I've been quiet of late, I know. It's not that I haven't been eating burgers - I have - it's just that I've encountered nothing special enough (or awful enough) to inspire me to actually write about it. Just a lot of average burgers. Disappointing. HOWEVER, one place I've been getting consistently great grub is at MEATmission, where I've been a couple of times already this year – not just to stuff my face with Dead Hippies, Monkey Fingers etc but also to record a radio show…
Yes, inspired by a recent trip to the US, the MEATmission and Soulshakers crew have set up a radio station (called, rather brilliantly, MEATtransMISSION) which broadcasts from a tiny radio booth / studio looks out over the walk-in section of the restaurant, above the photo booth…
The guys asked me to pitch ideas for a show so I suggested I plumb the depths of my record collection for two hours each month to dig out a selection of rhythm'n'blues, rock'n'roll and soul records that would make for a good burger-eating soundtrack. They said "yeah, do it" and Burgerac's Bangin' Blues was born. Each session myself and my trusty wingman, Cutmaster Max, select records guided by a theme. Max and I spin records together every third Saturday of the month at our long running (nine years and counting!) monthly club night, Gerry's Joint, up at The Boogaloo.
Our first show, entitled "Instru-mental" went out a few weeks ago and you can listen to it on MEATtransMISSION's mixcloud page - where you can also peruse the station's other awesome and musically varied (and previously broadcast) shows.
Our second show, "Dance What You Wanna" will be broadcast / streamed this afternoon (Saturday 1st February) from 4pm - 6pm on meattransmission.com. We managed to squeeze in no less than 49 tracks that chart just some of the many dance crazes of the 50s and 60s - from the Jerk, the Boogaloo, the Stomp and the Monkey, through to The Frog, the Harlem Shuffle and the Funky Chicken. The show features tracks by the likes of Bo Diddley, Slim Harpo, King Coleman, Sugar Pie Desanto, Ray Charles and Johnny Otis.
If you miss it this afternoon, you can always check it out later on the station's mixcloud page! Happy listening, folks!