Results for 2017

interviews

Margo Price

Margo Price is part of a new generation on the Nashville scene that infuse authentic country roots with strong songwriting chops. Her first album, Midwest Farmer's Daughter was recorded at the famous Sun Studios in Memphis, and released by Jack White's Third Man Records in 2016. Her latest, 2017's All American Made, encompasses a variety of American roots genres, including outlaw country and soul, but she's quick to distance herself from ther current trend towards Americana music, noting that“There's a lot of people in the mainstream that are being turned on their heads right now, and really grasping for authenticity. I think it's only a matter of time before the Americana/Outlaw bubble bursts.”Price joined Jim and Greg for an interview and performance at the Goose Island Barrelhouse in Chicago.

Go to episode 655
dijs

Greg

“It's O.K.”Dead Moon

2017 has been a challenging year for many people, and Greg's pick for the desert island jukebox gave him some solace from the recent turbulence. Inspired by a cover he saw performed by Ted Leo, Greg chose "It's O.K." by the Portland punk band Dead Moon. Led by a husband and wife duo, Dead Moon was extremely DIY - doing almost all of their own recording and surrounding duties. Recently, Fred Cole (the husband in the duo) passed away. Greg wanted to play this song as a tribute to him, and to encourage others that even though "we‘ve all seen better days…it’s okay, yeah we love you anyway."

Go to episode 630
lists

Top Albums of 2017… So Far

We're halfway through 2017, which means it's time to get a jump on the Best-Of Lists. Here are Jim and Greg's mid-year best Top 10 lists.

Go to episode 604

2017 In Memoriam

Obits 2017

2017 was another year full of devastating musician deaths from Tom Petty to Chuck Berry. Now, Jim and Greg take some time to pay tribute to those they haven't covered in the last 12 months that hit them particularly hard.

  • Malcolm Young of AC/DC
  • Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens
  • Tommy Keene
  • Sunny Murray
  • Sylvia Moy
Go to episode 631
news

Music News

This week, the Pulitzer Prize for musical composition went to Kendrick Lamar for his 2017 album DAMN. Lamar is the first non-classical or jazz performer to win the prize. According to the Pulitzers, DAMN. is“a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”Jim wonders if this is a case of the Pulitzer committee "trying to match the Nobel Prize committee giving a Nobel to Bob Dylan?" Greg suggests that the Pulitzers did“a better job of recognizing genius”than the Grammies did. He adds that he fact that DAMN. did not win the Grammy for Album of the Year "is magnified now."

Go to episode 647