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#489: Origins - Muse In The 90s

#489: Origins - Muse In The 90s

May 26, 2020

When they released their debut album Showbiz in the US in 1999, Muse were one of a number of bands compared to the Pablo Honey/The Bends era of Radiohead thanks to Matt Bellamy's Thom Yorke like tenor and Johnny Greenwood's guitar acrobatics. But Muse were doing it as a three-piece, and over time the band shed the unfair comparisons to forge a path that paid as much homage to the bombast of classic Queen to the aural assault of Rage Against The Machine, all the while releasing a slew of hit singles, moving from opening slots, to sheds, to arenas across the globe, and becoming one of the few bands to still carry the dying torch of rock. We revisit their debut, their early EPs, and touch on their 2000s releases to trace the origins of the band that has gained a global audience while splitting fans over their embrace of poppier and dancier material.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Muscle Museum (from Showbiz)

6:40 - Cave (from Showbiz)

17:28 - Falling Down (from Showbiz)

23:47 - Uno (from Showbiz)

42:14 - Plug In Baby (from Origin Of Symmetry)

1:02:49 - Agitated (B-Side)

Outro - Sunburn (from Showbiz)

 

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#488: Dig by Dig with Scott Hackwith

#488: Dig by Dig with Scott Hackwith

May 19, 2020

Thanks to old friend of the show Chip Midnight, when patron Dewey Cole suggested revisiting the 1993 self-titled debut album from Dig, Chip reached out to lead singer and guitarist Scott Hackwith to have him join us to revisit this record. Dewey only came to record recently, so he provides a unique perspective of discovering an album seventeen years after its release. Chip interviewed Scott when the band was just starting out, gigging around the country with frequent stops in Ohio in the early-to-mid 1990s. Scott, who started out as a guitarist in T.S.O.L., learned to be a producer on the spot making the debut album, which led him to work on records by the Ramones, Spiritualized and other, shares stories and insights on album artwork, demo'ing tracks on a four-track machine, making music videos, and working on new Dig music.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro - Believe

32:22 - Let Me Know

37:24 - Feet Don't Touch The Ground

1:00:33 - Conversation

Outro - Unlucky Friend

 

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#487: Spanaway by Seaweed

#487: Spanaway by Seaweed

May 12, 2020

If you've listened to this podcast long enough, you know that we are not always in agreement about what works and doesn't work for us on various albums. One of the earliest disagreements was back in Season One when we checked out the 1993 album Four by Seaweed. Thanks to a recent listener suggested poll on our Patreon site, we're back ten years later to check out the 1995 follow-up Spanaway, the band's only release on the Hollywood Records label. While the band faced the tired "sell-out" label for signing to a major, in reality, the band stayed close to what they did well - a bombastic combo of East Coast post-hardcore and PacWest grunge, with some extra nuance thanks to the skilled fingers of Andy Wallace behind the mixing board, as well as guest visits in the drum throne by Barrett Martin (of Screaming Trees) and Matt Cameron (of Soundgarden). The question remains - has anything changed in our diverging opinions?

 

Songs In This Episode

 

Intro - Start With

18:45 - Magic Mountainman

22:53 - Assistant (To The Manager)

31:59 - Free Drug Zone

Outro - Last Humans

 

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#486: Michael McDermott and Brian Koppleman revisit Gethsemane

#486: Michael McDermott and Brian Koppleman revisit Gethsemane

May 5, 2020

While we have chatted with many artists over the years, rarely have we been able to get the record label perspective on the various ups and downs of the 90s. For this episode, we're lucky to get singer/songwriter Michael McDermott, who has been making records for thirty years, and the A&R rep who helped kick off that career, Brian Koppelman. While Brian is better known for his screenwriting (Rounders, Ocean's 13) and showrunning (Billions), his life in the music industry dates back to high school with A&R stints at Elektra Records, Giant Records, SBK Records and EMI Records. We dig into the album Michael and Brian worked on together, 1993's Gethsemane, and the various trials and tribulations of releasing a singer/songwriter album in the heyday of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, the producer and songwriter relationship in the studio, why being too sympathetic to the artist can be a negative, and much much more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

 

Intro/1:47 - Just West Of Eden

17:03 - The Idler The Prophet And A Girl Called Rain

46:54/Outro - Need Some Surrender

 

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