No Filler Music Podcast

No Filler is a music podcast dedicated to sharing the often overlooked hidden gems that fill the space between the singles on our favorite records. In each episode we’ll dive into a little history of the artist and the album of choice, with snippets from interviews & concerts, as well as music from the album itself. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

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An Uneven Wilderness: Unwound's Repetition
We're back from vacation with a short and sweet episode on the post-hardcore noise rock stylings of Unwound...
38 min
Rewind: Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
65 min
Rewind: The Obscure Shoegaze Episode
We're taking a little vacation for the next 2 weeks, so we're dusting off some old episodes for ya. First up: a random assortment of obscure shoegaze.
51 min
A Little Heavier: How Helmet Bridged Indie Rock...
46 min
Whatcha Heard? The Mort Garson Horror Picture S...
85 min
F*cking Phil: Drop Nineteens' Delaware
We chat about Delaware, one of shoegaze's highest peaks from the short-lived Drop Nineteens.
53 min
A Different Shade of Grunge: Lush's Early EPs
From violent and edgy noise breaks to pop effervescence...
51 min
Heavy, Spacey, Mesmerizing: Hum's Downward Is H...
We listen to a true hidden classic of 90s alt-rock: Hum's space rock, post-hardcore masterpiece Downward Is Heavenward.
62 min
Whatcha Heard? The Somewhere Between Motown and...
68 min
It's not shoegazing, it's brogue-gazing: Pale S...
This week we're diving into Pale Saints' second studio album from 1992, "In Ribbons", a record that "bristles with quirk, strangeness and charm".
41 min
All About The Noise: Catherine Wheel's Chrome
We chat about the band that mixed new wave, grunge, and shoegaze to craft a sound truly their own..
46 min
Jangly, Murky, Mysterious: How R.E.M's Murmur U...
51 min
Whatcha Heard? The I Gotta Have More Tambourine...
73 min
And We Were So Small: The Music of Polaris
We gush about 90s era Nickelodeon and the greatest rock band of our youth: Polaris.
53 min
The World Was So Big: The Music of Miracle Legion
The college rock band you forgot about is the genre's greatest secret. Join us as we get nostalgic with the music of Miracle Legion.
54 min
Rewind: REM - Life's Rich Pageant
If you were to plot R.E.M's path from underground buzz to household name, their fourth studio album Life's Rich Pageant was the turning point.
71 min
Niche-less Indie Rock: The Music Of Ambulance LTD
39 min
Whatcha Heard? The Surprise Surprise Edition
Join us for our first Whatcha Heard episode of 2022.
73 min
Steeped In Suburbia: Real Estate - Days
We explore the warmth and beauty of Real Estate's sophomore indie pop album Days.
47 min
Lo-Fi Daydream - Beach Fossils
We chat about Beach Fossil's lo-fi surf-rock debut record.
50 min
21st Century Dream Pop: Beach House - Teen Dream
We kick off 2022 with a look at Beach House's seminal dream pop record, Teen Dream.
60 min
Best of 2021 - Part Four
In our final episode of the year, we bring our final 10 tracks from our top 40 of 2021.
86 min
Best of 2021 - Part Three
The countdown continues as we enter week 3 of our Top 40 Tracks of 2021.
71 min
Best of 2021 - Part Two
It's week two of our Top 40 countdown of our favorite tracks from 2021.
70 min
Best of 2021 - Part One
It's our year-end countdown of our favorite tracks from 2021.
73 min
Rewind: Washed Out And The Chillwave Movement
We pull an old episode out of the vault this week with our look at the work of Washed Out and the rise of the chillwave movement in the early 2010s.
42 min
Human In The Machine: Animal Collective's Merri...
Picking up where Person Pitch left off, freak folkers Animal Collective made one of the best electronic albums of all time with their 2009 record Merriweather Post Pavillion.
62 min
Panda Bear - Person Pitch (with guest Josh Stew...
We chat about Panda Bear's Person Pitch and what makes it one of the most influential indie records of the 2000s.
61 min
200th Episode: Chillwave and Dream Pop in the M...
In the 2010s, everyone had a music blog: including us! Tune in as we chat about running an indie music blog with our old blog mate Josh Stewart.
68 min
Whatcha Heard? The Could You Repeat That Edition
This month's Whatcha Heard has everything from Norwegian thrash metal and French electronica, to post-punk garage rock and mid-90s emo.
77 min
A Hard Day's Nightmare: The Music of Uncle Acid...
On this year's bonus Halloween episode, we light some candles and conjure some demons with Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats.
28 min
No Filler Rewind: Spoon - A Series Of Sneaks
We pull an old episode out of the vault this week with a rewind of our look at Spoon's 2nd studio album, A Series of Sneaks.
62 min
This Is A Lonesome Crowded Antarctica: Modest M...
63 min
Loud-Quiet-Loud: How Pixies Ushered In A New Dy...
We chat about Pixies seminal record Doolittle and how it influenced countless grunge and indie rock bands in the decades that followed.
49 min
Whatcha Heard? The Duos and Dreampop Edition
A surprisingly coherent collection of random songs for this month's Whatcha Heard.
74 min
How Sonic Youth Made Rock Real Again: A Convers...
We chat with the author of the Sonic Youth biography Goodbye 20th Century about their flirtation with mainstream success in the early 90s and what made them such an iconic alt rock group.
96 min
The Planet-Powering Energy of Talking Head's Re...
We find ourselves completely enthralled and entranced by Talking Head's incredible groundbreaking Remain In Light.
58 min
No Filler Rewind: Television - Marquee Moon
35 min
Properly Chilled: The Downtempo Mixtape
81 min
Whatcha Heard? The Good Vibes Bart Edition
Nothin' but good vibes on this month's Whatcha Heard.
73 min
When Techno Meets Downtempo: Underworld's A Hun...
Veterans of the dance and techno scene Rick Smith and Karl Hyde mix ambient and downtempo in Underworld's exceptional 2002 record A Hundred Days Off.
68 min
Hypnotic, Elegant, Sublime: Thievery Corporatio...
Undeniably cool and effortlessly transcendent, Thievery Corporation's The Mirror Conspiracy seamlessly transitions from one style to the next on this timeless downtempo classic.
60 min
Quantic: The 5th Exotic - Jazzy, Soulful, Funk-...
We explore electronic producer Quantic first record The 5th Exotic, and listen to some tunes from his a couple of his live band projects
66 min
Röyksopp: Melody A.M. - Dreamy Downtempo For th...
We chat about the debut album Melody A.M. from Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp.
52 min
Whatcha Heard? The Doozy Edition
We bounce around from decade to decade in our monthly mixtape with this week's Whatcha Heard.
74 min
Bloc Party: Silent Alarm
We chat about the energetic and puncy debut from post-punk Brit rockers Bloc Party.
45 min
Blink And You'll Miss It: Our 182nd Episode!
We chat about the legacy of Blink-182's untitled record.
64 min
So We Meet Again: The Triumphant Return of King...
After several years, 12 to be exact, we meet again, our dear old friends Kings of Convenience, and their brand new album Peace Or Love.
56 min
Whatcha Heard? The Where Has Catherine Wheel Be...
Our monthly mixtape is back with perhaps our finest selection of tracks yet, from mallsoft vaporwave to South London post-punk.
78 min
The Hives: Harder, Faster, Louder
The Hives took the garage rock sound and blended it with their punk origins and a new wave twist, creating a truly unmistakable sound.
44 min
The Walkmen: Indie's Timeless, Elevated Garage ...
We go from the beginning to the end of The Walkmen's incredible discography.
71 min
French Kicks "Swimming" - How A Garage Rock Ban...
We chat about The French Kicks self-produced last album, Swimming.
42 min
Whatcha Heard? The Grab Bag Edition
From ambient techno to a Shins bluegrass cover, join us for our most varied mixtape yet.
70 min
No Filler Rewind: Psychedelic, Shimmering, Heav...
71 min
Built To Spill's Keep It Like A Secret: The Def...
We talk about what makes Keep It Like A Secret such a quintessential indie rock album.
49 min
Beyond Zombie: The Overlooked Gems From The Cra...
We live up to our tagline with a closer look at some of the hidden gems between The Cranberries singles we all know and love.
49 min
Not So Dumb: The Forgotten Alt-Rock Gems From T...
We dig into some of the alt rock bands that made the music of Dumb & Dumber so memorable.
52 min
Whatcha Heard? Redacted Edition
77 min
Distinctly Grunge, Distinctly Texan: Toadies - ...
We listen to snippets from every non-single from Toadie's 1994 debut Rubberneck.
52 min
Lighten Things Up A Little: The Presidents of t...
We chat about the light-hearted and endlessly entertaining debut from alt-rock trio The Presidents of the United States of America.
45 min
Whatcha Heard? The Complete 180 Edition
It's our monthly mixtape jam-packed with tuneage for your listening pleasure.
79 min
Dreaming in Slow Motion: The Ethereal Sludge of...
What happens when you mix the heavy guitars and sludgy pace of doom metal with the reverb and shimmer of dreamy shoegaze?
63 min
The Obscure Shoegaze Episode
In the next stop on our journey to Doomgaze, we throw some darts at some random shoegazers and see what happens.
46 min
Sleep's Holy Mountain: Bridging Metal's Past & ...
We explore the classic stoner metal album Holy Mountain by the iconic Sleep trio.
57 min
Funky Soulful Spaceship: The Progressive R&B Su...
We chat about the powerhouse progressive soul and R&B supergroup The Internet.
61 min
Amon Tobin: Chaos Theory
With Q out-of-town, Travis seizes his moment to cover a ground-breaking video game soundtrack by drum-and-bass icon Amon Tobin.
30 min
Whatcha Heard? Deep Freeze Edition
Temperatures rise as Travis emerges from the Texas deep freeze for our 2nd edition of Whatcha Heard?
71 min
Reflection and Reckoning: Blood Orange's Freeto...
Dev Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange) delivered a powerful, and still very relevant record with 2016's Freetown Sound.
54 min
Jesse Johnson & The Minneapolis Sound
Prince's assembled band of funksters, The Time, helped define the Minneapolis sound, with Jesse Johnson's solo work carrying the torch.
48 min
No Filler Rewind: A Tribe Called Quest - The Lo...
We kick off Black History Month with our look at A Tribe Called Quest's 1991 milestone record The Low End Theory.
78 min
No Filler Presents: Whatcha Heard? Episode 01
Our weekly Whatcha Heard segment has gone monthly.
68 min
Andy Stott: The Darker Side of Electronic
We explore the dark, ambient, and experimental dub techno of Manchester-based electronic producer Andy Stott.
47 min
Arms & Sleepers - Black Paris 86
One of the first downtempo records we fell in love with: Arms and Sleepers debut record Black Paris 86 blends ambient warmth with a downtempo undercurrent.
54 min
No Filler Rewind: Amon Tobin - Bricolage
We listen back to one of our early episodes tackling one of the greatest trip hop records of all time: Amon Tobin's Bricolage.
53 min
No Filler's Best of 2020: Listener Favorites
What better way to end 2020 than with a little help from our friends?
55 min
No Filler's Best of 2020: Part 4
In part four of our Best of 2020 episodes, we close out our list with everything from extreme metal to monastic-style choir.
69 min
No Filler's Best of 2020: Part 3
We keep the tunes flowing in part 3 of our Best of 2020 episodes.
41 min
No Filler's Best of 2020: Part 2
We continue our year-end recap episodes with picks 6-10 from our Top 20 of 2020.
50 min
No Filler's Best of 2020: Part 1
We kick off our year-end recap episodes with picks 1-5 from our Top 20 of 2020.
51 min
Sidetrack Double Feature: Longwave + French Kicks
We're back in our wheelhouse with a couple tracks from the post-punk revival of the 2000s.
40 min
The Stills: Logic Will Break Your Heart
We can't escape our post-punk nostalgia with a look at yet another early 00s indie band: The Stills.
51 min
Sidetrack: The Pathetx
We listen to a track from the classic 80's punk outfit, The Pathetx.
28 min
The White Stripes - Elephant
We're back in the early 00's with a listen to The White Stripes' iconic record, Elephant.
70 min
Slashers and Synthwaves: The Music of John Carp...
22 min
Sidetrack: Poor Moon - "Heaven's Door"
We listen to a track from Poor Moon: the short-lived side project of Fleet Foxes' Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott.
28 min
Fleet Foxes: Shore
Robin Pecknold and crew return with a surprise album that made 2020 feel hopeful again.
55 min
Hughes Tunes: Pretty In Pink
66 min
Hughes Tunes: Weird Science
We're blinded with science on this installment of Hughes Tunes as we discuss Weird Science.
65 min
Hughes Tunes: Sixteen Candles
If John Hughes had an iPod Shuffle: the music of Sixteen Candles.
63 min
Hughes Tunes: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
We listen to some of the tunes featured in John Hughe's iconic film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
63 min
Dad Tunes: Seal
From acid house to Batman Forever: on this episode we chat with our older brother about the one and only Seal.
72 min
Dad Tunes: Gloria Estefan
We explore the latin-infused 80s pop music of the iconic Gloria Estefan and her band The Miami Sound Machine.
58 min
Dad Tunes: Dire Straits (with guest Tyler Darling)
We talk about the origins of Mark Knopfler's unmatched style and discuss some of the non-singles on Dire Straits' debut record.
67 min
Dad Tunes: Gino Vannelli
Gino Vannelli was a crooner from the 70s with a penchant for chest hair, tight pants, and jazz-leaning progressive soft rock.
53 min
Dad Tunes: Van Halen
We manage to cram Queen, Pantera, and Zeppelin into an episode supposedly about Van Halen. Tune in to find out why.
66 min
Dad Tunes: The Cars - Self-Titled
We chat with our dad about his days as a radio DJ and listen to some tracks off The Cars self-titled debut.
82 min
"Record Store Zombie" - A Conversation With Mar...
Today we chat with Mark Burke, a 30-year record store veteran, about the ins-and-outs of running a record shop, surviving the rise of streaming, and his early days running punk house shows in Denton, TX.
73 min
Flickerstick: How the VH1 Reality Champs Spawne...
We talk about the first band we truly connected with, Flickerstick, the champs of VH1's short-lived reality show Bands On The Run.
63 min
Garage Rock Evolved: Phantom Planet's Self-Titl...
Phantom Planet's third record is a fuzzy, edgy re-invention of the band's otherwise poppy and perfectly-packaged previous efforts.
52 min
Ethan Durelle - White Knuckles On Turned Wheels...
We talk about the one and only post-punk outfit Ethan Durelle and their mesmerizing debut White Knuckles On Turned Wheels.
64 min