What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About Music

What Is Music?: A Music Podcast About Music

A podcast focusing on a musical artists' discography. A different artist every season. Currently on Season 2: Are You Amused?: a critical analysis of the history, cultural impact, and music of Muse. Join Adam, Steve, and Lucas, as they tackle an artists' entire discography. They're going album by album, track by track, to find out if context can change your experience of music, how people become obsessed with artists, and to ultimately answer the question 'what is music?' For each artist one host will be a fan of them already, the others may know nothing about them! Expect in-depth analysis, tedious tangents, controversial music opinions, and an exhaustive attitude to context. Also expect to find out more about the artists (and the hosts) than anyone could ever want to know! Previous seasons: Season 1: Do You Love Us? (Manic Street Preachers)

Episodes

October 17, 2021 108 min

The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for the Simulation Theory Film by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the narrative/concert film as released in cinemas and onto Blu-Ray/streaming platforms.

Watch along here by buying or renting! Watching along not strictly necessary!

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The Big Mates discuss TikTok, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Greek alphabet, and Disk 2 of the deluxe edition of Simulation Theory by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas take a look at the disc of bonus content that came packaged with deluxe editions of Simulation Theory. They go track-by-track to examine these new versions, alternate mixes, and instrumentals. How does it match up to the album proper? Which version of reality are we in...

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October 3, 2021 91 min

The Big Mates discuss the Shepard Tone, George Michael, memes, and Simulation Theory by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's eighth and most recent studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and completing their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What will the final scores be? Will Steve have a full on mental br...

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September 26, 2021 98 min

The Big Mates discuss fizzy drinks, vaporwave, Bob Dylan, and Simulation Theory by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's eighth and most recent studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What does Irn Bru taste like? Are we living in a simulation? Where's th...

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September 19, 2021 59 min

The Big Mates are joined by music journalist and author, Mark Beaumont to discuss Kanye West, sex rampages, Reading Festival, and all things Muse.

Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Mark chat about the band, taking in their whole career and looking at how they fit into the current musical landscape, and also discuss Mark's book, Out of This World: The Story of Muse. They also find time for Mark to bring in his Top 10 Muse songs! Find out m...

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September 12, 2021 95 min

The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for the Drones World Tour Film by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as released into cinemas (and sneakily uploaded to YouTube).

Watch along here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gii3EX0OamQ

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September 9, 2021 17 min

BONG. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST. The Big Mates  discuss the newly released album by Manic Street Preachers, The Ultra Vivid Lament. They give their first impressions and pick some standout tracks.

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September 5, 2021 97 min

The Big Mates discuss conspiracy theories, Celine Dion, The Cramps, and Drones by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's seventh studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and concluding their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to chat about New Kind of Kick. Does this album feature any drones?...

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August 29, 2021 99 min

The Big Mates discuss the sunburn, trifle, Roy "Chubby" Brown, and Drones by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's seventh studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What is this album about? Does it RAWK? What's up with that artwork? Find out on thi...

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August 22, 2021 115 min

The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Live at Rome Olympic Stadium by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as released into cinemas and on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THYSQJfmie0

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August 15, 2021 88 min

The Big Mates discuss football, Men in Black, dabbing, and The 2nd Law by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and finishing up their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Can they figure out a better tracklist? What will the scores be? What is "brostep" anyw...

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August 8, 2021 81 min

The Big Mates discuss Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Greg Wallace, and The 2nd Law by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and digging into their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Does a theme emerge? Have we lost "Analytical Adam&...

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August 1, 2021 82 min

The Big Mates discuss the 2012 Olympics, the lineage of Jesus, the relentless passage of time, and The 2nd Law by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas begin their discussion on the band's sixth studio album, exploring the context behind the album, how it was recorded, and beginning their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! What is the second law of thermodynamics? What is thermoecono...

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July 25, 2021 116 min

The Big Mates are joined by News Editor of the NME, Andrew Trendell to discuss Eurovision, music magazines, gigs, and all things Muse.

Adam, Steve, Lucas, and Andrew chat about the bandm taking in their whole career and looking at how they fit into the current musical landscape. They also find time to discuss Manics Street Preachers and Andrew brings in Top 10s for both bands! Find out more on this episode of What Is Music?

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July 18, 2021 146 min

The Big Mates discuss creativity, Thierry Henry, Legoland, and EVEN IN EXILE by James Dean Bradfield.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas cover the 2020 solo album from the Manic Street Preachers front man and do a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! But first they talk to Patrick Jones, poet, author, playwright, political activist, one half of the writing team on EVEN IN EXILE, and older bro...

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The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Muse Live at Wembley Stadium 2010.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as put together by the people at MuseBootlegs.com

Head to MuseBootlegs.com to download the bootleg and watch along! Or don't - the episode is designed to work without it!

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The Big Mates provide insightful commentary for Muse Live at KeyArena, Seattle in 2010.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas discuss the show as broadcast on MySpace and many, many other things.

Watch along with this video (or don't - the choice is yours, and the episode works on its own!):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1t06Zkf6Z_Q

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June 27, 2021 104 min

The Big Mates discuss coasts, critical analysis, cross-pollination, and The Resistance by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas conclude their discussion on the band's fifth studio album, rounding off their track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! They also find time to cover Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever). How does the three-part symphony close the album? What will the final sco...

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BONG. YOU ARE RECEIVING AN EMERGENCY NEWS BROADCAST.

The Big Mates discuss the newly released Origin of Symmetry (XX Anniversary RemiXX) by Muse.

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June 20, 2021 95 min

The Big Mates discuss going to space, keytars, ABBA, and The Resistance by Muse.

Adam, Steve, and Lucas continue talking about the band's fifth studio album, embarking upon a track-by-track deep-dive, discussing the music, lyrics, themes, and everything inbetween! Have opinons changed over the years? Which song will the guys get up to this time? Why split these states when there can be only one? Find out on this episode of What ...

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