Talk the Line

Talk the Line
In Talk the Line our favourite bands and celebs talk about their secret - and not so secret - fascinations, passions and obsessions with ex-BBC Radio 1’s Jen Long. The podcast is brought to you by The Line of Best Fit - the UK’s biggest independent website for music discovery.

74: Tancred on Harry Potter
Dec 24, 2018 • 32 min
In the final episode of our first season, Jess Abbott from Tancred talks to host Jen Long about a shared passion: the world of Harry Potter.
73: Einar Örn on Whispers
Dec 24, 2018 • 31 min
Einar Örn has been famously described as the first punk in Iceland. He played alongside Björk in in the early 80s anarcho-punk outfit Kukl before joining her as a founding member of The Sugarcubes. In recent years he’s collaborated with Damon Albarn and…
72: Sigtryggur Baldursson on Climate Change
Dec 21, 2018 • 33 min
Sigtryggur Baldursson - a founding member of The Sugarcubes alongside Björk - and key figure in the Iceland music scene over four decades - tells us about his concerns for the planet in a special podcast recorded at this year’s Iceland Airwaves festival.
71: Milkywhale on Entrepreneurialism
Nov 29, 2018 • 29 min
Milkywhale was born out of a performative project for dance school and has become one of Iceland’s most inventive pop artists. Today’s we’re talking to one half of the duo, Melkorka Magnusdottir, about entrepreneurialism.
70: Mr Silla on Anime
Nov 16, 2018 • 26 min
Musician, visual artist and former Múm vocalist Sigurlaug Gisladóttir has been a mainstay of the tightly-knit Icelandic music scene for more than a decade - much of that as part of solo-project-come-collective Mr. Silla. In a special podcast recorded at…
69: Jim White on Scavenging
Oct 29, 2018 • 33 min
DIY outlier musician Jim White tells us about his passion for finding old things in a special podcast recorded at this year’s End of the Road Festival.
68: Alessia Cara on Growing Pains
Oct 16, 2018 • 28 min
Canadian popstar and singer/songwriter Alessia Cara talks about the awkwardness of adolescence.
67: Japanese Breakfast on Korean Food
Oct 3, 2018 • 26 min
Michelle Zauner - aka Philadelphia pop experimentalist Japanese Breakfast - talks about her love of Korean food to host Jen Long.
66: The Joy Formidable on Utah
Sep 19, 2018 • 37 min
Rhiannon “Ritzy” Bryan from Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable talks about her experiences of living in Utah. The band’s new record AAARTH drops on 28 September via Hassle Records.
65: Samm Henshaw on Comic Book Adaptations
Sep 3, 2018 • 35 min
Rising R&B star and comic book obsessive Samm Henshaw chats to Jen Long about how his favourite books have made it to the big and small screens.
64: Interpol on Boxing
Aug 21, 2018 • 31 min
Interpol frontman Paul Banks explains the noble art of boxing to Jen Long. The band’s sixth album Marauder is released on 24 August via Matador.
63: Miles Kane on American Wrestling (WWE)
Aug 6, 2018 • 30 min
Miles Kane joins presenter Jen Long to explore his passion for WWE - American Wrestling.With a career stretching back to his mid-teens, Kane’s been one of indie rock’s most prolific collaborators - notably as part of The Last Shadow Puppets, the band he…
62: Mikky Ekko on Lucid Dreaming
Jul 20, 2018 • 44 min
Singer/Songwiter and Rihanna-collaborator Mikky Ekko joins presenter Jen Long to share his fascination with controlling what happens in your dreams. You can take the Japanese Cube Test mentioned in this episode on David Wolfe’s website.
61: Clap Your Hands Say Yeh on La Liga
Jul 13, 2018 • 40 min
Alec Ounsworth is the Pennsylvania-born frontman of Clap Your Hands Say Yeh, one of the most loved US indie bands of the last decade thanks largely to their self-titled 2005 debut and its follow up Some Loud Thunder. The band’s most recent album The…
60: Tom Grennan on the World Cup
Jul 6, 2018 • 40 min
Rising star Tom Grennan tells us why football’s coming home this year as we explore the unique appeal of the World Cup.
59: Lucy Rose on Being Boring
Jun 29, 2018 • 48 min
British singer/songwriter Lucy Rose tells us about the joys of being boring.
58: Two Door Cinema Club on Northern Ireland and The Troubles
Jun 22, 2018 • 53 min
Kevin Baird is a founding member of Two Door Cinema Club, probably the most successful rock band to ever come out of Northern Ireland. The three members of Two Door met as teenagers in Bangor and made their TV debut at the age of sixteen on a BBC TV music…
57: Stella Donnelly on the Menstrual Cycle
Jun 15, 2018 • 39 min
Stella Donnelly was born and raised in Wales before moving to Australia at the age of ten. Fifteen years later she’s one of her adopted country’s brightest musical hopes, abandoning her plans to study social work at University in favour of signing to…
56: The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn on Baseball
Jun 8, 2018 • 40 min
Minnesota-born Craig Finn is the frontman of The Hold Steady and as a huge baseball fan has never been shy about his support for hometown team the Minnesota Twins, even penning a fight song for them back in 2010 - and today we’re talking to him about why…
55: We Are Scientists on Jack Reacher
Jun 1, 2018 • 59 min
Chris and Keith from We Are Scientists go deep in chat on their literary obsession: Jack Reacher, the fictional character created by British author Lee Child.
54: Neko Case on warrior women
May 25, 2018 • 42 min
Legendary singer and performer Neko Case tells us why she’s inspired by the warrior women of history.
53: Harry from Peace on Yoga
May 17, 2018 • 40 min
Harry Koisser, the frontman of Peace, used to embrace the lifestyle of a metropolitan rockstar but when Peace relocated to a farmhouse in the middle of a forest miles away from civilisation to write their new record Kindness Is the New Rock and Roll, he…
52: Tove Styrke on Personality
May 10, 2018 • 42 min
Swedish pop star Tove Styrke tells us about her fascination with personality.
51: Max Richter on Haruki Murakami
May 3, 2018 • 46 min
Max Richer - one of the first composers to combine classical and electronic elements with a post rock sensibility – tells us out one of his favourite writers, the Japanese-born Haruki Murakami.
50: Andrew W.K. on Partying
Apr 27, 2018 • 47 min
Partying hard remains integral to everything California-born legendary Andrew W.K. does - he’s built a life philosophy around it – and (of course) that’s what we’re talking to Andrew about today for our fiftieth episode!
49: Alexis Taylor on Vuokko Nurmesniemi
Apr 20, 2018 • 51 min
Alexis Taylor, the co-founder of the legendary Hot Chip is obsessed with Finnish-born Vuokko Nurmesniemi , the creator of Marimekko’s iconic Jokapoika shirt.
48: Jamz Supernova on Shonda Rhimes and the Shondaverse
Apr 13, 2018 • 42 min
South East London-born DJ and presenter Jamz Supernova is a TV boxset junkie and for this episode of Talk The Line we’re discussing the work of Shonda Rhimes, the hugely influential television producer, screenwriter, and author who created shows such as…
47: Justin from The Vaccines on Running and Mental Health
Apr 6, 2018 • 39 min
The Vaccines singer Justin explores the relationship between running and mental health.
46: Kate Nash on Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Mar 30, 2018 • 57 min
At the age of 21 singer/songwriter Kate Nash won a BRIT Award and over the last ten years has balanced a successful music and acting career.She’s releasd four albums to date and her latest Yesterday Forever was inspired by her adolescent diaries and the…
45: Lissie on Beekeeping
Mar 23, 2018 • 44 min
Two years ago Rock Island, Illinois born-singer Lissie moved out of the orbit of the music industry machine and back to her native Midwest. Empowered by the success of her last record - which she released independently - she decided it was time for a life…
44: Tracey Thorn on London Walking
Mar 16, 2018 • 42 min
Across four decades Tracey Thorn’s songs and writing have offered up a clear-eyed woman’s view of the immediate world around her; from the acerbic teen love songs of her first early-eighties band Marine Girls, through sixteen years as one half of…
43: Spector’s Fred Macpherson on Pizza Express
Mar 8, 2018 • 53 min
Fred Macpherson was already a mainstay of the East London indie scene before forming Spector in 2011. Playing their first shows at Efes Snooker Club in East London, the hype around the group around Spector rose quickly resulting in them signing with…
42: The Staves on Fantasy Fiction
Mar 2, 2018 • 55 min
The Staves are Emily, Jessica and Camilla - three sisters who cut their teeth performing together at open-mic nights in Watford, their home city an hour North of London.The trio put out their first EP in 2010 and backed up Tom Jones on his comeback gospel…
41: Fischerspooner on Food and Memory
Feb 23, 2018 • 38 min
Fischerspooner began as a performance art piece in New York City at the end of the last century. They played their very first performance at a Manhattan Starbucks, which ultimately transformed into a spectacle that ushered in the electroclash scene. With…
40: JFDR on Matcha
Feb 17, 2018 • 42 min
Jófríður Ákadóttir - one of Iceland’s most talented and productive young musicians tell us about her obsession with matcha, against the backdrop of Kumiko, a teahouse in the hip Grandi area of Reykjavík.
39: Káryyn on Meditation
Feb 9, 2018 • 43 min
Multi-disciplinary artist, electronic musician, vocalist and producer Káryyn tells us about how the importance of meditation in her life.
38: Kojey Radical on Mixed Martial Arts
Feb 2, 2018 • 47 min
London-based rapper and poet Kojey Radical tells us in detail about his passion for mixed martial arts.
37: Dream Wife on Storytelling
Jan 26, 2018 • 47 min
Punk trio Dream Wife came together while they were studying visual arts at Brighton University, with roommates Rakel and Bella roping in fellow student Alice to create a fake girl band for a course project.Of course the fake band proved to be something of…
36: Marika Hackman on Condiments
Jan 19, 2018 • 30 min
British singer/songwriter Marika Hackman’s had an incredible 18 months - last year’s album “I’m Not Your Man” ditched the pastoral folk sound of her debut and found her treading new ground, asserting her credentials as one of the UK’s most fierce and…
35: Metronomy’s Joe Mount on Architecture
Jan 12, 2018 • 37 min
Joe Mount is the mastermind behind Metronomy, one of the UK’s most inventive, loved and successful bands. Joe formed Metronomy as a teenage bedroom project in his home town of Totnes, Devon and it took shape when he moved to Brighton to study music and…
34: Bright Light Bright Light on Cult Movies With Strong Female Leads
Dec 29, 2017 • 48 min
Rod Thomas grew up in Neath where he passed the time learning how to play as many different instruments as he could. Moving to London he started busking at Liverpool Street tube station and playing solo shows under his own name with an acoustic guitar and…
33: Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson on Paganism
Dec 22, 2017 • 41 min
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson’s a career as a professional musician dates back to the early ’70s. He’s worked with the likes of Björk, Current 93 and Psychic TV. As a composer he’s worked on more than twenty-five films, including the award-winning score for the…
32: Rae Morris on Christmas
Dec 15, 2017 • 47 min
Singer and songwriter Rae Morris signed a record at just 17 after years of gigging around the North with her mum and dad as tour managers. She released her first album Unguarded in 2015 and has lent her vocals to to the likes of Clean Bandit, Bombay…
31: Naughty Boy on Home Cooking
Dec 8, 2017 • 36 min
Under the name of Naughty Boy, producer Shahid Khan has been behind some of the most successful pop music of the last few years. As a seventeen year old growing up in Watford, Shahid was turned onto the possibilities of music after hearing Timbaland and…
30: Annie Hart on managing your band’s finances
Dec 1, 2017 • 38 min
Annie Hart made her name as one third of Au Revoir Simone, a band she initially formed almost fifteen years ago after befriending Erika Forster on a trainride from New York to Vermont. Along with Heather D’Angelo, Au Revoir Simone have released four…
29: Natti from Fickle Friends on Yuval Harari’s Sapiens
Nov 23, 2017 • 44 min
Natti Shiner is the principle singer, songwriter and synth player in Fickle Friends, the hardest working indie-pop band in the UK right now.Natti was born in the mountains of Switzerland, but raised in Devon and the New Forest by her bohemian Madonna and…
28: Torres on ASMR
Nov 17, 2017 • 33 min
Torres - aka 26-year-old musician Mackenzie Scott - talks about her experiences of ASMR and its triggers.Three Futures, Torres’ third album, was released last month and grew out of the idea that music could be enjoyed and experienced by all five senses.…
27: Ólafur Arnalds on Collaboration
Nov 10, 2017 • 45 min
Ólafur Arnalds is one of Iceland’s top composers and probably best known in the UK for his BAFTA-award winning score to the television show Broadchurch.Only just in his thirties, Ólafur has carved our a career that’s seen him work with the likes of Nils…
26: The Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci Jr. on Animals
Nov 3, 2017 • 27 min
Before he joined The Killers in 2002, Ronnie Vanucci Jr was a well known drummer on the Las Vegas scene had played in in everything from a ska-punk to a covers band called Free Food, who played at prisons and homeless shelters.He beginning drumming at the…
25: Murr from Impractical Jokers on Conspiracy Theories
Oct 26, 2017 • 45 min
James Murray - aka Murr - is a member of comedy collective The Tenderloins who found fame on hit Comedy Central show Impractical Jokers.One of four friends who met 27 years ago in a High School religious education class, Murr was working for the Staten…
24: Högni on Basketball
Oct 20, 2017 • 43 min
Högni Egilsson is one of the most recognisable faces and voices in Icelandic music. A member of the legendary electronic collective Gus Gus since 2011, he’s also carved out a career with the bands Hjaltalín and Gluteus Maximus.Högni mastered the violin,…
23: Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch on The Human Condition
Oct 12, 2017 • 49 min
Spirituality and religion have been re-ocurring themes in the lyrics of Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch. In this episode of Talk The Line we talk to him about one of the grandest themes we’ve ever tackled: The Human Condition.Catch up with our…
22: Charly Bliss frontwoman Eva Hendricks and Comic Books
Oct 5, 2017 • 36 min
Eva Hendricks is the effervescent frontwoman of Brooklyn power pop band Charly Bliss. Made up of four friends who all went to school together, the band formed in 2014 and also includes Eva’s brother Sam.Earlier year they released their first album Guppy,…
21: Spacebomb’s Cameron Ralston and Gardening
Sep 29, 2017 • 39 min
Cameron Ralston is the house bassist and a producer for Spacebomb, a collective of musicians based in Richmond, Virginia, who set up a record label and production company based around a house band. They followed a model established by the likes of Stax or…
20: Anne Marie and Body Image
Sep 21, 2017 • 43 min
BRITs-nominated popstar Anne-Marie talks about the challenges women and girls face in living up to somebody else’s idea of the perfect body. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
19: Kris Hallenga and Cornwall
Sep 15, 2017 • 48 min
Kris Hallenga has one of the most inspiring stories of our times. After being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 23 she founded the charity Copafeel with her sister and a mission to educate women about the dangers of late diagnosis. Kris moved to…
18: Julia Jacklin and Magic
Sep 7, 2017 • 38 min
An obsession with magic gave Julia Jacklin an epiphany. She explains why in a special podcast recorded at End of the Road Festival with host Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
17: Kata Mogensen and Imposter Syndrome
Aug 31, 2017 • 43 min
Kata Mogensen, singer with Icelandic band Mammút talks to Jen Long faking it: otherwise known as “imposter syndrome”. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
16: Sink The Pink’s Glyn Fussell and Birds
Aug 25, 2017 • 48 min
Sink the Pink-founder Glyn Fussell began his career as a go-go dancer in Sydney before creating the infamous London club night that’s taken the UK capital’s nightlife by storm. He talks to Jen Long about his love of birds. Catch up with our earlier shows…
15: Nadine Shah and Mental Health
Aug 17, 2017 • 55 min
Singer/songwriter Nadine Shah talks about the taboo of mental health in a revealing chat with Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
14: Vanessa White and ’90s R&B
Aug 10, 2017 • 37 min
After leaving British girl-group The Saturdays, Vanessa White is beginning to carve out a solo career influenced by the music she fell in love with as a child. She tells Jen Long just why she loves ‘90s R&B so much.You can also listen to a companion…
13: Martine McCutcheon and Henry VIII
Aug 3, 2017 • 39 min
Actress, singer and national institution Martine McCutcheon reveals her fascination with 16th-century British monarch Henry VIII. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
12: Amanda Palmer And The Things You’re Not Supposed To Talk About
Jul 27, 2017 • 47 min
Amanda Palmer doesn’t shy away from talking about the difficult things in her life - something that her interviewers often find hard to keep up with. She talks candidly about those things with Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on…
11: Denai Moore and Veganism
Jul 21, 2017 • 44 min
Singer Denai Moore talks about the vegan life and her love of baking to Jen Long. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
10: Oh Wonder and Running
Jul 13, 2017 • 49 min
Oh Wonder’s Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West have taken part in marathons across the world. They tell Jen Long why running matters to them. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
09: Bastille’s Dan Smith and Podcasts
Jul 6, 2017 • 54 min
Bastille’s Dan Smith talks about his favourite podcasts to Jen Long as the pair attempt to understand just why we love them so much. The full list of podcasts Dan recommends are: Serial, This American Life, S-Town, NPRinvisibilia, TED Radio Hour, How I…
08: Alex Cameron and Relationships
Jun 30, 2017 • 51 min
Australian singer/songwriter Alex Cameron talks candidly about love and sex to Jen Long in our most NSFW podcast yet! Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
07: Tim Burgess and Coffee
Jun 21, 2017 • 44 min
The Charlatans-frontman Tim Burgess tells Jen Long about why coffee matters. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
06: Cecile Believe and Scent
Jun 16, 2017 • 44 min
Canadian musician Caila Thompson-Hannant who makes music under the name Cecile Believe - and formerly Mozart’s Sister - talks to Jen Long about her obsession with scent. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:…
05: Douglas Dare and Dressing Up
Jun 6, 2017 • 45 min
Pianist and singer Douglas Dare has released two incredible albums on the much loved Erased Tapes label, home to the likes of Nils Frahm. While his music is often introspective, and understated, Douglas has a big personality that comes to life when he…
04: Árni Árnason and Ástandið
May 22, 2017 • 46 min
Icelandic-born Árni Árnason, bassist with The Vaccines tells Jen Long about his fascination with a strange period in his country’s history, known as ‘Ástandið’ - The Situation. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this…
03: Benjamin Gregory and Hesse
May 5, 2017 • 47 min
Blaenavon have just released their debut album - a record that covers six years of their lives. In conversation with Jen Long, frontman Ben Gregory explores his obsession with German literature and the works of Herman Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke and…
02: Johnny Flynn and Walking
Apr 25, 2017 • 53 min
Johnny Flynn - musician and the star of Netflix show Lovesick - tells Jen Long about walking, rambling and the philosophy of creating your own path. Catch up with our earlier shows by subscribing on Apple Podcasts with this link:
01: Shura and Interstellar
Apr 18, 2017 • 53 min
Jen Long meets UK popstar Shura to find out about her fascination with time, space and the movie Interstellar - while trying to piece together the laws of physics without using Google but with the help of red wine.