Show 189: St. Vincent, Review of Maxwell & Greg's DIJ
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1 After a 2 year battle, a web royalty agreement has been reached that won’t put webcasters out of business. In 2007 the copyright royalty board ruled that webcasters needed to pay a fee of 19 cents a song each time a listener streamed a piece of music. That would’ve bankrupted many web music services like Pandora Radio. Now the fees will be starting at 8 cents a song. This will still affect many of these sites’ business models, but for the most part this agreement is good news for the web music community.
2 Michael Jackson’s death is still making big news this week. Friends and family hosted a memorial tribute to the late King of Pop on Tuesday. And Jackson’s music continued to dominate the charts. In fact sales went up 90% with 800,000 albums sold. As Jim and Greg explain, this will go down as the last great week of physical album sales. And the good news continues for music retailer; a CD and DVD of both the memorial show and his tour rehearsals will be released this year.
3 A few weeks ago Jim and Greg talked about Trent Reznor’s involvement with heart patient Eric De La Cruz. Reznor asked Nine Inch Nails fans to donate money toward a heart transplant in exchange for VIP access, special tickets and more. Unfortunately De La Cruz died last week before a transplant could take place.
In other Nine Inch Nails news, final tour dates have been announced for Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. As Reznor explained to Jim and Greg during their recent interview, this will be the last go-around for Nine Inch Nails, but certainly not the last of his music.
4 This week Jim and Greg welcome singer and musician Annie Clark, otherwise known as St. Vincent. After making a name for herself by touring and recording with Sufjan Stevens and the Polyphonic Spree, she recently released a 2nd solo album called Actor. St. Vincent blew our hosts away at this year’s SXSW festival, and Greg is already calling Actor one of the best albums of the year. They were excited to have St. Vincent along with her band into the studio for a live performance and conversation about dirty tour buses, digital oboes and Disney cartoons.
5 After breaking out of the neo-soul movement along side Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo, singer Maxwell took an almost decade-long hiatus. Now he is back with BLACKsummers’night. Greg likes that he doesn’t hear anything trendy on this record. It reminds him of artier soul albums from the late ‘70s. The hooks aren’t in abundance, but it’s got grit. Greg gives Maxwell a Buy It rating. Jim wishes he could be as enthusiastic. There are a couple of great songs, but for the most part he found the album sleepy. He wishes Maxwell threw a little more fire into BLACKsummers’night and gives it a Burn It.
6 Maxwell got Greg in the mood for some of that great soul music from the late ‘70s era. For him the British group Hot Chocolate stands out from the rest. They had a big hit with “You Sexy Thing,” but that track doesn’t do them justice. Hot Chocolate came out of the ska and reggae tradition that emphasized great storytelling. You can hear this on the song “Emma,” Greg’s Desert Island Jukebox addition for this week.
Songs Featured in Show #189
The Beatles, "Come Together," Abbey Road, 1969
Jermaine Jackson, "Smile," Live at The Michael Jackson Memorial, 2009
Nine Inch Nails, "Every Day Is Exactly The Same," With Teeth, 2005
St. Vincent, “Actor Out of Work,” Actor, 2009
St. Vincent, “The Strangers,” Actor, 2009 Live in on Sound Opinions
St Vincent, “Save Me From What I Want,” Actor, 2009
St. Vincent, “Black Rainbow,” Actor, 2009
St. Vincent, “The Bed,” Actor, 2009
St. Vincent, “Marrow,” Actor, 2009
St. Vincent, “Actor Out Of Work,” Actor, 2009 Live in on Sound Opinions
St. Vincent, “The Party,” Actor, 2009 Live in on Sound Opinions
St. Vincent, “These Days,” Jesus Saves, I Spend, 2007
Maxwell, “Pretty Wings,” BLACKsummers'night, 2009
Maxwell, “Love You,” BLACKsummers'night, 2009
Maxwell, “Bad Habit,” BLACKsummers'night, 2009
Grateful Dead, “Operator,” American Beauty, 1970
Velvet Underground, “Foggy Notion,” VU, 1985
Kyuss, “50 Million Year Trip (Downside Up),” Blues for Red Sun, 1992
The B-52’s, “Planet Claire,” The B-52’s, 1979
Golden Earring, “Radar Love,” Moontan, 1973
Hot Chocolate, “Emma,” Far Out, 1975