#185: Patient by Bluebottle Kiss

July 29, 2014

Thanks to another Requested Review, for the second time in as many weeks, we're tackling another overlooked gem from an Australia This week, it's Bluebottle Kiss, and their 1999 album Patient. Combining a variety of tasty guitar tones, a tight and original rhythm section, and interesting melodies, Patient is truly a start to finish album.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Smoother It In Honey

2:24 - History of the Band

6:19 - Return to the City of Folded Arms

11:24 - Six Wheels

24:21 - Girl Genius

Outro - Give Up The Ghost
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#184: The Plastic Hassle by Ripe

July 22, 2014

We're heading back to Australia for this week's Requested Review and checking out the 1994 album The Plastic Hassle by Ripe. Lots of shoegaze influenced bands spent less time on vocals and melody than dialing in the perfect tremolo and delay settings on their guitar pedals, but not Ripe, who manage to craft to genuinely catchy melodies and memorable lyrics. And like those same bands, Ripe aren't afraid to stretch the songs into a variety of territories, whether it's acoustic ballads or minor key dirges.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Mother Tongue

3:49 - History of the Band

9:23 - Something Fierce

16:29 - Centre of the Universe

27:34 - Get Your Shit Together

Outro - Daylight Wants to Kill
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#183: Dig by I Mother Earth

July 15, 2014

This week Jason dug through his cd stacks picked an album having no recollection what it sounded like - I Mother Earth's 1993 debut release Dig. Sometime that leads to a welcome surprise, and other times reminds you why you stopped listening. I Mother Earth hits a lot of our sweet spots - big guitar and drums, crisp production, slight progressive elements - but also manages to work in some mutual annoyances - slap bass and long jams. So which side prevails? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Production

6:49 - History of the Band

23:10 - Not Quite Sonic

31:15 - Rain Will Fall

44:57 - The Universe in You

Outro - The Universe in You

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#182: The Holy Bible by Manic Street Preachers

July 8, 2014

To celebrate the release of a new album by one of our favorite bands, we decided to travel back twenty years in their catalog and tackle the most challenging album of their career - 1994's The Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers. To help us dissect this dense masterpiece, we've enlisted the help of fellow stateside Manic's aficionado and previous guest Andy Derer of The Andy Derer Show.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Revol

19:07 - Yes

34:10 - Of Walking Abortion

50:47 - 4st 7lb

1:09:44 - P.C.P.

Outro - Faster

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#181: Interview with Steve Fisk

July 1, 2014

This week we're joined by producer/musician Steve Fisk, best known as one-half of the duo known as Pigeonhed, but also behind the board for such bands as Unwound, the Screaming Trees, Soul Coughing, Soundgarden, the Geraldine Fibbers and Nirvana. Steve talks about his history with recording and electronic music, the challenges of producing in the modern era compared to the 80s and 90s, his collaboration with Shawn Smith, who comes knocking on your door when you work with a successful artist, and much more.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Rollin' Through Oakland (Pigeonhed)

9:00 - You Doo Right by (Geraldine Fibbers)

23:11 - Ain't It So (Pigeonhed)

35:14 - Battleflag (Pigeonhed remixed by Lo Fidelity Allstars)

Outro - My Head Popped (Steve Fisk)
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