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I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss our favorite albums of 1971.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Zoom

- The disappointing ZZ Top Sixpack box set

- Early Bob Seger is good

- Started seeing more solo albums

- The rollercoaster ride of Doors fandom

- Jay's faves (not #1): Rolling Stones, McCartney, Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic, Sabbath, Lennon, Bowie, the Who

- When you've heard songs you love too many times

- Jay's #1

- Zeppelin's pinnacle

- Don't need to listen to it anymore

- Licensing songs to death

- Don't understand people who listen to the same music they did 30 years ago

- Country music is the new pop

- Phil's faves: Allman Brothers, Sly Stone, John Prine, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Joplin, CSNY, Elton, Traffic, Nick Drake

- Phil's been listening to a new album every day during quarantine

- Phil's #1

- The Stones were in the middle of a killer run

- A band that was greater than the sum of its parts

- A few more from Jay:  T. Rex, Kinks, Yes

- Yes really stretched out in concert

- Genres are too restrictive

- You like what you like

- Duran Duran's great

- Discovering music through videogames

- Favorite song from favorite album:  "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" (Phil) and "When the Levee Breaks" (Jay)

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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 our favorite albums of 1970.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Zoom

- Phil's got some quality hockey hair going

- Going to go through our favorite albums of each year from 1970-2020, starting with '70

- We were both under the age of 3

- Pretty varied list of favorites from that year

- Popular music was splintering into many different genres

- FM radio was pretty freeform

- Radio was the main way to discover music back then

- Some interesting tour pairings

- Altamont was an abrupt end to the hippie era

- Big deaths in 1970: Hendrix and Joplin

- Phil's favorites (except #1): The Who, CSNY, Neil Young, Led Zep, Van Morrison, Derek & the Dominoes

- Jay: Not a Clapton fan

- Phil: Kinks, Beatles, George Harrison, McCartney, Miles Davis, Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Chicago, James Taylor, Elton, Stones

- Phil's #1

- The Dead's best studio album

- Jay: Deep Purple, Hendrix, Funkadelic, Black Sabbath, Stooges 

- Some bands were releasing two studio albums a year

- Jay's #1

- The best live album ever

- The Who at their best

- In the midst of a great string of albums

- Favorite song from favorite album:  "Candyman" (Phil) and "Young Man's Blues" (Jay)

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

Direct download: CompCon_536_062320.mp3
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I'm joined by guest Phil Stacey as we discuss the final Grateful Dead studio album Built to Last.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Zoom

- Built to Last released on Halloween 1989

- Jay had just graduated from college, Phil was a junior

- Jay: Don't remember this album even coming out

- Phil: It's not memorable

- Felt like band was going through the motions

- Brent Mydland dominated the album with four songs

- He was suffering from depression; died a year later

- Maybe Garcia and Weir didn't have enough good material

- Fall '89 Dead shows are considered the band's last great run of concerts

- Tried the same recording technique as previous album but it didn't work

- Garcia said Mydland's songs were better

- Final song is really bad

- Phil: They had enough material to record another album

- You can find version of them online

- Garcia started getting into drugs again

- Concert performances suffered

- Band members started doing other projects

- A couple of decent songs on this album

- Mydland songs seemed like they'd fit in a different genre

- Phil: He was good in concert

- The Dead didn't need another hit album

- Jay: At the end of this journey, have more of an appreciation for the Dead

- Definitely some bad records

- Can appreciate the live performances to a point

- Jay: I respect the fanaticism of Deadheads; not for me, but that's okay

- No more guilty pleasures; you like what you like

Completely Conspicuous is available through Apple Podcasts. Subscribe and write a review!

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

Direct download: CompCon_535_060220.mp3
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