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Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1988. I've also got music from JEFF the Brotherhood, Hookworms and Murder Vibes.

Show notes:

- Recorded before Thanksgiving via Skype

- Check out Brian's radio show Unsolicited Mixtape

- JK: Hard drive issues

- Brian was 6 in '88, Jay was 20

- George Harrison's comeback

- Big year for George Michael and pop in general

- INXS was huge in '88

- MTV ruled the roost

- Videos resurrected a lot of dormant careers

- James Brown's car chase

- Zeppelin worship

- Ill-fated trip to Monsters of Rock festival

- John Lydon's iPad app addiction

- The strange end of the Clash

- Zeppelin reformed to play Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary bash

- Where's Mike Johnson?

- '70s nostalgia peaked in '88

- GNR broke through in '88

- Power ballads were the big ticket for hard rock bands

- BS: Dylan's album had a diverse collection of guests

- Tori Amos' pop debut, Y Kant Tori Read

- Ted Nugent released If You Can't Lick 'Em, Lick 'Em

- David Lee Roth's disappointing followup to Eat 'Em and Smile

- BS: VH's OU812 was a lowlight

- To be continued

 

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Music:

JEFF the Brotherhood - What's a Creep

Hookworms - Radio Tokyo

Murder Vibes - Not Alone Tonight

 

The JEFF the Brotherhood song is on the band's forthcoming album on Warner Bros. Records. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at the band's website.

The Hookworms song is on the album The Hum on Weird World Record Co./Domino. Download the song for free at KEXP.

The Murder Vibes song is on the band's self-titled, self-released album. The song is available for free download at 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.
Direct download: CompCon_358_123014.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:07pm EDT

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss the year in music. I've also got music from Protomartyr, The Afghan Whigs and Johnny Foreigner.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky World HQ

- JB's #5

- Perfect Pussy marks the return of political punk

- JK's #5

- Protomartyr came out of nowhere

- An unlikely combo

- JB's #4

- Krill's EP packs a punch

- Jonah Furman is a serious thinker

- Boston rock scene has been tremendous the last few years

- R.I.P., Soccer Mom, Young Adults, The Hush Now

- JK's #4

- Ty Segall was less prolific but released an incredible album

- JB's #3

- Cookies is latest side project from Mobius Band's Ben Sterling

- JK's #3

- Yet another great album from Sloan

- Each member contributes an album side

- JB's #2

- Lubec released a strong album under the radar

- JK's #2

- First Afghan Whigs album in 16 years

- Greg Dulli keeps delivering at a high level

- JB's #1

- Johnny Foreigner digs deep

- JK's #1

- Parquet Courts released two albums in 2014

- Harking back to CBGB-era punk sounds

- JB: Looking forward to new records from Pile, Chandos, Krill, Infinity Girl, Winter

- JK: Sleater-Kinney, Titus Andronicus, Faith No More will have new releases in 2015

 

Music:

Protomartyr - Scum, Rise!

The Afghan Whigs - Matamoros

Johnny Foreigner - Le Sigh

 

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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 Afghan Whigs song is on the album Do to the Beast on Sub Pop. Download the song for free from Soundcloud.

The Johnny Foreigner song is on the album You Can Do Better on Alcopop. Download the song 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_357_122314.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss the year in music. I've also got music from Hallelujah the Hills, Soccer Mom and Ex Hex.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky World HQ

- Dog talk

- Honorable mentions

- JK: New Pornographers, Spoon are consistently excellent

- Bob Mould, Stephen Malkmus, War on Drugs

- Mark Kozelek is having fun trolling everybody

- Good EPs from Krill and Speedy Ortiz

- Run the Jewels released another good album

- Ryan Adams released a rockin' singles series EP

- JB: High grades for Nai Harvest, White Laces, Nothing, Wrong Shapes, Sneeze, Burning Alms, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Room Runner

- JK: Check out the free Exploding in Sound sampler on Bandcamp

- JB: New Two Inch Astronaut album is great

- JB's #10

- Radiator Hospital has been prolific and good

- JK's #10

- Hallelujah the Hills with a quality release

- JB's #9 and JK's #7

- The first Soccer Mom album is also their last

- JK's #9

- Unlikely release from Gord Downie and the Sadies

- JB's #8

- Literature is yet another good band on Slumberland

- Spotify usage habits

- JK's #8

- Comeback album for Death From Above 1979 has tons of great riffs

- JB's #7

- Ava Luna brings interesting approach to funk and punk

- JB's #6

- She Sir's latest was years in the making

- JK's #6

- Mary Timony's latest project harks back to '70s NYC punk scene

- Next week: Our top 5 albums

 

Music:

Hallelujah the Hills - Pick Up an Old Phone

Soccer Mom - Orejas

Ex Hex - Don't Wanna Lose

 

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

 

The Hallelujah the Hills song is on the album Have You Ever Done Something Evil? on Discrete Pageantry. Download the song for free from Stereogum.

The Soccer Mom song is on the band's self-titled album on 100m Records. Download the song for free from Soundcloud.

The Ex Hex song is on the album Rips on Merge Records. Download the song and album for free at 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.
Direct download: CompCon_356_121614.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:23pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss the year in music. I've also got music from Bob Mould, Dum Dum Girls and Radiator Hospital.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky World HQ

- Still searching for a beer sponsor

- An annual tradition

- JB: Post-device lifestyle

- Streaming options abound

- JK: Still use the iTunes player

- Nobody's buying music anymore

- Vinyl found a niche with hipsters/indie rock fans

- Another big year for pop

- Taylor Swift had the only platinum album of 2014

- The spirit of radio is on the ropes

- More music out there than ever

Noise for Toys benefit at Great Scott, 12/16

- Missed the Replacements show in Boston

- JK: Saw lots of good live shows in 2014

- Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Ty Segall, Sloan, GBV, Afghan Whigs, Caspian

- JB: Hoping for a Ride show in Boston next year

- Next week: Our favorite music of the year

 

Music:

Bob Mould - Hey Mr. Grey

Dum Dum Girls - Under These Hands

Radiator Hospital - Five & Dime

 

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

 

The Bob Mould song is on the album Beauty & Ruin on Merge Records. Download the song for free from KEXP.

The Dum Dum Girls song is on the album Too True on Sub Pop. Download the song for free from Soundcloud.

The Radiator Hospital song is on the album Torch Song. Download the song and album for free at 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.
Direct download: CompCon_355_120914.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss media-driven hysteria. I've also got music from The Sheila Divine, Meatbodies and Interpol.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's new book, The Indestructibles: Breakout

- What's the next big media story?

- Charlie keeps butting in

- It's amazing what gets people upset

- Reality TV plays into outrage culture

- Internet comments reach new depths

- Easy to be cynical about politics

- Would you ever run for office?

- Vote Beelzebub

- We were inundated with New Hampshire political ads for two months

- The importance of reading cue cards on SNL

- Chris Rock caught some heat for telling jokes about Boston Marathon

- Post 9-11, humor became a touchy subject

- Everybody's waiting to be offended

- Know your audience, like the Duck Dynasty guys

- The risk of alienating your audience

- We never really fix anything

 

Music:

The Sheila Divine - Watch Out for Us

Meatbodies - Mountain

Interpol - What is What

 

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

The Sheila Divine song is available for free download at Bandcamp.

The Meatbodies song is on the album Meatbodies on In the Red Recordings. Download the song for free at KEXP.

The Interpol song is a B-side from the album El Pintor on Matador Records. Download the song for free by entering the words "Everything is Wrong" on the band's 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.

Direct download: CompCon_354_120214.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

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