#337: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space by Spiritualized

June 27, 2017

For our last review of June 2017, our Patreon patrons selected from one of four albums from June of 1997, and settled on Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, the third album by Spiritualized. Much has been written about the album, from reviews to anniversary retrospectives detailing the creation and recording of the massive achievement that finds Jason Pierce and crew exploring gospel, soul, britpop, blues, psychedelia, noise, experimentation and more, including an orchestra. It’s a headphone album of sprawling proportions one moment and cacophony worthy of a stadium the next. We try to figure out which works better for us, if at all.

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Come Together

10:07 - Cop Shoot Cop...

13:46 - Cool Waves

20:15 - I Think I’m In Love

Outro - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

 
 
 
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#336: Eternal Nightcap by The Whitlams

June 20, 2017

We don’t often get a chance to check out bands from the 90s where the terms ragtime or waltz get tossed around, but The Whitlams qualify. We’re checking out the 1997 album Eternal Napcap by this Newtown, Australian band. Led by vocalist/pianist Tim Freedman, The Whitlams can tow the line between indulgent Rufus Wainwright-style balladry and Ben Folds-esque pop, remaining radio friendly with mature lyrical content. Does it all work for us? Tune in to find out.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - No Aphrodisiac

11:42 - You Look Like Louis Burdett

15:09 - Life’s A Beach

20:23 - Charlie No. 1

Outro - Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 3)

 
 
 
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#335: Television Soundtracks of the 1990s

June 13, 2017

Previously we chatted about movie soundtracks of the 1990s, so this week we’re switching to the small screen and hosting a roundtable discussion on television soundtracks of the 90s. The best and memorable, the one’s that surpassed the show and stand on their own, and the one’s that were HUGE at the time but maybe haven’t aged all that well. We talk about them all (or all that we can squeeze into an hour). To help us do so, we’re joined by two veterans of our program, Eric Grubbs and Joe Royland, to talk My So-Called Life, Friends, Melrose Place and much more. Yes, even Cop Rock.

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - I’ll Be There For You by The Rembrandts (from Friends)

9:53 - Teenage FBI by Guided By Voices (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

25:36 - Good Intentions by Toad the Wet Sprocket (from Friends)

51:22 - Down in the Park by Foo Fighters (from The X-Files)

Outro - Here and Now by Letters to Cleo (from Melrose Place)

 
 
 
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#334: Interview with Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne & The Belltower)

June 6, 2017

This week we chatted with Jody Porter, who just released his third solo album this past March, Pacifier. Jody started out in the early with The Belltower, a dreamy/shoegaze band featuring Britta Phillips (later of Luna) that garnered positive press in the UK but ultimately dissolved. However, a late addition to the band named Adam Schlesinger would later form Fountains of Wayne, who Jody would join after their debut was recorded. Spending the rest of the run with the band until they ended in 2013, Jody released his first solo album Close to the Sun in 2008, followed by Month of Mondays in 2013 via Kickstarter. We talk about all that, his vast guitar collection, his earliest musical recollection learning instruments and playing bands all the way up to recording demos on Garageband for the latest release.

Download Pacifier at CDBaby / Stream it at Spotify

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Valerie Sometimes by Jody Porter (from Pacifier)

7:22 - Lost In Hollow by The Belltower (from In Hollow EP)

38:31 - In The Beginning by Jody Porter (from Pacifier)

48:51 - The Last Chapter by Jody Porter (from Pacifier)

Outro - Supercollider by Fountains of Wayne (from Welcome Interstate Managers)

 
 
 
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