The rise of podcasts has been stratospheric since the 2010’s, with them being the perfect way to absorb information of all kinds. Whether that’s the discussion of hard-hitting news, or learning sought after knowledge, or even just a great way to be entertained. There are podcasts about seemingly everything and anything, but one of the subjects they truly excel in, is music. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different music shows flying about the podcast stratosphere, which is fantastic news for those of us who want to delve even further into the whisky drenched and tobacco tinged world of rock and roll.
However, all this almost endless choice can be completely overwhelming, and make it hard to find the gold on offer. Fortunately though, we’re here to be your tour guides, and will point you in the direction of some of the greatest shows out there. So, here’s our picks for perfect podcasts for all you rockers.
There’s not been many bands that have had such a blistering impact on culture like the thrash metal pioneers, Motorhead. They’ve sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, had numerous documentaries made about them, and have even been featured in online slot machines, like the one by NetEnt, which can be found on many online casinos. It’s not too much of a surprise that they have gambling games made after them though, as this is the band whose most famous song is ‘Ace of Spades’.
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Well, if you want an easy way to digest Motorhead’s wild ride to stardom, then The Motorcast, which is the official podcast of the band is the way to go. It showcases their history, warts and all, and is a fascinating listen, with each episode focussing on a different topic related to the band.
No Dogs in Space
An offshoot of the hugely popular horror themed show, The Last Podcast on the Left, this musical history podcast features fascinating insights into a whole range of legendary rock and punk bands. Presented by Marcus Parks and Carolina Hidalgo, No Dogs in Space is a show where two charismatic music nerds revel in discussing their favourite bands at length.
It focusses on punk in its first season, with bands like Iggy Pop’s The Stooges, The Damned, The Ramones and The Slits, all being treated to several hour-long episodes chronicling their rises to the top. In season two the show instead looks at alternative rock, with groups such as The Velvet Underground, and The Replacements, who have inspired many modern bands that we’ve reviewed, coming under the microscope so far.
The upside to this podcast though, is that instead of feeling formal in its presentation, and thus making the episodes feel like boring history lessons, the two hosts embrace the conversational tone, perfectly striking the balance between knowledgeable and funny. Meaning that you always come away from this podcast feeling both wiser, and thoroughly amused.
We’ve looked at shows that focus on entire bands, but how about one that takes a more minute look at music, and instead purely centres on a single track each episode? Step forward then, Song Exploder, which like the title suggests, takes a different individual song each episode, and then explodes it apart, so that listeners get to explore the many different aspects that made up the finished tune, resulting in learning how they were actually made. It’s presented by Hrishikesh Hirway, whose soothing voice is a calming presence, conjuring up a masterful college lecturer.
The podcast has been going since 2014, and now has over 220 episodes, with an eclectic mix of musicians’ music being featured on the show. Several highlights for the rock lovers include, Iggy Pop dissecting ‘American Valhalla’, Metallica taking a look at ‘Moth into Flame’, and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, taking apart the magical ‘Go Your Own Way’. The podcast has such an appealing premise, that streaming service Netflix have recently made it into a TV show.
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