Buried Treasures, Rock Doctors, Opinions on Marvin Gaye

As music critics and connoisseurs, Jim and Greg always have new under-the-radar tracks that you need to hear! This week, they'll share some of their latest buried treasures. They'll also check in as the Rock Doctors to give some musical advice to a patient in need, as well as share their thoughts on the recent posthumous release by Marvin Gaye.

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Buried Treasures

It's time once again for Jim and Greg to share some of their buried treasures - new songs you haven't heard that you need to!


  • Pom Poko, "Day Tripper"
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, "Tacoma Black Party"
  • Tourist Activities, "Crystal River"
  • Yugen Blakrok, "Picture Box"


  • Steffanie Christi’an, "Limbo"
  • Super Sonic Space Rebels, "Watch You Burn"
  • Jenny Tolman, "High Class White Trash"
  • Brant Bjork, "Guerrilla Funk"

You're The Man Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

Nearly 50 years after it was initially planned to be released, Marvin Gaye's album You’re The Man is finally available. To understand why it was so delayed, Jim and Greg turn to producer Ayana Contreras, an expert on soul music. In their review, Jim and Greg agree the album is a gift and a perfect bridge between What’s Going On and Let’s Get It On. Tracks like "The World Is Rated X" are still relevant in 2019.


Music plays a different role in every listener's life. When Sound Opinions listeners are having trouble getting enough "vitamin M," they know they can turn to the Rock Doctors. Doctors Kot and DeRogatis aren't licensed, but are happy to prescribe musical medicine whatever the patient's need.

This week our patient is Adam, a guy who has made a lot of changes over the past five years: job change, divorce and an attempt to feel less numb from substance use. Unfortunately, most of his favorite music has deep associations with those very substances. He’s looking for new-to-him music that’s free of all that baggage.

Greg recommends the song "Continental Breakfast" by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile from their album Lotta Sea Lice. He says the song reminds him of the importance of friendship and letting your guard down.

Jim recommends the song "This Year" by The Mountain Goats from their album The Sunset Tree after seeing it in the final scene of the documentary Minding The Gap. He says the chorus, "I'm going to make it through this year if it kills me" is unforgettable. Listen in to find out how the songs worked for Adam.

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