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Chris Porro and Joe Medina go off on tangents, drink, and give their thoughts on selected albums.

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Podcast by Chris Porro and Joe Medina go off on tangents, drink, and give their thoughts on selected albums.
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Welcome to JJ's Album Club. A music discussion podcast featuring reviews of the latest alternative music releases and special guests talking about the record they hold dearest to their heart. Join your hosts – journalist Jimi Famurewa (ShortList, The London Evening Standard, The Guardian, Q) and his childhood friend, comedian and radio presenter Joey Page (Nevermind the Buzzcocks) – as they agree, disagree and agree to disagree on the month's most interesting albums.
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In June of 1988, Dwight Yoakam released his third studio album. Recorded in Hollywood, the record features Yoakam’s signature blend of traditional country roots with a modern twist. With hits like “I Sang Dixie” and “I Got You,” Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room solidified Yoakam’s place as a standout in the genre. Let’s talk Dwight Yoakam, Buenas N…
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In April 1988 the Sugarcubes released their debut studio album. This Icelandic alternative rock band recorded the album in Reykjavík, capturing their unique blend of post-punk and avant-garde pop. Featuring the enchanting vocals of lead singer Björk, the album garnered international acclaim for its energetic performances and eclectic sound. Let’s t…
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In the year 18th October 1988, Sonic Youth released their fifth studio album. Recorded in New York City, this experimental rock masterpiece showcases the band’s signature blend of noise and melody, capturing the turbulent spirit of the late 1980s underground music scene. With tracks like “Teen Age Riot” and “Candle,” Sonic Youth pushed the boundari…
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In the year on March 14, 1988, Morrissey released his debut solo album. Produced by Stephen Street, this album marked Morrissey’s departure from The Smiths and showcased his distinctive voice and introspective lyrics. Recorded at Wool Hall Studios in Bath, England, the album features hits like “Suedehead” and “Everyday Is Like Sunday.” With its mix…
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In the year, on July 26, 1990, American Music Club released their sixth studio album, California. Produced by Dennis Herring, this record featured a blend of folk-rock and alternative soundscapes that captured the essence of the band’s hometown. Recorded in just over a month, the album showcased singer Mark Eitzel’s introspective lyrics and the ban…
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In the year 1988, on July 8th, KD Lang released her third studio album, Shadowland. Produced by Owen Bradley, this country-infused record showcased Lang’s raw talent and emotional depth. With haunting melodies and captivating lyrics, Shadowland solidified KD Lang as a musical force to be reckoned with. Lets talk KD Lang, Shadowland!…
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Tank Battles is the fourth studio album by German singer Dagmar Krause, released on June 18, 1989. Produced by Tony Marsh, the album features Krause’s haunting vocals accompanied by avant-garde jazz instrumentation, creating a unique and captivating listening experience. With dark and introspective lyrics, Tank Battles explores themes of war, confl…
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In October of 1988 Dinosaur Jr. released their 3rd studio album. It would be the last album to feature founding member Lou Barlow (until 2007) who had better things to do with Sebadoh than have his material ignored by J. Mascis. Lets talk Dinosaur Jr. Bug!Birch
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In August of 1988 Metallica released their fourth studio album. Where can you take thrash metal after Master of Puppets? The band decided tossing prog into the mix was a good starting point. Lets talk Metallica, … And Justice for All!Birch
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In March of 1988 Pixies released their debut album. Engineered by Steve Albini, the album is a watershed moment for all alternative music that would be coming in the not too distant future. It also absolutely rules. Lets talk Pixies, Surfer Rosa!Birch
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In April of 1988 Tracy Chapman released her debut album. Recorded over eight weeks time in Hollywood CA, is a call to arms to a myriad of social and political issues. Preforming live at Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday tribute rocketed it’s success and made Tracy a household name. Lets talk Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman!…
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In November of 1988 Cowboy Junkies released their 2nd studio album. Recorded live in it’s entirety over one day at Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity, using a Betamax video cassette deck and a single microphone. Let’s talk Cowboy Junkies, The Trinity Session!Birch
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In August of 1988 The Go-Betweens released their 6th studio album. Though many in the band hated the pre-production process (and each other), the final results are impeccable; ten delightful pop classics by one of Australia’s finest musical acts. Lets talk The Go-Betweens. 16 Lovers Lane!Birch
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In February of 1988 Everything but the Girl released their 4th studio album. Tracey Thorn: “I am writing songs, though; lyrics that are more like short stories than pop lyrics. Perhaps they ought to be short stories. They don’t really have choruses. Maybe I’m just not very good at choruses. Ben is experimenting with synths and keyboards. He buys a …
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In September of 1988 Fishbone released their 2nd studio album. A record that opens with Curtis Mayfield cover is a BOLD choice that can only go one of two ways; These punk/ska/funk/soul/hard rock/heavy metal maniacs managed to do it right. Let talk Fishbone, Truth and Soul!Birch
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In October of 1988 the Waterboys released their fourth studio album. Letting loose the shackles of bombastic rock music, the band decided to merge traditional Irish, Scottish, & Country music with rock n roll this time out. Three years of recording and the results speak for themselves. Thirteen tracks coming in at just under an hour of pure bliss. …
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In February of 1988 Leonard Cohen released his 8th studio album. Gone are the days of our troubadour poet and his classical acoustic guitar, replaced by the world weary man who’s seen too much, expects the worst, but laughs despite it all… with some really choice keyboards. Lets talk Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man!…
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In January of 1988 The Pogues released their 3rd studio album. The album was released hot on the heels of their chart topping Christmas single, Fairytale of New York, and received much deserved critical acclaim. Lets talk The Pogues, If I Should Fall From Grace With God!Birch
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In July of 1987 Terence Trent D’Arby released his debut studio album. Darly Easlea: “a soundtrack to the turning point when the 80s turned from austerity to prosperity. It’s as central to that decade as the much-seen image of the city trader waving his wad of banknotes to the camera. It remains one big, infectiously glorious record.” Lets talk Tere…
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In September of 1987 Pet Shop Boys released their Sophomore studio album. A loose critique on Thatcherism, the album was written in response to that harpy’s perceived re-election. It has appeared on a number of “must listen” lists and deservedly so. Let’s talk Pet Shop Boys, Actually!Birch
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In August of 1987 Michael Jackson released his 7th studio album. Coming a full five years after his worldwide #1 best selling album of all time, Thriller, expectations were astronomical from his follow-up. The results? Another best selling album of all time, 9 single out of the 11 tracks, and what a number of critics believe to be his finest hour. …
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In November of 1987 The Triffids released their 4th studio album. The album title is taken from the term describing sailors getting brain sick after being at sea too long (a feeling the band identified with during the long back and forth flights to England to record the album). It was the most produced album the band would ever make, but is it thei…
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In June of 1987 Sonic Youth released their 4th studio album. The band continues their transition from No Wave to more traditional song structures but not ones to shy away from the avant-garde, the album is a loose concept record, the title itself is a reference to author Philip K. Dick’s fraternal twin who died shortly after birth, and who’s spirit…
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In July of 1987 Napalm Death released their debut studio album. Pioneering the Grindcore sub-genre of Extreme Heavy Metal, these Meriden teens went faster and harder than any other band had to the point, so much so that they were entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for the shortest song ever recorded, You Suffer, clocking in at only 1.3…
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In March of 1987 Laibach released their 3rd studio album. Championing the new to us genre of Martial Industrial, the band dressed themselves onstage in their conscripted military uniforms, played disturbing 35 millimeter films, and subverted the musical stylings of such pop icons as The Beatles and Queen. Lets talk Laibach, Opus Dei!…
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In 1987 Ladysmith Black Mambazo released their 25th album. Following their work on Paul Simon’s Graceland, the group found themselves riding a much deserved wave of hype. This time with Simon producing, the band got their first international hit and won themselves a Grammy in the process. Lets talk Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Shaka Zulu!…
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In August of 1987, The Jesus and Mary Chain released their second studio album. It was the first one to feature drum machines, on account of their original drummer leaving the band to front Primal Scream. The album would peak at number five on the British charts, making it their best sales preforming record to date. Lets talk The Jesus and Mary Cha…
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In July of 1987 Guns N Roses released their debut studio album. Sales wise, the album floundered for the first year, selling only two hundred thousand units and battling Aerosmith’s return and hit makers, Def Leppard; it took the lobbying efforts of Geffen to convinces MTV to play the video for Welcome to The Jungle once a night for three nights, b…
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In September of 1987 The Smiths released their fourth and final studio album. Tensions between Morrissey and Johnny Marr had been growing steadily regarding musical direction and all that came to a head with this recording. Orchestration and voicing are at their lushest, and Morrissey’s witty prose is sharpened to a razor’s edge. Lets talk The Smit…
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In July of 1986 Astor Piazzolla (featuring Gary Burton) recorded a live concert at the Montreux Festival. Written and composed by Piazzolla over a 40 year period (with some arrangements specifically made for Burton), this document of virtuosity is absolutely astonishing. Lets talk Astor Piazzola & Gary Burton, The New Tango!…
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In the year 1987 Butthole Surfers released their third studio album. Sick and tired of being on the road and broke, the band opted to purchase an Ampex 8 track tape machine, two microphones, and recorded the entire album themselves in a two bedroom apartment they were renting in Winterville, GA. The limitations of the technology mixed with the free…
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In September of 1987 Depeche Mode released their 6th studio album. Considered by many a fan and critic to be one of their finer outings, the subsequent tour would also bequeath us the fine tour documentary, 101. Lets talk Depeche Mode, Music for the Masses!Birch
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In April of 1987 The Cult released their 3rd studio album. Gone are the days of the band’s goth phase, this time opting to have none other than rap and heavy metal producer Rick Rubin come in and sculpt a new sonic trajectory for the group. Lets talk The Cult, Electric!Birch
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In August of 1987 R.E.M released their 5th studio album. The first of a decade’s worth of records to be produced by Scott Litt, the band dials in their tone with an eye on the mainstream and wind up with their first of many platinum selling successes. Let’s talk R.E.M, Document!Birch
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In August of 1987 Def Leppard released their fourth studio album. Produced by Mutt Lange over the course of three years, the record became an unstoppable glam pop juggernaut, spawning 7 singles, and selling over 12,000,000 copies stateside. It rules! Lets talk Def Leppard, Hysteria!Birch
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In March of 1987 a who’s who of country stars featuring Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt released their first collaboration. It received all the accolades, was nominated for a ton of awards, won a few of them, and is just a delight for the ears. Let’s talk Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris, Trio!…
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In December of 1987 Dinosaur Jr. released their second studio album. Hailed by critics and bands alike as a landmark record in the burgeoning indie/alternative genre, inspiring both Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine and showing the punks that guitar solos are still cool. Lets talk Dinosaur Jr., You’re Living All Over Me!…
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In May of 1986 Peter Gabriel released his fifth studio album. An inescapable juggernaut of a record, it brought the underground musical genius into the mainstream and is considered by more than a handful of critics to be his best output. Let’s talk Peter Gabriel, So!Birch
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