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Feel free to listen to our fortnightly podcast with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month, then again around the middle of the month and stays on the website for the rest of the year. The previous editions...

Number 130

Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians - What I Am (Geffen GEF49 - 1988) Written by Dallas-born Edie Brickell and Kenny Withrow, What I Am was the single taken from Edie's debut album with the New Bohemians, SHOOTING RUBBERBANDS AT THE STARS. The song has been featured in both film and on TV. Best...

Number 300

David Lindley - El Rayo-X (Asylum AS 52 283) David Lindley had already worked extensively with such artists as Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Crosby and Nash as a first rate multi-instrumentalist and session musician before going on to release his debut solo album in 1981. EL-RAYO-X was a...

Number 473 - 15.03.19

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Poor Poor, Pitiful Me - Warren Zevon (Warren Zevon) Medicine Man - Elles Bailey (Road I Call Home) Cold Haily Windy Night - Joshua Burnell (The Road to Horn Fair) Tom Paine's Bones - The Trials of Cato (Hide and Hair) El Rayo-X...

Number 299

Captain Beefheart - The Spotlight Kid (Reprise K44162) Released in 1972, Captain Beefheart's sixth studio album was the first to be credited solely to Captain Beefheart, completely avoiding any mention of the Magic Band, who were obviously still very much present on this album. Returning to a more...

Number 129

Johnny and the Hurricanes - Red River Rock (London HL8948 - 1959) The Toledo-based instrumental band Johnny and the Hurricanes had a penchant for re-arranging familiar traditional songs from the past, effectively 'rocking' them up for the then current pop market of the late 1950s and early 60s...

Number 472 - 01.03.19

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Elle Tempete - Vishten (Horizons) Gloria - Trials of Cato (Hide and Hair) The Old Sexton - Eliza Carthy (Restitute) Grey Daylight/The Hawk/The Ten Pound Fiddle - Dave Swarbrick (Flittin') Tonton - Salif Keita (Un Autre Blanc)...

Number 471 - 15.02.19

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Lay Down Honey - Matt Owens (Whiskey and Orchids) Breakout - The Leylines (Recover Reveal) Changeable Heart - Sam Kelly and Ruth Notman (Changeable Heart) Limp Right Back - Deer Tick (Mayonnaise) 5am in Amsterdam - Michelle...

Number 128

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale (Deram DM126 - 1967) If the big question surrounding Procol Harum's 1967 smash hit single A Whiter Shade of Pale is what's it all about? - then the short answer is that it really doesn't matter. Certainly not for the band, who had a number one hit with the...

Number 298

Michelle Shocked - The Texas Campfire Tapes (Cooking Vinyl Cook 002) It was in 1984, when Dallas-born Karen Johnson changed her name to Michelle Shocked and two years after that, the British record producer Pete Lawrence captured on his Sony Walkman, a highly informal set of songs from around a...

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