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Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

Jim and Greg take aim the year's biggest musical disappointments during the annual Sound Opinions Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot. Later, they review Lady Gaga, and Jim takes a trip to the desert island.

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Turkey Shoot

It's Turkey time! Let out all your holiday frustrations on some well-deserving musical turkeys. Here are the albums that most let Jim and Greg down in 2013 as part of our Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot:

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Lady Gaga Artpop

"Anti-diva" Lady Gaga has just released her third album, Artpop. and it's headed for #1. The title is a brazen declaration of its content, but after a few plays, neither Jim nor Greg feel much like the album is“Art”at all. While Jim does think the music is still as groovy as ever, he can't get over the pandering, nonsensical lyrics., especially considering her attempts to empower her fans. So, Jim says Burn It. Greg refuses to step over the threshold, explaining that the music underwhelms with conventional, risk-averse EDM courtesy of big name producers like DJ White Shadow. Lady Gaga has built a career out of twisting the formula, but Greg doesn't hear any reinvention: Trash It.

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“Whatta Man”Salt-N-Pepa,En Vogue,Linda Lyndell

Recently Jim's better half was watching VH1 promos of the new TLC biopic. It got him thinking about better R&B and hip hop groups from the '90s like Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue. The two came together in 1993 for "Whatta Man." To Jim, this is a girl group sound at its best—with En Vogue's“perfect”choruses and Salt-N-Pepa's witty verses over a sample of Linda Lyndell's original 1968 hit Jim wants this funky tribute to“a God-sent original, the man of my dreams”on his Desert Island Jukebox.

Featured Songs

  1. Pure Sunray, Caramel, Pure Sunray, self-released, 2013
  2. Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Blinded By the Light, The Roaring Silence, Warner Bros., 1976
  3. Michael Jackson, Don‘t Stop ’til You Get Enough, Off the Wall, Epic, 1979
  4. The Ohio Players, Jive Turkey, Skin Tight, Mercury, 1974
  5. Jay-Z, Picasso Baby, Magna Carta… Holy Grail, Roc-A-Fella/Universal, 2013
  6. Jay-Z, Tom Ford, Magna Carta… Holy Grail, Roc-A-Fella/Universal, 2013
  7. Justin Timberlake, Take Back the Night, The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2, RCA, 2013
  8. Justin Timberlake, Amnesia, The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2, RCA, 2013
  9. Nine Inch Nails, Copy of A, Hesitation Marks, Columbia, 2013
  10. Nine Inch Nails, All Time Low, Hesitation Marks, Columbia, 2013
  11. Otis Redding, I Want to Thank You, The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, Volt/Altco, 1965
  12. ABBA, Thank You for the Music, Thank You for the Music, Epic, 1983
  13. Kings of Leon, Don't Matter, Mechanical Bull, RCA, 2013
  14. Arcade Fire, Awful Sound, Reflektor, Merge, 2013
  15. Boards of Canada, Reach for the Dead, Tomorrow's Harvest, Warp, 2013
  16. My Bloody Valentine, If I Am, mbv, self-released, 2013
  17. Kanye West, On Sight, Yeezus, Def Jam, 2013
  18. Kanye West, I'm In It, Yeezus, Def Jam, 2013
  19. Kanye West, Blood On the Leaves, Yeezus, Def Jam, 2013
  20. The Flaming Lips, Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die, The Terror, Warner Bros., 2013
  21. The Flaming Lips, The Terror, The Terror, Warner Bros., 2013
  22. Dee Dee Sharp, Mashed Potato Time, It's Mashed Potato Time, Cameo, 1962
  23. Lady Gaga, Aura, ARTPOP, Interscope, 2013
  24. Lady Gaga, Manicure, ARTPOP, Interscope, 2013
  25. Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly, Do What U Want, ARTPOP, Interscope, 2013
  26. Lady Gaga, Applause, ARTPOP, Interscope, 2013
  27. Lady Gaga, Jewels n' Drugs, ARTPOP, Interscope, 2013
  28. Salt-N-Pepa feat. En Vogue, Whatta Man, Very Necessary, Next Plateau/London, 1993
  29. The Beatles, Any Time at All, A Hard Day's Night, Parlophone, 1964
  30. Parquet Courts, Master of My Craft (Live on Sound Opinions), Light Up Gold, Dull Tools/What's Your Rupture?, 2012
  31. Van Morrison, Madame George, Astral Weeks, Warner Bros., 1968
  32. Arcade Fire, Here Comes the Night Time, Reflektor, Merge, 2013

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