Podcast: Band on the run

Suede perform at the Pentaport Rock Festival in Incheon, South Korea, in 2013. Image: Getty.

So, there are two different reasons why this episode is particularly exciting. One is that it's the first with new co-host Stephanie Boland. The other is that we're joined by an actual, literal rock star.

Honestly: I write about maps for a living, and now this. My 17 year old self would be so impressed.

Anyway. Neil Codling plays with Penguin Cafe, but his best known work has been as keyboard player and backing vocalist in Suede.  (For boring legal reasons, the music used in the show is from neither band, I'm afraid.) 

Neil tells us about life on tour, and how you engage with a new city when you're seeing six of them every week. He also discusses the hollowing out of London’s music industry, and even reads from his tour diaries. You can find Neil on Twitter here

Elsewhere in the show, journalist Steffan Storch tells us about Swansea, the second city of Wales (a fact for which it will never forgive its larger rival Cardiff). You can follow Steffan on Twitter here; check out his podcast Well Thanks, too.

Finally, Stephanie and I talk about the origins, history and our more infuriating experiences of busking (it involves an accordion), and we discuss whether it's a good thing for cities. And, somehow, she manages to get me to sing. It's awful.

The episode itself is below. You can subscribe to the podcast on AcastiTunes, or RSS. Enjoy.


 
 
 
 

Podcast: Uber & out

Uber no more. Image: Getty.

Oh, capitalism. You had a good run. But then Transport for London decided to ask Uber to take some responsibility for the safety of its passengers, and thus did what 75 years of Soviet Communism failed to do and overthrew the entire economic system of the Western world. Thanks, Sadiq, thanks a lot.

In the unlikely event you've missed the news, the story so far: TfL has ruled that Uber is not a fit and proper company to operate cabs, and revoked its licence. Uber has three weeks to appeal before its cabs need to get off the road.

To commemorate this sad day, I've dragged Stephen Bush back into the podcasting basement, so we can don black arm bands and debate what all this means – for London, for Uber, for the future (if it has one) of capitalism.

May god have mercy on our souls.

Jonn Elledge is the editor of CityMetric. He is on Twitter as @jonnelledge and also has a Facebook page now for some reason. 

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