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Episode 67 - Simple Math by Manchester Orchestra

Manchester Orchestra have been a band since high school. Which means Andy Hull has been making music, touring and selling actual goddamn records for around half his life. He’s the same age as a couple of us (not Chris) and it really does make you think about what could have been if us three music lovers hadn’t dicked about for so long and just sold out years ago. But alas, that was never in the cards. This week we’re talking about Manchester Orchestra’s third album, and major label debut,...


Episode 66 - Santogold by Santigold

Indie darling and savvy industry operator Santi White has been involved in music than you might think. Formerly and A&R rep for Epic Records, she’d been producing and writing songs for other artists for years (as well as kicking around in a punk band for much of the early 00s) before her debut album dropped in 2008. The result of all that time working behind the scenes meant that Santi emerged with a polished, considered and eclectic record that belies its debut album status. Is it perhaps...


Episode 65 - Grit by Martyn Bennett

At some point, some journalist somewhere decided that “celtic fusion” was a genre, and subsequently placed the music of Martyn Bennett in it. What does it mean? Well, your guess is as good as ours. We can safely say though that Bennett’s fifth and final album ‘Grit’ is definitely a genre fusion of sorts. We’ve dedicated a fair amount of time to discussing Scottish artists and albums on this podcast, but we’ve yet to touch on traditional Scottish music. Martyn Bennett is very much from a...


Episode 64 - Career Suicide by A Wilhelm Scream

We return to our regularly scheduled programming this week as we tackle a punk album which is difficult to categorise. A Wilhelm Scream originally started off as a skate punk band in the mid-90s, first under the name Koen before releasing two albums as Smackin’ Isaiah. As members rotated in and out the band’s sound started to change, and come the early 00s the band eschewed it’s old name and started to move away from skate punk entirely. If we were to take a stab at it, you could probably...


Episode 63 - Algorithm n Blues: Spotify, AI and the Decline of the Musician

This week we’re joined by friend of the pod Dr. Jason Costello, as we take a slight diversion for the usual format and discuss algorithms, Spotify and the future of music. It may come as a surprise to some people, but algorithmic music has been around in various forms since the 1950s. The first instance of computer-generated composition dates back to 1955-56, where Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Issacson at the University of Illinois used a high-speed computer to create the Illiac Suite. The...


Episode 62 - World Music by Goat

We retreat to Scandinavia again this week, this time travelling further north than ever before in order to meet Goat. Whilst the band (allegedly) come from the Arctic Circle, the music couldn’t be further from the frozen north in sound. A strange fusion of psychedelic rock and afrobeat, ‘World Music’ plays like a 60s throwback. All at once intoxicating and rousing, it’s an assured debut by a mysterious, talented band. There’s everything from Can to Parliament found in here, alongside...


Episode 61 - Atrocity Exhibition by Danny Brown

Once we’d finished our lengthy diversion into the Satanic territory of black metal, we thought we’d change direction entirely and cover another hip hop album. Cue Chris’ mild bemusement at such an alien genre. We briefly touched upon Danny Brown in our El-P episode, as he’d appeared on a Run the Jewels song, thus giving Mark his usual lazy nexus link. The truth is though, whilst David and Mark both immediately agreed upon this album when the suggestion of doing another hip hop was floated,...


The Black Metal Mixtape (Side B)

Last week we gave you the history. This week we give you the music. Specifically, our own unsung black metal albums. We run the gaumt from OG trve kvlt Black Circle made Norwegian Black Metal, to the more recent third wave hipster fare. Along the way we touch on other stuff from different periods too. It’s quite a journey. Look, we can’t pretend the albums we picked aren’t problematic. There are of course many musicians involved in black metal and it’s myriad of subgenres who are not...


The Black Metal Mixtape (Side A)

Praise be to The Dark Lord himself, for this week we take on the most unholiest of unholy music, and we do it in the only way we know how - with our now patented combination of cynicism, amazement and mild disdain. We’ve promised this for a while and a few people have been asking us for it, so here it is. It’s dark. Super dark. But it’s also fun. Maybe? This is going to offend people. Not because we say anything offensive, but mostly because black metal music is aurally and sometimes (but...


Episode 60 - Head to Head: 'Madonna' vs 'Source Tags & Codes' by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

After doing something new and splitting dear Tori Amos into two parts, we decided that we’d do another new thing. It just so happens that this new thing coincides with the 20th anniversary of …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead’s second album ‘Madonna’. So to celebrate this occasion Chris decided that we should do a head to head between ‘Madonna’ and ‘Source Tags & Codes’. Weaver dutifully agreed, initially vowing to take the corner of ‘Madonna’ whilst Christ decided to fight the...


Episode 59 - From the Choirgirl Hotel by Tori Amos (Side B)

And so here we are, episode 59. Part two of our two part Tori Amos sorta kinda semi special. We never intended for this episode to expand into a two parter but as fans of the pod know, when Chris does his research he does his research so when it comes to an artist with a vast catalogue well…you get what you pay for. If what you pay for is a thorough discussion on the fourth Tori Amos album. Yes, this is what we promised from the start - an in depth dissection of ‘From the Choirgirl Hotel’....


Episode 58 - From the Choirgirl Hotel by Tori Amos (Side A)

Every time we sit down to talk about an artist with a rather extensive back catalogue things end up escalating into a mammoth career retrospective. Yet, despite being fully aware of this we decided to try to talk about Tori Amos’ career in a brief, but thorough way, only to find that, by the time we had finished recording, the whole bloody thing ended up being a rather unwieldy 2 hours long. So, to spare both your sanity and ours, we decided to split this episode into two parts and put them...


Episode 57 - Sea of the Dying Dhow by *shels

It’s hard to believe it’s taken us this long to get to a post-metal record, but here we are. Alongside Traindodge this is one of the more “obscure” records we’ve covered. *shels are a Trans-Atlantic project that comes from the minds of singer and guitarist Mehdi Safa and drummer Tom Harriman. If you’re even remotely familiar with the post-hardcore scene in the south of England you’ll know that this band come from impressive stock. Safa and Harriman formed *shels after the demise of...


Episode 56 - The Bronx (I) by The Bronx

The mystery at the end of last week’s episode is a mystery no more. And Weaver didn’t even pick it, it was Mark in the end. We lied to you. We lied and we’re sorry. Instead of trying to reckon with some hot button sociopolitical issues like we did last week, this week we’re actually talking about The Bronx. A lot. We cover their entire discography (note: we did NOT cover Mariachi El Bronx, but they are mentioned) and try to figure out what they did to get signed to a major label so goddamn...


Episode 55 - Black Messiah by D'Angelo and the Vanguard

If you expected the mystery record, our first of 2019, to be a neo-soul album then kudos, you clearly read our minds. And if you did actually read our minds, good God was that a mistake. This week we’re a man down as David attends to some family business, but that’s ok! Not only do Chris and Mark talk about D’Angelo’s inventive third album ‘Black Messiah’, but they cover all the topics you love: race, religion, abortion, consent, Veganism, sex, money, drugs and alcohol. It’s a real...


Episode 54 - The 2018 Xmas Xtravaganza (Side B)

Happy new year folks! If you’re still with us after last week’s debacle then welcome back! This episode is a much more upbeat affair. It’s also 50% drunker. If you didn’t listen to part one, we highly recommend that you do. Nevertheless, the format is as follows: we answer questions you guys put to us and have a jolly good time disappearing up own arses. This week we’re talking about albums we can’t nominate for the discography due to how big they are; discussing which of the albums we’ve...


Episode 53 - The 2018 Xmas Xtravaganza (Side A)

In the immortal words of Noddy Holder - it’s Christmas. As it’s the end of our first year we thought it was time to start a new tradition, using the final two weeks of the year to reflect on the last 52 weeks and answer a few fan questions in the process. That’s right, it's part one of the Unsung 2018 Xmas Xtravaganza. On this week’s episode we get a little drunk, a little lary and very self-aggrandizing as we talk about our favourite finds of the year. We also give out a few Christmas...


Episode 52 - Meantime by Helmet

Well folks, we did it. We made it through 52 consecutive weeks without killing each other. Also, we didn’t miss an episode. Please send us high fives. We left last week’s episode on a bit of a cliffhanger as Chris hadn’t quite decided which Helmet record he was going to do, but when it came down to it there was only one choice - ‘Meantime’. The band’s second record, their major label debut and the record we got our name from. So I guess you now know who also came up with the name of the...


Episode 51 - Emotion (Side B) by Carly Rae Jepsen

This week on the Unsung Podcast - three lads go off the rails. Weaver decides to pick Carly Rae Jepsen’s third album ‘Emotion’, then throws a curveball by saying the mini album of B sides she released after it is much better. So on this episode we talk about both. Chris is pissed off, throwing derision around the shop like it’s going out of style. Weaver remains staunch in his defense of the record, and Mark briefly loses his shit in the middle before deciding that this album is beige...


Episode 50 - Cancer 4 Cure by El-P

A lovely return to hip hop this week, as Mark nominates El-P’s fourth solo album ‘Cancer 4 Cure’ for inclusion in our discography. David and Mark go deep on El-P’s back catalouge, taking detours through the discographies of some Def Jux artists and giving some time Killer Mike’s ‘R.A.P Music’, which was produced by El-P and came out within weeks of this album. And what conversation about El-P and Killer Mike can be complete without mentioning Run the Jewels and the staggering success...