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Four Idle Hands

By terry charleton
Regular in depth features from various expert contributors including Public Service broadcasting, Twilight Sad, Little Kicks, Capollos, Kraftwerk and more from local contributors
Album reviews
Gig reviews
Music Commentary
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36 - Four Idle Abbatars
What an episode we have for you with not one but two guests. First up we have Alan Stevens aka "The Media Coach" who is on to review the Abba voyage show at the Abba arena in London's Olympic park. Alan was one of the first to experience the Abbatars in concert and we discuss if this is the future of live gigs.  Our second guest is Stuart Charleton who came on to review the new Kendrick Lamar album and all things Fierce Beer, including the new premises and plans for the future.  Also on the menu in this crammed episode is the Platinum Jubilee, a review of Nuart, the return of Aberdeen's The Little Kicks with a new single and video along and live reviews of The Smile, Jeff Beck (with added Johnny Depp) and Kasabian. Enjoy!
01:21:10
June 20, 2022
35 - Gabba Gabba Hey with Monte A
This episodes centerpiece is an interview with Monte A Melnick who was the Tour Manager for The Ramones for over 2200 shows from 1974 to 1996. Its a fascinating chat with Monte about his early days playing in bands with Tommy in NYC, his work as Tour Manager for the Ramones and much more.  He has documented this journey in his Book "On the Road with The Ramones which you can find on Amazon. Also in this episode we have reviews of new albums from Arcade Fire, Fontaines DC and Envy of None plus live Reviews on Simple Mind's, War On Drugs and the Divine Comedy. Plus all the usual news and chat, enjoy and Gabba Gabba Hey
01:27:51
May 11, 2022
Graeme Thomson and Themes For Great Cities
This week we have a fantastic interview with Graeme Thomson about his new history of Simple Minds " Themes For Great Cities". As Ian Rankin has said "This book is a a deep and thrilling dive into some of the greatest musical minds to have come out of Scotland in modern times"  It tracks Simple Minds from their earliest days in the pubs and clubs of Glasgow to having the world at their feet in a little under a decade. Its a real must for all Simple MInds fans. Graeme was a great guest and we also covered his work with Kate Bush and Mark Hollis. We also have the usual chat and reviews, hope you enjoy it.
01:13:36
March 24, 2022
33 - Terribly and Awfully Good
We are back this week with an interview with Pierce Turner. Pierce is an Irish singer songwriter currently based in New York. His new album "Terrible Good" is available now on Storysound records.  Turner’s description of Terrible Good,  is crystal clear. “It is my first real electric guitar album,” he says, adding “it’s an album with a New York edge.” Electric guitars definitely are central to Terrible Good, arising from his collaboration with guitarist/producer Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega). These fellow Irish expats (who met years ago when Leonard mixed sound at a club where Turner often played) are both fans of Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Television, and Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac. While this shared affinity might seep into a song on occasion, Turner shares that “I like to learn from the past, but not imitate it – to take it somewhere else while using every lesson learned.” We had such a great chat with Pierce, a true gent. Also in this weeks episode we cover Russia, the sad death of Mark Lanegan, Six Nations and review of Terrible Good and Leon Bridges new album Texas Moon. Hope you enjoy it.
01:20:20
February 25, 2022
32 - Happy Birthday 2 Us
The Four Idle hands podcast is 2 years old this week, we have had loads of great guests on over the last 2 years and this week is no different. This week we talk to Benjamin Francis Leftwhich about his new album To Carry A Whale about going back on tour after a long break. We also have our usual blether on the weeks news, review of new single from Aberdeen's Katie Mackie and the Greatest Hits compilation from the Divine Comedy, enjoy
44:14
February 11, 2022
The Anderson Tapes
On the eve of the Six Nations this week we talk to Irish rugby legend Willie Anderson about his new book "Crossing the Line" which was covers his both his Rugby career and Personal life. The Irish Times called it a "raw, uncompromising, sometimes brutal and always passionate; a perfect distillation of Anderson the player and Anderson the man". Willie played 27 times for Ireland between 1984 and 1990 before going on to coach at Leinster and Scotland.  We also discuss the evolution of the modern game and have a preview of this weekends opening six nations fixtures. He was a fantastic guest so we hope you enjoy the chat.
01:21:35
February 03, 2022
Drumming Up a Storm with Rick McMurray from Ash
This week we are joined by Rick McMurray , drummer with Northern Ireland band Ash. Rick was a great guest and we covered a wide range of topics from the early days in Downpatrick, playing at the Good Friday agreement gig all the way up to drumming at home in lockdown.  Also on this weeks episode we cover some odd news stories from Ireland, Space X impending collision with the moon, the sad passing of Meatloaf, celebrity spats with Taylor and Damon and a review of the new album from Yard Act, enjoy.
01:07:01
January 27, 2022
Hanging Around with JJ Burnel
The term legend is often over used but this week podcast guest is a true legend in every sense of the word. To talk about the upcoming tour we chat to JJ Burnel of the Stranglers . Formed in 1974 the band have had 24 top 40 hits and 18 top 40 albums. Tracks like Peaches, No More Heroes, Hanging Around and Golden Brown are so instantly recognizable and still get regular airplay. They are on tour to promote there  album Dark Matters which features Dave Greenfield who sadly passed away in May 2020. We hope you enjoy the chat with JJ. We also run through the news of the day and have a review of Kenneth Branagh's new movie Belfast
47:58
January 17, 2022
Omicron Hogmanay
Happy New Year Podsters, Four Idle Hands are back with our first episode of 2022. On this weeks episode we cover a wide range of topics from Current state of the pandemic, Bojo, Phil Lynott with a review of "A song for for while I'm away", selling your publishing rights, top selling albums of 2022,  review of the  the Radiohead Playstation app for KID A AMNESIA and some telly reviews. Enjoy.
42:23
January 06, 2022
The Boys Are Back In Town
After a summer break we are back with the first episode of season 2. This week we discuss the current status of the country , Petrol shortage, The Newcastle takeover by the Saudis, Scotland success, album reviews of Public Service Broadcasting, Whipping Boy and King Gizzard. Live reviews are back with reviews of the Undertones, True North, Nick Cave, Damon Albarn and a heads up on what else is coming gig wise. To end we have a review of the new James Bond and the team discuss our favourite Bonds and Bond movies and of course who could be the next Bond, enjoy.
46:01
October 15, 2021
Episode 26 - Its Coming Hame
This week we have a Euro 2020 special, we discuss the start of the delayed tournament with a focus on the England v Scotland game. To help us with this we have a very special guest. We where lucky to be joined by the host of Absolute Radios Rock n Roll football and the  voice behind Spitting Image,  England uber fan Matt Forde joins us to chat about the crucial group game at Wembley.
58:05
June 16, 2021
25 - Van Idle
Welcome to the 25th Four Idle Hands podcast and this week we celebrate our Silver Jubilee with a return of Guitar Tech Bob Munro who chats about his return to gigging at the Blossoms recent gig at Sefton Park in Liverpool. Also on the menu is Scottish Elections, David Cameron, The Middle East, Man City and reviews of both Van Weezer and Paul Weller's new records. And finally we weed out the bent coppers on the Line of Duty finale and a review of Nomadland, enjoy.
50:60
May 21, 2021
Podcast Superleague
Welcome to episode 24 of the Four Idle Hands podcast. In this weeks episode  we take on the (not so) mighty European Super League, Scotland Unlocking , Tory Sleaze, Riots in NI, the sad passing of Jim Steinman and Les McKeown and we have an interview with Aberdeen band The temple Sons who have just released a new single "Nightmares Coming" which is available to stream all over the place.  And finally we run through the Record Store Day 2021 list and TC reviews the new album from Great Van Fleet "The Battle At Gardens Gate. Enjoy. 
01:29:15
April 25, 2021
23 Prime Time
The center piece of this weeks episode is a lovely conversation with Aberdeen singer/songwriter Katie Mackie. Katie has just released her new single Terricot Town which is available to stream in all the usual places. Also in this episode we have a smidgeon of chat about the Scottish election, 3 point turns in big boats, Uri Geller, Tea consumption, Vaccines (not the band). There is also a wee bit of footie talk, mainly about how the mighty Luxemburg overcame ROI. We have reviews of new albums from Arab Strap, Neil Young, Jane Weaver and The New Pagans. Line of Duty also gets a mention.  Hope you enjoy it.
01:10:24
April 03, 2021
Led Zep - the Hidden Podcast
This special episode tells the untold story of Led Zep rehearsals in Banchory for the reunion gig at the O2. We have an exclusive interview with Hamish from Auchattie who had first hand experience of the goings on, enjoy.  
13:28
April 01, 2021
Episode 22 - The Full Irish
A celebration of St Patrick's day in music, food, bit of Sport. Best listened to with a Guinness (others beers are available). Slainte 
22:26
March 17, 2021
21 Guns
This week we have an interview with Xbox Social Marketing Manager Graeme Boyd about everything from Xbox to Aberdeen FC. Also on the Agenda is the Mars landing, lockdown update, The Tetris movie and review of new albums from The Hold Steady and Mogwai and the new BBC drama Bloodlands. We have an additional host with Marcus MacBeath joining to chat about gaming consoles and the possibility of not seeing The Who ever again.
01:28:27
February 26, 2021
20th Century Boys
The Boys are back with Season 2. This week we tackle the issues of the day from Snowmageddon, Weetabix new marketing campaign, Cats in zoom calls, the Six Nations and the upcoming Mogwai streaming gig. We have an interview with Stina Tweedale from Honeyblood and album reviews from Foo Fighters, Weezer and Sleaford Mods. Its nice to be back, enjoy.
01:33:30
February 12, 2021
Be Idle Four Christmas
This is the Christmas 2020 Four IIdle hands special. On this episode we take a look at the Tiers of joy provided by the new COVID rules around the UK,  Brexit, Footie and Rugby chat and we review the best albums/gigs/films and TV of the year. We also reveal our Hero and Dick of 2020.  Happy Christmas Podcast listeners.
44:34
December 23, 2020
(Not) an 18 certificate
The centerpiece of this episode is a chat with Colin Farquhar who is Head of Cinema Operations at Aberdeen's Belmont cinema.  We talk about getting the Belmont back open and the challenge of running a cinema in these difficult times.  Other stuff on this episode includes Lockdown Tiers/Marcus Rashford, The Six Nations, US Election, Eddie Van Halen and Water on the Moon. We also have reviews of Bruce Springsteen's new album Letter to You and the new Gorillaz record Song Machine : Season One. Enjoy.
01:05:33
November 02, 2020
The Edge Of Seventeen
So this week our  interview is with Guiseppe Mandorlo  who is a System, Engineering and Operations Manager at the European Space Agency. Giuseppe talks to us about the successful Vega Small Spacecraft Mission Service rocket which recently launched which delivered 53 satellites into orbit. Its a fascinating chat about the innovative technology involved. We also talked about his favourite space movies. Also on this weeks episode is more Trump, breaking international law, lockdown chat, the new Xbox, Taco Bell hits Aberdeen, Alan Partridge and a review of a review of the Idles new album. 
01:12:25
September 22, 2020
16 Tons of Four Idle Hands
The Gang has got back together in person for this weeks packed episode. Topics include Lockdown, Leo Messi , Iron Maiden and Fishing, reviews of the Idles at Abbey Road and a round up up Record Store Day drop 1.  The centerpiece is an interview with Aberdeen band Cold Years who have just released there debut album Paradise which is well worth a listen. We talk about being from Aberdeen, recording in Southampton and an upcoming real live gig in Germany. Warning - this episode contains a higher degree of the F word than previous episodes so for those with an nervous disposition.. be prepared. Enjoy
43:14
September 07, 2020
The First XV
In this  episodes news we cover whats fair to say is a wide range of topics from the end of the Aberdeen lockdown, Jim Corr versus Jedward, Trump, Goth Bats, and Van Morrisons pseudo science.  Record Store Day 2020 is this week and we discuss some of the key releases. Biff Clyros streaming gig at Barrowlands gets a review as does their new album. Other album reviews include Fontaines DC, James Dean Bradfield and Rival Consoles. Hope you enjoy it and see you next time.
37:54
August 26, 2020
No Sleep Til Hammerfield (Avenue)
This week we discuss the closing of Q magazine, Kanyes bid for President, Ennio Morricone, UAE in Space, Review of Jarvis Cocker and the (Dixie) Chicks along with a live review of Fontaines DC. Our main feature this week is an interview with Aberdeen based guitar technician Bob Munro. Bob has worked extensively with the likes of Miles Kane, Frank Carter and most recently Blossoms. We talk about how he got into the business, what life on the road is like, his favourite guitarists and what gear to look for if you are starting out on guitar. Bob like most crew is currently waiting for gigs to restart but in the meantime is working doing guitar tune ups/setups for anyone who cares to get in contact. Enjoy.
01:21:52
July 28, 2020
Andy Kershaw - Unfiltered
This week we chat to the broadcasting legend Andy Kershaw. Covering his time as a booker at Leeds Uni to the old Grey Whistle test, working with John Peel and interviewing Bob Dylan. We also have some lockdown chat, a review of Dylans new album with guest Dylan expert Rod and his son Marcus. Enjoy.
01:20:45
July 14, 2020
Twelve Monkeys
This episode we talk to Ian Smith from Glasgow label Last Night from Glasgow on setting up and success of the project. We review Neil Young, Phoebe Bridgers and the Muldoons new albums. Plus the usual chat on lockdown.
58:07
July 06, 2020
Four Idle Hands Goes Up to Eleven
This episode gets cranked up to eleven with an interview with Aberdeen band the Capollos who talk about new single release “Electrify” We have lockdown chat, small screen reviews of echo on the canyon and the BBCs Monaco show and music reviews of Liam G, GoGo Penguin and Green Gartside. And a preview of the Love Record stores event.
59:49
June 18, 2020
The Perfect 10
10th Episode , this week go intercontinental and. feature an interview with Sebastien Schultz drummer with the Twilight Sad from his home in Cincinnati .We discuss the state of the lockdown and have reviews of Jason Isbell and Steve Earle.
01:07:41
June 08, 2020
Nine Lives
This week we have a great chat with Steven Milne of the Little Kicks covering everything from new album, the future of live gigs, jamming with the National and the Class of 92. Sone new album reviews and other chat, enjoy.
01:17:46
May 27, 2020
May the 8th be with you
A bumper episode this week, everything from VE Day to German footie and a interview with Northern Ireland comedian Shane Todd on the lockdown, his podcasts and all sorts. Enjoy
01:14:46
May 12, 2020
The Race For (2 meters’) Space
Lockdown chat, Nuart, album reviews for Gerry Cinamon, Thundercat and BC Camplight plus a great chat with J Willgoose Esq of Public Service Broadcasting
55:17
April 28, 2020
6 Monkeys
This week we talk about the start of the lockdown, streaming gigs etc. We also have a great ticket sub roulette about the Stones which includes a review of when they played the Capitol in 1982. And a great chat with Alan on Thin Lizzy, enjoy and safe safe
55:39
March 29, 2020
Eins Zwei Drei Vier Funf Kraftwerk!
Gig reviews including a chat with Echo Machine, what coming up in Aberdeen and the North East and in depth feature on Kraftwerk. Also a shout out from Twin Atlantic
51:27
March 11, 2020
4 Idle 4 Ever
This week we have a chat about the demolition of the AECC with contributions from listeners on best/worst gigs, some gig and new music reviews, and a great interview with Undertones bass player Mickey Bradley, writer of my perfect cousin. Enjoy and please get in touch.
54:33
March 05, 2020
The Difficult Third One
This week we get a shout out from David Holmes, a fantastic chat about Stiff records, the worlds worst album covers and a whole lot more
43:00
February 23, 2020
Take Twa
Discussion on Simon & Garfunkel, Tame Impala, Granite Noir festival, more bridges and ticket stub roulette
32:40
February 16, 2020
In the beginning
First of the four idle hands podcast. What’s on in Aberdeen and the North east, events, gig reviews etc. Contact fouridlehands@gmail.com
34:23
February 09, 2020