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The Quietus Is 8! Here's Our New Podcast! With Stewart Lee!
John Doran , August 10th, 2016 09:05

We're celebrating our eighth year on the planet by launching a new podcast series. Kicking it all off is non-other than guest presenter Stewart Lee!

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This week The Quietus is celebrating its eighth birthday as a fully independent music and culture website…. Cheers! Luke will have a pint of flat, room temperature Thadeus Marsh-Hermit’s Brain Cleaver porter in a pewter tankard poured by a gender fluid bar person naked bar for a roll of clingfilm and John would gladly take a well-mashed mug of rooibos and barrel-aged goat sweat tea poured straight from the hollowed out skull of Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. There hasn’t been any time for celebrating for anyone who works at tQHQ however as we’re all preparing for the big changes which are afoot here… but more on that before the end of the year.

In the meantime we’re very happy to be launching a new podcast version of The Quietus Hour, now available for free via iTunes here. As well as the full archive of Quietus Hour radio programmes thus far we're kicking things off with a special edition featuring the one and only Stewart Lee. When the comedian and writer visited tQHQ recently we only gave him one instruction: ‘Pick nine songs - no theme, no rationale, doesn’t matter how obscure, how popular or how radio unfriendly, the choice is entirely yours.’ Between the clutch of tracks that he chose - which range from a 1950s field recording of a Roma child singing about boats to a live recording of The Fall playing heavier and more frenziedly than The Stooges - Lee talks at length to tQ editor John Doran.

The pair discuss his new prose anthology for Faber Content Provider, getting spiked with acid at a mid-80s Cornish rock festival, his relationship with Shirley Collins, what it feels like to have your writing critiqued by operatives for Communist regimes, his new Brexit-inspired stand up show, what the meaning of vitriol of under the line commentary really signifies, destroying Simple Minds LPs with power tools, releasing Edward Lear-inspired drone poetry on vinyl and how free jazz makes his children cry.

You can download the full speech podcast here:

If you want to listen to the show with full versions of the songs intact, you can do via Mixcloud below:

The Quietus Hour will be back tomorrow featuring Luke Turner and William Doyle (aka East India Youth) talking about shirts and playing the best in new music.

Thanks as always to producer Seb White.

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ho ho ho
Aug 10, 2016 12:56pm

Luke Turner has let himself go

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Liz Tracy
Aug 10, 2016 2:00pm

The wee lass singing made me cry.

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Aug 10, 2016 2:08pm

no VDGG ? what a jip.
'Curragh of Kildare' though - fantastic...myself and the brothers used to sing it..

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Aug 10, 2016 2:56pm

Great podcast; thanks.
I loved Stew's book, 'The Perfect Fool'. All the while I read it I thought it would make an excellent film. I think it still could, as long as no-one famous was in it.

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Wyndham Lewis's Steeple-Crowned Hat
Aug 10, 2016 5:54pm

I could listen to Stewart Lee (and John) talk about the Fall all day...

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Aug 10, 2016 6:30pm

Check that Les Raillizes Denudes T-shirt...!

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Aug 12, 2016 9:18am

Great conversation... Enjoyed listening in... Most struck a chord with me... Good work Quietus ;)

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David Mitchell
Aug 12, 2016 10:49am

Oh how brave! Tackling the delicate issue of music, such a worthwhile investment.

We look forward to your next podcast on islam.

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Mark Carroll
Aug 13, 2016 9:06pm

That was great. A corking live version of Free Range, though all the music was top drawer - and Darren Hayman is my new hero after seeing him live recently. Why isn't Stewart Lee on the radio or TV all the time, just talking about anything he wants?

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Robert Webb
Sep 28, 2016 12:26pm

In reply to David Mitchell:

Oh how brave! Tackling the delicate issue of commenting below the line on music, such a worthwhile investment.

We look forward to your next comment below the line on a podcast on islam.

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Sep 28, 2016 4:09pm

I bought Wide Majestic Aire by The Trembling Bells, which is quite a big deal at the moment because I have no income. The only time I can afford to purchase music is on my birthday.

I couldn't be happier with the album. It feels very British, not in a Noel Gallagher in a flat cap, playing a Union Jack guitar kind of way; but somehow, lyrically and musically, it feels representative of life in the UK. There's a fantastic moment in one track where it suddenly shifts to a church organ recital, followed by some prog rock guitar theatrics. Amazingly this unexpected deviation does very little to disrupt the overall tone of the song.

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Oct 2, 2016 3:20pm

OK so he says the Chinese propaganda troll is whipped to do it. This is obviously nonsense and probably a wh9ole family relies on the wages earned by properly informing him on the proper interpretation of Xi Jingypingy's biography. Who is the Stewart Lee guy anyway ?

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Oct 2, 2016 7:24pm



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Rab Muir
Oct 19, 2016 6:02am

Excellent podcast..JohnDoran, Stewart Lee and The Fall ... what more could you ask for.. cheers.

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Oct 26, 2016 1:20pm

Did John Doran actually manage to do an entire feature without mentioning Grumbling fucking Fur or Teeth of the Sea? Holy shit.

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James Metcalfe
Nov 2, 2016 5:24pm

Brilliant interview. Also, I googled Greg Fleet and literally the first joke I saw on YouTube was '28 years old'.

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