#254: Delete Yourself! by Atari Teenage Riot

November 24, 2015

Atari Teenage Riot’s 1995 album Delete Yourself! was supposed to be at the start of the wave that would usher the end of guitar music and a takeover by synths, samples and drum machines. That didn’t exactly happen, however plenty of interesting albums were released during that time, and we’re checking out the German trio’s self-described “digital hardcore” debut.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Into the Death

2:43 - History of the Band

14:34: Riot 1995

21:28 - Hetzjagd auf nazis! (live)

23:42 - Kids are United!

Outro - Cyberpunks are Dead!

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#253: Trace by Son Volt

November 17, 2015

It’s been twenty years since Son Volt released their debut album Trace, which means it is up for repackaged remastered re-release and reappraisal. Always compared to Wilco thanks to their time together in alt.country pioneering band Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt finds Jay Farrar at his songwriting peak, easily shifting from uptempo rockers to acoustic slow burns with radio friendly production tying it all together. Does it stand the test of time? Is Tim’s love of Son Volt still strong? Has Jason come around to any of it? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Route

4:01 - History of the Band

6:01 - Drown

18:45 - Live Free

29:05 - Catching On

31:35 - Windfall

Outro - Out of the Picture

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#252: Van Halen in the 90s Round Table

November 10, 2015

This week we’re kicking off the first of a series in which we revisit the 90s output of a band from the 1980s that was massive popular. For the first “in the 90s” round table, we’re tackling Van Halen, who sold a combined 47 million albums from 1980 to 1988, and enter the 90s with the successful For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album in 1991 that spawned the gigantic single “Right Here Right Now.” From there, the band fumbled through a not very live double album before the uneven Balance album in 1995, the final with Sammy Hagar. We revisit the wild months in 1996 that feature the departure of Sammy, return and quick departure of David Lee Roth and addition of Extreme singer Gary Cherone for 1998′s III. To make sense of it all, we’re joined by Van Halen Rising author Greg RenoffUltimate Classic Rock writer Matt Wardlawwriter/author/podcaster Eric Grubbs, and 80s Rock Savant/KidsInterviewBands.com proprietor Chip Midnight for a lively and lengthly discussion.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Man on a Mission

11:34 - Judgement Day

47:55 - Take Me Back (Deja Vu)

1:06:50 - Me Wise Magic

1:17:05 - Without You

Outro - Can’t Stop Loving You

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#251: Earth vs the Wildhearts by The Wildhearts

November 3, 2015

This week we’re checking out the 1993 album Earth vs the Wildhearts by The Wildhearts, which came up in the comments for our recent review of The Almighty. While they share some similarity in the big riffing department, The Wildhearts take a decidedly different approach to the vocals, dipping into power pop melodies and harmonies throughout. Jason, who picked the album, says this should be his favorite band, but isn’t. Tune in to find out why.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Greetings from Shitsville

4:20 - History of the Band

11:18 - TV Tan

14:43 - The Miles Away Girl

16:55 - Loveshit

26:42 - My Baby Is a Headfuck

Outro - Shame on Me

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#250: Frame and Canvas by Braid

October 27, 2015

A few weeks back we with spoke with musician/producer J. Robbins and touched upon his production work with Braid. This week we decided to revisit their 1998 album Frame and Canvas, which has made it onto top whatever lists for emo from NMELA Weekly and Treble, just to name a few. Does it live up to the hoopla? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Killing a Camera

5:57 - History of the Band

15:25 - The New Nathan Detroits

20:44 - I Keep A Diary

Outro - A Dozen Roses

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#249: Interview with Morgan Taylor of Mink

October 20, 2015

This week we’re joined by Morgan Taylor, formerly of the band Mink, to help us revisit our review of their album Get In Get Out from season one. We didn’t know much about the band and their history, or of the Dayton, Ohio scene in the ‘80s or ‘90s, so Morgan walks us through this small but influential town. Morgan takes us back to his earliest bands, opening for an embryonic Guided By Voices. He walks through the half dozen bands he played with, including the short lived acoustic duo Glee & Beak, that opened for Bob Dylan, along with tracing the connected lineage of each Mink member, and how an opportunity to play in the opening band for a Lisa Loeb tour launched Mink. Morgan talks about becoming the “it” band in Dayton, hanging out at Bob Pollard’s legendary Monument Club, getting a standing ovation from Kim Deal, and what led to the band breaking up. There so much to cover, including how Morgan utilized his decades as a musician and interest in illustration to create Gustafer Yellowgold, a multi-media performance of live music, colored-pencil animations and storytelling for children.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Straight Man from Get In Get Out

47:57 - A Social Life from The Red Album

Outro - Ohio at the End from Come Over

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#248: Female Artists of the 90s

October 13, 2015

This week were discussing the influences on, the influence of and the variety of female artists who made an impact on alternative and indie rock in the 1990s. To help us scratch the surface of this very big topic, we’re joined by Annie Zaleski of the AV ClubSalon and many more, Jim Kopeny of the Chicagoist and Chip Midnight of Kids Interview Bands. From Riot Grrrl to Lilith Fair and Justine Frischmann to Jewel, we do our best to dissect what made the 90s different than the preceding 80s and decade that followed.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Rot by Scrawl

7:22 - You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette

27:45 - Violet by Hole

40:46 - Connection by Elastica

52:46 - Beautiful John by Madder Rose

Outro - Dream of the 90s by Portlandia

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#247: Interview with J. Robbins of Jawbox and Burning Airlines

October 6, 2015

This week, we’re joined by producer and musician J. Robbins, of such bands as Government IssueJawboxBurning AirlinesChannels and Office of Future Plans. What do we cover in our two and half hours? Marriage and kids, and how they change a musicians life. Writing, recording and touring. Vans vs. Buses. The styles of Zach vs. Pete. Steve Albini: producing vs. engineering. Dealing with the major labels in the 90s. Guitars and amps. Touring with Stone Temple Pilots and appreciating David Bowie. Playing in Scream with the Stahl brothers and Dave Grohl. Covering (and hating) Tori Amos. Rock artists covering pop artists, and the politics of privilege. Recording Braid and Hey Mercedes. Lyric writing and how listeners interpret them. Current and future vinyl reissue plans. The difference between physical media and streaming on musical appreciation.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Savory by Jawbox

30:34 - Scissoring by Burning Airlines

1:38:54 - Cornflake Girl by Jawbox (Tori Amos cover)

2:05:58 - Spoiler by Jawbox

2:37:48/Outro - Helen Mirren by Channels

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#246: Interview with author/musician Jon Fine

September 29, 2015

Jon Fine, author of Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear), and guitarist of Bitch Magnet, joins us to discuss his newly released book. We talk the genesis of the book and what makes a good rock memoir, try to figure out what exactly is “indie rock,” chat about gear and how to properly dispose of guitars in disrepair, and so much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Mesentery

Outro - Dragoon

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#245: Dyslexicon by Dandelion

September 22, 2015

After Jason’s pick last week, Tim takes a shot and brings Dandelion’s 1995 sophomore (and final) album Dyslexicon to the table on the strength of the single “Weird-Out.” The album owes a heavy debt to Nirvana, from the familiar vocal style to big drums and guitars. The question becomes: when does influence become imitation?

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Trailer Park Girl

3:23 - Weird-Out

5:39 - History of the Band

14:29 - Retard

19:33 - Melon from Heaven

Outro - Snow Job

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