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Volume 2. Number 16. If you've been enjoying this newsletter, please forward it to a friend and encourage them to subscribe. Or just send them this link. Thanks!

The Week That Was: Goodbye, Hello

We said goodbye to John Prine and hello to new music and a first-time guest. 

Mon. April 13 - There isn't much to say about our tribute to the late, great John Prine. This one hit us and our community hard. Rest in Power, Mr. Prine. 

Tue. April 14 - Interns Sam, Matt, Mary and Sami served up some great new finds from the month of March. Our interns are the heart and soul of this podcast, peoples. Hit play to dig sounds from The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding, Basia Bulat, Caroline Rose and Charlotte Dos Santos.

Wed. April 15 - To know that the inimitable Steven Routledge is out there, marching on with his must-hear new music episode, is a thought that keeps us going. Let's just say he's key to our podcast. This month he spotlights Oddity Road, Mapache, Nadia Reid and Sadler Vaden.

Thur. April 16 - Not to be outdone by Jim, Patrick, the interns and Steven, our listeners weighed in with picks for best songs from March. Get this episode playing right now to hear new work from Stephen Malkmus, Monophonics, Beach Slang, EOB, Greg Dulli, Black Lips, Rookie and Kiwi Jr.

Fri. April 17 - Today, Paul Charchian of Fantasy Football Weekly, (and a big music fan), joins Jim and Patrick to talk about the times he had concerts ruined by other audience members. Welcome, Charch!

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 April 17)! 

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, casual 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: Interns: Matt and Sam. Patrons: Jeff and Nick. 

Plus, listeners break up with bands!

Mon. April 20 - We check in with Intern Matt to see how he's holding up amidst the stay-at-home orders. We talk music, movies and of course, beer. 

Tue. April 21 - The amazing Barret Ries always gets the grey matter firing when he appears on the show. Back on episode 762, he discussed bands he used to like, but fell out of love with. Our listeners had plenty to say about this. Intern Matt, fittingly, joins us to go through the correspondence.  

Wed. April 22 - Patron Jeff Niebuhr joins Jim and Patrick. 

Thur. April 23 - The power of the community is on full display as Intern Sam gives us thoughts on a CD sent to him by Paul Trap. How much joy will be involved in this episode? Tune in and find out. 

Fri. April 24 - Patron Nick Scalera joins us to wrap up the week. 

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


Falls Church Rocks! 

I live in … Falls Church VA.

I work as a … staff attorney for a trade association.

My favorite artists are … Nick Lowe, Los Straitjackets, Blondie, the Police.

The most prized record in my collection is … a (purportedly) original issue of Stiff Records BUY 1, the first single release by Stiff and the first single released by Nick Lowe.

The first record I ever bought was … either Barry Manilow Live or the soundtrack to Star Wars.

The first concert I saw was … the Moody Blues at Merriweather Post Pavilion in July 1981.

The last concert I saw was … Hi-Tide Winter Holiday: Pittsburgh, on Feb. 22, 2020. A surf music concert in a deconsecrated Catholic church. The performers were the Surfrajettes, the Concussions, Televisionaries, and Slowey & The Boats.

The best concert I saw was … the Bangles, Aug. 23, 2016, Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis MD. We were sitting six feet from the band, which confirmed my long-held opinion that Vicky Peterson's pulchritude rivals that of Susanna Hoffs. As they started their final song, “Eternal Flame,” there was some kind of technical failure, so they decided to do it a capella. I've never cared for that song, but their rendition was fantastic.


Another song I don’t like but have heard a live version I loved is … the Elvis Costello song “Alison.” My wife's name is Allison, and if you've ever listened to the lyrics of the song you'd understand my distaste for it. This was exacerbated when some idiot had the DJ at our wedding reception play it. Anyway, I saw Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets at the Birchmere in Alexandria VA on Oct. 18, 2017. As his final song Lowe did a solo cover of “Alison” with just his acoustic guitar that almost brought me to tears.


My favorite song lyric is … "Right now, I think I'm gonna plan a new trend / Because the line on the graph's getting low and we can't have that / And you think you're immune, but I can sell you anything / Anything from a thin safety pin to a pork pie hat."


I don’t play any instruments … I found out that if you haven't learned to play the guitar by the time you are 48, it is really too late to start.

I am drinking … Rittenhouse Rye.

New! New! New! 

Who's That Band in That Movie? 

Patrick has been watching movies lately at a rate that some (including those who live with him) might have already called "unhealthy." And just like on the podcast, he's ready to turn his unhealthy obsession into something fun for the whole family! 

The premise is simple: Take a look at the screenshot below and try to identify the artist and the movie it comes from.

The first person to email and correctly identify 1). The artist and 2.) the movie in which they appear will be given a hearty "well done" and shoutout in next week's newsletter. (And perhaps some complimentary free junk that Patrick found in his record room. But who knows?)

Good luck! 


We made our way through new music picks from the month of March — wait, what month is this? — and now we've rounded up all those picks and some more great new stuff as well. Thanks to our amazing interns, our incredible friend Steven Routledge, our irreplaceable listeners — and everyone who is hanging in there during these uncertain times. 

May this playlist be a salve for the soul. 

What We're Listening To:

Jim: Rookie
Mary: Aby Wolf - Call the Rocks
Matt: Hayden - Us Alone 
Patrick: Nadia Reid - Out of My Province
Sam: Ann Peebles "I Can't Stand the Rain"
Sami: Lily Allen - Sheezus

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: Hell Yeah!

The pressing plants of the U.S.A. are still humming, stamping out the fresh platters for music hungry citizens. So fire up that computer, dial up your pals and plan out who's ordering which new release and who's buying the blank tapes. 

EOB - Earth (Capitol)
Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien spent five years working on his solo debut. The result is a exploration of this place we all live and its many colors and textures.

Shabazz Palaces - The Don of Diamond Dreams (Sub Pop)
One of the more innovative artists in hip-hop, Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler lays down not just beats and rhymes but sonic experiences for the mind, body and soul.

Soul Asylum - Hurry Up and Wait (Blue Elan)
Dave Pirner and the current incarnation of Soul Asylum may sound closer to Goo Goo Dolls than the Replacements these days. But for fans of guitar-driven pop, here’s a guy who can still lean into a melody.

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