DIJs 2019




“Kick, Push”Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco's 2006 single, "Kick, Push" has been featured in it's own Sample Platter segment, but Jim's adding it to the Desert Island Jukebox because he's been hearing it anew as he shares it with his students. He says it works on every level imaginable and does for skateboarding what The Beach Boys did for surfing and Chuck Berry did for driving.

Go to episode 731


“Let Me In”R.E.M.

Greg puts another coin into the Desert Island Jukebox, this time in appreciation of "Let Me In" from R.E.M.'s much maligned 1994 album Monster. Greg argues that despite the album's bad reputation, the track is“a beautiful mourning song”written by Michael Stipe in the wake of the deaths of his friends River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain (who died within six months of each other.)

Go to episode 730


“Your Love”Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle

Jim puts another coin into the Desert Island Jukebox, this time in celebration of the Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle classic "Your Love," a slice of Chicago House music that he says rates up there with Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" as one of the sexiest dancefloor fillers of all time.

Go to episode 729


“Good Golly Miss Molly”Jerry Lee Lewis

Nick Tosches Nick Tosches began his writing career as an iconoclastic music critic. Along the way Jim and Greg both developed friendships with him, Greg even assisted with his biography of Sonny Liston. Jim also admired Tosches' work on non-music topics including noir novels and explorations of Dante. Greg pays tribute to their recently deceased friend by playing a deep cut from Jerry Lee Lewis, who Tosches immortalized in his book, Hellfire. It's "Good Golly Miss Molly" from his 1964 live album recorded at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany.

Go to episode 726


“Greta Thunberg sings Swedish Death Metal”John Mollusk

Greta Thunberg This week Jim is less concerned about what he's listening to on the desert island, and more concerned that the island itself may soon be underwater! He's chosen John Mollusk's "Greta Thunberg sings Swedish Death Metal," an adaptation of the climate activist's recent speech at the U.N.

Go to episode 723


“Down At the Bar”Peter Laughner

This week, Greg is taking a trip to the desert island jukebox to share the track "Down At the Bar" by Peter Laughner. Laughner was an influential figure in the 1970s for bands like Rocket From The Tombs and Pere Ubu. Along with making music, he also contributed writing to music magazines like Creem. He died young at age 24 as a result of drugs and alcohol abuse, but left behind a lot of recorded music. Recently the label Smog Veil put out a box set of his songs, which got Greg on a Peter Laughner kick.“Down At the Bar”is a perfect snap shot of Laughner's Cleveland crafted by the man himself.

Go to episode 717


“Moonhead”Pink Floyd

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Jim honors his space-obsessed five year old self by playing Pink Floyd's "Moonhead." He recalls watching the landing on television as a child, but admits only hearing this song recently- despite decades of Pink Floyd fandom. The improvised track was never included on a Pink Floyd album- it was performed live on the BBC during the Apollo 11 mission. As Jim points out,“The Floyd”were far from superstars at this point. Dark Side of The Moon was still years off in the future. But in the UK they did enjoy cult renown as an interesting outfit obsessed with space thanks to songs like "Astronomy Domine," "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun" and "Interstellar Overdrive." Ultimately, there's good reason“Moonhead”didn't become better known- the 12-minute instrumental was upstaged by David Bowie's "Space Oddity," which premiered on the same BBC program.

Go to episode 713


“Looking For Lewis And Clark”The Long Ryders

After digging into the Paisley Underground on last week's show, Jim revisits the scene to highlight a band from the Gram Parsons-loving wing of that movement: The Long Ryders. He recalls seeing the band live in the 1980s and being struck by their cover of Bob Dylan's“Masters of War”and makes the case that without their early 1980's interpretation of country there wouldn't have been an alternative country scene in the 1990's- including Bloodshot Records or Uncle Tupelo. The song he wants to hear today is "Looking For Lewis And Clark," a song from State Of Our Union in 1985.

Go to episode 704


“Thirty Frames A Second”Simple Minds

This week, it's Greg's turn to pop a quarter in the desert island jukebox and play a song he can't live without. After the Sharon Van Etten conversation, Greg has the Jupiter 4 synthesizer on the brain and picked one of his favorite songs that expertly uses the instrument. He chose "Thirty Frames A Second" by Simple Minds off their 1980 album Empires and Dance. While Simple Minds is best known for "Don't You (Forget About Me)," Greg prefers their earlier material. The band's usage of the Jupiter 4 on“Thirty Frames A Second”is eerie, inventive and danceable.

Go to episode 702


“Mother Russia”Renaissance

Most weeks, either Jim or Greg take a trip to the desert island and play a song they can't live without. This week, Jim selected "Mother Russia" by Renaissance, a classical-influenced British prog rock group. Jim thinks that the group doesn‘t get the respect it deserves. He goes on to add that he’s "surpised that bands like The Decemberists or Arcade Fire don't mention Renaissance more as one of the orchestral-pop rediscoveries" because he "hears a lot of the roots of what orc-pop has been doing in the last decade in what Renaissance was doing in 1974."

Go to episode 700


“The Seventh Seal”Scott Walker

This week, Greg is taking a trip to put a quarter in the desert island jukebox and play a song he can't live without! In March of 2019, the singer and songwriter Scott Walker died at age 76. Recently, Greg spoke with members of the experimental metal band Sunn 0))) who reflected on their unusual collaboration with Walker, who began his career doing blue-eyed soul and somehow towards the end did a song that mentioned both Elvis's twin and 9/11. Greg chose the song "The Seventh Seal" off Walker's 1969 album Scott 4. The song is a reference to the 1957 Ingmar Bergman film of the same name. It deals with a knight who gets in a chess match with Death and unfortunately doesn't come out on top.

Go to episode 699


Greg puts another quarter in the Desert Island Jukebox, this time paying tribute to Mark Hollis of the British rock band Talk Talk, who died last month at the age of 64. During his career, Mark evolved from a punk rocker into a composer of complex post-rock on albums such as Laughing Stock and Spirit of Eden, inspiring later bands like Radiohead. In between, Talk Talk scored a few synth-pop hits, like 1984's "It's My Life." Greg's selection, the aptly-titled "Life's What You Make It," is from an album that he think was a breakthrough in Hollis‘ career: 1986’s The Colour Of Spring.

Go to episode 692


“The Next Movement”The Roots

This week, it's Greg's turn to take a trip to the desert island jukebox and play a song he can't live without. He celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Roots' album Things Fall Apart by picking "The Next Movement." Greg notes that the late '90s/early 2000s were a golden era for hip hop, combining conscious rappers like Common and Black Thought with singers like Erykah Badu and D'Angelo. This blend is brilliantly on display throughout Things Fall Apart, and particularly on the track“The Next Movement.”Greg highlights lyrics that recognize the significance and rising popularity of black culture, and notes that every track on this record is solid as ever today.

Go to episode 689


“Space Truckin’”Deep Purple

Alan R. Pearlman

Jim pays tribute to the late Alan Robert Pearlman, inventor of the ARP synthesizer, who died in January at age 93. Before founding his synthesizer company in 1969, Pearlman worked for NASA designing amplifiers to be used on Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. In a nod to this aspect of his life, Jim plays "Space Truckin'" by Deep Purple in memory of Pearlman, a song Jim says is basically about“how cool it would be to be high in space.”The version on Deep Purple's 1972 live album, Made in Japan is almost 20 minutes long and features a wicked ARP solo by Jon Lord.

Go to episode 688


“Let’s Start The Dance”Hamilton Bohannon

This week, Greg takes us all on a trip to the desert island to put a quarter in the jukebox. He chose the track "Let's Start The Dance" by Hamilton Bohannon. Bohannon is a legendary drummer who provided the sound for many classic Motown songs by artists like Stevie Wonder and The Supremes. Greg wanted to ring in the new year by giving some love to Bohannon and hitting the dance floor!

Go to episode 685