#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.

If you want to hear about 10 minutes of bonus content from this episode, make sure to become a patron at Patreon.

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


#291: Interview with Jacob Slichter of Semisonic

August 9, 2016

Joining us this week is Jacob Slichter, drummer for Semisonic and author of the 2004 book So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star. Jacob talks about how the book came together and led to a career as a collegiate writing professor. We discuss the financial realities of a major label artist and the impact of streaming, mp3s and YouTube.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Closing Time

Outro - This Will Be Our Year


#290: The Curtain Hits The Cast by Low

August 2, 2016

Recently we asked our Pateron patrons to vote on our first album review for August from five albums released twenty years ago in August of 1996, and the winner was The Curtain Hits The Cast, the third overall by Low. Slowing the tempos to a glacial crawl is the sound Low is known for, leaving space and silence where most bands would try to fill space. Can they pull it off over the course of a full album? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Over the Ocean

9:13 - History of the Band

16:12 - Do You Know How To Waltz

20:24 - Coattails

Outro - Anon


#289: Smoke by Drivin’ N Cryin’

July 26, 2016

This week our requested review takes us down South to Atlanta, GA to check out the fifth album Smoke by Drivin’ N Cryin’. After previously scoring a moderate hit “Fly Me Courageous” off the album of the same name, the band returned with this hard rock ode to the classic rock riffage of AC/DC, Aerosmith and Jimi Hendrix, with a little Paul Simon thrown in for good measure.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Smoke

13:33 - She Doesn’t Want To Go

15:34 - 1988

22:36 - Eastern European Carny Man

26:02 - Back Against The Wall

Outro - 1000 Swings


#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