September 7th, 2011 | Published in Blog
Joey wasn’t someone I knew terribly well, but it still saddened me to learn of his passing recently. He was one of those people who keeps the underground ticking – endlessly enthusiastic about finding and disseminating weird rackets from around the globe. Last time I spoke to him he was raving about some Japanese Psych stuff that, when lazybones me got around to listening to it, turned out to be amazing. He was also one of those people who didn’t really wait for, or perhaps want, a record label to discover him – just in the last year or so he sent me a good four albums of his solo/ collaborative CDrs/ tapes, all with lush home-made packaging, and he didn’t seem bothered that I was a bit slack on posting things back.
He didn’t really play live much – a few times a year at best, I think – and as far as I can tell he’s not very well-known outside of a limited number of people in Bristol and a fair few online people. His friends and family have set up an archive of his stuff, which they’ll be adding to soon.
The archive is here and there’s already a fair welter of stuff – and is by no means a complete collection. So any readers are heartily encouraged to share in celebrating the music of another of those wonderful (now departed) souls who keep the music world turning through sheer will-power and enthusiasm.