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Dig Me Out - The 90s rock podcast

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Dig Me Out

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Weekly album reviews, interviews and roundtable discussions digging up the 90s

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#499: In Thrall by Murray Attaway

Aimee Mann. Jackson Browne. Jon Brion. Nicky Hopkins. Benmont Tench. Steve Nieve. Jim Keltner. What do all those names have in common? They played on Murray Attaway's 1993 album In Thrall. But wait, there's more! Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and Mr. Mister. Robbie Blunt from Robert Plant's solo band. Alex Acuña of the Weather Report. Sid Page of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Steven Soles and David Mansfield from Bob Dylan's band. How did all these people end up playing on the lone solo release by the former singer/guitarist of Athen's, Georgia jangle-pop band Guadalcanal Diary? We have no idea, but it makes for an interesting listen, as Attaway's indie-pop songwriting sensibilities are filtered through a variety of talented players on both sides of the recording booth window. Did we mention there is a Lord-Alge brother involved? Songs In This Episode: Intro - Under Jets 18:58 - No Tears Tonight 22:16 - The Evensong 29:24 - Angels In The Trees 35:50 - Fall So Far 43:40 - Living In Another Time Outro - Allegory Support the podcast, join the DMO UNION at Patreon. Listen to the episode archive atDigMeOutPodcast.com.

64 MIN9 h ago
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#499: In Thrall by Murray Attaway

#498: B-Sides Of The 90s

The 1990s may have been the most bountiful of decades when it came to the concept of the B-side. Originally singles provided just one extra song on the second side of a 45 RPM single. That expanded to 12" singles for dance 1970s remixes and 1980s longer cassette singles. For music obsessives, the 90s provide the rare opportunity to hear three, four or more tracks from a band not included on an album. Non-album studio tracks were accompanied by demo, live, remix, acoustic, radio edit and more of album and non-album tracks, as well as covers, instrumental and acapella versions. Some bands, like Pearl Jam, Suede, and Oasis, even managed to score radio singles with their b-sides. We dive into the various interesting B-sides from a variety of bands and discuss some of the B-sides compilations released during the decade. Songs In This Episode: Intro - Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam 13:28 - Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover) by The Smashing Pumpkins 19:02 - Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover...

73 MIN1 w ago
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#498: B-Sides Of The 90s

#497: Mack Avenue Skullgame by Big Chief

Funk music might be most commonly associated with 1970s bands like Funkadelic, Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, the Ohio Players, and other more, but the 1990s saw their fair share of funk enthusiasts slip into the alternative mainstream. The Red Hot Chili Peppers had become an MTV staple, Primus and Faith No More explored the outer edges, while bands like the Beastie Boys, Living Colour, Infectious Grooves and more put their own spin on the sound. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the remnants of 80s hardcore bands the Necros, Laughing Hyenas, and others formed Big Chief, whose 1991 skewed towards the alternative metal sound. That would not be the case on their 1993 follow-up, Mack Avenue Skullgame. Dubbed an "Original Soundtrack" for a movie that does not exist, the album is a faithful throwback to the 70s blaxploitation sounds of soundtracks like Shaft, Superfly, Cleopatra Jones and others. The band lays down authentic if updated funk sounds and adds the necessary vocals of Thornetta Da...

51 MIN2 w ago
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#497: Mack Avenue Skullgame by Big Chief

#496: To Bring You My Love by PJ Harvey

In 1995 PJHarvey was relatively unknown in the US, aside from college radio and others tuned into the underground. Thanks to the breakout single "Down By The Water,"for a brief moment she was in the same spotlight as Tori Amos, Bjork, Sarah McLachlan, Liz Phair, and other female artists who transcended the dominance of Seattle grunge and guitar rock. On To Bring You My Love, Harvey bounces between the minimalist blues of the title track and the krautrock drive of Working For The Man, and the blistering distortion of Meet Ze Monsta and pounding drive of Long Snake Moan. But in the age of Spotify skipping, can minimalism and restraint with bursts of nasty distortion still catch an ear? Songs In This Episode: Intro - Down By The Water 22:22 - C'mon Billy 26:09 - Long Snake Moan 34:10 - The Dancer 38:03 - Working For The Man Outro - Meet Ze Monsta Support the podcast, join the DMO UNION at Patreon. Listen to the episode archive atDigMeOutPodcast.com.

53 MIN3 w ago
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#496: To Bring You My Love by PJ Harvey

#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 Support th...

53 MINJUL 7
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#495: Desert Rain by Indian Ocean

#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 CDwas 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 - ABenefit For Victoria Williams) 14:31 - Making Plans For Nigel by The Rembrandts - XTC:ATestimonial Dinner 21:02 - We Only Just Begun by...

58 MINJUN 30
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#494: Tribute Albums of the 90s

#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/DCriffs combined with punk and hardcore attitude of Black Flag and Motorhead lands on the spiritual kin of Seattle's grunge scene. S...

63 MINJUN 23
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#493: Blokes You Can Trust by Cosmic Psychos

#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 Support the podcast, joi...

44 MINJUN 16
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#492: Born To Quit by Smoking Popes

#491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

Pollyanna's 1996 EPJunior 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 Support the podcast, join the DMO UNION at Patreon. Listen to the episode archive atDigMeOutPo...

40 MINJUN 9
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#491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

#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 -...

57 MINJUN 2
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#490: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels

Latest Episodes

#499: In Thrall by Murray Attaway

Aimee Mann. Jackson Browne. Jon Brion. Nicky Hopkins. Benmont Tench. Steve Nieve. Jim Keltner. What do all those names have in common? They played on Murray Attaway's 1993 album In Thrall. But wait, there's more! Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and Mr. Mister. Robbie Blunt from Robert Plant's solo band. Alex Acuña of the Weather Report. Sid Page of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. Steven Soles and David Mansfield from Bob Dylan's band. How did all these people end up playing on the lone solo release by the former singer/guitarist of Athen's, Georgia jangle-pop band Guadalcanal Diary? We have no idea, but it makes for an interesting listen, as Attaway's indie-pop songwriting sensibilities are filtered through a variety of talented players on both sides of the recording booth window. Did we mention there is a Lord-Alge brother involved? Songs In This Episode: Intro - Under Jets 18:58 - No Tears Tonight 22:16 - The Evensong 29:24 - Angels In The Trees 35:50 - Fall So Far 43:40 - Living In Another Time Outro - Allegory Support the podcast, join the DMO UNION at Patreon. Listen to the episode archive atDigMeOutPodcast.com.

64 MIN9 h ago
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#499: In Thrall by Murray Attaway

#498: B-Sides Of The 90s

The 1990s may have been the most bountiful of decades when it came to the concept of the B-side. Originally singles provided just one extra song on the second side of a 45 RPM single. That expanded to 12" singles for dance 1970s remixes and 1980s longer cassette singles. For music obsessives, the 90s provide the rare opportunity to hear three, four or more tracks from a band not included on an album. Non-album studio tracks were accompanied by demo, live, remix, acoustic, radio edit and more of album and non-album tracks, as well as covers, instrumental and acapella versions. Some bands, like Pearl Jam, Suede, and Oasis, even managed to score radio singles with their b-sides. We dive into the various interesting B-sides from a variety of bands and discuss some of the B-sides compilations released during the decade. Songs In This Episode: Intro - Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam 13:28 - Landslide (Fleetwood Mac cover) by The Smashing Pumpkins 19:02 - Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd cover...

73 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#498: B-Sides Of The 90s

#497: Mack Avenue Skullgame by Big Chief

Funk music might be most commonly associated with 1970s bands like Funkadelic, Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, the Ohio Players, and other more, but the 1990s saw their fair share of funk enthusiasts slip into the alternative mainstream. The Red Hot Chili Peppers had become an MTV staple, Primus and Faith No More explored the outer edges, while bands like the Beastie Boys, Living Colour, Infectious Grooves and more put their own spin on the sound. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the remnants of 80s hardcore bands the Necros, Laughing Hyenas, and others formed Big Chief, whose 1991 skewed towards the alternative metal sound. That would not be the case on their 1993 follow-up, Mack Avenue Skullgame. Dubbed an "Original Soundtrack" for a movie that does not exist, the album is a faithful throwback to the 70s blaxploitation sounds of soundtracks like Shaft, Superfly, Cleopatra Jones and others. The band lays down authentic if updated funk sounds and adds the necessary vocals of Thornetta Da...

51 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#497: Mack Avenue Skullgame by Big Chief

#496: To Bring You My Love by PJ Harvey

In 1995 PJHarvey was relatively unknown in the US, aside from college radio and others tuned into the underground. Thanks to the breakout single "Down By The Water,"for a brief moment she was in the same spotlight as Tori Amos, Bjork, Sarah McLachlan, Liz Phair, and other female artists who transcended the dominance of Seattle grunge and guitar rock. On To Bring You My Love, Harvey bounces between the minimalist blues of the title track and the krautrock drive of Working For The Man, and the blistering distortion of Meet Ze Monsta and pounding drive of Long Snake Moan. But in the age of Spotify skipping, can minimalism and restraint with bursts of nasty distortion still catch an ear? Songs In This Episode: Intro - Down By The Water 22:22 - C'mon Billy 26:09 - Long Snake Moan 34:10 - The Dancer 38:03 - Working For The Man Outro - Meet Ze Monsta Support the podcast, join the DMO UNION at Patreon. Listen to the episode archive atDigMeOutPodcast.com.

53 MIN3 w ago
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#496: To Bring You My Love by PJ Harvey

#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 Support th...

53 MINJUL 7
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#495: Desert Rain by Indian Ocean

#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 CDwas 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 - ABenefit For Victoria Williams) 14:31 - Making Plans For Nigel by The Rembrandts - XTC:ATestimonial Dinner 21:02 - We Only Just Begun by...

58 MINJUN 30
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#494: Tribute Albums of the 90s

#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/DCriffs combined with punk and hardcore attitude of Black Flag and Motorhead lands on the spiritual kin of Seattle's grunge scene. S...

63 MINJUN 23
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#493: Blokes You Can Trust by Cosmic Psychos

#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 Support the podcast, joi...

44 MINJUN 16
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#492: Born To Quit by Smoking Popes

#491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

Pollyanna's 1996 EPJunior 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 Support the podcast, join the DMO UNION at Patreon. Listen to the episode archive atDigMeOutPo...

40 MINJUN 9
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#491: Hello Halo by Pollyanna

#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 -...

57 MINJUN 2
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#490: Electro-Shock Blues by Eels
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