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#446: Modest Mouse In The 90s

#446: Modest Mouse In The 90s

July 30, 2019

Maybe you listened to Modest Mouse in 1996 or 1997 and thought, yes, this band will invade the public consciousness with a catchy single in the 2000s, launching them into elite status as a festival headliner, collaborate with a legendary guitarist, and influence a new generation of artists like Silversun Pickups, Future Islands, Car Seat Headrest and more. Most likely like us, you didn't, and figured a solid career in the indie music world was their destiny. We're okay with not foreseeing what may end up being the underground's last stab at infiltrating the mainstream, and decided to revisit for our second "Origins" roundtable the early years of Modest Mouse in the 1990s. Isaac Brock's unique songwriting style is present immediately, but the refinement of later years hasn't happened, allowing for exploration and experimentation across expansive (re: long) albums. It's in 1997's sophomore album The Lonesome Crowded West that the band gels, the focus sharpens, and the seeds of what were to come begin to sprout just enough at the intersection of distinct yet recognizable.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Teeth Like God's Shoeshine

10:30 - Novocaine Stain

16:18 - Talking Shit About A Pretty Sunset

23:29 - Sleepwalking

31:04 - Trailer Trash

39:48 - Float On

Outro - Gravity Rides Everything

 

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#445: Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde

#445: Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde

July 23, 2019

Albums made in 1990 or 1991 often have the "sound" of the 80s in their production - lots of reverb on the drums, particular guitar effects, etc. Sometimes in reviewing albums from this period, it can date the album, pinning it down to a certain time instead of receiving the "timeless" accolade that so many well-regarded albums receive. But what if big, booming reverb gives the album a personality instead of a stamp? That's the case with the 1990 album Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde, who mined the vampire novels of Anne Rice to deliver an album that matches lyrical content with its musical approach. "Goth" is the term thrown around, and the album plays with dark themes matched with occasional dissonance. But what is really on display is a singer fully in command of their voice, constructing unique melodies, wrapped around a diverse selection of songwriting styles and approaches that deliver over and over again.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - The Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)

17:47 - Tomorrow, Wendy

21:57 - The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden

24:14 - Caroline

35:05 - Joey

Outro - Darkening Of The Light

 

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#444: Backbeat Soundtrack

#444: Backbeat Soundtrack

July 16, 2019

Movie soundtracks, as we have learned, come in all shapes and sizes. The 1994 Backbeat soundtrack is an interesting concept - get a bunch of well-respected alternative musicians of the day, and have them tackle early cover songs played by The Beatles. The list is impressive even today: Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs sharing vocal duties, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Don Fleming of Gumball handling the guitars, Mike Mills of R.E.M. on bass guitar and vocals, and Dave Grohl, then of Nirvana, later of Foo Fighters, pounding away on the drums. On the one hand, you'd love to hear what this band could do with the restriction of making these period specific recordings to fit the film, or what actual Beatles tunes might sound like. On the other, hearing the band stick to the format, and tear through two-minute rock 'n roll classics is its own special thing. We hope they were having fun, because the energy and enthusiasm for the material is evident, leaving us to wonder what would/could happen if this line-up reunited every so often.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Money

12:11 - Rock and Roll Music

15:36 - Good Golly Miss Molly

24:26 - Please Mr. Postman

Outro - Carol

 

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#443: The Ideal Crash by dEUS

#443: The Ideal Crash by dEUS

July 9, 2019

By the end of the 90s, a number of bands had penetrated the mainstream with ambitious, layered albums. Like with OK Computer, The Soft Bulletin, Deserter's Songs and Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space, dEUS took a turn on their third album, 1999's The Ideal Crash. Dialing down the Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart influences and incorporating contemporary sounds from trip-hop, electronica and alternative rock slot The Ideal Crash nicely alongside the aforementioned, even managing to find spots for banjos and theremins. But like so many bands utilizing the compact disc format, too much of a good thing can be a negative, as the band often turns what could be a three minute gem into five-plus minutes.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Put The Freaks Up Front

11:44 - Instant Street

16:03 - The Ideal Crash

27:33 - Everybody's Weird

Outro - Magdalena

 

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Patreon Preview: Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC

Patreon Preview: Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC

July 4, 2019

If there is a new episode of Dig Me Out in your feed on a Thursday, that can only mean one thing - we sharing with you a preview of our latest Dig Me Out '80s episodes. With the help our Patreon Board of Directors and Steering Committee tiers, we're revisiting another album from the 1980s based on suggestions and votes of our patrons. This month we're checking out the 1983 album Flick Of The Switch by AC/DC. Join the DMO Union for as little as $2 a month and get access to bonus content like this episode, vote in our album review polls, get exclusive merchandise and more!

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#442: Kill Rock Stars with Slim Moon

#442: Kill Rock Stars with Slim Moon

July 2, 2019

We're kicking off a new roundtable series with Slim Moon and Kill Rock Stars, who shares with the history of the Olympia, Washington (now Portland, Oregon) independent label that has been home to an amazing roster of musicians and bands, including Sleater-Kinney, Unwound, Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Huggy Bear, Mary Lou Lord, Gossip, Deerhoof and many more. We discuss how the label got started, leaning on K Records founder Calvin Johnson for advice, the riotgrrl scene and bands in Olympia, how bands were discovered, the impact of success with Elliott Smith and the importance of legacy catalogs, the end of the decade digital music revolution, and so much more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - New Energy by Unwound

3:45 - Words and Guitar by Sleater-Kinney

1:07:45 - Between The Bars by Elliott Smith

Outro - I Could Have Loved You by The Peechees

 

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