Love That Album

Podcast featuring discussions and interviews about a variety of great albums from the rock, jazz or folk genres in some depth.

Love That Album Podcast Episode 126 - Nuggets box set

August 28th, 2019

As lovers of pop and rock music, we probably all have favourite bands or performers from the Sixties era: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, The Who, The Beach Boys etc etc. Wonderful acts all worthy of our attention. There's a problem....and it's not ubiquity. In focusing on these bands (and other iconic names), there's so many great musical acts who we never paid attention to or have completely forgotten about.

 

Welcome to episode 126 of Love That Album podcast.

 

In 1972, music writer (and future guitarist for Patti Smith Band) Lenny Kaye created a hugely influential compilation for Elektra Records called Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 (to be referred to from here as just Nuggets). It contained 27 forgotten-about pop and short form psychedelic songs. Most of these songs were gems waiting to be rediscovered by music lovers who had become used to other things: Laurel Canyon songwriters, prog, hard rock / proto metal. Many of the songs we have now come to know as "garage rock" were not remembered or appreciated. Lenny Kaye wanted to change that.

 

Since its original release, there have been a large number of similar compilations, carefully curated from regional one-off hits or great songs that went nowhere. Some comps are even assembled by fans from their extensive 45s collection to share with others. In 1998, Nuggets was expanded to a 4 CD box set containing about 120 songs and a comprehensive book.

 

For this very special episode, I am joined by Eric Reanimator (host of LTA: The Compilation Edition) to talk about our love of Nuggets. The first half of the show is devoted to our discovery of this music, Lenny Kaye's history, and why this collection is so important to the history of rock and pop. In the second part of the show, we nominate 10 songs from the box set to talk about in detail, their own history and legacy. The beauty of this collection is its diversity. Sure there are songs with fuzzed out guitars that may have been created under the influence of certain substances, but there's glorious harmony laden pop, swaggering blues rock, and wild wig-outs....all from bands you may not know, but may be your next favourite listening experience. 

 

Huge thanks to Eric for joining me on this episode and for all the wonderful episodes he's contributed to LTA over the years.

 

You can download the show from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website lovethatalbum.podbean.com

 

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Love That Album podcast Episode 125 - Terry Reid “Seed of Memory”

July 28th, 2019

We here at LTA HQ don’t want any favouritism amongst your podcast choices. We just want to be treated right…or rite.

Welcome to episode 125 of Love That Album Podcast.

I’m joined by host of the brilliant Supporting Characters podcast Bill Ackerman to talk about singer, guitarist and songwriter Terry Reid with a focus to his 1976 album Seed of Memory. Terry is one of those musicians who is unfortunately more known for what he didn’t do than what he did. He SHOULD be a musician revered as any of the 60s and 70s greats. He was loved and admired by the likes of The Rolling Stones (who took him on tour twice while he was still a teenager), Cream, Crosby Stills & Nash, and Aretha Franklin.

Terry was an incredible interpreter of song, but as Bill and I concur, the two albums that cemented him as a songsmith were River from 1973 and Seed of Memory. We talk about his history as it’s an important leadup to the album itself. We “Bang Bang Shoot Down” (it’ll make sense) the “if only he’d taken this path” theorists about his artistic choices and focus on the wonderful music he made, including the unlikely film director who was a champion of this particular record.

Don’t know who Terry is? Listen to the episode and let Bill and I convince you why you need his music in your life.

You can download the show from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

My huge thanks to Bill for bringing his eloquence and insight to the show – he’s definitely someone I want more on the show. You can catch Supporting Characters at http://www.nowplayingnetwork.net/supportingcharacters. He speaks to authors, podcasters, critics and historians about their work in relation to cinema.

He also did a brief run of shows interviewing crew members of his favourite film, David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” called From The Neighborhood which you can find at http://www.nowplayingnetwork.net/neighborhood

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Love That Album: The Compilation Edition Episode 59 - All The Country Ladies

July 18th, 2019
As the Northern Hemisphere enter the humid wasteland that is the end of July into August, it is time once again for a round up of recent country artists to listen to while drinking beer at dusk. Eric has his recent tattooed, too fast for love, Outlaw Country dames who say what they think, talk about what they see going on and swear. He'd really like to buy any of these women a beer and let them loose on the stories of their music, their time on the road and whatever they want to rant about.
 
Also... this is the starting of the end of the bonus episodes. The compilation editions are going away at the end of this year, and Eric has some details about what the next couple of months are going to be covering.
 
 
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Love That Album podcast Episode 124 - Todd Rundgren’s “Something Anything”

June 26th, 2019

Hello….it’s Love That Album.

Todd Rundgren must have shares in a millinery, because he wears a lot of hats. Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, video producer, (it can be argued) comedian…….He doesn’t do anything by half-measures. Rundgren started his recording career with rock group Nazz in the late 60s, then branched out to work as a producer for Bearsville Records when he found out he was unhappy with other producers’ work. He’s responsible for a multitude of records as producer / engineer for the likes of The Tubes, The Band, Cheap Trick, and ummmm……Meatloaf.

 

He started a run of his own records at Bearsville with 1970’s Runt establishing a very Rundgren-esque sound. For this episode of the podcast, I am joined by film blogger Kerry Gately Fristoe to talk about his third album, “Something / Anything.” How many other artists would release a double-album of diverse studio material that early in their career? With 3 sides of the album featuring the one musician playing every instrument….really well?

 

Kerry and I talk about all manner of things around this album including arson, venereal diseases, Vikings, and zits…..as well as the less common subject matter from songwriters of love and heartbreak. We took some diversions (as is this show’s modus operandi), but in hindsight, not nearly enough.

 

A huge thank you goes to Kerry for being such a great co-host for this one.

 

You can download the show from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

 

Kerry’s excellent film-blog can be found at http://prowlerneedsajump.wordpress.com

 

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If you enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.

 

Love That Album: The Compilation Edition Episode 58 - Roky’s Bangles

June 16th, 2019

It's time to take a trip... back to the Psychedelic 80s??  Okay, there is a bit of 60s and a bit of 70s, but we have to pay respects at the temples of mind madness as we exalt the Head Tripper and Nightmare interpreter Roky Erickson, as his time has ended in this world. There have been many tributes to the man, but Eric has yet to speak about his role in as Horror Punk icon - and Eric has some thoughts on why Horror Punk isn't just a joke.

 

From there we head to a slightly (and we swear that the illusions will fade away at this point) happier era of Garage & Psych pop talking about The Bangles pre-pop career via a comp called Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bangles. Finally, Eric discusses their recent release 4x3 - a comp featuring The Bangles,  The Three O'Clock, The Dream Syndicate, & Rain Parade covering each others’ songs. 

 

You can download the show from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

 

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Love That Album Podcast Episode 123 - The Kinks “Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One”

May 23rd, 2019

Love That Album is baaaaaaack.

For the second time in the show’s history, The Kinks are the focus of the program (look for Episode 31 back in October 2012 where I was joined by the wonderful Ben Eisen to talk about Something Else). For episode 123, film and music writer extraordinaire, Heather Drain returns to the episode 123 to talk about the Kinks’ album from November 1970, “Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One”.

Of course, being the gabblers that we are, many other Kinky related topics get discussed. Bans from touring in America, Ray Davies as documenter of British life, sarcasm vs heart-on-the-sleeve, musicianship, the music business, environmentalism, a sweet love song with a Kinks’ twist and the most singalong coda since hey Jude…it’s all there. We even find tenuous links to our beloved Tubes.

You can download the show from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

Once again, I'd like to thank the wonderful Ms Drain for bringing her great insight to the show. She's a terrific co-host. You can (and should) follow her writings about music and film at http:mondoheather.com and https://diaboliquemagazine.com/ She has a book coming out later this year “The Bizarro Encyclopedia of Film, Volume 1”....and if that isn't enough, she appears frequently on the greatest film podcast around, The Projection Booth Podcast hosted by Mike White.

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If you’d consider writing an iTunes review or recommending the show to a friend at a barbecue / birthday bash / barmitzvah, we’d be immensely grateful. 

If you enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.

Love That Album: The Compilation Edition Episode 57 - Surf or Astro-Surf

May 11th, 2019
It's back to the 90s Beach time with Man Or Astro-man... 
 
Eric looks back at the era of flashing SciFi, SpyFi instro madness. Gasp at the .. ok not gasp.... smile and bob your head to  Hi Energy Surf Rock as only the 90s could provide... 
 
Specifically, Eric looks at their two comps of seven-inch singles, Destroy All Astro-Men!! and Intravenous Television Continuum. He puts their revival of reverb drenched guitar tunes into context with the musical environment of the 90s. Tune in and make the scene, daddehhhhh.....
 
 
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Love That Album Podcast Episode 122 - Squeeze “Argybargy”

March 22nd, 2019

Hey all you cool cats and mussel pullers….I hope you can be tempted to squeeze in some time to listen to episode 122 of Love That Album Podcast.

For this month’s episode, I am joined again by guitarist Shane Pacey to talk about Squeeze. This is the band that has over its history combined hook-laden melodies with tales of human frailty and surviving difficult circumstances. You can smile and dance to the music before you realise, “Hey, that’s a song about infidelity / domestic violence / being arrested for stealing because you can’t afford to feed your unborn child”…..oh and they wrote a song about masturbation (but it wasn’t the one I thought it was for a long time).

Nominally, we tasked ourselves with delving into the band’s third long player, Argybargy. However, as is customary at LTA Headquarters, we spent a lot of time discussing Squeeze as an entity as well as the record under focus. Were Difford and Tilbrook really the new Lennon and McCartney of their day? Could their songs have worked in the twenties around the piano in an old British Music Hall environment? What were Butlins holiday camps? All these questions and many more are skirted around on this episode.

You can download the show from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

Once again, my huge thanks go to Shane for taking the time out to join me on the show and giving “some old chat”. You can (and should) check out his brand of blues at either https://shanepaceytrio.com.au or at https://bondicigars.com/. If you like Bert Jansch, Shane has a great new album called The Gardener available at https://shanepacey.bandcamp.com/album/the-gardener which would definitely have been approved of by the great man.

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If you’d consider writing an iTunes review or recommending the show to a friend, we’d be immensely grateful. 

If you enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.

Love That Album: The Compilation Edition Episode 56 - Doo Wop & 50s Rock

March 18th, 2019

Eric Reanimator is back for another episode of Love That Album: The Compilation Edition.

For episode 56, he wants to talk with you about two superb box sets from Rhino Records (the Criterion of CD reissue labels). Firstly, Eric discusses the vocal wonderfulness that is The Doo Wop Box. Come on.....every body loves even a little Doo Wop...it makes you smile no matter how shitty the world can get. How can you NOT smile at great songs like Goodnite Sweetheart, Teenager In Love, Barbara Ann or a ton of other more obscure nuggets? 

Then, just for something different, Eric discusses punk......well sorta kinda....Eric turns his gaze onto another great Rhino set called Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk and Rockabilly. As he always says, it's about the energy, and there's a ton of it on this box. Songs from the iconic to the 1-song-wonders - Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly to Pat Cupp and Benny Joy. It's a great celebration of when rock was young and raucous. Eric will tell you why you need this music in your life.

He also presents his thoughts on the demise of the box set brought on by technology. Spotify and Youtube playlists make this inevitable. While Eric laments the redundancy of the CD box in 2019, he has an interesting suggestion to CD companies about distribution of the fascinating books that always made the boxes an essential part of any music lover's collection.

You can download the show from Spotify, Stitcher or iTunes (search for “Love That Album podcast”) or from the website at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.
 
Send the show feedback at rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au (written or mp3 voicemail) or join the Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/lovethatalbum.
 
If you’d consider writing an iTunes review or recommending the show to a friend, we’d be immensely grateful.
 
If you enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.

 

Love That Album February 2019 apology

February 22nd, 2019

A brief message about the absence of a main episode of LTA in February 2019....and what's coming up over the next couple of months.