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#420: Goat by The Jesus Lizard

#420: Goat by The Jesus Lizard

January 29, 2019

Sometimes we revisit albums that have little to no internet presence, reviews that only appeared in print, and barely managed to slip into the big name publications. When that happens, there is little baggage or preconceived notion of what we're getting into. On the other end of spectrum, we have the 1991 album Goat by The Jesus Lizard. Now heralded as one of the defining alternative rock albums of the 90s, specifically of the "noise rock" sub genre, the list of bands that draw influence back to this band and album are numerous. But it left us questioning - what exactly is noise rock? To us, this was another example of Steve Albini's sharp and clean production paired with top notch musicianship. We split on our appreciation for David Yow's vocals, which shouldn't be a surprise - they are an acquired taste, but we agreed that this compact, thirty-minute recording is worth revisiting.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Mouth Breather

15:08 - Then Comes Dudley

17:24 - Nub

22:44 - Monkey Trick

Outro - Rodeo In Juliet

 

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#419: Albums of 1999 Roundtable

#419: Albums of 1999 Roundtable

January 22, 2019

The release of Nirvana's album Nevermind in 1991 shaped the musical landscape of the 1990s in numerous ways, but 1999 may be the year that truly upended everything. Along with our favorite albums, our hidden gems, our late discoveries, and our long forgottens, we also dig into the year that foretold the re-emergence and dominance of pop music that has never been challenged since, the year that gave us Napster, the return of Woodstock, the rise of Nu-Metal and Rap-Rock, and much more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - 1999 Medley (Wilco, Blur, Nine Inch Nails, Live)

7:16 - Driftwood by Travis from The Man Who

21:10 - Church On Sunday by Stone Temple Pilots from No. 4

38:47 - Muscle Museum by Muse from Showbiz

51:03 - Swingin' by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers from Echo

1:02:28 - Shooting Stars by The Black Halos from s/t

Outro - Fast As You Can by Fiona Apple from When The Pawn...

 

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#418: Mossy God by Mantissa

#418: Mossy God by Mantissa

January 15, 2019

We're not sure what album Mantissa intended to make with their 1992 debut Mossy God. On the one hand, it's got the guitar riffage that would find allies in heavier/dirtier 1980s hard rock/metal bands like Circus Of Power or Faster Pussycat. On the other hand, with producer Terry Date onboard, there is a tinge of the Seattle sound, like early Alice In Chains or pre-Superunknown Soundgarden. There is even a touch of Red Hot Chili Peppers funk. What does this all add up to? Kind of a mess, but not surprising considering the shifting landscape of early 90s hard rock/metal, where band either stuck to their quickly out-of-date guns or attempted an alternative makeover. Along with a confused albums comes and evening confusing (and exasperating) back story of an Australian band trying to "break" in America.

 

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Sanctify

23:02 - Ruby's Mind

27:44 - Dream Alone

32:41 - Extro

36:52 - Mystery Line

Outro - Mary Mary

 

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#417: Wrecreation by Stanford Prison Experiment

#417: Wrecreation by Stanford Prison Experiment

January 8, 2019

The term "album tracks" gets thrown around to describe perfectly fine songs that are clearly not going to be a radio single for a band. It represents what the band does, but maybe is less melodic in favor of a sound that expands, experiments or diverts enough to make it worthy of inclusion. For a band like Stanford Prison Experiment, we tossed around the term "album track" a number of times for a band that subtly takes turns inhabiting the styles and sounds of a variety of contemporaries. On their third and final record, 1998's Wrecreation, we found a lot to like in a band that touched on punk, post-punk, post-hardcore, emo, math-rock and grunge, but do they ever find themselves? Tune in to find out.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Hightower

15:14 - Contusion

18:09 - Burner

24:27 - I'm A War

32:44 - Machaca

Outro - But Of Course

 

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#416: Sunrise On The Sufferbus by Masters Of Reality

#416: Sunrise On The Sufferbus by Masters Of Reality

January 1, 2019

To understand "Desert Rock" and the Palm Desert Scene, you have too look further than Queens Of The Stone Age, as we learned on our Desert Rock episode. That's when you discover a number of bands and important figures, including Chris Goss and his band Masters Of Reality, contemporaries of Kyuss and others who helped bring the bass heavy guitar dirges of the desert to the mainstream. But there is more to it than that as we discover on 1993 album Sunrise On The Sufferbus, which explores quieter moments that left us scratching our heads at times. With the propulsive pulse of Cream drummer Ginger Baker behind the kit for this album, songs like She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On) bounce to life, but in a grunge dominated era it's no wonder this is relegated to cult status. Is it worthy of revisiting?

 

Song In This Episode:

 

Intro - Gimme Water

12:40 - T.U.S.A.

20:18 - She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On)

25:04 - Gimme Water

32:08 - Moon In Your Pocket

Outro - J.B. Witchdance

 

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