Helmet - "Vaccination" (1994)

Travis takes a quick look at 90s alt-metal outfit Helmet and their track "Vaccination" off the 1994 album Betty. With their unique blend of metal and alternative rock, these guys went on to have a huge impact many of the nu-metal and post hardcore acts that followed them. And as showcased in "Vaccination", with their syncopated guitar riffs and unconventional time signatures one could even argue that Helmet flirts with math-rock, or perhaps math-metal? Either way you look at it, Helmet's originality made them stand out the crowd of grunge and alternative that dominated rock radio.

Episode 27

Radiohead - Amnesiac (2001)

No Filler kicks off the new year with another one of our favorite Radiohead albums, Amnesiac. After emerging from his musical existential crisis post OK Computer, Thom Yorke began loosening his grip on creative control and started to reach out to other band members in the songwriting process. The band ended up having over 60 sketches for song ideas and structures, narrowing down & piecing them together to give us both Kid A and Amnesiac within 8 months time.  

Episode 26

Our Favorite Tracks from 2018

To bring 2018 to a close, we each bring 5 of our favorite albums from the year to the table and play a song from each. From doom metal to Thai-inspired funk, this is our most music-heavy episode to date.


The Minus 5 - "Find A Finger" (1995)

We take a look at R.E.M. guitar player Peter Buck's side project The Minus 5, headed by Scott McCaughey of the Seattle-based The Young Fresh Fellows. The Traveling Wilburys also sneak into this episode as Quentin was shocked and dismayed that Travis had never heard of them before, arguably the most "super" of super groups to ever assemble.

The Minus 5
Episode 25

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)

If you were to plot R.E.M's path from underground buzz to household name, their fourth studio album Lifes Rich Pageant was the turning point. Coming out of a miserable recording experience in London with Fables of the Reconstruction in 1985, the band heads back to the states and are determined to inject some energy and creativity back into their music. The result is the loud, invigorating, and often spontaneous fourth album. R.E.M. did a lot of interesting things on this album, utilizing banjos, organs, and pianos, all while maintaining both the edge and the softness of their brand of alt rock that would soon propel Michael Stipe and co. to mainstream mega-stardom.


Sidetrack: Aphex Twin

Fresh off the heels of our Kid A episode from last week, we take a look at the music of Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin, one of the artists responsible for pulling Thom Yorke out of his musical funk. Aphex Twin, along with countless other artists under the Warp record label umbrella, breathed in new life to electronic music, with a long lasting influence on the ambient, IDM, & downtempo genres.

Episode 24

Radiohead - Kid A (2000)

Radiohead-A-Palooza? Yeah, we'll go with that. And for our second installment we dive into their 2000 release, Kid A. After a bought of epic writer's block and deep depression, Thom Yorke emerges with a newfound love of rhythm and electronica. The rest of the gang follows suit, and after 3 years of writing and a full year of recording, Kid A is born, and in a way, so is Radiohead.


David Byrne & St. Vincent - "Dinner For Two" (2012)

On this week's Sidetrack we give a listen to Talking Heads' frontman David Byrne & indie rock darling St. Vincent's 2012 collaboration Love This Giant. An album three years in the making, and with help from 46 additional musicians, this art pop gem, spanning generations of musical badass-ness, is just one of those special moments in the new wave zeitgeist. 

David Byrne & St. Vincent
Episode 23

Talking Heads - 77 (1977)

We take a look at the Talking Heads debut album Talking Heads: 77. Opening for The Ramones in 1975 at CBGBs, the Talking Heads came straight out of the New York punk scene with a sound that needed a new classification, quickly pioneering the term "new wave" with their mix of punk, art rock, and funk.