Iron-Cast

What happens when a metalhead, a classic rock fan and a semi-drunken semi-hipster decide to talk music and more.

Episode 51 - Weezer - Pinkerton (20th Anniversary Special)

September 24th, 2016

Today (24. Sept. 2016) marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Weezer's second album, "Pinkerton", and in celebration we at Iron-Cast will be delving track by track into this album. Initially reviled by both critics and fans (and also by the main songwriter Rivers Cuomo), the esteem of "Pinkerton" has significantly risen in the years after its release, and, along with Beck, has become a bit of a "patient zero" for the modern hipster trend. But what of this album? Is it one of the best albums of the 90s that deserves the accolades it now receives or is it a series of half-assed efforts attempting to justify Rivers Cuomo's seeming fixation on Asian women? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 50 - The PMRC Filthy 15

September 17th, 2016

It's Iron-Cast's 50th episode! And to celebrate we're going back to our motto of "We love our lists around here", by bringing you literally the mother of all lists. That's right, we're going to be reviewing the songs on a list made by mothers... The PMRC "Filthy 15". In 1985, the Parents Music Resource Center published a list of 15 songs that were recommended to be banned outright due to the content matter of those songs. Even though none of these songs were banned, they became a focal point of music censorship in the mid 1980s. Join us as we crack open this time capsule from 1985, have a chuckle over what was considered filthy back then and also see if these songs aged like wine or like bread. Also, we give our top moments of episodes 41-50.

If you want to know what was on the PMRC Filthy 15, you can check it out right here.

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Episode 49 - Nativity in Black, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Black Sabbath - Special Request by Adam Marshall

September 10th, 2016

Join us as we at Iron-Cast (as requested by Guilty Pleasure Month Contest winner Adam Marshall) go back to the heady days of the mid 1990's when tribute albums seemed to be coming out of the woodwork, when we review "Nativity in Black, Vol.1: A Tribute to Black Sabbath". Released in 1994, "Nativity in Black" showed how Black Sabbath influenced not just rock and heavy metal, but other genres such as industrial and goth. But what of this album? Is it among the best tribute albums ever, or is it a mixed bag like pretty much every tribute album? Tune in to find out.

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Episode 48 - Off the Rails Month Bonus Track - Blondie - Autoamerican

September 3rd, 2016

Today, Iron-Cast is giving you an "Off the Rails Month" Bonus Track, where we review albums that came out of left field, by asking that musical question, "Is it possible to have an off the rails album that produced two #1 hits?", when we review Blondie's 1980 release, "Autoamerican". While one of Blondie's more successful albums, this genre-defying release (about 10 different genres on this 12 track album) seemed to quickly fall from the public eye and probably helped lead to the band's downfall. But what of this album? Did this album's use of multiple genres create an eclectic gem or was it a cocaine-fueled mishmash of a trainwreck? Tune in to find out.

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