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.

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