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The Week That Was: Best of 2019 Rolls on 

If it's January, it's the best of 2019. What else do you need to know? 

Monday, Jan. 20 - As the deadline to submit 2019 faves got close, the Suburban Party line lit up like Times Square on a Saturday night. Or something like that. On Monday, Bobby Padavick, Ben Sundin and Jesse from San Antonio, TX gave their faves. 

Tuesday, Jan. 21 - Among two articulate and well-planned calls on Tuesday — those would be from Peter Nordgren and Barret Ries — we hear the mysterious Bish, who was calling from the trunk of a car, apparently. 

Wednesday, Jan. 22 - Wednesday was a great mix of music. David Leedy, Keith Jacobsen and our old pal Tom Neuerberg got in touch to talk about Orville Peck, Pete Yorn, Josh Ritter, Better Oblivion Community Center, among others. 

Thursday, Jan. 23 -  Thursday was filled with heavyweights: Hunter Bennett and Scott Parks. Can we speak to a manager, please? We want to tell them how good today's episode is. 

Friday, Jan. 24 - Today, another old pal, Nate Scott, drops into Patrick's basement to give us his picks for 2019, and we hear from intern Matt Windeler, as well as the incomparable BJ Bonin. Hit play and let the podcast Ringout!

On Deck: One Last Week of 2019 faves

Yes, listener, this is it. We call in Nick Scalera from the bullpen to help us close out an epic month. And next Friday, Jim, Patrick and Nick all make their picks. Oh, the anticipation. 

Monday, Jan 27 - Paul Trap / Trip Bakun / Ken Wadsworth / Gerald Chyzenski

Tuesday, Jan 28 -  Scott Boyken / Bud Verge / Kevin Bartlett / Zac Seifert

Wednesday, Jan 29 - Walt Falconer / Michael Zwerin

Thursday, Jan. 30 -  Corey / Kevin Goff / Eric Lohrenz

Friday, Jan 31 - Nick Scalera / Jim / Patrick

New! New! New!
Straight outta Evansville!

I live in … Evansville IN.

I work as … a titles specialist at OneMain Financial. 

My favorite “Rockin’ the Suburbs” episodes are … The Replacements Countdown and Elvis Costello Week

My favorite artists are … Stones, Bowie, U2, Zeppelin and the Replacements. 
The size of my record collection is … 1,300. 

My most-prized record is … a promo 1978 copy of Queen’s Jazz LP. 

The first record I ever bought was … Kiss’ Destroyer

The first concert I saw was … Rush, Halloween night, 1982. 

The last concert I saw was … the Avett Brothers. 

My favorite song lyric is … “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.” — Tom Petty, “Crawling Back To You.” 

I once met a rock star … Paul Westerberg, and it was pleasant.
My philosophy of life is … Life is too short for bad music and bad beer.


Warren Zevon was born on this day in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. In honor of the milestone, Patrick and Mike Snider put together this playlist that covers the Excitable Boy's career from his 1976 self-titled album to the haunting finale, The Wind. Enjoy this playlist ... and every sandwich. Rest in Power. 


Suburbs Pod Guests On Tour,  Jan 24-Feb 9

Now that the holidays are officially over, it's time to get clubbing!

Chaise Lounge (episode 290)

Jan. 31 - Columbia MD - The Soundry

Jesse Dayton (episode 709)

Jan. 29 - Miami FL - Norwegian Pearl
Feb. 5 - Washington DC - Pie Shop
Feb. 6 - Stanhope NJ - Stanhope House
Feb. 7 - Montclair NJ - Bandwidth Inn
Feb. 8 - Peace Dale RI - Roots Hoot House Concerts
Feb. 9 - Cambridge MA - Atwood’s Tavern

Dot Dash (episode 492)

Feb. 9 - Washington DC - Slash Run (opening for the Delarcos)

Mandolin Orange (episode 546)

Jan. 24 - Houston TX - White Oak Music Hall
Jan. 25 - New Orleans LA - Tipitina’s
Jan. 28 - Iowa City IA - Englert Civic Theatre
Jan. 29 - Milwaukee WI - Pabst Theater
Jan. 30 - St. Paul MN - Palace Theatre
Jan. 31 - Stoughton WI - Stoughton Opera House
Feb. 1 - Ann Arbor MI - Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Piramid Scheme (episode 364)

Feb. 2 - Washington DC - Black Cat

Chuck Prophet (episode 66)

Jan. 24 - Staten Island NY - House concert
Jan. 25 - Montclair NJ - Outpost in the Burbs
Jan. 26 - Washington DC - House concert
Jan. 28 - Columbus OH - Natalie’s Grandview
Jan. 29 - Pittsburgh PA - Club Cafe
Jan. 30 - Harrisburg PA - Note Wine Bar
Jan. 31 - Sellersville PA - Sellersville Theater
Feb. 1 - Vienna VA - Jammin Java

Quartjar (“Rockin’ the Suburbs” theme music)

Jan. 30 - Knoxville TN - Waynestock 2020

Maggie Rose (episode 703)

Feb. 6-8 - Isla Mujeres, Mexico - Island Time Music Festival

White Reaper (episode 399)

Jan. 26 - Chicago IL - Aragon Ballroom (opening for Black Keys)

What We're Listening To:

Jim: The Railway Children Native Place
Mary: Betty Who Betty
Matt: Purple Mountains 
Patrick Can Ege Bamyasi
Sam: Stevie Wonder "Pastime Paradise" 
Sami: Tenille Townes "Jersey on the Wall (I'm Just Asking)"

Here's What You Really Came for... Friday New Releases!

Our award-winning new release roundup is better than ever in 2020. Load up the gang and get on down to the mall to hit up Variety Records for these shiny new LPs. 

Ezra Furman - Sex Education original soundtrack (Bella Union)
Who better to write and record songs for this Netflix series than the Troubadour of Teen Angst? Wondering if this music is for you? Admit it, some of that angst still remains.

Natural Child - Natural Child (Natural Child)
Imagine you entered some kind of time warp and the original Woodstock at Max Yasgur’s farm were held today and you were driving to upstate New York in a chartreuse Microbus. This album is in the 8-track player.

Pet Shop Boys - Hotspot (x2)
The electronic duo’s latest was recorded in Berlin. It took them 14 albums to reach their spiritual home.

Wire - Mind Hive (Pinkflag)
As mentioned on a recent episode of Rockin’ the Suburbs, Wire is a band that continues to amaze. Their 1977 debut was a stone-cold classic. To the point where you might think they couldn’t possibly go on. It was that good. And yet, 16 albums later, this British post-punk band still captivates.  

Wolf Parade - Thin Mind (Sub Pop)
This Montreal indie band’s songs - guitar rock with a tinge of electronica, often set against dance beats - jump out of the grooves. And just might get you up from that easy chair for a change.

Wood Brothers - Kingdom in my Mind (Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers)
If the very best example of Americana is The Band, well, then these guys picked the right influence.
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