Know your enemy.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 15TH JUNE'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

2 september 2008 Details: The Metro Theatre, Sydney, Australia Sep 2 2008 Setlist: 1. Of Dust and Nations 2. Firebreather 3. The Messenger 4. All That's Left 5. Silhouette 6. Daedalus 7. Stare at the Sun 8. The Whaler 9. For Miles 10. Cold Cash and Colder Hearts 11.

Full live set from Thrice.

2) Video of the week.

Turn Away is the latest single from Charlotte Carpenter. Stream/Download from this link: https://linktr.ee/ccarpentermusic Directed byAlex Ruhl ------------------ www.facebook.com/ccarpentermusic www.twitter.com/ccarpentermusic www.instagram.com/ccarpentermusic www.charlottecarpentermusic.com

More fire from friend of the studio, Charlotte Carpenter.

3) Quote of the week.

“Know your enemy!”

- Zach de la Rocha.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Know Your Enemy (Featuring Maynard) 1994-06-24 Glastonbury Festival: Glastonbury, England

Maynard James Keenan (Tool), with Rage Against The Machine, perfect! 

5) Gig of the week.

It's Northampton Music Festival this weekend, to be honest, I haven't seen much advertising for it so it's anyone guess as to what's going on. Always worth supporting local acts however, so head into town and you're sure to find something.

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh.

All of which are American dreams.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 8TH JUNE'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

The following is previously unseen rehearsal footage of Prince & The Revolution from the summer of 1984. It was in this very room at Flying Cloud Drive Warehouse in Eden Prairie, Minnesota that Prince created and committed to tape one of his most beloved and iconic compositions, which six years later would become a worldwide hit for Sinead O'Connor.

It would have been Princes 60th birthday yesterday, seems right to share a tint portion of his awesomeness.

2) Video of the week.

An appropriate reaction for such a seminal album, it did remind me to go through RATM's albums though.

3) Quote of the week.

“Take the power back.”

- Zach de la Rocha.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

This is another rare piece of footage. This is a Rik singing 'Evil' in the big top in Nether Wallop at a big charity gig. It is with Jools Holland's Big Band featuring Bill Wyman, Jools on piano and a bizarre appearence from John Otway on guitar.

5) Gig of the week.

Broken Shackle at The Garibaldi, Northampton.

"So many vinyls of jazz afro funk post punk disco delight. Propagating the tropical big beat and bongo manifesto."

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh.

Beers + Bands!

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 1ST JUNE'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

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1) Track of the week.

OutKast - Player's Ball

2) Video of the week.

Motley Crue - Kickstart My Heart

3) Quote of the week.

“Jealousy is love and hate at the same time.”

- Aubrey Drake Graham.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Some crisp metal drumming by Dan Wilding of Carcass. Song: "The Master Butcher's Apron".

How did he not find the baggy with his hand in my shoe?

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 18TH MAY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

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1) Track of the week.

One of my favourite summery albums, it reminds me of the time I did the London to Brighton in my classic mini 15 years ago.

2) Video of the week.

3) Quote of the week.

“a Toyota is a better car than a Bentley. More efficient, more reliable.”

- Seth Godin.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Jamie Lenman - Devolver, Track by Track Commentary

A fascintaing idea, an artist talking about their album as it happens.

5) Gig of the week.

Billy Lockett - Royal & Derngate

Local lad Billy Lockett is back headlining the Derngate. I had Billy on the podcast a couple of years ago (you can listen to that here) and it's great to see the amazing places his music is taking him, but it's no surprise. There are only a handful of tickets available, see you there.

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Dubstep psychopath glitchy man makes Jazz, nice.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 11TH MAY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

The Streets perform ‘Turn The Page’, on Sounds Like Friday Night on BBC One.

One of my favourite tracks by The Streets, reminds me of hazy days at college.

2) Video of the week.

"This is America" by Childish Gambino. Director: Hiro Murai Producer: Doomsday with Ibra Ake and Fam Rothstein of Wolf + Rothstein.

Some people think it's rubbish, some think it's groundbreaking, I think it's art.

3) Quote of the week.

“All art is quite useless.”

- Oscar Wilde.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Borgore - Adventures in Time. Dubstep psychopath glitchy man makes Jazz, nice.

5) Gig of the week.

Lunaxis at The Lab - Friends of the studio Lunaxis perform a FREE gig at The Lab on Friday 11th May, get involved!

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Amateurs and professionals.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 4TH MAY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Jimothy Lacoste - Getting Busy.

2) Video of the week.

A Tribe Called Quest - Live in Brooklyn.

3) Quote of the week.

“An amateur will often stitch up a professional.”

- DB.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

5) Gig of the week.

I am out of the loop this week. What is going on in this town, this weekend?

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

In The Time Of Chimpanzees I Was A Monkey.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 27TH APRIL'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Summer Hip Hop Mix.

Shout to Casio Wax for making this mix and DJ OP1 for sharing.

2) Video of the week.

Beck - Loser.

3) Quote of the week.

"Yes, be original, but no, it's not helpful to be so original that we have no idea what you're doing."

- Seth Godin.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Top 100 Hip-Hop History.

38 hours of Hip-Hop history.

5) Gig of the week.

We've got a powerful doubleheader at the Roadmender this weekend. Saturday sees Sarpa Salps, Century City and Naked Next Door perform and Sunday has Ginger Snaps and Fox Chapel. Powerful line-ups, see you there.

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

From skater to stunt double.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS THURSDAY 13TH APRIL's TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Still one of my favourite songs years after it came out.

2) Video of the week.

From Skater to stunt double, follow your dreams kids.

3) Quote of the week.

"Choose to love the thing that you do."

- Seth Godin.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Kendrick Lamar rapping over classic Dre beats.

5) Gig of the week.

Afro Tropical
 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Shameless self promotion.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 23RD MARCH'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Friend of the studio and previous podcast guest, Billy Locket, brings the fire AGAIN!

2) Video of the week.

*SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION*

The Josh Astrop Podcast is now available on YouTube;

3) Quote of the week.

"All of us are smarter than any of us, so the value to all goes up when you share."

- Seth Godin.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

How to Fall Asleep Fast.

We're all tired, we work long hours, stay up late, get up early and do too much at the weekend meaning we start the week off tired. This article might help.

5) Gig of the week.

Century City at The Garibaldi.

Plue friends Pieces, sure too be a cracker, some of Northampton's finest musicians, see you there.

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Dropping a stick has never sounded so good.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 16TH MARCH'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Local hero Charlotte Carpenter released another killer track this week. I was lucky enough to chat to Charlotte in depth on episode 51 of the podcast, you can catch that - here.

2) Video of the week.

Dropping a stick has never sounded so good.

3) Quote of the week.

"I don't think learning is defined by a building or a certificate. It's defined by a posture, a mindset and actions taken."

- Seth Godin.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

We've changed The Audio Works Podcast to.....

 THE JOSH ASTROP PODCAST

THE JOSH ASTROP PODCAST

I know, amazing name, right? Anyway, it's a similar format but no you can watch it on YouTube too. The first episode of this latest incarnation is out on the 21st March, you can subscribe - here.

5) Gig of the week.

It's national learn to play day on 17th March, get down to PMT Northampton and get involved.

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Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Exceed The Opportunity

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 9TH MARCH'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Sister Nancy aka Muma Nancy - Bam Bam, 1982.

2) Video of the week.

Singing and drumming simultaneously is a topic that isn't often covered in the drum education realm. One person taking care of both the melody and rhythm isn't something that's usually done. Thankfully Josh Dion, one of the best in the business at doing just this, came to Drumeo to share his wisdom on the topic.

3) Quote of the week.

"if you get an opportunity, exceed the opportunity and you’ll get another one, and another one."

- Sean Evans, Hot Ones.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Toto - How We Made Africa.

5) Gig of the week.

Shake-A-Leg

- a mix of disco, funk , and boogie at The wonderful Garibaldi Hotel. Get involved.

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

The end of an era.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 2ND MARCH'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Vex Red - Tarantula / Can't Smile (Cato Sessions January 2017)

2) Video of the week.

Hot Chip perform at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris at Grande Halle De La Villette.

3) Quote of the week.

"And as a professional, the career-making habit is this: once you set a date, never miss a date."

- Seth Godin.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Marc Maron's Garage Studio.

Marc Maron's WTF Podcast is one of the pioneering shows in Podcasting, and he's moving from the studio in his garage (he even interviewed Obama there). This article is a fascinating look into a studio that has produced something listened to by millions all over the world.

5) Gig of the week.

Mr Skank and Little Bitboy.

Both artists have done so much in and for the Northampton music scene. Guaranteed to be an awesome night at The Garibaldi.

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Neither Liberty Nor Safety.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

BINKBEATS - Little Nerves feat. Niels Broos

An awesome amount of power from two guys.

2) Video of the week.

Because Hell Is For Heroes.

3) Quote of the week.

"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

- Ben Franklin.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts.

The mighty Don Letts takes us through this sub-culture, well worth a watch.

5) Gig of the week.

Self-Confidence and Resilience Workshop

Friend of the studio Laura Graham is running a new workshop, who doesn't need a little more self-confidence and resilience? This Sunday at engine.

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Going to the bar while playing lead guitar to a few thousand people.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 16TH FEBRUARY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

The Roots - Dilla Joints (Full Album)

2) Video of the week.

Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage goes to the bar during 'End Of Heartache' for a quick shot of whiskey.

3) Quote of the week.

"The hard part isn't working for free. The hard part is figuring out that this is your chance to do more than you're asked, to resist being unpaid labor for an organization too cheap to pay you properly. Instead, this is a rare moment to leap."

- Seth Godin.

4) Interesting thing of the week.

Guitars out of skateboards, literally.

5) Gig of the week.

The Amazing DJ OP1 at The Pomfret Arms.

And he is amazing, real djing, real talk.

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Full Performance.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

2) Video of the week.

http://KEXP.ORG presents Warpaint performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded September 19, 2016. Songs: Whiteout No Way Out New Song Disco/Very Host: Cheryl Waters Audio Engineer: Kevin Suggs Cameras: Jim Beckmann, Alaia D'Alessandro & Justin Wilmore Editor: Scott Holpainen Thumbnail photo by Sarah O'Connor http://kexp.org http://warpaintwarpaint.com

3) Quote of the week.

“Recycle.” - Katie Rutter.

4) Article of the week.

Some great advice for entrepreneurs (which is what musicians are in my opinion).

And what do people do when they’re acting like entrepreneurs?

1. They make decisions.

2. They invest in activities and assets that aren’t a sure thing.

3. They persuade others to support a mission with a non-guaranteed outcome.

4. This one is the most amorphous, the most difficult to pin down and thus the juiciest: They embrace (instead of run from) the work of doing things that might not work.

As far as I can tell, that’s it. Everything else you can hire.

- Seth Godin.

5) Gig of the week.

SBD presents: RedFaces / The Barratts / Phantom Isle / Citrus

Friend of the studio and kick-ass promoter Phil Moore puts on another powerful show, do not miss out.

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Lying Through Your Teeth.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 2ND FEBRUARY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Another Daryl Palumbo band, another great track. Check out their other music.

2) Video of the week.

Still one of my favourites, and they're touring again soon!

3) Quote of the week.

“You can never live up to your potential if you’re always worried you’re not living up to your potential.” - Neil Strauss

4) Article of the week.

'I go to gigs to hear myself talk, not to listen to the band'

5) Gig of the week.

SBD presents The Wholls, The Keepers, Garden, King Purple (Lab)

Some great local talent and a great touring band, stopping in Northampton!

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

Any less than 10 hours and I feel grumpy.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 26TH JANUARY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

I love Million Dead, a shame they broke up but, we've still got some awesome tunes to mosh to.

2) Video of the week.

A fascinating lesson in drumming, not just for drummers.

3) Quote of the week.

“It's possible to spend 7 hours and 52 minutes out of an eight-hour day in doing nothing but hiding from the mission. And it's exhausting.”

- Seth Godin

4) Article of the week.

'Any less than 10 hours and I feel grumpy'

Musicians tend to be nocturnal and rarely get enough sleep, read this article, get more sleep.

5) Gig of the week.

Future Love plus guests at The Lamplighter.

Not to be missed, some excellent musicians in even more excellenterer bands.

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

As supple as you can be.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 19TH JANUARY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

A great new track. Echoes of James Blake, some great vocals, and nice elctro soiunds.

2) Video of the week.

The great Jamie Lenman's full live set at Lenmania.

3) Quote of the week.

“Good is the enemy of great.”

- David Forster - Producer (Earth, Wind & Fire/Whitney Houston/Alice Cooper)

4) Article of the week.

Two kinds of practice

The first is quite common. Learn to play the notes as written. Move asymptotically toward perfection. Practice your technique and your process to get yourself ever more skilled at doing it (whatever 'it' is) to spec. This is the practice of grand slalom, of arithmetic, of learning your lines or c++.

The other kind of practice is more valuable but far more rare. This is the practice of failure. Of trying on one point of view after another until you find one that works. Of creating original work that doesn't succeed until it does. Of writing, oration and higher-level math in search of an elusive outcome, even a truth, one that might not even be there.

We become original through practice.

We've seduced ourselves into believing that the this sort of breakthrough springs fully formed, as Athena did from Zeus' head. Alas, that's a myth. What always happens (as you can discover by looking at the early work of anyone you admire), is that she practiced her way into it.

- Seth Godin.

5) Gig of the week.

This weeks podcast is with the fascinating Laura Graham, Laura is a writer and has recently begun putting on events, and this weeks gig of the week is one of them. It's wellbeing/positivty/yoga and I already know what you're thinking, but don't be judgemental. If you are already as well as you can be/as positive as you can be/as supple as you can be, then this isn't for you, otherwise, get involved.

Connect with X It's Character Building.

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

The road to hell is lined with good intentions.

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 12TH JANUARY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

2) Video of the week.

3) Quote of the week.

"the road to hell is lined with good intentions" - Anon.

4) Question of the week.

We recently released episode #100 of The Audio Works Podcast. We've spoken to some truly inspirational people but I want to know who you'd like to hear from?

5) Gig of the week.

The Garibaldi Hotel - Relaunch Event.

A great local pub is now under new management, check it out.

 

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh

What's Going On?

AFTERNOON ALL!

HERE IS FRIDAY 5TH JANUARY'S TOP 5 ALL THINGS AWESOME THIS WEEK.

LET'S GO...

1) Track of the week.

Sampha details his debut album, and all the learning and personal trauma that accompanied its creation, in a new The FADER cover story, to be published on The FADER today at 10 a.m. EST. "Plastic 100°C," a beautifully raw song about pressure, is one of that album's highlights.

2) Video of the week.

Hundred Reasons - Silver, Live Acoustic Set. Forest Session at 2000 Trees, 2017.

3) Quote of the week.

"It's character building." - Laura Graham.

4) Another video of the week.

A master of rhythm and melody, Timbaland always knew he had a gift when it came to music. He'd put it to good use in producing a number of groundbreaking works for the likes of Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. But with fame came delusion and addiction, which trumped his extreme talent.

5) Gig of the week.

It's the first weekend in January which is usually quiet. I haven't seen any promo's, what am I missing?

Speak to you next Friday,

Josh