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70 – The Anal Timekeeper

Steve and Remfry are in a state of befuddlement this week … it must be because it’s our last episode of the year where we’ll be reviewing new releases. Under the microscope for the final review show of 2019 are albums by Beck, Lindemann, Cattle Decapitation and Misery Loves Co.

There are also live reviews of PUP, Sick of it All, Ghost and A Celebration of Talk Talk’s Mark Hollis and trade-off features Fall Out Boy and Catch.

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69 – Michael McIntyre’s Lateralus Roadshow

We’re constantly striving to push the boundaries on Riot Act, by bringing you the latest and greatest music from the world of alternative music. So this week, we’re proud to present … errr Coldplay … sorry about that. 

But worry not, there are also reviews of the new ‘film’ by Slayer, plus reviews of albums by DJ Shadow, Sleep Token and Bellevue Days. There’s also talk about the unwarranted Mötley Crüe reunion, band announcements for Download and 2000Trees festivals and a special mention for an absolutely spectacular wedding party. 

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68 – Bubblewrap Back

It’s part 2 of our end-of-year catch up and this week, Steve’s curated a compelling and varied list of musical artistes including Health, Show Me The Body, Snow Ghosts, Port Noir, Ashbringer, Life of Agony, Throes, JPEGMafia, Kim Gordon and Nile.

Also this week, Remfry went to see Fever 333, Steve went to see Leprous, there’s a discussion about The Ghost Inside’s big comeback show at Brixton Academy and for the first time, possibly ever, the guys say something bad about Tool.

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67 – Killing in the Black Parade

It’s a mammoth week in Riot Act land as we begin part one or a two part catch up end of year spectacular. This time around, we’ve decided to split the catch-up picks between our two hosts and this week it’s Remfry’s turn to bring in records he feels we should have covered on the show this year. His picks are Julia Jacklin, Weyes Blood, Numenorean, Pile, The Callous Daoboys, Lightning Dust, Fink, Norma Jean, A Winged Victory for the Sullen and Schammasch. 

But before all that, Steve and Remfry discuss the reformations of My Chemical Romance and Rage Against the Machine, plus there are live reviews of a plethora of shows, including Opeth, Thrice & Refused, Creeper, Imperial Triumphant, Terror and Machine Head.

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66 – Signed, Sealed and Delivered (by Morrissey)

On this week’s show, Steve and Remfry review new releases by Swans, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Stake, Une Misère and Frail Body. Plus the boys talk about the new Bloodstock announcement and Morrissey selling albums by the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Patti Smith and Lou Reed for $300 a pop … but they’re signed by Morrissey so, you know …. worth it!

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65 – Boom Boom Shake Shake the Box

With just 6 days to go until the UK is cast adrift from its European brothers and sisters after extending two fingers as an RSVP to the EU party, Remfry and Steve join Brexit dissenters Haggard Cat as they protest the 52%’s decision to leave … by spending 24 hours encased in a concrete box. Nice work chaps, that’ll show ’em!

Steve and Remfry review new albums by clipping., We Lost the Sea, Alcest, Mark Lanegan and Refused whilst Steve ventured out to see Killswitch Engage and Remfry recalls travelling tales from Scandinavia, whilst also finding time to attend And So I Watch You From Afar’s self-titled 10th anniversary show and Bad Pond Festival’s first stint in London town. 

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64 – Talk Talk Bingo

Remfry is away this week, mucking about in Europe. But Riot Act rolls on regardless. Stephen is joined by long time buddy and RA comrade Matt Stocks to review new releases from Foals, Ocean Wisdom and Elbow. Matt brings Against Me’s classic major label debut New Wave in for the first ever one sided trade off. And the boys chat Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees, Robb Flynn kicking off on instagram and Matt’s recent interview with Jaz Coleman from Killing Joke. Plus Steve compares everyone to Talk Talk. As usual.

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63 – Huge Ackman

Steve and Remfry continue to bring you the most eclectic alternative music round-up with reviews this week of new releases by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Babymetal, Lightning Bolt and Can’t Swim. 

Steve also found time to go to the cinema this week (twice) where he was rudely confronted by Gary Glitter (his music, not the man himself) which once again raises the ugly question of whether art can (or should) be enjoyed once the artist has been convicted of a heinous crime. His second cinema excursion was a preview screening of Metallica’s S&M2 concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra whilst Remfry ventured up to Camden Town to see a glorious double-header in the form of Touché Amoré and Deafheaven. Additionally, the boys mourn the loss of the unhinged yet undeniably phenomenal drumming talent of Ginger Baker. 

And trade-off continues the eclecticism as Steve brings under-rated Blues legend Roy Buchanan to the table whilst Remfry extols the virtues of alt-rock turned neo-classical composer Clint Mansell.

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62 – Super Chelly Chelly Songs

There are a plethora of live shows to cover this week on Riot Act, as Steve went to the rather morbid Static-X, Soil and Wednesday 13 in London whilst Remfry went to see Emma Ruth Rundle, Jo Quail in Bristol and Lingua Ignota in London. He also hot-footed it off to Cologne to report back from the 15th edition of Euroblast Festival where he saw a strong contender for worst gig in 20 years of seeing shows. 

Albums reviewed include The Menzingers, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Renounced and Body Hound and trade off comes courtesy of Death By Stereo and Sunny Day Real Estate.

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61 – Hip Hopera

The Download announcement has got Steve and Remfry into a right tizzy, especially considering that Steve recently attended the Mercury Music Prize, an historically mocked (on this podcast at least) awards ceremony that’s giving far more exciting bands and artists a platform than Download seem to be managing at the moment. Steve and Remfry discuss (well …. Steve mainly rants, Remfry mainly listens). 

Ironically, it comes at a time when there is plenty of extremely exciting rock and metal bands making music, as is demonstrated in this week’s album reviews with new releases by Car Bomb, .gif from God and Nervus. The boys also cast their beady critical eye over new albums by 65DaysofStatic and Oddarrang and trade-off comes courtesy of mewithoutYou and Plan B. 

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