18 episodes

A monthly podcast that dives into memories of childhood, musical inspirations and milestones that have shaped artists—and informed their most recent albums. Hosted and produced by Celine Teo-Blockey. Presented by Under the Radar, a print magazine and website founded in 2001 by Mark and Wendy Redfern.
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Under the Radar Podcast Celine Teo-Blockey

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A monthly podcast that dives into memories of childhood, musical inspirations and milestones that have shaped artists—and informed their most recent albums. Hosted and produced by Celine Teo-Blockey. Presented by Under the Radar, a print magazine and website founded in 2001 by Mark and Wendy Redfern.
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    Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

    Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

    This is a Bonus episode to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's latest album Temple opens with a chunky Vietnamese rock riff, the kind that Thao Nguyen's mother would have grown up dancing to—in the Vietnam of her youth, before war came to define the country. The title track is sung from her mother's point of view and includes snippets of real conversations. The most poignant being her stoic mother's advice to her to now "find her own freedom."
    Temple is about this quest for freedom and Thao's desire to live her most honest life. A search which has proved elusive, sitting at the crucible of race, gender and sexuality. The very things Thao had avoided discussing when she was coming up in the indie rock scene. While her 2016 album A Man Alive started this process of trying to reconcile her past by dealing with the loss she felt when her father abandoned the family, that was only the first step. With Temple she has finally come out publically as queer, started to come to terms with her own internalized racism and galvanized herself to be more of an activist.
    I had always admired Thao and her music from afar. She seemed an accomplished musician and songwriter who made singular records. I was not prepared for how honest and searing her work has always been. She might have never wanted to discuss her absent father, ethnicity or queer identity but it's in the DNA of her music.
    Many thanks for this possible — Thao Nguyen for writing brave songs and allowing me to tell this story. To Ribbon Music, Domino Records and Domino Publishing for use of songs from We the Common, A Man Alive and Temple. Additionally to Adam Thompson for use of songs "Temple," "Phenom" and "Pure Cinema." To Kill Rock Stars for use of "Bag of Hammers" from We Brave Bee Stings and All and NPR's Tiny Desk Concert for the live performance. To film-maker and director Todd Krolczyk for use of Nobody Dies documentary. And to publicist Sydney Yeo at Domino Recording Company.
    Songs Featured: "Temple," "Bag of Hammers," "Tallymarks," "We The Common (For Valerie Bolden)," "Kindness Be Conceived," "Meticulous Bird," "Millionaire," "Marauders," "Phenom" and "Pure Cinema."
    To share your thoughts on this episode, email: celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com


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    Can you sing in your Mother Tongue?

    Can you sing in your Mother Tongue?

    We hear some tape that didn't make it to the main episode featuring Emmy the Great. To celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, we speak to a new fan of Emmy the Great, food writer Jenny Liao. She talks about her Chinese American heritage and her efforts to re-learn her mother tongue of Cantonese by listening to old Canto-pop, new Emmy the Great and watching the films of internationally renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai. Follow Jenny Liao @jeliao on Twitter to find out more about her upcoming children's book on Chinese food and their traditions.
    Write us an Apple Podcast review or if you prefer to share your thoughts with us via email, please drop us a line at celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com — and you might be featured on the podcast. Get your latest print copy of Under the Radar magazine here.
    Links to Faye Wong singing the Heart Sutra, her Cocteau Twin's collaboration from the 90s and her version of "Dreams" from the Wong Kar Wai soundtrack.

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    Emmy The Great

    Emmy The Great

    Emmy the Great is the moniker of Hong Kong-born, British singer-songwriter, Emma-Lee Moss. Her latest album April was written four years ago, after a British Council residency to China and a trip back to Hong Kong. For most of her adulthood, Emma felt she had transcended living in the former British colony. So she was surprised that after her trip, she felt the pull to return there. As soon as the album was recorded, Emma left New York where she was residing at the time and moved back to Hong Kong. For three years, she made a life there with her partner and had a baby daughter. In 2019, after pro-democracy protests broke out and were followed by the Chinese government crackdown, they made the difficult decision to leave. This episode is about finding a sense of belonging between different worlds.
    Many thanks for making this possible—Emma for your care with words, and your precious time. Sally Hedberg at [PIAS] for all the support. Bella Union for permission to use songs from the albums Second Love and April. And BMG America for song usage on the albums First Love and Virtue. Additional thanks to Gareth Jones and Euan Hinshelwood for use of songs "Trellick Tower" and "Paper Forest."
    Songs featured: "Your Hallucinations," "Mid-Autumn," "Two Steps Forward," "We Almost Had A Baby," "Paper Forest," "Trellick Tower," "Swimming Pool," "Social Halo," "Dandelions/Liminal," "Writer," "Okinawa Ubud" and "Chang-E."
    To share your thoughts on this episode, email: celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com

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    Memories of The Flaming Lips

    Memories of The Flaming Lips

    We hear some tape that didn't make it to the main episode featuring The Flaming Lips. And we also speak to an early fan about the memories he had as he listened to the episode. Write us an Apple Podcast review or if you prefer to share your thoughts with us via email, please drop us a line at celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com — and you might be featured on the podcast. Get your latest print copy of Under the Radar magazine here.


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    The Flaming Lips - Wayne Coyne

    The Flaming Lips - Wayne Coyne

    The Flaming Lips are one of the most beloved psych-pop bands. They've managed to achieve commercial success and win multiple Grammy awards without having to sacrifice their instinct for the wierd and wonderful. Led by Wayne Coyne, an unconventional but committed frontman, this once band of 'wierdo outsiders' have gone on to inspire a generation of psychedelic rock bands and collaborate with a diverse range of artists—from Henry Rollins and Peaches to Miley Cyrus and Kasey Musgraves.
    Their latest masterpiece American Head has Coyne and longtime band member Steven Drozd reflecting on their youth and how the culture of drugs impacted their lives and tainted their idea of an American Dream.
    Many thanks for making this possible—Wayne Coyne for your gracious time and infectious, wide-eyed optimism. Micheal Ivins for helping with the recording. To Rick Gershon from Warner Records Publicity for arranging interviews and permission to use songs. To Chris Greenspon for additional help with sound editing.
    Songs Featured: "Dinosaurs On The Mountain," "She Don't Use Jelly," "Waiting For Superman," "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Pt 1," Flowers of Neptune 6," "Will You Return When You Come Down," "You n Me Selling Weed," "Mothers Please Don't Be Sad," and "My Religion Is You."
    Send your thoughts on this episode to celine.undertheradarpod@gmail.com We would love to hear from you and might feature your feedback in our mini episode.

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    Coming Soon: Season 2 of Under the Radar

    Coming Soon: Season 2 of Under the Radar

    Listen for a teaser to our Season 2 launch episode and other upcoming guests. Follow us on Apple Podcast so you don't miss our first episode with The Flaming Lips, out next Thursday, April 8.
    Send us your thoughts at celine.undertheradarpod@gmail.com

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Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Jelliedonuts ,

Completely new lens on musicians

Celine is a great host who has this gift of making listeners feel like they’re a part of the conversation. This podcast is a rare opportunity to witness the different sides of the artists featured on the show. I absolutely loved listening to the Emmy the Great episode and hope to see more Asian artists in the future!

Manymoodys ,

Super Thoughtful Podcast

The host, Celine, does a great job getting to very insightful and thoughtful questions of artists and goes very deep. The recent Flaming Lips podcast was great and gave me a lot of insight to a band I’ve followed from the early days

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Caroline rose interview

The most amazing interview with Caroline Rose. A must hear for her fan base. I’m late to the party but glad I made it. Thank you

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