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Best Lonnie Pena podcasts we could find (updated February 2020)
Best Lonnie Pena podcasts we could find
Updated February 2020
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Over a decade ago, Liverpool Hope University became home to the first post-graduate degree in Beatles studies ("The Beatles, Popular Music and Society"). This week and next we visit with Texas native and graduate of the program Allison Bumsted on her current challenges while pursuing a Doctorate and what it is like to apply the academic rigor of Hi…
 
Kit O'Toole rejoins the show for part Two of our look at the Grandude himself, Sir Paul McCartney and his changing views on life, love, the future and his "ever present past." We consider Paul's revelations on "New" and "Egypt Station", and look at how both the man and the media have responded to the inevitable passage of time.…
 
First of two weeks with Queen of All Beatles Media, Dr. Kit O'Toole. The "Talk More Talk" maven joins the show this week and next as we discuss Paul's "Ever Present Future." In recent years, he seems to have allowed himself to accept his place among the elder statesmen of Rock and Roll. Despite the inevitable passage of time (over a decade beyond "…
 
Tom Hunyady (Talk More Talk, 2 Legs) joins as this week's guest host! We talk about Paul McCartney's run-ins with the law over ganja (and its friends). Paul and Linda ran into trouble in Japan, the United States, Sweden, Barbados and back home as well. Thankfully, none of those experiences hurt his creativity (or his reputation), and Paul has long …
 
Part two of the Rutles commentary track. Load up the video on YouTube, slide over to 33:40 and join us as we travel through the world of Dirk, Nasty, Stig and Barry from the infamous "Bigger than Rod" controversy through the "Let It Rot" film, book, album and lawsuit. We then close by considering the spinoffs (including Eric Idle's ill-advised sequ…
 
Antony Rotunno returns this week and next as we dig into "The Rutles" (album, book, film, play and lawsuit) in tribute to Neil Innes. We start by discussing Rutland Weekend television, the actual musicians behind the "pre-Fab Four", and how Eric Idle came to put the pieces together in a project that has become beloved by the Beatles and Python comm…
 
Happy New Year everybody! Dan Miles of the Friends of Dan Music Podcast (https://www.friendsofdanmusicpodcast.com/) co-hosts the show this week as we take a look at the Beatles and comedy. John Lennon was not the only Beatle with a sense of humor, and we consider each of their individual comic stylings, and how a sense of humor helped advance their…
 
Apple (and Apple) have released a higher resolution version of the Beatles Washington Coliseum show on iTunes at a very nice price! Lonnie and I talk about that concert and the rest of February 1964 for the band. A Fab time for sure, but a very busy one as the band traveled from Paris to London to New York City, Washington DC, Miami and finally bac…
 
2019 was a busy year for the former Beatles. "Above Us Only Sky" premiered on Netflix in the United States (following a late 2018 UK premiere). Ringo Starr toured across Japan and North America celebrating thirty years of the All-Starr Band. He then followed that up with a new studio album, possibly his final full length album. Paul McCartney relea…
 
The second transatlantic episode of "When They Was Fab". Guest Martin Quibell joins me as we discuss Victorian Music Hall, Pantomime, George Formby and various pre-1950's combinations of music, comedy and stage craft. George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney each have expressed their appreciation for the form. Indeed, "Free as a Bird" closes…
 
We roll back the clock to an era when CDs were new and magical technology, and the news was the Fab Four in a fantastic new digital format. "Perfect Sound Forever" they promised. No guarantees, and despite the promises of "never having to rebuy the catalogue" many of us have continued to do so ... many times over. Still, it was quite an era, and we…
 
The Thanksgiving Weekend has just passed in the United States, but we are extending it just a little bit longer. The "Queen of all Beatles Media" Dr. Kit O'Toole (Talk More Talk, Songs We Were Singing, Michael Jackson: FAQ) drops in to extend her reign. We celebrate the holiday by reviewing both sides of Paul McCartney's new "Record Store Day" sing…
 
Mark Lewisohn is finishing up his "Hornsey Road" tour, where he engaged audiences across the English countryside with stories behind the making of Abbey Road. Despite the fact a United States run is not currently in the cards, a number of items taken from Lewisohn's research (which will eventually appear in Volume 3) have made a splash in the media…
 
"The Compleat Beatles" began life as a promotional film intended as promotion for a two-volume set of Beatles sheet music. That project eventually became a success in the early home video market (VHS, Beta and Laserdisc), earning a theatrical release in 1984. Antony Rotunno, host of the "Glass Onion: On John Lennon" podcast joins us again, as we pi…
 
Antony Rotunno of the Glass Onion: On John Lennon podcast joins us as we go through the book on "The Abbey Road", and start our review of the classic Delilah films documentary "The Compleat Beatles." Does the film hold up given the onslaught of official, high dollar, better restored, and indeed more complete projects such as "The Beatles Anthology"…
 
Ringo Starr's new release is his twentieth studio album. He is joined by Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney, Dave Edmunds, Steve Lukather and many friends, family and collaborators both old and new. Recorded at Roccabella West (aka: Ringo's home studio),, this collection of ten songs includes new material and covers from the past ("Money" and "Grow Old With…
 
This week: Disc three from the Abbey Road box set. "Come Together", "Come and Get It" and more about the medley (aka "The Long One") and its individual components than you can shake a stick at. Consider the issue of "Mean Mister Mustard". The article was from "the summer of Love" in 1967, but John wrote the song in India. How did that end up happen…
 
Lonnie is back, and we continue our look at the Abbey Road Deluxe Anniversary Edition. This week, disc two. Goodbye, The Ballad of John and Yoko, demos, outtakes and works in progress. A few things that we have heard before, but many more tracks that have never found their way to bootlegs!By Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena
 
This week - home audio reproduction and The Beatles. Over the years, The Beatles have given us their music in many different styles. Without going into the multitudes of physical media we can count: mono, stereo, PCM Stereo, DTS, surround, 5.1, 7.1 and now Dolby Atmos. What does all this mean? I take the time out to explain (to the best of my knowl…
 
The Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition was released on September 26, 1969. This week, we start our review of the box with Disc 1 - the remixed album. Just how different is this mix from the original? Is it vastly different like "The White Album" or a bit more conservative like "Pepper"? We discuss and play snippets from the remix and an ori…
 
Ringer Star (Mike C.) joins us again as we continue our discussion of what it's like to be the world's greatest Ringo Starr Tribute artist. This week - some of the people he's had a chance to play with (Mark Hudson, Joey Molland, members of Wings, Stan Perkins) and the places his travels have taken him (the Dingle to a session in Abbey Road).…
 
The first of two weeks with Mike C., better known as "Ringer Star: The World's Greatest Ringo Starr Tribute Artist." Ringer was recently in Houston for a private party including friends of the show Joe Baiardi and the Fab Five. We caught up with him and arranged for him to be on the podcast. We talk about his background, playing the drums, portrayi…
 
Week two of our look at the McGear box set from Cherry Red Records. Mike takes us through his memory of his promotional video for "Leave It", and more while sitting in LIPA (formerly the art school and the Liverpool Institute) and the Everyman Theater in Liverpool. We then discuss the outtakes and other tracks from Mike with and without "our kid". …
 
In 1974, just after Band on the Run was released, Paul and his brother Michael went into the studio to write and record an album that would rank among the more interesting Wings projects. This was not merely a novelty like "Thrillington", or an oddball piece like the later "Twin Freaks". The brothers combined strengths with the core of Wings (Linda…
 
George Harrison's 2002 release "Brainwashed" took several years to come to fruition. George recorded lead vocals and guitar for every track while also outlining musical choices and production details in endless pages of text to both Dhani and Jeff Lynne. Everything eventually came together and the album was released shortly after "The Concert For G…
 
We get a little self-referential this week. This is the 200th release from this podcast (combining "Beatling About" and "When They Was Fab"). After a quick update on the Abbey Road box coming in September, Lonnie and I dive back to the past and talk about significant and favorite episodes, guests and the folks that have helped us along the way.…
 
Part two of our look at the "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" film. What happens to Pam, Grace, Rosie and Janice? Will Tony find a way to stop the spread of Beatlemania? If you haven't ever seen it, look for the Criterion Collection Blu-Ray. Tune in and learn how Beaver Cleaver ties in to the recreation of February 9, 1964. Can you identify which clips are …
 
In March of 2019, The Criterion added "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" to their list of important classic and contemporary cinema (joining "A Hard Day's Night"), and released a Blu-Ray in the United States. The film (which had only previously been available on DVD in this country) and its commentary track are joined by new interviews with Gale, Zemeckis, S…
 
Part two of our visit with Ken Michaels (Talk More Talk, Things We Said Today, kenmichaelsradio.com) returns for part two of our look at collaborations between two or more of John, Paul, George and Ringo outside the context of their combo from 1968 to the present. Live shows, studio recordings and more!…
 
Ken Michaels (Things We Said Today, Talk More Talk, kenmichaelsradio.com) joins us in our own podcast collaboration. Ringo's appearance with Paul in Los Angeles was only one of many times where two or more Beatles got together on stage or in the recording studio. Part one of two where we each discuss some of our favorites, and provide two separate …
 
Contest winner and FOURTH generation Beatles Fan Marciela Villegas joins the show this week to discuss her first Paul McCartney show, where a septugenarian finds so much energy and how one discovers and experiences the Beatles as a late- or even post-millenial individual. Fun for all the family, and (for purely tangential reasons) a pretty nifty Sp…
 
"Que Pasa New York!" Once the band broke up, the four men who were once Beatles scattered to the winds. Despite this fact, each of the four would choose women with strong ties to the United States, purchase homes there and get their kicks on Route 66 and other highways and byways. Two of the Fabs would even decide to make their primary residence in…
 
We stretch the party in the USA out for an extra week! Today, part one of our look at Beatle visits to the USA during the Sixties. George is perhaps the only one who was able to visit as an average person when he visited his sister in Illinois, and went through New York City six months or so before their Ed Sullivan show appearance. Beyond the expe…
 
If you start this show at exactly 11:50 AM your time, the countdown and message will go off right at noon! Welcome to our annual show celebrating "What's So Funny 'Bout" Peace, Love and Ringo Starr's Birthday! We will soon be back with our regularly scheduled episode too...By Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena
 
Mild Spoilers ahead! The film "Yesterday" opened in the United States on June 28, 2019. Boy Meets Girl. World Loses Beatles. Boy Loses Girl. Boy Gets Girl back. Richard Curtis (Love Actually), and Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) have teamed up on a romance comedy that is Beatles adjacent. We review the film, discuss its predecessor…
 
Part two of our look at pop phenomena post-Beatlemania. In 1966, some teens did not hesitate to let Dick Clark and American Bandstand know that the moustaches and new look of The Beatles "ruin their image." The girls looking to scream soon found a new pop quartet, and the wheel has continued to turn for over fifty years. Kit O'Toole joins us for a …
 
Kit O'Toole, aka the Queen of all Beatles Media (thanks Howard Stern!) joins us this week and next as we discuss Beatlemania (not the Broadway play), its predecessors and antecedents. In other words, what do Franz Liszt, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Bay City Rollers and BTS have in common? They have all been involved in the music industry, but e…
 
Paul McCartney has been a recording artist for six decades! "My Bonnie" alone would put the sixties at the top of the list! There might be a bit more debate, but Wings and seventies would place second for the majority. What about the rest? When was Paul at his best in the last forty years? After the dissolution of Wings? Flowers in the Dirt through…
 
Paul Mccartney returns to the United States with the Freshen Up tour, and provides a keepsake in the form of new songs, a suitcase and a second disc expanding Egypt Station. Such releases are nothing new for Mccartney. In previous years we have seen 2-disc or extended editions of "New", "Memory Almost Full", "Off the Ground", "Flowers in the Dirt" …
 
Paul McCartney's current band is his longest-lasting, but he has had a number of players at his side through the years. This week, we look at that crew and make some picks (live, studio and "Hall of Fame") a la the NBA or MLB annual all star squads. Who would you put next to Paul and Linda? Who is your choice for lead guitarist, drummer and "sideme…
 
The year 1976 presented a lot of changes to the former Beatles. For Ringo Starr, that meant a new record label (Atlantic in the US, Polydor otherwise), a new home (Los Angeles and Monte Carlo), a new producer (Arif Mardin), a new girlfriend (Nancy Lee Andrews) and a record that bid a fond farewell to the past (both in terms of the Apple door, and t…
 
Actor and musician Darin P. Murphy (Skyrocket!, Bottlerocket, Cotton Mather, My Ranger) is back for the second part of our look at John Lennon's rhythm guitar playing, particularly his use of the acoustic Jumbo Gibson J-160e. John would use a number of different acoustics throughout his career (notably the Martin D-28 and the Ovation) but Lennon ha…
 
When one does a search on John Lennon and his J-160e Gibson guitar, the first several pages of results are all about the "discovery" and subsequent sale of the instrument in 2016. However, the instrument was worth over $2 million dollars because of the songs John wrote using that guitar, and the records it can be heard on. Darin P. Murphy concludes…
 
Part two of our look at the Fab Four as actors after the Beatles years. Ringo's career took him to many places in the 70's. By the end of that decade his acting career was still somewhat on the rise, although his recording career was stagnating. Ringo took that route to feature films, network television specials, commercials (both domestic and fore…
 
This week we dive into the television and movie acting work of The Beatles during the sixties. Two features, a cameo in "Yellow Submarine", "Magical Mystery Tour" and a handful of TV appearances. ("Let It Be" and "How I Won the War" are also covered). Next week, the acting of John, Paul, George and Ringo after 1970! Actor/musician Darin Murphy ("My…
 
Following response to our previous Harry Nilsson discussion, we do a deeper dive on the relationship between the individual Beatles and Nilsson, centering on the sessions from spring and summer 1974 that eventually became the "Pussy Cats" album. Austin-based musician Darin Murphy (Skyrocket, Cotton Mather) joins in on the fun.…
 
Part two of the WTWF review of "Above Us Only Sky". This week, John and Yoko finish the Imagine album and film, make friends with Tariq Ali and the Red Dwarf crowd, protest and then move to New York City. Tittenhurst and Ascot are left behind (and sold to a mate), and Julian ponders on his past. A cameo from Lonnie and Susan Cooke Pena, in anticipa…
 
The WTWF review of "Above Us Only Sky" begins this week. LennoNYC director and writer Michael Epstein was given the keys to the "Imagine" footage, and he managed to stitch together both a worthwhile documentary, and something new and interesting.By Ed Chen and Lonnie Pena
 
Professional artist, Realtor, and former wife of Lonnie - Susan Cooke Pena joins us this week. We manage to find time among the Beatles related familial gossip to discuss her portraiture of the Beatles, the fab family (and others)! This is followed by her thoughts on how art school training colors her views on the artwork of John Lennon and Stuart …
 
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