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  • Thumbnail for Episode 1363: What Was First: Merge Records

    Episode 1363: What Was First: Merge Records

    Our series What Was First continues today with a trip down North Carolina way to learn about the first release on Merge Records. Listener Mark Neese wrote in to suggest this one and it turns out that the first release on Merge is not a 7″, 12″ or a compact disc. No, it’s a cassette!

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1362: What Was First: Rhino Records

    Episode 1362: What Was First: Rhino Records

    An email from beautiful Cornucopia, Wisconsin leads us to investigate the first release on Rhino Records. The story will take us back to Westwood, California and touch on buying records at flea markets, Hassle the Salesman Day and even include a number one single.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1361: What Was First: Creation Records

    Episode 1361: What Was First: Creation Records

    Welcome to a week of What Was First episodes! We got a pile of suggestions for this series, so we decided to dive right in. We begin with a suggestion from Steven Routledge, who thought the first release on Creation Records would make a good episode and we think he’s right!

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1360: What Was First: Twin/Tone Records

    Episode 1360: What Was First: Twin/Tone Records

    Based on listener suggestions, Patrick takes a peek into the historical record to locate the first release on influential Minneapolis label Twin/Tone Records.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1359: Book Nook: The Real Story of the Clash

    Episode 1359: Book Nook: The Real Story of the Clash

    Today we turn the tables as Jim opens up the Book Nook to give his take on a volume he recently finished: Passion Is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash by Pat Gilbert.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1358: Fan Mail: The Kinks, Record Guides, Frank Ocean

    Episode 1358: Fan Mail: The Kinks, Record Guides, Frank Ocean

    We open up the neglected Suburbs Pod Mailroom for some responses to episodes on the Kinks, Record Guides and Frank Ocean.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1357: What Was First: Slash Records

    Episode 1357: What Was First: Slash Records

    On a second-straight suggestion from listener David Leedy, Patrick takes a look at the first record released on Slash Records, a highly influential label born out of the Los Angeles punk boom.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1356: What Was First: I.R.S. Records

    Episode 1356: What Was First: I.R.S. Records

    It’s another edition of the “bite-size history lesson” series What Was First, where we explore the first release on iconic record labels. Today, on a suggestion from listener David Leedy, Patrick takes a look at the first record released on the I.R.S. label: the album “Singles Going Steady” by the Buzzcocks.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1355: March New Music: Shooter Jennings & Yelawolf, Arcade Fire, HAIM, Sharon Van Etten

    Episode 1355: March New Music: Shooter Jennings & Yelawolf, Arcade Fire, HAIM, Sharon Van Etten

    Friday is here and we bring the curtain down on another glorious week of new music picks. Jason Goebel surprises the heck out of us with one of his choices, while Scot Isom gives us some sweet symmetry with his closing picks: What begins in Scotland ends with Scot.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1354: March New Music: Fortune Child, Ceramic Animal, Bodega

    Episode 1354: March New Music: Fortune Child, Ceramic Animal, Bodega

    It’s Thursday and the new music picks just keep on coming. Today, Sunny Varney and Kevin Porter are in your ears — and so are some great-sounding electric guitars.