Buch Vig

Butch Vig & Reviews of Beach House and Goldfrapp

Butch Vig, the man behind the sounds of Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, joins Jim and Greg for a conversation about acting as producer, and therapist, to some of the biggest names in the business. Jim and Greg will also review new albums from Beach House and Goldfrapp.

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Campaign Songs

Jim and Greg kick off the show with a discussion of some of the best and worst campaign songs in presidential history. Check out this list and decide which have been the most successful. Certainly Michael Dukakis could've made a better choice. And, Jim and Greg wonder what left-leaning Woody Guthrie would've thought of George H.W. Bush's appropriation of "This Land Is Your Land." Also, while he hasn't embraced it as an official campaign song, Barack Obama inspired this Will.I.Am track. Jim is a fan of the Black Eyed Peas member and producer, but even he won't be voting for this song.

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Butch Vig

This week Jim and Greg speak with Butch Vig. The Wisconsin-based producer has worked on some of the most notable records in the past two decades including Siamese Dream by the Smashing Pumpkins, Dirty by Sonic Youth and Nevermind by Nirvana. In addition, he's a founding member and drummer for the band Garbage.

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Beach House Devotion

The Baltimore duo Beach House has a new album out called Devotion. This is the indie pop band's second effort, and they are back with a slow, dreamy sound that many compare to Mazzy Star and Galaxie 500. Jim and Greg agree — this is definitely a sound they've heard before, and much better. Greg says Devotion is a one-tempo album and challenges anyone to differentiate one track from the other. Jim agrees and can't understand why the band is getting such hype. The Beach House album gets two Trash Its.

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Goldfrapp Seventh Tree

Goldfrapp is another duo with a new album out called Seventh Tree. The British electronic act formed in 1999, and since then Jim and Greg have disagreed on each album, including 2006's Supernature. Now it seems they are destined to disagree once again. Goldfrapp has returned to its bucolic, trip-folk roots and Greg is happy to hear it. He appreciates their orchestration and lead singer Allison Goldfrapp's voice and gives Seventh Tree a Burn It. Jim admits that recently he's been dissing duos a lot on the show, but he can't recommend this album. He finds it completely boring and gives a Trash It rating.

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Featured Songs

  1. John Mellencamp,“Our Country,”Freedom's Road, 2007
  2. Spiritualized,“Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space,”Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, 1997
  3. Will I Am,“We Are the Ones,”Internet Video, 2008
  4. Jack Hylton Orchestra,“Happy Days Are Here Again,”Hits of '30, 1997
  5. Paul Simon,“Bridge Over Troubled Waters,”Bridge Over Troubled Waters, 1983
  6. Neil Diamond,“America,”The Jazz Singer, 1980
  7. Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land, Bonneville Dam and Other Columbia River Songs, 1965 Fleetwood Mac, "Don't Stop, " Rumours, 1977
  8. Nirvana,“Lithium,”Nevermind, 1991
  9. Killdozer,“Man Vs Nature,”12 Point Buck, 1987
  10. The Smashing Pumpkins,“Siva,”Gish, 1991
  11. The Smashing Pumpkins,“Rocket,”Siamese Dream, 1993
  12. The Smashing Pumpkins,“Today,”Siamese Dream, 1993
  13. The Smashing Pumpkins,“Cherub Rock,”Siamese Dream, 1993
  14. Nirvana,“In Bloom,”Nevermind, 1991
  15. Nirvana,“About a Girl,”Bleach, 1989
  16. Nirvana,“Smells Like Teen Spirit,”Nevermind, 1991
  17. Garbage,“Only Happy When it Rains,”Garbage, 1995
  18. Garbage,“Stupid Girl,”Garbage, 1995
  19. Beach House,“Wedding Bells,”Devotion, 2008
  20. Beach House,“Gila,”Devotion, 2008
  21. Goldfrapp,“Cologne Cerrone Houdini,”Seventh Tree, 2008
  22. Goldfrapp,“Clowns,”Seventh Tree, 2008
  23. Hey Hey My My“Merryland,”Hey Hey My My, 2007
  24. Erykah Badu, The Healer, New Amerykah, Pt. 1: 4th World War, 2008
  25. Vampire Weekend,“A-Punk,”Vampire Weekend, 2008

Footnotes

wikipedia.org List of US Presidential campaign songs woodyguthrie.org Woody Guthrie's biography whitehouse.gov George H.W. Bush's biography woodyguthrie.org“This Land Is Your Land”lyrics youtube.com Will.I.Am's“Yes We Can” wikipedia.org Butch Vig on Wikipedia allmusic.com Butch Vig on AllMusic wikipedia.org Dirty on Wikipedia garbage.com Garbage's homepage beachhousemusic.net Beach House's homepage wikipedia.org Galaxie 500 on Wikipedia goldfrapp.com Goldfrapp's homepage metacritic.com Seventh Tree on Metacritic