August 15, 2017
Greg Glover, co-founder of the Arena Rock Recording Company stops by for a lengthy chat. After some initial Goonies talk, we revisit our recent review of Harvey Danger’s Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone to fill in some blanks and learn some information about the behind the scene machinations involving the record business. We cover Greg’s childhood and college days, running a fanzine and how he got into “the music industry.” He share how Superdrag ended up being release number one for Arena Rock and the story of how they returned to the label years later. We get into reissuing previous releases, and how the Mineral rereleases came together, as well as the dreaded “unsolicited demos,” signing Elf Power, MTV and 1980s, dinners with Seymour Stein at Sire, how to get free shipping and much, much more.
Songs in this Episode:
Intro - NA Kicker by Superdrag
8:12 - Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger
15:34 - Private Helicopter by Harvey Danger
40:20 - Lighting The Way by Superdrag
47:34 - Let It Out by The Life And Times
Outro - Calling All Lovers by The Sheila Divine
August 8, 2017
From charity comps to label samplers, the 1990s may have been the peak decade for compilation albums. We discuss the qualities that make a worthy compilation album with our guests Keith Sawyer from WMBR, Jim Hanke of Vinyl Emergency and Eric Peterson of Love That Album. We pick our favorite comps and favorite compilation-only tracks, and discuss whether compilation albums are still relevant in the age of streaming music playlists.
We’ve got over ten minutes of bonus content over at Patreon this week.
Songs in this Episode:
Intro - Sexual Healing by Soul Asylum (Marvin Gaye cover), from No Alternative
13:14 - Riot on the Rocks by The Hellacopters, from Riot on the Rocks Vol. 1
20:35 - Effigy by Uncle Tupelo (Creedence Clearwater Revival cover), from No Alternative
42:03 - Einstein on the Beach (For an Eggman) by Counting Crows, from DGC Rarities Vol.1
Outro - Compilation Blues by Sonic Youth, from DGC Rarities Vol.1
August 1, 2017
With her first solo outing, Tanya Donelly attempts to balance her indie rock past with a radio friendly approach. 1997′s Lovesongs for Underdogs, our latest album selected by our Patreon voters, came with the burden of Tanya having been a part of numerous successfully and respected indie rock group, including Throwing Muses, The Breeders and Belly. Striking out on her own with a bevy of players, she shows off a wide array of songwriting styles all grounded by her sharp and hooky melodies.
Songs in this Episode
Intro - The Bright Light
8:25 - Pretty Deep
12:01 - Lantern
14:06 - Bum
19:45 - Clipped
Outro - Breathe Around You