Venezia

Show #75 Release date: 5. January, 2007

This podcast takes care of those who often requested to hear Pink Floyd’s free concert staged on a huge barge, moored off the Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy in front of an estimated crowd of 200,000 people.  The concert was broadcast to over twenty countries and was seen by over 100 million people.

This concert was perhaps one of the more controversial ones for Pink Floyd.  The concert was almost canceled for fear that the vibrations of sound from such an event would damage some of the buildings.  Despite Floyd performing at a lower volume, there was still claims of damage to some buildings and many lamp posts were destroyed from fans climbing on them to get a better look.  Even worse, the city failed to provide the necessary amenities for the fans.  This lead to 300 tons of trash, and human waste being left behind which the Italian Army had to clean up.  The Venice City Council later apologized to the residents and vowed that no similar concert would be allowed again.

The first few songs are included to give you enough time to chill and roll a few good spliffs before we dive into the concert portion.

The Film

Show #71, Release date: 27. October, 2006

Originally Show #10, Air date: 29. May, 2004 – The 1982 film soundtrack features a few  tracks not on the original album, as well as remixed and even completely re-recorded tracks from The Wall’s original release. This is complete with dialogue, sound effects and nothing speed up like you hear on most RoIO’s of the same material.

I mixed in the rough cut of Hey You from the DVD as it would have been done originally, had it been included in the film.  I also added in, an alternate extended version of Bring The Boys Back Home not heard on the album or the film.

Phish Phloyd

Show #64, Release date: 2. August, 2006

Since the “Covers” podcast, I’ve had many people ask about Phish’s performance of Dark Side of the Moon.  So I decided to whip up a quick-cast of this performance in its entirety recorded on 2. November, 1998.  Maybe we should call these special, shorter podcasts of Brain Damage, “Brain Stroke?”

Covers

Show #60, date: 23. June, 2006

This special edition of Brain Damage includes covers of favorite Pink Floyd tunes performed by other major recording artists.  I’m very picky when other people cover Floyd music but I enjoy all these bands individually.  Nick Mason feels innovative covers are more preferable to tribute bands.  You be the judge.  Here’s the playlist!

The Wall Demos

Show #51, Release date: 17. February, 2006

Six months after Floyd’s Montreal concert in January of 1978, Roger had formulated the idea for The Wall and in July presented his demos called Bricks In The Wall to the rest of the band.

The demos featured in this podcast were recorded between October 1978 and March 1979.

A Tribute

Show #46, Release date: 16. December, 2005

This podcast is a special one. For this…we pay tribute to Pink Floyd tribute bands.

1. Comfortably Numb – The Machine (New York) website
2. Sheep – Which One’s Pink? (Los Angeles) website
3. Brain Damage / Eclipse – P-Floyd (Sweden) website
4. Learning To Fly – Pink Division (Norway) website
5. On of These Days – Ummagumma (Argentina) website
6. Pillow of Winds – Wish You Were Here (Cleveland) website
7. Atom Heart Mother – The Surrogate Band (Detroit) website
8. Money – The Great Gig in the Sky (Phoenix) website
9. Us & Them – Us & Them (Houston) website
10. Wish You Were Here – Blue Floyd (Los Angeles) website
11. What Shall We Do now? – Childhood’s End (Syracuse, NY) website
The Australian Pink Floyd Show – Jason Sawford interview
12. Echoes – The Australian Pink Floyd Show(UK) website

Was Pink Floyd on to someting?

Check out this freaky coincidence… the link provided has a recording of radioactive emissions coming from Saturn captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft.  So basically you can hear what Saturn sounds like… and it sounds like a clip from an early Floyd performance!

Sounds of Saturn

“Jupiter and Saturn, Oberon, Miranda and Titania… Neptune, Titan, stars can frighten.”

Earl’s Court Banner

This is one of the many hand painted banners that hung from the rafters of Earls Court during Pink Floyd’s Division Bell shows back in 1994. The purpose of the banners was to improve the sound and dampen the echoing effect of the acoustics of Earls Court.

They measure 20’x18′ and you can see this banner and others in P.U.L.S.E. and Storm Thorgerson’s hardcover book, Mind Over Matter – Images of Pink Floyd on page 194.