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Hero Worship & Reviews of Van Hunt and Mastodon

Hero Worship – Jim and Greg play a collection of songs that name-check great artists from the history of rock and roll. And later they review new albums by R&B singer Van Hunt and metal group Mastodon.

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Hero Worship

Today's theme is Hero Worship. The genesis of this idea was that we here at Sound Opinions started noticing that a lot of artists have written songs about their own heroes. Think of Bob Dylan's "Song To Woody." It's the kind of love only one rocker could express to another. Though when it comes to name-checking important musical figures, critics like Jim and Greg come a close second. Here are their favorite moments of musical Hero Worship.

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Van Hunt What Were You Hoping For

After being cut loose from his major-label deal, singer/songwriter Van Hunt has a new independently released album out called What Were You Hoping For. Jim and Greg received exactly what they were hoping for - a musically inventive album that doesn't fit into one particular genre. Van Hunt is finally free to let his freak flag fly, and fly it does. Jim and Greg compare him to George Clinton and Prince and encourage you to Buy It.

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Mastodon The Hunter

Some call Mastodon the saviors of metal. Others…hipster sellouts. But Jim and Greg just think they make terrific music. Combining a little Black Sabbath with a little Melvins, they are experimental and hard rocking without losing their sense of melody and harmony. Their new album The Hunter marks five successful releases in a row. Jim and Greg say Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. Bob Dylan, Song to Woody, Bob Dylan, Columbia, 1962
  2. The Replacements, Alex Chilton, Pleased to Meet Me, Sire, 1987
  3. Van Morrison, Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile), Saint Dominic's Preview, Warner Bros., 1972
  4. Television Personalities, I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives, And Don't the Kids Just Love It, Rough Trade, 1981
  5. The Hold Steady, Constructive Summer, Stay Positive, Vagrant, 2008
  6. David Bowie, Song for Bob Dylan, Hunky Dory, RCA, 1971
  7. LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk Is Playing at My House, LCD Soundsystem, DFA, 2005
  8. Cheap Trick, Surrender, Heaven Tonight, Epic, 1978
  9. Frank Black, I Heard Ramona Sing, Frank Black, 4AD, 1993
  10. Robyn Hitchcock, I Saw Nick Drake, A Star for Bram, Editions PAF!, 2000
  11. Stevie Wonder, Sir Duke, Songs in the Key of Life, Tamla, 1976
  12. The Fall, I Am Damo Suzuki, This Nation's Saving Grace, Beggars Banquet, 1985
  13. Van Hunt, Watching You Go Crazy is Driving Me Insane, What Were You Hoping For, Godless Hotspot, 2011
  14. Van Hunt, Designer Jeans, What Were You Hoping For, Godless Hotspot, 2011
  15. Mastadon, Blasteroid, The Hunter, Reprise, 2011
  16. Mastadon, Dry Bone Valley, The Hunter, Reprise, 2011
  17. Four Tet, Locked, Fabriclive 59, Fabric, 2011
  18. Wilson Pickett, 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.), The Exciting Wilson Pickett, Atlantic, 1966
  19. Gladys Knight and the Pips, Midnight Train to Georgia, Imagination, Buddah, 1973
  20. Ghost in the Water, Break It Down, Shooting Stars and Battle Scars, skulls/talons/skeletons, 2011
  21. The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter, Let It Bleed, Decca, 1969
  22. Jeff Beck, Over the Rainbow, Emotion & Commotion, ATCO, 2010

Footnotes Van Hunt Mastodon