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22 – The Big Fat Alternative Quiz of the Year 2018

It’s the first ever Riot Act Big Fat Alternative Quiz of the Year and we’ve roped in eight guests to pit their wits against a plethora of questions about the year in music, including Matt Reynolds (Haggard Cat), Em Foster (Nervus/Milk Teeth), Brady Deeprose (Conjurer), Hannah Boulton (Bledig), James Spence (Rolo Tomassi), Lizzie Coulson (KLAE), Andy Gillan (Palm Reader) and Will Gardner (Black Peaks).

Chaos reigns across 2½ hours and 42 questions as booze is consumed, Jaffa Cakes are flung, Steve loses the will to live and Remfry is ousted as a massive sexist.

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S02 – The World According To Jamie Lenman Xmas Special

It’s only ruddy bloody Christmas isn’t it, and we couldn’t leave our faithful followers in the lurch when it came to delivering a Riot Act Christmas special. And who better to deliver such a sermon than our very own regular special guest Mr Jamie Lenman.

In the fourth edition of The World According to Jamie Lenman, the moustachioed wunderkind extols the virtues of Chas and Dave’s Christmas Carol Album, featuring the cockney duos’ renditions of prominent Chrimbo classics such as Good King Wenceslas Looked Out, We Three Kings and O Come All Ye Faithful! Ditch the Queen’s speech this year and gather the family* round the wireless to hear the dulcet tones of Chrimbo Jimbo.

*Unless your family don’t like swears … in which case, maybe listen to it without Granny.

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21 – Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2018 (10-1)

It’s part two of Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2018 extravaganza and there is a multitude of questions to be answered. Who will be Steve’s Number One? Who will be Remfry’s Number One? Will Muse be in Steve’s worst albums of the year? Will Muse be in Remfry’s worst albums of the year?

As well as all that excitement, the boys shout out their gigs of the year and there’s some news regarding tea sponsorship. Turns out if you ask, you shall receive. Merry Christmas you filthy animals!

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20 – Riot Act’s Albums of the Year 2018 (20-11)

As we reach the end of the year it’s time for Steve and Remfry to look back on the last twelve months and whittle it down to the cream of the crop. That’s right, it’s the first annual Riot Act Top 20 Albums of the Year podcast. This week the boys kick off with numbers 20 to 11 and also discuss the records that just missed out, the best EPs of 2018 and what genre, in their humble opinion, has dominated the world of alternative music this year. WARNING: May contain Cardi B references.

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S01 – Roadburn Festival (with Becky Laverty)

It’s Riot Act’s first official special, and in the time-honoured tradition of shouting about the things we’re passionate about, we’ve decided to dedicate 90 minutes to the very special and unique Roadburn festival. Taking place annually in the serene city of Tilburg in The Netherlands, Roadburn seeks to constantly explore and push the boundaries of what heavy music is. From the sonically pulverising likes of Thou or At The Gates to the thematically weighty themes of Emma Ruth Rundle or Anna Von Hausswolff, Roadburn is a 4-day haven that actively works with the artists they host in order to bring patrons one-of-a-kind shows that have never been seen before and in many cases, will likely never be seen again.

Remfry sat down with Queen of Roadburn (perhaps not her official title) Becky Laverty to discuss Roadburn’s history, her experiences of the festival as a punter, and they try to pin down exactly what it is about Roadburn that has made it such an extraordinary place for heavy music fans for almost 20 years.

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19 – Buffet of Brutality

It’s another week of looking back on some of 2018’s missed records on this week’s Riot Act. Steve and Remfry chat about this year’s releases from Car Seat Headrest, Thou, Basement, Wire Love, Ocean Wisdom, Nothing and also discuss whether The 1975’s new album really is a ‘Millennial OK Computer’. The trade off see’s the boys talking about the relative merits of Technique by New Order and Caspian’s Dust And Disquiet. And we truly live up to our status as an ‘alternative’ podcast, but exploring some truly alternative lifestyle practices… after all, what’s more alternative than beastiality?

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18 – Burned on the Retina of my Mind? (feat. Mike Vennart)

With just 31 days left of 2018, Steve and Remfry delve into albums released over the past 11 months that they missed first time around. In the first part of this two part round-up, the boys look at albums by The Armed, itoldyouiwouldeatyou, Louise Lemón, Ovlov, Kississippi, Ólafur Arnalds and Twenty One Pilots.

Elsewhere, Remfry sat down with current Vennart/ex-Oceansize main man Mike Vennart to discuss his top five Iron Maiden songs. Remfry stuck around to review the show as well as shows from Pijn, Mogwai, Earthtone9 and Pitchshifter, whilst Steve went to see Therapy?. Plus, this week’s trade-off is The Smashing Pumpkins’ 2011 Oceania for Sugar’s Copper Blue.

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17 – Police Academy 7: Ron Perlman’s Regret

Steve and Remfry aren’t just fountains of musical knowledge, they are massive cinephiles as well. This week the guys wax lyrical over the relative merits of comedy classics Police Academy 7: Mission To Moscow and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. When they can be bothered to talk about music there are reviews on the latest releases from Smashing Pumpkins, Mumford And Sons, Failure and Azusa. Plus a trade off involving the self titled debut album by Gravity Kills and Marriages Kitsune EP. And we are once again joined by, literally, everybody’s friend Jamie Lenman for another ‘The World According to Jamie Lenman’, this time on Queen’s utterly maddening Hot Space album. Right, we’re off to lawyer up before Kevin Spacey hears this.

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16 – Frettin’ About Threatin (feat. Emma Ruth Rundle)

On this week’s episode of Riot Act there is plenty to be worried about. Steve is worried about Remfry’s drinking habit, the state of the world in general, and the sound of the new Muse album which is reviewed alongside the latest albums from Thom Yorke, Can’t Swim and The Ocean. There is respite from the furrowed brows in both The Trade Off, where we exchange superlatives about both Killing Joke’s Absolute Dissent and The Illusion Of Democracy by Reflux, and Remfry sat down for a stress free chat with the excellent Emma Ruth Rundle. But the most pressing concern comes from the bizarre and labyrinthian tale of infamous alt-rock troll Jared Threatin and his “band” Threatin, which is discussed at length… Spoiler, we never do get to the bottom of it.

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15 – Someone’s Cried On My Willy (feat. Will Haven & Palm Reader)

Steve’s in a sing-song mood this week, giving his very personal renditions of songs by Will Haven, Die Antwoord and Dream Theater. Remfry, for the most part, sits bemused. Elsewhere there are reviews of the new albums from Architects, The Prodigy and Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers as well as live reviews of Slayer’s final London show, Cancer Bats, Anti-Flag, Palm Reader and Will Haven. Speaking of which, Steve sat down with guitarists Jeff Irwin (Will Haven) and Andy Gillan (Palm Reader) for a six-string love in. Trade off this week comes courtesy of Die Antwoord and Hindsights.