#193: At Action Park by Shellac

Shellac have a new record out, so we're revisiting their debut release from 1994, At Action Park. Abrasive and metallic, Shellac are the post-punk grinding underbelly of the 90s alternative explosion thanks to producer/guitarist/singer Steve Albini. We dissect the record, and then chat about the recent U2 release through iTunes.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - My Black Ass

4:19 - History of the Band

10:30 - My Black Ass

19:31 - Song of the Minerals

21:48 - A Minute

24:00 - Dog and Pony Show

27:21 - Pull the Cup

Outro - The Idea of North
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#192: Ruby Vroom by Soul Coughing

Ex-Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty has a new solo record out, so we decided to revisit his former band's first release, 1994's Ruby Vroom. One of us rated this a worthy album, and one of gave it a decent single, so it's fair to say we don't see eye to eye on this album.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Bus to Beelzebub

4:22 - History of the Band

15:20 - Casiotone Nation

19:34 - True Dreams of Wichita

23:42 - Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago/I Wish

31:03 - City of Motors

Outro - Screenwriter's Blues

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#191: Faithless Street by Whiskeytown

With a new solo album about to be released, we decided to revisit where it all started for Ryan Adams with the 1995 debut release Faithless Street from his band Whiskeytown. Steeped in the alternative country that rose to prominence thanks to bands like Uncle Tupelo and The Jayhawks, there is plenty to like about a band forging its own path while still staying ground in traditional country rhythms and themes. Our discussion is occasionally derailed by Ryan Adams "the personality" as much as the singer and songwriter, and the end result is clashing viewpoints on this record. One of thought this was worthy album start to finish. Who didn't. Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Drank Like a River

8:00 - History of the Band

16:06 - Drank Like a River

18:51 - Too Drunk to Dream

21:06 - Matrimony

29:12 - Revenge

Outro - If He Can't Have You

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#190: Subliminal Plastic Motives by Self

We travel back to 1995 to revisit the debut album Subliminal Plastic Motives by Self. Chock full of production goodness, S.P.M. is a dense, inventive record with a power pop heart, which is both a plus and minus. Self aren't afraid to mix-up genres, sometimes within a single song, but is there too much of a good thing? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Borateen

4:19 - Cannon

5:19 - History of the Band

16:17 - Marathon Shirt

20:11 - Sophomore Jinx

25:20 - Lucid Anne

Outro - Stewardess

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#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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