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The J Files is Double J's music doco show bringing together artists and fans to share and explore the stories behind the music you love. Each week the Double J radio program and online feature dig through archives, rarities and your experiences to create an in-depth profile of an artist, album or idea. It's your ticket to music discovery.

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The J Files is Double J's music doco show bringing together artists and fans to share and explore the stories behind the music you love. Each week the Double J radio program and online feature dig through archives, rarities and your experiences to create an in-depth profile of an artist, album or idea. It's your ticket to music discovery.

    2023: The Year That Was

    2023: The Year That Was

    2023 had moments for huge celebrations - we were gripped by Matildas fever, celebrated the 50th anniversary since hip hop began its ascent to dominance, saw technology make the impossible possible and heard more great albums than we can count. 

    And music has been there through the hard times too - with devastating global conflicts, a referendum defeat and escalating cost of living pressures.

    Join Caz Tran as she reflects on some of the year’s biggest music and cultural moments, tracks that got us pumped as well as a whole heap to get excited for in 2024. 

    DJ Shadow

    DJ Shadow

    DJ Shadow (Josh Davis) changed the game of instrumental hip hop in the 1990s. An early signee of British label Mo' Wax, his debut album Endtroducing….. blew minds with its fusion of electronic music and hip hop beats and it was entirely composed using samples. 

    But he's not been content to peddle more of the same. Keeping us guessing, pushing himself and the music forward with each release he's experimented with composing, bringing collaborators onboard (like Run The Jewels) and finding new ways of sourcing samples. 

    DJ Shadow recently released his seventh studio album Action Adventure and it’s the perfect time for us to follow him into the studio, backstage at some of the biggest festivals and into crate-filled basements of record stores to understand how he makes his music.

    In this episode we also hear how Australian producers, musicians and DJs Katalyst, Joelistics and Beatrice Lewis rate DJ Shadow.

    Olivia Newton-John

    Olivia Newton-John

    Olivia Newton-John is one of the best selling artists of all time. Across a six-decade career that spanned music, stage, screen and health advocacy, she firmly embedded herself in our hearts.

    Before the huge success of Grease she’d already made her name as a recording artist, earning Grammys, Country Music Awards and a swathe of hit singles.

    The story of Olivia Newton-John is full of interesting bumps and swerves. She came first in a TV talent contest as a teenager that won her a trip to England where her career first took off. She went from starring in a 1970s sci-fi film that flopped to being cast as a lead in Grease after a chance meeting at a dinner party at Helen Reddy's house. And she nearly didn't release her hit song Physical because she felt it was too risqué!

    For the final episode of Aus Music Month get to know this legendary singer, performer and advocate who died last year at the age of 73. 

    Briggs

    Briggs

    We’re handing the mic to Yorta Yorta rapper and Double J's Australian Artist of the Year winner Briggs.

    Adam Briggs has carved out such an important legacy in Australian music. From his early days in Shepparton, supporting artists like MC Reason, Funkoars and The Hilltop Hoods to teaming up with Trials in A.B. Original, building his own label Bad Apples Music, and mentoring the next crop of rappers. 

    The J Files celebrates this legend with archive and reflections from Trials, Reason, The Hilltop Hoods, Nooky, BARKAA, DJ Jaytee and more.

    Ron S. Peno

    Ron S. Peno

    He may not be a household name, but Ron S. Peno had all the makings of a star.

    From his smalltown regional NSW upbringing to his early glam and punk groups in Brisbane and Sydney, to wowing audiences overseas and being splashed across the coolest music mags, his life and legacy is as colourful and chaotic as it has been artistic and influential.

    He was a singer, a songwriter, keen collaborator and dynamic frontman for many different bands, most notably Died Pretty—with albums like Doughboy Hollow, Free Dirt, Every Brilliant Eye remaining on high rotation with music lovers to this day.

    After Died Pretty, Peno continued performing and recording music, forming alt-country duo The Darling Downs with Kim Salmon and Ron S. Peno and The Superstitions with Cam Butler.

    His presence and contribution to Australian alternative rock over nearly 50 years has been immense. The J Files is paying tribute to this charismatic, unique and bold singer who died in August this year at the age of 68.

    Camp Cope

    Camp Cope

    For eight years Camp Cope shook up the Australian music industry with their fearless anthems, raw punk rock and stand against sexism and harassment. 

    After three albums, countless live shows and a music industry forever changed by their advocacy, Georgia Maq, Sarah Thompson and Kelly-Dawn Hellmrich have decided to call it a day.

    This episode of The J Files celebrates this trailblazing band and their legacy. It features one of their last ever interviews, reflections from fans at their final Sydney Opera House show and from musicians like Teenage Joans, Jen Cloher and Ben Lee.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
232 Ratings

232 Ratings

lesterlocke144 ,

Would rate five stars but needs to update more often and more bands

Sum 41? Cribs? Riot grrrl? 80s alternative (Go-Betweens, Stems?) INTERPOL???? if any of these bands/movements broke in Australia I’d love to get the full gist.

mekazu ,

A national treasure

Learning about the story behind musicians enriches the enjoyment of their music. I like this reporting style. Hoping to see a comeback in 2024!

nomesa ,

Not what the J Files (on JJJ) used to be

Just listened to the Neil Young podcast. It was full of rants from fans and artists about their thoughts on Neil Young, oh and a snippet with Richard Kingsmill. No back stories, a few songs played in the background and that’s it. Nobody cares what Joe Bloggs thinks about these artists.
Multiple comments that his collection is too large, but there was not even any attempt.
The J Files used to listen worthy. This was talkback radio.

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