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 Jul 25, 2021


 Aug 7, 2019

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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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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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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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Featured Songs:

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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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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Featured Songs:

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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Featured Songs:

 

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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Featured Songs:

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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Featured Songs:

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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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

Sometimes songs make a strong, memorable statement from the very first note. This week, to start off the new year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share songs with iconic starts.

Jan 11, 2019
#684 Great Duets & Writer Malcolm Gladwell
00:56:18

There’s something about two performers, sometimes from different styles and points of view, coming together and creating a musical moment. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite duets. They'll also interview author Malcolm Gladwell and journalist Bruce Headlam from the Broken Record podcast.

Jan 04, 2019
#683 Jim & Greg's 2018 Mixtapes & In Memoriam
00:56:35

Sound Opinions closes out 2018 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in 2018.

Dec 28, 2018
#682 Rush & Paying Tribute to Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks
00:56:22

Famous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult following. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the band's remarkable 40 plus-year career. Jim and Greg will also say farewell to the leader of the punk band the Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley, who died earlier in December at age 63.

Dec 21, 2018
#681 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular
00:56:39

Whether you've been naughty or nice, Sound Opinions has a new sack full of holiday music for you. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome back record crate explorer and Christmas music aficionado Andy Cirzan for our annual Holiday Spectacular. This year, Andy celebrates his 30th season of hunting for Christmas music you'll hear nowhere else!

Dec 14, 2018
#680 The Best Albums of 2018
00:56:16

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite albums of 2018. They also hear picks from Sound Opinions producers and listeners.

Dec 07, 2018
#679 Singer-Songwriter Amanda Shires & Opinions on Anderson .Paak & Art Brut
00:56:35

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a conversation with country singer-songwriter Amanda Shires at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago. They discuss her literary lyrics, her latest album To The Sunset and how becoming a mom has influenced her art. She'll also perform live. Jim and Greg will also review new albums from hip hop artist Anderson .Paak and indie rock band Art Brut.

Nov 30, 2018
#678 Astral Weeks 50th Anniversary & Guest Desert Island Jukebox
00:56:36

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct an Album Dissection of Van Morrison's 1968 classic Astral Weeks. The landmark release celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Then, we hear from recent Sound Opinions guests about their Desert Island Jukebox picks... Tracks they can't live without.

Nov 23, 2018
#677 Buried Treasures & Dad Rap
00:56:23

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, Jim and Greg talk with author Steven Hyden about the parallels between "Dad Rock" bands and "Dad Rap" stars.

Nov 16, 2018
#676 Lennon v. McCartney Solo Careers & Opinions on Vince Staples & Makaya McCraven
00:56:38

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the post-Beatles careers of John Lennon and Paul McCartney... The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new release from rapper Vince Staples and a hip-hop infused jazz album from drummer Makaya McCraven.

Nov 09, 2018
#675 21st Century Protest Music & Opinions on Robyn
00:56:49

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the impact of protest music in the 21st century and name a few of their favorite tracks from the genre from the last 18 years. They also review Robyn's new album, Honey, and Greg chooses a favorite song to add to the Desert Island Jukebox.

Nov 02, 2018
#674 Scary Songs For Halloween & Opinions on Greta Van Fleet
00:56:34

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate Halloween this week with a few of their favorite genre-spanning scary songs. Plus, we hear a selection of scary tunes nominated by listeners from around the country. They'll also give their opinions on the debut album from rock band Greta Van Fleet.

Oct 26, 2018
#673 Film & T.V. Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs, Opinions on Prince & Sam Phillips
00:56:44

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Emmy-winning music supervisor Susan Jacobs. Over her 30 year career, she's worked with directors like Spike Lee, David O. Russell and Robert Altman on placing music within movies. Most recently, she made the jump to television with HBO's Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies. Jim and Greg talk to Susan about the effects of great music on screen and how she convinced Led Zeppelin to let her expertly use the band's music in Sharp Objects. They'll also review new albums from Prince and singer-songwriter Sam Phillips.

Oct 19, 2018
#672 Buried Treasures & Beatles Audio Engineer Geoff Emerick
00:56:37

It's Buried Treasures time yet again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some new under-the-radar music that you need to hear! Plus, they revisit their 2006 conversation with Geoff Emerick, an audio engineer who worked on the classic Beatles albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road. Emerick passed away this month at the age of 72.

Oct 12, 2018
#671 Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Opinions on Noname & Otis Rush
00:56:44

As the lead guitarist of the groundbreaking political rock band the MC5, Wayne Kramer experienced both the highs of recognition and the sting of defeat. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Kramer 50 years after the band's iconic debut Kick Out the Jams. They chat about his new memoir, the '60s Detroit rock scene and discuss his experiences with overcoming drug abuse and jail time. Jim and Greg will also review the new album from hip hop artist Noname and pay tribute to the late Chicago blues legend Otis Rush.

Oct 05, 2018
#670 Diss Tracks & Rock Doctors
00:56:46

Though music can be a mighty force that brings people together, it can also be weaponized. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at memorable times musicians have used their art to settle scores in song: their favorite diss tracks of all time. They also bring back the Rock Doctors segment to help a mom find songs that empower her son without toxic masculinity. Basically the polar opposite of diss tracks.

Sep 28, 2018
#669 Dessa & Opinions on Paul McCartney
00:56:46

Dessa is a poet, singer and hip hop artist who is as interested in scientific theory as she is in lyricism. Her latest album, Chime, showcases her unique hybrid of clever rapping and singing about sometimes weighty issues. Dessa joined hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot at the Goose Island Tap Room for a conversation and a live performance. Plus, Jim and Greg review Sir Paul McCartney's latest, Egypt Station.

Sep 21, 2018
#668 Disco & Seymour Stein
00:56:43

For decades, people have maligned disco music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take an in-depth look at the genre from its origins in marginalized communities to its height of popularity. They'll also explore groundbreaking artists like Sylvester, the Bee Gees and more. Also, Greg talks to Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein about signing acts like the Ramones and Madonna.

Sep 14, 2018
#667 Buried Treasures & Bat Fangs
00:56:30

Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: under the radar tunes that you need to hear! They also interview the '80s hair metal-inspired band Bat Fangs.

Sep 07, 2018
#666 Mastodon's Brann Dailor & Songs About the Devil
00:56:37

Over seven albums and 18 years, Mastodon has stretched the definition of metal. Co-founder, drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor recently joined hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to look back over the band’s career. The conversation ranges from forming in Atlanta to coping with personal tragedy through music. They also couldn’t resist asking how the heck they wound up as wildlings on Game of Thrones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite songs about the devil.

Aug 31, 2018
#665 Billions Co-Creator & Screenwriter Brian Koppelman, Opinions on The Coup & Amanda Shires
00:56:44

Brian Koppelman makes his living as the showrunner, co-creator and writer for the Showtime series Billions. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Koppelman about how he innovatively uses music in the critically acclaimed show. They also discuss his past career as an A&R executive, where he discovered artists like singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. They'll also review the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film Sorry to Bother You and the new release from country artist Amanda Shires.

Aug 24, 2018
#664 Remembering Aretha Franklin
00:56:48

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at age 76. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and career of the legend. They'll discuss her discography, music activism and impact.

Aug 17, 2018
#663 Roxy Music
00:56:49

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig into Roxy Music's influential 1972 self-titled debut album. They get the inside story of the recording of Roxy Music with former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, and discuss the album's lasting impact.

Aug 10, 2018
#662 Sound Opinions at Sea & Phoebe Bridgers
00:56:42

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the show to the water with the episode Sound Opinions at Sea! They'll share some of their favorite songs about oceans, seas and more! Plus, a conversation and live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago with singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.

Aug 03, 2018
#661 Alice Cooper, Opinions on Chance the Rapper & Deafheaven
00:55:43

Alice Cooper invented shock-rock in the 1970s, sparking controversy with his ghoulishly theatrical live shows and hard rock hits like "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen." Alice Cooper joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a career-spanning conversation. They'll also review new music from Chance the Rapper and Deafheaven.

Jul 27, 2018
#660 PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake
00:56:44

PJ Morton is an indie soul artist that just happens to be in Maroon 5, one of the biggest pop groups in the country. But his solo sound is light years away from Top 40 R&B, blending his New Orleans gospel roots with strains of Stevie Wonder. PJ joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Plus, Jim and Greg discuss the cultural zeitgeist which is rapper Drake's latest album.

Jul 20, 2018
#659 Buried Treasures & MSNBC's Ari Melber
00:56:30

It's time yet again for Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to open their treasure chests and reveal relatively unknown new albums YOU need to hear! They'll also talk to the host of MSNBC's The Beat, Ari Melber, about his love for rap music and how he integrates it into his political coverage.

Jul 13, 2018
#658 Sound Opinions LIVE
00:56:45

So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to air every song. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from artists like Beach Slang and Arcade Fire. Plus, they unearth even more favorite performances from our archive.

Jul 06, 2018
#657 Best Albums of 2018 So Far
00:56:36

The year is half over and we think it's time to share some of our favorite albums of 2018 so far! Find out what albums hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have at the top of their lists, plus hear from some listeners.

Jun 29, 2018
#656 Hinds & Opinions on Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Parquet Courts & More
00:56:23

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with two members of the Spanish women rock band Hinds about their unique take on punk rock and how they've reached fans in America and the U.K. Also, with an influx of new releases, it’s time for a review round-up! Jim and Greg give their opinions on new albums from Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Neko Case and Parquet Courts.

Jun 22, 2018
#655 Margo Price & Anthony Bourdain
00:56:51

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by country singer-songwriter Margo Price. Price is signed to Jack White's Third Man Records, and her sound is a blend of outlaw country and roots music. A natural born storyteller, Price joined the hosts for an interview and performance. Plus, Jim and Greg revisit their interview with world traveler and chef Anthony Bourdain, who we lost recently. He was 61.

Jun 15, 2018
#654 Joni Mitchell's Blue
00:56:43

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.

Jun 08, 2018
#653 Anxious Anthems & Leon Bridges
00:56:42

Forget “Keep Calm and Carry On.” This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play their favorite Anxious Anthems. Then, they chat with some listeners to hear what songs make them nervous. Plus, the hosts sit down with soul singer Leon Bridges. Leon's latest album, Good Thing, marks his transition into an adventurous new sound. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support

Jun 01, 2018
#652 Give the Drummer Some
00:56:36

What role do drums play in Rock? Should that 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 DeRogatis and Greg Kot focus on the contributions of drummers to rock music with drummer Joe Wong. Wong also hosts a podcast on drummers called The Trap Set. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support

May 25, 2018
#651 John Prine, Opinions on Courtney Barnett & Scott Hutchison
00:56:43

For the last 50 years, John Prine has garnered a multi-generational fan base through his nuanced storytelling as a songwriter and performer. The balance of humor, plain language and reality in his music is what makes him stand out in the genres of folk, country and beyond. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Prine about starting his own independent label, working with Phil Spector and his writing process. Plus, the hosts review the latest album from Courtney Barnett and pay tribute to the late Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support

May 18, 2018
#650 Buried Treasures & Guest Desert Island Jukebox
00:56:33

Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into their piles and piles of new music to bring you their latest favorites. Plus, some of our favorite musicians tell us about the songs they'd want with them if they were stranded on a desert island. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support

May 11, 2018
#649 Slayer, Opinions on Janelle Monáe & Liz Phair
00:56:15

With Slayer's farewell tour approaching, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their interview with two members of the iconic thrash metal band - drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Kerry King. They discuss their signature breakneck song pace, favorite moments in the group and working with hip hop producer Rick Rubin. They'll also review the new album from Janelle Monáe and review Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville for its 25th anniversary.

May 04, 2018
#648 Songs About Horses, Opinions on Lucy Dacus & Torres
00:56:21

And they're off! In honor of the Kentucky Derby, it seemed like the perfect time to explore a relatively common theme in music - horses. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss why these majestic animals cross genres from soul to rock and roll. They’ll also share some of their favorite tracks about stallions, mares, ponies and more. Plus, they'll review the sophomore album from indie singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus and artist Torres shares what song got her Hooked on Sonics.

Apr 27, 2018
#647 Jason Isbell & Opinions on Cardi B
00:56:26

For country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell's latest record, "The Nashville Sound," he wrote about his role as a father and an artist in today's America. It ended up being his most political album yet, addressing issues like white privilege and working class frustrations. Jason joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about songwriting, ethics, sobriety, and performs a special acoustic set. Plus, the hosts review the debut studio album from rap sensation Cardi B.

Apr 20, 2018
#646 The Legend of Captain Beefheart, Opinions on Kacey Musgraves & Sarah Shook
00:56:25

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the legend of Captain Beefheart, a musician with a larger-than-life personality who blurred the lines of music, art and noise. Also, they talk with longtime Captain Beefheart collaborator Gary Lucas and share their thoughts on why Beefheart's music, however difficult, is of value. Plus, the hosts review new albums from country artists Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Shook.

Apr 13, 2018
#645 The Regrettes, Buried Treasures & Frank Turner
00:56:44

The Regrettes are a young band that blends 1960s girl group sensibilities with the edge of Bikini Kill. Their debut album, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! was a Best of 2017 pick for both Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. The Regrettes joined Greg for a performance and conversation. Also, Jim and Greg share more of their buried treasures- bands flying under the radar that you need to hear! Plus, Frank Turner on the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Apr 06, 2018
#644 Exile on Main St.
00:56:23

Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot serve up a classic album dissection for the deeply influential recording.

Mar 30, 2018
#643 SXSW 2018
00:55:39

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot make their annual pilgrimage to the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. They'll report on some of their new favorite bands that music lovers need to hear.

Mar 23, 2018
#642 Songs About the Music Industry & Antibalas
00:56:21

What happens when artists take a look inward at the music business? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play the best Songs About the Music Industry. Then, they sit down with the dynamic Antibalas!

Mar 16, 2018
#641 Buried Treasures & A Giant Dog
00:56:18

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig up some buried treasures - albums that aren't yet in the mainstream but that deserve some more attention. Plus, cult rock outfit A Giant Dog join them for an interview and performance.

Mar 09, 2018
#640 Best Movie Soundtracks Pt. 2 & Opinions on the Black Panther Soundtrack
00:56:24

A film's soundtrack can be as memorable as its visuals. So as this awards season winds down, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick some of their favorite film soundtracks. Plus, they'll review the soundtrack to the movie Black Panther, and we hear about what got latin electronic artist Helado Negro into music.

Mar 02, 2018
#639 Don Was, Opinions on Superchunk & Dessa
00:56:28

Don Was is a bassist in the band Was (Not Was), a successful music producer for artists like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the president of legendary jazz label Blue Note Records. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick the brain of the multi-talented Don Was about his influences, what he looks for in an artist and what he loves about music. Plus, Jim and Greg review new albums from indie rock band Superchunk and rapper Dessa.

Feb 23, 2018
#638 Sir the Baptist & Opinions on MGMT
00:56:26

In many ways, Chicago artist and producer Sir the Baptist is a chaplain in the R&B scene. He creates hip hop infused music that bridges the gap between his gospel roots and the world around him. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Sir about making music with a message, plus he performs in studio with a 10-piece band. Jim and Greg will also review the new album from MGMT.

Feb 16, 2018
#637 "I Want You Back" Songs for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Justin Timberlake
00:56:36

When candy, flowers, and love notes fail to woo your sweetie back, there's only one thing left to do: stake out under a window, hold up that boom box and blast an “I Want You Back” song. This Valentine’s Day, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present their favorite pleading songs. Plus, they'll review the new album from Justin Timberlake.

Feb 09, 2018
#636 Cover Songs, Opinions on First Aid Kit & Mark E. Smith
00:56:21

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to author Ray Padgett about his book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. They discuss the roots of the term "cover" and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock's most notable examples, from Elvis's rendition of "Hound Dog" to the Feelies doing the Rolling Stones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite cover songs. Plus, a review of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and a remembrance of Mark E. Smith of The Fall.

Feb 02, 2018
#635 Vic Mensa, Opinions on tUnE-yArDs, Dolores O'Riordan & Hugh Masekela
00:56:37

On his debut record, The Autobiography, Vic Mensa raps about his life growing up on the South Side of Chicago. With a confessional tone, he explores topics like community, violence, drugs, and racism. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Mensa about his influences, his struggles and the experience of growing up “five blocks from the projects and five blocks from Obama’s house." Plus, they review the latest album from tUnE-yArDs and Jim pays tribute to the late Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries and Greg bids farewell to South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela.

Jan 26, 2018
#634 New Wave & Alison Moyet
00:59:00

Jim and Greg talk to Lori Majewski about her book "Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s", co-written with Jonathan Bernstein. In it, the authors reveal why New Wave caught on so strongly with pop fans and the media, especially post-punk in the U.K. Plus, an interview with Alison Moyet, an English singer-songwriter that came up in the New Wave scene, and is still making waves musically.

Jan 19, 2018
#633 Iron & Wine and Opinions on Jeff Rosenstock
00:56:09

Sam Beam has been releasing his signature indie folk records under the moniker Iron & Wine for over 15 years. His 2017 effort, Beast Epic, returns to his stripped down, acoustic roots. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview Sam Beam at the Goose Island Barrelhouse and they talk about his sound, collaborations and fatherhood. He also delivers a performance in front of a live audience. Plus, a review of the new album by punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock.

Jan 12, 2018
#632 Alex Cox & Opinions on N.E.R.D.
00:58:34

Few filmmakers have embodied the punk aesthetic like Alex Cox. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the classic LA punk soundtrack to Repo Man, the making of the Sex Pistols biopic Sid and Nancy, and his fruitful collaborations with Joe Strummer. Plus, a review of the new album from Pharrell Williams's side project N.E.R.D.

Jan 05, 2018
#631 Mixtapes 2017 & Musical In Memoriam
00:58:34

As 2017 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present DJ sets full of some of their favorite songs of the year. They'll also pay tribute to some of the musicians who died in 2017.

Dec 29, 2017
#630 Bob Ezrin & Amber Mark
00:58:34

Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer," has been behind the boards for many blockbuster epic albums over the years. He shares stories with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about working on classic albums by Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Peter Gabriel. Plus, up-and-coming R&B singer Amber Mark shares the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

Dec 22, 2017
#629 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2017
00:58:34

It's time again for the annual Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.

Dec 15, 2017
#628 Rock Criticism with Jonathan Lethem, Mavis Staples & Björk
00:58:34

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot indulge this week in a deep look at their own profession: rock criticism. They're joined by novelist Jonathan Lethem, co-editor of a new anthology of rock criticism, who makes the case for music journalism as great American writing. Plus, they look at the life and career of legendary critic Lester Bangs and review new albums from Chicago gospel legend Mavis Staples and Icelandic multimedia artist Björk.

Dec 08, 2017
#627 The Best Albums of 2017
00:58:34

2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their lists of the Best Albums of 2017.

Dec 01, 2017
#626 Songs of Thanks, the Bass VI & Rise Against's Tim McIlrath
00:58:34

Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to reflect on the past year and give thanks. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs that say "thank you." Plus, the story of the twangy guitar-bass hybrid instrument known as the Bass VI, and Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Nov 24, 2017
#625 Al Green's The Belle Album & Opinions on Taylor Swift
00:58:34

Al Green sang some of the most acclaimed soul records of the 1970s. So when he decided to leave it all behind for the church, many questioned why. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss Al Green's life and his pivotal transitional record, The Belle Album, with biographer Jimmy McDonough. Plus, a review of new music from Taylor Swift.

Nov 17, 2017
#624 Ted Leo & Opinions on Shamir
00:58:35

After a seven year gap, veteran rocker Ted Leo has expanded his sonic palette with his latest solo record, The Hanged Man. Written in the wake of emotional and financial turmoil, the album is perhaps his most personal work to date. Ted Leo joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in front of an audience at the Goose Island Tap Room for an interview and intimate solo performance. Plus, a review of the new album from eclectic Las Vegas singer-songwriter Shamir.

Nov 10, 2017
#623 Buried Treasures & Ron Gallo
00:58:34

Each season, there's a few highly anticipated albums with a ton of buzz behind them. Then there are other deserving records that won't get that kind of attention. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their latest batch of Buried Treasures: hidden musical gems that everyone ought to hear. Plus, a conversation and live performance from Philadelphia indie rocker Ron Gallo.

Nov 03, 2017
#622 Musical Costumes, Fats Domino & Gord Downie
00:58:34

Halloween is all about being someone else for a night – and musicians like to put on costumes, too. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite examples of artists temporarily donning a musical costume and performing in a different style under a fake name. Plus, they pay tribute to rock 'n' roll founder Fats Domino. And Toronto Star critic Ben Rayner remembers Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip.

Oct 27, 2017
#621 Julie Klausner, Beck, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
00:58:34

As creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed TV comedy Difficult People, Julie Klausner not only crafts the show's jokes but also guides its soundtrack. This week, she joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a hilarious discussion of the show's music and her own musical tastes, and she even attempts to win them over to musical theatre. Plus, Jim and Greg review a new album from Beck and a collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

Oct 20, 2017
#620 Jamila Woods, St. Vincent & Judy Collins
00:58:34

On her debut album HEAVN, Jamila Woods contrasts weighty issues like police violence and the invisibility of black women with a breezy musical touch. The Chicago-based poet, singer, and songwriter joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and performance. Plus, a review of the new album from St. Vincent, and folk legend Judy Collins tells us about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

Oct 13, 2017
#619 Remembering Tom Petty
00:58:49

Tom Petty was a master of the perfect three-chord pop song and an icon of American music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to the late Florida rocker. They discuss Petty's tremendous songwriting gifts and revisit their 2003 interview with him on Sound Opinions.

Oct 06, 2017
#618 Mavis Staples, Pt. 2, Protomartyr & Charles Bradley
00:58:49

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples. She speaks about her role on the front line of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the Staple Singers and recounts a harrowing story of touring through the Jim Crow South. Plus, a review of the latest from Protomartyr, and a tribute to the late soul singer Charles Bradley.

Sep 29, 2017
#617 Live on Sound Opinions & Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü
00:58:49

So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to air every song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from guests like Courtney Barnett, Drive-By Truckers, and more. Plus, a tribute to Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü.

Sep 22, 2017
#616 Late Bloomers, Filthy Friends & Little Dragon
00:58:49

Some say that making music is a young person's game, but several artists beg to differ. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite "late blooming" musicians - artists that didn't achieve success or even start music until later in life. Plus, the debut album from rock supergroup Filthy Friends, and the song that got Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon Hooked on Sonics.

Sep 15, 2017
#615 The Artist vs. the Art, The National, Queens of the Stone Age & Walter Becker
00:58:49

Should we hold up a musician's output to a moral standard? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about whether art can be evaluated separately from the artist's ethics. Plus, reviews of new releases by The National and Queens of the Stone Age, and tributes to Walter Becker of Steely Dan, and Holger Czukay of the influential "Krautrock" group Can.

Sep 08, 2017
#614 Back-to-School Songs & Opinions on LCD Soundystem and Van Hunt
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The beginning of September means students return to the classroom. Whether you're excited to be back to school or the very thought inspires dread and anxiety, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have put together a playlist to ease back to the grind. Plus, they review albums by LCD Soundsystem and Van Hunt.

Sep 01, 2017
#613 Melvins & Billy Bragg on Skiffle
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The Melvins were an inspiration to the '90s alternative explosion, but the band's unclassifiable sound and uncommercial stance set them apart. In a frank discussion with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, the Melvins reflect on their career and bust myths about the grunge scene. Plus, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg makes the case for the 1950s skiffle craze as the origin of guitar rock and punk sensibilities in the UK.

Aug 25, 2017
#612 One-Person Bands & Opinions on Randy Newman & Downtown Boys
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Certain artists are perfectionists at heart, and if you want something done right, do it yourself. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite One-Person Bands – artists who have recorded albums playing all the instruments themselves. Plus, reviews of the latest from legendary songwriter Randy Newman and Rhode Island punk band Downtown Boys.

Aug 18, 2017
#611 Steve Earle, Glen Campbell & Opinions on Vic Mensa
00:58:49

Over his decades long career, Steve Earle has been many things - songwriter, novelist, actor, activist. But for his latest record, So You Wannabe An Outlaw, he went back to the foundation he started from: outlaw country. Steve joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about about those early influences and how he sees his duty as a songwriter. Plus, he performs a special solo set in front of a live audience at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago. Plus, a review of the debut album from Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and a tribute to the late Glen Campbell.

Aug 11, 2017
#610 Buried Treasures & the Wah-Wah Pedal
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If you're looking for something new to round out your summer playlist, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. They'll dig out some buried treasures - albums not yet in the mainstream but deserve some more attention. Plus, an in-depth look at the history of the wah-wah pedal.

Aug 04, 2017
#609 Penelope Spheeris & Opinions on Arcade Fire
00:58:49

Penelope Spheeris has directed some of the most influential movies about music of all time, from Wayne's World to all three installments of The Decline of Western Civilization films. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Penelope about the 25th anniversary of Wayne's World, her fascinating path as a director, and the legacy of her films. Plus, a review of the new album from Arcade Fire.

Jul 28, 2017
#608 Fantasy Songs, Slowdive & Opinions on Public Enemy
00:58:49

The fantasy powerhouse Game of Thrones is returning for its penultimate season. With dragons, knights, and magic on their minds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play their favorite songs about fantasy worlds. Plus, a review of the latest from hip-hop stalwarts Public Enemy, and Neil Halstead of Slowdive shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Jul 21, 2017
#607 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 2) & She-Devils
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In part two of our series 1977: The Year Punk Broke, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at the punk movement stateside with music writer Ira Robbins. They discuss how The Ramones, Talking Heads, and the rest of the CBGB scene inspired generations of artists. Plus, an interview and live performance from Montreal electronic duo She-Devils.

Jul 14, 2017
#606 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 1), Opinions on Fleet Foxes, and Jody Stephens
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In part one of our two-part series on the historic year 1977, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the punk explosion in the UK with music writer Jon Savage. They discuss important British bands like The Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols and The Clash and what made them so influential. Plus, they'll review the new record from indie folk band Fleet Foxes, and Big Star's Jody Stephens shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Jul 07, 2017
#605 World Tour – New Zealand & Opinions on Lorde
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The Sound Opinions World Tour rolls along, making its next stop in beautiful New Zealand. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual trip to the other side of the world to explore the best of kiwi music, focusing on the influential jangly pop movement known as the Dunedin Sound. Plus, they review the sophomore album from New Zealand's biggest pop star, Lorde.

Jun 30, 2017
#604 Best Albums of 2017...So Far
00:58:49

There are still six months of 2017 left, but there are already lots of contenders for album of the year. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorites of the year...so far. Plus, we hear picks from Sound Opinions listeners.

Jun 23, 2017
#603 Musical Road Trip & Opinions on Chuck Berry
00:58:34

Summer is upon us so that means one thing: road trip! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual cross-country drive playing their favorite songs about American cities, states, and regions from coast-to-coast. Plus, they review the posthumous album from rock and roll legend Chuck Berry.

Jun 16, 2017
#602 Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Benmont Tench, Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary & Opinions on Benjamin Booker
00:58:49

Keyboard player Benmont Tench was instrumental in the formation of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1976. He's also had a fruitful career as a consummate sideman and session musician, working with artists like Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, U2, Johnny Cash, and more. Tench joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for some lively conversation about his successful career in music. Plus, a reappraisal of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as it turns 50, and a review of the new album from soul-rocking singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker.

Jun 09, 2017
#601 Jack White & The History of the Rickenbacker 12-String
00:58:34

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their conversation with the hardest working man in rock, Jack White, recorded at Third Man Records in Nashville. Plus, an exploration into the history of the Rickenbacker 12-string guitar in rock.

Jun 02, 2017
#600 Jenny Hval & Opinions on Harry Styles and Sir the Baptist
00:58:49

Norwegian singer-songwriter and performance artist Jenny Hval has released six albums of ethereal and challenging music. On her latest record, she explores the links between vampirism and the female body. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot speak with Jenny Hval about her career and process. Plus, reviews of the new albums from Harry Styles and Sir the Baptist.

May 26, 2017
#599 Damon Krukowski & "The New Analog", Opinions on Low Cut Connie, and Lydia Loveless
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In a world becoming increasingly digital, Galaxie 500 co-founder and author Damon Krukowski says we need to hang on to aspects of analog media. Damon joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the value of noise, liner notes, and his book The New Analog. Plus, a review of the latest from barroom rockers Low Cut Connie, and Lydia Loveless shares the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

May 19, 2017
#598 Fictional Bands, "Convoy" & Opinions on Gorillaz
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Some bands are are born, and some are just made up. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite fictional bands from movies, TV, and more. Plus, a review of the new album from cartoon creation Gorillaz, and the strange story of C.W. McCall's trucker hit "Convoy."

May 12, 2017
#597 The Velvet Underground & Nico
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The 1967 debut from The Velvet Underground didn't sell many records, but arguably no album in the past half century has had a greater influence on rock music. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot offer a Classic Album Dissection of The Velvet Underground & Nico in celebration of the art-rock classic's fiftieth anniversary.

May 05, 2017
#596 Guitar Riffs & Opinions on The Obsessed
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Perhaps the most essential element of rock ‘n’ roll is a great guitar riff. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite guitar licks of all time. Plus, they review the latest from long-running metal band The Obsessed and pay tribute to the late director Jonathan Demme.

Apr 28, 2017
#595 Drive-By Truckers & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar & Resistance Radio
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Drive-By Truckers have tackled politics and social issues in their music for decades, but never more strongly than on their latest album, American Band. Members Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the record and perform acoustically in front of an audience. Plus, reviews of the new record from rapper Kendrick Lamar and the Danger Mouse-produced album inspired by The Man in the High Castle.

Apr 21, 2017
#594 Spring Record Review Round-Up & Honeyblood
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Spoon to Mastodon, in this Review Roundup. Plus, a conversation with Scottish duo Honeyblood.

Apr 14, 2017
#593 Mavis Staples
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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. The gospel and soul legend joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an intimate discussion of her life and career.

Apr 07, 2017
#592 SXSW 2017
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Every spring, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot head to Austin, Texas for the sprawling SXSW Music Conference. This week, they report back on their favorite musical discoveries of the festival. Plus, they chat with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.

Mar 31, 2017
#591 Remembering Chuck Berry
00:58:34

Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 90. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the life, music, and enduring legacy of the legendary guitarist and singer.

Mar 24, 2017
#590 Desert Island Jukebox & Sunflower Bean
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The proverbial Desert Island Jukebox is filled with songs that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot would want with them if they were marooned on a remote isle. This week, Jim and Greg hand quarters out to guests like Mary J. Blige, Sleater-Kinney, and Rush to select the tracks they can't live without. Plus, an interview and performance from the Brooklyn rock band Sunflower Bean.

Mar 17, 2017
#589 One and Done & Opinions on Thundercat
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Some artists deliver a fantastic debut album, yet never make another LP again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot select some of their favorite “one and done” bands and explore what makes these one-album wonders so great. Plus, a review of the new record from multi-genre bassist Thundercat.

Mar 10, 2017
#588 Gene Chandler & Opinions on The Feelies
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From 1962 to 1970, Chicago soul singer Gene Chandler recorded nineteen top forty hits, but he'll forever be known as the "Duke of Earl." As a young artist, he performed across the country, including the Jim Crow South, later transitioning from performer to award-winning producer. Gene Chandler joins hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album by New Jersey rock band The Feelies.

Mar 03, 2017
#587 Buried Treasures & Clyde Stubblefield
00:58:49

Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some recent Buried Treasures – the best albums that flew under the radar. Plus, they give the drummer some with a tribute to Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary sideman. And Jason Narducy joins us for a new segment called Hooked on Sonics.

Feb 24, 2017
#586 The Gotobeds & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco
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The Gotobeds are known for outrageous stage antics and a biting sense of humor. But behind that is a lyrical sophistication and tight musicianship. The Pittsburgh post-punk band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a raucous performance in the studio. Plus, a review of the new album from Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco.

Feb 17, 2017
#585 First Impressions & Opinions on Priests
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And what's more romantic than that cute moment of love at first sight? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks about first impressions. Plus, they review the new album from DC punk band Priests and pay tribute to the influential composer David Axelrod.

Feb 10, 2017
#584 Shirley Collins & Opinions on Japandroids & Ty Segall
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Of all the artists in the English folk revival, Shirley Collins was the most devoted to traditional song. After a nearly 40 year recording hiatus, she's finally released a new album. Shirley Collins joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss her career and her experiences traveling through America to collect field recordings with Alan Lomax. Plus, reviews of the new albums by Japandroids and Ty Segall.

Feb 03, 2017
#583 Krautrock & Remembering Maggie Roche
00:58:49

In the 1970s, German art-rockers took psychedelia and added hypnotic drumbeats and innovative synthesizer sounds to create a style known as Krautrock. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect the Krautrock genre and its influential bands like Kraftwerk, Can, and Faust. Plus, they remember the late Maggie Roche of The Roches.

Jan 27, 2017
#582 The Album Leaf & Opinions on The xx and The Flaming Lips
00:59:00

The Album Leaf combines digital and organic instruments to make a unique sound. Bandleader Jimmy LaValle joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the importance of giving electronic music a live experience and how the Album Leaf grew from a side project into a full time gig. Plus, reviews of the new albums from the Flaming Lips and the xx.

Jan 20, 2017
#581 All Apologies & Opinions on Run the Jewels
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It's good to start a new year with a clean slate – and that can mean apologizing to those you've wronged. In that contrite spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs that say "sorry." Plus, a review of the new album from hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.

Jan 13, 2017
#580 Esperanza Spalding & David Bowie, One Year Later
00:58:49

Esperanza Spalding is a singer/songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a librettist, a Grammy winner, and much more. She joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about exploding genres and creating her theatrical new record. Plus, the music and legacy of David Bowie, one year after his death.

Jan 06, 2017
#579 Mixtapes 2016 & Musical In Memoriam
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Sound Opinions closes out 2016 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in 2016.

Dec 30, 2016
#578 The Mekons & Opinions on Dawn Richard
00:58:34

Formed in 1977 in the original British punk wave, The Mekons are still going strong nearly four decades later. The band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio to demonstrate its eclectic blend of country, folk, and punk rock. Plus, a review of the new album from R&B singer Dawn Richard.

Dec 23, 2016
#577 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2016
00:58:07

It's time for the 2016 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.

Dec 16, 2016
#576 The Best Albums of 2016
00:58:04

If you're a music fanatic, the end of the year means one thing: best of lists! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their favorite albums of the year. And Sound Opinions listeners weigh-in with their favorites of 2016.

Dec 09, 2016
#575 Hero Worship
00:58:34

Artists are also music fans like the rest of us, often paying tribute to the musicians who inspired them. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite examples of Hero Worship in music – songs that name-check great artists from the history of rock and roll. Plus, the Rolling Stones pay tribute to their own blues heroes on a new album.

Dec 02, 2016
#574 Jon Brion & Opinions on Emeli Sandé
00:58:34

Studio wizard Jon Brion has composed scores for films by P.T. Anderson and Michel Gondry and produced for artists from Fiona Apple to Kanye West. The multi-instrumentalist also has grown a following for his virtuosic live performances. Jon Brion speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about the art of songcraft. Plus, a review of the latest from Scottish R&B singer Emeli Sandé.

Nov 25, 2016
#573 Turkey Pardons & Remembering Leonard Cohen
00:58:34

Every year, a turkey is saved from its Thanksgiving dinner fate by a presidential pardon. In that gracious spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their own Turkey Pardons. They share their picks of lousy artists who still had one redeemable musical moment. Plus, they pay tribute to the great singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Nov 18, 2016
#572 World Tour – Canada & Opinions on Alejandro Escovedo.
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Many Americans are thinking a lot about Canada these days. So hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the Sound Opinions World Tour to Canada explore the music of our neighbor to the north. And we play our favorite performances by Canadian artists from the Sound Opinions archives. Plus, a review of the latest from Texan singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.

Nov 11, 2016
#571 Marvin Gaye's *What's Going On*
00:58:45

In 1971, Marvin Gaye made a career left turn with the album What's Going On, adopting a socially conscious sound that addressed war, racism, and drugs. 45 years later, What's Going On remains as relevant as ever. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of the iconic record. Then, they review a contemporary protest album from Common.

Nov 04, 2016
#570 The Handsome Family & Opinions on Lady Gaga
00:58:34

The Handsome Family gained wider notoriety for providing the theme to HBO's True Detective. But the duo's dark, literate songwriting has been acclaimed by critics for decades. Rennie and Brett Sparks of The Handsome Family join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Plus, a review of the new album from pop superstar Lady Gaga.

Oct 28, 2016
#569 Songs That Give You the Creeps & Opinions on Leonard Cohen
00:58:34

The spookiest time of the year is upon us. To celebrate Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot turn the show over to listeners who share the songs that tingle their spines the most. Plus, they share their thoughts on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize and review the latest from singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.

Oct 21, 2016
#568 Beach Slang & Opinions on Drive-By Truckers
00:58:20

Beach Slang has wowed critics and audiences alike with its loud, energy filled live performances and unabashedly earnest lyrics. But in front of a live audience at the Goose Island Tap Room, Beach Slang songwriter James Alex strips away the volume, but not the heart, for an intimate acoustic performance and conversation with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Plus, the new record by Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers, and the story behind a forgotten garage classic.

Oct 14, 2016
#567 Bob Mehr on The Replacements & Opinions on Solange
00:58:45

The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep personal connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the new biography Trouble Boys, speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about the heartbreaking story and enduring legacy of the Minneapolis band. Plus, a review of the new album from Solange and a look at the sample driving Drake's "Hotline Bling."

Oct 07, 2016
#566 Fall Review Roundup & Buckwheat Zydeco
00:58:34

September is bursting with major new album releases. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Bon Iver to M.I.A. to Against Me!, in this Review Roundup. Plus, they report on Chance the Rapper's music festival and pay tribute to Buckwheat Zydeco.

Sep 30, 2016
#565 Herb Alpert & Opinions on Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
00:58:49

Trumpeter Herb Alpert has had a remarkable, multifaceted career. In addition to scoring his own hits with the Tijuana Brass in the '60s, he cofounded A&M Records, signing a diverse roster of artists ranging from The Carpenters to Janet Jackson. Herb Alpert joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album from legendary band Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.

Sep 23, 2016
#564 Buried Treasures & Alex Ross
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Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their Buried Treasures of 2016: the best albums that flew under the radar. Plus, they speak with critic Alex Ross about the use of music as a weapon.

Sep 16, 2016
#563 Mudhoney & Opinions on Wilco
00:58:49

Mudhoney was at the forefront of Seattle's exploding music scene in the '80s and '90s, paving the way for grunge with its distorted, chaotic sound. Though the group never received the world-wide attention of its peers Nirvana, Mudhoney has achieved a cult-like longevity. Mudhoney talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot and performs in front of a hometown Seattle audience. Plus, the new album from Chicago band Wilco, and the psychedelic sample driving a key Beyoncé track.

Sep 09, 2016
#562 End of Summer Songs & Opinions on Angel Olsen
00:58:49

With lyrics about sun, surf, and young love, there are plenty of songs that welcome in the summer. But how do you musically say goodbye to warm weather and prepare for the fall? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot swap their swim trunks for their sweaters and share their favorite End of Summer Songs. Plus, a review of the new album from Asheville-based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen.

Sep 02, 2016
#561 The Art of Writing Hit Songs with Mann & Weil & Opinions on Frank Ocean
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What goes into writing a hit song? Sound Opinions takes a look at the craft of songwriting, from the Righteous Brothers to Beyoncé. Jim and Greg talk with legendary Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil about their decades long career. Then they talk with Ryan Tedder about penning songs for Adele and Taylor Swift. Plus, a review of the long-awaited new album from Frank Ocean.

Aug 26, 2016
#560 World Tour - Brazil & Opinions on Ryley Walker
00:58:49

With all eyes turned toward the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Sound Opinions World Tour makes its next stop in Brazil, a country with an unmatched musical influence on the globe. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the rich musical history of Brazil, including the bossa nova, MPB, and Tropicália phenomena of the 1950s and '60s. Plus, a review of the new album from Chicago fingerpicking virtuoso Ryley Walker.

Aug 19, 2016
#559 Courtney Barnett & Opinions on Lydia Loveless
00:58:19

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was a critical success and Sound Opinions favorite. Her conversational songwriting manages to be simultaneously clever and poignant, and her guitar technique combining lead and rhythm parts is nothing short of impressive. All of her skills are on display as Courtney Barnett joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and intimate solo performance in front of an audience. Plus, a review of the new album from country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless

Aug 12, 2016
#558 Ska & Opinions on Jamila Woods
00:58:49

In the late 1950s, Jamaican musicians blended home-grown rhythms with R&B to create ska. The genre's influence quickly spread across the globe, paving the way for the reggae phenomenon. Jim and Greg explore the history of ska from its island origins to its British revival to its most recent punk incarnation. Plus, a review of the debut album from poet and soul singer Jamila Woods.

Aug 05, 2016
#557 Tortoise, Post-Rock & Opinions on Michael Kiwanuka
00:58:49

With an eclectic all-instrumental blend of rock, jazz, dub, electronics, and the avant-garde, Tortoise emerged as the leading band of Chicago’s so-called “post-rock” scene in the 1990s. On its seventh album The Catastrophist, the group has introduced a radical new element: vocals. Tortoise joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Jim and Greg also explore the history and legacy of the post-rock movement. Plus, a tribute to Alan Vega of Suicide and a review of the new album from British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka.

Jul 29, 2016
#556 Moby & Opinions on The Julie Ruin
00:58:49

Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. In his new memoir Porcelain, he explores his origins in the underground rave scene of ‘80s New York up until his mainstream success. Moby joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album from post-Riot Grrrl band The Julie Ruin.

Jul 22, 2016
#555 Better Campaign Songs & Opinions on The Avalanches
00:58:49

It’s not a political rally without a crowd-pumping and uplifting playlist. But political campaign teams are not always great music tastemakers. NPR’s National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about hearing the same songs over and over on the campaign trail. Then Jim and Greg play campaign managers and make a list of better campaign theme songs. Plus, a review of the long-awaited second album from Australian electronic group The Avalanches.

Jul 15, 2016
#554 Savages & Opinions on Maxwell & DJ Shadow
00:58:49

The London-based quartet Savages made a stunning debut with Silence Yourself in 2013 and established a reputation as a formidable live act. On the 2016 followup Adore Life, the brooding post-punk band tackles something new: love songs. Savages joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance. Plus, reviews of the new albums from Maxwell and DJ Shadow.

Jul 08, 2016
#553 Best Albums of 2016...So Far
00:58:49

We’re barely halfway through the year and already there’s an overwhelming amount of great new music to enjoy. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their lists of the Best Albums of 2016...So Far. Plus, they discuss the “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism verdict and pay tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell.

Jul 01, 2016
#552 Bob Mould & Opinions on case/lang/veirs