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Talk the Line is a conversation podcast from The Line of Best Fit, the UK's biggest independent website for new music discovery. Our host Jen Long meets the people we love from music, film and television to find out about their passions and obsessions. Join us as we go deep into chat with some of the most interesting artists and celebrities around.

Talk the Line is a conversation podcast from The Line of Best Fit, the UK's biggest independent website for new music discovery. Our host Jen Long meets the people we love from music, film and television to find out about their passions and obsessions. Join us as we go deep into chat with some of the most interesting artists and celebrities around.
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Talk the Line is a conversation podcast from The Line of Best Fit, the UK's biggest independent website for new music discovery. Our host Jen Long meets the people we love from music, film and television to find out about their passions and obsessions. Join us as we go deep into chat with some of the most interesting artists and celebrities around.






66: The Joy Formidable on Utah

Rhiannon "Ritzy" Bryan from Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable talks about her experiences of living in Utah. The band's new record AAARTH drops on 28 September via Hassle Records.


65: Samm Henshaw on Comic Book Adaptations

Rising R&B star and comic book obsessive Samm Henshaw chats to Jen Long about how his favourite books have made it to the big and small screens.


64: Interpol on Boxing

Interpol frontman Paul Banks explains the noble art of boxing to Jen Long. The band's sixth album Marauder is released on 24 August via Matador.


63: Miles Kane on American Wrestling (WWE)

Miles Kane joins presenter Jen Long to explore his passion for WWE - American Wrestling. With a career stretching back to his mid-teens, Kane's been one of indie rock's most prolific collaborators - notably as part of The Last Shadow Puppets, the band he formed with Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys. This year he releases Coup De Grace - only his third solo album - which is named for a wrestling move made famous by Finn Balor. Balor also appears in Kane's recent video for "Cry on My Guitar".


62: Mikky Ekko on Lucid Dreaming

Singer/Songwiter and Rihanna-collaborator Mikky Ekko joins presenter Jen Long to share his fascination with controlling what happens in your dreams. You can take the Japanese Cube Test mentioned in this episode on David Wolfe's website.


61: Clap Your Hands Say Yeh on La Liga

Alec Ounsworth is the Pennsylvania-born frontman of Clap Your Hands Say Yeh, one of the most loved US indie bands of the last decade thanks largely to their self-titled 2005 debut and its follow up Some Loud Thunder. The band’s most recent album The Tourist came together after a period of reflection and was lyrically inspired by the likes of Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. As the football World Cup comes to a close, we're talking to Alec about his love of La Liga - the Spanish premier...


60: Tom Grennan on the World Cup

Tom Grennan was pushed into music after his friends heard him drunk-singing "Seaside" by The Kooks at a house party. When he moved to London to study acting, he bought a guitar, learned some chords and starting gigging around the capital. His first big break came with an appearance on Chase & Status 2016 single "All Goes Wrong" and this week he releases his debut album Lighting Matches. Tom was originally set for a footballing career and played for Bedford Park Tigers, Luton Town and...


59: Lucy Rose on Being Boring

Lucy Rose began her career as a backing vocalist for the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Razorlight before delivering her 2012 debut album Like I Used To which established her as one of the UK’s most exciting singer/songwriters. Since then she dropped two more records and worked with the likes of US rapper Logic, former Talk The Line guests The Staves and Rae Morris - who is also Lucy’s sister in law. Lucy’s last album came after two months spent backpacking South America, playing free...


58: Two Door Cinema Club on Northern Ireland and The Troubles

Kevin Baird is a founding member of Two Door Cinema Club, probably the most successful rock band to ever come out of Northern Ireland. The three members of Two Door met as teenagers in Bangor and made their TV debut at the age of sixteen on a BBC TV music talent show - where they came last. In 2007 they conquered social media and chose music over University, releasing their debut EP Four Words to Stand On, the following year. Two Door have had massive success across the world with three...


57: Stella Donnelly on the Menstrual Cycle

Stella Donnelly was born and raised in Wales before moving to Australia at the age of ten. Fifteen years later she's one of her adopted country's brightest musical hopes, abandoning her plans to study social work at University in favour of signing to legendary indie label Secretly Canadian. Stellla is an honest and confrontational lyricist, with signature track "Boys Will Be Boys" addressing victim blaming and written to the rapist of her friend. It features on Stella's debut EP -which gets...


56: The Hold Steady's Craig Finn on Baseball

Minnesota-born Craig Finn is the frontman of The Hold Steady, a band who have created an enduring mythology over six albums and a fifteen year-career. Craig is the band's master storyteller and known for writings songs that feature recurring characters and locations from around the midwest. Craig is a huge baseball fan and has never been shy about his support for his hometown team the Minnesota Twins, even penning a fight song for them back in 2010 - and today we're talking to him about why...


55: We Are Scientists on Jack Reacher

We Are Scientists have been a mainstay of indie dancefloors since their 2005 hit "Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt". Keith Murray and Chris Cain originally met at college in California in the late 90s and become friends through a shared love of stand-up comedy. Moving to Brooklyn to make their debut album, they signed to a major label for its follow up With Love And Squalor, a stone cold classic of '00 post punk indie. Their new record Megaplax is their seventh and dropped earlier this year....


54: Neko Case on warrior women

Neko Case was raised in working-class Washington State and spent her turbulent childhood shuffling between divorced parents before leaving home at 15. By 17 she was playing drums and at 23 she moved to Vancouver to study art, where she played in local punk bands and began to explore country music. She released her debut record The Virginian in 1997 and 9 more solo albums have followed with her latest Hell On out this month. It's co-produced by Björn Yttling from Peter, Bjorn and John and...


53: Harry from Peace on Yoga

26 year old Harry Koisser is the frontman of Peace, the band he formed as a teenager with his brother Sam and friends Doug and Dom. After being nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, the band released their debut album In Love and followed it up two years later with their second, Happy People. The band's early success saw Harry embrace the lifestyle of a metropolitan rockstar but Peace relocated to a farmhouse in the middle of a forest miles away from civilisation to write their new...


52: Tove Styrke on Personality

Swedish pop star Tove Styrke was raised in the Swedish city of Umeå and grew up “banging on the piano and singing around the house all the time" until hearing the music of Björk at age ten changed her life. She began her career on Sweden's version of Pop Idol and her self-titled effort went platinum in Sweden and earned a nomination at the Swedish Grammy Awards - but it wasn't until 2015's follow-up Kiddothat Tove established her identity with the record hailed as a “feminist pop triumph”...


51: Max Richter on Haruki Murakami

Today's guest Max Richer was one of the first composers to combine classical and electronic elements with a post rock sensibility – something which was radical when he began his career at the start of the 21st century. The German-born British composer is one of the most influential voices in post-minimalist composition and has also made a name for himself as a prolific writer of music for film, television and stage. His work has been featured in films from the likes of Martin Scorsese and...


50: Andrew W.K. on Partying

California-born singer Andrew W.K.’s debut album I Get Wet is undeniably iconic – from the bloody-nosed portrait on the cover to the record’s breakout single “Party Hard” which launched a thousand games of beer pong. This year he released You’re Not Alone, his first new album in almost ten years. He says that the record is “an exaltation of my love for music itself…a plea [to myself] to recognize music’s eternal power and glory, in the face of hardship and pain.” Partying hard remains...


49: Alexis Taylor on Vuokko Nurmesniemi

Alexis Taylor is the co-founder of the legendary Hot Chip, a band he formed at school with his friend Joe Goddard. Hot Chip have achieved incredible success with Grammy and Mercury nominations as well as six incredible albums. Alexis has also released two albums with his side project About Group and another three as a solo artist; his fourth - Beautiful Thing - drops this month. It's the first time Alexis has made a solo album with a producer - none other than Tim Goldsworthy, the...


48: Jamz Supernova on Shonda Rhimes and the Shondaverse

South East London-born DJ and presenter Jamz Supernova began her career in the drivetime slot on Reprezent Radio where she made a name for herself serving up music from the next wave of artists and producers across grime, bass, house, hip-hop, trap and more. She's the founder of Future Bounce which she established as a show at Reprezent and now runs as a club night which celebrates the very best DJs and artists from across the global DIY scene. Since the age of 19 Jamz has been working at...


47: Justin from The Vaccines on Running and Mental Health

This year sees the return of The Vaccines with their fourth album Combat Sports. Now with a five-strong line-up, the upbeat and contagious record finds them moving forward with a re-energised take on the indie rock and roll sound that made their name. The record's title was inspired after singer Justin Young and guitar Freddie Cowan came to blows on the last day of recording. We’ve never been shy of telling home truths to each other," says Justin. "We’re like brothers. And brothers...