Turkey Shoot 2012 & The Coup Review

Jim and Greg take down the worst musical turkeys of the year in our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot. Plus they review the new record from Oakland-based agit-rappers The Coup.

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Turkey Shoot

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s time for Sound Opinions’ annual Turkey Shoot. These aren’t just bad records, they’re bad records from artists that are capable of better. Nothing stings like disappointment, and these were the biggest musical disappointments of 2012:

Greg

  • WZRD, WZRD
  • Dead Can Dance, Anastasis
  • Gary Clark, Jr., Blak and Blu

Jim

  • Damon Albarn, Dr Dee
  • Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  • Green Day, ¡Uno!

Listeners

Everyone’s a critic, so Jim and Greg turn the rifle over to the listeners:

  • Yann in Paris, France: The Shins, Port of Morrow
  • Brandon in Cuba, New York: Smashing Pumpkins, Oceania
  • Jon in Madison, Wisconsin: Kiss, Monster

Sorry to Bother You The Coup

Sorry to Bother You

Jim and Greg have their fingers crossed that Sorry to Bother You, the sixth album from Oakland-based hip-hop group The Coup, isn’t a turkey. This band has been making consistently good agit-rap records since 1991, Greg says, but they remain best known for an unfortunate incident involving their cover art. Does the band deliver on Sorry to Bother You? Jim says yes. He wouldn’t blame you for mistaking The Magic Clap for a new OutKast party anthem. The Coup has verged dangerously close to Rage Against the Machine self-righteousness in the past, he says, but on Sorry to Bother You, the band’s got the party to politics ratio just right. Greg agrees and calls it the best Coup album yet. Sorry to Bother You gets a double Buy It.

Greg

Soul singer Cody Chesnutt has a new album out, reminding Greg that he’s often left off the list of masterful vocalists. This is most evident on his 2002 album The Headphone Masterpiece. In fact, The Roots were such fans they re-worked his song The Seed into The Seed (2.0). and released it as part of their album Phrenology. Greg takes it with him to the desert island this week.

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