Friday, May 26, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #178: May 26, 2017

It's never easy for music fans when you lose an icon. Unfortunately, we've had a lot of practice lately so we're getting good at dealing with the loss. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell in hour 2. There was plenty of good stuff to choose from, and I tried to pick songs that haven't been overplayed on rock radio these last 25 years or so. Including a few selections from this movie:



This playlist is looking California, feeling Minnesota:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Girlpool - It Gets More Blue/Powerplant
Loose Tooth - Day Old Glory/Big Day
Black Lips - We Know/Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?
White Reaper - Party Next Door/The World's Best American Band
Top Down - Drink Forever/Rough Roads
Christian Fitness - Nobody Likes a Snitch/Slap Bass Hunks
The Cairo Gang - Real Enough to Believe/Untouchable
Eyelids - Falling Eyes/Or
Cende - What I Want/#1 Hit Single
Spoon - Tear It Down/Hot Thoughts
The Mountain Goats - Rain in Soho/Goths
Mark Lanegan Band - Drunk on Destruction/Gargoyle
The Afghan Whigs - Copernicus/In Spades
Horse Jumper of Love - Dirt/Horse Jumper of Love
Imaginary People - Half Step/October Alice
Thee Oh Sees - You Will Find It Here/An Odd Entrances

Hour 2: Cornell
Soundgarden - New Damage/Badmotorfinger
Chris Cornell - Birth Ritual/Singles soundtrack deluxe edition
Chris Cornell - Seasons/Singles soundtrack deluxe edition
Soundgarden - Head Injury/Ultramega OK
Soundgarden - Gun/Louder Than Love
Audioslave - Cochise/Audioslave
Chris Cornell - Flutter Girl/Euphoria Morning
Temple of the Dog - Call Me a Dog/Temple of the Dog
Soundgarden - Into the Void (Sealth)/Rusty Cage single
Alice in Chains - Right Turn/Sap
M.A.C.C. - Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)/Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Temple of the Dog - All Night Thing/Temple of the Dog

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 465: New Damage

This week, I talk to guest Brian Salvatore about the legacy of the late Chris Cornell. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Brian: Was never a huge fan of Cornell's early singing style
- Rediscovered his love for Soundgarden in recent years
- Jay: First heard him when Temple of the Dog came out in '91, then got Badmotorfinger
- The greatness of Mother Love Bone
- Soundgarden was perfect bridge between '80s hard rock and the new sounds of the '90s
- Jay: Saw Soundgarden in small club in early '92 and then again a few months later at Lollapalooza
- Kim Thayil's guitar playing complemented Cornell's voice well
- Jason Everman, the Zelig of grunge
- The diverse nature of the Seattle acts of the '90s
- The pressure of being the "responsible one"
- Cornell's final tweets were upbeat
- Hard to read into his lyrics
- Most of Cornell's songs were dark
- His death hit hard because he was ours
- Feels like more '70s touring acts have more living members than '90s bands
- The drugs were more prevalent in the '70s and '80s, but the '90s acts paid the price
- Cornell's first solo album Euphoria Morning is really good
- Less impressed with Audioslave
- Soundgarden leaves a terrific body of work

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Head Down

The spate of musician deaths in the last few years has been partially the result of age. So while it's been difficult to accept the loss of greats like Bowie and Lemmy and Chuck Berry, it's sort of understandable. What's tougher to deal with is when someone dies younger. Certainly, Prince's death was a surprise; at 57, it still seemed like he had a lot of years left. And then there are younger rockers who have died--like Cobain and Layne Staley--while shocking and sad, neither came as a surprise given the path they were on.

The death this week of Chris Cornell is tougher to take. At 52, he was still relatively young and vital. And really, of all the big stars of his generation, he seemed to have his shit together. Obviously, it's come out in the last day that police believe Cornell may have committed suicide, and that he's battled depression throughout his life. Still, he always seemed so with it, especially compared to contemporaries like Cobain, Staley, Andrew Wood, Shannon Hoon, Scott Weiland, etc. If you were to tell me a 50something rock star just died but made me guess who, it would have taken me quite a while before I guessed Cornell. He was always supremely confident and really, a guy who had it all: talent, looks, family, success.

I first learned about Cornell after reading a Rolling Stone review of the Temple of the Dog album in the spring of 1991. I was unfamiliar with Soundgarden at the time, but after picking up the TOTD CD, I was quickly sold on the band, especially Cornell's powerful vocals. Later that year, I bought Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger and was bowled over by the monster riffs, the general dark aesthetic and the way it was so much better than all the hair metal crap that was being released at the time. It came out a few months after Nevermind and Ten, but it was the first of that trio that I owned.

Soundgarden was the bridge between the hard rock I grew up on and the alternative rock I grew to prefer. They were able to straddle those worlds, touring with Guns N Roses and Skid Row pre-"Smells Like Teen Spirit" and then firmly ensconced in the alternative world after that. A big reason for that was Cornell, who was the Robert Plant of his generation: handsome, charismatic and in possession of THAT VOICE. He stood in stark contrast to his angst-ridden peers; unlike Cobain, Vedder, et al, Cornell seemed to be perfectly comfortable in the spotlight. He would be screeching at the top of his lungs on metallo-punk scorchers like "Beyond the Wheel" one minute and then crooning acoustic numbers like "Seasons" the next. And then he'd cover "Billie Jean" and do an album with Timbaland (the latter of which, admittedly, was ill-advised).

I saw Soundgarden three times: at Avalon in April 1992, at Lollapalooza a few months later and at Fitchburg State College in 1994. Cornell was a terrific live performer and sadly, I never saw him again. Soundgarden split up in 1997 and reunited a few years ago. In between, he released some solo albums (including 1999's excellent Euphoria Morning) and teamed up with 3/4 of Rage Against the Machine to form the ultimately disappointing Audioslave. I wish I'd caught one of the recent SG tours, but I never expected Cornell to be gone so soon.

Right now, we're dealing with grief and speculation. Why did he do it? His family says he wasn't depressed and wouldn't have committed suicide. I've seem some lame-ass articles analyzing his lyrics, but that doesn't really hold water. Cornell wrote about death and darkness his whole career; there was no sudden change in his attitude. But that's the thing about people with depression: it's possible for nobody else to know what they're thinking and how far they would go to deal with those feelings they may have. Somebody who may seem really on top of things could be in serious trouble, but others may have no idea. When Robin Williams took his own life three years ago, it was jarring and troubling, but he always had a pretty manic personality. Cornell always seemed so chill. Just goes to show you never really know what's going on in someone's head.

The other guys in Soundgarden have to be thrown for a loop right now. The band was in the middle of a tour and had been working on new music. And last November, Cornell did a tour with Temple of the Dog, the side project he created in 1991 to remember Andrew Wood. I watched an entire show from that tour on YouTube and Cornell was chatty, appreciative and in command. Certainly didn't seem like someone who was depressed. Even as recently as last Sunday, he posted a Mother's Day message to his wife that was very positive and upbeat. Looks can be deceiving, I guess.

There has been a lot of loss in the last two years. This one has hit me hard, just because he's from my generation and I've spent so much time over the last three decades digging his music. Hopefully, if we can get anything good out of Chris Cornell's death, it will be to encourage other folks dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts to get help before it's too late.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #177: May 19, 2017

It's strange to think that 2002 was a full 15 years ago. The 9/11 attacks the previous year were a startling reminder that the relative comfort of the '90s was a thing of the past. Everything was a little more tense, a little more jittery. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 2002 in hour 2.



The Bill the Butcher-curated playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Broken Social Scene - Halfway Home/Hug of Thunder
Black Lips - Squatting in Heaven/Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?
Chastity Belt - Caught in a Lie/I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
Naked Giants - Ya Ya/R.I.P.
Loose Tooth - Sleep With the State Concept/Big Day
Deep State - Heavy Lunch/Thought Garden
At the Drive-In - Ghost-Tape No. 9/inter-alia
The Afghan Whigs - Oriole/In Spades
Divisionists - Little Margaret/Daybreak
Father John Misty - Total Entertainment Forever/Pure Comedy
Ty Segall - Papers/Ty Segall
So So Glos - Sunny Side/Kamikaze
Boss Hog - Black Eyes/Brood X
Meat Puppets - Oh, Me/II
Mike Watt - Forever - A Reporter's Opinion/Ball-Hog or Tugboat
Grant Hart - Morningstar/The Argument

Hour 2: 2002
Brendan Benson - Good to Me/Lapalco
Ben Kweller - Wasted & Ready/Sha Sha
The Walkmen - We've Been Had/Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Another Morning Stoner/Source Tags & Codes
McLusky - To Hell With Good Intentions/McLusky Do Dallas
Queens of the Stone Age - First It Giveth/Songs for the Deaf
The Kickovers - Black and Blue/Osaka
Mudhoney - The Straight Life/Since We've Become Translucent
Guided By Voices - Christian Animation Torch Carriers/Universal Truths and Cycles
David Bowie - I've Been Waiting for You/Heathen
Elvis Costello - Tear Off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)/When I Was Cruel
Interpol - Obstacle 1/Turn On the Bright Lights
Flaming Lips - Do You Realize?/Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer/Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The Black Keys - Leavin' Trunk/The Big Come Up
The Tragically Hip - All Tore Up/In Violet Light
Spoon - Jonathon Fisk/Kill the Moonlight



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 464: Industry Standard

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about the evolution of the music blog. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Breitling recently shut down his fine music blog Clicky Clicky
- Some band reunions shouldn't happen
- A whole new target audience for newer live acts
- The kids wanna snap
- Some bands can make a living selling merch and playing small live gigs
- No time for comics anymore
- The inflated price of vinyl
- Zines were the music blogs of the '80s and '90s
- Kumar: A buddy in Washington state got into punk, started a zine
- The convenience of blog software
- The blog as reference tool
- Our work at Webnoize is mostly gone now
- Clicky Clicky lives on via Facebook page
- The blog had a hardcore audience
- Not in it for the numbers
- Cutting through the crap on Twitter
- Quality, not quantity of posts

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #176: May 12, 2017

If you want blood, you got it. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about blood in hour 2. It's bloody good.




The Grandpa Munster-curated playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The Afghan Whigs - Toy Automatic/In Spades
Mark Lanegan Band - Death's Head Tattoo/Gargoyle
Thurston Moore - Cusp/Rock N Roll Consciousness
My Goodness - Silver Lining/Scavengers
PWR BTTM - Now Now/Pageant
Hikes - Onset/Lilt
White Reaper - Eagle Beach/The World's Best American Band
At the Drive-In - No Wolf Like the Present/inter-alia
Mastodon - Precious Stones/Emperor of Sand
The New Pornographers - Play Money/Whiteout Conditions
Woods - Hit That Drum/Love is Love
Sinai Vessel - Birth Blood/Brokenlegged
Horse Jumper of Love - Bagel Breath/Horse Jumper of Love
The Feelies - Make It Clear/In Between
Froth - Shatter/Outside (briefly)

Hour 2: Blood
The Dears - Blood/Degeneration Street
Infinity Girl - Blood and Dirt/Stop Being On My Side
Wintersleep - Blood Collection/New Inheritors
The Night Marchers - Bad Bloods/See You in Magic
Mission of Burma - Fake Blood/ONOffON
Jay Reatard - Blood Visions/Singles '06-'07
The Germs - We Must Bleed/MIA: The Complete Germs
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Bleeding Powers/Tell Balgeary, Balgury is Dead
St. Vincent - Laughing With a Mouth of Blood/Actor
The Black Angels - River of Blood/Phosphene Dream
The Smithereens - Blood and Roses/Especially for You
Eels - Fresh Blood/Hombre Loco
Urge Overkill - Positive Bleeding/Saturation
The Cure - The Blood/The Head on the Door
Buffalo Tom - Bleeding Heart/Birdbrain
The Rolling Stones - Too Much Blood/Undercover
Guided By Voices - Go Rolling Home/Let's Go Eat the Factory


Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 463: Exit Music (For a Blog)

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

Show notes:
- Breitling recently shut down his fine music blog Clicky Clicky
- MP3 blogs soon evolved into something less legally risky
- Wrote about music for other online pubs: Splendid EZine, Junkmedia
- Had a personal page and then launched Clicky Clicky in 2006
- Contributors had other commitments, life got busy
- Breitling now writes for Vanyaland
- In their heyday, music blogs presented artists who weren't pushed by major labels or corporate radio
- The "Celestial Jukebox" is here
- Breitling: Listening habits have changed
- Used to frantically search for new music; now digging into albums
- Peak music blog year was 2007
- Blog bands: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand
- Many people started music blogs to get free stuff
- Some bloggers have moved on to mainstream gigs
- Podcasting has become commonplace
- YouTube stars are now gaining popularity
- Make way for Jacob Sartorius
- To be continued
Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #175: May 5, 2017

We're all about speed these days, whether it's getting information, traveling somewhere or just eating food. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about speed in hour 2. It'll have you smiling while setting a world record.




The fast as a blur playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Mark Lanegan Band - Nocturne/Gargoyle
Jeff Rosenstock - Dramamine/Single
Thurston Moore - Smoke of Dreams/Rock N Roll Consciousness
Charly Bliss - Percolator/Guppy
Gothic Tropic - Don't Give Me Up/Fast or Feast
Horse Jumper of Love - Spaceman/Horse Jumper of Love
Waxahatchee - Silver/Out in the Storm
Warm Soda - Tell Me in a Whisper/I Don't Wanna Grow Up
Boss Hog - Signal/Brood X
Christian Fitness - National Insurance/Slap Bass Hunks
Gorillaz - Momentz (feat. De La Soul)/Humanz
A Tribe Called Quest - Whateva Will Be/We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Kendrick Lamar - FEAR./DAMN.
White Reaper - The Stack/The World's Best American Band
Top Down - Rocks to My Head/Rough Roads
Pile - Fingers/A Hairshirt of Purpose

Hour 2: Speed
Superchunk - The Question is How Fast/On the Mouth
David Bowie - Speed of Life/Low
Velvet Crush - Faster Days/Teenage Symphonies to God
King Khan - Live Fast, Die Strong/Three Hairs and You're Mine
Gord Downie and the Sadies - One Good Fast Job/And the Conquering Sun
The Soundtrack of Our Lives - Faster Than the Speed of Light/Throw It to the Universe
Yo La Tengo - Speeding Motorcycle/Fakebook
Elliott Smith - Speed Trials/Either/Or
Frightened Rabbit - Fast Blood/The Midnight Organ Fight
Judas Priest - Turbo Lover/Turbo
Motley Crue - Too Fast for Love/Too Fast for Love
Iron Maiden - Speed of Light/The Book of Souls
Deep Purple - Speed King/In Rock
Queens of the Stone Age - Quick and to the Pointless/R
Torche - Speed of the Nail/Meanderthal
Motorhead - Fast and Loose/Ace of Spades


Friday, April 28, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #174: April 28, 2017

Life's full of choices, and they can't all be good ones. You're bound to have some regrets. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about regrets in hour 2. Sometimes we all need to be as regret-free as Nic Cage.


The relatively restrained playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
White Reaper - The World's Best American Band/The World's Best American Band
Filthy Friends - Any Kind of Crowd/Single
The New Pornographers - Juke/Whiteout Conditions
Mastodon - Show Yourself/Emperor of Sand
Boss Hog - Elevator/Brood X
The Afghan Whigs - Arabian Heights/In Spades
Crooked Bangs - Rabbit Hole/II
Brother Ali - Pen to Paper/All the Beauty in This Whole Life
Run the Jewels - Oh Mama/RTJ3
The Feelies - Been Replaced/In Between
Trementina - Please Let's Go Away/810
Posse - Kismet/Kismet
Christian Fitness - Bruce Hated Puppies/Slap Bass Hunks
Shellac - Steady As She Goes/Live in Pawtucket, RI 10/21/16
Dead Moon - 54-40 or Fight/Killing Me/What a Way to See the Old Girl Go

Hour 2: Regrets
St. Vincent - Regret/St. Vincent
The Afghan Whigs - Regret/Black Love 20th Anniversary Reissue
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Mistakes and Regrets/Madonna
King Khan and the Shrines - No Regrets/The Supreme Genius of King Khan and the Shrines
Jay-Z - Regrets/Reasonable Doubt
Living Colour - Regrets/Who Shot Ya
Lump - Regret It/Live on Pipeline! 3/2/93
The Fags - Mistake/Light 'Em Up
Urge Overkill - The Mistake/Exit the Dragon
Joy Division - The Only Mistake/Still
The Buzzcocks - Oh Shit!/Singles Going Steady
The Ramones - Listen to My Heart/Ramones
Mike Doughty - Mr. Bitterness/Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless...
Jeff Buckley - Lover, You Should've Come Over/Grace
Redd Kross - I Don't Know How to Be Your Friend/Third Eye
Nirvana - All Apologies/MTV Unplugged in New York 
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #173: April 21, 2017

There's no right way to write a song. Although most rock songs utilize the familiar verse/chorus/verse structure, there's nothing that says you have to have a chorus to have a good song. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs without choruses in hour 2.



This playlist loves you all:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Gothic Tropic - Stronger/Fast or Feast
Froth - Romance Distractions/Outside (briefly)
Woods - Love is Love/Love is Love
The New Pornographers - Colosseums/Whiteout Conditions
Los Campesinos! - For Whom the Belly Tolls/Sick Scenes
The Wedding Present - Bear/Going, Going...
Boss Hog - Billy/Brood X
Top Down - Primitive and Raw/Rough Roads
Snowball II - Sear 'Em!/Flashes of Quincy
Sinai Vessel - Looseleaf/Brokenlegged
The Proper Ornaments - Cremated (Blown Away)/Foxhole
Bash & Pop - Never Wanted to Know/Anything Could Happen
Baked - I Win/Farnham
Divisionists - All Fall Down/Daybreak
Stove - James and the Giant Moth/Is the Meat That Fell Out

Hour 2: Chorus-free
Joy Division - Atmosphere/Substance
Sufjan Stevens - John Wayne Gacy, Jr./Come On Feel the Illinoise
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea/In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Radiohead - Videotape/In Rainbows
Violent Femmes - Country Death Song/Hallowed Ground
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath/Black Sabbath
The Black Keys - Countdown/The Big Come Up
The White Stripes - Hand Springs/Single
Led Zeppelin - Travelling Riverside Blues/Led Zeppelin box set
Drive-By Truckers - Lookout Mountain/The Dirty South
The Tragically Hip - Nautical Disaster/Day for Night
Queens of the Stone Age - Suture Up Your Future/Era Vulgaris
The Afghan Whigs - My Curse/Gentlemen


Friday, April 14, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #172: April 14, 2017

Let's face it, the music industry is very English-centric. Many artists tend to sing in English even if it's not their native tongue. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs with foreign lyrics in hour 2. What a country!



In Soviet Russia, playlist listens to YOU!

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Ride - Charm Assault/Weather Diaries
Froth - Passing Thing/Outside (briefly)
Sinai Vessel - Ramekin/Brokenlegged
Pile - Hissing for Peace/A Hairshirt of Purpose
Growl - Had You Stayed/Won't You
PWR BTTM - Big Beautiful Day/Pageant
Spoon - Shotgun/Hot Thoughts
The New Pornographers - Darling Shade/Whiteout Conditions
The Feelies - Flag Days/In Between
Boss Hog - Ground Control/Brood X
Top Down - She's Gone/Rough Roads
At the Drive-In - Governed by Contagions/inter-alia
Imaginary People - Whisper to Stop/October Alice
The History of Colour TV - Broken Trip/Something Like Eternity
People Flavor - Shake Well/Single
Happyness - Falling Down/Write In

Hour 2: Foreign lyrics
Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi/An 1
The Feelies - Fa Ce La/Crazy Rhythms
Talking Heads - Psycho Killer/Talking Heads '77
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers/Melt
The Clash - Spanish Bombs/London Calling
Pixies - Debaser/Doolittle
Kraftwerk - Autobahn (single version)/Autobahn
The Dirtbombs - La Fin Du Monde/We Have You Surrounded
The Faces - Ooh La La/Ooh La La
Chris Whitley - Loco Girl/Dirt Floor
Frank Black - Ole Mulholland/Teenager of the Year
April Wine - Just Between You and Me/Nature of the Beast
The Twilight Singers - Esta Noche/Blackberry Belle
The Afghan Whigs - Citi Soleil/1965
Cornershop - Brimful of Asha/When I Was Born for the 7th Time


Saturday, April 08, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #171: April 7, 2017

Nostalgia can be overdone at times, but there's nothing wrong with looking back from time to time. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1987 in hour 2. It was an interesting year, with the burgeoning indie/college rock scene, hard rock in its prime and hip hop about to become a major force. And you still had mulleted hunks with phones the size of your head ready to solve any problem with a paper clip and a wad of gum.



The business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Boss Hog - Shh Shh Shh/Brood X
Pile - Hairshirt/A Hairshirt of Purpose
At the Drive-In - Incurably Innocent/inter-alia
The New Pornographers - Whiteout Conditions/Whiteout Conditions
Top Down - Gimme Your Luv/Rough Roads
Froth - New Machine/Outside (briefly)
The Feelies - Gone, Gone, Gone/In Between
Spoon - WhisperI'lllistentohearit/Hot Thoughts
The Mells - McAllister/single
Monster Movie - Keep the Voices Distant/Keep the Voices Distant
Spiral Stairs - Emoshuns/Doris and the Daggers
Fufanu - Sports/Sports
T. Rex - Telegram Sam/The Slider
Hard Skin - Council Estate/On the Balls
Unwound - Arboretum/New Plastic Ideas

Hour 2: 1987
The Replacements - Alex Chilton/Pleased to Meet Me
Dinosaur Jr. - In a Jar/You're Living All Over Me
Pixies - Nimrod's Son/Come On Pilgrim
R.E.M. - Welcome to the Occupation/Document
Midnight Oil - Dream World/Diesel and Dust
U2 - Bullet the Blue Sky/The Joshua Tree
Jane's Addiction - Whores/Jane's Addiction
The Cult - Outlaw/Electric
Guns N' Roses - Nightrain/Appetite for Destruction
Glenn Danzig and the Power and Fury Orchestra - You & Me (Less Than Zero)/Less Than Zero soundtrack
X - 4th of July/See How We Are
Echo & the Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar/Echo & the Bunnymen
Terence Trent D'Arby - Dance Little Sister/Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
Eric B. & Rakim - I Ain't No Joke/Paid in Full
Prince - Sign O' the Times/Sign O' the Times


 

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 462: World Wide Ebb

This week, it's my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we discuss what life would be like without the Internet. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
-  Recorded on the road in a snowstorm
- What if the Internet went away?
- Back to mid-'90s technology
- We'd have to talk to each other
- Generational dip
- The Lou Grant Revolt
- We'd lost a lot of conveniences
- The kids and the promposals
- People are constantly glued to their phones
- #oldmanrant
- We need the Internet
- Social media has replaced a lot of actual human interaction
- Phantom thumb
- TV and radio would be more important
- Making conclusions based on just the headline
- Library book etiquette
- The drive home
- Things could get bad
- Economy would tank
- Overcoming the dependency
- Not necessarily life or death
- Instant info gratification
- Are we ready to get primal?
- Taking a timeout
- Addictive by design
- Kids would have a tough time

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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, March 31, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #170: March 31, 2017

Thieves have been around as long as man has had stuff to steal. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about stealing in hour 2. There was a lot to choose from.



You're Mr. Playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Top Down - The Tunnel/Rough Roads
Spoon - Do I Have to Talk You Into It/Hot Thoughts
Baked - A.A./Farnham
Chastity Belt - Different Now/I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
Rose Elinor Dougall - Colour of Water/Stellular
Los Campesinos! - Here's to the Fourth Time!/Sick Scenes
Spiral Stairs - Dundee Man/Doris and the Daggers
Cloud Nothings - Darkened Rings/Life Without Sound
Snowball II - Anais & Me/Flashes of Quincy
The So So Glos - Missionary/Kamikaze
Japandroids - Arc of Bar/Near the Wild Heart of Life
Chuck Berry - You Never Can Tell/Pulp Fiction soundtrack
AC/DC - School Days/T.N.T. (Australia)
The Faces - You're So Rude/A Nod is as Good as a Wink...to a Blind Horse

Hour 2: Stealing
Cheap Trick - Taxman, Mr. Thief/Cheap Trick
Ozzy Osbourne - Steal Away (The Night)/Blizzard of Ozz
Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing/Ritual de lo Habitual
Drive-By Truckers - Buford Stick (Legend of Sheriff Buford Pusser)/The Dirty South
The Pink Mountaintops - Cold Criminals/Axis of Evol
The Twilight Singers - She Was Stolen/Dynamite Steps
Radiohead - Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief/A Moon Shaped Pool
Run the Jewels - Lie, Cheat, Steal/Run the Jewels 2
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas - Sorry I Stole Your Man/Secret Evil
Nadine Shah - Stealing Cars/Fast Food
Superchunk - Package Thief/On the Mouth
Johnny Foreigner - Criminals/Grace and the Bigger Picture
Wand - Stolen Footsteps/1000 Days
The Rare Breed - Beg, Borrow and Steal/Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968
Iggy Pop and James Williamson - No Sense of Crime/Kill City
Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers - Pirate Love/L.A.M.F. - the lost '77 tapes


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 461: Reeling in the Years, 1991 (Part 3)

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1991. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- Brian's #3
- The final Pixies album with original lineup
- Jay's #2
- Do we need to hear Nevermind again?
- Symbolically historic
- Raw vs. polished
- Brian's #2
- Tribe Called Quest brought a serious jazz feel to their sound
- Focused on the groove, not samples
- Jay's #1
- Matthew Sweet swings for the fences
- Sick guitar work from Lloyd and Quine
- Susanna Hoffs doesn't age
- Brian's #1
- Mike Mills gets his due
- Peter Buck's mandolin phase
- Still plenty of great records we didn't discuss
- The Costello-McCartney experiment
- School of Fish had the song of the summer of '91
- What's next?
- The early '90s were chock full of good stuff

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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, March 21, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 460: Reeling in the Years, 1991 (Part 2)

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1991. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- Albums that didn't make our top 5 of '91
- Brian: Feelies, Slint, Prince
- Skipping a Prince show
- Jay: Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Temple of the Dog
- Brian: Firehose, De La Soul, Cohen tribute, Jonathan Richman
- No more "Hallelujah" covers, please
- Tribute albums were big in the '90s
- Jay: Tragically Hip, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Nation of Ulysses, Swervedriver
- Jay's #5
- Soundgarden's game-changer
- Brian's #5
- Primus makes its mark
- Jay's #4
- The best Smashing Pumpkins album
- Corgan's off the rails now
- Brian's #4
- Ween's weirdest record
- Jay's #3
- Teenage Fanclub went from unknowns in the U.S. to indie darlings
- To be continued

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

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 17, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #169: March 17, 2017

Some call St. Patrick's Day a glorious celebration, others call it amateur hour. Today on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs for St. Patty's in hour 2. Odes to (and laments about) drinking, partying and similar activities. Cheers!



The beer-soaked playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The Afghan Whigs - Demon in Profile/In Spades
The Bad Signs - Such a Fucked Up Thing/Single
The Districts -  Ordinary Day/Single
Jay Som - 1 Billion Dogs/Everybody Works
The Shins - Cherry Hearts/Heartworms
The Radio Dept. - Swedish Guns/Running Out of Love
Miami - The City That Never Sleeps/Split
The History of Colour TV - Everything That Stood Still/Something Like Eternity
Imaginary People - Mr. Hesitance/October Alice
Los Campesinos! - Renato Dall'Ara/Sick Scenes
Crying - Patriot/Beyond the Fleeting Gales
Filthy Friends - Love in the Time of Resistance/Battle Hymns
Ty Segall - Freedom/Ty Segall
Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel - When the Morning Greets You With a Smile/When the Morning Greets You With a Smile
Thin Lips - I Wonder/Riff Hard
Diarrhea Planet - Let It Out/Turn to Gold

Hour 2: St. Patty's Day
Pulp - Party Hard/This is Hardcore
The Hold Steady - Party Pit/Boys and Girls in America
Minutemen - Maybe Partying Will Help/Double Nickels on the Dime
Moe Berg - Drunk Again/Summer's Over
Ladyhawk - Drunk Eyes/Ladyhawk 
Sonic Youth - Drunken Butterfly/Dirty
LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls/This is Happening
Diamond Rugs - Gimme a Beer/Diamond Rugs
The Capitol Years - Giant Drunks/Let Them Drink
Beck - Beercan/Mellow Gold
Against Me! - Drinking With the Jocks/Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Husker Du - Whatcha Drinkin'/New Day Rising
Black Flag - Drinking and Driving/In My Head
Vanity - The King Drinks/Vain in Life
Electric Six - Gay Bar/Fire
Mick Farren - Half Price Drinks/Vampires Stole My Lunch Money
Arctic Monkeys - No. 1 Party Anthem/AM
A.C. Newman - Drink to Me Babe Then/The Slow Wonder

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 459: Reeling in the Years, 1991 (Part 1)

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1991. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output
- Wrapping up our look at the music of the years 1980-1999
- 1991 really kicked off the '90s musically
- Brian was 9, Jay was 23
- Alt-rock took off in '91
- Big year for Metallica
- Plenty of pop and one-hit wonders
- Bryan Adams and Color Me Badd had strong years
- Big efforts from A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, NWA and Public Enemy
- Styx had a song land in the top 100 singles
- Rock radio was still rooted in classic rock
- Billboard switched to Soundscan charts
- Freddie Mercury died on same day as Eric Carr of KISS
- Van Halen's slide into irrelevancy
- Since '91, VH has released three albums with three different singers
- Red Hot Chili Peppers hit their peak
- Albums Jay liked in '91: RHCP, Live, Spin Doctors
- Quintessential '90s tunes
- Talking Heads officially split
- 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, March 10, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #168: March 10, 2017

Nerds have traditionally been the target of mockery and derision, but let's face it, they're some of the most influential people in the world nowadays. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I pay tribute to nerds (and geeks, dorks, etc.) in hour 2. Think twice about who you pick on, kids. They might be your boss someday.



The eminently dorky playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Priests - Nothing Feels Natural/Nothing Feels Natural
Spiral Stairs - Doris and the Daggers/Doris and the Daggers
The Courtneys - Silver Velvet/The Courtneys II
Cory Hanson - Replica/The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo
John Wesley Coleman III - Hang Tight/Microwave Dreams
Spaceface - Sun Kids/Sun Kids
Earth Girls - Say Goodnight/Wanderlust
Divisionists - The First Casualty/Daybreak
The History of Colour TV - As Gray as Park Can Be/Something Like Eternity
Imaginary People - Snapshot/October Alice
Siamese - Goldmind/The Mesmerist
John Andrews and the Yawns - Homesick in Heaven/Bad Posture
Los Campesinos! - 5 Flucloxacillin/Sick Scenes
Baked - Midnight Junkie/Farnham
Cloud Nothings - Things Are Right With You/Life Without Sound

Hour 2: Nerds
Art Brut - DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake/Art Brut vs. Satan
Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs/Rockin' the Suburbs
The Feelies - The Boy with the Perpetual Nervousness/Crazy Rhythms
David Bowie - Kooks/Hunky Dory
Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill/The Eraser
Smashing Pumpkins - Geek USA/Siamese Dream
Frank Black - Men in Black/The Cult of Ray
Oingo Boingo - Weird Science/Dead Man's Party
Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science/The Golden Age of Wireless
They Might Be Giants - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)/Flood Live in Australia
Rush - Subdivisions/Signals
The Dears - You and I are a Gang of Losers/Gang of Losers
Weezer - In the Garage/Weezer


Friday, March 03, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #167: March 3, 2017

Everybody likes games. Whether it's sports, leisure or games of the mind, we're constantly involved in games. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about games in hour 2.



The old-time playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Playlist
Baked - Wolf/Farnham
Spoon - Can I Sit Next to You/Hot Thoughts
The New Pornographers - This is the World of the Theatre/Whiteout Conditions
Los Campesinos! - I Broke Up in Amarante/Sick Scenes
No Joy - Hellhole/Creep
Spiral Stairs - No Comparison/Doris and the Daggers
Diet Cig - Tummy Ache/Swear I'm Good at This
Hiccup - Teasin'/Imaginary Enemies
John Andrews and the Yawns - Drivers/Bad Posture
Divisionists - Say Can You/Daybreak
Joel Gion - Tomorrow/Single
Weirdo Machine - Something Inside/Eagle
Ty Segall - Take Care (to Comb Your Hair)/Ty Segall
Japandroids - I'm Sorry (for Not Finding You Sooner)/Near to the Wild Heart of Life
Run the Jewels - Don't Get Captured/RTJ3
AJJ - Terrifyer/The Bible 2
The Peep Tempel - Don't Race/Joy

Hour 2: Games
David Bowie - It's No Game/Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
XTC - Complicated Game/Drums and Wires
Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling/Telephone Free Landslide Victory
Julian Plenti - Games for Days/Julian Plenti is...Skyscraper
Beastie Boys - Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (feat. Santigold)/Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers - Game Seven/Bustin' Loose
Husker Du - Games/Flip Your Wig
The Redwalls - Game of Love/The Redwalls
Petty Morals - Just a Game/Keep Safe Boston 2014 for Planned Parenthood
Redd Kross - Choose to Play/Researching the Blues
The Clash - The Card Cheat/London Calling
Motorhead - Ace of Spades/Ace of Spades
The Zambonis feat. James Kochalka Superstar - Hockey Monkey/More Songs About Hockey...And Buildings and Food
Superchunk - Winter Games/Majesty Shredding
Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers/Melt



Thursday, March 02, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 458: Binge Worthy

This week, I've got an installment of Driving With Kumar, in which I discuss the endless amount of entertainment content available to consume. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Driving to work
- The joys of binge-watching TV
- So much to watch, so little time
- Book reading has suffered
- No time for comics
- Tons of music available to listen to whenever you want
- More music released now than ever before
- Listen to podcasts throughout the day
- Again, a ton of podcast content to choose from
- Recently cranked through 22 episodes of U Talkin' U2 to Me
- Rarely watch shows live
- Went to all-streaming setup for TV
- Never go to the movies anymore
- Glut of content calls for better time management
- It's an on-demand world
- Plenty of shows I've never seen
- It's all about portion control

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

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 24, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #166: February 24, 2017

When you look back to 1992, it's amazing to think of how different the world is now. There's no need to run down the differences, but there are plenty of them, especially in the music world. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played music from 1992 in hour 2.



This playlist is stuck in the middle with you:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Spiral Stairs - Dance (Cry Wolf)/Doris and the Daggers
Pile - Dogs/A Hairshirt of Purpose
Chuck Prophet - Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins/Bobby Fuller Died for Your Sins
The Holy - Ramses the Evil Brother/More Escher and Random Notes
Bash & Pop - Anybody Else/Anything Could Happen
Stove - Favorite Owl/Is the Meat That Fell Out
The So So Glos - Cadaver (Career Suicide)/Kamikaze
Beach Slang - Wasted Daze of Youth/A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Pixies - Talent/Head Carrier
The Wedding Present - Fifty-Six/Going, Going...
Car Seat Headrest - Unforgiving Girl (She's Not An)/Teens of Denial
Black Mountain - Defector/IV
James Brown - Funky Drummer/In the Jungle Groove
Public Enemy - She Watch Channel Zero?!/It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Hour 2: 1992
Pavement - Perfume-V/Slanted and Enchanted
Sugar - A Good Idea/Copper Blue
Sloan - Underwhelmed/Smeared
The Black Crowes - Black Moon Creeping/The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
The Tragically Hip - Looking for a Place to Happen/Fully Completely
Buffalo Tom - Porchlight/Let Me Come Over
Alice in Chains - Right Turn/Sap
R.E.M. - Monty Got a Raw Deal/Automatic for the People
Rollins Band - Tearing/The End of Silence
Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack/Rage Against the Machine
Beastie Boys - Pass the Mic/Check Your Head
Sonic Youth - Youth Against Fascism/Dirty
Faith No More - Midlife Crisis/Angel Dust
The Afghan Whigs - Miles Iz Ded/Congregation




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 457: Reboot, Reuse, Recycle

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss Hollywood's love of reboots. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4
- Docudramas like The People Vs. OJ Simpson are doing well
- Reboot of 24 sans Jack Bauer
- Why would you remake a perfect movie?
- Flip the concept
- Matt's book idea
- Need to reward original stories
- Pixar's doing great work
- The Marvel series on Netflix have been good
- Experimental episodes can be fun
- So much TV to watch now
- Luke Cage broke new ground
- Watching foreign shows and running out of episodes
- Remaking European shows for American TV
- Matt needs to watch Terriers and Justified
- The greatness of Walton Goggins
- Shows that are difficult to watch

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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 17, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #165: February 17, 2017

The 1970s may have been known as the Me Decade, but there's a whole lotta "me" going on these days. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about narcissism in hour 2.



The Otto-riffic playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Pile - Texas/A Hairshirt of Purpose
The Besnard Lakes - Laura Lee/The Besnard Lakes are the Divine Wind
Moon Duo - Creepin'/Occult Architecture, Vol. 1
The Well - Black Eyed Gods/Live on KUTX
Metallica - Moth Into Flame/Hardwired to Self-Destruct
Ty Segall - The Only One/Ty Segall
Carl Newman - Our Nero/Battle Hymns
Snowball II - Resident of the United States/Flashes of Quincy
Cloud Nothings - Enter Entirely/Life Without Sound
Haybaby - Stupid/Blood Harvest
The Hecks - Junior Showmanship/The Hecks
We Can All Be Sorry - For Now/Post-Trash, Volume 2
Japandroids - Midnight to Morning/Near to the Wild Heart of Life
Young Mammals - Rat in the Summer/Jaguar
Jacuzzi Boys - Gamma/Ping Pong

Hour 2: Narcissism
The English Beat - Mirror in the Bathroom/I Just Can't Stop It
De La Soul - Me, Myself and I/3 Feet High and Rising
The Dirtbombs - Pretty Princess Day/We Have You Surrounded
The Who - I'm the Face/Odds & Sods
The Beatles - I Me Mine/Let It Be
Peter Gabriel - Big Time/So
Nirvana - Do You Love Me/Hard to Believe: A KISS Covers Compilation
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Flavor/Orange
The Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored/The Stone Roses
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust/The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Monster Magnet - Space Lord/Powertrip
Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose/Badmotorfinger
Aztec Camera - Jump/All I Need is Everything
The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket/Pretenders
The Buzzcocks - What Do I Get?/Singles Going Steady