New Podcast Guest Appearance: Trek FM’s Primitive Culture – ‘Eating Our Own Tail’

Hosted by author Duncan Barrett, Primitive Culture is a Star Trek history and culture podcast we co-created in 2017 on the Trek FM networking, looking at the 50+ year old franchise through the lens of our world today.

In this episode, Duncan and I tackle fan service in Star Trek and indeed beyond, how Star Trek: Discovery was compromised by fans finding it difficult to detach from their passion, and the growing idea of fandom losing perspective.

In many ways, this serves as a ‘sequel’ episode to my Discovery discussion last month with Zach Moore on Standard Orbit, so it might be worth heading over and checking that out, then having this for dessert!

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New Podcast: Between the Notes – ‘Good Omens / Game of Thrones’ (ft / David Arnold)

Hosted by myself and journalist/film score aficionado Sean Wilson, Between the Notes is a podcast devoted to the sounds of cinema which airs between every two-four weeks.

This time, we’re talking TV Shows instead of movies with a discussion of Good Omens, featuring an interview with composer David Arnold, and dive into Ramin Djawadi’s Game of Thrones Season 8 score.

Plus we put together a Top 5 TV Show scores list to honour this TV special, including discussion of shows including Lost, Battlestar Galactica and The X-Files…

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New Podcast: Between the Notes – ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ (ft/Bear McCreary)

Hosted by myself and journalist/film score aficionado Sean Wilson, Between the Notes is a podcast devoted to the sounds of cinema which airs between every two-four weeks.

This time, we tackle the Monster Movie with a discussion of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, featuring an interview with composer Bear McCreary, plus put together a Top 5 Monster Movie scores list to honour this musicals special, including discussion of films including Jaws, Predator and Godzilla (2014)…

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TV, Book, Movie & Podcast Roundup – May 2019

Welcome to June! Because there’s not enough useless information floating around on the internet, I thought I would update readers of this blog as to what I’ve watched/read over the previous month, each month, in the form of TV, movies and books.

Some of this I will have reviewed on Cultural Conversation but others I’ve just been watching for enjoyment with Mrs Black.

Let’s start this month with TV…

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New Podcast: Between the Notes – ‘Aladdin / Vox Lux / Rocketman’

Hosted by myself and journalist/film score aficionado Sean Wilson, Between the Notes is a podcast devoted to the sounds of cinema which airs between every two-four weeks.

This time, we discuss Alan Menken’s Aladdin, Scott Walker’s Vox Lux and Matthew Margeson’s Rocketman, plus put together a Top 5 Scores/Songs films list to honour this musicals special, including discussion of films including Guardians of the Galaxy, La La Land, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, and the 1996 version of Romeo & Juliet

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New Podcast Guest Appearance: Pick A Disc – ‘Lost Horizons: Lemon Jelly’

Hosted by Matt Latham, Pick A Disc is part of the We Made This podcast network and sees a guest choose an album of music which they come on to the show and discuss.

Latham–a very old friend of mine, first from the online and eventually the real world–was gracious enough to invite me on to discuss Lost Horizons, an experimental, acoustic album from 2002 by the fairly obscure band Lemon Jelly.

Amidst the usual banter while perched in my living room, we discuss Lemon Jelly, how I discovered it during my years at university, and how it tethers to my film music passion…

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New Podcast Guest Appearance: Trek FM’s Standard Orbit – ‘TOS Season 0.5’

Hosted by Zach Moore, Ken Tripp and Hayley Stoddart, Standard Orbit is part of the Trek FM podcast network and dedicated to covering all aspects of the original 1960’s series, Star Trek.

With the recent arrival of the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, which heavily featured elements of The Original Series including key characters, Zach and I discuss my assertion that Discovery S2 is essentially ‘TOS Season 0.5’, picking through the characters, narratives and unpicking where they do and don’t work.

Anyone with an interest in Discovery, or Star Trek broadly, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here.

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