Best Satirical Songs & Yo La Tengo Review

Jim and Greg celebrate the greatest in rock n' roll satire with Best Satirical Songs. Later Hoboken's Yo La Tengo is back with its 13th release.

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Hard to believe, but The Beatles are so old that some of their music is now entering public domain in Europe. While a law is in place to extend copyrights in the E.U. from 50 to 70 years, that won't go into effect until 2014. That means that as of New Year's Eve 2012, early tracks like "Love Me Do" are up for grabs. Early tracks by Bob Dylan, however, have recently been protected. In order to avoid its catalog going into public domain, Sony Music has taken advantage of the law's“use it or lose it”clause. They released a compilation aptly titled, The 50th Anniversary Collection: The Copyright Extension Collection, Vol. 1. It's only available in certain European countries though, so American Dylan fans will have to be willing to pay big bucks on eBay.

This is typically the dry season for major album releases, but there have been a lot of buzzworthy singles. Jim and Greg run through some of the big ones. They never thought they'd utter the words "new David Bowie track," but we've got one called "Where Are We Now," with a Tony Visconti-produced album to follow. Then there's JT's new chart-topper "Suit and Tie." A couple of weeks ago Jim and Greg made a plea for the gentleman of Outkast to come back together, and now we have both Big Boi and Andre 3000 appearing on a remix of Frank Ocean's "Pink Matter." But, Andre is quick to squash any reunion rumors. Last, but not least, are the ladies of Destiny's Child. There's a new song called "Nuclear" and plans for the three to appear together during the Superbowl Halftime Show. Guess motherhood has made Beyonce nostalgic.


Satirical Songs

Next week, South Park and Book of Mormon creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone join Jim and Greg in the studio to talk music and comedy. The duo's trademark musical satire has won them tons of fans - and a few Tony awards. In advance of the boys' visit, Jim and Greg warm up the crowd with a mix of rock n' roll's Best Satirical Songs. Whether they're pointing a finger at society's ills or sending up pop music forms, these artists turn the funny up to 11.

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Yo La Tengo Fade

Indie veterans Yo La Tengo started making their version of the Velvet Underground's droning guitar rock in 1984. Jim and Greg have been listening ever since. (Jim - our own“Son of Jersey”- even caught the band's first show at Maxwell's in Hoboken). Over 13 albums, Jim says, Yo La's established itself as a band of impeccable taste. Greg admits their last few contemplative mood records have sounded a bit“samey.”Do they shake things up on the latest release, Fade? Both Greg and Jim say“yes.”The strings and "John Fahey-esque" acoustic guitar are pleasant surprises. As Greg notes, Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley's ruminations on their decades-long relationship give Fade a cohesive feel. It gets a double Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. The Beatles, Love Me Do, single, Parlophone, 1962
  2. David Bowie, Where Are We Now?, The Next Day, Iso Records/Columbia, 2013
  3. Justin Timberlake (feat. Jay-Z), Suit & Tie, single, RCA, 2013
  4. Frank Ocean (feat. Big Boi & Andre 3000), Pink Matter (Remix), single, self-released, 2013
  5. Destiny's Child, Nuclear, Love Songs, Legacy Recordings, 2013
  6. Spinal Tap, Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight, This is Spinal Tap, Polydor, 1984
  7. The Mothers of Invention, Who Needs the Peace Corps?, We're Only In It For The Money, Verve, 1968
  8. Bill Cosby, Hooray for the Salvation Army Band, Bill Cosby Sings Hooray for the Salvation Army Band!, Warner Bros., 1968
  9. Brinsley Schwarz, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, The New Favourites of Brinsley Shwarz, United Artists, 1974
  10. "Weird Al" Yankovic, Eat It, "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D, Rock 'n Roll, 1984
  11. Dead Kennedy, Holiday in Cambodia, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Alternative Tentacles, 1980
  12. Beck, Debra, Midnite Vultures, DGC, 1999
  13. Tim Fite, I've Been Shot, Over the Counter Culture, self-released, 2007
  14. Bongwater, Free Love Messes Up My Life, The Big Sell-Out, Shimmy Disc, 1992
  15. The Lonely Island, Attracted to Us, Turtleneck & Chain, Universal Republic, 2011
  16. Flight of the Conchords, Inner City Pressure, Flight of the Conchords, Sub Pop, 2008
  17. Digital Underground, The Humpty Dance, Sex Packets, Tommy Boy, 1990
  18. The Rutles, Ouch!, The Rutles, Warner Bros., 1978
  19. Yo La Tengo, Ohm, Fade, Matador, 2013
  20. Yo La Tengo, Well You Better, Fade, Matador, 2013
  21. Teebs, Bern Rhythm, Ardour, Brainfeeder, 2010
  22. De La Soul, Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey), De La Soul is Dead, Tommy Boy, 1991
  23. Aimee Mann & Michael Penn,“I Just Wasn't Made for These Times,”unreleased live performance, 2000
  24. Ride, Chelsea Girl, Ride EP, Creation, 1990
  25. The Loop, Soundhead, Heaven's End, Head, 1987

Footnotes Copyright extension“Love Me Do”video Sony extends Dylan copyrights Dylan 50th anniversary collection for sale David Bowie on the singles chart“Where Are We Now”video New Justin Timberlake single“Suit and Tie”on iTunes“Pink Matter”release Outkast reunion rumors New Destiny's Child single South Park's website Book of Mormon's play site“Blame Canada” Tony Awards“Who Needs the Peace Corps”“Holiday in Cambodia”“I've Been Shot”“The Humpty Dance”“Hooray for the Salvation Army Band”“Debra”“Free Love Messes Up My Life”“Ouch” Maxwell's website Yo La Tengo's band site John Fahey's guitar stylings