#107: Handsome by Handsome

January 29, 2013

This week it's our third requested review of season - the lone self-titled release by Handsome. The 90s had it's fair share of supergroups, from Temple of the Dog to Golden Smog, but Handsome flew under the radar, featuring members of legendary bands like Quicksand, Helmet, Cro-Mags and Murphy's Law. Terms like hardcore and alternative are easy to associate to Handsome, but what about shoegaze and industrial? Like G.I. Joe, there's more than meets the eye (or ear) with Handsome, but does it all work? Tune in and find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Going to Panic

5:32 - History of the Band

16:20 - Going to Panic

18:16 - Ride Down

21:10 - Lead Bellied

29:08 - Dim The Lights

Outro - Eden's Complex

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#106: Isola by Kent

January 22, 2013

This week we review a band that has sold over two million albums over a seventeen-year, ten-album career - and most people outside Sweden have never heard of them. It's Kent, and their 1998 album Isola. Well, 1998 is the release of the English-language version, the Swedish-language version came out a year earlier, but that's not the point. We're hear to talk about the music, which in it's finest moments recalls Pablo Honey and The Bends-era Radiohead. But are there enough fine moments to call this a worthy album? Tune in to find out.

Note: Tim is now aware he pronounced "Isola" incorrect during the entire episode thanks to his better half.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - If You Were Here

3:11 - History of the Band

10:07 - If You Were Here

14:40 - OWC

21:58 - Lifesavers

Outro - 747

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#105: Rock Collection by Pond

January 15, 2013

Episode 105 brings us our second Requested Review of the 2013 season: 1997's Rock Collection by Pond, the third and final album from the Portland, Oregon trio. Combing angular guitar riffs with tricky drumming and challenging melodies, Pond brings to mind better known 90s rock darlings like Built To Spill and Pavement. Do they have what it takes for consideration in the indie-rock pantheon along side those bands? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Twins

3:32 - History of the Band

6:40 - Scoliosis

11:36 - Spokes

15:16 - You're Not A Seed

18:54 - Twins

Outro - Filterless

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#104: Floored by Pusherman

January 8, 2013

For episode #104, Tim sifted through his college radio archive to dig out the lone album by Pusherman, 1996's Floored. Combining the long-form jams of The Verve with the attitude and pop-sensiblity of Oasis, the band pushes the envelope on song and album length, usually bad signs when we get our hands on a record from the 90s. Through in a harmonica and some dance beats, and it sounds like a recipe for a disaster, but is it, despite the term "timeless" being used to describe it? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Sold

5:36 - History of the Band

10:15 - Chase It

17:30 - The Aim Indeed

21:44 - Whole

23:46 - Never Coming Back

Outro - First Time

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#103: One Day At A Time by Symposium

January 1, 2013

For our first episode of Season Three, we've got a requested review: the 1997 album One Day At A Time by Symposium. Once the "it" band for NME and Melody Maker, the band fell as fast as it rose, while it's brand of energetic pop punk seemed more in step with American bands like Green Day and Blink-182 than it's brit-pop contemporaries Oasis and Blur. The young band knows how to write a melodic hook, but do they know how to seamlessly integrate ska? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Drink the Sunshine

2:30 - History of the Band

8:44 - Farewell to Twilight

10:24 - Puddles

15:54 - One Day At A Time

20:07 - Smiling

Outro - Fear of Flying

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