Monday, January 30, 2012

Completely Conspicuous 212: Together Again for the First Time

Part 1 of my podcast conversation with special guest Brad Searles as we discuss band reunions. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").

Show notes:

- Check out Brad's excellent blog, Bradley's Almanac

- Recorded at the Sunset Grill in Allston, Mass.

- The Pixies are making a second career out of their reunion tours

- The only money for a lot of artists comes from licensing

- The Strokes' debut album hasn't aged well

- Iggy Pop is endorsing insurance in the UK

- Mission of Burma picked up after 20 years and are better than ever

- Brad: First Pixies show was on the ill-fated U2 tour

- Explaining myself to the waitress

- Broken-up bands realize a fanbase is out there

- Letters to Cleo sold some merch after t-shirt showed up on "Parks and Recreation"

- "Hallelujah" covers are making Leonard Cohen big bucks

- Fired up about the Afghan Whigs reunion

- At the Drive-In spawned a movement

- Brad's played drums in several bands

- The awesomeness of the Styx Behind the Music episode

- Styx's Paradise Theater is one of the first albums we both bought

- Brad: Early vinyl inherited from dad

- Brad loved the first two Men at Work albums

- My younger brother turned me on to Nirvana and Soundgarden

- Saw a lot of concerts with my brother in our 20s

- Bands we'd like to see reunite

- Jay: Replacements, Husker Du, The Jam, The Smiths

- Fogerty's open to a CCR reunion

- Brad: A Ride reunion is possible

- To be continued...

- Bonehead of the Week

Nada Surf - Waiting for Something

Girlfriends - Big Machines

Destroyer - Leave Me Alone

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The Nada Surf song is on the album The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy on Barsuk Records. Download the song for free at Soundcloud.

The Girlfriends song is on the EP Nothing Nice to Say. Stream the EP at Bandcamp.

The Destroyer song is on a MOJO magazine compilation of artists covering songs from the 1983 New Order album Power, Corruption and Lies. Download the song for free at Aquarium Drunkard.

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 music blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. 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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