#215: Interview with John Davis of Superdrag and The Lees of Memory

February 24, 2015

Joining us this week is John Davis of Superdrag and The Lees of Memory. We discuss how The Lees of Memory formed, writing and recording the debut Sisyphus Says released last year, and plans for touring and the second album due out later in 2015. John tells us about his musical up bringing, getting his first guitar, playing in a variety of real and imagined bands, before hooking up with the guys who would form Superdrag. From there, we discuss the pros and cons of working with a major label in the 1990s, how age can alter the perception of lyrics written over a decade ago,  the importance of publishing in keeping a band together, and we get an impromptu drum solo from a young member of the Davis clan. John also explains his decision to (temporarily) put the Superdrag name to rest and record as a solo artist, then front Epic Ditch before taking Superdrag for one last spin.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - We Are Siamese by The Lees of Memory

4:36 - Deliquesce by The Lees of Memory

28:26 - Pine Away by Superdrag

43:51 - Bankrupt Vibration by Superdrag

1:06:19 - Drag Me Closer To You by Superdrag

1:16:58 - I Hear Your Voice by John Davis

1:28:52 - Singular Form by Epic Ditch

Outro - Little Fallen Star

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#214: Attack of the Grey Lantern by Mansun

February 17, 2015

Thanks to a Requested Review, we're able to continue our Britpop month with Mansun and their debut released from 1997, Attack of the Grey Lantern. We (re)discover the perils of trying to review a record released with different versions for the US and UK on various streaming platforms, and not communicating about it before the review. Still, we managed to form some coherent thoughts about a band that draws as much from their nearby Britpop influences as American bands from decades earlier.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Take It Easy, Chicken

5:07 - History of the Band

10:32 - Stripper Vicar

16:05 - Wide Open Space

22:46 - The Chad Who Loved Me / Millennium (Robbie Williams)

Outro - Taxloss

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#213: Discussion on Britpop

February 10, 2015

For our Britpop round table, we're joined by returning guests Neal Schmitt and Andy Derer, as well as newbie Jim Kopeny. We talk about how we discovered Britpop and our favorite bands and albums of the era, discuss the effect of "Noelrock" and Wonderwall on the second wave of Britpop bands, and legacy Britpop left behind.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Connection by Elastica

3:54 - When & Where We Discovered Britpop

11:02 - Albums That Have Stood The Test of Time and Haven't

11:51 - King of the Kerb by Echobelly

16:36 - Are The Verve Britpop/What Makes the Britpop Sound?

24:14 - A Design For Life by Manic Street Preachers

30:36 - "Noelrock" and the Wonderwall Effect

35:57 - One-Hit Wonders

36:59 - Hey Dude by Kula Shaker

43:01 - Discussion on Pulp

52:49 - Legacy of Britpop/Post-Britpop

Outro - Pick A Part That's New by Stereophonics

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#212: Your Arsenal by Morrissey

February 3, 2015

This week's Requested Review kicks off our Britpop month with one of the Godfather's of the sound, Morrissey, and his 1992 album Your Arsenal. While Morrissey's partnership with Johnny Marr in The Smiths produced legendary results, his output as a solo artists hasn't been nearly as consistent or compelling. With a new band for this album, do they match the lyrical aspirations of Morrissey? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Glamorous Glue

3:44 - History of the Band

11:47 - You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side

15:16 - We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful

17:57 - Certain People I Know

20:18 - Glamorous Glue

26:42 - The National Front Disco

Outro - We'll Let You Know

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#211: Interview with Kellii Scott of Failure

January 27, 2015

Joining us this week is Kellii Scott of the recently reunited Failure, who will release their first new (and fourth overall) album this Spring (most likely May). Kellii takes us through his drumming history, starting out listening to AC/DC and Rush records while staring at KISS Alive artwork, through his move to Los Angeles and starting out with Liquid Jesus before joining Failure. He shares the story of how he joined Failure (and almost blew it), through the making of Fantastic Planet to the demise of the band, as well as his post Failure gigs playing with Blinker the Star and Veruca Salt, as well as a drumming for Linda Perry, up to the writing and recording of the as-yet-untitled album (we tried to get it out of him!) in progress. How are Failure songs written? Is Fantastic Planet a concept album? What was the catalyst for the band reuniting? Can a band with "mystique" survive in the social media world? We answer all these questions and many more.

Note: the sound quality is a little bumpy for the first six or so minutes thanks to a choppy phone connection, but clears up after that.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - The Focus by Failure

9:52 - The Colourful Ones by Liquid Jesus

25:46 - Let It Drip (Demo) by Failure

37:03 - Heliotropic by Failure

56:49 - Enjoy The Silent (Depeche Mode cover) by Failure

1:09:44 - Lift Me Up by Christina Aguilera

1:15:17 - So Weird by Veruca Salt

Outro - Come Crashing by Failure

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#210: Blues for the Red Sun by Kyuss

January 20, 2015

Our Requested Review for this week is Blues for the Red Sun by Kyuss from 1992. Desert rock, stoner rock, metal - whatever you call it, it's heavy, and their sound has influenced bands like Mastodon, Baroness and many more for over twenty years.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Green Machine

6:54 - History of the Band

20:32 - Molten Universe

26:30 - Freedom Run

29:13 - Writhe

35:20 - Thong Song

Outro - Allen's Wrench

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#209: Discussion on Favorite and Forgotten Albums of 1995

January 13, 2015

This week, we tread new water with our first round table discussion. Joining us are Aaron Perrino of The Sheila Divine and Chip Midnight of Kids Interview Bands to revisit the albums of 1995. First we dive into our favorites from 1995 that still stand the test of time before heading in the other direction, albums that we used to love, but not so much anymore. 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Fig Dish - Bury Me

3:33 - The Abbreviated History of 1990s Music

6:45 - Favorite Albums from 1995

29:16 - Foo Fighters discussion

31:07 - Not So Favorite Albums from 1995

43:10 - Neil Young discussion

49:59 - White Zombie discussion

Outro - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane
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#208: Hi-Fi Sci-Fi by Dramarama

January 6, 2015

Our first review of 2015 is a request to check out the 1993 album Hi-Fi Sci-Fi by Dramarama. Best known for their mid-eighties single "Anything, Anything," Hi-Fi Sci-Fi was the last recording from the band for over a decade. The sound is more refined from their earlier recordings, and incorporates a wide range of influences into their brand of rock that borders on pop punk one minute and Stones-y ballads the next. The album didn't make much of a dent commercially in '93, does it deserve a second listen? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Shadowless Heart

4:08 - Anything, Anything

5:47 - History of the Band

12:46 - Work for Food

15:05 - Senseless Fun

22:05 - Prayer

29:35 - Bad Seed

Outro - Right On Baby, Baby

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#207: Season Four in Review

December 30, 2014

This week, we wrap up 2014 and our fourth season of Dig Me Out out with a list of our five favorite new tunes we discovered, as well as our favorite album of the year.

We've got big news about our bigger and better 2015 season, and at the end, we give away our second Requested Review thank you prize.

Thanks to everyone who made our fourth year great - our listeners, our guests, our donators - here's to an even better 2015!

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#206: The Sun Is Often Out by Longpigs

December 23, 2014

We wrap up our reviews for 2014 with a Requested Review of the Longpigs, and their 1996 debut album The Sun Is Often Out. Smack dab in the middle of Britpop hysteria, Longpigs deliver an album that finds itself somewhere between the very British Suede and Pulp, while also nodding to bigger idea bands like Radiohead and Blur, while still maintaining a unique approach thanks to the guitar work of Richard Hawley. But is that enough? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - She Said

3:13 - On And On

5:23 - History of the Band

15:34 - Elvis

19:38 - Lost Myself

25:19 - Over Our Bodies

29:02 - Jesus Christ

Outro - Dozen Wicked Words

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