Results for Besnard Lakes


Ask the Critic

  • In the New Year Jim and Greg resolve to answer more of your questions starting with Pete who asks,“How do you tell the difference between and album that's bad, and one that just isn't made for you?”Lee on Facebook adds,“Can you fairly review an artist you may think sucks. (This is meant as a serious question).” To make a long story short…yes (if you're a good critic). See Greg's Yanni reporting below.

  • Thomas in Maine leaves a voicemail asking about the best psychedelic bands of 2013. Greg recommends Wooden Shjips, Darkside, The Warlocks and Besnard Lakes.

  • Jonathan asks on Facebook,“Why such a preference for the underground?” Jim doesn't think they really have such a preference, especially now that underground music is so accessible online. But Greg admits that mainstream, major label acts are expected to appeal to as large a population as possible, and that often means buffing out the good edges.

  • "Chili Mac Klein" also posts: "How awkward is it to have to meet with a musician after you have slammed his/her work in the past?" Greg describes an interesting conversation with Neil Young in which he asks the singer why he kept doing this. But, for the most part, artists are good sports, especially if a critic does his or her homework and gives critiques with confidence.

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Go to episode 423

The Best Songs of 2010 - Mixtapes

At the end of each year, Jim and Greg look back and pick out their favorite songs to make you a mixtape. Think of it as a soundtrack for 2010. They both play samples of the mix during the show, but you can stream both compilations in their entirety.

Go to episode 266

Best of SXSW 2007

While Jim and Greg definitely heard some clunkers during their time in Austin, they were mostly impressed with the wide variety of underground bands. For Jim and Greg's full wrap-ups, check out their day-by-day accounts in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Here are some they recommend checking out:

Go to episode 69