The International Pop Underground's Hometown, Part 1 (1990s Olympia Indie Rock)

We've been spending the early part of this Fall semester exploring 1990s U.S. indie/underground rock through the lens of various cities and local scenes. Last week, we listened to the Washington, D.C., indie-pop scene, with a focus on the TeenBeat, Slumberland, and Simple Machines record labels. This week kicks off a pair of shows exploring 1990s music from the other Washington - the State of Washington. And in particular, its capital city of Olympia. Although Seattle and "grunge" garnered most of the mainstream press headlines during the early/mid-1990s, the much smaller Olympia - just about an hour south of the Emerald City - was one of the country's hotbeds of indie rock and DIY punk. Not only was Olympia home, at least for a time, to everyone from Bikini Kill to Nirvana, but it was also host to two of the defining record labels of 1990s underground rock: K and Kill Rock Stars.

Here's the playlist for Part 1 of our 1990s Olympia series, which we're titling The International Pop Underground's Hometown. It was broadcast on Saturday, September 27, 2014:

Beat Happening - "Fortune Cookie Prize"
Bratmobile - "Cool Schmool"
Unwound - "Nervous Energy"
Karp - "13 Ways to a Cavity"
Bikini Kill - "Feels Blind"
Dub Narcotic Sound System - "Monkey Hips and Rice"
The Go Team - "Bikini Twilight"
Some Velvet Sidewalk - "Big City Plans"
Long Hind Legs - "Kicking Giant"
Kicking Giant - "This Song"
Satisfact - "Unswitched"
Mocket - "Spark Plug"
Witchypoo - "The Reaper Song"
Lync - "Two Feet in Front"
Modest Mouse - "Dukes Up"
godheadSilo - "Master of Balance"

Archived streaming audio of this show can be heard here now (playable in Chrome, Firefox, Explorer, Opera, and Safari browsers):

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