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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

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. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:28am EDT

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

 

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 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

 

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

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

 

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_486_020618.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:42pm EDT

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.

Direct download: CompCon_485_012918.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

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

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. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_484_010218.mp3
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