Here’s a quick heads up to check out the various events in honour of Larry Levan happening at the moment. First up are two programs on Radio 1 / Radio 6 dedicated to Larry Levan. The documentary ‘Legends Of The Dancefloor – A Piece Of Paradise’ finds many US & UK’s artists and DJs who were in one way or another connected to Larry Levan, including David Depino, Michael Linder, Vince Aletti, Manny Lehman, Michael De Benedictus of the Peech Boys, Nicky Siano, DJ Harvey & Heidi Lawden, Paul Oakenfold, Judy Weinstein, Justin Berkmann, John Morales, Tom Moulton, Taana Gardner & Victor Rosado. There’s also a four hour recording originally aired on WBLS during the second anniversary of the Paradise Garage with commentary by iconic radio DJ Frankie Crocker, the ‘Chief Rocker’. This 1979 recording with Levan in the mix, plus live shows by Loleatta Holloway, Dan Hartman & Sylvester sounds pretty special. More information here.

Secondly there is a tour with Victor Rosado (who was schooled by Levan) & Lenny Fontana with warm up from DJ Alex & Johnny Chingas. Rosado was one of the few DJs that played at the Garage so expect the Garage aesthetic.

Tour dates at present…

23rd July in Dublin @ Crawdaddy
28th July in Oslo @ Jaeger
30th July in London @ Fabric
4th Aug in Berlin @ Cookies
6th Aug in Manchester @ Soup Kitchen

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Life is funny sometimes. I have had the book, ‘The White Island (Two Thousand Years Of Pleasure In Ibiza)’ by Stephen Armstrong on the bookshelf for about five years and kept thinking, I’ll read that one day. Last week I picked it up and have been really enjoying it. The best bit for me was the chapter I read last night on the arty contingent of authors, actors and artists, that moved to the island from the 60s onwards.

Today our friend Jolyon sent us this documentary from BBC Radio 4 that focuses on those very people. The hippies, the arty contingent and the original community from the 60s. True fact, Joni Mitchell used to live in Ibiza. As did Nico. As did Terry Thomas who apparently had a car with little flowers painted all over to match a shirt he had. Terry Thomas also says in an interview about why he likes the island so much that ‘I don’t speak Spanish so I can’t get bored of anyone.’ Anyway, the interviews are brilliant ranging from one of the original hippies to Sandy Pratt the legendary barman from Sandy’s Bar. Good music too.

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Thanks to Jolyon Green.

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This is the last part of Jon Savages 1969 series – a very important year for him and music in general. Only four more shows to go in the series.

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Sundays = Jon Savage in our house (and a new Phil Mison mix all going to plan). Here’s part 5 of the 1969 series. Crazy depth.


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While we are on the subject of radio here’s another one from a friend of the family. Celebrating its 5th anniversary, Noise In My Head is a weekly show that airs every Sunday night on Melbourne based community broadcaster Triple R (102.7FM) before being archived online here at the Noise In My Head site.

Hosted and programmed by Michael Kucyk, the show is pretty broad taking in all styles. Mixes and other involvement has so far come from Lovefingers, Juan Atkins, Danielle Baldelli, Nozaki DJ, Abel, Justin Vandervolgen, Beppe Loda, Basso, DJ Garth, DJ BRKA, Chee Shimizu, Ronny & Renzo, Hey Convict! and more. You get the idea.

We asked Michael what the Noise In My Head site was about and the focus is on representing whats happening in the Melbourne club scene, championing events like Bamboo Musik and providing a platform for their lesser known, more interesting local DJs – Misha Hollenbach, Roman Wafers, Steel Bonus, Biscuit, Canyons and Gordy Zola. Going on the music we have heard coming in from Hey Convict! and others from that side of the water it’s a scene worth checking. If any of you Melbourne people want to do something for us just shout at the email to the side.

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Part 2 of the 1969 series here with Savage kicking off talking about the first gigs he ever went to that year – Spooky Tooth and The Who. This show kicks off with The Jeff Beck Group’s ‘Plynth’…


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After a few weeks away here’s Jon Savage back in full effect. It’s the first of six shows that focus on the year of 1969, a year that Savage thinks is very important. As he says in the introduction – it’s the year of the moon landings, Woodstock, Charles Manson’s murders, Altamont, the 60s coming to a head and more. This show focuses on album tracks from that year…

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