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A deep dive into some of the best albums ever made with a history of the artist, recording of the album, cover art, a track by track analysis and a discussion of what happened next.

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A deep dive into some of the best albums ever made with a history of the artist, recording of the album, cover art, a track by track analysis and a discussion of what happened next.

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Great and Thorough Podcast

By Carl from chicago - Nov 17 2019
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I am a big music fan and thought I knew a lot about music but they blew me away. No ads and over an hour long but great content throughout. They are now back together with the original 3 members and doing great work. I especially enjoyed the recent Ramones podcast.

Deep Cuts

By jasonbutcher75 - Jul 29 2019
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Amazing podcast!! Deep information on deep cuts.

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126 Ratings
Average Ratings
99
13
7
4
3

Great and Thorough Podcast

By Carl from chicago - Nov 17 2019
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I am a big music fan and thought I knew a lot about music but they blew me away. No ads and over an hour long but great content throughout. They are now back together with the original 3 members and doing great work. I especially enjoyed the recent Ramones podcast.

Deep Cuts

By jasonbutcher75 - Jul 29 2019
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Amazing podcast!! Deep information on deep cuts.
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The Album Club

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A deep dive into some of the best albums ever made with a history of the artist, recording of the album, cover art, a track by track analysis and a discussion of what happened next.

Rank #1: Ep.16 - Rancid - ...And Out Come the Wolves

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Rancids epic 90s punk record gets the treatment this week We talk about how punk ate itself at the end of the 80s and was reborn in an explosive manner in the mid 90s the idea of selling out the history of the East Bay music scene Gilman St Operation Ivy and the birth of Rancid We review all 19 tracks on this album and then discuss the rest of their career up to the current day Give em the boot

Aug 08 2016

1hr 57mins

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Rank #2: Ep.27 - The Pixies - Surfer Rosa

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If you loved loud quietloud rock with big guitars and offkilter pop hooks for miles in the 80s this was probably your favourite band If you did so in the 90s this was your favourite bands favourite band We go though this gem meticulously and separate the cookies from the pizza yeah thatll make more sense if you actually listen to it We laugh a lot in this one Sometimes in Spanish

Oct 24 2016

1hr 45mins

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Rank #3: Ep.9 - The Beatles - Abbey Road

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This week we take on the Fab Four and their final album Abbey Road We talk about the tension leading up to the making of this album the time in the studio we listen and discuss each track on the album and discuss what each Beatle did as they all went their separate ways

Jun 16 2016

1hr 44mins

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Rank #4: Ep.8 - Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

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In this episode we look at Siamese Dream the remarkable second album by Smashing Pumpkins but completed almost solely by Billy Corgan and Jimmy Chamberlain Listen to how the band started and their early success and the pressure they had on making this album the story of studio perfectionism and the laborious recording process a track by track and analysis and the continued rise and slow decline of The Smashing Pumpkins fortunes

Jun 06 2016

1hr 49mins

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Rank #5: Ep. 53 - Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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Time to play The Piper We delve into the fragile genius of Syd Barrett in examining Pink Floyds debut album and telling the beginnings of the band and the life of Syd Barrett the crazy diamond

Nov 04 2018

2hr 16mins

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Rank #6: Ep. 51 - Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

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We are back On our first episode in over a year we discuss Joy Divisions stark masterpiece Unknown Pleasures We talk about its influence on what we now call post punk and gothic rock the themes of detachment control and pain communicated through Ian Curtiss tortured lyrics We also take some time to cover Joy Divisions imprisoned exdrummers Hooky and Barneys beef and the morphing of JD into electronic rock pioneers New Order Its good to be back

Sep 18 2018

1hr 58mins

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Rank #7: Ep.58 - The Who - Who's Next?

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Meet the new boss The Whos 1971 masterpiece is nestled between two rock opera double albums and was supposed to have been the rock opera concept to change the face of music Lifehouse Instead a metal breakdown a heroin addiction suicide attempt and a band on the brink meant the ashes of Lifehouse were transformed into a single collection of songs which would go on to become one of the most innovative rock albums of the 70s

Feb 10 2019

2hr 4mins

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Rank #8: Ep.20 - Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

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The fathers of every metal riff in existence Black Sabbath gets the Album Club black candle seance this week with their fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath We talk about the making of this classic and the then escalating cocaine use internal problems please refer back to the cocaine bit and riffblock leading up to it that almost killed the band We talk about metal and how much these four Brummies influenced the future of the genre for better and for worse We headbang to every track and then dizzily discuss them while often playfully eviscerating Geezers lyrics and trying to find secret Satanic messages through our cartoonish and frankly embarrassing grasp of numerology This was a fun one folks Rock on m

Sep 07 2016

2hr 1min

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Rank #9: Ep.48 - The Doors - The Doors

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So what do you do if you have it all The jaw dropping catlike sexual allure the universecracking enlightenment of the drugs and the effortless swagger of the rocknroll exuding poetry lust mystery and an irresistible smile that suggests you ARE love life death and everything in between Well we started a podcast But you could just as easily be one of rocks most enduring icons and be Jim Morrison Ride into the storm with us as we take a desert drive through the history of The Doors and the making of their debut swirl through each track and take a trip along the rest of their career before it all came crashing down

Aug 14 2017

2hr 12mins

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Rank #10: Ep.40 - Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies

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Hola esses Theres a reason this album never fails to make those Best punkhardcore albums of all time lists uhh its because its one of the greatest punkhardcore albums of all time Venice Beachs finest cholos were shrouded in folklore and infamy from the get go with rumours of gang affiliation and violence Rumours may we add the band were all too happy to keep alive We love a band with a great story angle cast of characters and ethos here at The Album Club HQ and these vatos do not disappoint We examine the myth the formation and making of this record all four days of it and blitz through the tracks one by one while stopping to giggle at the shtick and discussing their transition into one of the 80s best crossover thrash bands So lower your bandana over your eyes get cyco and stay sui homes

Jun 21 2017

2hr 10mins

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Rank #11: Ep.17 - Beastie Boys - Check Your Head

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Three MCs and one DJ and a keyboardist a percussionist and even some dude playing the cuica Everyone has their favourite Beastie Boys album And if you dont we want nothing to do with you Brooklyns finest reinvented themselves again on their 1992 release shedding the last vestiges of their frat boy puerilities and picking up instruments just to then sample chop mix distort and twist into arguably the heaviest and sublime genredefying melee of their career This is where they started being International ambassadors of cool and making vintage chic a thing Fun Fact The Album Club has been known to stagedive off other peoples furniture to So Watcha WantOf course were kidding wed love to hang out with youBut not until you listen to this episode

Aug 18 2016

2hr 16mins

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Rank #12: Ep.32 - Vs - Pearl Jam

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Yeah it was gonna happen right Part three of our selfimposed Seattle Tetralogy Pearl Jam get the Album Club deluxe massage this week It was kind of a toss up between any of the first three records really but Vs won out Why Well much like Nirvanas In Utero this is a band at the height of their unimaginable successhype deciding who they want to be and perhaps more importantly who they do not Refusing to simply go with Ten Pt2 Eleven they defiantly spat this monster out and started the move away from MTVfriendly commercial rock they would consolidate even further on Vitalogy and beyond On top of all that lets face it Pearl Jam are the gold standard of how you age as a rock band And their numerous staunchly fanatical followers will back us up Massive respect Also Rearviewmirror That is all

Apr 24 2017

1hr 57mins

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Rank #13: Ep.4 - Weezer - Weezer (aka The Blue Album)

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Awkward indie kids playing 60s inspired uberharmonised pop about their insecurities all through a Marshall stack Sign me up How do you deliver such carefully crafted and nuanced almost kitsch tunes with such ferocity From the perfect fuzz drenched power pop opener to the impassioned wailing of the closer this album has it all We bob our collective heads to each track while getting neck deep in the history of the band the recording of this album and the subsequent struggles of Mr Rivers Cuomo We also spend a good amount of time explaining the importance of being Matt Sharp as Weezer were never quite the same ie good since his departure Little known fact if you dont like this record you hate guitars Also stick around for the singalong

May 09 2016

1hr 43mins

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Rank #14: Ep.18 - The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers

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This week finds The Album Club discussing the classic 1971 LP We bravely tackle the errr sticky conundrum of ranking this amongst Stones albums no easy feat We discuss what was happening with the Stones after the death of Brian Jones their new record label new guitarist and legal disputes with Allen Klein We go through every track in detail and discuss what happened to the Stones in the four decades that followed this albums release

Aug 22 2016

2hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Ep.36 - Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral

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This week we get our latex synths pinions drills and other assorted machinery to cover one of the 90s most successful and hard hitting rock bands We grind through the history of the industrial movement pull levers to take a peek at the man behind the curtain give our feedback on all the songs on this smash album before hammering through the nuts and bolts of what happened next This one gets noisy

May 22 2017

1hr 56mins

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Rank #16: Ep. 55 - The Strokes - Is this it

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The first of a Strokes double header The band that started the early 00s new garage rock revolution reshaped rock music for the new millennium and smashed open the door for a swathe of incredible bands We discuss the impact they made and how and why it happened the unprecedented hype bidding war release of their EP and album and insane inherent hipness that took coolness to a whole other level Take it or leave it

Dec 04 2018

2hr 4mins

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Rank #17: Ep.24 - Bad Brains - Rock For Light

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The hardest and fastest Album Club episode yet This weeks subject is a your typical group of four Rastafarian punks from Washington DC doing an album of hardcore and reggae You know the uje I and I talk about the a band which is as unique as it is legendary hardcore punk Rastafarianism and HRs mental illness as we go track by track This album makes me want to do backflips Praise Jah

Oct 05 2016

2hr 27mins

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Rank #18: Ep.39 - Queens of the Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf

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A podcast about Queens of The Stone Ages third album

Jun 13 2017

2hr 1min

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Rank #19: Ep. 52 - The Cure - Disintegration

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This week we enlist the help of a real life former goth to explore the sepulchral behemoth that is The Cures Disintegration

Oct 10 2018

2hr 8mins

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Rank #20: Ep.26 - The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

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Its the Smiths classic album this week We discuss the band and the album the lyrics Bigmouth the music melting walkmans the artwork double decker buses the style the quiffs the history the tracks Keats Yeats and of course Morrissey Has the world changed or have we changed

Oct 16 2016

2hr 7mins

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Ep.68 - Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane over the Sea

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One of the most enduring puzzling mythical personal and unique albums of recent times In the Aeroplane over Sea continues to find new listeners and increase in stature as a modern classic with each passing year We take an in depth look at the legacy of this album and the fascinating history of its making and the motley Elephant 6 crew that inspired and created it We go track by track and cover the way this album was the starting point and ending point of the album and why and how they broke up So get ready for 2 headed boys carrot flowers pianos filled with flames faces filled with flies semenstained mountaintops Anne Frank tomatoes and radio wires Its all in here

Jan 07 2020

2hr 24mins

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Ep. 67 - Ramones - Rocket to Russia

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1234 This episode explores Forest Hills finest punk underdogs 3rd album and who why and what TF were the Ramones We examine how they started and if they were really a punk band at all why they never got the recognition they deserved until they broke up the revolving Ramone lineup and the personalities that created one of the most toxic band feuds ever And we talk about the songs Count it in

Nov 04 2019

2hr 22mins

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Ep.66 - P.J. Harvey - Dry

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The seering debut from the chanteuse of Dorset is the subject of todays dicussion PJ Harvey arrived fully formed with album although she reformed and repackaged herself numerous times in future albums to bring us a dark haunting angry and despondent album about sex love death and Sheela Na Gigs We discuss the themes and sounds of the albums and talk about how it came to be and the impact it had

Oct 07 2019

2hr 7mins

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Ep.65 - Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine

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They came from LA with a message to the world and a huge sound that has never been replicated Like its cover Rages first album was an explosion that set alight numerous bands movements and genres Their politics spat out with the incomparable Zach De La Rocha to the hitherto unheard guitar bleeps of Tom Morello worried the CIA politicians and parents everywhere This week The Album Club reunites to celebrate one of the 90s most important albums Wake up

Sep 16 2019

2hr 38mins

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Ep.64 - Alexander 'Skip' Spence - Oar

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In 1968 Skip Spence tried to murder his Moby Grape bandmates with an axe under the influence of acid and black magic He was put in an insane asylum for 6 months When he was released he had pages and pages of songs so he bought a Harley drove to Nashville and recorded an album in 2 weeks Then he rode away at the age of 22 and never released another song His album was the lowest selling in Columbias history but soon became a massive influence on artists from the 90s That album was Oar

Aug 18 2019

2hr 12mins

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Ep. 63 - Moby Grape - Moby Grape

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Listen my friends Its the story of Moby Grape the band most likely to succeed that failed horrendously though through no fault of their own Bad management bad tours bad drugs bad production bad promotion all conspired against this remarkable supergroup Listen to how they came together and created a classic debut before they succumbed tot hat age old pitfall of novelty songs black magic and hallucinogens Part one of two

Jul 15 2019

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Ep. 62 - The Vines - Highly Evolved w. Patrick Matthews (Part 2)

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In the second half of the 2 part special on The Vines explosive debut album original assist and cofounder of the band Patrick Matthews takes us through the story behind the album cover artwork a track by track analysis of the album and we talk about why he had to walk away from the band

May 18 2019

1hr 53mins

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Ep.61 - The Vines - Highly Evolved w. Patrick Matthews (part one)

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We were lucky to have The Vines cofounder and former bassist Pat Matthews with us to talk about The Vines debut smash album Highly Evolved In part one we talk about how Pat formed the Vines with Craig Nicholls while working in McDonalds and created an amazing bunch of demos which saw them become the new hype band and get flown to LA to record the album

May 05 2019

1hr 23mins

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Ep. 60 - The Libertines - The Libertines

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An ending fitting for the start In part 2 of our Libertines double header we find out what happened after the release of Up the Bracket and follow Petes descent into heroin and crack hell and ultimately prison We also look at the birth of Babyshambles the reunion and freedom gig and discover what a steeplejack does We mourn the ultimate dissolution of the band but not before releasing their second wondrous album of which we gift you a track by track analysis Hurry up Mrs Brown I can feel it coming down and it wont take none too long

Apr 22 2019

2hr 17mins

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Ep. 59 - The Libertines - Up the Bracket

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Man the sails and hoist the rigging of the good ship Albion and set the controls to ye old heart of Arcadia Thats right its the hedonistic poetry of The Libertines A personal favourite we dive DEEP into the amazing story of the Libertines the forming and recording of one of the great British albums of the century including every track along with guerilla gigs Tony Hancock smack crack Albion Blake wasters heroes and the good old days Sorry for the lofi audio quality on this episode We were trying something that didnt work

Apr 09 2019

2hr 13mins

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Ep.58 - The Who - Who's Next?

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Meet the new boss The Whos 1971 masterpiece is nestled between two rock opera double albums and was supposed to have been the rock opera concept to change the face of music Lifehouse Instead a metal breakdown a heroin addiction suicide attempt and a band on the brink meant the ashes of Lifehouse were transformed into a single collection of songs which would go on to become one of the most innovative rock albums of the 70s

Feb 10 2019

2hr 4mins

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Special episode - Jono Ma of Jagwar Ma interview

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We had the privilege of having a good old chinwag with Jagwar Ma founder video artist producer and movie scorer Jono Ma We discuss the story of their early explosion onto the scene and getting signed the early days of the band Len Lye meeting Andrew Weatherall and what happens when a musician starts fucking hating music We find out the current status of the band and get a glimpse into the scene hes starting in Byron Bay And greyhound racing plenty of talk about greyhound racing Even if you dont know the band that well its an interesting insight into what makes one of Australias most creative musicians tick

Jan 29 2019

1hr 19mins

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Ep.57 - Jagwar Ma - Howlin

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Jagwar who Its Australia week so its time for us to cover one of our favourite Australian bands Jagwar Ma and their insane debut album Howlin Its dance its rock its soul its Madchester its awesome We discuss how the band turned from a side project into a hugely bloghyped viral sensation and put together the pieces of their history go through each track and find out what happened post release Well follow this episode up with our interview from Jagwar Ma head honcho Jono Ma next

Jan 20 2019

1hr 42mins

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Ep. 55 - The Strokes - Room on fire

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Part two of our Strokes double header We pick up after the runaway success of their debut album and the pressure to follow up These pressures took their toll on the band but despite all this they managed to create their second masterpiece We go through every track and then look at what happened next and give ur verdict on each subsequent album We also mention Ryan Adams And thats the way it is

Dec 16 2018

2hr 7mins

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Ep. 55 - The Strokes - Is this it

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The first of a Strokes double header The band that started the early 00s new garage rock revolution reshaped rock music for the new millennium and smashed open the door for a swathe of incredible bands We discuss the impact they made and how and why it happened the unprecedented hype bidding war release of their EP and album and insane inherent hipness that took coolness to a whole other level Take it or leave it

Dec 04 2018

2hr 4mins

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Ep. 54 - Tool - Aenima

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This week we go deep intothe borderline as we explore Tools 1996 masterpiece Aenima We are joined by apsychologist to take us through Maynards journey of individuation We alsocover the history of the band joining the army working in pet stores sellingout learning to swim and waiting for the next album Reuploaded with improvedsound Still not perfect but were working on it

Nov 27 2018

2hr 2mins

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Ep. 53 - Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

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Time to play The Piper We delve into the fragile genius of Syd Barrett in examining Pink Floyds debut album and telling the beginnings of the band and the life of Syd Barrett the crazy diamond

Nov 04 2018

2hr 16mins

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Ep. 52 - The Cure - Disintegration

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This week we enlist the help of a real life former goth to explore the sepulchral behemoth that is The Cures Disintegration

Oct 10 2018

2hr 8mins

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Ep. 51 - Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

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We are back On our first episode in over a year we discuss Joy Divisions stark masterpiece Unknown Pleasures We talk about its influence on what we now call post punk and gothic rock the themes of detachment control and pain communicated through Ian Curtiss tortured lyrics We also take some time to cover Joy Divisions imprisoned exdrummers Hooky and Barneys beef and the morphing of JD into electronic rock pioneers New Order Its good to be back

Sep 18 2018

1hr 58mins

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Ep. 50 - "Labelled: Season Finale"

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The season finale everyones talking about that doesnt involve dragons To mark this special occasion weve decided to do a slightly different episode so instead of exalting one of our favourite bands weve decided to salute the people behind the scenes who made it possible for us to even hear the music we love the all too often unsung heroes RECORD LABELS We go through the history of some of our favourite indie labels how important they were in kicking off a sound a feel and a scene for some of our faves We go to New Zealand to cover the revered Flying Nun Records then cross to Australia to check out Au Go Go records before heading to Hollywood to eulogise the mighty Epitaph Records And along the way well check out some of the cooler bands on their rosters See you in Season 3 amigos Expect dragons

Aug 28 2017

2hr 19mins

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iTunes Ratings

126 Ratings
Average Ratings
99
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7
4
3

Great and Thorough Podcast

By Carl from chicago - Nov 17 2019
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I am a big music fan and thought I knew a lot about music but they blew me away. No ads and over an hour long but great content throughout. They are now back together with the original 3 members and doing great work. I especially enjoyed the recent Ramones podcast.

Deep Cuts

By jasonbutcher75 - Jul 29 2019
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Amazing podcast!! Deep information on deep cuts.