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RetroBlog: Rockschool 1983

Posted in Blues, Funk, Future, Heavy Metal, R&B, Rock by newmusicexcess on June 17, 2010


Way back in 1983 the BBC aired a series, Rockschool, which taught the basics of performing rock music and its various genres. It featured Geoff Nicholls on drums, Henry Thomas on Bass and Dierdre Cartwright (above) on lead guitar, along with interviews with leading musicians from the various genres covered.

There were nine episodes in the first series:

  1. Introduction
  2. Tuning
  3. Technique
  4. R&B and Blues
  5. Heavy Metal
  6. Funk
  7. Reggae
  8. Future
  9. Special (Questions and Answers)

The BBC went on to produce a second series, which aired a few years later, and added a keyboard player (Alastair Gavin, I think). But it is the first series for which I had fondest memories.

If you want to check out the series a user on YouTube has uploaded the whole thing.

You may find that the first section of the episode on Heavy Metal is blocked. I think it’s the bit that has a clip of Motörhead. Well they did say that if they moved in next door your lawn would die!

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Bands To Watch 2010: Calories

Posted in Alternative, Bands To Watch, Indie, Lo-Fi, Noise, Pop, Rock by newmusicexcess on January 10, 2010



  • Three piece rock band from Birmingham, UK.
  • Genre(s): Alternative, Indie, Lo-Fi, Noise, Pop, Rock.
  • Ex-Distophia members.
  • Line-up:
    • John Biggs – Guitar/Vocals
    • Pete Dixon – Bass/Vocals
    • Tom Whitfield – Drums/Vocals
  • First live shows in June 2008
  • Next gig: 5 Feb 2010 The Victoria – Birmingham (Split 7" Launch)



  • Debut album Adventuring released 09/03/2009.adventuring
    1. A Bear A Bison
    2. Caught In The In-Between To Encounter A Deer
    3. Adventuring
    4. Fragile Numbers
    5. Oh K.S.S.T.
    6. Drugged
    7. Same Ideals
    8. (See You On The Expedition)
    9. Forests Of Varg


  • Let’s Pretend That We’re Older EP released 09/11/2009letspretendwereolderep
    1. Let’s Pretend That We’re Older
    2. Arm A Leg
    3. Expect The Language
    4. Hands Off




Upcoming Releases

  • Split 7” with William in early February 2010
  • Habitation album due early 2010



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