Update on Patreon Bonuses

Recently, the main podcast has been fortnightly, but the 10-20-minute Patreon bonuses have been going up even in skip weeks. So every month or two I’m going to do a quick update on what Patreon backers have received, because I only mention the current bonus episode in the tag of the main episode.

I didn’t do one of these in December because Christmas got in the way, but since the last one at the end of November, Patreon backers have received:
A bonus on Jake Thackray

A bonus on P.P. Arnold

A bonus on Leonard Cohen

A bonus on Canned Heat and the Chipmunks

A bonus on the Watersons

A bonus on Beverley (Martyn)

A bonus on the Buckinghams

And a bonus on Procol Harum

All of these have been longer than the advertised ten minutes — the shortest is twenty minutes and most are around half an hour. I only guarantee ten minutes for the bonuses, but they do often stretch longer at the moment.

They’ve also had a Mixcloud playlist of stuff which I’ve been listening to recently, with liner notes. I’m planning on doing these every month.

The main podcast will always remain free, and without adverts, and I am making more than enough money from the Patreon to keep going, and to keep paying Tilt for his work. If you don’t sign up for the Patreon, you will continue to get a full episode every two weeks (health and occasional holidays permitting) — I’m recording the next one, on the Monkees, tonight. But Patreon support (and only that support) is how I fund this work, so rather than try to sell you meal kits or mattresses in the middle of the episode, I’ll continue posting these lists every couple of months.

To be very clear, I am making a good income from this, my listeners are extremely generous, and nobody should feel pressured into backing me — I don’t want to take a penny from anyone who can’t afford it, and only sign up if you still have money left after paying for your own expenses, donating to any charities you support, helping your friends, and backing more needy artists. But if you do have a dollar a month left over after all that (and many people don’t, and I wouldn’t dream of taking your money if you can’t afford it) I think that list above is probably worth that dollar if you like the podcast.

Episode 161: “Alone Again Or” by Love

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The band Love, in 1967

Episode one hundred and sixty-one of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Alone Again Or”, the career of Love, and the making of Forever Changes. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a twenty-minute bonus episode available, on “Susan” by the Buckinghams

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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Podcast Up Tue/Wed

I said in my announcement of the short break that the next episode would be up on Monday the ninth. I hadn’t reckoned with the joint effects of the flu vaccine and my latest covid booster, which I had this week and which had a much stronger effect on me than normal. I’ve been brainfogged and headachey and unable to work for much of the week, and while I *do* have a script that I could record tonight and get up tomorrow, I’d far rather give myself an extra day or two to check it over to make sure it makes sense, and to record it when I’m not slurring my words like a comedy drunk.

XMAS BONUS: “Christmas Time is Here Again” by the Beatles

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As we’re in the period between Christmas and New Year, the gap between episodes is going to be longer than normal, and the podcast proper is going to be back on January the ninth. So nobody has to wait around for another fortnight for a new episode, I thought I’d upload some old Patreon bonus episodes to fill the gap. Every year around Christmas the bonus episodes I do tend to be on Christmas songs and so this week I’m uploading three of those. These are older episodes, so don’t have the same production values as more recent episodes, and are also shorter than more recent bonuses, but I hope they’re still worth listening to.

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XMAS BONUS: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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As we’re in the period between Christmas and New Year, the gap between episodes is going to be longer than normal, and the podcast proper is going to be back on January the ninth. So nobody has to wait around for another fortnight for a new episode, I thought I’d upload some old Patreon bonus episodes to fill the gap. Every year around Christmas the bonus episodes I do tend to be on Christmas songs and so this week I’m uploading three of those. These are older episodes, so don’t have the same production values as more recent episodes, and are also shorter than more recent bonuses, but I hope they’re still worth listening to.

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XMAS BONUS: Little St. Nick

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As we’re in the period between Christmas and New Year, the gap between episodes is going to be longer than normal, and the podcast proper is going to be back on January the ninth. So nobody has to wait around for another fortnight for a new episode, I thought I’d upload some old Patreon bonus episodes to fill the gap. Every year around Christmas the bonus episodes I do tend to be on Christmas songs and so this week I’m uploading three of those. These are older episodes, so don’t have the same production values as more recent episodes, and are also shorter than more recent bonuses, but I hope they’re still worth listening to.

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Episode 160: “Flowers in the Rain” by the Move

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The Move in late 1967

Episode 160 of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Flowers in the Rain” by the Move, their transition into ELO, and the career of Roy Wood. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a twenty-minute bonus episode available, on “The Chipmunk Song” by Canned Heat.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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ADMIN: Holiday Schedule 2022

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Transcript

This is just to let people know what’s happening with the podcast over the next few weeks, as we head into a season which has holiday celebrations for many people, including me. The podcast has been keeping to a fortnightly schedule for the last few months, but at this time of year I have commitments to visit family and friends for Christmas and New Year, and I’ve learned that when I’m away from home I can’t record and shouldn’t even make the attempt. Also, a lot of people don’t have time to listen to new podcasts over the Christmas period.

So here’s what’s going to happen with the podcast between now and the beginning of the year. I’m recording a full podcast episode today, and that will be going up either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, depending how long it takes to edit, so two weeks after the last episode, and then there will be a gap for Christmas and New Year. I will be doing Patreon bonuses during that time on a weekly basis as normal — they take much less recording time than the main episodes, and I can prerecord them in advance — but the next main episode of the podcast after this week’s will go up on Monday the ninth of January, a little less than three weeks after the last one, rather than the normal two. 

However, to fill in the gap I’m going to put up a few old Patreon bonus episodes over Christmas week. Every year around this time my Patreon bonus episodes tend to be about something seasonal, and so I’ll put up a few of the old ones on the main feed for those of you who haven’t heard them. These are older bonus episodes, some from four years ago, and so not in the same style as my more recent work, and mostly around ten minutes or so in length, but they’ll hopefully be of interest to anyone who is looking for something seasonal to listen to.

Happy holidays to those who celebrate a winter holiday at this time of year, and my sympathies to those who don’t or for whom it’s a difficult time for whatever reason. I’ll see you in a couple of days for the next proper episode.

Episode 159: “Itchycoo Park”, by the Small Faces

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The Small Faces

Episode 159 of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at “Itchycoo Park” by the Small Faces, and their transition from Mod to psychedelia. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.

Patreon backers also have a twenty-five-minute bonus episode available, on “The First Cut is the Deepest” by P.P. Arnold.

Tilt Araiza has assisted invaluably by doing a first-pass edit, and will hopefully be doing so from now on. Check out Tilt’s irregular podcasts at http://www.podnose.com/jaffa-cakes-for-proust and http://sitcomclub.com/

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Monthly Update on Patreon Bonuses

Recently, the main podcast has been fortnightly, but the 10-20-minute Patreon bonuses have been going up even in skip weeks. So every month I’m going to do a quick update on what Patreon backers have received, because I only mention the current bonus episode in the tag of the main episode.

Since the first of November, as well as the main podcast episodes, Patreon backers have received:

A twenty-five minute bonus episode on the Scaffold

A PDF of a little booklet I did with my friend Fraser Geesin, of anecdotes from the podcast with Fraser’s illustrations

A review of a Dylan gig (free for everyone to read, including non-backers)

A twenty-five-minute bonus episode on The Incredible String Band

A twenty-minute bonus episode on The Cowsills

And a twenty-three-minute bonus episode on Moby Grape

The main podcast will *always* remain free, and without adverts, and I am making more than enough money from the Patreon to keep going, and to keep paying Tilt for his work. But there’s been a tiny bit of a downturn in income from it the last month or two, with the general economic situation meaning people don’t have as much free money, so it doesn’t hurt to blow my own trumpet about the extra stuff backers get every now and again.

To be *very* clear, I am making a good income from this, my listeners are extremely generous, and nobody should feel pressured into backing me — I don’t want to take a penny from anyone who can’t afford it, and only sign up if you still have money left *after* paying for your own expenses, donating to any charities you support, helping your friends, and backing more needy artists. But if you do have a dollar a month left over after all that (and many people don’t) I think that list above is probably worth that dollar if you like the podcast.