#211: Interview with Kellii Scott of Failure

January 27, 2015

Joining us this week is Kellii Scott of the recently reunited Failure, who will release their first new (and fourth overall) album this Spring (most likely May). Kellii takes us through his drumming history, starting out listening to AC/DC and Rush records while staring at KISS Alive artwork, through his move to Los Angeles and starting out with Liquid Jesus before joining Failure. He shares the story of how he joined Failure (and almost blew it), through the making of Fantastic Planet to the demise of the band, as well as his post Failure gigs playing with Blinker the Star and Veruca Salt, as well as a drumming for Linda Perry, up to the writing and recording of the as-yet-untitled album (we tried to get it out of him!) in progress. How are Failure songs written? Is Fantastic Planet a concept album? What was the catalyst for the band reuniting? Can a band with "mystique" survive in the social media world? We answer all these questions and many more.

Note: the sound quality is a little bumpy for the first six or so minutes thanks to a choppy phone connection, but clears up after that.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - The Focus by Failure

9:52 - The Colourful Ones by Liquid Jesus

25:46 - Let It Drip (Demo) by Failure

37:03 - Heliotropic by Failure

56:49 - Enjoy The Silent (Depeche Mode cover) by Failure

1:09:44 - Lift Me Up by Christina Aguilera

1:15:17 - So Weird by Veruca Salt

Outro - Come Crashing by Failure

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#210: Blues for the Red Sun by Kyuss

January 20, 2015

Our Requested Review for this week is Blues for the Red Sun by Kyuss from 1992. Desert rock, stoner rock, metal - whatever you call it, it's heavy, and their sound has influenced bands like Mastodon, Baroness and many more for over twenty years.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Green Machine

6:54 - History of the Band

20:32 - Molten Universe

26:30 - Freedom Run

29:13 - Writhe

35:20 - Thong Song

Outro - Allen's Wrench

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#209: Discussion on Favorite and Forgotten Albums of 1995

January 13, 2015

This week, we tread new water with our first round table discussion. Joining us are Aaron Perrino of The Sheila Divine and Chip Midnight of Kids Interview Bands to revisit the albums of 1995. First we dive into our favorites from 1995 that still stand the test of time before heading in the other direction, albums that we used to love, but not so much anymore. 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Fig Dish - Bury Me

3:33 - The Abbreviated History of 1990s Music

6:45 - Favorite Albums from 1995

29:16 - Foo Fighters discussion

31:07 - Not So Favorite Albums from 1995

43:10 - Neil Young discussion

49:59 - White Zombie discussion

Outro - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane
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#208: Hi-Fi Sci-Fi by Dramarama

January 6, 2015

Our first review of 2015 is a request to check out the 1993 album Hi-Fi Sci-Fi by Dramarama. Best known for their mid-eighties single "Anything, Anything," Hi-Fi Sci-Fi was the last recording from the band for over a decade. The sound is more refined from their earlier recordings, and incorporates a wide range of influences into their brand of rock that borders on pop punk one minute and Stones-y ballads the next. The album didn't make much of a dent commercially in '93, does it deserve a second listen? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Shadowless Heart

4:08 - Anything, Anything

5:47 - History of the Band

12:46 - Work for Food

15:05 - Senseless Fun

22:05 - Prayer

29:35 - Bad Seed

Outro - Right On Baby, Baby

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