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Talk the Line

84 EpisodesProduced by The Line of Best FitWebsite

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

84 Episodes | 2017 - 2021

Beverly Glenn-Copeland on singing the day

April 30th, 2021


Beverly Glenn-Copeland talks to Jen Long about how singing the day helps him through the pandemic.

The reissue of Glenn-Copeland's 1986 masterpiece, Keyboard Fantasies is out now via Transgressive, marking the 35th …

Dodie on knitting

April 23rd, 2021


Dodie talks to Jen Long about how knitting helped her through the lockdowns. Her debut album Build A Problem is released on 7 May 2021.

Royal Blood's Mike Kerr on finding a path to wellbeing during lockdown

April 16th, 2021


Two years sober, Royal Blood vocalist talks to Jen Long about a cleaner way of living during the pandemic. The band's new album Typhoons is released on 30 April 20201.

RAYE on jigsaw puzzles

April 9th, 2021


23-year-old South London-born singer and songwriter Raye talks about discovering a passion for jigsaw puzzles during the pandemic. RAYE's new …

Alex the Astronaut on the joys of TV shows

April 2nd, 2021


Australian singer/songwriter Alexandra Lynn - better known to her fans as Alex the Astronaut speaks to Jen Long about losing herself in tv shows during the pandemic for this episode of Talk The Line. Alex's debut album

Fran Healy on directing

March 26th, 2021


Travis frontman Fran Healy speaks to Jen Long from his LA home about leaning into his love of directing videos during lockdown for this episode of Talk The Line. Travis’ new album 10 Songs is out now on BMG and their …

JP Saxe on Bananagrams

March 19th, 2021


Grammy-nominated Canadian musician and singer-songwriter tells Jen Long how Bananagrams helped him survive the pandemic.

Julien Baker on trail running

March 11th, 2021


Tennessee-born 25-year-old singer/songwriter Julien Baker just dropped her third album Little Oblivions and on this episode she talks to Jen Long …

Lava La Rue on visual arts

March 5th, 2021


As the founding member of the NiNE8 collective, musician, singer and artist Lava La Rue has curated incredible projects across the worlds of art, …

Tom Jones and the art of reimagination

February 25th, 2021


Sir Tom Jones talks to Jen Long about the artists and songs that inspired him on new record Surrounded By Time, and his approach to re-imagining …

Tancred's Jess on her passion for Harry Potter

December 24th, 2018


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.

The Sugarcubes's Einar Örn talks about whispers

December 24th, 2018


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 …

The Sugarcubes' Sigtryggur Baldursson on why climate change matters above all else

December 21st, 2018


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 …

Milkywhale's Melkorka on entrepreneurialism

November 29th, 2018


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 …

Musician, visual artist and Múm vocalist Sigurlaug Gisladóttir - aka Mr. Silla - on her love of anime

November 16th, 2018


Musician, visual artist and former Múm vocalist Sigurlaug Gisladóttir has been a mainstay of the tightly-knit Icelandic music scene for more than a …

Jim White on his passion for finding old things

October 29th, 2018


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 …

Alessia Cara on growing pains and the awkwardness of adolescence

October 16th, 2018


Canadian popstar and singer/songwriter Alessia Cara talks about the awkwardness of adolescence.

Japanese Breakfast's Michelle on her love of Korean food

October 3rd, 2018


Michelle Zauner - aka Philadelphia pop experimentalist Japanese Breakfast - talks about her love of Korean food to host Jen Long.

Ritzy from The Joy Formidable talks about living in Utah

September 19th, 2018


Rhiannon "Ritzy" Bryan from Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable talks about her experiences of living in Utah. 

Samm Henshaw and his favourite comic book adaptations

September 4th, 2018


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.

Interpol's Paul Banks explains the noble art of boxing

August 21st, 2018


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.

Miles Kane and his passion for WWE - American Wrestling

August 6th, 2018


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 …

Mikky Ekko explains how to have lucid dreams

July 20th, 2018


Singer/Songwiter and Rihanna-collaborator Mikky Ekko joins presenter Jen Long to share his fascination with controlling what happens in your dreams. …

Alec from Clap Your Hands Say Yeh and his love of the Spanish premier football league

July 13th, 2018


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 …

Tom Grennan on the World Cup and why football's coming home

July 6th, 2018


Rising star Tom Grennan tells us why football's coming home this year as we explore the unique appeal of the World Cup.

Lucy Rose and the joys of being boring

June 29th, 2018


British singer/songwriter Lucy Rose tells us about the joys of being boring.

Kevin from Two Door Cinema Club on Northern Ireland and The Troubles

June 22nd, 2018


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 …

Stella Donnelly explains the menstrual cycle

June 15th, 2018


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 …

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn on why baseball is the only sport that matters

June 8th, 2018


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 …

Chris and Keith from We Are Scientists explain the appeal of Jack Reacher

June 1st, 2018


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.

Neko Case and why she's inspired by the warrior women of history

May 25th, 2018


Legendary singer and performer Neko Case tells us why she's inspired by the warrior women of history.

Harry from Peace on how he found a new life through meditation and yoga

May 18th, 2018


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 …

Tove Styrke on the concept of personality

May 10th, 2018


Swedish pop star Tove Styrke tells us about her fascination with personality.

Max Richter on his fascination with Haruki Murakami

May 4th, 2018


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.

Andrew W.K. explains why partying hard became his life philosophy

April 27th, 2018


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!

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor and his obsession with Vuokko Nurmesniemi , the creator of Marimekko's iconic Jokapoika shirt

April 20th, 2018


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.

Jamz Supernova takes up deep into the Shondaverse

April 13th, 2018


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, …

The Vaccines' Justin explores the relationship between running and mental health

April 6th, 2018


The Vaccines singer Justin explores the relationship between running and mental health.

Kate Nash on why Buffy The Vampire Slayer is so important to her

March 30th, 2018


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 …

Lissie explains the art of beekeeping

March 23rd, 2018


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 …

Tracey Thorn on the long walks she takes around her hometown of London

March 16th, 2018


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 …

Spector's Fred Macpherson tells the history of Pizza Express

March 9th, 2018


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 …

Emily from The Staves on fantasy fiction and His Dark Materials

March 2nd, 2018


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 …

Fischerspooner's Casey on the links between food and memory

February 23rd, 2018


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 …

JFDR and her obsession with matcha

February 17th, 2018


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.

Káryyn on meditation

February 9th, 2018


Multi-disciplinary artist, electronic musician, vocalist and producer Káryyn tells us about how the importance of meditation in her life. 

Kojey Radical and his passion for mixed martial arts

February 2nd, 2018


London-based rapper and poet Kojey Radical tells us in detail about his passion for mixed martial arts.

Dream Wife's Rakel on monsters, spirits, elves, trolls and the Icelandic art of storytelling

January 26th, 2018


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 …

Marika Hackman and her favourite condiments

January 19th, 2018


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 …

Metronomy's Joe Mount and his fascination with architecture

January 12th, 2018


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 …

Bright Light Bright Light's Rod on his favourite cult movies

December 29th, 2017


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 …

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, hight priest of the Ásatrúarfélagið, explains paganism

December 22nd, 2017


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, …

Rae Morris on the festive season and the bits of Christmas that you don’t celebrate enough

December 15th, 2017


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 …

Naughty Boy and his love of home cooking

December 8th, 2017


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 …

Au Revoir Simone's Annie Hart explains how to manage your band's finances

December 1st, 2017


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 …

Natti from Fickle Friends on Yuval Harari’s Sapiens

November 23rd, 2017


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 …

Torres on her experiences of ASMR and its triggers

November 17th, 2017


Torres - aka 26-year-old musician Mackenzie Scott - talks about her experiences of ASMR and its triggers.

Three Futures, Torres' third album, was …

Ólafur Arnalds and why collaboration other musicians is so vital

November 10th, 2017


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 …

The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci Jr on the food chain and how we relate to animals

November 3rd, 2017


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 …

Murr from Impractical Jokers on conspiracy theories

October 26th, 2017


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 …

Högni on why basketball is most beautiful of all games

October 20th, 2017


Högni Egilsson is one of the most recognisable faces and voices in Icelandic music. A member of the legendary electronic collective Gus Gus since …

Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch on the human condition

October 12th, 2017


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 …

Eva from Charly Bliss on her obsession with comic books

October 5th, 2017


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 …

Spacebomb's Cameron Ralston on gardening

September 29th, 2017


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 …

Anne Marie on the challenges women and girls face in living up to somebody else's idea of the perfect body

September 21st, 2017


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.

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Copafeel founder Kris Hallenga on her love of Cornwall

September 15th, 2017


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 …

Julia Jacklin and her fascination with magic

September 7th, 2017


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.

Mammút's Kata on imposter syndrome

August 31st, 2017


Kata Mogensen, singer with Icelandic band Mammút talks to Jen Long faking it: otherwise known as "imposter syndrome".

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Sink The Pink founder Glyn Fussell on his love of birds

August 25th, 2017


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 …

Nadine Shah and the taboo of mental health

August 17th, 2017


Singer/songwriter Nadine Shah talks about the taboo of mental health in a revealing chat with Jen Long.

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Vanessa White and her love of '90s R&B

August 10th, 2017


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 …

Martine McCutcheon retells the history of Henry VIII

August 3rd, 2017


Actress, singer and national institution Martine McCutcheon reveals her fascination with 16th-century British monarch Henry VIII.

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Amanda Palmer on taboos

July 27th, 2017


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. …

Denai Moore on the vegan life and her love of baking

July 21st, 2017


Singer Denai Moore talks about the vegan life and her love of baking to Jen Long.

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Oh Wonder's Josie and Anthony on running

July 13th, 2017


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.

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Bastille's Dan Smith on his favourite podcasts

July 6th, 2017


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 …

Alex Cameron on sex and relationships

June 30th, 2017


Australian singer/songwriter Alex Cameron talks candidly about love and sex to Jen Long in our most NSFW podcast yet!

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Tim Burgess on why he launched his own brand of coffee

June 21st, 2017


The Charlatans-frontman Tim Burgess tells Jen Long about why coffee matters.

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Cecile Believe on scent and smells

June 16th, 2017


Canadian musician and SOPHIE collaborator Caila Thompson-Hannant who makes music under the name Cecile Believe talks to Jen Long about her obsession …

Douglas Dare on drag

June 6th, 2017


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 …

Árni from The Vaccines on a strange situation from Iceland - 'Ástandið'

May 22nd, 2017


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.

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Blaenavon's Benjamin Gregory on Herman Hesse, Rainer Maria Rilke and Friedrich Dürrenmatt

May 5th, 2017


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 …

Johnny Flynn on walking, rambling and the philosophy of creating your own path

April 26th, 2017


Johnny Flynn - musician and the star of Netflix show Lovesick - tells Jen Long about walking, rambling and the philosophy of creating your own path.

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Shura on time, space and the movie Interstellar

April 18th, 2017


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.

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