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I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's third album, Aoxomoxoa.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- Aoxomoxoa was released in 1969

- A big year for rock music

- Tons of legendary albums came out: Zeppelin, Who, Beatles, Neil Young, Stooges, MC5, Stones

- First two Dead albums were commercial failures

- Went way over budget in studio, stuck to their guns

- Very experimental sound

- Robert Hunter contributed lyrics to most of the album

- Songs featured eccentric characters, way out lyrics

- Plenty of drugs were part of the process

- The old West, the devil, the rose were recurring themes

- First album ever recorded using 16-track technology

- Band spent $180k on the album

- Jay: A lot to like about this album

- "Dupree's Diamond Blues" sounds like a Kinks song

- "What's Become of the Baby" is 8 minutes of weirdness that should have been left off album

- When bands release unnecessary hits compilations

- There was a definite '60s resurgence in the mid-80s that led to growth in popularity of the Dead at colleges

- And then jam bands really caught on: Phish, Allman Brothers, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic

- Iconic Dead skull and lightning bolt logo was released in '69

- Phil: Band was very good at mobilizing fanbase

- Dead merch is so unique and well-known

- The confounding popularity of "Africa"

- "China Cat Sunflower" is a Dead classic

- Some songs evolve in concert, some don't get played at all

- Aoxomoxoa sounds like the Dead

- Jay: Jams can be fun, but you don't necessarily want to put them on a record

- We'll listen to more live stuff vs. studio albums going forward

- Next up: Live/Dead

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the Grateful Dead's second album, 1968's Anthem of the Sun.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- Anthem of the Sun was recorded in 1967, released in '68

- Very experimental, similar to Zappa's song splicing in the '70s

- Studio and live performances mixed together

- An early concept album

- Songs would evolve through the years in performance

- Robert Hunter makes his first appearance as a lyricist on this album

- Producer grew frustrated with the band and left during the recording

- The sound of "thick air"

- Triple kazoo attack

- The Dead must have been a shock to fans of bubblegum pop

- Live, the Dead mixed up their shows every night

- This album sounds more jammy, like you would expect a Dead album to sound

- A lot of covers of bluegrass, country, jug bands, blues

- Pearl Jam adopted the Dead practice of releasing official bootlegs of shows

- The Dead used to do more audience banter, but recent incarnations of the group just play with minimal talking

- Anthem of the Sun was the next step in the evolution of the band's sound

- Next up: Aoxomoxoa

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we dig into the catalog of the Grateful Dead, starting with the band's 1967 debut.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- Other podcasts have focused on catalogs of U2, R.E.M., Phish, The Tragically Hip

- Looking at the Dead album by album

- Phil's a tie-dyed in the wool Deadhead, Jay has only superficial knowledge of the band

- Phil: Got into the Dead in the mid-'80s, saw them live in '89

- Attracted by the musicianship, lyrics

- Live is where the band really shines

- Every show was different

- The solo work from Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir was pivotal as well

- Songs would be played live years before it showed up on an album

- Band's biggest hit, "Touch of Grey," was first played live in '82 but became a single five years later

- Jay: More into hard rock, metal as a kid

- Got into alternative and punk

- Would hear some Dead songs on classic rock radio

- The tribute comp Deadicated introduced me to more Dead songs

- Self-titled debut has a different sound than the one they evolved into

- Recorded in four days

- Only got up to #73 on album charts

- Mostly covers of folk and jug band songs

- Band took a lot of speed during recording, which shows in the songs

- Garcia rips on guitar throughout

- Not too much jamming on record

- Psychedelic rock was starting to happen in general

- Live versions of these songs were much longer

- Most Dead shows were 2.5 to 3 hours

- Jay: Really liked "Cold Rain and Snow," "Viola Lee Blues"

- "Sitting on Top of the World" bears some resemblance to Allman Brothers

- Phil: Garcia was very prolific, always playing guitar

- Bob Weir gave up the short shorts for cargo pants

- John Mayer plays with Dead and Co. now

- Surviving Dead guys are in their 70s now

- Not your typical Dead album

- The band didn't like how it was recorded

- Next up: Anthem of the Sun

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about our rock n' roll regrets.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- Jay: Gave away a bunch of vinyl in the '90s

- Price gouging vinyl-loving hipsters

- Looking for bargains

- Young entrepreneurship gone wrong

- Taping music off the radio

- In praise of Barooga Bandit

- Phil: Wish I'd seen shows at some historic venues

- Jay: Bands I once liked that I now regret liking

- There should be no guilty pleasures

- Coming to terms with disco

- Some early '90s radio staples now ring false

- Getting rides to concerts from parents

- Jay: Not going to club shows earlier

- Only went to hockey arenas and amphitheaters

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about our rock n' roll regrets.

Show notes:

- Recorded at CompCon world HQ

- Phil: Bands I never got to see

- Missing artists before they died

- Sometimes it's for budgetary reasons

- Jay: Saw Neil Young last month for the first time

- The time Phil got dosed at a Cure show

- Phil: Not being old enough to see certain artists in their prime

- Following bands on tour

- Jay: Not sticking with the guitar

- Been playing on and off for decades

- Short-lived band experiences, including Bea Arthur's Revenge

- Phil: Giving away CDs and mixtapes

- Mixtapes can tell a lot about someone's personality

- Jay: Still have all my cassettes

- To be continued

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- Our top 5 albums of the year so far

- JB's #5

- Post-rock quartet from Philly

- JK's #5

- A New Year's gift

- Channeling post-election angst

- JB's #3

- Hook-laden pop from Kevin Kline's kid

- JK's #4

- Back to basics from power pop masters

- JK's #3

- Hot rawk from a dependably excellent band

- JB's #2

- Sprawling lo-fi indie folk

- JK's #2

- Came out of left field

- Punchy power pop

- JB's #1

- Exhilarating release for this band's Saddle Creek debut

- JK's #1 and JB's #4

- Very political record

- Please save us, Fugazi

- JB: Still surprised at the lack of political music

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- On to the top 10

- JB's #10

- Side project of the late Scott Hutchison

- JK's #10

- Welcome return of alt-rock faves

- The laid-back recording style of Steve Albini

- JB's #9

- Ambient music via Philly

- JK's #9

- Boston alt-rock icons back with a vital new record

- JB's #8 and JK's #7

- Another fine album from an Aussie rocker

- JK's #8

- The evolution of a band's sound

- JB's #7

- No new Johnny Foreigner release, but this works

- JB's #6

- Minimal electronic act from the city of Brotherly Love

- Good chillout music

- JK's #6

- A solid solo release from another alt-rock legend

- Surprising political bent on a few songs

- To be continued

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- The sudden album drop: Drake, Kanye, Beyonce/Jay Z, Rosenstock

- Who needs major labels?

- Charts are meaningless when the kids just stream music

- Country may be the biggest selling genre right now

- Pop tours are struggling

- The flipside of convenience

- YouTube as last resort for streaming

- The floppy disk as music storage device

- Package tours now mix up genres and eras

- Breitling: "I imagine the Wang is sizable"

- Our favorite music: The bubbling unders...or also-rans

- Breitling: Ben Leiper, Kamasi Washington, Speedy Ortiz, GAS

- Kumar: Ty Segall, Hot Snakes, Screaming Females, La Luz, Poptone, Beach House, Janelle Monae, Painted Doll, Judas Priest

- To be continued

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss social media dependency.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea

- The political climate is disturbingly fascinating

- O, Canada?

- It used to be easy to fall out of political favor

- Howard Dean's scream

- The lack of competition

- No alternative party

- Navigating social media to victory

- Coming up with an escape plan

- Watch out for gators

- Connected to social media all day but don't look at it all the time

- Your info is constantly being collected by FB, Google, Amazon, etc.

- Wandering through the social media graveyard

- FB Messenger was banning people based on supposedly private conversations

- Matt's adventures with drunken late-night purchases like the Ab Zapper

- Buying swords on QVC

- The desperate need for social media likes

- Matt: No withdrawal symptoms when disconnected from the internet

- Consequences for social media faux pas can come quickly

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss social media dependency.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea

- Back from a little hiatus

- Using the phone at the urinal

- Matt: Detached from social media while in Canada

- We're online all day for work

- Jay: The kids love the Instagram

- Twitter can be a cesspool

- Let Me Google That For You

- When Star Wars nerds get ugly

- Twitter can often be a license to be a jerk

- People can be "rock stupid"

- The compulsion to tweet

- Arguing with family members on social media

- The mute function on FB is helpful

- Matt: Writer Twitter drives me nuts

- Don't click on the comments!

- Anime geeks solving their arguments in a civil manner

- To be continued

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss musical blindspots: I dig into George Harrison's Brainwashed and Brian checks out Living Colour's Stain.

Show notes:

- Jay: George Harrison's posthumous release

- Never heard anything from this on the radio

- Took repeated listens for it to click

- Ends with George and his son chanting together

- Harrison's solo work after first album is noticeably flawed

- Harrison worked on this album for 14 years

- Jeff Lynne production doesn't overwhelm Brainwashed

- Jay: All three solo Beatles albums I listened to were good

- Brian: The third Living Colour record is more aggressive

- Very angry, dark album

- Timely lyrical themes that would work today

- Doug Wimbish brings a different sound to Living Colour

- Industrial sounding, lots of sampling

- Band split up in '95

- Album was out of print for years after a lawsuit over its name

- Watching rock stars age is strange

- Robert Plant's stayed true to himself

- Next up: Jay will explore the Mountain Goats catalog, Brian will check out Buffalo Tom

 

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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.

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Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss musical blindspots: I dig into Paul McCartney's RAM and Brian checks out Living Colour's Time's Up.

Show notes:

- Brian: Glover's vocals are too showy on Reid's songs

- Second half of album is more varied

- Back in the days of super-long albums

- Living Colour would switch styles in the middle of songs

- Bands would go platinum with no radio play

- Taping music off the radio

- RAM was credited to Paul and Linda

- Whimsy with a dark undercurrent

- Homemade-sounding album recorded in an NYC studio

- Critics hated it when it came out

- Macca rarely plays these songs live

- Next up: Living Colour's Stain and George Harrison's Brainwashed

- George's problematic solo career

- Here's to long rock docs

 

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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.

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Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the power of the written word.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea

- The popularity of comics has moved beyond just comic books

- The collector's market collapsed in the late '90s

- We make less time to read nowadays

- Audiobooks and podcasts are popular with people trying to multitask

- Mark Hamill's interesting career

- Attention spans are shrinking

- Binge-watching vs. reading

- Long-form storytelling is alive and well on TV

- Being professional on social media

- When things you liked don't age well

- Retroactive criticism

- Hate-sharing for fun and profit

- Outrage fatigue

- Picking careers that become obsolete

 

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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.

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Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the power of the written word.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea

- Everything's great

- Content has a different meaning these days

- Gotta grab readers much more quickly

- We read full articles more infrequently

- Rarely go directly to newspaper sites

- Jay: Use Feedly, which is like the old Google Reader RSS feed aggregator

- RSS feeds are archaic now

- Facebook's News Feed is pretty light on actual news

- People "liking" products on social media

- Matt: Shorter stories seem to do better than longer novels

- e-readers are good and bad

- Internet publishing took away the gatekeeper so anyone can publish now

- Now there's so much out there, you can't tell the good from the bad

- Paperbacks are making a comeback, like vinyl

- Putting "girl" in a book title is trending

- Dino erotica is a thing

- Fun with keywords

- Doing chart battle with werewolf smut

- Jay: Finally got a Kindle last year

- Matt: Amazon is the devil that pays on time

- 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.

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Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite albums of 2017.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- JB's #4

- A surprising shoegaze comeback

- JK's #4

- Dan Bejar hits the sweet spot

- JB's #3

- The greatness of Father/Daughter Records

- Interesting songs that grab you

- JK's #3

- A man of constant reinvention

- JB's #2

- A strong farewell from a beloved band

- JK's #2

- Harking back to a signature sound with some new twists

- JB's #1

- Strong set produced by Kurt Heasley of the Lilys

- JK's #1

- Two great tastes that taste great together

- Very conversational, ramshackle

- Some great box sets/archival releases from Husker Du, Replacements, Acetone

- Anticipated releases: Yr Poetry, Buffalo Tom, Sloan, Ty Segall, Arctic Monkeys, My Bloody Valentine

- Shout out to Ollie

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The opening and closing theme of Completely Conspicuous is "Theme to Big F'in Pants" by Jay Breitling. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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