Late Bloomers, Filthy Friends & Little Dragon

Late Bloomers

Some say that making music is a young person’s game, but several artists beg to differ. Jim and Greg share some of their favorite late blooming musicians – artists that didn’t achieve success or even start music until later in life. Plus, a review of the debut album from rock supergroup Filthy Friends and a Hooked on Sonics from Swedish electronic band Little Dragon.

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Invitation Filthy Friends

Invitation

The indie rock supergroup Filthy Friends initially formed in 2012 as a cover band. Led by Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, along with Kurt Bloch, Scott McCaughey, and Bill Rieflin, the group has released its debut album of originals, Invitation. Jim is skeptical of all supergroups, but thinks that Filthy Friends gels as a real band. He finds the guitar interplay to be a joy and loves the little allusions the band makes to their musical heroes. Jim calls Invitation a fun ride worthy of a Buy It. Greg, however, finds the album to be a tentative effort. Tucker’s vocals are uncharacteristically restrained, he says, and the record lacks any musical surprises. According to Greg, the album is pleasant enough, but he can’t imagine listening to it a year from now, so all he can give it is a Try It.

Late Bloomers

It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish! Jim and Greg are showing their love for the late bloomers of music - artists who either didn’t achieve success or even start their careers until later in life.

Jim

  • Bill Withers
  • Sharon Jones
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Debbie Harry of Blondie

Greg

  • Peaches
  • Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices
  • Bettye Lavette
  • Charles Bradley

Hooked On Sonics: Little Dragon

Little Dragon

Swedish band Little Dragon has been churning out catchy electronic soul since 2006; but their connection to soul music started much earlier. Lead vocalist Yukimi Nagano and drummer Erik Bodin told us about the song that helped Yukimi to embrace her own unique voice in the latest edition of Hooked on Sonics. A fan of American soul music, it was the voice of Aaron Neville of The Neville Brothers singing Sam Cooke’s A Change is Gonna Come that blew her mind.

Jim

This week’s Desert Island Jukebox pick is an earworm that just might get stuck in your head. That’s because Nikki Sudden & Dave Kusworth of the British band Jacobites crafted one of Jim’s favorite pop songs ever with their 1984’s Shame For The Angels. A song about unrequited love, Shame For The Angels might not be on your radar, but Jim thinks it ought to be.

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