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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BITR has landed on a ’20 Best British Fiction Podcasts of 2021′ list c/o Best Startup, itself a startup online business magazine looking to showcase British businesses. Breakfast in the Ruins isn’t a business of course, but as a hobbyist podcast/t’interweb radio station it’s always gratifying to make ANY list.
There’s some interesting stuff on there, including a Blakes 7 podcast I was totally unaware of called Zenith by Decorative Vegetable. Those chaps have covered not only B7 but a ton of Doctor Who and a whole host of other scifi TV shows on their Inevitable podcast series including… STAR COPS! Well worth digging into.
The other big find on there for me is Here’s Looking at You by Dr Ellen Wright (aka @DrSmut). The latest episode looks at British exploitation cinema publicity & includes conversations about Tony Tenser & Norman J Warren (along with Pete Walker one of my favourite low budget exploitation film directors).
Graham, Neil and Norman also drop by to talk Stormbringer 3e, ploons, shit sailors & what would make our own ideal Moorcockian RPG. It’s a really Deep Fix. No prizes for guessing who provides the soundtrack!