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Volume 1. Number 35. The decade is ending, but email is just beginning. 

The Week That Was: A Little New Music, A Little Correspondence, A Lot of Bud Verge 

Lads, let's 'ave a train up to Liverpool, yeah? 

Monday Dec. 2 - New music from November, as fresh as those Thanksgiving memories. Jim gets it started with selections from Quichenight and Shadow Show. The latter is not Jim's dog's band, btw
Tuesday Dec. 3 - Patrick fires up new tunes from Blues Lawyer and Sudan Archives. And we toss in a Neil Young cover from Jeff Rosenstock and Laura Stevenson. 
Wednesday Dec. 4 - We crack open the new music mailbag and come up with some swell stuff from Lungbutter, Copperhead, Monolord, Michael Kiwanuka, Starcrawler and the Sideways.
Thursday Dec. 5 - Tales of romance and Luna highlight Thursday's episode, where we learned that there is something in Dean Wareham's music that bonds people. Bud Verge weighs in with a tale of booking Galaxie 500. 
Friday Dec. 6 - Press play and prepare to be jealous. Our guest all week, Bud Verge, spins an awesome tale of his travels to London and Liverpool, where tracing the Beatles footsteps was job one. 

On Deck: Genesis Week 

Patrick goes out of town for one week and the next thing you know...

Monday, Dec. 9 - Patrick was out of town, so we thought it safe to invite friend Kevin Goff over to talk about one of his favorite bands. (Rob Gates joins in this clandestine operation.) We start with a look at the strange career arc of Genesis, from folk to prog rock to FM radio staple to top-40 pop.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 - Genesis Week continues (or slogs on, depending on your viewpoint). This episode looks specifically at the years when art-rocker Peter Gabriel fronted the band.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 - And then there were three. Well, there were always three for these episodes - Jim, Kevin and Rob. But when Genesis became a trio, fronted by Phil Collins, it was addition by subtraction in terms of commercial success.

Thursday, Dec. 12 - Do you like tight pop songs or long jams? Why not both?

Friday, Dec. 13 - What’s your favorite Genesis song (don’t answer, Patrick). The trio makes some final selections. That’s all.

What We're Listening To:


Suburbs Pod Guests On Tour, Dec. 6-22

Time is running out to see one more great show this decade...

Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires (episode 389)

Dec. 7 - Little Rock AR - White Water Tavern

Cory Branan (episode 248)

Dec. 15 - Memphis TN - The Green Room

Jesse Dayton (episode 709)

Dec. 13 - Angleton TX - The Dirty South
Dec. 19 - Austin TX - Palmer Events Center
Dec. 20 - Denver CO - Bluebird Theater
Dec. 21 - Denver CO - Larimer Lounge
Dec. 22 - Denver CO - Soiled Dove Underground

Kid Brother (episode 713)

Dec. 21 - Leesburg VA - Tally Ho Theater

Mandolin Orange (episode 546

Dec. 6 - Hickory NC - Music in the Mill

JD McPherson (episode 218)

Dec. 6 - Salt Lake City UT - The State Room
Dec. 7 - Fort Collins CO - Armory Event Center
Dec. 8 - Boulder CO - Fox Theatre
Dec. 10 - Phoenix AZ- Crescent Ballroom
Dec. 11 - Solana Beach CA - Belly Up Tavern
Dec. 12 - Los Angeles CA - Teragram Ballroom
Dec. 13 - San Francisco CA - The Independent
Dec. 14 - Crystal Bay NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino
Dec. 17 - Lawrence KS - The Bottleneck
Dec. 18 - Des Moines IA - Wooly’s
Dec. 19 - Chicago IL - Thalia Hall
Dec. 20 - Minneapolis MN - First Avenue
Dec. 22 - Nashville TN - Basement East

Piramid Scheme (episode 364)

Dec. 7 - Washington DC - Slash Run

Chuck Prophet (episode 66)

Dec. 14 - San Geronimo CA - San Geronimo Community Church (benefit for Lagunitas Schools)

Quartjar (“Rockin’ the Suburbs” theme music)

Dec. 14 - Knoxville TN - Open Chord / All Things Music (celebration of life for Lesley Moore)

Maggie Rose (episode 703)

Dec. 6 - Birmingham AL - Saturn
Dec. 7 - Atlanta GA - Aisle 5
Dec. 10 - Nashville - Ryman Auditorium (Opry at the Ryman)
Dec. 21 - Bethesda MD - Bethesda Blues & Jazz (Christmas concert)

Tommy Stinson (episode 110)

Dec. 6 - Montreal QC - Corona Theater
Dec. 7 - Toronto ON - The Bovine
Dec. 8 - Hamilton ON - This Ain’t Hollywood
Dec. 10 - Hamburg NY - Living room show
Dec 11 - Rochester NY - Bop Shop
Dec. 12 - Syracuse NY - Wildflowers Armory
Dec. 13 - Burdett NY - Barry Family Cellars

White Reaper (episode 399)

Dec. 7 - San Jose CA - SAP Center (opening for Mumford & Sons)
Dec. 8 - Del Mar Arena (opening for Neon Trees)
Dec. 12 - Washington DC - Anthem (opening for Mumford & Sons)
Dec. 19 - Nashville TN - Basement East
Dec. 20 - Indianapolis IN - Hi-Fi
Dec. 21 - Chicago IL - Metro

Last But Not Least: Friday New Releases!

Get the whole gang down to Peaches Records and Tapes for these smokin' platters.

Courtney Barnett - MTV Unplugged Live in Melbourne (Mom + Pop)

One of our artists of the decade caps off the 2010s with a throwback to the ‘90s: an MTV “Unplugged” show. Recorded for the Australian version of the network and now released as an album, this eight-song set includes key selections (stripped-down) from her still-young career, from “Avant Gardener” to “Depreston” to “Nameless Faceless.” And even a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne.”

Camilia Cabello - Romance (Syco/Epic)

Instant star Cabello follows up her Latin-tinged pop debut with more music that references her Cuban roots while making young Americans feel all the feels.

Winter - Hazy (Bar/None)

A Suburbs Pod fave, Samira Winter releases a a five-song EP of low-fi guitar pop that doesn’t hit the listener as much as it surrounds you. The title is truth in marketing.

The Who - Who (Polydor)

Roger and Pete take a break from their countless farewell tours to put out new music with “Who.” What? It’s been 13 since their last album (which no one listened to) and 37 years since the one before that (“It’s Hard,” a gold-seller), and 54 years since they declared they’d rather die than get old. And yet, the new music has a certain unexpected energy. They may not get what they’re after until the day they you-know-what. But let’s appreciate that they’re still searching low and high.

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