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Last update: 2013-05-20

Band of Badgers Presents...#14

Length: 59m 13s

The full blogcast to accompany this latest podcast will be up as soon as possible, so please check at www.bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk The Playlist: 1. Gladiator – Wings of Apollo 2. Spooks – The Scholars 3. Last of The Hobo Kings – Mary Gauthier 4. Never Letting You Go – Robb Murphy 5. Birdsong – Mark Nichols 6. In The Wreckage – Reichenbach Falls 7. Microlove – Summa 8. I’ve Been Waiting – Lavers 9. Bad Karma – The Como Brothers Band 10. Hold On To Saturday – Wings of Apollo Thanks for listening. …


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Band of Badgers Presents...#13

Length: 56m 25s

The blogcast for this latest episode of the podcast is yet to be written so please check at www.bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk I will update this section once it is ready. Apologies for being so behind but do check the blog as the blogcast will feature lots more music. The Playlist: 1. Love The Thunder – The Scholars 2. Indigo – Bloodflower 3. Resolve – Arcane Roots 4. Parachute – The Como Brothers Band 5. Ignorance – Lightfire 6. Interlude & Burning Out – I Divide 7. Love Has Gone - The Lost Souls of Pompeii 8. Useless – Anokato 9. That House We Built From The Wreckage – Phil McMinn 10. Kings - Sukh Thank you for listening. …


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Band of Badgers Presents...#12

Length: 57m 38s

This latest blogcast is even more overdue than my overlong overrunning overview/review. Never mind, with just the final part of that to go, featuring some of the top live gigs I was fortunate to get to last year, I've decided I just MUST get podcast #12 out there already. Especially as I've now already recorded podcast #13 and got that up on podOmatic! So much for that schedule encouraging me to get these done quicker. Ha! Ah well, I did make it quite clear I'm not really one for such schedules. They just mess things up anyway. *drinks to non-schedules* I shall continue scribbling things down on my multi-coloured post-it notes. That seems to do the trick. So....yeah....it feels a bit odd writing up this now given I've recorded podcast #13 already. Shock! I do believe I am doing what they call 'multitasking'. Or as UK comedian Miranda would correct me, it is what everyone calls multitasking, there is no need to add, 'what I call'. Miranda is a strange phenomenon don't you think? I may be isolating any non-UK readers/listeners here so apologies for that. It is a British sitcom based on a very silly thirty-something woman called, surprise surprise, Miranda. It really is just so silly but I do find it almost sidesplittingly funny. It seems to be rather divisive however. A bit like marmite in that people either love it or hate it. I say that about Marmite but I'm a fence-sitter when it comes to the yeast extract. I like it on a sarnie if I'm having cheese or crisps with it but not on its own. And it ruins toast in my opinion. Back to Miranda, some people just don't get it. I like that silly aspect of it, it is stupid but funny with it and at times even clever. Now, 'What have you done today to make you feel prooooouuuuuud?' Well, I've almost finished writing a live review of Luke Jackson's recent gig at The Stables in Milton Keynes that he's going to post it up on his very own website. There's loads more I'm working on but I really need to be getting on with this so keep an eye out. Not literally remove your eye from your sockets of course. Oh dear. I think I have caught the Miranda bug. Best crack on with the playlist and stop all this buffoonary! Oooh, what a cool word. Buffoon. Boofunary. Me likes. The Playlist: 1. Sirens – The Slow Readers Club 2. The Burning & The Falling Down – Face The King 3. Rule And Bant – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman 4. Shuffle & Deal – Gilmore & Roberts 5. The Stealing Arm – Gilmore & Roberts 6. Evil Girls – The Days 7. Rampart Street – Ben Glover 8. Take Your Loving Back – Michele Stodart 9. The Hill – Flight Brigade 10. Old Scenes – Boat To Row For loads more information about those featured and lots more besides please visit the blogcast at www.bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk Thanks for listening. …


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Band of Badgers Presents...#11

Length: 1h 0m 25s

I know this one has been published and up for weeks by now, but I simply couldn't withhold it having completed the recording and mixing. Share, share, share. That is what it's all about and there are the two amazing and fantastic new singles from Derbyshire's indie-rock ravers Whitemoor and Oxford americana maestros The Dreaming Spires, which I really wanted to play and get out there. Thank you if you have already had yourself a listen or download and thank you doubly for coming back for another one or even just to check out the blogcast. Finally, it is here, yes. I must admit the weekend I spent in Oxford a few weeks back really made me realize I need to make music my life's work. The journalism, promoting and all that side of things I mean, not the music making. I don't have any talent in that respect (I will dare to admit I am seriously going to pick up and dust off the guitar I have and start learning though. Did I say dust off? I better book it in for some kind of industrial clean, it has been standing idle so long. Will probably take me an age just to tune it now. No excuses however, I'm getting right on it!). Just hanging out there and going to those two awesome gigs (The Dreaming Spires & Tom McRae) bought it home again. In fact, all gigs do really. And yet I have to turn down so many I could attend for free in London simply because of logistics and finances. I also missed my first real opportunity to see The Scholars in Birmingham thanks to this pain in the backside of a lingering cold that is inflicting so many people. My immune system is usually not too bad. It's all about the fruit and veg. Just not in this particular case, I guess. The guys even ended up headlining that night due to the main band pulling out. Well done to them and please do go grab yourself a FREE DOWNLOAD of the awesome alternate version of their latest single Wired, it is a treat! More gigs are to be announced soon and nothing is going to prevent me getting to one now I can assure you! For the complete blogcast accompanying this episode of the podcast please visit: http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/band-of-badgers-presents11.html There is so much more up on the blog. More on the featured playlist as well as even more fantastic music and news. The Playlist: 1. High Lights - Whitemoor 2. Just Can’t Keep This Feeling In – The Dreaming Spires 3. Strangers We Meet – The Black Feathers 4. What it Takes – Russell Toomey 5. The Man Who Had Everything – Scott Matthews 6. On This Great Day – Andy Ruddy 7. Threadbare – Everything on Red 8. To Make You Proud – Page 44 9. No Justice, Just Us – Go.Fly.Win 10. His Voice – Brooke Sharkey Thanks for listening. …


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Band of Badgers Presents...#10

Length: 1h 0m 28s

Howdy then folks. Welcome to the blogcast for the latest podcast, the tenth, no less! Apologies it's been a while to get this one completed but as I mentioned in a previous post, I am trying to get ahead with recording the podcasts so I can keep up a decent amount to air via Acoustic Spectrum. This one is likely to have its regular two plays before I get #11 finished for it. #11 is indeed all ready to record but that blogcast will be another few weeks away at the very least. The songs for #12 are also now all in and they're coming in fast and furious for #13. In between these I also have another special show lined up. How would you like to hear a mix of some classic favourites with one or two recent gems? It means I get to play some golden classic but it will of course be for streaming only. Still, it will be available nonetheless. Do I have some great tunes lined up for that one. I'm sure you're going to really enjoy it. It may well transpire due to licensing and all that jazz (not actual jazz you understand, but feel free to do jazz hands every time jazz gets written. That's four lots now. I'm watching. Come on, get in the spirit of things peoples!), that I can only let that special show play via Acoustic Spectrum so make sure you tune in at 7pm (GMT - feels so strange after using BST for so long) on Thursdays or you will miss out. Then I will let my cat at you. She's a mean one too. This is due to her age you understand, and not necessarily her nature. She's like a Cylon, The Rani and Servalan all rolled up into one fluffy bundle. Okay, I apologise to any non-sci-fi geeks out there who will have no idea what that means, or indeed how bad it will be if I let my cat out at you. So, best way to avoid finding out is to tune in to the show at Acoustic Spectrum and listen to those classics. I anticipate it will be a few weeks before it gets played as I am hoping to get #11 sorted for next Thursday (8th November) because I have a few new singles to play. I will however try and keep you posted via twitter. If you're not following me on there then you can find me @roberto_baggins where you can see all the rubbish I tweet all the time. Before cracking on I'm going to ask you for a wee favour (in addition to visiting and listening to the podcast, yes but stick with me). Thanks to the lovely New Zealand singer-songwriter Julie Lamb, I discovered there's a European Podcast Awards. She kindly asked if my podcast was entered into it which, given I'd never heard of the thing it wasn't and so I said I'd check it out. Having done so I decided to propose Band of Badgers Presents for nominations. Scary stuff! Now, I know given the number of podcasts out there in the category (Personality) and how wonderfully amazing people make them, I have little chance of winning. However, as a typical never win anything kind of guy I'm well on the 'It's the taking part that's fun' bus. I'm aware there are still a couple of issues with my sound quality, mostly with my speaking parts. And no, I don't mean me having a 'cold voice' on this particular episode. There is some horrid echo thing going on I can't seem to eliminate. I am working on it but I do use a simple free software program to mix things. I paid for Wavepad but not knowing what I was doing, I failed to pay the right price to get the mixing capability. Yes, I know I am a tech fool. The pittance I get paid doesn't stretch to me rectifying this situation any time soon I'm afraid. I've already cancelled Christmas, effectively. If I won this I'd get software I believe but even if not I'm on it soon as I can afford to upgrade my Wavepad. My point is (yes I do have one, cheeky), that I'm aware of this little niggle in sound quality but if you enjoy the podcast, like what I ramble on about at times and the information about the artists and bands I give out; and more importantly if you like the music I offer you each time, then please stop by and vote for me. I will be ever so grateful. So will Valerie. 'Valerie who?' I hear you ask. Valerie, the banjo playing badger of course! Even if you don't vote I am still sincerely grateful for you reading this far with how much I digress from the point most of the time. Thank you! After all that waffle (mmmm, waffles) let's get on with it! The Playlist: Our Forgotten Towns - The Levellers This Isn't What I Signed Up For - Turnstile Junkpile A Proud Surrender - Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou Before The Dawn - Mat Gibson Lonely Boy (Live Cover) - Luke Jackson Dance Keith, Dance - The Cakes Another Acid Day - Art Of Privilege Lovefool - Grimsell in the Glasshouse End Game - Umbrella Harbor Summertime - Gypsy Fire Deliverance - The Silent Union For the full blogcast including loads more great music please visit my blog which hosts this podcast at http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/band-of-badgers-presents10.html Thanks so much for your time. …


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Band of Badgers Presents...#9

Length: 1h 0m 1s

Please visit http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/band-of-badgers-presents9.html for the blogcast accompanying this latest episode. There, you will find a full playlist with links and a whole host of other top music news. Thanks for listening. …


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Band of Badgers Presents #7

Length: 1h 0m 0s

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Band of Badgers Presents #6

Length: 59m 23s

Howdy all. Herein lies podcast number six. Not quite sure why I welcome you all in this way given the title says it all (as does your ability to count) but ah, well. I may as well continue the way I started. Besides, I like to give you a warm welcome and express my gratitude for taking the time to stop by. I am fully aware how precious free time can be and I'm also fully aware about how much I can ramble on, at times. I studied Philosophy, so that should say all there is to about that. Rambling can be good. Depends what one rambles on about of course. I really should relegate my rambles to the end of the post shouldn't I? That way you're not faced with it at the start. That is if you haven't just skimmed it briefly quickly moving on to the playlist and other music news below. I certainly don't blame you to be fair but check out my exciting new musical promotion proposal. While at Truck Festival a couple of weeks ago (I know, I know, where's the review? I honestly wish it hadn't taken so long and I'm not moaning (okay I may be moaning about the lack of time issue again but well, it is an issue after all. Perhaps cloning myself would assist in some way. Two (or more) of me to speed things along a bit)), seeing all the luxurious campervans in attendance made me think, wouldn't it be groovy (the youth still say groovy, right?) if I had one myself and was able to go on a grand musical adventure visiting as many UK music festivals as I could next year. Covering the length, breadth and width of the entire UK (including Northern Ireland, if they'll have me) attending one every two or three weeks. What a mission it could be. Perhaps helping raise money for charity along the way as well as assist in promoting for whoever would be generous and kind enough to sponsor the whole thing. Yes, there is that. I'm still no lottery winner just yet. Writing up the adventure would be an amazing experience too as would all those bands and artists I would get to see. And what about Band of Badgers Presents Live Sessions whereby artists or bands performing at the festivals sing a song or two inside (or rather by the side as a campervan is not a TARDIS - although who knows maybe one might well be a TARDIS, the camouflage is kind of the point is it not?) the home on wheels? Maybe I am just dreaming, especially that last part, or reaching a tad too high but hey, at least I'm reaching somewhere. I can see it now....a band of banjo (and guitar, flute, violin, drums etc...) playing badgers painted on one side of the campervan. Oh, right, yes. I appear to have woken up now. Part 1 of my Truck review will follow this post quite quickly, by the way. Just in time for Bakewell Music Festival this coming weekend. Bring it on! Enough of all that for the moment though and on with (cue Echo sound effect) the playlist. The Playlist: This Heart's Built to Break - The Scholars Mad Hatter - Echo & Drake Our Little Empire - Lavers Accordion - Brian Wright To The Sea - Kid Conventional BYOB - Let's Go Safari Coast Fiction - Porthaven Moon - T E Morris Kia's Song - Nate Jones Ghosts - Perry Hood For the accompanying blogcast packed with loads of information, links, tunes & videos visit my blog >> http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/band-of-badgers-presents-6.html Thanks :-) …


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Band of Badgers Presents #5

Length: 58m 53s

Welcome to the fifth Band of Badgers Presents podcast. I know, I know, it has still seemed to take a good few weeks to get this one completed and out but so many other things seem to be occupying my time. Mostly work of course as one must seemingly waste an entire eight (or more) hours for five consecutive days each week in order to live but such is the way the world works at present, sadly. No sponsors have yet come forth following the plea I made in podcast #3. Perhaps my advertisement to be sent over to the US and cover some great gigs over there was a little too much to begin with, frightening off any potential sponsors? Like I mentioned, I'm very flexible so if you can offer me any other type of work along similar lines (producing a music show of some sort, writing about music or helping with promo, for example) then do get in touch because I assure you I'm a very hard worker and will be well worth the money. I am kind of semi-serious by the way (don't ask and you don't get so they say (those they make their appearance everywhere don't they?)). Well, completely serious about finally kick-starting something akin to a career and in an area I thoroughly enjoy and can revel in. This is a vital existential component for a happy life, surely? Quite why it has to be so difficult to get to that point I'm unsure. Perhaps that is part of the point? The harder it is to get where you might truly want to be the better things are when you get there (if you get there). If anything, it feels good to finally be at a point where I know what I do want. Okay, enough with the serious work chat for now and on with the show before you all click away on to something else. Please head on over to http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/band-of-badgers-presents-5.html for the blog post that accompanies this latest podcast. Here you will find all the links to the artists and bands on the playlist. 1. The White Hind - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman 2. Huldra - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman 3. Perfect Stranger (Acoustic) - The Last Republic 4. Shanty (Live at Bush Hall) - Luke Ritchie 5. Through You - Lightfire 6. Sex in the City - Eric Unseen 7. Alpha Street West - Butcher the Bar 8. Cosmic Ambulance - Lavers 9. Let Them Know - Aidan Logan 10. You Should Be Feeling This Elliot - Jinnwoo 11. Drop of Rain - Mark Blasco …


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Band of Badgers Presents #4

Length: 57m 9s

Well this is the fourth one and still going strong. Now with added play via the new international independent internet (gosh so many i words there) radio station Acoustic Spectrum. Huge thanks go to Neil King of Fatea magazine and all involved with this fantastic new international radio station helping with all things indie! Make sure you check out New Music Connection too which is a growing resource and community seeking to help and support independent music talent from the word go. I could not do the scheme/programme/community justice here so check it out for yourself because it is a truly amazing idea that is on the move here. I will most likely do a little bit of a write up about it at some point in the future. I'm in the process of re-recording edited versions of the first two podcasts for airplay so at the least all those bands and artists that featured in those will get some airplay and I'll be ahead with getting the podcasts completed and out there. I honestly wish I had more time to get them sorted but I will be putting together one every week which will be played at 7PM (BST) every Thursday on Acoustic Spectrum so make sure you tune in and also check out what else the station has to offer because it broadcasts 24/7. Time restraints will prevent me from publishing them that regularly so I encourage you to sample future episodes via Acoustic Spectrum first. As usual there has been a slight alteration to the playlist compared with what I envisaged would be included but the three missed out will most certainly be featuring in the coming episodes. You can count on it. The Playlist: Intro - Everybody Looks Famous Falling Lights - Everybody Looks Famous Alone - Falling Faster Missing Out, Moving On - Jody Has a Hitlist Chapters - Whitemoor Anomaly - Silverbox Follow Me Down - The Slow Readers Club If I Had a Boat - James Vincent McMorrow Song of Sisyphus - Nick Burbridge & Tim Cotterell Mortal Longing - Sleepthief featuring Jody Quine Head on over to http://bandofbanjoplayingbadgers.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/band-of-badgers-presents-4.html for the accompanying blog post for this edition of the podcast. …


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Band of Badgers Presents...

Band of Badgers Presents aims to introduce you to some great music from talented bands and artists out there on the independent music scene today. There will also be talk about gigs and festivals and if you're lucky there may be a few asides which it will be my mission to make at least a little bit funny. Please give me time! All in all Band of Badgers Presents endeavours to bring you a playlist that will inspire you to check out the featured artists further.

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