Sunday, February 22, 2015

Love That Album Episode 72 - Randy Newman's "Sail Away"



Welcome to episode 72 of Love That Album.

American songwriter, composer, pianist and singer Randy Newman means different things to different people. If you’re 25 years or under, you probably know him best as writer of some great songs for the Pixar films. If you’re older, you may know him for his song writing that encompasses wit and a healthy dose of cynicism, but also great beauty. A multitude of artists have covered his songs (and two such artists are discussed on the show). His arrangements are created for both orchestras and rock band. He is both contemporary but belonging to an older tin pan alley tradition.

I am joined by the crew of the Stinking Pause podcast, Scott  and Charlie to discuss Newman’s 1972 album Sail Away. This album owes much to the family heritage of cinema composition (Uncle Alfred Newman composed arguably the most recognisable piece of movie music ever), but is also Randy’s very own corner of the family business, as it were. He writes great first person narratives covering religion, American policy, family roles, and dancing bears. I had a great chat with Scott and Charlie, and hope you enjoy our discussion.

Eric Reanimator’s Album I Love segment covers the songbook or Zager and Evans, most famous for their solitary hit “In The Year 2525”. He makes a convincing case that the two albums they released have other worthwhile songs crying for your attention.

You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.au

Send the show feedback at rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au (written or mp3 voicemail) or join the Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/lovethatalbum.

If you’d consider writing an iTunes review or recommending the show to a friend, I’d be immensely grateful.


Check out the fantastic Stinking Pause podcast either on iTunes or directly from http://www.stinkingpause.com

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Love That Album - The Compilation Series: Episode 12: Stiff Crazy Girls In The Wildwood







Welcome to Episode 12 of Love That Album: The Compilation Series hosted by Eric Reanimator.
This time, Eric is shouting from the mountain tops “Let’s hear it for the girls!!!” He is looking at three very different compilations but with the common element being women being the singing and performing focus.

For starters, he’s discussing Flowers In The Wildwood (Women In Early Country Music 1923-1939) released in 2003. This album has songs with gorgeous country harmonies from artists (with exceptions like The Carter Family) that have long been forgotten about.

Next up, there’s Girl Crazy (1998), a compilation of girl garage bands from the 90s, including one called Maow featuring a drummer we all know and love (I’m calling YOU John Ross)….yup early Neko Case.

Finally, there’s Stiff Nipples (1999), a compile of unsigned female fronted bands from Norway. It’s stylistically mixed, but with some cool bands like The Launderettes  and the Barbarellas.

As usual, Eric has dug up some gem albums to bring to your attention. Give him your support and download this great episode. How can you resist a show that ends with a song called I Wanna Jump Your Bones???

You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Love That Album episode 71 - Joe Jackson's "I'm The Man"


It’s time for episode 71 of Love That Album podcast, the first in 2015 of the regular series.

I am joined by first-time co-presenter David Daskal, (frequent co-host of All Time Top Ten and vocalist for Best Of My Love, an L.A. based Eagles tribute band) to talk about Joe Jackson’s second album I’m The Man (1979). He’d released his first album, Look Sharp! earlier the same year to strong public interest. Jackson has always put together great bands across his career, but this one was indeed a force of nature featuring the exciting and frenetic  playing of Dave Houghton, Gary Sanford, and career-long bassist bass player for Jackson, Graham Maby. David and I discuss our thoughts on Jackson, the influence these musicians had on his sound, his career diversity, and of course, the songs on I’m The Man.

Eric Reanimator brings his first Album I Love segment for the year with Ball Hog Or Tug Boat by ex Minutemen bass player Mike Watt.

I introduce a new segment to play a song each show from any musicians in the Love That Album / Feed My Ears community. Please feel free to send me a song of any genre that you’ve recorded with a little information how folks can hear more of your work or see you live. This episode around, I am playing a song from excellent Melbourne power pop band The Wellingtons. Dig it.

…..and I received not one but TWO pieces of feedback!!!!!! 


You can download the podcast at iTunes by searching for “Love That Album”. You can also stream or download it at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

You can keep up with David Daskal by regularly downloading the All Time Top Ten podcast at alltimetopten.podomatic.com or by checking out when Best of My Love are playing at http:// http://bestofmylove.net/

You can dig more tunes from The Welingtons at http://thewellingtons.bandcamp.com/
Any feedback would be gratefully appreciated – either written or mp3 voicemail. You can send it to rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Love That Album - The Compilation Series: Episode 11 – A Real Cool Pop

















Happy New Year everyone. Love That Album podcast is back again for 2015. We here at LTA headquarters will strive to continue to bring you great music discussion.

We start the year off with an episode of LTA: The Compilation Series hosted by Eric Reanimator…..and he’s bringing you a high dose of energetic punk and garage sounds via two fantastic compilations.

First of all, Eric discusses an Australian compilation Do The Pop!: The Australian Garage Rock Sound 1976-1987. Eric’s passion for Radio Birdman was the starting point for him picking up on this brilliant 2 CD set, but there’s a treasure trove of material here from the likes of the Hoodoo Gurus, The Eastern Dark, The Saints, The Sunnyboys and a plethora of other bands, mixing and influenced by the punk, garage and pop sounds of the 60s and 70s. This corner of the world was making essential music all northern hemisphere music fans of these genres need to pick up on. [As an adjunct, I’m hoping to get an interview for a future LTA with the man who put this anthology together – stay tuned].

Then, Eric goes to Sweden to tells us about the virtues of A Real Cool Time Revisited: Swedish Punk, Pop and garage Rock 1982-1989. Essentially, the Swedish equivalent of Do The Pop, it features bands like The Nomads, The Crimson Shadows, The Bottle Ups, and The Creeps. Like the Australian bands, the Swedes put out excellent material in a scene worked independently of the Americans and the British. This is another terrific compilation worthy of your attention.
Once again, Eric delivers the goods with intelligent music discussion about music you truly need to hear. Listen to the podcast and be convinced.
You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Love That Album episode 70 - Favourite albums heard in 2014 - with the Shooting the Shit crew
















…..and so we arrive at Love That Album episode 70 - the final show for 2014.

We cannot finish off a year without bringing the thunder that is the Shooting The Shit crew. This is our only discussion for the year, but it’s EPIC. Eric Reanimator, John Stirrat, Geoff Smith, Tim Merrill and myself go through our favourite first time listens in 2014 – regardless of whether they were released this year or not. Download and dig the suggestions of music from the crew for your listening pleasure. We dub this special “I Still Know What Shit You Shot Last Summer”. To make the recording more manageable, we recorded the show in two halves with John and Tim in the first part, and Eric, Geoff and myself in the second. Thanks again to these marvellous people for their time, music suggestions, wit and friendship.

It’s been another fun year of music discussion podcasts with musically knowledgeable and articulate people. Eric brought something new into the mix with his own Compilation Series of LTA episodes every month, so effectively, there was some new LTA content roughly every couple of weeks.

I’d like to thank every person who participated in a show or who listened to the show this year. Without you folks, I’d be talking to Mimi my cat…..and she doesn’t even care for music.

I look forward to starting this all up again in 2015. 

You can download the podcast at iTunes by searching for “Love That Album”. You can also stream or download it at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

Any feedback would be gratefully appreciated – either written or mp3 voicemail. You can send it to rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Love That Album episode 69 - Favourite albums heard in 2014 - the LTA correspondents





It’s December 2014. Where the hell did the year go?????

As lots of podcasters, blog writers, and media folk like to do at this time of year, I like to assemble lists. Love That Album will present to you not one, but TWO episodes in December dedicated to favourite first time listens of 2014.

The first of these specials is episode 69. This is a blockbuster show where some fine people (most of whom have co-hosted previous LTAs) have taken the time to contribute segments telling me their favourite first time listens of the year. Listen, enjoy and take notes as to who you should follow up musically. Segment contributors include:

Will Smith (co host of Gentlemen’s Guide to Midnite Cinema podcast)
Ben Eisen (host of All Time Top Ten podcast)
Jeff Jenkins (Melbourne music journalist and author, and co-host of first ever LTA)
Michael Pursche (host of Sitting In a Bar In Adelaide podcast)
Brian Nankervis (creator and co-host of SBS TV show Rockwiz)
Bill Pinnell (Rock expert, Triple-M FM Album Show host, segment contributor at Triple-R FM)
….and making his podcast debut
Max Bursztynski (pianist / bassist extraordinaire and Metal expert)
We even have an email from a listener to cite his favourite albums

My gratitude goes to all these wonderful people who gave willingly of their time to make a great LTA episode. You will have a plethora of suggested music to consider tracking down and enjoying from our team of experts.

You can download the podcast at iTunes by searching for “Love That Album”. You can also stream or download it at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Love That Album episode 68 - Jellyfish "Spilt Milk"




Love That Album episode 68 is here. Any of you who know me know of my love for power pop…and in that regard, we have a gem of an album to discuss.

I’m joined by Melbourne musician, teacher, and fellow power pop nut Rhys Lett to discuss the 1993 album “Spilt Milk” from San Francisco band, Jellyfish. This was a huge step forward from their brilliant debut, “Bellybutton”, but was also unfortunately their final album. Was it due to public or record company apathy, or band friction? In this regard, they share the fate of their stylistic cousins, The Zombies and Big Star (both covered previously on the podcast) who ceased active recording way too early.

They’ve had a lot of comparisons with Queen (for the rawwwwk and drummer Andy Sturmer’s singing) and the Beach Boys’ harmonies. As valid as these comparisons are, there is a lot more going on here. This could be described as a concept album with the songs being parts of a nightmare – not the bogeyman type, but more a domestic nightmare of infidelity, unrequited crushes, depression, death, and evangelism. There’s also a song on Spilt Milk that led Rhys to suggest Ben Eisen needs to pursue its subject matter in an All Time Top Ten podcast. Tune in and find out what it was….

This time around, Eric Reanimator also discusses the Psyclone Ranger’s album from 1993 “Feel Nice”. He describes this as power pop bordering on punk. See what you think.

You can download the podcast at iTunes by searching for “Love That Album”. You can also stream or download it at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

Any feedback would be gratefully appreciated – either written or mp3 voicemail. You can send it torrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au

Don’t forget to send me your end of 2014 lists of best of’s or favourite first time listens.
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If you want to check out Rhys’ work as a musician, go to http://www.dressedtochill.com.au/ to see his Crosby Stills and Nash style Kiss tribute band, Dressed to Chill. If you need music lessons,  check out the website of the music school he runs Eastern Sububrs School of Music at http://www.essm.net.au/

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