Hum’s You’d Prefer an Astronaut

Episode 14

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Welcome back to another episode of Once Every Two Weeks! Today, Mark & Thom discuss the weather, guitar-heavy bands like Machester Orchestra, Hum, concert experiences, and a shiny new segment where we cover an technical audio deep dive with Columbia Jones. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode covering Hum’s You’d Prefer an Astronaut.

Welcome back to Once Every Two Weeks, the podcast where we delve into the world of music and explore the stories behind our favorite albums. In today’s episode, Mark and Thom jump in to a 90’s favorite for them, Hum’s You’d Prefer an Astronaut. They talk through the success inspite of themselves, troubles that faced Hum, and the making of their iconic 90’s album. Pause your walkman, pull up a seat, and enjoy this episode covering Hum’s You’d Prefer an Astronaut.


00:00:00 – Catch up, the weather, and our ideal climates
00:02:30 – The origins of Hum and an overview of the band members
00:04:47 – Hum records a demo, ” Kissing Me Is Like Kissing An Angel,” and launch their first album, Fillet Show.
00:06:25 – Changes to the lineup and the release of Electra 2000 in 1993.
00:07:20 – Overview of one of the greatest albums of all times, You’d Prefer an Astronaut, and a brief discussion of the cover art.
00:9:12 – Remastering time!
00:12:39 – Technical audio deep dive with Columbia Jones.
00:15:15 – Touring and publicity
00:24:39 – Cure episode correction & Thom’s change of heart for hum
00:32:02 – Little Dipper
00:37:13 – The Pod
00:39:37 – Stars
00:47:05 – Suicide Machine
00:51:03 – The Very Old Man
00:53:19 – Why I Like the Robins
00:55:58 – I’d Like Your Hear Long
00:58:17 – I Hate It Too
01:00:45 – Songs of Farewell and Departure
01:02:44 – Final thoughts
01:04:44 – Mark’s top 3
01:05:21 – Thom’s top 3

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Mark is the creative director and co-founder of Burro Borracho Records. After high school he spent a few years working as a manager with Wherehouse Music. He occasionally plays drums and has been in such non-productive go nowhere band start ups that no one has ever heard of like The Unsex, Avenue C, The Reaganauts, and Next Time I See Murphy (which also saw him play some guitar and take on vocal duties). He was the original drummer for Quiet Morning & the Calamity but left the band to pursue a degree in Motion Graphic Design.
During his college years, as photo editor of his school newspaper, his review of Radiohead's Kid A won first prize for Critical Review in a California statewide collegiate journalism contest. After graduating with his degree he filled in back on drums for QM&TC's first national tour in support of their debut EP Son of the Sad Soul, which features the song Gambling On Old Tires which Mark co-wrote.
Thanks to the influence of his mother who spent all her years playing guitar and singing folk songs, as well as three older brothers with drastically differing musical tastes, Mark has always known the important role music can and should play and has been a music fan all his life but he's only been a stubborn overly opinionated asshole about the superiority of his on musical tastes since his early teenage years. At the last count he had about 1,200 compact discs. Yes, he still collects cds.

Thom's a digital marketer by day and armchair theologian, podcaster, writer, amateur home chef, and beer aficionado by night. When not working, he's a typical family man with a propensity to create.

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