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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.

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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.

    #475: Satisfied Mind by The Walkabouts

    #475: Satisfied Mind by The Walkabouts

    Among the many signings by the legendary Sub Pop label in the 1980s and 1990s, a few bands get tagged with "the first" label. The Afghan Whigs were the first band from outside region to be signed to the label, and in the case of this week's episode, The Walkabouts were the first country (or folk, or Americana, or alt-country) band to be signed to the label. Core members vocalist Carla Torgerson and vocalist/songwriter Chris Eckman started playing together in 1984, and by the time of their sixth album Satisfied Mind released in 1993, the band had built up quite a following and list of friends in the area. Guests include Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Trees, Peter Buck of R.E.M., and Ivan Kral of the Patti Smith Band, who all manage to blend into this uniquely timeless sound channeling some expected artists (The Carter Family, Gene Clark, Charlie Rich) and some more unexpected choices (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, John Cale, Patti Smith) that all sound seamless together.
     
    Songs In This Episode
     
    Intro - Satisfied Mind
    15:09 - Free Money
    20:51 - Buffalo Ballet
    23:53 - Feel Like Going Home
    28:44 - Dear Darling
    Outro - Loom Of The Land
     
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    • 47 min
    #474: 100 Broken Windows by Idlewild

    #474: 100 Broken Windows by Idlewild

    You may ask yourself, why is a 90s-centric podcast revisiting an album from 2000? Well, we are nothing without our listeners, and if they suggest and then vote for an album that came out in 2000, but was from a band that got their start and had several releases in the 90s, who are we to argue. And it turns out revisiting Idlewild's 2000 album 100 Broken Windows gave us an excellent opportunity to look back upon the decade and see how its various sounds and genres were interpreted by younger artists. In the case of Idlewild, with veteran producers Dave Eringa and Bob Weston behind the board for the young band meant channeling the volume and chaos of their earlier releases into a weapon to be deployed skillfully, giving the band a blistering edge and allowing vocalist Roddy Woomble the opportunity to craft unique earworm melodies. It may not make the top 100 albums of the decade or the year, but there's a case to be made for 100 Broken Windows as one of the finest distillations of everything that went right musically in the 90s.
    Songs In This Episode
     
    Intro - Little Discourage
    19:45 - Idea Track
    24:26 - Roseability
    29:52 - Mistake Pageant
    Outro - These Wooden Ideas
     
     
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    • 55 min
    #473: Red And Clear by Giants Chair

    #473: Red And Clear by Giants Chair

    It took twenty-three years for Giants Chair to follow-up their 1996 sophomore album Purity And Control with the 2019 album Prefabylon, which we discussed briefly in our 2019 New Albums Roundtable. Though we've covered plenty of 90s bands reuniting a decade or two later to make new records, prior to Prefabylon Giants Chair weren't on our radar. Thanks to one of Patreon patrons we got the chance to revisit this Kansas City, Missouri band's 1995 debut. While the post-punk math-rock sounds fit nicely into our previously expressed admiration for bands such as Jawbox, Shudder To Think and Quicksand, as well as the neighboring Shiner, we didn't expect to unearth a local scene that included Season To Risk, Molly McGuire, Boys Life, and others all dishing out their own versions of angular guitars, tricky rhythms, and indie/emo vocals. Perhaps a Digging Your Scene episode is in the future, but on this one, we got to dive into this three-piece and their unique take on mid-90s post-punk.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Gunshot And The Jogger
    11:55 - New Orleans
    24:03 - Mother Brother Sister Lover
    26:31 - Weed Roses
    Outro - Semi
     
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    • 55 min
    #472: Albums of 1990 Roundtable

    #472: Albums of 1990 Roundtable

    1990 is a strange, contradictory year for music. How else do you explain alternative and underground bands like Jane's Addiction, Concrete Blonde, Faith No More and The B-52's taking up regular MTV rotation slots next to MC Hammer, Warrant, Paula Abdul and Vanilla Ice? There's a good chance you saw They Might Be Giant's "Birdhouse In Your Soul" right after Billy Idol's "Cradle of Love," or "We Die Young" by Alice Chains on the same Headbanger's Ball episode as "Unskinny Bop" by Poison. What we're saying is, there was a lot going on, and we attempt an overview of some of the most interesting overlooked, under-appreciated, and influential albums of the year.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Stop! by Jane's Addiction
    10:46 - Graveyard Shift by Uncle Tupelo
    24:15 - Is She Weird by Pixies
    36:12 - There You Are by Goo Goo Dolls
    47:41 - Candy by Iggy Pop
    Outro - Cliffs Of Dover by Eric Johnson
     
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    #471: Hormone Hotel by Bandit Queen

    #471: Hormone Hotel by Bandit Queen

    One and done bands are always an interesting listen, whether they were full-formed bands, one-off side-projects or solo albums, or something else entirely. In the case of Bandit Queen, they formed out of the ashes of Swirl, retaining three of the four members and an indie rock sound. Gone were the jammy rhythms and chorus'd guitars for a more straightforward approach, reminiscent of American female-led alternative acts like Throwing Muses and The Breeders. While the harmony vocals and honest production kept us interested throughout, a few more soaring vocal hooks would have made Hormone Hotel a can't miss record.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Back In The Belljar
    14:00 - Big Sugar Emotional Thing
    18:54 - Blue Black
    20:57 - Scorch
    Outro - Give It To The Dog
     
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    • 38 min
    #470: Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants

    #470: Apollo 18 by They Might Be Giants

    There are plenty of anomalies in what did and didn't become popular in the rise of alternative music during the 1990s. Take for instance They Might Be Giants, who's breakthrough 1990 album Flood with almost thirty tracks of weird and quirky songs that combine humor and musical knowledge into a wholly unique recording. So what then to follow it up? The band decided to produce themselves, and rock out a bit more on the 1992 follow-up Apollo 18. While the experimentation with a slightly more traditional pop-rock sound on songs like The Statue Got Me High and Dig My Grave made the band a bit more palatable to our ears, the stripped-down reliance on simplistic looped drums held back what expanded in year with a full band backing them.
    Two notes: Tim was battling a cold, hence the nasal congestion you can clearly hear in his voice. Also, this was recorded prior to the death of Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart, which is why there was no mention of it when Rush was briefly brought up during the episodes. #RIPTheProfessor
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - I Palindrome I
    11:48 - The Statue Got Me High
    16:15 - My Evil Twin
    24:17 - Mammals
    38:47 - Spider
    Outro -  Dig My Grave
     
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    Listen to the episode archive at DigMeOutPodcast.com.
     

    • 57 min

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