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The Rock Doctors Cure Heartache & Opinions on Screaming Females

Jim and Greg don their stethoscopes for another installment of Rock Doctors. This time they help a newly divorced patient in need of a jolt of musical adrenaline. Then they review the new album from New Jersey punk band Screaming Females.

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grateful_dead Jerry Garcia may be dead, but we're sure he'd also be grateful for huge outcry of interest from Grateful Dead fans for a series of reunion tribute shows in Chicago this summer. According to Greg's reporting for the Chicago Tribune nearly a half million fans went online at the same time with the hope of paying almost $200 a ticket. Many of them, of course, got shut out and can only hope to score tickets on the secondary market…that is if they are willing to pay $8,000 to $116,000! The show's promoter promises fans they will try to make the experience accessible via the web, but we recommend loading up your generic mp3 device with Dead tunes and heading over to kick back at your favorite (free) outdoor spot as an alternative idyll.

Jim and Greg next give an update on two ongoing court cases in the music world. First, the former British glam star Gary Glitter has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty of indecently assaulting three girls in the late 1970's. There is no statute of limitations for such offenses in the UK.

And while less unseemly, the copyright case over "Blurred Lines" is also embarrassing for the artists involved. The trial pits Robin Thicke and his co-writers Pharrell Williams and T.I. against the family of Marvin Gaye. They, like many people, hear a lot of similarities to Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." So far the testimonies have been striking. Thicke admitted he was on drugs during the song's recording and that Pharrell was the primary force behind the song.“The biggest hit of my career was written by somebody else, and I was jealous and wanted credit,”he testified,“I felt it was a little white lie that didn‘t hurt his career but boosted mine.”No wonder so many of these cases don’t make it to a public courtroom.

After decades of being ready to review new releases on a Tuesday, Jim and Greg are preparing for a shift to Friday. But in this digital age, there's not much to prepare. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced the decision as a way to eliminate variance from country to country (it's Monday in the UK and Friday in Germany). But in a year when Beyonce and Drake can release music whenever they want with no advance fanfare, this is another example of the music industry being well-behind the times.

Tom Wheeler, commissioner of the FCC delivered a ruling that won in a 3-2 vote to approve strong Net Neutrality rules across the country. The Net Neutrality concept posits that the internet should remain a level playing field; certain companies who control data flow cannot show a preference for one company over another due to self interests. Ars Technica reporter Jon Brodkin, joined us to talk about the historic ruling. He doesn't see a downside to the ruling and says that most of the large telecommunication companies will respond with lawsuits. Brodkin adds that the effect on music fans who enjoy streaming services will be largely positive at this point.

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Sandy

Once again, it's time for the Rock Doctors to put on their white coats and stethoscopes. During this appointment, Jim and Greg attempt to mend a broken heart with some great new tunes. Their patient is Sandy from Chicago. She's recently divorced after 17 years of marriage. She wrote Sound Opinions saying it“was an eye-opening and heartbreaking experience.”Sandy is now in her early 50s and feels like she“lost or squandered her youth.”The doctors' job is to help her awaken her musical self.

Sandy was completely open to new genres of music but tends to favor classic rock. Some of her favorite artists include Led Zeppelin, Heart and Van Halen, however she also enjoys more eclectic artists like St. Vincent and tUnE-yArDs. While she is a consultant by day, she has a background in acting and singing opera. Sandy is looking for music that will make her feel a sense of exhilaration like she does when she's performing and making art.

Jim's prescription is the album Show Us Your Mind from Portland's Summer Cannibals, while Greg recommended Fantasies by Canadian rock band Metric. During their follow-up appointment, Sandy shared that she really enjoyed both records. She liked the strong voices of the female lead singers as well as the instrumentation. Greg and Jim decide that Sandy might be the nicest patient the Rock Doctors have ever treated and are glad to have helped her.

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Unless you are a full-time rock critic, it can be difficult to maintain good musical health. That's where the Rock Doctors come in. Do you have a musical allergy or addiction? Or do you have a friend or relative who needs an intervention? The Sound Opinions clinic has its doors open​.

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Coming out of the DIY scene of suburban New Jersey, Screaming Females has built a dedicated following over the last decade behind the strength of force-of-nature singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster. For their 6th album, Rose Mountain, they've turned to a big name producer for the first time in the form of Matt Bayles, best known for his work with Mastodon and The Sword. The result is a catchier and more melodic record than ever before. But Greg thinks that comes at a cost: the conventionality has masked Paternoster's powerful emotions. While it's a great stepping stone album for new fans, Greg suggests the three previous records better show off her personality. He gives it a Try It. Jim, on the other hand, sees the changes in the sound as a real step toward maturity. You can only be a raging 16-year-old for so long, after all. The lyrics are intense and the catharsis comes out in Paternoster's amazing guitar solos. For Jim, Rose Mountain is an enthusiastic Buy It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street, Shakedown Street, Arista, 1978
  2. Gary Glitter, Rock and Roll (Part 1), Glitter, Bell Records, 1972
  3. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines, Blurred Lines (Single), Star Trak, 2013
  4. Engelbert Humperdinck, Release Me, Release Me, Decca, 1967
  5. Kraftwerk, Computer World, Computer World, Elektra, 1981
  6. INXS, Doctor, INXS, Deluxe, 1980
  7. Heart, Crazy on You, Dreamboat Annie, Mushroom, 1976
  8. Three Dog Night, One, Three Dog Night, Dunhill, 1968
  9. tUnE-yArDs, Bizness, Whokill, 4AD, 2011
  10. David Byrne and St. Vincent, Who, Love This Giant, 4AD, 2012
  11. Van Halen, Somebody Get Me a Doctor, Van Halen II, Warner Bros., 1979
  12. Summer Cannibals, Something New, Show Us Your Mind, New Moss, 2015
  13. Summer Cannibals, Make You Better, Show Us Your Mind, New Moss, 2015
  14. Summer Cannibals, Not Your Turn, Show Us Your Mind, New Moss, 2015
  15. Summer Cannibals, TV, Show Us Your Mind, New Moss, 2015
  16. Metric, Gimme Sympathy, Fantasies, Metric Music International, 2009
  17. Metric, Help I'm Alive, Fantasies, Metric Music International, 2009
  18. Metric, Stadium Love, Fantasies, Metric Music International, 2009
  19. Metric, Collect Call, Fantasies, Metric Music International, 2009
  20. Jackson 5, Doctor My Eyes, Lookin' Through the Windows, Motown, 1972
  21. Screaming Females, Empty Head, Rose Mountain, Don Giovanni Records, 2015
  22. Screaming Females, Rose Mountain, Rose Mountain, Don Giovanni Records, 2015
  23. Leonard Nimoy, Theme from Star Trek, Mr. Spock's Music from Outer Space, Dot, 1967
  24. The Nerves, Hanging on the Telephone, The Nerves, The Nerves, 1976
  25. Tanya Stephens, It's a Pity, It's a Pity (Single), VP, 2003
  26. Drake, Know Yourself, If You're Reading This, It's Too Late, Cash Money, 2015
  27. Pink Floyd, Remember a Day, A Saucerful of Secrets, EMI Columbia, 1968

Footnotes

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