Elvis Presley died at Graceland 40 years ago this month and in Episode 20 of the podcast, Rob and David Cox devote the bulk of their discussion to the King and his legacy, concentrating on 5 key points in his life - his birth and upbringing in East Tupelo, the release of Heartbreak Hotel in 1956, the pivotal year of 1958 which saw the death of his mother and entry into the US army, the 1968 comeback special and his sad demise nine years later. To close, the duo focus on Arcade Fire's newly released fifth album, the hotly debated Everything Now.
In the nineteenth episode of the regular pod, Rob Langham is joined by Amy Laurens and David Cox to look back to the chart music of the 1980s. The trio discuss Wham!, Madonna, the Human League, Michael Jackson, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Phil Collins and others while Live Aid, MTV, Radio 1, politics, hairspray, shoulder pads and the 'Hobsbawmian Long 1980s' also fall under the microscope. Album of the month is Haim's decidedly 1980s referencing Something To Tell You.
For the first in a series of podcasts that will run parallel to the main show, we interview Simon Bailey, head honcho of Future Perfect and a man whose company has done wonders in bringing quality acts to Oxford, Leicester, Wolverhampton and elsewhere. Acts that Simon has promoted have included Slowdive, Slaves, Ghostpoet, Deap Vally, The Big Moon and the Pains of Being Pure at Heart while he is also currently masterminding the saliva inducing Ritual Union one day festival that will take place in October 2017. The interview provides a fascinating insight into the ins and outs of music promotion, the wheeler-dealing, the creativity, the teamwork and the immense emthusiasm and hard work required.
A year and a half into the lifetime of Sounding Bored, Rob Langham and Ben Woolhead convene in Cardiff to assess the health of the local music scene while casting an eye back to famous Welsh acts of the past including Los Campesinos!, Manic Street Preachers, Shirley Bassey, Anhrefn and the Super Furry Animals. Album of the month is Sweet Baboo's Wild Imagination.
Sounding Bored Episode 17: Guitars & Electronica: Kid Kin, Forest Swords, 65daysofstatic, Gnoomes, Cornelius
In Episode 17 of the podcast, Rob is joined by Brian Guerin and electronic artist Peter Lloyd aka Kid Kin to discuss the broad sweep of music that combines traditional and electronic elements to a lesser or greater degree - with mentions for Muse, David Bowie, Battles, Animal Collective, Burial, Brian Eno, Tim Hecker, Mogwai, Radiohead and many more. Album of the month is Forest Swords' Compassion.
In Episode 16 of the podcast, Mike Gibbons, author of Euro 96 chronicle When Football Came Home and Tom Sutton join host Rob to discuss Britpop: the anthems, the albums, the halfwits and the hullaballoo. Album of the month is 2017's decidedly Britpop tinged Love in the 4th Dimension from The Big Moon.
The latest edition of the pod sees Tom Sutton join Rob Langham and Niall Kennedy to look back to the 2000s and a musical landscape upon which Bill Callahan, LCD Soundsystem, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire, Pitchfork and the New York borough of Brooklyn all made their mark. Album of the month is Dirty Projectors' eponymous eighth album.
In the fourteenth edition of the pod, Rob Langham is joined by David Cox and newcomer Josh Wells to discuss the phenomenon that is Hip Hop, twenty years on from the slaying of The Notorious B.I.G. LP of the month is Sleaford Mods' English Tapas.
In the latest episode of the podcast, Niall Kennedy and Amy Laurens return to join Rob Langham in pondering the musical possibilities for 2017 with mentions for Acid Arab, Japandroids, the Magnetic Fields and Abattoir Blues among others. Album of the month is the third long player from The xx, I See You while the panel reflect on the passing of George Michael.
To round off a first year in the business, Amy Laurens joins Rob and Ben to run through the list of the Sounding Bored team's top 10 LPs of 2016.