lists 2014

The Best Albums of 2014

Go to episode 471

Buried Treasures

Fall is traditionally the busiest time of year for new music releases, which makes it hard to know what's worth your time and what's worth a pass. Thankfully, Jim and Greg have rummaged through their records and are ready to share the albums they think deserve to be hits.

Go to episode 464

Guitar Riffs

Does anything define rock and roll more than its basic element, the guitar riff? Rock solos can be overblown and overrated, but a riff, when done right, can rule a song. It it in many ways, the essence of rock ‘n’ roll. So, inspired by Greg's recent BBC essay, Jim and Greg run through their favorite examples of guitar riffs in rock history, and they hear some picks from listeners across the country. But first, a definition. A riff is a brief statement – sometime only a handful of notes or chords – that recurs throughout the arrangement and can become the song's central hook. And for a guitarist like Nile Rodgers, it's not just a static foundational element, but like a river moving through the song. Now onto the goods.

Go to episode 462

List: Songs About Work

Despite the fact that most musicians spend their lives avoiding a“real job,”there are a number of great songs about the drudgery and the glory of hard work. So this week, Jim and Greg dedicate the show to our nation's laborers with their favorite songs inspired by work.

Go to episode 458

Rock Operas

For many music fans, when you hear "Rock Opera," you probably think of The Who's 1969 album Tommy. But, Jim and Greg assert that Tommy is neither the first, nor the best, Rock Opera. Credit for the first goes to S.F. Sorrow by The Pretty Things in 1968. Credit for the best? Well, there's a long list throughout music history, including those listed below. But whatever your favorite, just don't call it a concept album!

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Go to episode 455

List: Buried Treasures

X marks the spot! Jim and Greg done their best Indiana Jones getups and go hunting for musical Buried Treasures: artists you may not have heard, but certainly should. Here's what they turned up:

Go to episode 450

The Best Albums of 2014…So Far

Jim and Greg share their mid-year best album picks. Their best-of lists of 2014 albums have surprisingly little overlap.

Go to episode 448

Memorial Day: Songs from the Front Lines

In honor of Memorial Day and the men and women who have served in our armed forces, Jim, Greg and you, the listeners, present Songs from the Front Lines.

Go to episode 443

Tearjerkers: Songs That Make You Cry

Feel a lump in your throat? Go ahead and let it all out as Jim and Greg play some of the greatest musical Tearjerkers. These weepies make you cry, no matter how strong your disposition.

Go to episode 439

SXSW 2014

The SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX is in its 27th year, and still remains the place for fans and industry professionals to see a ton of music. Every year Jim and Greg come back from SXSW with a list of new artists to watch (as well as aches, pains and headcolds). Check out the 2014 SXSW discoveries:

Go to episode 434

List: Musical Couples

What's more romantic than a couple literally making beautiful music together? Nothing, we say. And so Sound Opinions celebrates Valentine's Day with the best Musical Power Couples.

Go to episode 428

Bands of the Bermunda Triangle

Remember that artist you fell in love with, hard, for about two months in 1992? Where are they now? Hopefully not in the Bermuda Triangle of Rock. This is the mysterious musical phenomenon where one day a band can be the next big thing, and the day after, poof, they're gone! Jim and Greg resurrect some of their favorite acts from the Bermuda Triangle including:

Go to episode 426

The Best Songs of 2013 - Mixtapes

We‘ve said goodbye to 2013, and now we want to salute the tunes that wowed us. There’s no better way than with a personal mixtape from Jim and Greg to you.

Go to episode 423