I just got an email from Mixcloud saying my subscription to Mixcloud Pro has been cancelled (something I never requested). When I looked at my profile it said “Spam profile disabled”. Just so people know, I know about this and am looking into it, but until it’s sorted the account will be down.
With the recent increase in traffic to the podcast, there has been a massive uptick in people leaving comments, to the point where it’s taking time away from making the actual podcast to moderate them — and sadly many of these comments are people getting very angry at things I didn’t say but which they made up in their own heads. So I’m closing the comments here.
People will still be able to comment on the Patreon links to the main episodes (all of which are public posts) or for those of you who use Facebook there’s a discussion group there.
As some of you know, I had a two-week planned holiday after episode 163. As fewer of you know, that was followed by a ten-day flareup of my chronic illness which meant I couldn’t think due to brainfog and couldn’t type due to joint pain. Unfortunately, both these came just as I was working on the biggest episode since 150, a truly massive undertaking that has required more research than any episode I’ve done in about a year, and required me to scrap and completely rewrite one script that simply didn’t work.
I’ve made a few statements on my Patreon about when I expected the episode to be up, and have missed every day I suggested, so I’m not going to say for sure when it’s going to be complete and uploaded, but what I can say is that I just finished recording the 57th section of the episode (Moe Tucker just turned up for the first time) and Tilt has been editing in parallel while I’ve been recording.
The next few after this should be much, much more straightforward — I already know exactly what I’m going to say in the next two and it’s basically just a matter of transcribing them — so we’ll be back on a regular schedule soon. Thanks for your patience.
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
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.
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.