Friday, August 18, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #187: August 18, 2017

We spend much of our lives avoiding or getting stuck in various types of traps, whether they're emotional, physical or mental. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about getting trapped or stuck in hour 2.

Admiral Ackbar would approve.

The playlist lure would prove too great:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Anymore/The Echo of Pleasure
Beaches - Void/Second of Spring
Sheer Mag - Meet Me in the Street/Need to Feel Your Love
Living Colour - Come On/Shade
Sweet Spirit - Pamela/St. Mojo
Jen Cloher - Shoegazers/Jen Cloher
Benjamin Gibbard - What You Do to Me/Bandwagonesque
Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs - Tough/Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs
Daniel & the Real Feels - Wreckin'/Classic Entertainment
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires - Underneath the Sheets of White Noise/Youth Detention
Deap Vally - Grunge Bond/Femejism Unplugged
Ruby Fray - Honor/Honor
Great Grandpa - Fade/Plastic Cough
Waxahatchee - Hear You/Out In the Storm
Girlpool - Static Somewhere/Powerplant
Turtlenecked - Lepers/Lepers
Rips - Damaged/Rips
Guided By Voices - Steppenwolf Mausoleum/How Do You Spell Heaven?

Hour 2: Trapped
Swervedriver - She Weaves a Tender Trap/99th Dream
Creepers - Stuck/Lush
Bullet Lavolta - Trapdoor/The Gift
Jay Reatard - Trapped Here/Matador Singles '08
The Black Lips - Trapped in a Basement/200 Million Thousand
Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet with Butterfly Wings/Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
White Reaper - Wolf Trap Hotel/White Reaper Does It Again
Craig Wedren - Stuck/Lapland
The Hold Steady - Stuck Between Stations/Boys and Girls in America
Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle with You/Stealers Wheel 
Bob Dylan - Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again/Blonde on Blonde
R.E.M. - (Don't Go Back to) Rockville/Reckoning
Radio Birdman - Locked Up/Zeno Beach
The Dirtbombs - They Have Us Surrounded/We Have You Surrounded
The Afghan Whigs - What Jail is Like/Gentlemen


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #186: August 11, 2017

Let's face it, there are a lot of things in this world that can stress you out, not the least of which is the possibility of global thermonuclear war. Regardless of whether you take the current back and forth between our president and the leader of North Korea seriously, the mere possibility of nuclear missiles being fired is getting plenty of people a tad nervous. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about anxiety in hour 2.

I'm sure everyone in positions of power is as level-headed as this guy:

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Chelsea Wolfe - 16 Psyche/Hiss Spun
Great Grandpa - Teen Challenge/Plastic Cough
Marika Hackman - Times Been Reckless/I'm Not Your Man
Living Colour - Program/Shade
Male Gaze - All Yours/Miss Taken
Guided By Voices - The Birthday Democrats/How Do You Spell Heaven?
Lee Ranaldo - New Thing/Electric Trim
She Sir - Private Party/Rival Island
Mhostly Ghostly - Bleed Over/A Faceless Fiction
Jesse Malin - Meet Me at the End of the World/Meet Me at the End of the World
Arkells - Knocking at the Door/Morning Report
Palm - Sign to Signal/Shadow Expert
Palehound - Flowing Over/A Place I'll Always Go
Milked - Caledonia/Death on Mars
Black Lips - Can't Hold On/Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?

Hour 2: Anxiety
David Bowie - Five Years/The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds/With Teeth
Black Francis - Threshold Apprehension/Bluefinger
Titus Andronicus - Anxiety Block/Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Vol. 1
Del Fuegos - Nervous and Shakey/The Longest Day
The Feelies - The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness/Crazy Rhythms
Peter Gabriel - Here Comes the Flood/Shaking the Tree: 16 Golden Greats
Interpol - Leif Erikson/Turn on the Bright Lights
Radiohead - Burn the Witch/A Moon Shaped Pool
Preoccupations - Anxiety/Preoccupations
VIDEO - Nothing Lasts Forever/The Entertainers
Black Beach - Nervous All the Time/Shallow Creatures
Sweethead - Mortal Panic/Mortal Panic EP
Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown/Nervous Breakdown EP
The Buzzcocks - Something's Gone Wrong Again/Singles Going Steady
The Clash - Four Horsemen/London Calling

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #185: August 4, 2017

Thirty-five years ago, the world was very different. Ronald Reagan was in his second year as president, MTV was still a fledgling cable station with a small audience and the Me Decade of the '70s had morphed into the Yuppie paradise of the '80s. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1982 in hour 2. It's a pretty wide-ranging collection of songs.

From the playlists of Police Squad:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The Afghan Whigs feat. James Hall - You Want Love/Single
Nine Inch Nails - Not Anymore/Add Violence EP
Broken Social Scene - Protest Song/Hug of Thunder
Guided By Voices - Just to Show You/How Do You Spell Heaven?
Cloud Control - Rainbow City/Single
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Altered Beast III/Murder of the Universe
Alvvays - In Undertow/Antisocialites
Jen Cloher - Forgot Myself/Jen Cloher
Moss Lime - I Always Get What I Want/Zoo Du Quebec
Ron Gallo - Put the Kids to Bed/Heavy Meta
Dead Stars - Pink Clouds/Perfect Patterns
White Reaper - Crystal Pistol/The World's Best American Band
Matthew Sweet - Trick/Live at KUTX
Lo Tom - Find the Shrine/Lo Tom
Top Down - Wanna Be Alone/Rough Roads
B Boys - Energy/Dada
Spoon - First Caress/Hot Thoughts
Chastity Belt - Used to Spend/I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

Hour 2: 1982
Mission of Burma - Dead Pool
The Clash - Car Jamming/Combat Rock
Lou Reed - Waves of Fear/The Blue Mask
Bad Brains - Banned in DC/Bad Brains
Misfits - 20 Eyes/Walk Among Us
Motorhead - Iron Fist/Iron Fist
Robert Plant - Pledge Pin/Pictures at Eleven
Van Halen -  Hang 'Em High/Diver Down
Scorpions - Blackout/Blackout
Judas Priest - You've Got Another Thing Coming/Screaming for Vengeance
The Jam - Town Called Malice/The Gift
The Cure - A Short Term Effect/Pornography
INXS - Don't Change/Shabooh Shoobah
X - The Have Nots/Under the Big Black Sun
Prince - All the Critics Love U in New York/1999

Friday, August 04, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 472: Dig for Fire (Maiden-Zappa, Part 1)

This week, Brian Salvatore and I discuss more musical blindspots. Brian will learn about Iron Maiden while I dig into Frank Zappa. Listen to the episode below or download directly.

Show notes:
- Jay: Somewhat familiar with Zappa's hits and guitar work
- Intimidating catalog; more than 100 albums released
- Brian: Knew a few Maiden songs but never a fan
- Listened to 1980 self-titled debut
- Liked the faster songs and Paul Di'Anno's vocals
- Enjoyed punk-inspired energy and Steve Harris' bass
- Production sounds good
- Maiden's sound has evolved over the years
- Jay listened to Zappa's 1969 album Hot Rats
- Only one song with vocals, and those are by Captain Beefheart
- Ian Underwood is major contributor, playing all keyboards and horns
- Very different sound than Zappa had in mid- to late- '70s
- Next up: Apostrophe for Jay, The Number of the Beast for Brian

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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 28, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #184: July 28, 2017

Dancing and music have been intertwined from the start. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about dancing in hour 2. They may not make you want to do the Batusi, but they're a lot of fun.

The Jackrabbit Slim's-approved playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Broken Social Scene - Vanity Pail Kids/Hug of Thunder
Wolf Parade - Valley Boy/Cry Cry Cry
Waxahatchee - Hear You/Out in the Storm
Nine Inch Nails - Less Than/Add Violence EP
Wand - Plum/Plum
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Have a Heart/Pretty Years
Captain, We're Sinking - Trying Year/The King of No Man
Thunderpussy - Velvet Noose/Velvet Noose
Elf Power - Ten Dollars on the Ground/Twitching in Time
Lee Ranaldo - Circular (Right as Rain)/Electic Trim
Milked - Picking Up/Death on Mars
Palehound - Turning 21/A Place I'll Always Go
Land of Talk - World Made/Life After Youth
METZ - Cellophane/Strange Peace
Christian Fitness - Other Men's Wives/Slap Bass Hunks
Boss Hog - Formula X/Brood X

Hour 2: Dance, you fools
David Bowie - John, I'm Only Dancing/The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Echo & the Bunnymen - Bring On the Dancing Horses/Songs to Learn and Sing
PJ Harvey - The Dancer/To Bring You My Love
Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance/Rhythm of Youth
Frank Zappa - Dancin' Fool/Sheik Yerbouti
Frank Black - Dance War/The Cult of Ray
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor/Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing!/Hold On Now, Youngster
Joy Division - Transmission/Single
Iggy Pop - Nightclubbing/The Idiot
Fugazi - Last Chance for a Slow Dance/In On the Kill Taker
Pavement - We Dance/Wowee Zowee
The Rolling Stones - Shake Your Hips/Exile on Main Street
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Chicken Dog/Now I Got Worry
Kool & the Gang - Jungle Boogie/Wild and Peaceful
Ohio Players - Fire/Fire

Friday, July 21, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #183: July 21, 2017

The world of rock music is cyclical. Every so often, there's a renaissance. It happened in the early '90s and it happened again in the early '00s in New York. The book Meet Me In the Bathroom is an oral history about the scene that sparked with the rise of the Strokes, Interpol and the Rapture, among others. Today on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played music inspired by the book in hour 2.

The escape-proof playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Male Gaze - Pale Gaze/Miss Taken
Rips - Spell/Rips
Turtlenecked - Bronze Bull/Lepers
Ulrika Spacek - Full of Men/Modern English Decoration
The Suburbs - Hey Muse/Hey Muse!
Lo Tom - Pretty Cool/Lo Tom
Girlpool - Soup/Powerplant
Froth - Sensitive Girl/Outside (briefly)
She Sir - DBS/Rival Island
Benjamin Booker - Motivation/Witness
Bash & Pop - Shortcut/Anything Could Happen
The Besnard Lakes - You Make Loving Fun/Rumours Revisited: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac's Classic 1977 Album
Two Inch Astronaut - Name Out of Mouth/Can You Please Not Help
Ty Segall - Thank You Mr. K/Ty Segall
At the Drive-In - Hostage Stamps/inter-alia
The Afghan Whigs - Light as a Feather/In Spades

Hour 2: Meet Me in the Bathroom
The Strokes - Take It or Leave It/Is This It
Interpol - Say Hello to the Angels/Turn on the Bright Lights
The Rapture - Crimson Red/Get Myself Into It
The Ramones - 53rd & 3rd/Ramones
Beastie Boys - Sure Shot/Ill Communication
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Bellbottoms/Orange
Jonathan Fire*Eater - When the Curtain Calls for Me/Wolf Songs for Lambs
LCD Soundsystem - North American Scum/Sound of Silver
!!! - When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Karazzee/Louden Up Now
TV on the Radio - Wolf Like Me/Return to Cookie Mountain
The White Stripes - Why Can't You Be Nicer to Me?/De Stijl
The Mooney Suzuki - 99%/Have Mercy
Yeah Yeah Yeah - Gold Lion/Show Your Bones
The Kills - Love is a Deserter/No Wow


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.