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#515: Retreat From The Sun by that dog.

#515: Retreat From The Sun by that dog.

November 24, 2020

The third album by that dog. album didn't happen. 1997's Retreat From The Sun was intended to be lead singer Anna Waronker's debut solo album, but after pressure from her record label, it turned into a full-band effort. The result might be the highlight of the that dog. catalog, and one of the best guitar pop albums of the decade. Three minute mid and uptempo radio-friendly tunes with enough grit and subtly layered instrumentation allow Retreat From The Sun to work on two levels - a catchy pop record for casual fans, and a headphone experience for those desiring a deeper listen. With the talented Hayden sisters on vocals and multiple instruments, the record finds the balance between crafted and fresh.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Retreat From The Sun

18:27 - Never Say Never

21:39 - Annie

25:05 - Gagged and Tied

Outro - Long Island

 

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#514: Boggy Depot by Jerry Cantrell

#514: Boggy Depot by Jerry Cantrell

November 17, 2020

On this episode, we invited Drew Zakmin of the Songs Gone Wrong podcast on to discuss his pick of the 1998 Jerry Cantrell solo debut, Boggy Depot. While his guitar prowess and backing vocals in Alice Chains were well regarded in the 1990s, it wasn't clear what a large part Cantrell played in the overall sound of the band until this album, which features plenty of riffs and melodies on part with tracks on Facelift or Dirt. The heavier and darker sounds associated with the band are significantly reduced, as Cantrell indulges his songwriter side on longer tracks like "Settling Down" and "Cold Piece," while adding horns, piano, and other non-AIC instrumentation to the mix. But producing his own record may have led to some choices that a seasoned producer might have questioned, such as the overlong run-time and (at times) oddly mixing choices that occasionally bury the guitar leads. Once you're done with this episode, make sure to head over to Songs Gone Wrong for the other half of our podcast swap to hear us discuss the 1997 single Tubthumping by Chumbawamba.

 

Songs In The Episode:

Intro - Cut You In

12:01 - Dickeye

17:21 - Settling Down

22:27 - Devil By His Side

26:01 - Hurt A Long Time

Outro - My Song

 

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#513: Cattlemen Don’t by Triplefastaction

#513: Cattlemen Don’t by Triplefastaction

November 10, 2020

Way back in season number one of Dig Me Out we were joined by an old friend (Chip Midnight, who would become a frequent guest on the show) to discuss one of his favorite bands and albums, the 1996 album Broadcaster by Triplefastaction. During that episode we talked about eventually revisiting the second and final album by the band, 1997's Cattlemen Don't. While we predicted it would be five thousand episodes later, it only ending up being five hundred episodes later, as we are joined by Brian and Kevin from the band, along with producer John Agnello popping in for a bit, to revisit the record and discuss the just-announced double LP vinyl reissue on Chicago's Forge Again Records. From the label, Justin Wexler joins us to share the in's and out's of how a vinyl reissue happens, and of course, our old friend Chip is back to share stories and more with the group.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Pure

11:31 - Heroes

35:09 - Eurogirl

1:11:33 - If

Outro - Duck And Run

 

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#512: Favorite Record Labels of the 90s

#512: Favorite Record Labels of the 90s

November 3, 2020

Instead of tackling an individual label for this roundtable, we decided to invite our Patreon patrons on the show to discuss some of their favorite record labels of the 1990s. While many started out with a narrow musical focus, some developed and expanded their roster of bands, while others stay true to their original mission. We talked about the pop-punk of Berkeley, CA's Lookout Records, the New York hardcore of Revelation, the garage punk of Bellingham, WA's Estrus Records, the post-punk of Chicago's Touch and Go Records, and many more.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - B.L.U.R.E.M.I. by Blur

6:43 - Mouth Breather by The Jesus Lizard (Touch & Go)

19:24 - The Young Influentials by Juno (Desoto)

31:31 - Graveyard Girlfriend by The Groovie Ghoulies (Lookout)

48:28 - Killing A Camera - Braid (Polyvinyl)

Outro - Mutate Me by Into Another (Revelation)

 

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