The Last Speakeasy: Singles Going Steady

All good things must come to an end. After 18 months and a ton of fun, Rob and Clive have decided to shutter the Speakeasy. And what better way to finish than in the same way that we started: two blokes in a room, talking about music?

We’re talking about the art and joy of the single, using the examples that mean an awful lot to us. Expect revelations of a personal nature, and insights into who we are and how we got to be that way.

Settle in. This one’s gonna be emotional.

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The August Soundtrack Special!

Eat My Crescendo!

This month on The Speakeasy, Rob and Clive are joined by actual honest-to-heck film composer Neil Myers. Along with adagio and strings from the mighty Keith Eyles, we highlight composers we think are unfairly overlooked, and pick out a soundtrack each that’s a bit of a hidden gem.

First movement and opening titles, everyone…

Here’s a Spotify playlist with a lot of what we’re talking about…

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and a few that Spotify couldn’t help us out with.

Cobra by Sylvester Levay

The Haunting Of Julia by Colin Towns

Perfume by Johnny Klimek, Tom Twyker, Reinhold Hell

To find out more about our very special guest, check out http://www.neilmyers.com.

The April Speakeasy: Concept Album Special!

As is appropriate for a podcast about the concept album, BEHOLD our most epic Speakeasy yet. Over two hours of chat as Rob, Clive and special guest writer Stuart Wright discuss that most derided of formats and find a few gems… and yes, a couple of turkeys.

Also, our 50 Second SoundCloud Challenge covers Skweee, Moombahton and other genres you never knew existed!

Here’s the Spotify playlist of the albums we’re discussing:

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and the one album not on Spotify: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway!

and a link to Stu’s site…

Britflicks: Stuart Wright talks film!

The December Music Speakeasy


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In a bare-faced attempt to up the ante, Rob and Clive invite The Little Unsaid, AKA John Elliott, into Studio 2A for some musical shenanigalia. John performs a new song, and covers tracks by Nick Cave and Atoms For Peace.

John also joins us for a robust discussion on the merits of and surprising facts around the world of the cover version. Rob and Clive reveal the music blogs they can heartily recommend (and the ones that they’ll cheerfully never go near again) and guest sound engineer Alex Purkiss shows us up with a radical uptick in sound quality over the bits he’s in charge of. Endearingly shambolic is the way we roll, wise guy! Stop making us look bad!

All this and the usual level of Z-grade pun-slinging and punditry from the crew that put the K in kwality.

The Little Unsaid

The Music Blogs:

NME – nme.com/newmusic

Pitchfork – pitchfork.com/tracks

No Country For New Nashville – nocountryfornewnashville.com

Top House Music Blog – tophousemusicblog.com

Breaking More Waves – breakingmorewaves.blogspot.co.uk

The Von Pip Musical Express – Track of the Day – thevpme.com

Crack in the Road – crackintheroad.com

Real Horrorshow – horrorshowtunez.com

Cruel Rhythm – cruelrhythm.tumblr.com

Popjustice – popjustice.com

Here’s John recording his music for us. Note the professionalism of the studio setup. An upturned bin serves so many purposes…

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and for bonus hilarity, the moment when he realised just what he’d let himself in for…

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