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#452: Sophomore Slump Reversed

#452: Sophomore Slump Reversed

September 10, 2019

To paraphrase a rock 'n roll saying, you get a lifetime to make your first record, but six months to make your second. As we've discovered in our Sophomore Slump Revisited series, it is not always the case that limited time causes the dreaded Sophomore Slump. Record label management shake-ups, shifting radio playlists and various other factors have impacted the success or failure of second albums. But what about the opposite? Bands that made okay or solid freshman efforts, but kicked it up a notch on their sophomore album and finally "discovered their sound" or "delivered on their promising debut." Or bands that released massive, chart-topping first albums, only to equal or exceed with their follow-up. There's a lot to cover, and a lot to discuss as we talk about a bunch of bands and albums that reversed the curse of the Sophomore Slump.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Sophomore Jinx by Self

9:57 - Cut Your Hair by Pavement

24:34 - Not Too Late by Satchel

37:20 - Pen Pals by Sloan

48:41 - Until You Came Along by Golden Smog

Outro - Spice Up Your Life by Spice Girls

 

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#451: Bareback by Hank Dogs

#451: Bareback by Hank Dogs

September 3, 2019

While we've touched on some alternative country over the years on the podcast, we've never encountered a straight-up folk record. Until now. Thanks to a patron selection, we checked out the 1999 debut album Bareback by Hank Dogs. A family band with lineage to the Sex Pistols, we had no idea what to expect, though the name and album cover tipped us off to something country-ish. The reality is much more traditional, recalling the English folk of The Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson, etc. - all well outside our respective wheelhouses. But albums like this help expand our musical horizons, even if they fall victim to the overstuff compact disc era, and foreshadow the 2000s folk and freak-folk revival.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Lucky Break

13:06 - 18 Dogs

19:52 - I'm An Angel

25:27 - Take Back My Own Heart

Outro - Sun Explodes

 

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#450: Sunday Morning Music by Thornetta Davis

#450: Sunday Morning Music by Thornetta Davis

August 27, 2019

If we told you that a soul/blues singer from Detroit released a record on Sub Pop on 1996 backed by funk rockers Big Chief, who had themselves just released an album influenced by 70s Blaxploitation films, you'd think we'd have a crazy game of Mad Libs going on. But the end result of Thornetta Davis' debut solo album Sunday Morning Music is much more traditional than expected, find space between the 1990s neo soul of Maxwell, D'Angelo and Erykah Badu, and the new wave of young American blues artists like Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepard.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Helpless

10:38 - Only One

13:58 - Cry

21:01 - And I Spin

Outro - Come Go With Me

 

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Patreon Preview: Freedom by Neil Young

Patreon Preview: Freedom by Neil Young

August 22, 2019

If there is a new episode of Dig Me Out in your feed on a Thursday, that can only mean one thing - we sharing with you a preview of our latest Dig Me Out '80s episodes. With the help our Patreon Board of Directors and Steering Committee tiers, we're revisiting another album from the 1980s based on suggestions and votes of our patrons. This month we're checking out the 1989 album Freedom by Neil Young. Join the DMO Union for as little as $2 a month and get access to bonus content like this episode, vote in our album review polls, get exclusive merchandise and more!

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#449: Revisiting the Warped Tour

#449: Revisiting the Warped Tour

August 20, 2019

Touring festivals were all the rage in the 1990s, with Lollapalooza kicking things off in 1991, following by Lilith Fair, the H.O.R.D.E. Tour, Ozzfest, Family Values Tour and others. We're heading back to 1995 to revisit the Warped Tour, from those who attended it and those who played it, gaining insight on the various line-up incarnations of the 90s, as well as the evolving line-up of artists, that started as a pop-punk-ska skate boarding, but morphed into a broader "youth-oriented" festival thanks to co-founder Kevin Lyman. We learn the various quirks (daily line-up shuffling!), the queasy (no showering for days! port-a-potties!) and the community that was built over twenty-five years of the Warped Tour.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Al's War by Less Than Jake

Outro - History Of A Boring Town by Less Than Jake

 

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#448: Doppelgänger by Curve

#448: Doppelgänger by Curve

August 13, 2019

When singer/guitarist Toni Halliday and multi-instrumentalist Dean Garcia paired up to form Curve in 1989, they already had established bonafides in the music world with previous releases on Anxious Records, set-up by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics. While those efforts failed to connect, their three 1991 EPs gained enough momentum that the 1992 debut album Doppelgänger, with assistance from soon to be in-demand producer Flood, was primed for widespread acclaim and respectable sales. Doppelgänger cracked the top twenty UK album chart, but their sound, an at times hypnotic combination of noisy-pop, shoegaze, dreamy textures and Madchester big beats, failed to connect with a larger audience, a sound that years later Garbage would refine for the mid-nineties radio waves. But for all the forward thinking and ahead-of-its-time accolades, there is a decidedly 1990s time stamp to the wall of sound approach, especially in the layered drums and percussion that left us equally fatigued and fascinated.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Horror Head

13:25 - Ice That Melts The Tips

19:41 - Sandpit

26:30 - Lillies Dying

29:48 - Split Into Fractions

29:57 - Mine All Mine (Van Halen)

Outro - Fait Accompli

 

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#447: Forever = 1 Day by Fighting Gravity

#447: Forever = 1 Day by Fighting Gravity

August 6, 2019

If you are checking us out for the first time, you'll quickly learn what our regular listeners already know: reggae and/or ska were not our thing back in the 1990s. Now, we're not going to claim to have fully converted to fandom, but the 1996 album Forever = 1 Day by Fighting Gravity left us with positive vibes. When the band locks into a relaxed mid-tempo groove, we're fully on board. When they occasionally pick up the pace to skanking speeds, or slow to a new age crawl, we found less reason to stay engaged. We got to explore all sides of the band, as well as the dig into the touring regional band phenomenon prevalent in the 1990s with access to cheap CD replication and an established college fraternity circuit that will no doubt come up again in future episodes.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - One Day

12:20 - Fools And Kings

21:35 - Ted's River Song

31:22 - Quiet Angel

Outro - Mission Bells

 

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#446: Modest Mouse In The 90s

#446: Modest Mouse In The 90s

July 30, 2019

Maybe you listened to Modest Mouse in 1996 or 1997 and thought, yes, this band will invade the public consciousness with a catchy single in the 2000s, launching them into elite status as a festival headliner, collaborate with a legendary guitarist, and influence a new generation of artists like Silversun Pickups, Future Islands, Car Seat Headrest and more. Most likely like us, you didn't, and figured a solid career in the indie music world was their destiny. We're okay with not foreseeing what may end up being the underground's last stab at infiltrating the mainstream, and decided to revisit for our second "Origins" roundtable the early years of Modest Mouse in the 1990s. Isaac Brock's unique songwriting style is present immediately, but the refinement of later years hasn't happened, allowing for exploration and experimentation across expansive (re: long) albums. It's in 1997's sophomore album The Lonesome Crowded West that the band gels, the focus sharpens, and the seeds of what were to come begin to sprout just enough at the intersection of distinct yet recognizable.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Teeth Like God's Shoeshine

10:30 - Novocaine Stain

16:18 - Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset

23:29 - Sleepwalking

31:04 - Trailer Trash

39:48 - Float On

Outro - Gravity Rides Everything

 

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#445: Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde

#445: Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde

July 23, 2019

Albums made in 1990 or 1991 often have the "sound" of the 80s in their production - lots of reverb on the drums, particular guitar effects, etc. Sometimes in reviewing albums from this period, it can date the album, pinning it down to a certain time instead of receiving the "timeless" accolade that so many well-regarded albums receive. But what if big, booming reverb gives the album a personality instead of a stamp? That's the case with the 1990 album Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde, who mined the vampire novels of Anne Rice to deliver an album that matches lyrical content with its musical approach. "Goth" is the term thrown around, and the album plays with dark themes matched with occasional dissonance. But what is really on display is a singer fully in command of their voice, constructing unique melodies, wrapped around a diverse selection of songwriting styles and approaches that deliver over and over again.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - The Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)

17:47 - Tomorrow, Wendy

21:57 - The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden

24:14 - Caroline

35:05 - Joey

Outro - Darkening Of The Light

 

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#444: Backbeat Soundtrack

#444: Backbeat Soundtrack

July 16, 2019

Movie soundtracks, as we have learned, come in all shapes and sizes. The 1994 Backbeat soundtrack is an interesting concept - get a bunch of well-respected alternative musicians of the day, and have them tackle early cover songs played by The Beatles. The list is impressive even today: Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs sharing vocal duties, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Don Fleming of Gumball handling the guitars, Mike Mills of R.E.M. on bass guitar and vocals, and Dave Grohl, then of Nirvana, later of Foo Fighters, pounding away on the drums. On the one hand, you'd love to hear what this band could do with the restriction of making these period specific recordings to fit the film, or what actual Beatles tunes might sound like. On the other, hearing the band stick to the format, and tear through two-minute rock 'n roll classics is its own special thing. We hope they were having fun, because the energy and enthusiasm for the material is evident, leaving us to wonder what would/could happen if this line-up reunited every so often.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Money

12:11 - Rock and Roll Music

15:36 - Good Golly Miss Molly

24:26 - Please Mr. Postman

Outro - Carol

 

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