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Buried Treasures & Opinions on Kid Rock and Brian Wilson

Jim and Greg are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. These underground gems might not be well-known but they deserve more attention. And later in the show, the critics rate the latest album from rock legend Brian Wilson.

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Kid Rock Rock 'n Roll Jesus

Kid Rock's 11th album, Rock 'n Roll Jesus, was released last year, but has become the surprising hit of the summer. Atlantic Records is crediting keeping the album out of iTunes with the huge sales, and is looking at this as a new business model. As a Wall Street Journal article explores, avoiding iTunes runs against conventional logic since it's the number one music retailer. But, many labels want to find a way around Steve Jobs' stronghold and begrudge the power of the single. Jim and Greg think some artists only have a single or two in them, and explain that Kid Rock might be one of them. They say there's no reason to add to the 1.7 million copies Rock 'n Roll Jesus has already sold and give the album a Trash It.


Buried Treasures

While the Kid Rocks of the world may dominate the airwaves, there are a ton of great underground musical gems worthy of your attention. Here are Jim and Greg's current Buried Treasures.

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Brian Wilson That Lucky Old Sun

One musician who always seems to be buried, followed by an unearthing, is Brian Wilson. The former Beach Boy has had so many comebacks, Jim and Greg aren‘t even sure where he’s coming back from. Is Brian back again with this new record, That Lucky Old Sun? Greg explains that some people are saying this album is on par with Wilson's two masterpieces, Pet Sounds and Smile. But this critic thinks that's an insult to his previous efforts. He finds this album nostalgic, but takes too long to become emotionally resonant. And, the songs are weighed down by cornball lyrics courtesy of Van Dyke Parks. Jim completely agrees and wonders if the troubled artist actually made this record. If he did, he's merely cashing in. If he didn‘t, it’s quite a con. Either way That Lucky Old Sun gets a double Trash It.


Featured Songs

  1. Kid Rock, All Summer Long, Rock N Roll Jesus, Atlantic, 2007
  2. Chicha Libre, Tres Pasajeros, Sonido Amazonico, Barbés, 2008
  3. Ladytron, I'm Not Scared, Velocifero, Nettwerk Music Group, 2008
  4. Torche, Meanderthal, Meanderthal, Hydra Head, 2008
  5. Torche, Healer, Meanderthal, Hydra Head, 2008
  6. The Naked Brothers, Banana Smoothie, Naked Brothers Band, Nickelodeon/Columbia, 2007
  7. Sam Phillips,“Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us,”Don't Do Anything, 2008
  8. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Men in Sandals, Wreckless Eric & Amy Wrigby, Stiff, 2008
  9. Minotaur Shock, AmDram, Amateur Dramatics, 4AD, 2008
  10. Bajofundo Tango Club, Grand Guignol, Mar Dulce, Universal, 2007
  11. Bajofundo Tango Club, Pa Bailar, Mar Dulce, Universal, 2007
  12. Darker My Love,“Blue Day,”2, 2008
  13. Brian Wilson, Oxygen to the Brain, That Lucky Old Sun, Capitol, 2008
  14. Brian Wilson, Midnight's Another Day, That Lucky Old Sun, Capitol, 2008
  15. Brian Wilson, Mexican Girl, That Lucky Old Sun, Capitol, 2008
  16. LTJ Bukem, Get it On, Earth, Vol.6, Earth, 2003
  17. Hootie and the Blowfish, Only Wanna Be With You, Cracked Rear View, Atlantic, 1994
  18. Bjork, Unison, Vespertine, Polydor, 2001
  19. David Bowie, As The World Falls Down, Labyrinth, EMI, 1986
  20. David Bowie, Be My Wife, Low, RCA, 1977
  21. L.T.D., Love Ballad, Love to the World, A&M, 1976

Footnotes Kid Rock More Artists Steer Clear of iTunes Apple passes Wal-Mart, now #1 music retailer in US Kid Rock's PSA:“Steal Everything” Ladytron Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby Chicha Libre Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds: The Website Van Dyke Parks