155 episodes

A podcast about discographies. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 4: Is It Rad In Yo' Head?: A critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Radiohead. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they go album by album, track by track, to find out if context can change your experience of music, how people become obsessed with artists, and to ultimately answer the question 'what is music?' Expect in-depth analysis, tedious tangents, controversial music opinions, and an exhaustive attitude to context. Also expect to find out more about the artists (and the hosts) than anyone could ever want to know! Previous seasons have covered Manic Street Preachers, Muse, and Billie Eilish!

What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About Radiohead Adam Scott Glasspool, Steve Murphy, Lucas Way

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

A podcast about discographies. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 4: Is It Rad In Yo' Head?: A critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Radiohead. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they go album by album, track by track, to find out if context can change your experience of music, how people become obsessed with artists, and to ultimately answer the question 'what is music?' Expect in-depth analysis, tedious tangents, controversial music opinions, and an exhaustive attitude to context. Also expect to find out more about the artists (and the hosts) than anyone could ever want to know! Previous seasons have covered Manic Street Preachers, Muse, and Billie Eilish!

    Radiohead Live in Buenos Aires 2009 Commentary (and Q&A!)

    Radiohead Live in Buenos Aires 2009 Commentary (and Q&A!)

    The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Radiohead Live in Buenos Aires 2009.

    Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the live performance from Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and answer questions sent in by listeners!

    Head to the Radiohead Public Library to watch along here:
    https://www.radiohead.com/library#ir/2009-03-24-buenos-aires
    Or don't - the episode works fine either way!

    Our next episode comes out next Monday and will see us discussing In Rainbows (Disk 2)!

    Get access to more shows, exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes of this show, and more music discussion by subscribing to our Patreon!
    Head to patreon.com/whatismusicpod and receive up to two new episodes of our various shows every week (including shows about Manic Street Preachers and monthly themed playlists!), ad-free archives of What Is Music?, and access to our Patron-only Discord server for even more music (and non-music) discussion!

    Listen to Nothing Pacific: A Non-Specific Podcast here:
    https://rss.com/podcasts/nothingpacific/

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    • 3 hrs 8 min
    In Rainbows (Pt. 3)

    In Rainbows (Pt. 3)

    The Big Mates discuss binaural microphones, 8D audio, MP3s, and In Rainbows by Radiohead.

    Adam, Steve, and Lucas conclude their track-by-track deep dive into the band's revolutionary seventh album and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in between. They also explore how the album was received at the time of release and the legacy it has left behind.

    They also touch on the groundbreaking way in which the album was released, fan theories, and the album's connection to OK Computer.

    What causes Adam to be at a loss for words? Is this the closest the band get to sounding like Arctic Monkeys? How do you pronounce Frusciante? Find out on this episode of What Is Music?

    Our next episode is out on Monday January 30th and will feature insightful commentary into Radiohead's performance in Beunos Aires in 2009 and we do a Q&A!

    Check out "ok computer but everything is my voice" here:
    https://youtu.be/q13NRoG6mvs

    Get access to more shows, exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes of this show, and more music discussion by subscribing to our Patreon!
    Head to patreon.com/whatismusicpod and receive up to two new episodes of our various shows every week (including shows about Manic Street Preachers and monthly themed playlists!), ad-free archives of What Is Music?, and access to our Patron-only Discord server for even more music (and non-music) discussion!

    Listen to Nothing Pacific: A Non-Specific Podcast here:
    https://rss.com/podcasts/nothingpacific/

    Support our show when starting your own podcast!
    By signing up to Buzzsprout with this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=780379

    Check out our merch!
    https://whatismusicpod.redbubble.com
    Donate to our podcast!
    https://ko-fi.com/whatismusic

    Join the conversation on:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatismusicpod
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    E-mail: whatismusicpod@gmail.com

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    In Rainbows (Pt. 2)

    In Rainbows (Pt. 2)

    The Big Mates discuss Mastermind, Studio Ghibli, Doctor Who, and In Rainbows by Radiohead.

    Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into  In Rainbows, the highly praised seventh album by Radiohead. They begin their track-by-track discussion, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in between.

    Why do we feel anxiety? Can Lucas do the claps from 15 Step? What's the weirdest fish? Find out on this episode of What Is Music?

    Our next episode is out on Monday January 23rd and will conclude the deep-dive into In Rainbows.

    Get access to more shows, exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes of this show, and more music discussion by subscribing to our Patreon!
    Head to patreon.com/whatismusicpod and receive up to two new episodes of our various shows every week, ad-free archives of What Is Music?, and access to our Patron-only Discord server for even more music (and non-music) discussion!

    Support the show when starting your own podcast!
    By signing up to Buzzsprout with this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=780379

    Wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve!
    What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to bath mats and jigsaws, via clocks and phone cases! Head to https://whatismusicpod.redbubble.com

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    You can do so at https://ko-fi.com/whatismusic
    Any donations very gratefully received and go towards our running costs!

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    • 1 hr 35 min
    In Rainbows (Pt. 1)

    In Rainbows (Pt. 1)

    The Big Mates discuss hot tubs, Isaac Newton, Strictly Come Dancing, and In Rainbows by Radiohead.

    Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of Radiohead by tackling their highly praised seventh album In Rainbows. They talk about the writing and recording process, the context surrounding the songs, and offer up analysis, opinions, and thoughts from three differing perspectives on music, from being deeply into analysis and music, to not caring for art or critique, and everything in between.

    They touch on the lengthy writing and recording process for the album, the novel release strategy, and how the band approached the record. They also discuss death, the passage of time, the finite nature of our existence, and the soundtrack for Kevin and Perry Go Large.

    What was special about how the band released In Rainbows? Why did they start recording without Nigel Godrich? Is this their most sexual album? Find out on this episode of What Is Music?

    Our next episode is out on Monday January 16th and will continue the deep-dive into In Rainbows.

    Get access to more shows, exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes of this show, and more music discussion by subscribing to our Patreon!
    Head to patreon.com/whatismusicpod and receive up to two new episodes of our various shows every week, ad-free archives of What Is Music?, and access to our Patron-only Discord server for even more music (and non-music) discussion!

    Support the show when starting your own podcast!
    By signing up to Buzzsprout with this link: https://www.buzzsprout.com/?referrer_id=780379

    Wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve!
    What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to bath mats and jigsaws, via clocks and phone cases! Head to https://whatismusicpod.redbubble.com

    If you'd like a different way to donate to us!
    You can do so at https://ko-fi.com/whatismusic
    Any donations very gratefully received and go towards our running costs!

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    What Is Patreon?

    What Is Patreon?

    The Big Mates launch their exciting new venture!

    Listen for all the details on exclusive bonus content, two brand new regular shows, listener collaboration, and interactive spaces. Or head straight to patreon.com/whatismusicpod to read all about it!

    They also pitch some brand new ideas for that exclusive content, and reveal how you, the listeners, can get involved.

    What Is Music resumes normal service next Monday, January 9th when we will start to explore In Rainbows by Radiohead.

    For exclusive content, brand new shows, and up to two new episodes every week, head to our Patreon page: patreon.com/whatismusicpod

    If you'd like a different way to donate to us
    You can do so at https://ko-fi.com/whatismusic
    Any donations very gratefully received and go towards our running costs!

    You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve!
    What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to bath mats and jigsaws, via clocks and phone cases! Head to https://whatismusicpod.redbubble.com

    Join the conversation on:
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Holiday Special 2022

    Holiday Special 2022

    The Big Mates celebrate their third Holiday Season with no mentiones of Christmas (apart from that one) together!

    Adam, Steve, and Lucas chat about the Yuletide season, dip into some festive Radiohead, and play some exhilirating games!

    Winter Wonderland by Radiohead available here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0zEEP0NN6c

    What Is Music will return next year! Join us for our next episode, which will be an exciting announcement, on January 2nd 2023.

    You can now wear your fandom on your (literal) sleeve!
    What Is Music? now has a RedBubble shop with lots of cool and stupid designs. You can get the designs on basically any product you like, from t-shirts and mugs, to bath mats and jigsaws, via clocks and phone cases! Head to https://whatismusicpod.redbubble.com

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    • 2 hrs 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

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Seriously.One.Hot.Badger -- what [Sean] more can I say?

Each season these three British lads pick a band and proceed to explore that band's discography, history and socio-political context (especially if John Major is involved). Along the way, as they jump from album to album, the lads squabble, make banter and mispronounce basic words, the lads hotly pursue the cosmic, ever-elusive answer to 'what is music?'

One of the chief appeals of this podcast is the febrile chemistry the three hosts share with one another, obviously born from many years of friendship and shared memories. Each episode feels like your sitting down with your mates, throwing the hours away in conversations about pop culture, life and the small aburdities of daily existence -- those sort of conversations which always seem so pointless to the unintiated outsider but which are a source of joy and warm connection to the knowing insider.

The definition of a 'comfort listen', you'll laugh the whole way through as you learn about some great music you otherwise might have missed.

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