235 episodes

A podcast about discographies. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 6! 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, Billie Eilish, and Radiohead!

What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About R.E.M‪.‬ Adam Scott Glasspool, Steve Murphy, Lucas Way

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    • 4.6 • 146 Ratings

A podcast about discographies. A different artist every season. Currently in Season 6! 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, Billie Eilish, and Radiohead!

    Automatic for the People (Pt. 2)

    Automatic for the People (Pt. 2)

    The Big Mates discuss record collecting, Andy Kaufman, the Monty Hall Problem, and Automatic for the People by R.E.M.Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of R.E.M. by continuing their analysis of the band's eighth studio album, released in 1992. 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 ...

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Automatic for the People (Pt. 1)

    Automatic for the People (Pt. 1)

    The Big Mates discuss straws, Uncle Tupelo, Frasier, and Automatic for the People by R.E.M.Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of R.E.M. by starting their analysis of the band's eighth studio album, released in 1992. 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...

    • 1 hr 56 min
    R.E.M. MTV Unplugged 1991 Commentary

    R.E.M. MTV Unplugged 1991 Commentary

    The Big Mates provide gentle and celebratory audio commentary for R.E.M.'s performance on MTV Unplugged in1991. Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the performance as originally broadcast on MTV.Dig out those official DVDs to watch along...Or don't - the episode works fine either way!Our next episode comes out Monday July 8th and will begin our deep-dive into Automatic for the People!Join the conversation on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatismusicpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatismu...

    • 59 min
    Out of Time (Pt. 3)

    Out of Time (Pt. 3)

    The Big Mates discuss greetings, The Bear, spoken word, and Out of Time by R.E.M.Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of R.E.M. by wrapping up their analysis of the band's seventh studio album, released in 1991. 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 o...

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Out of Time (Pt. 2)

    Out of Time (Pt. 2)

    The Big Mates discuss illicit apples, ribs, Pearl Jam, and Out of Time by R.E.M.Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of R.E.M. by starting their analysis of the band's seventh studio album, released in 1991. 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 cr...

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Out of Time (Pt. 1)

    Out of Time (Pt. 1)

    The Big Mates discuss violins, harpsichords, flugelhorns, and Out of Time by R.E.M.Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of R.E.M. by starting their analysis of the band's seventh studio album, released in 1991. 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...

    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

Tom Turlough ,

A joy

I am a devoted R.E.M. fan and was delighted to discover this podcast. It's an unending pleasure to hear this deep dive into the band's back catalogue. I only wish Lucas would pull his bloody socks up and get into the swing of things; how can he not love the boys from Athens, Georgia? I am a fan, to a varying degree, of some of the other bands the self-proclaimed big mates have looked into, so no doubt I will explore the podcast's very own back catalogue at a future point.

misiumówi ,

The podcast my wife calls Those Music Idiots

I Love What is Music. We all know that Lucas is the one whose opinion counts the most, right?

Archapman0 ,

Big Vibes from Bigger Mates

Honestly can everyone please just listen to this so I can stop spamming band subreddits with recommendations. Quite honestly the high point of my week.

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