Monday, November 17, 2008

ToffeeBean #1



Well, here it is - my first attempt at a podcast. All (constructive) criticism welcome - I suspect that I waffled on a bit at times and I'm worried that it's a bit heavily biased towards the mid-80s in terms of musical content (I also managed to end up with about nine minutes of silence at the end of the second part which I'll sort out when I have the time). Anyway, I hope you enjoy it - let me know what you think - please be gentle with me...

24 comments:

Blimpy said...

tee hee, they're locked in my cellar actually!

i too used to have a bit of a problem in sm's christianity, which put me off B&S for a bit - they are now one of my fave bands ever too.

i loved the wedding present, wutang, heh all of it really!

great stuff tfb, i really enjoyed it!

ps i've not heard that boos song for ages.

Blimpy said...

i think the boy hairdressers were a proto teenage fanclub, by the way..

saneshane said...

I seem to be swamped in god bothering singers/bands at he moment.. .. some great tracks.... inspired naming of segments ... and a healthy dose of waffle.. i'm off to have a devil worshiping bit of tofu cheesecake before bed!

Mr. Gedge sings like an... ummm .

I'm a fan love it.

JR is a fitting finish to the toffeebean.

Japanther said...

Good stuff Toffeeboy!
It might just be my computer (I'm still working off a tiny A5 size portable thing, but going to treat myself to a new Mac this week!), but I had a bit of trouble listening to it all, it kept cutting off or not loading the whole thing, but i'll keep persevering.

Liked what I heard though. Hadn't heard "Fox In The Snow" for years, so that was nice. I collected all the early B&S singles and albums but stopped buying after "If You're Feeling Sinister". "The State I Am In" is my all-time fave and still gets a regular outing.

Also, I always avoided The Wedding Present, not sure why (his voice?), but I really liked that track so it might be time to give them a second chance and invest in a couple of albums.....

Shoegazer said...

Stayed up way later than I should listening to this. Very enjoyable. Some of the selections a little too poppy for my taste, but your delivery was Peel like - and there is no higher praise than that. More please.

DarceysDad said...

Nowt there that needs criticising, TB. If anything, I'm feeling more intimidated than ever about the standards these Spillcasts have to meet. It's a bloody good job I don't have a techclue how to do one! REALLY diverse collection of songs too; bit of a shock as to how few of them I knew.

ToffeeBoy said...

Ahhwww, shucks - you guys!

Thanks for all the positive comments - glad you enjoyed it. As others who have done podcasts will know, it's quite scary sticking your head above the parapet so it's a mighty relief to get some good feedback.

@ blimpy - yes, you're right. That's a young Norman Blake fronting the Boy Hairdressers - I did not know that.

@ shoey - can I use your quote on my future publicity????

Shoey said...

Sure, but you're going to have to play some stuff at the wrong speed if you want the comparison to be really credible (& possibly a change of team allegiance).

Blimpy said...

MORE PODCASTS!

and that especially goes to everyone who's not done one yet!!

Brian Speng said...

Ola, amigos! Had to chime in on this one...Most enjoyable Mr Toffeeboy sir. You had my sister and I tangoing round the tapas bar where i'd set up my laptop listening to your fine selection. I'd like to congratulate you on your smooth delivery too. Splendid.

Retirement just got even sweeter.

B.S.

Blimpy said...

Speng!!

May1366 said...

Not got through it all yet, TB, but I'm very much enjoying your company. Splendid job.

And I love the "Trust the Shuffle" feature (though it cut out - down to me, not the player which has worked perfectly - right about when you were talking about Paul Simpson's slightly annoying vocals, which made me laugh as he's a mate of mine, but don't worry, I have no axe to grind either way about his music. It got me thinking - assuming it's not been done before my Spill days - that it might be fun for them as has iTunes to produce full disclosure blogs listing 5 or 10 tracks that appear uninterrupted on their shuffle at a given time. Kind of a shuffle amnesty - who's with me? (By this I mean, who's going to go first, so I don't just do one and find myself hung out to dry!).

steenbeck said...

May1366, we have talked about it a bit...
http://readersrecommend.blogspot.com/2008/06/i-love-malcolms-feet-in-summertime-in.html

Snadfrod even invented a self-quiz...
http://readersrecommend.blogspot.com/2008/07/pointless-challenge-to-pass-some-time.html

So it's your turn!

May1366 said...

Marvellous - I shall do that as soon as I get a good run at it, and edit in Boxstr or suitable links later on where feasible.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ may1366 - thanks for the feedback. The shuffle feature was indeed inspired by steenbeck's post way back in June - it's a great idea and works particularly well in a 'live' environment. You just have to grit your teeth and go for it - and hope that some of those 'random' tracks on your iTunes don't crop up. But of course, spillers' honour must be rigorously enforced here...

ToffeeBoy said...

@ Sir Brian of Speng - I am deeply honoured that you should choose this moment to come out of your self-enforced retirement. God, this means so much to me ... [wipes (possibly fake?) tear from his eye...]

ejaydee said...

I think I've made up my mind on who Speng is.
That JR track is brilliant. It sounds like you know more about jazz than I do, yet I often take part of the jazz discussion..hold on, are you trying to tell me something?
I agree with DsD, the bar is set pretty high for 'Spillcasting. Moreover, I don't really want to buy a mic.

steenbeck said...

Toffeeboy, I listened to the 1st half today and loved it. the rest tomorrow. It's hard for me to spend to much time in one room, especially now that Isaac's given up his nap.

Has there ever really been any doubt as to who Speng is?

DarceysDad said...

Am I being thick then? 'Cause I haven't got a scooby who Speng is ...

Abahachi said...

Fantastic. I love the idea of all the regular slots - I take it that's a guarantee that we can look forward to ToffeeBean##2-10 in due course? - and especially the cheese segment. I'd never actually heard 'Oh Laurie' - indeed, rather like DsD, I've never actually heard most of these songs, but excellent variety.

Blimpos MacFlossauges said...

I never found out who Speng is either, and I'm still clueless to this day.

tincanman said...

well done toffee. as said above, a little poppy for my taste, but then I enjoyed Indian and didn't expect to.

Hard for me to sit at comp for an hour straight, so would be nice to be able to subscribe to this and add to ipod through syncing like with regular podcasts.

Perhaps someone who knows a thing or two could set up a RR spillcast that people could subscribe to. Any RR people who wants to create an episode could do so and the rest of us would get them all via subscript.

ToffeeBoy said...

@ blimpy - re:Speng - me thinks thou dost protest too much...

ToffeeBoy said...

Thanks again for all the kind comments - I now feel fully inspired to deliver ToffeeBean #2 but I'll give it a while. I don't want to risk devaluing the Bean by flooding the market...