Friday, December 30, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #158: December 30, 2016

And that was some kinda crazy-ass year. But through all the insanity, it was a pretty spectacular year for indie rock. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played two hours of great songs from 2016. And in fact, there was so much good stuff that next week's show will feature even more of my '016 faves.



The strangely great playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Mac McCaughan - Happy New Year (Prince Can't Die Again)/Single
Radiohead - Burn the Witch/A Moon Shaped Pool
The I Don't Cares - King of America/Wild Stab
Used Cassettes - President/Rock n Rills
Bob Mould - The End of Things/Patch the Sky
Dinosaur Jr. - Goin Down/Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
Descendents - Comeback Kid/Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Savages - The Answer/Adore Life
Beach Slang - Future Mixtape for the Art Kids/A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Car Seat Headrest - Fill in the Blank/Teens of Denial
Preoccupations - Zodiac/Preoccupations
Black Mountain - Cemetery Breeding/IV
Gord Downie - The Only Place to Be/Secret Path
Living Colour - Who Shot Ya/Who Shot Ya
Drive-By Truckers - Surrender Under Protest/American Band
PJ Harvey - Ministry of Defence/The Hope Six Demolition Project
Hallelujah the Hills - I'm in the Phone Book, I'm on the Planet, I'm Dying Slowly/A Band is Something to Figure Out

Hour 2
David Bowie - Sue (In a Season of Crime)/Blackstar
Iggy Pop - In the Lobby/Post Pop Depression
The Tragically Hip - Hot Mic/Man Machine Poem
PUP - DVP/The Dream is Over
Jeff Rosenstock - Perfect Sound Whatever/WORRY.
Parquet Courts - Berlin Got Blurry/Human Performance
Mitski - Your Best American Girl/Puberty 2
Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me/My Woman
Kristin Hersh - Hemingway's Tell/Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
TUNS - Back Among Friends/Tuns
Split Single - Still Invisible/Metal Frames
Teenage Fanclub - Thin Air/Here
Real Numbers - Just So Far Away/Wordless Wonder
Terry Malts - Won't Come to Find You/Lost at the Party
A Giant Dog - Sleep When Dead/Pile
Ty Segall - Candy Sam/Emotional Mugger
Thee Oh Sees - Ticklish Warrior/A Weird Exits



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 452: The Honor Roll

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of 2016. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- We are not Moviefone
- Rough year for musician deaths
- Trump's top 3 albums
- The return of protest music?
- Clicky Clicky HQ is fully Alexa-ized
- The kids love the vinyl (well, the hipsters do, anyway)
- Albums are back, sort of
- Crowdfunding albums is becoming more prevalent
- Breitling's bubbling under albums: A Giant Dog, Thin Lips, Bent Shapes, Yr Poetry, Pinegrove, Horse Jumper of Love, Guillermo Sexo, California Snow Story
- Kumar's: Used Cassettes, Savages, Dino Jr., Radiohead, Split Single, Preoccupations, Descendents, Johnny Foreigner, Terry Malts, Hallelujah the Hills, Kristin Hersh, I Don't Cares, Nick Cave, Gord Downie, PJ Harvey
- Downie teamed with comics artist Jeff Lemire on combo album/graphic novel
- Breitling's #10
- Cold Pumas back with a hot new release
- Kumar's #10
- Possibly the last Tragically Hip album
- Different sound courtesy of producers Kevin Drew and Dave Hamelin
- Breitling's #9
- Boston's Strange Passage reminds of early Ride
- To be continued
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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #157: December 23, 2016

It's been a long, strange year. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I try to forget about all that and get into the spirit of the season with Christmas songs in hour 1, followed by an hour of newer indie rock. Crank it up and throw a little extra booze in the egg nog. You're gonna need it.



Is this the playlist? Oh wait, it's an eviction notice:

Hour 1: Xmas rock
Artist - Song/Album
The Aux - Ode to Loonmas/A Very Allston Christmas, Vol. 2
Lee Preston - You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch/A Very Allston Christmas, Vol. 2
Lilith - That Was the Worst Christmas Ever/A Very Allston Christmas, Vol. 2
Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody/Merry Xmas Everybody
The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)/Brain Drain
The Kinks - Father Christmas/Father Christmas
James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto/Single
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects/It's a Holiday Soul Party
Pearl Jam - Someday at Christmas/2004 Christmas Single
Gruff Rhys - Post Apocalypse Christmas/Atheist Xmas
Clap Your Hands Say Year - In This Home on Ice/Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
The Minus 5 - Your Christmas Whiskey/Oh Santa!
Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social - All the Way from Moscow/Love It to Life
Bicentennial Bear - All I Want for Christmas (is an Afghan Whigs Reunion)/A Very Ohio Christmas
Sloan - Kids Come Back Again at Christmas/Kids Come Back Again at Christmas
Ron Sexsmith - Something to Hold On To (at Christmas)/Redeye 2008 Holiday Sampler
Calexico - Gift X-Change/Aerocalexico
Apples in Stereo - Holiday Mood/Redeye 2008 Holiday Sampler
Sloan - December 25/Kids Come Back Again at Christmas

Hour 2
Hellrazor - Horrified/Post-Trash Vol. 2
Super Unison - Broken/Auto
Connections - Kate/Midnight Run
Doubles - Plant/Plant
Think No Think - Start a War/Silent City
Menace Beach - Maybe We'll Drown/Lemon Memory
Sonny Knight and the Lakers - It Had to Change/Sooner or Later
Margaret Glaspy - Emotions and Math/Emotions and Math
Dude York - Black Jack/Sincerely
Cherry Glazerr - Nurse Ratched/Apocalipstick
Crying - Revive/Beyond the Fleeting Gales
Young Mammals - Heavenly/Jaguar
Snow Roller - Kar Kar Binks/What's the Score
The Wedding Present - Secretary/Going, Going...
Kristin Hersh - Sun Blown/Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
Julie Doiron - Thought of You/Greville Tapes, Vol. 2
David Bowie - No Plan/Lazarus
Gord Downie - Haunt Them, Haunt Them, Haunt Them/Secret Path

 

Completely Conspicuous 451: Reeling in the Years, 1990 (Part 3)

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1990. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- Jay's #3 album of 1990
- Public Enemy was controversial
- Homophobia was pervasive back then, especially in hip hop
- PE scared white America
- Brian's #3
- They Might Be Giants was in the middle of a classic run of albums
- Song-a-Day Hotline
- Jay's #2
- After a decade of weirdness, Neil Young re-established himself as a rock icon
- Took Sonic Youth and Social D on the road
- Brian's #1 and Jay's #5
- Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly teamed up
- Deal stepped out of Black Francis' shadow
- Brian's #2
- Pixies release their surfiest album
- When 3/4 of Pixies crossed paths with some interesting neighbors
- Jay's #1
- Jane's Addiction's tour de force
- Scored an accidental video and radio hit with "Been Caught Stealing"
- Starts out fast and punchy, ends with side 2 of long, epic songs
- Perry Farrell's transition from out-of-control rock freak to hippie uncle
- One more year to go: 1991

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 450: Reeling in the Years, 1990 (Part 2)

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1990. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- Albums that just missed our top 5 of the year
- Alice in Chains inspired a ton of copycat acts
- World Party paid homage to many influences
- Brian was a big Pantera fan in high school
- Social Distortion's classic era
- Living Colour came into their own with second album
- Warren Zevon teamed up with the non-Stipe members of R.E.M. to do a covers album
- Elektra comp Rubaiyat featured unlikely covers
- Mark Lanegan's first solo album established his dark bluesy side
- Ride was on the crest of the shoegaze wave
- Brian's #5
- Ween established their eclectic reputation
- The strange journey of Sim Cain
- Jay's #4
- Fugazi at the peak of their powers
- Brian's #4
- Primus at their least jokey
- To be continued

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #156: December 16, 2016

People have been cursing 2016 essentially since it began, as one iconic musician after another passed away. That's not to say famous musicians don't die every year, but it just seemed particularly frequent this year. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played music from some of the artists we lost in 2016 and it didn't feel like a sad exercise at all. Just enjoyment of some pretty damn great music.


The fashionably rocking playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Kindling - Blinding Wave/Everywhere Else
The Wedding Present - Two Bridges/Going, Going...
Skyjelly - Seamagnet/Blank Panther - Priest, Expert, or Wizard
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Rings of Saturn/Skeleton Tree
Fond Han - Ughed/Ughed
AJJ - Cody's Theme/The Bible 2
New Fries - Bring the Pressure Washer (BTPW)/More
Kristin Hersh - Detox/Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
PJ Harvey - The Community of Hope/The Hope Six Demolition Project
Gord Downie - Swing Set/Secret Path
Bueno - I Feel So Raw/Illuminate Your Room
Band Aparte - Into the Window/Memory on Trial
Used Cassettes - Whip of the Master/Rock n Rills
Rick Rude - Sierra L'Mist/Make Mine Tuesday
Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes - Sundance Kid/Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes
Mannequin Pussy - Pledge/Romantic
Petite League - No Hitter/No Hitter

Hour 2: In memoriam
Prince - Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)/1999
Prince - Controversy/Controversy
Prince - Thieves in the Temple/Graffiti Bridge
Parliament - Flash Light/Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome
Earth, Wind and Fire - Mighty Mighty/Open Our Eyes
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Money/I Learned the Hard Way
A Tribe Called Quest - Check the Rhime/The Low End Theory
Motorhead - Dead Men Tell No Tales/Bomber
Motorhead - Live to Win/Ace of Spades
Motorhead - No Voices in the Sky/1916
Dio - Holy Diver/Holy Diver
David Bowie - Queen Bitch/Hunky Dory
David Bowie - D.J./Lodger
David Bowie - Slow Burn/Heathen


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 449: Reeling in the Years, 1990 (Part 1)

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1990. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- Things are getting weird
- The Decline of Western Civilization docs are fascinating
- In 1990, Jay was 22-23 and Brian was 8
- The '90s were still kicking off
- Pivotal events were still yet to happen
- Stevie Ray Vaughan died young
- 2 Live Crew came to prominence
- Oh, Milli Vannilli
- Disposable pop seemed to fade for a while
- Hammer and Vanilla Ice
- Madonna: Publicity generator
- Metal was tailing off after a strong decade
- Hip hop was getting stronger
- New Jack Swing was the thing
- Alternative rock was paving the way for Nirvana's breakthrough
- Pop charts were topped by the likes of Wilson Phillips and Roxette
- Sinead O' Connor's wild year
- Bands formed: Bikini Kill, Cracker, Body Count, Spin Doctors
- What about Tool?
- Broke up: Death of Samantha, Game Theory, Starship
- To be continued

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #155: December 9, 2016

We live in a confusing world. Increasingly, it makes less and less sense. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about confusion in hour 2. So sit back, pop on the cans and enjoy.



The dazed and confused playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Cherry Glazerr - Told You I'd Be With the Guys/Apocalipstick
Jeff Rosenstock - HELLLLHOOOOLE/WORRY.
AJJ - Goodbye, Oh Goodbye/The Bible 2
Childish Gambino - Have Some Love/Awaken, My Love!
Wedding Present - Rachel/Going, Going...
The Pooches - Another Evening, Another Town/The Pooches
Kristin Hersh - Soma Gone Slapstick/Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Anthrocene/The Skeleton Tree
Kingdom of the Holy Sun - Flown Away/At the Gates of Dawn
The Spook School - Sometimes I Hide from Everybody/Continental Drift
Split Single - Perilous Pill/Metal Frames
Jacuzzi Boys - Can't Fight Forever/Ping Pong
The Peep Tempel - Don't Race/Joy
Muuy Bien - Sike Song/Age of Uncertainty
Fatal Jamz - Coverboy/Pussy & Fame
Wyatt Blair - Cherry Pie/Point of No Return
The Needy Sons - The Wheels are Taking Care of the Road/Vis-a-Vis

Hour 2: Confusion
Superchunk - Driveway to Driveway/Foolish
The Replacements - Merry Go Round/All Shook Down
Pixies - Where Is My Mind?/Surfer Rosa
Joy Division - She's Lost Control/Unknown Pleasures
Parquet Courts - Fall on Yr Face/Tally All the Things That You Broke
Spacemen 3 - The Sound of Confusion/Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs to
Lou Reed - Sad Song/Berlin
The Beatles - Yer Blues/The White Album
Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic/Toys in the Attic
Black Sabbath - Wheels of Confusion/Vol. 4
Husker Du - Eight Miles High/Eight Miles High
Black Flag - Damaged II/Damaged
Butthole Surfers - Who Was In My Room Last Night?/Independent Worm Saloon



Friday, December 02, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #154: December 2, 2016

The history of rock music is chock full of love songs, but there are plenty of songs about love gone wrong as well. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about infidelity in hour 2. Nothing from the soundtrack of "Indecent Proposal," though.


The million-dollar playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Sad13 - Less Than 2/Slugger
Kristin Hersh - Green Screen/Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
New Fries - Mary Poppins' Pockets/More
Swampmeat - Brand New Cadillac/Gin & Tonic
AJJ - Golden Eagle/The Bible 2
STRFKR - Open Your Eyes/Being No One, Going Nowhere
Bread & Butter - Desperation/Desperation
Plastic Pinks - My Frenzy State/El Animal
Beach Slang - Hot Tramps/A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Ultimate Painting - Bills/Dusk
The Afghan Whigs - Regret/Black Love (20th Anniversary Reissue)
Preoccupations - Stimulation/Preoccupations
Bloodhounds on My Trail - Places Like This/The Haunted Isle EP
Blonde Redhead - Mama Cita/Masculine Feminine box set
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath/Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Metallica - Hardwired/Hardwired....to Self-Destruct

Hour 2: Infidelity
Pixies - Bone Machine/Surfer Rosa
The Lemonheads - Second Chance/Hate Your Friends
Grinderman - Get It On/Grinderman
Rollins Band - You Didn't Need/The End of Silence
St. Vincent - Chloe in the Afternoon/Strange Mercy
The Fiery Furnaces - Worry Worry/Gallowsbird's Bark
Sleater-Kinney - One More Hour/Dig Me Out
The White Stripes - Jolene/The Peel Sessions 7/25/01
Drive-By Truckers - My Sweet Annette/Decoration Day
Led Zeppelin - Your Time is Gonna Come/Led Zeppelin
Sloan - Backstabbin'/Action Pact
R.E.M. - Star 69/Monster
Public Image Ltd. - Disappointed/9
The Who - I Can See For Miles/The Who Sell Out
Nine Inch Nails - Terrible Lie/Pretty Hate Machine
Van Halen - One Foot Out the Door/Fair Warning
Tony Molina - Banshee/Confront the Truth

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 448: Well, That Happened

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the aftermath of the election. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4
- Keeping friends after the election
- It's getting personal
- The canary in the coal mine
- Reading things that you know will annoy you
- Forced lefty
- Giving up on the presidency
- Don't encourage the Kardashians
- Romney's changed, man
- Matt's next book is changing because of the election
- Forget art forged from pain, we'll take mindless pop
- Social media as free therapy
- The Electoral College's relevance
- Changing demographics

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #153: November 25, 2016

Ah, Thanksgiving. That time of year when we gather with family, think about what we're thankful for and most importantly, stuff food in our faces until we can stuff no more. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about eating in hour 2. Listen while you're unbuckling your belt after inhaling leftovers.



The calorie-laden playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Jacuzzi Boys - Zoo/Ping Pong
Terry Malts - Seen Everything/Lost at the Party
Duck - Lip on the Floor/Slack Gob EP
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - I'm Still Here/Miss Sharon Jones! soundtrack
A Tribe Called Quest - Dis Generation/We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Skyjelly - Sixes/Blank Panthers-Priest, Expert, or Wizard
Thee Oh Sees - At the End, On the Stairs/An Odd Entrances
Deap Valley - Royal Jelly/Live on KUTX
Split Single - Goodnight World/Metal Frames
Drive-By Truckers - Kinky Hypocrite/American Band
The Needy Sons - Roll Call/Vis-a-Vis
The Peep Tempel - Totality/Joy
Real Numbers - New Boy/Wordless Wonder
Dinosaur Jr. - Tiny/Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
Johnny Foreigner - Into the Veldt/Mono No Aware
Descendents - Spineless and Scarlet Red/Hypercaffium Spazzinate
PUP - My Life is Over and I Couldn't Be Happier/The Dream is Over

Hour 2: Eating
Royal Crescent Mob - Hungry/Spin the World
Medium Medium - Hungry, So Angry/The Glitterhouse
Radio Birdman - Hungry Cannibals/Zeno Beach
Future of the Left - Eating for None/The Peace & Truth of Future of the Left
Palm - You Are What Eats You/Trading Basics
Jawbreaker Reunion - Laughing Alone Eating a Salad/Lutheran Sisterhood Gun Club
Titus Andronicus - Food Fight!/Local Business
King Khan and the Shrines - Took My Lady to Dinner/The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines
A Tribe Called Quest - Butter/The Low End Theory
Danger Doom - Mince Meat/The Mouse and the Mask
Blondie - Eat to the Beat/Eat to the Beat
The Upper Crust - Let Them Eat Rock (live)/Entitled
Krill - Peanut Butter/Krill-Ovlov-LVL Up-Radiator Hospital split
Ovlov - Milk/am
Sleater-Kinney - Milkshake 'n Honey/All Hands on the Bad One
Ty Segall - Breakfast Eggs/Emotional Mugger
Sloan - Out to Lunch/B-Sides Win: extras, bonus tracks and b-sides 1992-2008
Red Red Meat - Buttered/Bunny Gets Paid (20th anniversary vinyl reissue)
Gang of Four - Cheeseburger/Solid Gold


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 447: The Aftermath

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the aftermath of the election. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4
- Jay: Not moving to Canada
- None of those celebs is leaving the country
- Enthusiastic votes for Trump
- Parallels to Brexit
- Plenty of protests when Obama was elected
- Scandals didn't hurt Trump
- Clinton was a very Republican-safe candidate
- Covering politics for a newspaper can change you
- When Matt was dissed by the new Lt. Gov.
- Oh, Gary Hart
- Politicians and sex
- To be continued

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #152: November 18, 2016

As we wrap up one of the strangest years in recent memory, I took some time on Stuck In Thee Garage this week to take another look back to music from 1991 in hour 2. There were so many historic albums released that year, shaping the future of rock with some seismic shifts.



The "hasta la vista, baby" playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Ty Segall - Orange Color Queen/Ty Segall
Cloud Nothings - Modern Act/Life Without Sound
Jeff Rosenstock - Blast Damage Days/WORRY.
Split Single - Leave My Mind/Metal Frames
Young Mammals - Crane/Jaguar
Flower Girl - I Saw a Mouse/Tuck in Your Tie-Dye
The Peep Tempel - Rayguns/Joy
Beach Slang - Spin the Dial/A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
TUNS - Mind Over Matter/Tuns
Used Cassettes - Rock n Rill/Rock n Rills
Fond Han - Cali Cruiser/Sham Cloud
Tres Leches - Get Off/Tres Leches
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions - Let Me Get There (feat. Kurt Vile)/Until the Hunter
Pixies - Tenement Song/Head Carrier
Honeyblood - Ready for the Magic/Babes Never Die
Warpaint - So Good/Heads Up

Hour 2: More 1991
Pearl Jam -  State of Love and Trust (Demo 1991)/Ten Legacy Edition
Temple of the Dog - Pushin' Forward Back/Temple of the Dog
Soundgarden - Face Pollution/Badmotorfinger
Smashing Pumpkins - Bury Me/Gish
U2 - Until the End of the World/Achtung Baby
Teenage Fanclub - December/Bandwagonesque
The Tragically Hip - Twist My Arm/Road Apples
Screaming Trees - Ocean of Confusion/Uncle Anesthesia
A Tribe Called Quest - Everything is Fair/The Low End Theory
Living Colour - Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothin'/Biscuits
Fishbone - Everyday Sunshine/The Reality of My Surroundings
Matthew Sweet - Looking at the Sun/Girlfriend
The Feelies - Waiting/Time for a Witness
Dinosaur Jr. - The Wagon/Green Mind


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 446: Picking Up the Pieces

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the aftermath of the election. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4
- Thought this was going to be a very different show
- Didn't expect a Trump victory
- Social media was raw the day after the election
- Family and friend disagreements
- You can't change anybody's mind on social media
- Friendships are ending over the election
- Hiding or unfriending people
- Plenty of blame to go around
- People don't fact check things before passing them along
- Thanksgiving could be disastrous this year
- Many people may avoid it altogether
- A whole group of people got left behind and Trump tapped into that
- A deplorable soundbite
- Promising everything
- We're insulated in Massachusetts
- Oh, Florida
- Dealing with post-election feelings
- Racist and dumb is quite the combination
- To be continued

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #151: November 11, 2016

Sometimes you just need to let loose. After a long, stressful election campaign, this week's Stuck In Thee Garage featured music to blow off some steam in hour 2. If only to forget about the negative stuff for a little while. Not quite as crazy as a bachelor party, and probably more fun.



The "dance on the furniture" playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Split Single - Still Invisible/Metal Frames
Bleached - Sour Candy/Welcome the Worms
Hobosexual - VHS or Sharon Stone/VHS or Sharon Stone
American Sharks - Iron Lungs/American Sharks
Radioactivity - Pretty Girl/Silent Kill
Hard Left - Western Rifles/Strike for America
Jacuzzi Boys - Refrigeration/Ping Pong
UVH - Innervision/Last Fruit
Preoccupations - Zodiac/Preoccupations
Methyl Ethel - Shadowboxing/Oh Inhuman Spectacle
Major Major Major - Scream Queen/PG-13 Movie
Muuy Biien - In the Pits/Age of Uncertainty
Slothrust - Like a Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone/Everyone Else
Crying - There Was a Door/Beyond the Fleeting Gales
Teenage Fanclub - The Darkest Part of the Night/Here
Ty Richards - Spaceman/Zillion
Skyjelly - Headphone Jack/Blank Panthers-Priest, Expert, or Wizard
Alien Knife Fight - Some Girls/Single

Hour 2: Blow off steam
Black Flag - Six Pack/Damaged
Art Brut - Alcoholics Unanimous/Art Brut vs. Satan
The Afghan Whigs - Miles iz Ded/Congregation
Beastie Boys - Sabotage/Ill Communication
Jane's Addiction - Idiots Rule/Nothing's Shocking
Black Sabbath - Sweet Leaf/Master of Reality
The Amps - I am Decided/Pacer
Ex Hex - Beast/Rips
The Hives - Supply and Demand/Veni Vidi Vicious
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Blues X Man/Orange
Fred Schneider - Radioactive Lady Eyeball/Just Fred
David Bowie - Fashion/Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
Prince - Housequake/Sign 'O the Times
Kool & the Gang - Jungle Boogie/Wild and Peaceful
Parliament - Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)/Mothership Connection



Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 445: Reeling in the Years, 1985 (Part 3)

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1985. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- Jay's #5
- Brian: "I'm a major label sellout guy" when it comes to R.E.M.
- R.E.M. started getting rock radio airplay in '85
- When MTV News was a thing
- The evolution of Stipe
- Brian's #2
- The Pogues: A love 'em or hate 'em band
- Shane McGowan has teeth now
- Jay's #2
- Two great Husker Du albums in '85
- New Day Rising gets the edge over Flip Your Wig
- Rock concert business was focused on arenas in '85
- Indie rock acts had to forge their own way
- Brian's #1 and Jay's #5
- Camper Van Beethoven's interesting debut mixed a lot of styles
- Jay forgot about the Replacements
- Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is excellent
- Mats reunion may not be over
- Jay's #1
- Pete Townshend's last great work
- Ambitious project about the London projects where he grew up
- Since then, he's focused on Who tours and licensing
- McCartney can't stop/won't stop
- Next up: 1990

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #150: November 4, 2016

Everywhere I go, the kids wanna rock. Or so I'm told. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I celebrate 150 shows with two hours of the good stuff, including songs about youth in hour 2.



The dazed and confused playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Jacuzzi Boys - Boys Like Blood/Ping Pong
Beach Slang - Future Mixtape for the Art Kids/A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Young Mammals - The Slight/Jaguar
Jeff Rosenstock - Wave to Goodnight to Me/WORRY.
Terry Malts - Won't Come to Find You/Lost at the Party
Flower Girl - Hi5s/Tuck in Your Tie-Die
Muuy Biien - Moral Compass/Age of Uncertainty
Preoccupations - Monotony/Preoccupations
Crying - Premonitory Dream/Beyond the Fleeting Gales
Wyatt Blair - Young Hearts Unite/Point of No Return
Future States - You Got It All Wrong/Casual Listener
Stove - Stupidest/Is Stupider
Real Numbers - This Happy Sadness/Wordless Wonder
The Peep Tempel - We You Forgot/Joy
Hard Left - Strike for America/Strike for America
Ted Leo - In the Mean Times/Single
Decker. - The Holy Ghost/Snake River Blues
The Needy Sons - Red Line/Vis-a-Vis
Midnight Faces - Blue Haze/Heavenly Bodies
Teen Suicide - Lately/Bonus EP

Hour 2: Youth
Art Brut - Emily Kane/Bang Bang Rock & Roll
Arctic Monkeys - Fluorescent Adolescent/Favourite Worst Nightmare
Pointed Sticks - Perfect Youth/Part of the Noise
Nirvana - Sliver/Incesticide
Husker Du - Flexible Flyer/Flip Your Wig
Sleater-Kinney - Youth Decay/All Hands on the Bad One
Diarrhea Planet - Kids/I'm Richer Than Your Wildest Dreams
Young Adults - Old Kids/Old Kids-Void
Golden Gurls - Kid Tested/Typo Magic
The Exploding Hearts - Teenage Faces/Shattered
The Dambuilders - Teenage Loser Anthem/Ruby Red
The Hold Steady - Teenage Liberation/Boys and Girls in America
Kenny Chambers and Electric Ears - Hey Kid/The Kings We're Meant to Be
Beach Slang - Hard Luck Kid/The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us
Ladyhawk - Teenage Love Song/Ladyhawk
Kuroma - Thee Only Childe/Kuromarama
The Damned - Problem Child/Music for Pleasure
AC/DC - Problem Child/Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Van Halen - And the Cradle Will Rock.../Women and Children First






Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 444: Reeling in the Years, 1985 (Part 2)

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1985. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- Bands that formed in '85: Bevis Frond, Big Dipper, Crowded House, Guns 'N Roses, Hootie and the Blowfish, Jane's Addiction, Radiohead
- Bands that split up: Minutemen, Hanoi Rocks, Kajagoogoo
- Brian's bubbling under albums: Prince, Minutemen, Jonathan Richman, Angst, Big Audio Dynamite
- The importance of Mick Jones
- Jay: Smiths, INXS, Cure, Dinosaur Jr., Rush, Jesus and Mary Chain
- Brian's #5
- Beat Happening specialized in lo-fi pop
- Brian's #4
- Not the best Talking Heads album, but a decent one
- Jay's #4
- The Cult established their goth sound
- To be continued

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #149: October 28, 2016

With Halloween, you're either into it or you're not. It's a great pastime.This week, I played two hours of creepy songs worthy of the occasion.



The playlist from beyond the grave:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Primus - My Name is Mud
Toadies - Possum Kingdom/Rubberneck
Mark Lanegan - Where Did You Sleep Last Night/The Winding Sheet
The Night Marchers - Bad Bloods/See You in Magic
The Jesus Lizard - Monkey Trick/Goat
Faith No More - Cone of Shame/Sol Invictus
The Misfits - Horror Hotel/3 Hits from Hell
Red Fang - Blood Like Cream/Whales and Leeches
The Black Angels - River of Blood/Phosphene Dream
Peter Gabriel - Intruder/Melt
Big Chief - Your Days Are Numbered/Platinum Jive
The Fiery Furnaces - Cabaret of the Seven Devils/Widow City
At the Drive-In - A Devil Among the Tailors/In Casino Out
The Sonics - Strychnine/Here are the Sonics
The Beatles - Helter Skelter/The White Album
Big Black - I Can Be Killed/Lungs
Frank Black - The Creature Crawling/The Cult of Ray
The Flaming Lips - Lucifer Rising/In a Priest Driven Ambulance
Judas Priest - Devil's Child/Screaming for Vengeance
Queens of the Stone Age - Burn the Witch/Lullabies to Paralyze
Blue Oyster Cult - Tattoo Vampire/Agents of Fortune
Redd Kross - Dracula's Daughter/Researching the Blues
New York Dolls - Frankenstein/New York Dolls
Rollins Band - Burned Beyond Recognition/Live on the Henry Rollins Show
Monster Magnet - See You in Hell/Powertrip
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/Abattoir Blues - The Lyre of Orpheus
Ty Segall Band - Death/Slaughterhouse
Entrance - Grim Reaper Blues/Prayer of Death
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman/Diary of a Madman

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 443: Reeling in the Years, 1985 (Part 1)

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1985. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- 1985: Jay graduated from high school, started college in the fall
- Jay was 17 going on 18, Brian turned 3
- Jay: Listened to a lot of AOR, hard rock, metal
- Started getting into U2
- The year of rock charity
- Undercurrent of college rock
- MTV was growing
- Style over substance
- Strange collection of songs on the Hot 100
- A lot of songs released in '84 carried over to '85 charts
- Hard rock and metal albums were selling well: Ratt, Dokken, Twisted Sister
- Indie rock's influence wouldn't be felt for a few more years
- The launch of VH1
- PMRC hearings put spotlight on explicit lyrics
- Warning labels had the opposite of intended effect
- DLR left Van Halen in '85: Did he jump or was he pushed?
- DLR's book is fascinating and insane
- Rock bios are a mixed bag
- To be continued

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #148: October 21, 2016

Practice makes perfect, and that is certainly true in the world of rock music. Many artists don't quite hit their stride until a few albums in. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played music from fourth albums in hour 2. As you can hear, there's plenty of great selections.

Franky Four Fingers does not make an appearance, however.



The quadrotastic playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Terry Malts - Used to Be/Lost at the Party
Pixies - Head Carrier/Head Carrier
Real Numbers - Just So Far Away/Wordless Wonder
Ablebody - The Sun, a Small Star/Adult Contemporaries
Tony Molina - No One Told He/Confront the Truth
Flock of Dimes - Minor Justice/If You See Me, Say Yes
Lucy Dacus - Strange Torpedo/No Burden
Drive-By Truckers - Ramon Casiano/American Band
Wilco - Locator/Schmilco
Teenage Fanclub - Hold On/Here
Car Seat Headrest - Not Just What I Needed/Teens of Denial
Fatal Jamz - Lead Singer/Pussy & Fame
Future Biff - Fresher Faces/I Crashed Your Car
Black Beach - Wallflower/Shallow Creatures
Faith No More - We Care a Lot (2016 Mix)/We Care a Lot (Deluxe Band Edition)
50FOOTWAVE - Ratted Out/Bath White
Thin Lips - Andy Weed/Riff Hard
Modern Baseball - What If.../Holy Ghost

Hour 2: Fourth album
Radiohead - Idioteque/Kid A
Kraftwerk - Autobahn (radio edit)/Autobahn
The Cure - The Hanging Garden/Pornography
David Bowie - Oh! You Pretty Things/Hunky Dory
Arctic Monkeys - Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair/Suck It and See
Beastie Boys - Get It Together/Ill Communication
The Cars - Victim of Love/Shake It Up
R.E.M. - Fall on Me/Lifes Rich Pageant
Talking Heads - Crosseyed and Painless/Remain in Light
Husker Du - Makes No Sense at All/Flip Your Wig
The Replacements - I'll Buy/Tim
The Afghan Whigs - Debonair/Gentlemen
Rocket From the Crypt - Young Livers/Scream, Dracula, Scream!
Superchunk - The First Part/Foolish
Sloan - She Says What She Means/Navy Blues


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 442: Mars Needs Guitars

Part 2 of my conversation with author Greg Renoff as we discuss the rise and fall of the guitar hero. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Buy Greg's book Van Halen Rising at Amazon or get a signed copy from the Van Halen Store
- Flash guitar in the '80s: VH, Motley Crue, Ratt, Quiet Riot
- Ratt was once replaced on a bill by Molly Hatchet
- Billy Squier's downfall
- Molly Hatchet unsuccessfully tried to pull a "ZZ Top"
- The hair metal bubble burst
- The '80s shredder trend
- Fast forwarding to the solos
- Oh, Vinnie Vincent
- Looking for the new Warrant
- The influence of Guitar Hero
- Learning about Slash
- We need guitars

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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 his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.