Gone GoDaddy Gone

A couple of little things that have made me happier about the state of my station as I realise all the money I’d been flinging at GoDaddy wasn’t the smartest investment I could have made.

http://www.croydonsn.com now directs to this site – of course if you want to find the station you need to navigate to the Centova stream but at least everything can be found in one place

Not least because I’ve signed up for Tindeck so I’ve got somewhere to stick my podcasts from days gone by…

And I’ve added the Listen to Croydon Sport Noise page so you’ve got links to the past and present in one handy place.

More adventures in WordPress to follow… not least as I’ve got a new toy on the way that will allow me to be a bit more…er..advent…  er… a bit less lazy.

Life after hosting

So I’m going to try and focus on WordPress as being the means by which you get to listen to my lovely radio station.

The streaming page is http://centovav3.shoutstream.co.uk/start/sc_3gbna/

From here, you can launch the webplayer, see the last 10 tracks, and see where in the world other listeners are.

Towards the top of the screen you can also select the media player you want to listen to the station through, if you don’t want to use the inbuilt player.  So WinAmp, Windows Media Player, Quicktime and Real Player are all catered for – simply connect then save as a favourite.

Croydon Sport Noise is also available via TuneIn and Shoutcast – the former especially useful if you have a smartphone and want to listen to CSN on the move.

 

Milk It all-dayer at The Lexington (The Telescopes, Dead Rabbits, One Unique Signal)

And so to ‘North’ London and the beautfiul Lexington on the Pentonville Road for an all-dayer full of drone, dirge, a touch of shoegaze, but no little pop either.  I say all-dayer… I got there just before 8, procured a rather pongy bottle of water from the bar, and duly ink-splatted (tickets were £7 for an early bird, £10 for those of us without worms) I ascended the stairway to the venue. 

I’d been there a few months back to see Six by Seven and it’s a good place to see bands – stage just at the right height, good sound, lots of seating for your correspondent to tweet and play his baseball game in between bands.  First up were OUS, who were outstanding, dealing manfully with a troublesome bass and a collapsing speaker stack and filling the room with huge slabs of noise, with several tracks from their latest album Aether (Genepool Records).  Next come Dead Rabbits, whose selection box of sonic treats – each one distinctly different but satisfyingly indulgent all the same worked really well – a special mention to the Fender Jaguar wheeling guitarist who looked like I did when I was his age (if I was a proper journo I would researched the names) and the ice-cool drummer lady.  And then the main event.  I once said that Stephen Lawrie playing with OUS as the backing band was the indie equivalent of Trigger’s broom, but after seeing the combo perform songs from Taste at the Underbelly a few years back – I didn’t really want to miss this.  Lawrie ambles on – part Geography supply teacher, part Fall frontman and sits at the side of the stage.  Starting with “There Is No Floor”, the Signals are alive – not least as one of their member, has set up his pedals down on the floor and is thrashing away amongst us.  There’s ‘Violence’ and ‘Suicide’ – but nothing like the versions on the ‘Trademark of Quality’ LP from years ago and there’s HARM, the seemingly impenetrable release from last year.  Lawrie curls into a ball and screams for all his might, fiddling with his pedals trying to capture the.perfect.sound.  For 45 minutes, he held his audience captivated and entranced.  And then off.  Image

I drove home, the One Unique Signal CD playing, through the clear streets of central London back home.  It was a splendid way to make myself late for work. 
 

SSFC – Double vase delight

A new Sports Show for Croydon hits the airwaves tonight from 8pm featuring Croydon and AFC Croydon Athletic and highlights from their FA Vase encounters from the weekend. It’s the first time SSFC (either on CSN or when it was on Croydon Radio) that there have been two games covered. The production of the highlights packages is quite labour-intensive on Audacity but it’s really fun to stick it all together.

Just a note about the perils of recording and parenting at the same time. Or rarenting as it will doubtless become known. I missed the Fisher midfielder, Jamie Taylor, picking up a 2nd yellow card while taking my son to the boardroom toilets at Champion Hill. I might also sound a bit shaky in the end of game summary. That’s because my boy banged his face and being blessed with a nose like Niagra Falls gushed ‘claret’ everywhere. I am so grateful for the amazingly talented Fisher physio Emily ‘Chopper’ Sawyer for taking such great care of my wounded soldier. Within minutes she’d cleaned him up, checked for any breaks and determined he wasn’t in pain. And of course being pitchside, he couldn’t resist running onto the hallowed turf with a ball. I also need to thank the Fisher chairman’s daughter for being so helpful and looking after our buggies.

Enjoy the show. No other station spills as much blood bringing you the best local sport and fantastic music.

The return of SSFC

Sunday night saw the return of SSFC – The Sports Show for Croydon. The pre-recorded show was broadcast at http://www.croydonsn.com at 8.30 and can be heard at that time every night until Friday. The podcast is also available on the website.

When SSFC was originally broadcast on Croydon Radio, it went out live and using the excellent studio meant we could have interviews, breaking fixture news and engagement with anyone who interacted through the Shoutbox facility. Croydon Sports Noise doesn’t have access to a studio – as I’m sure you will have guessed it’s a bloke with a laptop – but the new SSFC tries to recreate the ‘spirit’ of the old with new decent music, match highlights and a focus on local sports. We avoid Palace and Surrey because other people do them, and do them very well.

Technically the new SSFC requires a lot of cutting and pasting on Audacity which was a lot of fun. I recorded the links late at night which gives the Bob Harris effect – I should be introducing Charlie Parker rather than Croydon v Whyteleafe. But ultimately it was really enjoyable and as exciting for me now as it was then.

Hopefully the show and the station can evolve. Thanks for reading and for listening.

CSN

Link to the SSFC archive

If you want to listen to any of the 32 SSFC shows broadcast during 2012-13 you can find them at http://croydonradio.com/podcast/all_shows.php?ID=3ce021e6-0994-81f1-1034-6f6e9652a7c2.

There are interesting interviews, the match highlights which formed the basis of the Best of SSFC shows, and some fantastic music where we tried to bring to the listeners of Croydon tunes they should hear for the first time, and noise they needed to hear again.

They won’t win a Sony, but hopefully they might make you smile once in a while.

CSN

Croydon Sport Noise has moved

Croydon Sport Noise has moved so please update your links in accordance with your favourite media player

*  Winamp, iTunes     http://centovav3.shoutstream.co.uk/tunein/sc_3gbna.pls
*  Windows Media Player     http://centovav3.shoutstream.co.uk/tunein/sc_3gbna.asx
*  Real Player     http://centovav3.shoutstream.co.uk/tunein/sc_3gbna.ram
*  QuickTime     http://centovav3.shoutstream.co.uk/tunein/sc_3gbna.qtl

We’re still playing out the same fantastic range of music, and will be adding new sports shows very soon – remember you can catch the Best of SSFC from our new podcast library.

And we’re changing and plugging our website at croydonsn.com

Thanks for listening

Podcast library now up on croydonsn.com

I’ve finally sorted out a podcast library so that people can listen or download the Best of SSFC shows I recorded over the summer without needing to hope that I’m updating the main playlist or… indeed… that the one they wanted to listen to was playing.

The Best of SSFC podcasts try and capture some of the spirit of SSFC – The Sport Show for Croydon that was broadcast on Croydon Radio.  There was always a dual role for SSFC – local sport (trying to encourage attendance and participation without focussing on the big sides in the area) and playing music that I liked (and to be fair precious few other DJs on the station played).  Obviously I could achieve the one I was in control of, but the former… well it was enjoyable none the less.

The show had its critic, but I’d like to think people appreciated the sentiment behind what I was trying to do with it (even if the execution might have been lacking).

Croydon Sport Noise gives me the freedom now to play the music I (and hopefully others) want to hear all the time – a lot of it I haven’t heard myself, so doing the washing up with the radio on takes on a whole exciting dimension.  And there will be further incarnations of SSFC which I’ll let you know about as and when they are recorded.

For now, enjoy the music, and the shows, and let me know what you think.

CSN