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‘It was never supposed to make that noise’

Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 6

April 8th, 2015
In this the last show of the current series we go clubbing through the ages and reflect on milestones for Pompey Clubs of the 60s and 80s, get mixed up in Electronica through a tribute to Tangerine Dream frontman 
Edgar Froese, and try to identify the key ingredients for a lasting scene. There are also some forthcoming events and releases for you to ponder in our absence!

'Towards the Point?' is written and presented by James Sandy & Dave Allen and is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.

This show was first broadcast on Monday 23rd February 2015.

Due to copyright restrictions some of the music mentioned in this show does not appear in this podcast version.
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Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 5

February 14th, 2015

In this first show to bolt out into 2015 we consider the year ahead in celebrations, commemorations and anniversaries. We explore the 'Democracy Streets' project coming soon to Fratton (and the rest of the UK) with our guest presenter Jon Adams (University of Portsmouth Research Fellow & Artist in Residence) and pick up on some interesting milestones of pop culture, art and film. There is also a good slug of events to keep you out for the rest of the week!


This programme was first broadcast on Monday 26th January 2015.
Due to copyright restrictions the music referred to in this podcast is not included.
Towards the Point? is written & presented by Dave Allen and James Sandy ans is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.
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Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 4

January 7th, 2015
In the last show of the year, we consider the place of winter in the arts by way of choice music from Fleet Foxes, Fell City Girl and Captain Beefheart (to name but a few). Dave lurks out the Retrospective Soundtrack Players as they launch their new album at the Square Tower in Old Portsmouth and we dust off some wintry poems and paintings to sparkle the final drift.

'Every Time a Bell Rings an Angel Gets Its Wings' appears courtesy of The Retrospective Soundtrack Players/Xtra Mile Recordings and all rights are reserved 2014.

Due to copyright restrictions other music tracks mentioned in this podcast do not appear. Check our blog for links towardsthepoint.blogspot.co.uk

'Towards the Point?' is written and presented by James Sandy & Dave Allen and is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.

This show was first broadcast on Monday 29th December 2014. 
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Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 3

November 30th, 2014

With our special guests Steve & Radd from Southsea's Pie & Vinyl we brave the new release from legends of the endless re-issue Pink Floyd, we get a deeper understanding of the notion of 'Dad Rock' and its possible passing as a label or genre and there's an interview with local artist Karl Rudziak about his forthcoming battle with popular culture in the community. A side serving of local events is also provided.


'Towards the Point?' is written & presented by James Sandy and Dave Allen and is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.
This show was first broadcast on Monday 24th November 2014.
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Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 2

November 3rd, 2014

In a literary special we host Tessa Ditner, Matt Wingett and Diana Bretherick to discuss their (and others) new compendium 'Portsmouth Fairytales for Grown Ups' which launched at this month's Portsmouth Book Fest 2014. We also consider the place of the fairy tale in writing and history, take a time check on age and memory, as well as reflect on the life and times of Dylan Thomas on the centenary of his birth.

'Towards the Point?' is written & presented by James Sandy & Dave Allen and is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.
Writers work appears with kind permission and All Rights are Reserved. 
This show was first broadcast on  Monday 27th October 2014.
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Towards the Point? Series 4, Show 1

October 11th, 2014
We are back for a fourth series. In this opening salvo we get up to speed on the Pompey Pop Plaque Project with guest Nigel Grundy, channel the greatness of The Magic Numbers by way of an interview at Pie & Vinyl and we breathe in the beans at Southsea Coffee Company in a consideration of cafe culture.

Towards the Point? is written and presented by James Sandy & Dave Allen and is a King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.

Some music tracks do not appear in this podcast version due to copyright restriction.

This show was first broadcast on Monday 28th September 2014.
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Towards the Point? Series 3, Show Ten

July 13th, 2014
In this last programme of the current series we get lost in the artistic wonder of the 2014 Grad Show at the University of Portsmouth, catch up with singer-songwriter Liz Green as she performs tracks from her new album 'Haul Away' at Southsea's Pie and Vinyl, consider the new Album from Eels 'The cautionary tales of Mark Oliver Everett' and round off with some summer festivals and events for you to seek out.

We'll be back proper in September 2014, but you can catch up with a catch up show in August. 

Due to copyright restrictions some music tracks do not appear within this podcast version.

'Haul Away (Live at Pie and Vinyl) by Liz Green appears courtesy of Liz Green/PIAS 2014, all rights are reserved.

First Broadcast on Monday 30th June 2014.

'Towards the Point is written and Presented by James Sandy & Dave Allen and is a King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.
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Towards the Point? Series 3, Show Nine

July 13th, 2014

In this beautifully crafted audio transmission from beyond we consider the art of recording and listening by way of Neil Young's new media player 'Pono', assess his new art project 'A Letter Home' courtesy of Jack White's Voice- o- Gram, we catch up with the growing musical portfolio of local rabble rouser Janet Ayers and review 'Mods:The New Religion' a book by Paul 'Smiler' Anderson. There's also some top flight local events wedged on the end to!

Due to copyright restrictions some music tracks do not appear within this podcast version.

'Busy Line' By The Dave Baker Project appears courtesy of www.youngjimmusic.com

First Broadcast on Monday 26th May 2014.

'Towards the Point is written and Presented by James Sandy & Dave Allen and is a King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.
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Towards the Point? Series Three, Show Eight

May 18th, 2014

In this programme we get up close with Pallant House's new exhibition on Stanley Spencer- Heaven in a Hell of War, we ponder the legacy of crafted concrete through the City Museum's retrospective on the Tricorn Shopcentre (with Archivist John Stedman), review the latest musical release from Wilko Johnson as he teams up with Roger Daltery for Going Back Home and collect a pocket full of local events for you to mark in your moleskin.

This show was first broadcast on 28th April 2014.
Towards the Point? is written & presented by Dave Allen, James Sandy & Simon Mobbs and is a King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM.
Due to copyright restrictions some music referenced is not included within this podcast version.
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Towards the Point? Series Three, Show Seven

April 11th, 2014

In this special programme we are joined by Hampshire based poet Robyn Bollam to discuss her work and to consider poetry as a creative response to events- be it natural disasters or episodes of industrial decline. There are also readings of her work, a catch up with Pie and Vinyl on forthcoming Record Store Day in April (19th) and a few events for you to consider out & about.


The following music is used in this podcast and is licensed under separate creative commons agreements for non-commercial use: "Black Rainbow" by Pitx (2009),  "Matter of Time (Gentle Mix)" by Blue Whale Music (2008), "Mazurek" by Doxent Zsigmond (2014) and "Funky Theme" by Teru (2007).

All other music referred to in this podcast does not appear due to copyright restrictions.

This programme was first broadcast on Monday 31st March.

'Towards the Point?' is A King of the Buttons Production for 93.7 Express FM

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