Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Completely Conspicuous 286: Good Riddance

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss music we've outgrown. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").


Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Check out Brian's comics podcast The Hour Cosmic
- Jay: U2 was favorite band from late '80s to early '90s
- Diminishing returns over last 20 years; sick of Bono
- Brian: R.E.M. was approaching that territory when they quit
- Brian: Done with Metallica
- Jay: Musically, haven't dug them since The Black Album
- Brian: Want to get back into old (non-Metallica) thrash
- Not loving the Cookie Monster vocals
- Jay: Once liked Don Henley's solo work, now hate him
- Brian: Second incarnation of Aerosmith from 1985-on is terrible
- Music got dumb, started working with outside writers
- The curse of '80s production techniques
- Brian: Not a good time for hard rock recording now; too much compression
- Jay: Hair metal lost its appeal quickly
- Saw many hair metal shows in mid-80s: Ratt, Motley Crue, Dokken
- Brian: Mall punk and ska have lost their luster
- Bands specialized in terrible covers
- Culprits include Blink 182, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, Save Ferris
- Jay: Clapton is NOT God
- Brian: Not a fan of the blues; too samey
- Jay: Still like the blues, but don't listen much anymore
- Bonehead of the Week


Music:
Queens of the Stone Age - My God is the Sun
The National - Don't Swallow the Cap
Superchunk - FOH
Eleanor Friedberger - Stare at the Sun

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The Queens of the Stone Age song is on the album ...Like Clockwork on Matador Records. Download the song for free as part of the Matador Intended Play 2013 sampler on Amazon.
The National song is on the album Trouble Will Find Me on 4AD. Download the song for free as part of the 4AD Sampler on Amazon.
The Superchunk song is on the forthcoming album I Hate Music on Merge Records. Download the song for free as part of the Merge Records Summer Sampler 2013 on Amazon.
The Eleanor Friedberger song is on the album Personal Record on Merge Records. Download the song for free as part of the Merge Records Summer Sampler 2013 on Amazon.

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.

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