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Low Culture Podcast: Happy Birthday To Us!

John and Luke celebrate tQ's fourteenth birthday with a selection of their cultural highlights this month

As tQ reaches the age of 14, John and Luke remember their lives at that age, the trials, tribulations, sounds and minor humiliations that have made them who they are today. John recalls how 14 saw his transition from sportswear-clad caterpillar scally to beautiful goth moth, and Luke lambasts the lying, rosy glow of the teenage coming of age drama and reckons that getting into music saved his life but set it sideways. tQ’s editors remember the soundtracks to our respective 14 years, and wonder if feeling that you’ve just missed out on a musical moment as a kid means you retain a hunger for discovering the new later in life. For their cultural picks of the current moment, they look back over a very fun weekend and superb performances by Natalie Sharp, Lias Saoudi, Richard Dawson and Sea Power at the latter’s own Krankenhaus festival, big up Kieran Hebden’s summer banger ‘Looking At Your Pager’, delve deep into Alan Moore’s new short story collection Illuminations, and rejoice in the return of Polish record label Instant Classic. The Quietus Low Culture podcast is produced by Alannah Chance. To listen, you’ll need to subscribe to be a Quietus Low Culture or Sound & Vision subscriber via the Steady checkout below. This podcast is just one of a host of perks including monthly playlists of all the music we’re covering on the site, a bonus long-form Low Culture essay and the Organic Intelligence newsletter deep dive into genres you’ve barely heard of, from Scandinavian Balearic to the Swiss 80s underground. Sound & Vision subscribers also get an exclusive music release every month, commissioned by us.

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