Desert Island Jukebox
All year long, Jim and Greg take turns dropping coins in the Desert Island Jukebox, talking about songs and albums they‘d need with them if stranded on an island. But now, at the year’s end, they're gonna take a break and let some of their favorite past guests do the heavy lifting. Hear what music they can't live without:
- Lindsey Buckingham: The Beatles, Revolver
- Trombone Shorty: Louis Armstrong, "On the Sunny Side of the Street"
- Fred Armisen: Stereolab, "Cybele's Reverie"
- Trey Parker: Elton John, "Indian Sunset" and Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
- Matt Stone: James Brown, "There Was a Time"
- Peter Hook: Nico, "Chelsea Girl"
- Kelis: Rhye, "Open"
- Robert Plant: Low, The Great Destroyer
- Kerry King of Slayer: Ozzy Ozbourne, Blizzard of Oz
- Dave Lombardo of Slayer: Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
Plus, check out our 2009 Desert Island Jukebox Special.Go to episode 474
Snow is falling here in Chicago and that means it's time for our favorite holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan to join us for our annual Holiday Spectacular. Andy scours record stores, dustbins and basements to find the best and most unique tunes for the season. And each year he treats Sound Opinions listeners to a much-anticipated hour of music and a free mix to download. This year is Holiday Pop — 1960s and 1970s era pop music set to the theme of Christmas. Look forward to songs from Claudine Longet, The Free Design and Joanie Sommers.
*As a special bonus, listeners are invited to download Andy Cirzan's accompanying holiday compilation for FREE at christmas.soundopinions.org. The mix will only be up until the end of 2014, so get it while the yule log is hot! And happy holidays from Sound Opinions!Go to episode 472
Turkey Shoot 2014
Turkey Shoot: It's Turkey time! Dip these albums in the deep fryers (safely of course). Here are the albums that most let Jim and Greg down in 2014:=Go to episode 468
50 years ago, The Rolling Stones touched down in the United States for their very first American tour. While here, the band made a pilgrimage to Chicago's legendary Chess Records to record their take on tunes from the label's blues heavyweights like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Chuck Berry. Those Chess sessions appeared on The Stones second album, 12 x 5, which also debuted 50-years ago. To mark the occasion, Jim and Greg explore the history and legacy of Chess, whose 25-year run produced music that influenced rockers like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and more. Jim and Greg highlight these Chess artists:
- Muddy Waters
- Willie Dixon
- Chuck Berry
- Howlin' Wolf
- Little Walter
- Sonny Boy Williamson
- Bobby Charles
- Buddy Guy
Ask the Critic
In the New Year Jim and Greg resolve to answer more of your questions starting with Pete who asks,“How do you tell the difference between and album that's bad, and one that just isn't made for you?”Lee on Facebook adds,“Can you fairly review an artist you may think sucks. (This is meant as a serious question).” To make a long story short…yes (if you're a good critic). See Greg's Yanni reporting below.
Thomas in Maine leaves a voicemail asking about the best psychedelic bands of 2013. Greg recommends Wooden Shjips, Darkside, The Warlocks and Besnard Lakes.
Jonathan asks on Facebook,“Why such a preference for the underground?” Jim doesn't think they really have such a preference, especially now that underground music is so accessible online. But Greg admits that mainstream, major label acts are expected to appeal to as large a population as possible, and that often means buffing out the good edges.
"Chili Mac Klein" also posts: "How awkward is it to have to meet with a musician after you have slammed his/her work in the past?" Greg describes an interesting conversation with Neil Young in which he asks the singer why he kept doing this. But, for the most part, artists are good sports, especially if a critic does his or her homework and gives critiques with confidence.