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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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#435: Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring

#435: Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring

May 14, 2019

The 1997 album Nothing Feels Good by The Promise Ring lays at an interesting crossroad. On the one hand, vocalist Davey Von Bohlen can grind on a melodic hook like a power pop pro, giving the listener plenty of ear candy on this tightly constructed record, while backed by a tight and creative rhythm section that never looses the groove. On the other hand, there are enough jarring structures, repetitious lyrics and twin-guitar abrasiveness to keep the hardcore kids happy. With vet J. Robbins behind the board, they definitely add some muscle, but it's not the clean and beefy guitar sounds he would get out of Braid, or what Jimmy Ear World would accomplish with Clarity, leaving us slightly underwhelmed.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Nothing Feels Good

14:35 - Perfect Lines

19:06 - Is This Thing On?

20:56 - Raspberry Rush

Outro - Pink Chimneys

 

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#434: Odyssey Number Five by Powderfinger

#434: Odyssey Number Five by Powderfinger

May 7, 2019

By the time of their 2000 album Odyssey Number Five, Brisbane, Australia's Powderfinger had sharpened their sound and created an album that found a balance between sweet radio friendly alternative rock hooks and melodies, while also giving headphone listeners interesting bits to revisit the album over and over again. At home, this lead to a string of chart topping albums and singles, but abroad, the band failed to find a foothold. Not surprising, considering the band drew not from the popular sounds of the moment, but from a wide range of influences, both in terms of songwriting and production. With veteran producer Nick DiDia behind the board, the band swiftly moves from Oasis balladry to bluesy riffing to arena anthems with ease, finding cohesion among them all, albeit with perhaps too much cohesion among the tempos from song to song.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - My Happiness

17:19 - My Kind Of Scene

20:30 - Up And Down And Back Again

25:09 - Like A Dog

35:57 - Thrillology

Outro - Waiting For The Sun

 

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