#281: Winter and Spring 2016 New Album Reviews

May 31, 2016

Since May gave us a bonus Tuesday to post an episode, we decided to try something new, as in new album reviews. We gathered up some of our roundtable regulars and Patreon subscribers, and put together a bunch of reviews for new albums released in the winter and spring of 2016.

Steve Muczynski reviews You Know Who You Are by Nada Surf 
Joe Royland reviews Hidden City by The Cult
Annie Zaleski reviews Night Thoughts by (London) Suede
Annie Zaleski reviews The Narrows by Grant-Lee Phillips
Scott Russell Halgrim reviews Post Society EP by Voivod
Jeff Takacs reviews Weezer (The White Album) by Weezer
Jeff Takacs reviews Patch The Sky by Bob Mould
Jim Kopeny reviews Black Star by David Bowie
Jim Kopeny reviews Distroland by The Dandy Warhols
Eric Grubbs reviews The Astonishing by Dream Theater
Eric Grubbs reviews Protection by Face to Face
Andy Derer reviews Change of Fortune by Soul Asylum
Andy Derer reviews A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

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#280: The Return of John Davis of The Lees of Memory

May 24, 2016

This week John Davis (SuperdragEpic Ditch) returns to chat about the second soon-to-be-released album by The Lees of Memory. We go track-by-track through Unnecessary Evil, talk song origins, recordings, influences, instrumental and mix choices, album artwork and much, much more.

To hear 12 minutes of bonus material, become a subscriber at Patreon.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Unnecessary Evil

13:17 - Any Way But Down

29:12 - XLII

1:04:18 - Artifical Air

1:17:22 - Squared Up

Outro - Stay Down

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#279: Metallica in the 90s Round Table

May 17, 2016

The memory remains how much fun we had during our Van Halen In the 90s round table episode last year. The struggle within was to find another artist to fuel our conversation and load up on great guests, because in the end nothing else matters. Mama said Metallica would be our choice, with special guests Annie “Fixxxer” Zaleski (AV ClubSalon and more), “Unforgiven” Eric Grubbs (Do You Know Who You AreDallas Observer and more ) and Matt “Prince Charming” Wardlaw (Ultimate Classic Rock) doing the devil’s dance to determine if it’s sad but true James, Lars, Kirk and Jason trans versed through the never of the 90s as king nothings, or if they were really hero’s of the day.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Enter Sandman from Metallica

44:49 - Until It Sleeps from Load

1:04:32 - Fuel from ReLoad

Outro - The Memory Remains from ReLoad

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#278: Trance States in Tongues by Zen Guerrilla

May 10, 2016

After our chat about the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion last week, we decided to go a little further down the 1990s garage rock rabbit hole and check out a band we had both seen live, Zen Guerrilla, and their 1999 album Trance States in Tongues. Whereas JSBX took a more stripped down and deconstructed take on the blues, ZG amps up the tempo and volume to eleven for a high energy brand of rock. But does that come at a cost to the songwriting? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Moonage Daydream (David Bowie cover)

3:01 - History of the Band

8:14 - Preacher’s Promise

12:58 - Ghetto City Version

Outro - Heart Attack

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#277: Now I Got Worry by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

May 3, 2016

This week Jim Hanke of the Vinyl Emergency podcast joins us to revisit the 1996 album Now I Got Worry by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. We explore the unique sound and place JSBX has in the overall landscape of 90s music. We also spend the first half of the show reminiscing about our personal recollections of Prince and his impact on our music listening history.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Wail

24:27 - 2Kindsa Love

37:32 - Skunk

Outro - Can’t Stop

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