MERRY DECEMBERWEEN!! - IT'S OUR 200TH SHOW!!! (Part 2) - And we celebrated by having a fantastic party at the studio. We invited all our lovely friends, and had 2 bands playing, and DJs DJing, and the Allstar Jam, and people danced their socks off til 4 in the morning. It was brilliant. Listen now, and find out just how fun it was. Forgive us for being very, very, very drunk. Last week we had La Roq Sportif, and this week we have Part 2 of the party, with Hello Bear playing a storming live set. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
ICHICUTS - This session was a lot of fun. Ichicuts are one of the most hands-on and creative duos I've ever met. They built their own studio, and they make equipment, and they make flightcases for their equipment stations, and they drive around in an Ambulance of all things. I've had a great time hanging out with Gordon and Erik, and hopefully you will too for the next 30 minutes. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
AGENT RIBBONS - About bloody time! I've been waiting to record Agent Ribbons for over 3 long years now. I first had them booked for an OSS session when the studio was based in Great Witchingham, in the beautiful English countryside. They got deported a few days beforehand though, so I didn't get to record them.. I've since been following the career of these criminals, and both of their LPs have been featured as "Album Of The Month" on the Planet Beet show, which I do with Iain. Anyway, you can imagine my relief at finally having my dreams come true. At last, here we are, live in the studio with Agent Ribbons! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
KING LACONIC - After having to cancel twice at the last minute, Brendan finally made it, braving the snow. And we're very glad he did. Beautiful voice, excellent guitar playing, good dynamics. What more could you ask for? (don't answer that please..). Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
UMBRELLA ASSASSINS - Well, today's a special day for The Jayman (that's me, Jason!), cos it's been a long time since I've had the chance to hang out with my Umbrella buddies from Haverhill, Suffolk, in the UK. The band first did an OSS session about 4 years ago, back at OSS v2, in sunny Bury St Edmunds. They then went on to record records with me in that studio, the next one, in Great Witchingham's beautiful countryside, AND in this one, OSS v4, in rainy Norwich. You couldn't meet a nicer bunch of boys. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
INVISIBLE CITIES - Today's session put me in a really good mood. Lovely chaps (and not just the ones that I'm wearing!) and lovely music. The only downside of the session is that there WAS an extra song, but the digital gremlins sabotaged it, and we didn't find out until it was too late. So, you'll just have to imagine what the song was like.. I can tell you that it was their eponymous song, Invisible Cities. But that's enough miserable talk! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
KHAN - Time to put in your earplugs, and wrap your head in thick duct tape, as the Khan boys are about to give you an aural battering of the highest order. And that can ONLY be a good thing. Trust me! Crunchy drums, crunchy bass, crunchy guitar, and dual crunchy vocals, recorded by crunchy ol' Mr Jason, just like the doctor ordered. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE THINKING MEN - Today we go On Location to Norwich's "The Bicycle Shop", to present to you the headlining set from "The Thinking Men" at their EP Launch gig. A great night was had by all, and in future weeks we will be bringing you a few of the sets by the support acts from that evening. I'm gonna try to get The Thinking Men into Old School Studios for a "Not On Location" session at their earliest convenience, so look out for that! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
JESSICA ALICE - Well, Jessica's session was fun for me for a few reasons. The first is that she's a great singer/songwriter. The second is that after the recording session we went out drinking, and a good time was had by all. So, all in all, it's been a great day for me, the Jayman. Listen, enjoy, and send us your money. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
SHANE OLINSKI - You'll have heard Shane on this show once before, with a band, but this times it's a completely different set of songs, and just Shane on his lonesome. Over the years, Shane has recorded hundreds and hundreds of songs, in various recording studios, and at home onto 4 track, but he's only released one LP. Over the coming months, friends of his are going to begin going through his vast backlogue of recordings, and putting them online. I, for one, can't wait. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
WHITE COLLAR CRIMES - There was a leak in the roof of the studio this week, so the band had to put up with the smell of damp. But did they let it stop them from rocking? Well, you'll just have to listen in and find out! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
DEAD ENDS - I recently booked this band to play a Planet Beet gig, at B2 in Norwich. Their drummer let them down, and didn't turn up to the gig, so the band played as a 3 piece. They impressed me, regardless of the missing drummer. They've since got an excellent new drummer, and I immediately booked them for a session. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
CAMARILLA (from the vaults) - Well, I was rustling and rummaging around in the Old School Studios vaults the other day, and found this recording. I'd completely forgotten having recorded this session, and the band had forgotten too. It wasn't broadcast at the time, as it was only a matter of months after Camarilla recorded a "Live @ Old School Studios" session, and so it languished in the vaults for two years. This will be the first time that anyone has heard it. It sounds powerful as hell, and I hope you enjoy discovering it as much as me and the girls have! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
GIRL IN A THUNDERBOLT - You may remember GIATB before, cos Maria did a solo set back when Old School Studios was out in the countryside. Well, Maria now has a 3 piece band, and so I was eager to get them into the studio for some live rock action. Here's the pudding. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
DREW MCDONNELL - Iain and I have been playing Drew's stuff recently on those radio shows what we do, so I thought it was about time I got Drew into the studio, to play them for me in real time, and in a real place. And that's exactly what happened. How did it sound? Well, you're listening to it right now. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
MADAMES ET MONSIEUR - Well, erm, this is a bit awkward. I'm a huge fan of this week's OSS victims. Maybe that's partly cos I'm IN the band? I dunno, I was a huge fan of Mary and Tory when they were called "The Indie Girls", and so me and my friend Mark asked if they wanted to form a band; which they did, and which we did. Lotty is now playing bass instead of Mark, and the band has developed a definite sound over the last 6 months. And this is it! Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
Jonas Reinhardt - Recorded on location at Cakeshop in New York, I was hanging out there with my friend Jason (a different Jason, although I was there too..), and Jason (the one who I just mentioned) was doing the live sound at the venue, so I setup my 8 track reel to reel tape machine in the sound booth, and let the good times roll, for your delight. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
FORMA - Recorded on location at Cakeshop in New York, I was hanging out there with my friend Jason (a different Jason, although I was there too..), and Jason (the one who I just mentioned) was doing the live sound at the venue, so I setup my 8 track reel to reel tape machine in the sound booth, and let the good times roll, for your delight. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
CLOUDLAND CANYON - Recorded on location at Cakeshop in New York, I was hanging out there with my friend Jason (a different Jason, although I was there too..), and Jason (the one who I just mentioned) was doing the live sound at the venue, so I setup my 8 track reel to reel tape machine in the sound booth, and let the good times roll, for your delight. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PUBLICIST - This was a fun one! Recorded on location at Cakeshop in New York, I was hanging out there with my friend Jason (a different Jason, although I was there too..), and Jason (the other one) soundchecked this guy with drums, synths, vocoder and stuff, and it sounded pretty awesome, and he was the sweetest guy. But then when it came his turn to burn, he had a lazer pointer thing, pointed at his white tshirt. And a thick gold chain, circa 1983. And the crowd went wild, even if you can't tell from my terrible photos. It was pretty impossible to get got photos, partly cos I'm a terrible photographer; partly cos Cakeshop gave me free drinks, and partly cos it was pitch black in the venue, apart from the lazer pointer.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE SIZE NINES - Norwich's premier "shoe size" themed band are today, to sooth your minds with their brand of indie rock. I noticed some good influences in there, including Cameo, Stereolab, Dinosaur Jr, , Lemonheads, The Gigolo Aunts. Quite how many of these bands The Size Nines have actually heard though is debatable. I certainly like all the bands on that list, and I also like The Size Nines, so everythings alright in OSSville. :o) Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE DREEBS - I was hanging out at Cakeshop, on Ludlow St in Manhattan, and my friend Justin was telling me that the next band playing were really great, and well worth seeing. So, just incase they were indeed great, we set up a bunch of mics, and recorded them onto analogue tape. Turns out they were great after all. Incredible dynamics, going from whispered vocals, to screaming, at the bat of a lash. Check it out. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
BONNIE MONTGOMERY - I've been lucky enough to see Bonnie play a couple of gigs whilst on my Holidays in NYC, and I'm even more lucky that we're now friends. We recorded this session at Cakeshop, a music venue, in the Lower East Side. But beforehand, we went to Katz's Deli, to get overpriced, but delicious, sandwiches. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
MOONMEN ON THE MOON, MAN - This session was a sonofabitch to nail down. We tried to schedule it for a few weeks, and each time, one of more of us couldn't make it, or had to cancel. We finally pulled it together, got a rockin sound, I pressed "record" on the tape machine, and away we went! It sounded awesome, but at the start of the 2nd song the tape machine switched off, and wouldn't switch back on, so we had to abandon the session! I fixed the tape maching, and here we are, a few weeks later, and luckily everything went as planned this time. I love this band, and all the people in it. There. I said it. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
RIFLE RECOIL - This band had been recommended to me by a whole bunch of different people, and I knew Jeff, but had not heard his music before. What a pleasant suprise it was though. And I hope you lovely people feel the same way. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
YONI GORDON - I had the luck of seeing Yoni Gordon completely wow an audience at a small gig into complete spellbound silence recently, and just had to bring him to you beautiful people, for a live session. It turned out real nice. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
This week's victim, I mean guest, is Jason Kelly, from Hardly Art recording astistes "Fergus & Geronimo". I saw them play recently, and they were excellent, so I just had to get Jason in to the studio to record some songs for y'everybody at the earliest convenience. It turns out it was actually very inconvenient, but he did it anyway. What a super trooper!
FOLLOW YOUR HEART - And what better advice to the youngsters of today, than to follow your heart. This soopergroop features brothers Mat & Sam Riviere swapping between drums, and between them also playing guitar and keyboard (and drumpads!) and vocals, with Jim singing and playing the fiddly guitar bits, and Ed playing bass and being lovely. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
There are quite a few 2-piece drum & guitar duos in Norwich, but I think these are the most stoppy-startiest, instrumentalest, cymbal-grabbiest, tallest, fuzzy-hairiest of ALL those groups, HANDS DOWN! I present to you, my lucky listener, BALACLAVA KID & DAD!
HEART OF A DOG - This band features Iain "The Doorway" Lorway guesting on guitar, piano, and melodica. But don't let that put you off! Heart Of A Dog are excellent, as they proved at the launch gig for their debut LP, at The Bicycle Shop in Norwich, where I was lucky enough to be doing sound. Their 2nd EP is out soon, and you'll hear tracks from both EPs on today's session. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
LA ROQ SPORTIF - Now, you may remember this shambolic & bangy garage-rock 4-peice from when they played one of the Planet Beet Private Parties a while ago? OK, maybe not then.. I, personally, think they're just about the most handsome band in the world, if not the universe, but I realise that you might not be able to agree with me, without upsetting your partners. You know I'm right though.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE RUM LARKERS - If you want to know what the band name means, then it probably helps if you're from Norfolk in the UK. And even then, it still might not make much sense to you, haha! I enjoyed Penny Le Squire's acoustic set so much the other week, that I invited them back into the studio, with their full band, and these are the lovely results. I hope you enjoy. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
RAEVENNAN HUSBANDES - Well, today's session was really refreshing for me. Raevennan has a beautiful voice, and real skills on the guitar, along with Nathan on guitar, and Sam on the Cahon and tambourines. Lovely people playing lovely music. Make sure you catch them live soon, as Rae's songs are even more mesmerising when you witness them "live". Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
LAND EQUIVALENTS - Today's session was unique, as I was lucky enough to have music business stalwart "Emily Youssef" in the studio with me, making all the big decisions. Jim from Land Equivalents sure appreciated this, and I'm pretty sure it fired him up to pull off a storming set. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PENNY LE SQUIRE - This week it's the turn of Penny Le Squire to grace the hallowed halls of Old School Studios. Or rather, Old School Studios - Studio B. They're playing as a duo, but look out for a forthcoming full-band session from Studio A sometime within the next two months. They're great live, and you can catch them this coming Tuesday, the 10th May, at The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, supporting James Eliot Taylor. Apologies for the lack of photos this week. There were, erm, camera problems.. Woops.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!