THE HIPSHAKES - I love The Hipshakes, and I'm so excited to bring you this super exciting live in the studio set by them! We'd not seen each other for many years, after recording a few great sessions and a lost classic LP together in Old School Studios in days of yore. Tonight's the night though! Whooooooo!
SPIRES - There was a real edge in Spires' performance the night we recorded this show at The Grand Victory in Brooklyn. It really translates to the energy of the recording, and I know you're gonna dig it. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
KING BLOOD - It's another storming session this week from another storming Norwich based band of cheeky youngsters! Oh boy! Conor, my glamorous assistant recorded them, and did as sterling a job as usual. Go and check King Blood live if you get the chance. Yes, that includes you!
SECRET FROM RICHARD - It's another storming session this week from another storming Norwich based band of cheeky youngsters! Oh boy! Conor, my glamorous assistant, has been recommending Secret From Richard for a while now, so I said "you go girl!", and Conor booked them, and recorded them, and here is the result!
SOLKO - It's not often we get to record reggae bands around here in sunny Norwich in the U of the K, so today's rather refreshing. Listen to all the warm, crunchy, analogue goodness, put on your skanking slippers, and most importantly, make sure you at some point leave the house, and go and catch Solko playing live, in a venue near you.
MIRE - This week's session is a local 3-piece that were brought to my attention by my glamorous assistant Conor, who was also on engineering duties for the session. And a sterling job he's done too! Let us see if you agree. If you don't, then, well, you're wrong. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
PREDAWN - This week's live set is a psych-rock masterpiece in my humble opinion. If you like your sike loud and instense, then tonight's show will be right up your alley my friend. But please, do wear earplugs if you're at all concerned about preserving your hearing, as there's some serious cymbal and wah-wah action going on.
BEST INTENTIONS - Well, we've got a fun set for you today, with Norwich's "Best Intentions" perking the place up with their punk pop type stuff. Conor and I were stage-diving off of the mixing desk, onto the lovely couch in the control room. It's OK, we'll get the mixing desk repaired before next week's session, so don't worry about that.
DAVID CRONIN - This week we have another lovely live set that the sexy Iain Lowery recorded at his bi-weekly O.S.T night at Norwich's Cinema City. This one is a little different to his usual OST fare, in that instead of an acoustic based act, it's all electronic. David can be seen busking, electronically, around Norwich City Centre apparently, although I've not seen him personally, so it's possible that Iain is lying to me. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
Grass House-LIVE @ OLD SCHOOL STUDIOS with MR JASON - Saturday 25th October 2014
RAD FRU - Hey fans, it's time to listen to some Rad Mu, by Rad Fru, LIVE, at Old Schu Stu. They're a rockin' drums and guitar duo, with loads of energy, and having been recommended them by a bunch of people, I just HAD to get them into the studio for a session. I trust you'll like. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
BEN SMITH - This week's show is brought to you live on tape from Brooklyn's best venue, The Grand Victory! I was lucky enough to record a load of shows there last June, and I've gradually been bringing them to you bit by bit since then. This one's a doozy, featuring frontman from The Brought Low, the amazing Ben Smith. If you're wondering why the photos aren't from the gig, it's because I was busy doing the live sound mix, AND recording it separately to reel to reel tape, so I wasn't able to leave the booth to go down the front. You'll just have to use your imagination, or better still, why not go and see Ben playing a show? Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
TRUE ADVENTURES - Hey, let's all have a true adventure, right here, right now! Oh, you're all a bit busy? Well, never mind. Hows about we just listen to a soothing set of songs by a band whose name just so happens to be True Adventures? Yeah, that worked out quite well.. . Just the way we like it.
ENDERBY'S ROOM - Today the show comes to you LIVE, from Iain Lowery's OST night, at Cinema City in Norwich. We have a set for you from Enderby's Room, who are from that lovely town of London, where the streets are paved with filth. Just the way we like it. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE WASH - Tonight is for fans of psych, prog, avante guarde, and other fantastic genres like that. The Wash is made up of David on guitar (who also drums in various bands), Shane (who is in Bavarian Rocket Groop), on keyboard & piano, and James Mason (no, not that one) also on guitar. Oh, and for one time only, there's a special handsome guest on bass, and a little bit of drums.. Stop it, I'm blushing.
HAPPY COLOURED MARBLES - I heard this band for the first time recently, and liked them, just about the same time that my glamorous assistant Conor said that he was going to be bringing them into the studio for a session. So, that worked out well! I've already played their stuff on the Planet Beet show, and now they're on "Live @ Old School Studios". They're taking over!!
ANYTHING MAN - Regular listeners to the show will know that we have semi-regular parties at the studio, where we invite only the loveliest of people, who come along, watch the bands, have fun, and some of them jam afterwards, randomly making up songs, well into the early hours. Well, this band includes four of those people (Justina, Bromley, Andy & Joe), as they'll be semi-improvising some songs for you now, along with Mic on drums. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
LET'S EAT GRANDMA - This week, we have a live set from Norwich's best all-girl multi-instrumentalist duo, Let's Eat Grandma! Between the two of them, Rosa & Jenny, during this session they played drums, guitar, keyboard, mandolin, saxophone, cello, harmonica, chimes, and they both sang. They were rushing around, swapping instruments, running from the keyboard to the drums, that kind of thing. Hopefully they won't have a nasty fall, like Mr Dumpty.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
WOLF PARTY - Well, after a few false starts we finally managed to coordinate our schedules and get Wolf Party to travel over from sunny Essex to do a session. It's energetic, positive, and noisy. Just the way we like it!
THE ORKNEY CAVALCADE - This was a fun and relaxing session. A lovely summer's day outside our nuclear bunker, and a conveyor belt of musicians inside. They swapped instruments, helped out on each other's songs, then played some songs all together at the end. Apologies for possibly mis-remembering exactly who played what.
THE HOWTOCUREDYSLEXIA BAND - I really enjoyed meeting and spending some time in the company of David, and his songs. I hope that you feel the same way after today's show. There are a LOT of solo acoustic songy singwriters in the Norwich area, but there's something special about David. These songs bear repeated listening; so I'm going to listen to them again now, for the 15th time.
AMAZON BLU - Today/tonight's session is a fun one, by new & young Norwich band Amazon Blu. I should've done some research into the missing "E" at the end of "Blu(e)", but, erm, I didn't. I forgot. Well, that can be a little project for you, my dearest listener. In the meantime, get on your feet, and swayv gently, to create a nice breeze, as it's hot as hell in here.
THE MACHISMO'S - This week's show is a special one for me. I've been a big fan of Sam Marsh since the late 80s, when he sang, drummed, and wrote the songs for Jacobs Mouse. They are probably the best band ever to come from East Anglia in the UK. One of my first gigs was supporting them at the Carnegie Rooms in Thetford, Norfolk. I remember it well, because my girlfriend at the time couldn't dance to my band, as she was feeling really ill. She made a miraculous recovery in time to jump around for the whole of Jacobs Mouse's set though! Hehe. After that band quit, Sam formed The Machismo's with various friends, and his wife Rachel. They split in 1996. I was excited to find out recently that they've reformed, and was more excited to find that they were up for coming over to Norwich for a radio session!
OLYMPIANS - This week, it's a return visit from those Olympians. They'll be flexing their muscles, both literally and musically, and we'll be staring intently at them, through the smudged glass of the control room window. We suggest that you do the same. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
GUMBO VARIATION - Well, it's great to finally get Gumbo Variation back for a return visit to the studios that they like to called old school. I wasn't here to witness their first session, as my glamorous assistant Conor recorded it, so it's good to be at the helm for this one. Nice, crisp, early 70s-ish stuff.
KEEP UP - Well, this session has been many years in the making. We tried numerous times to arrange a Kabeedies set about 3-4 years ago, and continued attempts at that, but our schedules just never met up at the right time. They've since changed lineup slightly, written a load of new songs, and changed their name to Keep Up. It's basically a new band, but if you liked Kabeedies, you'll still definitely like Keep Up. The proof is in the pudding, and here's the musical equivalent to a pudding. I can't think of a funny name for it..
POPOP - Hurray for me! It's my birthday, have a peanut, it's my birthday, have another peanut! I could go on, ah-forever, and I probably will, but I'd sooner put some joy back in, this studio called Old School. I sincerely apologise to those of you that didn't get an invite to my birthday party recently. Please accept this musical set from POPOP as recompense. I don't know if that's spelled correctly, but it's the thought that counts. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
LOOSE LEAF DRIFTERS - Part One - Well, after we'd finished recording last week's set by Bavarian Rocket Groop, their leader, Shane, hung around to be the audience for this set by Loose Leaf Drifters. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved, as I was mixing it live, which is always fun, and their drummer was Pedz from Feral Mouth, standing in at no notice, and hearing the songs for the first time, with no rehearsal! And what a great job he did! Ben Grizzly and I have been trying to book this session for 8-9 years now, and for one reason or another it always ended up falling through, so we're pleased that it finally did happen. And now you get to listen to it! Tune in next week for the second half of the set, which has ME, Mr Jason, standing in on drums when Pedz' taxi arrived. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
LOOSE LEAF DRIFTERS - Part One - Well, after we'd finished recording last week's set by Bavarian Rocket Groop, their leader, Shane, hung around to be the audience for this set by Loose Leaf Drifters. It was a lot of fun for everyone involved, as I was mixing it live, which is always fun, and their drummer was Pedz from Feral Mouth, standing in at no notice, and hearing the songs for the first time, with no rehearsal! And what a great job he did! Ben Grizzly and I have been trying to book this session for 8-9 years now, and for one reason or another it always ended up falling through, so we're pleased that it finally did happen. And now you get to listen to it! Tune in next week for the second half of the set, which has ME, Mr Jason, standing in on drums when Pedz' taxi arrived. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
BAVARIAN ROCKET GROOP - Shane O'Linski is a local institution. Like marriage. Or a mental asylum. Which are often more similar than you'd hoped.. He leads this intrepid trio of youngsters through the thrashing of a lifetime, which is just what they deserve. In the bestest way possible. I had a nice night. You?
BEST INTENTIONS - Well, we've got a fun set for you today, with Norwich's "Best Intentions" perking the place up with their punk pop type stuff. Conor and I were stage-diving off of the mixing desk, onto the lovely couch in the control room. It's OK, we'll get the mixing desk repaired before next week's session, so don't worry about that.
LITTLE RED KINGS - This week we have an "English alternative rock band" with some nice beards. But if you're thinking that they're just about the beards, then you're sorely mistaken Brian! Can I call you Brian? Thanks to my glamorous assistant Conor for recording this. Didn't he do well!
CINECLUB - I've been a fan of Cineclub since I heard their first LP, about seven years ago, back when Old School Studios was in Bury St Edmunds. The band was put on hold for a few years, and then started back up again a while ago. They recently released a new LP called Normandie Tower, which you can get for free here: http://cineclub.bandcamp.com/album/normandie-tower
THE SOUND OF SIGHT & YOUTHQUAKE - It's a show of two halves today. Starting off with a superb & humorous set by "The Sound Of Sight" from the last Old School Studios Private Party. Followed by a breakneck and chaotic set from Brooklyn's "Youthquake", which I recorded at The Grand Victory last June, just a few days before my 40th Birthday. So, mixed feelings there, hehe.
BEN SMITH - This week's show is brought to you live on tape from Brooklyn's best venue, The Grand Victory! I was lucky enough to record a load of shows there last June, and I've gradually been bringing them to you bit by bit since then. This one's a doozy, featuring frontman from The Brought Low, the amazing Ben Smith. If you're wondering why the photos aren't from the gig, it's because I was busy doing the live sound mix, AND recording it separately to reel to reel tape, so I wasn't able to leave the booth to go down the front. You'll just have to use your imagination, or better still, why not go and see Ben playing a show? Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE SLINGIN' BEETS - Well, you unlucky people just missed out on another amazing Old School Studios Private Party. OR DID YOU!! Yes. You did; but worry/fear not. As we; or rather, I, am going to be bringing you live recordings from the party over the next two weeks worth of shows. This week we have old showbiz buddies of mine, The Slingin' Beets, from sunny Bury St Edmunds. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
MAX TAYLOR - Max was kind enough to come along to Old School Studios on his way to play a gig for Planet Beet's "Iain Lowery" at his OST night. After getting a little lost on the way, Max arrived, and we got on like our houses were literally on fire. What a great set this is! I hope you all enjoy it. Yes. ALL of you. I will accept nothing less.
CLAWS - Today's session features one of our favourite bands at the moment, the amazing CLAWS. The members of Claws have been in lots of great and fun Norwich bands over the last 6-7 years, even though they're all still pretty young. It's like a supergroup. Exactly like one. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
TRACEY BROWNE - Tracey drove down from Manchester especially for the session, so count yourself lucky listeners. It was lovely to meet and hang out with her for a few hours, and I hope you enjoy the session. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
OTHER HALF - I first saw Other Half playing in the bar of Norwich Arts Centre, at the launch night of "Pony Up". I was impressed enough to contact them the next day (OK, it might've been a few days after..) to offer them a session. And here they are, sounding fantastic, and being lovely company. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
THE BIG ALABAMA - I heard this band a while back on local radio, and was impressed. The next day, without prompting, my glamorous assistant Conor told me that he had offered them a session. How's that for synchonicity! So here they are, The Big Alabama, recorded by Conor, at the studio that they like to call old school.
BEAST WITH A GUN - What an amazing Old School Studios Private Party it was! Kicking off we had the amazing Emily Winng last week, and this week we have the legendary and seldom sighted Beast With A Gun! I am a huge fan of theirs, so it was a really fun time for me to witness their sheer power and sloppy scuzziness in the flesh again. I hope at least some of that feeling transfers through the internet-radio waves to you, the listener
EMILY WINNG - What an amazing Old School Studios Private Party it was! Kicking off this time we had the amazing Emily Winng, from Sargasso Trio, helped out by my Planet Beet co-host Iain, and Maria (Girl In A Thunderbolt), with added goodness from James & Ben Sargasso, and our friend Mark on the bassy guitar. Look out for Beast With A Gun next week!
MONTAGUES & CAPULETS - We've been wanting to book this band for quite a while, so it's with joy in our hearts that this week we bring you a great set from Norwich's "Montagues & Capulets". They'll be playing their Medieval inspired baroque n roll for the next 30+ minutes. Hope you enjoy. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
MORNING HAIR - I used to have a band with a similarly inspired name, called The Secret Hairdresser. I had shortish hair at the time, and some days I would wake up and my hair would be perfectly tousled and styled, as if there'd been a secret hairdresser in the night. When Morning Hair get older, if the band's still together when they start balding, they could always change their name to Mourning Hair. So, they've got that to look forward to.
FUTURE PUNX - I was lucky enough to witness, do live sound for, and record one of the first few gigs by Future Punx. I already knew Jason Kelly (previously from Fergus & Geronimo), and I'd also done sound for a band that Jason & Jake were in for a little while (Frankie Rose), so us three were already amazing showbiz buddies. Excuse the slightly crap sound during the 1st song. Things settle down by the end of the second song. Go and see Future Punx as soon as you can possibly make it, as they're awesome live, and they're also lovely people. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
HELLO BEAR & THE THINKING MEN - This week we bring you the last two bands from the four band bill that played our most recent Old School Studios Private Party, at, erm, Old School Studios. This one was fantastic, and possibly the busiest party so far. Hello Bear & The Thinking Men are both great showbiz buddies of us here at the studios they like to call old school, so we were over the moon to have them play at the party, and you'll be over the moon too when you hear them play. As per usual at these parties there were numerous technical problems, so we can only bring you the last four songs of The Thinking Men's set. If you want to hear what their other songs sound like in front of an audience, then please go and catch them playing live at a venue near you. (Assuming you live in the Norfolk area in the UK.)
BEN C WINN & BIRDS OF HELL - This week we bring you the first two bands from the four band bill that played our most recent Old School Studios Private Party, at, erm, Old School Studios. This one was fantastic, and possibly the busiest party so far. Both Ben and Pete (ie Birds Of Hell) are both in Sargasso Trio, which is about as good an assurance of quality as you can get, but if you want convincing, use your ears to listen to the show right now. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
LOCO MOTIF - I first met this band when I saw a gig that Liam & his friend Liam (from The Sharps) put on at Bedfords' Crypt, under the name The Condiment Collective a few months ago. I had a great time, and Liam and I had a great chat afterwards. If you enjoy this set, and want to see Loco Motif play live, then they're playing again at Bedfords in Norwich on the 7th of February. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
BLACK JUJU - Fresh (sort of..) from a storming gig the night before at Kings in Norwich (with Juke & The All-Drunk Orchestra), Black Juju hot-footed it (in a slightly hungover fashion) to the studios they like to call old school, to rock the bunker to its foundation/s. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!