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Buried Treasures & Opinions on John Hiatt

For every arena rocker and summer festival headliner, there are great, unknown artists. This week hosts Jim and Greg highlight these lesser-known gems. Tune in for Buried Treasures, plus a review of the latest from veteran singer/songwriter John Hiatt.

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Music News

Frequent concertgoers know that with the good (music and merriment) comes the bad, especially during the summer high season. Just last week news broke about a stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair Sugarland performance, where 5 were killed and dozens more injured. That was a tragedy no one could have predicted. But some incidents at shows are merely the result of bad behavior on the part of fans: drinking, drugs, violence and more. And this is a bummer not just for fans, but for artists who depend on touring revenue for their bread and butter and often risk being banned from markets or venues. So what's a rocker to do? John Jurgensen of the Wall Street Journal wrote about the idea of the "Fan Code of Conduct," and he talks to Jim and Greg about how performers and fans are working together to make the concert world a better place.

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Buried Treasures

In music, like other things, sometimes it's easy for the little guy to get overlooked. So every once in a while Jim and Greg dig into their chest of musical treasures to unearth some records that deserve more attention. These Buried Treasures aren't household names, but are worth adding to your collection.

reviewDirty Jeans and Mudslide HymnsDirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns available on iTunes

John Hiatt Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns

Veteran singer/songwriter John Hiatt has a new album out called Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns. And like your favorite jeans, there's something comfortable about Hiatt. But, Jim adds, there's also great depth and poignancy. Just look at the variety of artists who choose to cover Hiatt. He says Buy It. Greg describes Hiatt as amazingly consistent over the years. You can count on a handful of Americana classics sung with a wolfish drawl. But Dirty Jeans is neither great nor terrible. He wishes Hiatt had pushed it further and would recommend you Burn It.

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Featured Songs

  1. The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter, Let It Bleed, ABKCO Records, 1969
  2. Antietam, Numbered Days, Tenth Life, Carrot Top, 2011
  3. Cave, WUJ, Neverendless, Drag City, 2011
  4. Kings Go Forth, I Don't Love You No More, The Outsiders Are Back, Luaka Bop, 2010
  5. Kings Go Forth, One Day, The Outsiders Are Back, Luaka Bop, 2010
  6. Shabazz Palaces, Recollections of the Wraith, Black Up, Sub Pop, 2011
  7. Eleventh Dream Day, Satellite, Riot Now!, Thrill Jockey, 2011
  8. Washed Out, Amor Fati, Within and Without, Sub Pop, 2011
  9. Sam Phillips, Lever Pulled Down, Solid State: Songs from the Long Play, Littlebox Recordings, 2011
  10. Sam Phillips, Lying, Solid State: Songs from the Long Play, Littlebox Recordings, 2011
  11. Ty Segall, Comfortable Home (A True Story), Goodbye Bread, Drag City, 2011
  12. John Hiatt, Train to Birmingham, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, New West Records, 2011
  13. John Hiatt, Damn This Town, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, New West Records, 2011
  14. John Hiatt, Adios to California, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, New West Records, 2011
  15. Shlohmo, Just Us, Bad Vibes, Friends of Friends, 2011
  16. Ciara, Pick Up The Phone, Goodies, LaFace, 2004
  17. Jay-Z & Kanye West, Lift Off, Watch the Throne, Def Jam, 2011
  18. The Swell Season, Falling Slowly, Once: Music from the Motion Picture, Columbia, 2007
  19. Foo Fighters, White Limo, Wasting Light, RCA, 2011
  20. Franklin for Short, Electric Blanket, Dark Cloud, Franklin for Short, 2010

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