Results for early 2000s

interviews

Julie Klausner

Julie Klausner Our guest this week is writer, comedian and actress Julie Klausner. Julie is the creator and star of Hulu's snarky comedy Difficult People. Klausner hails from New York City and grew up listening to heavy doses of both rock and roll and musical theatre. She also attended NYU where she was a first person observer of the exploding early 2000s rock scene which featured bands like The Strokes and TV on the Radio, and she later wrote a book about her experiences with people in the music industry. Julie has gone on to create and star in Difficult People, a comedy about two best friends pursuing careers in the entertainment industry in NYC with varying degrees of success. Julie talks with Jim and Greg about how she uses music in her show, her surprising love of Jethro Tull and tries to convince Jim that musicals are not always Trash Its.

Go to episode 621
reviews
EVERYTHING IS LOVEEverything Is Love available on iTunes

Beyoncé & Jay-Z & The Carters Everything Is Love

Beyoncé and Jay-Z released what they're calling the third installment of a trilogy of albums. Everything Is Love, which they released as The Carters, is a joint work in which they reflect on art, black excellence, personal drama and luxury. It follows Beyoncé's Lemonade (2016) and Jay-Z's 4:44 (2017). Greg thinks there are good moments on Everything Is Love, like Beyoncé's singing on "FRIENDS" and Jay-Z owning up to his transgressions. However, he believes this record is merely a PR effort to get people to buy tickets to their concert, and this album doesn't say nearly as much as the previous ones. He gives it a Trash It. Jim agrees in many respects. He loved Lemonade because Beyoncé sung honestly and beautifully about her personal issues as well as bigger picture themes like how black women are treated in society and the Black Lives Matter movement. He wishes there was more substance on this record, and thinks Jay-Z hasn't been at the height of his rap game since the early 2000s. Jim gives the album a Trash It.

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Go to episode 656
RedemptionRedemption available on iTunes

Dawn Richard Redemption

Dawn Richard has flown largely under the radar for most of her career. Born and raised in New Orleans, Richard got her start in the Diddy-formed girl group Danity Kane in the early 2000s. She eventually became a solo artist, and her new record Redemption is the last in a trilogy of albums. Greg was really impressed by this record and Richard's ability to make meaningful and political electronic music. In addition to her smart lyrics, he commends her vocal ability and impact as a budding artist. Greg gives it a Buy It. Jim is in agreement, he thinks Richard's album shows the best side of thoughtful electronic music. Jim loves that Richard is finally getting to make the kind of music she wants, and gives Redemption a Buy It.

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Go to episode 578
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Greg

“Another Mellow Winter”Mellow

In light of recent tragic events in Paris, this week Greg wanted to celebrate the music of France with his Desert Island Jukebox selection. He focuses in on French rock band Mellow, a group he had a memorable experience watching perform at SXSW in the early 2000s. Even though they have been relatively inactive the past few years, their 1999 album Another Mellow Spring is their masterpiece. Greg chose the track "Another Mellow Winter" off the album because of its psychedelic, electronic and surrealist vibes. It's an epic track that reminds Greg of the power and strength of French music.

Go to episode 521
news

Music News

Jim and Greg start off the show with some good music industry news. The Internet music service Pandora has reported its first profitable quarter since launching a decade ago. Pandora seemed to be on the path of many Internet startups of the early 2000s, but now it boasts about 48 million users and projected earning of $100 million for 2010. To this we say Mazel Tov.

OK Go has been making a lot of news recently. First, after some debates with their label EMI, they released a free, embeddable video for their new song "This Too Shall Pass." This is a follow-up to the famous 2006 treadmills video for "Here It Goes Again," which has been viewed over 50 million times. The band's lead singer Damian Kulash discussed his philosophy on viral videos in an op-edin the New York Times. And just last week the band revealed that it had split from EMI to form a new label Paracadute. Prior to this announcement Jim and Greg spoke to Kulash about going viral, labels and going rogue.

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Go to episode 225