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Weekly episodes digging up lost and forgotten 90s rock — in-depth album reviews, roundtable discussions, and artist interviews that reveal the unique story of the 90s.

Dig Me Out - The 90s rock podcast Dig Me Out

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    • 4.3 • 14 Ratings

Weekly episodes digging up lost and forgotten 90s rock — in-depth album reviews, roundtable discussions, and artist interviews that reveal the unique story of the 90s.

    #506: The Ponzi Scheme by Firewater

    #506: The Ponzi Scheme by Firewater

    After the industrial noise rock of Cop Shoot Cop, lead singer/bassist Tod Ashley moved on to the eclectic sounds of Firewater, drawing on the sounds of American indie rock equally with European traditional music such as cabaret and Klezmer. With the help of future Gogol Bordello guitarist Oren Kaplan and a variety of skilled players, the band jumps from the Screaming Trees-esque alternative rock of "I Still Love You, Judas" to the Peter Gunn aping intro track "Ponzi's Theme." At their best, Firewater are a challenging and diverse listen thanks to the gravel-voice Tod A., but that's counterbalanced by some kitschy organ and piano sounds that sound more Smash Mouth than Tom Waits.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    Intro - Green Light
    10:23 - So Long, Superman
    13:40 - Knock 'em Down
    21:15 - Whistling In The Dark
    Outro - Caroline
     
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    • 35 min
    #505: In A Perfect World by Season To 'Risk

    #505: In A Perfect World by Season To 'Risk

    Something must have been in the Missouri River that helped produced so many Kansas City post-hardcore heavy-hitters. We've already talked about Shiner and Giants Chair on this podcast, and this time we're checking out the 1994 sophomore album In A Perfect World by Season To Risk, who shared members with Shiner and Molly McGuire, also of K.C. Leaning more into the more chaotic noise rock of early Soundgarden, Killdozer, or The Jesus Lizard, with a manic rhythm section, and Lemmy-meets-Buzz Osborne, the fact that this was released on a major label at the height of Seattle radio and MTV dominance is a testament to the talent of the band and the free flow of major label money in the decade. There is a radio single on the sledgehammer of an album, but any attempt to reign in the mayhem would have resulted in a watered-down and inferior release.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    Intro - Jack Frost
    21:25 - Nausea
    26:29 - Future Tense
    34:50 - Timebomb
    Outro - Remembered
     
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    • 58 min
    #504: Dummy by Portishead

    #504: Dummy by Portishead

    Portishead may remain the most interesting enigma of the 1990s. First is Beth Gibbons, who channels Liz Fraser of the Cocteau Twins, Billie Holiday, and Jane Birkin into an unmatched vocal for the decade. Second is Geoff Barrow, creating 60s and 70s sounding spy movie and spaghetti western sound scapes via downtempo, gothic, and hip-hop samples and influences, with the tone-perfect playing of Adrian Utley on guitar. Though cast with trip-hop peers Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, and Bjork, Portishead forge an entirely unique path.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    Intro - Sour Times
    21:07 - Glory Box
    31:19 - Wandering Star
    36:25 - Roads
    Outro - Mysterions
     
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    • 50 min
    #503: Athens, Georgia in the 1980s and 90s

    #503: Athens, Georgia in the 1980s and 90s

    The Athens, Georgia music scene might have been put on the map by R.E.M., but in truth they were one piece of a vibrant, diverse puzzle that included Pylon, The B-52s, Love Tractor, and others. A college town with nowhere to play in the late 70s and early 80s, bands and artists made their own spaces happen. Thanks to day-long drive to New York City and an influential college arts program, the sleepy Georgia town transformed in the 80s into one of the most important centers of musical, political, and social expression in the country. The 90s continued that exploratory spirit, finding a home for The Elephant 6 Collective and its respective bands, and well into the 2000s. To help us track the decades worth of stories and details, we're joined by college professor Grace Elizabeth Hale, author of "Cool Town: How Athens, Georgia, Launched Alternative Music and Changed American Culture" and guitarist Mark Cline of Love Tractor.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
    Intro - Athens, GA Medley (Radio Free Europe by R.E.M., Rock Lobster by The B-52s, Party Train by Love Tractor)
    13:46 - Cool by Pylon
    47:30 - Sarcophag by Bar-B-Q Killers
    1:11:03 - Grey Hats by The Glands
    Outro - Jane by Elf Power
     
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    • 1 hr 55 min
    #502: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

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

    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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    • 1 hr 18 min
    #501: Cure For Pain by Morphine

    #501: Cure For Pain by Morphine

    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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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

HannahMCharnock ,

So happy to discover this Gen X indie gem!

Stumbled across this podcast while researching Dave Grohl and the Backbeat Band and am delighted to have discovered it! So many gems of albums I used to listen to back in the day! Great nostalgia trip, thank you!

Shoegaze Scot ,

Detailed discussions

Enjoyable analysis of the albums covered, and roundtable discussions on a variety of topics. during the 90's was in my 20's, so lots oif great memories and discoveries. Interesting as a Scot to hear different perspective from the states.

Bevington ,

Great show!

Love 90s rock and these guys are great to listen to talk about it.

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