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Breakfast in the Ruins

Friends old and new join me in Derry and Toms roof gardens to discuss the work and influence of prolific British fantasist Michael Moorcock, as well as other bits of 60s and 70s genre fiction that came to me via my Grandad in the 80s and informed my world view. Books, music, role-playing games, wrestling in Featherstone Library and many other digressions await.

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Days of the Underground w/ Joe Banks

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. Joe's website is daysoftheunderground.com.  John Coulthart's website is www.johncoulthart.comFollow us on Twitter and Instagram.Check out our Patreon for exclusive updates and content.Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his new store.Our avatar is by Wyrmwalk. Follow him on Instagram.

1hr 26mins

31 Aug 2021

Rank #1

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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. Check out the new N Λ Ṇ D album Journal and the DECADNIDS vs N Λ Ṇ D collaboration The Black CorridorFollow us on Twitter and Instagram.Check out our Patreon for exclusive updates and content.Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his new store.Our avatar is by Wyrmwalk. Follow him on Instagram.

1hr 18mins

29 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Wizardry and Wild Romance

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.Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.Check out our Patreon for exclusive updates and content.Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his new store.Our avatar is by Wyrmwalk. Follow him on Instagram.

1hr 29mins

29 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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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. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Check out our Patreon for exclusive updates and content. Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter. Our avatar is by Wyrmwalk. Follow him on Instagram.

2hr 19mins

11 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Moorcock and RPGs Part Three - A Deep Fix?

In the third and final part of our Moorcockian RPG triptych Rob (aka OldShabbyGamer), host of the Confessions of a Wee Tim'rous Bushi podcast, joins me at Derry & Toms to talk Moorcock, D&D, when a beer is not a beer, and Tolkien!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!

2hr 21mins

11 May 2021

Rank #5

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Dannus - The Dark Straits of Reglathium (a one-shit book?)

Tash is back in Derry & Toms as we embark upon an epic quest to the Jennithusian Continent to search for the perfect one-shit book! Is it Mike Sirota's fourth Dannus opus, The Dark Straits of Reglathium? TUNE IN AND FIND OUT. We talk Sword & Planet fiction, how to ruin expensive spirits and reminisce about No Frills Value Cola Flavour Drink. Rum features.

1hr 27mins

21 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Moorcock and RPGs Part Two - STORMHACK!

We're back in Derry and Toms and returning to Moorcock's influence and presence in RPGs in the company of Ralph Lovegrove, host of the Fictoplasm Podcast and designer of STORMHACK! We talk Moorcock (obviously), gaming, podcasting and other bits n bobs, as well as Ralph's own take on the Moorcockian role-playing game... STORMHACK! Find Ralph's gear at these links: STORMHACK! Appendix N and Cousins Runequest's Appendix N

1hr 23mins

27 Mar 2021

Rank #7

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Sven Hassel & Wheels of Terror - Part One

Old pal Robbo joins me in Derry & Toms to discuss the book from Pops that blew my mind into tiny pieces back in the early 80s, Sven Hassel's Wheels of Terror!  We look at the man himself, including the shroud of mystery around his history, the first part of the novel and it's horrific, bleak yet darkly humorous depiction of the impact of war, and whether this was really suitable reading for an 11 or 12 year old to move onto from the Doctor Who novelisations by Target Books.  We also talk Moorcock (naturally) and the impact growing up in the ruins of a war must have had on him. We also probably add wargamers, military geeks and the people of Withernsea and Patrington to the list of people we've offended.

1hr 39mins

3 Mar 2021

Rank #8

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Spirits Burning w/ Don Falcone

We're back with another look at Moorcockian music, this time in the company of Don Falcone, captain of the starship Spirits Burning, long time collaborative portal for progressive and space rock projects involving luminaries from across the rock field, most recently Michael Moorcock himself with their last two albums being musical adaptations of the Dancers at the End of Time trilogy.We talk Moorcock (obviously) and Don's influences and history as a musician and producer, as well as a few other bits n' bobs as we go. The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly continues with Chapter 10 and an unusual encounter (score and atmos again by @nand_soundtrax).

1hr 49mins

23 Feb 2021

Rank #9

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The Knight of the Swords Book Three

Loz is back as we conclude our look at the first volume in the psychedelic adventure of Corum, the Prince in the Scarlet Robe. As usual our conversation veers around a bit, covering beers, rhubarb, hernias and just how much agency Corum has.  We also have a good think about what to cover next, roll some dice to decide, and get bowled over by the sheer quality of  @nand_soundtrax's journal soundscape! 

1hr 49mins

3 Feb 2021

Rank #10