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Show 76 – A Musical Fix

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

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It’s been a funny old week – I’ve been busy collecting more music for the show (huge thanks to everyone who’s dropped me a line so far singing the praises of bands they think would be great to play on the podcast) as well as doing some collaborative work with other podcasts. You’ll have seen from a previous entry in the shownotes that I guested on GD’s BiteSize Bonus, but in addition to that I’ve recorded a 15-minute ‘dj slot’ for an upcoming episode of podcast.dj. I really have been busy and quite immersed in the music, almost to the exclusion of all else. Podcasting can be addictive, folks – you end up craving the hit of sucessfully putting tracks together to create a great vibe. This is the result of another ‘fix’ !

Zack Weber – In Your Head
“Talented, charismatic and inspired, Zack Weber is a budding singer/songwriter with unstoppable drive and positive focus. Flourishing in his home state of Missouri, he is St. Charles’ best kept secret.” says the bio. He’s also much better looking and far more musically talented than me ! Get his album ‘Daydreams and Day Jobs’ here.
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Head In The Shed – Have We All Gone Insane ?
Much more dancefloor-ish than anything I’d normally like or play, this track by Swansea’s electro-rockers reminded me so much of something from the ‘Trainspotting’ soundtrack that I really enjoyed it. Great punk growlings and snarlings in there too ! Matty thought my tastes were eclectic enough to like it and he was right !
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The Alice Rose – All Over Your Body
From Austin in Texas, the band describe themselves as having Beatle-esque songwriting and melodies matched with a lyrical style drawing from Bob Dylan and Syd Barrett, though this track sounds very like Difford & Tilbrook of Squeeze were a huge influence. If you like this, then their debut album, “Phonographic Memory”, is available to buy now.
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The soundbed was ‘Equinoxal’ by Incidental Fusion.
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Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2007 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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The Englishman, Welshman and Scotsman

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

The mighty Green Dragon has very kindly been throwing open a spot on his podcast – GD’s BiteSize Bonus – called ‘The BsB Takeover Guest Spot’. Today I was fortunate enough to have been allowed (in a virtual sense) into Typhoid Towers to hijack 10 minutes of his 282nd show.

Click the link above to listen. A huge thank you to Martin for allowing me on !

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Show 75 – Cross-Continental Explorer

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

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The US, Canada and the UK…. musical treats from both sides of the Atlantic for your delectation and delight. Three From Leith truly has a global reach and is able to bring you a wide selection of tracks from across the musical spectrum. Whether the bands approach me or I approach them, each new discovery is like a shiny, new jewel which I am desperate to share with you, the listeners. Of course, you may have a favourite independent musician or band who’s never been on TFL and that you’d like to shout about from the rooftops. If you do, drop me a note and let’s see if we can bring it to the attention of everyone. Get writing ! Until then, enjoy this week’s line-up.

The Heise Brothers – Seven Long Years
A foot-tapper of a track from the brothers’ second collaborative album, ‘The Continuing Saga Of The Heise Brothers. You can find it, along with their other album, to buy and enjoy at home !
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North Atlantic Explorers – When My Ship Comes In
The long, hypnotic opener from ‘Skylines’ which dropped through my letterbox on the day of recording. Shades of Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros made this the one I selected to play. Get your copy here and here!
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The Pocket Gods – Night Lights
Tinkly, sparkly indie from favourites of the late, great John Peel. Basic, stripped back and helplessly catchy – it’s easy to see why John (and yours truly) loved it. Get their CD, ‘Sandringtonsput’, here.
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The soundbed was ‘The Archway At Blenheim’ by Torchomatic.
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Show 74 – Sir Cliff’s Fate

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

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My head is more together this week, or at least my brain’s working in unison with my tongue ! Sunday past was friend and listener Marilyn’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Marilyn !!! In celebration of this fact, the show opens with a band that she recommended to me. When I approached the band and mentioned that a friend of mine in the US had given me their name, they said, “Would that have been Marilyn ?” So, if you have a favourite independent (and podsafe) band you’d like to hear and bring to other lister’s attention, drop me a line or leave a comment. In the meantime, enjoy the liveliness, emotion and downright daft humour of this week’s line up.

The Towers – Stop. Wake Up
A huge favourite in the Madsen household over in LA, which I can appreciate now that we’ve been introduced to each other ! Get their new 12-track CD, ‘Pop By Numbers – the EP Collection’ by clicking here.
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Seagull Strange – Love and Death
Hauntingly powerful and dripping with emotion, this second outing from Seagull Strange on TFL is a stunner. Their album, “Better Angels of Our Nature”, is now available for pre-order, at a discounted price, from Shifty Disco. If you place your order before the release date of 29th January 2007, you’ll also get exclusive access to “Black Day Dawning”; a free, non-album, download.
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Dumb Instrument – What If Cliff
Combining a stripped-down backing with cynically funny lyrics, this paen to the UK’s virginal friend of Jesus and Peter Pan Of Pop, Sir Cliff Richard, is a pure joy to listen to. I laughed myself silly and immediately emailed friends from work with the band’s MySpace link. This, and other new versions of their tracks will be released this year on the band’s first EP, “Songs, ya Bas”.
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The soundbed was ‘Sunlit Harbour’ by Torchomatic.
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Big props given out to:
The Morrisons – last week I stated that they didn’t have a MySpace when – in fact – they did. Click the link to hear more of their jangly, sparkly tracks.
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Show 73 – A Mind Adrift

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

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This week I seem to have been a bit tongue-tied (or maybe I was just braindead) and had terrible bother stringing a coherent thought or a coherent sentence together when I was recording the show. It felt very strange and rather worrying. Mind you, I was just in the recovery phase after a dose of the ‘Winter Virus’ which is sweeping the UK; my last few days off work were ruined as I spent them dying quietly and unable to move off the settee. Still, it put me in the mood for a more laid-back and contemplative feel to the show, so enjoy this week’s line-up.

Karma – 0 Miles
One of my outright favourite female vocalists / songwriters from quite a long time before I ever got into podcasting. A bewitching voice, stunning looks and incredible songwriting talent; it’s no wonder she’s been a number one artist in her native South Africa many times over. You’ll find links to buy her music all over the official Karma site and the MySpace site, and I’d urge you to treat yourself to a CD or two.
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The Morrisons – Waiting For A Train
One-time recommendation of the legendary John Peel in the 80s, and finally back together again and continuing to produce the finest jangly pop ever to have emerged from Torquay, the Morrisons are making their TFL debut and will shortly be releasing their new album.
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Robin Tymm – Going Nowhere Fast
A man after my own shyness and feelings of crippling self-doubt, Robin produces some of the most heartfelt and brilliantly soulful songs I’ve ever heard in the solo singer-songriter-musician genre – even if he doesn’t believe it !
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The soundbed was ‘SadSequence_Part1-2(edited)’ by Fumitaka Anzai.
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Podcast User Magazine Issue 12 now out !

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Podcast User Magazine Issue 12 is available now.

PUM 12

This months features include :

  • Talkshoe Explained
  • Japanese Podcasts
  • Picking the Tunes
  • Citizen Scoop
  • ID3 Tagging
  • Inside the Podcasters’ Studio with Andrew Darlow
  • The New Zune
  • Reflexion Filter Review
  • Video Podcast ‘Four Eyed Monsters’
  • Review Roulette, News, and more

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Show 72 – Here We Go Again !

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

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Another new year, another new Three From Leith ! The weather did its best to conspire against the world-famous “Edinburgh’s Hogmanay” and succeeded in getting it cancelled, but the New Year came along anyway. Here’s hoping that everyone had a safe and happy one and wishing everyone all the best for 2007. Right – let’s kick this year off as we mean to continue with some stompingly great music.

Blind Pew – The Devil In I
Mixing satirical lyrics with music that’s oft-described as down and dirty rock n roll, Scottish four-piece Blind Pew have established themselves as one of the most promising bands on the Scottish music scene. Thanks to their manager Ally for permission to play this old version of the track: a new recording will be released as a single early in 2007. Keep your eyes on their website for details !
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Montoya – Bubblegum Jane
Tablet Magazine described Montoya thus: “Clomping out of the gate like a bar band Tarantino would love, the brothers Montoya soon settle into ’70s rock swagger with an ease that belies their age.” I can’t disagree – stomping, stirring stuff that gets the blood pumping ! And talking about blood, check out their movie “Down For The Count”
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Sleepthief – The Chauffeur
Featuring the voice of the lovely Kirsty Hawkshaw from London, and set for release as a single this month, Justin Elswick rides again as a leading exponent of electronica in this Rolls-Royce of a cover version of the old Duran Duran track. Remember to check out Kirsty’s ‘Making of’ video on Sleepthief’s MySpace page.
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The soundbed was ‘We Are Like Crystal’ by Aeryal.
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Big props given out to:
The Sonic Spotlight – War-N and Christa from Hungry Lucy expand their interview podcast into a music show playing the bands they admire and often talk about on Tea With Hungry Lucy’s ‘OPM’ slot.
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Subscribe by RSS Feed to the free www.podcastusermagazine.comJanuary’s issue out now, with my sE Reflexion Filter review !

Thank you for continuing to support the independent artists in 2007 by listening, feeding back and buying their music.

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