Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 422: Everything Changes

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss how our musical tastes have changed over the years. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").
 

Show notes:
- Revisionist band history
- Bands we once loved but now dislike
- Phil's #3
- Liz Phair got off to a strong start, disappointed afterward
- Jay's #3
- Huge artist I enjoyed as a kid
- Billy Joel stopped releasing new pop music in the '90s
- Phil's #2
- Love his first band, hate the solo stuff
- Sting's elevated the art of pretentious douchiness
- Jay's #2
- It's trendy to hate this band now
- Used to dig the Eagles
- Henley's personality turned me off the band
- Phil's #1
- Coldplay lost their way
- Jay's #1
- Red Hot Chili Peppers haven't aged well
- Liked them in my 20s, "but now they're just stupid"
- Bands you just stopped listening to
- Phil's #3
- Lenny Kravitz got too slick and repetitive
- Jay's #3
- Big fan of hard rock as a kid, but hair metal lost its appeal
- Phil's #2
- Boston-area rock fans grew up on Aerosmith
- After they reunited in mid-80s, quality went downhill
- Jay's #2
- Liked the band Live for a few years but just lost interest
- Singer got too full of himself
- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #128: April 29, 2016

It's been a sad week. We're still trying to wrap our brains around the loss of Prince. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I pay homage to the Purple One with a slew of great songs from throughout his career.



This is what it sounds like when doves cry:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Sonny & the Sunsets - Death Cream part 2 "Watch Out for the Cream"/Moods Baby Moods
WOODS - Can't See at All/City Sun Eater in the River of Light
Aesop Rock - Rings/The Impossible Kid
The Julie Ruin - I Decide/Hit Reset
Courtney Barnett - History Eraser/Live in KUTX's Studio 1A
Charles Bradley - Change for the World/Changes
Parquet Courts - Captive of the Sun/Human Performance
Hallelujah the Hills - Realistic Birthday Music/A Band is Something to Figure Out
Washer - Got Drunk and Ate the Sun/Here Comes Washer
Prince and the Revolution - Pop Life/Around the World in a Day
Prince - When You Were Mine/Dirty Mind
Prince - Delirious/1999
Prince - Partyup/Dirty Mind
Prince - D.M.S.R./1999
Prince - Head/Dirty Mind
Prince and the Revolution - Darling Nikki/Purple Rain
Prince and the Revolution - Erotic City/B-side
Prince and the New Power Generation - Sexy M.F./Love Symbol
Prince - Sign 'O' the Times/Sign 'O' the Times
Prince and the Revolution - Take Me With You/Purple Rain
Prince and the New Power Generation - 7/Love Symbol
Prince and the Revolution - I Would Die 4 U/Purple Rain
Prince - U Got the Look/Sign 'O' the Times
Prince - I Feel for You/Prince
Prince - It/Sign 'O' the Times
Prince - Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?/Prince
Prince - Thieves in the Temple/Graffiti Bridge
Prince - I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man/Sign 'O' the Times




Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Trust Fund Challenge #22: "Five Desperate Women" (1971)

If there was ever a time for much-needed laughter, it's now. The latest installment of Trust Fund Challenge finds Ric and I watching a 1971 TV movie produced by Aaron Spelling (like seemingly everything else back then) that pits Stefanie Powers and four college friends against a homicidal maniac. The movie is fairly serious stuff, but we have a lot of fun with it.


Completely Conspicuous 421: Done is Good

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the need for organization and tell old journalism stories. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").
 

Show notes:
- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3
- Making a good first impression
- Journalism: A good profession for social misfits
- What to do when an ax-wielding maniac is on the loose
- "Your internship could have kids"
- Fun with newspaper interns
- Person-on-the-street interviews were challenging
- Expiration date for the newspaper biz
- Writing on deadline helps with time management
- Editors who can't write and vice versa
- Being a supervisor
- "Done is good."

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Baby, I'm a Star

Damn, man. It seems like the only times I've done non-show posts lately is when somebody iconic dies. We've lost some big-time musical influences in the last five months or so: Lemmy, Bowie and now Prince. This latest death is particularly shocking because Prince was only 57. The circumstances of his death are still shaking out, but it appears he'd been ailing for some time.



Like Lemmy and Bowie, Prince was another iconic artist I've never seen play live. Not sure why, really. Inexcusable on my part. Especially given what an incredible showman he was.

I first became aware of Prince in 1982 when "Little Red Corvette" was released off the album 1999. I was a defiantly hard rock-loving teen nerd who was stuck in a town with shitty radio stations. Prince brought a rock element to pop/R&B that was refreshing to someone who hated most top 40 music. Between that song and the title track, I found pop music I could tolerate when I wasn't listening to Rush or Led Zeppelin or Ozzy. By the time Purple Rain was released, I was firmly in the metalhead camp but still impressed at the sick-ass guitar solo at the end of "Let Go Crazy." A few years later, I was in college and broadening my musical horizons. I hadn't purchased any Prince albums to that point, but I picked up the 45 of "Sign O' the Times," which was getting played on rock stations like Boston's WBCN. The first Prince album I actually bought was the Batman soundtrack in '89, which I don't think I've listened to since that year. Although a year or so earlier, I bought a bootleg cassette of The Black Album, which to that point was unavailable any other way. Since then, I've amassed several of his classic albums.

Throughout the years and the various personas and eccentricities, Prince never lost his ability to write a great song and put on great performances. And even though he tried to limit the amount of footage of live shows online, I've been able to see a fair amount of concert videos from throughout his career. I've appreciated him that way since I never got to actually see him in concert.

There are some who shake their heads at the outpouring of grief on social media when someone iconic like a rock star dies. Sure, I didn't know the guy, but it's always been a sad thing when a musician I've admired passes away. I still remember how disappointed I was in 1980 when John Bonham died. I had just become a Zeppelin fan in the last year and his death was such a bummer, especially when it meant the band was breaking up. Same thing applied to John Lennon, Randy Rhoads, Phil Lynott, Joe Strummer, John Entwhistle, Kurt Cobain, Ronnie James Dio, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Cliff Burton, Gary Moore and many more. We're at a point where many of our rock stars are approaching or in senior citizen age, so there will be more deaths. But thankfully, we'll always have the music.

08.Prince.-.1999 from Mauricio Onate on Vimeo.

Stuck In Thee Garage #127: April 22, 2016

Most of us have to go to work every day to bring home the proverbial bacon and/or cash money. While this isn't always a fun thing, it's a necessary one. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about occupations in hour 2. (Note: The show was already put together when news of Prince's death broke, so there's no mention of it here. Next week, though, it will be mentioned.)

Here's looking at you, working class peoples!



The hard-working playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Future of the Left - Back When I Was Brilliant/The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left
Parquet Courts - Dust/Human Performance
Wire - Internal Exile/Nocturnal Koreans
Hallelujah the Hills - I'm in the Phone Book, I'm on the Planet, I'm Slowly Dying/A Band is Something to Figure Out
PJ Harvey - The Ministry of Social Affairs/The Hope Six Demolition Project
Palm - Scribe/Trading Basics
The Posies - Unlikely Places/Solid States
Amber Arcades - Right Now/Turning Light
Big Eyes - Wanted Sometimes/Almost Famous
The Dears - Blood/Degeneration Street
Obits - Fake Kinkade/I Blame You
King Khan and the Shrines - Land of the Freak/The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines
Rancid - Roots Radical/...And Out Come the Wolves
Sugar - The Slim/Copper Blue
Smashing Pumpkins - Rhinoceros/Gish

Hour 2: Occupations
R.E.M. - Finest Worksong/Document
The Members - Goodbye to the Job/1980 - The Choice is Yours
Ray Davies - Working Man's Cafe/Working Man's Cafe
The Rolling Stones - Dear Doctor/Beggars Banquet
Guided by Voices - I am a Scientist/Live at Threadwaxing Space, NYC 6/25/94
Gary Numan - Engineers/The Pleasure Principle
Van Halen - Ice Cream Man/Van Halen
A Tribe Called Quest - Rap Promoter/The Low End Theory
Ike Turner Presents the Family Vibes - Garbage Man/Confined to Soul
Rose Royce - Car Wash/Car Wash Original Movie Soundtrack
St. Vincent - Actor Out of Work/Actor
Frank Black and Teenage Fanclub - Handyman/The John Peel Session EP
Sonic Youth - Dude Ranch Nurse/Sonic Nurse
The Who - The Dirty Jobs/Quadrophenia
David Bowie - A New Career in a New Town/Low
Drive-By Truckers - This Fucking Job/The Big To-Do

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 420: Failing to Plan, Planning to Fail

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the need for organization. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").
 

Show notes:
- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3
- Always planning ahead to the next project
- Happiness is an empty inbox
- Jay: Preparing for a purge of office stuff
- How much is too much work?
- Matt doesn't need a calendar
- Organization via Google Calendar
- The art of the sticky note
- Business is moving away from email
- Working with people from across the globe
- Matt: Don't know how I could do more
- The newspaper life was a disorganized one
- Working way too many hours for tiny salary
- Learned how to write efficiently on deadline
- To be continued

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #126: April 15, 2016

A decade can go by in an instant. Even though it doesn't seem that long ago, a full 10 years have passed since the heady days of Hannah Montana, Dick Cheney shooting dudes in the face and the emergence of YouTube. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played music from 2006 in hour 2.



This playlist is ready for sexy time:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Parquet Courts - Berlin Got Blurry/Human Performance
Hinds - Garden/Leave Me Alone
Solids - Blurs/Else
Gold Class - Bite Down/It's You
Kurt Vile - Kidding Around/b'lieve i'm goin down
Nap Eyes - Stargazer/Thought Rock Fish Scale
Hallelujah the Hills - We Have the Perimeter Surrounded/A Band is Something to Figure Out
Hooded Fang - Tunnel Vision/Venus on Edge
Stove - Lowt-Ide Fins/Is Stupider
Future of the Left - If AT&T Drinks Tea, What Would BP Do?/The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left
Blacklisters - Power Ballad/Adult
Black Sabbath - Weevil Woman '71/Master of Reality reissue
Iggy Pop - In the Lobby/Post Pop Depression
Iggy Pop - Nightclubbing/The Idiot
Iggy Pop - Success/Lust for Life

Hour 2: 2006
The Hold Steady - Same Kooks/Boys and Girls in America
The Raconteurs - Hands/Broken Boy Soldiers
Pearl Jam - Comatose/Pearl Jam
Sloan - Before the End of the Race/Never Hear the End of It
The Twilight Singers - Bonnie Brae/Powder Burns
TV On the Radio - Dirty Whirlwind/Return to Cookie Mountain
Mission of Burma - Spider's Web/The Obliterati
Jay Reatard - Hammer I Miss You/Singles '06-'07
Sonic Youth - Sleepin' Around/Rather Ripped
Destroyer - Your Blood/Destroyer's Rubies
The Minus 5 - Rifle Called Goodbye/The Minus 5
Robert Pollard - Love is Stronger Than Witchcraft/From a Compound Eye
The Lemonheads - Let's Just Laugh/The Lemonheads
Lilys - Where the Night Goes/Everything Wrong is Imaginary
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco/Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Eagles of Death Metal - Shasta Beast/Death by Sexy

 
 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 419: Get It Together

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the need for organization. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").
 

Show notes:
- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3
- Organization is important when you're juggling a lot of responsibilities
- The challenge of working a full-time gig while also doing other jobs
- Prioritizing by deadlines
- Writing a book adds another big deadline
- Finding time for other activities when you have kids
- Doing plenty of unpaid work
- Organized to a point
- Sometimes the need for sleep takes over
- Matt: Watching TV's too passive
- "The People vs. OJ Simpson" was surprisingly good
- Old-school Internet problems
- Wasting time online
- Cubicle life
- To be continued

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.