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say hello to my little friend(s)

it’s been a very happy week indeed, dear and patient readers. as the good mittins mentioned (and she is good, she gifted us with the most beautiful bouquet of flowers you could imagine..!), there are two new shenanigrams scuttling round the place now, with last week’s arrival of my beautiful daughters. yes, two of the cheeky monkeys! which is apt, cos the make lots of number twos.. needless to say the are simply delightful creaures, with all the best bits of me (charm, wit and ninja sharp haggling abilities) and all the best bits of their mummy (lovely eyesies and pretty noses and unrefined sugars and exotic spices).. look below, you will see. the top one is asha lily, born two minutes before her identical big little sister, arabella (grace). sigh. arent they lovely? i’m one happy shenanigans alright, and full of love for these offspring of mine. i can tell, i haven’t shoplifted for ages!

asha lily & arabella

so, yesterdays cauldron i was all a-solo, and decided to dedicate it to my new fave girls! you will note lots of wise and beautiful tunes that i wish had been played to me when i was an infant. lots have wisdom and some just sheer beauty. maybe next week i will have another show for them, why not?! you can listen to the broadgramme here, and if you cast your glance downwards, you will see the tracklisty listy..


  • skies are for flying – Conan & the mockasins
  • ruby tuesday – los checkmates
  • come to daddy – the dillenger escape plan (aphex twin cover)
  • johnny b goode – peter tosh
  • illegal gunshot – the ragga twins
  • johnny b goode – peter tosh
  • let your light shine on me – abbot lighthouse choice
  • lean on me – beth orton & terry callier
  • here comes the sun – nina simone
  • don’t let me be misunderstood – santa esmeralda
  • somebody to love – the ramones
  • i got to love somebody’s baby – judy clay
  • somebody’s gonna love you – alice russel feat. Quantic soul orchestra
  • somebody to love – al wilson
  • goin’ up yonder – walter hawkins
  • beautiful babies – plant life
  • jesus wants me for a sunbeam – the vaselines
  • miss my lion – scout niblett
  • california soul – marvin gaye & tammi terrell
  • after the laughter comes tears – wendy rene

lots of love and hugs

daddygans, asha lily & arabella



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hugging it out

they say it is better to be late than never. i’m not so sure. for example i’d prefer to never go to my own funeral than be late for it. but there you go. this is a playlist that has been in the draft folders for ages. last thursday (20th sept oh7), jazzrod, mittins and me, shananigans, went to the fleet studio and brought all our favorite music storage devices, including CDs, cassettes and records. and for two hours we played, danced and drank some fine beers. and then we drank some heinekens! and there was some very good hugging going on too. we even had a three way hug! i for one had never indulged in such an activity, but had read all about it on the tinternet and now know what all the hype is about. so, here you can listen and below is the belated playlist..

pink cow

  • cherchez la ghost – ghostface killah

  • the jam – krs one feat. shabba ranks

  • let the rhythm hit them – erik b & rakim

  • atlas – battles

  • running up that road [ashley beedle rmx] – kate bush

  • chris chana – wagon christ

  • the watcher – dr dre

  • turf dancing – dj shadow feat. animaniacs

  • vybz cartel

  • twin peaks fire walk with me – fantomas

  • passion for fashion – we smoke fags

  • making you all mine – clor

  • tonto – battles

  • poor innocent boys – cazals

  • all is full of love – death cab for cutie

  • floorplan – tegan & sara

  • us placers – crs

  • young, gifted and black – the gaylads

  • second migration – king kapisi

  • check on it – beyonce samuel remix

  • we dont exist – meat puppets

  • ain’t saying my goo – er.. dunno//

  • are u that somebody – the gossip


better late than never

p.s. hurrah for the mittins return!



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tee for one

it was a lonely cauldron this week; shenanigans stirring solo until quite weak. but there was a silver cloud on the horizon in the form of a great green hype machine tee-shirt, ordered ages ago from stalwarts the hype machine. when living in aotearoa it takes about three months for letters and spam to get here, cos not many ships pass by this way. but oh the joy is physical when such goodies arrive. it’s like christmas. and there was what proved to be a lovely hand written missive from the poster and packer in amoungst the parcel, something like: ‘dear shenanigans, thanks for the order. you rock. and we also hear great things about your radio show, keep up the good work and don’t let that mittins steal your thunder!‘ ahem.

my new tee

so to the show. yesterdays that is. many apols dear readers for the late registration (a ha!), and soarse postings in general but what with the multiple babies and the many public appearences mittins and i must make in this month makes it difficult to keep these pages so fresh and so clean. but we will soon return in fullness! in the meantime listen here for yesterdays show. despite being on me jack, it was a great show cos i loved the music and just love fleet! look below at the gem littered playlist:

  • someone to love – kaiyanji anandji
  • reanimation – blackalicious
  • the quickening – latyrx
  • resurrection – common (large prof mix)
  • driving me wild – common feat. Lily allen
  • homecoming – kanye west feat. chris martin
  • woman of the ghetto – hortense ellis
  • stepping out of babylon – michael rose
  • weapon conflict – sierre leone refugee all stars
  • king of the jungle – jah cure feat. Sizzla
  • john hardy – leadbelly
  • meri ankhon ko bakhshe hainaansoo – shahen shah
  • little boxes – regina spektor
  • business time [dj weekend’s team building reworking] – FOTC
  • ah ha – charlie ash
  • a cause des garcon – yelle
  • now you know – attica blues
  • stankina – adi sappir
  • trouble, heartaches & sadness – ann peebles
  • jesus is waiting – al green
  • children don’t get weary – booker t & the MGs
  • after the laughter comes tears – wendy rene
  • tearz – wu tang clan
  • baltimore oriole – lorez alexandra
  • the way we lived – wax tailor feat. Sharon jones
  • stay with me – sharon tandy

i heart rianna




thanks to lauren who alerted us to this great clip on yoo toobe.. some wee kiddies covering seven nation army.. cheers lauren, we love the white stripes and we love kids, but never in a million aeons would have imagined they would go together so well!



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nicing up tha riddim

it’s always a pleasure to take over the studio after TMC goodfriend GeorgeC. he leaves it so very tidy and often offers me a crafty beer.. a true gentleman in every sense of the word. and you just know he was brought up proper. also, it was george who introduced me, your 1 shenanigans, to the murkey world of FleetFM, for it was on his show ‘Nice Up Da Riddim’ that i cut my first radio teeth. and i’ve never looked back. especially not in anger. 5-7 onna thursday, you will find geo cranking out all manner of dub, reggae and chillness. you should defo check it out! so as it was in the begining, it is now. i looked after the fleet waves on me lonesome last night, and it was all good. especially when yr mittin rang in! well. i had a whole bunch of fresh tunes i’d scoured from the internet and had a merry time. you can listen here. et voila! le playlist:

brass monkey


  • momma momma – betty barney
  • work song – nina simone
  • soul rebel – bob marlel (afrodisiac sound system remix]
  • michael jackson – the mitchell brothers
  • country boy – charlie ace
  • rebel without a pause – public enemy
  • loose ends – sergio mendez feat. JT paroahe monch will i am
  • the way we lived – wax taylor wiv sharon jones
  • icky thunp – white stripes [hostage mix]
  • sirens coming- dizzy rascal [villa diamante]
  • asian bride magazine – jahcoozi
  • sweet dreams are made of these – vid kids
  • blisters on my brain – lo fi all stars [ david e sugar rmix]
  • straight to hell – the clash
  • paper planes – MIA feat bun b & rich boy
  • papua new guinea – future sound of london
  • malfunction – madlib
  • na leff me spliff – top cat
  • super sharp shooter – dj zinc
  • stronger- kanye west [a trak mx]
  • routine check – mitchell bros feat kano
  • forgot about dre – dre. [kraddy feckup]
  • stereotype – goldielocks
  • business time f.o.t.c. [dj weekends team building]
  • hey fuck u [glitchbitch RmX] – the beastie boys
  • 25 gun salute – gunshot
  • original nuttah – UK apache & Shy Fx
  • skream – dutch flowers [tempa]
  • rumble in the jungle ft. q tip & john forte

kia ora gc, kia ora

pie face

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if only…

.. i had a cauldron full of gold! a ha.. juss joshin’, for i know what a lovely cauldron we have. oh yes, it was a monday morn am. yesterday. and you know what time and you know what frequency where you’ll find your TMC. i, your faithful correspondent shenanigans, had a lovely ol’ time from nine till eleven with my old pal from ninja school, mittins. also, to make it extra special she wrote a splendid script full of informative wits and i gifted her a copy of Geri Halliwell’s killer autobiography If Only. and despite the weighty tome being littered with pictures of the ginger spice with boobs out (hooray for me!), mittins was delighted as it charted the rise and rise of the spice girls. and as per, we played all the newtunes that we found nifting around the ethernet and at the back of dusty old record stores, and as you’ll see some great tunes from our past.. sigh. they were good days. heck. here you can listen. and here is the playlist:

geri was always my favorite. untill baby spice showed her true colours..


  • mowtownphilly – boyz to men
  • no diggedy – blackstreet feat. old man dre
  • baltimore oriole – lorez alexandria
  • then he kissed me – the crystals
  • momma momma – betty barney
  • bossy (bamabounce remix)- kelis
  • paper planes – M.I.A feat Bun B & rich boy
  • the only one – danger mouse & jemini
  • bangers & cash – spank rock & benny blanco
  • gimme more – britney spears
  • battlecreek brawl – gunshot
  • ka mate haka – the all blacks
  • the word is out – the sugarhill gang
  • watch your mouth – wu tang clan [off the new wu LP 8 Diagrams.. find this tune here]
  • melt your heart – jenny lewis
  • insomniac olympics – blockhead
  • miss teen word power – the new pornographers
  • this is the one – the stone roses
  • dagger through the heart – dolly parton
  • the way we lived – wax tailor feat. sharon jones [X marks the spot for this treasure. start digging then!]

big love


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ra kuutia*

there is a wonderful fascination with the heavens in these blessed islands that really just rings my bell. last month/week/yesterday they made or are about to make south island’s magnificent lake tekapo nightskyscape the very first world heritage nightsky area place*. and a few years ago a working replica of stonehenge* was constructed in the wairarapa. it measures the passage of the stars and everything. imagine.. a new henge?! crivens, that must be like the first henge to have been built for like 5000 years! maybe. right on anyway, aotearoa, way to go!

stonehenge aotearoa

stonehenge aotearoa

and last night must have been a bloody good night to be an astormener in new ziland then, cos there was one of those earth sun moon conjunction things going on. an ecclair or something equally wonderful. it had people all across the country out in the cold open air, mouths agasp at the splendid sight to be seen:

la lunar

another bloody moon

well, with all this cosmic craftyness floating around is it any wonder you found yr man shenan up at fleetfleet? coincidence?. you tell me. either way 11 till 1pm on the fm today i took the wheels of steels and drove a rudeboy riddim right ‘roud the fleetosphere. here: you can listen for yourself.. and now, to a moon soaked playlist..

  • juen ko ku (chop ‘n’ quench) – fela ransome kuti & the africa 70
  • stamping ground – moondog
  • shine on harvest moon – leon redbone
  • everyone’s gone to the moon – nina simone
  • sometimes i feel like a motherless child – clarence smith
  • flip ya lid – nightmares on wax
  • after all [mad professor vocal mix] – horace andy
  • stick by me – john holt
  • moving outta babylon – johnnie clarke
  • agboju logun – shina williams & his african precussianists
  • moonlight sonata – fursaxa
  • lidl – afrikan boy [nice one pinglewood]
  • don’t talk – estelle
  • you think you’re right hot – the streets, kano et al
  • buss it up – kano feat. vybz cartel
  • welcome to the terrordome – pharoahe monche
  • paper planes – M.I.A
  • trees [spank rock reMix] – dr octagon
  • stronger [A Trak mixRe] – kanye west [once more, nods to pinglewood]
  • red moon – turing breaks (obviously)
  • toro mata – celia cruz & johnny pacheco
  • tristeza maleza – manu chao
  • red moon – clancey eccles & the dynamites
  • see a man’s face – prince moonie feat. horace andy
  • waking moon – jah wobble
  • babuji bbuji kya loge – dilraj
  • no diggety – blackstreet feat. doc dre
  • flow on [pete rock rEmix] – lords of the underground



*In Maori mythology our “man in the moon” is resolved into the woman in the moon, her name being Rona. The common view of an eclipse of the moon is that Rona, a malignant being, is attacking and destroying it. When the moon does not appear the twain are battling with each other, and so cannot be seen. After the combat the moon bathes in the waiora a Tane, and so returns to us again young and beautiful. Another version credits Maui with the part of moon-darkener.[*]


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