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Phantom Blue - Built to Perform | Album Review

Phantom Blue - Built to Perform | Album Review

October 26, 2021

Just like how the 1990s produced hundreds of alternative bands signed to major labels that barely made a dent in radio, MTV, or Billboard, the 80s had their fair share of obscure and forgotten acts of might-have-beens. Those rock bands that straddled the line between the two decades often suffered the worst, coming in at the tail end of hair/glam rock dominance into the emergent alternative and college rock scene ready to explode. Phantom Blue is a perfect example of this interesting time, a band whose 1989 debut is more in line with 80s metal, while their 1993 follow-up (and last) record Built to Perform shows growth in multiple directions, incorporating the drop-d riffing of Soundgarden and Alice In Chains flawlessly with Guns 'n Roses licks and energy.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Better Off Dead

15:32 - Lied To Me

21:11 - Little Man

31:01 - My Misery

Outro - Time to Run

 

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Bands From the 90s Reuniting - Part 2 | Roundtable

Bands From the 90s Reuniting - Part 2 | Roundtable

October 19, 2021

Band reunions aren't new, as some of the best-selling and most well-known bands have gone on hiatus or broken up for extended periods of time. Back in 2015, we discussed 1990s rock bands that had broken up and gotten back together. Six years have passed, and more bands have reunited, released material, or at least toured. We decided to revisit the topic and discuss bands like Swervedriver, Hum, The Psychedelic Furs, The Vapors, Guns 'n Roses, and many more who have been back in the studio (either to record or rerecord) and hit the road together.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Step Into You by Hum

11:50 - Thread by Shades Apart

18:09 - Don't Believe by The Psychedelic Furs

34:50 - Amputation by The Jesus And Mary Chain

47:00 - The Colour of Love by The Smashing Pumpkins

Outro - Mary Winter by Swervedriver

 

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Creeper Lagoon - I Become Small and Go | Album Review

Creeper Lagoon - I Become Small and Go | Album Review

October 12, 2021

Before Creeper Lagoon scored a minor hit with "Wrecking Ball" on their 2001 major label, radio-friendly alternative rock album Take Back The Universe and Give Me Yesterday, the band released a much more intimate debut. 1998's I Become Small and Go, co-produced in part by John King of The Dust Brothers, finds an even balance between catchy indie-pop, and more produced and layered tracks. Using a host of loops, oddball sounds, and other studio tricks gives tracks like "Wonderful Love" just enough earworm material to balance with the more subdued songs like "Sylvia." Unfortunately, the band can't hold up the momentum, and the album takes a noticeable dive in quality towards the end, but that doesn't erase what is a re-listenable record.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - Dear Deadly

17:16 - Wonderful Love

20:23 - Sylvia

24:04 - Drink and Drive

Outro - Empty Ships

 

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Tom Waits - Bone Machine | Album Review

Tom Waits - Bone Machine | Album Review

October 5, 2021

He's an outlier, an enigma, an iconoclast, an original. We're talking about Tom Waits, whose career is more closely tied to the 70s and 80s, but who released his Grammy Award-winning album Bone Machine in 1992 just as the first wave of grunge was talking off in 90s rock. Trying to compare Waits, and this album in particular, to any of his contemporaries, is a fool's errand. Sure, there's a bit of Nick Cave here, some Mark Lanegan there, even some Morphine and Beck, but Waits is often on another planet entirely. Using a collection of non-traditional percussion instruments (some homemade) combined with buzzing guitars and ramshackle pianos, to create a junkyard orchestra. It often sounds like it's falling apart before it even starts, but Waits can bring it together with his vocals, even if they are the most divisive aspect of a Tom Waits album.

 

Songs In This Episode:

Intro - I Don't Wanna Grow Up

17:26 - Black Wings

24:49 - That Feel

29:54 - Whistle Down The Wind

34:26 - Goin' Out West

Outro - The Earth Died Screaming

 

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