#259: Review of Season Five

December 29, 2015
It’s the final episode of 2015, and what a year it was! We recently kicked off our Patreon campaign, and on this episode dig a little deeper into what that means for the future of the show. We talk about our favorite interviews, roundtable discussions and album reviews, read some listener feedback and preview 2016.

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#258: Aluminum by Gods Child

December 22, 2015

For our final review of 2015, we’re checking out the sophomore album Aluminum from Gods Child. This New York City band has an interesting and at times odd combination of influences and sounds, jumping from jazz verses to soaring Bon Jovi choruses literally in the same song. Sometimes it works, other times it left us scratching our heads. But did we like it? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - This is the Real World

3:36 - History of the Band

7:01 - Serve Yourself

13:09 - Need

16:24 - Heart of Extasy

Outro - Female Elvis

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#257: Hello by Poe

December 15, 2015

As we discussed in our October roundtable episode on female artists of the 90s, 1995 was a historic year thanks to Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette. But Alanis wasn’t the only artist to make an impact. The New York Times noted in early 1996 about the debut album Hello by Poe and her “moody hip-hop to hymnlike piano to fingerpicking pop-folk.” We revisit this eclectic record that features contributions from former Guns ‘n Roses drummer Matt Sorum, late hip-hop producer/artist J Dilla and Alice in Chains/Jane’s Addiction recording engineer Dave Jerden

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Junkie

1:38 - History of the Band

10:33 - Hello

16:36 - Choking the Cherry

19:45 - Angry Johnny

24:00 Trigger Happy Jack (Drive By A Go-Go)

Outro - Hello (Band Version)

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#256: Movie Soundtrack of the 90s Roundtable

December 8, 2015

For our final roundtable of 2015, we’re joined by Matt Wardlaw and Eric Peterson to discuss movie soundtracks of the 1990s. Where the 90s the ultimate decade for movie soundtracks? Can a great soundtrack redeem a mediocre movie? What were the best songs written specifically for movies? What artists made their careers thanks to soundtrack songs? All this more, plus special thanks to our guest introduction announcer who filled in for our regular.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins (Empire Records)

9:19 - Kids in America by The Muffs (Clueless)

20:54 - Runnin’ on Go by New Bomb Turks (Glory Daze)

32:36 - Seasons by Chris Cornell (Singles)

50:40 - BBC by Ming Tea (Austin Powers)

Outro - Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe by the Afghan Whigs (Beautiful Girls)

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#255: Interview with Scott Lucas of Local H

December 1, 2015

This week Scott Lucas of Local H joins us to talk about their latest album Hey, Killer and their recent tour with Failure. We dig into Scott’s early years in Zion, IL, getting his first Harmony guitar and playing basement and garage shows in the dry town. We discuss the early years of the band, working various jobs while gigging and writing before signing to Island Records. We talk about the upcoming 20th anniversary of their breakthrough sophomore album As Good As Dead, plans for reissues and upcoming shows. The music industry, streaming vs. physical media, Mad Max, the upcoming book coffee table book “Twenty-Five Years of Skin in the Game,” and much much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - City of Knives

3:45 - Gig Bag Road

40:39 - Bound for the Floor

Outro - Age Group Champion

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