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).
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.
So despite popular demand Ganglesprocket, Dr Volume & Rigid Digit along with host DFB step into the 90s and a bit into the 21st century with their final TV picks
– Boy Girl Revolutionaries – Skanking Lionel Blair – Robin & Liz’s Funtime Show – Watch With MF’s – Rather Meg & Jack Than Fleetwood Mac
An accompanying YouTube playlist should help guide you towards the end of the road
In another universe of lost recordings this already exists but in this reality for the first time Mr DFB, Dr Volume, Rigid Digit and Ganglesprocket chose their favourite music TV moments at short notice and are then forced to justify themselves.
To help with the video part of this audio only experience there is a YouTube playlist up at
So we discuss
Dusty n Martha’s Motown youthquake Lady Soul’s explosion in the unlikeliest of places The band who made it all look so much of a real good time The magnetic howling noise of Johnny and the boys Freaky dancing and glasses from local TV heaven
Not definitive, not exhaustive, simply off the top of our heads. Part 2 will follow with plenty of swearing, jumping, fury and fun.
Mr Tiggerlion, Steven C, NigelT and DFB (Vera, Chuck & Dave) have been storing up Beatles chat all winter, here comes the sun and it’s gonna be a double
Actually this podcast would fit nicely onto one side of a C90 if you edited out the music bits aka the glue in the sandwich but you’d be missing some groovy sounds from and surrounding ‘The Beatles’ aka The Beatles White Album from 1968.
Recreating a hippie commune in Penge we consult the Tibetan Book Of The Yeti and meditate on some far out schizzle
Were Ringo’s tins of Heinz Beans the only thing that got lost in Rishikesh? Did the Beatles start to unravel before the fractious White Album sessions? Were the clues to the dissolution of the group in their various contributions to the May 1968 demo tape at George’s gaff? Which track should have stayed in demo form according to DFB AND NO ONE ELSE.
But most importantly – what Beatles gift did Nigel T get for Christmas?
Same day, same idiots aka DFB, Dr Volume and Ganglesprocket try to examine why Mr Dog and Mr G appear to need to like everything – especially if its on a list
This is not an in depth examination of the work of Joni Mitchell because that’s for someone else its just trying to explain why we don’t really get her. Or rather all you need is one album. Or maybe not even that
Maybe you should just follow the Dr Volume prescription of just finding stuff you like and not putting yourself through the mangle desperately trying to convince yourselves to accept an artist into your life
it’s not a matter of life and death but what is?
Why have we gathered on this mountainside at this ungodly hour as the cold winds of winter whip around our ears? To talk bullshit of course.
DFB, Mr Ganglesprocket and not a real Dr Volume beat the January blues by catching up with life as we know it.
With his http://recordshopcity.co.uk/ hat on the Dr gives latest report on whether we have reached peak vinyl. We discuss the New Years Honours List, the lovely Bongo and equally saintly Marc.
We discuss pop conformity, bands who try new directions, success , failure and Scott Engel
Part 2 will feature Joni Mitchell critique and whether we really need to measure music in 12 month chunks but for now, thank you for listening
Marking the passing of Steely Dan’s Walter Becker, Twang, Tiggerlion, Nick Duvet and Feedback File convene in the pod to reflect on topics such as what did Walter bring to the Dan, was he his own man or simply one half of a greater whole, how did the boys work together and a quick skim over Walter’s many finest moments (a grammatical absurdity our hero would have appreciated).
The lonely souls DFB and RubyBlue meet to discuss mental health again and specifically if – like the late great Bob Hoskins claimed – it’s good to talk
Whether it’s you, your friends, loved ones etc it’s hard to know what’s best to do. We perhaps don’t have any answers but perhaps our own experiences can help others empathise and give a couple of pointers. But – like many things – this podcast is mainly for our own benefit and anything else is a happy side effect.
Twang hands the chair over to Retropath 2 to interview Fairport Convention founder Simon Nicol. In a wide ranging interview Retro manages to avoid all the usual tiresome questions (“what was Sandy like?”, “I bet that Richard is a right laugh on a pub crawl” etc) and covers Simon’s 50 year career and many other bands as well as exploring the realities of being a musician long after you should have found a proper job.
Twang, Tiggerlion, Mike_H and El Hombre Malo convene in the pod to discuss the work of jazz colossus John Coltrane. From sheets of sound, Coltrane changes and the spiritual dimension to heroin and being scared to go beyond certain points in the man’s canon, much ground is covered. Tig has to admit there is an album even he doesn’t think he could improve with a spot of re-sequencing and Twang forgets to mention the Mighty Tull (whoops). A Spotify playlist of the panel’s recommended listening is in the comments.
Where were we?
DFB, Steven C, Nigel T and the non alliterative DoctorJ continue wih The Beatles chat – which is what they do even if the tapes aren’t running to discuss the new publishing wheeze of releasing albums with pamphlets attached that they humorously call a magazine.
We talk about the tacky, wacky or canny nature of Apple’s treatment of The Beatles whether via vinyl or CD, the proposed 50th anniversary of Pepper, the Strawberry Fields Forever re-release that never was and our own HORA in the guise of Uncle StevenC’s guide to introducing young people to vinyl records.
This will be our last podcast on The Beatles……..
Nope, sorry, we will never stop talking abot them but podcast #57 should be a Fabs free zone.
But still fab.
Yes its the bloody Beatles again – well, we – that being the regular podders DFB, StevenC & DrJ PLUS fresh face NigelT making a stunning debut – look at the solo career AFTER his All Things Must Pass album and enquire if unlike Lennon post Imagine – is there anything to see?
Somehow we take in the 80’s TV show ‘In At The Deep End’, the Dark Hoarse tour, the much remaindered Living In The Material World, Steven C’s marvellous Spotify playlist, Oliver Reed, Neil Innes, wife-swapping, croque monsieurs and everything in between. Oh and of course Jeff Lynne & the 1986 Brumbeat concert at the third time of asking.
You can also sample Steven C’s super GEORGE playlist on Spotify
It’s a non stop cavalcade of chat and when you reach the end – we ain’t done – there is more in the can for the future. Hari Hill to you all.
So 2016 ended not with a bang but a tech fuck up – and one last death. So here is the start of a podcast riddled with so much dub reggae sound effects that it had to be remounted in 2017. Its supposed to be our 2nd regular Beatles podcast but there’s an AWFUL lot of Pink Floyd in it The Flowers In The Dirt-y Robbing Bugger Super Deluxe Edition: just what is going on and we’ll just get the 2 CD edition and shout ya-boo-sucks!
Dr J tries to avoid the cross examination of legal eagle StevenC over his plans to buy the upcoming Fleetwood Mac – Tango In The NIght SDE by disappearing
We ask what’s in the shoe box, is there a car and do we REALLY need it.
What’s the best box set – should you go large or go home – all or nothing.
And Dr J gets to crowbar Jeff Lynne into the conversation again.
Same Shit, Different Year
RIP Clyde The Cat
NB: This podcast has been delayed due to serious sound issues. This 20 minute section may be the only salvageable bit and Twang has done a fine job to bring this greatly entertaining demolition to you.
So Dogfacedboy asked for people to listen to albums that they haven’t listened to before for purely childish or petty reasons. This episode details Mr Ganglesprocket grappling with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s ‘Darkness Of The Edge Of Town’ alongside equally reticent listener FentonSteve. Trying to explain why you like hate something is always tricky but we give it a bloody good go.
There is no wrong or right , DFB the true believer doesn’t attempt a counter argument perhaps because he’s enjoying MrG’s rant far too much.