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Volume 2. Number 26. Like this newsletter?  If the answer is yes — and you wouldn't mind taking a minute to forward this edition to a friend and encouraging them to subscribe— we would greatly appreciate it. Or you could just send them this link!  Thanks!

The Week That Was: The Ballad of Amazing Patrons 

And Intern Mary? As amazing as ever

Mon. June 22 - Cody Piper, a young singer-songwriter from the Pittsburgh suburbs, joins the show to discuss his music. We even play a full song, "It's Only You," at the end of the episode. (This appearance is brought to you by Barret Ries, a patron of the pod.)

Tue. June 23 - Scott Parks, a patron of the podcast, joins us and invites friend Justin Steiner to come along on a journey through Guided By Voices' last seven albums.

Wed. June 24 - Mike Wagner, a patron of the pod, picks the topic. We discuss great albums of 1987, including U2's "The Joshua Tree," R.E.M.'s "Document," Prince's "Sign o' the Times" and the Replacements' "Pleased to Meet Me."

Thur. June 25 - We check in with Intern Mary Edelberg about music she's been listening to during the pandemic, plus other cool stuff like fitness and her "Star Trek" obsession 

Fri. June 26 - Steven Routledge wrote and recorded a song about our Friday Night Hootenanny sessions. It's brilliant, funny, insightful, full of details and makes us feel all the feelings. 

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 (June 26) ! 

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:  Closing Tracks, Movies and Joe Pernice

And a visit to the Book Nook, where reading is really fun!

Mon. June 29 - The Book Nook opens up the week, with reads by Jon Savage, Bruce Dickinson and Steve Forbert. Get out those reading glasses, kids!

Tue. June 30 - We recently had a great conversation with Patron and friend Tim Hoffman, who had some great examples of closing tracks to albums. This episode is a must-listen for all you music freaks out there. In other words, all of you. 

Wed. July 1 - Jim and Patrick dish on some of the music-related movies they've seen recently. 

Thur. July 2 & Fri. July 3 - A two-part interview with Joe Pernice, singer, songwriter, author and fascinating talker. A great way to close out the week. 

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


Do what's right, but have as much fun as you can while doing it!

I live in … Tracy CA.

I am a … retired firefighter.

My favorite episodes are … the times you feature a certain artist for a whole week. In particular, the Replacements week and the Who top 15! In both those cases, I did not want them to end!

My favorite artist is … Thin Lizzy!!!

The first record I ever bought was … the 45 of "Love Rollercoaster" by the Ohio Players.

The last record I bought was … Reunions by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit.

The first concert I saw was … Thin Lizzy, Dec. 19, 1980, at San Francisco’s Warfield Theatre.

The last concert I saw was … Big Country, Feb. 13, 2020, at San Francisco’s The Independent.

One song I never seem to tire of is … "Bittersweet" by Big Head Todd.

My favorite song lyric is … "If you were a pill /I 'd take a handful at my will / and I'd knock you back with something sweet and strong"

I have met rock stars … when I was stationed in Berkeley for 4 1/2 years and the Greek theatre was in my district. I'd take my crew down there to listen to sound checks and sometimes got to meet some people. Carl Broemel from My Morning Jacket was a great guy, Thom Yorke from Radiohead was an asshole. BUT my best rock star story involves Lenny Kravitz, who I got to "go on tour" with for 15 days. That story would make a great podcast episode :)

I am drinking … a KSA (Kolsch-style ale) from local S.F. brewery Fort Mason.

My favorite basketball team is … the Golden State Warriors. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid! NOT a fairweather fan. As a matter of fact, my fave all time Warrior is Sonny Parker.

My philosophy of life is … Do what's right, but have as much fun as you can while doing it.

Quiz! Quiz! Quiz!

Who's That Group in That Movie? 

Last week, STUMPED! 

That is correct, there were no correct answers to last week's image, so we'll give you another try, with a little hint...there is no spinach connected to the main character in this movie. 

Again, identify the artist and the movie it comes from, then email with your answers. A random drawing from correct responses will be held to choose a winner.



That was 1987... 

On Wednesday of this week, we chatted patron, Beatles freak and all-around amazingly great person Mike Wagner. The topic? The music of 1987. Yes, that means R.E.M, Prince and U2, but it also means so miuch more than that. 

Check out the fabulous playlist below and rocket back to the time of Reagan, Euro Disney, Rick Astley, Black Monday and the world Champion Minnesota Twins. Oh, and great tunes. Lots of them. 

Hit. Play. Now. 

What We're Listening To:

Jim: The Sugar Stems - Only Come Out at Night
Mary:  Animal Kingdom: Comet 
Matt: Desiree Dawson - "Just Fine" 
Patrick: The New Mendicants - Into the Lime
Sam: The Soundflowers - s/t 
Sami: Spice Girls - Spiceworld 

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Friday New Releases: Fresh Platter Roundup

Things change rapidly in these bizarre, surreal, unsettling and upside-down times, but one thing stays the same: Friday is new release day and these fresh discs o' wax are waiting for you to come and (safely) find them. Go now! 

Bad Moves - Untenable (Don Giovanni) 
Even in dark times, rays of lights will break through. On their second album, this D.C. power pop band takes on some of the issues of our time, but damn if they don’t seem to have fun doing it.

CeeLo Green - Is Thomas Callaway (Easy Eye Sound/BMG)
Showcasing his given name, chameleonic popster Green/Callaway goes old-school R&B on his latest album. Dan Auerbach produces, which only helps to give the record a classic-contemporary sound.

Haim - Women in Music, Pt. III (Columbia)
A year after releasing the most excellent sunny chill tune “Summer Girl,” this L.A. trio completes the thought with their third album. This is the escapist music we need right now, preferably sitting outside, drink in hand as the sun sets and we all get one step closer to a brighter future.

Hum - Inlet (Earth Analog)
This beloved alterarock band from Illinois returns with its first album in 22 years. There’s a certain irony to the group’s name, as they rarely produce hummable tunes (one surprise ‘90s hit excepted). Instead, the sound is a soul-satisfying barrage of electric guitars that creates a consistent sonic foundation, like a … hum. Oh, we get it now.

Will Hoge - Tiny Little Movies (EDLO/Thirty Tigers)
Three chords and the truth. On his 11th album, outlaw country stalwart Hoge brings all four of those things in big doses.

Khruangbin - Mordechai (Night Time Stories/Dead Oceans)
This trippy Texas band, always searching for new sounds, focuses on vocals for the first time. It may seem like a more traditional turn for an experimental group, but the singing often serves as just another element in the mix rather than the focal point.

Ray LaMontagne - Monovision (RCA)
At the other end of the spectrum from Khruangbin is LaMontagne. The sole focus here is on his bluesy voice, as he wails over mostly acoustic guitar. Goes well with a cup of morning coffee, while your mind is still a bit foggy and not yet ready to process too much.

Becca Mancari - The Greatest Part (Captured Tracks)
On her second album, this Nashville indie artist addresses her coming out (she grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family) with songs that pack emotional punch—“I remember the first time my dad didn’t hug me back,” goes one line—yet still feel hopeful in their expressions of self-discovery.

Moe. - This is Not, We Are (Fatboy)
For their first album in six years, this jam band has been releasing songs this month, one at a time. Now all nine tunes are collected here and amazingly, it only adds up to 41 minutes.

The Soundflowers - The Soundflowers (Imperial)
Paris Jackson (her dad was famous) and boyfriend Gabriel Glenn release a five-song EP. It’s a low-key record, which may seem a bit off the wall, considering.
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