Interlude…

I’m going to try something a little different with Wyrd Daze 5 and beyond.
Instead of just previewing each issue here on the blog, I’ll lay out the entire thing and do my best to optimise for phones (which is proving difficult with WordPress, but tally ho!).

There’ll still be a PDF and other content to stream or download,
but hopefully the full Wyrd Daze experience will be available,
right in the palm of your hand.

Advertisements

Radio Free Hookland: Mojo’s Graveyard Shift – broadcast 23rd November 1972

Hookland liner notes pic

Hookland photography by David Southwell

These liner notes for Radio Free Hookland: Mojo’s Graveyard Shift 23rd November 1972 are best experienced in their PDF version, which you can access here.

The Hookland Guide on Twitter,

by David Southwell

    *   *   *

In June 1966, Reginald Calvert, manager of The Fortunes, Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours, Screaming Lord Sutch, and owner of pirate radio station Radio City, agreed to go into partnership with another pirate station, Radio Free Hookland. When Oliver Smedley, owner of Radio Atlanta, telephoned Calvert to tell him of some interest in a partnership deal, Calvert explained he was entering into a partnership with Radio Free Hookland instead. Smedley shouted abuse down the telephone and decided to take over Radio City with a boarding party in the middle of the night, on the pretext that Calvert owed him £10,000 for an old, useless and broken transmitter from Texas. Smedley’s hired a group of riggers, who boarded Radio City on 20th June and put the station’s working transmitter out of action. News from Radio City was that the boarders were armed and would destroy all the equipment if Calvert or anyone else tried to evict them. Calvert went to the police to ask for their support, but they refused as it was “outside their legal jurisdiction”. They suggested he should sort it out with Smedley. Calvert tried repeatedly to do so but Smedley was never available. After some advice from Radio Free Hookland DJ Morris “Mojo” Johnson, Calvert decided to “let it go,” and before long Smedley ran out of money to keep the riggers on and they left, leaving Radio City largely intact.

Radio City and Radio Free Hookland continued to thrive up to and beyond the BBC’s legalisation of independent radio in 1973, finally falling foul to Margaret Thatcher in 1979 (which was but the tip of the Titanic for Hookland).

DLpLJV9X0AsSTov

Hookland photography by David Southwell

Hookland hook

For David, with much love and appreciation from the people of Hookland.

Radio Free Hookland:

Mojo’s Graveyard Shift –

broadcast Thursday 23rd November 1972

Listen

Download

DNOB-7aWkAAJTNe

Hookland photography by David Southwell

Original Content Tracklist

1.  Mojo The Ephemeral Man

2.  10:04 – 13:18   Sister ChristinaJulianne Regan

3.  14:08 – 14:40   Lost Soul Inn (advert) – Chris Wood

4.  14:41 – 14:43   You’re Listening to Hookland Free Radio identDale Whinham

5.  24:59 – 25:59   Hail to the Queen of OwlsMaria Strutz + The Ephemeral Man

6.  28:25 – 38:30   Pavel Mikoyan – Luke Bradshaw and the Pavel Mikoyan Survivors Group

7.  39:45 – 42:18   The Consecration of the Boy BishopGordon Stranger

8.  50:42 – 52:15   Spitstone Bakery: Mysterious Eats (advert) – Gill Finlayson + Amy Shaw

9.  52:16 – 52:22   Radio Free Hookland identAmy Shaw + Dale Whinham

10.  52:27 – 56:44   WiddershinsHawthonn

11.  1:00:03 – 1:02:34   The NewsChris Wood (words) Amy Shaw (music)

12.  1:02:47 – 1:02:59   Mojo’s Graveyard Shift identAmy Shaw + Dale Whinham

13.  1:09:49 – 1:17:27   “Seen anything strange lately?” with Cunning Sid Rosehip Ian “Cat” Vincent + The Ephemeral Man

14.  1:20:22 – 1:21:11   Hookland Building and Renovations (advert) Chris Wood

15.  1:21:12 – 1:22:59   Spitstone Bakery: Gift Vouchers (advert) – Gill Finlayson + Amy Shaw

16.  1:23:06 – 1:33:17   There’s AngelsKay Orchison

17.  1:38:56 – 1:39:28   Hookland County Police, Wiretapping Records, Starfall Common 15th December 1980Marco Visconti

18.  1:39:29 – 1:42:48   Hookland Children’s Radio RJ Barker + The Ephemeral Man

19.  1:42:49 – 1:42:54   Hookland Free Radio ident Amy Shaw + Dale Whinham

20.  1:45:14 – 1:45:17   Oh Mojo ident Amy Shaw + Dale Whinham

21.  1:48:15 – 1:50:37   Spitstone Bakery: Purple Haze (advert) Gill Finlayson + Amy Shaw

22.  1:56:18 – 2:00:23   Country Song (for David)William Wright

23.  2:00:24 – 2:01:45   Radio Fade – Sardonicus + The Ephemeral Man

 

Conceived and concocted by The Ephemeral Man

Sister Christina  by  Julianne Regan

The piece, ‘Sister Christina’, was composed and authored in the cold, small hours of December 16th 2018, as a tribute to Hookland’s David Southwell. My hope is that it embodies something of the spirit of the place, and naturally, that Mr Southwell might take some pleasure in this. It is best listened to on headphones, for that new-fangled stereo effect that is, apparently, ‘all the rage’.

Sister Christina edit

Sister Christina image by Julianne Regan

Sister Christina

 

Let me tell you of a place

Where Edwardian souls take solace in uncertainty

Let me guide you, clammy-handed, to the 24-hour library

A late night meander under mist-dimmed moon and humming streetlights

 

Then through the carless car-park

Where the three headless horses of Hookland

Stand staring at nothing, most certainly something

Manes lifted and teased by zephyrous breezes

 

Now enter the brutalist porch

Go from hall to chamber to gallery

While the scent of antiquity, subtle and slow,

Seeps from the heavy velvet of sun-faded curtains

 

Let the dust on the jackets of ancient books

Inspire asthmatic episodes lungs will worship

Let’s find papery moth wings flat between yellowing pages

Alongside bus ticket bookmarks

The number 3 to Gallowscroft, the 5 across to Corvid Green

The last journeys taken by Sister Christina.

 

She was found in the fiction section

Her blood-smeared left hand clutching Kafka

In spirit, she resides in this place, a diurnal presence.

She blooms in the early evening, and fades at dawn

The seance revealed that she feeds ghost breadcrumbs to the library’s tail-less mice – those reminders of nuclear folly that hasten over parquet floors, in blind chemiluminescence.

 

© Julianne Regan, 2018

Mikoyan

Screaming cosmonaut found & photographed by Chris Wood

Pavel Mikoyan

Luke Bradshaw and the Pavel Mikoyan Survivors Group

According to the Hookland Zodiac, 2019 is the year of the Moon. Traditionally this signals a year-long heightening of the psychic senses throughout the County, which brings about physical or psychological transformation. This heightening of the psychic senses usually manifests its self in a number of ways, but it’s generally seen as a period of reflection on the past, of communicating with the ancestors, which gives foresight and a clearer vision of how to approach the future.

It may be thought of as a coincidence that the first children to succumb to the “Pavel Mikoyan is screaming on the Moon” outbreak of May 1969 were all 10 year olds who were born in the previous Year of the Moon in 1959, but this is Hookland. There are no coincidences.

The children affected across the county have a special bond with the Moon, they have all been susceptible to visions or dreams of the lunar surface and have at times been taken over by its emanations. Even as adults they continue to live under the mental shadow of a distressed Russian they believe to be its only ever permanent resident. They still gather frequently to compare notes on any strange dreams or visions they might have had, with some groups working to reconnect with the psychic lunar form of the ‘lost’ Russian Cosmonaut Pavel Mikoyan.

With the oncoming year of the Moon also the 50th anniversary of the Pavel Mikoyan outbreak, there is expected to be a larger than normal focus on the events of 1969, with events and commemorations planned by the survivor groups to raise awareness of the outbreak to try to finally get some answers.

Luke Bradshaw

(Year 6, St Ellen of the Ways Primary, Great Tarling, 1969)

DLFHfMkXoAABm1C

Hookland photography by David Southwell

The Consecration of the Boy BishopGordon Stranger

While the boundaries between the establishment and the counter culture were somewhat blurred in Hookland around the time of Null’s modest popularity, it was no little surprise when Gordon Stranger was appointed composer laureate to the bishopric of Weychester. His lack of productivity meant his time in the post was short, and much of the material he did produce is characteristically lost, but this piece was discovered on a cassette amongst the Stranger family Christmas decorations and we are grateful to Gordons son, Gary, for sharing it.

WiddershinsHawthonn

Produced & performed by Layla & Phil Legard – Spectral hurdy-gurdy by Rory Scammell Mastered by Gregg Janman (Hermetech Mastering)

“Everything is a time machine.”

We’ve wanted to record something based on the story ‘Widdershins’ by our friend Julie Travis for some time. The tale, criss-crossing temporal and metaphysical realms, begins with the observation of a girl – the elderly narrator’s younger self – walking widdershins around a rural church, and opening the way for the Bosch-like hurdy-gurdy-playing demon Madame Gargoyle, who is described as “proof of the wrongness of the area where the church stood”. The Hooklandish resonances in Julie’s tale are many, and so we took

ourselves to our own ancient church, walking widdershins around it, and recording our own plaintive time-machine dirge. One route to the church takes walkers along the path of the old corpse road, which scythes through a field now owned by property developers and hemmed in by mesh security fences on each side, keeping unruly spirits – both living and dead – to the path. The sound of these fences being rattled and agitated in protest as part of an impromptu ritual conducted while walking the corpse road concludes each of the three sections of the music.

Hookland County Police, Wiretapping Records,Starfall Common 15th December 1980 Marco Visconti

Here is a rare record of a police wiretapping at Starfall Common, 15 December 1980. Only a short fragment survived, and the quality is, as you can imagine from the time period, quite abysmal. It does give however a little glimpse on what the Pylon People (in this case, two very young recruits of the cult in fact) thought about the Hum. A certain “Dee-Dee” is mentioned, likely the cult leader.

Sidney Aaron Rosehip (1930 – 2016)
– Ian “Cat” Vincent

Regarded by some as the last deep woods cunning-man of the ancient Rosehip line, Sid was a sardonic and irascible figure, often seen on the roads and in the pubs around Marshwood and Hook, occasionally but briefly on Ashcourt docks in the company of his ne’er-do-well brother Alfred (a dockhand, enthusiastic participant of the Free Trade and father of ‘Cunning Jack’ Rosehip, current member of the Walking Nine).

Something of an athlete in his youth (a champion Hodger – the almost-lost Hookland fighting-stick martial art – at several May Fair tourneys), Sid went to the woods in the early Fifties, but could, as all cunning can, be found just when you needed him the most. It was via reporter Jerry Bishop’s friendship with the family of Sid’s sister-in-law, Diana Stranger Rosehip, that the recording herein was arranged.

Rumours of Sid’s long standing but discreet love affair with a Hook fisherman, tragically taken by the King-Under-The-Sea a decade following the ’72 broadcast, were widely known but never mentioned to his face. It is known that he was rarely seen in public from then on.

Sid’s death in 2016 was mourned by few; however, the rumoured desecration of his grave and the alleged disappearance of his bones – followed by whispers of a terrible battle between Cunning Jack and an unnamed member of the Chumbley clan over Sid’s remains, of which Jack was the sole survivor – have become another chapter in the ongoing history of the Rosehip cunning clan.

Roll Call (in order of appearance)

The Ephemeral Man :  Twitter  Mixcloud  Bandcamp

Julianne Regan : Twitter  Website

Chris Wood : Twitter

Dale Whinham : Twitter

Maria Strutz : Twitter  Website

Luke Bradshaw and the Pavel Mikoyan Survivors Group  :  Twitter

Gordon Stranger :  Twitter  Bandcamp

Gill Finlayson  :  Twitter

Amy Shaw  :  Twitter  Soundcloud

Hawthonn :  Twitter  Bandcamp

Ian “Cat” Vincent :  Twitter  Newsletter

Kay Orchison :  Twitter

Marco Visconti :  Twitter  Website

RJ Barker :  Twitter  Website

William Wright :  Twitter  Website 

Sardonicus  :  Twitter  Website

If any of the contributors would like anything added to these liner notes,

please contact Leigh at wyrd.daze@gmail.com

Wyrd Daze : Four

cover_

Wyrd Daze : Four

Featuring:

Temple ov Saturn

an audio visual project by

Joan Pope

multiple collages.jpg

season of the witch 1

Wyrd Daze : Four 

includes two unreleased tracks 
 + a live recording from

Temple ov Saturn

1: La Mer
2: Venus Cathedral
3: Stellar Collision (live)

temple ov saturn page 1

Also featuring:

Buddleia on the Threshold

an essay about urban magic by Fortean journalist, ‘cunning man’
and former professional combat magician 

Ian ‘Cat’ Vincent

A horror short story

Melanie’s Choice

 Leigh Wright

and a triptych audio collage

 Samhain Séance Seven:
A Very Dark Place

The Ephemeral Man

Click here to access
Wyrd Daze : Four

 

 

Wyrd Daze : Three

WD Three cover David Fyans

Click here to access
Wyrd Daze : Three

Featuring cover & intro artworks
+ an exclusive mix for Wyrd Daze
‘These Cursed Remnants’ by David Fyans

thesecursedremnants

A preview of Paul Watson’s new book
England’s Dark DREAMING
including an introduction by the artist,
an excerpt of the foreword by David Southwell,
and an excerpt of the essay Deep England,
which can be found in England’s Dark DREAMING.

front-cover

 

An introduction to Hookland ephemera by Chris Wood,
who takes us through some of his collection.

Cosmonaut

 

And the latest mix by The Ephemeral Man

Bagpuss Ephemeral Man

Click here to access
Wyrd Daze : Three