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When punk arrived in the mid 70s, its charter was to shake the establishment and give the finger to all that it stood for. Aim was also taken at bands taking months to record an album that were needlessly complex. They were seen as being part of the “machine”. In 1973, along came San Franciscan band The Tubes. They had punk attitude, but were not content to play 2 minute stripped-back punk songs. Their songs were making fun of middle America’s consumer obsessed society and its conservative values (haven’t we come a long way since then………right????) They weren’t angry, though. They were definitely laughing while pointing that finger, and doing shows that were part rock show, part theatre, all supposed to make your parents feel uncomfortable. They weren’t quite punk, they weren’t quite glam….what were they?

 

For Love That Album episode 113, I am joined by the marvellous writer and podcaster Heather Drain to discuss our love of The Tubes, the nature of theatrical rock (and what defines it), how the band evolved, their live shows, and their discography. In particular, we spend time talking about their debut self titled album from 1975, inclusive of its thematic elements, the music and its inspiration, an iconic song abut bored rich youth and another about their bored rich parents. In the eighties, the band found some level of commercial popularity (with great songs), but at a cost.

If you’re not a fan of The Tubes before listening to this episode, I like to think our conversation will at least make you interested to give their work a try. My gratitude goes to Heather for being giving of her time and bringing some fantastic insight. Make no mistake, folks – she’s going to be on the show a lot more going forward.

 

Eric’s Album I Love segment follows with another theatrical band that had things to say, The Atomic Swindlers. Tune in and hear why this was his choice for this episode.

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

 

I urge you to read Heather’s writings about music and film at http://mondoheather.com. You can also find her works at Diabolique Magazine on line: https://diaboliquemagazine.com/author/heatherdrain/

You should also check out every episode she’s on (well every episode period) of Mike White’s Projection Booth podcast: http://projection-booth.blogspot.com/

 

You can send me 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.

 

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Anthony Bourdain RIP.

 

Everything moves towards it’s end. We get the time we get.

 

Death comes ripping for each of us, and this time Eric once again pauses to pay tribute to a fan of crime films, of travel, or food. A crime writer and TV host, Anthony Bourdain, who was also a fan of punk rock, rock and roll and music that moves us. 

 

If you take nothing else away from this  episode, take a moment to visit places you don’t normally go, eat food you don’t know about and listen to some bands/songs that are outside of your wheelhouse. 

 

You can download the show from 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.
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It's time for episode 112 of Love That Album. I've gone walkabout this month, but my great friend and music fiend Dave Blom returns to take over the show.

Another Australian band with a massive debut album from possibly the last wave of really big album sales. This 2003 album was the result of a perfect storm of factors for the members of Jet. The success that The Vines had (subject of previous Dave Blom LTA podcast) led to record companies searching for more Australian rock. Jet were in the right place at the right time, they had a sound that was radio friendly, they were visually marketable and they had some really good singles. So Jet cashed in on their opportunity and the result was Get Born.

The album itself whilst not overly original or innovative has many highlights and makes for some very good listening. The main thing that this album has going for it is passion. Jet wear their hearts on their sleeves and aren't afraid to demonstrate exactly who influenced their music. It's time to Get Re-born once more.

Eric keeps the high energy up for his Album I Love segment to talk about the music of Finnish group The Flaming Sideburns.

My HUGE gratitude to Dave for bringing some class to the show. I'll be back to ramble on next month.

You can download the show from 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.
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Welcome to Episode 50 of Love That Album: The Compilation Edition. 

At the start of May 2018 Tony Kinman of the Dils, Rank'n'File and Cowboy Nation passed away. Eric reflects on his music and bands, it's influence and some of the other artists he played with. He brilliantly sums up the links between country and punk, and beautifully describes the working relationship between brothers. Rest in Peace.

Reaching 50 episodes is a wonderful milestone, and a huge thanks to Eric for bringing his music observations to the Love That Album podcasts in both my shows and his own. Looking forward to the 100 episode mark. 

You can download the show from 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.
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It's unusual to open up a blurb to promote the podcast with a confession of an error....but better I confess than you catch me out and roll your eyes at what a big idiot I am.

 

I am joined by my friend and proprietor of Rocksteady Records, Pat Monaghan to talk about the 2002 album by Beck called Sea Change. At one point we discuss a particular song and I make a point about its arrangement that is incorrect. This is what happens when you rely on your memory of a song rather than actually go back and listen to confirm your memory is correct – you make stupid mistakes. I will let you work out what that mistake is. First to submit the correct answer gets a hearty “well done” from me!!!!

 

Otherwise, business as usual here at Love That Album HQ. We discuss the more sensitive side of Beck who shared his heartbreak following the relationship split with his girlfriend with his fans via this collection of songs. Unlike much of his other work, it is difficult to dance to. Pat and I discuss our first recollections of Beck's music, our thoughts on the album, his father David Campbell, and the (likely) records in Beck's record collection.

 

Eric Reanimator chimes in with his thoughts about Frente's 1992 platter, Marvin The Album and why it charms him.

 

My HUGE thanks to Pat for taking the time to talk about an artist he loves on the show with me. Ditch the devil's haircut and let the golden age begin with LTA111.

 

You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from 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 live in Melbourne, go and say hello to Pat at Rocksteady Records, Level 1 Mitchell House, 358 Lonsdale St in the CBD. Bookmark http://rocksteadyrecords.com.au/ which should be live anytime now.

 

If you enjoy what you hear on the podcast, please tell a friend or ten to tune into the Love That Album.

 

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 LTA: The Compilation Edition heads one episode closer to the half century.

 

Welcome to more soundtrack madness as Eric talks in LTA: CE #49 about a number of soundtracks devoted to electronic based music spanning from the late 60s to the mid 90s. He talks about the hard/soft dynamic, the influence of Krautrock and even manages to work yet another Mudhoney song from an original soundtrack into the mix.

 

You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.au

  

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

 

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It’s time for episode 110 of Love That Album podcast.

In terms of status, the Monty Python crew are like rock stars. How big? When they have musicians like Led Zeppelin and George Harrison ready to bankroll their projects, you know they were bigger than Brian…..Their routines are quoted like song lyrics. In the comedy world, their material is ubiquitous. It could be argued they went from fighting the establishment to becoming the establishment…..which is very rock star.

For this episode of the show, the great Ben Eisen of the All Time Top Ten podcast joins Maurice to wax lyrical about the collection of Monty Python songs called Monty Python Sings. Do the songs work outside of the context of the sketches they were often a part of? Was performing these songs in the early seventies in a music-hall / stage musical fashion more counter culture than the rock music of the day? Does an African or European swallow have the greater air speed velocity? Ben and Maurice give answering these questions a shot.

Eric Reanimator chimes in with his own comedy album selection. For his Album I Love segment, he talks about The Very Best of Dr Demento. Does he concur that dead puppies aren’t much fun? Tune in and find out.

A huge thanks to Ben for returning to the show. How grateful am I? Let me count (down) the ways....

You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from 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.

You can (and definitely SHOULD) listen to the most recent 15 episodes of All Time Top Ten podcast at http://alltimetopten.podomatic.com (or iTunes) or you can search through all the older episodes at http://mixcloud.com/beneisen 

If you enjoy what you hear on the podcast, please tell a friend or ten to tune into the Love That Album.

 

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For episode 48 of Love That Album: The Compilation Edition, Eric has decided to talk about a pair of hyper poppy soundtracks.

 

First up, he talks about the set of songs recorded for 2001’s Josie and the Pussycats, then follows it up with a discussion about the tunes for a 2011 Disney film, Lemonade Mouth. The common link is contemporary pop music….and that is in the true definition of “pop” meaning “popular” music.

 

Just go to any online music forum, and see the need people feel to say how the music of their youth was the only music that mattered and how it’s all turned to shit since then. Eric takes time to reflect on the fact that while he may not necessarily be a huge fan of all the songs these albums have to offer, but it isn’t his or anyone else’s place to denigrate anything else that others enjoy. If kids decide to pick up an instrument and join a band based on the music that’s popular in their time…..well, that’s gotta be a positive thing. As usual, Eric presents food for thought beyond the specific music under discussion.

 

Eric closes off the episode with his thoughts about a band a little closer to his heart.

You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from 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 enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.

 

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If we’re discussing an album with songs about stalking, emotional control of another human being, Carl Jung, the Loch Ness Monster appearing as a result of a suburbanite’s frustration with life and Oedipus, you’d probably surmise Love That Album podcast is focusing on the Synchronicity by The Police….and you’d be right.

 

For LTA episode 109, I am joined by songwriter and singer Shannon Hurley (aka Numbers Girl on All Time Top Ten Podcast) to talk about the final studio album released in 1983 by Gordon Sumner, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. Synchronicity was hugely popular in its day, but for some reason, the band’s detractors have seen them as a singles band at best and pretend-punk at worst.

 

Yes, their singles were hugely popular on the radio (a cardinal sin for the cool kids), and yes, their albums did contain filler. However, many of the deeper cuts on all 5 albums revealed some gems played by 3 fantastic musicians who knew the dynamics of how to play as a band, not just 3 excellent musicians trying to outdo each other. All 3 wrote songs, some blackly comical, some too earnest, but none of it seemingly the sort of material that would be of interest to the teenagers who were buying the records.

 

Shannon and I delve into Synchronicity track by track (a rare return to an earlier LTA format) to discuss the album’s themes, musicianship, and whether it’s dated.

 

Eric Reanimator chimes in with his thoughts about The Crack by another punky reggae band, Ruts as well as cultural appropriation for his Album I Love segment.

 

You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from 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.

 

My huge thanks to Shannon for coming onto the show and bringing some great conversation. You can check out her website at http://shannonhurley.com  which will have links to her albums and social media. She’s a fantastic musician and I particularly recommend her albums with Ben Eisen under the Lovers and Poets moniker. You can also hear her dulcet tones on the All Time Top Ten podcast….more on that in episode 110 of LTA.

 

If you enjoy what you hear on the podcast, please tell a friend or ten to tune into the Love That Album.

 

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Welcome to the future, welcome to the Pepsi generation.. wait that's the wrong decade... this is welcome to the end of the world as we knew it and it felt .. fine... ?
 
For episode 47 of Love That Album: The Compilation Edition, Eric talks about the 80s, seeing MTV for the first time and revisiting an era via music via the first 3 volumes of a series of CDs called It Came From The Eighties. Nostalgia is a nice place to visit as long as you don't set up permanent residence there. 
 
 
You can download the show by searching for Love That Album in the iTunes store or downloading streaming directly from 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 enjoy what you hear, please tell a friend or ten to tune in.
 
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