Friday, February 14, 2020

Stuck In Thee Garage #308: February 14, 2020

Another year, another Valentine's Day. On Stuck In Thee Garage this week, I played anti-Valentine's songs in hour 2. Even poor Ralph Wiggum could appreciate them.

I choo-choo-choose this playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Eldridge Rodriguez - Your Dead Boyfriend/Slightest of Treason
MGMT - In the Afternoon/Single
Hotel - Sides/Single
Beach Bunny - Dream Boy/Honeymoon
Michael Stipe - Drive to the Ocean/Single
Drive-By Truckers - Heroin Again/The Unraveling
Destroyer - Cue Synthesizer/Have We Met
Dogleg - Fox/Melee
Nada Surf - So Much Love/Never Not Together
Wolf Parade - Fall Into the Future/Thin Mind
Girl Band - Couch Combover/The Talkies
Feet - Outer Rim/What's Inside Is More Than Just Ham
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - All In Good Time/All In Good Time
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Gravity/X: The Godless Void and Other Stories
Shana Falana - In the Land/Darkest Light
Mikal Cronin - Caravan/Seeker

Hour 2: Anti-Valentine's
Mr. Airplane Man - Don't Know How to Love/C'mon DJ
Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less/Employment
TV On the Radio - Don't Love You/Desperate Youths, Blood Thirsty Babes
Faith No More - She Loves Me Not/Album of the Year
Them Crooked Vultures - Nobody Loves Me & Neither Do I/Them Crooked Vultures
Van Halen - Outta Love Again/II
Judas Priest - Love Bites/Defenders of the Faith
Pete Townshend - Secondhand Love/White City: A Novel
David Bowie - Love Is Lost/The Next Day
Talking Heads - I'm Not In Love/More Songs About Buildings and Food
The National - Terrible Love/High Violet
Thin Lips - Breaking Up and Breaking Down/Riff Hard
Songs: Ohia - Love Leaves Its Abusers/Axxess & Ace
Matthew Sweet - You Don't Love Me/Girlfriend

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Completely Conspicuous 526: Go to Heaven

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead album Go to Heaven. Listen to the episode below or download it directly.

Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- The Dead transitioning into a new decade, the '80s
- Cover may have given fans the wrong idea
- Short outing at only 38 minutes
- One of the least favorite studio albums among Dead fans
- Phil: A real mish-mash
- Contractual obligation: Third studio album in four years
- AOR was getting big
- The Godchauxs were gone
- Brent Mydland brings a smooth Michael McDonald vibe that is off-putting
- Grateful Dead keyboard players : Spinal Tap drummers
- Some Dead classics on this album: Alabama Getaway, Althea
- Didn't make another studio album for seven years
- Jay might go see Dead & Co. with Phil at some point
- Phil: This is their second-worst album
- Lost Sailor doesn't work
- Three straight Weir/Barlow songs
- Saint of Circumstance could be an '80s sitcom theme song
- Bob Weir loves the short shorts
- Hey, we used to wear them, too
- Mickey Hart eventually got into world music
- Mydland's Easy to Love You could have been a pop hit
- Album ends with a rave-up cover of Don't Ease Me In
- Phil: In defense of U2's Zooropa
- When we next convene, we'll talk about late '80s Dead

Completely Conspicuous is available through Apple Podcasts and anywhere else you get podcasts. 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, February 07, 2020

Stuck In Thee Garage #307: February 7, 2020

Accidents happen all the time. Some are worse than others, but all of them tend to have an impact. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about accidents in hour 2. It's not accident that they're great, although there was an accidental inclusion in the playlist. I had intended to include "Crash Years" by the New Pornographers, but for some reason, the MP3 that was labeled as such turned out to be "Sharks" by Cadence Weapon. Not what I was planning, but a good song nonetheless. My face when I realized the mistake:

This playlist is totally not bogus:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Destroyer - Kinda Dark/Have We Met
Drive-By Truckers - Armageddon's Back in Town/The Unraveling
Hallelujah the Hills - I'm You/I'm You
Nada Surf - Something I Should Do/Never Not Together
Eddy Current Suppression Ring - Medieval Wall/All in Good Time
Girl Band - Going Norway/The Talkies
Beach Slang - Kicking Over Bottles/The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City
Shell of a Shell - My Wildfire/Away Team
Freeloader - Let's Give Love Another Try/The Path of Least Resistance
Lightouts - Evil Hearted/Wake
Ratboys - Alien With a Sleep Mask On/Printer's Devil
Gang of Four - Damaged Goods/Single
Gang of Four - Natural's Not In It/Entertainment
Gang of Four - To Hell With Poverty/Another Day, Another Dollar EP
Gang of Four - You'll Never Pay for the Farm/Content

Hour 2: Accidents
Jawbreaker - Accident Prone/Dear You
Condo Fucks - Accident/Fuckbook
Telekinesis - Car Crash/12 Desperate Straight Lines
The Von Bondies - Accidents Will Happen/Love, Hate and Then There's You
Avengers - Car Crash/We Are the One
Blondie - Accidents Never Happen/Eat to the Beat
Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Accidents Will Happen/Armed Forces
Cadence Weapon - Sharks/Breaking Kayfabe
The Ocean Blue - Crash/Beneath the Rhythm and Sound
The Twilight Singers - There's Been an Accident/Powder Burns
The Kickovers - Crash and Burn/Osaka
Andrew Bird - Fiery Crash/Armchair Apocrypha
Radiohead - Airbag/OK Computer

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Completely Conspicuous 525: Shakedown Street

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead album Shakedown Street. Listen to the episode below or download directly.

Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- First ep of the new decade
- Shakedown Street came out in '78
- Lots of musical stuff happening: Disco, punk, new wave, hard rock
- Disco wasn't as bad as everyone made it out to be
- Jay: No guilty pleasures: If you like it, you like it
- The Dead were coming off a triumphant '77
- This was a contractually obligated studio album
- Lots of influences thrown in: Funk, disco, African jazz, rock
- Met with savage reviews
- The version of "Good Lovin'" here pales in comparison to the live version, especially when Pigpen sang it
- The last album with Donna and Keith Godchaux
- Title track gets slagged as bad disco, but we dig it
- Shakedown Street is now the name of the merch area at Dead & Co. shows
- Pressure was on from Clive Davis for them to have hits
- This album was produced by Lowell George of Little Feat
- Seen as a disco album, but it's pretty diverse musically
- The Dead weren't a great studio band
- Mickey Hart stepped up with three songs
- Phil: "I Need a Miracle" might be the best song on the album
- "Stagger Lee"  has an interesting history; versions were covered by many different artists
- Jay: The Nick Cave version is the best, and the most profane
- Album was scattered because of different influences plus substances
- "All New Minglewood Blues" is a pretty rockin' cover
- Dead appeared on SNL that year
- Ends with a Garcia-Hunter love ballad that works
- Jay: Liked about half the songs on the album
- Next: 1980's Go to Heaven

Completely Conspicuous is available through Apple Podcasts and anywhere else you get podcasts. 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, January 31, 2020

Stuck In Thee Garage #306: January 31, 2020

Sometimes coming up with a song title is fairly obvious. Other times, artists get a little less imaginative. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs with "song" in the title in hour 2. The songs run the gamut of rock goodness, but they're all wyckyd.

This playlist will have you high-fivin' your crew:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Greg Dulli - Pantomima/Random Desire
Holy Fuck - Free Gloss (feat. Nick Allbrook)/Deleter
Pearl Jam - Dance of the Clairvoyants/Megaton
Desert Sessions - Crucifire/Vols. 11 and 12
The Sweet Release of Death - Sway/The Blissful Joy of Living
The Skull Practitioners - The Beacon/Death Buy EP
Cursive - Black Hole Town/Get Fixed
Astralblak - Out in the Woods/Space & Time
Shopping - Initiative/All or Nothing
Caspian - Flowers of Light/On Circles
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Into the Godless Void/X: The Godless Void and Other Stories
The 1865 - John Brown's Gat/Don't Tread on We
Royal Trux - The Spectre/Quantum Entanglement
Hinds - Riding Solo/Single
K Michelle DuBois - Feast or Famine/Single
Marion Belle - Soundcheck/Single

Hour 2: Song Songs
R.E.M. - Pop Song '89 (Acoustic)/In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003
Sloan - Waiting for Slow Songs/Between the Bridges
The Tragically Hip - Apartment Song/Trouble at the Henhouse
The Hold Steady - Certain Songs/Almost Killed Me
Sonic Youth - Bee-Bee's Song/Suburbia soundtrack
Pile - Prom Song/dripping
Masters of Reality - The Candy Song/Masters of Reality
Violent Femmes - Country Death Song/Hallowed Ground
The Black Angels - Entrance Song/Phosphene Dream
Queens of the Stone Age - A Song for the Dead/Songs for the Deaf
Neutral Milk Hotel - Song Against Sex/On Avery Island
Jerry Cantrell - My Song/Boggy Depot
The Posies - Hate Song/Amazing Disgrace
Jane's Addiction - Mountain Song/Nothing's Shocking


Friday, January 24, 2020

Stuck In Thee Garage #305: January 24, 2020

Bombs can cause a lot of damage. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about bombs: Physical, emotional and otherwise.

Some days you can't get rid of a bomb playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The Skull Practitioners - Grey No More/Death Buy EP
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Don't Look Down/X: The Godless Void and Other Stories
Beach Slang - Born to Raise Hell/The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City
Hallelujah the Hills - I Went Through Hell (But Now I'm Back [From Hell])/I'm You
Shell of a Shell - Forgetting Symptom/Away Team
Shana Falana - Right Now Is All We Know/Darkest Light
Cable Ties - Sandcastles/Far Enough
Ultraista - Tin King/Sister
Operators - I Feel Emotion/Radiant Dawn
!!! - Serbia Drums/Wallop
Brittany Howard - History Repeats/Jaime
Allah Las - Holding Pattern/LAHS
Avalanche Party - Howl/24 Carat Diamond Trephine
Richard Dawson - Jogging/2020

Hour 2: Bombs
The Clash - Spanish Bombs/London Calling
Rancid - Time Bomb/...And Out Come the Wolves
The Nation of Ulysses - Atom Bomb/Plays Pretty for Baby
The Hives - Tick Tock Boom/The Black and White Album
Beach Slang - Atom Bomb/A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
New Bomb Turks - Grandpa Atomic/Information Highway Revisited
The Hold Steady - Don't Let Me Explode/Separation Sunday
Ric Ocasek - Time Bomb/Beatitude
Phantom Tollbooth - Atom Bomb Professor/Beard of Lightning
The Police - Bombs Away/Zenyatta Mondatta
Spoon - You Got Yr Cherry Bomb/Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Sugar - Explode and Make Up/File Under: Easy Listening
Public Enemy - Louder Than a Bomb/It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack/Rage Against the Machine
The Runaways - Cherry Bomb/Bad Reputation soundtrack
Terry Malts - Waiting for the Bomb/Lost at the Party
The White Stripes - Jimmy the Exploder/The White Stripes
Jeff Rosenstock - We Begged 2 Explode/WORRY.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Stuck In Thee Garage #304: January 17, 2020

Milestones have a way of shifting on us. What once seemed like a recent event can soon fade into the rear view mirror. So here we are looking back a quarter century at 1995, chock in the middle of the '90s, just before the internet changed everything. Newspapers and radio were still hugely successful and people still bought CDs. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from '95 in hour 2 (and paid tribute to the late Neil Peart in hour 1).

Bill McNeal would probably hate this playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Beach Slang - Tommy In the 80s/The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City
Shell of a Shell - Knock/Away Team
Wolf Parade - Against the Day/Thin Mind
Hallelujah the Hills - People Keep Dying (And No One Can Stop It)/I'm You
Graham Coxon - She Knows/The End of the F***ing World 2 (Original Songs and Score)
The Wedding Present - Go Out and Get 'Em, Boy!/Tommy 30
Shana Falana - Everyone Is Gonna Be Okay/Darkest Light
Feet - Petty Thieving/What's Inside Is More Than Just Ham
Mark Lanegan - Letter Never Sent/Somebody's Knocking
Rush - Anthem/Finding Prime (Live in Cleveland 12/16/74)
Max Webster - Battle Scar/Universal Juveniles
Rush - Vital Signs/Moving Pictures
Rush - Subdivisions/Signals
Rush - BU2B2/Clockwork Angels

Hour 2: 1995
PJ Harvey - C'mon Billy/To Bring You My Love
Elastica - Line Up/Elastica
The Muffs - Ethyl My Love/Blonder and Blonder
Red Red Meat - Chain Chain Chain/Bunny Gets Paid
Pavement - Fight This Generation/Wowee Zowee
Jawbreaker - Save Your Generation/Dear You
Mike Watt - Against the '70s/Ball Hog or Tug Boat?
Rancid - Junkie Man/...And Out Come the Wolves
Rocket From the Crypt - Come See, Come Saw/Scream, Dracula, Scream!
Smashing Pumpkins - Zero/Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Radiohead - My Iron Lung/The Bends
Urge Overkill - View of the Rain/Exit the Dragon
Elliott Smith - Christian Brothers/Elliott Smith
Matthew Sweet - Super Baby/100% Fun
The Pursuit of Happiness - Completely Conspicuous/Where's the Bone
Dandelion - Weird-Out/Dyslexicon