Monthly Archives-2019

Here are various segments published on PodCloud1

              (Working Backwards from December 2019)

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Old Friends New Albums-

 

It’s a Stocking Stuffer From Your Friends At PodCloud1!

Enjoy this soundboard featuring selections from new albums by some of our favorite classic rock artists. Fresh new music from The Who, Santana, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Robbie Robertson, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, David Byrne, Graham Parker, Rickie Lee Jones, Stray Cats, Van Morrison and Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul.

This is a great mix of new sounds from a group of artists whose music is timeless!

 

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Midnight Max Mix #10-Time’s Running Out-

 

Midnight Max Ends The Year On A High Note

Join PodCloud1’s Toastmaster Extraordinaire as he brings the year to a close with a look back at some of his favorites of 2019. Hear selections from albums by Marcus King, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Marshall Crenshaw and Southern Avenue.

Max also drops some new music from Prima Donna and G Love featuring the sacred steel sound of Roosevelt Collier. Plus he keeps the holiday spirit alive with a Christmas carol from The Waitresses. Tracks from The Pretenders, Hole and The Nashville Teens pump up the pod. Max concludes the party with a birthday greeting to a very special artist born in December.

Part year-end retrospective, part holiday celebration-this Midnight Max Mix has a little bit of everything! Time may be running out but there’s always room for one more jam session.

 

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Christmas Eve with PodCloud1-

Spend Christmas Eve With PodCloud1

After all the packages are wrapped and the kids have gone to bed, start your Christmas Eve festivities with the perfect playlist for relaxing by the fire-PodCloud1 style!

Available for a limited time only, this seasonal soundboard is a great mix of songs with rock, jazz, and folk flavorings plus some holiday classics.

Music from Found Wandering, Red Mountain Music, Veeronna Ragone & Sherry Finzer, Wind Machine, Ben Laver, Petracovich, Mark Seeks and David Grisman. Jazzy vibes courtesy of Jimmy Smith and the Ramsey Lewis Trio. Classics from Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, the Vienna Boys Choir and the Harry Simone Chorale. We’ve saved the best for last with the pipes of Luciano Pavarotti closing out the set. Merry Christmas. Enjoy!

Savor the flavor of this holiday moment! If you’ve enjoyed this pod, you’ll want to check out this month’s Atmospheres-Volume 45 titled “Celestial Sounds Of The Season“.

 

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Go Faster (PeeperD Pod)-

The Last Pod For PeeperD and Jamie Before The Holiday Break!

Join the PodCloud1 pair as they get in the Christmas spirit with selections from the new Brushfire Records holiday compilation by Jack Johnson, ALO and G Love.

This is a great pod that features The Who, The Clash, The Black Crowes, Steely Dan, Wilco, Modest Mouse, The Lemonheads and Jimmy Eat World.  A “naughty-list” track from Rod Stewart spices up the mix. Backing tracks from Dave Stryker and Lincoln Brewster. Plus a Twin Peaks meets Charlie Brown Xmas mash-up by Jherek Biscoff.

Jaime hits the holiday road while PeeperD settles into the Christmas at The Barn. Merry Christmas!

It’s a snapshot of PodCloud1 during the holiday season.

 

(click player for Go Faster-The December PeeperD Pod)

 

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Alternative Christmas Soundboard-

An Encore Performance Of Our Seasonal Soundboard Featuring Alternative Artists!

Get in the holiday spirit with a pod of Christmas Classics performed by some of the biggest artists on today’s music scene. Songs by Coldplay, Death Cab For Cutie, The Killers, My Morning Jacket, The Shins, Jack Johnson and The Flaming Lips. Plus tracks from She & Him, Cocteau Twins, The Indigo Girls, Joan Osborne, The One And Nines, Reilly, The Rosebuds, Low, The Raveonettes and The Ohio City Singers. A team-up between Taj Mahal and The Blind Boys of Alabama puts the bow on this holiday music package!

Happy Holidays From All Of Us Here At PodCloud1-The ONE For Great Music!

 

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70’s Deep Tracks-vol. 65 –

Celebrate The Holiday Season 70s Style!

It’s a flashback to how the Christmas season would have sounded back in the 70s. Seasonal selections from Elton John, The Kinks, Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, Jethro Tull, Foghat, Dave Edmunds, The Band, Greg Lake, Slade, John Denver, Kenny Loggins, James Brown, Wizzard and Merle Haggard. Plus holiday offerings from both John Lennon and George Harrison. This playlist has been placed under your tree by our Seventies Santa.

Merry Christmas from all of us at PodCloud1!

 

(click player for 70’s Deep Tracks-Volume 65)

 

 

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Indie Christmas Chill Fest-

Tired Of The Same Old Christmas Songs?

This Seasonal Soundboard is a refreshing alternative to tired old Christmas playlists. It’s a pod featuring several original holiday songs by indie artists from around the world. Music from Make Like Monkeys, Wavves, Reindeer Tribe, The Non Traditionalists, Shrill Fit, Mars Argo, The Disappointment Choir, Whitehorse, Todd Herfindal, Ryanhood, Say Sue Me, Shake Some Action, Fascinations Grand Chorus, The Copacetics, Gang Clouds, Whisperhawk and the Slambovian Circus Of Dreams. You may not recognize the artists. But these songs will appeal to your ears and warm your heart!

Take a break from the traditional holiday fare with the Indie Christmas Chill Fest!

 

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Peeper Radio Christmas Special (2019)-

A Holiday Tradition Returns To PodCloud1!

PeeperD presents his annual Christmas special featuring a tasty mix of new holiday releases and seasonal deep tracks. If you’re tired of the same old Christmas songs, this pod is for you!

New music by Robbie Robertson, The Good Lovelies, Josh Rouse, Keb Mo, Amos Lee, The Hound & The Fox, Joe Stilgoe, Molly Birch, Los Lobos, Ivan & Alyosha, Tatiana Eva-Marie & The Avalon Jazz Band and The Willows.

Songs from Barry & The Highlights, Make Like Monkeys, Symon Hajjar, Ryanhood, Todd Herfindal and The Brian Setzer Orchestra are the secret ingredients in this Christmas cocktail. A classic cut duet by Dr. John and Leon Redbone tops off the festivities.

There’s a reason why we call this “the most unconventional celebration of the season you’re likely to hear”. The answer is one press of the play button away!

 

(click player for the Peeper Radio Christmas Special 2019)

 

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Left of the Dial: College Radio 80s-Vol. 9-

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

This pod is a star-studded affair featuring songs from U2, Peter Gabriel, Bauhaus, David Bowie, The Jam, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Police, Squeeze, Ultravox, Gary Numan, Martha & The Muffins, Devo, Iggy Pop and The Ramones.

Just like music lovers did in the 80s, venture over to the left side of the dial. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Atmospheres vol. 45-

Volume 45-Celestial Sounds Of The Season

Atmospheres presents a holiday-themed space music mix for your enjoyment. This pod features several songs from the wonderful “Ambient Guitar for Christmas” by Matt Borghi. Seasonal selections from Manheim Steamroller, George Winston, Teja Bell, Paul Winter Consort, David Darling, Ray Lynch, John Doan, Cusco and much more. Plus numerous artists from Windham Hill’s “A Winter Solstice” series.

This mix is a great background for your holiday celebration!

Atmospheres is a soundboard series that deals with the space between the notes…and between your ears!

 

(click player for Atmospheres-Volume 45)

 

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Radio Hannibal-Episode 10-

 

Start Your Celebration Of The Season With Radio Hannibal!

Radio Hannibal rings in the holiday season with new selections from Josh Rouse and Ana Gasteyer. Songs by Darlene Love, Machel Montano and The Impressions keep the seasonal celebration rolling. Music from Billie Eilish, Jens Lekman, kd Lang, Buster Poindexter and Chromeo will keep your spirits bright. Plus a classic confection by Millie Small tops off this festive mix. The spiced eggnog is flowing freely for this one!

This pod is a great way to ease into the Christmas spirit.

 

(click player for Radio Hannibal-Episode 10)

 

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Live From The Archives-Vol. 43 –

 

We’re Covering Up For Our Year-End Special On Live From The Archives!

Join host PeeperD for a look back at some of the best concert moments of the past year. It’s a pod of great cover songs from some of the biggest festivals! Music from Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel, Jade Bird, Moon Taxi, Pink Talking Fish, Gary Clark Jr. and The Infamous Stringdusters. The String Cheese Incident covers The Meters. Warren Haynes and Grace Potter team up. Plus one of the live highlights of the year as Trey Anastasio joins the Tedeschi Trucks Band to re-imagine the classic Layla album by Derek & The Dominos.

 

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Mission: Re-Listen-Paul McCartney & Wings-Band On the Run (1973)-

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!

Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.

Paul McCartney & Wings’ Band On The Run (Released in December of 1973)

Paul McCartney left The Beatles to pursue a solo career in 1970 recording his eponymous debut album McCartney. He then teamed up with his wife Linda to record Ram in 1971. After Ram, the duo formed the band Wings and recorded two album-Wild Life in December of 1971 and Red Rose Speedway in April of 1973.

Although McCartney had released four albums since the break-up of The Beatles, he had yet to regain his artistic credibility or find favor with music critics. Both of the Wings records were met with mixed feelings by the public. Even though he had just completed a successful UK tour in July of 1973, McCartney was eager to get back into the studio as a means to re-establish his stardom.

He thought that recording outside of the UK might provide the creative spark for which he was looking. McCartney asked his record label to send him a list of all of their international recording studios. He was taken with the idea of recording in Africa so he selected EMI’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria, as the location to record his next album. McCartney chose Lagos because he felt it would be a glamorous location where he and the band could sun on the beach during the day and record at night. The reality, however, was that after a civil war in 1970, Nigeria was run by a corrupt military government. Poverty, crime and disease were commonplace.

In August of 1973, the band consisting of McCartney and his wife Linda, ex-Moody Blues guitarist and pianist Denny Laine, Henry McCullough on lead guitar and Denny Seiwell on drums started rehearsals for the new album at the McCartneys’ Scottish farm. During one rehearsal session, McCullough and McCartney got into an argument and McCullough quit the band. A week later, on the night before the band left for Nigeria, Seiwell quit as well. This left just the core of the band-Paul, Linda and Denny Laine-to record the new songs.

Under these challenging circumstances, Paul McCartney set out to reclaim his superstar status with what he hoped would be his best record yet. What happened next is a tale straight from the rock history books.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of Paul McCartney & Wings’ Band On The Run

1. Band On The Run
2. Jet
3. Bluebird
4. Mrs. Vandebilt
5. Let Me Roll It
6. Mamunia
7. No Words
8. Helen Wheels
9. Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me)
10. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five

 

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Band On The Run, the third studio album by Paul McCartney and Wings, was released in December of 1973. Although the record didn’t sell very well initially, its popularity gradually increased due to two hits singles “Jet” and “Band On The Run”. It eventually became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the UK and Australia revitalizing McCartney’s critical standing in the process. To this day. it remains his most successful album and the most celebrated of his post-Beatles recordings.

The majority of Band On The Run was recorded at EMI’s studio in Lagos, Nigeria, due to McCartney’s desire to make an album in an exotic locale. Shortly before departing for Lagos, however, both the drummer and guitarist quit the band. With no time to recruit replacements, McCartney went into the studio with just his wife Linda and Denny Laine. In addition to playing bass, McCartney also played drums, percussion and most of the lead guitar parts himself.

When the band and their entourage arrived in Lagos, they discovered that the studio was primitive and broken down. The mixing board was faulty and there was only one 8-track recorder. The band rented houses near the airport which was an hour away from the studio. Paul, Linda and their three children stayed in one while Laine and his wife, engineer Geoff Emerick and Wings’ two roadies stayed in the other.

The group established a routine of recording during the week and playing tourist on the weekends. Paul temporarily joined a local country club, where he would spend most mornings. The band would be driven to the studio in the early afternoon where recording would last into the late evening and sometimes early morning. To make up for the departed band members, Paul would play drums and lead guitar parts with Denny playing rhythm guitar and Linda adding keyboards.
Aside from the challenges presented by the primitive studio, various incidents plagued the band’s stay in Lagos. While out walking one night against advice, Paul and Linda were robbed at knifepoint. The assailants made off with all of their valuables and even stole a bag containing a notebook full of handwritten lyrics and songs, and cassettes containing demos for songs to be recorded.

On another occasion, Paul was laying down a vocal track when he began gasping for air. According to Geoff Emerick: “Within seconds, Paul turned as white as a sheet, explaining to us in a croaking voice that he couldn’t catch his breath. We decided to take him outside for some fresh air. But, once he was exposed to the blazing heat, he felt even worse and began keeling over, finally fainting dead away at our feet. Linda began screaming hysterically; she was convinced that he was having a heart attack. The official diagnosis was that he had suffered a bronchial spasm brought on by too much smoking.”

Another incident was the confrontation with local Afrobeat producer and political activist Fela Kuti. During a visit to his club, Kuti publicly accused the band of being in Africa to exploit and steal African music. Kuti even went to the studio to confront McCartney who played their songs for him to prove that they contained no local influences.

Recording for the majority of the album’s basic tracks, together with initial overdubbing, was completed within six weeks in Nigeria. After hosting a beach barbeque to celebrate the end of recording, Wings flew back to England. Upon their return, the McCartneys received a letter from EMI warning them not to go to Lagos due to an outbreak of cholera.

In October, two weeks after their return, work began at George Martin’s AIR Studios transferring many of the 8-track recordings to 16 track. The band recorded further overdubs on the Lagos recordings. Orchestral arrangements were done during this period as well. Final mixing was completed over three days in early November at London’s Kingsway Studios.

“Helen Wheels” was released as a non-album single in late October. It would go on to become a top 10 hit in the U.S. the following January. Although it was not his intention, McCartney was persuaded by Capitol Records to include the song on the U.S. version of the album.

The album cover photography was taken at Osterley Park in West London on October 28th by photographer Clive Arrowsmith. It depicts Paul, Linda and Denny plus six other well-known people dressed as convicts caught in the spotlight of a prison searchlight. Because of the spotlight’s lack of illumination, everyone had to stand still for two seconds to achieve a proper exposure But, because everyone was intoxicated following a party held by Paul, it was difficult for them to hold the pose.

The album was released on December 5, 1973 in the U.S. with the UK release following two days later. The commercial reception was unspectacular initially, with the record-buying public wary after Wings’ preceding releases. On the UK Albums Chart, it climbed to number 9 on December 22 and remained there for two more weeks before dropping to number 13. In the U.S., the record peaked at number 7 on the Billboard charts in February and then spent the next six weeks at the bottom of the top ten. However the album went on the achieve considerable success thanks to the popularity of the two singles culled from it. “Jet” was released as a single in January of 1974. Its success provided new impetus for the album which hit number 2 in the UK by the end of March. The following month “Band On The Run” was released as the second single. Due to its popularity, the album went to number one on the Billboard Charts in June. At the same time, the single topped the Billboard Hot 100. Overall, the album topped the Billboard charts on three separate occasions during 1974 and was the top selling of that year in Australia and Canada.

Critical reception to the album was mostly favorable. One said “after the disappointment of McCartney’s previous work since the Beatles, it was exactly the record fans and critics had long hoped he would make.” Another said “the ex-Beatle least likely to re-establish his credibility and lead the field has pulled it off with a positive master-stroke of an album entitled Band On The Run.” Jon Landau of Rolling Stone described the album as “with the possible exception of John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band, the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called The Beatles.”

Band On The Run was eventually certified triple platinum by the RIAA. It would go on to sell 6 million copies worldwide becoming EMI’s top selling album of the 1970s in the UK. Many viewed the album’s arrival at number one on Billboard as the moment when McCartney usurped George Harrison as the ex-Beatle most likely to succeed. It began a period of public acclaim for McCartney and Wings that reached its peak with 1976’s Wings Over America tour.

In 2000, Q Magazine placed Band On The Run at number 75 on its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2012, the album was voted 418th on Rolling Stone’s revised list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The success of Band On The Run established McCartney as the most commercially successful of the four former Beatles-a title he has held through the ensuing decades.

 

 

 

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2019 Holiday Shopping Guide –

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

A PodCloud1 tradition continues as hosts Midnight Max and PeeperD offer suggestions for the music lovers on your gift list. This special pod takes a deep dive into some of the biggest box sets, compilations and deluxe re-issues just out for this holiday season.

Featuring Pink Floyd, The Cure, Robert Plant, REM, Jimi Hendrix, Jethro Tull, Grateful Dead, John Hiatt and Bob Dylan. 50th anniversary re-issues of classic albums from The Rolling Stones, King Crimson, The Kinks, Frank Zappa and The Band. Plus two box sets celebrating the iconic Factory Records label.

Let Max & PeeperD lend a hand…or an ear…with your holiday shopping!

 

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Thanksgiving Soundboard (2019)-

It’s an Encore Performance of Our Popular Thanksgiving Soundboard!

PodCloud1 hosts a delicious musical meal for your Thanksgiving celebration that includes turkey & gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberries, peas, sweet potatoes and cherry pie!

Featuring King Coleman, The Cranberries, Ray Charles & James Taylor, Sade,
REO Speedwagon, Little Eva, Cab Calloway, Dee Dee Sharp, Quincy Jones, and
The JB’s.  Plus some thankful tunes by My Morning Jacket, Graham Parker, Jonny Lang & Michael McDonald, Giovanni Pirozzi, and Drive-By Truckers.

 

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Midnight Max Mix #9-Blow Your Face Off-

 

Spend An Hour With Max And He Will Blow Your Face Off!

Midnight Max is back with a musical journey you won’t want to miss! Discover new music from The Anderson Council, The Stone Coyotes and Brian Ray. Max goes deep with the Dave Clark Five and Count Five. Then he visits three separate decades with great tunes from Green Day, The Pretenders, Soul Asylum and Crawler. Beth Hart and Editors round out the mix. Plus Max delivers a make-good from last month with a lost gem by Artful Dodger.

As you hit the stores to prep for your Thanksgiving dinner, take along the most important ingredient-the all-new Midnight Max Mix!

 

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70’s Deep Tracks-vol. 64-

 

 

Volume 64 of 70’s Deep Tracks takes a listen to the popular jazz rock genre with selections from some of the decade’s biggest stars! Music by Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Traffic, Santana, Joe Cocker and The Grateful Dead. Little Feat’s Lowell George takes a solo turn away from the band. Funky sounds from The Bar-Kays. Plus a side project from members of the Allman Brothers Band named Sea Level. It’s a lava lamp-approved pod full of great songs with talented musicians stretching out! This is the kind of improvisation that made these 70s playlists so entertaining!

 

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Rock You Up (PeeperD Pod)-

With A Powerful Playlist PeeperD Wants To Rock You Up!

It’s not bragging when you actually bring the heat! Join PeeperD and Jamie as they deliver a pod of hot rockin’ songs. New music from The North Mississippi Allstars and Joseph Arthur. Songs from Paul Westerberg, The Romantics, Semisonic, Doves, Kaiser Chiefs, Lowen & Navarro and The Call. A classic track from The Doors. A musical tribute to Eddie Money. Plus we take a moment to give thanks with Led Zeppelin. Background tracks by Dr. Flake.

This pod is our way of saying thanks to our loyal listeners!

 

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Radio Hannibal-Episode 9-

 

It’s A Mix Of Vintage Rockers & New Sounds

Radio Hannibal returns with new music from Tame Impala and Caamp. Classics by The Allman Brothers Band, Mott The Hoople, Elton John and Robbie Robertson. Plus songs from The Killers, Bran Van 3000, Passion Pit and Cornershop. A deep track gem from Freda Payne fills out the mix.

Hit play and turn it up! Radio Hannibal will do the rest!

 

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Left of the Dial: College Radio 80s-Vol. 8-

 

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

PodCloud1’s soundboard series that salutes the great college radio playlists of the 80s returns with a great mix of big names and forgotten rarities from all over the decade!

This pod has a little bit of everything starting with an English Beat ska dance party that includes Fine Young Cannibals, General Public and Haircut 100. Lone Justice, The Bangles and 10,000 Maniacs bring a feminine energy to the mix. Songs from OMD, Aztec Camera, XTC, Split Enz and Lloyd Cole. Plus 80’s icon Grace Jones covers The Police.

A “multiple personality” mix that is a masterpiece of misdirection. You’ll never know what’s coming next!

Just like music lovers did in the 80s, venture over to the left side of the dial. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Live From The Archives vol.42-Lollapalooza 2019-

 

Highlights From Lollapalooza 2019!

Our popular pod of concert recordings from the massive PodCloud1 live archive returns. Host PeeperD presents a mix of highlights from this year’s Lollapalooza. Music from Death Cab For Cutie, The Strokes, Hozier, Sharon Van Etten, Fitz & The Tantrums, Gary Clark Jr., The Revivalists, Jade Bird and Men I Trust. Plus a mini set from Judah & The Lion. If you couldn’t make it to the Windy City, this pod is the next best thing!

 

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Mission Re-Listen: Cocteau Twins-Treasure (1984)-

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!

Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.

Cocteau Twins-Treasure (Released in November of 1984)

Dream pop is a subgenre of alternative rock and neo-psychedelia that developed in the 1980s. It refers to music that relies on sonic textures and moods rather than traditional melody and hooks. The term also describes the immersion in the music experienced by the listener. The group recognized as pioneering this genre was the Scottish band Cocteau Twins.

From their formation in 1979 to their demise in 1997, the group was known for their highly-recognizable ethereal dreamscapes led by the angelic vocals of singer Elizabeth Fraser. As the originators of dream pop, Cocteau Twins paved the way for numerous bands over the decades. Their influence can be heard across a wide musical spectrum ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Sigur Ros.

Cocteau Twins began in 1979 when guitarist Robin Guthrie and bassist Will Heggie teamed up. At a local disco they met Elizabeth Fraser who would eventually join them on vocals. They were quickly signed by the newly-formed British independent record label 4AD. The timing was perfect. Founded by Ivo Watts-Russell, 4AD was initially designed to be a testing ground for its parent company Beggars Banquet. 4AD would sign interesting yet unproven artists. If they did well, they would graduate up to Beggars Banquet after a year at 4AD. However the artists that Watts-Russell signed all shared a similar unique sound and the label acquired a distinctive identity as well as a cult following amongst indie music fans. This supportive environment allowed Cocteau Twins to present their music to an audience hungry for it.

Their debut recording in 1982 was titled Garlands and it was an instant success as was the subsequent EP Lullabies. The next year the band released another well-received EP Peppermint Pig. But following the supporting tour, Heggie departed leaving Guthrie and Fraser to continue on as a duo. This led to the growth of what would become the characteristic Cocteau Twins sound-Fraser’s voice, ethereal and operatic, combined with increasingly effects-heavy guitar playing by Guthrie. Their second full-length album, Head Over Heels, displayed this new direction.

In 1983, the band participated in Watts-Russell’s This Mortal Coil collective which featured members of the 4AD label collaborating on material that was considered outside of the realm of what was expected of them. It was during these sessions that Fraser and Guthrie met multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde. He joined Cocteau Twins later that year. Their first recording together was an EP titled The Spangle Maker which was released in April of 1984.

A few months later, the new trio entered Palladium Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland to begin work on their first full-length record together. The album that would result would be considered by many fans to be the band’s finest work.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of Cocteau Twins’ Treasure.

1. Ivo
2. Lorelei
3. Beatrix
4. Persephone
5. Pandora (for Cindy)
6. Amelia
7. Aloysius
8. Cicley
9. Otterly
10. Donimo

 

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Treasure is the third full-length studio album by Cocteau Twins. It was released on November 1st, 1984, by 4AD Records. It was recorded from August to September of that year at Palladium Studios in Edinburgh and Rooster in West London. Prior to the start of recording, label head Ivo Watts-Russell suggested that the band consider Brian Eno as producer. Eno was just coming off the recording of U2’s The Unforgettable Fire, which he co-produced with Daniel Lanois. After a meeting with the band, Eno quickly realized that he would be redundant. “I am really flattered that you asked”, he told them, “but I’d never have had the courage to use the size of reverb that you used on ‘Head Over Heels’. You don’t need a producer. You know exactly what your music is meant to sound like. You should do it yourself.” The band took this advice to heart as all of their subsequent albums have been self-produced.

The recording sessions for the record were done under time constraints which was not the ideal situation for a band used to coming into the studio with no songs ready for recording. Simon Raymonde recalled “I remember it wasn’t the easiest record to make. The problem, and ironically the beauty of the band, was that we never demoed anything and never had any ideas before we went into the studio. So the time there, which was always too short, was extremely stressful”.

Many view these sessions as the band hitting their stride with the new lineup congealing into a new sound with new possibilities. Their earlier recordings had relied heavily on Will Heggie’s rhythmic bass lines. But the new material marked the beginning of a trend in the group’s sound to blur the edges more and further detach the music from any sort of definite structure. This change in sonics was attributed to the addition of Raymonde who had a major influence on the material becoming more dreamy and textured. “It certainly is different”, said Raymonde of Treasure. “We weren’t afraid to experiment and loved nothing more than getting a new pedal or piece of outboard gear and throwing the manual away so we’d not be using it the same way others would.”

The songs themselves rely heavily on effects, and often the sounds heard are reminiscent of baroque or modern gothic music. These sounds are accompanied by layers of delayed or fuzzed-out guitars and occasional acoustic guitar rhythmic strumming. Guthrie and Raymonde’s bass-playing was much more flowing than Heggie’s creating a lush underlay which worked well with the much louder and more powerful drums, which sounded much less synthetic on Treasure than they had previously. This was due to Guthrie’s use of the EMU Drumulator drum machine. It had been released a year before the album was recorded and was immediately adopted by Guthrie. He installed the “rock drums” sound chip which gave him him a huge, bombastic sound. Almost all of the songs on the album feature that distinctive drum machine sound, particularly the song “Persephone”, which is a great example.

The song titles on the album are all pseudo-mythological single words such as “Ivo” (a tribute to their mentor and label head), “Lorelei”, “Cicely”, “Aloysius” and “Pandora”. “I thought it was a really good idea”, said Elizabeth Fraser, “because I thought what are people gonna see in these names? They’re gonna realize it’s got nothing to do with mythology. I assumed that people wouldn’t think that we were into that sort of thing. Perhaps that was foolish. The names didn’t come from anywhere. They just came.”

Fraser’s lyrics are the most obscured of the band’s early releases up to the end of 1984. She uses real words-even whole phrases-intermixed with old Scottish words or words of unknown origin. Her delivery is also different than earlier recordings. It’s more delicate and more subtle with her broad range more clearly on display. Plus the melodies on the new songs point toward the complexities of what would be heard on future albums like Victorialand and Blue Bell Knoll.

The track order of the songs on Treasure also demonstrates the new maturity of the recording. The album opens with the bright, warm and absorbing melodies of “Ivo,” bleeds into the thumping chimes of “Lorelei,” and flows quite naturally from there to the end, where the dark, whispered tones of “Otterley” precede the explosive finale of “Donimo.”

When the album was released at the beginning of November of 1984, Cocteau Twins were by then well-established in the British and European indie music scene and were starting to turn heads in America as well. But Treasure lifted the band up to the next level. The album reached number 29 on the UK Albums Chart and it stayed on the charts for eight weeks. It was the group’s first UK Top 40 album. It did much better on the indie chart peaking at number two. It was 4AD’s most successful album to date.

The record garnered the band increased exposure in the media which resulted in larger turnouts at their live performances. Critical acclaim was overwhelmingly positive. One review said “Cocteau Twins’ third album is titled simply enough. Treasure is an adjective for the endlessly inventive melodic lines you’ll find buried in these songs, and a verb for what you’ll do with them for years to come.” Another stated “Treasure lives up to its title and then some as a thorough and complete triumph.” Melody Maker described the album as “true brilliance” and stated that the band were “the voice of God”.

Promotional support for Treasure kept to the established patterns of the time. The band made an appearance on the John Peel Radio Show performing three tracks from the album. They also appeared on the TV program Old Grey Whistle Test. Some tracks from Treasure-namely “Lorelei” and “Pandora”-made their way to the group’s live performances. But, for the most part, the album’s songs were left off the subsequent set lists during an international tour in 1985. In a blunt move at the time when music videos were a must for chart success, the band released no singles and produced no official videos to accompany the album.

Treasure had been met with unprecedented praise and accolades from both fans and the press. But Robin Guthrie perhaps sheds some light as to why the band didn’t fully get behind the album. “I’ve always detested Treasure”, he said. “Not because of the record. But because the vibe at the time when we were pushed into all that kind of arty-farty pre-Raphaellite bullshit. And so I’m really ashamed of that record.” Simon Raymonde agreed. “We spent a month doing the album and, because we never really spent any time properly in each other’s company, we were still getting to know each other. We’d only been friends for a little while. We just recorded loads of things and then the album came out. It’s like an unfinished record with probably two good pieces in there somewhere. It’s our worst album by a mile. Nonetheless, it seems to be the one that people like best and it’s probably sold the best”.

By year’s end, Treasure had been voted Best Album in the British music polls and Fraser was voted best vocalist. As the years have passed, the album’s importance has increased. Pop Matters included Treasure on their 12 Essential Alternative Rock Albums of the 1980s list. Slant Magazine listed the album at number 74 on its list of the best albums of the 80s. Paste Magazine listed the record at number 38 of The 50 Best Post-Punk Albums describing it as “the first full realization of the band’s ethereal pop sound”. The album has been included in the 2008 edition of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In March of 2018, the album was repressed on 180g vinyl using new masters created from high definition files transferred from the original analog tapes.

Although Treasure has often been dismissed by the band for various reasons over the years, it has continued to be considered as a milestone in independent music history. But unlike the opinion of the musicians who created it, Treasure is undoubtedly one of the band’s, and its era’s, most interesting albums. It has a quality that draws you into the music and takes you into dreamy landscapes. It’s easy to see where many artists that later became categorized as dream pop or shoegaze took their influence from. At the end of the day, Treasure will most likely continue to be considered by most fans as exactly what its name implies.

 

 

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Atmospheres-vol. 44-

Volume 44-A Dark And Stormy Night

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Experience a pod of mysterious music that celebrates things that go bump in the night! Featuring music from Vortex, Lustmord, Kammarheit, Parhelion, Dark Sanctuary, Inade, Zac Keiller, Desiderii Marginis, Taphephonia and the duo of Harold Budd and Hector Zazou. Plus a classic rock track from early Pink Floyd. This mix is the perfect soundtrack to explore the dark night skies.

Atmospheres is a soundboard series that deals with the space between the notes…and the space between your ears!

 

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Midnight Madness(Midnight Max #8)-

Traveling The World To Bring You The Best Tunes From Yesterday & Today!

Midnight Max returns to The Barn with a re-stocked bar and a fully-stocked playlist. Start your musical travels with new wave heroes Elvis Costello & The Attractions. Catch a thrilling country-flavored set with Poco, The Band and Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman. Fall back in time with Link Wray. Discover Walter Egan’s most-loved tune from “The Lost Album”. Add a stop at the gift shop for songs from Spacehog, The Killers and Big Sugar. Plus Max brings home new music from Sheryl Crow and The Empty Hearts. Let Max stamp your passport to musical pleasure!

It’s Always Madness When Max Is Back In The House!

 

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70’s Deep Tracks-vol. 63-

This version of 70’s Deep Tracks explores the harder rocking side of the decade with a dash of heavy metal thrown in! Music from Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, The Scorpions, Rush, UFO, The Pat Travers Band, April Wine and Sammy Hagar. Ian Gillian and Ronnie Montrose form solo bands. A hard-rockin’ track by early Journey. Aerosmith delivers a rare live cut. Plus one from the back of the bin from Rose Tattoo. Head-banging is encouraged when enjoying this pod of hot rockers!

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Drive Until Your Lights Go Dark (PeeperD Pod)-

Perfect for a long night drive on an endless stretch of highway!

Check into the PeeperD Pod for a mix that’s as mysterious as it is dark. Join PeeperD and Jaime for a pod of music suitable for the season. New sounds from Pixies and Frank Turner. Featuring Leonard Cohen, Portishead, Imelda May, Weezer, Screaming’ Jay Hawkins, Shadows Of The Knight, The Hollies and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Everlast and Santana join forces. Plus Tony Joe White visits a Voodoo Village.

Drive Until Your Lights Go Dark!

 

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PeeperD’s Turntables of Terror (2019) –

 

A PodCloud1 Tradition Returns Just In Time For Halloween!

It’s a maniacal mix of Halloween hi-jinx hosted by PeeperD and the D definitely stands for demented! We’ve replaced rock and roll with shiver and shake with this petrifying playlist of chillers and thrillers.

Troublesome tunes from The Creepshow, Oingo Boingo, Lonesome Wyatt & The Holy Spooks, The Coffinshakers, The Blenders, Gnarls Barkley, Koffin Cats, The Ventures, Caesars, Tony Joe White and Fleetwood Mac.

But the terror doesn’t stop there! James Duhon does the grave yard creep. Buddy Guy hooks up with the devil’s daughter. Ghoultown drinks with the living dead. Southern Culture On The Skids dances on the devil’s stomping ground and Manfred Mann wants to put a spell on you. Plus David McCullum will take you through his horrifying house of mirrors. Throw in clips and comedy from Halloween films and shows and you have the perfect pod of panic to chill you to the bone!

However we must warn you! Most listeners have gone stark raving mad before they even reached the intermission. But that would never happen to you…would it?

 

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Fresh Catch – October

 

PodCloud1’s Fresh Catch Is Your Playlist Of Great New Music!

It’s the best of both worlds as host PeeperD presents a pod of fresh sounds from both new and established artists. Taste test the latest releases from The Who, Green Day, The Avett Brothers, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Temples, Twin Peaks, Michael Kiwanuka and Jeff Lynne’s ELO. Plus new songs from REM’s Michael Stipe, Smith & Thell, Vetiver, Michigander, Flora Cash and Marcus King. Many of these songs are aspiring hits waiting to be discovered. Be the first to add them to your playlist.

 

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Spooktacular Soundboard –

 

It’s PodCloud1’s Spooktacular Soundboard!

Just in time for Halloween, this horrifying, blood-curdling mix will scare the yell out of you. This pod features Halloween-flavored songs mixed with clips from classic horror films and TV shows that will make you shiver and shake. Music by Alice Cooper, Duran Duran, Beck, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Cream, The Cranberries, Dave Edmunds, Blue Oyster Cult, INXS, Cream, Electric Light Orchestra and The Edgar Winter Group. Plus a classic from Howlin’ Wolf. Even your goose-bumps will have goose-bumps!

If you enjoy a good scare, don’t miss this gasp-provoking spook show!

 

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Radio Hannibal Episode 8 –

 

Fall At The Barn Brings Out The Best In Radio Hannibal

Maybe it’s the colors of the season or our beautiful new studios. Whatever’s providing the inspiration, Radio Hannibal is feeling it with his latest pod of musical gems. New sounds from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Sturgill Simpson highlight an eclectic mix that ranges from Right Said Fred to Shirley Bassey. Featuring Little Feat, Guided By Voices, Kate Bush, Tom Waits, ZZ Top and Supergrass. Plus a moment for Ric Ocasek with a track from the debut album by The Cars.

This pod is Radio Hannibal at his best!

 

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Left of the Dial: College Radio 80s-Vol. 7-

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

PodCloud1’s soundboard series that salutes the great college radio playlists of the 80s returns with a great mix of big names and forgotten rarities from all over the decade!

This edition of Left Of The Dial explores the British independent record label 4AD. In the 80s, 4AD gained prominence for representing a collection of artists with a unique and distinctive sound. Featuring music from Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Tones On Tail, Pale Saints, Dif Juz, Lush, Xmal Deutschland, Modern English, Clan Of Xymox, Ultra Vivid Scene and Colourbox. Plus a track from a collective of 4AD artists known as This Mortal Coil. This pod’s dark and gothic sounds pair nicely with Halloween.

Just like music lovers did in the 80s, venture over to the left side of the dial. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Live From The Archives #41 Pitchfork Festival 2019 –

Live From The Archives Visits This Year’s Pitchfork Festival!

It’s a blast of indie rock as host PeeperD presents highlights from both up & comers and indie favorites. Performances by new acts like Snail Mail, Lala Lala, Parquet Courts, Amen Dunes and Jay Som. Stereolab returns after a ten-year hiatus. Belle & Sebastian perform  a classic album in its entirety. Whitney debuts songs from their new album. Plus tracks from Low and Neneh Cherry. The Pitchfork Festival is on the cutting edge of the music scene and you will be too after taking in this pod!

 

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Mission: Re-Listen- Pearl Jam- Vs. –

 

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!

Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.

Pearl Jam’s Vs. (Released in October of 1993)

Pearl Jam‘s debut album Ten was released in 1991. Although the record started out slow, by the second half of 1992 it became a break out success. It was certified gold peaking at number two on the Billboard charts and it stayed on those charts for nearly five years. Ten produced the hit singles “Alive”, “Evenflow” and “Jeremy”. In the process, Pearl Jam became one of the biggest bands of the 90s Seattle grunge explosion.

The band’s original line-up was Eddie Vedder (lead vocals), Mike McCready (lead guitar), Stone Gossard (rhythm guitar) and Jeff Ament (bass) and Dave Krusen (drums). Although Krusen played on Ten, he left shortly after the album was completed and was replaced by Matt Chamberlain. But after playing only a handful of shows, Chamberlain left to join the Saturday Night Live band. He was replaced by Dave Abbruzzese who played the rest of the band’s live shows for Ten.

They toured relentlessly in support of the album. Taking advantage of their newly-found fame, the group appeared on Saturday Night Live and MTV Unplugged as well as that summer’s Lollapalooza tour with Ministry, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden. They also contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the Cameron Crowe film Singles. In 1993, they received four awards at that year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

In just two short years, Pearl Jam had become one of the biggest bands in the world. Guitarist Mike McCready said “we’d blown up pretty big and everything was getting pretty crazy”. But the band members were growing uncomfortable with their sudden popularity particularly front man Eddie Vedder.

With such enormous success so early in their young career, Pearl Jam was struggling to find their identity. Feeling the pressure to follow up the massive success of their debut, they asked Brendan O’Brien to handle the production duties for their next album. O’Brien had achieved notoriety due to his work on the Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker, Stone Temple Pilots’ debut album and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakthrough record Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik.

With a new producer, a drummer they’d never recorded with and heavy commercial expectations, the band headed into the studio in early 1993 to record their second album. The next few months would be crucial ones for this young group and it’s future. Were they “one-album wonders” or was there more to Pearl Jam?

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of Pearl Jam’s Vs.

1. Go
2. Animal
3. Daughter
4. Glorified G
5. Dissident
6. W.M.A.
7. Blood
8. Rearviewmirror
9. Rats
10. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
11. Leash
12. Indifference

 

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Vs. is the second studio album by the Seattle-based rock band Pearl Jam. It was released on October 19th, 1993 by Epic Records. Rehearsals began in February of 1993 at Potatohead Studios in Seattle. The band then moved to The Site located in beautiful and tranquil Nicasio, California in March to begin recording.

This album was the first to have the production duties handled by Brendan O’Brien. He had the band members recreate their live set up and most of the songs were developed out of jam sessions. They took the approach of recording one song at a time and, at O’Brien’s suggestion, they agreed to mix the songs as each one was finished. Guitarist Stone Gossard stated “I think we allowed things to develop in a more natural, band-oriented sort of way, rather than me bringing in a bunch of stuff that was already arranged.” Gossard added that most of the songs were arranged once Vedder joined in and started singing, elaborating, “You could tell when the music wanted to change just by the way he was singing.”

O’Brien was the perfect choice to guide the band through the recording process. A talented musician in his own right, he instinctively understood that the group needed to be distracted from the immense expectations being heaped upon it by its fans and the record company. So during the sessions at The Site, O’Brien had the band loosen up for each day of recording by playing softball. O’Brien later said “part of my role was getting those guys in the head space to record and make records. I encourage us to meet every morning. It was like, ‘OK. Tomorrow, 9:30, pep talk in the kitchen, and then we’re going to play softball. We did that for quite a while. It was a way to get us all together to have fun.”

The first week of recording produced the songs “Go”, “Blood”, “Rats”, and “Leash” before the band hit a lull. Although the rest of the band liked the peaceful surroundings of Nicasio, Vedder hated them. “How do you make a rock record here?” he said. In order to spark his creativity, Vedder traveled into San Francisco and began sleeping in his truck. Bassist Jeff Ament said “recording Vs., there was a lot more pressure on Ed. The whole follow-up. I thought we were playing so well as a band that it would take care of itself. But Ed was having a hard time finishing up the songs; the pressure, and not being comfortable being in such a nice place.” Ament added that “toward the end it got fairly intense” and that the band “tried to make it as uncomfortable for Vedder as we could”.

While Dave Abruzzese’s time in Pearl Jam was ultimately short-lived-the band would fire him in August of 1994 due to a variety of musical and personal conflicts-the drummer made some crucial contributions to the recording of Vs. One night while the band was hanging around a campfire, Abruzzese started messing around with a riff on an acoustic guitar. The rest of the group latched on to it and started playing it. It eventually became the song “Go” which kicks off Vs. in a high-energy manner.

As someone who thoroughly enjoyed the trappings of rock stardom, Abbruzzese was always on a markedly different page than Vedder. But the gulf between the drummer and the singer widened even further during the early stages of the Vs. sessions, when Ament mentioned to Vedder that Abbruzzese had recently acquired a gun.

“You bought a gun?” cried Vedder, obviously dismayed. “In fact, I bought two,” the drummer blurted, before backpedaling slightly with the claim that “they’re glorified pellet guns.” The explanation failed to mollify Vedder, who quickly penned the mocking lines “Got a gun, fact I got two/That’s OK, man, ’cause I love God/Glorified version of a pellet gun/Feels so manly, when armed.” Vedder laid the lyrics over a jam concocted by Ament, Gossard and McCready, and “Glorified G” grew from there.

Many of the songs on Vs. tackled personal as well as social and political concerns. Topics on the album included child abuse (“Daughter”), police racism (“W.M.A.”) and the media (“Blood”). “Daughter”, “Dissident”, and “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” are three storytelling songs. “Daughter” tells the story of a child who is abused by her parents because they do not understand her learning disability; “Dissident” tells the story of a woman who takes in a political fugitive; and “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town” tells the story of an old lady who has been stuck in a small town her whole life.

One song that didn’t make it on the album was “Better Man”. Most bands would never think of rejecting a song for having too much hit potential, but Pearl Jam circa 1993 weren’t most bands. Stung by criticisms of “selling out” with their first record, and already feeling trapped in the bubble of fame, they were extremely leery about recording anything that sounded too obviously commercial. So when O’Brien, upon hearing them play “Better Man” during a preproduction rehearsal, raved that it sounded like a hit, his enthusiasm for the song actually dampened theirs. “After they finished, I was like, ‘Awesome! That’s a hit! That’s fabulous,’ ” O’Brien recalled. “They all just looked straight down, and the whole room was deflated. I knew I’d said the wrong thing.”

Though O’Brien was eventually able to convince the band to record the song during the Vs. sessions, no one was happy with the outcome. Vedder briefly considered giving Chrissie Hynde the song for a Greenpeace charity album, until O’Brien and the rest of the band protested. A re-recorded version of the song would finally appear on 1994’s Vitalogy. “It took us to the next record, recording it two more times, before Eddie became comfortable with it, because it was such a blatantly great pop song”.

The album was finished in May of 1993. It featured a looser, more raw and aggressive sound compared with the band’s previous release. Ament recalls “when we made our second record, I remember thinking, ‘Man, I wish our first album sounded like this.’ I thought it was more direct, more powerful.” Stone Gossard agreed. “We got our heavyosity out on that record.”

The album’s cover art, photographed by Ament, features a black-and-white picture of an angora goat trying to stick its face through a wire fence. According to Ament, the cover was a representation of how the band felt at the time. Originally, the album was titled Five Against One (the song “Animal” features the lyric “One, two, three, four, five against one…”). Gossard said, “for me, that title represented a lot of struggles that you go through trying to make a record… your own independence—your own soul—versus everybody else’s.” The record’s title was changed at the last minute, first to a self-titled album and then to Vs., a nod to the general theme of conflict present in most of the songs on the album. The new title was submitted so late in the game that the first several cassette pressings were released with the title Five Against One printed on the tape enclosures.

The album was released five months after recording concluded. It set the record for the most copies of an album sold in its first week-a record that it held for five years. It also outperformed all other entries in the Billboard top ten that week combined. The album included four hit singles-”Go”, “Daughter”, “Animal” and “Dissident” which all placed on the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts. “Daughter” was the most successful reaching the number one spot for eight weeks on the Mainstream Rock singles chart.

Critics were mostly positive in their reviews. The New York Times said “Pearl Jam uses its new album to broaden its music” and added that “most of the album projects individual misery as public catharsis.” Another stated “Vs. may not reach the majestic heights of Ten, but at least half the record stand with Pearl Jam’s best work.” Entertainment Weekly said “Vs. is not a carbon copy of Ten; for that alone, they get points”.

Pearl Jam promoted the album with tours of the U.S. in the fall of 1993 and the spring of 1994. Industry insiders compared Pearl Jam’s tour to the touring habits of Led Zeppelin, in that the band ignored the press and took its music directly to the fans. During this tour the band set a cap on ticket prices in the attempt to thwart scalpers. In fact, Pearl Jam made a conscious decision beginning with the release of Vs. to scale back its commercial efforts. “We pulled back after the second record pretty hard,” Ament stated. “A lot of it had to do with being in the eye of the storm and not being able to think straight.” The band declined to produce music videos and opted to give fewer interviews as well as make fewer television appearances.

At the 1995 Grammy Awards, “Daughter” received a nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and “Go” received a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. The album received a nomination for Best Rock Album. Since its release, the record has been certified seven times platinum by the RIAA.

If Vs. represented a struggle for their independence, Pearl Jam emerged victorious. They had maintained their popularity while still being true to their artistic vision. The record more than lived up to the hype that surrounded their debut album. But they were also able to grow their sound by exploring new styles and directions in several of the album’s songs.

Vs. was when Pearl Jam found their footing. It was the start of a shift in philosophy for the group that has continued to serve them well to this day. Due to an unwavering commitment to their music and by ignoring the trends of the music industry, many consider Pearl Jam to be the surviving band of the 90s grunge movement. Now nearing their 30th year, the band is an international phenomena selling out concert tours around the world. They have released eight additional studio recordings, several singles as well as numerous live albums during that time. But Vs. still stands as one of the strongest and most important records of their long and storied career.

 

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September Mix – Midnight Max Mix #7 –


Hi-Fi Radio On The High Seas!

This edition of the Midnight Max Mix finds Max traveling the globe and podcasting from a ship in the North Atlantic. The weather is rough but Max keeps it smooth with classic cuts by Mink DeVille, Claudia Lennear and Peter Wolf. He turns up the heat with new material from Jesse Malin, The Racontuers and The Rides. It’s a mix of old and new with Buddy Holly and the Crickets, The Zombies, Michael Stanley and Love and Rockets. Max tops off the cruise with some buried treasures from Black Joe Lewis, Franz Ferdinand and Soundgarden.

Don’t miss this journey with Midnight Max and his musical crew on The Podcloud 1 Schooner!

 

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70s Deep Tracks vol. 62 –

It’s a great mix from some of the biggest artists of the decade including Elton John, Neil Young, The Doobie Brothers, Queen, The Eagles, Styx, Bob Seger, The Moody Blues, Lou Reed, The Allman Brothers Band and Joe Walsh. Bob Welch goes solo from Fleetwood Mac. Buried treasures from Savoy Brown and Angel fill out the set list.

 

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Party Like A Pagan-The PeeperD Pod –

Say goodbye to summer with this powerful pod of music!

Party like a pagan with PeeperD! Celebrate the changing of the seasons with a mix guaranteed to charm the leaves right off your tree. New songs from Beck, Sturgill Simpson and Ride. Music from Arcade Fire, TV On The Radio, Yo La Tengo, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Foo Fighters, Big Audio Dynamite, New Order and Love & Rockets. Plus a classic track dating back to 1978 by Queen.

We’ve got the soundtrack for your autumnal equinox celebration!

 

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Reggae Mix-Volume 28-
We’re Opening Up The Concert Archives With Bob Marley & The Wailers

It’s a PodCloud1 mash-up as Reggae Mix meets Live From The Archives. This pod features live tracks pulled from numerous shows spanning the career of Bob Marley & The Wailers. From small halls and bars to large arenas, experience reggae’s greatest performer in a variety of concert settings.

Featuring cuts from intimate 1973 performances at The Record Plant, Leeds Polytechnic and The Paris Theatre, a 1975 show at The Quiet Knight in Chicago and large hall concerts in Rotterdam, Boston, Santa Barbara and London. You’ll hear many Bob Marley classics the way they were meant to be-live in concert!

 

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Radio Hannibal Episode 7 –

Say Goodbye To Summer With PodCloud1!

Radio Hannibal returns with lucky number seven premiering on Friday the thirteenth! It all adds up to a great set of music that’s heavy on the classics. Bob Dylan says goodbye to summer. A deep archive dive by Elvis Presley. An equine-themed set from The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Byrds and Echo & The Bunnymen. Songs by Carole King, Elvin Bishop and The New Mendicants add to the mix. New sounds from Tyler Childers and Jenny Lewis. Plus Radio Hannibal draws inspiration from this year’s Lockn’ as he re-visits a classic from Derek & The Dominos.

Summer days may soon be gone but Radio Hannibal provides all the heat you’ll need.

 

 

 

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Fresh Catch-September

It’s The Return Of PodCloud1’s Fresh Catch!

We welcome back the show that features some of the freshest new sounds on our playlist. Join host PeeperD as he presents a set of aspiring hits just waiting to be discovered. Featuring new songs from Foals, Cold War Kids, Hiss Golden Messenger, Angie McMahon, Mondo Cozmo, Wilderado, Barns Courtney, The Teskey Brothers, Sam Fender, Illiterate Light, Joseph, Devon Gilfillian and The Winnetka Bowling League.

New artists. New Songs. If you’re searching for that next big thing, PodCloud1’s Fresh Catch is for you!

 

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Left of the Dial: College Radio 80s-Vol. 6 –

 

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

PodCloud1’s soundboard series that salutes the great college radio playlists of the 80s returns with a great mix of big names and forgotten rarities from all over the decade!

Music from Midnight Oil, Oingo Boingo, Meat Puppets, Husker Du, The Rain Parade, Let’s Active, Mission Of Burma, Dinosaur Jr., Killing Joke, The Chameleons and The Psychedelic Furs. Plus a hard-to-find track from The Barracudas.

Just like music lovers did in the 80s, venture over to the left side of the dial. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Mission: Re-Listen-Sigur Ros-Takk –

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!

Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.

Sigur Rós’ Takk… (Released in September of 2005)

It’s safe to say that no one sounds like Sigur Rós. This post-rock band from Reykjavik, Iceland has a unique and distinctive sound that has been described as ethereal and atmospheric. Incorporating elements of classical music and minimalism, they are immediately recognizable for frontman Jónsi’s falsetto vocals and his use of reverb-washed guitar played with a cello bow.

Formed in January of 1994 by Jónsi Birgisson (guitar and vocals), Ágúst Gunnarsson (drums) and Georg Hólm (bass), the band’s name means “victory” and “rose” in Icelandic. However, “victory rose” is not actually correct. The name is actually inspired by Jonsi’s younger sister Sigurrós, who was born a few days before the band was formed, and then split into two words.

Sigur Rós was quickly signed by a local record label owned by The Sugarcubes because they thought Jónsi’s falsetto vocals would appeal to teenage girls. In 1997, they released their debut album Von which means “hope”. However this title is also a bit of Icelandic wordplay because the word “Vonbrigói” means “disappointment”. Recorded over a two year period, the album was experimental and ambient. It sounded significantly different from the original recordings and the band considered scrapping the final result. Although the record received moderate critical acclaim in Iceland, it went relatively unnoticed elsewhere.

The group became a foursome in 1998 when Kjartan Sveinsson joined them on keyboards. He’s the only member of the band with formal musical training which allowed them to expand their sound with orchestral and string arrangements. Their next record was 1999’s Ágaetis Byrjun (A Good Beginning) which brought them international acclaim. Three tunes from the album appeared in the Cameron Crowe film Vanilla Sky including “Svefn-g-englar” which became the band’s signature song. Recognizing the storytelling potential of Sigur Rós’ music, TV and film directors used several songs from the album in their productions. This exposure created a word of mouth following that lifted the album’s reputation over the next two years. Critics worldwide soon joined in praising Ágaetis Byrjun effusively. Sigur Rós was suddenly opening for established acts like Radiohead in concert. They had become the “next big thing”.

Drummer Ágúst left the band after the recording of Ágaetis Byrjun and was replaced by Orri Páll Dyrason. In 2002, Sigur Rós released their highly-anticipated follow-up titled ( ). All of the tracks on the album were untitled though the band later published song names on their website. The lyrics are sung in Hopelandic. It’s a made-up language of gibberish words which resembles the phonology of the Icelandic language. It appeared that the band was doing all it could to challenge listeners interested in their music. Although the recording sold well, critics felt that the band made only minor adjustments-not significant developments-in their sound. Many felt it lacked the innovation of its predecessor with one critic calling the packaging and concept “forehead-slappingly pretentious”.

The next few years saw the band and its individual members involved in collaborations and solo projects. Films, documentaries and TV shows continued to feature their music keeping Sigur Rós in the public consciousness. Their 1997 debut was re-released in the U.S. and UK in 2004. But their best work was yet to come.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of Sigur Rós’ Takk…

1. Takk… (Thank You)
2. Glósóli (Glowing Sole)
3. Hoppipolla (Hopping into Puddles)
4. Meó blóonasir (I Have a Nosebleed)
5. Sé lest (I See a Train)
6. Saeglópur (Lost at Sea)
7. Milanó (Milan)
8. Gong (Gong)
9. Andvari (Zephyr)
10. Svo hljótt (So Quietly)
11. Heysátan (Haystack)

 

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Takk…is the fourth studio album by Sigur Rós. It was first released in America by Geffen Records on September 12th, 2005. The album debuted at number 27 on the U.S. Billboard 200 selling 30,000 copies in its first week. It was the band’s largest selling album to date and charted highly across the globe.

After releasing the darker and less accessible ( )in 2002, Sigur Rós embarked on an extensive European and American tour the following year which included legendary performances at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York City. At the end of that tour, the band took a well-earned break by immersing themselves in numerous side projects as well as teaming up with Radiohead to write music for a modern dance project.

Sigur Rós spent all of 2004 writing and recording new songs at their studio known as Sundlaugin(The Swimming Pool) which is an abandoned swimming pool complex originally built in the 1930s. The band had initially intended to record ( )in an abandoned NATO tracking base in the northernmost mountain in Iceland. But it was deemed too impractical after an inspection. So the group found and purchased the swimming pool lot in a rural neighborhood in Mosfellsbaer, transforming it into a recording studio. Much of the band’s photography and artwork is taken from the landscape surrounding Sundlaugin.

The title of the album, Takk… means “thanks”. The new songs used the distinctive sound of their breakthrough album Ágaetis Byrjun, but incorporated a more rock-oriented structure with greater use of guitar. Unlike its predecessor ( ), the new songs had actual lyrics. Orri Páll Dyrason explained the change in approach in an interview saying “the reason there were no lyrics on the last album was that we had written those songs years back with Jónsi singing gibberish vocals to them the entire time. They were fully formed and it would have been strange to suddenly insert lyrics into these finished products. This time we went into the studio with only two old songs and both of them are lyricless. So the opportunity was there”.

Jónsi added “We listened to the songs together and let the music trigger words in us. It’s always been quite challenging for us to express ourselves through words. Somehow music flows more easily. When it comes to words, we freeze up. But the mood on Takk… is more ‘anything goes’. We had nothing to lose. We wanted to produce a feeling without trying”.

Takk… was written and recorded over a twenty month period which the band members described as “a normal period of time for Sigur Rós at least”. The mood of the sessions was much lighter than those for ( ) and it shows in the songs. “I think you can hear in the music what kind of mood we were in” said Dyrason. “ We were a bit dazed by the brackets album. Life was weird. So many things were changing and we had no roots touring a lot. Now we are secure about ourselves having gotten used to the whole thing. We are happy”.
“Glósóli” and “Saeglópur” were released as the first and second singles on August 15th and 16th, the former worldwide and the latter only in the U.S. “Hoppipolla” was the third single which was released in November. It peaked at number 24 on the UK Singles Chart in May of 2006. All three singles were accompanied by a music video. An extended :”Saeglópur” EP was released in July of 2006 featuring three new songs as well as a DVD with all three music videos.

“Hoppipolla” was used in many TV productions including the BBC’s coverage of England’s games during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It was also used in the final scene of the movie Penelope as well as the trailers for the films Children of Men and Slumdog Millionaire. This exposure increased the demand for the single which was later used in the trailer for the Disney movie Earth as well as in the 2011 film We Bought A Zoo. “Saeglópur” has also been used as a backing track for the BBC’s commercials for the 2006 Wimbledon Championships as well as the show Top Gear.

The band celebrated the release of Takk… with an extensive world tour in 2006. The tour featured their largest shows to date with stops in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Japan. In the U.S., they played a headlining concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Upon returning to their homeland, Sigur Rós played a series of free surprise outdoor concerts throughout Iceland in July and August of 2006 set in various venues such as abandoned bunkers and community coffee shops. All of these performances were included in their 2007 documentary film Heima.

Sigur Rós received three awards at the Icelandic Music Awards in 2006 including Best Album Design, Best Alternative Act and Best Rock Album. The album has sold over 800,000 copies worldwide and has achieved platinum status in the UK, Denmark and Iceland. That’s quite the feat when you consider that their debut album Von sold only 313 copies in its first year of release.

Takk… fulfilled the promise that originally caught listener’s attention with Ágaetis Byrjun and, in the process, propelled Sigur Rós into the musical mainstream. Their trajectory has continued to rise to this day with three more studio albums, a live CD/DVD, interactive video projects and numerous remixes and compilations. The band appeared in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones in April of 2014. They also covered the song “The Rains of Castamere”.

Always on the cutting edge, Sigur Rós presented a fascinating project on the summer solstice in 2016. During the longest day of the year, they drove the entire distance around Iceland’s ring road broadcasting the entire 1332 kilometer journey live on YouTube. The journey was accompanied by a soundtrack that utilized generative software that took the multi-track parts of the song “Óvedur” and endlessly reinvented them creating new and unpredictable musical directions in real time. The very best moments from the day-long journey were paired down to a single album of eight tracks.

In 2018, Jónsi, along with frequent collaborator Alex Somers and Paul Corley, released a new multimedia project called Liminal. It’s an endless mixtape of ambient music available on digital streaming services that is continuously added to over time. The first Liminal mixtape contains a piece written for underwater speakers. It’s designed to be heard while fully submerged in a swimming pool. They’ve also curated a series of live “sound baths” in Los Angeles and Reykjavik where this ambient music was played in front of an audience.

 

 

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Countdown To Music – Midnight Max #6 –

We’re Counting Down To Another Great Pod Of Music!

Join Max for another edition of his Midnight Mix. Head into the Labor Day weekend with new music from The Allman Betts Band and the return of The Alarm. Visit the 80s and 90s with The Smashing Pumpkins, Eddie Money and The Stone Roses. Top it off with The Electric Prunes, Warren Zevon, Robin Trower and the Raspberries to round out your 70s. Finish the weekend with some solo Donald Fagen and U2 to bring it all together.

Don’t miss a minute of the newest Midnight Max Mix!

 

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Working On It – Labor Day Soundboard –

This holiday soundboard salutes the work-a-day world!

It’s a hard-working pod featuring music from REM, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen, Devo, Kings Of Leon, Van Morrison, Chris Rea, The Alarm, Rush, The Tragically Hip, The Beat, The Average White Band and The Soul Rebels. A classic track from Merle Haggard and a bluegrass cover from Love Canon finish up the shift!

Take a break from your labors and let PodCloud1 do the heavy lifting.

 

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Live From The Archives volume 40 -Coachella Highlights –

Highlights from this year’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival This Past April.

Join host PeeperD as he shares some highlights of this year’s Coachella with mini-sets from Weezer, Tame Impala and Khruangbin. Plus music from Mac DeMarco, Maggie Rogers, ARIZONA, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Dermot Kennedy and Alice Merton.

Re-live moments from the festival that started the season!

 

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The Dog Days Of Summer –

 

Celebrate the last few weeks of summer with the PeeperD Pod!

Join host PeeperD as he presents a pod of music guaranteed to turn up the heat for summer’s last hurrah. Get ready to update your playlists with new selections by The New Pornographers, Caamp, Lana Del Rey, Bat For Lashes and Jamie N. Commons & The Fever Dreams. Music from The Kinks, Suede, Green Day, The Pretenders and Back Door Slam fill out the mix. Chuck Prophet sings about that Summertime Thing. Plus an 80s rarity by Burning Sensations. Background tracks from the new album by Khruangbin.

End your summer on a high note…or with a pod full of high notes!

 

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70s Deep Tracks vol. 61 –

Volume 61-This edition of our popular soundboard series explores the progressive rock movement of the 70s. Featuring music from Supertramp, Blue Oyster Cult, The Alan Parsons Project, Journey, Kansas and Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. Plus some lesser-known tracks by UK, Starcastle and FM. Enjoy these extended jams that were the highlights of radio playlists back in the day.

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Summer Vacation –

PodCloud1 asks “How’d You Spend Your Summer Vacation?”

This soundboard celebrates vacations and explores the many ways to spend one! Music from Weezer, Vampire Weekend, Wilco, The Go-Go’s, John Mayer, The Decemberists, Sheryl Crow, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Santana, The B-52’s, Van Halen and Chicago. Classics from Connie Francis and The Drifters. Plus a reggae addition from Gregory Isaacs and a seldom-heard gem from Jonathan Richman.

We recommend this mix if you’re going on vacation as well. Download a copy.

 

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Radio Hannibal Episode 6 –

 

It’s A Private Beach Party With Radio Hannibal!

Radio Hannibal returns with a pod of music that demonstrates the depth of his playlist! New music from Haim and Cage The Elephant. A look back at Woodstock with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Music from The The, World Party, The New York Dolls, Norah Jones, The Bee Gees and Harry Nilsson. Archive gems by Elton Motello and Acker Bilk. This one has it all!

Stream it or download. Take this mix with you for your next summer beach party!

 

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Atmospheres Vol. 43 –

 

Volume 43-Music For A Summer Evening

It’s a pod of music perfect for stargazing on a warm summer evening as the sun sets and night envelopes the scene. Featuring music by Anima, Bjorn Meyer, Uma Silbey, William Ackerman, Liquid Mind, Tony Gerber, Matthew Stewart, Michael Danna, Paul Avgerinos, Meg Bowles and Dappled Altus.

Atmospheres is a soundboard series that deals with the space between the notes…and between your ears!

 

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The Golden Age Of Synth-Vol. 2 –

Join host Midnight Max as he takes a stroll back to the new wave movement of the 80’s dancing his way through the New Wave’s Synth Pop genre.

Volume 2-Let your ears dance to the sounds of Kajagoogoo, Thomas Dolby, ABC and Thompson Twins. Visit with Ministry in their pre-industrial days. Listen as The Cure takes a stab at the dance scene and hear early hits by Eurythmics, B-Movie and Howard Jones. Top it off with Heaven 17 and Duran Duran’s first American single and you’ve got yourself a nice trip through the 80’s dance scene.

 

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Left of the Dial: College Radio 80s-Vol. 5 –

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

PodCloud1’s soundboard series that salutes the great college radio playlists of the 80s returns with a great mix of big names and forgotten rarities from all over the decade!

Music from New Order, REM, Talking Heads, The Jam, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Church, Wall Of Voodoo, The B-52’s, The ComSat Angels and Adrian Belew. Plus an underground gem from Translator and the unmistakeable sound of Trio.

Just like music lovers did in the 80s, venture over to the left side of the dial. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Mission: Re-Listen-A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs-

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!

Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.

The War On Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding (released in August of 2017)

In a time when pop music is more likely to be made on laptops than with an arsenal of guitars, The War On Drugs feel like a remnant from a by-gone era. Their sound has been described as “70s FM rock as heard from a boombox left at the bottom of a canyon”. It’s true that the band has a reverence for classic rock with comparisons to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty among others. But the driving force behind the group, Adam Granduciel, is too gifted to be dismissed as a copycat. His music may be inspired by the spirit of classic rock. But he repossesses it and builds a new world within it. With layers of keyboards, studio sheen and wailing guitars, The War On Drugs have become one of the biggest rock bands in an era when many are declaring the genre’s death.

Founded in 2005 by close collaborators Granduciel and guitarist/singer Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs are an indie rock band out of Philadelphia. While Vile and Granduciel formed the backbone of the band, they had a number of accompanists in the early days. By 2008, they’d recorded their debut LP Wagonwheel Blues. Following the album’s release and subsequent European tour, Vile left the band to focus on his solo career.

The lineup underwent several changes over the next few years. 2011 saw a second album titled Slave Ambient which received favorable reviews. In 2014, The War On Drugs’s third album, Lost In The Dream, dramatically expanded their reach. The recording topped numerous best-of-the-year lists becoming the one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2014. They quickly graduated from clubs and cramped dive bars to become rising stars on the concert circuit selling out shows on a two-year world tour. While no one was looking, The War On Drugs became one of rock’s biggest bands.

With this sudden swell of popularity, the band signed a two-record deal with major label Atlantic Records on the condition that Granduciel would have complete creative control. After the supporting tour for Lost In The Dream ended, Granduciel left Philadelphia moving out to Los Angeles to live with his actress girlfriend. Almost immediately, the songwriter began working in a rented studio in L.A. on the highly-anticipated follow-up album.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of The War On Drugs’ A Deeper Understanding.

1. Up All Night
2. Pain
3. Holding On
4. Strangest Thing
5. Knocked Down
6. Nothing To Find
7. Thinking Of A Place
8. In Chains
9. Clean Living
10. You Don’t Have To Go

 

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A Deeper Understanding is the fourth studio album by The War On Drugs. It came out on August 25th, 2017 on Atlantic Records. The album received almost universal acclaim from critics who felt it’s swirling dream rock was very much a follow-up to the group’s breakthrough from three years prior-Lost In The Dream. One critic said “A Deeper Understanding reclaims and explores the distinctive soundscapes, vastness and haunted psyche of Lost In The Dream and that in itself is significant”. It reached number 10 on the U.S. album charts selling over 28,000 copies. It yielded six singles including the song “Pain” which hit number one on the U.S. Adult Alternative Song chart. The record was nominated for the International Album of the Year award at the 2018 UK Americana Awards. At the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, A Deeper Understanding won the Grammy for Best Rock Album of the Year.

Adam Granduciel spent over two years in multiple studios working on the new album trying countless combinations of instruments and arrangements. His typical recording process was to record instruments separately and then layer them together. Although progress was steady, Granduciel eventually flew his Philadelphia-based bandmates out to the coast to play on the new songs. He has called A Deeper Understanding “the most focused band record the group has ever recorded” with the noted perfectionist pushing his bandmates further than ever in collaboration and performance.

Steadily widening the band’s canvas, critics felt this new album was an abstract-expressionist mural of synth-pop and heartland rock with layered textures and tightly-woven phrases. Then there were the guitar passages which had some calling Granduciel “a modern, low-key guitar hero”. One critic said “It’s crazy to think that Lost In The Dream-an album with music that sounded destined for arenas-could come off as small in comparison just three years later, but that’s exactly the effect A Deeper Understanding has. With much higher expectations weighing on the band, it’s produced a successor that shines up and builds on that breakthrough in every way. The synths get an extra twinkle, the bass-led builds get another octave of rumble, and some songs have a dozen instruments on them where they once might have had seven or eight”.

Beneath the lush surface, Granduciel’s songs focus on loneliness, alienation, private suffering and the rare moments when you can leave that all behind. Demonstrating his complete creative control, the first single Granduciel chose was the eleven-minute “Thinking Of A Place”. It was released ahead of the album on Record Store Day, April 22, 2017. The song turned out to be an appropriate introduction to the record because “thinking of a place”-somewhere where you can lose yourself and get out of your own head-is what the whole record is ultimately about.

The next week the band followed up the single by announcing a fall tour in Europe and North America and that a new album was imminent. In June, A second single titled “Holding On” was released along with the new album’s eventual title. The full album came out at the end of August.

Critics loved the record calling it the best rock album in years. One said “A Deeper Understanding” feels like the ideal War On Drugs album-the one where the songs are the strongest and the instruments the most uniquely cathartic with a mist that gives it all an alluringly blinding sheen”. Another said “there’s no compromising to be found on this major label debut. It’s a meticulous blend of heartland rock influences and swirling dream rock constructed of Wurlitzers, tape effects, analog synths and 12-string guitar”. The New Yorker called the group “the best American rock band of the decade”. Not to be outdone, New York Magazine called them “America’s next great rock band”.

The 2017 tour began in September opening in the band’s hometown of Philadelphia. It continued for several months concluding in November in Sweden. During this time, the record grew in popularity eventually ending the year on several best-of lists. A few months later, it won the Grammy for Best Rock Album solidifying The War On Drugs as one of the biggest rock bands on the current music scene.

 

 

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Time To Rock! – Midnight Max Mix #5 –

The Clock On The Wall Says It’s Time To Rock!

Join Midnight Max as he once again braves the late hours to bring you a pod that knows what time it is! Featuring new music from Stray Cats and The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Max digs way back to find The Yardbirds and visits with Robert Palmer backed by The Meters. He also finds time for some hard rockin’ with Pearl Jam, Audioslave and Ian Hunter. Plus a quick trip through the late 70s into the 80s with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Cult and Roxy Music rounds out the set.

This mix will melt the hands right off your clock!

 

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Take The Highway –

PodCloud1 Celebrates The Road Trip With This Scenic Soundboard!

There just something magical about the combination of warm weather, open roads and great music. At PodCloud1, we get it! Here’s a soundboard full of songs about enjoying the ride down the highway. Music from Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty, Wilco, Audioslave, Gordon Lightfoot, John Hiatt, Lindsey Buckingham, The Doobie Brothers, James Taylor, Pure Prairie League, Little Feat and The Paul Collins Beat. Plus a great cover by reggae greats Toots & The Metals.

Like Tom Cochrane sings “Life Is A Highway. I Wanna Ride It All Night Long”.

 

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Live From The Archives-Volume 39

A Double-Sized Special Featuring Highlights From Dead & Company’s 2019 Tour!

PodCloud1’s Live From The Archives features great concert cuts from our massive archive of live recordings.

Host PeeperD presents two pods of musical highlights from Dead & Company’s spring and summer tour. First and Second set pods double your pleasure! First Set features shorter stand-alone songs. Second Set stretches out with extended jams. Your choice…or enjoy both!

Plus Radio Hannibal and Midnight Max weigh in with their favorites from the recently-completed tour. This one’s a labor of love from all of us here at PodCloud1.

 

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70s Deep Tracks – Vol. 60

These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely, never played on today’s pre-set definition of what is “classic rock”.

70’s Deep Tracks – The Return Of Album Rock…PodCloud1 Style!

We’re travelin’ down south once again to sample some of the southern rock that spiced up FM radio playlists in the 70s! This pod features music from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pure Prairie League, The Charlie Daniels Band, Delaney & Bonnie, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Blackfoot, The Henry Paul Band, Black Oak Arkansas, Elvin Bishop and The Rossington Collins Band. Plus a classic team up between Duane Allman and Ronnie Hawkins. A one-hit wonder from Stillwater fills out the mix.

 

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Mind Fireworks

 

July’s PeeperD Pod is a fireworks show of sound!

Inspired by the month known for pyrotechnics, PeeperD presents a sonic fireworks show for your mind. New music by Catfish & The Bottlemen, Spoon and The National. Songs from Sugar, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, Cracker and Buffalo Springfield. Plus a salute to some of this summer’s concert favorites like The Cure, Father John Misty and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Background sounds from Gitkin’s incredible Five Star Motel. Get ready to ooh and ahh for each selection as PeeperD lights the fuse on this explosive pod!

 

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Left of the Dial: College Radio 80s-Vol. 4

 

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

Re-live those eclectic playlists that made college radio the place to be in the 80s with PodCloud1’s soundboard series Left Of The Dial. Music from Big Audio Dynamite, Joe Jackson, Icehouse, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Meat Puppets, The Jazz Butcher, David J, Heavenly Bodies, Gang Of Four and The Teardrop Explodes. Plus a one-hit wonder by Cactus World News. You won’t get this kind of mix anywhere else!

 

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Radio Hannibal-Episode 5

 

It’s a mix made for summertime cruising!

Radio Hannibal celebrates summer with a pod of music that screams “crank me up“! New music from Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Anderson.Paak and Whitney. Songs by Foster The People, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal and The Style Council. Jam band grooves from Phish and Grateful Dead. Plus a classic from Dobie Gray. Mother Nature’s finally starting to turn up the heat and Radio Hannibal is following her lead!

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State Of The Union-4th of July Soundboard

 

It’s a politically-charged soundboard with a positive attitude!

Celebrate the 4th of July with PodCloud1 as we exercise our musical rights. Topical tunes by The Beatles, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, The Killers, Jimi Hendrix, Tracy Chapman, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Patti Smith, Buffalo Springfield, Sam Cooke, Mt. Joy and Ziggy Marley. New music from Josh Ritter and Seratones . A live team-up by Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello from our concert archives. Plus a holiday-appropriate classic from Woody Guthrie.

Who knew the state of the union could sound so good!

 

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Reggae Mix-Volume 27 –

PodCloud1’s reggae mix has got you covered!

It’s a pod of reggae riddims featuring covers of popular songs from the likes of Elton John, The Beatles, Guns N’ Roses, Amy Winehouse, 10CC, The Police and more. Music by Wesley Das, Heritage, Cornell Campbell, Monair B, Wayne Wonder, One Third, New Kingston, The Jolly Boys, Owen Grey, Delroy Wilson and Sugar Minott. Plus team-ups by Inner Circle and UB40’s Ali Campbell and Edi Fitzroy & Bigga Star. Just like our show “WhoDunnit”, see if you can identify the original song and artist while you enjoy the cool grooves!

 

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Mission: Re-Listen-Grateful Dead-In The Dark

 

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!

Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.

Grateful Dead’s In The Dark (released in July of 1987)

In the long strange trip that was the career of the Grateful Dead, the decade of the 80s marked one of the more curious parts of the voyage. By 1985 the band had been around for 20 years yet they’d never had a hit single. Their music didn’t fit into established categories such as pop rock, blues, folk or country so radio programmers couldn’t figure out how to fit them into their formats.

Despite this lack of exposure, the group had built a large following, known as “deadheads”, through extensive touring. The Dead’s live shows were different than other touring bands due to their improvisational approach. Rather than sticking to a rehearsed set, they would spontaneously draw from an active list of over one hundred songs making each show a unique experience. By encouraging the taping of their shows, which deadheads freely traded within their community, the Dead became a live phenomena.

However the Grateful Dead’s studio albums were often disappointing as they didn’t capture the energy of their live performances. The band toured extensively throughout the 80s continuing to build their grassroots following. But they hadn’t released a studio recording since 1980’s critically-panned “Go To Heaven”.

The group seemed to have finally locked down the troubled keyboard spot with the addition of Brent Mydland in 1979. His unique voice and great piano and keyboard skills breathed new life into the Dead. However, just as Mydland was finding his place within the band, leader Jerry Garcia’s health began to decline. His drug habits caused him to lose his liveliness on stage. After gradually beginning to curtail his opiate usage in 1985, Garcia slipped into a diabetic coma for several days in July of 1986. Although he survived the incident, it caused some permanent memory loss forcing Garcia to re-learn many of his established guitar techniques.

Under these challenging circumstances, the band went to work on their first studio album in six years in January of 1986. No one, including the group themselves, could have anticipated what would come next.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of the Grateful Dead’s In The Dark.

1. Touch Of Grey
2. Hell In A Bucket
3. When Push Comes To Shove
4. West L.A. Fadeaway
5. Tons Of Steel
6. Throwing Stones
7. Black Muddy River
8. My Brother Esau

 

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In The Dark is the twelfth studio album by the Grateful Dead which was released in July of 1987. The record was unexpectedly popular achieving double-platinum status in the U.S. It reached number 6 on the Billboard 200 chart becoming the Dead’s only top ten album. It also contained the band’s only top 40 single of their career “Touch of Grey” which peaked at number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song received frequent airplay on MTV and AOR radio. This dramatically expanded the band’s following bringing an influx of new pop-oriented fans that core deadheads disparagingly dubbed “touchheads”.

Fans and critics had long mused that the Dead’s studio albums lacked the energy and natural flow of their live performances. For this album, the group changed their recording approach to allow them to capture that lightning in a bottle. Most of the new material had been played in concert since 1982 so this gave the group five years to hone and perfect the songs.

But more importantly, the recording process itself was dramatically different. The Dead had been recording songs for a video project that utilized the Marin Veterans Auditorium in San Rafael, California as a faux concert environment. Simulating a live situation brought out the best in the group’s playing. They liked this approach so much that a decision was made to record the basic tracks for the new album in a similar manner.

The stage was set exactly like it was when the band was performing live including the same lighting to create a comfortable, familiar setting. The remaining empty theater was darkened which inspired the album’s name “In The Dark”. Drummer Bill Kreutzmann described the process, “we ran all the electric instruments through amplifiers in the basement in isolation rooms and kept the drums bright and loud on stage. Everything was fed to a recording truck parked outside the venue. Everybody played their parts in real time-together”.

This unique approach helped the band achieve a more authentic sound, something they’d long struggled with on previous studio albums. Jerry Garcia said “Marins Vet turned out to be an incredibly nice room to record in. There’s something about the formal atmosphere in there that makes us work. When we set up at Front Street (the Dead’s studio) to work, a lot of times we just sort of dissolved into hanging out. Going into Marin Vets without an audience and playing just to ourselves was in the nature of an experiment”.

The group recorded the basic tracks for eight songs from January 6th through the 13th, 1987. Then in February and March, they brought the tracks to Club Front and, if needed, cleaned them up by overdubbing or redoing a performance using the same riffs they’d played on the stage recording. It gave the album’s sound a sonic, blended edge combining the energy of the live performances with the sheen of a studio track.

 

The album opens with it’s most identifiable song “Touch of Grey”. It was one of four compositions by Garcia and his long time collaborator lyricist Robert Hunter. Hunter had originally intended the song for a solo album in 1981 that was never completed. It was picked up by the Dead for their live shows starting in 1982. The song quickly became a favorite among fans with the chorus carrying the central message of the band-”I will get by, I will survive”.

The other Garcia/Hunter tunes on the album are “When Push Comes to Shove”, the John Belushi tribute “West L.A. Fadeaway” and the closing ballad “Black Muddy River”. Guitarist Bob Weir also co-wrote and provided lead vocal for a couple of tracks. “Hell In A Bucket” is the best song on the album overall. It fuses entertaining lyrics and a melodic hook with an excellent mix of sound by all band members especially Garcia on guitar. “Throwing Stones” was the other single released from the record in 1988 becoming a minor hit on AOR radio. Another Weir song was “My Brother Esau” which was only available on the cassette version of the album-a popular marketing ploy during that time. The track listing was rounded out by Brent Mydland’s “Tons of Steel”.

The cover art for the album was designed by Randy Tuten. The lettering forms the shape of an eye. Inside the lettering are photos of the band member’s eyes. On the original LP, the photos were right side up, but when the album was released on CD, the photos were upside down. An extra eye appears on one side of cover. Although the band joked that it belonged to the Ayatollah Khomeini, it actually belonged to their long-time promoter Bill Graham.

The video for “Touch of Grey” was a performance piece that featured skeletons playing the band’s instruments in their place. It became very popular on MTV introducing the band to a new generation of fans. Attendance at their concerts, although always steady due to the loyalty of deadheads, swelled to twice the size. Many of these new fans populated the famous “parking lot vending scene” which created a carnival-like atmosphere that many venues came to fear. Several cities stated publicly that they would not welcome the Grateful Dead in their communities. However, the Dead kept playing and the fans kept coming.

In The Dark was received like no other Grateful Dead album. It gave the band a pop commercialism and acceptance they had never before experienced. Eventually the wave of popularity generated by the album settled down allowing the band to continue their regular touring routine. They lived out their final years as a live jam band until Garcia’s death in 1995.

Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them 57th in their “Greatest Artists of All Time” list. A recording of their May 8, 1977 performance at Cornell University was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012. the Dead have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. Looking back, In The Dark is now considered the commercial high-point of this legendary band.

 

 

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70s Deep Tracks – Vol. 59

 

These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely, never played on today’s pre-set definition of what is “classic rock”.

70’s Deep Tracks – The Return Of Album Rock…PodCloud1 Style!

We dive deep into the end of the decade as 70’s Deep Tracks focuses on the year 1979. Hear “new” artists in their early days like Def Leppard, Eddie Money, Toto, Red Rider and Max Webster. Plus new songs from established artists like George Harrison, Golden Earring, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, The Tubes, Nazareth, 10CC, Peter Frampton, The Cars and Jefferson Starship.

This pod documents some artists on the rise and others on their way down. Check out where the 70s ended and the 80s began.

 

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Live From The Archives-Volume 38

 

Getaway To This Year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this great music fest with Live From The Archives! Featuring highlights from shows by Galactic, Anders Osborne, Gov’t Mule, Cedric Burnside, Mike Gordon and New Orleans Suspects Tribal Gold. Dumpstaphunk teams up with Marcus King. The Nevilles sit in with The String Cheese Incident. Plus the supergroup founded by the rhythm section of the legendary Meters-Foundations of Funk. This pod is a sonic sabbatical to one of PodCloud1’s favorite musical cities. Pack your bags and enjoy the ride!

 

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A Salute To Summer- Summer Solstice Soundboard

 

Celebrate the Arrival of Summer with PodCloud1!

Although many consider Memorial Day the beginning of summer, the solstice marks the official start of the party season. Enjoy a soundboard that’s all about summer with a mix that spans 50 years!

Songs from Elvis Costello, Sly & The Family Stone, Shaggy, Alice Cooper, The Kinks, ELO, Martha & The Vandellas, Gordon Lightfoot, Chris Isaak, Billy Stewart, War, Eddie Cochran, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Seals & Crofts, The Sundays, The Hold Steady and Michael Franti & Spearhead. Summer’s here and the time is right for dancin’ in the streets!

We hit the music library to come up with a reason to invite us to your next cook-out. This Salute To Summer is what we came up with. Hope you like it!

 

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Solstice Sound Set-Midnight Max Mix #4

 

 It’s a set of songs just in time for the summer solstice!

Join Max for a new installment of The Midnight Max Mix as he finds new music from Psychedelic Porn Crumpets And Southern Avenue. He hits some deep tracks with cuts from Lou Reed, Paul Revere and the Raiders and a farewell to Dr. John.
Max covers all the decades of Rock and brings you tunes by Peter Gabriel, The Black Keys, Bonnie Raitt and John Mellencamp. Be sure not to miss a visit with Elle King and a trip to hear the folks at Muscle Shoals!

 

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Atmospheres-Volume 42

 

Volume 42-Kraut RockA visit to the experimental electronic music movement in Germany during the late 60s and 70s.

The term “Kraut Rock” was coined by journalists as an umbrella to cover the many and diverse sources that made up the German music scene during that time. It was a melting pot of psychedelic rock, avant-garde, electronic, funk, minimalism, jazz and world music.

Featuring music from Tangerine Dream, Cluster, Agitation Free, Neu, Streetmark, La Dusseldorf, Amon Duul II, Harmonia, You, and the trio of Roedelius, Eno and Moebius.

Kraut Rock is credited with contributing to the evolution of electronic and ambient music as well as the birth of post-punk, alternative rock and new age music.

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Blows Your Mind-The PeeperD Pod

 

We say it in the opening of every show and we mean it!

The PeeperD Pod returns with a mix guaranteed to alter your consciousness. New songs by Local Natives and Charly Bliss. Music from Stevie Wonder, Joe Jackson, The Band, Gomez and Talk Talk. Peter Gabriel lends his vocal talents to the Afro-Celt Soundsystem. One hit wonders from Supreme Love Gods, Black Kids and Folk Implosion. Plus an 80s track from The Who in honor of their current tour. Background sounds from L’Eclair.

It’s PeeperD’s first show at the new studios and the return of Jaime. There’s a lot going on in this pod. Don’t miss it.

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Radio Hannibal-Episode 4

 

Radio Hannibal returns with his strongest show yet!

Driven by hunger and a desire to rock your world, Radio Hannibal lays down a great mix featuring new music from Hot Chip, White Reaper and The Black Keys. A team-up between Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips and Moby. Music from Simple Minds, The Ramones, Cheap Trick and Weezer. Classic tracks by Paul Revere & The Raiders and Bob Dylan. Reggae vibes from Junior Murvin. What a tasty mix!

Take a listen and see why we think Radio Hannibal is a great addition to the PodCloud1 family.

 

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Left of the Dial: College Radio 80s-Vol. 3

 

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

PodCloud1’s soundboard series that salutes the great college radio playlists of the 80s returns with a great mix of big names and forgotten rarities!

Music from The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Modern English, Shriekback, The Pretenders, Peter Murphy, The Pixies, Tones on Tail, Martha & The Muffins and Public Image Ltd. Plus some underground gems from Polyrock and The Golden Palominos with guest vocalist Michael Stipe of REM.

Just like music lovers did in the 80s, venture over to the left side of the dial. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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Mission: Re-Listen-Bruce Springsteen-Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!
Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.

Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town (released in June of 1978)

After seeing a Bruce Springsteen concert in 1974, rock critic Jon Landau delivered the famous line “I saw rock & roll’s future and it’s name is Bruce Springsteen”. Just one year later, Springsteen would appear on the covers of both Time Magazine and Newsweek in the same week. His record Born To Run was hailed as an instant classic and a key album of the decade.

However, due to a lengthy legal battle over a 1972 contract with his old manager Mike Appell, Springsteen was forbidden to enter a recording studio for the next three years. This would have derailed many other young artist’s careers. But Springsteen turned this to his advantage by touring heavily with the E-Street Band. They perfected their live performances delivering marathon shows that spanned three to four hours in length. In these concerts, he carried the torch for rock & roll with loving covers of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Mitch Ryder, Gary U.S. Bonds and The Searchers. Bootleg recordings of these shows were widely circulated which added to his growing legend.

Throughout this period he continued to write new songs for his next record. Several of them he gave to other performers like Patti Smith (Because The Night), Southside Johnny (The Fever), Robert Gordon and The Pointer Sisters (Fire).

By the time his legal troubles were resolved, Bruce’s status in the rock world had risen to near-mythic proportions. Four days after the out-of-court settlement in May of 1977, Springsteen and new manager Jon Landau headed to the Atlantic Record Studios in New York City to begin recording the long-awaited follow-up to Born To Run.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge Of Town.

1. Badlands
2. Adam Raised A Cain
3. Something In The Night
4. Candy’s Room
5. Racing In The Street
6. The Promised Land
7. Factory
8. Streets Of Fire
9. Prove It All Night
10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town

 

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Darkness on the Edge of Town is the fourth studio album by Bruce Springsteen released on June 2, 1978. Recovering from legal troubles and the stress of the breakthrough success of Born to Run, Springsteen released a somewhat less commercial record that was starker and more sombre. The album had themes of lost love, depression, and experiential suffering.

Musically, “Darkness” marked a turning point in Springsteen’s career. Gone were the raw, rapid-fire lyrics, outsized characters, and long, multi-part musical compositions of his first three albums. The new songs were leaner and more carefully drawn and began to reflect Springsteen’s growing intellectual and political awareness. One critic observed that Springsteen began to “fully realize his characters as working class with hard truths in hard rock settings. “It’s less romantic. It’s got a little more isolation” he said. “There is less a sense of a free ride than there is on Born To Run. There is more of a sense of if you ride, you’re going to pay…and you better keep riding.”

Jon Landau said “Bruce had no interest in whether there was anything he could call a single on the album. He was totally committed to making a record that was true to his own feelings. When you consider that he had, but didn’t use, songs like Fire and Because The Night, you’ve got to assume he didn’t want Darkness to be a big record. If success was what it was like with Born To Run, Bruce didn’t want that. He didn’t want one song that could be taken out of context and interfere with what he wanted the album to represent”.

During the sessions, Springsteen wrote or recorded many songs that he ended up not using on the album to keep the album’s thematic feel intact. According to engineer Jimmy Iovine, Springsteen wrote at least 70 songs during the sessions and 52 of those songs were recorded with some not fully completed. Some of the unused material became hits for other artists including “Rendezvous” for Greg Kihn, “This Little Girl” for Gary U.S. Bonds and several tracks for Southside Johnny including 3 songs released on the Asbury Jukes 1978 album Hearts of Stone. Other songs such as “Independence Day”, “Point Blank”, “The Ties That Bind”, and “Sherry Darling” would eventually turn up on Springsteen’s next album The River. Still others became bootleg classics until surfacing years later on compilations albums such as Tracks, 18 Tracks, and The Promise.

A great deal of Springsteen’s best work can be found on this album. “Badlands” is a major Springsteen anthem that talks about ‘trouble in the heartland’. It’s an epic, dark, hard look at life across America with people fighting everyday to live decent, productive lives in the face of crisis. “Adam Raised a Cain” is a powerful look at conflict between father and son filled with Catholic imagery. Both were subjects with which Springsteen was very familiar. There is a good balance on the album as well. There are true rock & roll anthems such as “The Promised Land” and the powerful “Prove It All Night” which became a center piece for the Darkness tour. There’s also much more mature works such as “Factory” and “Something in the Night”.

The album concludes with the title track “Darkness on the Edge of Town” which pretty much represents the very essence of what Springsteen is all about. A song about the loss of dignity and the courage it takes to overcome life’s hard lessons when one’s dreams are “blown away”. In terms of the original LP’s sequencing, Springsteen continued his “four corners” approach from Born to Run as the songs beginning each side (“Badlands” and “The Promised Land”) were martial rallying cries to overcome circumstances, while the songs ending each side (“Racing in the Street”, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”) were sad dirges of circumstances overcoming all hope.

The album was recorded during several sessions from May of 1977 to the end of March of 1978 at Atlantic Studios and The Record Plant. Unlike Born to Run, the songs were recorded by the full band at once soon after Springsteen had written them. Little Steven received a credit for production assistance for helping Springsteen tighten the arrangements from Born to Run’s epic sound. Rolling Stone wrote that the album was the E Street Band’s best performance “colored by the raw sound happening at the time”. They said “the album fused the spacious clarity of Los Angeles record making and the raw density of English productions resulting in a different vibe from Born to Run‘s Phil Spector wall of sound. On the earlier album the individual instruments were deliberately obscured to create the sense of one huge instrument. But on Darkness, the same power was achieved more naturally with each member of the E-Street Band given the space to shine”.

Darkness failed to generate any substantial hit singles with “Prove It All Night” making it into the Top 40 in the U.S. at No. 33 and the follow-up “Badlands” just missing as it peaked at No. 42. But the album remained on the charts for 97 weeks eventually claiming the No. 1 slot on NME album of the year list. The cross-country 1978 Badlands tour promoting the album was legendary for the intensity and length of its shows.

Reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Critics praised the maturity of the album’s themes and lyrics. It remains one of Springsteen’s most highly regarded records by both fans and critics. Several of its songs have become staples of Springsteen’s live performances. A steady seller in Springsteen’s catalog, it has been certified triple Platinum by the RIAA. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it at No. 151 on their list of the greatest albums of all time.

 

 

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70’s Deep Tracks-Vol. 58

 

These are forgotten tracks that will take you back to the days when FM radio was truly an art form. And, likely, never played on today’s pre-set definition of what is “classic rock”.

70’s Deep Tracks – The Return Of Album Rock…PodCloud1 Style!

Albums recorded live in concert were very popular in the decade and this edition of 70’s Deep Tracks hits some of the biggest! Live tracks from Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Genesis, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, The Kinks, Rush and Peter Frampton. Plus a couple of tunes from the soundtrack to one of the most popular concert films of the 70s-Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains The Same.

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The Golden Age Of Synth
It’s The Golden Age of Synth-A Brand New Series on PodCloud1!
Join host Midnight Max as he takes a stroll back to the new wave movement of the 80’s dancing his way through the New Wave’s Synth Pop genre.

Max delivers a danceable overview of the scene with tunes by Depeche Mode, OMD, Thompson Twins and Yaz. Listen along as he visits some German synth influence with Kraftwerk, Yello and the unforgettable Ultravox. Don’t miss featured tunes from Soft Cell, The Human League, Gary Numan and the strange dark musing of Visage.

 

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Springtime Sounds – Midnight Max Mix #3

 

Enjoy some Springtime Sounds with Midnight Max!

Midnight Max sharpens his skills on the third installment of the Midnight Max Mix. He’s joined us in the The Barn and this round he visits with some new cuts by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes. Plus a remembrance of an old Rock & Roll friend-Dick Dale. Max also takes a stab at Garage & Grunge featuring cuts by Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Chavez and The Bayonettes. Take a trip through several decades with tracks from The Clash, Graham Parker, The Black Crowes and Greta Van Fleet.

Sit back, fasten your seat belt and enjoy your flight with Midnight Max on Podcloud1-The ONE For Great Music! 

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May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers!

In this sequel to last month’s Feels Like Rain soundboard, it’s a pod of songs about flowers! Featuring music from Talking Heads, The Rolling Stones, Greta Van Fleet, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Widespread Panic, The Smithereens, Mercury Rev, Amos Lee, The Wallflowers, Leon Bridges and Jerry Garcia. A lost 90s gem from The Indians and a 60s classic by Scott McKenzie fill out the set.

This botanically beautiful pod sounds as great as it smells!

 

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A Girl Like You – The PeeperD Pod

 

It’s The May Edition Of The PeeperD Pod!

Presenting a pod that delivers the goods! Join host PeeperD as he presents a mix that spans fifty years of the ups and downs of love with Edwyn Collins, Fitz and The Tantrums, Death Cab For Cutie, Elle King, Bruce Cockburn, Young The Giant and Patty Griffin. Plus new music from Bruce Springsteen and Silversun Pickups. Vintage tracks by Jethro Tull, Them and Todd Rundgren’s Utopia fill out the playlist. Backgrounds provided by the new release from The Budos Band.

 

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Live From The Archives-Volume 37

 

PodCloud1 Welcomes Back Live From The Archives!

Your favorite pod of great concert moments returns with highlights of this year’s 420 Fest in Atlanta. Join host PeeperD as he delivers a mix of rock, reggae and bluegrass. Featuring Widespread Panic, The Avett Brothers, JJ Grey & Mofro, Billy Strings, Big Something, Fruition, Moon Taxi, Band Of Heathens, Rebellion and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Plus a tasty mash-up by Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass.

If you couldn’t make it down to the 420 Fest, this pod is the next best thing!

 

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Radio Hannibal-Episode 3

 

Radio Hannibal returns with a pod of tunes guaranteed to scratch your musical itch!

Featuring new music from Kevin Morby and Vampire Weekend. Songs from The Strokes, The Cardigans, The Wallflowers and The Gipsy Kings. Classics from Billy Joel, T Rex and The Tubes. You’ll heard a side of Pink Floyd with which you might not be familiar. Plus Radio Hannibal goes deep into the vintage vault for a top 10 track from 1964 by Terry Stafford.

This one’s got it all!

 

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Left of the Dial: College Radio 80s-Vol. 2

 

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

PodCloud1’s soundboard series that salutes the great college radio playlists of the 80s returns with some of the biggest artists of the decade!

Music from The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, Love & Rockets, The Psychedelic Furs, Husker Du, Cocteau Twins, The Clash, Kate Bush and Luna. Plus some underground gems from The Wolfgang Press and The Reivers.

Just like music lovers did in the 80s, venture over to the left side of the dial. You’ll be glad you did!

 

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My Mind’s In Mexico – A Cinco De Mayo Soundboard

 

We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo “PodCloud1 Style” with this Mexicali Soundboard!

Our minds are definitely in Mexico with this pod of songs revolving around Tierra Azteca. It’s a spicy mix that spans from Frank Sinatra to Wall of Voodoo with a lot of great music in between! Featuring Santana, Billy Gibbons (of ZZ Top) & The BFG’s, Cake, Concrete Blonde, Los Straightjackets, The Steve Miller Band, Delbert McClinton, Ween, Liz Phair, Thin Lizzy, Los Lobos, The Babys, War, Firefall and Los Lonely Boys.

These are the songs we’re listening to on Cinco de Mayo at PodCloud1.

 

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Mission: Re-Listen-OK Computer by Radiohead

 

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!
Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.
Radiohead’s OK Computer (released in May of 1997)

Radiohead first appeared in the early 90s with the grunge-flavored hit “Creep”. After a two year tour, the band felt trapped playing songs that they had long outgrown. Critics dismissed them as Nirvana-lite and the band nearly broke up due to the pressure of sudden success. For their own survival, they moved away from grunge to a much more introspective sound for their second record, 1995’s “The Bends”.

During “The Bends” tour, Brian Eno asked the band to contribute a song to a charity compilation album. On a day off, Radiohead recorded the song “Lucky” in five hours with engineer Nigel Godrich who had assisted with “The Bends”. The recording session inspired the band shaping the sound and mood of where they wanted to go in the future.

Taking a break from touring in January 1996, Radiohead took advantage of the success of “The Bends”. Their label gave them a £100,000 budget to purchase recording equipment. They consulted with Godrich for advice on what equipment to buy. He quickly outgrew his role as advisor and would become the band’s co-producer-a title he has held for every Radiohead album since.

Radiohead sought to distance themselves the soul-searching tone of “The Bends”. The plan was to record a new album away from the big city and to do it themselves. When they started rehearsing and recording in July of 1996, no one could imagine that the resulting record would change the course of rock music forever.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of Radiohead’s OK Computer. 

1. Airbag
2. Paranoid Android
3. Subterranean Homesick Alien
4. Exit Music (For A Film)
5. Let Down
6. Karma Police
7. Fitter Happier
8. Electioneering
9. Climbing Up The Walls
10. No Surprises
11. Lucky
12. The Tourist

 

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OK Computer is Radiohead’s third studio album which was first released in May of 1997 in the UK with a wider release across the globe the following month. The record marked a dramatic shift in tone toward a more experimental sound. It featuring abstract lyrics, densely layered atmospherics and an eclectic range of influences such as Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew”, soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone and the Krautrock band Can. The band expanded their musical palette to include electric piano, Mellotron, cello and other strings, glockenspiel and electronic effects. Spin Magazine described the album as “a DIY electronica album made with guitars”.

The lyrics, written by lead singer Thom Yorke, were more abstract and oblique compared to the personal, emotional lyrics he’d written for “The Bends”. One critic described them as “a mixture of overheard conversations, techno-speak and fragments of a harsh diary with images of riot police at political rallies, anguished lives in tidy suburbs, yuppies freaking out and sympathetic aliens gliding overhead”. Recurring themes included transport, technology, insanity, death, modern British life, globalization and anti-capitalism.

Although the songs share common themes, Radiohead have stated they do not consider OK Computer to be a concept album. However the band did intend for the album to be heard as a whole and spent two weeks finalizing the track order. The title “OK Computer” was taken from the 1978 Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy radio series that the band listened to on the bus during their 1996 tour. Yorke said the title referred to embracing the future and yet being terrified by it. He likened it to standing in a room where all of the appliances are going off at once and listening to the sound it makes.

The album’s artwork was a computer-generated collage of images and text that was intended to serve as a visual diary of the recording sessions. It included the image of two stick figures shaking hands which Yorke explained as a symbol of exploitation. “Someone’s being sold something they don’t really want and someone’s being friendly because they’re trying to sell something” he said. Visual motifs included freeways, airplanes, families with children, corporate logos and cityscapes. The artwork included health-related instructions in both English and Greek. One critic described the use of non-sequiturs as “being lifestyle-coached by a lunatic”.

The recording began in July of 1996 at a converted shed in Oxfordshire they dubbed Canned Applause Studio. Striking out on their own forced the band to re-learn their creative process as things started out slowly. They had four songs nearly completed when their label requested they take a break for a 13-date American tour opening for Alanis Mosissette. During these shows, the band performed early versions of several new songs honing the material in front of audiences.

Radiohead resumed recording in September of 1996 at a historic mansion called St. Catherine’s Court. The change in setting marked an important transition in the recording process. The band made extensive use of the different rooms and acoustics in the mansion incorporating the natural reverberation of stone staircases and ballrooms. Much of the music was recorded live without overdubbing. Many of Yorke’s lyrics were first takes. By Christmas, most of OK Computer’s basic tracks had been completed and the band had narrowed the track listing down to 14 songs. String parts were recorded at Abbey Road Studios in January of 1997 and the album was mixed over the next few months at various studios around London.

When Radiohead submitted the completed project, their record label saw it as commercial suicide. The label lowered its sales forecasts dramatically. Label representatives were disappointed with the lack of marketable singles especially the absence of anything resembling “Creep”. The band chose “Paranoid Android” as the first single despite its unusually long running time and lack of a catchy chorus. It was released in May of 1997 and, due to the strength of frequent radio play and MTV rotation of the song’s video, it reached number three in the UK giving the band their highest chart position to date.

The album debuted at number one in the UK and held that spot for two weeks. It stayed in the top ten for several weeks afterwards eventually becoming the eighth-best selling record of the year. The songs “Karma Police” and “No Surprises” were released as singles in the following months with each ending up in the UK top ten. By February of 1998, OK Computer had sold at least half a million copies in the UK and two million worldwide. Sales continued steadily over the next few years with the record eventually certified double platinum in the U.S.

It won the Best Alternative Music Album at the 1998 Grammys and it appeared on many critics’ lists and listener polls for the best album of 1997. Over the years, OK Computer has appeared frequently in lists of the greatest albums of all time including NME, Melody Maker, Spin, Pitchfork and Time Magazine. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked it at number 162 on it’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2015, the U.S. Registry of the Library of Congress selected the album for preservation in the National Recording Archives designating it as “a sound recording that has had significant cultural, historical or aesthetic impact in American life”.

OK Computer has been credited with playing a big role in the decline of Britpop. The dominant UK guitar pop sound shifted toward an approximation of Radiohead’s mixture of electronica and rock. Many of the next generation of British alternative bands including The Verve, Travis, Bloc Party and Stereophonics have sited the album’s influence on their music. In a response typical of the group, Radiohead sited “the pervasiveness of bands that sound like us” as one reason why they broke with the style of OK Computer for their next album “Kid A”.

 

 

 

 

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70’s Deep Tracks-Volume 57

 

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 pre-set definition of what is “classic rock”.

70’s Deep Tracks – The Return Of Album Rock…PodCloud1 Style!

This pod is a master mix of 70s golden greats! Featuring music from Santana, Joe Walsh, Electric Light Orchestra, ZZ Top, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Spirit, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Wet Willie, Janis Joplin, Argent, T Rex, Rory Gallagher and Atomic Rooster. Plus a great team-up of Eric Burdon and War on a classic. Pulling from all over the decade, this one would have made a great cruising jam on eight-track!

 

(click player for 70s Deep Tracks-Volume 57)

 

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Feels Like Rain-A Stormy Soundboard

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers is how the old saying goes.

At PodCloud1, we’re focusing on the first part of that old saying with a stormy soundboard that’s perfect for a rainy day! Songs about stormy weather from Los Lobos, The Who, Tom Waits, Robert Plant, Graham Parker & The Rumor, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Garbage, Jonny Lang, Poi Dog Pondering, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Jayhawks, Carmel, The Mavericks and John Hiatt. Plus a classic rendition of Stormy Monday by Bobby “Blue” Bland.

Dance between the drops with this mix of rainy day songs from the “ONE” for great music!

 

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Midnight Max Mix-Show #2

It’s time again for the Midnight Max Mix!

Midnight Max is back with the second installment of his new gig with PodCloud1. This round Max brings the heat with a mix that’s heavy on 80s new wave with cuts by The Jam, XTC and The Clash. Featuring new music from The Magpie Salute, Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts and The Lennon Claypool Delirium. The Raconteurs, U2 and Brent James & The Vintage Youth punch up the playlist. Classic tracks from Joe Cocker and The Who. Plus a live treat by Stereophonics.

Although Max is working from a remote studio location, he’s not phoning it in!

 

(click player for The Midnight Max Mix-Show 2)

 

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Atmospheres-Volume 41

 

Volume 41-Deep Space OscillationsExperience floating in space!

This mix will take you on a sonic journey through deep space. Featuring music from Hollan Holmes, Steve Roach, Chronotope Project, Leo Abrahams, Elvind Aarest, David Helpling, Stratosphere and Rob Byrd. Plus vintage space music from Ashra and Franco Falsini.

This pod finds tranquility in the midst of constant movement.

 

(click player for Atmospheres-Volume 41)

 

 

 

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PeeperD’s New Music Express 2019

PeeperD’s Annual Showcase Of New Music Returns!

With summer right around the corner, the music industry is gearing up with lots of new releases. Join host PeeperD as he breaks down several “fresh catches” you’ll want to add to your playlists. Featuring music from Vampire Weekend, Foster The People, The Strumbellas, Jade Bird, Broken Social Scene, The Head & The Heart, Strand Of Oaks, Andrew Bird, and Jenny Lewis. This mix includes the first new song by The Black Keys in five years and a team-up from Cage The Elephant and Beck. Plus a sample of the new politically-charged release by Jay Farrar’s Son Volt.

It’s a pod full of catchy new music from many of the PodCloud1 artists you know and love!

(click player for PeeperD’s New Music Express 2019)

 

 

 

 

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Left Of The Dial: College Radio 80s -vol. 1

In the 80s, the great music was happening on the left side of the dial where all of the college radio stations were located!

It’s a brand new soundboard series set in the decade of the 80s when college radio ruled the airwaves. You can experience the rise of indie-rock all over again.

This debut edition features early cuts from future stars REM and U2. Music from Soul Asylum, Camper Van Beethoven, The Waterboys, OMD, Robin Hitchcock & The Egyptians, Wire Train, The Mekons, Hoodoo Gurus, Love Tractor and The Dukes of Stratosphere.

Just like music lovers did in the 80s, venture over to the left side of the dial. You’ll be glad you did!

(click player for College Radio 80s-vol. 1)

 

 

 

 

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Radio Hannibal- Episode 2

History In The Making!

It’s The First Show Completely Produced In The New PodCloud1 Studios!

Our newest presenter Radio Hannibal returns with a great mix that salutes recent Rock Hall inductees Roxy Music and The Cure. New music from Cave Twins and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Selections from Pulp, R.E.M., Cobra Verde, Delaney & Bonnie, The Human League and White Reaper fill out the set list. Plus a gangster classic from Tommy James & The Shondells.

Back For More, It’s Episode 2 Of Radio Hannibal!

 

(click player for Radio Hannibal-Episode 2)

 

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Mission: Re-Listen-Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!
Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.
Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever (released in April of 1989)

By 1987, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers had been riding a wave of popularity since the late 70s which included 7 studio albums and numerous hit singles. They had just completed a successful sold-out concert tour behind their “Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough)” record when Petty announced he’d be taking a break to record a solo album without the Heartbreakers. Since Bruce Springsteen had recently parted company with The E-Street Band to pursue a solo career, many fans wondered if Petty’s decision would mark the end of his band as well. This included the members of The Heartbreakers.

Petty spent most of the next year writing and recording songs for the project. However the process was interrupted to allow time for the recording of the first Traveling Wilburys’ album. This supergroup included Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra. The pairing of Petty and Lynne worked well. They continued to collaborate on Petty’s solo project with Lynne also serving as co-producer. Recorded mainly in the relaxed atmosphere of Heartbreaker Mike Campbell’s garage studio, Petty would later say it was the most enjoyable record of his career. It would also become his commercial peak as an artist.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of Tom Petty’s Full Moon Fever.

1. Free Fallin’
2. I Won’t Back Down
3. Love Is A Long Road
4. A Face In The Crowd
5. Runnin’ Down A Dream
6. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better
7. Yer So Bad
8. Depending On You
9. The Apartment Song
10. Alright For Now
11. A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own
12. Zombie Zoo

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Full Moon Fever was released on April 24, 1989, by MCA Records. It featured contributions from members of The Heartbreakers, most notably Mike Campbell. It also featured participation from Petty’s bandmates in The Traveling Wilburys’ George Harrison, Roy Orbison (who died prior to its release), and Jeff Lynne.

The record shows Petty exploring his musical roots with nods to his influences. It included a Byrds cover (“I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”) and a nod to Del Shannon in “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. Other songs, such as “Free Fallin'”, show Petty addressing nostalgia on his rise to fame. “A Mind With a Heart of Its Own” uses a Bo Diddley-style rhythm, while “The Apartment Song” features an instrumental break with a beat reminiscent of Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue”.

It’s sound was heavily influenced by Jeff Lynne resulting in a cleaner and glossier version of the Heartbreakers’ roots rock from previous albums. Lynne incorporated layers of keyboards and backing vocals, giving it a Beatlesque feel.

The album became a commercial and critical success peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and being certified five times platinum in the United States and six times platinum in Canada. Five singles were released from the album. “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Fallin’” and “Runnin’ Down A Dream” topped the U.S. Mainstream Rock charts.

Critics praised the record comparing it to The Heartbreakers’ “Damn The Torpedoes”. One called it a “minor masterpiece with no weak tracks”. Rolling Stone compared the album favorably to the Traveling Wilburys’ debut saying it had the “same restless charm”. Another review described the album as “another rewarding, low-key side project for Petty”, giving it three-and-a-half stars out of five. A later Rolling Stone biographer claimed “Full Moon Fever” was a “masterful solo album”. It was ranked number 92 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s.

Although all but drummer Stan Lynch contributed to the record, the project stirred some controversy among members of the Heartbreakers. Benmont Tench and Howie Epstein initially were not happy about playing the Full Moon Fever songs live during Heartbreakers concerts. Lynch hated playing them right up until his departure from the band, saying it made him feel like he was in a cover band.

 

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A Foolish Soundboard

 

To celebrate April Fools’ Day, PodCloud1 plays the fool!

Songs of foolish love and fool-hearty behavior from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, The Black Crows, Grateful Dead, ZZ Top, Joe Jackson, Styx, Etta James, The Strokes, Lord Huron, Little Walter, The Main Ingredient, The Strokes and The Bobby Fuller Four.

This soundboard is a fool’s paradise of sonic delights!

 

(click player for A Foolish Soundboard)

 

 

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70’s Deep Tracks-vol. 56

 

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 pre-set definition of what is “classic rock”.

70’s Deep Tracks – The Return Of Album Rock…PodCloud1 Style!


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One of our most popular soundboard series is back!

It’s the kind of mix that reminds you 70’s Deep Tracks always delivers what made FM radio great. Featuring Deep Purple, The Who, Jethro Tull, Foghat, Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, Grand Funk Railroad, Jo Jo Gunne, The Chambers Brothers, Heart and The Faces. Plus two live songs from Blue Oyster Cult and The J. Geils Band. A deep track from Crow adds some spice to the mix.

The 70s are back with 70’s Deep Tracks!

(click player for 70s Deep Tracks-Volume 56)

 

 

 

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Midnight Max- Show #1

Mighty Midnight Max joins the PodCloud1 team

It’s the premiere episode of The Midnight Max Mix. Our newest presenter says hello with a blistering batch of blues featuring The Rolling Stones, Southern Avenue, JJ Grey & Mofro, Warren Haynes with Railroad Earth, John Lee Hooker and Mudcrutch.

Classic tracks from Spirit, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Steve Marriott, Neil Young and The Allman Brothers Band fill out the mix. Plus a taste of the new album by The Tedeschi Trucks Band. Gary Clark Jr. and Leon Bridges top it off with a cool team-up. The new guy’s takin’ it to the max!

Another great new voice on “the ONE for great music”.

 

(click player for Midnight Max Mix-Show 1)

 

 

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Reggae Mix-vol. 26

 

Celebrate The Arrival Of Spring With This Musical Ray Of Sunshine!

PodCloud1’s Reggae Mix is back just in time for the return of good weather. This soundboard mix draws from recent releases from Sting & Shaggy, Rebelution, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Damien Marley, The Specials, Matisyahu, Christafari and the duo of Capleton and I-Atom. Mystic Bowie and Freddie McGregor cover a Talking Heads classic. Plus songs from the recent releases by both versions of The English Beat. This pod of fresh riddims will lift your spirits out of the winter doldrums.

 

(click the player for Reggae Mix-Volume 26)

 

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PeeperD’s Irish Coffee

It’s more of PodCloud1’s Shamrock & Roll Celebration!

PeeperD mixes old and new in a pod of music with an Irish flavor. New music from Glen Hansard and Hozier. Featuring Bell X1, The Pogues, Eleanor McEvoy, Dropkick Murphys, Snow Patrol, Lisa Hannigan and Black 47. Classic tracks from Stiff Little Fingers, Horslips and The Saw Doctors. We close the set with Van the Man. Enough said!

This musical cocktail will make you want to visit the Emerald Isle!

 

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Emerald Isle Rockers 2019

Enjoy This Special Soundboard Mix Featuring Artists From Ireland.

Just in time for St. Patty’s Day, it’s a soundboard mix featuring Van Morrison, U2, The Frames, Thin Lizzy, Sinead O’Connor, Dermot Kennedy, The Pogues, Hothouse Flowers, The Swell Season, Rory Gallagher and Sinead Lohan. Classic tracks from Them and Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Plus Bono joins The Corrs for a sweet rendition of a Ryan Adams gem.

This pod is not just for St. Patty’s Day. Enjoy this great music every day!

 

(click player for Emerald Isle Rockers 2019)

 

 

 

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Radio Hannibal – Debut Episode –

Welcome Our Newest PodCloud1 Presenter Radio Hannibal

He’s a new voice on “the one for great music” but his music mix is vintage “PodCloud1”. Enjoy an eclectic mix highlighted by new music from Foals and Jr Jr. Featuring great songs from The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, The Strumbellas, Belle & Sebastian, The La’s and Jesse Malin. Classic tracks from The Raspberries and 10CC. Plus a pop nugget from the 1910 Fruitgum Company. It’s the debut episode of a new phenomena and you get to brag you were here when it happened!

(click player for Radio Hannibal-Show 1)

 

 

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Mission Re-Listen-Manifesto by Roxy Music

Mission: Re-Listen is PodCloud1’s Prime Rewind!

Each month we’re re-listening to a classic album that was released that same month.

Roxy Music’s Manifesto (released in March of 1979)

After six years of successful albums and concerts, Roxy Music broke up following the 1976 Siren tour. Although a live album documenting the tour came out later that year, it appeared that this was the end of the line for this adventurous and influential art/glam/prog rock band. Each of the members went their separate ways.

So excitement ran high when they announced to the press in November of 1978 that they would be working together for the first time in three years. The core group of Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera, Andy McKay and Paul Thompson would be supported by Paul Carrack (Ace, Squeeze) on keyboards and Gary Tibbs & Alan Spenner sharing bass duties. They recorded during January and February of 1979 at both Basing Street and Ridge Farm Studios.

Enjoy this classic album re-listen of Roxy Music’s Manifesto.

1. Manifesto
2. Trash
3. Angel Eyes
4. Still Falls The Rain
5. Stronger Through The Years
6. Ain’t That So
7. My Little Girl
8. Dance Away
9. Cry, Cry, Cry
10. Spin Me Round

(click player for Roxy Music-Manifesto)

Manifesto is the sixth studio album by the English rock band Roxy Music. It was released in March of 1979 in the UK, Europe and the US. Following an almost four-year recording hiatus, it was Roxy Music’s first studio album since 1975’s Siren.
The idea was to embrace the energy of the new wave and disco movements through the filter of the Roxy Music sound. The album was considered a change of pace trading the art rock influences and instrumental interludes for concise pop songs.

The first single was “Trash”, which barely made the UK top 40. However, the second single, the disco-tinged “Dance Away”, returned the band to the top 3 becoming one of their biggest hits. It was also the 9th best-selling single in the UK in 1979. The song was also released in a 12″ extended version. After the song became a hit, the second pressings of the album substituted the original version of “Dance Away” with its single remix.

The third single was a re-recorded version of “Angel Eyes”, which was far more electronic and “disco” in nature than the power-pop album version. An extended 12″ mix was also released. The single also made the UK Top 5 in August. The album itself peaked at no. 7 in the UK.

Later on, the LP version of “Angel Eyes” was also replaced by the more popular re-recorded version released as a single. The original CD versions of the album used the revised track list, until the LP version of “Angel Eyes” was restored in the 1999 remaster. Manifesto was finally released on CD in its original version on “The Complete Studio Recordings” box set in 2012.

On the original vinyl release, side one was labelled “East Side” and side two was labelled “West Side”.

The cover design depicted a riotous Studio 54 party of beautiful people played by a variety of mannequins-lifeless but synthetically beautiful showroom dummies. This concept was also used for the covers of the singles from the album. The picture disc version of the album featured a version of the design in which the mannequins are naked. The cover’s typography, as well as the album’s title, were inspired by the first edition of the avant-garde literary magazine “Blast” from 1913.

It was created by Bryan Ferry with fashion designer Antony Price. Price’s super-futuristic King’s Road boutique “Plaza” is name-checked in the song “Trash”. Ferry wanted to make a statement about the seductive beauty of artifice and the emotional void at the heart of the high life.

Manifesto was positively received by critics but not as well regarded as previous Roxy Music albums. Critic Robert Christgau wrote: “This isn’t Roxy at its most innovative, just its most listenable – the entire “West Side” sustains the relaxed, pleasantly funky groove it intends, and the difficulties of the “East Side” are hardly prohibitive.

The album was ranked 30th in the Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop critics poll of the best albums of 1979. The 1992 Rolling Stone Album Guide gave the album four stars and says “the regrouped Roxy seems better for the rest: deftly blending fresh rhythms into its signature sound, shortening the musical passages and concentrating more on song craft.”

 

 

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Music of Mardi Gras-Volume 7 –

It’s Carnival Time Again!

Just in time for Fat Tuesday, it’s the return of PodCloud1’s “Music of Mardi Gras” series. If you can’t get to New Orleans, this soundboard will make you feel like you’re there.

Featuring a mix of funk, soul, blues and R&B from Galactic, Professor Longhair, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Beausoleil, The Meters, Archibald, Cowboy Mouth,The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Isaiah B. Brunt, Al Johnson, Mighty Sam McClain and Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra. Plus a duet from Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball as they pay tribute to Fats Domino.

Add this pod to a serving of jambalaya, red beans & rice and hurricanes and let the good times roll! Bon ton roulet!

(click player for Music of Mardi Gras-Volume 7)

 

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Greetings From Jam Cruise 17-

PodCloud1 Presents Highlights From This Year’s Jam Cruise!

Join host PeeperD as he lays down a mix of funky grooves inspired by a week of live shows on the high seas. New music from Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Andy Frasco & The U.N. Songs from Spafford, ALO, Toubab Krewe, The Jon Stickley Trio, Matador! Soul Sounds and The Sweet Lillies. Live cuts from Lyle Divinsky, Tauk and Star Kitchen round out the mix. Backing sounds from Sunsquabi and Khruangbin. This pod is a great sampler of Jam Cruise 17.

(click player for Greetings From Jam Cruise 17)

 

 

 

 

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Atmospheres -vol. 40 –

 

Volume 40-Celestial Six StringsOur popular space music show returns with a pod exploring the six string universe.

You’ll be transported by a mix of acoustic and electronic space guitar sounds from Daniel Lanois, Steve Tibbetts, Buckethead, The Durutti Column, Juha-Matti Rautianen, Jeff Pearce, Clive Wright, Jon Durant, Hammock, Matt Borghi and Sverre Knut Johansen. Plus a classic 70s space rock track from Popul Vuh.

Venture out to the edge with the guitar as a vehicle for flight!


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Return of the SexyLovePod –

A mischievous mix just in time for Valentine’s Day!

It’s the return of PeeperD’s SexyLovePod as we celebrate the hottest holiday of the year! Unleash this pod of suggestive and steamy sounds and slip into something more comfortable. This mix is guaranteed to turn up the heat.

New music from Michael Franti & Spearhead, Lake Street Dive and Charles Bradley highlights this audio aphrodisiac. Featuring songs from Prince, John Mayer, Queen, AC/DC, Norah Jones, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Aretha Franklin, The Pretenders, ALO and Bow Wow Wow.

Happy Valentine’s Day from PodCloud1.

 

(click player for Return of the SexyLovePod)

 

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Dawning of a New Day-

Reunited and it sounds so good!

PodCloud1 is officially back with the return of the PeeperD Pod. Although it’s only been a few weeks, there’s been a lot of changes at the “one for great music”. Join host PeeperD in an expanded format with a music mix celebrating this exciting transformation. New songs from The Decemberists, Van Morrison and The Revivalists. Featuring music from Foo Fighters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sheryl Crow, Aerosmith, Talking Heads, Hall & Oates, Chicago and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. A little-known gem from Aretha Franklin fills out the mix. Background sounds from the new release by The New Mastersounds. Plus PeeperD brings you up to date with all of the exciting changes at the all-new PodCloud1.

It’s great to be back…and this is only the beginning!

 

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