Portland’s Drew Grow has put out around 10 albums since the 90s, gradually developing his jagged, visceral style through several projects. We discuss the title track from Cockroach in a Ghost Town, the debut album from his new band Slang with Janet Wiess, then “Abandon” from the eponymous album by Modern Kin (2014), and “Spider” from his debut solo album Next Lips (2007). End song: “King Gunn” also from the new Slang album. Intro: “Lights” by Careen from Crash Couture (2005).
Bob has released 20+ albums since the early ’80s. We discuss “Forecast of Rain” from Blue Hearts (2020), “I Don’t Know You Anymore” from Beauty & Ruin (2014), “JC Auto” by Sugar from Beaster (1993), and “In A Free Land” by Hüsker Dü, 1982 singe remixed for Savage Young Du (2017). End song: the title track to his new acoustic EP, The Ocean. Intro: “If I Can’t Change Your Mind” by Sugar from Copper Blue (1992). For more see bobmould.com.
David has released 8 albums and some EPs as the London-based Comet Gain since 1994, putting out literate, energetic, sloppy rock, typically splitting the lead vocals with a female voice. As a pandemic project, he just released his first album under his own name.
We discuss “Mum’s and Dad’s Other Ghosts” from Those We Met Along the Way (2021), “An Arcade From The Warm Rain That Falls” from Howl of the Lonely Crowd (2011), and “The Kids at the Club” from Realistes (2002). End song: “Mid 8Ts” from Fireraisers Forever! (2019). Intro: “Strength” from Magnetic Poetry (1997). More at comet-gain.bandcamp.com.
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Glen led smooth alt rock legends Toad the Wet Sprocket from ’88 to ’97 through six albums, has released 7 often folky solo albums (and 3 more Toad albums since their reunion) since then plus various side projects.
We discuss “Old Habits Die Hard” by Toad (a 2020 single), “Leaving Oldtown” from Swallowed by the New (2016), and “One Wind Blows” from Toad’s Bread and Circus (1988). We end with the title track from the 2021 Toad album Starting Now. Intro: “All I Want” from fear (1991). For more see glenphillips.com and toadthewetsprocket.com.
Peter started in hardcore punk and used the blues to add depth for his band the Chrome Cranks, which released four studio albums and a live album in the mid-1990s then another in 2012. Since then he’s been a music journalist and author, writing about the Ramones, the Band, and others, with occasional musical projects. We discuss his new single “Bomb Train Blues” (2018) with the band Young Skulls, Chrome Cranks tracks “Dark Room” from Chrome Cranks (1994), and “Rubber Rat” from Ain’t No Lies in Blood (2012). We conclude by listening to “Purge 4” from Purges by Peter Aaron and Brian Chase (2016). Intro/outro: “Hot Blonde Cocktail” by the Chrome Cranks from Love in Exile (1997). For more, see peteraaron.org.
Lindsay has released four albums and an EP of depressed alternative rock under the band name Gretchen’s Wheel since 2015, providing a modern model of accessible yet professional DIY recording.
We focus on Black Box Theory, covering “Untethered,” “Tatyana,” and “Plans,” plus “Save the Day” from Sad Scientist (2017). Intro: “Total Loss” from Fragile State (2015). For more, visit gretchenswheel.com.