#284: Interview with Phil Leavitt and Joie Calio of 7Horse and Dada

June 21, 2016

Joining us this week are Phil Leavitt and Joie Calio currently of the band 7Horse, who just released their third album this spring, Living in a Bitch of a World. You may know 7Horse thanks to The Wolf of Wall Street soundtrack, thanks to Martin Scorcese using their song “Meth Lab Zoso Sticker” in the movie. You might also know them as two-thirds of the band Dada, who released five albums between 1992 and 2004, scoring a successful single earlier in their career with the song “Dizz Knee Land.” We chat about 7Horse, Dada, touring, cds vs vinyl, record labels, crowd funding and much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Meth Lab Zoso Sticker by 7Horse

1:17 - Dizz Knee Land by Dada

4:22 - Low Fuel Drug Run by 7Horse

12:50 - Here Today Gone Tomorrow by Dada

49:21 - Meth Lab Zoso Sticker by 7Horse

Outro - Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees cover) by 7Horse


#283: How Metal Evolved in the 90s Roundtable Discussion

June 14, 2016

Expanding our our Metallica in the 90s roundtable from last month, this week we’re exploring the evolution of metal music in the 1990s. It’s a big job, so to help us take a chronological walk through the decade, joining us are our metal masters Chip MidnightEric Grubbs and DX Ferris.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Metal Medley (Pantera, Megadeth, Prong, Korn, Sepultura)

17:27 - Sea of Sorrow by Alice In Chains

27:00 - Cowboys from Hell by Pantera

40:43 - Bring Tha Noize by Public Enemy (featuring Anthrax)

55:58 - Mama, I’m Coming Home by Ozzy Osbourne

1:12:55 - Stone the Crow - Down

1:32:33 - Green Machine by Kyuss

1:49:06 - Prison Sex by Tool

Outro - Birth Ritual by Soundgarden


#282: 88 CM. Kanone by Sect. 8

June 7, 2016

We’ve got a new requested review, and there’s a good chance this will be a new discovery for everyone who listens to the show. This week we’re checking out the band Sect. 8 from New Jersey, and their album 88 CM. Kanone. As far as we can tell, it’s their only album, though the two members did spend some time in Bone Machine, led by Ted Poley after 80s hair metal band Danger Danger broke up. With elements of King’s X style progressive hard rock, Stone Temple Pilots grunge swagger, shoegaze and more, Sect. 8 provides a mixed bag of styles. But is the quality mixed as well? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Get Over It

8:06 - Choke

11:31- ?

13:52 - Declaration

17:44 - Waco

21:30 - Vampira Divine

Outro - Take Him Out


#281: Winter and Spring 2016 New Album Reviews

May 31, 2016

Since May gave us a bonus Tuesday to post an episode, we decided to try something new, as in new album reviews. We gathered up some of our roundtable regulars and Patreon subscribers, and put together a bunch of reviews for new albums released in the winter and spring of 2016.

Steve Muczynski reviews You Know Who You Are by Nada Surf 
Joe Royland reviews Hidden City by The Cult
Annie Zaleski reviews Night Thoughts by (London) Suede
Annie Zaleski reviews The Narrows by Grant-Lee Phillips
Scott Russell Halgrim reviews Post Society EP by Voivod
Jeff Takacs reviews Weezer (The White Album) by Weezer
Jeff Takacs reviews Patch The Sky by Bob Mould
Jim Kopeny reviews Black Star by David Bowie
Jim Kopeny reviews Distroland by The Dandy Warhols
Eric Grubbs reviews The Astonishing by Dream Theater
Eric Grubbs reviews Protection by Face to Face
Andy Derer reviews Change of Fortune by Soul Asylum
Andy Derer reviews A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead


#280: The Return of John Davis of The Lees of Memory

May 24, 2016

This week John Davis (SuperdragEpic Ditch) returns to chat about the second soon-to-be-released album by The Lees of Memory. We go track-by-track through Unnecessary Evil, talk song origins, recordings, influences, instrumental and mix choices, album artwork and much, much more.

To hear 12 minutes of bonus material, become a subscriber at Patreon.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Unnecessary Evil

13:17 - Any Way But Down

29:12 - XLII

1:04:18 - Artifical Air

1:17:22 - Squared Up

Outro - Stay Down


#279: Metallica in the 90s Round Table

May 17, 2016

The memory remains how much fun we had during our Van Halen In the 90s round table episode last year. The struggle within was to find another artist to fuel our conversation and load up on great guests, because in the end nothing else matters. Mama said Metallica would be our choice, with special guests Annie “Fixxxer” Zaleski (AV ClubSalon and more), “Unforgiven” Eric Grubbs (Do You Know Who You AreDallas Observer and more ) and Matt “Prince Charming” Wardlaw (Ultimate Classic Rock) doing the devil’s dance to determine if it’s sad but true James, Lars, Kirk and Jason trans versed through the never of the 90s as king nothings, or if they were really hero’s of the day.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Enter Sandman from Metallica

44:49 - Until It Sleeps from Load

1:04:32 - Fuel from ReLoad

Outro - The Memory Remains from ReLoad


#278: Trance States in Tongues by Zen Guerrilla

May 10, 2016

After our chat about the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion last week, we decided to go a little further down the 1990s garage rock rabbit hole and check out a band we had both seen live, Zen Guerrilla, and their 1999 album Trance States in Tongues. Whereas JSBX took a more stripped down and deconstructed take on the blues, ZG amps up the tempo and volume to eleven for a high energy brand of rock. But does that come at a cost to the songwriting? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Moonage Daydream (David Bowie cover)

3:01 - History of the Band

8:14 - Preacher’s Promise

12:58 - Ghetto City Version

Outro - Heart Attack


#277: Now I Got Worry by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

May 3, 2016

This week Jim Hanke of the Vinyl Emergency podcast joins us to revisit the 1996 album Now I Got Worry by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. We explore the unique sound and place JSBX has in the overall landscape of 90s music. We also spend the first half of the show reminiscing about our personal recollections of Prince and his impact on our music listening history.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Wail

24:27 - 2Kindsa Love

37:32 - Skunk

Outro - Can’t Stop


#276: Hold Me Up by Goo Goo Dolls

April 26, 2016

With there eleventh album about to be released, we decided it was a perfect time to revisit the Goo Goo Dolls first release of the 1990s. For their third album Hold Me Up from 1990, the band began it’s transition from Robby Takac-led pop/punk band to alternative rock hit-makers of the 2nd half of the decade. This album shows the pieces falling into place, with guitarist John Rzeznik taking the lead vocals on five of the fourteen tracks, up from two on the previous two albums. From track to track, you can hear the past and future of the band colliding, but does that make for a worthwhile overall listening experience? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Never Take The Place of Your Man

18:48 - There You Are

20:48 - Two Days In February

34:59 - Kevin’s Song

Outro - Million Miles Away


#275: Roundtable - Sophomore Slump Revisited - Wax Ecstatic by Sponge

April 19, 2016

We’re kicking off a new roundtable series revisiting the dreaded sophomore slumps of successful bands from the 1990s. The first album we’re checking out is the 1996 album Wax Ecstatic by Sponge with special guests Chip Midnight of KidsInterviewBands.com and Jeff Takacs of Rocketfuel Podcast. With two hit singles and a gold record on their debut Rotting Pinata, their second album took a number of unexpected twists that may have thrown critics and listeners for a loop, but the lack of an killer chorus or hook like on the first record may have doomed them as well. We try to figure out whether or not this sophomore slump is worth redeeming.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Wax Ecstatic (to sell Angelina) from Wax Ecstatic

14:42 - Molly (16 Candles) from Rotting Pinata

23:28 - I Am Anastacia from Wax Ecstatic

Outro - My Baby Said from Wax Ecstatic