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Buried Treasures and Opinions on Madonna

Jim and Greg share some of their favorite under-the-mainstream-radar tunes during this installment of Buried Treasures. Then they review the new album from the Material Girl.

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One of the highest profile court cases in the music industry has been going on for nearly a year and half, and finally we have a verdict. A federal jury in Los Angeles on deemed that Robin Thicke, TI and Pharrell Williams's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" was indeed similar enough to Marvin Gaye 1977 song "Got To Give It Up" to award the Gaye estate $7.3 million. Greg notes that while it's a huge win for the Gaye estate and one that will impact future copyright decisions, there will surely be an appeal. Howard King, Thicke's attorney said, "We owe it to songwriters around the world to make sure this verdict doesn't stand."

Pioneering documentarian Albert Maysles died on March 6th. Maysles, and his brother David, made a huge contribution to the film world with their cinema verite works like Grey Gardens and 1964's What's Happening! The Beatles in the USA. But for music fans like Jim and Greg, Maysles made his biggest impact with the 1970 rock doc Gimme Shelter, which showed the Rolling Stones during their 1969 US tour and the tragic death during their concert at the Altamont speedway. Maysles was 88.

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Buried Treasures

As the weather starts to heat up, radio stations will start to play an endless loop of the same summer jams by the same big name artists. But there are much more deserving records that won't get that kind of attention. Jim and Greg share their latest cache of Buried Treasures: hidden musical gems that everyone ought to hear.

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Madonna Rebel Heart

In the early '80s, people questioned whether pop diva Madonna was just a girl of the moment or here to stay. While her music has been the soundtrack to our lives, her work in the 21st century has received mixed reviews. Plus in the Internet age, Madge experienced issues when she was forced to release her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, early after tracks leaked online. Greg thinks that Madonna is at her best when she's being introspective, like on 1998's Ray of Light. The more experimental and honest tracks on the latest record outshine the dance pop numbers that are usually her specialty. He argues that Rebel Heart is half of a good album and gives it a Try It. In Jim's opinion, Greg is being kind to the Material Girl, and thinks "Holy Water" is probably Madonna's worst song ever. He perceives the confessional songs as inauthentic and her attempts at provocation as tawdry. He gives Rebel Heart a Trash It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams, Blurred Lines, Blurred Lines (Single), Star Trak, 2013
  2. Marvin Gaye, Got to Give It Up, Live at the London Palladium, Tamla, 1977
  3. The Rolling Stones, Under My Thumb (Live at Altamont), Gimme Shelter (1970 film), N/A, 1970
  4. The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter, Let It Bleed, London Records, 1969
  5. Soft Science, Feel, Detour, Test Pattern Records, 2014
  6. The Bama Lamas, Sambuca, Going Up!, Dirty Ugly Records, 2014
  7. Ratking ft. Despot and Princess Nokia, Steep Tech, 700 Fill, XL, 2015
  8. Dengue Fever, Rom Say Sok, The Deepest Lake, MRI, 2015
  9. The Dodos, Bubble, Individ, Polyvinyl, 2015
  10. Lightning Bolt, The Metal East, Fantasy Empire, Thrill Jockey, 2015
  11. Cavern Sound ft. Aunt Marie, American Sound Limited, Local Customs: Cavern Sound, Numero, 2014
  12. Sannhet, Revisionist, Revisionist, The Flenser, 2015
  13. Wind Burial, Crown of Bones, We Used to Be Hunters, Snowdrift Records, 2015
  14. Wind Burial, Sleeping Giant, We Used to Be Hunters, Snowdrift Records, 2015
  15. Thelonesomekid, Funnels, Iamthelonesomekid, N/A, 2014
  16. Madonna, Living for Love, Rebel Heart, Interscope, 2015
  17. Madonna, Joan of Arc, Rebel Heart, Interscope, 2015
  18. Madonna, Holy Water, Rebel Heart, Interscope, 2015
  19. Madonna, Jump, Confessions on a Dance Floor, Warner Bros., 2005
  20. Brenda Lee, Ring-a-My-Phone, Ring-a-My-Phone, Decca, 1958
  21. Howlin' Wolf, Highway My Friend, Heart Like Railroad Steel, Blues Ball, 1979
  22. The Walkmen, Thinking of a Dream I Had, Bows + Arrows, Record Collection, 2004
  23. The Jam, News of the World, News of the World (Single), Polydor, 1978

Footnotes

latimes.com Blurred Lines Ruling youtube.com Blurred Lines Vs Got to Give It Up nytimes.com Albert Maysles bandcamp.com Soft Science denguefevermusic.com Dengue Fever laserbeast.com Lightning Bolt bandcamp.com Wind Burial bandcamp.com The Bama Lamas dodosmusic.net The Dodos soundopinions.org The Dodos on Sound Opinions numerogroup.com Local Customs: Cavern Sound soundopinions.org Numero Group on Sound Opinions thelonesomekid.com Thelonesomekid madonna.com Madonna chicagotribune.com Greg's Review on Rebel Heart