Cool down a little with music by Blick|Trio, elAstrum, Black Robert, Leaving Richmond, Gwasg Gelert, Wintereason, EE7A, Jeremy Stokes, John Pfeiffer, Nux Vomica, The Unknown Sound Collective and Pat Prilly.
The show was first broadcast by Resonance Extra. It can now be heard on Mixcloud.
Without full knowledge, it would be unproductive to share speculation about where the source of these insecurites underlying the sites lay. So, moving on from that: the new static version of the site is secure, easy to restore in the case of any server problems and much faster.
Rebuilding the site has already taken a lot of time, and there is still a long way to go to reinstall all content. The essentials are all in place now however, and today the site regains a blog through the simple step of reactivating the old blog that had remained unused for many years at phantomcircuit.wordpress.com and simply linking to that from the main site, phantomcircuit.com. This is not the most fancy solution, but it is solid and it works.
Here from the Phantom Circuit record vault are two examples of what seems to be called “splatter vinyl” records: a psychedelic mix of hues in the vinyl adds more than a splash of colour to these 78 rpm children’s records made in 1962.
These two examples are labelled as being on the “Happy Time Records” label, an imprint of Pickwick International. They came with a toy gramophone, which gouged the records with a vicious-looking needle attached to a simple speaker.
Google image search shows many other examples of splatter vinyl, mostly aimed at the older record buyer.
News has belatedly reached Phantom Circuit of the passing away of Brian Rust, at the age of 88, on 5th January. He was a revered discographer of jazz and popular music and the presenter of the wonderfully crackly vintage music programme Mardi Gras on Capital Radio in the ’70s and ’80s.
Via YouTube, here’s the music he used as the theme to Mardi Gras.
The next Phantom Circuit will be given over to an interview with Nash the Slash and an exclusive recording of his performance at the Barfly last Saturday.
Nash the Slash has been an international man of mystery and genre-defying multi-instrumentalist since the ’70s and if you failed to see him live (or even if you succeeded!) you will want to catch him on Phantom Circuit.
[This post has been updated to remove outdated scheduling information].