Buried Treasures & Dad Rap


Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Jim and Greg uncover some buried treasures: recent releases that you need to hear! Plus, they talk with author Steven Hyden about the parallels between "Dad Rock" bands and "Dad Rap" stars.

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Buried Treasures

From genre-bending Scottish electronic trio Young Fathers to the shoegaze wonder of Lightfoil, this week Jim and Greg dip into the wealth of music beyond the FM dial and play you some buried treasures. These artists might not be at the top of the charts, but they're definitely worth adding to your collection.


  • Young Fathers, "In My View"
  • Tomberlin, "Self-Help"
  • Zeal & Ardor, "Row Row"


  • Sunshine and the Rain, "It’s All In Your Mind"
  • Lightfoils, "This Time Is Up"
  • Game Genie Sokolov, "Agrume"

Plus, Jim and Greg welcomed Kristen Kurtis, Morning Host at WXPN in Philadelphia to share two of her own Buried Treasure picks:

  • Ali Awan, "Citadel Blues"
  • Gabi Garbutt, "Lady Matador"

Dad Rock, Meet Dad Rap

Though it began as a put-down, the term Dad Rock has grown into almost a term of endearment, said Uproxx Cultural Critic Steven Hyden. He delved deep into Dad Rock in his book, Twilight of The Gods, and took the idea a step further in a piece for Uproxx. There he posited that certain hip hop artists could be grouped together as Dad Rap and provided a tongue-in-cheek conversion guide. Hyden joined Jim and Greg to debate his comparisons and come up with some new ones.

Here’s who they compare:

  • Jay Z is The Rolling Stones
  • Eminem is The Eagles
  • Drake is Tom Petty OR Hootie and the Blowfish
  • Kendrick Lamar is Bruce Springsteen OR Bob Dylan
  • Nas is Pearl Jam
  • Wu Tang Clan is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • Outkast is The Beatles
  • Lauryn Hill is Joni Mitchell
  • Kelis is Stevie Nicks
  • Nicki Minaj is Oasis OR Grace Slick

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