Adrian Slatcher writes poetry, fiction and criticism, and lives in Manchester.
Episode 2 (Listen here)
Its “Festival Season” as Adrian Slatcher’s poem begins the 2nd episode of “Interesting Drug” Manchester’s new arts and music podcast. With Manchester International Festival coming to an end we review one of the festival highlights HOME’s “Returning to Reims” as well as mentions for the Manchester Street Poem and the closing event Ceremony. But its not all about MIF. The musique concrete pioneer Pierre Henry died recently, and we pay tribute, whilst three Icelandic experimental/innovative poets come to the Other Room this week, and Manchester-based artist Rachel Goodyear has a major solo show on at the New Art Gallery Walsall. Should books have soundtracks? Well David Gaffney references plenty of music in “All the Place I’ve Ever Lived” his new novel set in West Cumbria, and we also give a nod to the “Small World” exhibition at PS Mirabel which opened as part of Manifest.
Music includes Underworld, Gil Scott Heron, Francois Hardy, Pierre Henry, Gavin Briars, Teardrop Explodes and a barely recognisable “Blue Monday” from Kazakhstan.
Episode 1 (Listen here)
In just over an hour I feature some of the music featured in the festival this year (and from the past) including New Order, Arcade Fire, John Adams and Lets Eat Grandma – and discuss this year’s festival highlights, both things I’ve seen and coming up.
Because it includes copyright music its not for download, just for streaming, via the Mixcloud service, and this first episode is now available here
The tracklist includes New Order, 808 State, Kraftwerk, John Adams, Lets Eat Grandma, Arcade Fire, Ruby Tingle, Stomu Yamashta, This Heat and Einsturzende Neubauten.
About “Interesting Drug”
I’d like to say its an idea I’ve been planning for ages, but actually, the thought of doing it only came recently with so much culture going on in the city – and with music and sound so often integral to the things I enjoy seeing most – I thought there might be room for a regular “magazine” style show – and that I might enjoy putting it together. We’ll see how it goes – the first show took literally all day to put together because of various technical/workflow issues, never mind the content! I think I’ll try and put something together every 2 or 3 weeks.
And if there’s anything that you think I might like – particularly where there’s an audio element or that’s more unusual, D.I.Y., obscure, avant garde – then drop me a line at adrian(dot)slatcher(at)gmail(dot)com.