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#428: Aenmia by Tool

#428: Aenmia by Tool

March 26, 2019

Whenever we have a guest on to discuss an album either they made, had a hand in producing or releasing, our are suggesting for a review, we always come away with unique personal insights not always available from just a surface listen or new release review. For the sophomore 1996 album Aenima by Tool, our guest Patrick had a close personal connection to the music and the lyrics of the band that he shared with us that gave a deeper appreciation for one of the most original and trailblazing bands and albums of the decade.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Stinkfist

32:50 - Eulogy

42:50 - Aenima

51:41 - Third Eye

1:03:30 - Jimmy

Outro - Forty Six And 2

 

 

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#427: Soup by Blind Melon with Christopher Thorn

#427: Soup by Blind Melon with Christopher Thorn

March 19, 2019

Sophomore albums are notoriously tricky, we've even dedicated a round table series to the phenomenon of hugely successful 90s debuts with follow-ups that, for a variety of reasons, didn't connect with audiences in the same way as their first release. Sometimes it record label politics scuttling the promotional support, sometimes its the shifting musical landscape after time off, and sometimes its artists evolving in ways listeners weren't expecting. To help us explore the 1995 sophomore Soup by Blind Melon, we're joined guitarist Christopher Thorn and longtime contributor Chip Midnight to delve into an album that, upon release, received a notoriously scathing review from Rolling Stone, but has since garnered praise and adulation upon it's twentieth anniversary. We discuss forming the band, the rollercoaster ride that was their debut, the legacy of "No Rain," writing and recording Soup, and the tragedy that followed it's release with the death of Shannon Hoon, and much, much more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Galaxie

28:38 - Vernie

40:15 - Toes Across The Floor

53:11 - St. Andrew's Fall

Outro - 2x4

 

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#426: Human Radio by Human Radio

#426: Human Radio by Human Radio

March 12, 2019

Although Human Radio's debut self-titled album was released in 1990, their isn't much to the sound that pins it to the decade. Between the jazz-pop nods to Steely Dan, the funk flourishes reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, the new wave pop of XTC, along with a whole host of other subtle (and not subtle) influences we heard throughout the record. Thanks to the quirky lead-off track and single "Me And Elvis," we didn't quiet get off on the right foot with Human Radio, as some of the dated sounds left us less than enthusiastic, but luckily the record recovers quickly, revealing a masterfully produced and mixed record that, for better or worse, runs a wide gamut, sometime connecting, sometimes not.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Me And Elvis

9:37 - Hole In My Head

13:27 - My First Million

23:30 - N.Y.C.

Outro - Harsh Light Of Reality

 

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#425: Oceanborn by Nightwish

#425: Oceanborn by Nightwish

March 5, 2019

We've tackled metal in its various forms and sub-genres, but this week for the first time we're checking out the symphonic metal of Finnish band Nightwish via their 1998 album Oceanborn. Combining operatic vocals with shredding guitars, double kick-drum beats and classical-influenced strings, keyboards and pianos, we're left mouths agape at the musicianship and ambition of this band and album. While a few choices left us scratching our heads (odd synth choices, overly dramatic male vocals), for most of the run time we were on board with Oceanborn.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Gethsemane

14:47 - Stargazers

21:20 - Swanheart

24:37 - The Devil And The Deep Dark Ocean

28:21 - Sacrament Of Wilderness

Outro - The Pharaoh Sails To Orion

 

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