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Neko Case & Opinions on Paul McCartney

Neko Case returns to her old Chicago stomping grounds for a special live Sound Opinions recording at The Hideout. Then Jim and Greg review the latest from Sir Paul McCartney.

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Social media continues to be controversial terrain when it comes to music. This week comes the announcement that Twitter has shuttered its music app.“What music app?”you say. #Music has been a rare flop for Twitter. It was introduced with great fanfare months ago, but hasn't made any noise. And so the company is rethinking its strategy. Instagram is another social networking tool much beloved by those in the entertainment industry. But The Guardian is wondering if it's killing music videos.“Heck no,”YouTube might respond. It's hosting its first YouTube Music Awards next month. Place your vote at youtube.com/musicawards.

The Brits continue to surprise us stateside. The #1 album this week is not by Sir Paul McCartney. It's not by Pearl Jam. It's by…John Newman? This up and comer (and Rick Astley look-alike) debuted in the top slot on the U.K. Billboard chart. Pearl Jam fared better at home with its 5th number one. Listen to Jim and Greg's review.

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Neko Case

Singer/songwriter Neko Case is back with a new album called The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. This is Neko's 6th release, and over the past few years she's let the world see a little more of her humor and unique point of view. Granted, she still lives quite privately on a farm in Vermont, but the songs on this album, not to mention all the tweets, are more revealing than ever. The album is also poised to bring Neko the biggest profile of her career, so Jim and Greg thought it would be fun to bring her back to the place where it all started: the Chicago music club, The Hideout. She worked as a bartender there in the early 2000s, and even bunked upstairs. She performs songs from the new album with Eric Bachmann & Kelly Hogan.

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Paul McCartney New

The end of The Beatles certainly hasn't slowed the output of Paul McCartney. This year, Macca releases his 16th solo album called New. He's teamed up with a stable of pop music super producers like Mark Ronson (Lily Allen and Bruno Mars) and Paul Epworth (Florence & the Machine and Adele). Greg thinks the recording sessions with these hotshot producers brought bits of brilliance to the album. But the other bits are too undercooked and tired to earn the record more than a Burn It. Jim also appreciates the sound of the record. However, lyrically, McCartney has done better. Jim doubts McCartney's team has the courage to tell him, making New a Burn It.

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“Black Sails”Harry Nilsson

Talking about Paul McCartney got Greg thinking about one of The Beatles' longtime friends and contemporaries: Harry Nilsson. Nilsson was especially fond of John Lennon, and the two collaborated on a 1974 album called Pussy Cats. The results, though, were a bit… out there, perhaps because of all the drugs, drink and heartbreak. But that dark mood piqued Greg's interest, and he chooses the song "Black Sails" for a rainy day on the desert island.

Featured Songs

  1. Pure Sunray,“Caramel,”Pure Sunray, 2013
  2. Gladys Knight & the Pips, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Single), Motown, 1967
  3. John Newman, Love Me Again, Tribute, Universal/Island, 2013
  4. Neko Case, Night Still Comes, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  5. Neko Case featuring Kelly Hogan and Eric Bachmann, Night Still Comes (Live on Sound Opinions), The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  6. Neko Case, Wild Creatures, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  7. Neko Case, Man, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  8. Neko Case featuring Kelly Hogan and Eric Bachmann, Local Girl (Live on Sound Opinions), The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  9. Neko Case featuring Kelly Hogan and Eric Bachmann, Calling Cards (Live on Sound Opinions), The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  10. Neko Case, Nearly Midnight, Honolulu, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  11. Neko Case, City Swans, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  12. Paul McCartney, New, New, Virgin EMI Records, 2013
  13. Paul McCartney, Alligator, New, Virgin EMI Records, 2013
  14. Paul McCartney, Everybody Out There, New, Virgin EMI Records, 2013
  15. Harry Nilsson, Black Sails, Pussy Cats, RCA Victor, 1974
  16. Squeeze, 853-5937, Babylon and On, A&M, 1988
  17. Willis Earl Beal, Ain't Got No Love, Nobody Knows, XL Recordings, 2013
  18. Kings of Leon, Temple, Mechanical Bull, RCA, 2013
  19. Judy Collins, Pretty Polly, Who Knows Where the Time Goes, Elektra, 1968
  20. Billie Holiday, Strange Fruit, Strange Fruit (Single), Commodore, 1939
  21. Guns N' Roses, Used to Love Her, GN'R Lies, Geffen, 1988

Footnotes

latimes.com Twitter Music says goodbye theguardian.com Instagram dilutes music videos variety.com YouTube Music Awards billboard.com John Newman tops U.K. chart billboard.com Pearl Jam #1 nekocase.com Neko Case's website countryliving.com Neko Case's house tour hideoutchicago.com The Hideout's website chicagotribune.com Greg's Neko Case review paulmccartney.com Paul McCartney's website wbez.org Jim's review of Paul McCartney chicagotribune.com Greg's review of Paul McCartney allmusic.com Pussy Cats by Harry Nilsson youtube.com“Black Sails”