Ep089: The Steve Albini Interview

Ep089: The Steve Albini Interview

With over 1000 recording credits to his name, including Nirvana, Pixies, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Mclusky, The Breeders, Helmet, etc, Steve Albini, recording engineer, producer, musician, songwriter, studio owner and record collector joins us to talk vinyl, finding punk rock, losing his hearing and much much more.

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Ep088: Noel Monk - Runnin' With Van Halen

Ep088: Noel Monk - Runnin' With Van Halen

From 1978-1984, Van Halen were becoming the biggest band in the world before they hit a brick wall of drugs and ego. Noel Monk was manager of the band through those years and saw it all. Today he shares about his time with David Lee Roth, Michael Anthony and Eddie & Alex Van Halen and his new book "Runnin' With The Devil". Today he tells us more stories that didn't make the book so tune in and enjoy!

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Ep087: Royal Potato Family Records' Kevin Calabro

Ep087: Royal Potato Family Records' Kevin Calabro

What's it like to run a record company in 2017? We talk to Kevin Calabro of Royal Potato Family Records to understand the current environment for getting their music heard and their artists paid. It's not easy but there are days that are extremely rewarding. Plus we hear 2 new songs by RPF artist "decker." from the upcoming LP "Into The Red".

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Ep086: Bernie Grundman & The Art of Record Mastering

Ep086: Bernie Grundman & The Art of Record Mastering

Bernie Grundman is credited on over 3000 records including Carole King's "Tapestry", Michael Jackson's "Thriller", Prince's "Purple Rain" and the Blue Note vinyl reissues to name a few. Today Bernie will share his story and give us insight on what makes a good record sound good. He's an absolute master craftsman at the top of his field, let's listen and learn.

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Ep085: Billy Sheehan Defies Gravity

Ep085: Billy Sheehan Defies Gravity

Billy Sheehan has legendary bass skills and has been at the centre of many great bands, Mr Big, Talas, The Winery Dogs, David Lee Roth's first solo band and very nearly Van Halen. Today Billy joins us to talk about the vinyl records that inspired his rise from Buffalo clubs to worldwide stages, playing with greats like Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Eddie Van Halen and how to keep from punching Eric Martin in the face. Plus a track from the upcoming Mr Big LP 'Defying Gravity', out in August!

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Ep084: I Lost Control of Vernon Reid of Living Colour

Ep084: I Lost Control of Vernon Reid of Living Colour

DISCLAIMER: This week Vernon Reid talked about whatever the hell he wanted to talk about and I sat along helplessly and learned something about interviewing; sometimes you just need to enjoy the ride. This week we tried to discuss the new Living Colour LP "Shade" available for preorder on vinyl now, plus the track "Who Shot Ya'". Enjoy the ride!

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Ep083: Black Sabbath Manager & Birmingham Legend Jim 'Big Bear' Simpson

Ep083: Black Sabbath Manager & Birmingham Legend Jim 'Big Bear' Simpson

Jim 'Big Bear' Simpson is a Birmingham legend, living a life in service of music; from his Jazz & Blues roots to his record label to becoming the 1st manager of Black Sabbath, taking them from the gritty pubs of Birmingham to having a #1 record album 'Paranoid', Jim always gives it his all. Now he's putting on the 33rd Annual Birmingham & Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival; The man never stops and aren't we lucky!

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Ep082: Will Sergeant of Echo & The Bunnymen

Ep082: Will Sergeant of Echo & The Bunnymen

Will Sergeant has had an incredible life and career, not only founding and being visionary for the brilliant band Echo & The Bunnymen, but also enjoying his time as a solo artist, painter and record collector. Today Will has an in-depth interview on his life, the origin story of Echo & the Bunnymen, tales from his travels and times w the likes of David Bowie, Joy Division, Led Zeppelin and of course his vinyl record hobby. 

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Ep081: The Solid State of Jonathan Coulton

Ep081: The Solid State of Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is scary talented. He wouldn't admit that, he's too much of a nice guy. So nice that he never corrected me on mispronouncing his name for a full hour. This week we talk to Jonathan about his incredible career, creativity, his methods and his new LP 'Solid State' which is (hurray!) on vinyl! Plus we play a track from the new LP.

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Ep080: The Queen Archive w Greg Brooks Pt 2

Ep080: The Queen Archive w Greg Brooks Pt 2

Greg Brooks has a dream job; managing the Queen archive and helping guide the legacy of one of the world's most beloved rock bands. Today we interview him on The Vinyl Guide and hear about the items from the band's personal collections, the most valuable and memorable items in the archive, the future plans for the archive and more. This is part 2 of a 2 part series.

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Ep079: The Queen Archive w Greg Brooks Pt 1

Ep079: The Queen Archive w Greg Brooks Pt 1

Greg Brooks has a dream job; managing the Queen archive and helping guide the legacy of one of the world's most beloved rock bands. Today we interview him on The Vinyl Guide and hear how he landed the role, items in the archive, handwritten memos and personal items he's unexpectedly found and more. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

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Ep078: A Band Called Death & Record Mystery Pack

Ep078: A Band Called Death & Record Mystery Pack

Death from Detroit cut just one record in 1976 and was forgotten about until their rediscovery in 2009 and the tornado of success and opportunities afterward. We caught up with the band just before their set at the Coachella Festival to talk past, present and future, and share a new song "Cease Fire" available on 45 at DeathFromDetroit.com. Plus we receive a "Record Mystery Pack" from Creme Tangerine Records in Costa Mesa, California.

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Ep077: Brant Bjork - Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Beyond

Ep077: Brant Bjork - Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Beyond

Brant Bjork was a teenager playing desert parties in Southern California when his band Kyuss exploded onto the scene. After several landmark LPs, they disbanded and Brant wandered the desert to find his unique space. Today he joins us to share that journey, his scars, his wisdom and a track from his new LP "Tao of the Devil", available from BrantBjork.net. Plus we talk RSD2017 and the new Robert Johnson Centennial Edition improvements.

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Ep076: Steve Hackett from Genesis to The Night Siren

Ep076: Steve Hackett from Genesis to The Night Siren

Steve Hackett placed an ad in a local paper and was hired into Genesis, who then went on to make music history. This progressive rock legend joins us on The Vinyl Guide to tell tales of the day, share perspective on the world of now and play a track from his new album "The Night Siren", available at HackettSongs.com.

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Ep075: The Death & Burial of Robert Johnson

Ep075: The Death & Burial of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson's death is surrounded with speculation and mystery however blues historian Gayle Dean Wardlow shares the facts around this part of music history. Plus we play a track from the Hayes McMullan album "Everyday Seem Like Murder Here" from Light In The Attic Records.

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Ep074: Delta Blues Historian Gayle Dean Wardlow

Ep074: Delta Blues Historian Gayle Dean Wardlow

Gayle Dean Wardlow started a record collection in the 1960s by knocking on doors in the deep south but soon he was also collecting stories and facts about the blues musicians he loved, including Charlie Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Willie Brown & more. Today we talk to Mr Wardlow about these musicians and their wild stories plus we discuss a rarely known bluesman Hayes McMullan who's material has just only just been released.

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Ep073: CJ Ramone - American Beauty

Ep073: CJ Ramone - American Beauty

CJ Ramone grew up tough, joined the Ramones and got a a whole lot tougher. CJ shares memories of the band, his time with Joey and Johnny and brings us up to speed with his new album 'American Beauty', complete with a new track for The Vinyl Guide audience.

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Ep070: Blue Note Recording Artist Larry Ridley

Ep070: Blue Note Recording Artist Larry Ridley

Larry Ridley has played with some of the biggest names in music; John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, the list goes on and on. Larry sits down with us today to talk about his history, what is was like recording w Rudy Van Gelder & the Blue Note team, playing in NYC clubs in the 50s & 60s and his friend Lee Morgan, the subject of a new film "I Called Him Morgan", out this week.

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