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Volume 2. Number 9. If you enjoy this newsletter, please consider forwarding it to a music-loving friend and encourage them to subscribe. Or just send them this link.  THANKS!

The Week That Was: Genesis, Tug's Deep Dive, James Bond and Intern Mary 


Monday, Feb. 24  - Rob Gates and Kevin Goff dropped by Jim's basement and helped us open the mailbags. We found a lot of Genesis correspondence. Patrick played along since Rob and Kevin are two of his favorite people and genuinely excellent humans. 

Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Tug Baker redux, baby! He was gone too long and on Tuesday he filled us in on his annual January music deep dive. We get all Joni Mitchell, like Hissing of Summer Lawns, you know? Jim takes notes. 

Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Part two of Tug's annual deep-dive went as far away from Joni as you can get: KRS-One. We went all Boogie Down Productions, you know? 

Thursday, Feb. 27 -  We pooled some of our favorite musical minds — Tug, Rob and Kevin — and went through the James Bond music catalog. A song for every season. Or at least for every movie. This episode is two tons of fun. 

Friday, Feb. 28 - So we knew Intern Mary (Edelberg that is) was going to be cool (she's part of the Suburbs Pod team after all), but we had no idea she was this cool. It was a real treat to meet her and have her over to Jim's basement for this episode. Get to know the newest member of the pod squad. 

On Deck: Book Nook! The Band! New Music!

And we're still catching up on the correspondence. 

Monday, March 2  - Fan mail. 

Tuesday, March 3 - Book Nook Redux! Patrick has been reading, reading and reading and Tuesday he's got two good reads for you folks. Janis Joplin and DJs might be involved. 

Wednesday, March 4 - Always fascinating to have a chat with Mike Kohli and he's on Wednesday to talk Levon Helm, Woodstock, NY and the Band. 

Thursday, March 5 -  It's already March and it's already time for new music from February. Jim leads off with two solid selections. 

Friday, March 6 - Patrick's new music picks wrap up the week and no, he wasn't allowed to play songs by The Who. Who By Numbers most definitely did not come out in February. 

It's this Wednesday! Come to the show early and get a seat in the (Eminence) front!

ATTENTION: If you are somewhere, anywhere, near Vienna, Va. on Wed, March 4, 2020, head immediately to Jammin Java. We are putting on a live show counting down the best songs by The Who. Who's Best, if you will.

In addition to witty banter, sharp insights, and plenty of ear-splitting song clips, there will be special guests (actually from England in one case), giveaways and a very special Patrick Powerpoint Presentation on his personal collection of Who vinyl. Fun times for all! 

Get your tickets NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!


Death to false metal!!

I live in … High Point NC

I am a … former journalist turned marketing copywriter.

I have been listening to “Rockin’ the Suburbs” … since I found the old show and faithfully listen every day.

The best concert I’ve ever seen was … a tie between Black Flag in a condemned building in 1984 (with a long-haired Henry Rollins) and Black Sabbath/Blue Oyster Cult circa 1979. 

I have met some rock stars … My son, Harley, has a knack for it. We met Gojira in 2016 in Asheville NC. We were there to see them at the Orange Peel and heard French accents in a record store that afternoon. We Introduced ourselves to singer Joe Duplantier and bass player Jean Michel. Both were super nice. Met my favorite current band, Kvelertak, a couple of times.

I play … drums. My wife bought me a drum set for Christmas when I was, I think, 48. Drumming and playing covers every Tuesday night with a couple of other old guys in a band we call The Bucket List is the most fun I have on a regular basis. We play “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” “Wonderwall,” “Have Love, Will Travel” (by The Sonics). A bunch of fun songs. 

My favorite band is … I own close to 100 Thin Lizzy bootlegs. I regret never having the chance to see them with Phil Lynott (though I did see a latter-day lineup about eight years ago) and I randomly ran into long-time guitarist Scott Gorham in the Stockholm airport. We had a brief chat. He’s awesome.

The last concert I saw was … British Lion, the side band of Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris, with a German band called The Picturebooks. Got drum sticks from both band’s drummers.

My New Years resolution was … to buy a vintage LP each week. I’ve stuck to it with records like Van Halen, Heart’s Dreamboat Annie, a John Coltrane record, the Knack, etc.

My favorite beer is … My son’s college, Appalachian State University, has a signature beer called Yosef Ale that’s sold in stores here. Brewed by Appalachian Mountain Brewing. 

My life motto is … Death to false metal!


For our upcoming live event (you’re heard about it, right? — Wednesday, March 4 at Jammin’ Java in Vienna VA) — we compiled a playlist of pre-show Who-related music.
Consider it our own version of “Odds & Sods.”

Suburbs Pod Guests On Tour:  Feb 28 - March 15

Don't let the terrorists win, go out and see some live music!

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires (episode 389)

March 11 - Oxford MS - Proud Larry’s
March 12 - Memphis TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
March 13 - Tulsa OK - Mercury Lounge
March 14 - Little Rock AR - White Water Tavern
March 15 - Fayetteville AR - Backspace

Cory Branan (episode 248)

Feb. 28 - Nashville TN - The Cowan (opening for Elizabeth Cook)

Ron Gallo (episode 401)

March 13 - The Bluestone

Guster (episode 531)

Feb. 28 - Los Angeles CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Feb. 29 - San Francisco CA - Castro Theatre
March 1 - Stateline NV - Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
March 4 - Aspen CO - Wheeler Opera House
March 5 - Boulder CO - Boulder Theater
March 6 - Omaha NE - Scottich Rite Hall
March 7 - Iowa City IA - Englert Theatre
March 10 - Nashville TN - Belcourt Theatre
March 11 - St. Louis MO - Sheldon Concert Hall
March 13 - Bloomington IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater
March 14 - Cincinnati OH - Memorial Hall

Matt Holubowski (episode 437)

Feb. 27 - Becancour QC - Moulin Michael de Gentilly
Feb. 28 - Sherbrooke QC - Theatre Granada
March 4 - Montreal QC - M Telus
March 5 - Quebec City QC - Grand Theatre
March 6 - Sorel-Tracy QC - Salle Georges-Codling
March 7 - Gatineau QC - Salle Odyssey
March 11-12 - Los Angeles CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (opening for Tamino)
March 14 - Portland OR - The Old Church (opening for Tamino)
March 15 - Seattle WA - Barboza (opening for Tamino)

Loud Boyz (episode 150)

Feb. 29 - Washington DC - Pie Shop

Mandolin Orange (episode 546)

Feb. 28-March 2 - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Avett Brothers at the Beach Fest 

Dan Mangan (episode 571)

March 4 - Montreal QC - M Telus (opening for Matt Holubowski)
March 5 - Quebec QC - Grand Theatre De Quebec (opening for Matt Holubowski)
March 6 - Sorel-Tracy QC - Salle Georges-Codling (opening for Matt Holubowski)
March 7 - Gatineau QC - Salle Odyssey (opening for Matt Holubowski)
March 12-13 - Toronto ON - Danforth Music Hall
March 14 - Kitchener ON - Centre in the Square

Chuck Prophet (episode 66)

Feb. 28 - Denver CO - Swallow Hill Daniels Hall
Feb. 29 - Fort Collins CO - Magic Rat
March 11 - Tucson AZ - Club Congress
March 13-14 - Austin TX - Continental Club
March 15 - Fischer TX - Devils Backbone Tavern

Maggie Rose (episode 703)

March 5 - Nashville TN - Ryman Auditorium

Tommy Stinson (episode 110)

Feb. 28 - Columbia SC - Cola Town Bike Collective
Feb. 29 - Charlotte NC - Visart
March 1 - Roanoke VA - Private home
March 2 - Exton PA - Marchwood Music

Heather Valley (episode 789)

March 7 - Hamilton ON - Casbah

White Reaper (episode 399)

Feb. 28 - Las Vegas NV - Bunkhouse Saloon
March 1 - San Luis Obispo CA - Slo Brew
March 3 - Santa Barbara CA - Soho Restaurant & Music Club
March 6 - San Diego CA - Casbah
March 7 - Pomona CA - The Glasshouse
March 8 - Los Angeles CA - Troubadour
March 10 - Tempe AZ - Tempe Marketplace
March 12 - Albuquerque NM - Launchpad
March 14 - Oklahoma City OK - 89th Street

What We're Listening To:

Jim World Party Goodbye Jumbo
Mary: Brian Eno "St. Elmo's Fire" 
Matt: Matt Holubowski Weird Ones
Patrick: Frontier Folk Nebraska Freaks
Sam: Duran Duran "A View to a Kill"
Sami: The Weeknd "After Hours"

Last but Never Ever Least... Friday New Releases!

Our award-winning new release roundup is hotter than March. Or, er, something like that. Either way, get the whole gang together and roll down to Peaches to grab these platters off the new release rack before they cool off. 

Caribou - Suddenly (Merge)
Emotional electronica. That seeming oxymoron is how we would describe the latest from Caribou (aka Dan Snaith). Meditating on loss and grief, Snaith finds the warmth in an otherwise cold genre.

Lisa Loeb - A Simple Trick to Happiness (Furious Rose)
Twenty-five years after becoming the first unsigned artist to reach No. 1 on the singles chart (with “Stay (I Missed You),” in case you have not been living in America for the past quarter-century), the effervescent singer-songwriter is now releasing her 15th album. Guess that record deal worked out.

Ratboys - Printer’s Devil (Topshelf)
This Chicago duo (with connections to Louisville) sound like when “college rock” was a thing. If you grew up in that era, then put on headphones and press play immediately. For the younger folk out there, this band could be your life.

Real Estate - The Main Thing (Domino)
Ten years ago, this New Jersey band was part of a shoegaze revival. With their fifth album, they’re still perfecting the art of the slow, dreamy melody set against strumming electric guitars. Those shoes aren’t going to gaze at themselves.

The Secret Sisters - Saturn Return (New West)
Remember a few months ago when everyone was like, “That Ken Burns documentary is great. Country music is cool.” Well, peoples, here’s your chance to make good on that promise to embrace the best of the genre. This Alabama duo is the real deal.

Soccer Mommy - Color Theory (Loma Vista/Concord)
Sophie Allison’s music has a certain wonderful otherness that makes it difficult to accurately describe. Just listen for yourself. A few times. Many times.

James Taylor - American Standard (Fantasy/Concord)
Aging pop musician covers the “great American songbook.” File this one under “dog bites man.”

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