In this week’s episode Ollie and Jamie discuss A Tribe Called Quest’s second album ‘The Low End Theory’ and its place in the group’s wider discography. They also touch on Phife and Q-Tip’s relationship, particularly its painful rendering in the documentary about the group, as well as their unearned reputation as rap’s “well-meaning middle class'“.
In this week’s episode Jamie is joined by Laurie and Ollie to talk about Paul Simon’s 1986 album ‘Graceland.’ They ramble for a while about appropriation and cultural boycotts before discussing Simon’s Napoleon Complex, his relationship with Art Garfunkel and how the real winner of this album is Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
In this week’s episode Laurie and Jamie look back at My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’, one of the defining albums of the 90s. They talk a bit about the myths surrounding this album’s recording, the most memed bands in internet history, whether this is a good sex album or not and whether the tinnitus you’ll get upon listening to it is really worth it.
Sidenote: due to some technical problems there is a slight drop in quality of the recording. This will be back to normal next week and is mainly due to my own fucking negligence :)
In this week’s episode Jamie and Ollie discuss ‘The Queen is Dead’ and its lasting legacy as an indie album, as a showcase for Morrissey’s wit and lyrics as well as Johnny Marr’s transcendent song-writing. Also features snippets of an interview with Paul Martin - videographer and bootlegger of countless Smiths’ shows during their intense 4 year career.
In this episode of ‘The Relistenables’ Jamie and Laurie talk ‘Illinois’: its historical illusions, artistic comparisons and how it won the Dalai Lama’s approval.
In the first official episode of ‘The Relistenables’ I talk with Ollie about one of the albums we have both listened to most — Nas’ Illmatic. We touch on the difficulty of assessing Nas’ career as a whole and the production, lyrics and artwork among many other things!
This episode introduces my new podcast — The Relistenables — in which I will be speaking with a rotating cast of friends and fellow music fans about the albums that keep us coming back and how they manage to do it.
This edited down version of the interview, featuring my introduction of Ido and stories about his ‘basic training’ and the time he spent on the West Bank, highlights the prevailing qualities of humanity in both Palestinians and Israelis.
The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the most controversial subjects of the past century. It is also a subject to which most politically engaged university students seem to be drawn. It often appears that it is more important to have an opinion on the conflict than it is to consider the conflict with genuine sensitivity. Yet, beyond the huge political scale of the fighting there lies real people on both sides with very real stories to tell. My interview with Ido, an ex Israeli conscript, was ultimately about finding new perspectives; it was about removing the debate from its political context and finding out what the conflict was like as experienced by someone who had witnessed it first hand. I wanted to ask questions that bought on descriptions and stories, rather than polemics and outrage. Student Media certainly isn't able to solve such complex political disputes, but it can provide insightful accounts of personal experience.
In the run up to the show there had been increasing tensions about Antisemitism on campuses around the UK and I thought it was important for there to be a Jewish voice that could talk about their personal experience. I knew that this person had to be someone who was respectful of other people’s identities and experience whilst also demanding respect for their own identity too. Ido, whom I had met very recently, appeared to be the perfect subject. Hearing him mention casually some of the things he had witnessed in his three years of national service I was struck by how engaging he was as a story teller.
However, being open about such experiences socially is not the same as being open in the context of an interview and during my preparation I was particularly focused on coming up with questions that invited responses based in experience rather than in opinion. I eventually settled on staging the interview as somewhat of a chronology; going through his first days in the army all the way to the end of the experience and noting particular moments along the way that he remembered, that had shocked him or that changed his perspective. Previously the show had focused on musicians, directors and playwrights — people who I find are often eager to talk — in doing this interview I wanted to focus on something different and more challenging.
In my research I made sure I was as informed as possible on the issue. Having completed a module the previous year on non-Western 20th century history that detailed the conflict, I then quickly devoured two books on the topic in preparation. Although this interview wasn’t about the conflict’s political implications I thought that sensitivity and knowledge was something that would prove valuable.
When it came to the interview itself I was keen to let his stories be the focus. It was important to remember that outside of setting the scene and prompting certain developments in the conversation, my job was to let his personal experiences take main stage. Up to that point in the year my show had run as an hour long interview interspersed with four musical choices by the guest, after Ido’s first song the stories had become so compelling we both agreed to continue the show just talking, without the musical selections.
In this week's episode I talk to Matt Maltese about his upcoming debut album, striking the right balance between irony and sincerity and the part London plays in his songwriting.
When You Die - MGMT
GMF - John Grant
After the Storm - Kali Uchis
Nobody Other - Kadhja Bonet
In this week's episode I speak to Ido Ben-Zvi, an ex-Israeli combat soldier, about his time serving in the army. We touched on the toughest parts of training, his most memorable moments and his feelings about the political culture of Israel.
- My Baby Boy - theAngelcy
- Ramallah-Tel Aviv - Balkan Beat Box
In this week's episode I speak with Thomas Froy, a London based playwright whose new production "The Sea" is running this March at The Camden People's Theatre. We talked about his experience of living in London, the fear of missing out and the role music plays in his writing, amongst many other things too!
Lady Midnight - Leonard Cohen
Blue Jeans - Lana Del Rey
The Only Living Boy in New York - Simon and Garfunkel
Doomed - Moses Sumney
In this week's episode I speak to Gabe Whitehead, the director and co-writer of "Based on a True Story", a short film coming out this Spring. We talked about the lengthy process of making a film, worrying about taking yourself too seriously and the value in just finishing things.
Gabe's instagram: _gabrielwhitehead
All episodes of my two previous podcasts can be found at the link below.
Digging Deep was based around political satire of current events and recorded over Spring/Sumer 2016.
East Street Variety Hour was an entertainment and talk show recorded over Autumn/Winter 2016.