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  • 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.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 137: Car Stereo Memories

    Episode 137: Car Stereo Memories

    Hand crank those windows down. We’re talking about classic car audio, from the FM converter to 8-tracks and tape decks.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 136: Chevy Songs

    Episode 136: Chevy Songs

    Jim got a new car! Rest in power, Big Blue. In tribute to the passing of the gas pedal, we present a show all about songs that reference Chevrolets. Yes, that’s the show.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 135: Lollapalooza ’91

    Episode 135: Lollapalooza ’91

    On this date in 1991, a monumental rock festival staged its first show. It was Lollapalooza, then a touring circus of sorts, with Jane’s Addiction, Living Colour, Ice-T and Body Count, Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band and more drawing waves upon waves of GenXers in a glorious celebration of “alternative rock.” On this episode, we reminisce about the event. Patrick saw a show on that first tour, as did our podcast bandleader Randall Brown and some listeners.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 134: Dead and Co., second set with Justin Gay

    Episode 134: Dead and Co., second set with Justin Gay

    How music can move you: Our friend Justin Gay experienced it first-hand at a recent Dead & Company show.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 133: Fan Mail Friday 10

    Episode 133: Fan Mail Friday 10

    It’s not just any Friday, it’s Fan Mail Friday! With celebrity guest Ryan Sholin! We answer your calls and letters. Featuring songs by Laura Branigan, Glen Campbell, Superchunk, the Records and more!

  • Thumbnail for Episode 132: Less Talk, More Rock II

    Episode 132: Less Talk, More Rock II

    It’s the return of the parlor game that’s sweeping the nation. It’s Less Talk More Rock, wherein we quickly set up a song, play it and respond to it. Who knows what you might hear? With guest star Ryan Sholin!

  • Thumbnail for Episode 131: Workin’ at the record store

    Episode 131: Workin’ at the record store

    Ryan Week continues with Tales from the Record Store. Peaches Records & Tapes, to be specific.