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#495: Desert Rain by Indian Ocean

#495: Desert Rain by Indian Ocean

July 7, 2020

Thanks to our Patreon community, every so often we get to step outside the our 90s comfort zone of American, UK and Australian alternative and indie rock. Having previously gotten hip to the rock en español of Café Tacvba and the Indian/Britpop fusion of Cornershop, this time we're getting the fusion from a different starting point. On the 1997 live recording Desert Rain by Indian Ocean, the fusion starts with the North Indian style of Indian classical music known as Hindustani, and from there incorporates elements of jazz, rock and folk. Able to stand on its mightily on its own with regard to craft and technical ability, making sonic connects to artists such as Tool drummer Danny Carey and his use of the tabla or the mathematical improvisation of Steely Dan helped our understanding and deepened our appreciation for our latest discovery.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Village Damsel

20:17 - Euphoria

23:42 - From The Ruins

33:35 - Going to ITO

Outro - Melancholic Ecstasy

 

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#494: Tribute Albums of the 90s

#494: Tribute Albums of the 90s

June 30, 2020

Maybe more so than any other decade, the 90s pumped out tribute albums at a furious rate. Whether it was loving takes on beloved artists, exposing underground heroes to new audiences, or updates with kitschy and nostalgic themes, nearly every month a new tribute compilation CD was probably at your local record store. Our roundtable shares what makes a successful tribute album and what can derail an effort, whether it's simply cloning the original song, or completely ignoring it. We also investigate the phenomenon of random, lesser-known bands popping up in tracking listings alongside a group of heavy-hitters, and the one-off collaborations that showed up on occasion.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Tribute by Tenacious D

5:39 - Hard Luck Woman by Garth Brooks (Kiss My Ass - Classic Kiss Regrooved)

9:24 - Summer Of Drugs by Soul Asylum (Sweet Relief - A Benefit For Victoria Williams)

14:31 - Making Plans For Nigel by The Rembrandts - XTC: A Testimonial Dinner

21:02 - We Only Just Begun by Grant Lee Buffalo (If I Were A Carpenter)

27:02 - Clampdown by the Indigo Girls (Burning London: The Clash Tribute)

36:48 - She Don't Use Jelly by Ben Folds Five (Lounge-A-Palooza)

Outro - She's Lost Control by Girls Against Boys (A Means To An End: The Music Of Joy Division)

 

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#493: Blokes You Can Trust by Cosmic Psychos

#493: Blokes You Can Trust by Cosmic Psychos

June 23, 2020

The cross-pollination of punk and rock between the United States and Australia has been going on for decades, but one of lesser-known but most interesting (to us, at least!) is the 1980s and early 90s grunge scene, and how Australian bands like The Scientists, The Birthday Party, and Cosmic Psychos had an influence on their American Pacific Northwest counterparts. In the case of the Cosmic Psychos, it was finding commonality with bands like Mudhoney and the Melvins, and releasing their 1989 album on the then upstart Sub Pop label. In 1991 the band recorded with Butch Vig following the Nirvana's Nevermind sessions and produced Blokes You Can Trust, released on the influential Amphetamine Reptile label. For a three-piece, the sound is massive thanks to the fuzzed-out bass that will remind some of the desert and stoner rock scenes, while the old-school AC/DC riffs combined with punk and hardcore attitude of Black Flag and Motorhead lands on the spiritual kin of Seattle's grunge scene.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Dead Roo

20:16 - Back At School

29:40 - Loser

36:26 - Do It To Me

Outro - Nightshift

 

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#492: Born To Quit by Smoking Popes

#492: Born To Quit by Smoking Popes

June 16, 2020

If you remember the Smoking Popes, it's probably thanks to their Buzzbin / Clueless soundtrack single "Need You Around." Lead singer Josh Caterer got tagged as punk-rock Morrissey, and while the band continued on, many were left with the impression that the Smoking Popes were something of a novelty. As we dug into this album for the first time, the realization quickly set in that the early Morrissey comparisons were way off base, as both Caterer, along with his brothers Eli and Matt, and drummer Mike Felumlee, are significantly less punk than expected. Sure, you can hear the energetic down strums of Ramones across the record, but instead of 90s pop/punk, the band channels the likes of Wings, The Smithereens, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra and more in their quest to write exquisitely arranged pop-rock gems.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Need You Around

18:49 - Rubella

21:56 - Mrs. Me And You

25:46 - My Lucky Day

28:30 - Gotta Know Right Now

Outro - Midnight Moon

 

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#491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

#491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

June 9, 2020

Pollyanna's 1996 EP Junior and 1996 debut album Long Player scored them multiple hit singles in Australia and put them on the national radar, which means the sophomore follow-up Hello Halo in 1997 had expectations attached. As we discovered, the band expanded their pallet. While the record is full of radio-friendly alternative rock ("Peachy Keen" and "Brittle Then Broken)", where the group really excels is their willingness to take some detours, like on the horn-backed tracks "Pulling Teen" and "Butterman," or the Helmet-esque post-hardcore of "Tank." Thanks to the deft production of Paul McKercher (Violetine, Ratcat, Falling Joys, Spiderbait, You Am I), the diversity of approaches manages to stay consistent even if all the material isn't up to par.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Peachy Keen

12:01 - Pulling Teeth

15:20 - Butterman

20:03 - Tank

28:03 - Brittle Then Broken

Outro - Effervescence

 

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#490: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels

#490: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels

June 2, 2020

Thanks to a reliance on off-kilter retro sounds and lo-fi instrumentation, Eels were often compared to Beck (and not always favorably). On their second album, 1998's Electro-Shock Blues, they utilized one of the producers who helped Beck transition from one-hit-wonder status with Loser to the layered mastery of 1996's Odelay. But instead of matching the mayhem, singer/multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett constructs a sixteen-track somber affair with a few noisy interludes delving into personal loss at a bone-chillingly intimate level. What struck us was the deliberate shift from their debut that produced the hit single "Novocaine For The Soul," and wondering if like many, the lyrical content was too heady to digest, needing the growth and loss of maturity to fully appreciate the depths that E is willing to explore.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Last Stop: This Town

16:39 - 3 Speed

20:58 - Hospital Food

24:21 - Elizabeth On The Bathroom Floor

38:52 - Cancer For The Cure

Outro - Climbing To The Moon

 

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#489: Origins - Muse In The 90s

#489: Origins - Muse In The 90s

May 26, 2020

When they released their debut album Showbiz in the US in 1999, Muse were one of a number of bands compared to the Pablo Honey/The Bends era of Radiohead thanks to Matt Bellamy's Thom Yorke like tenor and Johnny Greenwood's guitar acrobatics. But Muse were doing it as a three-piece, and over time the band shed the unfair comparisons to forge a path that paid as much homage to the bombast of classic Queen to the aural assault of Rage Against The Machine, all the while releasing a slew of hit singles, moving from opening slots, to sheds, to arenas across the globe, and becoming one of the few bands to still carry the dying torch of rock. We revisit their debut, their early EPs, and touch on their 2000s releases to trace the origins of the band that has gained a global audience while splitting fans over their embrace of poppier and dancier material.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Muscle Museum (from Showbiz)

6:40 - Cave (from Showbiz)

17:28 - Falling Down (from Showbiz)

23:47 - Uno (from Showbiz)

42:14 - Plug In Baby (from Origin Of Symmetry)

1:02:49 - Agitated (B-Side)

Outro - Sunburn (from Showbiz)

 

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#488: Dig by Dig with Scott Hackwith

#488: Dig by Dig with Scott Hackwith

May 19, 2020

Thanks to old friend of the show Chip Midnight, when patron Dewey Cole suggested revisiting the 1993 self-titled debut album from Dig, Chip reached out to lead singer and guitarist Scott Hackwith to have him join us to revisit this record. Dewey only came to record recently, so he provides a unique perspective of discovering an album seventeen years after its release. Chip interviewed Scott when the band was just starting out, gigging around the country with frequent stops in Ohio in the early-to-mid 1990s. Scott, who started out as a guitarist in T.S.O.L., learned to be a producer on the spot making the debut album, which led him to work on records by the Ramones, Spiritualized and other, shares stories and insights on album artwork, demo'ing tracks on a four-track machine, making music videos, and working on new Dig music.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Believe

32:22 - Let Me Know

37:24 - Feet Don't Touch The Ground

1:00:33 - Conversation

Outro - Unlucky Friend

 

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#487: Spanaway by Seaweed

#487: Spanaway by Seaweed

May 12, 2020

If you've listened to this podcast long enough, you know that we are not always in agreement about what works and doesn't work for us on various albums. One of the earliest disagreements was back in Season One when we checked out the 1993 album Four by Seaweed. Thanks to a recent listener suggested poll on our Patreon site, we're back ten years later to check out the 1995 follow-up Spanaway, the band's only release on the Hollywood Records label. While the band faced the tired "sell-out" label for signing to a major, in reality, the band stayed close to what they did well - a bombastic combo of East Coast post-hardcore and PacWest grunge, with some extra nuance thanks to the skilled fingers of Andy Wallace behind the mixing board, as well as guest visits in the drum throne by Barrett Martin (of Screaming Trees) and Matt Cameron (of Soundgarden). The question remains - has anything changed in our diverging opinions?

 

Songs In This Episode

 

Intro - Start With

18:45 - Magic Mountainman

22:53 - Assistant (To The Manager)

31:59 - Free Drug Zone

Outro - Last Humans

 

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#486: Michael McDermott and Brian Koppleman revisit Gethsemane

#486: Michael McDermott and Brian Koppleman revisit Gethsemane

May 5, 2020

While we have chatted with many artists over the years, rarely have we been able to get the record label perspective on the various ups and downs of the 90s. For this episode, we're lucky to get singer/songwriter Michael McDermott, who has been making records for thirty years, and the A&R rep who helped kick off that career, Brian Koppelman. While Brian is better known for his screenwriting (Rounders, Ocean's 13) and showrunning (Billions), his life in the music industry dates back to high school with A&R stints at Elektra Records, Giant Records, SBK Records and EMI Records. We dig into the album Michael and Brian worked on together, 1993's Gethsemane, and the various trials and tribulations of releasing a singer/songwriter album in the heyday of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, the producer and songwriter relationship in the studio, why being too sympathetic to the artist can be a negative, and much much more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro/1:47 - Just West Of Eden

17:03 - The Idler The Prophet And A Girl Called Rain

46:54/Outro - Need Some Surrender

 

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