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The Breeders

423 Pod by The Breeders


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Steve Albini

What started as a side project for members of the Pixies and Throwing Muses resulted in an influential album that defies rock conventions

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The shadow of Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly looms large over 1990s alternative and indie rock. They were both members of seminal 1980s bands, Deal in the Pixies, and Donelly in Throwing Muses, and had second acts in the 90s in their own bands, The Breeders and Belly. For one album, before Kim's sister Kelley joined the band, Donelly joined forces with Deal on the 1990 album Pod by The Breeders, then conceived as a side project for the two. The result is a subtle and restrained record that only hints at the pop prowess the two would unleash with future singles like "Last Splash" and "Feed The Tree." With engineer Steve Albini behind the board, the album pushes the artists to work with space, finding equal footing for all the instruments. For some, the deliberate nature may turn plodding, but the atmosphere created is one truly unique, and it's clear why musicians like Kurt Cobain would find the tension between hard hitting drums, melodic bass lines and stripped down guitar lines so appealing.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Happiness Is A Warm Gun
  • 14:44 - Glorious
  • 17:02 - Oh!
  • 23:15 - Fortunately Gone
  • Outro - Hellbound

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