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Feature in SevenStreets Almanac

SevenStreets interview

There’s a nice little interview with us in the November issue of the SevenStreets Almanac. We’ve added a snap of it here for those of you living in distant lands. The article focuses on our songwriting podcast, Sodajerker On Songwriting, and asks about how we got started among other things. With episode 48 on the way next week, it seems like a timely feature, so check it out and also take a look at the SevenStreets website, which delves into all aspects of Liverpool culture, from art and music, to theatre, film and food.

UPDATE: The article has now been published in full on the SevenStreets website.

Sodajerker podcast in new Nicholson Baker book

Traveling Sprinkler

One of our Twitter followers, John Dunbar, tweeted us recently to let us know that the Sodajerker podcast is mentioned throughout Traveling Sprinkler, the new book from award-winning author Nicholson Baker. It was a thrill for us to discover that the show has become part of Baker’s work in this way.

In the book, Paul Chowder, the poet protagonist of Nicholson Baker’s widely acclaimed novel The Anthologist, turns away from poetry with one goal in mind: to learn songwriting. Written in Baker’s beautifully unconventional prose, Traveling Sprinkler is an enchanting and hilarious novel by one of the most beloved and influential writers today.

You can pick up a copy of the book on Amazon USA or Amazon UK.

Mention for the podcast in Metro

Metro article

Sodajerker On Songwriting made the list of Rahul Verma’s podcast picks in a recent issue of Metro. Thanks for the mention guys! If you haven’t heard the show, you can check out all episodes in full on our podcast page, or subscribe in iTunes.

Sodajerker interview in the Anfield Wrap magazine app

Sodajerker in The Anfield Wrap iPad/iPhone app

The Anfield Wrap is a hugely popular award-winning podcast, website and radio show based in Liverpool. They’ve just published the second issue of their lovely free iPad/iPhone magazine containing an interview with Simon and Brian of Sodajerker. In the article, entitled ‘Going for a Song’, the songwriting team and fellow Liverpool-based podcasters talk about the first year of their popular show Sodajerker On Songwriting, how they got started, and some of their prominent guests.

Thanks to John Gibbons for conducting the interview. Download the free app from iTunes and read the interview on your iPad or iPhone.

Our Richard M. Sherman interview has been featured in Songwriting Magazine

Richard M. Sherman interview

Our interview with Richard M. Sherman has made the virtual pages of Songwriting Magazine, the brilliant and comprehensive UK based website dedicated to the art and craft. Thanks to the kind people at Songwriting for featuring our podcast and our interviews so prominently. You may remember that our Ben Folds Five interview also made the cut a few months ago.

Episode 40 of Sodajerker On Songwriting is due for release tomorrow and features an hour with the seminal alternative American band They Might Be Giants. So look out for that! In the meantime, head over to Songwriting to read the Richard M. Sherman piece in full.

Sodajerker featured on Audioboo

Featured episode

We recently partnered with Audioboo to create a channel on their platform devoted to the Sodajerker On Songwriting podcast. You can now hear all of our interviews in full on this page with their lovely and easy to use audio player.

That’s not all though! Audioboo have featured our channel alongside the BBC and other organisations on their homepages and have plucked our Richard M. Sherman episode for inclusion among featured episodes.

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Our interview with Ben Folds Five featured in Songwriting Magazine

Songwriting Magazine

Our interview with Ben Folds Five has recently been featured in Songwriting Magazine, a fantastic website dedicated to the art and craft of making original music. Thanks to everyone at Songwriting for for their excellent transcription and for the nice mention of our show.

We’re currently on a production hiatus with the podcast but we’ll be back soon for the run up to episode 50. In the meantime, head over to Songwriting to read the piece in full.

Richard Sherman podcast featured on Boing Boing

Boing Boing article

Having had two great podcast interviews postponed in the space of a fortnight, we were more than a little pleased to see some love for our Sherman Brothers episode in the form of this blog post by the great Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing.

This single blog post has meant that, overnight, our interview with Richard M. Sherman has become our most downloaded episode ever, with thousands upon thousands of new listeners grabbing the file and many of you sharing the link on Twitter too. Thanks to Cory for pointing the traffic hose at us and cheers to all of the other blogs that ran with the story. You can follow Cory Doctorow on Twitter, here.

If you haven’t yet heard the episode in question, it’s here.

Paul Williams episode featured in iTunes


Just a quick update from us on what’s happening with the On Songwriting podcast. You might be pleased to know that we are currently being featured by Apple on the front of the iTunes podcasts homepage in the UK and Europe for our interview with Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter Paul Williams (The Carpenters, Bugsy Malone, The Muppets).

Thanks to Paul for such a fun conversation. We hope you’ll take a listen. You can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes, or just listen to it on our website.

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Sodajerker among Best of Liverpool

Liverpool Echo article

Just wanted to alert our podcast listeners to this nice mention for the show in the Best of Liverpool section of the Liverpool Echo, March 7, 2013. Thanks to Merseyside’s foremost newspaper for the hat tip, it’s great to be named ‘Ones to Watch’ – or ‘Ones to Listen To’ if you will…

Lots of great guests coming up. Subscribe for free in iTunes so that you don’t miss them!

Sodajerker talk Odessey & Oracle on Love That Album

The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
Brian and Simon appeared on the Love That Album podcast to talk about Odessey & Oracle, the classic album by The Zombies. You can hear it using the player above or via iTunes.

Odessey & Oracle is a truly amazing record and one that we hold dear. Hope you’ll check out this conversation. Many thanks to the very affable and knowledgeable host Maurice Bursztynski for having us on.

Songwriting podcast now on Stitcher Smart Radio


Happy New Year to you all! Just a quick blog post to let you know that our podcast ‘Sodajerker On Songwriting’ is now available on Stitcher Radio On Demand. They have a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to listen wherever you are without Wi-Fi or a cellular connection (no downloading or syncing). It’s even available on some car dashboards! What will they think of next?

We don’t have any advertisers or sponsors on the podcast, so we won’t harp on too much about Stitcher, lest you think we’ve sold out to The Man. Nonetheless, some of the biggest podcasts in the world are part of Stitcher, and so we are proud to also have our episodes featured on their network. Check out their app and get your fix of our interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters.