This will be my second dip into ‘Mashup‘ and the third episode of Tim Dobson’s podcast. I still think the ‘Mashup’ section of the website is over fussy, personally I would turn off the modules on that page, given that the site is Drupal its easy enough and would make that section a lot cleaner and easier to digest. “Remember Less is More when it comes to websites”

Another niggle is that there is no Podcast feed just the sites RSS, I would think its crippling Tim’s exposure to potential listeners I did want to add him to my iTunes (Bite me) rather than keep manually downloading but it was not to be I’m sure others would add it to Gpodder ect maybe Tim could email RatholeRadio and ask Dan Lynch how to set it up. Given that Dan’s site/s are Drupal he is bound to know plus there is modules available on the Drupal website.

Breaking the rules of  ‘One piece of positive for every two pieces of negative‘ my third moan is the shows name, while it is descriptive of what Tim is doing I think its likely to get drowned out by the plethora of other mashups out there. I was listening to Linux Outlaws last week when Fab said “Has done a mashup” and I thought he was talking about Tim’s show when in fact it was some video footage, maybe it needs a name of its own how about Dobson’s Choice?

First up was a pretty good track Otra Dimensión by Atómica a Peruvian band billed as Rock, Punk and Powerpop it was a lively up tempo song with an Ooh-e-ooh chorus this definitely had me foot tapping. Next up was a Jazz funk track P-F-M by FOXAPET seemed a bit of strange choice of second track after the previous Rock offering, it wasn’t awful but a classic 1970’s feel to it which seemed out of place for me.

Tim’s next offering and third track of the show was Inertia by Josh Woodward an acoustic indie track that was built on telling us  “I don’t wanna be in” such and such a city and the reasons why, I liked this one a lot so added it to my Jamendo favorites. This week must be Interview Week for podcasts as Tim, obviously chuffed, announced the first of his interviews with the drummer Eoghan from The Fayre a band based in Manchester Tim seemed to handle it OK maybe he could have asked a few more questions but over all it seemed to go well he rounded off that segment with Rose Queen by The Fayre I’m not sure how to describe this one it was rockabilly’ish I thought with stops and starts and musical style changes, not really my cup of tea to be honest.

The second interview was with Barham the bassist from The Fayre I felt a little bit cheated as while its true he spoke to two different people it was just the one band so really could have been billed as a single interview. I don’t know if the two VOIP calls was made on separate occasions or the interviewees was in separate locations but I’m sure Tim would have been forgiven for an ‘artistic slight of hand’ if he had edited the two together and made one interview.

Moving on we had Graceland (crazy town) by darkmoon project billed on Jamendo as instrumental pop I would have said it was more rock than pop, the lead singer reminded me of ‘Fish’ from Marillion pretty good track that I enjoyed to be honest. We then had some stuff about the Digital Rights Bill that Peter Mandleson is promoting and I am getting sick of hearing about as it will go through anyway having already been approved by the house of Lords. We got back into the music with Only Idiots Assume by Liam Mullone and Hils Barker a punk group who have written a protest song to the Digital Rights Bill the performers it appears are in fact comedians rather than singers but I thought it was a really good song.

The final track was Overjoy Dub by PistONE an electro dub reggae instrumental track that had me foot tapping. Over all it was a pretty good episode and as you would expect it seems to be getting better, I’m not sure if Tim writes a script for the show or just does his commentary from the hip I would say a little work in this area needs to be done as he seemed to fall apart slightly towards the end having said that I do like some of the shows choices so I shall be listening again, who knows maybe from a proper podacst feed?

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