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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions, where people who love music can come together.

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A Tribute to Anton Fier
00:07:31

In this bonus episode, Jim pays tribute to drummer Anton Fier by adding a song to the Desert Island Jukebox and sharing two life lessons he learned from interacting with Fier.

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Sep 28, 2022
Women in Country Music, Opinions on Santigold & Sudan Archives
00:50:35

Author Marissa Moss's new book "Her Country" details the challenges the country music industry puts before female artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Moss about three artists who've succeeded in spite of the obstacles. Plus, they review new albums from Santigold and Sudan Archives and hear feedback from listeners.

 

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Featured Songs:

Kacey Musgraves, "Merry Go 'Round," Same Trailer Different Park, Mercury Nashville, 2013

Santigold, "High Priestess," Spirituals, Little Jerk, 2022

Santigold, "Fall First," Spirituals, Little Jerk, 2022

Santigold, "No Paradise," Spirituals, Little Jerk, 2022

Santigold, "Shake," Spirituals, Little Jerk, 2022

Sudan Archives, "Selfish Soul," Natural Brown Prom Queen, Stones Throw, 2022

Sudan Archives, "Ciara," Natural Brown Prom Queen, Stones Throw, 2022

Sudan Archives, "OMG Britt," Natural Brown Prom Queen, Stones Throw, 2022

Sudan Archives, "ChevyS10," Natural Brown Prom Queen, Stones Throw, 2022

Sudan Archives, "NBPQ (Topless)," Natural Brown Prom Queen, Stones Throw, 2022

Mickey Guyton, "Black Like Me," Remember Her Name, Capitol Nashville, 2021

Maren Morris, "My Church," HERO, Columbia Nashville, 2016

The Highwomen, "Loose Change," The Highwomen, Elektra, 2019

Mickey Guyton, "What Are You Gonna Tell Her?," Remember Her Name, Capitol Nashville, 2021

Kacey Musgraves, "Good Ol' Boys Club," Pageant Material , Mercury Nashville, 2015

Boogie Down Productions, "Jack of Spades," Ghetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop, Jive/RCA, 1989

Sinéad Lohan, "Diving to be Deeper," No Mermaid, Interscope, 1998

Off Peak Arson, "Vivid," Vivid (Single), 3131749 Records DK, 2022

Sep 23, 2022
A Canadian Euro-disco Song Bridging the 80s and 90s Sounds
00:05:06

In this bonus episode, Jim shares a song from a forgotten Canadian act that he recently heard in the German TV show, Kleo.

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Sep 21, 2022
Common's Like Water for Chocolate
00:49:51

Over 20 years later, Common’s album Like Water for Chocolate remains a socially conscious, hip hop masterpiece. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit an interview they did with Common during this time, plus they talk about the music, production history and lasting impact.

 

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Featured Songs:

Common, "The Light," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Common, "Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Common, "Take It EZ," Can I Borrow a Dollar?, Relativity, 1992

Common, "I Used to Love H.E.R.," Resurrection, Relativity, 1994

D'Angelo, "Brown Sugar," Brown Sugar, Virgin, 1995

Common, "Funky for You," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Common, "A Song for Assata," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Common, "Payback Is a Grandmother," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Common, "The 6th Sense," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Common, "Thelonius," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Common, "Geto Heaven, Pt. 2 (Remix T.S.O.I.) [feat. Macy Gray]," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Common, "A Film Called (Pimp)," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Kanye West, "We Don't Care," The College Dropout, Roc-A-Fella, 2004

Kendrick Lamar, "Institutionalized (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Snoop Dogg)," To Pimp a Butterfly, Top Dawg Entertainment, 2015

Kacey Musgraves, "justified," Star-Crossed, MCA Nashville, 2021

Sep 16, 2022
A Tribute to Joey DeFrancesco
00:07:11

In this bonus episode, Greg pays tribute to the jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who died on August 25, 2022.

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Sep 14, 2022
Pedro the Lion Live, Opinions on Horsegirl & Julia Jacklin
00:51:07

This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome Pedro The Lion to the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago for a live performance and interview. David Bazan recently brought back the Pedro The Lion band name for a five album cycle about each of the places he lived while growing up. The second installment, Havasu, came out earlier this year. Plus Jim and Greg review new albums from Horsegirl and Julia Jacklin.

 

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Featured Songs:

Pedro the Lion, "First Drum Set," Havasu, Polyvinyl, 2022

Horsegirl, "Billy," Versions of Modern Performance, Matador, 2022

Horsegirl, "Live and Ski," Versions of Modern Performance, Matador, 2022

Horsegirl, "Anti-glory," Versions of Modern Performance, Matador, 2022

Horsegirl, "Homage to Birdnoculars," Versions of Modern Performance, Matador, 2022

Julia Jacklin, "Ignore Tenderness," Pre Pleasure, Polyvinyl, 2022

Julia Jacklin, "I Was Neon," Pre Pleasure, Polyvinyl, 2022

Julia Jacklin, "Too In Love To Die," Pre Pleasure, Polyvinyl, 2022

Julia Jacklin, "End of Friendship," Pre Pleasure, Polyvinyl, 2022

Julia Jacklin, "Be Careful With Yourself," Pre Pleasure, Polyvinyl, 2022

Pedro the Lion, "Foregone Conclusions," Achilles Heel, Jade Tree, 2004

Pedro the Lion, "Don't Wanna Move (Live on Sound Opinions)," Havasu, Polyvinyl, 2022

Pedro the Lion, "Magazine," Control, Jade Tree, 2002

Pedro the Lion, "First Drum Set (Live on Sound Opinions)," Havasu, Polyvinyl, 2022

Pedro the Lion, "Teenage Sequencer," Havasu, Polyvinyl, 2022

Pedro the Lion, "Making the Most of It (Live on Sound Opinions)," Havasu, Polyvinyl, 2022

Common, "Time Travelin' (A Tribute to Fela)," Like Water For Chocolate, MCA, 2000

Sep 09, 2022
The true origins of grunge?
00:06:18

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox that he learned about from this article in Bust magazine

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Sep 07, 2022
Phoebe Bridgers Live & Songs About the Sea
00:51:03

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about oceans, lakes and rivers. Plus, we revisit a conversation and live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago with singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.

 

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Featured Songs:

Neil Young, "I'm the Ocean," Mirror Ball, Reprise, 1995

Phoebe Bridgers, "Smoke Signals," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Enya, "Orinoco Flow," Watermark, Warner Music, 1988

Led Zeppelin, "The Ocean," Houses of the Holy, Atlantic, 1973

Frank Ocean, "Moon River," Moon River (Single), Boys Don't Cry, 2018

Nova Mob, "Admiral of the Sea," The Last Days of Pompeii, Rough Trade, 1991

The Beach Boys, "Sail On, Sailor," Holland, Reprise, 1973

The Velvet Underground, "Ocean," VU, Verve, 1985

Procol Harum, "A Salty Dog," A Salty Dog, Regal Zonophone, A&M, 1969

Otis Redding, "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," The Dock of the Bay, Volt, 1968

PJ Harvey, "Down By The Water," To Bring You My Love, Direct Brands, 1995

Talking Heads, "Take Me to the River," More Songs About Buildings and Food, Sire, 1978

Phoebe Bridgers, "Motion Sickness," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Phoebe Bridgers, "Scott Street (Live on Sound Opinions)," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Phoebe Bridgers, "Funeral," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Phoebe Bridgers, "Chelsea," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Phoebe Bridgers, "Steamroller," Killer, Pax Am, 2015

Phoebe Bridgers, "Demi Moore," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Phoebe Bridgers, "Killer," Killer, Pax Am, 2015

Phoebe Bridgers, "You Missed My Heart," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Phoebe Bridgers, "Smoke Signals (Live on Sound Opinions)," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Pedro the Lion, "First Drum Set," Havasu, Polyvinyl, 2022

Sep 02, 2022
A Behind The Scenes Motown Great
00:08:06

In this bonus episode, Greg pays tribute to Lamont Dozier, who co-wrote many of Motown's biggest hits. 

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Aug 31, 2022
Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club Drummer Chris Frantz
00:50:18

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their conversation with Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club drummer Chris Frantz. They discuss his memoir, the dynamics of the Talking Heads and working with Brian Eno (ding!) The hosts also share some of their favorite Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club tracks.

 

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Featured Songs:

Talking Heads, "Once In a Lifetime," Remain in Light, Sire, 1980

Talking Heads, "New Feeling," Talking Heads: 77, Sire, 1977

Talking Heads, "Pyscho Killer," Talking Heads: 77, Sire, 1977

Talking Heads, "Pulled Up," Talking Heads: 77, Sire, 1977

James Brown, "I'll Go Crazy," Live at the Apollo, King, 1963

Talking Heads, "Don't Worry About the Government," Talking Heads: 77, Sire, 1977

Tom Tom Club, "Genius of Love," Tom Tom Club, Sire, 1981

Talking Heads, "And She Was," Little Creatures, Sire, 1985

Talking Heads, "Take Me to the River," More Songs About Buildings and Food, Sire, 1978

Al Green, "Take Me to the River," Al Green Explores Your Mind, Hi, 1974

Talking Heads, "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)," Remain in Light, Sire, 1980

Talking Heads, "The Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)," Speaking in Tongues, Sire, 1983

Talking Heads, "I Zimbra," Fear of Music, Sire, 1979

Tom Tom Club, "You Sexy Thing," Dark Sneak Love Action, Sire, 1991

Talking Heads, "Slippery People (Live)," Stop Making Sense , Sire, 1984

Talking Heads, "The Lady Don't Mind," Little Creatures, Sire, 1985

Phoebe Bridgers, "Smoke Signals," Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017

Aug 26, 2022
A Band That Won't Be Damaged By A Bad Biopic
00:07:31

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox in reaction to a biographical show he recently watched, but did not like. 

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Aug 24, 2022
Songs About Heroes, Opinions on Beyoncé & Drive-By Truckers
00:51:04

There have been many great songs about acts of heroism big and small, and in times like these, boy do we need heroes and heroines! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about heroes. They’ll also hear selections from the production team and review the new albums by Beyoncé and Drive-By Truckers.

 

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Featured Songs:

Bonnie Tyler, "Holding Out for a Hero," Footloose: Original Soundtrack of the Paramount Motion Picture, Columbia, 1984

Beyoncé, "BREAK MY SOUL," Renaissance, Parkwood and Columbia, 2022

Beyoncé, "COZY," Renaissance, Parkwood and Columbia, 2022

Beyoncé, "ALIEN SUPERSTAR," Renaissance, Parkwood and Columbia, 2022

Beyoncé, "THIQUE," Renaissance, Parkwood and Columbia, 2022

Drive-By Truckers, "The Driver," Welcome 2 Club XIII, ATO, 2022

Drive-By Truckers, "Welcome 2 Club XIII," Welcome 2 Club XIII, ATO, 2022

Drive-By Truckers, "Every Single Storied Flameout," Welcome 2 Club XIII, ATO, 2022

Drive-By Truckers, "Wilder Days," Welcome 2 Club XIII, ATO, 2022

Aimee Mann, "Save Me," Magnolia: Music from the Motion Picture, Reprise, 1999

John Lennon, "Working Class Hero," John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Apple, 1970

The Impressions, "We're a Winner," We're a Winner, ABC, 1968

The Kinks, "Celluloid Heroes," Everybody's in Show-Biz, RCA Victor, 1972

The Flaming Lips, "Waitin' for a Superman," The Soft Bulletin, Warner Bros., 1999

The Stranglers, "No More Heroes," No More Heroes, United Artists, 1977

ONE OK ROCK, "Save Yourself," Save Yourself (Single), Fueled By Ramen, 2022

Family of the Year, "Hero," Loma Vista, Nettwerk, 2012

Elton John, "I'm Still Standing," Too Low For Zero, Geffen, 1983

Billy Bragg, "There Is Power in a Union," Talking With The Taxman About Poetry, Elektra, 1986

Rhianna, "Umbrella (feat. Jay-Z)," Good Girl Gone Bad, Def Jam, 2007

Natalie Merchant, "Ophelia," Ophelia, Elektra, 1998

David Bowie, ""Heroes"," "Heroes", RCA, 1977

Nas, "Hero (feat. Keri Hilson)," Untitled, Def Jam, 2008

Talking Heads, "Once In A Lifetime," Remain In Light, Sire, 1980

Aug 19, 2022
Giving Women Who Rock the Spotlight With Director Jessica Hopper
00:15:17

Jim has a conversation with director, writer and producer Jessica Hopper about her four part docuseries on EPIX about Women Who Rock. She also shares some desert island jukebox picks, one highlighting badass bassist Kira Roessler of Black Flag and another giving love to the legendary group Labelle.

 

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Aug 17, 2022
Revisiting The Stooges' Fun House
00:51:13

In a Classic Album Dissection, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine The Stooges' Fun House record from 1970. The album brought together garage rock, rhythm and blues and free jazz, setting a template for the punk revolution to come. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton talks about the album as well as producer Don Gallucci, whose unorthodox studio technique is credited with capturing the singular sound of The Stooges. Plus Greg Kot adds a song by Gene Clark to the Desert Island Jukebox.

 

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Featured Songs:

The Stooges, "T.V. Eye," Fun House, Elektra, 1970

The Stooges, "Down On The Street," Fun House, Elektra, 1970

The Stooges, "Loose," Fun House, Elektra, 1970

The Stooges, "Dirt," Fun House, Elektra, 1970

The Stooges, "1970," Fun House, Elektra, 1970

The Stooges, "Fun House," Fun House, Elektra, 1970

The Stooges, "L.A. Blues," Fun House, Elektra, 1970

Iggy Pop, "Dum Dum Boys," The Idiot, RCA, 1977

The Stooges, "I Wanna Be Your Dog," The Stooges, Elektra, 1969

The Stooges, "Not Right," The Stooges, Elektra, 1969

MC5, "Rocket Reducer N.62 (Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa)," Kick Out The James, Elektra, 1969

The Stooges, "No Fun," The Stooges, Elektra, 1969

The Stooges, "Loose (Demo Version)," Fun House (2005 Deluxe Edition), Elektra, 2005

The Stooges, "Slide (Slidin' The Blues)," Fun House (2005 Deluxe Edition), Elektra, 2005

Bread, "It Don't Matter to Me," Bread, Elektra, 1969

The Kingsmen, "Louie Louie," The Kingsmen In Person, Wand, 1963

The Stooges, "T.V. Eye (Takes 7 & 8)," Fun House (2005 Deluxe Edition), Elektra, 2005

The Stooges, "1970 (Take 3)," Fun House (2005 Deluxe Edition), Elektra, 2005

Iggy and The Stooges, "Louie Louie (Live)," Metallic K.O., Jungle, 1976

James Brown & The Famous Flames, "I Feel All Right (Live 1967)," Live at the Apollo, Vol. II, Polydor, 1968

John Coltrane, "A Love Supreme Pt 2 Resolution," A Love Supreme, Impulse!, 1965

The Doors, "Touch Me," The Soft Parade, Elektra, 1969

The Stooges, "1969," The Stooges, Elektra, 1969

Sonic Youth, "Kool Thing," Goo, DGC, 1990

Minutemen, "Maybe Partying Will Help," Double Nickels On The Dime, SST, 1984

Mission of Burma, "The Ballad of Johnny Burma," Vs., Ace of Hearts, 1982

Depeche Mode, "Dirt," Exciter, Mute, 2001

The Damned, "I Feel Alright," Damned Damned Damned, Stiff, 1977

Radio Birdman, "T.V. Eye," Radios Appear, Trafalgar, 1977

Nirvana, "Scentless Apprentice," In Utero, DGC, 1993

Mudhoney, "Touch Me I'm Sick," Touch Me I'm Sick (Single), Sub Pop, 1988

The Stooges, "Down On The Street (Single Mix)," Down On The Street (Single), Elektra, 1970

Gene Clark, "Some Misunderstanding," No Other, Asylum, 1974

David Bowie, "Heroes," "Heroes", RCA, 1977

Aug 12, 2022
Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time? R.I.P. William Hart of the Delfonics
00:06:40

Greg pays tribute to the late singer and songwriter of The Delfonics, William Hart, with his song "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time?" from the film Jackie Brown.

 

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Aug 10, 2022
Rock on Film, Opinions on Lizzo, Muna & Perfume Genius
00:51:13

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the history of music movies with author Fred Goodman. From The Beatles to Metallica, they explore rock on film. Plus, the hosts review new music by Liz, Muna and Perfume Genius.

 

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Featured Songs:

Lizzo, "Special," Special, Nice Life/Atlantic, 2022

Lizzo, "Grrrls," Special, Nice Life/Atlantic, 2022

Lizzo, "Naked," Special, Nice Life/Atlantic, 2022

Lizzo, "Everybody's Gay," Special, Nice Life/Atlantic, 2022

Perfume Genius, "Pop Song," Ugly Season, Matador, 2022

Perfume Genius, "Hellbent," Ugly Season, Matador, 2022

Perfume Genius, "Eye in the Wall," Ugly Season, Matador, 2022

Lizzo, "About Damn Time," Special, Nice Life/Atlantic, 2022

Muna, "Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)," Muna, Saddest Factory, 2022

Muna, "What I Want," Muna, Saddest Factory, 2022

Muna, "Kind of Girl," Muna, Saddest Factory, 2022

The Beatles, "A Hard Day's Night," A Hard Day's Night, United Artists, 1964

Stillwater, "Fever Dog," Almost Famous (Music From the Motion Picture), DreamWorks, 2000

Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell, "Time Warp," The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Ode, 1975

Lhasa de Sela, "Love Came Here," Lhasa, Audiogram, 2009

The Stooges, "Down On the Street," Fun House, Elektra, 1970

Aug 05, 2022
How Did a British Band End Up at a Swedish Bank Robbery?
00:06:00

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the desert island jukebox from a Netflix series about the Swedish criminal Clark Olofsson.

 

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Aug 03, 2022
Maybe the Best Buried Treasures Ever? Plus Listener Feedback
00:51:12

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share new music that isn't getting the attention it deserves- they call them "buried treasures." The show's staff joins in sharing their picks as well. Plus they listen to recent feedback from listeners.

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Featured Songs:

Dehd, "Bad Love," Blue Skies, Fat Possum, 2022

Oliana, "Jupiter," Jupiter (Single), Oli x Tooti, 2022

Body Type, "Buoyancy," Everything Is Dangerous But Nothing's Surprising, Poison City, 2022

Taqbir, "Aisha Qandisha," Taqbir EP, self-released, 2021

Momma, "Medicine," Household Name, Polyvinyl, 2022

Mayyadda, "BlackGirlMagic (Acoustic Remix)," BlackGirlMagic (Acoustic Remix) (Single), Mayyadda, 2022

O.N.E. The Duo, "Stuck In The Middle," Stuck In The Middle (Single), Visionary, 2022

Say Sue Me, "To Dream," The Last Thing Left, Damnably, 2022

Hater, "Renew, Reject," Sincere, Fire, 2022

Ethel Cain, "Crush," Inbred, Daughters of Cain, 2021

Holland Patent Public Library, "Joe Pera Sits With You," Joe Pera Talks With You: Season 3 (Original Soundtrack), Adult Swim, 2022

The Who, "Baba O'Riley," Who's Next, Polydor, 1971

The Venomous Pinks, "No Rules," Vita Mors, SBÄM, 2022

Dummy, "Mono Retriever," Mono Retriever (Single), Sub Pop, 2022

Crumb, "Balloon," Ice Melt, Crumb, 2021

Chime School, "It's True," Chime School, Slumberland, 2021

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes," Soul Time!, Daptone, 2011

Trombone Shorty, "I'm Standing Here (feat. Gary Clark Jr.)," Lifted, Blue Note, 2022

Tummyache, "Alive Again," Teeth - Single, Tone Tree Music / You + Me, 2022

The Beatles, "A Hard Day's Night," A Hard Day's Night, Parlophone, 1964

Jul 29, 2022
Hill Country Blues on the Desert Island
00:07:09

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a Hill Country Blues song to the Desert Island Jukebox that was in a recent movie.

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Jul 27, 2022
Wayne's World 30th Anniversary w/ Director Penelope Spheeris, Opinions on Bartees Strange and Yaya Bey
00:51:35

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their conversation with director Penelope Spheeris for the 30th anniversary of Wayne’s World. They also discuss directing music videos and the Decline of Western Civilization documentary films. Plus, Jim and Greg review new music from indie artist Bartees Strange and Brooklyn singer-songwriter Yaya Bey.

 

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Featured Songs:

Bartees Strange, "Mulholland Dr.," Farm to Table, 4AD, 2022

Bartees Strange, "Heavy Heart," Farm to Table, 4AD, 2022

Bartees Strange, "Tours," Farm to Table, 4AD, 2022

Bartees Strange, "Hennessy," Farm to Table, 4AD, 2022

Bartees Strange, "Escape This Circus," Farm to Table, 4AD, 2022

Bartees Strange, "Hold the Line," Farm to Table, 4AD, 2022

Yaya Bey, "keisha," Remember Your North Star, Big Dada, 2022

Yaya Bey, "pour up (feat. DJ Nativesun)," Remember Your North Star, Big Dada, 2022

Yaya Bey, "alright," Remember Your North Star, Big Dada, 2022

Yaya Bey, "i'm certain she's there," Remember Your North Star, Big Dada, 2022

Wayne and Garth, "Wayne's World Theme," Wayne's World (Music from the Motion Picture), Reprise, 1992

Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Sikamikanico," Wayne's World (Music from the Motion Picture), Reprise, 1992

Fear, "I Love Livin' in the City," The Record, Slash, 1981

Circle Jerks, "Red Tape (Live)," Group Sex, Frontier, 1980

Motörhead, "Ace of Spades," Ace of Spades, Sanctuary, 1980

The Germs, "Manimal," Gi, Slash, 1979

Black Flag, "Depression," Damaged, SST, 1981

Meat Loaf, "Bat Out of Hell," Bat Out of Hell, Epic, 1977

Megadeth, "In My Darkest Hour," So Far, So Good... So What!, Capitol, 1988

Special Interest, "(Herman's) House," (Herman's) House (Single), Rough Trade, 2022

Jul 22, 2022
The Missing Link of Post-Punk Legends
00:08:39

In this bonus episode, Jim shares a track from a bootleg by one of his favorite bands that gives a new way to understand their growth.

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Jul 20, 2022
Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs & The Story of Malcolm McLaren After "Pistol"
00:49:38

Susan Jacobs won the first Emmy ever awarded for music supervision. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Jacobs about her work on "Big Little Lies" and other projects. They also talk with author Paul Gorman about his biography of Malcolm McLaren, the legendary manager of the Sex Pistols.

 

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Featured Songs:

Joe Tex, "A Woman's Hands," A Woman's Hands (Single), Dial, 1967

Sex Pistols, "Anarchy In the U.K.," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Sex Pistols, "God Save the Queen," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Sex Pistols, "Pretty Vacant," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Bow Wow Wow, "I Want Candy," The Last of the Mohicans, RCA, 1982

Malcolm McLaren, "Buffalo Gals," Duck Rock, Virgin, 1983

Bill Lee, "Nola-Vocals," She's Gotta Have It - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Antilles, 1991

Public Image Ltd, "Public Image," Public Image: First Issue, Virgin, 1978

Marvin Hamlisch, "Theme From The Swimmer (Send for Me in Summer) / Big Splash," The Swimmer, CBS, 1968

Leon Bridges, "River," Coming Home, Columbia, 2015

Led Zeppelin, "Whole Lotta Love," Led Zeppelin II, Atlantic, 1969

Led Zeppelin, "What Is and What Should Never Be," Led Zeppelin II, Atlantic, 1969

Led Zeppelin, "Thank You," Led Zeppelin II, Atlantic, 1969

Charles Bradley, "Victim of Love (feat. Menahan Street Band)," Victim of Love, Daptone, 2013

Michael Kiwanuka, "Cold Little Heart," Love & Hate, Interscope, 2016

Sylvan Esso, "Come Down," Sylvan Esso, Partisan, 2014

Chicago, "25 or 6 to 4," Chicago, Columbia, 1970

Norman Greenbaum, "Spirit in the Sky," Spirit in the Sky, Reprise, 1969

Dire Straits, "Romeo and Juliet," Making Movies, Warner Bros., 1980

Electric Light Orchestra, "10538 Overture," The Electric Light Orchestra, United Artists, 1971

Simon & Garfunkel, "Mrs. Robinson," The Graduate, Columbia Masterworks, 1968

Harry Nilsson, "Everybody's Talkin'," Aerial Ballet, RCA Victor, 1968

The Acid, "Tumbling Lights," Liminal, Infectious Music, 2014

Jul 15, 2022
Roe, Kelly and Highland Park: A Heavy News Update
00:27:43

In this bonus episode, Jim is joined by news contributor Althea Legaspi to discuss the music industry's response to the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe vs. Wade, the sentencing of R. Kelly and Robert Chiarito of the New York Times joins to discuss the Highland Park shooter's music connections. 

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Jul 11, 2022
The Best Albums of 2022 So Far
00:50:00

The year is more than half over, and that means it’s time to share the music we’ve loved the most the last six months. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their best albums of 2022 so far.

 

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Featured Songs:

Sharon Van Etten, "Darkness Fades," We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jagjaguwar, 2022

The Smile, "The Opposite," A Light for Attracting Attention, XL, 2022

The Smile, "You Will Never Work In Television Again," A Light for Attracting Attention, XL, 2022

Pedro The Lion, "First Drumset," Havasu, Polyvinyl, 2022

Saba, "Few Good Things (feat. Black Thought & Erin Allen Kane)," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022

Spiritualized, "Always Together With You," Everything Was Beautiful, Fat Possum, 2022

K.O.G., "Immigration," Zone 6, Agege (feat. Franz Von & Gyedu-Blay Ambolley), Pura Vida, 2022

K.O.G., "Hewale (Interlude)," Zone 6, Agege (feat. Franz Von & Gyedu-Blay Ambolley), Pura Vida, 2022

K.O.G., "Ebenezer," Zone 6, Agege (feat. Franz Von & Gyedu-Blay Ambolley), Pura Vida, 2022

Jack White, "Eosophobia," Fear of the Dawn, Third Man, 2022

Jack White, "Hi-De-Ho (feat. Q-Tip)," Fear of the Dawn, Third Man, 2022

Charlotte Adigéry and Bolis Pupul, "Thank You," Topical Dancer, Deewee, 2022

Mitski, "That's Your Lamp," Laurel Hell, Dead Oceans, 2022

Mitski, "Love Me More," Laurel Hell, Dead Oceans, 2022

SASAMI, "Say It," Squeeze, Domino, 2022

The Linda Lindas, "Nino," Growing Up, Epitaph, 2022

Sharon Van Etten, "Come Back," We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Wet Leg, "I Don't Wanna Go Out," Wet Leg, Domino, 2022

The Sex Pistols, "Anarchy In the U.K.," Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Jul 08, 2022
A Youthful Hit From 40 Years Ago
00:07:39

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox that was a top ten hit in the U.S. in 1983 and included some pre-teen members. 

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Jul 06, 2022
Yola, Opinions on Angel Olsen & RIP Chrissie Dickinson
00:51:13

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their interview with British singer Yola, who is in the new Elvis film playing Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Plus they review the new album from Angel Olsen and pay tribute to music writer Chrissie Dickinson.

 

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Featured Songs:

Angel Olsen, "Big Time," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Angel Olsen, "All The Good Times," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Angel Olsen, "Right Now," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, "Like I Used To," Like I Used To (Single), Jagjaguwar, 2021

Angel Olsen, "Dream Thing," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Angel Olsen, "Go Home," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Angel Olsen, "Through The Fires," Big Time, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Yola, "Starlight," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

The Highwomen, "Highwomen," The Highwomen, Elektra, 2019

The Staple Singers, "Hear My Call, Here," Hammer And Nails, Riverside, 1962

Massive Attack, "Harpsicord (Live in Copenhagen)," Unreleased, NA, 2008

Phantom Limb, "Draw the Line," Phantom Limb, Naim Edge, 2009

Yola, "Break The Bough," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Yola , "Stand For Myself," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Yola, "Diamond Studded Shoes," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Miranda Lambert, "Gunpowder & Lead," Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Columbia Nashville, 2007

Wet Leg, "Chaise Longue," Wet Leg, Domino, 2022

Jul 01, 2022
When Your Best Song is a B-Side
00:06:14

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox whose author didn't like it much initially, but has come around in recent years. 

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Jun 29, 2022
John Doe & X's Under the Big Black Sun 40 Years Later
00:49:25

In 1982, the Los Angeles punk rock band X put out its album Under the Big Black Sun. 40 years later, it's still great! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with X vocalist and bassist John Doe all about the album and the band's impact. They'll also chat with him about his new solo album and his work in television and film. 

 

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Featured Songs:

X, "The Have Nots," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

X, "The Hungry Wolf," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

Bob Dylan, "As I Went Out One Morning," John Wesley Harding, Columbia, 1967

John Doe, "Never Coming Back," Fables in a Foreign Land, Fat Possum, 2022

X, "Riding with Mary," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

X, "Motel Room in My Bed," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

Germs, "Lexicon Devil," (GI), Slash, 1979

The Screamers, "122 Hours Of Fear (Live at the Target)," Live in San Francisco: Sept 2nd 1978, Target Video, 2004

The Dils, "I Hate the Rich," I Hate the Rich (Single), What?, 1977

Circle Jerks, "Stars and Stripes," Wild in the Streets, Step-Forward, 1982

X, "Los Angeles," Los Angeles, Slash, 1980

X, "We're Desperate," Wild Gift, Slash, 1981

X, "Under the Big Black Sun," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

X, "Adult Books," Wild Gift, Slash, 1981

X, "Dancing with Tears in My Eyes," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

X, "Because I Do," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

X, "Blue Spark," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

X, "Come Back to Me," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

X, "Real Child of Hell," Under the Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

The Gun Club, "She's Like Heroin to Me," Fire of Love, Ruby, 1981

Los Lobos, "Will the Wolf Survive?," How Will the Wolf Survive?, Slash/Warner Bros., 1984

The Del Fuegos, "Don't Run Wild," Boston, Mass., Slash, 1985

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Henry Lee (feat. PJ Harvey) ," Murder Ballads, Mute, 1996

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, "Revolver," Ballad of the Broken Seas, Cooking Vinyl Limited, 2006

Yola, "Stand For Myself," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye and Concord, 2021

Jun 24, 2022
A 1985 Single Hits Number 1
00:06:23

In this bonus episode, Jim adds an incredible song to the Desert Island Jukebox that has surfaced on a few soundtracks in recent years. 

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Jun 22, 2022
Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500) on the Five Albums That Shaped Him
00:50:48

As the leader of Galaxie 500 and Luna, Dean Wareham is an indie rock legend. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Wareham about five albums that shaped his music over the course of his career.

 

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Featured Songs:

Galaxie 500, "Tugboat," Today, Aurora, 1988

Dean Wareham, "Cashing In," I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A., Double Feature, 2021

Velvet Underground, "Waiting For My Man (Live)," 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed, Mercury, 1974

Velvet Underground, "What Goes On (Live)," 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed, Mercury, 1974

Velvet Underground, "Friends," Squeeze, Polydor, 1972

Velvet Underground, "Over You (Live)," 1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed, Mercury, 1974

Lene Lovich, "Bird Song," Flex, Stiff, 1979

The Feelies, "The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness," Crazy Rhythms, Stiff, 1980

The Feelies, "Crazy Rhythms (Live)," Unreleased, NA, 1986

The Feelies, "Loveless Love," Crazy Rhythms, Stiff, 1980

The Clash, "The Magnificent Seven," Sandinista!, CBS, 1980

The Clash, "Lose This Skin," Sandinista!, CBS, 1980

The Clash, "Career Opportunities," Sandinista!, CBS, 1980

The Clash, "Garageland," The Clash, Epic, 1979

Galaxie 500, "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste," Today, Aurora, 1988

Modern Lovers, "Don't Let Our Youth Go To Waste," The Original Modern Lovers, BOMP, 1981

Dean Wareham, "The Past Is Our Plaything," I Have Nothing To Say To The Mayor Of L.A., Double Feature, 2021

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, "Chewing Gum Wrapper," Rockin' And Romance, Twin/Tone, 1985

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, "The Baltimores," Rockin' And Romance, Twin/Tone, 1985

Luna, "Moon Palace," Penthouse, Elektra, 1995

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, "Down In Bermuda," Rockin' And Romance, Twin/Tone, 1985

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, "I Must Be King," Rockin' And Romance, Twin/Tone, 1985

New Order, "Dreams Never End," Movement, Factory, 1981

New Order, "Dreams Never End (Live)," Unreleased, NA, 1981

New Order, "Temptation 12"," (Single), Factory, 1982

Howard, "Falling," Religion, Fashion People, 2015

Andy White, "Religious Persuasion," Rave On Andy White, Stiff, 1986

Men At Work, "Who Can It Be Now?," Business As Usual, Columbia, 1981

Velvet Underground, "Who Loves The Sun," Loaded, Cotillion, 1970

Old 97's, "Barrier Reef," Too Far To Care, Elektra, 1997

X, "The Hungry Wolf," Under The Big Black Sun, Elektra, 1982

Jun 17, 2022
The Winners of the Sound Opinions Prize
00:20:49

In this bonus episode, Jim interviews two of the winners of the first annual Sound Opinions Arts Criticism Prize. 

The scholarship was awarded to three Columbia College Chicago students in the Professional Writing Program in the Department of English and Creative Writing: (read winning reviews at these links) 

Connor Salata, for a theater review written for Lloyd Sach's Reviewing the Arts class

Hallie Newnam, for a music review in Jim's Reviewing the Arts Honors class

Nick Vazquez, for a music review in Jim's Reviewing the Arts Honors class

For this episode, Jim spoke with Hallie and Nick about the reviews that won them the prize. 

Thanks to The Goldschmidt Foundation for funding the Sound Opinions Prize.

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Jun 15, 2022
Aimee Mann on the Five Albums That Shaped Her
00:51:18

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are big fans of Aimee Mann’s songwriting, so they’ve asked her to choose five albums that shaped her artistic outlook. She shares those albums and what they meant to her at different points in her life on this episode.

 

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Featured Songs:

Aimee Mann, "Save Me," Magnolia (Music From the Motion Picture), Warner Music, 1999

Neil Young, "Heart of Gold," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Neil Young, "A Man Needs A Maid," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Neil Young, "Are You Ready For The Country," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Neil Young, "The Needle and the Damage Done," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Aimee Mann, "Burn It Out," Queens of the Summer Hotel, SuperEgo, 2021

Neil Young, "Old Man," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Neil Young, "Alabama," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Steely Dan, "Do It Again," Can't Buy A Thrill, ABC, 1972

Steely Dan, "Only a Fool Would Say That," Can't Buy A Thrill, ABC, 1972

Steely Dan, "Reelin' In the Years," Can't Buy A Thrill, ABC, 1972

Steely Dan, "Dirty Work," Can't Buy A Thrill, ABC, 1972

Steely Dan, "The Boston Rag," Countdown to Ecstasy, ABC, 1973

Elvis Costello And The Attractions, "Beyond Belief," Imperial Bedroom, Columbia, 1982

Elvis Costello And The Attractions, "Almost Blue," Imperial Bedroom, Columbia, 1982

Elvis Costello And The Attractions, "...And In Every Home," Imperial Bedroom, Columbia, 1982

Elvis Costello And The Brodsky Quartet, "I Thought I'd Write to Juliet," The Juliet Letters, Warner Bros, 1993

The Young Snakes, "Not Enough," Bark Along With The Young Snakes, Ambiguous, 1982

Aimee Mann, "At The Frick Museum," Queens of the Summer Hotel, SuperEgo, 2021

The Loud Family, "Sword Swallower," Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, Alias, 1993

The Loud Family, "Inverness," Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, Alias, 1993

Aimee Mann, "Fifty Years After the Fair," Whatever, Imago, 1993

Game Theory, "Regenisraen," The Big Shot Chronicles, Enigma, 1986

The Loud Family, "Slit My Wrists," Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, Alias, 1993

The Loud Family, "Jimmy Still Comes Around," Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, Alias, 1993

Elliott Smith, "Waltz, No. 2 (XO)," XO, Dreamworks, 1998

Elliott Smith, "Sweet Adeline," XO, Dreamworks, 1998

Aimee Mann, "Suicide Is Murder," Queens of the Summer Hotel, SuperEgo, 2021

Devo, "Whip It," Freedom of Choice, Warner, 1980

Devo, "Uncontrollable Urge," Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner, 1978

Wilco, "Ashes of American Flags," Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Nonesuch, 2001

Motorcade, "Static," See You In the Nothing, IDOL, 2022

Galaxie 500, "Tugboat," Today, Aurora, 1988

Jun 10, 2022
A DIY Duo Brings The Dunedin Sound to the DIJ
00:06:25

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from the New Zealand band Tall Dwarfs. 

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Jun 08, 2022
Songs That Pose Questions, Plus Opinions on Kendrick Lamar & Florence + The Machine
00:50:52

From "Who Let The Dogs Out?" to "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", all sorts of songs ask questions. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by production staff to share their favorite question songs. Plus Jim and Greg review new albums by Kendrick Lamar and Florence + The Machine.

 

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Featured Songs:

Kendrick Lamar, "United in Grief," Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, Top Dawg Entertainment, 2022

Kendrick Lamar, "Mirror," Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, Top Dawg Entertainment, 2022

Kendrick Lamar, "Auntie Diaries," Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, Top Dawg Entertainment, 2022

Kendrick Lamar, "Mother I Sober (feat. Beth Gibbons)," Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, Top Dawg Entertainment, 2022

Kendrick Lamar, "We Cry Together," Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, Top Dawg Entertainment, 2022

Florence + The Machine, "King," Dance Fever, Polydor, 2022

Florence + The Machine, "Free," Dance Fever, Polydor, 2022

Florence + The Machine, "Girls Against God," Dance Fever, Polydor, 2022

The Shirelles, "Will You (Still) Love Me Tomorrow," Tonight's the Night, Scepter, 1960

Barry Mann, "Who Put the Bomp," Who Put The Bomp, ABC, 1961

Tubeway Army, "Are 'Friends' Electric?," Replicas Redux, Atco, 1979

Baha Men, "Who Let the Dogs Out," Who Let the Dogs Out, S-Curve, 2000

Pixies, "Where is My Mind?," Surfer Rosa, 4AD, 1988

The Clash, "Should I Stay or Should I Go," Combat Rock, Epic, 1982

Rina Sawayama, "Who's Gonna Save U Now," SAWAYAMA, Dirty Hit, 2020

Elvis Costello and the Attractions, "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding," Armed Forces, Radar, 1979

Dolly Parton, "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That," White Limozeen, Columbia, 1989

The Chi-Lites, "Have You Seen Her," (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People, Brunswick, 1971

A Tribe Called Quest, "Can I Kick It?," People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, Jive, 1990

Tupac Shakur, Mos Def, "Can U C the Pride In the Panther," The Rose That Grew From Concrete Volume 1, Interscope, 2000

Pulp, "Do You Remember the First Time?," His 'n' Hers, Island, 1994

R.E.M., "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?," Monster, Warner, 1994

Aimee Mann, "Red Vines," Bachelor No. 2 (Or, the Last Remains of the Dodo), Superego, 1999

Jun 03, 2022
From College Radio and Art Rock to Hootie and the Blowfish
01:02:04

In this bonus episode, Jim has an epic interview with his old friend Tim Sommer about his unbelievable life in the music industry. From his punk rock college radio days on WNYU to his art rock band Hugo Largo to working for Warner Bros in A&R and signing Hootie and the Blowfish, they cover it all. Sommer has a new book out about his experiences called "Only Wanna Be With You."

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Jun 01, 2022
Exile on Main St. 50th Anniversary
00:48:09

For the 50th anniversary of Exile on Main St., hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of the iconic Rolling Stones record. They tell the story of the album’s recording, analyze the songs and reflect on its lasting musical impact.

 

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Featured Songs:

The Rolling Stones, "Soul Survivor," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "All Down the Line," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Wild Horses," Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones, 1971

The Rolling Stones, "Ventilator Blues," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Rocks Off," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Rip This Joint," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Tumbling Dice," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Flying Burrito Brothers, "Sin City," The Gilded Palace of Sin, A&M, 1969

The Byrds, "You Ain't Goin Nowhere," Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Columbia, 1968

The Everly Brothers, "All I Have to Do is Dream," All I Have to Do is Dream (Single), Cadence, 1958

The Rolling Stones, "Torn and Frayed," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Happy," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Title 5," Exile on Main St. (Deluxe Edition), Universal, 2010

The Rolling Stones, "Sympathy For The Devil (Live)," Beggars Banquet, Rolling Stones, 1968

The Rolling Stones, "I Just Want To See His Face," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

James Cleveland & the Angelic Choir, "Peace Be Still," Peace Be Still , Savoy, 1963

The Rolling Stones, "Let It Loose," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Sweet Black Angel," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Shine A Light," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Rolling Stones, "Loving Cup," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Band, "In a Station," Music From Big Pink, Capitol, 1968

The Rolling Stones, "Stop Breaking Down," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

Pussy Galore, "Loving Cup," Exile on Main St., Shove, 1986

White Stripes, "Rag & Bone," Icky Thump, Warner Bros., 2007

Liz Phair, "Johnny Sunshine," Exile in Guyville, Matador, 1993

Red Red Meat, "Rusted Water," Jimmywine Majestic, Sub Pop, 1993

New York Dolls, "Trash," New York Dolls, Mercury, 1973

The Clash, "Death or Glory," London Calling, CBS, 1979

Wilco, "Monday," Being There, Reprise, 1996

Kings of Leon, "Taper Jean Girl," Aha Shake Heartbreak, Columbia, 2004

The Black Keys, "Do the Rump," The Big Come Up, Alive , 2002

The Rolling Stones, "Shake Your Hips," Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones, 1972

The Lovin' Spoonful, "Do You Believe in Magic," Do You Believe in Magic, Kama Sutra, 1965

May 27, 2022
An Interview with Painter Steve Keene
00:20:51

In this bonus episode, Jim talks with visual artist Steve Keene about his new book "The Steve Keene Art Book" and the album covers he painted for Pavement, Apples In Stereo and Silver Jews.

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May 25, 2022
Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group, Opinions on Warpaint & Lucius
00:51:07

Lenny Kaye is a guitarist, producer, historian and writer best known for his work with Patti Smith. His newest book tells the story of ten moments that transformed rock and roll. He talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about all of it this week. Plus Jim and Greg also review albums from Lucius and Warpaint.

 

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Patti Smith Group, "Dancing Barefoot," Wave, Arista, 1979

Lucius, "Next to Normal," Second Nature, Mom + Pop, 2022

Lucius, "Promises," Second Nature, Mom + Pop, 2022

Lucius, "Dance Around It (feat. Brandi Carlile & Sheryl Crow)," Second Nature, Mom + Pop, 2022

Lucius, "LSD," Second Nature, Mom + Pop, 2022

Lucius, "24," Second Nature, Mom + Pop, 2022

Warpaint, "Champion," Radiate Like This, Virgin, 2022

Warpaint, "Hips," Radiate Like This, Virgin, 2022

Warpaint, "Send Nudes," Radiate Like This, Virgin, 2022

Warpaint, "Stevie," Radiate Like This, Virgin, 2022

Patti Smith Group, "Gloria (Live at CBGB)," unreleased, NA, 1975

Mayhem, "Freezing Moon," De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Deathlike Silence, 1994

Dodo Marmarosa, "You Call It Madness," Dodo's Back!, Argo, 1961

BabyMetal, "Gimme Chocolate," Babymetal, BMD Fox, 2014

The Standells, "Dirty Water," Dirty Water, Geffen, 1966

May 20, 2022
An Early Electronic Take on Pink Floyd
00:06:04

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox in tribute to an electronic music pioneer who died in April. 

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May 18, 2022
Buried Treasures Extravaganza
00:49:39

It's time yet again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share some of their buried treasures - new music that's flying underneath the mainstream radar you HAVE to hear! Whether it comes from the United States or somewhere else in the world, Jim and Greg are always digging for uncut gems. They also receive selections from the production staff and hear from listeners.

 

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Featured Songs:

Neutrals, "Gary Borthwick Says," Bus Stop Nights EP, Static Shock, 2022

Slothrust, "Cranium," Parallel Timeline, Dangerbird, 2021

Sofia Mills, "Life of the Party," Baby Magic, Rough Trade, 2022

Tierra Whack, "Body Of Water," Pop?, Interscope, 2021

Kate Bollinger, "Yards/Gardens," Look at it in the Light, Ghostly International, 2022

Kevin Morby, "This Is A Photograph," This Is A Photograph, Dead Oceans, 2022

Lala Lala, "Memory," Memory (Single), Hardly Art, 2022

RLYR, "Real Air," RLYR, Gilead Media, 2022

Purple Witch of Culver, "Themes from the Servants' Hall," Themes from the Servants' Hall (Single), Loantaka, 2022

Sun's Signature, "Golden Air (Edit)," Golden Air (Edit) (Single), Partisan, 2022

Heart Attack Man, "Old Enough 2 Die," Old Enough 2 Die (Single), You Did This/Triple Crown, 2021

Stray Kids, "VENOM," ODDINARY, JYP Entertainment, 2022

Lime Garden, "Pulp," Pulp (Single), So Young, 2021

April Clocks, "Sleepstream," It Takes Time, April Clocks, 2022

Motorcade, "Static," See You In the Nothing, Idol, 2022

Elizabeth Moen, "Excuse-moi de t'aimer (feat. Sima Cunningham)," Excuse-moi de t'aimer (feat. Sima Cunningham) (Single), Elizabeth Moen, 2022

The Aluminum Group, "Drag Yourself," The Aluminum Group, The Aluminum Group, 2022

James Brown, "King Heroin," There It Is, Polydor, 1972

Elizabeth Bonker, The Bleeding Hearts, "I Am in Here," I Am in Here (Single), Virginia G. Breen, 2022

Luciano Berio, "Sinfonia Third Movement," Sinfonia Third Movement, N/A, 1981

The Misfits, "Vampira," Walk Among Us, Ruby, 1979

Patti Smith Group, "Dancing Barefoot," Wave, Arista, 1979

May 13, 2022
The Best 2000s NYC Band
00:07:19

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from the early-aughts "Meet Me In The Bathroom" NYC scene. He says this band had the roughest start to their career, but wound up with the most lasting body of work. 

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May 11, 2022
The Elephant 6 Mystery Plus Opinions on Jack White & Sharon Van Etten
00:51:17

Elephant 6 was more than a record label, it was an artistic movement that included the bands Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo and Olivia Tremor Control among many others. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Adam Clair about his book on Elephant 6, "Endless Endless." Plus Jim and Greg also review new albums by Jack White and Sharon Van Etten.

 

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The Apples in Stereo, "Seems So ," Tone Soul Evolution, spinART, 1997

Jack White, "Taking Me Back," Fear Of The Dawn, Third Man, 2022

Jack White, "What's The Trick?," Fear Of The Dawn, Third Man, 2022

Jack White, "Hi-De-Ho (feat. Q-Tip)," Fear Of The Dawn, Third Man, 2022

Jack White, "Shedding My Velvet," Fear Of The Dawn, Third Man, 2022

Sharon Van Etten, "I'll Try," We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Sharon Van Etten, "Anything," We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Sharon Van Etten, "Darkness Fades," We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Sharon Van Etten, "Far Away," We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Sharon Van Etten, "Headspace," We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Sharon Van Etten, "Come Back," We've Been Going About This All Wrong, Jagjaguwar, 2022

Neutral Milk Hotel, "Two Headed Boy," In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Merge, 1998

Olivia Tremor Control, "Define A Transparent Dream," Music from the Unrealized Film Script: Dusk at Cubist Castle, Elephant 6, 1996

Neutral Milk Hotel, "Holland, 1945," In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Merge, 1998

The Music Tapes, "Saw Pingpong and Orchestra," Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes, Merge, 2008

Neutral Milk Hotel, "Engine (Live)," Engine (Live), N/A, N/A

Circulatory System, "Yesterday's World," Circulatory System, Cloud, 2001

May 06, 2022
R.I.P. Cynthia Plaster Caster & News About Jam Productions
00:21:31

In this bonus episode news contributor Althea Legaspi pays tribute to the artist Cynthia Plaster Caster, who died April 21 at age 74. She also tells Jim and Greg the details of Chicago-based independent concert promoter Jam Productions selling an equity stake to SaveLive and what implications it could have for the concert industry. 

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May 04, 2022
Life During Wartime: Trupa Trupa & Tamar Aphek
00:51:07

Geopolitical conflict doesn't stop great music from being made- often it influences it. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Poland's Trupa Trupa, a band that has always been haunted by the tragic history of its homeland. They also revisit an interview with Israeli musician Tamar Aphek from last year.

 

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Trupa Trupa, "Twitch," B FLAT A, Lovitt, 2022

Trupa Trupa, "Snow," Headache, Ici, d'ailleurs..., 2015

 Krzysztof Penderecki, "Polymorphia," Dies Irae (Auschwitz Oratorium) / Polymorphia / De Natura Sonoris, Polskie Nagrania Muza, 1968

Trupa Trupa, "Uniforms," B FLAT A, Lovitt, 2022

Trupa Trupa, "Moving," B FLAT A, Lovitt, 2022

Tamar Aphek, "Show Me Your Pretty Side," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Drive," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Russian Winter," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Nothing Can Surprise Me," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Crossbow," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Beautiful Confusion," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Monotonix, "Body Language," Body Language, Drag City, 2008

Tamar Aphek, "All I Know," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "As Time Goes By," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Neutral Milk Hotel, "The King of Carrot Flowers," In The Aeroplane Over the Sea, Merge, 1998

Apr 29, 2022
A Shoegaze Song Named For A Woman
00:07:16

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a shoegaze song named after a woman to the Desert Island Jukebox.

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Apr 27, 2022
Devo, Plus Opinions on The Linda Lindas & The Regrettes, RIP Chris Bailey of the Saints
00:49:44

Are they not men…they are Devo! This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with two of the founding members of Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale. They chat about the band’s origins, its uniqueness in both sound and image, and their nomination for the Rock Hall of Fame in their home state of Ohio. Plus, the hosts review the debut album from The Linda Lindas and the latest from The Regrettes.

 

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Featured Songs:

Devo, "Girl U Want," Freedom of Choice, Warner Bros., 1980

The Linda Lindas, "Racist, Sexist Boy," Growing Up, Epitaph, 2022

The Linda Lindas, "Growing Up," Growing Up, Epitaph, 2022

The Linda Lindas, "Talking to Myself," Growing Up, Epitaph, 2022

The Linda Lindas, "Nino," Growing Up, Epitaph, 2022

The Regrettes, "Anxieties (Out of Time)," Further Joy, Warner, 2022

The Regrettes, "Monday," Further Joy, Warner, 2022

The Regrettes, "That's What Makes Me Love You," Further Joy, Warner, 2022

The Regrettes, "You're So F*cking Pretty," Further Joy, Warner, 2022

Devo, "Working In a Coalmine," New Traditionalists, Warner Bros., 1981

Devo, "Jocko Homo," Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner Bros., 1978

Devo, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner Bros., 1978

Devo, "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA," Duty Now For the Future, Warner Bros., 1979

Neil Young and Devo, "Hey, Hey, My, My (Into the Black)," Hey, Hey, My, My (Into the Black), unreleased, 1980

Devo, "Uncontrollable Urge," Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner Bros., 1978

Devo, "Too Much Paranoias," Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner Bros., 1978

Devo, "Whip It," Freedom of Choice, Warner Bros., 1980

Devo, "Gut Feeling / (Slap Your Mammy)," Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner Bros., 1978

The Saints, "(I'm) Stranded," (I'm) Stranded, EMI, 1977

The Saints, "Know Your Product," Know Your Product (Single), Harvest, 1978

Trupa Trupa, "Far Away," B FLAT A, Glitterbeat, 2022

Apr 22, 2022
One of the Best Albums of the '90s
00:05:26

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from "one of the best albums of the '90s" that doesn't get the attention it deserves. He says it would work on the show Peaky Blinders, too.

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Apr 20, 2022
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Led Zeppelin, Plus Opinions on Wet Leg & Rosalía
00:49:35

While there have been no shortage of Led Zeppelin biographies over the years, the latest from Bob Spitz is the most in-depth and expansive yet. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Bob Spitz about the myths, music and misdeeds of Led Zeppelin. They also review new records from Wet Leg and Rosalía.

 

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Led Zeppelin, "Immigrant Song," Led Zeppelin III, Atlantic, 1970

Wet Leg, "Ur Mum," Wet Leg, Domino, 2022

Wet Leg, "Wet Dream," Wet Leg, Domino, 2022

Wet Leg, "I Don't Wanna Go Out," Wet Leg, Domino, 2022

Rosalía, "CHICKEN TERIYAKI," Motomami, Columbia, 2022

Rosalía, "DIABLO," Motomami, Columbia, 2022

Rosalía, "LA FAMA (feat. The Weeknd)," Motomami, Columbia, 2022

Rosalía, "MOTOMAMI," Motomami, Columbia, 2022

Rosalía, "LA COMBI VERSACE (feat. Tokischa)," Motomami, Columbia, 2022

Led Zeppelin, "Thank You," Led Zeppelin II, Atlantic, 1969

Led Zeppelin, "Whole Lotta Love," Led Zeppelin II, Atlantic, 1969

Led Zeppelin, "When the Levee Breaks," Led Zeppelin IV, Atlantic, 1971

Led Zeppelin, "Black Dog," Led Zeppelin IV, Atlantic, 1971

Led Zeppelin, "Dazed and Confused," Led Zeppelin, Atlantic, 1969

Led Zeppelin, "D'yer Mak'er," Houses of the Holy, Atlantic, 1973

Led Zeppelin, "Rock and Roll," Led Zeppelin IV, Atlantic, 1971

Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven," Led Zeppelin IV, Atlantic, 1971

Led Zeppelin, "The Ocean," Houses of the Holy, Atlantic, 1973

Led Zeppelin, "Kashmir," Physical Graffiti, Atlantic, 1975

Devo, "Jocko Homo," Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner, 1978

Apr 15, 2022
An Australian Sings an Italian Song of Resistance
00:06:59

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from an Australian singer who died last year singing an Italian song of resistance.

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Apr 13, 2022
Revisiting Yankee Hotel Foxtrot With Wilco
00:51:28

One week after the attack on the World Trade Center, Wilco played songs from their album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" on Sound Opinions. In honor of the album's twentieth anniversary we're revisiting that session and the band's interview with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.

 

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Wilco, "I'm The Man Who Loves You (Live on Sound Opinions)," Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Nonesuch, 2002

Wilco, "War On War," Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Nonesuch, 2002

Wilco, "Should've Been In Love," A.M., Reprise, 1995

Wilco, "She's A Jar," Summerteeth, Reprise, 1999

Wilco, "Ashes of American Flags," Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Nonesuch, 2002

Led Zeppelin, "Dazed and Confused," Led Zeppelin, Atlantic, 1969

Apr 08, 2022
Give an Undersung Drummer Some
00:06:47

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox in tribute to a drummer who died recently. Greg and many musicians he played with say he had an understated, but unforgettable feel.  

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Apr 06, 2022
Songs Named After Women, Ukrainian Musician Serge Tiagnyriadno & RIP Timmy Thomas
00:51:15

Female characters, whether real or fictional, are often at the center of great music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs named after women. They also hear selections from the production staff and bid farewell to “Why Can’t We Live Together” singer Timmy Thomas. Plus, an interview with Ukrainian musician Serge Tiagnyriadno about his life making music in Kyiv amidst the Russian war in Ukraine.

 

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Patti Smith, "Gloria," Horses, Arista, 1975

Shocking Blue, "Venus," At Home, Pink Elephant, 1969

Laura Branigan, "Gloria," Branigan, Atlantic, 1982

Seeing Double, "Leah," Leah//Don't Wait (Single), Cesar Dawg, 2022

First Aid Kit, "Emmylou," The Lion's Roar, Redeye, 2012

Roxanne Shanté, "Roxanne's Revenge," Roxanne's Revenge (Single), Warner Bros., 1984

Dolly Parton, "Jolene," Jolene, RCA Victor, 1974

Lyres, "Help You Anne," On Fyre, Ace of Hearts, 1984

De La Soul, "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa," De La Soul Is Dead, Tommy Boy, 1991

The Rolling Stones, "Angie," Goats Head Soup, Rolling Stones, 1973

Brittany Howard, "Georgia," Jaime, ATO, 2019

Unrest, "Cath Carroll," Perfect Teeth, 4AD, 1993

The Magnetic Fields, "Josephine," Distant Plastic Trees, PoPuP, 1991

Material Issue, "Valerie Loves Me," International Pop Overthrow, Mercury, 1991

The Velvet Underground, "Candy Says," The Velvet Underground, Verve, 1969

Outkast, "Rosa Parks (Radio Version)," Aquemini, LaFace, 1998

Timmy Thomas, "Why Can't We Live Together," Why Can't We Live Together, Glades, 1972

Wilco, "Jesus, Etc.," Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Nonesuch, 2001

Apr 01, 2022
Making Music In Kyiv
00:27:37

In this bonus episode we talk in depth with Ukrainian musician Serge Tiagnyriadno about his life making music in Kyiv amidst the Russian war in Ukraine. 

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Mar 30, 2022
CREEM Magazine & Opinions on Curtis Harding, Superchunk & Maren Morris, Plus Snail Mail
00:51:14

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the age-old tradition of the music review. First, they give their thoughts on records from Curtis Harding, Maren Morris and Superchunk. Then, they revisit their conversation with music journalist Jaan Uhelszki about the legendary CREEM magazine. They also hear from Snail Mail about the origin of her song "Forever (Sailing.)"

 

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Maren Morris, "Circles Around This Town," Humble Quest, Columbia Nashville, 2022

Curtis Harding, "Hopeful," If Words Were Flowers, Anti-, 2021

Curtis Harding, "Can't Hide It," If Words Were Flowers, Anti-, 2021

Curtis Harding, "Where's the Love," If Words Were Flowers, Anti-, 2021

Superchunk, "City of the Dead," Wild Loneliness, Merge, 2022

Superchunk, "Endless Summer," Wild Loneliness, Merge, 2022

Superchunk, "If You're Not Dark," Wild Loneliness, Merge, 2022

Superchunk, "This Night," Wild Loneliness, Merge, 2022

Maren Morris, "Nervous," Humble Quest, Columbia Nashville, 2022

Maren Morris, "I Can't Love You Anymore," Humble Quest, Columbia Nashville, 2022

Maren Morris, "Humble Quest," Humble Quest, Columbia Nashville, 2022

MC5, "Kick Out the Jams," Kick Out the Jams, Elektra, 1969

Kiss, "Rock and Roll All Nite," Dressed to Kill, Casablanca, 1975

Slade, "Cum on Feel the Noize," Sladest, Polydor, 1973

The Stooges, "I Wanna Be Your Dog," The Stooges, Elektra, 1969

Led Zeppelin, "Dazed and Confused," Led Zeppelin, Atlantic, 1969

The Beatles, "I Saw Her Standing There," Please Please Me, Parlophone, 1963

Snail Mail, "Valentine," Valentine, Matador, 2021

Madleen Kane, "You and I," Cheri, JVCKenwood Victor Entertainment, 1979

Snail Mail, "Forever (Sailing)," Valentine, Matador, 2021

Pure Prairie League, "Amie," Bustin' Out, RCA Victor, 1972

Mar 25, 2022
Tara Key on her tribute to Wink O'Bannon
01:01:28

In this bonus episode Sound Opinions news contributor Althea Legaspi talks with Tara Key about her project "His Majesty's Request: A Wink O'Bannon Select," a tribute to her late friend and Eleventh Dream Day guitarist. 

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Mar 23, 2022
Lucy Dacus, Opinions on Dolly Parton & SASAMI
00:51:03

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Lucy Dacus about her 2021 album "Home Video" and her work with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker in boygenius. They also review new albums from Dolly Parton and SASAMI.

 

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Featured Songs:

Lucy Dacus, "VBS," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Dolly Parton, "Big Dreams and Faded Jeans," Run Rose Run, Butterfly, 2022

Dolly Parton, "Driven," Run Rose Run, Butterfly, 2022

Dolly Parton, "Woman Up (And Take It Like A Man)," Run Rose Run, Butterfly, 2022

Dolly Parton, "Snakes In the Grass," Run Rose Run, Butterfly, 2022

Dolly Parton, "Demons (feat. Ben Haggard)," Run Rose Run, Butterfly, 2022

SASAMI, "Make It Right," Squeeze, Domino, 2022

SASAMI, "Skin A Rat," Squeeze, Domino, 2022

SASAMI, "The Greatest," Squeeze, Domino, 2022

SASAMI, "Sorry Entertainer," Squeeze, Domino, 2022

SASAMI, "Call Me Home," Squeeze, Domino, 2022

Lucy Dacus, "Hot & Heavy," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "Brando," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "Thumbs," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "Going Going Gone," Home Video, Matador, 2021

boygenius, "Bite The Hand," boygenius, Matador, 2018

Lucy Dacus, "In the Air Tonight," 2019, Matador, 2019

Lucy Dacus, "Triple Dog Dare," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "Night Shift," Historian, Matador, 2018

Lucy Dacus, "Kissing Lessons," Kissing Lessons (Single), Matador, 2022

Steppenwolf, "Magic Carpet Ride," The Second, Dunhill, 1968

Cassandra Jenkins, "Hard Drive," An Overview on Phenomenal Nature, Ba Da Bing!, 2021

Romeo Void, "Never Say Never," Benefactor, Columbia, 1982

Procol Harum, "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence," Procol Harum, Deram, 1967

Elvis Costello and the Attractions, "Seven Day Weekend," Blood & Chocolate, Demon, 1986

Mar 18, 2022
A Beloved Boston Band Finally Gets Played
00:05:36

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox by a band from Boston that he and Greg both love, but have somehow never played on Sound Opinions until now.

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Mar 16, 2022
X-Ray Spex & the Power of Poly Styrene, Opinions on Saba & Shamir
00:51:15

Poly Styrene led X-Ray Spex in the punk explosion of the late 1970s and inspired a generation of riot grrrls in the 1990s. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with her daughter, Celeste Bell, about her new documentary, "Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché." They also do a classic album dissection of the X-Ray Spex album "Germ-Free Adolescents" and review new albums from Saba and Shamir.

 

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X-Ray Spex, "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!," Germfree Adolescents, EMI, 1978

Saba, "Survivor's Guilt (feat. G Herbo)," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022

Saba, "One Way or Every N**** With a Budget," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022

Saba, "Soldier (feat. Pivot Gang)," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022

Saba, "Fearmonger (feat. Daoud)," Few Good Things, Saba Pivot, 2022

Shamir, "Cisgender," Heterosexuality, AntiFragile, 2022

Shamir, "Gay Agenda," Heterosexuality, AntiFragile, 2022

Shamir, "Stability," Heterosexuality, AntiFragile, 2022

Shamir, "Cold Brew," Heterosexuality, AntiFragile, 2022

Mari Elliott, "Silly Billy," Silly Billy (Single), GTO, 1976

X-Ray Spex, "Warrior In Woolworths," Germfree Adolescents, EMI, 1978

X-Ray Spex, "Plastic Bag," Germfree Adolescents, EMI, 1978

X-Ray Spex, "Genetic Engineering," Germfree Adolescents, EMI, 1978

X-Ray Spex, "Germ-Free Adolescents," Germfree Adolescents, EMI, 1978

Lucy Dacus, "Thumbs," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Mar 11, 2022
Where Rock Meets Bach
00:05:21

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox in memory of a singer whose band blended Bach and rock.

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Mar 09, 2022
Best Speak-Singing Songs, RIP Mark Lanegan & Opinions on Spoon
00:50:47

Whether it's a stylistic choice or born out of necessity, sometimes great songs aren’t sung, they’re spoken. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks featuring speak-singing vocals. Plus, they hear selections from the production staff, review the new album from Spoon, and bid farewell to Mark Lanegan.

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Wet Leg, "Chaise Longue," Chaise Longue (Single), Domino, 2022

Spoon, "Lucifer On The Sofa," Lucifer On The Sofa, Matador, 2022

Spoon, "On the Radio," Lucifer On The Sofa, Matador, 2022

Spoon, "Feels Alright," Lucifer On The Sofa, Matador, 2022

Spoon, "Astral Jacket," Lucifer On The Sofa, Matador, 2022

Spoon, "Held," Lucifer On The Sofa, Matador, 2022

Peggy Lee, "Is That All There Is?," Is That All There Is?, Capitol, 1969

Barry White, "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," Can't Get Enough, 20th Century, 1974

Movements, "The Grey," Feel Something, FEARLESS, 2017

Devo, "Whip It," Freedom of Choice, Warner, 1980

Lou Reed, "Coney Island Baby," Coney Island Baby, RCA, 1975

Grace Jones, "Private Life," Warm Leatherette, Island, 1980

Blur, "Parklife," Parklife, Food, 1994

The Fall, "Totally Wired," Totally Wired (Single), Rough Trade, 1980

Prince, "Let's Go Crazy," Purple Rain, Warner Bros, 1984

Pavement, "Fame Throwa," Slanted and Enchanted, Matador, 1992

REM, "Belong," Out of Time, Warner Bros, 1991

Art Brut, "Formed a Band," Bang Bang Rock & Roll, Downtown, 2005

Talking Heads, "Once In a Lifetime," Remain in Light, Sire, 1980

Billie Eilish, "Bad Guy," When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Darkroom, 2019

Screaming Trees, "Nearly Lost You," Sweet Oblivion, Epic, 1992

The Gutter Twins, "Idle Hands," Saturnalia, Sub Pop , 2008

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, "Ramblin' Man (Live On Sound Opinions in 2011)," Ballad of the Broken Seas, V2, 2006

Mar 04, 2022
The Second Best Song About Madame Curie Ever Written
00:07:05

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a buried treasure track to the Desert Island Jukebox. It sure is getting sandy in here...

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Mar 02, 2022
Buried Treasures, Desert Island Jukebox & More
00:51:11

With so much new music, there's always something worthwhile that deserves more shine. This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some buried treasures they've heard recently. Plus, we hear desert island jukebox picks from Adia Victoria, John Darnielle and Lucy Dacus, and listener feedback.

 

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Featured Songs:

Aunt Sally, "Subete Urimono," Aunt Sally, Vanity, 1979

Fieh, "Rosalie," Rosalie (Single), Jansen, 2022

K.O.G., "Ayinye," Zone 6, Agege, Pura Vida, 2022

Yumi Zouma, "In The Eyes Of Our Love," In The Eyes Of Our Love (Single), Polyvinyl, 2022

Pachyman, "All Night Long (feat. Winter)," All Night Love (feat. Winter) (Single), ATO, 2022

Deaf Lingo, "Friends," Lingonberry, Lövely, 2022

Confidence Man, "Feels Like a Different Thing," TILT, Heavenly, 2022

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul, "Ceci n'est pas un cliché," Topical Dancer, Deewee, 2022

PinkPantheress, "Pain," To Hell with It, Parlophone, 2021

Green Velvet & Mihalis Safras, "My Cheri (Original Mix)," My Cheri (Original Mix) (Single), Relief, 2021

Mear, "The Order," Soft Chains, Self-Released, 2022

Leo Nocentelli, "Riverfront," Another Side, Light In The Attic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Magnolia Blues," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Fiona Apple, "Every Single Night," The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, Epic, 2012

Lucy Dacus, "VBS," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Molly Drake, "I Remember," The Tide's Magnificence: Songs and Poems of Molly Drake , Bryter, 2018

Nick Drake, "Pink Moon," Pink Moon, Island, 1972

Nick Drake, "Road," Pink Moon, Island, 1972

The Mountain Goats, "No Children," Tallahassee, 4AD, 2002

Dionne Warwick, "I'll Never Love This Way Again," Dionne, Arista, 1979

Nightwish, "FantasMic," Wishmaster, Spinefarm, 2000

John Prine, "Far From Me," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

John Prine, "Please Don't Bury Me," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

John Prine, "Lake Marie," Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings, Oh Boy, 1995

Bob Dylan, "Like a Rolling Stone," Highway 61 Revisited, Columbia, 1965

Feb 25, 2022
An Album And Career That Fizzled, Then Came To Life 30 Years Later
00:05:36

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox by a songwriter from Queens who had songs performed by Mama Cass, Astrid Gilberto and Glen Campbell. She only had one album of her own, but three albums of her demos have been released after her album gained acclaim 30 years after it was released. 

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Feb 23, 2022
The Legacy of J Dilla with Dan Charnas, Opinions on Big Thief & Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
00:51:16

The music world lost legendary hip hop producer and artist J Dilla far too soon, and for many people, he's still relatively unknown. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Dan Charnas about his book on J Dilla's rhythmic innovation, artistry and close relationships with Common, Questlove, D'Angelo and more. Plus, the hosts review new albums from Big Thief and Sarah Shook & the Disarmers.

 

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Slum Village, "Fall In Love," Fantastic, Vol. 2, GoodVibe, 2000

Big Thief, "Change," Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, 4AD, 2022

Big Thief, "Red Moon," Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, 4AD, 2022

Big Thief, "Spud Infinity," Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You, 4AD, 2022

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, "No Mistakes," Nightroamer, Thirty Tigers, 2022

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, "I Got This," Nightroamer, Thirty Tigers, 2022

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, "Please Be A Stranger," Nightroamer, Thirty Tigers, 2022

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, "Believer," Nightroamer, Thirty Tigers, 2022

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, "Talkin' To Myself," Nightroamer, Thirty Tigers, 2022

J Dilla, "Workinonit," Donuts, Stones Throw, 2006

D'Angelo, "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," Voodoo, Virgin, 2000

J Dilla, "So Far to Go (feat. Common & D'Angelo)," The Shining, BBE, 2006

Common, "The Light," Like Water For Chocolate, Geffen, 2000

D'Angelo, "Devil's Pie," Voodoo, Virgin, 2000

Common, "I Am Music (feat. Jill Scott)," Electric Circus, MCA, 2002

The Pharcyde, "Runnin'," Labcabincalifornia, Delicious Vinyl, 1995

Spelling, "Little Deer," The Turning Wheel, Sacred Bones, 2021

Feb 18, 2022
A tribute to two soul greats
00:08:45

In this bonus podcast, Greg pays tribute to two idiosyncratic greats of soul and funk who we lost in February.  

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Feb 16, 2022
Debating KISS, Opinions on Amber Mark & RIP Sam Lay
00:51:17

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the age-old question: is KISS good? While neither of the hosts are too fond, they debate the merits of the almost 50-year-old band and their imprint on the history of rock and roll music.

 

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KISS, "Rock and Roll All Nite [Live]," Alive!, Casablanca, 1975

Amber Mark, "Most Men," Three Dimensions Deep, PMR, 2022

Amber Mark, "What It Is," Three Dimensions Deep, PMR, 2022

Amber Mark, "Darkside," Three Dimensions Deep, PMR, 2022

KISS, "Detroit Rock City," Destroyer, Casablanca, 1976

Wicked Lester, "She," The Box Set, Mercury, 2001

KISS, "Beth," Destroyer, Casablanca, 1976

KISS, "I Was Made for Lovin' You," Dynasty, Casablanca, 1979

KISS, "Strutter," Kiss, Casablanca, 1974

KISS, "Creatures of the Night," Creatures of the Night, Casablanca, 1982

KISS, "Forever," Hot in the Shade, Mercury, 1989

KISS, "Black Diamond," Kiss, Casablanca, 1974

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, "I Got My Mojo Working," The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Elektra, 1965

Muddy Waters, "Long Distance Call (feat. Otis Spann, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Donald Duck Dunn & Sam Lay) [Live At Super Cosmic Jamboree, 1969]," Fathers and Sons, Chess, 1969

Bob Dylan, "Like a Rolling Stone [Live at Newport 1965]," N/A, N/A, 1965

J Dilla, "So Far to Go (feat. Common & D'Angelo)," The Shining, BBE, 2006

Feb 11, 2022
A CBGB house band inspired by the Ronettes
00:05:19

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox that he remembered after Ronnie Spector passed. Jim is amazed to learn this band is a favorite of Greg's.

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Feb 09, 2022
Songs About Getting Away on Vacation & Opinions on Mitski
00:49:25

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are taking a sonic vacation from another pandemic winter by sharing their favorite songs about getting away! They also hear selections from the production staff and they review the new record from Mitski.

 

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Featured Songs:

The Go-Go's, "Vacation," Vacation, I.R.S., 1982

Mitski, "Working For the Knife," Laurel Hell, Dead Oceans, 2022

Mitski, "The Only Heartbreaker," Laurel Hell, Dead Oceans, 2022

Mitski, "Stay Soft," Laurel Hell, Dead Oceans, 2022

Weezer, "Island in the Sun," Weezer (Green Album), Geffen, 2001

The Ventures, "Hawaii Five-O," Hawaii Five-O, Liberty, 1969

The Beginning of the End, "Funky Nassau Pt. 1," Funky Nassau, Alston, 1971

Guided By Voices, "Motor Away," Alien Lanes, Matador, 1995

Amyl and the Sniffers, "Hertz," Comfort to Me, B2B, 2021

Willie Nelson, "On the Road Again," Honeysuckle Rose, Columbia, 1980

Pink Floyd, "Point Me at the Sky," Point Me at the Sky (Single), EMI, 1968

Joni Mitchell, "Free Man in Paris," Court and Spark, Asylum, 1974

Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, "I Love Hot Nights," Modern Lovers 88, Rounder, 1988

Big Star, "The India Song," #1 Record, Ardent, 1972

Ronnie Spector & The E Street Band, "Say Goodbye To Hollywood," Say Goodbye To Hollywood (Single), Epic, 1977

Summer Salt, "Driving to Hawaii," Driving to Hawaii, Cherry Lime, 2014

Kraftwerk, "Europe Endless," Trans-Europe Express, Capitol, 1977

Bronski Beat, "Small Town Boy," The Age of Consent, London, 1984

A Tribe Called Quest, "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo," People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, Jive, 1990

Rihanna, "Desperado," Anti, Westbury Road, 2016

The B-52's, "Roam," Cosmic Thing, Reprise, 1989

Eleanor Friedberger, "It's Hard," Rebound, French Kiss, 2018

Kiss, "Strutter," Kiss, Casablanca, 1974

Feb 04, 2022
Saying Goodbye to a Detroit "Bad Girl"
00:04:55

Jim pays tribute to the late Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras, dead at the age of 37.

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Feb 02, 2022
John Prine's Debut Album & RIP Meat Loaf
00:51:16

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of John Prine's debut album with author Erin Osmon. They also listen to feedback on recent episodes from listeners and bid farewell to Meat Loaf.

 

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John Prine, "Angel From Montgomery," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

John Prine, "A Good Time," Live at the 5th Peg, unreleased, 1970

John Prine, "Paradise," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

John Prine, "Sam Stone," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

Dusty Springfield, "Son of a Preacher Man," Dusty In Memphis, Atlantic, 1969

Bonnie Raitt, "Angel From Montgomery," Streetlights, Warner Bros, 1974

John Prine, "Illegal Smile," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

John Prine, "Spanish Pipedream," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

John Prine, "Hello In There," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

John Prine, "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

Viagra Boys, "In Spite Of Ourselves (feat. Amy Taylor)," Welfare Jazz, Year0001, 2021

Iris DeMent, "Let The Mystery Be," Infamous Angel,  Philo, 1992

John Prine, "Jesus, The Missing Years," The Missing Years, Oh Boy, 1991

John Prine, "When I Get To Heaven," The Tree of Forgiveness, Oh Boy, 2018

Throwing Muses, "Counting Backwards," The Real Ramona, 4AD, Sire, 1991

Neal Francis, "Can't Stop The Rain," In Plain Sight, ATO, 2021

Aimee Mann, "Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath," Queens of the Summer Hotel, SuperEgo, 2021

Pom Pom Squad, "Head Cheerleader," Death of a Cheerleader, City Slang, 2021

Meat Loaf, "Bat Out of Hell," Bat Out of Hell, Cleveland International, 1977

The Go-Go's, "Vacation," Vacation, I.R.S., 1982

Jan 28, 2022
John Darnielle on his new novel, Devil House
00:33:13

In this bonus episode, producer Andrew Gill interviews John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats about his most recent novel, "Devil House" and his previous two novels, "Universal Harvester" and "Wolf In White Van."

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Jan 26, 2022
Adia Victoria, Goodbye Ronnie Spector, Plus Opinions on Earl Sweatshirt and FKA twigs
00:49:28

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview singer and songwriter Adia Victoria about her stunning 2021 album "A Southern Gothic." They also review some new music from Earl Sweatshirt and FKA twigs, plus they bid farewell to the late Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes.

 

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Adia Victoria, "Troubled Mind," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Earl Sweatshirt, "Sick!," Sick!, Tan Cressida/Warner, 2022

Earl Sweatshirt, "Tabula Rasa (feat. Armand Harmmer)," Sick!, Tan Cressida/Warner, 2022

Earl Sweatshirt, "Titanic," Sick!, Tan Cressida/Warner, 2022

FKA twigs, "tears in the club (feat. the weeknd)," Caprisongs, Young, 2022

FKA twigs, "meta angel," Caprisongs, Young, 2022

FKA twigs, "careless (feat. daniel caesar)," Caprisongs, Young, 2022

Adia Victoria, "South For The Winter (feat. Matt Berninger)," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Magnolia Blues," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "You Was Born To Die (feat. Kyshona Armstrong, Margo Price & Jason Isbell)," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Far From Dixie," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Please Come Down," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Mean-Hearted Woman," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Whole World Knows," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

The Ronettes, "Be My Baby," Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, Philles, 1964

Ronnie Spector, "She Talks To Rainbows," She Talks to Rainbows, Kill Rock Stars, 1999

The Ronettes, "Do I Love You?," Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica, Philles, 1964

Ronnie Spector, "You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory," She Talks to Rainbows, Kill Rock Stars, 1999

John Prine, "Hello In There," John Prine, Atlantic, 1971

Jan 21, 2022
A classic house track that inspired a top single of 2021
00:06:54

In this bonus episode, Jim shares a classic of Chicago house music that was reworked into one of his favorite singles on 2021. 

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Jan 19, 2022
Robert Finley, Opinions on Neil Young, The Weeknd & Turnstile, Plus Peter Bogdanovich
00:50:30

For much of his life, Robert Finley's musical talent was a buried treasure, but with "Sharecropper's Son" he made one of the best albums of 2021. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Finley about his unconventional path to a music career. They also revisit their 2008 conversation with the late director Peter Bogdanovich about his Tom Petty documentary film. Plus, the hosts review new albums from Turnstile, The Weeknd and Neil Young.

 

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Robert Finley, "Sharecropper's Son," Sharecropper's Son, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

The Weeknd, "Gasoline," Dawn FM, Republic, 2022

The Weeknd, "Less Than Zero," Dawn FM, Republic, 2022

The Weeknd, "Out of Time," Dawn FM, Republic, 2022

The Weeknd, "Take My Breath," Dawn FM, Republic, 2022

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, "Heading West," Barn, Reprise, 2021

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, "Human Race," Barn, Reprise, 2021

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, "They Might Be Lost," Barn, Reprise, 2021

Turnstile, "Don't Play," Glow On, Roadrunner, 2021

Turnstile, "Blackout," Glow On, Roadrunner, 2021

Turnstile, "Underwater Boi," Glow On, Roadrunner, 2021

Turnstile and Blood Orange, "Alien Love Call," Glow On, Roadrunner, 2021

Turnstile, "T.L.C. (Turnstile Love Connection)," Glow On, Roadrunner, 2021

Tom Petty, "Runnin' Down A Dream," Full Moon Fever, MCA, 1989

Tom Petty, "I Won't Back Down," Full Moon Fever, MCA, 1989

Robert Finley, "Souled Out On You," Sharecropper's Son, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Robert Finley, "Country Boy," Sharecropper's Son, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Robert Finley, "Starting To See," Sharecropper's Son, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Mean-Hearted Woman," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Jan 14, 2022
Peter Bogdanovich on Tom Petty
00:16:51

In this bonus episode, director Peter Bogdanovich talks with Jim and Greg about his Tom Petty documentary, "Runnin' Down A Dream." Bogdanovich died on January 6 at age 82.

The legacy of Woodstock impresario Michael Lang is also discussed after his death on January 8. 

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Jan 12, 2022
The Top Singles of 2021 & Greg's Mixtape
00:51:16

Some songs can define our memory of a year when we look back. Host Jim DeRogatis and production staff share the songs that defined 2021 for them. Plus, host Greg Kot shares his 2021 mixtape and pays tribute to musicians who died in 2021.

 

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Featured Songs:

Lizzo, "Rumors (feat. Cardi B)," Rumors (Single), Atlantic, 2021

Sophie, "Bipp," Product, Numbers, 2015

The Marvelettes, "Please Mr. Postman," Please Mr. Postman, Motown, 1961

Return to Forever, "Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy," Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Polydor, 1973

Cabaret Voltaire, "Nag, Nag, Nag," Nag, Nag, Nag (Single), Rough Trade, 1979

Muna, "Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)," Silk Chiffon (Single), Saddest Factory, 2021

Emotional Oranges, "All That (feat. Channel Tres)," The Juicebox, Avant Garden, 2021

Caroline Polachek, "Bunny Is a Rider," Bunny Is a Rider (Single), Perpetual Novice, 2021

Kaytranada, "Intimidated (feat. H.E.R.)," Intimidated, RCA, 2021

Beach Bunny, "Oxygen," Oxygen (Single), Mom+Pop, 2021

Mannequin Pussy, "Control," Perfect, Epitaph, 2021

City Girls, "Twerkulator," Twerkulator (Single), Quality Control, 2021

Bo Burnham, "That Funny Feeling," Inside (The Songs), Republic, 2021

Yotuel, Gente de Zona & Descemer Bueno, "Patria y Vida (feat. Maykel Osorbo & El Funky)," Patria y Vida (Single), Chancleta, 2021

Sparks, Adam Driver & Marion Cotillard, "So May We Start (feat. Simon Helberg) [From "Annette"]," So May We Start (feat. Simon Helberg) [From: "Annette"] (Single), CG Cinema International, 2021

Turnstile, "MYSTERY," GLOW ON, Roadrunner, 2021

Wet Leg, "Chaise Longue," Chaise Longue (Single), Domino, 2021

Horsegirl, "Billy," Billy (Single), Matador, 2021

Ric Wilson, "Pull A James Baldwin," Pull A James Baldwin (Single), Free Disco / EMPIRE, 2021

Jelani Aryeh, "Marigold," I've Got Some Living To Do, No Matter, 2021

The Quivers, "You're Not Always On My Mind," Golden Doubt, Ba Da Bing!, 2021

Prince, "Hot Summer," Welcome 2 America, Legacy, 2021

Nick Waterhouse, "Vincentine," Promenade Blue, Innovative Leisure, 2021

Cocktail Slippers, "She Devil (Shout It out Loud!)," She Devil (Shout It out Loud!), Wicked Cool, 2021

Robert Finley, "Sharecropper's Son," Sharecropper's Son, Easy Eye, 2021

Jan 07, 2022
A great song by a cool band, made popular by a pop star
00:04:47

In this bonus podcast, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox that became very popular for a pop star, but whose songwriter remained obscure.  

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Jan 05, 2022
"Gimme Shelter" Singer Merry Clayton & Author Dawnie Walton
00:51:27

Author Dawnie Walton talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about what inspired her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, a fantasy rock history about a fierce black singer in the 1970s. Plus Jim and Greg talk with Merry Clayton, whose iconic performance on "Gimme Shelter" still didn't make her a household name.

 

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Featured Songs:

Merry Clayton, "Southern Man," Merry Clayton, Ode, 1971

Material, "Bustin' Out," Bustin' Out, Celluloid, 1981

Talking Heads, "Slippery People (Live)," Stop Making Sense, Sire, 1984

Betty Davis, "Dedicated To the Press," Nasty Gal, Island, 1975

Betty Davis, "They Say I'm Different," They Say I'm Different, Just Sunshine, 1974

The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter," Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969

Bobby Darin, "Who Can I Count On?," You're the Reason I'm Living, Capitol, 1963

Elvis Presley, "Happy Ending," It All Happened At the World's Fair (Original Soundtrack), RCA Victor, 1963

Ray Charles, "I Won't Leave," A Portrait of Ray, ABC, 1968

Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama," Second Helping, MCA, 1974

Merry Clayton, "Touch The Hem Of His Garment," Beautiful Scars, Ode Sounds & Visuals, 2021

Merry Clayton, "A Song For You," Merry Clayton, Ode, 1971

Merry Clayton, "Deliverance," Beautiful Scars, Ode Sounds & Visuals, 2021

Lil Nas X, "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)," Montero, Columbia, 2021

Dec 31, 2021
A '90s Nugget Gets Added to the Jukebox
00:11:11

In this bonus podcast, Jim adds a one-hit-wonder from 1996 to the Desert Island Jukebox.

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Dec 29, 2021
Revisiting Carole King's Tapestry
00:50:57

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their classic album dissection of Carole King's "Tapestry" for its 50th anniversary.

 

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Carole King, "It's Too Late," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

The Shirelles, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Tonight's the Night, Scepter, 1960

Little Eva, "The Loco-motion," The Loco-motion (Single), Dimension 1000, 1962

Bobby Vee, "Take Good Care of My Baby," Take Good Care of My Baby, Liberty, 1961

The Monkees, "Pleasant Valley Sunday," Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., Colgems, 1967

Carole King, "It Might As Well Rain Until September," It Might As Well Rain Until September (Single), Dimension, 1962

The City, "Now That Everything's Been Said," Now That Everything's Been Said, Ode, 1968

Carole King, "No Easy Way Down," Writer, Ode, 1970

Carole King, "Beautiful," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "I Feel the Earth Move," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "You've Got a Friend," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Tapestry," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King and Louise Goffin, "Where You Lead," Our Little Corner of the World Music From Gilmore Girls, Rhino, 2002

Carole King, "Where You Lead," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "So Far Away," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Way Over Yonder," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Home Again," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Smackwater Jack," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

James Taylor, "You've Got a Friend," Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, Warner Bros., 1971

Carole King and James Taylor, "You've Got a Friend," Live At The Troubadour, Syzygy, 2010

Liz Phair, "Divorce Song (Girly-Sound Version)," The Girly-Sound Tapes, Matador, 2018

Lauryn Hill, "Everything Is Everything," The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Columbia, 1998

Tori Amos, "Cornflake Girl," Under the Pink, Atlantic, 1994

Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter," Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969

Dec 24, 2021
A rap duo that's big in Canada, plus a TV show endorsement
00:05:58

In this bonus episode Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox inspired by a favorite TV show from his favorite director. 

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Dec 22, 2021
Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular with Andy Cirzan
00:50:28

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Andy Cirzan has a bag full of fresh festive tunes for everyone to enjoy. The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular is back with vintage Korean psych rock, rare old school Caribbean vinyl and even some modern indie artists.

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Featured Songs:

Lenny Dee, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town," Happy Holi-Dee, Decca, 1961

Marching Church, "Christmas On Earth," Christmas On Earth (Single), Sacred Bones, 2017

Blitzen Trapper, "Christmas Is Coming Soon," Blitzen Trapper, LidKerCow, 2003

Allan Hull, "Cardboard Christmas Boxes," Mid Winter: The Songs & Music Of Christmas And The Turning Of The Year, Free Reed, 2006

Unknown, "Jingle Bells," Unknown, ,

Parachange de Navidad, "Los Mamarrachos," Unknown, ,

El Nacimiento del Mesiah, "La Calandria," Unknown, ,

Del Lechon el Rabito, "Trio Alegras Dominicanos," Navidades En Puerto Rico, Hato Rey,

Que Lio en la Navidad, "Trio Vegabajeno," Cantares De Navidad Vol. II, Marvela,

Cardomos Navidenas, "Chuto Bayaman y La Calandria," Unknown, ,

The Three Suns, "Winter Wonderland," The Sound of Christmas, Camden, 1961

He 5, "Red Nosed Reindeer," Merry Christmas, MRC, 1969

He 5 , "Jingle Bell," Merry Christmas, MRC, 1969

He 5, "Auld Lang Syne," Merry Christmas, MRC, 1969

The Beach Boys, "Christmas Eve," Keep An Eye On Summer - The Beach Boys Sessions 1964, Capitol, 2014

Dec 17, 2021
Matt Muse Interview and Music World Obituaries
00:31:57

In this bonus podcast Jim interviews hip hop artist Matt Muse and Greg pays tribute to three music world luminaries who recently passed. 

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Dec 15, 2021
The Best Albums of 2021
00:50:36

It's time for one of the most anticipated shows of the year, the Best Albums of 2021! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite records of the year that they keep returning to again and again. They also hear favorite albums by the production staff.

 

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Featured Songs:

Amyl and the Sniffers, "Hertz," Comfort to Me, B2B, 2021

Naked Raygun, "Living in the Good Times," Over the Overlords, Wax Trax!, 2021

Amythyst Kiah, "Black Myself," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021

Shame, "Nigel Hitter," Drunk Tank Pink, Dead Oceans, 2021

UV-TV, "Distant Lullaby," Always Something, PaperCup Music, 2021

Taylor Swift, "All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version) (From the Vault)," Red (Taylor's Version), Republic, 2021

Remi Wolf, "Guerrilla," Juno, Island, 2021

La Femme, "Paradigme," Paradigmes, Disque Pointu/Idol, 2021

Robert Finley, "Souled Out On You," Sharecropper's Son, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Russian Winter," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tony Allen, "Mau Mau (feat. Nah Eeto)," There Is No End, Decca, 2021

Boston Manor, "Carbon Mono," Desperate Times Desperate Pleasures, SharpTone, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "Going, Going, Gone," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Viagra Boys, "Ain't Nice," Welfare Jazz, YEAR0001, 2021

Little Simz, "Speed," Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Age 101, 2021

Dry Cleaning, "Unsmart Lady," New Long Leg, 4AD, 2021

IDLES, "The Wheel," Crawler, Partisan, 2021

Amyl and the Sniffers, "Choices," Comfort to Me, B2B, 2021

Goat Girl, "Sad Cowboy," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

Dec 10, 2021
When concerts turn unsafe
00:07:08

In this bonus episode, Jim and Greg continue their conversation with Rolling Stone senior writer and Sound Opinions contributor, Althea Legaspi, about first hand experiences of unsafe concerts. 

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Dec 08, 2021
The Beatles Get Back, Astroworld & Concert Safety
00:51:16

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Sound Opinions collaborator Althea Legaspi about the tragedy at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival. They discuss the dire need for consistent safety measures at shows and times they felt unsafe in live music environments. The hosts also hear some desert island jukebox selections from guests and feedback from listeners.

 

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Featured Songs:

Brian Eno, "Over Fire Island," Another Green World, Island, 1975

Tamar Aphek, "Russian Winter," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Show Me Your Pretty Side," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Miles Davis, "John McLaughlin," Bitches Brew, Columbia, 1970

Frankie Valli, "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," Solo, Philips, 1967

Yola, "Stand For Myself," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, "Up Above My Head," Up Above My Head (Single), Decca, 1948

Janet Jackson, "What Have You Done for Me Lately," Control, A&M, 1986

Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On," What's Going On, Tamla, 1971

Wall of Voodoo, "Mexican Radio," Call of the West, I.R.S., 1983

Manu Chao, "Clandestino," Clandestino, Virgin, 1998

The Beatles, "She's Leaving Home," Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, 1967

The Smiths, "Suffer Little Children," The Smiths, Rough Trade, 1984

Jonathan Richman, "Velvet Underground," I, Jonathan, New Rounder, 1992

MUNA, "Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)," Silk Chiffon (Single), Saddest Factory, 2021

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, "Keep Your Mind Free (feat. Ben LaMar Gay)," Now, International Anthem, 2021

Dec 03, 2021
The first American band signed to 4AD
00:06:19

In this bonus podcast, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from an under-appreciated band from the late-80s indie scene.

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Dec 01, 2021
Aimee Mann's Five Essential Albums, Opinions on Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
00:51:13

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are big fans of Aimee Mann's songwriting so they've asked her to choose five albums that shaped her artistic outlook. She shares those albums and what they meant to her at different points in her life on this episode.

 

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Featured Songs:

Aimee Mann, "Save Me," Magnolia (Music From the Motion Picture), Warner Music, 1999

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, "Quattro (World Drifts In)," Raise the Roof, Warner Music, 2021

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, "Searching For My Love," Raise the Roof, Warner Music, 2021

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, "High And Lonesome," Raise the Roof, Warner Music, 2021

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, "You Led Me To The Wrong," Raise the Roof, Warner Music, 2021

Neil Young, "Heart of Gold," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Neil Young, "A Man Needs A Maid," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Neil Young, "Are You Ready For The Country," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Neil Young, "The Needle and the Damage Done," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Aimee Mann, "Burn It Out," Queens of the Summer Hotel, SuperEgo, 2021

Neil Young, "Old Man," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Neil Young, "Alabama," Harvest, Reprise, 1972

Steely Dan, "Do It Again," Can't Buy A Thrill, ABC, 1972

Steely Dan, "Only a Fool Would Say That," Can't Buy A Thrill, ABC, 1972

Steely Dan, "Reelin' In the Years," Can't Buy A Thrill, ABC, 1972

Steely Dan, "Dirty Work," Can't Buy A Thrill, ABC, 1972

Steely Dan, "The Boston Rag," Countdown to Ecstasy, ABC, 1973

Elvis Costello And The Attractions, "Beyond Belief," Imperial Bedroom, Columbia, 1982

Elvis Costello And The Attractions, "Almost Blue," Imperial Bedroom, Columbia, 1982

Elvis Costello And The Attractions, "...And In Every Home," Imperial Bedroom, Columbia, 1982

Elvis Costello And The Brodsky Quartet, "I Thought I'd Write to Juliet," The Juliet Letters, Warner Bros, 1993

The Young Snakes, "Not Enough," Bark Along With The Young Snakes, Ambiguous, 1982

Aimee Mann, "At The Frick Museum," Queens of the Summer Hotel, SuperEgo, 2021

The Loud Family, "Sword Swallower," Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, Alias, 1993

The Loud Family, "Inverness," Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, Alias, 1993

Aimee Mann, "Fifty Years After the Fair," Whatever, Imago, 1993

Game Theory, "Regenisraen," The Big Shot Chronicles, Enigma, 1986

The Loud Family, "Slit My Wrists," Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things, Alias, 1993

Elliott Smith, "Waltz, No. 2 (XO)," XO, Dreamworks, 1998

Elliott Smith, "Sweet Adeline," XO, Dreamworks, 1998

Aimee Mann, "Suicide Is Murder," Queens of the Summer Hotel, SuperEgo, 2021

Karen Dalton, "Something On Your Mind," In My Own Time, Paramount, 1971

Nov 26, 2021
The story of Karen Dalton
00:40:57

In this bonus podcast, producer Andrew Gill interviews directors Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete about their film "Karen Dalton: In My Own Time."

 

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Nov 24, 2021
Songs About Giving Thanks, Opinions on IDLES & Courtney Barnett
00:51:07

With Thanksgiving coming up, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about giving thanks. Plus they review highly anticipated new albums from Courtney Barnett and IDLES.

 

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Ariana Grande, "thank u, next," thank u, next, Republic, 2019

Courtney Barnett, "Rae Street," Things Take Time, Take Time, Mom+Pop, 2021

Courtney Barnett, "Write a List of Things to Look Forward To," Things Take Time, Take Time, Mom+Pop, 2021

Courtney Barnett, "Take It Day by Day," Things Take Time, Take Time, Mom+Pop, 2021

Courtney Barnett, "Splendour," Things Take Time, Take Time, Mom+Pop, 2021

IDLES, "Car Crash," Crawler, Partisan, 2021

IDLES, "The Wheel," Crawler, Partisan, 2021

IDLES, "The New Sensation," Crawler, Partisan, 2021

IDLES, "The Beachland Ballroom," Crawler, Partisan, 2021

IDLES, "The End," Crawler, Partisan, 2021

Big Star, "Thank You Friends," Third, PVC, 1977

Sister Sledge, "We Are Family," We Are Family, Atlantic, 1979

Earth, Wind & Fire, "Gratitude," Gratitude, Columbia, 1975

Tyler, The Creator, "GONE, GONE / THANK YOU," IGOR, Columbia, 2019

Bonnie Raitt, "Thank You," Bonnie Raitt, Warner Bros., 1971

Lucinda Williams, "Stowaway in Your Heart," Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, Highway 20, 2014

Fall Out Boy, "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs," Infinity On High, Island, 2007

Chance The Rapper, "Blessings (feat. Jamila Woods)," Coloring Book, Self-Released, 2016

Andrew Gold, "Thank You For Being A Friend," All This and Heaven Too, Asylum, 1978

The Kinks, "Days," Days (Single), Pye 7N 17573, 1968

Dido, "Thank You," No Angel, Cheeky, 1999

Descendants, "Thank You," Everything Sucks, Epitaph, 1996

Aimee Mann, "Suicide Is Murder," Queens of the Summer Hotel, SuperEgo, 2021

Nov 19, 2021
Jim remembers a lesser-known Motown diva
00:06:52

In this bonus podcast, Jim adds a song to the desert island jukebox from a lesser-known Motown diva who began her career with a secret. 

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Nov 17, 2021
Buried Treasures, Opinions on ABBA & Goat Girl
00:51:21

It's that time yet again! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot love to share newly released music that they've uncovered, Buried Treasures. This week, they've got a fresh batch of songs to add to your playlist. Plus, a conversation with Holly Mullineaux, bassist for the English post-punk band Goat Girl. The band's 2021 album, On All Fours, is one of Jim and Greg's favorites of the year. The hosts share their thoughts on the new ABBA record.

 

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Goat Girl, "Sad Cowboy," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

Neptune's Core, "Turning Red," Evolving, Neptune's Core, 2021

Hana Vu, "Gutter," Public Storage, Ghostly International, 2021

Chastity Belt, "Fear," Fear (Single), Chastity Belt, 2021

Beak>, "Oh Know," Oh Know (Single), Invada, 2021

Witch Fever, "Reincarnate," Reincarnate, Music For Nations, 2021

Julie Doiron, "You Gave Me the Key," You Gave Me the Key (Single), You've Changed, 2021

The SoapGirls, "Societys Reject," Societys Rejects, The SoapGirls, 2017

Mattiel, "Those Words," Those Words (Single), ATO, 2021

Goat Girl, "Creep," Goat Girl, Rough Trade, 2018

Goat Girl, "Anxiety Feels," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

Goat Girl, "Badibaba," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

Goat Girl, "Jazz (In The Supermarket)," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

ABBA, "I Still Have Faith In You," Voyage, Capitol, 2021

ABBA, "Don't Shut Me Down," Voyage, Capitol, 2021

ABBA, "Bumblebee," Voyage, Capitol, 2021

ABBA, "Little Things," Voyage, Capitol, 2021

ABBA, "I Can Be That Woman," Voyage, Capitol, 2021

ABBA, "Just A Notion," Voyage, Capitol, 2021

Massive Attack, "Be Thankful For What You've Got," Blue Lines, Wild Bunch, Virgin, 1991

Nov 12, 2021
A soulful cover of a spooky song
00:04:57

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a Halloween song performed by a favorite soul singer to the Desert Island Jukebox.

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Nov 10, 2021
Miles Copeland of I.R.S. Records on R.E.M., The Police and More, Plus Opinions on Brandi Carlile & Parquet Courts
00:51:23

As a co-founder and executive at I.R.S. Records, Miles Copeland found success in the 1980s with a roster of artists ranging from R.E.M. to The Police to the Go-Go's. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Miles about his influential career and his new memoir. Plus, Jim and Greg review some new music from Brandi Carlile & Parquet Courts.

 

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R.E.M., "The One I Love," Document, I.R.S., 1987

Brandi Carlile, "Right On Time," In These Silent Days, Elektra, 2021

Brandi Carlile, "Broken Horses," In These Silent Days, Elektra, 2021

Brandi Carlile, "Mama Werewolf," In These Silent Days, Elektra, 2021

Brandi Carlile, "Stay Gentle," In These Silent Days, Elektra, 2021

Parquet Courts, "Plant Life," Sympathy For Life, Rough Trade, 2021

Parquet Courts, "Walking At A Downtown Pace," Sympathy For Life, Rough Trade, 2021

Parquet Courts, "Marathon Of Anger," Sympathy For Life, Rough Trade, 2021

Parquet Courts, "Pulcinella," Sympathy For Life, Rough Trade, 2021

R.E.M., "Begin the Begin," Life's Rich Pageant, I.R.S., 1986

Siouxsie and the Banshees, "Hong Kong Garden," The Scream, Polydor, 1978

The Police, "Roxanne," Outlandos d'Amour, A&M, 1978

Buzzcocks, "What Do I Get?," What Do I Get? (Single), United Artists, 1978

Buzzcocks, "Why Can't I Touch It?," Everybody's Happy Nowadays, United Artists, 1979

Sting, "Desert Rose (feat. Cheb Mami)," Brand New Day, A&M, 1999

The Bangles, "Walk Like An Egyptian," Different Light, Columbia, 1986

Sydney Sprague, "object permanence (feat. Danielle Durack)," maybe i will see you at the end of the world, Rude, 2021

Nov 05, 2021
A Chicago band that spurred an entire genre
00:05:10

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from a Chicago band that never got it's due despite spurring an entire genre. Their lead singer sadly died of COVID.

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Nov 03, 2021
The Velvet Underground with Dir. Todd Haynes, Opinions on Ray BLK & illuminati hotties
00:51:11

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have long praised The Velvet Underground as one of the most important bands of the rock era. This week they review the new documentary film on the band and interview director Todd Haynes. Plus they review new albums by Illuminati Hotties and Ray BLK.

 

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Featured Songs:

The Velvet Underground, "I'm Waiting For the Man," The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967

The Velvet Underground, "Venus In Furs," The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967

The Velvet Underground, "Heroin," The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967

The Primatives, "The Ostrich," The Ostrich (Single), Pickwick, 1964

The Velvet Underground, "Sister Ray - Live In New York City 1967," The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack, Republic, 2021

The Velvet Underground and Nico, "All Tomorrow's Parties," The Velvet Underground & Nico, Verve, 1967

RAY BLK, "BLK MADONNA," Access Denied, Island, 2021

RAY BLK, "MIA (feat. Kaash Paige)," Access Denied, Island, 2021

RAY BLK, "Access Denied," Access Denied, Island, 2021

RAY BLK, "Go-go Girl (feat. Suburban Plaza)," Access Denied, Island, 2021

illuminati hotties, "Pool Hopping," Let Me Do One More, Snack Shack Tracks, 2021

illuminati hotties, "u v v p (feat. Buck Meek)," Let Me Do One More, Snack Shack Tracks, 2021

illuminati hotties, "Knead," Let Me Do One More, Snack Shack Tracks, 2021

illuminati hotties, "Growth," Let Me Do One More, Snack Shack Tracks, 2021

illuminati hotties, "Joni: LA's No. 1 Health Goth," Let Me Do One More, Snack Shack Tracks, 2021

The Soundtrack of Our Lives, "The Ego Illusion," Communion, Telegram, 2008

The Kinks, "Till the End of the Day," The Kink Kontroversy, Reprise, 1965

Balance, "Breaking Away," Balance, Portrait, 1981

Janet Jackson, "What Have You Done for Me Lately," Control, A&M, 1986

John Wesley Harding, "Sussex Ghost Story," Adam's Apple, DRT Entertainment, 2004

The Police, "Roxanne," Outlandos d' Amour, A&M, 1978

Oct 29, 2021
More with Jimmy Jam
00:13:27

In this bonus episode we hear more from our recent interview with Jimmy Jam. He talks about the future of Morris Day and The Time and working with Babyface and Heather Headley.

 

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Oct 27, 2021
Ghostly Tracks & the Origins Behind Them
00:49:16

It's spooky season and hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a new batch of songs about ghosts to share. They're joined by Sam Weller, author of many books on Ray Bradbury and the gothic short story collection Dark Black, to discuss spooky music.

 

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Featured Songs:

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Long Black Veil," Kicking Against The Pricks, Mute, 1986

Roky Erickson and the Aliens, "If You Have Ghosts," The Evil One, 415, 1981

Joy Division, "Dead Souls," Still, Factory, 1981

Psychedelic Furs, "The Ghost In You," Mirror Moves, Columbia, 1984

Suicide, "Ghost Rider," Suicide, Red Star, 1977

Johnny Cash, "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky," Silver, Columbia, 1979

Caroline Herring, "Long Black Veil," Golden Apples of the Sun, Signature Sounds, 2009

Daniel Johnston, "Casper the Friendly Ghost," Yip/Jump Music, (Self-Released), 1983

Pat Benetar, "Wuthering Heights," Crimes of Passion, Chrysalis, 1980

Kate Bush, "Wuthering Heights," The Kick Inside, Harvest, 1978

Scott Sorry, "Black Dog Dancers," (Single), Generation X-Ray, 2021

Elton John, "Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time)," Honky Château, Uni, 1972

Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians, "My Wife and My Dead Wife," Gotta Let This Hen Out!, Midnight Music, 1985

The Raveonettes, "Apparitions," Raven In the Grave, The Raveonettes, 2011

Mekons, "Ghosts of American Astronauts," So Good It Hurts, Twin/Tone, 1988

Ladytron, "Ghosts," Velocifero, Nettwerk Productions, 2008

The Goldstars, "Stroll In Hell," Stroll In Hell (Single), The Goldstars, 2021

Black Sabbath, "Black Sabbath," Black Sabbath, Vertigo, 1970

The Velvet Underground and Nico, "Sunday Morning," The Velvet Underground and Nico, Verve, 1967

Oct 22, 2021
The Go-Go's Gina Schock on her new photobook, the Rock Hall of Fame & more
00:27:26

In this bonus episode, Sound Opinions Senior Producer Alex Claiborne chats with drummer Gina Schock of The Go-Go's about her upcoming photobook, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the 40th anniversary of Beauty and the Beat.

 

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Oct 20, 2021
Jimmy Jam of Jam & Lewis on His Hits With Janet Jackson & New Album, Plus Shirley Manson of Garbage
00:50:25

Since the 1980s, producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have made huge hits with artists like Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey. But finally in 2021, the duo released their debut album as artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot chat with Jimmy Jam about the record and his illustrious past work. Plus, we hear the song that got Garbage's Shirley Manson Hooked on Sonics.

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Featured Songs:

Jam & Lewis, "Spinnin (feat. Mary J. Blige)," Jam & Lewis, Volume 1, Flyte Tyme, BMG, 2021

Jam & Lewis, "Somewhat Loved (There You Go Breakin' My Heart) (feat. Mariah Carey)," Jam & Lewis, Volume 1, Flyte Tyme, BMG, 2021

Janet Jackson, "What Have You Done for Me Lately," Control, A&M, 1986

Jam & Lewis, "The Next Best Day (feat. Boyz II Men)," Jam & Lewis, Volume 1, Flyte Tyme, BMG, 2021

The S.O.S. Band, "Tell Me If You Still Care," On the Rise, Tabu/Epic, 1983

Cornbread Harris and Friends, "PutThe World," Cornbread Supreme Volume 1, 2631577 Records DK, 2002

Janet Jackson, "Control," Control, A&M, 1986

The S.O.S. Band, "Just Be Good to Me," On the Rise, Tabu/Epic, 1983

Jam & Lewis, "Happily Unhappy (feat. Toni Braxton)," Jam & Lewis, Volume 1, Flyte Tyme, BMG, 2021

New Edition, "Can You Stand the Rain," Heart Break, MCA, 1987

Janet Jackson, "Nasty," Control, A&M, 1986

The S.O.S. Band, "Take Your Time (Do It Right)," SOS, Tabu, 1980

Janet Jackson, "Miss You Much," Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, A&M, 1989

Garbage, "No Gods No Masters," No Gods No Masters, Infectious Music, 2021

Stray Cats, "Stray Cat Strut," Stray Cats, Arista, 1981

Tori Amos, "Happy Phantom," Little Earthquakes, Atlantic, 1992

Oct 15, 2021
Critical darlings once more
00:07:05

In this bonus podcast, Greg plays a song by a band that were once critical darlings, but have taken a critical beating over the past 20 years. He presents this song as evidence they haven't lost a step. 

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Oct 13, 2021
Jason Molina: His Life and Music, Plus Opinions on Mickey Guyton & Leon Bridges
00:51:03

Whether he was recording as Songs: Ohia or Magnolia Electric Company, Jason Molina was a poetic and enigmatic musician, releasing 16 studio albums before his untimely death in 2013. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Erin Osmon about her biography of Molina, "Riding With The Ghost." The hosts also hear what song got Leon Bridges Hooked on Sonics and review the new album from country artist Mickey Guyton.

 

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Featured Songs:

Songs: Ohia, "I've Been Riding With The Ghost," The Magnolia Electric Co., Secretly Canadian, 2003

Mickey Guyton, "Black Like Me," Remember Her Name, Capitol Nashville, 2021

Mickey Guyton, "All American," Remember Her Name, Capitol Nashville, 2021

Mickey Guyton, "Rosé," Remember Her Name, Capitol Nashville, 2021

Mickey Guyton, "Dancing In The Living Room," Remember Her Name, Capitol Nashville, 2021

Songs: Ohia, "Farewell Transmission," The Magnolia Electric Co., Secretly Canadian, 2003

Songs: Ohia, "Cabwaylingo," Songs:Ohia, Secretly Canadian, 1997

Songs: Ohia, "Steve Albini's Blues," Didn't It Rain, Secretly Canadian, 2002

Songs: Ohia, "Soul," (Single), Palace, 1995

Songs: Ohia, "White Sulfur," Songs:Ohia, Secretly Canadian, 1997

Songs: Ohia, "Farewell Transmission," The Magnolia Electric Co., Secretly Canadian, 2003

Songs: Ohia, "The Black Crow," The Lioness, Secretly Canadian, 1999

Amanda Shires, "Just Be Simple," Just Be Simple (Unreleased), N/A, 2019

Songs: Ohia, "Just Be Simple," The Magnolia Electric Co., Secretly Canadian, 2003

Leon Bridges, "Motorbike," Gold-Diggers Sound, Columbia, 2021

Miguel, "Sure Thing," All I Want Is You, Jive, 2010

Miguel, "All I Want Is You (feat. J.Cole)," All I Want Is You, Jive, 2010

Janet Jackson, "Control," Control, A&M, 1986

Oct 08, 2021
Shirley Manson on Garbage's new album and her podcast
00:20:53

In this bonus episode producer Alex Claiborne talks with Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson about their new album "No Gods No Masters" and her podcast The Jump.

 

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Oct 06, 2021
The R. Kelly Conviction with dream hampton and Jim DeRogatis & Reviews of Adia Victoria and Little Simz
00:51:15

As the two journalists who had the biggest roles in bringing R. Kelly to justice, dream hampton, director of "Surviving R. Kelly" and Jim DeRogatis reflect on the news this week that the R&B superstar was convicted of federal charges. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot also review new albums from Adia Victoria and Little Simz.

 

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Featured Songs:

Adia Victoria, "Magnolia Blues," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Aaliyah, "4 Page Letter," One in a Million, Blackground and Atlantic, 1996

Neil Young, "Guitar Solo, No. 1," Dead Man (Music from and Inspired By the Motion Picture), Vapor, 1996

Adia Victoria, "You Was Born To Die (feat. Kyshona Armstrong, Margo Price & Jason Isbell)," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Mean-Hearted Woman," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Adia Victoria, "Please Come Down," A Southern Gothic, Atlantic, 2021

Little Simz, "Introvert," Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Age 101 Music, AWAL, 2021

Little Simz, "Speed," Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Age 101 Music, AWAL, 2021

Little Simz, "I Love You, I Hate You," Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Age 101 Music, AWAL, 2021

Little Simz, "The Rapper That Came To Tea (Interlude)," Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Age 101 Music, AWAL, 2021

Little Simz, "Fear No Man," Sometimes I Might Be Introvert, Age 101 Music, AWAL, 2021

Songs: Ohia, "I've Been Riding With The Ghost," The Magnolia Electric Co., Secretly Canadian, 2003

Oct 01, 2021
The Drive-By Truckers' American South
00:39:55

In this bonus episode producer Andrew Gill interviews author Stephen Deusner about his new book, "Where The Devil Don't Stay: Traveling the South with the Drive-By Truckers." 

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Sep 29, 2021
Reviews of Low, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X & More, Plus Guest Desert Island Jukebox
00:51:22

As we move into fall, there's an abundance of new music to review. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a review roundup, sharing their thoughts on new music from artists like Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, Low and Amyl and the Sniffers. Plus, we'll hear from past Sound Opinions guests about the desert island jukebox songs that can't live without.

 

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Featured Songs:

Low, "Days Like These," HEY WHAT, Sub Pop, 2021

Lil Nas X, "MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)," Montero, Columbia, 2021

Lil Nas X, "AM I DREAMING (feat. Miley Cyrus)," Montero, Columbia, 2021

Lil Nas X, "SCOOP (feat. Doja Cat)," Montero, Columbia, 2021

Lil Nas X, "SUN GOES DOWN," Montero, Columbia, 2021

Amyl and the Sniffers, "Hertz," Comfort to Me, ATO, 2021

Amyl and the Sniffers, "Guided By Angels," Comfort to Me, ATO, 2021

Amyl and the Sniffers, "Freaks to the Front," Comfort to Me, ATO, 2021

Amyl and the Sniffers, "Choices," Comfort to Me, ATO, 2021

Kacey Musgraves, "star-crossed," star-crossed, Interscope/MCA Nashville, 2021

Kacey Musgraves, "justified," star-crossed, Interscope/MCA Nashville, 2021

Kacey Musgraves, "easier said," star-crossed, Interscope/MCA Nashville, 2021

Kacey Musgraves, "there is a light," star-crossed, Interscope/MCA Nashville, 2021

Kacey Musgraves, "hookup scene," star-crossed, Interscope/MCA Nashville, 2021

Low, "More," HEY WHAT, Sub Pop, 2021

Low, "The Price You Pay (It Must Be Wearing off)," HEY WHAT, Sub Pop, 2021

Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere, "Full Moon Tonight," Nudge It Up a Notch, Stax, 2008

Otis Redding, "Nobody's Fault But Mine," The Immortal Otis Redding, Stax, 1968

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, "Keep Your Mind Free (feat. Ben LaMar Gay)," Now, International Anthem, 2021

Duke Ellington, "Afrique," The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse, Fantasy, 1971

Richard Thompson, "Beeswing," Mirror Blue, Capitol, 1994

Janet Baker, "Ich bin die welt abhanden gekommen," Janet Baker Sings Mahler, EMI, 1967

Dawn Richard, "Boomerang," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Björk, "Stonemilker," Vulnicura, One Little Indian, 2015

Art d'Ecco, "Tv God," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Brian Eno, "Needles In the Camel's Eye," Here Come the Warm Jets, Island, 1974

Songs: Ohia, "Farewell Transmission," The Magnolia Electric Co., Secretly Canadian, 2003

Sep 24, 2021
A band that really cooks
00:06:28

In this bonus podcast, Jim adds a song to the desert island jukebox by a band that actually cooked on stage. 

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Sep 22, 2021
Pitchfork Music Festival report and more buried treasures
00:16:35

In this bonus podcast, Jim and Greg share a couple more buried treasure picks and talk with producer Alex Claiborne about her experience at the recent Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. 

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Sep 20, 2021
Buried Treasures & Tamar Aphek
00:50:35

With the volume of music released each week, some is bound to not get the attention it deserves. This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their recent finds and shine a light on them. They also talk with Israeli musician Tamar Aphek about her album "All Bets Are Off."

 

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Featured Songs:

Tamar Aphek, "Crossbow," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Mushroom, "Two Men Say They're Jesus, One of Them Must Be Wrong," Songs of Dissent: Live at the Make Out Room 8/9/19, Alchemikal Artz, 2021

U.V.T.V., "Back To Nowhere," Always Something, Papercup Music, 2021

Shower Curtain, "You Make Me Feel," You Make Me Feel (Single), Balaclava , 2021

Ka, "PWH," A Martyr’s Reward, Iron Works, 2021

Pist Idiots, "Juliette," Idiocracy, PIST IDIOTS, 2021

HotKid, "Letter," Letter (Single), Fortune Stellar, 2021

The Armed, "Ultrapop," Ultrapop, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Show Me Your Pretty Side," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Drive," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Russian Winter," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Nothing Can Surprise Me," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Beautiful Confusion," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Monotonix, "Body Language," Body Language, Drag City, 2008

Tamar Aphek, "All I Know," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "As Time Goes By," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Kacey Musgraves, "justified," star-crossed, Interscope/UMG Nashville, 2021

Sep 17, 2021
Leon Bridges on honing his Gold-Diggers Sound
00:14:23

In this bonus podcast, Sound Opinions associate producer Sol Delgadillo interviews return guest Leon Bridges about his third album "Gold-Diggers Sound" and what it's like to hear his song "The River" so often in auditions for The Voice.

 

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Sep 15, 2021
Glam Rocker Art d'Ecco, Opinions on Drake & Halsey
00:49:56

In the great glam rock tradition, Art d’Ecco is making dynamic, melodic music as his costumed alter ego. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with singer, songwriter and keyboardist Art d’Ecco about his new album In Standard Definition, influences like Brian Eno and Marc Bolan and more. Plus, the hosts review the latest from Drake and the new Halsey record produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

 

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Art d'Ecco, "I Am the Dance Floor," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Drake, "Champagne Poetry," Certified Lover Boy, Republic, 2021

Drake, "Fountains (feat. Tems)," Certified Lover Boy, Republic, 2021

Drake, "7am On Bridle Path," Certified Lover Boy, Republic, 2021

Drake, "Way Too Sexy (feat. Future & Young Thug)," Certified Lover Boy, Republic, 2021

Drake, "Girls Want Girls (feat. Lil Baby)," Certified Lover Boy, Republic, 2021

Halsey, "The Tradition," If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, Capitol, 2021

Halsey, "I am not a woman, I'm a god," If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, Capitol, 2021

Halsey, "Ya'aburnee," If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, Capitol, 2021

Halsey, "Easier than Lying," If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power, Capitol, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Good Looks," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Nobody's Home," Trespasser, self-released, 2018

Art d'Ecco, "Head Rush," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "I Remember," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Bird of Prey," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Tv God," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "In Standard Definition," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Desires," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Nothing Ever Changes," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "The Message," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Mr Twin Sister, "Expressions," Expressions (Single), Twin Group, 2021

Sep 10, 2021
Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond talks with Althea Legaspi, plus a live music update
00:26:46

In this bonus episode contributor Althea Legaspi talks with DJ Beverly Bond about her organization, Black Girls Rock! Althea also talks with Jim and Greg about the current state of live music dealing with COVID and shares a new track going viral on social media.

 

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Sep 08, 2021
Songs About Breaking Free, Kanye Review, RIP Lee Scratch Perry
00:48:35

As Sound Opinions celebrates our first year as an independent production, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about breaking free. They also review the new album by Kanye West, pay tribute to Lee Scratch Perry and play recent listener comments.

 

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Featured Songs:

Teenage Fanclub, "Free Again," Free Again (Single), K, 1992

Kanye West, "Jail," Donda, Def Jam, 2021

Kanye West, "Jesus Lord," Donda, Def Jam, 2021

Kanye West, "Donda," Donda, Def Jam, 2021

Kanye West, "Off The Grid," Donda, Def Jam, 2021

Queen, "I Want To Break Free," The Works, EMI, 1984

Janet Jackson, "Control ," Control, A&M, 1986

Bob Marley & The Wailers, "Redemption Song," Uprising, Tuff Gong, 1980

The Velvet Underground, "I'm Set Free," The Velvet Underground, MGM, 1969

The Rolling Stones, "I'm Free," Out Of Our Heads, London, 1965

The Rolling Stones, "I'm Free," Stripped, Virgin, 1995

The Rolling Stones, "I'm Free," Shine A Light, Polydor, 2008

The Soup Dragons, "I'm Free," Lovegod, Big Life, 1990

Dua Lipa, "I'm Free," (Unreleased), NA, 2020

Alex Chilton, "Free Again," Alex Chilton's Lost Decade, Fan Club, 1985

Eric B. and Rakim, "Teach the Children," Don't Sweat the Technique, MCA, 1992

Florence + the Machine, "Dog Days Are Over," Lungs, Island, 2009

Lee "Scratch" Perry, "I Am the Upsetter," Trojan Reggae: Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae Classics 1967-1974, Sanctuary, 1998

Max Romeo & The Upsetters, "Chase The Devil," War Ina Babylon, Island, 1976

Venus Skytrip, "Star," Psychlona, Ripple, 2020

Kali Uchis, "telepatía," Sin Miedo (del Amor Y Otros Demonios) ∞, Interscope, 2020

Jaimie Branch, "theme 001 (Live)," FLY or DIE LIVE, International Anthem, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Tv God," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Sep 03, 2021
A tribute to half of one of the greatest rock 'n roll duos ever
00:06:39

In this bonus podcast Greg pays tribute to Don Everly, who died August 21 at age 84.

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Sep 01, 2021
Yola & Charlie Watts
00:51:13

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview British singer Yola, whose new album blurs genres and breaks her out of the country niche of her previous work. Plus, they pay tribute to the late, great Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

 

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Featured Songs:

Yola, "Stand For Myself," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

The Rolling Stones, "Paint It Black," Paint It Black (Single), Decca, 1966

The Rolling Stones, "Moonlight Mile," Sticky Fingers, Rolling Stones, 1971

The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Women," Honky Tonk Women (Single), Decca, 1969

The Highwomen, "Highwomen," The Highwomen, Elektra, 2019

The Staple Singers, "Hear My Call, Here," Hammer And Nails, Riverside, 1962

Massive Attack, "Harpsicord (Live in Copenhagen)," Unreleased, NA, 2008

Phantom Limb, "Draw the Line," Phantom Limb, Naim Edge, 2009

Yola, "Break The Bough," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Yola, "Diamond Studded Shoes," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Queen, "I Want To Break Free," The Works, EMI, 1984

Aug 27, 2021
Richard Thompson on jamming with Led Zeppelin, getting mocked by Buck Owens and avoiding his police officer dad in 1960s London
00:12:49

In this bonus podcast we hear more from our recent interview with Richard Thompson. He comments on jamming with Led Zeppelin, discovering French music from his dad's record collection, avoiding his dad's police station while gigging in London and a strange encounter with Buck Owens. 

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Aug 25, 2021
A conversation about Aaliyah
00:39:37

In this bonus podcast Jim talks with author Kathy Iandoli about her new book, "Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah." As much of her music comes to streaming platforms for the first time and details about R Kelly's predatory involvement with her are revealed in court, Aaliyah is very much in the news, even two decades after her death. As Kathy puts it, it's time to give Aaliyah her flowers.

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Aug 24, 2021
Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention, Opinions on Naked Raygun & Amythyst Kiah
00:51:07

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson this week. They discuss his memoir Beeswing, his time in Fairport Convention and how the iconic folk rock band stood out in a sea of blues and traditional rock bands. The hosts also review new albums by Naked Raygun and Amythyst Kiah.

 

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Featured Songs:

Richard Thompson, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," Rumor and Sigh, Capitol, 1991

Naked Raygun, "Broken Things," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021

Naked Raygun, "Living in the Good Times," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021

Naked Raygun, "Suicide Bomb," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021

Naked Raygun, "Black and Grey," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021

Naked Raygun, "Soul Hole Baby," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021

Naked Raygun, "Farewell to Arms," Over The Overlords, Wax Trax, 2021

Amythyst Kiah, "Fancy Drones (Fracture Me)," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021

Amythyst Kiah, "Black Myself," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021

Amythyst Kiah, "Ballad Lost," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021

Amythyst Kiah, "Tender Organs," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021

Amythyst Kiah, "Soapbox," Wary + Strange, Rounder, 2021

Richard Thompson, "Beeswing," Mirror Blue, Capitol, 1994

Fairport Convention, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," Unhalfbricking, Island, 1969

Fairport Convention, "Sir Patrick Spens," Liege & Lief, Island, 1969

Fairport Convention, "Matty Groves," Liege & Lief, Island, 1969

Fairport Convention, "Autopsy," Unhalfbricking, Island, 1969

Fairport Convention, "A Sailor's Life," Unhalfbricking, Island, 1969

Fairport Convention, "Crazy Man Michael," Liege & Lief, Island, 1969

Richard and Linda Thompson, "Wall of Death," Shoot Out the Lights, Hannibal, 1982

Richard and Linda Thompson, "Don't Renege On Our Love," Shoot Out the Lights, Hannibal, 1982

Richard Thompson, "The Big Love Scene," Serpent's Tears, Beeswing, 2021

Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson, "Persuasion," Action Packed - The Best of the Capitol Years, Capitol, 2001

Yola, "Stand For Myself," Stand For Myself, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Aug 20, 2021
Dusty Hill, The Bearded Blues Rock Bassist and Vocalist, Remembered
00:08:59

In this bonus podcast, Greg adds a ZZ Top song to the Desert Island Jukebox in tribute to their bassist, Dusty Hill, who died in July. 

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Aug 18, 2021
Yes's Going For the One with Jon Anderson & Opinions on Tyler, the Creator
00:51:24

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect Yes’ 1977 masterpiece album Going For the One. They talk about the progressive rock band’s history, the rich music and interview lead singer Jon Anderson about the making of the record. They also review the latest album from rapper Tyler, the Creator.

 

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Featured Songs:

Yes, "Awaken," Going for the One, Atlantic, 1977

Yes, "Going For the One," Going for the One, Atlantic, 1977

The Beatles, "A Day In the Life," Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Parlophone, 1967

Yes, "Close To The Edge," Close To The Edge, Atlantic, 1972

Yes, "Time and a Word," Time and a Word, Atlantic, 1970

Yes, "I've Seen All Good People  A. Your Move, B. All Good People," The Yes Album, Atlantic, 1971

Yes, "Roundabout," Fragile, Atlantic, 1971

Yes, "The Ancient," Tales from Topographic Oceans, Atlantic, 1973

Yes, "Turn of the Century," Going for the One, Atlantic, 1977

Yes, "Parallels," Going for the One, Atlantic, 1977

Yes, "Wonderous Stories," Going for the One, Atlantic, 1977

Tyler, the Creator, "WUSYANAME (feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ign)," CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, Columbia, 2021

Tyler, the Creator, "SWEET / I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE (feat. Brent Faiyaz & Fana Hues)," CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, Columbia, 2021

Tyler, the Creator, "LUMBERJACK," CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, Columbia, 2021

Tyler, the Creator, "MANIFESTO (feat. Domo Genesis)," CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST, Columbia, 2021

Richard Thompson, "Beeswing," Mirror Blue, Capitol, 1994

Aug 13, 2021
Jim is Pure as New York Snow with his Latest Desert Island Disc
00:08:08

Jim takes a trip to the desert island to play the song "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. The 1981 song is often thought of as just another one-hit wonder, but Jim highlights not only Carnes's signature vocals but also the use of a unique instrument.

 

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Aug 11, 2021
Latin Music's Ascent, Opinions on Prince & Billie Eilish
00:51:05

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Billboard VP and author Leila Cobo about her book, "Decoding Despacito," which charts the rise of Latin music in the United States. They also review Billie Eilish's new album and a new release from Prince's archives.

 

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Featured Songs:

Luis Fonsi, "Despacito (featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee)," Despacito (featuring Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee) (Single), Universal, 2017

Billie Eilish, "Happier Than Ever," Happier Than Ever, Darkroom, Interscope, 2021

Billie Eilish, "NDA," Happier Than Ever, Darkroom, Interscope, 2021

Billie Eilish, "Billie Bossa Nova," Happier Than Ever, Darkroom, Interscope, 2021

Billie Eilish, "Not My Responsibility," Happier Than Ever, Darkroom, Interscope, 2021

Prince, "Welcome 2 America," Welcome 2 America, NPG, 2021

Prince, "Yes," Welcome 2 America, NPG, 2021

Prince, "Same Page, Different Book," Welcome 2 America, NPG, 2021

Prince, "Hot Summer," Welcome 2 America, NPG, 2021

Prince, "1010 (Rin Tin Tin)," Welcome 2 America, NPG, 2021

Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine, "Conga," Primitive Love, Epic, 1985

José Feliciano, "Feliz Navidad," Feliz Navidad, RCA, 1970

Ritchie Valens, "La Bamba," Ritchie Valens, Del-Fi, 1954

Luis Fonsi, "Despacito (featuring Daddy Yankee)," Vida, Universal, 2017

Daddy Yankee, "Gasolina," Barrio Fino, El Cartel, 2004

Marc Anthony, "Vivir Mi Vida," 3.0, Sony, 2013

Selena, "Amor Prohibido," Amor Prohibido, EMI, 1994

J. Balvin & Willy William, "Mi Gente (feat. Beyoncé)," Mi Gente (feat. Beyoncé) (Single), Universal, 2017

Rosalía, "Malamente," El Mal Querer, Sony, 2017

Aug 06, 2021
Paying tribute to the kindest Assassin known to the music world
00:06:37

In this bonus podcast, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox in tribute to Joe Cassidy of the band Assassins among other projects, who died suddenly at 51.

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Aug 04, 2021
Woodstock '99 & Guests' Desert Island Jukebox Picks
00:51:10

This week, we hear what songs some of our past guests like Todd Rundgren and Tune-Yards would want with them on a desert island. Plus hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with music journalist Steven Hyden about the new documentary "Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage."

 

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Featured Songs:

Joni Mitchell, "Woodstock," Ladies of the Canyon, Reprise, 1970

Crosby, Still, Nash and Young, "Woodstock," Deja Vu, Atlantic, 1970

Todd Rundgren, "The Want of a Nail (with Bobby Womack)," Nearly Human, Warner Bros., 1989

Burt Bacharach, "What the World Needs Now Is Love," What the World Needs Now: Burt Bacharach Classics, A&M, 2003

Heart, "Crazy On You," Dreamboat Annie, Mushroom, 1975

The Beatles, "Dear Prudence," White Album, Apple, 1968

Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, "Just Wrong," Notes With Attachments, Impulse!, 2021

Jr. Walker & The All Stars, "(I'm a) Road Runner," Road Runner, Motown, 1965

Tune-Yards, "make it right.," Sketchy, 4AD, 2021

Batuk, "Vida (feat. Nandi Ndlovu)," Musica Da Terra, Teka, 2016

Spowder, "Pulp," Health Palm, State Champion, 2017

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, "Despacito," VIDA, Universal Music Latino, 2017

Jul 30, 2021
Alejandro Escovedo and mental health care for musicians
00:25:08

In this bonus podcast news contributor Althea Legaspi talks with Alejandro Escovedo about his work to make mental health care accessible to music industry professionals. Jim, Greg and Althea also discuss the state of mental health in the music industry more broadly, including the recent developments with Britney Spears. 

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Jul 28, 2021
Buried Treasures, Biz Markie & Damon Locks
00:51:07

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some music you may have missed that you need to hear. We call these songs buried treasures. Plus, they talk with Damon Locks about his Black Monument Ensemble project, bid farewell to Biz Markie and hear from some listeners.

 

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Featured Songs:

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, "Keep Your Mind Free (feat. Ben LaMar Gay)," Now, International Anthem, 2021

Polo & Pan, "Les jolies choses," Cyclorama, Hamburger, 2021

The Mysterines, "Who’s Ur Girl," Love's Not Enough (Single), Pretty Face, 2020

Swt Valli Hi, "Over It," Over It (Single), Eighteen, 2021

Jaimie Branch, "theme 001 (Live)," FLY or DIE LIVE, International Anthem, 2021

Comet Control, "Secret Life," Secret Life (Single), Tee Pee, 2021

BLK JKS, "Maiga Mali Mansa Musa," Abantu / Before Humans, We Are Busy Bodies, 2021

Trenchmouth, "Sea of Serenity," More Motion: A Collection, Thick, 2003

Angela Davis, "Interviewed By Art Seigner," Soul And Soledad, Flying Dutchman, 1971

Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, "Song For Billie Holiday," The Poetry Of Langston Hughes, Caedmon, 1969

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, "The Colors That You Bring," Where Future Unfolds, International Anthem, 2019

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, "The People vs The Rest of Us," Now, International Anthem, 2021

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, "Now (Forever Momentary Space)," Now, International Anthem, 2021

The Eternals , "Destroy The Body," Espiritu Zombi, New Atlantis, 2016

The Specials, "Ghost Town (Extended Version)," Ghost Town (Extended Version) (Single), Two-Tone, 1981

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, "Rebuild a Nation," Where Future Unfolds, International Anthem, 2019

Biz Markie, "Vapors," Goin' Off, Cold Chillin', 1988

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, "Melting," Flying Microtonal Banana, ATO, 2017

Taylor Swift, "the 1," folklore, Republic, 2020

Prick, "Tough," Prick, Nothing/Interscope, 1995

Jul 23, 2021
Comedian Chris Gethard
00:34:30

In this bonus podcast producer Andrew Gill interviews comedian Chris Gethard about his new stand up special "Half My Life" and the connections between music and comedy.

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Jul 21, 2021
Dawn Richard, Opinions on Sault & Lucy Dacus
00:50:29

Dawn Richard is a thriving indie artist making exciting and genre blending music on her own terms. But nothing could have prepared her for the chaos that would come from beginning her career as a member of the Diddy-constructed pop group, Danity Kane. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Dawn about her fantastic new album Second Line and about her unconventional musical trajectory. They’ll also review some new music.

 

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Featured Songs:

Dawn Richard, "Bussifame," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Sault, "Bitter Streets," Nine, Forever Living Originals, 2021

Sault, "London Gangs," Nine, Forever Living Originals, 2021

Sault, "You from London (feat. Little Sims)," Nine, Forever Living Originals, 2021

Sault, "Mike's Story (feat. Michael Ofo)," Nine, Forever Living Originals, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "VBS," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "First Time," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "Thumbs," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "Brando," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Lucy Dacus, "Triple Dog Dare," Home Video, Matador, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Jacuzzi," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Chocolate Milk, "Groove City," Milky Way, RCA Victor, 1979

Danity Kane, "Damaged," Welcome to the Dollhouse, Bad Boy and Atlantic, 2008

Dawn Richard, "King Creole (Intro)," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Boomerang," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Pressure," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Voodoo (Intermission)," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Mornin' Streetlights," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble, "Keep Your Mind Free (feat. Ben LaMar Gay)," Now, International Anthem, 2021

Jul 16, 2021
How Chicago musicians are supporting struggling venues
00:13:16

In this bonus podcast Kendall Polidori talks about her article for the Chicago Reader about the current state of Chicago venues and the benefit albums trying to help keep them afloat.

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Jul 14, 2021
Radiohead's Kid A & The Tale of Sex Pistols' Manager Malcolm McLaren
00:50:57

Following up the guitar masterpiece of OK Computer, Radiohead threw the music world for a loop with Kid A. More than twenty years after it's release hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Steven Hyden about how the album was made and its lasting impact. Plus Jim and Greg talk with author Paul Gorman about the subversive life of Malcolm McLaren, the manager of the Sex Pistols.

 

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Featured Songs:

Radiohead, "Idioteque," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "How To Disappear Completely," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "Subterranean Homesick Alien," OK Computer, Parlophone, 1997

Travis, "Writing To Reach You," The Man Who, Independiente, 1999

Autechre, "Rae," LP5, Warp, 1999

Radiohead, "Fake Plastic Trees," The Bends, Parlophone, 1995

Radiohead, "Everything In Its Right Place," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "Kid A (Live)," Unreleased, N/A, 2001

Radiohead, "Kid A," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "Treefingers," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "The National Anthem (Live)," Unreleased, N/A, 2001

Radiohead, "15 Step," In Rainbows, Parlophone, 2007

Radiohead, "The National Anthem," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Sex Pistols, "Anarchy In the U.K.," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Sex Pistols, "God Save the Queen," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Sex Pistols, "Pretty Vacant," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Bow Wow Wow, "I Want Candy," The Last of the Mohicans, RCA, 1982

Malcolm McLaren, "Buffalo Gals," Duck Rock, Virgin, 1983

Dawn Richard, "Bussifame," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Jul 09, 2021
A Stax song without Steve Cropper
00:05:44

Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox that he thought featured Steve Cropper on guitar, but actually has Booker T. Jones playing organ and guitar. 

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Jul 07, 2021
Music Activism: Fay Milton (Savages) on Climate Change & IDLES
00:50:57

Fay Milton is best known as the drummer of Savages, but lately her focus has been getting the music world involved in fighting climate change. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Milton and revisit an interview with Joe Talbot of IDLES, another English group working for change.

 

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Featured Songs:

Savages, "T.I.W.Y.G.," Adore Life, Matador, 2016

Savages, "The Answer," Adore Life, Matador, 2016

180 dB, "Road Trip (feat. Nick Zinner & Meredith Graves) [Instrumental]," Road Trip (Single), Midnight Feast, 2018

Idles, "Grounds," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Idles, "Television," Joy As An Act Of Resistance, Partisan, 2018

Idles, "Anxiety," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Idles, "A Hymn," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Idles, "Danny Nedelko," Joy As An Act Of Resistance, Partisan, 2020

Idles, "Mr. Motivator," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Idles, "Ne Touche Pas Moi," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Idles, "Carcinogenic," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Idles, "Danke," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Daniel Johnston, "True Love Will Find You In The End," Retired Boxer, Stress, 1985

Idles, "Samaritans," Joy As An Act Of Resistance, Partisan, 2018

Idles, "June," Joy As An Act Of Resistance, Partisan, 2018

Idles, "Model Village," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Michael Franti & Spearhead, "11:59," All People, Capitol, 2013

Radiohead, "Everything in Its Right Place," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

 

 

Jul 02, 2021
Appreciating an annoying 17-year habit
00:08:57

Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from a 1970s singer he'd written off previously. 

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Jun 30, 2021
Guitarist Steve Cropper, Opinions on H.E.R. & Bachelor
00:50:53

Steve Cropper played guitar on some of the greatest songs of the 1960s including "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" and "Green Onions." Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Cropper about his long career as a session musician and producer. Plus they review new albums from Bachelor and H.E.R.

 

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Featured Songs:

Booker T and the M.G.'s, "Green Onions," Green Onions, Stax, 1962

H.E.R., "Back of My Mind (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)," Back of My Mind, RCA, 2021

H.E.R., "Bloody Waters," Back of My Mind, RCA, 2021

H.E.R., "We Made It," Back of My Mind, RCA, 2021

H.E.R., "For Anyone," Back of My Mind, RCA, 2021

Bachelor, "Back Of My Hand," Doomin' Sun, Polyvinyl, 2021

Bachelor, "Stay in the Car," Doomin' Sun, Polyvinyl, 2021

Bachelor, "Sand Angel," Doomin' Sun, Polyvinyl, 2021

Bachelor, "Anything at All," Doomin' Sun, Polyvinyl, 2021

Steve Cropper & Felix Cavaliere, "Full Moon Tonight," Nudge It Up A Notch, Stax, 2008

The Five Royales, "Think," Dedicated To You, King, 1957

Wilson Pickett, "I'm Not Tired," In The Midnight Hour (Single), Atlantic, 1965

Otis Redding, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," The Dock of the Bay, Volt, 1968

Wilson Pickett, "In the Midnight Hour," In The Midnight Hour (Single), Atlantic, 1965

Wilson Pickett, "Don't Fight It," Don't Fight It (Single), Atlantic, 1965

Steve Cropper, "Bush Hog Part 1," Fire It Up, Mascot, 2021

Booker T and the M.G.'s, "Hip Hug-Her," Hip Hug-Her, Stax, 1967

Wilson Pickett, "634-5789," The Exciting Wilson Pickett, Atlantic, 1966

The Blues Brothers Band, "Soul Man (live)," Soul Man (live) (Unreleased), N/A, 1979

Steve Cropper, "Bush Hog Part 2," Fire It Up, Mascot, 2021

Booker T and the M.G.'s, "Boot-Leg," Boot-Leg (Single), Stax, 1965

Otis Redding, "Nobody's Fault But Mine," The Immortal Otis Redding, Stax, 1968

Jun 25, 2021
The song that got King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard hooked on sonics
00:13:06

Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard analyzes the song that led him to pursue a life in music. 

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Jun 23, 2021
Best Albums of 2021 So Far
00:49:14

It's our second-favorite show of the year: the best albums of the year so far. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot count down their favorite albums released so far in 2021.

 

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Featured Songs:

Tony Allen, "Coonta Kinte (feat. Zelooperz)," There Is No End, Blue Note, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Jacuzzi," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Tony Allen, "Cosmosis (feat. Ben Okri & Skepta)," There Is No End, Blue Note, 2021

Armand Hammer/The Alchemist, "Falling out the Sky (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)," Haram, Backwoodz Studioz, 2021

Shame, "Nigel Hitter," Drunk Tank Pink, Dead Oceans, 2021

Eleventh Dream Day, "Tyrian Purple," Since Grazed, Comedy Minus One, 2021

Robert Finley, "Souled Out On You," Sharecropper's Son, Easy Eye Sound, 2021

Tamar Aphek, "Russian Winter," All Bets Are Off, Kill Rock Stars, 2021

Mdou Moctar, "Afrique Victime," Afrique Victime, Matador, 2021

Dry Cleaning, "Unsmart Lady," New Long Leg, 4AD, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "In Standard Definition," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Tune-Yards, "hold yourself.," sketchy., 4AD, 2021

Viagra Boys, "Into the Sun," Welfare Jazz, YEAR0001, 2021

Goat Girls, "Sad Cowboy," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

La Femme, "Le jardin," Paradigmes, Disque Pointu, 2021

Booker T. & The M.G.s, "Green Onions," Green Onions, Stax, 1962

Jun 18, 2021
How music festivals are moving forward in 2021
00:19:14

In this bonus podcast we welcome contributor Althea Legaspi to share how music festivals are planning to keep people safe and healthy as they come back after COVID-19.

Plus she shares her pick for a viral song that's worth hearing. 

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Jun 16, 2021
Bassist Pino Palladino, Opinions on Wolf Alice & Japanese Breakfast
00:51:07

Pino Palladino is a legendary bassist who’s played with everyone from The Who to Nine Inch Nails to D’Angelo. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Pino about his storied career, playing style and about the first album where he's taking center stage, Notes With Attachments. Plus, the hosts review some new music from Japanese Breakfast and Wolf Alice.

 

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Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, "Just Wrong," Notes With Attachments, Verve, 2021

Wolf Alice, "Smile," Blue Weekend, Dirty Hit, 2021

Wolf Alice, "Delicious Things," Blue Weekend, Dirty Hit, 2021

Wolf Alice, "The Beach," Blue Weekend, Dirty Hit, 2021

Wolf Alice, "Moaning Lisa Smile," My Love Is Cool, Dirty Hit, 2015

Wolf Alice, "Lipstick on the Glass," Blue Weekend, Dirty Hit, 2021

Japanese Breakfast, "Be Sweet," Jubilee, Dead Oceans, 2021

Japanese Breakfast, "Posing For Cars," Jubilee, Dead Oceans, 2021

Japanese Breakfast, "Paprika," Jubilee, Dead Oceans, 2021

Japanese Breakfast, "In Hell," Jubilee, Dead Oceans, 2021

Japanese Breakfast, "Savage Good Boy," Jubilee, Dead Oceans, 2021

Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, "Off The Cuff," Notes With Attachments, Verve, 2021

Paul Young, "Come Back and Stay (Extended Version)," No Parlez, Columbia, 1983

D'Angelo, "Chicken Grease," Voodoo, Virgin, 2000

D'Angelo, "Playa Playa," Voodoo, Virgin, 2000

D'Angelo, "Send It On," Voodoo, Virgin, 2000

D'Angelo, "Feel Like Makin' Love," Voodoo, Virgin, 2000

The Who, "Baba O'Riley (Live at the Hollywood Bowl 2002)," Who's Next, Decca, 1971

The Who, "My Generation," My Generation, Brunswick, 1965

Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, "Soundwalk," Notes With Attachments, Verve, 2021

Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, "Ekuté," Notes With Attachments, Verve, 2021

D'Angelo, Femi Kuti, Macy Gray, and the Soultronics, "Water No Get Enemy (feat. Nile Rodgers and Roy Hargrove)," Red Hot + Riot: The Music and Spirit of Fela Kuti, MCA, 2003

John Mayer Trio, "Who Did You Think I Was (Live at the House of Blues, Chicago, Illinois, September 22, 2005)," Try! Live in Concert, Columbia, 2005

The Staples Singers, "Respect Yourself," Be Altitude: Respect Yourself, Stax, 1972

Dawn Richard, "Boomerang," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Jun 11, 2021
A trailblazer who didn't care what anyone thought: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:07:32

Jim plays a song that paved the way for riot grrrl, but wasn't immediately appreciated as substantive art when it was released. 

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Jun 09, 2021
#810 Buried Treasures, Opinions on Olivia Rodrigo & Monster Magnet
00:50:44

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some buried treasures: new, under-the-radar music you need to hear. Plus, they'll review new albums from Olivia Rodrigo and Monster Magnet.

 

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Olivia Rodrigo, "driver's license," SOUR, Geffen, 2021

Monster Magnet, "Born To Go," A Better Dystopia, Napalm, 2021

Monster Magnet, "Motorcycle (Straight to Hell)," A Better Dystopia, Napalm, 2021

Monster Magnet, "Welcome to the Void," A Better Dystopia, Napalm, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo, "brutal," SOUR, Geffen, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo, "1 step forward, 3 steps back," SOUR, Geffen, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo, "good 4 u," SOUR, Geffen, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo, "deja vu," SOUR, Geffen, 2021

The Linda Lindas, "Rebel Girl," Moxie (Music from the Netflix Film), Maisie Music Publishing, 2021

Jelani Aryeh, "Marigold," Marigold (Single), No Matter, 2021

Ting Tang Tina, "Kill Courtney," Honeybee, Dreamy Life, 2020

Seaside Witch Coven, "King Fried," King Fried (Single), Self-Released, 2021

Jungle Green, "Ritchie," Ritchie (Single), Self-Released, 2021

topographies, "See You as You Fall," Ideal Form, Funeral Party, 2020

Yellow Pills, "Come over and Eat Some Food," Space Age Inferno, Mint 400/Raining, 2021

Omar Apollo, "Useless," Apolonio, Warner, 2020

FACS, "Strawberry Cough," Present Tense, Trouble In Mind, 2021

DARKSIDE, "The Limit," The Limit (Single), Matador, 2021

Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, "Just Wrong," Notes With Attachments, Verve, 2021

Jun 04, 2021
A Power Pop Education: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:05:39

In this bonus podcast Jim adds a track from 1990 by a Scottish power pop band that is still going strong today. 

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Jun 02, 2021
#809 Tune-Yards & Concert Venue Accessibility
00:49:52

Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation about their new album, Sketchy, and the complicated ideas about race that informed it. Plus, they interview writer Josh Terry about how the live music industry can be more accessible as concerts resume.

 

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Tune-Yards, "hold yourself.," Sketchy, 4AD, 2021

Tune-Yards, "Bizness (Live on Sound Opinions)," Whokill, 4AD, 2011

Tune-Yards, "Now as Then," I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, 4AD, 2018

Tune-Yards, "homewrecker," Sketchy, 4AD, 2021

Tune-Yards, "make it right.," Sketchy, 4AD, 2021

Brocelïande, "Abbots Bromley Horn Dance," Flowing Glass: Sir Christèmas, Flowinglass Music, 2000

The Coup, "Hey Saturday Night (feat. Tune-Yards)," Sorry To Bother You: The Soundtrack, Interscope, 2018

Tune-Yards, "Money Money Money," Sorry To Bother You: The Score, Interscope, 2019

Craig Brenner, "Spring Is Near," Passages, (Self-released), 2020

Tune-Yards, "silence pt. 1 (when we say we)," Sketchy, 4AD, 2021

Led Zeppelin, "The Battle of Evermore," Led Zeppelin IV, Atlantic, 1971

Talking Heads, "The Great Curve," Remain in Light, Sire, 1980

Earth, Wind & Fire, "Spirit," Spirit, Columbia, 1976

Rare Earth, "Get Ready," Get Ready, Rare Earth, 1969

Bachelor, Jay Som, Palehound, "Stay in the Car," Stay in the Car (Single), Polyvinyl, 2021

May 28, 2021
More with Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev
00:09:05

Author Dawnie Walton was on the show in April. Here's some parts of that conversation that didn't fit into the original episode, including her thoughts on Kim Gordon and David Bowie.

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May 26, 2021
#808 Album Review Roundup (St. Vincent, Tony Allen & More) Plus How to Save the Music Ecosystem
00:51:04

As spring releases continue to sprout up, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot can't wait to share their opinions on some new music. Plus, they interview researcher and writer Ron Knox about how the music ecosystem can be saved, and why breaking up "Big Music" is the answer.

 

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St. Vincent, "Daddy's Home," Daddy's Home, Loma Vista, 2021

St. Vincent, "Down," Daddy's Home, Loma Vista, 2021

St. Vincent, "My Baby Wants a Baby," Daddy's Home, Loma Vista, 2021

St. Vincent, "Candy Darling," Daddy's Home, Loma Vista, 2021

St. Vincent, "The Melting of the Sun," Daddy's Home, Loma Vista, 2021

Morcheeba, "Namaste," Blackest Blue, Fly Agaric, 2021

Morcheeba, "Cut My Heart Out," Blackest Blue, Fly Agaric, 2021

Morcheeba, "Say It's Over (feat. Brad Barr)," Blackest Blue, Fly Agaric, 2021

Morcheeba, "Sulphur Soul," Blackest Blue, Fly Agaric, 2021

Molly Sarlé, "Human," Karaoke Angel, Partisan, 2019

Tony Allen, "Très Magnifique (feat. Tsunami)," There Is No End, Blue Note, 2021

Tony Allen, "Mau Mau (feat. Nah Eeto)," There Is No End, Blue Note, 2021

Tony Allen, "Coonta Kinte (feat. ZelooperZ)," There Is No End, Blue Note, 2021

The Chills, "Scatterbrain," Scatterbrain, Fire, 2021

The Chills, "Monolith," Scatterbrain, Fire, 2021

The Chills, "Worlds Within Worlds," Scatterbrain, Fire, 2021

The Chills, "Caught in My Eye," Scatterbrain, Fire, 2021

Molly Sarlé, "Gypsy," Aquarium Drunkard's Lagniappe Session, Partisan, 2020

Celine Dion, "It's All Coming Back To Me Now," Falling into You, Columbia, 1996

Mountain Man, "Moon," Magic Ship, Nonesuch, 2018

Fleetwood Mac, "Dreams ," Rumours, Warner Brothers, 1977

Tune-Yards, "Hold Yourself," Sketchy, 4AD, 2021

May 21, 2021
Remembering two legends of the Chicago music scene
00:10:35

Greg pays tribute to Delmark Records founder Bob Koester and The Staples Singers' Pervis Staples, both behind the scenes legends of the Chicago music scene.  

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May 19, 2021
#807 The Story of Malaco Records, Opinions on Miranda Lambert & girl in red
00:50:20

Malaco Records is the longest-running independent label in American history, but most white music fans have never heard of it. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Rob Bowman about his book, "The Last Soul Company: The Malaco Records Story." Plus, they review new records by Miranda Lambert and girl in red.

 

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Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, "Homegrown Tomatoes," The Marfa Tapes, Vanner, 2021

Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall, "Waxahachie," The Marfa Tapes, Vanner, 2021

girl in red, "Rue," if i could make it go quiet, AWAL, 2021

girl in red, "Serotonin," if i could make it go quiet, AWAL, 2021

girl in red, "Apartment 402," if i could make it go quiet, AWAL, 2021

girl in red, "Hornylovesickmess," if i could make it go quiet, AWAL, 2021

The Mississippi Mass Choir, "When I Rose This Morning," I'll See You in the Rapture, Malaco, 1996

Johnnie Taylor, "Disco Lady," Eargasm, Columbia, 1976

King Floyd, "Groove Me," King Floyd, Chimneyville, 1970

Jean Knight , "Mr. Big Stuff," Mr. Big Stuff, Stax, 1971

Dorothy Moore, "Misty Blue," Misty Blue, Malaco, 1976

Z.Z. Hill, "Down Home Blues," Down Home Blues, Malaco, 1982

The Golden Nuggets, "Gospel Train," Gospel Train (Single), Malaco, 1973

The Jackson Southernaires, "Hold To God's Unchanging Hand," Down Home, Malaco, 1982

Mahalia Jackson, "Move On Up A Little Higher," Move On Up A Little Higher (Single), Apollo, 1947

The Mississippi Mass Choir, "Call Him Up Part 1," "Live" In Jackson, Mississippi, Malaco, 1989

The Georgia Mass Choir, "Joy," I Sing Because I'm Happy, Savoy, 1992

Wale, "Sue Me (feat. Kelly Price)," Wow... That's Crazy, Every Blue Moon, 2019

LaShun Pace, "I Know I've Been Changed," He Lives, Savoy, 1991

May 14, 2021
Bonus podcast 25: More from Nancy Wilson
00:10:39

We talk more with Nancy about the future of Heart, her film score work and Jim and Nancy meeting on the set of Almost Famous.

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May 12, 2021
#806 Nancy Wilson of Heart, Opinions on Art d'Ecco & Marianne Faithfull
00:50:28

For decades, Heart’s Nancy Wilson has been connecting with audiences through her masterful guitar playing and spot-on harmony vocals. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with her about her illustrious career and her debut studio solo album. Plus, they review new records from Art d'Ecco and Marianne Faithfull.

 

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Heart, "Crazy On You," Dreamboat Annie, Mushroom, 1975

Marianne Faithfull, "The Bridge of Sighs (with Warren Ellis)," She Walks in Beauty (with Warren Ellis), BMG, 2021

Marianne Faithfull, "She Walks in Beauty (with Warren Ellis)," She Walks in Beauty (with Warren Ellis), BMG, 2021

Marianne Faithfull, "Ozymandias (with Warren Ellis)," She Walks in Beauty (with Warren Ellis), BMG, 2021

Billie Holiday, "Glad to Be Unhappy," Lady in Satin, Columbia, 1958

Art d'Ecco, "Desires," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Head Rush," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "I Am the Dance Floor," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "I Remember," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "In Standard Definition," In Standard Definition, Paper Bag, 2021

Nancy Wilson, "You and Me," You and Me, Carry On Music, 2021

Nancy Wilson, "The Rising," You and Me, Carry On Music, 2021

Heart, "Magic Man," Dreamboat Annie, Mushroom, 1975

Heart, "Barracuda," Little Queen, Portrait, 1977

Nancy Wilson, "4 Edward," You and Me, Carry On Music, 2021

Heart, "Mistral Wind," Dog & Butterfly, Portrait, 1978

Heart, "Straight On," Dog & Butterfly, Portrait, 1978

Heart, "Dog & Butterfly," Dog & Butterfly, Portrait, 1978

Heart, "Alone," Heart, Capitol, 1985

Heart, "What About Love," Heart, Capitol, 1985

Heart, "These Dreams," Heart, Capitol, 1985

Nancy Wilson, "We Meet Again," You and Me, Carry On Music, 2021

Dorothy Moore, "Misty Blue," Misty Blue, Malaco, 1976

May 07, 2021
Bonus podcast 24: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:06:25

Greg pays tribute to the bassist of one of the greatest black rock bands ever. 

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May 05, 2021
#805 Hip Hop History, Opinions on Dawn Richard & Dry Cleaning, Beach Bunny
00:50:29

Host Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview authors Jeff Chang and Davey D about their new edition of "Can't Stop Won't Stop," the essential hip hop history first published 16 years ago. Plus Jim and Greg review new albums by Dry Cleaning and Dawn Richard and hear what song got Beach Bunny inspired to pursue music as a career.

 

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Dawn Richard, "Boomerang," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Bussifame," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Mornin Streetlights," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Dawn Richard, "Jacuzzi," Second Line, Merge, 2021

Dry Cleaning, "Her Hippo," New Long Leg, 4AD, 2021

Dry Cleaning, "Scratchcard Lanyard," New Long Leg, 4AD, 2021

Dry Cleaning, "More Big Birds," New Long Leg, 4AD, 2021

E-40, From The Ground Up (feat. Too $hort and K-Ci and JoJo), "E-40," The Element Of Surprise, Jive, 1998

Rapsody, "12 Problems," 12 Problems (Single), Roc Nation, 2020

Kendrick Lamar, "Alright," To Pimp A Butterfly, TDE, 2015

Young M.A., "Ooouuu," Her-story, M.A. Music, 2016

Tyler, the Creator, "I Ain't Got Time!," Flower Boy, Columbia, 2017

LL Cool J, "I Need Love," Bigger and Deffer, Def Jam, 1987

Living Legends, "Loose Cannon," Angelz Wit Dirty Faces, Outhouse, 2000

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, "Language of Violence," Hypocrisy Is the Greatest Luxury, Island, 1992

Kanye West, "Roses," Late Registration, Roc-A-Fella, 2005

Beach Bunny, "Cloud 9 (feat. Tegan and Sara)," Cloud 9 (feat. Tegan and Sara) (Single), Mom+Pop, 2021

Grimes, "Kill V. Maim," Art Angels, 4AD, 2015

Heart, "Crazy On You," Dreamboat Annie, Mushroom, 1975

Apr 30, 2021
Bonus podcast 23: Jim's DIJ
00:06:28

Jim shares a song to celebrate getting his Pfizer vaccination.

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Apr 28, 2021
#804 The Best Backing Vocals, Opinions on BROCKHAMPTON & Eleventh Dream Day
00:50:43

This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs defined by their backing vocals, much like Merry Clayton left her mark on The Rolling Stones' song "Gimme Shelter." Plus they review the new album from Eleventh Dream Day and learn what they're missing in Brockhampton.

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The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter," Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969

BROCKHAMPTON, "BUZZCUT (feat. Danny Brown)," Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine, RCA, 2021

BROCKHAMPTON, "THE LIGHT," Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine, RCA, 2021

BROCKHAMPTON, "THE LIGHT PT. II," Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine, RCA, 2021

BROCKHAMPTON, "DEAR LORD," Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine, RCA, 2021

Eleventh Dream Day, "Since Grazed," Since Grazed, Comedy Minus One, 2021

Eleventh Dream Day, "Tyrian Purple," Since Grazed, Comedy Minus One, 2021

Eleventh Dream Day, "A Case to Carry On," Since Grazed, Comedy Minus One, 2021

R.E.M., "Superman," Lifes Rich Pageant, I.R.S., 1986

Stereolab, "French Disko," (Single), Duophonic, 1994

The Beach Boys, "Sloop John B," Pet Sounds, Capitol, 1966

Sam Cooke, "Bring It On Home to Me," (Single), RCA, 1962

Billy Joel, "The Longest Time," An Innocent Man, Columbia, 1983

The Turtles, "Elenore," The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, White Whale, 1968

Laura Nyro and Labelle, "I Met Him on a Sunday," Gonna Take a Miracle, Columbia, 1971

Ray Charles, "(Night Time Is) The Right Time," The Genius Sings the Blues, Atlantic, 1961

David Bowie, "Young Americans," Young Americans, RCA, 1975

Eric B. & Rakim, "Paid in Full," Paid in Full, Island, 1987

Apr 23, 2021
Bonus podcast 22: More Merry Clayton
00:11:14

We share more stories from Merry Clayton that didn't fit into our prior episode. 

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Apr 21, 2021
#803 Sound of Metal's Paul Raci & The Story of Guy Clark
00:50:52

This week, it's Sound Opinions at the movies! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with actor and musician Paul Raci, who is nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the film Sound of Metal. They discuss the movie and the lack of representation for deaf people in the arts. Then, the hosts talk with the co-director of the movie Without Getting Killed or Caught, a documentary about folk and country singer-songwriter Guy Clark.

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Guy Clark, "L.A. Freeway," Old No. 1, RCA, 1975

Black Sabbath, "Hand of Doom," Paranoid, Warner Bros., 1970

Abraham Marauder, "Green (An Original Song from the Motion Picture "Sound of Metal") ," Green (An Original Song from the Motion Picture "Sound of Metal") (Single), Nonesuch, 2021

Elise Trouw, Travis Barker and Paul Raci, "Enter Sandman," Enter Sandman (Single), self-released, 2020

Guy Clark, "Anyhow, I Love You," Texas Cookin', SBCMG, 1976

Guy Clark, "Desperados Waiting for a Train," Old No. 1, RCA, 1975

The Highwaymen, "Desperados Waiting for a Train," Highwayman, Columbia Nashville, 1985

Guy Clark, "Desperados Waiting for a Train," Keepers, Sugar Hill, 1997

Dottsy, "I'll Be Your San Antone Rose," The Sweetest Thing, RCA, 1976

The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter," Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969

Apr 16, 2021
Bonus podcast 21: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:07:25

Greg shares a song that was inspired by missing a show because of the weather. 

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Apr 14, 2021
#802 Buried Treasures & SXSW 2021
00:50:13

Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: recent releases that you need to hear! Plus we find out how SXSW moved their festival online this year.

 

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Erika De Casier, "Drama," Drama (Single), 4AD, 2021

Silver Synthetic, "In the Beginning," Silver Synthetic, Third Man, 2021

Buggy Jive, "Ain't Going Anywhere," Ain't Going Anywhere, Bryan Paul Thomas, 2020

Yo Kinky, "Wire," Yo Kinky, I Don't Like, 2021

The Lungs, "Vizitant," Psychic Tombs, Dune Alter, 2020

Samia, "Fit N Full," The Baby, Grand Jury Music, 2020

tiger lili, "lightning," lightning (Single), Mom+Pop, 2020

Reverend Mother, "Let It Live (Fuzz Cover)," Let It Live (Fuzz Cover) (Single), Domino, 2021

Marie-Clo, "At Ease," Shell(e), self-released, 2020

Armand Hammer & The Alchemist, "Falling out the Sky (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)," Haram, Backwoodz Studioz, 2021

Fire Ex., "Stand up Like a Taiwanese (Live)," Unsung Heroes, Space Shower, 2020

Trupa Trupa, "Dream About," Of The Sun, Glitterbeat, 2019

Apr 09, 2021
Bonus podcast 20: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:07:29

Jim adds another song to the Desert Island Jukebox from a hero of early synthesis and a friend of Stevie Wonder's.

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Apr 07, 2021
Sound Opinions Trailer
00:02:22

Music: "Colossus" by Scanglobe from Nul Tiel Records

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Apr 04, 2021
#801 Merry Clayton & "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev" author Dawnie Walton
00:50:54

Black women haven't been celebrated enough in rock music. Author Dawnie Walton talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about how that inspired her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, a fantasy rock history about a fierce black singer in the 1970s. Plus Jim and Greg talk with Merry Clayton, whose iconic performance on "Gimme Shelter" still didn't make her a household name.

 

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Featured Songs:

Merry Clayton, "Southern Man," Merry Clayton, Ode, 1971

Material, "Bustin' Out," Bustin' Out, Celluloid, 1981

Talking Heads, "Slippery People (Live)," Stop Making Sense, Sire, 1984

Betty Davis, "Dedicated To the Press," Nasty Gal, Island, 1975

Betty Davis, "They Say I'm Different," They Say I'm Different, Just Sunshine, 1974

The Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter," Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969

Bobby Darin, "Who Can I Count On?," You're the Reason I'm Living, Capitol, 1963

Elvis Presley, "Happy Ending," It All Happened At the World's Fair (Original Soundtrack), RCA Victor, 1963

Ray Charles, "I Won't Leave," A Portrait of Ray, ABC, 1968

Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama," Second Helping, MCA, 1974

Merry Clayton, "Touch The Hem Of His Garment," Beautiful Scars, Ode Sounds & Visuals, 2021

Merry Clayton, "A Song For You," Merry Clayton, Ode, 1971

Merry Clayton, "Deliverance," Beautiful Scars, Ode Sounds & Visuals, 2021

Art d'Ecco, "Tv God," Tv God (Single), Paper Bag, 2021

Apr 02, 2021
Bonus podcast 19: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:09:15

Greg takes the long way around to playing a song that was championed by The Grateful Dead.

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Mar 31, 2021
#800: Tune-Yards, serpentwithfeet & La Femme, Memories of 800 Episodes of Sound Ops
00:50:41

On the occassion of our 800th episode, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on the show with past producer and listener feedback. They also review new albums from Tune-Yards, serpentwithfeet and La Femme.

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Tune-Yards, "nowhere, man," sketchy, 4AD, 2021

Tune-Yards, "hold yourself.," sketchy, 4AD, 2021

Tune-Yards, "be not afraid.," sketchy, 4AD, 2021

Tune-Yards, "make it right.," sketchy, 4AD, 2021

serpentwithfeet, "Heart Storm," DEACON, Secretly Canadian, 2021

serpentwithfeet, "Malik," DEACON, Secretly Canadian, 2021

serpentwithfeet, "Fellowship," DEACON, Secretly Canadian, 2021

La Femme, "Paradigme," Paradigmes, Disque Pointu, 2021

La Femme, "Cool Colorado," Paradigmes, Disque Pointu, 2021

La Femme, "Disconnexion," Paradigmes, Disque Pointu, 2021

Arcade Fire, "Sprawl II (Live on Sound Opinions)," The Suburbs, Merge, 2010

David Bowie, "Rebel Rebel," Diamond Dogs, RCA, 1974

Talking Heads, "Once In A Lifetime (Live)," Stop Making Sense, Sire, 1984

Thom Yorke, "I Want None Of This (Live on Sound Opinions)," Help - A Day In The Life, Independiente, 2005

Radiohead, "The National Anthem (Live at Lollapalooza)," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Bob Dylan, "Moonshiner," The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991, Columbia, 1991

Wilco, "Ashes of American Flags (Live on Sound Opinions)," Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Nonesuch, 2002

Wilco, "She's A Jar (Live on Sound Opinions)," Summerteeth, Reprise, 1999

Carole King, "I Feel the Earth Move," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Home Again," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Amythyst Kiah, "Black Myself," (Single), Rounder, 2021

Steely Dan, "Reelin' In the Years," Can't Buy a Thrill, ABC, 1973

Bob Gibson, "Ballad of Fred and Mark," Bob Gibson, Capitol, 1970

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, "K.G.L.W.," L.W., Flightless, 2021

Aretha Franklin, "How I Got Over," Amazing Grace, Atlantic, 1972

Rolling Stones, "Gimme Shelter," Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969

Mar 26, 2021
Bonus podcast 18: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:06:57

Jim discovers a new-to-him British blues band that kind of invented stoner rock.

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Mar 24, 2021
#799 Carole King's Tapestry on its 50th Anniversary
00:50:14

In 1971, Carole King released her masterpiece, Tapestry. 50 years later, the music feels more brilliant, moving and comforting than ever. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of Tapestry and talk to lyricist Toni Stern, guitarist Danny Kortchmar and drummer Russ Kunkel about their involvement on the legendary record.

 

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Carole King, "It's Too Late," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

The Shirelles, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Tonight's the Night, Scepter, 1960

 Little Eva, "The Loco-motion," The Loco-motion (Single), Dimension 1000, 1962

Bobby Vee, "Take Good Care of My Baby," Take Good Care of My Baby, Liberty, 1961

The Monkees, "Pleasant Valley Sunday," Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., Colgems, 1967

Carole King, "It Might As Well Rain Until September," It Might As Well Rain Until September (Single), Dimension, 1962

The City, "Now That Everything's Been Said," Now That Everything's Been Said, Ode, 1968

Carole King, "No Easy Way Down," Writer, Ode, 1970

Carole King, "Beautiful," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "I Feel the Earth Move," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "You've Got a Friend," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Tapestry," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King and Louise Goffin, "Where You Lead," Our Little Corner of the World Music From Gilmore Girls, Rhino, 2002

Carole King, "Where You Lead," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "So Far Away," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Way Over Yonder," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Home Again," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Carole King, "Smackwater Jack," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

James Taylor, "You've Got a Friend," Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, Warner Bros., 1971

Carole King and James Taylor, "You've Got a Friend," Live At The Troubadour, Syzygy, 2010

Liz Phair, "Divorce Song (Girly-Sound Version)," The Girly-Sound Tapes, Matador, 2018

Lauryn Hill, "Everything Is Everything," The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Columbia, 1998

Tori Amos, "Cornflake Girl," Under the Pink, Atlantic, 1994

Caroline Rose, "Do You Think We'll Last Forever," Superstar, New West, 2020

Mar 19, 2021
Bonus podcast 17: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:05:52

Jim pays tribute to an old friend.

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Mar 17, 2021
#798 Disgraceland's Jake Brennan, Songs About Shady Characters & Black Pumas
00:50:25

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share favorite songs about shady characters and talk with Jake Brennan, host of the Disgraceland podcast. Plus the Black Pumas share the songs that got them hooked on music.

 

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Utopia, "I Just Want To Touch You," Deface The Music, Bearsville, 1980

Erykah Badu, "Tyrone (Live)," Live, Universal, 1997

Solomon Burke, "Maggie's Farm," (single), Atlantic, 1965

The Clash, "Wrong 'Em Boyo," London Calling, Epic, 1979

Nick Cave, "Mack the Knife from the Threepenny Opera," September Songs, Sony Classical, 1997

The Chicks, "Goodbye Earl," Fly, Monument, 1999

Nelly Furtado, "Maneater," Loose, Geffen, 2006

Pink Floyd, "Arnold Layne," Arnold Layne (Single), EMI Columbia, 1967

Ghostface Killah, "Maxine (feat. Raekwon)," Bulletproof Wallets, Epic, 2001

Black Pumas, "Colors," Black Pumas, ATO, 2019

N.W.A., "100 Miles and Runnin' (Clean Version)," 100 Miles and Runnin', Ruthless, 1990

New Radicals, "You Get What You Give," Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too, MCA, 1998

Carole King, "So Far Away," Tapestry, Ode, 1971

Mar 12, 2021
Bonus podcast 16: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:06:16

Jim adds a song that he hunted down after watching Judas and the Black Messiah. 

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Mar 10, 2021
#797 The Story of Fortune Records, Opinions on The Hold Steady, Julien Baker & King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard
00:50:19

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history of the independent label Fortune Records. They discuss the unpredictable music, unique cast of characters and why it had famous admirers ranging from Smokey Robinson to Lou Reed. Plus, they review some new music.

 

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The Premiers, "The Trap of Love," The Trap of Love (Single), Fortune, 1957

The Hold Steady, "The Feelers," Open Door Policy, Positive Jams, 2021

The Hold Steady, "Unpleasant Breakfast," Open Door Policy, Positive Jams, 2021

The Hold Steady, "Hanover Camera," Open Door Policy, Positive Jams, 2021

King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, "O.N.E.," L.W., Flightless, 2021

King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, "Pleura," L.W., Flightless, 2021

King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, "K.G.L.W.," L.W., Flightless, 2021

King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard, "East West Link," L.W., Flightless, 2021

Julien Baker, "Song in E," Little Oblivions, Matador, 2021

Julien Baker, "Hardline," Little Oblivions, Matador, 2021

Julien Baker, "Faith Healer," Little Oblivions, Matador, 2021

Nolan Strong & The Diablos, "If Oh I (Could Be With You Tonight)," If Oh I (Could Be With You Tonight) (Single), Fortune, 1959

Andre Williams, "Bacon Fat," Bacon Fat (Single), Fortune, 1957

Roy Hall and the Cohutta Mountain Boys, "Dirty Boogie," Dirty Boogie (Single), Fortune, 1949

Skeets McDonald, "The Tattooed Lady (feat. Johnny White and His Rhythm Riders)," The Tattooed Lady (Single), Fortune, 1961

Rufus Shoffner & Joyce Songer, "It Always Happens to Me," It Always Happens to Me (Single), Fortune, 1961

Nolan Strong & The Diablos, "Do You Remember What You Did," Do You Remember What You Did (Single), Fortune, 1955

Nolan Strong & The Diablos, "Mind Over Matter," Mind Over Matter (Single), Fortune, 1962

Shorty Frog & The Space Cats, "Sheddin' Tears over You," Sheddin' Tears over You (Single), Fortune, 1958

John Lee Hooker, "Blues For Big Town," John Lee Hooker & Big Maceo Merriweather, Fortune, 1963

Dead Prez , "Panthers (feat. Common and the Last Poets)," Hip​-​Hop Docktrine: The Official Boondocks Mixtape, Self-released, 2006

Mar 05, 2021
Bonus podcast 15: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:08:20

Greg pays tribute to a dynamic duo of retired robots and one of their notable collaborators. 

Mar 03, 2021
#796 Best Band Lineup Changes, Opinions on Arlo Parks & slowthai
00:50:39

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about their favorite bands that have improved significantly after lineup changes. They also review new albums by British rapper Slowthai and British singer songwriter Arlo Parks.

 

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Featured Songs:

Arlo Parks, "Green Eyes," Collapsed in Sunbeams, Transgressive, 2021

Arlo Parks, "Too Good," Collapsed in Sunbeams, Transgressive, 2021

Arlo Parks, "Hope," Collapsed in Sunbeams, Transgressive, 2021

Arlo Parks, "Porta 400," Collapsed in Sunbeams, Transgressive, 2021

Slowthai, "Play with Fire," Tyron, Method, 2021

Slowthai, "Feel Away," Tyron, Method, 2021

Slowthai, "adhd," Tyron, Method, 2021

Fleetwood Mac, "Albatross," Albatross (Single), Blue Horizon, 1968

Fleetwood Mac, "Bermuda Triangle," Heroes Are Hard to Find, Reprise, 1974

Fleetwood Mac, "World Turning," Fleetwood Mac, Reprise, 1975

Genesis, "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway," The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Charisma, 1974

Genesis, "Squonk," A Trick of the Tail, Charisma, 1976

James Brown, "I Got the Feelin'," I Got the Feelin', King, 1968

James Brown, "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine," Sex Machine, King, 1970

Buzzcocks, "Boredom," Spiral Scratch, New Hormones, 1977

Buzzcocks, "Autonomy," Another Music in a Different Kitchen, United Artists, 1978

The Temptations, "My Girl," The Temptations Sing Smokey, Gordy, 1965

The Temptations, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," The Sky's the Limit, Gordy, 1971

Black Flag, "Louie Louie," Louie Louie (Single), Posh Boy, 1981

Black Flag, "Best One Yet," Loose Nut, SST, 1985

Rush, "Working Man," Rush, Moon, 1974

Rush, "By-Tor and the Snow Dog," Fly By Night, Mercury, 1975

Nirvana, "Love Buzz," Bleach, Sub Pop, 1989

Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nevermind, DGC, 1991

XTC, "This is Pop?," White Music, Virgin, 1978

XTC, "Life Begins at the Hop," Life Begins at the Hop (Single), Virgin, 1979

Todd Rundgren, "We Gotta Get You a Woman," Runt, Ampex, 1970

Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Wait Until Tomorrow," Axis: Bold As Love, Track, 1967

Lightnin' Hopkins, "Long Gone Like a Turkey Through The Corn," Country Blues, Tradition, 1959

Feb 26, 2021
Bonus podcast 14: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:08:08

Jim pays tribute to Tom Stevens of The Long Ryders.

 

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Feb 24, 2021
#795 Todd Rundgren on His Virtual Tour, Meat Loaf, Plus Opinions on The Weather Station
00:50:40

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Todd Rundgren about his own music, his virtual tour and his career as a producer, this week. They also review the new album from The Weather Station.

 

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Nazz, "Open My Eyes," Nazz, SGC, 1968

The Weather Station, "Robber," Ignorance, Fat Possum, 2021

The Weather Station, "Parking Lot," Ignorance, Fat Possum, 2021

The Weather Station, "Atlantic," Ignorance, Fat Possum, 2021

Todd Rundgren, "I Saw the Light," Something/Anything?, Bearsville, 1972

Todd Rundgren, "Hello It's Me," Something/Anything?, Bearsville, 1972

Todd Rundgren, "Can We Still Be Friends," Hermit of Mink Hollow, Bearsville, 1978

Todd Rundgren, "Parallel Lines," Nearly Human, Warner Bros., 1989

Todd Rundgren, "The Want of a Nail (with Bobby Womack)," Nearly Human, Warner Bros., 1989

Todd Rundgren, "Bang the Drum All Day," The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect, Bearsville, 1982

Todd Rundgren, "I Love My Life," Nearly Human, Warner Bros., 1989

XTC, "The Meeting Place," Skylarking, Geffen, 1986

Meat Loaf, "Bat Out of Hell," Bat Out of Hell, Cleveland International, 1977

Meat Loaf, "Paradise By the Dashboard Light," Bat Out of Hell, Cleveland International, 1977

Todd Rundgren, "Couldn't I Just Tell You," Something/Anything?, Bearsville, 1972

XTC, "Dear God," Skylarking, Geffen, 1986

Patti Smith Group, "Dancing Barefoot," Wave, Arista, 1979

Fleetwood Mac, "The Chain," Rumours, Warner Bros., 1977

Feb 19, 2021
Bonus podcast 13: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:08:28

Jim adds a song to the Jukebox he was reminded of by the film, "Promising Young Woman."

 

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Feb 17, 2021
#794 Buried Treasures & Peter Stampfel
00:50:39

It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg celebrate the work of Peter Stampfel as he releases his most ambitious project.

 

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Featured Songs:

 

Monolord, "I'm Staying Home," I'm Staying Home (Single), Relapse, 2021

Shame, "Alphabet," Drunk Tank Pink, Dead Oceans, 2021

Illuminati Hotties, "Free Ppls," FREE I.H: This Is Not the One You’ve Been Waiting For, Self-Released, 2020

OnceIWasYoung, "Cul de Sac," A Lonely New Year, Self-Released, 2021

Waltzer, "Lantern," Time Traveler , Side Hustle, 2021

Chappell Roan, "Pink Pony Club," Pink Pony Club (Single), Atlantic, 2020

Hartford/Focht, "Capitol Sunset," Hartford/Focht, Clearly, 2020

The Martha's Vineyard Ferries, "Jail Material," Jail Material (Single), self-released, 2021

Miss Grit, "Grow Up To," Imposter - EP, self-released, 2021

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, "Fo Sho," I Told You So, Colemine, 2021

Peter Stampfel, "The Years," Peter Stampfel's 20th Century in 100 Songs, Louisiana Red Hot, 2021

Peter Stampfel & The Bottlecaps, "Drink American," Demo '84, Don Giovanni, 2020

Peter Stampfel, "Wannabe," Peter Stampfel's 20th Century in 100 Songs, Louisiana Red Hot, 2021

Michael Hurley/The Unholy Modal Rounders/Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones, "Midnight in Paris," Have Moicy!, Rounder, 1976

Peter Stampfel and the Bottlecaps, "Bridge and Tunnel Girls," The People's Republic Of Rock N' Roll, Homestead, 1989

 

 

Feb 12, 2021
Bonus podcast 12: RIP Mary Wilson of the Supremes
00:35:41

Mary Wilson of the Supremes was our guest in January 2020 on WBEZ. We revisit that conversation in memory of Mary, dead at 76.

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Feb 10, 2021
#793 John Carpenter, Favorite Film Scores & Opinions on Goat Girl & Madlib
00:50:40

John Carpenter directed and composed the music for some of the most iconic horror films of all time, from Halloween to They Live. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with him about his career and new album Lost Themes III. The hosts also share a few of their favorite film scores and review some new music.

 

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John Carpenter, "Halloween Theme - Main Title," Halloween (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack), Columbia, 1979

Goat Girl, "The Crack," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

Goat Girl, "P.T.S.Tea," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

Goat Girl, "Badibaba," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

Madlib, "The Call," Sound Ancestors, Madlib Invazion, 2021

Madlib, "Road of the Lonely Ones," Sound Ancestors, Madlib Invazion, 2021

Madlib, "Two for 2 - For Dilla," Sound Ancestors, Madlib Invazion, 2021

Goat Girl, "Sad Cowboy," On All Fours, Rough Trade, 2021

John Carpenter, "The Shape Stalks," Halloween (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack), Columbia, 1979

Bebe Barron and Louis Barron, "Forbidden Planet Soundtrack - a) Main Titles - Overture - b) Giant Footprints In The Sand," Forbidden Planet, Planet, 1976

Bernard Herrmann, Joel McNeely & Royal Scottish Orchestra, "Scotty Trails Madeline (Including: Madeline's First Appearance, Madeline's Car, The Flower Shop, The Alleyway, The Mission, Graveyard, and Tombstone)," Vertigo: Original Motion Picture Score, Varèse Sarabande, 1995

John Carpenter, "Dark Star," Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, Rodeo Suplex, 2017

John Carpenter, "Skeleton," Lost Themes III: Life After Death, Sacred Bones, 2021

Dimitri Tiomkin, "High Noon - Theme," Movie Memories: Music from the Greatest Films, Colosseum, 1995

John Carpenter, "Dead Eyes," Lost Themes III: Life After Death, Sacred Bones, 2021

Carl Stalling, "Powerhouse and Other Cuts from the Early 50's," The Carl Stalling Project - Music From Warner Bros. Cartoons 1936-1958, Rhino, 1990

Bobby Womack & Peace, "Across 110th Street," Across 110th Street Soundtrack, United Artists, 1972

Goblin, "Zombi," Zombi (Dawn Of The Dead) Original Sound, Cinevox, 1978

Ennio Morricone, "Armonica," Once Upon a Time in the West, RCA, 1972

The Wheel Workers, "S.O.S.," S.O.S. (Single), Steven Higginbotham, 2020

Feb 05, 2021
Bonus podcast 11: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:07:45

Greg plays his favorite song by a son of a famous father.

 

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Feb 03, 2021
#792 The Zappa Show, Feat. Director Alex Winter; Opinions on Viagra Boys
00:50:42

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the life and career of Frank Zappa with actor and documentarian Alex Winter, director of ZAPPA. They also review the new album by Viagra Boys.

 

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Frank Zappa, "Peaches en Regalia," Hot Rats, Bizarre, 1969

Viagra Boys, "I Feel Alive," Welfare Jazz, Year0001, 2021

Viagra Boys, "Ain't Nice," Welfare Jazz, Year0002, 2021

Viagra Boys, "Into the Sun," Welfare Jazz, Year0003, 2021

Viagra Boys, "Creatures," Welfare Jazz, Year0004, 2021

Viagra Boys, "In Spite of Ourselves (feat. Amy Taylor)," Welfare Jazz, Year0005, 2021

Frank Zappa, "Valley Girl (feat. Moon Zappa)," Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch, Barking Pumpkin, 1982

Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, "Camarillo Brillo," Over-Nite Sensation, DiscReet, 1973

Frank Zappa, "Willie the Pimp," Hot Rats, Bizarre, 1969

Frank Zappa and Ensemble Modern, "Dog Breath Variations," The Yellow Shark, Barking Pumpkin, 1993

Edgard Varèse, "Poème électronique," Music of Edgard Varèse, Columbia, 1960

The Mothers of Invention, "Trouble Every Day," Freak Out, Verve, 1966

Frank Zappa, "The Black Page, No. 2 (Live)," Baby Snakes, Barking Pumpkin, 1983

The Mothers of Invention, "Didja Get Any Onya," Weasels Rip My Flesh, Bizarre, 1970

John Carpenter, "Halloween Theme," Halloween (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Columbia, 1979

 

Jan 29, 2021
Bonus podcast 10: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:11:24

Jim adds an obscure synth track to the desert island jukebox.

Jan 27, 2021
#791 The Evolution of Taylor Swift; Phil Spector, Jazmine Sullivan & Sylvain Sylvain
00:50:13

Two of the best selling albums of 2020 were from Taylor Swift. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with music critic Kristin Stahlke about Swift's remarkable year and what led to it. They also review a new album from singer-songwriter Jazmine Sullivan, bid farewell to New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain and discuss Phil Spector.

 

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Taylor Swift, "dorothea," evermore, Republic, 2020

The Ronettes, "Be My Baby," (Single), Phillies, 1963

Darlene Love, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," (Live on Late Night with David Letterman), Unreleased, 1986

Ike and Tina Turner, "River Deep - Mountain High," River Deep - Mountain High, London, 1966

New York Dolls, "Trash," New York Dolls, Mercury, 1973

David Johansen, "Frenchette," David Johansen, Columbia, 1978

Jazmine Sullivan, "Lost One," Heaux Tales, RCA, 2021

Jazmine Sullivan, "Pick Up Your Feelings," Heaux Tales, RCA, 2021

Jazmine Sullivan, "Antoinette's Tale," Heaux Tales, RCA, 2021

Jazmine Sullivan, "The Other Side," Heaux Tales, RCA, 2021

Taylor Swift, "champagne problems," evermore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "this is me trying," folklore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "the 1," folklore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "willow," evermore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "exile (feat. Bon Iver)," folklore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "closure," evermore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," reputation, Big Machine, 2017

Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Red, Big Machine, 2012

Taylor Swift, "no body, no crime (feat. HAIM)," evermore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "august," folklore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "marjorie," evermore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "mirrorball," folklore, Republic, 2020

Taylor Swift, "gold rush," evermore, Republic, 2020

Frank Zappa, "Peaches en Regalia," Hot Rats, Reprise, 1969

 

 

Jan 22, 2021
Bonus podcast 9: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:07:34

Jim adds a song to the desert island jukebox after watching Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on Netflix.

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Jan 20, 2021
#790 Songs About Mistakes, Opinions on Paul McCartney & Steve Earle
00:50:41

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about mistakes. They also review new albums from Paul McCartney and Steve Earle.

 

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Featured Songs:

Buzzcocks, "Ever Fallen in Love (with Someone You Shouldn't've)," Love Bites, United Artists, 1978

Paul McCartney, "Long Tailed Winter Bird," McCartney III, Capitol, 2020

Paul McCartney, "Find My Way," McCartney III, Capitol, 2020

Paul McCartney, "Lavatory Lil," McCartney III, Capitol, 2020

Paul McCartney, "Deep Deep Feeling," McCartney III, Capitol, 2020

Paul McCartney, "Winter Bird/ When Winter Comes," McCartney III, Capitol, 2020

Steve Earle, "They Killed John Henry," J.T., New West, 2021

Steve Earle, "Harlem River Blues," J.T., New West, 2021

Steve Earle, "Last Words," J.T., New West, 2021

Justin Townes Earle, "Mama's Eyes," Midnight at the Movies, Bloodshot, 2009

Rolling Stones, "Angie," Goats Head Soup, Rolling Stones, 1973

Tyrone Davis, "Turn Back the Hands of Time," Turn Back the Hands of Time, Dakar, 1970

ABBA, "SOS," ABBA, Polar Music, 1975

Rihanna, "Same Ol' Mistakes," ANTI, Westbury Road and Roc Nation, 2016

Eugene McDaniels, "The Parasite (For Buffy)," Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse, Atlantic, 1971

Quincy Jones, "Just Once," The Dude, A&M, 1981

Hüsker Dü, "I Apologize," New Day Rising, SST, 1985

Violent Femmes, "Add It Up," Violent Femmes, Slash, 1983

Tricky, "Past Mistake," Knowle West Boy, Domino, 2008

Taylor Swift, "Willow," Evermore, Republic, 2020

Jan 15, 2021
Bonus podcast 8: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:09:04

Greg is thinking about the late MF DOOM and here shares his first appearance on record. 

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Jan 13, 2021
#789 Cameron Crowe on Almost Famous, Opinions on Miley Cyrus & MF Doom
00:50:41

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved music movie Almost Famous. They revisit Jim’s interview from back in the day with writer and director Cameron Crowe. They’ll also review the new release from Miley Cyrus, bid farewell to rapper MF Doom and hear from some listeners.

 

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Featured Songs:

Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Simple Man," Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd), MCA, 19731. Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Simple Man," Lynyrd Skynyrd (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd), MCA, 1973

Simon & Garfunkel, "America," Bookends, Columbia, 1968

Stillwater, "Fever Dog," Almost Famous, Dreamworks, 2000

Stillwater, "Love Thing," Love Thing (Single), not released, 2000

The Replacements, "Within Your Reach," Hootenanny, Twin/Tone, 1983

Miley Cyrus, "Plastic Hearts," Plastic Hearts, RCA, 2020

Miley Cyrus, "Midnight Sky," Plastic Hearts, RCA, 2020

Miley Cyrus, "Night Crawling (feat. Billy Idol)," Plastic Hearts, RCA, 2020

Miley Cyrus, "High," Plastic Hearts, RCA, 2020

Miley Cyrus, "Bad Karma (feat. Joan Jett)," Plastic Hearts, RCA, 2020

Madvillain, "All Caps," Madvillainy, Stones Throw, 2004

Madvillain, "Accordian," Madvillainy, Stones Throw, 2004

Shonen Knife, "We're A Happy Family," Osaka Ramones, P-Vine, 2011

Nana Adjoa, "She's Stronger," Big Dreaming Ants , Bloomer, 2020

Carpenters, "We've Only Just Begun," Close To You, A&M, 1970

Ulver, "Russian Doll," Flowers Of Evil, House of Mythology, 2020

Pylon, "Working Is No Problem," Gyrate, DB, 1980

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 08, 2021
Bonus podcast 7: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:07:10

In this bonus episode, Jim pays tribute to ambient musician Harold Budd.

 

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Jan 06, 2021
#788 Buried Treasures, Greg's Mixtape & Artists We Lost in 2020
00:50:41

Host Greg Kot shares the latest installment of his series of annual mixtapes and host Jim DeRogatis shares a new batch of buried treasure songs. We also remember musicians we lost in 2020.

 

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Featured Songs:

1000mods, "Warped," Youth of Dissent, Ouga Booga And The Mighty Oug Recordings, 2020

Tamar Aphek, "Show Me Your Pretty Side," Show Me Your Pretty Side (Single), Rough Trade, 2020

That Brunette, "Platonic," Platonic (Single), That Brunette, 2020

Grandbrothers, "Howth," All the Unknown, City Slang, 2020

Ólafur Arnalds & JFDR, "Back to the Sky," some kind of peace, Decca, 2020

Sen Morimoto, "Woof," Sen Morimoto, Sooper, 2020

Spun Out, "Another House," Touch the Sound, Spun Out Productions, 2020

Horsegirl, "Sea Life Sandwich Boy," Sea Life Sandwich Boy (Single), self-released, 2020

Ratboys, "Look To," Printer's Devil, Topshelf, 2020

Dehd, "Desire," Flower of Devotion, Fire Talk, 2020

Ric Wilson, "Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P," Fight Like Ida B & Marsha P (Single), Free Disco, 2020

John Mayall's Blues Breakers, "The Supernatural," A Hard Road, Decca, 1967

Helen Reddy, "I Am Woman," I Am Woman, Capitol, 1972

Toots and the Maytals, "54-46 That's My Number," (Single), Beverley's, 1968

Jan 01, 2021
#787 The Year in the Music Industry
00:50:39

This has been one of the most challenging years ever for the music industry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with people working in digital music, live music and record stores to save the music industry and lead it into 2021.

 

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Featured Songs:

Vic Chesnutt, "Band Camp," Silver Lake, New West, 2003

The Mountain Goats, "Waylon Jennings Live!," In League With Dragons, Merge, 2019

The Beta Band, "Dry The Rain," The Three E.P.s, Regal, 1998

Dehd, "Desire," Flowers of Devotion, Fire Talk, 2020

 

Dec 25, 2020
#786 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2020
00:50:27

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome our crate-digging Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan to share great holiday songs that aren't played-out. This year the mix is blues-themed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Slim Seward & Fat Boy Hayes, "Christmas Time Blues," (Single), MGM, 1948

Sonny Boy Williamson I, "Christmas Morning Blues," Bluebird Blues, RCA, 1970

Lowell Fulson, "Wanna Spend Christmas With You," (Single), Kent, 1967

Cecil Gant, "Hello Santa Claus," (Single), Decca, 1950

Lenny Dee, "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Happy Holi-Dee, Decca, 1961

Freddie King, "Christmas Tears," (Single), Federal, 1960

Hop Wilson, "Merry Christmas Darling," (Single), Ivory, Unknown

Sonny Boy Williamson II, "Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues," (Single), Trumpet, 1951

Jimmy Reed, "Christmas Present Blues," (Single), RRG, 1971

The Three Suns, "Winter Wonderland," The Sound of Christmas, Camden, 1961

Jimmy McCracklin, "Christmas Time Pt 1," (Single), Art-Tone, 1961

Albert King, "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'," (Single), Stax, 1974

B.B. King, "Christmas Celebration," (Single), Kent, 1960

Bartees Strange, "Mustang," Live Forever, Memory Music, 2020

Dec 18, 2020
Bonus podcast 6: Best Albums of 2020 Continued!
00:42:02

For the first time in Sound Opinions history, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot round out their top 10 lists of the Best Albums of 2020 in this bonus, podcast-only exclusive.

 

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Featured Songs:

Bob Dylan, "False Prophet," Rough and Rowdy Ways, Columbia, 2020

Soccer Mommy, "crawling in my skin," color theory, Loma Vista, 2020

Jyoti, "Mama, You Can Bet!," Mama, You Can Bet!, EONE, 2020

Bob Mould, "Leather Dreams," Blue Hearts, Merge, 2020

Porridge Radio, "Born Confused," Every Bad, Secretly Canadian, 2020

Lydia Loveless, "September," Daughter, Honey You're Going To Be Late, 2020

IDLES, "War," Ultra Mono, Partisan, 2020

Margo Price, "That's How Rumors Get Started," That's How Rumors Get Started, Loma Vista, 2020

Coriky, "Too Many Husbands," Coriky, Dischord, 2020

Drive-By Truckers, "Thoughts and Prayers," The Unraveling, ATO, 2020

Dec 16, 2020
#785 Best Albums of 2020
00:50:35

It’s the show we look forward to all year long. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot count down their favorite albums released in 2020.

 

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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, "What've I Done to Help," Reunions, Southeastern, 2020

Bartees Strange, "Boomer," Live Forever, Memory Music, 2020

Lucinda Williams, "You Can't Rule Me," Good Souls Better Angels, Thirty Tigers, 2020

Fiona Apple, "Shameika," Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Epic, 2020

Waxahatchee, "Fire," Saint Cloud, Merge, 2020

Melkbelly, "Season of the Goose," Pith, Carpark, 2020

Angelica Garcia, "Guadalupe," Cha Cha Palace, Spacebomb, 2020

Run The Jewels, "Walking In The Snow," RTJ4, BMG, 2020

Run The Jewels, "Ooh La La," RTJ4, BMG, 2020

Haim, "Now I'm In It (Bonus Track)," Women in Music Pt. III, Columbia, 2020

Ganser, "Projector," Just Look At That Sky, felte, 2020

SAULT, "Free," Untitled (Rise), Forever Living Originals, 2020

Shemekia Copeland, "Money Makes You Ugly," Uncivil War, Alligator, 2020

Rotary Connection, "Christmas Love," Peace, Geffen, 1968

Dec 11, 2020
Bonus podcast 5: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:08:54

In this bonus episode, Greg provides a roadmap for music listeners interested in getting into jazz.

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Dec 09, 2020
#784 Radiohead's Kid A & the Story of Sex Pistols' Manager Malcolm McLaren
00:50:36

Following up the guitar masterpiece of OK Computer, Radiohead threw the music world for a loop with Kid A. Twenty years after it's release hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Steven Hyden about how the album was made and its lasting impact. They also discuss the life and career of the Sex Pistols and New York Dolls manager Malcolm McLaren.

 

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Featured Songs:

Radiohead, "Idioteque," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "How To Disappear Completely," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "Subterranean Homesick Alien," OK Computer, Parlophone, 1997

Travis, "Writing To Reach You," The Man Who, Independiente, 1999

Autechre, "Rae," LP5, Warp, 1999

Radiohead, "Fake Plastic Trees," The Bends, Parlophone, 1995

Radiohead, "Everything In Its Right Place," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "Kid A (Live)," Unreleased, N/A, 2001

Radiohead, "Kid A," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "Treefingers," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Radiohead, "The National Anthem (Live)," Unreleased, N/A, 2001

Radiohead, "15 Step," In Rainbows, Parlophone, 2007

Radiohead, "The National Anthem," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

Sex Pistols, "Anarchy In the U.K.," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Sex Pistols, "God Save the Queen," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Sex Pistols, "Pretty Vacant," Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Virgin, 1977

Bow Wow Wow, "I Want Candy," The Last of the Mohicans, RCA, 1982

Malcolm McLaren, "Buffalo Gals," Duck Rock, Virgin, 1983

Sault, "Hard Life," Untitled (Black Is), Forever Living Originals, 2020

Dec 04, 2020
Bonus podcast 4: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:06:36

It's Jim's turn this week to add a song to the Desert Island Jukebox. If you have The Kinks original "Sunny Afternoon" single, the original release of this song is the B-side. 

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Dec 02, 2020
#783 Review Roundup & Pylon
00:50:36

It's time for another review roundup. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their opinions on new records by AC/DC, Beabadoobee and more. Plus, a conversation with members of the Georgia post-punk band Pylon.

 

Featured Songs:

Pylon, "Cool," Cool (Single), DB, 1979

AC/DC, "Shot in the Dark," Power Up, Columbia, 2020

AC/DC, "Through The Mists Of Time," Power Up, Columbia, 2020

AC/DC, "Wild Reputation," Power Up, Columbia, 2020

Sturgill Simpson, "Turtles All The Way Down," Cuttin' Grass, Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions, High Top Mountain, 2020

Sturgill Simpson, "Breakers Roar," Cuttin' Grass, Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions, High Top Mountain, 2020

Sturgill Simpson, "Turtles All The Way Down," Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, High Top Mountain, 2014

Sturgill Simpson, "I Don't Mind," Cuttin' Grass, Vol. 1: The Butcher Shoppe Sessions, High Top Mountain, 2020

beabadoobee, "Dye It Red," Fake It Flowers, Dirty Hit, 2020

beabadoobee, "Care," Fake It Flowers, Dirty Hit, 2020

beabadoobee, "Sorry," Fake It Flowers, Dirty Hit, 2020

beabadoobee, "Horen Sarrison," Fake It Flowers, Dirty Hit, 2020

Low Cut Connie, "Take a Little Ride Downtown," Private Lives, Contender, 2020

Low Cut Connie, "Look What They Did," Private Lives, Contender, 2020

Low Cut Connie, "Tea Time," Private Lives, Contender, 2020

Low Cut Connie, "Nobody Else Will Believe You," Private Lives, Contender, 2020

Low Cut Connie, "Now You Know," Private Lives, Contender, 2020

Pylon, "Crazy," Chomp, DB, 1983

Pylon, "Feast On My Heart," Box, New West, 2020

Pylon, "Modern Day Fashion Woman (Version 1)," Box, New West, 2020

Pylon, "Dub," Dub (Single), DB, 1979

Grace Jones , "On Your Knees," Muse, Island, 1979

Parliament, "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)," Mothership Connection, Casablanca, 1975

Grandmaster Flash, "The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash and the Wheels of Steel," The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash and the Wheels of Steel (Single), Sugar Hill, 1981

Pylon, "Beep," Chomp, DB, 1983

Pylon, "Altitude," Chomp, DB, 1983

Pylon, "Italian Movie Theme," Chomp, DB, 1983

Radiohead, "The National Anthem," Kid A, Parlophone, 2000

 

Nov 27, 2020
Bonus podcast 3: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:08:16

Greg pays tribute to the recently departed "Honky Tonk Hemingway" in this Desert Island Jukebox pick.

Nov 25, 2020
#782 Bob Mould & The Story of Hawkwind
00:50:36

Since his days fronting Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould has been one of hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot's favorite politically-minded artists. His latest album may be his most directly political and he returns to the show to discuss it. Then we hear the story of the English space rock band Hawkwind from author Joe Banks.

 

Bob Mould, "American Crisis," Blue Hearts, Merge, 2020

Bob Mould, "Camp Sunshine," Sunshine Rock, Merge, 2019

Bob Mould, "Heart On My Sleeve," Blue Hearts, Merge, 2020

Tom Robinson Band, "Glad to be Gay," Rising Free, EMI, 1978

Stiff Little Fingers, "Suspect Device," Suspect Device (Single), Rigid Digits, 1978

D.O.A., "The Enemy," Something Better Change, Alternative Tentacles, 1980

Bob Mould, "Next Generation," Blue Hearts, Merge, 2020

Bob Mould, "Leather Dreams," Blue Hearts, Merge, 2020

Hawkwind, "Silver Machine," Silver Machine (Single), United Artists, 1972

Hawkwind, "Master of the Universe," In Search of Space, United Artists, 1971

Hawkwind, "Seven By Seven," In Search of Space, United Artists, 1971

Hawkwind, "Paranoia, Pt. 1," Hawkwind, Liberty, 1970

Hawkwind, "Hurry On Sundown," Queens of the Stone Age, Loosegroove, 1998

Hawkwind, "Orgone Accumulator," Space Ritual, United Artists, 1973

Hawkwind, "The Awakening," Space Ritual, United Artists, 1973

Sleep, "Jerusalem," Jerusalem, The Music Cartel, 1999

Queens of the Stone Age, "Spiders and Vinegaroons," Queens of the Stone Age, Loosegroove, 1998

beabadoobee, "Worth It," Fake It Flowers, Dirty Hit, 2020

Nov 20, 2020
Bonus podcast 2: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:09:46

Jim's fascination with the alternative boom of the 1990's got this song stuck in his head from a one-hit-wonder from Sweden. 

Nov 18, 2020
#781 Tribute Albums
00:49:49

A tribute album is a way for musicians to pay homage to an artist they love. While not all of them are good, the great ones let the music shine through. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk all things tribute and review the last release from late producer Hal Willner, a tribute to Marc Bolan.

 

Featured Songs:

John Cale, "Hallelujah," I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Atlantic, 1991

R.E.M, "First We Take Manhattan," I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Atlantic, 1991

Nino Rota, "8 e 1/2," Fellini e Rota, C.A.M., 1963

The Carla Bley Band, "8 1/2," Amarcord Nino Rota, Hannibal, 1981

Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah," Various Positions, Columbia, 1984

Jeff Buckley, "Hallelujah," Grace, Columbia, 1994

The House of Love, "Who By Fire," I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Atlantic, 1991

Leonard Cohen, "Who By Fire," New Skin for the Old Ceremony, Columbia, 1974

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Tower of Song," I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Atlantic, 1991

Bob Dylan & Mavis Staples, "Gonna Change My Way of Thinking," Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Music of Bob Dylan, Sony/Columbia, 2003

ZZ Top, "Reverberation (Doubt)," Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, Sire, 1990

John Wesley Harding, "If You Have Ghosts," Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, Sire, 1990

Bongwater, "You Don't Love Me Yet," Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, Sire, 1990

Primal Scream, "Slip Inside This House," Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, Sire, 1990

Doug Sahm & Sons, "You're Gonna Miss Me," Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, Sire, 1990

Butthole Surfers, "Earthquake," Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, Sire, 1990

Julian Cope, "I Have Always Been Here Before," Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, Sire, 1990

R.E.M., "I Walked With A Zombie," Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye: A Tribute To Roky Erickson, Sire, 1990

Bobby Darin, "Mack the Knife," That's All, Atco, 1959

John Zorn, "Der Kleine Leutnant Des Lieben Gottes (The Little Lieutenant of the Loving God)," Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill, A&M, 1985

Marianne Faithful & Chris Spedding, "The Ballad Of The Soldier's Wife," Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill, A&M, 1985

Frank Sinatra, "September Song," Point of No Return, Capitol, 1962

Lou Reed, "September Song," Lost In The Stars: The Music Of Kurt Weill, A&M, 1985

T. Rex, "Bang a Gong (Get It On)," Electric Warrior, Fly, 1971

Kesha, "Children of the Revolution," Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex, BMG, 2020

Nick Cave, "Cosmic Dancer," Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex, BMG, 2020

T. Rex, "Cosmic Dancer," Electric Warrior, Fly, 1971

T. Rex, "Life's a Gas," Electric Warrior, Fly, 1971

Lucinda Williams, "Life's a Gas," Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex, BMG, 2020

Elton John & U2, "Bang a Gong (Get It On)," Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex, BMG, 2020

T. Rex, "Rock On," The Slider, EMI, 1972

Perry Farrell, "Rock On," Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex, BMG, 2020

Peaches, "Solid Gold, Easy Action," Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex, BMG, 2020

Bob Mould, "Siberian Butterfly," Blue Hearts, Merge, 2020

 

 

Nov 13, 2020
Bonus podcast: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick
00:09:42

Greg is inspired by research on the Soul to Soul  concert in Ghana in 1971 to dig out the Ghana Soundz compilation from 2002.

Nov 11, 2020
#780 Buried Treasures & Singer-Songwriter Nana Adjoa
00:50:37

It's that time yet again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share some new music they're digging that's underneath the mainstream radar. Plus, a conversation with Dutch-Ghanaian singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa.

Nov 06, 2020
#779 Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President & Hanif Abdurraquib
00:50:37

On the eve of a presidential election, hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis talk with the director of the new documentary, Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President about how Carter changed the way politicians interact with musicians. Plus, poet and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib talks about hosting the new season of the Lost Notes podcast on 1980.

Oct 30, 2020
#778 Songs About Witches & D'Angelo's Voodoo
00:50:36

In honor of Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about the powerful, independent women sometimes known as witches. Then they do a classic album dissection of D'Angelo's Voodoo with author Faith Pennick.

Oct 23, 2020
#777 The Go-Go's Kathy Valentine, R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen and Opinions on Shamir & Shemekia Copeland
00:50:37

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with bassist Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s about her book All I Ever Wanted: A Rock 'n’ Roll Memoir. They discuss her independent childhood, finding her musical family with the Go-Go’s and more. Plus, Jim and Greg review new music from Shamir and Shemekia Copeland. Greg also bids farewell to Eddie Van Halen.

Oct 16, 2020
#776 Record Review Roundup & Wendy Carlos
00:50:25

It's fall and the records are dropping like leaves. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review new albums from Disclosure, Lydia Loveless, Flaming Lips and Ganser. Plus, the story of electronic music pioneer, Wendy Carlos.

Oct 09, 2020
#775 The Story of Creem Magazine & British Rock Band IDLES
00:50:27

For 20 years, Creem Magazine boasted a roster of creative misfits who wrote some of the most exciting, funny and thoughtful music journalism of all time. Hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis talk to friend and former Creem journalist Jaan Uhelszki about the new documentary on Creem and what it was like to work alongside Jim's hero, Lester Bangs. Then, Jim and Greg have a conversation with British punk band IDLES.

Oct 02, 2020
#774 Hannibal Buress & How Record Stores Are Adapting
00:50:37

In the music world, record stores are important economically, but also as community hubs. We talk with the directors of the documentary "Other Music" as well as record store owners in North Carolina and Ohio about how they're adapting to coronavirus times. Plus they talk with music loving comedian Hannibal Buress about his drive in theater tour.

Sep 25, 2020
#773 Yes' Going For The One & Protomartyr Review
00:50:47

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect Yes's 1977 masterpiece album Going For the One. They talk about the progressive rock band's history, the rich music and they interview lead singer Jon Anderson about the making of the record. Jim and Greg also review the latest from Detroit rock band Protomartyr.

Sep 18, 2020
#772 Buried Treasures & the Future of Music Venues
00:50:32

Nothing in the world can stop great music from being created. Even now there are songs coasting under the radar, not being enjoyed by enough people. We have a new batch of buried treasures to share. Plus, we talk with venue owners, activists and politicians working to save American stages that have been shut down due to the global pandemic.

Sep 11, 2020
#771 Songs About New Beginnings
00:50:17

Oftentimes the best way to celebrate a new venture is with great music, and we could all use a fresh start right about now. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about new beginnings. They also review new records from country singer-songwriter Margo Price and the late Chicago rapper Juice Wrld. 
 

Sep 04, 2020
#770: Give The Drummer Some
00:55:30

What role do drums play in Rock? Should they be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? The beat goes on as Jim and Greg focus on the contributions of drummers to rock music with drummer Joe Wong. Wong also hosts a podcast on drummers called The Trap Set.

Aug 28, 2020
#769: The Replacements & Mission of Burma
00:55:43

The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the biography Trouble Boys, talks with Jim and Greg about the band. Plus we revisit our interview with Mission of Burma.

Aug 21, 2020
#768 The Velvet Underground & Nico
00:55:44

Jim and Greg explore the background and influence of the Velvet Underground’s debut with a classic album dissection.

Aug 14, 2020
#767 The New Analog & Opinions On Neil Young
00:55:44

Jim and Greg talk with Galaxie 500’s Damon Krukowski about the value of analog listening in an increasingly digital world. They’ll also review new albums from Neil Young and the mysterious Sault.

Aug 07, 2020
#766 Chris Frantz and Talking Heads
00:55:38

Jim and Greg chat with Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz about his new book, Remain In Love. The book tracks the bands commercial success and internal strife. Plus, they dig into some of their favorite tracks by the 'Heads’ and Tom Tom Club.

Jul 31, 2020
#765 Chicago Soul
00:55:42

From Curtis Mayfield to Minnie Riperton, Jim and Greg explore the Chicago Soul scene. They’ll examine how the music tells the story of political and cultural change in Chicago. Plus, they look at the movement’s lasting impact.

Jul 24, 2020
#764 Songs About Help and the Rock Doctors
00:55:36

In these confusing and anxious times, we could all use the occasional helping hand. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about helping. Then they help a listener find new music to soothe her grandmother.

Jul 17, 2020
#763 Buried Treasures & Caroline Rose
00:55:24

It's time for another edition of Buried Treasures, where Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis share some under-the-radar new music you need to hear. Plus, we hear from the singer-songwriter Caroline Rose about the song that got her interested in making music.

Jul 10, 2020
#762 Bill Withers' Live at Carnegie Hall & Opinions on Phoebe Bridgers
00:55:23

Bill Withers is beloved for classics like Lean On Me, but Greg contends that Withers’ best album is Live at Carnegie Hall. Jim and Greg honor Withers’ life with a classic album dissection of that record and review the latest from Phoebe Bridgers.

Jul 03, 2020
#761 Instant Commentaries & Opinions on Bob Dylan
00:55:30

Sometimes current events inspire urgent art. Jim and Greg share their favorite instant commentary tracks, songs that were published in a hurry in hopes of affecting change. Plus we review the latest from Bob Dylan.

Jun 26, 2020
#760 Best Albums of 2020...So Far
00:55:35

While the year is only half over, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot couldn’t wait until December to share their favorite albums. This week, Jim and Greg share their picks for the Best Albums of 2020 so far.

Jun 19, 2020
#759 Cover Songs, Opinions on Jehnny Beth & Remembering Jimmy Cobb
00:55:37

Jim and Greg discuss the value of cover songs and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock's most notable examples. Also, they review the debut solo album from artist Jehnny Beth and remember drummer Jimmy Cobb.

Jun 12, 2020
#758 Buried Treasures & Ask The Critics
00:55:29

Jim and Greg share some recent songs they're loving that are beneath the mainstream radar. They also answer some questions from listeners in another edition of Ask the Critics.

Jun 05, 2020
#757 Concerts That Shaped Us & Opinions On They Call Me Disco
00:55:30

In a time when most independent concert venues have a doubtful future, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot relive their favorite moments experienced at live concerts. They also review the new EP by rapper Ric Wilson and pay tribute to percussionist, Tony Allen.

May 29, 2020
#756 History in Songs & Best Coast
00:55:13

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks about historical figures, events and places. Plus, a conversation with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino about sobriety and how it has affected her music.

May 22, 2020
#755 Virtual Vacations, Mudhoney in Seattle, & RIP Little Richard
00:55:35

Jim and Greg take a virtual vacation via music! Tour guides including Kraftwerk, Spoon and A Tribe Called Quest will take you to Japan, India, Italy and more. Plus, they go on a real trip to Seattle to interview Mudhoney. And they remember Little Richard.

May 15, 2020
#754 God Save the Queens: Women in Hip-Hop, Opinions on Jason Isbell & Chicano Batman, Hamilton Bohannon
00:55:30

This week, Jim and Greg talk about the history of women in hip-hop, and how amazing MCs have been chronically undervalued since the beginning of the art form. They also review new records from Jason Isbell and Chicano Batman.

May 08, 2020
#753: Review Roundup, Bill Withers & the Red Sox Organist
00:55:29

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the new records from Fiona Apple, The Weeknd and more. They’ll hear how the Boston Red Sox's organist is keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, we bid farewell to Bill Withers.

Apr 30, 2020
#752 Buried Treasures & Sudan Archives
00:55:37

With nothing but time on our hands, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great new music beyond the FM dial and this week they share their latest finds. Plus we'll hear a live performance and interview with singer and violinist Sudan Archives.

Apr 24, 2020
#751 Rocking the Closet: Sexuality in Music, Opinions on Dua Lipa, Waxahatchee & Melkbelly
00:55:31

Back in the 1950s, artists like Little Richard and Liberace found unique ways to present their sexuality within the “acceptable” boundaries existing in society, and in many ways, pushed them. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a discussion about sexuality in music. They also review new albums by pop artist Dua Lipa and indie acts Waxahatchee and Melkbelly.

Apr 17, 2020
#750 Raphael Saadiq, Remembering John Prine
00:55:45

This week Sound Opinons welcomes prolific singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq. Perhaps most widely known as a member of the 1990s R&B band Tony! Toni! Toné!, he's also released five critically acclaimed solo albums, all the while producing notable work for others, including "Lady" by D'Angelo, and "Cranes In The Sky" by Solange. Plus, Jim and Greg bid farewell to legendary songwriter John Prine.

Apr 10, 2020
#749 Review Roundup & The Masked Marauders
00:54:56

Spring is here, and it's time to get caught up with some of the new releases of the season. From comeback kids to buzzworthy new artists, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. Plus, we revisit the "best" supergroup of all time 50 years later, The Masked Marauders.

Apr 03, 2020
#748 Social Distancing on the Desert Island, R.I.P. Singer and Songwriter Paul K.
00:55:30

In light of the global pandemic, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are encouraging listeners to practice social distancing. They'll be sharing a fresh batch of Desert Island Jukebox picks, music that seems particularly well suited to the moment we're in. Greg also bids farewell to the late singer and songwriter Paul K. of Paul K. & the Weathermen.

Mar 27, 2020
#747 Joni Mitchell's Blue
00:55:38

Almost 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released what became her signature album, Blue. The record is full of complex lyrics, gorgeous guitar and deeply personal themes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of Blue, sharing the context of the record, exploring its lasting impact and looking in depth at its impressive track list.

Mar 20, 2020
#746 OutKast's Stankonia & Caroline Polachek
00:55:34

After their third album went double-platnium, Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast let their creativity run wild on 2000's Stankonia. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of that landmark record. Plus, Caroline Polachek shares the song that got her into music as a career and Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox.

Mar 13, 2020
#745 Songs About Animals, Opinions on Tame Impala & Grimes
00:55:41

Outside of their natural habitats, you'll find animals all over music. From hound dogs to blackbirds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about animals. They also review new records from Tame Impala and Grimes, and Greg bids farewell to David Roback of Mazzy Star and the Rain Parade.

Mar 06, 2020
#744 Songs About Time, Ask the Critics Pt. 2
00:55:35

Let's "Rock Around the Clock" like Bill Haley told us to! 2020 is another leap year, Daylight Savings is around the corner and this week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore their favorite Songs About Time. They also answer more listener questions for another edition of Ask the Critics, ranging from their personal experiences making music to their biggest disagreements.

Feb 28, 2020
#743 Buried Treasures & Briston Maroney
00:55:16

It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! Plus, Jim takes a trip to the desert island jukebox to play a song he can't live without. Then, they hear from musician Briston Maroney about the song that got him Hooked On Sonics.

Feb 21, 2020
#742 Ask the Critics, Hologram Tours & Opinions on Wire
00:55:31

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot answer listener questions in a segment called Ask the Critics! They’ll give responses on subjects like musical taste, disagreements with each other and what it’s really like to be a professional critic. Plus, they’ll talk to music journalist Mark Binelli about the rise of deceased musician hologram tours. They also review the new album from English art rock band Wire.

Feb 14, 2020
#741 King Crimson, R.I.P. Andy Gill of Gang of Four
00:55:41

King Crimson is a legendary progressive rock band that has evolved through the decades in innovative, and sometimes surprising ways. This week, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis explore the constant evolution of the classic band that refuses to rest on its laurels. Plus, Jim and Greg pay tribute to Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, dead at the age of 64.

Feb 07, 2020
#740 Best Film Acting Performances By Musicians, Host of Slow Burn on the Muders of Tupac & Biggie
00:55:10

Over the years, several notable musicians have tried their hand at acting in movies, whether it’s playing a character or playing themselves. While the results are mixed, there have been a handful of great, pitch perfect performances. With the Oscars looming, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite acting performances by musicians in film. They’ll also talk with Joel Anderson, host of the third season of the podcast Slow Burn, which focuses on the murders of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

Jan 31, 2020
#739 Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Opinions on Drive-By Truckers & Torres
00:55:33

Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their sound, and for their groundbreaking glamour. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Mary Wilson of The Supremes about her days at Motown, and how the group became international ambassadors representing an entire community. Jim and Greg also review new records from the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers and indie singer-songwriter Torres.

Jan 24, 2020
#738 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, R.I.P. Neil Peart & Opinions on Beach Slang
00:55:42

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band's 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestrations and earnest lyrics, the album remains an enormous influence to this day. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of Pet Sounds. They also review the new album from punk band Beach Slang and bid farewell to Neil Peart of Rush.

Jan 17, 2020
#737 Buried Treasures & Folk Singer-Songwriter Joan Shelley
00:56:40

A new year calls for new tunes. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great new music beyond the FM dial and this week they share their latest finds. These artists might not be household names, but they're definitely worth adding to your collection. They'll also talk to folk singer-songwriter Joan Shelley about recording her latest album in Iceland and how her Louisville, Kentucky heritage manifests in her music.

Jan 10, 2020
#736 Songs About Pot, Rock Doctors & Angie McMahon
00:56:43

As of January 1, 2020, Illinois joins several states in legalizing recreational marijuana. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot acknowledge the numerous songs about weed and share some of their favorites. Plus, Jim and Greg are the rock doctors, finding walk up music for a martial artist. They also find out what unique song got singer-songwriter Angie McMahon hooked on sonics.

Jan 03, 2020
#735 Albums of the Decade, Greg's Mixtape, Juice WRLD & Roy Loney
00:56:27

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot close out 2019 and the 2010s by sharing some of their best albums of the decade. Then, Greg will share his annual mixtape and the hosts will discuss musicians the world lost this year, including rapper Juice WRLD and Flamin' Groovies lead singer Roy Loney.

Dec 27, 2019
#734 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2019 with Andy Cirzan
00:56:40

It's a holiday tradition on Sound Opinions to welcome weird wax aficionado Andy Cirzan to share his annual mix of tinsel-time tunes with us. He shares his bizarre holiday music finds and the stories behind them with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.

Dec 20, 2019
#733 The Best Albums of 2019
00:56:42

As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and listeners about their favorites.

Dec 13, 2019
#732 William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'N' Roll, Opinions on Leonard Cohen & Sudan Archives
00:56:42

Beat writer William S. Burroughs had a profound impact and interaction with rock and hip-hop music from the 1960s through his death in the late 1990s. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Casey Rae about his book on Burroughs and "the cult of Rock 'n' Roll." They also review new albums from Leonard Cohen and singer and violinist Sudan Archives.

Dec 06, 2019
#731 Thanksgiving Leftovers & DJ Shadow on Sampling
00:56:47

As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From chart-topping phenomenons to surprising archival finds, there was just too much music this year to cover it all as it happened. Plus, DJ Shadow explains how he found the sample for his latest single, "Rocket Fuel."

Nov 29, 2019
#730 Songs That Make You Cry, Opinions on The Replacements & FKA twigs
00:56:44

For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the songs that bring tears to their eyes. They also review something old and something new: they revisit The Replacements' album Don't Tell a Soul 30 years later and share their thoughts on the new record from FKA twigs.

Nov 22, 2019
#729 Buried Treasures & Bobby Rush
00:56:29

As we all settle in for the season, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot figure Sound Opinions listeners are ready for a playlist refresh. This week, they dip into the wealth of great new music beyond the FM dial and play you some Buried Treasures. These artists might not be household names, but they're definitely worth adding to your collection. Plus, blues legend Bobby Rush shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Nov 15, 2019
#728 Songs About the Radio & Opinions on Michael Kiwanuka
00:56:26

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot both fondly remember discovering new bands on their FM dials; and though there are many ways find new music, there's still a bit of magic to hearing a new favorite over the airwaves. To honor that legacy, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite radio-inspired tracks by artists like Wall of Voodoo and Donna Summer. Plus Jim and Greg review Kiwanuka, the latest album from English soul-folk artist Michael Kiwanuka.

Nov 08, 2019
#727 Janis Joplin, Opinions on Kanye West & Neil Young and Crazy Horse
00:56:42

Janis Joplin was known for her iconic singing voice, gregarious image and refusal to conform. But behind her chill, blues mama persona was an intellectual, intentional artist. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the life and career of Janis Joplin with author and biographer Holly George-Warren. They talk about the legacy of Joplin's music and identity almost 50 years after her tragic death. Jim and Greg will also review new albums from Kanye West and Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Nov 01, 2019
#726 Bands in Costume, Opinions on Battles & Farewell to Music Critic Nick Tosches
00:56:36

Rock and roll has never been purely about the music. The image a band puts forward can be almost as important as their songs. Some bands take it an extra step and make theatrical costumes an integral part of their act. In honor of Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite bands in costume. They also review the latest from rock band Battles and bid farewell to music journalist and biographer Nick Tosches.

Oct 25, 2019
#725 The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.
00:56:41

Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot serve up a classic album dissection for the deeply influential recording.

Oct 18, 2019
#724 Songs We Love By Bands We Don't, Opinions on Nick Cave & Farewell to Ginger Baker & Kim Shattuck
00:56:30

Have you ever listened to a song and loved it, only to find out it’s by an artist you can’t stand? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will explore the concept of great songs by horrible artists and share a few of their favorites. Plus they'll review Ghosteen from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and pay tribute to drummer Ginger Baker and The Muffs' Kim Shattuck.

Oct 11, 2019
#723 Family Bands & Opinions on Wilco
00:56:46

The family that plays together, stays together, right? If you‘ve ever traveled in a van with your mother, father, sister or brother, you know it's not that easy. From Sister Sledge to The Cowsills, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the great Family Bands that made it work. Plus, Jim and Greg review Ode To Joy, the latest album from alt-rock band Wilco.

Oct 04, 2019
#722 Fugazi's Repeater, Opinions on Psychedelic Country Artist Sturgill Simpson
00:56:30

Washington D.C. post-punk band Fugazi reshaped the definition of punk in America. Their 1990 debut album, Repeater, connected with a generation and eventually sold more than a million copies. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with founding member Ian MacKaye about the writing and recording of the album and its impact. Plus we review Sturgill Simpson's new album, Sound and Fury, and learn what song got a member of the band Dehd "Hooked on Sonics."

Sep 27, 2019
#721 Opinions on Tool, Lana Del Rey & More, Farewell to Ric Ocasek & Daniel Johnston
00:56:43

With an influx of new music, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot decide it's time for a review roundup. They share their opinions on records by Tool, Lana Del Rey, Common and more. They also pay tribute to the late Cars' frontman Ric Ocasek and solo artist Daniel Johnston.

Sep 20, 2019
#720 Buried Treasures & Peter Lewis of Moby Grape
00:56:12

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are always on the lookout for buried treasures - newly released music that is flying underneath the critical and commercial radar. They're back this week with some exciting new songs. Jim and Greg also talk with a member of a somewhat buried treasure act from the past, Peter Lewis of Moby Grape. They discuss ways the 1960s San Francisco group turned convention on its head and some of the bad luck that befell the band.

Sep 13, 2019
#719 James Alexander of the Bar-Kays & Favorite Bass Lines
00:56:28

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by legendary funk and R&B bassist James Alexander of the Bar-Kays. They discuss his early days as a pivotal part of the Stax Records house band in Memphis and the enduring legacy of 1971's Shaft Soundtrack, which featured the Bar-Kays as the backing band. Then, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite bass lines (as well as the songs' players). Bass players usually aren't the flashiest members of a band, but they're a pivotal part of its heartbeat.

Sep 06, 2019
#718 Whitney & Songs About Quitting Work
00:55:27

While critical and commercially successful “soft rock” music is rare in 2019, the Chicago band Whitney found a way to make it sound fresh and indie. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with the two main members of the band about how they came to their unique sound and their new album Forever Turned Around, released August 30th.

Aug 30, 2019
#717 Best Music Cameos & Opinions on Raphael Saadiq
00:56:42

Sometimes, all it takes for a song to go from good to great is the addition of a guest artist, whether it’s a rapper going in on the verse or a guitarist shredding a solo. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite musical cameos. They also review the latest from R&B singer Raphael Saadiq.

Aug 23, 2019
#716 The Mountain Goats, Opinions on Sleater-Kinney & The Regrettes
00:56:30

Over the course of 17 albums, The Mountain Goats have gone from a super lo-fi solo project to a polished four piece combo. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by the whole band for an exclusive performance and interview with songwriter John Darnielle and drummer Jon Wurster. They also review the new albums from Sleater-Kinney and The Regrettes.

Aug 16, 2019
#715 The Legend of Robert Johnson
00:56:28

For decades, the myths surrounding Robert Johnson overshadowed his contributions as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. From the legend that he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads to mystery surrounding his untimely death at age 27, the truths of Johnson’s life have remained untold. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with music historian Bruce Conforth about Johnson’s career, death and working to give the guitarist his identity back. They also share some of their favorite covers of Johnson's songs.

Aug 09, 2019
#714 Why the Ramones Matter, Tommy Ramone & Opinions on Chance the Rapper
00:56:40

Back in the 1970s, punk was shorthand for a subculture that took pride in breaking the mainstream’s mold. And at the vanguard of punk rock was The Ramones. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the cultural contributions of the band, beyond the myth, with the author of Why The Ramones Matter, Donna Gaines. Plus, they revisit their 2007 conversation with the late Tommy Ramone. They also review the latest from Chicago's Chance the Rapper.

Aug 02, 2019
#713 Australian Singer-Songwriter Julia Jacklin, Opinions on Blood Orange
00:56:43

While Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin’s voice has a soft vibrato and sweet tone, her lyrics are laced with a dry sense of humor and unflinching honesty. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Julia about her new album, the pressure to appear perfect on social media and how as a performer and woman she sets boundaries to stay sane. She also gives a live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago.

Jul 26, 2019
#712 Buried Treasures & Tasha
00:56:41

It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! They'll also chat with Chicago singer, songwriter and guitarist Tasha about her music, which champions marginalized people as well as prioritizes topics like self care.

Jul 19, 2019
#711 Marvin Gaye's What's Going On & the Wah-Wah Pedal
00:56:17

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on Marvin Gaye's classic album What's Going On. They discuss the tracks, cultural climate and overarching themes of the 1971 album, many of which are more relevant than ever today.

Jul 12, 2019
#710 Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Rust Never Sleeps on its 40th Anniversary, the Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar
00:56:43

Forty years later, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's masterpiece Rust Never Sleeps still captivates listeners and critics with its simple melodies, complex lyrics and punk-inspired sound. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the album's impact and how Young's blend of acoustic and electric made for an iconic musical experience. They'll also discuss the electric Rickenbacker 12-String guitar, an instrument that was featured prominently in songs by bands ranging from the Beatles to the Byrds.

Jul 05, 2019
#709 Music That Made Me & the Universal Music Warehouse Fire
00:56:45

Most music lovers can point to a song that made them: perhaps one that helps define them, or just one of those songs that defines a time in their life. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the music that made them. They also talk with music journalist Jody Rosen about his investigative article for The New York Times Magazine about the Universal Music Group Warehouse fire and the hundreds of thousands of master recordings that were lost.

Jun 28, 2019
#708 The Best Albums of 2019 So Far
00:56:41

So many great albums come out every year that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot can’t wait until December to start ranking their favorites. This week, the Best Albums of 2019 So Far.

Jun 21, 2019
#707 Roky Erickson, Dr. John & Jim DeRogatis on R. Kelly
00:56:32

Roky Erickson and his group the 13th Floor Elevators spread the psychedelic gospel in the heart of Texas in the 1960s and influenced groups like R.E.M. and ZZ Top. After a tumultuous life that included a long battle with schizophrenia, Roky died last month at 71. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute this week on Sound Opinions. Plus, Greg interviews Jim about what he learned about the nature of music in 19 years of investigating R. Kelly and they say goodbye to Dr. John.

Jun 14, 2019
#706 Mavis Staples
00:56:44

As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement and inspire generations. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their intimate discussion of her life and career as the gospel and soul legend approaches 80 years old.

Jun 07, 2019
#705 Buried Treasures & Ex Hex
00:56:38

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are ready and raring to go with some new buried treasures: recent, under-the-radar albums that you need to hear. They also talk with the rock trio Ex Hex, led by Mary Timony, about their new record, plus the group gives a live performance.

May 31, 2019
#704 De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising & Opinions on The National
00:56:36

In the digital age, most of us assume that every piece of music that ever was is available at the push of a button. But this week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot bring us a Classic Album Dissection of a recording that, despite its significance, is unavailable on digital platforms: De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising. They discuss the making of the groundbreaking hip-hop album, its importance, and why this classic is so hard to hear today. Plus, Jim and Greg review I Am Easy To Find, the latest album from indie rockers The National.

May 24, 2019
#703 Paisley Underground, The Shangri-Las' Leader of the Pack & Opinions on Tacocat
00:56:43

In early '80s California, a new kind of music was brewing that blended the psychedelic sounds of the ‘60s with the modern day post-punk ethos. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the Paisley Underground movement. They’ll discuss the prominent bands like The Bangles, explore what made the scene so special and explain its impact on indie rock. Jim and Greg will also look back at the 1964 hit by The Shangri-Las, "Leader of the Pack," for its 55th anniversary. Plus, they'll review the new record from the colorful Seattle punk band Tacocat.

May 17, 2019
#702 Sharon Van Etten & Opinions on Jamila Woods
00:56:44

Edgy folk-rocker Sharon Van Etten is busier than ever after quitting the music industry four years ago. Now she’s back and experimenting with new sounds, like the vintage synthesizer that lives in her New York City rehearsal space. Sharon joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and performance of music from her latest release, Remind Me Tomorrow. They also review the new record from Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods.

May 10, 2019
#701 Band Reunions, Opinions on Vampire Weekend
00:56:42

Summer is coming…and that means a slew of music festivals and arena concerts around the country. Many bands hit the road for reunion tours, often times without all their original members. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore whether or not it’s sacrilegious to see a band missing its key original members. They’ll also share some of their favorite band reunions, ones that lived up to or even surpassed the originals. Plus, a review of the latest from Vampire Weekend.

May 03, 2019
#700 Sound Opinions in Space, Opinions on Lizzo & Emily King
00:56:40

For Sound Opinions' 700th episode, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are taking the show to outer space! They'll share some of their favorite songs about space in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Plus, Jim and Greg review Cuz I Love You, the latest from hip hop and r&b artist Lizzo, and pop/soul singer-songwriter Emily King talks about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

Apr 26, 2019
#699 Moby, Opinions on Nico Segal's Intellexual
00:56:09

Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. He’s since made several successful albums and put out his first memoir, Porcelain, in 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their 2016 conversation with Moby in honor of his latest memoir, Then It Fell Apart.They also review the debut album from the group Intellexual, made up of frequent Chance the Rapper collaborators Nico Segal and Nate Fox.

Apr 19, 2019
#698 Buried Treasures, Rock Doctors, Opinions on Marvin Gaye
00:56:41

As music critics and connoisseurs, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot always have new under-the-radar tracks that you need to hear! This week, they’ll share some of their latest buried treasures. They'll also check in as the Rock Doctors to give some musical advice to a patient in need, as well as share their thoughts on the recent posthumous release by Marvin Gaye.

Apr 12, 2019
#697 Shoegaze & Opinions on Priests
00:56:27

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into "Shoegaze." In the late '80s and early '90s, this sound developed in the U.K. and was typified by lots of guitar, atmosphere and noise. But while the height of Shoegaze only lasted a few years, its influence looms large today. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new album from Priests and learn what song got David Bazan "Hooked on Sonics."

Apr 05, 2019
#696 True Crime Songs, Opinions on Jenny Lewis & Sara Romweber
00:56:01

There's a long tradition of blues and folk troubadours writing about subjects that are downright criminal. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about true crime, or at least allegedly true crimes, that have been immortalized in song. Plus, a review of the latest from singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, and a remembrance of drummer Sara Romweber.

Mar 29, 2019
#695 Alternative Country Singer-Songwriter Sarah Shook & SXSW 2019
00:56:30

Sarah Shook is an artist expertly bridging the worlds of punk grime and honky tonk played on sawdust floors. But it's her smart, pithy lyrics about love that grip listeners and don't let go. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot chat with country singer-songwriter Sarah Shook about her musical journey, activism and her latest record, Years. Also, Greg will return from the South By Southwest music conference with a report on some of his new favorite bands.

Mar 22, 2019
#694 The Best of Sound Opinions Live & Hal Blaine
00:55:50

Over the years, Sound Opinions has seen many great performances from the talented artists and bands that appeared. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the biggest performances ever on the show, including artists like Wilco, Common and Cheap Trick. They'll also bid farewell to legendary session drummer Hal Blaine, who died at age 90.

Mar 15, 2019
#693 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Chaka Khan & Solange
00:56:22

This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some Buried Treasures, musical gems that you may not have heard, but certainly should. Plus, the hosts review the latest releases from soul legend Chaka Khan and singer Solange.

Mar 08, 2019
#692 The Stooges' Fun House and Remembering Talk Talk's Mark Hollis
00:56:53

In a Classic Album Dissection, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine The Stooges' Fun House record from 1970. The album brought together garage rock, rhythm and blues and free jazz, setting a template for the punk revolution to come. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton talks about the album as well as producer Don Gallucci, whose unorthodox studio technique is credited with capturing the singular sound of The Stooges.

Mar 01, 2019
#691 The Story of Blues Label Alligator Records & Conversation with Buddy Guy
00:56:37

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history and legacy of the almost 50-year-old Chicago blues label, Alligator Records, with its founder Bruce Iglauer. They'll talk to him about his new book Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story and discuss some of the landmark artists who came through, from Koko Taylor to Albert Collins. Jim and Greg will also revisit an interview they did with Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy.

Feb 22, 2019
#690 Songs About Writers, Opinions on Bob Mould & Sneaks
00:56:39

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore literature’s influence on popular music and how famous scribes like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more get name drops. They'll share some of their favorite songs about writers. They'll also review the latest from rocker Bob Mould and techno-indie artist Sneaks.

Feb 15, 2019
#689 Walk This Way: The Story of Run-DMC's Collaboration With Aerosmith, Opinions on Emily King
00:56:44

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Geoff Edgers about his 2019 book Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever. They discuss how Run-DMC's 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith came about and its impact. Plus, a review of soulful singer-songwriter Emily King's latest album, Scenery.

Feb 08, 2019
#688 Weird Instruments of Rock, Opinions on Maggie Rogers & Sharon Van Etten
00:56:43

Forget about the guitar, bass, and drums. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore some of the weirder instruments of rock from the theremin to the ocarina to the cowbell. They'll also review new music from two singer-songwriters: the debut album from Maggie Rogers and the latest from Sharon Van Etten.

Feb 01, 2019
#687 Buried Treasures & Chicago Soul Band The O'My's
00:56:33

Looking for some exciting new music to augment your 2019 playlist? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their latest Buried Treasures: favorite under-the-radar records that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg are joined by the Chicago soul band The O'My's at the Goose Island Tap Room. The group's latest album, Tomorrow, pushes its soulful sound into fresh, forward-leaning territory.

Jan 25, 2019
#686 Revolver Cover Artist and Bassist Klaus Voormann, The Artist vs. the Art
00:56:21

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot sit down with artist and musician Klaus Voormann. Klaus shares his unique vantage point to rock and roll history: he designed the cover artwork for The Beatles’ album, Revolver, lived with George and Ringo and was a session bassist on many iconic albums in the 1970s including Imagine, All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band. Also in the light of the recent R. Kelly docu-series, the hosts revisit their discussion about the artist vs. the art: whether art can be evaluated separately from the artist's ethics.

Jan 18, 2019
#685 Great Starts - Songs With Iconic Beginnings
00:56:37