NO ENCORE #002 | In-ZAYN In The Membrane

See that there? That’s a pun headline, the kind of thing Dave Hanratty, Craig Fitzpatrick and Colm O’Regan excel at, thanks to their time in Hot Press magazine. There will be no apology and there will be NO ENCORE. Following on from last week’s debut episode of the NO ENCORE podcast with Overhead, The Albatross, the boys are back to discuss all things music.

On the agenda: A considered review of pop album of the moment; ZAYN’s Mind of Mine. The former One Direction member has released his debut amidst a ton of hype and a calculated marketing campaign, but is it any good? All shall be revealed. Elsewhere, we round up the latest news and stop to consider the value of music journalism and criticism in 2016, following an interesting ruck between The Joy Formidable and a 16-year-old writer which led to this thoughtful Clash Magazinpiece.

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ACT ONE: Dave reports back from At The Drive-In’s appointment with Vicar Street before the lads round up the big news stories in the music world including Radio X’s terrible, Oasis-dominating ‘Best British Songs’ poll, the Glastonbury line-up, Chris Brown being an utter scumbag yet again and the sad news that Dublin’s alternative radio station TXFM is winding down.

ACT TWO [31:40]: We get into the state of music journalism in 2016 and ponder whether it all matters or not. Deep.

ACT THREE [43:17]: We reveal our Song of the Week and give the verdict on ZAYN’s much-vaunted debut album.

Exit music: ‘Got This Feeling (I’m Dead)’ by Strange Attractor

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