#189: Return of The Rentals by The Rentals

The Rentals have a new album out, so it's the perfect time to revisit their debut album from 1995, Return of The Rentals. The band scored a minor hit with Friend of P, and this debut is full of even more radio-friendly singles, but can the keep the vocal and musical hooks flowing throughout the record with the analog synth, fuzz bass and boy/girl vocal set-up? Tune in to find out, and to hear Jason go on a interface design rant you may or may not want to miss.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - My Summer Girl

3:04 - Friends of P

5:51 - History of the Band

13:46 - Waiting

18:25 - Brilliant Boy

21:47 - Naive

26:32 - Please Let That Be You

Outro - The Love I'm Searching For

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#188: Twice Removed by Sloan

With a new album out soon and twenty years since their sophomore release Twice Removed, we thought now was a good time to head north of the border and investigate Sloan. We dive into the four-singer/songwriter band, try to figure out if this is the best Canadian album of all time, or even the best by the band, and end up trying to figure out the best decade for Canadian rock 'n roll.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Deeper Than Beauty

3:41 - Money City Maniacs

5:14 - History of the Band

16:22 - Snowsuit Sound

19:12 - People of the Sky

21:21 - Coax Me/Go Your Own Way

27:25 - Bells On

30:28 - I Can Feel It

Outro - Worried Now
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#187: Bakesale by Sebadoh

Along with Guided By Voices, Sebadoh flew the lo-fi flag in the 90s with a similar gift for short, punchy rock songs. We revisit their 1994 release Bakesale, and dive into a discussion on the two-singer/songwriter band set-up.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Magnet's Coil

2:49 - Rebound

4:29 - History of the Band

14:57 - License to Confuse

17:22 - Skull

20:54 - Temptation Ride

23:26 - Not Too Amused

28:55 - Give Up

Outro - Dreams

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#186: Second Coming by The Stone Roses

This week we revisit the 1994 release Second Coming by The Stone Roses. Joining us to dissect this divisive sophomore release is old friend and music professor Neal Schmitt, who provides a deep knowledge of band and provides insight into the recording technology that went into an album that sounds before it's time while borrowing heavily from earlier influences. That leads us into an extended discussion of other 90s bands and artists who either surpassed expectations on their second albums, or sank like the proverbial stone.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Driving South

4:07 - Love Spreads

6:41 - History of the Band

15:52 - Breaking Into Heaven

22:06 - Driving South

29:50 - Begging You

35:09 - Love Is The Law (The Seahorses)

Outro - Ten Storey Love Song

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#185: Patient by Bluebottle Kiss

Thanks to another Requested Review, for the second time in as many weeks, we're tackling another overlooked gem from an Australia This week, it's Bluebottle Kiss, and their 1999 album Patient. Combining a variety of tasty guitar tones, a tight and original rhythm section, and interesting melodies, Patient is truly a start to finish album.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Smoother It In Honey

2:24 - History of the Band

6:19 - Return to the City of Folded Arms

11:24 - Six Wheels

24:21 - Girl Genius

Outro - Give Up The Ghost
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#184: The Plastic Hassle by Ripe

We're heading back to Australia for this week's Requested Review and checking out the 1994 album The Plastic Hassle by Ripe. Lots of shoegaze influenced bands spent less time on vocals and melody than dialing in the perfect tremolo and delay settings on their guitar pedals, but not Ripe, who manage to craft to genuinely catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. And like those same bands, Ripe aren't afraid to stretch the songs into a variety of territories, whether it's acoustic ballads or minor key dirges.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Mother Tongue

3:49 - History of the Band

9:23 - Something Fierce

16:29 - Centre of the Universe

27:34 - Get Your Shit Together

Outro - Daylight Wants to Kill
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#183: Dig by I Mother Earth

This week Jason dug through his cd stacks picked an album having no recollection what it sounded like - I Mother Earth's 1993 debut release Dig. Sometime that leads to a welcome surprise, and other times reminds you why you stopped listening. I Mother Earth hits a lot of our sweet spots - big guitar and drums, crisp production, slight progressive elements - but also manages to work in some mutual annoyances - slap bass and long jams. So which side prevails? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Production

6:49 - History of the Band

23:10 - Not Quite Sonic

31:15 - Rain Will Fall

44:57 - The Universe in You

Outro - The Universe in You

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#182: The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers

To celebrate the release of a new album by one of our favorite bands, we decided to travel back twenty years in their catalog and tackle the most challenging album of their career - 1994's The Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers. To help us dissect this dense masterpiece, we've enlisted the help of fellow stateside Manic's aficionado and previous guest Andy Derer of The Andy Derer Show.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Revol

19:07 - Yes

34:10 - Of Walking Abortion

50:47 - 4st 7lb

1:09:44 - P.C.P.

Outro - Faster

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#181: Interview with Steve Fisk

This week we're joined by producer/musician Steve Fisk, best known as one-half of the duo known as Pigeonhed, but also behind the board for such bands as Unwound, the Screaming Trees, Soul Coughing, Soundgarden, the Geraldine Fibbers and Nirvana. Steve talks about his history with recording and electronic music, the challenges of producing in the modern era compared to the 80s and 90s, his collaboration with Shawn Smith, who comes knocking on your door when you work with a successful artist, and much more.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Rollin' Through Oakland (Pigeonhed)

9:00 - You Doo Right by (Geraldine Fibbers)

23:11 - Ain't It So (Pigeonhed)

35:14 - Battleflag (Pigeonhed remixed by Lo Fidelity Allstars)

Outro - My Head Popped (Steve Fisk)
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#180: Prize by Wanderlust

This week's album, the 1995 debut Prize by Wanderlust, begs a lot of questions? Can the youth appreciate power pop? Can music be too good for radio? And how did Collective Soul manage to pump out six singles from their second album? We dig deep through the depths of Wanderlust, take a few detours, and arrive a sorely overlooked and appreciated gem.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Wanna Feel New

2:37 - History of the Band

9:20 - Flash and Shadow

14:05 - Coffee in the Kitchen

20:00 - Prize

Outro - Before We Fade
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