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The Week That Was: Kinks and Drinks

Plus, Sniders! Nilssons! Tributes! 

Mon. March 23 - Monday marked the final in-person recording before isolation and social distancing became the new normal. It was spent in the cozy confines of the Snider Palace. Mike and Julie Snider joined us for a wonderful, free-ranging conversation about how music plays a part in their lives.

Tue. March 24 - Scott Parks tees up a deep dive into Pussy Cats, the legendary Harry Nilsson-John Lennon project. Hit play for some prime Nilsson chat. 

Wed. March 25 - Patrick fires up his Skype to hang with Rob Gates and Kevin Goff over at Jim's place. The quartet digs into a chat about tribute songs, including Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Firehose, Pink Floyd and more. 

Thur. March 26 - Kevin and Rob help us dig into the mailbags and come up with some thoughts from our listeners on The Kinks. Which goes back to a Patron episode from Scott Parks. Which was about The Kinks Arista Records period. 

Fri. March 27 - To close out the week, a drink would hit the spot. We continue to dig into correspondence about drinking songs. A topic that we can certainly boast some degree of knowledge on. Hit play! 
Friday Night Hootenanny alert! 

Suburbs Nation, we know you are stuck at home and can’t go see live music. So we’re working to bring it to you. Our Friday Night Hootenanny is on for tonight (Friday March 27)! Members of the Community will perform some songs in a big Zoom group session.

"Doors" open at 7.30 and the music starts at 8 sharp. Come watch, listen and let spirits be lifted.

Join here:

On Deck: Patron calls and Intern Sam!

Noah Crane, Barret Ries, Mike Wagner, and songs of hope. 

Mon. March 30 - We kick the week off with a great chat with Patron and baseball maven Noah Crane, who leads us through a discussion of the musical year 1991. 

Tue. March 31 - From Pittsburgh, PA, the inimitable Barret Ries introduces us the music of Jenn Champion, which takes on many forms. Get ready to get hooked. 

Wed. April 1 - Mike Wagner is our Wednesday guest and he's got a thought provoking topic: Albums that followed up an artist's massive hit. Think of the glory that is Tusk, for starters. 

Thur. April 2 - Intern Sam joins us to relate the tale of attending a Broadway show about the life of Tina Turner. Just before the quarantining went down, that is. 

Fri. April 3 - Friday brings an episode focused on songs of hope, something we can all use a big dose of right now. 


Courage couldn't come at a worse time!

I live in … Okemos MI (an unincorporated suburb about eight miles east of Lansing)

I work as … a cataloger at the Capital Area District Library. (I am one of the people who makes sure bibliographic records in our online catalog are accurate). 

I discovered "Rockin' the Suburbs” … from the “old show" era. I can't remember exactly when I started listening, but it was probably about 2015 or so.

My favorite episodes are … Replacements Week and Clash Week. The Perfect Pop episodes are also always fun.

My record collection consists of … about 420 vinyl albums and 1,300 CDs.

My most-prized record is … a 1959 copy of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Not sure if it is necessarily valuable, but it belonged to my mother, so I think it is cool.

The last records I bought were … on a visit to Third Man Records in Detroit. I bought The White Stripes’ debut album (on vinyl), The Hentchmen's latest record XXV, and 45s of The White Stripes' "Hotel Yorba," and a reissue of The Bob Seger System's "2+2=?" (aka "2+2 Is On My Mind").

The first concert I saw was … U2 at the Pontiac Silverdome on the Joshua Tree tour, April 30, 1987.

My favorite song lyrics are … "Courage couldn't come at a worse time” —Tragically Hip; and “And these children that you spit on as they try to change their world, are immune to your consultations, they're quite aware of what they're going through” —David Bowie.

I met a rock star … Natalie Merchant and some of the 10,000 Maniacs guys at an in-store in 1987. (They were opening for R.E.M. in East Lansing). Natalie was much smaller than I expected and had a Mona Lisa smile. I met Alejandro Escovedo at a post-concert meet-and-greet. He is a quiet and polite gentleman. I met Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos after a concert, and they signed the back of my ticket stub. Most amazingly, Charlie Watts responded to a fan letter I wrote him by sending me a lovely hand-written note.

I am drinking … Bell’s Bright White Belgian Wheat.

My favorite basketball teams are … Michigan State Spartans and the late '80s and early '90s "Bad Boys" Pistons.


Listener Scott Parks has been making good use of some extra time at home. He is working his way through the massive Guided By Voices discography. Along this sonic journey, he is compiling a working playlist of noteworthy GBV songs—beneficial to those of us who still may not have dozens of hours to consume the entire catalog:

Merch alert! Merch alert! 

Now Available: Suburbs Pod Merch!

Note: All orders placed before Wednesday, March 25  were shipped and are on the way!


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 5 bucks. 

What We're Listening To:

Jim: Golden Smog - Down by the Old Mainstream
Mary: Flute Ninja - 人影 
Matt: Orville Peck - Pony
Patrick: Game Theory - "Here It Is Tomorrow"
Sam: The Weeknd - After Hours 
Sami: Tom Rosenthal - "If We All Die Tomorrow"

New Release Friday! New Release Friday! New Release Friday!

Our award-winning new release newsletter is back with a new stack of hot wax. Support your local record shop by pulling out your credit card and hitting up their online ordering option for a load of new platters. 

Clem Snide - Forever Just Beyond (Ramseur/Thirty Tigers)
Sometimes when we’re sad, we need happy music. Seems obvious, but it doesn’t always work. It can be like applying a band-aid to a internal ailment. Sometimes when we’re sad, we need sad music, to work like an elixir that treats the infection from within. That second part—that’s this album.

Brian Fallon - Local Honey (Lesser Known/Thirty Tigers)
In Gaslight Anthem, New Jersey’s Fallon took on a Springsteen-esque sound. But lately, as a solo artist, he’s adopted more of an Americana style. Just like the Boss himself.

Lilly Hiatt - Walking Proof (New West)
On her fourth album, Hiatt continues to mine country and rock to produce emotionally resonant music that speaks our hopes and fears. She may not be the hero we deserve, but she’s the hero we need.

Nap Eyes - Snapshot of a Beginner (Jagjaguwar)
This Canadian band plays that sort of earthy Americana that features wailing or chiming electric guitars set against rock beats. Think Neil Young or in a more current example, Kevin Morby. It’s soulful and surprisingly uplifting and would sound really good coming loud through the open windows of your house as you sit outside and breathe in some fresh spring air.

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts V: Together and Ghosts VI: Locusts (Null Corporation)
Trent Reznor has staged a successful second act as a sought-after film score composer. Why he feels the need then to make NIN albums that sound like background music, especially when the band was built on in-your-face industrial rock, is a mystery akin to a moody drama.

Pearl Jam - Gigaton (Monkeywrench/Republic)
It’s little discussed, but early in their career, Pearl Jam committed a key crime against music. They would wear shorts on stage. But they made up for it later when they recorded “Do the Evolution,” a stone-cold classic song of fury. None of that has anything to do with this album—a sturdy rock record—except to say that PJ has many good attributes and yet can still be a band that’s difficult to fully embrace.

Sufjan Stevens & Lowell Brams - Aporia (Asthmatic Kitty)
The couldn’t-be-more-indie Stevens teams with his stepfather to make ambient new age music. Which reminds us of a joke we just heard about another band; we’ll adapt it to this release for you. “Warning: There is a link going around for Sufjan Stevens playing ambient new age music with his stepfather. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK. It will take you to Sufjan Stevens playing ambient new age music with his stepfather.”

Waxahatchee - Saint Cloud (Merge)
A Suburbs Pod fave, Katie Crutchfield is. Listen to her brilliant new Waxahatchee album and you’ll understand why. That is all.
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