Monday, January 25, 2010

Completely Conspicuous 111: I Predict a Riot

The podcast returns with part 3 of my conversation with Ric Dube. We wrap up our pop culture predictions for the next decade. Click here to listen to the show in streaming audio or download it directly here (right click and "save as").

The show notes...

Topics:

- Dube praises the CompCon movie recap episodes

- Joseph Gordon-Levitt will continue to do good work

- Dube wants you to see 500 Days of Summer...to understand why he hates it

- "Annie Hall for dumb kids"

- Annoying Hollywood trend: Self-conscious namedropping of "cool bands"

- Talking Avatar...which neither of us has seen

- Ric loves his Kindle

- Prediction: Touchscreen technology may turn actual desktops into computers, creating virtual clutter

- Ric's moneymaking idea: Halloween costume generator

- Female version makes every costume slutty (E.g., slutty trash collector)

- Tailor made for an iPhone app

- The adventures of intern Gabe

- Ric: The TSA is comprised of power-mad mall cops

- Product idea: Terror alert level M&Ms

- Eat your way to comfort level

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:

- Drive-By Truckers - This F*cking Job

- Shearwater - Black Eyes

- The Smashing Pumpkins - Widow Wake My Mind

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The Drive-By Truckers song was recorded for the forthcoming album The Big To-Do on ATO Records. Find out more at and download the song for free at Stereogum.

The Shearwater song is on the album The Golden Archipelago on Matador Records, where you can download the track for free.

The Smashing Pumpkins song is on the forthcoming album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope. Find out more and download the song for free here.

The show is sponsored by Eastbay/Footlocker.com, a leading supplier of athletic footwear, apparel and sports equipment. The promo code AFCOMP15 will get you 15% off any order at Eastbay, AFCOMP20 will get you 20% off any order of $75 or more at Eastbay and AFCOMPFL will get you 15% off any order at Footlocker.

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. Additional music used in the show is by Me and Boris the Bull, which is the brainchild of the mighty Mark Campbelll. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography here.

Completely Conspicuous is a Tan God Production. Word.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Completely Conspicuous 110: Suture Up Your Future

The podcast returns with part 2 of my conversation with Ric Dube. We discuss our predictions for the future of movies and TV. Click here to listen to the show in streaming audio or download it directly here (right click and "save as").

The show notes...

Topics:

- Dube: Movies with vampires/monsters/zombies/aliens will pass

- We need new professions to make movies about

- Some possibilities: Temps, garbagemen

- The imposing presence of Charles S. "Roc" Dutton

- Kids' books only come out if they're part of a series

- We'll run out of comic book hero movies

- Ric throws out some movie pitches

- Pitch: "Bong With the Wind," Merchant and Ivory meets Cheech and Chong

- Pitch: "Thinheritance," a new take on "Brewster's Millions"

- Chris Rock would star; has to lose 50 pounds in 30 days to inherit millions, but has already lost the weight

- Pitch: "Guard Shack," starring Sinbad and Kevin James as warring security guards in guard shacks at either end of a complex

- B-52s will do theme song

- Jay's pitch: "Drive-Thru," where drive-thru worker witnesses murder or kidnapping

- Jay's TV prediction: Talent shows will branch out

- Ric's TV pitch: "Slave Trade," The Apprentice meets QVC

- Where does reality TV go from here?

- Jay's TV pitch: An award show for award shows

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:

- Jay Reatard - Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle

- Rogue Wave - Good Morning

- The Pixies - Dancing the Manta Ray (live)

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The Jay Reatard song was recorded for an upcoming album of covers of Nirvana's In Utero album. Find out more and download the song for free here.

The Rogue Wave song is on the album Permalight on Brushfire Records. Download the track for free at Stereogum.

The Pixies song is on the band's live EP commemorating the 20th anniversary of the album Doolittle. Download the EP for free at Pixiesmusic.com.

The show is sponsored by Budget, the country's premier car rental service with 900 locations. Go to Budget and save 10% off any reservation or $30 off a weekly rental.

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. Additional music used in the show is by Me and Boris the Bull, which is the brainchild of the mighty Mark Campbell. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography here.

Completely Conspicuous is a Tan God Production. Word.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Completely Conspicuous 109: The Future is Now

The podcast's back as special guest Ric Dube and I discuss the future of music. Click here to listen to the show in streaming audio or download it directly here (right click and "save as").

The show notes...

Topics:

- Dube: More band reunions this decade

- Three kinds of reunions: Genuine, threatened and recycled

- A note from Husker Du's Grant Hart

- Musing on a Led Zep reunion

- Kumar: Do we need age limits for rock?

- Many rock icons will hit 70 this decade

- Lemmy's still louder than anybody

- Will someone die onstage of natural causes?

- Mick Jagger's a cyborg

- "The Gambler" as metaphor for life

- We need a new song as metaphor

- Ric nominates Jerry Reed's "When You're Hot, You're Hot, When You're Not, You're Not"

- Jerry Reed: Master of talk-singing

- "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" has many levels

- Debating the merits of Jon & Vangelis

- Whither the cassingle?

- "Jailhouse Rock": A gay anthem?

- Jay's prediction: Next big format will be edible music

- Behold...the Skittle Player

- Horny.org: A good cause

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:

- The Besnard Lakes - Albatross

- Scarce - Racecar Gasoline

- Pavement - Gold Soundz

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

The Besnard Lakes song is on the album Are the Roaring Night on Jagjaguwar Records. Download the song here.

The Scarce song is on the EP Girl Through Me. Download the track for free here.

The Pavement song is on the greatest hits compilation Quarantine the Past on Matador Records, where you can download the song for free.

The show is sponsored by Budget, the country's premier car rental service with 900 locations. Go to Budget and save 10% off any reservation or $30 off a weekly rental.

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. Additional music used in the show is by Me and Boris the Bull, which is the brainchild of the mighty Mark Campbell. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography here.

Completely Conspicuous is a Tan God Production. Word.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Completely Conspicuous 108: What's My Name?

The podcast's back as I take a look at the lasting impact of nicknames. Click here to listen to the show in streaming audio or download it directly here (right click and "save as").

The show notes...

Topics:

- The story of "Lip"

- Nicknames I've had over the years

- Bonehead of the Week

Music:

- Metric - Gimme Sympathy

- The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Higher Than the Stars

- The XX - Basic Space

- Future of the Left - Arming Eritrea

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

The Metric song is on the self-released album Fantasies. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart song is on the EP Higher Than the Stars on Slumberland Records. Both songs are courtesy of IODA Promonet:

FantasiesMetric
"Gimme Sympathy" (mp3)
from "Fantasies"
(Arts & Crafts Mexico)

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Higher Than the StarsThe Pains of Being Pure At Heart
"Higher Than the Stars" (mp3)
from "Higher Than the Stars"
(Slumberland)

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The XX song is on the album xx on XL Recordings. The Future of the Left song is on the album Travels With Myself and Another on 4AD Records. Download both songs for free at BeggarsGroupUSA.

The show is sponsored by Eastbay/Footlocker.com, a leading supplier of athletic footwear, apparel and sports equipment. The promo code AFCOMP15 gets you 15% off any order at Eastbay, the code AFCOMP20 gets you 20% off any order of $75 or more at Eastbay, and the code AFCOMPFL will get you 15% off any order at Footlocker.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 blogs Clicky Clicky and Keeping Some Dark Secrets. Additional music used in the show is by Me and Boris the Bull, which is the brainchild of the mighty Mark Campbell. Thanks to Bob Durling for the album art; find out more about his photography here.

Completely Conspicuous is a Tan God Production. Word.