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Volume 2. Number 17. 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: A Cornucopia of Aural Delight 

Intern Matt! Fan Mail! Too Much Joy! New from New Zealand! 

Mon. April 20 - We checked in with Intern Matt up in Ottawa (it's the capital ya know) to see how he has holding up amidst the stay-at-home orders. We talked about the things that are keeping us semi-sane: 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 as  Patron -- or anytime! Back on episode 762, he discussed bands he used to like (ok, love), 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 - On a tremendously fun episode (love to do more of this kind of thing, hint hint), the incredible Paul Trap sent a CD to Intern Sam. Sam spun it up and gave us his impressions. As Tim Quirk himself — the leader of Too Much Joy — tweeted: "Some folks who never heard it before listen to an old Too Much Joy album, and don't hate it!"

Thur. April 23 - We cracked open the mailbags to find correspondence from Bill Mulligan, Hunter Bennett, Jay Ignacio, Kevin Clement and Kurt Gallagher. Topics include African Music, Counting Crows and Crime Songs. Hit play!

Fri. April 24 - Today, Patron Nick Scalera joins us to wrap up the week with a fresh-as-morning-dew update on current New Zealand music. And we're not just talking Flying Nun either, peoples. Nick is an authority on all things NZ and we're not just saying that cause we like him. 

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 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.

"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: Plethora of Podcast Pleasures

Mon. April 27 - A guest host episode:  Mike Wagner and Nick Scalera discuss the Beatles’ Let It Be, which is celebrating 50th anniversary ver soon.

Tue. April 28 - We check in with Intern Sami! 

Wed. April 29 - Patron Jeff Niebuhr joins us to muse on the Greatest American Bands.

Thur. April 30 - A special episode on the passage of time. A sea captain from the nearby port of Ashburn, Va. will join the pod. 

Fri. May 1 - We get the new month started by cracking into the bulging sacks of fan mail. 

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


Love is the answer! 

I live in … beautiful Cornucopia, WI, on the shores of Lake Superior.

I work as … nothing. I’m retired. I’m a former administrator at University of Wisconsin-Superior. Before that I started WXPR 91.7 FM in Rhinelander WI (hi, Captain Doug!)

I discovered “Rockin’ the Suburbs” when … my thirtysomething son Eric put me onto it.

My favorite artists are … Neil Young, Todd Rundgren, Brian Wilson, Melissa Etheridge, Patti Smith, Ozark Mountain Daredevils…and a few hundred more.

Peter in front of Neil Young’s boyhood home in Winnipeg, Manitoba

The most prized record in my collection is … Dick Pinney’s Devil Take My Shiny Coins, autographed in 1978, and again in 2011.

The first record I ever bought was … Herb Alpert’s Going Places. Herb deserves more credit for taking Les Paul’s multitrack recording techniques to the next level.

The last record I bought was … Trust in the Life Force of the Deep Mystery by The Comet is Coming.

The first concert I saw was … Chase (remember “Get it On”?), at Wessman Arena in Superior WI, 1971.

The last concert I saw was … Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers at the Dakota in Minneapolis, March 2020.

The best concert I saw was … BoDeans at the Pantages in Minneapolis, New Year’s Eve 2007

I play … the harmonica, with my granddaughter Ida.

I am drinking … Willie’s Alloa Scotch Ale from South Shore Brewery in Washburn WI.

My favorite basketball team is … UW-Superior Yellowjackets. But let’s talk hockey…

My philosophy of life is … “Love is the answer” - Todd Rundgren

New! New! New! 

Who's That Band in That Movie? 

Patrick has continued watching movies at a rate that some (including those who live with him) might have already called "troubling." And just like on the podcast, he's ready to turn his unhealthy obsession into something fun for the whole family! (Although the family in question who allow Patrick to live with them have grown quite tired of him replying to every question he's asked with "If I had a milkshake and you had a milkshake and I have straw...") 

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

As pointed out by several astute listeners, email is not delivered at an equal rate, so instead of the first person to email and correctly identify 1). The artist and 2.) the movie in which they appear, simply email with your answers and we'll hold a random drawing in which one correct answer-er will (maybe) pick up some (cool) random stuff from Patrick's record room. Answers are due by 9am, Tuesday, April 28. 

Last week, Jimmy Lonetti was the first to email with the correct answer:

Urge Overkill in Kingpin.

Barett Ries, Trip Bakun and Vasant Ramanmurthy also came through with the correct answers. Well done, all. 

Now, on to this week's challenge. Good luck! 



Back on episode 787, our good friend Eric Lohrenz (of Lincoln, Illinois) led a discussion on the brilliance of African music. We created a — if we do say so ourselves — a super swell playlist of tunes that serve as both a full-on jam and a solid introduction to the genre. 

This week, during our Thursday fan mail episode, we read some listener correspondence on the topic of African music, so it feels right to share
this playlist with you all again. Hit play and enjoy!

What We're Listening To:

Jim: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks - Pig Lib 
Mary: Maimouna Youssef, DJ Dummy & Raquel Ra Brown - Vintage Babies
Matt: Alvvays 
Patrick: Hailu Mergia - Lala Belu 
Sam: EOB "Shangri-La"
Sami: Mike Golden & Friends "Under the Moon" 

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: Last Friday in April

April is the cruelest month (so they say) and it begins to wind down with a plethora of steaming platters that have been freshly shrinkwrapped. Your job?  Fire up that Zoom meeting, dial up your pals and start charging records to all of your credit cards that aren't maxed out. If you have any left. 

Awolnation - Angel Miners & the Lightning Riders (Better Noise)
We’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more kick drum.

Alice Bag - Sister Dynamite (In The Red)
The L.A. punk pioneer, formerly leader of the Bags, lets loose with fury on her third solo album. If you like old-school punk, this is for you. Or if you’re just angry right now, this is for you.

Brendan Benson - Dear Life (Third Man)
Although probably best known as the other driving force behind the Raconteurs, power popster Benson has been putting out smart and well-crafted albums on his own since the mid-’90s. Now on Jack White’s label as a solo artist, let's hope the association brings more attention to this talented artist.

Danzig - Danzig Sings Elvis (Cleopatra)
We think the title says it all.

Trivium - What the Dead Men Say (Roadrunner)
Thrashy and hooky, this metal band seems intent on perfecting the form for the 21st century. Their ninth album is a move in that direction.

Lucinda Williams - Good Souls Better Angels (Highway 20/Thirty Tigers)
The godmother of Americana leans hard into that “three chords and the truth” aesthetic. On her 14th album, she calls out the powers that be for the ills they have brought us.

X - Alphabetland (Fat Possum)
The greatest American rock band? Perhaps. It’s been 35 years since the classic lineup of John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake put out an album. So not everything in 2020 is bad news..

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