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Ty Segall & Reviews of Miguel and Grizzly Bear

Ty Segall and his band join Jim and Greg onstage for a special live taping of Sound Opinions at Chicago's Lincoln Hall.

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Ty Segall

Knowing Jim and Greg's affection for pop melodies smothered in noise, it should come as no surprise that Ty Segall's music hits them right in the sweet spot. The 24-year-old musician was born in Orange County California, but made his name in San Francisco's thriving garage rock revival scene. Ty is nothing if not prolific. Since 2008 he's released eight albums, including three this year: Hair in April, Slaughterhouse in June, and now Twins in October. Shortly after Slaughterhouse's release Ty and his band joined Jim and Greg onstage at Lincoln Hall in Chicago for a live taping of Sound Opinions. He talked about the MTV reality show that ruined his hometown, his early punk influences, and his love of old garage rock. And of course, he and the band performed a raucous live set (we've only just regained our hearing).

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Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream

Kaleidoscope Dream, the new album by Miguel debuted at #3on the Billboard chart. But he's still an unfamiliar name to most people. The R&B singer and songwriter had moderate success with his first record and has penned songs for Mary J. Blige and Usher. And with this sophomore effort, he really goes all out. You can hear influences from all over the map - from Marvin Gaye to The Zombies. But it's his unique spin and musical chops that make Jim and Greg give the album an enthusiastic double Buy It.

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Grizzly Bear Shields

Jim was a fan of Grizzly Bear back when the band appeared on Sound Opinions in 2009. But something was missing from their album Veckatimist. Who knew that“something”was a little Coldplay? The harder rocking stomp and grandeur on this year's Shields fits perfectly with their beautiful harmonies and baroque-pop craftsmanship, according to Jim. He says Buy It. Greg loves Grizzly Bear's take on chamber pop, and especially the drumming on Shields. But he's missing a sense of immediacy on the songs. So Greg goes with a Burn It.


Featured Songs

  1. Aaliyah, Try Again, Romeo Must Die: The Album, Blackground, 2000
  2. Ray Charles, Busted, Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul, ABC, 1963
  3. Ty Segall, Would You Be My Love, Twins, Drag City, 2012
  4. Le Shok, She Prefers Whips, Hey Brother Volume 4, Vegas Records, 1998
  5. The Mermen, Ocean Beach, Krill Slippin', Beach Recordings, 1995
  6. Ty Segall Band, Diddy Wah Diddy, Slaughterhouse, Drag City, 2012
  7. The 13th Floor Elevators, You're Gonna Miss Me, The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators, International Artists, 1966
  8. Ty Segall Band, Death, (Live on Sound Opinions), Slaughterhouse, Drag City, 2012
  9. Ty Segall, You're the Doctor, Twins, Drag City, 2012
  10. Ty Segall, Thank God for Sinners, Twins, Drag City, 2012
  11. Ty Segall & White Fence, The Tongue, Hair, Drag City, 2012
  12. Ty Segall, Goodbye Bread, Goodbye Bread, Drag City, 2011
  13. Ty Segall, Finger, (Live on Sound Opinions), Melted, Drag City, 2010
  14. Ty Segall, Love Fuzz, Twins, Drag City, 2012
  15. The Troggs, I Want You, Wild Thing, Fontana, 1966
  16. Ty Segall Band, Wave Goodbye, (Live on Sound Opinions), Slaughterhouse, Drag City, 2012
  17. Ty Segall, Who Are You, Twins, Drag City, 2012
  18. Miguel, Adorn, Kaleidoscope Dream, RCA, 2012
  19. Miguel, Sure Thing, All I Want is You, Jive, 2010
  20. Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream, Kaleidoscope Dream, RCA, 2012
  21. Miguel, Don't Look Back, Kaleidoscope Dream, RCA, 2012
  22. Grizzly Bear, Yet Again, Shields, Warp, 2012
  23. Grizzly Bear, A Simple Answer, Shields, Warp, 2012
  24. AraabMuzik, After Hours, Electronic Dream 2, self released, 2012
  25. Grateful Dead, Operator, American Beauty, Warner Bros., 1970
  26. The Doobie Brothers, The Doctor, Cycles, Capitol, 1989
  27. Young Marble Giants, Constantly Changing, Colossal Youth, Rough Trade, 1980


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