#185: Patient by Bluebottle Kiss

Thanks to another Requested Review, for the second time in as many weeks, we're tackling another overlooked gem from an Australia This week, it's Bluebottle Kiss, and their 1999 album Patient. Combining a variety of tasty guitar tones, a tight and original rhythm section, and interesting melodies, Patient is truly a start to finish album.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Smoother It In Honey

2:24 - History of the Band

6:19 - Return to the City of Folded Arms

11:24 - Six Wheels

24:21 - Girl Genius

Outro - Give Up The Ghost
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#184: The Plastic Hassle by Ripe

We're heading back to Australia for this week's Requested Review and checking out the 1994 album The Plastic Hassle by Ripe. Lots of shoegaze influenced bands spent less time on vocals and melody than dialing in the perfect tremolo and delay settings on their guitar pedals, but not Ripe, who manage to craft to genuinely catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. And like those same bands, Ripe aren't afraid to stretch the songs into a variety of territories, whether it's acoustic ballads or minor key dirges.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Mother Tongue

3:49 - History of the Band

9:23 - Something Fierce

16:29 - Centre of the Universe

27:34 - Get Your Shit Together

Outro - Daylight Wants to Kill
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#183: Dig by I Mother Earth

This week Jason dug through his cd stacks picked an album having no recollection what it sounded like - I Mother Earth's 1993 debut release Dig. Sometime that leads to a welcome surprise, and other times reminds you why you stopped listening. I Mother Earth hits a lot of our sweet spots - big guitar and drums, crisp production, slight progressive elements - but also manages to work in some mutual annoyances - slap bass and long jams. So which side prevails? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Production

6:49 - History of the Band

23:10 - Not Quite Sonic

31:15 - Rain Will Fall

44:57 - The Universe in You

Outro - The Universe in You

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#182: The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers

To celebrate the release of a new album by one of our favorite bands, we decided to travel back twenty years in their catalog and tackle the most challenging album of their career - 1994's The Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers. To help us dissect this dense masterpiece, we've enlisted the help of fellow stateside Manic's aficionado and previous guest Andy Derer of The Andy Derer Show.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Revol

19:07 - Yes

34:10 - Of Walking Abortion

50:47 - 4st 7lb

1:09:44 - P.C.P.

Outro - Faster

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#181: Interview with Steve Fisk

This week we're joined by producer/musician Steve Fisk, best known as one-half of the duo known as Pigeonhed, but also behind the board for such bands as Unwound, the Screaming Trees, Soul Coughing, Soundgarden, the Geraldine Fibbers and Nirvana. Steve talks about his history with recording and electronic music, the challenges of producing in the modern era compared to the 80s and 90s, his collaboration with Shawn Smith, who comes knocking on your door when you work with a successful artist, and much more.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Rollin' Through Oakland (Pigeonhed)

9:00 - You Doo Right by (Geraldine Fibbers)

23:11 - Ain't It So (Pigeonhed)

35:14 - Battleflag (Pigeonhed remixed by Lo Fidelity Allstars)

Outro - My Head Popped (Steve Fisk)
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#180: Prize by Wanderlust

This week's album, the 1995 debut Prize by Wanderlust, begs a lot of questions? Can the youth appreciate power pop? Can music be too good for radio? And how did Collective Soul manage to pump out six singles from their second album? We dig deep through the depths of Wanderlust, take a few detours, and arrive a sorely overlooked and appreciated gem.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Wanna Feel New

2:37 - History of the Band

9:20 - Flash and Shadow

14:05 - Coffee in the Kitchen

20:00 - Prize

Outro - Before We Fade
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#179: Silver Sun by Silver Sun

Our requested review for this week takes us back to the UK to check out the 1997 self-titled debut album from Silver Sun. Hooks, harmonies and loud guitars sum up Silver Sun's freshman release, and it's chock full of them. Song after song is a sugar sweet power pop attack, with nods to Cheap Trick, Jellyfish, The Beatles, Beach Boys and more. But is it too much of a good thing? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Service

3:19 - History of the Band

12:55 - Bad Haircut

17:08 - Animals Feet

22:03 - Dumb

26:36 - Lava

Outro - Julia
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#178: The Din Pedals by The Din Pedals

Our latest requested review requires us to ask a question - when is it showing your influences, and when is it ripping them off entirely? On their one and only release, the 1998 self-titled album by The Din Pedals walk the precarious line between the two, thanks to lead singer James Grundler's Thom York-like tenor, and a band that easily recreates the dramatic bombast and minor chord melancholy of Radiohead, U2 and Our Lady Peace.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Downtown Sister

3:41 - History of the Band

9:52 - Naked is Foreign

16:25 - Aliens

22:52 - Waterfall

26:15 - Ashtray

Outro - Emotional Drugs
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#177: Kiss My Ass - Classic Kiss Regrooved

What's a good way for an otherwise musically incompatible band to find an audience in the 1990s? Enlist the most popular country artist, several popular alternative bands, a few respected metal bands, and for the hell of it, and Japanese artist, to cover your songs. That's exactly what KISS did for the 1994 tribute album Kiss My Ass - Classic KISS Regrooved. We dive into the songs, and reasoning behind this not-so-easy to digest compilation existing in the first place.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Plaster Caster

25:30 - Hard Luck Woman

37:37 - Rock and Roll All Nite

46:10 - Goin' Blind

58:18 - Detroit Rock City

Outro - She

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#176: Now I’m a Cowboy by The Auteurs

This week we tackle one of those on the edge of Britpop bands we always kinda, sorta heard about and kinda, sorta remember, The Auteurs, and their 1994 sophomore album Now, I'm a Cowboy. The lead track and single, Lenny Valentino, gets rave reviews from both of us, but how does the rest of the not-so-similar album stack up? Tune int to find out, and chime in on our discussion on how music discovery and commitment to ill-advised purchases has changed thanks to the web.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Life Class/Life Model

3:57 - History of the Band

8:45 - Lenny Valentino

14:16 - Underground Movies

21:10 - The Upper Classes

26:02 - New French Girlfriend

Outro - Daughter of a Child
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