Steve from the Retro Man Blog and Adam from The Jetsonics are joined in the Pod by the legendary Rock Photographer Paul Slattery. Throughout the series we will play and discuss some hidden gems and rare nuggets from Punk Rock, New Wave, Power Pop, Soul, Psychedelia, Mod, Garage Rock, Ska and Reggae from house-hold names to new and unsigned bands. There will be reviews and reports on gigs and music related events featured on Retro Man Blog such as book launches and exhibitions. We'll also be inviting in various Special Guests from the world of music - including Musicians, Bloggers, Photographers and Artists, to discuss their work and their influences. Retrosonic Podcast has a valid PRS Certificate.
Gaye (Advert) Black, Artist & Former Bassist with The Adverts
For the latest episode of our Lockdown Lowdown Podcast series we welcome former bassist with The Adverts, Gaye Black into the virtual Retrosonic studio to discuss her life in Music and Art. In this thoroughly entertaining episode, Gaye takes us on a musical journey from growing up in a small town in north Devon and discovering music for the first time to buying her first record. We then discover what lured her into Rock 'n' Roll and what inspired her to play the bass. There are tales of her experiences of moving to London, being right at the heart of the early Punk Rock explosion and of course her time with The Adverts. This leads onto the bands and the characters she met and toured with along the way such as Iggy Pop, Lemmy and The Damned. We also cover her DJ'ing and the inspirations on her own Art as well as her time curating Art Exhibitions and working on the artwork for record covers by U.K. Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs. The episode is sound-tracked by Gaye's personal selection of her favourite songs from The Adverts and some of Gaye's most inspirational musical moments including Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, The Stranglers, The Damned, The Beatles, Mayhem, Motorhead, The Phobics, Mayhem, Turbonegro, Cyanide Pills, The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing, Iggy Pop, The Stooges, A Place To Bury Strangers, U.K. Subs and the Fireball XL5 Theme...! So, crank up the volume, sit back and enjoy! With many thanks to Gaye. For further information on Gaye's Artwork please check out her official Gaye Black Art web-site www.gayeblack.co.uk. Retrosonic Podcast has a valid PRS licence. Retrosonic theme tune by Adam Donovan. Podcover photos and artwork by Minna Waring (top left), Retro Man Blog (bottom right) & Gaye Black. For full tracklisting, more information and links to the featured bands and Gaye's Art web-site, please check out the Retro Man Blog feature at the link below: www.retromanblog.com
Correction from Gaye: "I meant the Marquee, not the 100 Club when I was talking about The Stranglers!" (22mins:23secs)
Inge Johansson of Gatuplan & The (International) Noise Conspiracy
For the latest episode of our special Lockdown Lowdown series we welcome former bassist with The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Inge Johansson into the virtual Retrosonic studio to discuss the excellent debut album "Kampen Går Vidare!" by his new solo project Gatuplan. In this thoroughly entertaining chat, Inge takes on a musical journey from the isolation of growing up in a small town in the north of Sweden to finding hope and creative inspiration in the music of Heavy Metal and Punk Rock. There are his first forays into becoming a musician and the early influences on his bass playing. This leads onto touring and recording with acts as diverse as Totalt Jävla Mörker, CSS, Nicke Andersson's Imperial State Electric, Cryssis and The Most and Inge cheerfully recounts his time spent with each of these bands and the characters he met and worked with along the way. Of course we cover his time with The (International) Noise Conspiracy and of running Ny Våg, a record label and club night with frontman Dennis Lyxzén. The episode is sound-tracked by songs from each of the featured bands along with a selection of some of Inge's most inspirational musical moments from Kiss, Black Sabbath, The Exploited, Chumbawamba and The Specials. Of course we also concentrate on Gatuplan and Inge explains the story behind the project, his new bandmates and the somewhat surprising influence behind the choice of band name. So, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy!
For full tracklisting and links to where you can buy the Gatuplan album, please check out the feature at Retro Man Blog at the link below:
Episode 42 "The After-Party After The Party From Hell"
Welcome to Episode 42 of Retrosonic Podcast entitled "The After-Party After The Party From Hell" which is another non-retro show featuring 19 Brexit-busting brand new International releases from Brazil, Italy, France, Canada, America, UK, Portugal, Ireland, Berlin and of course, the Medway Delta! Listen in and celebrate the creative talents and spirit of some of our favourite musicians, record companies and artists who are producing such great music in these difficult times. In this episode we spotlight the new Vinyl Singles Club from our good friends at Spinout Nuggets Records with The Embrooks, The Pastel Waves, The Link Quartet and The Hannah Barberas (who provide this episode's title). Then there are cracking exclusives from Les Envahisseurs, new singles, E.P. and album tracks from former Fatima Mansions and Microdisney frontman Cathal Coughlan, Pearl Harbour, Spizzenergi, The Flaming Sideburns, Stony Sugarskull, Autoramas, April March, Monsieur Paul & Les Solutions, Nika, Cult Figures, The Electric Stars and we close the show with a superb instrumental from The Parkinsons guitarist Victor Torpedo's latest solo album. For full tracklisting and links to all the Bands/Artists please check out the corresponding Retro Man Blog feature at the link below for more information and find out how you can buy the featured records. Thanks! Turn up the volume!
The Rhythm Method Part 1 with Buddy Ascott
We welcome Buddy Ascott (former drummer with The Chords, currently with The Fallen Leaves) into the virtual Retrosonic Podcast studio to discuss that often overlooked and undervalued component of a band - the Rhythm Section... Buddy nominates five of his favourite drummers, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell, Chris Sharrock, Pete Thomas and Topper Headon and he talks us through some highlights of their playing. Find out who features in our top ten chart of iconic Bassists and to top it all off there's even a quiz to name twenty superb Bass intros. For full track-listing and answers to the quiz please check out the corresponding feature at www.retromanblog.com
5 Billion In Diamonds with Butch Vig, James Grillo & Andy Jenks
Welcome to the latest episode of Retrosonic Podcast "Music From The Edge of the Universe: The 5 Billion In Diamonds Story". We welcome founder members, the legendary producer and drummer with Garbage Butch Vig, Bristol UK producer Andy Jenks and UK DJ James Grillo to hear the definitive and fascinating story on how this star-studded Transatlantic project came to fruition. The band's second LP "Divine Accidents" (Make Records) was our Album of The Year 2020 and it's another imaginary soundtrack to another imaginary film - a dazzling sonic and cinematic mix of Psych Rock and Folk sounds. It features the same stellar cast of collaborators including singers Ebbot Lundberg of The Soundtrack of Our Lives, David Schelzel of The Ocean Blue, Damian O'Neill of The Undertones, Sandra Dedrick of The Free Design, singer Helen White and musicians including the Bristol Wrecking Crew of Alex Lee, Sean Cook and Damon Reece on guitars, bass and drums. The album also features new sublime contributions from James Bagshaw of British psych rockers Temples and gorgeous vocals from Martin Barnard from Jenk’s '90's combo Alpha. In this thoroughly entertaining journey through 5 Billion In Diamonds musical universe, Butch, Andy and James play and talk us through some of the many and varied influences on the 5BiD sound including John Barry, Ramases, John Carpenter, Jimmie Spheeris, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Michel Legrand, Linda Perhacs, Faust, Jeff Bridges and Richard Rodney Bennett. There's also a pick of their own music from both albums including the forthcoming single and a special sneak preview of the as yet unreleased vinyl-only bonus track featuring Jimmy Chamberlin from The Smashing Pumpkins. There's a comprehensive introduction to all of the 5BiD special guest musicians and vocalists and a Butch Vig edited medley of examples of their music. If all that is not enough, James tells us who is next on his special guest wish list, Andy plays a track from his new project Ree-Vo and Butch gives us an update on the new Garbage album. We even find out how TV presenter, naturalist and conservationist Chris Packham is involved with 5 Billion In Diamonds. So, sit back, relax and enjoy this very special episode, packed full of music from the edge of the universe. Please check out the feature at Retro Man Blog at the link below for further information, links, video to their current single and exclusive Paul Slattery photographs.
Episode 41 "Nosferatu Elegant Debauchery"
Welcome to "Nosferatu Elegant Debuchery", episode 41 of Retrosonic Podcast and it's another totally non-retro show featuring some more superb new music from Oh! Gunquit, Baby Shakes, Groovy Uncle (featuring Miss Modus), Autoramas, The Len Price 3, 5 Billion in Diamonds (featuring Ebbot Lundberg), Dragon Welding, Eileen Gogan & The Instructions, Hederosgruppen, Mattias Barjed, Ian Person, Jetstream Pony, The Folk Devils, Spizzenergi, The Nettelles, OHMS, Keller Machine, The Dupont Circles, The Know Escape, Human Toys, The Ace, Jonny Magus & The Bursting Bubbles, The In-Fuzzed and Dirt Royal So, pour yourself a drink, turn up the volume, sit back and enjoy Episode 41! For full tracklisting and links to all the featured bands please check out Retro Man Blog at the following link: