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Terry found himself revisiting the catalogue of Eric Clapton back in April.  Once he heard that tour dates were getting rescheduled due to illness, it seemed like a good time to share a list of some of the deeper cuts before they could possibly become part of a posthumous tribute to the guitar great.

Before that Terry goes into a mostly fun explanation of why the podcast has been away.  Then the close explores where the next twelve episodes are going to go (hope everyone like a road trip, not literal - of course).  And while it is not intended to be away again for two months, due to some personal affairs, the return of the podcast for Episode 27 is uncertain at this time.

Please follow us on Facebook (The Flickering Waves Podcast) and Twitter (@flickeringwaves) for updates.  The YouTube playlist of the ten Clapton songs is up on YouTube along with playlists related to some of the other episodes of the podcast.  Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and drop us a line at flickeringwaves@gmail.com  Thanks as always for listening.

Direct download: Episode_26_-_Got_To_Get_Better_In_A_Little_While.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 12:01am EDT

This is a mad dash of a week for the podcast.  If all goes to plan, this is the first of three episodes in the days leading up to Record Store Day 2017.  This installment deals with seven records that Terry bought over the years that were infinitely better than the low, low prices paid for them would suggest (not free, just cheap).  Some of these have even become essential recordings in his collection.  Terry reflects on one of his favorite radio stations as well as some of the places where he bought these records.  Sometimes one cheap record can someone a fan for life.  And of course there are tangents, planned and otherwise.

There is a YouTube playlist available that highlights a pick from each of these albums.  However, once there, it should be easy and surprisingly legit to explore the rest of these albums for additional enjoyment.

One can also e-mail the podcast at flickeringwaves@gmail.com And also there is a Facebook group and Twitter feed for the podcast.  And after listening one is wondering, yes I did manage to talk for more than an hour non-stop and I don't get it either.  Episodes 26 & 27 should post by next Saturday.

Direct download: Episode_25_-_Low_Budget.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 3:29am EDT

Much like the album that is the subject of this episode of the podcast, this may prove to be the most personal episode to date.  This despite or perhaps because of efforts to overstate non-essential points and understate the essential ones.  But what is intended as an overview of the 1986 classic album from Peter Gabriel entitled So expands into a look back at Terry's adolescence and touches on topics that are clearly still on his mind and in his heart.  Yes, this episode just might go too deep.

Largely due to the new editing technique being used, the YouTube playlists are not up-to-date but keep an eye on those on the YouTube channel for the podcast.  Want to subscribe?  Thanks for the interest and please do so on iTunes where the podcast can also be rated and commented on.  Want to send an e-mail direct?  The address is flickeringwaves@gmail.com There is also a Facebook group page (The Flickering Waves Podcast) and we're on Twitter as well (@flickeringwaves).  Thanks for downloading and/or listening.

Direct download: Episode_21_-_Dont_Give_Up.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

Taking inspiration from the Jeff Tweedy penned song, Terry explores the wild, wonderful of music both in its physical and digital formats with some discussion on vinyl and multi-channel sound as well as whatever might have crossed his mind while thinking about the above topics.  In other words, if one has found enjoyment in previous episodes of this podcast then one can hopefully found some more here.

Be on the lookout for the YouTube playlist as soon as Terry can find time to actually listen to this episode.  Episode 21 will focus on Peter Gabriel's So and the year of 1986 which would be pivotal in the growth of Terry's appreciation of music.

Direct download: Episode_20_-_I_Cant_Keep_From_Talking.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Revisiting the idea of the "Moonlight Feels Right" installment of the podcast, Terry tries to reflect on the Santana favorite from 1976, "Europa".  However, when the song is from an artist whose works now span six decades, the main topic of discussion is easily stepped around during the episode.  From high school poetry to qualifiers as well as guitar lessons of different kinds covering two generations, this became more of an episode than what was originally intended.

As music has served as a way to make sense of a world that is becoming increasingly less so, the events in Orlando at Pulse and Plaza Live did affect indirectly the recording of the episode.  As awkward as the opening may seem, everyone at Flickering Waves is hoping for the best for the survivors, the friends and family of the victims and the city of Orlando in what was a weekend full of senseless, wholly unjustified violence.

There is quite the YouTube playlist at our YouTube channel; search for "Flickering Waves Europa" and the playlist should come right up.  Please remember though we encourage everyone out there to seek out physical and/or legal downloads of the music and video contained in the playlist (where available).  Please subscribe and rate us on iTunes (five stars reviews are much appreciated).  We also have a Facebook group (The Flickering Waves Podcast) as well as a Twitter (@flickeringwaves).  Listen to the end of the podcast and one can find out the subject of Episode 18 with a tentative release date of July 4th.  Take care, everyone and everywhere.

Direct download: Episode_17_-_Europa_Earths_Cry_Heavens_Smile.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 2:56am EDT

This return of the podcast was inspired by a musical discovery from this past summer.  This discovery led to a lengthy YouTube/internet search and ultimately a chance to finally talk about cover songs.  This intended-as-a-mini-episode but instead became a gluttonous epic of an episode was also inspired by Taylor Swift's & Ryan Adams' versions of 1989.  Contained within is a discussion of six songs that Terry feels would make interesting covers for male artists (and yes Terry is playing rock 'n' roll fantasy here as well).

As She & Him, Bongwater, Tori Amos, Yo La Tengo, Beth Orton & The Breeders are known for covering songs themselves, six more songs are discussed from those artists.  In that second course, a discussion is had of those cover songs and in most cases the artists who originated them.  Tangents are definitely found within but also a brief explanation on the gap between episodes and as well as aspirations for 2016.

As stated many, many times during the episode, we have a YouTube channel (Flickering Waves) that has the songs discussed in this episode and a few additional clips.  If you like what we are up to here, please follow us on Twitter (@flickeringwaves), join our Facebook group (The Flickering Waves Podcast) and subscribe and rate the podcast on iTunes.  We will close out 2015 with what will hopefully become another annual tradition, the Flickering Waves Wish List.

Direct download: Episode_15_-_When_It_All_Comes_Down.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

Since Wilco was the subject of Episode 14 and they decided to drop a surprise album onto the internet only days after Terry's birthday, he thought it was worth revisiting Wilco in this quick, dirty (only in terms of production) episode of the podcast.  In it, Terry gives his initial impressions on the new Wilco album, Star Wars.  Even as Wilco has been quite friendly with the internet over the years, this surprise release of an album seemed quite unreal.  But after two times around with the album, Terry realized that this was quite the proper release and not some belated April Fools' joke.

Facebook, Twitter & YouTube, you bet we have a little corner in all of them.  Feel like making a direct comment or two?   Then feel free to e-mail us at flickeringwaves@gmail.com.  Also reviews and comments can be left on iTunes.  Hopefully, it won't be so long before the next episode.

Direct download: Episode_14_And_A_Half_-_Star_Wars.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 2:40am EDT

As April comes to a close, this episode of the podcast covers a lot of territory.  There is a brief wrap up of Terry's time at the 2015 Florida Film Festival where he watched The Little Death and Alphaville.  The bulk of the discussion is about Wilco's debut album A.M. which celebrated its 20th anniversary back in March.  To provide that discussion with good context, we revisit the end of Uncle Tupelo and talk briefly about the other band that came from the ashes of Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt.  Terry talks about the one record store visit that helped make him the fan of Wilco that he remains to this day.

To wrap up the episode, there is a brief discussion of another album marking its 20th anniversary.  April 1995 brought us Home IX, an all-time favorite of Terry's.  And Terry pays tribute to Vin Scelsa who is about to wrap up his nearly fifty years career in radio.

If one downloads this episode from iTunes, please take time to subscribe and comment on the podcast.  One can also join the Facebook group for the podcast (The Flickering Waves Podcast) and follow us on Twitter (@flickeringwaves).  Also be on the look out for the YouTube playlist for this episode on the Flickering Waves YouTube channel.

Direct download: Episode_14_-_Thats_Not_The_Issue.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

As February 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the release of Mike Watt's first solo album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat, Terry decided not to delay his overview of Mike Watt's solo work any longer.  But to cover the solo work does require an acknowledgement of Minutemen and their classic Double Nickels on the Dime.

The introduction to the work of Mike Watt brings up all four solo albums including the most recent release, Hyphenated-Man.  Many options are offered up throughout the episode on how to find out more about the man with the bass, Mike Watt.  One such option is checking out the YouTube playlist made for this episode of the podcast.  It is a mix of live and studio recordings and features work from Minutemen and his solo work as well as session work that he did with Kelly Clarkson and She & Him.  Nearly all of his music videos are included.  Big Train is the big exception but if one doesn't want to search for themselves then one can check out the Facebook page and Twitter feed for Flickering Waves for the link to that video which led to a lawsuit from Union Pacific.

This episode concludes with a preview of the next two episodes of the podcast which should post this month.  One can find this podcast on flickeringwaves.com or on iTunes.  On iTunes, one can also subscribe to and comment about the podcast.  Thanks to everyone for listening.

Direct download: Episode_12_And_A_Half_-_In_The_Engine_Room.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 2:53am EDT

So now that summer is coming to an end (or over in many people's minds), our host reflects on the 1970's classic song Starbuck's "Moonlight Feels Right".  As this was never intended as a history lesson like many of the other episodes, the AM Gold classic from Starbuck is used as a springboard for a number of other topics.  Topics include but are likely not limited to the marimba (an unique componet to the Starbuck hit), how songs help recall the past, Bill Withers and how this podcast is shaping up for Episode 10 and beyond.

There are three YouTube playlists mentioned in this episode.  If you want direct links to them, please look for us on Facebook (The Flickering Waves Podcast group page) and possibly Twitter (@flickeringwaves).  Episodes of the podcast can be found on flickeringwaves.com as well as iTunes (where episodes can be downloaded, the podcast be commented on and subscribe to).  Thanks for a great summer and look for us back with Episode 10 in the fall.

Direct download: Moonlight_Feels_Right.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 2:59am EDT

With this episode, this may be the closest that Terry gets to answer that dreaded question of many music fans out there, "What's your favorite album?"  The discussion for this episode turns to the 1994 release from Jeff Buckley entitled Grace.  Terry highlights some of the behind-the-scenes stories and talks about a few of his favorite songs off the album in hopes of explaining why this solitary release from Jeff Buckley was such a defining moment in music as a whole and not just another great album from 1994.

If you would like to learn more about Jeff Buckley, please seek out our YouTube playlist for this episode.  The podcast can be found on iTunes (please feel free to subscribe and comment there) and flickeringwaves.com  There is also a Flickering Waves Facebook group page and Twitter account (@flickeringwaves).  Episode 10 will not come out until September but there will be an end-of-summer mini-episode coming out for Labor Day weekend.

Direct download: Episode_9_-_So_Real.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 3:44am EDT

Hurricane Charley will be remembered for many things by the people who experienced its wrath when it made landfall on Friday, August 13th, 2004.  Leave it to Terry to find some personal yet pop culture connection to it as he discusses Ryan Adams' album Love Is Hell also from 2004 (well, not exactly 2004).  That little release date question is just the beginning of a discussion that is part weather report and part album review.

The next episode also has connection to that bummer summer of 2004.  But it came to everyone in 1994 and it is Jeff Buckley's Grace which will celebrate a 20th anniversary later this month.

Episodes of the podcast are available through flickeringwaves.com as well as iTunes where one can also subscribe and comment about the podcast.  There also connections to be made via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube so please check them out.

Direct download: Episode_8_-_Love_Is_Hell.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 8:54am EDT

Switching gears back to a discussion of music brings Terry to a discussion about a series of road trips that led him to see She & Him and M. Ward a combined nine times over the past seven years.  Merge 20 is the heart of the discussion for this half but this discussion also covers road trips/plane trips to Atlanta and Athens.  Aside from the road stories, Terry shares some of his favorite songs from both She & Him and M. Ward.

This discussion of Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward (collectively known as She & Him) will continue on in the second half of Episode 7.  In that part, the attention will turn to the 2013 trip to Nashville for She & Him and M. Ward's tour of Florida earlier this year.  It will also look back at favorite songs and favorite moments from all nine shows.

As usual, the YouTube page for Flickering Waves will highlight some of the music discussed in this episode.  The podcast itself can be downloaded from flickeringwaves.com as well as iTunes where everyone can also subscribe and rate the podcast.  If you want to join the discussion, we can be found on Facebook (The Flickering Waves Podcast) and Twitter (@flickeringwaves) or you can contact us at flickeringwaves@gmail.com.

Direct download: Episode_7_-_This_Is_Not_A_Test.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

In this crossover episode of the podcast, Terry, having received a response from a request made in the days of 78th and Hard Drive, revisits a segement from Episode 6 of 78th and Hard Drive to add proper musical context to the proceedings.  In other words, the wonderful folks at NCM East gave us the OK to use The Jongleurs' song "Plastic Lover" albeit after some time.  So if you like what you hear, check them out at ncmeast.com for their newer recordings and The Jongleurs' music can be found on iTunes and perhaps other digital music providers.

For fans of 78th and Hard Drive, please check out Flickering Waves through the same channels (iTunes, Facebook, Twitter) that led you to 78th and Hard Drive.  For fans of Flickering Waves, we'll be back soon with Episode 6 which will focus on Ray Dennis Steckler's Body Fever.

Direct download: Throwback_Segment_-_Plastic_Lover.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Attempts at being flowery about a rock record are definitely contained within.  This, being posted in the final moments of June 21st, is a reflection on Guided By Voices' 1994 indie classic Bee Thousand which celebrates its 20th anniversary on the aforementioned day.  There are some thoughts on the reunited lineup and some interesting pop culture tidbits but ultimately this is one humble attempt at celebrating twenty years of Bee Thousand.  Be on the lookout for more reflections back to other great albums from 1994 in upcoming episodes.

Episode 5, which should come out in July, will center around Francis Ford Coppola's One From The Heart which features the music of Tom Waits and is currently available on Netflix "Watch Instant".  For more episodes of the podcast, go to flickeringwaves.com or iTunes.  Also look for the YouTube playlist for this and other episodes of the podcast.

Direct download: Episode_4_-_A_Big_Fan_of_the_Pigpen.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 11:47pm EDT

The aftermath of Record Store Day left Terry overwhelmed in the best possible way.  This episode explores the variety of music that came his way over roughly a four-to-six week period.  As the title of the episode would suggest, XTC does play a small part.  However, that Skylarking reissue is discussed as well as compliations from Numero Group, Rough Guide & Light In The Attic.  Then there are the recent releases and reissues from Courtney Barnett, Flaming Lips, The Both, Tori Amos, Liam Finn, Wye Oak, R.E.M. and The Zombies.  In short, if there isn't any music for you then Terry would suggest seeking some out at your "local" record store.  If you don't know of one then recordstoreday.com might be able to help.  Please support your local, independently minded record stores.

For more episodes or to show some support for the podcast, you can subscribe, download and comment on the podcast on iTunes.  Downloads of the podcast are available at flickeringwaves.com.  There is also a Flickering Waves YouTube which has playlists for this and earlier episodes.

Episode 4 will celebrates the 20th anniversary of the release of Guided by Voices' classic Bee Thousand.  And given their two 2014 releases, they too get a brief mention in this episode of the podcast.  A lot of music to talk about but not in a lot of time so don't be surprise if some of this resurfaces in upcoming episodes.

Direct download: Episode_3_-_Senses_Working_Overtime.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Shifting away from TV and over to music, Terry takes aim at a favorite song, The Coctails' Tenement from 1993's Long Sound, the band's third full-length release.  Knowing that most are unfamiliar with this band, Terry goes into a not-so-brief history of the band's first five years which Terry got exposed to by first seeing them at the Covered Dish in Gainesville, FL in 1994.

The Coctails started out in Kansas City but would adopt Chicago as their home.  Their unique blend of garage rock, jazz, exotica and whatever music moved them at the time would invite music lovers like Terry and confound others such as those that he informally introduced their music to over time.

Along the way, the podcast listener can discover why "Dancing With Architecture" was a suggested title for Terry's earlier podcast.  Find us on flickeringwaves.com and on iTunes as well as Facebook and Twitter (@flickeringwaves) and look for episode playlists on YouTube.

Direct download: Episode_2_-_Tenement.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 8:06pm EDT