Friday, March 28, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #29: March 28, 2014

Technology can be a cruel mistress. It can give and it can take away. It helped me put together this fun episode, but it also caused the glitch that didn't allow BFF.fm to play the episode today. Instead, last week's show was repeated. Hey, shit happens.

But at least you can hear it here. The show features new music from Soccer Mom and the Hold Steady and an hour of songs about gambling, inspired by the frenzy of betting action that takes place during the NCAA basketball tournament going on right now.

DLR knows where it's at:



The playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Soccer Mom - It's Probably Not Your Fault/Soccer Mom
Nancy - I Want One/Nancy LP
The Men - Different Days/Tomorrow's Hits
The Hold Steady - I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You/Teeth Dreams
Benjamin Shaw - Goodbye, Kagoul World/Goodbye, Cagoule World
The War on Drugs - An Ocean In Between the Waves/Lost in the Dream
Angel Olsen - Hi-Five/Burn Your Fire for No Witness
X - Johnny Hit and Run Pauline/Los Angeles
The Jam - In the City/In the City
Big Star - She's a Mover/Radio City
Shocking Blue - Love Buzz/At Home
Torche - Across the Shields/Meanderthal
Scorpions - Blackout/Blackout
Hot Snakes - Hi-Lites/Audit in Progress
Piebald - In Like a Lamb and Out Like a Lion/When Life Gives You Lemons

Hour 2: Songs about gambling
Motorhead - Ace of Spades (slow)/Kronenbourg ad
AC/DC - The Jack/High Voltage
The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice/Exile on Main Street
Steely Dan - Do It Again/Can't Buy a Thrill
Lene Lovich - Lucky Number/Stateless
The Twilight Singers - Get Lucky/Dynamite Steps
The Capitol Years - Lucky/Let Them Drink
The Tragically Hip - Vegas Strip/B-side
Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers - Born to Lose/L.A.M.F. - The Lost '77 Tapes
Heavy Trash - You Can't Win/Going Way Out with Heavy Trash
Spinal Tap - Gimme Some Money/Back From the Dead
FIDLAR - Got No Money/Don't Try EP
The White Stripes - Bone Broke/Icky Thump
Foo Fighters - I'll Stick Around/Live at Manchester Apollo Theatre 5/25/97
Spoon - Don't Let It Get You Down/Kill the Moonlight



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 321: Reeling in the Years, 1984 (Part 1)


Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1984.
Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").



Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Check out Brian's comics podcast The Hour Cosmic
- 1984: Brian was 2, Jay was 16
- A pivotal year for college/indie rock
- Husker Du, R.E.M., Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Replacements
- Aerosmith reformed, Yes bounced back
- Classic lineup of Deep Purple reunited
- The '80s wank guitar movement started with Yngwie Malmsteen
- Early days of hip hop, thrash
- Hair metal was emerging as a commercial force: Ratt, Twisted Sister, Dokken, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi
- Van Halen's 1984 was huge
- Eddie VH embraced synths
- The beginning of the end of the Roth era of VH
- MTV was a bigger hitmaker than radio
- The middle of a bad stretch for Paul McCartney
- Older artists rebounded: Kool and the Gang, Chicago, Stevie Wonder
- Miami Vice incorporated MTV-style techniques
- The video as movie trailer
- Death of Marvin Gaye
- Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" debacle
- The negative power of a bad video
- Crappy solo work from Bowie, Billy Joel, Steve Perry
- Don Henley sucks
- The pop and marketing genius of Madonna
- Awesomely bad breakdance movies: Breakin', Body Rock, Beat Street
- Brian's albums outside top 5: Black Flag, Queen
- Jay: U2, The Cars, Rush, INXS, The Cult
- To be continued

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

Music:
Nancy - I Want One
Benjamin Shaw - Goodbye, Kagoul World
The Men - Different Days

The Nancy song is on the album Nancy LP. Download the album for free at Bandcamp.
The Benjamin Shaw song is on the album Goodbye Cagoule World on Audio Antihero. Download the song for free at Soundcloud.
The song by The Men is on the album Tomorrow's Hits on Sacred Bones Records. Download the song for free at Soundcloud.


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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #28: March 21, 2014

This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, we welcome the arrival of spring with two hours of kickass rock music, including an hour of songs about spring (sort of). It was a long, cold-ass winter, so let's kick out the jams already.

Time to don your best flower costume:


Yer spring-loaded playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Johnny Foreigner - Stop Talking About Ghosts/You Can Do Better
Pampers - Guts/Live on WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic
Spray Paint - Spock Fingers/Live on WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic
Feral Jenny - Say the Word/Bedrooms
Red Sea - Tandem Stye/Yardsticks for Human Intelligence
Bobby Byrd - I Know You Got Soul/James Brown's Funky Summer
De La Soul - Me, Myself and I/3 Feet High and Rising
The Beastie Boys - Lee Majors Come Again/Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two
Les Savy Fav - Let's Get Out of Here/Root for Ruin
Casket Salesmen - I'll Buy That for a Dollar/Sleeping Giants
We Were Promised Jetpacks - Ships With Holes Will Sink/These Four Walls
fIREHOSE - Brave Captain/Ragin', Full On
Mudhoney - In 'n Out of Grace/Superfuzz Bigmuff
Bullet Lavolta - Off Kilter/The Gift
Black Sabbath - Hole in the Sky/Live at Ashbury 8/5/75

Hour 2: Songs about spring
Obits - Everything Looks Better in the Sun/Moody, Standard and Poor
Ty Segall - You Make the Sun Fry/Goodbye Bread
Queens of the Stone Age - My God is the Sun/...Like Clockwork
Iron Maiden - Sun and Steel/Piece of Mind
TV On the Radio - Staring at the Sun/Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Ben Kweller - Sundress/Ben Kweller
Slowdive - Brighter/Just for a Day
The Cult - Rain/Love
Screaming Trees - Cold Rain/Even If and Especially When
R.E.M. - So. Central Rain/Live at Rockpalast 10/2/85
Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain/Purple Rain
The Statler Brothers - Flowers on the Wall/Flowers on the Wall
Yo La Tengo - Black Flowers/I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
The Smithereens - Cut Flowers/11
Soundgarden - Flower/Ultramega OK
The Dirtbombs - Sun is Shining/Dangerous Magical Noise


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 320: Dumb After All


Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss whether the world is getting dumber. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").



Show notes:
- Guy got fired after calling in sick and then posting video on YouTube
- Another guy made it with a cow and had a buddy film it
- Reality TV rewards dumbasses
- It's a lazy Buzzfeed world
- Beard transplants? Really?
- Pre-ripped jeans
- There's still good rock music out there
- In praise of Mark Knopfler
- Bravo, dude who came up with Shit My Dad Says
- Medical bills are obscene
- Selling your old junk
- The bottom fell out of the sports card market
- We fall for stupid memes designed to rile people up
- Outrage culture
- We're all dumb

Music:
Johnny Foreigner - Stop Talking About Ghosts
Spray Paint - Spock Fingers
Pampers - Guts

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Johnny Foreigner song is on the album You Can Do Better on Alcopop! Records. Download the song for free at Bandcamp.
The Spray Paint and Pampers songs were recorded live on the Cherry Blossom Clinic on WFMU. Download the songs for free at Free Music Archive

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.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #27: March 14, 2014

We don't drink like we used to on St. Patrick's Day (or in general) anymore. It's about quality, not quantity, these days. But that doesn't mean Stuck In Thee Garage can't celebrate one of the big drinking occasions of the year with a special collection of rockin' songs about drinking in hour 2.

Bob and Doug know what's up:


Nice playlist, eh?

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Swearin' - Young/Surfing Strange
Calories - Le Quest/Calories III
Golden Gurls - Uphill Fight/Typo Magic
Pile - Bump a Grape/Dripping
Graham Parker - Local Girls/Squeezing Out Sparks
The Faces - Miss Judy's Farm/A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse
AC/DC - Dog Eat Dog/Let There Be Rock
The Waldos - Cry Baby/Rent Party
The Call - The Walls Came Down/Modern Romans
Tom Vek - Nothing But Green Lights/We Have Sound
The Whigs - Like a Vibration/Mission Control
Fucked Up - The Other Shoe/David Comes to Life
Mark Lanegan Band - Methamphetamine Blues/Bubblegum
Lightning Dust - Wondering What Everyone Knows/Infinite Light
The Pink Mountaintops - Plastic Man, You're the Devil/Axis of Evol
Black Mountain - The Hair Song/Wilderness Heart

Hour 2: Songs about drinking
The Rolling Stones - Salt of the Earth/Beggars Banquet
The Replacements - Here Comes a Regular/Tim
Titus Andronicus - Theme from "Cheers"/The Monitor
Mick Farren - Half Price Drinks/Vampires Stole My Lunch Money
Drive-By Truckers - The Fourth Night of My Drinking/The Big To-Do
The Hold Steady - Massive Nights/Boys and Girls in America
Guns N' Roses - Nightrain/Appetite for Destruction
Black Flag - Wasted/The First Four Years
PUP - Too Drunk to Fuck/Live at Cameo Gallery 2/21/14
Big Chief - The Liquor Talkin'/Platinum Jive
Weezer - Say It Ain't So/Weezer
Art Brut - Lost Weekend/Brilliant! Tragic!
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog/Hair of the Dog
Max Webster - Hangover/Live Magnetic Air
Van Halen - Somebody Get Me a Doctor/Van Halen II

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 319: Dumbing Down

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss whether the world is getting dumber. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").


Show notes:
- There are studies that claim humans are getting dumber
- Our IQs are supposedly dropping
- We rely on smartphones for a lot of information
- We're cramming so much info in our heads
- Smart TV: True Detective did it right
- Disney Channel sitcoms hark back to hacky TV crap of the '70s
- Movie industry favors bigger, louder, dumber
- Sometimes it's good to watch dumb stuff
- Anonymous online comments are a prime source for idiocy
- Wasting time online is so easy
- People are so self-involved
- Reality TV is a haven for dummies
- People will do anything to get on TV
- The Onion keeps fooling people
- Beauty pageants
- Our ability to self-incriminate
- To be continued

Music:
Cloud Nothings - I'm Not Part of Me
Eagulls - Possessed
The So So Glos - Lost Weekend

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!
The Cloud Nothings song is on the album Here and Nowhere Else on Carpark Records. The Eagulls song is on the band's self-titled album on Partisan Records. The So So Glos song is on the album Blowout on Votiv Records. Download all three songs for free at NPR.org.

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.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #26: March 7, 2014

Hope you're enjoying the lousy Smarch weather. Today, Stuck In Thee Garage tried to ward off the cold with a heapin' dose of good new music in hour 1 and music from female artists in hour 2. Good stuff.



D'oh! Here's the playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Eagulls - Possessed/Eagulls
Against Me! - Black Me Out/Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Cloud Nothings - I'm Not Part of Me/Here and Nowhere Else
Dum Dum Girls - Are You OK?/Too True
Jagwar Ma - Uncertainty/Howlin
The So So Glos - Lost Weekend/Blowout
Protomartyr - Come & See/Under Color of Official Right
Vertical Scratchers - These Plains/Daughter of Everything
Gord Downie and the Sadies - Search and Destroy/Live on CBC Fuse
OFF! - Feelings Are Meant to Be Hurt/OFF!
Real Estate - Had to Hear/Atlas
Perfect Pussy - Driver/Say Yes to Love
Two Inch Astronaut - Part of Your Scene (live on WVAU)/EIS Sampler 2013-2014
Pony Bones - 1/EIS Sampler 2013-2014
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Planetary Motion/Wig Out at Jagbags
Tommy Stinson - Nighttime/Live at Newbury Comics, 4/21/12 (h/t Bradley's Almanac)
Kurt Vile - In My Time/Smoke Ring for My Halo

Hour 2: Female rock
Luscious Jackson - Deep Shag/Natural Ingredients
M.I.A. - Paper Planes/Kala
Marnie Stern - Shea Stadium/This Is It and I Am It and You Are It...
The Spinanes - Noel, Jonah and Me/Manos
The Amps - Tipp City/Pacer
St. Vincent - The Party/Actor
Aimee Mann - Charmer/Charmer
Bettie Serveert - Ray Ray Rain/Lamprey
Lydia Loveless - Really Wanna See You/Somewhere Else
Jenny Lewis - Rise Up With Fists!/Rabbit Fur Coat
Mr. Airplane Man - Travelin'/C'mon DJ
Neko Case - People Got a Lotta Nerve/Middle Cyclone
Savages - No Face/Silence Yourself
Metric - Gimme Sympathy/Fantasies
The Dead Weather - Die By the Drop/Sea of Cowards
The Pretenders - Mystery Achievement/Pretenders
Sleater-Kinney - It's Enough/Dig Me Out



Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Completely Conspicuous 318: Lost and Found

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we examine music from a couple of forgotten artists from the 1970s. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").



Show notes:
- Recorded in late January at More Lost Time world HQ
- Edward Bear's prom song
- They were better when they stuck to guitar rock
- Band radically changed their sound
- Ric breaks out a 1971 single by Tom Hartman, formerly of the Aerovons
- Hartman and band when to England because of the Beatles
- Strong resemblance to Sloan's Navy Blues sound
- Ric's tips for finding good vinyl at flea markets
- Aerovons had a serious Beatles fixation
- Very McCartney-esque
- Produced by none other than Mike Post
- Ebay's a good way to get rare vinyl

Music:
Ovlov - Moth Rock
Palehound - Holiest
Baked - Danelectroladyland

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Ovlov song is on the album am. The Palehound song is on the Kitchen 7-inch. The Baked song is on the EP S/T Cassette. Download all three songs for free (in exchange for your email address) as part of Exploding in Sound's EIS Sampler 2013-2014 on Bandcamp.

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.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage #25: February 28, 2014

Stuck In Thee Garage hit the quarter-century mark this week  with a show that featured a collection of live bootleg songs in hour two. For some reason, I missed the section in the Black Flag track where it sounds like the dude with the recorder was getting kicked in the head by 20-year-old Henry Rollins for about 30 seconds. Oh, well.



Thee playliste:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Beck - Wave/Morning Phase
Ex Hex - Hot and Cold/single
Krill - Turd/Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears EP
The Fall - O.F.Y.C. Showcase/Your Future Our Clutter
The The - Kingdom of Rain/Mind Bomb
They Might Be Giants - Ana Ng/Lincoln
Soul Asylum - Spinnin'/And the Horse They Rode In On
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy/Is Is EP
Hospitality - I Miss Your Bones/Trouble
TV On the Radio - Million Miles/single
Mastodon - Black Tongue/The Hunter
Helmet - Milquetoast/Betty
Sonic Youth - Sacred Trickster/The Eternal
The Rolling Stones - Ventilator Blues/Exile on Main Street

Hour 2: Live bootleg tracks
Mission of Burma - Academy Fight Song/Live on WERS Metrowave 9/21/80
Black Flag - What Can You Believe/Live at the Calderon 1982
The Big Boys - Detectives/Live at Raul's Club
Fugazi - Bed for the Scraping/Live at Irving Plaza 4/4/95
The Afghan Whigs - Come See About Me/Live in Belgium 10/8/92
Sloan - Ill-Placed Trust/Live at Vermonstress 10/11/92
Jane's Addiction - Standing in the Shower/Live at King County Fairgrounds 8/28/91
David Bowie - Suffragette City/Strange Fascination Live in LA 9/5/74
Black Francis - Los Angeles/Live at Joe's Pub 9/4/10
Dinosaur Jr. - Repulsion/Live at Avalon 7/15/05
The Hold Steady - The Swish/Live at the Beta Bar 12/1/06
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Animal Midnight/Live in PDX 12/21/07
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Suspect Device/Live at Touch and Go's 25th 9/8/06
Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows/Live at the Melkweg 6/24/02
Spoon - Don't Buy the Realistic/Live on KTRU 1997
Ty Segall - I Bought My Eyes/ Live at Webster Hall 2/1/13