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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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