Episode 6. Review – XTC – Black Sea

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we continue our XTC extravaganza by reviewing the band’s fourth album, Black Sea. With the success of singles from 1979’s Drums and Wires, such as their hit “Making Plans for Nigel,” the band toured at a breakneck pace into 1980. Their label, Virgin Records, gave the band some time off from touring in the summer of that year to record their next album. The result is eleven tracks of rock excellence that noticeably veer away from the band’s New Wave roots. Black Sea would find XTC once again working with producer Steve Lillywhite and engineer Hugh Padgham to expand on the new adventures Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding were taking in their songwriting, while Dave Gregory’s guitar technicality and Terry Chambers’ explosive drums would continue to supply the force behind these powerful songs.

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Episode 5. Review – XTC – Drums and Wires

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we start our journey through the legendary albums of the underrated British rock/pop band XTC. By this point the group had been through a number of name changes since 1972, had released two albums in 1978 on Virgin Records that did modestly well, and were touring extensively to promote them. Within a couple of months keyboardist Barry Andrews would leave the group for other opportunities, setting the stage for Dave Gregory to enter as lead guitarist. The shift in dynamics leads to this powerful collection of songs with early classics written by both Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, features the bombastic drums of Terry Chambers, and is the result of the band’s first collaboration with producer Steve Lillywhite and engineer Hugh Padgham, who would go on to produce some of the biggest albums of the 1980s. Come join us as we discuss the music that would become the group’s first musical landmark.

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Episode 4. Review – John Prine – John Prine

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we will be reviewing John Prine’s self-titled debut album, which critic Robert Christgau marked as “an authentic, rather catchy extension of Nashville and Appalachia.” Artists like Bonnie Raitt and Johnny Cash would cover his songs while others like Roger Waters and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon would count him as a primary influence in their lyrics. Take a listen to our review of one of America’s most endearing songwriters.

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Episode 3. Discussion – Artists and Politics

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we will be discussing the role artists play in political discourse. We will be listening to examples of artists who have written or performed protest songs, or politically-charged music, discuss the work of artists who participate in activism, and spend a little time mentioning those who have careers as politicians. Let us know if you can think of any examples where a song was a primary motivator for change in policy!

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Episode 2. Review – Michael Jackson – Thriller

On this episode of lo-fidelity, we will be reviewing and analyzing the best-selling album of all time, Thriller by Michael Jackson. We are going to take a deep look into the impeccable pop of this remarkable collection of songs which spawned an unfathomable seven hit singles. How did this album catapult a talented child star into a worldwide phenomenon where he would assume the throne as the King of Pop? Will we ever see this kind of massive worldwide success ever again?

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Episode 1. Discussion – lo-fidelity v.3

On this first episode of lo-fidelity, we will be discussing… lo-fidelity version 3! Who we are, what we’re doing differently with the show after a seven-year absence, and why you should listen to us. If you are an old fan, welcome back and thank you for your support! If you are a new listener, we hope this episode gives you a sense of who we are, how we pick the albums we review and topics we discuss, and how we plan to record and release this podcast.

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