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@slowpogo posted:

The TOLM show was fun. I’d actually prefer more commentary & anecdotes about the production etc. for the future album run-throughs, most of these songs were played without much direct comment.

Nice to hear Neil hit the high notes confidently in When You Come. Loved his exchange with Elroy, “I’m the member and you’re the sperm” lol

True. I enjoyed the Richard Thompson story though.

I still remember them saying at time of release that the album title referred to female genitalia...but I don’t know where they made that comment. And I was 15 years old at the time.

@Annie99999 posted:

I wonder if the Elm tree will get a mention ? Elm Avenue in Williamstown very popular the botanic Gardens there for weddings celebrations etc 😊 very excited for the new release single ❤✌ Gosh we're blessed. Feeling it moreso as Melbourne goes into lockdown again.

Ah yes, it’s perfectly timed, Annie 😎 I’m a big fan of the Chinese Elm, too. Ulmus parvifolia a common one in Melbourne streets. Do you know which species are in Williamstown?

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Ah yes, it’s perfectly timed, Annie 😎 I’m a big fan of the Chinese Elm, too. Ulmus parvifolia a common one in Melbourne streets. Do you know which species are in Williamstown?

The Ulmus Procera the English Elm  is found in Williamstown 😊 it was the preferred Elm for planting the Avenues from 1900 onwards. The Dutch Elm was also a preferred Elm.  The Elms were chosen for the yellow leaves. Must take a drive there during Autumn 😊 . The Chinese Elm I believe has a more green foliage. Am I right? 

@Annie99999 posted:

The Ulmus Procera the English Elm  is found in Williamstown 😊 it was the preferred Elm for planting the Avenues from 1900 onwards. The Dutch Elm was also a preferred Elm.  The Elms were chosen for the yellow leaves. Must take a drive there during Autumn 😊 . The Chinese Elm I believe has a more green foliage. Am I right?

Yes I think that's right... The Chinese Elm has smaller and leatherier leaves, if indeed leatherier is a real word 🤔 I'm still learnding.

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18th February 2021
Studio A - Roundhead Studios in Auckland
Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Liam Finn and Elroy Finn
All acoustic .. Nick only on vocals


To The Island
World Where You Live - partial
'capo on three' segue/medley: Fall At Your Feet ~ Distant Sun ~ Pineapple Head
Private Universe ~ Strangeness and Charm (snippet)
Time Immemorial (snippet)
Whatever You Want
Better Be Home Soon
To The Island - (mastered version) - the Crowded House single released today
To The Island (original demo) - cut off

Neil intended playing Don't Dream It's Over once Mitchell Froom was in the studio but ... maybe next broadcast ..

which is only a week away !

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This was such a fun episode. So great to hear everyone (minus Mitchell) there in person. The songs sounded great, everyone seems in good spirits, and Nick still confidently chimes in with comments that don’t quite work (I mean that in an endearing way). Roll on the shows in March, and please, please, consider streaming/releasing one of them.

I agree was a fun packed live instagram show Shame they didn't play Rob Thomas and Santana though I think Liam and Neil would do it perfect justice

I'm very intrigued by the rest of the album.  The titles leave a bit to the old imagination (thumbs up!)

neilfinn.com/journal

'Hi everyone,

Coming up tomorrow [Thursday 25 February 2021 at 11am (NZ time)] is another Fangradio at the usual time, but it’s far from usual. We are currently rehearsing all together, Crowded House in the same room, and might be able to give you a listen at some point. I do have a radio show prepared for Time On Earth, but I may abandon the script.

Whatever the outcome, it’ll be worth tuning in, I reckon. I’m very happy that you are listening!

Love

Neil'

24th February 2021
Roundhead Studios in Auckland
FULL BAND !
CROWDED HOUSE - Album by Album
TIME ON EARTH - all acoustic (piano, guitar) except * full band

Nobody Wants To
Don’t Stop Now *
She Called Up - new arragement !
Say That Again
Whispers and Moans .. and a bit of feedback  *
interludium episode 2 - Pinus Pinea (Nick’s tree review)
Silent House *
English Trees
You Are The One To Make Me Cry
People Are Like Suns
Lost Island
Locked Out *
To The Island (instrumental demo)

Neil had pointed out he had a radio show prepared for Time On Earth, but might abandon the script ... Even a Child, Heaven That I'm Making, A Sigh, Walked Her Way Down, Transit Lounge not part of the playlist, HOWEVER ... marvellous versions of Whispers and Moans, Lost Island !! and a smoooookin' Locked Out wrapping up the live performance.

WOODFACE up next Thursday 4 March 2021 at 11am (NZ time) ... TO THE ISLAND TOUR about to kick off !

Despite not being a huge "Time on Earth" fan this was my favourite Fangradio broadcast I reckon. It had its own feel, more melancholy than the others.

Also the piano playing was incredible.

It’s a very melancholy record over all. The passing of Paul Hester brings a heaviness to it, I feel.

I’ve rarely listened to it since release, partly due to the fact that it reminds me of a person whom I miss dearly, one I will probably not see again.

But I found myself singing along to Silent House, and English Trees, which is a heartbreaker. And of course People Are Like Suns, which is also drenched in loss.

Wonderful to hear Lost Island. Lovely sensitive version.

As someone who started working in horticulture recently, I love having a tree for each album. Confess that I’ve made my own share of Pinus jokes. If anyone's familiar with the Frankston-Baxter Trail, you can see some very impressive Pinuses along there.

Noted that Neil once again mentioned the bad plimsoles he was wearing for Locked Out shoot. 😂 Must have been very traumatic.

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Great versions of great songs, both from the band and pre-recorded from Neil. Very cool reworking of She Called Up.

Hearing him mock the people saying there was too much reverb, combined with last time when he had a go at the reviewer who said negative things about TOLM back in the day… Neil sure has a thin skin sometimes.

I also enjoyed this version of She Called Up.

And I had the same thought about the reverb. It certainly sounded excessive in his spoken intro. But Neil’s response to the criticism was rather reactive I thought.

As for the reviewer, I got a laugh out of Neil’s response, even if it was quite defensive. I think it’s unreasonable to write off TOLM as a self-pitying record, with the inclusion of life-affirming songs like When You Come and Love This Life.

As for the reviewer, I got a laugh out of Neil’s response, even if it was quite defensive. I think it’s unreasonable to write off TOLM as a self-pitying record, with the inclusion of life-affirming songs like When You Come and Love This Life.

For sure - I love TOLM, my second favorite Crowdies album. But if some reviewer wants to say he thinks it’s self pitying… just roll with it, Neil, don’t make a podcast 30 years later to say “**** you.”

Anyway. Fangradio is great and I’m glad we get to hear it.

Somehow I don't think Neil has been harbouring an issue over a TOLM review for 30 years and made a Fangradio show to respond...

I think people are reading things that are not there. The reverb comment was pure humour and banter among the band if you listen.

Neil mentioning a reviewer's out of touch review of TOLM came up in the moment in talking about that album. Any reviewer who sees Love This Life, Sister Madly, Mansion in the Slums, Kill Eye , Into Temptation, In the Lowlands and When You Come as constituting 'self pitying' would stick in my memory too. Reading into Neil mentioning it once in 30 years can't reasonably be read as someone who is "thin skinned' is over reading.

@sinner62 posted:

I think people are reading things that are not there. The reverb comment was pure humour and banter among the band if you listen.

Reading into Neil mentioning it once in 30 years can't reasonably be read as someone who is "thin skinned' is over reading.

Totally agree. I'm sure Neil occasionally winces or takes to heart certain criticisms -- he's only human. But I really doubt he holds them as serious grudges for years and years. He's just being loose and goofy, which in my limited experience with fangradio, seems to be the general vibe of it.

@slowpogo posted:

Totally agree. I'm sure Neil occasionally winces or takes to heart certain criticisms -- he's only human. But I really doubt he holds them as serious grudges for years and years. He's just being loose and goofy, which in my limited experience with fangradio, seems to be the general vibe of it.

It’s a pro-reverb conspiracy, I tell you! Any Dissenters of TOLM shall be struck down with the Reverb of Finn!

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