Friday, July 25, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #45: July 25, 2014

It's not easy being a rock star, or so I would suppose. Who knows why Jack White looked so bummed at a Cubs game this week? There could be any number of reasons, not the least of which he was at a Cubs game. Whatever the case, this week's Stuck In Thee Garage pays mini-tribute to ol' Stripey with three songs at the end of hour 1, and then goes off into orbit with an hour of kickass space rock tunes.

But seriously, lighten up, Francis:

Maybe this playlist will cheer him up.

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The Raveonettes - Sisters/Pe'ahi
Sex Hands - Pivot/Pleh
Fucked Up - Led by Hand/Glass Boys
Ovlov - Moth Rock/am
Against Me! - Dead Friend/Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Mike Doughty - Super Bon Bon/Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless...
The Dears - Death or Life We Want You/Gang of Losers
David Bowie (with Frank Black) - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)/Bowie's 50th Birthday Concert, Madison Square Garden 1997
Titus Andronicus - (I Am) The Electric Band/Local Business
Elliott Smith - Christian Brothers/Elliott Smith
Urge Overkill - Goodbye to Guyville/Stull EP
The White Stripes - Party of Special Things to Do/single
The Dead Weather - Hang You From the Heavens/Horehound
The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution/Consolers of the Lonely

Hour 2: Space rock
Fuzz - Raise/Fuzz
Black Mountain - Stormy High/In the Future
Fu Manchu - Strolling Astronomer/The Action is Go
Dead Meadow - Let's Jump In/Feathers
Kyuss - Asteroid/Sky Valley
Mastodon - Oblivion/Crack the Skye
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine/The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Rolling Stones - 2000 Light Years from Home/Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Flaming Lips - Take Meta Mars/In a Priest Driven Ambulance
Spacemen 3 - The Sound of Confusion/Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs to
Pixies - Motorway to Roswell/Live in Los Angeles 12/22/91
Frank Black - Superabound/Teenager of the Year
Soundgarden - Superunknown/Superunknown
Black Sabbath - Supernaut/Live in Ashbury 1975
High on Fire - The Path/Snakes for the Divine

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 337: Reeling in the Years, 1989 (Part 1)

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1989. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").

Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Check out Brian's comics podcast The Hour Cosmic
- In 1989, Brian was 7 and Jay graduated from college
- Jay: Never saw the Indiana Jones sequels
- Brian: A lot of records I liked, few that I loved
- Jay: Seeds of Seattle sound came out in '89--Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees with crucial early albums
- Madchester scene: Stone Roses, Happy Mondays
- Jay: Started seeing club shows in Boston 'burbs
- Great local scene now: Speedy Ortiz, Krill, Pile, Soccer Mom
- Waiting for The Best Show to return
- In '89, alt-rock was coming into its own
- R.E.M., B-52's both hit it big
- Brian: Mid-'90s indie rock bands formed, as did swing acts
- First Green Day EP came out
- Classic rock tours started making big bucks: McCartney, Ringo, Stones, Who
- Tin Machine marked Bowie's return to rock
- Kids seem to go through a classic rock phase
- Thank goodness for college radio
- Lots of pop detritus in '89: Milli Vanilli, Paula Abdul, Debbie Gibson
- The power ballad was the last hurrah for hair metal bands
- Ugh: Beach Boys' Still Cruisin'
- Brian: Ramones' Brain Drain was disappointing
- Strange collection of Top 100 singles
- To be continued

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Radiator Hospital - Five & Dime
Sex Hands - Pivot
Priests - New

The Radiator Hospital song is on the album Torch Song. Download the song and album for free at Bandcamp.
The Sex Hands song is on the album Pleh on Faux Discx and Negative Space. Download the song for free from Gimme Tinnitus.
The Priests song is on the EP Bodies and Control and Power and Money on Don Giovanni Records. Download the song for free from Fluxblog.

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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Trust Fund Challenge #3: Turnabout (1979)

Trust Fund Challenge is back with a new episode. This week, Ric and I watch the 1979 pilot of Turnabout, a body-switching "comedy" starring Sharon Gless and John Schuck (yes, him again) as a couple who magically switch bodies. I have no memory of this show airing, even though I was watching a ton of TV as a young 11-year-old that year. Of course, the show only lasted six episodes, so it was gone in a flash. And there's good reason for that, as you'll see in this episode.

Still, there were some big names involved, including the show's creator, a young Steven Bochco.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Littlest League Possible

There are certain live rock experiences that shouldn't be missed, and a Guided by Voices show definitely falls into that category. I don't know how I made it through the '90s without seeing them at least once; I've liked them since the glory days. Somehow I just missed them the umpteen times they came through Boston. But I caught them on their reunion tour of the classic mid-'90s lineup a few years back and it was transcendent. After initially balking this time around because of the ticket price, I bit the bullet and got one. And I'm glad I did: Last Saturday at the Paradise, GBV delivered a 45-plus song set that didn't let up, providing all the boozy power pop fun one could hope to expect from Dayton's finest.

Much of the material drew from the prolific band's most recent albums, Motivational Jumpsuit and Cool Planet, but there were plenty of classic GBV nuggets to go around: "I am a Scientist," "Echos Myron," "Tractor Rape Chain," "A Salty Salute," "14 Cheerleader Cold Front," and on and on. Robert Pollard was in fine form and feeling no pain (friends had seen him and band ripping it up before the show, and the beers and booze were flowing onstage as well); his between-songs repartee ("60 is the new 35," he cracked at one point) was hilarious as usual. The band's other main songwriter and singer, Tobin Sprout, was given plenty of room to do his material and it was uniformly excellent.

Openers Crystal Stilts turned in a solid performance with their '60s psych-rock influenced sound, but it suffered from a lack of dynamics. Hopefully, they're picking up a few pointers on this tour from the seasoned veterans taking the stage after them. With six albums released in the last two years, GBV's going stronger than ever. If you get a chance to see them, don't question why, just DO IT.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #44: July 18, 2014

This week's episode of Stuck In Thee Garage was a fun one. Not only did I play a ton of new music (including Speedy Ortiz, The Hush Now, Priests and Sylvan Esso) and pay tribute to the late Tommy Erdelyi (aka Tommy Ramone), Hour 2 featured a bunch of songs with women's names in the title (hat tip to Phil Stacey for the suggestion). It's amazing how many there are and how many of the usual suspects I managed to avoid. I did not play Misty.

Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya?

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Speedy Ortiz - Bigger Party/Adult Swim Singles Series 2014
Radiator Hospital - Five & Dime/Torch Song
Dead Stars - Wasted/Slumber
Priests - New/Bodies and Control and Money and Power
The War on Drugs - Eyes to the Wind/Lost in the Dream
Sylvan Esso - Coffee/Sylvan Esso
Flyying Colours - Not Today/Not Today
The Hush Now - Panda/Sparkle Drive
Dana Buoy - Preacher/Preacher EP
My Psychoanalyst - Bupkiss/Choreomania
The Shalfonts - Mother's Boys/Grant Mansion
The Ramones - I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend/Blitzkrieg Bop/Ramones
The Ramones - Questioningly/I Just Want to Have Something to Do/Road to Ruin
The Replacements - Kiss Me on the Bus/Tim

Hour 2: Women's names
The Ramones - Judy is a Punk/Ramones
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Brenda/Orange
The Pursuit of Happiness - Carmalina/The Wonderful World of The Pursuit of Happiness
Jarvis Cocker - Angela/Further Complications
Mission of Burma - Nancy Reagan's Head/The Obliterati
Sloan - Step On It, Jean/B-sides Win: extras, bonus tracks and b-sides 1992-2008
The Apples in Stereo - Liza Jane/Dimension Mix
Lifter Puller - Katrina and the K-Hole/Fiestas + Fiascos
De La Soul - Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)/3 Feet High and Rising
Sleater-Kinney - Jenny/Dig Me Out
Public Image Ltd. - Annalisa/Public Image
Against Me! - I Still Love You Julie/Crime EP
Guided by Voices - Jane of the Waking Universe/Mag Earwhig!
Johnny Foreigner - Harriet, by Proxy/You Thought You Saw a Shooting Star, But Yr Eyes Were Blurred
The Beatles - Sexy Sadie/The White Album
Ben Folds Five - Kate/Whatever & Ever Amen
Cheap Trick - Oh, Candy/Cheap Trick
AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie/Let There Be Rock

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 336: Album vs. Playlist

This week, it's an episode of Driving With Kumar as guests Dave Olson and Phil Stacey join me to discuss whether the album is an endangered species. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").

Show notes:
- Recorded on the way to Fenway Park
- A BBC radio exec proclaimed the album is about to be extinct
- "Playlists are the future"
- Phil: Listen to a lot of albums by new or unfamiliar artists on Spotify
- Much different listening experience when we were kids
- Dave: Worked in restaurants as a kid and brought mix tapes to listen to
- Albums brought more lasting satisfaction
- Phil: Song order is interesting
- Sometimes an album only has 1 or 2 good songs
- Deep cuts
- Hunting for B-sides
- Digging through back catalog
- The vagaries of bubblegum pop
- Kids don't listen to albums as much anymore
- Phil likes the jam bands
- Commercial radio is in rough shape
- Music sales are a fraction of what they once were 20+ years ago
- The power of licensed music in movies and TV
- MTV used to be a huge music influencer
- The vinyl resurgence
- Mixes or playlists can have interesting choices
- Offending people with mixtape selections

Speedy Ortiz - Bigger Party
Dead Stars - Wasted
Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal

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

The Speedy Ortiz song is part of the Adult Swim Singles Series. Download the song for free at Adult Swim.
The Dead Stars song is on the album Slumber on Old Flame Records. Download the song for free at KEXP.
The Parquet Courts song is on the album Sunbathing Animal on What's Your Rupture? 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.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #43: July 11, 2014

Sometimes life is like a wacky cross-country car race. You never know what's going to happen along the way. That's where Stuck In Thee Garage comes in handy, because you've gotta have good music, right? This week's show featured an hour of music from Merge Records in hour 2 to celebrate that legendary indie label's 25th anniversary.

The Dom Deluise Memorial Playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Radiator Hospital - Leather & Lace/Torch Song
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Coming Down/Only Run
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Jackson/Lose
Tom Vek - Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)/Luck
Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma/Here and Nowhere Else
Wussy - Teenage Wasteland/Attica!
The Afghan Whigs - Royal Cream/Do to the Beast
Electric Six - I'm the Bomb/Fire
Death From Above 1979 - If We Don't Make It We'll Fake It/Heads Up
D Generation - No Way Out/No Lunch
Rollins Band - Wrong Man/Weight
David Bowie - Stay/Station to Station
Jeff Beck Group - Plynth (Water Down the Drain)/Beck-Ola
Led Zeppelin - Out on the Tiles/III

Hour 2: Merge Records 
Superchunk - Driveway to Driveway/Foolish
Spoon - Don't You Evah/Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Bob Mould - The Descent/Silver Age
Telekinesis - Car Crash/12 Desperate Straight Lines
King Khan and the Shrines - So Wild/Idle No More
Mikal Cronin - Weight/MCII
Archers of Loaf - Wrong/Icky Mettle
Eleanor Friedberger - State at the Sun/Personal Record
Divine Fits - What Gets You Alone/A Thing Called Divine Fits
Destroyer - Sublimation Hour/Streethawk: A Seduction
Neutral Milk Hotel - Two-Headed Boy/In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea
Teenage Fanclub - It's All in My Mind/Man-Made
Redd Kross - Stay Away from Downtown/Researching the Blues
Robert Pollard - Pill Gone Girl/Standard Gargoyle Decisions
Wild Flag - Future Crimes/Wild Flag
Ex Hex - Hot and Cold/single