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.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #227: June 8, 2018

Everyone's got habits they'd like to drop, but let's face it, bad habits can be kind of fun. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about bad habits in hour 2. They may not be good for you, but they definitely kick some ass.

This playlist may be habit-forming:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Protomartyr feat. Kelley Deal - Wheel of Fortune/Consolation EP
The Breeders - MetaGoth/All Nerve
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Shiggy/Sparkle Hard
Soft Science - Undone/Maps
Soccer Mommy - Cool/Clean
Courtney Barnett - Need a Little Time/Tell Me What You Really Mean
Albert Hammond Jr. - Tea for Two/Francis Trouble
Parquet Courts - Almost Had to Start a Fight - In and Out of Patience/Wide Awake!
Sloan - All of the Voices/12
Speedy Ortiz - Moving In/Twerp Verse
Hop Along - What the Writer Meant/Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Wye Oak - The Instrument/The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs
Nostalgist - Present Tense/Disaffection
Preoccupations - Espionage/New Material
Modern Time Machines - Hot Wheels/MTM

Hour 2: Bad habits
Thin Lizzy - Bad Habits/Thunder and Lightning
The Pursuit of Happiness - Cigarette Dangles/The Downward Road
Greg Dulli - Cigarettes/Amber Headlights
O Positive - With You/Only Breathing
Husker Du - Whatcha Drinkin'/New Day Rising
Jawbreaker Reunion - Beer and Loathing/Lutheran Sisterhood Gun Club
Against Me! - Drinking With the Jocks/Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Jeff Rosenstock - Beers Again Alone/We Cool?
The Capitol Years - Let Them Drink/Let Them Drink
Drive-By Truckers - The Fourth Night of My Drinking/The Big To-Do
The Raveonettes - D.R.U.G.S./In and Out of Control
The Monks - Drugs in My Pocket/Bad Habits
Wilco - Handshake Drugs/A Ghost is Born
Talking Heads - Drugs/Fear of Music
A Giant Dog - Sex & Drugs/Pile
Soundgarden - Big Dumb Sex/Louder Than Love
The Buzzcocks - Just Lust/Singles Going Steady

Friday, June 01, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #226: June 1, 2018

Let's face it, you're going to win some and lose some. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about losers in hour 2. But that doesn't mean they're not great songs. They'll get you all puffed up with excitement:

This is the playlist of George:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
La Luz - Don't Leave Me on the Earth/Floating Features
Cut Worms - Cash for Gold/Hollow Ground
American Wrestlers - Ignoramus/Single
Poptone - Ball of Confusion/Poptone
Cary Brothers - Crush/Bruises
Mazzy Star - Quiet, the Winter Harbor/Still
Courtney Barnett - Crippling Self-Doubt and a General Lack of Confidence/Tell Me How You Really Feel
Albert Hammond Jr. - Muted Beatings/Francis Trouble
Parquet Courts - Violence/Wide Awake!
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Bike Lane/Sparkle Hard
Blackwater Holylight - Sunrise/Blackwater Holylight
Slow Riot - Burn in the City/Single
Billy & Dolly - Want It/Five Suns
Lola Tried - Steam/Lola Tried
Jo Passed - MDM/Their Prime
Frankie Cosmos - Jesse/Vessel

Hour 2: Losers
Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers - Born to Lose/L.A.M.F. - the lost '77 tapes
fIREHOSE - Losers, Boozers and Heroes/Flyin' the Flannel
Beck - Loser/Mellow Gold
The Dambuilders - Teenage Loser Anthem/Ruby Red
The Dears - You and I Are a Gang of Losers/Gang of Losers
Sunset Rubdown - Child-Heart Losers/Random Spirit Lover
Against Me! - Don't Lose Touch/Searching for a Former Clarity
Varsity Drag - Mind Like a Sieve/7" Split with Chestnut Rd.
Dinosaur Jr. - Lose/You're Living All Over Me
Ex Hex - Don't Wanna Lose/Rips
The Clash - Lost in the Supermarket/London Calling
The Buzzcocks - Something's Gone Wrong Again/Singles Going Steady
Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum/Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Smashing Pumpkins - Zero/Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Grinderman - No Pussy Blues/Grinderman
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - F***in' Up/Ragged Glory


Friday, May 25, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #225: May 25, 2018

Everyone goes through lonely times at some point or another. With any luck, they don't last for very long. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I play songs about loneliness in hour 2. They'll give you something to listen to while you wait for the phone to ring.

This playlist will keep you company:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Albert Hammond Jr. - Far Away Truths/Francis Trouble
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake/Wide Awake!
Poptone - Go!/Poptone
Courtney Barnett - Charity/Tell Me How You Really Feel
Beach House - Dark Spring/7
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Refute/Sparkle Hard
Billy & Dolly - Archies/Five Suns
Shakey Graves - Kids These Days/Can't Wake Up
Lifted Bells - Tragedy Gold/Minor Tantrums
E - Untie Me/Negative Work
King Tuff - Ultraviolet/The Other
Klammer - Modern God/You Have Been Processed
Tancred - Reviews/Nightstand
Infinite Room - Wildfires/Infinite Room EP
La Luz - Greed Machine/Floating Features
Speedy Ortiz - Lean In When I Suffer/Twerp Verse

Hour 2: Lonely
Frightened Rabbit - The Loneliness and the Scream/The Winter of Mixed Drinks
Joy Division - Isolation/Closer
The Replacements - If Only You Were Lonely/For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986
The White Stripes - I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet)/Get Behind Me Satan
The Smithereens - In a Lonely Place/Especially for You
Screaming Trees - Lonely Girl/Clairvoyance
Silversun Pickups - It's Nice to Know You Work Alone/Swoon
Billy Squier - Lonely is the Night/Don't Say No
Mick Jagger - Lonely at the Top/She's the Boss
Neil Young - Oh Lonesome Me/After the Gold Rush
New York Dolls - Lonely Planet Boy/New York Dolls
Jesse Malin and the St. Marks Social - Lonely at Heart/Love It to Life
The Tragically Hip - The Lonely End of the Rink/World Container
Eagles of Death Metal - How Can a Man With So Many Friends Be So All Alone?/Heart On
Foo Fighters - Alone + Easy Target/Foo Fighters

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #224: May 18, 2018

The older you get, the more it feels like time is speeding up. That, of course, is not true at all. There are still 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year, but it seems like you can blink and suddenly 15 years have flown by. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 2003 in hour 2 and it simultaneously felt like they just came out and holy crap, that was a long time ago. Fortunately, I have no plans to go back to school.

This playlist is ready to party:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Lifted Bells - Inevitable Devil/Minor Tantrums
Arthur Buck - Are You Electrified?/Arthur Buck
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Middle America/Sparkle Hard
La Luz - Loose Teeth/Floating Features
Wimps - Garbage People/Garbage People
Hinds - The Club/I Don't Run
Forth Wanderers - Not For Me/Forth Wanderers
Frankie Cosmos - Being Alive/Vessel
Shopping - Shave Your Head/The Official Body
Arctic Monkeys - Star Treatment/Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Eleanor Friedberger - Are We Good?/Rebound
Rat Scabies - Floating/P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt)
Frog Eyes - Itch of Summer Knees/Violet Psalms
Painted Doll - Painted Doll/Painted Doll
Franz Ferdinand - Finally/Always Ascending

Hour 2: 2003
Ween - It's Gonna Be a Long Night/Quebec
The Riverboat Gamblers - Hey! Hey! Hey!/Something to Crow About
Electric Six - I'm the Bomb/Fire
Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp/Boy in Da Corner
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - (Do Not Feed the) Oyster/Pig Lib
Joe Jackson Band - Awkward Age/Volume 4
The Twilight Singers - Martin Eden/Blackberry Belle
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Ballad of the Sin-Eater/Hearts of Oak
Drive-By Truckers - Hell No, I Ain't Happy/Decoration Day
Cat Power - He War/You Are Free
The New Pornographers - The Laws Have Changed/Electric Version
The Wrens - Everyone Choose Sides/The Meadowlands
Matthew Sweet - Tonight We Ride/Kimi Ga Suki Raifu
Sloan - False Alarm/Action Pact
TV On the Radio - Staring at the Sun/Young Liars
The Shins - Mine's Not a High Horse/Chutes Too Narrow

Friday, May 11, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #223: May 11, 2018

It helps to get off to a good start, but finishing well is also very important. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played great album closers in hour 2. Some are short and sweet, some rock, some are quiet and some are long and epic. But they all get the job done.

This playlist throws serious heat:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The Spook School - Still Alive/Could It Be Different?
Speedy Ortiz - Sport Death/Twerp Verse
Frog Eyes - Don't Sleep Under Stars/Violet Psalms
Okkervil River - Pulled Up the Ribbon/The Rainbow Rain
Pearl Jam - Can't Deny Me/Single
Sloan - Don't Stop (If It Feels Good Do It)/12
Jeff Rosenstock - Beating My Head Against a Wall/POST-
Preoccupations - Solace/New Material
Japan Suicide - Blown Away/Santa Sangre
Modern Time Machines - Alper/MTM
Holy Wave - The Nurse's Tale/Adult Fear
MGMT - James/Little Dark Age
Wye Oak - It Was Not Natural/The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs
Hop Along - Somewhere a Judge/Bark Your Head Off, Dog
The Wedding Present - Emporia/Going, Going...

Hour 2: Closers
Camper Van Beethoven - Ambiguity Song/Telephone Free Landslide Victory
The Replacements - Here Comes a Regular/Tim
Pavement - Fillmore Jive/Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
The Clash - Train in Vain/London Calling
Arctic Monkeys - A Certain Romance/Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
LCD Soundsystem - New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down/Sound of Silver
OFF! - I Need One (I Want One)/OFF!
Living Colour - Which Way to America?/Vivid
Soundgarden - New Damage/Badmotorfinger
R.E.M. - Oddfellows Local 151/Document
David Bowie - I Can't Give Everything Away/Blackstar
Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain/Purple Rain

Friday, May 04, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #222: May 4, 2018

Hate to break it to you, but life's not a non-stop thrill ride. There are going to be some lulls in the action every once in a while. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about boredom in hour 2. Deal with it, Sporto.

This playlist will put you in detention:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Speedy Ortiz - Buck Me Off/Twerp Verse
L.A. Witch - Drive My Car/L.A. Witch
Dead Meadow - I'm So Glad/The Nothing They Need
Jo Passed - Millennial Trash Blues/Their Prime
Beach House - Dive/7
Frankie Cosmos - Jesse/Vessel
Flasher - Pressure/Constant Image
Neko Case - Hell-On/Hell-On
Melody's Echo Chamber - Breathe In, Breathe Out/Bon Voyage
The Moondoggies - Soviet Barn Fire/A Love Sleeps Deep
Dick Stusso - Modern Music/In Heaven
La Luz - California Finally/Floating Features
King Tuff - Birds of Paradise/The Other
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Talking Straight/Hope Downs
Okkervil River - Famous Tracheotomies/In the Rainbow Rain

Hour 2: Bored
The Pursuit of Happiness - Bored of You/The Downward Road
Bully - Feel the Same/Losing
Dead Stars - Boredom/Perfect Patterns
Built to Spill - Good Ol' Boredom/There is No Enemy
The Walkmen - I'm Never Bored/Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
The Feelies - Waiting/Time for a Witness
Father John Misty - Bored in the USA/I Love You, Honeybear
The Beatles - I'm So Tired/The White Album
XTC - Day In Day Out/Drums and Wires
Gang of Four - Glass/Content Value Add
Frank Black and the Catholics - Do Nothing/Snake Oil
...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Wasted State of Mind/So Divided
Richard Hell and the Voidoids - Blank Generation/Blank Generation
Pointed Sticks - Nothing Else to Do/Part of the Scene
Green River - Ain't Nothing to Do/Live at the Sunset Tavern, 7/10/08
Fu Manchu - Nothing Done/The Action is Go!
Death Angel - Bored/Frolic Through the Park

Friday, April 27, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #221: April 27, 2018

A little knowledge can be a powerful thing. It can also be dangerous. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about knowledge in hour 2. You'd be wise to check it out.

This playlist is the one who knocks:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Rat Scabies - Chew On You/P.H.D. (Prison, Hospital, Debt)
Guided By Voices - See My Field/Space Gun
Painted Doll - Dressing Room/Painted Doll
MIEN - Black Habit/MIEN
Sloan - Year Zero/12
Shopping - My Dad's a Dancer/The Official Body
Franz Ferdinand - Lazy Boy/Always Ascending
Shame - Gold Hole/Songs of Praise
MGMT - When You Die/Little Dark Age
Hop Along - The Fox in Motion/Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Dream Wife - Fire/Dream Wife
Screaming Females - Agnes Martin/All at Once
Lefty's Deceiver - Civvies/Lefty's Deceiver
Buffalo Tom - Freckles/Quiet and Peace
Destroyer - Cover From the Sun/ken

Hour 2: Knowledge
Matthew Sweet - Knowing People/Altered Beast
Ty Segall - Don't You Want to Know (Sue)/Manipulator
The Pursuit of Happiness - Tree of Knowledge/Love Junk
Screaming Trees - All I Know/Dust
Queens of the Stone Age -  Everybody Knows You Are Insane/Lullabies to Analyze
Ozzy Osbourne - I Don't Know/Blizzard of Ozz
Los Colognes - All That You Know/Dos
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?/AM
De La Soul - Eye Know/3 Feet High and Rising
Neil Young - Everybody Knows This is Nowhere/Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
Ladyhawk - I Don't Always Know What You're Saying/Shots
Chris Whitley - Know/Din of Ecstasy
Pavement - Secret Knowledge of Back Roads (Peel Session)/Slanted and Enchanted: Luxe and Reduxe
Dinosaur Jr. - Good to Know/Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not
Teenage Fanclub - God Knows It's True/God Knows It's True EP

Friday, April 20, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #220: April 20, 2018

Sometimes it's better to get to the point. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs that start with the chorus in hour 2. In other words, don't bore us, get to the chorus.

This playlist is sending its love down the well:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
King Tuff - Infinite Mile/The Other
Painted Doll - Together Alone/Painted Doll
Superchunk - Black Thread/What a Time to Be Alive
Belly - Shiny One/Dove
The Spook School - Alright (sometimes)/Could It Be Different?
Eleanor Friedberger - Make Me a Song/Rebound
Hop Along - How Simple/Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Camp Cope - Animal & Real/How to Socialise & Make Friends
The Breeders - Spacewoman/All Nerve
Preoccupations - Manipulation/New Material
Wye Oak - Over and Over/The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs
Ty Segall - Fanny Dog/Freedom's Goblin
Wet Trident - Slow Tires/Double Exposure
The Shins - Half a Million/Heartworms
Pugwash - Easier Done Than Said/Silverlake

Hour 2: Chorus first
Run DMC - It's Tricky/Raising Hell
Commodores - Brick House/Commodore
Chic - Le Freak/C'est Chic
Brendan Benson - What I'm Looking For/Alternative to Love
The Hold Steady - Southtown Girls/Boys and Girls in America
Modest Mouse - Dance Hall/Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Van Halen - You Really Got Me/Van Halen
T. Rex - Telegram Sam/The Slider
April Wine - You Could Have Been a Lady/On Record
The Beatles - Why Don't We Do It In the Road?/The White Album
Bob Dylan - Tambourine Man/Bringing It All Back Home
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night/Tonight's the Night
XTC - Making Plans for Nigel/Drums and Wires
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!/Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Smashing Pumpkins - Today/Siamese Dream
Pearl Jam (live in Auckland with Neil and Tim Finn) - History Never Repeats/1995 Christmas single

Friday, April 13, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #219: April 13, 2018

Down on the street, there's a lot going on. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played street songs in hour 2. It's all good, but make sure you can keep an eye out for cars.

This playlist is endorsed by Baberaham Lincoln:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Preoccupations - Disarray/New Material
Nostalgist - Pendulums/Disaffection
Japan Suicide - Circle/Santa Sangre
Kristin Hersh - Lax (Rough Version)/Possible Dust Clouds
The Afghan Whigs - Toy Automatic (Demo)/Unreleased
Timothy Dark - That Look (The Skin I'm In) feat. Nellie MacKay/Dark Day Afternoon
MIEN - You Dreamt/MIEN
Autumn - The Fall/Chandelier
Shopping - Suddenly Gone/The Official Body
Modern Time Machines - High Noon/MTM
Holy Wave - Adult Fear/Adult Fear
Moaning - Misheard/Moaning
Sloan - The Day Will Be Mine/12
Hot Snakes - Death Doula/Jericho Sirens
Screaming Females - My Body/All at Once

Hour 2: Street
The Stooges - Down on the Street/Fun House
The Saints - One Way Street/(I'm) Stranded
The So So Glos - Fool on the Street/Kamikaze
Rancid - Hoover Street/Life Won't Wait
Joe Strummer - Highway One Zero Street/Earthquake Weather
The Gutter Twins - Front Street/Saturnalia
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Independence Street/Wig Out at Jagbags
Mean Creek - Forgotten Streets/"Best of" Mean Creek
Lifter Puller - Lake Street is for Lovers/Fiestas + Fiascos
Krill - Street Level/Lucky Leaves
The Rolling Stones - Street Fighting Man/Beggars Banquet
Thin Lizzy - Toughest Street in Town/Black Rose: A Rock Legend
Van Halen - Mean Street/Fair Warning
The Dears - Degeneration Street/Degeneration Street
XTC - Respectable Street/Black Sea
Big Star - In the Street/#1 Record

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #218: April 6, 2018

The '80s were a strange time: Big hair, big colors and big shoulders. Technology was very different; computers were still seen as big, bulky mainframes kept in government buildings. But the music was great. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1988 in hour 2.

The torture-free playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Sloan - Spin Our Wheels/12
Franz Ferdinand - Lois Lane/Always Ascending
King Tuff - Raindrop Blue/The Other
Beach House - Lemon Glow/7
La Luz - Cicada/Floating Features
Moaning - Tired/Moaning
Shame - Dust on Trial/Songs of Praise
MIEN - (I'm Tired of) Western Shouting/MIEN
MGMT - One Thing Left to Try/Little Dark Age
Of Montreal - Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia - White is Relic/Irrealis Mood
David Byrne - Everybody's Coming to My House/American Utopia
The Shins - Painting a Hole/Heartworms
Shannon & the Clams - The Boy/Onion
The National - Day I Die/Sleep Well Beast

Hour 2: 1988
The Pixies - Bone Machine/Surfer Rosa
Dinosaur Jr. - Freak Scene/Bug
Jane's Addiction - Had a Dad/Nothing's Shocking
Sonic Youth - Teen Age Riot/Daydream Nation
The Pursuit of Happiness - I'm an Adult Now/Love Junk
Bobby Brown - My Prerogative/Don't Be Cruel
Living Colour - Funny Vibe/Vivid
Public Enemy - She Watch Channel Zero?!/It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
The Waterboys - Fisherman's Blues/Fisherman's Blues
The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God/If I Should Fall From Grace With God
U2 - God Part II/Rattle and Hum
Soul Asylum - Beggars and Choosers/Hang Time
Mudhoney - In 'n Out of Grace/Superfuzz Bigmuff
Soundgarden - Flower/Ultramega OK
Public Enemy - Mind Terrorist/It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

Friday, March 30, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #217: March 30, 2018

The world is a crazy place. Chaos seems to be the watchword these days. Every day seems to be nuttier than the preceding one. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about chaos in hour 2. It's wilder than Ox in a mud wrestling ring:

The playlist will be all that it can be:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Guided By Voices - Colonel Paper/Space Gun
The Breeders - Blues at the Acropolis/All Nerve
Superchunk - Dead Photographers/What a Time to Be Alive
EMA - Moptops (Twist While the World Stops)/Outtakes from Exile
Shopping - Wild Child/The Official Body
Camp Cope - Sagan-Indiana/How to Socialise & Make Friends
Shell of a Shell - Rotten Plan/Already There
Moaning - Useless/Moaning
The Hold Steady - Esther/Eureka
Buffalo Tom - Slow Down/Quiet and Peace
Soccer Mommy - Last Girl/Clean
Palm - Forced Hand/Rock Island
Screaming Females - Black Moon/All at Once
Dream Wife - F.U.U.  (feat. Fever Dream)/Dream Wife
Lo Tom - Bubblegum/Lo Tom
B Boys - I/Dada
Ron Gallo - Why Do You Have Kids?/Heavy Meta

Hour 2: Chaos
Camper Van Beethoven - Take the Skinheads Bowling/Telephone Free Landslide Victory
R.E.M. - Disturbance at the Heron House/Document
Grant Hart - Out of Chaos/The Argument
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop/Ramones
Rancid - Disorder and Disarray/...And Out Come the Wolves
Fucked Up - Ship of Fools/David Comes to Life
OFF! - Upside Down/1st EP
Slayer & Ice-T - Disorder/Judgment Night soundtrack
Public Enemy - Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos/It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Radiohead - Kid A/Kid A
PJ Harvey - The Ministry of Defence/The Hope Six Demolition Project
David Bowie - Breaking Glass/Low
Fishbone - Party at Ground Zero/Fishbone
The Beatles - Helter Skelter/The White Album
Sonic Youth & Lydia Lunch - Death Valley '69/Bad Moon Rising

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 488: Dig for Fire (Solo Beatles-Living Colour, part 3)

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss musical blindspots: I dig into George Harrison's Brainwashed and Brian checks out Living Colour's Stain. Listen to the episode below or download directly.

Show notes:
- Jay: George Harrison's posthumous release
- Never heard anything from this on the radio
- Took repeated listens for it to click
- Ends with George and his son chanting together
- Harrison's solo work after first album is noticeably flawed
- Harrison worked on this album for 14 years
- Jeff Lynne production doesn't overwhelm Brainwashed
- Jay: All three solo Beatles albums I listened to were good
- Brian: The third Living Colour record is more aggressive
- Very angry, dark album
- Timely lyrical themes that would work today
- Doug Wimbish brings a different sound to Living Colour
- Industrial sounding, lots of sampling
- Band split up in '95
- Album was out of print for years after a lawsuit over its name
- Watching rock stars age is strange
- Robert Plant's stayed true to himself
- Next up: Jay will explore the Mountain Goats catalog, Brian will check out Buffalo Tom

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #216: March 23, 2018

The explosion of interesting new bands that occurred in response to the bloat of '70s stadium rock and the emergence of punk resulted in a very diverse number of bands bringing new sounds to the forefront. While some of those bands are classified as post-punk, the term new wave was also used as a catch-all for some very different-sounding acts. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs by new wave artists in hour 2. Some never transcended their look or initial sound, while some became among the biggest rock bands of all time. And some played really weird instruments.

This playlist won't stand so close to you:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Dream Wife - Act My Age/Dream Wife
Ama - Love Demons/Trilogy
Camp Cope - The Omen/How to Socialise & Make Friends
The Spook School - Less Than Perfect/Could It Be Different?
Go Fever - Nobody's Business/Go Fever
Pugwash -  Make It Yourself/Silverlake
Shell of a Shell - Already There/Already There
Hot Snakes - I Need a Doctor/Jericho Sirens
Ty Segall - 5 Ft Tall/Freedom's Goblin
Moaning - Don't Go/Moaning
Melkbelly - Middle Of/Nothing Valley
Shannon & the Clams - Onion/Onion
The Hold Steady - Eureka/Single
Titus Andronicus - Mass Transit Madness (Goin' Loco)/A Productive Cough
Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs/The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
Long Neck - Elizabeth/Will This Do?
Caroline Rose - Bikini/Loner

 Hour 2: New wave
XTC - Making Plans for Nigel/Drums and Wires
Gary Numan - Metal/The Pleasure Principle
A Flock of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away)/A Flock of Seagulls
Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!/Look Sharp!
Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Goon Squad/Armed Forces
Nick Lowe - American Squirm/Labour of Lust
Graham Parker - Local Girls/Squeezing Out Sparks
Blondie - Dreaming/Eat to the Beat
The B-52's - Rock Lobster/The B-52's
Missing Persons - Walking in L.A./Spring Session M
The Police - Driven to Tears/Zenyatta Mondatta
Talking Heads - Cities/Fear of Music
The English Beat - Save It For Later/Special Beat Service
Adam & the Ants - Antmusic/Kings of the Wild Frontier
ABC - Poison Arrow/The Lexicon of Love
Duran Duran - New Moon on Monday/Seven and the Ragged Tiger

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Found Object: Spin the Black Circle

Editor's note: Found Object is a new recurring feature that's part writing exercise, part old guy reflections. Each entry is about a different piece of detritus that I've collected at some point in my life.

My love for rock music has been a constant in my life since the late '70s, when I started listening to the radio regularly. As a young tween in the Toronto burbs, the first station I really listened to (besides listening to Blue Jays games on CKFH 1430 AM) was 1050 CHUM AM, which played a wide swath of popular music. This included rock (1979's top 100 songs list included Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Styx and Foreigner) disco (Bee Gees, Village People, Donna Summer), new wave (Blondie, the Knack, the Cars, Boomtown Rats), pop (Billy Joel, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart) and middle-of-the-road (Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Anne Murray, Dionne Warwick). Each week, the station published a chart of its top 30 songs (and its FM counterpart did the same with a top albums chart) in the Toronto Star; I used to cut them out and still have a pile of them in the basement somewhere.

But it was around this time that I started buying 45s. I only picked up a handful at the time; they were cheap (under $1, I believe) and fun, but I soon started buying albums instead. Still, I picked up "Let's Go" by The Cars, "The Logical Song" by Supertramp, "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen, "Heartache Tonight" by the Eagles, "Weekend" by Wet Willie, "Dream Police" by Cheap Trick and this classic, Joe Jackson's "I'm the Man":

I can even remember when I bought this...sort of. I don't remember the exact date or anything. I do remember that I was with my mom at an Eaton's department store in the Toronto area in late '79 and while she was off shopping for whatever boring stuff she needed, I was in the record section perusing through the stacks. I was obsessed with this song from the first time I heard it on the radio. Couldn't get enough of it. Still can't, really. I got into Jackson a year earlier when "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" came out, but this song was so uptempo and catchy, it made me a fan for life.

As I mentioned, I had also started buying albums and they became the focus of my music obsession. I started getting singles again in the mid-'80s as a way to get B-sides: I've got a bunch of 45s from Iron Maiden, U2, and Def Leppard for that purpose. I would add them to cassettes of the albums they came out with. In the late '80s, I picked up a few random 45s of pop hits when I knew I didn't want to necessarily get the album. By that point, the cassingle started to pop up in stores so I picked up a few of those for B-sides. Then by the early '90s, it was CD singles. And then, of course, MP3s. Now, everything's getting pushed aside in favor of streaming. But me, I still like to own music.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #215: March 16, 2018

A dare is a funny thing. It's usually someone challenging you to do something you don't want to do, or shouldn't do. And a lot of times, you end up doing the dumb thing. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about dares in hour 2. I triple dog dare you to check it out.

The coup de grace of playlists:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Sloan - Have Faith/12
Shopping - The Hype/The Official Body
Shame - Friction/Songs of Praise
Shell of a Shell - Problem/Already There
Screaming Females - Fantasy Lens/All at Once
The Breeders - Archangel's Thunderbird/All Nerve
Judas Priest - Lightning Strike/Firepower
Fu Manchu - Intelligent Worship/Clone of the Universe
Wo Fat - Riffborn/Midnight Cometh
MGMT - Little Dark Age/Little Dark Age
A Tribe Called Quest - Melatonin/We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service
Danielle Luppi & Parquet Courts - Lanza/MILANO
Yo La Tengo - Polynesia #1/There's a Riot Going On
Jeff Rosenstock - TV Stars/POST-
Special Explosion - Fire/To Infinity

Hour 2: Dares
The Clash - Police on my Back/Sandinista!
The Replacements - I Will Dare/For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986
Iggy & the Stooges - Gimme Danger/Raw Power
The New Pornographers - Challengers/Challengers
Great Grandpa - Teen Challenge/Plastic Cough
Franz Ferdinand - Eleanor Put Your Boots On/You Could Have It So Much Better
Material Issue - Chance of a Lifetime/International Pop Overthrow
The King Khan & BBQ Show - Truth or Dare/Invisible Girl
Aztec Camera - Jump/Knife
Richard and Linda Thompson - Wall of Death/Shoot Out the Lights
The Tragically Hip - Daredevil/Day for Night
Drive-By Truckers - Lookout Mountain/The Dirty South
The Misfits - Where Eagles Dare/Misfits
UFO - Shoot Shoot/Strangers in the Night
Black Sabbath - Supernaut/Vol. 4
Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine/The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Guided By Voices - Mag Earwhig!/Mag Earwhig!

Friday, March 09, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #214: March 9, 2018

Things move quickly these days. Blink and before you know it, a year has passed. Or a decade, or two. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs from 1998 in hour 2. There's something about it that really works.

The painfully awkward but ultimately cool playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Soccer Mommy - Your Dog/Clean
Remember Sports - Up From Below/Slow Buzz
Mien - Earth Moon/Mien
Titus Andronicus - Above the Bodega (Local Business)/A Productive Cough
Eels - The Deconstruction/The Deconstruction
Stove - Dumb Phone/Is a Toad in the Rain
Painted Doll - Hidden Hand/Painted Doll
Ty Segall - Despoiler of Cadaver/Freedom's Goblin
Marvin Gaye and Ratt - I Heard It Round and Round the Grapevine/Mashup by Bill McClintock
Superchunk - Bad Choices/What a Time to Be Alive
Partner - Comfort Zone/In Search of Lost Time
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Mainland/Mainland
Moaning - Artificial/Moaning
Vundabar - Acetone/Smell Smoke
Thunder Dreamer - Capture/Capture

Hour 2: 1998
Sloan - She Says What She Means/Navy Blues
Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945/In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea
Buffalo Tom - Rachael/Smitten
Queens of the Stone Age - Regular John/Queens of the Stone Age
Pulp - Party Hard/This Is Hardcore
Girls Against Boys - Park Avenue/Freak*On*Ica
Cat Power - Cross Bones Style/Moon Pix
Beck - Tropicalia/Mutations
Spoon - Reservations/A Series of Sneaks
The Afghan Whigs - 66/1965
Rancid - Bloodclot/Life Won't Wait
Rocket From the Crypt - Eye On You/RFTC
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Attack/Acme
The Tragically Hip - Poets/Phantom Power
Frank Black & the Catholics - Suffering/Frank Black & the Catholics
Jerry Cantrell - Cut You In/Boggy Depot
Pearl Jam - Brain of J./Yield

Friday, March 02, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #213: March 2, 2018

Humans are nosy by nature. We're untrustworthy. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about spies and spying in hour 2. Whether it's espionage, private detectives or just plain stalking, this week's playlist runs the gamut.

The top secret playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless/Tell Me How You Really Feel
Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88/Twerp Verse
Screaming Females - I'll Make You Sorry/All at Once
Hot Snakes - Death Camp Fantasy/Jericho Sirens
Superchunk - Reagan Youth/What a Time to Be Alive
Fu Manchu - (I've Been) Hexed/Clone of the Universe
Robert Plant - New World.../Carry Fire
Pugwash - Everyone Knows That You're Mine/Silverlake
Buffalo Tom - Cat vs. Mouse/Quiet and Peace
The Spook School - While You Were Sleeping/Could It Be Different?
Palm - Heavy Lifting/Rock Island
Bethlehem Steel - Finger It Out/Party Naked Forever
Infinity Girl - Redder/Somewhere Nice, Someday
Makthaverskan - Siren/III
Alvvays - Saved by a Waif/Antisocialites
Jen Cloher - Great Australian Bite/Jen Cloher

Hour 2: Spies
Pavement - Embassy Row/Brighten the Corners
Protomartyr - Clandestine Time/The Agent Intellect
Idle Bloom - Some Paranoia/Some Paranoia
Peter Gabriel - Intruder/Melt
Elvis Costello - Watching the Detectives/My Aim is True
Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton - Detective Daughter/Knives Don't Have Your Back
Poster Children - Detective Tracy/Toreador Squat
Big Boys - Detectives/Recorded Live at Raul's Club
Fugazi - Public Witness Program/In On the Kill Taker
Beastie Boys - Sabotage/Ill Communication
Judas Priest - Electric Eye/Screaming for Vengeance
Frank Black - The Vanishing Spies/Teenager of the Year
Kristin Hersh - Secret Codes/Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
The Hush Now - Spyglass/Sparkle Drive
The National - Secret Meeting/Alligator
Talking Heads - Life During Wartime/Fear of Music
Bob Dylan - Subterranean Homesick Blues.Bringing It All Back Home

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 487: Dig for Fire (Solo Beatles-Living Colour, Part 2)

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss musical blindspots: I dig into Paul McCartney's RAM and Brian checks out Living Colour's Time's Up. Listen to the episode below or download directly.

Show notes:
- Brian: Glover's vocals are too showy on Reid's songs
- Second half of album is more varied
- Back in the days of super-long albums
- Living Colour would switch styles in the middle of songs
- Bands would go platinum with no radio play
- Taping music off the radio
- RAM was credited to Paul and Linda
- Whimsy with a dark undercurrent
- Homemade-sounding album recorded in an NYC studio
- Critics hated it when it came out
- Macca rarely plays these songs live
- Next up: Living Colour's Stain and George Harrison's Brainwashed
- George's problematic solo career
- Here's to long rock docs
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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #212: February 16, 2018

Valentine's Day brings in a lot of money every year. But for those of us who think it sucks, I played anti-Valentine's songs in hour 2 of Stuck In Thee Garage this week. Hang in there, people.

The unforgettable playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
The Spook School - Bad Year/Could It Be Different?
Shame - One Rizla/Songs of Praise
Pugwash - Why Do I/Silverake
Dream Wife - Somebody/Dream Wife
Ty Segall - She/Freedom's Goblin
Savak - Loma Prieta/Cut-Ups
Fu Manchu - Don't Panic/Clone of the Universe
Converge - Trigger/The Dusk in Us
Quicksand - Illuminant/Interiors
St. Vincent - Young Lover/Masseduction
Destroyer - Ivory Coast/ken
Jeff Rosenstock - Powerlessness/POST-
The Fall - Hey Student/Middle Class Revolt
The Fall - O.F.Y.C. Showcase/Your Future Our Clutter
Sonic Youth - Rowche Rumble/4 Tunna Brix

Hour 2: Anti-Valentine's
Jeff Rosenstock - Beers Again Alone/We Cool?
Foo Fighters - Alone + Easy Target/Foo Fighters
Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers - All By Myself/L.A.M.F. - the lost '77 tapes
Crystal Castles - Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith)/Single
Wilco - Born Alone/The Whole Love
The Black Angels - Better Off Alone/Passover
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart/Permanent
The Cars - Since You're Gone/Shake It Up
The Smithereens - Alone at Midnight/Especially for You
Red Red Meat - I'm Not in Love/Red Red Meat reissue
The Walkmen - The Rat/Bows + Arrows
The Strokes - Alone, Together/Is This It
Interpol - Obstacle 1/Turn on the Bright Lights
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends/Sound of Silver

Friday, February 09, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #211: February 9, 2018

Obsession is a funny thing. It can lead people down some pretty dark roads. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs about obsession in hour 2, running the gamut from obsession with love, sex, power, death or music.

Whatever the case, there's a whole lot of crazy going on.

The sledgehammer playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Hot Snakes - Six Wave Hold-Down/Jericho Sirens
Ty Segall - Every 1's a Winner/Freedom's Goblin
Shame - Tasteless/Songs of Praise
Car Seat Headrest - Cute Thing/Twin Fantasy (Final Masters)
The Spook School - I Only Dance When I Want To/Could It Be Different?
Dream Wife - Hey! Heartbreaker/Dream Wife
Superchunk - Erasure/What a Time to Be Alive
The Breeders - All Nerve/All Nerve
Buffalo Tom - In the Ice/Quiet and Peace
Pugwash - The Perfect Summer/Silverlake
Lefty's Deceiver - Helena Heartbreak/Lefty's Deceiver
Hockey Dad - I Wanna Be Everybody/Blend Inn
Melkbelly - Twin Lookin' Motherfucker/Nothing Valley
Water From Your Eyes - Out of Town/All a Dance
Black Nite Crash - The Things We Do/Nevergreen
Ought - These 3 Things/Room Inside the World

Hour 2: Obsession
Eagles of Death Metal - I Only Want You/Peace Love Death Metal
Nancy - I Want You Bad/Nancy
MC5 - I Want You Right Now/Kick Out the Jams
The Buzzcocks - Orgasm Addict/Singles Going Steady
Queens of the Stone Age - In My Head/Lullabies to Paralyze
Black Sabbath - N.I.B./Black Sabbath
Jane's Addiction - Ted, Just Admit It.../Nothing's Shocking
Bob Dylan - I Want You/Blonde on Blonde
Elvis Costello - I Want You/Blood & Chocolate
Peter Gabriel - No Self Control/Melt
Sebadoh - Prince-S/Harmacy
Arctic Monkeys - Cornerstone/Humbug
Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place/Kid A
David Bowie - Sound and Vision/Low

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 486: Content Mismanagement

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

Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea
- The popularity of comics has moved beyond just comic books
- The collector's market collapsed in the late '90s
- We make less time to read nowadays
- Audiobooks and podcasts are popular with people trying to multitask
- Mark Hamill's interesting career
- Attention spans are shrinking
- Binge-watching vs. reading
- Long-form storytelling is alive and well on TV
- Being professional on social media
- When things you liked don't age well
- Retroactive criticism
- Hate-sharing for fun and profit
- Outrage fatigue
- Picking careers that become obsolete
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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Stuck In Thee Garage #210: February 2, 2018

Collaboration can be a great way to make interesting art. This week on Stuck In Thee Garage, I played songs featuring team-ups in hour 2. Everything from supergroups to cameo appearances. It's totally bodacious.

The non-bogus playlist:

Hour 1
Artist - Song/Album
Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive/What a Time to Be Alive
Ought - Disgraced in America/Room Inside the World
Jeff Rosenstock - Melba/POST-
Water From Your Eyes - Let It Ring/All a Dance
Makeness - Loud Patterns/Single
Motorcade - Desertion/Motorcade
LCD Soundsystem - Call the Police/American Dream
Roadkill Ghost Choir - Classics (Die Young)/False Youth Etcetera
Grand Courriers - Tempted/Single
Bad History Month - Being Nothing/Dead and Loving It: An Introductory Exploration of Pessimysticism
Deer Tick - Tiny Fortunes/Deer Tick, Vol. 2
Camp Cope - The Opener/How to Socialise & Make Friends
Alyeska - Stones/Single
Danielle Luppi & Parquet Courts (feat. Karen O) - The Golden Ones/MILANO

Hour 2: Team-ups
Rancid - Junkie Man/...And Out Come the Wolves
At the Drive-In - Rolodex Propaganda/Relationship of Command
Danko Jones - Invisible/Sleep is the Enemy
PJ Harvey (feat. Thom Yorke) - The Mess We're In/Stories from the City, Stories form the Sea
Desert Sessions - A Girl Like Me/The Desert Sessions, Volumes 9 and 10
Mark Lanegan Band - One Hundred Days/Bubblegum
Beck - Orphans (feat. Cat Power)/Modern Guilt
Jesse Malin - Broken Radio/Glitter in the Gutter
The Needy Sons - Too Thin/Vis-a-Vis
Dinosaur Jr. and Del the Funkee Homosapien - Missing Link/Judgment Night soundtrack
Reeves Gabrel - You've Been Around/The Sacred Squall of Now
Elastica and Stephen Malkmus - Unheard Music/Suburbia soundtrack
Divine Fits - What Gets You Alone/A Thing Called Divine Fits
Mike Watt - Chinese Firedrill/Ball Hog or Tugboat
Frank Black and Teenage Fanclub - Handyman/The John Peel Session EP
Titus Andronicus - A More Perfect Union/The Monitor

Monday, January 29, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 485: Word is Bond

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

Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea
- Everything's great
- Content has a different meaning these days
- Gotta grab readers much more quickly
- We read full articles more infrequently
- Rarely go directly to newspaper sites
- Jay: Use Feedly, which is like the old Google Reader RSS feed aggregator
- RSS feeds are archaic now
- Facebook's News Feed is pretty light on actual news
- People "liking" products on social media
- Matt: Shorter stories seem to do better than longer novels
- e-readers are good and bad
- Internet publishing took away the gatekeeper so anyone can publish now
- Now there's so much out there, you can't tell the good from the bad
- Paperbacks are making a comeback, like vinyl
- Putting "girl" in a book title is trending
- Dino erotica is a thing
- Fun with keywords
- Doing chart battle with werewolf smut
- Jay: Finally got a Kindle last year
- Matt: Amazon is the devil that pays on time
- To be continued
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Found Object: Comics Relief

Editor's note: Found Object is a new recurring feature that's part writing exercise, part old guy reflections. Each entry is about a different piece of detritus that I've collected at some point in my life.

I've always enjoyed reading, but when I was around 9, I started getting into comics. I had enjoyed the old Batman series in reruns over the years, as well as the Spider-man cartoon from the '60s. Right from the start, I was a Marvel guy: Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, Captain America. I didn't have a lot of disposable income at the time, so I would pick them up occasionally.

A few years later, I got a little more serious about comics collecting, mainly because I got caught up in the storylines. The Hulk and Spidey had prime-time live action shows, but the monthly comics were what I was into. I would get them at the mall, at convenience stores, wherever I could find them. When we moved to Washington state, there was a comics shop within bike riding distance of my house, so I was a regular. It was the first time I had heard of having the store hold your issues for you. I'm still not sure how I was able to afford getting all those books, plus music, plus other stuff I was into. I had an allowance, but that was pretty much it. I had a paper route for a short while in Washington, but that was it until my junior year of high school in New Hampshire when I got a job at Market Basket.

I kept buying comics regularly through high school and college, although once I was at UNH, I was only able to pick up my books and read them once a month when I was home. By this point, I was getting more into music and once I graduated, I stopped buying them because I couldn't keep up. Marvel started publishing twice monthly for some of the hotter titles, which just added to the backlog. But I held on to my collection (which was probably around 2500 comics) for another 11 years or so, through many moves on the North Shore, until I got married. We bought a house a few months after getting married and I agreed to sell my collection; I didn't get much for it because thanks to eBay, everybody was selling collectibles and the market was flooded. I kind of regret not holding on to certain titles, but what are you going to do? The pictured giant-sized compilation was in a box of stuff in our basement, purchased in 1980.

I now purchase the occasional trade compilation of newer titles I've heard good things about or older ones that I enjoyed back in the day. I've toyed with getting a Comixology subscription to get access to all the Marvel titles but I don't have the time to read all that stuff, so I've passed. But I enjoy watching the various superhero movies and TV shows with my daughters, who are big into it all. They haven't gotten into reading comics, though. Not sure why, but I think there's so much good work being done in bringing those stories to the screen that reading the books might be a bit anti-climactic for them. Which is fine, but I'll always treasure the many hours I spent reading new comics in my room while listening to music. It was an essential part of my childhood.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Found Object: Trade Secret

Editor's note: Found Object is a new recurring feature that's part writing exercise, part old guy reflections. Each entry is about a different piece of detritus that I've collected at some point in my life.

Back in August 1988, the world was a much different place. I was 20, doing an internship with the Peabody Times after my junior year at UNH. Back in the late '80s, a career as a newspaper reporter was still something that made sense. You weren't going to make a lot of money, but it was a respectable profession and one that didn't seem to have an expiration date. 

Back then, newspaper internships were pivotal things. Not only did they give a prospective employer a glimpse at your skillset, they also give you an idea of whether you want to get into the business. It was one thing to write for the college newspaper, but another thing entirely to prove your worth for a daily paper. There were plenty of folks who had moved on to careers in journalism, but there were also those who couldn't handle the pressure of daily deadlines.

When I showed up in Peabody in June of '88, I found out that it wasn't going to be much of a challenge. My predecessor couldn't hack it and nearly quit after a month; he stuck around, but it was clear that he wasn't carrying a lot of weight. By the time I showed up, the editor of the Peabody paper was so desperate to not have the intern quit that she basically told me I could do whatever I wanted. I could've spent the entire three months doodling on a piece of paper and it wouldn't have mattered. But I wanted to make this my profession, so I wasn't about to waste it. I wanted to dive in. At first, there was a lot of puff pieces, mainly because there were three other reporters in the office to take the weightier stories. However, one of the reporters left in early August, which meant I was able to take on some more of the burden. More than anything, it proved that I was able to do the job.

So there I was on August 9, working on a story in the Beverly office of Essex County Newspapers, when I read on the AP sports wire that a big trade had gone through late in the day. This was a time before sports talk radio and Twitter and constant sports coverage, so I had no idea that the greatest hockey player of all time would be dealt at the peak of his powers. Indeed, Wayne Gretzky, who was coming off his fourth Stanley Cup win in five years with the Edmonton Oilers, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. It was one of the biggest trades in sports history, especially given the fact that Gretzky was literally the best player in the sport and coming off a dominant stretch with Edmonton. Reading that he was getting traded was shocking, to say the least. There had been big trades before: Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito and many other stars had been traded, but none had been as key at the time of their trade as Gretzky was.

The trade of Gretzky to the Kings was a big deal for the NHL in terms of establishing itself in warm weather areas. The Kings had been in LA since 1967, and had had stars like Marcel Dionne, Luc Robitaille, Rogie Vachon and Dave Taylor, but Gretzky brought a whole new level of star power to the team. He attracted a whole new level of attention to the Kings, bringing in Hollywood celebrities and showcasing the game to a new audience. Even though the Great One was unable to bring a Cup to LA (although he did take them to the 1993 Cup final vs. Montreal), he generated so much interest in the game south of the border that it inspired a whole generation of American players.

The Kings eventually won Cups in 2012 and 2014, and while Gretzky was long gone at that point (he was traded to St. Louis in 1996 and retired in 1999), there's no denying the impact he had on hockey in California and the U.S. It would have been interesting to see what he could have done with Edmonton had he stayed (they won another Cup in 1990), but he clearly paved the way for U.S. hockey to reach many more kids.

I can still remember driving home from Beverly to Kingston, N.H., on August 9, 1988, shocked to the core that one of the greatest hockey players in history had been traded. A few weeks later, I headed back to Durham, N.H., for my senior year at UNH. A year later, I was back in Peabody, having been hired at the Times as a reporter. I was on to my career in journalism. How was I to know that things would change so radically for the entire newspaper industry? But in 1988, I was on the right track.