Obsessed By Music
Obsessed by Music is a podcast where Rob Esse presents monologues and conversations about an obsession. The obsession is music.
info_outline Listening To Music Like Nothing Else Matters 10/04/2020
Listening To Music Like Nothing Else Matters In this OBM episode I talk about listening to music as the only activity - exploring the idea of listening without distractions, focusing on the music itself rather than anything else, and the difference between hearing something and actually listening to it!
info_outline An Invitation For Bob Dylan 07/03/2020
An Invitation For Bob Dylan An invitation for Bob to join me for an episode of the OBM Podcast. The answer my friends, is currently blowing in the wind ;) In celebration of the release of Bob Dylan's latest album 'Rough And Rowdy Ways' - I recorded this little thing, as I was thinking about his last studio album of original material ('Tempest').
info_outline Remember Instrumental Music? 12/04/2019
Remember Instrumental Music? Do you remember instrumental music? Do you need to? These are a couple of questions I pose when it comes to listening to music that doesn't have vocals and words. Can you 'remember the time' that you heard a piece of instrumental music that you couldn't forget?
info_outline No Opening Act - Fishbone And Trombone Shorty 11/29/2019
No Opening Act - Fishbone And Trombone Shorty Have you ever gone to a concert that had a couple of bands playing but you came mainly to see one act? Well that's exactly what happened when a friend and I went to see Fishbone and Trombone Shorty play on a cool double-bill together.
info_outline Anna Calvi Is The Hunter And The Hunted 06/30/2019
Anna Calvi Is The Hunter And The Hunted A song-by-song review of Anna Calvi’s album ‘Hunter’. A stunning work that challenges and excites the listener. From a whisper to a scream, from a girl to a boy, from the hunted to a hunter - majestic vocals & music accompany its convention-bending themes.
info_outline A Conversation With Double J's Music Editor Dan Condon (Part 2) 01/28/2019
A Conversation With Double J's Music Editor Dan Condon (Part 2) Here is Part 2 of my chat with Dan Condon, Music Editor at Australian Radio Station Double J. We talk about music criticism, Bob Dylan, his favourite live music performances and more!
info_outline A Conversation With Double J's Music Editor Dan Condon (Part 1) 12/20/2018
A Conversation With Double J's Music Editor Dan Condon (Part 1) In this episode of the OBM Podcast I speak with Dan Condon, Music Editor at Australian Radio Station Double J. We talk about his musical upbringing, experiencing musical history in the American south, musicians in the internet age, life as a music journalist and more!
info_outline Thoughts On Music Segregation 11/25/2018
Thoughts On Music Segregation After listening to some recent music podcasts where I recognised that certain 'best album' lists where created with the aim of highlighting only certain 'types' of artists, I share some thoughts about music segregation.
info_outline 20 Years Since The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill - Is One Classic Album Enough? 10/13/2018
20 Years Since The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill - Is One Classic Album Enough? 20 years ago Ms. Lauryn Hill released a stone-cold classic album. She broke the mould, inspired a generation and built a lasting legacy as a solo artist. 20 years later, it's her only solo studio album. In this episode I talk about the album, the time that has passed since its release, what Lauryn has been doing in the intervening years and I ask the question: is one classic album enough?
info_outline Feeling The Music! 08/30/2018
Feeling The Music! What draws us in to connecting with certain songs or albums whilst not with others? I've been battling with this question myself and have finally reached a conclusion! In this episode, I talk about the essential ingredients in the music that I enjoy the most: emotion and feeling.
info_outline Little Dark Age By MGMT - First Listening Experience (Album Review) 05/18/2018
Little Dark Age By MGMT - First Listening Experience (Album Review) Rob Esse plays 'Little Dark Age' by the band MGMT and provides commentary as he does a first listen of the album in real-time!
info_outline Robert Plant Carries Fire Into Sydney Opera House 04/07/2018
Robert Plant Carries Fire Into Sydney Opera House Rob Esse recounts a magical evening spent in the company of Robert Plant and his Sensational Space Shifters, who performed an absolutely entrancing live concert at the Sydney Opera House.
info_outline Roger Waters - Is This The Concert We Really Want? 03/16/2018
Roger Waters - Is This The Concert We Really Want? Rob Esse attends a Roger Waters concert as part of the 'Us & Them' Tour and he doesn't know what to expect. By the time the show is over, Rob has been taken on an emotional rollercoaster. Is this the kind of concert we really want to see? Listen to hear his thoughts.
info_outline What's In The Name Of A Band? 12/15/2017
What's In The Name Of A Band? Rob Esse speaks at length about the importance of the name of a band - especially when a band plays 'live' under their original band name but without original members, lead vocalists or critical musical contributors.
info_outline John Deacon - The Quieter Member of Queen Who Speaks Through His Music 11/19/2017
John Deacon - The Quieter Member of Queen Who Speaks Through His Music Rob Esse puts a spotlight on Queen musician and songwriter, John Deacon. Known as the quieter member of the band, John contributed sounds, ideas and songs that ended up being some of the most loved, popular music in the band's history. Although John retired from musical activity in the mid-1990's, his musical legacy continues right up to the present day.
info_outline Stevie Nicks And Chrissie Hynde: Together, Live and Timeless 11/11/2017
Stevie Nicks And Chrissie Hynde: Together, Live and Timeless Rob Esse talks about his experience of attending an amazingly good concert by The Pretenders and Stevie Nicks on their joint 2017 tour. It was a night of pure rock and roll beauty and classic songwriting brilliance displayed via effortless live showmanship and unique charisma.
info_outline Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks 10/29/2017
Bob Dylan's Blood On The Tracks Rob Esse talks about the Bob Dylan album 'Blood On The Tracks', which was voted as the number one favourite Dylan record by Albumism.com readers. It's a work of heartache, despair, anger and love - but the question remains: is it about Dylan or are the songs simply stories about other people?
info_outline River Of Tears - A Stunning Live Performance By Eric Clapton 10/20/2017
River Of Tears - A Stunning Live Performance By Eric Clapton Rob Esse shares his passion for a pair of awesome live performances by Eric Clapton and his band from their 2001 Tour. The pair of songs are 'My Father's Eyes' and in particular, a truly stunning rendition of 'River Of Tears'. Both performances can be found on Eric Clapton's Live On Tour DVD: One More Car, One More Rider.
info_outline Kamasi Washington Creates A Musical Harmony Of Difference - EP Review 10/05/2017
Kamasi Washington Creates A Musical Harmony Of Difference - EP Review Rob Esse falls in love, quite quickly, with Kamasi Washington's Harmony of Difference EP. It's a musical work that evokes feelings of positivity, bliss, inspiration and hope, in a world that truly needs it. It is a beautifully constructed, full-flavoured suite of moving music.
info_outline Charles Bradley - The Screaming Eagle of Soul Soars Into Eternity 09/25/2017
Charles Bradley - The Screaming Eagle of Soul Soars Into Eternity In this OBM episode, Rob Esse pays tribute to Charles Bradley who passed away recently. A deeply emotive singer who experienced his biggest success later in life, he was a much-loved recording artist and a mesmerising live performer who bared his soul to every audience he played for.
info_outline Steely Dan Remind Me Of Things I Miss The Most 09/17/2017
Steely Dan Remind Me Of Things I Miss The Most In this OBM Podcast episode Rob Esse talks about the unique sounds and studio audio perfection of the band Steely Dan. He discusses one of his favourite Steely Dan songs, Things I Miss The Most, and pays tribute to Walter Becker who recently passed away.
info_outline Steven Wilson Goes To The Bone, But Does He Get To Rob's Heart? 08/31/2017
Steven Wilson Goes To The Bone, But Does He Get To Rob's Heart? Rob Esse checks out an album by artist whose solo work he's never heard before. The artist is Steven Wilson and the recently released album is called 'To The Bone'. The question is, does he capture Rob's heart? The answer lies inside this OBM Podcast episode.
info_outline Tyler Creates Flowers Like A Boy 08/06/2017
Tyler Creates Flowers Like A Boy Rob Esse listens to Tyler, The Creator’s latest album 'Flower Boy'. After not really digging Tyler’s previous work too much, Rob opens his ears to Tyler’s new record to see if he can hear or feel anything that he likes in the music. What does he think?
info_outline Frank Ocean Channels Blonde 07/22/2017
Frank Ocean Channels Blonde In another listener request episode, Rob checks out the Frank Ocean album 'Blonde'. After hearing it when it first came out and not being blown away, Rob returns to it and ends up answering a few questions. Is it an evolution? Is it a revolution? Is it a solid record?