Thursday, March 29, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 488: Dig for Fire (Solo Beatles-Living Colour, part 3)

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss musical blindspots: I dig into George Harrison's Brainwashed and Brian checks out Living Colour's Stain. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Jay: George Harrison's posthumous release
- Never heard anything from this on the radio
- Took repeated listens for it to click
- Ends with George and his son chanting together
- Harrison's solo work after first album is noticeably flawed
- Harrison worked on this album for 14 years
- Jeff Lynne production doesn't overwhelm Brainwashed
- Jay: All three solo Beatles albums I listened to were good
- Brian: The third Living Colour record is more aggressive
- Very angry, dark album
- Timely lyrical themes that would work today
- Doug Wimbish brings a different sound to Living Colour
- Industrial sounding, lots of sampling
- Band split up in '95
- Album was out of print for years after a lawsuit over its name
- Watching rock stars age is strange
- Robert Plant's stayed true to himself
- Next up: Jay will explore the Mountain Goats catalog, Brian will check out Buffalo Tom

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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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 487: Dig for Fire (Solo Beatles-Living Colour, Part 2)

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Brian Salvatore as we discuss musical blindspots: I dig into Paul McCartney's RAM and Brian checks out Living Colour's Time's Up. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Brian: Glover's vocals are too showy on Reid's songs
- Second half of album is more varied
- Back in the days of super-long albums
- Living Colour would switch styles in the middle of songs
- Bands would go platinum with no radio play
- Taping music off the radio
- RAM was credited to Paul and Linda
- Whimsy with a dark undercurrent
- Homemade-sounding album recorded in an NYC studio
- Critics hated it when it came out
- Macca rarely plays these songs live
- Next up: Living Colour's Stain and George Harrison's Brainwashed
- George's problematic solo career
- Here's to long rock docs
 
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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.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 486: Content Mismanagement

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the power of the written word. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea
- The popularity of comics has moved beyond just comic books
- The collector's market collapsed in the late '90s
- We make less time to read nowadays
- Audiobooks and podcasts are popular with people trying to multitask
- Mark Hamill's interesting career
- Attention spans are shrinking
- Binge-watching vs. reading
- Long-form storytelling is alive and well on TV
- Being professional on social media
- When things you liked don't age well
- Retroactive criticism
- Hate-sharing for fun and profit
- Outrage fatigue
- Picking careers that become obsolete
 
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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.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 485: Word is Bond

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss the power of the written word. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea
- Everything's great
- Content has a different meaning these days
- Gotta grab readers much more quickly
- We read full articles more infrequently
- Rarely go directly to newspaper sites
- Jay: Use Feedly, which is like the old Google Reader RSS feed aggregator
- RSS feeds are archaic now
- Facebook's News Feed is pretty light on actual news
- People "liking" products on social media
- Matt: Shorter stories seem to do better than longer novels
- e-readers are good and bad
- Internet publishing took away the gatekeeper so anyone can publish now
- Now there's so much out there, you can't tell the good from the bad
- Paperbacks are making a comeback, like vinyl
- Putting "girl" in a book title is trending
- Dino erotica is a thing
- Fun with keywords
- Doing chart battle with werewolf smut
- Jay: Finally got a Kindle last year
- Matt: Amazon is the devil that pays on time
- To be continued
 
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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.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 484: Wrap It Up

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite albums of 2017. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- JB's #4
- A surprising shoegaze comeback
- JK's #4
- Dan Bejar hits the sweet spot
- JB's #3
- The greatness of Father/Daughter Records
- Interesting songs that grab you
- JK's #3
- A man of constant reinvention
- JB's #2
- A strong farewell from a beloved band
- JK's #2
- Harking back to a signature sound with some new twists
- JB's #1
- Strong set produced by Kurt Heasley of the Lilys
- JK's #1
- Two great tastes that taste great together
- Very conversational, ramshackle
- Some great box sets/archival releases from Husker Du, Replacements, Acetone
- Anticipated releases: Yr Poetry, Buffalo Tom, Sloan, Ty Segall, Arctic Monkeys, My Bloody Valentine
- Shout out to Ollie

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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.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 483: Turnkey End-to-End Best-of List Solution

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite albums of 2017. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- JB's #10
- Tommy Stinson can still bring it
- JK's #10
- A welcome return after 17 years
- JB's #9
- A turnkey post-shoegaze solution
- JK's #9
- Double LP return for the great Ted Leo
- JB's #8
- A different sound for She Sir
- JK's #8
- Strong effort marred by bizarre on-stage incident
- When artists you like do bad things
- JB's #7
- Breitling digs on the ambient music
- JK's #7
- Mixing hooks in with blistering rockers
- JB's #6
- Juana Molina continues to explore
- JK's #6
- Strong career progression from consistently interesting artist
- JB's #5
- Former schoolteacher turned electronic artist
- JK's #5
- Double album recorded while the artist was dying
- Each song was about a person in his life
- To be continued

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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.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Completely Conspicuous 482: Runnin' Down a Dream

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about the year in indie rock. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- Eighth annual year in review
- Rock isn't part of the top 40 conversation anymore
- Apple is going to stop selling downloads and iPods
- Music as a service
- Does higher quality audio really matter?
- People who died
- Pat DiNizio recently passed; the Smithereens had a fine career
- Other notable deaths: Petty, Downie, Cornell, Berry, Domino, Allman, Hart
- The Year of Punishing Bad Behavior
- Albums that didn't make our top 10 lists
- Breitling: The War on Drugs recalls mid-80s classic rock
- Also dug St. Vincent, Lali Puna, Wet Trident, Lubec, Charly Bliss
- Kumar: War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Parade, Protomartyr, Ron Gallo
- Lots of music to like this year
- To be continued

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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.