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Volume 2. Number 11. If you enjoy this weekly email newsletter, please consider forwarding it to a music-loving friend and encourage them to subscribe. Or just send them this link.  THANKS!

The Week That Was: New Music! Correspondence! Two Different Jacobsens!

Mon. March 9 - In what feels like a highly significant development, interns Sami, Sam, Matt and Mary were added to the monthly new music roster and the results are spectacular. 

Tue. March 10 - Steven Routledge is a beacon of inspiration, new music and we thank our lucky stars he's part of our community. On Tuesday he talked about Local H, Mount Hush, Romero, Wednesday, Loathe and the Stick Arounds. Go, hit play now.

Wed. March 11 - We will not stop until we've gotten to all the correspondence that needs attention. On Wednesday we touched on Motown and Lloyd Cole and wondered why it took us so very long to play "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken" from Camera Obscura.

Thur. March 12 - On this Very Special Suburbs Pod, Patron Keith Jacobsen invited his niece —  singer/songwriter Aspen Jacobsen — to talk about her songs and career. You heard her here first peoples! (Suburbs Pod patrons get an additional 20% off of Aspen’s CDs. Go to for details or to become a patron.)

Fri. March 13 - End your week (a hell of a week, by the way) with Keith and the magic of Michigan rock and roll. Specifically: the War and Treaty, Billy Strings and the Accidentals. Michigan Rocks!

On Deck: Who's Best: LIVE!

This is it peoples, the big countdown live from the suburbs. 

Mon. March 16 - We settle in at Jammin’ Java and, in front of a live audience, start to countdown the Who’s greatest songs, based on YOUR VOTES!

Tue. March 17 - It’s trivia time, as the Who countdown continues. Can you match the lyrics to the song? The Pinball Wizard gives his best shot. 

Wed. March 18 - Gary O’Hanlon of Cafe Kindred/Townshend Bar joins us on stage to talk about his love of the Who (and a certain creepy song).

Thur. March 19 - Another Who contest, this one a bit on the esoteric side. You have to hear it to understand (and even then you may not).

Fri. March 20 - The big reveal - What’s the No. 1 Who song? Plus, audience members make their final pleas for other songs they love.


We go down, we go up, we go into the UEFA Cup!

I live in … Upstate South Carolina

I work as … a German instructor at Clemson University

I discovered “Rockin’ the Suburbs” by … following Slicing Up Eyeballs on Twitter. Creator Matt Sebastian was a guest of the show. I think those were episodes 71 and 72 back in April 2017.

My favorite episodes are … the Flying Nun and Replacements weeks.

My favorite artists are … Bob Dylan, Kraftwerk, Hüsker Dü, the Silos, Southern Culture on the Skids, Velvet Underground/Lou Reed.

My record collection consists of … 29,257 songs on my computer. In my adult life I have lived a total of 12 years in Germany, and several transatlantic moves will break your attachment to physical media.

The most prized record in my collection is … Paul McCartney’s album, Cнова в CCCP, which I bought on a university trip to the Soviet Union in 1991. It had been released there in 1998. Unfortunately for its value, it was released worldwide later in 1991. But I still think it’s cool that I bought it in Moscow in a department store and still have it.

The first record I ever bought was … either Xanadu soundtrack with Olivia Newton-John or something by ELO.

The last record I bought was … Caribou’s Suddenly

The first concert I saw was … Jethro Tull on October 10, 1982, in St. Petersburg, FL. I had just turned 12 and still remember the opening chords to “Aqualung.”

The last concert I saw was … the Flatlanders in November in Atlanta. It was amazing.

The best concert I saw was … Bob Dylan on April 23, 1991, at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta with G.E. Smith of SNL fame on guitar. And it was a rock show. That night he played “All Along the Watchtower” like Hendrix played it. And Jason & the Scorchers opened up for him. It was a perfect night.

My favorite basketball team is … my alma mater, Wofford College. My wife and I have season tickets. The season was a rebuilding one, but last season, they were one of the best mid-majors in the country, went 21-0 in the Southern Conference and made the second round of the NCAA tourney before losing to Kentucky in a close one.

My favorite Bundesliga team is … SC Freiburg. I spent my junior year in Freiburg, Germany, and have been a huge fan ever since.


Got some time at home on your hands? Feeling a bit glum about current events? We asked the Suburbs Pod Community for hopeful songs to get us through the coming days. Step 1: Press play. Step 2: Crank it. Step 3: Feel better. (Thanks to all who contributed.)

#Cancelled! 10 Things to do While Stuck at Home 

Normally, this space would list Suburbs Pod guests on tour, but due the ongoing national emergency over the spread of Covid-19, here are some helpful tips for those of you who may be working from home or quarantining.

1. Listen to the complete works of Guided By Voices
...Scott Parks got an advance start on this one.

2. Watch movies and TV series on the streamings
...Some ideas:
- Netflix: “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage,” “Searching for Sugar Man,” “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation,” “20 Feet From Stardom,” “Hip-Hop Evolution.”
- Amazon Prime: “Long Strange Trip,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “The Kids Are Alright.”
- Hulu: “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” “Shut up and Play the Hits,” “Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten,” “Hearts Beat Loud,” “Here to be Heard: The Story of the Slits,” “The Last Waltz.”

3. Drink yourself blind to the sounds of old T.Rex
… and Who’s Next.

4. Replay your favorite episodes from our back catalog

... or find ones you missed - at or at

5. Finally learn to play the guitar 
...You know that instrument you got several years ago, swore you’d learn to play like Neil Young (or at least Angus Young) and then stuffed into a closet? Dig it out, find some YouTube instructional videos and start strumming.

6. Rearrange your record collection
... Autobiographically.

7. Dub those 731 mixtapes you need send to everyone who called in with their best of 2019 picks

8. Pray that KISS week will go ahead as planned
...praying directly to Gene Simmons often helps

9. Make your own Book Nook
... and read Peter Guralnick’s classic trilogy about American roots music: 
- Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll - 1971
- Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians - 1979
- Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom - 1986

10. Buy things online and send them to our PO Box
...800 West Broad Street, BOX 6577, Falls Church, Va. 22040

What We're Listening To:

Jim: Fleetwood Mac Rumours 
Mary: Panic! At The Disco - "Into the Unknown" (Panic! At The Disco version)
Matt: Luke Haines and Peter Buck - Beat Poetry for Survivalists 
Patrick: Buddy and Julie Miller "Keep Your Distance"
Sam: R.E.M. "It's the End of the World as we Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
Sami: Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna  - "Carried Me With You"

Don't Even Think About Cancelling New Release Friday

Our award-winning new release newsletter will keep going strong no matter what happens. So whip out your credit card and order these platters on the internet. They will still arrive steaming hot. 

The Boomtown Rats - Citizens of Boomtown (BMG)
Bob Geldof became known as the leader of charity rock, and so over the decades many have forgotten that he once fronted a pretty damn good band. Set aside hit 1979 single “I Don’t Like Mondays” for a moment; that’s a bit of a misrepresentation. At their best, the Boomtown Rats were a high-energy mix of new wave, New York Dolls-style glam and Springsteen-style bar rock. This new album, the first for this Irish band in 36 years(!) is a pretty good reminder that Geldof and Co. could have had a bigger career, had world events not intervened.

Grouplove - Healer (Canvasback/Atlantic)
Several years ago, John Mellencamp complained that a lot of modern rock sounded like cartoon music. That may apply to this California band. The music is bouncy and fun and propelled by an overwhelming sense of joy. And now we really want to see that cartoon.

Maria McKee - La Vita Nuova (Afar)
Back in the ‘80s, McKee was a pioneer in the “Americana sound,” with a blend of rock and roots that shot from the speakers right into your heart. This album, her first in 13 years, goes more of a piano folk route. Your heart is safe.

Monophonics - It’s Only Us (Colemine)
This Bay Area soul band has been bringing the grooves since 2012. Three words for this latest release: love love love.

Peter Bjorn and John - Rusty Nail (Ingrid)
This Swedish indie pop trio is best known for a certain track that prominently features whistling. Even without that technique, they produce many a happy tune.

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