Archive for February, 2016

Episode 12: Dan Baird

Feb 23

Dan Baird

This week our guest is Dan Baird.

Dan has certainly taken plenty of my money over the years. Albums, cassettes, CDs, concert tickets, DVDs, t-shirts, you name it, I’ve bought it.

For a lot of folks, Dan comes onto their radar in the ‘80s as a member of the Atlanta rock and roll band Georgia Satellites. He was the frontman and one of the principal songwriters in the group.

They scored plenty of airplay on rock radio with songs like “Battleship Chains,” “Open All Night” and of course, “Keep Your Hands To Yourself.”

Dan was with the Satellites for three albums between 1986 and 1989 before moving on to begin a successful solo career which began officially in 1992 with the release of his solo debut Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired.

He’s made a good stack of albums since then including releases with The Yayhoos, The Bluefields and his current project, Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, a dangerously rockin’ musical collective that features Dan paired with Jason and the Scorchers guitarist Warner E. Hodges, former Satellites drummer Mauro Magellan and bassist Micke Nilsson.

Dan and the Sin recently released their third studio album Get Loud and they’re in the midst of a rare set of U.S. headlining shows to support the new record.

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Episode 11: Ian Astbury

Feb 18

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Our guest this week is Ian Astbury of The Cult.

The band just released Hidden City, which marks their 10th studio release in a career that now spans over three decades. It is the third and final part of a trilogy of releases that began in 2007 with the release of the Born Into This album and was followed in 2012 by the Choice of Weapon album.

They’ve worked with a total of three different producers on the three albums. They worked initially with Youth on the Born Into This album and then moved on to work with Chris Goss of Masters of Reality for Choice of Weapon. By the time that album was completed, a familiar name had come back around as Bob Rock came in to finish up the album sessions.

That brings us to this new Hidden City album, one which finds the band once again working with Bob Rock. The Cult’s relationship with Rock goes way back — he produced their landmark Sonic Temple release and this marks the fifth Cult album he’s been associated with.

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Episode 10: Rick Springfield

Feb 11

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This week we welcome Rick Springfield to the podcast.

We spoke about the Stripped Down show he’s going to be playing here in Cleveland on Valentine’s Day and also his new album, Rocket Science. The album finds Rick experimenting with some country sounds and instrumentation and features collaborations with Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts on a couple of songs.

Rick wrote the bulk of the album with longtime collaborator Matt Bissonette and as you’ll hear in the interview, he tells us, “It’s still a pop album, what I’ve recorded. But there’s a lot of layers and there’s some very cool things, pedal steel and banjo and some fiddle stuff. You know, the guitars are still a dominant thing, but there’s some interesting textures that the [other instruments] add.”

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Episode 9: Alex Dezen

Feb 5

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On this week’s show, we welcome Alex Dezen of The Damnwells.

Alex has a new self-titled solo album, his first full length solo debut, which will be released on February 12 via Rock Ridge Music.

I’ve been a fan of Dezen’s music for quite a while, starting with his work with the Damnwells. When the band released No One Listens To The Band Anymore in 2011, I did an interview with Alex, along with my Popdose comrade Michael Parr, to talk about the album.

Since then, Alex went on to record a series of four solo EPs and make a new album with the original lineup of the Damnwells and that same grouping of players also toured for the first time in a number of years.

Now, we’ve got this new solo album, a release that was once again funded by a PledgeMusic campaign and you can still pre-order the album now via Pledge. If you pre-order the album prior to the release date, you can receive an interesting incentive — a download of all of the music that Alex has released to date, both solo and with the Damnwells.

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