The Gotobeds

The Gotobeds & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco

The Gotobeds are known for outrageous stage antics and a biting sense of humor. But behind that is a lyrical sophistication and tight musicianship. The Pittsburgh post-punk band joins Jim and Greg for a raucous performance in the studio. Plus, a review of the new album from Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco.

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The Gotobeds

After playing for years in the Pittsburgh punk band Kim Phuc, guitarist and vocalist Eli Kasan formed The Gotobeds along with guitarst Tom Payne, bassist Gavin Jensen, and drummer Cary Belback. The band quickly gained a following for its mix of funny, yet sophisticated, lyrics and post-punk artiness (Jim gleefully points out that they named themselves after the drummer for Wire). Their debut album Poor People are Revolting was released in 2014, followed by their Red Hot Chili Peppers-riffing Sub Pop release Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic in 2016. Both albums made it into Jim's top ten lists for their respective years. The Gotobeds join Jim and Greg for a live performance and a discussion about commercialism in indie rock, the Pittsburgh scene, and not taking yourself too seriously.

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Lupe Fiasco DROGAS Light

After a public battle with his former music label, Atlantic, rapper Lupe Fiasco has finally released a new album. DROGAS Light is Fiasco's sixth studio record, and is the first of his final trilogy of albums. Jim has always enjoyed Lupe's music, and says that he is one of the most intelligent people he has ever interviewed. That being said, this album is not reflective of his intellect and lyrical prowess. Many of the tracks feel like leftovers from other projects and sound far too much like bad commercial rap songs. Jim gives it a Try It at best. Greg is also a huge fan of Lupe, and almost always finds his music profound and interesting. However he finds DROGAS Light to be repetitive, crass and unimaginative. Although it pains him to do it, Greg gives this album a Trash It.


Sample Platter: Lupe Fiasco's "Kick, Push"

In 2006, Lupe Fiasco released the song "Kick, Push" which introduced Lupe to a national audience. According to Jim, the song accomplished for skateboarding what the Beach Boys did for surfing. In this installment of Sample Platter, Jim and Greg talk about the unconventional sample that drives "Kick, Push". The sample is pulled from Philipina singer Celeste Legaspi's early 1980s song "Bolero Medley." Plus, we hear Lupe's take on the sample, and how it created inroads for new audiences.



“Wipeout”The Surfaris

This dreary February weather has Jim dreaming of the sun and sand of the beach. What better way to convey the feeling of an endless summer than surf music? Jim is taking an iconic track to the desert island that also happens to be laden with great drumming, The Surfaris' "Wipeout." This song is the embodiment of great surf music, between the guitar, drums and sound effects, it makes you feel like you're heading out into the water to catch some big waves.

Featured Songs

  1. The Gotobeds, Brass Not Rash, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, Sub Pop, 2016
  2. The Gotobeds, Blank Stairs (Live on Sound Opinions), Fucking in the Future, Self-released, 2012
  3. Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Walking on the Water, Blank Generation, Sire, 1977
  4. The Gotobeds, Rope, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, Sub Pop, 2016
  5. The Gotobeds, Wasted on Youth, Poor People are Revolting, 12XU, 2014
  6. The Gotobeds, Fast Trash, Poor People are Revolting, 12XU, 2014
  7. The Gotobeds, Animal (Live on Sound Opinions), N/A, Unreleased, 2016
  8. The Gotobeds, Affection, Poor People are Revolting, 12XU, 2014
  9. The Gotobeds, Crisis Time, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, Sub Pop, 2016
  10. The Gotobeds, Bodies (Live on Sound Opinions), Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, Sub Pop, 2016
  11. The Gotobeds, Why'd You?, Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, Sub Pop, 2016
  12. Gang of Four, Damaged Goods, Entertainment!, EMI, 1979
  13. The Gotobeds, New York's Alright (If You Like Sex & Phones) (Live on Sound Opinions), Poor People are Revolting, 12XU, 2014
  14. The Gotobeds, Cold Gold (LA's Alright), Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, Sub Pop, 2016
  15. Lupe Fiasco, Promise, DROGAS Light, 1st & 15th, 2017
  16. Lupe Fiasco feat. Bianca Sings, Made in the USA, DROGAS Light, 1st & 15th, 2017
  17. Lupe Fiasco feat. Gizzle, Jump, DROGAS Light, 1st & 15th, 2017
  18. Lupe Fiasco feat. Jake Torrey, Wild Child, DROGAS Light, 1st & 15th, 2017
  19. Lupe Fiasco, Kick Push, Food & Liquor, 1st & 15th, 2006
  20. Celeste Legaspi, Bolero Medley, Bagong Kanta Lumang Plaka, Volume 2, Universal, 1982
  21. The Surfaris, Wipe Out, Wipe Out, Dot, 1963
  22. Lupe Fiasco, Pick Up The Phone, DROGAS Light, 1st & 15th, 2017
  23. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Crimson And Clover, I Love Rock 'N Roll, Boardwalk, 1981
  24. The National, Slow Show, Boxer, Beggar's Banquet, 2007
  25. A Flock Of Seagulls, I Ran, A Flock Of Seagulls, Arista, 1982
  26. The Beatles, I've Just Seen A Face, Help!, Parlophone, 1965