#280: The Return of John Davis of The Lees of Memory

May 24, 2016

This week John Davis (SuperdragEpic Ditch) returns to chat about the second soon-to-be-released album by The Lees of Memory. We go track-by-track through Unnecessary Evil, talk song origins, recordings, influences, instrumental and mix choices, album artwork and much, much more.

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Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Unnecessary Evil

13:17 - Any Way But Down

29:12 - XLII

1:04:18 - Artifical Air

1:17:22 - Squared Up

Outro - Stay Down


#279: Metallica in the 90s Round Table

May 17, 2016

The memory remains how much fun we had during our Van Halen In the 90s round table episode last year. The struggle within was to find another artist to fuel our conversation and load up on great guests, because in the end nothing else matters. Mama said Metallica would be our choice, with special guests Annie “Fixxxer” Zaleski (AV ClubSalon and more), “Unforgiven” Eric Grubbs (Do You Know Who You AreDallas Observer and more ) and Matt “Prince Charming” Wardlaw (Ultimate Classic Rock) doing the devil’s dance to determine if it’s sad but true James, Lars, Kirk and Jason trans versed through the never of the 90s as king nothings, or if they were really hero’s of the day.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Enter Sandman from Metallica

44:49 - Until It Sleeps from Load

1:04:32 - Fuel from ReLoad

Outro - The Memory Remains from ReLoad


#278: Trance States in Tongues by Zen Guerrilla

May 10, 2016

After our chat about the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion last week, we decided to go a little further down the 1990s garage rock rabbit hole and check out a band we had both seen live, Zen Guerrilla, and their 1999 album Trance States in Tongues. Whereas JSBX took a more stripped down and deconstructed take on the blues, ZG amps up the tempo and volume to eleven for a high energy brand of rock. But does that come at a cost to the songwriting? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Moonage Daydream (David Bowie cover)

3:01 - History of the Band

8:14 - Preacher’s Promise

12:58 - Ghetto City Version

Outro - Heart Attack


#277: Now I Got Worry by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

May 3, 2016

This week Jim Hanke of the Vinyl Emergency podcast joins us to revisit the 1996 album Now I Got Worry by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. We explore the unique sound and place JSBX has in the overall landscape of 90s music. We also spend the first half of the show reminiscing about our personal recollections of Prince and his impact on our music listening history.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Wail

24:27 - 2Kindsa Love

37:32 - Skunk

Outro - Can’t Stop


#276: Hold Me Up by Goo Goo Dolls

April 26, 2016

With there eleventh album about to be released, we decided it was a perfect time to revisit the Goo Goo Dolls first release of the 1990s. For their third album Hold Me Up from 1990, the band began it’s transition from Robby Takac-led pop/punk band to alternative rock hit-makers of the 2nd half of the decade. This album shows the pieces falling into place, with guitarist John Rzeznik taking the lead vocals on five of the fourteen tracks, up from two on the previous two albums. From track to track, you can hear the past and future of the band colliding, but does that make for a worthwhile overall listening experience? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Never Take The Place of Your Man

18:48 - There You Are

20:48 - Two Days In February

34:59 - Kevin’s Song

Outro - Million Miles Away


#275: Roundtable - Sophomore Slump Revisited - Wax Ecstatic by Sponge

April 19, 2016

We’re kicking off a new roundtable series revisiting the dreaded sophomore slumps of successful bands from the 1990s. The first album we’re checking out is the 1996 album Wax Ecstatic by Sponge with special guests Chip Midnight of KidsInterviewBands.com and Jeff Takacs of Rocketfuel Podcast. With two hit singles and a gold record on their debut Rotting Pinata, their second album took a number of unexpected twists that may have thrown critics and listeners for a loop, but the lack of an killer chorus or hook like on the first record may have doomed them as well. We try to figure out whether or not this sophomore slump is worth redeeming.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Wax Ecstatic (to sell Angelina) from Wax Ecstatic

14:42 - Molly (16 Candles) from Rotting Pinata

23:28 - I Am Anastacia from Wax Ecstatic

Outro - My Baby Said from Wax Ecstatic

#274: Tear of Thought by The Screaming Jets

April 12, 2016

Our latest requested review takes us back to Australia, this time checking out the 1992 sophomore album Tear of Thought by The Screaming Jets. On first listen, you might pigeonhole the band as nothing more than AC/DC influenced pub rock, but further investigation reveals a wide array of classic and hard rock influences from the twin guitar attack of Thin Lizzy to the southern rock boogie of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Sound interesting? How about some horns and jazz guitar? Does that work? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Alright

4:45 - History of the Band

12:50 - Dream On

15:00 - Meet Anybody

20:02 - Alright

21:34 - Hard Drugs

Outro - Helping Hand


#273: Mötley Crüe by Mötley Crüe

April 5, 2016

For this week’s requested review we’re taking a ride on the wild side, revisiting Mötley Crüe’s self-titled 1994 album, the only one featuring John Corabi on lead vocals. Mega producer Bob Rock returned after helming the successful Dr. Feelgood album, but the sheen of the Sunset Strip was cast aside for a heavier twin guitar attack. With a new singer and new sound, the album divided fans and critics at the time, and the album failed to meet commercial expectations in the prime alternative and grunge years. Is this a classic hard rock album awaiting rediscovery? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Hooligan’s Holiday

23:39 - Uncle Jack

30:17 - Poison Apples

33:44 - Misunderstood

41:41 - Welcome to the Numb

Outro - Hammered


#272: Human Cannonball by School of Fish

March 29, 2016

We’re back with our latest requested review, this week we’re checking out the second and final album by School of Fish, 1993′s Human Cannonball. The band scored a minor hit on their first album, but none of the singles reached the same level of success from this release, and we try to figure out why. While the main songwriting tandem of Josh Clayton-Felt and Micheal Ward stayed in tact, the rhythm section changed, and that might have had some impact, while other parts that should have made an impact didn’t. We struggled with this record, are we justified in our criticisms? Tune in hear what we’ve got to say, and let us know if you agree or disagree.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Take Me Anywhere

2:25 - 3 Strange Days

16:47 - Everyword

20:13 - Stand in the Doorway

23:15 - Fuzzed and Fading

Outro - Complicator


#271: Digging Your Scene - Roundtable Discussion on Chicago in the 90s

March 22, 2016

Last year we had a lot of fun (and learned a lot) during our Australian music of the 90s episode. In fact, we had so much fun, we decided to turn it into new series we’re calling “Digging Your Scene,” where we explore a city or region that made an impact on alternative and indie music in the 1990s.

To kick off the series, we’re heading to a city once described (like a few others) as “the next Seattle,” Chicago, Illinois. To help us getting dig deep into the Chicago music scene, we’ve invited back Andy Derer of the Chicago-based Andy Derer Show podcastChicagoist Senior Editor Jim Kopeny and Annie Zaleski, writer for AV ClubSalon and more, to talk the history, the bands, the venues, the record stores, the legacy and more of Chicago.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Chicago Medley (The Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Urge Overkill, Liz Phair, Ministry)

12:17 - Suffocation by The Pulars

25:15 - Valerie Loves Me by Material Issue

33:11 - Lotion by Wesley Willis

51:58 - Sugar, We’re Going Down by Fall Out Boy

55:51 - Get Over It by OK Go

Outro - Via Chicago by Wilco