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Volume four. Number 18. May 13, 2022.
Stuff we're working on: 
  • Two episodes on Bob Dylan albums circa 1978-1981 (really!)
  • A Visit from EPJ
  • Jim's Book Nook (MTV)
*Schedule is subject to change at, you know, like the last minute or whatever. 




Aug. 4-6, 2022 – Chicago area

  • Thursday Aug. 4 – Live Hootenanny at Arlington Ale House in Arlington Heights, IL.
  • Friday Aug 5 – Frank Muffin show at Arlington Ale House. 
  • Saturday Aug 6 – Rock and Roll Show 





Sept. 29-Oct. 1 – DC area

  • Thursday Sept. 29 – Live Hootenanny at venue TBD
  • Friday Sept. 30 – Frank Muffin and the HalFSmokes show at Hank Dietle’s in Rockville MD.
  • Saturday Oct 1 – Wingtip Sloat, Apollo 66, Late Earth, J. Schnitt at American Legion in Silver Spring MD. 
PLAYLIST: WHAT WAS FIRST                                                            
Hope you have had a chance to listen to some episodes in our What Was First series!

We've covered 11 different labels, learning about the very first release on labels like I.R.S., Stiff, Jagjaguwar, Creation and Slash. What better time than to start a playlist that collects all these releases. (The releases we could find on the streamings, anyway.) 

This list is sure to expand, so while you are cranking this playlist (very) loud this weekend, make sure to bookmark it as well. 

THE LATEST FROM SUBURBS POD RADIO LAND                               
The most important radio station in the history of the world.

Rockin' the Suburbs Radio is streaming music 24/7 at  And now you can find the Suburbs Radio archives at Mixcloud. Most episodes will post 5-7 days after their original airing. Check out the archives at

Some upcoming highlights:

3-4 pm ET Fridays: Mackensi Crenshaw brings you Mac’s Mix and cuts the average age of our DJs in half.

5-7 pm ET Fridays: On your commute home is the highway packed with broken heroes? Don’t fret, tune into The Last Chance Power Drive hosted by Jim Lenahan.

9-11 am ET Saturdays: Kevin Bartlett prefers Blueberry jam on his English muffin over ketchup. Tune into Jammin’ with Kevin.

All Day Saturday and Sunday: Catch replays of all of the shows from this week.

7-9 pm ET Sundays: Join Scott Parks as he plays selections from his personal collection of 8 tracks, Mini Discs, and his Pono on My Collection.

7-9 pm ET Mondays: It’s Snider Rhythms hosted by Mike Snider. Perfect pairing with the latest selection from Mike’s Beer Beat below.

5-7 pm ET Mondays and Thursdays: Patrick Foster (aka The Mr. Patty) takes you on trips your feeble mind never considered, or even thought possible on Red, Hot & Brew.

2-4 pm ET Tuesday: Now is the time on RTS Radio that we dance! Tune into Elektro Kultur hosted by Harris King.

4-5 pm ET Wednesdays: Will Pfeifer hosts The Moondog Show covering just about all the music there is out there (except Genesis).

4-5 pm ET Thursdays: Erik (not Eric) Didriksen brings you more hit music than Casey Kasey and Rick Dees combined on Continuous Hit Music.

It's all at, Peoples! (With cool shows added regularly.) 
MIKE'S BEER BEAT                                                                           
New or notable, classic or quaffable, Mike is pouring a glass of it.

Beer: RuinTen 
Style: Triple IPA
ABV: 10.8%
Brewer: Stone Brewing Co.

Mike Sez: Stone Brewing of Escondido, California, was already well-known for their IPAs in 2012 when the brewery decided to make an even stronger version of its Ruination Double IPA for that beer’s 10thanniversary.

The plan? Combine the workhorse Centennial hop, known for its floral and piney character, with the then-new Citra hops, which were bringing citrusy aromas to new beers. And to beef up the dry-hopping – adding hops into the beer late in the brewing process – to increase the dank character.

Conclusion:  I liken the comparison of Stone’s Ruination Double IPA and RuinTen Triple IPA to the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street. That earlier album is ramshackle perfection from the first notes of “Brown Sugar” to the maudlin strumming at the end of “Moonlight Mile.” Exile ends the Stones’ majestical run of albums with a longer, danker helping of rock transcendence.

RuinTen fills your loving cup with extra booziness and flavor. You sip it a bit slower so you can savor it and not get too loose. I’m glad I could shine a light on this beer, as it’s one of my favorites. Hopefully you get to cue it up, too.
WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO                                                                  

Jason: My Chemical Romance - "The Foundations of Decay" 
Jim: Original Soundtrack: The Harder They Come 
Matt: Jens Lekman - The Linden Trees Are Still in Blossom (pictured)
Mary: Elliot Root - "Run" 
Patrick: Horace Andy - Midnight Rocker 
Sam: Chicago - "Feeling Stronger Every Day" 
Sami: Ezra Furman - "Wobbly" 
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