You can stream all past Round At Milligan's shows at your leisure at www.mixcloud.com/therealdavemilligan . Even is the connection to the Scrub server goes and we fall off air, the complete show, as live, can be heard from around midnight GMT at the above link.
I was born in 1966, the greatest ever year for music*, into a music-loving family with a big, diverse record collection. Before I could read I could tell which records were which from the labels and the patterns in the grooves, and I was allowed to play 'em 'cos I was so careful with 'em.
My parents' tastes ranged from Oscar Peterson to Magnum via The Eagles and The Carpenters. My big brother went through the Beatles explosion and the British Blues Boom, my big sister was steeped in 70s pop and my little brother introduced me to ska, electro and acid house.
In my teens I was a Quo/Lizzy/Queen nut, but my true love was, and still is, Slade. I just love big tunes and hooks and choruses that take up residence in your brain like housemartins in your roof, chirruping away until you can't sleep.
I grew up in Essex in the 80s, a rocker and a guitarist in an unbroken sea of one-finger-synth-players. Despite my best efforts my friends convinced me to love The Human League, Kraftwerk and Heaven 17. For a while I thought guitar music had had it's chips.
Then one day, aged 17, longhaired and wearing a Levi's jacket that my mum and I had lovingly embroidered with the crest from the back cover of Queen 2, I grudgingly stumbled into my school friend Paul Tunkin's club night, The Monkey House, in a casino on Southend seafront. I'd been dragged to hideous 80s soul clubs in Southend before. I usually wouldn't even get in 'cos of my hair and dress sense. But this place was different. Almost pitch dark. Wall to wall goths. The heady smell of hairspray and hormones. Couldn't tell the birds from the blokes. And "This Charming Man" on the decks.
My life changed that night. I hid the jacket under a table**, and hit the dancefloor like a 6 foot 2 inch homing pidgeon.
Went home, stuck the Quo in the loft, and started hoovering up indie vinyl like a man posessed. Even worked my way back into punk, which, as an 11 year old in 1977, had previously scared the crap out of me.
So here I am in my forties, still obsessing over music. Independent music. Wilfully, ruthlessly independent music.
I run a label called Sitting Target Music www.sittingtarget.net expressly to get my talented friends' music 'out there'. I front a band, The Penguin Party www.thepenguinparty.co.uk to get my creative rocks off. And now, thanks to the happy accidental intervention of indie philanthropist Brooklyn Deb, I'm getting a chance to blurt some of my enthusiasm for obscure and untainted acts out over the great medium that is the mighty Scrub Radio...
Come and join me Round At Milligan's!
* It is. It just IS. Look it up!
** My son wears the jacket now...
Next SCHEDULED show Monday July 30th...but... - Posted On: 7/15/2012 at 7:52 PM - (Expand)
Owing to holidays and late shifts, our next SCHEDULED show will be on Monday July 30th...but we'll be doing the odd drive-by unscheduled show so keep up to date via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/roundatmilligans or our home page at www.milligans.biz
WE'RE BACK!! - Posted On: 6/11/2012 at 1:26 PM - (Reduce)
We're back on air again this week!
9pm UK time. Warmup Otto show from about 8pm.
IF WE FALL OFF AIR: - Posted On: 3/12/2012 at 12:04 PM - (Expand)
You can stream all past Round At Milligan's shows at your leisure at http://www.mixcloud.com/therealdavemilligan . Even is the connection to the Scrub server goes and we fall off air, the complete show, as live, can be heard from around midnight GMT at the above link.
12 NEW BANDS TONIGHT!! - Posted On: 3/12/2012 at 12:01 PM - (Expand)
Tonight on the show (9pm GMT) we'll be playing 12 bands that have NEVER BEEN PLAYED ON SCRUB BEFORE!
GOING LIVE, gawdelpus! - Posted On: 2/26/2012 at 4:07 AM - (Expand)
Using a bewildering variety of tiny mixing desks, iPhones and elderly laptops, Dave, Dave-who-is-also-Dave and Gareth-Dave (back from his leave to do his gnomic thing) will be taking Round At Milligan's on air LIVE, unrecorded, un rehearsed, unedited, for the first time this Monday from 4pm EST, 9pm UK.
This will either be the future of indie pop radio or an utter shambles. A rivetting listen either way, we reckon.
Including music from Kev Hopper, bassist from legendary John Peel favourites Stump.
See you in the chatroom! We can even give you a shout out now we're live :)
Dave, DWIA-Dave, and G-Dave
Wotcha, Scrubbers! No show 17th June, sorry. Back on 24th
Round At Milligan's GOLD
A selection of the very best music from the show, without the waffle
Round At Milligan's
Hooky, hummy guitar or synth pop. Ska; Reggae; Dub; IDM; Quality, moving Ambient music; Old-school Rock (but not metal and certainly not screamo); Very unlikely to play anything whiney or containing the word "baby"
Dave Milligan presents mellow, ambient, downtempo, longform & acoustic music to hang on your wall and chill out to. Gorgeous sound. Very little speech.