#340: Guitar Gods of the 1990s Roundtable

July 18, 2017

For our latest roundtable we aim at the heavens and request an audience with the gods! The guitar gods, that is. The 60s had Clapton and Hendrix, the 70s had Page and Blackmore, the 80s had Eddie and a slew of gunslingers, now it’s time to christen the guitar gods of the 90s. First, we try to figure out what exactly elevates a guitarist to god status. Then we open the floor for nominations. Some of the names will be familiar and expected, while others may be more obscure and surprising. To help us, we’re joined by returning guests Andy DererEric Grubbs and Joe Royland.

 Make sure to visit Patreon for over fifteen minutes of bonus content from this episode at https://www.patreon.com/digmeout.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Guitar God Medley (Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden, Dinosaur Jr., Pantera)

13:28 - Bulls on Parade by Rage Against The Machine

27:50 - No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne

33:09 - Chemical World - Intermission by Blur

1:00:21 - Tired of Sex by Weezer

Outro - Pull Me Under by Dream Theater

 
 
 

 

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#339: Laughing Gallery by Ruth Ruth

July 11, 2017

Back when we started this podcast, we created a long list of albums we wanted to eventually get to, mostly due to only knowing one song off an album thanks to a lone minor radio hit single. One of those bands is Ruth Ruth, and it’s finally time we got around to checking out their 1995 debut Laughing Gallery. To help us dig into this album, we invited roundtable alum Jeff Takacs of Rocket Fuel Podcast, who authored a history of Ruth Ruth for Punktastic a few years back, for some insight on why this band with a catchy pop-punk-flavored single in the heyday of mainstream punk didn’t make it past the first single. Where they miscategorized? Does the album hold up? Tune into find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Uninvited

13:08 - Uptight

19:19 - I Killed Meg The Prom Queen

23:19 - I Grew Up

Outro - All Readydown

 
 
 
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#338: A Little Ain’t Enough by David Lee Roth

July 4, 2017

On this Fourth of July, we could think of nothing better than to revisit the human firecracker himself - David Lee Roth. With help from our friend Gavin in Australia, we’re checking out the 1991 album A Little Ain’t Enough, the third solo release after Dave departed Van Halen. For this outing, there were lineup changes, producer changes and a changing musical landscape.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - A Little Ain’t Enough

7:47 - Sensible Shoes

17:43 - Last Call / Walk This Way by Aerosmith

22:33 - Tell The Truth / Black Velvet by Alannah Myles

Outro - It’s Showtime!

 
 
 
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#337: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space by Spiritualized

June 27, 2017

For our last review of June 2017, our Patreon patrons selected from one of four albums from June of 1997, and settled on Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, the third album by Spiritualized. Much has been written about the album, from reviews to anniversary retrospectives detailing the creation and recording of the massive achievement that finds Jason Pierce and crew exploring gospel, soul, britpop, blues, psychedelia, noise, experimentation and more, including an orchestra. It’s a headphone album of sprawling proportions one moment and cacophony worthy of a stadium the next. We try to figure out which works better for us, if at all.

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Come Together

10:07 - Cop Shoot Cop...

13:46 - Cool Waves

20:15 - I Think I’m In Love

Outro - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

 
 
 
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#336: Eternal Nightcap by The Whitlams

June 20, 2017

We don’t often get a chance to check out bands from the 90s where the terms ragtime or waltz get tossed around, but The Whitlams qualify. We’re checking out the 1997 album Eternal Napcap by this Newtown, Australian band. Led by vocalist/pianist Tim Freedman, The Whitlams can tow the line between indulgent Rufus Wainwright-style balladry and Ben Folds-esque pop, remaining radio friendly with mature lyrical content. Does it all work for us? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - No Aphrodisiac

11:42 - You Look Like Louis Burdett

15:09 - Life’s A Beach

20:23 - Charlie No. 1

Outro - Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 3)

 
 
 
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#335: Television Soundtracks of the 1990s

June 13, 2017

Previously we chatted about movie soundtracks of the 1990s, so this week we’re switching to the small screen and hosting a roundtable discussion on television soundtracks of the 90s. The best and memorable, the one’s that surpassed the show and stand on their own, and the one’s that were HUGE at the time but maybe haven’t aged all that well. We talk about them all (or all that we can squeeze into an hour). To help us do so, we’re joined by two veterans of our program, Eric Grubbs and Joe Royland, to talk My So-Called Life, Friends, Melrose Place and much more. Yes, even Cop Rock.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts (from Friends)

9:53 - Teenage FBI by Guided By Voices (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

25:36 - Good Intentions by Toad the Wet Sprocket (from Friends)

51:22 - Down in the Park by Foo Fighters (from The X-Files)

Outro - Here and Now by Letters to Cleo (from Melrose Place)

 
 
 
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#334: Interview with Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne & The Belltower)

June 6, 2017

This week we chatted with Jody Porter, who just released his third solo album this past March, Pacifier. Jody started out in the early with The Belltower, a dreamy/shoegaze band featuring Britta Phillips (later of Luna) that garnered positive press in the UK but ultimately dissolved. However, a late addition to the band named Adam Schlesinger would later form Fountains of Wayne, who Jody would join after their debut was recorded. Spending the rest of the run with the band until they ended in 2013, Jody released his first solo album Close to the Sun in 2008, followed by Month of Mondays in 2013 via Kickstarter. We talk about all that, his vast guitar collection, his earliest musical recollection learning instruments and playing bands all the way up to recording demos on Garageband for the latest release.

Download Pacifier at CDBaby / Stream it at Spotify

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Valerie Sometimes by Jody Porter (from Pacifier)

7:22 - Lost In Hollow by The Belltower (from In Hollow EP)

38:31 - In The Beginning by Jody Porter (from Pacifier)

48:51 - The Last Chapter by Jody Porter (from Pacifier)

Outro - Supercollider by Fountains of Wayne (from Welcome Interstate Managers)

 
 
 
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#333: Whirligig by The Caulfields

May 30, 2017

This week a requested review gives us a chance to revisit the 1995 debut album Whirligig by The Caulfields. A confection of jangly guitars, story-telling lyrics and power pop melodies might remind some of 70s and 80s masters like Elvis Costello or Cheap Trick, but The Caulfields forge their own path, for better or worse. When done well, they have few peers among 90s bands. Unfortunately, the highest highs are betrayed by some pretty low lows. We try to sort it all out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Devil’s Diary

10:17 - Alex Again

14:00 - Hannah, I Locked You Out

20:59 - The Day That Came and Went

28:06 - Alex Again

Outro - Breathe Under Water

 
 
 
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#332: Batman & Robin soundtrack

May 23, 2017

We gave our Patreon patrons the opportunity to vote one four different releases from May of 1997, and the consensus winner was eclectic soundtrack from the Batman & Robin movie starring George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone and more. A mixed bag for sure, there are some clear gems and some awful groaners. We sift through track-by-track and try to find more of the former than the latter. What is worth a revisit? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - The End Is The Beginning Is The End by The Smashing Pumpkins

10:53 - Look Into My Eyes by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

13:46 - Gotham City by R. Kelly

21:12 - Lazy Eye by Goo Goo Dolls

27:08 - The Bug by Soul Coughing

34:15 - True to Myself by Eric Benét

Outro - The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins

 
 
 
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#331: Cockamamie by Jennifer Trynin

May 16, 2017

The winner of our first quarter Patreon contest stops by with his free requested review pick - 1995′s Cockamamie by Jennifer Trynin. Though part of a fertile 90s Boston music scene, Jen Trynin is a bit of an anomaly, self-releasing her debut album prior to a major label bidding war. Her guitar playing shifts between familiar alternative pop and more angular riffing with a rock solid rhythm section. But ultimate, it’s the songs that matters. She managed to score a minor hit with “Better Than Nothing,” but how does the rest of the album fair? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Better Than Nothing

5:17 - Happier

8:59 - Knock Me Down

17:54 - Do It Alone

Outro - One Year Down

 
 
 
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