#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

 
 
 
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#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)

 
 
 
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#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

 
 
 
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#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

 
 
 
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#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

 
 
 
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#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

 
 
 
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#313: Baby Animals by Baby Animals

January 10, 2017

Every year we dig deeper and deeper into bands from Australia that didn’t make much of an impact in United States to try to understand the global story of music in the 1990s thanks to requested reviews from our dedicated listeners down under, and this week we’re back to check out the self-titled 1991 debut by Sydney’s Baby Animals. The sound of the band harkens back to a more straightforward ‘80s AOR sound that draws comparison to Heart or the radio-friendly sounds of The Pretenders thanks to a skilled if nondescript backing band behind dynamic lead singer Suze DeMarchi. Even though it came out the same month as Nevermind by Nirvana and Use Your Illusion I & II by Guns ‘N Roses, there isn’t much in common with those bands -  that’s both a good and bad thing. Tune in and chime in with your comments.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Rush You

13:20 - Early Warning

15:35 - Ain’t Gonna Get

18:54 - Break My Heart

Outro - Painless

 
 
 
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#312: Disco Volante by Mr. Bungle

January 3, 2017

For our first episode of season seven, it’s a requested review thanks to a Patreon subscriber. We’ve talked about Mike Patton previously on the podcast, but never actually revisited an album from one of his many musical outfits. For the first week of 2017, we’re checking out the 1995 sophomore album Disco Volante by Mr. Bungle. Although Faith No More is known for their eclectic brand of hard rock/alternative metal, Mr. Bungle move well past that, playing around with sounds that borrow from a variety of styles including tango, doom metal, country, jazz, easy listening, Arabic and more. We revisit the album with our suggestor Scott, who shares how he discovered the band, what went into seeing the band eight nights in a row in eight different cities, neural pathways, double grooved records, and much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Desert Search for Techno Allah

5:33 - History of the Band

17:04 - Platypus

25:36 - Carry Stress In The Jaw

30:44 - Merry Go Bye Bye (Nothing)

Outro - After School Special

 
 
 
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#311: Season Six Review

December 27, 2016

As is our year-end tradition, for our final episode of 2016, we look back at season six of the podcast to review the year that was and look forward to season seven in 2017. We give thanks to our long list of supporters on Patreon and our requested reviews, as well as all of our roundtable participants and interview guests. We also pick our favorite roundtable and interview episodes, choose which 90s album we revisited was our favorite discovery and what new album released by in 2017 we enjoyed.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney

20:05 - Hard Drugs by Screaming Jets

26:25 - Any Way But Down by The Lees of Memory

Outro - Lazarus by David Bowie

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#310: Tom Petty In The 90s Discussion with Author Paul Zollo

December 20, 2016

Our previous “In The 90s” episodes examined the careers of Van Halen and Metallica in that decade and discussed if they had managed to survive the turbulence that was the rise of alternative and independent rock music. For our latest edition, we’re joined by author/songwriter Paul Zollo to revisit the career of Tom Petty, who released the book Conversations With Tom Petty in 2006. Starting with the Jeff Lynne produced Heartbreakers backed album Into The Great Wide Open, we dig into the changes in Petty’s songwriting, the band personnel changes, his second solo album Wildflowers with producer Rick Rubin onto the decade closing album Echo. Of course, there is much more to the story, so be sure to tune and then leave us your thoughts on Tom Petty in the 90s.

Songs in this Episode:

 

Intro - Medley (Into the Great Wide Open, Learning to Fly, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, You Don’t Know How It Feels)

47:07 - Walls (Circus) from She’s The One

Outro - Honey Bee from Wildflowers

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