Monday, 1 April 2013

Podcast 5

So Podcast 5 is available from today (01.04.2013), and there is great stuff on this one on the theme of weather. You can download it here.

The tracklisting is as follows:
The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds
The Average White Band – Stop The Rain
Gale Garnett – We’ll Sing in the Sunshine
Morphine – You Look Like Rain
J.J. Cale – Any Way the Wind Blows
Obehi – Love Is Just Pain
Blue Sky, Black Death – From Sun's Angle
The Allman Brothers – Blue Sky
The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
Ed Harcourt – Rain On The Pretty One's
Les Claypool - Precipitation
Little Arrow – Our Taste Is Violence
Afroman – Because I Got High (UK vs us)
Mary J. Blige – Family Affair (uk vs US)
The Tornadoes – Telstar
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
Darude – Sandstorm
Force Vomit - ? (Around The World Jam)
Raining Leaf - Emulator
a-ha – Here I Stand and Face the Rain
Fink – Walking In The Sun
Simon & Garfunkel - Cloudy
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain
Michael Torke – Ecstatic Orange (Dr. Dan's Classical Corner)
Keoma - The Journey
Osibisa – Sunshine Day
Mercury Rev - Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Podcast 4

Just got around to posting the tracklisting for Podcast 4 which you can find here. The theme was Food and drink for this one, and I have to say it was the best selection of tracks so far!

Free Moral Agents – The Piano Has Been Drinking
Procol Harum – Whiskey Train
Mike Gordon – Soulfood Man
Billy Bragg – The Milkman of Human Kindness
Henri Mancini & His Orchestra – Sally’s Tomato
Paul McCartney – English Tea
Django Reinhardt – Apple Direct
Tasavallan Presidentti - Drinking
The Rubettes – Sugar Baby Love
      Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – UFO Tofu
Dionne Warwick and Spinners - Then Came You
Ken Boothe – Everything I Own
The Detroit Cobras – Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat)
      Ozric Tentacles – White Rhino Tea
Final Fantasy – This Lamb Sells Condo's
Kabul Dreams – Can You Fly
Owen Gray – Guava Jelly
Rupert Holmes – Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Milton Banana Trio – Primitivo
Railroad Earth – Cold Water
Bob Dylan: The Dylan and Cash Sessions
Z. Kodaly – Harry Janos Suite (Entrance of The Emperor and his Court)
Wigwam – P.K.’s Super Market
Rufus Wainwright – Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

Monday, 26 November 2012

Podcast 3

So, its been a little while again, but Andy L and I have been hard at work recording Podcast 3 (and also 4) for your listening pleasure. The theme is traveling for this one and you can find it here.

The tracklisting is as follows:

The Beatles – Riding On A Bus
Terrorvision – Stop The Bus
The Moody Blues – The Best Way to Travel
Gary Numan – Cars
ASOF (Anti Social Orange Fireflies) – Raw Dinner
Canned Heat – On the Road Again
Dizzy Gillespie – Caravan
Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus
Rush – A Passage to Bangkok
New Model Army – Running In The Rain
The Duke of Norfolk – A Mortal Ballad
Secret Chiefs 3 – Ship of Fools (Stone of Exile)
Elvis Presley – Good Luck Charm
Bruce Channel –Hey Baby
Ólöf Arnalds – Crazy Car
Guru – Down the Backstreets
Planet Funk – Chase The Sun (Extended Club Mix)
Bllah Bllah Bllah – Myth
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Crosstown Traffic
Sam “Lightning” Hopkins – Automobile
Pavement – Hit The Plane Down
Electric Six – Transatlantic Flight
Daft Punk – Voyager
Karl Jenkins – Adiemus (1999 Version)
Braden – Lost at Sea
Supertramp – Take the Long Way Home
Talvin Singh – Traveller

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Podcast 2

Podcast 2 is finally available (and God knows it been a rough time) from here now. Again there has been problems with our voices sounding hollow, but overall the podcast was much more fun to record and flows better than the first. Would love you all to come and check it out.

The tracklisting is:

Horse Latitudes – The Doors
The International Language of Screaming – Super Furry Animals
Bear No Hair – Garage a trois
Dog Eat Dog – Adam & the Ants
Mary Had a Little Lamb – Stevie Ray Vaughan
Hunting Tigers Out In “INDIAH” – Bonzo Dog Band
I Wanna Be Frog – Sielun Veljet
Mr. Oysterhead - Oysterhead
Mad Cat – Roni Size & Reprezent
Tiger in a Spotlight – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
I Swear – All 4 One (uk vs US)
Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet (UK vs us)
Evidently Chickentown – John Cooper-Clarke
Pressed Rat & Warthog – Cream
Churchill’s Black Dog – Common Grackle
Fire Coming out of The Monkey’s Head - Gorillaz
Fuego del Misterio - Prehistoricos
Crab Eyes – moe.
Crazy Horses – The Osmonds
Cats Mummy - Messer Chups
The Firebird (2nd Movement) – I. Stravinsky
Birdland – Weather Report
Morse Moose & the Grey Goose - Wings.

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Friday, 10 August 2012

Podcast 1

Hi all, you can get podcast 1 from here now. Its a little under-produced and starts a bit roughly (in terms of our voice overs), but it gives the general idea and there's some cracking music including some new, unsigned talent.

The tracklisting is:
Firsts – Tuomo
Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club
Atackla – Russian Circles
At Least I’m Not a Musician – Gregory Pepper and His Problems
Mountain Tiger - Hotfox
Wolf out Deh - Lloyd and Devon
No Good (Start the Dance) – The Prodigy
Antelope Arms – We Came From the Sea
A Fifth of Beethoven – Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band
Ride on Time - Blackbox ft. Loleatta Holloway
Right Here Waiting – Richard Marx
The British IBM - The British IBM
Kissed by a Kisser – Xploding Plastix
Hungry Freaks, Daddy - Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Video Kid - Klimaxx
Dust - Slow Bongo Floyd
Do You Remember The First Time? - Pulp
Runaway - Jamiroquai
Symphony no. 7 (Angel of Light) pt. II: Molto allegro - Rautavaara
Traffic Lights – King and Queen of Sorry.

Feel free to send feedback and give your opinions (especially on The Euroshopper Challenge) to the new email

Sunday, 24 June 2012

New Beard – New Beard City (Album Preview)

Possibly the best band ever to have ‘New’ in their name!

Last year I heard Common Grackle’s ‘The Great Depression’ for the first time and it sent shivers down my spine with its originality and ability to surprise me even after listening to it constantly. This year - although I’ve enjoyed many album releases - nothing has come close to this debut album by New Beard. It has everything I need in an album; many styles, strings, great harmonies and a tuba player instead of a bassist. I have never tried to review an album I have listened to so much it almost feels like my own project, but here goes!

From the opening bars of ‘Doom’ you can tell something special is about to happen. A subtle tuba bass line and strings introduce an album which challenges you to join in the journey. ‘My People are around’ introduces the catchiness of the band, while the lyrics cannot fail but to bring a smile to your face. ‘Arizona Angels’, the story of the singers’ former band is filled with emotion and shows a slower side to the band, while ‘Spinning’ is almost the total flipside, bright and happy with a touch of the bizarre New Beard way when moving from verse to chorus and back.
My favourite track on this album is a song which reminds me of an artist I have always had a musical soft spot for, Ed Harcourt. ‘The Silver’ has all of his trademarks both vocally and musically, and as my main reason for liking this album is its originality, even I find that strange that this particular track stands out so much.

There are so many little catchy fills and memorable solos on this album; it will keep the average music fan going for weeks. I’m still trying to work out which instruments were used on some tracks too, another reason I can’t switch it off. I’m still finding new things when I listen, and trust me if I had this on vinyl I would be off to buy a new copy due to wear! This album is a true musician’s album, and I certainly see a big future for New Beard. Nice work.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

New Beard (Interview Pt. 2)

No need for me to waffle on again about how great the album is, without further ado here is part 2 of my interview with Ben Wigler of New Beard...

DDMB - Can you tell us a little about the new album?
BW - The album really started life as a way for me to get over leaving my long-time band Arizona. Arizona was started with another high school-era friend Alex Hornbake, and Nick Campbell who now goes by the artist name Wages. A lot of people thought that Arizona was one of the best and most overlooked bands of the mid 2000’s, and I have to say I agree - we were making magic, magic music, but no one really ever heard of us. Eventually, we got desperate to do something people would take notice of, and were in the process of making a pretty bland sounding record when I eventually quit. We started out life as a NYC band, but moved to Asheville, North Carolina, which is an amazing city, but not the kind of place where our creativity flourished. It was like we got creative blue balls - or impotence or something. I was barely able to write music for a while.
After quitting AZ, I moved back up to NYC to live with my girlfriend full time, and take one last stab at trying to make an album I thought was more in line with what I thought AZ fans would have wanted. The first song I wrote for the album was "Arizona Angels" - a beautiful but very, very sad and mournful song, that I actually wrote in the AZ tour van on the way to our last gig, which was at the 40W in Athens, Ga.
It was a big traumatic thing, leaving a band that I literally had a tattoo of. It was my first real band, you know? That's a big thing - I never wanted to be in another band, I only wanted to be in that band.
But it was all for the good - shortly after moving back up to NYC, I found my creativity coming back, and bit by bit I was writing the best music of my life. The album evolved from being this big crybaby "you're gonna miss me, you fuckers!" type of a thing into a true challenge to make my dream album come true. The material still reflects a bit of those early feelings, but once Tony and Joe became deeply committed to New Beard, the whole feel became about something I never had: fearlessness, fun, total warmth and epic ambition that wasn't connected to career dreams, but rather a love of making really great, challenging but accessible music.

Nowadays, I can't really even remember Arizona, but not in a bad way. I'm still very close with all of those guys and I wouldn't be surprised if we made something new sometime soon. I'm just so ALL in with New Beard, and experiencing a joy that I've never known in my entire life. When New Beard plays a show, there's no bullshit, it's pure fun, pure beauty and leave-it-all-on-the-stage energy. So there's a lot of that kind of energy on the full album, and Gustav Ejstes coming on board really helped make the album have a cohesive feel that is fully its own thing. Tony and Tuba Joe are really the heroes of that album; their performances are so unique.
The one last thing I'd like to say about the album is that it's homage to the wonder of living in a big modern city. In our case, it's New York, but it also has influences from Tokyo & Stockholm. We wanted to capture the chaotic beauty of a big city, the sense of magic that you can meet anyone at anytime. The feeling of destiny courses through the veins of big cities, and I wanted to tap into that for New Beard City. I think we did!

DDMB - Why should people listen to your music (and where should a new listener start)?
BW - For my tastes, a lot of Indie Rock music is too genre specific. When New Beard started, a lot of my music biz friends would try to tell me "just pick one of your songs and make the others all sound like that" or "you're never going to be able to sell your music if you don't pick one style" and blah blah blah. Are you ONLY an angry guy? Or a happy guy? Or a sad girl for your entire life? Does each person have to pick one emotion and only that emotion, and embody that emotion forever? I like Radiohead just fine, a lot of Radiohead's songs are Perfect 10's, but all their music is "oh we're so unique" - I kind of feel it's all one emotion. And that gets even worse when you get to modern indie rock bands. I don't want to name names, but there are some bands I've watch grow from shitty bands that could've opened for Arizona into giant acts, mostly because they picked "sad bastard music" and stuck with it. Good for them. I much prefer to represent all the different emotions and feelings a person can have. If you've ever seen El Topo or The Holy Mountain by Jodorowsky, those are movies that are all over the map in terms of their genre and aesthetic shifts, but Jodorowsky's voice remains very true throughout each movie. That's sort of what I hope to channel when making a record.
Not to sound like a totally self obsessed person, I think my singing voice is a very unique thing that does provide consistency throughout all of my recordings. It's the avatar of the human journey - you might be sad one day, ecstatic the next, confused on another day, and then totally enlightened but you're always you. That's what I try to do with my vocal performance in this band - tie the room together, as The Dude Jeffrey Lebowski would say about his rug.
One thing is for sure- We will keep you on your toes, give you music for every mood you might experience, but also a consistent level of quality, with a consistent voice, so you'll always be able to rely on New Beard. We're going to keep making new music until we die, and we're getting better with each day. I really look forward to making our next record, because hopefully people will know who we are and we won't just be shooting in the dark, and we'll be building off our past accomplishments, instead of starting in a place where I'm feeling like I have to make up for some of my past failures. But New Beard City is an epic record, with more beauty and life than most bands can ever conjure. I fully stand behind NBC and I'm very excited to be putting it out there.
That said, we made an EP called Moment of Peace after we finished the LP, but we released the EP first.  Mostly to get things started from a business perspective, but I think it gets across the live sound of the band more accurately - it's mostly recorded live, and that little EP has a ton of energy and enthusiasm. It still covers a lot of emotional ground, but it's very glued together, very not-laboured over.

As I continue as a musician, and I think everyone else in the band agrees, I want our music to sound more and more natural.

DDMB - If your band was a shape what shape would it be?
BW - I guess it would be the shape of a pentagram inspired goatee?
TW (drums) - The shape of a 1994 Kevin Bacon from "The Air Up There" movie wearing oversized tighty whities which people might mistake for diapers.

DDMB - I guess you're planning to tour the US extensively for the release; do you plan a trip to Europe?
BW - Of course we're trying to get out there in the US, but TubaJoe has the fortune to tour Europe extensively with his other band Gato Loco. It's our dream to find a European booking agent who would take a little risk on our band - I really think European audiences appreciate live music more, and are less stuck in their ways than US audiences. From what I understand, European audiences are hungry for new music and really like to have a good time at live shows. New Beard puts on a hell of a live show, and I hope we get a chance to take it overseas. I will probably try to at least hitch a ride with TubaJoe some time and sneak away for scaled-down versions of NB just so we can start laying down some roots over there.

DDMB - Finally, what's the most interesting fact about the band that no-one outside the band knew before reading this?
BW - We were almost called "Potentially Rad" lol.
TW - Yazan actually *is* Frank Zappa!

DDMB - Thanks for sparing us some of your time.
BW - Thank you for letting me ramble on and on and on about myself and this band, which I care so much about! Truly a pleasure and maybe a little too self indulgent, haha. I've been on twitter all day, so thanks for the opportunity to talk in more than 140 characters!! :)

That’s the interviews over then; next up will be the album preview, and I’m going to try a track by track breakdown for the first time so let’s hope it works!
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