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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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#443: The Ideal Crash by dEUS

#443: The Ideal Crash by dEUS

July 9, 2019

By the end of the 90s, a number of bands had penetrated the mainstream with ambitious, layered albums. Like with OK Computer, The Soft Bulletin, Deserter's Songs and Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, dEUS took a turn on their third album, 1999's The Ideal Crash. Dialing down the Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart influences and incorporating contemporary sounds from trip-hop, electronica and alternative rock slot The Ideal Crash nicely alongside the aforementioned, even managing to find spots for banjos and theremins. But like so many bands utilizing the compact disc format, too much of a good thing can be a negative, as the band often turns what could be a three minute gem into five-plus minutes.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Put The Freaks Up Front

11:44 - Instant Street

16:03 - The Ideal Crash

27:33 - Everybody's Weird

Outro - Magdalena

 

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Patreon Preview: Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC

Patreon Preview: Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC

July 4, 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 1983 album Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC. 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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#442: Kill Rock Stars with Slim Moon

#442: Kill Rock Stars with Slim Moon

July 2, 2019

We're kicking off a new roundtable series with Slim Moon and Kill Rock Stars, who shares with the history of the Olympia, Washington (now Portland, Oregon) independent label that has been home to an amazing roster of musicians and bands, including Sleater-Kinney, Unwound, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Huggy Bear, Mary Lou Lord, Gossip, Deerhoof and many more. We discuss how the label got started, leaning on K Records founder Calvin Johnson for advice, the riotgrrl scene and bands in Olympia, how bands were discovered, the impact of success with Elliott Smith and the importance of legacy catalogs, the end of the decade digital music revolution, and so much more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - New Energy by Unwound

3:45 - Words and Guitar by Sleater-Kinney

1:07:45 - Between The Bars by Elliott Smith

Outro - I Could Have Loved You by The Peechees

 

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#441: International Pop Overthrow by Material Issue

#441: International Pop Overthrow by Material Issue

June 25, 2019

In 1991, Material Issue released their long-in-the-works debut album International Pop Overthrow. Along with bands and artists like Jellyfish, Matthew Sweet, The Posies, Redd Kross, major labels were taking chances on the hard-to-pin-down genre known as Power Pop, and the future looked bright until the steamroller known as Nirvana arrived in the fall. Rather than scoop up the next Big Star or Cheap Trick influenced outfit, the next Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains were the priority, and Beatles, Byrds and Badfinger devotees rarely found their favorite bands on mainstream radio or MTV. In retrospect, that might be what makes an album like IPO so listenable after so many years.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Valerie Loves Me

13:12 - Diane

18:02 - This Far Before

22:27 - This Letter

Outro - Li'l Christine

 

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#440: Villains by The Verve Pipe

#440: Villains by The Verve Pipe

June 18, 2019

What's your memory of The Verve Pipe? Are they filed away with the alternative rock one-hit wonders of the 90s thanks to the single "The Freshman"? Are they lumped in with other mid-decade "alt rock" bands like Live and Bush? Did you see them in their early indie days when the were Midwest up-and-comers? Did you bother to check out their 1999 post-hit follow-up album? Did you check out more than the singles? As listeners who reassess with an ear on the past and present, the 1996 album Villain provides lots to chew on. Album tracks reveal divergences into slightly more adventures territory while the singles show off noisy guitar licks and tones that sound foreign compared to the modern Top 40.

 

Songs On This Episode:

 

Intro - Cup Of Tea

18:01 - The Freshman

23:11 - Villains

26:39 - Photograph

37:28 - Real

Outro - Barely (If At All)

 

 

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#439: Spiderland by Slint

#439: Spiderland by Slint

June 11, 2019

The 1991 album Spiderland by Slint has taken on icon status since release, the bridge between Sonic Youth noise, Velvet Underground drone, Joy Division dread and the 1990s wave of post, math, indie and other alternative rock sub-genres. Like so many revered albums discovered via slow burn over years thanks to the accolades of musicians and rock journalists, the influence of Spiderland can be heard in bits and pieces in dozens of bands, yet tracing them back to the source leads us to a perplexing conclusion - what happens when an album of modest creation becomes mythic when listening with fresh years decades after the release?

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Breadcrumb Trail

8:49 - Good Morning Captain

25:06 - Nosferatu Man

35:33 - Washer

Outro - For Dinner...

 

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#438: Low-Fi At Society High by The Figgs with Mike Gent

#438: Low-Fi At Society High by The Figgs with Mike Gent

June 4, 2019

Twenty-five years after the release, Mike Gent of The Figgs stops by to tells us about their 1994 release Low-Fi At Society High. From the small town of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, The Figgs spent years writing, recording and playing out long before the rest of the nation got a taste of their punk, mod, power-pop and rock sound that recalls the best of Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Cheap Trick and The Jam, treading familiar ground with an updated take. We discuss their brief tenure on the Imago label, recording with producer Don Gehman (R.E.M., John Mellencamp, Hootie and the Blowfish), hooking up with legendary new wave/pub rocker Graham Parker to be his backing band, and much, much more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Favorite Shirt

25:25 - Stood Up

38:47 - Step Back Let's Go Pop

1:16:16 - Tint

Outro - Chevy Nova

 

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#437: Hi Fi Way by You Am I

#437: Hi Fi Way by You Am I

May 28, 2019

We often discuss production as an aspect of what makes a record sound good to our ears, but the truth is that different styles of music often demand different production choices. On the 1995 sophomore album Hi Fi Way by You Am I, terms like organic or immediate get tossed around to describe the sound of a band that gives a performance not fussed over, but clearly considered. With Sonic Youth's Lee Renaldo behind the board, the band gets the most of out their limited recording schedule, as every instrument gets a chance to shine with minimal overdubs and effects. While other 90s alternative rock bands might have taken the opportunity to layer track upon track or head down indulgent tangents, You Am I focus on melody and concise song structures, resulting in an album that surpasses their debut in every way.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - She Digs Her

11:43 - The Applecross Wing Commander

15:15 - Handwasher

19:19 - Pizza Guy

26:45 - Ain't Gone And Open

Outro - Jewels And Bullets

 

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#436: One and Done Albums of the 90s

#436: One and Done Albums of the 90s

May 21, 2019

Some bands and artists leave you wanting more, with only a single album to their name. In some cases, they are one-off side projects or solo releases that act as an outlet for material not in-line with the primary band. Sometimes, personalities clash and bands quickly implode. In other cases, tragedy strikes down an artist at the start of their career. The 1990s, like every other decade, have their share of unique "one and done" albums from bands and artists for all different reasons. We revisit those lesser known albums worthy of revisiting, talk about those that came with hype but slipped off the radar, as well as those that didn't live up to it, our wish list for sophomore albums that will never come, and our personal favorite one and done albums of the decade.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley

9:53 - Life's A Gas (T. Rex cover) by Replicants

20:30 - Shake My Tree by Coverdale/Page

30:20 - Burning Tree by Burning Tree

41:01 - Pushing Forward Back by Temple Of The Dog

Outro - River Of Deceit by Mad Season

 

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