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Midland and Vampire Weekend join the music-podcasts rush


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More artist podcasts? You got ’em! Country trio Midland have launched their own spoken-word show called ‘Set It Straight with Midland‘. It sounds fun too: rather than promote the band’s music, each of the first season’s 10 episodes will investigate a famous, strange story from country-music history, starting with the theft of Gram Parsons’ corpse. Also interesting: Spotify is the production partner for the podcast, and it’ll be exclusive to the streaming service.

In other news, Vampire Weekend’s rhythm section – drummer Chris Tomson and bassist Chris Baio – are launching their own podcast called ‘The Road Taken’. Billboard reports that it’ll be an interviews show focusing on touring life, with guests including Laura Marling, The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr and the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney.

And in more news, a well-established artist podcast is moving home. Questlove from The Roots is taking his ‘Questlove Supreme’ show to iHeartMedia’s podcast network, with new episodes from 6 November available on iHeartRadio AND “everywhere podcasts are heard”. The podcast originally launched in 2016 as an exclusive to streaming service Pandora. Based on the sentence above, it seems Pandora will still have the show, just not exclusively any more.

Stuart Dredge

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