The Story of Fortune Records, Opinions on The Hold Steady, Julien Baker & King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard

Fortune Records

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history of the independent label Fortune Records. They discuss the unpredictable music, unique cast of characters and why it had famous admirers ranging from Smokey Robinson to Lou Reed. Plus, they review some new music. 

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Open Door Policy The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady Open Door Policy

Jim and Greg review the 8th studio album, Open Door Policy, from Brooklyn  rock band The Hold Steady.

L.W. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard  The Lizard Wizard L.W.

The hosts share their opinions on the 17th(!) album from Australian psych-rock band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, L.W.

Little Oblivions Julien Baker

Julien Baker Little Oblivions

Jim and Greg give their two cents on singer-songwriter  Julien Baker's album Little Oblivions.

Fortune Records

Fortune Records was an independent, family-owned label out of Detroit that existed from 1946-1995. While they had few hits, their eclectic roster of artists and unpredictable music attracted famous fans like Lou Reed and Smokey Robinson. This week, Jim and Greg talk with author Michael Hurtt about the book he co-authored, Mind Over Matter: The Myths & Mysteries of Detroit’s Fortune Records. They discuss artists like Nolan Strong & The Diablos, as well as other doo-wop groups, hillbilly music and more.


Jim takes a trip to the Desert Island Jukebox and plays a song he can't live without, a track about the late activist and Black Panther  Fred Hampton. After watching Judas and the Black Messiah, Jim began searching for songs about Hampton, and found this one from The Boondocks soundtrack by Dead Prez, featuring Common and Last Poets, "Panthers."

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