Tuesday, 21 December 2010

[416] WAW+P Radio #7: Talkin' 2010 With Matthew Sheret

From early on, I'd planned to do something a little different with the final WAW+P radio episode of the year. I set out to conduct a couple of interviews at the MCM Expo, hoping to tie them together into a tapestry, sort of like my cosplay mini-podcast from earlier in the year. However, I came away with only two short interviews (with Joe List and Adam Cadwell), and was worried that I wouldn't have much material.

Luckily, it all worked out in the end. WAW+P co-founder Matthew Sheret stepped in to co-host, Anne Holiday sent over some recordings from Thought Bubble (which I turned into a cheeky little intro theme for the show), and the fantastic Kayla Marie Hillier sent in an interview over email. Phew. Even though it has been quite a solo show so far, I really appreciated all of the help.

I have started to like the show's format a lot. When I first started it, I was heavily interested in This American Life and BBC World Service documentaries. However, in the month's since, my interest has become divided between those pre-recorded, heavily structured programmes (often featuring plenty of chapters, field recordings, etc.), and shows that are recorded in more casual, live settings . I'm thinking of All Songs Considered or Pop Culture Happy Hour. Or even Saturday Live, Thinking Allowed or In Our Time, if you're being staunchly British about it. Shows where discussion is much more free-flowing, yet no less authoritative or professional.

This episode ups the banter (and the factual errors, of which there are 2, by my count), but tries to maintain the meaningful discussion, and also brings in pre-recorded audio. I think it works well, and could hint at more ambitious episodes in the future.

Show notes, playlist and details below.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful! So We Are Words + Pictures host Michael Leader thought it best to curl up with a coffee at Wilton's with guest (and WAW+P co-founder) Matthew Sheret, to reminisce about what they both enjoyed in 2010. Expect gratuitous comics-based chatter and some of the year's best tunes. And what good is Christmas without friends? In this special episode, we also hear from comics artists Adam Cadwell, Kayla Marie Hillier and Joe List, recounting their favourite tracks, flicks and comics from the last twelve months.




Level 7 - Nigel Godrich
Groove Me - Maximum Balloon
Not in Love - Crystal Castles (feat. Robert Smith)
Tightrope - Janelle Monae (feat. Big Boi)
Silver Jenny Dollar - The New Pornographers
Hang With Me - Robyn
Revival - Deerhunter
Love Fade - Tamaryn
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) - My Chemical Romance
Mind Games - Devo
Threshold - Sex Bob-Omb

You can download the episode here, or listen in the embedded Mixcloud player.

I like to think WAW+P radio is getting somewhere, tone-wise. I have a large list of primed guests for the new year. Let's see what happens. Thanks, as always, for listening, and special thanks to Matt, Adam, Kayla, Joe and Anne for their help with this episode. And the gang at London Fields Radio, of course, without whom...

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