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.
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:
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.
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.