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Show 135: Best Albums of 2008...So Far, My Morning Jacket review
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1 Dr. Claudius Conrad, a physician at Harvard University Medical School recently conducted a study that examined the relationship between pain, healing and music. Jim and Greg talk to Dr. Conrad, a classically trained pianist, about his findings, which were published in the journal Critical Care Medicine. He found that playing music for patients recovering in the ICU reduced certain hormone levels that paradoxically caused the lessening of pain symptoms. Dr. Conrad specifically used Mozart in his study, but he believes that any music a patient found pleasurable might have the same effect. He also imagines this would be the case during surgery itself.
2 Hard to believe it’s almost the mid point for 2008, but lucky for Sound Opinions listeners, that means it’s time for a list! Here are Jim and Greg’s lists for the Best Albums of 2008…So Far
1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!"
2. Weezer, “Weezer”
3. Local H, “12 Angry Months”
4. Gnarls Barkley, “The Odd Couple”
5. Lupe Fiasco, “The Cool” **
6. Tim Fite, “Fair Ain’t Fair”
7. Saul Williams, “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust” ++
8. The Black Angels, “Directions to See a Ghost”
9. Portishead, “Third”
10. Flight of the Conchords, “Flight of the Conchords”
** Yes, I know Lupe’s second disc is arguably a 2007 release. But in its infinite wisdom (or lack thereof), Atlantic officially issued it on Dec. 18 last year, where it was thoroughly lost and quickly forgotten. It’s an outstanding effort nonetheless, and I’d argue that it’s only really started to make an impact in 2008 as Lupe has toured with Kanye West.
++ Originally issued as a pay-what-you-think-it’s-worth download last November; now getting its official CD release on July 8.
1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!"
2. Portishead, "Third"
3. Rhymefest, "Man in the Mirror"
4. Santogold, "Santogold"
5. Frightened Rabbit, "The Midnight Organ Fight"
6. Disfear, "Live the Storm"
7. The Ting Tings, "We Started Nothing"
8. Alejandro Escovedo, "Real Animal"
9. Fleet Foxes, "Fleet Foxes"
10. Lyrics Born, "Everywhere At Once"
3 My Morning Jacket has a new album due out this week called Evil Urges. The band has been hugely successful straddling the line between indie rock and jam band music. As Jim says, “They’ve been everything to everyone.” But now they’ve given up the “backwoods” setting, and not for the best according to Jim and Greg. Both critics hear a ton of experimentation, but nothing that is impressive. Rather, they found themselves asking what My Morning Jacket was thinking. Songs like “Highly Suspicious” almost seem like a joke. Jim wasn’t a big fan before, but he really hates this record and gives it a Trash It. Greg wishes there was a rating level below that, but he’ll have to settle for Trash It.
Songs Featured in Show #135
Apollonia Symphony Orchestra, "Symphony No. 41 in C," Very Best of Classical: Mozart, 2003
Los Campesinos, "My Year in Lists," Hold on Now Youngster..., 2008
Santogold, "L.E.S. Artistes," Santogold, 2008
Rhymefest, “Dancin’ Machine,” Man in the Mirror, 2008
Rhymefest, “No Sunshine,” Man in the Mirror, 2008
Weezer, “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn),” Weezer, 2008
Portishead, "Silence," Third, 2008
Lupe Fiasco, “Hip-Hop Saved My Life,” The Cool, 2007
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “More News from Nowhere,” Dig!!! Lazarus!!! Dig!!!, 2008
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “We Call Upon the Author,” Dig!!! Lazarus!!! Dig!!!, 2008
Gnarls Barkley, "Whatever," The Odd Couple, 2008
Ratatat, "Mirando," LP3, 2008
My Morning Jacket, "Evil Urges," Evil Urges, 2008
My Morning Jacket, "Highly Suspicious,"Evil Urges, 2008
My Morning Jacket, "Thank You Too," Evil Urges, 2008
Usher, "Love In The Club," Here I Stand, 2008
AC/DC, “Live Wire,” TNT, 1975
Weezer, "Heart Songs," Weezer, 2008
Weezer, “Automatic,” Weezer, 2008