Don't Look Back Podcast
By triple j
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A music podcast with Caz Tran that explores how music soundtracks, punctuates and permeates our life. An intimate look at how a single song can express who we are, what we're going though and where we're heading.
||CleanThe sounds of Julie Shapiro's life||Radiotopia's Julie Shapiro shares her love of riot grrrl and The National on Don't Look Back||6 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEmma Alberici: from hard partying clubhead to hard hitting journalist||From hard partying clubhead to hard hitting journalist, get to know the real Emma Alberici and why one pivotal Sting song means so much to her.||29 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Karen Carpenter fuelled Bic Runga's rebel heart||How Karen Carpenter’s virtuosic percussive skills and haunting vocal qualities fuelled Bic’s rebel heart||22 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGAWURRA||Gawurra reflects on the people and events that got him to where he is today and contemplates where his music might take him into the future.||25 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe song that continues to give hope and energy to Nattali Rize's mission||Whether she’s fronting Blue King Brown, in solo mode or collaborating with Jamaica’s most talented artists, her creative drives are almost always focused on elevating consciousness and the greater good.||18 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Fela Kuti’s songs still resonate in Nigeria today||Most of the things he stated 30, 40 years ago are playing out in 3D slow motion. And it’s unfortunate that Nigeria has not moved forward in the last 40 years.||11 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Clean changed the way Tony Martin thought about music||The Clean's raw infectious melodicism would mark an important turning point in the comedian's life||4 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe songs that taught Living Colour to be fearless||Living Colour erupted in the mid 80s with some of the most raucous and distinctive sounds of the day||6 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 'tasty' classic song that blew Naoko from Shonen Knife's mind||Naoko Yamano tells us about the first time she heard The Beatles||30 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCrushing but perfect: the classic pop song that sticks with Rob Snarski||Rob Snarski of The Blackeyed Susans reflects on the power of Nancy Sinatra's 'Bang Bang'||23 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDef FX's Fiona Horne had one song that stuck with her||Def FX's Fiona Horne lets us know which song got her through the highs and lows of her life.||16 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe one piece of music that David Wenham cannot shake||Over four decades on, the magnificence of this classical piece still transports him back into his eight-year-old self.||9 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe movie soundtracks that loom large in Sarah Blasko’s life||Sarah Blasko was told in high school that she didn't have a musical bone in her body. She has carried that with her over her prolific and successful career.||2 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConnecting the dots between Underground Lovers, Italian cinema and Van Morrison||The song ‘seared’ in Giarrusso’s heart comes from a seminal album by Van Morrison. It speaks to his romantic Italian sensibilities.||21 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow George Michael taught Kumi Taguchi about humanity||As a journalist and host of the ABC’s ethics and faith based program Compass, Kumi Taguchi has a passion for life’s important questions. George Michael helped create that passion.||19 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Andrew Bird found his own unique approach to songwriting||Andrew Bird talks about a Townes Van Zandt song that flicked a switch in him, challenging his views as a musical artist.||12 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe song that taught Christine Anu to speak her truth||Dionne Farris was singing about, not just me, but all women out there who wanna say it but can’t.||5 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Bridie unpacks the many layers of a Talking Heads classic||Released in 1981, the Talking Heads hit Once In A Lifetime made its mark as an instant classic. To David Bridie, who has had a long, varied and distinguished career, this song, and the album it’s from, provide him with the simple pleasure of enjoyment||5 4 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe shocking soul song that jolted Kylie Auldist||Millie Jackson's classic 1974 track ‘(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right’ blew a young Kylie Auldist's mind. But she won't be following in the footsteps of the legendary soul singer when it comes to subject matter of her songs.||29 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe country pop song that inspired a Descendents and Black Flag legend||It’s not entirely surprising that Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson would have a broad and rich range of musical influences. He recounts loving each of the hundreds of 7” singles his parents owned and allowed him to play to ruination on his little||22 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDave Graney loved it when Television teased him||Dave Graney’s creative longevity has been sustained by his need for re-invention but also by knowing when to borrow ideas, phrases or melodic licks from others to fashion into something of his own. Caz Tran sat down with Dave Graney to hear about the||15 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Joni Mitchell stops Katy Steele in her tracks||Katy Steele admits, with some embarrassment, that she’d never even heard about Joni Mitchell’s 1971 masterpiece Blue until fairly recently. Now, one song in particular continues to stop her in her tracks; the vividly depicted, melancholic seasonal s||8 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith finds inspiration everywhere||Inspiration has also come to her from two sprawling pieces of intricate, minimalist and ambient music, Steve Reich’s ‘Music for 18 Musicians’, and Laraaji’s ‘Essence / Universe’.||1 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Ash Grunwald became a convert to the church of Hendrix||Ash Grunwald recounts a time in his life when there was only room for one type of music. He’d picked up the guitar at 10 years old, discovered blues music, and never looked back. That was, until he finally came around to the music of Jimi Hendrix.||22 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Angie Hart learnt from Neneh Cherry||Writer, musician and newly appointed co-curator of Women of Letters, Angie Hart shares tales of struggle with her personal demons, her habit of snubbing her musical heroes and the song that changed everything for her.||15 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaynard James Keenan has a weird relationship with Led Zeppelin's 'Kashmir'||“Winemaking is the long game,” Tool, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan says. “You have to pay attention and understand that there's a big picture attached to it.||8 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMissy Higgins' guardian angel||Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual or a roadmap. Sometimes you just bumble through, faking it til you make it. Some of us are lucky enough to find that role model, mentor or guardian angel who shows us a possible way forward. Missy Higgins w||28 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Lee's revelation||Ben Lee is back with a new album Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human Mind. It’s possibly the most stripped back that we’ve heard him, and his approach to sharing his stories has shifted. There’s an openness that invites your ears inwar||21 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThom Yorke was Clare Bowditch's healing companion||Mum of three, beloved musician, sometime actor and now popular radio host on her Melbourne ABC local radio show, Clare Bowditch has a lot of irons in the fire. A natural story teller, Clare talks with warmth and openness about a dark time in her life, a||14 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow drugs, alcohol and HIV opened Michael Franti's eyes||Spearhead frontman Michael Franti, shares intimate tales of the evolution of his music and its message through his encounters with getting tested for HIV, coming to terms with his son Ade’s health issues and dealing with addiction in his family. Micha||7 11 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHolly Throsby's lesson in creative thinking||Songwriter Holly Throsby has given us four albums exploring themes of darkness and wonder, a kids album, written and illustrated her own comics and can now add novelist to her list of achievements. And even though writing songs and books are different p||31 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPerfect Company||As a writer and performer with a huge love of musical theatre, Eddie Perfect sees songs as serving very precise and multilayered functions. He says the 1970 soundtrack for Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy ‘Company’ and in particular the weary but||17 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEleanor Friedberger's New York fascination||Eleanor Friedberger invites us into her childhood, one filled with her own tastes and musical discoveries but also one that’s been influenced by a kind hearted older brother. Matthew Friedberger not only bought Eleanor her first guitar but introduced||10 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe menacing track that matched Richard Fidler's melancholy||Richard Fidler takes us back to the much darker and despairing times of his youth in Canberra. The recession 80s and looming nuclear crisis threatened to wipe out civilised society. In this climate some menacing and melancholic music captured the mood o||3 10 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFelix Riebl's burning six string regret||He’s a talented singer, songwriter and showman, but Felix Riebl has had a lifetime of constant push and pull in his relationship with music. It began with the search for identity, then the struggle for expression and these days it’s about allowing h||26 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPatricia Piccinini spawned a monster||Wonder of the natural world is the key inspiration for acclaimed visual artist Patricia Piccinini. Through her works, she’s aiming to coax us out of our accepted ways of thinking to take a walk along the line that divides the natural and the unnatural||19 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe punk pioneers that fill Henry Rollins with awe||Touring speaker, writer, broadcaster, actor & former frontman for hardcore punk legends Black Flag, Henry Rollins has a packed CV for a guy who’s professed never to have had any concrete plans in life. His intense enthusiasm & a restless curiosity are||12 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIvan Aristeguieta says salsa is more 'bad ass' than rock'n'roll||Ivan Aristeguieta says every comedian has two jobs. Ivan is also a food technologist and it’s his knowledge in the culinary arts that’s helped him break through cultural barriers in his adopted Aussie homeland. But the sights, smells and sounds of h||5 9 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKate Mulvany and the story behind Khe Sanh||‘The last plane out of Sydney’s almost gone…’, an unmistakable lyric that playwright Kate Mulvany recalls hearing everywhere from radio through to blue light discos growing up. However, it wasn’t until she heard the word ‘Vietnam’ in the C||29 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSean Lennon wishes he took music lessons||Over Sean Lennon's career he’s had three solo albums but what he’s found is that at heart, he’s a collaborator. He’s recently teamed his surreal guitar licks with the brilliance of Les Claypool for a psych-pop partnership called The Claypool Len||22 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDr Karl is a huge Frank Zappa fan||Dr Karl loves the sound of loud guitars, but he can't tell us why.||15 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChris Cheney's Elton John obsession||From Elvis and Chuck Berry to The Sex Pistols and The Beatles, with plenty of 80s influences in between, they’ve all been a part of Chris Cheney’s musical landscape. But there’s a certain flamboyant Piano Man who continues to intrigue and inspire||8 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow PJ Harvey’s ‘Sheela-Na-Gig’ empowered Peggy Frew||Peggy Frew is a founding member and bassist for acclaimed Melbourne band Art Of Fighting. The band is preparing to release a new album which follows close to a decade on from their 2007 record Runaways. In this chat, she tells the story of how PJ Harvey||1 8 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"It seems like music that you could only dream": Arj Barker on 'Paranoid Android'||Arj Barker knows a thing or two when it comes to making people laugh. Much of it comes down to understanding human behaviour. But sometimes life throws some curveballs which test one’s resolve and emotional capabilities. Arj shares his story of a deva||25 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat John Prine taught Jason Isbell about songwriting||Jason Isbell is a songwriter who approaches his craft with a strong, honest work ethic. It’s a reflection of his childhood roots. Growing up around hard working Southern folk, he would overhear conversations about their daily troubles or just everyday||18 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 80s anthem that made a four-year-old Joanna Newsom cry||American songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom developed her musical concepts and sensibilities very early in life, long before she really began to actively listen to other people’s music. She realises that she was very fortunate to develop her own e||11 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSammy J: From class clown to comedy stardom||Sammy J went from class clown to comedy stardom. As a musical comedian, he trades in subverting serious subject matter with catchy bright melodies, direct conversational lyrics and a bright eyed smile. He tells the tale of how he came to the understandi||4 7 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPot smoke, motorbikes and The Beatles: a snapshot of Wayne Coyne's childhood||Wayne Coyne is the charismatic front man of The Flaming Lips. Coyne grew up in Oklahoma in a period of great social change, which inspired him to make music his life's work. The second youngest of six children, Coyne can thank his family, and one pivota||13 5 2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I’m a bit ashamed to admit I’ve only just jumped on the podcast train but what an introduction!
I’m a muso so this particularly appeals to me but it should prove a great listen to most people.
I love listening to people speak so passionately And articulately about songs ... 5 stars from me... keep ‘em coming Caz. Appreciate your time and effort in producing these.
I have just discovered this podcast and am eagerly devouring the episodes on the commute to and from work. The discussions are heartfelt and give a beautiful insight into many artists that have been a big part of the soundtrack of my life. Highly recommended!
Great structure, great interview style, great guests. Very entertaining and intimate.