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RR26 Death From Above 1979 – You’re A Woman, I’m a Machine

Steve and Remfry dissect the 2004 debut album from Canadian rock duo Death From Above 1979. Just catching the tail end of the Garage rock revival, ‘You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine’ was released to very positive reviews, particularly amongst the indie press (5/5 on Alternative Press, 10/10 on Drowned in Sound, **** in Mojo and Uncut). The boys discuss their experiences seeing Death From Above live, their split, their resurgence and comeback almost a decade later.  

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Classic Albums

CA24 Meshuggah – obZen

Once again Steve and Remfry brave the finest recesses of their record collection to bring you another classic album series podcast. 

It’s a slightly different one this week, as we look back on the career of one of modern metal’s most confusing, inspiring, unusual, inventive and influential bands; the Swedish tech metal machine known as Meshuggah. We focus on their 2008 6th album obZen, their finest moment and commercial breakthrough, but it gives us a chance to look at just exactly what it is that has made Meshuggah such a revered musical entity.

From their earliest incarnation, the influence of nascent death metal and jazz drummer Dave Weck on their work were the key ingredients that enabled the Swedes to take huge strides as their career progressed, both as musicians and as a group that have experimented so routinely with the idea of what heavy music can be. We carry on all the way through to the painstaking recording sessions and the release of the album to assess how Meshuggah reconstructed the fabric and ideas of what metal was and how it opened the floodgates to popularise the entire djent and tech-metal scene, a scene that still continue to chase obZen’s tail to this very day.

LINKS
‘Bleed’ by Meshuggah Explained Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcsAAPdJTBE

‘Bleed’ by Meshuggah Explained Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH9HLK38PMI

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128 – Smashing Pumpkins, Wardruna, Viagra Boys and Lonely The Brave

This week, we try to kick into 2021 properly, but not before casting our critical eye over Smashing Pumpkins’ 11th studio album CYR which came out at the tail end of 2020. 


Releases covered from 2021 include Wardruna’s Kvitvran, Viagra Boys’ Welfare Jazz and Lonely the Brave’s The Hope List. Steve and Remfry also pay tribute to New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and acknowledge that Phil Spector’s died. 

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127 – Taylor Swift, Alpha Male Tea Party, Gone is Gone and Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou

New releases are still fairly thin on the ground, so Steve and Remfry continue to take a look back at some of the records they missed at the tail end of 2020, including Taylor Swift’s evermore, Alpha Male Tea Party’s Infinity Stare and Gone is Gone’s (deep breath) If Everything Happens For A Reason…Then Nothing Really Matters At All
There is some brand new music however in the form of The Helm of Sorrow, a new collaborative EP from Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou that’s come hot on the heels of last year’s debut collaborative full-length May Our Chambers Be Full 

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CA23 Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual

The influence of Jane’s Addiction on the alternative music scene and subculture can not be underestimated. On a surface level, the band appeared to have much in common with their hair metal, spandex-clad LA contemporaries, but chip away at the surface and it was obvious that Jane’s Addiction were a much more subversive, cerebral act who encompassed a diverse range of influences. Metal, goth, funk, psychedelia, reggae and punk were all crucial elements that made up their kaleidoscopic sound and acted as a bridge 80s excess and 90s integrity.  


The success of Ritual de lo Habitual, the band’s second studio album (and third album overall; 1987’s self-titled debut is a live album) was instrumental in forging the path for a gigantic wave of rock bands to take over the mainstream throughout the best part of the 90s. Would Geffen have gone to the trouble of signing Nirvana had Ritual de lo Habitual not sold half a million copies just one month after it’s release? Doubtful, especially considering that Nirvana’s debut Bleach had sold just 40,000 copies in North America prior to Nevermind’s release. 

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126 – Paul McCartney, Deftones, The Dirty Nil, Cazador

It’s our first review show of 2021, but as is often the case at the beginning of the year, there aren’t all that many new releases worth talking about, so instead, Remfry and Steve review some of the big hitters from the end of 2020 that they missed due to Album of the Year shenanigans, including new releases from Paul McCartney, Deftones, The Dirty Nil and Cazador. 

Sadly things aren’t as quiet on the news front as we pay tribute to two musicians who both passed away recently; underground hip-hop rapper MF Doom and Children of Bodom guitarist / vocalist Alexi Laiho. Plus we get political after photographs of Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer are circulated showing him to be one of the protestors at the US Capitol siege.

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RR25 Them Crooked Vultures – Self-Titled

Originally posted to Patreon – April 28th 2020

It’s our 25th Rioteers Review and what a super group of musicians we have to talk about for you my friend, as Steve and Remfry discuss Them Crooked Vultures, the 2009 self-titled debut from Messers Homme, Grohl and errr … Paul-Jones? They discuss the album, seeing the band play Download and whatever happened to that proposed follow-up album?

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CA22 The Beatles – The White Album (Part 2)

In the second and final part of our look at The Beatles 1968 masterpiece The White Album Steve and Remfry start by examining if the record marks the first genuine example of a double album, before going through each one of the 30 tracks present and giving our verdict on them. We look into conspiracy theories surrounding Paul McCartney’s supposed death, accusations of everything from being class traitors to Communist sympathisers, the invention of heavy metal, bringing the avant garde into the mainstream and the link between The Beatles and Charles Manson and his crimes. We also look at the backlash The Beatles received critically in the aftermath of the record’s release and the long lasting influence that it continues to have on contemporary music to this day. All before we end by trying to somehow surmise the legacy of one of the most beguiling, bewildering, unique and inspiring albums to have ever been recorded. 

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CA22 The Beatles – The White Album (Part 1)

It’s another Classic Albums series podcast. And in our most in depth look at an record to date we present a two part episode dedicated to The Beatles 1968 self-titled double album, commonly known as The White Album. In part one Steve and Remfry discuss The Beatles cultural significance, the daunting prospect of having to dissect the most revered and examined back catalogue in the history of popular music, the state of the world back in 1968, one of the most traumatic and politically charged years in modern history, before they get into the place that The Beatles found themselves in during that time. Looking into the shock death of the band’s manager Brian Epstein, the ever growing influence of Yoko Ono, their ill fated but prosperous trip to India and the studio sessions and the tense atmosphere that accompanied them, we set the scene before looking at the results of it all in part 2.

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125 – The Greatest Hits of Greatest Hits

It’s the first show of 2021 and seeing as it’s the beginning of the year, there’s not all that much going on in terms of new releases (sorry The Dirty Nil, we’ll cover you next week). So instead of our usual weekly review show, Steve and Remfry bring you something seasonal … a look at 10 Best Of / Greatest Hits collections that we deem essential. 
The criteria is to choose best of collections by bands who have a great collection of songs, but maybe are a missing that all killer, no filler definitive album, or maybe even bands who overall are just ok, but collect together their hits and you’ve got one almighty banger of an album. There’s controversy aplenty, as Remfry picks a best of by one of the biggest metal bands of all time and Steve threatens anyone that doesn’t like Motown.