36 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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    Teenhood, Wolves and that Right Path

    Teenhood, Wolves and that Right Path

    In our final episode for Season 2, we listen to some raw tape that didn't make the Julien Baker episode. And we're joined by not one but two fans. Allison, a teenage fan, from Louisiana, shares how Julien's music helped her through her own bouts of depresson during the pandemic. And Azin Samari, a documentary editor on "The September Issue"—the award-winning film about Vogue magazine, Amazon docu-series "Lorena" and more recently, Hulu's "Sasquatch." Azin is currently working on a documentary about the refugee crisis. She discusses her experience with religion, editing for documentary, and its similairities to editing for audio.
    Thanks to Matador Records for use of the song "Appointments." And Katie Nelson from Grandstand Media for support with music clearance. A big, big thank you to the many Julien Baker fans that reached out. We could only pick one but feel free to record a voice message and I promise to play it on a future mini-episode. And of course to our guest Allison, thank you for sharing the music in your head with all of us in the world — it's a truly special thing.
    Links to the other episodes discussed — Black Belt Eagle Scout, Ezra Furman, Travis and Lucy Dacus. Julien Baker will tour with Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, for the Wild Hearts Tour, from 21 July to 21 Aug 2022. Remember Season 3 will drop July 7.
    Write us an Apple Podcast review, or again send me a voice message. If you prefer to share your thoughts via email, drop us a line at celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com

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    • 49 min
    Unpleasantness is Necessary for Art?

    Unpleasantness is Necessary for Art?

    We listen to some raw tape of Jamie Stewart—from experimental, art-pop band Xiu Xiu—that didn't make it to the main episode. And we're joined by a Xiu Xiu fan, Bay Area-electronic musician Alex Olive who shares how elements that we might ordinarily find off-putting in Xiu Xiu's more discordant, noize-led and sometimes frightening work is vital to her art and life. We also discuss gender dysphoria, trans rights and In true Xiu Xiu form, Sanrio characters. Follow Alex Olive @olivecraving on Instagram and be sure to check out her Bandcamp here.
    Much thanks to Rob Wilcox at Polyvinly Records and Sydney Christensen at Kill Rock Stars for use of songs. Also to Catherine Herrick from Motor Mouth Media for additional support. Last but not least to Jamie for graciously helping us reach out to his loyal fanbase. And a big, big thank you to the many fans that did reach out. We could only pick one but feel free to record a voice message and I promise to play it on a future mini-episode.
    To listen to the Ezra Furman episode from Season 1, please head here. And here's my interview with Ezra on motherhood.
    Write us an Apple Podcast review, or again send me a voice message. If you prefer to share your thoughts via email, drop us a line at celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com

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    • 33 min
    A Music Podcast With Music

    A Music Podcast With Music

    We listen to some raw tape of Courtney Barnett before she pressed record for our interview. We are also joined by a true fan of her music—Paul Kondo, of The Podcast Gumbo Newsletter. Not too long ago we were "hotsauce" in that newsletter. Paul recommends three podcasts in each gumbo newsletter, with an added extra podcast mention, thrown in as hot sauce. Paul shares with us the first albums he coveted—The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary of The Band's final performance in San Francisco featuring friends such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell —still ranks high for him decades later; his favorite Courtney Barnett song; and how pleased he is that Under the Radar is that rare music podcast, that actually plays music.
    Please head to Bandcamp to purchase music from Jen Cloher's self titled album. And for tickets and more information about Courtney Barnett's own, curated festival, touring this August, head to Here And There Festival. Thank you to Milk! Records, Mom & Pop and Grandstand Media for clearance of songs used in this episode. And for the Caroline Rose episode, head here.
    Write us an Apple Podcast review, send me a voice message or if you prefer to share your thoughts via email, drop us a line at celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com

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    • 21 min
    Julien Baker

    Julien Baker

    Memphis-bred singer/songwriter Julien Baker's third album Little Oblivions revisits familiar themes in her confessional writing — faith, addiction, mental health and her sense of isolation. However, in the process of writing the album, Julien had to undergo more transformation than ever before. She now has a radically different understanding of God, of her own struggle with addiction, and how she squares that with her own queer identity. She's also attempting to be kinder to herself. The catalyst for much of this change was losing her sobriety in 2018. It prompted her to cancel shows and step away from her music career — the thing that she loved the most — and possibly giving it up altogether, as she went back to University to finish her degree.
    Many thanks for making this possible — Thank you Julien for your love of God and returning to music-making. To 6131 Records for use of "Sprainked Ankle." To Matador for use of all other songs from albums Turn The Light Out and Little Oblivions. And to Kobalt Music Publishing for all songs. Special thanks to Abby Rubin from Beggars Group, and Katie Nelson at Grandstand Media for additional support.
    Songs Featured: "Hardline," "Sprained Ankle," "Claws At Your Back," "Faith Healer," "Ziptie," "Ringside," and "Relative Fiction."
    To share your thoughts on this episode, email: celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com

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    • 56 min
    Jamie Stewart - Xiu Xiu

    Jamie Stewart - Xiu Xiu

    Experimental art-pop and noize band Xiu Xiu's single "Rumpus Room" found me on a particular low day in early 2021. I remember puttng it on, cranking the volume up and jumping around like a sugar-ed up toddler in a boucy castle. There's hints that the song is about more serious things but in that moment I needed joy and bouce—and that's what I found. Jamie Stewart began Xiu Xiu 20 years ago. The band has seen many configurations and different members. For the last decade, Xiu Xiu's been a duo of Stewart with Angela Seo. Xiu Xiu's music is often confronting either thematically or in the noize elements that Jamie employs. Diving into it, is its own reward. Their latest is OH NO, an album of duets. It features Sharon Van Etten, Angus Andrew from Australian band, Liars, Twin Shadow, Owen Pallett and LA's First Wave punk pioneer, Alice Bag.
    Many thanks for making this possible — Thank you Jamie for all the noize, madness, mayhem and beauty. And that infectious laugh. To Kill Rock Stars for use of "I Luv The Valley OH" and "Apple For A Brain." And to Polyvinyl for use of all other songs. To Catherine Herrick from Motor Mouth Media for media support.
    Songs Featured: "Rumpus Room," "I Luv the Valley OH," "I Luv Abortion," "Apple For A Brain," "Honey Suckle," "Sad Mezcalita," "Saint Dymphna," "I Dream Of Someone Else Entirely," "Antz," and "Bottle of Rum."
    To share your thoughts on this episode, email: celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com

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    • 55 min
    Royal Blood

    Royal Blood

    English rock duo, Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher are Royal Blood. When they burst on the scene with their eponymous, debut album in 2014—boasting an old school rock sound reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, they were immediately hailed the saviors of guitar rock. Their sophomore album, How Did We Get So Dark followed the same playbook. There's an evolution in their sound on Typhoons, their latest studio album. It harks back to their eclectic roots. Both honed in their skills playing in various bands from soul and pop to funk and indie rock, as well as at church services and with wedding bands. It now also begs the question—where will Royal Blood go next?
    Many thanks for making this possible — Thank you Ben for picking up those chopsticks way back when you were knee high to a grasshopper. To Warner Records for use of Master Recordings and Warner Chapell Music for use of all songs. To Rick Gershon at Warner Records for the endless support. And to Ness Smith-Savedoff for additional editing help.
    Songs Featured: "Typhoons," "Figure It Out," "Out of The Black," "I Only Lie When I Love You," "Trouble's Coming," "Boilermaker," "Limbo," and "All We Have Is Now."
    To share your thoughts on this episode, email: celine.teoblockey@undertheradarmag.com

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

allison_0110 ,

Great conversations

I discovered this podcast from Lucy Dacus’s episode back in 2021, and I resonated most with her talking about the song Thumbs and her relationship with her father. I later listened to the Julien Baker episode when it came out and it was also a fantastic conversation.

Brenda-Zinnie ,

Julien Baker episode

Another great episode. This is the best way to discover new music - hearing the songs and learning more about the artist. I loved getting to know Julien through this intimate and candid conversation. There’s so much more to her than what’s in the songs. Loved!

M-Donovan ,

One of My Fav Music Pods

Celine does a really good job of finding a balance between giving space for the artists to talk and adding in what seems to be her subtle but rich background in music. I found the Xiu Xiu and Courtney Barnett interviews flowed in a way where they were over before you know it and are left with a perfectly elevated parasocial relationship with the artist.

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