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Part 1 of my conversation with guest Ric Dube as we look at the career of an obscure 1970s Canadian band that had a huge hit and then disappeared. I've also got music from Protomartyr, The Collected Fictions and Cloud Nothings.

Show notes:

- Recorded in late January at More Lost Time world HQ

- What the hell is Edward Bear?

- Named after character in Winnie the Pooh

- Their one big hit, "Last Song," is instantly recognizable

- Sounds like a studio act

- No high or low end in '70s AM pop hits

- Manilow had great timing

- Second single from that album hit top 40

- Singer Larry Evoy was the one constant member of the band

- Opened for Led Zeppelin in '69

- First album had a psychedelic "acid rock" sound

- Geddy Lee's mellower uncle

- Going for a Canned Heat/Steve Miller Band/Doors vibe

- Endless jamming

- Early Edward Bear ain't half bad

- Opportunistic band, like The Police

- Riding whatever music wave was trending

- To be continued

 

Music:

Protomartyr - Come & See

The Collected Fictions - It Don't Matter Much

Cloud Nothings - Didn't You

 

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The Protomartyr song is on the album Under Color of Official Right on Hardly Art. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The song by The Collected Fictions is on the band's self-titled EP. Download the EP for free (in exchange for your email address) at Bandcamp.

The Cloud Nothings song was released as a single in 2010. 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_317_022514.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:15pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we dissect the disaster that was Van Halen III.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's comics podcast The Hour Cosmic

- Jumping into an 8-minute epic snoozer

- Rumors that the VH brothers had jammed with Ozzy around this time

- Nuno Bettencourt has been touring with Rihanna

- Jay happens to have issue of Guitar World from '98 nearby

- The joys of the Columbia House Record Club

- Michael Anthony's MIA for most of the album

- Eddie compared his singing voice to Roger Waters meets Tom Waits

- DLR says they're working on new VH album for mid-2015

- Brian: VH III was bad in a different way than expected

- Jay: Almost an Adult Contemporary sound

- Jay: Also haven't heard anything from VH's Balance, the last Hagar album

- Record sales from the '90s were ridiculous; nearly everything sold well

- Bizarre cover of Balance was actually PhotoShopped pic of Wolfgang VH

- Putting shitty albums in your iTunes

- The latest VH album was what Aerosmith should do: make a '70s-sounding record

- The comics industry now is where music industry was before Napster

- WWE is getting creative about its content

- Netflix and others are changing the way we consume media

- iPods are being phased out

 

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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.
Direct download: CompCon_316_021814.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:05pm EST

Completely Conspicuous 315: House of Pain

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we dissect the disaster that was Van Halen III.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's comics podcast The Hour Cosmic

- An addendum to our look at 1998

- VH III featuring Gary Cherone on lead vocals

- Jay hasn't heard the album, Brian's heard it twice

- Last VH album with Michael Anthony

- Many long songs

- Produced by TV theme composer Mike Post

- Pleasant acoustic instrumental to start album

- Mission statement: We will wuss you

- Cherone sounds a lot like Hagar

- Brian: "Without You" not as bad as I remember

- Eddie needed an editor

- Tough position for Cherone to be in

- EVH played some bass on album

- Restrained drum sound from Alex VH

- Songs drag on way too long

- The "go get a beer" song

- Extreme acquitted themselves well at Freddie Mercury tribute concert

- Mike Post produced artists like Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton

- Severe lack of kickassery

- Jay saw both Van Hagar and DLR in the summer of '86

- Brian saw Pixies recently

- The greatness of Lindsay Buckingham

- To be continued

 

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


The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.
Direct download: CompCon_315_021114.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:09pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1998. I've also got music from Screaming Maldini, Brawlers and Grass is Green.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's comics podcast The Hour Cosmic

- Brian's #3

- Sean Lennon was considered the poor man's Beck

- Yuka Honda was married to Lennon, now married to Nels Cline

- Jay's #3

- Totally slept on QOTSA in '98

- Homme's first post-Kyuss band

- The greatness of Them Crooked Vultures

- Brian and Jay have same #2

- Frank Black got dropped by a major label

- First album by major arist commercially released online

- Jay: Pete Townshend made some great solo albums in early '80s

- Brian's #1

- Billy Bragg and Wilco covering Woody Guthrie

- Jay's #1

- Sloan has four talented songwriters

- Paul Stanley's stage raps

- The end of The Best Show on WFMU

- Mourning a great radio experience

- Next up: 1984

Music:

Screaming Maldini - Soweto

Brawlers - Instagram Famous

Grass is Green - Vacation 2.0

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

The Screaming Maldini song is a self-released single. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at Bandcamp.

The Brawlers song is on the EP I am a Worthless Piece of Shit on Alcopop! Records. Download the song for free at Soundcloud.

The Grass is Green song is on the album Vacation Vinny on Exploding in Sound Records. Download the song free at Amazon.

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_314_020414.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:39pm EST

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