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Buried Treasures and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Review

Call it Sound Opinions' antidote to the Grammys: Jim and Greg play tracks they think deserve wider notice during our latest Buried Treasures episode.

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Lady Gaga has cancelled her "Born This Way" tour due to a hip injury. Millions of little monsters will be deprived of 22 national shows. And the Gaga camp might be out $35 million. With all the dancing and acrobatics, it's surprising more pop artists aren't wiped out by injuries which gives Jim and Greg a new appreciation for Tina Turner.

In other concert news, Paul McCartney will be headlining the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee. He'll be joined by Mumford and Sons and Tom Petty, but also Wu-Tang Clan and Nas-some surprising additions to the traditionally roots and jam festival. Concertgoers will also be excited to hear about the Firefly Festival's plans for its second year, including theYeah Yeah Yeahs and Kendrick Lamar. Here in Chicago, the Pitchfork Festival has booked Bjork and in perplexing move, controversial hometown artist R. Kelly.

Finally, Jim and Greg bid farewell to songwriter and producer Shadow Morton. He was instrumental in bringing the Shangri-Las to fame with hits like "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember" that compressed teen angst dramas into three-minute pop operas. Shadow also later worked with Janis Ian and The New York Dolls.

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Buried Treasures

Just think of it as Sound Opinions' antidote to the Grammys: Buried Treasures. During this installment, Jim and Greg dig deep to bring you some hidden musical gems they think deserve wider notice.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Push the Sky Away

Nick Cave, of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, is a modern renaissance man-novelist, poet, actor, playwright, and of course rocker. Now, with his band, he's released the ensemble's 15th album called Push the Sky Away. Greg is impressed with the scope of the lyrics-from the God Particle to Hannah Montana. This record is more introspective and more minimalist, and Greg says Buy It. Jim is disappointed and wishes the tracks were less monotonous and less quiet. He misses the punk explosion and can only recommend you Burn It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Lady Gaga, Born This Way, Born This Way, Interscope, 2011
  2. Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, Cut Me Some Slack, Sound City: Real to Reel, RCA, 2013
  3. New York Dolls, Who Are the Mystery Girls?, Too Much Too Soon, Mercury, 1974
  4. The Shangri-Las, Remember (Walking in the Sand), single, Red Bird, 1964
  5. Indians, Magic Kids, Somewhere Else, 4AD, 2013
  6. Foxygen, San Francisco, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Jagjaguwar, 2013
  7. Klaus Schulze, Shadowlights, Shadowlands, Synthetic Symphony, 2013
  8. Dawn Richard, Gleaux, Goldenheart, Our Dawn, 2013
  9. Spookeasy, Bo Deadly, Faux Show, self-released, 2013
  10. Follakzoid, 9, II, Sacred Bones, 2013
  11. Big Dipper, Robert Pollard, Big Dipper Crashes on the Platinum Planet, Almost Ready Records, 2012
  12. Gonjasufi, The Blame, MU.ZZ.LE, Warp, 2012
  13. Low Cut Connie, Say Yes, Call Me Sylvia, Low Cut Connie LLC, 2012
  14. Gap Dream, Generator, Ali Baba, Suicide Squeeze, 2012
  15. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Finishing Jubilee Street, Push the Sky Away, Bad Seed Ltd., 2013
  16. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Higgs Boson Blues, Push the Sky Away, Bad Seed Ltd., 2013
  17. JJ Doom, Guv'nor, Key to the Kuffs, Lex Records, 2012
  18. Soul Asylum, Somebody to Shove, Grave Dancers Union, Columbia, 1992
  19. Sam Cooke, Bring it on Home to Me, single, RCA, 1962
  20. Carla Thomas, I'll Bring it on Home to You, single, Atlantic, 1962
  21. Rod Stewart, You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim), Foot Loose & Fancy Free, Warner Bros., 1977
  22. Bob Marley & The Wailers, Exodus, Exodus, Island, 1977

Footnotes

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