Jeffrey

Jeffrey is a podcast and website (jeffreymusic.rocks) for music explorers. John & Gords talk through the stories of top bands & rank their albums. The resultant Jeffrey Podcast Playlists are on Spotify and Deezer - also to be found on Twitter and Instagram as @JeffreyPodcast

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Episodes

7 days ago

The last in our boring series of Top 10s, and we complete our look at Season 2 alumni by revisiting the Canadian trio Rush! The (very long) original podcast, 8 months in the making, was both a trip down memory lane and a voyage of discovery, and proved to be an absolute delight for the Jeffrey Music fellas ... so enjoy (sort of) listening to them waffle on about their favourite tracks!
Here's the link to the post on the JeffreyMusic website, and here to the playlists on Spotify and Deezer.
 
 

Monday May 06, 2024

We're nearly through with this ill-advised idea to do Top 10s, but seeing as we've got this far, let's get to the end - this one is about the brilliant Belgian band Balthazar, a real gem we uncovered since doing this podcast, and we're quite pleased with ourselves for having done so! It's one thing to claim to be musical explorers, not stuck in the past with just playing the same old stuff from long ago, it's quite another to actually do it - at Jeffrey Music we damn well walk the talk.
Anyway, enough about how ace we are, here's the link to website version of this, over on JeffreyMusic.Rocks and the playlists on Spotify and Deezer.
 
 

Jeffrey’s Top 10: Otis Redding

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Wednesday May 01, 2024

Our top ten tracks from soul legend Otis Redding.
Here’s a link to the original Otis Redding episode in which we talk through his career and rank the albums - we think this is one of our best episodes because it's all so new to us.
Here's a link to this episode's page on our website, although there's not much on it that isn't on here, so no point in clicking, it's just to get another link out into the world.
Here are the playlists of our combined top 10s on Spotify and Deezer.

Sunday Apr 14, 2024

Top music journalists and hangers-on, John and Gordon, talk us through their top ten tracks of American punk poet Patti Smith. You can read more about it here on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website and for those wanting to delve deeper, here's a link to the original Patti Smith episode in which we talk through their career and rank the albums, and here for the Jeffrey Goes to Patti Smith (gig review) podcast and webpage.
Here are the playlists of our combined top 10s on Spotify and Deezer.

Friday Mar 29, 2024

The Jeffrey Music gang talk through their top ten tracks of New York folk-rock harmony duo Simon and Garfunkel - more info here on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website and for those wanting to delve deeper, here's a link to the original Simon and Garfunkel episode in which they talk through their career and rank the albums.
Here are the playlists of our combined top tens on Spotify and Deezer.
 
 

Saturday Mar 23, 2024

John and Gordon present their top ten tracks of British rockers Dire Straits - more info here on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website and for those wanting to delve deeper, here's a link to the original Dire Straits episode in which they talk through their career and rank the albums.
The composite playlist of our top tracks can be found here on Spotify and over here on Deezer, or in the widget beneath this text (which doesn’t seem to be working properly).
Here's a link to the website pagee on JeffreyMusic.Rocks.
 

Jeffrey’s Top 10: Suede

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024

Our top ten tracks from British indie pop giants Suede (known as the London Suede in the US due to a name clash) - a band that bowled us over in the early-/mid-nineties and who are that rare breed of indie pop bands who seem to be getting better and better, despite their advanced years.
Our original podcast ranking the albums of Suede can be found here.
The composite playlist of our top tracks can be found here on Spotify and over here on Deezer, or in the list beneath this text.
The website version is here.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

The Jeffrey team discuss their top 10 tracks by Americana band The Devil Makes Three in this podcast.
Our original podcast ranking the albums of The Devil Makes Three can be found here.
The playlist of our top tracks is here on Spotify and over here on Deezer, and here's the link to the webpage for this episode.

Jeffrey’s Top 10: Queen

Monday Feb 26, 2024

Monday Feb 26, 2024

The Jeffrey team reveal their top 10 tracks by British glam pop rock megastars Queen.
The composite playlist of our top tracks can be found here on Spotify and over here on Deezer.
As usual, check out the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website for more info and whatnot.

Friday Feb 09, 2024

A reflective discussion on the second series of the podcast (nearly three years in the making!), in which we look at any new activity from podcast alumni (namely Jethro Tull, dEUS and Muse), talk a bit about Komeda (and Marcus Holmberg's band Woodlands) and hand out the Golden Jeffrey for best album, as well as a few other big awards.
We also add continue where we left off three years ago by adding to the Jeffrey Podcast Jolly Party Playlist™ and creating a new one for Season Two.
If you want to party like Jeffrey, click here for a link to the playlist on Spotify (same playlist here on Deezer), or here if you just want to listen to the Season Two playlist Spotify or here on Deezer.
Find out more here on our website: JeffreyMusic.Rocks!
 

Jeffrey 2.9: Queen

Sunday Dec 10, 2023

Sunday Dec 10, 2023

The music of Queen is possibly the most recognised music of any British band in history - obviously The Beatles are the most well-known, their story still fascinates us, but we reckon if you were to ask a random group of people to hum a few songs by any British band, Queen would emerge as the band having the most universally recognised tunes among the masses.
The Queen Jeffrey Podcast Playlist is available here on Spotify and here on Deezer.
The Queen page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website is here.
 

Saturday Sep 30, 2023

In this episode Gordon's love of Americana rears its head again and we explore the works of country-bluegrass-ragtime sorts The Devil Makes Three, the episode coinciding with Gords seeing them live in Nottingham (so he goes on a bit about that too).
The The Devil Makes Three Jeffrey Podcast Playlist is available here on Spotify and here on Deezer.
The The Devil Makes Three page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website is here.

Jeffrey 2.7: Suede

Monday Aug 28, 2023

Monday Aug 28, 2023

Suede bounded onto the pop scene in the early 90s with their unique brand of Smiths-Bowie glam pop-rock and we were hooked. From the first chords of the single Animal Nitrate, then their smash hit debut album (then the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history) we were a couple of insatiable young Suede fans.
It didn't last long, they soon lost Bernard Butler, their influential guitarist and main songwriter, but surprisingly that didn't seem to faze them ... they bounced back immediately with a cluster of top ten hits and a masterful pop album (Coming Up) that proved they didn't need the moody Butler to flourish ... but it didn't last long, they began to fall apart as alcohol, drugs, exhaustion and illness saw them stumbling and crashing, and eventually going their separate ways.
A decade later they were back, and the post-hiatus mature sober Suede knocked out four albums over the following ten years, culminating in 2022's marvellous Autofiction.
The podcast is part nostalgia as we remember those early albums, and part discovery as we explore the newer stuff. Do those early ones still stand up 30 years later? Do the new one cut the mustard and meet the sky-high expectations set by those early masterpieces? You'll need to listen to find out! (or just click here to see the ranking on the website if you can't be bothered).
The Suede Jeffrey Podcast Playlist is available here on Spotify and here on Deezer.
The Suede page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website is here.
 

Jeffrey goes to Placebo

Sunday Aug 13, 2023

Sunday Aug 13, 2023

John and Gordon discuss their recent experiences of seeing Placebo at two different festivals. Actually not that recent, Gordon's was last year, but John's was only the other day, so it counts (Gords also saw them in between at the O2 Academy in Leeds, but we're not really including that).
Links to the setlist on Spotify and Deezer, and the page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website (with a couple of cheeky photos, despite the band's restrictions).
 

Jeffrey goes to dEUS

Thursday Apr 13, 2023

Thursday Apr 13, 2023

A bit of a dEUS theme emerging at the moment, but it will pass now the album has landed and the tour has made its way through Paris (where Gordon saw them) and Madrid (where John saw them) - this here podcast is the review of those splendid evenings with the Antwerp quintet.
Link to the setlist (on Spotify and Deezer) and photos on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website.
 

Sunday Mar 12, 2023

A firm favourite of the Jeffrey Podcast fellas, the innovative indie aces dEUS have only gone and cranked out a new album, the first in over a decade - what do we think of it? You'll need to listen to find out ...
(Unless you just want to read where we've ranked it on the dEUS page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website) - and here's the link to the How to Replace It page.
 

Jeffrey 2.6: Dire Straits

Friday Feb 17, 2023

Friday Feb 17, 2023

Dire Straits were inescapable in the 1980s, from Sultans of Swing's omnipresence on rock radio, to smash-hit album Brothers in Arms smothering the charts in hit singles, Mark Knopfler and the gang were everywhere!
Despite this, we didn't know them that well. We knew the obvious hit singles, and a couple of albums, but we didn't know that much about the lesser-known stuff. So, in a spirit of (re-)discovery, we - clutching John Ilsley's biography "My Life in Dire Straits" - set out to explore their six-album discography, and what we discovered was that there is very little we agree on when it comes to Dire Straits.
The Dire Straits Jeffrey Podcast Playlist is available here on Spotify and here on Deezer.
The Dire Straits page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website is here.
 

Friday Jan 06, 2023

We've always known about Simon and Garfunkel as a thing, and known about both men as solo artists (mainly Paul Simon), but until now we'd never taken the time to listen properly to their five album output and decide which we liked best.
Their songs are inescapable, they're part of the furniture of Western Civilization, you cannot not know Mrs Robinson and The Sound of Silence and Hazy Shade of Winter and Bridge Over Troubled Water because even now, half a century later, these songs are still meaningful, still poignant, and still played.
So, as usual, we read some books and did some research and got to know the story of the band. It wasn't easy to rank the albums, there was a fair bit of disagreement, especially around the final two. We try to use disagreement to better inform our decisions by listening to each others opinions and being willing to change our minds and see things differently; we try not to just compromise by calculating an average view numerically ... but we don't always get that right and sometimes we just have to run the numbers - this felt like one of those times.
The Simon and Garfunkel Jeffrey Podcast Playlist is available here on Spotify and here on Deezer.
The Simon and Garfunkel page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website is here.
 

Jeffrey 2.4: Patti Smith

Friday Aug 19, 2022

Friday Aug 19, 2022

Neither of us knew much about Patti Smith when we started this podcast, we knew her name and thought of her as a mystical punk poet from the seventies, but didn't know much more ... then as we have explored other artists over the past few years, Patti Smith's name kept popping up over and again as a one of the most influential people of her generation ... and so we thought why not put her on the list for the Jeffrey Music treatment, and here we are!
The Patti Smith Jeffrey Podcast Playlist is available here on Spotify and here on Deezer.
The Patti Smith page on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website is here.
 

Jeffrey goes to Patti Smith

Monday Jul 25, 2022

Monday Jul 25, 2022

John and Gordon head off to see the legendary Patti Smith, not an artist they knew particularly well before the research for this podcast. John goes to Madrid's Noches del Botánico festival and Gordon to Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering at Catton Hall in Derbyshire.
The Patti Smith playlist (in combined/fudged setlist order) is here.
Link to the post (including photos) on the JeffreyMusic.Rocks website.
 

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