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#427: Soup by Blind Melon with Christopher Thorn
Mar 19 • 83 min
Sophomore albums are notoriously tricky, we’ve even dedicated a round table series to the phenomenon of hugely successful 90s debuts with follow-ups that, for a variety of reasons, didn’t connect with audiences in the same way as their first release.…
#426: Human Radio by Human Radio
Mar 12 • 45 min
Although Human Radio’s debut self-titled album was released in 1990, their isn’t much to the sound that pins it to the decade. Between the jazz-pop nods to Steely Dan, the funk flourishes reminiscent of Stevie Wonder, the new wave pop of XTC, along with a…
#425: Oceanborn by Nightwish
Mar 5 • 48 min
We’ve tackled metal in its various forms and sub-genres, but this week for the first time we’re checking out the symphonic metal of Finnish band Nightwish via their 1998 album Oceanborn. Combining operatic vocals with shredding guitars, double kick-drum…
#424: Is by The Big F
Feb 26 • 50 min
After departing 1980s new wavers Berlin, bassist and vocalist John Crawford and drummer Rob Brill formed the rock power trio The Big F. With the addition of guitarist Mark Christian, the band manage to forge some interesting musical ground on their second…
Patreon Preview - Panorama by The Cars
Feb 21 • 6 min
You’re probably wondering, why is there a new episode in my podcast feed on a Thursday? We wanted to share with you a preview of our first of six Dig Me Out ’80s episodes in 2019. Starting this month, and continuing every other month this year, with the…
#423: Pod by The Breeders
Feb 19 • 39 min
The shadow of Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly looms large over 1990s alternative and indie rock. They were both members of seminal 1980s bands, Deal in the Pixies, and Donelly in Throwing Muses, and had second acts in the 90s in their own bands, The Breeders…
#422: Pop-Punk In The 90s Roundtable
Feb 12 • 81 min
The term “Pop-Punk” started showing up in the mid-90s - a hybrid of the breakthrough punk sound via bands like Green Day and The Offspring, but with a decidedly more pop (re: melodic) twist in the vocal department. It’s not easy to pin down with what band…
#421: Machine Fish by Galactic Cowboys
Feb 5 • 57 min
Compact discs were the predominant physical medium for music in the 90s that, like cassettes and vinyl before, came with positives and negatives. No more rewinding or fast forwarding to find a song. Mobility meant moving from your home stereo, to your…
#420: Goat by The Jesus Lizard
Jan 29 • 35 min
Sometimes we revisit albums that have little to no internet presence, reviews that only appeared in print, and barely managed to slip into the big name publications. When that happens, there is little baggage or preconceived notion of what we’re getting…
#419: Albums of 1999 Roundtable
Jan 22 • 79 min
The release of Nirvana’s album Nevermind in 1991 shaped the musical landscape of the 1990s in numerous ways, but 1999 may be the year that truly upended everything. Along with our favorite albums, our hidden gems, our late discoveries, and our long…
#418: Mossy God by Mantissa
Jan 15 • 58 min
We’re not sure what album Mantissa intended to make with their 1992 debut Mossy God. On the one hand, it’s got the guitar riffage that would find allies in heavier/dirtier 1980s hard rock/metal bands like Circus Of Power or Faster Pussycat. On the other…
#417: Wrecreation by Stanford Prison Experiment
Jan 8 • 47 min
The term “album tracks” gets thrown around to describe perfectly fine songs that are clearly not going to be a radio single for a band. It represents what the band does, but maybe is less melodic in favor of a sound that expands, experiments or diverts…
#416: Sunrise On The Sufferbus by Masters Of Reality
Jan 1 • 52 min
To understand “Desert Rock” and the Palm Desert Scene, you have too look further than Queens Of The Stone Age, as we learned on our Desert Rock episode. That’s when you discover a number of bands and important figures, including Chris Goss and his band…
#415: Season Eight In Review
Dec 25, 2018 • 38 min
2018 seem to fly by, and with it another slate of reviews, roundtables and interviews that we look back upon with equal parts amazement and exhaustion. Thanks to our great community of folks at Patreon, the burden of actually picking records to revisit…
#414: In On The Kill Taker by Fugazi
Dec 18, 2018 • 42 min
Although we host a 90s-focused music podcast, if you think Fugazi is a no brainer for us, think again. While we both had passing interest and exposure, neither of us were ardent followers of punk, hardcore or post hardcore during that time, and really…
#413: Good Morning Spider by Sparklehorse
Dec 11, 2018 • 47 min
With his work as Sparklehorse, Mark Linkous left behind a collection of music wholly unique - masterfully combining the intimacy of his home recording setup paired with his singular lyrical approach. His songs shift from abrasive guitar driven “Pig” and…
#412: The Lateness Of The Hour by Eric Matthews
Dec 4, 2018 • 44 min
While the Seattle record label Sub Pop is primarily associated with “grunge,” the list of artists and catalog of releases is far more broad. Take for example Eric Matthews, whose whispered vocal and orchestral arrangements couldn’t stray further from the…
#411: Free Mars by Lusk
Nov 27, 2018 • 47 min
There are not many 1990s albums that fall under the “alternative rock” banner that prominently feature harp and horns the way the lone 1997 album Free Mars by Lusk does. The fact that it does so featuring a wide cast of characters from bands such as Tool…
#410: Owsley by Owsley
Nov 20, 2018 • 34 min
Power pop, as we have learned over the years, is a hard subgenre of rock ‘n roll to pin down. The 1999 self-titled debut by Owsley has been referred to as power pop, with some calling it a masterpiece. It’s not hard to hear why, as the album is chock full…
#409: Aerosmith In The 90s
Nov 13, 2018 • 62 min
Our “In The 90s” series exploring successful 1970s and 80s artists and bands has discovered a common theme - sometimes it was not the rise of grunge and alternative music that through a wrench into their success, sometimes overwhelming success created a…
#408: Empty by God Lives Underwater
Nov 6, 2018 • 35 min
Many musical genres and subgenres previously found in the cultural underground bubbled to the mainstream surface in the 1990s thanks to a major label feeding frenzy and the ever expanding definition of “alternative.” Like punk, ska, swing and even grunge,…
#407: Scumdogs Of The Universe by Gwar
Oct 30, 2018 • 46 min
For some, metal shock rockers Gwar are more style than substance. In fact, we were in that camp, having paid little attention to the band beyond their notorious stage antics and costumes. But thanks to our second annual Halloween-themed episode, we’re…
#406: Keep It Like A Secret by Built To Spill
Oct 23, 2018 • 42 min
Built To Spill have remained an anomaly in a number of ways throughout their career - a band steeped in classic rock conventions that seamlessly integrates 1990s indie rock guitar shredding, but does so without sacrificing vocal melodies, and doing in on…
#405: Stomp 442 by Anthrax
Oct 16, 2018 • 46 min
After the success of the Sound Of White Noise album with new lead singer John Bush, New York city thrashers Anthrax took the band in a direction that angered and alienated longtime fans. For Stomp 442 from 1995, the band relied less on the chugging thrash…
#404: Digging’ Your Scene - Dayton, Ohio
Oct 9, 2018 • 65 min
Cleveland is the home of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, Cincinnati is home to legendary soul label King Records and The Afghan Whigs, Akron has Devo and the The Pretenders, but if there is a 1990s alternative and indie rock epicenter of Ohio, it’s Dayton,…
#403: Since by Richard Buckner
Oct 2, 2018 • 45 min
For his 1998 album Since, Richard Buckner enlisted a strong supporting cast (John McEntire of Tortoise, The Sea And Cake / Dave Schramm of Yo La Tengo, The Schramms / David Grubbs of Squirrel Bait, Gastr Del Sol, Bastro) to shape an Americana/Alt Country…
#402: Mellow Gold by Beck
Sep 25, 2018 • 37 min
We revisit Beck’s major label debut Mellow Gold, was it a warm-up for the multi-platinum Odelay, or is Loser the only worthwhile nugget? Songs in this episode: Intro - Loser 12:54 -Soul Suckin’ Jerk 17:58 - Beercan 26:28 - Truckdrivin Neighbors Downstairs…
Patreon Preview: Power Pop in the ’00s Discussion
Sep 20, 2018 • 5 min
Wondering about our exclusive content over at Patreon? Here’s a sample of the first five minutes of our extended twenty minute discussion on Power Pop as we chat about the 2000s. Hear the entire bonus content, be eligible for quarterly contests, vote in…
#401: Power Pop Of The 90s
Sep 18, 2018 • 70 min
For a lot of people, the rock music subgenre known as “power pop” is one of those “you know it when you hear it” situations. However, over the years many have tried to describe and dissect what makes power pop unique from musical cousins such as pop rock…
#400: Half Dead and Dynamite by Lifter Puller
Sep 11, 2018 • 46 min
Craig Finn is best known for his distinctive vocal and lyrical style thanks to The Hold Steady in the 2000s. But while that band channeled Bruce Springsteen, The Replacements and The Band for musical inspiration, his 1990s outfit Lifter Puller took a…
#399: Pack Up The Cats by Local H
Sep 4, 2018 • 72 min
Concept albums are as old as albums themselves, though defining what exactly qualifies as a concept album is flexible. The 90s were no different, as many bands and artists took loose ideas and strung together narratives and themes to form a cohesive idea.…
#398: Frosting On The Beater by The Posies
Aug 28, 2018 • 38 min
The 1990s are known as the grunge decade, but really Seattle’s reign was contained to the first half, which is when The Posies power-pop tour de force Frosting On The Beater happened to be released in 1993. It’s not hard to understand why this band from…
#397: Side Projects Of The 90s
Aug 21, 2018 • 62 min
When musicians aren’t busy writing, recording and touring with their main band, often times you’ll find them in side projects, mixing it up with new sounds and new collaborators. The 1990s were no different, as folks from the biggest bands to lesser known…
#396: Into The Pink by Verbena
Aug 14, 2018 • 45 min
After Nirvana exploded in the 1990s, bands across the globe got signed for sounding just enough like the Kurt, Krist, and Dave, an inevitable result of major labels hoping to find “the next Nirvana.” It was also inevitable that young artists would be…
#395: Tin Cans With Strings To You by Far
Aug 7, 2018 • 45 min
On their 1996 major label debut Tin Cans With Strings To You, the Sacramento, CA band Far find themselves at an interesting crossroads. By this point in the decade, grunge is well past its expiration date, so how do you describe a rock band that can…
#394: Interview With Jonny Polonsky
Jul 31, 2018 • 65 min
For the tens of thousands of bands who signed to a major label, put out a record, scored a minor hit and disappeared, there just as many divergent stories of what happened after the temporary spotlight dimmed. In the case of Jonny Polonsky, his tale…
#393: Prick by Prick
Jul 24, 2018 • 39 min
When an established name like Trent Reznor shows up in the credits of a 90s industrial album, the natural starting point is to compare it Nine Inch Nails. But what about when the artist is not a contemporary or disciple, but a predecessor? That’s the case…
#392: Origins - Spoon In The 90s
Jul 17, 2018 • 69 min
In the first of a new roundtable series, we’re taking a look back at the 90s origins of Spoon, and how they went from devotees of Frank Black and Robert Pollard, to one of the most consistently interesting and successful bands of the 2000s. Britt Daniel…
#391: Six by Mansun
Jul 10, 2018 • 47 min
Let’s get this out of the way - thanks to the ridiculous nature of regional rights and legal mumbo-jumbo surrounding album releases, we are occasionally stuck reviewing the edited and inferior US release of an album rather than the original UK or…
#390: The Infotainment Scan by The Fall
Jul 3, 2018 • 40 min
Mark E. Smith of The Fall was a divisive character, turning people on or off with his kinetic one-note, occasionally slurred, stream of consciousness vocal delivery. After a decade and a half of abrasive post punk, line-up changes and restlessness led to…
#389: Foma by The Nixons
Jun 26, 2018 • 49 min
The story of The Nixons is not unlike a number of 1990s bands. Record some demos and release them on your own, find a small regional label to release your first album recorded on a shoe-string budget, get some buzz, the major labels swoop in, offer to…
#388: Wider Screen by Fini Scad
Jun 19, 2018 • 31 min
Fini Scad only managed to release one album during their short existence, but thanks to one of our listeners we’re giving it a new lease on life. 1998’s Wider Screen, and their EP from two years early, got the band onto Australian radio and television,…
#387: Drummers Of The 90s Roundtable
Jun 12, 2018 • 84 min
Every decade of rock music and its various sub genre offshoots has produced oft-debated lists of notable drummers, and the 1990s is no exception. From the jazz-influenced speed of The Smashing Pumpkins Jimmy Chamberlain, to the technical progressive…
#386: Munki by Jesus And Mary Chain
Jun 1, 2018 • 39 min
By the time William and Jim Reid of the Jesus And Mary Chain put out the 1998 album Munki, the band had been through several iterations. From the noise drenched simplicity of Psychocandy to the pulsing beats of Automatic and the lazy strums of Stoned and…
#385: Psychohum by Falling Joys
May 29, 2018 • 36 min
Hailing from Canberra, Australia, the 1992 sophomore album Psychohum by the Falling Joys is what alternative or college or indie rock, however you want to classify it, looked to be heading pre-Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Eclectic and unpredictable, with guitar…
#384: This Will Be Laughing Week by Ultimate Fakebook
May 22, 2018 • 83 min
Our Patreon patron Brandon wanted to check out the 1999 (or 2000, if you bought the Sony rerelease) album This Will Be Laughing Week by Ultimate Fakebook. Through the magic of our Facebook page, we ended up connecting with lead singer and guitarist Bill…
#383: From The Choirgirl Hotel by Tori Amos
May 15, 2018 • 40 min
By 1998 Tori Amos was already established an artist who balanced both commercial success and critical praise. With her fourth album, From The Choirgirl Hotel, Amos dialed down the piano and dialed up the band, exploring a fuller sound that moved between…
#382: U2 In The 90s Roundtable
May 8, 2018 • 77 min
Through the 1980s, U2 had gone from upstart punks to political firebrands to stadium superstars, reaching the critical crossroad of either delivering what people expected and remaining creatively stagnant or reinventing their sound and risk alienation. By…
#381: The Proximity Effect by Nada Surf
May 1, 2018 • 49 min
Nada Surf scored a quirky one-hit wonder with “Popular,” and as with most one-hit wonders, pressure from the record label to follow it up caused a divide. In this case, Nada Surf were dropped, record in hand, which they were able to release on their own…
#380: Shōso Strip by Ringo Sheena
Apr 24, 2018 • 47 min
While we have traveled, musically speaking, to Europe and Australia quite often, Japan has been a much rarer trip, and we’ve never revisited an album that wasn’t primarily recorded in English. Until now. Thanks to a patron selection, we’re checking out…
#379: Sophomore Slump Revisited - The Chinese Album by Spacehog
Apr 17, 2018 • 54 min
Do you remember 1995? If you do, you probably remember “In The Meantime” by Spacehog off their debut album Resident Alien. The single went to number one on the US mainstream chart, number two on the US modern rock chart, and top fifty in about every…
#378: Laid by James
Apr 10, 2018 • 50 min
By 1993, James were already established with a string of successful UK singles on their four previous album. But with the release of Laid, they managed to crack wide open United States college and mainstream radio playlists with the quirky and catchy…