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What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About Radiohead

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A podcast about discographies. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 4: Is It Rad In Yo' Head?: A critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Radiohead. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they go 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?' 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 have covered Manic Street Preachers, Muse, and Billie Eilish!

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

A podcast about discographies. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 4: Is It Rad In Yo' Head?: A critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Radiohead. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they go 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?' 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 have covered Manic Street Preachers, Muse, and Billie Eilish!

Language:

English


Episodes

In Rainbows (Pt. 3)

1/23/2023
The Big Mates discuss binaural microphones, 8D audio, MP3s, and In Rainbows by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas conclude their track-by-track deep dive into the band's revolutionary seventh album and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in between. They also explore how the album was received at the time of release and the legacy it has left...

Duration:01:36:17

In Rainbows (Pt. 2)

1/16/2023
The Big Mates discuss Mastermind, Studio Ghibli, Doctor Who, and In Rainbows by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into In Rainbows, the highly praised seventh album by Radiohead. They begin their track-by-track discussion, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in between. Why do we feel anxiety? Can Lucas do the claps from...

Duration:01:35:06

In Rainbows (Pt. 1)

1/9/2023
The Big Mates discuss hot tubs, Isaac Newton, Strictly Come Dancing, and In Rainbows by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of Radiohead by tackling their highly praised seventh album In Rainbows. They talk about the writing and recording process, the context surrounding the songs, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or...

Duration:01:34:52

What Is Patreon?

1/1/2023
The Big Mates launch their exciting new venture! Listen for all the details on exclusive bonus content, two brand new regular shows, listener collaboration, and interactive spaces. Or head straight to patreon.com/whatismusicpod to read all about it! They also pitch some brand new ideas for that exclusive content, and reveal how you, the listeners, can get involved. What Is Music resumes normal service next Monday, January 9th when we will start to explore In Rainbows by Radiohead. For...

Duration:01:01:04

Holiday Special 2022

12/18/2022
The Big Mates celebrate their third Holiday Season with no mentiones of Christmas (apart from that one) together! Adam, Steve, and Lucas chat about the Yuletide season, dip into some festive Radiohead, and play some exhilirating games! Winter Wonderland by Radiohead available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0zEEP0NN6c What Is Music will return next year! Join us for our next episode, which will be an exciting announcement, on January 2nd 2023. You can now wear your fandom on your...

Duration:02:55:38

Optimist

12/11/2022
The Big Mates discuss gadget shops, residencies, the Warped Tour, and Optimist by FINNEAS. Adam, Steve, and Lucas briefly sojourn back to the career of Billie Eilish by taking in the additional context of the work of her co-writer and brother, FINNEAS. They talk about the writing and recording process of his debut full-length solo album, Optimist, the context surrounding the songs, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply...

Duration:01:41:43

Radiohead Live in Berkeley 2006 Commentary

12/4/2022
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Radiohead Live in Berkeley 2006. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the live performance from the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California by watching a bootleg together! Head to YouTube to watch along here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVGYbB24B6g Or don't - the episode works fine either way! Our next episode comes out next Monday! You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve! What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of...

Duration:01:56:07

The Eraser

11/27/2022
The Big Mates discuss bloopers, CBT, The Crystal Maze, and The Eraser by Thom Yorke. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of Radiohead by heading to 2006 and tackling the debut solo offering from singer Thom Yorke. They talk about the writing and recording process, the context surrounding the songs, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for...

Duration:01:34:36

Fandom and Devotion 4 (with Emily Hyatt)

11/20/2022
Adam is joined by Emily Hyatt to discuss Captain Scarlet, special interests, collecting, Smash Hits, Atoms for Peace, Glastonbury 1997, ASMR, AMSR, Flea, Radiohead fansites, The Smile, the AtEase forums, and of course Manic Street Preachers. They speak on what it's like to follow Radiohead around on tour, what compels people to do so, and the why Radiohead can be such an important band for some people. Emily also brings along her Top 10 Radiohead songs of all time! Our next episode is out...

Duration:01:14:16

HAARFwaydiohead (Best Of Radiohead 1993 - 2003)

11/13/2022
The Big Mates slow it down and take a break to discuss Stardew Valley, Peak Blinders, The Wall, and the career of Radiohead from 1993 to 2003. Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about their feelings so far on the band at a sort of halfway point in their career. They chat context, albums, preconceptions, lyrics, and much more before offering up their individual Top 10 Radiohead Songs (1993 - 2003). What makes it into the Top 10s? How do they currently feel about Radiohead? Find out on this episode...

Duration:02:00:13

The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time

11/6/2022
The Big Mates discuss Bluey, Bulgaria, coffee, and The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time, a television series by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas remain in the Hail to the Thief era and dissect and explore the 4-part series of music videos, visual art, and sketches as released on DVD in 2004. They also look at what was going on for the band at the time, talking about Phil and Jonny's appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Radiohead's contribution to the Help! charity...

Duration:01:37:08

Radiohead Live on MTV $2 Bill 2003 Commentary

10/30/2022
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Radiohead Live on MTV $2 Bill. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the live performance from the Beacon Theatre in New York, as broadcast in Canada on MYV2. Head to YouTube to watch along here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zieMe7ZfDrU Or don't - the episode works fine either way! Our next episode comes out next Monday, November 7th and will feature an exploration of the Radiohead DVD The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time. You can now...

Duration:02:15:08

Hail to the Thief (Pt. 3)

10/23/2022
The Big Mates discuss 2Unlimited, Dead Noise, Manic Street Preachers, and Hail to the Thief by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas conclude their track-by-track deep dive into this lengthy album by finishing up their track-by-track exploration and giving their final thoughts on the album as a whole. They offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in...

Duration:01:15:23

Hail to the Thief (Pt. 2)

10/16/2022
The Big Mates discuss witches' fingers, woke biscuits, spooky ghosts, and Hail to the Thief by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the bands sixth album, digging further into their track-by-track analysis, comparing it to other Radiohead albums, music that was around at the time, and weighing it up against their expectations of the band. What will they make of the album? Are Radiohead rated on a different scale to other artists? Is Saving Private Ryan Jaws? Find...

Duration:01:14:13

Hail to the Thief (Pt. 1)

10/9/2022
The Big Mates discuss DAWs, doors, snakes and ladders, and Hail to the Thief by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of Radiohead by tackling their sixth album Hail to the Thief. They talk about the writing and recording process, the context surrounding the songs, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and...

Duration:01:18:13

I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings

10/2/2022
The Big Mates discuss keyboard shortcuts, haunted attics, South Park, and I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of Radiohead by examining the band's 2001 live album. They talk about the recording process, how it was released and received, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or...

Duration:01:25:52

Kid A / Amnesiac in Paris Commentary

9/25/2022
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Kid A/Amnesiac in Paris. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the live performance as broadcast in France on the channel Canal+. Head to the Radiohead Public Library to watch along here: https://www.radiohead.com/library#amnesiac/2001-04-28-kid-a-amnesiac-in-paris Or don't - the episode works fine either way! 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...

Duration:01:13:21

Amnesiac (Pt. 2)

9/18/2022
The Big Mates discuss radio presets, Foghorn Leghorn, gummy bears, and Amnesiac by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the bands fifth album, Amnesiac. They finish up their track-by-track dissection of the record, offer up their final thoughts, and attempt to assign it a score. They also talk about the album in comparison to Kid A, as well as the albums that came before it, and how the album rests within the context of the Radiohead canon. What do the Big Mates...

Duration:01:21:38

BONUS: Know Your Enemy 2022 (with Dave Eringa)

9/15/2022
Adam and Lucas discuss the recent reissue of Know Your Enemy by Manic Street Preachers,a bold reimagining of the 21 year-old album, which has now been split in two, remixed, remastered, and reconsidered. Adam and Lucas are joined by music producer Dave Eringa, who produced the original album and oversaw the remixing process on this re-release. He gives us insight into how the project was conceived, the work undertaken to make it reality, and where it now fits in the Manics canon. You can...

Duration:01:36:50

Amnesiac (Pt. 1)

9/11/2022
The Big Mates discuss minotaurs, labyrinths, ziggurats, and Amnesiac by Radiohead. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of Radiohead by tackling their fifth album Amnesiac. They talk about the writing and recording process, the context surrounding the songs, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in...

Duration:01:20:40