Friday, August 16, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #282: August 16, 2019

California has always held a special allure for the rest of the country and probably the rest of the world. There's something about it that promises sun, fun and endless possibilities. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about California in hour 2.



I wish they all could be playlists like this:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Mikal Cronin - Show Me/Seeker
The New Pornographers - Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile/In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
Black Ferns - This Illusion/Devices
Versus - University/Ex Voto
Necking - Still Exist/Cut Your Teeth
Kal Marks - Kimmy/Let the Shit House Burn Down
Titus Andronicus - My Body and Me/An Obelisk
Beeef - Devil's in the Details/Bull in the Shade
Goon - Critter/Heaven is Humming
The Sour Notes - Shoulda/Single
Mini Mansions - Forgot Your Name/Guy Walks Into a Bar...
Greys - Constant Pose/Age Hasn't Spoiled You
Purple Mountains - Darkness and Cold/Purple Mountains
Silver Jews - Random Rules/American Water
Silver Jews - The Farmer's Hotel/Tanglewood Numbers

Hour 2: California
2Pac - California Love (feat. Roger Troutman and Dr. Dre)/All Eyez on Me
Kool and the Gang - Hollywood Swinging/Wild and Peaceful
St. Vincent - Los Ageless/Masseduction
Neil Young - Revolution Blues/On the Beach
Frank Black - Ole Mulholland/Frank Black
Sloan - Losing California/Between the Bridges
Mike Watt - Drove Up From Pedro/Ball-Hog or Tugboat?
Minutemen - History Lesson, Part II/Double Nickels on the Dime
The Afghan Whigs - Fountain and Fairfax/Gentlemen
Alice in Chains - Check My Brain/Black Gives Way to Blue
Fu Manchu - California Crossing/California Crossing
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisico/Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Pavement - Unfair/Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Ty Segall - Californian Hills/Emotional Mugger
R.E.M. - Electrolite/New Adventures in Hi-Fi



Monday, August 12, 2019

Completely Conspicuous 511: On With the Show

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Gary Barth as we discuss the concertgoing experience. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded in Gary's car on the way to the show
- Driving before and briefly after an Iron Maiden concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
- Jay: Big fan of club shows
- Like to get up close to the stage
- The downside of theater shows
- Some shows are made for big venues
- Getting your face melted by Ty Segall
- Demographics: We're the target market for Maiden, but often among the oldest when seeing newer acts
- If you were 30 when you saw Maiden during their early days, you're pushing 70 now
- Still weird to be "the old guy"
- No institutional knowledge of what came before
- Gary: Raised our kids on the Beatles
- Jay: My kids love Taylor Swift; at least she writes her own songs
- I listen to a lot of pop these days when I drive the girls around
- Making the kids listen to your music
- Gary: We played Beatles Rock Band a lot as a family
- Will we still go to rock shows as senior citizens?
- No such thing as guilty pleasures
- We both love the Bee Gees
- Jay: Traded the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack for a Zeppelin album
- Reconciled with my disco-loving childhood
- People who watch a show through their smart phones
- Making Gary self-conscious about phone use at concerts
- Artists who ban cellphone use at shows
- After the concert
- We paid extra to park in a lot to get out earlier
- High energy, over-the-top stage show
- Saw some people with toddlers
- Fun to go to a big show with friends
- Gary's next show: Raconteurs in September
- Jay's next show: Sleater-Kinney in October
- Gary plays about 20 shows a year

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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, August 09, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #281: August 9, 2019

Everybody has to deal with pressure in some form, whether it's related to work, love, family or any number of other possibilities. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about pressure in hour 2. Do old Gil a favor and listen, won't you?



This playlist comes with a set of steak knives:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Titus Andronicus - Like Ringing a Bell/An Obelisk
Mini Mansions - Bad Things (That Make You Feel Good)/Guy Walks Into a Bar...
Beeef - Slide/Bull in the Shade
Kristin Hersh - Foxpoint/Possible Dust Clouds
K Michelle Dubois - Waves Break/Waves Break
Wilco - Love is Everywhere (Beware)/Ode to Joy
Slaughter Beach, Dog - Good Ones/Good Ones
WIVES - The 20 Teens/So Removed
Abjects - The Storm/Never Give Up
Black Nite Crash - Come Easy/Conflict of Disinterest
Temples - Hot Motion/Hot Motion
Goon - Check Engine Light/Heaven is Humming
Horse Jumper of Love - Ur Real Life Dress/So Divine
Maneka - Never Nowhere/Devin

Hour 2: Pressure
Drive-By Truckers - This Fucking Job/The Big To-Do
Rollins Band - Disconnect/Weight
Soundgarden - Outshined/Badmotorfinger
Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime (live)/Stop Making Sense soundtrack
Flasher - Pressure/Constant Image
Wolf Parade - Ghost Pressure/Expo 86
Beck - Pressure Zone/Midnite Vultures
Fishbone - Pressure/The Reality of My Suroundings
Grounders - Bloor Street and Pressure/Grounders
PUP - Doubts/The Dream is Over
Rush - Between the Wheels/Grace Under Pressure
The Selecter - Too Much Pressure/Too Much Pressure
The English Beat - Sugar and Stress/Special Beat Service
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Pressure Drop/Live in 1999

 

Monday, August 05, 2019

Completely Conspicuous 510: Maiden Voyage

Celebrating 13 years of podcasting with part 1 of my conversation with guest Gary Barth as we discuss the concertgoing experience...while we drive to a concert. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded in Gary's car on the way to the show
- Driving to an Iron Maiden concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, MA
- Gary's first concert: Huey Lewis and the News in 1985
- Huey's got rock cred
- All the big shows back in the '80s were at hockey rinks
- Many bands now play smaller theaters and clubs
- Jay: Used to go see only arena shows back then
- Arenas in Worcester, Portland, Providence
- Shows were cheaper back then, but we had less money
- People would get really wasted before concerts
- The guy who sat behind us and still missed the entire Maiden show
- Getting rides to concerts from parents
- Gary plays in a Grateful Dead cover band, Deadbeat
- Listening to some "nice hahd rawk"
- Jay's (very) short-lived high school band
- Jay: Liked a lot of metal and hard rock in high school, turned away from it in the '90s
- We both started listening to Maiden again in 2006
- Bands don't make money from selling albums anymore
- Saw Drive-By Truckers at the local theater in Beverly
- Go see Deadbeat at the Bull Run in Shirley, MA on 8/9
- Cover bands are doing pretty well these days
- Heavy Metal Cul de Sac
- Bands keep touring into their old age
- The Iron Maiden guys are all in their 60s but put on a high-energy show
- 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. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, August 02, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #280: August 2, 2019

Ah, 1989. It was all about the fall of the Berlin Wall, car phones and acid wash jeans. Everybody was replacing their cassettes and vinyl with CDs. And some new show called Seinfeld made its debut. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1989 in hour 2.

It was also a big year for teenaged doctors:


This playlist is in Doogie's personal journal:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Redd Kross - The Party Underground/Beyond the Door
Maneka - Mixer/Devin
Goon - F Jam/Heaven is Humming
The Raconteurs - Live a Lie/Help Us Stranger
Heart to Gold - Tokyo/COMP
Biffy Clyro - The Modern Leper/Tiny Changes: A Tribute to Frightened Rabbit
Mannequin Pussy - Fear + Desire/Patience
Summer Cannibals - False Anthem/Can't Tell Me No
Martha - Mini Was a Preteen Arsonist/Love Keeps Kicking
Purple Mountains - That's Just the Way That I Feel/Purple Mountains
Superchunk - Saving My Ticket/Acoustic Foolish
Truth Club - Path Render/Not an Exit
Froth - Slow Chamber/Duress
Palehound - Worthy/Black Friday
The Reconstructed - Wrapped/Great North Wind
Philary - Foiled/I Complain
Black Mountain - High Rise/Destroyer

Hour 2: 1989
The Cure - Fascination Street/Disintegration
The Flaming Lips - After the Goldrush/The Bridge: A Tribute to Neil Young
Neil Young - Don't Cry/Freedom
Tin Machine - Sacrifice Yourself/Tin Machine
Lou Reed - Dirty Blvd./New York
The Tragically Hip - Trickle Down/Up to Here
Faith No More - From Out of Nowhere/The Real Thing
Mother Love Bone - Mindshaker Meltdown/Shine
Soundgarden - Gun/Louder Than Love
Prince - Partyman/Batman soundtrack
De La Soul - Say No Go/3 Feet High and Rising
Beastie Boys - Looking Down the Barrel of a Gun/Paul's Boutique
Michael Penn - No Myth/March
The Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums/The Stone Roses
Pixies - Gouge Away/Doolittle



Friday, July 19, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #279: July 19, 2019

Certain truths are self-evident in this world. Others, not so much. I stumbled onto one of those less-evident truths this week: Apparently, there are a lot of rock songs about monkeys. Who knew? This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about monkeys in hour 2.



It packs more punch than Clint Eastwood's orangutan:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Sleater-Kinney - Hurry On Home/The Center Won't Hold
J. Robbins - Un-Becoming/Un-Becoming
The Raconteurs - Don't Bother Me/Help Us Stranger
Oxford Collapse - I Feel Better/Tiny Changes: A Tribute to Frightened Rabbit
Oceans of the Moon - Hope Will Pass/Oceans of the Moon
Purple Mountains - Margaritas at the Mall/Purple Mountains
Thom Yorke - Not the News/ANIMA
Superchunk - Driveway to Driveway/Acoustic Foolish
Palehound - In Town/Black Friday
All the Saints - Closer, Owner/Look Like You're Going Somewhere
Clinic - Rubber Bullets/Wheeltappers and Shunters
Amyl and the Sniffers - Got You/Amyl and the Sniffers
Generationals - Breaking Your Silence/Reader as Detective
Boundaries - Forgiver/Single
Stef Chura - Scream/Midnight
Hatchie - Unwanted Guest/Keepsake
Emily Wolfe - Holy Roller/Emily Wolfe

Hour 2: Monkeys
Buffalo Tom - Latest Monkey/Big Red Letter Day
Red Red Meat - Hot Nikkety Trunk Monkey/Red Red Meat
Uranium Club - Grease Monkey/The Cosmo Cleaners
Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven/Doolittle 20th Anniversary Live Sampler (live in Paris 2009)
Iggy Pop and James Williamson - Lucky Monkeys/Kill City
Milkpale - The Day of the Monkey/And I Forgot a Long Time Ago How You Feel
The Beatles - Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey/The White Album
The Rolling Stones - Monkey Man/Let It Bleed
The Feelies - Everybody's Got Something to Hide (Except Me and My Monkey)/Crazy Rhythms
Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench/The Colour and the Shape
Mother Love Bone - Half Ass Monkey Boy/Shine
Earworms - Monkey ET/Earworms
The Jesus Lizard - Monkey Trick/Goat
Elliott Smith - New Monkey/New Moon
PJ Harvey - The Orange Monkey/The Hope Six Demolition Project
Peter Gabriel - Shock the Monkey/Security

Friday, July 12, 2019

Stuck In Thee Garage #278: July 12, 2019

Desperation can take many forms. It may involve a desperate need for love, money, acceptance or revenge. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about desperation in hour 2. It'll help you get through your next violent showdown.




This playlist has unfinished business:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Spoon - No Bullets Spent/Everything Hits at Once: The Best of Spoon
The Raconteurs - Sunday Driver/Help Us Stranger
Horse Jumper of Love - Volcano/So Divine
Oceans of the Moon - I'm On a Roll/Oceans of the Moon
Mannequin Pussy - Patience/Patience
Summer Cannibals - Like I Used To/Can't Tell Me No
Thom Yorke - I Am a Very Rude Person/ANIMA
Froth - Catalog/Duress
Martha - Sight For Sore Eyes/Love Keeps Kicking
Truth Club - No Planned Sequel/Not an Exit
Sacred Paws - Almost It/Run Around the Sun
Trinary System - Out on Rte. 5/Lights in the Center of Your Head
Sebadoh - Follow the Breath/Act Surprised
Versing - Vestibule/10000
Cosmonauts - Suburban Hearts/Star 69
Silversun Pickups - Straw Man/Widow's Weeds
Grey - Burning Chrome/Age Hasn't Spoiled You

Hour 2: Desperate
Grinderman - No Pussy Blues/Grinderman
X - We're Desperate/Wild Gift
Descendents - Days of Desperation/Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Joy Division - Isolation/Closer
PJ Harvey - The Desperate Kingdom of Love/Uh Huh Her
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over/Grace
Black Flag - Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie/Damaged
Soundgarden - Tears to Forget/Screaming Life
Nirvana - Negative Creep/Bleach
Faith No More - Last Cup of Sorrow/Album of the Year
Drive-By Truckers - Sink Hole/Decoration Day
Living Colour - Desperate People/Vivid
The Dirty Mac - Yer Blues/The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
The Cars - Gimmie Some Slack/Panorama
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Desperate/Acme
Robert Pollard - Current Desperation (Angels Speak of Nothing)/Coast to Coast Carpet of Love
David Bowie - Rock n' Roll Suicide/The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars