Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder and a Review of The Both

Jim and Greg talk to Giorgio Moroder, one of the architects of Disco. And they review a new collaboration by Aimee Mann & Ted Leo.

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Museums will soon get to display an artifact as precious as the Rosetta Stone or the Shroud of Turin: the new Wu-Tang Clan album. The Clan is creating only one copy of the upcoming record, The Wu—Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which they'll take on tour around the world before auctioning off. (Unsurprisingly, the Clan has already been offered millions for the disc.) The idea is to provoke a discussion about the value of music in the modern era, RZA explained—but as Greg notes, it's a lot of spectacle and money for an album that few may even hear.

Coachella is coming up, and several celebrities will be in attendance—for a price. It turns out stars are getting paid big bucks to not only attend the festival, but also get spotted wearing certain brands. Lea Michele of Glee will get $20,000 from Lacoste to wear its clothes, while McDonald's is paying High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens $15K to stop by one of its parties. Other celebs, like Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul and Joe Jonas, have named their prices and are waiting on offers. Jim would gladly support any Kickstarter campaign that sends a Jonas brother to the desert.

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Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Giorgio Moroder is on his 6th musical decade, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. He's a name many will identify with Donna Summer's great hits of the Disco era, as well as solo hits like "From Here to Eternity." In fact, subsequent artists and producers talked about going after that“Moroder beat.”While today we hear the synth-heavy "Love to Love You, Baby" and "I Feel Love," and are immediately taken back to the 1970's, at the time they were the sounds of the future. No less than Brian Eno said just that to David Bowie, one of Giorgio's collaborators on the Cat People soundtrack. Giorgio also composed memorable scores for movies like Scarface and Midnight Express, as well as hit songs like "Flashdance…What a Feeling," "Call Me" and "Take My Breath Away." Recently, he's ad a renaissance of sorts, collaborating with Daft Punk on their Grammy-winning album Random Access Memories. And at 73, he's still appearing at festivals like Ultra Music, Pitchfork and MoogFest.

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The Both The Both

Unlike other collaborations, Jim and Greg have reviewed in recent memory, the coming together of two of indie rock's most esteemed stars, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, finally feels like a collaboration that works. Mann is probably best known for her Grammy and Academy Award nominated songs in director Paul Thomas Anderson's film Magnolia, while Leo has been the leader of the Ted Leo and The Pharmacists for the past fifteen years. Known collectively as The Both, the two singer-songwriters have released a record that Greg thinks does a remarkable job of creating a sound all it's own instead of just sounding like Leo and Mann took at the wheel of every other song. Leo's impressive guitar playing perfectly underscores Mann's emotional melodies throughout, making The Both a Buy It for Greg. Jim thinks the potential to bring together Mann's penchant for heartbreak and Leo's political idealism is there, but the two eschew all of that in favor of an album that amounts to just a decent collection of pop songs. Jim expected more, but likes enough of what he hears to recommend listeners Try It.

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“10,000 Lovers”Ida Maria

While recently scouring the Bermuda Triangle for long-lost artists, Jim rediscovered Norway's Ida Maria who specializes in energetic punk rock blended with new wave melodies. The song "10,000 Lovers" from Maria's second album Katla is a little less punk, but still a lot of fun and reminded Jim why Maria's debut album Fortress Round My Heart in 2009 was his favorite of that year. 10,000 Lovers features Maria's first use of her native Norwegian on a song, and while Jim doesn‘t understand any of it, there’s no mistaking Maria's shout-out to Frank Sinatra at the end.

Featured Songs

  1. Wu-Tang Clan, Keep Watch, A Better Tomorrow, Wu Music Group, 2014
  2. OutKast, B.O.B., Stankonia, LaFace, 2000
  3. Giorgio Moroder, Looky Looky, Looky Looky (Single), Ariola, 1969
  4. Chicory Tip, Son of My Father, Son of My Father, CBS, 1972
  5. Donna Summer, The Hostage, Lady of the Night, Repertoire, 1974
  6. Serge Gainsbourg, Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus, Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus, Polygram, 1976
  7. Donna Summer, Love to Love You Baby, Love to Love You Baby, Casablanca, 1975
  8. Giorgio Moroder, Tony's Theme, Scarface: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, MCA, 1983
  9. Donna Summer, I Feel Love, I Remember Yesterday, Casablanca, 1977
  10. Giorgio Moroder feat. David Bowie, Cat People (Putting Out Fire), Cat People: Original Soundtrack, MCA, 1982
  11. Giorgio Moroder, From Here to Eternity, From Here to Eternity, Repertoire, 1977
  12. Giorgio Moroder, Chase, Midnight Express: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Casablanca, 1978
  13. Blondie, Call Me, American Gigolo: Original Soundtrack Recording, Polydor, 1980
  14. Avicii, Wake Me Up, True, Island/Virgin EMI, 2013
  15. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams, Lose Yourself to Dance, Random Access Memories, Columbia, 2013
  16. Daft Punk feat. Giorgio Moroder, Giorgio by Moroder, Random Access Memories, Columbia, 2013
  17. Berlin, Take My Breath Away (Love Theme), Top Gun: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Columbia, 1986
  18. The Both, Milwaukee, The Both, Superego, 2014
  19. The Both, Volunteers of America, The Both, Superego, 2014
  20. Ida Maria, 10,000 Lovers, Katla, Universal, 2010
  21. Giorgio Moroder, Good Old Germany, Einzelgänger, Oasis, 1975
  22. The Andrew Sisters, The Telephone Song, Single, Wnts, 2012
  23. The Allman Brothers Band, Don't Want You No More, Peakin' at the Beacon, Epic, 2000
  24. Big Star, Ballad of El Goodo, Number 1 Record, Ardent, 1972
  25. Jay and The Americans, Come A Little Bit Closer, Come a Little Bit Closer, United Artists, 1964
  26. Tool, Third Eye, Ænima, Zoo Entertainment, 1996
  27. Pelican, Aurora Borealis, The Fire in Our Throats Will Beckon the Thaw, Hydra Head Records, 2005

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