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#642 Songs About the Music Industry & Antibalas

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 1:00am
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 Afrobeat Orchestra.
Categories: Syndicated

#641 Buried Treasures & A Giant Dog

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#640 Best Movie Soundtracks Pt. 2 & Opinions on the Black Panther Soundtrack

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#639 Don Was, Opinions on Superchunk & Dessa

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#638 Sir the Baptist & Opinions on MGMT

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#637 "I Want You Back" Songs for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Justin Timberlake

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#636 Cover Songs, Opinions on First Aid Kit & Mark E. Smith

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#635 Vic Mensa, Opinions on tUnE-yArDs, Dolores O'Riordan & Hugh Masekela

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#634 New Wave & Alison Moyet

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#633 Iron & Wine and Opinions on Jeff Rosenstock

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#632 Alex Cox & Opinions on N.E.R.D.

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#631 Mixtapes 2017 & Musical In Memoriam

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#630 Bob Ezrin & Amber Mark

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#629 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2017

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#628 Rock Criticism with Jonathan Lethem, Mavis Staples & Björk

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated

#627 The Best Albums of 2017

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 1:00am
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.
Categories: Syndicated