Category: podcast

What makes a good cover?

In episode 7 of our podcast, alongside McCartney, we bring a favourite cover to the table. But what makes a good cover? Why do you connect to it? Do you have to love the original? Or is loving the original a reason to doubt any rework of that track? Do you need to be reverential or do something totally different? Like any music, it’s such a personal thing, that we probably all have different views on it.

For me, (Guy), you have to bring something new to the party. What is that? I can’t define it, but it is all about the feels. And here’s some of my favourite covers, from the sublime (Jeff Buckley) to the ridiculous (The Fall). What do you like, and why?

2021 should be a good year for music

With all 2020 gave us, music was one of the positives. From artists we have always loved such as Caribou and Run the Jewels, to artists such as Sault and Phoebe Bridgers planting their flag for a constant spot at the table to fresh new sounds like Troy Kingy, Khruanbin and Arlo Parks. 

As we wrap up 2020 there have also been some unexpected surprises; Paul McCartney, Black Thought and most recently Parallel by Four Tet. 

With a positive bounce in everyones step looking ahead to 2021 there is not only optimism in the air for things finding some normality around the world but also for new music. The hope being that many of our favourite artist have spent the last 12 months creating new material for us. 


So far we know the following artists are ready to roll: Arlo Parks, Bicep, Darkside, Foo Fighters plus a Madlib & FourTet collaboration which all should be solid. 

Plus unconfirmed but expect there will be new albums from Kanye West, Adele, Julia Stone, The Staves, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky to name a few. 

Will 2021 meet our expectations? 

What are you looking forward to?

We’ve done a podcast

It’s been a while in the making but….. we decided that we wanted to talk about music just as much (ok, even more) as we write about it.

So in July, we decided to launch This Is Not Happening the podcast, timing it with one of our best albums of the month, Run The Jewels 4. Every month we’ll be talking about our latest album of the month, and tackling another subject each episode. In July, it was our favourite lockdown bangers, and in August, alongside Jessie Ware’s silky What’s Your Pleasure, we’ll be going into what music chills us out.

The podcast will be up on all the usual podcast locations, including Apple, Google, Spotify, Tune In, Deezer, Podcast Addict, or on its own host site, Buzzsprout.

We’re pretty excited to be going in a new direction alongside the blog, so join Guy, Nolan, David and Joey every month for This Is Not Happening in podcast form!