Results for Gil Scott-Heron

I'm New Here (Bonus Track Version)I'm New Here available on iTunes

Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here

Gil Scott-Heron also has a new album out– his first in 16 years. The poet and protest singer helped to define hip hop today with his politically charged examinations of our culture. He's had a lot of trouble with drugs and the law in recent years, and these experiences have informed the new record, I'm New Here. Jim wishes Scott-Heron had looked out more than in. Not commenting on some of the changes in the world in the past decade seems like a missed opportunity. He also wishes the tracks hadn't been so overproduced. Jim gives I'm New Here a Trash It. Greg agrees that Scott-Heron's comments on recent events would‘ve been a welcome addition, but he gets the sense that the singer wasn’t present much in the last few years. It's sad for him to hear the patchwork songs, and he gives it a Burn It at best.

Go to episode 222

Robert Johnson Covers

Jim and Greg thought they'd continue the Robert Johnson conversation by sharing some of their favorite covers and interpretations of his music.

Go to episode 715

Songs About the Devil

Devil Songs The tale of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads in exchange for his prodigious guitar playing skills is one that dates back to the early 1900s. This inspired an entire new category of tracks: devil songs. Jim and Greg share a few of their favorite tracks that reference the character of "the devil." *Note: Sound Opinions does not endorse the devil or any of his messages.

Go to episode 666

Music News

Greg calls Gil Scott-Heron one of the most profound artists of the last half-century, and last week he died at age 62. The man behind "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" began as a poet, but was attracted to the way music could reach a larger audience. However, even after signing with Clive Davis, he never abandoned his politics. Scott-Heron fused biting commentary with powerful beats and arrangements. It was a sound that inspired many hip-hop artists, though he rejected that association. To remember Gil Scott-Heron, Jim and Greg play one of his near-hits called "Johannesburg" from 1975.

Go to episode 288