Tuesday, August 04, 2015

K98X The Fringe Podcast Episode # 26

1.  "Cadence to Arms" by Dropkick Murphys (from Do or Die)
2.  "Mittens" by Frank Turner (from Positive Songs for Negative People)
3.  "The Satellites + I" by Billy the Kid (from Horseshoes & Hand Grenades)
4.  "The River" by Audra Mae (from The Happiest Lamb)
5.  "Everywhere I Go" by Caitlin Rose (from The Stand-In)
6.  "Latin Knights" by Hudson Falcons (from Singles Collection 1997-2002)
7.  "1,000 Years" by The Gaslight Anthem (from Get Hurt)
8.  "Someday" by The Outlets (from The Outlets)
9.  "All American" by Down By Law (from All Scratched Up!)
10.  "Getting Older / Losing Touch" by The Methadones (from This Won't Hurt...)
11.  "Shot Down" by The Forgotten (from Veni Vidi Vici)
12.  "Metropolitan World" by Teenage Frames (from The Kingsize Sessions)
13.  "A Wealth of Sorrows in a Few Words" by Safety (from Congratulate Me, I've Lost My Mind)
14.  "Albuquerque Low" by Elway (from Better Whenever)
15.  "Wait" by Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room (from Party Adjacent)
16.  "If It Takes a Lifetime" by Jason Isbell (from Something More Than Free)
17.  "Beautiful & Damned" by Drag the River (from It's Crazy)
18.  "Here Comes a Regular" by The Replacements (from Tim)

Sunday, August 02, 2015

1995: The Year the Underground Explosion Died

The AV Club recently posted an article by Jason Heller titled 1995 marked the end of the major-label explosion of weird.  The article talked about how 1995 was the last year that major record labels really dipped into the well of the underground music scene that had birthed acts such as Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., Pearl Jam, and Green Day.  Sure there was the minor ska phase a year or so later but after that mainstream music really went back to being a product created by major corporations and spoon fed to the masses through top 40 and rock radio and MTV.  The article's final thoughts perfectly illustrate the state of the musical world 20 years ago.
Ultimately, that’s what the last major-label spasm of weirdness in 1995 signaled: The freaks that the ’90s had touted to champion finally ran their course. The losers’ day in the sun was over. The victors came home to roost.
I remember 1995 being a year that I found myself gravitating away from the acts that I had loved during the first part of the decade, in favor of acts on smaller labels buried deep under the surface, far away from the prying eyes of the mainstream.  (That sounded way more pretentious than I intended it to.)  Some of this had to do with my growing and changing taste and some had to do with the fact that I was (and still am) a die-hard underground music fan.  I was part of this scene that had made a big splash and now our 15 minutes of fame was winding down and so I happily headed right back down into the underground where this music truly belonged.  And I say this not as a snob but as a fan that understand the reality of the world.  There are great things that the masses just don't get and to me, this kind of music--punk, indie rock, alt country, etc.--is just that.  Every once in a while someone will come around that breaks through those barriers and is able to connect with a wide, crossover, mainstream appeal but those artists are few and far between.  In fact, we may never see another Nirvana again.

Steve Albini was right when he surmised that the major label explosion of the early 90s would be financially bad for a lot of the bands swept up in the aftermath of Nirvana's success.  A lot of bands and labels went broke but there has been a silver lining to this insanity.  In the years leading up to Nevermind taking over the world, an infrastructure was built for underground artists, labels, clubs, record stores, and so on.  With the great influx of cash, exposure, and audience in those post-Nirvana years, that infrastructure was able to grow and solidify to the point that a form of it exists today, used by countless bands and labels.  Music that had once been nearly impossible to find was now much easier to procure, and the internet hadn't even made its mark yet.

In the annals of music history, 1995 will most likely be forgotten.  It was a transitional year for music both for me personally and for the masses.  Within a few short years, the influence of the underground would be all but gone on mainstream radio, replaced by nu metal and boy bands making the landscape not all that different from the one that Nirvana affected so drastically years before.  The underground would go on having survived the onslaught on corporate America, a bit bruised and battered but far more seasoned and ready to face the coming of the new century.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

K98X The Fringe Podcast Episode # 25

I couldn't come up with a full-blown theme for today's episode, so instead we've got double-shots from artists that often write socially conscious lyrics.  This includes the likes of Against Me!, The GC5, Chuck Ragan, Two Cow Garage, Dave Hause, and The Clash just to name a few.

1.  "Clampdown" by The Clash (from London Calling)
2.  "(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais" by The Clash (from The Clash)
3.  "Uninspired" by Weston (from Matinee)
4.  "Summer's Over" by Weston (from The Massed Albert Sounds)
5.  "Unsatisfied" by The Replacements (from Let It Be)
6.  "Bastards of Young" by The Replacements (from Tim)
7.  "West Chester Nuclear Winter" by Ex Friends (from Twisted Around)
8.  "Word Police" by Ex Friends (from Animal Needs)
9.  "Pretty Good Year" by Chuck Ragan (from Give and Take)
10.  "For Broken Ears" by Chuck Ragan (from Feast or Famine)
11.  "Bob Dylan Dream" by Against Me! (from White Crosses)
12.  "Dead Friend" by Against Me! (from Transgender Dysphoria Blues)
13.  "Time Will Tell" by Dave Hause (from Resolutions)
14.  "Autism Vaccine Blues" by Dave Hause (from Devour)
15.  "Let The Boys Be Girls" by Two Cow Garage (from Let The Boys Be Girls)
16.  "Should've California" by Two Cow Garage (from Three)
17.  "Lies & Prophecies" by The GC5 (from Never Bet the Devil Your Head)
18.  "The Bottom Line" by The GC5 (from Kisses From Hanoi / Horseshoes & Handgrenades)
19.  "All Fuzzed Out" by Beach Slang (from Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street)
20.  "Punk Or Lust" by Beach Slang (from Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?)
21.  "Redemption Song" by Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer (from Unearthed Disc 3: Redemption Songs)
22.  "Man In Black" by Johnny Cash (from The Legend of Johnny Cash)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

K98X The Fringe Podcast Episode # 24

1.  "Led By Misleading" by Roustabouts (from EP)
2.  "Our Lady of the Thompson River" by Elway (from Better Whenever)
3.  "The Infection" by Jason Tankerley (from The Infection)
4.  "Actions Speak Louder Than Words" by Get Stoked (from Washington Street)
5.  "Hometowns" by Resistors (from Drag)
6.  "Human 2000" by Plow United (from Marching Band)
7.  "Here We Go" by Shelter (from Mantra)
8.  "East St. Louis" by Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds (from I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever)
9.  "Wait" by Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room (from Party Agjacent)
10.  "Giving Up On Miracles" by Ben Lee (from Love Is The Great Rebellion)
11.  "The Next Storm" by Frank Turner (from Positive Songs for Negative People)
12.  "Let The Boys Be Girls" by Two Cow Garage (from Let The Boys Be Girls)
13.  "Can't Be Bothered (feat. Luther Dickinson & Davey Lane)" by Tommy Stinson (from Can't Be Bothered)
14.  "Aside" by The Weakerthans (from Left and Leaving)
15.  "Never Coming Down" by Willamette Stone (from If I Stay [Original Soundtrack])
16.  "So It Is" by Nothington (from Red Scare Industries: 10 Years Of Your Dumb Bullshit)
17.  "Little Shallow" by Banquets (from LP2)
18.  "Obvious Imperfections" by Typesetter (from Wild's End)
19.  "Whatcha Got?" by Red City Radio (from Red City Radio)
20.  "Sad Baptist Rain" by John Moreland (from High On Tulsa Heat)

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Album Review: 'Party Adjacent' by Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room

Title: Party Adjacent (Asian Man Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist: Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia)

Dan Andriano's sophomore solo release Party Adjacent is a deeply personal yet poignantly relatable record. Andriano's signature smooth croon is in full effect, bringing a sweet hopefulness to the sometimes sad and depressing lyrics. At its core, Party Adjacent is a record that deals with what happens to a misfit as he reaches middle age. The journey is often a sad, dark, and lonely one and Andriano captures the stress, uncertainty, and joy of this life quest beautifully. The album opens with the sparse and moving ballad turned anthem “Pretty Teeth,” perfectly setting the stage for what is to come—a record filled with ballads, anthems, and pop gems that blur the lines between punk, indie rock, and power pop. Andriano may be best known for his work in Alkaline Trio, but Party Adjacent may very well be his magnum opus.   


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

K98X The Fringe Podcast Episode # 23

1.  "What Grows Up Must Get Down" by Big Awesome (from Party On)
2.  "My Human Being" by Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room (from Party Adjacent)
3.  "Lunatic Thirteens" by Elway (from Better Whenever)
4.  "Tightrope Walker" by Broadcaster (from Tightrope Walker)
5.  "Feel Like Running" by Chris Marshall & The August Light (from Some Kind of Dream)
6.  "I Don't Wanna Waste Your Time" by Stephen D. Kent (from Rhythm of Peace)
7.  "Just Fade Away" by Stiff Little Fingers (from All the Best Disc 2)
8.  "A New England" by Billy Bragg (from Live at the Roundhouse London 26 Oct 2006)
9.  "Painted Lawns" by Songs For Snakes (from Year of the Snake)
10.  "Don't Come Back" by The Connection (from Labor Of Love)
11.  "Hope Is Made Of Steel" by Northcote (from Hope Is Made Of Steel)
12.  "Lonely and Kold" by Matt Skiba and the Sekrets (from Kuts)
13.  "The Hemophiliac" by One Man Army (from BYO Split Series, Vol. 5)
14.  "That Kind Of Girl" by All Dogs (from Kicking Every Day)
15.  "Songs About Girls" by Catherine (from Sorry!)
16.  "Missed" by Cancers (from Missed b/w Helpless)
17.  "Don't Run Away" by Belle Histoire (from Dreamers)
18.  "My Sister" by The Juliana Hatfield Three (from Become What You Are)
19.  "Over The Bow" by Jenny Owen Young (from Slack Tide EP)
20.  "Scorpios Old" by Scorpios (from Scorpios)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

10 Questions with Ripple Green

Ripple Green’s website describes the band as a “diverse yet sculpted mixture of rhythm, risk and energetic expression. Founded as a childhood diversion in the plains of Oklahoma, the three brothers of Ripple Green have been writing and performing since 2004.”  The band recently released their latest single and video for the song “Timepiece.” 

This interview was conducted via email June 8 – July 3, 2015. 

For more information on Ripple Green check out the band’s official website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, BandCamp, SoundCloud, and ReverbNation pages. 

Dave:  How did the band get together?

Tremaine Wade:  Joel, Lucas, and I met in Kindergarten in small town Oklahoma. A few years later, we formed the band as an escape from the mundane life faced in the plains.


Dave:  What’s the story behind the name Ripple Green?

Joel Parks:  While on an oddjob in a basement of Downtown OKC, I came across some old bicycles. In an effort to break up the monotony of my job, I took a bike for the stroll through the large poorly lit basement. After a quick turn, I began a nose dive off of a 6 foot ledge, breaking my wrist, elbow, and receiving a concussion. This accident set the band back several months without being able to practice, record, or perform. However, when returning to the site of the crash, I noticed in blood red the words “Ripple Green” hand painted. No one knew the origins of the dated graffiti. Since the basement had taken something from the band, we decided to take something from the basement. From then on, we were known as Ripple Green.


Dave:  For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?

Lucas Gillette:  This new project has musical influences from bands like Portugal. The Man, Jack White, and Modest Mouse.


Dave:  You recently released a single and video for the song “Timepiece” and have an EP of the same name coming out soon.  What’s the story behind the song and the video and the EP? 

Lucas Gillette:  The idea behind Timepiece came from the six months we spent in Europe in 2015. The song started out as a projection of longing for the sun, particularly the sun of Oklahoma, but soon evolved into an account of how ours lives revolve around other individuals over time.

The music video is an adaption of that idea, captured by Stevie Denyer(Guardians of the Galaxy). Having the opportunity to film our music video at an overnight gathering at Stonehenge allowed us to fit to video the energy and idea behind the song.

While we were in England, the writing and recording of “Timepiece” was the starting point that lead to the development of the remaining three songs on the project. The title was a way to pay homage to this new grateful shift in our songwriting.


Dave:  Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?

Tremaine Wade:  We will be supporting the release of Timepiece with a U.S. tour.

Our Oklahoma dates will be:
            7/25 - Tulsa, OK Center of the Universe
            7/31 - Oklahoma City, OK Speakeasy
            8/1 - Stillwater, OK Stonewall
            8/15 - Tulsa, OK Fassler Hall

Complete tour details can be found at:
www.ripplegreenmusic.com/tour.html

As a band we have always enjoyed performing in smaller venues and bars that allow us to bridge the gap between audience and stage.

Dave:  Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?

Joel Parks:  As a band, we keep the writing very democratic. One person may plant the seed for the song but everyone decides where that song goes musically. As for lyrics, I (Joel) take the predominant share of writing. Since we typically write music before the words come, I always try to take the song’s musical feel into the account and see what emotions or memories it evokes. From there, words begin to come and shape the initial story, emotion or moment that I was trying to convey in the song. In the end, we never like to rush our songs or simply settle for an OK result. Most of our songs go through a bit of an evolutionary process to get to stage of recording.


Dave:  What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?

Tremaine Wade:  In the five years of living in Oklahoma City, we have seen a continual growth of the music scene. Music festivals, like Norman Music Festival, Center of the Universe, and OKC Fest, along with the rising popularity of the monthly festivals, such as H&8th, Heard on Hurd, and Live on the Plaza, are providing the state with a diverse array of music. We have had the privilege to work with nationally renowned artists, such as Graham Colton and Other Lives, without having to leave the state.


Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?

Ripple Green: 
Books:
The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway (Lucas)
The Shining - Stephen King (Tremaine)
Watership Down - Richard Adams (Lucas)
Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess (Joel)
The Razor’s Edge -  W. Somerset Maugham (Joel)

Albums:
Soviet Kitsch - Regina Spektor (Lucas)
Rome - Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (Tremaine)
Bitches Brew - Miles Davis (Tremaine)
In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson (Joel)
Kid A - Radiohead (Joel)


Dave:  What’s next for the band?

Ripple Green:  We are going to be supporting this release with multiple tours throughout the US. Also, we are currently in the process of preparing our next release.


Dave:  Any final thoughts?

Ripple Green:  Full project can be preordered now, for release on July 31st. Keep your eyes peeled for some new music videos soon.



K98X The Fringe Podcast Episode # 22: All '80s Edition

1.  "Unity" by Operation Ivy (from Operation Ivy)
2.  "Elvis Is Everywhere" by Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper (Bo-Day-Shus!!!)
3.  "Pep Talk" by Descendents (from ALL)
4.  "Anyway" by The Lemonheads (from Lick)
5.  "Trains, Brains & Rain" by The Flaming Lips (from Here It Is)
6.  "Walk In Cold" by Naked Raygun (from Jettison)
7.  "Freak Scene" by Dinosaur Jr. (from Bug)
8.  "Pay to Cum" by Bad Brains (from Bad Brains)
9.  "Head On" by The Jesus & Mary Chain (from Automatic)
10.  "Wave of Mutilation" by Pixies (from Doolittle)
11.  "Between Something and Nothing" by The Ocean Blue (from The Ocean Blue)
12.  "A Sort of Homecoming" by U2 (from The Unforgettable Fire)
13.  "The Inside" by 7 Seconds (from New Wind)
14.  "Relatin' Dudes to Jzz" by fIREHOSE (from Ragin', Full On)
15.  "Sometime to Return" by Soul Asylum (from Hang Time)
16.  "What Difference Does It Make" by The Smiths (from The Peel Sessions)
17.  "Trying" by Dag Nasty (from Wig Out at Denko's)
18.  "Makes No Sense At All" by Husker Du (from Flip Your Wig)
19.  "Wolves, Lower" by R.E.M. (from Chronic Town)
20.  "Don't Change" by INXS (from Shabooh Shoobah)