At last Twang, Morrison, JazzJet, Pencilsqueezer, Mike_H and Tiggerlion don berets, dark round sun glasses and co-respondent shoes to discuss the wonderful world of jazz. Chins are stroked, names dropped and Skype does its best to remove Tigger from the proceedings all together. A splendid time is had by all and Sting gets a shoeing along the way. Doo be doo be doo.
Twang, Johnny Concheroo, Blue Boy, Junior Wells and Fortune 8 abandon the pod to meet at the crossroads at midnight to discuss the blues…they make a deal with the Devil that they will be done in an hour but Old Nick, as well as having the best tunes, curses the producer with a discussion as fine as a vintage shot of Jack over ice on a hot summer night, meaning Twang abandons the edit and delivers the full skinny. A topic so broad was never going to be adequately addressed in one session…even now the team are dusting their brooms in preparation for part 2…
Slumped round a table at the restaurant at the end of the universe waiting for Disaster Area’s set or The Great Prophet Zarquon – whichever is first, Mr DFB, Ganglesprocket, Kid Dynamite and NewPathsToHelicolin discuss post apocalyptic fiction.
Recent periods in history appear to throw up interest in bleak futurescapes and we are living through a particularly bounteous one at the moment. Wyndham, The Walking Dead, The Enemy, War Of the Worlds, Matinee, Threads, Survivors, Triffids, various novel recommendations and I Am Legend in all its guises are combed over as well as why we seem to like to wish the human race wiped out so regularly. How would we survive in a post apocalyptic world? Well you’ll just have to listen to find out.
We pose as many questions as we answer including “will this wind be so mighty as to lay low the mountains of the earth?” *
This is the first in a regular Beatles only podcast – yeah, let’s see how soon that plan falls by the wayside – marking the most Beatle-y of months with the documentary ‘Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years’ , the remastered ‘Live at The Hollywood Bowl’ and NOT the announcement of the expected release of Paul McCartney’s ‘Flowers In The Dirt’ super deluxe box set.
We’re all sick of experts so Beatle ubernerds DFB, DoctorJ & StevenC do what they do the rest of the time anyway.
– the film : who is it for, what is it for and should be give it what for? – the album : better, longer but still unessential? – Flowers In The Dirt – Macca’s best of the 80’s and rebirth of his career?
The rambling bullshine that you’ve known for all these years – we hope we passed the audition.
This podcast features DFB, Gavin Hogg and Lyn discussing ‘Once More With Feeling’ and ‘Skeleton Tree’ – the film and album by and featuring Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds.
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Twang, Leedsboy, Hannah, Retropath2 and Askwith hunker down in the pod and reflect on the summer past, the joys of offspring on holidays, sounds enjoyed, buying some old, folk clubs and, inevitably, vinyl vs. CD and the Mighty Tull (briefly, non believers). The team end on a glum note though, at the thought of going back to work.
Ahead of his “triumphant appearance”* in the Dolly Parton slot at Glastonbury Festival this weekend, Jeff Lynne and ELO disciple, DoctorJ, aided by Iain Mc tries to convince DFB & Steven C that he is the messiah and not a naughty Fabs tune ruining boy
We get alternate reviews of ELO’s recent delayed dat at the 3Arena in Dublin (The Point, for all you old heads)
Discover if the line up who played on the band’s 1974 live album from Long Beach, CA are still all above ground
Why is he back and is it just the case that rock snobbery got him so wrong?
Won’t DFB just let DoctorJ speak without slipping shit jokes under his enthusiastic theories cos it’s really annoying.
Is it just rock / pop music for people who know fuck all about rock / pop music?
Don’t bring me down, let’s rockaria!
* so spake Nostradamus DrJ
The team that bought you the last podcast bring you this one.
DFB’s shaky theory that Bob Dylan has retired from writing his own material to recording rum old Sinatra covers LPs is given a right kicking. But we do settle on the last great American songwriter standing. Your clue is….it’s Paul Simon. No. It is. Stop suggesting your pet obscure faves, it is.
So we celebrate Paul in his many different guises, list those compilation albums in full and consider the ‘also rans’ like Tom Waits, John Grant and some bloke from Spoon. The forgotten Paul n Artie reunion single, the ‘Annie Nightingale wishes it was forgotten’ faux pas and Randy Newman’s contribution to the greatest film trilogy.
It’s not scientific it’s just blokes talking
My-o-my that DFB, Welsh Benny, DoctorJ, StevenC and Iains_o don’t half talk a lot. So much so that the edit of the main next podcast has been delayed so here’s the other stuff they chatted about
– Live updates from Bruce Springsteen at Croke Park Dublin from Mrs DoctorJ – The Monkees album opinions from those who have and haven’t heard it – The Stone Roses given short shrift as usual – And the regular mention of Jeff Lynne
All very inconsequential but it passes 30 mins or so
Best selling author Stephen Clarke pops into the pod to tell The Afterword about his new book “Merde in Europe”, interviewing 90s pop stars in the streets of Paris, and trying to get Prince lyrics into the French/English dictionary. Give the amount of merde talked here, this is an ideal topic for this week’s episode.
DFB ventures down to The Convent hotel/venue in Stroud to witness the closing concert of Kathryn Williams International Writing Retreat with an embarrassment of richness in songwriting talent.
The day after the boozy post gig party and a hearty breakfast he sits down with Kathryn Williams and Astrid Williamson to discuss what goes on at these events and just how you conjure up a song from nowhere. How collaborations do or don’t work and other such mystical stuff fo’ yo’ ass
The podcast features clips of songs from the end of week concert which you can see and hear for FREE at https://theconvent.netgig.co.uk/event/international-songwriters-retreat/
PLUS a Velvet Underground song covered by Kathryn & her band in 2002 at Cambridge Junction from the DFB vault
Check out these fine songstresses and the excellent Convent venue – thanks to all for their time
http://kathrynwilliams.co.uk/ http://astridwilliamson.co.uk/ http://theconvent.net/
Long threatened but now complete, the Afterword returns from its self enforced spring break with a podcast dedicated to The Fall. Your host DFB chats with Gavin “Whole” Hogg and Dr “Tim” Volume comparing the length of their Fall collections and many other matters
– The Russian roulette of The Fall in concert but isn’t that better than the dull alternative? – What were Mark E Smith’s observations of the Scottish Hotel & Gretchen Franklin? – The offshoot industry of the Fallen – Would you pick up Mark if you saw him at a bus-stop? – Where to start if you should ever want to enter the weird and frightening world.
Obviously contains Mark E Smith impressions (Dr Volume – excellent and uncanny / DFB- a combination of Patrick Marber’s northern drug dealer & Frank Sidebottom / Gavin – wisely opts out)
And remember, wherever two or three people gather to discuss M.E.S and The Fall there are thousands saying “Flipping muppets haven’t got a clue” – we salute you all – uh.
We crawl out of the oxygen tent, tens of millions of peoploids trying to make sense of the future that David Bowie was always showing us.
DrJ, Steven C, SimonGMusic, John Connolly and DFB use this podcast as a cathartic exercise in remembering a musical hero and trying to figure out why, nearly a week on at time of recording, we still are shellshocked and scrabbling around in the dust.
– the living art project ‘David Bowie’ by Mr David Jones from Brixton – the ever circling ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition – the ‘J’ word – We try and review ‘Blackstar’ both aurally and visually – but mostly we just try and celebrate the magnificent bastard
There is no discussion of grief police and the nonsense of social media etc as that can all just be forgotten and his music and spirit will live on. This may not really add anything to the mound of Bowie analysis over the past 2 weeks but it was good for us.
DogFaceBoy, Twang, the Cheshire Cat, Pencilsqueezer, Steerpike and El Hombre Malo struggle with technical gremlins and seasonal torpor to discuss the year past and the one to come. The Cat lives up to his fictional namesake by disappearing regularly and El Hombre wanders in the Skype wilderness before finding the way in. Nonetheless some highlights are identified, and in AW tradition an argument breaks out over Joanna Newsom.
DFB, through a mixture of blackmail and downright pleading, gets the director of the recent finale to Series 9 of ‘Doctor Who’ to sit down during her hectic schedule to answer some questions from The Massive and the Interweb.
– is the instant damning or praise from social media a goodbad thing? – what are fan conventions like and are they no longer a cliché? – is going with the accepted or easiest solutions always good for the show and viewer? – Is it just all too complicated?
If you haven’t watched her two episodes ‘Heaven Sent’ or ‘Hell Bent’ then it may help with listening to this podcast. And in the case of Heaven Sent it works as a standalone episode for which you need very little foreknowledge to appreciate a tour-de-force of writing, acting, design, lighting and direction.
It’s a long player
In the GLKLondon Studios DFB and Spencer link hands with Drakeygirl and Dr Volume to discuss whether we have reached “peak vinyl” in the 12″ album boom times.
– is it just for those Hoxton hipsters? – two men remember the lyrics to ‘Brown Sauce’s hit only too clearly – are da kidz down wiv what we are jiving, daddio? – does it sound better / different / worse ? – which naughties act gave away condoms with vinyl and which 80’s act was naughtier?
WARNING : this podcast may contain the words “warmth” and “sound-stage”.
Twang, Dog Faced Boy, Ruby Blue and visitor Pip discuss the “Amy” movie, her albums and legacy. The team vary in their affection for the records, but agree that the film perfectly captures her tragic decline and the almost universal lack of care which was on offer when she really needed it. They explore the best (and worst) of the extensive live footage which is there for all the world to see and join in on the richly deserved shoeing of the likes of Graham Norton for their cheap shot comments in her darkest days.
See our heroine in her prime here…
The Huggy Bear Hair Bunch – DFB, station announcer Jo, Musician, DJ and radio presenter Juliet Harris* and music scribbler, Joe Ripcord try and bring some balance to the BBC’s recent Indie Season on BBC4.
– It’s all about context and telling a story properly – Men are influenced, women are plagiarists: Oasis v Elastica – The airbrushing of women from musical history – The music biz glass ceiling
Just giving ‘Girls’ an hour of their own a week later is no way to treat 50% of the population and their contribution to culture is all we are saying
* Weds nights 8pm – 10pm www.barricaderadio.com #teamwonderland
Emma Jackson aka Emmy-Kate Montrose from 90’s indie pop punk combo Kenickie article which kicked us off http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/emma-jackson/sexism-in-music_b_8330178.html
Twang discusses the imminent re-release of the “Too old to rock ‘n’ roll: too young to die!” album with Jethro Tull supremo Ian Anderson.
Ian is as complete of answer as ever and at one point your correspondent actually gets a word in edgewise, daring to disagree with the great man about something.
In part 2, deadbeats and old greasers Twang, Rec Room, Steerpike and Beany convene to share their views on the interview and an album which many Tull fans consider to be something of a curate’s egg, whilst agreeing that a 1976 concept album on the transitory and cyclical nature of fashion in a world of cynical media exploitation was uncannily prescient.
While it is no Tull fan’s favourite album, the panel agree there is much to enjoy and rediscover on this curio by the band who changed direction and mood with every release, always sounding like themselves and never like anyone else
Well if we can make a start, I’d like DogFacedBoy, Ruby Blue & Jack The Biscuit to express themselves however they feel in an atmosphere of non judgemental support and understanding.
– Why don’t they “just pull themselves together”? – Why is it all so exhausting? – Why is it treated unlike any other illness? – Aren’t we all just a little bit fucked up?
The opinions in this podcast are expressions of the type of mental illness suffered by the contributors, is not meant to be a wide ranging examination and any advice or help provided is purely accidental.
As ever: theme music by Twang, announcements by Miss Josephine (the meanest gal in the whole darn town)
Your hairy host, DogFacedBoy, chats with the good Doctor J and the equally blessed Steven C about their summer of seeing heritage acts and whether we should just stop going and let them retire before it gets embarrassing. Yet is that patronising guff?
The Decade Of Mass Extinction Art, For Arts Sake Jerry Lee, Mike Read & a birthday cake Chuck It In! It’s Show business
Having the great Randy Newman encapsulate our argument in several lines and one song as an introduction may be a bad idea but who is gonna tell you when you should leave the stage?
Jethro Tull and now solo artist Martin Barre pops into the pod to talk about his new album “Back to Steel” and both new and old bands, plus a few trips down memory lane including the lost Paul McCartney sessions. Expect no ritual critical shoeing – life long fan Twang gets all unreasonable at the end and gushes admiration in a completely non-Afterword splurge of appreciation for one of our best and most distinctive guitarists.
OO are, as we say, A.
The ladies of the Afterword – or the Afterbirds, if you will – ponder the world of women and music. Today Out of 10, Drakeygirl, RubyBlue and (cunning pseudonym ahoy) Hannah celebrate their favourite musical madams, figure out whether music lovers should only be allowed to marry other music lovers, and share tales of getting groped at gigs. Plus, we answer the burning question for once and for all: “Just who wears the worst bra in music?”. WARNING: features a wanking tramp
The ghost Of Janice Nicholls (not actually dead at time of going to press) hangs heavy over the latest ‘I Love This Record, You Should Love It Too’ selection of songs from your host DFB with guests Leedsboy, DrJ and (not a real) Dr Volume.
Your playlist for this week features songs about prison murder scandals, spacecraft explosions, bitter taxi drivers and weird space oddness.
– did Fat Boy Slim go back in time and remix a Vegas style crooner’s 1969 single? – Just how good are those drums? – is the salvation of the music idustry the Readers Digest Music Club format? – Everything AND the kitchen sink – a good thing?
This and less revealed in the latest random chat about stuff – with no surprise appearance by an angry Glenn Medeiros
Lifelong fan Twang interviews Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson about the impending Steven Wilson remix reissue of “Minstrel In The Gallery”.
Notoriously prickly interviewee Ian, who has little patience with another dim question about why he plays the flute standing on one leg, gives the AW more time than allocated a genuine scoop about Jeffrey Hammond Hammond. No! Come back! He’s a great talker and holds forth about London, recording studio drama, casually mentions that he built 80s hit factory Maison Rouge studio and how he got to be so good so quickly on the flute. And the remixed album package, which sounds fantastic, includes rare alternative mixes and live tracks which are previewed here.
…always wondered why he stands on one leg though….
The ‘La Grande Edition’ of ‘Minstrel In The Gallery’ is released on 4th May and features BBC session material as well as a performance from Paris Olympia in 1975