What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About Music-logo

What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About Music

Music Podcasts

A podcast focusing on a musical artists' discography. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 3: Should Eilishen?: A critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Billie Eilish. 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)Season 2: Are You Amused? (Muse)

A podcast focusing on a musical artists' discography. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 3: Should Eilishen?: A critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Billie Eilish. 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)Season 2: Are You Amused? (Muse)

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

A podcast focusing on a musical artists' discography. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 3: Should Eilishen?: A critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Billie Eilish. 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)Season 2: Are You Amused? (Muse)

Language:

English


Episodes

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (Pt. 2)

1/23/2022
The Big Mates discuss The US Office, Sean Connery, sleep paralysis, and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep-dive into Billie's debut album with their track-by-track analysis, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to take in Billie's single everything i wanted and her theme to the 25th James Bond film, No Time to Die. How will the guys ultimately rate the album? Where does Billie...

Duration:01:45:19

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (Pt. 1)

1/16/2022
The Big Mates discuss sexuality in pop music, New Year's Eve, The Time Traveller's Wife, and WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish. Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep-dive into Billie's career, exploring the context behind her debut album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track analysis, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to take in Billie's singles, come out and play and WHEN I WAS OLDER. How does...

Duration:01:48:48

BREAKING MUSE: Won't Stand Down

1/13/2022
BONG. YOU ARE RECEIVING AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST. The Big Mates discuss the newly released single, Won't Stand Down 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 to donate to...

Duration:00:19:02

dont smile at me

1/9/2022
The Big Mates discuss fizzy drinks (soda), corner shops (bodegas), The Great British Bake Off (The Great British Baking Show), and dont smile at me by Billie Eilish. Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their deep-dive in Billie's career, exploring the context behind her debut EP, how it was recorded, and going track-by-track, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to take in Billie's singles, Six Feet Under, Bored, &burn, bitches broken hearts, and...

Duration:02:18:25

Season 3 Introduction: Should Eilishen?

1/2/2022
The Big Mates discuss Christmas, Daft Punk, listening habits, and introduce Season 3 of the podcast, which is called "Should Eilishen?: A critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Billie Eilish." Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about the function that music plays in someone's life, how they listen to music, and how much they already know about Billie Eilish. They discuss their initial thoughts and preconceptions around her music and look forward to the season ahead, before...

Duration:00:52:22

Are Yule Amused?

12/19/2021
The Big Mates celebrate their second Christmas together! Adam, Steve, and Lucas listen chat about Christmasses of the past, their plans for this year, Christmas movies, and then embark upon The 2nd Annual What Is Music Christmas Quiz. Have yourself a merry little big mates Christmas! Starlight (Christmas Remix) by Johann Christian available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OH8p_aJ4Zg What Is Music will return! Season 3 begins January 3rd 2022. You can now wear your fandom on your...

Duration:01:51:58

Muse: Final Thoughts

12/13/2021
The Big Mates discuss kindergarten, Radiohead, U2, Recess, drum and bass, fanbases, Stan culture, art, Coldplay, Saturday Night Live, pantomime, dad rock, cultural impact, Stath Lets Flats, how the general public listen to music, Every Time I Die, aurora borealis, R.E.M., Beyonce, legacy, The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, The Who, Radiohead again, Manic Street Preachers and offer their final thoughts on Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas look back on the last year of musical examination, place...

Duration:03:17:58

Music Videos

12/5/2021
The Big Mates discuss Pokemon, Halloween, cowboys, and watch every music video by Muse. Adam, Steve, and Lucas embark on an epic jounrey and watch all of the Muse videos in one sitting and offer comments, opinion, and general musings on them. It is long, rambly, and hopefully a lot of fun! How do the music videos hold up? Will they even make it all the way through?! Find out on this episode of What Is Music? Next week - we offer our FINAL THOUGHTS on Muse and Season 2 comes to an end! You...

Duration:03:23:54

Cryosleep

11/28/2021
The Big Mates discuss Jaws, Paul Simon, Game of Thrones, and Cryosleep, the solo album by Matt Bellamy. Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about the context and release of the first (and so far only) solo album by Bellamy, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and then going track-by-track, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What does a Matt Bellamy solo album sound like? What is the role of art in society? What if they did a movie of Tron? Find...

Duration:01:53:48

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