Friday, February 26, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #119: February 26, 2016

Nostalgia takes many forms, especially when it comes to music. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1986 in hour 2. I stuck to the rock, so there wasn't a lot in terms of the top 40 or hair metal stuff. But for a trip back to 30 years ago, there were plenty of great musical memories blasted out.

This was also the era of James Belushi:



This playlist wasn't about last night:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Tacocat - Talk/Lost Time
Ty Segall - Squealer/Emotional Mugger
Washer - Do It Yourself/Here Comes Washer
Lubec - Many Worlds/Concentration
Two Inch Astronaut - Topper Shutt/Personal Life
Shearwater - Quiet Americans/Jet Plane and Oxbow
Yuck - Only Silence/Stranger Things
Dick Diver - Waste the Alphabet/Melbourne, Florida
Dilly Dally - Desire/Sore
Wolf Alice - Bros/My Love is Cool
TUNS - Throw It All Away/Single
Deforesters - A Song for the Reptoids of Denver International Airport to Sing/Deforesters
All Dogs - That Kind of Girl/Kicking Every Day
Hop Along - Powerful Man/Painted Shut
Peter Gabriel - Modern Love/Car
Sugar - Try Again/Copper Blue reissue
Brainiac - Hot Seat Can't Sit Down/Hissing Prigs in Static Couture

Hour 2: 1986
R.E.M. - Begin the Begin/Lifes Rich Pageant
Game Theory - Here It Is Tomorrow/The Big Shot Chronicles
Husker Du - Sorry Somehow/Candy Apple Grey
Prince - Kiss/Parade
Siouxie and the Banshees - Cities in Dust/Tinderbox
The Smiths - Vicar in a Tutu/The Queen is Dead
Run DMC - My Adidas/Raising Hell
Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn/Licensed to Ill
David Lee Roth - Bump and Grind/Eat 'Em and Smile
Iron Maiden - Wasted Years/Somewhere in Time
Metallica - Master of Puppets/Master of Puppets
The Smithereens - Blood and Roses/Especially for You
fIREHOSE - Brave Captain/Ragin', Full On
Public Image Limited - Rise/Album

Trust Fund Challenge #19: "Who Believes in Ghosts?" (1973)

In the latest episode of Trust Fund Challenge, Ric and I tackle yet another craptastic early '70s cartoon, The Brady Kids. Ostensibly a Scooby Doo mystery ripoff, this show also featured only half of the actual kid actors from the Brady Bunch because of contract disputes. So you get some truly awful line readings from the producer's kids, the same ones who appeared in the Lassie's Rescue Rangers show we watched in TFC #12. Add in recycled backgrounds, a hackneyed plot, leaden jokes and some racist characters and you have a typical mass-produced '70s cartoon show.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 412: Reeling in the Years, 1983 (Part 3)

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1983. Listen to the episode below or download it directly (right click and "save as").
 
Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output
- Brian's #3
- Jonathan Richman forges his own path
- A great year for singles
- Jay's #3
- Metallica helped introduce thrash metal
- Brian's #2
- Post-Eno Talking Heads is still pretty damn good
- Jay's #2
- The Replacements start stretching out their sound
- Don't have high hopes for the GNR tour
- Whither Izzy Stradlin?
- Brian's #1
- Great debut for Violent Femmes
- Jay's #1
- Jay: First heard R.E.M. on their Letterman appearance
- Stipe was still in his shy phase
- Peter Buck's a busy guy
- A lot of beginnings in 1983
- Next up: 1999

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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, February 20, 2016

Trust Fund Challenge #18: In Broad Daylight (1971)

The great thing about the stuff we watch on Trust Fund Challenge is it isn't all bad. "In Broad Daylight" is a fairly well done 1971 TV movie about an actor who recently went blind and is out for revenge when he discovers his wife is cheating on him with his best friend. Featuring a pre-"Bob Newhart Show" Suzanne Pleshette, before her voice turned to gravel.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #118: February 19, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage is a rock show, first and foremost, but every once in a while, it's nice to stretch the format. This week, I played a kickass assortment of mostly new indie rock in hour 1, but went in a totally different direction in hour 2 with a whole lotta funk. Most of it of the old-school variety. Let the funk flow free, brothers and sisters.



The "dyn-o-mite" playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Halfsour - Sensitive Rugby/Tuesday Night Live
The Villas - Never Had a Morning/Long Player
Nevermen - Mr. Mistake/Nevermen
Benji Hughes - Freaky Feedback Blues/Songs in the Key of Animals
Charlie Hilton - Pony/Palana
Eleanor Friedberger - Because I Asked You/New View
Bully - Brainfreeze/Feels Like
Stove - Plastic/Is Stupider
The Spook School - Speak When You're Spoken To/Try to Be Hopeful
Palm - Child Actor/Trading Basics
Swings - Dirty Blue/Sugarwater
Wand - Floating Head/Golem
VIDEO - Shackles/The Entertainers
Sugar - The Act We Act/Copper Blue
Drive Like Jehu - New Math/Yank Crime
The Riverboat Gamblers - Last to Know/Something to Crow About
Monster Magnet - Powertrip/Powertrip

Hour 2: Funk
Earth, Wind & Fire - Mighty Mighty/Open Our Eyes
Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star/That's the Way of the World
James Brown - Hot Pants, Pts. 1 and 2/Make It Funky (The Big Payback 1971-1975)
Cymande - Bra/Cymande
The Noble Knights - Sing a Simple Song/Single
The Dramatics - Get Up and Get Down/Whatcha See is Whatcha Get
Sly and the Family Stone - Thank You (Falettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)/Single
Ohio Players - Fire/Fire
Funkadelic - Red Hot Mama/Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
Parliament - Up for the Down Stroke/Up for the Down Stroke
Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers - If It Ain't Funky/Bustin' Loose
Beastie Boys - Root Down/Ill Communication
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (with Rufus Thomas) - Chicken Dog/Now I Got Worry
Beck - Mixed Bizness/Midnite Vultures


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 411: Reeling in the Years, 1983 (Part 2)

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1983. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").
 
Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output
- Jay: Talking Heads, Robert Plant, Billy Idol, X, Motorhead, The Fixx, The Kinks
- Lemmy and Brian Robertson didn't get along
- "Come Dancing" is a great pop song
- Brian's #5
- First exposure to Bowie music
- Greg Dulli's great take on "Modern Love"
- Binging on Bowie
- Jay's #5
- The Police go out on top...and fighting
- The Sting and Peter Gabriel tour could be interesting...or bad
- Brian's #4
- The interesting story of Daniel Johnston
- Jay's #4
- The American breakthrough for U2
- Jay: U2 was my favorite band through some of the '80s
- Recent Paris concert was pretty good
- 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, February 13, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #117: February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day means different things to different people. Some buy flowers, some pay for expensive dinners, some make huge romantic gestures. Me, I play the rock music. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about love in hour 2. Not necessarily love songs, though.



The "kicked in the butt by love" playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Halfsour - Employees Must Wash Hands/Tuesday Night Live
Lubec - Late Bloomer/Concentration
Living Hour - Steady Glazed Eyes/Living Hour
Ty Segall - Mandy Cream/Emotional Mugger
The I Don't Cares - King of America/Wild Stab
Iggy Pop - Break Into Your Heart/Post Pop Depression
Yuck - I'm OK/Stranger Things
Night Beats - Sunday Mourning/Who Sold My Generation
Rocketship - "Sleeping Pills"/"Sleeping Pills"
Yeasayer - I Am Chemistry/Amen & Goodbye
Du Vide - The Hell It Is/Clutter
Two Inch Astronaut - Woodstock '99/Personal Life
Washer - Human/Here Comes Washer
Solids - Wait It Out/Else
Protomartyr - Feast of Stephen/The Agent Intellect

Hour 2: Songs about love
Sloan - Shadow of Love/The Double Cross
O Positive - Talk About Love/Cloud Factory
The Feelies - Loveless Love/Crazy Rhythms
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart/Permanent
Kaiser Chiefs - Everyday I Love You Less and Less/Employment
The Dears - Hate Then Love/Gang of Losers
XTC - Love at First Sight/Black Sea
Big Star - I'm in Love With a Girl/Radio City
Maria McKee - If Love is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags)/Pulp Fiction soundtrack
Spoon - Is Love Forever?/Transference
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Who Do You Love?/Living With the Living
The Kickovers - Fake in Love/Osaka
Jonny Polonsky - Evil Scurvy Love/Hi My Name is Jonny
The Jam - Takin' My Love/In the City
Van Halen - So This is Love?/Fair Warning
Nirvana - Love Buzz/Sub Pop Singles Club
Grinderman - Love Bomb/Grinderman


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 410: Reeling in the Years, 1983 (Part 1)

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1983. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").
 
Show notes:
- Recorded via Skype
- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output
- In '83, Brian turned 1, Jay turned 16
- A lot of classic '80s singles came out in '83
- From Men at Work to Metallica
- Thriller loomed large
- Strange mix of hits on the top 100
- CDs were first sold in the U.S.
- The US Festival was a huge event
- Brian recommends the Eagles documentary
- The Strummer-Jones dynamic led to breakup of the Clash
- KISS took off the makeup
- Elton John had minor hits throughout the '80s
- Aerosmith was fading
- Brian: Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut
- Jay: Ronnie James Dio strikes out on his own while Sabbath forges on with Ian Gillan
- Brian: SST comp Blasting Concepts was a good intro to punk
- Dinosaur Jr.'s recent 30th anniversary shows
- 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, February 05, 2016

Stuck In Thee Garage #116: February 5, 2016

The animal kingdom is vast and impressive. So is the number of songs about animals. I explored some of these in hour 2 of Stuck In Thee Garage today. Dogs, cats, lions, tigers, bears, oh my!



This playlist has plenty of Hooch, not so much Turner:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Iggy Pop - Gardenia/Post Pop Depression
Bob Mould - Voices in My Head/Patch the Sky
Two Inch Astronaut - Personal Life/Personal Life
Savages - Evil/Adore Life
Kite Base - Miracle Waves/Miracle Waves
Hinds - Chili Town/Leave Me Alone
Gold Muse - Kiss the Sun/Single
Yuck - Hold Me Closer/Strange Things
The I Don't Cares - Love Out Loud/Wild Stab
Speedy Ortiz - Zig/Foil Deer
Tiger Waves - In Your Head/In Retrograde
David Bowie - 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore/Blackstar
Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger/Leopard Priestess/Emotional Mugger
Shearwater - Filaments/Jet Plane and Oxbow

Hour 2: Animals
Belly - Slow Dog/Star
Obits - Talking to the Dog/I Blame You
AC/DC - Dog Eat Dog/Let There Be Rock
Robert Pollard - Serious Bird Woman (You Turn Me On)/Normal Happiness
The White Stripes - Little Bird/De Stijl
The Dead Weather - 3 Birds/Horehound
Public Image Limited - No Birds/Second Edition
The Walkmen - The Rat/Bows + Arrows
Sebadoh - I Smell a Rat/Harmacy
Rocket from the Crypt - Heart of a Rat/Group Sounds
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion/Show Your Bones
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Tigers/Mirror Traffic
The Tragically Hip - Gus the Polar Bear from Central Park/In Between Evolution
The Kinks - Phenomenal Cat/The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
Dinosaur Jr. - Cats in a Bowl/Dinosaur
PJ Harvey - Cat on a Wall/Uh Huh Her
The Rolling Stones - Stray Cat Blues/Beggars Banquet



Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Completely Conspicuous 409: Life in the Fast Lane

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss short attention spans. Listen to the episode below or download directly (right click and "save as").
 

Show notes:
- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3
- Fear of wasting time or fear of missing out?
- Phone calls are rare and annoying
- Tinder = instantaneous hookups
- Jay: Thankful to have been in the dating Dark Ages
- Guys are born stupid
- Telephone hangups used to be way more dramatic
- How often do you just hang out with a friend and talk?
- Writing letters is a lost art
- Friends who aren't on social media are lost or forgotten
- How much faster can life get?
- We still slow down occasionally
- Nothing slows you down like a baby falling asleep on you

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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.