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A Band Called Halfway

A podcast about critically acclaimed Australian band Halfway. Hear about twenty years of writing, recording and touring in an indie rock band. Including interviews with Robert Forster (Go-Betweens), Rob Younger (Radio Birdman) Mark Nevers (Lambchop/George Jones), Nick Barker (The Wreckery/The Reptiles), J.C. (Powderfinger), Simon Homer (Plus One Records) and Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records)

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A podcast about critically acclaimed Australian band Halfway. Hear about twenty years of writing, recording and touring in an indie rock band. Including interviews with Robert Forster (Go-Betweens), Rob Younger (Radio Birdman) Mark Nevers (Lambchop/George Jones), Nick Barker (The Wreckery/The Reptiles), J.C. (Powderfinger), Simon Homer (Plus One Records) and Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records)

15. Interview with Tim Steward (Screamfeeder - We All Want To)

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In the final episode for this series, John Busby talks to great Australian songwriter and long time friend, Tim Steward. They first met in Rockhampton in 1989 when Tim was touring with his band 'The Madmen' who later morphed into JJJ favourites 'Screamfeeder'.  In more recent times, Tim has also released four albums with indie rock band 'We All Want To'. Together they chat about making music and playing in bands for for the past 30 years.

Oct 30 2020

52mins

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14. Interview with Clinton Walker (Music writer - TV host)

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John chats to legendary music writer Clinton Walker about Brisbane in the the 1970's, his seminal books Inner City Sound and Buried Country and what it was like to host his late night ABC TV show, Studio 22.

Oct 22 2020

40mins

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13. Interview with John Collins (Powderfinger - The Triffid)

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John Busby talks to John Collins (JC), part owner of Brisbane live venue The Triffid & member of one of Australia's most successful rock bands, Powderfinger. They talk about being in bands, touring, the Brisbane music scene and the advantages of a home ground venue.

Oct 15 2020

40mins

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12. Interview with Stuart Coupe (Journalist - Music writer)

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John talks to journalist and record label guy Stuart Coupe about his career in rock and roll, from writing for RAM magazine, to managing  bands in the 80's,  signing Halfway to Laughing Outlaw Records in 2003, to his recent book on Paul Kelly.

Oct 08 2020

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11. Rain Lover - Part 2 - Yanto Browning (Engineer - Producer)

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John talks to renowned Brisbane recording engineer Yanto Browning about engineering the bands 6th album 'Rain Lover'. Along the way they cover Yanto's career recording everyone from Kate Miller-Heidke to Jeremy Oxley and Halfway's yet to be released collaboration with Bob Weatherall,  'Restless Dream'.

Sep 10 2020

53mins

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10. Rain Lover - Part 1 - Production Outline

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John Busby gives a guide to the songwriting, production and recording of Halfway's 6th Album, 'Rain Lover'. Along the way covering everything from Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies Cards to the Panvale's win in the 1970 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Sep 01 2020

48mins

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9. The Golden Halfway Record - Part 2 - Mark Nevers (Engineer - Producer)

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John Busby talks to legendary record producer and Lambchop band member, Mark Nevers about working with Halfway on their albums, 'The Golden Halfway Record' and 'Rain Lover'. And along the way they chat about his 30 year career recording in Nashville, from working with indie rockers  like Bonnie Prince Billy and The Silver Jews, to making an album for Charlie Louvin and even recording the Grammy winning song 'Choices' by George Jones.

Jul 21 2020

43mins

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8. The Golden Halfway Record - Part 1 - Simon Homer (Tour Manager - USA Nashville Recording)

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John Busby talks to Plus One Records label guy, Simon Homer about Halfway's trip to Nashville in 2015. Where the band played at The Americana Music Festival and they recorded their fifth album, 'The Golden Halfway Record' at Beech House Studios with Mark Nevers.

Jul 16 2020

1hr 2mins

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7. Any Old Love - Part 2 - Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone Records - New West Records)

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John Busby talks to music industry legend Peter Jesperson. Peter outlines his early days in Minneapolis, from managing the influential record store Oar Folkjokeopus (Oar Folk), to co-founding Twin Tone Records which became home to seminal indie rock acts such as The Replacements, Soul Asylum, The Jayhawks and The Suicide Commandos. They also chat about Peters work managing The Replacements, his long standing position as V.P. of A&R at New West Records, and his trip to Australia to co-produce Halfway's fourth album 'Any Old Love' with the help of Robert Forster & Phil Graham.

Jul 09 2020

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6. Any Old Love - Part 1 - Phil Graham (Engineer - Producer)

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John talks to Phil Graham who recorded and mixed 'Any Old Love' the band's fourth album from 2014. John and Phil talk in detail about the unconventional nature of the recording process and the conceptual elements of the album. On the way they cover Phil's background in music, which includes everything from commercial work as a session musician in the 1980s, to recording Ed Kuepper's solo album from 2015, 'Lost Cities'.

Jul 02 2020

48mins

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5. An Outpost of Promise - Part 2 - Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens)

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John talks to Go-Betweens founding member and Halfway producer, Robert Forster about his work on two of the bands albums, 'An Outpost of Promise' (2010) and 'Any Old Love' (2014). The conversation details the pre-production and recording process of the records, and on the way they cover everything from 1970's AM radio, to Glen Campbell and Metallica.

Jun 25 2020

54mins

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4. An Outpost of Promise - Part 1 - Simon Homer (Plus One Records)

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John Busby talks to Simon Homer, (manager of Brisbane based record label Plus One Records) and they chat about the machinations of the band, touring with eight members and the release of Halfway's third album, 'An Outpost of Promise'. John also gives a run down on the pre-production and recording process for for the bands third album and talks about a couple of the key tracks in detail.

Jun 18 2020

44mins

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3. Remember the River - Part 2 - Rob Younger (Radio Birdman - The New Christs)

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John Busby chats to Rob Younger, the Radio Birdman front man and record producer who co-produced the bands second album 'Remember the River' along with Wayne Connolly. They talk about making the album, punk rock, Gene Pitney and St. George Rugby League Club. John also does a track by track run through of the album, featuring a couple of songs and some halfway band stories along the way.

Jun 12 2020

47mins

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2. Remember the River - Part 1 - Nick Barker (The Reptiles - The Wreckery)

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John talks to Australian rock icon Nick Barker about meeting the band in 2005 and they discuss the highlights of Halfway's second album 'Remember the River' - Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon.

Jun 02 2020

33mins

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A Band Called Halfway (Trailer)

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May 22 2020

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1. Halfway's first album - Farewell to the Fainthearted

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Its 2020, and Halfway band member John Busby is in COVID-19 lock-down in Darwin.  To pass the time in isolation, John creates a podcast that provides insight into forming Halfway, and outlines of the process and the people involved in making their debut album 'Farewell to the Fainthearted'.

May 14 2020

32mins

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