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Love That Album Episode 47 - The Monkees- Pisces, Capricorn, Headquarters and Head

2013-06-26 :: Maurice, Julian and Terry
Length: 3s

Here we come…walking down the street….we get the funniest looks from….everyone we meet…. If you can sing the next line of that song, then Love That Album episode 47 is for you. The Monkees TV show theme would have to be one of the most beloved and recognised of its era and beyond. Arguments have gone back and forth about whether the Monkees were really a band, given their start as actors who just happened to be playing the parts of band members for a TV show. Well, like all good Frankensteinian monsters, they decided to take on a life of their own. On LTA 47, I am joined by two co-hosts in separate segments. First of all, I welcome back to the show my friend and fellow Monkee nut, Julian Gillis to discuss two classic albums released in 1967 (a watershed year for rock). First of all, we discuss “Headquarters”, the album that by and large avoids the use of session musicians and features more Monkee-penned compositions. Then we look at the next record they released “Pisces, [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 46 - Tom Waits - The Heart of Saturday’s Rain Dog

2013-06-09 :: Maurice
Length: 3s

Episode 46 of Love That Album is here with two albums up for discussion. Having previously been graced with the company of Doctor Zom, I’m now honoured to be joined by the other half of the Silva and Gold team, Pickle Loaf (aka Alex Ladd) to talk about two vastly different Tom Waits records – 1974’s “The Heart of Saturday Night” and 1985’s “Rain Dogs”. They have superficial similarities: both are second albums (Heart for Asylum records, and Dogs for Island), and both are vastly different to what Waits’ contemporaries in the pop music world were doing. We discuss the songwriting, Charles Bukowski, Bette Midler, truck drivers, and a myriad of other things. Eric Reanimator’s “Album I Love” segment returns featuring a focus on Simon Stokes’ album “Honky”. More good listening for your earholes from Eric. NOTE: you can also download a special bonus companion LTA episode featuring an interview I had with Barney Hoskyns, author of “Lowside of the Road – A Li [...]…

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Love That Album Bonus episode - Interview with Barney Hoskyns about Tom Waits

2013-06-06 :: Maurice
Length: 56s

I present to you a bonus episode of Love That Album, a sort of companion piece to the forthcoming episode 46 of the podcast. Episode 46 proper will feature a discussion between Alex Ladd (aka Loaf) of the Silva and Gold podcast and myself about two great albums by Tom Waits – “The Heart of Saturday Night” and “Rain Dogs”. This bonus episode however, features an interview I had with acclaimed rock biographer and journalist Barney Hoskyns. Barney has written a superb biography of Tom Waits called “Low Side of the Road”, and we discuss these albums and Waits’ career in general. He was absolutely fascinating to speak to, and I hope you enjoy our chat. I’d urge any fans of Waits to get hold of his book. The two discussions together would have made the show length a bit daunting. I hope you enjoy this chat with Barney Hoskyns and the forthcoming one with Loaf. You can download the podcast at iTunes by searching for “love that album”. You can stream or download it at h [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 45 - The Gentlemen’s Guide to Midnight Punk

2013-05-21 :: Erci Reanimator and Ghetto Tim
Length: 1s

A real treat for you on episode 45 of Love That Album podcast – I’m not on it!!! I’ve enlisted the services of show regulars Eric Peterson and Tim Merrill to talk about all things punk. They discuss their favourite bands, obviously, but there’s so much more going on here. They raise questions valid for fans of any music genre. Do punk/music icons belong in a museum? Is art maintained by the idea that generated it or by the fans who appreciated it? What do Little River Band and Black Flag have in common? Is new punk too streamlined when compared to the diversity of old punk? Should Gwyneth Paltrow be punk’s poster girl? Tim and Eric have a great time discussing all this and more, and I can tell you, it’s a fascinating and educational show. I urge you to listen and give them your support. There’s plenty of music to accompany their discussion (it even comes in at the relevant parts of the discussion). They also find some time to discuss about what they’ve been listening [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 44 - Deborah Conway & Willy Zygier - Stories of Ghosts

2013-05-07 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

I’m doing things a little bit differently for episode 44 of Love That Album. Rather than co hosting with a fellow fan of a particular album, I’ve gone straight to the source and am chatting with the musicians concerned. February this year saw the latest release from Australian singer songwriters Deborah Conway and Willie Zygier. They’ve been making wonderful albums for years, but with “Stories of Ghosts”, they’ve just upped the ante. “Stories of Ghosts” is heaven for fans of brilliant songwriters – an ironic description considering the subject matter for the album is an exploration of their Jewish heritage from an atheist’s perspective. Make no mistake, however – this album is not about following a  Richard Dawkins agenda, nor is it bitter like Andy Partridge’s “Dear God.” These songs cover topics like hope, disappointment, and anger – themes that anyone can relate to – believer and non-believer alike. Deborah and Willie were fascinating inte [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 43 - The Who - Who’s Next

2013-04-23 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

Episode 43 of LTA is mammoth, huge…not (just) in length, but in content. I am joined by Ben Eisen of the All Time Top Ten podcast to discuss The Who’s “Who’s Next” album. The Who had just come off the success of Tommy, and Pete Townshend was keen to tell another story called Lifehouse. Not for him to write an ordinary kitchen sink drama – no way. Mr Townshend had big ideas about a future run by a totalitarian regime (shades of 1984) where people where linked experience suits all connected together to share common activities (predictor of the internet?). One lone man wants to bring about the long forgotten practice of rock and roll (a precursor to Footloose???) to the world by organising a concert where everyone will sing and dance themselves into such a state where they will find the lost note of purity and disappear in a flash of light…….Are you following the story so far? No? Doesn’t matter. When the project collapsed under the weight of its own heaviosity, “al [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 42 - Richard Thompson - Electric

2013-04-09 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

Hard to believe it’s taken 42 episodes of Love That Album to get to discuss a Richard Thompson album (considering my obsession with his music). Still, the great songwriter and guitarist’s guitarist has released a new LP and that seemed a good a reason as any to chat about it on the podcast. My guests for this discussion are John Ross (convenor of the excellent Feed My Ears FB page), returning for his second appearance on the show, and LTA newcomer Dave McLemore. Dave, like me, was a long time admirer of RT, and John had his music forced down his throat by me. So does the new album stand up to the standard set by previous recordings? Has John become a fan or did all the hype I created set RT for a fall in John’s mind? The album covers breakups (both tragic and humourous), randy senior citizens, political campaigners and guys just trying to survive on a meagre wage….usual singer/songwriter fodder. Comparisons are also made to Australian songwriting hero, Paul Kelly. John, Dave [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 41 - Son of Shooting The Shit

2013-03-26 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

Welcome to episode 41 of Love That Album aka “Son of Shooting The Shit”. Yep, in addition to the regular crew of Tim Merrill, Eric Peterson, and John Stirrat, we welcome special guest shit-shooter Thomas Deja to the world-wide round table. Ever wonder where the old LTA segment of “What have You Been Listening to Lately” went? No??? Oh…(said he with a slightly wounded ego)… I’ll tell you anyway. It found a home at Shooting the Shit headquarters. In fact we spent so much time talking about our recent listening pleasures (with a myriad of diversions, it must be added) that this took up the whole show. It was a fascinating conversation, and thanks to the impeccable taste of my cohorts, I now have some new music to chase up. We also play a tune from The Art of War, a band out of Geraldton, Western Australia, fronted by “Bad” James McDonald (known well to the Silva and Gold community). Dig it. Oh, and have you ever wondered where my old technique of laying music underneath [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 40 - Richard Clapton - The Great Escape

2013-03-11 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

It was 1982 - the Australian popular music landscape had a number of iconic albums released: Men at Work’s “Business As Usual”, Midnight Oil’s “10, 9, 8…”, Goanna’s “Spirit of Place”, Cold Chisel’s “Circus Animals” and Richard Clapton’s “The Great Escape”. Richard was already revered as one of Australia’s greatest songwriters recording music that was identifiably Australian combining a bit of surf music, hippie ideals and lyrics that would not have been out of place on early Bruce Springsteen records.In 1982, he wanted to try something a little different. Looking at what his peers were doing, he developed a tougher sound for The Great Escape utilising the skills of  the great Mark Opitz (Cold Chisel, Angels) as producer. For episode 40 of Love That Album, Michael Pursche of Sitting In a Bar In Adelaide podcast and I discuss this album, some of what went on before that, and a discuss [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 39 - Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2

2013-02-25 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

For episode 39 of Love That Album, I’m joined by Thomas Deja of the Better In The Dark podcast to discuss Aimee Mann’s album from 2000 Bachelor No. 2 or The Last Remains of the Dodo. This was Aimee’s third album, released after buying back the recordings from her unsupportive record company declaring it to have no commercial appeal (which shows part of the reason why real music lovers hold record companies in contempt). She sold it very successfully from her website until getting a wider reaching distribution deal. Aimee shares excellent company with the likes of Jon Brion (ex-Jellyfish, The Grays), Buddy Judge and husband Michael Penn to produce a suite of songs that are all at once sweet and bitter. These songs would be like eating a nice piece of apple cake, only to find out the fruit has gone rancid. The sweet melodies and harmonies are wrapped around lyrics that are bitter, accusatory, self deprecating, and resigned. What I love about some of these songs is that Aimee sings [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 38 - That’ll Be The Dust

2013-02-12 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

Love That Album episode 38 is doing something a little different to the usual – we’re not discussing an album. Wha???????????????????????? “Silva and Gold” podcast’s Doctor Zom and I spend the show discussing two great British movies from the early seventies – 1973’s “That’ll Be The Day” and 1974’s “Stardust”. Both films feature a lot of rock and roll, and are centred on the power it has over its audience, but unlike previous filmic excursions on LTA, we’re not discussing the soundtrack. David Essex stars in both films as Jim Maclaine and his rise from fairground attendant to rock star. Jim is a narcissist, and does not let friendships, family duty or basic human decency get in his way from getting what he wants out of life. The first film covers the period from the late 50s where he drops out of school to work at a seaside carnival, and the second covers his rise and fall with his band The Stray Cats. I think it’s a retelling of Faust in a way. B [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 37 - The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle

2013-01-28 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

For episode 37 of Love That Album, I’m happy to welcome Simon and Brian of the truly excellent Sodajerker on Songwriting podcast (download at www.sodajerker.com) In 1968, The Zombies were in the unfortunate position of not really having achieved the sort of success they deserved. History had been far kinder to many of their contemporaries. They decided they would record one final album (at Abbey Road, no less). It even had the ignominious misspelling of the title on the album cover – Odessey and Oracle.  A year after its release, Al Kooper had released the album on CBS in the US and the band had a smash hit with the single “Time Of The Season”. This was ironic for two reasons. The obvious one was the band had split up and there was to be no promotion. The second, more subjective irony was that this song was not typical of the style of the rest of the record. Sodajerker and I discuss the dark themes sung about on this album (war, prison, dying lonely, and that old staple, rela [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 36 - Elliott Smith - XO

2013-01-15 :: Maurice

It’s time for the first episode of Love That Album podcast in 2013, and I thought I’d start the year with a depressing album to discuss….sort of. For episode 36 of LTA, I’m joined by JuanJose De laCruz of The List Music Podcast to talk about Elliott Smith’s 1998 album, XO. This was Smith’s first major label release, and he was able to sonically expand on the sound he’d created on previous albums like Either/Or. This had beautifully tasteful arrangements with piano, mellotron, occasional string arrangements and breathy vocal harmonies, as well as the standard band structure of guitar, drums and bass – and Elliott is playing most of it himself. The beauty of the music is in contrast to the lyrics that are often angry and show signs of depression. Did Smith (whose cause of death has never been fully substantiated) really have strong depression or are these songs just him getting feelings out of his system. There are moments on the album that have positive spins that appea [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 35 - Best of 2012 with the Shooting The Shit crew

2012-12-11 :: Maurice

The “Shooting The Shit” crew (comprising Eric Reanimator, John Stirrat, Tim Merrill and myself) reconvene to discuss our favourite albums of 2012, either released this year or albums of old we discovered this year. I think we had a fascinating discussion and hopefully you’ll enjoy it too. Our tastes were broad so LOTS of new music to discover. We also had some great feedback from the listeners with their top albums of the year. This is the final LTA for 2012. We’ll be back with more album discussion late January 2013. Thank you to anyone who listened to the show over the year, either occasionally or regularly, and I hope you’ll come back for more in 2013. Download the show either from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com or search for “love that album” (no longer has to be one word - YAY)  in the itunes store. The podcast can now also be listened to via Stitcher Radio. Download the app from stitcher.com, and listen to any episode streaming over [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 34 - The Pretenders 1 and 2

2012-11-20 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

For episode 34 of Love That Album, Michael Pursche and I discuss the first two albums by The Pretenders (funnily enough called Pretenders and Pretenders 2). Formed back in 1978, the original recorded lineup of Chrissie Hynde, Martin Chambers, Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott only lasted two albums (both Scott and Farndon died of drug related causes). These are the albums where (in my opinion) the Pretenders were a real band, rather than just being a backup vehicle for Hynde. These albums are wonderfully produced by Chris Thomas who takes a different approach for each song to show off the band’s versatility. They showed they were equally at home with punk, jangly melodic pop, ballads and hard rock. If all you’d heard was the single “Brass In Pocket”, then put on the first album opener, “Precious” you were in for a rude shock. The songs sounded like they were from two different bands. No sheen, no over production. These albums are emotional and honest. Michael and I dis [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 33 - The Music of Sky

2012-11-06 :: Maurice
Length: 3s

For episode 33 of Love That Album podcast, Michael Pursche and I are not tackling a single album, but rather, looking at the overall work and career of Sky, the superband comprised of three English and two Australian musicians including classical guitar maestro John Williams (NO, NOT THAT JOHN WILLIAMS). The musicians in Sky were all session musicians or classical musicians (seen the Deer Hunter? You know John Williams. Fan of David Bowie or Lou Reed? You know the bass playing of Herbie Flowers). They’ve been tagged as a prog band, but this is so far from the truth. They used their classical influences and technique to make classical pieces their own or create their own magnificent compositions – all the while with a real sense of fun. Their concerts were as much about people smiling and laughing as well as admiring top notch musicianship. Michael and I discuss what we like about most of their albums, and talk about the backgrounds of all the band, how they changed stylistically [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 32 - Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Grifter’s Hymnal

2012-10-23 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

One of the great things about doing a podcast and having a community page for the show is you get to meet fellow music lovers from the other side of the globe. I have met one such fellow, John Ross who started the excellent Feed My Ears Facebook page. For Episode 32 of Love That Album podcast, John and I discuss an album he recommended me, the excellent 2012 release for Ray Wylie Hubbard, “The Grifter’s Hymnal”. This album is a love letter to roots rock and roll and the many practitioners along the way who have inspired Hubbard. Ray loves singing about the power of rock – no lip service, he truly loves his music. He also writes about war, death, ratbag music industry executives, his own life and God. This man has a way with a lyric and telling a story, plus his music is gritty and honest. It was a great album for John and I to discuss. As usual, Eric Reanimator provides the show with another great “Album I Love” segment. He discusses the album ”Cody’s Dream” by Mark [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 31 - The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks

2012-10-09 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

For episode 31 of Love That Album I am joined by Ben Eisen of the All Time Top Ten podcast to discuss a highlight album from a champagne year for rock music. By 1967, The Kinks had already released an enviable number of brilliantly crafted singles. Like many other bands from the so-called British Invasion, they had their blues roots (Ray Davies was particularly keen on Big Bill Broonzy), but then went on to explore other musical avenues (though no Dead End Streets – geddit????) “Something Else By The Kinks” was indeed just that. Full of great little character studies and stories, this was the band exploring British life with both affection and a little cynicism. Part psychedelia, part British music hall, this album has its place cemented in history for “Waterloo Sunset” alone. Fortunately, there are many other joys on this record. Dave Davies gets in on the songwriting action too. This album was followed by “Village Green Preservation Society” an album that has garnered [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 30 - Tex, Don and Charlie - All Is Forgiven

2012-09-26 :: Maurice
Length: 3s

For Episode 30 of Love That Album, I’m joined by Tim Merrill to discuss the second album by the supergroup Tex, Don and Charlie, “All Is Forgiven”. Tex is Tex Perkins, ex-lead singer of Beasts of Bourbon and The Cruel Sea. Don is Don Walker, songwriter for Cold Chisel, Catfish and his current project the Suave Fucks (the best band name EVER). Charlie is Charlie Owen, guitarist extraordinaire to a myriad of projects, but probably most famous for his involvement with the Divynyls. These three gents (along with support from Shane Walsh, Garrett Costigan and the Dirty Three’s Jim White) have put together two brilliant albums of bluesy, country-esque songs with tales of murder, infidelity, spiders on the dunny (look it up) and the sort of activities that listeners to Silva and Gold podcast would appreciate on a night in. Tex and Don know how to weave compelling stories within their lyrics. The songs are simple but with melodies and arrangements that are perfect and won’t leave yo [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 29 - Sting - Ten Summoner’s Tales

2012-09-12 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

For episode 29 of Love That Album, I’m joined by VK Lynne, singer, podcaster (at the List Music Podcast) and obsessive Nightwish fan. Sting. He has his share of admirers and detractors. There are those who love him for his time as a Police man and hate his solo material decrying it as boring AOR. Some just hate how ubiquitous he is in the media. Putting those external factors aside, I’m a huge admirer of his 1993 album “Ten Summoner’s Tales” with its (mostly) excellent songcraft. He has a crack band, including the great keyboardist David Sancious ex of the E Street Band. VK and I discuss Ten Summoner’s Tales, and come to strong disagreements over the merits of the production of this record and as to whether Sting is obsessed with stalking. We also hear one of VK’s own great tunes. Eric Reanimator returns with another Album I Love segment covering an early Queensryche album, knowing VK is a fan of the band. Download the show either from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com o [...]…

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Love That Album episode 28 - Shooting The Shit

2012-08-30 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

For episode 28 of Love That Album, I am joined initially by previous co-presenter John Stirrat, regular segment contributor Eric Reanimator, and later in the show by music and film enthusiast Tim Merrill to just chat about whatever music-related issues come to mind. There is no set album to discuss – we just chat about what we’ve been listening to, music snobbery, whether the predicted imminent death of the CD format is just a load of Bolshoi Ballet, Cambodian garage bands, plus a heap of other things. This show was a heap of fun, and I will definitely schedule in more of these types of specials from time to time. I truly hope you enjoy listeming to this one as much as John, Eric, Tim and I had in recording it. Get in contact with me if you feel you’d like to take part in the next one of these specials. Music in this episode by Melbourne band, Silver Ray. Download the show either from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com or search for “lovethatalbum” in the itunes store. Send [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 27 - Los Lobos - Kiko

2012-08-15 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

1992 saw the release of the album considered to be Los Lobos’ masterpiece, Kiko. They formed a partnership with Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake who produced and engineered an album that sounded both familiar and different. I cannot believe that it’s been 20 years since the release of Kiko. Los Lobos is celebrating by releasing a 20th anniversary edition of the album, and I’m celebrating by making it the focus of Episode 27 of Love That Album podcast. I’m joined by Michael Pursche (of the great Sitting In A Bar In Adelaide podcast) to discuss the album song by song. I’m also thrilled to chat to Steve Berlin, the band’s saxophonist and keyboard player, about his recollections of recording the album, its legacy and being on Sesame Street as a day job (listen and find out – it’s a great story). Also, Eric Reanimator joins us again to discuss the Jet Black Berries album “Desperate Fires”. It’s another great segment from Eric. Download the show either from http://lovet [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 26 - The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo

2012-08-04 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

1968 arrived and The Byrds were not the same lineup that had produced the jangly folk-pop their fans had grown to know and love. Down to Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, they recruited Kevin Kelley and Gram Parsons to their ranks. Parsons convinced the group to do an all country record called Sweetheart of the Rodeo, now cited as a big influence on country rock. This was not The Byrds as we’d heard them before – although they were never going to desert their Bob Dylan covers. For episode 26 of Love That Album podcast, I am privileged to be joined by Rockwiz host, Brian Nankervis to discuss this important record. Was this a country-rock record or pure country? As rock fans, would we be paying attention to it today if it had not been a Byrds album? Was McGuinn taking the piss out of a Louvin Brothers song? Did The Band or The Byrds interpret Dylan better? Brian and I discuss all this and more on the show. For any listeners outside of Australia who haven’t had the good fortune to s [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 25 - Stars - Paradise and Land Of Fortune

2012-07-22 :: Maurice
Length: 3s

The late seventies saw Australian music going towards a punk style (featuring bands like the Saints) or continuing with a more bluesy-country style as typified by the Adelaide band, Stars (not to be confused with the band from Canada of the same name). Featuring impeccable musicianship and wonderful songwriting courtesy of guitarists, Andy Durant and Mal Eastick, they crafted two wonderful studio albums which, while having American roots influences, told very Australian stories. On Episode 25 of Love That Album, I’m joined once again by host of Sitting In A Bar In Adelaide podcast, Michael Pursche to discuss both the Stars studio albums, “Paradise” and “Land of Fortune” and make reference to an all-star live album in tribute to Andy Durant who sadly died in 1980 from cancer. I’m also extremely happy to be having a chat to Mick Pealing, the former lead singer of Stars, to discuss his recollections of recording these two wonderful albums and how the Andy Durant Memorial [...]…

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Love That Album Podcast - Episode 24 - Songs For Silverman

2012-07-02 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

On episode 24 of Love That Album podcast, Thomas Deja of the “Better In The Dark”podcast and myself delve into the dark album that is Ben Folds’ “Songs For Silverman”. He credits his wife of the time with being a source of inspiration for him on the album’s liner notes, and yet, this is most definitely a breakup album – it just happened to be released before the breakup took place. Among the songs of marital discordance, there are songs about death, fatherhood (from the perspective of a father and a son), and mortality. This is a long way from “One Angry Dwarf” and “Underground”. Yet, Folds has never shied away from dark material. This album is as melodically beautiful as it is heartbreaking – it’s his “Seachange”. Thomas and I had a great conversation and I hope you enjoy. There’s a slight experimental change with the format this time. Music samples are played before each song is discussed rather than being played as background to the discussion. Does [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 23 - Big Star - #1 Record

2012-06-16 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

On Episode 23 of Love That Album podcast, Mondo Film podcast presenter Justin Bozung and I discuss the sheer wonderfulness that is Big Star’s “#1 Record”. Out of all the bands that went nowhere in their day, Big Star was the most undeserving of such a fate. In the early 70s, when existing band Icewater comprising Jody Stephens, Andy Hummel and Chris Bell invited Alex Chilton (of Box Tops fame) to join their ranks, they released a debut album of such breathtaking melodic beauty, it still leaves music fans mystified how circumstances worked so heavily against them. They were from Memphis, but their hearts belonged to England and the 60s harmony drenched pop of The Beatles and The Kinks (plus some Beach Boys thrown in for good measure).  #1 Record was the only album with this line-up. Chris Bell left the band depressed with the apathetic way the album was distributed, leaving music fans interested (and critics raving) but unavailable in record stores. As usual, we also have anothe [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 22 - Favourite Instrumental Albums

2012-05-31 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

For episode 22 of Love That Album, we’re doing something a little different. Michael Pursche (from the Sitting In A Bar In Adelaide podcast) and I decided to go all List Music Podcast on you (apologies to Ricardo, Jenny, VK and Juan for theft of your idea – but it’s only one episode). We’re going through each of our top 10 all-instrumental albums – that is, no vocals. They’re in no particular order, but all of our chosen albums are ones we’ve listened to countless times and really love. Rather than us speaking at length about any one album we speak for a few minutes about each of our combined 20 choices (plus it must be said quite a number of honourable mentions that might have made the list if we’d compiled them the next day). What did we pick? Tune in and find out. Download the show either via iTunes (search for lovethatalbum in the store) or  from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com. Send any feedback to me at rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au (typed or mp3 voicemail). Join th [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 21 - The Doors - The Doors

2012-05-19 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

The Doors. Rock fans either revere or revile them….and by them, I mean Jim Morrison, the public face of the band. While it’s true that the lead singer is often the member the general public remember more than, say, the keyboard player, few bands take this to the extreme like The Doors. It seems to me that people forget The Doors were a BAND, not Jim Morrison’s pseudonym. So when all is said and done, how good WERE The Doors when considered as an entity, and not just Jim and friends? On Episode 21 of Love That Album podcast, Ricardo Ultreras of The List Music Podcast and The List Film Podcast discusses with me the legacy behind their self-titled debut album. Pretentious poetry? Maybe, but is it any worse than “Love, love me do”? We discuss the incredible musicianship of Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, and Robbie Kreiger as well as Jim Morrison’s baritone vocals. Frank Sinatra could have sung one of the songs on this album quite comfortably..if not for the lyric. Did Jim Morris [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 20 - The Horrible Crowes - Elsie

2012-05-06 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

The Gaslight Anthem have in the last few years attracted a dedicated following with their cross of modern punk and Springsteen influences.  Songwriter Brian Fallon has put together a side project called The Horrible Crowes for material that would not necessarily work in the context of his main band. If you’ve listened to previous episodes of Love That Album with Geoff Smith as my fellow commentator, you’d know of his love for both of these bands. In episode 20 of LTA, Geoff, John Stirrat and myself discuss The Horrible Crowes album, “Elsie”, in detail covering the themes being written about in the album, as well as the music and lyrics. We ask the big questions – is Brian Fallon a stalker? Does he take self pity a little too far or has he had his heart put through the grinder, and is dealing with it the same way Roy Orbison, Chris Isaak and even Beck dealt with it? This was a heated discussion, and we didn’t all agree on the merits or otherwise of this album – which mak [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 19 - Billy Joel - The Stranger

2012-04-23 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

I have been heard to say that I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. You like what you like – end of story. As will be obvious from Episode 19 of Love That Album, I love Billy Joel’s album “The Stranger”. Nowadays in some people’s eyes (and for someone from this list you KNOW who you are), that is an admission tantamount to confessing to having an STD. The fact of the matter is that this album is full of well constructed songs – melodically rich, well arranged, mainly (though not completely) clever lyrically – and it should be held in high esteem. Now I’ll admit that beyond a point his albums started getting very dull (everything after The Nylon Curtain) and his fame for dating supermodels rather than as a musician was a put-off. None of that should get in the way of the fact that for a time, he had a real knack with a song and had a fantastic band to support his musical vision (including the great Liberty Devitto on drums). Fellow “Stranger” fan, Michael Pursche [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 18 - Chris Difford - Cashmere If You Can

2012-04-12 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

From the mid 70s through to the late 90s, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook had a songwriting partnership that had the pundits comparing them to Lennon/McCartney. Don’t feel under any pressure, guys. As mainstays of the band Squeeze, Tilbrook’s music and Difford’s lyrics covered a multitude of subjects including spouse abuse, living under cramped conditions, infidelity, and wanking. They survived the new wave label and later on, the AOR label to just make great songs till Squeeze’s demise. Both men have recorded great solo albums, and different to their Squeeze output. Difford’s lyrics have become very personal, and on his latest album “Cashmere If You Can”, he sounds like he’s been listening to a lot of Loudon Wainwright III records. On episode 18 of Love That Album, I talk about “Cashmere If You Can” and how it sounds like a public type of therapy of Difford. Download the show from either http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com or by searching for “lovethatalbum” i [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 17 - Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

2012-04-02 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

On Episode 17 of Love That Album, we try something new and something old. For the first time, there are three of us discussing the album of the episode. In addition to LTA regular Geoff Smith, I’m joined from Sydney by Springsteen aficionado John Stirrat (not he of Wilco fame), to discuss Bruce’s latest long player, “Wrecking Ball”. The fact that we’re covering Bruce is the “something old”, since Jeff Jenkins and I went head-to-head way back in Episode 1 discussing Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town” versus “Wild, Innocent & E Street Shuffle”. So like many other artists of Bruce’s age and experience, is he treading water or is he trying something new? Can he lay claim to be the 21st century Woody Guthrie? How does this album stack up against another potential claimant of the title, Ry Cooder’s “Pull Up Some dust and Sit Down”? How does Bruce deal with the absence of “The Champion of the Universe”, Clarence Clemons? Geoff, John and I go [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 16 - Paul Simon - One Trick Pony

2012-03-17 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

For episode 16 of Love That Album podcast, we see the return of an artist previously discussed on the show, Paul Simon. Back in 1980, the music world was on the cusp of an onslaught of New Wave. Paul Simon wrote and starred in a film called One Trick Pony about a journeyman musician trying to find if he still has a place in the new musical landscape. Famous in the sixties for one anti-war song, he now has to compete with the new popular bands (the B52s make an appearance), swim around the sharks at his record company, work out where he fits with a wife he divorces but still loves, and how to maintain good parenting skills. Most of all he wants to serve his muse – but is being on the road with his band the way to do it? Especially in a climate that’s long forgotten he exists? The band in the film includes long-time Simon associates Steve Gadd and Richard Tee, as well as King Crimson’s Tony Levin and jazz guitarist Eric Gale. (The music also shows that Simon was no slouch in the g [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 15 - Broderick Smith’s Big Combo

2012-03-08 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

For episode 15 of Love That Album podcast, Michael Pursche (of Sitting in a Bar in Adelaide podcast) discuss the wonderful but seldom talked about album from 1981, the eponymous album for Broderick Smith’s Big Combo. (You might say that we’re doing a Brod-cast) Brod emerged from Carson and The Dingoes to form this fantastic ensemble that reminds me of “Darkness” era E-Street Band and reminds Michael of Van Morrison. Either way, Brod is a gifted songwriter with a talent for painting a picture and telling a story – not always a pleasant one. Aztec Music has re-released this long deleted album, and it sounds a treat. Michael and I discuss the great musicianship and the lyrics to the album, Brod’s history as well as that of the members of the band. With a lineup including Mick O’ Connor on organ and the great Mal Eastick on guitar, you know he has an ensemble capable of great things. If you’ve not heard of him, listen to our chat, and track down the newly mastered CD re-re [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 14 - The Ramones - Rock and Roll Century’s End

2012-02-26 :: Maurice
Length: 3s

Why, on a Ramones related show do I have the Allman Brothers song “‘Ramblin’ Man” going through my head? On Episode 14 of Love That Album, the one and only Doctor Zom of Silva and Gold podcast returns to discuss the Alan Arkush / Roger Corman rocksploitation film “Rock and Roll High School” featuring The Ramones in Oscar-worthy performances, as well as their Phil Spector produced album of the same period, “End of the Century”. In true Silva and Gold fashion, there were many detours from the proscribed subject matter (it felt like the end of the 21st century by the time we finished). This is the longest LTA episode yet, but we had to discuss such fundamental issues as how right wing Johnny Ramone and left wing Joey Ramones could stay in the same group for that many years. If Reagan and Bush didn’t split them, girlfriend theft surely should have….but the Ramones were made of sturdier stuff. Zom and I explore all avenues….oh and we sing Rock and Roll High School in [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 13 - Split Enz - True Colours

2012-02-12 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

If you were a pop music loving teenager back in 1980 (and face it – we all were) and living in Australia or New Zealand, then Split Enz album “True Colours” was part of your aural landscape. This album and its ridiculously catchy singles “I Got You” and “I Hope I Never” were impossible to avoid. The huge success the album gained came for the band after a rough patch living in England. So how does the album hold up in 2012? On Episode 13 of Love That Album podcast, I discuss the album and its legacy with Michael Pursche, host of “Sitting In a Bar In Adelaide” podcast, and Chris Bourke, author of the Crowded House biography “Something So Strong”, and guru on all things Finn. Join us for another action packed episode. Download  from iTunes (search for “lovethatalbum”) or from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com. Feedback is always welcome. Email rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au – send a written letter or an mp3. [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 12 - Solitude Standing - Suzanne Vega

2012-02-01 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

On episode 12 of Love That Album, regular contributor, Geoff Smith returns to discuss with me Suzanne Vega’s second album “Solitude Standing”. I’d heard the album many times. Geoff heard it twice. As a result, Geoff suggests the podcast undergoes a controversial name change. What was his suggestion? What did he have to say about the album? Will Geoff get kicked out of Tom’s Diner next time he’s in New York? All this and more is discussed. Send feedback to rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au Search for the show on itunes as “lovethatalbum”, or download from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com   [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 11 - The Tubes - Remote Control

2012-01-23 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

Back in the seventies, San Franciscan band The Tubes set out to shock all those who saw their live shows with their satire of our obsession with materialism, white rich kids with too much time on their hands, and what REALLY went on behind the white picket fences. They were a very theatrical band, but many of their songs stand proudly without the visuals. In 1979, they recorded their final album for A & M records called “Remote Control” recounting the story of a man’s obsession (and ultimate demise) with TV. On this episode of Love That Album, Michael Pursche of the great rock interview podcast, “Sitting In A Bar in Adelaide” goes head to head with me to discuss this overlooked (and unfortunately, more relevant than ever) album. Rolling Stone thought the album stank. Allmusic says it’s great and a career highlight. What do we think? Where does Peter Sellers come into the picture? Are there really 57 channels with nothing on? Can our anti-hero find true love with the gi [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 10 - Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What

2012-01-10 :: Maurice

Love That Album hits double digits, and I celebrate the start of 2012 by focusing on one of the great albums of 2011, Paul Simon’s “So Beautiful or So What”. Simon is in deep philosophical mode here (when isn’t he?), but unlike a couple of his most recent albums he has the melodies to match. This is a beautiful album using a small number of great musicians to convey Simon’s music in the best possible way. At the age of 70, Simon still has things to say and beautiful melodies in him to let out. This album is a career highlight. Any thoughts, disagreements or other comments? Provide feedback at rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au. Download the show at iTunes (search for ”lovethatalbum”) or download / stream at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com   [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 9 - Matthew Sweet - Altered Girlfriend

2011-12-22 :: Maurice
Length: 2s

For the final Love That Album episode of 2011, my special guest, Julian Gillis, and I discuss our fave albums of the year and then shoot the shit about Matthew Sweet’s two brilliant slices of power pop, “Girlfriend” and “Altered Beast”. These albums are musically sunny and lyrically overcast. There’s some complex stuff going on in Matthew’s head. Does he have stalker tendencies? What is his interest in Caligula? All this and more are discussed. [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 8 - Quadrophenia

2011-12-10 :: Maurice & Zom
Length: 2s

This is a really big shooo. The longest Love That Album so far. I’m joined by co-host of the Silva and Gold podcast, Doctor Zom to discuss The Who’s “Quadrophenia”. We discuss in a lot of detail both the double album from 1973 (just re-released in November 2011 in a multi CD “Director’s Cut” edition) and the 1978 film directed by Franc Roddam featuring a very young Ray Winstone and Sting in an excellent acting performance (filmed during the early days of the Police). Is this the Who’s masterwork? Is it better than Tommy (yes!!!!!!)? Is the story celebrating the ideals of youth or is it about a bunch of self-absorbed prats with fashion sense? Listen in and hear Zom and myself ask these and more earth shattering questions. Send feedback to rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au or leave feedback at itunes. [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 7 - Joe Jackson Night & Day

2011-12-01 :: Maurice

For this episode of Love That Album, I’m working without the safety net of a co-host to bounce thoughts off. I discuss Joe Jackson’s album of 1982 “Night & Day”. Recorded only 3 years after his punky-pop debut “Look Sharp”, Jackson’s musical thoughts are miles away from his early style. More focussed on jazz, samba and piano ballads than punk, pop and ska, Night & Day is a modern musical masterpiece. I go through my thoughts on the album, career highlights, and his essay advocating smokers’ rights!!!! No ordinary civil rights advocacy for our Joe. [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 6 - The Doors L.A. Woman

2011-11-19 :: Maurice

I’m joined by Melbourne broadcaster and rock-guru Billy Pinnell for a discussion about The Doors’ final album with Jim Morrison. Heavy on blues. No Oedipus allusions here. Was Paul Rothschild right to say Riders on the Storm was cocktail music? Is there too much focus on Morrison and not enough on Kreiger, Densmore and Manzarek? Was Morrison saying farewell to the Doors in song through this album? [...]…

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Love That Album Episode 5 - Steve Earle, El Corazon

2011-11-10 :: Maurice
Length: 1s

Maurice and Geoff Smith discuss Steve Earle’s great album of 1997. It’s a compendium of all that Earle holds dear - politics, justice, love, Woody Guthrie and Townes Van Zandt, bluegrass and RAWWWKKKK. The third part of the great trinity of albums released after a stint in jail, and with Earle desperately trying to stay off the substances. Where does this album stand in the line of other Earle releases? Any opinions or different Earle preferences? Send feedback to rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au. We’d love to hear from you. [...]…

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Love That Album - Episode 4 - Circus Animals from the East

2011-10-26 :: Maurice & Jeff
Length: 1s

In Australia, the band Cold Chsiel inspires either full blown adoration from those who grew up listening to them until today, or dismissiveness from those who only pay attention to the full blown hyena hysterics of lead singer Jim Barnes post-Chisel. In this episode of Love That Album, Jeff and Maurice discuss their two most popular albums East and Circus Animals. How did one follow up the other? How did the band dynamics change after East? What is the band’s legacy? Whycan Jim Barnes attract thousands of people, when the man who wrote most of the Chisel songs he sang, only attract 50 to a pub gig? [...]…

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Love That Album - Episode 3 - Get The Knack

2011-10-15 :: Maurice

Maurice and Jeff discuss in some depth why Get The Knack is a classic album, and should not be reviled by the shoe-gazing, too-cool-for-school, Nirvana-loving hipsters. Think about it - if My Sharona makes the Knack a one-hit-wonder, what does that say about Smells Like Teen Spirit? Simply put, Get The Knack is a hook-drenched rock and roll album about lust - isn’t that the essence of rock and roll? Listen and be convinced. [...]…

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Love That Album - Episode 2 - Shooting The Breeze about John Hiatt

2011-10-03 :: Maurice & Geoff

So it’s like this, folks. This episode was meant to be about Geoff Smith and I chewing the fat about John Hiatt’s classic album “Meet The Family”. During the editing process, I somehow “edited out” that entire section - with no backup. AAAARRRGGGHHHH!!!!. Fortunately, Geoff agreed to record that section of the show again, but the recording program did something weird to the audio rendering it unlistenable. I’m too slack to record it a third time, so what I have here is everything we recorded to that point - albums we’ve been listening to lately and a bit of Hiatt history. I hope that’s enjoyable until we put out a full proper episode. All feedback to rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au [...]…

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Love That Album - Episode 1 - Wild and Innocent In The Darkness

2011-07-12 :: Maurice
Length: 41s

A debate between Maurice and Melbourne music Journalist Jeff Jenkins on one of life’s more important issues: Which is the better Bruce Springsteen album? The Wild and the Innocent and the E-Street Shuffle or Darkness On The Edge of Town. [...]…

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2011-05-16

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