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Another installment of Driving With Kumar as I discuss the generation gap that exists in pop culture. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Chelsea Light Moving, The XX, Blur and Mean Creek.

Show notes:

- Recorded on the way to WFNX Boston Accents farewell show in Allston

- WFNX has been replaced by The Harbor, a "Variety Hits" station

- FNX lasted 29 years

- Driving through another torrential rainstorm

- Generation gap in music fandom driven by a couple of NPR blog posts

- Intern wrote about how she never pays for recorded music

- Ignited industry debate, including a battle of blog posts between David Lowery and Dave Allen

- Another post had an intern reviewing Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions...

- Kid wasn't born when the album came out in 1988

- His love of hip-hop is defined by current artists like Drake

- Couldn't relate to PE's intensity

- I was struck by the lack of knowledge or interest in older music

- Get off my lawn

- As a kid, I was fascinated by music that came out in the previous few decades

- Much easier now to hear music at a moment's notice

- I blame it on sensory overload

- You're going to listen to what your friends dig

- Can't blame kids for not knowing about older acts

- I'm not trying to get my own kids to listen to my music

- Enjoy the rhythmic sounds of nature pounding on my car roof

- The world is much faster

- Technology is advancing at amazing speeds

- Rain stops right as I get into the city

- Remembering the early MP3 players

- Some kids are getting into vinyl and cassettes

- Many old pop cultural references are lost on the young

- It's not too late for kids to learn about older music

- Plenty of great new music out there, too

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Chelsea Light Moving - Frank O'Hara Hit

The XX - Angels

Blur - The Puritan

Mean Creek - Young & Wild

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Chelsea Light Moving song is available for free download from Matador Records.

The XX song is on the forthcoming album Coexist on Young Turks. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Blur song is the B-side of the band's self-released 12-inch Under the Westway. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Mean Creek song is from the forthcoming album Youth Companion on Old Flame Records. Download the song for free as part of the Boston Accents Funeral Party Soundtrack on Bandcamp.

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; check out his site PodGeek.
Direct download: CompCon_238_073012.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:56pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss our favorite music of the first half of 2012. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Future Carnivores, Mark Lanegan Band, Soccer Mom and Dinosaur Jr.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky World HQ

- Kumar: New Van Halen album much better than expected

- Breitling: Future Carnivores brings a new wave sound

- Breitling enjoys the Eddie Money jams

- Forced to listen to Starship

- Kumar: Check out the book I Want My MTV

- Kumar: Lanegan goes way beyond straightahead rock

- Breitling: Ride tribute comp features Boston acts

- Get Geddy Lee on the show

- Kumar: Digging the new Rush album

- New Metric album is strong

- Heavy Blanket features Mascis with guitar instrumentals

- Ty Segall was not in Under Siege 2

- Breitling: Looking forward to new release from Everyone Everywhere

- Breitling: New band called Dikembe (no relation to Mutombo) recalls mid-90s emo

- New Dino Jr. due out in the fall

- Kumar: Need to check out new Future of the Left, Henry Clay People

- Kumar's "skeptible" of Spin's Twitter reviews

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Future Carnivores - Drugs (demo)

Mark Lanegan Band - The Gravedigger's Song

Soccer Mom - Dreams Burn Down

Dinosaur Jr. - Watch the Corners

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Future Carnivores song is a demo from the band's forthcoming second album. Download the song for free from ClickyClickyMusic.com.

The Mark Lanegan Band song is on the album Blues Funeral on 4AD. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at MarkLanegan.com.

The Soccer Mom song is on the compilation NOFUCKINGWHERE. Download the song for free at ClickyClickyMusic.com.

The Dinosaur Jr. song is from the forthcoming album I Bet on Sky on Jagjaguwar Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.
Direct download: CompCon_237_072312.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:21pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling as we discuss our favorite music of the first half of 2012. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Golden Gurls, Cloud Nothings, Autochrome, Torche, Karl Hendricks Trio and Guided By Voices.

Show notes:

- Recorded at Clicky Clicky World HQ

- Kumar: New Smashing Pumpkins ain't bad

- Breitling: Golden Gurls do not feature Bea Arthur but do rock

- Kumar: High on Fire brings metallic fury

- Kumar: Check out Henry Rollins' great radio show

- Breitling: Former Books leader Zammuto released terrific album

- Kumar: Cloud Nothings are young and really good

- Breitling: Boston act Autochrome brings the post-punk

- WFNX's demise will result in two streaming stations

- Kumar: Torche is heavy and poppy

- Breitling: Check out Big Science

- Dumb band name: The Internet

- Kumar: Japandroids unleash unbridled fury

- Breitling: Karl Hendricks Trio back with another great record

- Kumar: GBV returns with the classic lineup

- Breitling: Infinity Girl debut features quality shoegaze

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Golden Gurls - Excited

Cloud Nothings - No Future/No Past

Autochrome - We Are the System

Torche - Kicking

Karl Hendricks Trio - The Men's Room at the Airport

Guided By Voices - The Unsinkable Fats Domino

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Golden Gurls song is from the album Typo Magic. Download the song and the album for free at GoldenGurls.Bandcamp.com.

The Cloud Nothings song is on the album Attack on Memory on Carpark Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Autochrome song is on the album Separation Realms. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at Bandcamp.

The Torche song is from the album Harmonicraft on Volcom Entertainment. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at TorcheMusic.

The Karl Hendricks Trio song is on the album The Adult Section on Comedy Minus One Records. Download the song for free from Comedy Minus One.

The Guided By Voices song is on the album Let's Go Eat the Factory on Guided By Voices Records. Download the song for free at GBVDigital.com.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_236_071612.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:38pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we talk about the state of the book industry. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Henry Clay People, Japandroids, The Hives and Wye Oak.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Beverly, Mass.

- Christian: So many good books go undiscovered

- Kindles and other e-readers have people reading

- Attitudes towards owning music and books change as folks get older

- Jay: My kids are still reading books

- The debate over digital media and artist royalties rages on in music industry

- Different revenue models: Amanda Palmer raised over $1 mil on Kickstarter for new album

- That won't work for artists without huge followings, though

- The popularity of oral histories

- Crafting an oral history involves skill in selecting right quotes, telling a story

- "Narrative non-fiction" is an interesting sub-genre

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Henry Clay People - 25 for the Rest of Our Lives

Japandroids - The Nights of Wine and Roses

The Hives - High School Shuffle

Wye Oak - Spiral

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Henry Clay People song is from the album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on TBD Records. Download the song for free at HenryClayPeople.com.

The Japandroids song is on the album Celebration Rock on Polyvinyl Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Hives song is on the album Lex Hives on Disques Hives. Download the song for free at RCRDLBL.

The Wye Oak song is from the Adult Swim Singles Series. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_235_070912.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:46pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Christian Douglass as we talk about the state of the book industry. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Corin Tucker Band, The Raveonettes, Stars and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Beverly, Mass.

- In this age of distraction, it's amazing that people read books at all

- Christian: Education system may be to blame for lack of reading

- Fiction is still a valuable commodity

- Jay: Fun to see my kids get into reading

- Christian: Treating reading like a workout

- Multi-tasking all day makes one less inclined to read later

- Authors were once treated like movie stars

- "Fifty Shades of Grey" started as Twilight fan fiction

- Many best-sellers are autobiographies of celebs

- Christian: Historical fiction is exciting

- Working on a new project, a "novel in stories"

- Looking at African-Americans attracted to Russian promise of equality

- Also working on novel about a murder in rural Alaska

- All about plot

- Success comes at the sentence level

- Many parallels to the music industry

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Corin Tucker Band - Groundhog Day

The Raveonettes - Observations

Stars - The Theory of Relativity

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Black Mold

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Corin Tucker Band song is from the forthcoming album Kill My Blues on Kill Rock Stars. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Raveonettes song is from the band's forthcoming album Observator on Vice Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Stars song is on the forthcoming album The North on ATO Records. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at StarstheNorth.com.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song is from the band's forthcoming album Meat and Bone on Boombox/Mom + Pop. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at Pitchfork.com.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_234_070212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 10:36pm EDT

Guest Ric Dube and I dig deep and analyze two '70s rock classics. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Redd Kross, Chelsea Light Moving and Cat Power.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Shrewsbury, Mass.

- Check out Ric's podcast More Lost Time

- Digging into Meat Loaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights"

- Irony-free, over-the-top theatrics

- Song is in three parts

- Jay: Remember as a kid thinking it was risque

- Paradise turns out to be hell

- Jim Steinman was known for ridiculously long song titles

- Song goes from rockabilly to disco in the middle, with Phil Rizzuto mixed in

- The debate over third base

- Ellen Foley's odd career

- Third section tries to emulate punk

- The strange allure of Robby Benson

- Meat Loaf's acting career

- Part 2: "Brother Louie" by Stories

- A classic '70s one-hit wonder

- Stories actually had well-known musicians in band

- Louie was whiter than white

- Super catchy chorus

- Ric: This was a "Neapolitan relationship"

- The lesson was about equal opportunity sexing

- Why is the name Louie popular in songs?

- Did Jeff Lynne swipe the ELO string sound from this song?

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Redd Kross - Researching the Blues

Chelsea Light Moving - Burroughs

Cat Power - Ruin

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Redd Kross song is from the forthcoming album Researching the Blues on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Chelsea Light Moving song is from the band's forthcoming album on Matador Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Cat Power song is on the album Sun on Matador Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_233_062512.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:36pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with filmmaker Eric Green as we discuss his documentary about V66, the short-lived Boston music video channel. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Mission of Burma, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Metric and Ceremony.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Cambridge, Mass.

- Eric's documentary is called Life on the V

- V66 was on the air from 2/85 to 9/86

- Response to the topic has been great

- Doc is almost finished

- Music docs are in vogue

- Rumors that MTV was keeping an eye on V66

- Eric resisted the classic Behind the Music structure

- V66 was based in Worcester, Mass.; bands would visit before concerts there

- 9-year-old Eric got on the air with a phoned-in joke

- Cable TV was much different in the '80s; still hadn't made it to many rural areas

- Memories of USA Network's Night Flight video show

- Music docs: Stop Making Sense vs. The Last Waltz

- When V66 played Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" video, they took MTV logo out

- Eric received a lot of fan submissions of V66 videos on VHS tapes

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Mission of Burma - Second Television

David Byrne and St. Vincent - Who

Metric - Artificial Nocturne

Ceremony - I Don't Wanna Be Learned/I Don't Wanna Be Tamed

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Mission of Burma song is from the forthcoming album Unsound on Fire Records. Download the song for free at Rolling Stone.

The David Byrne and St. Vincent song is from the forthcoming album Love This Giant on 4AD. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at Stereogum.

The Metric song is on the album Synthetica on Mom and Pop Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Ceremony song is an unreleased track available for free download at Noisey.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_232_061812.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:08pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with filmmaker Eric Green as we discuss his documentary about V66, the short-lived Boston music video channel. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Walkmen, Beachwood Sparks, King Tuff and Superchunk.

Show notes:

- Recorded in Cambridge, Mass.

- Eric's documentary is called Life on the V

- V66 was on the air from 2/85 to 9/86

- UHF station that reached throughout New England

- Cable still hadn't reached many towns

- There were other music video shows including Friday Night Videos on NBC

- Videos had been around for awhile but didn't catch on until MTV arrived

- V66 introduced a lot of new music, played diverse styles

- We both watched it as kids

- Run DMC's "King of Rock" was most requested song on V66

- Boston bands were given more attention: Del Fuegos, Til Tuesday, New Man

- Ex-radio guy John Garabedian started V66

- Station did non-music programming likes sports, weather

- MTV began adding different programs in late '80s

- Eventually, V66 was sold to Home Shopping Network

- Something like V66 could never happen today

- Eric worked at Fuse, the video station out of NYC

- Began making documentary in 2008; almost done

- Did many interviews with former V66 staff, as well as viewers

- Collected footage from fans

- Talked to musicians inspired by the station

- V66 teamed up with local radio stations on events

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Walkmen - Love is Luck

Beachwood Sparks - Sparks Fly Again

King Tuff - Bad Thing

Superchunk - Misfits & Mistakes

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Walkmen song is from the album Heaven on Fat Possum Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Beachwood Sparks song is on the album The Tarnished Gold on Sub Pop. Download the song for free at Sub Pop.

The King Tuff song is on the band's self-titled album on Sub Pop. Download the song for free at Sub Pop.

The Superchunk song is on the EP Leaves in the Gutter on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_231_061112.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with special guests Nick Lorenzen and Mike Piantigini as we discuss the death of rock radio. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Henry Clay People, Archers of Loaf, Codeine and Los Campesinos.

Show notes:

- Radio now competes with iPods, digital radio, Spotify

- The anticipation factor with new music is gone

- Cell phone video has changed the live experience

- Music has become background noise

- We don't pay attention as closely to new music

- As people get older, some lose that connection to music

- Mike: Music education came from hanging out at college radio station

- Remembering the old Boston rock station WCOZ

- In praise of WFMU

- Nick: Listened to a lot of classic rock on stations like WAAF

- Satellite radio is a factor

- Jay: First listened to CHUM-AM in Toronto, then got into the FM rock stations

- Canadian Content Rule was in effect: Lots of April Wine, Chilliwack, Triumph

- Nick and Mike played in the great rock band Lump

- College radio is still great, especially WMBR, the MIT station

- Only Boston rock stations left are WZLX, WAAF, The River (WXRV)

- Jay: Pretty much listened to WFNX all the time during the '90s

- Younger music fans may not feel the loss of FNX

- Used to be fun to listen to radio in other parts of country

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Henry Clay People - Hide

Archers of Loaf - Dead Red Eyes

Codeine - Median (Peel session)

Los Campesinos - Tiptoe Through the True Bits

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Henry Clay People song is from the band's forthcoming album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on TBD Records. Download the song for free at Soundcloud.

The Archers of Loaf song is on the reissue of the band's album White Trash Heroes on Merge Records. Download the song for free at Soundcloud.

The Codeine song is a previously unreleased track from a Peel session available on the reissue of Barely Real on Numero Group. Download the song for free from Stereogum.

The Los Campesinos song is a non-album track released by the band for free download from its website.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_230_060512.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:39pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with special guests Nick Lorenzen and Mike Piantigini as we discuss the death of rock radio. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Bob Mould, Hallelujah the Hills, Zeus and The White Stripes.

Show notes:

- Boston alternative rock station WFNX was sold to Clear Channel recently

- Rock radio has been on life support for quite some time

- Too much radio programming and formats

- WFNX was pioneer of the alternative format

- Nick: Knew of WFNX more by reputation as a kid

- Mike: College radio introduced me to a world beyond classic rock and metal

- Jay: R.E.M. and U2 were first so-called alternative bands I got into

- WBCN was revolutionary back in late '60s and '70s, playing free-form rock

- Eventually became formatted like all the rest

- WBCN switched to alternative format in mid-'90s to compete with FNX

- Eventually, BCN went to more talk: Stern, Opie & Anthony

- FNX went downhill for a while with nu metal

- Nick: FNX had rebounded in last few years

- We old guys don't get newer bands like Mumford and Sons

- FNX wasn't going after geezers like us anymore

- Many more options for listeners now: iPod, streaming audio, Pandora

- The "Mike FM" stations just regurgitate '90s alternacrap

- The much-bigger WBCN went off air in '09, turned into a sports talk station

- The market for rock music has diminished; kids are listening to more hip hop and pop

- Plenty of new rock bands coming out all the time

- Nick: Hard rock is used more in sports arenas and commercials

- To be continued next week

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Bob Mould - The Act We Act (live)

Hallelujah the Hills - Get Me in a Room

Zeus - Anything You Want, Dear

The White Stripes - Jimmy the Exploder

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Bob Mould song is from Live at Bottom of the Hill, a free EP of three Sugar songs from the album Copper Blue performed live on Feb. 24 in San Francisco. Download the EP for free (in exchange for your email address) at New.Official.Fm.

The Hallelujah the Hills song is on the album No One Knows What Happens Next on Discrete Pageantry. Download the song for free from IODA Promonet.

The Zeus song is on the album Busting Visions on Arts and Crafts. Download the song for free from IODA Promonet.

The White Stripes song is from the band's self-titled album on Sympathy for the Record Industry. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_229_052812.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 2:08pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Adam Tinkoff as we discuss diet and exercise. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Afghan Whigs, The Alabama Shakes, Sunny Ali and the Kid, and Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Adam's new show Zen@10 and also the Slow Runners Club

- Adam: Think before you eat

- Jay: Hot dogs gross me out

- Food processing is a nasty business

- Keep track of what you eat for 30 days

- Mix up your workouts

- Adam: Latin dancing is a great workout

- Adam's a "carousel of crazy"

- He did Internet broadcasting in 2000 before podcasting was created

- Taking a break from Slow Runners Club podcast because of busy schedules

- Kicked off 2012 Spring Clean Reboot

- Group effort to eat better

- First week is easy, but after that it's tough to sustain

- We need to make it easy for people to exercise

- Much has changed in the last 20 years

- Harder to lose weight as you get older

- Body mass index (BMI) is useless

- Body fat percentage doesn't need to be single digits

- Adam: All diet plans fail

- Change your habits, then adjustments

- Getting into online fitness coaching

- You don't need a gym to get fit

- The Biggest Loser made weight loss inspiring

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Afghan Whigs - See and Don't See

The Alabama Shakes - Hold On

Sunny Ali and the Kid - Chai

Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra - Do It With a Rockstar

Completely Conspicuous is available through the iTunes podcast directory. Subscribe and write a review!

The Afghan Whigs song is the first new recording from the band since 2006. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at TheAfghanWhigs.com.

The Alabama Shakes song is on the album Boys & Girls on ATO Records. Download the song for free as part of The ATO Spring Sampler (in exchange for your email address) at ATO Records.

The Sunny Ali and the Kid  song is a digital single available for free download at Bandcamp

The Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra song is on her forthcoming album on 8ft Records. Download the song for free from Soundcloud.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_228_052212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:57pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Adam Tinkoff as we discuss fitness. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Young Adults, Guided By Voices, The Riverboat Gamblers and Beck.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Check out Adam's new show Zen@10 and also the Slow Runners Club

- Talking a little rock: Against Me singer switching genders

- Are Bowie Bonds worth anything?

- Adam's mulling a trip to Bonnaroo

- We both met Trey from Phish at different points

- Frank Zappa's influence on modern music

- Adam doesn't buy the new CDC obesity report

- More folks are becoming long-distance runners getting into fitness

- People need to make better dietary choices

- Bigger problem is inactivity of people on Facebook

- Adam: Was seriously into martial arts, then focused on fatherhood in his 30s

- Now back into fitness

- Adam was a podcasting pioneer, talking about weight loss and fitness

- Drinking alcohol can affect how much nutrition your body gets from food

- Formaldehyde: Your last drink

- Giving up alcohol for short periods can benefit your weight loss and fitness efforts

- Soft drinks are full of unwanted side effects

- Everything in moderation

- To be continued next week

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Young Adults - Decay

Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots a UFO

The Riverboat Gamblers - Comedians

Beck - Lost Cause

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The Young Adults song is on the compilation NOFUCKINGWHERE, featuring Boston bands covering songs from Ride's 1990 album Nowhere compiled by Jay Breitling. Download the entire album for free at Clicky Clicky.

The Guided By Voices song is the title track of the band's forthcoming album on Guided By Voices/Fire Records. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Riverboat Gamblers song is on the album The Wolf You Feed on Volcom Entertainment. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) from TheRiverboatGamblers.com

The Beck song is on the album Sea Change on Geffen. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_227_051412.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:46pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Ben Amirault as we discuss the growth of craft beer. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Mission of Burma, Father John Misty, Hallelujah the Hills and The Men.

Show notes:

- Check out Ben's beer blog The Church Key

- Dogfish Head has branched out with TV show, limited edition beers

- Northeast has many great brewers: Magic Hat, Smuttynose, Baxter, Long Trail

- "Ice beer" was, and still is, a thing

- Regional pockets of great craft beer throughout the U.S.

- Some of beers can overdo it with the accents (fruit, pumpkin, caramel, chocolate, coffee, etc.)

- Jay: Not big into pairing certain beers with certain types of food

- Canadians will drink Bud or Coors because it's so light

- Ben: Hard to keep up with all the new brewers

- Recent trend is putting craft beer in cans

- Some brewers won't do it, but many are: Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, Oskar Blues, Baxter

- Great packaging can get you to try a beer

- The bomber is a great way to check out a new beer

- Some stores let you "make" your own six-pack from singles

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Mission of Burma - Dust Devil

Father John Misty - Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings

Hallelujah the Hills - Hungry Ghost Extraordinaire

The Men - Open Your Heart

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The Mission of Burma song is on the forthcoming album Unsound on Fire Records. Download the song for free at Team Clermont.

The Father John Misty song is on the album Fear Fun on Sub Pop. Download the song for free at Sub Pop.

The Hallelujah the Hills song is on the album No One Knows What Happens Next on Discrete Pageantry. Download the song for free from Prefix Mag

The song by The Men is on the album Open Hearts on Sacred Bones. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_226_050712.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:20pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Ben Amiraujlt as we discuss the growth of craft beer . I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from the Ty Segall Band, Ceremony, Grinderman and Brainiac.

Show notes:

- Check out Ben's beer blog The Church Key

- Many parallels between craft beer world and punk rock

- Ben reviews beers on his blog

- When will someone invent digitized beer?

- Craft beer first boomed in the '90s

- Plenty of great small breweries popping up now

- Session beer is catching on thanks to Notch

- There's a lot of high-alcohol beers now

- Ben's gearing up for American Craft Beer Fest in Boston

- Social media is raising awareness of craft beer

- Local specialty stores hold regular beer tastings

- Summer beer is out in April

- Beer is economy-proof

- Sam Adams has become almost synonymous with craft beer

- Dogfish Head has made a big splash in last few years

- Comparing Sam Adams to Green Day

- Old-school brewers are trying new things: Guinness, Bud, Newcastle

- Going on a Guinness kick

- To be continued next week

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Ty Segall Band - Wave Goodbye

Ceremony - Send Me Your Dreams

Grinderman (feat. Matt Berninger) - Evil (Silver Alert Remix)

Brainiac - Nothing Ever Changes

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The Ty Segall Band song is from the album Slaughterhouse on In the Red Records. Download the song for free from Soundcloud.

The Ceremony song is on LAMC #1 on Famous Class Records. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) from Bandcamp.

The Grinderman song is on the album Grinderman 2 RMX on Anti/Epitaph. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Brainiac song is on the album Hissing Prigs in Static Couture on Touch and Go Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:37pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the evolution of profanity. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Japandroids, Cloud Nothings, Ceremony and Yukon Blonde.

Show notes:

- Mother jokes led to popularity of "m-f'er"

- Eddie Murphy's Comedian album introduced a whole new world of profanity

- Most words have lost shock value

- Little girl swearing in "Kick Ass" was shocking

- We had more freedom as kids, but kids can access so much more now

- Still isn't cool to randomly drop f-bombs in public

- Matt: Won't call a female a bitch

- Becoming more sensitive about calling your friends gay

- Hollywood has become introduced to foul-mouthed Boston Irish characters

- Swear words we won't say anymore

- Songs with profanity are becoming more commonplace

- Comedians have always pushed the boundaries

- The Simpsons were once the paragon of rudeness

- Violence on TV is no problem, but sex and some profanity is still banned

- Cell phones have taken over people's lives

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Japandroids - The House That Heaven Built

Cloud Nothings - No Sentiment

Ceremony - Hysteria

Yukon Blonde - Stairway

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The Japandroids song is from the album Celebration Rock on Matador Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Cloud Nothings song is on the album Attack on Memory on Carpark Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Ceremony song is on the album Zoo on Matador Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Yukon Blonde song is on the album Tiger Talk on Dine Alone Records. Download the song for free from Chromewaves.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_224_042312.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 5:56pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the evolution of profanity. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Deer Tick, The Rationales, Wintersleep and Torche.

Show notes:

- George Carlin summed up the issue of profanity on TV quite nicely

- NYPD Blue pushed the boundaries of what you could see on broadcast TV

- As kids, we saw a lot of risque stuff on pay cable channels

- Sitcoms have to make do with innuendo

- Inadvertent f-bombs on awards shows

- The "c-word" is offensive here, not so much overseas

- The number of f-bombs factors into movie ratings

- South Park loves to push network censors

- Plot twists are more shocking than language

- Tarantino edited the TV version of Pulp Fiction himself

- The comfort of casual profanity

- Starting young

- Controlling your language in polite society

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Deer Tick - Born at Zero

The Rationales - Radio

Wintersleep - Resuscitate

Torche - Reverse Inverted

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The Deer Tick song is from the EP Tim on Partisan Records. Download the song for free from Spin.

The Rationales song is a single avalable for free download from Bandcamp.

The Wintersleep song is on the album Hello Hum on Roll Call Records. Download the song for free at Wintersleep.com.

The Torche song is on the album Harmonicraft on Volcom Entertainment. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:06pm EDT

This week, I revisit an old mix tape I made many moons ago. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week.

Show notes:

- In episode 141, I discussed the early mix tapes I made as a kid

- A few years ago, started writing about mix tapes in my blog

- Looking back at Summer of Loud, a tape I recorded in '94

- Previous year was pretty rough, but things were looking up in '94

- Switched jobs and apartments at about the same time

- 1994 was a good year for alt rock

- I still listen to this mix from time to time

- Bonehead of the Week

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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; check out his site PodGeek.
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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Jay Breitling as we discuss earworms. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Best Coast, The Dandy Warhols, OFF! and The Melvins.

Show notes:

- Recorded on St. Patrick's Day at Chez Breitling

- Kids' music can implant evil melodies in your brain

- Pop music is a good gateway for music fans

- Hall and Oates wrote the catchiest damn songs

- We are in the post-ironic age

- Breitling buys a Daryl Hall song

- Good rock showing up on late night talk shows

- Parents' easy-listening music ends up living in your head: Neil Diamond, Sinatra, Neil Sedaka

- Tracing the roots of Charlie Rich's hit "The Most Beautiful Girl"

- Kumar: Supertramp's Breakfast in America lives on in my mind'

- The Who's Face Dances was more like a Townshend solo album

- Watching an awesome Mclusky video featuring cats

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Best Coast - The Only Place

The Dandy Warhols - Sad Vacation

OFF! - King Kong Brigade

The Melvins - The War on Wisdom

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The Best Coast song is from the forthcoming album of the same name on Mexican Summer. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) from Best Coast.

The Dandy Warhols song is from the forthcoming album This Machine on The End Records. Download the song for free
from Stereogum.

The OFF! song is on the band's self-titled album on Vice. Download the song for free at Pitchfork.

The Melvins song is on the EP The Bulls and the Bees courtesy of Scion AV. Download the EP for free from Scion AV.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_221_040212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:06pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Jay Breitling as we discuss earworms. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Titus Andronicus, At the Drive-In, Sleater-Kinney and Spoon.

Show notes:

- Recorded on St. Patrick's Day at Chez Breitling

- Not referring to Ceti eels from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

- Kumar: Recently haunted by crappy songs from Styx and Foreigner

- The search for Early Dog

- Breitling has memories of the ol' shower radio

- Ronnie Montrose, R.I.P.

- Chloe B. makes an appearance

- Kumar: "Smoke on the Water" banishes most earworms

- Sometimes earworms can be good

- Advertising can create earworms by playing songs repeatedly

- On Jon Papelbon's new entrance music for the Phillies

- Kumar: Crappy soundtrack songs from the '80s return to haunt me

- Scientific research on earworms

- Rebecca Black's "Friday"

- Keith Richards on business acumen

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Titus Andronicus - Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape with the Flood of Detritus

At the Drive-In - Pattern Against User

Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One

Spoon - The Fitted Shirt

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The Titus Andronicus song is from the Titus Andronicus LLC Mixtape Vol 1. Download the mixtape for free from the band's Tumblr.

The At the Drive-In song is from the album Relationship of Command on Grand Royal Records. Download the song for free
from Epitonic.

The Sleater-Kinney song is on the album All Hands on the Bad One on Kill Rock Stars. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

The Spoon song is on the album Girls Can Tell on Merge Records. Download the song for free from Epitonic.

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; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:58am EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Ric Dube about bootlegs. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and live music from Fugazi, fIREHOSE and Warren Zevon.

Show notes:

- Check out Ric's latest project, Trademark of Quality

- Bootlegs would get bootlegged

- Plenty of boots of concerts from radio and TV broadcasts

- When Napster emerged, bottom dropped out of bootleg market

- U2's Achtung Baby demos were stolen, ended up on bootlegs

- Ric has an early Men at Work bootleg, just because

- The Legend of Norm De Plume

- Pretenders bootleg has song from the Castaways at the end to fill space on the vinyl

- Bands used to re-record tracks on their live albums in the '70s

- Lots of good early Beck boots out there

- Ric: Searching for a long lost Elvis Costello bootleg

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Fugazi - Merchandise (live at Irving Plaza)

fIREHOSE - For the Singer of REM (live at Ancienne Belgique)

Warren Zevon - Lawyers, Guns and Money (live at The Record Plant)

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The Fugazi song is from a show recorded at Irving Plaza in New York on 4/3/95. Download the song for free from the Live Music Archive.

The fIREHOSE song is from a show recorded at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium on 3/12/91. Download the song for free
from the Live Music Archive.

The Warren Zevon song is on from a set recorded live at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA, on 7/27/78. Download the song for free from the Live Music Archive.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_219_031912.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:52pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Ric Dube as we discuss bootlegs. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and live music from Mission of Burma, The Minutemen and The Dirtbombs.

Show notes:

- Check out Ric's latest project, Trademark of Quality

- Powered by BBQ

- TMOQ doesn't have actual bootlegs, but features essays about them

- Bootlegs comprise anything not released by a record company

- Jay: Discovered bootlegs and imports in record stores in the '80s

- Ric: First boot was a Springsteen live set from '81

- Jay: First boot was a Zeppelin live box set

- Both sound terrible

- Ric: Most bootlegs he owns are of The Replacements

- A lot of originally bootlegged 'Mats B-sides have turned up on official reissues

- Jay: Bought Prince's Black Album in late '80s from bootleg tape vendor at UNH

- Ric made cassette sleeves in early '90s for bootlegs with manga images

- Ric: Recorded bootlegs at live shows

- Also sold VHS tapes

- Jay: Had a list of bootlegs for sale in early '80s

- Used to get bootlegs from the old Rockit Records stores in '80s and '90s

- Ric: Pitching your bootleg wares to record stores

- Now there's countless boots available for free online

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Mission of Burma - Red (live on WERS)

The Minutemen - One Reporter's Opinion/Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing (live at The Blue Note)

The Dirtbombs - Ode to a Black Man (live at The Blind Pig)

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The Mission of Burma song is from a live set recorded at WERS-FM on 9/21/80. Download the song for free from the Live Music Archive.

The Minutemen songs are from a show recorded live at The Blue Note in Columbia, MO, on 5/12/84. Download the songs for free
from the Live Music Archive.

The Dirtbombs song is on from a show recorded live at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI, on 7/15/05. Download the song for free from the Live Music Archive.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_218_031212.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 7:29pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Mike Heyliger as we discuss the whole New York vs. Boston thing. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Torche, Brendan Benson, White Rabbits and Sun Kil Moon.

Show notes:

- Check out Mike's blog Popblerd

- It's all about efficiency

- NYC's got the advantage for things to do after 2 a.m.

- Everything closes up early in Boston

- Jay: Mid-week club shows are tough when you have kids

- Green Day's ready for Vegas

- Boston has a ton of great small rock clubs

- NYC has a better assortment of R&B and hip hop shows

- The undeniable greatness of The Roots

- Duran Duran's long and winding career

- Mike had the Duran Duran board game as a kid

- Mike: Rudy Giuliani cleaned up NYC in early '90s

- The Northeast has a certain intensity

- Boston's a good place to live

- Beer's a whole lot cheaper than in NYC bars

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Torche - Kicking

Brendan Benson - Bad For Me

White Rabbits - Temporary

Sun Kil Moon - Sunshine in Chicago

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The Torche song is on the band's forthcoming album Harmonicraft on Volcom Entertainment. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) from TorcheMusic.

The Brendan Benson song is on the album What Kind of World on ReadyMade. Download the song for free
(in exchange for your email address) at BrendanBenson.com.

The White Rabbits song is on the album Milk Famous on TBD Records. Download the song for free at RCRDLBL.

The Sun Kil Moon song is on the album Among the Leaves on Caldo Verde Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_217_030512.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Mike Heyliger as we discuss the transition of moving to the Boston area. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Gorillaz, Boots Electric, Andrew Bird and Mike Doughty.

Show notes:

- Check out Mike's blog Popblerd

- Mike grew up in New York, moved to Boston in 2008

- Slow adjustment

- Mike: Every time I go back, I like NY less

- Slower pace in Boston, except for the drivers

- Jay: Even slower pace in NH

- Mike: Occasionally gets crap for wearing Yankees gear

- Not a ton of diversity in Boston

- Jay: Toronto is extremely diverse

- Still plenty of racism to go around

- The world's a lot different than it was 30 years ago

- Mike: Boston music scene is better than NYC's

- Good selection of clubs

- Mike's broken $100 ticket barrier to see Prince, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z/Kanye

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Gorillaz (feat. Andre 3000 and James Murphy) - DoYaThing

Boots Electric - I Love You All the Thyme

Andrew Bird - EyeonEye

Mike Doughty - Na Na Nothing

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The Gorillaz song is courtesy of Converse. Download the song for free from Converse.

The Boots Electric song is on the album Honkey Kong on Dangerbird Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Andrew Bird song is on the album Break It Yourself on Mom and Pop Records. Download the song for free at NoiseTrade.

The Mike Doughty song is on the album Yes and Also Yes on Snack Bar Records. Download the song for free at Insound.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

Direct download: CompCon_216_022712.mp3
Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 6:22pm EDT

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss the new Van Halen album. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from The Hounds Below, Dinosaur Jr. and Black Mountain.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Jay: An impressive outing for a band at this stage

- Not many bands have taken such a long break and returned strong

- Mission of Burma and the Feelies are better than ever

- Where does this rank in VH pantheon?

- Jay: Ranks 7th after first six DLR albums, ahead of Hagar

- Brian: Michael Anthony's harmonies are missed

- Brian: VH should do a tour with Dave and Sammy

- What would you pay $90 to see live?

- Brian: McCartney's current band is excellent

- Arena shows are quickly getting priced out of reach of much of public

- Brian: Bob Mould noted particularly egregious lyrics on new VH single

- Brian: Aerosmith is long overdue for a good album

- Jay: Last good Aerosmith album was more than 20 years ago

- Good run of Aerosmith albums in the '70s

- Steven Tyler has become the dude who looks like a lady

- Brian: This VH album could've been much worse

- The sad story of Jason Becker, DLR's guitarist in early '90s

- Jay: Couldn't have expected the new VH to be any better

- Brian: Interested to hear the follow-up

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
The Hounds Below - For You and I

Dinosaur Jr. - No Bones (live)

Black Mountain - Mary Lou

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The Hounds Below song is on the band's as-yet untitled debut album. Download the song for free at Consequence of Sound.

The Dinosaur Jr. song is on the DVD Bug Live at 9:30 Club: In the Hands of Fans. Download the song for free at DinosaurJr.com.

The Black Mountain song is on the soundtrack to the movie Year Zero. Download the song for free at Stereogum.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

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Category:Completely Conspicuous -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Part 1 of my conversation with special guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss the new Van Halen album, the band's first with David Lee Roth in almost 30 years. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Frank Black and the Catholics, Buffalo Tom and Hot Snakes.

Show notes:

- Recorded via Skype

- Not interested in Grammy Awards

- Gary Cherone was in band at its worst

- Brian: Only VH album in his iTunes is VH III

- Brian started listening to VH in early '90s

- Always preferred DLR

- Jay: First VH album was Diver Down on cassette

- Diver Down was a cash-in album

- Jay: Liked Hagar, but not as VH singer

- Lyrical content not a big concern for VH

- Brian: VH III was pretty stark

- Eddie's synth phase was similar to what Rush did in the '80s

- VH has always picked curious opening acts

- Wolfgang is a decent bassist

- Neither VH or DLR had done anything good for 20+ years

- Jay: Eat 'Em and Smile was better than 5150

- Brian: First impression of new album was it sounds like DLR solo album

- Jay: First single is worst song on album

- Brian: Everybody sounds energized

- Beginning of second career or one-time deal?

- To be continued

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Frank Black and the Catholics - Nadine

Buffalo Tom - Mineral

Hot Snakes - Who Died

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The Frank Black and the Catholics song is on the album Show Me Your Tears on SpinART Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Buffalo Tom song is on the album Let Me Come Over on Beggars Banquet. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

The Hot Snakes song is on the album Suicide Invoice on Swami Records. Download the song for free at Epitonic.

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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site PodGeek.

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

Part 2 of my conversation with special guest Brad Searles as we discuss band reunions, among other rock topics. I've also got the Bonehead of the Week and music from Cloud Nothings, Joseph Arthur and The Cult.

Show notes:

- Check out Brad's excellent blog, Bradley's Almanac (http://www.bradleysalmanac.com/)

- Recorded at the Sunset Grill in Allston, Mass.

- Brad's bad memories of seeing Pixies open for U2

- Praise for Stewart Copeland

- The massive influence of the Pixies

- Brad: Recording at Fort Apache was daunting

- Possible Stone Roses reunion in the works

- Codeine's doing reunion shows and releasing box set

- Chickfactor is bringing a bunch of bands back together: Lilys, Small Factory

- Guided By Voices reunites classic lineup

- The power of Janet Weiss

- Great music blogs: Chromewaves, Clicky Clicky, Largehearted Boy

- Brad recommends Soma.fm streaming radio

- Brad does a DJ night with Jay Breitling at River Gods in Cambridge, Mass.

- Making time to do things your way

- A lot of blogs died after chasing the big payout

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless

Joseph Arthur - Travel As Equals

The Cult - Lucifer

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The Cloud Nothings song is on the album Attack on Memory on Carpark Records. Download the song for free at http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/01/cloud_nothings_2.html.

The Joseph Arthur song is on the self-released album Redemption City. Download the album for free at  http://josepharthur.com.

The Cult song is on the forthcoming album Choice of Weapon on Cooking Vinyl. Download the song for free (in exchange for your email address) at http://thecult.us.

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 http://clickyclickymusic.com and http://www.keepingsomedarksecrets.net. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography at http://bobdurling.blogspot.com/. Voiceover work is courtesy of James Gralian; check out his site http://www.podgeek.com.

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