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CA18 Beastie Boys – Ill Communication

For this week’s Classic Album Series podcast Steve and Remfry are joined by Good As Gold PR group’s Matt Hughes, PR to some of our very favourite bands and a Beastie Boys superfan to talk about the New York hip-hop legends 4th studio album Ill Communication.

We start by looking at the early years of the band, from the huge success of debut album License To Ill and then subsequent drop off that left the band searching for a new label and an entirely new approach to songwriting and a stark change in attitude. From the sample heavy masterpiece Paul’s Boutique in 1989, to the Beasties picking up their own instruments again for 1992’s Check Your Head, it all culminates in the production of Ill Communication, the most eclectic, diverse and confident album of their career. We look at the hip-hop scene in 1994, how the band were adopted by the rock press, and, of course, the stunning success of lead single Sabotage. We then look at what happened next, where the band went, discuss just what makes this album a classic and pay tribute to the late Adam Yauch, AKA MCA, who tragically passed away in 2012.

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Scroll down to check out Matt’s ‘Smells Like B Boy Spirit’ playlist…

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117 – Puscifer, Mr. Bungle, Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou and Zeal & Ardor

It’s one of the busiest weeks of the year as Remfry and Steve are up to their eyeballs with new releases. Coming under their critical gaze this week are new releases by Puscifer, Mr. Bungle, Bring Me the Horizon, Eels, Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, Nothing, Zeal & Ardor and PUP … phew!

Steve also reviews the Fever 333 livestream from Los Angeles and Remfry picks a fight with pretty much every musician that has ever existed. 

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116 – Clipping., Pallbearer, Autechre and Fever 333

Steve and Remfry are perplexed to hear that Miley Cyrus is recording an album of Metallica covers, an album that approximately nobody has asked for. Befuddled, they quickly move to safer ground and review new albums by clipping., Pallbearer, Autechre and Fever 333

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RR21 Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

Originally on Patreon 21/01/20

Remfry and Steve discuss the sophomore album from massively influential lo-fi psychedelic indie folk rockers Neutral Milk Hotel. They discuss the themes of the record including loss of innocence, esoteric lyricism and Anne Frank, the influence the album has had on a variety of artists from Arcade Fire to mewithoutYou and it’s status amongst the music journalist ‘elite’ as the Sgt. Pepper of the 90s. There’s also a lot of talk about semen … sorry about that.  

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CA17 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

It’s Remfry’s choice of classic album and he decides to lead us down a harrowing path, as we delve into the 16th album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Skeleton Tree. 

The tragedy that befell Cave and his family will forever mark this record, perversely it will also always define it. The tragic death of Arthur Cave when he fell from the cliffs of Brighton would lead Cave to write his most lucid yet poignant rumination on death, a hell of an achievement for an artist who had always found profound meanings in the morbid and macabre.

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115 – Matt Berninger, Crippled Black Phoenix, Open Mike Eagle and Hellripper

Steve and Remfry review new albums by Matt Berninger, Crippled Black Phoenix, Open Mike Eagle and Hellripper. 
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114 – Greg Puciato, Touché Amoré, Bon Jovi and Metz

The rock world is in mourning this week as news broke on 6th October that Eddie Van Halen has died at the age of 65 after a long battle with cancer. Steve and Remfry pay their respects to a guitarist who undoubtedly and unmistakably changed the way that people approach the electric guitar.
Reviews come courtesy of Greg Puciato, Touché Amoré, Bon Jovi, METZ and Venom Prison

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S26 Biffy Clyro (w/Simon Neil)

Remfry took the opportunity to sit down with Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil to talk about their 9th studio album ‘A Celebration of Endings’, as well as the band’s radical Glasgow Barrowlands livestream and Biffy Clyro’s ability to infiltrate the mainstream despite being a really odd band. 

Remfry also had the chance to ask Simon about a number of other projects he’s put his name to during lockdown including Empire State Bastard, Tippy Toes and a new Marmaduke Duke record. 

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CA16 Gallows – Grey Britain

It’s time once again for us to delve deep into another landmark record as part of our Classic Album podcasts. This week Steve is in the driving seat, and he has gone for the most modern album yet in this particular series, taking us back to the year 2009 for a look at the second album by Watford punks Gallows; Grey Britain.

We start by looking at the scene in which Gallows were born into, one of local shows and underground record labels, the early success and hype the band garnered with their debut album Orchestra Of Wolves, which led to the band being snapped up by Warner Bros for their undoubted masterpiece. We look at the creative leaps and bounds that Gallows went on to craft a record that still sounds as relevant, scabrous, difficult and bleak today as it did over a decade ago, before wondering if we will ever see the classic line up back together again, or whether we will ever see a band with such limited commercial prospects break into the mainstream in the same way that the band did at that time… spoiler alert, probably not.

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113 – Jónsi, Enslaved, Corey Taylor and Anaal Nathrakh

We have an exclusive ArcTanGent Festival announcement for you on this week’s show as we announce the line-up for Wednesday night … yes, ATG2021 will be four days of searing, riffgasmic Remfrycore and we have 10 bands to announce for you before any other outlet gets their greasy mitts on it. 

There are also reviews of the new albums by Jónsi, Enslaved, Corey Taylor, Anaal Nathrakh, Laura Jane Grace and Moor Mother. Plus congratulations are in order for IDLES on their #1 album and to Kilimanjaro Live boss Stuart Galbraith for attempting to give the government a kick up the arse by revealing a target date for live gigs to return in the UK. 

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