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A podcast focusing on a musical artists' discography. A different artist every season. Currently on Season 2: Are You Amused?: a critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Muse. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they tackle an artists' entire discography. They're going album by album, track by track, to find out if context can change your experience of music, how people become obsessed with artists, and to ultimately answer the question 'what is music?' For each artist one host will be a fan of them already, the others may know nothing about them! Expect in-depth analysis, tedious tangents, controversial music opinions, and an exhaustive attitude to context. Also expect to find out more about the artists (and the hosts) than anyone could ever want to know! Previous seasons: Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers)

A podcast focusing on a musical artists' discography. A different artist every season. Currently on Season 2: Are You Amused?: a critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Muse. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they tackle an artists' entire discography. They're going album by album, track by track, to find out if context can change your experience of music, how people become obsessed with artists, and to ultimately answer the question 'what is music?' For each artist one host will be a fan of them already, the others may know nothing about them! Expect in-depth analysis, tedious tangents, controversial music opinions, and an exhaustive attitude to context. Also expect to find out more about the artists (and the hosts) than anyone could ever want to know! Previous seasons: Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers)

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

A podcast focusing on a musical artists' discography. A different artist every season. Currently on Season 2: Are You Amused?: a critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Muse. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they tackle an artists' entire discography. They're going album by album, track by track, to find out if context can change your experience of music, how people become obsessed with artists, and to ultimately answer the question 'what is music?' For each artist one host will be a fan of them already, the others may know nothing about them! Expect in-depth analysis, tedious tangents, controversial music opinions, and an exhaustive attitude to context. Also expect to find out more about the artists (and the hosts) than anyone could ever want to know! Previous seasons: Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers)

Language:

English


Episodes

Simulation Theory (Disk 2)

10/10/2021
The Big Mates discuss TikTok, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Greek alphabet, and Disk 2 of the deluxe edition of Simulation Theory by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas take a look at the disc of bonus content that came packaged with deluxe editions of Simulation Theory. They go track-by-track to examine these new versions, alternate mixes, and instrumentals. How does it match up to the album proper? Which version of reality are we in? Does Steve have his finger anywhere near the pulse of the...

Duration:01:49:07

Simulation Theory (Pt. 2)

10/3/2021
The Big Mates discuss the Shepard Tone, George Michael, memes, and Simulation Theory by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's eighth and most recent studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and completing their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What will the final scores be? Will Steve have a full on mental breakdown? Will Lucas have a full on mental breakdown? Find out...

Duration:01:31:37

Simulation Theory (Pt. 1)

9/26/2021
The Big Mates discuss fizzy drinks, vaporwave, Bob Dylan, and Simulation Theory by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's eighth and most recent studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What does Irn Bru taste like? Are we living in a simulation? Where's the wolfman? Find out on this episode of What Is Music? You can now...

Duration:01:38:59

Interview with Mark Beaumont

9/19/2021
The Big Mates are joined by music journalist and author, Mark Beaumont to discuss Kanye West, sex rampages, Reading Festival, and all things Muse. Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Mark chat about the band, taking in their whole career and looking at how they fit into the current musical landscape, and also discuss Mark's book, Out of This World: The Story of Muse. They also find time for Mark to bring in his Top 10 Muse songs! Find out more on this episode of What Is Music? You can now wear your...

Duration:00:59:21

Drones World Tour Commentary

9/12/2021
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for the Drones World Tour Film by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as released into cinemas (and sneakily uploaded to YouTube). Watch along here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gii3EX0OamQ You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to bath mats and jigsaws,...

Duration:01:35:19

BREAKING NEWS: The Ultra Vivid Lament

9/9/2021
BONG. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST. The Big Mates discuss the newly released album by Manic Street Preachers, The Ultra Vivid Lament. They give their first impressions and pick some standout tracks. You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to bath mats and jigsaws, via clocks and phone cases! Head to...

Duration:00:17:53

Drones (Pt. 2)

9/5/2021
The Big Mates discuss conspiracy theories, Celine Dion, The Cramps, and Drones by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's seventh studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and concluding their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to chat about New Kind of Kick. Does this album feature any drones? Are drones mentioned? What about drones? Drones? Does someone...

Duration:01:37:28

Drones (Pt. 1)

8/29/2021
The Big Mates discuss the sunburn, trifle, Roy "Chubby" Brown, and Drones by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's seventh studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What is this album about? Does it RAWK? What's up with that artwork? Find out on this episode of What Is Music? You can now wear your fandom on your (literal)...

Duration:01:39:54

Live at Rome Olympic Stadium Commentary

8/22/2021
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Live at Rome Olympic Stadium by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as released into cinemas and on DVD and Blu-Ray. Dig out your copy, or watch along here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THYSQJfmie0 You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to bath mats and...

Duration:01:55:26

The 2nd Law (Pt. 3)

8/15/2021
The Big Mates discuss football, Men in Black, dabbing, and The 2nd Law by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and finishing up their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Can they figure out a better tracklist? What will the scores be? What is "brostep" anyway? Find out on this episode of What Is Music? ADAM AND STEVE HAVE...

Duration:01:28:02

The 2nd Law (The 2nd Part)

8/8/2021
The Big Mates discuss Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Greg Wallace, and The 2nd Law by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and digging into their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Does a theme emerge? Have we lost "Analytical Adam" forever? What culinary delights await us? Find out on this episode...

Duration:01:21:50

The 2nd Law (Pt. 1)

8/1/2021
The Big Mates discuss the 2012 Olympics, the lineage of Jesus, the relentless passage of time, and The 2nd Law by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What is the second law of thermodynamics? What is thermoeconomics? Will all the topics be this highbrow? Find out on this...

Duration:01:22:18

Interview with Andrew Trendell

7/25/2021
The Big Mates are joined by News Editor of the NME, Andrew Trendell to discuss Eurovision, music magazines, gigs, and all things Muse. Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Andrew chat about the bandm taking in their whole career and looking at how they fit into the current musical landscape. They also find time to discuss Manics Street Preachers and Andrew brings in Top 10s for both bands! Find out more on this episode of What Is Music? Our coverage of The 2nd Law begins next week - August 2nd! You...

Duration:01:56:44

EVEN IN EXILE (with Patrick Jones)

7/18/2021
The Big Mates discuss creativity, Thierry Henry, Legoland, and EVEN IN EXILE by James Dean Bradfield. Adam, Steve, and Lucas cover the 2020 solo album from the Manic Street Preachers front man and do a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! But first they talk to Patrick Jones, poet, author, playwright, political activist, one half of the writing team on EVEN IN EXILE, and older brother of Manics' bassist Nicky Wire. Patrick explains the...

Duration:02:26:11

Muse Live at Wembley Stadium 2010 Commentary

7/11/2021
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Muse Live at Wembley Stadium 2010. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as put together by the people at MuseBootlegs.com Head to MuseBootlegs.com to download the bootleg and watch along! Or don't - the episode is designed to work without it! You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from...

Duration:02:34:46

Muse Live at KeyArena, Seattle 2010 Commentary

7/4/2021
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Muse Live at KeyArena, Seattle in 2010. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as broadcast on MySpace and many, many other things. Watch along with this video (or don't - the choice is yours, and the episode works on its own!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t06Zkf6Z_Q You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically...

Duration:01:41:14

The Resistance (Pt. 3)

6/27/2021
The Big Mates discuss coasts, critical analysis, cross-pollination, and The Resistance by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas conclude their discussion on the band's fifth studio album, rounding off their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to cover Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever). How does the three-part symphony close the album? What will the final scores be? Is there time for an e-mail? Find out on this episode...

Duration:01:44:35

BREAKING MUSE: Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX)

6/24/2021
BONG. YOU ARE RECEIVING AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST. The Big Mates discuss the newly released Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX) by Muse. You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to bath mats and jigsaws, via clocks and phone cases! Head to https://whatismusicpod.redbubble.com If you'd like a different way...

Duration:00:20:29

The Resistance (Pt. 2)

6/20/2021
The Big Mates discuss going to space, keytars, ABBA, and The Resistance by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue talking about the band's fifth studio album, embarking upon a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Have opinons changed over the years? Which song will the guys get up to this time? Why split these states when there can be only one? Find out on this episode of What Is Music? Part 3 of this discussion will be released June...

Duration:01:35:29

The Resistance (Pt. 1)

6/13/2021
The Big Mates discuss gambling, ghosts, Guitar Hero, and The Resistance by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin to talk about the band's fifth studio album and how it was recorded before doing a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! How divisive was this album? How many bands are Chrifs and Dom in? How many episodes will it take to cover The Resistance? Find out on this episode of What Is Music? Part 2 of this discussion will be released...

Duration:01:50:09