After a long break The Meat Puppets dropped a new album a couple weeks ago which reminded me how much I liked "Meat Puppets II" back in the day.
I like "Dusty Notes" (2019) quite a bit. It's a reunion of the original members, Kirkwood brothers and drummer Derrick Bostrom, and does and doesn't sound like their past work in all the right ways.
Somehow I got it into my head to make a mix with Red Red Meat. I couldn't resist the title.
Turns out they go well together, both being dominated by guitar, and playing unique combinations of twisted Americana and punk rock, with Red Red Meat covering the blues, while The Meat Puppets traffic in country twang. At times they both resemble REM at their pre-MSG prime.
It plays kinda like an indie "Exile On Main Street" with quite a bit of territory explored and plenty of hooks. The two principal songwriters play well off one another, and their voices compliment in a virtual band-ish way. Here's the first two:
Red Red Meat material recorded between 1992-1997
I'm not a fan of the MTV era Meat Puppets after Kurt pulled them out of oblivion and onstage for Nirvana Unplugged. That attention caused them to disband.
By then there was only one original member.
The Meat Puppets material included here(1984-95, 2019) largely skips that period.
Red Red MEAT Puppets
Red Red Meat Puppets II