Episode 32

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory (1991)

On this week's episode, we take our first dive into hip hop, and listen to possibly its most influential album, The Low End Theory. A Tribe Called Quest emerges from the Native Tongues in the early 90s, bringing with them positive-minded, Afrocentric lyrics and eclectic, unique & jazz-influenced beats. We also take a quick peak at the golden age of hip hop, focusing on New York's hip hop community in the mid to late 80s and early 90s, leading up to the rise of A Tribe Called Quest. 


Radiohead - "Bangers And Mash" (2007)

On this week's Sidetrack we finish up our Radiohead stint with "Bangers and Mash", a B-side from In Rainbows Disk 2. Borrowing From The Basement once more, we listen to audio from the recording and geek out over Thom Yorke singing and drumming alongside Philip Selway. Check out the video From The Basement below!  

Episode 31

Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007) (w/ special guest Nathan Forster)

On this week's episode we welcome our first guest to No Filler - musician and Radiohead superfan Nathan Forster. To finish up our coverage of Radiohead (for now), we take our first true deep dive, and go track by track through their 2007 release In Rainbows. Join us as we geek out over not just In Rainbows, but all things Radiohead - everything from Yorke's infamous lazy eye to Godrich's awe-inspiring recordings From The Basement.


Beck's Early Influences

On this week's Sidetrack we focus on the vibes and styles from Beck's 1994 release, One Foot In The Grave, by taking a look at some of his early influences. Starting out as a "folk teenage hobo", Beck would take his guitar with him on city buses, covering Mississippi John Hurt and other standard folktales made famous by acts such as The Carter Family.  

Episode 30

Beck - Sea Change (2002)

The anti-folk, alt pop rock legend Beck has been cranking out some of the most unique and memorable albums for the better part of the last 20 some-odd years. Back in 2002, after making a household name for himself with songs like "Loser", "Devil's Haircut", and "Where It's At", Beck flipped the script on himself and shared his hauntingly beautiful, acoustic-heavy break-up album Sea Change, shortly after his relationship of 9 years fell apart. As David Fricke of Rolling Stone puts it, "Sea Change, gleaming with twang and heartbroken strings, is an entire album of spectacular suffering."

Episode 29

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief (2003)

We continue our deep dive into Radiohead with a look at Hail To The Thief. Coming out of the Kid A and Amnesiac tunnel where Thom nearly turned his back completely on guitar-based melodies, Hail is a return to Radiohead embracing the traditional rock song format and Thom finding his voice again. The computer was still a critical component to the song-writing process, but treated like the other instruments used in the recording session. The result is uniquely Radiohead, a mashup of every stepping stone that brought them to that point.


Textual - "Cracked Halls Menthol In My Pocket" (2004)

David LeBleu, drummer for The Mercury Program (and The Album Leaf!) and all-around dabbler in sound manipulation, has been creating his own electronic music for at least a couple decades now under the name Textual. We take a quick look at his first full-length, Hindsight Sunglasses, which is the much more melodic and rhythmic side of Textual. Robot Science finishes out the episode with "Teacups", a song from his 2010 album Square

Episode 28

The Mercury Program - a data learn the language (2002)

Quentin is back from vacation and back on the mic with Travis to cover one of their favorite instrumental albums, a data learn the language, by The Mercury Program. Drummer Brian Lebleu and bassist Sander Travisano showcase their skills and unique dynamic as a rhythm section, playing in tandem with Sander's brother Whit on keys and vibes and Thomas Reno on guitar to deliver one of the most memorable instrumental rock albums of the last 20 years.