#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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#244: Powertrippin’ by The Almighty

September 15, 2015

This week we’re getting to one of our own picks, and Jason has brought us some prime debate material - 1993′s Powertrippin’ by The Almighty. Down-tuned guitars, double bass drum pedals and Motorhead meets Alice In Chains riffage, this band made zero impact in the United States, but their sound is familiar to anyone who has listened to hard rock in the last 20+ years. Has all that time made the band sound derivative, or were they from the start?

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Instinct

5:40 - History of the Band

19:36 - Out of Season

24:39 - Takin’ Hold

28:48 - Sick And Wired

35:24 - Meathook

Outro - Powertrippin’

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#243: Shoegaze Round Table Discussion

September 8, 2015

The description “shoegaze” has been applied to My Bloody Valentine to Ride to Slowdive to Swervedriver to Lush. But what exactly is shoegaze, what links these bands and others to this late 80s/early 90s movement? To help us break it down we’re joined by Aaron PerrinoAndy Derer and Eric Grubbs to talk the bands, the sounds, the albums, the guitar pedals and much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Only Shallow by My Bloody Valentine

10:53 - Duel by Swervedriver

22:26 - Little Fury Things by Dinosaur Jr.

32:56 - Heliotropic by Failure

40:28 - Just Like Honey by The Jesus and Mary Chain

Outro - The Sight of You by Pale Saints

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#242: Tatoonie by Blind Mr. Jones

September 1, 2015

Next week will be hosting our round table discussion on shoegaze, so to get in the mood, this week we’re tackling one of the lesser known entries in the genre - the 1994 album Tatoonie by Blind Mr. Jones. Many of the things you come to expect from a shoegaze band are present - etheral vocals and guitars that switch from chorus clean to distorted chaos in an instant. As we dug deeper, we discovered some nods to power pop and early Britpop that make this album more intriguing that expected, but with a few issues to overcome.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Disneyworld

5:40 - History of the Band

10:33- Hey

15:12 - See You Again

17:59 - Mesa

Outro - Big Plane

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#241: Interview with Dale Crover of the Melvins

August 25, 2015

For our latest episode, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dale Cover, drummer and occasional guitar/bass player for the MelvinsAltamontFantomasNirvana and Broken Bat. To say this was a “wide-ranging” interview would be an under statement, as the two-plus hours interview spent about half the time talking music, the rest covering topics such as children’s birthday parties, Texas BBQ spots, European coffee, Ohio accents, and at one point Dale turns the tables and interviews us. We’re presenting this unedited in glorious raw form, and we hope you enjoy.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Queen

Outro - Sweet Willy Rollbar
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#240: Round Table Discussion on Punk in the 90s

August 18, 2015

For our latest round table discussion, we’re revisiting punk rock of the 1990s with a pair of special guests: author and podcaster Eric Grubbs, and music writer Scott Colvin. We trace how the 80s punk underground paved the way for the 90s mainstream explosion, dissect the various punk sub-genres, discuss the overlooked gems, tackle the “sell out” label, and much more. Who’s punk, what’s the score? We try to figure it out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Ruby Soho by Rancid

15:20 - Save Your Generation by Jawbreaker

24:22 - Welcome to Paradise (Kerplunk version) by Green Day

43:05 - Firestorm by Earth Crisis

56:11 - On A Rope by Rocket From The Crypt

Outro - Someday I Suppose by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

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#239: The Heart Is A Monster by Failure with Kellii Scott

August 11, 2015

Back in January, Kellii Scott of Failure joined us to discuss the reunion of his band, his career in music, and their in-progress recordings. Eight months later, the album has been released, so it’s the perfect time to have Kellii back on to talk about Failure’s new album, their fourth overall and first in nineteen years, The Heart Is A Monster. To help us do so, we’re rejoined by our old friend Keith Jenkins, who revisited Fantastic Planet with us way back on episode #12. We talk writing, recording, mixing and touring the new album, plus learn more interesting anecdotes from Kellii, like auditioning for Queens of the Stone Age and why he’ll never be on a Desert Sessions recording (hint: it’s too hot), how the democratic process influences his preferred number of band members, what’s the best tank-driving song on THIAM, what a Pledge campaign is really like for bands, how softer is sometimes better when recording drums, why it’s good to have an app on your phone to order food in the studio, and much, much more. Grab a beverage and a snack, and plant yourself in a comfortable chair for this two-plus hour in-depth discussion.

Songs in this episode:

Intro - The Focus

19:42 - Hot Traveler

36:33 - A.M. Amnesia

57:51 - Atom City Queen

1:19:10 - Counterfeit Sky

1:37:58 - Mulholland Drive

1:57:12 - The Focus

Outro - I Can See Houses

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#238: Apple by Mother Love Bone

August 4, 2015

It’s been twenty-five years since Mother Love Bone released their one and only album, Apple. Neither hair metal nor grunge, the band bridged an interesting time between the 80s and 90s. To help us revisit, we’re joined by Eric Peterson of the Love That Album podcast to talk Mother Love Bone, Andrew Wood, Temple of the Dog, Pearl Jam, the Singles soundtrack and much more.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Stardog Champion

4:01 - History of the Band

27:28 - Gentle Groove

31:36 - Mr. Danny Boy

47:48 - Man of Golden Words

Outro - Crown of Thorns

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#237: The Real Ramona by Throwing Muses

July 28, 2015

We’re checking out Throwing Muses 1991 album The Real Ramona, that last to feature Tanya Donelly as a full time member alongside Kristin Hersh. There is plenty to like about the twin-guitar attack and layered vocals of Donelly and Hersh, but a few we had a few complaints as well. Are we are on target, or do our criticisms miss the mark? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Counting Backwards

4:13 - Not Too Soon

5:49 - History of the Band

13:12 - Honeychain

17:04 - Ellen West

Outro - Say Goodbye

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