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Volume 2. Number 20.  If you think this newsletter is kewl, please forward it to a friend and encourage them to subscribe. Or just send them this link. That would be rad!

The Week That Was: Rest in Power, New Music and Thrash Metal 

A week that will rattle a crucifix right off the wall. 

Mon. May 11 - We bid Auf Wiedersehen to Florian Schneider, visionary leading light of Kraftwerk. Some observers place their influence on par with that of a little band called the Beatles. Good friend Harris King joined us to explore the history of this amazing band and Florian's guiding role in it. 

Tue. May 12 - Richard Penniman, aka Little Richard, a true rock 'n' roll legend, died on May 9 at age 87. We rip it up and pay tribute to the master of awopbopaloobop alopbamboom.

Wed. May 13 - Patron Mike Kohli joined us from upstate New York for a fun, freewheeling conversation on his love of metal, specifically the thrash variety that germinated in northern California as the 1980s dawned. Hit play on this episode to hear a story that is destined to become Suburbs Pod legend. 

Thur. May 14It's new music time and Jim started off the April proceedings with music from No Age, X and a young Ohio band called Fake ID. Dig in, peoples. 

Fri. May 15 - Patrick grabs the new music brass ring on today's episode and gives it a tug, resulting in tunes from Sir Richard Bishop and Neutrals. Jam!
Friday Night Hootenanny! Friday Night Jamboree!

Suburbs Nation, we are all are stuck at home and unable to see music in person. So we’re bringing it to you. Our Friday Night Hootenanny is ON for tonight (Friday May 15)! 

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.

"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: Two Words: New. Music. 

Mon. May 18 - New Music? You want new music? Ask our interns about new music and you'll get it. 

Tue. May 19 -  Steven Routledge checks in with his new music picks for April, which means insight, thoughtful choices and must-adds. And if you listen to the end, you'll learn how inspiring his new music picks have become. 

Wed. May 20 -  From the north woods of Wisconsin to the eastern shores of Canada, our new music picks are bad. They're nationwide. 

Thur. May 21 -  Marking the recent 70th (!) birthday of all-around genius Stevie Wonder, we call in Mike Wagner and Nick Scalera to discuss the great man's influence. 

Fri. May 22 - Three words: E. P. J. 

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


Come on you Spurs!

I live in … Grand Rapids MI.

I work as … co-owner of a manufacturer's rep group. We sell toys and sporting goods to retailers across the U.S. Our most popular items the past few years are those giant flamingos and unicorns for your backyard pool.

My favorite episodes are … any EPJ-fueled episode. So many random thoughts in a short period of time.

My favorite artists are … the Replacements, Elbow, Jason Isbell, Frank Turner, Pearl Jam.

My record collection consists of … 800+ vinyl records, 1,000+ CDs.

The most-prized record in my collection is … the Smithereens - The Mega Box Set (21 CDs). During a hiatus from the band, Pat DiNizio sold these handmade CD box sets from home, and it is a limited edition of 500. It is autographed by Pat and hand-numbered.

The first record I ever bought was … Lionel Richie - Can't Slow Down.

The last record I bought was … Bob Dylan - The Original Mono Recordings.

The first concert I saw was … (with Mom & Dad) – The Monkees at the Pontiac Silverdome, 1986; (without parents) – Living Colour at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, 1989.

The best concert I’ve seen was … Eddie Vedder at The Metro, Chicago, 2015.

I have met a rock star … Pat Boone. Around 2002, he was a spokesperson for a company selling a water purification system.  He attended a meeting with me while I was a buyer for Kmart.  I didn't buy the item, but got a photo.  

My favorite basketball team is … Detroit Pistons [ed. note: Hell yes!]

My favorite EPL team is … Tottenham Spurs. This is not a kiss-up attempt to Patrick. As a kid, I played on the Hotspurs in Northville, MI for many years.

Movies! Movies! Movies! 

Who's That Band in That Movie? 

Patrick hearts movies. Maybe too much. But just like on the podcast, he's going to turn his unhealthy obsession into something fun for all!

How to participate: In the screenshot below, identify the artist and the movie it comes from, then email with your answers. A random drawing from correct responses will be held each Thursday to choose one winner. 

Last week, Bud Verge, Brad Maylor, Eric Lohrenz, Kevin Ruppenthal, Harris King, Nick Scalera and Steven Routledge all correctly deduced that the image was: 

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in Wings of Desire

A random drawing revealed that Vasant Ramamurthy was the name selected. Congrats!

Vasant, Kevin Ruppenthal., Bud Verge, Harris King, Nick Scalera, Steven Routledge, and perhaps someone else will be getting emails on Monday with information on how to collect your "prizes." No, really!

Now, on to this week's challenge. Good luck! 




We began this week by saving goodbye — and Rest in Power — to two deeply influential artists: Florian Schneider, visionary leading light of Kraftwerk and Little Richard, a first ballot Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. 

Our friend Harris King joined us on Monday's episode to discuss Kraftwerk and their music and for those entirely familiar with the band's work, he assembled this fantastic playlist. Kraftwerkprimer, if you will. 

Thank you very much Harris for putting this incredibly rich playlist together and for most kindly sharing it with our listeners. All we can do know is hit play


What We're Listening To:

Jim: Black Market Brass: Undying Thirst 
Mary:  The Nor'easters - Elastic Heart 
Matt: Kraftwerk - Autobahn 
Patrick: This is Sleepy LaBeef
Sam:  Jimmy Johnson and the Bandwagon - Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache
Sami: The Futurelics - Classic

We got the goods and the good are for sale!

Suburbs Pod Merch Table 


We've got 8-track logo t-shirts, bottle openers, pint glasses and stickers! Get 'em while they're hot at the Suburbs Pod merch table! 

And if you are a Patron of the Pod, you get 20% off all products. And no matter how many items you buy, shipping is only five (count 'em) 5 bucks. 

Friday New Releases: Records = Life

It was our great friend and listener Steven Routledge who recently said that music can keep us sane during these deeply strange and upsetting times. And he's right. So continue to support your local record shop by grabbing a handful of these brand-spanking-new platters. Hey, they might even deliver!

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Reunions (Southeastern/Thirty Tigers)
Among Suburbs Pod listeners, this may be the most anticipated release of the year. If you are an Isbell fan, you won’t be disappointed in the honest songwriting and earnest musicianship. If you’re not so familiar with Isbell’s work and wonder what all the fuss is about, probably better to start with 2017’s The Nashville Sound or 2013’s Southeastern.

The Magnetic Fields - Quickies (Nonesuch)
Each of the 28 songs here, from indie stalwart Stephin Merritt, is under 2:30. Not a surprise for a guy who once recorded a triple-CD set called 69 Love Songs; there is truth in advertising, as it contained 69 love songs. Merritt is a master at the fragment approach, crafting (usually) satisfying musical moments out of bits that others might piece together into more traditional song structures. The key is to listen to them as a piece rather than as a collection of individual tunes (perhaps made a bit more difficult, however, by the vinyl “box set” of five discs; I need to turn over or change the record how many times?).

Moby - All Visible Objects (Mute)
What’s our position on Moby? On one hand, he’s proven himself a student of music, melding a host of styles together into occasionally brilliant studio productions. On the other hand, he may understand his craft too well; much of his music seems to lack a sense of soul. And now here’s his 17th studio album. Some say it’s a throwback to some of his best electronic work, while others find it uninspired. See our points above.

Perfume Genius - Set my Heart on Fire Immediately (Matador)
Early reviews would suggest that Mike Hadreas’ nom-de-plume is not to be taken lightly. Working with some of the best session musicians in the game, including drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Pino Palladino, Hadreas may have put out something of a genius rock record.

Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - Temple (Ribbon)
We like this band in part because Thao Nguyen is from Patrick’s beloved Falls Church VA. That may not be a good enough reason for everyone. So just listen to this, her fifth album, because its many textures and spirit of experimentation are worthy of your attention, wherever you may live.
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