BPM Pod

BPM Pod

Giving a voice to unsung musical talent. Join musicians and music lovers Ashley Scrace Wendel and Chris Weinhardt as they discover the lessons, inspirations and tips behind great musicianship. Plus, you‘ll hear some of the latest music reviews, of music both famed and not, plus you‘ll have a few laughs along the way down various deep rabbit holes (which, quite frankly, don‘t always relate to music).

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June 22, 2022 71 min

The boys catch up on a bunch of varied musical topics on this episode, including:

  • Dreamtheater live in Berlin review
  • Reflecting on Devin Townsend, and aiming to get him on the pod
  • Drive-By Truckers live in Copenhagen review
  • Musing on Wilco's new album, Cruel Country
  • What is a pro musician? What is an amateur musician? What is a musician these days?! We discuss.
  • Beginner guitar mistakes around reading tabs
  • Music theory and why it rule...
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    US-Italian singer, songwriter, voice artist, and vocal coach Annalisa Lombardo swings by the podcast to talk all things American politics, songwriting process, and musical ambitions. 

    Check out Annalisa's music on her website, or wherever you listen to your tunes. The new single 'American Fascist' is out soon. 

    Home | Annalisa Lombardo

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    For the longest time we've wanted to interview this sublime Swedish singer-songwriter. And now, we're pleased to welcome Emma Elisabeth along to the podcast. 

    Emma talks about her latest album 'Some Kind of Paradise', the influence of 70s and 80s rock and pop, what's on her pedalboard, and what's coming up next. 

    Keep up to date with Emma Elisabeth:

    HOME | emma-elisabeth

    Emma Elisabeth (@emmaelisabethmus...

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    May 22, 2022 7 min

    There's a lot more to come from BPM Pod, albeit in its own time. Here's a quick word on what's going on behind the scenes. 

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    On this episode, the boys dedicate half the runtime to the Behringer Vintage Time Machine - a guitar pedal they adore, despite it being a copy of my a more expensive Electro Harmonix one. Chris teaches you a bit about how delay works, and how it can add to your overall sound, no matter what instrument you play.

    Plus they review new music from Emma Elisabeth, Bon Iver, and Son of a Pixel, as well as catching up with the funky 'S...

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    Packed episode with the guys this time, touching on a bunch of stuff in quick succession.

    What we've been listening to

  • The delightful Tonight from Vanda Essay gets a spin and a bit of chat
  • We cover other artists we've loved recently, including Son of a Pixel, Poor Man's Poison, and Pluralone
  • 8 Bit Wonderland

    We look at some of the computer game soundtracks we love, with the featured soundtracks this time being the 2016 ...

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    Ben talks about learning a new recording process during the pandemic, on the influences of David Byrne and how underrated Byrne is as a lyricist, and how honoured Ben is to work with the wonderful Josephine Stephenson on an upcoming opera.

    Check out more of Ben's music at http://ben-osborn.com/ 

    And put 15 April in your diary for the new EP. We'll review it on the show in the future. 

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    A bunch of stuff on this packed episode with the guys. Yes, while this is a music podcast, none of us can avoid what's going on in the world at the moment, so Ashley and Chris spend a bit of time in the beginning talking about that and the sadness of it all. Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine.

    But to try and celebrate Ukraine a bit, Ashley mentions some of the wonderful Ukrainian music he's been listening to includi...

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    In this bonus edition of BPM Pod, Chris reviews, comments on the use of, and demos the Line 6 HX Stomp XL - a multi-effects guitar pedal, which is the smaller version of the Line 6 Helix unit.

    Say goodbye to ridiculous amps, hundreds of pedals, and a bunch of cables and potential gig issues. Say hello to everything combined in one small, handy, sturdy box. 

    Find out more here: https://www.thomann.de/gb/line6_hx_stomp_xl.htm 

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    On this edition, Ashley takes the reins for a solo podcast, reviewing the sublime debut album from Lisa Akuah titled 'Outgrowing Nymph' (out 25 February wherever you find good music).

    Plus, Ashley celebrates the music that has caught his attention recently, including Ben Osborn, Vizard, and Manchester Orchestra. 

    The next episode of BPM Pod will be a little later than usual as the boys take a break. Check out past episode...

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    Quite shoutout to three incredible artists, two rather well known, and one who certainly should be more well known. 

    For more BPM Pod, subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Give us a review and we'll read it out on the show, plus send you a thank you gift!

     

    Music in this episode

    Caroline Polachek - Billions (Official Video) - YouTube

    Lisa Akuah - Fluid Suits [Official Video] - YouTube

    Sharon Van Etten - Porta (OFFICI...

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    Big thanks to Moves Johnson for stopping by the podcast this week to tell us about his upcoming musical projects, one of which involves his grandfather and an orchestra to boot. 

    Plus, the gang reviews the music that's caught their attention including stuff from Jim James, Lane 8, Aesop Rock, and more. 

    Also, Ashley reviews the latest release from psych-singer-songwriter Mabloni called 'Lotta Freaks', available from 1...

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    On this episode, the guys talk at length about what musical gear and equipment you really need if you're starting out on your musical journey, from pedals, to cables, to the instrument itself. Definitely worth a listen for amateur musicians, and any pros who might be having some gear-hoarding issues! (Spoiler: you NEVER need as much gear as you think to be a good musician.)

    Plus, there's new music reviews of Lazer Beam, Ju...

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    December 26, 2021 55 min

    It's time for the BPM Pod End of 2021 Special! This means it is time for the BPM Pod Awards (categories and winners tagged below). Plus, we review Chris's year on Spotify (spoiler: he likes 21 Pilots), we talk Christmas music that we love (spoiler again: The Darkness), and we chat about random nonsense along the way.

    Also, there's a quick chat about Avril Lavinge's newest single 'Bite Me' and how it transpo...

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    A review-packed episode this time, featuring music from a bunch of different artists including Cate Le Bon, Marissa Nadler, Big Thief, Cradle of Filth, Bodom After Midnight, Childish Gambino, In Flames, Anna of the North, Porcupine Tree, and even Justin Bieber. (Chris, are you feeling alright?)

    In the second half of the episode, we talk about our biggest musical mistakes, from being too drunk at gigs, right through to forgetting e...

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    It's time to get SPOOOOOOOOOKY. Joining this episode is a special co-host: the wonderfully talented, supremely knowledgable Kris Sinister. Kris talks about what music he's making these days, how horror inspires him, and joins in the discussion of the creepiest songs ever.

    This one is not for the faint of heart as we delve into the world of scary music, including stuff from Wolf Eyes, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, The Cramps,...

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    On this bonus edition of BPM Pod, Ashley takes an in-depth track-by-track look at the sublime new album from podcast favourites The War On Drugs, with their hotly-anticipated new album 'I Don't Live Here Anymore'.

    Available Friday 29 October from The War On Drugs official website Music - The War On Drugs

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    Another packed episode with Weinhardt and Wendel. They interview singer-songwriter and all-round thoughtful guy, Jonathan (a.k.a. Sea Colour) about his new music. 

    Plus, Chris and Ashley review music from Ada Lea, Ashley Shadow, and more. There's a Fact or Fiction segment too, this time on musical riders/demands. 

    Finally, What's That Riff?! returns for one more round with a kind of Royal Blood / Metallica sounding riff. ...

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    Loads of stuff on this episode including a bunch of new music, a discussion about the Life Is Strange soundtrack, plus a stunning interview with the wonderful Lisa Akuah.

    New music to check out

  • Big Thief - Little Things (Official Audio) - YouTube
  • The War On Drugs - Living Proof [Official Video] - YouTube
  • Emma Elisabeth - Stolen Love (Official Lyric Video) - YouTube
  • Maggie Rogers - Light On - YouTube
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    00:01:50 - A Scott P...

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    That's it. A very speedy plug of this super single, from the upcoming album I Don't Live Here Anymore, released 29 October. 

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