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December 2019
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It's part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we count down our favorite albums of 2019.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- Breitling's #4

- Former Boston act now relocated to Nashville

- Perfecting her sound

- Kumar's #4

- Introspective album that topped my midyear list

- Sweeping, synth-driven songs

- Breitling's #3

- Worthy follow-up to classic mid-'90s indie pop release

- Expansive and experimental

- Kumar's #3

- Return to rocking from for NJ punk stalwarts, produced by Bob Mould

- Surprisingly succinct from a band known for 8-minute epics

- Breitling's #2 and Kumar's #6

- Majestic final release from artist who tragically took his own life right after it came out

- Backed by the band Woods

- Kumar's #2

- Third release from Toronto punk-pop act

- Writing about frustrations of getting older

- Breitling's #1

- Recently released instant classic from Boston indie rock act

- Frontman Ryan Walsh wrote album after dealing with struggles writing his book about Astral Weeks

- Kumar's #1

- Veteran Canadian power pop act with another great release

- All-star team of musicians

- Darker feel than some of their other albums

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It's part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we count down our favorite albums of 2019.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- The top 10

- Breitling's #10

- A surprising solo debut from a veteran rock legend

- Kumar's #9

- Raw shoegaze effort from Brooklyn act changing its sound

- Breitling's #9

- Electronic album with an analog feel released late in the year

- "Crust ambient"

- Kumar's #8

- Power pop-punk album about the aftermath of broken relationship

- Great album cover

- Breitling's #8 and Kumar's #10

- Strong release from shoegaze pioneers

- Trying some different things

- Breitling's  #7

- Shoegaze duo from California that likes to take its time

- All killer, no filler

- Berniece's sleep aggression

- Kumar's #7

- Second release from indie legend's latest band

- Embracing '80s hard rock sound

- Breitling's #6

- Used to call this band the Steve Miller of indie rock

- Opinion has changed, especially with the latest release

- Sound is augmented by female singers

- Kumar and Breitling's #5

- Latest in an strong stretch of releases from this punk/alt-rock legend

- Sounds as good as he ever has

- Unusually upbeat

- Next: Our top 4 albums

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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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It's part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss our favorite music of 2019.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ

- This program is not affiliated with Moviefone

- A decade of talking rock

- Near

- Breitling: Had time to listen to a lot more music this year

- The Billie Eilish vs. VH debate has been raging for a while

- Kids don't know or care about music from 10 years ago, let alone 35

- A lot of butthurt older music fans getting worked up for no reason

- Most kids have zero interest in classic rock

- Listen to what you want

- The "OK Boomer" phenomenon

- When music becomes something on in the background

- Breitling needs to see Idiocracy

- The albums that didn't make our top 10 lists

- Breitling: Floating Points, Rroxy More, Top Down Dialectic, Katie Dey, Max Richter

- Kumar: Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, Mark Lanegan, Trinary System

- Mission of Burma's second act may be done

- Breitling: Juana Molina, Bedroom Eyes, Lubec, DIIV, Tullycraft, She Sir, Snowball II

- Kumar: Sleater-Kinney with a controversial new album; Janet Weiss pushed out of the band

- Breitling: Would have been better received under a different band name like Unicorn Butt

- Kumar: Pixies, Palehound, Kim Gordon, Pile, Black Mountain, Sebadoh, Fontaines DC, Telekinesis, Hold Steady, Desert Sessions, GBV, Wilco, Plague Vendor, Oh Sees, Nick Cave

- Breitling: Better Oblivion Community Center, Florist, Big Thief

- Next: Our top 10 albums

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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 the decade in TV and movies.

Show notes:

- Going over some of our favorites of the decade

- Jay: Haven't seen a lot of critical faves

- Both enjoyed Blackkklansman

- Toy Story 3 is the best of that series

- Matt: Beasts of the Southern Wild was a stunner

- In the Loop is profanely excellent

- Jay never saw Inside Out; Matt says it's borderline educational

- The traumatic sadness of Disney movies

- Don't ban offensive old movies

- Stereotypes in older movies stick out

- The series 24 was so over the top about torture and terrorists

- Writing for women's roles in the '80s was pretty awful

- Post-9/11 jingoism

- Good Sorkin: The Social Network

- Bad Sorkin: The Newsroom

- When older celebs are trending on Twitter

- Matt: In praise of Monsters

- Timothy Olyphant is great

- Matt needs to watch Justified

- Black Mirror is predicting everything

- The Americans is an excellent show

- Matt hasn't seen Breaking Bad or Better Call Saul

- Orphan Black features an amazing performance by Tatiana Maslany

- Bill Hader elevates himself from comic genius to dramatic auteur on Barry

- Russian Doll came out of the blue

- The People Vs. OJ Simpson was excellent, with a bizarre performance by John Travolta

- The sneaky genius of Legends of Tomorrow

- Dark on Netflix is a German show that is brilliantly out there

- Downton Abbey: Cultural phenomenon that doesn't make sense

- The Leftovers got better when it went beyond the book

- The Marvel shows on Netflix were surprisingly good (except for Iron Fist)

- The fight scenes in Daredevil were intense and creative

- So much content out there that it's impossible to see it all

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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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