shadowplayboys ShadowPlay is a London-based fanzine dogsbodied by Alex Lawson. This site hosts ShadowPlay podcasts including Desert Isolation Discs and the archive of Shoreditch Radio show, The Anoraks.

June 1, 2014  

One half of the podcasting world's most amusing, esoteric and silly duo, Helen Zaltzman is our guest. Her question and answer podcast, launched in 2007 and presented in tandem with Olly Mann, has won an armful of gongs, a world full of followers and imparted important knowledge in response to teasers such as why do round pizzas come in square boxes.


Here Helen tells me tales of her podcasting royalty family - which she shares with The Bugle's Andy Zaltzman - how she's answers that mountain of questions and what tube makes her punch the air. Stream the show here or download it as podcast and subscribe to Desert Isolation Discs.

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May 11, 2014  

Angela Penhaligon, aka country-folktronica songstress Piney Gir, is my latest guest on Desert Isolation Discs as she tells me the eight tunes she couldn't live without in a desert.


Piney is an acclaimed artist who has released five albums, toured the globe including playing Glastonbury festival and was a member of both Vic Twenty and The Schla La Las.  More info and guests at http://desertisolationdiscs.blogspot.co.uk  

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March 24, 2014  

Mr James Lambert tells me the eight songs he'd save from the wreckage if stranded in the desert after a freak extreme air ironing accident. 

A sports and music fanatic and one half of Sheffield's finest radio duo, the ShadowPlayboys, Lambert lets us into his world to talk attitudes to punk music and the glory of Sheffield and Nottingham.

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March 11, 2014  

Barcelona-based record label head honcho and talented marketer Anders Knight is my latest guest on Desert Isolation Discs. He became the lynchpin in the arts and culture scene of Nottingham when based there through his excellent stewardship of craft night Jumpers for Goalposts as co-host of the Pretty Dandy Flea markets and enticing us to watch great films at the Broadway cinema. 


His record label Hello Thor - co-founded with fellow friends of the blog Tom Whalley and Nick Lawford in 2008 - is host to a raft of exhilarating acts including Fists, We Show Up on Radar and Anxieteam. More info and guests at: http://desertisolationdiscs.blogspot.co.uk

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February 11, 2014  
It is an absolute pleasure to welcome a very special guest to Desert Isolation Discs… my mother! Part of the reason I began recording these missives was as an excuse to quiz mum on her choices. She is an avid listener to a certain similar show and has also hosted DiD parties. 

Here, Heather tells us which eight songs she couldn't do without when stranded in a desert and talks about her life, family and founding her own successful business, Hellish Designs. More details and full songs here - http://desertisolationdiscs.blogspot.co.uk
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February 11, 2014  

As vanity projects go, recording your own Desert Isolation Discs podcast is right up there. But nonetheless, here's your blogging host Alex Lawson's eight tunes he would save from the wreckage after a freak sky diving accident. Tom Bonnett manfully steps in as host. More details and full songs here - http://desertisolationdiscs.blogspot.co.uk

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December 31, 2013  

Anoraks presenter and long-time ShadowPlay collaborator Tom Bonnett is our guest on Desert Isolation Discs - a podcast presented by Alex Lawson. Tom he tells us which eight tracks he would save from the wreckage when stranded in the desert after a freak hang gliding accident.


 


A journalist, DJ and broadcaster, Tom allows us into his world from the Cambridge hip-hop scene to the machinations of the media through an interview with song clips. More details and full songs here - desertisolationdiscs.blogspot.co.uk

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September 9, 2013  

Anoraks Tom Bonnett and Alex Lawson discuss the beauty of the tape ahead of Cassette Store Day. Alex explains why a handmade cover and a curated collection of songs can make a couple of magnetic reels in a plastic case come to life and why tapes may be making a comeback. For a blog on Cassette Store Day, visit http://shadowplayfanzine.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/could-tapes-follow-vinyl-and-make.html

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December 4, 2012  

Anoraks Tom Bonnett, Alex Burnard and Alex Lawson get the microphones sizzling with a festive special for Shoreditch Radio. The musical fanatics pump out a stocking with no filler in sight including an exclusive interview with Daddy Ad and Earl Gateshead of Trojan Sound System, the men who bring the Trojan Records reggae sound to clubs around the world. Some top tunes from 2012, the silliest stories of the year and a catch-up with adventuring Anorak Cyril are tied up in a bow by Sidiki, Cat Power and African Head Charge in what is obligatorily described as a Christmas cracker.

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October 21, 2011  

The Anoraks put listeners out of their misery by revealing the winners of the British cheese awards, discussing the bizarre sport of horse boarding and pondering what David Attenborough keeps in his pockets. The eclectic musical nerds discuss the benefits of putting music online for free with the launch of new service Moozar and paw over the life and times of LaVern Baker, the next entrant into the Dead Good hall of fame. Elsewhere music from Kavinsky, Tom Waits, Stan Johnson & The Blue Chips, Samoyed , Jonti and Bullwackies Allstars create a show more jam packed than a Brummie's suitcase on a two week holiday to Crete. Tweet us @anorakssdr

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