Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 410: Reeling in the Years, 1983 (Part 1)

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1983. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").
 
Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output
- In '83, Brian turned 1, Jay turned 16
- A lot of classic '80s singles came out in '83
- From Men at Work to Metallica
- Thriller loomed large
- Strange mix of hits on the top 100
- CDs were first sold in the U.S.
- The US Festival was a huge event
- Brian recommends the Eagles documentary
- The Strummer-Jones dynamic led to breakup of the Clash
- KISS took off the makeup
- Elton John had minor hits throughout the '80s
- Aerosmith was fading
- Brian: Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut
- Jay: Ronnie James Dio strikes out on his own while Sabbath forges on with Ian Gillan
- Brian: SST comp Blasting Concepts was a good intro to punk
- Dinosaur Jr.'s recent 30th anniversary shows
- 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, February 05, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #116: February 5, 2016

The animal kingdom is vast and impressive. So is the number of songs about animals. I explored some of these in hour 2 of Stuck In Thee Garage today. Dogs, cats, lions, tigers, bears, oh my!



This playlist has plenty of Hooch, not so much Turner:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Iggy Pop - Gardenia/Post Pop Depression
Bob Mould - Voices in My Head/Patch the Sky
Two Inch Astronaut - Personal Life/Personal Life
Savages - Evil/Adore Life
Kite Base - Miracle Waves/Miracle Waves
Hinds - Chili Town/Leave Me Alone
Gold Muse - Kiss the Sun/Single
Yuck - Hold Me Closer/Strange Things
The I Don't Cares - Love Out Loud/Wild Stab
Speedy Ortiz - Zig/Foil Deer
Tiger Waves - In Your Head/In Retrograde
David Bowie - 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore/Blackstar
Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess/Emotional Mugger
Shearwater - Filaments/Jet Plane and Oxbow

Hour 2: Animals
Belly - Slow Dog/Star
Obits - Talking to the Dog/I Blame You
AC/DC - Dog Eat Dog/Let There Be Rock
Robert Pollard - Serious Bird Woman (You Turn Me On)/Normal Happiness
The White Stripes - Little Bird/De Stijl
The Dead Weather - 3 Birds/Horehound
Public Image Limited - No Birds/Second Edition
The Walkmen - The Rat/Bows + Arrows
Sebadoh - I Smell a Rat/Harmacy
Rocket from the Crypt - Heart of a Rat/Group Sounds
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion/Show Your Bones
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Tigers/Mirror Traffic
The Tragically Hip - Gus the Polar Bear from Central Park/In Between Evolution
The Kinks - Phenomenal Cat/The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
Dinosaur Jr. - Cats in a Bowl/Dinosaur
PJ Harvey - Cat on a Wall/Uh Huh Her
The Rolling Stones - Stray Cat Blues/Beggars Banquet



Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 409: Life in the Fast Lane

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss short attention spans. 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
- Fear of wasting time or fear of missing out?
- Phone calls are rare and annoying
- Tinder = instantaneous hookups
- Jay: Thankful to have been in the dating Dark Ages
- Guys are born stupid
- Telephone hangups used to be way more dramatic
- How often do you just hang out with a friend and talk?
- Writing letters is a lost art
- Friends who aren't on social media are lost or forgotten
- How much faster can life get?
- We still slow down occasionally
- Nothing slows you down like a baby falling asleep on you

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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, January 29, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #115: January 29, 2016

There's something about driving and music that goes together perfectly. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played great driving songs in hour 2: either songs about driving or just songs that make you drive a little faster. No matter how boring the drive, having good music along for the ride really makes it go by quicker.




The schwing-inducing playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Savages - The Answer/Adore Life
The I Don't Cares - Born for Me/Wild Stab
Shearwater - A Long Time Away/Jet Plane and Oxbow
Ty Segall - Californian Hills/Emotional Mugger
Washer - Mend/Here Comes Washer
Solids - Blank Stare/Else
Born Ruffians - We Made It/RUFF
Cian Nugent - First Run/Night Fiction
Deep Sea Driver - Secrets/Secrets
Bully - Trash/Feels Like
Pete Astor - Very Good Lock/Spilt Milk
Eugene Quell - Soft Coin/I Will Work the Land
Greg Dulli - Modern Love/Single
The Decade Show - Common Cold/Sure
Dumptruck - Watch Her Fall/Live at CBGBs, '86 and '88

Hour 2: Driving
R.E.M. - Drive/Automatic for the People
The Feelies - The High Road/The Good Earth
The Beatles - Why Don't We Do It In the Road?/The White Album
Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds/With Teeth
Helmet - Biscuits for Smut/Betty
El-P - Drive/I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Bang Camaro - Push Push (Lady Lightning)/Bang Camaro
Judas Priest - Turbo Lover/Turbo
Iron Maiden - The Trooper/Piece of Mind
The Dambuilders - Drive-By Kiss/Ruby Red
Modest Mouse - Dashboard/We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
The Clash - Brand New Cadillac/London Calling
Fu Manchu - Guardrail/The Action is Go!
Max Webster - Drive and Desire/Universal Juveniles
Van Halen - Mean Street/Fair Warning




Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Hasta La Vista, Abey

In this strange month of celebrity deaths, it's usually easy to figure out why they hit us so hard. When it's someone like David Bowie or Alan Rickman or Glenn Frey, it makes sense because the work they did reached so many people and they were all fairly successful. But what to make of a character actor who didn't become famous until he was in his 50s and hadn't acted regularly since the '90s?

Abe Vigoda, who died yesterday at 94 of what his daughter called "old age," was different. He emerged on Broadway in the 1960s, but it was his turn in the 1970s as Tessio in The Godfather and later as Detective Fish on the ABC comedy Barney Miller (and the short-lived spinoff Fish) that made him a household face, if not name. On Barney Miller, Vigoda became known as the sad-eyed, lumbering guy who was always headed to the bathroom, and he parlayed that image into countless roles in TV shows and movies.

Because of his image, Vigoda was one of the first celebrities that people would constantly assume was already dead, even as far back as the 1980s. He poked fun at that by making numerous late night TV appearances on David Letterman and Conan O'Brien's shows.





Vigoda even showed up, at the age of 92, dancing on stage in a wombat costume at a Phish concert. Of course, in recent years, the running joke when somebody died was to check IsAbeVigodaDead.com and thankfully, Abe was always still alive. Until yesterday. Abe Vigoda was a larger-than-life presence who always knew how to laugh at himself. Just hearing his name or seeing his picture makes me smile. If that isn't a great legacy, I don't know what is.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 408: Squirrel!

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss short attention spans. 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
- Spending too much time in front of screens
- Much harder to get through long articles nowadays
- How many words are worth $1?
- Looking at phone is how we kill time
- Smoking made Matt more social
- A generation of socially inept people
- Binge-watching TV requires more attention
- Longer network TV seasons seem so much longer now
- The Punisher is a tough character to get right
- Hell hath no fury like a nerd upset over something stupid
- Gotta pay attention when there are subtitles
- Anime moves too fast
- Audiences can't deal with slow scenes any more
- As a writer, Matt writes shorter chapters
- Short attention span applies to music listening
- Matt: If I had an iPhone as a kid, I would never have read a book
- 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, January 22, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #114: January 22, 2016

There's something to be said for the simple power of a short rock song. But longer songs have their merits as well. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played five-minute songs in hour 2. The obvious extrapolation will eventually result in a show down the road where I play one song in hour 2. But we're not there yet.



Playlist high-five:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
David Bowie - Girl Loves Me/Blackstar
Nada Surf - Believe You're Mine/You Know Who You Are
Blank Realm - Palace of Love/Illegals in Heaven
Bully - Reason/Feels Like
Soldiers of Fortune - Campus Swagger (feat. Stephen Malkmus)/Early Risers
Strange Faces - Nothin' to Prove/Stonerism
Lucius - Born Again Teen/Good Grief
Sun Club - Beauty Meat/The Dongo Durango
Tangerine - Sunset/Sugar Teeth
The Besnard Lakes - The Plain Moon/A Coliseum Complex Museum
Pinemen - That Certain Flavour/Pleasant Pain
Sulk - Black Infinity (Upside Down)/No Illusions
mewithoutYou - Red Cow/Pale Horses
Rollins Band - Monster/Get Some Go Again
Thin Lizzy - Ballad of the Hard Man/Fighting
Motorhead - I Got Mine/Another Perfect Day

Hour 2: Five-minute jams
PJ Harvey - Long Snake Moan/To Bring You My Love
Black Francis - Threshold Apprehension/Bluefinger
Parquet Courts - The More It Works/Tally All the Things That You Broke
Lou Reed - The Blue Mask/The Blue Mask
Joe Jackson - The Band Wore Blue Shirts/I'm the Man
Spoon - My Mathematical Mind/Gimme Fiction
Bill Janovitz - Mae & Maggie (I & II)/Walt Whitman Mall
Drive-By Truckers - This Fucking Job/Live at Daytrotter 7/6/10
Alice in Chains - Am I Inside/Sap
Nirvana - Big Long Now/Incesticide
Fugazi - Shut the Door/Repeater