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Volume 2. Number 19. If you think this newsletter is kewl, please forward it to a friend and encourage them to subscribe. Or just send them this link. That would be rad!

The Week That Was: The Return of Perfect Pop 

Pop! Perfect! 

Mon. May 4 - In these dire times, the world needs Perfect Pop. We dedicated an entire week to talking about songs that are, you know, just perfect. Jim kicked it off with some Electric Light Orchestra. Listener Ben Ignacio sent us his pick by The Knack.

Tue. May 5 - In this all Falls Church edition of Perfect Pop, Patrick stomped into the PP arena and picked a song by the Dead Kennedys. Listener Bill Mulligan singled out a classic by the Nerves.

Wed. May 6 - We slammed over the hump-day of Perfect Pop week by following Jim's lead. He picked a ripper from AC/DC, while listener and all around outstanding human being Barret Ries went with Shuggie Otis.

Thur. May 7 - If you're hungry for more Perfect Pop, Patrick served up a tasty "Cigarette Sandwich" from the Scud Mountain Boys, while Listener Dave Meyer chose a barnstormer by the Proclaimers.

Fri. May 8 - We slam the door shut on a week of Perfect Pop today, with Jim and Patrick going with the big guns: Dexys Midnight Runners and the Undertones. Here's an idea: Hit play on today's episode and then go back and jam on whole week again!

Friday Night Hootenanny! Friday Night Jamboree!

Suburbs Nation, we are all are stuck at home and unable to see music in person. So we’re bringing it to you. Our Friday Night Hootenanny is ON for tonight (Friday May 8)! 

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.

"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, Thrash Metal and a Goodbye 

Mon. May 11 - We bid Auf Wiedersehen to Florian Schneider, visionary leading light of Kraftwerk. Some observers place their influence on par with that of a little band called the Beatles. Good friend Harris King joins us to explore the history of this amazing band. 

Tue. May 12 - The week begins with our Patron and great friend from upstate N.Y., Mike Kohli. We stroll down musical memory lane. And when we say stroll, we mean thrash. Strap in and crank the volume. 

Wed. May 13 - It's time to cover new music from April. Jim will get the party started. 

Thur. May 14 -  Patrick singles out two new tracks from April that will most definitely rock your suburb. 

Fri. May 15 - The real brains behind Suburbs Pod — aka The Interns — offer up picks for April new music. This is a do not miss episode. 

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


Merry Christmas Boss!

I live in … Middletown NJ.

I work as … a construction labor foreman.

My favorite artists are … the Old 97’s, Guster, the Mavericks, Neko Case. 

My record collection consists of … basically Spotify and old CDs since my albums never made the move to this house 18 years ago. 

The first record I ever bought was … the theme to the Batman TV show when I was probably 6.

The first concert I saw was … Bruce at the Spectrum in Philadelphia in ’78. 

The last concert I saw was … the Smithereens with Marshall Crenshaw. 

The only rock star I’ve met was … Bruce 40 years ago at Macy’s. I shook his hand and wished him a Merry Christmas. My wife actually got to sing with him and Patty on stage at the Pony at a fund-raiser for the school where she teaches, and the Springsteen kids attended. Unfortunately no spouses could go. 

I am drinking … my favorite local brewery Carton’s session ale. 

My favorite EPL team is … Liverpool FC. I am missing them finishing out this season.

Movies! Movies! Movies! 

Who's That Band in That Movie? 

Patrick has continued watching movies at a rate that some (including those who live with him) might seriously be worried about. But just like on the podcast, he's goimng to turn his unhealthy obsession into something fun for all!

Take a look at the screenshot below and try to identify the artist and the movie it comes from. If you'd like to participate, simply email with your answers and a random drawing in which one correct answer-er will (maybe) pick up some (cool) random stuff from Patrick's record room. 

Last week, Bud Verge, Justin Steiner, Kevin R. and Jimmy Lonetti all correctly deduced that the image was: 

The Afghan Whigs in Beautiful Girls

A random drawing was indeed held and indeed, Kevin R. was the name selected. Watch your email for instructions Kevin! And you too, Bud (from last week!).

Now, on to this week's challenge. Good luck! 



We returned to Perfect Pop this week and man, did it feel good. As listeners may know, we've been discussing the concept of "perfect" songs since way back on episode 40 and in that time, we've built up quite the playlist of tunes. Seriously, you can blast this baby all the way to the Stop-N-Shop on Route 128. 

At this point, there isn't much else say except for: Hit play and go rock the suburbs. Every day!

What We're Listening To:

Jim: Martin Briley - "The Salt in My Tears" 
Mary: Thomas Dolby - Aliens Ate My Buick
Matt: Diet Cig -  Do You Wonder About Me?
Patrick: Hailu Mergia and the Walias - Tche Belew
Sam: Goo Goo Dolls - "Here is Gone"
Sami: Lady Leshurr - "Quarantine Speech"

We got the goods and the good are for sale!

Suburbs Pod Merch Table 


We've got 8-track logo t-shirts, bottle openers, pint glasses and stickers! Get 'em while they're hot at the Suburbs Pod merch table! 

And if you are a Patron of the Pod, you get 20% off all products. And no matter how many items you buy, shipping is only five (count 'em) 5 bucks. 

Friday New Releases: 

Times are tough this May of 2020, but records will not let us down. Marshall your resources, take a deep breath and support your local record shop by grabbing one of these brand new platters. And when it arrives, call up the whole gang and play for 'em over the phone. 

Mark Lanegan - Straight Songs of Sorrow (Heavenly)
Stemming from his memoir, this new collection of songs from the former Screaming Trees frontman exposes a life of pain, including the death of friend Kurt Cobain 26 years ago. Musicially, the songs range from acoustic to electronic, demonstrating his arc as an artist.

Butch Walker - American Love Story (Ruby Red)
Though it’s called a love story, the songs on this rock opera from the veteran musician and sought-out producer explore the hate that infects our society. That’s a lot to contemplate right now, but when would be a better time?

Hayley Williams - Petals for Armor (Atlantic)
Several years ago, one of us took his daughter and her friend to a Paramore concert and it was pretty awesome and he’s been something of a fan ever since. On her first solo album, singer Williams delivers introspection, as one would expect when an artist takes personal ownership of the work. Come for the beats, stay for the pathos.
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