Friday, October 18, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #291: October 18, 2019

Life is pretty random. There's no rhyme or reason to how things play out. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I picked the playlist at random, and the results were damn enjoyable. It was almost like a collection of celebs from various corners of the entertainment world.

The mismatched yet somehow great playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (Shoreline)/Broken Social Scene
The Raconteurs - Old Enough/Consolers of the Lonely
Mission of Burma - Good, Not Great/The Obliterati
Soundgarden - By Crooked Steps/King Animal
King Tuff - No Man's Land/The Other
Interpol - Untitled/Turn On the Bright Lights
Burning Brides - From You/Leave No Ashes
Elliott Smith - New Monkey/New Moon
Girls Against Boys - Push the Fader/Freak*on*ica
Black Mountain - Sadie/Wilderness Heart
Bad Brains - Stay Close to Me/Pay to Cum
The Afghan Whigs - I Keep Coming Back/Gentlemen
Frank Black & the Catholics - So Hard to Make Things Out/Pistolero
Sleater-Kinney - Jumpers/The Woods
Aerosmith - Nobody's Fault/Rocks

Hour 2: Still random
The Besnard Lakes - Glass Printer/The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night
Liars - Let's Not Wrestle Mt. Attack/Drum's Not Dead
Consilience - Walking Through a Dead Night/Under Our Beds
Expert Alterations - Midnight Garden/Expert Alterations EP
Ween - I'll Miss You/Beautiful Girls soundtrack
Ray Davies - No One Listen/Working Man's Cafe
My Morning Jacket - Victory Dance/Circuital
Mondo Generator - Do the Headright/A Drug Problem That Never Existed
Kal Marks - Heads Been Ringing/Let the Shit House Burn
Living Colour - Time's Up/Time's Up
Big Star - Dony/In Space
Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)/Weezer
Phylums - Time Capsule
Ceremony - Presaging the End/In the Spirit World Now
Jonathan Fire*eater - These Little Monkeys/Wolf Songs for Lambs

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #290: October 11, 2019

As we sit here teetering on the edge of yet another new decade, it's the tendency of nerdy types such as myself to look back at the one that just passed. Or even further. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 2009 in hour 2, when we were similarly looking back.

This playlist meets the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
DIIV - Horsehead/Deceiver
Elizabeth the Second - Soho/Two Margaritas on the Fifty Five
The Menzingers - America (You're Freaking Me Out)/Hello Exile
Magnapop - Rip the Wreck/The Circle Is Round
Twin Peaks - Oh Mama/Lookout Low
clipping. - Nothing Is Safe/There Existed An Addiction to Blood
Hater - Four Tries Down/Single
Final Body - Lose Health/Nothyng
Oso Oso - Dig (II)/Single
William DuVall - Til the Light Guides Me Home/One Alone
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Waiting For You/Ghosteen
Cream - Tales of Brave Ulysses/Disraeli Gears
Public Image Ltd. - Round/Album
The Muffs - Oh Nina/Blonder and Blonder
The Muffs - Sad Tomorrow/Blonder and Blonder

Hour 2: 2009
Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster/The Eternal
Obits - Two-Headed Coin/I Blame You
Them Crooked Vultures - Dead End Friends/Them Crooked Vultures
Metric - Gold Guns Girls/Fantasies
The Raveonettes - Suicide/In and Out of Control
St. Vincent - Marrow/Actor
The Von Bondies - Shut Your Mouth/Love, Hate and Then There's You
Pearl Jam - The Fixer/Backspacer
Dinosaur Jr. - I Want You to Know/Farm
Alice In Chains - Check My Brain/Black Gives Way to Blue
Brendan Benson - A Whole Lot Better/My Old, Familiar Friend
Eels - Unhinged/End Times
The Gaslight Anthem - Great Expectations/The '59 Sound
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Soldiers Get Strange/Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Dananananaykroyd - Pink Sabbath/Hey Everyone
Arctic Monkeys - My Propeller/Humbug
Art Brut - DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake/Art Brut Vs. Satan


Friday, October 04, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #289: October 4, 2019

We may not realize it, but we depend on the sun a whole helluva lot to keep going. This week on Stuck In The Garage, I play songs about the sun in hour 2.

This playlist will have a sequel in nine years:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The New Pornographers - The Surprise Knock/In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
The Futureheads - Idle Hands/Powers
Ty Segall - I Sing Them/First Taste
Chastity Belt - Elena/Chastity Belt
Rose Dorn - Collar/Days You Were Leaving
Beabadoobee - She Plays Bass/Single
The Growlers - Natural Affair/Single
B Boys - Cognitive Dissonance/Dudu
Elizabeth the Second - No One Cares/Two Margaritas at the Fifty Five
Plague Vendor - Night Sweats/By Night
Little Man - In Between the Lions/In Between the Lions
MIMICO - Common Tar/Hi-Action
Bethlehem Steel - Empty Room/Empty Room
The Black Keys - Go/Let's Rock
Temples - You're Either On Something/Hot Motion
Redd Kross - What's a Boy to Do?/Beyond the Door
Mudhoney - One Bad Actor/Morning in America

Hour 2: Sun
The Posies - Solar Sister/Frosting on the Beater
Fishbone - Everyday Sunshine/The Reality of My Surroundings
TV On the Radio - Staring at the Sun/Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Gord Downie and the Sadies - The Conquering Sun/...And the Conquering Sun
Destroyer - Cover From the Sun/ken
Wolf Parade - Flies On the Sun/Cry Cry Cry
Swearin' - Glare of the Sun/Surfing Strange
Washer - Got Drunk and Ate the Sun/Here Comes Washer
Faith No More - Sunny Side Up/Sol Invictus
Matthew Sweet - Looking at the Sun/Girlfriend
Gold Muse - Kiss the Sun/Single
Ringo Deathstarr - Stare at the Sun/Pure Mood
Telekinesis - How Do I Get Rid of Sunlight?/Effluxion
The Pink Mountaintops - The Gayest of Sunbeams/Outside Love
Queens of the Stone Age - My God Is the Sun/...Like Clockwork
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal/Sunbathing Animal

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Completely Conspicuous 514: A Punk Rock Future

I'm joined by guest Steve Zisson as we discuss the new sci-fi short story anthology he compiled, A Punk Rock Future. Listen to the episode below or download directly.

Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Take 2 of our conversation after the first one didn't record
- A Punk Rock Future is available on Oct. 8
- Book mashes up Steve's love of punk rock and science fiction
- Inspired by other self-published sci-fi anthologies
- Steve and I go back to the late '80s when we were both newspaper reporters
- Later worked together at three different companies
- Zisson: Love for sci-fi started with the original Star Trek series
- Wrote sci-fi in his teens, but then went into journalism
- Jay: Realized that chemical engineering wasn't the path for me and decided to go into journalism
- Zisson: Got into music in the mid-'70s, including early incarnation of the Cars (R.I.P., Ric Ocasek)
- Was going to see bands like Queen, the Kinks, Roxy Music before checking out early punk acts
- Saw Ocasek and Ben Orr's pre-Cars band Cap'n Swing at a small club in Nahant, Mass.
- Then a year or so later, sees the Cars playing at UMass right before they hit it big
- Then would go see the Clash, the Jam, and local Boston punk acts like the Neighborhoods and DMZ
- Zisson got back into writing sci-fi around 2012
- Would dedicate time to write in his spare time
- Discovered a lot of great young writers
- Got a few stories published in well-known sci-fi journals and sites
- More ways to get published now, but more competition, too
- Used to be primarily U.S. writers, now more international
- Came up with the idea for the book after 2016 election
- Drew parallel to late '70s and talked to some writers about "a punk rock future" as an anthology idea
- Put the call out for stories and got over 400 submissions
- Started a Kickstarter to raise $5,000 to pay the authors selected
- Enlisted former Webnoize colleagues to help read the submissions
- With music now, there's so much out there, it's impossible to keep up
- The goal of the project was to get it done and showcase the authors
- One of the authors, Sarah Pinsker, has a new book out that's getting good buzz called A Song For a New Day
- A Punk Rock Future is available on Amazon and at indie bookstores
- Don't confuse Steve Zisson with Steve Zissou
- Next up: Get some more writing done
- Maybe do an anthology of really short stories, like an album of 2-minute songs

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. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #288: September 27, 2019

These are the Dumb Times. Everywhere you look, there is dumbness. And it's only getting worse. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about dumbness in hour 2.

This playlist is not dumb:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
B Boys - I Want/Dudu
Ty Segall - Taste/First Taste
Mudhoney - Creeps Are Everywhere/Morning in America
Mikal Cronin - Shelter/Seeker
Chastity Belt - It Takes Time/Chastity Belt
Rose Dorn - Wish/Days You Were Leaving
Pixies - St. Nazaire/Beneath the Eyrie
Trinary System - Hovering/Lights in the Center of Your Head
Froth - Dialogue/Duress
Horse Jumper of Love - Airport/So Divine
Mannequin Pussy - F.U.C.A.W./Patience
Martha - Into This/Love Keeps Kicking
Silversun Pickups - Songbirds/Widow's Weeds
All the Saints - Lites/Look Like You're Going Somewhere
Dumb - Submission/Club Nites
The Minus 5 - MRI/Stroke Manor
Sebadoh - Battery/Act Surprised

Hour 2: Dumb
Radiohead - Idioteque/Kid A
TV On the Radio - Dumb Animal/Province
Krill - Dumbass in a Pair of Shorts/Alam No Hris
Kristin Hersh - Some Dumb Runaway/Wyatt in the Coyote Palace
Nirvana - Dumb/MTV Unplugged in New York
Dios Malos - Dumb After All/B-side
Meat Puppets - I'm a Mindless Idiot/II
XTC - The Mayor of Simpleton/K-Rocking in Pasadena
Jane's Addiction - Idiots Rule/Nothing's Shocking
The Jesus Lizard - Mouth Breather/Goat
McLusky - Alan is a Cowboy Killer/McLusky Do Dallas
Tacocat - Men Explain Things to Me/Lost Time
Mike Doughty - The Idiot Kings/Circles, Super Bon Bon...
Ladyhawk - I Don't Always Know What You're Saying/Shots
Van Halen - Fools/Women and Children First
Temple of the Dog - Wooden Jesus/Temple of the Dog
The Tragically Hip - The Last of the Unplucked Gems/Road Apples

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #287: September 20, 2019

It's never easy when someone dies, let alone someone who contributed so much to the music you grew up with. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I paid tribute to the late great Ric Ocasek in hour 2, with music from the Cars and his solo work, as well as bands that he produced.

This playlist is rather triumphant:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Ty Segall - Whatever/First Taste
Ex Hex - What Kind of Monster Are You?/Single
Bob Mould - I Don't Mind/Single
Mudhoney - Ensam I Natt/Morning In America
The Futureheads - Listen, Little Man!/Powers
Pixies - On Graveyard Hill/Beneath the Eyrie
Crooked Ghost - Black Rainbow/Colors Bleed
Oh Sees - Psy-Ops Dispatch/Face Stabber
Plague Vendor - Nothing's Wrong/By Night
Ceremony - We Can Be Free/In the Spirit World Now
The Hold Steady - T-Shirt Tux/Thrashing Through the Passion
DIIV - Skin Game/Deceiver
Guards - Take My Mind/Modern Hymns
Ride - Fifteen Minutes/This Is Not a Safe Place
Rose Dorn - Deathwish/Days You Were Leaving
Summer Cannibals - One of Many/Can't Tell Me No
Bethlehem Steel - Govt. Cheese/Bethlehem Steel

Hour 2: Ocasek
The Cars - Gimme Some Slack/Panorama
Ric Ocasek - Something to Grab For/Beatitude
The Cars - Since You're Gone/Shake It Up
Ric Ocasek - The Next Right Moment/Troublizing
The Cars - Touch and Go/Panorama
Ric Ocasek - Asia Minor/Troublizing
The Cars - I'm Not the One/Shake It Up
Ric Ocasek - Jimmy Jimmy/Beatitude
Romeo Void - Never Say Never/Benefactor
Weezer - The World Has Turned and Left Me Here/Weezer
Weezer - Only in Dreams/Weezer
Guided By Voices - Avalanche Aminos/Hold Up Hope EP
D Generation - No Way Out/No Lunch
D Generation - Waiting For the Next Big Parade/No Lunch

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #286: September 13, 2019

The hype was big and the pants were bigger. In 1999, the world was ready for chaotic change. We just didn't know what and how extensive that change would be. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1999 in hour 2. All the music played was not downloaded illegally. Right, Shawn?

This playlist did not piss off Lars Ulrich (maybe):

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Ex Hex - It's Real/Single
The Futureheads - Jekyll/Powers
Bethlehem Steel - Bad Girl/Bethlehem Steel
Sheer Mag - Blood From a Stone/A Distant Call
Titus Andronicus - Troubleman Unlimited/An Obelisk
Kal Marks - Science is Science/Let the Shit House Burn Down
Kim Gordon - Sketch Artist/No Home Record
Angel Olson - All Mirrors/All Mirrors
SAULT - Let Me Go/5
Plague Vendor - Prism/By Night
Goon - Deny/Heaven is Humming
Oh Sees - Poisoned Stones/Face Stabber
Juliper Sky -  Heaven/Single
Total Heat - LA Song/Single
Versus - Mummified/Ex Voto

Hour 2: 1999
The White Stripes - The Big Three Killed My Baby/The White Stripes
Beck - Broken Train/Midnite Vultures
Wilco - Can't Stand It/Summerteeth
Built to Spill - Bad Light/Keep It Like a Secret
Frank Black & the Catholics - I Switched You/Pistolero
Fu Manchu - Eatin' Dust/Eatin' Dust
Pavement - Spit On a Stranger/Terror Twilight
Ben Folds Five - Your Redneck Past/The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
Songs: Ohia - Love and Work/Axxess & Ace
Sloan - Friendship/Between the Bridges
Gigolo Aunts - C'mon C'mon/Minor Chords and Major Themes
The Sheila Divine - Like a Criminal/New Parade
Chris Cornell - Mission/Euphoria Morning
Sebadoh - Nick of Time/The Sebadoh
Piebald - Mess With the Bulls/If It Weren't for Venetian Blinds, It Would Be Curtains For Us All
Matthew Sweet - Split Personality/In Reverse