Are the Grammys an irrelevant anachronism, rewarding the undeserving and ignoring the award-worthy? Do they perpetuate gender and racial inequalities within the music industry and reflect traditionalist, rockist tendencies? According to Rob, David and Amy, who discuss the issues in Episode 26 of Sounding Bored, the answer to both questions is a resounding yes. To be honest, they're remarkably restrained in their criticisms of those behind the Grammys (who, for instance, saw fit to invite Sting and Shaggy to perform, but not Lorde, an actual nominee) and far too polite about this year's big winner, Bruno Mars.
In a break from the regular format, there's no featured album of the month, with the second half of the show dedicated to a discussion of music podcasts, which touches on personal favourites and recommendations, the motivations behind recording them and the tricky issue of economics.