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  • Thumbnail for Episode 146: Song of the Day: Chicago

    Episode 146: Song of the Day: Chicago

    Band geeks rejoice! Today’s song is by Chicago, following a call to the Suburban Party Line from Amy Hesterman. (All week, we’re doing mini-episodes because summer vacation.)

  • Thumbnail for Episode 145: Song of the Day: John Mayer

    Episode 145: Song of the Day: John Mayer

    Song of the Day Week continues. We’re doing a series of mini-episodes for summer vacation. Today’s selection comes from Kevin Bartlett. It’s a John Mayer song that reminds him of the Grateful Dead.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 144: Song of the Day: Poison Idea

    Episode 144: Song of the Day: Poison Idea

    It’s summer vacation time. Jim & Patrick need a break. So this week we present a series of super-short episodes, most responding to listener calls. Today: Trip from Oregon recommends a Go-Go’s cover by Poison Idea. (And Patrick actually has this 45 in his basement!)

  • Thumbnail for Episode 143: Elvis Costello Retrospective

    Episode 143: Elvis Costello Retrospective

    To close Elvis Costello Week, we review this important musician’s iconoclastic career. Our friend Mike Snider joins in the conversation.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 142: Elvis Costello: ‘Get Happy!!’

    Episode 142: Elvis Costello: ‘Get Happy!!’

    For his fourth album, 1980’s “Get Happy!!,” Elvis Costello went all-out soul. It makes us happy (including guest Mike Snider).

  • Thumbnail for Episode 141: Elvis Costello: ‘Armed Forces’

    Episode 141: Elvis Costello: ‘Armed Forces’

    Elvis Costello’s third album, 1979’s “Armed Forces,” as examined on Rockin’ the Suburbs. Live from Mike Snider’s house.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 140: Elvis Costello: ‘This Year’s Model’

    Episode 140: Elvis Costello: ‘This Year’s Model’

    Elvis Costello Week continues. Today, we explore his most excellent second album, 1978’s “This Year’s Model.” Our friend Mike Snider joins in the conversation.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 139: Elvis Costello: ‘My Aim is True’

    Episode 139: Elvis Costello: ‘My Aim is True’

    Elvis Costello’s stellar debut album, “My Aim is True,” was released 40 years ago this month. We take the opportunity to launch Elvis Costello Week on Rockin’ the Suburbs. With guest star Mike Snider.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 138: Echo Park Jimmy Returns!

    Episode 138: Echo Park Jimmy Returns!

    Echo Park Jimmy calls the Suburban Party Line again. And that means we must listen to his messages. We must.

  • Thumbnail for Rest in Power: Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

    Rest in Power: Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

    Many Linkin Park fans are still in shock over the sudden passing of Chester Bennington, but there were clues in the band’s music.