Album Oriented 90: The Streets and The White Stripes

We close out the 90s with two idiosyncratic artists from the aughts that use “garage” to describe their music in very different ways. Daniel presents A Grand Don’t Come for Free, the 2004 sophomore release from British hip-hop garage act The Streets. (That’s the New Musical Express #90 pick in case you couldn’t tell.) Erich offers thoughts on Entertainment Weekly’s #90: Jack and Meg White, aka garage rockers The White Stripes, specifically their 2001 third LP, White Blood Cells. Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick stumps Erich–which means, for starters, that it isn’t Brian Eno-related.

We close out the 90s with two idiosyncratic artists from the aughts that use “garage” to describe their music in very different ways. Daniel presents A Grand Don’t Come for Free, the 2004 sophomore release from British hip-hop garage act The Streets. (That’s the New Musical Express #90 pick in case you couldn’t tell.) Erich offers thoughts on Entertainment Weekly’s #90: Jack and Meg White, aka garage rockers The White Stripes, specifically their 2001 third LP, White Blood Cells. Daniel’s 2003 Mid-Year Kicker Pick stumps Erich–which means, for starters, that it isn’t Brian Eno-related.

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Album Oriented 91: The Byrds and Sly & the Family Stone

We begin with Erich’s peerless mastery of Jesus-based musicals. First up: Erich presents the Byrds’ 1968 album Notorious Byrds Brothers. Topics covered include the under-celebrated Roger McGuinn, authenticity, and David Crosby’s pro-threesome song, “Triad,” which is as creepy as it sounds. Daniel then explores Sly & the Family Stone’s experimental 1971 release There’s a Riot Goin’ On. Record company greed, peer-to-peer sharing, and re-releases enter the mix. And Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1969? It is not, repeat not, Bryan Adams. In large part because he was 9 years old and did not release an album.

We begin with Erich’s peerless mastery of Jesus-based musicals. First up: Erich presents the Byrds’ 1968 album Notorious Byrds Brothers. Topics covered include the under-celebrated Roger McGuinn, authenticity, and David Crosby’s pro-threesome song, “Triad,” which is as creepy as it sounds. Daniel then explores Sly & the Family Stone’s experimental 1971 release There’s a Riot Goin’ On. Record company greed, peer-to-peer sharing, and re-releases enter the mix. And Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1969? It is not, repeat not, Bryan Adams. In large part because he was 9 years old and did not release an album.

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Album Oriented 92: Super Furry Animals and Elliott Smith

We remember the nineties, specifically 1997, as Daniel presents Welsh neo-psych Super Furry Animal’s 1997 release, Radiator, from the New Musical Express top 100 list. Just how neo-psych is it? Three band members are credited with “claps.” That’s neo-psych, right there. Erich discusses whisper-troubadour Elliott Smith’s 1997 folk release, Either/Or, from Entertainment Weekly’s top 100. Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick, also from 1997, bears mentioning here because he found an album he loved from 1997 and it isn’t Radiohead.

We remember the nineties, specifically 1997, as Daniel presents Welsh neo-psych Super Furry Animal’s 1997 release, Radiator, from the New Musical Express top 100 list. Just how neo-psych is it? Three band members are credited with “claps.” That’s neo-psych, right there. Erich discusses whisper-troubadour Elliott Smith’s 1997 folk release, Either/Or, from Entertainment Weekly‘s top 100. Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick, also from 1997, bears mentioning here because he found an album he loved from 1997 and it isn’t Radiohead.

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Album Oriented 93: The Zombies and N.W.A.

British pop-psychedelia underrated masterpiece meets West Coast gangsta rap pioneer manifesto in Episode #93. Erich presents our second “Mojo Swap” and tells us the story behind The Zombies’ 1968 release Odessey and Oracle. Of course the most popular track isn’t his favorite. About to witness the strength of street knowledge, Daniel presents Entertainment Weekly’s #93, N.W.A.’s 1988 Straight Outta Compton. Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick will be just what you need.

British pop-psychedelia underrated masterpiece meets West Coast gangsta rap pioneer manifesto in Episode #93. Erich presents our second “Mojo Swap” and tells us the story behind The Zombies’ 1968 release Odessey and Oracle. Of course the most popular track isn’t his favorite. About to witness the strength of street knowledge, Daniel presents Entertainment Weekly‘s #93, N.W.A.’s 1988 Straight Outta Compton. Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick will be just what you need.

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Album Oriented 94: Beyoncé and The Who

To the left, to the left! Daniel puts his freakum dress on and offers his hot take on Beyoncé’s 2006 masterpiece, B’Day (pronounced BEE-day, not Bi-DAY). Erich presents our first “Mojo swap,” which in this early-ish episode we call a “substitute” before our branding solidifies. He does it live to present The Who’s 1970 classic, Live at Leeds. Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1989 will make you think you’re back in college, wearing a nappy sweater. Or maybe not. Oh, please subscribe and give us great reviews on iTunes.

To the left, to the left! Daniel puts his freakum dress on and offers his hot take on Beyoncé’s 2006 masterpiece, B’Day (pronounced BEE-day, not Bi-DAY). Erich presents our first “Mojo swap,” which in this early-ish episode we call a “substitute” before our branding solidifies. He does it live to present The Who’s 1970 classic, Live at Leeds. Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1989 will make you think you’re back in college, wearing a nappy sweater. Or maybe not.

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Album Oriented 95: Saturday Night Fever and Talk Talk

Erich examines that most elusive of bands, Various Artists, which debuts here on our lists with Entertainment Weekly’s #95, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. (It’s mostly the Bee Gees, we know–let’s not discount the Trammps and KC and The Sunshine Band.) Daniel takes on NME’s #95 and explicates Talk Talk’s 1988 jazz-rock odyssey Spirit of Eden in a way we can only describe as understated and tasteful. Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1982-83 will enchant you and have you reaching for your lip gloss and we’ll just leave it at that.

Erich examines that most elusive of bands, Various Artists, which debuts here on our lists with Entertainment Weekly’s #95, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. (It’s mostly the Bee Gees, we know–let’s not discount the Trammps and KC and The Sunshine Band.) Daniel takes on NME’s #95 and explicates Talk Talk’s 1988 jazz-rock odyssey Spirit of Eden in a way we can only describe as understated and tasteful. Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1982-83 will enchant you and have you reaching for your lip gloss and we’ll just leave it at that.

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Album Oriented 96: Dixie Chicks and Public Enemy

We head down to Nashville as Daniel presents Home, The Dixie Chicks’ 2002 multiplatinum release and #96 on the Entertainment Weekly list. Erich watches Hollywood burn and invokes musique concrète in his exegesis of Public Enemy’s 1990 tour-de-force, Fear of a Black Planet, NME’s #96. And Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1996 keeps the musique concrète pouring.

We head down to Nashville as Daniel presents Home, The Dixie Chicks’ 2002 multiplatinum release and #96 on the Entertainment Weekly list. Erich watches Hollywood burn and invokes musique concrète in his exegesis of Public Enemy’s 1990 tour-de-force, Fear of a Black Planet, NME‘s #96. And Daniel’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1996 keeps the musique concrète pouring.

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