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Tame Impala & Savages Review

Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala perform live in the studio. Later, Jim and Greg review the debut album from buzzed-about post-punk band, Savages.

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Slayer is undoubtedly one of the most important metal acts ever. Heck, in any genre. And one of its founders, Jeff Hanneman, died recently at age 49. As Greg explains, this guy really brought the riffs. He and fellow guitarist Kerry King were like race car drivers, both playing lead guitar and then zooming out ahead. It was especially amazing to witness this live. Unfortunately Jeff didn't join his bandmates for a visit to our studios a few years ago. But we remember him through Slayer's music. Check out "War Ensemble" from 1990's Seasons in the Abyss.

Say you're Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein. Who do you turn to in order to bring Led Zeppelin back together for a Hurricane Sandy benefit? Why former President Bill Clinton of course! He's brokered many a deal-both foreign and congressional. So why not a rock and roll deal? Well, turns out the Golden God was not so easily moved by Clinton's charms.

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Tame Impala

Last year Lonerism took top slots on both Jim and Greg's Best of 2012 lists. Now we've got Tame Impala performing those new psychedelic classics live in our studio! And along the way, lead singer Kevin Parker talks about the band's influences, both expected (The Flaming Lips) and not (Supertramp), and his desire to work with producer Dave Fridmann. The Australian musicians also debate whether actual psychedelic substances contribute to a psychedelic sound. Certainly you don't need them to enjoy the result.

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Savages Silence Yourself

Last year, London-based quartet Savages burst onto the indie scene seemingly fully formed. Jehny Beth, Gemma Thompson, Ayse Hassan, and Fay Milton had been a band for less than a year when the UK music press caught on to "Husbands," the group's debut single. Critically acclaimed performances at CMJ, SXSW, and Coachella followed (In our own SXSW wrap-up, Jim declared he had“seen God”at Savages' set). So do they deliver on their Matador Recordsdebut Silence Yourself? Jim's answer is an unequivocal "Yes!" Not only does he stand by his previous claim that Jehny Beth is the most compelling rock frontperson since Kurt Cobain, he extends the Nirvana metaphor. Just like that legendary nineties grunge band, Savages take familiar ingredients (post-punk and minimalism) and make them fresh. Greg agrees. This is a serious band, he says, with the album cover manifesto to prove it and the songs to back it up. Silence Yourself gets an enthusiastic double Buy It.

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“Take the Long Way Home”Supertramp

Tame Impala's Kevin Parker wasn't afraid to declare his love for the admittedly un-hip Supertramp during this week's interview, and neither is Jim. Jim celebrates the British band's signature mix of prog and pop during this week's DIJ. He says "Take the Long Way Home" from 1979's Breakfast in America is characteristic of the band's simultaneously sunny and threatening take on orchestral pop.

Featured Songs

  1. Slayer, Raining Blood, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  2. Slayer, War Ensemble, Seasons in the Abyss, Def American, 1990
  3. Led Zeppelin, Your Time Is Gonna Come, Led Zeppelin, Atlantic, 1969
  4. Tame Impala, Music to Walk Home By, Lonerism, Modular Records, 2013
  5. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Scar Tissue, Californication, Warner Bros, 1999
  6. Tame Impala, Solitude is Bliss, Innerspeaker, Modular Records, 2010
  7. Tame Impala, Apocalypse Dreams, Lonerism, Modular Records, 2013
  8. Tame Impala, Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind, Innerspeaker, Modular, 2013 Live
  9. Tame Impala, Why Won't They Talk to Me, Lonerism, Modular Records, 2013
  10. Tame Impala, Apocalypse Dreams, Lonerism, Modular Records, 2013
  11. MGMT, Electric Feel, Oracular Spectacular, Columbia Records, 2008
  12. Tame Impala, Elephant, Lonerism, Modular Records, 2013 Live
  13. Supertramp, Breakfast in America, Breakfast in America, A&M, 1979
  14. Tame Impala, Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, Lonerism, Modular Records, 2013 Live
  15. Tame Impala, Endors Toi, Lonerism, Modular Records, 2013
  16. Savages, Shut Up, Silence Yourself, Matador, 2013
  17. Savages, She Will, Silence Yourself, Matador, 2013
  18. Supertramp, Take the Long Way Home, Breakfast in America, A&M, 1979
  19. Bootsy's Rubber Band, What's a Telephone Bill?, Ahh…The Name is Bootsy, Baby!, Warner Bros., 1977
  20. Nick Drake, 'Cello Song, Five Leaves Left, Island, 1969
  21. World's End Girlfriend, Birthday Resistance, Hurtbreak Wonderland, Pastel, 2007
  22. The Pillows, Comic Sonic, Trial, Avex Trax, 2012

Footnotes

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