Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 471: Continental Divide

Another installment of Driving With Kumar as I discuss my recent European vacation. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Spent over two weeks in London, Paris, Belfast and Dublin
- Went to London in '96
- Less drinking on a family vacation
- Elderly passenger in distress
- Hotel room in London was tiny
- Walked nearly 100 miles the entire trip
- Ran along rivers in the four cities we visited
- Ate a lot of pub food
- London has a lot of great history and architecture
- Paris was beautiful
- Hit the Eiffel Tower on the first night
- Major military/police presence at tourist attractions
- Several terrorist incidents before we went, but nothing happened while we were there
- Only three days of sun the whole vacation
- More daylight
- Out of the U.S. news cycle
- Being aware of your surroundings
- Wary while running in Paris and Dublin
- Missed American beer
- Visited my brother in Belfast
- Explored Northern Ireland scenic sites
- Saw several Game of Thrones filming locations
- Went to the Guinness brewery
- Wifi was at a premium
- Good to be back home

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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.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #182: July 14, 2017

There's nothing like a few weeks away to remind you of the things you love about home. One of those things is doing Stuck In Thee Garage, and I celebrated my return to the show by playing songs about and from Europe in hour 2. I focused on London, Paris and Ireland, since those were the places we went on vacation.



The bumbling yet brilliant playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Courtney Barnett - How to Boil an Egg/2017 Split Singles Club
Buffalo Tom - The Seeker/Single
Radiohead - Man of War/OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017
Turtlenecked - Boys Club/Lepers
Male Gaze - Wha Do Wha Do/Miss Taken
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Digital Black/Murder of the Universe
Lo Tom - Lower Down/Lo Tom
Waxahatchee - Never Been Wrong/Out in the Storm
She Sir - Dark Glass Tomb/Rival Island
Palehound - If You Met Her/A Place I'll Always Go
Palm - Walnut/Shadow Expert
Milked - Oscillate/Death on Mars
B Boys - Discipline/Dada
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Cumberland Gap/The Nashville Sound
Mark Lanegan Band - Emperor/Gargoyle
Ride - All I Want/Weather Diaries

Hour 2: Europe
Destroyer - European Oils/Destroyer's Rubies
The Clash - Safe European Home/Give 'Em Enough Rope
The Clash - London Calling/London Calling
Billy Bragg - A New England/Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy
The Breeders - London Song/Title TK
The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into the Sun/Single
Phil Wilson - Up to London/God Bless Jim Kennedy
XTC - Towers of London/Black Sea
Maritime - Peopling of London/Human Hearts
The Walkmen - French Vacation/Everybody Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
Husker Du - Eiffel Tower High/Candy Apple Grey
Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi/Single
The Boomtown Rats - Up All Night/Mondo Bongo
The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God/If I Should Fall From Grace With God
Thin Lizzy - Roisin Dubh/Black Rose: A Rock Legend



Wednesday, July 05, 2017

In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea

Vacations are fun, but they also present unique challenges. Exploring new places, keeping everybody happy, getting your bearings in unfamiliar situations. I'm a creature of habit, so getting out of my normal routine can be off-putting. We're in the middle of a 2 1/2-week trip to Europe, which is why there hasn't been any activity at the Blizznog lately.

We left June 25 for London, where we spent four days packed with sightseeing before taking a train to Paris. We went from a cramped budget hotel room in London to a nice AirBnB just 10 minutes from the Eiffel Tower. Today, we arrived in Lisburn, Northern Ireland to visit my brother and his wife. I'll provide deets and pics of the fun when we get back, which is July 11. The trip actually ends with a few days in Dublin. More later!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #181: June 23, 2017

We spend most of the year pining for summer to come. And then when it's here, we complain that it's too damn hot. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs for summer in hour 2. Summer is a time for adventure, like that time when you and your buddy partied with that dead dude all weekend.



Check out the playlist before rigor mortis sets in:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Queens of the Stone Age - The Way You Used to Do/Villains
The Black Angels - Currency/Death Song
B Boys - Another Thing/Dada
Superchunk - Up Against the Wall/I Got Cut
Milked - Goodbye Durango/Death on Mars
Rips - Delay/Rips
Palehound - Carnations/A Place I'll Always Go
Rainer Maria - Lower Worlds/S/T
Land of Talk - What Was I Thinking/Life After Youth
Girlpool - Kiss and Burn/Powerplant
Benjamin Booker - Off the Ground/Witness
Swet Shop Boys - Birding/Sufi La
Palm - Walkie Talkie/Shadow Expert
Lo Tom - Another Mistake/Lo Tom
Wavves - You're Welcome/You're Welcome
Mark Lanegan Band - Blue Blue Sea/Gargoyle
Chastity Belt - 5 am/I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

Hour 2: Summah
Pavement - Summer Babe (Winter Edition)/Slanted and Enchanted
Johnny Foreigner - Feels Like Summer/Grace and the Bigger Picture
Ween - Chocolate Town/Quebec
Led Zeppelin - Tangerine/Led Zeppelin III
Max Webster - Summer's Up/Live in Ottawa 11/11/77
Blue Oyster Cult - This Ain't the Summer of Love/Agents of Fortune
The Amps - Tipp City/Pacer
Bad Brains - Sailin' On/Bad Brains
Queens of the Stone Age - Feel Good Hit of the Summer/Rated R
Art Brut - Sound of Summer/It's a Bit Complicated
Paul Weller - Roll Along Summer/As Is Now
Yo La Tengo - The Summer/Fakebook
Velvet Crush - Weird Summer/Teenage Symphonies to God
Ryan Adams - When the Summer Ends/1984 (Paxam Single Series Vol. 1)
Soul Asylum - Summer of Drugs/Sweet Relief (Benefit for Victoria Williams)
The Afghan Whigs - Summer's Kiss/Black Love
The Tragically Hip - Summer's Killing Us/In Between Evolution
Jane's Addiction - Summertime Rolls/Nothing's Shocking
Jeff Rosenstock - June 21st/WORRY.


Completely Conspicuous 470: First and Foremost

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the year so far. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- JB: The Orb released a remix EP
- JK: The prolific Ty Segall does it again
- JB: Vagabon brings fresh take to indie rock
- JK: Boss Hog's first album in 17 years
- JB: The evolving sound of Spoon
- JK: The consistently excellent New Pornographers back with another winner
- JB: Juana Molina returns with a strong, out there release
- JK: Mark Lanegan incorporates electronic music into his sound
- JB: Snowball II with a release that recalls The Lilys
- JK: Afghan Whigs release their best record since reuniting
- JB: Tommy Stinson brings back Bash & Pop with hooks galore
- JB: Slowdive's reunion album gives the people what they want

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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.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 469: Listen Up

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

Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- Plenty of great rock music, but not on the charts
- It's all about playing live; rock radio exposure is nonexistent
- Billy Squier still gets the airplay
- Nobody's figured out how to make money from streaming music
- Get pumped for Husker Du bootleg box set
- More rock deaths: Berry, Cornell, Allman, Geils
- Rise in musical activism
- Albums we want to hear
- Breitling: Ride, Palehound, Wet Trident
- Kumar: Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett, Ted Leo, Buffalo Tom, Queens of the Stone Age, Deer Tick, LCD Soundsystem
- Bubbling under albums
- Breitling: Tara Jane O'Neil, Opin, The xx
- Lubec's coming to Boston in August
- Kumar: Chastity Belt, Bash and Pop, Cloud Nothings, White Reaper, At the Drive-In, Black Lips
- Our favorite albums so far
- JB: Spirit of the Beehive combines psych and shoegaze
- JK: Run the Jewels keeps on rolling
- Zach de la Rocha's hardcore past
- JB: Yr Poetry is a Johnny Foreigner side project
- JK: Japandroids bring the rock anthems
- JB: Different sound for Pile
- JK: More anthems from Los Campesinos!
- Cello vs. violin
- 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. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #180: June 16, 2017

Even though time doesn't actually move any faster than it ever did, it feels like the years are flying by. How is it possible that 2007 was an entire decade ago? It was the tail end of George W. Bush's second term as president, people still cared what Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan did and the Sopranos finale had everyone talking. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 2007 in hour 2 and the results were pretty, pretty good.



The superbad playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Deer Tick - It's a Whale/Deer Tick, Volume 2
Superchunk - I Got Cut/Single
Rips - Damaged/Rips
Land of Talk - Heartcore/Life After Youth
Chastity Belt - Complain/I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
Hovvdy - Problem/Taster
Two Inch Astronaut - Snitch Jacket/Can You Please Not Help
Lo Tom - Overboard/Overboard
Young Guv - Traumatic/Single
Neil - Not a Love Song/Black Flowers
Horse Jumper of Love - Spaceman/Horse Jumper of Love
Gothic Tropic - Major/Fast or Feast
Clustersun - Raw Nerve/Surfacing to Breathe
Christian Fitness - Footballers Have Feelings Too/Slap Bass Hunks
White Reaper - Judy French/The World's Best American Band
Boss Hog - Rodeo Chica/Brood X
Cloud Nothings - Up to the Surface/Life Without Sound

Hour 2: 2007
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers/In Rainbows
Of Montreal - Suffer for Fashion/Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Bloc Party - Hunting for Witches/A Weekend in the City
Arcade Fire - Black Mirror/Neon Bible
Grinderman - Depth Charge Ethel/Grinderman
Queens of the Stone Age - Sick, Sick, Sick/Era Vulgaris
El-P - Flyentology/I'll Sleep When You're Dead
Modest Mouse - Dashboard/We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Marnie Stern - Vibrational Match/In Advance of the Broken Arm
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Drunk Teenagers/Ashtray Rock
Arctic Monkeys - Brianstorm/Favourite Worst Nightmare
Dinosaur Jr. - Been There All the Time/Beyond
The White Stripes - Bone Broke/Icky Thump
Les Savy Fav - Pots and Pans/Let's Stay Friends
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Down Boy/Is Is
M.I.A. - Paper Planes/Kala


Friday, June 16, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 468: Dig for Fire (Ween-Sloan, part 3)

Part 3 of my conversation with Brian Salvatore about musical blindspots. Brian listens to another Sloan album while I check out a third record from Ween. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
-Win-win situation
- Brian had Sloan's "The Double Cross" and Jay had Ween's "Quebec"
- Brian: My favorite of the three I listened to
- Beatles comparisons
- Brian will go back and check out rest of Sloan catalog
- No solo albums, but Murphy had TUNS project
- Jay: Really enjoyed Quebec
- Most cohesive of the three Ween albums Jay heard
- Dean and Gene were dealing with some issues
- "If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)" is an epic album closer
- Next up: Jay will listen to Frank Zappa and Brian will check out Iron Maiden

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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.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 467: Dig for Fire (Ween vs. Sloan, part 2)

Part 2 of my conversation with Brian Salvatore about musical blindspots. Brian listens to another Sloan album while I check out a second record from Ween. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Brian: Impressed with the progression of Sloan's sound
- Jay: Hadn't heard anything from The Mollusk previously
- Plenty of genre jumping
- Nautical theme
- Elements of prog, psych
- Brian: My favorite Ween record
- Ween varies playlists from show to show
- Brian: Between the Bridges is steeped in the '70s: Big Star, Sweet, T. Rex, Fleetwood Mac
- Interesting sequencing and flow
- Confusing the title with Between the Buttons
- Last Sloan album gave each band member a side's worth of songs
- Brian: Almost exclusively listen to albums in full
- Jay: Will listen to albums, but also use shuffle mode on iPod
- Brian: Also listen to a lot of music on Spotify
- Next up: Quebec for Jay, The Double Cross for Brian

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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.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Stuck In Thee Garage #179: June 2, 2017

Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega died this week at the age of 83. He was notorious as the military dictator of Panama for much of the 1980s, but when U.S. forces invaded the country and apprehended him in 1989, he holed up in the Vatican embassy. The Americans then blasted loud rock music at him for three days as part of their attempt to drive him out of the embassy. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played music to roust a dictator with in hour 2 of the show. Things got loud.



This playlist should be cranked up to 11:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Two Inch Astronaut - Can You Please Not Help/Can You Please Not Help
Chastity Belt - Stuck/I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
Girlpool - Sleepless/Powerplant
Black Lips - Come Ride With Me/Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?
A Tribe Called Quest - Ego/We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Run the Jewels - Thursday in the Danger Room (feat. Kamasi Washington)/RTJ3
The New Pornographers - Clockwise/Whiteout Conditions
Spiral Stairs - The Unconditional/Doris and the Daggers
Deep State - Idiot Waster/Thought Garden
The Wedding Present - Kill Devil Hills/Going, Going...
Clustersun - Antagonize Me/Surfacing to Breathe
Froth - Briefly/Outside (briefly)
Baked - Stuck at Iron Mountain/Farnham
At the Drive-In - Tilting at the Univendor/inter-alia
Dead Moon - Walking on My Grave/What a Way to See the Old Girl Go
Mastodon - Word to the Wise/Emperor of Sand

Hour 2: Anti-Dictator Machine
Jane's Addiction - Mountain Song/Nothing's Shocking
Beastie Boys - No Sleep Till Brooklyn/Licensed to Ill
Beck - High 5 (Rock the Catskills)/Odelay
Fu Manchu - Evil Eye/The Action is Go!
Black Sabbath - Supernaut/Vol. 4
Soundgarden - Loud Love/Louder Than Love
The Stooges - T.V. Eye/Fun House
Big Chief - Locked Out/Platinum Jive
The Posies - Hate Song/Amazing Disgrace
Death From Above 1979 - Romantic Rights/You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
Sonic Youth - Youth Against Fascism/Dirty
Future of the Left - Arming Eritrea/Travels With Myself and Another
Funkadelic - Super Stupid/Maggot Brain
Bad Brains - Big Take Over/Big Brains
Van Halen - Atomic Punk/Van Halen


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 466: Dig for Fire (Ween vs. Sloan, part 1)

This week, Brian Salvatore and I talk about delving into the catalog of bands we don't know much about. Brian will learn about Sloan while I dig into Ween. Listen to the episode below or download directly.
 

Show notes:
- Each of us picks a favorite artist of the other that we don't know much about
- Jay listened to Ween's Chocolate and Cheese, Brian listened to Sloan's Twice Removed
- Both 1994 releases
- Both of us had heard a few songs before
- Jay: First heard Ween on Beavis and Butt-head, wrote them off as novelty act
- Brian: Twice Removed starts off strong, flows well
- Big power pop vibe
- The album that got Sloan dropped by Geffen
- Each band member writes and sings
- Were signed as part of the alternative explosion of the early '90s
- Self-release most of their albums now
- No indie rock radio stations anymore
- Jay: Chocolate and Cheese is great fun
- Wide range of styles, from funk to psychedelic to just weird
- Great guitar work from Dean Ween
- First Ween album done in a studio
- Walking the fine line between funny and stupid
- Phish has covered "Roses are Free"
- Ween plays jam band festivals sometimes
- Next up: The Mollusk for Jay, Between the Bridges for Brian

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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.

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
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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 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