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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

 

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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 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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Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite albums of 2017.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- JB's #10

- Tommy Stinson can still bring it

- JK's #10

- A welcome return after 17 years

- JB's #9

- A turnkey post-shoegaze solution

- JK's #9

- Double LP return for the great Ted Leo

- JB's #8

- A different sound for She Sir

- JK's #8

- Strong effort marred by bizarre on-stage incident

- When artists you like do bad things

- JB's #7

- Breitling digs on the ambient music

- JK's #7

- Mixing hooks in with blistering rockers

- JB's #6

- Juana Molina continues to explore

- JK's #6

- Strong career progression from consistently interesting artist

- JB's #5

- Former schoolteacher turned electronic artist

- JK's #5

- Double album recorded while the artist was dying

- Each song was about a person in his life

- 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 the year in indie rock.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- Eighth annual year in review

- Rock isn't part of the top 40 conversation anymore

- Apple is going to stop selling downloads and iPods

- Music as a service

- Does higher quality audio really matter?

- People who died

- Pat DiNizio recently passed; the Smithereens had a fine career

- Other notable deaths: Petty, Downie, Cornell, Berry, Domino, Allman, Hart

- The Year of Punishing Bad Behavior

- Albums that didn't make our top 10 lists

- Breitling: The War on Drugs recalls mid-80s classic rock

- Also dug St. Vincent, Lali Puna, Wet Trident, Lubec, Charly Bliss

- Kumar: War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Parade, Protomartyr, Ron Gallo

- Lots of music to like this year

- 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 part 1 of my discussion with Brian Salvatore about musical blindspots with Brian listening to Living Colour while I dig into early solo Beatles records.

Show notes:

- Brian listened to Vivid, Jay listened to John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

- Adventures in Skype

- Jay: Wasn't familiar with much of this album

- Very raw, exposed album for Lennon

- Lennon didn't release many albums before he died

- Yoko plays "the wind"

- Embarrassment of riches after Beatles broke up

- The Living Colour/In Living Color conundrum

- Brian: Not a misplaced note on this album

- Impressed with the political content

- Jay: Saw videos on MTV and taped a concert off the radio back in '88

- Vivid was out for over a year before "Cult of Personality" hit big

- Living Colour confounded expectations

- Mick Jagger helped get them a record deal

- Next: Jay listens to McCartney's Ram and Brian checks out LC's Time's Up

 

 

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This week, it's part 2 of my discussion with Phil Stacey about how we deal with losing musicians we love.

Show notes:

- Replacing a beloved band member is tough

- Tom Petty's legacy

- Steely Dan's interesting catalog

- The problem with hearing the same songs over and over

- The lighter side of Prince

- Prince's prolific later years

- A master of any style

- Jay: Downie's loss hits harder now because I'm around the same age

- Making the most of your last years on Earth

- The real shockers are the younger ones

 

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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 part 1 of my discussion with Phil Stacey about how we deal with losing musicians we love.

Show notes:

- Gord Downie died a few weeks ago

- Many high-profile music deaths in last few years

- Musicians are getting older, but also some tragic deaths

- Phil: Elvis Presley's death was memorable

- Lennon's death was shocking

- Phil: Cobain and Jerry Garcia's deaths hit hard

- Jay: The plane crash that killed Randy Rhoads stands out

- Lemmy, Bowie and Prince all died within a few months of each other

- Chris Cornell's death earlier this year came as a surprise

- Many big-name musicians died this year: Gregg Allman, Tom Petty, Chuck Berry, Grant Hart, Walter Becker

- You tend to dig into the back catalog

- Bowie's death kicked off a rough 2016 for music fans

- Losing Prince was a gut punch

- Jay: Saw the Tragically Hip many times over the years

- Downie released a posthumous double album

- Very captivating live performer

- Watched a lot of concert videos and documentaries on YouTube after he died

- Downie focused on indigenous people's rights in his last few years

- To be continued

 

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This week, it's part 2 of my discussion with Phil Stacey about albums that changed our lives. 

Show notes:

- Jay: Was a nerdy kid who listened to music all the time

- Phil liked college rock, but never got the Violent Femmes

- Jay: Loved Red Hot Chili Peppers back in the day, but can't stand them now

- Back and forth on the Eagles and Doors

- Of Linda Ronstadt and Barney Gumbel

- Grunge makes an impact

- Alt-rock: Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., U2

- Phil: Big Smiths fan

- The first Pretenders album is a classic

- Neil Young's '80s odyssey

- Phil loves the Dead

- Jay: Got into funk and jazz in late '90s (P-Funk, James Brown, Miles Davis, Coltrane)

- Phil: Listened to Beck's Sea Change a lot after getting divorced

 

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

This week, it's part 1 of my discussion with Phil Stacey about albums that changed our lives. 

Show notes:

- Phil: At age 6-7, hearing older kids listening to Aerosmith

- Heard a lot of easy listening music

- Had a music-loving uncle who introduced him to the Who, Hendrix, Talking Heads

- Jay: Listened to AM rock station in Toronto

- Bought 45s of Queen, Cheap Trick, Joe Jackson

- Phil: U2's Boy was a huge album for me

- Jay: Got Glen Campbell's Rhinestone Cowboy

- Zeppelin got me into rock

- B-52s were revolutionary

- You can't make your kids love your music

- Jay: First rock album I bought was Supertramp's Breakfast in America

- Phil: Revolver was a pivotal Beatles album

- Jay: Got into early '80s hard rock

- Rush's Moving Pictures was a big one

- To be continued

 

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:11pm EST

This week, it's part 3 of my discussion with Brian Salvatore about musical blindspots. Brian will learn about Iron Maiden while I dig into Frank Zappa.

Show notes:

- Brian listened to Somewhere in Time, Jay listened to Sheik Yerbouti

- Deja vu all over again

- Brian: Somewhere in Time is the most dated, least raw of the three albums I listened to

- Band didn't play to its strengths

- Victim of mid-'80s production

- Dickinson vs. Di'anno

- The disappearance of metal in the '90s

- Bon Jovi has thrived over the decades

- Not their best, but some Maiden classics

- Jay: Saw Maiden live a few months ago

- Zappa's Sheik Yerbouti finds him exploring the wackier subject matter in depth

- Released three albums in '79 alone

- Musicianship is incredible, feat. Adrian Belew on rhythm guitar

- Zappa released a ridiculous number of albums

- Xenochrony technique took parts from different songs and spliced them together

- Brian: Not in his top 10 albums, but close

- Went even more off the rails on Joe's Garage

- Next, Brian will listen to Living Colour while Jay will explore solo Beatle albums

 

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss our uncertain world.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea

- Escapism is tempting

- Shopping by alcohol content

- Is ignorance bliss?

- Dumb and happy

- Cynical about politics at all levels

- Corruption is rampant

- Appearances count

- Politics have never been this divisive...or have they?

- Internet comments are the worst

- Social media enables morons to spout off

- Journalism burnout

- Shooting a guy in the face is quaint now

- Does uncertainty = depression?

- We haven't given up yet

- We solved nothing

 

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:22pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss our uncertain world.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea

- Recorded before the Las Vegas incident and Trump's visit to PR

- Everything's uncertain

- Don't know what to expect from the news

- Trump: Savvy or master of chaos?

- Twitter as distraction

- Social media amps up the anxiety

- FB as the center of vitriol over every conceivable public issue

- The weather is slamming us with unpredictable events

- Selling the BS

- Clickbait's gonna get ya

- Much ado about kneeling

- Scandal recovery

- Controversy du jour

- Punisher fans can be scary

- Twitter roulette

- Ah, the threat of impending nuclear war

- The relentless news cycle

- The difficulty of just enjoying life

- 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. 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: 9:22pm EST

This week, Brian Salvatore and I discuss more musical blindspots. Brian will learn about Iron Maiden while I dig into Frank Zappa.

Show notes:

- Brian listened to Number of the Beast, Jay listened to Apostrophe

- Brian: No surprises on Number of the Beast

- Familiar with half the album

- Liked the fast and heavy stuff, not the slower songs

- Jay: This was my introduction to Maiden

- The transition to more epic material

- Ozzy transcended the metal downturn of the '90s

- The power of album covers, good and bad

- The beginning of Maiden's prime

- Jay: Apostrophe was Zappa's 18th album

- "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" was a hit

- More straightahead rock than jazz fusion

- Memorable songs: Cosmik Debris, Uncle Remus, St. Alfonzo's Pancake  Breakfast

- Zappa live albums are different experiences

- High-level playing countered by sometimes dumb lyrics

- Zappa pioneered sampling and recording techniques

- Next up: Sheik Yerbouti for Jay, Somewhere in Time for Brian

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

This week, Brian Salvatore and I discuss more musical blindspots. Brian will learn about Iron Maiden while I dig into Frank Zappa.

Show notes:

- Jay: Somewhat familiar with Zappa's hits and guitar work

- Intimidating catalog; more than 100 albums released

- Brian: Knew a few Maiden songs but never a fan

- Listened to 1980 self-titled debut

- Liked the faster songs and Paul Di'Anno's vocals

- Enjoyed punk-inspired energy and Steve Harris' bass

- Production sounds good

- Maiden's sound has evolved over the years

- Jay listened to Zappa's 1969 album Hot Rats

- Only one song with vocals, and those are by Captain Beefheart

- Ian Underwood is major contributor, playing all keyboards and horns

- Very different sound than Zappa had in mid- to late- '70s

- Next up: Apostrophe for Jay, The Number of the Beast for Brian

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:58am EST

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:26pm EST

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:51am EST

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:48pm EST

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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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:38pm EST

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 10:13pm EST

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 10:46pm EST

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:22pm EST

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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:14pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1991.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Brian's #3

- The final Pixies album with original lineup

- Jay's #2

- Do we need to hear Nevermind again?

- Symbolically historic

- Raw vs. polished

- Brian's #2

- Tribe Called Quest brought a serious jazz feel to their sound

- Focused on the groove, not samples

- Jay's #1

- Matthew Sweet swings for the fences

- Sick guitar work from Lloyd and Quine

- Susanna Hoffs doesn't age

- Brian's #1

- Mike Mills gets his due

- Peter Buck's mandolin phase

- Still plenty of great records we didn't discuss

- The Costello-McCartney experiment

- School of Fish had the song of the summer of '91

- What's next?

- The early '90s were chock full of good stuff

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:14pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1991.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Albums that didn't make our top 5 of '91

- Brian: Feelies, Slint, Prince

- Skipping a Prince show

- Jay: Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, Temple of the Dog

- Brian: Firehose, De La Soul, Cohen tribute, Jonathan Richman

- No more "Hallelujah" covers, please

- Tribute albums were big in the '90s

- Jay: Tragically Hip, Dinosaur Jr., Fishbone, Nation of Ulysses, Swervedriver

- Jay's #5

- Soundgarden's game-changer

- Brian's #5

- Primus makes its mark

- Jay's #4

- The best Smashing Pumpkins album

- Corgan's off the rails now

- Brian's #4

- Ween's weirdest record

- Jay's #3

- Teenage Fanclub went from unknowns in the U.S. to indie darlings

- To be continued

 

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:19pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1991.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Wrapping up our look at the music of the years 1980-1999

- 1991 really kicked off the '90s musically

- Brian was 9, Jay was 23

- Alt-rock took off in '91

- Big year for Metallica

- Plenty of pop and one-hit wonders

- Bryan Adams and Color Me Badd had strong years

- Big efforts from A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, NWA and Public Enemy

- Styx had a song land in the top 100 singles

- Rock radio was still rooted in classic rock

- Billboard switched to Soundscan charts

- Freddie Mercury died on same day as Eric Carr of KISS

- Van Halen's slide into irrelevancy

- Since '91, VH has released three albums with three different singers

- Red Hot Chili Peppers hit their peak

- Albums Jay liked in '91: RHCP, Live, Spin Doctors

- Quintessential '90s tunes

- Talking Heads officially split

- To be continued

 

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:10pm EST

This week, I've got an installment of Driving With Kumar, in which I discuss the endless amount of entertainment content available to consume.

Show notes:

- Driving to work

- The joys of binge-watching TV

- So much to watch, so little time

- Book reading has suffered

- No time for comics

- Tons of music available to listen to whenever you want

- More music released now than ever before

- Listen to podcasts throughout the day

- Again, a ton of podcast content to choose from

- Recently cranked through 22 episodes of U Talkin' U2 to Me

- Rarely watch shows live

- Went to all-streaming setup for TV

- Never go to the movies anymore

- Glut of content calls for better time management

- It's an on-demand world

- Plenty of shows I've never seen

- It's all about portion control

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:26pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss Hollywood's love of reboots.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4

- Docudramas like The People Vs. OJ Simpson are doing well

- Reboot of 24 sans Jack Bauer

- Why would you remake a perfect movie?

- Flip the concept

- Matt's book idea

- Need to reward original stories

- Pixar's doing great work

- The Marvel series on Netflix have been good

- Experimental episodes can be fun

- So much TV to watch now

- Luke Cage broke new ground

- Watching foreign shows and running out of episodes

- Remaking European shows for American TV

- Matt needs to watch Terriers and Justified

- The greatness of Walton Goggins

- Shows that are difficult to watch

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:46am EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss Hollywood's love of reboots.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4

- Unnecessary reboots

- The Ghostbusters remake was controversial

- Westworld was a hit, but most viewers probably didn't see the original movies

- Michael Crichton's trial by fire as a director

- Channing Tatum is the mermaid in the new version of Splash

- The Rock's in everything

- DC's TV shows are good

- Matt Fraction's comics reimagining of Hawkeye is excellent

- Deadpool is a cavalcade of dick jokes

- Penny Dreadfal mashes up classic horror characters

- Beauty and the Beast live-action remake

- Rebooting in advertising: the Most Interesting Man in the World, Col. Sanders

- Reboot vs. continuation

- The Muppet Babies effect

- The many Punishers

- Taken, the TV show

- Getting manipulated by This Is Us

- 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. 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: 9:30pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss Hollywood's love of reboots.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4

- All about recycling ideas

- Some reboots are self-referential

- The Brady Bunch Movie kicked off the reboot as parody

- Johnny Depp: Master of the Reboot

- Nic Cage's recent career choices

- Some improve on the original or have a different take

- Westworld, Bates Motel

- New TV shows based on Lethal Weapon and Training Day

- The industry's too risk-averse

- Comic book movie franchises reboot constantly

- So many different Batmen

- How long will Batfleck last?

- Daredevil: Netflix show is much better than the movie

- Stephen King's cocaine years

- "The hamster just fell off the wheel"

- 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. 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: 6:47pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite indie rock of 2016.

Show notes:

- Breitling's #4

- Frankie Cosmos is fronted by Kevin Kline's daughter

- Engaging pop record

- Kumar's #4

- Very political album from Drive-By Truckers

- Breitling's #3

- Classic C86-style guitar pop

- Good advice: Don't pay the ferryman

- Kumar's #3

- Another outstanding release from Jeff Rosenstock

- Digs into Millennial angst

- Breitling's #2

- Lambchop's new album isn't about the First Lady

- First single is 18minutes long

- Kumar's #2

- Iggy's last hurrah?

- Josh Homme and friends provide backup

- Breitling's #1

- Johnny Foreigner explore life's beauty and disappointments

- Album came with a script

- Kumar's #1 and Breitling's #6

- Bowie goes out on a high note

- Put a lot of effort into the packaging

- Explorations of mortality from a man who knew he was about to die

- Looking forward to new albums in 2017: Cloud Nothings, Los Campesinos, Feelies, LCD Soundsystem, Jesus and Mary Chain, Ty Segall, Run the Jewels

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:57pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite indie rock of 2016.

Show notes:

- Kumar's #9

- PUP comes into its own on second album

- Breitling's #8

- A more experimental release from Hallelujah the Hills

- Kumar's #8

- Car Seat Headrest's album had to be recalled thanks to Ric Ocasek

- Breitling's #7

- Preoccupations expanded the sound of their debut (as Viet Cong)

- Dumb band name controversy

- Kumar's #7

- Continuing a triumphant stretch of rock records from Bob Mould

- Defying the effects of age, unlike other aging rockers

- "More barn!"

- The Feelies can't stop/won't stop

- Breitling's #6 will be discussed later

- Kumar's #6

- Parquet Courts is an interesting act that has evolved quickly

- Breitling's #5

- Straight outta Portland, OR

- Lubec adds layers to its sound

- Kumar's #5

- Heavy space rock from Vancouver

- 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. 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: 8:03pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite indie rock of 2016.

Show notes:

- We are not Moviefone

- Rough year for musician deaths

- Trump's top 3 albums

- A return to protest music?

- Clicky Clicky HQ is fully Alexa-ized

- The kids love the vinyl (well, the hipsters do, anyway)

- Albums are back, sort of

- Crowdfunding albums is becoming more prevalent

- Breitling's bubbling under albums: A Giant Dog, Thin Lips, Bent Shapes, Yr Poetry, Pinegrove, Horse Jumper of Love, Guillermo Sexo, California Snow Story

- Kumar's: Used Cassettes, Savages, Dino Jr., Radiohead, Split Single, Preoccupations, Descendents, Johnny Foreigner, Terry Malts, Hallelujah the Hills, Kristin Hersh, I Don't Cares, Nick Cave, Gord Downie, PJ Harvey

- Downie teamed with comics artist Jeff Lemire on combo album/graphic novel

- Breitling's #10

- Cold Pumas back with a hot new release

- Kumar's #10

- Possibly the last Tragically Hip album

- Different sound courtesy of producers Kevin Drew and Dave Hamelin

- Breitling's #9

- Boston's Strange Passage reminds of early Ride

- 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. 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: 6:33pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1990.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Jay's #3 album of 1990

- Public Enemy was controversial

- Homophobia was pervasive back then, especially in hip hop

- PE scared white America

- Brian's #3

- They Might Be Giants was in the middle of a classic run of albums

- Song-a-Day Hotline

- Jay's #2

- After a decade of weirdness, Neil Young re-established himself as a rock icon

- Took Sonic Youth and Social D on the road

- Brian's #1 and Jay's #5

- Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly teamed up

- Deal stepped out of Black Francis' shadow

- Brian's #2

- Pixies release their surfiest album

- When 3/4 of Pixies crossed paths with some interesting neighbors

- Jay's #1

- Jane's Addiction's tour de force

- Scored an accidental video and radio hit with "Been Caught Stealing"

- Starts out fast and punchy, ends with side 2 of long, epic songs

- Perry Farrell's transition from out-of-control rock freak to hippie uncle

- One more year to go: 1991

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:05am EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1990.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Albums that just missed our top 5 of the year

- Alice in Chains inspired a ton of copycat acts

- World Party paid homage to many influences

- Brian was a big Pantera fan in high school

- Social Distortion's classic era

- Living Colour came into their own with second album

- Warren Zevon teamed up with the non-Stipe members of R.E.M. to do a covers album

- Elektra comp Rubaiyat featured unlikely covers

- Mark Lanegan's first solo album established his dark bluesy side

- Ride was on the crest of the shoegaze wave

- Brian's #5

- Ween established their eclectic reputation

- The strange journey of Sim Cain

- Jay's #4

- Fugazi at the peak of their powers

- Brian's #4

- Primus at their least jokey

- 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. 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: 8:24pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1990.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Things are getting weird

- The Decline of Western Civilization docs are fascinating

- In 1990, Jay was 22-23 and Brian was 8

- The '90s were still kicking off

- Pivotal events were still yet to happen

- Stevie Ray Vaughan died young

- 2 Live Crew came to prominence

- Oh, Milli Vanilli

- Disposable pop seemed to fade for a while

- Hammer and Vanilla Ice

- Madonna: Publicity generator

- Metal was tailing off after a strong decade

- Hip hop was getting stronger

- New Jack Swing was the thing

- Alternative rock was paving the way for Nirvana's breakthrough

- Pop charts were topped by the likes of Wilson Phillips and Roxette

- Sinead O' Connor's wild year

- Bands formed: Bikini Kill, Cracker, Body Count, Spin Doctors

- What about Tool?

- Broke up: Death of Samantha, Game Theory, Starship

- 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. 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: 6:43am EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the aftermath of the election.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4

- Keeping friends after the election

- It's getting personal

- The canary in the coal mine

- Reading things that you know will annoy you

- Forced lefty

- Giving up on the presidency

- Don't encourage the Kardashians

- Romney's changed, man

- Matt's next book is changing because of the election

- Forget art forged from pain, we'll take mindless pop

- Social media as free therapy

- The Electoral College's relevance

- Changing demographics

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:12pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the aftermath of the election.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4

- Jay: Not moving to Canada

- None of those celebs is leaving the country

- Enthusiastic votes for Trump

- Parallels to Brexit

- Plenty of protests when Obama was elected

- Scandals didn't hurt Trump

- Clinton was a very Republican-safe candidate

- Covering politics for a newspaper can change you

- When Matt was dissed by the new Lt. Gov.

- Oh, Gary Hart

- Politicians and sex

- 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. 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: 6:44pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the aftermath of the election.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4

- Thought this was going to be a very different show

- Didn't expect a Trump victory

- Social media was raw the day after the election

- Family and friend disagreements

- You can't change anybody's mind on social media

- Friendships are ending over the election

- Hiding or unfriending people

- Plenty of blame to go around

- People don't fact check things before passing them along

- Thanksgiving could be disastrous this year

- Many people may avoid it altogether

- A whole group of people got left behind and Trump tapped into that

- A deplorable soundbite

- Promising everything

- We're insulated in Massachusetts

- Oh, Florida

- Dealing with post-election feelings

- Racist and dumb is quite the combination

- 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. 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: 7:14am EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1985.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Jay's #5

- Brian: "I'm a major label sellout guy" when it comes to R.E.M.

- R.E.M. started getting rock radio airplay in '85

- When MTV News was a thing

- The evolution of Stipe

- Brian's #2

- The Pogues: A love 'em or hate 'em band

- Shane McGowan has teeth now

- Jay's #2

- Two great Husker Du albums in '85

- New Day Rising gets the edge over Flip Your Wig

- Rock concert business was focused on arenas in '85

- Indie rock acts had to forge their own way

- Brian's #1 and Jay's #5

- Camper Van Beethoven's interesting debut mixed a lot of styles

- Jay forgot about the Replacements

- Trouble Boys, the Replacements bio, is excellent

- Mats reunion may not be over

- Jay's #1

- Pete Townshend's last great work

- Ambitious project about the London projects where he grew up

- Since then, he's focused on Who tours and licensing

- McCartney can't stop/won't stop

- Next up: 1990

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:24pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1985.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Bands that formed in '85: Bevis Frond, Big Dipper, Crowded House, Guns 'N Roses, Hootie and the Blowfish, Jane's Addiction, Radiohead

- Bands that split up: Minutemen, Hanoi Rocks, Kajagoogoo

- Brian's bubbling under albums: Prince, Minutemen, Jonathan Richman, Angst, Big Audio Dynamite

- The importance of Mick Jones

- Jay: Smiths, INXS, Cure, Dinosaur Jr., Rush, Jesus and Mary Chain

- Brian's #5

- Beat Happening specialized in lo-fi pop

- Brian's #4

- Not the best Talking Heads album, but a decent one

- Jay's #4

- The Cult established their goth sound

- 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. 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: 7:23pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1985.

Show notes:

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- 1985: Jay graduated from high school, started college in the fall

- Jay was 17 going on 18, Brian turned 3

- Jay: Listened to a lot of AOR, hard rock, metal

- Started getting into U2

- The year of rock charity

- Undercurrent of college rock

- MTV was growing

- Style over substance

- Strange collection of songs on the Hot 100

- A lot of songs released in '84 carried over to '85 charts

- Hard rock and metal albums were selling well: Ratt, Dokken, Twisted Sister

- Indie rock's influence wouldn't be felt for a few more years

- The launch of VH1

- PMRC hearings put spotlight on explicit lyrics

- Warning labels had the opposite of intended effect

- DLR left Van Halen in '85: Did he jump or was he pushed?

- DLR's book is fascinating and insane

- Rock bios are a mixed bag

- 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. 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: 8:32pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with author Greg Renoff as we discuss the rise and fall of the guitar hero.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Buy Greg's book Van Halen Rising at Amazon or get a signed copy from the Van Halen Store

- Flash guitar in the '80s: VH, Motley Crue, Ratt, Quiet Riot

- Ratt was once replaced on a bill by Molly Hatchet

- Billy Squier's downfall

- Molly Hatchet unsuccessfully tried to pull a "ZZ Top"

- The hair metal bubble burst

- The '80s shredder trend

- Fast forwarding to the solos

- Oh, Vinnie Vincent

- Looking for the new Warrant

- The influence of Guitar Hero

- Learning about Slash

- We need guitars

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:13am EST

This week, it's part 1 of my conversation with author Greg Renoff as we discuss the rise and fall of the guitar hero.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Buy Greg's book Van Halen Rising at Amazon or get a signed copy from the Van Halen Store

- Greg: As a kid, started playing stepfather's old acoustic guitar

- An uncle got him into Hendrix, Clapton, Leslie West

- Jay: First guitar hero was Jimmy Page

- Zeppelin II was the gateway

- Greg: Realized early that I'd never be able to play like Eddie VH

- Jay: Played guitar on and off over the years, never seriously

- Childhood friend plays in a Journey cover band

- Greg: Guitar was a good way to blow off steam

- Big band Hendrix?

- Jay: Other early favorites were Pete Townshend and Dave Davies

- The evolution of Clapton

- Early '70s were marked by great players like Iommi, Blackmore and Michael Schenker

- Jay: Got into Sabbath and Ozzy in the early '80s

- Gary Moore was an underrated guitar monster

- Building your music collection via music clubs

- 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. 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: 8:27pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Wardlaw as we discuss the decline of rock radio.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Matt's podcast Lost Together

- Van Cherone: Matt defends Van Halen III

- Eddie VH's lack of new material

- Buy Greg Renoff's great book Van Halen Rising

- Eddie sounds good again

- Age is becoming a factor

- Jay: Saw both DLR and VH in 1986

- The MTV effect

- Early '80s video production values

- Videos pushed songs to greater success

- In defense of "We Built This City"

- Videos boosted careers of artists like ZZ Top, the Cars and Huey Lewis

- Rock stations added non-music programming

- Satellite radio is nice, but not a must-have

- Matt uses Apple Music

- Bands aren't making much money from streaming

- The money is in touring and merch, not albums

- Home taping didn't kill the music industry

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 5:59pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Wardlaw as we discuss the decline of rock radio.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Matt's podcast Lost Together

- Matt first got into radio as a kid in Odessa, TX

- Jay: Started listening to AM rock stations in Toronto in late '70s

- Matt later moved to Cleveland area, heard a lot of Canadian bands on radio there

- The enduring popularity of Trooper's "Raise a Little Hell"

- The thrill of the chase: hunting for B-sides and imports

- Learned about music via radio and magazines

- Countless hours in record stores

- In Boston, the rock stations have dwindled

- Cleveland's WMMS has gone part talk, part classic rock

- Curated radio experience is becoming more rare

- Jay: Listen to combo of podcasts, college radio and online stations

- Matt had a metal show for several years

- Classic rock acts can't get new stuff played anymore

- Playing new material live vs. "the hits"

- Billy Joel stopped making new music in early '90s

- Touring is where the money is for classic rock acts

- 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. 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: 7:35pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss fantasy sports.

Show notes:

- No interest in daily fantasy sports

- Big ad blitz when daily fantasy leagues hit the scene

- The kids love the gambling

- Sports gambling is much easier now

- Vegas now has an NHL franchise

- The Super Bowl is more spectacle than game

- "I call him Gamblor"

- Senior citizens take buses to casinos

- Playing in multiple leagues is no guarantee of winning money

- When the commissioner is dishonest

- Like pickup sports, you want to have fun with friends in fantasy leagues

- The single worst pick in fantasy hockey history

- Let's hear it for Lichtenstein

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:35pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss fantasy sports.

Show notes:

- Jay: Renewed interest in baseball in the past year

- Watching sports without cable TV can be tricky

- Head-to-head format can be tough

- Paying attention to statistical details

- When fantasy leagues go bad

- Our fantasy hockey league fell apart because of money

- The problem with having people you don't know in the league

- We had our draft, started the season and then shut it down

- Hockey can be tough because it's harder to find people who really know the game

- Jay: Work football league got rid of kickers

- So many sources of draft information

- 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. 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: 9:07pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss fantasy sports.

Show notes:

- Fantasy sports is big business

- Rooting against your favorite team

- Phil: Got into fantasy baseball in early '90s

- Jay: Started a league in '91 with work friends

- Paid a service to compile stats reports

- So much more now to distract you from draft prep

- Started with AL-only league

- Early fantasy football league started decades earlier

- Jack Kerouac created his own fantasy baseball league with fictional players and teams

- Strat-O-Matic started in early '60s

- Cards and dice game, similar to D&D

- The joys of Mattel Intellivision

- Sports betting is popular

- Takes enjoyment out of the game

- The house always wins

- The fun of the fantasy draft

- Auction leagues require more involvement, longer draft

- 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. 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: 10:25pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1995.

Show notes:

- Recorded live from Brian's back porch in Ringwood, NJ

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Brian's #2

- Rentals' debut is on par with Weezer's best

- Brian's #3 and Jay's #2

- Jay: Saw Foo Fighters' first tour, opening for Mike Watt

- Foo debut came out of nowhere

- Grohl released a solo album a few years earlier

- First two Foo albums are standouts

- The problem with Audioslave

- Gord Downie goes out doing what he loves

- Radiohead's The Bends just missed both our lists

- Brian's #1 and Jay's #3

- Mike Watt called in every favor he could

- GBV's Alien Lanes dropped out of Jay's top 5

- Chock full o' good songs

- Jay's #1

- PJ Harvey expands her sound beyond guitar rock

- Next up: 1985

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:08pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1995.

Show notes:

- Recorded live from Brian's back porch in Ringwood, NJ

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Brian's bubbling under albums: ODB, Morphine, Boss Hog, Hum

- Brian Salvatore: Humbuster

- Jay's bubbling under: Rancid, Mad Season, Elastica, Matthew Sweet, Yo La Tengo

- Brian: White Zombie, No Doubt, Oasis, Presidents of the USA, Smashing Pumpkins, Goo Goo Dolls, Flaming Lips, Bowie, Sleater-Kinney

- Jay: Urge Overkill, Chris Whitley, Helium, Garbage, Bjork, Wilco, Neil Young, Jawbreaker

- Brian's #5

- Rancid blasts through an excellent album

- Jay's #5

- One of the two Rocket from the Crypt albums released in '95

- Melding horns with punk guitars

- Brian's #4

- Kim Deal's non-Breeders band

- "The most GBV-sounding Breeders record"

- Josephine Baker was not in the Breeders

- Jay's #4

- Pavement's post-breakthrough record

- The original title didn't cut it

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_434_082316.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:15pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1995.

Show notes:

- Recorded live from Brian's back porch in Ringwood, NJ

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Baby Ben hanging out

- In 1995, we were on to the second-generation grunge bands

- Bands were copying Bush and Stone Temple Pilots

- Brian was 12-13, Jay was 27-28

- Jerry Garcia died

- More '95 deaths: Eazy E, Shannon Hoon

- Back then, you checked out music based on a review

- Blind Melon's rise and fall

- Beatles released new song

- Bill Berry had a brain aneurysm during an R.E.M. show

- Van Halen released their last Hagar album

- Superhero movies in the '90s

- Singles charts had a lot of R&B, some jam rock

- Jay tells his Trey Anastasio story again

- Cursing Greg Ginn

- Jay: Listened to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness for first time in 20 years

- Formed in '95: Blonde Redhead, N SYNC, Pedro the Lion, Eels, Sleater-Kinney

- Broke up in '95: Grateful Dead, Bronski Beat, Dire Straits, Drive Like Jehu, Oingo Boingo, Kyuss, Sugar

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_433_081716.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:19pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2016.

Show notes:

- Kumar's #4 and Breitling's #3

- Hallelujah the Hills releases another fine album

- Kumar's #3

- Third in Bob Mould's kickass trilogy

- Don't wait on a Husker Du reunion, Mould's current band is the real deal

- Indie rockers in their 50s are still bringing the heat

- The problem with being U2

- Breitling's #2

- The Car Seat Headrest kids are playing the rock

- Kumar's #2

- Possibly Iggy's last rock record

- Breitling's and Kumar's #1

- Bowie's last album, released three days before he died

- A consistent electronic sound

- Breitling: Looking forward to new Johnny Foreigner, Eros and the Eschaton, Urusei Yatsura comp, reissues from Rocketship and the Lilys

- Kumar: Anticipating new albums from Teenage Fanclub, Dinosaur Jr. and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

 
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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_432_080916.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:58pm EST

I celebrate a decade of podcasting with part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2016.

Show notes:

- Kumar: Thin Lips, Woods (formerly Meneguar) on list of bubbling-under albums

- Breitling's #10 (list is in no particular order)

- Pinegrove blends emo and alt-country

- Kumar's #10

- Savages brings the heat

- Breitling's #9

- Nothing comes into its own with the loud rock

- Kumar's #9 and Breitling's #8

- A Giant Dog plays hard rock with an indie twist

- Kumar's #8

- Welcome return of Paul Westerberg, teamed with Juliana Hatfield

- Breitling's #7

- Thin Lips is Superchunk-descended

- Kumar's #7

- Possibly the last Tragically Hip album; was produced by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew

- Breitling's #6

- Bent Shapes are Boston's premier indie pop act

- Kumar's #6

- Parquet Courts continues to make interesting records

- Breitling's #5

- DIIV's double album is full of beautiful dream pop

- Kumar's #5

- Black Mountain adds more synths to stoner rock sound

- Breitling's #4

- Johnny Foreigner's sound evolves

- 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. 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: 7:44pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2016.

Show notes:

- Biggest trend so far: Death

- A whole generation of musicians is in senior citizen territory

- Ticketmaster settlement is as useless as TM normally is

- "Stairway to Heaven" lawsuit ended the right way

- Breitling plays law-talking guy

- Tidal tries to start its own bidding war

- Ultimate strategy is to get paid and get out

- The free tier for streaming services will eventually go away

- Bandcamp's iffy stats

- Breitling's not-quite-top-10: New Dog, Horse Jumper of Love, Guillermo Sexo, Gold Muse, California Snow Story, Yr Poetry

- Kumar's bubbling under list: Radiohead, Ty Segall, Modern Baseball, Future of the Left, Halfsour, Used 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.
Direct download: CompCon_430_072616.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:09pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the difficulties of avoiding cynicism.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's new book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4

- People are desperate for fame

- Matt auditioned for season 2 of The Real World

- The savvy of Boston Rob

- Chewbacca Mom is pushing it

- Trump tapped into a vein of discontent

- He's got a way with nicknames

- We've got issues

- Fat, but not happy

- It's not a bad thing to be cynical

- Changing your Twitter icon or FB profile pic is pointless

- David Cameron and the pig's head

- Sinking to meme level

- The Internet never forgets

- Power + opportunity = Bad life choices

- We're going to remain cynical

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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_429_071216.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the difficulties of avoiding cynicism.

Show notes:

- Check out Matt's new book Like a Comet: The Indestructibles Book 4

- It's hard not to be cynical these days

- Politics are infuriating in general

- Soccer hooligans can spread joy, too

- Getting cynicism drummed into you as a young reporter

- Kids, don't go into journalism

- NIMBY remains a strong force

- Matt made the mistake of going to back to newspapers a few years ago

- Facts, schmacts

- Saying something stupid won't tank your campaign anymore

- Tapping into frustrated and angry voters

- Blindly loyal political supporters

- Stupid can win

- People are tired of hearing from so-called experts

- Jay: Reality TV makes me cynical

- The Duggars had a show because they had 19 kids

- Some people find The Bachelor fascinating

- So many kids these days have the drive to become famous

- The abnormal lives of huge celebrities

- Tom Cruise can't relate to normal people

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_428_070516.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 3:28pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1981.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Brian's #3

- Prince starts pushing the envelope

- Prince in the '80s was nearly untouchable

- Jay's #3

- A childhood favorite

- Moving Pictures encapsulated everything Rush had been working toward

- Side 1 was killer

- Brian's #2

- Kraftwerk ran with robotic sounds

- A version is touring again

- Jay's #2

- The Police start to become a commercial success

- Stewart Copeland's drumming was revolutionary for the time

- Should Brian drop big coin to see Sting and Peter Gabriel live?

- Brian's #1

- Damaged is close to the definitive Black Flag album

- Jay's #1

- Van Halen's creative peak

- Angrier sounding

- Next up: 1995

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:19pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1981.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- Elvis Costello released two albums in '81

- Solo albums from Phil Collins, Debbie Harry, Ronnie Wood, Peter Cetera, Lindsay Buckingham

- Bands formed: The Alarm, Anthrax, Metallica, Bangles, Beastie Boys, Butthole Surfers, Run DMC, Sonic Youth

- Broke up: Bay City Rollers, Steely Dan, Wings, Buzzcocks

- Bubbling under albums

- Brian: Ramones, Kinks

- Jay: Phil Collins, The Who, Tom Petty, Billy Squier

- A few years later, Squier kills his career with "Rock Me Tonite" video

- Brian: Lounge Lizards debut, Tom Tom Club, Replacements, Pretenders

- That time Brian pissed off Lurie on Twitter

- Jay: Gun Club, Black Sabbath, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Gang of Four

- Brian's #5

- Byrne and Eno basically invent sampling

- Jay's #5

- The Stones bounce back with odds and sods collection that hits big

- The last time they weren't considered a nostalgia act

- 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. 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: 6:23pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1981.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's podcast Input/Output

- In 1981, Jay was 13 and Brian wasn't born yet

- Jay: Lived in Canada for most of the year, then moved to U.S.

- Listened to a lot of hard rock and AOR

- Toronto radio was cool but a few years from becoming heavily formatted

- A lot of solo albums

- Beginnings of indie rock

- Lots of soft rock on the charts

- The Stones had a resurgence in '81

- Old rockers were in their 30s and 40s then

- Death of Lennon hung over the music scene

- Hall and Oates left a strong legacy of pop hits

- The puzzling Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame selection process

- The strange popularity of Steve Miller

- "Under Pressure" has become bigger as years passed

- MTV's debut in August 1981

- USA Network premiered "Night Flight"

- REO Speedwagon's one breakout year

- Ozzy's comeback continues

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_425_060716.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:12pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss how our musical tastes have changed over the years.

Show notes:

- Artists we missed at first but now love

- Phil's #2

- Dismissed Phish initially, focused on the Dead at first

- Jay's #2

- Got into Bob Mould and Sugar first, then backtracked

- Husker Du: Great catalog, bad production

- Phil's #1

- Overlooked because of constant radio play

- Classic rock stations don't play new music by classic artists

- Jay's #1

- Always a Bowie fan, but started really getting into him in the last few years

- Bands we never got into

- Phil's #3

- Never a big metal guy

- Metallica never did it for Phil

- Jay's #3

- Never understood popularity of Dave Matthews Band

- Phil's #2

- Respect the Boss but never got into him

- Don't compare him to Mellencamp

- Jay's #2

- STP seemed like they were ripping off other bands

- Phil thought Nine Inch Nails were dumb

- Phil's #1

- What's the big deal about Radiohead?

- Jay: Hated "Fake Plastic Trees"

- Jay's #1

- Van the Man never appealed to me

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:01pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss how our musical tastes have changed over the years.

Show notes:

- Artists we just stopped listening to

- Phil's #1

- Smashing Pumpkins had a strong run in the '90s

- Corgan's pretentiousness ran its course

- Jay's #1

- Went back and forth, but finally stopped listening to the Doors in early '90s

- Phil: Morrison became a drunken buffoon

- Artists we missed first time around but discovered later

- Phil's #3

- Drive-by Truckers bring together different styles and sounds

- Jay's #3

- Huge body of work, but didn't start listening to Nick Cave until a decade ago

- Phil's #2

- Blues-rock from Tedeschi Trucks Band

- Jay's #2

- Bad Brains was an electrifying punk act

- Phil's #1

- Parquet Courts can play short punk songs and larger, artier stuff

- Jay's #1

- Knew about Velvet Underground for years, but really got into them in last 15 years

- Artists we missed at first but now love

- Phil's #3

- Checked out My Morning Jacket at the end of the '00s

- Jay's #3

- Always liked the Replacements but didn't become fanatic until last decade

- 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. 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: 8:34pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey as we discuss how our musical tastes have changed over the years.

Show notes:

- Revisionist band history

- Bands we once loved but now dislike

- Phil's #3

- Liz Phair got off to a strong start, disappointed afterward

- Jay's #3

- Huge artist I enjoyed as a kid

- Billy Joel stopped releasing new pop music in the '90s

- Phil's #2

- Love his first band, hate the solo stuff

- Sting's elevated the art of pretentious douchiness

- Jay's #2

- It's trendy to hate this band now

- Used to dig the Eagles

- Henley's personality turned me off the band

- Phil's #1

- Coldplay lost their way

- Jay's #1

- Red Hot Chili Peppers haven't aged well

- Liked them in my 20s, "but now they're just stupid"

- Bands you just stopped listening to

- Phil's #3

- Lenny Kravitz got too slick and repetitive

- Jay's #3

- Big fan of hard rock as a kid, but hair metal lost its appeal

- Phil's #2

- Boston-area rock fans grew up on Aerosmith

- After they reunited in mid-80s, quality went downhill

- Jay's #2

- Liked the band Live for a few years but just lost interest

- Singer got too full of himself

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.
Direct download: CompCon_422_050316.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:24pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the need for organization and tell old journalism stories.

Show notes:

- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3

- Making a good first impression

- Journalism: A good profession for social misfits

- What to do when an ax-wielding maniac is on the loose

- "Your internship could have kids"

- Fun with newspaper interns

- Person-on-the-street interviews were challenging

- Expiration date for the newspaper biz

- Writing on deadline helps with time management

- Editors who can't write and vice versa

- Being a supervisor

- "Done is good."

 

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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_421_042616.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:49pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the need for organization.

Show notes:

- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3

- Always planning ahead to the next project

- Happiness is an empty inbox

- Jay: Preparing for a purge of office stuff

- How much is too much work?

- Matt doesn't need a calendar

- Organization via Google Calendar

- The art of the sticky note

- Business is moving away from email

- Working with people from across the globe

- Matt: Don't know how I could do more

- The newspaper life was a disorganized one

- Working way too many hours for tiny salary

- Learned how to write efficiently on deadline

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.
Direct download: CompCon_420_041916.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:27pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the need for organization.

Show notes:

- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3

- Organization is important when you're juggling a lot of responsibilities

- The challenge of working a full-time gig while also doing other jobs

- Prioritizing by deadlines

- Writing a book adds another big deadline

- Finding time for other activities when you have kids

- Doing plenty of unpaid work

- Organized to a point

- Sometimes the need for sleep takes over

- Matt: Watching TV's too passive

- "The People vs. OJ Simpson" was surprisingly good

- Old-school Internet problems

- Wasting time online

- Cubicle life

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.
Direct download: CompCon_419_041316.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:46pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1999.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output

- Brian's #3

- Magnetic Fields play every style of music on 69 Love Songs

- Jay's #3

- Beck funks it up

- Beck stopped experimenting years ago

- Brian's #2

- Brian's favorite Pavement album, but not Jay's

- Band was falling apart

- Jay's #2

- Sloan's concept album...about themselves

- Brian's #1

- Sigur Ros sing in an unidentified language

- Loud, droning orchestral sound

- Jay's #1

- Built to Spill released some epic guitar jams

- Lamenting shows we missed

- Jay: Learned about Built to Spill via Napster

- Next up (in a few months): 1981

 

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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_418_040516.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:49pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1999.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output

- Brian's bubbling under picks: The Microphones, Tom Waits, Foo Fighters, Frank Black, The Roots, American Football

- Jay: Sheila Divine, Wilco, Matthew Sweet, Guided by Voices, White Stripes, Ben Folds Five, Sebadoh

- Wanted: A Bob Pollard curator

- Brian's #5

- Matt Sharp goes for a bigger rock sound

- Jay's #5

- The Lips go symphonic

- Big change from early guitar-driven stuff

- Brian's #4

- Wilco moves away from Americana sound

- Jay's #4

- Frank Black keeps cranking out winners

- Pixies are working on a new album

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_417_032916.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:19pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1999.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output

- Brian was 16 going on 17 in '99, Jay was 31 going on 32

- The dawn of Napster

- Downloading music via dial-up was excruciatingly slow

- Most downloading was done on college campuses

- 1999 was the biggest sales year for the music industry

- Bowie was first major artist to release album online before retail

- eMusic over the years

- Amazon makes it easy to buy music now

- External CD burners, early MP3 players

- Brian's 1999 regrets: Primus teaming with Fred Durst, Lit, Rage Against the Machine, "ska residue," Stone Temple Pilots

- Jay's regrets: Lenny Kravitz, RHCP

- Jay: Got into stoner rock in '99 (Fu Manchu, Nebula)

- Woodstock '99 was a disaster

- Brian: Respect for "I Want it That Way"

- Cher had the #1 song of the year

- The movie Go is a good document of its time

- Santana scored big with guest-filled album

- Pop country was getting big

- The Cherone era of Van Halen ends

- The hills are alive with the sound of VH rumors

- Several prominent indie rock acts formed in '99

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_416_032216.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:31pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we discuss presidential candidates, the '70s and regional differences.

Show notes:

- New England is not representative of the rest of the country

- Christian's ideal place to live: DC

- The '70s were a fascinating time in the U.S.

- Hip hop and punk grew out of mid-'70s NYC

- The Neshoba County Fair in Mississippi

- Lee Atwater, bluesman

- The momentum of Trump

- Last summer, Jeb Bush was a lead pipe cinch

- Christian: Used to go to CPAC every year

- What about Hillary?

- How does a president get anything done?

- Firmly on the fence

 

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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_415_031516.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:02pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we discuss racism, political correctness and gentrification. You know, the lighter side of life.

Show notes:

- Political correctness on both sides of the aisle

- Literary archetypes reflect cultural fears

- The Trump Method: Repeat your point until people agree with you

- The Washington football team sticks to its guns

- Could All in the Family and Blazing Saddles come out today?

- No safe space for satire

- It's hard to talk about race these days

- Lamenting the closing of local rock clubs

- The upper crust and the townies

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.

Direct download: CompCon_414_030816.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:36pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we discuss the differences between the North and the South.

Show notes:

- Christian grew up in Texas

- The tension between North and South is still around

- The Cuban Connection

- Ted Cruz's attempts at humor

- Batshit crazy election season

- The Trump effect

- It's still the economy, stupid

- A brown dude in New Hampshire

- Canada welcomed a generation of immigrants in the '70s and '80s

- Sri Lankan and Samoan street gangs

- Jay: Toronto was the most diverse place I've lived

- Christian: Was ignorant of the North as a kid

- The OJ Simpson miniseries is pretty fun

- Southern stereotypes are strong up North

- A formal level of ignorance

- 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. 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: 7:57pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1983.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output

- Brian's #3

- Jonathan Richman forges his own path

- A great year for singles

- Jay's #3

- Metallica helped introduce thrash metal

- Brian's #2

- Post-Eno Talking Heads is still pretty damn good

- Jay's #2

- The Replacements start stretching out their sound

- Don't have high hopes for the GNR tour

- Whither Izzy Stradlin?

- Brian's #1

- Great debut for Violent Femmes

- Jay's #1

- Jay: First heard R.E.M. on their Letterman appearance

- Stipe was still in his shy phase

- Peter Buck's a busy guy

- A lot of beginnings in 1983

- Next up: 1999

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1983.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output

- Jay: Talking Heads, Robert Plant, Billy Idol, X, Motorhead, The Fixx, The Kinks

- Lemmy and Brian Robertson didn't get along

- "Come Dancing" is a great pop song

- Brian's #5

- First exposure to Bowie music

- Greg Dulli's great take on "Modern Love"

- Binging on Bowie

- Jay's #5

- The Police go out on top...and fighting

- The Sting and Peter Gabriel tour could be interesting...or bad

- Brian's #4

- The interesting story of Daniel Johnston

- Jay's #4

- The American breakthrough for U2

- Jay: U2 was my favorite band through some of the '80s

- Recent Paris concert was pretty good

- 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. 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: 7:29pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1983.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Brian's new podcast Input/Output

- In '83, Brian turned 1, Jay turned 16

- A lot of classic '80s singles came out in '83

- From Men at Work to Metallica

- Thriller loomed large

- Strange mix of hits on the top 100

- CDs were first sold in the U.S.

- The US Festival was a huge event

- Brian recommends the Eagles documentary

- The Strummer-Jones dynamic led to breakup of the Clash

- KISS took off the makeup

- Elton John had minor hits throughout the '80s

- Aerosmith was fading

- Brian: Stevie Ray Vaughan's debut

- Jay: Ronnie James Dio strikes out on his own while Sabbath forges on with Ian Gillan

- Brian: SST comp Blasting Concepts was a good intro to punk

- Dinosaur Jr.'s recent 30th anniversary shows

- 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. 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: 7:42pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss short attention spans.

Show notes:

- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3

- Fear of wasting time or fear of missing out?

- Phone calls are rare and annoying

- Tinder = instantaneous hookups

- Jay: Thankful to have been in the dating Dark Ages

- Guys are born stupid

- Telephone hangups used to be way more dramatic

- How often do you just hang out with a friend and talk?

- Writing letters is a lost art

- Friends who aren't on social media are lost or forgotten

- How much faster can life get?

- We still slow down occasionally

- Nothing slows you down like a baby falling asleep on you

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:49pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss short attention spans.

Show notes:

- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3

- Spending too much time in front of screens

- Much harder to get through long articles nowadays

- How many words are worth $1?

- Looking at phone is how we kill time

- Smoking made Matt more social

- A generation of socially inept people

- Binge-watching TV requires more attention

- Longer network TV seasons seem so much longer now

- The Punisher is a tough character to get right

- Hell hath no fury like a nerd upset over something stupid

- Gotta pay attention when there are subtitles

- Anime moves too fast

- Audiences can't deal with slow scenes any more

- As a writer, Matt writes shorter chapters

- Short attention span applies to music listening

- Matt: If I had an iPhone as a kid, I would never have read a book

- 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. 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: 7:39pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss short attention spans.

Show notes:

- Order Matt's book The Entropy of Everything: The Indestructibles Book 3

- The inevitable joke

- MP: The more novels I write, the shorter my attention span gets

- Live-tweeting TV shows takes some effort

- Trace back to quick cuts in MTV videos of the early '80s

- Wireless Internet has sped up the attention decline

- Twitter mulls expanding character limit to 10,000

- The fine art of crafting an effective tweet

- News of Bowie's death spread fast on social media

- What a way to go out, leaving a great piece of art behind

- It's hard to sustain a long career these days

- How to teach your kids about music

- Dumbo doesn't hold up

- Matt: New Star Wars is an homage to the original, but much faster

- So much more dialog in TV shows now

- HBO's In Therapy was different because much of it was just two people talking

- Elmore Leonard mastered economical writing

- 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. 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: 7:33pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of this decade (2010-14).

Show notes:

- JB's #5

- Dan Bejar's guilty pleasure

- JK's #5

- Band came out of left field

- JB's #4

- Dream pop classic

- JK's #4

- Comeback album from alt-rock legends

- JB's #3

- Cassette-only release

- JK's #3

- Prolific artist put it all together

- JB's #2

- Veteran hardcore guitar god goes folk rock

- JK's #2

- Sprawling punk rock concept album about the Civil War

- JB's #1

- An epic from a band just dropped by its label

- JK's #1

- First Matador act to hit #1 on album chart

 
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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:45pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of this decade (2010-14).

Show notes:

- Looking back

- Breitling: My top albums of the 2013 and 2014 didn't make this list

- JB's #10 and JK's #9

- "The purest distillation" of this band's sound

- JK's #10

- Harking back to '70s glam punk

- JB's #9

- New sound for indie rock stalwart

- JB's #8

- Lots of side projects spun off from this band

- JK's #8

- A super outing from an indie supergroup

- JB's #7

- Unclear whether another release is coming from this act

- JK's #7

- Top pick of 2011

- Turned Out a Punk is an interesting podcast

- JB's #6

- Breakthrough for excellent indie act

- JK's #6

- Television-Velvet Underground sound

- 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. 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: 7:48pm EST

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of 2015.

Show notes:

- Jay Kumar's #5 album of the year

- Productive collective out of the Bay Area

- Jay Breitling's #4

- What's next for Jonah Furman?

- JK's #4

- JB's #3

- Dark, crazy guitar ambience

- JK's #3

- Another indie darling blowing up big

- JB's #2

- Another great shoegaze act makes its mark

- JK's #2

- A local indie act does well nationally

- JB's #1

- Marriage of electronic and guitar rock

- JK's #1

- Topped midyear list, still holds up

- Looking ahead to 2016

- Next week: Our favorites of the first half of the decade (2010-14)

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:25pm EST

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of 2015.

Show notes:

- More music out than ever before

- JK: Immersed in top 40 pop against my will thanks to my kids

- JB's honorable mentions

- Ava Luna is the Steely Dan of indie rock

- JK's honorable mentions

- Some notable comeback albums

- JB's #10

- JK's #10

- The insanity of the Paris concert tragedy

- JB's #9

- JK's #9

- The ever-prolific Patrick Stickles

- JB's #8

- JK's #8

- Constant touring hones a band's sound

- JB's #7

- JK's #7

- JB's #6

- Exploding in Sound is the indie rock label of the moment

- JK's #6

- JB's #5

- For those not about to rock, we salute you

- 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. 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: 7:27pm EST

This week, I'm joined by author Greg Renoff as we discuss the response to his new book about the early days of Van Halen.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Buy Greg's book Van Halen Rising at Amazon or get a signed copy from the Van Halen Store

- We last spoke in March before the book came out

- Great response from readers

- Selling well on Amazon, was reviewed in Rolling Stone

- DLR's role in the band's early days surprised some

- Roth defied the odds to become a star

- Gene Simmons was an early supporter of the band

- Roth had different musical interests than the VH brothers

- Greg: Not sure what next writing project will be

- Meeting readers at book signings is fun

- Launch party in Pasadena featured VH's original bassist Mark Stone

- Visited neighborhood where VH played backyard parties

- The revolutionary sound of "Eruption"

- VH's disappointing live album

- Debate over what's in the archives

- The future of the band is murky

- Little released output from Eddie over the last 15 years

- Dave's role in the band is much different now

- DLR could be reuniting with his Eat 'Em and Smile-era band for some shows

 

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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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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:40pm EST

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1992.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Jay: Rollins Band broke out with The End of Silence

- Jay's #5

- The best album from The Tragically Hip

- Brian's #5 and Jay's #4

- Pavement's first stab at greatness

- The Pavement reunion was disappointing

- Brian's #4 and Jay's #2

- Brian's #3

- 1992 was a banner year for Alice in Chains

- Dirt was unrelentingly dark

- Jay's #3

- Jay: The album that got me into Buffalo Tom

- Saw them play Let Me Come Over front to back earlier this year

- Brian's #2

- Found at CMJ conference: Balanescu Quartet does Kraftwerk

- Sugar was a great combination of Bob Mould's worlds

- Came out at the right time as alt-rock was hitting

- Brian's #1

- With Kerplunk, Green Day laid blueprint for future success

- Jay's #1

- The Afghan Whigs set up a great decade melding rock with R&B

- A few others we missed

- Next year to tackle: 1983

 

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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 look back at the music of 1992.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Brian: A friend was at the Eagles of Death Metal show in Paris but escaped unharmed

- Security at club shows is minimal

- Post-9/11 concert experiences

- Bands formed in '92: Brainiac, Bush, Shellac, Sugar, Weezer

- Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta" is a great song

- Bands that broke up in '92: Bullet Lavolta, Europe, Fine Young Cannibals, Feelies

- Albums that didn't make our top 5

- Brian: Nirvana, Late!, GBV, Ween, They Might Be Giants, Beasties, R.E.M.

- Jay: Lemonheads, Rage Against the Machine, Sloan, Neil Young, Mudhoney, Alice in Chains, Sonic Youth, Screaming Trees

- Tom Scharpling does the best version of "Killing in the Name Of"

- Jay: Saw Alice in Chains at a small Boston club in late '92

- Automatic for the People was the last great R.E.M. album

- 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. 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 Brian Salvatore as we look back at the music of 1992.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- In '92, Brian turned 10 and Jay turned 25

- Hot 100 chart had a lot of pop, R&B, some hip hop

- But alternative rock was booming

- "Baby Got Back" was #2 song of the year

- Clapton's Unplugged album was huge

- The greatness of early Dire Straits

- Pat Smear in the Chili Peppers?

- The evolution of Guns 'N Roses

- Axl's vampire voice

- Labels got rid of the CD longbox

- Once it was about hifi, now nobody cares about audio quality

- Big year for rock weddings

- Concert for Life paid tribute to the late Freddie Mercury

- Wayne's World appealed to both of us for different reasons

- Hair metal died in the U.S. but remained huge in Europe

- Montreal fans rioted because of Axl's antics

- Arena shows were de rigeur in the '70s and '80s

- Bands play much smaller venues now

- 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. Find out more about Senor Breitling at his fine music blog Clicky Clicky. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian.
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