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#507: Regret Is An Inevitable Consequence of Life by Ricaine

#507: Regret Is An Inevitable Consequence of Life by Ricaine

September 28, 2020

Noise rock is a moniker tossed around about a number of 1990s bands. Australia's Ricaine are no different, except that they are different, and their 1996 debut album Regret Is An Inevitable Consequence of Life is proof of it. While there are plenty of bursts of howling guitar feedback, grinding bass, and crushing drums, the band excels at balancing the noise with moments of tension-filled restraint, playing with the quiet/loud dynamic in a myriad of interesting ways. Did we say dynamics? This album is chock full of them, turning on a dime in ways that left us impressed, bolstered by a perfectly natural production style that compliments the sonic shifts throughout the record.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - The Failed Actor

18:13 - Three From Three

22:03 - Judith's Fence

28:14 - Meek

34:40 - Contradictory Black Muzzle

Outro - Even In Death

 

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#506: The Ponzi Scheme by Firewater

#506: The Ponzi Scheme by Firewater

September 22, 2020

After the industrial noise rock of Cop Shoot Cop, lead singer/bassist Tod Ashley moved on to the eclectic sounds of Firewater, drawing on the sounds of American indie rock equally with European traditional music such as cabaret and Klezmer. With the help of future Gogol Bordello guitarist Oren Kaplan and a variety of skilled players, the band jumps from the Screaming Trees-esque alternative rock of "I Still Love You, Judas" to the Peter Gunn aping intro track "Ponzi's Theme." At their best, Firewater are a challenging and diverse listen thanks to the gravel-voice Tod A., but that's counterbalanced by some kitschy organ and piano sounds that sound more Smash Mouth than Tom Waits.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Green Light

10:23 - So Long, Superman

13:40 - Knock 'em Down

21:15 - Whistling In The Dark

Outro - Caroline

 

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#505: In A Perfect World by Season To ‘Risk

#505: In A Perfect World by Season To ‘Risk

September 14, 2020

Something must have been in the Missouri River that helped produced so many Kansas City post-hardcore heavy-hitters. We've already talked about Shiner and Giants Chair on this podcast, and this time we're checking out the 1994 sophomore album In A Perfect World by Season To Risk, who shared members with Shiner and Molly McGuire, also of K.C. Leaning more into the more chaotic noise rock of early Soundgarden, Killdozer, or The Jesus Lizard, with a manic rhythm section, and Lemmy-meets-Buzz Osborne, the fact that this was released on a major label at the height of Seattle radio and MTV dominance is a testament to the talent of the band and the free flow of major label money in the decade. There is a radio single on the sledgehammer of an album, but any attempt to reign in the mayhem would have resulted in a watered-down and inferior release.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Jack Frost

21:25 - Nausea

26:29 - Future Tense

34:50 - Timebomb

Outro - Remembered

 

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#504: Dummy by Portishead

#504: Dummy by Portishead

September 8, 2020

Portishead may remain the most interesting enigma of the 1990s. First is Beth Gibbons, who channels Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, Billie Holiday, and Jane Birkin into an unmatched vocal for the decade. Second is Geoff Barrow, creating 60s and 70s sounding spy movie and spaghetti western sound scapes via downtempo, gothic, and hip-hop samples and influences, with the tone-perfect playing of Adrian Utley on guitar. Though cast with trip-hop peers Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, and Bjork, Portishead forge an entirely unique path.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Sour Times

21:07 - Glory Box

31:19 - Wandering Star

36:25 - Roads

Outro - Mysterions

 

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#503: Athens, Georgia in the 1980s and 90s

#503: Athens, Georgia in the 1980s and 90s

September 1, 2020

The Athens, Georgia music scene might have been put on the map by R.E.M., but in truth they were one piece of a vibrant, diverse puzzle that included Pylon, The B-52s, Love Tractor, and others. A college town with nowhere to play in the late 70s and early 80s, bands and artists made their own spaces happen. Thanks to day-long drive to New York City and an influential college arts program, the sleepy Georgia town transformed in the 80s into one of the most important centers of musical, political, and social expression in the country. The 90s continued that exploratory spirit, finding a home for The Elephant 6 Collective and its respective bands, and well into the 2000s. To help us track the decades worth of stories and details, we're joined by college professor Grace Elizabeth Hale, author of "Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture" and guitarist Mark Cline of Love Tractor.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Athens, GA Medley (Radio Free Europe by R.E.M., Rock Lobster by The B-52s, Party Train by Love Tractor)

13:46 - Cool by Pylon

47:30 - Sarcophag by Bar-B-Q Killers

1:11:03 - Grey Hats by The Glands

Outro - Jane by Elf Power

 

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#502: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

#502: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

August 25, 2020

Very few bands can claim the influence and legendary status as Athens, Georgia's Neutral Milk Hotel. While the band released just a pair of records, an EP, and single in their ten years, 1998's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea has grown from critically appreciated to cult status over the past two decades. With enough distance from the release, it's easy to see why, as 2000s bands such as The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Beruit, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more picked-up on the lo-fi, psychedlic sounds that countered the late 90s/early 00s mainstream push of processed and packaged third-generation grunge, comically aggressive nu-metal, and sanitized pop-punk. Maybe the mystique was assisted by the long step out of the spotlight by singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum, who has never attempted a follow-up. Did he make his magnum opus, or was there nowhere else to go?

 

Song In This Episode:

Intro - Two-Headed Boy

24:23 - King Of Carrot Flowers Pts. 2 & 3

39:03 - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

46:22 - [Untitled]

Outro - Holland, 1945

 

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#501: Cure For Pain by Morphine

#501: Cure For Pain by Morphine

August 18, 2020

Were the 90s just Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and various other grunge bands and their followers? Of course not, but revisiting Morphine's 1993 album Cure For Pain makes a strong case that the true alternative of the decade never bubbled up to MTV TRL, Clear Channel playlists, or Rolling Stone covers. A horn driven, blues and jazz influenced rock band that channeled Tom Waits and The Velvet Underground was never going to sell ten million albums. But along with fellow outsiders like those in Soul Coughing, The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion, and others, there was room on college radio and 120 Minutes for more askew views of what rock and pop meant.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Buena

24:28 - Thursday

29:53 - A Head With Wings

32:42 - I'm Free Now

35:56 - Let's Take A Trip Together

Outro - Cure For Pain

 

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#500: Nevermind by Nirvana

#500: Nevermind by Nirvana

August 11, 2020

It's episode 500 of Dig Me Out! At our Patreon page, we asked our patrons to pick a record for this special occasion, but not just any record. We gave them the top ten best-selling rock albums of the 1990s, and let them choose from Alanis Morissette, Kid Rock, Santana, Hootie & The Blowfish, No Doubt, Matchbox 20, Metallica, Green Day, Creed and Nirvana. Thanks to their votes, we got the chance to revisit possibly the most iconic and legendary album of the decade - 1991's Nevermind. But we weren't alone, as we invited our patrons and past guests to join us via a group Zoom chat to dive into this record, the shifting musical landscape of the early 90s, the evolution of discovering new music over the past few decades, and much, much more during our two-hour extravaganza.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Outro - Territorial Pissings

 

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#499: In Thrall by Murray Attaway

#499: In Thrall by Murray Attaway

August 4, 2020

Aimee Mann. Jackson Browne. Jon Brion. Nicky Hopkins. Benmont Tench. Steve Nieve. Jim Keltner. What do all those names have in common? They played on Murray Attaway's 1993 album In Thrall. But wait, there's more! Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and Mr. Mister. Robbie Blunt from Robert Plant's solo band. Alex Acuña of the Weather Report. Sid Page of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Steven Soles and David Mansfield from Bob Dylan's band. How did all these people end up playing on the lone solo release by the former singer/guitarist of Athen's, Georgia jangle-pop band Guadalcanal Diary? We have no idea, but it makes for an interesting listen, as Attaway's indie-pop songwriting sensibilities are filtered through a variety of talented players on both sides of the recording booth window. Did we mention there is a Lord-Alge brother involved?

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Under Jets

18:58 - No Tears Tonight

22:16 - The Evensong

29:24 - Angels In The Trees

35:50 - Fall So Far

43:40 - Living In Another Time

Outro - Allegory

 

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#498: B-Sides Of The 90s

#498: B-Sides Of The 90s

July 28, 2020

The 1990s may have been the most bountiful of decades when it came to the concept of the B-side. Originally singles provided just one extra song on the second side of a 45 RPM single. That expanded to 12" singles for dance 1970s remixes and 1980s longer cassette singles. For music obsessives, the 90s provide the rare opportunity to hear three, four or more tracks from a band not included on an album. Non-album studio tracks were accompanied by demo, live, remix, acoustic, radio edit and more of album and non-album tracks, as well as covers, instrumental and acapella versions. Some bands, like Pearl Jam, Suede, and Oasis, even managed to score radio singles with their b-sides. We dive into the various interesting B-sides from a variety of bands and discuss some of the B-sides compilations released during the decade.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam

13:28 - Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover) by The Smashing Pumpkins

19:02 - Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover) by Catherine Wheel

28:09 - Heroin Girl (Acoustic) by Everclear

41:08 - Maquiladora by Radiohead

50:05 - Winnebago by Foo Fighters

Outro - Puppets by Hum

 

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