Saturday, February 18, 2006

Randy's Vinyl Tap keeps me listening to radio

I'm sitting here tonight catching up on all my RSS feeds. I subscribe to a lot of blogs (as you can see down in the right-hand column) and sometimes I fall way behind in reading the latest posts. When I was away in Victoria, I didn't have regular access to the web, so I didn't read much at all for over a week. So tonight, since I've nothing else going on right now, I've been spending some "quality time" with my computer.

Often while I do that, I listen to podcasts. But this is Saturday night, so I've got the radio turned to CBC Radio One and I'm listening to "Randy's Vinyl Tap," which is arguably the best music show in the land. While I've pretty much given up on regular radio, there are still some great shows on CBC and since they're not yet releasing them as podcasts (although they're thinking about it) Randy's Vinyl Tap is one I always try to listen to.

Host Randy Bachman, of course, was one of the founders of The Guess Who, one of the most famous Canadian bands of all time, and certainly the most famous to ever come out of Winnipeg. His show features his incredible stories about the popular music scene over the last 40 years, which he fills the show with. And he plays his personal favourites throughout, all with his unique personal touch.

Tonight, he's featuring instrumentals only. "No voices at all," he says, except his own to introduce the songs. It's been a great show so far, and there's still another hour to come.

If you haven't checked out the show on CBC Radio One (alas, it's not available as a podcast yet) try to carve some time out of your Saturday nights and listen. I guarantee you'll have a good time.

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Eric_E said...

Right on, Dave.

Paul said...

I'll have to listen to the show. I love listening to musicians talk about music.

Speaking of musicians, I have a book recommendation. Neil Peart, the drummer from Rush, has written three books. I just finished reading his most recent, Traveling Music. It's like his autobiography through music. He calls it "the soundtrack of my life." It's a great read!

Dave said...

I've heard good things about that book. I read one of his previous books, called Ghost Rider - Journeys on the Healing Road. It's about a motorcycle trip he took across Canada and the US following the deaths of his daughter and his wife. It's a compelling story and inspirational, despite the tragic beginning.

Paul said...

I've read that one as well and plan to read his first book soon. I also received as a gift, his new DVD called Anatomy of a Drum Solo. Clips of his drum solos and the why/how's of creating them. Plus, close to an hour footage of him just playing -- he calls it exploration -- which is mesmerizing. He's cool because he's not trying to be!

Anonymous said...

Does anybody have a podcast/recording of some sort of last Saturday's show? -- Nov 4, 2006? If so, please let me know @

Thanks in advance