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May 31, 2015 09:56 AM PDT

It's time to say goodbye to Lauren James, fronting her last podcast for us before she jets off to the other side of the world for a new job!

She and Ed Biggs go through the biggest and best albums released in May 2015, including:

Mumford & Sons - 'Wilder Mind';
Brandon Flowers - 'The Desired Effect';
The Vaccines - 'English Graffiti';
Hot Chip - 'Why Make Sense?'

Plus there's classic albums passing significant milestones from:

Gorillaz - 'Demon Days' (10yrs);
Supergrass - 'I Should Coco' (20yrs);
New Order - 'Low-Life' (30yrs).

Happy listening!

April 27, 2015 08:22 AM PDT

Lauren and Ed are back, chatting about music news, the biggest and best albums released in April, and classic albums from years gone by.

In the April edition, we review albums by Blur, Drenge, The Wombats and East India Youth. This month's classic records are Pavement's 'Wowee Zowee'; Guided By Voices' 'Alien Lanes' (both 20 years old) and Public Enemy's 'Fear Of A Black Planet' (25 years).

Happy listening!

March 29, 2015 10:58 AM PDT

Lauren James presents and Ed Biggs rants about the biggest and best new albums released in March 2015, including:

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds; Modest Mouse; Laura Marling; Kendrick Lamar; The Cribs; The Prodigy; Courtney Barnett; James Bay.

Also we chat about Robin Thicke's copyright lawsuit, the new Muse song, Live At Leeds, Record Store Day, and the anniversaries of no fewer than FOUR classic albums:

Radiohead - 'The Bends' (20yrs); Bob Dylan - 'Bringing It All Back Home' (50yrs); Depeche Mode - 'Violator' (25yrs); M.I.A. - 'Arular' (10yrs).

Happy listening!

March 01, 2015 09:12 AM PST

Lauren James and Ed Biggs run down the biggest and best new album releases of February 2015, including:

- Peace - 'Happy People'
- Idlewild - 'Everything Ever Written'
- Imagine Dragons - 'Smoke + Mirrors'
- Father John Misty - 'I Love You, Honeybear'

Also we chat about the new Blur song, the BRIT and Grammy Awards, Live At Leeds and two classic album anniversaries:

- Bloc Party - 'Silent Alarm' (10yrs)
- The Smiths - 'Meat Is Murder' (30 yrs)

Happy listening!

February 01, 2015 10:11 AM PST

We're back!

Lauren James and Ed Biggs give their opinions on the biggest and best album releases from January 2015, including:

- Bjork - 'Vulnicura'
- Mark Ronson - 'Uptown Special'
- Belle & Sebastian - 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance'
- Enter Shikari - 'The Mindsweep'

Plus some classic albums re-appraised:

- Bob Dylan - 'Blood On The Tracks' (40 years old)
- LCD Soundsystem - 'LCD Soundsystem' (10 years old)

Happy listening!

November 08, 2014 04:57 AM PST

In a slight change of line-up, Lauren James is absent this time, but staff writer Matthew Langham fills in to chat with Ed Biggs about the last month's worth of new releases and classic album anniversaries.

Reviewed this episode:
Weezer - 'Everything Will Be Alright In The End'
Ben Howard - 'I Forget Where We Were'
Flying Lotus - 'You're Dead!'
The Twilight Sad - 'Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave'

Classic albums under scrutiny are:
Kraftwerk - 'Autobahn' (40yrs)
The Smiths - 'Hatful Of Hollow' (30yrs)

Happy listening!

October 10, 2014 10:26 AM PDT

We're back, and playing catch-up again after a delay in recording. Busy times.

Lauren James and Ed Biggs run through the highlights of the album releases from the 15th, 22nd and 29th September 2014. In depth reviews of:

Aphex Twin - 'Syro'
Alt-J - 'This Is All Yours'
Thom Yorke - 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes'
Jamie T - 'Carry On The Grudge'

Classic album anniversaries are:

The Replacements - 'Let It Be' (30yrs)
Suede - 'Dog Man Star' (20yrs)

Happy listening!

September 13, 2014 12:09 PM PDT

Lauren James and Ed Biggs review a selection of the last fortnight of album releases (1st Sep & 8th Sep), including:

U2 - 'Songs Of Innocence'
Interpol - 'El Pintor'
Pulled Apart By Horses - 'Blood'
The Kooks - 'Listen'

Also under the spotlight are two classic albums from 2004:

Arcade Fire - 'Funeral'
Green Day - 'American Idiot'

Happy listening!

September 01, 2014 02:10 PM PDT

Lauren James and Ed Biggs return from their summer holidays for a bumper re-cap edition of albums released in August, including:

Royal Blood - 'Royal Blood'
The Gaslight Anthem - 'Get Hurt'
The Courteeners - 'Concrete Love'
FKA twigs - 'LP1'

We also take a look back at three albums that have turned 20 years old:

Oasis - 'Definitely Maybe'
Manic Street Preachers - 'The Holy Bible'
Jeff Buckley - 'Grace'

Plus a small Ramones tribute. Happy listening!

July 28, 2014 12:13 PM PDT

27 July 2014: Lauren James and Ed Biggs present new album reviews and classic album anniversaries.

Verdicts on the new albums by La Roux and Morrissey, and appreciation of the following classic records:
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique (25 years)
Husker Du - Zen Arcade
Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime (both 30 years)
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom (40 years)

Plus a few words on this year's Latitude Festival.

Happy listening!

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