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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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    • 4.4, 93 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.

    #495: Desert Rain by Indian Ocean

    #495: Desert Rain by Indian Ocean

    Thanks to our Patreon community, every so often we get to step outside the our 90s comfort zone of American, UK and Australian alternative and indie rock. Having previously gotten hip to the rock en español of Café Tacvba and the Indian/Britpop fusion of Cornershop, this time we're getting the fusion from a different starting point. On the 1997 live recording Desert Rain by Indian Ocean, the fusion starts with the North Indian style of Indian classical music known as Hindustani, and from there incorporates elements of jazz, rock and folk. Able to stand on its mightily on its own with regard to craft and technical ability, making sonic connects to artists such as Tool drummer Danny Carey and his use of the tabla or the mathematical improvisation of Steely Dan helped our understanding and deepened our appreciation for our latest discovery.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Village Damsel
    20:17 - Euphoria
    23:42 - From The Ruins
    33:35 - Going to ITO
    Outro - Melancholic Ecstasy
     
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    • 53 min
    #494: Tribute Albums of the 90s

    #494: Tribute Albums of the 90s

    Maybe more so than any other decade, the 90s pumped out tribute albums at a furious rate. Whether it was loving takes on beloved artists, exposing underground heroes to new audiences, or updates with kitschy and nostalgic themes, nearly every month a new tribute compilation CD was probably at your local record store. Our roundtable shares what makes a successful tribute album and what can derail an effort, whether it's simply cloning the original song, or completely ignoring it. We also investigate the phenomenon of random, lesser-known bands popping up in tracking listings alongside a group of heavy-hitters, and the one-off collaborations that showed up on occasion.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Tribute by Tenacious D
    5:39 - Hard Luck Woman by Garth Brooks (Kiss My Ass - Classic Kiss Regrooved)
    9:24 - Summer Of Drugs by Soul Asylum (Sweet Relief - A Benefit For Victoria Williams)
    14:31 - Making Plans For Nigel by The Rembrandts - XTC: A Testimonial Dinner
    21:02 - We Only Just Begun by Grant Lee Buffalo (If I Were A Carpenter)
    27:02 - Clampdown by the Indigo Girls (Burning London: The Clash Tribute)
    36:48 - She Don't Use Jelly by Ben Folds Five (Lounge-A-Palooza)
    Outro - She's Lost Control by Girls Against Boys (A Means To An End: The Music Of Joy Division)
     
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    • 58 min
    #493: Blokes You Can Trust by Cosmic Psychos

    #493: Blokes You Can Trust by Cosmic Psychos

    The cross-pollination of punk and rock between the United States and Australia has been going on for decades, but one of lesser-known but most interesting (to us, at least!) is the 1980s and early 90s grunge scene, and how Australian bands like The Scientists, The Birthday Party, and Cosmic Psychos had an influence on their American Pacific Northwest counterparts. In the case of the Cosmic Psychos, it was finding commonality with bands like Mudhoney and the Melvins, and releasing their 1989 album on the then upstart Sub Pop label. In 1991 the band recorded with Butch Vig following the Nirvana's Nevermind sessions and produced Blokes You Can Trust, released on the influential Amphetamine Reptile label. For a three-piece, the sound is massive thanks to the fuzzed-out bass that will remind some of the desert and stoner rock scenes, while the old-school AC/DC riffs combined with punk and hardcore attitude of Black Flag and Motorhead lands on the spiritual kin of Seattle's grunge scene.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Dead Roo
    20:16 - Back At School
    29:40 - Loser
    36:26 - Do It To Me
    Outro - Nightshift
     
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    #492: Born To Quit by Smoking Popes

    #492: Born To Quit by Smoking Popes

    If you remember the Smoking Popes, it's probably thanks to their Buzzbin / Clueless soundtrack single "Need You Around." Lead singer Josh Caterer got tagged as punk-rock Morrissey, and while the band continued on, many were left with the impression that the Smoking Popes were something of a novelty. As we dug into this album for the first time, the realization quickly set in that the early Morrissey comparisons were way off base, as both Caterer, along with his brothers Eli and Matt, and drummer Mike Felumlee, are significantly less punk than expected. Sure, you can hear the energetic down strums of Ramones across the record, but instead of 90s pop/punk, the band channels the likes of Wings, The Smithereens, Buddy Holly, Frank Sinatra and more in their quest to write exquisitely arranged pop-rock gems.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Need You Around
    18:49 - Rubella
    21:56 - Mrs. Me And You
    25:46 - My Lucky Day
    28:30 - Gotta Know Right Now
    Outro - Midnight Moon
     
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    • 44 min
    #491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

    #491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

    Pollyanna's 1996 EP Junior and 1996 debut album Long Player scored them multiple hit singles in Australia and put them on the national radar, which means the sophomore follow-up Hello Halo in 1997 had expectations attached. As we discovered, the band expanded their pallet. While the record is full of radio-friendly alternative rock ("Peachy Keen" and "Brittle Then Broken)", where the group really excels is their willingness to take some detours, like on the horn-backed tracks "Pulling Teen" and "Butterman," or the Helmet-esque post-hardcore of "Tank." Thanks to the deft production of Paul McKercher (Violetine, Ratcat, Falling Joys, Spiderbait, You Am I), the diversity of approaches manages to stay consistent even if all the material isn't up to par.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Peachy Keen
    12:01 - Pulling Teeth
    15:20 - Butterman
    20:03 - Tank
    28:03 - Brittle Then Broken
    Outro - Effervescence
     
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    • 40 min
    #490: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels

    #490: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels

    Thanks to a reliance on off-kilter retro sounds and lo-fi instrumentation, Eels were often compared to Beck (and not always favorably). On their second album, 1998's Electro-Shock Blues, they utilized one of the producers who helped Beck transition from one-hit-wonder status with Loser to the layered mastery of 1996's Odelay. But instead of matching the mayhem, singer/multi-instrumentalist Mark Oliver Everett constructs a sixteen-track somber affair with a few noisy interludes delving into personal loss at a bone-chillingly intimate level. What struck us was the deliberate shift from their debut that produced the hit single "Novocaine For The Soul," and wondering if like many, the lyrical content was too heady to digest, needing the growth and loss of maturity to fully appreciate the depths that E is willing to explore.
     
    Songs In This Episode:
     
    Intro - Last Stop: This Town
    16:39 - 3 Speed
    20:58 - Hospital Food
    24:21 - Elizabeth On The Bathroom Floor
    38:52 - Cancer For The Cure
    Outro - Climbing To The Moon
     
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Hellmitten ,

Favorite Podcast, bar none!

I've been listening to this podcast for nearly 5 years now and I absolutely love it! Tim and J have introduced me to a plethora of awesome 90s music that I never would have heard otherswise... Seriously though, they dig DEEP! They also dig out albums I haven't heard in years, or in some cases virtually forgot about entirely. Every single episode they've ever done (and mind you, they're currently on year 10) is available online, for FREE. You can't beat that! Not to mention, they've established a pretty cool little community of music nerds over at Patreon... It's nice to feel like I'm not the only person left on planet Earth that still collects CDs! Oh, and another cool thing is that they're super open to letting fans of the show join the discussion, either by leaving comments or even joining them for the recording of an episode. And did I mention they do all of the above while keeping the podcast ad-free?! For a weekly show that is truly hard to come by these days! I really can't say enough about how much this podcast means to me... Tim and J, THANK YOU!!!

Jerminate ,

Listen to more than one episode before passing judgement.

Be warned...
You are not going to agree with everything these guys say. You are going to be disappointed with some episodes you were looking forward to. However, this is no different from what happened to most music lovers in the 90’s. You would fall in love with an album, and get your best friend or (if you were brave) your girlfriend to listen to it, only to be crestfallen when they express their poor opinion of this thing that had become a part of you.

It’s okay. Take a deep breath. They’re not judging you. Everyone is entitled to their opinion (wrong as they sometimes may be). The hosts, Tim and Jason (and their many guests) are thoroughly entertaining. Tim comes across as the merciful magistrate, while J plays bad cop. It works really well.

I recommend starting with an episode covering an album you hate. It’s easier on the soul. Then dip your toe into an episode about an album you feel nothing about or are simply not at all familiar with. (There are a lot of episodes wherein they review albums that never made it to the States. If you have been stuck in the U.S. your entire life, these would be good ones to start with.)

If you love 90’s music (or just rock music in general), check this podcast out. Give it a chance. It will probably grow on you. You’ll be through the hundreds of episodes before you know it, and you’ll be eagerly awaiting more.

BTW, if you join the Dig Me Out Union on Patreon, you get to hear even more...You can participate in the selection process, and you get the opportunity to discuss (aka argue) about music with others who have strong (incorrect) opinions about music too.

Enjoy!

TAN 319 ,

Kind of off in your facts

Re:producers of the 90’s.
I produced “ For Your Own Special Sweetheart”.
John Agnello , a friend of mine, did the TAG “Jawbox” record.
I think a fair amount of your insight into production , etc. is sort of snarky and rather uninformed about how we work and also record ‘companies work.
All of that behinds the scenes stuff is just conjecture for the most part.
Ted Niceley

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