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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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Love this show

By TheFallopians - Apr 29 2020
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Would be great to hear your coverage of any Roxy Music and/or Destroyer.

Great pod that continues to get better

By Leahcim XelA - Jan 25 2020
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Episode after episode the guys deliver an informative and entertaining show.

iTunes Ratings

139 Ratings
Average Ratings
110
14
8
4
3

Love this show

By TheFallopians - Apr 29 2020
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Would be great to hear your coverage of any Roxy Music and/or Destroyer.

Great pod that continues to get better

By Leahcim XelA - Jan 25 2020
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Episode after episode the guys deliver an informative and entertaining show.
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The Album Club

Latest release on Jun 30, 2020

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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.58 - The Who - Who's Next?

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Meet the new boss! The Who's 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 #2: Ep.16 - Rancid - ...And Out Come the Wolves

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Rancid's 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 #3: Ep.7 - Radiohead - OK Computer

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We discuss Radiohead's masterpiece, OK Computer. From the forming of the band, being shoehorned as grunge after the success of Creep, the success of the Bends and the making of OK Computer. We discuss every track as well as cattle prods and the IMF. And we talk about Radiohead's surprise turn after this album.

May 31 2016

1hr 51mins

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Rank #4: Ep. 51 - Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

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We are back! On our first episode in over a year we discuss Joy Division's 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 Curtis's tortured lyrics. We also take some time to cover Joy Division's imprisoned ex-drummers, Hooky and Barney's beef and the morphing of JD into electronic rock pioneers, New Order. It's good to be back!

Sep 18 2018

1hr 58mins

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Rank #5: 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 #6: Ep.26 - The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

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It's 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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Rank #7: Ep.32 - Vs - Pearl Jam

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Yeah, it was gonna happen right? Part three of our self-imposed 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 Nirvana's 'In Utero' this is a band, at the height of their unimaginable success/hype deciding who they want to be and perhaps more importantly, who they do not. Refusing to simply go with 'Ten (Pt.2)' ('Eleven'?), they defiantly spat this monster out and started the move away from MTV-friendly commercial rock they would consolidate even further on 'Vitalogy' and beyond. On top of all that, let's 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 #8: Ep.49 - David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

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This week we welcome Mr. Bowie's most enduring, far out and cosmic, colourful creation, Ziggy Stardust. Strap into your rocket ship as we discuss his origins, arrival, success and how, inevitably, Ziggy lived by the chord and died by the very same (almost taking our David with him), but not before leaving us with one of the best albums in the history of rock. It is, to quote the bespangled one, a total blam blam.

Aug 21 2017

2hr 6mins

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Rank #9: Ep.27 - The Pixies - Surfer Rosa

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If you loved loud (/quiet/loud) rock with big guitars and off-kilter pop hooks for miles in the 80s, this was probably your favourite band. If you did so in the 90s, this was your favourite band's favourite band. We go though this gem meticulously and separate the cookies from the pizza (yeah, that'll 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 #10: 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 riff-block 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 Geezer's 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 #11: Ep.30 - The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico

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The greatest and most important album of all time. Boom! Peel slowly and see how a motley bunch of misfits came together and invented glam, punk, new wave, goth, noise and alternative rock by writing songs about death, sadomasochism, heroin, parties and hangovers. Radiating outsider, NYC, artsy cool, we chart the history of the band and their Warhol connections, the rank and rushed recording of the album, the iconic album cover, a track-by-track analysis, and we recount the rest of the VU's decline, fall and reappraisal.The greatest and most important album of all time? Well, I guess, but I just don't know.

Apr 10 2017

1hr 57mins

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Rank #12: Ep.40 - Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies

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Hola esses! There's a reason this album never fails to make those "Best punk/hardcore albums of all time" lists.... uhh... it's because it's one of the greatest punk/hardcore albums of all time. Venice Beach's 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 80's 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 #13: Ep.4 - Weezer - Weezer (aka The Blue Album)

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Awkward indie kids playing 60's inspired uber-harmonised 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 (i.e. good) since his departure. Little known fact: if you don't like this record, you hate guitars. Also, stick around for the sing-a-long.

May 09 2016

1hr 43mins

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Rank #14: 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 don't, we want nothing to do with you.* Brooklyn's 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 genre-defying 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 people's furniture to 'So Watcha Want'.*Of course, we're kidding, we'd love to hang out with you…..But not until you listen to this episode.

Aug 18 2016

2hr 16mins

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Rank #15: Ep.39 - Queens of the Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf

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A podcast about Queens of The Stone Age's third album

Jun 13 2017

2hr 1min

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Rank #16: Ep.11 - Led Zeppelin -Led Zeppelin II

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At last we get to Led Zeppelin and their legendary sophomore album, the cleverly titled 'Led Zeppelin II'. Man oh man this is a record packed to the rafters with amazing songs... and 'Moby Dick'. We cover how the band formed and become enormous, their blues influences, the recording and writing of the songs, their penchant for paying 'homage' to traditional blues songs, and their inhuman ability to dodge the subsequent plagiarism lawsuits. We snake our way through each track and examine how things turned out for the band after the release of this album.

Jul 04 2016

1hr 53mins

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Rank #17: Ep.48 - The Doors - The Doors

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So what do you do if you have it all? The jaw dropping cat-like sexual allure, the universe-cracking enlightenment of the drugs, and the effortless swagger of the rock'n'roll; 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 #18: Ep.47 - Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

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This week we cut the hair of slacker king Pavements (arguably) greatest album Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (it is so good they had to name it twice, argh!). Is it a chilled out concept album about living the range life in California or is it a not so veiled attack on 90s alternative rock bands and the scene itself? Kick back while we do a track by track analysis of the album, discuss the chilled out recording technique that made this album a laid back indie rock classic and chart the career, career, career of this quintessential 90s band.

Aug 07 2017

2hr 8mins

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Rank #19: Ep.43 - Elvis Costello - This Year's Model

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To our highly trained ears, the subject of this weeks eipsode, Elvis Costello, sounds a lot like.... well, Elvis Costello. That's all I got. There really isn't anyone like the second most famous Elvis in the music industry. Long before this consummate and staggeringly prolific musician was making really serious grown up music like jazz, opera, lounge, blues, he was a staggeringly prolific purveyor of wirey post-punk power pop with hooks for miles and one the best rhythm sections in popular music. And all while rollicking along with his trademark twitchy nasal croon. Geek rock before geeks rocked, Elvis stood out like a sore thumb; too cerebral for New Wave and too caustic for mainstream play. We strut through his roots, his early days and the making of this, his second platter, go track by track, tapping our feet incessantly and then recounting the ambitions that took him far beyond the confines of skinny tie wearing, energy packed, jerky pop gems and into feuds, seemingly endless collaborations and 'very serious' muso territory. Geek interrupted.

Jul 10 2017

2hr 1min

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Rank #20: Ep.33 - Tim Presley (White Fence, Darker My Love) SPECIAL EPISODE

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This week we mix it up a bit with an interview with one of the best and most prolific songwriters of the decade, Tim Presley - aka White Fence. We talk to Tim about his career in music, from his start in Bay Area hardcore punk band The Nerve Agents in the 90s, into becoming frontman for Californian neo-psych band Darker My Love, his time in The Fall, his transition to White Fence, his collaborations with Ty Segall, his current band Drinks and his solo work. We discuss music today, the LA scene, the songwriting process and where the drive and inspiration comes from to churn out so many songs. We were absolutely stoked to have Tim with us.

May 01 2017

2hr 23mins

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Bonus Episode - The making of Daydream Nation - the Nick Sansano interview

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Our interview in full with the talented Mr Nick Sansano who moved from hip hop engineering to producing a landmark album in alternative rock. How did that happen and how did they make their masterpiece

Jun 30 2020

42mins

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Ep. 72 - Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (featuring Nick Sansano)

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Spirit desire... Sonic Youth's 5th album was released on October 18th 1988 and changed the trajectory of rock. Blending the avant garde, dissonant noise rock and punk it was a game changer in alternative rock. We revisit this high watermark for the band and are joined by the man who recorded the album at Greene St studios in New York City, Nick Sansano. He tells of how the album was made and how he worked with the band to get the sounds and results we hear today.... We will fall

Jun 16 2020

2hr 39mins

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Ep. 71 - The Clash - London Calling (part two)

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In the second part of our double episode on The Clash's masterpiece, we take you through the back half of the album where things get kinda weird. We discuss the rest of The Clash's catalogue and their acrimonious breakup. Then we look at what the members did in the remaining years and why The Clash never reformed.

May 05 2020

1hr 57mins

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Ep. 70 - The Clash - London Calling (Part One)

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We finally cover our first double album and our most requested album meaning the favourite album of Album Club listeners. So we decided to give it the treatment it deserved and do a double episode. London Calling is a monumental album in the way it broadened the idea of what punk was and could be and gave a template to other bands wanted to branch out. And it's full of banging tunes. We discuss the birth of the Clash, the recording of the album, the iconic album artwork and listen to the first half of tracks on the album.

Mar 29 2020

1hr 56mins

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Ep.69 - The Gun Club - Fire of Love (featuring Terry Graham)

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They came from LA with a sound like no other, scraping up remnants of roots music, blues, country and mixing it up and thrashing it out with a punk sound, everyone scratched their heads for over 30 years until generations of musicians discovered them. Jack White says their songs should be taught in Schools. Led by the insufferable but irrepressible wildest of frontmen and Elvis from hell, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, they carved out a niche in underground rock music and started a whole genre. On this episode, former Gun Club drummer Terry Graham joins us to talk about the making of the album, his memories of the time, his favourite songs and what he thinks of the legacy of The Gun Club and Jeffrey Lee Pierce as well as reunions. Preach the Blues!

Feb 20 2020

2hr 27mins

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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, semen-stained mountaintops, Anne Frank, tomatoes and radio wires. It's 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 today's dicussion. P.J. 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 L.A. with a message to the world and a huge sound that has never been replicated. Like its cover, Rage's 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 Columbia's 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! It's 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 co-founder 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 co-founder 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 Pete's 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 won't take none too long!

Apr 22 2019

2hr 17mins

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

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Meet the new boss! The Who's 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 he's starting in Byron Bay. And greyhound racing, plenty of talk about greyhound racing! Even if you don't know the band that well, it's an interesting insight into what makes one of Australia's most creative musicians tick.

Jan 29 2019

1hr 19mins

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Ep.57 - Jagwar Ma - Howlin

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Jagwar who? It's Australia week so it's time for us to cover one of our favourite Australian bands Jagwar Ma and their insane debut album, Howlin. It's dance, it's rock, it's soul, it's Madchester, it's awesome. We discuss how the band turned from a side project into a hugely blog-hyped viral sensation and put together the pieces of their history, go through each track and find out what happened post release. We'll 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 that's 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. 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 Floyd's 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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iTunes Ratings

139 Ratings
Average Ratings
110
14
8
4
3

Love this show

By TheFallopians - Apr 29 2020
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Would be great to hear your coverage of any Roxy Music and/or Destroyer.

Great pod that continues to get better

By Leahcim XelA - Jan 25 2020
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Episode after episode the guys deliver an informative and entertaining show.