Hinds & Opinions on Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Parquet Courts & More

Jim and Greg talk with two members of the Spanish women rock band Hinds about their unique take on punk rock and how they've reached fans in America and the U.K. Also, with an influx of new releases, it's time for a review round-up! Jim and Greg give their opinions on new albums from Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Neko Case and Parquet Courts.

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Beyoncé & Jay-Z & The Carters Everything Is Love

Beyoncé and Jay-Z released what they're calling the third installment of a trilogy of albums. Everything Is Love, which they released as The Carters, is a joint work in which they reflect on art, black excellence, personal drama and luxury. It follows Beyoncé's Lemonade (2016) and Jay-Z's 4:44 (2017). Greg thinks there are good moments on Everything Is Love, like Beyoncé's singing on "FRIENDS" and Jay-Z owning up to his transgressions. However, he believes this record is merely a PR effort to get people to buy tickets to their concert, and this album doesn't say nearly as much as the previous ones. He gives it a Trash It. Jim agrees in many respects. He loved Lemonade because Beyoncé sung honestly and beautifully about her personal issues as well as bigger picture themes like how black women are treated in society and the Black Lives Matter movement. He wishes there was more substance on this record, and thinks Jay-Z hasn't been at the height of his rap game since the early 2000s. Jim gives the album a Trash It.

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Parquet Courts Wide Awake!

Indie rock band Parquet Courts is back with Wide Awake!, their first album since 2014. Jim thinks they are the perfect slacker band, and their lyrics come equipped with plenty of socialist rhetoric. He adds that "They‘ve got a formula, and they work it, and it’s delightful every time." Greg, agrees that they have a solid punk rock formula; however, he thinks that this record does show growth, particularly in their work with producer Brian Burton, also known as Danger Mouse. Songs like Wide Awake bring in funky "danceable elements"; and he was also surprised to find“tenderness”on tracks like Back To Earth. Both Jim and Greg give Wide Awake! a Buy It.

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Neko Case Hell-On

Neko Case brings us a new Americana/alt-country exploration of Mother Nature's edgy side with Hell-On, her seventh solo album. Greg notes that though other people collaborate with her (including Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John, who served as co-producer on six tracks), she is the writer of these songs, he is the main instrumentalist on her record, and she is a producer.“This is her baby,”he asserts,“You can bring on anybody, and it's still going to sound like a Neko Case record because of her massive role in how it sounds.” The album provides what Jim thinks is one of her best lyrics ever on My Uncle's Navy, about a relative that used to mutilate animals. Jim wonders if“that's what sent Neko down this strange nature path.”However, Jim says that ultimately, this is“merely a very good Neko Case record.”Jim and Greg give the album a Double Buy It.




This week, Jim and Greg are joined by the two leading members of the Spanish rock band Hinds! Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote are from Madrid where women-led rock bands are extremely uncommon. They tought themselves how to play and sing in their late teens and formed the band, choosing to sing their songs in english in the hopes of reaching audiences outside of Spain. It worked! Hinds regularly plays sold-out shows in the U.S. and has released two successful albums, Leave Me Alone (2016) and I Don't Run (2018). We talked to Ana and Carlotta about how they write their brand of rock and roll, how they perceive America and about navigating the music industry.

Featured Songs

  1. Hinds, Linda, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  2. The Carters, SUMMER, Everything Is Love, Roc Nation, 2018
  3. The Carters, HEARD ABOUT US, Everything Is Love, Roc Nation, 2018
  4. Beyoncé, FORMATION, Lemonade, Columbia, 2016
  5. Jay-Z, 4:44, 4:44, Roc Nation, 2017
  6. The Carters, FRIENDS, Everything Is Love, Roc Nation, 2018
  7. The Carters, 713, Everything Is Love, Roc Nation, 2018
  8. The Carters, BOSS, Everything Is Love, Roc Nation, 2018
  9. Parquet Courts, Total Football, Wide Awake!, Rough Trade, 2018
  10. Parquet Courts, Freebird II, Wide Awake!, Rough Trade, 2018
  11. Parquet Courts, NYC Observation, Wide Awake!, Rough Trade, 2018
  12. Parquet Courts, Wide Awake, Wide Awake!, Rough Trade, 2018
  13. Parquet Courts, Back to Earth, Wide Awake!, Rough Trade, 2018
  14. Neko Case, Hell-On, Hell-On, Anti-, 2018
  15. Neko Case, Last Lion of Albion, Hell-On, Anti-, 2018
  16. Neko Case, Curse of the I-5 Corridor, Hell-On, Anti-, 2018
  17. Neko Case, My Uncle's Navy, Hell-On, Anti-, 2018
  18. Neko Case, Pitch or Honey, Hell-On, Anti-, 2018
  19. Hinds, The Club, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  20. Hinds, Garden, Leave Me Alone, Mom + Pop Music, 2016
  21. Hinds, Rookie, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  22. Hinds, New For You, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  23. Hinds, Bamboo, Leave Me Alone, Mom + Pop Music, 2016
  24. Hinds, Chili Town, Leave Me Alone, Mom + Pop Music, 2016
  25. Hinds, Warts, Leave Me Alone, Mom + Pop Music, 2016
  26. Hinds, To The Morning Light, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  27. Hinds, Tester, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  28. Hinds, Finally Floating, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  29. Hinds, Trippy Gum, Trippy Gum (Single), unreleased, 2014
  30. Hinds, Soberland, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  31. Hinds, Echoing My Name, I Don't Run, Mom + Pop Music, 2018
  32. St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Call Me, Half the City, Single Lock, 2014
  33. Joni Mitchell, A Case of You, Blue, Reprise, 1971
  34. Megadeth, Wake Up Dead, Peace Sells… but Who's Buying?, Capitol, 1986
  35. Simon & Garfunkel, The Sound of Silence, Sounds of Silence, Columbia, 1966