FreakyTrigger » Lollards Podcast
Summary: We swerve high science through pop music, modern art through obscure sport, street politics through kids’ TV, getting jokes and theories and guesswork and passions to socialise as openly and engagingly as we like to. We enjoy tripping each other into seeing things in new ways; we’ll do that for you too. Our format -- a round-table discussion with a host and three guests, punctuated by music, prepared reports and prerecorded comedy items -- is highly flexible and self-refreshing, alive with ideas, and devised to make for intelligent, informative, unexpected and funny discussion.
This week the Lollards reflect on Fame, and if they too want to live forever. Brushes with celebrity, real or fictional, the correct way to get an autograph of of a celebrity and the Panto – the SI unit of notoriety. And yes, wherever there is fame, there is infamy (and indeed they have all got in in for us). Pete Baran is joined by Hazel Robinson and Alan Trewartha to rake over the Heat magazines of years past and ask if the Kids From Fame were so good, how come none of them are famous now?
Another week, another conversation. This time I welcome a terrifyingly well-informed team of Magnus Anderson, Al Ewing and Martin Skidmore to talk about something I (demonstrably, audibly) know very little about – the history, present and practice of comics criticism. Links and other clarifications to follow in the comments.
DJ Steve Braiden joins Alex Macpherson and host Elisha Sessions on Resonance FM 104.4 to talk about the furrow of club music being busily excavated by Night Slugs and associated factions. We hear an interview with Girl Unit (aka Phil Gamble), we talk a surprising amount about Red Bull Music Academy, and we hear an in-progress remix from Steve as well as some terrific music from 20-year-old Chilean sensation Nicolas Jaar, Nguzunguzu (did I stutter?), and the as-yet-unreleased “Arpjam” by Jam City.
Guests were Cecily Nowell-Smith, Marna Gilligan and Alasdair MacLean; Hazel Robinson on kn0bs; Mark Sinker was presenter. Topic = how much does it matter to do stuff right, and what’s going on when doing stuff wrong stops being wrong?
This week the Lollards get Popular! No really! Tom Ewing makes his way to the sprawling Resonance FM studios to preview the next entry in his mammoth project. Mark Sinker, Kat Stevens, and host Elisha Sessions join him for a wide-ranging discussion that takes in Terre Thaemlitz, childhood, pop stars’ relationships with their audiences, a logistical breakdown of the iconic video, and our own marks out of 10. Oh yeah, and “Teen Witch” (1989). Please submit your mental image of Shep Pettibone in the comments, please (no web searches allowed!).
There was a slight problem with last week’s show, but it will hopefully turn up at some point. In the meantime, here is this weeks Freaky Trigger and The Lollards Of Pop which for once is serious about the serious and silly about the silly. Pete Baran is joined by Anna Fielding, Katie Grocott and Hazel Robinson to talk about the youth of today, yesteryear and show the presenter to be far too old with his pop culture references. Music from Bjork, Musical Youth, Chase & Status and Debbie Gibson. Of course.
Hazel Robinson hosts a discussion of children’s literature and morality tales from Struwwelpeter to Lemony Snicket. Mark Sinker lifts the lid on Victorian nonsense, Julia Heller suggests suitable reading for the “very advanced”, and Tom Ewing goes on a Beast Quest. Will our presenters make it through with thumbs intact? Tune in and find out.
Random start point, random guests, random topics. This weeks Lollards is all LOL no LARD, with Kat Stevens, Alix Campbell and Magnus Anderson being herded into opinions about topics they no nothing of by the medium of a fortune telling device and a pound should electronic roulette wheel. So expect discussions of Milford Haven, the Timeline of Glaciation, some future missile and that even at Disneyland Paris there still sin’t nothing wrong with a little bump and grind. Music comes from unmarked CD’s we found at home somewhere.
A special episode of Lollards this week, as Tom Ewing and Mark Sinker each talk about a pop song of their choice, with Tim Hopkins asking them the difficult questions. How is putting Lakshminarayanan Shankar on your record a crass commercial move? Are Marina’s diamonds her best friends? Why is Lily Allen hopping from one foot to another like she needs the loo? Find out in A Slug Of Pop!
ART! This week we talk of art (visual) with Tim, Kat and Rob, including Tony Hart, GCSE coursework, Candice Breitz and Pop about Art. Featuring music from Art Brut, Solange Knowles, Marilyn Manson and Sportique! Here’s the Tony Hart clip we mention, it’s about three minutes in: Sorry Tony…
Is it safe? Is it safe? Tim Hopkins, Steve Hewitt and Clare Spencer join me – Pete Baran – flying by the seat of our pants and talking about safety, danger, the extended mix of the Safety Dance, “if I scream if I wanna go faster what do I do if I wanna slow down”, driving lessons, ELEPHANTS = DANGER and far too much time spent discussing iron cords. With music from Half Man Half Biscuit, Alpha Blondy, Blahzay Blahzay and a rubbish Men Without Hats Song.
The Lollards return to Resonance FM 104.4‘s London studio with host Elisha Sessions. He’s joined by Alix Campbell, Magnus Anderson and Alex Macpherson for a discussion of KID POP – kids who sing pop and what pop kids like – not really the same category, as we discover (bling-eyed svengalis take note). We hear singles from our panelists, Frank Kogan talks about old television and why people fall out of love with music, we hear 9-year-old Willow Smith’s new single and of course we share the hotly anticipated results of the FT kid pop poll with you. Produced by Elisha Sessions.
Pete Baran is joined by Nick Dastoor, Magnus Anderson, Cecily Nowell-Smith and Mark Sinker to talk festivals and the end of the world (This is for the many podcast clients — we’re looking at you too iTunes — that can’t cope with 2 files per episode.)
After last weeks skip week, Freaky Trigger finishes its epic run with a special double length episode coming LIVE from Glastonbury (sort of). Pete Baran is joined by Nick Dastoor, Magnus Anderson, Cecily Nowell-Smith and Mark Sinker to talk festivals and the end of the world. Which to some is the same thing. Music from Bowie, Young Marble Giants, The The, and many many more. Thank you for listening! Two hour long podcasts here so we can maintain quality.
All four sports-bloods: Steve H, Tim E, Tim H and TimPete B. Featuring Elbow, Horse Man and a song about football.