Category Archives: Music

VoK 444: Best Media of 2017 Awards


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In this episode, various Vassals describe the music, books, TV shows and movies that they enjoyed last year. Listen in for recommendations of things to try that may be outside of your usual comfort zone!

Music (45s): Alix/Aiwendil opens up the show with her recommendation, “In the Passing Light of Day,” by Pain of Salvation.

TV shows (5m): Glen/Dagos_Rivers and Hannah/Shadowbaby recommend dystopian TV show Black Mirror; Adam/DrownedSnow recommends the Netflix Western Godless; Glen also recommends the British gameshow Armchair Detectives. Marie/Nymeria is joined by Alix and Glen to discuss the star-studded thriller Big Little Lies; Natalie/BranTheBeastling and Sarah/Lady Weaver recommend sci-fi drama Black; DavidHHH reviews the Syfy dystopian drama 12 Monkeys; Natalie and Sarah return to review the Korean drama Stranger; and DavidHHH returns to share his love for the DC Arroverse crossover.

Film (36m): Bina007 discusses the the AI documentary Alphago.

Books (40m): Paul/SerDinnerRoll reviews Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve; Bina007 returns to review Blitzed by Norman Ohler and Alix takes us home with a discussion of SPQR by Mary Beard.

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VoK 342: “25” by Adele (Album Review)


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One year ago, British music artist; Adele, after a 3 year hiatus, released her third studio album which defied all expectations and set records all over the world. To date, with the album, she has achieved Diamond status in America (thanks to streaming; actual sales: 9.1 Million) and the U.K. (over 3 million sold).

Glen (Dagos_Rivers) hosts a solo podcast, all on the Anniversary of when Adele disproved “people don’t buy albums anymore”, and reviews the album with the help
of many musical samples.

Also discussed:
-The three Amy’s and Adele prominence.
-Appreciation of 19 and 21 – story of why albums are called that.
-Leadup to 25 (X Factor advert)
-Woes of buying Beatles album.
-Lemoncake rating; and rank of albums 19, 21 and 25

Track by Track (with song samples):
1) Hello:
2) Send My Love
3) I Miss You
4) When We Were Young
5) Remedy
6) Water Under the Bridge
7) River Lea
8) Love in the Dark
9) A Million Years
10) All I Ask
11) Sweetest Devotion

Duration: 00:26:48

Edited by Dagos_Rivers

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VoK 234: “I Am” by Leona Lewis (Album Review)


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Dagos_Rivers (Glen), hardcore ‘bunny’ (Leona Lewis calls her fans that, much to my chagrin) attempts a solo podcast to discuss the music, career, and fan obsession of X Factor champion; Leona Lewis, in particular her return to the music scene with her 5th Studio Album, ‘I Am’.

I also discuss the following topics:
-Artwork and the theme of the album
-My appreciation of music in 2006 – 2008
-The 411 on Leona Lewis
-I Am Track by Track review
-Trials and Tribulations for patient Leona fans
-The songs that got away: Burn, Halo, We Found Love, Strangers, etc.
-Anniversary / Christmas gifts

Running Time: 00:56:44
Credits: Edited by Dagos_Rivers

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VoK 227: Empire (Fox series) – Season 1


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Beware of Spoilers, The following podcast discusses Season 1 of Empire in detail, the season finale cliffhanger and resolutions to many of the storylines.

Dagos_Rivers (Glen) is joined by Bina007 (Bina) to discuss the music, storylines, characters and the most shocking moments of the self proclaimed ‘Hip Hopera’, ‘Empire’ which has proved to be huge ratings success in America.

The hosts also discuss the following topics:
-Bina and Glen discuss their favourite trashy / scripted reality shows.
-Other more ‘respected’ shows like ‘The Affair’, ‘Penny Dreadful’ and ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell’.
-Future VOK podcasts being planned.
-Influneces for Empire such as Dynasty, Dallas and King Lear.

Running Time: 01:23
Credits: Edited by Dagos_Rivers

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