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The Take 5 is a music podcast where the people you love, share five songs they love. Each guest has a different theme, and the memories attached to their most beloved songs flip them to fan mode, often giving a rare insight into their creative heart. Hosted by Zan Rowe.

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    • 4.5 • 37 Ratings

The Take 5 is a music podcast where the people you love, share five songs they love. Each guest has a different theme, and the memories attached to their most beloved songs flip them to fan mode, often giving a rare insight into their creative heart. Hosted by Zan Rowe.

    Bri Lee's power songs

    Bri Lee's power songs

    Bri Lee is an author, journalist, and activist. You’ve probably seen her pop up on telly, in panels, and online, because in just over 5 years Bri has carved out an acclaimed career, publishing the bestselling Eggshell Skull and another two books of non-fiction. Her work has interrogated how the legal system deals with sexual crimes, the realm of eating disorders, and the class structures within education, and all of it is written through a personal prism.

    In 2024, Bri turns her hand to fiction for the first time in her debut novel The Work. It’s the story of New Yorker Lally and Sydneysider Pat; two people in the art world who are not artists themselves, but trying to curate a life better than the one they came from. In everything she writes, Bri has a fascination with power. And from DC to AC/DC, you'll hear why.
    Destiny's Child - Independent Women, Pt. 1
    AC/DC - Back In Black
    The Preatures - Yanada
    Karen O & Danger Mouse - Redeemer
    Chappell Roan - After Midnight

    • 43 min
    Dave McCormack's cornerstone songs

    Dave McCormack's cornerstone songs

    Dave McCormack has one of those voices. As lead singer of Custard, his husky tones and the band’s playful indie rock beamed out of Brisbane in the 90s. They were a happy haven from the angsty guitar scene of the time. In 1999, after 5 albums and tonnes of shows as one of Australia’s favourite live acts, Custard called it a day.

    Dave McCormack would go on to play in other bands, he began composing soundtracks for film and television, and his voice would become familiar to an entirely new generation playing Bandit, the blue heeler dad in the mega hit kid’s show Bluey.

    Custard reunited in 2015 and have since released another 3 albums together. In 2020, during the first wave of lockdowns, I asked Dave McCormack to Take 5. His theme was cornerstone songs; the tunes he always returns to. And the reason I want to return to this wonderful conversation, is because we’re celebrating the most famous blue heeler in the world gracing our screens once again. This time with an epic 28-minute episode of Bluey. That’s like the Oppenheimer of the Bluey universe.

    So settle in for this very fun chat from the archives. And if your kids are listening, sorry for the confusion. Now you have an excuse to play them your old Custard albums.
    ABBA – S.O.S.
    Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
    Britney Spears - Toxic
    Devo – Peek-A-Boo
    Bob Dylan - Tangled Up In Blue

    This episode was originally broadcast in 2020.

    • 32 min
    Adrianne Lenker's songs that get under the skin

    Adrianne Lenker's songs that get under the skin

    Adrianne Lenker feels things deeply. You hear it in every one of her songs, whether solo, or with her band Big Thief. Lucky for us, she shares it all, and over the past few years has become one of the most promising and prolific songwriters around; making 6 albums on her own and 5 with her band.  

    Her latest is “Bright Future” and it’s another stunning record of genius songwriting, and the inspiration for me to head back into the Take 5 archives and share this wonderful conversation from 2019.

    At the time, Adrianne was actually on holiday in Australia and it felt fitting, because her life had been a transient one, constantly on the road touring all over the world. But even when taking a break, she made time to share a conversation about music.

    This ended up being so much more. It’s about connection, about how melancholy can filter through joy, and how you can find space in the most intensely crowded of sounds. Even if you don’t know Adrianne’s work intimately, this is a conversation that will speak to you. It’s one I haven’t stopped thinking about since.

    It feels like, for Adrianne, music has always helped her understand the world around her. When she speaks about songs, everything slows down. She has a way of articulating what is often intangible, and when I watch interviews with her I find I’m drawn in to a kind of meditative state – she just has a way of seeing the world that is captivating. For all of these reasons, back in 2019 I asked her to Take 5. Her music gets under my skin, and I wanted to find out what got under hers. Dive in for this unforgettable and poetic conversation.
    Sibylle Baier – Driving
    Bill Callahan – What Comes After Certainty
    Ithaca – Impulse Crush
    Sheer Mag – Point Breeze
    Life Without Buildings – Sorrow

    This episode was originally broadcast in 2019.

    • 36 min
    Comedy Best Of

    Comedy Best Of

    Well I hope you’re up for a laugh, cos this Take 5 is a special one. As comedy festival season kicks it around Australia, I’ve dug into the Take 5 archives and pulled out some of my favourite chats with comedians. Unsurprisingly, they’re great storytellers. And as we know from almost 20 years of Taking 5, everyone has a connection to music.

    There’s another throughline to these tales too, they all speak to adventure; to shifting to a new place for a new perspective, and often a whole new beginning.

    You’ll hear Celia Pacquola remember her early shows making it big in Edinburgh, Fred Armisen talk about his transition from music to comedy, Rose Matafeo’s Rastafarian parents, how Steph Tisdell was gonna be a lawyer before hopping on a plane to the UK, and Simon Amstell’s tip into teenage years onstage.
    Belle & Sebastian – Step Into My Office, Baby
    Sleater-Kinney - Start Together
    Stormzy – Cigarettes & Cush (Ft. Kehlani & Lily Allen)
    Kelis – Millionaire (Ft. Andre 3000)
    Patrick Wolf – The City

    • 43 min
    Laurie Anderson's songs of duality

    Laurie Anderson's songs of duality

    Laurie Anderson is bucket list. The artist, violinist, and poet has been exploring the world in her unique way for decades. She caught our breath releasing O Superman, and has continued to bring play, humour, and curiosity into all she does.

    Laurie was also the yin to Lou Reed’s yang, as a life and creative partner; putting on concerts for dogs, and most recently feeding her and his writing into a supercomputer to see what AI would spit out, in their voice.

    That was the catalyst for me asking Laurie to Take 5; and her work in AI as an artist over the past few years explores all the questions we’re having today about machine learning. Settle in, this is such a poetic conversation, full of great wisdom and plenty of laughs as well. I loved speaking with Laurie about music, and loved how much she embraced the theme I gave her, of duality. From Marianne Faithfull to Maggie Rogers, this is an extraordinary conversation with an all time great.
    Marianne Faithful – Falling in Love Again 
    Ornette Coleman – Lonely Woman
    Lou Reed – Magic And Loss (The Summation)
    Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright
    Maggie Rogers – Alaska

    Kate Crawford's atlas of sound.

    • 45 min
    Jack Antonoff's turning points

    Jack Antonoff's turning points

    Jack Antonoff is one of the most celebrated producers working today. With 10 Grammys under his belt, including three in a row for Producer of the Year, he has shaped the sound of pop music over the last decade.

    Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey, The 1975, Lorde… these are just some of the names he’s produced and co-written with. And within the industry, he’s known as a brilliant collaborator – opposite to the classic Svengali directing himself into the story. Jack listens, guides, and celebrates the song. For him, it’s about the feel more than anything else.

    Jack is also a muso himself; for years he’s played in bands and written songs. And you can tell what a fan he is, and how his big heart is filled with music. From R.E.M. to Joanna Newsom to Waterboys, this is a glorious celebration of songwriting, from a Jersey boy who followed his dreams.
    R.E.M. – At My Most Beautiful
    Saves The Day – Hold
    Joanna Newsom – Sadie 
    Tom Waits – Hold On
    Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

maddyendr ,

My top five podcasts

This is a great podcast, but especially if you’re a music nerd and need to know more about your favorite bands. Great topics, deep subjects, hits all the feels. Also the interview is done really well and respectful of the artist. I’m a sucker for a good interview, also Zan’s voice is very pleasant. One of my favorite podcasts!

joanblue ,

Amazing episode in one of my favorite shows

Zan Rowe is a very talented EJ interviewer on double J radio and this whole Series (take 5) is fascinating to anyone interested in music and/or the creative process. This particular one is with Max Richter, who is well known outside the popular Music world as a modern classical musician and composer. He talks about how a wide range of classical, electronic, rock and jazz music has inspired him, exemplified in the five pieces of music he chose to discuss. This is radio at its absolute best.

zowirce ,


Love this podcast, takes me back!!

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