Sound Opinions

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  • The Sound Opinions World Tour: Japan MP3

    It's stop number two on the Sound Opinions World Tour, and Jim and Greg are “Big in Japan.” Tokyo-based journalist Daniel Robson gives us an education in J-pop and the Japanese underground. And later, Jim and Greg review UK singer Jessie Ware's stateside debut.

    05.05.2013

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    05.05.2013

  • Sound Opinions on Nick Drake MP3

    Decades after his death, UK songwriter Nick Drake gets his due. Jim and Greg talk legacy and tribute albums with Drake producer Joe Boyd. And later, they review the new album from Canadian shoegazers The Besnard Lakes.

    28.04.2013

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    28.04.2013

  • Sound Opinions with Kurt Vile MP3

    Philly-based guitar wizard Kurt Vile is live in the studio and ready to shred. Later, Jim and Greg review Bankrupt!, the new album from Sound Opinions alums Phoenix.

    21.04.2013

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    21.04.2013

  • Sound Opinions with Emeli Sande MP3

    She played the Olympics opening ceremony, now Emeli Sande takes her soulful pop to the Sound Opinions studio. Jim and Greg talk to the UK songwriter about breaking it big in the U.S. And later in the show, Jim and Greg review the new Jeff Tweedy-produced album from Low.

    07.04.2013

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    07.04.2013

  • Sound Opinions Celebrates Musical Grand Slams MP3

    This Week, Jim and Greg let the sports metaphors fly. They celebrate baseball's Opening Day by running down musical Grand Slams: four knockout albums in a row. Plus, have New Yorkers The Strokes hit it out of the park on album number five?

    31.03.2013

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    31.03.2013

  • The 2013 SXSW Music Conference Recap MP3

    Jim and Greg are back in one piece from Austin, TX, ready to share their favorite musical finds from the SXSW Music Conference. What band has Jim declaring he's "seen God"? Tune in to find out.

    24.03.2013

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    24.03.2013

  • Sound Opinions with David Bowie producer Tony Visconti MP3

    Bowie is Back! Jim and Greg talk with longtime Bowie producer Toni Visconti about "Space Oddity," glam, and swinging London. Then they review David Bowie's new album The Next Day, re-igniting their decades-long debate over the pop chameleon's musical legacy.

    17.03.2013

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    17.03.2013

  • Sound Opinions with Lucinda Williams MP3

    A decade and a half after Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, alt-country pioneer Lucinda Williams is still rocking out. She and the band drop by the Sound Opinions studios for a chat and live performance. Later in the show, Jim and Greg review the steamy new album from pop duo Rhye.

    10.03.2013

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    10.03.2013

  • The Sound Opinions World Tour: Sweden MP3

    Jim and Greg rack up the frequent flyer miles. They kick off the Sound Opinions World Tour with a musical voyage to Sweden. DJ Stefan Wermelin is our guide through Swedish Pop history from ABBA to Robyn.

    03.03.2013

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    03.03.2013

  • Sound Opinions with Jimmy Cliff MP3

    Fresh off a Grammy win for Best Reggae Album, Jimmy Cliff is our personal guide through reggae history. Plus Jim and Greg review guitar great Richard Thompson's latest effort, and Jim sends the late Troggs singer Reg Presley off in style.

    17.02.2013

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    17.02.2013

  • The 2013 Sound Opinions Valentine's Day Special MP3

    When candy, flowers, and love notes fail, you've still got a shot at wooing your sweetheart back with a great Pleading Song. This Valentine's Day, Jim and Greg share their I Want You Back playlists. And later in the show - a different kind of Valentine.

    10.02.2013

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    10.02.2013

  • Sound Opinions with Trey Parker & Matt Stone MP3

    South Park fans rejoice! Trey Parker and Matt Stone - the creative minds behind the TV series and the Tony Award-winning musical Book of Mormon - are live in the Sound Opinions studio talking comedy and music. Later, Jim and Greg review new albums from New Order and Parquet Courts.

    27.01.2013

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    27.01.2013

  • Sound Opinions: The Best Satirical Songs MP3

    With tongues planted firmly in cheek, Jim and Greg share their picks for the Best Satirical Songs in rock 'n' roll. Later Greg and our own "Son of Jersey" Jim DeRogatis review the new record from Hoboken's Yo La Tengo.

    20.01.2013

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    20.01.2013

  • A Sound Opinions Genre Dissection: Shoegaze MP3

    Jim and Greg dive into the influential UK genre known as shoegaze. It might have made your ears bleed, but you loved every second of it! But first, they play "Ask the Critic" and answer some listeners' nagging questions.

    06.01.2013

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    06.01.2013

  • The 2012 Sound Opinions Mixtapes MP3

    Jim and Greg give you a soundtrack to kick off 2013 when they reveal their annual Mixtapes. Plus they remember the musical greats we lost this year.

    30.12.2012

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    30.12.2012

  • Sound Opinions on Supergroups MP3

    Jim and Greg explore the history of the Supergroup. Plus they review the new album from "Girl on Fire" Alicia Keys.

    23.12.2012

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    23.12.2012

  • The Best Albums of 2012 MP3

    They've made their lists and checked em' twice. Now the big moment has arrived: Jim and Greg reveal the Best Albums of 2012 and hear some of your nominations.

    09.12.2012

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    09.12.2012

  • Sound Opinions with Divine Fits MP3

    Divine Fits – the duo of Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Handsome Furs’ Dan Boeckner – pay a visit to the Sound Opinions studios. And later in the show, Rihanna's making news again, but how's the music? Jim and Greg review the queen of pop's ubiquitous new album, Unapologetic.

    02.12.2012

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    02.12.2012

  • A Big Star Double Classic Album Dissection MP3

    Jim and Greg celebrate power pop innovators Big Star. Plus they review King Animal, the new record from grunge godfathers Soundgarden.

    25.11.2012

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    25.11.2012

  • Sound Opinions Live with Ty Segall MP3

    Grab those earplugs - loud guitars ahead. Ty Segall and his band join Jim and Greg for a live taping of Sound Opinions at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. Later in the show, Jim and Greg review much-buzzed new records from R&B newcomer Miguel and indie rock royalty Grizzly Bear.

    21.10.2012

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    21.10.2012

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