Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo Y Gabriela & Remembering Phil Everly

The guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela record a special acoustic set at the Goose Island Barrelhouse. And then Greg drops the first coin of 2014 into the Desert Island Jukebox.

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Phil Everly died on January 3rd at age 74. And as Jim explains, modern music wouldn't be what it is without The Everly Brothers making the connection between country, hillbilly folk and rock ‘n’ roll. It was Phil who hit the high harmony, inspiring countless vocal groups like The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and The Beach Boys. And you can hear this timeless, forlorn cry in songs like "When Will I Be Loved" from 1960. Don't bother with Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong's tribute to the brother duo, which recently received a Trash It rating from Jim and Greg. But, do check out efforts by The Chapin Sisters and Dawn McCarthy and Bonny“Prince”Billy.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

The Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela joined us for a special performance at the Goose Island Barrelhouse in Chicago. The duo moved from Mexico City to Dublin and famously busked on the streets. It's now a worldwide phenomenon, combining the sounds of flamenco music, heavy metal and folk rock. Gabriela acts as the bands drummer, using the body of her guitar as a percussive instrument, and Rodrigo plays the guitar as if he were headbanging. In fact, Greg wonders about his collaboration with Testament guitarist Alex Skolnik. The band's last album, Area 42, took them to Cuba, where they collaborated with local musicians.

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“Nowhere Again”Secret Machines

Music fans experienced another loss over the holidays: Benjamin Curtis, one of the founding members of Secret Machines died at age 35 after a battle with cancer. He, brother Brandon and cousin Josh Garza, visited the show in 2006, and Greg fondly remembers their distinctive sound. While contemporaries like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Strokes were steeped in a New York punk and New Wave sound, Secret Machines had a more experimental and psychedelic edge. And when people lament the lack of great modern rock bands, Greg refers them to this one. So to remember Ben Curtis and Secret Machines, Greg adds "Nowhere Again" from the band's 2004 debut Now Here is Nowhere to the Desert Island Jukebox.

Featured Songs

  1. The Everly Brothers, Bye Bye Love, Bye Bye Love (Single), Cadence, 1957
  2. The Everly Brothers, When Will I Be Loved, When Will I Be Loved (Single), Cadence, 1960
  3. The Chapin Sisters, Love Hurts, A Date With the Everly Brothers, Lake Bottom Records, 2013
  4. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Santo Domingo, 11:11, Rubyworks Records, 2009
  5. Rodrigo y Gabriela, untitled track (Live on Sound Opinions), not yet released, N/A, 2013
  6. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Temple Bar, re-Foc, Rubyworks Records, 2002
  7. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hora Zero, 11:11, Rubyworks Records, 2009
  8. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Amuleto, Foc, unreleased demo, 2001
  9. Rodrigo y Gabriela, untitled track (Live on Sound Opinions), not yet released, N/A, 2013
  10. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Orion, Rodrigo y Gabriela, ATO Records, 2006
  11. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Stairway to Heaven, Rodrigo y Gabriela, ATO Records, 2006
  12. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Atman, 11:11, Rubyworks Records, 2009
  13. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Logos, 11:11, Rubyworks Records, 2009
  14. Secret Machines, Nowhere Again, Now Here Is Nowhere, Reprise, 2004
  15. Kevin Lyttle, If You Want Me (Call Me), Kevin Lyttle, Atlantic, 2004
  16. David Guetta & Glowinthedark, Ain't A Party (feat. Harrison), Fuck Me I'm Famous – Ibiza Mix 2013, Warner Music, 2013
  17. Dead Meadow, September, Warble Womb, Xemu, 2013
  18. Janelle Monáe, Givin Em What They Love (feat. Prince), The Electric Lady, Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy, 2013
  19. Janelle Monáe, Q.U.E.E.N. (feat. Erykah Badu), The Electric Lady, Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy, 2013
  20. Janelle Monáe, Dorothy Dandridge Eyes (feat. Esperanza Spalding), The Electric Lady, Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy, 2013
  21. Lucky Uke, We're Not Gonna Take It, Lucky Uke, Vega Musique, 2010

Footnotes

chicagotribune.com Greg Remembers Phil Everly dragcity.com Dawn McCarthy and Bonny Billy do Everlys thechapinsisters.com The Chapin Sisters do Everlys rodgab.com Rodrigo y Gabriela chicagotribune.com Greg reviews Rodrigo y Gabriela huffingtonpost.com The Goose Island Barrelhouse rollingstone.com Benjamin Curtis' obit soundopinions.org Secret Machines on Sound Opinions chicagotribune.com Greg talks to Secret Machines vimeo.com“Nowhere Again”