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

09: Countdown (Part One – Music)

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This week: the first of an epically-hyphenated two-part year-end best-of round-up sees Chris counting down his ten favourite albums of the year, with contributions along the way from past show guests Ali Braidwood, Ian Gregson, Anna Casey and Ross Watson. Part two (on movies and stuff) to follow later in the week.

 

06: It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop

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This week: Ross Watson, host of Source Tags and Mixtapes and writer for The Skinny, comes in to talk about his show, music journalism, and the state of hip hop in 2011; and Chris argues that Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is the cinematic equivalent of The Beach Boys’ SMiLE.