Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about the music of 2003.
- Phil's #5: Raucous debut from NYC's Yeah Yeah Yeahs, featuring the electric Karen O
- Jay's #5: Radiohead combined electronic and guitar-driven sounds
- Radiohead albums kept leaking early on file-sharing networks
- Phil's #4: The Shins hone their super catchy pop sound
- Jay's #4: An indie rock gem from the Wrens that still awaits a follow-up
- 20 years of starts, stops, indecision and disagreements
- Phil's #3: My Morning Jacket combined indie rock, Southern rock, folk and jam band sounds
- MP3 blog bands abound
- Jay's #3: Another kickass release from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
- Leo is one of the great unsung artists of our generation
- Is Springsteen overrated?
- Phil's #2: Drive-By Truckers add Jason Isbell and step up their game
- Jay's #2: A departure for Sloan, but one jam-packed with great songs
- The only Sloan album without an Andrew Scott song
- Phil's #1: The White Stripes expand their sound and totally blow up
- The Stripes made a lot of noise with minimal instrumentation
- Jay's #1: Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers unleash a classic album as a tribute to late friend
- Favorite songs: "The Hardest Button to Button" (Phil), "Teenage Wristband" (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.