#323: Interview with Eli Janney of Girls Against Boys and the 8G Band

March 21, 2017

This week we get to chat with Eli Janney, who you may know as the keyboardist, bassist and backing vocals in Girls Against Boys. You may also know him as the producer for such bands as Brainiac, Ryan Adams, Skeleton Key, Jesse Maiin and many more. You may also know him as the man who remixed tracks by artists such as the Sneaker Pimps, Ruby, Hooverphonic, Enon and more. You may also know him as the current keyboardist and associate music director in the 8G Band on Late Night with Seth Meyers. What we’re saying is, Eli is a busy guy, because that doesn’t even include his music engineering and mixing credits, as well as his other work in television and film. We talk to about how he ended up in the world of late night television all the way back to his time working at the legendary Inner Ear recording studio with Don Zientara that documented so much of the ‘80s DC punk and hardcore scene. We learn how GVSB formed, the trials of a touring with a keyboard in 1992, and what it means to be in a band with a distinct and recognizable “sound” and how that both focuses and restricts creativity. All this and much, much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Let Me Come Back

Outro - Boogie Wonderland


#322: Shuttlecock by Super TransAtlantic

March 14, 2017

Our latest Patreon pick revisits the one and only album from Super TransAtlatnic, the 2000 release Shuttlecock. You may be familiar with the band thanks to their contribution to the 1999 American Pie soundtrack, or the fact that 3/4′s of the band were previously called Saigon Kick (the 1/4 from Extreme, to round out the equation, so to speak). Either way, the sound of STA won’t come as a shock - guitar riffs paired with melodic vocals and harmonies that recall the layered assault of The Smashing Pumpkins one minute and power-pop-punk of Marvelous 3 the next. It’s big, loud and hooky, but is it any good? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Super Down

12:44 - Shuttlecock

19:02 - Superstar

22:09 - Dumb

27:18 - Satellite

Outro - Can’t Stand Losing You


#321: Twisted Willie - A Tribute To Willie Nelson

March 7, 2017

There were dozens, perhaps hundreds, of tribute albums in the 90s to feature a wide array of talented artists with varying results. Thanks to a Patreon subscriber suggestion, we’re checking out the 1996 release Twisted Willie - A Tribute To Willie Nelson. As with all tribute albums, some artists and bands stay close to the original version while other radically reinterpret, and that’s the case with Twisted Willie. We definitely found interpretations we liked and others that left us scratching our heads - tune in to find out which ones.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Shotgun Willie by Tenderloin

14:48 - She’s Not For You by Mark Lanegan

17:15 - Home Motel by X

19:34 - I’ve Seen All This World I Care To See by Jerry Cantrell

29:44 - Time of the Preacher by Johnny Cash

Outro - Bloody Mary Morning by Supersuckers


#320: Interview with Tim Kasher of The Good Life & Cursive

February 28, 2017

Tim Kasher of The Good Life and Cursive has a new solo album out this March (No Resolution) on a new label (15 Passenger). We talk to him about the why he decided now was the time to start the new label away from Saddle Creek and the plans for reissuing late 90s Cursive material later this year. We discuss the transition in the mid-00s from writing as a band to writing alone at home and how that changed not only his writing style, but the way he sings. We chat about his current move out to Los Angeles, as well as his previous relocation out west a decade ago to work on films and his experience writing screenplays, and the independent film he recently completed. All this and much more, including how Tim identifies with Steve Harris of Iron Maiden and which trip-hop band is a major influence.

Also, make sure to visit 15 Passenger and pre-order the new album before the release date of 3/3/17 and be entered into contest to win all the releases from the label forever.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - An Answer for Everything

Outro - Break Me Open


#319: Electronica in the 90s Roundtable

February 21, 2017

Remember Electronica? Well we do, and we’re not quite sure what it was, so we’re hosting a roundtable discussion this week to talk about the explosion of electronic music that hit MTV, radio, Billboard and more in the late 90s. To help us figure out what it means, we’ve got a pair of guests, returning regular Andy Derer from The Andy Derer Show, and a first time visit from our old college radio music director Matt Shiverdecker, currently of the Austin-American Statesman Austin360. We look back at the origins of Electronica, revisit four pivotal albums from 1997, and how this all evolved into the ‘00s juggernaut that is EDM (or Electronic Dance Music). 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Medley (The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, The Crystal Method & Filter, Daft Punk)

12:25 - Setting Sun by The Chemical Brothers

27:09 - Around The World by Daft Punk

37:10 - Firestarter by The Prodigy

43:12 - Busy Child by The Crystal Method

Outro - Ray of Light by Madonna


#318: Upstyledown by 28 Days

February 14, 2017

Thanks to our friend Gavin in Australia, we’re checking out 28 Days from Melbourne and their sophomore album Upstyledown from 2000. Though it charted at #1 on the Australian ARIAnet album chart, the band failed to make a dent in the United States, which seems like a missed opportunity considering the band combines the sounds of late 90s/early 00s pop punk and rap rock into a familiar sound. Though the band has an ear for hooks and it sounds good, we revisit the “timeless” vs. “dated” production debate and wonder whether some of the musical and lyrical choices were the right ones. If you’re a fan of bands like Zebrahead, Sum 41, Biohazard, Phunk Junkeez, etc., this might be a lost gem waiting to be discovered.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Rip It Up

7:19 - History of the Band

11:53 - Sucker

14:06 - Song for Jasmine

19:02 - Information Overload

Outro - 16 Kill The Fake (Seshoo) (Featuring Uzumaki)


#317: Hissing Prigs in Static Couture by Brainiac

February 7, 2017

As The Pretenders once sang, we’re going back to Ohio to check out Dayton’s legendary Brainiac thanks to the winner of our 2016 year-end Patreon giveaway. In just five years, the band put out a significant body of work, including three full-length albums, half a dozen 7″s and a pair of EPs. We’re checking out their third and final album Hissing Prigs in Static Couture, released on Touch & Go Records in 1996, recorded with Eli Janney of Girls Against Boys. Besides exploring the record we also spend some time (too much?) discussing the Super Bowl and our guest Chris makes his pick for a future roundtable episode. You wanted the best, you got...well, us.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - K155 M3, U JACK3D UP J3RK

19:13 - PU55YF00T1N'

21:08 - 5TRUN9

29:25 - 1 AM A CRACK3D MACH1N3

Outro - H0T 53AT CAN'T S1T D0WN


#316: ReadySexGo by Marvelous 3

January 31, 2017

We got a requested review for an album released in 2000, and since we’re not above stretching the rules outside the 90s occasionally, this week we’re revisiting the third and final Marvelous 3 album ReadySexGo. Between Butch Walker’s stint in late 80s/early 90s glam metal band SouthGang and his current occupation as a successful music producer (who releases solo albums when not working on albums with Katy Perry or Taylor Swift) he fronted this rock trio that scored a hit with Freak of the Week, which sounded suspiciously like another song. We had differing opinions on what we liked and didn’t like about this album, about Butch Walker as a songwriter, and the early 2000s pop rock movement he was at the forefront of - give a listen and then let us know what you think.

Some links from our requestor Luke:

Butch’s comments about ReadySexGo at the time of its release.

Butch’s comments six years later.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Get Over (from ReadySexGo)

5:51 - Freak of the Week (from Hey! Album) / So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘n Roll Star by The Byrds

16:47 - Radio Tokyo (from ReadySexGo)

19:54 - Grant Park

25:33 - Cigarette Lighter Love Song (from ReadySexGo) / All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople

28:48 - Better Off Alone (from ReadySexGo) / Movin’ Out by Billy Joel

Outro - I Could Change


#315: Deadsexy by Scarce with Joyce Raskin and Chick Graning

January 24, 2017

On the surface, our latest requested review for the 1996 album Deadsexy by Scarce sounds eerily familiar to a lot of 90s band. Band forms, records demos, puts out singles on small indie labels, gets some buzz, major labels start calling, band signs and puts out their debut, no singles race up the charts, and the band is done. But there is more to the story, so we invited singer/bassist Joyce Raskin and singer/guitarist Chick Graning to give us the bigger picture, take us through the demo’ing, writing and recording process, the major label cat and mouse game, the tours, and the album release, as well as the dramatic life-changing event that nearly ended it all, and how art acted as a cathartic release and the rebirth of the band.

Check out Chick Graning’s solo album M.T. on iTunes and at CD Baby.

Check out Joyce Raskin’s books Aching To Be, The Fall and Rise of Circus Bloy Blue, My Mom Is a Rock Star and more at Lulu and Amazon.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - All Sideways

24:55 - Rains of Kansas

27:41 - All Sideways

Outro - Honeysimple


#314: Roundtable Discussion on the albums of 1997

January 17, 2017

It’s our first roundtable discussion of 2017, and we’re tackling the albums from 20-years prior, with special guests Andy Derer (The Andy Derer Show), Eric Grubbs (Do You Know Who You Are podcast) and Jeff Takacs (Rocketfuel podcast) to help us cover the best, the overlooked, the letdowns and faded-aways of ‘97. While 1997 might be remember as the year that saw the return of pop music in the US with albums by the Spice Girls and the Backstreet Boys, it was also the year Radiohead released their masterpiece OK Computer, the year Dave Grohl took the Foo Fighters to the next level with The Colour and The Shape, the year britpop heavyweights Blur and Oasis took different paths while their successors like Travis, Supergrass and Stereophonics put out solid releases. In other words, 1997 was all over the map, musically and geographically.

After you’re done listening to this episode, be sure to visit our Patreon page for our extended chat on albums that didn’t make it into this episode.

Songs/Topics in this Episode:

Intro - 1997 Medley (Foo Fighters, Blur, Ben Folds Five, U2)

5:11 - Albums from 1997 that have stood the test of time

13:55 - Albums from 1997 that were overlooked upon release

23:11 - Albums from 1997 that have not aged well

36:27 - Albums from 1997 discovered much later

46:18 - Albums from 1997 that were disappointments on purchase

55:25 - Favorite album from 1997

Outro - Stereo by Pavement