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#502: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

#502: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

August 25, 2020

Very few bands can claim the influence and legendary status as Athens, Georgia's Neutral Milk Hotel. While the band released just a pair of records, an EP, and single in their ten years, 1998's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea has grown from critically appreciated to cult status over the past two decades. With enough distance from the release, it's easy to see why, as 2000s bands such as The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, Beruit, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, and more picked-up on the lo-fi, psychedlic sounds that countered the late 90s/early 00s mainstream push of processed and packaged third-generation grunge, comically aggressive nu-metal, and sanitized pop-punk. Maybe the mystique was assisted by the long step out of the spotlight by singer/songwriter Jeff Mangum, who has never attempted a follow-up. Did he make his magnum opus, or was there nowhere else to go?

 

Song In This Episode:

Intro - Two-Headed Boy

24:23 - King Of Carrot Flowers Pts. 2 & 3

39:03 - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

46:22 - [Untitled]

Outro - Holland, 1945

 

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#501: Cure For Pain by Morphine

#501: Cure For Pain by Morphine

August 18, 2020

Were the 90s just Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and various other grunge bands and their followers? Of course not, but revisiting Morphine's 1993 album Cure For Pain makes a strong case that the true alternative of the decade never bubbled up to MTV TRL, Clear Channel playlists, or Rolling Stone covers. A horn driven, blues and jazz influenced rock band that channeled Tom Waits and The Velvet Underground was never going to sell ten million albums. But along with fellow outsiders like those in Soul Coughing, The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion, and others, there was room on college radio and 120 Minutes for more askew views of what rock and pop meant.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Buena

24:28 - Thursday

29:53 - A Head With Wings

32:42 - I'm Free Now

35:56 - Let's Take A Trip Together

Outro - Cure For Pain

 

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#500: Nevermind by Nirvana

#500: Nevermind by Nirvana

August 11, 2020

It's episode 500 of Dig Me Out! At our Patreon page, we asked our patrons to pick a record for this special occasion, but not just any record. We gave them the top ten best-selling rock albums of the 1990s, and let them choose from Alanis Morissette, Kid Rock, Santana, Hootie & The Blowfish, No Doubt, Matchbox 20, Metallica, Green Day, Creed and Nirvana. Thanks to their votes, we got the chance to revisit possibly the most iconic and legendary album of the decade - 1991's Nevermind. But we weren't alone, as we invited our patrons and past guests to join us via a group Zoom chat to dive into this record, the shifting musical landscape of the early 90s, the evolution of discovering new music over the past few decades, and much, much more during our two-hour extravaganza.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Outro - Territorial Pissings

 

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#499: In Thrall by Murray Attaway

#499: In Thrall by Murray Attaway

August 4, 2020

Aimee Mann. Jackson Browne. Jon Brion. Nicky Hopkins. Benmont Tench. Steve Nieve. Jim Keltner. What do all those names have in common? They played on Murray Attaway's 1993 album In Thrall. But wait, there's more! Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and Mr. Mister. Robbie Blunt from Robert Plant's solo band. Alex Acuña of the Weather Report. Sid Page of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Steven Soles and David Mansfield from Bob Dylan's band. How did all these people end up playing on the lone solo release by the former singer/guitarist of Athen's, Georgia jangle-pop band Guadalcanal Diary? We have no idea, but it makes for an interesting listen, as Attaway's indie-pop songwriting sensibilities are filtered through a variety of talented players on both sides of the recording booth window. Did we mention there is a Lord-Alge brother involved?

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Under Jets

18:58 - No Tears Tonight

22:16 - The Evensong

29:24 - Angels In The Trees

35:50 - Fall So Far

43:40 - Living In Another Time

Outro - Allegory

 

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