All Apologies

All Apologies & Opinions on Run the Jewels

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, Jim and Greg share their favorite songs that say "sorry."

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Streaming and Vinyl, The Future of Music?

Jim and Greg break down some of the music sales figures for 2016. Overall, album sales fell last year, while streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora continue to grow. There was significant growth in people willing to pay money to subscribe to the services, not just settling for the free versions. And while this points to a future of music being cloud-based and on-demand, the continuing popularity of vinyl fogs the crystal ball. Sales of physical LPs grew 25 percent over 2015.

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Apology Songs

There are a lot of ways to say“I'm sorry,”but what better method than through song. Jim, Greg and a few listeners share their favorite apology tracks.

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Run the Jewels formed after Killer Mike enlisted El-P to produce his 2012 album R.A.P. Music and the two men immediately hit it off. Since then, the duo has released three albums, one cat remix record, and appeared on Sound Opinions. Greg says that RTJ has upped the intensity with each record, and the latest, Run the Jewels 3, is their finest yet. Greg finds both of them to be incredibly skilled emcees, providing dizzying momentum to their political calls to arms. Jim also admires their lyrics, but also notes the album's production. Musically, Run the Jewels creates an inventively dense sound collage, confirming for Jim that they are one of the most important duos in hip-hop today. Run the Jewels 3 gets a double-Buy It.

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Featured Songs

  1. Twenty One Pilots, Stressed Out, Blurry Face, Fueled By Ramen, 2015
  2. The Rolling Stones, Prodigcal Son, Beggar's Banquet, London, 1968
  3. Nirvana, All Apologies, In Utero, Geffen, 1993
  4. Outkast, Ms. Jackson, Stankonia, Arista, 2000
  5. Randy Newman, Marie, Good Old Boys, Reprise, 1974
  6. Blink-182, Hey, I'm Sorry, California, BMG, 2016
  7. Brenda Lee, I'm Sorry, Brenda Lee, Decca, 1960
  8. The Who, A Quick One While He's Away, ABKCO, ABKCO, 1996
  9. Blake Mills, Don't Tell Our Friends About Me, Heigh Ho, Verve, 2014
  10. Bonnie Raitt, The Ones We Couldn't Be, Dig in Deep, Redwing, 2016
  11. R.E.M., So. Central Rain, Reckoning, I.R.S., 1984
  12. Wussy, Beautiful, Attica!, Damnably, 2014
  13. The Temptations, Sorry is a Sorry Word, With a Lot o' Soul, Gordy, 1967
  14. Hüsker Dü, I Apologize, New Day Rising, SST, 1985
  15. Jem, They, Finally Woken, ATO, 2004
  16. Run the Jewels, A Report to the Shareholders / Kill Your Masters, Run the Jewels 3, Run the Jewels, Inc., 2017
  17. Run the Jewels, Angelsnuggler (Dan the Automator Remix), Meow the Jewels, Mass Appeal, 2015
  18. Run the Jewels, Thieves! (Screamed the Ghost), Run the Jewels 3, Run the Jewels, Inc., 2017
  19. Run the Jewels, 2100, Run the Jewels 3, Run the Jewels, Inc., 2017
  20. Run the Jewels, Thursday in the Danger Room, Run the Jewels 3, Run the Jewels, Inc., 2017
  21. The Sheppards, Pretend You're Still Mine, Walkin' (Single), Okeh, 1962
  22. Esperanza Spalding, Judas, Emily's D+Evolution, Concord, 2016
  23. David Bowie, Lazarus, Blackstar, Columbia, 2016