Meadow blog page. From Sunday 16th to Sunday 22nd of June it was my turn to be featured. So if you want to delve into my past present and maybe a bit of my future then go to here and have a mooch. Chris Lambert recently recorded a mix for The Garden of Earthly Delights which can be heard here

Saturday, 28 June 2014

British Folk Art Tate Britain

This all looks rather interesting at The Tate Britain
Folk art has often been neglected in the story of British art: by uncovering this 
treasure trove of folk art objects, this exhibition asks why.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Threads BBC TV 1984

I recently re-watched the 1984 BBC production Threads. I remember watching Threads when it was first shown and must admit it scared the hell out of me. 30 years later and it still bothers me. I have no intention of outlining the whole story here, there is no point. But if for some reason you do not know what Threads is about here we go. Threads centers on life in and around Sheffield before (build up of hostilities), during (Nuclear Exchange) and after (immediate and 10 years). Threads is horrific, dark and down right disturbing. It is also happens to be as relevant today as it was in 1984. If you have never seen it, watch it nowThreads was nominated for 7 Bafta awards. In 1983 NATO held Operation Able Archer which resulted in the biggest Nuclear scare since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1963.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

After quite a long while here is Test Transmission Archive Reel 17. This time round we have music from Concretism, Gaslight Troubadours, Neal Hefti, Frowning Clouds, DJ Spooky, Camel, The Peddlers, Jonas Munk, Clothilde and quite a lot more. Until next time. TATA.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Around the Folly and Down Hill OUT NOW

At last the new Keith Seatman album Around the Folly and Down Hill has been released and is available to buy as CD (£6) or Digital download (£5) from Bandcamp. Been a bit of a while since the last one (17 months) but after a few probs and ups and downs its here.
The tracks are.--
The Inside Out Man, Future Usefulness & Happiness, Into the Well, A Specific Function, 
Hoops & Loops, Old Pepperbox, The Binocular Boy, Play by the River, 
Susan’s Always Strange, Reading the Signs, The Hunting Party, A Gathering of the Odd

written recorded and produced by keith seatman
all instruments keith seatman 
additional production jim jupp
mastering by jack packer

Around the Folly and Down Hill is available as a 
CD and Digital download from Bandcamp.
Released by: K.S.Audio 
Catalogue number: ksa 003
Release date: May, 2014

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Around the Folly Shindig 39

The new (release date 19th May) Album Around the Folly and Down Hill has just got a rather cracking review in issue 39 of Shindig Magazine. So a big thanks to Jon Mojo Mills for this review. Album excerpts here

Monday, 5 May 2014

Douglas E Powell & the Rising Spirit St Anne's Chapel

If your in North Devon around the 30th of May, then you really should pop along to St Anne's Chapel Barnstable to see Douglas E Powell & the Rising Spirit do their thing.
Alt-folk, alt-country, acoustica and Anglo Americana; Douglas E Powell is both a lyricist and poetic singer-songwriter. His songs are wistful, melancholy and fragile. Layering wistful stories over classic English folk blended with alt-country, he is well known in the south west live music and gig scene. Musical influences derive from a mixture of American country music, blues and folk music.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

All thats left of the once mighty Badge collection

Whilst having a rummage around in the loft the other day, I came across all that is left of my mighty badge collection. I say mighty because it was. From Jelly Tots and Rhubarb to UFO Punk/Post Punk, Star Wars (Where did they go??) and beyond. The Swell Maps and Undertones badges are a tad rusty. The reason for this is I fell into a river with these two pinned to my old black Harrington Jacket.  This lot I will hang onto.

Monday, 7 April 2014

2 Men Twisting in a Valley

A few weeks back, I headed West to Twister Valley North Devon to catch up with my friend singer songwriter and all round top chap Mr Douglas E Powell. When there I asked Mr P if he would be interested in writing some lyrics and singing on some new tunes/ideas that I am working on. Mr P said he would be very interested in doing this, so a new project is now looming for much later in 2014/15. After this discussion we adjourned to Mr P's studio to listen to records play some new tunes, and drink cider and ale (Doug Cider, me Ale)
Early next morning we had a stroll through Twister Valley, where I finally saw the Crackling Buzzing pole which Doug had sampled the year before. As usual a fantastic time in Twister Valley with Doug and his wonderful family.
Twister Valley
Wind Turbines for the Twister Valley Studio 
The Buzzing Pole
My new Friend