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Volume 2. Number 29. Like this newsletter?  If the answer is yes — and you wouldn't mind taking a minute to forward this edition to a friend and encouraging them to subscribe— we would greatly appreciate it. Or you could just send them this link!  Thanks!

The Week That Was: Listener New Music Got Lit!

See what we did there? 

Mon. July 13 - Our wonderful community kicked off the week with new music picks from June. We started with the new music OG, Steven Routledge. Vasant Ramamurthy joined in the fun. Featured: Neil Young, Elizabeth Cook, Panopticon, Ebonivory, Momma and Sault. 

Tue. July 14 - Walt Falconer and Jesse from San Antonio kept June new music week on full boil with their new music suggestions. Featured music from Bad Touch, Bananagun, the Country Westerns, Dion (!), Hinds, Khruangbin and HAIM. 

Wed. July 15 - We wrapped new music week with Susan from Wisconsin, Liam from Ireland and Dave from Kenosha. In the process, we featured new tunes from Black Pumas, Fantastic Negrito (feat. Tank) and Run The Jewels. We tossed in a couple of May tunes from Horisont and Ben de la Cour. 

Thurs. July 16Our recent run of interviews continued yesterday. We were lucky to be able to speak with with Ajay and Jeremy Popoff of rock band Lit. In the first of a two-part chat, they discussed their modern classic "My Own Worst Enemy" and what it was like growing up with a top 40 DJ as a dad. 

Fri. July 17 -  Friday, as usual, brings the end of another listening week. And it also brings the second part of our interview with Ajay and Jeremy Popoff of Lit. They discuss their new country-tinged project, under the name Popoff Brothers. And some memories from Woodstock '99. If you haven't already, hit play now

Suburbs Nation, we are unable to see music in person due to the ongoing pandemic. So we’re bringing it to you. Our Friday Night Hootenanny is ON for tonight (July 17) ! 

Performing isn't required, just log on, watch and listen. Members of the Community — and perhaps a few special guests — will perform songs in a big, rollicking Zoom session.

And if you dare, stick around for The Third Hour. 

"Doors" open at 7.30 ET and the music starts at 8 ET. Come and let your spirit be lifted by the power of music. 


On Deck:  Radkey, Mansun, The Beths

Plus Keith Jacobsen and live albums galore!

Mon. July 20 - Patron, pal and beer expert Mike Snider joins us in a chat with Isaiah Radkey, bass player for Midwestern rockers Radkey.  

Tue. July 21 - Patron, pal and music expert Steven Routledge comes aboard to enlighten us all on the hidden charms of British indie band Mansun. 

Wed. July 22 - Patron, pal and toy expert Keith Jacobsen joins us to discuss the art, beauty and limits of the live album. Get ready to start digging out albums you haven't heard in years. 

Thurs. July 23 & Fri. July 24 -  Patron, pal and New Zealand music expert Nick Scalera joins us to interview a Suburbs Pod favorite... The Beths! Many treats are in store for you, listener, start counting the days. 

Note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, topics and dates are subject to change. 


The kids are alright! 

I live in … Houston TX.

I work as … a software developer.

My favorite episodes are … EPJ episodes, Patrick road shows, artist countdowns, artist weeks/deep dives.

My favorite artists are … The Beatles, Replacements, Rolling Stones, The Who, Stevie Wonder, Black Crowes.

The most prized record in my collection is … Buckingham Nicks vinyl gatefold.

The first record I ever bought was … on my 10th birthday: The Beatles’ "Blue Album.” I went back the next day and got the "Red Album.”

The first concert I saw was … The Who, “Farewell Tour” in the Astrodome, Dec. 3, 1982. Note: I have seen them six times since that farewell show.

The last concert I saw was … New Pornographers in February 2020.

The best concerts I’ve seen were … The Who in 2000 (insanely intense and is on YouTube. Also, Townshend was hilarious that night); R.E.M., Green tour (Michael Stipe at his best); U2, Joshua Tree (Opening with “Streets” was electric); World Party (in a small theater and I was just blown away).

I play … guitar and write songs. You can hear both on a streaming service near you on an album called Lost in a Crowd by Total Strangers. You are welcome to listen as I would love for one of my songs to get to 1,000 streams someday so I don't have the dreaded "< 1,000" on Spotify.

I met a rock star …"Rabbit" Bundrick (keyboard player for the Who/Pete Townshend), after the Who played the Dome in 1989. Hung out in his room at the Four Seasons after the show until like 3 in the morning. He was insane and was eventually kicked out of the Who in 2012.

I am drinking … EZ7 Pale Ale, during the pandemic to support my favorite brewer: Brash Brewing. They are having a rough go at this time. Great social media follow, by the way.

My favorite basketball team is … 1980s Show Time Lakers, and Magic Johnson is the greatest basketball player ever. Don't @ me. 🙂

Your philosophy of life is …  “Have a good time all the time.” Oh wait, that's the philosophy from the keyboard player from Spinal Tap, but he seems solid.

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One of the true joys of new music week is the end of new music week. That's when we get to wrap up the previous month in a nifty playlist that will keep you swinging from the chandeliers all weekend. 

Thanks to our listeners, interns and community members who chipped in on these selections. Like the playlist description says, "Selected jams, from the Rockin' Suburbs crew." And what can you say to that? Well, two words will do... 

Hit play now. 

What We're Listening To:

Jim: Khruangbin - Mordechai
Mary:  Tiny Star - "Eclipse" 
Matt: Sam Roberts Band - "Ascension"
Patrick: Mulatu Astatke & Black Jesus Experience - To Know Without Knowing 
Sam: Barenaked Ladies - "Alcohol"
Sami: Gia Woods - "Feel It" 

Friday New Releases: Get Yr Fresh Wax!

Turn off the news, shut down Facebook and celebrate Friday New Release Day! Music is a salve for the soul, ya know, so (safely) bring some of these fresh slabs o' wax into your life. 

Bush - The Kingdom (Zuma/BMG)
Fair or not, this British band was seen by many in the ‘90s to have been cashing in on the grunge movement. Their massive radio airplay came after Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden blew the door open for others to walk right in. So who would have thought that 26 years after their debut, Bush would still be putting out records? Their eighth album maintains the guitar-heavy sound (slicker than ever) and Gavin Rossdale’s adept vocals. The spirit of the ‘90s is alive in Bush.

The Chicks - Gaslighter (Columbia)
No longer Dixie, just The Chicks. This album comes 14 years their last release and 17 years after controversial comments about President George W. Bush placed them in country music exile. Based on the title track, they aren’t backing down on the political commentary now.

Ellie Goulding - Brightest Blue (Interscope)
Five years since her last album, this British pop star comes back with 19 songs clocking in at an hour. The first half is softer, more introspective work (blue?), while the second half features more upbeat tunes (brightest?).

Illuminati Hotties - Free I.H.: This is Not the One You’ve Been Waiting For (Illuminati Hotties)
After a bad breakup with their record label, this indie act goes true indie, with a self-released album full of pointed rage. The opening track is called “Will I Get Cancelled if I Write a Song Called, ‘If You Were a Man You’d be so Cancelled.” You gotta listen now.

Kansas - The Absence of Presence (InsideOut)
Even after the retirement of singer Steve Walsh, this band carries on. On their second album with new vocalist Ronnie Platt, Kansas continues to lay claim to the title of Greatest American Prog Rock Band. Although Quartjar is coming on strong.

Lianne La Havas - Lianne La Havas (Nonesuch)
This British singer mixes folk and soul into something deep and pure and good. How to term it? Music.

The Pretenders - Hate for Sale (BMG)
Possibly the most underrated band in rock history? Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers are back to show you why that may be true.

Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today (Domino)
Two things we love on “Rockin’ the Suburbs”: post-punk and the city of Detroit. Combine those, and throw in dense lyrics that will take repeated listens to process, and you have an instant classic. (Bonus: singer Joe Casey wrote the greatest essay about life in the time of covid.)
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