#228: Interview with Stephen Brodsky of Cave In and Mutoid Man

May 26, 2015

Joining us this week is singer, guitarist and songwriter Stephen Brodsky of Cave InMutoid Man and many other projects. Stephen takes us back to the beginning: bootlegging Metallica onto cassettes to practice guitar licks, early grade school jams and trying to figure out how to get distortion. We explore his his high school years, discovering hardcore (and hating it at first) and what eventually led to the formation of Cave In. We discuss the evolution of the band, from the “metalcore” beginnings to the transition to Jupiter and the fan backlash that ensued from that album onto Antenna. We get into his newest project, Mutoid Man, and contemplate the current state of “metal” music. We cover reissues, guitar rigs and much, much more. Enjoy!

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Big Riff

30:48 - Terminal Deity by Cave In

43:11 - Jupiter by Cave In

1:00:31 - Reptilian Soul by Mutoid Man

1:07: 26 - Magnified by Cave In (Failure cover)

Outro - Requiem

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#227: Trysome Eatone by Love Spit Love

May 19, 2015

This week’s Requested Review features Richard Butler’s post-Psychedelic Furs project Love Spit Love. We’re checking out the second (and final) album from the band, 1997′s Trysome Eatone. Butler is able to inject his unique melodic and vocal style with some new blood thanks to new players and a wide range of sounds. Sometimes the band evokes his previous band, other times the louder more aggressive rock of the 90s. Does it all work? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Believe

2:51 - History of the Band

8:05 - More Than Money

13:50 - Fall On Tears

18:00 - Friends

24:30 - 7 Years

Outro - 227

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#226: One-Hit Wonders of the 90s Discussion

May 12, 2015

This week we’re chatting about one-hit wonders of the 90s. Joining us is returning champ Andy Derer and newbie Joy Royland. We try to figure out what exactly is a one-hit wonder. We talk about our favorite and least favorite one-hit wonders from the 90s. We cover the one-hit wonders of the 90s that we still enjoy and still annoy us.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Epic by Faith No More

10:14 - Whoomp! (There It Is) by Tag Team

17:22 - Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger

27:23 - Popular by Nada Surf

35:35 - Good by Better Than Ezra

43:22 - Bitch by Meredith Brooks

56:13 - Counting Blue Cars by Dishwalla

Outro - Baby, I Love Your Way by Big Mountain

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#225: Sing to God by Cardiacs

May 5, 2015

Our latest requested review might be our most challenging listen ever, 1995′s Sing to God by Cardiacs - our first double album (no, Use Your Illusion doesn’t count). With almost two decades under their belts, Cardiacs unleashed this behemoth not just in length, but density. The songs are packed with instrumentation, and many flying by at a breakneck pace, churning twisted pop with equal parts psychedelia, Britpop, bombast and manic energy. We haven’t heard much like this, and we’re guessing you haven’t either.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Eat It Up Worms Hero

3:10 - History of the Band

12:00 - Eat It Up Worms Hero

13:41 - Eden On The Air

19:11 - A Horses Tail

23:40 - Dog-Like Sparky

27:11 - Dirty Boy

31:56 - Manhoo

Outro - Bell Clinks

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#224: Interview with Matthew Sweet

April 28, 2015

Joining us this week is Matthew Sweet for a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion. Matthew shares his insights on his latest album project, and what the fulfillment aspect of crowd-funded albums is really like. We talk about his earliest influences, from new wave and punk to 70s power pop like Big Star and The Raspberries, and discuss why power pop bands are almost always critically acclaimed but tend to gain appreciation in retrospect. Matthew explains how his various guitars impact his songwriting (which may involve recording on his iPhone), and his earliest years learning bass to Yes records and Carol Kaye instructional videos (who would later play on his album In Reverse), which got him into a college band while he was still eight grade. We dive into the discography, discuss the leaps between the first two Columbia albums and Girlfriend, to the harsher and dark sound of Altered Beast. There’s so much more, we can’t list it all! Sick of Myself! Drew Carey! 70 Challengers! Brendan O’Brien! Mad Men! Making In Reverse! Touring! Fred Armisen! Susanna Hoffs! The Telecommunications Act of 1996! Mike Myers! Pottery! It’s all in there, and we hope you enjoy.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Girlfriend

38:22 - Dinosaur Act

54:22 - Sick of Myself

1:18:29 - Thunderstorm

1:46:14 - Ivory Tower

1:56:54 - Where You Get Love

Outro - Come to California

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#224: Interview with Matthew Sweet

April 28, 2015

Joining us this week is Matthew Sweet for a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion. Matthew shares his insights on his latest album project, and what the fulfillment aspect of crowd-funded albums is really like. We talk about his earliest influences, from new wave and punk to 70s power pop like Big Star and The Raspberries, and discuss why power pop bands are almost always critically acclaimed but tend to gain appreciation in retrospect. Matthew explains how his various guitars impact his songwriting (which may involve recording on his iPhone), and his earliest years learning bass to Yes records and Carol Kaye instructional videos (who would later play on his album In Reverse), which got him into a college band while he was still eight grade. We dive into the discography, discuss the leaps between the first two Columbia albums and Girlfriend, to the harsher and dark sound of Altered Beast. There’s so much more, we can’t list it all! Sick of Myself! Drew Carey! 70 Challengers! Brendan O’Brien! Mad Men! Making In Reverse! Touring! Fred Armisen! Susanna Hoffs! The Telecommunications Act of 1996! Mike Myers! Pottery! It’s all in there, and we hope you enjoy.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Girlfriend

38:22 - Dinosaur Act

54:22 - Sick of Myself

1:18:29 - Thunderstorm

1:46:14 - Ivory Tower

1:56:54 - Where You Get Love

Outro - Come to California

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#223: Kim Salmon & the Surrealists by Kim Salmon & the Surrealists

April 21, 2015

Our second requested review of Australia month is the self-titled 1995 album by Kim Salmon & The Surrealists. By ‘95, Kim Salmon was already a legend in Australia, having fronted the influential 70s & 80s punk band The Scientists, then The Beasts of Bourbon along with The Surrealists amongst other projects. This album finds Kim and his rhythm section exploring some familiar sounds as well as new territory. We split our opinion on this record, but not how you might think.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - What’s Inside Your Box?

2:29 - History of the Band

7:40 - I Wish Upon You

10:51 - What’s Inside Your Box?

17:14 - Holocaust

24:39 - Frantic Romantic

Outro - Draggin’ Out The Truth

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#222: Discussion on Australian Bands of the 1990s

April 14, 2015

Before this month, we had reviewed thirteen albums from Australian bands in the 90s in the first four years of the podcast, but we still did’t have a good understanding of the overall history Australian music during that time. What were their influences? What were the scenes in the different cities like? What is Big Day Out? The Saints? The Scientists? To help us unlock the mysteries, we’re joined by frequent requester and friend of the show Gavid Reid, along with Dan Buhagiar, producer and writer at Double J radio.

And check out Dan’s article on the 10 Australian Bands From the ‘90s Worth Revisiting.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Drugs by Ammonia

6:07 - (I’m) Stranded by The Saints

13:20 - Tomorrow by Silverchair

35:07 - Streets of Your Town by The Go-Betweens

41:34 - Shazam! by Spiderbait

52:18 - Don’t It Get You Down by Deadstar

Outro - Railhead by Crow

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#221: Together Alone by Crowded House

April 7, 2015

To kick of our month-long visit to Australia, our first requested review for April is the 1993 album Together Alone by Crowded House. You probably know the band from their two big singles - Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong. But the band, and by the band we mean Neil Finn, have a number or strong full length albums in their history. Is it possible that Together Alone is tops them all? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Distant Sun

3:47 - History of the Band

10:01 - Walking on the Spot

15:10 - Black and White Boy

20:31 - Nails in My Feet

24:48 - Private Universe

Outro - In My Command

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#220: Dig Me Out Goes to College - Capital University Music Tech Workshop

March 31, 2015
With March providing a bonus fifth Tuesday, we decided to take advantage and post a bonus episode. We were invited to speak at Capital University for the Music Tech Workshop this past weekend, and are sharing the presentation. Ever wanted to know about the nuts and bolts of putting together a podcast? The equipment, the software, getting it on iTunes, promoting and everything else - we talk about it all.

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