Buried Treasures & MSNBC’s Ari Melber

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It’s time yet again for Jim and Greg to open their treasure chests and reveal relatively unknown new albums YOU need to hear! They’ll also talk to the host of MSNBC’s The Beat, Ari Melber, about his love for rap music and how he integrates it into his political coverage.

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Buried Treasures

From a metal group out of Guadalajara, Mexico called Canibales to a genre defying duo called The O’My’s out of Chicago, this week, Jim and Greg dish out a batch of Buried Treasures: new music discoveries that you need to hear.

Jim

  • Miss World, Click and You’re Mine
  • Canibales, Electricidad
  • Julian Cope, Skellington 3
  • Ginkgoa, Boy Bounce

Greg

  • Soft Science, Maps
  • Say Sue Me, Where We Were Together
  • The O’My’s, Starship
  • IDLES, Danny Nedelko

Ari Melber

Ari

This week, Jim and Greg talk to TV personality Ari Melber. Melber, who began his career as an attorney, is the host of The Beat on MSNBC, a show where he unpacks the day’s news, and sometimes that involves integrating rap lyrics to help explain the stories. They talk about his love for rap music, how much he prepares for his show and the similarities between hip hop and the White House today.

Greg

A band Greg highlighted earlier in the show, The Soft Science, released a cover of The House of Love’s 1989 single I Don’t Know Why I Love You as a B-side in April. For this spin on the Desert Island Jukebox, Greg’s playing the original. He says that The House of Love was a victim of bad timing, coming after The Smiths, but before the Britpop boom. The song I Don’t Know Why I Love You came on their second self-titled album. That session was their first for a major label and took more than two years and four producers to complete. Band members said new pressure to create hits caused tension within the band. The album’s first single and some remixes were released against the band’s will, adding to the trouble. Eventually guitarist Terry Bickers was kicked out of the band just a few days into the album’s promotional tour. Still, Greg says the album is full of singles that hold up, even almost 30 years later. He points out similarities in the sound of Ride and The Stone Roses as evidence of The House of Love’s influence.

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