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Strange Bedfellows of Rock & Opinions on Sleater-Kinney.

Sometimes the most exciting collaborations come in the most unexpected forms. Jim and Greg bring you some Strange Bedfellows that are actually successful. Then they review the latest album from Sleater-Kinney.

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The Grateful Dead are coming back from…well…the dead. The four surviving original members of the jam band progenitor are reuniting for a series of shows this July at Soldier Field in Chicago. These performances will commemorate their 50th anniversary as a band, as well as the 20th anniversary of leader Jerry Garcia's death. The band claims these will be their final shows together, but Jim and Greg have their doubts.

The buzz is already building for this summer's big music festivals. Major events like Coachella, Bonnarroo, and the New Orleans Jazz Fest are already announcing big name headliners. There seems to be a growing trend of booking veteran performers like Billy Joel and Elton John who could otherwise fill stadium gigs of their own. Greg's early pick is the Governors Ball in New York featuring Björk, while Jim's curiosity is piqued by the avant-garde lineup at Knoxville, Tennessee's Big Ears Festival.

It's one fine day for fans of Mariah Carey. The chart-topping chanteuse will be holding a residency at Caesars Las Vegas beginning in May. She'll perform selections from her many #1 singles to coincide with a new release aptly called #1s. And while it seems like the stuff of sweet, sweet fantasy, Mr. Showmanship himself, Liberace, is also returning to Vegas, despite having died in 1987. Following in the footsteps of Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur, the glittery entertainer will be recreated as a hologram by the company Hologram USA.

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Strange Bedfellows of Rock

aerosmith-run-dmc Sometimes an odd pairing comes off like peanut butter and chocolate (Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C.). Othertimes, peanut butter and sardines (Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson). And the most recent odd couple is Kanye West and Paul McCartney, with the first single from West's forthcoming album. But during this segment, Jim and Greg remember the most successful "Strange Bedfellows."

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Sleater-Kinney No Cities to Love

For as long as Sleater-Kinney has been a band, they have been a divisive subject on Sound Opinions. Greg is a fan and Jim is (usually) not. Now, ten years after their indefinite hiatus, we get their latest album No Cities to Love. The band, Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, has returned with something to prove, according to Greg. About half the songs of the album are some of the best they have ever done and while the second half isn't quite as good. Despite that, he gives the album a strong Buy It rating. Jim is still on the fence with Sleater-Kinney. He wishes Brownstein and Tucker's vocals had more melody to them, and he isn't hearing much new. Therefore, he gives No Cities to Love a Try It.

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Featured Songs

  1. The Grateful Dead, Brokedown Palace, American Beauty, Warner Bros., 1970
  2. Mariah Carey, Emotions, Emotions (Single), Columbia, 1991
  3. Run-D.M.C. feat. Aerosmith, Walk This Way, Raising Hell, Profile, 1986
  4. Diamanda Galás with John Paul Jones, Do You Take This Man?, The Sporting Life, Mute Records, 1994
  5. The Ramones, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, End of the Century, Sire, 1980
  6. Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson, To All the Girls I've Loved Before, To All the Girls I've Loved Before (Single), Columbia, 1984
  7. Kanye West feat. Paul McCartney, Only One, Only One (Single), Def Jam, 2014
  8. Hindu Love Gods, Raspberry Beret, Raspberry Beret (Single), Warner Bros., 1990
  9. The KLF featuring Tammy Wynette, Justified & Ancient, Justified & Ancient (Single), KLF Communications, 1991
  10. Atoms for Peace, Dropped, Amok, XL, 2013
  11. Nick Cave and Kylie Minogue, Where the Wild Roses Grow, Where the Wild Roses Grow (Single), Mute, 1995
  12. Grizzly Bear feat. Michael McDonald, While You Wait for the Others, Veckatimest, Warp, 2009
  13. Johnny Cash with producer Rick Rubin, Personal Jesus, America IV: The Man Comes Around, Universal, 2002
  14. The Cramps with producer Alex Chilton, Zombie Dance, Songs the Lord Taught Us, Illegal Records, 1980
  15. Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul, Fallin', Fallin' (Single), Immortal, 1994
  16. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love, No Cities to Love, Sub Pop, 2015
  17. Sleater-Kinney, Surface Envy, No Cities to Love, Sub Pop, 2015
  18. Aphex Twin, DISKPREPT4, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments PT 2, " Warp, 2015
  19. De La Soul, Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey), De La Soul Is Dead, Warner Bros., 1991
  20. Run-D.M.C., Sucker M.C.'s (Krush-Groove 1), Sucker M.C.'s (Single), Profile, 1983
  21. Mary J. Blige, My Life, My Life, Uptown, 1994
  22. Iron Maiden, The Trooper, Piece of Mind, EMI, 1983

Footnotes

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