We DIg Music - Series 2 Episode 17 - Red House Painters R.E.M.


This episode it's the end of the world as we know it, but we feel fine cos it's the letter R and we're talking about California based sadcore miserabalists Red House Painters (and the other works of Mark Kozelek such as Sun Kil Moon) and Atlanta's finest college rock megstars R.E.M.. As usual we never stay on topic for long so we'll also be discussing techniques for avoidig Red Hot Chili Peppers, Concept albums about Lichfield, More "Yeah's" than Lithium & the world premier of the new hit game show KOZELEKEMO!!!

Spotify episode link - https://open.spotify.com/episode/7m6dg521lMP69DhzbkiNL6?si=GSc_2G1sS9yiexqPv7VMhw

Find all available songs here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/3djmmh66TDL4lmCGiI8Wu9?si=Iprgv29uSJu2TjEL00NfbQ

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Find our other episodes, and other stuff we've made (including Colin & Ian's new podcast "Free With This Months Issue") at www.wedigpodcasts.com

We Dig Music - Series 2 Episode 16 - The Pastels & Pantera


This episode we're either driving a truck, train, tractor or taking a walk to the letter P where we'll be rambling on about Scottish Indie (we don't care what you say Stephen) DIY pioneers The Pastels & Texas's finest cowboys from hell Pantera. As usual we never stay on topic for long so we'll also be discussing the disturbing parallels between Norwiegan Black Metal & C86 Scottish Indiepop, Genre Dysphoria & Terribly unconvincing convoluted and highly implausible excuses for bad behaviour.

Find all available songs here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/6uv1rjWUeZUX6SpP3ZPOmJ?si=o2vKwf0DS1yy2Fi35yrYxw

We Dig Music - Series 2 Episode 15 - Opeth & Oasis


Surprise! you get this episode a whole week early as Colin & Ian are off to Poland to see Laibach next week! It's February and we're at the letter O so this time we'll be discussing (and in one bands case, arguing slightly) about Swedish Prog metal behemoths Opeth and Mancunian everyone plagiarists Oasis. There's a LOT of very rude words in this episode so possibly best not to listen to when you're with your granny, local vicar or any sensitive members of Oasis. Obviously as usual we never stay on topic for very long so we'll also be discussing The Prog Rob Brydon, Lazy policing of Knebworth, Hertfordshire, & Rocking out and thinking about wizards...

Find all available songs here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/3JsxvUvC6SzvX0LNjy5fJh?si=1KK2WJKsTYiUs7G-xy-Z7Q

Series 2 - Episode 14 - Nailbomb & Nirvana


2019 is in bloom so this time our our alphabetical musical jabberings sit down with a nice plate of Mexican seafood and the letter N to talk about short-lived Brazilian/Wolverhamptonian industrial metal super-group Nailbomb and Aberdeen Washington's finest generation X defining grunge power trio Nirvana. Of course, we can never stay fully on topic for long so we'll also be talking about broken promises of the Manic Street Preachers, Jukebox terrorism & The unorthodox, tasteless but ultimately victimless salvation of Brixton Academy...

Find all available songs here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/06jn0ybcDpSECLeywxLPPS?si=rN1J8eRWSHKJLvSfZM82Kg

We Dig Music - Favourite Songs of 2018 Super Mega Bumper Xmas Special


It's Christmas! so, this time, we're irking the Daily Mail readers by actually not doing much to do with Christmas at all (Let's call it a Winterval special just to annoy them even more!). It's out end of the year best of 2018 spectacular!

We'll be counting down our favourite 30 songs of the year, plus discussing our favourite gigs of the year and also music we've discovered this year which didn't come out in 2018.

To explain how the voting works, we each picked our 10 favourite songs of the year, then for each list we each ranked them 1-10 giving 10 points to our favourite and 1 to the one we liked least on each list. we also had a bonus point we could assign to one song on either of the other people's lists (So Colin could only assign the bonus point to a song on either Tracey or Ian's list). Colin's wife then added all the points up and we didn't find out the order until we were recording, so all the reactions you'll hear are genuine.

Now admittedly, we are a little bit brutal to some of the songs on the list, but please remember that to be in the episode they have to have been in one of our top tens of the year!

Bands featured in this episode include Anaal Nathrakh, АИГЕЛ, The Atlas Moth, Author & Punisher, Big Russian Boss, Brooke Bentham, Church Of The Cosmic Skull, Clever Girl, The Common Cold, Corrosion Of Conformity, Dresden Dolls, Eels, Brian Eno/Kevin Shields, Epic45, Failure, Forest Swords, Four Stroke Baron, Gene, Ghost, Grouper, Half Man Half Biscuit, Ho99o9, Khruangbin, Laibach, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Metric, Malcolm Middleton, Mogwai, Neurosis, Pale Waves, Peaness, Josh T. Pearson, The Prodigy, Nathan Salsburg, Soccer Mommy, Stars Of The Lid, Superorganism, These Are End Times, Tropical Fuck Storm, Ulrika Spacek, Young Scum, and Kamasi Washington.

Our best of the 2018 playlist is in alphabetical order here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/4lViEhQts56qhKxRsCIyxt?si=0GSt2FKfRdSxqE-8NQc99Q

and our songs we discovered in 2018 playlist is here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/4DCW3ivdah5zAkolCHkfXB?si=rtpmEoabRh6vrFS7EAcKpw

Oh and there's a fairly important announcement at the end of the episode so make sure you listen all the way through.

Merry Christmas, and thanks so much to everyone who's listened and argued or agreed with us in 2018, see you next year!

Series 2 - Episode 13 - Mogwai & Metallica


Our alphabetical podcast wanderings take us somewhere nice to the letter M so this time we're discussing Scottish post rock legends Mogwai & Bay Area thrash titans Metallica. As usual we can never stay on topic for long so we'll be also be talking about somnambulistic documentaries, the pinnacle of all human achievement and more Husker Du comparisons than you'd expect.

Listen to all available songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/47Dy5gakzJXlB99BuzLT5i?si=7CwRKJDASWWvogrqH8M0TA

Didn't have time to say it in the episode (cos this one's BLOODY LONG!) but next episode is our best of 2018 end of year special, where we'll be counting down our top 30 tracks of the year. As with last year we're running a competition for people to guess the top 5 (or as close as they can). Here's a link to the spotify playlist of our 30 chosen tracks in alphabetical order. let us know on twitter, facebook or in the comments on the website page what your predictions are and the closest answer gets free music! Closing date is 9am on Sunday 23rd December - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/4lViEhQts56qhKxRsCIyxt?si=QfKOxpOBTva0sx40MHkmTg

Series 2 - Episode 12 - Laibach & LCD Soundsystem


This time our our alphabetical musical shenanigans decide it's time to get away to the letter L so we're talking about Slovenia's stompiest avant-garde industrial statesmen Laibach and New York's indie dance legends LCD Soundsystem. Of course, we can never stay fully on topic for long so we'll also be talking about soundtrack albums to movies with no music, missing Maiden for Mylo and Tracey finds the most tenuous link in the history of the podcast (so far)...

Listen all available songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/3j6UI9jMAwAfYctgSAxrvQ?si=yo-lu2pCSe2cpVKGrLKRww 

here's a link to the BBC documentary on Laibach's historic gig in North Korea. it's really good - https://archive.org/details/LaibachLiberationDay 

Series 2 - Episode 11 - Fela Kuti & Kings Of Leon


This fortnight our alphabetical music journey wastes a moment with the letter K so this time we're talking about Afrobeat pioneer, political revolutionary and parallel husband Fela Kuti and Nashville indie rock megastars Kings Of Leon. Of course, we can never stay fully on topic for long so we'll also be talking about the legend of the bulletproof goat coat, a thorough and conclusive debunking of astrology, and jazz memes.

Listen to all available songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/5uS6eD92nZVeB6KuifQbiB?si=WzHMOqnWQ1yTNYtj-RvihQ 

Series 2 - Episode 10 - Jesu & Joy Division


This time our alphabetical musical adventures get closer to the letter J, so we're talking about Birmingham extreme metal legend Justin K Broadrick's pop/shoegaze/post rock project Jesu and massively influential Mancuniuan misery merchants Joy Division. As is the tradition we never stay on topic for long so we also jabber on about hypothetical methods of eradicating Simply Red from time and space, sleeping behind the mixing desk at Reading Festival and the extreme metal Fleetwood Mac.

Listen to all available songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/2KdYe7iXqn5Dnr9mKmXt35?si=sg1lof9cTwGVBwPTKJnOuQ 

Series 2 - Episode 9 - I Like Trains & Incubus


So our alphabetical musical adventures travel across the sea of regrets in order to redefine the letter I so this time we're talking about massively underrated Leeds based post rock historians I Like Trains and chilled Cali beach vibes merchants Incubus. Of course, we can never stay fully on topic for long so we'll also be talking about our top 3 Charles Mingus album titles, Morse code through a stick and there's another exciting game of Name That Effect Pedal!

Listen to all available songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/4JN59EsQjVyLSlmu7rPTcp?si=3ENsWOrGQx-lg1vDOPGUzg 

Series 2 - Episode 8 - Hüsker Dü & Jimi Hendrix


So our alphabetical musical shenanigans head up from the skies to to the letter H so this time we're talking about massively influential post hardcore producer ignorers Hüsker Dü and the universe's greatest ever guitar hero Jimi Hendrix. Of course, we can never stay fully on topic for long so we'll also be talking about terrible easter themed horror movies, songs inspired by lumpy mashed potatoes and the BBC test card & pop singer Pantera covers.

Listen to all available songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/12sITWgl9YSVfNZKhETeuD?si=QenkovVJTeOb959vWiMsCQ

Series 2 - Episode 7 - Gregor Samsa & Green Day


So our alphabetical musical adventures hitches a ride to the letter G so this time we're talking about elusive Virginian post-rock invertebrates Gregor Samsa and Californian pop punk stadium fillers Green Day. Of course, we can never stay fully on topic for long so we'll also be talking about the pop punk Euronymous, Ian's realisation that he's got away with plagiarism and big respect for Charlie Eyebrows.

Listen to the songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/6U0G6aYUl2RBKevlRyf78n?si=szpf5oAgTpKRotyNRfzJaw

The Gregor Samsa albums are on Youtube here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIdkljycNhg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye7VOxo1A38

Series 2 - Episode 6 - Father John Misty & Faith No More


It's it! What is it? Why, it's our alphabetical musical expedition ricocheting into the letter F so this time we're talking about excellent but eyebrowless hipster troubadour Father John Misty and California's finest funk metal (yeah, you heard us Kiedis) genre hopping lunatics Faith No More. Of course, we can never stay fully on topic for long so we'll also be discussing horrific hotel hairdryer hijinks, fake Mexican drug lord metal and utterly fantastic macaroni & cheese...

Listen to the songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/39PzV7TaL3h6IISHBBio1I?si=c8U_e8OdQaukp8E5otvxJw

Series 2 - Episode 5 - Eels & Editors


Today is the day that our alphabetical musical odyssey reaches the letter E so we'll be discussing strangely uplifting indie rock harbingers of death Eels and Birmingham based post punk (European) stadium fillers Editors. As usual we never stay on topic for long so you'll also hear us discussing inter-dimensional doppelganger murder, badly timed supermarket visits and massively overrated fantasy literature (and Frank Ferdinand)...

Listen to the songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/7bz4vIOrRejPNi0ud9ShJG?si=hg0AdyoUQCq6wDRhh0_anQ

Series 2 - Episode 4 - Dinosaur Jr & Bob Dylan


Our alphabetical musical wanderings continue like a rolling stone towards the letter D so we'll be discussing ridiculously loud proto-grunge slacker legends Dinosaur Jr and Iconic cantankerous folk rock purist-irker Bob Dylan. As usual we never stay on topic for long so you'll also hear us jabbering on about Winwood & Zimmerman's spooky ghost adventures, Wooden Robot Songs and Ian offends a man in a gimp suit in a Derbyshire Goth club...

Listen to (all available) songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/5eqvr4V7vGDvwGwpuNdp1n?si=fQ_DA1dvQziV8NrjVtYBYg

Series 2 - Episode 3 - Vic Chesnutt & The Cure


Our alphabetical musical adventures travel from the edge of the deep green sea to arrive at the letter C, which means we're talking about legendary cult American singer songwriter (and friend of Michael Stipe, Shirley Manson and Kristin Hersh) Vic Chessnutt and Crawley's (no, the universe's) finest stadium goth titans and official greatest band in the world ever, The Cure (Colin in particular is VERY excitable in this episode...). As usual we never stay on topic for long so you'll also hear us prattling on about Lawrence Of Arabia's protogoth career, Shirley Manson's careless drunken wheelchair pushing, forcible cat ownership and massive terminology failure...

Listen to (all available) songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/4qskr7vZfFUicHlJQzLhEY?si=az1CzMdnQ_e7yAuUkPgW1g

Additional material! If you're interested in the bit where we talk about how accessible tech is transforming the lives of musicians with disabilities then you can watch the documentary about our friend Kris Halpin (and his awesome Mimu Gloves) here - https://vimeo.com/202193792 and you can find out and support the excellent charities Drake Music & Attitude Is Everything at the following links - http://www.drakemusic.org/ and http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/

Series 2 - Episode 2 - Bon Iver & Beastie Boys


Our alphabetical musical adventures go intergalactic to arrive at the letter B, which means we're talking about Wisconsin's favourite enigmatic indie-folk collective (and Kanye West's favourite musician) Bon Iver and New York's brattiest (but later socially conscious) Punk Rap legends Beastie Boys . As usual we never stay on topic for long so you'll also hear us jabbering on about Roland Rat's impact on UK Hip Hop, dance floor karate brawls and Howard Jones vs Nik Kershaw...

Listen to (all available) songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/4j8DQEZvpxOqjiog8Kph9R?si=T5VVv7KTTBuL5f-l67nCfQ

Series 2 - Episode 1 - American Music Club & Arcade Fire


Series 2! Our alphabetical musical escapades have wakes up again at the letter A, which means we're talking about San Francisco's self sabotaging, heavy drinking alternative songsmiths American Music Club and Montreal based multi-instrumentalist, anthemic indie stadium fillers Arcade Fire . As usual we never stay on topic for long so you'll also hear us talking about paleolithic extreme hurdy-gurdy metal, covert Justin Timberlake dolphins, not Aerosmith and Tracey infuriates her heroes...

Listen to (all available) songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/5ERe88k7Uatf4eB8EqVd2Z?si=tgsKLX7eShieVRxIUb65Ow



Albini Special


Its the final episode of series 1, and as you will have heard across all media sources, the alphabet has been lost! As a result your intrepid musical adventurers are abandoning the usual format for a full episode discussing the work of Mr Steven Copernicus Albini and his astounding contributions to the music we know and love, from his own musical ventures such as Big Black & Shellac and his studio work (better not call it producing, he'll get angry) on countless classic albums including Nirvana's Nevermind, Low's Things We Lost In The Fire, Pixies' Surfer Rosa, Slint's Tweez, Dirty Three's Ocean Songs, Joanna Newsom's Ys, Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Yanqui U.X.O. and loads of others. You can also expect to hear us jabbering on about Elusive Leicestershire record shops, Falling asleep at late night gigs, failed attempts to take very young children to gigs by Japanese noise rock bands and disappointing encounters with Canadian Post Rock legends.

Listen to (all available) songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/3UWsPbzpELkqsHDZA6lCbX?si=w8Kh4gKpRNOgwzQdNbDuvw

Massive thanks to everybody who's listened to our episodes throughout the first series. We're not taking a break, series 2 starts in 2 weeks time. If you've enjoyed the episodes then please tell any of your friends that you think would enjoy the podcast, and if you get the chance, do us a review on itunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

Series 1 - Episode 24 - Warren Zevon & Neil Young


Tonight's the night that our alphabetical musical extravaganza reaches the end of the alphabet with X, Y and Z, which means we're talking about Los Angeles' most underrated songwriter Warren Zevon and ultra prolific Canadian legend Neil Young. As usual we never stay on topic for long so you'll also hear us talking about Phantom tattoo artists of small North Warwickshire towns, massive amounts of cocaine, the continuing adventures of Cheese Guy & Politics man, and Kid Rock facts...

Listen to (all available) songs in full here - https://open.spotify.com/user/newpathstohelicon/playlist/08zaldmh4z9ur2QOKwpyO5?si=gboHWHPsQ1uajcOYELIQbQ