Saturday, December 29, 2007

Happy New Year, when it comes !

Hi Zoneheads,
so, we hurtle towards 2008.
A few days off are planned here for everyone at AZ Towers, through until the 2nd January, so we'll send our best wishes to you right now. Whether it's attending a fireworks spectacular, or all night party, or a quiet time at home, we wish you a happy one, ok ?
The last AZ shows of 2007 are lined up and ready to go, with Richard Bismarck taking to the airwaves tonight, Saturday, at 9pm UK time. As ever, via, and Sky 0195.
And, as if I needed to tell you, it's also on our Pod.
On Sunday, same frequencies, this time at 8pm, it's Johnny Reece.
Because of our projected days off, this will appear on our Pod early - tonight !
Here is the playlist for tonights Richard Bismarck Show :
Changes - David Bowie
Rag & Bone - White Stripes
Babylon - Aphrodite's Child
Third Time Lucky - Lisa Hall
Angel Eyes - Chung King
Passing The Hat - Cold War Kids
Crackerpot Palace - George Harrison
The Operation - Charlotte Gainsbourg
That's Not Really Funny - Eels
Rock Me Now - Metric
Topaz - B52s
Plastic Fantastic Lover - Jefferson Airplane
Time Has Told Me - Nick Drake
Under A Dream Of A Lie - Lambchop
This Will Be Our Year - The Zombies
Eloise - Barry Ryan
22: The Death Of All Romance - The Dears
Free Man - Sheryl Crow
Kamikazie - PJ Harvey
In Every Dream Home A Heartache - Jane Birkin en duo avec Bryan Ferry
The Sting Ray - Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson
Happiness Is A Warm Gun - The Beatles
What's A Girl To Do? - Bat For Lashes
Do You Remember - Scaffold
The Rhythm Devine - Yello
Melody - Rolling Stones
I Think I'm Paranoid - Garbage
Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman
Sundays Reecey show meanwhile, includes newies from the likes of The Plastiscines, some recent goodies from the likes of Matthew Sweet, Mercury Rev, and Death Cab For Cutie, and the odd track or two from further back, from the likes of Ian Dury, The Cure, and more.
Also - beware ! The most unbelievable New Year song ever, too. It's not subtle !
Wherever you are, have a happy one !
Steve Lloyd PR The Album Zone
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Monday, December 24, 2007

Vintage Xmas Frenzy

Hi all, Merry Merry, and all that.
Firstly - let me tell you of an amazing website I found earlier - and if you have kids, you'll love this. It is
It tracks Santa around the world, in real time, and by clicking on the red arrows on the 'map', you'll see video of where he's just been, in the past few hours. It's fantastic !
Actually, I said it was for kids - it's not really, because I love it too. Unless... oh.
I am hoping you'll see this in time, as in just a few hours time, the bearded wonder's job is nearly all done.
On to the matter in hand, and just to make your Xmas even better / worse / more average (delete whichever is the more sober), I have to inform you that by Xmas morning here, 25th December, there will be 10 Hours (yes, that's TEN WHOLE HOURS) of 'Vintage Christmasses Past' on our Pod, courtesy of The Album Zone.
Alongside all our current Album Zone Programmes, will be the following :
AZ Xmas 1999 - Johnny Reece and James Barclay, 1 hour.
AZ New Years Day 2000 - Johnny Reece and James Barclay, 1 hour.
AZ Xmas 2002 - Johnny Reece and Gil Legine - 1 hour.
AZ Xmas 2003 - Johnny and Gil's 'Hideous Xmas Creation', 3hours, in 3 x 1 hour parts.
AZ Xmas 2004 - Johnny Reece, James Barclay, Richard Bismarck, 2 hours, in 2 x 1 hour parts.
AZ Xmas 2004 - George Barclay and Arthur Reece (yes, The Grandads get a chance to go on air and play their favourite songs from the War Years. We'll never live it down). 1 Hour.
AZ Xmas 2004 - The Brigadier's Xmas Special (just as bad as the above). 1 Hour.
And finally - a few seldom heard 'Album Zone Out-takes (10 minutes approx).
You'll find our Pod at :
That should keep you going. We'll leave the Vintage on, until around New Year.
You have been warned !
Merry Xmas everybody.

Steve x

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hope it's a Merry one...

Greetings and Yuletide salutations...
Twas the last weekend before Xmas, and all that. Wherever you are, whoever you are, and wherever you'll be, I hope it's a happy and peaceful one. Maybe a musical one ?
A couple of our AZ crew were out late last night at a pre-Xmas get together, and I'm happy to say, seem none the worse for wear this morning. But, perhaps that's just a disguise.
Musically, AZ kicks off tonight, Saturday, at 9pm, with a rather Punklicious way in to Yuletide, with Zoe. It's 2 hours of Punk, New Wave and Ska, and you'll find it at, and Sky 0195, if you're just about anywhere in Europe. It's also on our Pod, too.
Into Sunday, and it's Johnny Reece at 8pm, same place, same frequencies.
I had to laugh - it's the first time I've heard him give an official 'public warning' before playing a record - the very last track of the show, which he describes as 'quite clearly the worst Xmas song, or should I say, the worst, schmaltzy, cheesy, sickly record of any kind ever heard by anyones ears, that it simply has to be heard, as a warning to humankind'.
Hmm. The Scotsman does promise a host of goodies for the rest of the show, leaving the track in question to the very end.
And you know what ? He's right !
Podwise, I think I will upload a couple of vintage programmes from Xmasses and New Years past, for a little extra seasonal flavour.
So do watch out for them appearing, over the next few days.
You'll find our Pod, at :
It just remains for me to say, have a lovely Xmas.
Steve Lloyd PR The Album Zone
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sundays action...

Oh, I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date...
Not really, but I'm late with the update, and I think you know how it is. All that rushing about pre-Xmas is a familiar tale in the Lloyd household.
I even made some sparklingly fantastic errors initially, in the middle of last night, with the naming and labelling of Pod shows. Luckily, the Gilster spotted it rather promptly, and let us know in time for it to be fixed today. Oh, the chaos !
Talking of the Pod, by the time you read this, three brand new shows will be up there, as a special early Xmas present to your ears. Or not, depending on your point of view. Tell us !
Uploaded today, newies from Andy Miles, Gil Legine, and Johnny Reece.
They are at :
We were hoping to have newies too from the likes of Pixie and Cupcake, but both of them seem to have gone awol before Xmas. Stolen by elves ?
The New Year (hang on, we haven't had Xmas yet !) will bring some more goodies too, we assure you, with not only the promise (well, the 'threat') of new Presenters, but newies too from Rich Phoenix, and a special musical departure or two from the Punklicious Zoe, which we're all looking forward to.
Ok, on to tonights Playlist, from the Reecey Soiree...
The Johnny Reece Show : 16th December 2007

Department S - Is Vic There ?
Yonder Boi - Padabam
Family - In My Own Time
REM feat. Q-Tip - The Outsiders
Sparks - Batteries Not Included
Sparks - Whippings And Apologies
Robbie Robertson - The Code Of Handsome Lake
The Toys - A Lovers Concerto
Amy Winehouse - Me And Mr. Jones
Ian Hunter - Who Do You Love
Roger Bunn - Road To The Sun
Roxy Music - Ladytron
Pink Floyd - Echoes
Eels - That's Not Really Funny
Rolling Stones - Memory Motel
XTC - I Can't Own Her
Dusty Springfield - Just A Little Lovin'
T.Rex - Sitting Here
Timo Maas feat. Brian Molko - Pictures
Have a great week everyone, and thanks, as ever, for your support.
Steve Lloyd PR The Album Zone
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Pod of Musical Delights :

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sunday !

Sunday comes crashing in, and it's a quick Hello, with the Reecey soiree playlist, and Pod news.
The new opus from Richard Bismarck is now up on our Pod. and sits alongside tonights Johnny Reece Show, along with a host of other new and current shows from the AZ Squad.
It's all at :
Ok, to the playlist ! :
Johnny Reece Show : 9th December 2007

Wizzard - Angel Fingers
David Bowie - Try Some, Buy Some
Sally Shapiro - Jackie, Jackie
Blue - Little Jody
Vanessa Paradis - Chet Baker
Chet Baker - Let's Get Lost
Buffy St. Marie - Priests Of The Golden Bull
Lloyd Cole - Antidepressant
Johnny Cash - Solitary Man
Ade Fenton Vs. Gary Numan - Leather Sea
Sigue Sigue Sputnik - Love Missile F1-11
PJ Harvey - Who Will Love Me Now
Rupert Holmes - Our National Pastime
May Blitz - Smoking The Day Away
Urge Overkill - Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon
Speeka - Boatman
The Waterboys - Strange Arrangement
The Smiths - Money Changes Everything
Bryan Ferry - The Right Stuff
Rolling Stones - Losing My Touch
Sufjan Stevens - The Dress Looks Nice On You
Squeeze - Last Time Forever
T.Rex - Till Dawn
Marty Robbins - Smokin' Cigarettes And Drinkin' Coffee Blues
Ramones - Pinhead
Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
Hope everyone had a great weekend,


Friday, December 07, 2007

... and the weekend is here ...

Welcome all, to another rambling monologue ! The weekend is nearly upon us once again, so it's time to tell you of weekend AZ Programmes, and such.
It has been a fairly quiet week, gladly so, and no small part of that is due to the fact we have pre-planned, and uploaded already, most AZ Shows to our various outlets, for most of December 2007.
Good thing too, as at this time of year, it can all go a little crazy at a moment's notice.
A slight sinus thing headed Mr Reece's way (again !) but was quashed within 24 hours, so, normal (well, reasonably normal) service was resumed re this weeks Reecey Soiree, as you will hear, on Sunday at 8pm. Oh, and it's, and Sky 0195, for your information.
Expect to hear the likes of P J Harvey, Speeka, Sufjan Stevens, Ramones, Chet Baker, and a whole bunch more.
Going to miss it ? How dare you ! But you can catch up with it on our Pod, from late Sunday evening.
The day before, Saturday, Gil Legine takes the chair, at 9pm, same frequencies, with the likes of Zappa, Smashing Pumpkins, King Crimson, Rufus Wainwright, and more.
Still keeping secrets seems to be the name of the game, as far as news of the 2 possible new AZ Presenters goes. We just want to make sure all is right before we unleash them into your ears, you understand.
On a slightly sadder note, amazingly, after our recent rather excellent pet-keeping record, we have to report we lost 'Lolita', one of our new mascots, after just 12 days. We are still not sure what did it. Do baby Goldfish get super-fast life threatening infections ? It seems so.
It was very sudden.
Her partner in crime (well, in the tank, obviously), Guernica, seems to be ok, but we're keeping a close watch, just in case the same illness may still be lurking. Time will tell. Not sure at the moment about whether to get a new friend for her, we'll see.
Enjoy the Programmes, and don't forget, you can tune in to hear the Album Zone at any time, just by checking out our Pod, by playing, or downloading of you prefer, at :
Thanks, as ever, for your support.
Steve Lloyd PR The Album Zone
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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sundays Playlist...

Ah yes, while Steve Lloyd has slipped away for a couple of days rest and recreation (or so he says), I'm just sneaking in, with tonights playlist... and the show is now on the Pod !, at :
The Johnny Reece Show : 2nd December 2007
Ann D'Andrea - Johnnie's Back In Town
The Beatles - Glass Onion
Marianne Faithfull - Song For Nico
Pop Levi - Blue Honey
Lesley Gore - Maybe I Know
Interpol - Narc
David Axelrod - Holy Thursday
Roxy Music - Whirlwind
R.E.M. - High Speed Train
Janis Martin - Teen Street
Machine Gun Fellatio - The Girl Of My Dreams (Is Giving Me Nightmares)
Bat For Lashes - What's A Girl To Do
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Tom Waits - If I Have To Go
Lambchop - Something's Going On
Morris Quinlan Experience - Ship Of Fools 2008
White Stripes - Rag And Bone
Steve Miller Band - Wintertime
I Monster - Who Is She ?
Sparks - Beaver O'Lindy
The Miller Sisters - Ten Cats Down
The Atlantics - Come On
Edwyn Collins - I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Lovage - Sex (I'm A)
The Congregation - Softly Whispering I Love You
Touch And Go - Would You ?
Sparks - Girl From Germany
The Angels - Thank You And Goodnight

Johnny x

It's one of those rainy nasty gale force winds days, in London town.
So, I'm staying put in the womb like environs of AZ Towers (oo-er !).
Browsing through the ol' playlist for tonights show (which I really hope you tune into, thank you very much, or Sky 0195 at 8pm tonight) and am reasonably pleased at the variance of it. Everything from newies from the rather fab Pop Levi, through the hobo ramblings of Tom Waits, to the highly original and wonderfully named Machine Gun Fellatio, checking in briefly with the so called 'female Elvis' Janis Martin, past the brilliantly understated Lambchop, to the strange 70s world of a rather different Sparks.

And much more !

Have a fab Sunday,

Johnny x