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

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...


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

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 people who look at the...


Episode 33 - Pink by Boris

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...


Episode 32 - Chosen Lords by AFX

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...


Episode 31 - Marnie Stern by Marnie Stern

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...


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

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...


Episode 29 - Animal Rights by Moby

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...


Episode 28 - Blue Record by Baroness

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...


Episode 27 - Crazy for You by Best Coast

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...


The Grunge Mixtape - LIVE (Part 2)

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...


The Grunge Mixtape - LIVE (Part 1)

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...


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

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...


Episode 25 - Never Better by P.O.S

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...


Episode 24 - You Are Free by Cat Power

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...


Episode 23 - Dundee is Fundee: The Dundee Mixtape

This week we're doing things a little differently. Due to recent tragic events Mr Weaver could not join us this week, so Chris and Mark decided to pull the trigger on an idea we've been thinking about for ages and do a Scottish music themed mixtape. By sheer coincidence they separately picked two records by two bands from Dundee (and bands which shared a bassist, no less) and used it as platform to talk about Dundee's music scene in and of itself. It's a pretty fun episode. There's no...


Episode 22 - Searching for a Former Clarity by Against Me!

Let's dive right back into the punk side of things here and talk about perhaps one of the most important punk bands around right now. Against Me! have had quite the career thus far. Dealing with every conceivable issue a band could face and then some. Mark gives us a pretty concise history of the band leading up to this record, and gives a little of what happened afterwards too. Chris then steers conversation towards into how punk songwriters that were once tied to a particular ethos...


Episode 21 - Rossz Csillag Alatt Született by Venetian Snares

Aaron Funk has released a vertiable shed load of albums throughout his illustrious career. This, his 15th, is considered his definitive work. Weaver brings it to the table and tries to convince Mark and Chris that it is worthy of inclusion in our discography? Chris and Mark had never heard anything like this before, and thus approached it, and its frankly ridiculous concept, with a certain amount of trepidation. However, the sheer amount of work, and the general composition was enough to...


Episode 20 - Jupiter by Cave In

Before we started this podcast we knew that we’d cover Cave In. We collectively agreed that we would talk about ‘Jupiter’. We just didn’t think it’d be this soon. Tragedy struck the band recently when their bassist Caleb Schofield had his life cut short in a car accident. We never thought that such circumstances would come to us so soon - heroes of ours, or at least "rock stars" of our generation dying when we were all still in our 30s is something we never thought we'd experience. As a...


Episode 19 - Vespertine by Bjork

Everything that needs to be said about Bjork has already been said. Her discography, like her talent, is vast, and unable to pass up the chance to talk about anything weird, we thought we’d say our piece. Weaver is a huge fan, and when quizzed about what album we should talk about he immediately picked ‘Vespertine’. Neither Chris or Mark were too familiar with her work, so the conversation in this episode is particularly interesting as Weaver once again drives the car. He gives us a...


Episode 18 - Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters

If you live in Scotland and are even remotely familiar with the indie scene, The Twilight Sad, alongside Frightened Rabbit, are a seemingly indomitable force. A band whose influence and position loom large over the country’s music landscape, and for the past decade their fanbase has only increased, their profile growing larger with every record. On this week’s episode Chris and Weaver take it right back to the beginning of the band’s journey, offering a fine appraisal of what they feel is...