The Rentals, Hum, & Cosmic Psychos

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Silver Sun - Switzerland

While out of step with their Britpop contemporaries, favoring Beach Boy harmonies and early Weezer guitar riffs, their latest sounds…

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Hum - Inlet

Space rock underground legends Hum return unexpectedly with Inlet, their first new album since 1998's Downward Is Heavenward.…

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Cosmic Psychos - Blokes You Can Trust

Cosmic Psychos might be unknown in the United States, but their fuzzed-out punk can be heard in grunge, stoner, and action rock followers

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. Special Guest: Gavin Reid, DMO UNION

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📅 New Releases

The Rentals - Q36

Double LP! First pressing on Translucent Gold colored vinyl for advance orders.

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James Dean Bradfield - There’ll Come A War / Seeking The Room With The Three Windows

Manic Street Preacher's singer and guitarist releases new solo tracks.

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Grey Daze - Amends

Featuring original vocals by the late Chester Bennington, this compilation showcases the music of his post-grunge '90s band.

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Hum - Inlet

Hum return with their first new album in 23 years

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Tribute Albums of the 90s

Would love an episode on tribute albums of the 90s. I know you’ve done a couple individual albums already but a general discussion would be fun. - Chris Martz

If I Were A Carpenter

Return Of The Grevious Angel (A Tribute to Gram Parsons)

For The Masses - A Tribute To Depeche Mode

Kiss My Ass - Kiss Regrooved

Working Class Hero - A Tribute To John Lennon

Where Is My Mind - A Tribute To The Pixies

Saturday Mornings Greatest Hits

Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams

A Testimonial Dinner: The Songs of XTC

Heaven & Hell: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground

Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Crash Course For The Ravers: A Tribute To The Songs Of David Bowie Album

The Smiths Is Dead

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🎙 From the podcast archive

Compilations Albums of the 90s - Roundtable

From charity comps to label samplers, the 1990s may have been the peak decade for compilation albums. Released: Label: Producer:

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Hum - You'd Prefer An Astronaut

Their combination of metal, progressive rock and shoegaze with a space and science lyrical bent makes comparisons difficult, Released: 1995 Label: RCA Records Producer: Keith Cleversley

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The Rentals - Return of The Rentals

The band scored a minor hit with Friend of P, and this debut is full of even more radio-friendly singles. Released: 1995 Label: Maverick Producer: Tom Grimley

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Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible

Travel back over twenty years in their catalog and tackle the most challenging album of their career. Released: 1994 Label: Epic Producer: Steve Brown

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