#333: Whirligig by The Caulfields

May 30, 2017

This week a requested review gives us a chance to revisit the 1995 debut album Whirligig by The Caulfields. A confection of jangly guitars, story-telling lyrics and power pop melodies might remind some of 70s and 80s masters like Elvis Costello or Cheap Trick, but The Caulfields forge their own path, for better or worse. When done well, they have few peers among 90s bands. Unfortunately, the highest highs are betrayed by some pretty low lows. We try to sort it all out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Devil’s Diary

10:17 - Alex Again

14:00 - Hannah, I Locked You Out

20:59 - The Day That Came and Went

28:06 - Alex Again

Outro - Breathe Under Water

 
 
 
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#332: Batman & Robin soundtrack

May 23, 2017

We gave our Patreon patrons the opportunity to vote one four different releases from May of 1997, and the consensus winner was eclectic soundtrack from the Batman & Robin movie starring George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Alicia Silverstone and more. A mixed bag for sure, there are some clear gems and some awful groaners. We sift through track-by-track and try to find more of the former than the latter. What is worth a revisit? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - The End Is The Beginning Is The End by The Smashing Pumpkins

10:53 - Look Into My Eyes by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

13:46 - Gotham City by R. Kelly

21:12 - Lazy Eye by Goo Goo Dolls

27:08 - The Bug by Soul Coughing

34:15 - True to Myself by Eric Benét

Outro - The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning by The Smashing Pumpkins

 
 
 
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#331: Cockamamie by Jennifer Trynin

May 16, 2017

The winner of our first quarter Patreon contest stops by with his free requested review pick - 1995′s Cockamamie by Jennifer Trynin. Though part of a fertile 90s Boston music scene, Jen Trynin is a bit of an anomaly, self-releasing her debut album prior to a major label bidding war. Her guitar playing shifts between familiar alternative pop and more angular riffing with a rock solid rhythm section. But ultimate, it’s the songs that matters. She managed to score a minor hit with “Better Than Nothing,” but how does the rest of the album fair? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Better Than Nothing

5:17 - Happier

8:59 - Knock Me Down

17:54 - Do It Alone

Outro - One Year Down

 
 
 
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#330: Duran Duran In The 90s

May 9, 2017

We’re back with another “In The 90s” roundtable, our chance to revisit a popular artist from the 1980s and see how they navigated the shifting musical landscape of the 1990s. With fourteen Top 40 hits and two number one singles in the U.S., Duran Duran were one of the most successful artists of the 80s. However, they entered the new decade on the decline, their fifth album Big Thing failing to resonate with fans or critics the way their previous four releases had. How did their 90s output fare in comparison? To help us navigate through their catalog, we’re joined by Annie Zaleski (Salon, AV Club), Chip Midnight (Kids Interview Bands) and Keith Sawyer (WMBR).

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Duran Duran Medley (Come Undone, Ordinary World, Electric Barbarella)

9:21 - All She Wants Is (from Liberty)

18:23 - Too Much Information (from Duran Duran/The Wedding Album)

28:36 - 911 is a Joke (from Thank You)

36:31 - Out of My Mind (from Medazzaland)

Outro - White Lines (from Thank You)

 
 
 
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#329: Interview with Marko DeSantis of Sugarcult, The Ataris and more

May 2, 2017

Musician, label owner, DJ, writer, teacher - you name it, Marko DeSantis has probably done it. You probably know him as the guitarist in pop punk band Sugarcult, and he shares the history of their formation, as well as his involvement in bands such as The Ataris, Nerf Herder, the Swingin Utters, Bad Astronaut. Marko shares his experiences growing up in Santa Barbara, CA, and contributing to the upcoming Sweet Relief “Strange 80s” benefit show.

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Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Pretty Girl (The Way) by Sugarcult

Outro - Lately by The Ataris

 
 
 
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