Life is fast, harsh and short, and the music you listen to is mostly awful. Take a break and listen to the show that promises to tell you something you didn’t know and play you a record you haven’t heard. And if you survive that it’ll probably be a bit of a laugh too. Jules and Jon pick roughly half the tunes each, so there’s no-one to blame.
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The Big Paws was on first broadcast on Rhubarb Radio (live: Saturday breakfast, 8am til 10am) from March 2009 to December 2010… it’s now exploring the interweb on it’s own.
Who are we?
Julia is originally from ‘historic brickmaking town’, Buckley, in Welsh Wales – a strange place with lots of houses and not many shops, but it is home to the wonderful “Tivoli Ballrooms” aka “The Tiv” nightclub, where she must have seen literally hundreds of bands play over the years. She saw Oasis there when they were still relatively unknown and always regrets not buying the tour T-shirt that had “London > Paris > Buckley” on the back! She likes teaching Jon Welsh words, but he refuses to believe that Welsh is a real language. Her weirdest job to date was selling ice lollies on the Chester to Holyhead train line.
She has lived in Birmingham since 1997 and considers herself an ‘honorary Brummie’. Her day job is as a technical author, but she finds it difficult to take off her work head and can’t help correcting people’s spelling and grammar, much to their annoyance (sorry!).
She loves an extremely eclectic range of music and especially new music (she gets bored easily). She prefers music that is either really manic or really mellow (not middle-of-the-road). She was involved with student radio “Shout FM” while studying at John Moores Uni in Liverpool, has worked in a couple of record shops and has done a bit of DJing at parties and bars. She hates music snobbery and over-analysis and prefers to just judge music on what it sounds like. Her musical guilty pleasure is oldskool rave/happy hardcore 😉
She loves dancing and many years ago started tap classes so that she could dance to drum ‘n’ bass. She also loves mucking about on the interwebs, looking at pictures of kittens and other cute furry things, and joining in the latest web and Twitter memes. She has a blog at www.catnipmusic.co.uk which she updates about once a year and you can find her on Twitter as @catnip.
Jon doesn’t like being called “the new Carl Chinn”, he really doesn’t, but he gets phoned up by the press every time anyone disses the Brummie accent and has to defend it. That’s because he runs Birmingham: It’s Not Shit and declared 27 July to be Talk Like a Brummie Day, but not because he has a Brummie accent, oh no. Musically he likes ELO, UB40, Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy, Apache Indian, and the theme from Boon, but he pretends to have a predilection for early 90s indie and the music that came out of Sun Studios, Memphis, in 1955-7. That, and Half Man Half Biscuit.
Don’t worry, we won’t be playing this (that’s Jon singing, that is).