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January 1, 2021 77 min

A big bumper edition of BPM Pod to close out 2020. We talk to multi-instrumentalist Kris Sinister about his work across a range of bands, why The Beatles might be the best band ever, and how important good gear and horror films are to his music. 

Plus we spend a while looking back at the achievements of BPM Pod over 2020 and hand out the first BPM Pod awards. Timecodes and award categories are below. 

Happy new year!

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    On the podcast we regularly hear from upcoming artists. Don't get me wrong: there are some interesting, compelling stories there. I love them all.

    But what we don't hear all that often about is how to become a better musician - what pros are out there to help you tap into your potential.

    One of these true musical guardians is Kara Johnstad, a talented, inspiring voice and music coach.

    With over 30 years experience, as we...

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    November 14, 2020 37 min

    So when you're podcasting there are a few things you hope for:

  • Decent recording quality (meh, sometimes this happens)
  • Good questions (again I think it happens sometimes)
  • Decent guests (oh this one happens a lot!)
  • But another perhaps fourth hope is this: an easy time editing. Editing is hard. Even though it sounds like I just rocked up, recorded and left, it's not like that at all. Dear listener you see, like much of your ente...

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    November 8, 2020 63 min

    On this episode I am delighted to talk to Sean McVey of the mighty stoner-psych-heavy-blue-rock-jam band King Buffalo. Sean joined me from his home in Rochester, New York, and we talked about the beginnings of the band, how their awesome jams come to fruition, and what the musical future holds for the band and the industry. Plus we answer your audience questions. Check out Kingbuffalo.com to listen to their latest release, Dead Sta...

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    October 26, 2020 32 min

    Reupload due to previous issue with the podcast.

    So I usually like to script my own intros here, but today I cannot do this better than the band have themselves. So here goes:

    Straightforward blues punk.

    Not mainstream, German lyrics, danceable, and loud.

    FragFrank distills the essence of rock music and appeals to hedonistic instincts. Like an engine, the band is best appreciated revved hot and live. The essentials are the ener...

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    Quick update on bpmpod.com which is no more.

    Why?

    A combination of cost, time, return on investment, energy levels and anxiety. Listen to the podcast for mroe information. 

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    October 25, 2020 32 min

    So I usually like to script my own intros here, but today I cannot do this better than the band have themselves. So here goes:

    Straightforward blues punk.

    Not mainstream, German lyrics, danceable, and loud.

    FragFrank distills the essence of rock music and appeals to hedonistic instincts. Like an engine, the band is best appreciated revved hot and live. The essentials are the energy of the fast riffs, crisp drum beats, and indepe...

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    October 7, 2020 30 min

    Tarzan Grip: pretty original band name there. Not one I would have thought of quickly. What's behind the name though? Is the music something that Tarzan would like? Perhaps the band members love swinging on vines?

    Who knows. But certainly one person who has a grip on me is guitarist and singer Dom Jones. Dom and I go back a couple of years, thanks to a shared love for the (currently on hold) Laksmi Bar open mic night. I h...

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    September 25, 2020 26 min

    Usually I've got a good description of the people on the podcast. I can scribble something witty, poetic, elegant and the guest (typically) won't do a better job.

    Not in the case of Jem, who goes by the moniker of Rookling. Jem is such a poet, such a storyteller, his way written expression goes beyond anything this aging 31-year-old writer can muster.

    Having moved to Berlin in 2018, Jem has already gained qu...

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    September 1, 2020 64 min

    Hans and I first met back in 2014, in Malmö in Sweden. I was nervous ahead of an acoustic gig at a club I had never played - a gig attended by a bunch of my colleagues who did not even know I sang my own music. 

    Right before I was due on stage, coming ahead of the band Shuvit, this guy bounded up to me and asked if I could join him in the studio sometime. "It'll be fun," he said, and gave me his card.

    I called him the...

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    While I spend a little more time editing the upcoming episode with Hans Annellsson, here's a quick mention of some of the newest music out there currently from some people you might not have heard of before.

    We kick things off with Molly's Peck and their album Hope You Don't Mind. Smooth, soulful, sensitive yet playful, it's certainly worth your time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwDIG-c3rxA

    Wein...

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    Balancing music at any time in life is tough, let alone with a family, job and (currently) a pandemic to keep in mind. Yet somehow, superheroic singer-songwriter Alex Spencer does it all - forms bands, plays shows, looks after the kids, and remains positive and optimistic through it all. It's pretty inspiring.

    Recorded back in March 2020, before the world all went a little crazy, Alex and I sat down to talk about kee...

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    And so the time has come - we are into the final two parts of the Chris Weinhardt marathon. (Except it has four parts, not 26 miles of audio, so that doesn't really work as a description, but you get what I mean.)

    It's been a long journey from lip-syncing, to autotune, to Led Zeppelin, to The Smurfs. Yup, The Smurfs. In the final two parts of the interview - combined here into one 30-minute episode - the Weinhardt wei...

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    June 13, 2020 19 min

    A while back, before the whole coronavirus thing, I went drinking with long-time podcast regular, Chris Weinhardt. As expected, we talked for quite a while about a long list of random topics.

    Was it all good? No. Not at all. But some of it was, in between pizza, regular toilet breaks, beer resupplies, and a hell of a lot of podcast mistakes.

    Still our wide ranging conversation was fun and enlightening, as I am sure you will agr...

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    Hello and welcome to this episode of BPM Pod, the podcast where we get behind people's music.

     

    I hope you're doing well out there in these strange times and am glad you're taking the time to listen to the podcast. Thanks for your continued support, love and dedication. Remember if you want to get in touch with me here at BPM Pod, you can do so via the social channels, so definitely check those out. And I'd like t...

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    It was way back in episode two - the first 'proper' episode' - where I met Chris Weinhardt, somewhere distant and dark on the outskirts of Berlin. (Okay, Wildau isn't that bad, but it is a little far away. Listen to episode 2 here.)

    I was nervous. Despite experience in the radio broadcasting field, it has been a while since I ran the show, doing the interviewing, editing, uploading and so on. I felt the pressu...

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    Inspired by the excellent YouTube movie review channel YMS (thanks for all your great work, Adam) I've decided to transform the regular 'The Pulse' feature into a kind of quickie review segment.

    This month, I turn my attention to three absolutely awesome releases, all in the stoner-rock heavy-metal field, as I review the latest releases from King Buffalo, Heavy Heavy and Gyoza. Don't miss it. 

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    "Have you heard Jason Isbell?" said my record producer, Thomas. I sheepishly said no, trying to hide how I may just have missed someone I should know about. He could tell.

    "Oh don't worry - I don't think that many people have heard of him. But you should hear his stuff. I'll start you off with Southeastern."

    And there we sat, in Thomas's vinyl-stacked basement studio, and listened to the al...

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    Everyone and anyone who knows me - or even if you only listen to this podcast - knows I am a massive Queen fan. From watching their music videos over and over on VHS as a kid, through to owning pretty much all of their music as I grew up, there's something about the band that has allured me ever since my grandfather turned me onto them.

    I make no apologies at all for saying that, to me, Queen are the greatest rock band ev...

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    Jackson Browne is, without question, my favourite musical artist of all time. Perhaps someone else will come along one day and take the crown, but I don't see it happening any time soon.

    Browne is, to me, one of the most sensitive, soulful, poetic songwriters of all time. Sure you've got Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Gordon Lightfoot and so on, but none of them - despite similar styles - really captur...

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