#320: Interview with Tim Kasher of The Good Life & Cursive

February 28, 2017

Tim Kasher of The Good Life and Cursive has a new solo album out this March (No Resolution) on a new label (15 Passenger). We talk to him about the why he decided now was the time to start the new label away from Saddle Creek and the plans for reissuing late 90s Cursive material later this year. We discuss the transition in the mid-00s from writing as a band to writing alone at home and how that changed not only his writing style, but the way he sings. We chat about his current move out to Los Angeles, as well as his previous relocation out west a decade ago to work on films and his experience writing screenplays, and the independent film he recently completed. All this and much more, including how Tim identifies with Steve Harris of Iron Maiden and which trip-hop band is a major influence.

Also, make sure to visit 15 Passenger and pre-order the new album before the release date of 3/3/17 and be entered into contest to win all the releases from the label forever.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - An Answer for Everything

Outro - Break Me Open

 
 
 
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#319: Electronica in the 90s Roundtable

February 21, 2017

Remember Electronica? Well we do, and we’re not quite sure what it was, so we’re hosting a roundtable discussion this week to talk about the explosion of electronic music that hit MTV, radio, Billboard and more in the late 90s. To help us figure out what it means, we’ve got a pair of guests, returning regular Andy Derer from The Andy Derer Show, and a first time visit from our old college radio music director Matt Shiverdecker, currently of the Austin-American Statesman Austin360. We look back at the origins of Electronica, revisit four pivotal albums from 1997, and how this all evolved into the ‘00s juggernaut that is EDM (or Electronic Dance Music). 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Medley (The Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, The Crystal Method & Filter, Daft Punk)

12:25 - Setting Sun by The Chemical Brothers

27:09 - Around The World by Daft Punk

37:10 - Firestarter by The Prodigy

43:12 - Busy Child by The Crystal Method

Outro - Ray of Light by Madonna

 
 
 
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#318: Upstyledown by 28 Days

February 14, 2017

Thanks to our friend Gavin in Australia, we’re checking out 28 Days from Melbourne and their sophomore album Upstyledown from 2000. Though it charted at #1 on the Australian ARIAnet album chart, the band failed to make a dent in the United States, which seems like a missed opportunity considering the band combines the sounds of late 90s/early 00s pop punk and rap rock into a familiar sound. Though the band has an ear for hooks and it sounds good, we revisit the “timeless” vs. “dated” production debate and wonder whether some of the musical and lyrical choices were the right ones. If you’re a fan of bands like Zebrahead, Sum 41, Biohazard, Phunk Junkeez, etc., this might be a lost gem waiting to be discovered.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Rip It Up

7:19 - History of the Band

11:53 - Sucker

14:06 - Song for Jasmine

19:02 - Information Overload

Outro - 16 Kill The Fake (Seshoo) (Featuring Uzumaki)

 
 
 
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#317: Hissing Prigs in Static Couture by Brainiac

February 7, 2017

As The Pretenders once sang, we’re going back to Ohio to check out Dayton’s legendary Brainiac thanks to the winner of our 2016 year-end Patreon giveaway. In just five years, the band put out a significant body of work, including three full-length albums, half a dozen 7″s and a pair of EPs. We’re checking out their third and final album Hissing Prigs in Static Couture, released on Touch & Go Records in 1996, recorded with Eli Janney of Girls Against Boys. Besides exploring the record we also spend some time (too much?) discussing the Super Bowl and our guest Chris makes his pick for a future roundtable episode. You wanted the best, you got...well, us.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - K155 M3, U JACK3D UP J3RK

19:13 - PU55YF00T1N'

21:08 - 5TRUN9

29:25 - 1 AM A CRACK3D MACH1N3

Outro - H0T 53AT CAN'T S1T D0WN

 
 
 
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