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CA19 Pixies – Doolittle (Part 2)

In part 2 of our Classic Album series on Pixies, Remfry delves into the 1989 sophomore album Doolittle. Released just 13 months after debut Surfer Rosa, Doolittle ushered in a clearer, cleaner production job by Gil Norton which lifted the songwriting of Black Francis to hitherto unknown heights. Debaser, Monkey Gone to Heaven, Here Comes Your Man, No.13 Baby, Hey, Gouge Away … the album is chock full of incredible classic songs and Doolittle was the record that married the extraordinary synthesis of bland and surrealism that was unique to Pixies.

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CA19 Pixies – Surfer Rosa (Part 1)

It’s Remfry’s pick for the Classic Albums series and we’re back to doubles due to lockdown, so Remfry’s decided to cover alt. rock Gods Pixies. The Boston indie legends recorded Surfer Rosa in November 1987, just 11 months after Black Francis and Joey Santiago dropped out of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to form the band. Bone Machine, River Euphrates, Gigantic and Where is my Mind? are all still beloved songs from the band’s back catalogue. Steve and Remfry dive into the making of the record and the band’s tumultuous relationship with producer Steve Albini. 

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59 – Bring back Streetmate

Steve and Remfry review new albums by Pixies, Cult of Luna, Chelsea Wolfe and Mike Patton and Jean Claude-Vannier. Trade off this week comes courtesy of MDC and Imperial Triumphant. 

They also discuss Tool taking the No#1 spot from Taylor Swift, Green Day’s newly announced uber tour as well as ‘the most exciting new guitar band in Britain’ (The Guardian, June 2019) black midi.  

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14 – Not in Kermit’s Mouth

Steve’s absolutely furious this week because he’s got a cold and is surely just a cough away from certain death. Remfry feels fine (thanks for asking) although he is slightly perturbed by the colour of Steve’s toilet seat. Despite these debilitating circumstances, neither are discouraged from talking about some of the most exciting new music in the alternative sphere, which this week takes the form of reviews of albums by Sick of it All, Toska and Sylvaine.

Remfry headed across to Oxford to see Idles continue to take the country by storm, whilst Steve ventured to London’s Roundhouse to see Pixies play Surfer Rosa and Come On Pilgrim in full and they both had fairly different views of Turnstile’s show at House of Vans. Elsewhere new songs from Slipknot and While She Sleeps are discussed and in place of trade-off this week, Steve and Remfry pick their Top Five albums from Epitaph, the legendary American independent record label setup by Bad Religion’s Brett Gurewitz in 1980.

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00 – The Venn Diagram of Riot Act Music

Welcome to Riot Act. A brand new podcast for fans of alternative music hosted by Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman. In this four hour plus opening episode we go through numerous sub-genres, from prog rock to hardcore punk and everything in-between, to compile the ultimate guide to alternative music.

If you love passionate, in depth music chat, bizarre sperm metaphors, and podcasts being interrupted by cats then this might just be your new favourite thing on the internet!