Clash Magazine x Tommy Hilfiger: Pete Denton And Portia Freeman

Clash Magazine x Tommy Hilfiger: Pete Denton And Portia Freeman

Clash Magazine x Tommy Hilfiger: Pete Denton And Portia Freeman

On an unassuming corner of a North London high street sits The Boogaloo, a pub that’s deservedly carved its own beer-soaked place in the annals of British rock and roll. Once home to Shane MacGowan, it has counted Nick Cave and the late, great Joe Strummer among its patrons, while The Libertines were formerly hired to pull pints behind the bar.

Nowadays, The Boogaloo is still rocking, but to the sound of its own playlisted beat. For, ensconced in its beer garden in a former bin shed is a humble studio from which Boogaloo Radio is broadcast: a 24-hour station transmitting shows that echo the pub’s heritage, courtesy of presenters drawn from that musical realm.

Today, two of its presenters have arrived early for their slot, and have brought some very special guests along for the adventure.

Portia Freeman and Pete Denton are the voices behind The Two Peez Pod-cast, a Wednesday morning programme that offers a steady stream of top tunes alongside the pair’s naturally intimate banter. The secret behind the show’s informality is the fact that the two are actually married. What you hear is the sound of a husband and wife just being themselves for two hours.

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A CBGB Newbie

A CBGB Newbie

A CBGB Newbie

I was hungover from trawling the other pubs in Highgate last night and loitering around the bar, declaring that I’m going home to eat ramen and watch TV. The chef at The Boogaloo picks up on this and suggests the CBGB movie on Amazon (released 2013).

The lead (Hilly Crystal) is played by Professor Snape (also known at Alan Rickman) so I was pretty delighted with that. I precariously balanced my DIY ramen on my lap and settled in to get some music history education.

People are often surprised/ amused at my lack of music knowledge. Like, I’ve heard of the CBGB club and of course, I’ve listened to The Talking Heads, but until today I did not know they were connected. 50% of you will find this shocking and I’m hoping the other 50% of you will say, ‘Jenn, I didn’t know either, don’t you fret’.

Other bands the film features, as artists who began their careers at this joint, include The Ramones, Blondie and The Police. Watching the various scenes where these iconic bands were just starting out and auditioning kinda reinforces your admiration for these artists, or at least gives some context as to why people of that generation, now moan about ‘the state of the industry’. I do personally like artists such as Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande, but after finding out a bit of the punk rock heritage in 70’s New York, it does suddenty make you jealous that authenticity is thin on the ground today.

It’s sad that even if I rack my brains, I cannot think of anyone currently in the charts that would be considered a real rock star, or shaking things up. Typing this, I realise I sound dangerously like those nay-sayers I often poo-poo for their ongoing grumblings about ‘there’s no such thing as real music anymore’.

The spirit of CBGB culture is very much alive and well at Boogaloo Radio. I love the fact this bar created a scene because there wasn’t one for these kids wanting to make their own music. In a similar vein, Boogaloo Radio has given shows to countless people, who otherwise would never have been on the air. So many stories would not have been told, playlists not curated and bands not had their songs played on the radio. Some unlikely collaborations have sprung up too- such as Food Records’ Andy Ross and new music conniseaur Peggy are going to go on tour soon with their ‘punk lecture’ (come to the debut show at The Boogaloo 7th November).

If you’re staying in tonight, give this a watch. Whether you’re in the music industry or not, it might give you some inspiration to go take some risks. I am no Hilly Crystal, but I am proud that our little bin-shed-studio is pretty damn punk.

Jesse Malin at 100 Club

Jesse Malin at 100 Club

Jesse Malin at 100 Club

The first time we met Jesse Malin was around 15 years ago. He was playing London and invited our spiritual leader Shane MacGowan to guest on a fast and furious run through of Elvis Costello’s old classic ‘Oliver’s Army’.

September 18th 2019 we were back in the 100 Club to see Jesse  Malin, this time without our spiritual leader who is resting but with the head honcho of Boogaloo Radio Jenny Crothers and Henry Shaw- aka ‘The Dancefloor Troubadour’.
The sold out show was the release of Jesse’s new album Sunset Kids- he opens with a bluesy ballad and then proceeds to rip the club apart with the rest of his set.
At one point he even covered our absent spiritual leader with a brilliant version of ‘If I should fall from grace with God’ complete with a full horn section and  later dedicated a beautiful tender song for and about our missing spiritual leader called appropriately enough ‘Shane’.
Jesse was just as good as ever and has excelled over the years. Tonight was a testament to that.
Keep your eyes peeled for his future appearances on Boogaloo Radio when we will be sure to get him to do a takeover and rip through his tremendous  back catalogue.
Long live Jesse Malin, “Queens baby, Queens”.

Listen to Jesse Malin’s interview on Boogaloo Radio:

MIXCLOUD SELECT

MIXCLOUD SELECT

MIXCLOUD SELECT

What is ‘Mixcloud Select’ and why you should subscribe to a fair(er) music distribution model.

‘Mixcloud Select’ is a new service created by the online streaming service, Mixcloud. We use it basically every single day here, as it allows us to upload all our shows for those of you who can’t listen live, or simply want to listen again! The only downside, until now, has been not being able to listen to Mixcloud offline, like you can with traditional podcasts such as iTunes and Spotify (premium). This is great especially for when you’re commuting around town, and wanna zen out with some sweet Boogaloo Radio shows.

I set our monthly price at £3.99. A teeny bit of that goes to us, a teeny bit goes to Mixcloud and a teeny bit (this is the cool part) goes directly to the artist. ‘How does that work then?’ I can hear you think. Unfortunately, this is where my knowledge ends and my trust begins- I met one of the Mixcloud team once and he had a kind face so I reckon they’re trustworthy guys.

This isn’t something we’ve utilised yet, but subscribers also gain access to exclusive content. I will do a future post when we get around to this- I know a few presenters have bandied ideas about ‘on the road’ type podcasts. Hey, in fact if you’ve got an idea you think we should create, feel free to wang it over via email.

Other benefits include access to upfront track listings. This means you can see which tracks are on the show before you listen. Being very honest, I’m not sure how exciting this part of the deal is- the fact that Bernard Butler might go off piste and play Beyonce once in a blue moon probably isn’t going to make or break you as a potential subscriber. But hey, it’s there if you want it. 

Interestingly, consumers shopping habits are changing and we are becoming smarter about how we spend money. As we all know the state of the industry re musicians being paid properly is fairly shambolic, so you’re fighting the good fight by investing in a better structured eco-system.

It’s really exciting for us, as the people invited to be part of this new wave of creators have to be delivering the highest quality content, on a regular basis too. I don’t mean to blow my own trumpet, but erm toot-friggin-toot. Not bad going for an old bin shed in a beer garden.

To summarise; the main benefit is the offline capabilities, closely followed by the warm fuzzy feeling of being part of a business model which is attempting a fair distribution model.

Interested in subscribing? Cool- here’s all the link you’ll need: https://www.mixcloud.com/BoogalooRadio/select/

Please let us know at hello@boogalooradio.com how you get on, if you enjoy your subscription and why you have chosen us as your streaming channel of choice.

 

Till’ the next one,

 

Jenn