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Volume 2. Number 30. 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 Beths (We Hear You Calling) 

And so do Radkey and Keith Jacobsen!

Mon. July 20 - Patron, pal and beer expert Mike Snider kept us knee-deep in interview glory when he set up a chat with Isaiah Radke, bass player for rockers Radkey. We talked recording, labels and life during these difficult times. Hit play now and let the knowledge flow! 

Tue. July 21 - Patron, pal and toy expert Keith Jacobsen joins us to discuss the art, beauty and limits of the live album. Get ready to start digging out albums you haven't heard in years. 

Wed. July 22 - Patron, pal and music expert Steven Routledge gave us a all a great treat on Wednesday, enlightening us all on the charms of British indie band Mansun. If you haven't already, hit play and get ready to be transported back to 1997. 

Thurs. July 23 - All hail patron, pal and New Zealand music connoisseur Nick Scalera. Because of his all-around greatness, we were able to bring the Suburbs Pod community a two-part interview with Liz Stokes and Jonathan Pearce of NZ geniuses The Beths. Revel in the glory by hitting play right now. 

Fri. July 24 -  Today brings us the mind-expanding and truly wonderful world of The Beths, part two. Thanks to Liz, thanks to Jonathan, thanks to Nick and thanks to you listener, for pressing play, if you haven't already. 

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 (July 24) ! 

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 dare, 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:  Fan Mail Freakout!

Plus a very special musical journey

Mon. July 27 - Why, you ask, is there a picture up there of a vehicle with a bunch of musical equipment in the back? The only way to find out is to listen to Monday's episode. It's a story quite unlike anything we've ever heard on our little podcast. And we think you are gonna enjoy it.  

Tue. July 28 - We start the community correspondence (aka Fan Mail Freakout) by checking in on some albums that our wonderful listeners think are the best of the year (so far). Get your lists ready. 

Wed. July 29 - Fan Mail Freakout rolls on as we crack into all the bags of mail, flaming arrows and faxes. 

Thurs. July 30 - Oh how the fan mail freakout takes hold. We comb through emails, voicemails, tweets, posts, photos, packages and letters. 

Fri. July 31 -  The last day of July finds us struggling to keep our heads above water, fan-mail wise. Cue up this episode and find out it we made it! 

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


A drum kit for a Strat!

I live in … Leesburg VA. 

I work as … a technical product manager for Gannett/USA TODAY.

My favorite episodes are … Replacements Week. All of those episodes were about the best.  I could not wait until my drive to work each day.  I loved how the whole community seemed to be on board with prepping and participating in the episodes. The Who was probably next ...  (see what i did there?).

My favorite artists are … U2, R.E.M., The Church. Those are probably the top 3 for me over my lifetime. The funny thing is that I rarely choose to listen to them anymore. However, any time one of these bands comes up as a topic, it almost certainly leads to a monthlong discography binge. Is that normal?

My record collection consists of … maybe 75 or so vinyl records. I have almost gone 100% streaming. I had to embrace streaming because I am one of those people that came up with the idea before it existed. It was my million-dollar idea that I had no way to carry out. I still buy my favorites on vinyl and mostly just hang them on my office wall. I used to argue with my sister that buying vinyl was better because you could transfer it to tape and have the best of both worlds.

The first concert I saw was … well, I tell people that U2, Atlanta,1985 Unforgettable Fire tour was my first.  The truth is that I attended a Rod Stewart concert in 1984 as a favor to a friend. I was not really a fan, but I left that concert as a fan of Rod Stewart.  

The best concert I saw was … The Mighty Lemon Drops and the The Church at Center Stage in Atlanta in 1988. This was the night after my high school graduation and the idea that i could see both of these bands on the same night is probably the reason I loved it so much. It was SOOOOOO loud, but would not be the loudest show I would go to. The loudest was Camper Van Beethoven at Mississippi Nights in St. Louis in 1989.

I played … drums and guitar in bands in high school and college. When I was graduating, I had no way to transport my drums back to Atlanta, so I traded the kit for a Squire Strat that I still own. I taught myself how to play guitar after trying guitar lessons. Teachers hated me because I would play by ear instead of following along with the sheet music. I hated to practice scales and notes and really just wanted to play songs. One teacher gave up and just started teaching me how to play along with songs.

I have met rock stars … 10,000 Maniacs after a show in Normal IL. They were so nice and just hung out with the few of us in freezing November weather.  A close second would be meeting members of Wingtip Sloat at a Potbelly.

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We all broadened our musical horizons this week — well, those of us who hit play on Wednesday's excellent episode, that is — when we learned more about the story of the UK band Mansun, who were extant for a relatively short period of time. 

In that time they did release enough music to make them one of the all-time favorite artists of listener Steven Routledge. That in itself should be reason for you to do the following:

1. Listen to Wednesday's episode (if you haven't already) 2. Cue up the playlist below. 3. Make yourself a cuppa tea. 4. Put on your headphones and enter the world of Mansun

What We're Listening To:

Jim: The J. Geils Band - Showtime!
Mary: Starset - DIVISIONS
Matt: nêhiyawak - nipiy
Patrick: BC Camplight - Shortly After Takeoff
Sam: beabadoobee - "Care"
Sami: Emmy the Great - "Dandelions/Liminal"

Friday New Releases: What's Newer Than New?

Friday is two things, in this order. 1. New Release Day! 2. Hoot Night! So get your new releases ordered, stacked and cued up, then get on down to the hoot. Woot woot!

Damaged Bug - Bug on Yonkers (Castle Face)
John Dwyer of modern garage band Thee Oh Sees uses his synth-heavy alter-ego Damaged Bug to pay tribute to ‘60s garage rock icon Michael Yonkers. Make sense? Not really. That’s what makes it so great.

Jesse Dayton - Gulf Coast Sessions (Blue Elan)
The outlaw country singer, a true friend of the pod, releases his quarantine album - eight songs on which he plays (almost) all the instruments. It’s a upbeat record, combining elements of country, R&B and zydeco (indicative of the area where he grew up). You may not be able to go to parties right now, so Dayton wants to bring one to you.

Lori McKenna - The Balladeer (CN/Thirty Tigers)
One of Nashville’s top songwriters did a very un-Nashville thing on this record - she wrote many of the songs by herself. Songwriting sessions are a big part of the country music machine, but with this approach McKenna achieves a more personal work, with songs about maturation and looking back on life’s journey.

Neon Trees - I Can Feel You Forgetting Me (Thrill Forever)
Six years after their last release, these Utah popsters return to a world lacking color and light. The tunes are radio-ready and on first listen may seem happy-go-lucky, but some tales of personal pain lie beneath the dance beats and exploding choruses. 

Taylor Swift - Folklore (Republic)
[Ed. Note: Jim just couldn’t so Intern Matt Windeler wrote this one.] Taylor Swift’s quarantine album. Co-written from afar with The National’s Aaron Dessner, Bon Iver, William Bowery, and longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff. Gone are the in-your-face radio bangers, replaced with whimsical piano and a focus on her strength as a storyteller. Great rainy-day album. Give it a chance, peoples; it’s intern-approved!
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