The Soft Boys

Travis is in and out of town again for the next couple weeks, so I am all by my lonesome and we are postponing our episode on The Strokes AGAIN! Sad times. But in the meantime I'm diving into all the genres and eras leading up to the garage rock revival of the 2000s. A Wiki rabbit hole led me to these saucy boys from the late 70s: the Neo-psychedelic, post-punk group The Soft Boys. Their debut album A Can Of Bees is so goddamn good, full of killer hooks, bluesy riffs, and danceable drum beats.


The Yé-yé French Pop Stylings of Juniore

On this week's Sidetrack we take another peak at the term "yé-yé", a specific style of French pop music popularized in the 60's that continues to influence groups to this day, with its twangy surf guitar & upbeat bubblegum pop melodies. A favorite of ours that stands out in this style is a group that goes by Juniore, who have been perfecting that 60's retro French pop sound since 2013.

Episode 34

Air - Talkie Walkie (2004)

After a month of headbanging and raging with Korn and Static X, we take a breather and relax with the loungy, space rock synth vibes of Air's 2004 release Talkie Walkie. The French duo somehow manage to cultivate a sound that is both retro & futuristic, with the use of vintage synth keys, guitar pedals, and vocoders. With help from Nigel Godrich (see also: Radiohead, Beck) Talkie Walkie is a wonderfully warm & intimate, "elegantly moody soundtrack for imaginary films".   


Static-X - "I Am" (1999)

On this week's Sidetrack we take a quick peak at Static X, one of the many bands that "followed the leader" Korn in the Nu Metal movement of the late 90s. Static X brought their own taste to the mix, dropping in some solid "four on the floor" dance beats and more repetitive hooks, leaning heavily into the industrial metal category. We also listen to a song from the movie "Queen Of The Damned", performed by Wayne Static, but written by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.

Episode 33

Korn and the Rise of Nu-Metal

We take a deep dive into Korn, the pioneers that took metal into new directions with their unique blend of funk, hip hop, and thrash. Nu-metal took off with a slew of imitators and fast-followers, but Korn's lead singer Jonathan Davis and the rest of his bandmates always stayed one step ahead of the sound they created, pushing the envelope and finding new ways to evolve the genre. What really made Korn so different than their successors was Davis' truly unique vocal performances, ranging from unfiltered emotional outbursts to spazzy scat freakouts and everything in between. Here's our look at Korn's first four amazing records.

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.