#265: Emo Roundtable Discussion

February 9, 2016

What exactly is emo? To help us, and several listeners who have asked this same question, we’ve assembled an emo all-star team to figure it out. Joining us is Tom Mullen (Washed Up Emo podcastIs This Band Emo?Eric Grubbs (Do You Know Who You Are? podcast, author of Post), and Jeff Takacs (Rocketfuel podcastPunktastic).

In This Episode:

Intro - Emo Medley (Sunny Day Real Estate, The Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World, Cursive, At The Drive-in)

9:05 - What does the term “emo” mean?

13:40 - What’s the difference between emo, post-punk and post-hardcore?”

23:30 - What are the musical hallmarks of emo?

30:30 - How did emo become mainstream in the ‘00s?

53:50 - What’s the first emo album you give to someone who’s never heard emo?

59:25 - What is the current state of emo?

Outro - The Day’s Refrain by Texas Is The Reason


#264: Dog Man Star by (The London) Suede

February 2, 2016

With an well-received new album just released, it’s the perfect time to check out an album by Britpop pioneers Suede (or, The London Suede here in the states). We put it up for a vote on our Patreon page, and after a tie-breaking coin flip, we’re checking out the 1994 sophomore album Dog Man Star. Like a lot of sophomore albums in the ‘90s, this album came after a well received (critically and commercially) debut. Did Dog Man Star suffer the dreaded sophomore slump? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - We Are The Pigs

5:58 - History of the Band

16:17 - We Are The Pigs

23:58 - Still Life

30:39 - Heroine

Outro - The Asphault Life


#263: Interview with Andy Hindman, Goo Goo Dolls roadie

January 26, 2016

For our first interview of 2016, we’re chatting with Andy Hindman, current bass technician (aka, roadie) for the Goo Goo Dolls. Andy started out in Columbus, Ohio playing in bands and going out on the road as a driver/roadie first for Watershed, then Howlin’ Maggie. After short stints with Dovetail Joint and Luscious Jackson, he joined the Goo Goo Dolls crew, which led him to jobs on tours for artists such as Buckcherry, Santana, Alanis Morrisette and Britney Spears. Andy gives us a behind the scene look at the world that takes place in the shadows of your favorite live shows.

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Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Roadie Medley (Jackson Browne, Tenacious D, Motorhead, Alice Cooper)

Outor - Fucked by Lights by Angry Neighbors


#262: Roundtable Discussion on the albums of 1996

January 19, 2016

It’s our first roundtable discussion of 2016, and we’re tackling the albums from 20-years prior, with special guests Matt Wardlaw (Ultimate Classic RockLost Together podcast), Chip Midnight (KidsInterviewBands.com) and Jeff Takacs (Rocketfuel podcastPunktastic) to help us cover the best, the overlooked, the letdowns and faded-aways of ‘96.

In This Episode:

Intro - 1996 Medley (Soundgarden, Soul Coughing, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Nada Surf)

3:36 - Overall Thoughts on Music in 1996

10:08 - Albums That Made An Immediate Impact

29:39 - Anticipated Albums That Were Letdowns

40:57 - Discussion on R.E.M.’s New Adventures in Hi-Fi

46:47 - Albums from 1996 Discovered Later in Life

56:13 - Albums That Have Not Stood The Test of Time

1:04:01 - Choose One Albums to Represent 1996

Outro - If I Could Talk I’d Tell You by The Lemonheads


#261: Black Tie White Noise by David Bowie

January 12, 2016

It’s with heavy hearts we share with your are latest episode, recorded four days prior to the passing of David Bowie.

With Black Star, his 26th album just released, we decided to revisit his 1993 album Black Tie White Noise, co-produced with Nile Rodgers, who worked with Bowie on the successful Let’s Dance album ten years earlier. With drum and keyboard loops influenced by the burgeoning house and early 90s dance scene, BTWN shows off Bowie’s penchant for melodic hooks and Rodgers talent for infectious grooves, but the spotless production ended up sacrificing some of the emotion and left us feeling a bit cold, despite the inspired cover choices.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Black Tie White Noise

10:44 - The Wedding Song

13:33 - I Know It’s Gonna Happen

18:41 - Don’t Let Me Down and Down

Outro - Jump They Say


#260: Thrumdrone by Carnival Art

January 5, 2016

We start our first show of the 2016 season addressing the passing of Scott Weiland before tackling our first requested review of the year, the 1991 album Thrumdone by Carnival Art. Band member connections to Weezer and Jane’s Addiction make this an interesting listen, but the sounds of those bands aren’t really present, for better or worse. Bouncing between catchy new wave, metal riffing and arty experimentation, Thrumdrone rarely stays on one idea for too long. Does that make for an interesting listen? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Hammers and Nails

14:09 - Wrestling Swamis

17:12 - Itchy Little House

25:19 - Sticky Green

Outro - Mrs. Pears's Reptile Homework 


#259: Review of Season Five

December 29, 2015
It’s the final episode of 2015, and what a year it was! We recently kicked off our Patreon campaign, and on this episode dig a little deeper into what that means for the future of the show. We talk about our favorite interviews, roundtable discussions and album reviews, read some listener feedback and preview 2016.


#258: Aluminum by Gods Child

December 22, 2015

For our final review of 2015, we’re checking out the sophomore album Aluminum from Gods Child. This New York City band has an interesting and at times odd combination of influences and sounds, jumping from jazz verses to soaring Bon Jovi choruses literally in the same song. Sometimes it works, other times it left us scratching our heads. But did we like it? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - This is the Real World

3:36 - History of the Band

7:01 - Serve Yourself

13:09 - Need

16:24 - Heart of Extasy

Outro - Female Elvis


#257: Hello by Poe

December 15, 2015

As we discussed in our October roundtable episode on female artists of the 90s, 1995 was a historic year thanks to Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette. But Alanis wasn’t the only artist to make an impact. The New York Times noted in early 1996 about the debut album Hello by Poe and her “moody hip-hop to hymnlike piano to fingerpicking pop-folk.” We revisit this eclectic record that features contributions from former Guns ‘n Roses drummer Matt Sorum, late hip-hop producer/artist J Dilla and Alice in Chains/Jane’s Addiction recording engineer Dave Jerden

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Junkie

1:38 - History of the Band

10:33 - Hello

16:36 - Choking the Cherry

19:45 - Angry Johnny

24:00 Trigger Happy Jack (Drive By A Go-Go)

Outro - Hello (Band Version)


#256: Movie Soundtrack of the 90s Roundtable

December 8, 2015

For our final roundtable of 2015, we’re joined by Matt Wardlaw and Eric Peterson to discuss movie soundtracks of the 1990s. Where the 90s the ultimate decade for movie soundtracks? Can a great soundtrack redeem a mediocre movie? What were the best songs written specifically for movies? What artists made their careers thanks to soundtrack songs? All this more, plus special thanks to our guest introduction announcer who filled in for our regular.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins (Empire Records)

9:19 - Kids in America by The Muffs (Clueless)

20:54 - Runnin’ on Go by New Bomb Turks (Glory Daze)

32:36 - Seasons by Chris Cornell (Singles)

50:40 - BBC by Ming Tea (Austin Powers)

Outro - Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe by the Afghan Whigs (Beautiful Girls)