Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 501: Make With the Counting Down Already

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of 2018. Listen to the episode below or download directly.

Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- Featuring special guest/studio audience member Ric Dube
- JB's #10/JK's #9
- On-again, off-again band led by Steve Hartlett
- Ah, the old "sweatpants-with-beers-stuffed-down-the-legs" deal
- Reminiscent of "Bug"-era Dino Jr.
- JK's #10
- Labelmates of Parquet Courts with similar sound
- The downside of "Music Limited"
- JB's #9
- Boston act traffics in "millennial mopery"
- Lo-fi, self-released effort
- Stickin' it to the Man with his Bandcamp URL
- JK's #8
- Released on 1/1/18
- Fueled by political frustration and anger
- A "fun protest album"
- JB's #8
- Brand new record from a UK supergroup
- Long-awaited followup to 2007 debut
- Rhythmically diverse look at British culture
- Whither Gorillaz?
- JK's #7
- The 12th studio album from power-pop masters
- Four songwriters who each wrote three songs
- Consistently great
- The fun of hunting down B-sides and rarities before artists started releasing compilations/reissues
- The ability to fall asleep on your feet while at a rock concert
- JB's #7
- A good record from a guitar wizard
- Less volume than his main gig
- "Relatively understated throughout"
- JK's #6
- An expansive effort from a prolific indie act
- Branching out their sound with more danceable songs
- Voicing political outrage
- JB's #6
- Venturing into jazzier realms
- Led by one of the more interesting guitarists of last 25 years
- Avant-rock/jazz; "it's not like Kenny G"
- Next: The top 5

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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, December 04, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 500: Less Rock, More Talk

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of 2018. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- Featuring special guest Ric Dube
- The decline of rock's popularity
- Album sales are way down
- That time the Melvins hit the Top 200 albums chart
- Apple's going to work with the Amazon Echo soon
- Breitling pays for the Amazon Music "Talky Talky"
- The youths don't pay for physical media anymore
- Ric's family has Spotify, he has dedicated streaming of his own collection
- Modern country is doing big business, relatively speaking
- Pop music is doing well
- Most rock acts make money through touring, not albums
- The Stones are still touring
- Mick and Keith were considered "old" in their mid-30s
- Breitling: The year's music really picked up in the second half
- New Mary Lattimore release is enjoyable
- Ric: Enjoying Brian Eno's latest release, which is a $30 app
- Kumar: Honorable mentions include Tony Molina, Slaves, Thin Lips, Arthur Buck, Buffalo Tom, Joyce Manor, Swearin, Stove, Screaming Females
- Breitling: Master System, Palm, Superchunk, Frankie Cosmos, Kurt Vile
- Next: We count down our top 10 albums

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, December 01, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #248: November 30, 2018

For what is supposed to be the most advanced species in the universe, we humans treat each other pretty poorly. One quick scan of Twitter can provide you with ample evidence of that. Let's face it, a lot of us are jerks. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about jerks in hour 2. There's no shortage of jerks in the world, or songs about them.



This playlist won't jerk you around:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Don Babylon - Really Fast Cars/Foul!
The Glands - So High/Double Coda
Savak - Dead Dick/Beg Your Pardon
Axis: Sova - Dodger/Shampoo You
Ty Segall -  Hit It and Quit It/Fudge Sandwich
Mudhoney - Prosperity Gospel/Digital Garbage
Smashing Pumpkins - Marchin' On/Shiny and Oh So Bright, Vol. 1
Ian Sweet - Hiding/Crush Crusher
Body Type - Silver/Body Type EP
Swervedriver - Mary Winter/Future Ruins
Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers - The Acid Test Song/Bought to Rot
Joyce Manor - Up the Punks/Million Dollars to Kill Me
Surfbort - Stalker/Friendship Music
Charles Bradley - I Feel a Change/Black Velvet
Metric - Dressed to Suppress/Art of Doubt
Thom Yorke - Has Ended/Suspiria soundtrack

Hour 2: Jerky
Beck - Soul Suckin' Jerk/Mellow Gold
Mother Love Bone - Half Ass Monkey Boy/Shine EP
Billy and the Boingers - U Stink But I Love U/Bootleg
Brainiac - Kiss Me, You Jacked Up Jerk/Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Dios Malos - Asshole/I Want It All
The Afghan Whigs - Let Me Lie to You/Congregation
Weezer - No One Else/Weezer
The Replacements - Waitress in the Sky/Tim
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him?/Look Sharp!
Elvis Costello - I'm Not Angry/My Aim is True
Lou Reed - Leave Me Alone/Street Hassle
Boss Hog - I'm Not Like Everybody Else/Suburbia soundtrack
Nine Inch Nails - Head Like a Hole/Pretty Hate Machine
Elliott Smith - Christian Brothers/Elliott Smith
Ween - Baby Bitch/Chocolate & Cheese
The Pursuit of Happiness - Back of My Mind/The Wonderful World of...

 

Friday, November 23, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #247: November 23, 2018

At first thought, the 2000s don't seem that long ago, but when you really consider what was going on 15 years ago, you realize things were very different. MP3s and iPods were all the rage, the Iraq War was underway and people were lining up to see three-hour movies about hobbits. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 2003 in hour two. The show goes well with a heaping stack of pancakes.



Assemble your crew:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Swervedriver - Drone Lover/Future Ruins
Mudhoney - Paranoid Core/Digital Garbage
Cloud Nothings - The Echo of the World/Last Building Burning
Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers - China Beach/Bought to Rot
Rick Rude - Slow Cooker/Verb for Dreaming
Pile - Scissors/Odds and Ends
Tears Run Rings - Helios Heliadae/Somewhere
Spirit Award - Supreme Truth/Muted Crowd
Walter Lure & the Waldos - Take a Chance on Me/Wacka Lacka Boom a Loom Bam Boo
Exit Group - Subtle Persuasion/Adverse Habitat
Obnox - Find My Way/Bang Messiah
Fucked Up - Tell Me What You See/Dose Your Dreams
Joyce Manor - Friends We Met Online/Million Dollars to Kill Me
Burning House - Peach/Anthropocene
Pill - Power Abuser/Soft Hell
Pedro the Lion - Yellow Bike/Phoenix

Hour 2: 2003
The Postal Service - Such Great Heights/Give Up
The Fiery Furnaces - Asthma Attack/Gallowsbird's Bark
Stephen Malkmus - Dark Wave/Pig Lib
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Coma Girl/Streetcore
The Black Keys - Thickfreakness/Thickfreakness
Drive-By Truckers - Outfit/Decoration Day
Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage!/Fire
Ween - Transdermal Celebration/Quebec
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?/Hearts of Oak
Matthew Sweet - Dead Smile/Kimi Ga Suki Raifu
The Libertines - Don't Look Back Into the Sun/I Get Along
Sloan - Live On/Action Pact
The Wrens - This Boy is Exhausted/The Meadowlands
The Twilight Singers - Fat City (Slight Return)/Blackberry Belle
Mark Lanegan Band - Skeletal History/Here Comes That Slight Chill
TV On the Radio - Satellite/Young Liars


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 499: Live/Dead

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's first official live album, Live/Dead. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Live/Dead was released in 1969
- There weren't a lot of live albums released then
- The band did it as a make-good to the label after some poor-selling albums
- Recorded at the Fillmore West
- Songs evolved in live setting
- At the time, it was unusual to play extended jams
- Music fans really focused on albums back in the heyday of vinyl
- The first thing you hear on the album is 23-minute "Dark Star"
- Now for the tuning section
- Phil: Have listened to 250-300 Dead bootlegs
- Bootleg tape trading was huge in the '70s and '80s
- Archive.org, Nugs.net have tons of Dead shows
- On a lot of '70s-era live albums, bands went in and re-recorded songs or parts of songs
- Some bands perfectly recreate their studio sound
- "Death Don't Have No Mercy" is reminiscent of Zeppelin's "Since I've Been Loving You"
- When this album came out, FM radio was in a very experimental place
- Some stations would play album sides or even entire records
- "St. Stephen" is a standout
- Jay: I've been impressed so far
- Phil explains the Dead to his kids
- Seeing a dude doing coke off his dashboard at a Dead show

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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, November 16, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #246: November 16, 2018

In tough times, sometimes wishful thinking is all we've got. Hoping for the best can keep you going even when things seem to be at their worst. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about wishes in hour 2 (Jack Nicholson impressions not included).




This playlist will grant you 30 wishes:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Mike Krol - Little Drama/Power Chords
Rick Rude - Doughnation/Verb for Dreaming
Burning House - Mirror Song/Anthropocene
Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers - Reality Bites/Bought to Rot
Stove - Safe Guy/'s Favorite Friend
Girlpool - Lucy's/Single
Pill - Dark Glass/Soft Hell
Ty Segall - Fanny Sketch/Fanny
The Room in the Wood - Mars (Won't Save Us)/Mars
Carl Broemel - Rain Check/Wished Out
Wild Nothing - Partners in Motion/Indigo
Elvis Costello & the Imposters - Mr. & Mrs. Hush/Look Now
Swearin' - Stabilize/Fall Into the Sun
Antarctigo Vespucci - Not Yours/Love in the Time of E-mail
LowRay - Friends and the Fakers/Friends and the Fakers
Daughters - Long Road No Turns/You Won't Get What You Want

Hour 2: Wish
Sonic Youth - Wish Fulfillment/Dirty
Elizabeth Colour Wheel - Wish/Single
Nova Flares - Ghost Only Wishes/Nova Flares
Radiohead - Bullet Proof...I Wish I Was/The Bends
The Twilight Singers - I Wish I Was/Powder Burns
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Wish/Pretty Years
Terence Trent D'Arby - Wishing Well/Introducing the Hardline According to...
Sloan - Wish Upon on a Satellite/12
The Smoking Popes - Wish We Were/This is Only a Test
Future States - Wish You Well/Casual Listener
Red Red Meat - Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)/Bunny Gets Paid 20th Anniversary Reissue
Pearl Jam - Wishlist/Yield
Wilco - Wishful Thinking/A Ghost is Born
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here/Wish You Were Here




Monday, November 12, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 498: Aoxomoxoa

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's third album, Aoxomoxoa. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Aoxomoxoa was released in 1969
- A big year for rock music
- Tons of legendary albums came out: Zeppelin, Who, Beatles, Neil Young, Stooges, MC5, Stones
- First two Dead albums were commercial failures
- Went way over budget in studio, stuck to their guns
- Very experimental sound
- Robert Hunter contributed lyrics to most of the album
- Songs featured eccentric characters, way out lyrics
- Plenty of drugs were part of the process
- The old West, the devil, the rose were recurring themes
- First album ever recorded using 16-track technology
- Band spent $180k on the album
- Jay: A lot to like about this album
- "Dupree's Diamond Blues" sounds like a Kinks song
- "What's Become of the Baby" is 8 minutes of weirdness that should have been left off album
- When bands release unnecessary hits compilations
- There was a definite '60s resurgence in the mid-80s that led to growth in popularity of the Dead at colleges
- And then jam bands really caught on: Phish, Allman Brothers, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic
- Iconic Dead skull and lightning bolt logo was released in '69
- Phil: Band was very good at mobilizing fanbase
- Dead merch is so unique and well-known
- The confounding popularity of "Africa"
- "China Cat Sunflower" is a Dead classic
- Some songs evolve in concert, some don't get played at all
- Aoxomoxoa sounds like the Dead
- Jay: Jams can be fun, but you don't necessarily want to put them on a record
- We'll listen to more live stuff vs. studio albums going forward
- Next up: Live/Dead

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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, November 09, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #245: November 9, 2018

Ah, the go-go '80s. Sure, we had the persistent fear of nuclear annihilation, but everybody seemed to have fun. Maybe that was the cocaine talking. Anyhoo, I played songs from 1983 in hour 2 of Stuck In Thee Garage this week and it was fun. I love it when a plan comes together.



I pity the fool that don't dig this playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Doe - Labour Like I Do/Grow Into It
Colleen Green - Green My Eyes/Casey's Tape - Harmontown Loops
Smokey Brights - Different Windows/Different Windows EP
Goodbye Honolulu - Barbados Slim/More Honey
Spesh - Teflon/Famous World
Smokescreens - Buddy/Used to Yesterday
Slothrust - New Red Pants/The Pact
Stove - Stiff Bones/'s Favorite Friend
Antarctigo Vespucci - Freakin' U Out/Love in the Time of E-mail
Surfbort - White People/Friendship Music
Cloud Nothings - On an Edge/Last Building Burning
Young Jesus - Fourth Zone of Gaits/The Whole Thing is Just There
Low - Poor Sucker/Double Negative
Peel Dream Magazine - Deetjen's/Modern Meta Physic
Guerilla Toss - Jesus Rabbit/Twisted Crystal
Billy Moon - Dingus/Punk Songs
The Dirty Nil - Phone Call/Master Volume
Idles - Great/Joy as an Act of Resistance

Hour 2: 1983
The Replacements - Color Me Impressed/Hootenanny
R.E.M. - Sitting Still/Murmur
X - The New World/More Fun in the New World
Dio - Rainbow in the Dark/Holy Diver
Thin Lizzy - Heart Attack/Thunder and Lightning
Def Leppard - Too Late For Love/Pyromania
David Bowie - Cat People (Putting Out Fire)/Let's Dance
The Fixx - Saved By Zero/Reach the Beach
The Police - Synchronicity I/Synchronicity
The Rolling Stones - Too Much Blood/Undercover
Gang of Four - Is It Love/Hard
Duran Duran - Union of the Snake/Seven and the Ragged Tiger
The Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away/Everywhere at Once
Joe Jackson - Memphis/Mike's Murder soundtrack


Monday, November 05, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 497: Anthem of the Sun

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's second album, 1968's Anthem of the Sun. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Anthem of the Sun was recorded in 1967, released in '68
- Very experimental, similar to Zappa's song splicing in the '70s
- Studio and live performances mixed together
- An early concept album
- Songs would evolve through the years in performance
- Robert Hunter makes his first appearance as a lyricist on this album
- Producer grew frustrated with the band and left during the recording
- The sound of "thick air"
- Triple kazoo attack
- The Dead must have been a shock to fans of bubblegum pop
- Live, the Dead mixed up their shows every night
- This album sounds more jammy, like you would expect a Dead album to sound
- A lot of covers of bluegrass, country, jug bands, blues
- Pearl Jam adopted the Dead practice of releasing official bootlegs of shows
- The Dead used to do more audience banter, but recent incarnations of the group just play with minimal talking
- Anthem of the Sun was the next step in the evolution of the band's sound
- Next up: Aoxomoxoa

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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, November 02, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #244: November 2, 2018

Saying hello is one of the most common actions humans partake in on a regular basis. Whether's it's "hello," "hey" or just a simple nod, greetings are essential basic human interaction. Today on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about saying hello in hour 2.




Say hello to my little playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock/Sunshine Rock
Cloud Nothings - Leave Him Now/Last Building Burning
Stove - Mosquiter/'s Favorite Friend
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Fresh Start/Bad Reputation Official Soundtrack
Surfbort - Selfie/Friendship Music
Doe - Team Spirit/Grow Into It
Goodbye Honolulu - Lorry Can't Love/More Honey
Fucked Up - Mechanical Bull/Dose Your Dreams
Antarctigo Vespucci - The Price is Right Theme Song/Love in the Time of E-mail
Exit Group - Cruel Fog/Adverse Habitat
Young Jesus - Deterritory/The Whole Thing is Just Here
Deer Tick - Hey! Yeah!/Mayonnaise
Elvis Costello & the Imposters - Under Lime/Look Now
Kurt Vile - Rollin With the Flow/Bottle It In
Say Sue Me - Just Joking Around/Where We Were Together

Hour 2: Hello
Cheap Trick - Hello There/In Color
Buffalo Springfield - Mr. Soul/Buffalo Springfield Again
Alice Cooper - Hello Hooray/Billion Dollar Babies
Joe Jackson - Get That Girl/I'm the Man
The White Stripes - Hello Operator/De Stijl
A Sinclair - They Breed and Say Hello/Get Out of the City
Sleater-Kinney - Hey Darling/No Cities to Love
David Bowie - Everyone Says 'Hi'/Heathen
Interpol - Say Hello to the Angels/Turn On the Bright Lights
The Fall - Hey Student/Middle Class Revolt
Sonic Youth - Hey Joni/Daydream Nation
M.A.C.C. - Hey Baby (Land of the New Rising Sun)/Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
Temple of the Dog -  Say Hello 2 Heaven/Temple of the Dog
Riverboat Gamblers - Hey! Hey! Hey!/Something to Crow About
The Hellacopters - Hey!/Payin' the Dues
Foo Fighters - Hey Johnny Park/The Colour and the Shape



Monday, October 29, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 496: Dead Ahead

I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we dig into the catalog of the Grateful Dead, starting with the band's 1967 debut. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Other podcasts have focused on catalogs of U2, R.E.M., Phish, The Tragically Hip
- Looking at the Dead album by album
- Phil's a tie-dyed in the wool Deadhead, Jay has only superficial knowledge of the band
- Phil: Got into the Dead in the mid-'80s, saw them live in '89
- Attracted by the musicianship, lyrics
- Live is where the band really shines
- Songs would be played live years before it showed up on an album
- Band's biggest hit, "Touch of Grey," was first played live in '82 but became a single five years later
- Self-titled debut has a different sound than the one they evolved into
- Recorded in four days
- Only got up to #73 on album charts
- Mostly covers of folk and jug band songs
- Band took a lot of speed during recording, which shows in the songs
- Garcia rips on guitar throughout
- Not too much jamming on record
- Psychedelic rock was starting to happen in general
- Live versions of these songs were much longer
- Most Dead shows were 2.5 to 3 hours
- Jay: Really liked "Cold Rain and Snow," "Viola Lee Blues"
- "Sitting on Top of the World" bears some resemblance to Allman Brothers
- Phil: Garcia was very prolific, always playing guitar
- Bob Weir gave up the short shorts for cargo pants
- John Mayer plays with Dead and Co. now
- Surviving Dead guys are in their 70s now
- Not your typical Dead album
- The band didn't like how it was recorded
- Next up: Anthem of the Sun

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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, October 26, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #243: October 26, 2018


Halloween is a fun time of year. On Stuck In Thee Garage, I played two hours of songs for the occasion. It's a great soundtrack for when the zombie apocalypse begins...if it hasn't already.



This playlist is stopping for a quick pint:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Exit Group - Plastic Coffin/Adverse Habitat
The Breeders - Walking With a Killer/All Nerve
The Horrors - Jack the Ripper/Strange House
Black Mountain - Florian Saucer Attack/IV
Black Sabbath - Children of the Grave/Master of Reality
Soundgarden - Incessant Mace/Ultramega OK
Big Chief - John's Scared/Platinum Jive
Siouxie and the Banshees - Cities in Dust/Tinderbox
PJ Harvey - Long Snake Moan/To Bring You My Love
The Cult - King Contrary Man/Electric
Brainiac - This Little Piggy/Hissing Prigs in Static Couture
Tenacious D - Tribute/Tenacious D
Spinal Tap - Back From the Dead/Back From the Dead
Scissorfight - The Gruesome Death of Edward Teach/New Hampshire
Queens of the Stone Age - Head Like a Haunted House/Villains
Rollins Band - Monster/Get Some Go Again
Sugar - Judas Cradle/Beaster

Hour 2
TV On the Radio - Let the Devil In/Escape to Cookie Mountain
The Afghan Whigs - Demon in Profile/In Spades
Lou Reed - Waves of Fear/The Blue Mask
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages - Hangman's Token/Dig Thy Savage Soul
Ozzy Osbourne - Spiders/Bark at the Moon
Panthers - Goblin City/The Trick
Kam Fong - Get Behind Me Satan/From the Bottom of the Sea
Faith No More & Boo-Ya T.R.I.B.E. - Another Body Murdered/Judgment Night soundtrack
Mondo Generator - Mental Hell/Dead Planet
Future of the Left - You Need Satan More Than He Needs You/Travels With Myself and Another
Johnny Foreigner - Stop Talking About Ghosts/You Can Do Better
Jay Reatard - Blood Visions/Singles 06-07
Eagles of the Death Metal - Chase the Devil/Death by Sexy
Dead Moon - Walking On My Grave/What a Way to See the Old Girl Go


 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #242: October 19, 2018

It's not hard to get lost these days. Sure, there's GPS and smartphones to help guide us, but it doesn't take long to lose yourself if you're not careful. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about being lost in hour 2.


This playlist is long gone and far away:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Swearin' - Dogpile/Fall Into the Sun
Body Type - Palms/Body Type EP
Charly Bliss - Heaven/Heaven
Bad Moves - One Thing/Bad Moves
Daughters - The Reason They Hate Me/You Won't Get What You Want
Fucked Up - Living in a Simulation/Dose Your Dreams
Joyce Manor - Fighting Kangaroo/Million Dollars to Kill Me
Low - Rome (Always in the Dark)/Double Negative
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood - Save Me/With Animals
Kurt Vile - One Trick Ponies/Bottle It In
Obnox - Enter the Hater/Bang Messiah
Electric Six - (It Gets) (A Little) Jumpy/Bride of the Devil
Fred Thomas - Good Times Are Gone Again/Aftering
Pill - Midtown/Soft Hell
Culture Abuse - Bee Kind to the Bugs/Bay Dream
The Hang Ups - 2 U Now/Korda 4 Comp
Thin Lips - What If I Saw You On the Street/Chosen Family

Hour 2: Lost
Buffalo Tom - Lost Weekend/Skins
Minutemen - Lost/3-Way Tie (For Last)
LVL Up - Total Loss/Hoodwink'd
Elliott Smith - Let's Get Lost/From a Basement on the Hill
The Afghan Whigs - I Got Lost/In Spades
Shearwater - Lost Boys/Rook
Pixies - Where Is My Mind?/Surfer Rosa
The Posies - Looking Lost/Success
Mac McCaughan - Lost Again/Non-Believers
Okkervil River - Lost Coastlines/The Stand Ins
The Clash - Lost in the Supermarket/London Calling
David Bowie - Love is Lost/The Next Day
Joy Division - She's Lost Control/Unknown Pleasures
A.C. Newman - You Could Get Lost Out There/Shut Down the Streets
Matthew Sweet - Lost My Mind/100% Fun
Guided By Voices - Sad If I Lost It/Mag Earwhig!
Sloan - I Can't Sleep/Never Hear the End of It


Friday, October 12, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #241: October 12, 2018

The 1980s were a weird, wild decade. It was all about excess, and this week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played '80s hard rock in hour 2.



The "I know you are, but what am I?" playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Laura Jane Grace - Apocalypse Now (& Later)/Bought to Rot
Joyce Manor - Think I'm Still in Love With You/Million Dollars to Kill Me
Fucked Up - Tell Me What You See/Dose Your Dreams
Idles - Never Fight a Man With a Perm/Joy as an Act of Resistance
Chain & the Gang - Why Not?/Best of Crime Rock
High Rise - Last Rites/High Rise II
The Dirty Nil - Pain of Infinity/Master Volume
Billy Moon - Already There/Punk Songs
Oh Sees - Nail House Needle Boys/Smote Reverser
Slothrust - Fever Doggs/The Pact
Painted Doll - She Talks to Mirrors/Painted Doll
Peel Dream Magazine - Qi Velocity/Modern Meta Physic
The Goon Sax - Love Lost/We're Not Talking
Murder By Death - True Dark/The Other Shore
Guerilla Toss - Green Apple/Twisted Crystal
Tony Molina - Give He Take You/Kill the Lights
La Luz - Lonely Dozer/Floating Features
Jo Passed - Left/Their Prime

Hour 2: '80s hard rock
AC/DC - Shoot to Thrill/Back in Black
Van Halen - The Full Bug/Diver Down
David Lee Roth - Shyboy/Eat 'Em and Smile
Def Leppard - Rock Rock (Till You Drop)/Pyromania
Motley Crue - Live Wire/Too Fast For Love
Guns 'N Roses - Nightrain/Appetite for Destruction
Ratt - Wanted Man/Out of the Cellar
Judas Priest - Some Heads Are Gonna Roll/Defenders of the Faith
Iron Maiden - Flight of Icarus/Piece of Mind
Scorpions - Blackout/Blackout
Dio - Stand Up and Shout/Holy Diver
Thin Lizzy - This is the One/Thunder and Lightning
Motorhead - Dancing on Your Grave/Another Perfect Day
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman/Diary of a Madman


Friday, September 28, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #240: September 28, 2018

Even though it seems like time flies, it moves at the same rate it always does. That doesn't change the fact that 25 years ago simultaneously feels like it was yesterday and forever in the past. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1993 in hour 2. They'll hit you like a kick in the face from Walker, Texas Ranger.



The power-packed playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Kurt Vile - Loading Zones/Bottle It In
J Mascis - See You at the Movies/Elastic Days
Sudakistan - Two Steps Back/Swedish Cobra
Metric - Love You Back/Art of Doubt
The Dirty Nil - Bathed in Light/Master Volume
Slothrust - Planetarium/The Pact
Pile - Pigeon Song/Odds and Ends
Erthlings - Bridges/Bridges
Peel Dream Magazine - Interiors/Modern Meta Physic
The Goon Sax - Sleep EZ/We're Not Talking
Guerilla Toss - Retreat/Twisted Crystal
Arthur Buck - Forever Falling/Arthur Buck
Active Bird Community - Sweaty Lake/Amends
Colleen Green - Disco/Casey's Tape - Harmontown Loops
Slaves - Artificial Intelligence/Acts of Fear and Love
Walter Lure & the Waldos - She Doesn't Love You/Wacka Lack Boom Bop a Loom Bam Boo
Billy & Dolly - Marooned/Five Suns

Hour 2: 1993 again
Dinosaur Jr. - Start Choppin'/Where You Been
Superchunk - Package Thief/On the Mouth
Paw - Jessie/Dragline
Smashing Pumpkins - Hummer/Siamese Dream
The Afghan Whigs - Fountain and Fairfax/Gentlemen
Nirvana - Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle/In Utero
Fugazi - Smallpox Champion/In on the Kill Taker
Matthew Sweet - In Too Deep/Altered Beast
The Pursuit of Happiness - Nobody But Me/The Downward Road
Living Colour - Leave It Alone/Stain
Liz Phair - Fuck and Run/Exile in Guyville
Belly - Slow Dog/Star
Giant Sand - Big Fish/Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams
Buffalo Tom - Anything Like That/Big Red Letter Day


Friday, September 21, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #239: September 21, 2018

Exploration has been a big part of our history, and it will be a big part of our future. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about exploring in hour 2. Whether it's on the road or through space, explorers pave the way for everyone else. They just have to hope they don't run into any unsavory characters.


The adventurous playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Spirit of the Beehive - Can I Receive the Contact?/Hypnic Jerks
The Goon Sax - She Knows/We're Not Talking
Guerilla Toss - Meteorological/Twisted Crystal
Johnny Marr - Hi Hello/Call the Comet
Thin Lips - Sex is Complicated/Chosen Family
Gold Muse - Centerfold/Blue - Centerfold
E - Down She Goes/Negative Work
Idles - Gram Rock/Joy as an Act of Resistance
Ovlov - Baby Alligator/Tru
Bodega - Truth is Not Punishment/Endless Scroll
Mourn - Bye Imbecile!/Sorpresa Familia
White Denim - It Might Get Dark/Performance
Lucero - Among the Ghosts/Among the Ghosts
Smokescreens - Someone Knew/Used to Yesterday
Klammer - Mechanical Boy/You Have Been Processed
Chastity - Scary/Death Lust
Oh Sees - Sentient Oona/Smote Reverser

Hour 2: Exploring
Superchunk - Driveway to Driveway/Foolish
Husker Du - Travel in the Opposite Car (live)/Savage Young Du
The Pursuit of Happiness - The Downward Road (Revisited)/The Downward Road
The Tragically Hip - Looking for a Place to Happen/Fully Completely
The Black Crowes - Another Roadside Tragedy/The Band
Drive-By Truckers - Road Cases/Southern Rock Opera
R.E.M. - Drive/Automatic for the People
Ween - Joppa Road/Chocolate & Cheese
Paul Weller - Driving Nowhere/Heavy Soul
XTC - Roads Girdle the Globe/Drums and Wires
Mr. Airplane Man - Travelin'/C'mon DJ
Screaming Trees - Traveler/Dust
Mark Lanegan Band - Driving Death Valley Blues/Bubblegum
Motorhead - (We Are) The Road Crew/Ace of Spades
Led Zeppelin - Travelling Riverside Blues/Led Zeppelin box set
OFF! - Man From Nowhere/OFF!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #238: September 14, 2018

A lot of people fake it through life, whether it's in their relationships, at work or to themselves. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about fakery in hour 2. They're genuinely good.



This playlist is all too real:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Antarctico Vespucci - White Noise/Love in the Time of E-mail
Billy Moon - Animal/Punk Songs
Oh Sees - Overthrown/Smote Reverser
Active Bird Community - Unwind With Me/Amends
Pill - Fruit/Soft Hell
Kilcid Band - The Good Get Gone/The Good Get Gone
Miss World - Carb Yr Enthusiasm/Keeping Up With Miss World
Genital Panic - Action Pants/Pussygrabber
Colleen Green - U Coulda Been an A/Casey's Tape - Harmontown Loops
Gold Muse - Blue/Blue - Centerfold
Pile -  Big Web/Odds and Ends
Baked - Good for You/II
Fond Hab - Ughed/Wronked
E - Pennies/Negative Work
Jim James - No Use Waiting/Uniform Distortion
Albert Hammond, Jr. - Harder, Harder, Harder/Francis Trouble
Parquet Courts - When the Water Gets Too High/Wide Awake!

Hour 2: Fake
Eric B. & Rakim - I Ain't No Joke/Paid In Full
A Tribe Called Quest - Butter/The Low End Theory
Public Enemy - Don't Believe the Hype/It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Arctic Monkeys - Fake Tales of San Francisco/Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
The Go! Team - Fake ID/Proof of Youth
Washer - Everybody Sounds Fake/All Aboard
R.E.M. - Imitation of Life/Reveal
The Walkmen - Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone/Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
The National - Fake Empire/Boxer
The New Pornographers - The Fake Headlines/Mass Romantic
Mission of Burma - Fake Blood/OnOFFOn
Obits - Fake Kinkade/I Blame You
Ty Segall - The Faker/Manipulator
Death From Above 1979 - If We Don't Make It We'll Fake It/Heads Up
Calories - Let's Pretend That We're Older/Let's Pretend That We're Older
L7 - Pretend We're Dead/Bricks Are Heavy



Friday, September 07, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #237: September 7, 2018

Everybody loves birthdays, and Stuck In Thee Garage is no exception. This week marks the 5th birthday for the show and for BFF.fm, so I celebrated by playing songs about staying power in hour 2. Make sure you get a piece of cake, Milton.



This playlist will set the whole building on fire:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Colleen Green - Let Go/Casey's Tape - Harmontown Loops
Kristin Hersh - No Shade in Shadow/Possible Dust Clouds
Petal - Better Than You/Magic Gone
The Beths - You Wouldn't Like Me/Future Me Hates Me
Thin Lips - South America/Chosen Family
The Mutineers - Drug For That/Threshold
The Swagger -  Heart 'N' Soul/Single
Desert Mountain Tribe - Way Back to You/Om Parvat Mystery
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - An Air-Conditioned Man/Hope Downs
Slaves - The Lives They Wish They Had/Acts of Fear and Love
Goon - Slab Roller/Dusk of Punk - Happy Omen
Baked - Hope You're Happy/II
Oh Sees - Moon Bog/Smote Reverser
Lala Lala - Destroyer/The Lamb
Trevor Powers - Ache/Mulberry Violence
Walter Lure & the Waldos - Lazy Day/Wacka Lacka Boom Bop a Loom Bam Boo
Teenage Wrist - Rollerblades/Chrome Neon Jesus

Hour 2: Staying power
Frank Black - I Could Stay Here Forever/Teenager of the Year
Hard Left - Stay True/We Are Hard Left
Bob Mould - Hold On/Patch the Sky
Husker Du - Keep Hanging On/Flip Your Wig
Dead Meadow - Keep On Walking/Old Growth
Velvet Crush - Keep On Lingerin'/Teenage Symphonies to God
Tim Armstrong - Hold On/A Poet's Life
Joe Jackson - Baby Stick Around/Look Sharp!
Pugwash - Keep Movin' On/Almanac
John Lennon - Hold On/Plastic Ono Band
Motley Crue - Stick To Your Guns/Too Fast for Love
Bang Camaro - Push Push (Lady Lightning)/Bang Camaro
Temple of the Dog - Pushin' Forward Back/Temple of the Dog
Jerry Cantrell - Keep the Light On/Boggy Depot
Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin' (Part 1)/Eddie Kendrick
The Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard/The Seeds
David Bowie - Stay/Station to Station




Friday, August 31, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #236: August 31, 2018

When you're driving on the open road and a great song comes on your stereo, you might notice after a minute or so that suddenly you're driving 10 mph faster. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs that make you drive faster in hour 2. It's not quite having Metallica in the back of your truck, but it's pretty great.


The pedal-to-the-metal playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Holy Esque - I Am the Truth/Television-Sweet
Baked - A Hartlett Anthem/II
Black Belt Eagle Scout - Soft Stud/Mother of My Children
Pile - Cup/Odds and Ends
Idles - I'm Scum/Joy as an Act of Resistance
Slaves - Cut and Run/Acts of Fear and Love
Joyce Manor - Million Dollars to Kill Me/Million Dollars to Kill Me
Chastity - Negative With Reason to Be/Death Lust
Oh Sees - Abysmal Urn/Smote Reverser
Billy Moon - DWTBA/Punk Songs
Ty Segall & White Fence - Good Boy/Joy
Mourn - Doing It Right/Sorpresa Familia
Bodega - Bookmarks/Endless Scroll
The Rock*A*Teens - Lost in Sound/Sixth House
Haerts - New Compassion/New Compassion
Soft Science - Breaking/Maps
Spiritualized - Here It Comes/And Nothing Hurt

Hour 2: Drive faster
Beach Slang - Atom Bomb/A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Art Brut - Alcoholics Unanimous/Art Brut vs. Satan
Rancid - Bloodclot/Life Won't Wait
Van Halen - Unchained/Fair Warning
Motorhead - Killed by Death/No Remorse
Fu Manchu - Evil Eye/The Action is Go!
Ozzy Osbourne - Over the Mountain/Diary of a Madman
Public Enemy - Night of the Living Baseheads/It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Beastie Boys - So What'cha Want/Check Your Head
Beck - High 5 (Rock the Catskills)/Odelay
PJ Harvey - Meet Ze Monsta/To Bring You My Love
The Pretenders - Tattooed Love Boys/Pretenders
Smashing Pumpkins - Quiet/Siamese Dream
Sloan - Ill Placed Trust/Never Hear the End of It
The Pursuit of Happiness - Ten Fingers/Love Junk
Queens of the Stone Age - No One Knows/Songs for the Deaf


Friday, August 24, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #235: August 24, 2018

Turn the clock back 20 years and you'll find things were very different. The Internet was still in its early stages, at least for the general public, with MP3 downloading slowly (very slowly) becoming something that would eventually change the music industry drastically. A couple of nerds launched a search engine called Google to little fanfare. Seinfeld ended its successful run with a highly-rated and somewhat controversial final episode. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1998 in hour 2. It's a quirky collection, to stay the least.



This playlist was not produced by Max Fischer:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Fucked Up - Raise Your Voice Joyce/Dose Your Dreams
Slaves - Chokehold/Acts of Fear and Love
Idles - Colossus/Joy as an Act of Resistance
Lucero - For the Lonely Ones/Among the Ghosts
Jim James - Out of Time/Uniform Distortion
Neko Case - Curse of the I-5 Corridor (feat. Mark Lanegan)/Hell-On
Thin Lips - Gaslight Anthem (The Song Not the Band)/Chosen Family
Mitski - Nobody/Be the Cowboy
Jealous of the Birds - Plastic Skeletons/The Moths of What I Want Will Eat Me in My Sleep
BC Camplight - I'm Desperate/Deportation Blues
Arthur Buck - The Wanderer/Arthur Buck
Versing - Silver Dollar/Single
Walter Lure & the Waldos - Damn Your Soul/Wacka Lacka Boom Bop a Loom Bap Boo
The Mutineers - Hard Sell/Threshold
Klammer - Baddest Blocks/You Have Been Processed

Hour 2: 1998
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic/Hello Nasty
The Afghan Whigs - Somethin' Hot/1965
Sloan - Money City Maniacs/Navy Blues
The Posies - Looking Lost/Success
Beck - Cold Brains/Mutations
Pulp - Help the Aged/This is Hardcore
Spoon - Metal Detektor/A Series of Sneaks
PJ Harvey - A Perfect Day Elise/Is This Desire?
Cat Power - Metal Heart/Moon Pix
R.E.M. - At My Most Beautiful/Up
Frank Black & the Catholics - Solid Gold/Frank Black & the Catholics
Jerry Cantrell - My Song/Boggy Depot
Queens of the Stone Age - If Only/Queens of the Stone Age
At the Drive-In - For Now...We Toast/In Casino Out
Metallica - Die Die My Darling/Garage Inc.
Rocket From the Crypt - Run Kid Run/RFTC
Spoon - Staring at the Bird/A Series of Sneaks



Friday, August 17, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #234: August 17, 2018

Let's face it, people like to take short cuts. Whether it's in life, school, love or during a game, cheating has become commonplace in our society. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about cheating in hour 2.



This playlist is totally not cheating:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Thin Lips - A Song for Those Who Miss You All the Time/Chosen Family
Big Ups - Fear/Two Parts Together
Dentist - Alone in the Garden/Night Swimming
Jim James - Just a Fool/Uniform Distortion
Ty Segall & White Fence - Do Your Hair/Joy
Nine Inch Nails - Shit Mirror/Bad Witch
Sink Ya Teeth - Substitutes/Sink Ya Teeth
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me/Future Me Hates Me
Snuff Redux - The French Press/Denim American
Lifted Bells - Follow Me/Minor Tantrums
Ovlov - Tru Punk/TRU
Protomartyr - Same Face in a Different Mirror/Consolation EP
Courtney Barnett - City Looks Pretty/Tell Me How You Really Feel
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Kite/Sparkle Hard
Sloan - Gone For Good/12

Hour 2: Cheats
The Clash - The Card Cheat/London Calling
Lefty's Deceiver - Cheats/Cheats
Fugazi - Cashout/The Argument
Run the Jewels - Lie, Cheat, Steal/Run the Jewels 2
David Bowie - The Jean Genie/Aladdin Sane
Squeeze - Tempted (alternate take)/Excess Moderation
Sloan - The Other Man/Pretty Together
Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night/MTV Unplugged in New York
Elvis Costello - I Want You/Blood & Chocolate
Parliament - All Your Goodies Are Gone/Up for the Down Stroke
The Afghan Whigs - If I Were Going/Gentlemen
The Pursuit of Happiness - Hate Engine/The Wonderful World of...
The Who - A Quick One, While He's Away/Live at Leeds


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 495: Down the Wrong Road Both Ways

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about our rock n' roll regrets. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Jay: Gave away a bunch of vinyl in the '90s
- Price gouging vinyl-loving hipsters
- Looking for bargains
- Young entrepreneurship gone wrong
- Taping music off the radio
- In praise of Barooga Bandit
- Phil: Wish I'd seen shows at some historic venues
- Jay: Bands I once liked that I now regret liking
- There should be no guilty pleasures
- Coming to terms with disco
- Some early '90s radio staples now ring false
- Getting rides to concerts from parents
- Jay: Not going to club shows earlier
- Only went to hockey arenas and amphitheaters

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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, August 08, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 494: Regrettable

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about our rock n' roll regrets. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Phil: Bands I never got to see
- Missing artists before they died
- Sometimes it's for budgetary reasons
- Jay: Saw Neil Young last month for the first time
- The time Phil got dosed at a Cure show
- Phil: Not being old enough to see certain artists in their prime
- Following bands on tour
- Jay: Not sticking with the guitar
- Been playing on and off for decades
- Short-lived band experiences, including Bea Arthur's Revenge
- Phil: Giving away CDs and mixtapes
- Mixtapes can tell a lot about someone's personality
- Jay: Still have all my cassettes
- 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.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #233: August 3, 2018

Just like you can't always tell a book by its cover, you also can't always tell what a song is by its title. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs that don't mention their title in hour 2. It's a strong collection of music that seemingly has no connection other than being abstractly named. But it works.



This playlist would sound good on a Walkman:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Ty Segall & White Fence - Body Behavior/Joy
Klammer - Spiral Girl/You Have Been Processed
Ovlov - The Best of You/TRU
Bodega - Name Escape/Endless Scroll
Chastity - Chains/Death Lust
Restorations - The Red Door/LP5000
Dan Mangan - Troubled Mind/Single
Soft Science - Know/Maps
Gold Muse - Flower/Single
Hello June - Mars/Single
Smokescreens - The Lost Song/Used to Yesterday
Goon - Gay Rage/Dusk of Punk - Happy Omen
The Alarm - Beautiful/Equals
The Rock*A*Teens - Closest to Heaven/Sixth House
TC&I - Scatter Me/Great Aspirations


Hour 2: No title
Liz Phair - Divorce Song/Exile in Guyville
R.E.M. - Pop Song '89 (Acoustic)/In Time: The Best of R.E.M., 1988-2003
Neil Young - After the Gold Rush/After the Gold Rush
Big Star - The Ballad of El Goodo/#1 Record
Radiohead - Desert Island Disk/A Moon Shaped Pool
Interpol - Obstacle 1/Turn on the Bright Lights
Bloc Party - Helicopter/Silent Alarm
The Cure - Pornography/Pornography
Queens of the Stone Age - Feel Good Hit of the Summer/Rated R
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog/Hair of the Dog
Black Sabbath - N.I.B./Black Sabbath
Toadies - Possum Kingdom/Rubberneck
Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings/Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Jane's Addiction - Mountain Song/Nothing's Shocking



Friday, July 27, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #232: July 27, 2018

The moon may be just a satellite of our Earth, but it's been a source of fascination for songwriters for decades. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about the moon in hour 2.


This playlist needs to phone home:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Ovlov - Half Way Fine/TRU
Slothrust - Double Down/The Pact
Chastity - Children/Death Lust
Lithics - Specs/Mating Surfaces
Goon - Merchant Hall/Dusk of Punk - Happy Omen
Mourn - Fun at the Geysers/Sorpresa Familia
Death Bells - Echoes/Single
Gold Muse - Sterling/Single
Soft Science - There/Maps
John Parish - Sorry for Your Loss (feat. PJ Harvey)/Bird Dog Dante
Tony Molina - Nothing I Can Say/Kill the Lights
Arthur Buck - American Century/Arthur Buck
Jim James - Throwback/Uniform Distortion
Bodega - Jack in Titanic/Endless Scroll
Tombstones in Their Eyes - Take Me Away/Nothing Here
Teenage Wrist - Black Flamingo/Chrome Neon Jesus
Smokescreens - Used to Yesterday/Used to Yesterday
Jo Passed - You, Prime/Their Prime
Poptone - This is the Pops/Poptone

Hour 2: Moon
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon/Bark at the Moon
Sugar - Man on the Moon/Copper Blue
Thin Lips - Gemini Moon/Divorce Year
Camper Van Beethoven - The Day That Lassie Went to the Moon/Telephone Free Landslide Victory
Steve Gunn - Full Moon Tide/Eyes on the Lines
Iceage - Against the Moon/Plowing Into the Field of Love
Wilco - Black Moon/The Whole Love
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Jesus of the Moon/Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Grinderman - Man in the Moon/Grinderman
Reeves Gabrels - Bad Moon Rising/The Sacred Squall of Now
David Bowie - Moonage Daydream/The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Duran Duran - New Moon on Monday/Seven and the Ragged Tiger
Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon/Ocean Rain


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 493: Stick It to the Man

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- Our top 5 albums of the year so far
- JB's #5
- Post-rock quartet from Philly
- JK's #5
- A New Year's gift
- Channeling post-election angst
- JB's #3
- Hook-laden pop from Kevin Kline's kid
- JK's #4
- Back to basics from power pop masters
- JK's #3
- Hot rawk from a dependably excellent band
- JB's #2
- Sprawling lo-fi indie folk
- JK's #2
- Came out of left field
- Punchy power pop
- JB's #1
- Exhilarating release for this band's Saddle Creek debut
- JK's #1 and JB's #4
- Very political record
- Please save us, Fugazi
- JB: Still surprised at the lack of political music

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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 20, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #231: July 20, 2018

Going solo is a rock rite of passage. Nearly every successful band has seen members go their own way to release their own music. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs by solo artists in hour 2. The more, the merrier. It's a good listen.


This playlist is in high fidelity:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Dilly Dally - I Feel Free/Heaven
Body Type - Arrow/Arrow
Mourn - Divorce/Sorpresa Familia
Bodega - How Did This Happen?/Endless Scroll
Dentist - Corked/Night Swimming
Idles - Daniel Nedelko/Joy as an act of resistance
Nine Inch Nails - God Break Down the Door/Bad Witch
Arthur Buck - I Am the Moment/Arthur Buck
Jim James - Yes to Everything/Uniform Distortion
Paul McCartney - Come On to Me/Egypt Station
The Damned - Standing on the Edge of Tomorrow/Evil Spirits
The Menzingers - Toy Soldier/Single
Delicate Steve - American Ruse (feat. Wayne Kramer)/Single
Teenage Wrist - Dweeb/Chrome Neon Jesus
Albert Hammond Jr. - Screamer/Francis Trouble
Parquet Courts - Total Football/Wide Awake!

Hour 2: Solo
A.C. Newman - Miracle Drug/The Slow Wonder
Chris Cornell - Flutter Girl/Euphoria Morning
Dave Grohl - How Do You Do/Touch soundtrack
Adam Franklin - Seize the Day/Bolts of Melody
Jarvis Cocker - Caucasian Blues/Further Complications
Graham Coxon - Freakin' Out/Happiness in Magazines
Bob Mould - Star Machine/Silver Age
J Mascis x Kim Gordon - Slow Boy/CONS EP Vol. 3
Jason Loewenstein - Circles/At Sixes and Sevens
Frank Black - Pie in the Sky/Teenager of the Year
Greg Dulli - Early Today (and later that night)/Amber Headlights
Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social - Black Boombox/Love It to Life
Gordon Downie - 11th Fret/Battle of the Nudes
Willy DeVille - It's So Easy/Miracle
Stiv Bators - Make Up Your Mind/Disconnected
Mark Lanegan Band - Sideways in Reverse/Bubblegum
Lou Reed - Dirty Blvd./New York
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Coma Girl/Streetcore
Paul Westerberg - Drop Them Gloves/PW & the Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 492: Count It Off, Smart Guy

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- On to the top 10
- JB's #10
- Side project of the late Scott Hutchison
- JK's #10
- Welcome return of alt-rock faves
- The laid-back recording style of Steve Albini
- JB's #9
- Ambient music via Philly
- JK's #9
- Boston alt-rock icons back with a vital new record
- JB's #8 and JK's #7
- Another fine album from an Aussie rocker
- JK's #8
- The evolution of a band's sound
- JB's #7
- No new Johnny Foreigner release, but this works
- JB's #6
- Minimal electronic act from the city of Brotherly Love
- Good chillout music
- JK's #6
- A solid solo release from another alt-rock legend
- Surprising political bent on a few songs
- 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.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #230: July 13, 2018

It's inevitable when you live in a four-season area: During the winter, we pine for warm weather, and during the summer when things get hot and sweaty, we wish for things to cool down. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about coldness in hour 2 in an attempt to cool things down a tad.

Mister Ten Below could come in handy right about now:



The frosty playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Mourn - Doing It Right/Sorpresa Familia
Virginia Wing - Be Released/Ecstatic Arrow
The Black Tones - Plaid Pants/Single
Spiritualized - A Perfect Miracle/And Nothing Hurt
Nova Flares - Gut Splinter/Nova Flares
Soft Science - Sooner/Maps
Nicholas Merz - Bulled Rose/The Limits of Men
Tony Molina - Look Inside Your Mind-Losin' My Touch/Kill the Lights
Fred Abong - Rattler/Homeless
Protomartyr - You Always Win (feat. Kelley Deal)/Consolation EP
La Luz - The Creature/Floating Features
Speedy Ortiz - Backslidin'/Twerp Verse
The Rock*A*Teens - Turn and Smile/Sixth House
Poptone - Ball of Confusion/Poptone
Billy & Dolly - Setting Sun/Five Suns

Hour 2: Cold
Monkeywrench - Cold Cold World/Clean as a Broke-Dick Dog
Guided By Voices - 14 Cheerleader Coldfront/Propellor
The Pink Mountaintops - Cold Criminals/Axis of Evol
Beck - Cold Brains/Mutations
Ween - Cold Blows the Wind/The Mollusk
The Gun Club - Cold Drink of Water/Fire of Love
Death From Above - Freeze Me/Outrage is Now!
East River Pipe - Cold Ground/We Live in Rented Rooms
Throwing Muses - Colder/House Tornado
The Cure - Cold/Pornography
Arcade Fire - Cold Wind/Six Feet Under Vol. 2: Everything Ends
Brendan Benson - Cold Hands (Warm Heart)/The Alternative to Love
Screaming Trees - Cold Rain/Even If and Especially When
Boss Hog - Ski Bum/Boss Hog
Thin Lizzy - Cold Sweat/Thunder and Lightning
Van Halen - Stay Frosty/A Different Kind of Truth





Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 491: Chart Fatigue

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- The sudden album drop: Drake, Kanye, Beyonce/Jay Z, Rosenstock
- Who needs major labels?
- Charts are meaningless when the kids just stream music
- Country may be the biggest selling genre right now
- Pop tours are struggling
- The flipside of convenience
- YouTube as last resort for streaming
- The floppy disk as music storage device
- Package tours now mix up genres and eras
- Breitling: "I imagine the Wang is sizable"
- Our favorite music: The bubbling unders...or also-rans
- Breitling: Ben Leiper, Kamasi Washington, Speedy Ortiz, GAS
- Kumar: Ty Segall, Hot Snakes, Screaming Females, La Luz, Poptone, Beach House, Janelle Monae, Painted Doll, Judas Priest
- 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.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #229: July 6, 2018

The great philosopher Thomas Keifer once wrote, "Don't know what you got till it's gone." That was certainly the case with the year 2008, which seemed like a big pile of dung at the time, but in retrospect, doesn't look so bad now. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 2008 in hour 2 and it was quite an enjoyable set of rock jams if I do say so myself.

It was the kind of year that said, "How do you do, fellow kids?"


This playlist is totally not a middle-aged narc:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Red Baraat (feat. Heems) - Sound the People/Sound the People
Protomartyr - Wait/Consolation EP
Poptone - Christian Says/Poptone
The Rock*A*Teens - Lady MacBeth/Sixth House
Eternal Summers - Contenders/Every Day It Feels Like I'm Dying...
The Autumn Stones - Mandatory Love/Emperor Twilight
Calpurnia - City Boy/Scout EP
Dude York - Moon/Moon
Deap Vally - Get Gone/Get Gone
Stars - Ship to Shore/Single
Nine Inch Nails - Ahead of Ourselves/Bad Witch
Smashing Pumpkins - Solara/Single
Tombstones in Their Eyes - Silhouette/Nothing Here
The Oysters - I Don't Want Anyone to be Around Me/Single
*repeat repeat - Everybody's Falling Love/Floral Canyon
Tony Molina - Jasper's Theme/Kill the Lights
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The Hammer/Hope Downs

Hour 2: '08
The Hold Steady - Constructive Summer/Stay Positive
King Khan and the Shrines - Torture/The Supreme Genius of...
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Cold Son/Real Emotional Trash
The Gutter Twins - The Stations/Saturnalia
TV on the Radio - Dancing Choose/Dear Science
The Dirtbombs - I Hear the Sirens/We Have You Surrounded
Black Mountain - Stormy High/In the Future
Ladyhawk - Corpse Paint/Shots
Sloan - Believe in Me/Parallel Play
The Raconteurs - Salute Your Solution/Consolers of the Lonely
Drive-By Truckers - Daddy Needs a Drink/Brighter Than Creation's Dark
Eagles of Death Metal - Anything 'Cept the Truth/Heart On
The Raveonettes - Dead Sound/Lust Lust Lust
Frightened Rabbit - Head Rolls Off/The Midnight Organ Fight
Dead Meadow - What Needs Must Be/Old Growth
Jay Reatard - Always Wanting More/Matador Singles '08


Friday, June 22, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #228: June 22, 2018

We live in a loud world. There's noise coming at us in all directions all the time. It can be difficult to get away from it. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about loudness in hour 2. They're not all loud, though.


This playlist is not a toomah:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Jo Passed - Glass/Their Prime
King Tuff - Neverending Sunshine/The Other
Hot Snakes - Psychoactive/Jericho Sirens
Kristin Hersh - Breathe In/Possible Dust Clouds
Neko Case - Bad Luck/Hell-On
Beach House - Girl of the Year/7
Shopping - Overtime/The Official Body
Franz Ferdinand - Feel the Love Go/Always Ascending
Camp Cope - UFO Lighter/How to Socialise & Make Friends
Screaming Females - Soft Domination/All at Once
Dream Wife - Right Now/Dream Wife
Shame - The Lick/Songs of Praise
Lifted Bells - Wheel of Fortunates/Minor Tantrums
Eels - Today is the Day/The Deconstruction
Pugwash - What Are You Like/Silverlake
MGMT - TSLAMP/Little Dark Age

Hour 2: Loudness
Beastie Boys - Make Some Noise/Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Eric B. & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul/Paid in Full
Public Enemy - Louder Than a Bomb/It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Living Colour - Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing/Biscuits
Art Brut - Pump Up the Volume/It's a Bit Complicated
Frank Black and Teenage Fanclub - The Man Who Was Too Loud/The John Peel Session EP
Stephen Malkmus - Loud Cloud Crowd/Face the Truth
T. Rex - Bang a Gong (Get It On)/Electric Warrior
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams/Kick Out the Jams
AC/DC - Rock n' Roll Ain't Noise Pollution/Back in Black
Motorhead - The Chase is Better Than the Catch/Ace of Spades
Queens of the Stone Age - In My Head/Lullabies to Paralyze
The I Don't Cares - Love Out Loud/Wild Stab
Pylon - Volume/Pylon Live
Pointed Sticks - Part of the Noise/Part of the Noise
Piebald - All You Need is Drums to Start a Dance Party/If It Weren't for Venetian Blinds, It Would Be Curtains for Us All


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 490: Social Disease

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


Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea
- The political climate is disturbingly fascinating
- O, Canada?
- It used to be easy to fall out of political favor
- Howard Dean's scream
- The lack of competition
- No alternative party
- Navigating social media to victory
- Coming up with an escape plan
- Watch out for gators
- Connected to social media all day but don't look at it all the time
- Your info is constantly being collected by FB, Google, Amazon, etc.
- Wandering through the social media graveyard
- FB Messenger was banning people based on supposedly private conversations
- Matt's adventures with drunken late-night purchases like the Ab Zapper
- Buying swords on QVC
- The desperate need for social media likes
- Matt: No withdrawal symptoms when disconnected from the internet
- Consequences for social media faux pas can come quickly

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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 12, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 489: Social Distortion

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


Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea
- Back from a little hiatus
- People who use their phones at the urinal
- Matt: Detached from social media while in Canada
- We're online all day for work
- Jay: The kids love the Instagram
- Twitter can be a cesspool
- Let Me Google That For You
- When Star Wars nerds get ugly
- Twitter can often be a license to be a jerk
- People can be "rock stupid"
- The compulsion to tweet
- Arguing with family members on social media
- The mute function on FB is helpful
- Matt: Writer Twitter drives me nuts
- Don't click on the comments!
- Anime geeks solving their arguments in a civil manner
- 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.