#224: Interview with Matthew Sweet

April 28, 2015

Joining us this week is Matthew Sweet for a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion. Matthew shares his insights on his latest album project, and what the fulfillment aspect of crowd-funded albums is really like. We talk about his earliest influences, from new wave and punk to 70s power pop like Big Star and The Raspberries, and discuss why power pop bands are almost always critically acclaimed but tend to gain appreciation in retrospect. Matthew explains how his various guitars impact his songwriting (which may involve recording on his iPhone), and his earliest years learning bass to Yes records and Carol Kaye instructional videos (who would later play on his album In Reverse), which got him into a college band while he was still eight grade. We dive into the discography, discuss the leaps between the first two Columbia albums and Girlfriend, to the harsher and dark sound of Altered Beast. There’s so much more, we can’t list it all! Sick of Myself! Drew Carey! 70 Challengers! Brendan O’Brien! Mad Men! Making In Reverse! Touring! Fred Armisen! Susanna Hoffs! The Telecommunications Act of 1996! Mike Myers! Pottery! It’s all in there, and we hope you enjoy.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Girlfriend

38:22 - Dinosaur Act

54:22 - Sick of Myself

1:18:29 - Thunderstorm

1:46:14 - Ivory Tower

1:56:54 - Where You Get Love

Outro - Come to California

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#224: Interview with Matthew Sweet

April 28, 2015

Joining us this week is Matthew Sweet for a lengthy and wide-ranging discussion. Matthew shares his insights on his latest album project, and what the fulfillment aspect of crowd-funded albums is really like. We talk about his earliest influences, from new wave and punk to 70s power pop like Big Star and The Raspberries, and discuss why power pop bands are almost always critically acclaimed but tend to gain appreciation in retrospect. Matthew explains how his various guitars impact his songwriting (which may involve recording on his iPhone), and his earliest years learning bass to Yes records and Carol Kaye instructional videos (who would later play on his album In Reverse), which got him into a college band while he was still eight grade. We dive into the discography, discuss the leaps between the first two Columbia albums and Girlfriend, to the harsher and dark sound of Altered Beast. There’s so much more, we can’t list it all! Sick of Myself! Drew Carey! 70 Challengers! Brendan O’Brien! Mad Men! Making In Reverse! Touring! Fred Armisen! Susanna Hoffs! The Telecommunications Act of 1996! Mike Myers! Pottery! It’s all in there, and we hope you enjoy.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Girlfriend

38:22 - Dinosaur Act

54:22 - Sick of Myself

1:18:29 - Thunderstorm

1:46:14 - Ivory Tower

1:56:54 - Where You Get Love

Outro - Come to California

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#223: Kim Salmon & the Surrealists by Kim Salmon & the Surrealists

April 21, 2015

Our second requested review of Australia month is the self-titled 1995 album by Kim Salmon & The Surrealists. By ‘95, Kim Salmon was already a legend in Australia, having fronted the influential 70s & 80s punk band The Scientists, then The Beasts of Bourbon along with The Surrealists amongst other projects. This album finds Kim and his rhythm section exploring some familiar sounds as well as new territory. We split our opinion on this record, but not how you might think.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - What’s Inside Your Box?

2:29 - History of the Band

7:40 - I Wish Upon You

10:51 - What’s Inside Your Box?

17:14 - Holocaust

24:39 - Frantic Romantic

Outro - Draggin’ Out The Truth

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#222: Discussion on Australian Bands of the 1990s

April 14, 2015

Before this month, we had reviewed thirteen albums from Australian bands in the 90s in the first four years of the podcast, but we still did’t have a good understanding of the overall history Australian music during that time. What were their influences? What were the scenes in the different cities like? What is Big Day Out? The Saints? The Scientists? To help us unlock the mysteries, we’re joined by frequent requester and friend of the show Gavid Reid, along with Dan Buhagiar, producer and writer at Double J radio.

And check out Dan’s article on the 10 Australian Bands From the ‘90s Worth Revisiting.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Drugs by Ammonia

6:07 - (I’m) Stranded by The Saints

13:20 - Tomorrow by Silverchair

35:07 - Streets of Your Town by The Go-Betweens

41:34 - Shazam! by Spiderbait

52:18 - Don’t It Get You Down by Deadstar

Outro - Railhead by Crow

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#221: Together Alone by Crowded House

April 7, 2015

To kick of our month-long visit to Australia, our first requested review for April is the 1993 album Together Alone by Crowded House. You probably know the band from their two big singles - Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong. But the band, and by the band we mean Neil Finn, have a number or strong full length albums in their history. Is it possible that Together Alone is tops them all? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Distant Sun

3:47 - History of the Band

10:01 - Walking on the Spot

15:10 - Black and White Boy

20:31 - Nails in My Feet

24:48 - Private Universe

Outro - In My Command

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