new music podcast I’m hosting/producing/working on

Hey everybody. I’m starting a new podcast project, and I’d love for you all to check it out if you have the time or the inclination. It’s called The Armchair Producers. It’s sort of a music analysis and critique show, with some twists.

Description #1- it’s like a record review show, except my co-host and I review two albums per show by two different bands, and they’re often times well-known albums by well-known bands, and other times lesser-known albums by well-known bands, or relatively unknown albums by relatively unknown bands. We select a handful of songs from those two albums, and provide a running commentary while the songs play of aspects of the songs that either impress us or leave us shaking our heads, asking ‘what were they thinking?’, or something along those lines. At the end of the show, after we’ve gone through 5 or 6 songs from each album, we weigh the scales to determine which album is better than the other.

Description #2- it’s kinda like one of those karaoke shows on tv (Amer. Idol, The Voice…), except instead of featuring unknown singers, we’re featuring bands you know, or at least have heard of. And instead of judging live performances, we judge the albums you’ve heard a million times. And instead of giving the album a simple thumbs up or thumbs down, we have two albums (of similar styles, of similar eras, i.e. apples to apples) do battle with each other to determine which album is of higher quality, taking into consideration a variety of aspects.

We have a FB page and a Twitter page, and the shows will live at HearThis.at. We plan on posting a show every week, and we try to keep the shows under an hour. We’ll cover all styles, and will go as far back as the 70s, and will include everything up to brand new releases. The first couple shows are already up- Metric’s Pagans in Vegas vs Silversun Pickups Better Nature and Toto s/t vs Supertramp’s Breakfast in America. Upcoming shows include Field Music vs FFS, Def Leppard vs Bon Jovi, Kendrick Lamar vs Kanye West, The Cult vs Slash’s Snakepit, The Power Station vs Tin Machine, Sarah McLachlan vs Sinead O’Connor, UFO vs Thin Lizzy, and more stuff like that. Once we get a healthy number of people hooked on the show, we’ll start doing some more outsider/indie music. But starting out, we’ll do just the big names.

I really want this to be a big deal. Honestly, I hope all my projects end up being big deals, yet they never are. No matter; I keep doing them regardless. But this one at least has a chance to be a big deal because it features music that many people like, or at least many people might be interested in, or at the very least isn’t the usual extreme noise brutally aggressive underground electronic music that normally populates my various projects. Plus, my co-host Emily and I provide some insightful commentary, presented in a very entertaining format.

I know an hour per week is a lot to ask, but if you like music (and who doesn’t?) and are interested in listening to music in a little bit more of an attentive way than just as a casual listener, I think it’ll be worth your time.

I would very much appreciate it if you could get the word out and forward on this information to any of your friends who you think might like the show. If you feel like it.

Before anybody asks, because we include so much copyrighted music in the show, I’m not even gonna bother going the traditional podcast route through Apple, nor will I attempt to put the shows up on YouTube or Soundcloud, for the same reason. HearThis.at doesn’t seem to have any such problems with the show, so they’ll live there for now.

(HearThis.at and WordPress aren’t cooperating as far as embedding goes, so for now all I can do is post the direct links)-

https://hearthis.at/thearmchairproducers/tap-metric-vs-silversun-pickups/

https://hearthis.at/thearmchairproducers/tap-supertramp-vs-toto/

[audio] Goblin live in Krems, 23 April 2009

OK, so I can’t even take credit for this recording whatsoever. But now if I search for it on the internet, I can’t find it anywhere at all, so I thought I’d go ahead and post it. I did give it the standard remaster treatment, but that’s about it.

Goblin live at Donaufest in Krems, Austria, 23 April 2009.

This is a significant recording because it’s one of the last shows performed by the band where all of the original members were still in the band. I’m not 100% up on my Goblin history, but if I remember correctly, in the years prior to this recording, they had broken up and reunited several times, but the reunions would never last too long, and they would end up disbanding every time.

And even that wouldn’t be that big of a deal, because there are plenty of bootlegs and tv performances and other live recordings of the band, but this one sounds best by far. The drum sound is cracking, and it has a superior distorted Rickenbacker bass sound, and the keyboard/organ sounds are amazing, and the mix is 100% spot on.

The unfortunate part is that this is obviously not their entire performance of that night. It’s only 26 minutes, and that includes the long-ish intro and a solid minute and a half of outro applause. I remember seeing some complete tracklist of this show at one point, and it was about an hour and a half. Only these four songs in this recording were ever posted to the internet.

The original recording was done by the ORF, the national public radio network in Austria. I sincerely hope that they did actually record the entire show and that the master recording survives somewhere in a basement of their studios. It would be a landmark live recording of the legendary Italian prog rock band.

Especially considering that shortly after this recording, they broke up yet again. And again I’m a bit foggy on this, but I think now there are actually two Goblins where half of the members play in one band and the other half in the other. One generally goes by the name Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, and they have been very busy touring quite a lot, even doing their first US tour, which I caught in Hollywood. Further confusing matters, they were also called New Goblin for a while, as you’ll see on the cover of their live album recorded in Rome in 2011. The other band I think still goes by the name Goblin, and plays all the same songs, but has different members in the band.

Another reason why this recording would be the ultimate live Goblin recording if the entire thing were released, is because the replacement members in Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin don’t measure up to the original members. The original Goblin, as heard in this recording, are a prog rock fusion band. The replacement members in the new Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin (the drummer and bassist) obviously have their roots in heavy metal, which doesn’t fit the music at all. They sound like a heavy metal cover band playing Goblin songs, and to my ears it doesn’t work. They’ve listened to too much (and are seemingly trying to emulate) Pantera and not enough Weather Report.

And that live in Rome album is a glaring example of how misplaced they sound, as they come across as a heavy metal jam band, and it’s rather embarrassing.

Which is why I’m so big on this Donaufest recording. I’m sure there was all sorts of tension and turmoil behind the scenes, but on tape it sounds effortless and magical.

Tracklist:

(0:00) intro

(1:37) Deep Red

(8:38) Suspiria

(14:21) Zombi

(20:09) Tenebrae