#194: Hymns by Corey Glover

September 30, 2014

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

September 23, 2014

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

September 16, 2014

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

September 9, 2014

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

September 2, 2014

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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