Matthew Amster-Burton is a Seattle writer and podcaster and the author of five books. His latest, Our Secret Better Lives, features an absurd number of 90s music references. He's a fan of the minor four, the I-IV-V, and the Minus 5. He's been in at least five bands you've never heard of.
June 1st, 2019 | 1 hr 6 mins
Special Guest Rich McLaughlin (Sirius XM, I Heart Radio, WFUV, Amazon Music) joins us on a journey through “Time.” On this month’s Hidden Jukebox, we discuss REM’s Out of Time (1991) as well as what made the band great, what made the band fall apart, and why Rich is so damned obsessed with these guys.
May 1st, 2019 | 54 mins 51 secs
We'll be here till six in the morning.
April 1st, 2019 | 50 mins 38 secs
Green Day’s Dookie (1994) was punk rock your parents could enjoy in the car. Deceptively upbeat (until you listen to the lyrics), Dookie’s strong hooks and clever lyrics brought punk to a mass audience—and is still loads of fun today.
July 1st, 2018 | 35 mins
Maria, carry a rifle.
June 1st, 2018 | 41 mins 27 secs
We should be okay and we won't get in a muddle.
May 3rd, 2018 | 45 mins 43 secs
This month, once again we talk about an obscure 90s album you've never heard of. Pretty good.
April 1st, 2018 | 42 mins 46 secs
A stone-cold classic that's as relevant, progressive, and weird as it was in 1995. These are loud, smart hope-from-the-gutter tunes, and we're kind of in love.
March 1st, 2018 | 32 mins 51 secs
Matthew really puts Laura through the wringer on this one. 0898 is an overproduced, saccharine mess, and Matthew couldn't love it more. Laura, on the other hand....
February 1st, 2018 | 46 mins 28 secs
Mezzanine is Massive Attack's 1999 breakout third album. On this episode, we chill out after the rave and talk nicknames, musical diversity, fade-ins, buildups, and teenage weirdos. We also say "Bristol" many times as if we know where that is.
January 15th, 2018 | 34 mins 53 secs
On our fourth episode we listen to Luna’s Penthouse—Laura Loe’s favorite album of the 1990’s. We discuss lush recording, embarrassing lyrics, shameless Velvet Underground rip offs, and the absence of early rock shows for aging Gen-Xers.
January 1st, 2018 | 46 mins 23 secs
December 1st, 2017 | 1 hr 2 mins
90s, indie, magneticfields, stephinmerritt
The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs, 1999