Saturday, May 26, 2007

EPISODE22 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Again, another one of those episodes where I get to talk to an 80s artist that affected my appreciation for music. I can remember listening to a Naive Dance cassette over and over again for many months... I'm sure an old roommate of mine still hears the songs in his head. Of course, many albums have affected me over time but I've been very lucky to have several of them on the show during our first year.

The above photo is from the new Red Flag album, Born Again, due out next month. We played the title track during the show as well as "If I Ever" from their debut, Naive Art. We do that to show the evolution a recording artist goes through during their career. Born Again is that next step. Red Flag principal Chris Reynolds has merged a darker sound with the classic sound of the early recordings to find a fascinating blend. You can hear some of those songs at as well as order the new album.

Seems we had issues again with the show. We usually use a program called Skype to call into the soundboard (at but for a second week was unable to get in. I've been trying to work out those issues. At least, next week will be a normal episode with no fear of having it affect an interview.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

EPISODE21 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

As firm believers in Murphy's Law, I guess, we should not have been surprised that after so many episodes something could go wrong. Instead of taking live phone calls for our giveaway of Erasure's new studio album, Light At The End Of The World, we wound up recording the episode in studio. We did play the first two singles from the album ("I Could Fall In Love With You" and "Sunday Girl.") Since we couldn't give away our copies of the album during the show, we mentioned the "Why I Deserve Erasure's Light At The End Of The World" contest. The winning essays should be read before the end of our next show.

Next week: Our interview with Red Flag's Chris Reynolds

Saturday, May 12, 2007

EPISODE20 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we gave away copies of Genesis' 1980 album Duke and 1981's Abacab. The discs are part of the new remastered set that went on sale a few days after the show. We played "Turn It On Again" and "Abacab" from those albums as well as babbled about the standard news and new releases.

Next week: Erasure giveaway

Saturday, May 05, 2007

EPISODE19 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

Interesting photo. This was taken last year in New York at Tony Bennett's 80th birthday party. Sure, Martin looks a little pasty there in the bright lights next to Mr. Elvis Costello. He's a huge fan of his Spike album -- says it's the track diversity and the intimate writing blah blah blah. So, we were both shocked when we were offered a few CDs to give away for this specific podcast.

We featured the songs "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea" from the new compilation Rock And Roll Music and the ballad "I Want You" from The Best Of Elvis Costello: The First 10 Years. Both are worth having in your collection. Anyhow, oddly enough, one of the callers winning a disc was a gentleman named Charlie from Las Vegas (where we're located.) Fun episode and more to come. Lot of work in the next month. Until next week...