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TreatsTreats available on iTunes

Sleigh Bells Treats

Sleigh Bells has released its debut record, Treats. The duo of guitarist and beat maker Derek Miller and vocalist Alexis Krauss made noise at both CMJ and SXSW. But to Jim, a self-professed connoisseur of noise, this is too much. Every note is full of massive fuzz and distortion. Everything's at“11,”and it gets a Trash It from Jim. Greg wants us all to note the moment where Jim complained his rock and roll was too loud. It's ear-bleed loud, yes, but it's also a tremendous pop pick-me-up. Greg gives Sleigh Bells a Buy It.

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Go to episode 236
Reign of TerrorReign of Terror available on iTunes

Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror

After an acclaimed debut, Treats, Sleigh Bells is back with Reign of Terror. Greg assumed this two-person noise pop band was just a one record wonder. So he was pleasantly surprised to hear that they‘ve twisted their abrasive, pop-filled sound. There’s an unexpected dark, art punk vibe that Greg surmises is due to travails in guitarist Derek Miller's personal life. So E for Effort…Greg gives Reign of Terror a Burn It. Jim, on the other hand, never loved Sleigh Bell's noise + melody formula. On Treats, the melodies weren‘t that melodic and the noise not that original. And he doesn’t hear much progression on this second release. So he gives Sleigh Bells a Trash It.

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Go to episode 326
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“Can You Get to That”Funkadelic

It's Greg's turn to drop a quarter into the Desert Island Jukebox this week. He has been loving "Rill Rill" by Sleigh Bells recently, and wanted to go back to the source. That song samples "Can You Get to That" by Funkadelic. Their 1971 album Maggot Brain is a classic, combining folk, rock and funk. The song's vocalist Gary “Diaperman” Shider died a few weeks ago at age 56.

Go to episode 244
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Sound Opinions Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot 2010

It's time for the annual Sound Opinions Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot! It's the perfect way to say thanks…thanks that we never have to listen to the year's biggest musical turkeys again. There are plenty of lousy records released each year, but calling some of those out would be like shooting fish in a barrel. Since we're shooting turkeys here, Jim and Greg only pick out albums that they expected to be much better. Here are this year's biggest disappointments:

Go to episode 261

Andy Cirzan's 2008 Christmas Compilation (The Cassette Years: Part 1)

Go to episode 160

The Best Songs of 2010 - Mixtapes

At the end of each year, Jim and Greg look back and pick out their favorite songs to make you a mixtape. Think of it as a soundtrack for 2010. They both play samples of the mix during the show, but you can stream both compilations in their entirety.

Go to episode 266

SXSW 2010

For decades Jim and Greg have been making an annual pilgrimage to Austin, Texas for the SXSW Music Festival and Conference. That makes them industry vets, just like this year's keynote speaker Smokey Robinson. In the digital age, it's easy to sample music from hundreds, if not thousands of bands from all around the world, but as Jim and Greg explain, a MySpace stream has got nothing on the live experience. This is why they and more than 10,000 other people converge on the Texas capital year after year. Here are Jim and Greg's SXSW discoveries for 2010:

Read more about SXSW at Jim and Greg's blogs.

Go to episode 226