#302: Wake by Emmet Swimming

October 25, 2016

To help us revisit the 1995 album Wake by Emmet Swimming, we’re joined by Suburban Metal Dad cartoonist and Slayer author DX Ferris. A little bit of R.E.M. jangle combined with a touch Morrissey-esque vocals give this mid-90s album flavors not heard on other releases around this time. We dive into the players, the history and more to determine if Wake swims or sinks.

Bonus: you can listen to the 1995 Epic Records re-release of the album on Spotify, and you can also check out the original 1994 original running order as put together by DX Ferris

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Jump In The Water

19:37 - Expect Me

45:40 - When Morning Comes

Outro - Broken Oar

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#301: Digging Your Scene - Roundtable Discussion on Boston in the 90s

October 18, 2016

In the spring we hosted a roundtable on the Chicago music scene of the 1990s, so for our next “Digging Your Scene” episode, we decided to head to Boston, the home of the Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Belly, Buffalo Tom, Morphine, The Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield, Letters to Cleo, Sebadoh, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and many more. To help us on our quest to figure out what made Boston such a vibrant city for alternative/independent music in the 1990s, we’re joined by a trio of Boston music vets:

Aaron Perrino - leader singer/guitarist of The Sheila Divine, who released their 4th album The Morbs in October 2015

Kay Hanley - lead singer of Letters to Cleo (and much more), who just released a new EP Back to Nebraska via their Pledgemusic campaign

Keith Sawyer - DJ at 88.1 WMBR at MIT in Cambridge, MA since 1996

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Boston Medley (Pixies, Letters to Cleo, Dinosaur Jr, The Sheila Divine, Morphine, Gigolo Aunts)

10:25 - Way You Walk by Papas Fritas

31:24 - His Lamest Flame by Mary Lou Lord

43:33 - Clear Spot by Pernice Brothers

Outro - Rock & Roll Band by Boston


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#300: Interview with author Jovana Babovic of Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney 33 1/3 book

October 11, 2016

We’ve reached a new milestone, and to help us celebrate, we’ve invited the author of the 33 1/3 book entry for Dig Me Out by Sleater-Kinney to join us, author and historian Jovana Babovic. We discuss how the album was chosen, researching and writing the book, and the difficulty of writing about sound. We get into the nitty gritty of the 33 1/3 submission process, the importance of ‘zines to the history of 90s music and the concept of “selling out.” We also talk about the shifting coverage of Sleater-Kinney in the music and mainstream press, the influence of the band in the ‘00s and much, much more.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Dig Me Out

8:14 - Words And Guitar

Outro - Turn It On

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#299: Fountains of Wayne by Fountains of Wayne

October 4, 2016

We gave our Patreon subscribers four album options that were released in October 1996, and they decided we should revisit the self-titled debut by Fountains of Wayne. All the hallmarks of power pop are present - tight songwriting, big vocal hooks with guitar riffs to match, and the occasional harmony to sweeten the sound - from the band that would go on to write the massive single “Stacy’s Mom.” 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Radiation Vibe

4:04 - History of the Band

12:36 - Leave The Biker

18:11 - She’s Got A Problem

27:51 - Radiation Vibe

Outro - Sink To The Bottom

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