(Planet Me)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 204 : Manic Street Preachers "Everything Must Go", 1995-1997. 25 May 2022.

Notcast Ep 204 : Manic Street Preachers fourth album, the first as a three-piece, "Everything Must Go", was released in May 1996, and it really, really doesn't feel like 26 years ago! I talk through the bands rebirth / reinvention, the singles "A Design For Life", "Everything Must Go", "Kevin Carter", "Australia", album tracks, B-sides, live shows and reissues. 25 May 2022.


Monday, May 23, 2022
 
NOTCAST Ep 203 : Underworld's "Everythingeverything" gets its 23rd birthday 1999-2000. 23 May 2022.

Notcast EP 203 : on 23rd May 1999, Underworld played live at the Pinkpop Festival, in Landgraaf in The Netherlands (probably my second favourite country in the world), and I wasn't there.. but 23 years later to the day, I am talking about Underworld's "everythingeverything" live CD and DVD recorded at the show and some others in Brussels, Cologne, Manchester, London, Wolverhampton, Fujirock in Japan, and elsewhere. I talk about the bands live shows, how they worked, the fluid setlists, and how a flash of a concert hall can bring back memories as strong as if we were back there again. 23 May 2022.


Sunday, May 22, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 202 : R.E.M "In Time"/"Around The Sun" 2003-2004. 22 May 2022.

It's 22 May 2022, It's Notcast 202, It's dark, and we're wearing an R.E.M. T-Shirt. "HIT IT!" Today I talk about R.E.M. 2002-2004, the "In Time" compilation, singles "Bad Day", "Animal", "Leaving New York", "Aftermath", "Wanderlust", "Electron Blue", the "Around The Sun" album, 5.1 DVD's, Box Sets, fan club singles, a weird 3" promo CD, ostentatious packaging, the "Perfect Square" concert DVD, and I interrupt this programme to sneeze in the middle! 22 May 2022.


Wednesday, May 18, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 201 : Nine Inch Nails "Pretty Hate Machine" 1989-91. 18 May 2022.

Notcast Ep 201 : Nine Inch Nails debut LP "Pretty Hate Machine" was released in the US in 1989, and in the UK in 1991 - and it was literally, a life changing album that was a friend when I was very short of friends in a difficult world at a challenging time in my life. This album *changed* me. I talk about the album, the production, Trent Reznor's status as a furious, heartbroken version of Prince, the singles "Down In It", "Head Like A Hole", "Sin", remixes, Queen samples, the albums lyrical world view of power, control, money, and abuse, and one of the best gigs I ever, ever saw. 18 May 2022.


Thursday, May 12, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 200 : An Interview With A Special Guest! 12 May 2022.

Notcast Ep 200 : It's (surprisingly) Episode 200, and so there's a special guest. To prove that I know other humans, and I do *occasionally* leave the house, I change things up a bit for the 200th installment of the never ending series of Mark talking about his stuff. I quite enjoyed this, and hopefully you will too. 12 May 2022.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 199 : The Cure's "4:13 Dream" 2005-2009. 10 May 2022.

Notcast EP 199 : Today I talk about The Cure's 2005-2009 period, which saw a lineup change, a download only EP "4Play", the "Festival" live DVD, a show at the Royal Albert Hall, a European and US Tour, 4 singles, the studio LP "4:13 Dream" and a large number of unrealised/unreleased projects. This isn't my favourite Cure album, but a Not Great Cure LP is still better than almost any other album by almost any other band. 10 May 2022.


Sunday, May 08, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 198 : Record Store Day 2022 edition! 08 May 2022.

Notcast Ep. 198 : I thought I'd talk about what I bought on Record Store Day, so I did! I also mention a few similar things I've bought since then, because... well, I could. So much for me not buying so many records in future, right? 08 May 2022.


Wednesday, May 04, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 197 : David Bowie's "Lodger" 1979.. 04 May 2022.


Notcast ep 197 : It's May 1979 (43 years ago!) and David Bowie's album "Lodger" has just been released.. and we do a deep dive on the LP, the not-quite-third-part-of-the-"Berlin-Trilogy", the singles "Boys Keep Swinging", "DJ", "Alabama Song", and the remix of "John I'm Only Dancing (Again)", the 2017 Tony Visconti remix, and the lyrical obsessions and callbacks all through Bowie's career focusing on nuclear apocalypse, death and mortality, mental illness, and identity... as well as side quests into mental health, World War II desert operations, and anything else I think of. 04 May 2022.


Thursday, April 28, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 196 : The Wedding Present's "Take Fountain" 2004-2006. 28 April 2022.

Notcast Ep 196 : Today I talk about one of my favourite bands, The Wedding Present, and one of my favourite albums of theirs, 2005's "Take Fountain" - an immense, articulate adult dissection of the trajectory of a relationship - and an album I identify with deeply that echoes many parts of my life. I talk through the last stage of Cinerama, the rebirth of The Wedding Present, the singles "Interstate 5", "I'm from Further North Than You", "Ringway To Seatac", the "Drive" documentary, "Live At Sheperds Bush", "The Search For Paradise" compilation, and the Peel Sessions/Radio Sessions releases. 28 April 2022.


Sunday, April 24, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 195 : Metallica's $5.98ep + "And Justice For All" 1987-1989, 24 April 2022

Notcast ep 195 : It's 1987, and I'm a gawky teenager in Birmingham, feeling like I don't fit in in the world around me, and me and my black leather jacketed mates have found heavy metal.... and METALLICA! Join me as I talk through the $5.98ep, 1988's "And Justice For All", live shows, singles ("Harvester Of Sorrow", "Eye Of The Beholder", and.... "One"), reissues, live albums, BBC TV, Alan 'Fluff' Freeman, bootleg albums, 1990's "The Good, The Bad & The Live" release, "6 & A Half Years" Box Set, and the 2018 mega superduper box set. 24 April 2022.


Thursday, April 21, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 194 : David Bowie's "Heroes" 1977 and "Stage" 1978. 21 April 2022.

Notcast Ep 194 : 1977-78 saw a very, very busy period for David Bowie - the "Heroes" album, a recording of "Peter And The Wolf", a world tour, three live albums - "Stage", "Live In Berlin", and "Welcome To The Blackout", an unreleased concert film, a duet with Bing Crosby, the lyrical obsessions of the album - alcohol and everyday heroism, recording and production, the nature of art, and the 1991 Rykodisc/2017 Box Set remasters, as well as picture disc singles and other releases. 21 April 2022.


Sunday, April 17, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 193 : Underworld's "Beaucoup Fish" 1997-1999. 17 April 2022.

Notcast Episode 193 : and it's Underworld third studio LP, 1999's under-rated "Beaucoup Fish", as I discuss the bands 1997-1999 era, a terrible Batman movie, friends we lost on the way, the singles "Moaner", "Push Upstairs", "Jumbo", "King of Snake", "Bruce Lee", deluxe box sets, lost tracks, live sets, shows in Manchester, London and Wolverhampton, and lots of remixes. 17 April 2022.


Thursday, April 14, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 192 : Happy 25th Birthday to Depeche Mode's "Ultra". 14 April 2022.


Notcast Episode 192 (!) : It's 14th April 2022, and that means Depeche Mode's "Ultra" turns 25 today. It really doesn't seem like a quarter of a century ago! I talk through the bands turbulent 1996, a single for a Hits album, that turned into a full album, that turned into an album-compilation-tour, the 1997 singles "Barrel Of A Gun", "It's No Good", "Home", and "Useless", drumming, layering and song arrangements, CD Bloat, the importance of backing vocals and sequencing, the "86-98" compilation, The Singles Tour, and the Live In Cologne broadcast. 14 April 2022.

Sunday, April 10, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 191: Manic Street Preachers "The Holy Bible" 1994. 10 April 2022.

Notcast Episode 191 : On 27th August 1994, Manic Street Preachers released "The Holy Bible", which isn't so much a record as a sonic deconstruction of everything wrong with humanity, and it is an incredible record - with some of the most powerful lyrics I've ever heard. This is a life changing record for me, and a friend in hard times. I talk through the singles - "Faster"/P.C.P.", "Revol" and "She Is Suffering", each song on the album, and the various reissues. This is a heavy episode featuring discussion of depression, anxiety, mental illness, anorexia, and murder. 10 April 2022.


Thursday, April 07, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 190 : The Twilight Sad at The Barrowlands.. at last. 07 April 2022.

Notcast Episode 190 : After two years of waiting, and a total of 14 different dates I thought I'd see them again... it finally happened. I saw my favourite band (again), The Twilight Sad, at my favourite venue in the world : the Glasgow Barrowlands. With my favourite people from all over the world. I missed the band, I missed the songs, I missed my friends, and we made it to the other side of Covid. I genuinely spent years not knowing if it would ever happen. 07 April 2022.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 189 : Suede, London Royal Albert Hall + "Bloodsports" LP 2010-2013. 22 March 2022.

Notcast Ep 189 : Suede reformed and played the March 2010 Teenage Cancer Trust show at the Royal Albert Hall - generally regarded as their best ever show. And we were there! They also released their fantastic album "Bloodsports" in 2013 - my favourite Suede LP - and a record that soundtracked a personal revelation for me that you could grow old and enjoy it. There are singles - "Barriers", "It Starts And Ends With You", "Hit Me", and "For The Strangers" - and lots of B-sides, and lots of different versions of the album. And a couple of live albums! 22 March 2022.


Thursday, March 10, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 188 : R.E.M.'s "Reveal" 2001. 10 March 2022.

Notcast Ep 188 : In 2001, R.E.M. released their twelfth album, "Reveal", and not everybody loved it. I don't! It's got lots of good songs on, but lots of Not Good songs as well. I discuss the album, the lyrics, 'CD Bloat', the early configuration of the LP, an unreleased song, acoustic versions, singles, REM.ix remixes, fan club releases, the "Unplugged" 2001 album, and the Live In Cologne/R.E.M.T.V DVD box set. Oh, and lots of packaging and graphic design. 10 March 2022


Sunday, March 06, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 187 : David Bowie's "Low", Iggy Pop and 1977. 06 March 2022.

Notcast Ep 187 : 1977 saw a very, very busy year for David Bowie - 2 studio albums - "Low" (and "Heroes"), 2 extra studio albums with Iggy Pop in "The Idiot" and "Lust For Life", and a short tour in Iggy Pop's band that resulted in the live LP "T.V.Eye". I talk about one of my favourite Bowie LP's, its recording and production, some songwriting tricks used during recording, the economic and under-rated lyrics, and the 1990 Rykodisc/1999 EMI/2017 Box Set remasters, as well as picture disc singles and curiously bad remixes. 06 March 2022.


Thursday, March 03, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 186 : Pet Shop Boys "Agenda" + "HotSpot" album, 2019-2022. 3rd March 2022.

Notcast 186! Pet Shop Boys released a surprise EP "Agenda" in early 2019, and their 19th studio LP "HotSpot" on 24th January 2020 : two months later Covid happened and everything went weird. I talk about the Berlin-themed album, Hansa studios, politics in music, social media, the Berlin Metro system, the singles "Dreamland", "Monkey Business", "Burning The Heather", "I Don't Wanna" and the Annually EP's "My Beautiful Laundrette" and "Cricket Wife", as well as the download only "Musik" release. Also, a cat makes an appearance! 03 March 2022.


Sunday, February 27, 2022
 
MARK'S NOTCAST Ep 185 : Depeche Mode "Devotional Tour" 1993-1995. 27 February 2022.


Notcast Ep 185 : 1993-1994 saw Depeche Mode's enormous 157 show "Devotional"/"Exotic" Tour which went all over the world - sometimes twice, and broke the band's lineup permanently. I talk through the tour, technical problems, setlists and live arrangements, live broadcasts, one of the worst live albums I've ever heard, a fabulous live VHS, and lots of live B-sides. I get uncharacteristically grumpy about Fletch bailing on the tour, and how his musical contribution to the group is effectively non-existent, as he subbed out his job to someone who'd never played keyboards before - and they picked up everything in a week. 27 February 2022.



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