RatholeRadio EP 20

So another fortnight has passed me by and its RatholeRadio night once again, for someone who’s first comment to Dan was “Free music is so bad I’d rather scour my eyeballs with a brillo pad” I seem to have become a regular in his front room. This will be my third review now and having given it some thought I realised I was reviewing the songs rather than the show, that in itself is not a bad thing seeing as about 87% of the podcast is purely music but it’s doing Dan an injustice seeing as it’s his show that’s bringing unknown bands to the great unwashed.

You can tell that Dan has done this sort of thing before or at the very least has had a long association with broadcasting he seems to run a fairly professional session and I think there has only been one or two glitches as you’d expect given his background the sound quality is excellent.

All ControlAll Control by Professor Kliq
An excellent electro beat mix, this had us all waving our glow stick’s and doing that swirling hand dance routine definitely my cup of tea and a good start to the show.

ConradFooling Me by Conrad(Pedalboy AKA Matthew Good)
Pretty easy listening piano song sort of Sunday afternoon chill out tune, I liked it.

ВОЛАНДМузыка by ВОЛАНД(Voland)
This was the Russian punk band Dan warned some of the listeners about while it was slightly hard core I liked it as a sort of ‘one time listen’ what I mean is you could listen to it once and like it, hear it a second time and I think you’d probably hate it although some would hate it right out the starting blocks.

Bill HicksJust A Ride by Bill Hicks
This was a comedian doing, er, his act. Sorry Dan not my cup of tea.

Our Question Is by The Lone Gunmen
This track was not my cup of tea although it should have been, but I found it pretty boring and would file it under free music I did my best to try and track down some links for this band, Google is rammed with Lone Gunmen links so I’m totally stumped I’m afraid and Dan didn’t post any links either.

Joanne WestonI’m Not Ok by Joanne Weston
So apparently this is Ade’s (Bradshaw) flatmate, I shall resist all the usual innuendo comments. Another easy listening track but in my opinion it was in a different league to ‘Fooling Me’ which we heard earlier, a very nice melodic voice clear and crisp vocals. I liked this one.

I Rap Black by P.E 2.0
Erm a rap song, I’m not a big fan of rap songs I think there has only been a couple that I’ve enjoyed one was Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ and I forget the other for the minute so I’m afraid its the Biro in the thigh on this one Dan.

BartaBarta by Hypocrites
Dan raved about these but I thought the song and arrangement was awful it was a sort grung meets Nervana car crash. The singer was pretty good and the ‘playing seemed OK but whoever produced it needs a smack and sending to their room. The song kept sort of stopping and starting sort of like in the 70’s when you had the “Let the drummer have a bash” section but in this case it was during the song and bore no relation to the tune. Thumbs down I’m afraid.

Live track – Dan gave a rendition of “Round Here” by Counting Crows.
This version is slightly shorter than the original as he missed off a verse at the end basically because he didn’t know the words, lol, pen and paper my friend pen and paper.

AntsAnts by Dr Octagon
A hip hop song with a rap element, given that earlier I’d said I don’t like rap music surprisingly I enjoyed this one the tune had a nice Arabian background rift which probably sold it to me. Thumbs up for this one.

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Long GoodbyesLong Goodbyes by I Am Not Left-handed
A guitar based tune with a nice female vocalist I liked it but it didn’t blow my socks or underpants off I’m afraid but a reasonable tune to end the show on at least it wasn’t some heavy metal rapper!

Mashup or half baked potato?

I was bushwhacked by @tdobson on identi.ca having read my review of RatholeRadio he was keen to get me to give my thoughts and opinions on his podacst http://www.blog.tdobson.net/mashup now I’ve not listened to this show and fortunately there has only been two releases so far which means it shouldn’t be too hard a task for me.

My first impression of the Mashup section was “well what’s it all about then?” I proceeded to paw over the site like some latter day Sherlock Holmes or Witch finder general whichever takes your fancy. But wait what is the ‘Mashup‘ all about? Hidden away in the credits of episode one (Which is at the bottom of the page) its says “I mention how this show is inspired and encouraged by Dan Lynch’s Rathole Radio.” Aha! OK so its inspired by RatholeRadio but what’s the aim? What’s the purpose? Clearly I needed to listen to the show to get to the bottom of what was going on.

Mashup! – Episode One
The first track was Funky Jackson Medley performed by Groovy Revolution which was basically a melody of songs ranging from Play That Funky Music (White boy) to Michael Jackson’s Black or White to be fair I actually enjoyed it although personally I’d have preferred just to hear Play that funky music on its own. Next up was Werewolves! by Akira the Don now I really liked this one nice piano banging tune, OK i doubt they’ll get signed up by Sony but I did enjoy it “Ahooooooo werewolves of London”.

Moving on we was treated to Addicted by  Red light Rippers pretty so so in my opinion classic pub rocker type music which hundreds of bands up an down the UK knock out most Saturday nights then OMG! this song burst out of my headphones Forever to last by Atomic Cat off came the shirt out came the glow sticks and I danced through ASDA washing up liquid soap bubbles spirited away from all my cares and woes, awesome!

Next came a track Citadel by Celestial Aeon Project a haunting flute orientated track the sort of thing you find on one of those ‘Moods’ CD’s in the bargain bucket at the filling station. We then had a slight interlude of news, of sorts, which is a nice idea rather than listening to back to back tracks we then had a semi political song Dear Mandy [an open letter to Lord Mandelson] by Dan Bull and next was Paranoid Big Brother by 3 Daft Monkeys they reminded me in parts of Jethro Tull a pretty good song and I reckon the advice of “Go see em live they’re (bleep) awesome” is probably true.

Finally we had Code Monkey by Jonathan Coulton a guitar based song that perhaps should be the theme song for some of my Linux friends, but then wait, what’s happened? Has the tape run out? Have I hit pause by mistake? The podcast came to an abrupt end! No “Well thanks people its been emotional”, “Join us next week when we will be giving away free money”, “Email the show at feedback@ineedmorelisteners.com” nope it just ended.

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh after all it was the first podcast, overall I was pretty impressed certainly from what I heard there was a different emphasis on musical style to RatholeRadio but then again this is not about comparing two shows. I’m still unsure as to what Marked difference it brings, maybe the presenter needs to carve out a niche following possibly only playing live bands a sort of radio show for all those poor bands living out the back of transit vans spending weekends driving up and down motorways to flea pit venues for £10 and all the beer they can drink.

Overall I liked it maybe I’ll drop by now and again just to see how things are moving along.