Entropic State Report 19th October 2021

October has been a productive month. Hussein and I FINALLY managed to hook up and cover Phase Three of The Final Programme and it was great to get back in the saddle. Alongside him. On a weird two saddled beast. Or a motorbike and sidecar. Perhaps that was a poor choice of words. It was great to get back in the Duesenberg together!

As you’ll know if you listened, we eschewed the opportunity to talk about the finale (Phase Four) on that show as it was already well over two hours long. On discussion with some of you though, perhaps we missed a trick. There’s obviously a lot there to unpack. As it happens we also discussed getting back together to talk about the successes and failures of the Robert Fuest film and, in all honesty, I don’t know how we can do that WITHOUT referencing the end of the book. So, in the near future we will do just that.

Hussein and I have also had a quick conflab about our next project. I came across a really interesting article on Twitter thanks to David Currie (thanks DC). As Dune is about to hit UK cinemas there have been a host of articles and think pieces about the Frank Herbert book, particularly regarding cultural appropriation, lack of representation and white saviour narratives. This piece however is from a very specific perspective. So, I sent the link to The Muslimness of Dune: A Close Reading of “Appendix II: The Religion of Dune” over to H.  It’s fascinating to get the POV of a muslim scifi-fan but, as H has brought an Islamic perspective to some of our discussions on Jerry Cornelius and Moorcock, I though it would be equally valid to get a view from a muslim NON-scif-fi fan! So, we have a project for the new year. At our pace it will probably take 18 years to get through it but what else are we going to do with our time.

It’s solidly in scope too, as I got my intro to Dune via Pops c/o the copy of Children of Dune pictured above. At the time I read a bit, had no idea what the bloody hell was going off so waited until, inevitably, copies of Dune and Dune Messiah dropped into my lap via my Uncle Phil some time later, obscured within two bin-liners of paperbacks. Yes, I have three copies of the Pennington covered Dune Messiah. No, I don’t know why or how.

In other news, the second volume of the Journal is just about written and, timely as ever, N Λ Ṇ D has released the first track from the Journal vol II – Gallery of the Lost. Grab that and the first part of the GAC-inspired music project, Journal vol I, at the N Λ Ṇ D bandcamp page.

In terms of new shows, the patron poll for the Halloween episode had a decisive winner and Guy N Smith’s Night of the Crabs is my bedtime read this week. Phil and I will be recording our thoughts on that this weekend and it will be out in time for Halloween.  

I also recorded a great show last week with Andrew Nette. We talked about his upcoming book Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985 , as well as a host of other stuff. That will be out in the next couple of weeks and in the meantime check out Andrew’s website Pulp Curry. It’s a treasure trove of pulp and genre goodness and includes a recently unearthed and previously unpublished interview with BITR favourite James Herbert.

Reet… I’m dry for now.

Catch you again soon pards.

Andy

The Final Programme Phase Three

The Final Programme Phase Three

Hussein is back in Derry & Toms to triumphantly conclude our epic coverage of The Final Programme.

We talk parties… get older… and add Rhyl to the list of towns we’ve offended… but damn it we got through it!

The best news is that Hussein WILL return again.

This show is played out once again by N Λ N D with the new track Gallery of the Lost.

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A New Milestone – 20k Downloads!

The Old Pier Bookshop – Morecambe

We have returned from our jaunt to probe the decaying victorian pleasures of Morecambe. High on the heady conjunction of dust from ancient tomes, marvellous victuals and real ales, I bought too much of all of the above as always and it was marvellous.

Old Pier booty

Whilst there I slapped up a patron poll to decide the subject matter for the next Halloween show. Currently Night of the Crabs holds a healthy lead over The Fog in second place. Half of the patrons have voted so far so that may change but I got a second copy for Phil in anticipation. Meanwhile she bagged a copy of The Fog too, so we may end up doing both. Night of the Crabs as the main show and The Fog as a patron extra. I’ll leave the poll up for another week or so.

I also picked up a second copy of The Golden Barge with that lovely Mick van Houten cover, so Phil has done a quick patron draw (rolling a zocchi dice) and that copy will be winging its way to the Lapsed Gamer soon.

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Whilst away we also passed a nice milestone on Podbean with our downloads on that platform topping 20k. Our combined YouTube views are also closing on 10k too, largely thanks to The Rats and Wheels of Terror episodes that for some reason are big hits (comparatively of course) with some tasteful algorithms somewhere.

I can only thank all of our patrons and listeners for your wonderful support over the past two years.

Days of the Underground w/ Joe Banks

Days of the Underground

We’re back in Derry and Toms Once again via the Ladbroke Grove counter-culture scene, this time in the company of journalist and author Joe banks as we talk about his book Days of the Underground: Radical Escapism in the Age of Paranoia. We yak about Hawkwind, Moorcock, Target Books and other digressions.

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Entropic State Report 5th August 2021

Following a great episode shooting the breeze with author and musician Allister Thompson the first of the three patron giveaways has been spotted in the wilds of California (thanks to Malpertuis for the pic).  The other two should be winging their way to the other winners as I type.

The schedule for upcoming shows continues to alter and mutate in response to various issues and, sadly, the first in-person recording with Loz for a year had to be bumped again due to the usual issues that I’m sick of mentioning in these reports… but we will overcome. As it happens, we had been planning to do a couple of short stories but a twitter conversation has nudged us onto a slightly different course and we’re mulling over… THE REVENGE OF THE ROSE.

My intention all along had been to go in some kind of chronological order with this podcast, but at our current rate it will be 2029 before we tackle some really great subjects so we might just have to say sod it and jump about a bit.

Hussein and I are still trying to pin down a slot to finish The Final Programme too. In this case it’s weddings that keep getting in the way! And Robbo will be back at some point to pick up where we left off with Wheels of Terror, but he always seems to be on bloody holiday the waster.

Meanwhile Tash is moving castles, but the good news there is that her new pile is about half an hour closer so that’s progress. Recording remotely with Tash just isn’t the same. Of course that goes for all of my co-hosts and guests but the rum-soaked hours spent with Tash just… well… more so. I also miss out on that banging Trini cuisine.

As evidenced from the choppy audio quality on the show with Allister, some of my tech has decided to be a pain in the arse too and I’ve had to postpone a couple of other guest appearances over the last month or so but I’ll be getting back to them as soon as they’re resolved. Meanwhile though I have my trusty Tascam available so Phil and I can record our take on City of the Beast independently of that so that’s our plan for this weekend.

On the Journal front, I recently completed chapter 12 and have probably one more to go to close out the second act of Connelly’s journey through the miasma.  It’s been a while since the audio chapters have featured on the podcast but we hope to correct that soonish, although it may be in a few more episodes’ time as the demands on N Λ N D are not insignificant (and I need to pull my finger out and record the vocals with my new improved set up, although that is also dependent upon my PC behaving).  Once 13 is written however I’ll be able to start layout and the next chapbook with all new art c/o Ed and Simon will hopefully be available mid-autumn.

In the meantime, you can continue to stay in touch with the sounds of the million spheres via the N Λ N D and DECADNIDS albums Journal and The Black Corridor. We’ve also had a few more additions to the Breakfast in the Ruins Radio playlist and you can find the details on BITR.com 

The Music of the Spheres

The Music of the Spheres

Musician and author Allister Thompson navigates the frozen Northern Wastes (Canada) to join me in Derry and Toms and talk about Moorcock, music, writing and, most importantly, his debut novel The Music of the Spheres.

We also run our first competition (sort of) and The Singularity repeatedly attempts to shut down our groove.

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Entropic State Report 16th July 2021

Over half way through the year already and here in blighty we have the now traditionally farcical approach to trying to regain some semblance of normality dominating the news cycle. Cases are on the up again whilst our overlords declare ‘freedom day’ to almost be upon us.

It’s a bit of a mess, as usual.

Therefore remote recording remains de rigeur for the most part BUT Loz is popping over at the weekend for a few silly beverages and we’re looking at some short stories from Pawn of Chaos, a collection of eternal champion tales by various authors.

EDIT: Covid has pissed on our chips once more and we have to delay a fortnight or so. I had some truly stupid beers lined up too. They will be put aside and saved.

Also on the slate, Phil and I are still doing City of the Beast aka Warriors of Mars when we get some time (she’s been ridiculously busy with her work as an NHS Angel). Coming up next week I’m talking to Allister Thompson about his Moorcock inspired music and his hugely entertaining debut novel The Music of the Spheres, and after another aborted launch August will see the return of Hussein as we conclude The Final Programme with Phase Three.

I’ve had some groovy messages over the last few weeks and Nine Princes in Amber continues to surface as the most likely candidate for our next excursion into the wider content of Pops’s bookshelf.

In other news, our guest from a few weeks back Ralph Lovegrove (Stormhack) invited me into his virtual podcast studio to look at the Strugatsky classic Roadside Picnic. Not only was it great to revisit it and the Tarkovsky movie adaptation Stalker, but Ralph is a top fella and it was great fun hopping on to another show. You can listen to episode 97 of the Fictoplasm podcast here.

Finally, Chapter 11 of the Journal is written and 12 is prepped in draft. I’ve made some progress with my recording set up so the grand revisit of the audio versions of chapters 1 to 7 is underway. Meanwhile, the creative machine N Λ N D has unleashed the album Journal on Bandcamp, a suite of tracks inspired by the adventures of GAC and thematically linked to the soundtracks to the audio episodes. It’s terrific. Also, our very own @opensussex aka Apkallu of Enmerkar aka Decanids, in collaboration with N Λ N D, has released an astounding adaptation of The Black Corridor on Bandcamp. We’ll be looking at that and the book in due course.

Right. That’s all for now. Take care, stay safe and I’ll see you again soon… on the Moonbeam Roads.

Andy

Wizardry and Wild Romance

Wizardry and Wild Romance w/ Dirk the Dice

Grognard Files host Dirk the Dice joins me at Derry and Toms to investigate Wizardry and Wild Romance, Moorcock’s critical appraisal of the field of heroic fantasy/sword and sorcery.

Inevitably there’s some salty talk, most of it from MM himself, and beverages are consumed via the D6 wandering stupid beer table.

Will Tolkien make it through unscathed?

Are Darlington butchers really Gorian subculture warriors?

All this and more!

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Entropic State Report 20th June 2021

We’re almost half way through the year and things are hotting up. With our gabbing with SÖNUS and Imrryr fired across the void last week I got down to recording again on Friday night and a new show will be up in the next week or so. My latest guest is podcast royalty. Dirk the Dice of The Grognard Files joined me to talk Wizardy and Wild Romance. We had a few tasty vittels along the way too.

Meanwhile, for those of you that have been enjoying the latest episodes of the audio version of The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly, you’ll be familiar with the soundscapes of N Ʌ N D and the tunes that have played the show out on a couple of occasions.

Well, the N Ʌ N D bandcamp page is now live and new tracks are being added. One of the best things about dusting off that 10 year old word doc and folding GAC into the podcast has been the opportunity to share the steering wheel with great artists like Neil Burton and Simon Perrins (and soon Ed Scott in volume 2). To be able to add the chance to hook up again with an old mate of almost 30 years (with a significant gap without contact for most of that time) and collaborate on the audio journal and then hear these compositions is amazing and inspiring.

Work on the Journal, audio and written, is progressing nicely. I’ve learned a thing or two since the first half dozen or so instalments, and after the introduction of the N Ʌ N D scores from chapter 8 onwards we decided to re-record and re-score the earlier ones to match the higher quality. At the moment I’m the one holding that up as I get my technique nailed. More to come on that soon.

Other pending shows mentioned in the last report will be going under the mic in the next few weeks.

Thanks for reading folks and I’ll see you soon… On the moonbeam roads.

Moorcockian Music – SÖNUS and Imrryr

In search of Moorcock-tinged sonic experiences and the stories behind them we pack up and hit the road on a coast to coast trip across the USA to talk Mike, space rock and bleak electronica in the company of SÖNUS and Imrryr.

As usual we go off beam a bit.

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