Monday, August 29, 2011

Completely Conspicuous 190: Turn the Page

Part 3 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:

- Dube: Gina Arnold's "Route 666: The Road to Nirvana" was annoying, but had good Replacements info

- Tendency for writers to document bands in terms of their own experiences

- Dube: "On the Road with the Ramones," oral history by road manager Monte Melnick had great inside info

- Using quotes to tell a story

- Dube met the Ramones when they came through record store where he worked
- Michael Azerrad's "Our Band Could Be Your Life" was hugely influential

- Dube was behind the scenes when Mission of Burma reunited

- Azerrad's book got people interested in Burma again

- Band has bigger career now than it did before

- Dube helped Azerrad with his fanzine research

- Kumar: Rob Sheffield's "Love Is a Mixtape"

- Breitling: Steven Blush's "American Hardcore"

- Was made into a movie that didn't capture spirit of book

- Kumar: Our buddy Dave Brigham's book "(C)Rock Stories: Milion-Dollar Tales of Music, Mayhem and Immaturity"

- Dube wants to produce the movie version

- Dube: B. George and Martha Defoe's "The International Discography of the New Wave"

- Dube has second edition from 1982; copy is well-worn and marked up

- Dube: "Rolling Stone's Alt-Rock-a-Rama" is "phenomenal by accident"

- Another one from the pile: Kim Cooper and David Smay's "Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth"

- Bonehead of the Week


Crooked Fingers - Typhoon

Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band - Stay Away

Arcade Fire - We Used to Wait

Mini Mansions - The Room Outside

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The Crooked Fingers song is on the forthcoming album Breaks in the Armor on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band song is on Newermind: A Tribute Album. Download the album for free by "liking" SPIN magazine's Facebook page.

The Arcade Fire song is on the album The Suburbs on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Insound.

The Mini Mansions song is on the band's self-titled, self-released EP. Download the song for free at Insound.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Additional music used in the show is by Me and Boris the Bull, which is the brainchild of the mighty Mark Campbell. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography at his blog. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

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