Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 430: Fifty-Fifty Split

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2016. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Biggest trend so far: Death
- A whole generation of musicians is in senior citizen territory
- Ticketmaster settlement is as useless as TM normally is
- "Stairway to Heaven" lawsuit ended the right way
- Breitling plays law-talking guy
- Tidal tries to start its own bidding war
- Ultimate strategy is to get paid and get out
- The free tier for streaming services will eventually go away
- Bandcamp's iffy stats
- Breitling's not-quite-top-10: New Dog, Horse Jumper of Love, Guillermo Sexo, Gold Muse, California Snow Story, Yr Poetry
- Kumar's bubbling under list: Radiohead, Ty Segall, Modern Baseball, Future of the Left, Halfsour, Used Cassettes
- 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, July 15, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #138: July 15, 2016

Time is a funny thing. We spend so much time worrying about it that we don't notice it flying by us at an amazing rate, and we never seem to have enough of it. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about time in hour 2.


The timely playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Johnny Foreigner - The X and the O/Mono No Aware
Joanna Gruesome - Pretty Fucking Sick (Of It All)/Single
Future Biff - Redline/I Crashed Your Car
Mike Adams at His Honest Weight - Bronze Worlds/Casino Drone
The Ghost Ease - Gemini Rise/Raw
Thee Oh Sees - Plastic Plant/A Weird Exits
PUP - If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will/The Dream is Over
Modern Baseball - Note to Self/Holy Ghost
The Strokes - Oblivius/Future Present Past
Beach Slang - Noisy Heaven/The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us
Radiohead - Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Thief/A Moon Shaped Pool
Hooded Fang - Glass Shadows/Venus on Edge
Holy Wave - Magic Landing/Freaks of Nurture
Future of the Left - Miner's Gruel/The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left
Bob Mould - You Say You/Patch the Sky
Iggy Pop - Vulture/Post Pop Depression

Hour 2: Time
Joe Jackson - Got the Time/Look Sharp!
The Creation - Makin' Time/We Are Paintermen
A.C. Newman - The Battle for Straight Time/The Slow Wonder
Twin Peaks - Mirror of Time/Mind Frames
The Posies - Flavor of the Month/Frosting on the Beater
Velvet Crush - Time Wraps Around You/Teenage Symphonies to God
Iron Maiden - Wasted Years/Somewhere in Time
The Dirtbombs - 21st Century Fox/Dangerous Magical Noise
The Fall-Outs - Flowers for Hours/Summertime
Beck - Clock/Odelay bonus track
Ty Segall - The Clock/Manipulator
Tracy Bonham - 30 Seconds/The Burdens of Being Upright
Kurt Vile - In My Time/Smoke Ring for My Halo
Ladyhawk - 48 Hours/Ladyhawk
Wake Ooloo - Any Minute/Hear No Evil
Jay Reatard - No Time/Matador Singles '08
The Hives - Tick Tick Boom/The Black and White Album
Rancid - The 11th Hour/...And Out Come the Wolves

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 429: Keeping It Real

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the difficulties of avoiding cynicism. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Matt's new book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4
- People are desperate for fame
- Matt auditioned for season 2 of The Real World
- The savvy of Boston Rob
- Chewbacca Mom is pushing it
- Trump tapped into a vein of discontent
- He's got a way with nicknames
- We've got issues
- Fat, but not happy
- It's not a bad thing to be cynical
- Changing your Twitter icon or FB profile pic is pointless
- David Cameron and the pig's head
- Sinking to meme level
- The Internet never forgets
- Power + opportunity = Bad life choices
- We're going to remain cynical

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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, July 08, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #137: July 8, 2016

You can learn a lot from the past. For example, in 1981, our idea of hot new technology was the Sony Walkman. And the latest superhero on TV was the Greatest American Superhero, who I suppose would seem pretty lame in comparison to the superhero shows and movies we see today. Musically, it was a diverse but rewarding collection of sounds. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1981 in hour 2.

It really was a different time:


Believe it or not, here's the playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Diarrhea Planet - Life Pass/Turn to Gold
Broncho - Senora Borealis/Double Vanity
Dune Rats - Bullshit/Single
The Cult - GOAT/Hidden City
DZ Deathrays - Blood on My Leather/Single
The Dirty Nil - Zombie Eyed/Higher Power
Monster Truck - Why Are You Not Rocking?/Sittin' Heavy
Black Mountain - Cemetery Breeding/IV
Ruby the Hatchet - Paralyzed/Eliminator EP
Thee Oh Sees - Sticky Hulks/Mutilator Defeated at Last
Big Deal - Say Yes/Say Yes
Pip Blom - Truth/Pip Blom
Margaret Glaspy - Situation/Emotions and Math
Caveman - Never Going Back/Otero War
Music Band - Day Stealer/Wake Up Laughing
Parquet Courts - Steady on My Mind/Human Performance

Hour 2: 1981
The Kinks - Destroyer/Give the People What They Want
Billy Squier - In the Dark/Don't Say No
Squeeze - Tempted (alternative version)/Excess Moderation
R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe (Hib-Tone version)/Single
Gang of Four - Cheeseburger/Solid Gold
The Cars - Cruiser/Shake It Up
Rick James - Super Freak/Street Songs
Prince - Let's Work/Controversy
The Rolling Stones - Slave/Tattoo You
Black Flag - Rise Above/Damaged
The Gun Club - Ghost on the Highway/Fire of Love
Mission of Burma - Red/Signals, Calls and Marches
Motley Crue - Take Me to the Top/Too Fast for Love
Ozzy Osbourne - S.A.T.O./Diary of a Madman
Van Halen - Unchained/Fair Warning


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 428: Absolutely Cynical

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the difficulties of avoiding cynicism. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Matt's new book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4
- It's hard not to be cynical these days
- Politics are infuriating in general
- Soccer hooligans can spread joy, too
- Getting cynicism drummed into you as a young reporter
- Kids, don't go into journalism
- NIMBY remains a strong force
- Matt made the mistake of going to back to newspapers a few years ago
- Facts, schmacts
- Saying something stupid won't tank your campaign anymore
- Tapping into frustrated and angry voters
- Blindly loyal political supporters
- Stupid can win
- People are tired of hearing from so-called experts
- Jay: Reality TV makes me cynical
- The Duggars had a show because they had 19 kids
- Some people find The Bachelor fascinating
- So many kids these days have the drive to become famous
- The abnormal lives of huge celebrities
- Tom Cruise can't relate to normal people
- 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, July 01, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #136: July 1, 2016

I've been an American citizen for 27 years, but that doesn't change my affinity for my homeland, Canadia. So on this week's Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs by Canadian artists in hour 2 in honor of Canada Day. I tried to keep things in the indie rock vein, so nothing from the likes of Rush et al. But I'd like to think both Waynes would dig it.


The playlist brought to you by Labatt's Blue:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Sleigh Bells - Rule Number One/Single
50FOOTWAVE - Sun Salute/Bath White
The Spook School - David Bowie Songs/Binary
Thalia Zedek Band - All I Need/Eve
Psychic Ills - I Don't Mind/Inner Journey Out
Sunflower Bean - Come On/Live at KUTX
The Tragically Hip - Ocean Next/Man Machine Poem
Sonny & the Sunsets - Reject of the Lowest Planet/Moods Baby Moods
WOODS - Hang It On Your Wall/City Sun Eater in the River of Light
Black Beach - Future Failures/Shallow Creatures
Future Biff - Built to Last/I Crashed Your Car
Kenny Chambers and Electric Ears - Maybe Someday You'll Be King/The Kings We're Meant to Be
Talking Heads - Girlfriend is Better (live)/Stop Making Sense
Parliament - Chocolate City/Chocolate City
Funkadelic - Hit It and Quit It/Maggot Brain
Parliament - Bop Gun (Endangered Species)/Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome

Hour 2: O Canada
Wolf Parade - This Heart's on Fire/Apologies to the Queen Mary
Wintersleep - Blood Collection/New Inheritors
Sloan - At the Edge of the Scene/B-Sides Win: extras, bonus tracks and b-sides 1992-2008
Black Mountain - Old Fangs/Wilderness Heart
Mexican Slang - Melt/Demon EP
The Pursuit of Happiness - Forbidden Fruit/One Sided Story
The New Pornographers - Centre for Holy Wars/Mass Romantic
Broken Social Scene - Fire Eye'd Boy/Broken Social Scene
Metric - Stadium Love/Fantasies
The Dears - Thrones/Degeneration Street
Ladyhawk - Corpse Paint/Shots
Gordon Downie - Pascal's Submarine/Battle of the Nudes
King Khan and the Shrines - Bite My Tongue/Idle No More
The Pink Mountaintops - Can You Do That Dance?/The Pink Mountaintops




Friday, June 24, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #135: June 24, 2016

Everybody loves a good villain. Indeed, some of the most memorable characters in pop culture are villains. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about villains (or at least characters with villainous qualities) in hour 2. It's more fun than walking through a parking lot full of rakes:



The dastardly playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Beck - Wow/Single
Colleen Green - U Coulda Been an A/Colleen Green
The Kills - Whirling Eye/Ash & Ice
Black Mountain - Florian Saucer Attack/IV
Mountains & Rainbows - See How They Run/Particles
Today Junior - Blunt Breath/Blunt Breath
The Sun Days - Don't Need to be Them/Album
50FOOTWAVE - Bath White/Bath White
Thin Lips - No Obituary/Riff Hard
David Bazan - Both Hands (Over My Eyes)/Blanco
Modern Baseball - Wedding Singer/Holy Ghost
The Tragically Hip - Hot Mic/Man Machine Poem
Left and Right - Ladder Guy/Pivot Foot
The Joe Jacksons - It's a Sin/It's a Sin
PAWS - No Grace/No Grace
STFU - A Thousand Cuts/What We Want

Hour 2: Villains
The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains/The Smile Sessions
Franz Ferdinand - I'm Your Villain/You Could Have It So Much Better
The Beatings - Villains/Holding on to Hand Grenades
Neil Young - Revolution Blues/On the Beach
The Black Angels - Bloodhounds on My Trail/Passover
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Curse of Millhaven/Murder Ballads
Alice Cooper - No More Mr. Nice Guy/Billion Dollar Babies
The Afghan Whigs - Blame, Etc./Black Love
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges/Evil Urges
AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap/Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Motorhead - I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)/1916
Black Sabbath - Evil Woman/Black Sabbath
Black Mountain - Evil Ways/In the Future
Queens of the Stone Age - Christian Brothers/Sick, Sick, Sick