RatholeRadio EP 21

KeyThis week Dan’s podcast RatholeRadio hit it’s 21st episode and to be fair it seems to be going from strength to strength. It’s a really nice way to round off Sunday evening I’m not sure why but I don’t feel the ‘urgency’ that I sense when other podcasts do their ‘Live’ shows. Maybe its the smaller IRC audience but I think its more to do with the fact that Dan plays what he wants, while you could heckle him from the IRC channel “Dan I’m stabbing myself with a Biro” I doubt very much if he would change the playlist that he had set up for that particular shows performance.

This week I decided to listen on my main openSUSE box rather than my Ubuntu Dell mini the first problem I encountered was appalling sound level, level? there was no sound! Actually that was not strictly true I could hear a faint noise coming from the left headphone. I have two shuttle PC’s both of which have audio in/out on the front, now dear reader you would have thought ‘remove two jacks from top machine plug same into bottom machine’ right? Erm apparently not! The bottom machine has the two ports cunningly swapped! Arrrrgghh I am now deafened and sentenced to suffer from tinnitus for the next week or so as 50 billion decibels burst my not so young eardrums.

As per usual Dan started off with some demo music just to test out his sound systems and the icecast http://65.60.11.2:8216/live we all seem to enjoy this part heaps as its not included in the podcast so its sort of our little groups pre-show party so to speak.

HobscopesHold On To Your Structure by The Hoboscopes
This is a fun track, gypsy punk with a heavy accordion lead. This had us all jigging around like lunatics, I like the way Dan plays something lively to kick the show off, gypsy punk always seems to put a smile on my face I suppose the musicians take it seriously I just think its a sort of mickey take on main stream punk or is it a more palatable version? Thumbs up on this one.Thumbs Up

Only These DaysThese Days by Robin Grey
A guitar based semi folk type song nothing special in my opinion but was a pretty easy listening track so fitted in well with the ‘Sunday Evening’ theme that permeates throughout these reviews.  I would have thought Dan would have played a second lively song rather than hitting us with this mellow track? Over all it was a so so track gets a “Meh” on this one. Thumbs UpThumbs Down

Hate Makes The World Go RoundLoneliness Of The Shot Down Bomber by Paindonor
Now this is an interesting song a cool mellow techno start with a heavy violin influence slightly strange but pretty haunting. I’m not sure if you could “Get down and shake your bootee” to this one but ideal for chilling out to or maybe while driving to work. I really like the title of the song and you did sort of feel, I presume, the pain in the track. Thumbs up on this one. Thumbs Up

Last WordsWords Of Wisdom by George Carlin
This was one of those political ‘message’ monologues Dan seems to favour I’m not a big fan of it myself I’m not sure how it fits into a music show although having said that music and political messages have been intertwined since time began. I suppose it was enjoyable if you’re into that sort of thing it sort of reminds me of those free concerts where you have to listen to Red Robbo after each song to justify getting in for free. Thumbs down on this one. Thumbs Down

Dub RebellionSad Man by Dub Rebellion
A Ska, Dub, Reggae band Dan seems to think I’m a huge fan of reggae I like it but its not my sole interest. The cohesion of Ska and Reggea is defiantly right up my street I wonder what a Bob Marley song would have been like given a Ska makeover? I enjoyed this track even doing a few ‘skanking‘ moves which is perfectly acceptable in the privacy of your own home. Thumbs up on this one. Thumbs Up

TicketsThe first ever live Rathole Radio gig tickets go on sale
The first ever live Rathole Radio gig is happening in Liverpool on Friday April 30th at the Bad Format Social Club. It kicks things off nicely for the OggCamp10 weekend to follow. Dan is trying to promote Creative Commons artists and has some amazing acts playing live. There’ll be interactive message walls, many laughs and the bar is also very reasonably priced apparently. I have paid my measly £5.00 so maybe I’ll see you there?

Beatsix EPLive Fast Lie Down by BeatSix
This was a fairly lively Rock ‘N’  Soul mix reasonably enjoyable but nothing to set my socks on fire to be honest. I had a quick read-up on their Jamendo profile where they state “Think, very early Duran, mid-era Echo and the Bunnymen, a touch of David Sylvian/Japan with a potent stabs of art-rock guitar stings over a chocolaty bass and drums groove”. which in my opinion translates as “I’m not too sure what we are?” it wasn’t a bad song just nothing special. Gets a “Meh” Thumbs UpThumbs Down

TabooSuperhero by Lab7
We was back on track with this Electro Spanish group, the song does the classic quiet start building to a heavy typical electro beat, quick as a flash out came the glow sticks and we was pumping to the beat. Apparently they are “An alter ego of a normal someone who uses electronic music to express himself through a kidnapped mind” which is a little bit scary. I like this one a lot and would probably download it. This one gets a thumbs up. Thumbs Up

Mr Weirdo by Fresh Body Shop
Dan then hit us with this indie group with a very good beat and guitar rhythm I tried to resist performing as a virtual drummer and made do with ‘foot tapping’ instead. The group hail from France and have a huge list of so called influences listed on their MySpace website I did like the first influence “My cat” which I thought was kinda funny but over all I liked the song so this one gets a thumbs up. Thumbs Up

Great Leap ForwardLIVE TRACK – Billy Bragg – “Waiting For The Great Leap Forward”
Within the first two or three chords I recognised this emotional song from my youth with that epic line which is the title of the song. Dan gave us what to date has been my favourite rendition of a song which he belted out with all the passion that Billy himself would have been proud of. I’ve always liked Billy Braggs stuff I wonder if Dan fancies having a crack at the Levi Stubbs cover Tears? Have a listen to some of Billy’s stuff he is a political musician but the words of his songs still have value today. Thumbs up on this one.Thumbs Up

Keep Cool Vibration - Babylon Square GardensWeapons by Keep Cool Vibration
Billed as Reggae Live Dub Rastafari this would be the classic big band Bob Marley type presentation, yes you guessed it we was all doing that slow motion bottom thrusting dancing. Yet another good tune to take up the penultimate slot of the show, I did want to read a bit more about them but their profile on Jamedo is in French and Google translate usually gets French wrong or so I’m told. Some strong trumpet sections and pretty clear vocals all in all a pretty good song which would be well worth downloading in my opinion or at least have a listen on line. Thumbs up on this one. Thumbs Up

Kagnee - Logic BombThe Horse & Cart by Kagnee
Yet another song from the catalogue of the band Dan was a member of, this one apparently is about Pamela Anderson who made a porn tape with her partner Tommy Lee Jones back in the days when I had hair. Now I do like some of the stuff on the album but this particular track turned me off  while it was probably a laugh making the song and it has some low level historical value, apparently Tommy Lee heard the song and sent a signed copy back to the band, I thought it was terrible just an excuse to say what a slapper she was. Thumbs down on this one. Thumbs Down

With seven thumbs up it would seem this weeks show was better than I thought I had a feeling it was slightly down on the last two podcasts that I’d attended but I must be wrong? I obviously enjoyed myself more than I thought.

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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!

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