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The Curator is a podcast about passion. Host Mark Fraser talks to some of his favourite artists to find out where their passion and drive comes from, to find out where their creative lives began and to figure out why they love doing what they do. Featuring interviews with musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, actors and comedians from all walks of life to find out one simple thing: what spark ignited that fire in their bellies? New episodes every Thursday.

The Curator is a podcast about passion. Host Mark Fraser talks to some of his favourite artists to find out where their passion and drive comes from, to find out where their creative lives began and to figure out why they love doing what they do. Featuring interviews with musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, actors and comedians from all walks of life to find out one simple thing: what spark ignited that fire in their bellies? New episodes every Thursday.
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The Curator is a podcast about passion. Host Mark Fraser talks to some of his favourite artists to find out where their passion and drive comes from, to find out where their creative lives began and to figure out why they love doing what they do. Featuring interviews with musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers, actors and comedians from all walks of life to find out one simple thing: what spark ignited that fire in their bellies? New episodes every Thursday.

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Episodes

S2: Episode 28 - Tom May from The Menzingers Drinks Mysterious Coffee and Talks About The Band's Creative Evolution

2/2/2018
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I've chased this interview for years. The Menzingers are without a doubt one of my favourite bands. Having been a fan for so long, I feel as though I've grown up with them in a way, experiencing the weirdness of being in your 20s in an age where everything seems primed to keep us in a state of suspended adolescence. Their earnest and sincere songwriting won me over from the moment I first heard 'Chamberlain Waits', and I've stayed with them ever since. A lot of their thoughts echoed my own...

Duration:00:22:49

Unsung Podcast Episode 5 - Entroducing by DJ Shadow

1/29/2018
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This is one of my favourite albums and I was so happy we had a chance to talk about it on this show. You can find out more about this and the podcast over at www.unsungpod.net

Duration:00:32:31

(Rebroadcast) 21 - Casey Crescenzo from The Dear Hunter

1/18/2018
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A rebroadcast of one of my favourite ever interviews with Casey from The Dear Hunter. This podcast is primarily about creativity, and over the course of the past twenty episodes I’ve spoken to some pretty productive people. Casey Crescenzo is probably amongst the most productive. Over the course of ten years The Dear Hunter’s oeuvre is as impressive in its scope as it is in its musical diversity, with their album/EP collection ‘The Color Spectrum’ comprising 36 songs all on its own. Which...

Duration:01:10:12

Unsung Podcast Episode 4 - Violator by Depeche Mode

1/18/2018
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This is episode four of Unsung Podcast. Violator by Depeche Mode is one of my favourite albums, and I was so stoked that people voted it into our canon. You can listen to it here and find out more information about the podcast over at www.unsungpod.net

Duration:00:32:31

Unsung Podcast Episode 3 - Foo Fighters by Foo Fighters

1/9/2018
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On this episode of Unsung we chat about Foo Fighters' self titled debut album and ask if it's really worthy of inclusion in our canon of classic albums. On this particular occasion, the public voted no (I'm releasing these a week behind our main feed), but you can still voice your opinion on if that's the right or wrong call over on our Facebook page. If you want to know more about the podcast head to www.unsungpod.net and subscribe to our feed there. As ever, reviews and comments are...

Duration:00:36:15

S2: 27 - The Return of Conor Anderson from Dialects, Talking About the Creative Process Behind Their Debut Album and Much More

1/4/2018
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I like looking in on previous guests with this podcast. It's good to check in and see how things have been. We’re back to the start with this one. Conor was my first guest on this podcast, and with the release of their long anticipated, and slightly delayed, debut album, it seemed only fitting to bring him back on to the show so we could talk about their fortunes in the two and a half years since our previous conversation. Things have changed for the band since our first chat. They’ve...

Duration:00:40:16

Unsung Podcast Episode 2: Jane Doe by Converge

12/27/2017
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This is episode two of Unsung Podcast, a new podcast that I'm a co-host on. We're asking you to listen to Jane Doe by Converge and vote on if you think it should be added to a discography of all time great records. You can vote on this episode by going to https://www.unsungpod.net/episodes/2017/12/21/episode-2-jane-doe-by-converge

Duration:00:38:25

S2: 26 - P.O.S. Tours Europe Using Trains

12/21/2017
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Back in my car for this interview. This time it was on a freezing December night where the thermostat was definitely in the minus figures, so when we got inside I turned the engine on and the AC up to get some heat into the damn thing. You can probably hear that in the interview. I think it lends it a certain ambiance. You are, of course, welcome to disagree. P.O.S. approaches hip hop in a punk rock way. I initially heard him when a friend turned me onto his song ‘De La Souls’, which...

Duration:00:32:03

TEASER - Unsung Episode 1

12/11/2017
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In league with a couple of fine gentlemen named Chris Cusack and David Weaver, I've started a new podcast called Unsung. In it we'll be dissecting perceived classic albums and discussing whether or not they deserve to be inducted into a discography of all time great albums. Then we'll be turning it over to you, the general public, to vote on if we're right or wrong. We'll also occasionally be covering some records we think are classics and are overlooked, and telling you why we think you...

Duration:00:02:06

S2: 25 - LIVE at Book Yer Ane Fest XI with Kenny Gray, Derrick Johnston and Jonny McGinty from Make That a Take Records

12/7/2017
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I’ve been incredibly fortunate with this project. It started off as just an experiment to become familiar with how to podcast. Since then I’ve managed to tick a bunch of my favourite artists off my interview bucket list. This live episode is another one I can tick off the bucket list. We’ve all heard our favourite podcasts doing live episodes and to be honest, I wasn’t even entirely sure how I was going to do my own version of it. The truth is though, is that it was just like any other...

Duration:00:47:32

S2: 24 - Brendan Murphy from Counterparts Talks About Loving Metalcore, The Process Behind their New Album, How New Fans Keep Finding Them, The Way Old Fans Seem to be Growing Up with the Band, and How Useful Spotify for Artists Has Been

11/16/2017
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The new Counterparts album reminds me of being a teenager. When I was 16 I graduated from nu-metal to metalcore. I read a review of Alive of Just Breathing by Killswitch Engage in Kerrang! Magazine and subsequently purchased the record from a record store in Glasgow’s Savoy Centre that specialised in metal music. That record store no longer exists, and it could also be argued that neither do that version of KsE either. My flatmate has been banging on about Counterparts for ages, and given...

Duration:00:24:18

S2 : 23 - The Return of Chris Cresswell from The Flatliners

11/2/2017
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Our previous interview can be found here. It’s been a long year for the flatties. It’s not common to see foreign bands arrive on these shores twice in the space of six months, but boy am I glad it was these guys. I openly said it in the podcast and I’ll happily say it again – this band is one of my all time favourites. They always bring it live and on record. These guys are lifers through and through and it doesn’t seem like they’ll stop any time soon. We also talk about the tenth...

Duration:00:34:59

S2: 22 - Jordan Pundik from New Found Glory Talks About The Band's 20th Anniversary, Their New Album and More

10/19/2017
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What’s there left to say to Jordan Pundik? What is there left to say about New Found Glory? What is there left to even ask those guys? It’s hard to find the words to talk about seminal bands sometimes. 20 years is a long time to be making music, and it’s remarkable when you realise that Jordan is still in his 30s. They’re a band who has literally seen and done it all. They’ve taken their music to the greatest heights, and achieved things most artists can only dream of. Yet, and you’ll...

Duration:01:35:26

S2: 21 - Austin and Casey Getz from Turnover Discuss Growing Up on the Road, How Playing Live is the Best Yardstick for Measuring New Material, Rubbish Tour Vans and Lots More

10/5/2017
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I was worried I’d maybe taken on a little too much lately. Turns out I had. I missed an episode and I apologise for that. The good news is that I’ve managed to bank a bunch of interviews and ALSO start two new podcasts. Silver linings etc. Turnover are a great band. If you’ve made it this far, you probably already know this. If you don’t know that already, you’ve probably already guessed that’s why I interviewed them in the first place. Either way, their new album Good Nature is one of my...

Duration:00:29:29

S2: 20 - Outblinker Regale Us with Death Defying Tales from at Home and On the Road, What It's Like Now That They're a Four Piece and Discuss Why Their Album is Taking So Long

9/8/2017
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If there’s one thing to take away from this interview it’s that Outblinker have almost complete disregard for their personal safety. It’s not a bad thing. After this interview, I caught the band’s live set in Bloc, and the quasi-apocalyptic nature of their sound is given a whole new feeling when you hear the death defying tales of the band’s creative and touring lives. They’re also punishingly loud live. In this interview, they talk a bit about how it wasn’t until they were recording their...

Duration:00:34:36

(Rebroadcast) 19 - B. Dolan

8/25/2017
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As B. Dolan and Sage Francis bring their latest Edinburgh Fringe Show Tricknology to an end, I felt it was time to revisit this interview with B. Dolan from back in October 2015. Enjoy. The Curator Podcast – Episode 19: B. Dolan As I get older I find myself growing to appreciate hip hop more and more. In my teens it didn’t grab me in the same way punk or metal did, and naively, I shunned it. My guest on this episode is rapper B. Dolan and he, alongside Sage Francis, was one of the artists...

Duration:00:21:09

(Rebroadcast) Episode 33 - Justine Jones from Employed to Serve

7/27/2017
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Real talk: I'm ill. And because I'm ill, I've been a little slack in putting together some interviews. You'll probably be able to tell when you listen to the start of this episode. I've been listening to the new Employed to Serve album a lot lately. It's really very good. They're about to head out on tour with Milk Teeth and Wallflower and I thought hey, this would be a perfect time to do a quick flashback to when I interviewed Justine. The band have come on a lot since this interview was...

Duration:00:26:07

S2: 18 - Fraser Stewart from Fat Goth talks about Nirvana, Being a Part Time Band, Creative Burnout and ZZ Top.

7/13/2017
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Uncle Vic Galloway is responsible for my discovery of Fat Goth. He shared the video for their song ‘Creepy Lounge’ on his Twitter account way back in the heady days of 2013 and that was it, I was a fan. Since then, I’ve seen them every time they’ve passed through Glasgow and they never disappoint live. I’ve always found their sound to be a bit strange. And I mean that in a good way. It’s sort of off kilter, with riffs and hooks which don’t really land in the way you expect them to. I...

Duration:00:37:39

S2: 17 - Billy Liar Returns for Part 2(.5) and Talks About Living in Berlin, Touring with a Live Band, Writing a Play, Collaborating with Freddy Fudd Pucker and Creative Discipline

6/29/2017
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Sometimes you feel like you have unfinished business after an interview ends. That’s kinda how I felt the last time I interviewed Billy, even though it was almost 50 minutes long. People and their situations change, and Billy has done a whole bunch of stuff since our last interview, including immigrating to Berlin, which I hear is a lovely place. I enjoy it when podcasters interview the same person multiple times, particularly when it takes place over a number of years. If you’re lucky,...

Duration:03:19:56

S2: 16 - Thom Weeks from Gnarwolves Went for a Saunter Around Glasgow

6/15/2017
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I don’t listen to a lot of interview podcasts anymore. I’m a bit burnt out on them, despite how many awesome ones are out there. No, what I mostly listen to are science and storytelling podcasts. I love the high-quality production and sound design found in Love + Radio and the like. It’s those kinds of podcasts which influenced a lot of the production elements I’ve incorporated into season two so far, and I find myself being influenced by the way a lot of NPR and Radiotopia shows often...

Duration:00:31:09