#233: Acetone by Acetone

June 30, 2015

Our requested review this week is the third album by Acetone, 1997′s self-titled release. Like one-time label mates Low, Acetone delivers a slow and deliberate performance with sparse arrangements and mostly hushed vocals. Rarely do Tim and Jason find themselves in almost total agreement on a record, but in this case they do. Tune in to find out if that is a good or bad thing. We apologize for the brief interruption discussing the new season of True Detective, which we have dubbed Sad Detective.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Every Kiss

3:19 - History of the Band

10:33 - Shobud

16:20 - Chew

19:44 - All You Know

Outro - Dee

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#232: Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev

June 23, 2015

Thanks to a recent request, this week we are checking out the 1998 album Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev. Hailed at the time by critics in the US and UK, the orchestral arrangements combined with Flaming Lips style psychedelia helped make Deserter’s Songs a landmark album the helped usher in a decade of bands expanding on both. But age can make the adventurous seem tame, does Deserter’s Song stand the test of time, and is it still worthy of album of the year status? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro: The Funny Bird

3:18 - History of the Band

17:39 - Endlessly

25:59 - Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp

29:06 - Hudson Line

Outro - Opus 40

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#231: Death to Traitors by Paw with Mark Hennessy

June 16, 2015

This week is a first - we’re revisiting an album by a band we’re already checked out. Back in season one, episode three, we reviewed the debut album by Paw. Over five years later, we’re checking out their sophomore album, Death to Traitors. To help us do so, we’re joined by singer Mark Hennessy, who takes us back to the beginning of the band in Lawrence, Kansas. We learn about the formation of the band to recording the demos that got them in a major label bidding. We talk about the differences in writing and recording their Debut Dragline and their sophomore album Death To Traitors, and the internal and external stresses that wore the band down. We talk about the reunions, mark new band Godzillilionaire, and the possibility of new material from Paw in the future.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Hope I Die Tonight

8:16- Sweet Sally Brown

17:31 - Built Low

32:39 - Swollen

48:20 - Texas

1:00:22 - Glue Mouth Kid

Outro - Death to Traitors

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#230: Round Table Discussion on Concerts of the 90s

June 9, 2015

This week we’re talking about concerts of the 1990s for our June round table discussion. We’re joined by frequent suggester/commenter David “Dirty Gert” Gorgos, Rocketfuel Podcast host and Punktastic writer Jeff Takacs, and the voice of Dig Me Out, Katie Minneci. We talk about our favorite shows and venues of the decade along with our least favorites as well. When did an opening band blow away the headliner? What bands make us want to jump in a time machine to check out? Why did the traveling festivals end? Were the Woodstocks nostalgic cash-grabs like we remember? Is there any worse place to go to the bathroom than a music venue? All of this, and more!

(Live) Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Sabotage by Beastie Boys

12:33 - Blame, Etc. by Afghan Whigs

47:28 - New Orleans Is Sinking by The Tragically Hip

101:50 - I Am One by The Smashing Pumpkins

1:18:13 - Thumb by Dinosaur Jr.

Outro - You Love Us by Manic Street Preachers

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#229: Interview with Naoko Yamano of Shonen Knife

June 2, 2015

This week Naoko Yamano of the legendary Japanese punk rock band Shonen Knife joins us.  Naoko talks about her thirty-plus years fronting Shonen Knife. We talk about how the band started in Osaka in 1981 and discuss the music scene of Osaka vs. Toyko. We dig into songwriting, guitars, touring and much more! We hope you enjoy, and be sure to check out Shonen Knife on their U.S. tour this June.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Bad Luck Song

16:14 - Pop Tune

23:45 - Blitzkrieg Bop (Ramones cover)

30:36 - Osaka Rock City

Outro - Super Group

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