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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

Interview with Marc Burrows

11/21/2021
Adam goes solo and is joined by author, critic, musician, and comic, Marc Burrows to discuss Chrstimas songs, music criticism, and Marc's new book, "Manic Street Preachers: Album-by-Album," to which Adam also contributed a chapter. Adam and Marc talk about Manic Street Preachers, their career, and how the book came to be. They also find time to discuss music generally, whether criticism should form a part of the creative process, and the legacy of the band. You can buy "Manic Street...

Duration:01:50:58

Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017 Commentary

11/14/2021
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Muse Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire 2017. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as put together by some fantastic bootleggers! Head to YouTube to watch along here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JUx5zXUttI 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...

Duration:01:52:20

B-Sides & Rarities

11/7/2021
The Big Mates discuss Blink-182, Helping You Back to Work Vol. 1, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, and a selection of b-sides by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss some b-sides and rarities from across the band's career, discussing the content and recording process. Adam and Steve also attempt to guess which era each b-side is from! Which songs have been included? Who will score the most points? Find out on this episode of What Is Music? You can now wear your fandom on your (literal)...

Duration:02:04:26

Manic Street Preachers Tour Report 2021

10/31/2021
In this very special episode The Big Mates discuss reaction videos, service stations, slang, and the recent Manic Street Preachers tour. Adam, Steve, and Lucas reminisce on their experiences of The Ultra Vivid Lament tour, which saw them take in two Manics shows - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (just Steve and Adam) and Brighton Dome (with Lucas too!) Get the lowdown on the songs played and get a taste of the atmosphere. IF that wasn't enough, The Big Mates are joined by Emily, Jennifer, Ilona,...

Duration:02:24:55

Fandom and Devotion 3 (with @takeunobow)

10/24/2021
The Big Mates are joined by @takeunobow (real name Emma) to talk about representation in films, vomiting at gigs, musical theatre, and much more! Adam, Steve, and Lucas chat to Emma about Muse, the fanbase, her artwork, stan twitter, problematic musicians, hyperfixation, and Emma shares her Top 10 Muse songs! What takes the top spot? Where does this episode fit in the timeline? Where are all the films for straight white men?! Find out on this episode of What Is Music? New episode NEXT WEEK...

Duration:01:26:06

Simulation Theory Film Commentary

10/17/2021
The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for the Simulation Theory Film by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the narrative/concert film as released in cinemas and onto Blu-Ray/streaming platforms. Watch along here by buying or renting! Watching along not strictly necessary! 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...

Duration:01:48:28

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