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.

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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/

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love That Album - The Compilation Series: Episode 10 - Damned Lizzy

















Congratulations to Eric Reanimator whose LTA offshoot, LTA: The Compilation Series hits double digits.
Episode 10 of The Compilation Series focuses on pretty different releases. 

By his own admission, the first album is dubiously discussed here as a comp. It’s the 25th anniversary edition of The Damned’s “Machine Gun Etiquette”. It qualifies because there’s a bunch of bonus tracks included on this anniversary edition to complement the original album.

The second album is Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy. They were a great mixture of hard rock, folk and pop, and mostly known for “The Boys Are Back In Town”. However, this comp shows they had a lot of great material (“Chinatown” is my personal favourite).  Phil Lynott was a charismatic lead singer and bassist.

Give Eric some love and listen to the show. Send him a note of congrats for reaching the double digits on his excellent podcast.

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Love That Album 67 - Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss


Welcome to Episode 67 of Love That Album. There are three episodes of LTA coming this month (instead of the usual two). We here at LTA headquarters hope you dig them all.

This time around I am welcoming back a recent guest to the show, Scott Clickers (co-host with his wife Kat of the wonderful Married With Clickers podcast). We’re discussing an album Scott introduced me to by Hamilton based husband and wife group, Whitehorse. The name of the record from 2012 is “The Fate Of The World Depends Upon This Kiss”. As you read that name, you obviously are conjuring cinematic images in your head, right? Of course you are. A great set of poppy / alt country tunes are contained on this album.  Hear what we have to say about this great little record.

Eric Reanimator returns to talk about the 1985 offering from Blood On The Saddle called Poisoned Love. DIG IT!!!!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Love That Album Episode 66 - Mansun - Attack of the Grey Lantern


Welcome to episode 66 of Love That Album podcast.

What happens if you mix stripping clergy members, trainspotting, James Bond, and English village life? No, not a Monty Python sketch – you get the 1997 debut album from Mansun, a band from the tail end of the musical movement known as Britpop. The album, Attack of the Grey Lantern went to #1 on the British charts – for one week -, but unlike “Parklife” by Blur or “Definitely Maybe” by Oasis seems to have been forgotten about.  What was it replaced by? Tune in and find out.

I am joined by Scott Phipps (one half of the excellent film discussion podcast team, Stinking Pause) and my good friend Dave Blom (who chose this album) to discuss not only our feelings about this record, but the Britpop movement in general and the politics of England from the day that surrounded Britpop. 1997 was also the year that gave us Radiohead’s “OK Computer”, so that was the direction British music was inevitably headed to (with a diversion somewhere in the middle!!!) We even find time to make a connection to a classic Australian political jingle.

My thanks to both Dave and Scott for making time to come onto the show and bringing their enthusiasm to chat with them.

Eric Reanimator returns with his Album I Love segment to discuss a British album from the Britpop period, but stylistically very different. Eric brings us a chat about The Wild Hearts’ 1993 album “Earth Vs The Wild Hearts”.

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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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Love That Album: The Compilation Series - Episode 9 - Groovie Krauts














Welcome back to Love That Album: The Compilation Edition.

For episode 9, Eric takes a look at two pretty different albums. First of all, he discusses “Deutsche Elektronische Musik: Experimental German Rock and Electronic Music 1972-83” from the excellent Soul Jazz label. He goes into the fascinating history of what became Kraut Rock created by the German generation following World War 2. A mixture of jazz, soundscapes, funk, and electronic sounds, this was something all its own. The compilation features bands like Can and Neu!

Next up, Eric discusses “Tribute to the Groovie Ghoulies: When The Kids Go Go Crazy”. They were a punk pop band that were influenced by 60s pop stuff as well as the Ramones. As per their name, their songs included fun tributes to horror films. Bands paying their respects on the tribute album include The Sonic Dolls and Zombina and the Skeletones.

Another excellent episode from Eric you should get behind. 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Love That Album Episode 65 - Neil Young - Freedom



Welcome back to Love That Album podcast.

For episode 65, I am really happy to welcome Scott Clickers to the music discussion table. Scott and his wife Kat host an excellent film podcast called Married Witch Clickers. Their films are diverse and the show always makes for fascinating and enjoyable listening.

Scott and I do a dissection on Neil Young's 1989 album Freedom. Neil had spent most of the eighties recording albums for Geffen Records that many fans found unsatisfactory or avoided all together. Geffen attempted to sue Neil for making "untypical" Neil Young albums. On"Freedom", Neil's second album after returning to Reprise, he puts paid to the ridiculous notion that there is such a thing as a "typical" Neil Young album. Diversity and songwriting are its strengths. Neil gives us the feedback laden rock and gorgeous acoustic numbers. I make the case that this is a concept album. Why? Tune in and find out.

Eric Reanimator continues to show his love for Drivin’ and Cryin’ by bringing them back to his Album I Love segment with a discussion on their 1988 album Whisper Tames The Lion.

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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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Love That Album: The Compilation Series - Episode 8 – Acid Off














NOTE: Slight reversal in Love That Album podcast schedule. Normally the Compilation Series episodes come out later in the month with the regular episode coming out mid-month. From this month, it’s the Compilation episode first with the regular coming out late in the month.
For episode 8 of LTA: Compilation Series, Eric Reanimator has picked two covers albums to give some love to. First of all he discusses The Ramones’  1993 album “Acid Eaters” where they pay homage to the bands they grew up listening to (The Who, The Stones, CCR, Love) but still give them the Ramones treatment.  The other record is from Eric’s beloved Hellacopters - their final album “Head Off”. Their inspiration was bands that didn’t achieve the success The Hellacopters believed they deserved (Demons, The Robots, The Bellrays). Nobly, they brought these tunes to their own audience’s attention in the hope their fans would search the originals out.
Another great episode from Eric you should all dig with some exciting songs and performances.
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