Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Completely Conspicuous 189: No New Tale to Tell

The podcast returns this week with part 2 of my conversation with special guests Jay Breitling and Ric Dube as we discuss the world of rock books. Listen to the show below or download it directly (right click and "save as").

Show notes:

- Rock memoirs

- Kumar: Jen Trynin's Everything I'm Cracked Up to Be

- Dube: Dave Simpson's The Fallen talks to the many former members of The Fall

- The Fall's being going for 35 years

- Steven Tyler's memoir was out this year

- Breitling can't stop yawning

- Falling off the wagon

- One-upping each other with Aerosmith rehab connections

- Joey Kramer has a memoir out, too

- Kumar: Motley Crue's The Dirt is a great rock bio

- Dube recalls defiling the memory of Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle

- Dube: Jim Derogatis bio of legendary rock writer Lester Bangs, Let It Blurt

- Hollywood music biopics (Walk the Line, Ray) follow the same formula: Triumph, downfall, comeback

- More Bangs: Main Lines, Blood Feasts and Bad Taste

- No more big names in rock journalism

- Kumar goes on "people don't read anymore" rant

- Dube: Ugly Things, a book-length periodical out of California

- Breitling learns about some band called the Beatles

- Plenty of books about Elvis, Dylan

- Kumar: Shakey, bio about Neil Young by Jimmy McDonough

- Massive tome, kinda messy, very interesting

- Our friend Marc is smart

- Dube: Best oral history book is Fool the World, about the Pixies

- When done right, oral histories use quotes to tell the story

- Breitling: Replacements' oral history suffers because most band members weren't quoted

- Bonehead of the Week


Matthew Sweet - She Walks the Night

Deer Tick - Miss K

Don Fleming - My Little Lamb

Screaming Trees - Ash Gray Sunday

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The Matthew Sweet song is on the forthcoming album Modern Art on Missing Piece Records. Find out more and download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at his website.

The Deer Tick song is on the album Divine Providence on Partisan Records. Find out more and download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at the band's website.

The Don Fleming song is on the EP Don Fleming 4 on Instant Mayhem. Find out more at Instant Mayhem and download the song for free at IODA Promonet:

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"My Little Lamb รข�� EP (Feat. R. Stevie Moore) " (mp3)
from "Don Fleming 4"
(Instant Mayhem)

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The Screaming Trees song is on the album Last Words: The Final Recordings on Sunyata Records. Download the song for free at IODA Promonet:

Last Words: The Final RecordingsScreaming Trees
"Ash Gray Sunday" (mp3)
from "Last Words: The Final Recordings"
(Sunyata Records)

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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 http://clickyclickymusic.com and http://www.keepingsomedarksecrets.net. Additional music used in the show is by Me and Boris the Bull, which is the brainchild of the mighty Mark Campbell; find out more at http://www.myspace.com/meandboristhebull. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography at http://bobdurling.blogspot.com/. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site http://www.podgeek.com.

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