#307: II by The Presidents of the United States of America

November 29, 2016

Our Patreon patrons voted on which November 1996 release we should check out, and they voted on the sophomore album II by the Presidents of the United States of America, who scored a number one single with Lump a year earlier off their debut. With such a quick turnaround from their freshman release, is a dip in quality or are their gems to be rediscovered? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Mach 5

6:33 - History of the Band

16:30 - Tiki God

21:27 - Ladies And Gentlemen Part I

Outro - Toob Amplifier


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#306: Unit by Regurgitator

November 22, 2016

Our latest requested review features a band from Australian we were completely unfamiliar with - Regurgitator. Their second album Unit came out in 1997, going triple platinum, producing hit singles and winning music awards. It’s an eclectic mix of pop, rock and punk powered by ‘80s synth sounds and melodies galore. We previously encountered Spiderbait and enjoyed their genre-hopping approach, does Regurgitator match their success? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff

3:09 - History of the Band

8:44 - The Song Formerly Known As

12:31 - Just Another Beautiful Story

1734 - Mr. T

23:06 - I Will Lick Your Arsehole

Outro - Polyester Girl


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#305: Roundtable - Sophomore Slump Revisited - Razorblade Suitcase by Bush

November 15, 2016

For our second sophomore slump revisited episode of 2016, we jump in the time machine again to revisit 1996 and check out the second album from Bush, the Steve Albini-produced Razorblade Suitcase. Following up a massively successful debut with five hit singles is a tough job, but doing so in short period of time makes the job even harder. It sold half as many and failed to place as many hit singles on the charts, so we’ve invited back Matt Wardlaw (Ultimate Classic Rock, Lost Together Podcast) and Joe Royland (Sit And Spin VideoCast) to help us figure out if this is a true sophomore slump or an album worth redeeming.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro -  Swallowed from Razorblade Suitcase

8:32 - Machinehead from Sixteen Stone

18:33 - Personal Holloway from Razorblade Suitcase

31:55 - Mouth from Razorblade Suitcase

41:19 - Mouth (The Stingray Mix) from Deconstructed

Outro - Greedy Fly from Razorblade Suitcase


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#304: Building by Sense Field

November 8, 2016

Our latest requested review gives us a chance to revisit the 1996 album Building, the third release by Sense Field. Concise, urgent songs packed with guitar and vocal hooks, the album flies by at just thirty five minutes. We dig into it, and find sounds and styles varying from Bob Mould to The Offspring to Tool. Give a listen, and let us know if you agree with our take on Building.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Overstand

3:19 - History of the Band

12:45 - Will

16:59 - Leia

21:17 - Shallow Grave

Outro - No Man’s Land


#303: American Psycho by Misfits

November 1, 2016

Thanks to a requested review, we get revisit the 1997 album American Psycho by the Misfits. Minus founder/original lead singer Glenn Danzig, this album saw the band return after years of being an underground influence upon bands like Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses and others. The “horror punk” sound created by the band shifts in the direction of the bands it influenced, incorporating a decidedly more metal sound, while still utilizing the compact song structures, gang vocals and melodic hooks familiar to the band rom the 80s. But at seventeen tracks, is it too much of a good thing?

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Dig Up Her Bones

4:24 - History of the Band

20:07 - Speak of the Devil

26:22 - Mars Attacks

Outro - The Hunger


#302: Wake by Emmet Swimming

October 25, 2016

To help us revisit the 1995 album Wake by Emmet Swimming, we’re joined by Suburban Metal Dad cartoonist and Slayer author DX Ferris. A little bit of R.E.M. jangle combined with a touch Morrissey-esque vocals give this mid-90s album flavors not heard on other releases around this time. We dive into the players, the history and more to determine if Wake swims or sinks.

Bonus: you can listen to the 1995 Epic Records re-release of the album on Spotify, and you can also check out the original 1994 original running order as put together by DX Ferris

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Jump In The Water

19:37 - Expect Me

45:40 - When Morning Comes

Outro - Broken Oar


#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