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Buried Treasures & Opinions on Al Green

Buried Treasures: Jim and Greg unearth another trove of underground music to add to your collection.

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Web developers have finally created a way for iPhone and iPod Touch users to share files. Similar to the p2p file-sharing program Soulseek, iSlsk allows fans of the Apple phone to wirelessly swap music at fairly high speeds. This news comes just months prior to the release of the highly anticipated new 3G iPhone. While consumers are waiting, Steve Jobs is working to extend Apple's lead in online music sales to the mobile market. Jobs would like to get into the ringtones and ringbacks business, but in order to do so he may have to work out a deal with record labels. According to speculation, Jobs may agree to a variable pricing plan in exchange for mobile delivery. Now we'll have to see if digital music consumers are willing to give up low prices for convenience. We predict they will.

Boy band mogul Lou Pearlman was sentenced to 25 years in prison for swindling investors and major U.S. banks out of more than $300 million. Pearlman made his mark in the music industry after launching the careers of *N Sync and The Backstreet Boys. Pearlman's legal team was looking for more leniency, but Jim and Greg don't think the judge was harsh enough. Jim would tack on a few more years just for kicking off the boy band craze.

Earlier this year rapper Nas raised eyebrows after announcing plans to call his upcoming album "N*gger." He saw it as a way to re-appropriate the word in a positive way. But now, the hip hop artist has decided to remove the provocative word from his release. Nas has suggested that he received pressure from his label to give the album a more retail-friendly title, but both Jim and Greg smell a publicity stunt.

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Buried Treasures

"Rock and roll pirates" Jim and Greg dig up another trove of Buried Treasures this week. Here are the artists they think should be on your radar:

reviewLay It DownLay It Down available on iTunes

Al Green Lay It Down

Lay It Down is the latest release from Reverend Al Green. The Memphis-based soul singer collaborated with Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots for the album, which also features guest spots from Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae. Jim notes that Green could sing the phone book and make it compelling… and his lyrics are about as interesting as that. He's trying to sing love songs, but whether they are about earthly or divine love is unclear. Greg agrees that the material is not very strong, but Green's amazing voice overcomes it. Both Jim and Greg think Lay It Down is worth a listen and give the album a Try It rating.

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Featured Songs

  1. Orba Squara,“Perfect Timing (This Morning),”2007
  2. 'N Sync, Bye Bye Bye, No Strings Attached, Jive, 2000
  3. Nas, N.*.G.G.E.R (The Slave and the Master), Untitled, Def Jam, 2008
  4. Local H, The One With Kid, 12 Angry Months, Shout! Factory, 2008
  5. Frightened Rabbit, The Modern Leper, Midnight Organ Fight, Fat Cat, 2008
  6. UGK, Real Women (Instrumental), Underground Kingz, Jive, 2007
  7. Dan Deacon, Ultimate Reality, Ultimate Reality DVD, n/a, 2007
  8. Big Dipper, Faith Healer, Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology, Merge, 2008
  9. Lyrics Born, Don't Change, Everywhere at Once, Anti, 2008
  10. Joan As Policewoman, Christobel, Real Life, Cheap Lullabye, 2006
  11. Cloud Cult, No One Said It Be Easy, Feel Good Ghosts, Earthology, 2008
  12. No Age, Cappo, Nouns, Sub Pop, 2008
  13. The Black Angels, Doves, Directions to See a Ghost, Light in the Attic, 2008
  14. Mudhoney, The Lucky Ones, The Lucky Ones, Sub Pop, 2008
  15. Al Green, Lay it Down, Lay it Down, Blue Note, 2008
  16. Al Green, Standing in the Rain, Lay it Down, Blue Note, 2008
  17. Al Green, I'm Wild About You, Lay it Down, Blue Note, 2008
  18. Mike and Rich, Mr. Frosty, Expert Knob Twiddlers, Rephlex, 1996
  19. Ladybug Transistor, Always on the Telephone, Can't Wait Another Day, Merge, 2007
  20. Saul Williams, Convict Colony (Live in Concert), The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!, Caroline, 2008
  21. Tomorrow, My White Bicycle, Tomorrow, Parlophone, 1986
  22. Flight of the Conchords, Inner City Pressure, Flight of the Conchords, Sub Pop, 2008

Footnotes

wired.com File Sharing Comes to the iPhone arstechnica.com 3G iPhone: What we know and what we don't time.com Steve Jobs on the 2008 TIME 100 wired.com Negotiations Leak: Could Variable iTunes Pricing Be on the Table? nsync-world.com N Sync backstreetboys.com The Backstreet Boys ew.com Nas changes controversial album title mergerecords.com Big Dipper joanaspolicewoman.com Joan as Police Woman theblackangels.com The Black Angels chicagotribune.com Greg on Frightened Rabbit's The Midnight Organ Fight subpop.com Mudhoney algreenmusic.com Al Green myspace.com Questlove anthonyhamilton.com Anthony Hamilton corinnebaileyrae.net Corinne Bailey Rae's homepage