Before, "indie-rock," before "alternative," there was "college rock" and four arty dudes from Athens, GA were its KINGS. On our latest episode, we're looking back at R.E.M.'s Murmur, one of the most influential "rock-and-roll" albums of all time, thirty-five years after it changed the music forever.
Aidan Moffat has built a career out of poetic and oddly tuneful (despite being mostly spoken-word) musings and mumblings about sex and death. As the frontman of storied Scottish duo Arab Strap, Moffat spent a decade refining his often-understated poetic odes to drunkenness and debauchery across six albums. The group split in 2006, and Moffat went on to release a string of electronic albums under the name Lucky Pierre, as well as several releases under his own name. Arab Strap reformed for a series of live dates last year, but in the meantime, Moffat also found the time to record a collaborative album with Scottish guitarist RM Hubbert, titled Here Lies the Body. The album was released a few weeks ago, and this past Thursday, Moffat and Hubbert played their first live show for the album at Glasgow’s Saint Luke’s, a former church turned music venue in the heart of the city.