Twang, Fortune 8, Rigid Digit and Asquith convene in the pod to discuss TV past and present. The square eyed team cover programmes old and new, deep dive into comedy and crime (who was in Cannon?), the Beeb, new ways of consuming the same old rubbish and take a punt on the future of that about which so many grumble whilst spending hours a week consuming.
What does it sound like?:
Martin Barre’s new solo album is his 8th to be released, and is a proudly old school set. The album sound is very 70s in that the deafening snare drum of the 80s or the very bright, loud, reverb and delay drenched sound of a modern production are avoided lending the songs a pleasingly woody, dusty vibe which suits them well. Martin wrote the music and also the lyrics which explore more gritty rock themes of struggle, hard work and emotional depths than the random topics in which ex-Tull colleague Ian Anderson sought inspiration. The playing is great of course, with the guitar playing a match for anything you’ll hear on Planet Rock and with quite a bit more taste than that displayed by yer average rock widdler. The presence of banjo, mandolin, mandola and a variety of acoustic guitars means the tonal pallet varies nicely from song to song. Variety is also provided by there being three vocalists on the album, band regular Dan Crisp plus Becca Langsford and Alex Hart providing bluesy female contributions. The songs are ripe with riffs, plenty of proper arrangement and lots to discover on repeated listens. It’s folk » Continue Reading.
YouTube is full of experts telling you how to play Jay Graydon’s fantastic solo from “Peg”, all of them wrong. Finally the great man has shown how to do it himself, with a few stories about how it was recorded. Unsurprisingly the secret was a bit of theory in response to Walter saying “think blues” and a whole lot of chance taking and winging it.
Mrs. T gave me Kylie’s new album “Golden” as a tongue in cheek wedding anniversary pressie – it’s been a running joke that I have had a mild crush on Kylie since decades ago which continues to amuse her. This all started when I heard “I should be so lucky” on the car radio when it was originally a hit and turned it off in disgust – the person I was with told me it’s the actress off “Neighbours” (which I had never seen). Fast forward to Thursday night – Top of The Pops. They show the video of ISBSL. I am utterly smitten. I don’t particularly like the song, but her delivery is perfect. Beyond perfect actually – watching it again now, not having seen it for years, it’s not obvious that this cute girl is going to be one of the biggest stars, like, ever, but she absolutely owns it and it’s almost impossible not to be won over.
Of course we all know the story – Kylie has a string of hits with SAW, goes indie and makes a more cutting edge dance/rock album with the Manic Street Preachers amongst others, falls in with more disreputable Aussie » Continue Reading.
I’m really sick of the Rolling Stones.
Twang, Tiggerlion, Junior Wells, El Hombre Malo and Mike H gather in the pod to discuss the first half of Miles Davis’s career. Berets are worn, goatees stroked and brows furrowed as the boys try to navigate the work of an artist who seemed to be having about 4 careers at once, frequently releasing multiple albums per year. Favourite albums are debated and ever switching musical companions considered, but we all agree that “Kind of blue” is definitely quite good.
We struggle endlessly with the eternal question “what shall we eat this week”. What are your favourites? Moving out of default salad is stressing me out.
No! Wait! Not another thread about Steven Wilson Tull remixes…..
Somehow I have damaged my shoulder – not doing anything specific that I can remember, but the tendon is tight as flip and two physios and a lot of stretching and yoga stuff aren’t touching it. They are currently unable to decide if it is actually a neck problem cause by my shoulder or a shoulder problem cause by my neck. One by product of this is I have realised I am both exacerbating the problem and at the same time opening up a new vista of discomfort from it due to the way I sleep. A bit of investigation has taught me that there are back sleepers and side sleepers – something pretty obvious but I didn’t know it was a thing. I’m a side guy, which is the problem. A little more research suggests the pillow you use us critical to pain free sleeping, especially with shoulder problems.
I was just looking at a pillow which costs £90 FFS. Current favourite is one of these wave shaped ones which is apparently just the kiddy.
Like everything, there is a lot of opinion out there – what think the » Continue Reading.
Twang, Chiz, Carl and Retropath 2 gather in the pod to discuss, in a shameless bit of navel gazing, the Afterword. Topic originator Attack Dog was busy on guard duty at the time so had to sit this one out but his growl was there in spirit. The team discuss their entry to the blog, favourite threads, how to achieve an effective flounce, hate threads and much more. About half way through, reggae fans will appreciate the contribution of guest producer Lee “Scratch” Perry as participants randomly disappear into a Skype provided echo chamber, but the team are not phased by this first known venture into podcast dub, and get to the end in a positive, if cautious, mood about the future of our little corner of the internet.
What does it sound like?:
Well it sounds massive. Produced by RT (no Americana muso involvement as for the recent Jeff Tweedy and Buddy Miller collaborations), the sound is big beefy and rocky. Opening track “The storm won’t come” has piledriving power chords and a stonking guitar solo while Richard sings of his wish for an Amageddon like cleansing of the world – “Blow these sad buildings down, fire burn what fire may, rain to wash it all away”. So far, so Old Testament. The album is very much a band effort and track 2 starts with a syncopated drum heavy blast of riffing before “The Rattle Within” despairs at man’s inability to deal with his inner demons. More religious imagery here… Track 4 also mentions Armageddon, but this time with reference to the narrator’s all consuming possessiveness and defensiveness of his beloved – you can infer this is not the healthiest of relationships. He’s a fallen soul – early on we learn “as a kid I saw rainbows, but life turns you upside down, shakes the money out of your Wranglers, leaves you heaving on the ground”. In between wracked verses RT’s Stratocaster spits out a series of » Continue Reading.
I love my summer gazing at the night sky, outside in rural France and replete with nice nosh. A glass of rosé to hand helps a lot, plus early Floyd on the Bluetooth. Anyway, tomorrow looks a bit spesh. I assume @Rob will be breaking out the special incense and blue wode?
I’ve never seen an eclipse so I’m a bit excited.
I’m off to rural France for 2 weeks of chilling (me and the vino) and a bit of catching up on the reading and listening. So what are your recommendations, along with a bit of a description of the flavour, for:
1. A “must listen” album 2. A good (auto) biography 3. Page turner fiction 4. Non-fiction
Bring it on.
Twang, Leedsboy and Tiggerlion reconvene with the midfield strengthened by Askwith called from the bench as Feedback File is on a free transfer to more useful activities and maintaining the tradition of every podcast being bedeviled by Skype problems, Fortune 8 was obliged to sit this one out. The team celebrate the quarter final win over Sweden, trash talk the competition and unashamedly dare to dream. It’s coming home, they don’t sing (you will be relieved to learn).
Twang, Leedsboy, Fortune 8, Tiggerlion and JohnA gather in the pod to discuss England’s triumphant exit from the last 16 and booking of a quarter final place on Saturday. With not a sick parrot in sight the boys survey the competition with a jaundiced eye and make a punt on the eventual winner. Dare we dream? Listen and find out.
Walter Becker is being honoured by New York city by having the street in Queens where he grew up renamed Walter Becker Way. Quite right too, though I’m sure Walter would have had some suitably ironic comment to make about it.
PS check out the splendid Beckercast in the Podcasts to remember the great man.
We are about to relaunch the podcasts, and a few are already on the plan. To keep things moving, two things are required …..subjects to discuss, and people to discuss them.
So please use this thread to (a) express interest in taking part, and I’ll be back to you by a PM, and (b) subjects of particular interest to explore (accepting that general talking bollockscasts are always on the schedule).
if you want host one, interview someone specific or generally boss a ‘cast that is also great, just get in touch.
They can’t happen without you!
Let’s have some nice stuff. Whilst on holiday in May I read the story of a woman in Essex with terminal cancer who put her bucket list of things she really wanted to do in her remaining time on Facebook, and one of the items was to ride on the back of a Harley Davidson. Two complete strangers got onto their Harley owners club, the result being 500 bikers turned up to take her for a run one Sunday morning which included closing the M25 so they could ride in convoy. The bikers also had a whip around and raised the money for two of her other wishes. How completely and utterly brilliant.
Heard any heart warming stories recently?
I’m not sure there actually is a printer not designed to drive you insane, but any advice welcome. The little HP I had a few years ago went the way of all flesh when I had printer rage and repeatedly bashed it with my fist…the Epson I have now cannot be resurrected and smudges and smears everything whilst seemingly needing new ink cartridges every other day ( whilst telling me to ONLY use Epson in when I do…I do..). So, breath….anyone have a printer they care to recommend?
At least a few of us here admire the man who fused country with a boogie beat – there’s a petition to get him elected to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame led by his son Forrest on Facebook who does an admirable job posting rare pics and trivia about his Dad. Here’s the link to the petition…
Ignore the nag screen asking for donations – your vote has been recorded by then.
Let’s enjoy this stripped down version of “Heartache” with pal Linda Ronstadt sitting on on a radio session.
Like Mick Jagger, there are many Miles Davises, and I wouldn’t profess to know all of them that well. I really like the Coltrane era, and this album, not often mentioned as it’s overshadowed by its kind of blue brother (but a real gem nonetheless), is one of my favourites.
So what’s your favourite Miles? Chasing Bird, with cool elan? Rewriting the rules of jazz with Trane? Getting free with the second quartet? Going all weird with rock dudes? Put on your shades and be cool.
Channeling a fine post from @Vincent. Not everyday listening, but in the right mood I love it. I will be playing Hater Bingo – “souless technique”, “I prefer the one note guitar solo on the first Buzzcocks single” “no tune”, “you can’t dance to it” etc.
Here’s Aldy, as the cognoscenti know him.
I’ve had rather a job lot of stress lately and one thing I need to do is calm the flip down a bit, and someone suggested meditation to me. Any exponents here?
I’ve developed a bit of a thing for alternative / hard boiled movies from the 60s and 70s – I’m talking “Bullet”, “Point Blank”, “Dirty Dozen”, Dirty Harry of course, early De Niro, “Two Lane Blacktop”…can’t wait for my fresh print of “Bonnie and Clyde” and a twofer of the French Connections to arrive tomorrow. Your faves in this genre? What should I seek out? And why (avoiding list thread complaints…)?
It’s been a grim morning for various reasons so Twang Jr cheered me up with a video of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers played with red hot chilli peppers. And why not!
PS This bloke has lots of fun bass related clips…
I’ve been a bit quiet here for a while for a number of reasons, though I have been lurking! One reason was due to my annual “album in a month” RPM challenge, and due to pressures of work (another reason for absence, plus attendant stress levels) I decided to go back to basics and make a blues album, the great love of my teenage years which were spent poring over the works of Peter Green, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Ry Cooder etc al. So here it is, in all its Spotify glory (or there’s a free down load on Bandcamp). It spans all the stuff I like, and like playing, from acoustic through the early and later years and a spot of blues rock too for good measure. This one takes a wry look at how R&B used to have a quite different meaning to its modern definition!