Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

Turkey DJ

Jim and Greg take aim the year's biggest musical disappointments during the annual Sound Opinions Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot. Later, they review Lady Gaga, and Jim takes a trip to the desert island.

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Turkey Shoot

It's Turkey time! Let out all your holiday frustrations on some well-deserving musical turkeys. Here are the albums that most let Jim and Greg down in 2013 as part of our Thanksgiving  Turkey Shoot:


  • Jay-Z, Magna Carta…Holy Grail
  • Nine Inch Nails, Hesitation Marks
  • Kanye West, Yeezus


  • Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
  • My Bloody Valentine, mbv
  • The Flaming Lips, The Terror

Listener Turkeys

  • Izzy from Carbondale IL: Kings of Leon, Mechanical Bull
  • Peter from Newmarket, NH: Arcade Fire, Reflektor
  • Mike from Chicago, IL: Boards of Canada, Tomorrow’s Harvest

Artpop Lady Gaga


"Anti-diva" Lady Gaga has just released her third album, Artpop. and it's headed for #1. The title is a brazen declaration of its content, but after a few plays, neither Jim nor Greg feel much like the album is "Art" at all. While Jim does think the music is still as groovy as ever, he can't get over the pandering, nonsensical lyrics., especially considering her attempts to empower her fans. So, Jim says Burn It. Greg refuses to step over the threshold, explaining that the music underwhelms with conventional, risk-averse EDM courtesy of big name producers like DJ White Shadow. Lady Gaga has built a career out of twisting the formula, but Greg doesn't hear any reinvention: Trash It.


Recently Jim's better half was watching VH1 promos of the new TLC biopic. It got him thinking about better R&B and hip hop groups from the '90s like Salt-N-Pepa and En Vogue. The two came together in 1993 for "Whatta Man." To Jim, this is a girl group sound at its best—with En Vogue's "perfect" choruses and Salt-N-Pepa's witty verses over a sample of Linda Lyndell's original 1968 hit Jim wants this funky tribute to "a God-sent original, the man of my dreams" on his Desert Island Jukebox.

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