Saturday, June 30, 2007

EPISODE27 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week was a little less focused. We featured a live version "Caroline" from former Dream Syndicate leader Steve Wynn. We also played "Weird Al" Yankovic's "You're Pitiful" which was released as a free download on his site after James Blunt voiced issues with it going on Yankovic's new album Straight Outta Lynnwood. I'm still amazed at how Al can hit some notes in there.



Saturday, June 23, 2007

EPISODE26 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


First week we are testing out the new computer and so far... so good. Had to push some interviews back but should be back in stride shortly. Did notice a little static when I started the recording though but I think that it was just me shouting in excitement that Skype worked alright. Anyhow, this week we will feature the songs "Looking For My Own Lone Ranger" and "When Bill Hicks Died" from Charlie Dore's latest album, Cuckoo Hill. The songs are a little softer than I really like but it was a good chance to show some diversity as I haven't gone the folk/country route yet. Yes, her hit, "Pilot Of The Airwaves," might have some of those same styles below the surface. I'm just happy to see her recording after a very long hiatus. For quite some time, if you did a search for her name, our biography on her came up on the top of the search results. Glad to see it reclaimed by her own site.


Cuckoo Hill

Download "Looking For My Own Lone Ranger" (mp3)
from "Cuckoo Hill"
by Charlie Dore
Black Ink Music

More On This Album



Cuckoo Hill

Download "When Bill Hicks Died" (mp3)
from "Cuckoo Hill"
by Charlie Dore
Black Ink Music

More On This Album



Saturday, June 16, 2007

EPISODE25 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week we gave away a copy of the new book THE GRAND ILLUSION: Love, Lies, and My Life with Styx by bassist Chuck Panozzo with Michele Skettino. Congrats go out to Cathy Harris for winning a copy of the book. I guess, it would be appropriate to celebrate our 25th episode with a more unusual song selection which included Martin's favorite song "I Like Rain" by The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience and Face To Face's "10-9-8." Yes, both songs are from the 1980s but you are more likely to hear "10-9-8" on the radio.

We are hopeful that after making it to our 25th episode, we will have put our technical difficulties behind us. Actually, we think it should sound a lot cleaner but proof will be in the doing. We wound up picking up a new office computer (Core2 Duo 2.4 Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit) which should boost recording quality. Our fear
s? The stability of new 'Windows' products when released and possibly conflicts between 64-bit and programs that are notably slower. Fingers are crossed.



Saturday, June 09, 2007

EPISODE24 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy



Yes, we went to church today... well, we visited and featured music by the Church's vocalist/bassist Steve Kilbey. Martin's been a big fan of the band for awhile and recently heard that they were reissuing his solo back-catalogue. So, this week's featured music was Kilbey's "Something That Means Something" (from his 1989 album The Slow Cracks) and "Judgement Day" (from his 1987 solo debut Unearthed.)

We also tested out the system by calling in via cellphone. Sure, there may be a time when Martin could just do the podcast live from a concert or something but I'm sure someone would throw a cup of beer at him for talking so much. But, backstage... that just sounds interesting. Not fond of the quality at the moment and we'll be attempting to fix the previous issues.



Unearthed
Download "Judgement Day" (mp3)
from "Unearthed"
by Steve Kilbey
Karmic Hit
More On This Album



The Slow Crack
Download "Something That Means Something" (mp3)
from "The Slow Crack"
by Steve Kilbey
Karmic Hit
More On This Album


Saturday, June 02, 2007

EPISODE23 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week we decided to take a few new previously-unreleased songs by 80s artists and feature them without saying who they are. Thankfully, each of them were offered as a free download by the acts on their official MySpace pages. What does it mean? It means that there are some projects on the way that aren't being publicized well. Keep your eyes and ears open. Great music is out there.

We've mentioned technical difficulties before. Issues with our means of dialing into the show have appeared in the last few weeks (yes, once we get used to things.) These are being worked out but until then, we are limiting our upcoming interviews. We want to make sure we give you the best show possible. (Listen carefully to this episode as you'll hear me cutting out at the end.) Crossing my fingers we'll be back in stride shortly.