#289: Smoke by Drivin’ N Cryin’

July 26, 2016

This week our requested review takes us down South to Atlanta, GA to check out the fifth album Smoke by Drivin’ N Cryin’. After previously scoring a moderate hit “Fly Me Courageous” off the album of the same name, the band returned with this hard rock ode to the classic rock riffage of AC/DC, Aerosmith and Jimi Hendrix, with a little Paul Simon thrown in for good measure.

Songs in this Episode

Intro - Smoke

13:33 - She Doesn’t Want To Go

15:34 - 1988

22:36 - Eastern European Carny Man

26:02 - Back Against The Wall

Outro - 1000 Swings

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#288: Seconds Acts in the 90s Roundtable

July 19, 2016

This we’re talking about second acts, sequels, part deux - whatever you call it, it’s when band and artists get a second go around. Morrissey and Marr after The Smiths. Bob Mould after Husker Du. Dave Grohl after Nirvana. Which artists faired better the second time around, and which couldn’t escape their previous band’s shadow. To help, roundtable veterans Eric Grubbs and Joe Royland join us to who made their second acts the one to remember, and which one’s do we wish never happened.

Head to Patreon for bonus material as we discuss artists who haven’t made a solo album, but we’d like to hear one.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Dyslexic Heart by Paul Westerberg

7:41 - See A Little Light by Bob Mould

18:55 - Vivid by Electronic

37:51 - Los Angeles by Frank Black

56:55 - Honestly by Zwan

Outro - If I Had A Gun by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

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#287: Interview with Andrew Low of The Jazz June

July 12, 2016

This week we are joined (from across the Atlantic) by Andrew Low of The Jazz June. He shares the origins of the band in Kutztown, PA playing house shows and VFWs before graduating to club shows in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He talks about his earliest influences and variety of pre-Jazz June bands. We get into recording their 2000 album The Medicine with J. Robbins, how a multi-year hiatus changed his singing style on the 2014 album After the Earthquake, and much much more.

Be sure to check out the Noisey oral history of The Jazz June referenced during the show.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Rich Kid Shakedown from They Love Those Who Make The Music

21:20 - The Phone Works Both Ways from The Medicine

36:21 - Over Underground from After The Earthquake

44:00 - Two Floors Down from After The Earthquake

Outro - When In Rome from They Love Those Who Make The Music

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#286: Bend by The Origin

July 5, 2016

Another week, another requested review from one of our listeners. This week we’re checking out The Origin, and their second and final release Bend from 1992. Steeped in the pleasant pop that would guide Toad the Wet Sprocket to success, The Origin expand on that sound with touches of soul, psychedelia and country. This album didn’t make much of dent beyond college radio and we try to figure out why.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Jumping To Fall

3:18 - Mad World by Gary Jules (Tears for Fears cover)

4:54 - History of the Band

9:54 - Racing With the Moon

14:22 - Bonfires Burning

19:23 - Candymine

Outro - Trapped in a Dream Machine
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