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.
In the second of the Sounding Bored interview pods, Rob Langham chews the fat with Steve Reynolds, the mastermind of topnotch indie/alternative club night Darklands. Steve provides an insight into how to steward a popular club night and the tunes to spin with mentions for The Jesus and Mary Chain, New Order, Camper Van Beethoven, Pixies, the Psychedelic Furs, Jane Weaver and Public Image Limited. After listening to the podcast, get yourself down to Reading's South Street Arts Centre for the next installments of Darklands on November 25th and December 16th, 2017 while you can keep up to date on the event at @darklandsUK
Episode 22 of the pod sees Rob reconvene with dream team Amy Laurens and David Cox to discuss music's sacred cows. The reputations of The Smiths, Britney Spears and Radiohead are wrenched through the mangle while this month's new album is Pink's Beautiful Trauma. Follow the pod on twitter at @soundingbored69
In the twenty first edition of the podcast, Rob is joined by Maria and Richie from Oxford band The Other Dramas to assess the 2017 Mercury Music Prize won by Sampha as well as the history of the award. Album of the month is LCD Soundsystem's American Dream.
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.