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54 minutes | 16 days ago
Episode 146 - Apocalypse Neu! Covid vs Music Special with Vicki Henry
This week we welcome back our good friend Vicki Henry as we finally get with the programme and talk about the impact covid-19 and the ongoing global pandemic are having on music and the arts right now. It is Unsung vs the Coronavirus and by god are we coming out swinging. A word of warning though, there are some slight audio issues. Still working out some of the kinks that are inevitable parts of our guest’s setups. Looking forward to being able to get back in a room together so that the only issues we need to worry about are when someone farts. Anyway, to wit - this week we’re chatting about how arts funding and the careers of many artists are in jeopardy given the current state of that world. It’s something that not only opens us up to the possibility of many venues closing, labels going bus and bands ceasing to exist, but it also calls into question the very nature of arts funding (as well as who gets and why), as well as the general sustainability of being an “artist”, whatever that means. It’s clear that there are certain kinds of artists out there whose livelihoods are at risk in the midst of the ongoing global bastard. We go deep into who the affected are, why they are affected, and ponder more generally on the notion of art as a commodity. We go deep in this one folks. Things get philosophical. And ranty. But it’s fun! We’re hoping to do some more of this kind of content in future (not about covid but more probing content in general) so do let us know what you think! DON’T FORGET - You can subscribe for $2 a month to access to our episodes a few days earlier, as well as regular bonus content and access to our AAA backstage Facebook group. Head on over to our Patreon to learn more: www.patreon.com/unsungpod
88 minutes | a month ago
Episode 144 - Mitch's Movie Mixtape (Side A) featuring Mitch Bain from the Strong Language & Violent Scenes Podcast
Welcome friends, one and all, to our first every podcast crossover as we welcome Mitch Bain from the excellent Strong Language & Violent Scenes podcast. Put simply, his show is about giving genre films a second chance which, as they put it, may or may not deserve it. They’ve produced well over 200 episodes on this point, and have managed to build a lovely community by regularly bringing guests on to talk about films and by doing live shows at Frightfest. In recent times Mitch has also scored a couple of feature films too, which mean that it absolutely made sense to have him come on and talk about some of his favourite needle drops. Therein, dear friends, lies the crossover – we’re talking about music from films. As if that somehow wasn’t obvious by this point. We asked Mitch to put together a list of his 8 favourite musical moments from films, then asked him to also pick a couple “wildcard” songs that had not yet been featured in a film but would make for excellent needle drops. The also picked three of their favourite songs and one wildcard each. With so many tunes chosen between us (and many more aside) we felt it was only right to make this a two parter. So please, enjoy part one of Mitch’s Movie Mixtape, and then go check out his podcast too! DON’T FORGET - You can subscribe for $2 a month to access to our episodes a few days earlier, as well as regular bonus content and access to our AAA backstage Facebook group. Head on over to our Patreon to learn more: www.patreon.com/unsungpod
77 minutes | a month ago
Episode 142 - Deep Politics by Grails
Deep Politics is Grails’ 8th album, and is it turns out it’s one that proves to be particularly divisive on this episode! Chris and David both found this band at different points, with Chris being a fan from the early days and David joining a bit later. What results is a pretty cool discussion around this band’s discography, the highlights and lowlights, as well as providing insight into how people’s views of bands changes over the course of their lives. Grails do a pretty good job of splicing arcane psychedelia and krautrock with large swathes of Constellation style/Spiderland-era Slint post rock. Something they do to (mostly) good effect. Depending on who you ask, of course… This album - actually scratch that - this band has received their fair share of critical acclaim over the years. Despite the fact all three of us don’t quite agree with the critics, some illuminating conversation does follow! So what do you think? Vote on Twitter below. DON’T FORGET - You can subscribe for $2 a month to access to our episodes a few days earlier, as well as regular bonus content and access to our AAA backstage Facebook group. Head on over to our Patreon to learn more: www.patreon.com/unsungpod
86 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 141 - The Eraser by Thom Yorke
Rumour has it that Thom Yorke plays in another band called Radiohead, but we found it increasingly difficult to find out about this band. Has anyone ever heard their music? Apparently they’ve released a few records. Yes, this is probably stretching the concept of this very show to breaking point, but the argument here is that this is perhaps the least well known thing that Thom Yorke has done. It also wasn’t met with the same kind of critical praise that greets most Radiohead albums, or indeed the two (three) albums that followed this. So we’re gonna talk about it, alright? The Eraser is probably the most “human” sounding solo album by Thom Yorke. A nice marriage of electronica and (subtle) art rock weirdness, it feels a lot more organic and played than the albums he’s released since. The result is something just as paranoid as you would expect from a man whose music often reeks of it, and that’s a very good thing indeed. Is it unsung? Should it be added to the discography of classics? That’s up to you. NOTE: FACEBOOK have removed their polling feature. It’s gone. Kaput. Erased. So please vote below. Or on Twitter.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 138 - The Wrestling Mixtape (Side A)
David ended up in jail last week, so Mark and Chris had to concoct an entirely different episode at short notice. The result? An episode on wrestling entrance themes. Long time fans of the show have probably heard Mark and Chris talk about wrestling from time to time on the show. Turns out that they’re actually pretty big fans of Vince McMahon’s house of big sweaty men and women. However, instead of just chatting about the world of wrestling for ages, because there’s already plenty of great podcasts that do this, they did what they do best and focused on the music. What transpired was two episodes about the history of music in wrestling that segue very nicely into them talking about the purpose of music in wrestling, and chatting about some of the more notable theme tunes. Which is to say that even you’re not a wrestling fan you should definitely stick with this one because it’s really entertaining and will be time well spent. Part two will follow later this week (we’re not gonna spread this one over two weeks like we normally do with our two parters). ENJOY. DON’T FORGET - You can subscribe for $2 a month to access to our episodes a few days earlier, as well as regular bonus content and access to our AAA backstage Facebook group. Head on over to our Patreon to learn more: www.patreon.com/unsungpod
84 minutes | 2 months ago
In Session 4 - KatieJane Garside (Daisy Chainsaw, Queenadreena, Ruby Throat and Liar, Flower)
Surprise! Here’s another interview for ya’ll. We’re delighted to bring you this interview with the wonderful KateJane Garside. Well known for her staggering voice and stunning stage presence, KatieJane has been involved in a number of musical projects since the late 80s, most notably the garage punk outfit Daisy Chainsaw in the early 90s and ferocious noise rockers Queenadreena from 99 to 2010. She subsequently went on to form Ruby Throat with her life partner Chris Whittingham, a much more subtle neofolk affair, before marrying the noise and the folk together with their latest album under the name Liar, Flower, called Geiger Counter. We were lucky enough to catch KatieJane as she was on dry land, and she was kind enough to lend us a generous amount of her time so we could talk about her life and career. We cover everything from Daisy Chainsaw to the present day, digging into her life story, some of the things that make her tick as a musician and getting some pretty great tales in the process. This is one for the books so we hope you folk enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it. We’re back next week with Mark’s choice of The Ugly Organ by Cursive.
76 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 137 - Burial by Burial
We seem to say this every time we do an electronic record, but…it’s been a while since we did an electronic record! Lord of Dance (not of the dance, although having seen him cut shapes, we can attest that this may also be somewhat accurate) David Weaver has chosen this seminal dubstep album from the influential UK garage and dubstep artist Burial. If you hear the words “dubstep” and think Skrillex, or hear UK garage and think Craig David then we got news for you folks - this ain’t like any of that. On his debut album, Burial crafts intricate, dystopian soundscapes that paint brief and claustrophobic picture of South London. It’s truly nothing like Skrillex, but that’s what makes it so interesting. Does his debut album warrant a place our discography? Vote below.
41 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 136 - Split 7": Guilty Pleasures (Patreon Bonus Preview)
Chris was ill this week so we decided that we would release of the bonus episodes we recorded for subscribers back at the end of last year. This one was a lot of fun. We talk about some of our favourite guilty pleasures. We hope you enjoy - some truly brilliant and also hideous stuff in here. Next week we return with Burial’s self titled album!1
55 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 135 - Why Love Now by Pissed Jeans (Patreon Request)
Why donate to our Patreon? Well, if you’re made enough to donate a Crag ($50) then we’ll make an episode on an album of your choosing. Then we’ll let folk hear it. That’s exactly what happened here. Well, kind of. Our aim with this episode was to release this to subscribers only but it turned out so damn well that we asked my Rayce Bannon, the man that asked us to talk about this album, if we could release it to the general public but to be honest, we’d already decided we were going to do it anyway. It’s that good. For the first time you will get to hear Chris’ complete noise rock nerdiness on display. It’s…it’s quite something. We also talk about the band, obviously, and more. The nexus in this episode contains a reference to Erin Brockovich, which to those who listened last week, will know that Dave also made the same bloody reference. That’s why were confused and thought we’d done Anneka Rice before. We hadn’t, we’re just idiots. We hope you enjoy this episode. Are we right or wrong here though, does Pissed Jeans’ 4th album deserve to be entered into our discography?
97 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 134 - Saul Williams by Saul Williams
Chris picked a hip hop album. Chris. Chris Cusack. The whitest man in Scotland. He did a good job too. This is Saul Williams’ second album, but it’s the first one where he true voice begins to emerge. It’s a huge clash of styles too, equal parts punk rock, noise, industrial, spoken word and hip hop. His true eclectic style is born on this album, and what a ride it is. Saul would later go on to work with a bunch of acclaimed artists from across a variety of genres, but this album really helped push him into more alt-rock circles, and it’s easy to see why too with Zack De la Rocha, Serj Tankian and Isiah “Ikey” Owens all contributing to this album. The case could easily be made that Saul Williams is himself unsung, so what we want to know is if you think this album is worthy of inclusion in our discography. Vote below.
102 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 133 - The Bad Religion Head to Head with Anna Goldthorp (Side B)
We really did go down the rabbit hole last week, eh? Well, grab your cave diving gear cause we’re going deep on The Gray Race and The Process of Belief. Much to the complete indifference of Anna and Weaver. Anna in particular is on top form here, which results in perhaps the funniest goddamn episode we’ve ever produced. Chris and Mark go head to head on their choice of unsung BR album, and they each make an impassioned case not just for their album, but also as to why this band are important. Again, much to the indifference of Anna and Weaver. C’est la vie. Wank jokes and monkey’s aside, you fine folks need to decide which album is better: The Gray Race or The Process of Belief. So go do it. Do check out Anna’s radio show on Radiocore too, where on the last Friday of every month her and a pal talk about their experiences DJing and spin some cracking rhythm and blues bangers.
96 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 132 - The Bad Religion Head to Head with Anna Goldthorp (Side A)
Chris and Mark have threatened Dave with a Bad Religion episode for years, so we felt it was time to put him out his misery. We decided on a head to head, as the band have so many albums that it’s quite difficult to pick just one unsung record (we fully admit that they have a few sung albums). Dave’s indifference to the band and, well, to a lot of punk music, meant that we had to get a punk in to level the playing field. Enter our good pal and frequent guest Anna Goldthorp. A true punk, but also absolutely not a Bad Religion fan. Thus began our epic quest to cleave through Bad Religion’s back catalogue. Epic is indeed the word cause this fucker ended up taking almost 3 and a half goddamn hours to record. Both parts one and two are pretty heavy on the Bad Religion chat (obv) and trivia (double obv) so unless you’re a fan of the band, this episode may very well be a test of our listerns’ mettle. In part one we talk about all of the band’s albums and toss around facts like they’re going out of style. Note: this episode and next week’s are two of the funniest episodes we’ve ever made, so hopefully you’ll stick around for the whole ride even if you’re not a fan.
58 minutes | 4 months ago
In Session 3 - Steve Von Till (Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot, Harvestman, Neurot Recordings, Solo) Side B
You can hear part one here. Alright, this is where shit gets real. Like really real. This is when our guest and the concept of our podcast collide to create a thing of singular beauty. There is a meeting of minds. There are moments where agreement is reached, and unsung music appreciated. On part 2 of our interview with Steve Von Till, he goes into detail about Neurosis, Neurot Recordings, some of the records he really digs and, as true to the ethos of the show, picks an album he thinks is unsung. That album is Life of Crime by Laughing Hyenas, and we get into the weeds about the bands, the sound, the scene around them and why they’re truly unsung. Which then puts us in the position that we always put ourselves in. The position in which we ask you, the listener, to vote on whether you think this album unsung. When you listen, you’ll know what we think. But the power in your hands. So use it wisely.
43 minutes | 4 months ago
In Session 3 - Steve Von Till (Neurosis, Tribes of Neurot, Harvestman, Neurot Recordings, Solo) Side A
It sure took us a wee while to get around to doing another interview, eh? Well, we’re taking steps to resolve that and (hopefully) bring you more in future. The first of those steps is this two parter with the influential Steve Von Till. The truth is that we weren’t actively planning interviews - it was just one of those things where we would occasionally float the idea of doing one but would never follow it up. So when we got asked if we’d like to interview SVT, being fans of Neurosis, we thought we’d be daft to pass up the chance to do it. And the rest is history. Steve has a new solo album landing on August 7th called No Wilderness Deep Enough. We won’t say much about the album itself in this here blog (cause you totally need to listen to the podcast to get the lowdown) but suffice to say, it’s rather good, and also a bit of a different vibe for him. Alongside the new album he’s releasing his first collection of poetry called Harvestman: 23 Untitled Poems and Collected Lyrics. It’s very good. We also chat about it on this very episode. Steve fills us in in on the inspiration for the album and poetry book, and as is tradition with out interviews, we chat to Steve about some of his back catalogue. Part two will drop later this week. We’re stoked to share this with you. Enjoy!
47 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 131 - Split 7": Best Closing Tracks (Patreon Bonus Preview)
Hey folks. We’ve been away preparing for a series of really cool episodes we’ve got coming, and we thought we’d take a small break from our regular recording schedule to do some research. But fear not - we’ve decided we’d drop one of our exclusive subscriber bonus episodes for all you non-subscribers. Our Split 7” series is when we take a listener suggested topic and wax lyrical on it. We recorded this back in September last year, and is a great example of the kinda of freewheeling shit we throw together with a near infinite amount of love for our fans. If you like this, we have a bunch more hiding behind out patreon page, which you can access for as little as $2 a month. We regularly ask our patrons for ideas for this content, and you can contribute to this too! On this episode, friend of the pod (and Mark’s flatmate) Craig Brown suggested we talk about our favourite closing tracks. It provided some…interesting discussion, to say the least. Hopefully you fine folk dig it! We return with something a bit special, and a bit different, next week.
59 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 130 - The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out, Wait for Something Wild by SikTh
Many say that alongside Meshuggah, SikTH are one of the forebearers of djent music. A brief listen to this album will suggest that this may be somewhat true, but the influence is probably more apparent on their second album Death of a Dead Day, than this, their debut. The Trees Are Dead & Dried Out, Wait for Something Wilde by SikTH is not a djent album. The elements of the sound are there for sure, but this record incorporates a lot of nu-metal, emo, math and prog. Amongst a lot of other weirdness. It’s a strange record. These guys were clearly thinking outside of the box though. There’s a level of playing here that far surpasses many of the things their contemporaries were doing at the time. Has it aged well? We couldn’t decide, but you have the power to decide if this makes it into our discography. Fans of djent will no doubt be completely aware of this band’s importance. Those less familiar though? It’ll be interesting to see how y’all react.
70 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 129 - The Live and/or Dangerous Mixtape (Side B)
What do Pearl Jam, Marilyn Manson and Miles Davis have in common? Absolutely nothing at all, except that they’re nominated together for our first live album mixtape. Our three live albums actually showcase some of the different kinds of live record we spoke about on the last episode: Neil Young’s ‘Mirrorball’ is not a concert album, but was recorded entirely live, and you can hear that in the recording as you will often hear them talking before and after takes. Marilyn Manson’s ‘The Last Tour on Earth’ is a live album that essentially serves as a tour retrospective because each song is taken from a different show on a two year long tour (or series of tours). Miles Davis’ ‘Agharta’ is a snapshot of one night, and if legend is to be believed, the best performance of a multi-night stint in Osaka, Japan. So, completely by accident, we all picked wildly different artists and completely different interpretations of what a live album is. As ever, you get to decide which one makes it into our discography. Seems unlikely we’ll return to these artists in future but time will tell.
65 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 128 - The Live and/or Dangerous Mixtape (Side A)
Ah, the fabled live album. It takes guts to do one, and it takes true talent to choose a single gig as opposed to throwing together a compilation of tracks recorded over the course of a tour. On this episode we put the live album into some distinct categories, and from there each of us talk about some of our favourites. We discuss the history of the live album, what it means, why there are so few and a bunch more stuff. What’s some of your favourite live albums? We reckon we’ll probably cover more of these in future episodes - there’s a lot of great bands with a lot of great live albums - so hit us with your best suggestions!
53 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 127 - Corollaries by Lubomyr Melnyk (Side B)
Our voyage into continuous music comes to a close as we dig into Lubomyr Melnyk’s eighteenth (!) album Corollaries. For the unfamiliar, Melnyk categorises his style as being something almost beyond classical music, yet this release sees him team up with neoclassical composers Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick. This album seemed to give Melnyk a new lease of life; upon getting together with Frahm and Broderick he stated “Where were you in my thirties?”, a statement that stands in stark contrast to his general aversion to playing with other musicians in the years before. There’s a lot to be said about Melnyk’s playing, and I think we cover most of that in the episode. Once again, potato quality audio from Mark but hey, it isn’t terrible. There’s no doubt in our mind that Melnyk is unsung. The question is, do you agree? Vote below.
55 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 126 - Corollaries by Lubomyr Melnyk (Side A)
OH GOOD LORD IT’S ANOTHER TWO PARTER. Maybe we should get better at planning these things… Anyway. Chris has been chomping at the bit to do this Lubomyr Melnyk album for a while. In fact, some may even remember that he brought it up during our Pandemic Mixtape. Well, the time has come to finally tackle this post-classical/minimalist work and in doing so we absolutely had to cover his…interesting thoughts on musical philosophy. Which cascades into his questionable thoughts on the actual science of how sound works. Which takes us down a big old rabbit hole, as I’m sure you can imagine. All of this to say that it takes us a while to get to the album as a result. Also, the dude’s done like 20+ albums (although we don’t cover all of them) so that’s another whole thing we had to deal with. We also talk about continuous music (the genre he reckons he’s in…of which he is the only practitioner), his incredible piano playing speed and a bunch more things. We’ll chat about Corollaries next week. Also, apologies for the bad sound on Mark’s part this week.. Technical error as resulted in proper potato quality sound.
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