Monday, February 27, 2006

Paul and Mike at the Piano - episode 2.

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Mike and I sit at the keyboard and..well.. listen for yourself.

Friday, February 24, 2006

they say a picture is worth a thousand words...

cheers Parky! I love this!

Getting a few things off my chest

I'm sorry, I feel like I really need to get something off my chest. Call it what you will.

Please don't be fooled into thinking that there is one and only one way forward in the podcasting world. There isn't. There are lots and lots of folks in on the act now and sadly I've found the world of podcasting, on the one hand a vicious place, and on the other a lovely place.

A lot of folks follow characters in the podcast world around like some great prophet, unfortunately the word for some is spelt p-r-o-f-i-t.

Let me get one thing straight ok? I do this because I LOVE it. I don't want to take money off you - I happily pay it out and invest time in bringing you the best show I can. I simply love the fact that you are willing to listen. No catch, no gimmick, no sign here... no financial gain.

When Alex, Neil, Adrian and I put on Podcastcon we did it at OUR OWN risk. The thing cost near five thousand pound to put on, we had a sponsor in to shoulder the cost. We did it, because we love podcasting. It's a great hobby.

I've stopped listening to some podcasts because of the incessant advertising, I shunned commercial radio to get away from that.

I have bottled this up for ages, but I was really disappointed that everyone shouted about podcastcon - THE world's first podcast conference (solely dedicated to podcasting). There was not one word from Adam Curry about this who seemed to shun it, and that hurt. This wasn't some half-baked thing that was written on the back of a cigarette packet. Folks flew in from all around the world and the event was covered by the BBC, Financial Times, Independent, Times.. you name it, it was covered. Yet no mention from the depths of Guildford. Why? I believe it was perhaps stuff to do with that abhorration to the English language; 'monetising'. It didn't fit into the strategy of things probably. Here I'm only presuming, and I am happy to stand corrected.

For the record, I asked Adam Curry if he'd like to speak..... silence prevailed. I asked a few further times and then just shrugged my shoulders at the contimuing silence and carried on. The worldwide following of podcastcon was palpable, and the serious media took it to the next level. I was a bit nonplussed at the outright shunning of such a seriously reported conference at such a high level but nevertheless carried on doing what I though was a great thing - doing stuff freely and promoting podcasting as much as I could, i still do that incidentally, and will continue to do so.

At any rate, I continued to listen to the DSC and in the last few weeks sadly came to the conclusion that I just couldn't listen any further to 'monetising' and 'strategy casts'. I freely accept the fact that some do like to listen. I am not one. I'm bored of it. This is a great hobby. I've made some wonderful mates and promoted some exceptional musicians, I'll continue to do that, because I love it.

I sneer at the QYDJ thing. I have to say it's the biggest load of old clap-trap I've heard in an age and works on the basis that (a) You're slightly retarded and want to be paid in magic beans (b) You enjoy being patronised (c) You hate what you do for a living.

Why on earth would I want to quit being a lawyer? I've studied for 10 gruelling years (8 of them back in the mid 80's / early 90's) and put in 22 long years to get to the stage I am. I'm committing a further two years study.

I absolutely love what I do for a living and love what I do for a hobby. I feel privileged I can do both. QYDJ is a little like asking a surgeon to quit his day job so he can become a full time stamp collector / model railway enthusiast. If you're poking poo from spikes in a sewage plant on a daily basis, I can just about see the attraction.This will NEVER pay, though it will make some great advertising revenue for the spike at the top of the triangle. At the bottom of the triangle is one large base. Does everything podcast have to boil down to money? Can't we just do this because... and here's a thought.... we actually like doing this as a hobby?

This 'monetizing' thing is absolutely driving me up the wall, I fear it is also driving a wedge between the folks who really love doing this and folks who are desperate to try to make the thing pay - at any cost.

Everyone is talking about PUM. Well, nearly everyone. That's another story. Again, no 'monetising'. A group of 12 of us gave our time freely to promote something we love. The next edition will be out soon and I'm really excited about it. 12 folks giving their time freely. No payback, just good, nice, community. The Swaziland podcasts were done in the same vein - a great community thing that I absolutely loved. No monetising at all - in fact, it was an expense I happily bore and I am desperate to do that again.

Adam Curry, Dave Winer - other names I don't even know have put their time and effort into this, and I applaud them for it, I really do. I just do not understand why the great community hobby has to make money - monetise (or is it monetize?). Why?

Now, after all that hypothesizing, I've come to realise one thing. Adam Curry and Podshow and all of the monetising has its place. Its not my thing, but then again, my thing probably isn't theirs. However, people do tend to look to Adam and some of the big names for direction - and I really do not think they need to. Honestly, I don't. There are plenty of maps, compasses and places to play.

Am I fed up at being ignored? No, I really am not, honestly. I just felt like I needed to blog this, it's nice, therapeutic and I really am over it. I just feel a bit sad really. There are some horrible, bitter twisted and downright nasty posts on different forums, and I would never scrape that barrel. I felt like I would like to articulate my voice on this issue sensibly.

As more folks come into podcasting, more characters will come in, and more direction. Don't feel as though you have to follow one camp. There are lots of voices and lots of diverse things going on. I really like some of the stuff going on, and not really that bothered with some of the other stuff. Stuff is precisely what I am looking at - there's lots and lots of it and this is just one tiny slice of the podcast pie.

I'm not going to talk about this any more now, I'm bored of it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

podcastpaul podcast 100

Download podcastpaul podcast100 here (MP3)

Well, I made it to treble figures and joined the relatively small number of folks who've stuck at it, I don't make a big deal out of it though...

Some great chat and music as always - all songs from the podsafe music network:

Phisbacher - B Nice
Parlour Steps - Hero Villain
Agency - Liberate
Derek Silvers - Answering Machine
Negatones - Godfather

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Juke Pod Jury no. 5

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My old musician mate; Paul Hopkins ( joins me for the fifth Juke Pod Jury.

Paul and I chew the fat, tickle the ivories and listen to music from:

Editors - Bullets
*Sinister Dexter - Morenita
Joe Condiracci - There Will Be Love
*Nadir - All over you

Peggs Pick: *Murder The Stout - Nancy Whisky

* denotes downloaded from and courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

podcastpaul - podcast lecture for channel 4 ideas factory - creative hub

Last night I attended the Creative Hub - a forum for creative types put on by Channel 4 TV and the Ideas factory.

I was asked to lecture on what podcasting was - with a bent towards musicians. All manner of people were there who were creative; record label owners, musicians, directors, designers, etc etc.

I was able to put the Edirol recorder through its paces, and I have to say I'm dead pleased with the results.

Unfortunately I didn't get anything like the time I wanted as an IP / media lawyer just ahead of me ran over time.

This may be useful to some, or, frankly like teaching granny to suck eggs to a great deal of you.

You can download the MP3 here.

It's off listening back to yourself, some of the things I said made me cringe, I also have no idea why I introduce myself as a 'pretend lawyer' ?!? What on earth was all that about? I expect I didn't want folks throwing things at me...

A special thanks to Phil Coyne for coming out to support me. A lovely chap with an even worse sense of direction than me.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Quick audio update

A very quick audio update for folks who are thinking "where's his next show?!"

Download the MP3 here.

Worst Album Covers Ever....

This isn't a podcast - you need MS PowerPoint for this. I nearly wet myself laughing at it.

Download the World's Worst Album Covers here.

I would LOVE to make things a bit more interactive on site. Grab your digital camera, find a dodgy album cover - and send it in! Also - check the site up in the top right hand corner; add yourself too the Frappr map.

Do you have a listeners photo? Send it in so we can all see. Alternatively, if you're brave enough - send in your passport photo...

Also - do you have some genuine weird news articles? Send them into me - paul (at) podcastpaul (dot) com.

Come on - write and send in - you know you want to ...


Wednesday, February 08, 2006

podcast 99 Dave Morgan and I chew the fat about his ELO days.

ELO just before going on stage at Stuttgart for the last gig of the 1986 tour: Lou Clerk, Richard Tandy, Martin Smith, Dave Morgan, Jeff Lynne, Mik Kaminski and Bev Bevan Photo courtesy of Dave.

Download the MP3 here
I have to say that this is one of my most enjoyable podcasts.

The Birmingham Rock scene is incredibly tight, my old mate; Dave Morgan played with, amongst others, the Move, Magnum (my childhood heroes) and ELO.

I play three of Dave's tracks; (1) Paradise Garden, (2) City Girl and an absolute belter; (3) God's good time - produced by and featuring Jeff Lynne.

I also play (4) Forget The Girl by Hollow Horse.

I've told Dave to stick his music up on the podsafe music network - I think it's ace, a great ELO feel to it and would love other folks to hear it. If you like it, mail Dave at and whinge to him until he puts his music up there! I'd love to see God's good time get masses of airplay, if you're a fan of ELO, I guarantee you'll love this.

Don't forget to comment below. Cheers!


Sunday, February 05, 2006

podcast 98Classy British artists and one classy American Woman

Podcast 98 sees some of the best music I've played for ages, and they're all British.

Download the MP3 file direct here.

On the roll of honour, I play:

3 blind mice
Tom Robinson
Paul Rose

I talk to Linda Mills and discuss Christianity, the media and the Danish muslim cartoons.

3 Blind Mice and Tom Robinson courtesy of PMN, thanks to Paul for his CD nd direct permission.

podcast98 coming son

It's 1:43am, Sunday morning. I've just finished recording no.98.

I'm so beat I can't do the uploading and blogger entry. I'll do it first thing, I dneed some rest................night all...

Friday, February 03, 2006

Podcasting stuff...

How could I forget to provide a direct link to the pdf of Podcast User Magazine?

I am so...... impressed by the professional feel of this quality mag. Well done boys...and girl!

On another note, thanks to all folks for taking the time to speak about and PUM.

I checked out the Skinny White Boy Kast Pod and was utterly blown away by the production quality - the first minute or so is so segwayed and professional. Well played Skin. I really do feel that the group of amateurs that we are / were? are really steping up to the plate and will be / are giving the pro's a real run for their money.


Juke Pod Jury no.4

Juke pod Jury no 4 is up and ready to go!

This week I sit and chew the fat with my old mate; Phil from Bitjobs for the masses
You can of course, as always, download the MP3 file here

Most artists work are from direct source (CD), some from the podsafe music network.

Kiss the Stone - Bill
Search for Zen - Mangomad
At the Party - The Dropzines
Lies - Paul Rose
The Only One I Touch - The Tragic Shell Suit Disaster

Enjoy, and please, feel very free to comment below.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Edirol R1

I love my minidisc, that is, until it died.

I've just ordered this after reading the reviews in podcastuser mag posted by Paul Parkinson and Jimmy Hastell.

Can't wait to get my hands on it!


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

BBC Ulster.

Welcome, particularly to anyone accessing my site from BBC Ulster - to the rest of the world that's Northern Ireland, part of the UK.

Today, I gave a radio interview to BBC Radio Ulster along with a chap from the Guardian, who are a quality UK newspaper, responsible for promoting the Ricky Gervais Podcast.

There is a distinct lack of podcasting from Ireland, we'd all love to hear more. Maybe you'd like to start?

You can find some great podcasts, articles, listeners and forums at

Feel free to browse around, the podcasts are easily accessible on the right of the page as you scroll down.



Podcast User - the site

Bookmark this link for Podcast User - the magazine that is virtually ready to jump off the press.

Just like podcastcon, I'm surprised again at the power of collaberation, well done to everyone involved.

Like I said... watch this space - and the bookmarked one too.