Dig Me Out - 90s Rock Review
#398: Frosting On The Beater by The Posies

#398: Frosting On The Beater by The Posies

August 28, 2018

The 1990s are known as the grunge decade, but really Seattle's reign was contained to the first half, which is when The Posies power-pop tour de force Frosting On The Beater happened to be released in 1993. It's not hard to understand why this band from the Pacific Northwest struggled to find an broad audience - the singles are teeming with Big Star, Cheap Trick, The Beatles, and other classic power pop influence, and only Matthew Sweet was able to crack mainstream radio playlists and MTV video rotation with a similar but equally melodic approach. It doesn't help that in an era of Discman players and vinyl decline, Don Fleming's beefed up production truly only finds its sweet spot when the stereo speakers are pushing serious air, which we are happy to oblige.

Intro - Dream All Day

9:54 - Definite Door

13:28 - Love Letter Boxes

19:51 - How She Lied By Living

29:37 - Solar Sister

Outro - Flavor Of The Month

#397: Side Projects Of The 90s

#397: Side Projects Of The 90s

August 21, 2018

When musicians aren't busy writing, recording and touring with their main band, often times you'll find them in side projects, mixing it up with new sounds and new collaborators. The 1990s were no different, as folks from the biggest bands to lesser known indie artists often found a new creative outlet outside their main gig. But what exactly makes it a side project, as opposed to just putting out a solo album, or recording with a fabled "super group?" We try to lay down some (admittedly) shaky criteria to figure out what makes a side project, revisiting those that worked, a few that didn't, some that left us scratching our heads and some that left us wanting more.

Intro - Side Project Medley (Friends Of P by The Rentals, Hunger Strike by Temple Of The Dog, Tipp City by The Amps)

7:17 - That's Just How That Bird Sings by The Twilight Singers

20:06 - Gimme Indie Rock by Sebadoh

26:48 - Wasting Away by Nailbomb

40:57 - Song For A Dead Girl by Three Fish

46:54 - 20th Century by Brad

Outro - Yoo Hoo by Imperial Teen

#396: Into The Pink by Verbena

#396: Into The Pink by Verbena

August 14, 2018

After Nirvana exploded in the 1990s, bands across the globe got signed for sounding just enough like the Kurt, Krist, and Dave, an inevitable result of major labels hoping to find "the next Nirvana." It was also inevitable that young artists would be influenced by the band dominating radio and MTV, and so began the delicate balance of imitation and influence, recycling and reinterpretation. On their sophomore album Into The Pink, Verbena had a lot to shoulder. With the multi-pronged assault of electronica, nu-metal and manufactured pop, some decried the end of rock'n'roll in the later half other decade, and searched for a savior. With a single that tipped a nod to Cobain vocally and Nirvana sonically, and with Dave Grohl onboard as producer, the hype machine declaring Verbena to be "the next Nirvana" was in full swing, coloring the band before most got to hear the record in full. We try to get beneath the marketing and figure out what really worked, what didn't, and why rock music fans in general are so intent on tearing down the latest thing.

Intro - Into The Pink

15:09 - Baby Got Shot

19:06 - John Beverly

24:41 - Monkey, I'm Your Man

Outro - Pretty Please

#395: Tin Cans With Strings To You by Far

#395: Tin Cans With Strings To You by Far

August 7, 2018

On their 1996 major label debut Tin Cans With Strings To You, the Sacramento, CA band Far find themselves at an interesting crossroads. By this point in the decade, grunge is well past its expiration date, so how do you describe a rock band that can synthesize New York City post-hardcore and Washington D.C. emo, with hints of the burgeoning San Diego screamo scene? Thanks to our Patreon patrons suggestion, we revisit a record that on the surface hits all of our respective musical sweet spots, but gave us some some head scratching moments as well with regard to production choices and track list order.

Intro - Love, American Style

13:14 - Girl

22:30 - Celebrate Her

36:25 - Joining The Circus

Outro - Seasick

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