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.

February 8, 2015  
Jerry Thackray, or rather his pen name Everett True, is a name synonymous with quality music journalism and rock'n'roll spirit. The Chelmsford-born music journalist's life is a stream of experiences with guitar music's biggest names from Alan McGee to Kurt Cobain. He has written for the NME, Melody Maker and the Guardian.

Here, he picks the eight tunes he couldn't live without when thrust into the lonesome desert and talks me through his early years, the changing face of music journalism, why he was sacked from NME and his relationship with Nirvana. Stream the show below or download is as a podcast by typing shadowplayboys.
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:

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 -

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

February 7, 2010  

Trailing the latest Broken Yolk night at the Pangea Project, Tom Bonnett and Alex Lawson look at combinations of man and machine, looking at how they can complement each other and work together in a creative crunch of vocal chords and circuit boards. The likes of Jamie Lidell, Scott Walker, Four Tet, Mount Kimbie, Schneider TM and Raymond Scott join Yolkie stars Ryat, Segment and Mataniu to explore the theme and provide a backdrop for cheeky chat and bootlegging banter. More info on the night at: February 20th - Ryat, Mataniu and Segment. Free before 9pm, £4 after, Broken Yolk DJs spinning ‘til late. Pangea Project, 72 Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, London, N16 6XS

December 3, 2009  

Journeying to a world unlike our own, Tom Bonnett and Alex Lawson ask what tunes might top the charts in another dimension and take their chances with the occult investigating the secret spell behind a perfect soul record. The ponderous duo take you through some pop puzzles and play some genuine classics to boot.

November 4, 2008  

The sporadic ShadowPlay podcast returns with a pun so bad your Grandad will swallow his teeth. This Oddcast (you were warned!) takes a look at the wide, weird world of music and stops off to chink triangular glasses with Roots Manuva, Listen with Sarah and Rachel Unthank along the way. Listen out for an interview with quirky folkster Micah P Hinson, be led carefully through the maze of online pap as we give out web tips and enjoy the strangest lawnmower chat since Charles had to tell queenie about that dreadful incident with a corgi on the palace lawns. Apologies for the slightly truncated edition, damn techincal limitations. Do get in touch with suggestions and comments on the post below or to Check out or find me on Facebook (Alex Lawson).


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