The long-awaited fifth episode of our music discussion podcast is out. This time we do a whirlwind tour of some of the best albums recently released, including LCD Soundsystem's American Dream, The National's Sleep Well Beast, Zola Jesus' Okovi, Hundred Waters' Communicating and much more.
Get the full details and links to where you can subscribe or get it on your preferred podcast app over on The 405.
- Protomartyr is my favourite band at the moment, so I was absolutely thrilled to have an in-depth conversation with their singer Joe Casey about their amazing new album Relatives In Descent. Check it out over on The 405.
Sampha deservedly walked away with the 2017 Mercury Prize, so for any of you still catching up on this prodigious talent, I've put together a playlist of 7 songs telling his story so far. Check it out over on Music Crowns.
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.