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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.

Direct download: CompCon_233_062512.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

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

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

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 EDT

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

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

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 EDT

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

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

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.

Direct download: CompCon_230_060512.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:39pm EDT

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