Buried Treasures

Buried Treasures & Alex Ross

Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Jim and Greg share some of their Buried Treasures of 2016: the best albums that flew under the radar.

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Buried Treasures

Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Jim and Greg uncover some buried treasures: albums from 2016 that you need to hear!


Alex Ross

Music as Violence

Jim and Greg spend most of their time on Sound Opinions talking about music they love. Music they connect with, music that tells a relatable story, music that stirs an emotional reaction. But Alex Ross from the New Yorker magazine came on the show to talk about a different reaction to music, music as a weapon. His recent article When Music is Violence explores the use of music to sinister ends. Alex talks with Jim and Greg about the history of music as a weapon, from the use by the Nazis, to attempts to overthrow Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega with Led Zeppelin, to how classical music keeps kids from loitering in 7-11 parking lots. Alex says that ultimately music is not a sacred space, and the“music we love the most…can be deployed in some horrifying way.”

Featured Songs

  1. William Bell, Born Under a Bad Sign, This Is Where I Live, Stax, 2016
  2. Honeyblood, Walking At Midnight, Babes Never Die, FatCat, 2016
  3. Eryn Allen Kane, How Many Times, Aviary: Act II, 1552, 2016
  4. PJ, Gangster, Rare, Atlantic, 2016
  5. La Femme, Septembre, Mystère, Born Bad, 2016
  6. Kenny Rogers, Buried Treasure, Eyes That See in the Dark, RCA, 1983
  7. Tori Kelly, Treasure, Foreword, Capitol, 2013
  8. Pinegrove, Old Friends, Cardinal, Run for Cover, 2016
  9. The Black Watch, Pershing/Harvard Square, Highs and Lows, Pop Culture Press, 2015
  10. Sneaks, No Problem, Gymnastics, Merge, 2016
  11. Fictionist, Free Spirit, Free Spirit, Red Owl, 2014
  12. Eszter Balint, Trouble You Don't See, Airless Midnight, Red Herring, 2015
  13. Skylar Spence, Can't You See, Prom King, Carpark, 2015
  14. LÉON, Treasure, Treasure, Columbia, 2015
  15. Alice Cooper, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies, Warner Bros., 1973
  16. Led Zeppelin, In My Time of Dying, Physical Graffiti, Swan Song, 1975
  17. Christina Aguilera, Dirrty, Dirrty, BMG, 2002
  18. City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Walter Weller), Beethoven: Symphony #8 in F, Op. 93 - Allegretto Scherzando, The Complete Symphonies Volume II, Chandos, 1989
  19. The Boston Pops Orchestra (Arthur Fiedler), Wagner: Lohengrin - Prelude to Act III, Wagner's Greatest Hits, RCA Red Seal, 1971
  20. Lou Reed, Metal Machine Music A-2, Metal Machine Music, RCA Victor, 1975
  21. Enya, Orinoco Flow (Sail Away), Watermark, Geffen, 1988
  22. Death, Symbolic, Symbolic, Roadrunner, 1995
  23. Elvis Costello & the Attractions, (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding, Armed Forcers, Columbia, 1979
  24. Madonna, Hung Up, Confessions on a Dance Floor, Warner Bros., 2005
  25. Big Star, September Gurls, Radio City, Ardent, 1974
  26. Green Day, Wake Me Up When September Ends, American Idiot, Reprise, 2004
  27. Hawksley Workman, Autumn's Here, Love/Fighter, Universal Music Canada, 2003
  28. Neil Young, Sugar Mountain, Sugar Mountain – Live at Canterbury House 1968, Reprise, 1968


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