Last night was a bounty of success, except for poor Mr. Jex, who suffered from wi-fi issues all night. Thank you to Jexciter for showing up and playing along! Rob Daniels, John T. Snow, and special surprise guest MarriedAndHeels all joined in last night for a casual chat!
We successfully streamed to Rob’s Facebook, and the 2loud2oldmusic & Jex’s Vinyl World pages! This will help us reach more viewers in the future.
Unfortunately, Tim Durling could not join us, which is a real shame since he was responsible for two of the albums I unboxed, both Japanese imports.
John had some rare Whitesnake and Bon Jovi to show us, Rob had a book and a Helix-related soundtrack, and Jex some Judas Priest and monster movies.
The California Girl known as MarriedAndHeels showed us her new Nike’s that took her on a 12.5 mile run earlier this week!
We had a lively discussion about Richie Sambora/Bon Jovi, Kiss’ Farewell Tour, Star Wars and a myriad of topics!
Thanks for watching, and if you haven’t, then please give it a watch below!
It has been a crazy last couple of weeks. Our last show was way back on February 3 with MarriedAndHeels, a great show by most accounts. I intended to go live the following week and then take a short break, but things got crazy. One family member had a heart attack, one had Covid, and one had cancer surgery. All of them are well into recovery now, but that was a lot to absorb in a short period of time. There were other gut-punches to go along with it, but I think we’re past the worst.
The tentative plan for the next couple weeks is this:
February 24 7:00 PM E.S.T. – the debut of Jex Russell (plus other guests! – Tim? John?) on a casual episode of Grab A Stack of Rock. The Mad Metal Man will be with us again! No topic, just looking at whatever music we have lying around.
March 3 3:00 PM E.S.T. / Noon Pacific – MarriedAndHeels returns for Round 3! (No Mad Metal Man this time.) This popular guest has been like a breath of fresh air for the show and she always brings the heat! We should almost change the name to Grab A Stack of Heels!
See you then?
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While the LeBrain Train is no more, we can still enjoy some past shows. This one was special as it was the very first show on the Streamyard platform, 8/14/2020. At the end we had six guests. I called it “the shape of things to come”, and I was right about that! Things only got bigger and better. Not that this show wasn’t big on its own, as you can read below in my original text.
I am sure I will miss the LeBrain Train eventually, but you just don’t get this kind of interaction anymore, where I could snap my fingers and suddenly we have six people on the screen. A moment in history, not to come again.
History was made Friday night!
For the first time ever, Deke and I have shared the screen with Mr. Books himself, Aaron from the KMA. The subject this week: Top 11 Canadian albums of all time. An absolutely epic discussion unfolded with so many different genres being touched upon. As remarkable as the lists were (five in total), it’s also quite astounding when we talked about all the albums we left out!
Lists submitted by:
Dr. Kathryn Ladano
With Deke coming in from Lake Superior, Aaron from Georgian Bay, and myself on the shore of Lake Huron, we had three massive bodies of water covered. What should we call ourselves? The Great Lakes Consortium?
I can’t help but take a little bit of pride in all this. My very first live stream was March 20, the week lockdown began. Eager to make connections with others in isolation, I hit that “live” button on my Facebook app just to see what would happen. It ended up being a lot of fun and it so happened that others liked it too. A few weeks later, we figured out how to get Uncle Meat to co-host and he came up with the now infamous “Nigel Tufnel Top Ten” format.
But there were limitations, because we had to use a Facebook phone app if I wanted to have a co-host. This reduced the scope of awesome people available to share the screen with me. Finally Kevin directed me to Streamyard which solved numerous problems. After months of trying to figure out how to stream to Facebook (where my audience is) without having to use Facebook, Streamyard worked. For the first time after many months of trying, Aaron has finally co-hosted a show. A milestone! So yeah, I’m proud of myself and proud of the awesome friends who have co-hosted along the way. We made something here that is catching on with people. I owe Meat a huge debt for being the first co-host and coming up with the Nigel Tufnel Top Ten concept.
Look at the first stream below, and look where we are now. We’ve come a long way.
There will never be another Van Halen. No player before or since will have the ingenuity and influence he did. From modifying his own guitars and amps to achieve the perfect “brown sound”, to brutalizing the strings with a drill, he was an innovator. He was the most important of all the guitar innovators. And he sheepishly grinned through the whole thing as if to say, “Who, me? I did that?”
The week Eddie passed, we did a tribute to him on the LeBrain Train. You can watch that tribute below, starting at the 20 minute mark.
As if that wasn’t enough, we followed that with another Van Halen show: VH deep cuts! One thing for sure, Eddie certainly inspired a lot of conversation on the LeBrain Train over the past year. You can watch the deep cuts below, starting again at 20 minutes.
Let’s all take a moment to reflect, and play some Van Halen tonight. Tonight, I’m going to go with “Dirty Movies” from Fair Warning to spotlight the greatest gee-tar picker of all time. What song or album will you play for Eddie tonight?
The weekly LeBrain Train has come to an end after 18 solid months. I’ve done what I wanted to do — keep you entertained and connected during this pandemic. I’ve not missed a week, but my fuel tanks need refilling and now’s the time to take a break. But not to fear — as we announced, there is an alternative.
Darr Erickson said, “What about re-running classic episodes instead of going live?” So that’s what we’re doing! Special and well regarded past episodes will be repeated on Friday nights at the regular time and regular place. The shows aren’t necessarily easy to find so we’ll do the searching for you, and play the best of the best one more time.
Next week tune in for the ZZ Top Deep Cuts episode, which made many lists tonight.
Oh right, the lists! Joined by Harrison the Mad Metal Man, we listed the Nigel Tufnel Top Ten episodes of all time. Lists submitted by:
Special Sausagefest 20 highlights & video from Uncle Meat (0:31:15)
Lego LeBrain Train diorama & Easter Eggs with Harrison (1:01:30)
Not one but two new LeBrain train intros, adding new faces
Watch the video to learn who’s who in this Lego diorama by Harrison!
Discussion in the comments was lively and made me wonder if more people are still home on a Friday night than I assumed. I hope you enjoy next week’s repeat of the ZZ Top episode. With Dusty’s recent passing, it will be interesting in retrospect.
And we’ll be back with Superdekes on September 24 to talk to Storm Force one more time. Our first interview was Storm Force so it’s full circle. Stay tuned for plenty more list and theme shows. The ideas flowed in the comments section so there is no shortage of potential themes!
The LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or More with Mike Ladano
Episode 81 – A Retrospective
When you put as much into something as I have with this show, you eventually need a break. I said I would keep doing this every week so long as Covid is keeping people stuck at home with nothing to do on a Friday night. I think I’ve done that. While not 100% of us are back to situation normal, it’s clear that most of us have had other things to do on the weekends. And that’s awesome.
Given that the landscape has changed, and I’ve been at this for 18 solid months, changes are coming. This show is to honour the past and look to the future.
Tonight, Harrison and I shall discuss our Nigel Tufnel Top Ten LeBrain Train Episodes of all time. We’ll also run down the show’s history from its debut on March 20, 2020 to the present. The fun, the ambition, the setbacks, the wins, the losses, and the memorable. And what is to come! We have something very, very cool planned. You have Darr Erickson to thank.
I’ll be back September 24 with Superdekes to talk to Greg Fraser of Storm Force. And we’ll be back again and again, any time a bunch of us want to talk about music on a Friday night.
As Ozzy would say, “Thank you, goodnight, I love you all.”
Thank you Brent Jensen for appearing on the show a second time! Although the conversation veered wildly from Cinderella to Raven and back again, we orbited around Brent’s mahogany box of cassettes. Maybe you had one like it. But was your stuffed alphabetically from Accept to W.A.S.P.? Take a look inside Brent’s tape collection and listen to the amazing stories that unfold.
The chat with Brent commences at 0:23:00 of the stream.
As my One Year Anniversary Show, we are doing a CD giveaway too. Next week we’ll draw a winner from a hat. See bottom for the trivia question and submission form!
The trivia question was: What is the tagline on Brent’s No Sleep ‘Til Sudbury podcast? Watch the episode for some pretty obvious clues and submit your answer in the form below. Really, really, really obvious clues. Really obvious.
A winner will be drawn next week!
Marco the Contrarian joins Uncle Meat and I for the Blackest of Sabbaths, only on a Friday!
The LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or More with Mike Ladano…and Deke!
Episode 55 – The Return of Brent Jensen
** One Year Anniversary Episode **
Brent Jensen is one of my favourite people. His No Sleep ‘Til Sudbury podcast is essential listening. I’m currently working my way through the book No Sleep’Til Sudbury, a story I really identify with. Though Brent is a couple years ahead of me, I really see myself in his story of discovering hard rock and heavy metal in the early 80s. Seeing bands for the first time, the contrived origins and evolution of Motley Crue, cassettes, video tapes…it is a great read. One that has me stroking my beard in deep thought, as I am forced to consider heavy metal history from a different angle.
Superdekes will be back as your co-host for what we hope will be another excellent free-form conversation about the subject we all love: music that makes our skin vibrate.
In addition: this will be my one year anniversary show! Ontario went into a state of emergency on March 17, 2020. I went live that Friday. And here we are a year later! To celebrate, I’ll be doing a CD giveaway (details at bottom), and showing clips from the very first show a year ago.
Not only that: Brent is celebrating four years and 200 episodes of No Sleep ‘Til Sudbury, the podcast! He just opened a new Patreon membership too, so we will be talking about that and plenty more. This is an episode you don’t want to miss. You want to catch it live!
We will be asking a skill-testing question about Brent Jensen on the show. Submit your answers in the form below. We will be giving away two sealed CDs: The Cars’ debut (remastered), and a signed copy of Jim Crean’s excellent Insatiable. I will be doing a random draw from a hat next week!