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Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about the music of 2001.

Show notes:

  • Jay's non-top 5 albums: Von Bondies, Radiohead, Sloan, Frank Black & the Catholics, Guided By Voices, Fugazi
  • The joy of shopping for imports
  • Phil's #5: Great distillation of classic rock from Sweden's The Soundtrack of Our Lives
  • Jay's #5: Indie folk-rock on first solo effort from Gord Downie includes spoken word
  • Phil's #4 and Jay's #3: Breakthrough album from the White Stripes blew up several months after it came out
  • Jay's #4: The Strokes led the return of guitar rock with a NYC-centric sound
  • Highlighted in the book and documentary Meet Me in the Bathroom
  • Phil's #3: Spoon with a strong release after getting dropped from a major 
  • Phil's #2: Another great album after getting dropped came from Wilco
  • Phil's #1 and Jay's #2: A masterful double album about the duality of the Southern thang by Drive-By Truckers
  • Jay's #1: Impressive release from Ted Leo & the Pharmacists showcased a melding of diverse rock styles
  • Favorite songs: "Timorous Me" (Jay), "Ronnie and Neil" (Phil)

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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_617_072423.mp3
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Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about the music of 2001.

Show notes:

  • In 2001, Jay found out he was going to be a dad and also went back to his old employer
  • Jay turned 34, Phil turned 32
  • Phil got divorced
  • 9/11 was a defining generational moment
  • Jay: Saw concerts by Radiohead, Gord Downie, Tragically Hip, PJ Harvey, Built to Spill, Buddy Guy
  • Apple launched iTunes music store and the iPod
  • Napster got sued into oblivion
  • Pop was big but garage rock started getting popular
  • Lifehouse had the #1 single of the year?
  • Scott Stapp wrote a pump-up song for the Marlins
  • Phil got recruited by a Scientologist
  • Phil's non-top 5 albums: Gorillaz, R.E.M., DMB, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Fugazi, Stephen Malkmus, Pete Yorn, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan 
  • To be continued

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_616_071823.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:56pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss our favorite music of the first half of 2023.

Show notes:

  • Running down our favorite albums of the year so far
  • Kumar's #10: Pile diversifies its sound
  • Breitling's #9 and Kumar's #8: Yo La Tengo keeps on Yo La Tengoing 
  • Kumar's #9: Dangerous sounding debut from Model/Actriz
  • Breitling's #8: Continued excellence from Protomartyr
  • Kumar's #7: Excellent third release from Washer, giving off Meat Puppets vibe
  • Another great act on Exploding In Sound
  • Breitling's #7: Fog Lake returns with a compelling slowcore release; may or may not be Shady Canadians
  • Breitling's #10 and Kumar's #6: Perennially pissed off hip hop from UK Grim
  • Breitling's #6: Lo-fi folk rock stalwarts Hands and Knees return with a strong release
  • Kumar's #5: Yves Tumor mixes shoegaze, alt-rock and funk into a powerful concoction
  • Breitling's #5 and Kumar's #4: Legit supergroup Boygenius delivers the goods
  • Breitling's #4: Bully with another excellent rock album
  • Tom Cavanaugh tangent time
  • Kumar's #3: Catchy hardcore from Fucked Up represents a more spontaneous recording process
  • Breitling's #3: Quick collection of rippers from New Zealand's Guardian Singles
  • Kumar's #2: UK act Shame pushes out of their post-punk comfort zone
  • Breitling's #2: Going back to Philly with Purling Hiss, bringing hooks and attitude to the party
  • Kumar's #1: Power pop awesomeness from the indie all-star band that is Eyelids
  • Breitling's #1: Jangly indie pop straight outta Columbus with Connections
  • Kurt Loder tangent 
  • Anticipated/newer albums: Drop Nineteens, Speedy Ortiz, Palehound, PJ Harvey, Queens of the Stone Age, Jason Isbell, Jeff Rosenstock, OSees, Blur 

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

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

Direct download: CompCon_615_071123.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 5:28pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss our favorite music of the first half of 2023.

Show notes:

  • Recorded at CompCon HQ
  • Concerts are back
  • TicketMaster is still a mess
  • Nobody's buying CDs
  • The Beatles and AI
  • Parcheesi Redux is in its third year
  • Talking about the band Toronto and their hit "Your Daddy Don't Know," covered by the New Pornographers
  • The kids are alright
  • Rock music is still around, although it's a minor part of the music business
  • Breitling's bubbling under albums: Everything But the Girl; Depeche Mode; Sharp Pins; OK Cool; Reds, Pinks and Purples; Pile; Squitch; Mui Zyu
  • Jay's bubbling unders: The Hold Steady; The New Pornographers; Ron Gallo; Quasi; Mudhoney
  • To be continued

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

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

Direct download: CompCon_614_070323.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:39pm EDT

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