Captain Beefheart

The Legend of Captain Beefheart, Opinions on Kacey Musgraves & Sarah Shook

Hosts Jim and Greg explore the legend of Captain Beefheart, a musician with a larger-than-life personality who blurred the lines of music, art and noise. Also, they talk with longtime Captain Beefheart collaborator Gary Lucas and share their thoughts on why Beefheart's music, however difficult, is of value. Plus, the hosts review new albums from country artists Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Shook.

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Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour

According to Jim DeRogatis, Kacey Musgraves has been recording“basically forever,”he adds that,“Shortly after she could walk she started playing the mandolin.”On her latest album, Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves offers a contemporary country album that has sounds that listeners might not expect on a country recording. For starters, there's the vocoder on "Oh What a World" and "Butterflies," and then there's the disco bassline on "High Horse." Jim says "Mother" could be on a Tori Amos record, while Greg says that the track is a meta-song about“what it means to be a woman, what it means to be a mother.”Greg also notes that Rainbow is draped in "LGBTQ colors." Jim and Greg give the album a Double Buy It.

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Sarah Shook & the Disarmers Years

Jim and Greg were both happy to find that the new Sarah Shook & the Disarmers album, Years, still has the alt-county rough edges that they appreciated on her debut, 2015's Sidelong. Only this time, Greg notes that Sarah upped her vocal game, approaching a song like "Heartache in Hell"“like a jazz vocalist… living each word, each syllable in those lines.”Jim notes that in the song "Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't,"“she's having these inner battles, and she's doing it in front of a microphone.”Jim and Greg give Years a Double Buy It.

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Captain Beefheart

Captain Beefheart This week, Jim and Greg take the plunge into the depths of an artist that is notoriously difficult for many music fans to enjoy - Captain Beefheart. This writer, singer, visual artist and musician had a larger-than-life personality and blurred the lines of genres like rock and roll, blues, free jazz and more. Beefheart influenced countless artists from John Cale to PJ Harvey to Jack White - who recently reissued Beefheart's most famous record Trout Mask Replica on his own label Third Man Records. Jim and Greg go through Beefheart's origin story, discography and importance. Plus they'll talk to long-time collaborator Gary Lucas.

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Cecil Taylor

Cecil Taylor

Greg doesn't use the term“genius”often, but he does think it applies to both Captain Beefheart and Cecil Taylor. Greg remembers the trailblazing free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, who passed away April 5th at the age of 89.

Featured Songs

  1. Kacey Musgraves, Butterflies, Golden Hour, MCA Nashville, 2018
  2. Kacey Musgraves, Space Cowboy, Golden Hour, MCA Nashville, 2018
  3. Kacey Musgraves, Slow Burn, Golden Hour, MCA Nashville, 2018
  4. Kacey Musgraves, High Horse, Golden Hour, MCA Nashville, 2018
  5. Kacey Musgraves, Mother, Golden Hour, MCA Nashville, 2018
  6. Kacey Musgraves, Oh What a World, Golden Hour, MCA Nashville, 2018
  7. Kacey Musgraves, Rainbow, Golden Hour, MCA Nashville, 2018
  8. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Good as Gold, Years, Bloodshot, 2018
  9. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Lesson, Years, Bloodshot, 2018
  10. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Heartache in Hell, Years, Bloodshot, 2018
  11. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't, Years, Bloodshot, 2018
  12. Captain Beefheart, I'm Gonna Booglarize You Baby, The Spotlight Kid, Reprise, 1972
  13. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Ice Cream for Crow, Ice Cream for Crow, Virgin, 1982
  14. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Diddy Wah Diddy, Diddy Wah Diddy (Single), A&M, 1966
  15. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Abba Zaba, Safe as Milk, Buddah, 1967
  16. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, The Past Sure is Tense, Ice Cream for Crow, Virgin, 1982
  17. Robyn Hitchcock, I Pray When I'm Drunk, Robyn Hitchcock, Yep Roc, 2017
  18. Tom Waits, Underground, Swordfishtrombones, Island, 1983
  19. PJ Harvey and John Parish, Pig Will Not, A Woman a Man Walked By, Island, 2009
  20. Devo, Gut Feeling / (Slap Your Mammy), Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner Bros., 1978
  21. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Sweet Sweet Bulbs, Trout Mask Replica, Straight Records, 1969
  22. Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Montana, Over-Nite Sensation, DiscReet, 1973
  23. Ornette Coleman, Eventually, The Shape of Jazz to Come, Atlantic, 1959
  24. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Hair Pie: Bake 1, Trout Mask Replica, Straight Records, 1969
  25. Ornette Coleman, Street Woman, Science Fiction, Columbia, 1972
  26. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Big Eyed Beans From Venus, Clear Spot, Reprise, 1972
  27. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles, Clear Spot, Reprise, 1972
  28. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Sun Zoom Spark, Clear Spot, Reprise, 1972
  29. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Lick My Decals Off, Baby, Lick My Decals Off, Baby, Straight Records, 1970
  30. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Sure ‘Nuff ’n' Yes, I Do, Safe as Milk, Buddah, 1967
  31. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Electricity, Safe as Milk, Buddah, 1967
  32. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Moonlight on Vermont, Trout Mask Replica, Straight Records, 1969
  33. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Frownland, Trout Mask Replica, Straight Records, 1969
  34. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, When Big Joan Sets Up, Trout Mask Replica, Straight Records, 1969
  35. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Zig Zag Wanderer, Safe as Milk, Buddah, 1967
  36. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Ella Guru, Trout Mask Replica, Straight Records, 1969
  37. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Ashtray Heart, Doc at the Radar Station, Virgin, 1980
  38. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, Yellow Brick Road, Safe as Milk, Buddah, 1967
  39. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band, So Glad, Safe as Milk, Buddah, 1967
  40. Cecil Taylor, Jitney No. 2, Silent Tongues, Freedom, 1974
  41. Cecil Taylor, Call, Live at the Cafe Montmartre, Debut, 1963
  42. Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz, The Telephone Song, Getz Au Go Go, Verve, 1964
  43. Spoon, Laffitte Don't Fail Me Now, The Agony of Laffitte, Saddle Creek, 1999
  44. Jack White, Over and Over and Over, Boarding House Reach, Third Man, 2018
  45. The Rolling Stones, Torn and Frayed, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stone, 1972
  46. Twin Peaks, Cold Lips, Down in Heaven, Grand Jury, 2016
  47. The Rolling Stones, Shine a Light, Exile on Main St., Rolling Stone, 1972
  48. Yoko Ono, Midsummer New York, Fly, Apple, 1971