#234: 001 by Dovetail Joint

July 7, 2015

This week we’re revisiting the 1999 album 001 by Dovetail Joint. With radio-friendly singles and sharp songwriting, Dovetail Joint were a Chicago band that could have had Smashing Pumpkins or Veruca Salt level success a few years earlier in the decade, but the shifting radio and label landscape worked against them as guitar-centric rock bands took a back seat to third-generation grunge knock-offs, mall-punk and manufactured pop. We dissect the album track-by-track to figure out what makes (spolier alert) 001 a worthy album.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Beautiful

3:14 - History of the Band

10:19 - Beautiful

15:15 - Level on the Inside

21:14 - Boy

23:37 - Except When You’re Late

33:00 - Afraid

Outro - Oh My God

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#233: Acetone by Acetone

June 30, 2015

Our requested review this week is the third album by Acetone, 1997′s self-titled release. Like one-time label mates Low, Acetone delivers a slow and deliberate performance with sparse arrangements and mostly hushed vocals. Rarely do Tim and Jason find themselves in almost total agreement on a record, but in this case they do. Tune in to find out if that is a good or bad thing. We apologize for the brief interruption discussing the new season of True Detective, which we have dubbed Sad Detective.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Every Kiss

3:19 - History of the Band

10:33 - Shobud

16:20 - Chew

19:44 - All You Know

Outro - Dee

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#232: Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev

June 23, 2015

Thanks to a recent request, this week we are checking out the 1998 album Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev. Hailed at the time by critics in the US and UK, the orchestral arrangements combined with Flaming Lips style psychedelia helped make Deserter’s Songs a landmark album the helped usher in a decade of bands expanding on both. But age can make the adventurous seem tame, does Deserter’s Song stand the test of time, and is it still worthy of album of the year status? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro: The Funny Bird

3:18 - History of the Band

17:39 - Endlessly

25:59 - Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp

29:06 - Hudson Line

Outro - Opus 40

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#231: Death to Traitors by Paw with Mark Hennessy

June 16, 2015

This week is a first - we’re revisiting an album by a band we’re already checked out. Back in season one, episode three, we reviewed the debut album by Paw. Over five years later, we’re checking out their sophomore album, Death to Traitors. To help us do so, we’re joined by singer Mark Hennessy, who takes us back to the beginning of the band in Lawrence, Kansas. We learn about the formation of the band to recording the demos that got them in a major label bidding. We talk about the differences in writing and recording their Debut Dragline and their sophomore album Death To Traitors, and the internal and external stresses that wore the band down. We talk about the reunions, mark new band Godzillilionaire, and the possibility of new material from Paw in the future.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Hope I Die Tonight

8:16- Sweet Sally Brown

17:31 - Built Low

32:39 - Swollen

48:20 - Texas

1:00:22 - Glue Mouth Kid

Outro - Death to Traitors

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#230: Round Table Discussion on Concerts of the 90s

June 9, 2015

This week we’re talking about concerts of the 1990s for our June round table discussion. We’re joined by frequent suggester/commenter David “Dirty Gert” Gorgos, Rocketfuel Podcast host and Punktastic writer Jeff Takacs, and the voice of Dig Me Out, Katie Minneci. We talk about our favorite shows and venues of the decade along with our least favorites as well. When did an opening band blow away the headliner? What bands make us want to jump in a time machine to check out? Why did the traveling festivals end? Were the Woodstocks nostalgic cash-grabs like we remember? Is there any worse place to go to the bathroom than a music venue? All of this, and more!

(Live) Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Sabotage by Beastie Boys

12:33 - Blame, Etc. by Afghan Whigs

47:28 - New Orleans Is Sinking by The Tragically Hip

101:50 - I Am One by The Smashing Pumpkins

1:18:13 - Thumb by Dinosaur Jr.

Outro - You Love Us by Manic Street Preachers

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#229: Interview with Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife

June 2, 2015

This week Naoko Yamano of the legendary Japanese punk rock band Shonen Knife joins us.  Naoko talks about her thirty-plus years fronting Shonen Knife. We talk about how the band started in Osaka in 1981 and discuss the music scene of Osaka vs. Toyko. We dig into songwriting, guitars, touring and much more! We hope you enjoy, and be sure to check out Shonen Knife on their U.S. tour this June.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Bad Luck Song

16:14 - Pop Tune

23:45 - Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)

30:36 - Osaka Rock City

Outro - Super Group

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#228: Interview with Stephen Brodsky of Cave In and Mutoid Man

May 26, 2015

Joining us this week is singer, guitarist and songwriter Stephen Brodsky of Cave InMutoid Man and many other projects. Stephen takes us back to the beginning: bootlegging Metallica onto cassettes to practice guitar licks, early grade school jams and trying to figure out how to get distortion. We explore his his high school years, discovering hardcore (and hating it at first) and what eventually led to the formation of Cave In. We discuss the evolution of the band, from the “metalcore” beginnings to the transition to Jupiter and the fan backlash that ensued from that album onto Antenna. We get into his newest project, Mutoid Man, and contemplate the current state of “metal” music. We cover reissues, guitar rigs and much, much more. Enjoy!

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Big Riff

30:48 - Terminal Deity by Cave In

43:11 - Jupiter by Cave In

1:00:31 - Reptilian Soul by Mutoid Man

1:07: 26 - Magnified by Cave In (Failure cover)

Outro - Requiem

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#227: Trysome Eatone by Love Spit Love

May 19, 2015

This week’s Requested Review features Richard Butler’s post-Psychedelic Furs project Love Spit Love. We’re checking out the second (and final) album from the band, 1997′s Trysome Eatone. Butler is able to inject his unique melodic and vocal style with some new blood thanks to new players and a wide range of sounds. Sometimes the band evokes his previous band, other times the louder more aggressive rock of the 90s. Does it all work? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Believe

2:51 - History of the Band

8:05 - More Than Money

13:50 - Fall On Tears

18:00 - Friends

24:30 - 7 Years

Outro - 227

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#226: One-Hit Wonders of the 90s Discussion

May 12, 2015

This week we’re chatting about one-hit wonders of the 90s. Joining us is returning champ Andy Derer and newbie Joy Royland. We try to figure out what exactly is a one-hit wonder. We talk about our favorite and least favorite one-hit wonders from the 90s. We cover the one-hit wonders of the 90s that we still enjoy and still annoy us.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Epic by Faith No More

10:14 - Whoomp! (There It Is) by Tag Team

17:22 - Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger

27:23 - Popular by Nada Surf

35:35 - Good by Better Than Ezra

43:22 - Bitch by Meredith Brooks

56:13 - Counting Blue Cars by Dishwalla

Outro - Baby, I Love Your Way by Big Mountain

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#225: Sing to God by Cardiacs

May 5, 2015

Our latest requested review might be our most challenging listen ever, 1995′s Sing to God by Cardiacs - our first double album (no, Use Your Illusion doesn’t count). With almost two decades under their belts, Cardiacs unleashed this behemoth not just in length, but density. The songs are packed with instrumentation, and many flying by at a breakneck pace, churning twisted pop with equal parts psychedelia, Britpop, bombast and manic energy. We haven’t heard much like this, and we’re guessing you haven’t either.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Eat It Up Worms Hero

3:10 - History of the Band

12:00 - Eat It Up Worms Hero

13:41 - Eden On The Air

19:11 - A Horses Tail

23:40 - Dog-Like Sparky

27:11 - Dirty Boy

31:56 - Manhoo

Outro - Bell Clinks

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