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Buried Treasures & Ex Hex

Jim and Greg are ready and raring to go with some new buried treasures: recent, under-the-radar albums that you need to hear. They also talk with the rock trio Ex Hex, led by Mary Timony, about their new record, plus they give a live performance.

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Buried Treasures

Looking to rehab your playlist with new, exciting music? Jim and Greg have a fresh batch of buried treasures you need to hear!

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Ex Hex

Ex Hex is a trio who celebrate guitar rock, even 1980s albums by bands like Def Leppard and Poison, which is surprising if you consider the indie rock scene from which they sprang. Mary Timony was the singer and guitarist of Helium for much of the 1990s and before that the short-lived Autoclave. Both were groups that could almost be considered the exact opposite of arena rock. But, as she tells Jim and Greg, Timony heard bands like Van Halen with fresh ears when working as a guitar teacher after quitting music in her mid-30s. Students would ask to learn classic rock songs and in order to teach them, Timony would learn them, too. When members of Sleater Kinney and The Minders asked her to join the supergroup Wild Flag in 2010, she brought her new knowledge of guitar shredding with her: rolling on the floor and doing windmill guitar moves frequently while on tour.

When Wild Flag split up before doing a second album, Timony took the songs she'd already started and formed Ex Hex with Betsy Wright of Bat Fangs and drummer Laura Harris. Ex Hex takes that guitar hero aspect and turns it up to eleven. On their second album, It's Real, Ex Hex seems to be fully committed to this approach to music that would have been so at odds with Timony's early work. As our audience at the Goose Island Tap Room knows, the band is more concerned with making good, fun music than expressing deep angst.

Featured Songs

  1. Kingdom of Birds, Dotted Lines, Glitz, Hinky, 2019
  2. Ex Hex, Cosmic Cave, It's Real, Merge, 2019
  3. The Comet Is Coming, Summon the Fire, The Comet Is Coming Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery, Impulse!, 2019
  4. The Wildhearts, Let 'Em Go, Renaissance Men, Graphite, 2019
  5. Dave, Black, PSYCHODRAMA, Neighbourhood, 2019
  6. Wajatta, Runnin', Casual High Technology, Comedy Dynamics, 2018
  7. Sam Spiegel, To Whom It May Concern (feat. CeeLo Green, Theophilus London & Alex Ebert), To Whom It May Concern (Single), Spectrophonic Sound, 2018
  8. The Shacks, Texas, Haze, Big Crown, 2018
  9. Jade Bird, Uh Huh, Jade Bird, Glassnote, 2019
  10. Justin Michael Williams, Perfect Man, Metamorphosis, self-released, 2016
  11. Durand Jones & The Indications, Too Many Tears, American Love Call, Dead Oceans, 2019
  12. Ex Hex, Rainbow Shiner, It's Real, Merge, 2019
  13. Helium, Superball, The Dirt of Luck, Matador, 1995
  14. Def Leppard, Women, Hysteria, Mercury, 1987
  15. Ex Hex, Tough Enough, It's Real, Merge, 2019
  16. Ex Hex, Cosmic Cave (Live on Sound Opinions), It's Real, Merge, 2019
  17. Rites of Spring, For Want Of, Rites of Spring, Dischord, 1985
  18. Wild Flag, Short Version, Wild Flag, Merge, 2011
  19. Mary Timony, I Fire Myself, Mountains, Matador, 2000
  20. Helium, Medusa, The Dirt of Luck, Matador, 1995
  21. Ex Hex, Good Times (Live on Sound Opinions), It's Real, Merge, 2019
  22. Mavis Staples, Anytime, We Get By, ANTI, 2019
  23. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, United, Tamla, 1968
  24. True West, Hollywood Holiday, Hollywood Holiday, New Rose, 1983
  25. The Bangles, Hero Takes a Fall, All Over The Place, Columbia, 1984
  26. The Feelies, Gone, Gone, Gone, In Between, Bar/None, 2017
  27. De La Soul, Say No Go, 3 Feet High And Rising, Tommy Boy, 1989
  28. Celeste Johnson, Look Inside Of You (Outloops Version), Look Inside Of You (single), DDD, 1991