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Sophomore Success & Opinions on Grinderman

After every successful debut comes the dreaded“Sophomore Slump.”This week Jim and Greg highlight artists that managed to defeat this streak and release a "Sophomore Success". Then it's time to review Grinderman's sophomore album, Grinderman 2.

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Jim and Greg have talked on the show before about France's“3 Strikes”downloading law before on the show, and they've been wondering when the US will present its own anti-piracy initiative. Well, the Senate just did. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont introduced the "Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act", a bipartisan bill that would allow the D.O.J. to shut down websites with pirated content. Record labels and Hollywood studios have been waiting for this for some time. Jim points out that a similar bill was introduced during the Bush administration, but, perhaps rightly so, some lawmakers didn‘t feel the government should be footing the bill for these legal actions. With President Obama’s appointment of an Intellectual Property Czar, Greg sees a trend toward supporting corporate copyright holders in this administration.

In related news, U2's manager Paul McGuinness recently published his own manifesto about the future of the music industry as it relates to downloading. There are few men as powerful in music today, so his words carry a lot of weight, but Jim and Greg aren‘t sure McGuinness is being very forward thinking. He feels that internet service providers are not doing enough to catch pirates, and that the solution is to bundle royalty costs into your internet fee. U2 is one of the few bands, like Radiohead, who could choose to revolutionize their business model. But, disappointingly, it’s business as usual for them.


Sophomore Success

They say that it takes a lifetime to make your first record and only a few months to make your second. If that's true, then it's no surprise that most artists face the dreaded“sophomore slump.”But, a rare few second albums meet or even exceed the first effort. Here are Jim & Greg's picks for Sophomore Success Stories:

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Now it comes time to look at a new sophomore effort: Grinderman 2. Nick Cave's blues punk side project wowed Jim and Greg with its debut. And with this one, they've proved they can do more than just pure, raw energy. Jim hears a lot more experimentation, but also a lot more melody. Greg even found some songs just plain creepy. He calls Cave a wonderful“nasty rock and roll machine.”Grinderman 2 gets a double Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. The Kinks, Property, State of Confusion, Arista, 1983
  2. U2, Out of Control, Three EP, CBS, 1979
  3. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Roc, It Takes Two, It Takes Two, Profile, 1988
  4. Nirvana, Polly, Nevermind, Sub Pop, 1991
  5. Jimi Hendrix, You Got Me Floatin', Axis: Bold as Love, Sony, 1968
  6. Aphex Twin, Window Sill, Selected Ambient Works Volume II, Sire/Warner Bros., 1994
  7. Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston, It Takes Two, Take Two, Tamla, 1966
  8. The Cars, Let's Go, Candy-O, Elektra, 1979
  9. Sinead O'Connor, Last Day Of Our Acquaintance, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, EMI, 1990
  10. A Tribe Called Quest, Check The Rhime, The Low End Theory, Jive, 1991
  11. Elvis Costello, Lipstick Vogue, This Year's Model, Rhino (2002 reissue), 1978
  12. Three Dog Night, One, Three Dog Night, Dunhill, 1969
  13. PJ Harvey, Man-Size, Rid Of Me, Island, 1993
  14. The Beastie Boys, Egg Man, Paul's Boutique, Capitol, 1989
  15. Grinderman, Worm Tamer, Grinderman 2, Anti-, 2010
  16. Grinderman, Palaces of Montezuma, Grinderman 2, Anti-, 2010
  17. Grinderman, What I Know, Grinderman 2, Anti-, 2010
  18. u-Ziq, Riostand, Bluff Limbo, Rephlex, 1994
  19. The Black Angels, Telephone, Phosphene Dream, Blue Horizon, 2010
  20. Slayer, Postmortem, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  21. Weezer, Memories, Hurley, Epitaph, 2010

Footnotes“3 Strikes”Law Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act McGuinness Manifesto Nirvana The Cars A Tribe Called Quest PJ Harvey Jimi Hendrix Sinead O'Connor Elvis Costello Beastie Boys Grinderman