#301: Digging Your Scene - Roundtable Discussion on Boston in the 90s

October 18, 2016

In the spring we hosted a roundtable on the Chicago music scene of the 1990s, so for our next “Digging Your Scene” episode, we decided to head to Boston, the home of the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Belly, Buffalo Tom, Morphine, The Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield, Letters to Cleo, Sebadoh, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and many more. To help us on our quest to figure out what made Boston such a vibrant city for alternative/independent music in the 1990s, we’re joined by a trio of Boston music vets:

Aaron Perrino - leader singer/guitarist of The Sheila Divine, who released their 4th album The Morbs in October 2015

Kay Hanley - lead singer of Letters to Cleo (and much more), who just released a new EP Back to Nebraska via their Pledgemusic campaign

Keith Sawyer - DJ at 88.1 WMBR at MIT in Cambridge, MA since 1996

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Boston Medley (Pixies, Letters to Cleo, Dinosaur Jr, The Sheila Divine, Morphine, Gigolo Aunts)

10:25 - Way You Walk by Papas Fritas

31:24 - His Lamest Flame by Mary Lou Lord

43:33 - Clear Spot by Pernice Brothers

Outro - Rock & Roll Band by Boston


#300: Interview with author Jovana Babovic of Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney 33 1/3 book

October 11, 2016

We’ve reached a new milestone, and to help us celebrate, we’ve invited the author of the 33 1/3 book entry for Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney to join us, author and historian Jovana Babovic. We discuss how the album was chosen, researching and writing the book, and the difficulty of writing about sound. We get into the nitty gritty of the 33 1/3 submission process, the importance of ‘zines to the history of 90s music and the concept of “selling out.” We also talk about the shifting coverage of Sleater-Kinney in the music and mainstream press, the influence of the band in the ‘00s and much, much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Dig Me Out

8:14 - Words And Guitar

Outro - Turn It On


#299: Fountains of Wayne by Fountains of Wayne

October 4, 2016

We gave our Patreon subscribers four album options that were released in October 1996, and they decided we should revisit the self-titled debut by Fountains of Wayne. All the hallmarks of power pop are present - tight songwriting, big vocal hooks with guitar riffs to match, and the occasional harmony to sweeten the sound - from the band that would go on to write the massive single “Stacy’s Mom.” 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Radiation Vibe

4:04 - History of the Band

12:36 - Leave The Biker

18:11 - She’s Got A Problem

27:51 - Radiation Vibe

Outro - Sink To The Bottom


#298: Interview with Michelle Leon of Babes in Toyland

September 27, 2016

This week we’re joined by former Babes in Toyland bassist Michelle Leon, author of the recently released book I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland. We discuss her upbringing in suburban Minnesota prior to joining the band at the age of 17, her struggle with the idea of “authenticity” and defying expectations writing a “rock biography.” We get into the nuts and bolts of writing the book, how she approached reconstructing memories from over twenty-five years ago, muscle cars, oversized bass cabinets, her time as a realtor in New Orleans, Prince, and much, much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro/1:58 - He’s My Thing

Outro - Dust Cake Boy


#297: Swing Revival Roundtable + Interview with Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

September 20, 2016

Our roundtable for September is actually a two-parter on the swing revival of the 1990s. We start with an interview with Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy joining us to talk about his early musical upbringing, how BBVD came together in the early 90s, being a part of Swingers, the 1999 Super Bowl and the arc of swing music in the 90s. In part two, we’re joined by Eric Grubbs and Eric Peterson to take a big picture view of the swing revival in the 90s.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro/1:21 - Kind of Swing by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

50:30 - You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby) by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Outro - Go Daddy-O by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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#296: Salutations from the Ghetto Nation by Warrior Soul

September 13, 2016

This week we are checking out the 1992 album Salutations from the Ghetto Nation by Warrior Soul. Brash and loud with one foot in the sound of 80s hair metal and the other in 90s alternative, the band is hard to pin down musically. Lyrically, not so much, as they cover anti-government and anti-corporate territory that would make friendly bedfellows with Rage Against The Machine.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Love Destruction

10:20 - The Party

17:34 - Punk And Belligerent

19:23 - Dimension

Outro - Ghetto Nation

#295: Animal Rights by Moby

September 6, 2016

Thanks to our voters at Patreon, this week we’re checking out the 1997 album Animal Rights by Moby. Plenty of ground is covered on this 72+ minute long, sixteen track album. Slow burning ambient tunes? Check. Pulsing instrumentals? Check. Industrial metal? Check. Down-tuned dirges? Check. Post punk cover? Check. There is a little bit for everyone, but who is this really for? We try to figure that out and more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

22:17 - That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

24:44 - Come On Baby

28:02 - Say It’s All Mine

Outro - Love Song For My Mom


#294: Trouble at the Henhouse by The Tragically Hip

August 30, 2016

The Tragically Hip have been mentioned a few times on the show, but we’ve never gotten around to reviewing an album on an actual episode. Until now. Hailing from Kingston, Ontario, Canada, the band has been a stadium act for over two decades up north while making smaller inroads in the lower forty eight. With the spring announcement of lead singer Gord Downie’s terminal brain cancer, and their just completed tour for their thirteenth album Man Machine Poem, we decided to ask our friend/college radio alum/fellow Columbus musician Billy Peake (of Miranda Sound and Bicentennial Bear) to help up dig into their moody and sparse 1996 album Trouble at the Henhouse, which sits sandwiched between the successful albums Day for Night and Phantom Power. We talk about the album, the legacy of the band, the perceptions and misconceptions about them, the (possibly) final show on August 23rd (the day before this was recorded), and much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Ahead by a Century from Trouble at the Henhouse

23:58 - Gift Shop from Trouble at the Henhouse

28:42 - I’ll Believe In You (Or I’ll Be Leaving You Tonight) from Up To Here

36:26 - Springtime in Vienna from Trouble at the Henhouse

46:37 - Heaven Is A Better Place Today from In Between Evolution

Outro - Coconut Cream from Trouble at the Henhouse


#293: Disappearing Acts Roundtable

August 23, 2016

This week were exploring the bands that sold millions of albums in the 1990s, but by the time the ‘00s rolled around, had disappeared from the sales charts and radio stations they used to dominate. The Cranberries, Live, Creed, Blues Traveler, Hootie & The Blowfish and more we try to figure out what happened - where they overexposed and people got bored? Did follow-up albums flop? Did the collapse on under the weight of their egos and success? To help us do so, Eric Peterson (Love That Album podcastYouTube) of and our show announcer Katie Minneci join us to discuss.

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Songs in this Episode:

Intro - The Cranberries/Hootie & The Blowfish/Live

2:47 - I Alone by Live

17:08 - Dream by The Cranberries

53:55 - Only Wanna Be With You by Hootie & The Blowfish

Outro - Rain King by Counting Crows

#292: The Living End by The Living End

August 16, 2016

Thanks to a requested review, we’re heading back down under to Melbourne, Australia check out the 1998 self-titled debut album by The Living End. Best known in the U.S. for their 2000 single “Roll On,” from their sophomore release, we get an earlier glimpse at this three piece and their combination of punk, rockabilly and ska. They’ve got melodies and energy, but aren’t afraid to slow down the tempo. Does it work overall? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Prisoner of Society

8:03 - History of the Band

12:03 - Bloody Mary

29:52 - Trapped

Outro - Monday