Remfry and Steve discuss new releases by Bush, Jesu, Sharptooth and Inter Arma and after weeks of drought there’s finally some news! Unfortunately, it’s all pretty atrocious as the boys discuss Kanye West’s bid for the presidency, Tom Meighan’s dismissal from Kasabian and the passing of Ennio Morricone. Speaking of atrocious, Uncle Kracker’s 2000 debut album ‘Double Wide’ is the subject of Broken Records
Steve and Remfry discuss the debut album from UNKLE, a multi-faceted mish mash of Trip-Hop and alternative rock. They discuss DJ Shadow’s involvement in the project, whether the record has dated particularly in relation to UNKLE’s other work and the surprising critical drubbing the record received upon release.
It’s Remfry’s pick and this time we head back to 1996 (again!) to discuss Pinkerton, the sophomore album by geek rock wunderkinds Weezer. He delves into the fascinating history of this album, which was famously derided on release and considered a massive critical failure. The boys pick apart the initial concept for the album, a space opera entitled Songs From the Black Hole, which, whilst abandoned, sowed the seeds for many of the songs and b-sides that would appear on Pinkerton. And there’s also the patented Riot Act Politically Correct Assessment (RAPCA) on the album’s ‘troubling’ lyrics. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
Remfry’s got himself in a bit of a tizz over Dizzie Rascal, although he may have got the wrong end of the stick. Alongside Steve, he gets back on track reviewing new releases by Bob Dylan, Ohmms, Bo Ningen, Vile Creature and clipping. Plus, take a look at the 2011 collaborative album between Lou Reed and Metallica Lulu and discuss whether it really deserves the mauling that it received
On this week’s show, Remfry and Steve review new releases by Lamb of God, Phoebe Bridgers, Protest the Hero and Coriky and they also delved further into the pit of despair than ever on Broken Records, heading back to 1999 and pooping the party, with it’s soundtrack of hedonistic, misogynistic, will-waving in the form of Tommy Lee’s debut ‘solo’ album Methods of Mayhem
In the second part of our celebration of Richmond metal legends Lamb Of God, Steve picks up the baton as we look at the bands critical and commercial smash fourth album Sacrament. Continuing on from the aftermath of As The Palaces Burn the boys look at where LOG went next, from their signing to major label Epic, the release of the hugely successful Ashes of the Wake album, the recording of Sacrament, its release, the success that took them into the top ten of the Billboard Top 200 and onto mainstream television and our recollections of the Sacrament touring cycle and the amazing live shows it brought. Finally, opinions are split as we close up the entire podcast with a discussion on what is the very best album of Lamb Of God’s career. Available over on patreon.com/riotactpodcast.
It’s Remfry’s pick and it’s time for a bit of heavy metal, courtesy of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal scene, which Steve and Remfry spend a little time unpicking via Wikipedia. They also discuss Devin Townsend’s controversial production job and how the album came to sound the way that it does, until the 10th anniversary re-issue and remix by Josh Wilbur and Remfry argues his rhetoric as to why he feels As the Palaces Burn is the best album of Lamb of God’s career.
It’s Steve’s second catch-up show of the year and he’s curated a veritable feast of aural treats that we’ve missed in the first 5 months of 2020. New albums reviewed this week include Ghostpoet, END, Backxwash, Porridge Radio and Barren Womb. And in Broken Records, Steve and Remfry discuss whether Liz Phair’s self-titled 2003 record deserves to be in our hallowed hall of shit
Previously on Patreon 14/05/2019 – Steve and Remfry discuss the comeback album from Blur, The Magic Whip, the London Britpop legend’s eighth studio album. They discuss how the album fits into the band’s legacy, how Hong Kong affected the making of the album and how successful their comeback was.