Monday, December 1, 2008

That Difficult Second Podcast...



How to replicate the success of the first Radio Abahachi broadcast? Producers have been hired and fired in rapid succession, a vast array of ever more obscure modern jazz records has been auditioned for possible inclusion, expensive new technology has been purchased and a series of eminent philosophers have tendered their opinions, and now, at last, episode two is...not quite ready to go. For some reason neither podbean nor boxstr is willing to upload anything at the moment, and since I'm in London all day tomorrow and then off to Berlin until Saturday evening, and anyway I'm not completely happy about it so may start all over again with a completely new group, we may be looking at a Chinese Democracy situation...


Update Okay, podbean still isn't talking to me, but boxstr has decided to co-operate. Shame that I'm not sure what to do with it; does it work if I just post the links in here?

Radio Abahachi 2a
Radio Abahachi 2b

40 comments:

ejaydee said...

You teased me with that title, and now you're teasing us with that picture.
Will it feature Kraftwerk's Tour de France?

nilpferd said...

Oh, right- in that case, I should promise to distribute bottles of Augustiner Export to every 'Spiller should Hatch get his Pod casted before christmas.. but seeing as I'll be down under myself I'll offer you each an (undrinkable) Speights', my home-town brew.

In a can, of course.

If that's not an incentive..

Shoey said...

Sure it will be a lot better than Chinese Democracy. Will have to listen to the 1st broadcast again to whet the appetite. Happy travels & don't forget your Festive 'Spill picks.

Abahachi said...

Sorry, no Kraftwerk; I love them to bits, but they just seemed a bit too obvious and familiar compared with all the obscure gems and mumbling Scottish miserabilists that everyone else posts on here.

Listening through the podcast to check that it works, I'm reminded of the famous Charles Shaar Murray interview of Paul McCartney:

"Not Apple, really because it went a couple of years ago really."
I had to restrain myself from counting the 'really's.
"...because it went a couple of years ago really, just hangin' on with people wondering what to do with it, y'know."
I decide to switch to the 'y'know's.
"This is just the official closing down. It's just like recording a record, y'know, three years ago and it's finally released, y'know."
Pause.
"No, y'know, it just wasn't working, y'know, and you can't keep it goin' if it's not happenin'..."

You could probably devise a little game, if the music gets too tedious, on the basis of counting the 'you know's, 'sort of's, 'sort of you know's and 'I mean's...

I think threatening people with NZ beer probably contravenes human rights legislation.

nilpferd said...

It wasn't really a threat, as such.. but now you've forced my hand, haven't you?
Speights are in the post, peeps.. my advice- drink it extremely cold, and try to knock it down in one go..

nilpferd said...

OK- after checking out Aba's static for five minutes I've decided to send you a full slab of Speights tinnies each..
Um, Abahachi, either your audacity needs tuning, or your listening tastes are more avant garde that I thought..

Abahachi said...

It sounds okay to me when I click on the link - well, actually it sounds deeply embarrassing, but I don't get static. Could anyone else bear to check?

Blimpy said...

Woo hoo! New Radio Abahachi!!

You KNOW how happy this makes me!!

saneshane said...

nilpferd
download it then play it,
(the bandwidth may have gone though)
it's fine that way for me... except the east German free jazz that made us jump while working!

loving it so far.

Blimpy said...

Woo hoo! I got a shout out @ 1min56!! Yip!

I'm going to save the rest of it for later, so i can listen on my ipod on my donders aboot.

Top stuff!

nilpferd said...

OK, downloading worked.. I have my customary long train journey to eastern Germany tomorrow, so it sounds like the podcast is ideal for that..

Blimpy said...

Yay! Amber's back!!

nilpferd said...

The static seems to be entirely my own problem, time to put the computer to sleep it seems..

Blimpy said...

Another fab podcast, i love it. Especially listening to the free jazz and other jazz that I wouldn't normally seek out left to my own devices, I think i liked that the bestest.

saneshane said...

Great Radio Abahachi
enjoyed it deeply.
Buffy had some tunes didn't it, Sundays I enjoyed.. think DsD is an expert.

and you sound almost worn by Christmas already but cool tune to end. Enjoy the chills of Berlin.. not in the cycling shorts at this time of year I guess.



(watch for Japanthers Radical Businessman blasting out afterwards if your iTunes is on the same setting as mine! it's a bit of a shock)

ToffeeBoy said...

Promise to listen to this as soon as I have some spare time. We're right in the middle of having our kitchen re-fitted (yes, I went for middle class in the 'Spill poll) and I've only just got back from my (not particularly) local Swedish furniture purveyor. For me one of the chief joys of IKEA is knowing that you always get two visits for the price of one - the frist to buy all the stuff and the sedond to change the bits that you got wrong frist time around. Joy upon joy!!!

Anyway, I didn't want you to think I was ignoring the works of a fellow podcaster - having done one now, I know how much effort goes into doing one. Looking forward to it later in the week.

Japanther said...

Thanks a lot for that Abahachi, I enjoyed just about everything (including the razor sharp between song banter and meeows) and it couldn't have come at a better time for me, in a week when this noise/punk/metal/indie lovin' music fan listened to his first ever jazz album, the free jazz tracks felt like a link between both worlds - great stuff!

(BTW - the aforementioned first ever jazz album was Miles Davies' "Live at Fillmore East 1970" album that I got out of the library at random, going to pop back and see if they've got any Charles Mingus a bit later on ....)

May1366 said...

First of all, note to self to carve out some time to listen to the podcast as, from the comments, it clearly couldn't be more down my street if Warwick the school lollipop man popped up between tracks to bid me and the boys a good morning.

But I just wanted to remark on Japanther's comment, which gladdens and excites the jazzer in me. What a beautiful and fascinating thing it is when you hear of someone discovering the music you love for the first time! I think you're absolutely right, Japanther, about the bridge free jazz in particular provides to your core tastes. It might be argued, for example, that Ornette Coleman was as much a punk pioneer as he was a jazz dissident, were such restrictive definitions not made redundant by the music anyway. I look forward to hearing about where this particular journey takes you.

goneforeign said...

I have a question that's not at all podcast related, I'm intrigued by the picture. How do you carry that stone that you keep your hat on?

Paintrunner said...

@Nilpferd

Agree about the NZ beer, but some decent ones have appeared in the last few years, most notably from Epic (Auckland), Renaissance (here in Blenheim) and Emersons (Dunedin). They call them American Pale Ales for some reason, but they are good, well bodied hoppy bitters. Or theres always plenty of British beers in the supermarkets.

Not had a chance to listen to much of Radio Abahachi yet; will download and save for trip to Shipwreck Coast and Grampians starting tomorrow. (Will miss the next two RR's).

Abahachi said...

@GoneForeign: you can't see them in the picture, but actually the stone has got little casters underneath. It's all a cunning device to slow me down, as Mrs Abahachi doesn't generally switch into higher gears and so I tend inexorably to draw ahead without noticing...

@Japanther: I'm resisting the temptation to deluge you with recommendations, but one very obvious bridge between free jazz and punk would be the German saxophonist Peter Broetzmann. His Machine Gun from 1968, with the cream of European jazz radicals like Evan Parker, is still one of the most extreme pieces of music I've ever heard - it reminds me of a longer, noisier version of Napalm Death - and his supergroup Last Exit, with Sonny Sharrock on guitar, may also be particularly accessible - an acquired taste for most people, even most jazz fans, but quite close to some of the stuff you're already familiar with.

Right, off to Berlin - the home of noisy European free jazz, of course, though I probably won't have a chance to hear any...

Proudfoot said...

Taking a sickie (no, I really am crook), which gives me the time to give Radio Aba a good listen. Can I just say this is utterly fab? 2b is playing now and my cup (actually mug full of Lemsip) runneth over. No static, just satisfaction. And I don't like jazz. Japanther and I will have to seek counselling if things carry on like this.
I think your strength is that you can compare Napalm Death with what you like, that you realise that you don't know nuffink, (I've been listening to music for 40 years and, like Isaac Newton, realise that I have but picked up a few pebbles from the seashore and given them a once-over.)and that you play Esbjörn Svensson. Truly cut down in his prime, which, as you note, doesn't happen too often with musicians.
PS. If you like Black Lab (and I wouldn't be too sure they're not named after a dog) please try a group called Remy Zero, especially their album 'Villa Elaine'.
PPS. Hi Amber. Get your owner to feed you sometime between his pontificating and jazz collection binges. I recommend Felix luxury Pheasant and Grouse aux fine herbes avec Moet et Chandon pouches (£19.99 each)

ejaydee said...

That was great Abahachi, so true about Svensson, and I'd never heard anything by him and prompted me to get more, where should I start?
Also, I don't hate to be pedantic, so I'll just point out that it's pronounced matshismo, not makismo, coming from the Spanish, not the Italian. Who's the pedant now 'Hach?! Ha!

ejaydee said...

And now Odetta just died. Actually I thought she already was.

Mnemonic said...

No, she had kidney failure but she was hoping to hang on to sing at Obama's inauguration.

goneforeign said...

That would'a been nice.

steenbeck said...

Abahachi--I listened to almost all of it, which is a major feat for me as, with 2 little ones, I can't usually stay in the same room for an hour. It was wonderful! I like the fact that my first thought was "we have very different taste in music" and my second was "but I'm enjoying everything I'm hearing." It's what the 'spill is all about.

nilpferd said...

Paintrunner, thanks for that, I'll look out for the ones I don't know. Emersons I'm already familiar with, the others are new. I was only joking about NZ beer in general, Monteiths and Macs were staples of my student life, but Speights is sadly a very poor brew.
Just back from Thüringen myself Aba and haven't got through the podcast yet besides the opening track, which would have been a perfect soundtrack for Wednesday's site meeting..

Japanther said...

Abahachi - Thanks for the Peter Broetzmann tip, you were right, right up my street (I managed to download a whole album of him playing with his son(??) Caspar), and not a million miles away from a lot of the stuff in my noise collection. Great!

I don't think i'm quite ready to settle down into the "Mmmm.....Nice! Jazz Club" side of things just yet, but any more free jazz tip offs (the noisier and more extreme the better) would be most welcome.

@May 1366 - still trying to track down some Ornette Coleman to download too....but not having much luck as yet

Mnemonic said...

Japanther, have a look out for Paul Flaherty. I don't have any records but I've seen him live several times, with, depending on the occasion, Han Bennink, Chris Corsano, C Spencer Yeh and Thurston Moore. He seems to float about releasing collaborations with people rather than being in a fixed band.

Proudfoot said...

"we have very different taste in music but I'm enjoying everything I'm hearing"
Exqusitely put Steenbeck. That's what I was trying to say.

Japanther said...

Mnemonic - Thanks, will do!

I know C Spencer Yeh from his Burning Star Core stuff and I think he has a hand in Hototogisu too which I have at least 1 record of...and I know that Thurston Moore has been giving a lot of support to the current underground noise scene, which is great!

Japanther said...

Mnemonic - Actually, I just checked and I DO have a split 7" with a Thurston/Flaherty collaboration track on it!! Have to dash off now but will give it a proper listen later.

ToffeeBoy said...

I still haven't had time to listen to more than the first ten minutes of Radio Abahachi #2 - Saturday morning feels like a good time for it - but I just want to dond what Steenbeck said about what the 'Spill is all about.

I hear so much music on here that I don't particularly like (loads that I love of course) but in almost every case what I hear is sincerity and unaffectedness: music which is made by people who love music and, more importantly, posted by people who love music - and who love it for the same reasons that I do - even if it's utterly different in style.

I don't suppose Abahachi's free form jazz, or steenbeck's hip-hop could be further away from, let's say, Gilbert O'Sullivan (and many other examples of The Acceptable Face Of Cheese which I could equally name) but what they have in common is that they are created by genuine, honest musicians with a pride in what they do. And that's what comes across most powerfully in almost everything posted on the 'Spill.

ToffeeBoy said...

Finally got around to listening and absolutely loved it - particularly the jazz piano trio (somebody Svenson?). And of course The Captain & Tenille which hit just the right spot at 9.45 on a Saturday morning. Thanks - lookinmg forward to Radio Abahachi - number 3...

ToffeeBoy said...

...almost forgot to say, I liked the Listen Without Prejudice slot - and have to admit that I quite enjoyed the Whitesnake track. There, I said it...

Abahachi said...

If anyone's still looking at messages this far down the 'Spill front page, greetings from Schipol airport near Amsterdam, and thanks so much for kind comments. Hope to get onto RR tomorrow, if brain has started to function again after three days of academic lectures in German and too much hanging around in airports, but if I don't manage it in the next week - rather a pile-up of work - then a very early Happy Christmas down under to Die Familie Nilpferd.

Abahachi said...

P.S. Amber is not in need of food, she always sounds like that. If I want to get the other cats onto the next podcast, I'll just have to wave some chicken around. Meanwhile, one of the gifts I'm brining back from Berlin is a doppelpack of Shiny Cat Tuna mit Garnelen...

nilpferd said...

Cheers Abahachi, enjoyed the second Radio Aba very much, having finally managed to listen to it on various trains and trams... very nice delivery style too, any time you seemed on the verge of getting bogged down in rhetoric, you threw in a "oh, I forgot where I was going with that, so here's the track".
Very nonchalant.
And I promise not to bring back any kiwi beer.
Guten Rutsch!

nilpferd said...

Oh, and I meant to mention a beautiful piano trio album by Julia Tülsmann which I got yesterday.. reminiscent of E.S.T. or John Taylor/Peter Erskine/Palle Danielsson, check it out here..
http://www.jazzecho.de/julia_huelsmann_trio_the_end_of_a_summer15.10.08_141806.jsp