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Episode 39 - Ignoto by Yourcodenameis:milo

9/21/2018
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Yourcodenameis:milo are one of the most fondly remembered bands which were part of the post hardcore influenced Britrock that made up the popular end of the British alternative music scene at the start of the century. And rightly so, they packed a ton of ideas into their music and were years ahead of most of their contemporaries when it came to the more technical aspects of the craft. This week we talk this album and the band’s history. Questions are asked about how they seemed to spring...

Duration:00:56:21

Episode 38 - La Roux by La Roux

9/14/2018
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Sometimes we talk about popular records on this podcast. By popular we mean “has sold a boatload of copies” and La Roux certainly falls into the category of having sold a boatload of copies. Indeed, the Mercury Award nominated, Grammy Award winning, platinum selling artist could also be comfortably described as popular in just about any capacity you care to think of. Chris, whilst not disagreeing with this (and to be fair we’ve touched on other albums which have sold as many if not more...

Duration:01:10:02

Episode 37 - We are the Romans by Botch

9/7/2018
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If you like hardcore/metalcore/mathcore/heavy music you know of Botch. You know how good this record is. You don't need us to convince you otherwise. If you haven't heard it, then you should rectify that immediately. Botch set the blueprint for modern metallic hardcore as we know it. Most bands since have taken a lot from this record. Listening to it now, especially if you haven't heard it before like Mark, sort of feels like walking into an old, pristine home and immediately feeling...

Duration:01:06:37

Episode 36 - A Healthy Distrust by Sage Francis

8/31/2018
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More hip hop is good for the soul. Or something. This week we take on our third hip hop album in the form of Sage Francis' 'A Healthy Distrust'. This album, his second, was his first release on Epitaph records, marking the label's first foray into hip hop. Showcasing a darker sonic palette than his previous release, 'Personal Journalist', this record finds Sage doubling down on the political and personal content, whilst creating a dense, paranoid soundscape that captures the sound of a...

Duration:01:00:35

Episode 35 - Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden

8/24/2018
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To borrow a quote from the episode? "Why the fuck are we talking about Iron Maiden?" "Because they're fucking Iron Maiden!" It's a fair point. Can a band as big as Iron Maiden ever be Unsung? Weaver pulls out all the stops as he puts forward the case as to why the first Iron Maiden album is not only their unsung classic, but their best album without question. We really get into it with this episode. Chris hates Maiden and everything they stand for, whilst Mark, an unabashed Maiden fan,...

Duration:00:51:26

Episode 34 - Whatever You Love, You Are by Dirty Three

8/17/2018
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Warren Ellis and co. have contributed quite a lot to the Australian musical landscape. Indeed, many would say that it is Ellis' penchant for Celtic rhythms and Eastern European grooves that gives Dirty Three an identity that stands apart from the weird, seemingly generic landscape or Australian music. His work with Nick Cave on both the Bad Seeds' music and film scores cements him as a kind of of neo-Western figure, a man whose singular drive and vision has expanded beyond the realms of...

Duration:00:52:16

The Riot Grrl Mixtape - Part 2 (w/ Anna Goldthorp and Breagha Cuinn)

8/12/2018
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Usually we like to wait a few days before dropping another part of an episode, but this one is proving so hot that we decided to drop it earlier. On this episode we chat with Breagha Cuinn from the band Bratakus, as she gives us a slightly different take on riot grrl compared to Anna. Then we talk about our individual choices for the discography. Chris chooses 'Fontanelle' by Babes in Toyland; David goes for 'Bricks are Heavy' by L7 and Mark decides on 'Dig me Out' by Sleater-Kinney. We...

Duration:01:06:20

The Riot Grrl Mixtape - Part 1 (w/ Anna Goldthorp and Breagha Cuinn)

8/11/2018
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In a change to our regularly scheduled programming, here is the first part of our Riot Grrl Mixtape. That's right, three straight white man are going to pontificate about Riot Grrl because we're utterly confident that has NEVER happened on a podcast before. In all seriousness, we'd been trying to get this episode off the ground for a while but we found it very difficult to get women to come on and talk about it. In the end, we managed to record two interviews with two different stances on...

Duration:01:03:17

Episode 33 - Pink by Boris

8/3/2018
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This week we're talking about yet another band with a huge, varied oeuvre. We try, god knows we try, to engage with all of it. You can be the judge of how successful we were. Boris have released something in the region of 24 albums in their 25 years career. That's a lot of records. Their genre hopping madness goes from drone to noise and everything in between. On this episode Chris and Weaver take the reigns despite it being Mark's choice. Mark makes a tit of himself by refusing to do any...

Duration:01:02:33

Episode 32 - Chosen Lords by AFX

7/28/2018
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Richard D. James is perhaps one of the most prolific and elusive electronic artists ever. His discography is so vast that other work is often mistaken for his. He's been around for decades, yet very little is known about how. Most importantly though, he like to mess with people. AFX is a compilation of AFX and Aphex Twin songs. In his mind, the name he releases music under is irrelevant. We approached his back catalogue in the same way, so this episode is not about which AFX of Aphex Twin...

Duration:01:02:51

Episode 31 - Marnie Stern by Marnie Stern

7/20/2018
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Marnie Stern is an obscenely talented musician. That's probably something we should mention from the get go. Her guitar playing and songwriting nous is remarkable, and the result of her skill is four very good albums, most of which could be considered for out discography. However, Mark makes a case for her third self titled album as being the one which should be added to our canon of classic albums. Weaver enthusiastically agrees, whilst Chris gives some thoughts on why her second and...

Duration:00:46:06

Episode 30 - The Magnolia Electric Co. by Songs: Ohia

7/14/2018
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In his somewhat short life, Jason Molina recorded a lot of music. In fact, as discussed in the podcast, he treated songwriting like a job, dedicating 8 hours a day to the craft. It completely explains why he was able to release something in the order of 16 albums and many EPs. This album is often considered his magnum opus. By his own reckoning, this was his crowning achievement and after 'The Magnolia Electric Co.' was complete, many of his band and friends recognised it as being a...

Duration:01:12:40

Episode 29 - Animal Rights by Moby

7/6/2018
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Mark and Weaver were fairly sure that Chris was trolling with this selection, but they couldn't be sure until they gave Moby's wacky, idiosyncratic fifth album 'Animal Rights' a spin. Results are...varied. To be sure, this is not like any other Moby album. There are guitars and shit. There's screaming. There's drums. It's like digital hardcore meets Nine Inch Nails with the occasional spattering of Moby's usual ambient self. This is a record that shouldn't exist. An oddity. A weird mole on...

Duration:01:00:31

Episode 28 - Blue Record by Baroness

6/29/2018
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Back to metal. Metal-ish. Metal...ish? Baroness started off as a sludge metal band and on this, their second album, start to bring in influences from other genres. Here, Mark makes the case for this at their best album. In all its cheesy, metal cliche, psychedelic, riffy glory. With a revolving door of musicians, John Dyer Baizley has remained the sole consistent member of the band, and perhaps that explains why the band's sound has changed so much over the years. Blue Record finds the band...

Duration:00:45:41

Episode 27 - Crazy for You by Best Coast

6/22/2018
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Surf vibes, garage rock vibes...simple songs delivered well? Not everyone thinks so. It's been a while since we've had a disagreement about an album and this one splits the group. Chris comes out swinging with some serious criticism of Best Coast, whilst David and Mark are happy to talk about how the record is just good, simple stuff. It's true, there is a lot to be said about Best Coast, their inception, the way their career has changed and so much more. We get into that and more. Is...

Duration:00:50:22

The Grunge Mixtape - LIVE (Part 2)

6/20/2018
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We highly recommend checking out part one before you get into this episode. It provides some much-needed context to grunge as a musical and cultural phenomenon. On part two of the Grunge Mixtape Chris, David and Mark pick their three albums and make each their case as to why it’s the best representation of grunge music. David goes first and explains why Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden is not just his favourite grunge record, but the best one out there. From Cornell’s wail to the signature...

Duration:01:14:52

The Grunge Mixtape - LIVE (Part 1)

6/15/2018
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It's the moment you've all be waiting for. Well, that some of you have been waiting for. Maybe only a few of you, now that we think about it. That's right, it's time for our Grunge Mixtape. This is part one, where we dive deep into the history of grunge, its formation in the Aberdeen and Seattle, the key players, and how it change, evolved and became more corporate. We talk about some of the most influential artists of the time, and we even talk about the fashion and how it took on a...

Duration:01:01:46

Episode 26 - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

6/9/2018
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Godspeed You! Black Emperor don't really do brevity. They do epic, sweeping, often joyous, always elaborate, suites of music that are designed to move you. They're thorough, crafting songs with painstaking attention to detail. In keeping with the spirit of the band, we thought we'd do the same, so we present to your our longest episode yet. But trust us when we say that it's probably up there with our most interesting listens. We dive deep into the band's back catalogue, stopping along the...

Duration:01:25:49

Episode 25 - Never Better by P.O.S

6/1/2018
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Folks, we did it. We managed to find a hip hop record that Chris Cusack enjoyed. We're fairly sure that this is one of the signs of the apocalypse so we're probably just going to end the podcast here. Thanks to everyone who listened. Joking aside though, this is a screamer of an album. People have been drawing comparisons between punk and hip hop since...well, forever. The line between the two is drawn pretty clearly on this album. P.O.S himself was a punk kid, but growing up in the...

Duration:00:57:58

Episode 24 - You Are Free by Cat Power

5/25/2018
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The aforementioned unfortunate circumstances which led to last week's change of plan loom large over this week's episode. Cat Power's difficulties with her mental health are well documented, and we felt we needed to give this episode a little extra time to address not only those, but how musicians in general deal with their own personal demons. The original plan was to follow Episode 22 with Never Better by P.O.S. However we felt it right to change the order with recent circumstances in...

Duration:01:07:49