As our Xmas gift to you, dearest Listenership, here is the first of two bonus Speakeasies. Continue reading The X(&HT)Mas Bonus Speakeasies: The Promise
In a bare-faced attempt to up the ante, Rob and Clive invite The Little Unsaid, AKA John Elliott, into Studio 2A for some musical shenanigalia. John performs a new song, and covers tracks by Nick Cave and Atoms For Peace.
John also joins us for a robust discussion on the merits of and surprising facts around the world of the cover version. Rob and Clive reveal the music blogs they can heartily recommend (and the ones that they’ll cheerfully never go near again) and guest sound engineer Alex Purkiss shows us up with a radical uptick in sound quality over the bits he’s in charge of. Endearingly shambolic is the way we roll, wise guy! Stop making us look bad!
All this and the usual level of Z-grade pun-slinging and punditry from the crew that put the K in kwality.
The Music Blogs:
NME – nme.com/newmusic
Pitchfork – pitchfork.com/tracks
No Country For New Nashville – nocountryfornewnashville.com
Top House Music Blog – tophousemusicblog.com
Breaking More Waves – breakingmorewaves.blogspot.co.uk
The Von Pip Musical Express – Track of the Day – thevpme.com
Crack in the Road – crackintheroad.com
Real Horrorshow – horrorshowtunez.com
Cruel Rhythm – cruelrhythm.tumblr.com
Popjustice – popjustice.com
Here’s John recording his music for us. Note the professionalism of the studio setup. An upturned bin serves so many purposes…
and for bonus hilarity, the moment when he realised just what he’d let himself in for…
(if you want a permanent copy, click the link by the player to download the podcast to your computer).
November. Cold, damp, and once you’re past the Halloween/Bonfire Night twofer, there’s nothing to look forward to until Christmas. Oh well, let’s go to the pictures.
Clive and Rob are joined by film-maker Simon Aitken, who braves the 50 Second Flash Film Challenge. We consider the vexed question of remakes, reboots and *shudder* re-imaginings, and the Dice Of Fate is pointing us at music blogs.
Grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte and snuggle in!
Say hello to Simon:
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A bonus Spookeasy for The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year: Halloween, that is! Continue reading The Halloween Spookeasy!
THE OCTOBER SPEAKEASY: COMICS SPECIAL!
We love comics. We read comics. And in this edition of the Speakeasy, we talk about comics. At length.
We review the best new books that The Dice Of Fate allowed us to look at in Spetember, and take an extensive look at the career and works of Frank Miller: the good, the bad and the very, very ugly.
Plus we amp up the geeky with a D100 and generally do what we do. Read along, whydoncha?
Hootin’ Holleration! It’s the Funnybook edition of the X&HT Speakeasy!
A few bits of housekeeping: in an attempt to bump our professionalism quotient up from “endearingly ramshackle” to “barely competent” we are now available on iTunes! Click here to subscribe, and have our dulcet tones lick at your eardrums whenever you choose.
As a knockon from that, and in an attempt to keep the cashflow out of Hosepipe-ville, we’re moving away from Soundcloud. This blog is now the home of the Speakeasy, and we’ll be migrating the earlier shows into a cohesive archive in the immediate future. Hope you like our new direction.
Here we are and here we are and here we go… Continue reading The September Speakeasy
In the August Speakeasy, Rob and Clive are talking film. A lot. It’s our longest podcast ever and it’s jampacked full of goodness!
In our Fifty Second Flash Film Fest, we cram nine film reviews into under 8 minutes.
Clive gives us the lowdown on no-budget film-making, and shares some behind the scenes stories on his latest short, Acceptance.
Of course, we have all the recommendations for movies to see this month, and a heads-up for the greatest horror film festival on the planet: Frightfest!
As ever, if you have any comments or suggestions, let us know. Let’s keep the love flowing in both directions. Rivers of love. Tidal in nature.
Hoorah! Clive and I have been working hard on our next chunk of podcasty goodness, and here it is for you, you lucky Listenership.
A nervous, exciting and fulfilling day for Clive and I on Monday.
An evening was had with Leading Man Clive last night. One of those big plan, wide focus, beer-fuelled discussions, an idea-cooker where great notions are born.