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The Accordion: Conversations about Music

The Accordion: Conversations about Music

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Welcome to The Accordion, a podcast that approaches the analysation of music in a cafe/pub conversation kind-of-way. For each episode, our host Neil invites a guest to chew the fat about an artist/album/genre - anything music related.
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The Accordion: Conversations about MusicFeb 17, 2021

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System of a Down: 10 of the Best

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. 

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Jun 16, 202101:12:38
A Tribe Called Quest: Beats, Rhymes & Fights

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.

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Twitter: @accordionpod 

Jun 09, 202158:52
Queens of the Stone Age: Definitive Track

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. 

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Jun 02, 202101:18:11
Biffy Clyro: The Pre-Puzzle Years

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.

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May 26, 202101:09:14
Make Yourself by Incubus: Spontaneous Combustions

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.

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May 19, 202149:14
Walter Schreifels: Quicksand, Rival Schools, Gorilla Biscuits + many more

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). 

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May 05, 202101:11:14
Live Music (Part 02): The Highs, The Lows and The Mosh Pit Mishaps

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! 

Apr 28, 202158:08
Live Music (Part 01): The Highs, The Lows and The Mosh Pit Mishaps

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. 

Apr 21, 202101:19:30
Clarity by Jimmy Eat World: Can You Still Feel The Butterflies?

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. 

Apr 14, 202139:22
Instrument by Fugazi: Ice Cream Eating Motherf*ckers

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.

Apr 07, 202101:01:32
Primus: 10 of the Best

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.

Mar 31, 202101:17:35
Weezer: Post-Green Album Blues

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


 

Mar 24, 202101:06:28
At The Drive-In: El Paso's Finest

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


Mar 17, 202101:05:53
The Prodigy: Best Song Per Album

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. 

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Mar 10, 202101:12:46
Out of Exile by Audioslave: Ranking the Tracks

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.

Feb 24, 202101:21:37
Nine Inch Nails: Fragile Souls

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:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-like-Hole-Paula-Deckard/dp/0995957401/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=heart+like+a+hole&qid=1613478337&s=books&sr=1-1

Feb 17, 202149:35
Deftones: Our Favourite Songs, Albums, Deep Cuts and Blunders

Deftones: Our Favourite Songs, Albums, Deep Cuts and Blunders

Sacramento's finest, Deftones, are the topic of converse for this week's episode of The Accordion. Host Neil and this week's guest, Baden Fitzmaurice talk through their favourite songs, albums, deep cuts and rare occasional mishaps during their celebrated career.
Feb 10, 202101:11:04
The Mad Capsule Markets: This is Digital Hardcore

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. 

Feb 03, 202101:03:52
Slipknot: Eleven Songs for the Apocalypse

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.

Jan 27, 202152:40
Glassjaw: Everything but Silence

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. 

Jan 20, 202147:53
DAYTONA by Pusha T: Ranking the Tracks

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. 

Jan 13, 202137:33
The Mars Volta: The Bedlam and The Beauty

The Mars Volta: The Bedlam and The Beauty

In this episode, The Accordion discuss The Mars Volta. We look at what on earth the Mars Volta are, their place in music, the impact they had initially and their legacy 17 years on since Deloused in the Comatorium.
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.
Jan 06, 202158:39
Alice in Chains: Celebrating Seattle's Sons

Alice in Chains: Celebrating Seattle's Sons

Alice in Chains are now considered as one of the most revered bands of the 90’s. Just recently in December 2020, this reverence was amplified when they were given the Seattle MoPOP Founders Award, where many top tier artists paid tribute to the band including Metallica, Billy Corgan, Mastodon, and members of there Seattle peers such as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. However, anyone who knows even a little about Alice in Chains, knows that it’s not been an easy ride to get to this acclaim.
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.
Dec 30, 202034:33
John Frusciante: From Funk to Jungle

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.

Dec 23, 202049:36
The Smiths: Addressing the Elephant in the Room

The Smiths: Addressing the Elephant in the Room

The Smiths are one the world's most celebrated bands and this episode we continue that celebration. However, we also address the elephant in the room with being a Smiths fan in 2020 - that elephant being Morrissey's verbal absurdness. Host Neil and this week's guest, Darren Brant, discuss what it's like to love a band but seriously disagree with the singer's politics.
Dec 16, 202041:10
Bloc Party: The Impact of Silent Alarm

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

Dec 02, 202050:22
The 90’s Emo Movement: Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate, American Football & more

The 90’s Emo Movement: Mineral, Sunny Day Real Estate, American Football & more

This week on the Accordion, we will be discussing the emo and post-hardcore movement of the 1990’s and how the scene came to fruition between the underground explosion of hardcore punk in the 80’s and the mainstream emo boom of the 00’s.
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.
Nov 25, 202001:03:13
Blink-182: 10 of the Best

Blink-182: 10 of the Best

Blink-182 are the subject of this week's discussion on the Accordion, as this week's guest and super Blink-182 fan, Liam Owen, has curated a 10-song playlist for host Neil. Liam's Blink-182 playlist is aptly titled as 'Blink-182 101' as it's 10 songs that Liam believes adequately represents the band; mixing some singles, deep cuts and personal favourites.
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?
Nov 18, 202001:12:23
Incesticide by Nirvana: Ranking the Outtakes and Oddities Collection

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!

Nov 11, 202001:10:04
Doolittle by Pixies: An Indie Rock Classic

Doolittle by Pixies: An Indie Rock Classic

Neil and this week's guest, Joe aka Death by Stampede, analyse and appreciate Pixies' seminal 1989 album, 'Doolittle'.
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.
Nov 04, 202046:12
Metallica: Our Favourite Songs, Albums, Deep Cuts and Blunders

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


Oct 17, 202047:01