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Buried Treasures & Opinions on Nicki Minaj

Jim & Greg unearth a new batch of musical Buried Treasures.

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After The Beatles finally announced the band would put its catalog on iTunes, Jim and Greg noted that only a few major artists remained holdouts. One such musician is Kid Rock, and according to a recent Billboard article, this might be a smart move if your goal is making money. Kid Rock's recent release Born Free has sold over 612,000 copies, but reporter Glenn Peoples says that he would have only sold 294,000 had digital singles been available. So by forcing consumers to buy whole albums, Kid Rock may have made an additional $3 million.

Next, Jim and Greg play catch up on some big news that broke over the holidays. Rock & roll experienced one of its greatest losses: Don Van Vliet, otherwise known as Captain Beefheart. Jim remembers Beefheart and his band's off the wall performance on Saturday Night Live. It illustrates what a unique performer he was. But, as Jim goes on, Beefheart wasn't just weird, he was an ambitious perfectionist – and one that influenced many and was imitated by none, according to Greg. To honor Captain Beefheart, Jim and Greg play "Ella Guru" from his 1969 album Trout Mask Replica.


Buried Treasures

If new music was on your list of New Year's resolutions, look no further. Here is Jim and Greg's first batch of Buried Treasures for 2011.

reviewPink Friday (Deluxe Edition)Pink Friday available on iTunes

Nicki Minaj Pink Friday

Nicki Minaj has taken the rap world by storm. Some are comparing her to Lady Gaga, while others say Lil' Kim. But neither do justice to Minaj's flair for role-playing and rhyme skills. Jim doesn't think all of the tracks on her debut Pink Friday are successful, but when she's on, she's on. He'd also add Missy Elliott and Peter Gabriel to the list of comparisons. Jim gives the record a Burn It rating. Greg has been blown away by the rapper's cameos on other records, but the situation is reversed on Pink Friday – the guest stars outshine her. Despite the ruckus Minaj has caused in the rap world, Greg is let down. He gives Pink Friday a Trash It.


Featured Songs

  1. Kid Rock, Born Free, Born Free, Atlantic, 2010
  2. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Hot Head, Doc at the Radar Station, Virgin, 1980
  3. Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band, Ella Guru, Trout Mask Replica, Reprise, 1969
  4. Bilal, Restart, Airtight's Revenge, Plug Research, 2010
  5. Clive Tanaka y su orquesta, Neu Chicago, Jet Set Siempre Vol 1, Self-released, 2011
  6. Off!, Upside Down, First Four EPs, Vice, 2010
  7. Off!, I Don't Belong, First Four EPs, Vice, 2010
  8. Tame Impala, Alter Ego, Innerspeaker, 101 Distribution, 2010
  9. Trombone Shorty, Hurricane Season, Backatown, Verve Forecast, 2010
  10. Faun Fables, Light of a Vaster Dark, Light of a Vaster Dark, Drag City, 2010
  11. Diamond Rings, Play By Heart, Special Affections, Secret City, 2010
  12. Diamond Rings, Something Else, Special Affections, Secret City, 2010
  13. Das Racist, hahahaha jk, Sit Down Man, Mixtape, 2010
  14. Nicki Minaj, Moment 4 Life, Pink Friday, Cash Money, 2010
  15. Nicki Minaj, Fly, Pink Friday, Cash Money, 2010
  16. Teen Daze, Bobby's Almost Here, My Bedroom Floor, Arcade Soul, 2010
  17. The Nerves, Hanging on the Telephone, Nerves EP, Nerves, 1976
  18. The Ventures, Walk Don't Run, Walk Don't Run, Dolton, 1960
  19. Air, Mer Du Japon, Pocket Symphony, EMI, 2007

Footnotes Kid Rock keeps off iTunes Captain Beefheart Nicki Minaj