#298: Interview with Michelle Leon of Babes in Toyland

September 27, 2016

This week we’re joined by former Babes in Toyland bassist Michelle Leon, author of the recently released book I Live Inside: Memoirs of a Babe in Toyland. We discuss her upbringing in suburban Minnesota prior to joining the band at the age of 17, her struggle with the idea of “authenticity” and defying expectations writing a “rock biography.” We get into the nuts and bolts of writing the book, how she approached reconstructing memories from over twenty-five years ago, muscle cars, oversized bass cabinets, her time as a realtor in New Orleans, Prince, and much, much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro/1:58 - He’s My Thing

Outro - Dust Cake Boy


#297: Swing Revival Roundtable + Interview with Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

September 20, 2016

Our roundtable for September is actually a two-parter on the swing revival of the 1990s. We start with an interview with Scotty Morris of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy joining us to talk about his early musical upbringing, how BBVD came together in the early 90s, being a part of Swingers, the 1999 Super Bowl and the arc of swing music in the 90s. In part two, we’re joined by Eric Grubbs and Eric Peterson to take a big picture view of the swing revival in the 90s.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro/1:21 - Kind of Swing by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

50:30 - You & Me & The Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby) by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Outro - Go Daddy-O by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

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#296: Salutations from the Ghetto Nation by Warrior Soul

September 13, 2016

This week we are checking out the 1992 album Salutations from the Ghetto Nation by Warrior Soul. Brash and loud with one foot in the sound of 80s hair metal and the other in 90s alternative, the band is hard to pin down musically. Lyrically, not so much, as they cover anti-government and anti-corporate territory that would make friendly bedfellows with Rage Against The Machine.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Love Destruction

10:20 - The Party

17:34 - Punk And Belligerent

19:23 - Dimension

Outro - Ghetto Nation

#295: Animal Rights by Moby

September 6, 2016

Thanks to our voters at Patreon, this week we’re checking out the 1997 album Animal Rights by Moby. Plenty of ground is covered on this 72+ minute long, sixteen track album. Slow burning ambient tunes? Check. Pulsing instrumentals? Check. Industrial metal? Check. Down-tuned dirges? Check. Post punk cover? Check. There is a little bit for everyone, but who is this really for? We try to figure that out and more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

22:17 - That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

24:44 - Come On Baby

28:02 - Say It’s All Mine

Outro - Love Song For My Mom