Sounding Bored Episode 30: The Vinyl Revival; Belly; Women in the Music Industry

May 24, 2018

In episode 30 of the podcast, host Rob Langham is joined by newcomers Karlyn King and Gavin Barber to discuss the ins and outs of vinyl – both back in the day but also the format’s current strong revival. Karlyn also talks about the upcoming workshop on women’s employability in the music industry which is taking place in Edinburgh in June 2018 while the album of the month is Belly’s comeback effort Dove.

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Sounding Bored Episode 29: Music and Social Media, Cardi B

May 17, 2018

This episode of the pod sees host Rob Langham joined by Amy Laurens and Josh Wells to run the rule over musicians' varying use of social media with the discussion revolving around Rihanna, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and other megastars. Another prominent user of the genre, Cardi B recently released her debut LP, Invasion of Privacy and it's this release that occupies the album of the month slot.

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The Sounding Bored Interviews No. 4: Matthew Worley, author of No Future

May 3, 2018

In the fourth of the team’s interview pods, Rob Langham talks to author Matthew Worley, Professor of History at Reading University and author of the new book, No Future: Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture, 1976-1984. In a wide ranging discussion, the pair touch on Margaret Thatcher, Far Right politics, Red Wedge, Malcolm McLaren and Garry Bushell as well as musical artists such as The Jam, The Sex Pistols, Crass, Billy Bragg, The Pop Group and Scritti Politti. Follow the pod on twitter at @soundingbored69

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Sounding Bored Episode 28: The NME remembered, David Byrne, Concretism

April 12, 2018

For Episode 28 of the pod, Rob Langham is joined by Londoners Terry Duffelen and Del Mantle to look back on the life and times of the New Musical Express which finally called time on its print edition in March 2018. There are mentions for The Smiths, Billy Bragg, Public Enemy, Keith Richards and Danny Baker while new albums from Concretism and David Byrne are anticipated and appraised respectively. Follow the team on Twitter at @soundingbored69

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Sounding Bored Episode 27: Black Panther Soundtrack

March 9, 2018

In the latest podcast, Rob Langham is joined by David Cox and Josh Wells to run the rule over the soundtrack to mega-movie and cultural watershed Black Panther, curated by Kendrick Lamar and featuring Jorja Smith, Ab-Soul, James Blake, SZA, Future, The Weeknd and others. There's also time for a discussion of the film itself while Ned's Atomic Dustbin, the Mexico City Olympics and the town of St Albans all receive mentions. Follow the pod on twitter at @soundingbored69

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Sounding Bored Episode 26: Is it time for the Grammys to be axed?

February 8, 2018

In the podcast’s twenty sixth episode, Rob Langham, Amy Laurens and David Cox ponder the future of the Grammys after the annual awards came under fire for their lack of inclusivity and relevance. Mentions for Bruno Mars, U2, Sting, Jay-Z and SZA are followed by a discussion on the current state of music podcasting featuring the York Times Popcast, All Songs Considered and the Slate Hit Parade.

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The Sounding Bored Interviews No. 3: Trev McCabe of Odd Box Records

January 29, 2018

In the third of our dedicated interview pods, Rob Langham and Ben Woolhead pitch up at Pop'n'Hops vinyl and craft beer emporium in Cardiff to chat with Trev McCabe, founder of said operation and also the head honcho of Odd Box Records, purveyors of top quality music for almost a decade now. Trev reflects on the economics of running both operations, the process of choosing which music to release and a third venture that has seen him start a burgeoning club night in the Welsh capital.

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Sounding Bored Episode 25: New Music for 2018; Shame, Nilüfer Yanya, Rainbow Reservoir, Shopping

January 18, 2018

For the first pod of 2018, Rob Langham and Ben Woolhead are joined by Trev McCabe of Odd Box Records to assess what’s in store for the year musically. Established acts such as My Bloody Valentine, Vampire Weekend and No Age jostle for attention with Nilüfer Yanya, Shame and Rainbow Reservoir while album of the month is Shopping’s The Official Body.

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Sounding Bored Episode 24: Our Top Albums of 2017

December 13, 2017

Following an unbearably tense period of voting and lobbying, the Sounding Bored team, here represented by host Rob Langham, David Cox and Niall Kennedy, are pleased to announce their rundown of their favourite LPs of 2017 as well as some of the near misses. There are mentions for Mount Eerie, Public Service Broadcasting, Richard Dawson, Childish Gambino, Lorde, St. Vincent and Mark Lamarr. As ever, you can follow the pod on twitter at @soundingbored69.

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Sounding Bored Episode 23: The Music of Scandinavia

December 6, 2017

For episode 23 of the podcast, Rob is joined by Amy Laurens and Brian Guerin to reflect on the musical heritage of the nordic regions. Acts both massive (ABBA, Whigfield, a-ha) and less well known (The Radio Dept., Motorpsycho and The Sound of Arrows) are placed under the spotlight while there is also space for discussion of the lurid Norwegian death metal scene and whether there is a Scandinavian cultural continuum. Album of the month, appropriately enough, is Fever Ray's Plunge.

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