Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Love That Album episode 68 - Jellyfish "Spilt Milk"

Love That Album episode 68 is here. Any of you who know me know of my love for power pop…and in that regard, we have a gem of an album to discuss.

I’m joined by Melbourne musician, teacher, and fellow power pop nut Rhys Lett to discuss the 1993 album “Spilt Milk” from San Francisco band, Jellyfish. This was a huge step forward from their brilliant debut, “Bellybutton”, but was also unfortunately their final album. Was it due to public or record company apathy, or band friction? In this regard, they share the fate of their stylistic cousins, The Zombies and Big Star (both covered previously on the podcast) who ceased active recording way too early.

They’ve had a lot of comparisons with Queen (for the rawwwwk and drummer Andy Sturmer’s singing) and the Beach Boys’ harmonies. As valid as these comparisons are, there is a lot more going on here. This could be described as a concept album with the songs being parts of a nightmare – not the bogeyman type, but more a domestic nightmare of infidelity, unrequited crushes, depression, death, and evangelism. There’s also a song on Spilt Milk that led Rhys to suggest Ben Eisen needs to pursue its subject matter in an All Time Top Ten podcast. Tune in and find out what it was….

This time around, Eric Reanimator also discusses the Psyclone Ranger’s album from 1993 “Feel Nice”. He describes this as power pop bordering on punk. See what you think.

You can download the podcast at iTunes by searching for “Love That Album”. You can also stream or download it at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

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If you want to check out Rhys’ work as a musician, go to http://www.dressedtochill.com.au/ to see his Crosby Stills and Nash style Kiss tribute band, Dressed to Chill. If you need music lessons,  check out the website of the music school he runs Eastern Sububrs School of Music at http://www.essm.net.au/

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Love That Album - The Compilation Series: Episode 10 - Damned Lizzy

Congratulations to Eric Reanimator whose LTA offshoot, LTA: The Compilation Series hits double digits.
Episode 10 of The Compilation Series focuses on pretty different releases. 

By his own admission, the first album is dubiously discussed here as a comp. It’s the 25th anniversary edition of The Damned’s “Machine Gun Etiquette”. It qualifies because there’s a bunch of bonus tracks included on this anniversary edition to complement the original album.

The second album is Dedication: The Very Best of Thin Lizzy. They were a great mixture of hard rock, folk and pop, and mostly known for “The Boys Are Back In Town”. However, this comp shows they had a lot of great material (“Chinatown” is my personal favourite).  Phil Lynott was a charismatic lead singer and bassist.

Give Eric some love and listen to the show. Send him a note of congrats for reaching the double digits on his excellent podcast.

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

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Love That Album 67 - Whitehorse - The Fate of the World Depends On This Kiss

Welcome to Episode 67 of Love That Album. There are three episodes of LTA coming this month (instead of the usual two). We here at LTA headquarters hope you dig them all.

This time around I am welcoming back a recent guest to the show, Scott Clickers (co-host with his wife Kat of the wonderful Married With Clickers podcast). We’re discussing an album Scott introduced me to by Hamilton based husband and wife group, Whitehorse. The name of the record from 2012 is “The Fate Of The World Depends Upon This Kiss”. As you read that name, you obviously are conjuring cinematic images in your head, right? Of course you are. A great set of poppy / alt country tunes are contained on this album.  Hear what we have to say about this great little record.

Eric Reanimator returns to talk about the 1985 offering from Blood On The Saddle called Poisoned Love. DIG IT!!!!

You can download the podcast at iTunes by searching for “Love That Album”. You can also stream or download it at http://lovethatalbum.blogspot.com.

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