Tame Impala Live and On Record

Tame Impala

Led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala made huge waves in both hemispheres with the release of their album Lonerism in 2012. They join Jim and Greg for a discussion and live performance. Then, Jim and Greg review the band’s new release Currents.

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Tame Impala

Australian psychedelic band Tame Impala made a huge impact on the US with their 2012 album Lonerism. Jim and Greg were particularly smitten with it, as the album took top slots on both critics’ Best of 2012 lists. Tame Impala stopped by our studios in 2013 for an interview and live performance. This week we’re revisiting that conversation, just in time for the release of the band’s new record Currents. Lead singer Kevin Parker talks about the band’s influences, both expected ( The Flaming Lips) and not ( Supertramp), and his desire to work with producer Dave Fridmann. The musicians also debate whether actual psychedelic substances contribute to a psychedelic sound. Certainly you don’t need them to enjoy the result.

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Currents

On the heels of their 2013 appearance on Sound Opinions, listeners will hear a new sound with the new Tame Impala album Currents. Lead singer Kevin Parker has taken the band in a new direction laden away from classic psychedlia and towards sounds that previous albums didn’t touch upon, namely Soul and R&B. Greg thinks this change in sound along with more pointed, introspective lyrics has led to a step forward for the band, especially in a live setting. He gives the album a Buy It. Jim agrees and compares Parker to another pop auteur, Brian Wilson. Jim thinks that the album displays Parker’s ability to take different elements across the musical spectrum and make them orchestral and moving. He too gives Currents a Buy It rating.

Greg

Greg has been enjoying the live return of the British punk band, The Mekons. He in fact wanted to play a Mekons song, but Jim stole his thunder with his pick from show 191. Greg decided to play a track by Mekons offshoot band, The Three Johns, featuring bon vivant Jon Langford. Langford and company took the idea of protest music and gave it a twist, making it less precious. In honor of the Mekons and Langford, Greg plays the track Teenage Nightingales to Wax this week.

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