#198: Short Forth Self Living by Medicine

This week we revisit the 1992 debut album Shot Forth Self Living by Medicine. Combining waves of distortion and breathy vocals, Medicine has been called the American My Bloody Valentine. Are they worthy of comparison to such a legendary band? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Miss Drugstore

3:19 - History of the Band

10:33 - Defective

15:25 - A Short Happy Life

20:36 - Sweet Explosion

Outro - Aruca

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#197: Psychic Hearts by Thurston Moore

This week we're revisiting the 1995 debut solo release Psychic Hearts by former Sonic Youth frontman/guitarist Thurston Moore. With a new solo album just released, it's the perfect time to check out Moore's first solo outing, with the inevitable comparisons to his (then) full-time gig in Sonic Youth. Shorter, stripped down and condensed songs dominate the album, but is the lack of experimentation a blessing or a curse? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Psychic Hearts

5:22 - History of the Band

15:37 - Patti Smith Math Scratch

19:17 - Ono Soul

21:40 - Tranquilizers

25:53 - Queen Bee and Her Pals

29:48 - Staring Statues

32:01 - Cindy (Rotten Tanx)

49:45 - Pretty Bad

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#196: Stoner Witch by The Melvins

The Melvins have a new album out, so it's the perfect time to revisit their 1994 release Stoner Witch. With their combination of metal, psyche and punk, Melvins have carved out a loyal fan base of their brand of "sludge metal." Stoner Witch is the second of their three albums on a major label, but the that doesn't make them any less metal, psyche or punk, as the band turns in some of the most exciting music in their history.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Queen

6:59 - History of the Band

9:25 - Sweet Willy Rollbar

15:55 - Roadbull

20:30 - Revolve

24:06 - Goose Freight Train

Outro - At The Stake

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#195: Twisted Tenderness by Electronic

With a new solo album released by Johnny Marr, we decided to check out his post-Smiths band Electronic along with Bernard Sumner of New Order and their third album from 1999, Twisted Tenderness. Steeped in the dance electronic music of the 1990s, Sumner and Marr each bring their respective sounds to the band. While this frees Sumner to explore more pop melodies, Marr can occasionally get lost in the layers of loops and synths. Is Electronic a successful collaboration? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Make It Happen

8:06 - History of the Band

14:14 - Like No Other

16:33 - Twisted Tenderness

22:24 - Can't Find My Way Home

26:23 - Haze

28:49 - Vivid

Outro - Prodigal Son

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#194: Hymns by Corey Glover

With a new Living Colour on the horizon, you figure now would be a good time to revisit a 90s Living Colour release. But we take a detour, and dig deep for the debut solo release by Living Colour frontman Corey Glover, and his 1998 album Hymns. Steeped in r&b and soul, this record finds Glover exploring Steve Wonder, Al Green and Sly Stone territory, while injecting it with some rock 'n roll swagger. Carving out original sounds while paying homage to those legendary artists, the record wobbles between original and familiar. Does it work as a whole? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Do You First Then Do Myself

5:34 - History of the Band

10:32 - Things Are Getting In The Way

13:34 - Sermon

18:55 - Silence

24:16 - Lowball Express

29:10 - Little Girl

Outro - One

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#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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