Show 340: Screaming Females & Alan Lomax Archive
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1 Jim and Greg kick off the show by announcing the winner of the annual Eurovision Song Contest, which Jim describes as American Idol on steroids. Over 125 million people watched Sweden’s Loreen take the prize in Baku, Azerbaijan for her track “Euphoria.” But it was the Russian Grannies from Buranovo who won people’s hearts with their unique party song.
2 American Idol continues to dominate the pop world, all while it slips a little bit in the television one. Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert has the #1 album this week beating out fellow Idol alum Carrie Underwood. But, this comes after the show aired its lowest rated finale to date. Greg wonders if viewers were underwhelmed by the crowning of another “white guy with a guitar.” Or, are there just too many music contests like The Voice and Duets crowding the airwaves? Does this over-saturation mean that Idol will never produce another Lambert, Underwood, Clarkson or Daughtry? Perhaps. And maybe you say, “Good riddance.”
3 Also in the news, Amanda Palmer just reached a huge milestone in the era of the fan-funded album. Using Kickstarter, the Dresden Dolls singer raised over $1 million for her new album — ten times what she wanted. In return for these donations, Palmer will have to do everything from provide digital downloads to participate in an art sitting. And of course, she’ll have to pony up to Uncle Sam as well.
4 With the recent passings of both Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, Jim and Greg have been thinking about the importance of preserving the recorded legacy of America’s roots music giants. No one has done it better than the Alan Lomax Archive. From the 1930’s through the 1980’s, Lomax travelled the country making field recordings of American folk musicians. And now all that tape has been transformed into ones and zeroes. Don Fleming, Executive Director of The Association for Cultural Equity, talks to Jim and Greg about making over 17,000 Lomax recordings available to stream online as part of the Global Jukebox project. Don hopes the expanded access will encourage more artists to sample and draw inspiration from Lomax recordings, not just heavy-hitters like Moby and The Boss.
5 If ever a band was perfectly named, it’s the Screaming Females. Ok, true, there’s only one screaming female in the New Jersey punk trio, but Marissa Paternoster has quite the set of pipes. And, as Jim and Greg point out, she can shred too. She credits people like Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins for influencing her guitar style. But when it comes to the band’s ethos, that’s pure DIY punk. Drummer Jarrett Dougherty explains that self-releasing albums was difficult at first, but they approached it with professional aims, unlike many of their New Brunswick peers who were satisfied with nothing more than releasing internet demos. Now the Screaming Females are on their 5th release called Ugly. Check out their performance live on Sound Opinions.
Songs Featured in Show #340
Loreen, “Euphoria,” Eurovision Song Contest Baku 2012, Universal Import, 2012
Buranovskiye Babushki, “Party for Everybody,” Eurovision Song Contest Baku 2012, Universal Import, 2012
Adam Lambert, “Never Close Our Eyes,” Trespassing, RCA, 2012
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra, “Do It With A Rock Star,” Self-Released, 2012
Doc Watson, “Tom Dooley,” Doc Watson, Vanguard Records, 1964
Big Bill Broonzy, “I Could Hear My Name A-Ringing,” Blues in the Mississippi Night featuring Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson, Rounder, 2003
Lead Belly, “Tight like that,” The Library of Congress Recordings: Leadbelly - The Titanic, Vol. 4, Rounder Records, 1994
Bessie Smith, Interview and song clip from ACE archive
Moby, “Honey,” Play, V2 Records, 1999
Bruce Springsteen, “Death To My Hometown,” Wrecking Ball, Columbia, 2012
Screaming Females, “Rotten Apple,” Ugly, Don Giovanni, 2012
Screaming Females, “It All Means Nothing (Live on Sound Opinions),” Ugly, Don Giovanni, 2012
Screaming Females, “I Don’t Mind It (Live on Sound Opinions),” Castle Talk, Don Giovanni, 2010
Screaming Females, “Something Ugly,” Ugly, Don Giovanni, 2012
Screaming Females, “Slow Birth,” Ugly, Don Giovanni, 2012
Radiohead. “Paranoid Android,” OK Computer, Capitol, 1997
Screaming Females, “High (Live on Sound Opinions),” Ugly, Don Giovanni, 2012
Screaming Females, “New Kid (Live on Sound Opinions),” Castle Talk, Don Giovanni, 2010
Kill The Noise, “The Harder I Rock (Instrumental)” Kill the Noise, BBP, 2012
Beach Boys, “Had To Phone Ya,” 15 Big Ones, Brother, 1976
Chic, “Good Times,” Risqué, Atlantic, 1976
The Bee Gees, “You Should Be Dancing,” Children of the World, Polydor, 1976
Jesse Saunders, “On & On,” On & On, Jes Say Records, 1984
Fort Knox Five, “The Spirit of ’75,” The Spirit of ’75, Fort Knox, 2007