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Breaker, Breaker. 

The Week That Was: Greg Dulli, Blackout, New Music

Times like these we ain't never seen.

Mon. June 1 - The amazing and varied Steven Routledge slipped into the hosting chair on Monday, giving us an overview of the amazing and varied cover songs created by Greg Dulli, best known for his work with Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers.  Hit play and learn something, why don't ya?

Tue. June 2It has been an unprecedented week in America. On Tuesday we took a pause for a day of reflection... and action. 

Wed. June 3 - Around Suburbs Pod's virtual HQ, we noticed the calendar had flipped to June, which means it's time for us to discuss new music released in May. Patrick gets us going, with songs from Steve Earle & the Dukes, plus a neck-snapper from CB Radio Gorgeous. 

Thur. June 4 - Jim culls cuts from his always amazing new music playlist. What gems will he unearth from the month of May? Only one way to find out. Hit play for some power-poppin', Rosenstockin' good times. 

Fri. June 5 -  New music picks from our interns have quickly become a staple of Rockin' the Suburbs and guess what? Today's episode delivers a fresh batch from Mary, Sam, Matt and Sami. Grab a pair of headphones and dig in. 
Friday Night Hootenanny! Friday Night Jamboree!

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 (Friday June 5)! 

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 can stand it, 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: New Music and more!

The listeners are rocking their suburbs, dig? 

Mon. June 8 - Listeners dig new music. Listeners share new music with us. We all benefit. To get us started, Steven Routledge serves up his usual steaming platter of eclectic tunes. We also hear from Gerald Chyzenski, Niklas Nygards and Kevin Clement.

Tue. June 7 -  Listener new music is so bountiful, it's spilling over into a second day. We hear from Harris King, Paul Trap, Keith Jacobsen and Vasant Ramamurthy.

Wed. June 9 - Patrick is taking a few days off. Guest host B.J. Bonin gives us a lesson in time signatures. (We were told there would be no math.)

Thur. June 10 and Fri. June 11 - With Patrick out, Jim invites movie-loving friends Will Pfeifer and Billy Kulpa to revisit a classic:  “This is Spinal Tap.” And they have a good time all the time.

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


Hey Hey It's Amy!

I live in … Canal Winchester OH (in the suburbs of Columbus). 

I work as … an elementary librarian.

My favorite episodes are … when Jim talked with friends about classic rock artists for an entire week and how they responded to the industry in the ’80s. And because I am a librarian, I have to give a shout out to Patrick for his Book Nook episodes. I really love those too! One more recurring favorite … when Jim and Patrick do a weeklong countdown to the No. 1 song from a band with an especially large catalog.  

My favorite artists are … The Beatles, Paul Simon, CCR, Eagles, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen. 

The first record I ever bought was … Magical Mystery Tour, the Beatles

The first concert I saw was … The Monkees (1986 Reunion Tour) Don’t judge! 

The last concert I saw was … Paul Simon’s Farewell Tour.

I’ve never met a rock star … but I think our maintenance man at my school is a kind of rock star. He stops by the library on a regular basis and plays a few seconds of ’80s songs from his playlist and tries to stump me with title/artist. I get them 90% of the time! I’m pretty proud of that!  

The movie quiz will be back next week!

Who's That Band in That Movie? 

Hey newsletter peoples, Patrick is doing some essential family business this week, so we won't have a new movie quiz image in this newsletter. BUT, last week's challenge found two subscribers coming up with the correct answer: 

L7 in Serial Mom

Paul Trap and Jimmy Lonetti both got this one correct, and according to the official rule book, when we have only two correct submissions, everybody wins! Patrick will get a message out to you just as soon as he can. Well done, sirs! 
Suburbs Pod Guests Rock the Streamings

Nicole Atkins (episode 220
June 6 - “Alone We’re All Together” - 7 p.m. ET - YouTube /

Dan Mangan (episode 571
June 6 - Nice, Nice, Very Nice: A 10th Anniversary Online Performance, Vol. 2 - 3 p.m. ET /

June 20 - Dan Mangan Performs Oh Fortune - 3 p.m. ET / (edited) 


On Monday of this week, our friend and all around awesome community member Steven Routledge guest hosted an episode on the work of Greg Dulli, known mainly for his work with the Afghan Whigs, one of Cincinnati, Ohio's finest exports. 

Steven has done us the extra-solid of putting together
a hip-shaking playlist of tunes from Greg and the Whigs, chock full of selections that will open your mind (and ears) to the glory of the man's creations. 

So pop open a cold beverage, slap on the headphones and
hit play. Repeat as needed until the rock is in your soul. 


What We're Listening To:

Jim:  The Jayhawks - Smile 
Mary:  Derrick Hodge - "Not Right Now"
Matt: Nicole Atkins - Italian Ice
Patrick: - The Last Poets
Sam: Micheal Jackson - "They Don't Care About Us"
Sami: Shea Diamond - "I Am America"

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Friday New Releases: 

Slowly, slowly, slowly, carefully, carefully, carefully. Let's keep those words in mind as businesses (read: Record Stores) open up across the USA. Be respectful of your fellow humans and resist the urge to charge in, shove people out of the way and grab these new platters. That doesn't mean you shouldn't grab these new platters, it just means you should be careful how you do it, yeah?

Hinds - The Prettiest Curse (Mom+Pop)
“Messy pop music” is how one review describes the sound of this Spanish quartet. Although they have turned up the pop quotient here, there’s still a looseness and fun to Hinds’ third album. It’s good “no F’s to give” music.

Sarah Jarosz - World on the Ground (Rounder)
There’s not much looseness here. Jarosz is a seasoned musician who plays with virtuoso precision. On her fifth album, the now-veteran Americana artist (at age 29!) explores her Texas roots in somber, reflective tones. If Hinds’ music is for Saturday night, this is for Sunday morning.

Sondre Lerche - Patience (PLZ)
Lounge music may repel a lot of rock fans. But when it’s done well, it’s pretty cool. Norway’s Sondre Lerche is pretty cool.

Mt. Joy - Rearrange Us (Dualtone)
The late, great Casey Kasem had a famous closing line that went “keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.” And here we have Mt. Joy, a Pennsylvania indie band whose debut was grounded in folk-rock. On their follow-up they expand their sound and really take flight.

No Age - Goons Be Gone (Drag City)
Noise rock, art rock, whatever you want to call it, the beauty of No Age’s music is that it often challenges the ear. But the duo Randy Randall and Dean Spunt can also cut loose on straight-ahead guitar punk, as is the case with some of the tracks here, and while that may sit better in your ear, it can challenge you in other ways.

Mark Olson & Ingunn Ringvold - Magdalen Accepts the Invitation (Fiesta Red)
While Gary Louris continues to make brilliant pop with the Jayhawks, his former bandmate is out in the California desert pursuing a sort of back-to-nature movement, in his life and music. This is his third album with his multi-instrumentalist wife. It may sound all a bit out of time and place, but is our time and place all that great?

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Sideways to New Italy (Sub Pop)
This Australian band builds on its 2018 debut, with more of the energetic, bright guitar pop that will make you wish you could get out of the house and go to a show.

Run The Jewels - RTJ4 (BMG)
“I can’t breathe.” That line is included on the fourth album from Killer Mike and El-P, a searing indictment of police brutality and racial oppression. Listen. Learn.
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