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 Aug 7, 2019

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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions, where people who love music can come together.

Episode Date
#774 Hannibal Buress & How Record Stores Are Adapting
00:50:37

In the music world, record stores are important economically, but also as community hubs. We talk with the directors of the documentary "Other Music" as well as record store owners in North Carolina and Ohio about how they're adapting to coronavirus times. Plus they talk with music loving comedian Hannibal Buress about his drive in theater tour.

Sep 25, 2020
#773 Yes' Going For The One & Protomartyr Review
00:50:47

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect Yes's 1977 masterpiece album Going For the One. They talk about the progressive rock band's history, the rich music and they interview lead singer Jon Anderson about the making of the record. Jim and Greg also review the latest from Detroit rock band Protomartyr.

Sep 18, 2020
#772 Buried Treasures & the Future of Music Venues
00:50:32

Nothing in the world can stop great music from being created. Even now there are songs coasting under the radar, not being enjoyed by enough people. We have a new batch of buried treasures to share. Plus, we talk with venue owners, activists and politicians working to save American stages that have been shut down due to the global pandemic.

Sep 11, 2020
#771 Songs About New Beginnings
00:50:17

Oftentimes the best way to celebrate a new venture is with great music, and we could all use a fresh start right about now. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about new beginnings. They also review new records from country singer-songwriter Margo Price and the late Chicago rapper Juice Wrld. 
 

Sep 04, 2020
#770: Give The Drummer Some
00:55:30

What role do drums play in Rock? Should they be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? The beat goes on as Jim and Greg focus on the contributions of drummers to rock music with drummer Joe Wong. Wong also hosts a podcast on drummers called The Trap Set.

Aug 28, 2020
#770 Give the Drummer Some
00:55:30
What role do drums play in rock? Should they be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? Jim and Greg focus on the contributions of drummers to rock music.
Aug 28, 2020
#769: The Replacements & Mission of Burma
00:55:43
The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the biography Trouble Boys, talks with Jim and Greg about the band. Plus we revisit our interview with Mission of Burma.
Aug 21, 2020
#768 The Velvet Underground & Nico
00:55:44
Jim and Greg explore the background and influence of the Velvet Underground’s debut with a classic album dissection.
Aug 14, 2020
#767 The New Analog & Opinions On Neil Young
00:55:44
Jim and Greg talk with Galaxy 500’s Damon Krukowski about the value of analog listening in an increasingly digital world. They’ll also review new albums from Neil Young and the mysterious Sault.
Aug 07, 2020
#766 Chris Frantz and Talking Heads
00:55:38
Jim and Greg chat with Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz about his new book, Remain In Love. The book tracks the bands commercial success and internal strife. Plus, they dig into some of their favorite tracks by the 'Heads’ and Tom Tom Club.
Jul 31, 2020
#765 Chicago Soul
00:55:42
From Curtis Mayfield to Minnie Riperton, Jim and Greg explore the Chicago Soul scene. They’ll examine how the music tells the story of political and cultural change in Chicago. Plus, they look at the movement’s lasting impact.
Jul 24, 2020
#764 Songs About Help and the Rock Doctors
00:55:36
In these confusing and anxious times, we could all use the occasional helping hand. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about helping. Then they help a listener find new music to soothe her grandmother.
Jul 17, 2020
#763 Buried Treasures & Caroline Rose
00:55:24
It's time for another edition of Buried Treasures, where Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis share some under-the-radar new music you need to hear. Plus, we hear from the singer-songwriter Caroline Rose about the song that got her interested in making music.
Jul 10, 2020
#762 Bill Withers' Live at Carnegie Hall & Opinions on Phoebe Bridgers
00:55:23
Bill Withers is beloved for classics like Lean On Me, but Greg contends that Withers’ best album is Live at Carnegie Hall. Jim and Greg honor Withers’ life with a classic album dissection of that record and review the latest from Phoebe Bridgers.
Jul 03, 2020
#761 Instant Commentaries & Opinions on Bob Dylan
00:55:30
Sometimes current events inspire urgent art. Jim and Greg share their favorite instant commentary tracks, songs that were published in a hurry in hopes of affecting change. Plus we review the latest from Bob Dylan.
Jun 26, 2020
#760 Best Albums of 2020...So Far
00:55:35
While the year is only half over, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot couldn’t wait until December to share their favorite albums. This week, Jim and Greg share their picks for the Best Albums of 2020 so far.
Jun 19, 2020
#759 Cover Songs, Opinions on Jehnny Beth & Remembering Jimmy Cobb
00:55:37
Jim and Greg discuss the value of cover songs and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock's most notable examples. Also, they review the debut solo album from artist Jehnny Beth and remember drummer Jimmy Cobb.
Jun 12, 2020
#758 Buried Treasures & Ask The Critics
00:55:29
Jim and Greg share some recent songs they're loving that are beneath the mainstream radar. They also answer some questions from listeners in another edition of Ask the Critics.
Jun 05, 2020
#757 Concerts That Shaped Us & Opinions On They Call Me Disco
00:55:30
In a time when most independent concert venues have a doubtful future, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot relive their favorite moments experienced at live concerts. They also review the new EP by rapper Ric Wilson and pay tribute to percussionist, Tony Allen.
May 29, 2020
#756 History in Songs & Best Coast
00:55:13
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks about historical figures, events and places. Plus, a conversation with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino about sobriety and how it has affected her music.
May 22, 2020
#755 Virtual Vacations, Mudhoney in Seattle, & RIP Little Richard
00:55:35
Jim and Greg take a virtual vacation via music! Tour guides including Kraftwerk, Spoon and A Tribe Called Quest will take you to Japan, India, Italy and more. Plus, they go on a real trip to Seattle to interview Mudhoney. And they remember Little Richard.
May 15, 2020
#754 God Save the Queens: Women in Hip-Hop, Opinions on Jason Isbell & Chicano Batman, Hamilton Bohannon
00:55:30
This week, Jim and Greg talk about the history of women in hip-hop, and how amazing MCs have been chronically undervalued since the beginning of the art form. They also review new records from Jason Isbell and Chicano Batman.
May 08, 2020
#753: Review Roundup, Bill Withers & the Red Sox Organist
00:55:29
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the new records from Fiona Apple, The Weeknd and more. They’ll hear how the Boston Red Sox's organist is keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, we bid farewell to Bill Withers.
Apr 30, 2020
#752 Buried Treasures & Sudan Archives
00:55:37
With nothing but time on our hands, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great new music beyond the FM dial and this week they share their latest finds. Plus we'll hear a live performance and interview with singer and violinist Sudan Archives.
Apr 24, 2020
#751 Rocking the Closet: Sexuality in Music, Opinions on Dua Lipa, Waxahatchee & Melkbelly
00:55:31
Back in the 1950s, artists like Little Richard and Liberace found unique ways to present their sexuality within the “acceptable” boundaries existing in society, and in many ways, pushed them. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a discussion about sexuality in music. They also review new albums by pop artist Dua Lipa and indie acts Waxahatchee and Melkbelly.
Apr 17, 2020
#750 Raphael Saadiq, Remembering John Prine
00:55:45
This week Sound Opinons welcomes prolific singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq. Perhaps most widely known as a member of the 1990s R&B band Tony! Toni! Toné!, he's also released five critically acclaimed solo albums, all the while producing notable work for others, including "Lady" by D'Angelo, and "Cranes In The Sky" by Solange. Plus, Jim and Greg bid farewell to legendary songwriter John Prine.
Apr 10, 2020
#749 Review Roundup & The Masked Marauders
00:54:56
Spring is here, and it's time to get caught up with some of the new releases of the season. From comeback kids to buzzworthy new artists, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. Plus, we revisit the "best" supergroup of all time 50 years later, The Masked Marauders.
Apr 03, 2020
#748 Social Distancing on the Desert Island, R.I.P. Singer and Songwriter Paul K.
00:55:30
In light of the global pandemic, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are encouraging listeners to practice social distancing. They'll be sharing a fresh batch of Desert Island Jukebox picks, music that seems particularly well suited to the moment we're in. Greg also bids farewell to the late singer and songwriter Paul K. of Paul K. & the Weathermen.
Mar 27, 2020
#747 Joni Mitchell's Blue
00:55:38
Almost 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released what became her signature album, Blue. The record is full of complex lyrics, gorgeous guitar and deeply personal themes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of Blue, sharing the context of the record, exploring its lasting impact and looking in depth at its impressive track list.
Mar 20, 2020
#746 OutKast's Stankonia & Caroline Polachek
00:55:34
After their third album went double-platnium, Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast let their creativity run wild on 2000's Stankonia. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of that landmark record. Plus, Caroline Polachek shares the song that got her into music as a career and Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox.
Mar 13, 2020
#745 Songs About Animals, Opinions on Tame Impala & Grimes
00:55:41
Outside of their natural habitats, you'll find animals all over music. From hound dogs to blackbirds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about animals. They also review new records from Tame Impala and Grimes, and Greg bids farewell to David Roback of Mazzy Star and the Rain Parade.
Mar 06, 2020
#744 Songs About Time, Ask the Critics Pt. 2
00:55:35
Let's "Rock Around the Clock" like Bill Haley told us to! 2020 is another leap year, Daylight Savings is around the corner and this week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore their favorite Songs About Time. They also answer more listener questions for another edition of Ask the Critics, ranging from their personal experiences making music to their biggest disagreements.
Feb 28, 2020
#743 Buried Treasures & Briston Maroney
00:55:16
It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! Plus, Jim takes a trip to the desert island jukebox to play a song he can't live without. Then, they hear from musician Briston Maroney about the song that got him Hooked On Sonics.
Feb 21, 2020
#742 Ask the Critics, Hologram Tours & Opinions on Wire
00:55:31
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot answer listener questions in a segment called Ask the Critics! They’ll give responses on subjects like musical taste, disagreements with each other and what it’s really like to be a professional critic. Plus, they’ll talk to music journalist Mark Binelli about the rise of deceased musician hologram tours. They also review the new album from English art rock band Wire.
Feb 14, 2020
#741 King Crimson, R.I.P. Andy Gill of Gang of Four
00:55:41
King Crimson is a legendary progressive rock band that has evolved through the decades in innovative, and sometimes surprising ways. This week, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis explore the constant evolution of the classic band that refuses to rest on its laurels. Plus, Jim and Greg pay tribute to Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, dead at the age of 64.
Feb 07, 2020
#740 Best Film Acting Performances By Musicians, Host of Slow Burn on the Muders of Tupac & Biggie
00:55:10
Over the years, several notable musicians have tried their hand at acting in movies, whether it’s playing a character or playing themselves. While the results are mixed, there have been a handful of great, pitch perfect performances. With the Oscars looming, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite acting performances by musicians in film. They’ll also talk with Joel Anderson, host of the third season of the podcast Slow Burn, which focuses on the murders of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
Jan 31, 2020
#739 Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Opinions on Drive-By Truckers & Torres
00:55:33
Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their sound, and for their groundbreaking glamour. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Mary Wilson of The Supremes about her days at Motown, and how the group became international ambassadors representing an entire community. Jim and Greg also review new records from the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers and indie singer-songwriter Torres.
Jan 24, 2020
#738 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, R.I.P. Neil Peart & Opinions on Beach Slang
00:55:42
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band's 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestrations and earnest lyrics, the album remains an enormous influence to this day. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of Pet Sounds. They also review the new album from punk band Beach Slang and bid farewell to Neil Peart of Rush.
Jan 17, 2020
#737 Buried Treasures & Folk Singer-Songwriter Joan Shelley
00:56:40
A new year calls for new tunes. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great new music beyond the FM dial and this week they share their latest finds. These artists might not be household names, but they're definitely worth adding to your collection. They'll also talk to folk singer-songwriter Joan Shelley about recording her latest album in Iceland and how her Louisville, Kentucky heritage manifests in her music.
Jan 10, 2020
#736 Songs About Pot, Rock Doctors & Angie McMahon
00:56:43
As of January 1, 2020, Illinois joins several states in legalizing recreational marijuana. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot acknowledge the numerous songs about weed and share some of their favorites. Plus, Jim and Greg are the rock doctors, finding walk up music for a martial artist. They also find out what unique song got singer-songwriter Angie McMahon hooked on sonics.
Jan 03, 2020
#735 Albums of the Decade, Greg's Mixtape, Juice WRLD & Roy Loney
00:56:27
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot close out 2019 and the 2010s by sharing some of their best albums of the decade. Then, Greg will share his annual mixtape and the hosts will discuss musicians the world lost this year, including rapper Juice WRLD and Flamin' Groovies lead singer Roy Loney.
Dec 27, 2019
#734 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2019 with Andy Cirzan
00:56:40
It's a holiday tradition on Sound Opinions to welcome weird wax aficionado Andy Cirzan to share his annual mix of tinsel-time tunes with us. He shares his bizarre holiday music finds and the stories behind them with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.
Dec 20, 2019
#733 The Best Albums of 2019
00:56:42
As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and listeners about their favorites.
Dec 13, 2019
#732 William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'N' Roll, Opinions on Leonard Cohen & Sudan Archives
00:56:42
Beat writer William S. Burroughs had a profound impact and interaction with rock and hip-hop music from the 1960s through his death in the late 1990s. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Casey Rae about his book on Burroughs and "the cult of Rock 'n' Roll." They also review new albums from Leonard Cohen and singer and violinist Sudan Archives.
Dec 06, 2019
#731 Thanksgiving Leftovers & DJ Shadow on Sampling
00:56:47
As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From chart-topping phenomenons to surprising archival finds, there was just too much music this year to cover it all as it happened. Plus, DJ Shadow explains how he found the sample for his latest single, "Rocket Fuel."
Nov 29, 2019
#730 Songs That Make You Cry, Opinions on The Replacements & FKA twigs
00:56:44
For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the songs that bring tears to their eyes. They also review something old and something new: they revisit The Replacements' album Don't Tell a Soul 30 years later and share their thoughts on the new record from FKA twigs.
Nov 22, 2019
#729 Buried Treasures & Bobby Rush
00:56:29
As we all settle in for the season, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot figure Sound Opinions listeners are ready for a playlist refresh. This week, they dip into the wealth of great new music beyond the FM dial and play you some Buried Treasures. These artists might not be household names, but they're definitely worth adding to your collection. Plus, blues legend Bobby Rush shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.
Nov 15, 2019
#728 Songs About the Radio & Opinions on Michael Kiwanuka
00:56:26
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot both fondly remember discovering new bands on their FM dials; and though there are many ways find new music, there's still a bit of magic to hearing a new favorite over the airwaves. To honor that legacy, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite radio-inspired tracks by artists like Wall of Voodoo and Donna Summer. Plus Jim and Greg review Kiwanuka, the latest album from English soul-folk artist Michael Kiwanuka.
Nov 08, 2019
#727 Janis Joplin, Opinions on Kanye West & Neil Young and Crazy Horse
00:56:42
Janis Joplin was known for her iconic singing voice, gregarious image and refusal to conform. But behind her chill, blues mama persona was an intellectual, intentional artist. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the life and career of Janis Joplin with author and biographer Holly George-Warren. They talk about the legacy of Joplin's music and identity almost 50 years after her tragic death. Jim and Greg will also review new albums from Kanye West and Neil Young and Crazy Horse.
Nov 01, 2019
#726 Bands in Costume, Opinions on Battles & Farewell to Music Critic Nick Tosches
00:56:36
Rock and roll has never been purely about the music. The image a band puts forward can be almost as important as their songs. Some bands take it an extra step and make theatrical costumes an integral part of their act. In honor of Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite bands in costume. They also review the latest from rock band Battles and bid farewell to music journalist and biographer Nick Tosches.
Oct 25, 2019
#725 The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.
00:56:41
Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot serve up a classic album dissection for the deeply influential recording.
Oct 18, 2019
#724 Songs We Love By Bands We Don't, Opinions on Nick Cave & Farewell to Ginger Baker & Kim Shattuck
00:56:30
Have you ever listened to a song and loved it, only to find out it’s by an artist you can’t stand? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will explore the concept of great songs by horrible artists and share a few of their favorites. Plus they'll review Ghosteen from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and pay tribute to drummer Ginger Baker and The Muffs' Kim Shattuck.
Oct 11, 2019
#723 Family Bands & Opinions on Wilco
00:56:46
The family that plays together, stays together, right? If you‘ve ever traveled in a van with your mother, father, sister or brother, you know it's not that easy. From Sister Sledge to The Cowsills, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the great Family Bands that made it work. Plus, Jim and Greg review Ode To Joy, the latest album from alt-rock band Wilco.
Oct 04, 2019
#722 Fugazi's Repeater, Opinions on Psychedelic Country Artist Sturgill Simpson
00:56:30
Washington D.C. post-punk band Fugazi reshaped the definition of punk in America. Their 1990 debut album, Repeater, connected with a generation and eventually sold more than a million copies. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with founding member Ian MacKaye about the writing and recording of the album and its impact. Plus we review Sturgill Simpson's new album, Sound and Fury, and learn what song got a member of the band Dehd "Hooked on Sonics."
Sep 27, 2019
#721 Opinions on Tool, Lana Del Rey & More, Farewell to Ric Ocasek & Daniel Johnston
00:56:43
With an influx of new music, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot decide it's time for a review roundup. They share their opinions on records by Tool, Lana Del Rey, Common and more. They also pay tribute to the late Cars' frontman Ric Ocasek and solo artist Daniel Johnston.
Sep 20, 2019
#720 Buried Treasures & Peter Lewis of Moby Grape
00:56:12
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are always on the lookout for buried treasures - newly released music that is flying underneath the critical and commercial radar. They're back this week with some exciting new songs. Jim and Greg also talk with a member of a somewhat buried treasure act from the past, Peter Lewis of Moby Grape. They discuss ways the 1960s San Francisco group turned convention on its head and some of the bad luck that befell the band.
Sep 13, 2019
#719 James Alexander of the Bar-Kays & Favorite Bass Lines
00:56:28
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by legendary funk and R&B bassist James Alexander of the Bar-Kays. They discuss his early days as a pivotal part of the Stax Records house band in Memphis and the enduring legacy of 1971's Shaft Soundtrack, which featured the Bar-Kays as the backing band. Then, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite bass lines (as well as the songs' players). Bass players usually aren't the flashiest members of a band, but they're a pivotal part of its heartbeat.
Sep 06, 2019
#718 Whitney & Songs About Quitting Work
00:55:27
While critical and commercially successful “soft rock” music is rare in 2019, the Chicago band Whitney found a way to make it sound fresh and indie. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with the two main members of the band about how they came to their unique sound and their new album Forever Turned Around, released August 30th.
Aug 30, 2019
#717 Best Music Cameos & Opinions on Raphael Saadiq
00:56:42
Sometimes, all it takes for a song to go from good to great is the addition of a guest artist, whether it’s a rapper going in on the verse or a guitarist shredding a solo. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite musical cameos. They also review the latest from R&B singer Raphael Saadiq.
Aug 23, 2019
#716 The Mountain Goats, Opinions on Sleater-Kinney & The Regrettes
00:56:30
Over the course of 17 albums, The Mountain Goats have gone from a super lo-fi solo project to a polished four piece combo. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by the whole band for an exclusive performance and interview with songwriter John Darnielle and drummer Jon Wurster. They also review the new albums from Sleater-Kinney and The Regrettes.
Aug 16, 2019
#715 The Legend of Robert Johnson
00:56:28
For decades, the myths surrounding Robert Johnson overshadowed his contributions as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. From the legend that he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads to mystery surrounding his untimely death at age 27, the truths of Johnson’s life have remained untold. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with music historian Bruce Conforth about Johnson’s career, death and working to give the guitarist his identity back. They also share some of their favorite covers of Johnson's songs.
Aug 09, 2019
#714 Why the Ramones Matter, Tommy Ramone & Opinions on Chance the Rapper
00:56:40
Back in the 1970s, punk was shorthand for a subculture that took pride in breaking the mainstream’s mold. And at the vanguard of punk rock was The Ramones. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the cultural contributions of the band, beyond the myth, with the author of Why The Ramones Matter, Donna Gaines. Plus, they revisit their 2007 conversation with the late Tommy Ramone. They also review the latest from Chicago's Chance the Rapper.
Aug 02, 2019
#713 Australian Singer-Songwriter Julia Jacklin, Opinions on Blood Orange
00:56:43
While Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin’s voice has a soft vibrato and sweet tone, her lyrics are laced with a dry sense of humor and unflinching honesty. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Julia about her new album, the pressure to appear perfect on social media and how as a performer and woman she sets boundaries to stay sane. She also gives a live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago.
Jul 26, 2019
#712 Buried Treasures & Tasha
00:56:41
It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! They'll also chat with Chicago singer, songwriter and guitarist Tasha about her music, which champions marginalized people as well as prioritizes topics like self care.
Jul 19, 2019
#711 Marvin Gaye's What's Going On & the Wah-Wah Pedal
00:56:17
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on Marvin Gaye's classic album What's Going On. They discuss the tracks, cultural climate and overarching themes of the 1971 album, many of which are more relevant than ever today.
Jul 12, 2019
#710 Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Rust Never Sleeps on its 40th Anniversary, the Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar
00:56:43
Forty years later, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's masterpiece Rust Never Sleeps still captivates listeners and critics with its simple melodies, complex lyrics and punk-inspired sound. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the album's impact and how Young's blend of acoustic and electric made for an iconic musical experience. They'll also discuss the electric Rickenbacker 12-String guitar, an instrument that was featured prominently in songs by bands ranging from the Beatles to the Byrds.
Jul 05, 2019
#709 Music That Made Me & the Universal Music Warehouse Fire
00:56:45
Most music lovers can point to a song that made them: perhaps one that helps define them, or just one of those songs that defines a time in their life. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the music that made them. They also talk with music journalist Jody Rosen about his investigative article for New York Magazine about the Universal Music Group Warehouse fire and the hundreds of thousands of master recordings that were lost.
Jun 28, 2019
#708 The Best Albums of 2019 So Far
00:56:41
So many great albums come out every year that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot can’t wait until December to start ranking their favorites. This week, the Best Albums of 2019 So Far.
Jun 21, 2019
#707 Roky Erickson, Dr. John & Jim DeRogatis on R. Kelly
00:56:32
Roky Erickson and his group the 13th Floor Elevators spread the psychedelic gospel in the heart of Texas in the 1960s and influenced groups like R.E.M. and ZZ Top. After a tumultuous life that included a long battle with schizophrenia, Roky died last month at 71. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute this week on Sound Opinions. Plus, Greg interviews Jim about what he learned about the nature of music in 19 years of investigating R. Kelly and they say goodbye to Dr. John.
Jun 14, 2019
#706 Mavis Staples
00:56:44
As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement and inspire generations. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their intimate discussion of her life and career as the gospel and soul legend approaches 80 years old.
Jun 07, 2019
#705 Buried Treasures & Ex Hex
00:56:38
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot 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 the group gives a live performance.
May 31, 2019
#704 De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising & Opinions on The National
00:56:36
In the digital age, most of us assume that every piece of music that ever was is available at the push of a button. But this week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot bring us a Classic Album Dissection of a recording that, despite its significance, is unavailable on digital platforms: De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising. They discuss the making of the groundbreaking hip-hop album, its importance, and why this classic is so hard to hear today. Plus, Jim and Greg review I Am Easy To Find, the latest album from indie rockers The National.
May 24, 2019
#703 Paisley Underground, The Shangri-Las' Leader of the Pack & Opinions on Tacocat
00:56:43
In early '80s Southern California, a new kind of music was brewing that blended the psychedelic sounds of the ‘60s with the modern day post-punk ethos. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the Paisley Underground movement. They’ll discuss the prominent bands like The Bangles, explore what made the scene so special and explain its impact on indie rock. Jim and Greg will also look back at the 1964 hit by The Shangri-Las, "Leader of the Pack," for its 55th anniversary. Plus, they'll review the new record from the colorful Seattle punk band Tacocat.
May 17, 2019
#702 Sharon Van Etten & Opinions on Jamila Woods
00:56:44
Edgy folk-rocker Sharon Van Etten is busier than ever after quitting the music industry four years ago. Now she’s back and experimenting with new sounds, like the vintage synthesizer that lives in her New York City rehearsal space. Sharon joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and performance of music from her latest release, Remind Me Tomorrow. They also review the new record from Chicago singer and poet Jamila Woods.
May 10, 2019
#701 Band Reunions, Opinions on Vampire Weekend
00:56:42
Summer is coming…and that means a slew of music festivals and arena concerts around the country. Many bands hit the road for reunion tours, often times without all their original members. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore whether or not it’s sacrilegious to see a band missing its key original members. They’ll also share some of their favorite band reunions, ones that lived up to or even surpassed the originals. Plus, a review of the latest from Vampire Weekend.
May 03, 2019
#700 Sound Opinions in Space, Opinions on Lizzo & Emily King
00:56:40
For Sound Opinions' 700th episode, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are taking the show to outer space! They'll share some of their favorite songs about space in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Plus, Jim and Greg review Cuz I Love You, the latest from hip hop and r&b artist Lizzo, and pop/soul singer-songwriter Emily King talks about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.
Apr 26, 2019
#699 Moby, Opinions on Nico Segal's Intellexual
00:56:09
Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. He’s since made several successful albums and put out his first memoir, Porcelain, in 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their 2016 conversation with Moby in honor of his latest memoir, Then It Fell Apart.They also review the debut album from the group Intellexual, made up of frequent Chance the Rapper collaborators Nico Segal and Nate Fox.
Apr 19, 2019
#698 Buried Treasures, Rock Doctors, Opinions on Marvin Gaye
00:56:41
As music critics and connoisseurs, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot always have new under-the-radar tracks that you need to hear! This week, they’ll share some of their latest buried treasures. They'll also check in as the Rock Doctors to give some musical advice to a patient in need, as well as share their thoughts on the recent posthumous release by Marvin Gaye.
Apr 12, 2019
#697 Shoegaze & Opinions on Priests
00:56:27
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into "Shoegaze." In the late '80s and early '90s, this sound developed in the U.K. and was typified by lots of guitar, atmosphere and noise. But while the height of Shoegaze only lasted a few years, its influence looms large today. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new album from Priests and learn what song got David Bazan "Hooked on Sonics."
Apr 05, 2019
#696 True Crime Songs, Opinions on Jenny Lewis & Sara Romweber
00:56:01
There's a long tradition of blues and folk troubadours writing about subjects that are downright criminal. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about true crime, or at least allegedly true crimes, that have been immortalized in song. Plus, a review of the latest from singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, and a remembrance of drummer Sara Romweber.
Mar 29, 2019
#695 Alternative Country Singer-Songwriter Sarah Shook & SXSW 2019
00:56:30
Sarah Shook is an artist expertly bridging the worlds of punk grime and honky tonk played on sawdust floors. But it's her smart, pithy lyrics about love that grip listeners and don't let go. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot chat with country singer-songwriter Sarah Shook about her musical journey, activism and her latest record, Years. Also, Greg will return from the South By Southwest music conference with a report on some of his new favorite bands.
Mar 22, 2019
#694 The Best of Sound Opinions Live & Hal Blaine
00:55:50
Over the years, Sound Opinions has seen many great performances from the talented artists and bands that appeared. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the biggest performances ever on the show, including artists like Wilco, Common and Cheap Trick. They'll also bid farewell to legendary session drummer Hal Blaine, who died at age 90.
Mar 15, 2019
#693 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Chaka Khan & Solange
00:56:22
This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some Buried Treasures, musical gems that you may not have heard, but certainly should. Plus, the hosts review the latest releases from soul legend Chaka Khan and singer Solange.
Mar 08, 2019
#692 The Stooges' Fun House and Remembering Talk Talk's Mark Hollis
00:56:53
In a Classic Album Dissection, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine The Stooges' Fun House record from 1970. The album brought together garage rock, rhythm and blues and free jazz, setting a template for the punk revolution to come. Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton talks about the album as well as producer Don Gallucci, whose unorthodox studio technique is credited with capturing the singular sound of The Stooges.
Mar 01, 2019
#691 The Story of Blues Label Alligator Records & Conversation with Buddy Guy
00:56:37
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history and legacy of the almost 50-year-old Chicago blues label, Alligator Records, with its founder Bruce Iglauer. They'll talk to him about his new book Bitten By the Blues: The Alligator Records Story and discuss some of the landmark artists who came through, from Koko Taylor to Albert Collins. Jim and Greg will also revisit an interview they did with Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy.
Feb 22, 2019
#690 Songs About Writers, Opinions on Bob Mould & Sneaks
00:56:39
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore literature’s influence on popular music and how famous scribes like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more get name drops. They'll share some of their favorite songs about writers. They'll also review the latest from rocker Bob Mould and techno-indie artist Sneaks.
Feb 15, 2019
#689 Walk This Way: The Story of Run-DMC's Collaboration With Aerosmith, Opinions on Emily King
00:56:44
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Geoff Edgers about his 2019 book Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed American Music Forever. They discuss how Run-DMC's 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith came about and its impact. Plus, a review of soulful singer-songwriter Emily King's latest album, Scenery.
Feb 08, 2019
#688 Weird Instruments of Rock, Opinions on Maggie Rogers & Sharon Van Etten
00:56:43
Forget about the guitar, bass, and drums. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore some of the weirder instruments of rock from the theremin to the ocarina to the cowbell. They'll also review new music from two singer-songwriters: the debut album from Maggie Rogers and the latest from Sharon Van Etten.
Feb 01, 2019
#687 Buried Treasures & Chicago Soul Band The O'My's
00:56:33
Looking for some exciting new music to augment your 2019 playlist? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their latest Buried Treasures: favorite under-the-radar records that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg are joined by the Chicago soul band The O'My's at the Goose Island Tap Room. The group's latest album, Tomorrow, pushes its soulful sound into fresh, forward-leaning territory.
Jan 25, 2019
#686 Revolver Cover Artist and Bassist Klaus Voormann, The Artist vs. the Art
00:56:21
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot sit down with artist and musician Klaus Voormann. Klaus shares his unique vantage point to rock and roll history: he designed the cover artwork for The Beatles’ album, Revolver, lived with George and Ringo and was a session bassist on many iconic albums in the 1970s including Imagine, All Things Must Pass and Plastic Ono Band. Also in the light of the recent R. Kelly docu-series, the hosts revisit their discussion about the artist vs. the art: whether art can be evaluated separately from the artist's ethics.
Jan 18, 2019
#685 Great Starts - Songs With Iconic Beginnings
00:56:37
Sometimes songs make a strong, memorable statement from the very first note. This week, to start off the new year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share songs with iconic starts.
Jan 11, 2019
#684 Great Duets & Writer Malcolm Gladwell
00:56:18
There’s something about two performers, sometimes from different styles and points of view, coming together and creating a musical moment. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite duets. They'll also interview author Malcolm Gladwell and journalist Bruce Headlam from the Broken Record podcast.
Jan 04, 2019
#683 Jim & Greg's 2018 Mixtapes & In Memoriam
00:56:35
Sound Opinions closes out 2018 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in 2018.
Dec 28, 2018
#682 Rush & Paying Tribute to Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks
00:56:22
Famous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult following. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the band's remarkable 40 plus-year career. Jim and Greg will also say farewell to the leader of the punk band the Buzzcocks, Pete Shelley, who died earlier in December at age 63.
Dec 21, 2018
#681 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular
00:56:39
Whether you've been naughty or nice, Sound Opinions has a new sack full of holiday music for you. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome back record crate explorer and Christmas music aficionado Andy Cirzan for our annual Holiday Spectacular. This year, Andy celebrates his 30th season of hunting for Christmas music you'll hear nowhere else!
Dec 14, 2018
#680 The Best Albums of 2018
00:56:16
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite albums of 2018. They also hear picks from Sound Opinions producers and listeners.
Dec 07, 2018
#679 Singer-Songwriter Amanda Shires & Opinions on Anderson .Paak & Art Brut
00:56:35
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a conversation with country singer-songwriter Amanda Shires at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago. They discuss her literary lyrics, her latest album To The Sunset and how becoming a mom has influenced her art. She'll also perform live. Jim and Greg will also review new albums from hip hop artist Anderson .Paak and indie rock band Art Brut.
Nov 30, 2018
#678 Astral Weeks 50th Anniversary & Guest Desert Island Jukebox
00:56:36
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct an Album Dissection of Van Morrison's 1968 classic Astral Weeks. The landmark release celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Then, we hear from recent Sound Opinions guests about their Desert Island Jukebox picks... Tracks they can't live without.
Nov 23, 2018
#677 Buried Treasures & Dad Rap
00:56:23
Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: recent releases that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg talk with author Steven Hyden about the parallels between "Dad Rock" bands and "Dad Rap" stars.
Nov 16, 2018
#676 Lennon v. McCartney Solo Careers & Opinions on Vince Staples & Makaya McCraven
00:56:38
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the post-Beatles careers of John Lennon and Paul McCartney... The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new release from rapper Vince Staples and a hip-hop infused jazz album from drummer Makaya McCraven.
Nov 09, 2018
#675 21st Century Protest Music & Opinions on Robyn
00:56:49
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the impact of protest music in the 21st century and name a few of their favorite tracks from the genre from the last 18 years. They also review Robyn's new album, Honey, and Greg chooses a favorite song to add to the Desert Island Jukebox.
Nov 02, 2018
#674 Scary Songs For Halloween & Opinions on Greta Van Fleet
00:56:34
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate Halloween this week with a few of their favorite genre-spanning scary songs. Plus, we hear a selection of scary tunes nominated by listeners from around the country. They'll also give their opinions on the debut album from rock band Greta Van Fleet.
Oct 26, 2018
#673 Film & T.V. Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs, Opinions on Prince & Sam Phillips
00:56:44
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Emmy-winning music supervisor Susan Jacobs. Over her 30 year career, she's worked with directors like Spike Lee, David O. Russell and Robert Altman on placing music within movies. Most recently, she made the jump to television with HBO's Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies. Jim and Greg talk to Susan about the effects of great music on screen and how she convinced Led Zeppelin to let her expertly use the band's music in Sharp Objects. They'll also review new albums from Prince and singer-songwriter Sam Phillips.
Oct 19, 2018
#672 Buried Treasures & Beatles Audio Engineer Geoff Emerick
00:56:37
It's Buried Treasures time yet again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some new under-the-radar music that you need to hear! Plus, they revisit their 2006 conversation with Geoff Emerick, an audio engineer who worked on the classic Beatles albums Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road. Emerick passed away this month at the age of 72.
Oct 12, 2018
#671 Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Opinions on Noname & Otis Rush
00:56:44
As the lead guitarist of the groundbreaking political rock band the MC5, Wayne Kramer experienced both the highs of recognition and the sting of defeat. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Kramer 50 years after the band's iconic debut Kick Out the Jams. They chat about his new memoir, the '60s Detroit rock scene and discuss his experiences with overcoming drug abuse and jail time. Jim and Greg will also review the new album from hip hop artist Noname and pay tribute to the late Chicago blues legend Otis Rush.
Oct 05, 2018
#670 Diss Tracks & Rock Doctors
00:56:46
Though music can be a mighty force that brings people together, it can also be weaponized. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at memorable times musicians have used their art to settle scores in song: their favorite diss tracks of all time. They also bring back the Rock Doctors segment to help a mom find songs that empower her son without toxic masculinity. Basically the polar opposite of diss tracks.
Sep 28, 2018
#669 Dessa & Opinions on Paul McCartney
00:56:46
Dessa is a poet, singer and hip hop artist who is as interested in scientific theory as she is in lyricism. Her latest album, Chime, showcases her unique hybrid of clever rapping and singing about sometimes weighty issues. Dessa joined hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot at the Goose Island Tap Room for a conversation and a live performance. Plus, Jim and Greg review Sir Paul McCartney's latest, Egypt Station.
Sep 21, 2018
#668 Disco & Seymour Stein
00:56:43
For decades, people have maligned disco music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take an in-depth look at the genre from its origins in marginalized communities to its height of popularity. They'll also explore groundbreaking artists like Sylvester, the Bee Gees and more. Also, Greg talks to Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein about signing acts like the Ramones and Madonna.
Sep 14, 2018
#667 Buried Treasures & Bat Fangs
00:56:30
Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: under the radar tunes that you need to hear! They also interview the '80s hair metal-inspired band Bat Fangs.
Sep 07, 2018
#666 Mastodon's Brann Dailor & Songs About the Devil
00:56:37
Over seven albums and 18 years, Mastodon has stretched the definition of metal. Co-founder, drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor recently joined hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to look back over the band’s career. The conversation ranges from forming in Atlanta to coping with personal tragedy through music. They also couldn’t resist asking how the heck they wound up as wildlings on Game of Thrones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite songs about the devil.
Aug 31, 2018
#665 Billions Co-Creator & Screenwriter Brian Koppelman, Opinions on The Coup & Amanda Shires
00:56:44
Brian Koppelman makes his living as the showrunner, co-creator and writer for the Showtime series Billions. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Koppelman about how he innovatively uses music in the critically acclaimed show. They also discuss his past career as an A&R executive, where he discovered artists like singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. They'll also review the soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film Sorry to Bother You and the new release from country artist Amanda Shires.
Aug 24, 2018
#664 Remembering Aretha Franklin
00:56:48
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at age 76. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and career of the legend. They'll discuss her discography, music activism and impact.
Aug 17, 2018
#663 Roxy Music
00:56:49
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig into Roxy Music's influential 1972 self-titled debut album. They get the inside story of the recording of Roxy Music with former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, and discuss the album's lasting impact.
Aug 10, 2018
#662 Sound Opinions at Sea & Phoebe Bridgers
00:56:42
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the show to the water with the episode Sound Opinions at Sea! They'll share some of their favorite songs about oceans, seas and more! Plus, a conversation and live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago with singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.
Aug 03, 2018
#661 Alice Cooper, Opinions on Chance the Rapper & Deafheaven
00:55:43
Alice Cooper invented shock-rock in the 1970s, sparking controversy with his ghoulishly theatrical live shows and hard rock hits like "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen." Alice Cooper joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a career-spanning conversation. They'll also review new music from Chance the Rapper and Deafheaven.
Jul 27, 2018
#660 PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake
00:56:44
PJ Morton is an indie soul artist that just happens to be in Maroon 5, one of the biggest pop groups in the country. But his solo sound is light years away from Top 40 R&B, blending his New Orleans gospel roots with strains of Stevie Wonder. PJ joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Plus, Jim and Greg discuss the cultural zeitgeist which is rapper Drake's latest album.
Jul 20, 2018
#659 Buried Treasures & MSNBC's Ari Melber
00:56:30
It's time yet again for Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to open their treasure chests and reveal relatively unknown new albums YOU need to hear! They'll also talk to the host of MSNBC's The Beat, Ari Melber, about his love for rap music and how he integrates it into his political coverage.
Jul 13, 2018
#658 Sound Opinions LIVE
00:56:45
So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to air every song. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from artists like Beach Slang and Arcade Fire. Plus, they unearth even more favorite performances from our archive.
Jul 06, 2018
#657 Best Albums of 2018 So Far
00:56:36
The year is half over and we think it's time to share some of our favorite albums of 2018 so far! Find out what albums hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have at the top of their lists, plus hear from some listeners.
Jun 29, 2018
#656 Hinds & Opinions on Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Parquet Courts & More
00:56:23
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with two members of the Spanish women rock band Hinds about their unique take on punk rock and how they've reached fans in America and the U.K. Also, with an influx of new releases, it’s time for a review round-up! Jim and Greg give their opinions on new albums from Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Neko Case and Parquet Courts.
Jun 22, 2018
#655 Margo Price & Anthony Bourdain
00:56:51
This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by country singer-songwriter Margo Price. Price is signed to Jack White's Third Man Records, and her sound is a blend of outlaw country and roots music. A natural born storyteller, Price joined the hosts for an interview and performance. Plus, Jim and Greg revisit their interview with world traveler and chef Anthony Bourdain, who we lost recently. He was 61.
Jun 15, 2018
#654 Joni Mitchell's Blue
00:56:43
Almost 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released what became her signature album, Blue. The record is full of complex lyrics, gorgeous guitar and deeply personal themes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of Blue, sharing the context of the record, exploring its lasting impact and looking in depth at its impressive track list.
Jun 08, 2018
#653 Anxious Anthems & Leon Bridges
00:56:42
Forget “Keep Calm and Carry On.” This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play their favorite Anxious Anthems. Then, they chat with some listeners to hear what songs make them nervous. Plus, the hosts sit down with soul singer Leon Bridges. Leon's latest album, Good Thing, marks his transition into an adventurous new sound. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support
Jun 01, 2018
#652 Give the Drummer Some
00:56:36
What role do drums play in Rock? Should that be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? The beat goes on as Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot focus on the contributions of drummers to rock music with drummer Joe Wong. Wong also hosts a podcast on drummers called The Trap Set. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support
May 25, 2018
#651 John Prine, Opinions on Courtney Barnett & Scott Hutchison
00:56:43
For the last 50 years, John Prine has garnered a multi-generational fan base through his nuanced storytelling as a songwriter and performer. The balance of humor, plain language and reality in his music is what makes him stand out in the genres of folk, country and beyond. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Prine about starting his own independent label, working with Phil Spector and his writing process. Plus, the hosts review the latest album from Courtney Barnett and pay tribute to the late Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support
May 18, 2018
#650 Buried Treasures & Guest Desert Island Jukebox
00:56:33
Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into their piles and piles of new music to bring you their latest favorites. Plus, some of our favorite musicians tell us about the songs they'd want with them if they were stranded on a desert island. Support Sound Opinions: soundopinions.org/support
May 11, 2018
#649 Slayer, Opinions on Janelle Monáe & Liz Phair
00:56:15
With Slayer's farewell tour approaching, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their interview with two members of the iconic thrash metal band - drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Kerry King. They discuss their signature breakneck song pace, favorite moments in the group and working with hip hop producer Rick Rubin. They'll also review the new album from Janelle Monáe and review Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville for its 25th anniversary.
May 04, 2018
#648 Songs About Horses, Opinions on Lucy Dacus & Torres
00:56:21
And they're off! In honor of the Kentucky Derby, it seemed like the perfect time to explore a relatively common theme in music - horses. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss why these majestic animals cross genres from soul to rock and roll. They’ll also share some of their favorite tracks about stallions, mares, ponies and more. Plus, they'll review the sophomore album from indie singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus and artist Torres shares what song got her Hooked on Sonics.
Apr 27, 2018
#647 Jason Isbell & Opinions on Cardi B
00:56:26
For country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell's latest record, "The Nashville Sound," he wrote about his role as a father and an artist in today's America. It ended up being his most political album yet, addressing issues like white privilege and working class frustrations. Jason joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about songwriting, ethics, sobriety, and performs a special acoustic set. Plus, the hosts review the debut studio album from rap sensation Cardi B.
Apr 20, 2018
#646 The Legend of Captain Beefheart, Opinions on Kacey Musgraves & Sarah Shook
00:56:25
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the legend of Captain Beefheart, a musician with a larger-than-life personality who blurred the lines of music, art and noise. Also, they talk with longtime Captain Beefheart collaborator Gary Lucas and share their thoughts on why Beefheart's music, however difficult, is of value. Plus, the hosts review new albums from country artists Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Shook.
Apr 13, 2018
#645 The Regrettes, Buried Treasures & Frank Turner
00:56:44
The Regrettes are a young band that blends 1960s girl group sensibilities with the edge of Bikini Kill. Their debut album, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! was a Best of 2017 pick for both Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. The Regrettes joined Greg for a performance and conversation. Also, Jim and Greg share more of their buried treasures- bands flying under the radar that you need to hear! Plus, Frank Turner on the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.
Apr 06, 2018
#644 Exile on Main St.
00:56:23
Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot serve up a classic album dissection for the deeply influential recording.
Mar 30, 2018
#643 SXSW 2018
00:55:39
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot make their annual pilgrimage to the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. They'll report on some of their new favorite bands that music lovers need to hear.
Mar 23, 2018
#642 Songs About the Music Industry & Antibalas
00:56:21
What happens when artists take a look inward at the music business? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play the best Songs About the Music Industry. Then, they sit down with the dynamic Antibalas!
Mar 16, 2018
#641 Buried Treasures & A Giant Dog
00:56:18
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig up some buried treasures - albums that aren't yet in the mainstream but that deserve some more attention. Plus, cult rock outfit A Giant Dog join them for an interview and performance.
Mar 09, 2018
#640 Best Movie Soundtracks Pt. 2 & Opinions on the Black Panther Soundtrack
00:56:24
A film's soundtrack can be as memorable as its visuals. So as this awards season winds down, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick some of their favorite film soundtracks. Plus, they'll review the soundtrack to the movie Black Panther, and we hear about what got latin electronic artist Helado Negro into music.
Mar 02, 2018
#639 Don Was, Opinions on Superchunk & Dessa
00:56:28
Don Was is a bassist in the band Was (Not Was), a successful music producer for artists like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the president of legendary jazz label Blue Note Records. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick the brain of the multi-talented Don Was about his influences, what he looks for in an artist and what he loves about music. Plus, Jim and Greg review new albums from indie rock band Superchunk and rapper Dessa.
Feb 23, 2018
#638 Sir the Baptist & Opinions on MGMT
00:56:26
In many ways, Chicago artist and producer Sir the Baptist is a chaplain in the R&B scene. He creates hip hop infused music that bridges the gap between his gospel roots and the world around him. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Sir about making music with a message, plus he performs in studio with a 10-piece band. Jim and Greg will also review the new album from MGMT.
Feb 16, 2018
#637 "I Want You Back" Songs for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Justin Timberlake
00:56:36
When candy, flowers, and love notes fail to woo your sweetie back, there's only one thing left to do: stake out under a window, hold up that boom box and blast an “I Want You Back” song. This Valentine’s Day, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present their favorite pleading songs. Plus, they'll review the new album from Justin Timberlake.
Feb 09, 2018
#636 Cover Songs, Opinions on First Aid Kit & Mark E. Smith
00:56:21
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to author Ray Padgett about his book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. They discuss the roots of the term "cover" and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock's most notable examples, from Elvis's rendition of "Hound Dog" to the Feelies doing the Rolling Stones. Plus, Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite cover songs. Plus, a review of Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and a remembrance of Mark E. Smith of The Fall.
Feb 02, 2018
#635 Vic Mensa, Opinions on tUnE-yArDs, Dolores O'Riordan & Hugh Masekela
00:56:37
On his debut record, The Autobiography, Vic Mensa raps about his life growing up on the South Side of Chicago. With a confessional tone, he explores topics like community, violence, drugs, and racism. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Mensa about his influences, his struggles and the experience of growing up “five blocks from the projects and five blocks from Obama’s house." Plus, they review the latest album from tUnE-yArDs and Jim pays tribute to the late Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries and Greg bids farewell to South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela.
Jan 26, 2018
#634 New Wave & Alison Moyet
00:59:00
Jim and Greg talk to Lori Majewski about her book "Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s", co-written with Jonathan Bernstein. In it, the authors reveal why New Wave caught on so strongly with pop fans and the media, especially post-punk in the U.K. Plus, an interview with Alison Moyet, an English singer-songwriter that came up in the New Wave scene, and is still making waves musically.
Jan 19, 2018
#633 Iron & Wine and Opinions on Jeff Rosenstock
00:56:09
Sam Beam has been releasing his signature indie folk records under the moniker Iron & Wine for over 15 years. His 2017 effort, Beast Epic, returns to his stripped down, acoustic roots. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview Sam Beam at the Goose Island Barrelhouse and they talk about his sound, collaborations and fatherhood. He also delivers a performance in front of a live audience. Plus, a review of the new album by punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock.
Jan 12, 2018
#632 Alex Cox & Opinions on N.E.R.D.
00:58:34
Few filmmakers have embodied the punk aesthetic like Alex Cox. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the classic LA punk soundtrack to Repo Man, the making of the Sex Pistols biopic Sid and Nancy, and his fruitful collaborations with Joe Strummer. Plus, a review of the new album from Pharrell Williams's side project N.E.R.D.
Jan 05, 2018
#631 Mixtapes 2017 & Musical In Memoriam
00:58:34
As 2017 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present DJ sets full of some of their favorite songs of the year. They'll also pay tribute to some of the musicians who died in 2017.
Dec 29, 2017
#630 Bob Ezrin & Amber Mark
00:58:34
Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer," has been behind the boards for many blockbuster epic albums over the years. He shares stories with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about working on classic albums by Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Peter Gabriel. Plus, up-and-coming R&B singer Amber Mark shares the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.
Dec 22, 2017
#629 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2017
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It's time again for the annual Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.
Dec 15, 2017
#628 Rock Criticism with Jonathan Lethem, Mavis Staples & Björk
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot indulge this week in a deep look at their own profession: rock criticism. They're joined by novelist Jonathan Lethem, co-editor of a new anthology of rock criticism, who makes the case for music journalism as great American writing. Plus, they look at the life and career of legendary critic Lester Bangs and review new albums from Chicago gospel legend Mavis Staples and Icelandic multimedia artist Björk.
Dec 08, 2017
#627 The Best Albums of 2017
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2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their lists of the Best Albums of 2017.
Dec 01, 2017
#626 Songs of Thanks, the Bass VI & Rise Against's Tim McIlrath
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Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to reflect on the past year and give thanks. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs that say "thank you." Plus, the story of the twangy guitar-bass hybrid instrument known as the Bass VI, and Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.
Nov 24, 2017
#625 Al Green's The Belle Album & Opinions on Taylor Swift
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Al Green sang some of the most acclaimed soul records of the 1970s. So when he decided to leave it all behind for the church, many questioned why. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss Al Green's life and his pivotal transitional record, The Belle Album, with biographer Jimmy McDonough. Plus, a review of new music from Taylor Swift.
Nov 17, 2017
#624 Ted Leo & Opinions on Shamir
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After a seven year gap, veteran rocker Ted Leo has expanded his sonic palette with his latest solo record, The Hanged Man. Written in the wake of emotional and financial turmoil, the album is perhaps his most personal work to date. Ted Leo joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in front of an audience at the Goose Island Tap Room for an interview and intimate solo performance. Plus, a review of the new album from eclectic Las Vegas singer-songwriter Shamir.
Nov 10, 2017
#623 Buried Treasures & Ron Gallo
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Each season, there's a few highly anticipated albums with a ton of buzz behind them. Then there are other deserving records that won't get that kind of attention. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their latest batch of Buried Treasures: hidden musical gems that everyone ought to hear. Plus, a conversation and live performance from Philadelphia indie rocker Ron Gallo.
Nov 03, 2017
#622 Musical Costumes, Fats Domino & Gord Downie
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Halloween is all about being someone else for a night – and musicians like to put on costumes, too. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite examples of artists temporarily donning a musical costume and performing in a different style under a fake name. Plus, they pay tribute to rock 'n' roll founder Fats Domino. And Toronto Star critic Ben Rayner remembers Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip.
Oct 27, 2017
#621 Julie Klausner, Beck, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
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As creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed TV comedy Difficult People, Julie Klausner not only crafts the show's jokes but also guides its soundtrack. This week, she joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a hilarious discussion of the show's music and her own musical tastes, and she even attempts to win them over to musical theatre. Plus, Jim and Greg review a new album from Beck and a collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.
Oct 20, 2017
#620 Jamila Woods, St. Vincent & Judy Collins
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On her debut album HEAVN, Jamila Woods contrasts weighty issues like police violence and the invisibility of black women with a breezy musical touch. The Chicago-based poet, singer, and songwriter joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and performance. Plus, a review of the new album from St. Vincent, and folk legend Judy Collins tells us about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.
Oct 13, 2017
#619 Remembering Tom Petty
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Tom Petty was a master of the perfect three-chord pop song and an icon of American music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to the late Florida rocker. They discuss Petty's tremendous songwriting gifts and revisit their 2003 interview with him on Sound Opinions.
Oct 06, 2017
#618 Mavis Staples, Pt. 2, Protomartyr & Charles Bradley
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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples. She speaks about her role on the front line of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the Staple Singers and recounts a harrowing story of touring through the Jim Crow South. Plus, a review of the latest from Protomartyr, and a tribute to the late soul singer Charles Bradley.
Sep 29, 2017
#617 Live on Sound Opinions & Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü
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So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to air every song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from guests like Courtney Barnett, Drive-By Truckers, and more. Plus, a tribute to Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü.
Sep 22, 2017
#616 Late Bloomers, Filthy Friends & Little Dragon
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Some say that making music is a young person's game, but several artists beg to differ. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite "late blooming" musicians - artists that didn't achieve success or even start music until later in life. Plus, the debut album from rock supergroup Filthy Friends, and the song that got Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon Hooked on Sonics.
Sep 15, 2017
#615 The Artist vs. the Art, The National, Queens of the Stone Age & Walter Becker
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Should we hold up a musician's output to a moral standard? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about whether art can be evaluated separately from the artist's ethics. Plus, reviews of new releases by The National and Queens of the Stone Age, and tributes to Walter Becker of Steely Dan, and Holger Czukay of the influential "Krautrock" group Can.
Sep 08, 2017
#614 Back-to-School Songs & Opinions on LCD Soundystem and Van Hunt
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The beginning of September means students return to the classroom. Whether you're excited to be back to school or the very thought inspires dread and anxiety, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have put together a playlist to ease back to the grind. Plus, they review albums by LCD Soundsystem and Van Hunt.
Sep 01, 2017
#613 Melvins & Billy Bragg on Skiffle
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The Melvins were an inspiration to the '90s alternative explosion, but the band's unclassifiable sound and uncommercial stance set them apart. In a frank discussion with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, the Melvins reflect on their career and bust myths about the grunge scene. Plus, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg makes the case for the 1950s skiffle craze as the origin of guitar rock and punk sensibilities in the UK.
Aug 25, 2017
#612 One-Person Bands & Opinions on Randy Newman & Downtown Boys
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Certain artists are perfectionists at heart, and if you want something done right, do it yourself. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite One-Person Bands – artists who have recorded albums playing all the instruments themselves. Plus, reviews of the latest from legendary songwriter Randy Newman and Rhode Island punk band Downtown Boys.
Aug 18, 2017
#611 Steve Earle, Glen Campbell & Opinions on Vic Mensa
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Over his decades long career, Steve Earle has been many things - songwriter, novelist, actor, activist. But for his latest record, So You Wannabe An Outlaw, he went back to the foundation he started from: outlaw country. Steve joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about about those early influences and how he sees his duty as a songwriter. Plus, he performs a special solo set in front of a live audience at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago. Plus, a review of the debut album from Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and a tribute to the late Glen Campbell.
Aug 11, 2017
#610 Buried Treasures & the Wah-Wah Pedal
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If you're looking for something new to round out your summer playlist, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. They'll dig out some buried treasures - albums not yet in the mainstream but deserve some more attention. Plus, an in-depth look at the history of the wah-wah pedal.
Aug 04, 2017
#609 Penelope Spheeris & Opinions on Arcade Fire
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Penelope Spheeris has directed some of the most influential movies about music of all time, from Wayne's World to all three installments of The Decline of Western Civilization films. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Penelope about the 25th anniversary of Wayne's World, her fascinating path as a director, and the legacy of her films. Plus, a review of the new album from Arcade Fire.
Jul 28, 2017
#608 Fantasy Songs, Slowdive & Opinions on Public Enemy
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The fantasy powerhouse Game of Thrones is returning for its penultimate season. With dragons, knights, and magic on their minds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play their favorite songs about fantasy worlds. Plus, a review of the latest from hip-hop stalwarts Public Enemy, and Neil Halstead of Slowdive shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.
Jul 21, 2017
#607 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 2) & She-Devils
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In part two of our series 1977: The Year Punk Broke, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at the punk movement stateside with music writer Ira Robbins. They discuss how The Ramones, Talking Heads, and the rest of the CBGB scene inspired generations of artists. Plus, an interview and live performance from Montreal electronic duo She-Devils.
Jul 14, 2017
#606 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 1), Opinions on Fleet Foxes, and Jody Stephens
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In part one of our two-part series on the historic year 1977, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the punk explosion in the UK with music writer Jon Savage. They discuss important British bands like The Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols and The Clash and what made them so influential. Plus, they'll review the new record from indie folk band Fleet Foxes, and Big Star's Jody Stephens shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.
Jul 07, 2017
#605 World Tour – New Zealand & Opinions on Lorde
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The Sound Opinions World Tour rolls along, making its next stop in beautiful New Zealand. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual trip to the other side of the world to explore the best of kiwi music, focusing on the influential jangly pop movement known as the Dunedin Sound. Plus, they review the sophomore album from New Zealand's biggest pop star, Lorde.
Jun 30, 2017
#604 Best Albums of 2017...So Far
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There are still six months of 2017 left, but there are already lots of contenders for album of the year. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorites of the year...so far. Plus, we hear picks from Sound Opinions listeners.
Jun 23, 2017
#603 Musical Road Trip & Opinions on Chuck Berry
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Summer is upon us so that means one thing: road trip! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual cross-country drive playing their favorite songs about American cities, states, and regions from coast-to-coast. Plus, they review the posthumous album from rock and roll legend Chuck Berry.
Jun 16, 2017
#602 Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Benmont Tench, Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary & Opinions on Benjamin Booker
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Keyboard player Benmont Tench was instrumental in the formation of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1976. He's also had a fruitful career as a consummate sideman and session musician, working with artists like Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, U2, Johnny Cash, and more. Tench joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for some lively conversation about his successful career in music. Plus, a reappraisal of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as it turns 50, and a review of the new album from soul-rocking singer and guitarist Benjamin Booker.
Jun 09, 2017
#601 Jack White & The History of the Rickenbacker 12-String
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their conversation with the hardest working man in rock, Jack White, recorded at Third Man Records in Nashville. Plus, an exploration into the history of the Rickenbacker 12-string guitar in rock.
Jun 02, 2017
#600 Jenny Hval & Opinions on Harry Styles and Sir the Baptist
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Norwegian singer-songwriter and performance artist Jenny Hval has released six albums of ethereal and challenging music. On her latest record, she explores the links between vampirism and the female body. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot speak with Jenny Hval about her career and process. Plus, reviews of the new albums from Harry Styles and Sir the Baptist.
May 26, 2017
#599 Damon Krukowski & "The New Analog", Opinions on Low Cut Connie, and Lydia Loveless
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In a world becoming increasingly digital, Galaxie 500 co-founder and author Damon Krukowski says we need to hang on to aspects of analog media. Damon joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the value of noise, liner notes, and his book The New Analog. Plus, a review of the latest from barroom rockers Low Cut Connie, and Lydia Loveless shares the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.
May 19, 2017
#598 Fictional Bands, "Convoy" & Opinions on Gorillaz
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Some bands are are born, and some are just made up. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite fictional bands from movies, TV, and more. Plus, a review of the new album from cartoon creation Gorillaz, and the strange story of C.W. McCall's trucker hit "Convoy."
May 12, 2017
#597 The Velvet Underground & Nico
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The 1967 debut from The Velvet Underground didn't sell many records, but arguably no album in the past half century has had a greater influence on rock music. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot offer a Classic Album Dissection of The Velvet Underground & Nico in celebration of the art-rock classic's fiftieth anniversary.
May 05, 2017
#596 Guitar Riffs & Opinions on The Obsessed
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Perhaps the most essential element of rock ‘n’ roll is a great guitar riff. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite guitar licks of all time. Plus, they review the latest from long-running metal band The Obsessed and pay tribute to the late director Jonathan Demme.
Apr 28, 2017
#595 Drive-By Truckers & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar & Resistance Radio
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Drive-By Truckers have tackled politics and social issues in their music for decades, but never more strongly than on their latest album, American Band. Members Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood join Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the record and perform acoustically in front of an audience. Plus, reviews of the new record from rapper Kendrick Lamar and the Danger Mouse-produced album inspired by The Man in the High Castle.
Apr 21, 2017
#594 Spring Record Review Round-Up & Honeyblood
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Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Spoon to Mastodon, in this Review Roundup. Plus, a conversation with Scottish duo Honeyblood.
Apr 14, 2017
#593 Mavis Staples
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As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement and inspire generations. The gospel and soul legend joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an intimate discussion of her life and career.
Apr 07, 2017
#592 SXSW 2017
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Every spring, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot head to Austin, Texas for the sprawling SXSW Music Conference. This week, they report back on their favorite musical discoveries of the festival. Plus, they chat with Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.
Mar 31, 2017
#591 Remembering Chuck Berry
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Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 90. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the life, music, and enduring legacy of the legendary guitarist and singer.
Mar 24, 2017
#590 Desert Island Jukebox & Sunflower Bean
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The proverbial Desert Island Jukebox is filled with songs that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot 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.
Mar 17, 2017
#589 One and Done & Opinions on Thundercat
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Some artists deliver a fantastic debut album, yet never make another LP again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot select some of their favorite “one and done” bands and explore what makes these one-album wonders so great. Plus, a review of the new record from multi-genre bassist Thundercat.
Mar 10, 2017
#588 Gene Chandler & Opinions on The Feelies
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From 1962 to 1970, Chicago soul singer Gene Chandler recorded nineteen top forty hits, but he'll forever be known as the "Duke of Earl." As a young artist, he performed across the country, including the Jim Crow South, later transitioning from performer to award-winning producer. Gene Chandler joins hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album by New Jersey rock band The Feelies.
Mar 03, 2017
#587 Buried Treasures & Clyde Stubblefield
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Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some recent Buried Treasures – the best albums that flew under the radar. Plus, they give the drummer some with a tribute to Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary sideman. And Jason Narducy joins us for a new segment called Hooked on Sonics.
Feb 24, 2017
#586 The Gotobeds & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco
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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 hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a raucous performance in the studio. Plus, a review of the new album from Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco.
Feb 17, 2017
#585 First Impressions & Opinions on Priests
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And what's more romantic than that cute moment of love at first sight? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks about first impressions. Plus, they review the new album from DC punk band Priests and pay tribute to the influential composer David Axelrod.
Feb 10, 2017
#584 Shirley Collins & Opinions on Japandroids & Ty Segall
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Of all the artists in the English folk revival, Shirley Collins was the most devoted to traditional song. After a nearly 40 year recording hiatus, she's finally released a new album. Shirley Collins joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss her career and her experiences traveling through America to collect field recordings with Alan Lomax. Plus, reviews of the new albums by Japandroids and Ty Segall.
Feb 03, 2017
#583 Krautrock & Remembering Maggie Roche
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In the 1970s, German art-rockers took psychedelia and added hypnotic drumbeats and innovative synthesizer sounds to create a style known as Krautrock. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect the Krautrock genre and its influential bands like Kraftwerk, Can, and Faust. Plus, they remember the late Maggie Roche of The Roches.
Jan 27, 2017
#582 The Album Leaf & Opinions on The xx and The Flaming Lips
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The Album Leaf combines digital and organic instruments to make a unique sound. Bandleader Jimmy LaValle joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the importance of giving electronic music a live experience and how the Album Leaf grew from a side project into a full time gig. Plus, reviews of the new albums from the Flaming Lips and the xx.
Jan 20, 2017
#581 All Apologies & Opinions on Run the Jewels
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It's good to start a new year with a clean slate – and that can mean apologizing to those you've wronged. In that contrite spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs that say "sorry." Plus, a review of the new album from hip-hop duo Run the Jewels.
Jan 13, 2017
#580 Esperanza Spalding & David Bowie, One Year Later
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Esperanza Spalding is a singer/songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a librettist, a Grammy winner, and much more. She joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about exploding genres and creating her theatrical new record. Plus, the music and legacy of David Bowie, one year after his death.
Jan 06, 2017
#579 Mixtapes 2016 & Musical In Memoriam
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Sound Opinions closes out 2016 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in 2016.
Dec 30, 2016
#578 The Mekons & Opinions on Dawn Richard
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Formed in 1977 in the original British punk wave, The Mekons are still going strong nearly four decades later. The band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio to demonstrate its eclectic blend of country, folk, and punk rock. Plus, a review of the new album from R&B singer Dawn Richard.
Dec 23, 2016
#577 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2016
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It's time for the 2016 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy Cirzan who shares a mix of rare Christmas records scavenged from dusty record bins around the world.
Dec 16, 2016
#576 The Best Albums of 2016
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If you're a music fanatic, the end of the year means one thing: best of lists! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their favorite albums of the year. And Sound Opinions listeners weigh-in with their favorites of 2016.
Dec 09, 2016
#575 Hero Worship
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Artists are also music fans like the rest of us, often paying tribute to the musicians who inspired them. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite examples of Hero Worship in music – songs that name-check great artists from the history of rock and roll. Plus, the Rolling Stones pay tribute to their own blues heroes on a new album.
Dec 02, 2016
#574 Jon Brion & Opinions on Emeli Sandé
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Studio wizard Jon Brion has composed scores for films by P.T. Anderson and Michel Gondry and produced for artists from Fiona Apple to Kanye West. The multi-instrumentalist also has grown a following for his virtuosic live performances. Jon Brion speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about the art of songcraft. Plus, a review of the latest from Scottish R&B singer Emeli Sandé.
Nov 25, 2016
#573 Turkey Pardons & Remembering Leonard Cohen
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Every year, a turkey is saved from its Thanksgiving dinner fate by a presidential pardon. In that gracious spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their own Turkey Pardons. They share their picks of lousy artists who still had one redeemable musical moment. Plus, they pay tribute to the great singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Nov 18, 2016
#572 World Tour – Canada & Opinions on Alejandro Escovedo.
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Many Americans are thinking a lot about Canada these days. So hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the Sound Opinions World Tour to Canada explore the music of our neighbor to the north. And we play our favorite performances by Canadian artists from the Sound Opinions archives. Plus, a review of the latest from Texan singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo.
Nov 11, 2016
#571 Marvin Gaye's *What's Going On*
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In 1971, Marvin Gaye made a career left turn with the album What's Going On, adopting a socially conscious sound that addressed war, racism, and drugs. 45 years later, What's Going On remains as relevant as ever. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of the iconic record. Then, they review a contemporary protest album from Common.
Nov 04, 2016
#570 The Handsome Family & Opinions on Lady Gaga
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The Handsome Family gained wider notoriety for providing the theme to HBO's True Detective. But the duo's dark, literate songwriting has been acclaimed by critics for decades. Rennie and Brett Sparks of The Handsome Family join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Plus, a review of the new album from pop superstar Lady Gaga.
Oct 28, 2016
#569 Songs That Give You the Creeps & Opinions on Leonard Cohen
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The spookiest time of the year is upon us. To celebrate Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot turn the show over to listeners who share the songs that tingle their spines the most. Plus, they share their thoughts on Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize and review the latest from singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen.
Oct 21, 2016
#568 Beach Slang & Opinions on Drive-By Truckers
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Beach Slang has wowed critics and audiences alike with its loud, energy filled live performances and unabashedly earnest lyrics. But in front of a live audience at the Goose Island Tap Room, Beach Slang songwriter James Alex strips away the volume, but not the heart, for an intimate acoustic performance and conversation with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Plus, the new record by Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers, and the story behind a forgotten garage classic.
Oct 14, 2016
#567 Bob Mehr on The Replacements & Opinions on Solange
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The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep personal connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the new biography Trouble Boys, speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about the heartbreaking story and enduring legacy of the Minneapolis band. Plus, a review of the new album from Solange and a look at the sample driving Drake's "Hotline Bling."
Oct 07, 2016
#566 Fall Review Roundup & Buckwheat Zydeco
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September is bursting with major new album releases. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Bon Iver to M.I.A. to Against Me!, in this Review Roundup. Plus, they report on Chance the Rapper's music festival and pay tribute to Buckwheat Zydeco.
Sep 30, 2016
#565 Herb Alpert & Opinions on Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
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Trumpeter Herb Alpert has had a remarkable, multifaceted career. In addition to scoring his own hits with the Tijuana Brass in the '60s, he cofounded A&M Records, signing a diverse roster of artists ranging from The Carpenters to Janet Jackson. Herb Alpert joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album from legendary band Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds.
Sep 23, 2016
#564 Buried Treasures & Alex Ross
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Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their Buried Treasures of 2016: the best albums that flew under the radar. Plus, they speak with critic Alex Ross about the use of music as a weapon.
Sep 16, 2016
#563 Mudhoney & Opinions on Wilco
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Mudhoney was at the forefront of Seattle's exploding music scene in the '80s and '90s, paving the way for grunge with its distorted, chaotic sound. Though the group never received the world-wide attention of its peers Nirvana, Mudhoney has achieved a cult-like longevity. Mudhoney talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot and performs in front of a hometown Seattle audience. Plus, the new album from Chicago band Wilco, and the psychedelic sample driving a key Beyoncé track.
Sep 09, 2016
#562 End of Summer Songs & Opinions on Angel Olsen
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With lyrics about sun, surf, and young love, there are plenty of songs that welcome in the summer. But how do you musically say goodbye to warm weather and prepare for the fall? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot swap their swim trunks for their sweaters and share their favorite End of Summer Songs. Plus, a review of the new album from Asheville-based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen.
Sep 02, 2016
#561 The Art of Writing Hit Songs with Mann & Weil & Opinions on Frank Ocean
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What goes into writing a hit song? Sound Opinions takes a look at the craft of songwriting, from the Righteous Brothers to Beyoncé. Jim and Greg talk with legendary Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil about their decades long career. Then they talk with Ryan Tedder about penning songs for Adele and Taylor Swift. Plus, a review of the long-awaited new album from Frank Ocean.
Aug 26, 2016
#560 World Tour - Brazil & Opinions on Ryley Walker
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With all eyes turned toward the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Sound Opinions World Tour makes its next stop in Brazil, a country with an unmatched musical influence on the globe. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the rich musical history of Brazil, including the bossa nova, MPB, and Tropicália phenomena of the 1950s and '60s. Plus, a review of the new album from Chicago fingerpicking virtuoso Ryley Walker.
Aug 19, 2016
#559 Courtney Barnett & Opinions on Lydia Loveless
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Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was a critical success and Sound Opinions favorite. Her conversational songwriting manages to be simultaneously clever and poignant, and her guitar technique combining lead and rhythm parts is nothing short of impressive. All of her skills are on display as Courtney Barnett joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and intimate solo performance in front of an audience. Plus, a review of the new album from country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless
Aug 12, 2016
#558 Ska & Opinions on Jamila Woods
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In the late 1950s, Jamaican musicians blended home-grown rhythms with R&B to create ska. The genre's influence quickly spread across the globe, paving the way for the reggae phenomenon. Jim and Greg explore the history of ska from its island origins to its British revival to its most recent punk incarnation. Plus, a review of the debut album from poet and soul singer Jamila Woods.
Aug 05, 2016
#557 Tortoise, Post-Rock & Opinions on Michael Kiwanuka
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With an eclectic all-instrumental blend of rock, jazz, dub, electronics, and the avant-garde, Tortoise emerged as the leading band of Chicago’s so-called “post-rock” scene in the 1990s. On its seventh album The Catastrophist, the group has introduced a radical new element: vocals. Tortoise joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Jim and Greg also explore the history and legacy of the post-rock movement. Plus, a tribute to Alan Vega of Suicide and a review of the new album from British soul musician Michael Kiwanuka.
Jul 29, 2016
#556 Moby & Opinions on The Julie Ruin
00:58:49
Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. In his new memoir Porcelain, he explores his origins in the underground rave scene of ‘80s New York up until his mainstream success. Moby joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation. Plus, a review of the new album from post-Riot Grrrl band The Julie Ruin.
Jul 22, 2016
#555 Better Campaign Songs & Opinions on The Avalanches
00:58:49
It’s not a political rally without a crowd-pumping and uplifting playlist. But political campaign teams are not always great music tastemakers. NPR’s National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about hearing the same songs over and over on the campaign trail. Then Jim and Greg play campaign managers and make a list of better campaign theme songs. Plus, a review of the long-awaited second album from Australian electronic group The Avalanches.
Jul 15, 2016
#554 Savages & Opinions on Maxwell & DJ Shadow
00:58:49
The London-based quartet Savages made a stunning debut with Silence Yourself in 2013 and established a reputation as a formidable live act. On the 2016 followup Adore Life, the brooding post-punk band tackles something new: love songs. Savages joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance. Plus, reviews of the new albums from Maxwell and DJ Shadow.
Jul 08, 2016
#553 Best Albums of 2016...So Far
00:58:49
We’re barely halfway through the year and already there’s an overwhelming amount of great new music to enjoy. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their lists of the Best Albums of 2016...So Far. Plus, they discuss the “Stairway to Heaven” plagiarism verdict and pay tribute to Parliament-Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell.
Jul 01, 2016
#552 Bob Mould & Opinions on case/lang/veirs
00:58:42
After his pioneering work in Hüsker Dü and his alternative era success with Sugar, Bob Mould shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary songwriter and guitarist joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a live performance and a conversation. Plus, a review of the new collaboration between Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs.
Jun 24, 2016
#551 Anxious Anthems & Opinions on Paul Simon
00:58:42
Nervy guitars and pounding drums can perfectly convey the restless sensation of being on the verge of breaking down. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite Anxious Anthems. Then, they review the new album from venerable songwriter Paul Simon.
Jun 17, 2016
#550 Eleanor Friedberger & Opinions on Chance the Rapper
00:58:25
After making her mark in the indie duo The Fiery Furnaces, singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger launched a solo career blending her former band’s experimentalism with classic '70s sounds. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance. Plus, a review of the new mixtape from Chicago artist Chance the Rapper.
Jun 10, 2016
#549 Bob Dylan at 75 – *Blonde on Blonde* to Modern Times
00:58:44
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conclude their two-part celebration of American icon Bob Dylan as he turns 75. This week, they explore the recording of Blonde on Blonde through his late career renaissance.
Jun 03, 2016
#548 Bob Dylan at 75 – From Protest to Plugging In
00:58:42
Bob Dylan, one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century, just turned 75 this May. Jim and Greg examine the extraordinary career of the music legend in the first of a two-part series. This week, they explore Dylan's folk days to the moment he went electric.
May 27, 2016
#547 Riot Grrrl at 25 & Opinions on Radiohead & Drake
00:58:42
While the Seattle grunge bands had the commercial success, the Pacific Northwest’s Riot Grrrl scene has an equally important legacy. Jim and Greg look back at feminist punk movement 25 years on. Then they review the new albums from Drake and Radiohead.
May 20, 2016
#546 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds
00:58:44
Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band’s 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestrations and earnest lyrics, the album remains an enormous influence to this day. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of Pet Sounds.
May 13, 2016
#545 Seinabo Sey & Opinions on Brian Eno
00:58:43
Swedish neo-soul singer Seinabo Sey is emerging as a major voice in pop music, blending R&B and African rhythms. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation and performance. Then they review the new album from pioneering ambient producer Brian Eno.
May 06, 2016
#544 Remembering Prince & Opinions on Beyoncé
00:58:40
Music icon Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. As a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, he dominated the pop charts and had an enormous impact on funk, R&B, and rock. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on the life, career, and music of the Minnesota monarch, Prince. Then they review the surprise new album from R&B superstar Beyoncé.
Apr 29, 2016
#543 Earth Day, TV Tunes, & Opinions on Parquet Courts
00:58:42
Like all human activity, even rock music has an ecological impact. On this Earth Day, environmentalist Bill McKibben and musician/activist Adam Gardner join Jim and Greg for a discussion about the complicated relationship between music and the environment. Jim and Greg also talk to music supervisor Randall Poster about bringing tunes to the big and small screens.
Apr 22, 2016
#542 L.A. Reid & Springsteen's Protest
00:58:43
Producer, songwriter, and record executive L.A. Reid has crafted hits for more than four decades. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about the major label system and working with Rihanna, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and more.
Apr 15, 2016
#541 Tax Day & Opinions on PJ Harvey
00:58:12
More like H&R Rock: Nothing improves the irritation of filing taxes like a good soundtrack. As we prepare to give back to Uncle Sam, Jim and Greg carry out an audit of the best songs for Tax Day. Then, they review the new album from veteran British rocker PJ Harvey.
Apr 08, 2016
#540 Eleventh Dream Day & Opinions on M83
00:58:43
While never achieving the commercial success of its alt-rock peers like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, Eleventh Dream Day has outlasted these bands and remain critical darlings. They join Jim and Greg Kot for a conversation and live performance. Plus, a review of the new album from French electronic band M83.
Apr 01, 2016
#539 SXSW 2016 & Opinions on Bob Mould
00:58:43
Jim and Greg are back from their annual music-finding mission to the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, TX. Tune in to find out what bands will make the most noise in 2016. Later, they review a new album from Hüsker Dü leader Bob Mould.
Mar 25, 2016
#538 1991 Revisited & Opinions on Iggy Pop
00:58:10
1991 was the year punk broke again! Twenty five years later, Jim and Greg explore what made 1991 so special: Nirvana, N.W.A., Lollapalooza and more. Plus a review of the new collaboration between punk veteran Iggy Pop and Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.
Mar 18, 2016
#537 Rock Around the Clock & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar
00:58:42
Rock Around the Clock: Time to wind up those pocket watches and chronometers. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take you on a fourth dimensional voyage as they explore their favorite “Songs About Time.” Then they review the surprise album from California rapper Kendrick Lamar.
Mar 11, 2016
#536 Reviews Round-Up
00:58:09
As we move slowly toward spring, the music release schedule starts heating up as well. Jim and Greg review a bevy of new albums, including records by TEEN, Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt and more. Plus, they examine the current state of the recording studio industry.
Mar 04, 2016
#535 Rush & Opinions on Kanye West
00:58:42
Famous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult following. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush join Jim and Greg to discuss the band’s remarkable 40-year career. Then they review the latest album from polarizing rapper Kanye West.
Feb 26, 2016
#534 Music of the Civil Rights Era
00:58:42
Music played an essential role in uplifting, motivating, and uniting people during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and '60s. In honor of Black History Month, hosts Jim and Greg explore the powerful music of the Civil Rights Movement, from Mahalia Jackson to Curtis Mayfield and beyond.
Feb 19, 2016
#533 Los Lobos
00:58:44
Los Lobos has enjoyed a remarkable career for more than forty years, even retaining the same core lineup from its start as an East Los Angeles wedding band in 1973. Los Lobos joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special interview and performance in front of a live audience.
Feb 12, 2016
#532 Anti-Love Songs for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Lucinda Williams
00:58:42
Despite the gooey romantic marketing, more breakups happen around Valentine’s Day than any other part of the year. For those who get the feeling every February that “Love Stinks,” hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite Anti-Love Songs. Later, they review the new album from Americana songwriter Lucinda Williams.
Feb 05, 2016
#531 Patti Smith's Horses & Opinions on Pusha T
00:58:38
Patti Smith's Horses forever changed what punk rock could be, beginning with its striking album cover and unforgettable opening line. The album turned 40 in December, so in celebration, Jim and Greg give Horses the Classic Album Dissection treatment. Later they review the new solo album from Clipse rapper Pusha T.
Jan 29, 2016
#530 Shamir & Opinions on Savages
00:58:44
Only a few years into his career, Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Shamir has already explored house, disco, indie pop, country, and countless other styles. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio for a stripped-down performance and conversation about refusing to be pigeonholed, performing personal songs in front of crowds, and gender identity. Then, a review of the sophomore album from post-punk band Savages.
Jan 22, 2016
#529 Remembering David Bowie
00:58:42
Sound Opinions remembers pioneering music icon David Bowie. The pop chameleon died of cancer on January 10, 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot also review the singer's new album Blackstar, which came out on his 69th birthday, only two days prior to his death.
Jan 15, 2016
#528 Glyn Johns & Opinions on Coldplay
00:58:42
English producer and engineer Glyn Johns has been behind the board for classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clash. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about being re-worked by Phil Spector, trying to infuse The Eagles with the blues, and more from his storied career. Plus, a review of the latest album from British stadium rockers Coldplay.
Jan 08, 2016
#527 Mixtapes 2015 and the Return of the Cassette
00:58:43
Jim and Greg share their favorite songs of the year through their 2015 Mixtapes. Plus, they talk about one of the year's most surprising musical trends: the cassette comeback.
Jan 01, 2016
#526 Ten Years of Sound Opinions
00:58:43
This year Sound Opinions reached the milestone of 500 episodes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the accomplishment by reflecting on highlights from the first ten years of the show.
Dec 25, 2015
#525 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2015
00:58:23
Get out those sleigh bells…it's time for the 2015 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular. As always, Jim and Greg are joined by Christmas record collector Andy Cirzan who will share a mix of yuletide tunes you won‘t hear anywhere else. This year’s theme is rare country, bluegrass, and hillbilly Christmas music. Andy's complete 2015 holiday compilation, The Holiday Hangout at Hillbilly Holler, is available as a free download through the end of the year at christmas.soundopinions.org.
Dec 18, 2015
#524 The Best Albums of 2015
01:01:59
With end of the year approaching, it's time to celebrate all the great music we've had the pleasure to hear. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their Best Albums of 2015 and hear nominations from listeners.
Dec 11, 2015
#523 Sam Phillips & Sun Studios and Opinions on Adele
00:58:15
From his studio in Memphis, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was the first to record Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more. Music writer Peter Guralnick joins host Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a discussion about the pioneering rock ‘n’ roll producer. Then Jim and Greg review the new record-setting album from British singer Adele.
Dec 04, 2015
#522 History of the Moog & Opinions on Kurt Cobain
00:58:19
The Moog synthesizer is every bit as important to rock history as the Fender Telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul. As the analog synth revival continues in pop music,Jim and Greg examine the history and legacy of the revolutionary instrument. Then they review the new posthumous release from Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
Nov 27, 2015
#521 The 2015 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot
00:58:15
Sometimes we look forward to an artist's new release with great expectations, only to be crushed by the result. In honor of Thanksgiving, we present the annual Sound Opinions Turkey Shoot, where Jim and Greg share the biggest musical disappointments of the year. Later they review the new album from Canadian electronic artist Grimes, and Greg drops a quarter in the Desert Island Jukebox.
Nov 20, 2015
#520 Remembering Allen Toussaint & Opinions on The Chills
01:00:36
Sound Opinions pays tribute to New Orleans pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint who died on November 10, 2015. The music legend chatted with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio in 2013 after the release of his album Songbook. Later in the show, Jim and Greg review a New Zealand import from The Chills.
Nov 13, 2015
#519 Low Cut Connie & Opinions on Billy Gibbons
00:58:21
Inspired by the artists of the 1950s, Low Cut Connie has dedicated itself to bringing the upright piano back to rock ‘n’ roll. The band (a favorite of President Obama) joins Jim and Greg for a conversation and performance. Then a review of the debut solo album by ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons.
Nov 06, 2015
#518 Grand Slams in Music & Opinions on Protomartyr
00:58:41
As baseball fans turn their attention to the World Series, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are eager to step up to the plate. They share their favorite examples of musical Grand Slams: four knockout albums in a row. Then they review the new album from Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr.
Oct 30, 2015
#517 Songs About the Devil & Opinions on Joanna Newsom
00:58:21
With the spooky season creeping in, Jim and Greg are beginning to feel a little diabolical. In honor of Halloween, they share their favorite Songs About the Devil. Then, a more angelic sound from singer/songwriter and harpist Joanna Newsom.
Oct 23, 2015
#516 Twin Peaks & Opinions on The Dead Weather
00:58:19
Chicago garage-rock band Twin Peaks formed when its members were still in high school. Now the group is playing big festivals and is poised for stardom. They join hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a special live performance and conversation. Plus a review of the new album from Jack White's band The Dead Weather.
Oct 16, 2015
#515 Spooner Oldham & Opinions on Janet Jackson
00:58:20
As a keyboardist in the legendary recording studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Spooner Oldham wrote and played on dozens of classic hits from Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, and more. He joins Jim and Greg for a conversation. Then they review the new album from Janet Jackson.
Oct 09, 2015
#514 London Calling and Opinions on Keith Richards & Disclosure
00:58:41
London Calling, the double album masterpiece by British punk band The Clash, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Jim and Greg pay it tribute with a Classic Album Dissection. Then they review the new albums by electronic duo Disclosure and rock icon Keith Richards.
Oct 02, 2015
#513 Alice Cooper
00:58:41
Alice Cooper invented shock-rock in the 1970s, sparking controversy with his ghoulishly theatrical live shows and hard rock hits like "School's Out" and "I'm Eighteen." Alice Cooper joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a career-spanning conversation.
Sep 25, 2015
#512 Wire, Blackalicious, & Low
00:58:09
Ever since they formed in 1977, experimental art-punk band Wire has had a tremendous influence on music. And unlike most first wave punks, the group continues to release challenging music into the 21st century. Wire joins Jim and Greg for a special live performance and interview.
Sep 18, 2015
#511 Back to School
00:58:33
Time to sharpen those #2 pencils. With classes back in session, it's time for Jim and Greg to present some more of their favorite Back-To-School songs. Plus, we remember the late, great neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.
Sep 11, 2015
#510 Bully and The Weeknd
00:58:10
Led by singer/songwriter Alicia Bognanno, Nashville's Bully draws upon the sound of the '90s alternative era to create blistering two-minute anthems. Bully joins Jim and Greg for a discussion and live performance. Plus, the number one album from The Weeknd.
Sep 04, 2015
#509 Ernie Isley
00:58:17
The Isley Brothers have scored hits in six different decades thanks to an ever-evolving sound, stretching from doo-wop to psychedelic funk to disco. Guitarist Ernie Isley joins Jim and Greg for a career spanning discussion.
Aug 28, 2015
#508 Rock Doctors Return
00:58:32
Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot put on their white coats once again as the Rock Doctors try to save a patient in desperate musical need. This time they attempt to revive a woman bored by rock’s recent formulaic trends.
Aug 21, 2015
#507 Buried Treasures & The Birth of Music Piracy
00:58:33
Great records are released every year that, for whatever reason, fly under the radar. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some of their latest musical Buried Treasures. Plus, we hear the untold story of the Patient Zero of music piracy.
Aug 14, 2015
#506 Television and Music
00:58:19
Television has entered its Golden Age and music is playing an essential role. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine the evolving use of music in commercials and TV shows from Mad Men to Empire to The Voice.
Aug 07, 2015
#505 50 Years of The Grateful Dead
00:58:35
The Grateful Dead has the most devoted following of any rock band in history, but also has its fair share of detractors. Jim and Greg reexamine the legacy of The Grateful Dead as the band celebrates its 50th anniversary. Later, a review of the debut album from Long Beach rapper Vince Staples.
Jul 31, 2015
#504 Kate Pierson of the B-52s
00:58:36
Since 1976, The B-52’s have combined a zany punk attitude with avant-garde sensibilities. Singer Kate Pierson joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation about the band’s history and her first solo album Guitars and Microphones. Then they review the surprise new album from veteran Chicago band Wilco.
Jul 24, 2015
#503 Tame Impala Live and On Record
00:58:18
Led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala made huge waves in both hemispheres with the release of their album Lonerism in 2012. They join Jim and Greg for a discussion and live performance. Then, Jim and Greg review the band’s new release Currents.
Jul 17, 2015
#502 Summer Songs Part 2
00:58:36
The hot sun is beating down and we’re busy waxing our surfboards. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share more of their favorite Summer Songs. Plus, they speak with music writer Jessica Hopper about her new anthology of criticism.
Jul 10, 2015