New album: "Out Of Silence"... Is he bringing us along for the ride?

I'm loving this week's webcast. Guitars (lots of them!), full drum kit, great band, Split Enz songs, Ska/Reggae, rap (bit too much, but A for effort), and Neil's rocking (despite the orange jacket). I've found myself grinning like a mad woman so many times.

And here's today's play list. Guest spots by Swidt and Jimmy Barnes (through Skype). Debut performances of two songs from 'Out of Silence' and another as yet unreleased song (not to be on the new album).

1 Last one standing

2 What's the matter with you

3 Hole in the ice

4 Rest of the day off

5 Weather with you (with SWIDT)

6 Player of the day (SWIDT performance)

7 Loose tongue (with SWIDT)

8 You still got it (unreleased song; sung by James Milne and EJ Barnes)

9 Serious in love 

10 Mind over Matter

11 Shark Attack (with Jimmy Barnes through Skype)

12 I got you

13 Chameleon days (with SWIDT)

The band: Neil Finn (singing and guitar), Elroy Finn (drums), Finn Scholes (keyboards and trumpet), Delaney Davidson (guitar and lap steel), James Milne (bass and singing) with back-up singers EJ Barnes, Hollie Fullbrook, Amelia, Sandy, Harper Finn and Jimmy Metherell (also guitar). 

I quite liked You still got it �� loved the old Split Enz songs tweaked Shark Attack was good considering the delay but I'll  have to watch again for the rest. Rap isn't my thing but weather with you I was sold on. Gosh Neil is such a generous soul for allowing Swidit the floor  #Itakemyhatof

Guy. posted:

And here's today's play list. Guest spots by Swidt and Jimmy Barnes (through Skype). Debut performances of two songs from 'Out of Silence' and another as yet unreleased song (not to be on the new album).

1 Last one standing

2 What's the matter with you

3 Hole in the ice

4 Rest of the day off

5 Weather with you (with SWIDT)

6 Player of the day (SWIDT performance)

7 Loose tongue (with SWIDT)

8 You still got it (unreleased song; sung by James Milne and EJ Barnes)

9 Serious in love 

10 Mind over Matter

11 Shark Attack (with Jimmy Barnes through Skype)

12 I got you

13 Chameleon days (with SWIDT)

The band: Neil Finn (singing and guitar), Elroy Finn (drums), Finn Scholes (keyboards and trumpet), Delaney Davidson (guitar and lap steel), James Milne (bass and singing) with back-up singers EJ Barnes, Hollie Fullbrook, Amelia, Sandy, Harper Finn and Jimmy Metherell (also guitar). 

Haven't got to watch yet, but already excited! So "You Still Got It" is a Neil song, sung by Lawrence Arabia and EJ? Cool! And Harper is back, wish they would bring Elliot in. Girl had some pipes on the family Christmas show. And still no Sharon? Curious.

Okay, I've watched, and enjoyed this session. Glad to see that it at least appears that some songs on the new album will be more band-oriented than strings. I think the variety will be welcome, at least to me. 

I also don't care for rap, but do like Neil having other artists on these "shows". Just kind of hope the final version of Chameleon Days doesn't include the rap. Nothing against the guys, Neil seems really fond of them, just doesn't appeal to me personally.

While not one of his best, I kind of liked You Still Got It and would love to see it turn up on the next Pajama Club disc sung with Sharon, if that ever happens. Could be that disc's answer to Tell Me What You Want.

I have also enjoyed the takes on non-Silence songs. It would be great if the best of them could be gathered onto a bonus disc version of the album, kind of like was done with the Upstairs disc for Intriguer.

Great idea Steve. I thought the version of Last One Standing was exceptional.

I had to dip in and out of this one, and I'll go pack and enjoy it in full. I was pleasantly surprised to hear some One Nil/All songs. Not 100% sold on the rap version of Weather, but I'm happy to hear a fresh take on it. I'm never a fan of rap crossovers tbh. 

Really enjoyed the performance of You Still Got It.

 

Also not a fan of rap but I appreciated the enthusiasm and it was obvious a good time was had by all. I thought the songs off Try Whistling This and One Nil were particularly rocking! It was great that he played some lesser-played songs. Loose Tongue and Hole in the Ice sounded amazing.

I have my preferences when it comes to rap and hip-hop, I do like some, mostly old school but I just find the marriage of rap/hip-hop with pop/rock/country one of  cliche these days.  It always feels like an afterthought where the two styles sleep in separate beds.  Blending the two must be hard.

I really liked Chameleon Days and hope we hear it without Swidt (although I enjoyed their energy and effort.)

Steve Shealy posted:

 

While not one of his best, I kind of liked You Still Got It and would love to see it turn up on the next Pajama Club disc sung with Sharon, if that ever happens. Could be that disc's answer to Tell Me What You Want.

 

I can hear that!  My initial thought was Still Got It  has an old-timey vibe and I can hear a young couple like Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Zoey Deschanel duetting the song.  I wonder if James and EJ might actually get the song. (Does Neil give away songs  to other artists?) 

Couldn't watch this Friday live as I was on a plane.

Just watched it now and really enjoyed it.

Rap was good on WWY and LT but should just leave it there.

last One Standing was a highlight but I do really love that song.

looking forward to next week!!

c.houser posted:

So will tomorrow be a marathon session?  How many songs remain to be recorded?

Neil said in today's BBC interview they have 3.5 hours, because that's how long they have the orchestra.

He also said on Twitter, they are still recording all 11 songs tomorrow, including the songs released as singles, just in case they can do even better. Then they will choose which versions to include on the finished album.

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