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#459: Music Producers Of The 90s Roundtable

#459: Music Producers Of The 90s Roundtable

October 29, 2019

Steve Albini. Nigel Godrich. Butch Vig. Bob Rock. Jack Endino. Michael Beinhorn. J Robbins. Sean Slade. Paul Kolderie. Youth. Ric Ocasek. Dave Fridmann. Ken Andrews. Brendan O'Brien. Brad Wood. Rick Rubin. Ted Niceley. Stephen Street. Flood. Terry Date. Dave Jerden. Alan Moulder. Dave Ogilvie. Chances are, if you purchased a CD in the 1990s and read through the liner notes, whether it was a major label release or a regional indie label, there is a possibility their name, or someone else you may recognize, is listed as the producer. But what does a producer do, and how do they influence the sound of a record? We often talk about liking or not liking some aspect of the production, and on this roundtable, we dig into what exactly that means, who does what in the studio, and some traits, commonalities, and differences of producers who worked in the 1990s.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Stuck On You by Failure (Ken Andrews)

8:04 - Rusty Cage by Johnny Cash (Rick Rubin)

17:36 - Pull The Cup by Shellac (Steve Albini)

41:56 - Holes by Mercury Rev (Dave Fridmann)

49:04 - Buddy Holly by Weezer (Ric Ocasek)

1:08:59 - Girls And Boys by Blur (Stephen Street)

Outro - Never Said by Liz Phair (Brad Wood)

 

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#458: Re by Café Tacuba

#458: Re by Café Tacuba

October 22, 2019

When our listeners bring us an obscure 90s album to check out, it's usually something along the lines of a rock band on an indie label that managed one or two releases before fading into obscurity. On the flip side, we have Café Tacuba - a massively successful band around the world, including the United States. Unless you are tuned into the rock en español bands, you've probably never heard them or of them. While rock en español goes back decades, the 90s saw the incorporation of a variety of sounds, including ska, industrial and alternative rock. On their 1994 sophomore album Re, the band explores all that and more alongside norteño, huapango de mariachi, and bolero. With twenty tracks, it's easy to be overwhelmed, but that approach means whether your interested in more traditional sounds or newer flavors, there really is something for everyone.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - El Tlatoani del barrio

14:08 - El borrego

16:52 - Madrugal

21:51 - El metro

26:52 - Verde

Outro - La pinta

 

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Patreon Preview: Junkyard by The Birthday Party

Patreon Preview: Junkyard by The Birthday Party

October 17, 2019

If there is a new episode of Dig Me Out in your feed on a Thursday, that can only mean one thing - we are sharing with you a preview of our latest Dig Me Out '80s episodes. With the help of 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 1982 album Junkyard by The Birthday Party. 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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#457: World Of Noise by Everclear

#457: World Of Noise by Everclear

October 15, 2019

Though best known for their string of pleasant if repetitive mid-to-late 90s alt-rock radio hits, Everclear started out as a scrappy, rough-around-the-edges early 90s trio with as much fire in their sound as their lyrical content. On their 1993 indie-label debut World Of Noise, singer/guitarist/songwriter Art Alexakis was able to channel the trendy soft/loud verse/chorus format made commercially successful by Nirvana without devolving into a Nirvana clone. The reported $400 recording sounds immediate and visceral, pairing well with his matured voice and lyrical content, and left us wondering what would have happened if the band had kept some of their raggedness going forward to keep from becoming too slick and sterile in comparison.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Your Genius Hands

14:10 - Nervous And Weird

18:31 - Fire Maple Song

Outro - Malevolent

 

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#456: whitechocolatespaceegg by Liz Phair

#456: whitechocolatespaceegg by Liz Phair

October 8, 2019

The 1993 debut Exile In Guyville by Liz Phair was declared a landmark album that helped define the 1990s almost as soon as it was released. To be a decade-defining artist can be a stifling burden, but Phair managed to release a worthy follow-up in 1994 with Whip-Smart, sticking with mostly the same group of players and studio folks for both. On her third album whitechocolatespaceegg from 1998, all the lo-fi was stripped away as 3/4's of R.E.M. and a bevy of other musicians and studio pros joined the team on Phair's quest to reinvigorate and reorient her sound. From touches of trippy psychedelia on the opening title track to the swinging sixties Baby Got Going, Phair isn't afraid to explore and expand. Layers of guitars and synths pair well with her songwriting, which switches between character-driven story songs and personal sketches of aging, motherhood, and marriage. But at sixteen tracks and over fifty minutes, the precise production can get fatiguing on the ears, and we wondered if some editing and rearranging would have been for the best.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Polyester Bride

11:26 - What Makes You Happy

13:44 - Whitechocolatespaceegg

22:02 - Baby Got Going

Outro - Johnny Feelgood

 

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#455: This Is The Way It Goes And Goes And Goes by Juno

#455: This Is The Way It Goes And Goes And Goes by Juno

October 1, 2019

Having a three-guitar band can often mean the lead singer simply strumming chords on an acoustic while the other two do the heavy lead lifting and riffing. That's not the case with Juno, and their 1999 debut album This Is The Way It Goes And Goes And Goes on DeSoto Records. Like their then label-mates Shiner, Juno unleashes a big, layered guitar sound, but Shiner sound much leaner in comparison, as Juno gets full usage out of their three axe attack. The sound shifts from a hoe-gaze influenced, wall of sound approach that dips its toes in the space and math rock sub-genres, as delayed guitar leads bleed over lush mid-range distortion, to straight-on instrumental jams that would find a nice spot on any Explosions In The Sky album.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Rodeo Programmers

11:26 - A Listening Ear

14:55 - The Great Salt Lake/Into the Lavender Crevices of Evening the Otters Have Been Pushed

20:33 - January Arms

27:15 - Leave a Clean Camp and a Dead Fire

Outro - All Your Friends Are Comedians

 

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