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#559: Guilty Pleasures Roundtable

#559: Guilty Pleasures Roundtable

September 28, 2021

In popular culture, whether it's music, films, books, or television, the idea of a Guilty Pleasure has existed as long as people have formed opinions on entertainment. High versus low art, serious versus inconsequential, intimate versus manufactured - everyone has their own criteria. We discuss the power of shame, such as when a once-popular genre falls out of favor, or when the personal behavior of an artist can affect an audience, the phrase can take on an even more serious interpretation. 

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Barbie Girl by Aqua

Outro - I'm Too Sexy by Right Said Fred

 

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#558: Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives by Wellwater Conspiracy

#558: Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives by Wellwater Conspiracy

September 21, 2021

Members of Seattle's biggest bands of the 90s rock scene were often dabbling in side projects, like Temple of the Dog, Mad Season, and Brad. Matt Cameron and John McBain had previously played together in Hater, and along with Soundgarden bassist Ben Sheppard started Wellwater Conspiracy By the time they got around to album number two, Sheppard left, leaving Cameron and McBain to make the 1999's Brotherhood of Electric: Operational Directives, along with some friends. One of those friends is Josh Homme, not long after the end of Kyuss and just as Queens of the Stone Age is starting up, who hops on board for vocals on three tracks. Cameron tackles most of the rest and does a nice job with some 60s-influenced garage rock tunes that wouldn't sound out of place on a Hives record. Unfortunately, the side-project nature of the band leaves room for lots of noodling and experimentation. Some good, most not, which turns what would have been a tight, rockin' record into a much more bloated affair in need of a editor.

 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Good Pushin'

13:09 - Compellor

20:55 - Right Of Left Field

23:38 - B.O.U.

28:07 - Van Vanishing

Outro - Red Light Green Light

 

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#557: Pinback by Pinback

#557: Pinback by Pinback

September 14, 2021

Toward the middle of the 1990s, the shift away from loud grunge, post-hardcore, and punk resulted in a wide variety of more introspective sounds. Some bands were tagged with emo, some with slowcore, others with simply indie rock. From Death Cab for Cutie and John Vanderslice to Elliott Smith and Iron & Wine, the late 90s and early aughts were full bands turning down both the volume and tempo. San Diego's Pinback, comprised of veteran scene musicians Rob Crow and Armistead Burwell Smith IV, utilize a wide variety of instruments and approaches on their self-titled debut from 1999. A simple drum preset can carry an entire song, mixing a variety of analog keyboard and guitar sounds, while occasionally introducing samples, guitar-mimicking vinyl scratching, or vocal loops. It's a melancholy but charming debut that presents many interesting ideas that sometimes lack a second or third gear to make them truly inspired.

 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Hurley

17:34 - Tripoli

20:20 - Rousseau

25:33 - Crutch

Outro - Lyon

 

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#556: Will You Find Me by Ida

#556: Will You Find Me by Ida

September 7, 2021

While 90s rock is known for the volume-pushing bands from Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and other parts around the world, a loose movement of quiet and introspective artists rallied (quietly) around sparse arrangements, hushed vocals, and an appreciation for traditional to 60s folk. Ida covers most of that ground and more on their fourth album, 2000's Will You Find Me. Thanks to a wide range of guest musicians and a major label budget, the band incorporates electric piano, moog, wurlitzer, viola, and a host of other instruments to fill out the nooks and crannies of their deliberate sound. When at their best, the foursome use the three vocals to perfection, crafting haunting and beautiful sound scapes. But on the flip-side, some of the less fussed-over tracks sound bare in comparison, or tracks meander when they should be more concise.

 

Songs in this Episode:

Intro - Shrug

21:24 - Down on Your Back

26:19 - Turn Me On

32:29 - Encantada

40:18 - Shotgun

48:09 - Man in Mind

Outro - The Radiator

 

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