Speaking out about mental health issues is a scary but important prospect, especially for pop stars who have such a large platform and plenty of influence over younger people. Over on Music Crowns I've written about 9 brave musical artists who have spoken out frankly about their mental health, either in interviews, social media or songs.
The relationship between siblings can be both fractious and fruitful. In history there have been many great musical acts built around a familial fulcrum, from Oasis to The Carpenters to The Jackson 5. And there are still many good ones out there; check out my picks of the 7 best currently working bands with siblings over on Music Crowns.
In the fourth episode of our Views From The 405 podcast, Kieran and I discuss new albums from Brand New, Nadine Shah, The War On Drugs and a few others, before going back in time to discuss 80s classic Songs From The Big Chair by Tears For Fears. Listen below, and see the full credits for the episode over on The 405.
Songwriters often look to their fellow human beings for inspiration for songs, either good or bad. And often, the people that inspire songs are already famous in their own right. Over on Music Crowns I wrote about 7 instances of musicians writing about someone else famous in a song. Usually someone that they admire or love - or used to, at least. See what you make of my picks.
Kieran and I are back to podcasting business, with plenty of new music to talk about. We focused on Japanese Breakfast, Tyler, The Creator, Daphni, a retrospective look at The Clientele's debut album The Violet Hour and much more.
Get the full run down of what's going on in this episode over on The 405, or just listen and enjoy below.
I had a lovely chat with Berlin-based Scotsman Claude Speeed all about the weird and wonderful elements and influences at play on his brilliant and experiential new album Infinity Ultra. Read up over on The 405.
We made a second episode of our podcast! This adheres to what will be our normal structure; discussing recent news, recent album releases, some articles we liked, and delving back to a retrospective look at an older album. This episode we discussed Vince Staples, Jay-Z, Broken Social Scene and looked back at Arcade Fire's Neon Bible. Listen below and head to The 405 to get the links to the things we talk about and the full credits of the clips used.