Jim and Greg Have Been Wrong

Believe it or not, sometimes Jim and Greg are wrong. And this week on the show, they man up and admit it. Tune in to hear these critics admit to their occasional lapses in judgment.

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After all the hubbub caused by the“Nipplegate”scandal, the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has now tossed out the FCC's indecency fine against CBS. The network aired Janet Jackson's famous wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show and was subsequently fined $550,000 by the FCC. The court ruled that the FCC acted arbitrarily and can't change 3 decades of policy without due cause. Jim and Greg are curious to see how this decision will impact broadcasting and music performances on television in the future.

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Miley Cyrus Breakout

The name you are sure to hear this year, especially if you are a parent, is Miley Cyrus. The tween sensation has shed her Hannah Montana alter-ego to release her first solo album Breakout. While much of the talk about Cyrus concerns her rocky road to adulthood, Jim and Greg focus on the music. Greg hears nothing out of the ordinary: "assembly line pop rock." It's like second-rate Go-Go's, which isn't a bad thing, but he hopes fans graduate to something more interesting after this album. Greg gives Breakout a Try It. Jim is much more enthusiastic, calling the album“absolutely wonderful.”It's exactly what he would encourage parents to give their kids. He gives it a Buy It.

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When Jim and Greg Were Wrong

Music fans tell Jim and Greg they are wrong all the time, but the critics are not too big to admit it themselves. This week they come clean with some of their critical errors. Here are Greg's self-confessed mistakes:

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The Hold Steady Stay Positive

Jim and Greg review two of the bands who appeared at last weekend's Pitchfork Music Festival. The first up for review is The Hold Steady. Their fourth album, Stay Positive, continues with the band's literary bar music formula, but according to Greg, the emphasis has been moved away from guitarist Tad Kubler's riffs and hooks. Greg wishes there was more great guitar work and less“harpsichord filagree.”He gives Stay Positive a Try It. Jim has never been a Hold Steady fan, but was impressed with their performance at Pitchfork. On record is another story. He agrees with Greg about the keyboards and describes Stay Positive as overdone and a whole lot of nothing. Jim gives the album a Trash it.

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King Khan and the Shrines The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines

The day after The Hold Steady took the stage, Pitchfork fans were wowed by the antics of King Khan and the Shrines. Jim was less wowed with Khan's own wardrobe malfunction, which he felt distracted from the music. He's impressed with Khan's collection of past recordings, The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines, which is almost like Iggy Pop meets James Brown. Greg hears Nuggets-era soul, and thinks The Supreme Genius is a great introduction into Khan's music. Both critics give the album a Buy It rating.

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Featured Songs

  1. Justin Timberlake, Rock Your Body, Justified, Jive, 2002
  2. Miley Cyrus, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Breakout, Hollywood, 2008
  3. Miley Cyrus, Breakout, Breakout, Hollywood, 2008
  4. Patsy Cline, So Wrong, The Patsy Cline Story, Decca, 1963
  5. Jesus Jones, Right Here, Right Now, Doubt, Parlophone, 1991
  6. Oasis, Champagne Supernova, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Reprise, 1995
  7. Radiohead, Paranoid Android, OK Computer, Parlophone, 1997
  8. Fiona Apple, A Mistake, When the Pawn…, Epic, 1999
  9. The Jam, That's Entertainment, Sound Affects, Polydor, 1980
  10. U2, Zoo Station, Achtung Baby, Island, 1991
  11. R.E.M, Let Me In, Monster, Warner Bros., 1994
  12. Arcade Fire, Neighborhood #2 (Laika), Funeral, Merge, 2004
  13. Air, Kelly Watch the Stars (Moog Cookbook Remix), Moon Safari, Source, 2008
  14. The Hold Steady, Sequestered in Memphis, Stay Positive, Vagrant, 2008
  15. The Hold Steady, Constructive Summer, Stay Positive, Vagrant, 2008
  16. The Hold Steady, One for the Cutters, Stay Positive, Vagrant, 2008
  17. King Khan & His Shrines, Took My Lady to Dinner, The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines, Vice, 2008
  18. King Khan & His Shrines, Torture, The Supreme Genius of King Khan & the Shrines, Vice, 2008
  19. Venetian Snares, Poo Yourself Jason, Detrimentalist, Planet Mu, 2008
  20. Foreigner, Love on the Telephone, Head Games, Atlantic, 1979
  21. Nas, You Can't Stop Us Now, Untitled, Island, 2008
  22. Reverend Horton Heat, Psychobilly Freakout, Smoke ‘Em if You Got ’Em, Sub Pop, 1992

Footnotes

fcc.gov The FCC jimdero.com Jim on the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show mileycyrus.com Miley Cyrus go.com Hannah Montana vanityfair.com“Miley Knows Best”from Vanity Fair allmusic.com The GoGo's youtube.com“Champagne Supernova”music video u2.com U2's radiohead.com Radiohead paulweller.com Paul Weller allmusic.com The Jam metacritic.com Funeral by Arcade Fire on Metacritic arcadefire.com Arcade Fire's chicagotribune.com Greg previews Pitchfork 2008 pitchforkmusicfestival.com Pitchfork Music Festival theholdsteady.com The Hold Steady metacritic.com Stay Positive hazelwood.de King Khan and His Shrines bio on Hazelwood Records wikipedia.org A representative compilation of“Nuggets-era soul”