MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 245 : Underworld "Oblivion With Bells", "Sunshine", remixes + 16 live CD's 2007-2008. 30 October 2022.
Notcast Ep 245 : 2007-2008 were the years Underworld released their seventh studio album "Oblivion With Bells", scored the Danny Boyle movie "Sunshine", a remix album, released the singles "Crocodile", "Beautiful Burnout" and "Ring Road", alongside 16 live albums and a live Berlin set on the "Loveparade" DVD. My life was pretty tough in this period, and the music didn't make me feel the way it used to, because I was using all my brainpower to focus on how to solve the end of a relationship and a threat to my home and security. I came through the other side, and got my love of life back. 30 October 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 244 : Metallica's "Garage Inc." + "S&M" 1998-2000. 23 October 2022.
Notcast 244 and it's time to talk about (welp) Metallica's inessential covers album "Garage Inc.", and the placeholder live release "S&M", as the band ran out of inspiration long before they ran out of tour dates and ticket sales. They also released the absolutely rubbish "I Disappear", argued with Napster - and each other - and toured a bit before Jason inevitably left rather than forever be relegated to the sidelines. This is an interesting period that saw me both lose interest completely in the band and come back to the fold. I also talk about how cover version albums are often terrible ideas, poorly executed and yes... "Garage Inc." is pretty bad. 23 October 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 243 : "Tin Machine II" and 1991. 22 October 2022
Notcast Ep 243 : 1991 was an incredible year for music, so "Tin Machine II" - released 3rd September 1991 - isn't even in my top 25 albums that year! I talk through my David Bowie Age-o-meter, Grunge, label problems, singles "You Belong in Rock N' Roll" and "Baby Universal", the 1990 legacy tour, cats, military surplus tins, BBC sessions, lost live videos and obscure live albums, and Queen+ at Wembley Stadium in 1992. Goodbye Mr. Ed! 22 October 2022.
p.s. I get the name of Erasure's 1991 album wrong..
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 242: Attack Of The Tofu-eating, Guardian-reading Wokerati! 20 October 2022
Notcast 242 : Liz Truss resigned as Prime Minister today, making political history as the shortest serving Prime Minister in British History, as the U.K. faces its third Prime Minister, its third Home Secretary, and its fourth Chancellor Of The Exchequer in four months. This is bananas. The Government have no mandate from the public anymore, and I call for a General Election. It's simply not right for the vanishingly small Conservative Party to choose our fourth Prime Minister in a row who wasn't chosen in a General Election. 20 October 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 241 : Guns N' Roses "Live Like A Suicide", "Lies" and "AFD" box set.. 19 Oct 2022.
Notcast Ep 241 : I realised I rushed the "Live Like A Suicide"/"Lies" and "Appetite For Destruction" reissue box set part of the last episode so I went and did a second part a couple of days later. Here I talk about the Live Like A !?#$ 12", the Lies EP, studio sessions, missing tracks, the "Appetite For Destruction" box set with the Sound City Demos, the book, the BR, and you get to meet one of my lovely cats for a few minutes. 19 October 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 240: Guns N' Roses "Appetite For Destruction" 1984-88. 16 October 2022.
Notcast Ep 240 : Guns N' Roses debut LP "Appetite For Destruction" is 35 years old, and today I talk about what it was like as a 14 year old kid to hear and love this album in 1987, under-age drinking, the Friday Rock Show, demos, singles, "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Welcome To The Jungle", "Paradise City", the Lies EP, "Patience", the live shows, bootleg LP's, and briefly, the expensive 2018 Superduper Box Set edition. Also about how terrible - and frankly daft - many of their contemporaries were. 16 October 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 239 : The The's "Infected" LP + VHS. 1985-1988. 11 October 2022.
Notcast Ep 239 : The The's 2nd (or 4th) album, "Infected" was released in November 1986, and it is/was the best album released that year in a field of immense competition. The album, and accompanying film - which is still locked on dead formats - were essential and powerful explorations of addiction, morality and capitalism in a moribund decade where I felt trapped in a psychotic country run by cruel hypocrites. The album birthed four singles - "Sweet Bird Of Truth", "Heartland", "Infected" and "Slow Train To Dawn", and the period included the nearly-The-The single "Bible Belt". I also touch upon Friends, War, The Miners Strike, obsessive compulsive behaviour, and the balance of pleasure. 11 October 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 238 : Quentin Tarantino movies - my ranking. 09 Oct 2022.
Notcast Ep 238 : Quentin Tarantino has directed 9 movies, part of an anthology movie, some TV, and had significant input into a number of other movies. So I'm ranking them, talking about them, and highlighting some overlooked gems. Movies in order : "Reservoir Dogs", "True Romance", "Killing Zoe", "Pulp Fiction", "Natural Born Killers", "Destiny Turns On The Radio", "Four Rooms", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Jackie Brown", "Kill Bill", "CSI:Grave Danger", "Sin City", "Death Proof", "Grindhouse", "Inglorious Basterds", "Django Unchained", "The Hateful Eight", "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood". 09 October 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 237 : Nine Inch Nails "The Fragile" era, 1997-2002. 02 October 2022
Notcast 237 : Hard to believe Nine Inch Nails "The Fragile" is 23 years old! It feels like less than that. I talk through the soundtracks to "Quake" and "Lost Highway", singles "The Perfect Drug", "The Day The World Went Away", "We're In This Together", "Into The Void", remix album "Things Falling Apart", live release "And All That Could Have Been", "Still", the 2017 expanded alternate version "Deviations: 1", compilation and guest appearances, live shows in Brixton and Glastonbury, where my life was at the time, and how I didn't appreciate this album until much later. 02 October 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 236 : Suede's "Autofiction" album. 28 September 2022
NOTCAST Ep 236 : It's not often - ever - in fact I get to be on album that's #2 in the UK charts so I'm going to milk it as much as I can. Suede's 9th album, "Autofiction" came out last week, and its my album of the year, because its ruddy brilliant. I talk about the albums themes and obsessions of family, identity and anxiety, the relationship we have with our parents, aging, being neuro diverse, a secret band called Crushed Kid, the influence of post punk, the raw power of loud live music, 'singing' backing vocals, personality disorders, the Eddie Murphy film "Meet Dave", being 15 again, the use of cars in Suede lyrics, agency and the recurrent imagery of being an outsider in a world you feel like you don't fit into. This one's a biggie! 28 September 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 235 : Manic Street Preachers "Know Your Enemy" + reissues, 21 September 2022.
Notcast Ep 235 : March 2001 saw the release of the Manic Street Preachers sixth studio album "Know Your Enemy", where a surfeit of riches resulted in a confused, incoherent album with a split personality. Preceded by "The Masses Against The Classes", the album also saw singles "Found That Soul", "So Why So Sad", "Ocean Spray" and "Let Robeson Sing", live shows in Cuba, London, Brixton, Manchester, and Reading, a Japanese B-Sides EP, and a live DVD. The 2022 remixed reissue offers an expanded, rethought Directors Cut of the album that makes it a better, stronger album. 21 September 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 234 : David Bowie, Tin Machine and "Sound+Vision" 1988-1990. 18 September 2022
Notcast Ep 234 : 1989 saw David Bowie burning down his solo career, and forming a band - Tin Machine - and their debut album, touring small venues, ignoring the old songs, and starting again. This album (and era) is the sound of Bowie predicting the future and being ahead of the rest with what could be, arguably, the first grunge album. There's singles "Under The God" and "Tin Machine", one of Bowie's finest ever songs, a live EP, a box set, reissues, a hits album and a Greatest Hits Tour, as well as a interruption by a lovely cat. 18 September 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 233 : Depeche Mode's "Playing The Angel", 2005-2006. 14 September 2022.
Episode 233! Depeche Mode released their eleventh studio album - "Playing The Angel" in 2005 - and it was arguably their last classic LP, with a stack of strong, focused songs, interesting production, and was far far better than any band 25 years into their journey often is. There's great singles in "Precious", "A Pain That I'm Used To" and "Suffer Well", strong B-sides, a tour, a live DVD, about 40 live albums, and a Best Of/Hits set. I run out of time at the end, but forgive me! 14 September 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 232 : Metallica's "Reload" and the disappointment of mediocrity. 11 September 2022.
Notcast 232 : and it's an episode I've been sort of dreading. Metallica released the utterly average "Reload" in 1997, an album of reheated leftovers and unfinished gruel from the 1995-96 "Load" sessions, polished off to a vague standard, and it's the worst Metallica album yet, with three singles "The Memory Remains", "The Unforgiven II", and "Fuel", and lots of touring. Time has not been kind to this unfocused album of low grade stadium rock. 11 September 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 231 : Underworld 2005-2006 ("River Run"," Live In Tokyo, and soundtracks). 07 September 2022.
Notcast Ep 231 : Today I talk about Underworld's 2005-2006 era, which saw 3 EP's (called the "River Run" series), a limited edition "Live In Tokyo" 3CD set, 5 vinyl only singles, the "Breaking And Entering" soundtrack, and three webcasts of live shows and studio jams. I also talk about format impermanency, where music and film moved from vinyl to CD to filesharing and back again, DVD to BluRay to streaming, and how many of these releases have long disappeared and can't legally be purchased anymore. 07 September 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 230 : Suede's "The Blue Hour" 2018-2019. 4 September 2022
Notcast Ep 230 : Suede released their eight studio album - "The Blue Hour" - in 2018, and I take a deep dive into these dense record with recurring lyrical and musical motifs, obscure inspirations, and a linked narrative around the transition from childhood to adulthood, growing up in a broken family, and the cycle/circle of life. It's a rewarding, intense album with repeated themes and ideas, and in "Flytipping" one of the best Suede songs of all time. I also talk through the singles "The Invisibles", "Life Is Golden" and "Don't Be Afraid If Nobody Loves You", as well as bonus tracks, box sets, Midlands Heavy Metal, scary kids TV in the Seventies, and the good old threat of Nuclear War. (I run out of time at the end!) 04 September 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 229 : The The's "Soul Mining" (and a lost album) 1982-1983. 30 August 2022.
Mark's Notcast Ep 229 : The The released their first (or third) album "Soul Mining" in 1983, a staggering 39 years ago! I talk through the 'lost' album "Pornography Of Despair", the singles "Uncertain Smile", "Perfect", "This Is The Day", "Dumb As Death's Head", weird formats, a double pack 7", a rare 12", an expanded cassette edition, alternate artwork, re-recordings, adolescence and Thatcher's 80's. 30 August 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 228 : R.E.M.'s "Accelerate", 2008. 28 August 2022
Notcast 228! Surprisingly it's two months since I last talked about R.E.M., and today we're up to 2008's "Accelerate" album, the "Supernatural Superserious" and "Hollow Man" singles, the "6 Days" documentary, live shows in Austin, Paris, Milan, the Royal Albert Hall, Oxegen Festival, Athens, and Twickenham, a BBC Box Set, and a genuine return to form R.E.M. record that sounds like the band that made "Murmur" .... but older, wiser, and louder. This is an underrated album I love dearly, and the live shows were great. 28 August 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 227 : The Wedding Present's "Valentina" 2010-2014. 21 August 2022.
Notcast Ep 227 : The Wedding Present released their eighth album - "Valentina" in March 2012, and I loved it. I talk through the album, 3 live releases, 4 EP's, 3 x 10"s, 7 7"s, a book, a documentary, the 2010 "Bizarro" tour and 2012's "Seamonsters" tour, and lots of other stuff. Has anyone ever written any songs about love quite as good as David Gedge? Not many. 21 August 2022.
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 226 : David Bowie's "Never Let Me Down" + "Blah Blah Blah" 14 August 2022.
Notcast Ep 226 : It's 1986, and David Bowie produces (and co-writes most of) Iggy Pop's "Blah Blah Blah" album, before returning to the same studio with the same team to record his 17th LP - "Never Let Me Down". Widely regarded as one of his worst albums, and with a somewhat embarrassing accompanying tour - The Glass Spider Tour - the album has aged poorly, despite three or four strong songs including the much overlooked title track. Two live shows - Montreal and Sydney - were released, alongside three singles, and a much improved 2018 remix of the album. Let's go for a ride through his 'Phil Collins' years! 14 August 2022.