227 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 • 141 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!

    BONUS: Lifeblood 20 (with Greg Haver)

    BONUS: Lifeblood 20 (with Greg Haver)

    Adam and Steve discuss the recent reissue of Lifeblood by Manic Street Preachers, a comprehensive set, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album.They are joined by music producer Greg Haver, who produced the original album and here looks back at the last 20 years of Lifeblood, how people's reaction to it has changed, and how he viewed that initial reaction to the record.He also discusses how the album affected his career, changed his relationship with the band, and how he feels about the ...

    • 1 hr
    Green (Pt. 2)

    Green (Pt. 2)

    The Big Mates discuss bass strings, 8 Mile, Amanda Lynne, and Green by R.E.M.Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their deep dive into the career and discography of R.E.M. by concluding their analysis of the band's sixth studio album, released in 1988. 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 criti...

    • 1 hr 39 min
    BREAKING NEWS: Billie Eilish - HIT ME HARD AND SOFT

    BREAKING NEWS: Billie Eilish - HIT ME HARD AND SOFT

    BONG. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST. The Big Mates discuss the newly released album HIT ME HARD AND SOFT by Billie Eilish. They give their first impressions and pick some standout tracks.Join the conversation on:Twitter: https://twitter.com/whatismusicpodInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/whatismusicpodE-mail: whatismusicpod@gmail.comGet access to more shows, exclusive bonus content, ad-free episodes of this show, and more music discussion by subscribing to our Patreon!Head to p...

    • 43 min
    Green (Pt. 1)

    Green (Pt. 1)

    The Big Mates discuss naughty fishermen, floppy top half, Requiem for a Tuesday, and Green 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 sixth studio album, released in 1988. 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 ca...

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Strange Dance / Jarak Qaribak

    Strange Dance / Jarak Qaribak

    The Big Mates discuss olive oil, Christmas, strings, and two side projects from members of Radiohead.Adam, Steve, and Lucas return to the subject of their fourth season in order to catch up the extra-curricular activities of members of Radiohead. First up is the string-laden and atmospheric third album from Philip Selway, Strange Dance. Then they explore Jarak Qaribak, the collaboration between Jonny Greenwood and Dudu Tassa. They talk about the writing and recording process, the context s...

    • 1 hr 24 min
    R.E.M. 1980 - 1987

    R.E.M. 1980 - 1987

    The Big Mates slow it down and take a break to discuss ratings, rankings, creasy head holes, and the career of R.E.M. from 1980 - 1987.Adam, Steve, and Lucas talk about their feelings so far on the band, having covered the five records that encompass "the I.R.S. years." They place each album previously covered into the context of this era, they return to each album with more experienced ears, and they talk about how they feel about them now. They chat context, albums, preconceptions, ex...

    • 2 hrs 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

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.

C'est Fabregas ,

Exhausting

Prefacing this with the fact I love R.E.M.; but this is too granular for a hardcore fan. There’s a weird, patronising dynamic between the main host and the other 2 dudes. Being more laconic would make this a less boring listen. You dismissed R U Talkin REM to me as a “comedy” podcast but they actually combined comedy and silliness with being super knowledgable and interesting. 24 episodes and you’re still in the 80s?! Grow up fellas!

The Last Man in Europe ,

Intelligent, in-depth musical examinings

Imagine writing a podcast…This is such a good podcast. Brilliantly researched, lovingly curated analysis from people who aren’t afraid of emotion or intellect. Fabulous work, keep em coming

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