Saturday, August 28, 2010

EPISODE189 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week we catch up on an act we planned to talk about some time back... The Proclaimers. If there were ever a reason to focus on them, it would be to dispel any notion that they are one of those 90s bands that came out of nowhere and disappeared. (None of that is true.) Expect to hear a retrospective mix, "Throw The 'R' Away," "I'm On My Way" and a live version of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles.)" We also announce a live interview for next week's show.

If there is a regret here it is that there wasn't a better live version of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" as the quality isn't great. The loud crowd also takes away from the feel but, if anything, you get an idea of how much their fans get into the show. Everything else went pretty well and it's amazing how a few subtle changes can fix annoying problems. We still need a fix for Eyebeam but it isn't hurting us to have Martin call back in every 15 minutes or so. (We don't think he works enough.)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

EPISODE188 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we will look at the career of California singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. The decade would be one of discovery for the artist as he continued to crank out memorable hits and strike a balance between artist and activist. Expect to hear a retrospective mix and live tracks ("That Girl Could Sing," "Lawyers In Love," "I Am A Patriot" and "In The Shape Of A Heart.")

Everything is going pretty well over here. It looks like, for the time being, we will keep the 15 minute rule for the live show (where we will be having a few gaps allowing us to clear the mic) until a more suitable work-around or patch fixes the issue. The show is even getting edited a bit quicker and, yes, you are getting a more natural show as we leave in some editable stammerings.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

EPISODE187 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

This week on Talking 80s Music, we went a little more modern rock as we talked about Coventry, England's The Primitives. Don't know them? We'll we'll fix that... it's our job. They scored several U.K. hits that also received a lot of airplay at U.S. college radio stations. Expect to hear a retrospective mix as well as their singles "Crash," "Way Behind Me" and "Sick Of It."

So, we found a short-term fix for our audio software issue (we just take a momentary break and call back in every 15 minutes.) We'll keep hoping a better option surfaces in the future. We also replaced the USB audio adapter that came with our microphone with an iMic. Tremendous difference. So, we're actually pretty pleased with how things came out. Have a great week!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

EPISODE186 - Talking 80s Music with Martin Hennessy

We interviewed Asia/Buggles member Geoff Downes a little over a year ago. We had promised our listeners then we'd focus on a related band soon. This week on Talking 80s Music, we made good on that promise as we turned our attention on... Yes. Expect a retrospective mix, "Tempus Fugit," "I'm Running" and a live version of "Leave It." Sure, we could have played all the big singles but that'd be like showing only the tennis matches Andre Agassi won during a tennis retrospective... sometimes it's the fights, the losses, the exhibitions and the overlooked battles that mean much more.

Thankfully we had our listeners in the chat room this week as they caught some technical problems. Sure, we made a few attempts to fix some previous issues but as Mich said in the chat room, "Sometimes you just want to kill Murphy." We made it through and are only stronger for it.