About 18 months ago we posted about Valient Himself’s Rocknowledgy – the quite frankly brilliant music podcast from the Valient Thorr frontman. Rocknowledgy is a (now) monthly show where Valient Himself takes a John Peel-esque approach to music, playing music from across the spectrum – you’re as likely to hear old soul jams on an episode as you are hardcore punk. We bloody love it – and that’s why we’re sponsoring Rocknowledgy for the next 12 months.
Because Valient Thorr are off on the road so much, Valient Himself will quite often get some special guests from whoever the band is on tour with for interviews and song suggestions, and the interviews between musicians are often a hundred times more insightful than anything you”d get from a regular journalist.
This month’s episode is dedicated to Himself’s father, who passed away shortly before he recorded the episode. As a tribute, all of the songs on this episode are tracks that Himself and his father had some history with, to which he has very kindly decided to share with his audience.
Check out this month’s tracklisting:
Manhattan Transfer – ‘Boy from NYC’
ZZ Top – ‘Sharp Dressed Man’
Bob Dylan – ‘Rainy Day Women #12 & 35’
The Doors – ‘Spanish Caravan’
Crosby Stills Nash & Young – ‘Teach Your Children’
The Seeds – ‘Pushin’ Too Hard’
Sam the Sham – ‘Little Red Ridin’ Hood’
The Chambers Brothers – ‘Time Has Come Today’
The Lemon Pipers – ‘Green Tamborine’
Bubble Puppy – ‘Hot Smoke & Sassafras’
James Brown – ‘I Got the Feelin”
Atlanta Rhythm Section – ‘So Into You’
Country Joe & The Fish – ‘The “Fish” Cheer’/’I-Feel-Like-Im-Fixin-To-Die Rag (live at Woodstock)’
Barry McGuire – ‘Eve of Destruction’
Chicago Transit Authority – ‘I’m A Man’
Steely Dan – ‘Don’t Take Me Alive’
Edwin Starr – ’25 Miles’
Temptations – ‘Can’t Get Next To You’
Mamas and the Papas – ‘Words of Love’
There are loads of ways you can get Rocknowledgy into your ears. By far the easiest is to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, as that way, whenever a new episode is published, it’ll bed downloaded automatically and be there waiting for you next time you turn on iTunes. You can also keep an eye on Valient Himself’s blog, or on his official Facebook page, for news of new episodes.