Twang is joined in a pod basking in summer heat and thick with the sweet smell of sinsemilla to discuss reggae from its ska roots, a groove mutated by Caribbean musicians playing covers of American R&B, through the rock steady hits of the 60s and into the 70s global stardom of Bob Marley, The team consider the important acts of the time, consider British reggae, the rise and dominance of dub and later evolutions such as disco mix.
Twang welcomes Feedback File to the pod for a ramble through his musical past and other life stories. Unusually the boys are together in person, so Skype has no opportunity to introduce technical excitement this time. We cover teenage boy prog appeal, yuppies, classic pop, 80s work culture, writing music, books, podcasts….
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Twang is joined by Dai, Blue Boy and newbie Bogart to discuss Bruce Springsteen, AKA The Boss. From his earliest beginnings they consider the three phases of Bruce (an absurdly reductive concept inflicted on the team by ringmaster Twang), the monumental live performances and what they want him to do next. Much fun is had and the result is a stadium sized pod as befits its subject.
At the suggestion of Paws For Thought, Twang welcomes Malc, Dr Volume, Fenton Steve and Paws to the pod to discuss the band and their brilliant strain of indy punk folk and their superb hilarious and often deeply affecting lyrics. Much laughter transpires and HMHB newbie Twang becomes a fan for life.
Twang welcomes Steve T to the pod for a natter taking in his journey through music and life via the Everglades and Midlands metal to the Word and the comforts of a folkier vibe.
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Twang welcomes legendary record producer Mike Vernon to the pod to discuss his career spanning numerous classic albums but especially Afterword favourite John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton” (AKA “The Beano” album) and the first generation Fleetwood Mac, plus a catch up on Mike’s more recent activities. Mike is happy to go deep on the nerdy stuff and Twang periodically proves unable to avoid going into gush mode.
Twang welcomes Skirky, Carl and Feedback File to the pod for a general natter taking in Danny Baker, shameful admissions, definitive masterpieces, what we’ve learned, recommendations of the week, music, books telly, pleasures and pain of owning a dog and heron control.
Twang welcomes Word founder David Hepworth to the pod, apologising for the scruffy surroundings after the glitz of the mighty Word magazine recording suite. The Hep is in fine form, and we have an enjoyable wander through his career touching on some less known facts, the new book and his other current activities. Twang admonishes the great man for not popping in for a cup of tea and stresses the warm welcome which awaits…
Twang welcomes Tiggerlion, El Hombre Malo and Mike H back to the pod to continue the look at Miles Davis’s career from the departure of John Coltrane through the second great quintet, the embracing of electric instruments, drugs and his late period renaissance. There is much to cover and the team battle and beat the temptation to bottle it and accept there must be a part three.
Twang welcomes Pencilsqueezer to the pod for a rambling one to one discussion taking in life, art, music, creativity and Walter Trout’s liver. With true artistic control, the boys go approximately an hour over schedule and the resultant ‘cast is a sadly cut down version of the master tape which will be available in the to-be released AW Podcast Masters series.
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Twang gathers in the pod with Feedback File and Nick Duvet to discuss Joni Mitchell. We wander through her early folkie days, her (arguable) peak in the 70s, the great jazz scare and Feedback makes a case for the later albums where her unerring way with a tune and a chord progression fights with the unpleasant production values of the time and wins. We agree that her influence is enormous and toy with the idea that she is increasingly becoming a cult figure.
Twang welcomes Blue Boy and Dai to the pod to discuss Van Morrison. There’s little to argue with about the quantity and usually the quality of the various Vans we have seen, and “Astral Weeks” is given suitably reverential treatment other than one member who moans about the noodly flute player. They agree that through the transcendent Celtic soul and deep mysticism there is a rich vein of Van humour to be discovered, and not a mention of harmonicas.
In the first of an occasional series of 121 discussions with an AW member, Twang welcomes Carolina to the pod for a wander through her musical journey taking in the old Word, nearly copping off with David Hepworth, poetry, life’s little challenges, Spotify usage and our own comfy little corner of the internet.
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No! Not something to do with healthy food. Twang, Slotbadger, Neela and Steve T convene in the pod to discuss rock biographies and the endless vista of related cultural stuff around them which we enjoy. Favourites are praised, stinkers are called out to save you wasting your time and the team read excerpts from their favourites.
Twang, Feedback File, Skirky and FentonSteve gather in the pod for a natter about nothing in particular. The team chew over things in general including the events of the past week, threads they enjoyed, new fun discoveries, maths problems, podcasts and finally show their chops as budding poets.
In a bumper year end review, Twang, Tiggerlion, El Hombre Malo and Leedsboy gather under the stern watchful gaze of Head Boy Ainsley. The team cover their personal take on the year, music, books, TV, sport, Brexit, podcasts, the Blog itself….all is contained here.
Twang, Ganglesprocket, Feedback File and Salwarpe gather in the pod to have a hard hitting, narrow eyed look at the life, work and legacy of Nick Drake. Preconceptions are put aside and cold objectivity deployed. After some debate, all agree that it’s all pretty much perfect other than the odd track which is just really good.
Twang, Tiggerlion, Nigel T and Steve C with special guest and Beatles lifer Simon convene in the pod to discuss the Beatles album “The Beatles” aka The White Album. Like its subject, the pod is possibly too long, a bit all over the place, somewhat chaotic and at any time one of the fab four is left wondering what is going on. Nonetheless, much ground is covered, the new remixed box discussed in detail and Twang’s lack of Beatles knowledge brutally exposed. Finally the team take the shears to TWA and produce 5 alternative running orders to fit onto one vinyl album.
Twang, Skirky, Bartleby, Askwith and El Hombre Malo convene in the pod to discuss the noble practice of being in a band – forming, storming, norming, falling apart, making a row and having FUN. Hoary anecdotes are told, bad gigs ruefully recounted and occasional triumphs celebrated. Tips are available on the tricky art of getting rid of failing band members – spoiler alert, cowardice is your friend. Part 2 is threatened…
Twang, Ganglesprocket, Feedback File, TR Magic Words and Tiggerlion assemble in the pod, adopt “The Thinker” posture and get deep and philosophical on the weighty topic of whether music matters? Did it ever? Has the age of music being central to everything gone? Was John Miles right? Listen and find out.
Twang, Fortune 8, Uncle Wheaty, FentonSteve and Dave Big Picture gather in the pod to discuss live albums good, bad, and ugly. The boys venture off piste into genres of which they are manifestly ignorant (are there drum solos on live rap albums?) and manage to go for minutes at a time without getting back to “Live and Dangerous”.
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.
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.
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.
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).