#254: Delete Yourself! by Atari Teenage Riot

November 24, 2015

Atari Teenage Riot’s 1995 album Delete Yourself! was supposed to be at the start of the wave that would usher the end of guitar music and a takeover by synths, samples and drum machines. That didn’t exactly happen, however plenty of interesting albums were released during that time, and we’re checking out the German trio’s self-described “digital hardcore” debut.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Into the Death

2:43 - History of the Band

14:34: Riot 1995

21:28 - Hetzjagd auf nazis! (live)

23:42 - Kids are United!

Outro - Cyberpunks are Dead!

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#253: Trace by Son Volt

November 17, 2015

It’s been twenty years since Son Volt released their debut album Trace, which means it is up for repackaged remastered re-release and reappraisal. Always compared to Wilco thanks to their time together in alt.country pioneering band Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt finds Jay Farrar at his songwriting peak, easily shifting from uptempo rockers to acoustic slow burns with radio friendly production tying it all together. Does it stand the test of time? Is Tim’s love of Son Volt still strong? Has Jason come around to any of it? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Route

4:01 - History of the Band

6:01 - Drown

18:45 - Live Free

29:05 - Catching On

31:35 - Windfall

Outro - Out of the Picture

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#252: Van Halen in the 90s Round Table

November 10, 2015

This week we’re kicking off the first of a series in which we revisit the 90s output of a band from the 1980s that was massive popular. For the first “in the 90s” round table, we’re tackling Van Halen, who sold a combined 47 million albums from 1980 to 1988, and enter the 90s with the successful For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge album in 1991 that spawned the gigantic single “Right Here Right Now.” From there, the band fumbled through a not very live double album before the uneven Balance album in 1995, the final with Sammy Hagar. We revisit the wild months in 1996 that feature the departure of Sammy, return and quick departure of David Lee Roth and addition of Extreme singer Gary Cherone for 1998′s III. To make sense of it all, we’re joined by Van Halen Rising author Greg RenoffUltimate Classic Rock writer Matt Wardlawwriter/author/podcaster Eric Grubbs, and 80s Rock Savant/KidsInterviewBands.com proprietor Chip Midnight for a lively and lengthly discussion.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Man on a Mission

11:34 - Judgement Day

47:55 - Take Me Back (Deja Vu)

1:06:50 - Me Wise Magic

1:17:05 - Without You

Outro - Can’t Stop Loving You

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#251: Earth vs the Wildhearts by The Wildhearts

November 3, 2015

This week we’re checking out the 1993 album Earth vs the Wildhearts by The Wildhearts, which came up in the comments for our recent review of The Almighty. While they share some similarity in the big riffing department, The Wildhearts take a decidedly different approach to the vocals, dipping into power pop melodies and harmonies throughout. Jason, who picked the album, says this should be his favorite band, but isn’t. Tune in to find out why.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Greetings from Shitsville

4:20 - History of the Band

11:18 - TV Tan

14:43 - The Miles Away Girl

16:55 - Loveshit

26:42 - My Baby Is a Headfuck

Outro - Shame on Me

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