#288: Seconds Acts in the 90s Roundtable

July 19, 2016

This we’re talking about second acts, sequels, part deux - whatever you call it, it’s when band and artists get a second go around. Morrissey and Marr after The Smiths. Bob Mould after Husker Du. Dave Grohl after Nirvana. Which artists faired better the second time around, and which couldn’t escape their previous band’s shadow. To help, roundtable veterans Eric Grubbs and Joe Royland join us to who made their second acts the one to remember, and which one’s do we wish never happened.

Head to Patreon for bonus material as we discuss artists who haven’t made a solo album, but we’d like to hear one.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Dyslexic Heart by Paul Westerberg

7:41 - See A Little Light by Bob Mould

18:55 - Vivid by Electronic

37:51 - Los Angeles by Frank Black

56:55 - Honestly by Zwan

Outro - If I Had A Gun by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds


#287: Interview with Andrew Low of The Jazz June

July 12, 2016

This week we are joined (from across the Atlantic) by Andrew Low of The Jazz June. He shares the origins of the band in Kutztown, PA playing house shows and VFWs before graduating to club shows in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He talks about his earliest influences and variety of pre-Jazz June bands. We get into recording their 2000 album The Medicine with J. Robbins, how a multi-year hiatus changed his singing style on the 2014 album After the Earthquake, and much much more.

Be sure to check out the Noisey oral history of The Jazz June referenced during the show.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Rich Kid Shakedown from They Love Those Who Make The Music

21:20 - The Phone Works Both Ways from The Medicine

36:21 - Over Underground from After The Earthquake

44:00 - Two Floors Down from After The Earthquake

Outro - When In Rome from They Love Those Who Make The Music


#286: Bend by The Origin

July 5, 2016

Another week, another requested review from one of our listeners. This week we’re checking out The Origin, and their second and final release Bend from 1992. Steeped in the pleasant pop that would guide Toad the Wet Sprocket to success, The Origin expand on that sound with touches of soul, psychedelia and country. This album didn’t make much of dent beyond college radio and we try to figure out why.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Jumping To Fall

3:18 - Mad World by Gary Jules (Tears for Fears cover)

4:54 - History of the Band

9:54 - Racing With the Moon

14:22 - Bonfires Burning

19:23 - Candymine

Outro - Trapped in a Dream Machine

#285: Travelogue by Kashmir

June 28, 2016

This week we travel to Denmark via a requested review and check out the 1994 debut album Travelogue by Kashmir. Indebted to the early 90s American influences such as Pearl Jam, Primus and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kashmir concocts a sometimes compelling, sometimes frustrating combination of sounds and approaches that left us with more questions than answers.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Jamie Fame Flame

11:32 - Don’t Look Back It’s Probably Hydrochondriac

15:28 - Yellow

19:53 - Art of Me

Outro - Leather Crane


#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