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Show 67 – Utterly Bushed

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

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Another week has passed, the highpoint of which was a wonderful meetup with my friend / Three From Leith listener / Podcast User Magazine editor Linda who kindly flew up from London after PodcastConUK on the 19th to spend the day with me. We had a great day, I was filled in with the goings-on at PCCUK, we blethered, we ate and Alastair from Dropkick and I made Linda try Irn Bru. It must have been a hit – the can’s now back in Philadelphia !

This week’s show came about through my observation that Blind Divine had a Kate Bush-ness about Paula’s vocals; after that I went through my collection and the web to find Kate-ness to bring you. Enjoy the results.

Blind Divine – Something Magical
Impressed by last week’s track, I just had to play another from the 3-CD box-set, ‘Melancholia’, which the band very kindly sent me over. This is the opening track from their 2005 release, ‘Devouring The Beautiful’, and beautiful is the word I’d use to describe it. Snap a CD up for Christmas here.
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Lindsay Sugden – In This Life
Intelligent, talented multi-instrumentalist and singer with a hauntingly sensual voice, it’s Lindsay from Chocyamo and Flowers for Algernon. The e-bowed guitar lines in here make me just want to melt; I don’t know why, but they just do. Magical ! Buy the ‘When Lightening Strikes’ EP by clicking the PayPal logo here.
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Alice Marie – Lipstick Diaries
Life-coach and sensual songstress Alice Marie’s song was hauntingly familiar, especially when I remembered it as ‘the dodgy stomach song’. You’ll hear why in the show; needless to say it’s a bit light-hearted and possibly slightly disrespectful to such an amazing song. Listen out for the vocal and guitar solo interplay at the end. It sends shivers up my spine; I love the emotional and physiological effects that great music can have on me. Buy the music here.
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The soundbed was ‘Sad Sequence Part3 (edited)’ by Fumitaka Anzai.
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
The Podcast Of Pointless Singing – top-class silliness as people submit those daft little tunes sing to themselves without realising.
The Electrical Language Podcast – Gabor’s first anniverary podcast is almost upon him !! The more of you I refer, the more money he owes me ;-) Drop him a note or send him an audio comment and tell him what your favourite track was from the last twelve months of TELP, and he’ll play it again just for you ! Keep my bribe money rolling in !!!
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Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2006 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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School of Rock as Dead Beat poetry helps pupils to learn

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Who says lyrics can’t be literature ?

A BAND from Edinburgh has seen one of their songs taught alongside Shakespeare and the poets of the First World War to help pupils improve their English.

The Dead Beat Club, a Capital-based band formed just over a year ago, have been approached by a school in England and asked if the lyrics to their song, Circa 1985, can be used as part of their GCSE course work.

Well done to Andy and the boys and girls – a very cultured bunch indeed now ! Read the full story on the Edinburgh Evening News website.

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An uphill struggle

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Just when you begin to believe that podcasting is taking off, along comes a story like this (albeit based on research in the US) to bring you back down to earth.

Even more of a shock was the online poll that the BBC conducted:

VOTE RESULTS
What is your stance on podcasting?
I download and listen to them

24.52%

I download but rarely listen

14.47%

I am not interested at all

61.00%

15462 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

It’s a sobering response and indicates just how much more we podcasters have to do to convince the public that our podcasts are worth downloading and listening to. Let’s get to it !

Show 66 – Feeling The Chill

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

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We had a lovely summer, and a very mild start to the autumn / winter here in sunny Leith. Every week since I can remember I’ve recorded the show whilst wearing slouch pants and a t-shirt, feeling warm and clean after my post-cycle shower and slumming about as the weekend began. This week there was a marked change – the TFL studio was really quite cold and my feet were like two blocks of ice, so the heating had to be turned back on again. Next week I’ll have to podcast wearing a warm fleece and proper legwear, and the usual recording garb will be put in storage until the warmth returns in the summer of 2007 ! Yes, as I said last week, time is really flying by….

Stephanie’s Id – Unmistakably Love
Bask in the warm glow of this beautiful song by the lovely Stephanie’s Id. It has hints of summer romance and a cheery hummability that will leave you clamouring for more. Huge thanks to Stephanie for getting the track to me, and hearty congratulations for her recent marriage to Chuck. If you’d like to hear more and buy their music, download them from iTunes or take a trip here for the phtsical CDs !
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Ledenhed – Same
Transplanted Canadian Ledenhed dropped me an email telling me about himself and pointing me to his music on the PMN. I clicked the link and really enjoyed what I heard; so much so that he instantly joined the tracklisting for this week’s show ! Psych-pop at its best, this track stood straight out and it’s a cracking winner. See if you agree. If you do, go and tell him so and vote with your wallet as you pick up his work.
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Blind Divine – Find The Cure
Another last-minute approach from a band which led to me being so impressed that it was dropped into this week’s show, especially since it fitted the vibe so well. It was almost as if it was always meant to be here. To my ear a lovely melting-pot of Kate Bush, Delerium, Hungry Lucy which pours out a distinctive sound all of its own for Blind Divine. One to savour, so make sure you try (and buy) some more here.
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The soundbed was ‘Sad Sequence Part1-2 (edited)’ by Fumitaka Anzai.
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
The Electrical Language Podcast – Gabor’s first anniverary podcast is almost upon him !! The more of you I refer, the more money he owes me ;-) Drop him a note or send him an audio comment and tell him what your favourite track was from the last twelve months of TELP, and he’ll play it again just for you !
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comNovember issue out now & December issue out soon !

Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2006 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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Show 65 – Tempus Fugit

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

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The weeks are just flying by now. I’m just realising that summer is really over now and before that’s sunk in I’ve been reminded that there are just 6 weeks left until Christmas. Argh !! It’s definitely an age thing – time speeds up as you get older, where once it crawled by during childhood. Similarly, the older Three From Leith gets, the quicker each week passes and the wiser I get. This week I learned that no matter HOW much you like a track, it’s wise to wait until you have a copy of it in your virtual hands before you record a show which includes it. That way you prevent that awful feeling of panic which grows as the publishing date gets nearer and you realise you might need to re-record a large segment of the show to include a completely different song ! I’ve only got myself (and MySpace) to blame. I now know that any tracks you get permission to download from there are encoded at 96kbps and sound dreadful on a show mixed down and encoded at 160kbps. Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of my panicked labours !

Impossible Songs – Let’s Make Pearls
With an innocence in the vocals reminiscent of Electrum, this duo from South Queensferry produce some sublime alt-pop which they describe as sounding like “a mixture of [their influences listed on their MySpace page] when falling out of a tumble dryer and not being picked up for a few days.” Whatever it is, I love it ! If you love it too, buy their CDs here or check out the impressive list of shops and download sites on their MySpace page.
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Sky Like Static – Nervous Enemy
The enigmatic Sky i (who I’ve identified as Andi Watson through the wonders of Google) is definitely an artist to watch for. This is a cracker. I’ve also learned (through a mysterious Mr X who learned of my request to play this track through channels I cannot explain) that there will be a band to tour the material and an album being launched in (hopefully) January 2007. It’s all getting a bit X-Files….
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The Lost Patrol – Orbit
Let me just quote a chunk from these New Yorkers’ MySpace: “…Such emotive range then and such diversity. Few bands can make you weep one moment and smile the next…The Lost Patrol are Badalamenti meets Morricone. Blue hotels and ghost highways…” This track also throws in a large smattering of influences from Pink Floyd’s “One Of These Days” and Dr Who. Marvellous ! Grab a stash of their wares here and revel in it.
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The soundbed was ‘Fujiyama Dawn’ by Nick and Gerald.
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
The Electrical Language Podcast – Gabor’s first anniverary podcast is coming up soon. Drop him a note or send him an audio comment and tell him what your favourite track was from the last twelve months of TELP, and he’ll play it again just for you !
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comNovember issue out now !

Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2006 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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Show 64 – ‘The Great Leap': Phideaux interview

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

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It will come as no surprise to many – given the number of plays over the last year – that Phideaux Xavier is one of my all-time favourite independent artists. As a teen prog-lover, it comes as a breath of fresh air in my middle age that there are still musicians out there that love the genre and can provide a fresh, new angle that still sends the shivers down my spine when I listen.

Great Leap cover

It’s therefore with great pleasure that I present an interview with Phideaux, where I play and discuss three tracks from his latest CD, ‘The Great Leap’. Part one of a conceptual trilogy (part two – “Doomsday Afternoon” – will follow sometime later in the year) and named after Chairman Mao’s famously inept great leap forward’ campaign, it’s an album of “angry, scary, paranoid songs about life in an increasingly totalitarian society”.

Wake Up

Rainboy

Last

If you want to get hold of the CD (or any other Phideaux albums), you’ll find a list of vendors’ sites here. As the proud owner of every single one, I can safely say that each one is a gem in its own right and worth every penny / cent / dollar / pound.

Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
The Electrical Language Podcast – my good friend (and unofficial legal advisor) Gabor’s about to do another amazing job of hosting his second AMP’ed show in the space of so many months (see below). Go cheer him on !
AMP’ed podcast – subscribe with this feed
Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comNovember issue out soon !

Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2006 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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PodcastUser Magazine Issue 10 is now out !

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Yes, it’s that time again ! Issue 10 is now out. Read what I thought of my Review Roulette choice and find out more about the cross-continent / cross-network Accident Mash !

PUM issue 10

You can also meet the many of the good people behind PUM at the upcoming PodcastCon UK. Sadly, I won’t be there but do make sure you say hello to my lovely colleagues !














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