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Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the power of the written word.

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.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:42pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the power of the written word.

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

 

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

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

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 2:38pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite albums of 2017.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- JB's #4

- A surprising shoegaze comeback

- JK's #4

- Dan Bejar hits the sweet spot

- JB's #3

- The greatness of Father/Daughter Records

- Interesting songs that grab you

- JK's #3

- A man of constant reinvention

- JB's #2

- A strong farewell from a beloved band

- JK's #2

- Harking back to a signature sound with some new twists

- JB's #1

- Strong set produced by Kurt Heasley of the Lilys

- JK's #1

- Two great tastes that taste great together

- Very conversational, ramshackle

- Some great box sets/archival releases from Husker Du, Replacements, Acetone

- Anticipated releases: Yr Poetry, Buffalo Tom, Sloan, Ty Segall, Arctic Monkeys, My Bloody Valentine

- Shout out to Ollie

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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.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite albums of 2017.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- JB's #10

- Tommy Stinson can still bring it

- JK's #10

- A welcome return after 17 years

- JB's #9

- A turnkey post-shoegaze solution

- JK's #9

- Double LP return for the great Ted Leo

- JB's #8

- A different sound for She Sir

- JK's #8

- Strong effort marred by bizarre on-stage incident

- When artists you like do bad things

- JB's #7

- Breitling digs on the ambient music

- JK's #7

- Mixing hooks in with blistering rockers

- JB's #6

- Juana Molina continues to explore

- JK's #6

- Strong career progression from consistently interesting artist

- JB's #5

- Former schoolteacher turned electronic artist

- JK's #5

- Double album recorded while the artist was dying

- Each song was about a person in his life

- 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.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about the year in indie rock.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- Eighth annual year in review

- Rock isn't part of the top 40 conversation anymore

- Apple is going to stop selling downloads and iPods

- Music as a service

- Does higher quality audio really matter?

- People who died

- Pat DiNizio recently passed; the Smithereens had a fine career

- Other notable deaths: Petty, Downie, Cornell, Berry, Domino, Allman, Hart

- The Year of Punishing Bad Behavior

- Albums that didn't make our top 10 lists

- Breitling: The War on Drugs recalls mid-80s classic rock

- Also dug St. Vincent, Lali Puna, Wet Trident, Lubec, Charly Bliss

- Kumar: War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Parade, Protomartyr, Ron Gallo

- Lots of music to like this year

- 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.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:16pm EST

This week, it's part 1 of my discussion with Brian Salvatore about musical blindspots with Brian listening to Living Colour while I dig into early solo Beatles records.

Show notes:

- Brian listened to Vivid, Jay listened to John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

- Adventures in Skype

- Jay: Wasn't familiar with much of this album

- Very raw, exposed album for Lennon

- Lennon didn't release many albums before he died

- Yoko plays "the wind"

- Embarrassment of riches after Beatles broke up

- The Living Colour/In Living Color conundrum

- Brian: Not a misplaced note on this album

- Impressed with the political content

- Jay: Saw videos on MTV and taped a concert off the radio back in '88

- Vivid was out for over a year before "Cult of Personality" hit big

- Living Colour confounded expectations

- Mick Jagger helped get them a record deal

- Next: Jay listens to McCartney's Ram and Brian checks out LC's Time's Up

 

 

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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.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:52pm EST

This week, it's part 2 of my discussion with Phil Stacey about how we deal with losing musicians we love.

Show notes:

- Replacing a beloved band member is tough

- Tom Petty's legacy

- Steely Dan's interesting catalog

- The problem with hearing the same songs over and over

- The lighter side of Prince

- Prince's prolific later years

- A master of any style

- Jay: Downie's loss hits harder now because I'm around the same age

- Making the most of your last years on Earth

- The real shockers are the younger ones

 

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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.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:38am EST

This week, it's part 1 of my discussion with Phil Stacey about how we deal with losing musicians we love.

Show notes:

- Gord Downie died a few weeks ago

- Many high-profile music deaths in last few years

- Musicians are getting older, but also some tragic deaths

- Phil: Elvis Presley's death was memorable

- Lennon's death was shocking

- Phil: Cobain and Jerry Garcia's deaths hit hard

- Jay: The plane crash that killed Randy Rhoads stands out

- Lemmy, Bowie and Prince all died within a few months of each other

- Chris Cornell's death earlier this year came as a surprise

- Many big-name musicians died this year: Gregg Allman, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Grant Hart, Walter Becker

- You tend to dig into the back catalog

- Bowie's death kicked off a rough 2016 for music fans

- Losing Prince was a gut punch

- Jay: Saw the Tragically Hip many times over the years

- Downie released a posthumous double album

- Very captivating live performer

- Watched a lot of concert videos and documentaries on YouTube after he died

- Downie focused on indigenous people's rights in his last few years

- 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.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:42pm EST

This week, it's part 2 of my discussion with Phil Stacey about albums that changed our lives. 

Show notes:

- Jay: Was a nerdy kid who listened to music all the time

- Phil liked college rock, but never got the Violent Femmes

- Jay: Loved Red Hot Chili Peppers back in the day, but can't stand them now

- Back and forth on the Eagles and Doors

- Of Linda Ronstadt and Barney Gumbel

- Grunge makes an impact

- Alt-rock: Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., U2

- Phil: Big Smiths fan

- The first Pretenders album is a classic

- Neil Young's '80s odyssey

- Phil loves the Dead

- Jay: Got into funk and jazz in late '90s (P-Funk, James Brown, Miles Davis, Coltrane)

- Phil: Listened to Beck's Sea Change a lot after getting divorced

 

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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.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

This week, it's part 1 of my discussion with Phil Stacey about albums that changed our lives. 

Show notes:

- Phil: At age 6-7, hearing older kids listening to Aerosmith

- Heard a lot of easy listening music

- Had a music-loving uncle who introduced him to the Who, Hendrix, Talking Heads

- Jay: Listened to AM rock station in Toronto

- Bought 45s of Queen, Cheap Trick, Joe Jackson

- Phil: U2's Boy was a huge album for me

- Jay: Got Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy

- Zeppelin got me into rock

- B-52s were revolutionary

- You can't make your kids love your music

- Jay: First rock album I bought was Supertramp's Breakfast in America

- Phil: Revolver was a pivotal Beatles album

- Jay: Got into early '80s hard rock

- Rush's Moving Pictures was a big one

- 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.

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