Lily Allen

Lily Allen

British import Lily Allen visits the show this week. Tune in to sample her sweet and salty musical concoction and hear how she went from to a full-blown American invasion.

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Music News

Many recent news stories have been about the music industry struggling to change its current paradigm. This week is no exception. With the rise of digital music distribution, the need to pay money for a hard disc no longer seems so great. So, the question is: how will musicians continue to make money? Tim Fite's answer is,“I won't.”The Anti- recording artist has decided to make his latest album, Over the Counter Culture, available for free on his website. Jim and Greg talk to the musician, who can be described as an intersection between De La Soul, Beck and the folk singers of O Brother Where Art Thou, about his decision not to use his label's resources. Fite explains that the album is anti-commerce, so the album's distribution had to be as well. While Anti- probably hopes this freebie will fuel future for-pay-albums, Fite hopes this model can survive in the future.


Lily Allen

British import Lily Allen is Jim and Greg's guest this week. The hosts have been fans of the 21-year-old for over a year, however her album Alright, Still, was just released in the U.S. While Lily is now launching a full-blown American invasion with major label backing and major press and appearances, she started with more humble means. The singer/songwriter initially drew buzz after posting some songs on her page.

While her career is grassroots, Lily's upbringing still has star power. Her father is British comedian and personality Keith Allen, and she spent many of her family vacations with Uncle Joe. (That's Joe Strummer to you and me). In fact, the singer can boast that she has performed at Wembley with The Clash before she was old enough to buy herself a pint.

Jim and Greg are drawn to Lily's sound, which is a pastiche of pop, reggae, ska and even a bit of '60s“space-age bachelor pad”music. But, it's her lyrics that really“slay”them. Lily writes about everything from an average life in London to a failed relationship with a great deal of honesty, humor, and most of all, attitude. Listen to her performances of hits "LDN" and "Smile," and check out these exclusive bonus tracks.

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Caetano Veloso

Legendary Brazilian composer Caetano Veloso has a new album out this week called . Veloso first emerged as a member of the Tropicália movement in Brazil in the 1960s. Now he's back with his 40th album, but is proving to be as experimental as ever. is Veloso's version of a rock album; He is backed by musicians three generations his junior, and his son is the album's co-producer. While neither Jim nor Greg speak Portuguese, both critics are impressed with the lyrics' translations. Jim, however, does not think this is a success from beginning to end. Greg, on the other hand, doesn't think Veloso has ever sounded better. He finds the artist to be improving with age. Therefore, gets a split vote of Burn It and Buy It.

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Peter Bjorn and John Writer's Block

Next the critics give their opinions on Writer's Block, the third album from Swedish pop group Peter Bjorn and John. The trio has gotten a lot of great reviews and even some mainstream buzz due to the inclusion of their song, "Young Folks," on Grey's Anatomy. (Unfortunately the biggest Grey's breakout thus far has been The Fray).“Young Folks”features former Concretes singer Victoria Bergsman, but it's the whistle and the bass line that are the real stars for Jim and Greg. Both Jim and Greg love the pop songs on this record, which are full of eclectic touches and catchy hooks, and give it a Buy It.



“Everybody's Happy Nowadays”The Buzzcocks

Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick is an act of punk rebellion. One of his favorite singles, "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" by The Buzzcocks, has been co-opted by AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) for their recent ad campaign. AARP has been trying hard to attract younger people, but they seem to have missed the point of the song. It's an ironic statement on how crummy life can be, rather than a celebration of getting older and retiring. In an effort to reclaim this great track, Jim steals it away to his deserted island.

Featured Songs

  1. Tim Fite,“I've Been Shot,”Over the Counter Culture, 2007
  2. Tim Fite, "Camouflage", Over the Counter Culture, 2007
  3. Lily Allen,“Smile,”Alright Still, 2006
  4. Lily Allen,“LDN,”Alright Still, 2006 Live in the Studio
  5. Lily Allen,“Everything's Just Wonderful,”Alright Still, 2006
  6. Lily Allen,“Friday Night,”Alright Still, 2006
  7. The Clash,“White Riot,”The Clash, 1997
  8. Lily Allen,“Smile,”Alright Still, 2006 Live in the Studio
  9. Lily Allen,“Littlest Things”Alright Still, 2006 Live in the Studio
  10. Caetano Veloso,“Outro,”C^e, 2007
  11. Caetano Veloso,“Rocks,”C^e, 2007
  12. Peter Bjorn and John,“Paris 2004,”Writer's Block, 2007
  13. Peter Bjorn and John,“Young Folks”Writer's Block, 2007
  14. The Buzzcocks,“Everybody's Happy Nowadays,”Singles Going Steady, 1979
  15. Norah Jones,“Sinkin' Soon,”Not Too Late, 2007
  16. Lily Allen,“Take What You Take,”Alright Still, 2006

Footnotes Tim Fite Anti- Records De La Soul Beck Lily Allen Alright, Still Lily Allen's MySpace page Keith Allen Joe Strummer Wembley The Clash LDN Caetano Veloso Tropicália Brazil Portuguese Writer's Block Peter Bjorn and John The Concretes Victoria Bergsman“Everybody's Happy Nowadays” Buzzcocks AARP AARP ad AARP attracting young folks“Everybody's Happy Nowadays”lyrics Jim on reappropriating punk music