Show 374: Trey Parker & Matt Stone, Reviews of New Order & Parquet Courts
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1 Justin Timberlake played a social-media mogul in the movies, but can he do it in real-life? The JT-backed social media site MySpace recently re-launched with a sleeker design and 50 million-plus song library. The company says it’s the internet’s largest legally streamable song library. Or is it? A group representing indie labels like Merge, Domino, and Beggar’s Group is alleging that MySpace has its members’ music up without permission. Will MySpace be able to work out a deal? Given the site’s 27 million unique visitors a month, Greg’s betting the indie labels will find a way to compromise.
2 Jim always suspected rock ‘n’ roll was a hazardous occupation. Now experts at Britain’s Health Department have weighed in, and guess what? It’s true. A study of 1,500 artists across genres concludes that 9.2 percent of rockers die earlier than regular folks. Not only that, but solo artists face twice the death-risk of artists in bands. Researchers speculated that bands provide an extra support network for at-risk stars. Turns out we really do get by with a little help from our friends.
3 It’s time to “Man Up” for a visit from Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They are the dynamic duo behind South Park and the hit Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. “What are they doing on our rock and roll show?” you ask. Well, some of the greatest moments of satire (see last week’s show) on South Park are musical. In fact, check out our favorites here.
Plus, you could argue the show itself is quite punk rock with it’s no holds barred attitude and lo-fi animation. The show even spawned a Rick Rubin-produced album. Now we have an equally outrageous musical, The Book of Mormon. It tells the story of two Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda. It’s even “bluer” than South Park, but despite this, or perhaps because of it, it’s a smash hit. Trey, Matt and collaborator Robert Lopez have won a slew of Tony Awards and a record-breaking slot on the Billboard chart. So, how’d two Ween, Primus and Prog Rock fans from Colorado end up the toast of Broadway? Trey and Matt explained this and their songwriting philosophy during their visit to our studios. They were in town for the Chicago opening of the play.
4 At the beginning of the New Order review, Greg calls the English band’s latest album Lost Sirens almost a collection of “leftovers.” That can’t bode too well for it. New Order’s music in the 1980’s was undeniably influential. There’d be no LCD Soundsystem or Radiohead without their electronic pop innovations. But, Jim doesn’t hear anything that evokes their Madchester greatness on this effort. He says Trash It. Greg really liked the tracks “I Told You So” and “Hellbent”, so that bumps up his rating to a Burn It.
5 Who knew Denton, TX was a rock capital? There’s Midlake and Neon Indian. Sly Stone was born there! And now we have Parquet Courts. With their 2nd release Light Up Gold, the garage quartet has relocated to Brooklyn and is getting much wider attention. The album is a perfect combination of expert pop craftsmanship and slacker-punk attitude. Jim and Greg grinned through this review, so Parquet Courts gets a double Buy It.
Songs Featured in Show #374
Justin Timberlake (feat. Jay-Z), “Suit & Tie,” single, RCA, 2013
Jim Carroll, “People Who Died,” Catholic Boy, Atco, 1980
Mary Kay Bergman, “Blame Canada,” South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Atlantic, 1999
Rush, “Tom Sawyer,” Moving Pictures, Mercury, 1981
Ween, “Fat Lenny,” GodWeenSatan: The Oneness, Twin/Tone Records, 1990
Primus, “South Park Theme,” Chef Aid: The South Park Album, Columbia, 1998
Josh Gad & Company, “Man Up,” The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording, Ghostlight Records, 2011
Original Broadway Cast, “Hello!,” The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording, Ghostlight Records, 2011
Original Broadway Cast, “Turn It Off,” The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording, Ghostlight Records, 2011
Robert Preston, “Ya Got Trouble,” The Music Man (Original 1957 Broadway Cast), Capitol, 1990
Original Broadway Cast, “All-American Prophet,” The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording, Ghostlight Records, 2011
Andrew Rannells, “I Believe,” The Book of Mormon: Original Broadway Cast Recording, Ghostlight Records, 2011
Elton John, “Wake Up Wendy,” Chef Aid: The South Park Album, Columbia, 1998
Eric Cartman, “Come Sail Away,” Chef Aid: The South Park Album, Columbia, 1998
Trey Parker, “Gay Fish,” clip from South Park, unreleased, 2009
Isaac Hayes, “Theme from Shaft,” Shaft, Enterprise, 1971
Isaac Hayes & Meat Loaf, “Tonight is Right for Love (With Meredith Baxter-Birney),” Chef Aid: The South Park Album, Columbia, 1998
New Order, “Sugarcane,” Lost Sirens, Rhino, 2013
New Order, “I Told You So (Crazy World Mix),” Lost Sirens, Rhino, 2013
New Order, “Hellbent,” Lost Sirens, Rhino, 2013
Parquet Courts, “Master of My Craft,” Light Up Gold, Dull Tools, 2012
Parquet Courts, “Stoned and Starving,” Light Up Gold, Dull Tools, 2012
Parquet Courts, “Younder is Closer to the Heart,” Light Up Gold, Dull Tools, 2012
Toro y Moi, “Say That,” Anything in Return, Carpark Records, 2013
The Replacements, “Answering Machine,” Let It Be, Twin/Tone Records, 1984
Randy Newman, “Short People,” Little Criminals, Warner Bros./Reprise, 1977
Nellie McKay, “I Wanna Get Married,” Get Away From Me, Columbia, 2004
Gil Scott-Heron, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” Pieces of a Man, Flying Dutchman, 1971
Tom Robinson Band, “Power in the Darkness,” Power in the Darkness, EMI, 1978