Saturday, February 28, 2009

EPISODE114 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy




This week we talked with pop/rock singer-songwriter Dwight Twilley about his career and his upcoming Gigatone Entertainment releases. We featured one of our retrospective mixes as well as samples of the songs "Runnin'" (off of 1999's Tulsa) and "47 Moons" (the title track of his 2005 album) to showcase some of his more recent releases. We literally did catch him after wrapping up the recording of his next studio album, Green Blimp. The one thing that is clear, Twilley Don't Mind making some beautiful new music. Enjoy.

Quite possibly one of the most enjoyable episodes we've had so far and likely the most attended, as there were a lot of people popping into the chat room. Our show has always had three goals: education, enlightenment and entertainment -- in that order. We don't have the time to be the Biography channel but we try to make sure you walk away understanding more about our featured acts than when you heard the show. Enlightenment may be stretching it but we like to open our listeners up to music they may have missed (due to lazy DJs, being born after the 80s, etc.) so they understand more about the thousands of albums released during the decade. We won't profess to being entertaining but the attempt is made and we can only hope to do justice to these performers as an artist advocate.



Saturday, February 21, 2009

EPISODE113 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week on Talking 80s Music we decided to focus on Sonic Youth's guitarist/singer/songwriter Thurston Moore. We skirted the band's history (as they are something to consider for another episode) and focused on Moore's solo work and featured "Frozen Gtr" and "Fri/End" from his 2007 album, Trees Outside The Academy. Martin has now added it to his shopping list after listening to the tracks a few times.

We've mentioned here before about our not taking callers for awhile due to technical issues. Well, we tried to make up for it by getting in conversations with some of our chat room regulars as well as a friend of Martin's that was one of the first subscribers to the 80s Nuts Newsletter over a decade ago. A great surprise and we were able to make it work (with a lot of post-editing.) Might attempt to do that again at the end of every m
onth or so. Maybe.



Trees Outside the AcademyThurston
"Frozen Gtr" (mp3)
from "Trees Outside the Academy"
(Ecstatic Peace)
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Trees Outside the AcademyThurston
"Fri/End" (mp3)
from "Trees Outside the Academy"
(Ecstatic Peace)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
Buy at eMusic
Buy at Napster
Buy at Amazon
Buy at GroupieTunes

More On This Album





Saturday, February 14, 2009

EPISODE112 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


This week's episode fell on St. Valentine's Day. We originally had another featured act planned but postponed it to bring you something more appropriate for the holiday... Heart. The 1980s weren't just kind to the Wilson sisters -- they had honed their fusion of hard rock and folk into an explosive force led by Ann's soulful voice and Nancy's guitar-work. Harmony and melody made Heart one of the most dominant groups of the decade. We talked about their start, recording career and latest album as well as featured one of our retrospective mixes, "Shell Shock" and "Wild Child (live)." Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide, the timing couldn't be more appropriate. We did leave out their Lovemongers career but we could be holding that for another day.

We had a short week where we played catch-up for all the time we missed while Martin was away in Sacramento. He and the family made it back alright but when you cut a chunk of time out of the your regular schedule, things start to seem rushed. Technically, the show went well and there were a few new faces that popped up in the chat room. Life is good. Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, February 07, 2009

EPISODE111 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy


So far, this is our first anticipated episode that was not be recorded live. As timing would have it, Martin was to be in Sacramento celebrating his grandmother's 90th birthday at the very time of the show. So, he recorded it earlier before driving up there. This week's show was meant to show the pieces that seem to be missing in the career of Santana. We all know how their original Latin rock fusion affected the 1970s and their imaginative collaborations of the late 1990s and 2000s that have met with unprecedented success. But what about that gap in the middle? Here we featured their singles ("You Know That I Love You," "Winning" and "Hold On") that best represent the band as they were finding their way during the decade.

We discovered that as amazing as it is to do our show live, it has become a crutch. You see, the timing and interaction of the live show is critical to the flow of it. We tried to record it cold in the studio. We did that for a few episodes when we first started. It just didn't feel the same. We can assuredly say that we will do everything we can possible to do very few episodes off-schedule and if necessary, we will just change the recording time/date. The show is every bit about you as it is the news and the music played. We love to hear from you. Send us your questions, thoughts or heck... maybe we'll even read a short concert review from you if it comes in. But we discovered your part during this episode. Thank you.