Sounding Bored



A New Music Podcast out of the UK


  • Sounding Bored Episode 36: The Top 10 Albums of 2018

    16/01/2019 Duration: 55min

    In Episode 36 of Sounding Bored, a team comprising of host Rob Langham, Amy Laurens, Josh Wells and David Cox pick their albums of 2019 including discussion of Kanye West & Kid Cudi, Idles, Mitski, Hookworms, Sauna Youth and Let’s Eat Grandma. Recurring topics include pop stars’ morals, politics and the #metoo movement while there is an important announcement at the close of the show.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 35: The Robyn Episode + Pop Stars as Auteurs

    08/11/2018 Duration: 32min

    Episode 35 of the podcast revolves around the release of the album Honey from Robyn, the Swedish popster’s first solo release since 2010. Rob Langham and Amy Laurens build up to their discussion of the LP by assessing the notion of pop star as auteur, bringing the likes of Kanye West, Joy Division, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and the Pet Shop Boys into the conversation.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 34: Musical Nostalgia, Queen, Nadine Shah, Damian Abraham

    24/10/2018 Duration: 31min

    In Episode 34 of Sounding Bored, Rob Langham and Niall Kennedy survey the current trend for nostalgia to influence music and culture more generally with nods to Queen and the new movie Bohemian Rhapsody, Ghost Box recordings, Rewind and Simon Reynolds’ book Retromania. Album of the month is Fucked Up’s Dose Your Dreams while performances from GNOD and Nadine Shah at the recent Ritual Union festival are also highlighted.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 33: Cover Versions in all their Glory; Mitski

    12/09/2018 Duration: 50min

    In Episode 33 of the podcast, Rob Langham is joined by Amy Laurens and Josh Wells to debate the ins and outs of cover versions with namechecks for Johnny Cash, The Pet Shop Boys, The Fall, Madonna, The Futureheads, Elbow, Limp Bizkit and Catfish & the Bottlemen. Album of the month is Mitski’s fifth long form platter, Be the Cowboy.

  • The Sounding Bored Interviews No. 5: Shire Folk supremos Graham Hobbs and Jonathan Roscoe

    29/08/2018 Duration: 38min

    In the fifth of the Sounding Bored interview podcasts, Rob Langham speaks to Graham Hobbs and Jonathan Roscoe, the twin svengalis behind Shire Folk, one of the leading folk magazines in the UK and a broad church that features traditional English Folk music, Americana, more than a few fiddles, folktronica and experimental forms. There are mentions on the pod for Seth Lakeman, Tunng, The August List, Little Red, Fairport Convention and Emily Morgan among many others.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 32: Superstar DJs, Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Ross From Friends

    18/08/2018 Duration: 49min

    In the 32nd episode of the pod, Rob Langham is joined by David Cox to reflect on the late 1990s heyday of the superstar DJ. Pete Tong, Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox and Sasha are held up as the exemplars of a curious period where the ability to operate a turntable ruled the roost. The Superclubs and club nights including Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher and Cream are recalled along with the artists that shaped an era such as The Chemical Brothers, Faithless and Leftfield, as well as the comedown. Fittingly, album of the month is Ross From Friends’ Nineties-inflected Family Portrait.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 31: Mercury Prize 2018, Leeds as a Music City, Sink Ya Teeth

    27/07/2018 Duration: 45min

    In Episode 31 of the pod, co-founder Niall Kennedy returns to join host Rob Langham in appraising three topics: the announcement of the 2018 Mercury Prize short list, some of the best albums of the year so far and Leeds as a music city. Album of the month is Sink Ya Teeth’s eponymous debut while the work of Hookworms, The Sisters of Mercy, Gang of Four, The Wedding Present, Nadine Shah, Young Fathers, King Krule and Chumbawamba is debated.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 30: The Vinyl Revival; Belly; Women in the Music Industry

    24/05/2018 Duration: 43min

    In episode 30 of the podcast, host Rob Langham is joined by newcomers Karlyn King and Gavin Barber to discuss the ins and outs of vinyl – both back in the day but also the format’s current strong revival. Karlyn also talks about the upcoming workshop on women’s employability in the music industry which is taking place in Edinburgh in June 2018 while the album of the month is Belly’s comeback effort Dove.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 29: Music and Social Media, Cardi B

    17/05/2018 Duration: 44min

    This episode of the pod sees host Rob Langham joined by Amy Laurens and Josh Wells to run the rule over musicians' varying use of social media with the discussion revolving around Rihanna, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West and other megastars. Another prominent user of the genre, Cardi B recently released her debut LP, Invasion of Privacy and it's this release that occupies the album of the month slot.

  • The Sounding Bored Interviews No. 4: Matthew Worley, author of No Future

    03/05/2018 Duration: 39min

    In the fourth of the team’s interview pods, Rob Langham talks to author Matthew Worley, Professor of History at Reading University and author of the new book, No Future: Punk, Politics and British Youth Culture, 1976-1984. In a wide ranging discussion, the pair touch on Margaret Thatcher, Far Right politics, Red Wedge, Malcolm McLaren and Garry Bushell as well as musical artists such as The Jam, The Sex Pistols, Crass, Billy Bragg, The Pop Group and Scritti Politti. Follow the pod on twitter at @soundingbored69

  • Sounding Bored Episode 28: The NME remembered, David Byrne, Concretism

    12/04/2018 Duration: 44min

    For Episode 28 of the pod, Rob Langham is joined by Londoners Terry Duffelen and Del Mantle to look back on the life and times of the New Musical Express which finally called time on its print edition in March 2018. There are mentions for The Smiths, Billy Bragg, Public Enemy, Keith Richards and Danny Baker while new albums from Concretism and David Byrne are anticipated and appraised respectively. Follow the team on Twitter at @soundingbored69

  • Sounding Bored Episode 27: Black Panther Soundtrack

    09/03/2018 Duration: 44min

    In the latest podcast, Rob Langham is joined by David Cox and Josh Wells to run the rule over the soundtrack to mega-movie and cultural watershed Black Panther, curated by Kendrick Lamar and featuring Jorja Smith, Ab-Soul, James Blake, SZA, Future, The Weeknd and others. There's also time for a discussion of the film itself while Ned's Atomic Dustbin, the Mexico City Olympics and the town of St Albans all receive mentions. Follow the pod on twitter at @soundingbored69

  • Sounding Bored Episode 26: Is it time for the Grammys to be axed?

    08/02/2018 Duration: 50min

    In the podcast’s twenty sixth episode, Rob Langham, Amy Laurens and David Cox ponder the future of the Grammys after the annual awards came under fire for their lack of inclusivity and relevance. Mentions for Bruno Mars, U2, Sting, Jay-Z and SZA are followed by a discussion on the current state of music podcasting featuring the York Times Popcast, All Songs Considered and the Slate Hit Parade.

  • The Sounding Bored Interviews No. 3: Trev McCabe of Odd Box Records

    29/01/2018 Duration: 39min

    In the third of our dedicated interview pods, Rob Langham and Ben Woolhead pitch up at Pop'n'Hops vinyl and craft beer emporium in Cardiff to chat with Trev McCabe, founder of said operation and also the head honcho of Odd Box Records, purveyors of top quality music for almost a decade now. Trev reflects on the economics of running both operations, the process of choosing which music to release and a third venture that has seen him start a burgeoning club night in the Welsh capital.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 25: New Music for 2018; Shame, Nilüfer Yanya, Rainbow Reservoir, Shopping

    18/01/2018 Duration: 49min

    For the first pod of 2018, Rob Langham and Ben Woolhead are joined by Trev McCabe of Odd Box Records to assess what’s in store for the year musically. Established acts such as My Bloody Valentine, Vampire Weekend and No Age jostle for attention with Nilüfer Yanya, Shame and Rainbow Reservoir while album of the month is Shopping’s The Official Body.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 24: Our Top Albums of 2017

    13/12/2017 Duration: 01h11min

    Following an unbearably tense period of voting and lobbying, the Sounding Bored team, here represented by host Rob Langham, David Cox and Niall Kennedy, are pleased to announce their rundown of their favourite LPs of 2017 as well as some of the near misses. There are mentions for Mount Eerie, Public Service Broadcasting, Richard Dawson, Childish Gambino, Lorde, St. Vincent and Mark Lamarr. As ever, you can follow the pod on twitter at @soundingbored69.

  • Sounding Bored Episode 23: The Music of Scandinavia

    06/12/2017 Duration: 46min

    For episode 23 of the podcast, Rob is joined by Amy Laurens and Brian Guerin to reflect on the musical heritage of the nordic regions. Acts both massive (ABBA, Whigfield, a-ha) and less well known (The Radio Dept., Motorpsycho and The Sound of Arrows) are placed under the spotlight while there is also space for discussion of the lurid Norwegian death metal scene and whether there is a Scandinavian cultural continuum. Album of the month, appropriately enough, is Fever Ray's Plunge.

  • The Sounding Bored Interviews No. 2: Indie DJ Steve Reynolds of Darklands

    09/11/2017 Duration: 44min

    In the second of the Sounding Bored interview pods, Rob Langham chews the fat with Steve Reynolds, the mastermind of topnotch indie/alternative club night Darklands. Steve provides an insight into how to steward a popular club night and the tunes to spin with mentions for The Jesus and Mary Chain, New Order, Camper Van Beethoven, Pixies, the Psychedelic Furs, Jane Weaver and Public Image Limited. After listening to the podcast, get yourself down to Reading's South Street Arts Centre for the next installments of Darklands on November 25th and December 16th, 2017 while you can keep up to date on the event at @darklandsUK

  • Sounding Bored Episode 22: Sacred Cows: The Smiths, Britney Spears, Radiohead, Pink

    01/11/2017 Duration: 01h05min

    Episode 22 of the pod sees Rob reconvene with dream team Amy Laurens and David Cox to discuss music's sacred cows. The reputations of The Smiths, Britney Spears and Radiohead are wrenched through the mangle while this month's new album is Pink's Beautiful Trauma. Follow the pod on twitter at @soundingbored69

  • Sounding Bored Episode 21: The Mercury Music Prize, Sampha, LCD Soundsystem, The Other Dramas

    12/10/2017 Duration: 34min

    In the twenty first edition of the podcast, Rob is joined by Maria and Richie from Oxford band The Other Dramas to assess the 2017 Mercury Music Prize won by Sampha as well as the history of the award. Album of the month is LCD Soundsystem's American Dream.

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