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Adele’s “30” has arguably been THE most anticipated pop album of the past 5 years - making the release of this record the type of global blockbuster event that the music industry rarely sees nowadays. So does the singer’s latest collection of melancholic songs about heartache and hope live up to her universal acclaim, or does album No. 4 leave much…
 
Special guest alert! The premier league is back after what feels like the 20th international break of the season, and whilst most of the Whistleblowers return, one of us is still waiting for their private jet to land in time for match day 12. Thankfully for you we bring in comedian extraordinaire Stuart Law to assess the recent managerial chances i…
 
Lemmy Kilmister and Motorhead truly encompassed what it meant to be rock n’ roll outcasts - capturing rock’s grittiness and excess better than anyone else. But if you had to choose the band’s three best songs (that are NOT named “Ace of Spades”), which would you choose? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have…
 
As polarizing as pop punk can be, there’s something about the subgenre’s blend of simplistic raw angst and massive earworm melodies that makes it as relevant as ever. But which three albums would we declare as pop punk’s best? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to p…
 
After a raucous midweek of European football the three unwise men gather together once again to debate whether Conte has immediately put Spurs in contention for a Champions League spot, ponder who will be their Victor Moses and if need to send Man Utd a bouquet for doing them a favour last week. No one has a single clue as to which Man Utd will tur…
 
Limp Bizkit are undeniably one of the most polarizing bands in music (not just rock and metal). But does their surprise-released album “Still Sucks” prove Fred Durst and gang are worthy of the heightened attention they regained in 2021? Or does their first full-length in ten years live up to its crass title? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epi…
 
This week the Whistleblowers triage convene to discuss the P45 Derby between Spurs and Manchester United and idly speculate as to who goes first and when. That’s after declaring West Ham your 2021/22 Carabao Cup winners and celebrating the end of Manchester City’s vice-like grip on everyone’s favourite midweek trophy. Eyes glance towards future Ars…
 
Mastodon are easily one of the most acclaimed metal and hard rock bands of the past two decades. But how did a global pandemic and the death of their longtime friend and manager Nick John impact the Grammy winning quartet’s ninth full-length and first double album? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review…
 
The unholy trinity preview Match Day 9 and a focus on a mouth watering Sunday of fixtures including Brentford vs Leicester, West Ham vs Spurs and the big one: Manchester United vs Liverpool where we debate whether the visitors are the best team in the Premier League right now. Before that we spend the first half of the pod trying to measure just ho…
 
Some logos are instantly identifiable to the artist or band they’re symbolizing. And sometimes a logo can be more recognizable than the band’s music itself. So which three logos in music would we declare as the most iconic? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick…
 
Fresh from an international break that only saw one club bought by a foreign superpower with limitless cash, the Whistleblowers return to cast their eye over the defensive crisis at Manchester and ask whether Leicester can put them in a tailspin. After mulling over whether Brentford can continue their unlikely run of form while hosting Chelsea, we …
 
Trivium has proved they’ve made the most of their downtime during a global pandemic - producing “In the Court of the Dragon” barely a year after releasing their last album. But does album #10 continue the Grammy nominated act’s ascension into heavy metal dominance? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review…
 
There are certain songs that were solely created to set the perfect tone for enjoying your favorite beverages. So what are the three best drinking songs of all time? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick our top three choices on any given music-related topic. A…
 
As the evenings begin to draw in and the season begins to take shape, the autumnal gloom descends on a few teams and your Whistleblowers trio debate who is most likely to enter the international break after GW7 looking over their shoulders. We consider whether another defeat could be catastrophic for Spurs, if Brendan Rodgers might be a little conc…
 
A whistlestop Whistleblowers this week as we ask: is Chelsea’s hoodoo over Man City now irrelevant given that they might be the better team? We are also reminded by our ex-professional footballer that eating chicken and pasta at 9.30am is absolutely awful. The middle part of the podcast is spent debating whether derby days are actually fun - they a…
 
The impact of grunge has (frankly) been discussed at nauseum by hundreds of journalists, musicians and fans alike. But which three albums (NOT named “Nevermind” or “Ten”) of the alt rock genre and subculture would you declare as the best? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where …
 
Mark and Gritts are joined by football writer (and self proclaimed Man Utd fan) Sam Pilger, to preview the weekend fixtures. Will Ronaldo make an appearance? Are Arsenal in a relegation battle v Norwich? Can Dan James make Leeds better? Will West Ham’s form continue away at Southampton? Plus a chance to talk to Sam about ghost writing for the legen…
 
Hours after the transfer window simply closed, this week’s Whistleblowers podcast assessed the business done in and outside of the Premier League and we ask if the surrounding teams have done enough to catch up with Manchester City, condemn the inactivity of others and anoint Crystal Palace as a side that’s made some good moves. Afterwards we condu…
 
Fact - Iron Maiden are one of the most influential metal bands of all time. But do the English metal icons live up to their historic legacy with “Senjutsu” (their 17th studio album, and first in six yearsl)? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part competition…
 
Football as chess? Wipe your Tsimakis off the board early? This week’s Whistleblowers dives into the biggest game of the season so far and we debate whether this is Chelsea’s time or if Van Dijk can keep a Lukaku in his pocket. Much is made of Kane’s ‘decision’ to stay with a club he had no choice but to stay with, and Mark Smith attempts to use as…
 
Chvrches are highly regarded for combining their indie roots with big pop melodies. But the pandemic presented the Scottish synth-pop trio with some tricky challenges when the time came to record “Screen Violence.” How well did the group overcome those hurdles, and were they able to maintain their kinetic sound with album number four? Find out what…
 
This week’s forward looking edition of The Whistleblowers lays the bouquet of chat at the feet of West Ham v Leicester in tribute to the most exciting match of Game Week 2, while asking special guest Tom Rennie what the Hammers need to do to match last year’s heroics. Mark Smith and Gareth Dobson debate whether Arsenal vs Chelsea can really be cons…
 
2007’s “Colors” helped elevate Between The Buried And Me into one of the most acclaimed and ambitious progressive metal bands of the past two decades. But does the North Carolinian quintet live up to their reputation with that album’s sequel, “Colors II”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podca…
 
A Whistleblowers Season Preview! Your faithful football-adjacent heroes return to preview the upcoming Premier League season and attempt to sort the order of finishing behind Man City, condemn a handful of poor teams to certain doom before a ball is even kicked and to each nominate a dark horse much to the derision of the others. Plus Gritts reveal…
 
The NYC stop of the Hella Mega Tour (feat. Green Day, Weezer, The Interrupters and originally Fall Out Boy) marked Matt and Zach’s first concert since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in America… So how did it feel to see live music after nearly two years of no shows? Did the experience make them feel confident in the concert industry’s “retu…
 
Results may vary when two mismatched artists collaborate together. But which three music collaborations - regardless of whether they succeeded or not - would we declare to be the most unusual, unexpected and downright odd? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick …
 
Tenacious D has become synonymous with comedic rock, and 2021 marks two major milestones for Jack Black and Kyle Gass - the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut, and the 15th anniversary of the duo’s cinematic follow up “The Pick of Destiny.” So how well have both albums aged? Is the D’s raunchy style of rock n’ roll satire still funny after…
 
Not only does music have the power to influence video games’ emotional resonance, but video games have the power of exposing bands to a broader audience. So which three video game soundtracks would we say stand out the most? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pic…
 
The brainchild of Caleb Shomo, Beartooth has earned a deeply engaged fanbase over the years with their pulverizing yet melody-driven approach to metalcore. But does the Midwest outfit succeed at keeping the momentum going with their fourth album, “Below”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podca…
 
Imagine a comedy quiz show where all the contestants watched the same matches that you did last night and then makes you giggle as we recap it with quickfire rounds, weird commentary clips and more. That’s basically it, in the form of a podcast called Never Write Off The Germans.Subscribe now, by clicking one of these links, or searching wherever y…
 
With Mammoth WVH, Wolfgang Van Halen looks to find success with his own musical identity while still paying respect to his iconic family’s legacy… So how does Wolfie, the son of Eddie Van Halen and nephew of Alex Van Halen, do on his first solo rock album? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podc…
 
Record Store Day will once again be releasing unique vinyl editions of many special albums, demos, soundtracks and singles over the course of two “drop” dates… Which titles are we most excited for? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick our top three choices on …
 
Randy Rhoads’ guitar solos and riffs continue to influence countless musicians even decades after his tragic death. To pick only three songs that the guitarist created during his time in Ozzy Osbourne’s band would be nearly impossible… but if you HAD to name his three best songs (NOT named “Crazy Train”), which would you pick? Find out our choices …
 
The fat lady is lumbering up to the stage, as the doomed teams are confirmed and the title all but won. But there is still a bit to be decided - Gritts, Smudger and G-Dob mull over Leicester's lingering 4th place status and Spurs possible new boss, as well as picking their respective managers of the year.Who has what it takes to come straight back …
 
Weezer released not one, but TWO albums in 2021 after holding off on releasing a single full-length in 2020. So where do “Van Weezer” and “OK Human” rank among Rivers Cuomo and company’s stacked discography? Which album holds up better than the other? Find out in a special episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’…
 
To many, Gojira is one of the most unique and astonishing metal bands of the past two decades. So do the French metal titans live up to all the hype with their seventh album, “Fortitude”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part competition. In each episode, b…
 
Slightly later than scheduled this week the Whistleblowers trident return to look forwards rather than cast their eyes back over the prior weekend, which is of some relief to those not wanting to remember Spurs’ tepid attempts at winning a trophy again. Instead we look to Liverpool’s do-or-die potential Champions League place decider against Manche…
 
For nearly 25 years, the Dropkick Murphys have been synonymous with celtic punk rock. So do the Massachusetts punk staples live up to their legacy album #10, “Turn Up That Dial”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part competition. In each episode, both hosts…
 
There are certain instruments that have become as infamous and recognizable as the musician themselves. So what are the three most iconic signature instruments in music history (that are NOT Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat)? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick…
 
The Offspring has been a beloved, persistent mainstay in punk rock for nearly four decades. So does the SoCal punk icons live up to their legacy with their 10th album (and first full-length in nearly nine years)? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s part album review and part compet…
 
A lot has been made about the massive buzz Greta Van Fleet has accumulated over the years (which we discussed at length before: https://youtu.be/1wQB3lpZkjs). But has the young Michigan rock band lived up to all the hype with their second full-length, “The Battle At Garden’s Gate”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 …
 
Even incredible, game-changing albums can fall victim to having a truly horrendous cover. So which three great albums with terrible artwork proves you sometimes can’t judge a book by its cover? Find out our choices in this episode of Epic Footnote Productions’ “If You Have to Pick 3 … ,” a podcast where we have to pick our top three choices on any …
 
This week the Whistleblowing three get forensic on Brendan Rodgers and ask what he needs to do to get Leicester City over the line in the wake of their seismic defeat to West Ham this weekend, while lavishing Moyes’ men with due praise too. The rest of the brickbats and bouquets are reserved for United’s almost inevitable second half comeback again…
 
A super exceptional podcast from the Whistleblowers crew this week that began with the end of football as we knew it, and then 35 minutes later saw the European Super League dream crumble in real time. For the duration of that dramatic interval though, messrs Gritts, Smith and Dobson waded through the existential crisis that has overtaken football …
 
Following a series of delayed flights and missed connections as they returned to the training ground after the international break, the front three finally reunite to cast their eyes over the Easter weekend’s sporting hoo-hah and to look ahead to this week’s bonanza. Mark Smith asks if the honeymoon is over for Tuchel after Allardyce puts the willi…
 
It’s been ten years since Evanescence released a full album of completely new material, with lots of anticipation building up over the past year for Amy Lee and co.’s return to heavier, guitar-driven music. So does the band live up to expectations? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that…
 
For nearly two decades, Death From Above 1979 have wooed fans and critics alike with their DIY dance-punk aesthetic. But do the Canadian duo of Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger live up to their legacy with their fourth album, “Is 4 Lovers”? Find out what Matt and Zach think in Epic Footnote Productions’ “2 Minutes to Review,” a podcast that’s…
 
The wholesome threesome reconvene to consider who the real winners of the FA Cup Quarter finals were - beyond the four teams who literally won. After taking time to praise the complete performance of Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City, the pod wracked their brains to think of players they remember having worse games than Man Utd’s Fred and Gritt’s rem…
 
The Grammys caused an uproar with how they honored the late Eddie Van Halen during the award show - with many calling their 15 second tribute disrespectful to the Van Halen guitarist’s influence in music… but was the Grammys’ tribute really a disgrace, or is the rock community expecting too much? That’s what Matt Gamba and Zach Shaw debate in the l…
 
The fearsome threesome reunite this week just in time to pummel Gareth’s Spurs for a typically timid display in the North London Derby and ask the big questions such as ‘will Mourinho ever learn?’. Grits spills the beans on what sort of managerial disciplinary approach worked during his playing days and then the pod crew lament the absence of Pablo…
 
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