The Accordion: Conversations about Music
By The Accordion
The Accordion: Conversations about MusicFeb 17, 2021
System of a Down: 10 of the Best
Let's talk System of a Down! Listen as host Neil and regular guest Baden talk through their top 10 SOAD playlist, as well as highlighting what made these alternative metal titans so damn good.
A Tribe Called Quest: Beats, Rhymes & Fights
A Tribe Called Quest are one of the most critically acclaimed and revered groups of all time. Listen as host Neil and guest James, talk through their instinctive journey's with ATCQ as well as touching on their unique, influential sound, and of course the complicated yet perfect chemistry of Q-Tip and Pfife Dawg.
Queens of the Stone Age: Definitive Track
Which is the definitive QOTSA track? With help from the Hear:30 Podcast, host Neil attempts to find this out. Listen as Neil from The Accordion and Joe, Josh & John rank some of Queens's finest moments to help settle decide the definitive QOTSA song.
Biffy Clyro: The Pre-Puzzle Years
We're talking Biffy Clyro this week, and specifically the early years or shall we say the 'pre-Puzzle' years. Listen as host Neil and guest Suzi talk about their appreciation of Biffy's early days and why they have found it somewhat tricky to get stuck into the 'post-Puzzle' years.
Make Yourself by Incubus: Spontaneous Combustions
This week we're diving into Incubus's seminal album, 'Make Yourself'. Listen as host Neil and guest Baden discuss their experiences with the album and how it compares with the rest of Incubus's discography, 22 years on.
Walter Schreifels: Quicksand, Rival Schools, Gorilla Biscuits + many more
It's all about New York Hardcore punk legend Walter Schreifels in this week's episode of The Accordion. Host Neil and this week's guest Tom, talk through Walter's career, from his early days in NY Hardcore to his much celebrated bands post-hardcore bands, Quicksand and Rival Schools (as well as the odd side project in between).
Live Music (Part 02): The Highs, The Lows and The Mosh Pit Mishaps
In this 2nd episode, Neil and Marc continue their conversation on the unpredictability of seeing live music, and share some more stories about life-changing gigs they have seen. This episode does discuss some gruesome mosh pit horror stories so please be advised if you're the faint hearted type!
Live Music (Part 01): The Highs, The Lows and The Mosh Pit Mishaps
We're talking Live Music! How much we love it, how much we miss it and how close we've come to getting our teeth knocked out in the pit. Listen as host Neil and Accordion regular guest Marc talk through some of their pivotal live gigs as well as how much they miss the experience of live music since the pandemic.
Clarity by Jimmy Eat World: Can You Still Feel The Butterflies?
This week we're talking Jimmy Eat World's Clarity. Considered an emo masterpiece by many but also so unheard by many others, listen to host Neil and Paula Cheung talk about their thoughts on the album and what impact it has had on them as music fans.
Paula is a published author and her novel 'Heart Like A Hole' is available to buy now from Amazon. Be sure to check out Paula's website: www.paulacdeckard.com.
Instrument by Fugazi: Ice Cream Eating Motherf*ckers
Fugazi's 'Instrument' is this week's topic on the Accordion. In a first for this podcast, we discuss a music documentary. However, music documentaries rarely have the amount of significance that Instrument has. Listen to host Neil, and this week's guest Matthew Carter discuss why that is exactly.
Primus: 10 of the Best
Primus have defied the traditions of music, by changing up all the rules in the way they have delivered their unique brand of bass-fronted alt-metal. On top of that, they have always wowed listeners with their virtuosic abilities as musicians; this is none more apparent than with bassist and frontman, Les Claypool.
Joining Neil on this week’s episode is Accordion regular, Baden Fitzmaurice. Baden and Neil have collaborated on curating a 10-song Primus playlist, in which we think represents the band’s finest work. Listen as they both deep dive into each selection for the playlist, as well as try to work out what the hell Primus actually are.
Weezer: Post-Green Album Blues
Weezer are this week's band of choice. Join host Neil and this week's guest Joe Kylman from the Hear:30 Podcast, talk through Weezer's highlights after the Green Album. Neil is of the persuasion that Weezer have never lived up to the heights of Blue Album and Pinkerton, but Joe tries to convince him otherwise.
Check out Joe's podcast, the Hear 30 Podcast at this link: https://open.spotify.com/show/29ztmorClGWjgKulUptKll
At The Drive-In: El Paso's Finest
At The Drive-In are this week's artist of choice on The Accordion. Host Neil and guest Tom talk through the band's career highlights, as well as the influence they have left on post-hardcore, punk and emo.
Tom plays guitar in Dutch, along with Accordion regular guest, Marc. Check out the band's latest release 'No Dove No Covenant' at this link: https://open.spotify.com/album/4UNKuMsY9wxvxx9YG9yLTi
The Prodigy: Best Song Per Album
The Prodigy are this week's artist on The Accordion. This week's guest, Marc Shinner, a huge fan of The Prodigy, has selected his favourite songs per album. Listen as Marc and Accordion host Neil deep dive into each track, as well as talk about their experiences of being fans of Essex's finest.
Out of Exile by Audioslave: Ranking the Tracks
In this week's episode of The Accordion, host Neil and guest Baden, rank the tracks from Audioslave's sophomore effort 'Out of Exile'. Neil and Baden also dive deep into Audioslave, looking at their place in the world of hard rock and how they overcame the shadows of their previous bands.
Nine Inch Nails: Fragile Souls
Nine Inch Nails are this week's subject of discussion on The Accordion. Host Neil and this week's guest (and NIN mega-fan), Paula Cheung, talk through their experiences of being Nine Inch Nails fans, touching on the albums, live performances and the artistry and genius of the one and only, Trent Reznor.
Paula Cheung is a published author and her book, 'Heart Like A Hole' is available to buy at the below link:
Deftones: Our Favourite Songs, Albums, Deep Cuts and Blunders
The Mad Capsule Markets: This is Digital Hardcore
Japanese genre-fusing wizards The Mad Capsule Markets are this week's band of choice on the Accordion. Host Neil and regular guest Marc Shinner discuss the uniqueness of the band's sound and how they came to penetrate the UK and US punk and metal scenes in the 00's.
Slipknot: Eleven Songs for the Apocalypse
It's all about masked metal titans, Slipknot on this week's episode of The Accordion. This week's guest, Owen Southall attempts to convert Host Neil into a fully fledged maggot, as he has curated an 11-song playlist for Neil to absorb. Throughout the episode, Neil and Owen review each track on the playlist as well as talk about their experiences with the 'knot.
Glassjaw: Everything but Silence
New York post-hardcore legends Glassjaw are the subject of conversation for this week's episode of The Accordion. Host Neil and guests Tom Bienkowski & Marc Shinner from the band Dutch talk through the band’s career, looking at their highlights both on record and in a live setting.
DAYTONA by Pusha T: Ranking the Tracks
Pusha T’s critically acclaimed 2018 effort, ‘DAYTONA' is the subject of conversation for this week's episode of The Accordion.
Host Neil and this week's guest James Williams will be ranking each track as well as talk about some key points of the album such as the curious length of this modern hip-hop classic.
The Mars Volta: The Bedlam and The Beauty
Joining host Neil is Marc Shinner, lead singer of Birmingham Post-Hardcore band, Dutch. Neil and Marc will talk through their own experiences of discovering The Mars Volta back in the early 00’s and how they feel about them all these years after.
Alice in Chains: Celebrating Seattle's Sons
Joining host Neil is Owen Southall. Neil and Owen will talk through their own experiences of being Alice in Chains fans and what the band has meant to us over the years.
John Frusciante: From Funk to Jungle
For this episode we will take a dive into John Frusciante’s work as a solo artist. The diversity of his solo work has always been impressive, however John took it up another notch in 2020 by releasing a jungle album. This might be the last place one might have expected a guitarist from one of rock’s most successful bands to do.
We also discuss John’s unique artistry, his high level of musical output and highlight some of our key picks from his vast discography.
Joining host Neil on today’s episode is Ram Gharu. Ram is an artist based in the West Midlands whose music takes influence from a wide range of music, including John Frusciante.
The Smiths: Addressing the Elephant in the Room
Bloc Party: The Impact of Silent Alarm
Bloc Party's 'Silent Alarm' is the focus of this week's episode of the Accordion.
This week's guest is lead singer from the Birmingham Post-Hardcore outfit Dutch, Marc Shinner. Marc has been following Bloc Party from their early EP's and has been a fan ever since. Marc and Accordion host, Neil, will be talking about the impact of Silent Alarm as well as their first experiences with the band and how Bloc Party stood out amongst their contemporaries.
Dutch (Marc's band) released an EP earlier this year called 'No Dove No Covenant'. You can stream the EP on this link: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/dutch4/no-dove-no-covenant
The 90’s Emo Movement: Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate, American Football & more
Joining me on the show this week is Matthew Carter. Matt and I share an interest in this collective of bands, which includes the likes of Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral and American Football. We’ll also be discussing that ‘E’ word and what it means in the context of this particular scene of bands.
Blink-182: 10 of the Best
Neil and Liam talk deep dive into each track on Liam's 101 playlist. Is Neil Down with the playlist or was he Bored to Death?
Incesticide by Nirvana: Ranking the Outtakes and Oddities Collection
Nirvana’s odds and sods collection ‘Incesticide’ is the topic of discussion for this week’s episode of the Accordion. We rank each song from Nirvana’s b-sides collection from worst to best, whilst discussing a side of the band that isn’t as often spoken about as the rest of their small, but punchy discography.
Joining Neil for this episode is long-time Incesticide fan, Paul Morgan. So grab some mexican seafood and let's dive in!
Doolittle by Pixies: An Indie Rock Classic
The album’s acclaim and influence does not need to be reminded of, however as always on the Accordion, Neil and Joe discuss what the album means to them, and how it has influenced us as both fans of music and musicians.
Metallica: Our Favourite Songs, Albums, Deep Cuts and Blunders
In this first episode of the Accordion, Neil and this week's guest, Owen, take on the metal behemoth that is Metallica. Neil and Owen choose a favourite song, album and deep cut each from the once Thrash Metal titans, as well choose one track they really do not like by them.
Opening music: https://u.pcloud.link/publink/show?code=XZ38lv7ZkRlOTsE9i1VC3JvsLA6cUyipsV2y