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Songs About Animals, Opinions on Tame Impala & Grimes

Outside of their natural habitats, you'll find animals all over music. From hound dogs to blackbirds, Jim and Greg share some of their favorite songs about animals. They also review new records from Tame Impala and Grimes, and Greg bids farewell to David Roback of Mazzy Star and the Rain Parade.

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Tame Impala The Slow Rush

The Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala return with their first new album in five years, The Slow Rush. Led by Kevin Parker, the band has experienced mainstream and critical success. However, neither Jim nor Greg find this album very good. Greg asserts that he finds the arrangements to be sonically beautiful and deep, but beyond that, there isn‘t much. Despite also liking the band’s music, Jim can't find anything positive to say about The Slow Rush.

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Grimes Miss Anthropocene

Electronic art pop artist Grimes is back with her latest album, Miss Anthropocene. It's her first record in five years since 2015's Art Angels. Both Jim and Greg are big fans of Grimes and really enjoy the layered complexities of Miss Anthropocene. Jim loves the epic sonic landscapes Grimes creates, and also when she throws listeners for a loop by adding in more conventional instruments like acoustic guitar. He loves the artistic concept of the album, about a goddess warrior who defends the earth from climate change. Greg is also on board with Miss Anthropocene and agrees with Jim that it rewards fans who listen multiple times. He loves the way she writes, sings, composes and produces her own records, and the fact that he never knows what she'll make next.

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Songs About Animals

Jim and Greg are taking the show into the wild, farm, zoo, ocean and beyond this week with songs about animals!

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David Roback of the Rain Parade

grimes Greg pays tribute to David Roback of Mazzy Star and The Rain Parade, who died of cancer on February 24th. He was 61. The writer, producer and guitarist was, according to Greg, a co-founder of a number of“star-crossed”bands that never quite reached the peak of fame, including Opal and Paisley Underground foundational band The Rain Parade. Opal eventually became Mazzy Star with the addition of Hope Sandoval. That group stopped releasing music in the mid 1990s. Yet, he maintains that "in the span of what seemed like six years in the late 1980s and early 1990s he was in three really influential bands."

Featured Songs

  1. The Kinks, Animal Farm, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Pye, 1968
  2. Tame Impala, One More Year, The Slow Rush, Modular, 2020
  3. Tame Impala, It Might Be Time, The Slow Rush, Modular, 2020
  4. Tame Impala, Instant Destiny, The Slow Rush, Modular, 2020
  5. Grimes, Violence, Miss Anthropocene, 4AD, 2020
  6. Grimes, You‘ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around, Miss Anthropocene, 4AD, 2020
  7. Grimes, So Heavy I Fell Through the Earth (Art Mix), Miss Anthropocene, 4AD, 2020
  8. Grimes, Delete Forever, Miss Anthropocene, 4AD, 2020
  9. Grimes, 4ÆM, Miss Anthropocene, 4AD, 2020
  10. Grimes, New Gods, Miss Anthropocene, 4AD, 2020
  11. Little Feat, Dixie Chicken, Dixie Chicken, Warner Bros., 1973
  12. Elvis Presley, Old Shep, Elvis, RCA Victor, 1956
  13. Joni Mitchell, Coyote, Hejira, Asylum, 1976
  14. Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, Wooly Bully, Wooly Bully, MGM, 1965
  15. Aurora, Animal, Animal, A Different Kind of Human (Step 2), 2019
  16. Sam Cooke, Red Rooster, Night Beat, RCA Victor, 1963
  17. Dead Prez, Animal in Man, Let's Get Free, Loud, 1999
  18. LL Cool J, Deepest Bluest (Shark's Fin), Deep Blue Sea (Music From The Motion Picture), Warner Bros., 1999
  19. Neneh Cherry, Buffalo Stance, Raw Like Sushi, Circa, 1988
  20. The Beatles, Piggies, The Beatles, Apple, 1968
  21. Danger Mouse, Change Clothes, The Grey Album, self-released, 2004
  22. Mazzy Star, Fade Into You, So Tonight That I Might See, Capitol, 1993
  23. Mazzy Star, Halah, She Hangs Brightly, Rough Trade, 1990
  24. Foxy, Call Me Later, Call Me Later (single), Double Shot, 1969
  25. The Clash, The Magnificent Seven, Sandinista!, CBS, 1980
  26. The Bangles, Hazy Shade of Winter, Less Than Zero (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Def Jam, 1987
  27. The Time, The Bird, Ice Cream Castle, Warner Bros., 1984
  28. Janis Joplin, Kozmic Blues, I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, Columbia, 1969
  29. Chicago, Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?, Chicago Transit Authority, Columbia, 1969