Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 343: Baby I'm a Star


Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion about society's obsession with celebrity. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").



Show notes:
- Scandal rags are still popular
- Celebs and social media can lead to trouble
- Now everyone's got a camera to catch your every mistake
- Michael Richards was beloved until he screwed up
- People will turn on celebs in an instant
- The strange life of Tom Cruise, Entertainment Robot
- Doing interview junkets must be mind-numbing
- Supreme Court nominee was rejected in the '80s because of pot smoking
- The media mastery of Bill Clinton
- Public perception matters
- Asking the wrong question
- Jay: Meeting Stephen Colbert was pretty cool
- Jay: Sat next to Jordan Knight of New Kids on the Block on a flight once
- People will stand for hours just to get shown on The Today Show
- Suing Naked Dating reality show for...being naked
- To be continued

Music:
Creepers - Stuck
Naomi Punk - Television Man
Hooray for Earth - Airs

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

The Creepers song is on the album Lush from the All Black Recording Company. Download the song for free from Stereogum.
The Naomi Punk song is on the album Television Man on Captured Tracks. Download the song for free from KEXP.
The Hooray for Earth song is on the album Racy on Dovecote Records. Download the song for free from KEXP.

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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #50: September 12, 2014

I spent the last two days running from Cannon Mountain to Hampton Beach in New Hampshire as part of the Reach the Beach Relay. As a result, I didn't get to actually listen to the episode of Stuck In Thee Garage I produced this week, but hour 2 was full of songs about running up mountains and pushing through the pain to get to the finish line.




The playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Sloan - Cleopatra/Commonwealth
The Hush Now - Sorry Sugar Well.../Sparkle Drive
Hamilton Leithauser - Alexandra/Black Hours
Death From Above 1979 - Trainwreck 1979/Manipulator
The Wytches - Digsaw/Annabel Dream Reader
Ty Segall - The Faker/Manipulator
Little Racer - Dancing/Modern Accent
Aan - Spiritual Provisions/Amor Ad Nauseum
Love - Alone Again Or/Forever Changes 
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - We Call Upon the Author/Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Creature with the Atom Brain - Black Out, New Hit/I Am the Golden Gate Bridge
The Afghan Whigs - Now You Know/Gentlemen
Consonant - That Boston Life/Consonant
Magnolia Electric Co. - Leave the City/What Comes After the Blues
The Replacements - Alex Chilton/Pleased to Meet Me

Hour 2: Songs for a 200-mile relay race
Centro-Matic - Take the Maps and Run/Fort Recovery
Wugazi - Killa Hill/13 Chambers
Led Zeppelin - Over the Hills and Far Away/Houses of the Holy
Meat Puppets - Climbing/Meat Puppets II
Iron Maiden - Run to the Hills/Live at the Palladium, NYC 6/29/82
The Gories - On the Run/Garage Swim
Kyuss - Freedom Run/Blues for the Red Sun
Fu Manchu - Burning Road/The Action is Go!
Mondo Generator - I Never Sleep/Dead Planet
Bang Camaro - Push Push (Lady Lightning)/Bang Camaro
Eagles of Death Metal - I Like to Move in the Night/Death by Sexy
The Hold Steady - Runner's High/Teeth Dreams
Greg Dulli - Early Today (and Later That Night)/Amber Headlights
Ted Leo - Keep on Pushing/Live in 2007 on The Interface
Van Halen - Push Comes to Shove/Fair Warning
Fleetwood Mac - That's Enough for Me/Tusk




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 342: Your Famous Friends


Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion about society's obsession with celebrity. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").



Show notes:
- Celebrity deaths
- Jay: Robin Williams' death hit me hard
- We don't have royalty so celebs fill that role
- Getting rich doesn't necessarily equal happiness
- Americans are surprisingly fascinated by the British royal family
- Dealing with fans could get annoying after a while
- Matt was at Boston ComiCon hyping his book
- Check out his YA superhero novel The Indestructibles
- Saw some minor celebs like Jason Momoa and John Barrowman
- What do you say to an actor or musician you admire?
- Matt met Susan Sarandon while working at Museum of Science
- Jay: Met my favorite hockey player and I was a dork
- Many movies filmed around here and people flock to watch
- People will do anything to get onscreen
- Worked with a guy who was on a short-lived reality show
- Matt went to college with actor Charlie Day
- The lameness of celeb interviews during sports telecasts
- To be continued

Music:
The Wytches - Digsaw
Aan - Spiritual Provisions
Little Racer - Dancing

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

The Wytches song is on the album Annabel Dream Reader on Partisan Records. Download the song for free from KEXP.
The Aan song is on the album Amor Ad Nauseum on Party Damage Records. Download the song for free from KEXP.
The Little Racer song is on the EP Modern Accent on PaperCup Music. Download the song for free from KEXP.
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, September 05, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #49: September 5, 2014

Birthdays are always a big deal, but first birthdays are huge accomplishments. Which is why it's exciting that both Stuck In Thee Garage and BFF.fm celebrated their first year of existence this week. I was one of the first DJs to jump on board when the station kicked off last September; I actually recorded the first show before we went on vacation in August but the station launch didn't happen for a few more weeks.

It's been fun to watch the station really grow into a presence on the San Francisco rock scene, amassing a full schedule of radio shows hosted almost entirely by live DJs in the BFF studios. I, along with several others, create pre-recorded shows for the station from afar; it'd be awesome to do one live in the studio someday, but I don't get to San Francisco too often (last time was 1999).



At any rate, kudos to Amanda and Forrest Guest for successfully kicking ass with BFF. The station literally started on a beat-up laptop and has become a force to be reckoned with. I'm proud to be a small part of it. And I'm having a blast doing this show.

Speaking of which, here's this week's show:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Operators - True/EP1
Owl John - Red Hand/Owl John
Twin Peaks - I Found a Way/Wild Onion
Benjamin Booker - Violent Shiver/Benjamin Booker
Ty Segall - The Singer/Manipulator
The New Pornographers - Dancehall Domine/Brill Bruisers
Tomten - Mother Minnow/The Farewell Party
Dilated Peoples - Cut My Teeth/Directors of Photography
Allah-Las - Had It All/Worship the Sun
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan - Come on Over (Turn Me On)/Sunday at Devil Dirt
Hallelujah the Hills - You Got Fooled/Have You Ever Done Something Evil?
No Joy - Hare Tarot Lies/Wait to Pleasure
Okkervil River - Black/Black Sheep Boy
Flagland - My Apartment/Tireda Fightin
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Chartjunk/Wig Out at Jagbags
Beck - Asshole/One Foot in the Grave

Hour 2: Celebration
Mission of Burma - Birthday/The Obliterati
The Beatles - Birthday/The White Album
Bullet Lavolta - The Gift/The Gift
Gang of Four - Return the Gift/Entertainment!
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams/Kick Out the Jams
Clarence Reid - Funky Party/Funky Party single
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The High Party/Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead
The Replacements - Swingin' Party/Tim
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day/Led Zeppelin III
The Who - Time is Passing/Odds and Sods
The Modern Lovers - Dignified and Old/The Modern Lovers
Guided by Voices - Old Bones/Let's Go Eat the Factory
Black Mountain - Old Fangs/Wilderness Heart
Matthew Sweet - Get Older/100% Fun
Pavement - Gold Soundz/Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
The Sports - Who Listen to the Radio?/Don't Throw Stones
Joe Jackson - On Your Radio/I'm the Man
The Ramones - Let's Dance/Ramones


Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 341: Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we examine the back story of '70s hitmakers Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").



Show notes:
- Recorded at More Lost Time world HQ
- Check out our new web series Trust Fund Challenge
- Playboy Records had Barbi Benton signed to a deal
- RD: Hef likes "female impersonator impersonators"
- Benton guested on many '70s TV shows like Fantasy Island and The Love Boat
- She released five albums that hit the country charts
- Worked on Playboy After Dark
- Show had many great musical guests
- Playboy Records made HJFR keep Reynolds in the name after he left
- HJFR had their biggest hit in '75 with "Fallin' in Love"
- Drake sampled it and was sued by Playboy Enterprises
- Poor Dennison
- Singer Dan Hamilton died in '94 of Cushing's Syndrome
- Three subsequent singles bombed
- Album only went to #82, even with a #1 hit
- Bad distro
- Band probably didn't make much money from sales
- MST3K had a good HJFR reference
- The King's last hit


Music:

Owl John - Red Hand
Benjamin Booker - Violent Shiver

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

The Owl John song is on its self-titled album on Canvasback/Atlantic. Download the song for free at KEXP.
The Benjamin Booker song is on his self-titled album on ATO Records. Download the song for free at KEXP.

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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Computer Blue

There I was, minding my own business last Saturday when I turned on my laptop. And nothing happened. I could hear the fan, but no display. I went out for a while and came back and still nothing. Turned it off and on again and still nothing. Eventually took it to a friend who had a repair dude check it out and sure enough, it's a clear case of Computer No Worky. This wasn't a total shock, because the laptop got a Blue Screen of Death two months ago, so I knew death was imminent.

The GPU is fried and is beyond saving. Fortunately, the repair dude removed the hard drive and I'll be able to retrieve the photos, Word docs and MP3s on it. Most of my shizz was on a 500GB external HDD, but I'm a little concerned about that as well because I've tried to connect it to my work laptop and Deb's Macbook and it's not showing up. Hoping it's just a bad cable or something.

ANYHOO, what this means is there's no episode of CompCon or the radio show this week. I had hoped to create them on my work machine, but since the external drive isn't working and it's got most of my music on it, the endeavor's pretty much moot. So I'm off to get a shiny new laptop this weekend, which is exciting, I guess. And also a bummer because that's an expense we didn't need right now, but it can't be helped.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #48: August 22, 2014

This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I once again paid tribute to my homeland with an hour of Canuck rock. There's plenty of great stuff to choose from, and plenty of music from not-so-obvious artists.



The hoser-laden playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Spoon - Inside Out/They Want My Soul
The Hush Now - Arthur Come On, Really You Can't Be Serious/Sparkle Drive
Soccer Mom - Dry Mind/Soccer Mom
Blonde Redhead - The One I Love/Barragan
A Sunny Day in Glasgow - Crushin'/Sea When Absent
Kingdom of the Holy Sun - Thirteen Eyes/Thirteen Eyes EP
Krill - Infinite Power/Lucky Leaves
Broncho - Class Historian/Just Enough Hip to Be Woman
Stickers - Old Nirvana/Brother Keith EP
Scruffy the Cat - Moons of Jupiter/Moons of Jupiter
Teenage Fanclub - What You Do to Me/Bandwagonesque
Bueno - The Street/Skinpop EP
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - Hold Tight!/Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
Cameo - Word Up!/Word Up!
Rod Stewart - You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It)/Gasoline Alley

Hour 2: Canadian bacon
A.C. Newman - Submarines of Stockholm/Get Guilty
Fancey - Rock and Roll Rhythm/Fancey
Destroyer - Your Blues/Destroyer's Rubies
Broken Social Scene - Ibi Dreams of Pavement (A Better Day)/Broken Social Scene
Constantines - Hard Feelings/Kensington Heights
The Tragically Hip - Looking for a Place to Happen/Fully Completely
The Pursuit of Happiness - Hate Engine/The Wonderful World of The Pursuit of Happiness
Sloan - She Says What She Means/Navy Blues
April Wine - You Could Have Been a Lady/On Record
Fucked Up - A Little Death/David Comes to Life
Death From Above 1979 - Blood On Our Hands (Justice Remix)/Blood On Our Hands
Wintersleep - Black Camera/New Inheritors
The Dears - Blood/Degeneration Street
Teenage Head - Bonerack/Teenage Head
Japandroids - Sovereignty/Post-Nothing
METZ - Get Off/Metz