It's that time of year, when it's time for Respect is Due to return to the airwaves and bless your ears with '90s indie goodness.
With so many shouts of "90s revival!" in indie rock this year, I think the most important thing we can do is play some real, honest-to-goodness '90s indie rock to show all the revivalist bands how it's really done. Case in point: I just listened to a crappy song by Wavves called "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl". With its title referencing sheltered suburban 90s childhoods listening to the alternative station, I'd have hoped that they'd take a chunk out of the '90s alternative rock book, but no! instead Wavves fuses '60s girl group handclaps with stiff '80s musicianship. Stiff as in they're holding their instruments so tight because they can't play them well enough to control them.
Fortunately, the real thing is young enough that some good bands like Archers of Loaf and Sebadoh are doing reunion tours. I went to see Archers of Loaf in Chapel Hill about two weeks ago, and hopefully will be seeing Sebadoh in October here in Pittsburgh. The Archers rocked the Cats Cradle and never seemed to run out of energy, and I'm hoping that Sebadoh will do a solid performance as well.
We'll be on the air Fridays from 7-9 PM, on WRCT, 88.3 FM in Pittsburgh, and hopefully some of you will tune in locally or online.