Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 471: Continental Divide

Another installment of Driving With Kumar as I discuss my recent European vacation. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Spent over two weeks in London, Paris, Belfast and Dublin
- Went to London in '96
- Less drinking on a family vacation
- Elderly passenger in distress
- Hotel room in London was tiny
- Walked nearly 100 miles the entire trip
- Ran along rivers in the four cities we visited
- Ate a lot of pub food
- London has a lot of great history and architecture
- Paris was beautiful
- Hit the Eiffel Tower on the first night
- Major military/police presence at tourist attractions
- Several terrorist incidents before we went, but nothing happened while we were there
- Only three days of sun the whole vacation
- More daylight
- Out of the U.S. news cycle
- Being aware of your surroundings
- Wary while running in Paris and Dublin
- Missed American beer
- Visited my brother in Belfast
- Explored Northern Ireland scenic sites
- Saw several Game of Thrones filming locations
- Went to the Guinness brewery
- Wifi was at a premium
- Good to be back home

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #182: July 14, 2017

There's nothing like a few weeks away to remind you of the things you love about home. One of those things is doing Stuck In Thee Garage, and I celebrated my return to the show by playing songs about and from Europe in hour 2. I focused on London, Paris and Ireland, since those were the places we went on vacation.



The bumbling yet brilliant playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Courtney Barnett - How to Boil an Egg/2017 Split Singles Club
Buffalo Tom - The Seeker/Single
Radiohead - Man of War/OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017
Turtlenecked - Boys Club/Lepers
Male Gaze - Wha Do Wha Do/Miss Taken
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Digital Black/Murder of the Universe
Lo Tom - Lower Down/Lo Tom
Waxahatchee - Never Been Wrong/Out in the Storm
She Sir - Dark Glass Tomb/Rival Island
Palehound - If You Met Her/A Place I'll Always Go
Palm - Walnut/Shadow Expert
Milked - Oscillate/Death on Mars
B Boys - Discipline/Dada
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Cumberland Gap/The Nashville Sound
Mark Lanegan Band - Emperor/Gargoyle
Ride - All I Want/Weather Diaries

Hour 2: Europe
Destroyer - European Oils/Destroyer's Rubies
The Clash - Safe European Home/Give 'Em Enough Rope
The Clash - London Calling/London Calling
Billy Bragg - A New England/Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy
The Breeders - London Song/Title TK
The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into the Sun/Single
Phil Wilson - Up to London/God Bless Jim Kennedy
XTC - Towers of London/Black Sea
Maritime - Peopling of London/Human Hearts
The Walkmen - French Vacation/Everybody Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
Husker Du - Eiffel Tower High/Candy Apple Grey
Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi/Single
The Boomtown Rats - Up All Night/Mondo Bongo
The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God/If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Thin Lizzy - Roisin Dubh/Black Rose: A Rock Legend



Wednesday, July 05, 2017

In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea

Vacations are fun, but they also present unique challenges. Exploring new places, keeping everybody happy, getting your bearings in unfamiliar situations. I'm a creature of habit, so getting out of my normal routine can be off-putting. We're in the middle of a 2 1/2-week trip to Europe, which is why there hasn't been any activity at the Blizznog lately.

We left June 25 for London, where we spent four days packed with sightseeing before taking a train to Paris. We went from a cramped budget hotel room in London to a nice AirBnB just 10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower. Today, we arrived in Lisburn, Northern Ireland to visit my brother and his wife. I'll provide deets and pics of the fun when we get back, which is July 11. The trip actually ends with a few days in Dublin. More later!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #181: June 23, 2017

We spend most of the year pining for summer to come. And then when it's here, we complain that it's too damn hot. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs for summer in hour 2. Summer is a time for adventure, like that time when you and your buddy partied with that dead dude all weekend.



Check out the playlist before rigor mortis sets in:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Queens of the Stone Age - The Way You Used to Do/Villains
The Black Angels - Currency/Death Song
B Boys - Another Thing/Dada
Superchunk - Up Against the Wall/I Got Cut
Milked - Goodbye Durango/Death on Mars
Rips - Delay/Rips
Palehound - Carnations/A Place I'll Always Go
Rainer Maria - Lower Worlds/S/T
Land of Talk - What Was I Thinking/Life After Youth
Girlpool - Kiss and Burn/Powerplant
Benjamin Booker - Off the Ground/Witness
Swet Shop Boys - Birding/Sufi La
Palm - Walkie Talkie/Shadow Expert
Lo Tom - Another Mistake/Lo Tom
Wavves - You're Welcome/You're Welcome
Mark Lanegan Band - Blue Blue Sea/Gargoyle
Chastity Belt - 5 am/I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

Hour 2: Summah
Pavement - Summer Babe (Winter Edition)/Slanted and Enchanted
Johnny Foreigner - Feels Like Summer/Grace and the Bigger Picture
Ween - Chocolate Town/Quebec
Led Zeppelin - Tangerine/Led Zeppelin III
Max Webster - Summer's Up/Live in Ottawa 11/11/77
Blue Oyster Cult - This Ain't the Summer of Love/Agents of Fortune
The Amps - Tipp City/Pacer
Bad Brains - Sailin' On/Bad Brains
Queens of the Stone Age - Feel Good Hit of the Summer/Rated R
Art Brut - Sound of Summer/It's a Bit Complicated
Paul Weller - Roll Along Summer/As Is Now
Yo La Tengo - The Summer/Fakebook
Velvet Crush - Weird Summer/Teenage Symphonies to God
Ryan Adams - When the Summer Ends/1984 (Paxam Single Series Vol. 1)
Soul Asylum - Summer of Drugs/Sweet Relief (Benefit for Victoria Williams)
The Afghan Whigs - Summer's Kiss/Black Love
The Tragically Hip - Summer's Killing Us/In Between Evolution
Jane's Addiction - Summertime Rolls/Nothing's Shocking
Jeff Rosenstock - June 21st/WORRY.


Completely Conspicuous 470: First and Foremost

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the year so far. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- JB: The Orb released a remix EP
- JK: The prolific Ty Segall does it again
- JB: Vagabon brings fresh take to indie rock
- JK: Boss Hog's first album in 17 years
- JB: The evolving sound of Spoon
- JK: The consistently excellent New Pornographers back with another winner
- JB: Juana Molina returns with a strong, out there release
- JK: Mark Lanegan incorporates electronic music into his sound
- JB: Snowball II with a release that recalls The Lilys
- JK: Afghan Whigs release their best record since reuniting
- JB: Tommy Stinson brings back Bash & Pop with hooks galore
- JB: Slowdive's reunion album gives the people what they want

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 469: Listen Up

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the year so far. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- Plenty of great rock music, but not on the charts
- It's all about playing live; rock radio exposure is nonexistent
- Billy Squier still gets the airplay
- Nobody's figured out how to make money from streaming music
- Get pumped for Husker Du bootleg box set
- More rock deaths: Berry, Cornell, Allman, Geils
- Rise in musical activism
- Albums we want to hear
- Breitling: Ride, Palehound, Wet Trident
- Kumar: Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett, Ted Leo, Buffalo Tom, Queens of the Stone Age, Deer Tick, LCD Soundsystem
- Bubbling under albums
- Breitling: Tara Jane O'Neil, Opin, The xx
- Lubec's coming to Boston in August
- Kumar: Chastity Belt, Bash and Pop, Cloud Nothings, White Reaper, At the Drive-In, Black Lips
- Our favorite albums so far
- JB: Spirit of the Beehive combines psych and shoegaze
- JK: Run the Jewels keeps on rolling
- Zach de la Rocha's hardcore past
- JB: Yr Poetry is a Johnny Foreigner side project
- JK: Japandroids bring the rock anthems
- JB: Different sound for Pile
- JK: More anthems from Los Campesinos!
- Cello vs. violin
- To be continued

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #180: June 16, 2017

Even though time doesn't actually move any faster than it ever did, it feels like the years are flying by. How is it possible that 2007 was an entire decade ago? It was the tail end of George W. Bush's second term as president, people still cared what Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan did and the Sopranos finale had everyone talking. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 2007 in hour 2 and the results were pretty, pretty good.



The superbad playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Deer Tick - It's a Whale/Deer Tick, Volume 2
Superchunk - I Got Cut/Single
Rips - Damaged/Rips
Land of Talk - Heartcore/Life After Youth
Chastity Belt - Complain/I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
Hovvdy - Problem/Taster
Two Inch Astronaut - Snitch Jacket/Can You Please Not Help
Lo Tom - Overboard/Overboard
Young Guv - Traumatic/Single
Neil - Not a Love Song/Black Flowers
Horse Jumper of Love - Spaceman/Horse Jumper of Love
Gothic Tropic - Major/Fast or Feast
Clustersun - Raw Nerve/Surfacing to Breathe
Christian Fitness - Footballers Have Feelings Too/Slap Bass Hunks
White Reaper - Judy French/The World's Best American Band
Boss Hog - Rodeo Chica/Brood X
Cloud Nothings - Up to the Surface/Life Without Sound

Hour 2: 2007
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers/In Rainbows
Of Montreal - Suffer for Fashion/Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Bloc Party - Hunting for Witches/A Weekend in the City
Arcade Fire - Black Mirror/Neon Bible
Grinderman - Depth Charge Ethel/Grinderman
Queens of the Stone Age - Sick, Sick, Sick/Era Vulgaris
El-P - Flyentology/I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Modest Mouse - Dashboard/We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Marnie Stern - Vibrational Match/In Advance of the Broken Arm
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Drunk Teenagers/Ashtray Rock
Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm/Favourite Worst Nightmare
Dinosaur Jr. - Been There All the Time/Beyond
The White Stripes - Bone Broke/Icky Thump
Les Savy Fav - Pots and Pans/Let's Stay Friends
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy/Is Is
M.I.A. - Paper Planes/Kala


Friday, June 16, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 468: Dig for Fire (Ween-Sloan, part 3)

Part 3 of my conversation with Brian Salvatore about musical blindspots. Brian listens to another Sloan album while I check out a third record from Ween. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
-Win-win situation
- Brian had Sloan's "The Double Cross" and Jay had Ween's "Quebec"
- Brian: My favorite of the three I listened to
- Beatles comparisons
- Brian will go back and check out rest of Sloan catalog
- No solo albums, but Murphy had TUNS project
- Jay: Really enjoyed Quebec
- Most cohesive of the three Ween albums Jay heard
- Dean and Gene were dealing with some issues
- "If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)" is an epic album closer
- Next up: Jay will listen to Frank Zappa and Brian will check out Iron Maiden

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.