#089: Hand It Over by Dinosaur Jr.

September 25, 2012

Dinosaur Jr. just released a new album, so we felt episode #89 was a perfect time to revisit the 1997 album Hand It Over. Legendary guitarist/singer/songwriter J. Mascis once described the album as his favorite of the major label years, so how does it stand up fifteen years later? There are plenty of curveballs on this album, with trumpets, flutes, banjo's making front and center appearances, not what you'd expect from a Dinosaur Jr. album. Does it work? Tune in and find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Can't We Move This

4:06 - History of the Band

12:57 - I'm Insane

14:38 - I'm Insane

17:04 - Never Bought It

22:27 - Alone

27:40 - Nothin's Goin On

35:57 - Can't We Move This

Outro - Mick

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#088: Jalamanta by Brant Bjork

September 18, 2012

Mark another one off the listener suggestion pile - this week we tackle the debut solo album by founding Kyuss member and former Fu Manchu drummer Brant Bjork, the 1999 album Jalamanta.

Brant's take on "desert rock" is more stripped down with less bombast, incorporating Latin and jazz influences. It's an interesting combination, but does it work? Tune in and find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Too Many Chiefs... Not Enough Indians

5:17 - History of the Band

13:05 - Let's Get Chinese Eyes

14:44 - Too Many Chiefs... Not Enough Indians

19:25 - Automatic Fantastic

Outro - Defender of the Oleander

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#087: Juice by Send No Flowers

September 11, 2012

We're doing our best to keep our promise of catching up on our backlog of listener suggestions, and on episode #86 we're back with another. This week, we give a listen to Send No Flowers from the UK, and their lone full-length release from 1996, Juice.

Like our recent review Headswim, the gentlemen of Send No Flowers are giving us their take on early '90s American alternative rock. We both found Headswim had a hard time finding their own sound, stuck repeating instead of reinventing bands like Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains. Does Send No Flowers fair any better? Tune in and find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Porcelain

6:26 - History of the Band

11:06 - Cold

14:39 - Porcelain

18:21 - Monotony

21:37 - Bitter Taste

Outro - Animal Feeder

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#086: Copper Blue by Sugar

September 4, 2012

We're taking a break from our run of listener suggestions to check out one of the classic albums of the '90s alternative music - 1992's Copper Blue by SugarBob Mould has a new solo album out, so we thought it would be the perfect time to revisit his short-lived run with with this post-Husker Du power trio, especially since it's recently been re-released and remastered with bonus material thanks to Merge Records.

Joining us to talk about Copper Blue is Andy Derer from the The Andy Derer Show, who's hosted a wide array of interesting guests on his podcast that include Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Craig Wedren of Shudder to Think and Bob Nastanovich of Pavement, just to name a few.

Be sure to check out the start of the new season of The Andy Derer Show starting on September 8th, and follow Andy on Twitter and Facebook.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Helpless

7:45 - History of the Band

17:49 - A Good Idea

20:23 - Changes

23:04 - If I Can't Change You Mind

27:33 - The Act We Act

37:36 - Hoover Dam

41:18 - Man On The Moon

Outro - The Slim

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