Bob Mould

Bob Mould & Opinions on case/lang/veirs

After his pioneering work in Hüsker Dü and his alternative era success with Sugar, Bob Mould shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary songwriter and guitarist joins Jim and Greg for a live performance and a conversation. Plus, a review of the new collaboration between Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.

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Bob Mould

Throughout his storied career, songwriter and guitarist Bob Mould seems to be driven by the mystical power of the number 3. He's best known for his work with a couple of power trios: the pioneering Minneapolis punk band Hüsker Dü and the successful alternative era band Sugar. He's now formed trio #3 along with bassist Jason Narducy and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats, Scharpling & Wurster). Together they've recorded three (of course) albums, most recently the double-Buy It earning Patch the Sky. This week, Bob Mould joins Jim and Greg for the third time in the show's history, this time with Narducy and Wurster in tow. They give a blistering live performance and discusses the vitality of guitar music, finding salvation through rock, and Bob's polarizing turn toward electronica.

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Singer/songwriters Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs have long admired each other's music from afar but didn't really know each other personally. That changed a few years ago when lang sent an email to Case and Veirs asking if they wanted to collaborate. The result of that email is a new project and album called case/lang/veirs. Greg says he was initially skeptical of this so-called“super group”but the trio really delivers. He says the album sounds like a nod to girl groups and the Laurel Canyon sound and the sum is really greater the parts. Jim finds the three distinct voices elevate each other. The three women harmonize so well you can‘t always tell who is singing. While the record is lowkey, Jim is sure the joyful songs will grow on you and then you won’t be able to stop listening. case/lang/veirs earns a double Buy It.

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“Downtown Venus”P.M. Dawn

This week, Jim wanted to honor the late Prince Be of P.M. Dawn by taking a track of his to the Desert Island. Jim notes that like himself, Prince Be was a misfit music fan who grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. He had a rough upbringing but went on to make four superb albums as P.M. Dawn along with his brother, DJ Minutemix. After the '90s, Prince Be virtually disappeared, sporadically releasing new music on the internet. Jim feels that he traversed a new path with the Afrofuturism/psychedelic rap he created, and inspired the sort of work being done today by artists like Chance the Rapper and Janelle Monáe. Jim chose the song "Downtown Venus" from the 1995 album Jesus Wept, a track that exemplifies his genre-melding abilities and skills as a singer. Prince Be died on June 17 at the age of 46 from complications from kidney disease.

Featured Songs

  1. Bob Mould, Hands Are Tied, Patch the Sky, Merge, 2016
  2. Bob Mould, Voices In My Head (Live on Sound Opinions), Patch the Sky, Merge, 2016
  3. Hüsker Dü, Whatever, Zen Arcade, Spot, 1984
  4. Hüsker Dü, Eight Miles High, Eight Miles High, SST, 1984
  5. Bob Mould, Hold On (Live on Sound Opinions), Patch the Sky, Merge, 2016
  6. Bob Mould, I Don't Know You Anymore, Beauty & Ruin, Merge, 2014
  7. Hüsker Dü, In a Free Land, Everything Falls Apart, Reflect, 1983
  8. Bob Mould, Quasar, Modulate, Granary, 2002
  9. Hüsker Dü, Makes No Sense At All, Flip Your Wig, SST, 1985
  10. Bob Mould, The End of Things (Live on Sound Opinions), Patch the Sky, Merge, 2016
  11. Bob Mould, Daddy's Favorite (Live on Sound Opinions), Patch the Sky, Merge, 2016
  12. Bob Mould, Pray for Rain, Patch the Sky, Merge, 2016
  13. case/lang/veirs, Atomic Number, Case/Lang/Veirs, Anti-, 2016
  14. case/lang/veirs, Delirium, Case/Lang/Veirs, Anti-, 2016
  15. P.M. Dawn, Downtown Venus, Jesus Wept, Gee Street, 1995
  16. Herman Hermits, Dial My Number, Both Sides of Herman's Hermits, MGM, 1966
  17. Nina Simone, Sinnerman, Pastel Blues, Philips, 1965
  18. Ramones, I Wanna Be Sedated, Road to Ruin, Sire, 1978
  19. Suicidal Tendencies, Institutionalized, Suicidal Tendencies, Frontier, 1983
  20. Peter Gabriel, I Have the Touch, Peter Gabriel, Geffen, 1982

Footnotes

bobmould.com Bob Mould soundopinions.org Bob Mould on SO in 2008 soundopinions.org Bob Mould on SO in 2011 soundopinions.org Jim & Greg's“Patch the Sky”review chicagotribune.com Greg's“Patch the Sky”review chicagotribune.com Greg's Bob Mould concert review soundopinions.org Superchunk on SO soundopinions.org Scharpling & Wurster on SO chicagotribune.com Greg's“case/lang/veirs”album review soundopinions.org Neko Case on SO in 2007 soundopinions.org Neko Case on SO in 2009 soundopinions.org Neko Case on SO in 2013 wbez.org Jim's Prince Be obit rollingstone.com Prince Be obit