Jason Isbell & Opinions on Protomartyr


On the occasion of his new documentary and album with the 400 Unit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to guitarist, singer and songwriter Jason Isbell. They discuss band dynamics, working with his wife, Amanda Shires, and filming the latest Scorsese film in Oklahoma in the midst of the global pandemic. The hosts also review the new album by Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr.

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Formal Growth In The Desert Protomartyr

Protomartyr Formal Growth in the Desert

Protomartyr have long been a favorite of the Sound Opinions hosts, especially Greg. On their sixth album, Formal Growth In The Desert, however, Jim feels less enthusiastic.

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Weathervanes

Since joining The Drive-By Truckers right out of high school, Jason Isbell has been a formidable creative force. Since leaving the Truckers and getting sober, he's been on a hot streak with his group The 400 Unit. Their newest album, “Weathervanes” shows no signs of that streak cooling off. But the new album comes just after the Sam Jones documentary “Running With Our Eyes Closed” showed revealing struggles in the studio and at home during the making of Isbell's previous album, “Reunions.” In conversation with hosts Jim and Greg, Isbell is candid about where his head is at and what's next- including his acting debut in Martin Scorsese's “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

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