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Another installment of Driving With Kumar as I discuss my recent European vacation.

Show notes:

- Spent over two weeks in London, Paris, Belfast and Dublin

- Went to London in '96

- Less drinking on a family vacation

- Elderly passenger in distress

- Hotel room in London was tiny

- Walked nearly 100 miles the entire trip

- Ran along rivers in the four cities we visited

- Ate a lot of pub food

- London has a lot of great history and architecture

- Paris was beautiful

- Hit the Eiffel Tower on the first night

- Major military/police presence at tourist attractions

- Several terrorist incidents before we went, but nothing happened while we were there

- Only three days of sun the whole vacation

- More daylight

- Out of the U.S. news cycle

- Being aware of your surroundings

- Wary while running in Paris and Dublin

- Missed American beer

- Visited my brother in Belfast

- Explored Northern Ireland scenic sites

- Saw several Game of Thrones filming locations

- Went to the Guinness brewery

- Wifi was at a premium

- Good to be back home

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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 year so far.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- JB: The Orb released a remix EP

- JK: The prolific Ty Segall does it again

- JB: Vagabon brings fresh take to indie rock

- JK: Boss Hog's first album in 17 years

- JB: The evolving sound of Spoon

- JK: The consistently excellent New Pornographers back with another winner

- JB: Juana Molina returns with a strong, out there release

- JK: Mark Lanegan incorporates electronic music into his sound

- JB: Snowball II with a release that recalls The Lilys

- JK: Afghan Whigs release their best record since reuniting

- JB: Tommy Stinson brings back Bash & Pop with hooks galore

- JB: Slowdive's reunion album gives the people what they want

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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 year so far.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- Plenty of great rock music, but not on the charts

- It's all about playing live; rock radio exposure is nonexistent

- Billy Squier still gets the airplay

- Nobody's figured out how to make money from streaming music

- Get pumped for Husker Du bootleg box set

- More rock deaths: Berry, Cornell, Allman, Geils

- Rise in musical activism

- Albums we want to hear

- Breitling: Ride, Palehound, Wet Trident

- Kumar: Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett, Ted Leo, Buffalo Tom, Queens of the Stone Age, Deer Tick, LCD Soundsystem

- Bubbling under albums

- Breitling: Tara Jane O'Neil, Opin, The xx

- Lubec's coming to Boston in August

- Kumar: Chastity Belt, Bash and Pop, Cloud Nothings, White Reaper, At the Drive-In, Black Lips

- Our favorite albums so far

- JB: Spirit of the Beehive combines psych and shoegaze

- JK: Run the Jewels keeps on rolling

- Zach de la Rocha's hardcore past

- JB: Yr Poetry is a Johnny Foreigner side project

- JK: Japandroids bring the rock anthems

- JB: Different sound for Pile

- JK: More anthems from Los Campesinos!

- Cello vs. violin

- 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 Brian Salvatore about musical blindspots. Brian listens to another Sloan album while I check out a third record from Ween.

Show notes:

-Win-win situation

- Brian had Sloan's "The Double Cross" and Jay had Ween's "Quebec"

- Brian: My favorite of the three I listened to

- Beatles comparisons

- Brian will go back and check out rest of Sloan catalog

- No solo albums, but Murphy had TUNS project

- Jay: Really enjoyed Quebec

- Most cohesive of the three Ween albums Jay heard

- Dean and Gene were dealing with some issues

- "If You Could Save Yourself (You'd Save Us All)" is an epic album closer

- Next up: Jay will listen to Frank Zappa and Brian will check out Iron Maiden

 

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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 Brian Salvatore about musical blindspots. Brian listens to another Sloan album while I check out a second record from Ween.

Show notes:

- Brian: Impressed with the progression of Sloan's sound

- Jay: Hadn't heard anything from The Mollusk previously

- Plenty of genre jumping

- Nautical theme

- Elements of prog, psych

- Brian: My favorite Ween record

- Ween varies playlists from show to show

- Brian: Between the Bridges is steeped in the '70s: Big Star, Sweet, T. Rex, Fleetwood Mac

- Interesting sequencing and flow

- Confusing the title with Between the Buttons

- Last Sloan album gave each band member a side's worth of songs

- Brian: Almost exclusively listen to albums in full

- Jay: Will listen to albums, but also use shuffle mode on iPod

- Brian: Also listen to a lot of music on Spotify

- Next up: Quebec for Jay, The Double Cross for Brian

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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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This week, Brian Salvatore and I talk about delving into the catalog of bands we don't know much about. Brian will learn about Sloan while I dig into Ween.

Show notes:

- Each of us picks a favorite artist of the other that we don't know much about

- Jay listened to Ween's Chocolate and Cheese, Brian listened to Sloan's Twice Removed

- Both 1994 releases

- Both of us had heard a few songs before

- Jay: First heard Ween on Beavis and Butt-head, wrote them off as novelty act

- Brian: Twice Removed starts off strong, flows well

- Big power pop vibe

- The album that got Sloan dropped by Geffen

- Each band member writes and sings

- Were signed as part of the alternative explosion of the early '90s

- Self-release most of their albums now

- No indie rock radio stations anymore

- Jay: Chocolate and Cheese is great fun

- Wide range of styles, from funk to psychedelic to just weird

- Great guitar work from Dean Ween

- First Ween album done in a studio

- Walking the fine line between funny and stupid

- Phish has covered "Roses are Free"

- Ween plays jam band festivals sometimes

- Next up: The Mollusk for Jay, Between the Bridges for Brian

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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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This week, I talk to guest Brian Salvatore about the legacy of the late Chris Cornell.

Show notes:

- Brian: Was never a huge fan of Cornell's early singing style

- Rediscovered his love for Soundgarden in recent years

- Jay: First heard him when Temple of the Dog came out in '91, then got  Badmotorfinger

- The greatness of Mother Love Bone

- Soundgarden was perfect bridge between '80s hard rock and the new sounds of the '90s

- Jay: Saw Soundgarden in small club in early '92 and then again a few months later at Lollapalooza

- Kim Thayil's guitar playing complemented Cornell's voice well

- Jason Everman, the Zelig of grunge

- The diverse nature of the Seattle acts of the '90s

- The pressure of being the "responsible one"

- Cornell's final tweets were upbeat

- Hard to read into his lyrics

- Most of Cornell's songs were dark

- His death hit hard because he was ours

- Feels like more '70s touring acts have more living members than '90s bands

- The drugs were more prevalent in the '70s and '80s, but the '90s acts paid the price

- Cornell's first solo album Euphoria Morning is really good

- Less impressed with Audioslave

- Soundgarden leaves a terrific body of work

 

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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 the evolution of the music blog.

Show notes:

- Breitling recently shut down his fine music blog Clicky Clicky

- Some band reunions shouldn't happen

- A whole new target audience for newer live acts

- The kids wanna snap

- Some bands can make a living selling merch and playing small live gigs

- No time for comics anymore

- The inflated price of vinyl

- Zines were the music blogs of the '80s and '90s

- Kumar: A buddy in Washington state got into punk, started a zine

- The convenience of blog software

- The blog as reference tool

- Our work at Webnoize is mostly gone now

- Clicky Clicky lives on via Facebook page

- The blog had a hardcore audience

- Not in it for the numbers

- Cutting through the crap on Twitter

- Quality, not quantity of posts

 

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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.

Direct download: CompCon_464_051617.mp3
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Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about the evolution of the music blog.

Show notes:

- Breitling recently shut down his fine music blog Clicky Clicky

- MP3 blogs soon evolved into something less legally risky

- Wrote about music for other online pubs: Splendid EZine, Junkmedia

- Had a personal page and then launched Clicky Clicky in 2006

- Contributors had other commitments, life got busy

- Breitling now writes for Vanyaland

- In their heyday, music blogs presented artists who weren't pushed by major labels or corporate radio

- The "Celestial Jukebox" is here

- Breitling: Listening habits have changed

- Used to frantically search for new music; now digging into albums

- Peak music blog year was 2007

- Blog bands: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand

- Many people started music blogs to get free stuff

- Some bloggers have moved on to mainstream gigs

- Podcasting has become commonplace

- YouTube stars are now gaining popularity

- Make way for Jacob Sartorius

- 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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This week, it's my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we discuss what life would be like without the Internet.

Show notes:

-  Recorded on the road in a snowstorm

- What if the Internet went away?

- Back to mid-'90s technology

- We'd have to talk to each other

- Generational dip

- The Lou Grant Revolt

- We'd lost a lot of conveniences

- The kids and the promposals

- People are constantly glued to their phones

- #oldmanrant

- We need the Internet

- Social media has replaced a lot of actual human interaction

- Phantom thumb

- TV and radio would be more important

- Making conclusions based on just the headline

- Library book etiquette

- The drive home

- Things could get bad

- Economy would tank

- Overcoming the dependency

- Not necessarily life or death

- Instant info gratification

- Are we ready to get primal?

- Taking a timeout

- Addictive by design

- Kids would have a tough time

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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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