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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

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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