Saturday, May 29, 2010

EPISODE179 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This Memorial Day weekend we paid tribute to the late songwriter/vocalist Ronnie James Dio by focusing on his work with Dio. We could have done a whole episode on each phase of his career but we may get to another piece of the puzzle another time. We played a retrospective mix, a live version of "Stand Up And Shout," "Mystery" and "Naked In The Rain." Quite varied but also important tracks in understanding what the man and the band brought to the heavy metal dinner table.

As you'll hear during the show, we took the plunge and tested out a few technical changes. The live recording fared well for the first 30 minutes (and then started getting choppy.) Could be the program we are using to call in. We'll be testing out a few other options before next week's show. Hopefully you enjoy the new sound as we keep trying to better the show.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

EPISODE178 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

There are just some songs that are tied to the 1980s. "I Melt With You" is among a small handful that make us recall the decade as a whole. This week, we talked with Modern English frontman Robbie Grey about the group's history, the song and touring prior to the release of their new studio album, Soundtrack. We played a retrospective mix, "Gathering Dust," "Someone's Calling" and their new single, "It's Ok." The single is available at iTunes and the album comes out next week.

We really have to thank Mr. Grey for his time and insight. Martin was able to mark-off another artist from his dream interviews list (yes, he does have one.) Technically, where do we start? We got a little chirping sound during the interview -- let's pretend they are birds, shall we? The chat room and live recording didn't happen for a second week due to call-in issues. We have resolved ourselves to record next week's show with the Macbook as a lot of these problems should be alleviated for the live show.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

EPISODE177 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week, we focused on one of the most dynamic voices of the decade... Gloria Estefan -- a true hit-making sound machine. We played an extensive retrospective mix, early single "Prisoner Of Love," a live version of "Falling In Love (Uh-Oh)" and the often overlooked soundtrack song, "Hot Summer Nights," from Top Gun. You don't find as many careers burn as brightly as hers. The only things that are missing from her recording career would be a one-night only live double-CD and a French-language album. She's got some time, though.

Sometimes when technology evolves and updates come along we pretend that everything is going to work out perfect. We are often deluded and just wrong. This was one of those moments. For some reason, we weren't able to get any audio working via Talkshoe and went with our last resort... recording it offline. Yet, even that has some downfalls. The mic can be soft at times and using noise cancellation in the edit can create some odd distortions. As you may hear. So, as a whole... we made it through and are going to take our next steps toward doing the show from the Macbook.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

EPISODE176 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we will focus on late singer-songwriter Robert Palmer. We will feature a retrospective mix and live tracks ("You Are In My System," "Hyperactive" and "Early In The Morning") while showcasing his versatility and experimentation. If variety is the spice of life, his singles collection is a jalapeno.

No problems this week with the show. Strike that... there were a few moments when audio dropped but we corrected it in post-production. Wish we could pin it down. News is back but we do want to trim it down some (as it will lead you to the main web site.) Otherwise, everything is well. A happy Mother's Day to all our listeners to which it applies.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

EPISODE175 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we decided to take another listener request and focus on Scottish new wave act Aztec Camera and their principal singer-songwriter Roddy Frame. Expect a retrospective mix, live version of "Oblivious," their first single "Just Like Gold" and their later single, "The Crying Scene." Sometimes it's almost too easy to call someone a chameleon when all they are doing is evolving musically and pushing their own boundaries. One such act would be Aztec Camera.

Of course, we mess with things as soon as they start working well. It is human nature. So, we started late with a call-in issue, experienced audio drop in a few sections and lost our connection to the news we posted online. At least two problems were able to be edited in post-production to fix them and the other forces listeners to visit our new news section. This could be a blessing in disguise. We couldn't entirely go away from the news as the knowledge is what keeps fans on their toes (and keeps Martin full of it... knowledge.)