Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Love That Album Podcast Episode 134 - Pentangle "Basket of Light"




When we think of music coming out of England in the 1960s, it's often in relation to the Mersey Beat, psychedelia, prog rock, or The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. England was also going through a folk music revival in a different way to the American one in the early sixties thanks to a number of artists who saw fit to combine the traditional songs of generations gone with a contemporary approach.

Welcome to episode 134 of Love That Album podcast.

I am joined once again, by blues guitarist and vocalist, Shane Pacey, to discuss the third album from English band Pentangle, Basket of Light, released in 1969. There were other great bands like Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention that were finding ways of mixing folk with rock. Pentangle had a jazz rhythm section, a guitarist in the blues tradition, a guitarist trained classically, and a singer who leaned in both a blues and folk direction. Recipe for chaos? Nope, because these were all seasoned musicians who knew how to blend their skills into a common vision.

Shane and I talk about our earliest memories of the band, the individual members' other projects, and a whole mess of other related topics, while hopefully convincing you that Basket of Light is one of the great albums deserving of your attention.

BUT WAIT...there's more.

I spoke with British jazz flautist, Rowland Sutherland who'd been invited by the London Jazz Festival in 2019 to assemble a band and play Basket Of Light live in its entirety as a tribute to the album's 50th anniversary. We discussed Rowland's background, his other projects, and how he came to arrange these beloved Pentangle tunes

Once again, I am grateful to have Shane bring his knowledge and conversation to the show....LTA is all the better for his participation. Having Rowland talk about a project so near to his heart was an absolute treat. My gratitude to him as well for his time and insight.

You can find Rowland's music and links to his recordings at http://www.rowlandsutherland.com/

Please explore the music of Shane at both https://bondicigars.com/ and https://shanepaceytrio.com.au/

Download this episode of LTA from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”). Love That Album is proudly part of the Pantheon Podcast network. Go to http://pantheonpodcasts.com/ to check out all their great shows.

You can send me 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 we’d be immensely grateful. However, it’d be even better if you told a friend about the podcast and Pantheon – at a (socially distanced) barbecue, over coffee (on Skype), on social media….whatever way you choose, consider me grateful.

Right click to download episode 134 here.


Monday, April 20, 2020

Love That Album Podcast Episode 133 - A Pantheonistic Collection of Favourite Live Albums





Music fans generally agree that the experience of seeing musicians perform live can be the greatest experience music can offer. The way the members of an orchestra or a band can play off each other and feed off an audience's enthusiasm often results in an experience one can remember for life.

The problem is that all too often that energy doesn't get translated as a recording....the moment has been and gone, and we're left with an album that doesn't bring out the experience for those at the show (and often includes the cheating that often goes on with post production).

Welcome to episode 133 of Love That Album podcast.

(Maybe) I'm amazed that I've never done a show devoted to favourite live records....the ones that DO give some idea of what it was like to be there on the night. I put out the call to the other podcasters in the Pantheon Network and asked if anyone wanted to talk to me about their favourite live albums. As it turns out, I had to push back to a couple of shows to another date....such was the great response that I received.

Tune in and find out what the following people had to say about a favourite nominated live record:

Peter Ferioli (conspirator behind Pantheon and future host of a show I'll let him reveal)
Ty Lisson (host of The Band: A History)
Joe Wroblewski and Ryan Dixon (hosts of Highway Hi Fi)
Christian Swain (host of Rock and Roll Archaeology and Deeper Digs In Rock)
Markus Goldman (co-host of The Imbalanced History of Rock and Roll)
Brad Page (host of I'm In Love With That Song)

I spoke with the hosts individually about their picks and was able to get to the crux of what they appreciated in a live album and their picks in particular.

My huge thanks and gratitude to these wonderful people for their time and discussion.

You can download this episode of LTA from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”). Love That Album is proudly part of the Pantheon Podcast network. Go to http://pantheonpodcasts.com/  to check out all their great shows.


You can send me 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 we’d be immensely grateful. However, it’d be even better if you told a friend about the podcast and Pantheon – at a (socially distanced) barbecue, over coffee (on Skype), on social media….whatever way you choose, consider me grateful.


Right click to download episode 133 here.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Love That Album Podcast Episode 132 - Wilco's "Summerteeth"





Tired of having your social media filled with the latest COVID-19 stats or fire and brimstone messages from friends who aren't virologists offering their two cents worth? Never fear. This month on LTA, we will digress your mind with stories of murder, depression, and drug addiction. There you go...feel better?



For episode 132 of Love That Album, I am joined by electronic music duo, Lovers and Poets ….oh yeah and the hosts of the wonderful All Time Top Ten podcast, Shannon Hurley and Ben Eisen to talk about Wilco's third album Summerteeth.


To the casual listener, Wilco are thought of mostly for their collaboration with Billy Bragg, “Mermaid Avenue” or for the stranger than fiction story surrounding the recording of their Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album. Summerteeth was YHF's predecessor and is often written off as a transitional album. As great as YHF is, Summerteeth is not transitional to anything – it's its own magnificent beast. The lyrical subject matter gets very dark, which can be easily overlooked because many of the melodies are bright and poppy. As wonderful as Wilco's catalogue is, they never made another album that sounded quite like this again. Of course, aside from Jeff Tweedy and John Stirrat, Wilco in 2020 is not the same band as Wilco of 1998.


Ben, Shannon and I discuss band dynamics, musical contributions and the stories told on Summerteeth. I make a really large stretch in suggesting that the record is a concept album. Do I justify it? What are Ben and Shannon's thoughts? Tune in and find out.


You can download this episode of  LTA from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”). Love That Album is proudly part of the Pantheon Podcast network. Go to http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/ to check out all the great shows in the Pantheon family.


I am so hugely grateful for Ben and Shannon for having this great conversation with me. Check them out weekly on ATTT Podcast (wherever you get your podcasts, or from the website at https://alltimetopten.podomatic.com/). You can check out their musical collaborations from https://loversandpoets.com/ - listen to their music and smile.


Also, in a cross-podcast venture this month, I will be joining Ben on ATTT talking about the greatest cathartic albums. I will provide a separate link for this.


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 we’d be immensely grateful. However, it’d be even better if you told a friend about the podcast and Pantheon – at a (socially distanced) barbecue, over coffee (on Skype), on social media….whatever way you choose, consider me grateful.


Right click to download episode 132 here.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Love That Album Podcast Episode 131 - Take Six (Jazz Albums)





















Back in late 2015 for episode 84 of LTA, I was joined by my friend and fellow jazzhead, Terry Frost to discuss 6 jazz albums we dug (I did it again for episode 95 in 2016 by myself – not as much fun).


Episode 131 is now available to groove on. Terry joins me again as we stroke our goatees, snap our fingers and say things like “groovy daddy-o”……well, at least it’s true that Terry joins me again on the podcast to talk about some more jazz albums we love.


Bear in mind, we talk about this purely as lovers of the broad umbrella that the label “jazz” gives shelter to. We are not purists, nor graduates of Berklee College Of Music….but that’s the point. You can love and articulate the artform without having to be an “expert”. Tune in and be convinced.


Like last time, Terry and I talk decided to Take Six platters that matter (with apologies to Dave Brubeck). We each picked three albums to have a conversation about…..both iconic and little known gems (at least to us). We had a great time and hope you will enjoy. You’ll have to tune in to hear our choices. 


You can download the episode from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/lovethatalbum?selected=PAN6297090097


My huge thanks to Terry, who was an inspiration to me to start podcasting in the first place. Trust me – he KNOWS his cinema history (as well as jazz music). You can hear him on his podcasts Paleo Cinema (https://paleocinema.podbean.com/) and  Martian Drive In Podcast (https://martiandrivein.podbean.com/), watch his Youtube Channel Terry Talks Movies (https://www.youtube.com/user/kultgooroo) or catch him every Wednesday evening on ABC Radio Darwin discussing….you guessed it…..films.


Love That Album is proudly part of the Pantheon Podcast network. Go to http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/ to check out all the great shows in the Pantheon family.



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 we’d be immensely grateful. However, it’d be even better if you told a friend about the podcast and Pantheon – at a barbecue, over coffee, while hitting a six, on social media….whatever way you choose, consider me grateful.



If you enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.


Right click to download episode 131 here.


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Love That Album Podcast Episode 130 - Favourite listens of 2019, Part 2





Welcome to episode 130 of Love That Album.


It's time for the annual discussion of favourite discoveries of the year. In the previous episode, I consulted with the great music journalists of Melbourne. For part 2, I am joined by my son Max to talk about albums that grabbed our attention in 2019. You want diversity? Trust me...you're gonna get it with these selections. A huge thanks to Max for taking the time to put his list and thoughts together. Sure there are a ton of other lists out there vying for your attention.....but our show is one of the many you need!!!! Hopefully, you'll discover something you didn't know existed and go out to dig in further detail.

You can download the episode from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/lovethatalbum?selected=PAN1820831385



Love That Album is proudly part of the Pantheon Podcast network. Go to http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/ to check out all the great shows in the Pantheon family.


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 we’d be immensely grateful. However, it’d be even better if you told a friend about the podcast and Pantheon – at a barbecue, over coffee, while hitting a six, on social media….whatever way you choose, consider me grateful.


If you enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.


Right click to download episode 130 here.


Saturday, December 14, 2019

Love That Album Podcast Episode 129 - Favourite listens of 2019, Part 1



It's December, so as per annual tradition at LTA Headquarters, the episodes are dedicated to discussing the best albums we heard for the first time over the year, regardless of when they were released.


I break this up into two episodes. This first one will feature me speaking to music journalists and authors Jeff Jenkins and Ian McFarlane. As well as first time listens, we also venture into musicians we lost this year, and some rediscoveries of albums past. I had a great time chatting with these fine gentlemen, and I hope you not only enjoy our conversation, but choose to follow up on their recommendations.


You can download the episode from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/lovethatalbum?selected=PAN9761732128


You can read Jeff's weekly Howzat column at http://www.livinginthelandofoz.com/howzat.html


You can read articles by Ian or order a copy of The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop at https://www.thirdstonepress.com.au/


Love That Album is proudly part of the Pantheon Podcast network. Go to  http://www.rocknrollarchaeology.com/ to check out all the great shows in the Pantheon family.


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 we’d be immensely grateful. However, it’d be even better if you told a friend about the podcast and Pantheon – at a barbecue, over coffee, while hitting a six, on social media….whatever way you choose, consider me grateful.


If you enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.


Right click to download episode 129 here.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Love That Album The Compilation Edition: Epsiode 62 - Drivin' 'N' Cryin'





It's the end of an era for Love That Album. Welcome to episode 62 of Love That Album: The Compilation Edition – the final episode of the LTA offshoot.

Back in 2012, Eric Peterson (aka Reanimator) discovered the main show and of his own volition, sent me audio feedback about the bands that meant a lot to him. I asked if he wanted to continue to send audio feedback as produced segments to continue in the body of the podcast about bands he loved – I am forever grateful he said yes. I've discovered some great music through his recommendations and he made the show better.

When I started the See Hear Podcast in 2014 with Tim and Bernie, LTA had to be reduced to one episode a month due to my time restrictions. I asked Eric if he wanted to do his own LTA spinoff, so listeners would have some variety and two shows a month from the feed. These shows not only had Eric speaking about great music he loved, but how it shaped who he became and where it stood in his life. Thus LTA: The Compilation Edition was born.

For Eric's final episode, he finishes up talking about the bands that really made him the music fan he is. Drivin n Cryin from Atlanta GA, with their mix of the Doors, The Ramones, the MC5 and Neil Young. Talking about their first 4 albums, he talks about the line between the mainstream the underground. 

I'm going to miss his episodes, but Eric found real life concerns calling. His shows will remain on the feed for you to go back and explore, and maybe rediscover some terrific compilation albums or artists that may have been hidden from you. He will definitely pop up on the main show from time to time as well.

Thank you so much, Eric for being such a huge part of the podcast.

You can download the show from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the wesbite https://cms.megaphone.fm/channel/lovethatalbum?selected=PAN3197042156

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 we’d be immensely grateful. However, it’d be even better if you told a friend about the podcast – at a barbecue, over coffee, while hitting a six, on social media….whatever way you choose, consider me grateful.

Proudly part of the Pantheon Podcast Network.

Right click to download bonus episode 62 here.