Desert Island Jukebox & Sunflower Bean

Desert Island Jukebox

The proverbial Desert Island Jukebox is filled with songs that Jim and Greg would want with them if they were marooned on a remote isle. This week, Jim and Greg hand quarters out to guests like Mary J. Blige, Sleater-Kinney, and Rush to select the tracks they can’t live without. Plus, an interview and performance from the Brooklyn rock band Sunflower Bean.

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Guest Desert Island Jukebox

Jim and Greg usually monopolize the desert island jukebox playing tracks they can’t live without. But this week, they’re handing out quarters to some of the talented guests that have appeared on the show, so they can share the songs they’d take with them if stranded out at sea.

  • Moby, Cat Stevens, Peace Train and The Beatles, Let It Be
  • Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life
  • Sleater-Kinney, Sam Cooke, Greatest Hits: Sam Cooke, Television, Marquee Moon, Tears for Fears, Songs From The Big Chair
  • Shamir, Wolf Alice, Lisbon
  • Rush, Buffalo Springfield, For What It’s Worth and The Who, Who’s Next
  • Herb Alpert, Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
  • Bob Mould, The Beatles, Revolver (in mono)
  • L.A. Reid, Steely Dan, Haitian Divorce

Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean

Last year at South By Southwest, Jim and Greg discovered a young, talented Brooklyn rock band called Sunflower Bean. The group is made up of bassist and singer Julia Cumming, guitarist and singer Nick Kivlen and drummer Jacob Faber. What makes the members of Sunflower Bean so interesting is their pursuit of a career in rock music despite growing up in the home of hip hop and in the age of EDM. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have diverse influences, channeling artists like Syd Barrett, The Beach Boys and Neu! at times on their debut album Human Ceremony. Greg sat down to chat with the band when they were in Chicago, and they talked about musical influences, Sunflower Bean’s origin and how the group held the title of most shows played in New York City in 2014. Plus, they’ll give a fun live performance.

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