Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 495: Down the Wrong Road Both Ways

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about our rock n' roll regrets. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Jay: Gave away a bunch of vinyl in the '90s
- Price gouging vinyl-loving hipsters
- Looking for bargains
- Young entrepreneurship gone wrong
- Taping music off the radio
- In praise of Barooga Bandit
- Phil: Wish I'd seen shows at some historic venues
- Jay: Bands I once liked that I now regret liking
- There should be no guilty pleasures
- Coming to terms with disco
- Some early '90s radio staples now ring false
- Getting rides to concerts from parents
- Jay: Not going to club shows earlier
- Only went to hockey arenas and amphitheaters

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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.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 494: Regrettable

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Phil Stacey about our rock n' roll regrets. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at CompCon world HQ
- Phil: Bands I never got to see
- Missing artists before they died
- Sometimes it's for budgetary reasons
- Jay: Saw Neil Young last month for the first time
- The time Phil got dosed at a Cure show
- Phil: Not being old enough to see certain artists in their prime
- Following bands on tour
- Jay: Not sticking with the guitar
- Been playing on and off for decades
- Short-lived band experiences, including Bea Arthur's Revenge
- Phil: Giving away CDs and mixtapes
- Mixtapes can tell a lot about someone's personality
- Jay: Still have all my cassettes
- 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.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 493: Stick It to the Man

Part 3 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- Our top 5 albums of the year so far
- JB's #5
- Post-rock quartet from Philly
- JK's #5
- A New Year's gift
- Channeling post-election angst
- JB's #3
- Hook-laden pop from Kevin Kline's kid
- JK's #4
- Back to basics from power pop masters
- JK's #3
- Hot rawk from a dependably excellent band
- JB's #2
- Sprawling lo-fi indie folk
- JK's #2
- Came out of left field
- Punchy power pop
- JB's #1
- Exhilarating release for this band's Saddle Creek debut
- JK's #1 and JB's #4
- Very political record
- Please save us, Fugazi
- JB: Still surprised at the lack of political music

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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, July 17, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 492: Count It Off, Smart Guy

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- On to the top 10
- JB's #10
- Side project of the late Scott Hutchison
- JK's #10
- Welcome return of alt-rock faves
- The laid-back recording style of Steve Albini
- JB's #9
- Ambient music via Philly
- JK's #9
- Boston alt-rock icons back with a vital new record
- JB's #8 and JK's #7
- Another fine album from an Aussie rocker
- JK's #8
- The evolution of a band's sound
- JB's #7
- No new Johnny Foreigner release, but this works
- JB's #6
- Minimal electronic act from the city of Brotherly Love
- Good chillout music
- JK's #6
- A solid solo release from another alt-rock legend
- Surprising political bent on a few songs
- 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.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 491: Chart Fatigue

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Jay Breitling about our favorite music of the first half of 2018. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Recorded at Clicky Clicky world HQ
- The sudden album drop: Drake, Kanye, Beyonce/Jay Z, Rosenstock
- Who needs major labels?
- Charts are meaningless when the kids just stream music
- Country may be the biggest selling genre right now
- Pop tours are struggling
- The flipside of convenience
- YouTube as last resort for streaming
- The floppy disk as music storage device
- Package tours now mix up genres and eras
- Breitling: "I imagine the Wang is sizable"
- Our favorite music: The bubbling unders...or also-rans
- Breitling: Ben Leiper, Kamasi Washington, Speedy Ortiz, GAS
- Kumar: Ty Segall, Hot Snakes, Screaming Females, La Luz, Poptone, Beach House, Janelle Monae, Painted Doll, Judas Priest
- 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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 490: Social Disease

Part 2 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss social media dependency. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea
- The political climate is disturbingly fascinating
- O, Canada?
- It used to be easy to fall out of political favor
- Howard Dean's scream
- The lack of competition
- No alternative party
- Navigating social media to victory
- Coming up with an escape plan
- Watch out for gators
- Connected to social media all day but don't look at it all the time
- Your info is constantly being collected by FB, Google, Amazon, etc.
- Wandering through the social media graveyard
- FB Messenger was banning people based on supposedly private conversations
- Matt's adventures with drunken late-night purchases like the Ab Zapper
- Buying swords on QVC
- The desperate need for social media likes
- Matt: No withdrawal symptoms when disconnected from the internet
- Consequences for social media faux pas can come quickly

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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, June 12, 2018

Completely Conspicuous 489: Social Distortion

Part 1 of my conversation with guest Matt Phillion as we discuss social media dependency. Listen to the episode below or download directly.


Show notes:
- Check out Matt's book Echo and the Sea
- Back from a little hiatus
- People who use their phones at the urinal
- Matt: Detached from social media while in Canada
- We're online all day for work
- Jay: The kids love the Instagram
- Twitter can be a cesspool
- Let Me Google That For You
- When Star Wars nerds get ugly
- Twitter can often be a license to be a jerk
- People can be "rock stupid"
- The compulsion to tweet
- Arguing with family members on social media
- The mute function on FB is helpful
- Matt: Writer Twitter drives me nuts
- Don't click on the comments!
- Anime geeks solving their arguments in a civil manner
- 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.