#241: Interview with Dale Crover of the Melvins

August 25, 2015

For our latest episode, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dale Cover, drummer and occasional guitar/bass player for the MelvinsAltamontFantomasNirvana and Broken Bat. To say this was a “wide-ranging” interview would be an under statement, as the two-plus hours interview spent about half the time talking music, the rest covering topics such as children’s birthday parties, Texas BBQ spots, European coffee, Ohio accents, and at one point Dale turns the tables and interviews us. We’re presenting this unedited in glorious raw form, and we hope you enjoy.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Queen

Outro - Sweet Willy Rollbar
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#240: Round Table Discussion on Punk in the 90s

August 18, 2015

For our latest round table discussion, we’re revisiting punk rock of the 1990s with a pair of special guests: author and podcaster Eric Grubbs, and music writer Scott Colvin. We trace how the 80s punk underground paved the way for the 90s mainstream explosion, dissect the various punk sub-genres, discuss the overlooked gems, tackle the “sell out” label, and much more. Who’s punk, what’s the score? We try to figure it out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Ruby Soho by Rancid

15:20 - Save Your Generation by Jawbreaker

24:22 - Welcome to Paradise (Kerplunk version) by Green Day

43:05 - Firestorm by Earth Crisis

56:11 - On A Rope by Rocket From The Crypt

Outro - Someday I Suppose by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

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#239: The Heart Is A Monster by Failure with Kellii Scott

August 11, 2015

Back in January, Kellii Scott of Failure joined us to discuss the reunion of his band, his career in music, and their in-progress recordings. Eight months later, the album has been released, so it’s the perfect time to have Kellii back on to talk about Failure’s new album, their fourth overall and first in nineteen years, The Heart Is A Monster. To help us do so, we’re rejoined by our old friend Keith Jenkins, who revisited Fantastic Planet with us way back on episode #12. We talk writing, recording, mixing and touring the new album, plus learn more interesting anecdotes from Kellii, like auditioning for Queens of the Stone Age and why he’ll never be on a Desert Sessions recording (hint: it’s too hot), how the democratic process influences his preferred number of band members, what’s the best tank-driving song on THIAM, what a Pledge campaign is really like for bands, how softer is sometimes better when recording drums, why it’s good to have an app on your phone to order food in the studio, and much, much more. Grab a beverage and a snack, and plant yourself in a comfortable chair for this two-plus hour in-depth discussion.

Songs in this episode:

Intro - The Focus

19:42 - Hot Traveler

36:33 - A.M. Amnesia

57:51 - Atom City Queen

1:19:10 - Counterfeit Sky

1:37:58 - Mulholland Drive

1:57:12 - The Focus

Outro - I Can See Houses

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#238: Apple by Mother Love Bone

August 4, 2015

It’s been twenty-five years since Mother Love Bone released their one and only album, Apple. Neither hair metal nor grunge, the band bridged an interesting time between the 80s and 90s. To help us revisit, we’re joined by Eric Peterson of the Love That Album podcast to talk Mother Love Bone, Andrew Wood, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, the Singles soundtrack and much more.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Stardog Champion

4:01 - History of the Band

27:28 - Gentle Groove

31:36 - Mr. Danny Boy

47:48 - Man of Golden Words

Outro - Crown of Thorns

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#237: The Real Ramona by Throwing Muses

July 28, 2015

We’re checking out Throwing Muses 1991 album The Real Ramona, that last to feature Tanya Donelly as a full time member alongside Kristin Hersh. There is plenty to like about the twin-guitar attack and layered vocals of Donelly and Hersh, but a few we had a few complaints as well. Are we are on target, or do our criticisms miss the mark? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Counting Backwards

4:13 - Not Too Soon

5:49 - History of the Band

13:12 - Honeychain

17:04 - Ellen West

Outro - Say Goodbye

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#236: Round Table Discussion - Most Influential 90s Bands & Artists

July 21, 2015

We’re back with another round table discussion, this month we’re discussing the influential bands of the 90s. Which bands from the 90s are we shocked became influential? Which bands from the 90s should have been more influential, but aren’t? Too help us break it down, we have a pair of special guests - video music director Shawn Michael Foster, and Eric Peterson of the Love That Album podcast. The Flaming Lips, Mother Love Bone, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and more, agree - disagree? Let the debate begin!

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Longview by Green Day

8:17 - Stardog Champion by Mother Love Bone

18:59 - March of the Pigs by Nine Inch Nails

31:33 - Get It On by Turbonegro

53:54 - We Are The Normal by Goo Goo Dolls

Outro - Super Bon Bon by Soul Coughing

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#235: Interview with Chris Wyse of Owl, Ace Frehley and More

July 14, 2015

Joining us this week is Chris Wyse, whose rock ‘n roll resume includes past stints with Ozzy Osbourne and The Cult, and who now holds down the low end for Ace Frehley when not fronting his own band Owl. While he spent the better part of the late 80s and early 90s in his own bands, Chris tells us about his decision to leave his home in New York and cross the country to Los Angeles in the mid-90s. Thanks to a relationship with mega-producer Bob Rock, Chris was able to play with a wide array of musicians, and was a part of the Tal Bachman band responsible for the Top 10 single “She’s So High.” From there, Chris went on to work with Scott WeilandNina Gordon of Veruca SaltMick Jagger, and eventually landed one the audition spots for Metallica, as seen in the documentary Some Kind of Monster. Chris takes us through it all, talks songwriting, equipment and the importance of music education in this wide-ranging interview.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - The Right Thing by Owl

3:56 - Things You Can’t See by Owl

29:31 - She’s So High by Tal Bachman

34:21 - War (The Process) by The Cult

43:48 - Strangeways (Live) by Ace Frehley

1:02:04 - Starship by Ace Frehley

Outro - Destroyer by Owl

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#234: 001 by Dovetail Joint

July 7, 2015

This week we’re revisiting the 1999 album 001 by Dovetail Joint. With radio-friendly singles and sharp songwriting, Dovetail Joint were a Chicago band that could have had Smashing Pumpkins or Veruca Salt level success a few years earlier in the decade, but the shifting radio and label landscape worked against them as guitar-centric rock bands took a back seat to third-generation grunge knock-offs, mall-punk and manufactured pop. We dissect the album track-by-track to figure out what makes (spolier alert) 001 a worthy album.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Beautiful

3:14 - History of the Band

10:19 - Beautiful

15:15 - Level on the Inside

21:14 - Boy

23:37 - Except When You’re Late

33:00 - Afraid

Outro - Oh My God

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#233: Acetone by Acetone

June 30, 2015

Our requested review this week is the third album by Acetone, 1997′s self-titled release. Like one-time label mates Low, Acetone delivers a slow and deliberate performance with sparse arrangements and mostly hushed vocals. Rarely do Tim and Jason find themselves in almost total agreement on a record, but in this case they do. Tune in to find out if that is a good or bad thing. We apologize for the brief interruption discussing the new season of True Detective, which we have dubbed Sad Detective.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Every Kiss

3:19 - History of the Band

10:33 - Shobud

16:20 - Chew

19:44 - All You Know

Outro - Dee

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#232: Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev

June 23, 2015

Thanks to a recent request, this week we are checking out the 1998 album Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev. Hailed at the time by critics in the US and UK, the orchestral arrangements combined with Flaming Lips style psychedelia helped make Deserter’s Songs a landmark album the helped usher in a decade of bands expanding on both. But age can make the adventurous seem tame, does Deserter’s Song stand the test of time, and is it still worthy of album of the year status? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro: The Funny Bird

3:18 - History of the Band

17:39 - Endlessly

25:59 - Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp

29:06 - Hudson Line

Outro - Opus 40

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