Radical Research Podcast
By Jeff Wagner & Hunter Ginn
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Join hosts Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn in a bi-weekly conversation about the inner- and outer-reaches of left-field rock and metal music.
||CleanEpisode 27 – Fall Into Overdrive: Spiral Architect’s Tech-Metal Masterwork||A Skeptic’s Universe is what happens when student becomes master. Spiral Architect’s school years were spent in obscurity, honing their craft, learning their lessons, keeping their noses to the grindstone. In 1998 they began work on their master’s||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26 – It’s Weird Being a Bob: NoMeansNo FTW||Angular, adventurous, and apocalyptic in nearly equal shares, few bands scratch the collective itches of Radical Research like Victoria, British Columbia’s Nomeansno. From their punky beginnings to the nuanced terror of their mature work, Nomeansno tr||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 – Pytten’s Chamber Music: Black Metal in Grieghallen||Pytten’s Chamber Music: Black Metal in Grieghallen As the ground began to swell in early ‘90s Norway, a shadowy figure known to metal fans only as “Pytten” (ne Eirik Hundvin) ensconced himself in Bergen’s Grieghallen Studio and began to docume||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 – This is the Ritual of Divination: Nasty Savage ’87/’88||Emerging from the swampy wastes of Florida, Nasty Savage created a body of work built on the inimitable vocals of Ronnie Galetti (aka Nasty Ronnie), hammering percussion, and a harmonic guitar language that has yet to be replicated. This episode of Radi||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23.5 – Mystery Snippets||This game originates from one Jeff plays semi-regularly with our pal Tim Hammond, where CD-Rs fly back and forth between the Boros (States and Greens), and one has to puzzle out the other’s mystery tracks. It’s been an effective way to both d||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 – What the Hell is Art Rock?||The possibly despicable term “art rock” is where pop, prog & rock meet, with a generous layer of quirk embedded throughout. Art rock is pop without restraint, prog with good table manners, rock stretching its creative fibers beyond the norm. And yet||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 – Weeping Suns & Churning Seas: An Examination of Pyogenesis’ Twinaleblood||It would be inaccurate to say that Germany’s Pyogenesis is underrated because, in fact, they have hardly ever been rated at all. Over the course of their career – which is still in process – Pyogenesis worked across a wide swath of genres, includi||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 – Who is the Freak Now? Regurgitating OLD||Meet the creatures Plotkin & Dubin, instigators of some of the most beguiling music ever beamed to Earth from a New Jersey-shaped quasar. Like the guy in the petri dish on the Musical Dimensions… album cover, your puzzled Radical Research hosts||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 – Wolf’s Lair Abyss: Answer & Announcement||From the dark past, in the light of freezing moons and through funeral fog, Mayhem reappeared in 1997, under cover of night and to relatively little fanfare. Wolf’s Lair Abyss, the band’s first release since 1994’s epochal De Mysteriis Dom Sathana||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 – The Unquietness of Fleurety||Goodbye clarity, hello obfuscation… Norway’s other post-black metal duo, perhaps dwelling deeper in obscure shadows than Solefald… we hail Fleurety’s dedication to the dark arts and… which craft? All the ones that bring metal to the most preca||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 – Do You Hear Solar Music? Grobschnitt’s Cosmic Fantasia||From a kernel to a cosmos. Over the course of a decade and beyond, Germany’s Grobschnitt twisted and bent and stretched a piece of sound that would be known as “Solar Music.” An alchemical collision of Prog, Krautrock, psychedelia, and||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17.5: Permeable Lines – A Dangerous Dance with Inspiration||The second in an occasional series of brief ambushes. With this mini-episode, we ponder and marvel at similarities between a certain few musical passages. Prompted by our previous episode on Afflicted, we compare/contrast moments of uncanny similarity,||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 – Take the Bröms Dose: The Works of Afflicted||Prolific for a brief few years, with curious beginnings and a mostly ignored ending, Afflicted’s supernova burned brightly at its peak. That peak, Prodigal Sun, is the essential cornerstone of Afflicted’s output and is explored in depth here. Psyche||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 – Synth Whores||Few things in life get the hosts of Radical Research as excited as the squishy, otherworldly sounds of the analog synthesizer. For our 16th episode, a special detour from our typical musings, we sort through the decades in search of some of the deepest,||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 – The Breed is Still Beyond: Roadrunner’s Tech Metal Trinity||Can you sense them? The ghosts? Quiet yourself for a moment. They hang in the air and whisper in our ears. They taunt us with memories of a golden age. Listen closely and you can hear the spectral voice: “1993.” They mock the sterility and...||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 – Northwest of Babylon: Candlemass 1998-1999||Had Leif Endling disbanded Candlemass after 1989’s Tales of Creation, he would have given enough to place his band in the halls of metal infamy. But the bassist pressed on, enduring lineup shifts, label hassles, and changing times, to eventually arriv||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 – Make No Mistake: The Rick Rubin A/B||There are no happy accidents or lucky mistakes in Rick Rubin productions. The legendary producer knows exactly what he wants and how to get the leanest, meanest performances from each artist he works with. In our examples, he wielded a decisive guiding||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 – Out There: The Works of Mind Over Four||For our 12th installment, your intrepid hosts sift through time and dust in search of Orange County’s Mind Over Four. Bridging an unknown gulf between cutting edge alternative rock and hyperkinetic tech/prog metal, Mind Over Four was poised for a b||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 — They Scream In Us Too: The Works of Carbonized||Death metal is very weird musick. It’s the rupturing and restructuring of musical tradition. At its best it offers otherworldly, phantasmagoric deliverance. We begin this episode hearing Carbonized in its embryonic stages as an exemplar of the peculia||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 – Let Go and Let Ginn: A Ginncore Primer||The 10th installment of the Radical Research odyssey pries into the amorphous body of work that has been known to your hosts privately as “Ginncore.” Based around a loosely-connected confederacy of artists — mostly American and mostly a||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 – Panic Button at the Asylum: Semiramis, Corte dei Miracoli, Alphataurus||Rock Progressivo Italiano (RPI) was a remarkably fertile, prolific progressive rock movement of the 1970s. Italy’s compositional and performance acumen rivaled England’s more popular scene, and its output exceeded it. Your Radical Research hosts are||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 – Strange Relief: The Works of Beyond Dawn||Join us on an extended tour through the curious world of Norway’s Beyond Dawn. For thirteen years, Beyond Dawn occupied a shadowy, distorted universe of their own making. Rather than scowl at the moon, Beyond Dawn chased phantoms through pitiless c||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 – Wishful Dreaming: A Study of My Dying Bride’s Urban Detour||Wishful Dreaming: A Study of My Dying Bride’s Urban Detour Join Radical Research hosts Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn in a spirited discussion on the fifth album from English death/doom maestros My Dying Bride. 34.788%…Complete was met with quiz||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Band in the Trees — Among the Ruins of Die Kreuzen||Band in the Trees: Among the Ruins of Die Kreuzen Episode 6 of Radical Research finds your intrepid hosts deep-diving into the discography of Milwaukee’s cult heroes, Die Kreuzen. Over the span of a decade, Die Kreuzen created four records that pro||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5.5: Calling Dr. Morpheus – The Kiss/Nuclear Death Convergence||Radical Research 5.5 is the first in an occasional series of brief ambushes. Super-trivial stuff that’s too fun, weird and/or interesting to ignore, but undeserving of a full episode. For Radical Research diehards only! Music cited in order of appeara||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: Ten Bad-Ass Fusion Decapitations||Ten blasts of springtime joy before the scorch of summer. This is the Radical Research strain of fusion, corralling some of the baddest asses within the larger prog/jazz/fusion/rock heliosphere. From NYC giants Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return to Forever||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Where the Weirdos are Dishing it Out – Disharmonic Orchestra||Episode 4 of Radical Research explores the surreal work of Austrian metalunatics, Disharmonic Orchestra.* Our conversation exposes the psychic tensions and psychedelic grottos of this extraordinary band, one whose music was ignored largely during its he||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 | Breathless Silence Sped to Violence: Gnidrolog, Supersister, Artcane||Episode 3 of Radical Research covers three progressive rock bands from the glorious ‘70s era that often don’t come up in the usual ‘70s prog conversations. But they should, and this is our little way of correcting that. Please drop your prejudices||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 | The Unorthodox Khaos of Dan Swanö||The second episode of Radical Research dives into the strange world of Sweden’s Dan Swanö. From his neo-prog roots in Unicorn to the way-left-of-center Karaboudjan, and bedrocks Edge of Sanity and Pan-Thy-Monium, we are usually in awe. Swanö has als||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 | It Ulver Is||For the inaugural episode of Radical Research, we delve into the mysterious, magnificent William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1998), the fourth album by Norwegian shape-shifters Ulver. Note: The sound quality of RR1 isn’t exactly superb,||3/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great podcast for discovery!!
First, Jeff Wagner and Hunter Ginn are professors of music, and incredibly knowledgeable. I found this podcast through the Requiem Metal Podcast (also highly recommended!!) and as a music lover, Jeff and Hunter have turned me on to a bunch of new, and under appreciated music. Thankfully, I was already a fan of avant-garde artists, like King Crimson and Ulver, but finding new artists like Manes and Beyond Dawn has been great. I also appreciate their love for 70’s prog, specifically Italian Prog, Kraut-Rock and the other sub-genres of prog rock. Can’t recommend this podcast enough, and while I don’t like every band/artist discussed, I have listened to every episode so far, and I appreciate Jeff and Hunter’s enthusiasm and passion!
Shedding light and insight on some great lost nuggets of metal. Great stuff
Theses dudes are ELITE
Along with Jeremiah Cymerman’s 5049 Records Podcast, this is by far my favorite music podcast out there. Jeff and Hunter know their prog and metal beyond all the reasonable requirements. Often the range of reference and scope of analysis is downright nasty and humiliating, which is EXACTLY what we music nerds crave. These guys are dialed in!! Grab a pen, for this is a great place to find new music from the vaults (their taste IS reliable!), reevaluate your opinions on old polemical topics such as My Dying Bride’s 90s black swan, and make you feel silly for forgetting the greatness of Carbonized. Keep up the great work, guys!