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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

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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

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