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Archive for December 2013

Bigger than Ben Hur.
Funnier than The Seventh Seal.
More music discussion than Behind The Green Door.

IT’S….Shooting The Shit Conquers The Martians

Yes indeed, Love That Album podcast episode 56 is here starring the Shooting The Shit crew. We discuss our favourite albums either released or that we newly discovered in 2013. The music industry waits with baited breath as the LTA tastemakers decides who is worthy of YOUR attention. My thanks to Eric Peterson (aka Reanimator), Ghetto Tim, and John Stirrat for taking the time to put their lists together and joining me on the show….because if they didn’t, I’d be talking to myself…which would be pretty silly.

I also give thanks to those listeners who submitted feedback for the show – Adi Sappir, Pat Monaghan, Will Smith and the mighty John Ross who sent an outstanding audio segment. Look for John’s own podcast, Feed My Ears in 2014.

You can download both shows from iTunes by searching for “love that album”. You can stream or download them at “http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com”.

I thank everyone of you that downloaded an episode sometime this year. I also thank everyone who joined me as a co-host this year. Everyone of you is aces in my book. Discussing music with you folks is an absolute pleasure. I look forward to doing it all again in 2014.


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For episode 55 of Love That Album, I am enjoyed by the pummeling princess of Power Pop, Ms Wendi Freeman.

We spent time discussing two terrific power pop classics – only one of which has made it to the podcast due to a technical botch on my part, Cheap Trick’s album from 1977, “In Color” (incorrect spelling from my side of the world, but I’m quoting). Two pinup guys, a guitar geek, and a guy who looks like a chain smoking second rate lawyer, somehow managed to combine melodic pop and hard rock to create a first class album. Debate rages on as to the radio-friendly nature of the original album  against the re-recorded version of it many years later produced by Steve Albini. One of us feels the original production took the balls out of the songs, and one of us feels the subsequent production failed to take into account the sweet nature of some of the tunes by turning everything up to 11. Who thought what? Download the episode and find out. 

For his Album I Love segment, Eric Reanimator kicks down the door of public opinion to champion the Goo Goo Dolls album of 1993, Superstar Carwash. He makes a convincing case.

Don’t forget to also download the new bonus episode featuring my chat with the former lead singer and songwriter of the Ice Cream Hands (now of The Zhivagos), Charles Jenkins.

You can download both shows from iTunes by searching for “love that album”. You can stream or download them at “http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com”.

Send me any feedback at rrrkitchen@yahoo.com.au (written or mp3 voicemail) or join the Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/lovethatalbum and let us know your favourite power pop songs.

You should also be downloading Wendi's two brilliant podcasts, Double Page Spread (http://doublepgspread.tumblr.com/) about the comic world, and The Trashy Trio (http://trashytrio.libsyn.com/) discussing sleazy movies. To borrow from the Gents, she really does bring class to the trash. As if that wasn't enough she's also the drummer of Daemon Familiar (http://daemonfamiliar.com/).

If you’re enjoying the show, please spread the word. Let friends know that there’s a podcast where albums are discussed passionately. If you want to write an iTunes review in support of the show, I’d be hugely grateful for that too.



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Here’s a special bonus companion episode to episode 55 of Love That Album….sort of.

LTA 55 was supposed to include a discussion about Melbourne group the Ice Cream Hands’ third long player, “Sweeter Than The Radio”, but some careless editing practices on my part put paid to that part of the show.

However, this bonus episode features me having a discussion with former lead singer and songwriter for the Ice Cream Hands, Charles Jenkins. The chat was supposed to predominantly be about Sweeter Than The Radio, but branched out to discuss the band’s overall catalogue, Charles’ approach to song writing, and his current work with the Zhivagos.

If you’re a fan of the Hands, of power pop, or great song construction, Charles has some interesting things to say and I’m grateful for his time.

Don’t forget to also download LTA 55 proper featuring Wendi Freeman and I discussing another great slice of power pop, Cheap Trick’s “In Color”.

You can download the podcast at iTunes by searching for “love that album”. You can stream or download it at “http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com”.


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