#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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#205: Gone by Beasts of Bourbon

December 16, 2014

We're back with another Requested Review, and this week we're checking out the 1997 album Gone by Sydney, Australia's Beasts of Bourbon. With a career spanning over thirty years, BOB's output has been relatively small at only six full-length albums, but their influence, as well as the bands connected to BOB, has been felt world wide. 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Saturated

3:23 - History of the Band

10:32 - Makem Cry

14:18 - Saturated

16:09 - I Suppose

20:11 - Get On

Outro - So Long

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#204: Scared Straight by New Bomb Turks

December 9, 2014

This week we take on Columbus, Ohio punk rock legends the New Bomb Turks. While Green Day, The Offspring and Rancid were tacking punk rock to the mainstream, bands like the Turks forged a louder, more aggressive path along side Rock From The Crypt, influencing the sounds of The Hives and Hellacopters with their Chuck Berry and Rolling Stones riffage on overdrive. Their 1996 album Scared Straight finds the band in new territory, going beyond the vocal, guitar, bass and drum set-up. Does it work? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Hammerless Nail

4:24 - History of the Band

9:15 - Hammerless Nail

14:31 - Professional Againster

15:49 - Wrest Your Hands

23:16 - Bachelor's High

Outro - Jukebox Lean

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#203: The Lizard by Saigon Kick

December 2, 2014

This week we revisit the 1992 sophomore album The Lizard by Saigon Kick. With sounds the recall a diverse group of bands such as Alice in Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, King's X and even the Beatles, The Lizard is a confusing journey the produces some very high highs and some very low lows. Is it an album worth checking out? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Hostile Youth

2:58 - Love Is On The Way

5:28 - History of the Band

11:51 - God of 42nd Street

13:26 - All I Want

19:27 - Peppermint Tribe

21:47 - All Alright

Outro - Freedom

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#202: Interview of Clay Tarver of Chavez

November 25, 2014

Joining us this week is Clay Tarver, guitarist of Chavez, to talk about the history of the band and their two releases for Matador Records, 1995's Gone Glimmering and 1996's Ride The Fader. We go deep into the past, present and future of the band, dig into their connection to Ohio via Guided By Voices and the New Bomb Turks, explore the development of the Chavez sound, how Zwan uncovered an unknown Chavez fanbase, discuss the possibility of a new Chavez album, and much, much more. And that's not the half of it, as we revisit his time pre-Chavez in Bullet LaVolta, how college roommate Donal Logue lead him to J.J. Abrams and a career in screenwriting, and working with Mike Judge on the HBO show Silicon Valley.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Break Up You Band

6:54 - Cold Joys

24:25 - Repeat The Ending

36:58 - You Faded

40:10 - Peeled Out Too Late

43:53 - Break Up Your Band

52:33 - The Ghost By The Sea

56:48 - Flight '96

1:33:57 - Wakeman's Air

Outro - Top Pocket Man

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