Thursday, December 22, 2011

Love That Album Episode 9 - Matthew Sweet - Altered Girlfriend

For the final Love That Album episode of 2011, my special guest, Julian Gillis, and I discuss our fave albums of the year and then shoot the shit about Matthew Sweet’s two brilliant slices of power pop, “Girlfriend” and “Altered Beast”. These albums are musically sunny and lyrically overcast. There’s some complex stuff going on in Matthew’s head. Does he have stalker tendencies? What is his interest in Caligula? All this and more to be discussed. Plus a musical surprise from The Ice Haloes.
Download from iTunes (search for "lovethatalbum") or download / stream from this blogsite.

Happy holidays everyone, and thanks for your support this year in both blog entries and podcasts.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Love That Album podcast Episode 8 - Quadrophenia

This is a really big shooo. The longest Love That Album so far. I'm joined by co-host of the Silva and Gold podcast, Doctor Zom to discuss The Who's "Quadrophenia". We discuss in a lot of detail both the double album from 1973 (just re-released in November 2011 in a multi CD "Director's Cut" edition) and the 1978 film directed by Franc Roddam featuring a very young Ray Winstone and Sting in an excellent acting performance (filmed during the early days of the Police). Is this the Who's masterwork? Is it better than Tommy (yes!!!!!!)? Is the story celebrating the ideals of youth or is it about a bunch of self-absorbed prats with fashion sense? Listen in and hear Zom and myself ask these and more earth shattering questions. Send feedback to or leave feedback at itunes.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Love That Album - Episode 7 - Joe Jackson Night & Day

For this episode of Love That Album, I’m working without the safety net of a co-host to bounce thoughts off. I discuss Joe Jackson’s album of 1982 “Night & Day”. Recorded only 3 years after his punky-pop debut “Look Sharp”, Jackson’s musical thoughts are miles away from his early style. More focussed on jazz, samba and piano ballads than punk, pop and ska, Night & Day is a modern musical masterpiece. I go through my thoughts on the album, career highlights, and his essay advocating smokers’ rights!!!! No ordinary civil rights advocacy for our Joe.
As usual you can download from this site, stream on this site (look to the right hand side of the page) or type in "lovethatalbum into iTunes.