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Part 2 of my conversation with guests Jay Breitling and Mike Piantigini as we review our favorite music of 2012. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Hospitality, Mission of Burma, METZ, Johnny Foreigner and A.C. Newman.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- Breitling's #9 album of 2012

- Piantigini's #9

- The long, strange journey of Drivin N' Cryin

- Kumar's #9

- JB's #8

- MP's #8

- Lou Barlow's talkative

- JK's #8

- JB's #7

- The Breeders are reuniting

- MP's #7

- JK's #7

- Nirvana comparisons abound

- JB's #6

- The Clash meets Big Country

- MP's #6

- JK's #6

- JB's #5

- MP's #5

- JK's #5

- JB's #4

- Hipsters love the cassettes

- In praise of VH's Diver Down

- DLR's ill-fated radio show

- MP's #4

- Prolific Canadian geniuses rule

- JK's #4

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Hospitality - Betty Wang

Mission of Burma - Second Television

METZ - Wet Blanket

Johnny Foreigner - 3 Hearts

A.C. Newman - Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns

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

The Hospitality song is on the band's self-titled album on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Mission of Burma song is on the album Unsound on Fire Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic

The METZ song is on the band's self-titled album on Sub Pop. Download the song for free at Sub Pop.

The Johnny Foreigner song is on the EP Names. Download the song for free at Bandcamp.

The A.C. Newman song is on the album Shut Down the Streets on Matador Records. Download the song for free at MatadorRecords.com.

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

Direct download: CompCon_259_123112.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:44am EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guests Jay Breitling and Mike Piantigini as we review our favorite music of 2012. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Sloan, Infinity Girl and Guided By Voices.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- Brought to you (not really) by Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

- MP: Saw a lot of older bands this year

- JK: First full album show I saw was Cheap Trick doing "In Color" in '97

- Chloe B. talks about Rudolph

- JB: Most of my favorite albums this year were self-released

- The 12/12/12 benefit had some good performances, especially by The Who

- MP: The Who's Quadrophenia concert was great

- The McCartney-"Nirvana" song was decent

- Praising the Low Times podcast

- JK: "I Want My MTV" is an excellent book

- MP: Favorite live shows included Scud Mountain Boys, New Multitudes, Archers of Loaf

- MP: Also reunions of Small Factory, Human Sexual Response, Fuzzy

- JB: Fave live shows were Johnny Foreigner, Infinity Girl, Autochrome, Midriff Records 10th Anniversary show

- JK: Fave live shows included Afghan Whigs, Bob Mould, Mark Lanegan, Matthew Sweet, Sloan

- The glory days of getting free stuff at college radio stations

- Breitling's #10 album of 2012

- Piantigini's #10

- Kumar's #10

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Sloan - Merry Xmas Everybody

Infinity Girl - Taking Nothing

Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots a UFO

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

The Sloan song is available for free download (in return for your email address) from Topspin.

The Infinity Girl song is on the EP Just Like Lovers, which is available for free download at Bandcamp

The Guided By Voices song is on the album Class Clown Spots a UFO on Guided By Voices/Fire Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

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

Direct download: CompCon_258_122412.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 12:43pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we climb aboard and dissect an episode of The Love Boat. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Pile and They Might Be Giants.

Show notes:

- Recorded at More Lost Time world HQ

- Inspired by MST3K and Rifftrax, we're commenting while watching video

- Watch the episode along with us at the CompCon YouTube channel

- Jay: Used to watch Love Boat and Fantasy Island back to back

- Both shows featured cameos from so-called stars

- Episode 23 from season 1, 1978

- Featured Paul Williams, Michele Lee, Marcia Wallace

- Gopher went on to be a Congressman

- Romantic hijinks ensue each week

- Cartoonish male chauvinism

- Let the wacky subplots begin

- Love American Style was the predecessor to The Love Boat

- Booked to the gunnels

- The mysterious sexual allure of Bernie Kopell

- Julie just wants to get some

- The show's like bad improv

- Marcia Wallace is comic relief

- Dick Van Patten played Doc in the Love Boat pilot

- Capt. Stubing is the cruise ship Pepe Le Pew

- The third act results in partner switching

- Paul Williams gets the hot chick

- Gopher nailed Mrs. Krabappel

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Pile - Prom Song

They Might Be Giants - Call You Mom

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

The Pile song is on the album Dripping. Download it for free on Bandcamp.

The They Might Be Giants song is on the album Nanobots on Idlewild Recordings. Download it for free at Soundcloud.

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.

Direct download: CompCon_257_121712.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:22pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we dissect an episode of a classic 1970s detective show. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Night Marchers and Divine Fits.

Show notes:

- Recorded at More Lost Time world HQ

- Inspired by MST3K and Rifftrax, we're commenting while watching video

- Watch the episode along with us at the CompCon YouTube channel

- Dube apologizes for his last booze-soaked appearance on the show

- Barnaby Jones was a spinoff of the private investigator drama Cannon

- We're watching the first episode of the series

- Star Buddy Ebsen was Tin Man in Wizard of Oz and Jed Clampett on Beverly Hillbillies

- A Quinn Martin production

- Cool theme song

- Cannon's perpetually hungry

- Barnaby Jones' son is murdered in the opening scene

- Ebsen's performance is flat as a pancake

- A modern-day Barnaby Jones would be played by Hugh Laurie

- "You have a rather distinctive silhouette"

- Kumar confuses Lee Meriwether with Mary Ann Mobley--a common mistake

- Barnaby is decidedly anti-China

- "Could I trouble you for a glass of milk?"

- Dube: Blackmailers never say goodbye on the phone

- By golly, Barnaby figures it all out

- The Random '70s Detective Show Plot Generator

- Next week, we take on an Aaron Spelling production

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Night Marchers - All Hits

Divine Fits - For Your Heart

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

The Night Marchers song is on the forthcoming album Allez Allez on Swami Records. Download it for free on Soundcloud.

The Divine Fits song is on the album A Thing Called Divine Fits on Merge Records. Download it for free at Epitonic.

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

Direct download: CompCon_256_121012.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:46pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Dave Brigham about our society's neglect for history. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Hush Now, Low, Varsity Drag and The Linus Pauling Quartet.

Show notes:

- Recorded at the BrigHAAAAM Estates

- Dave's doing a reading of one of his short stories on Dec. 11 in Arlington, MA

- Check out Dave's photo blog, The Backside of America

- Kids don't get our references anymore

- Brigham: "Too damn much of everything"

- Reality TV is ubiquitous

- Pop culture ignorance

- Brigham: Even a Luddite like me buys digital music

- Knowledge of older bands is limited now

- Talking to kids about history and current events

- Don't let our kids watch TV newscasts

- We shelter our kids these days

- Playground education

- The ads during televised sporting events are all about "cars, boners and beer"

- Parents may filter too much

- Can we fix our lack of historical knowledge?

- We can try to encourage kids to take an interest

- Collecting baseball cards was a fun hobby

- Too much focus on present and future to look at the past

- American populace is fairly passive about major problems

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Hush Now - I'm Always Broke in December

Low - Waiting (live)

Varsity Drag - Animal

The Linus Pauling Quartet - Crom

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

The Hush Now song is available for free download at Bandcamp.

The Low song is on the live EP Plays Nice Places. Download it for free (in exchange for your email address) at Sub Pop.

The Varsity Drag song is on the album Night Owls and is available for free download at Bandcamp.

The Linus Pauling Quartet song is on the album Bag of Hammers on Musebox Records. Download it for free from Spinner.

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; check out his site PodGeek.
Direct download: CompCon_255_120312.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:02pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Dave Brigham about our society's neglect for history. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Interpol, Parquet Courts, The Bohannons and Titus Andronicus.

Show notes:

- Recorded at the BrigHAAAAM Estates

- Dave's doing a reading of one of his short stories on Dec. 11 in Arlington, MA

- Brigham: Working as a volunteer archivist uncovers interesting finds

- Check out Dave's photo blog, The Backside of America

- You can find lots of hidden historical discoveries when you pay attention

- Kumar: Our culture is so focused inward that we forget about history

- Brigham: Finding old collection of dad's military stuff sparked interest in history

- The 2010s are much more of a "Me Decade" than the 1970s

- Dave's got a dumb phone instead of a smart phone

- American Girl dolls focus on historical settings

- History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man

- "Kids these days..."

- The Petraeus scandal: How is it possible to send 30,000 pages of emails?

- Any technological advance tends to get folks distracted: TV, radio, the car

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Interpol - Roland (demo)

Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

The Bohannons - Goodbye Bill

Titus Andronicus - Ecce Homo

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

The Interpol song is on the Tenth Anniversary Edition reissue of Turn on the Bright Lights on Matador Records. Download the song for free from MatadorRecords.com.

The Parquet Courts song is on the album Light Up Gold on Dull Tools Records. Download it for free at Stereogum.

The Bohannons song is on the album Unaka Rising on This is American Music. Download it for free from Soundcloud.

The Titus Andronicus song is on the album Local Business on XL Recordings. Download it for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.
Direct download: CompCon_254_112612.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:08pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we dissect a legendary 1970s boogie rock classic. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Titus Andronicus, The Henry Clay People and Action Jets.

Show notes:

- Recorded late at night at More Lost Time world HQ

- "Smokin' in the Boys Room" came out in 1973, was revived in the Ramones movie Rock 'n Roll High School

- Ric questions the deeper meanings of the song: Is it about drugs, sex or both?

- Rebellion took on a much different meaning in the '70s

- 12 years later, Motley Crue covered the song and hit #16 on the charts

- Cub Koda reportedly influenced stage style of Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band

- Brownsville Station's had a radio "hit" called "Martian Boogie"

- Seven minutes of cheesy effects and stupidity

- ZZ Top was much better at boogie rock

- Koda was making rockabilly solo albums on the side and selling them himself

- Not many weed songs in rock anymore

- Dube talks about the origins of beatboxing, in 1971 from a band called The Counts

- Those awkward moments watching risque TV with your parents

 

Music:
Titus Andronicus - In a Big City

The Henry Clay People - Everybandweeverloved

Action Jets - Rock Like Pollard

 

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

 

The Titus Andronicus song is on the album Local Business on XL Recordings. Download it for free from Epitonic.

The Henry Clay People song is on the album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on TBD Records. Download the song for free from Soundcloud.

The Action Jets song is available for free download from Soundcloud.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_253_112012.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we dissect a cheesy '80s classic. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Kevin Bowe, Johnny Foreigner and Chris Stamey.

Show notes:

- Recorded at More Lost Time world HQ

- A little background on David Geddes

- Early Geddes song sounds like "Rhinestone Cowboy," which came out later

- The same backing bands played on all the bubblegum pop records of the '70s

- Dube made a video "A Decent Saturday," depicting a day at a NH record store

- The Dirty Dancing soundtrack was a monster hit

- Benny Mardones had a hit with "Into the Night" in 1980

- Kumar: Mardones was going for an Eddie Money thing

- Male facelifts are unsettling

- The "Into the Night" video is creepy

- First line of the song: "She's just 16 years old..."

- Dube: All videos should have flying carpets in them

- Co-written by Robert Tepper

- Our friend Rob Hallworth became obsessed with Tepper

- Mardones liked writing ballads

- Tepper had his one hit on the Rocky 4 soundtrack

- On the cover of Foreigner's Head Games album

- They went from offensive to bland in only a few years

- Dube wants Mudhoney to cover "Double Vision"

- Doesn't matter who's singing for Foreigner or Journey

- Aerosmith was all over the Armageddon soundtrack thanks to Liv Tyler

- The Nic Cage effect

- To be continued

Music:
Kevin Bowe (feat. Paul Westerberg) - Everybody Lies

Johnny Foreigner - 3 Hearts

Chris Stamey - Astronomy

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

The Kevin Bowe song is on the album Natchez Trace on Okemah Prophets. Download it for free at RollingStone.com.

The Johnny Foreigner song is on the band's EP NAMES, which you can download for free from Bandcamp.

The Chris Stamey song is on the album Lovesick Blues on Yep Roc. Download the song for free as part of a sampler (in exchange for your email address) from NoiseTrade.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_252_111212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:45pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we dissect another lost '70s pop hit. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Telekinesis, Endless Jags and Guided By Voices.

Show notes:

- Recorded at More Lost Time world HQ

- Latest More Lost Time episode features The Good Rats

- "Run Joey Run" was revived by the TV show Glee

- Geddes has a Neil Diamond-esque delivery

- Another story song

- Dube is skeptical of the premise

- The girl in this song could be the same one from "The Leader of the Pack"

- Song hit #4 on singles chart in fall of 1975

- Geddes was in psychedelic band called The Fredric

- Kumar: Title reminds me of the TV show Run Joe Run

- About a German shepherd wanted for a crime he didn't commit

- Dube breaks out a show promo about a guy wanted for a crime he DID commit

- Geddes followed up "Run Joey Run" with a baseball-themed song, "Last Game of the Season"

- Another song with a character who dies

- Geddes also released a disco song

- Producer also created the song "Disco Spaceship" by Laurie Marshall

- Dube has no use for "singers"

- Geddes' late '60s sound recalls Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra's "Some Velvet Morning"

- Dube: Watching music videos from that time is difficult

- To be continued

Music:
Telekinesis - Clock Strikes Midnight

Endless Jags - Seen Men

Guided By Voices - I'll Replace You With Machines

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

The Telekinesis song was released for Halloween. Download it for free at SoundCloud.

The Endless Jags song is on the band's self-titled EP, which you can download for free from Bandcamp

The Guided By Voices song is on the album Earthquake Glue on Matador Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_251_110512.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:31pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss movie soundtracks. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Parquet Courts, Two Gallants, Lefty's Deceiver and Sonic Youth.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Chez Breitling

- John Hughes championed synth-pop in his movies

- Cameron Crowe's Singles was timed perfectly with the emergence of Seattle scene

- The Repo Man soundtrack featured some classic punk tracks

- Concert soundtracks can be hit or miss

- Pink Floyd's The Wall soundtrack differed a bit from the album

- This is Spinal Tap is a classic

- Floyd's music appeared on some late '60s/early '70s soundtracks

- Wang Chung did the soundtrack for To Live and Die in LA

- Soundtracks can bring out some truly awful songs

- Bryan Adams/Sting/Rod Stewart did "All For Love" from Three Musketeers soundtrack

- We look up stuff on the Internet

- Plenty of bad soundtrack songs from Cheap Trick, Seger, ex-Eagles

- Dirty Dancing was a monstrous success

- Kumar: Reality Bites was annoying

- Breitling recommends Urgh! A Music War

Music:
Parquet Courts - Borrowed Time

Two Gallants - My Love Won't Wait

Lefty's Deceiver - Horizon is Faster

Sonic Youth - Dirty Boots

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

The Parquet Courts song is on the album Light Up Gold on Dull Tools Records. Download it for free at RCRDLBL.

The Two Gallants song is on the album The Bloom and the Blight on ATO Records. Download the song for free as part of the ATO Records 2012 Fall Music Sampler (in exchange for your email address) at ATO Records.

The Lefty's Deceiver song is on the album Process Junior on My Pal God Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Sonic Youth song is on the album Goo on Geffen Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_250_102912.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 10:14am EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss movie soundtracks. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Ty Segall, Spider Bags, METZ and Mission of Burma.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Chez Breitling

- Breitling: The Rocky soundtrack was big in his childhood in Philly

- Soundtracks went from simple scores to multiple artists

- Hulk Hogan's sex tape nearly ruined the Internet

- "Rock Around the Clock" made its mark

- Elvis, Beatles both used soundtracks well

- Having kids forces you to listen to children's movie soundtracks

- Kenny Loggins built his career around soundtrack hits

- The '80s saw numerous videos for soundtrack songs featuring clips from movie

- Journey contributed to the Tron soundtrack

- Heavy Metal soundtrack featured two different songs called "Heavy Metal"

- Soundtracks were a way for artists to keep their name out there between albums

- Breitling: Fond memories of the Xanadu soundtrack

- Kumar: Remember digging Frankie Valli's title track of the Grease soundtrack

- Rap and rock met in the Judgment Night soundtrack

- Jon Cafferty and Beaver Brown became big thanks to the movie Eddie and Cruisers

- Elliott Smith's contributions to Good Will Hunting made him a household name

- Rock artists like Mark Mothersbaugh and Danny Elfman became film composers

Music:
Ty Segall - Femme Fatale

Spider Bags - Friday Night

METZ - Headache

Mission of Burma - 2wice

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

The Ty Segall song is on the compilation The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face and Friends on Castle Face Records. Download it for free at Stereogum.

The Spider Bags song is on the album Shake My Head. Download the song for free at Bandcamp.

The METZ song is on the band's self-titled debut on Sub Pop. Download the song for free from Sub Pop.

The Mission of Burma song is on the album The Obliterati on Matador Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_249_102212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:30pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest James Gralian as we discuss the latest NHL lockout. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Hush Now, Wintersleep, Benjamin Gibbard and METZ.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out James' blog Jerseys and Hockey Love

- The Bruins may lose much of the goodwill they gained from their Cup win

- The Panthers fired their mascot, the NHL's cutting staff hours

- Preparing for post-lockout play

- Fantasy hockey leagues are on hold

- James is certified to be a hockey ref

- Watching other sports instead

- Going to rock shows is a nice alternative

- Jay: Saw PiL open for INXS at Radio City, 1988

- James: Good college hockey in the Denver area

- Players are more bitter this time around

- Lockout impacts many people beyond players and owners

- Hockey bloggers gained prominence during last lockout

- Life goes on

- With no hockey, fans are finding they're saving a lot of money

- Jay: I'm okay with shorter regular season

- James recommends the movie "Goon"

- Kudos to the Red Wings

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Hush Now - The Flapper

Wintersleep - Martyr

Benjamin Gibbard - Teardrop Windows

METZ - Wet Blanket

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

The Hush Now song is the band's 2012 Halloween single. Download it for free (in exchange for your email address) from Bandcamp.

The Wintersleep song is an unreleased track available for free download at Wintersleep.com.

The Benjamin Gibbard song is on the album Former Lives on Barsuk Records. Download the song for free from Chromewaves.

The METZ song is on the band's self-titled debut on Sub Pop. Download the song for free from Pitchfork.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_248_101512.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest James Gralian as we discuss the latest NHL lockout and why we still give a damn about hockey. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Ceremony, The Mountain Goats, Allo Darlin' and Yo La Tengo.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out James' blog Jerseys and Hockey Love

- Seems like we just had a lockout...wiping out 2004-05 season

- NHL cancelled first two weeks of regular season

- Players are heading to play in Europe

- James: Annoyed at the NHL, still love the sport

- Plenty of other teams to support: Minor league, college, high school

- Jay: Went to more college games during last lockout

- Looks like this lockout could be a long one

- Jay: The burden of being a Leafs fan

- During lockouts, fans find other things to do

- Fans will come back, but lockouts are costly

- True fans really love the game

- Possibility of a new team in the Toronto area

- Support for the Leafs in Toronto is similar to Red Sox popularity in New England

- The strange journey of Tim Thomas

- LA Kings won the Cup and have to wait to raise the banner

- Replacement players have been tried in NFL, MLB before

- NFL just had embarrassing episode with replacement refs

- Will non-NHL hockey players want to become scabs?

- New minor league team in Denver

- Hard to say whether NHL season will be saved

- NHL commish Gary Bettman is very powerful

- Hard for fans to sympathize with either side

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Ceremony - Everything Burns

The Mountain Goats - Cry for Judas

Allo Darlin' - Capricornia

Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things

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

The Ceremony song is from a split 7-inch with Titus Andronicus. Download it for free from Matador Records.

The Mountain Goats song is on the album Transcendental Youth on Merge Records. Download the song for free from SoundCloud.

The Allo Darlin' song is on the album Europe on Slumberland Records. Download the song for free from IODA Promonet.

The Yo La Tengo song is on the EP Stupid Things on Matador Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:42pm EST

It's a new installment of Driving with Kumar as I celebrate another birthday and reflect on my 45 years of existence. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Jason Collett, Rye Coalition and Girls Against Boys.

Show notes:

- Driving to NH to run a half marathon

- Another birthday has come and gone

- Facebook changes the meaning of "friend"

- Turning 21 is a big deal

- 30 was a milestone

- Dealing with parental expectations

- Wasn't ready for marriage and/or fatherhood in my 20s

- Got married at 32

- Living alone has its pros and cons

- My job isn't my life

- Didn't take a lot of risks in my work life

- Kind of fell into a journalism career

- No regrets

- Watched a good friend take a chance, turn it into career

- Can't spend much time wondering about what ifs

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Jason Collett - I Wanna Rob a Bank

Rye Coalition - Communication Breakdance

Girls Against Boys - Super-Fire

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

The Jason Collett song is on the album Reckon on Arts and Crafts. Download it for free from SoundCloud.

The Rye Coalition song is on the EP Jersey Girls on Tiger Style Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Girls Against Boys song is on the album House of GVSB on Touch and Go Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_246_100212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the sad state of political discourse. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard, A.C. Newman and Hot Snakes.

Show notes:

- Matt doesn't like awkward stuff, avoids those types of campaign clips

- They built their campaign around it

- Tim Thomas vs. the White House

- Facebook is full of Constitutional scholars

- Matt is on Romneycare

- Running for office requires a boring past

- You can't escape your past...especially when you post it on Facebook

- Europe isn't exactly running smoothly, either

- Everybody's in a cocoon here

- Matt overuses social media because he's self-employed

- The Internet has made people lazy about research

- Matt wrote a dating column for a while

- When AOL started, emails would delete after 30 days

- The Internet has changed the way we learn about each other

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Paul Westerberg - My Road Now

Robert Pollard - Who's Running My Ranch

A.C. Newman - Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns

Hot Snakes - Light Up the Stars

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

The Paul Westerberg song was released last week to the I Will Dare blog. Download it for free from I Will Dare.

The Robert Pollard song is on the album Jack Sells the Cow on Fire Records. Download the song for free from SoundCloud.

The A.C. Newman song is on the album Shut Down the Streets on Matador Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Hot Snakes song is on the album Automatic Midnight on Swami Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_245_092412.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:54pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the sad state of political discourse. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Paul Banks, Cat Power, Aimee Mann and the Electric Six.

Show notes:

- Election year's in high gear

- Local elections provide personal access

- My kids are scaring Phillion away from fatherhood

- Blown off by the lieutenant governor

- Mass. senate race has been heated

- The power of SuperPACs

- Candidates are puppets of the money behind them

- Dumbing down the message

- Mass. voters went for Republican governors from '91 to '07

- Big speeches with no substance in them

- All political claims need to be fact-checked

- Tough times for journalism

- Dealing with political posts on Facebook

- The conventions are cheerleading camps

- Most voters have already made up their minds

- Do the Republicans really want to win in 2012?

- Congress sucks, too

- Can the government actually get anything done?

- It's not as simple as red state vs. blue state

- Facebook posts aren't changing anyone's mind

- The Democratic platform and mentions of God

- A bitter idealist

- The stuff you post on FB could come back to haunt you

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Paul Banks - The Base

Cat Power - Cherokee

Aimee Mann - Charmer

Electric Six - Danger! High Voltage

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

The Paul Banks song is on the album Banks on Matador Records. Download it for free from MatadorRecords.com.

The Cat Power song is on the album Sun on Matador Records. Download the song for free from MatadorRecords.com.

The Aimee Mann song is the title track of the album Charmer on SuperEgo Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Electric Six song is on the album Fire on XL Recordings. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_244_091812.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we travel back in time and analyze two big hits from the 1970s. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Divine Fits and The Raveonettes.

Show notes:

- Recorded at More Lost Time world headquarters

- The return of song analysis

- Learning more about Rupert Holmes

- "Escape" tells a depressing tale in a lighthearted way

- Seeking a new soulmate through the personal ads

- Song ends with a wacky twist

- Jay used to belt out Holmes' "Him" in the newsroom of the college paper

- He sings the guitar solo to save money

- Digging into the rest of the album

- Rupert writes about anything like, say, his answering machine

- Holmes did a lot of work in theater and TV

- Wrote songs for "A Star is Born," the Streisand-Kristofferson movie

- "Him" as performed by Barry White

- Clearly inspired by Manilow

- "Copacabana" was a huge disco hit

- Everything was coke-fueled in the '70s and '80s

- Manilow's go-to move was the sweeping ballad

- Manilow's "Bermuda Triangle" was a clear inspiration for Rupert

- Barry found a winning formula

- Gotta love the irony that he didn't write "I Write the Songs"

- We Manil-OD'd

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Divine Fits - Would That Not Be Nice

The Raveonettes - She Owns the Streets

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

The Divine Fits song is on the album A Thing Called Divine Fits on Merge Records. Download it for free from Chromewaves.

The Raveonettes song is on the album Observator on Vice Records. Download the song for free from KEXP.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_243_091212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:48pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we travel back in time and analyze a big hit from the 1970s. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from A.C. Newman and Yuck.

Show notes:

- Recorded at More Lost Time world headquarters

- The return of song analysis

- What's the deal with Bette Midler?

- Woody Allen's curious role in Scenes From a Mall

- Check out Ric's podcast More Lost Time

- Trucking was a big pop culture fad for a few years in the '70s

- C.W. McCall's "Convoy" was such a big hit they made a movie based on it

- Discovered by the dude behind the Mannheim Steamroller

- McCall didn't sing so much as talk over music

- Sounds like Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia"

- Convoy did indeed have a soundtrack album

- Digging deeper into the McCall catalog

- Randy Travis is walking the walk

- Ric: Zappa music just sounds like commercials

- Ol' C-Dub just kept on making trucker songs

- McCall starts doing really bad accents of foreign truckers

- He wrote a song about the infamous George Brett "pine tar incident"

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
A.C. Newman - I'm Not Talking

Yuck - Shook Down

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

The A.C. Newman song is on the forthcoming album Shut Down the Streets on Matador Records. Download it for free from MatadorRecords.com.

The Yuck song is on the band's self-titled album on Fat Possum Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_242_090312.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:47pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss our favorite solo artists. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Robert Plant, Frank Black and the Catholics and Sloan.

Show notes:

- Re-recorded via Skype

- Jay: Robert Plant's music has evolved since Zeppelin's breakup

- Brian: John,  Paul and George in a three-way tie

- Harrison's All Things Must Pass is a standout

- McCartney's good when he works with others (Elvis Costello, Youth)

- Jay: Favorite solo artist is Pete Townshend

- His three early '80s solo albums were excellent

- Last 25 years have been focused on Who tours

- Jay: Rod Stewart's solo career has been mostly awful

- His work in Faces, Jeff Beck Group and first few solo releases was strong

- Brian: Jagger should not be allowed to make solo albums

- Jay: Keith Richards' solo work is good

- Jay: The four guys in Sloan should each release solo records simultaneously a la KISS

- Brian: Steven Drozd would make an interesting solo album

- Brian: Rivers Cuomo should make a stripped-down, non-Weezer record

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Robert Plant - Little Hands

Frank Black and the Catholics - Nadine

Sloan - Coax Me

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

The Robert Plant song is on the compilation More Oar: A Tribute to the Skip Spence Album on Birdman Records. Download it for free from Epitonic.

The Frank Black and the Catholics song is on the album Show Me Your Tears on SpinART. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Sloan song is on the album Twice Removed on Geffen. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at NoiseTrade.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_241_082512.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:44am EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss our favorite solo artists. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Peter Gabriel and David Byrne.

Show notes:

- Re-recorded via Skype

- Brian: Ray Davies has made two great solo albums

- NBC cut Davies from Olympics closing ceremony broadcast

- Jay: Ted Leo has been consistently great for the last decade

- Brian: After Roxy Music, Brian Eno went on to long and interesting career

- Jay: Neil Young has been erratic, but when he's on, he's great

- Brian: Jonathan Richman has moved from post-punk hero to troubadour

- Jay: Peter Gabriel is much more than "Sledgehammer" and "Solsbury Hill"

- Moved past the crazy costumes he wore live with Genesis

- Brian: David Byrne continues to make interesting music

- Jay: Mark Lanegan's post-Screaming Trees career has been varied and uniformly excellent

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Under the Hedge

Peter Gabriel - Here Comes the Flood (live)

David Byrne - Fuzzy Freaky (remix)

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

The Ted Leo and the Pharmacists song is on the album The Tyranny of Distance on Lookout Records. Download it for free from Epitonic.

The Peter Gabriel song was recorded for the Guitar Center Sessions in 2010. Download the song for free at PeterGabriel.com/GuitarCenter.

The David Byrne song is on the album Visible Man on Luaka Bop. Download the song for free at IODAPromonet.com.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_240_081812.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:22am EST

I celebrate six big years of podcasting with part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss our favorite solo artists. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Bob Mould, Ryan Adams, Mike Watt and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Brian contends that Bob Mould's work in Sugar is better than Husker Du; Jay vehemently disagrees

- Jay: Elliott Smith went in a different direction after Heatmiser

- Are Josh Homme or Dave Grohl considered solo artists?

- Jay: Lennon and McCartney both made great albums on their own, but also some clunkers

- Jay: Michael Jackson became probably the biggest artist of all time

- Ozzy's early solo work was terrific

- The ridiculous story behind Sabbath's Born Again album

- Paul Simon's still going strong

- Phil Collins was huge in the '80s

- Brian: Mike Nesmith's early solo work was excellent

- Jay: Nick Cave forged a dark path after The Birthday Party

- Brian: Ryan Adams made a classic album and several good ones

- Mike Watt's soldiered on over the years

- Jay: Stephen Malkmus has been consistently good since Pavement

- Brian prefers the later Pavement albums

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Bob Mould - A Good Idea (live)

Ryan Adams - Shakedown on 9th Street (live)

Mike Watt - Against the '70s (live)

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - (Do Not Feed the) Oyster

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

The Bob Mould song is on the EP Live at the Bottom of the Hill. Download it for free (in exchange for your email address) from New.Official.fm.

The Ryan Adams song was recorded live at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston on 2/21/09. Download the song for free at Archive.org.

The Mike Watt song was recorded live at the Metro in Chicago on 5/6/95. Download the song for free at Archive.org.

The Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks song is from the album Pig Lib on Matador Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.
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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 10:18pm EST

Another installment of Driving With Kumar as I discuss the generation gap that exists in pop culture. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Chelsea Light Moving, The XX, Blur and Mean Creek.

Show notes:

- Recorded on the way to WFNX Boston Accents farewell show in Allston

- WFNX has been replaced by The Harbor, a "Variety Hits" station

- FNX lasted 29 years

- Driving through another torrential rainstorm

- Generation gap in music fandom driven by a couple of NPR blog posts

- Intern wrote about how she never pays for recorded music

- Ignited industry debate, including a battle of blog posts between David Lowery and Dave Allen

- Another post had an intern reviewing Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions...

- Kid wasn't born when the album came out in 1988

- His love of hip-hop is defined by current artists like Drake

- Couldn't relate to PE's intensity

- I was struck by the lack of knowledge or interest in older music

- Get off my lawn

- As a kid, I was fascinated by music that came out in the previous few decades

- Much easier now to hear music at a moment's notice

- I blame it on sensory overload

- You're going to listen to what your friends dig

- Can't blame kids for not knowing about older acts

- I'm not trying to get my own kids to listen to my music

- Enjoy the rhythmic sounds of nature pounding on my car roof

- The world is much faster

- Technology is advancing at amazing speeds

- Rain stops right as I get into the city

- Remembering the early MP3 players

- Some kids are getting into vinyl and cassettes

- Many old pop cultural references are lost on the young

- It's not too late for kids to learn about older music

- Plenty of great new music out there, too

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Chelsea Light Moving - Frank O'Hara Hit

The XX - Angels

Blur - The Puritan

Mean Creek - Young & Wild

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

The Chelsea Light Moving song is available for free download from Matador Records.

The XX song is on the forthcoming album Coexist on Young Turks. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Blur song is the B-side of the band's self-released 12-inch Under the Westway. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Mean Creek song is from the forthcoming album Youth Companion on Old Flame Records. Download the song for free as part of the Boston Accents Funeral Party Soundtrack on Bandcamp.

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; check out his site PodGeek.
Direct download: CompCon_238_073012.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:56pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss our favorite music of the first half of 2012. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Future Carnivores, Mark Lanegan Band, Soccer Mom and Dinosaur Jr.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky World HQ

- Kumar: New Van Halen album much better than expected

- Breitling: Future Carnivores brings a new wave sound

- Breitling enjoys the Eddie Money jams

- Forced to listen to Starship

- Kumar: Check out the book I Want My MTV

- Kumar: Lanegan goes way beyond straightahead rock

- Breitling: Ride tribute comp features Boston acts

- Get Geddy Lee on the show

- Kumar: Digging the new Rush album

- New Metric album is strong

- Heavy Blanket features Mascis with guitar instrumentals

- Ty Segall was not in Under Siege 2

- Breitling: Looking forward to new release from Everyone Everywhere

- Breitling: New band called Dikembe (no relation to Mutombo) recalls mid-90s emo

- New Dino Jr. due out in the fall

- Kumar: Need to check out new Future of the Left, Henry Clay People

- Kumar's "skeptible" of Spin's Twitter reviews

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Future Carnivores - Drugs (demo)

Mark Lanegan Band - The Gravedigger's Song

Soccer Mom - Dreams Burn Down

Dinosaur Jr. - Watch the Corners

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

The Future Carnivores song is a demo from the band's forthcoming second album. Download the song for free from ClickyClickyMusic.com.

The Mark Lanegan Band song is on the album Blues Funeral on 4AD. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at MarkLanegan.com.

The Soccer Mom song is on the compilation NOFUCKINGWHERE. Download the song for free at ClickyClickyMusic.com.

The Dinosaur Jr. song is from the forthcoming album I Bet on Sky on Jagjaguwar Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.
Direct download: CompCon_237_072312.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:21pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss our favorite music of the first half of 2012. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Golden Gurls, Cloud Nothings, Autochrome, Torche, Karl Hendricks Trio and Guided By Voices.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky World HQ

- Kumar: New Smashing Pumpkins ain't bad

- Breitling: Golden Gurls do not feature Bea Arthur but do rock

- Kumar: High on Fire brings metallic fury

- Kumar: Check out Henry Rollins' great radio show

- Breitling: Former Books leader Zammuto released terrific album

- Kumar: Cloud Nothings are young and really good

- Breitling: Boston act Autochrome brings the post-punk

- WFNX's demise will result in two streaming stations

- Kumar: Torche is heavy and poppy

- Breitling: Check out Big Science

- Dumb band name: The Internet

- Kumar: Japandroids unleash unbridled fury

- Breitling: Karl Hendricks Trio back with another great record

- Kumar: GBV returns with the classic lineup

- Breitling: Infinity Girl debut features quality shoegaze

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Golden Gurls - Excited

Cloud Nothings - No Future/No Past

Autochrome - We Are the System

Torche - Kicking

Karl Hendricks Trio - The Men's Room at the Airport

Guided By Voices - The Unsinkable Fats Domino

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

The Golden Gurls song is from the album Typo Magic. Download the song and the album for free at GoldenGurls.Bandcamp.com.

The Cloud Nothings song is on the album Attack on Memory on Carpark Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Autochrome song is on the album Separation Realms. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at Bandcamp.

The Torche song is from the album Harmonicraft on Volcom Entertainment. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at TorcheMusic.

The Karl Hendricks Trio song is on the album The Adult Section on Comedy Minus One Records. Download the song for free from Comedy Minus One.

The Guided By Voices song is on the album Let's Go Eat the Factory on Guided By Voices Records. Download the song for free at GBVDigital.com.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_236_071612.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:38pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we talk about the state of the book industry. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Henry Clay People, Japandroids, The Hives and Wye Oak.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Beverly, Mass.

- Christian: So many good books go undiscovered

- Kindles and other e-readers have people reading

- Attitudes towards owning music and books change as folks get older

- Jay: My kids are still reading books

- The debate over digital media and artist royalties rages on in music industry

- Different revenue models: Amanda Palmer raised over $1 mil on Kickstarter for new album

- That won't work for artists without huge followings, though

- The popularity of oral histories

- Crafting an oral history involves skill in selecting right quotes, telling a story

- "Narrative non-fiction" is an interesting sub-genre

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Henry Clay People - 25 for the Rest of Our Lives

Japandroids - The Nights of Wine and Roses

The Hives - High School Shuffle

Wye Oak - Spiral

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

The Henry Clay People song is from the album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on TBD Records. Download the song for free at HenryClayPeople.com.

The Japandroids song is on the album Celebration Rock on Polyvinyl Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Hives song is on the album Lex Hives on Disques Hives. Download the song for free at RCRDLBL.

The Wye Oak song is from the Adult Swim Singles Series. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_235_070912.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:46pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we talk about the state of the book industry. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Corin Tucker Band, The Raveonettes, Stars and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Beverly, Mass.

- In this age of distraction, it's amazing that people read books at all

- Christian: Education system may be to blame for lack of reading

- Fiction is still a valuable commodity

- Jay: Fun to see my kids get into reading

- Christian: Treating reading like a workout

- Multi-tasking all day makes one less inclined to read later

- Authors were once treated like movie stars

- "Fifty Shades of Grey" started as Twilight fan fiction

- Many best-sellers are autobiographies of celebs

- Christian: Historical fiction is exciting

- Working on a new project, a "novel in stories"

- Looking at African-Americans attracted to Russian promise of equality

- Also working on novel about a murder in rural Alaska

- All about plot

- Success comes at the sentence level

- Many parallels to the music industry

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Corin Tucker Band - Groundhog Day

The Raveonettes - Observations

Stars - The Theory of Relativity

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Black Mold

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

The Corin Tucker Band song is from the forthcoming album Kill My Blues on Kill Rock Stars. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Raveonettes song is from the band's forthcoming album Observator on Vice Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Stars song is on the forthcoming album The North on ATO Records. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at StarstheNorth.com.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song is from the band's forthcoming album Meat and Bone on Boombox/Mom + Pop. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at Pitchfork.com.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 10:36pm EST

Guest Ric Dube and I dig deep and analyze two '70s rock classics. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Redd Kross, Chelsea Light Moving and Cat Power.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Shrewsbury, Mass.

- Check out Ric's podcast More Lost Time

- Digging into Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights"

- Irony-free, over-the-top theatrics

- Song is in three parts

- Jay: Remember as a kid thinking it was risque

- Paradise turns out to be hell

- Jim Steinman was known for ridiculously long song titles

- Song goes from rockabilly to disco in the middle, with Phil Rizzuto mixed in

- The debate over third base

- Ellen Foley's odd career

- Third section tries to emulate punk

- The strange allure of Robby Benson

- Meat Loaf's acting career

- Part 2: "Brother Louie" by Stories

- A classic '70s one-hit wonder

- Stories actually had well-known musicians in band

- Louie was whiter than white

- Super catchy chorus

- Ric: This was a "Neapolitan relationship"

- The lesson was about equal opportunity sexing

- Why is the name Louie popular in songs?

- Did Jeff Lynne swipe the ELO string sound from this song?

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Redd Kross - Researching the Blues

Chelsea Light Moving - Burroughs

Cat Power - Ruin

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The Redd Kross song is from the forthcoming album Researching the Blues on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Chelsea Light Moving song is from the band's forthcoming album on Matador Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Cat Power song is on the album Sun on Matador Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:36pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with filmmaker Eric Green as we discuss his documentary about V66, the short-lived Boston music video channel. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Mission of Burma, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Metric and Ceremony.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Cambridge, Mass.

- Eric's documentary is called Life on the V

- V66 was on the air from 2/85 to 9/86

- Response to the topic has been great

- Doc is almost finished

- Music docs are in vogue

- Rumors that MTV was keeping an eye on V66

- Eric resisted the classic Behind the Music structure

- V66 was based in Worcester, Mass.; bands would visit before concerts there

- 9-year-old Eric got on the air with a phoned-in joke

- Cable TV was much different in the '80s; still hadn't made it to many rural areas

- Memories of USA Network's Night Flight video show

- Music docs: Stop Making Sense vs. The Last Waltz

- When V66 played Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" video, they took MTV logo out

- Eric received a lot of fan submissions of V66 videos on VHS tapes

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Mission of Burma - Second Television

David Byrne and St. Vincent - Who

Metric - Artificial Nocturne

Ceremony - I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed

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The Mission of Burma song is from the forthcoming album Unsound on Fire Records. Download the song for free at Rolling Stone.

The David Byrne and St. Vincent song is from the forthcoming album Love This Giant on 4AD. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at Stereogum.

The Metric song is on the album Synthetica on Mom and Pop Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Ceremony song is an unreleased track available for free download at Noisey.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_232_061812.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:08pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with filmmaker Eric Green as we discuss his documentary about V66, the short-lived Boston music video channel. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Walkmen, Beachwood Sparks, King Tuff and Superchunk.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Cambridge, Mass.

- Eric's documentary is called Life on the V

- V66 was on the air from 2/85 to 9/86

- UHF station that reached throughout New England

- Cable still hadn't reached many towns

- There were other music video shows including Friday Night Videos on NBC

- Videos had been around for awhile but didn't catch on until MTV arrived

- V66 introduced a lot of new music, played diverse styles

- We both watched it as kids

- Run DMC's "King of Rock" was most requested song on V66

- Boston bands were given more attention: Del Fuegos, Til Tuesday, New Man

- Ex-radio guy John Garabedian started V66

- Station did non-music programming likes sports, weather

- MTV began adding different programs in late '80s

- Eventually, V66 was sold to Home Shopping Network

- Something like V66 could never happen today

- Eric worked at Fuse, the video station out of NYC

- Began making documentary in 2008; almost done

- Did many interviews with former V66 staff, as well as viewers

- Collected footage from fans

- Talked to musicians inspired by the station

- V66 teamed up with local radio stations on events

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Walkmen - Love is Luck

Beachwood Sparks - Sparks Fly Again

King Tuff - Bad Thing

Superchunk - Misfits & Mistakes

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The Walkmen song is from the album Heaven on Fat Possum Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Beachwood Sparks song is on the album The Tarnished Gold on Sub Pop. Download the song for free at Sub Pop.

The King Tuff song is on the band's self-titled album on Sub Pop. Download the song for free at Sub Pop.

The Superchunk song is on the EP Leaves in the Gutter on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_231_061112.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:10pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with special guests Nick Lorenzen and Mike Piantigini as we discuss the death of rock radio. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Henry Clay People, Archers of Loaf, Codeine and Los Campesinos.

Show notes:

- Radio now competes with iPods, digital radio, Spotify

- The anticipation factor with new music is gone

- Cell phone video has changed the live experience

- Music has become background noise

- We don't pay attention as closely to new music

- As people get older, some lose that connection to music

- Mike: Music education came from hanging out at college radio station

- Remembering the old Boston rock station WCOZ

- In praise of WFMU

- Nick: Listened to a lot of classic rock on stations like WAAF

- Satellite radio is a factor

- Jay: First listened to CHUM-AM in Toronto, then got into the FM rock stations

- Canadian Content Rule was in effect: Lots of April Wine, Chilliwack, Triumph

- Nick and Mike played in the great rock band Lump

- College radio is still great, especially WMBR, the MIT station

- Only Boston rock stations left are WZLX, WAAF, The River (WXRV)

- Jay: Pretty much listened to WFNX all the time during the '90s

- Younger music fans may not feel the loss of FNX

- Used to be fun to listen to radio in other parts of country

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Henry Clay People - Hide

Archers of Loaf - Dead Red Eyes

Codeine - Median (Peel session)

Los Campesinos - Tiptoe Through the True Bits

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The Henry Clay People song is from the band's forthcoming album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on TBD Records. Download the song for free at Soundcloud.

The Archers of Loaf song is on the reissue of the band's album White Trash Heroes on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Soundcloud.

The Codeine song is a previously unreleased track from a Peel session available on the reissue of Barely Real on Numero Group. Download the song for free from Stereogum.

The Los Campesinos song is a non-album track released by the band for free download from its website.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:39pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with special guests Nick Lorenzen and Mike Piantigini as we discuss the death of rock radio. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Bob Mould, Hallelujah the Hills, Zeus and The White Stripes.

Show notes:

- Boston alternative rock station WFNX was sold to Clear Channel recently

- Rock radio has been on life support for quite some time

- Too much radio programming and formats

- WFNX was pioneer of the alternative format

- Nick: Knew of WFNX more by reputation as a kid

- Mike: College radio introduced me to a world beyond classic rock and metal

- Jay: R.E.M. and U2 were first so-called alternative bands I got into

- WBCN was revolutionary back in late '60s and '70s, playing free-form rock

- Eventually became formatted like all the rest

- WBCN switched to alternative format in mid-'90s to compete with FNX

- Eventually, BCN went to more talk: Stern, Opie & Anthony

- FNX went downhill for a while with nu metal

- Nick: FNX had rebounded in last few years

- We old guys don't get newer bands like Mumford and Sons

- FNX wasn't going after geezers like us anymore

- Many more options for listeners now: iPod, streaming audio, Pandora

- The "Mike FM" stations just regurgitate '90s alternacrap

- The much-bigger WBCN went off air in '09, turned into a sports talk station

- The market for rock music has diminished; kids are listening to more hip hop and pop

- Plenty of new rock bands coming out all the time

- Nick: Hard rock is used more in sports arenas and commercials

- To be continued next week

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Bob Mould - The Act We Act (live)

Hallelujah the Hills - Get Me in a Room

Zeus - Anything You Want, Dear

The White Stripes - Jimmy the Exploder

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The Bob Mould song is from Live at Bottom of the Hill, a free EP of three Sugar songs from the album Copper Blue performed live on Feb. 24 in San Francisco. Download the EP for free (in exchange for your email address) at New.Official.Fm.

The Hallelujah the Hills song is on the album No One Knows What Happens Next on Discrete Pageantry. Download the song for free from IODA Promonet.

The Zeus song is on the album Busting Visions on Arts and Crafts. Download the song for free from IODA Promonet.

The White Stripes song is from the band's self-titled album on Sympathy for the Record Industry. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 2:08pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Adam Tinkoff as we discuss diet and exercise. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Afghan Whigs, The Alabama Shakes, Sunny Ali and the Kid, and Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Adam's new show Zen@10 and also the Slow Runners Club

- Adam: Think before you eat

- Jay: Hot dogs gross me out

- Food processing is a nasty business

- Keep track of what you eat for 30 days

- Mix up your workouts

- Adam: Latin dancing is a great workout

- Adam's a "carousel of crazy"

- He did Internet broadcasting in 2000 before podcasting was created

- Taking a break from Slow Runners Club podcast because of busy schedules

- Kicked off 2012 Spring Clean Reboot

- Group effort to eat better

- First week is easy, but after that it's tough to sustain

- We need to make it easy for people to exercise

- Much has changed in the last 20 years

- Harder to lose weight as you get older

- Body mass index (BMI) is useless

- Body fat percentage doesn't need to be single digits

- Adam: All diet plans fail

- Change your habits, then adjustments

- Getting into online fitness coaching

- You don't need a gym to get fit

- The Biggest Loser made weight loss inspiring

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Afghan Whigs - See and Don't See

The Alabama Shakes - Hold On

Sunny Ali and the Kid - Chai

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra - Do It With a Rockstar

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

The Afghan Whigs song is the first new recording from the band since 2006. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at TheAfghanWhigs.com.

The Alabama Shakes song is on the album Boys & Girls on ATO Records. Download the song for free as part of The ATO Spring Sampler (in exchange for your email address) at ATO Records.

The Sunny Ali and the Kid  song is a digital single available for free download at Bandcamp

The Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra song is on her forthcoming album on 8ft Records. Download the song for free from Soundcloud.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:57pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Adam Tinkoff as we discuss fitness. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Young Adults, Guided By Voices, The Riverboat Gamblers and Beck.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Adam's new show Zen@10 and also the Slow Runners Club

- Talking a little rock: Against Me singer switching genders

- Are Bowie Bonds worth anything?

- Adam's mulling a trip to Bonnaroo

- We both met Trey from Phish at different points

- Frank Zappa's influence on modern music

- Adam doesn't buy the new CDC obesity report

- More folks are becoming long-distance runners getting into fitness

- People need to make better dietary choices

- Bigger problem is inactivity of people on Facebook

- Adam: Was seriously into martial arts, then focused on fatherhood in his 30s

- Now back into fitness

- Adam was a podcasting pioneer, talking about weight loss and fitness

- Drinking alcohol can affect how much nutrition your body gets from food

- Formaldehyde: Your last drink

- Giving up alcohol for short periods can benefit your weight loss and fitness efforts

- Soft drinks are full of unwanted side effects

- Everything in moderation

- To be continued next week

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Young Adults - Decay

Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots a UFO

The Riverboat Gamblers - Comedians

Beck - Lost Cause

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The Young Adults song is on the compilation NOFUCKINGWHERE, featuring Boston bands covering songs from Ride's 1990 album Nowhere compiled by Jay Breitling. Download the entire album for free at Clicky Clicky.

The Guided By Voices song is the title track of the band's forthcoming album on Guided By Voices/Fire Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Riverboat Gamblers song is on the album The Wolf You Feed on Volcom Entertainment. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) from TheRiverboatGamblers.com

The Beck song is on the album Sea Change on Geffen. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Ben Amirault as we discuss the growth of craft beer. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Mission of Burma, Father John Misty, Hallelujah the Hills and The Men.

Show notes:

- Check out Ben's beer blog The Church Key

- Dogfish Head has branched out with TV show, limited edition beers

- Northeast has many great brewers: Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Baxter, Long Trail

- "Ice beer" was, and still is, a thing

- Regional pockets of great craft beer throughout the U.S.

- Some of beers can overdo it with the accents (fruit, pumpkin, caramel, chocolate, coffee, etc.)

- Jay: Not big into pairing certain beers with certain types of food

- Canadians will drink Bud or Coors because it's so light

- Ben: Hard to keep up with all the new brewers

- Recent trend is putting craft beer in cans

- Some brewers won't do it, but many are: Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Oskar Blues, Baxter

- Great packaging can get you to try a beer

- The bomber is a great way to check out a new beer

- Some stores let you "make" your own six-pack from singles

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Mission of Burma - Dust Devil

Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

Hallelujah the Hills - Hungry Ghost Extraordinaire

The Men - Open Your Heart

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The Mission of Burma song is on the forthcoming album Unsound on Fire Records. Download the song for free at Team Clermont.

The Father John Misty song is on the album Fear Fun on Sub Pop. Download the song for free at Sub Pop.

The Hallelujah the Hills song is on the album No One Knows What Happens Next on Discrete Pageantry. Download the song for free from Prefix Mag

The song by The Men is on the album Open Hearts on Sacred Bones. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:20pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Ben Amiraujlt as we discuss the growth of craft beer . I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from the Ty Segall Band, Ceremony, Grinderman and Brainiac.

Show notes:

- Check out Ben's beer blog The Church Key

- Many parallels between craft beer world and punk rock

- Ben reviews beers on his blog

- When will someone invent digitized beer?

- Craft beer first boomed in the '90s

- Plenty of great small breweries popping up now

- Session beer is catching on thanks to Notch

- There's a lot of high-alcohol beers now

- Ben's gearing up for American Craft Beer Fest in Boston

- Social media is raising awareness of craft beer

- Local specialty stores hold regular beer tastings

- Summer beer is out in April

- Beer is economy-proof

- Sam Adams has become almost synonymous with craft beer

- Dogfish Head has made a big splash in last few years

- Comparing Sam Adams to Green Day

- Old-school brewers are trying new things: Guinness, Bud, Newcastle

- Going on a Guinness kick

- To be continued next week

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Ty Segall Band - Wave Goodbye

Ceremony - Send Me Your Dreams

Grinderman (feat. Matt Berninger) - Evil (Silver Alert Remix)

Brainiac - Nothing Ever Changes

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The Ty Segall Band song is from the album Slaughterhouse on In the Red Records. Download the song for free from Soundcloud.

The Ceremony song is on LAMC #1 on Famous Class Records. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) from Bandcamp.

The Grinderman song is on the album Grinderman 2 RMX on Anti/Epitaph. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Brainiac song is on the album Hissing Prigs in Static Couture on Touch and Go Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:37pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the evolution of profanity. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Japandroids, Cloud Nothings, Ceremony and Yukon Blonde.

Show notes:

- Mother jokes led to popularity of "m-f'er"

- Eddie Murphy's Comedian album introduced a whole new world of profanity

- Most words have lost shock value

- Little girl swearing in "Kick Ass" was shocking

- We had more freedom as kids, but kids can access so much more now

- Still isn't cool to randomly drop f-bombs in public

- Matt: Won't call a female a bitch

- Becoming more sensitive about calling your friends gay

- Hollywood has become introduced to foul-mouthed Boston Irish characters

- Swear words we won't say anymore

- Songs with profanity are becoming more commonplace

- Comedians have always pushed the boundaries

- The Simpsons were once the paragon of rudeness

- Violence on TV is no problem, but sex and some profanity is still banned

- Cell phones have taken over people's lives

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built

Cloud Nothings - No Sentiment

Ceremony - Hysteria

Yukon Blonde - Stairway

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The Japandroids song is from the album Celebration Rock on Matador Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Cloud Nothings song is on the album Attack on Memory on Carpark Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Ceremony song is on the album Zoo on Matador Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Yukon Blonde song is on the album Tiger Talk on Dine Alone Records. Download the song for free from Chromewaves.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_224_042312.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the evolution of profanity. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Deer Tick, The Rationales, Wintersleep and Torche.

Show notes:

- George Carlin summed up the issue of profanity on TV quite nicely

- NYPD Blue pushed the boundaries of what you could see on broadcast TV

- As kids, we saw a lot of risque stuff on pay cable channels

- Sitcoms have to make do with innuendo

- Inadvertent f-bombs on awards shows

- The "c-word" is offensive here, not so much overseas

- The number of f-bombs factors into movie ratings

- South Park loves to push network censors

- Plot twists are more shocking than language

- Tarantino edited the TV version of Pulp Fiction himself

- The comfort of casual profanity

- Starting young

- Controlling your language in polite society

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Deer Tick - Born at Zero

The Rationales - Radio

Wintersleep - Resuscitate

Torche - Reverse Inverted

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The Deer Tick song is from the EP Tim on Partisan Records. Download the song for free from Spin.

The Rationales song is a single avalable for free download from Bandcamp.

The Wintersleep song is on the album Hello Hum on Roll Call Records. Download the song for free at Wintersleep.com.

The Torche song is on the album Harmonicraft on Volcom Entertainment. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_223_041812.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:06pm EST

This week, I revisit an old mix tape I made many moons ago. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week.

Show notes:

- In episode 141, I discussed the early mix tapes I made as a kid

- A few years ago, started writing about mix tapes in my blog

- Looking back at Summer of Loud, a tape I recorded in '94

- Previous year was pretty rough, but things were looking up in '94

- Switched jobs and apartments at about the same time

- 1994 was a good year for alt rock

- I still listen to this mix from time to time

- Bonehead of the Week

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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; check out his site PodGeek.
Direct download: CompCon_222_040912.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:03pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Jay Breitling as we discuss earworms. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Best Coast, The Dandy Warhols, OFF! and The Melvins.

Show notes:

- Recorded on St. Patrick's Day at Chez Breitling

- Kids' music can implant evil melodies in your brain

- Pop music is a good gateway for music fans

- Hall and Oates wrote the catchiest damn songs

- We are in the post-ironic age

- Breitling buys a Daryl Hall song

- Good rock showing up on late night talk shows

- Parents' easy-listening music ends up living in your head: Neil Diamond, Sinatra, Neil Sedaka

- Tracing the roots of Charlie Rich's hit "The Most Beautiful Girl"

- Kumar: Supertramp's Breakfast in America lives on in my mind'

- The Who's Face Dances was more like a Townshend solo album

- Watching an awesome Mclusky video featuring cats

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Best Coast - The Only Place

The Dandy Warhols - Sad Vacation

OFF! - King Kong Brigade

The Melvins - The War on Wisdom

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The Best Coast song is from the forthcoming album of the same name on Mexican Summer. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) from Best Coast.

The Dandy Warhols song is from the forthcoming album This Machine on The End Records. Download the song for free
from Stereogum.

The OFF! song is on the band's self-titled album on Vice. Download the song for free at Pitchfork.

The Melvins song is on the EP The Bulls and the Bees courtesy of Scion AV. Download the EP for free from Scion AV.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_221_040212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:06pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Jay Breitling as we discuss earworms. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Titus Andronicus, At the Drive-In, Sleater-Kinney and Spoon.

Show notes:

- Recorded on St. Patrick's Day at Chez Breitling

- Not referring to Ceti eels from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

- Kumar: Recently haunted by crappy songs from Styx and Foreigner

- The search for Early Dog

- Breitling has memories of the ol' shower radio

- Ronnie Montrose, R.I.P.

- Chloe B. makes an appearance

- Kumar: "Smoke on the Water" banishes most earworms

- Sometimes earworms can be good

- Advertising can create earworms by playing songs repeatedly

- On Jon Papelbon's new entrance music for the Phillies

- Kumar: Crappy soundtrack songs from the '80s return to haunt me

- Scientific research on earworms

- Rebecca Black's "Friday"

- Keith Richards on business acumen

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Titus Andronicus - Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape with the Flood of Detritus

At the Drive-In - Pattern Against User

Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One

Spoon - The Fitted Shirt

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The Titus Andronicus song is from the Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Vol 1. Download the mixtape for free from the band's Tumblr.

The At the Drive-In song is from the album Relationship of Command on Grand Royal Records. Download the song for free
from Epitonic.

The Sleater-Kinney song is on the album All Hands on the Bad One on Kill Rock Stars. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Spoon song is on the album Girls Can Tell on Merge Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Ric Dube about bootlegs. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and live music from Fugazi, fIREHOSE and Warren Zevon.

Show notes:

- Check out Ric's latest project, Trademark of Quality

- Bootlegs would get bootlegged

- Plenty of boots of concerts from radio and TV broadcasts

- When Napster emerged, bottom dropped out of bootleg market

- U2's Achtung Baby demos were stolen, ended up on bootlegs

- Ric has an early Men at Work bootleg, just because

- The Legend of Norm De Plume

- Pretenders bootleg has song from the Castaways at the end to fill space on the vinyl

- Bands used to re-record tracks on their live albums in the '70s

- Lots of good early Beck boots out there

- Ric: Searching for a long lost Elvis Costello bootleg

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Fugazi - Merchandise (live at Irving Plaza)

fIREHOSE - For the Singer of REM (live at Ancienne Belgique)

Warren Zevon - Lawyers, Guns and Money (live at The Record Plant)

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The Fugazi song is from a show recorded at Irving Plaza in New York on 4/3/95. Download the song for free from the Live Music Archive.

The fIREHOSE song is from a show recorded at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium on 3/12/91. Download the song for free
from the Live Music Archive.

The Warren Zevon song is on from a set recorded live at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA, on 7/27/78. Download the song for free from the Live Music Archive.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:52pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Ric Dube as we discuss bootlegs. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and live music from Mission of Burma, The Minutemen and The Dirtbombs.

Show notes:

- Check out Ric's latest project, Trademark of Quality

- Powered by BBQ

- TMOQ doesn't have actual bootlegs, but features essays about them

- Bootlegs comprise anything not released by a record company

- Jay: Discovered bootlegs and imports in record stores in the '80s

- Ric: First boot was a Springsteen live set from '81

- Jay: First boot was a Zeppelin live box set

- Both sound terrible

- Ric: Most bootlegs he owns are of The Replacements

- A lot of originally bootlegged 'Mats B-sides have turned up on official reissues

- Jay: Bought Prince's Black Album in late '80s from bootleg tape vendor at UNH

- Ric made cassette sleeves in early '90s for bootlegs with manga images

- Ric: Recorded bootlegs at live shows

- Also sold VHS tapes

- Jay: Had a list of bootlegs for sale in early '80s

- Used to get bootlegs from the old Rockit Records stores in '80s and '90s

- Ric: Pitching your bootleg wares to record stores

- Now there's countless boots available for free online

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Mission of Burma - Red (live on WERS)

The Minutemen - One Reporter's Opinion/Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing (live at The Blue Note)

The Dirtbombs - Ode to a Black Man (live at The Blind Pig)

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

The Mission of Burma song is from a live set recorded at WERS-FM on 9/21/80. Download the song for free from the Live Music Archive.

The Minutemen songs are from a show recorded live at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, on 5/12/84. Download the songs for free
from the Live Music Archive.

The Dirtbombs song is on from a show recorded live at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI, on 7/15/05. Download the song for free from the Live Music Archive.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:29pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Mike Heyliger as we discuss the whole New York vs. Boston thing. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Torche, Brendan Benson, White Rabbits and Sun Kil Moon.

Show notes:

- Check out Mike's blog Popblerd

- It's all about efficiency

- NYC's got the advantage for things to do after 2 a.m.

- Everything closes up early in Boston

- Jay: Mid-week club shows are tough when you have kids

- Green Day's ready for Vegas

- Boston has a ton of great small rock clubs

- NYC has a better assortment of R&B and hip hop shows

- The undeniable greatness of The Roots

- Duran Duran's long and winding career

- Mike had the Duran Duran board game as a kid

- Mike: Rudy Giuliani cleaned up NYC in early '90s

- The Northeast has a certain intensity

- Boston's a good place to live

- Beer's a whole lot cheaper than in NYC bars

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Torche - Kicking

Brendan Benson - Bad For Me

White Rabbits - Temporary

Sun Kil Moon - Sunshine in Chicago

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The Torche song is on the band's forthcoming album Harmonicraft on Volcom Entertainment. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) from TorcheMusic.

The Brendan Benson song is on the album What Kind of World on ReadyMade. Download the song for free
(in exchange for your email address) at BrendanBenson.com.

The White Rabbits song is on the album Milk Famous on TBD Records. Download the song for free at RCRDLBL.

The Sun Kil Moon song is on the album Among the Leaves on Caldo Verde Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

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Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Mike Heyliger as we discuss the transition of moving to the Boston area. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Gorillaz, Boots Electric, Andrew Bird and Mike Doughty.

Show notes:

- Check out Mike's blog Popblerd

- Mike grew up in New York, moved to Boston in 2008

- Slow adjustment

- Mike: Every time I go back, I like NY less

- Slower pace in Boston, except for the drivers

- Jay: Even slower pace in NH

- Mike: Occasionally gets crap for wearing Yankees gear

- Not a ton of diversity in Boston

- Jay: Toronto is extremely diverse

- Still plenty of racism to go around

- The world's a lot different than it was 30 years ago

- Mike: Boston music scene is better than NYC's

- Good selection of clubs

- Mike's broken $100 ticket barrier to see Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z/Kanye

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Gorillaz (feat. Andre 3000 and James Murphy) - DoYaThing

Boots Electric - I Love You All the Thyme

Andrew Bird - EyeonEye

Mike Doughty - Na Na Nothing

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The Gorillaz song is courtesy of Converse. Download the song for free from Converse.

The Boots Electric song is on the album Honkey Kong on Dangerbird Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Andrew Bird song is on the album Break It Yourself on Mom and Pop Records. Download the song for free at NoiseTrade.

The Mike Doughty song is on the album Yes and Also Yes on Snack Bar Records. Download the song for free at Insound.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

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Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss the new Van Halen album. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Hounds Below, Dinosaur Jr. and Black Mountain.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Jay: An impressive outing for a band at this stage

- Not many bands have taken such a long break and returned strong

- Mission of Burma and the Feelies are better than ever

- Where does this rank in VH pantheon?

- Jay: Ranks 7th after first six DLR albums, ahead of Hagar

- Brian: Michael Anthony's harmonies are missed

- Brian: VH should do a tour with Dave and Sammy

- What would you pay $90 to see live?

- Brian: McCartney's current band is excellent

- Arena shows are quickly getting priced out of reach of much of public

- Brian: Bob Mould noted particularly egregious lyrics on new VH single

- Brian: Aerosmith is long overdue for a good album

- Jay: Last good Aerosmith album was more than 20 years ago

- Good run of Aerosmith albums in the '70s

- Steven Tyler has become the dude who looks like a lady

- Brian: This VH album could've been much worse

- The sad story of Jason Becker, DLR's guitarist in early '90s

- Jay: Couldn't have expected the new VH to be any better

- Brian: Interested to hear the follow-up

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Hounds Below - For You and I

Dinosaur Jr. - No Bones (live)

Black Mountain - Mary Lou

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The Hounds Below song is on the band's as-yet untitled debut album. Download the song for free at Consequence of Sound.

The Dinosaur Jr. song is on the DVD Bug Live at 9:30 Club: In the Hands of Fans. Download the song for free at DinosaurJr.com.

The Black Mountain song is on the soundtrack to the movie Year Zero. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

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Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss the new Van Halen album, the band's first with David Lee Roth in almost 30 years. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Frank Black and the Catholics, Buffalo Tom and Hot Snakes.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Not interested in Grammy Awards

- Gary Cherone was in band at its worst

- Brian: Only VH album in his iTunes is VH III

- Brian started listening to VH in early '90s

- Always preferred DLR

- Jay: First VH album was Diver Down on cassette

- Diver Down was a cash-in album

- Jay: Liked Hagar, but not as VH singer

- Lyrical content not a big concern for VH

- Brian: VH III was pretty stark

- Eddie's synth phase was similar to what Rush did in the '80s

- VH has always picked curious opening acts

- Wolfgang is a decent bassist

- Neither VH or DLR had done anything good for 20+ years

- Jay: Eat 'Em and Smile was better than 5150

- Brian: First impression of new album was it sounds like DLR solo album

- Jay: First single is worst song on album

- Brian: Everybody sounds energized

- Beginning of second career or one-time deal?

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Frank Black and the Catholics - Nadine

Buffalo Tom - Mineral

Hot Snakes - Who Died

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The Frank Black and the Catholics song is on the album Show Me Your Tears on SpinART Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Buffalo Tom song is on the album Let Me Come Over on Beggars Banquet. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Hot Snakes song is on the album Suicide Invoice on Swami Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

Completely Conspicuous is a Tan God Production. Word.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:22pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Brad Searles as we discuss band reunions, among other rock topics. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Cloud Nothings, Joseph Arthur and The Cult.

Show notes:

- Check out Brad's excellent blog, Bradley's Almanac (http://www.bradleysalmanac.com/)

- Recorded at the Sunset Grill in Allston, Mass.

- Brad's bad memories of seeing Pixies open for U2

- Praise for Stewart Copeland

- The massive influence of the Pixies

- Brad: Recording at Fort Apache was daunting

- Possible Stone Roses reunion in the works

- Codeine's doing reunion shows and releasing box set

- Chickfactor is bringing a bunch of bands back together: Lilys, Small Factory

- Guided By Voices reunites classic lineup

- The power of Janet Weiss

- Great music blogs: Chromewaves, Clicky Clicky, Largehearted Boy

- Brad recommends Soma.fm streaming radio

- Brad does a DJ night with Jay Breitling at River Gods in Cambridge, Mass.

- Making time to do things your way

- A lot of blogs died after chasing the big payout

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless

Joseph Arthur - Travel As Equals

The Cult - Lucifer

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The Cloud Nothings song is on the album Attack on Memory on Carpark Records. Download the song for free at http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/01/cloud_nothings_2.html.

The Joseph Arthur song is on the self-released album Redemption City. Download the album for free at  http://josepharthur.com.

The Cult song is on the forthcoming album Choice of Weapon on Cooking Vinyl. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at http://thecult.us.

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 http://clickyclickymusic.com and http://www.keepingsomedarksecrets.net. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography at http://bobdurling.blogspot.com/. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site http://www.podgeek.com.

Completely Conspicuous is a Tan God Production. Word.

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