With all apologies to Aaron, the old backdrop of checkers and lighthouses is gone. Behold the new backdrop of a cloth with a paper logo!
But that’s not all. Before this afternoon’s listening, I decided to un-package a rare 2016 limited edition 180 gram reissue of Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger. Lemme tell you folks, it sounds great. But it also looks cool and you can see it fresh out of the package in the live stream below.
Steph Honde is a multi-talented singer and guitarist from France, and this week Deke and I are privileged to welcome him on board the LeBrain Train: 2000 Words or More with Mike Ladano!
Steph has played with artists such as Paul Di’Anno, Vinny Appice, Danko Jones, Greg Godovitz, Jim Crean, Don Airey and many more. With his bands Hollywood Monsters and NoN (Now or Never), plus his many collaborations with Crean, Steph Honde boasts a pretty damn cool discography. He has an album under his own name with the covers CD Covering the Monsters, and just released an acoustic album called Empire of Ashes! Perhaps just as cool, Honde is an avid music collector with a CD library to die for! (Legend has it that his Zappa collection alone can move mountains.) We have a lot to geek out about!
Because Steph is based in France, there won’t be the usual Friday night show. Instead you can catch us bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Saturday morning. Please join Deke, Steph and myself on Saturday October 24 at 8:00 AM E.S.T. / 2:00 PM France time.
We looked at the upcoming AC/DC album Power Up in some detail. We analysed the upcoming Iron Maiden live album Night of the Dead. Thin Lizzy, Tom Petty, Mr. Bungle, and lots more. John, thank you for putting so much time and effort into your research for this show. And thanks to everyone for co-hosting with me. To check out the new releases, start at 0:19:00 of the video.
I did an unboxing from CD Japan at the top of the show. Go to 0:04:30 of the stream to see what I got! All Japanese imports, all with bonus tracks.
At the end of the show we were joined by Saige from Weeping Willow Creations, who designed the new LeBrain Train artwork! I wanted to give her a chance to promote her work. You can click that link to get to her Instagram. I think she did a fantastic job and I’m really happy with the new graphics. Saige joined us at 2:17:15.
The LeBrain Train – 2000 Words or More with Mike Ladano Episode 32
We were supposed to talk about the upcoming big releases in music last week — and then King Edward died. Devastating. We needed to talk about Eddie. But now, we’ll talk some AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Sloan and more! The angle is based on something Deke said (and others have echoed) a few weeks ago: something along the lines of “2020 needs new AC/DC”. And it does. We deserve it.
This week’s panel will include John from 2loud2oldmusic, the expert on all things New Release-wise. He will be joined by AC/DC scholar Kevin / Buried On Mars, who will bring the perspective of the diehard, deep cut kind of fan. I’ll probably just stand by and drink coffee!
For those who show up early, there will be the customary unboxing, this one courtesy of CDJapan!
The new LeBrain Train artwork was made by Weeping Willow Creations. If you don’t like it, blame me, not her! She took the image I had in my head and made it digital. All aboard the LeBrain Train — thank you Weeping Willow Creations!
The Cradle Did Rock! We had a great time talking Eddie Van Halen, memories and music. If you miss Eddie as much as we do, then watch this live stream. We digest the loss of the Edward the Great, share stories and learn new things. Thanks to Aaron/ Mr. Books, Kevin / Buried on Mars, John / 2 loud 2 old music, Eric / Uncle Meat, and Tyler / Dravonous for joining the panel tonight.
I started the stream with some pre-show unboxings, which you can check out if you watch the whole stream from the very start. If you only want to see the Van Halen discussion, then start at 0:20:00.
Thanks again everyone for watching and participating!
The LeBrain Train – 2000 Words or More with Mike Ladano Episode 31
Shitty week, huh? That’s why I’m here — to help you deal with the bad stuff, and leave feeling better at the end. This week we are here to grieve, to mourn, and also to pay tribute to the greatest guitar player who ever lived: Edward Van Halen.
We’re forgoing the list format, and just talking about what Eddie and his music meant to us personally. Expect the usual suspects on the panel, and please post your comments so we can see what you have to say about King Edward. Together we’ll process this horrible loss, and by the end we’ll feel a little better. Van Halen meant a lot to me. They were one of the first bands I ever liked. We’ll talk about that and lots more.
For best results, view on YouTube. Facebook is notoriously stoppy-starty. For those who tune in early (before the official 7:00 PM start), there will be three unboxings to enjoy.
A few technical difficulties with the Facebook feed, but a good show all around. A more personal show this time, if you ever wanted to know how epilepsy can change lives, then you’ll want to check this one out. No more concerts, no more movie theaters — such is the new reality that my wife lives in.
But we did more than just talk about epilepsy, much more in fact. Unboxings, books, and guests — it’s all below.
The live stream feed is much choppier on Facebook so I encourage everyone to watch on Youtube from now on. The Youtube feed was solid. People on Facebook were reporting freezing video, so in an effort to fix that, I stopped the feed and started over. That’s why there are two Youtube videos below.
I started with some cool unboxings — Japanese imports and vinyl. Go to 0:05:10 of the first video to see some metal goodies and rarities.
For the start of the epilepsy show, go to 0:18:25 of the first video. It continues at 0:07:15 of the second video.
Old pal and author Aaron Lebold came on to talk about his own history with epilepsy, and his new book Genocide at 0:41:15 of the second video.
Kevin Simister aka Buried On Mars stopped in at 1:06:35 of the second video to talk about crappy Amazon shipping and to do a CD unboxing.
And finally Rob Daniels came in at 1:20:45 of the second video to hang out, talk music, and his own show Visions in Sound. He has lots of fun planned for October!
The LeBrain Train – 2000 Words or More with Mike Ladano Episode 30
Ever wondered what it’s like living with epilepsy? Well, I can’t answer that for you. What I can tell you is what life is like when you care for somebody who suffers from seizures.
Apologies to the regular viewers as this week’s show is light on music (though music always factors in). Think about how much you love music, and then imagine if you had a medical condition that meant you could never go see another concert again.
This promises to be another intense show, similar to the Nostalgia Stream from back in July. If you liked that episode, don’t miss this one.
As an added bonus I have a parcel from CD Japan that is waiting to be opened. We’ll do that tonight at the top of the show. Hope to see you then!