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Garage Rock Revival | Roundtable

Garage Rock Revival | Roundtable

September 27, 2022

Garage rock can be a catch-all term that rubs shoulders with punk, rockabilly, surf, and more. But thanks to a variety of known and lesser-known bands, there has always been a group of dedicated musicians writing and playing revved up and relatively simple rock that traces its lineage back to the primitive and raw sounds of 60s that popped up after the British Invasion with roots in American rhythm and blues. After a very underground 80s, the sound returned in fits and starts with bands like Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and later The White Stripes, The Hives, The Strokes, and plenty of other bands starting with "The." We dig into the whole sound, the local scenes that helped foster the sound over decades, and much more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Fell In Love With A Girl by The White Stripes

16:20 - Paint It Black by The Avengers

21:49 - Touch Me I'm Sick by Mudhoney

31:09 - (Gotta Get Some Action) Now! by The Hellacopters

40:11 - Heaven by The Hydromatics

1:07:31 - The Reproduction of Death by The (International) Noise Conspiracy

Outro - Singin' A Song About Today by The Mooney Suzuki

 

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Adorable - Against Perfection | Album Review

Adorable - Against Perfection | Album Review

September 20, 2022

Shoegaze is a term tossed out whenever a band leans in on the wall-of-sound distortion and pairs it with obscured vocals and dreamy feedback. But few bands actually stuck to My Bloody Valentine's template, adding their own flavors like the 1993 debut album Against Perfection by Adorable. Here the vocals are less obscured, and even hooky at times, recalling everyone from Echo & the Bunnymen and The Smiths to The Verve and Spiritualized. But it's not just the vocals that give Adorable a unique twist, as the rhythm section, especially an occasional Pixies-like bassline, gets their times to shine as well.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Breathless

17:49 - Sister Chapel Ceiling

21:26 - Homeboy

28:07 - Sunshine Smile

34:45 - Still Life

Outro - A To Fade In

 

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Menthol - Menthol | Album Review

Menthol - Menthol | Album Review

September 13, 2022

Chicago and the surrounding areas like Champaign-Urbana nurtured a big guitar rock sound found in the Smashing Pumpkins, Hum, Catherine, Veruca Salt, Fig Dish, and others. Originally called Mother for their debut, the band signed to a major label, changed their name to Menthol, and produced an album worthy of that group with 1995's self-titled release. But the band takes a different approach vocally, spitting big chunks of lyrics filled with a variety of references and twisted wordplay.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Dry Heaves (Of The Well-Adorned)

17:34 - Stress Is Best

20:35 - U.S.A. Capable

26:35 - Perfect Spirals

32:58 - Briefcase Full Of Cash

Outro - Francis Scott Key

 

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The Sharp - This Is The Sharp | Album Review

The Sharp - This Is The Sharp | Album Review

September 6, 2022

Bands cultivating a look to match their sound in rock and roll is nothing new, but the 90s weren't the most receptive decade to a well thought out image. The Sharp, with their black and white color scheme, upright bass, and precise take on 80s new wave with twists of rockabilly and power-pop, make a case that The White Stripes would follow at the end of the decade with their 1993 debut This Is The Sharp. Sounding blender filled with albums by The Knack, Brian Setzer, sElf, Joe Jackson, Fountains of Wayne, Jellyfish, and more, the tight, clean sounds are at odds with the distorted grunge overtaking the music world in 1993. But their charm of being totally at odds with the times means the skill and craftsmanship of the songwriting really shines, even if it dips into familiar patterns at times.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Scratch My Back

17:28 - Talking Sly

24:12 - Love Kiss

33:04 - Kiss Me Again

Outro - Don't Waste My Time

 

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Antenna - Hideout | Album Review

Antenna - Hideout | Album Review

August 30, 2022

College rock is a broad term, but one that can be applied to the post-Blake Babies band Antenna founded by John Strohm and Freda Love. On the second and final album by the band, 1993's Hideout, the influences of American indie and underground pop are infused with strands of shoegaze and dream-pop noise, with tasteful guitar effects, and unexpectedly crafty baselines and backing vocals. All of that makes it not entirely appealing to mainstream radio in 1993 looking for the next Nirvana or Pearl Jam, but ideal for the college radio crowd in search of something different.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Wallpaper

12:43 - Don't Be Late

21:09 - Easy Listening

31:21 - Stillife

Outro - Shine

 

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Into Another - Ignaurus | Album Review

Into Another - Ignaurus | Album Review

August 23, 2022

The moniker "post-hardcore" was used to describe the wave of bands following the hardcore-punk sound but pushing the musical envelope. In the 80s it was Husker Du and Minute, the 90s Fugazi, Drive Like Jehu, Jawbox. None were exactly the same, each stretching and pushing the boundaries of what made up post-hardcore. New York City, home to Helmet, Quicksand, and Chavez, was fertile ground for the sound, which included Into Another. On their 1994 sophomore album, Ignaurus, the band take the edge and energy of post-hardcore, combine it with some progressive rock, and end up with a sound unlike just about anyone else was making at the time.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Running Into Walls

14:44 - Maritime Murder

30:24 - Anxious

45:02 - Poison Fingers

Outro - Ungodly

 

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VAST - Visual Audio Sensory Theater | Album Review

VAST - Visual Audio Sensory Theater | Album Review

August 16, 2022

Jon Crosby, the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist at the helm of VAST, was a well-regarded guitarist as a teen who signed a record deal with Elektra at just seventeen years old. On the debut, Crosby takes 90s industrial rock in the vein of Nine Inch Nails or Stabbing Westward and layers unexpected sounds, like Benedictine monks and Bulgarian women's choirs, to create haunting soundscapes that compliment his wide vocal range that can belt it out or croon with equal effectiveness. Visual Audio Sensory Theater is a true album, with extended intros and subtle connective tissue running throughout the record that will divide listeners today just as it did in 1998.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - The Niles Edge

18:42 - I'm Dying

21:56 - Here

32:13 - Dirty Hole

40:24 - Touched

Outro - Pretty When You Cry

 

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - Burn To Shine | Album Review

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals - Burn To Shine | Album Review

August 9, 2022

Known for his talents on various stringed instruments, Ben Harper solidified his backing band as The Innocent Criminals on his fourth record, 1999's Burn To Shine. With that band arrangement, Harper delves into a variety of sounds, channeling the blues and folk that made up his early solo releases but continuing the louder sounds from his previous outing, The Will To Live. Through the twists and turns, from 70s-influenced blues rock to minor-key Zeppelin riffing, Harper and his band play with volume and dynamics throughout to create a unique sonic pallet that works until it doesn't.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Burn To Shine

15:53 - Steal My Kisses

27:00 - In The Lord's Arms

38:04 - Two Hands of a Prayer

56:33 - Beloved One

Outro - Forgiven

 

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Fu Manchu - King of the Road | Album Review

Fu Manchu - King of the Road | Album Review

August 2, 2022

Though Fu Manchu often comes up when discussing the stoner rock of Sleep, Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, Monster Magnet, and, the Orange County band has made the prime focus skate boarding, California vibes, and science fiction, all stuffed in a smoke-filled custom 70s van. As proponents of fuzzed-out guitar riffing, tight arrangements, catchy hooks, and finding the balance between bombast and restraint, Fu Manchu marks all our boxes. The fact they do such a good job not only writing great music, but creating an entire look and feel from album artwork to merchandise helps us look into what was once an aspirational idea of the West Coast to a pair of flat-land Ohio boys.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - No Dice

18:33 - Drive

27:15 - King of the Road

34:56 - Boogie Van

40:35 - Weird Beard

Outro - Freedom of Choice

 

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Doughboys - Crush | Album Review

Doughboys - Crush | Album Review

July 26, 2022

Montreal's Doughboys, like so many bands who tipped their toes in the power-pop sound, were mostly ignored by US listeners. Unless led by a ballad like the Goo Goo Dolls or pushing a punkier sound, artists with layered harmonies and a keen sense of melodic hooks were often overlooked for pure pop. On their 1993 album Crush, the band never compromise on the guitars, combining hardrock riffs with catchy leads and an occasional ripping solo. Only when the band slows down and gets dirgy does the momentum falter on an overall underappreciated gem.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Tearin' Away

18:00 - Fix Me

27:03 - Everything

30:25 - Neighborhood Villain

Outro - Shine

 

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