#172: Frankfurt: Telephonics by Mars Accelerator

April 29, 2014

This week's request review takes us to the unexplored world of Mars Accelerator, and their sophomore release from 1998, Frankfurt: Telephonics. Exploring the mathematical side of indie rock, Mars Accelerator aren't afraid to incorporate long sections of noise and dissonance paired with Built To Spill and Polvo-esque guitar riffage. Frankfurt: Telephonics is an interesting album, but is it for everyone? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Starlxt

2:17 - History of the Band

10:30 - Spites Are Looming

14:13 - Zeroes And Ones

17:08 - 1040 m

Outro - Id Et Mien

#171: Bang, the Earth is Round by The Sugarplastic

April 22, 2014
We're back with another listener review, this week week exploring the quirky power-pop of The Sugarplastic on their sophomore 1996 release, Band The Earth Is Round. The Sugarplastic combine the twisted pop of XTC and the Pixies with clear Beatles influence, occasionally detouring into They Might Be Giants and Presidents of the United States goofy-pop territory. The album works in places, but does it make for a cohesive listen? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Another Myself

2:35 - History of the Band

11:37 - Another Myself

16:29 - Polly Brown

19:04 - Sheep

Outro - Transworld Modal Operator


#170: A Very Special Afghan Whigs Episode

April 15, 2014

Grab a beverage, find a comfortable seat, or hop in the car for a road trip, because this is a long one. We take in an in-depth look at the history of one our favorite bands, The Afghan Whigs, with special guest Lee Heidel, proprietor of SummerKiss.com, the longest running and most comprehensive Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers, Gutter Twins and all-things Greg Dulli website on the planet. Then, we go off into uncharted territory and review a new album! Do To The Beast is the first Afghan Whigs album in sixteen years, but did the beast slay our expectations? The results may shock you, tune in to find out. 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Gentlemen

15:27 - Retarded

21:47 - Come See About Me

35:05 - Stage Banter/Never Take The Place of Your Man

42:33 - 66

1:06:23 - Matamoros

1:17:16 - Algiers

1:47:30 - Royal Cream

1:55:42 - These Sticks

Outro - Miles Iz Dead

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#169: Play With Love by Crow

April 8, 2014

We're back again to Australian for this week's requested review - the 1998 album Play With Love by Crow. Dark and ominous, with comparison to Girls Against Boys and Nick Cave, Crow shift gears throughout the album, from an industrial grind one track to a samba swing on the next - a dangerous combination in the wrong hands. Does Crow have what it takes to pull it off? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - A Broken Machine

4:49 - History of the Band

13:03 - Hate Need

16:55 - Swollen Venus

21:27 - Bobby Pin

Outro - Press On Let Go

#168: Elsewhere for 8 Minutes by Something for Kate

April 1, 2014

Our run of Requested Reviews continues with the 1997 debut album Elsewhere for 8 Minutes by Australia's Something for Kate. On the surface this band sounds like a slightly edgier Bush, but dig deeper (as we always do) and a more complex and interesting band appears. But what made Bush successful, besides Gavin Rossdale's beautiful hair, were the radio-friendly vocal hooks. Does SFK produce the same results? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Prick

2:41 - History of the Band

11:54 - Captain (Million Miles An Hour)

17:39 - Prick

22:10 - Working Against Me

Outro - Strategy