Here are various segments published on PodCloud1
(Working Backwards from December 2015)
New & Old –
This soundboard has songs that are about new or old things.
Featuring Arctic Monkeys, Chicago, Tracy Chapman, Inxs, Steely Dan, Everclear,
The Isley Brothers, and Death Cab For Cutie.
Quite the eclectic mix!
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Year End Review  –
Join host PeeperD as he takes a look back at some of his favorite recordings of 2015.
This double-sized retrospective features over 30 of the year’s best albums. Highlights include music from Foals, Alabama Shakes, Wilco, Borns, Courtney Barnett,
Father John Misty, George Ezra, Lord Huron, Squeeze, Leon Bridges,
and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats.
This is the gift that your ears have been asking for all holiday season, Why not reward them?
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The Sixties – Vol. 11 (Christmas Flashback)-
Podcloud1 is serving up a slice of the swinging sixties right at the heart of the holiday season!
It’s a festive flashback featuring music from Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Temptations, Connie Francis, The Beach Boys, Paul & Paula, Brenda Lee, Nat King Cole, Otis Redding, Robin Ward, The Four Seasons, Dave Seville & The Chipmunks, Carla Thomas, Joe Dowell and Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra.
This is how the holidays sounded 50 years ago!
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Focus On: Santa Claus –
It’s a star-studded salute to Santa Claus.
This Santa-centric mix highlights different aspects of the man in red. Featuring songs from James Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Brave Combo, Bob Seger & The Last Heard, The Harmony Bits, Gene Autry, The Swinging Medallions, Al Hirt, The Lollipops, Clarence Carter, Lola Dee with Ralph Marterie & His Orchestra and The Chatham County Line. Plus a special spoken word performance by Robert J. Lurtsema.
In this special holiday Focus On, Podcloud1 explores the legacy through song and story of one of mankind’s most beloved characters-Santa Claus.
You’ll never look at Santa the same way again!
The origin story of Santa Claus is a mix of legend, history and folklore that differs from place to place. Some believe he comes from the 4th-century Greek bishop Saint Nicholas. Others believe he comes from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas. Still others credit England’s Father Christmas. The story varies with each culture. But the one constant of each tale is that of a man who brings gifts to the homes of good children during the winter holiday season.Whether he’s called Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, or simply “Santa”, no one can deny that this gift-giver is a major figure in the folklore of the Western world.
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Back in the early centuries of the Common Era, pagan Rome celebrated a solstice festival in December. It was the time when the waning winter sun reversed its course and, once again, the days became longer with the promise of a spring to come. This festival of Saturn was called Saturnalia and it featured gift-giving and much drunken revelry. The emerging Christian church of that era decided to celebrate the birth of Christ at that time as well in an effort to attract new recruits. Saturnalia’s popularity continued into the third and fourth centuries. But as the Roman Empire came under Christian rule, many of its customs were incorporated into the seasonal celebrations surrounding Christmas and the New Year.
Prior to Christianization, Germanic peoples of Northern Europe celebrated a midwinter event known as Yule. It was a 12-day midwinter festival usually set in the month of December. During the Yuletime period, supernatural and ghostly occurrences were said to increase in frequency. One famous tale was that of “The Wild Hunt”-a ghostly procession led by the god Odin who rode across the midwinter sky visiting his people with gifts. Legend has it that children would fill their boots with carrots, straw and sugar, and place them near the chimney. It was thought that Odin would stop by and use the food to feed his horse, Sleipnir, and, in reward for their kindness, he would place gifts and candy in the boots. Elements of this story, including Odin’s long white beard and his gray horse carrying him on his nightly rides, influenced future folk tales of a mysterious gift-giver during the holiday feast.
With the Christianization of Germanic Europe, numerous pagan traditions were absorbed from Yuletide resulting in what we now refer to as “Christmastide”. Among these customs was the importance of the evergreen tree as a symbol of the renewal of life. This notion would later evolve into the Christmas tree as well as decorative garlands and wreaths made of holly and ivy. A “Yule log” was a specially selected log burnt on a hearth during the celebration. This was meant to illuminate the house and turn night into day symbolizing the lengthening of the days. Communal bonfires associated with feasting and drinking gradually became part of the Yuletide celebration. The burning of candles was an evolution of these festive bonfires. Other customs such as gift giving, feasting on a Yule boar and Yule singing also became part of the Christmastide celebration.
In 4th century Turkey, a Greek bishop and Christian saint named Saint Nicholas of Myra was famous for his generous gifts to the poor and, in particular, children. He is usually portrayed as a white bearded bishop in canonical robes. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him. Saint Nicholas was revered among many faiths resulting in a celebratory feast day in his honor. Different groups of Christians celebrated Saint Nicholas Day at different times in the month of December. During the middle ages, often on the evening before Saint Nicholas Day, children were bestowed gifts in his honor. Over the years as many religions and cultures adopted him as their own, the story of this mysterious gift-giver evolved in many ways.
In the Netherlands and Belgium, Sinterklaas is a traditional holiday figure based on Saint Nicholas. He is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on either the night before Saint Nicholas Day or the morning of the day itself. Sinterklaas is an elderly, stately man with white hair and a long, full beard. He wears a long red cape and carries a gold shepherd’s staff with a fancy curled top. He travels on a white horse and carries a big book that tells whether each child has been good or naughty in the past year.
Sinterklaas is always pictured carrying a large bag full of candy and is accompanied by many mischievous helpers with black faces known as “Zwarte Pieten” or Black Peter(s). He traditionally arrives each year in mid-November parading through the streets on his horse welcomed by children cheering and singing traditional songs. In the weeks between his arrival and Saint Nicholas Day, he visits schools, hospitals and shopping centers. It is rumored that Sinterklaas rides his white-grey horse over the rooftops at night delivering gifts through the chimney to well-behaved children. Similar to the Germanic tradition, children put their shoes next to the fireplace leaving a carrot or some hay in it for the Sinterklaas horse. The next day they find some candy or a small present in exchange.
Father Christmas dates back as far as 16th century England. Pictured as a large man in green or scarlet robes lined with fur, he personified the spirit of good cheer at Christmas bringing peace, joy, good food, wine and revelry. The rise of Puritanism led to increasing condemnation of the traditions of communal feasting and drinking. Writings in support of traditional celebrations often personified Christmas as a venerable, kindly old gentleman given to good cheer but not excess. These authors referred to this personification as “Father Christmas”. Originally associated with adult drinking and feasting, Father Christmas gradually merged with the gift-giving traditions of Saint Nicholas and Sinterklaas. Although stories of his physical appearance varied, many associated him with the description of the “Ghost Of Christmas Present” in Charles Dickens’ 1843 tale “A Christmas Carol”.
A similar figure with the same name exists in several other countries. In Canada and France, he is referred to as “Pere Noel”. Spain and almost all Hispanic South American countries call him “Papa Noel”. Some other names include Pai Natal (Portugal), Babbo Natale (Italy) and Daidi Baba (Ireland). Father Christmas comes down the chimney to put presents in children’s stockings. Families leave a glass of sherry or mulled wine, mince pies, biscuits, or chocolate and a carrot for his reindeer near the stockings as a present for him.
In 16th century Germany, the idea of decorating a small fir tree with apples, nuts, dates, pretzels and paper flowers became popular. This was mostly done by town guilds who placed the tree in their meeting halls for the guild members’ children to collect the treats on Christmas day. During the 17th century, this custom entered family homes spreading across Germany and to other countries. By the 19th century, the custom had become popular among the nobility and spread to royal courts as far away as Russia. This practice was eventually taken to America by German immigrants.
Santa Claus is sometimes referred to as Kris Kringle. This name is most likely also derived from Dutch-German descent. The Dutch-German Protestant name for the Christ child was “Christ Kindl”. He is pictured as a young child or fairy-like being with a golden crown holding a tiny “tree of light” who brings gifts. As the Pennsylvania Dutch began to intermarry with the English settlers in America, a transformation began. Once thought to be the Christ child’s chief helper, the role of Kris Kringle evolved to the image of Saint Nicholas. Legend has it that he carries a tiny Christmas tree and enters the house through a window left open. When he has left his presents, he rings a bell to alert the household to his departure.
In the English colonies of North America, the various legends of the gift-giver from church history and folklore began to merge into the figure we now know as Santa Claus. In Washington Irving’s 1809 “History Of New York”, Sinterklaas, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle and Father Christmas were Americanized into a figure pictured as a thick-bellied Dutch sailor with a pipe in a green winter coat. An 1821 poem titled “Old Santeclaus” described an old man on a reindeer sleigh bringing presents to children.
But the modern image of Santa Claus was truly established in the 1823 poem “A Visit From Saint Nicholas” which is better known today as “The Night Before Christmas”. It was originally published anonymously, and it was not until 1844 that Clement Clarke Moore was revealed as the author. Much of Santa’s modern attributes are established in this poem. Riding in a reindeer-drawn sleigh that lands on the roof, entering through the chimney and having a bag full of toys are all introduced here. Santa is described as being “chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf” with “a little round belly”. Even the names of the reindeer are introduced. These reindeer can be seen as another carryover from the Germanic and Scandinavian tales.
As the years passed, the image of Santa Claus evolved in popular culture as many artists pictured him in publications of the time. Some of the most popular were Thomas Nast’s illustrations in Harper’s Weekly. A color collection of these pictures, published in 1869, was accompanied by a poem by George P. Webster, who wrote that “Santa’s home was near the North Pole in the ice and snow”. By the 1870s, the story had become well known. Songwriter Benjamin Hanby advanced the mythology with the Christmas songs “Up On The Housetop” (1864) and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” (1881). An editorial appearing in the New York Sun in 1897 under the title “Is There A Santa Claus?” became another part of popular Christmas lore upon its release. An 1899 poem “Goody Santa Claus On A Sleigh Ride,” by Katherine Lee Bates introduced the idea of Santa’s wife Mrs. Claus.
“The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus” by L. Frank Baum in 1902 further popularized Santa Claus. The children’s book added much to the legend including Claus’s motives. Originally living a happy childhood among immortals, Claus is exposed to the misery and poverty of the children of the outside world by Ak, the Master Woodsman of The World. Santa strives to find a way to bring joy into the lives of all children eventually inventing toys as a means of doing this.
In America, what helped cement Santa Claus’s connection with benevolence and philanthropy, on top of his giving gifts to children, was the Salvation Army dressing volunteers as Santa and putting them on the streets around Christmas time to solicit charitable donations.
Images of Santa Claus were further popularized through Haddon Sundblom’s depictions of him for The Coca-Cola Company’s Christmas advertising in the 1930s. In some of these images, Santa was depicted as personally making his toys by hand in a small workshop like a craftsman. Eventually, the idea emerged that he had numerous helper elves responsible for making the toys.
In 1934, a Christmas song titled “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” debuted on Eddie Cantor’s radio show. It was an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music and more than 30,000 records sold within 24 hours. It popularized the idea of Santa making a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior and delivering presents to all of the well-behaved (and sometimes coal to the naughty) on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of elves who make the toys in his workshop up at the North Pole and his team of flying reindeer who pull his sleigh.
The 1947 film “Miracle On 34th Street” portrayed a modern version of Santa Claus. Actor Edmund Gwenn won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his endearing performance as Kris Kringle. The story focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. Songs of the time also added new elements to the legend such as the Gene Autry classics “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Here Comes Santa Claus”. Further details of the story have been introduced through radio, TV and films. An animated television show in the 1970s titled “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” incorporated many elements of the legend into its storyline.
Just as Christmas has gathered many aspects from a number of different cultures over the years, so has the lifestyle and persona of Santa Claus. But the core story of the gift-giver is one that rises above any one tradition. By whatever name he is known, Santa Claus reflects some of society’s highest ideals: childhood purity and innocence, selfless giving, unfaltering love, justice and mercy. Because of this, he has become one of the most enduring symbols of our modern midwinter festival. Santa Claus is the embodiment of the good-hearted benevolence that should guide everyone’s holiday celebration.
Heating Up –
This pod cranks up the heat!
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70’s Deep Tracks- volume 19-
These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely never be played on today’s preset definition of what is “Classic Rock”.
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
This installment of our popular series features a selection from one of the most popular live albums of the 70s by Peter Frampton. Solo work from ex-Beatle John Lennon is just part of a set that includes Todd Rundgren, Al Stewart, Joe Walsh and Spirit.
A spacey classic from the Alan Parson’s Project’s I Robot and a little-known tune from Sad Cafe round out the show.
A great slice of the sounds of the 70s!
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Gimme Some Water-
This soundboard quenches your musical thirst featuring songs about water.
Featuring The Why Store, Tears For Fears, The Standells, The Cure, The Decemberists, Cake, Eddie Money, and Meat Puppets.
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Thankful & Thoughtful –
The holiday finds PeeperD in a thankful and thoughtful mood.
Playing songs that revolve around a theme of gratitude.
Music from ZZ Top, Van Morrison, Talking Heads, Son Volt and Sly & The Family Stone.
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Singers bring the Daptone Records sound.
Plus a classic song of appreciation from Brook Benton. Thankful background sounds from Robert Randolph, Royksopp and Vince Guaraldi.
New music from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats rounds out the set.
This pod of music is guaranteed to make you thankful that you pressed play.
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Podcloud1 has the perfect soundboard for your Thanksgiving holiday!
Whether you’re cooking in the kitchen or lounging in the living room, you’ll be thankful for this tasty pod of seasonal sounds.
Featuring songs of thanks from Otis Redding, Billy Paul, Poi Dog Pondering, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Big Star, The Recreationals, Vasti Jackson, The Kinks, Pat Godwin,
Little Eva, The Beatroots, Betty Wright and others.
Some bonus Thanksgiving bits from various comedians spices up our rich holiday recipe.
Happy Thanksgiving from Podcloud1!
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(*this pod is double-length)
Join MisterMusic your host for a bounty of tunes featuring new material from ELVY, Say Hi, and Turin Brakes.
Plus classic numbers from Jefferson Starship, Toad The Wet Sprocket, Max Frost, Hindu Love Gods, and Golden Earring.
This pod is a feast for your ears!
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70’s Deep Tracks- Vol. 18-
These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely never be played on today’s preset definition of what is “Classic Rock”.
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
From the funky opener by War to the sing-a-long closer from Grand Funk, this pod is a deep track dose of bliss!
Featuring The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Joe Cocker and 10CC. Plus a seldom-heard gem from a band called Missouri.
The tracks don’t get any deeper than these!
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Focus On: JAMES
James has been an institution on the British alternative music scene since the early 80s.
Their sound is a mixture of rock, pop and folk led by the powerful vocals of singer Tim Booth. Throughout their career, they have risen to the top of the charts and then returned to cult status several times. They’ve also endured a six year hiatus during the early 2000s. But their powerful live performances have won them a loyal following over the years. They are a international favorite of the festival circuit where they can still be seen today.
This pod contains songs from several of James’ studio albums recorded throughout their 33-year career.
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James were formed in 1982 in Manchester, England when guitarist Paul Gilbertson persuaded his friend Jim Glennie to buy a bass guitar and form a band with him. Their line-up solidified with the addition of Gavan Whelan on drums. They played a string of gigs under various names with vocalists and other musicians drifting in and out of their line-up, until the band encountered Tim Booth at a student disco. Gilbertson invited him to join the band and he was soon promoted to lead singer. The band renamed themselves James in August of 1982.
A gig at The Hacienda caught the attention of Tony Wilson of Factory Records. He offered James an album deal with Factory. But the band, by now a settled live act, were worried about tarnishing their material in the studio and settled instead for a three-track EP. Their debut release, the Jimone EP, was released on Factory Records in September of 1983. It was named single of the week by major music papers in the UK, and led to the band providing support for The Smiths between February and April 1985 on the Meat Is Murder tour.The Smiths covered James’ ‘What’s The World’ track during this tour.
Although they were now being touted as the “next big thing”, several complex issues slowed their progress. Gilbertson’s drug problems presented the band with no choice but to ask him to leave. Booth and Glennie had joined a sect named Lifewave that imposed many restrictions on their lifestyle and threatened the band’s stability. The band’s second EP, James II, was released over a year after the first and accompanied by a feature on the cover of the New Music Express. Reviews were once again positive, and Factory were eager for James to record a full-length album. But the band believed Factory were purely image-based and left the label, striking a deal with Sire Records.
Their third release, the Sit Down EP, came out in February of 1986, and was followed by their debut album, Stutter in July of that year. The album reached number 68 in the UK Albums Chart. Low on money and lacking coverage and promotion, the band recorded their second album, Strip-Mine, attempting a more conventional song structure in an attempt to please Sire. The album almost went unreleased, but after undergoing a slight remix to sound more radio-friendly, Sire released the album in September of 1988, over a year after it had been initially completed. Unfortunately, the album only reached number 90. After finding a clause for ending their contract, the band left Sire.
James had by this point earned themselves a reputation as a live act and had built a solid fan base. They financed the production of a live album titled One Man Clapping with a bank loan and the help of Rough Trade Records. The album went to number 1 in the indie charts, reinvigorating media interest in the band.
During the next few years James greatly expanded their lineup and sound palette by hiring three new members-guitarist/violinist/percussionist Saul Davies, keyboard player Mark Hunter and trumpeter/percussionist Andy Diagram. This new seven-piece line-up went into the studio to record the third James album. New singles “Sit Down” and “Come Home” became strong hits on the independent charts. The album Gold Mother was intended to be released on Rough Trade but, after a dispute about the marketing of the album, the band bought the rights to the album from the label. A successful winter tour in 1989 attracted a deal with Fontana Records and the band ended a difficult decade on a positive note.
Gold Mother was finally released in June 1990, just as the “Madchester” movement, with its wave of popular Manchester-based indie bands, focused public attention on James and won them mainstream recognition. Three Singles all made the Top 40, and the band’s played two sell-out dates at the Manchester G-Mex at the end of the year. In March 1991, a re-recorded version of “Sit Down” was released as a single that hit number 2 in the UK Singles Charts becoming one of the biggest-selling singles of the year.
The band members spent the rest of the year recording their next album, Seven, which was released in February of 1992. It reached number 2 in the UK Albums Chart (its lead single, “Sound”, had followed “Sit Down” into the top 10 a few months earlier) and earned the band some recognition in the U.S. as they embarked on their first Stateside tour.
In 1993 James were invited on an acoustic tour of the U.S. opening for Neil Young at a series of natural outdoor venues. They returned to England refreshed and ready to record their new album with Brian Eno, whom they had originally approached to produce Stutter but who had been unavailable at the time. Eno set about bringing out the ambience in James’ sound, and took them through a recording process that resulted in not one but two albums: the ‘song’ album, Laid, and the experimental Wah Wah, which showcased the band’s improvised jams recorded during the sessions.
Laid was released in late 1993 to positive reviews. Although it was a mild success in the UK, the album really broke big in the US, charting at number 72 in the Billboard 200. The band spent most of 1994 touring the States. Wah Wah was eventually released in September 1994 to a lukewarm reception.
The recording of the follow-up album faced difficulties from the start. Two key members of the James organization resigned and Booth announced that he also wished to take a break in order to record an album with composer Angelo Badalamenti. At around the same time, there was the discovery of a large tax bill owed by the band. Determined to continue despite the setbacks, the band began recording new songs while Booth returned periodically from the States to add his vocals. 1996 saw the release of Booth’s album with Badalamenti titled Booth And The Bad Angel. The new James album, Whiplash, followed in February 1997. The album proved a successful comeback, reaching the UK top 10 as did the single “She’s A Star”.
The band toured to promote the album, but Booth suffered a neck injury while dancing on stage, resulting in a series of tour dates being cancelled as he underwent emergency surgery, and the band being offered a place instead on the Lollapalooza tour. In 1998, a greatest hits album, The Best Of, was released, compiling all the band’s hits since their signing to Fontana. The album reached number 1 in the UK Albums Chart, and sell-out tours throughout the year followed.
James then returned to the studio to begin work on their next album, Millionaires, which was released in 1999. The album did not reach the phenomenal sales level predicted, but still entered the chart at number 2, and sold over 150,000 copies. After the disappointing performance of Millionaires the band chose to start anew in their approach to their next album, working with Eno once again. They spent most of 2000 recording the album; writing the songs, then performing them live before actually recording them. They embarked on a small-scale tour in the fall of that year on which their set lists consisted almost entirely of new material.
The album, Pleased To Meet You, was released in July of 2001. The artwork featured a composite image of the faces of all the band members to create a new person. The album reached only number 11, the lowest position for a James studio album since their signing to Fontana. Shortly after its release, James reached the end of their contract, and Tim Booth announced he was leaving the band to concentrate on other projects of his own. They played a farewell tour of the UK at the end of the year. Their final hometown gig, at the Manchester Evening News arena in December, was recorded for a live CD and DVD, Getting Away With It…Live.
Booth continued as a solo artist with the release of his solo album Bone in 2004. During this period of inactivity, another greatest hits compilation and a live recording kept the James name in the public eye. Then, in 2007, a posting on Booth’s personal website announced that he would be rejoining James for a series of live shows. At the same time, James’ old website was replaced by a new domain holder at Wearejames.com. The site confirmed the line-up as the one that recorded the Laid album. The initial five dates of the tour were quickly expanded to seven due to high demand and the whole tour sold out the first day. The tour took place during late April of 2007, and was followed later in the year by more live shows, including some festival appearances. Also that year, James released of a new compilation album, Fresh as a Daisy—The Singles, accompanied by a DVD compilation of all the band’s promo videos.
A new album, Hey Ma, was released in 2008, peaking at number 10 on the UK album charts. A three-week tour to promote the album quickly followed. Later the band announced plans to release two mini-albums by 2010. The Night Before was created by passing files across the internet, while its follow-up, The Morning After, was written with the members together in a studio. Following the release of The Night Before, the band embarked on a UK tour premiering songs from the album. Another UK tour took place in December. Both mini-albums were re-released together as a 2-CD set called The Morning After The Night Before in the U.S. prior to a 19-date North American tour which began in September to promote the combined album.
At the beginning of 2011, Tim Booth announced that he was working on some new solo material. James remained active, participating in the Lollapalooza festival in Chile, as well as Coachella and The Hard Rock Calling Festival in Hyde Park, London. Towards the end of 2011, James announced a series of dates that would include an orchestra and a choir. This short, ten date tour saw James performing their back catalogue accompanied by the Orchestra of the Swan and the Manchester Consort Choir.
James’ first new album in six years, La Petite Mort, was released in June of 2014 with the first single being the song “Moving On”. Although the record was influenced by the deaths of Tim Booth’s mother and his best friend, reviewers praised the album’s ability to deal with such dark topics while remaining uplifting and engaging. It was considered one of James’ most personal and moving records of their career.
Currently they are still touring in support of the album.
This soundboard is singing the praises of women with song.
Serenading the feminine gender are: Steve Winwood, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Monkees, Concrete Blonde, B.W. Stevenson, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fountains of Wayne, The Gin Blossoms, and Lou Reed.
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The Sixties – Vol. 10
This edition of our popular soundboard series focuses on the early years of the sixties decade.
Featuring music from Elvis, Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Lewis, Marty Robbins, Dion, Jimmy Jones, Gary U.S. Bonds and Marv Johnson. Plus classics by Ben E. King, The Tokens, Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs and The Drifters.
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Focus On: Led Zeppelin Deluxe Edition Re-issues-
A double-sized special edition hosted by PeeperD.
Guitarist Jimmy Page has spent much of the past few years tucked away in a London studio re-mastering each Led Zeppelin studio album. Along the way, he’s uncovered some great rarities, alternate versions and live cuts which have never been heard before. Each of these brand new re-issues features a bonus disc full of these gems.
Now that the entire catalog has finally been released, Podcloud1 takes an in-depth look at this enormous archival project. In a special edition of Focus On, host PeeperD examines each of these deluxe editions with an emphasis on the previously unheard “bonus tracks”. Although you may think you’re familiar with these classic albums, this show will present Led Zeppelin in a whole new light! It’s a must listen especially if you’re planning on picking up some of these re-issues for the holiday season.
Get the inside scoop on these new deluxe editions of the entire Led Zeppelin studio catalog!
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70’s Deep Tracks vol. 17 –
Another great pod of “70s Deep Tracks” featuring the duo of Pete Townsend & Ronnie Lane on a little-known gem. Plus heavy-hitters Van Morrison, Patti Smith, Ian Hunter, Graham Parker and Traffic. A hidden gem from Sea Level and a trip back to the 1979 breakout debut of Rickie Lee Jones. This is how real radio used to sound back in the day.
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Open up your case and pull up a chair, join the band for this soundboard on PodCloud1.
As you can tell by the artwork, this one features different musical instruments in the titles.
Playing an instrument in our band are Paul Westerberg, John Hiatt, Bruce Hornsby, Talking Heads, Katie Melua, Cake, Beck, and Todd Rundgren.
This one strikes a good chord!
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Time Well Spent-
PeeperD celebrates the changing seasons with a great mix of old and new!
David Gilmour, Wilco and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats provide the new tunes.
The Swell Season, Grant Lee Buffalo, The Jayhawks and The Smiths add the vintage sounds.
Plus a classic from the 50s by Clarence “Frogman” Henry. Background sounds from the duo of Georg & Orri from Sigur Ros.
The leaves aren’t the only things that are falling down!
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Meet Me In Chicago-
From the city that brought you the blues and now hosts Lollapalooza, this soundboard is a musical tour of some of the most popular acts from the windy city.
Featuring music from Wilco, Buddy Guy, The Smashing Pumpkins, Cheap Trick, Mavis Staples, Poi Dog Pondering, Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues, Andrew Bird and
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound.
The title says it all! Take a sonic vacation with Podcloud1!
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70’s Deep Tracks (volume 16)-
This pod explores the Southern California country rock sound of the 70s.
Featuring music from The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Warren Zevon. Includes a classic cut from a short-lived band of Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Plus unsung songwriters Karla Bonoff and John David Souther get some air time.
Make sure the sun is shining on your face when you fire this one up!
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MisterMusic is your host on this September Smash!
Bringing a few classics by The Radio Dept., General Public, Billy Preston, Arcade Fire, and White Lies.
Plus new music by FFS, Boy & Bear, and EL VY into the mix.
This podcast will heat up your cool autumn!
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Focus On: John Martyn-
John Martyn is an overlooked legend of British folk/rock. He specialized in an acoustic, bluesy folk sound, but was also a restless experimentalist, running his guitar through all manner of effects processors. His sound was a unique blend of jazz, pop, world and ambient music highlighted by his whiskey-grained vocals and sweet stinging acoustic guitar. With a career that spanned almost 50 years and 21 studio albums, John Martyn left a moody legacy that continues to influence artists to this day.
This pod is presented in two parts. The first part focuses on John’s early years and the development of his trademark sound through some of his classic albums of the 70s. The second part examines John’s musical explorations from 1980 until his death in 2009.
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Born in 1948, John Martyn began his professional musical career when he was 17, playing a blend of blues and folk which resulted in a distinctive style that made him a key figure in the British folk scene during the mid-1960s. With the aid of his mentor, traditional singer Hamish Imlach, Martyn began to make a name for himself and eventually moved to London, where he became a fixture at Cousins, the center of the local folk scene. It was here that he caught the attention of Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who made him the first white solo act to join his reggae-based label. Martyn released his first album London Conversation in 1968 which was a fairly straightforward British folk record. It only hinted at what was to come.
With his follow-up later that same year, The Tumbler, Martyn began to expand his musical vision by employing back-up musicians to flesh out his sound. His voice also began to take on a jazzier quality as he began to experiment musically. On stage, Martyn continued to experiment with his sound by adding various effects to his electrified acoustic guitar. By 1970 Martyn had developed a wholly original and idiosyncratic sound: acoustic guitar run through a fuzzbox, phase shifter and Echoplex. The Echoplex allowed Martyn to play off of the tape loops of his own guitar, enveloping himself in his own playing while continuing to play leads over the swelling sound. This sound was first apparent on his 1970 album Stormbringer! which was written and performed by both John and his then-wife Beverley. A second album with Beverley was The Road To Ruin which was also released in 1970. However, Island Records felt that it would be more successful to market Martyn as a solo act although Beverley continued to make appearances as a background singer as well as continuing as a solo artist herself.
The next few years saw John Martyn continuing to expand on his unique blend of folk, rock, jazz as well as music from the Middle East, South American and Jamaica. 1971’s Bless The Weather contained some of his most mature songs yet. Then, in 1973, Martyn released one of the defining British albums of the 1970s, Solid Air, the title song a tribute to singer-songwriter Nick Drake. On these two albums, Martyn collaborated with jazz bassist Danny Thompson, with whom he proceeded to have a musical partnership which continued until his death. By 1973, he also developed a new, deeper and bluesier vocal style which was featured on the album Inside Out. It placed more emphasis on feel and improvisation rather than song structure.
n 1975, he released Sunday’s Child, a more song-based collection with several references to his young family. During this period, Martyn’s bouts with alcoholism began to affect his career. He became an erratic and at times self-destructive performer. He might perform a show of electronic guitar experiments for a crowd of folkies or a set of traditional, acoustic ballads when playing to a rock audience. In September of that year he released a live album, Live At Leeds, which featured Danny Thompson and drummer John Stevens. Martyn had been unable to convince Island to release the record, and resorted to selling individually signed copies by mail from home. After releasing Live at Leeds, Martyn took a sabbatical, including a visit to Jamaica, spending time with famous reggae producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.
In 1977, he released One World, which led some to describe Martyn as the “Father of Trip-Hop”. It included tracks such as “Small Hours” and “Big Muff”, a collaboration with Lee “Scratch” Perry. Martyn had, for the most part, abandoned his acoustic guitar on record for a sort of rock, world and jazz fusion. Although his style was moving away from his folk roots, his songs retained the passion and structure of his best early work.
Martyn’s marriage broke down at the end of the 1970s. Out of this period, described by Martyn as “a very dark period in my life”, came the album Grace And Danger. Released in 1980, the album had been held up for a year by close friend Chris Blackwell who found the album too openly disturbing. Only after intense and sustained pressure from Martyn did Blackwell agree to release the album. Martyn has cited Grace and Danger as his favorite album, and said that it was “probably the most specific piece of autobiography I’ve written. Some people keep diaries, I make records.” The album has since become one of his highest regarded, prompting a deluxe double-disc re-issue in 2007.
Phil Collins played drums and sang backing vocals on Grace and Danger and subsequently played drums on and produced Martyn’s next album, Glorious Fool in 1981, which also featured Eric Clapton on guitar. Martyn left Island Records in 1981, and recorded Glorious Fool and Well Kept Secret for WEA, achieving his first Top 30 album. Returning to Island Records, he recorded Sapphire in 1984, Piece By Piece in 1986, and the live Foundations in 1987 before leaving the label in 1988.
Continuing to battle his alcoholism, Martyn signed with Permanent Records and released The Apprentice in 1990 and Cooltide in 1992. He then re-recorded many of his “classic” songs for 1993’s No Little Boy. In 1996, Martyn released And, which drew heavily on trip-hop textures, a direction that saw more complete expression on 2000’s Glasgow Walker, which was considered a surprise comeback effort by critics.
In 2003, a cyst burst in Martyn’s leg due to septicemia brought on by diabetes. The end result was an amputation, but he continued to tour the world performing with his band from a wheelchair. 2004 saw the release of On The Cobbles, which revisited his earlier acoustic-based sound. Critics described it as “his strongest, most consistent set in years”.
In collaboration with his keyboard player Spenser Cozens, Martyn wrote and performed the score for the film Strangebrew, winning the Fortean Times Award at the London Short Film Festival in 2007. In February of 2008, he received the lifetime achievement award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. To mark Martyn’s 60th birthday, Island released a 4CD box set, Ain’t No Saint, in September of that year. The set included unreleased studio material and rare live recordings.
Although he continued writing and recording, Martyn’s health was in serious decline as a result of a lifetime of substance abuse. He died on January 29, 2009 in Ireland, due to double pneumonia. Phil Collins paid tribute, saying: “John’s passing is terribly, terribly sad. I had worked with and known him since the late 1970s and he was a great friend. He was uncompromising, which made him infuriating to some people, but he was unique and we’ll never see the likes of him again.” An album of songs he was working on at the time of his death was released posthumously under the title Heaven And Earth in 2011.
With his characteristic backslap acoustic guitar playing, his effects-driven experimental journeys, and his catalog of excellent songs, as well as his jazz-inflected singing style, John Martyn remains an important and influential figure in folk and rock. The depth of this influence was demonstrated on the tribute album, Johnny Boy Would Love This, which was released in 2011. It contained cover versions of his songs by artists as varied as Beck, The Swell Season, Robert Smith of The Cure, Snow Patrol, Beth Orton, David Gray, Morcheeba and Phil Collins to name a few.
Safety In Numbers –
This soundboard brings you songs that are numerical.
Featuring hits by Three Dog Night, The Brothers Johnson, The Beatles, Joe Jackson, Billy Idol, Elvis Costello, The Alarm, R.E.M., The Fixx, Alice Cooper, and a tribute to
Saturday Morning Schoolhouse Rock from Blind Melon.
These numbers all add up to a great mix!
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PeeperD’s Summer Field Goal-
PeeperD salutes the end of summer (and the beginning of football season) with a pod of music spanning over 50 years!
Featuring new sounds from Poi Dog Pondering and Frank Turner. Plus music from Stars, The The, Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul, and classic cuts from
Junior Wells and Billy Stewart. Even a tribute to Yes bassist Chris Squire.
Add in a few more overlooked instrumental gems and you’ve got the perfect soundtrack to the end of your summer!
Are You ready for some football?
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The Sixties (vol. 9) –
Travel back to the sixties with this pod of music from that swinging decade.
Featuring music from the “Queen of Soul”-Aretha Franklin, Roy Orbison, The Monkees, Spirit, Three Dog Night, The Ventures, Wilbert Harrison, Blue Cheer, and The Swinging Blue Jeans. Plus the hippy classic “San Francisco” by Scott McKenzie and a missing classic from The Squires.
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Focus On: Stars-
Stars is a Canadian indie rock band whose music has been described as “beautiful and eloquent chamber pop”. Their sound is characterized by lush instrumentation surrounding the dueling voices of singers Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell. Although recognized worldwide, they are particularly popular in their home country, having been nominated several times for both the Juno and Polaris Music Awards. Stars have built a loyal following by delivering a consistently interesting concept and well-constructed sound with each new album. Favorites of music critics world-wide, their evocative songs have been featured in numerous TV shows and popular movies. All of this exposure has helped Stars to become one of the major bands in today’s indie rock movement.
This pod features selections from many of Stars’ studio recordings from the last 15-plus years.
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Vocalist (and part-time actor) Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman became a musical duo in Toronto in 1998. They quickly moved to New York City to seek their fame. During their stay, they began writing and recording under the name “Stars” with help from other musicians from the local indie scene. A few songs from these recordings eventually became their 2001 debut EP titled Lot Of Little For The Sake Of One Big Truth. The sound was keyboard-based with atmospheric bleeps and blips. But it was the backing female vocals that really caught the attention of audiences and critics alike.
During this time, the group started playing live shows. Campbell and Seligman reached out to childhood friend Evan Cranley to play bass. Cranley was one of the original line-up of the group Broken Social Scene, and along with Seligman, became the main composer of Stars’ music. Cranley then invited singer/guitarist Amy Millan, who he had played with in the band 16 Tons, to come to New York and audition. After receiving assurances that she would be actively involved in the songwriting process, she agreed to join the group. As a side note, both Cranley and Millan continue to moonlight in the popular Broken Social Scene to this day.
The critics immediately caught on to the four-song EP describing Stars as “a fantastic new band that creates a musical dreamworld based on the manifesto Luxe, Calme et Volupte” (Light, Calm and Voluptuous). Citing influences such as The Smiths, Pet Shop Boys, Saint Etienne, Massive Attack and Bjork, critics were taken with Campbell’s lyrical ability to conjure images and tell vivid stories.
Spurred by this reception, Stars eventually released their debut long player Nightsongs in 2001. It included three of the songs from the EP (albeit in slightly different forms) as well as a cover of The Smiths’ “This Charming Man”. Critics described the album as “cosmopolitan synth-pop” and Stars quickly became one of the “bands to watch” of the indie rock community.
Desiring to return to Canada, but not wanting to move to Toronto, the band relocated to Montreal. Their mix of pop and indie rock made them a popular act and an important part of that city’s burgeoning indie scene. Stars recruited drummer Pat McGee as their fifth member during the recording of their second album Heart which was released in 2003. Amy Millan’s involvement in Nightsongs was limited because most of the recording had been completed before she joined the band. But her influence on the next album was more evident with a number of tracks performed as duets between her and Campbell. This established a style which would go on to become the group’s trademark sound. The album was again warmly received by critics and continued to build their reputation within the indie scene.
For their next project, Stars rented a house in the Eastern Townships of southeastern Quebec in the middle of winter. For a month and a half, the five of them lived together and wrote the songs for their commercial breakthrough Set Yourself On Fire. They recorded it in Montreal, releasing in Canada and the UK in 2004, and a year later in the U.S. It featured the single “Ageless Beauty” which received significant radio play. The record received great reviews and their highly acclaimed live performances established them as one of the most successful bands in Canada. In 2005, Set Yourself On Fire was nominated for a Juno Award.
Anticipating that their new album In Our Bedroom After The War would leak at some point between the final mixing and the official release, Stars became one of the first bands to make their album available in a digital form the day after it was completed on July 10th, 2007. In an interview, Campbell indicated that one of the goals was to create an album as a unified whole through careful sequencing and thoughtful storytelling instead of a simple collection of tracks. The album generated the single “Take Me To The Riot” and was nominated for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize.
Stars followed up with an EP titled Sad Robots in 2008. Amy Millan released a solo album titled Masters Of The Burial in 2009. Around the same time, Stars formed their own label Soft Revolution Records, and began work on their fifth studio album in their home city of Montreal with Tom McFall, who had produced Set Yourself On Fire. The next year Stars released The Five Ghosts which was a loose concept album about ghosts. The disc was a mix of melancholy yet shiny ballads and upbeat 80s-influenced beats. It was nominated for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.
After this, the group moved over to ATO Records. In 2012, they released their sixth full-length recording The North, which featured a more upbeat vibe compared to the previous album. They performed at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in 2013.
During this period, they built a new studio in a rented apartment above a gay discotheque called The Royal Phoenix. The night club throb of their adopted environment became a major influence in the resulting disco-influenced No One Is Lost which was released in 2014. Dedicated to their longtime manager and friend who had been diagnosed with cancer, the recordings balanced this sadness with the late-night celebrations going on below them to create an interesting examination of the frailty of the human condition. Critics were generally favorable toward the album. Stars are currently touring to support the recording with a schedule favoring frequent dates throughout Canada and North America.
Late Summer Breeze –
Wrap up your summer with this pod of great tunes hosted by MisterMusic.
Featuring new tunes by Albert Hammond Jr., Pale Honey, Imagine Dragons, On an On, and Beirut.
Plus some old entries from Suzanne Vega, Guillemots, Ben E. King, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Crank it up and enjoy the last days of summer!
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70’s Deep Tracks (vol. 15) –
These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely never be played on today’s preset definition of what is “Classic Rock”.
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
This pod is a great mix of some of the biggest names of the decade and some unknown gems!
Highlights include music from Genesis, Steve Winwood, Eddie Money and Dan Fogelberg. Lesser-known classics from New England and The Godz are also featured. Plus early 70s solo work from Colin Blunstone-the voice of The Zombies.
(click player for 70’s Deep Tracks vol. 15)
Give Me Money-
Here’s a soundboard about cash, change, moola, scratch, currency, benjamins…whatever you call it – it’s Money in music.
featuring monetary renditions by Barenaked Ladies, Pink Floyd, Albert Collins,
Dire Straits, The O’Jays, Pet Shop Boys, and Barrett Strong.
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PeeperD unearths some overlooked gems from Box Of Frogs, Belly and Gang Of Four.
Plus new music from Tanlines and The Vaccines.
Hits from The English Beat and Old 97’s round out this set. Add in some weird instrumental chart-toppers from the 60s and you’ve got this edition of the PeeperD pod.
~Fun and informative
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70’s Deep Tracks (vol. 14)-
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
These songs will bring a smile to your face if you remember them from the golden age of FM radio. It’s truly made up of 70’s deep track artists like Crabby Appleton, The Motors, City Boy and The Boyzz.
Also includes music from Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Electric Light Orchestra and Eric Clapton. Plus a hard-to-find single from The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.
A show worthy of firing up the black light!
(click player for 70’s Deep Tracks vol. 14)
MisterMusic is your host for this segment featuring new music by Wolf Alice,
Foals, and Family Of The Year. Plus The Maccabees, Clinic, and classics by Steely Dan
and David Bowie round off this set.
This pod sizzles!
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Focus On: The Flaming Lips:
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band who defy definition.
Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered psychedelic rock arrangements. But lyrically their songs show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles. They are best known for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne’s man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. Although a cult act for many years, The Flaming Lips have become a popular act known for their inventive and artistic approach to making and presenting music.
This pod features songs from many of their most popular albums including their recent track-by-track cover of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
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The Flaming Lips started as a four-piece band in Norman, Oklahoma in 1983 with leader Wayne Coyne joined by his vocalist brother Mark, a bass player and a drummer. The band debuted at Oklahoma City’s Blue Note Lounge. A year later they released their debut album “The Flaming Lips” which would be the only one with Mark Coyne singing lead vocals. After his brother’s departure, Wayne assumed the vocal duties and the band went on to release a series of albums throughout the 80s. Amongst these records were “Hear It Is”, “Oh My Gawd” and “Telepathic Surgery”.
In 1990, the band released their first album with producer Dave Fridmann, “In A Priest Driven Ambulance”, which was recorded at the State University of New York for $5 an hour on a $10,000 budget. The album was a marked expansion in the band’s sound. Their use of tape loops and effects were given a more prominent role in the sound and Wayne Coyne transitioned his vocal style to his now-trademark higher pitch. The band caught the attention of Warner Brothers Records and were signed later that year.
In 1992, The Lips released their major label debut “Hit To Death In The Future Head”. It was followed the next year by “Transmissions From The Satellite Heart”. It featured the unlikely hit single “She Don’t Use Jelly” which propelled the band to television stardom on numerous hit shows at the time. The Flaming Lips also rode the success of this record to long stints of touring, opening for popular bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“Clouds Taste Metallic” was released to much critical fanfare in late 1995, though it did not achieve the commercial success of its predecessor. In response to this, the group decided to redefine their direction with the experimental “Zaireeka” in 1997. It was a four-CD album which was intended to be heard by playing all four CDs in four separate CD players simultaneously. As part of this project, the group conducted a series of “parking lot experiments” where up to 40 volunteers were given cassettes created by the band to be played at a parking lot in their car stereos simultaneously.
Though their experimental endeavors received some press coverage, The Flaming Lips real breakthrough came with the 1999 release “The Soft Bulletin”. Compared by many music critics to The Beach Boys “Pet Sounds” because of its harmonies and orchestrated sounds, the recording married more traditional catchy melodies with a slicker production approach. But the biggest difference was the oddball but philosophical lyrics which were more prominent and up front in the mix than on any of their previous recordings. The album quickly became one of the underground hits of the year and is still considered to be one of the best of the entire decade.
The group decided to tour in support of the album as a three-piece, making extensive use of pre-recorded music to fill out the other parts. To enhance the live experience, The Lips devised the concept of the “headphone concert”. A low powered FM transmitter was set up at shows and the concert was simultaneously broadcast to small Walkman-style receivers with headphones made available for free to audience members.
In 2002, they released “Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots,” which increased the use of electronic instruments and computer manipulation. The album contained the hit single “Do You Realize” and it was certified gold, becoming The Flaming Lips first critical and commercial success after nearly twenty years as a band. They toured as the opening act and also as the back-up band for Beck on his “Sea Change” tour later that year.
Their eleventh album was titled “At War With The Mystics” and it was released in 2006. It was a more guitar-based and heavier effort than recent albums and was generally received favorably by both critics and fans. The single “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” became their highest charting single on the UK Singles Chart peaking at number 15. The band toured extensively in support of the album. These three albums are considered a commercial trilogy in the band’s discography accounting for the majority of their mainstream popularity.
In March of 2009, “Do You Realize” was announced as the official rock song of Oklahoma. The governor of the state described the group as ”a truly iconic rock band that are proud ambassadors of their home state”. 2009 also saw the release of the Lips’ first double album “Embryonic”. It was the band’s first album to open in the Billboard Top 10.
In the ensuing years, The Flaming Lips have found increasingly creative ways to present their musical visions. In 2011, they released a new song every month of the year. Later that year they released “The Gummy Bear Song Skull EP” which was a seven pound skull made of a gummy bear material which contained a flash drive inside with four songs on it. Also in 2011, they released a 24-hour song titled “7 Skies H3” which played live on a never-ending audio stream on a special web site set up by the band.
They also broke the Guinness World Record for the most live concerts in 24 hours in 2012 by playing 8 shows starting in Memphis and finishing in New Orleans. The concerts, which were required to be at least 15 minutes long as per Guinness rules, featured a mix of special covers, songs rarely or never performed live by the band, and new songs from their most recent release “The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends”
Over the years they’ve also released numerous EPs, videos and several track-by-track cover albums including “Dark Side Of The Moon” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. They’ve collaborated with musicians as varied as Ke$ha, Nick Cave and Erykah Badu. They’ve also become one of the top concert draws touring frequently throughout the world. Their latest full-length album was 2013’s “The Terror” with the song “Sun Blows Up Today” which was featured in a Hyundai Super Bowl commercial. This year, The Flaming Lips are collaborating with pop artist Miley Cyrus on a seven-track album.
On The Radio-
At Podcloud1, we love the whole idea of radio! In fact, here’s a soundboard focusing on all about the things we like most about it.
Featuring music from Elvis Costello, Roxy Music, Cheap Trick, Everclear, The Ramones, Joni Mitchell and Queen.
Plus a seldom-heard classic from Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers.
When we say “Radio-the way it was meant to be”, this pod is the perfect example of what we mean.
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Days Go By-
Like a calendar clicking past the days, this soundboard rolls across the Days of the Week in musical fashion.
Singing tribute to the days are The Mamas & The Papas, Matt Costa, Tegan and Sara,
The Rolling Stones, The Cure, Morrissey, Cat Stevens, The Easybeats, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Jackson, Lisa Loeb, Morphine and Johnny Cash.
The Days Go By before you know it!
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Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Celebration-
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Grateful Dead, the four original surviving members-Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart-are reuniting for a series of concerts titled “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead”.
Starting with two shows near San Francisco at the end of June, the tour concludes over the 4th of July weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field, nearly 20 years to the day of the last Grateful Dead concert which took place at that same venue.
Joining the band will be Phish’s Trey Anastasio on guitar and Bruce Hornsby on piano. It has been reported that this will be the original members’ last-ever performance together.
In honor of this event, Podcloud1 has prepared the perfect soundboard mix for your pre-show party.
Whether you’re a lucky ticket holder in the parking lot before the show or on your back deck waiting for the pay-per-view event, this pod will get you twirling.
Have a great show!
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Rockin’ With The Windows Down-
PeeperD rolls down the windows and turns up the tunes.
It’s a rockin’ pod made for rollin’ down the highway with new music from Mumford & Sons, The Word and the duo of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
Featuring Patti Smith, Cowboy Mouth and Santana. Plus some seldom-heard seventies gems from The Records and Timmy Thomas.
Start your summer out right with this postmodern jukebox of delights!
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Halfway Across –
MisterMusic hosts a new podcast filled with energy to kickstart your summer!
Featuring: T.Rex, Snow Patrol, The Church, Talking Heads, and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks. Plus new stuff by Cheers Elephant, The Jungle Giants, and Stereophonics.
Crank It Up!
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70’s Deep Tracks (vol. 13)-
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
From the scorching sound of ex-Deep Purple guitarist Richie Blackmore to the powerful rhythm & horn section of Chicago, this pod of 70’s deep tracks has it all! A deep track from one of the classic live albums of the decade by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band. Songs from early REO Speedwagon, Black Oak Arkansas, Rainbow and Chicago. Plus a 1975 classic from Sugarloaf.
These are the tracks that only the cool stations played.
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Focus On: St. Vincent-
St. Vincent has become one of the most unexpected success stories of the indie rock movement. Producing literate, emotionally intricate songs and beautifully crafted pop melodies made her an immediate hit with critics. But few expected her music to cross over to mainstream success. However, her 2014 self-titled album won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album of the year. Additionally, St. Vincent has become one of the most popular live acts currently touring around the world.
This pod features music from all of St. Vincent’s albums including her collaboration with former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.
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St. Vincent was born Annie Erin Clark in 1982. Born in Oklahoma, she spent most of her childhood in Dallas, Texas. She began playing guitar at the age of 12 and, as a teenager, worked as a roadie for her aunt and uncle-the guitar-vocal jazz duo Tuck & Patti. After graduating from high school in 2001, she studied at the prestigious Berklee School of Music.
In 2004, Clark left Berklee and returned to Texas to join the large Baroque pop group The Polyphonic Spree as a guitarist and singer. She toured Europe with the band and appeared on the sessions for their 2007 album “The Fragile Army”. Prior to the release of the album, she joined Sufjan Stevens’ touring band in 2006 bringing with her a tour EP entitled “Paris Is Burning”. It was with this recording that she adopted the stage name St. Vincent which came from a Nick Cave song that refers to the hospital in which Dylan Thomas died. The name is also an homage to her great-grandmother, whose middle name was St. Vincent.
In 2006, Clark stepped out on her own and began recording a studio album. She signed with Beggars Banquet Records and released her debut album “Marry Me” in 2007. The album featured appearances from members of The Polyphonic Spree as well as David Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson. The album was well received by critics with Clark being compared to the likes of Kate Bush and David Bowie. The musical arrangements and themes were of particular interest to critics. The album featured one single, “Paris Is Burning”, as well as a music video for the song “Jesus Saves, I Spend”. In 2008, Clark was nominated for three PLUG Independent Music Awards later winning Female Artist of The Year.
After about a year and a half of touring, she began working on her second album. Since she didn’t have a studio at the time, she began writing in her New York apartment on her computer using Garage Band. The songs were largely inspired by scenes from various children’s movies.
In 2009, Clark moved to the celebrated British independent label 4AD to release her second album “Actor”. It was a musical and lyrical step forward from her debut. Strong critical reviews coupled with St. Vincent’s impressive live performances helped push the album from the indie ranks to the mainstream charts. It peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and hit #90 on their Top 200. Although the album had no singles, music videos for several of the songs were released and aired on numerous music channels. In addition to her busy touring schedule, Clark made appearances on albums by The Mountain Goats and The New Pornographers.
Clark spent much of her time in Seattle writing her third album in the fall of 2010. In September of 2011, “Strange Mercy” was released to widespread acclaim from music critics. The album was St. Vincent’s highest-charting to date reaching #19 on the Billboard Top 200. Clark began touring the U.S. and europe in support of the album continuing into 2012.
Later that year, Clark embarked on a collaboration with David Byrne. The initial plan was to play a one-off show together; however, after the pair began to trade ideas, the project snowballed into a full album. “Love This Giant” was released in the fall of 2012 and the two spent the rest of that year and 2013 touring in support of the project.
Late in 2013, Clark began work on her fourth album. Two digital singles were released in December and January with the full album following in February of 2014. It was titled “St. Vincent” and it boasted some of her most accessible songwriting. Critics loved it with several publications listing it as their top album of the year. Clark received her first grammy nomination and subsequently won the award for Best Alternative Music Album. Clark toured the world throughout the year as a supporting act for The Black Keys. She has extended her “Digital Witness” tour through the summer of 2015.
You Wear It Well –
Right off the rack…this soundboard features songs about clothing.
Audio wardrobe furnished by: The Hollies, Circa Waves, Paolo Nutini,
Cake, ZZ Top, KC and the Sunshine Band, Weezer, Mark Knopfler
and Portugal The Man.
This couture will dress you in style!
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Into The Groove-
Host PeeperD digs into some new releases just out for the upcoming summer season.
Hot and fresh sounds from Mikal Cronin, Courtney Barnett, The Charlatans UK and Allison Moorer. Plus a one-hit wonder from Teddybears with guest vocalist Iggy Pop.
Classics from Todd Rundgren and The Tragically Hip round out this sizzling set!
If you’re looking to get into the groove with some new sounds for your party playlist, this pod is for you.
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70’s Deep Tracks (vol.12)-
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
This installment of our popular series takes a look at the phenomenon of Southern Rock which was a major musical force in the 70s.
No progressive FM radio station’s playlist would be complete without music from Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, Grinderswitch, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, The Marshall Tucker Band, Poco and The Charlie Daniels Band.
Jack Daniels not included~
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May Get In Your Head-
MisterMusic returns this month with a podcast of tunes, featuring new entries to our indie music library from Best Coast, Lord Huron, Teleman, I’m From Barcelona,
and Island Apollo.
Plus classic entries from The Babys, The Cure, and Simple Minds fill out the mix.
These tunes may get in your head…for a while.
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Focus On: Cracker –
Cracker is an American alternative rock group that rose from the ashes of the quirky punk band Camper Van Beethoven. They enjoyed almost immediate success with their first two albums becoming staples of the 90s alternative scene. Although the band has settled into a lower profile in the ensuing years, they are a popular touring act that has recorded numerous albums over a career that has lasted 25 years.
This pod features highlights from many of Cracker’s albums over the years.
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Shortly after the band Camper Van Beethoven disbanded in 1990, lead singer David Lowery began demoing new material with his boyhood friend, guitarist Johnny Hickman. Settling in Richmond, Virginia, the two recorded a demo tape adding bass player Davey Faragher and drummer Greg Weatherford. They took the name Cracker and signed a contract with Virgin Records in 1991. Their sound mixed influences from rock, punk, post-grunge, psychedelia, country, blues and folk. But it also retained the quirky alternative vibe for which Camper Van Beethoven was known.
In 1992, they released their self-titled debut which contained the number one radio hit “Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)”. Filled with guitar-driven rock songs and twangy, gravelly vocals, it established a sound that has become the group’s trademark. The foursome hit the road quickly developing a presence in the rock arena.
In 1993, Cracker issued its best-selling album, “Kerosene Hat”. It sold almost half a million copies and eventually reached platinum status with several hit singles in both the U.S. and UK including “Low”, Get Off This” and “Euro-Trash Girl”. They became a popular touring act playing a wide variety of venues from bars to festivals. During this time they also released a cover of the song “Good Times Bad Times” from the “Encomium” tribute album to Led Zeppelin. Cracker was riding high.
Three years later they released their third album, “The Golden Age” with the song “I Hate My Generation” as the lead single. The title of the album was ironic as the music scene was shifting away from alternative rock. Cracker’s golden age was fading as the band’s hit-making lineup had begun to splinter. Bassist Davey Faragher left to join John Hiatt’s touring band and the drum spot was occupied by a revolving trio of players. Although the album was critically acclaimed, it sold only moderately. The band toured in support of its release. But after returning home, David Lowery began focusing on his Richmond-based recording studio, Sound Of Music, where he produced such artists as Joan Osborne, Fighting Gravity and Sparklehorse.
By the end of the decade, Cracker had settled on a somewhat permanent lineup comprised of drummer Frank Funaro, keyboardist/accordian player Kenny Margolis, bassist Bob Rupe and the core of Lowery and Hickman. In 1998, this lineup released “Gentleman’s Blues”, a more reflective album that paid tribute to Southern rock and blues. Although the album received only a lukewarm critical response, it solidified an ever-growing and devout following in both the United States and Europe that continues to support the group to this day.
In 1999, Camper Van Beethoven unexpectedly re-formed and Lowery began splitting his time between both bands, whose other members frequently joined whichever group was on the road. A few years later in 2002, Cracker released two albums-it’s fifth studio album “Forever” and a rowdy set of country covers titled “Countrysides”. The latter album marked Cracker’s first effort as an independent band as they had recently left Virgin Records. Three years later, they returned with “Greenland”.
In 2008, Cracker released a live album recorded in Berlin in 2006. The following year “Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey” cracked the Billboard Top 200 chart. It received positive critical reviews and sold more than 3,000 copies in a week due to the chart success of the album’s lead single “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me” which was featured in the show “Californication”.
That same year, the band went on a tour of Iraq, playing for U.S. troops while working on a video for the song “Yalla Yalla”, which was produced by compiling videos of American soldiers stationed overseas. NPR profiled the tour on their weekly series “The Show”. A year later, Cracker played a series of sold-out shows with Camper Van Beethoven dubbed the “2010 Traveling Apothecary Tour”.
In 2011, both David Lowery and Johnny Hickman released solo albums followed by supporting tours. 2014 saw a revival of the classic Kerosene Hat-era lineup touring China. That classic group went on to record roughly half of the double album “Berkeley To Bakersfield” which came out at the end of that year. The other half of that album featured an entirely new lineup which has now become the current band that is touring in 2015.
The Sixties (vol. 8) –
The sixties are back in our latest pod from that great decade!
Featuring music from Percy Sledge, Tommy James & The Shondells, Barry Maguire, The Youngbloods, Shocking Blue and Vanilla Fudge.
Plus a classic song from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. Seldom-heard singles from the Zipps and The V.I.P.’s round out this set of swingers!
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The Year In Music: 1995 –
Staying true to our slogan Radio On Demand, here are songs that were all over the radio 20 years ago.
All of the songs in this soundboard are from that year, presented with limited interruption.
Join PodCloud1 as we turn the spotlight on The Year in Music: 1995.
There are so many great songs from 1995- this soundboard had to be double-length!
Featuring: Better Than Ezra, Garbage, Chris Isaak, The Presidents of the United States of America, The Beatles, Radiohead, Collective Soul, Aimee Mann, Oasis, PJ Harvey, Seal, The Verve, Natalie Merchant, and Dog’s Eye View. Crank It Up!
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The World Trade Organization (WTO) is established.
The fourth Star Trek TV series, Voyager, premieres on UPN.
In Somalia, the United Nations peacekeeping mission ends.
On an episode of The Jenny Jones Show, a guest reveals a crush on his heterosexual friend. His friend later kills the guest several days after the show. This causes the eventual cancellation of the Jenny Jones show after the scandal.
Mississippi ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. (The amendment was nationally ratified in 1865).
Oklahoma City bombing: 168 people, including 8 Federal Marshals and 19 children, are killed. Timothy McVeigh and one of his accomplices, Terry Nichols, set off the bomb.
The Space Shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir space station for the first time.
The DVD, an optical disc computer storage media format, is announced.
O. J. Simpson is found not guilty of double murder for the deaths of former wife Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The Million Man March is held in Washington, D.C. The event was conceived by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
French woman Jeanne Calment reaches the confirmed age of 120 years and 238 days, making her the oldest person ever recorded.
Toy Story became the first-ever fully computer animated feature film by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios.
U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the National Highway Designation Act, which ends the federal 55 mph (89 km/h) speed limit.
NASA’s Galileo Probe enters Jupiter’s atmosphere.
The final original Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is published.
Cool and Hip –
PeeperD brings a mix of cool and hip for his latest pod.
New music from Shriekback and Peace. Classics from My Morning Jacket, Freedy Johnston and The Yardbirds. Plus seldom-heard gems from a couple of contestants of the spelling bee of rock-NRBQ and DFX2.
The reggae dub stylings of Yabby You round out a great set that spans 50 years of music.
What a treat for your ears!
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Focus On: My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket is an American rock band from Louisville, Kentucky that stands halfway between indie rock and alternative country. Throughout their career, they have defined sonic experimentation embracing everything from neo-psychedelia to funk, prog and reggae. With relentless touring and numerous hit singles and successful albums, My Morning Jacket has become one of the biggest bands in the world.
This pod features selections from several of My Morning Jacket’s albums including their new one “The Waterfall” which is scheduled to be released in May of 2015.
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In the late 90s, members of several disbanded punk groups from the Louisville, Kentucky area came together to form My Morning Jacket. Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Jim James and bass player Tom Blankenship, the band signed with Darla Records and released their debut album “The Tennessee Fire” in 1999. It introduced a country, rock and americana sound heavy in reverb which was most apparent in Jim James’ vocals, many of which were recorded in an empty grain silo. Although the album was only modestly popular in the U.S., it became a genuine hit overseas, particularly in the Netherlands. The band responded by launching a tour in Europe.
The remainder of My Morning Jacket’s line-up would change frequently during these early years. Originally a four-piece, they added a keyboard player during the recording of their second album. “At Dawn” was released in April of 2001 and it marked a turning point for the band with more ambitious song lengths and blending influences from other genres. Critics likened their sound to a mix of Galaxie 500, The Velvet Underground and classic Americana like Neil Young and The Band.
After non-stop touring, My Morning Jacket signed with ATO Records in 2002. The following year they released their major-label debut “It Still Moves”. This album was notable for its lush production style reminiscent of the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds”. This was followed by a live EP “Acoustic Citsuoca”, which sounded very different from their earlier works because of the absence of reverb on Jim James’ vocals.
In January 2004, the line-up of the band changed again. But they continued to tour as a unified five-piece throughout the year. In November, the band released two collections of early work, which included demos, live recordings, and cover versions.
October 2005 saw the release of the critically acclaimed album “Z” which did away with the heavy reverb that had been a big part of their earlier works. It also introduced synthesizers and reggae textures producing their biggest single to date “Off The Record”. The band was featured in the 2005 film “Elizabethtown” where they contributed an original song “Where to Begin”.
In 2006, My Morning Jacket were musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman, performing with members of the Boston Pops, with whom they played two shows at Boston Symphony Hall later in the month. In 2006 the band also released a live double album and DVD entitled ”Okonokos”.
By this time, My Morning Jacket had reached the point where they were playing the festival circuit with gigs at Lollapalooza in 2007, as well as Coachella and Bonnaroo the following year. Their 2008 Bonnaroo set was legendary lasting almost four hours. Starting at midnight on Friday, it featured guest appearances by Kirk Hammett of Metallica, comedian Zach Galifianakis and the Nashville-Louisville horns.
During this time, the band was recording their next album, “Evil Urges”. In May 2008, they were the musical guest on Saturday Night Live introducing two new songs “Evil Urges” and “I’m Amazed”. The album was released the following month. But the autumn European Tour had to be cancelled after Jim James was injured in a fall from the stage during a summer performance. On a more positive note, “Evil Urges” went on to be nominated for a Grammy for best Alternative Rock album that year.
During this period, members began pursuing their own projects outside of the band with Jim James joining the indie supergroup Monsters Of Folk. However they soon reconvened to record a new album in an old church back in their hometown. Released in May of 2011, “Circuital” continued the quirky, eclectic sound of their previous two recordings.
In 2013, Jim James released his first solo album titled “Regions Of Light and Sound Of God”. That same year My Morning Jacket hosted and performed at their own “One Big Holiday” all-inclusive music festival at the Hard Rock Hotel Rivera Maya in Mexico. The band was joined by The Flaming Lips and several other artists for the four night event. In 2015, a second festival took place at the same resort featuring groups like Band Of Horses, Dr. Dog, The War On Drugs and Dawes.
On March 3, 2015 the band’s seventh album “The Waterfall” was announced, with a release date set for May 5, 2015. The first song available from this release is called “Big Decisions”.
Join MisterMusic your host for a Spring Soundblaster!
A mix of tunes to blow away the dusty dullness of winter.
Featuring classics by R.E.M., Blind Faith, David & David, Angus & Julia Stone, and Ride. Plus a recent entry by Jeff & Spencer Tweedy. And a couple of new tunes by Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin,and Built To Spill.
It’s a musical spring cleaning to freshen up your space.
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70’s Deep Tracks -vol. 11 –
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
A mix straight from the heart of the 70s!
Music from Blue Oyster Cult, Jeff Beck, UFO, April Wine, Roxy Music and the J. Geils Band. Plus a look at the early days of E-Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren and a classic from the little-known band Starz.
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Fresh Catch (volume 4)-
PeeperD and MisterMusic return with this collaboration.
Turning the spotlight on some recent releases that caught our attention.
Featuring: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Houndmouth, Death Cab For Cutie, Turbo Fruits,Calexico,Bright Light Social Hour and Brandi Carlile.
We cast out for a half hour, and reel in some fresh catches!
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PodCloud1 likes to focus on new music and indie and classic rock and roll.
But even the mellow stuff from the past is great to sit back and unwind to now and then.
This soundboard will set a Mellow Mood with tunes by:
Simply Red, Roberta Flack, Bryan Ferry, Neil Young, Sarah McLachlan,
Michael Franks, and Sade.
A smooth and calming mix to help you chill.
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Radio On Demand…great music when you want it. PodCloud1
The Sixties (vol. 7) –
Another installment in our popular series of soundboards from the swingin’ sixties! Featuring soulful sounds from The Righteous Brothers, Bob & Earl, Stevie Wonder, Booker T. & The MG’s and Sam Cooke.
Plus music from The Sir Douglas Quintet, The Capitols, Status Quo, Wimple Winch and The Music Explosion. A pyschedelic classic from the group Tomorrow rounds out this pod.
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March Madness –
This pod generates enough heat to thaw the ice dams around your ears!
PeeperD returns with his version of March Madness featuring new music from the debut album of Rhiannon Giddens. Also, music from Arcade Fire, David Bowie, The Isley Brothers, Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Grateful Dead, and a classic track from Big Joe Turner.
Plus a timely earworm from Split Single-a mini super group comprised of members of Spoon, Verbow and Superchunk.
Background music pays tribute to the recently departed Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream fame.
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Focus On: Arcade Fire –
The meteoric rise of Arcade Fire over the last decade is amazing for an indie band from Canada. This kind of success is usually associated with pop stars backed by large corporations. When you consider that their sound is an eclectic mix of traditional rock and chamber ensemble instruments like glockenspiel, French horn, accordion, harp, mandolin and hurdy gurdy, it makes their success even more unlikely. Yet they have climbed to the top of the charts in many countries, have won numerous awards and host sold out concert tours that span the globe.
This pod features selections from all of their studio albums including their latest “Reflektor”.
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Arcade Fire is a Canadian/American indie rock band based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band was originally founded by high school friends Win Butler and Josh Deu in 2001. While attending college, the two began to develop their musical ideas when they asked music student Regine Chassagne to join them. The trio recorded a set of demos and began performing live with the assistance of several other collaborators.
During the summer of 2002, the band recorded its self-titled debut EP which became known unofficially as “Us Kids Know”. It was released by the band on their website and at their shows. The recording was well-received by critics and several labels began bidding to sign the group. Around this time, Josh Deu left the band to continue his studies. However, he would continue to work with them on the visual aspects of the group.
After several more personnel changes, Butler’s brother William and Tim Kingsbury joined the band. The promise shown by this new line-up allowed them to land a deal with Merge Records. They released their debut album, “Funeral”, in September of 2004. It was critically and commercially acclaimed appearing on many top ten lists for 2004 and 2005 due to delayed international releases. By the end of 2005, the album had gone gold in both Canada and the UK. It sold over a half a million copies worldwide which is a very large number for an independent release with minimal radio or television exposure.
Although the band had booked small clubs for their 2004 tour, growing interest forced many changes to larger venues, as well as an increased schedule, that eventually covered the world for the next year and a half. In addition, they made numerous appearances on TV shows which introduced them to an even wider audience. All of this attention culminated with a Juno award and several grammy nominations.
During this time, the band purchased a defunct church in the small Quebec town of Farnham and spent the early part of 2006 converting it into a recording studio. It was in this space that they began working on their much-anticipated second album.
In March of 2007, “Neon Bible” was released premiering at number two on the Billboard Top 200. The album gained much critical acclaim and the group was named “the most exciting band on earth” by British music Magazine Q. The album yielded several singles and the band toured extensively for the next few years in support of it.
Arcade Fire followed up with “The Suburbs” in 2010 which received extensive critical acclaim comparable to “Funeral” and “Neon Bible”. It debuted at number one in the U.S., UK and Canada. In February, they performed at the 53rd Grammy Awards where they were nominated in three categories. They eventually won the Grammy for album of the year.
They recorded a song for “The Hunger Games” soundtrack in 2012 which was featured in the film’s closing credits. Later that year, the band announced that they were teaming up with LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy as they began work on a new album. Throughout 2013, the band recorded in several different studios and the record was finally released at the end of October.
The ambitious double-album was titled “Reflektor” and David Bowie sang backing vocals on the title song. It was their most diverse recording yet, heavily influenced by Haitian rara music. As with all of their other albums, it was greeted favorably by the critics. Rolling Stone ranked it number five on their best albums of 2013 and the recording was nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. It was also recognized as one of the 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far by Pitchfork Media.
Sonic Brew –
MisterMusic stirs up a recipe of indie, classic rock and pop into a Sonic Brew that is quite intoxicating!
Featuring new music by The Belligerents, Moses Gunn Collective, recent entries from
Carnival Youth, and Bishop Allen. And classics by The Velvet Underground,
Michael Penn, Collective Soul, and Julian Lennon.
Drink it Up!
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Did you know all the songs featured on various PodCloud1 segments can be found on the Index page? (top menu)
70’s Deep Tracks – (vol. 10) –
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
The soulful and jazzier side of the 70s is highlighted in this installment.
Featuring music from Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Hall & Oates, Walter Egan, The Doobie Brothers, and Wet Willie.
Includes a rare hit from The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.
Plus a mid-decade deep cut from George Harrison. ~enjoy!
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Call The Doctor –
This soundboard has your prescription to cure the winter blahs!
30 minutes of tunes featuring Jackson Browne, Babyshambles, The Beatles,
John Scofield & John Mayer, Robert Palmer, Graham Parker & the Rumour, and the Thompson Twins.
The Rock ‘n Roll Doctor is now accepting new patients!
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Focus On: TV On The Radio –
TV On The Radio is a band with so many musical influences that their sound is almost impossible to classify or define.
Listen closely and you’ll hear them channeling groups like Bad Brains, The Pixies, Earth, Wind & Fire, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Nancy Sinatra, Serge Gainsbourg and Brian Eno. This diverse melting pot of sounds has resulted in an indie rock band that has released several critically-acclaimed albums and EP’s over the last decade. Unlikely as it would seem, they have become one of the most popular bands on the indie rock scene creating consistently challenging and creative music.
This pod features several selections from their five studio albums including a song from their new album “Seeds”.
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TV On The Radio began when multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek moved into the Brooklyn building where vocalist Tunde Adebimpe lived. Each of them had been recording music on their own. But, after jamming, they realized their sounds worked well together. Sitek’s brother Jason joined the duo on drums and percussion during recording sessions that resulted in the self-released EP “OK Calculator” in 2002.
After the EP was completed, guitarist/vocalist Kyp Malone joined the band as they began working on their next recording. They signed to Touch And Go Records and released an EP titled “Young Liars” in the summer of 2003. It was well-received by critics and the band landed a slot opening for The Fall which gave their music a wider audience.
TV On The Radio released their first full-length album, “Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes”, in spring of 2004 and embarked on its own tours as well as dates with The Pixies. That fall, they released the EP, “New Health Rock”, and won the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize.
In 2005, they signed with 4AD Records and began work on their second album. “Return To Cookie Mountain” was released in the summer of 2006. It was a more-polished effort featuring David Bowie on background vocals. It received critical-acclaim after its release from many sources, including Spin Magazine which named it their album of the year. In promotion of the album, the band performed the single “Wolf Like Me” on David Letterman which has garnered over two million views on YouTube. During the U.S. tour, the band performed with Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor.
In 2008, the band released their fourth album, “Dear Science”. Again, the critics loved it with Rolling Stone naming it their album of the year. Appearances on Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report and Later…with Jools Holland took their music to a mainstream audience. At this high-point, the band decided to go on a one-year hiatus.
TV On The Radio returned in April of 2011 with the album “Nine Types Of Light”. It was accompanied by a one-hour film containing music videos for all the songs on the album. A week later, the band’s bassist, Gerard Smith, passed away from lung cancer. Later that year, the band released “World Cafe Live” taken from a set recorded for National Public Radio.
In 2013, the band began streaming a studio version of a new song, “Mercy”, that had begun popping up in their live sets earlier in the year. The band also made the multi-tracks from Mercy available to fans so they could make their own remixes. Their next single, “Million Miles”, was released digitally a few months later along with the announcement that the band was at work on their next album. In November of 2014, they released their fifth studio album titled “Seeds”.
Busting Through February –
Join MisterMusic your host of this winter pod, as he busts through February with a hot mix of tunes.
Featuring new music from Mew and Guster. And several classics from John Lennon, Massive Attack, Iron & Wine, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, Travelling Wilburys and an 80s flashback from Lindsey Buckingham.
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Music of Mardi Gras (vol. 3) –
It’s Podcloud1’s third annual soundboard celebration of the Music of Mardi Gras.
This pod is the perfect compliment to your Fat Tuesday festivities.
Featuring music from The New Birth Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins, Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Cha’s, Earl King, Anders Osborne, Coolbone Brass Band and some squeeze box boogie from the “King Of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier. Plus classics from Fats Domino, Snooks Eaglin and Shirley & Lee. Like they say in the big easy “bon ton roulet”-let the good times roll!
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Fifty Shades Of PeeperD (Sexy Love Pod vol. 2)-
It’s the return of the Sexy Love Pod and this time it’s all about the sex!
An entire show revolving around the horizontal hula.
Featuring music from Beck, Talking Heads, Stone Temple Pilots, Bjork, Timbuk 3,
Little Village and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. Plus classic cuts from James Brown, Hot Chocolate, and sexy reggae riddims from Horace Andy….plus many more!
PeeperD brings the heat with this clothing-optional pod which is double-sized for your pleasure. Turn the lights down and the volume up!
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70’s Deep Tracks (vol. 9)-
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
These are the songs that made 70s FM playlists so much fun!
Music from Fleetwood Mac before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Hits from Badfinger, Jethro Tull, Supertramp and Humble Pie. A classic from the “supergroup” of Souther Hillman Furay.
A cut from an early band of Asia singer John Wetton. Plus a deep track from The Cars great debut album of 1978.
This one has it all!
(click to play 70’s Deep Tracks vol. 9)
New Year New Music –
PeeperD pops the top on a brand new year of spectacular sounds.
Great new music from The Decemberists, Knox Hamilton and Catfish & The Bottlemen.
Archive cuts from Roxy Music, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Orbit and The Monkees.
Plus a sampling of the new Pink Floyd album “The Endless River”. We’re starting the year on a high note!
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It’s Magic –
Abra-ca-dabra! PodCloud1 explores songs about “magic”.
This soundboard features classics by Heart, The Police, and Electric Light Orchestra, Steppenwolf and The Lovin’ Spoonful.
And recent musical additions by Coldplay, Joan As Police Woman, and Leagues.
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Focus On: David Sylvian-
After an eight-year run that featured five studio albums, the new wave group Japan broke up in 1982. But even before the group’s dissolution, leader David Sylvian had already begun to embark on a solo career that would later be described as “far-ranging and esoteric”.
It would be marked with not only solo projects but also a series of collaborative efforts and forays into filmmaking, photography and modern art. Sylvian’s work is influenced by a variety musical styles including jazz, avant-garde, ambient, electronic and progressive rock.
This pod features many selections from David Sylvian’s long and varied solo career.
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David Sylvian was the primary singer and songwriter for the group Japan throughout their existence. Prior to Japan’s breakup, Sylvian began working with composer Ryuichi Sakamoto which marked the beginning of a longstanding musical relationship. They released the single “Bamboo Houses” in 1982 followed the next year by “Forbidden Colors” which was composed for the film “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”.
In 1984, David Sylvian released his first full-length solo album titled “Brilliant Trees”. It marked the first step in a musical evolution away from Japan’s post-glam synth pop into richly textured, poetic ambience. It also furthered Sylvian’s collaborative nature featuring contributions from Sakamoto, avant-garde trumpet player Jon Hassell and Can alumnus Holger Czukay. This was a very productive period in Sylvian’s career. He also released a book of photographs and a film documentary that year as well as an EP titled “Words With The Shaman”.
1986 saw the release of an ambitious double album titled “Gone To Earth” which contained contributions from Robert Fripp and Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe). The next year featured the release of “Secrets Of The Beehive” as well as a book of song lyrics. Sylvian also composed the score for a modern dance performance that premiered later that year.
The last few years of the decade saw Sylvian working with Holger Czukay on two instrumental albums, “Plight And Premonition” and “Flux And Mutability”. In 1990, he briefly reunited with the other members of Japan under the name “Rain Tree Crow” issuing a self-titled album and a subsequent concert tour.
In 1994, Sylvian teamed up with guitarist Robert Fripp for the recording “The First Day”. A live album titled “Damage”, which documented the supporting tour, was released the following year. Another sound and image installation, “Redemption”, was exhibited in Japan that same year.
The jazzy “Dead Bees On A Cake” was released in 1999 followed by a collection of instrumental material titled “Approaching Silence”. In the fall of 2000, David Sylvian released the double-disc compilation “Everything And Nothing”. It was an excellent introduction to the numerous projects he’d been involved with throughout his post-Japan career.
Sylvian returned in 2003 with an unsettling disc of new avant-garde material titled “Blemish”. Later that year, he also released an EP in collaboration with Ryuichi Sakamoto titled “World Citizen”.
In 2005, Sylvian teamed up with his brother and frequent collaborator Steve Jansen and electronic composer/remixer Burnt Friedman to form the group “Nine Horses”. The sound of this group harkened back to the more pop-rock stylings of his earlier solo work. Over the next few years, the group put out two recordings titled “Snow Borne Sorrow” and “Money For All”.
David Sylvian released a follow-up to “Blemish” in 2010 with the recording “Manafon”. It was an avant-garde work combining elements of free improvisation, experimental rock and chamber music. The next year a compilation disc of various collaborations with other musicians titled “Sleepwalkers” was released. In 2011, the double-disc “Died In The Wool” was a variation on “Manafon” songs with the addition of six new pieces.
Subsequent years have seen David’s involvement with various art and photographic exhibitions around the world. In October of 2014, Sylvian’s web site announced the release of his new long form composition “There’s A Light That Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight”.
Chipping Away At January-
As we start a new year, and the cold and ice are outside this January,
MisterMusic chips away the cold with a steamy mix of tunes!
Featuring Freelance Whales, Damien Jurado, Wye Oak, and classic cuts from
10CC, Echo & The Bunnymen, Donnie Iris and Sting.
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70’s Deep Tracks – vol. 8 –
70’s Deep Tracks – the return of album rock…Podcloud1 style!
Hit pause on the modern world and relax, as we take you back with album rock songs
from The Seventies.
On this volume of our soundboard series we feature: ZZ Top, Steely Dan, Cat Stevens,
Led Zeppelin, Heart, Crawler, Graham Nash & David Crosby, and Average White Band.
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