What’s Jim been digging lately? Power pop by the Dates and post-punk by Des Demonas. Plus, an R.E.M. cover by Dan Mangan.
Guest host Mike Wagner explores the majesty of the Rickenbacker guitar sound, from the Beatles to the Byrds to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to R.E.M.
Bradford Maylor joins the podcast to discuss an intricate theory he has about Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man.” Then Patrick discusses theories he has about R.E.M.’s “Kohoutek” and Pete Townshend’s “Rough Boys.”
Craig Rosen of the suburbs of Los Angeles fills in today as Jim and Patrick take off for Spring Break. Craig has a lot to talk about, including his dog’s broken toe, the back story on Portugal. The Man and R.E.M. lyrics, deciphered.
What are the best track 1’s from debut albums? Which bands announced their presence with authority? Our listeners give us TONS of great examples.
Listeners pick Perfect Pop songs by R.E.M. and Chicago’s the Bad Examples.
We conclude our conversation with Matthew Sweet by asking him some questions submitted by Rockin’ the Suburbs listeners. A lot of you were curious about his collaborations with Susanna Hoffs.
Slicing Up Eyeballs, a website dedicated to ’80s college rock, polled readers about the best songs by R.E.M. We talk with site editor Matt Sebastian about the results — and weigh in with a few favorites of our own. Bud Verge, Bob Popik and Rob Gates join in the conversation, with Jim & Patrick, of course.
We remember the music of David Letterman’s late-night shows. Because it’s the anniversary of the debut of CBS’ “Late Show.” And because Dave just made a deal with Netflix. But really just because we love David Letterman.
We cull through the mounds of emails and social medias from the listeners and pick out a few choice comments. What other show covers air drumming, a lost record collection, whether Dan Auerbach copied another artist, a train to Toronto, Revolution Summer, Wyoming “bourbon,” Zima and Styx?