Balancing music at any time in life is tough, let alone with a family, job and (currently) a pandemic to keep in mind. Yet somehow, superheroic singer-songwriter Alex Spencer does it all - forms bands, plays shows, looks after the kids, and remains positive and optimistic through it all. It's pretty inspiring.
Recorded back in March 2020, before the world all went a little crazy, Alex and I sat down to talk about keeping the musical spark alive, harnessing the energy of live music gatherings to form bands, and how one defines oneself in a field of singer-songwriters.
Alex is currently working on an EP, which has been delayed with the coronavirus pandemic. Until then though, I completely recommend checking out her work on Spotify, Bandcamp and more, beginning with her most recent jazz-influenced release Shine.
Also on this episode: Haim and My Morning Jacket
So the reviews aren't exactly random these days; they tend to be of artists I appreciate. This time it's no different.
Haim's latest effort, Women in Music Pt.3, is great and well worth checking out if you need a breezy soundtrack to your summer. Also out now is The Waterfall II from My Morning Jacket - a sort of collection of b-sides to their previous album, The Waterfall, which is just as stunning as the origin.
Plus a word from our correspondents
A new feature on BPM Pod is our lockdown/home correspondents. (Thanks to the Kermode and Mayo Film Review for the idea.)
It's pretty simple: if you're got something to say on anything you've listened to recently, and you can keep your opinions to around 30 seconds or so, send a clip in.
The very first home correspondent is a friend of the show: the fabulous, sassy Chance Bair of the band Heavy Heavy. (Check out their episode here.) He reviews War With the Newts track Refugee. Get ready for a smack in the chops indeed (listen below).
Ep.57 - Chance Bair of Heavy Heavy, Fact or Fiction pt.2, music recommendations and Desert Island Playlist
Ep.56 - Moves Johnson, reviews and our thoughts on double albums (a.k.a. The Wall sucks)
Ep.55 - A new era begins... with Chris Weinhardt! (+ Foo Fighters review)
Ep.54 - Kris Sinister + BPM Pod 2020 Awards
Ep.53 - Kara Johnstad of the School of Voice Berlin
Ep.52 - Birgit Jones
Ep.51 - King Buffalo
Ep.49 - FragFrank (reupload)
Ep.50 - A quick announcement on the fate of bpmpod.com
Ep.49 - FragFrank
Ep.48 - Tarzan Grip (Dom Jones)
Ep.47 - Rookling (Jem Bosatta)
Ep.46 - Hans Annellsson
Episode 45 - Reviews of Molly's Peck, Birgit Jones, Nader Rahy and Phoebe Bridgers
Episode 43: Chris Weinhardt (pt. 3 and 4)
Episode 42: Chris Weinhardt pt.2
The Pulse reviews: Jason Isbell, Haim, Perfume Genius, Fiona Apple
Episode 40: Weinhardt catch up (part 1)
Reviews: King Buffalo, Heavy Heavy, Gyoza
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