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Neutrinowatch

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Neutrinowatch

Jeff Emtman and Martin Austwick

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Neutrinowatch broadcasts daily from a series of parallel timelines which have 32% (± 7%) in common with our own reality. Episodes are updated every day—stream or re-download each episode daily for a slightly modified user-experience. [Neutrinowatch is a generative experimental fiction podcast created and coded by Martin Zaltz Austwick and Jeff Emtman. Thanks to James Coglan for technical advice. Art by Jeff Emtman; individual episode images created using Zoetrope 5.5]
 
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Song by Song

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Song by Song

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Song by Song is a podcast celebrating the music of Tom Waits, hosted by podcaster-musician Martin Zaltz Austwick and actor-musician Sam Pay. Sam and Martin set themselves the goal of listening to Tom Waits’s back catalogue from beginning to end, and devoting an episode to discussing each track. Song by Song is in no way officially linked to Tom Waits, or endorsed by Tom Waits, or associates. All excerpts are used for criticism purposes - please purchase your own copies of the music at your f ...
 
Steve doesn't long for commitment and neither should you. Together let's embark on a series of exhilirating affairs with comedy and expertise, as Steve empties his black book, his sound effects archive and his brain across an audio medium. Steve is the creator of international comedy phenomenon Bright Club, experimental science comedy series Science Showoff and Dungeons and Dragons car crash Chaotic Adequate. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/steve-cross. See acast.com/privacy for ...
 
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Actor/musician David Ahmad joins Sam and Martin to discuss the religious material, consider the game-of-telephone lineage of folk classics, and celebrate this (perhaps overlooked) track of sorrow and loss. Note: we mention Mark Rylance this episode; between recording and release, his brother Jonathan was killed - sympathies from all of us for this …
 
As EE Cummings said… 'damn everything but the circus'… although Dominic, Martin and Sam question whether this Circus deserves praise or damnation itself. We compare to other sections of Waits's work, as well as other real and fictional songs, plus the value of talking to strangers on night-buses. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongp…
 
Dominic is back with Sam and Martin, thinking about both the beauty and exploitation-of-beauty that this song contains, and considering how it compares with the traditions of murder ballads. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include: Dead a…
 
Musician and theatre-maker Dominic Conway gets his dancing shoes on with Sam and Martin for a conversation about the sonic feel of this track, the lack of lyrical focus in this album, and dance instructionals of the early 2000s. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music extracts used for illust…
 
Waits returns to vignettes this week, as well as incomplete stories and the longing for closure, as Molly rejoins Sam and Martin to talk about how these stories relate to fiction, journalism, and apocalyptic love songs. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music extracts used for illustrative/re…
 
The dark history of a barn in Kentucky is Waits’s topic this week, as Molly, Sam and Martin examine how the story behind the barn relates to the Underground Railroad of the 1800. (Please note story is only metaphorically “behind the barn” - see local maps for geographical details) website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songb…
 
Joined by Ceri Mitchell from the Playlist Yeah! podcast, we're swooping over The Valleys and landing in Wales' capital.. Ceri studied in Wales and felt the Manic Street Preachers' presence even more strongly there...but it didn't make him a big fan. Despite loving their androgynous image, will Fran & Babs agree that they're overhyped? For his under…
 
We welcome writer, poet and theatre maker Molly Naylor, digging into the fractured narrative of Shake it with Martin and Sam. We unpick some of the hidden stories, discuss the tribute to Bill Hicks, and then hit the dance floor for a big party anthem! website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music e…
 
Three episodes of talking to Sam and Martin, and Shani is starting to check her watch, as Waits makes an exteeeeended exploration of generational trauma. Runtime does preoccupy our conversation, as well as density of imagery, hope for the future, and the logistics of bodies of water. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: so…
 
It's that time of year again! Fran & Babs listen to all 40 songs from this year's competition and pick their top five best and worst tunes. Who does Babs accuse of greenwashing? Which region of Europe do a lot of Fran's selections come from? And like in our 2021 episode, will some picks appear in opposing lists? If you enjoy this episode, you shoul…
 
We're joined by music lecturer, writer and podcaster Karlyn King in our latest episode, tackling one of the biggest rock bands in the world - and talking about a blues musician who should definitely be better-known... With blues as the theme, Fran has picked five early songs by The Rolling Stones to argue that they are an overhyped band in this gen…
 
Groovy or bleak, polemic or afterparty, M.A.S.H or Generation Kill? Shani Erez rejoins Martin and Sam to look at the anthemic second track of Real Gone, exploring the anger of Waits, the song's effectiveness beyond its anti-war context, and the big remaster choices from 2017. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysong…
 
We can't believe we haven't covered this theme yet... Babs really likes Kasabian - she doesn't want to, but them's the breaks - and wants to convince Fran to see beyond their lad rock reputation and appreciate their use of synths, their psychedelic edge, as well as their more underrated "bleepy bloopy" songs. Naturally, we also address the recent l…
 
Season 21 launches into an opening track with surprising energy, as guest host Shani Erez joins Sam and Martin to climb the Real Gone mountain towards the top of that hill. The sonic qualities of this album, Waits's attitude to the stories he's telling, bawdy seafaring jokes about genetalia, and the utter delight of 1980s metal… it's a pretty stand…
 
Joined by Helen Sadler from the Flixwatcher podcast, she has curated two eclectic playlists which arguably fall under the indie folk umbrella... Helen got on board The National train when she saw them live - however, Babs didn't have a great experience watching them during a heatwave at a festival, she felt they were quite boring....will her mind b…
 
A.k.a. we've both wanted an excuse to talk about Depeche Mode for a while, so we've each picked our top five overrated and underrated DM tunes to have somewhat of a theme! Fran's favourite Depeche Mode albums are Songs of Faith and Devotion and Some Great Reward, while Babs really got into the band thanks to her mum buying the 81-85 and 86-98 Great…
 
Our first episode with two guests! We're joined by Sam Pay and Martin Zaltz Austwick from the Song by Song podcast to chat arty NYC musicians. Martin & Sam & Fran & Babs differ in opinion on how much - and why - they think Talking Heads are overrated. Discussions centre around whether the band's attitude is a bit elitist, David Byrne's standing in …
 
Força! We've crossed the Atlantic to discuss the legacy of two of Canada's finest singer-songwriters... Until Babs discovered You Oughta Know, she wasn't a huge Alanis Morissette fan - her biggest songs were definitely overplayed...however, Fran has toured Alanis' discography and chosen ten tracks which show a wider variety of styles than either of…
 
Returning to wrap up our film mini-season, Leigh Singer helps Sam and Martin break down this zombie/comsumerism/meta mash-up. With some slight disappointment in this compared to other Jarmusch (and other zombie) films, we question the purpose of his story and his enthusiasm for the genre. And Tom Waits gets to be a weird hobo in the woods too. webs…
 
A.k.a. some oldies talk about that newfangled music making waves across the world! We're joined by the lovely Reggie C Crawford - an audio editor, podcaster, audio engineer and voice-artist - who got into K-Pop thanks to his daughters and provides an excellent introduction to the genre to n00bs Fran & Babs. Reggie wants to make clear he is a BIG BT…
 
Joining Robert Redford for his retirement performance, Tom Waits robs banks, performs motel surgery and talks about Christmas adventures as Bridie, Martin & Sam get to grips with both The Old Man and The Gun. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music extracts used for illustrative/review purpos…
 
We're starting out pretty chilled in the first episode of season four...one-one-two... Coming into the record, Fran was quite indifferent to trip-hop - so Babs hopes to convince him there's more to Massive Attack than the big hits we've heard on TV shows and adverts. And with Sneaker Pimps releasing a new album in 2021 - 19 years after their previo…
 
Podcaster and theatre producer Bridie Donaghy joins Sam and Martin to consider some confusing plot and dense visuals from Heath Ledger and friends. CGI cobras, late-noughties-heart-throb recasting and the quasi-autobiographical themes of Gilliam's fairytale are all discussed, as well as Tom Waits in ear-hair prosthetics. website: songbysongpodcast.…
 
Alex and Rose are podcasters with a deep and unusual relationship to Gus Hommes’ music. Their podcast “Gus by Gus” explores the structure, politics, biography and spirituality of a different Gus Hommes song every day - for what might feel like an eternity. [Created by Lily Sloane and Martin Austwickwith help from Jeff Emtman. With thanks to Sam Pay…
 
Song by Song is delighted to welcome film journalist Leigh Singer, as we dive into another Jim Jarmusch anthology film. We consider the relationship of Waits to Iggy Pop, his position as a film actor in 1993, as well as taking a look at the successes and failures of the other chapters (and the film as a whole). website: songbysongpodcast.com twitte…
 
Returning for another film mini-season, we reconvene for a sizeable Tom Waits role in a film of… debatable quality? Mostly forgotten by modern audiences, Sam and Martin find a few interesting elements to pick at, but mostly struggle to recommend this curio from the middle of Waits's acting career. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysong…
 
I'm joined by writer, sociologist, Dad, Jew and metal fan Keith Kahn-Harris who has written a wonderful book that uses the warning messages in Kinder Surprise eggs as the start of a journey through language around the world. I didn't let him talk about his book and instead made him sample every Kinder, Nutella and Ferrero product I could find. Stev…
 
Joined by the talented Kobi Omenaka - a podcaster, digital marketing specialist, consultant and teacher - we're finally diving into a genre we're not so knowledgeable about, hip-hop. Puff Daddy a.k.a. P Diddy a.k.a. Puffy a.k.a. Diddy a.k.a. Sean Combs was incredible successful in the late 90s and 00s - but is his fame deserved, should he be better…
 
Rounding off our 20th season, Martin and Sam focus in on a few of the songs that appeared in Woyzeck but didn't make it to the album release, and then look back on Blood Money as the third Waits/Wilson-based collaboration (with a brief tangent onto superhero comics). website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@g…
 
Fran picked his dad's literal favourite band as overrated - so will his dad be insulted or buoyed by our analysis? Fran also wants to convince Babs that Cheap Trick are more than I Want You to Want Me and Surrender - and talks about how the expression "big in Japan" was inspired by their live album "Cheap Trick at Budokan" 🇯🇵 Babs was genuinely con…
 
The final song from Blood Money sees Martin and Sam come together to discuss optimism and bleakness, some of the repeating themes of the album and the play, and a possible lineage for this track reaching back through the 20th century. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music extracts used for …
 
Joined by Adam Corner - a writer and researcher specialising in climate change communication and culture/climate collaborations - we talk about two bands linked by the flimsiest of themes! Metallica are much-loved rock gods, but none of us quite get the hype - will Adam's considered playlist change any of our minds? Adam and Fran also reminisce abo…
 
Pete Fraser is back with Martin and Sam, breaking down this unusual chunk of instrumental music from Waits's back yard. We discuss the use and origin of this track, and have an extended conversation on the work of saxophonist Colin Stetson, as Blood Money heads into its final turns. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: son…
 
Joined by comedian, spoken word artist and sculptor Clare Ferguson-Walker, we are tackling a very sacred cow as our overrated pick - does Bruce Springsteen deserve all the accolades? Clare also introduces Fran and Babs to the soulful Frazey Ford, an original member of The Be Good Tanyas. We recommend watching her music videos as well as listening t…
 
We consider the three roles of this song - in the play, on the album, and as a piece of music in isolation - as Pete, Martin & Sam dig into the value of variation in music, the wash of emotion in Woe, and the restrained delivery of Kitty White. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music extracts…
 
We welcome saxophonist and composer Pete Fraser to the show, joining Sam and Martin to listen to the Tom Waits version of a song written for Ute Lemper. We discuss the performative and presentational aspects of the track, Waits as an artist, and our lives in general. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@g…
 
We've wrapped up the year once again, picking our 10 favourite tracks from 2021 and discussing our musical highlights and lowlights - look out also for Fran's excellent suggestion for Brandon Flowers' next solo single... You can find the playlist for this episode on Spotify - it includes all songs from our playlists, plus bonus ones from other arti…
 
Fran & Babs discuss whether Ramones are only about "1-2-3-4" and t-shirts - or is there more to them than meets the eye? Babs is also delighted to promote one of her favourite bands - The Stranglers - whose output is far more broad and experimental than most people realise, even if they are aware of Golden Brown, Peaches and No More Heroes... You c…
 
Album fatigue begins to set in this week, with mixed feelings from Sam and Martin about the third or fourth song from Blood Money dealing with the despair humanity is endlessly surrounded by. There’s some technical sonic analysis, as well as some thought about 90s images of whale-based music. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e…
 
Joined by comedian Adam Larter, we're discussing two very different bands who came up in New York at the turn of the millennium. Adam thinks The Strokes have little substance beyond becoming the template for hipsterdom, but can he convince fans Fran and Babs otherwise? Adam picked The Hold Steady as his underrated act because of the great lyrics an…
 
There’s some disappointment in Waits’s bedtime song this week, as Martin & Sam consider the purpose of the lullaby in Woyzeck and beyond, and think about the perspectives we bring to the specificities of a song. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music extracts used for illustrative/review pur…
 
Hello! There's a sleighful of fun festive episodes of Helen's podcast the Allusionist over at the theallusionist.org and in the podplaces - episodes about Santa/Father Christmas/St Nick's many names, meaty greetings cards, what to do when kids' letters to Santa are delivered to you, and how to write a festive hit for a very Covid Christmas. But, ri…
 
Theatrical music to underscore incidental events, or aggressive reenforcement of violent imagery? Martin & Sam find themselves poised between interpretations for this instrumental, along with their thoughts on other cutlery-based songs. website: songbysongpodcast.com twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com Music extracts used fo…
 
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