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What Goes On: A Rockin' the Suburbs Newsletter

Volume 1. Number 7.  May 24, 2019. 

The Week That Was: Listener Picks and Books!

Patrick returns from hiking, while listeners from Scotland and Sweden get in touch. 
  • Monday, May 20:  Niklas Nygards of Sweden hepped us to Dutch band the Maureens, Swedish singer Daniel Norgren and Australia’s Courtney Barnett.
  • Tuesday, May 21:  The amazing Steven Routledge checked in. He talked As I Lay Dying, The National, Alex Lahey (and West Ham and the Browns). Plus, Tom Neuerberg!
  • Wednesday, May 22:  It was Coop time. And let's face it, we all need a little Coop time. Even if he made us jealous by talking about his trip to Third Man Records in Nashville. 
  • Thursday May 23:  The ultra-awesome Randall Brown (of Quartjar and Knoxville, TN) interviewed author Tyler Sonnichsen about his book Capitals of Punk: DC, Paris, and Circulation in the Urban Underground.
  • Friday, May 24:  We only have two words about Friday's episode. Patrick's. Book. Nook. 
A bit long, innit? 

On Deck: The ones with Barret, Paul and Zac. And then, something completely different. 

The most important thing to remember about next week, though? NO SHOW MONDAY. Grill one up and tip one back for us on Memorial Day. 

The rest of the week, May 28-31 to be exact,  we'll have some insights from Barret Ries on albums that have to be listened to in order and check-ins from Omaha (Paul Trap) and Nawlins (Nola Zac). 

On Thursday and Friday, Jim and Patrick murder the classics: The red pens come out as the boys slash The Beatles and Exile on Main Street  down from double albums into single discs.  

Wayback Machine: Beatles Countdown

Whilst you're dealing with the long weekend, hit play on episodes 486, 487, 488, 489, and 490. The whole Suburbs Pod community pitched in to rank the 15 best Beatles tracks. 

What We're Listening To: 

  • Sam: Sego "Neon Me Out" 
  • John: Buck Owens "Love's Gonna Live Here" 
  • Jim: Mongo Santamaria Yambu 
  • Sami: Indianola "Mid Century Modern" 
  • Matt: The Tragically Hip "Wheat Kings"
  • Patrick: Aaron Beckum "Born Forlorn" 
See more responses over on the Twitter. 

On Tour: 

Making its newsletter debut, a helpful section listing where certain past Suburbs Pod guests are rockin' in the free world. 

Diet Cig (Episode 302)

June 7-8 — Toronto ON — Danforth Music Hall

Dot Dash (Episode 492)

May 25 — Philadelphia PA - Ortlieb’s (opening for Longspells)

Ron Gallo (Episode 401)

May 24 - Annelund, Sweden - Plan B/The Garage
May 25 - Kobenhavn, Denmark - Pumpehuset
May 26 - Hamburg-Word, Germany - Goldener Salon
May 28 - Freiburg, Germany - The Great Rang Teng Teng
May 30 - Nimes, France - This is Not a Love Song Festival
June 1 - Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret
June 4 - Ravenna, Italy - Beaches Brew

Guster (Episode 531)

May 26 - Boston MA - Boston Calling Festival
June 1 - Vienna VA - Wolf Trap (on “Live From Here”)

I’m With Her (Episode 403)

May 24 - Lexington VA - Lime Kiln Theater
May 25 - Cumberland MD - Delfest
May 28 - Winston-Salem NC - Stevens Center
May 20 - Augusta GA - Miller Theater (opening for Shovels & Rope)
May 30 - Chattanooga TN - Tivoli Theatre (opening for Shovels & Rope)
May 31 - Knoxville TN - Tennessee Theatre (opening for Shovels & Rope)
June 1 - Charleston SC - Spoleto Festival
June 2 - Atlanta GA - Atlanta Botanical Garden (opening for Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder)

Mandolin Orange (Episode 546)

June 1 - Galax VA - Blue Ridge Music Center
June 7 - Snowshoe WV - Wanderlust Festival
June 8 - Nelsonville OH - Nelsonville Music Festival
June 9 - Indianapolis IN - The Vogue

JD McPherson (Episode 218)

May 25 - Asheville NC - Grey Eagle
May 26 - Nashville TN - Nashville Boogie

Chuck Prophet (Episode 66)

May 24-25 - Black Hawk CO - Grand Z Casino Hotel
May 26 - Colorado Springs CO - Meadow Grass Music Festival
June 7 - Sonoma CA - Huichica Music Festival

Tommy Stinson (Episode 110)
*all dates opening for Lemonheads

May 26 - Tempe AZ - Marquee Theatre
May 27 - Albuquerque NM - Launchpad
May 29 - Oklahoma City OK - Tower Theatre
May 30 - Dallas TX - Granada Theater
May 31 - Austin TX - Barracuda
June 1 - Houston TX - White Oak Music Hall
June 3 - New Orleans LA - House of Blues
June 4 - Atlanta GA - Terminal West
June 6 - Nashville TN - Exit/In
June 7 - Charlotte NC - The Underground
June 8 - Charleston SC - Music Farm
June 9 - Carrboro NC - Cat’s Cradle

Last But Certainly Not Least: Suburbs Pod New Release Central 

New, fresh, still in the shrinkwrap. Get 'em at your local Tower Records today!

Justin Townes Earle – The Saint of Lost Causes (New West) – Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle performs Americana in its best sense, meaning that his music, in ways easy to feel but hard to explain, embodies the soul of this country—good, bad and otherwise. This is his ninth album.

Flying Lotus – Flamagra (Warp) – Guest appearances abound among these 27 tracks by producer and DJ Steven Ellison (aka Flying Lotus). You’ll hear Solange, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat and … in a spoken word contribution, filmmaker David Lynch!

Morrissey – California Son (BMG) – The former Smiths singer has come under fire lately for his politics. Music-wise, he’s still bringing the mope, with songs like “Don’t Forget the Sorrow” and “Loneliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets.”

Sebadoh – Act Surprised (Dangerbird) – In the age of ProTools, it’s nice to hear what sounds like just three guys playing their instruments while running tape. But when it’s Lou Barlow, Jason Lowenstein and Bob D’Amico, we shouldn’t be surprised.

Mavis Staples – We Get By (Anti) – The soul/gospel legend collaborates with Ben Harper for her 14th solo album. The result is a classic sound that feels just right for these times.

Sting – My Songs (A&M)  – For the second time, this British superstar has recorded new versions of his old songs. Because the mortgage on that 16th-century country manor isn’t going to pay itself.

Stray Cats – 40 (Surfdog/BMG) – Get that ’57 Chevy out of storage, these rockabilly hepsters are back with their first album in 26 years. (The title refers to their anniversary as a band.) Rev it up and go!

Various Artists – Rocketman (Interscope) – With Giles Martin producing this biopic soundtrack, actor Taron Egerton sings Sir Elton’s classics. It’s not much, but it’s the best he can do.

The Waterboys – Where the Action Is (Cooking Vinyl) – Mike Scott’s much-beloved band keeps on rockin’ and rollin’ along. If you don’t know the Waterboys, think Wilco, except that they’ve been at this since long before Wilco.

And Very Last But Certainly Not Least, Last Week's New Releases, Brought to You Only One Week Late Due to Techinal Difficulties (Meaning Patrick Screwed up. Again.)

Only one week old! Still kinda fresh! Get 'em at your local Peaches Records and Tapes. All titles released on May 17. 

The Beaches – The Professional (Island) – We recently featured “Snake Tongue,” the advance single from this five-song EP, on the pod. And then it was announced that this Canadian band snagged an opening date for the Rolling Stones. Coincidence?

Black Oak Arkansas – Underdog Heroes (Purple Pyramid) – The Southern rockers – big in the ’70s – release their first album of all-original material in 30 years. Could be a real Jim dandy.

The Head and the Heart – Living Mirage (Reprise) – Matt Gervais takes over for departing vocalist Josiah Johnson in this popular indie band. Chop off the head and a new one emerges.

The Heavy – Sons (BMG) – Let’s get this party going again! These British soulsters (of “How you Like me Now” fame) release their fifth album of jams.

Interpol – A Fine Mess (Matador) – A five-song EP, following last year’s full-length Marauder. That’s good, because we need our post-punk fix.

Carly Rae Jepson – Dedicated (School Boy/Interscope) – This Canadian singer burst onto the scene seven years ago with smash hit “Call Me Maybe.” But since then, she’s put out more adventurous pop. That continues with this fourth album. Seriously.

The National – I am Easy to Find (4AD) – Guest vocalists include St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten and Sufjan Stevens. So that’s something.

Olden Yolk – Living Theatre (Trouble in Mind) – Singer-songwriters Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer trade off vocal duties on their second album, a lo-fi gem.

Steel Pulse – Mass Manipulation (Rootfire Cooperative) – The reggae legends give us their first new album in 15 years. And with the way things are going in the world today, we sure do need it
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