35: The Health and Safety Episode

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This week: the official launch of Neil Young’s long-mooted Pono has us talking over the ways in which we listen to music, classic album of the month is Soul Jazz’s essential compilation The World of Arthur Russell, we touch on new records by Mo Kolours, Moodymann, Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains, Cloud Nothings and The War on Drugs and Chris reports back on the experience of seeing Justin Timberlake perform live from hundreds of feet away whilst sitting by yourself. Continue reading

33: If You Unleashed Tom Morello On Us I’m Not Charitably Inclined Towards You

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Mulatu Astatke and Our Graham. One of these men is drunk.

                        Mulatu Astatke and Our Graham. One of these men is drunk.

This week: Beyoncé takes a giant artistic leap forward and Chris is smitten, Graham’s repping of Mulatu Astatke’s Mulatu of Ethiopia leads to wider discussion of ‘African’ music, and we flick through a few of the past month’s more notable releases, including Actress, Warpaint, Bruce Springsteen and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.

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31: Best of 2013 – Music

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This week: Chris and Graham each count down their ten favourite albums of the year, with only two overlaps between each list, including a probably highly predictable shared number one. Best of movies to follow in January. Continue reading

29: Fuck It, Let’s Bring In the Church Organ

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This week: Arcade Fire drop their eagerly-awaited James Murphy-produced behemoth of a fourth album, Reflektor, and Graham and Chris – teenagers when Funeral came out and massive LCD Soundsystem fans both – would appear to be the target audience. Also in happenings, the classic albums slot is inaugurated with the self-explanatory Yasiin Bey & Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, Four Tet’s Beautiful Rewind causes a schism of sorts, Graham’s into William Onyeabor and the GTAV soundtrack and Chris is probing the psychology of Bob Dylan’s live shows looking for clues. Continue reading

27: It All Goes A Bit Radge

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This week: a bumper month for new music finds three recent releases up for review – Chvrches’ eagerly anticipated debut The Bones of What You Believe, Janelle Monáe’s eagerly anticipated second album The Electric Lady and Elvis Costello and The Roots’ eagerly anticipated collaborative album Wise Up Ghost. EAGER ANTICIPATION ALL UP IN THIS ISH. Elsewhere, Graham talks the Darkside album and James Blake live, while Chris swoons over new records from Bill Callahan and Neko Case but is nonplussed by Justin Timberlake’s second release of the year. Continue reading

25: David Byrne Dances with a Lamp and It’s Like the Most Romantic Thing You’ve Ever Seen

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This week: Earl Sweatshirt makes his long awaited major label debut with Doris, Chris talks Thundercat and David Byrne & St. Vincent’s respective live shows and Graham agitates for a full-blown Shabba Ranks revival via A$AP Ferg. Continue reading

23: Mogwai Very Much the Bob Marley of Scotland

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This week: In the absence of any one big record that seems interesting enough to review, Chris and Graham take advantage of the summer lull to ramble through a selection of the tunes they break out at the first hint of sunshine and try to get to the heart of what makes a summer jam. Continue reading

21: No One’s Daggering To Pat Boone

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This week: Chris, returned from teaching Christian children about punk, has some sort of epiphany at a Bruce Springsteen show, Graham gets stuck into new releases from Boards of Canada, Mount Kimbie and Gold Panda and both pop a wheelie on the zeitgeist as Kanye West finally drops Yeezus. Continue reading

19: Speaking of Soft Rockin’ Frenchmen

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This week: Not to make the opening segment of the show Daft Punk Watch or anything, but where last time we offered up thoughts on “Get Lucky”, this time we have our first reactions to Random Access Memories as a whole. We also have Bankrupt!, the fifth album by the ever wonderful Phoenix, under review, and, as ever, some recommendations from our combined listening for the past month. Continue reading

17: It’s Always Truffle Season When Jay-Z’s Around

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This week: new music co-host Graham Fulton returns from two years in Australia to talk new singles from Daft Punk and Thundercat, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and music he discovered on his travels, whilst Chris reviews gigs from The Weeknd, Yo La Tengo, Japandroids and My Bloody Valentine. Continue reading