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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions, where people who love music can come together.

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The Beatles Get Back, Astroworld & Concert Safety

December 3rd, 2021

51:16

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Sound Opinions collaborator Althea Legaspi about the tragedy at Travis Scott's Astroworld …

The first American band signed to 4AD

December 1st, 2021

6:19

In this bonus podcast, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from an under-appreciated band from the late-80s indie scene.

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Aimee Mann's Five Essential Albums, Opinions on Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

November 26th, 2021

51:13

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are big fans of Aimee Mann's songwriting so they've asked her to choose five albums that shaped her artistic outlook. She shares those albums and what they meant to her at different …

The story of Karen Dalton

November 24th, 2021

40:57

In this bonus podcast, producer Andrew Gill interviews directors Robert Yapkowitz and Richard Peete about their film "Karen Dalton: In My Own Time."

 

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Songs About Giving Thanks, Opinions on IDLES & Courtney Barnett

November 19th, 2021

51:07

With Thanksgiving coming up, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about giving thanks. Plus they review highly anticipated new albums from Courtney Barnett and IDLES.

 

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Jim remembers a lesser-known Motown diva

November 17th, 2021

6:52

In this bonus podcast, Jim adds a song to the desert island jukebox from a lesser-known Motown diva who began her career with a secret. 

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Buried Treasures, Opinions on ABBA & Goat Girl

November 12th, 2021

51:21

It's that time yet again! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot love to share newly released music that they've uncovered, Buried Treasures. This week, they've got a fresh batch of songs to add to your playlist. Plus, a …

A soulful cover of a spooky song

November 10th, 2021

4:57

In this bonus episode, Greg adds a Halloween song performed by a favorite soul singer to the Desert Island Jukebox.

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Miles Copeland of I.R.S. Records on R.E.M., The Police and More, Plus Opinions on Brandi Carlile & Parquet Courts

November 5th, 2021

51:23

As a co-founder and executive at I.R.S. Records, Miles Copeland found success in the 1980s with a roster of artists ranging from R.E.M. to The Police …

A Chicago band that spurred an entire genre

November 3rd, 2021

5:10

In this bonus episode, Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from a Chicago band that never got it's due despite spurring an entire genre. Their lead singer sadly died of COVID.

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The Velvet Underground with Dir. Todd Haynes, Opinions on Ray BLK & illuminati hotties

October 29th, 2021

51:11

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have long praised The Velvet Underground as one of the most important bands of the rock era. This week they review the new documentary film on the band and interview director Todd …

More with Jimmy Jam

October 27th, 2021

13:27

In this bonus episode we hear more from our recent interview with Jimmy Jam. He talks about the future of Morris Day and The Time and working with Babyface and Heather Headley.

 

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Ghostly Tracks & the Origins Behind Them

October 22nd, 2021

49:16

It's spooky season and hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a new batch of songs about ghosts to share. They're joined by Sam Weller, author of many …

The Go-Go's Gina Schock on her new photobook, the Rock Hall of Fame & more

October 20th, 2021

27:26

In this bonus episode, Sound Opinions Senior Producer Alex Claiborne chats with drummer Gina Schock of The Go-Go's about her upcoming photobook, …

Jimmy Jam of Jam & Lewis on His Hits With Janet Jackson & New Album, Plus Shirley Manson of Garbage

October 15th, 2021

50:25

Since the 1980s, producers and songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have made huge hits with artists like Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey. But finally in 2021, the duo released their debut album as artists. …

Critical darlings once more

October 13th, 2021

7:05

In this bonus podcast, Greg plays a song by a band that were once critical darlings, but have taken a critical beating over the past 20 years. He presents this song as evidence they haven't lost a step. 

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Jason Molina: His Life and Music, Plus Opinions on Mickey Guyton & Leon Bridges

October 8th, 2021

51:03

Whether he was recording as Songs: Ohia or Magnolia Electric Company, Jason Molina was a poetic and enigmatic musician, releasing 16 studio albums …

Shirley Manson on Garbage's new album and her podcast

October 6th, 2021

20:53

In this bonus episode producer Alex Claiborne talks with Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson about their new album "No Gods No Masters" and her podcast The Jump.

 

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The R. Kelly Conviction with dream hampton and Jim DeRogatis & Reviews of Adia Victoria and Little Simz

October 1st, 2021

51:15

As the two journalists who had the biggest roles in bringing R. Kelly to justice, dream hampton, director of "Surviving R. Kelly" and Jim DeRogatis …

The Drive-By Truckers' American South

September 29th, 2021

39:55

In this bonus episode producer Andrew Gill interviews author Stephen Deusner about his new book, "Where The Devil Don't Stay: Traveling the South with the Drive-By Truckers." 

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Reviews of Low, Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X & More, Plus Guest Desert Island Jukebox

September 24th, 2021

51:22

As we move into fall, there's an abundance of new music to review. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a review roundup, sharing their thoughts on new music from artists like Kacey Musgraves, Lil Nas X, Low and Amyl and …

A band that really cooks

September 22nd, 2021

6:28

In this bonus podcast, Jim adds a song to the desert island jukebox by a band that actually cooked on stage. 

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Pitchfork Music Festival report and more buried treasures

September 20th, 2021

16:35

In this bonus podcast, Jim and Greg share a couple more buried treasure picks and talk with producer Alex Claiborne about her experience at the recent Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. 

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Buried Treasures & Tamar Aphek

September 17th, 2021

50:35

With the volume of music released each week, some is bound to not get the attention it deserves. This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share …

Leon Bridges on honing his Gold-Diggers Sound

September 15th, 2021

14:23

In this bonus podcast, Sound Opinions associate producer Sol Delgadillo interviews return guest Leon Bridges about his third album "Gold-Diggers …

Glam Rocker Art d'Ecco, Opinions on Drake & Halsey

September 10th, 2021

49:56

In the great glam rock tradition, Art d’Ecco is making dynamic, melodic music as his costumed alter ego. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with singer, songwriter and keyboardist Art d’Ecco about his new album In …

Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond talks with Althea Legaspi, plus a live music update

September 8th, 2021

26:46

In this bonus episode contributor Althea Legaspi talks with DJ Beverly Bond about her organization, Black Girls Rock! Althea also talks with Jim and Greg about the current state of live music dealing with COVID and …

Songs About Breaking Free, Kanye Review, RIP Lee Scratch Perry

September 3rd, 2021

48:35

As Sound Opinions celebrates our first year as an independent production, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about breaking free. They also review the new album by Kanye West, pay tribute to Lee …

A tribute to half of one of the greatest rock 'n roll duos ever

September 1st, 2021

6:39

In this bonus podcast Greg pays tribute to Don Everly, who died August 21 at age 84.

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Yola & Charlie Watts

August 27th, 2021

51:13

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview British singer Yola, whose new album blurs genres and breaks her out of the country niche of her previous …

Richard Thompson on jamming with Led Zeppelin, getting mocked by Buck Owens and avoiding his police officer dad in 1960s London

August 25th, 2021

12:49

In this bonus podcast we hear more from our recent interview with Richard Thompson. He comments on jamming with Led Zeppelin, discovering French …

A conversation about Aaliyah

August 24th, 2021

39:37

In this bonus podcast Jim talks with author Kathy Iandoli about her new book, "Baby Girl: Better Known as Aaliyah." As much of her music comes to …

Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention, Opinions on Naked Raygun & Amythyst Kiah

August 20th, 2021

51:07

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview singer, songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson this week. They discuss his memoir Beeswing, his time in …

Dusty Hill, The Bearded Blues Rock Bassist and Vocalist, Remembered

August 18th, 2021

8:59

In this bonus podcast, Greg adds a ZZ Top song to the Desert Island Jukebox in tribute to their bassist, Dusty Hill, who died in July. 

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Yes's Going For the One with Jon Anderson & Opinions on Tyler, the Creator

August 13th, 2021

51:24

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect Yes’ 1977 masterpiece album Going For the One. They talk about the progressive rock band’s history, the rich music and interview lead singer Jon Anderson about the …

Jim is Pure as New York Snow with his Latest Desert Island Disc

August 11th, 2021

8:08

Jim takes a trip to the desert island to play the song "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes. The 1981 song is often thought of as just another one-hit wonder, but Jim highlights not only Carnes's signature vocals but also …

Latin Music's Ascent, Opinions on Prince & Billie Eilish

August 6th, 2021

51:05

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Billboard VP and author Leila Cobo about her book, "Decoding Despacito," which charts the rise of Latin music in the United States. They also review Billie Eilish's …

Paying tribute to the kindest Assassin known to the music world

August 4th, 2021

6:37

In this bonus podcast, Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox in tribute to Joe Cassidy of the band Assassins among other projects, who died suddenly at 51.

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Woodstock '99 & Guests' Desert Island Jukebox Picks

July 30th, 2021

51:10

This week, we hear what songs some of our past guests like Todd Rundgren and Tune-Yards would want with them on a desert island. Plus hosts Jim …

Alejandro Escovedo and mental health care for musicians

July 28th, 2021

25:08

In this bonus podcast news contributor Althea Legaspi talks with Alejandro Escovedo about his work to make mental health care accessible to music industry professionals. Jim, Greg and Althea also discuss the state of …

Buried Treasures, Biz Markie & Damon Locks

July 23rd, 2021

51:07

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some music you may have missed that you need to hear. We call these songs buried treasures. Plus, they talk with Damon Locks about his Black Monument Ensemble project, bid farewell …

Comedian Chris Gethard

July 21st, 2021

34:30

In this bonus podcast producer Andrew Gill interviews comedian Chris Gethard about his new stand up special "Half My Life" and the connections between music and comedy.

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Dawn Richard, Opinions on Sault & Lucy Dacus

July 16th, 2021

50:29

Dawn Richard is a thriving indie artist making exciting and genre blending music on her own terms. But nothing could have prepared her for the chaos …

How Chicago musicians are supporting struggling venues

July 14th, 2021

13:16

In this bonus podcast Kendall Polidori talks about her article for the Chicago Reader about the current state of Chicago venues and the benefit …

Radiohead's Kid A & The Tale of Sex Pistols' Manager Malcolm McLaren

July 9th, 2021

50:57

Following up the guitar masterpiece of OK Computer, Radiohead threw the music world for a loop with Kid A. More than twenty years after it's release …

A Stax song without Steve Cropper

July 7th, 2021

5:44

Greg adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox that he thought featured Steve Cropper on guitar, but actually has Booker T. Jones playing organ and guitar. 

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Music Activism: Fay Milton (Savages) on Climate Change & IDLES

July 2nd, 2021

50:57

Fay Milton is best known as the drummer of Savages, but lately her focus has been getting the music world involved in fighting climate change. Hosts …

Appreciating an annoying 17-year habit

June 30th, 2021

8:57

Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox from a 1970s singer he'd written off previously. 

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Guitarist Steve Cropper, Opinions on H.E.R. & Bachelor

June 25th, 2021

50:53

Steve Cropper played guitar on some of the greatest songs of the 1960s including "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" and "Green Onions." Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Cropper about his long career as a session …

The song that got King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard hooked on sonics

June 23rd, 2021

13:06

Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard analyzes the song that led him to pursue a life in music. 

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Best Albums of 2021 So Far

June 18th, 2021

49:14

It's our second-favorite show of the year: the best albums of the year so far. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot count down their favorite albums released so far in 2021.

 

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How music festivals are moving forward in 2021

June 16th, 2021

19:14

In this bonus podcast we welcome contributor Althea Legaspi to share how music festivals are planning to keep people safe and healthy as they come back after COVID-19.

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Bassist Pino Palladino, Opinions on Wolf Alice & Japanese Breakfast

June 11th, 2021

51:07

Pino Palladino is a legendary bassist who’s played with everyone from The Who to Nine Inch Nails to D’Angelo. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Pino about his storied career, playing style and about the first …

A trailblazer who didn't care what anyone thought: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

June 9th, 2021

7:32

Jim plays a song that paved the way for riot grrrl, but wasn't immediately appreciated as substantive art when it was released. 

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#810 Buried Treasures, Opinions on Olivia Rodrigo & Monster Magnet

June 4th, 2021

50:44

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some buried treasures: new, under-the-radar music you need to hear. Plus, they'll review new albums from Olivia Rodrigo and Monster Magnet.

 

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A Power Pop Education: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

June 2nd, 2021

5:39

In this bonus podcast Jim adds a track from 1990 by a Scottish power pop band that is still going strong today. 

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#809 Tune-Yards & Concert Venue Accessibility

May 28th, 2021

49:52

Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a conversation about their new album, Sketchy, and the complicated ideas about race that informed it. Plus, they interview writer Josh Terry about …

More with Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev

May 26th, 2021

9:05

Author Dawnie Walton was on the show in April. Here's some parts of that conversation that didn't fit into the original episode, including her thoughts on Kim Gordon and David Bowie.

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#808 Album Review Roundup (St. Vincent, Tony Allen & More) Plus How to Save the Music Ecosystem

May 21st, 2021

51:04

As spring releases continue to sprout up, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot can't wait to share their opinions on some new music. Plus, they interview researcher and writer Ron Knox about how the music ecosystem can be …

Remembering two legends of the Chicago music scene

May 19th, 2021

10:35

Greg pays tribute to Delmark Records founder Bob Koester and The Staples Singers' Pervis Staples, both behind the scenes legends of the Chicago music scene.  

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#807 The Story of Malaco Records, Opinions on Miranda Lambert & girl in red

May 14th, 2021

50:20

Malaco Records is the longest-running independent label in American history, but most white music fans have never heard of it. Hosts Jim DeRogatis …

Bonus podcast 25: More from Nancy Wilson

May 12th, 2021

10:39

We talk more with Nancy about the future of Heart, her film score work and Jim and Nancy meeting on the set of Almost Famous.

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#806 Nancy Wilson of Heart, Opinions on Art d'Ecco & Marianne Faithfull

May 7th, 2021

50:28

For decades, Heart’s Nancy Wilson has been connecting with audiences through her masterful guitar playing and spot-on harmony vocals. Hosts Jim …

Bonus podcast 24: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick

May 5th, 2021

6:25

Greg pays tribute to the bassist of one of the greatest black rock bands ever. 

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#805 Hip Hop History, Opinions on Dawn Richard & Dry Cleaning, Beach Bunny

April 30th, 2021

50:29

Host Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot interview authors Jeff Chang and Davey D about their new edition of "Can't Stop Won't Stop," the essential hip hop history first published 16 years ago. Plus Jim and Greg review new …

Bonus podcast 23: Jim's DIJ

April 28th, 2021

6:28

Jim shares a song to celebrate getting his Pfizer vaccination.

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#804 The Best Backing Vocals, Opinions on BROCKHAMPTON & Eleventh Dream Day

April 23rd, 2021

50:43

This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs defined by their backing vocals, much like Merry Clayton left her mark on The …

Bonus podcast 22: More Merry Clayton

April 21st, 2021

11:14

We share more stories from Merry Clayton that didn't fit into our prior episode. 

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#803 Sound of Metal's Paul Raci & The Story of Guy Clark

April 16th, 2021

50:52

This week, it's Sound Opinions at the movies! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with actor and musician Paul Raci, who is nominated for an Oscar …

#802 Buried Treasures & SXSW 2021

April 9th, 2021

50:13

Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: recent releases that you need to hear! Plus we find out how SXSW moved their festival online this year.

 

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Bonus podcast 20: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

April 7th, 2021

7:29

Jim adds another song to the Desert Island Jukebox from a hero of early synthesis and a friend of Stevie Wonder's.

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Sound Opinions Trailer

April 4th, 2021

2:22

Music: "Colossus" by Scanglobe from Nul Tiel Records

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#801 Merry Clayton & "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev" author Dawnie Walton

April 2nd, 2021

50:54

Black women haven't been celebrated enough in rock music. Author Dawnie Walton talks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about how that inspired her debut novel, The Final Revival of Opal and Nev, a fantasy rock …

Bonus podcast 19: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick

March 31st, 2021

9:15

Greg takes the long way around to playing a song that was championed by The Grateful Dead.

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#800: Tune-Yards, serpentwithfeet & La Femme, Memories of 800 Episodes of Sound Ops

March 26th, 2021

50:41

On the occassion of our 800th episode, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on the show with past producer and listener feedback. They also review new albums from Tune-Yards, serpentwithfeet and La Femme.

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Bonus podcast 18: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

March 24th, 2021

6:57

Jim discovers a new-to-him British blues band that kind of invented stoner rock.

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#799 Carole King's Tapestry on its 50th Anniversary

March 19th, 2021

50:14

In 1971, Carole King released her masterpiece, Tapestry. 50 years later, the music feels more brilliant, moving and comforting than ever. Hosts Jim …

Bonus podcast 17: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

March 17th, 2021

5:52

Jim pays tribute to an old friend.

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#798 Disgraceland's Jake Brennan, Songs About Shady Characters & Black Pumas

March 12th, 2021

50:25

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share favorite songs about shady characters and talk with Jake Brennan, host of the Disgraceland podcast. Plus the Black Pumas share the songs that got them hooked on music.

 

Bonus podcast 16: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

March 10th, 2021

6:16

Jim adds a song that he hunted down after watching Judas and the Black Messiah. 

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#797 The Story of Fortune Records, Opinions on The Hold Steady, Julien Baker & King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard

March 5th, 2021

50:19

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history of the independent label Fortune Records. They discuss the unpredictable music, unique cast of characters and why it had famous admirers ranging from …

Bonus podcast 15: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick

March 3rd, 2021

8:20

Greg pays tribute to a dynamic duo of retired robots and one of their notable collaborators. 

#796 Best Band Lineup Changes, Opinions on Arlo Parks & slowthai

February 26th, 2021

50:39

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about their favorite bands that have improved significantly after lineup changes. They also review new albums by British rapper Slowthai and British singer songwriter Arlo Parks.

 

Bonus podcast 14: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

February 24th, 2021

8:08

Jim pays tribute to Tom Stevens of The Long Ryders.

 

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#795 Todd Rundgren on His Virtual Tour, Meat Loaf, Plus Opinions on The Weather Station

February 19th, 2021

50:40

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Todd Rundgren about his own music, his virtual tour and his career as a producer, this week. They also review the new album from The Weather Station.

 

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Bonus podcast 13: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

February 17th, 2021

8:28

Jim adds a song to the Jukebox he was reminded of by the film, "Promising Young Woman."

 

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#794 Buried Treasures & Peter Stampfel

February 12th, 2021

50:39

It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg celebrate the work of Peter Stampfel as he …

Bonus podcast 12: RIP Mary Wilson of the Supremes

February 10th, 2021

35:41

Mary Wilson of the Supremes was our guest in January 2020 on WBEZ. We revisit that conversation in memory of Mary, dead at 76.

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#793 John Carpenter, Favorite Film Scores & Opinions on Goat Girl & Madlib

February 5th, 2021

50:40

John Carpenter directed and composed the music for some of the most iconic horror films of all time, from Halloween to They Live. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with him about his career and new album Lost Themes …

Bonus podcast 11: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick

February 3rd, 2021

7:45

Greg plays his favorite song by a son of a famous father.

 

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#792 The Zappa Show, Feat. Director Alex Winter; Opinions on Viagra Boys

January 29th, 2021

50:42

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the life and career of Frank Zappa with actor and documentarian Alex Winter, director of ZAPPA. They also review the new album by Viagra Boys.

 

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Bonus podcast 10: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

January 27th, 2021

11:24

Jim adds an obscure synth track to the desert island jukebox.

#791 The Evolution of Taylor Swift; Phil Spector, Jazmine Sullivan & Sylvain Sylvain

January 22nd, 2021

50:13

Two of the best selling albums of 2020 were from Taylor Swift. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with music critic Kristin Stahlke about Swift's remarkable year and what led to it. They also review a new album from …

Bonus podcast 9: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

January 20th, 2021

7:34

Jim adds a song to the desert island jukebox after watching Ma Rainey's Black Bottom on Netflix.

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#790 Songs About Mistakes, Opinions on Paul McCartney & Steve Earle

January 15th, 2021

50:41

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about mistakes. They also review new albums from Paul McCartney and Steve Earle.

 

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Bonus podcast 8: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick

January 13th, 2021

9:04

Greg is thinking about the late MF DOOM and here shares his first appearance on record. 

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#789 Cameron Crowe on Almost Famous, Opinions on Miley Cyrus & MF Doom

January 8th, 2021

50:41

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved music movie Almost Famous. They revisit Jim’s interview from back in the day with writer and director Cameron Crowe. They’ll also …

Bonus podcast 7: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

January 6th, 2021

7:10

In this bonus episode, Jim pays tribute to ambient musician Harold Budd.

 

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#788 Buried Treasures, Greg's Mixtape & Artists We Lost in 2020

January 1st, 2021

50:41

Host Greg Kot shares the latest installment of his series of annual mixtapes and host Jim DeRogatis shares a new batch of buried treasure songs. We also remember musicians we lost in 2020.

 

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#787 The Year in the Music Industry

December 25th, 2020

50:39

This has been one of the most challenging years ever for the music industry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with people working in digital music, live music and record stores to save the music industry and lead …

#786 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2020

December 18th, 2020

50:27

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome our crate-digging Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan to share great holiday songs that aren't played-out. This year …

Bonus podcast 6: Best Albums of 2020 Continued!

December 16th, 2020

42:02

For the first time in Sound Opinions history, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot round out their top 10 lists of the Best Albums of 2020 in this bonus, podcast-only exclusive.

 

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#785 Best Albums of 2020

December 11th, 2020

50:35

It’s the show we look forward to all year long. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot count down their favorite albums released in 2020.

 

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Bonus podcast 5: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick

December 9th, 2020

8:54

In this bonus episode, Greg provides a roadmap for music listeners interested in getting into jazz.

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#784 Radiohead's Kid A & the Story of Sex Pistols' Manager Malcolm McLaren

December 4th, 2020

50:36

Following up the guitar masterpiece of OK Computer, Radiohead threw the music world for a loop with Kid A. Twenty years after it's release hosts Jim …

Bonus podcast 4: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

December 2nd, 2020

6:36

It's Jim's turn this week to add a song to the Desert Island Jukebox. If you have The Kinks original "Sunny Afternoon" single, the original release of this song is the B-side. 

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#783 Review Roundup & Pylon

November 27th, 2020

50:36

It's time for another review roundup. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their opinions on new records by AC/DC, Beabadoobee and more. Plus, a conversation with members of the Georgia post-punk band Pylon.

 

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Bonus podcast 3: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick

November 25th, 2020

8:16

Greg pays tribute to the recently departed "Honky Tonk Hemingway" in this Desert Island Jukebox pick.

#782 Bob Mould & The Story of Hawkwind

November 20th, 2020

50:36

Since his days fronting Hüsker Dü, Bob Mould has been one of hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot's favorite politically-minded artists. His latest album …

Bonus podcast 2: Jim's Desert Island Jukebox pick

November 18th, 2020

9:46

Jim's fascination with the alternative boom of the 1990's got this song stuck in his head from a one-hit-wonder from Sweden. 

#781 Tribute Albums

November 13th, 2020

49:49

A tribute album is a way for musicians to pay homage to an artist they love. While not all of them are good, the great ones let the music shine through. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk all things …

Bonus podcast: Greg's Desert Island Jukebox pick

November 11th, 2020

9:42

Greg is inspired by research on the Soul to Soul  concert in Ghana in 1971 to dig out the Ghana Soundz compilation from 2002.

#780 Buried Treasures & Singer-Songwriter Nana Adjoa

November 6th, 2020

50:37

It's that time yet again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share some new music they're digging that's underneath the mainstream radar. Plus, a conversation with Dutch-Ghanaian singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa.

#779 Jimmy Carter, Rock & Roll President & Hanif Abdurraquib

October 30th, 2020

50:37

On the eve of a presidential election, hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis talk with the director of the new documentary, Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll …

#778 Songs About Witches & D'Angelo's Voodoo

October 23rd, 2020

50:36

In honor of Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about the powerful, independent women sometimes known as witches. …

#777 The Go-Go's Kathy Valentine, R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen and Opinions on Shamir & Shemekia Copeland

October 16th, 2020

50:37

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with bassist Kathy Valentine of the Go-Go’s about her book All I Ever Wanted: A Rock 'n’ Roll …

#776 Record Review Roundup & Wendy Carlos

October 9th, 2020

50:25

It's fall and the records are dropping like leaves. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review new albums from Disclosure, Lydia Loveless, Flaming Lips and Ganser. Plus, the story of electronic music pioneer, Wendy Carlos.

#775 The Story of Creem Magazine & British Rock Band IDLES

October 2nd, 2020

50:27

For 20 years, Creem Magazine boasted a roster of creative misfits who wrote some of the most exciting, funny and thoughtful music journalism of all …

#774 Hannibal Buress & How Record Stores Are Adapting

September 25th, 2020

50:37

In the music world, record stores are important economically, but also as community hubs. We talk with the directors of the documentary "Other Music" …

#773 Yes' Going For The One & Protomartyr Review

September 18th, 2020

50:47

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect Yes's 1977 masterpiece album Going For the One. They talk about the progressive rock band's history, the rich music and they interview lead singer Jon Anderson about …

#772 Buried Treasures & the Future of Music Venues

September 11th, 2020

50:32

Nothing in the world can stop great music from being created. Even now there are songs coasting under the radar, not being enjoyed by enough people. We have a new batch of buried treasures to share. Plus, we talk with …

#771 Songs About New Beginnings

September 4th, 2020

50:17

Oftentimes the best way to celebrate a new venture is with great music, and we could all use a fresh start right about now. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and …

#770: Give The Drummer Some

August 28th, 2020

55:30

What role do drums play in Rock? Should they be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? The …

#769: The Replacements & Mission of Burma

August 21st, 2020

55:43

The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the biography Trouble Boys, talks with Jim and Greg about the band. Plus we revisit our …

#768 The Velvet Underground & Nico

August 14th, 2020

55:44

Jim and Greg explore the background and influence of the Velvet Underground’s debut with a classic album dissection.

#767 The New Analog & Opinions On Neil Young

August 7th, 2020

55:44

Jim and Greg talk with Galaxie 500’s Damon Krukowski about the value of analog listening in an increasingly digital world. They’ll also review new …

#766 Chris Frantz and Talking Heads

July 31st, 2020

55:38

Jim and Greg chat with Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz about his new book, Remain In Love. The book tracks the bands commercial success and internal strife. Plus, they dig into some of their favorite tracks by the …

#765 Chicago Soul

July 24th, 2020

55:42

From Curtis Mayfield to Minnie Riperton, Jim and Greg explore the Chicago Soul scene. They’ll examine how the music tells the story of political and …

#764 Songs About Help and the Rock Doctors

July 17th, 2020

55:36

In these confusing and anxious times, we could all use the occasional helping hand. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs …

#763 Buried Treasures & Caroline Rose

July 10th, 2020

55:24

It's time for another edition of Buried Treasures, where Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis share some under-the-radar new music you need to hear. Plus, we …

#762 Bill Withers' Live at Carnegie Hall & Opinions on Phoebe Bridgers

July 3rd, 2020

55:23

Bill Withers is beloved for classics like Lean On Me, but Greg contends that Withers’ best album is Live at Carnegie Hall. Jim and Greg honor Withers’ life with a classic album dissection of that record and review the …

#761 Instant Commentaries & Opinions on Bob Dylan

June 26th, 2020

55:30

Sometimes current events inspire urgent art. Jim and Greg share their favorite instant commentary tracks, songs that were published in a hurry in hopes of affecting change. Plus we review the latest from Bob Dylan.

#760 Best Albums of 2020...So Far

June 19th, 2020

55:35

While the year is only half over, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot couldn’t wait until December to share their favorite albums. This week, Jim and Greg …

#759 Cover Songs, Opinions on Jehnny Beth & Remembering Jimmy Cobb

June 12th, 2020

55:37

Jim and Greg discuss the value of cover songs and dig into the surprising stories behind some of rock's most notable examples. Also, they review the …

#758 Buried Treasures & Ask The Critics

June 5th, 2020

55:29

Jim and Greg share some recent songs they're loving that are beneath the mainstream radar. They also answer some questions from listeners in another edition of Ask the Critics.

#757 Concerts That Shaped Us & Opinions On They Call Me Disco

May 29th, 2020

55:30

In a time when most independent concert venues have a doubtful future, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot relive their favorite moments experienced at live …

#756 History in Songs & Best Coast

May 22nd, 2020

55:13

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks about historical figures, events and places. Plus, a conversation with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino about sobriety and how it has affected her music.

#755 Virtual Vacations, Mudhoney in Seattle, & RIP Little Richard

May 15th, 2020

55:35

Jim and Greg take a virtual vacation via music! Tour guides including Kraftwerk, Spoon and A Tribe Called Quest will take you to Japan, India, Italy and more. Plus, they go on a real trip to Seattle to interview …

#754 God Save the Queens: Women in Hip-Hop, Opinions on Jason Isbell & Chicano Batman, Hamilton Bohannon

May 8th, 2020

55:30

This week, Jim and Greg talk about the history of women in hip-hop, and how amazing MCs have been chronically undervalued since the beginning of the art form. They also review new records from Jason Isbell and Chicano …

#753: Review Roundup, Bill Withers & the Red Sox Organist

April 30th, 2020

55:29

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the new records from Fiona Apple, The Weeknd and more. They’ll hear how the Boston Red Sox's organist is keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, we bid farewell to Bill …

#752 Buried Treasures & Sudan Archives

April 24th, 2020

55:37

With nothing but time on our hands, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great new music beyond the FM dial and this week they share their …

#751 Rocking the Closet: Sexuality in Music, Opinions on Dua Lipa, Waxahatchee & Melkbelly

April 17th, 2020

55:31

Back in the 1950s, artists like Little Richard and Liberace found unique ways to present their sexuality within the “acceptable” boundaries existing in society, and in many ways, pushed them. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and …

#750 Raphael Saadiq, Remembering John Prine

April 10th, 2020

55:45

This week Sound Opinons welcomes prolific singer, songwriter, and producer Raphael Saadiq. Perhaps most widely known as a member of the 1990s R&B …

#749 Review Roundup & The Masked Marauders

April 3rd, 2020

54:56

Spring is here, and it's time to get caught up with some of the new releases of the season. From comeback kids to buzzworthy new artists, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. Plus, we revisit the "best" …

#748 Social Distancing on the Desert Island, R.I.P. Singer and Songwriter Paul K.

March 27th, 2020

55:30

In light of the global pandemic, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are encouraging listeners to practice social distancing. They'll be sharing a fresh …

#747 Joni Mitchell's Blue

March 20th, 2020

55:38

Almost 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released what became her signature album, Blue. The record is full of complex lyrics, gorgeous …

#746 OutKast's Stankonia & Caroline Polachek

March 13th, 2020

55:34

After their third album went double-platnium, Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast let their creativity run wild on 2000's Stankonia. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of that landmark record. Plus, …

#745 Songs About Animals, Opinions on Tame Impala & Grimes

March 6th, 2020

55:41

Outside of their natural habitats, you'll find animals all over music. From hound dogs to blackbirds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about animals. They also review new records from …

#744 Songs About Time, Ask the Critics Pt. 2

February 28th, 2020

55:35

Let's "Rock Around the Clock" like Bill Haley told us to! 2020 is another leap year, Daylight Savings is around the corner and this week, Jim …

#743 Buried Treasures & Briston Maroney

February 21st, 2020

55:16

It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! Plus, Jim takes a trip to the desert island jukebox to play a song …

#742 Ask the Critics, Hologram Tours & Opinions on Wire

February 14th, 2020

55:31

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot answer listener questions in a segment called Ask the Critics! They’ll give responses on subjects like musical taste, disagreements with each other and what it’s really like …

#741 King Crimson, R.I.P. Andy Gill of Gang of Four

February 7th, 2020

55:41

King Crimson is a legendary progressive rock band that has evolved through the decades in innovative, and sometimes surprising ways. This week, Greg …

#740 Best Film Acting Performances By Musicians, Host of Slow Burn on the Muders of Tupac & Biggie

January 31st, 2020

55:10

Over the years, several notable musicians have tried their hand at acting in movies, whether it’s playing a character or playing themselves. While …

#739 Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Opinions on Drive-By Truckers & Torres

January 24th, 2020

55:33

Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their sound, and for their groundbreaking glamour. This week, hosts Jim …

#738 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, R.I.P. Neil Peart & Opinions on Beach Slang

January 17th, 2020

55:42

Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band's 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestrations and earnest lyrics, the album remains an enormous influence to …

#737 Buried Treasures & Folk Singer-Songwriter Joan Shelley

January 10th, 2020

56:40

A new year calls for new tunes. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great new music beyond the FM dial and this week they share their latest finds. …

#736 Songs About Pot, Rock Doctors & Angie McMahon

January 3rd, 2020

56:43

As of January 1, 2020, Illinois joins several states in legalizing recreational marijuana. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot acknowledge the numerous songs about weed and share some of their favorites. Plus, Jim and Greg …

#735 Albums of the Decade, Greg's Mixtape, Juice WRLD & Roy Loney

December 27th, 2019

56:27

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot close out 2019 and the 2010s by sharing some of their best albums of the decade. Then, Greg will share his annual mixtape and the hosts will discuss musicians the world lost …

#734 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2019 with Andy Cirzan

December 20th, 2019

56:40

It's a holiday tradition on Sound Opinions to welcome weird wax aficionado Andy Cirzan to share his annual mix of tinsel-time tunes with us. He …

#733 The Best Albums of 2019

December 13th, 2019

56:42

As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and listeners about their favorites.

#732 William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'N' Roll, Opinions on Leonard Cohen & Sudan Archives

December 6th, 2019

56:42

Beat writer William S. Burroughs had a profound impact and interaction with rock and hip-hop music from the 1960s through his death in the late 1990s. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Casey Rae about his book …

#731 Thanksgiving Leftovers & DJ Shadow on Sampling

November 29th, 2019

56:47

As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From chart-topping phenomenons to surprising archival finds, there was just …

#730 Songs That Make You Cry, Opinions on The Replacements & FKA twigs

November 22nd, 2019

56:44

For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the songs that …

#729 Buried Treasures & Bobby Rush

November 15th, 2019

56:29

As we all settle in for the season, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot figure Sound Opinions listeners are ready for a playlist refresh. This week, they dip into the wealth of great new music beyond the FM dial and play …

#728 Songs About the Radio & Opinions on Michael Kiwanuka

November 8th, 2019

56:26

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot both fondly remember discovering new bands on their FM dials; and though there are many ways find new music, there's still a bit of magic to hearing a new favorite over the airwaves. To …

#727 Janis Joplin, Opinions on Kanye West & Neil Young and Crazy Horse

November 1st, 2019

56:42

Janis Joplin was known for her iconic singing voice, gregarious image and refusal to conform. But behind her chill, blues mama persona was an intellectual, intentional artist. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss …

#726 Bands in Costume, Opinions on Battles & Farewell to Music Critic Nick Tosches

October 25th, 2019

56:36

Rock and roll has never been purely about the music. The image a band puts forward can be almost as important as their songs. Some bands take it an …

#725 The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.

October 18th, 2019

56:41

Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and …

#724 Songs We Love By Bands We Don't, Opinions on Nick Cave & Farewell to Ginger Baker & Kim Shattuck

October 11th, 2019

56:30

Have you ever listened to a song and loved it, only to find out it’s by an artist you can’t stand? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot will explore the concept of great songs by horrible artists and share a few of their …

#723 Family Bands & Opinions on Wilco

October 4th, 2019

56:46

The family that plays together, stays together, right? If you‘ve ever traveled in a van with your mother, father, sister or brother, you know it's not that easy. From Sister Sledge to The Cowsills, hosts Jim DeRogatis …

#722 Fugazi's Repeater, Opinions on Psychedelic Country Artist Sturgill Simpson

September 27th, 2019

56:30

Washington D.C. post-punk band Fugazi reshaped the definition of punk in America. Their 1990 debut album, Repeater, connected with a generation and …

#721 Opinions on Tool, Lana Del Rey & More, Farewell to Ric Ocasek & Daniel Johnston

September 20th, 2019

56:43

With an influx of new music, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot decide it's time for a review roundup. They share their opinions on records by Tool, …

#720 Buried Treasures & Peter Lewis of Moby Grape

September 13th, 2019

56:12

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are always on the lookout for buried treasures - newly released music that is flying underneath the critical and commercial radar. They're back this week with some exciting new songs. …

#719 James Alexander of the Bar-Kays & Favorite Bass Lines

September 6th, 2019

56:28

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by legendary funk and R&B bassist James Alexander of the Bar-Kays. They discuss his early days as a pivotal part of the Stax Records house band in Memphis and …

#718 Whitney & Songs About Quitting Work

August 30th, 2019

55:27

While critical and commercially successful “soft rock” music is rare in 2019, the Chicago band Whitney found a way to make it sound fresh and indie. …

#717 Best Music Cameos & Opinions on Raphael Saadiq

August 23rd, 2019

56:42

Sometimes, all it takes for a song to go from good to great is the addition of a guest artist, whether it’s a rapper going in on the verse or a …

#716 The Mountain Goats, Opinions on Sleater-Kinney & The Regrettes

August 16th, 2019

56:30

Over the course of 17 albums, The Mountain Goats have gone from a super lo-fi solo project to a polished four piece combo. This week, hosts Jim …

#715 The Legend of Robert Johnson

August 9th, 2019

56:28

For decades, the myths surrounding Robert Johnson overshadowed his contributions as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. From the legend that he sold …

#714 Why the Ramones Matter, Tommy Ramone & Opinions on Chance the Rapper

August 2nd, 2019

56:40

Back in the 1970s, punk was shorthand for a subculture that took pride in breaking the mainstream’s mold. And at the vanguard of punk rock was The …

#713 Australian Singer-Songwriter Julia Jacklin, Opinions on Blood Orange

July 26th, 2019

56:43

While Australian singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin’s voice has a soft vibrato and sweet tone, her lyrics are laced with a dry sense of humor and …

#712 Buried Treasures & Tasha

July 19th, 2019

56:41

It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! They'll also chat with Chicago singer, songwriter and guitarist …

#711 Marvin Gaye's What's Going On & the Wah-Wah Pedal

July 12th, 2019

56:17

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back on Marvin Gaye's classic album What's Going On. They discuss the tracks, cultural climate and …

#710 Neil Young & Crazy Horse's Rust Never Sleeps on its 40th Anniversary, the Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar

July 5th, 2019

56:43

Forty years later, Neil Young and Crazy Horse's masterpiece Rust Never Sleeps still captivates listeners and critics with its simple melodies, complex lyrics and punk-inspired sound. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and …

#709 Music That Made Me & the Universal Music Warehouse Fire

June 28th, 2019

56:45

Most music lovers can point to a song that made them: perhaps one that helps define them, or just one of those songs that defines a time in their life. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the music …

#708 The Best Albums of 2019 So Far

June 21st, 2019

56:41

So many great albums come out every year that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot can’t wait until December to start ranking their favorites. This week, the Best Albums of 2019 So Far.

#707 Roky Erickson, Dr. John & Jim DeRogatis on R. Kelly

June 14th, 2019

56:32

Roky Erickson and his group the 13th Floor Elevators spread the psychedelic gospel in the heart of Texas in the 1960s and influenced groups like …

#706 Mavis Staples

June 7th, 2019

56:44

As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement and …

#705 Buried Treasures & Ex Hex

May 31st, 2019

56:38

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are ready and raring to go with some new buried treasures: recent, under-the-radar albums that you need to hear. They also talk with the rock trio Ex Hex, led by Mary Timony, about their …

#704 De La Soul's 3 Feet High and Rising & Opinions on The National

May 24th, 2019

56:36

In the digital age, most of us assume that every piece of music that ever was is available at the push of a button. But this week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot bring us a Classic Album Dissection of a recording …

#703 Paisley Underground, The Shangri-Las' Leader of the Pack & Opinions on Tacocat

May 17th, 2019

56:43

In early '80s California, a new kind of music was brewing that blended the psychedelic sounds of the ‘60s with the modern day post-punk ethos. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the Paisley …

#702 Sharon Van Etten & Opinions on Jamila Woods

May 10th, 2019

56:44

Edgy folk-rocker Sharon Van Etten is busier than ever after quitting the music industry four years ago. Now she’s back and experimenting with new …

#701 Band Reunions, Opinions on Vampire Weekend

May 3rd, 2019

56:42

Summer is coming…and that means a slew of music festivals and arena concerts around the country. Many bands hit the road for reunion tours, often times without all their original members. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg …

#700 Sound Opinions in Space, Opinions on Lizzo & Emily King

April 26th, 2019

56:40

For Sound Opinions' 700th episode, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are taking the show to outer space! They'll share some of their favorite songs …

#699 Moby, Opinions on Nico Segal's Intellexual

April 19th, 2019

56:09

Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. He’s since made several successful albums and put out his first …

#698 Buried Treasures, Rock Doctors, Opinions on Marvin Gaye

April 12th, 2019

56:41

As music critics and connoisseurs, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot always have new under-the-radar tracks that you need to hear! This week, they’ll share some of their latest buried treasures. They'll also check in as the …

#697 Shoegaze & Opinions on Priests

April 5th, 2019

56:27

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into "Shoegaze." In the late '80s and early '90s, this sound developed in the U.K. and was typified by lots of guitar, atmosphere and noise. But while the height of Shoegaze only …

#696 True Crime Songs, Opinions on Jenny Lewis & Sara Romweber

March 29th, 2019

56:01

There's a long tradition of blues and folk troubadours writing about subjects that are downright criminal. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg …

#695 Alternative Country Singer-Songwriter Sarah Shook & SXSW 2019

March 22nd, 2019

56:30

Sarah Shook is an artist expertly bridging the worlds of punk grime and honky tonk played on sawdust floors. But it's her smart, pithy lyrics about love that grip listeners and don't let go. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg …

#694 The Best of Sound Opinions Live & Hal Blaine

March 15th, 2019

55:50

Over the years, Sound Opinions has seen many great performances from the talented artists and bands that appeared. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the biggest performances ever on the show, including …

#693 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Chaka Khan & Solange

March 8th, 2019

56:22

This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some Buried Treasures, musical gems that you may not have heard, but certainly should. Plus, the hosts …

#692 The Stooges' Fun House and Remembering Talk Talk's Mark Hollis

March 1st, 2019

56:53

In a Classic Album Dissection, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine The Stooges' Fun House record from 1970. The album brought together garage rock, rhythm and blues and free jazz, setting a template for the punk …

#691 The Story of Blues Label Alligator Records & Conversation with Buddy Guy

February 22nd, 2019

56:37

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the history and legacy of the almost 50-year-old Chicago blues label, Alligator Records, with its …

#690 Songs About Writers, Opinions on Bob Mould & Sneaks

February 15th, 2019

56:39

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore literature’s influence on popular music and how famous scribes like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and …

#689 Walk This Way: The Story of Run-DMC's Collaboration With Aerosmith, Opinions on Emily King

February 8th, 2019

56:44

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Geoff Edgers about his 2019 book Walk This Way: Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song that Changed …

#688 Weird Instruments of Rock, Opinions on Maggie Rogers & Sharon Van Etten

February 1st, 2019

56:43

Forget about the guitar, bass, and drums. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore some of the weirder instruments of rock from the theremin to the ocarina to the cowbell. They'll also review new music from two …

#687 Buried Treasures & Chicago Soul Band The O'My's

January 25th, 2019

56:33

Looking for some exciting new music to augment your 2019 playlist? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their latest Buried Treasures: favorite under-the-radar records that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg are …

#686 Revolver Cover Artist and Bassist Klaus Voormann, The Artist vs. the Art

January 18th, 2019

56:21

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot sit down with artist and musician Klaus Voormann. Klaus shares his unique vantage point to rock and roll history: he …

#685 Great Starts - Songs With Iconic Beginnings

January 11th, 2019

56:37

Sometimes songs make a strong, memorable statement from the very first note. This week, to start off the new year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share songs with iconic starts.

#684 Great Duets & Writer Malcolm Gladwell

January 4th, 2019

56:18

There’s something about two performers, sometimes from different styles and points of view, coming together and creating a musical moment. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite duets. …

#683 Jim & Greg's 2018 Mixtapes & In Memoriam

December 28th, 2018

56:35

Sound Opinions closes out 2018 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in …

#682 Rush & Paying Tribute to Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks

December 21st, 2018

56:22

Famous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult following. …

#681 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular

December 14th, 2018

56:39

Whether you've been naughty or nice, Sound Opinions has a new sack full of holiday music for you. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot welcome back record …

#680 The Best Albums of 2018

December 7th, 2018

56:16

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite albums of 2018. They also hear picks from Sound Opinions producers and listeners.

#679 Singer-Songwriter Amanda Shires & Opinions on Anderson .Paak & Art Brut

November 30th, 2018

56:35

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have a conversation with country singer-songwriter Amanda Shires at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago. They discuss her literary lyrics, her latest album To The Sunset and …

#678 Astral Weeks 50th Anniversary & Guest Desert Island Jukebox

November 23rd, 2018

56:36

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct an Album Dissection of Van Morrison's 1968 classic Astral Weeks. The landmark release celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Then, we hear from recent Sound Opinions guests …

#677 Buried Treasures & Dad Rap

November 16th, 2018

56:23

Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: recent releases that you need to hear! Plus, Jim and Greg talk with author Steven Hyden about the parallels …

#676 Lennon v. McCartney Solo Careers & Opinions on Vince Staples & Makaya McCraven

November 9th, 2018

56:38

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the post-Beatles careers of John Lennon and Paul McCartney... The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. …

#675 21st Century Protest Music & Opinions on Robyn

November 2nd, 2018

56:49

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss the impact of protest music in the 21st century and name a few of their favorite tracks from the genre from the last 18 years. They also review Robyn's new album, Honey, and Greg …

#674 Scary Songs For Halloween & Opinions on Greta Van Fleet

October 26th, 2018

56:34

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate Halloween this week with a few of their favorite genre-spanning scary songs. Plus, we hear a selection of scary tunes nominated by listeners from around the country. They'll …

#673 Film & T.V. Music Supervisor Susan Jacobs, Opinions on Prince & Sam Phillips

October 19th, 2018

56:44

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Emmy-winning music supervisor Susan Jacobs. Over her 30 year career, she's worked with directors like Spike Lee, David O. Russell and Robert Altman on placing music …

#672 Buried Treasures & Beatles Audio Engineer Geoff Emerick

October 12th, 2018

56:37

It's Buried Treasures time yet again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some new under-the-radar music that you need to hear! Plus, they revisit their 2006 conversation with Geoff Emerick, an audio engineer who …

#671 Wayne Kramer of the MC5, Opinions on Noname & Otis Rush

October 5th, 2018

56:44

As the lead guitarist of the groundbreaking political rock band the MC5, Wayne Kramer experienced both the highs of recognition and the sting of …

#670 Diss Tracks & Rock Doctors

September 28th, 2018

56:46

Though music can be a mighty force that brings people together, it can also be weaponized. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at memorable times musicians have used their art to settle scores in song: their favorite …

#669 Dessa & Opinions on Paul McCartney

September 21st, 2018

56:46

Dessa is a poet, singer and hip hop artist who is as interested in scientific theory as she is in lyricism. Her latest album, Chime, showcases her unique hybrid of clever rapping and singing about sometimes weighty …

#668 Disco & Seymour Stein

September 14th, 2018

56:43

For decades, people have maligned disco music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take an in-depth look at the genre from its origins in …

#667 Buried Treasures & Bat Fangs

September 7th, 2018

56:30

Looking for new music that's out of the mainstream? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot uncover some buried treasures: under the radar tunes that you need to hear! They also interview the '80s hair metal-inspired band Bat …

#666 Mastodon's Brann Dailor & Songs About the Devil

August 31st, 2018

56:37

Over seven albums and 18 years, Mastodon has stretched the definition of metal. Co-founder, drummer and lyricist Brann Dailor recently joined hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to look back over the band’s career. The …

#665 Billions Co-Creator & Screenwriter Brian Koppelman, Opinions on The Coup & Amanda Shires

August 24th, 2018

56:44

Brian Koppelman makes his living as the showrunner, co-creator and writer for the Showtime series Billions. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with Koppelman about how he innovatively uses music in the critically …

#664 Remembering Aretha Franklin

August 17th, 2018

56:48

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has died at age 76. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and career of the legend. …

#663 Roxy Music

August 10th, 2018

56:49

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig into Roxy Music's influential 1972 self-titled debut album. They get the inside story of the recording of Roxy Music with former Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, and discuss the …

#662 Sound Opinions at Sea & Phoebe Bridgers

August 3rd, 2018

56:42

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the show to the water with the episode Sound Opinions at Sea! They'll share some of their favorite songs about oceans, seas and more! Plus, a conversation and live …

#661 Alice Cooper, Opinions on Chance the Rapper & Deafheaven

July 27th, 2018

55:43

Alice Cooper invented shock-rock in the 1970s, sparking controversy with his ghoulishly theatrical live shows and hard rock hits like "School's Out" …

#660 PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake

July 20th, 2018

56:44

PJ Morton is an indie soul artist that just happens to be in Maroon 5, one of the biggest pop groups in the country. But his solo sound is light …

#659 Buried Treasures & MSNBC's Ari Melber

July 13th, 2018

56:30

It's time yet again for Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to open their treasure chests and reveal relatively unknown new albums YOU need to hear! They'll also talk to the host of MSNBC's The Beat, Ari Melber, about his love …

#658 Sound Opinions LIVE

July 6th, 2018

56:45

So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to air every song. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from artists like Beach …

#657 Best Albums of 2018 So Far

June 29th, 2018

56:36

The year is half over and we think it's time to share some of our favorite albums of 2018 so far! Find out what albums hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have at the top of their lists, plus hear from some listeners.

#656 Hinds & Opinions on Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Parquet Courts & More

June 22nd, 2018

56:23

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with two members of the Spanish women rock band Hinds about their unique take on punk rock and how they've reached fans in America and the U.K. Also, with an influx of new releases, …

#655 Margo Price & Anthony Bourdain

June 15th, 2018

56:51

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by country singer-songwriter Margo Price. Price is signed to Jack White's Third Man Records, and her sound is a blend of outlaw country and roots music. A natural …

#654 Joni Mitchell's Blue

June 8th, 2018

56:43

Almost 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released what became her signature album, Blue. The record is full of complex lyrics, gorgeous …

#653 Anxious Anthems & Leon Bridges

June 1st, 2018

56:42

Forget “Keep Calm and Carry On.” This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play their favorite Anxious Anthems. Then, they chat with some listeners to hear what songs make them nervous. Plus, the hosts sit down with …

#652 Give the Drummer Some

May 25th, 2018

56:36

What role do drums play in Rock? Should that be keeping the beat or leading from the front? Who are some of the greatest drummers in rock music? The …

#651 John Prine, Opinions on Courtney Barnett & Scott Hutchison

May 18th, 2018

56:43

For the last 50 years, John Prine has garnered a multi-generational fan base through his nuanced storytelling as a songwriter and performer. The …

#650 Buried Treasures & Guest Desert Island Jukebox

May 11th, 2018

56:33

Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dive into their piles and piles of new music to bring you their latest favorites. Plus, some of our favorite musicians tell us about the songs they'd want with them if they were stranded on a …

#649 Slayer, Opinions on Janelle Monáe & Liz Phair

May 4th, 2018

56:15

With Slayer's farewell tour approaching, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their interview with two members of the iconic thrash metal band - drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Kerry King. They discuss their …

#648 Songs About Horses, Opinions on Lucy Dacus & Torres

April 27th, 2018

56:21

And they're off! In honor of the Kentucky Derby, it seemed like the perfect time to explore a relatively common theme in music - horses. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss why these majestic animals cross genres …

#647 Jason Isbell & Opinions on Cardi B

April 20th, 2018

56:26

For country singer/songwriter Jason Isbell's latest record, "The Nashville Sound," he wrote about his role as a father and an artist in today's …

#646 The Legend of Captain Beefheart, Opinions on Kacey Musgraves & Sarah Shook

April 13th, 2018

56:25

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the legend of Captain Beefheart, a musician with a larger-than-life personality who blurred the lines of music, art and noise. Also, they talk with longtime Captain Beefheart …

#645 The Regrettes, Buried Treasures & Frank Turner

April 6th, 2018

56:44

The Regrettes are a young band that blends 1960s girl group sensibilities with the edge of Bikini Kill. Their debut album, Feel Your Feelings, Fool! …

#644 Exile on Main St.

March 30th, 2018

56:23

Though originally panned by many critics, the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main St. is now considered a masterpiece. Jim DeRogatis and Greg …

#643 SXSW 2018

March 23rd, 2018

55:39

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot make their annual pilgrimage to the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. They'll report on some of their new favorite bands that music lovers need to hear.

#642 Songs About the Music Industry & Antibalas

March 16th, 2018

56:21

What happens when artists take a look inward at the music business? Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot play the best Songs About the Music Industry. Then, they sit down with the dynamic Antibalas!

#641 Buried Treasures & A Giant Dog

March 9th, 2018

56:18

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dig up some buried treasures - albums that aren't yet in the mainstream but that deserve some more attention. Plus, …

#640 Best Movie Soundtracks Pt. 2 & Opinions on the Black Panther Soundtrack

March 2nd, 2018

56:24

A film's soundtrack can be as memorable as its visuals. So as this awards season winds down, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pick some of their favorite film soundtracks. Plus, they'll review the soundtrack to the movie …

#639 Don Was, Opinions on Superchunk & Dessa

February 23rd, 2018

56:28

Don Was is a bassist in the band Was (Not Was), a successful music producer for artists like The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, and the president of …

#638 Sir the Baptist & Opinions on MGMT

February 16th, 2018

56:26

In many ways, Chicago artist and producer Sir the Baptist is a chaplain in the R&B scene. He creates hip hop infused music that bridges the gap between his gospel roots and the world around him. Jim DeRogatis and …

#637 "I Want You Back" Songs for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Justin Timberlake

February 9th, 2018

56:36

When candy, flowers, and love notes fail to woo your sweetie back, there's only one thing left to do: stake out under a window, hold up that boom box …

#636 Cover Songs, Opinions on First Aid Kit & Mark E. Smith

February 2nd, 2018

56:21

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to author Ray Padgett about his book Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. They discuss the roots of the term "cover" and dig into the surprising …

#635 Vic Mensa, Opinions on tUnE-yArDs, Dolores O'Riordan & Hugh Masekela

January 26th, 2018

56:37

On his debut record, The Autobiography, Vic Mensa raps about his life growing up on the South Side of Chicago. With a confessional tone, he explores …

#634 New Wave & Alison Moyet

January 19th, 2018

59:00

Jim and Greg talk to Lori Majewski about her book "Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s", co-written with Jonathan Bernstein. In it, the authors reveal why New Wave caught …

#633 Iron & Wine and Opinions on Jeff Rosenstock

January 12th, 2018

56:09

Sam Beam has been releasing his signature indie folk records under the moniker Iron & Wine for over 15 years. His 2017 effort, Beast Epic, …

#632 Alex Cox & Opinions on N.E.R.D.

January 5th, 2018

58:34

Few filmmakers have embodied the punk aesthetic like Alex Cox. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to discuss the classic LA punk soundtrack to …

#631 Mixtapes 2017 & Musical In Memoriam

December 29th, 2017

58:34

As 2017 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present DJ sets full of some of their favorite songs of the year. They'll also pay tribute …

#630 Bob Ezrin & Amber Mark

December 22nd, 2017

58:34

Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer," has been behind the boards for many blockbuster epic albums over the years. He shares stories with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about working on classic albums by Pink Floyd, …

#629 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2017

December 15th, 2017

58:34

It's time again for the annual Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector …

#628 Rock Criticism with Jonathan Lethem, Mavis Staples & Björk

December 8th, 2017

58:34

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot indulge this week in a deep look at their own profession: rock criticism. They're joined by novelist Jonathan …

#627 The Best Albums of 2017

December 1st, 2017

58:34

2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot …

#626 Songs of Thanks, the Bass VI & Rise Against's Tim McIlrath

November 24th, 2017

58:34

Thanksgiving is a time to gather around the dinner table with family and friends to reflect on the past year and give thanks. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs that say …

#625 Al Green's The Belle Album & Opinions on Taylor Swift

November 17th, 2017

58:34

Al Green sang some of the most acclaimed soul records of the 1970s. So when he decided to leave it all behind for the church, many questioned why. …

#624 Ted Leo & Opinions on Shamir

November 10th, 2017

58:35

After a seven year gap, veteran rocker Ted Leo has expanded his sonic palette with his latest solo record, The Hanged Man. Written in the wake of …

#623 Buried Treasures & Ron Gallo

November 3rd, 2017

58:34

Each season, there's a few highly anticipated albums with a ton of buzz behind them. Then there are other deserving records that won't get that kind of attention. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their latest …

#622 Musical Costumes, Fats Domino & Gord Downie

October 27th, 2017

58:34

Halloween is all about being someone else for a night – and musicians like to put on costumes, too. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite examples of artists temporarily donning a musical costume and …

#621 Julie Klausner, Beck, Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

October 20th, 2017

58:34

As creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed TV comedy Difficult People, Julie Klausner not only crafts the show's jokes but also guides …

#620 Jamila Woods, St. Vincent & Judy Collins

October 13th, 2017

58:34

On her debut album HEAVN, Jamila Woods contrasts weighty issues like police violence and the invisibility of black women with a breezy musical touch. …

#619 Remembering Tom Petty

October 6th, 2017

58:49

Tom Petty was a master of the perfect three-chord pop song and an icon of American music. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot pay tribute to the late Florida rocker. They discuss Petty's tremendous songwriting …

#618 Mavis Staples, Pt. 2, Protomartyr & Charles Bradley

September 29th, 2017

58:49

This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples. She speaks about her role on the front line of the Civil …

#617 Live on Sound Opinions & Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü

September 22nd, 2017

58:49

So many talented musicians perform on Sound Opinions, but we don't always have time to air every song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite never-before-heard live performances from guests like …

#616 Late Bloomers, Filthy Friends & Little Dragon

September 15th, 2017

58:49

Some say that making music is a young person's game, but several artists beg to differ. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite "late blooming" musicians - artists that didn't achieve success or …

#615 The Artist vs. the Art, The National, Queens of the Stone Age & Walter Becker

September 8th, 2017

58:49

Should we hold up a musician's output to a moral standard? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about whether art can be evaluated separately from …

#614 Back-to-School Songs & Opinions on LCD Soundystem and Van Hunt

September 1st, 2017

58:49

The beginning of September means students return to the classroom. Whether you're excited to be back to school or the very thought inspires dread and …

#613 Melvins & Billy Bragg on Skiffle

August 25th, 2017

58:49

The Melvins were an inspiration to the '90s alternative explosion, but the band's unclassifiable sound and uncommercial stance set them apart. In a frank discussion with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, the Melvins …

#612 One-Person Bands & Opinions on Randy Newman & Downtown Boys

August 18th, 2017

58:49

Certain artists are perfectionists at heart, and if you want something done right, do it yourself. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite One-Person Bands – artists who have recorded …

#611 Steve Earle, Glen Campbell & Opinions on Vic Mensa

August 11th, 2017

58:49

Over his decades long career, Steve Earle has been many things - songwriter, novelist, actor, activist. But for his latest record, So You Wannabe An Outlaw, he went back to the foundation he started from: outlaw …

#610 Buried Treasures & the Wah-Wah Pedal

August 4th, 2017

58:49

If you're looking for something new to round out your summer playlist, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. They'll dig out some buried treasures - albums not yet in the mainstream but deserve some more …

#609 Penelope Spheeris & Opinions on Arcade Fire

July 28th, 2017

58:49

Penelope Spheeris has directed some of the most influential movies about music of all time, from Wayne's World to all three installments of The Decline of Western Civilization films. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot …

#608 Fantasy Songs, Slowdive & Opinions on Public Enemy

July 21st, 2017

58:49

The fantasy powerhouse Game of Thrones is returning for its penultimate season. With dragons, knights, and magic on their minds, hosts Jim DeRogatis …

#607 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 2) & She-Devils

July 14th, 2017

58:50

In part two of our series 1977: The Year Punk Broke, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look at the punk movement stateside with music writer Ira Robbins. They discuss how The Ramones, Talking Heads, and the rest of the …

#606 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 1), Opinions on Fleet Foxes, and Jody Stephens

July 7th, 2017

58:49

In part one of our two-part series on the historic year 1977, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the punk explosion in the UK with music writer Jon Savage. They discuss important British bands like The Buzzcocks, …

#605 World Tour – New Zealand & Opinions on Lorde

June 30th, 2017

58:49

The Sound Opinions World Tour rolls along, making its next stop in beautiful New Zealand. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual trip to the …

#604 Best Albums of 2017...So Far

June 23rd, 2017

58:49

There are still six months of 2017 left, but there are already lots of contenders for album of the year. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorites of the year...so far. Plus, we hear picks from …

#603 Musical Road Trip & Opinions on Chuck Berry

June 16th, 2017

58:34

Summer is upon us so that means one thing: road trip! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take a virtual cross-country drive playing their favorite songs about American cities, states, and regions from coast-to-coast. …

#602 Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Benmont Tench, Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary & Opinions on Benjamin Booker

June 9th, 2017

58:49

Keyboard player Benmont Tench was instrumental in the formation of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers in 1976. He's also had a fruitful career as a …

#601 Jack White & The History of the Rickenbacker 12-String

June 2nd, 2017

58:34

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot revisit their conversation with the hardest working man in rock, Jack White, recorded at Third Man Records in Nashville. Plus, an exploration into the history of the Rickenbacker …

#600 Jenny Hval & Opinions on Harry Styles and Sir the Baptist

May 26th, 2017

58:49

Norwegian singer-songwriter and performance artist Jenny Hval has released six albums of ethereal and challenging music. On her latest record, she explores the links between vampirism and the female body. Hosts Jim …

#599 Damon Krukowski & "The New Analog", Opinions on Low Cut Connie, and Lydia Loveless

May 19th, 2017

58:49

In a world becoming increasingly digital, Galaxie 500 co-founder and author Damon Krukowski says we need to hang on to aspects of analog media. Damon joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the value of …

#598 Fictional Bands, "Convoy" & Opinions on Gorillaz

May 12th, 2017

58:49

Some bands are are born, and some are just made up. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite fictional bands from movies, TV, and more. Plus, a review of the new album from cartoon creation …

#597 The Velvet Underground & Nico

May 5th, 2017

58:49

The 1967 debut from The Velvet Underground didn't sell many records, but arguably no album in the past half century has had a greater influence on rock music. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot offer a Classic Album …

#596 Guitar Riffs & Opinions on The Obsessed

April 28th, 2017

58:49

Perhaps the most essential element of rock ‘n’ roll is a great guitar riff. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite guitar …

#595 Drive-By Truckers & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar & Resistance Radio

April 21st, 2017

58:49

Drive-By Truckers have tackled politics and social issues in their music for decades, but never more strongly than on their latest album, American …

#594 Spring Record Review Round-Up & Honeyblood

April 14th, 2017

58:49

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Spoon to Mastodon, in this Review Roundup. Plus, a conversation with Scottish duo Honeyblood.

#593 Mavis Staples

April 7th, 2017

58:50

As a member of her family group The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, Mavis Staples has used her huge voice to power the Civil Rights Movement and …

#592 SXSW 2017

March 31st, 2017

58:49

Every spring, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot head to Austin, Texas for the sprawling SXSW Music Conference. This week, they report back on their favorite musical discoveries of the festival. Plus, they chat with …

#591 Remembering Chuck Berry

March 24th, 2017

58:34

Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, has died at age 90. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the life, music, and enduring …

#590 Desert Island Jukebox & Sunflower Bean

March 17th, 2017

58:34

The proverbial Desert Island Jukebox is filled with songs that hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot would want with them if they were marooned on a …

#589 One and Done & Opinions on Thundercat

March 10th, 2017

58:49

Some artists deliver a fantastic debut album, yet never make another LP again. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot select some of their favorite “one and done” bands and explore what makes these one-album wonders so great. …

#588 Gene Chandler & Opinions on The Feelies

March 3rd, 2017

58:49

From 1962 to 1970, Chicago soul singer Gene Chandler recorded nineteen top forty hits, but he'll forever be known as the "Duke of Earl." As a young …

#587 Buried Treasures & Clyde Stubblefield

February 24th, 2017

58:49

Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some recent …

#586 The Gotobeds & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco

February 17th, 2017

58:49

The Gotobeds are known for outrageous stage antics and a biting sense of humor. But behind that is a lyrical sophistication and tight musicianship. The Pittsburgh post-punk band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot …

#585 First Impressions & Opinions on Priests

February 10th, 2017

58:49

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, love is in the air. And what's more romantic than that cute moment of love at first sight? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite tracks about first …

#584 Shirley Collins & Opinions on Japandroids & Ty Segall

February 3rd, 2017

58:49

Of all the artists in the English folk revival, Shirley Collins was the most devoted to traditional song. After a nearly 40 year recording hiatus, …

#583 Krautrock & Remembering Maggie Roche

January 27th, 2017

58:49

In the 1970s, German art-rockers took psychedelia and added hypnotic drumbeats and innovative synthesizer sounds to create a style known as Krautrock. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot dissect the Krautrock genre and its …

#582 The Album Leaf & Opinions on The xx and The Flaming Lips

January 20th, 2017

59:00

The Album Leaf combines digital and organic instruments to make a unique sound. Bandleader Jimmy LaValle joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to talk about the importance of giving electronic music a live experience and how …

#581 All Apologies & Opinions on Run the Jewels

January 13th, 2017

58:49

It's good to start a new year with a clean slate – and that can mean apologizing to those you've wronged. In that contrite spirit, hosts Jim …

#580 Esperanza Spalding & David Bowie, One Year Later

January 6th, 2017

58:49

Esperanza Spalding is a singer/songwriter, a multi-instrumentalist, a librettist, a Grammy winner, and much more. She joins Jim DeRogatis and Greg …

#579 Mixtapes 2016 & Musical In Memoriam

December 30th, 2016

58:49

Sound Opinions closes out 2016 with the year in song. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a mixtape of tracks that tell the story of the the past year. And we remember some of the many musicians who passed away in …

#578 The Mekons & Opinions on Dawn Richard

December 23rd, 2016

58:34

Formed in 1977 in the original British punk wave, The Mekons are still going strong nearly four decades later. The band joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio to demonstrate its eclectic blend of country, …

#577 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2016

December 16th, 2016

58:07

It's time for the 2016 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular! Each year, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are joined by holiday music collector Andy …

#576 The Best Albums of 2016

December 9th, 2016

58:04

If you're a music fanatic, the end of the year means one thing: best of lists! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their favorite albums of the year. And Sound Opinions listeners weigh-in with their favorites of …

#575 Hero Worship

December 2nd, 2016

58:34

Artists are also music fans like the rest of us, often paying tribute to the musicians who inspired them. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite examples of Hero Worship in music – songs that name-check …

#574 Jon Brion & Opinions on Emeli Sandé

November 25th, 2016

58:34

Studio wizard Jon Brion has composed scores for films by P.T. Anderson and Michel Gondry and produced for artists from Fiona Apple to Kanye West. The …

#573 Turkey Pardons & Remembering Leonard Cohen

November 18th, 2016

58:34

Every year, a turkey is saved from its Thanksgiving dinner fate by a presidential pardon. In that gracious spirit, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their own Turkey Pardons. They share their picks of lousy artists …

#572 World Tour – Canada & Opinions on Alejandro Escovedo.

November 11th, 2016

58:34

Many Americans are thinking a lot about Canada these days. So hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take the Sound Opinions World Tour to Canada explore the music of our neighbor to the north. And we play our favorite …

#571 Marvin Gaye's *What's Going On*

November 4th, 2016

58:45

In 1971, Marvin Gaye made a career left turn with the album What's Going On, adopting a socially conscious sound that addressed war, racism, and drugs. 45 years later, What's Going On remains as relevant as ever. Hosts …

#570 The Handsome Family & Opinions on Lady Gaga

October 28th, 2016

58:34

The Handsome Family gained wider notoriety for providing the theme to HBO's True Detective. But the duo's dark, literate songwriting has been acclaimed by critics for decades. Rennie and Brett Sparks of The Handsome …

#569 Songs That Give You the Creeps & Opinions on Leonard Cohen

October 21st, 2016

58:34

The spookiest time of the year is upon us. To celebrate Halloween, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot turn the show over to listeners who share the songs that tingle their spines the most. Plus, they share their thoughts …

#568 Beach Slang & Opinions on Drive-By Truckers

October 14th, 2016

58:20

Beach Slang has wowed critics and audiences alike with its loud, energy filled live performances and unabashedly earnest lyrics. But in front of a live audience at the Goose Island Tap Room, Beach Slang songwriter James …

#567 Bob Mehr on The Replacements & Opinions on Solange

October 7th, 2016

58:45

The Replacements never had a hit song, but few bands have inspired such a deep personal connection with their fans. Bob Mehr, author of the new biography Trouble Boys, speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about …

#566 Fall Review Roundup & Buckwheat Zydeco

September 30th, 2016

58:34

September is bursting with major new album releases. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot give their take on several of the biggest new records, from Bon Iver to M.I.A. to Against Me!, in this Review Roundup. Plus, they …

#565 Herb Alpert & Opinions on Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

September 23rd, 2016

58:49

Trumpeter Herb Alpert has had a remarkable, multifaceted career. In addition to scoring his own hits with the Tijuana Brass in the '60s, he cofounded …

#564 Buried Treasures & Alex Ross

September 16th, 2016

58:49

Many great albums are released each year, but only a handful get the attention they deserve. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their …

#563 Mudhoney & Opinions on Wilco

September 9th, 2016

58:49

Mudhoney was at the forefront of Seattle's exploding music scene in the '80s and '90s, paving the way for grunge with its distorted, chaotic sound. Though the group never received the world-wide attention of its peers …

#562 End of Summer Songs & Opinions on Angel Olsen

September 2nd, 2016

58:49

With lyrics about sun, surf, and young love, there are plenty of songs that welcome in the summer. But how do you musically say goodbye to warm weather and prepare for the fall? Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot swap …

#561 The Art of Writing Hit Songs with Mann & Weil & Opinions on Frank Ocean

August 26th, 2016

58:49

What goes into writing a hit song? Sound Opinions takes a look at the craft of songwriting, from the Righteous Brothers to Beyoncé. Jim and Greg talk with legendary Brill Building songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil …

#560 World Tour - Brazil & Opinions on Ryley Walker

August 19th, 2016

58:49

With all eyes turned toward the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the Sound Opinions World Tour makes its next stop in Brazil, a country with an unmatched musical influence on the globe. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot …

#559 Courtney Barnett & Opinions on Lydia Loveless

August 12th, 2016

58:19

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was a critical success and Sound Opinions favorite. Her conversational songwriting manages to be …

#558 Ska & Opinions on Jamila Woods

August 5th, 2016

58:49

In the late 1950s, Jamaican musicians blended home-grown rhythms with R&B to create ska. The genre's influence quickly spread across the globe, paving the way for the reggae phenomenon. Jim and Greg explore the …

#557 Tortoise, Post-Rock & Opinions on Michael Kiwanuka

July 29th, 2016

58:49

With an eclectic all-instrumental blend of rock, jazz, dub, electronics, and the avant-garde, Tortoise emerged as the leading band of Chicago’s so-called “post-rock” scene in the 1990s. On its seventh album The …

#556 Moby & Opinions on The Julie Ruin

July 22nd, 2016

58:49

Moby became the face of techno with the blockbuster success of his 1999 album Play. In his new memoir Porcelain, he explores his origins in the underground rave scene of ‘80s New York up until his mainstream success. …

#555 Better Campaign Songs & Opinions on The Avalanches

July 15th, 2016

58:49

It’s not a political rally without a crowd-pumping and uplifting playlist. But political campaign teams are not always great music tastemakers. NPR’s …

#554 Savages & Opinions on Maxwell & DJ Shadow

July 8th, 2016

58:49

The London-based quartet Savages made a stunning debut with Silence Yourself in 2013 and established a reputation as a formidable live act. On the …

#553 Best Albums of 2016...So Far

July 1st, 2016

58:49

We’re barely halfway through the year and already there’s an overwhelming amount of great new music to enjoy. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their lists of the Best Albums of 2016...So Far. Plus, they discuss …

#552 Bob Mould & Opinions on case/lang/veirs

June 24th, 2016

58:42

After his pioneering work in Hüsker Dü and his alternative era success with Sugar, Bob Mould shows no signs of slowing down. The legendary songwriter …

#551 Anxious Anthems & Opinions on Paul Simon

June 17th, 2016

58:42

Nervy guitars and pounding drums can perfectly convey the restless sensation of being on the verge of breaking down. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite Anxious Anthems. Then, they review the new album …

#550 Eleanor Friedberger & Opinions on Chance the Rapper

June 10th, 2016

58:25

After making her mark in the indie duo The Fiery Furnaces, singer-songwriter Eleanor Friedberger launched a solo career blending her former band’s …

#549 Bob Dylan at 75 – *Blonde on Blonde* to Modern Times

June 3rd, 2016

58:44

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conclude their two-part celebration of American icon Bob Dylan as he turns 75. This week, they explore the recording of Blonde on Blonde through his late career renaissance.

#548 Bob Dylan at 75 – From Protest to Plugging In

May 27th, 2016

58:42

Bob Dylan, one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century, just turned 75 this May. Jim and Greg examine the extraordinary career of the music legend in the first of a two-part series. This week, they …

#547 Riot Grrrl at 25 & Opinions on Radiohead & Drake

May 20th, 2016

58:42

While the Seattle grunge bands had the commercial success, the Pacific Northwest’s Riot Grrrl scene has an equally important legacy. Jim and Greg look back at feminist punk movement 25 years on. Then they review the new …

#546 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

May 13th, 2016

58:44

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band’s 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestrations and earnest lyrics, the album remains an enormous influence to …

#545 Seinabo Sey & Opinions on Brian Eno

May 6th, 2016

58:43

Swedish neo-soul singer Seinabo Sey is emerging as a major voice in pop music, blending R&B and African rhythms. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis …

#544 Remembering Prince & Opinions on Beyoncé

April 29th, 2016

58:40

Music icon Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. As a singer, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, he dominated the pop charts and had an enormous impact on funk, R&B, and rock. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot …

#543 Earth Day, TV Tunes, & Opinions on Parquet Courts

April 22nd, 2016

58:42

Like all human activity, even rock music has an ecological impact. On this Earth Day, environmentalist Bill McKibben and musician/activist Adam …

#542 L.A. Reid & Springsteen's Protest

April 15th, 2016

58:43

Producer, songwriter, and record executive L.A. Reid has crafted hits for more than four decades. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about the major label system and working with …

#541 Tax Day & Opinions on PJ Harvey

April 8th, 2016

58:12

More like H&R Rock: Nothing improves the irritation of filing taxes like a good soundtrack. As we prepare to give back to Uncle Sam, Jim and Greg carry out an audit of the best songs for Tax Day. Then, they review …

#540 Eleventh Dream Day & Opinions on M83

April 1st, 2016

58:43

While never achieving the commercial success of its alt-rock peers like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, Eleventh Dream Day has outlasted these bands and remain critical darlings. They join Jim and Greg Kot for a …

#539 SXSW 2016 & Opinions on Bob Mould

March 25th, 2016

58:43

Jim and Greg are back from their annual music-finding mission to the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, TX. Tune in to find out what bands will make the most noise in 2016. Later, they review a new album from …

#538 1991 Revisited & Opinions on Iggy Pop

March 18th, 2016

58:10

1991 was the year punk broke again! Twenty five years later, Jim and Greg explore what made 1991 so special: Nirvana, N.W.A., Lollapalooza and more. …

#537 Rock Around the Clock & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar

March 11th, 2016

58:42

Rock Around the Clock: Time to wind up those pocket watches and chronometers. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot take you on a fourth dimensional voyage as they explore their favorite “Songs About Time.” Then they review …

#536 Reviews Round-Up

March 4th, 2016

58:09

As we move slowly toward spring, the music release schedule starts heating up as well. Jim and Greg review a bevy of new albums, including records by …

#535 Rush & Opinions on Kanye West

February 26th, 2016

58:42

Famous for its instrumental virtuosity and heady, sci-fi influenced lyrics, the Canadian prog-rock trio Rush has amassed an obsessive cult following. …

#534 Music of the Civil Rights Era

February 19th, 2016

58:42

Music played an essential role in uplifting, motivating, and uniting people during the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and '60s. In honor of Black …

#533 Los Lobos

February 12th, 2016

58:44

Los Lobos has enjoyed a remarkable career for more than forty years, even retaining the same core lineup from its start as an East Los Angeles wedding band in 1973. Los Lobos joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a …

#532 Anti-Love Songs for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Lucinda Williams

February 5th, 2016

58:42

Despite the gooey romantic marketing, more breakups happen around Valentine’s Day than any other part of the year. For those who get the feeling every February that “Love Stinks,” hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share …

#531 Patti Smith's Horses & Opinions on Pusha T

January 29th, 2016

58:38

Patti Smith's Horses forever changed what punk rock could be, beginning with its striking album cover and unforgettable opening line. The album …

#530 Shamir & Opinions on Savages

January 22nd, 2016

58:44

Only a few years into his career, Las Vegas-based singer/songwriter Shamir has already explored house, disco, indie pop, country, and countless other styles. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio for a …

#529 Remembering David Bowie

January 15th, 2016

58:42

Sound Opinions remembers pioneering music icon David Bowie. The pop chameleon died of cancer on January 10, 2016. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot also review the singer's new album Blackstar, which came out on his 69th …

#528 Glyn Johns & Opinions on Coldplay

January 8th, 2016

58:42

English producer and engineer Glyn Johns has been behind the board for classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clash. …

#527 Mixtapes 2015 and the Return of the Cassette

January 1st, 2016

58:43

Jim and Greg share their favorite songs of the year through their 2015 Mixtapes. Plus, they talk about one of the year's most surprising musical trends: the cassette comeback.

#526 Ten Years of Sound Opinions

December 25th, 2015

58:43

This year Sound Opinions reached the milestone of 500 episodes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the accomplishment by reflecting on highlights from the first ten years of the show.

#525 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2015

December 18th, 2015

58:23

Get out those sleigh bells…it's time for the 2015 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular. As always, Jim and Greg are joined by Christmas record …

#524 The Best Albums of 2015

December 11th, 2015

1:01:59

With end of the year approaching, it's time to celebrate all the great music we've had the pleasure to hear. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their Best Albums of 2015 and hear nominations from listeners.

#523 Sam Phillips & Sun Studios and Opinions on Adele

December 4th, 2015

58:15

From his studio in Memphis, Sun Records founder Sam Phillips was the first to record Elvis Presley, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, and more. Music …

#522 History of the Moog & Opinions on Kurt Cobain

November 27th, 2015

58:19

The Moog synthesizer is every bit as important to rock history as the Fender Telecaster and the Gibson Les Paul. As the analog synth revival …

#521 The 2015 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

November 20th, 2015

58:15

Sometimes we look forward to an artist's new release with great expectations, only to be crushed by the result. In honor of Thanksgiving, we present …

#520 Remembering Allen Toussaint & Opinions on The Chills

November 13th, 2015

1:00:36

Sound Opinions pays tribute to New Orleans pianist, producer and songwriter Allen Toussaint who died on November 10, 2015. The music legend chatted with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot in the studio in 2013 after the …

#519 Low Cut Connie & Opinions on Billy Gibbons

November 6th, 2015

58:21

Inspired by the artists of the 1950s, Low Cut Connie has dedicated itself to bringing the upright piano back to rock ‘n’ roll. The band (a favorite …

#518 Grand Slams in Music & Opinions on Protomartyr

October 30th, 2015

58:41

As baseball fans turn their attention to the World Series, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are eager to step up to the plate. They share their favorite examples of musical Grand Slams: four knockout albums in a row. …

#517 Songs About the Devil & Opinions on Joanna Newsom

October 23rd, 2015

58:21

With the spooky season creeping in, Jim and Greg are beginning to feel a little diabolical. In honor of Halloween, they share their favorite Songs …

#516 Twin Peaks & Opinions on The Dead Weather

October 16th, 2015

58:19

Chicago garage-rock band Twin Peaks formed when its members were still in high school. Now the group is playing big festivals and is poised for …

#515 Spooner Oldham & Opinions on Janet Jackson

October 9th, 2015

58:20

As a keyboardist in the legendary recording studios of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Spooner Oldham wrote and played on dozens of classic hits from Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, and more. He joins Jim and Greg for a …

#514 London Calling and Opinions on Keith Richards & Disclosure

October 2nd, 2015

58:41

London Calling, the double album masterpiece by British punk band The Clash, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Jim and Greg pay it tribute with a Classic Album Dissection. Then they review the new albums by …

#513 Alice Cooper

September 25th, 2015

58:41

Alice Cooper invented shock-rock in the 1970s, sparking controversy with his ghoulishly theatrical live shows and hard rock hits like "School's Out" …

#512 Wire, Blackalicious, & Low

September 18th, 2015

58:09

Ever since they formed in 1977, experimental art-punk band Wire has had a tremendous influence on music. And unlike most first wave punks, the group continues to release challenging music into the 21st century. Wire …

#511 Back to School

September 11th, 2015

58:33

Time to sharpen those #2 pencils. With classes back in session, it's time for Jim and Greg to present some more of their favorite Back-To-School …

#510 Bully and The Weeknd

September 4th, 2015

58:10

Led by singer/songwriter Alicia Bognanno, Nashville's Bully draws upon the sound of the '90s alternative era to create blistering two-minute anthems. …

#509 Ernie Isley

August 28th, 2015

58:17

The Isley Brothers have scored hits in six different decades thanks to an ever-evolving sound, stretching from doo-wop to psychedelic funk to disco. …

#508 Rock Doctors Return

August 21st, 2015

58:32

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot put on their white coats once again as the Rock Doctors try to save a patient in desperate musical need. This time …

#507 Buried Treasures & The Birth of Music Piracy

August 14th, 2015

58:33

Great records are released every year that, for whatever reason, fly under the radar. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth some of their latest …

#506 Television and Music

August 7th, 2015

58:19

Television has entered its Golden Age and music is playing an essential role. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot examine the evolving use of music in …

#505 50 Years of The Grateful Dead

July 31st, 2015

58:35

The Grateful Dead has the most devoted following of any rock band in history, but also has its fair share of detractors. Jim and Greg reexamine the …

#504 Kate Pierson of the B-52s

July 24th, 2015

58:36

Since 1976, The B-52’s have combined a zany punk attitude with avant-garde sensibilities. Singer Kate Pierson joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot …

#503 Tame Impala Live and On Record

July 17th, 2015

58:18

Led by multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala made huge waves in both hemispheres with the release of their album …

#502 Summer Songs Part 2

July 10th, 2015

58:36

The hot sun is beating down and we’re busy waxing our surfboards. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share more of their favorite Summer Songs. Plus, …

#501 Torres and Opinions on Miguel

July 3rd, 2015

58:36

Torres, the musical project of Georgia native Mackenzie Scott, has shown off her prodigious songwriting abilities in two critically acclaimed and intensely emotional albums. Torres joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot …

#500 Episode 500!

June 26th, 2015

58:35

Sound Opinions is celebrating its 500th episode. To mark this milestone, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share highlights from throughout the show’s history and look ahead to the next 500 episodes.

#499 The Life and Music of BB King & Opinions on Richard Thompson

June 19th, 2015

58:11

B.B. King, the international ambassador for the blues, passed away in May. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot celebrate the life and music of the great guitarist with a classic album dissection of King’s Live at the …

#498 Best of 2015...So Far & Opinions on Donnie Trumpet

June 12th, 2015

58:33

The year is only half over, and already there are too many great new records to keep up with. Jim and Greg take a breath and catch you up with the Best of 2015…So Far.

#497 Zola Jesus & Opinions on Florence + The Machine

June 5th, 2015

57:53

Electronic artist Zola Jesus uses her powerful operatic voice to create a uniquely dark and cinematic sound. She joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg …

#496 Scharpling & Wurster and Spring Record Reviews

May 29th, 2015

58:36

Along with the warm weather each year comes record release season, with exciting new albums put out by major artists. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get you up to speed by offering a review roundup of new releases …

#495 Passion Pit & Opinions on Shamir

May 22nd, 2015

58:37

Passion Pit first broke through via MySpace with its danceable electronic sound. But beneath the bright synth-pop are often tortured lyrics about frontman Michael Angelakos’s struggle with manic depression. Angelakos …

#494 Peter Hook and Opinions on Passion Pit

May 15th, 2015

58:15

The legend of Joy Division continues to grow decades after the death of frontman Ian Curtis. Peter Hook, founding bassist for both Joy Division and its successor New Order, joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to set …

#493 Against Me! and Opinions on Blur

May 8th, 2015

58:35

After coming out as a trans woman in 2012, lead singer Laura Jane Grace of punk band Against Me! candidly addressed her experience in the critically lauded album Transgender Dysphoria Blues. Against Me! joins hosts Jim …

#492 Songs About Mom for Mother's Day

May 1st, 2015

58:34

Even the hardest rockers can take a moment to pay tribute to the people most responsible for getting them to where they are: their mothers. To celebrate Mother’s Day, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their …

#491 The Rock Fan's Guide to Jazz

April 24th, 2015

58:17

Jazz is one of America’s greatest cultural contributions. But with more than a century of music to explore, it can be hard for rock listeners to find …

#490 Going Solo & Opinions on Modest Mouse

April 17th, 2015

58:35

It’s been 45 years since Paul McCartney broke away from The Beatles to release his first solo album. To mark the occasion, hosts Jim DeRogatis and …

#489 Sleater Kinney and Opinions on Death Cab for Cutie

April 10th, 2015

58:35

Riot grrrl pioneers Sleater-Kinney have reunited after a decade-long hiatus to release a blistering new album. They stop by the studio for a performance and a career-spanning interview. Then hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg …

#488 Hal Blaine and Opinions on Courtney Barnett

April 3rd, 2015

58:16

Drummer Hal Blaine has played on countless hit records as part of the famed group of studio musicians known as the Wrecking Crew. He speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot about recording with Frank Sinatra, the …

#487 SXSW 2015 & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar

March 27th, 2015

59:00

Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are on the ground at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. They’ll share their favorite musical discoveries of this year’s festival. Then they review the new album from rapper Kendrick …

#486 Jac Holzman on Elektra Records and Opinions on Cannibal Ox

March 20th, 2015

58:35

As Elektra records prepares to celebrate its 65th anniversary, Jim and Greg speak with label founder Jac Holzman about the birth of the modern label …

#485 Buried Treasures and Opinions on Madonna

March 13th, 2015

58:35

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot unearth their latest Buried Treasures, revealing their favorite records that have gone otherwise unnoticed by the mainstream in recent months. Then they review the new release from pop …

#484 The Rock Doctors Cure Heartache & Opinions on Screaming Females

March 6th, 2015

58:35

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot don their stethoscopes for another installment of Rock Doctors. This time they help a newly divorced patient in need …

#483 Nick Mason on Pink Floyd and Opinions on Drake

February 27th, 2015

58:35

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has been the only constant member of the band throughout its entire history. He speaks with Jim and Greg about his half-century with the pioneering psychedelic band and their highly …

#482 The Sound Opinions World Tour: Cuba & Opinions on Pops Staples

February 20th, 2015

58:36

Sound Opinions gasses up the byplane and makes its next stop on the World Tour: Cuba. Later they review the posthumous release from gospel icon Pops Staples.

#481 Run the Jewels and Opinions on Father John Misty

February 13th, 2015

58:33

Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels talk about their unique brand of hip-hop and perform songs from one of the most highly acclaimed rap albums of 2014. Then Jim and Greg review the new album from Sub-Pop indie …

#480 Secret Love for Valentine's Day & Opinions on Bob Dylan.

February 6th, 2015

58:18

Sometimes a crush has to stay a secret, even when you’d rather proclaim it loudly in candy heart form. In honor of Valentine’s Day, Jim and Greg offer up a bouquet of their favorite songs of secret love. Then they …

#479 The True Adventures of The Rolling Stones & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco and Bjork

January 30th, 2015

58:36

Last month marked the 45th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' notorious gig at the Altamont Speedway. Stanley Booth was there to witness it, and he …

#478 Strange Bedfellows of Rock & Opinions on Sleater-Kinney.

January 23rd, 2015

58:38

We are talking musical odd couples this week. Take a listen as Jim and Greg play some of the best examples of rock's "Strange Bedfellows." Then they review the long awaited comeback album from Sleater Kinney.

#477 Mary J. Blige and Opinions on The Decemberists

January 16th, 2015

58:35

Mary J. Blige, the "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," joins Jim and host: Greg for a conversation about her two decades in music, keeping it real on American …

#476 Spoon and Opinions on Divine Styler

January 9th, 2015

58:35

Veteran indie rockers Spoon return to Sound Opinions for a conversation and live performance of songs off their 8th studio album They Want My Soul.

#475 Mixtapes 2014 & Musical In Memoriam

January 2nd, 2015

58:35

Jim and Greg present their Mixtapes for 2014 with their favorite songs of the year. And they remember some music greats.

#474 Desert Island Jukebox Special

December 26th, 2014

58:38

Jim and Greg hand the Desert Island Jukebox remote over to some of their favorite guests. Hear what music Robert Plant, Kelis and Fred Armisen say they can't live without.

#473 Bloodshot Records & Opinions on D'Angelo.

December 19th, 2014

58:36

Jim and Greg look back at 20 years of the groundbreaking alt-country label Bloodshot Records. Plus a review of the long-awaited new album by soul …

#472 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2014

December 12th, 2014

58:16

Jim and Greg welcome back their favorite bearer of holiday music cheer, collector Andy Cirzan, to share his latest compilation of eclectic and …

#471 The Best Albums of 2014

December 5th, 2014

58:12

The end of the year is nigh! Jim and Greg look back at the Best Albums of 2014 and hear some of your picks.

#470 Protomartyr and Opinions on The Preatures

November 28th, 2014

58:35

Detroit postpunk band Protomartyr visits the Sound Opinions studio, and Jim and Greg review a new album by the Australian quintet The Preatures.

#469 Robert Plant and Opinions on TV on the Radio

November 21st, 2014

58:35

Jim and Greg are joined by the legendary singer of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant. Then they review the new album from TV on the Radio.

#468 The 2014 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

November 14th, 2014

58:35

Jim, Greg and the listeners nominate their most disappointing albums of 2014.

#467 Broken Bells

November 7th, 2014

58:34

The Shins frontman James Mercer and super-producer Danger Mouse are the celestial rock duo Broken Bells. The pair joins Sound Opinions in Portland, Oregon for a special live performance and conversation.

#466 Pink Floyd's The Wall and Music & Science

October 31st, 2014

58:33

Jim and Greg conduct a classic album dissection of Pink Floyd’s epic double concept album The Wall, which celebrates its 35th anniversary in November. But first, they talk music and science with Science Friday host Ira …

#465 Rock Music & the Occult and Opinions on Stevie Nicks

October 24th, 2014

58:34

Jim and Greg celebrate Halloween by dabbling in the dark arts with Peter Bebergal, author of "Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and …

#464 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Bob Seger

October 17th, 2014

58:36

While the charts are dominated by old standards like Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett, there are a ton of exciting, new and lesser-known acts that …

#463 The Both & Opinions on Weezer

October 10th, 2014

58:34

After finding surprising inspiration in Thin Lizzy in a hotel room, veteran singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Ted Leo joined forces to form The Both. Tune in for a conversation and live performance. Later Rivers Cuomo …

#462 Best Guitar Riffs and Opinions on Prince

October 3rd, 2014

58:34

Perhaps the most essential element of rock 'n' roll: The Guitar Riff. Jim, Greg and some listeners break it down and name their favorites. Then they …

#461 Fall Record Reviews

September 26th, 2014

58:35

Jim and Greg review some of the season's biggest new releases by U2, Interpol, Leonard Cohen and more.

#460 Tweedy

September 19th, 2014

58:34

Jeff & Spencer are "Tweedy." The Wilco frontman and his son join us for a special recording in front of a live audience at Chicago's Lincoln Hall.

#459 James Brown Live at the Apollo and Opinions on New Pornographers & FKA Twigs

September 12th, 2014

58:13

As film audiences “Get On Up,” hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot look back at James Brown’s classic album Live at the Apollo. Later they review two …

#458 Work Songs and Opinions on Ty Segall

September 5th, 2014

58:12

After a relaxing Labor Day, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get back into the swing of things by playing the best songs inspired by work. Then they review a new album from the California garage rocker Ty Segall.

#457 Benjamin Booker and Opinions on Robert Plant

August 29th, 2014

58:11

New Orleans singer-guitarist Benjamin Booker talks about his blues influences and opening for Jack White and plays songs from his self-titled debut. Later hosts Jim and Greg review the new album from former Led Zeppelin …

#456 New Wave and Opinions on Sinead O'Connor

August 22nd, 2014

58:36

Get out your skinny ties and don your best Flock of Seagulls hairdo. Jim and Greg celebrate Duran Duran, A-Ha and the best of 1980's New Wave with …

#455 Rock Operas

August 15th, 2014

58:11

Forget about Carmen or Madame Butterfly. Sound Opinions' own divas, Jim and Greg, share their favorite Rock Operas.

#454 Kelis & Opinions on Spoon

August 8th, 2014

58:12

Singer Kelis talks music, cooking and "Milkshakes" and performs songs from her aptly titled album Food. Then, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the latest from Austin rock band Spoon, and Greg drops a quarter in …

#453 Tommy Ramone on Rocket to Russia & Opinions on Tom Petty

August 1st, 2014

58:12

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct a Classic Album Dissection of The Ramones' 1977 release Rocket to Russia, including a 2007 Sound Opinions …

#452 Rosanne Cash & Opinions on Jenny Lewis

July 25th, 2014

58:34

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash performs songs from her recent album The River & the Thread and talks about carrying on her family's legacy and why there's no love lost between her and country music. This interview …

#451 Rob Reiner on Spinal Tap & Opinions on Morrissey

July 18th, 2014

58:33

Sound Opinions celebrates the 30th anniversary of the greatest rock movie ever: This Is Spinal Tap. Jim and Greg turn it up to 11 and discuss the fine line between clever and stupid with comedian and director Rob …

#450 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Brian Eno

July 11th, 2014

58:32

Jim and Greg unearth some "Buried Treasures": bands that you might not have heard of but should. Then they review new album from First Aid Kit and …

#449 Purple Rain and Opinions on Mastodon

July 4th, 2014

58:33

Jim and Greg look back at the classic Prince album Purple Rain on its 30th anniversary. They talk to Prince collaborators Wendy & Lisa about the …

#448 The 2014 Mid-Year Review & Opinions on Bob Mould

June 27th, 2014

58:33

It's never too early to start making lists! Tune in for The Best Albums of 2014…so far. Later, Jim and Greg review a new contender by Husker Du …

#447 Angel Olsen & Opinions on Lana Del Rey

June 20th, 2014

58:32

Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen shares her dramatic tunes of heartbreak and humor. Later, Jim and Greg review the new album from singer Lana Del Rey.

#446 Richard Thompson & Opinions on Jack White

June 13th, 2014

58:31

Guitar virtuoso Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention joins hosts Jim and Greg in the studio for an interview and live performance. Later, Jim and Greg review the new album by fellow guitar rocker Jack White of The …

#445 The Baseball Project, The Rock Doctors Perform Surgery & Opinions on Sharon Van Etten

June 6th, 2014

58:34

Paging the Rock Doctors! Jim and Greg help a fellow physician find the perfect surgery soundtrack. Plus, Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey, members of supergroup The Baseball Project, talk about America's two favorite …

#444 Warpaint & Opinions on Neil Young

May 30th, 2014

58:29

Warpaint, a quartet from Los Angeles, makes danceable rock and roll and they join us this week on the show. Later Jim and Greg review the new lo-fi …

#443 Songs from the Front Lines

May 23rd, 2014

58:29

In honor of Memorial Day our brave men and women in service, Jim and Greg play Songs from the Front Lines. Later, they review the new album from …

#442 Uncle Tupelo's No Depression and Opinions on Black Keys & Lykke Li

May 16th, 2014

58:33

With its innovative fusion of traditional folk and country with punk and rock 'n' roll, Uncle Tupelo's album, No Depression, is a genuine milestone …

#441 Darkside & Opinions on tUnE-yArDs

May 9th, 2014

58:30

Electronic duo Darkside joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for an interview and live performance. Later they review a new album by experimental pop artist Tune-Yards.

#440 Chess Records & Damon Albarn & Kelis Reviews

May 2nd, 2014

58:31

Jim and Greg explore the history and influence of Chess Records. During its 25 year run, the Chicago label put out music by Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry …

#439 Songs That Make You Cry

April 25th, 2014

58:33

Get out your hankies! We've got the best musical "Tearjerkers." Then, Jim and Greg review the first record in over 15 years from The Afghan Whigs.

#438 ABBA at 40 & Eurovision

April 18th, 2014

58:35

40 years of ABBA! "ABBA Gold" author Elisabeth Vincentelli and Eurovision expert John Kennedy O'Connor speak with Jim and Greg on the 40th …

#437 Giorgio Moroder and a Review of The Both

April 11th, 2014

58:34

Jim and Greg talk to Giorgio Moroder, one of the architects of Disco. And they review a new collaboration by Aimee Mann & Ted Leo.

#436 Pelican and a Review of The Hold Steady

April 4th, 2014

58:40

The post-metal quartet Pelican brings its thundering instrumentals to the Sound Opinions studio. And later, Jim and Greg review the latest album from …

#435 The Allman Brothers Band & Black Lips Review

March 28th, 2014

58:40

For 45 years The Allman Brothers Band has survived murder, mayhem, death, and addictions. Jim and Greg speak with Alan Paul, author of "One Way Out: …

#434 SXSW 2014 & Nick Waterhouse Review

March 21st, 2014

58:41

Back from their trip to SXSW in Austin, TX, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite bands from the annual music conference. Later, they review the sophomore album from Nick Waterhouse.

#433 Mike Watt of Minutemen & Reviews of Pharrell Williams and The War on Drugs

March 14th, 2014

58:39

With his classic album Double Nickels on the Dime about to turn 30, bassist Mike Watt of Minutemen speaks with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot . Later they review new albums from "Happy" Pharrell Williams and The War …

#432 Allen Toussaint & 20 Feet from Stardom

March 7th, 2014

58:40

Allen Toussaint is a singer, songwriter, producer and all around legend. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer joins us this week to talk about his 60+ …

#431 Sly & the Family Stone, Oscar Songs and Lydia Loveless

February 28th, 2014

58:41

Jerry Martini and Cynthia Robinson of Sly & the Family Stone talk about the band's funk innovation, radical politics and Sly's magnetic power. …

#430 Deltron 3030 and Beck Review

February 21st, 2014

58:39

Deltron 3030 take Jim and Greg to the 31st century with songs from Event II. Plus: Old Transfomers vs. New, and why Del the Funky Homosapien, Kid Koala, Dan the Automator, Jim and Greg all take music advice from David …

#429 The Sound Opinions World Tour in Russia & Angel Olsen Review

February 14th, 2014

58:40

With all eyes on Russia for the Olympics, Sound Opinions wants to know where everyone's ears are. Join us this week as we go through the past, present & future of Russian Music on this leg of the Sound Opinions …

#428 Musical Couples for Valentine's Day

February 7th, 2014

58:39

Rockers in Love: Sound Opinions celebrates Valentine's Day with selections by great musical power couples. Later, Jim and Greg review the new album from punk rockers Against Me!

#427 The Dismemberment Plan & Broken Bells Review

January 31st, 2014

58:40

Greg welcomes the recently re-formed Washington D.C. indie band The Dismemberment Plan to the Sound Opinions studio. Then they review the new album …

#426 Bands of The Bermuda Triangle

January 24th, 2014

58:37

The Bermuda Triangle: Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot remember bands they thought were destined for big things, but which disappeared with barely a trace. Later, Jim and Greg review a new album by the California indie …

#425 The Beatles "Tune In" & Bruce Springsteen Review

January 17th, 2014

58:40

The definitive Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn, talks about the Fab Four before they were legends. His comprehensive new book "Tune In" delves into …

#424 Rodrigo Y Gabriela & Remembering Phil Everly

January 10th, 2014

58:38

Find out how Rodrigo y Gabriela went from headbanging in Mexico to busking in Dublin to headlining festivals around the world. Plus, Jim and Greg remember Phil Everly and Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines.

#423 2013 Mixtapes & Ask the Critic

January 3rd, 2014

58:39

A final farewell to 2013--Jim and Greg present their mixtapes with the best tracks of the year. Stream them at http://www.soundopinions.org/. And, find out why Greg fondly remembers Yanni and Jim may never like Britney.

#422 The Dawn of Metal & Paramount Records

December 27th, 2013

58:37

A Very Metal Xmas continues with a look at the Dawn of Metal. Before there was Metallica and Slayer, there was Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. Plus, how did one of the most famed rosters in music history end up at a …

#421 Slayer Turns 30 and Reviews of Norah Jones, Billie Joe Armstrong and Childish Gambino

December 20th, 2013

58:38

We celebrate the holidays Sound Opinions style...with a dose of metal! Jim and Greg look back at Slayer, 30 years after its debut. And they review …

#420 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular

December 13th, 2013

58:38

Sound Opinions presents a Christmas special like none other. Holiday music collector and expert Andy Cirzan is back with “Rock 'n' Pop …

#419 The Best Albums of 2013

December 6th, 2013

58:34

Jim and Greg present the Best Albums of 2013, and they hear nominations from guest critics in the listening audience.

#418 Songs about the Music Business & Opinions on The Warlocks

November 29th, 2013

58:37

Suits—from the managers to the label execs—rock ‘n’ roll is filled with ‘em. Jim and Greg play the best Songs About the Biz. And they discuss the …

#417 Remembering Lou Reed & Opinions on M.I.A.

November 22nd, 2013

58:37

Jim and Greg remember Lou Reed and five of his most important releases. Plus, M.I.A. makes a lot of headlines, and now she's made a new album. They review Matangi.

#416 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot

November 15th, 2013

58:36

It's Turkey Time! Take out your frustrations on the year's biggest musical disappointments during our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot. And, how does Lady Gaga fare on Artpop?

#415 Parquet Courts

November 8th, 2013

58:40

Parquet Courts brings the humor and punk rock. And Arcade Fire's Reflektor is finally here. Is it a Buy It?

#414 Sound Opinions on Astral Weeks, James Murphy & Lou Reed

November 1st, 2013

58:40

Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. The landmark release celebrates its 45th anniversary this month. Plus, a review of the chart-topping debut by New Zealand's Lorde.

#413 Neko Case & Opinions on Paul McCartney

October 25th, 2013

58:40

Neko Case returns to her old Chicago stomping grounds for a special live Sound Opinions recording at The Hideout. Then Jim and Greg review the latest …

#412 Sound Opinions Halloween Special & Opinions on Pearl Jam

October 18th, 2013

58:38

Kill 'em all, Jim and Greg say. At least when it comes to Halloween tunes. This week they play their favorite Murder Songs. Then, ten albums after Ten, Pearl Jam is back.

#411 Willis Earl Beal & Opinions on Kings of Leon

October 11th, 2013

58:36

Willis Earl Beal shows off his powerhouse voice. Plus, Jim and Greg ponder the powerhouse sales of Kings of Leon

#410 Fall Record Reviews & Jim's DIJ

October 4th, 2013

58:40

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get critical with five new record releases from the likes of Justin Timberlake, Elvis Costello, Franz Ferdinand, The Weeknd and HAIM.

#409 Savages & Opinions on Drake

September 27th, 2013

58:33

Electrifying, intense, experimental, spectacular...however you want to describe Savages, this U.K. quartet is taking over stateside, and we got 'em …

#408 Replacements Reunion & Classic Album Dissection

September 20th, 2013

58:36

Jim and Greg dissect The Replacements’ classic album Let It Be in honor of the band getting back together after a twenty two year hiatus.

#407 Cheap Trick Live At Budokan

September 13th, 2013

58:38

Cheap Trick join us live in the studio to celebrate the 35th anniversary of their landmark live album At Budokan. The band members talk about the Beatlemania they experienced in Japan and why they'll steal your guitar, …

#406 The Rock Doctors do Kung Fu & Opinions on Nine Inch Nails and Sam Phillips

September 6th, 2013

58:36

Time for a visit to the doctor. Don't fret, we mean the Rock Doctors! Plus reviews of new albums by Nine Inch Nails and Sam Phillips. 

#405 The Sound Opinions World Tour in South Africa

August 30th, 2013

58:39

Think South African music means Paul Simon's Graceland? Then this is the episode for you. Jim and Greg learn where Paul Simon picked up that Kwela …

#404 Music of the Civil Rights Movement

August 23rd, 2013

58:39

Jim and Greg mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech" with a discussion of the Music of the Civil Rights Movement.

#403 Josh Homme & Opinions on Superchunk

August 17th, 2013

59:01

Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme joins Jim and Greg for a conversation in the Sound Opinions studios. (Don't miss his story about meeting …

#402 Lindsey Buckingham

August 9th, 2013

58:41

Fleetwood Mac's guitar hero Lindsey Buckingham is live in the Sound Opinions studios. He reveals his guitar influences and dishes on four decades of Fleetwood Mac soap operas.

#401 The Best Rock Instrumentals & Opinions on Trouble

August 2nd, 2013

58:36

Who needs lyrics? This week, Jim and Greg play the Best Rock Instrumentals. And later, metal fans rejoice! We've got a review of the new album from doom metal act Trouble.

#400 Buried Treasures & Robin Thicke Review

July 26th, 2013

58:36

Jim and Greg break out the metal detector and dig deep for Buried Treasures. They spotlight great albums buried under the Top 40. Then it's back to …

#399 Johnny Marr & Reviews of El-P and Killer Mike

July 19th, 2013

58:38

"This Charming Man" Johnny Marr joins Jim and Greg live in the studio. He talks guitar wizardry, his new solo career, and of course The Smiths. …

#398 Music of The Beats & Opinions on Jay-Z

July 12th, 2013

58:39

Think beat poetry is all about berets and bongos? Think again. Text and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll author Simon Warner reveals the rockin' side of the …

#397 Indians & Black Sabbath Review

July 5th, 2013

58:39

Danish electro-pop act Indians brings its radiant soundscapes to the Sound Opinions studio. Plus, Black Sabbath are back. Jim and Greg review the nineteenth studio album from the OG's of metal.

#396 The Sound Opinions World Tour in Mexico

June 28th, 2013

58:40

The Sound Opinions World Tour lands in Mexico City. Rock journalists Josh Norek and Alejandro Franco are our guides to music south of the border. And back in Chicago, Jim and Greg review One True Vine, the new Jeff …

#395 Bryan Ferry & Opinions on Kanye West

June 20th, 2013

58:37

Jim and Greg don their spiffiest suits for a sit-down with Roxy Music's stylish founder Bryan Ferry. And later in the show, they weigh in on Kanye West’s dark new album Yeezus.

#394 Best Family Bands & The Handsome Family Review

June 13th, 2013

58:38

The family that plays together, stays together, or so the saying goes. And so in honor of Father's Day, Jim and Greg play music from their favorite Family Bands. Plus they review yet another family effort: the new …

#393 Best Albums of 2013...So Far

June 7th, 2013

58:39

Does January's best album still hold up in June? After submitting their favorite records to months of listening, Jim and Greg unveil the Best Albums …

#392 *At Folsom Prison* & Reviews of {artist: Natalie Maines} and {artist: The National}

May 31st, 2013

58:39

Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison turns 45 this month, and Jim and Greg celebrate with a Classic Album Dissection. Plus they review new records from …

#391 Wild Belle & Daft Punk Review

May 24th, 2013

58:37

Wild Belle brings its brand of reggae-inspired psychedelic pop to the studio. And later, the robots are back. Jim and Greg don their chrome helmets for a review of Daft Punk's highly-anticipated new album Random Access …

#390 Peter Hook & Chance the Rapper Review

May 17th, 2013

58:39

Peter Hook seperates fact from Joy Division legend. The influential bassist remembers bandmate Ian Curtis and addresses recent rifts in New Order. And later in the show, Jim and Greg review the next mixtape from …

Show #389: Tame Impala & Savages Review

May 10th, 2013

58:35

Break out your paisley shirt: psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are live in the studio! Kevin Parker and co. perform tracks from their latest album Lonerism. And later, Jim and Greg review the debut album from …

#388 Sound Opinions World Tour in Japan & Jessie Ware Review

May 3rd, 2013

58:37

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 …

#387 Joe Boyd & Opinions on The Besnard Lakes

April 26th, 2013

58:37

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.

#386 Kurt Vile & Phoenix Review

April 19th, 2013

58:38

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.

#385 Remembering Roger Ebert & Opinions on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

April 12th, 2013

58:31

Jim and Greg remember a friend and critical hero: Roger Ebert. In 2006, the three critics sat down to talk music movies and Ebert's own rock 'n' roll …

#384 Emeli Sande & Opinions on Low

April 5th, 2013

58:31

She played the Olympics opening ceremony, now Emeli Sandé takes her soulful pop to the Sound Opinions studio. Jim and Greg talk to the UK songwriter …

#383 Grand Slams (Four Great Albums in a Row) & The Strokes Review

March 29th, 2013

58:38

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 …

#382 SXSW 2013 & Opinions on Justin Timberlake

March 22nd, 2013

58:38

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.) Later in the show, Jim …

#381 Tony Visconti & Opinions on David Bowie

March 15th, 2013

58:57

Bowie is Back! Jim and Greg talk with longtime Bowie producer Tony 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 …

#380 Lucinda Williams & Opinions on Rhye

March 8th, 2013

59:03

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, …

#379 Sound Opinions World Tour: Sweden & Atoms for Peace Review

March 1st, 2013

59:03

Jim and Greg 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. And later in the show, Jim and Greg review the first …

#378 Buried Treasures and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Review

February 22nd, 2013

59:03

Call it Sound Opinions' antidote to the Grammys: Jim and Greg play tracks they think deserve wider notice during our latest Buried Treasures episode. And later the in show, Jim and Greg review the new album from …

#377 Jimmy Cliff & Richard Thompson Review

February 15th, 2013

59:03

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff is live in the Sound Opinions studio. Plus, guitar great Richard Thompson goes "Electric."

#376 Valentine's Day Special & My Bloody Valentine Review

February 8th, 2013

59:03

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 …

#375 The db's & Solange Review

February 1st, 2013

59:03

The dB's weren't ever big sellers, but they're power pop royalty. This week, the band's live in the Sound Opinions studios. And later in the show, …

#374 Trey Parker and Matt Stone & Reviews of New Order and Parquet Courts

January 25th, 2013

58:38

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, …

#373 Best Satirical Songs & Yo La Tengo Review

January 18th, 2013

58:40

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 …

#372 Aimee Mann & Bruno Mars Review

January 11th, 2013

58:39

Indie songstress Aimee Mann visits the Sound Opinions studios. Plus Jim and Greg review the new album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," by Bruno Mars.

#371 Shoegaze (Genre Dissection) & Big Boi Review

January 4th, 2013

58:40

Jim and Greg dive into the influential UK genre known as Shoegaze and review the latest record from Outkast's Big Boi.

#370 Mixtapes 2012 & In Memoriam

December 28th, 2012

58:29

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.

#369 Supergroups & Alicia Keys Review

December 21st, 2012

58:40

Jim and Greg delve into the mysteries of band chemistry when they explore the history of Supergroups. And later in the show, they review the new album from "Girl on Fire" Alicia Keys.

#368 Holiday Spectacular 2012: Santa Soul

December 14th, 2012

58:38

Every year Jim and Greg set out the cookies and milk, hoping for a visit from Sound Opinions' own Kris Kringle, crate-digging DJ Andy Cirzan. This …

#367 The Best Albums of 2012

December 7th, 2012

58:40

Jim and Greg have made their lists and checked ‘em twice. Now the big moment has arrived. Without further ado: The Best Albums of 2012.

#366 Divine Fits & Rihanna Review

November 30th, 2012

58:40

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 …

#365 Big Star Dissection & Soundgarden Review

November 23rd, 2012

58:39

Jim and Greg celebrate power pop innovators Big Star. The band's debut album #1 Record turns 40 this year. Plus does former "Turkey" Chris Cornell redeem himself with the new Soundgarden release?

#364 Turkey Shoot 2012 & The Coup Review

November 16th, 2012

59:00

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time for Jim and Greg to take aim at the year's biggest musical turkeys. They run down 2012's biggest musical disappointments in our annual Turkey Shoot. And later, they …

#363 John Cale & Tame Impala Review

November 9th, 2012

58:39

John Cale co-founded the Velvet Underground with Lou Reed, but he hasn't been sitting on his laurels. This week, the inveterate art rock experimenter is live in the Sound Opinions studio. Plus Jim and Greg don their …

#362 'Live at the Apollo' Classic Album Dissection & Reviews of Neil Young and Kendrick Lamar

November 2nd, 2012

58:40

Get ready for some screamin', some pleadin' and some shimmyin'. Fifty years after it was recorded, Jim and Greg look back at James Brown's Live at …

#361 Halloween Special 2012 & Converge Review

October 26th, 2012

58:39

"Monster Mash" not quite cutting it with the jaded trick-or-treaters in your neighborhood? Well you're in luck. On this year's Sound Opinions Halloween Special, Jim and Greg share some Monster Songs sure to send chills …

#360 Ty Segall & Reviews of Miguel and Grizzly Bear

October 19th, 2012

58:38

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. …

#359 Passion Pit & Wanda Jackson Review

October 12th, 2012

58:39

Jim and Greg host Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos at the Sound Opinions studios. Michael opens up about his production style and mental health struggles, and gives one of our favorite stripped-down live …

#358 Rock Doctors with Mark Crilley and Reviews of Mumford & Sons and Lupe Fiasco

October 5th, 2012

58:39

Jim and Greg don their stethoscopes and become the Rock Doctors. Their patient? Acclaimed comic book writer and illustrator Mark Crilley. They'll see if they can't give this self-proclaimed musical softie a harder edge. …

#357 Japandroids & Reviews of Green Day and The xx

September 28th, 2012

58:39

Canadian garage rockers Japandroids join Jim and Greg onstage for a special taping of Sound Opinions Live at Chicago's Lincoln Hall. And later Jim …

#356 El-P & Bob Dylan Review

September 21st, 2012

58:35

Rapper, record mogul, and underground hip-hop producer El-P is live in the studio. Plus Jim and Greg review Tempest, the 35th studio album from …

#355 Buried Treasures & Divine Fits Review

September 14th, 2012

58:39

Jim and Greg share some of their favorite music under the mainstream radar in the latest installment of Buried Treasures.

#354 OFF! & Reviews of Cat Power and Bob Mould

September 7th, 2012

58:39

The punk supergroup OFF! performs live in the studio. Plus Jim and Greg review new records from Cat Power and Bob Mould.

#353 Elephant 6 Revisted & Dead Can Dance Review

August 31st, 2012

58:35

Jim and Greg revisit their conversation with The Apples in Stereo’s Robert Schneider about the Elephant 6 Recording Collective. Plus, they review …

#352 Days of the Week Songs & Yeasayer Review

August 24th, 2012

58:37

Jim and Greg celebrate the best Days of the Week songs, and follow it up with a review of Brooklyn band Yeasayer's third album "Fragrant World."

#351 1977: The Year Punk Broke (Part 2) & Antibalas Review

August 17th, 2012

58:38

In part two of our series 1977: The Year Punk Broke, Jim and Greg look at the punk movement stateside with music writer Ira Robbins. And later, Jim and Greg review the self-titled new album from afropop band Antibalas.

#350 1977: The Year Punk Broke (Part 1) & Red Kross Review

August 10th, 2012

58:38

In part one of our two-part series on the historic year 1977, Jim and Greg explore the punk explosion in the UK with music writer Jon Savage. And later, they review "Researching the Blues" from LA power pop band Redd …

#349 Jack White

August 3rd, 2012

58:36

Jim and Greg sit down with the hardest working man in rock, Jack White, at Third Man studios in Nashville.

#348 Lydia Loveless & Mission of Burma and Passion Pit Opinions

July 27th, 2012

58:36

Singer Lydia Loveless writes country songs with punk rock flair. She performs tracks from her latest release, Indestructible Machine, live in the studio. Plus, Jim and Greg review new releases from Mission of Burma and …

#347 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (Classic Album Dissection)

July 20th, 2012

58:33

Forty years after its release, David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars gets the Classic Album Dissection treatment. Later in the show, Jim and Greg review "channel ORANGE" the …

#346 Kelly Hogan & Reviews of Emeli Sande & Hot Chip

July 13th, 2012

58:35

Singer Kelly Hogan visits the studio. A sought-after collaborator for the likes of Neko Case and Andrew Bird, Hogan’s powerful voice shines through …

#345 Summer Record Review Roundup

July 6th, 2012

58:36

In the past weeks, Greg and Jim’s inboxes have filled up with new releases from Patti Smith, Best Coast, Ty Segall, and others. Tune in as they review them during our Summer Record Review Roundup.

#344 Van Hunt & Fiona Apple Review

June 29th, 2012

58:34

Van Hunt’s eclectic R&B incorporates influences from Sly Stone to Bowie. He and the band stop by the studio to perform songs from their latest album, What Were You Hoping For? Plus, Jim and Greg review the new Fiona …

#343 Best Albums of 2012 So Far & Neil Young and Crazy Horse Review

June 22nd, 2012

58:33

Jim and Greg love lists so much they can’t wait until the end of the year to make them. Tune in to hear The Best Albums of 2012...So Far. And later, Neil Young and Crazy Horse take on the American songbook on …

#342 Willie Nelson, K-Pop & A Real Life Desert Island Jukebox

June 15th, 2012

58:38

On the occasion of Willie Nelson's 66th studio release, Jim and Greg review the American icon's wide-ranging career with Texas music authority Joe Nick Patoski. But first, Jim and Greg get an education in K-pop, the …

#341 Electronic Dance Music & Garbage Review

June 8th, 2012

58:34

Jim and Greg explore the growing genre of Electronic Dance Music and the new rave generation with writer Philip Sherburne. Then they review "Not Your Kind of People," the first new album from Garbage in seven years.

#340 Screaming Females & the Alan Lomax Archive

June 1st, 2012

58:32

The aptly named punk trio Screaming Females visit the studio.

#339 Disco Doesn't Suck and Opinions on Beach House & Killer Mike

May 25th, 2012

58:34

Jim and Greg go "Disco" and remember Donna Summer. Plus a review of the latest from ephemeral pop duo Beach House.

#338 James Mercer & Norah Jones Review

May 18th, 2012

58:32

James Mercer of The Shins stops by to showcase songs from the band’s new album Port of Morrow. Later, Jim and Greg review the new collaboration …

#337 Songs About Mom

May 11th, 2012

58:33

Jim and Greg celebrate Mother’s Day with their favorite Songs About Mom. Plus, they remember late Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch.

#336 Sharon Van Etten & Santigold Review

May 4th, 2012

58:31

Modern folk rocker Sharon Van Etten performs live in the studio. Jim and Greg also review the sophomore release from pop artist Santigold.

#335 Rock Doctors Family Practice & Jack White Review

April 27th, 2012

58:35

The Rock Doctors clinic is open for business. Tune in to hear Drs. Kot and DeRogatis prescribe a dose of new music to some listeners in need. Later …

#334 Best Second Acts & Spiritualized Review

April 20th, 2012

58:33

This week it’s the “Comeback Kids” of rock and roll. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot highlight some of the Best Second Acts in music history. And …

#333 Alabama Shakes & Opinions on Nicki Minaj

April 13th, 2012

58:32

Tune in for a live performance from the breakout band of the moment, Alabama Shakes. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new album from rap's Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj.

#332 Amazing Grace (Classic Album Dissection) & Willis Earl Beal Review

April 6th, 2012

58:46

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct a Sound Opinions Classic Album Dissection of Aretha Franklin’s 1972 release Amazing Grace. They talk to author Aaron Cohen about the gospel masterpiece, which was recorded forty …

#331 The Kills & Reviews of Madonna and Dr. John

March 30th, 2012

58:45

Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince of The Kills bring their blend of blues grit, melodic vocals and drum-machine beats to the studio. Later Jim and Greg review new albums by the “Queen of Pop,” Madonna, and the “Night …

#330 SXSW 2012 & The Shins Review

March 23rd, 2012

58:45

Jim and Greg are back from their annual visit to the SXSW Music Conference with all the news, trends and must-hear bands for 2012. Later they review …

#329 Nick Lowe & Sinead O'Connor Review

March 16th, 2012

58:45

Jim and Greg talk to English singer, songwriter and producer Nick Lowe about his long career—from the punk and new wave scenes in the ‘70s to his most recent album The Old Magic. Plus, they review the new album from …

#328 The Monkees & Reviews of Andrew Bird and Kid Cudi

March 9th, 2012

58:47

Jim and Greg revisit their discussion of the history and legacy of the “Revolutionary Made-for-TV Band,” The Monkees with writer Eric Lefcowitz. …

#327 Fred Armisen & Reviews of Bruce Springsteen and Mark Lanegan

March 2nd, 2012

58:46

Fred Armisen of Portlandia and Saturday Night Live talks music and comedy with hosts Jim and Greg. Later in the show, Jim and Greg renew their Bruce Springsteen debate when they review the boss's latest, "Wrecking Ball."

#326 Dessa & Sleigh Bells Review

February 24th, 2012

58:44

Jim and Greg welcome singer, poet and rapper Dessa and review the latest from electro-pop duo Sleigh Bells.

#325 1967: Monterey Pop and the Live Music Explosion

February 17th, 2012

58:44

Sound Opinions continues its celebration of the 45th anniversary of the watershed year 1967. During this episode Jim and Greg focus on the historic Monterey International Pop Festival and its landmark performances …

#324 First Love Songs & Opinions on Lana Del Rey

February 10th, 2012

58:42

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Jim, Greg and the listeners name their favorite First Love Songs. And later in the show, forget the meme - what about the music? Jim and Greg review the debut album from Lana Del Rey.

#323 1967: The Album as Art

February 3rd, 2012

58:47

Sound Opinions celebrates the 45th anniversary of one of the most influential years in rock and roll history: 1967. During this episode Jim and Greg …

#322 Debbie Harry & Leonard Cohen Review

January 27th, 2012

58:47

Longtime Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry looks back at four decades on the cutting edge. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new record from rock poet Leonard Cohen, "Old Ideas."

#321 Short but Sweet & Craig Finn Review

January 20th, 2012

58:47

Short but Sweet – Proving that great things do come in small packages, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot run down some of rock and roll’s best under 2 …

#320 The Jayhawks & The Weeknd Review

January 13th, 2012

58:44

Recently reunited quintet The Jayhawks perform classic songs from its catalog, as well as new tracks from the band’s first album in eight years, Mockingbird Time. Later in the show, Jim and Greg review the new mixtape …

#319 Winter 2012 Review Roundup

January 6th, 2012

58:39

Jim and Greg kick off 2012 with reviews of some big winter releases by Amy Winehouse, The Roots and The Black Keys.

#318 Mixtapes 2011

December 30th, 2011

58:45

Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot ring in the New Year with their annual Mixtapes. They've compiled the Best Songs of 2011 to give you the perfect year-end soundtrack. They also speak with New York Times reporter Ben …

#317 Desert Island Jukebox

December 23rd, 2011

58:45

Jim and Greg have handed control of the Desert Island Jukebox over to some of their favorite guests. Members of LCD Soundsystem, Wild Flag, Slayer …

#316 Christmas Spectacular 2011

December 16th, 2011

59:00

Tune in for our annual Sound Opinions Xmas Spectacular with holiday obscura collector Andy Cirzan.

#315 The Best Albums of 2011

December 9th, 2011

58:45

It’s the moment all music fans wait for…the end! Without further ado: The Best Albums of 2011.

#314 Trombone Shorty & Brian Wilson Review

December 2nd, 2011

58:43

Horn player Trombone Shorty and his band New Orleans Avenue bring the “Supafunkrock” to the studio. Plus, the record Beach Boys fans have been waiting forty years for - Jim and Greg review "Smile Sessions."

#313 The Rock Doctors Treat Paul Krugman & Reviews of Oasis and Kate Bush

November 25th, 2011

58:44

The Rock Doctors Clinic is open for business. And this time Drs. Kot and DeRogatis have their first appointment with a Nobel Prize winner. They talk …

#311 Wild Flag and Lou Reed & Metallica Review

November 11th, 2011

58:43

Indie rock supergroup Wild Flag performs live. Plus, Jim and Greg rate the success of the unlikely collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed.

#310 Brian Eno & Coldplay Review

November 4th, 2011

58:42

Jim and Greg are joined by legendary producer, electronic music pioneer and philosopher Brian Eno. Later they review the latest album by frequent Eno …

#309 Halloween Special 2011 & Tom Waits Review

October 28th, 2011

58:38

Tune in for Sound Opinions’ annual Halloween celebration featuring scary tunes nominated by listeners from around the country. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new release from the king of creep-rock, Tom Waits.

#308 Cut Copy & Björk Review

October 21st, 2011

58:40

The Australian electronic pop band Cut Copy performs live in the studio. And later, Bjork turns science teacher. Jim and Greg review the Icelandic artist's latest, "Biophilia."

#307 Hero Worship & Reviews of Van Hunt and Mastodon

October 14th, 2011

58:42

Hero Worship – Jim and Greg play a collection of songs that name-check great artists from the history rock and roll. And later they review new albums …

#306 R.E.M. & Wilco Review

October 7th, 2011

58:45

Jim and Greg look back at the history and legacy of R.E.M. The alternative rockers announced their breakup after three decades. Plus a review of …

#305 Bob Ezrin & Das Racist Review

September 30th, 2011

58:37

Bob Ezrin, the "producer's producer" talks about working on classic albums by Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss and Peter Gabriel. Plus, can Das Racist …

#304 Handsome Furs & St. Vincent Review

September 23rd, 2011

58:45

Husband and wife electro-pop duo Handsome Furs perform live in the studio. Later, Jim and Greg review the new record from Sound Opinions alum St. Vincent, "Strange Mercy."

#303 Bootsy Collins & Lindsey Buckingham Review

September 16th, 2011

58:40

You know it when you hear it, but what is Funk? Jim and Greg trace a history of the genre with legendary bassist Bootsy Collins. And later, they …

#302 Iron and Wine & Wild Flag Review

September 9th, 2011

58:41

Folk singer Sam Beam and his band Iron and Wine perform live in the studio. Later, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot review the debut album by female …

#301 Songs About Work & Opinions on Lil' Wayne

September 2nd, 2011

58:42

Sound Opinions honors our nation's laborers with the best Songs About Work. And later, Jim and Greg review new albums from Lil' Wayne and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

#300 Rust Never Sleeps & Opinions on Stephen Malkmus

August 26th, 2011

58:41

Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of Neil Young's 1979 part acoustic/part electric masterpiece, Rust Never Sleeps. Plus, what do you get when Stephen Malkmus and Beck join forces? Jim and Greg review the …

#299 Buried Treasures & Opinions on John Hiatt

August 19th, 2011

58:47

For every arena rocker and summer festival headliner, there are great, unknown artists. This week hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot highlight these lesser-known gems. Tune in for Buried Treasures, plus a review of the …

#298 Damon Krukowski & Naomi Yang and Opinions on Jay-Z & Kanye West

August 12th, 2011

58:47

The duo of Damon and Naomi talk about leaving Galaxie 500 and maintaining a rock and roll marriage. They perform music from their new album False …

#297 The Swell Season & Opinions on Sons and Daughters and The Cool Kids

August 5th, 2011

59:00

Tune in for an apperance by The Swell Season on Sound Opinions. The duo of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová grew famous through their fictional romance in the film Once. Now, there's a new documentary out chronicling …

#296 Duets

July 29th, 2011

58:47

Famed duo "Jim and Greg" play their own all-time favorite musical Duets.

#295 Bob Mould & Opinions on Brian Eno

July 22nd, 2011

58:47

Jim and Greg sit down with influential singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü and Sugar. Mould's new book See a Little Light traces …

#294 tUnE-yArDs

July 15th, 2011

58:47

Tune in to hear the unique polyrhythms and vocal experiments of Merril Garbus' veritable one-woman band Tune-Yards.

#293 Wax Trax! Records & Opinions on Beyoncé

July 8th, 2011

58:47

Jim and Greg look back at the legacy of the revered Chicago label Wax Trax! Records. They’re joined by influential industrial musicians Paul Barker …

Show 292 Best Albums of 2011 (So Far) & Opinions on Jill Scott

July 1st, 2011

58:47

Jim and Greg get a jump on their best-of lists by naming the Top Albums of 2011...So Far. Plus they review "The Light of the Sun," the new record from Jill Scott.

#291 Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil and Opinions on Bon Iver

June 24th, 2011

58:47

Jim and Greg talk to legendary songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and get
the stories behind the hits “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “On Broadway” and more. Later in the show, Jim and Greg take on one of …

#290 Arcade Fire & Opinions on Battles

June 17th, 2011

59:00

Arcade Fire is in the studio to perform live and talk about their rise from small indie band to chart topping Grammy winners.

#289 Songs About Dad & Opinions on Raphael Saadiq

June 10th, 2011

58:47

Jim, Greg and listener guest critics say Happy Father's Day with their favorite Songs About Dad.

#288 Late Bob Dylan & Opinions on My Morning Jacket

June 3rd, 2011

58:47

Sound Opinions concludes its 70th birthday series on Bob Dylan by looking at the singer/songwriter's career renaissance. Jim and Greg learn about Dylan in the studio from engineer and producer Mark Howard.

#287 Mike Watt & Opinions on Lady Gaga and Death Cab for Cutie

May 27th, 2011

58:47

Mike Watt of the California punk band The Minutemen talks about the band's history, legacy and influential album Double Nickels on the Dime.

#286 Low & Opinions on Daniele Luppi

May 20th, 2011

58:47

Jim and Greg are joined by the Minnesota trio Low for a live performance and conversation about religion, rock and mixing music with marriage.

#285 Riotgrrrl & Opinions on The Cars and Fleet Foxes

May 13th, 2011

58:46

Jim and Greg look back at the history and legacy of the feminist punk movement Riot Grrrl. They talk to Sara Marcus, author of Girls to the Front.

#284 Titus Andronicus & Opinions on The Beastie Boys and The Feelies

May 6th, 2011

58:46

New Jersey's own Titus Andronicus bring their smart brand of punk rock to the studio.

#283 Bob Dylan Goes Electric

April 29th, 2011

58:47

Jim and Greg continue their appreciation of Bob Dylan. This week they are joined by legendary music figure Al Kooper as Dylan goes electric.

#282 Drive-By Truckers & Opinions on Gorillaz

April 22nd, 2011

59:00

Southern rockers Drive-By Truckers pull up to the studio to perform live and talk with Jim and Greg.

#281 Butch Vig & Opinions on Foo Fighters and Paul Simon

April 15th, 2011

58:47

Jim and Greg talk with Butch Vig about acting as producer, and therapist, to some of the biggest names in the business, including Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Smashing Pumpkins. Later they review the Vig-produced album by …

#280 Tax Day Special and Opinions on TV on the Radio & Britney Spears

April 8th, 2011

58:47

The Sound Opinions Tax Day Special: Jim and Greg provide the perfect soundtrack to help the listeners beat their tax day blues.

#279 Early Bob Dylan & Opinions on Lykke Li

April 1st, 2011

58:47

As Bob Dylan approaches his 70th year, Jim and Greg go back to the beginning. Tune in as they look at Dylan's folk years — from protest singer to the …

#278 SXSW 2011 & Opinions on The Strokes

March 25th, 2011

58:30

Jim and Greg made it back from their annual trip to the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. They'll share their new discoveries for the year to come.

#277 Copyright Criminals & Opinions on R.E.M.

March 18th, 2011

58:29

Jim and Greg look at the role of sampling in music today. They talk about the history of this postmodern art form and subsequent legal debates with …

#276 The Vaselines & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco

March 11th, 2011

58:30

Scottish rock group The Vaselines are back together in the Sound Opinions studio to perform some old gems, as well as new tunes from their recent …

#275 Jac Holzman of Elektra Records & Opinions on Adele and Lucinda Williams

March 4th, 2011

58:30

Jim and Greg talk about the birth of rock and roll and the modern label system with Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman. Later in the show, they …

#274 Gang of Four & Opinions on Radiohead

February 25th, 2011

58:30

Jim and Greg sit down with Andy Gill and Jon King, founders of the pioneering post-punk group Gang of Four. Plus they review the new album from Radiohead.

#273 The Monkees & Opinions on PJ Harvey and Drive-By Truckers

February 18th, 2011

58:29

Jim and Greg dive into the history and legacy of the “Revolutionary Made-for-TV Band,” The Monkees with writer Eric Lefcowitz.

#272 Valentine's Day Special: Unrequited Love

February 11th, 2011

58:30

Rock and roll is filled with songs about Unrequited Love. This week Jim, Greg and listeners from around the country pick their favorites for …

#271 Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan & Opinions on Destroyer and The North Mississippi Allstars

February 4th, 2011

58:45

Musical duo Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan stop by the studio. Plus more music news and reviews.

#270 1991 & Opinions on Smith Westerns and Wanda Jackson

January 28th, 2011

58:46

Twenty years later, Jim and Greg look back at 1991, the year that gave us Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses and Lollapalooza.

#269 Superchunk & Opinions on The Decemberists

January 21st, 2011

58:46

Members of the North Carolina band Superchunk stop by to talk about their two decades of DIY-indie rock. They perform songs from their latest release …

#268 The Business of Hip-Hop & Opinions on Electric Wizard and Corinne Bailey Rae

January 14th, 2011

58:46

Jim and Greg discuss the business of hip-hop with Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback.

#267 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Nicki Minaj

January 7th, 2011

58:46

Tune in for a new batch of musical Buried Treasures.

#266 Mixtapes 2010, Quincy Jones, & Opinions on Michael Jackson

December 31st, 2010

59:03

Jim and Greg present their 2010 Mixtapes with their favorite songs of the year. They'll also review the new posthumous release by Michael Jackson.

#265 Songs in the Key of Life (Classic Album Dissection) & Opinions on Duffy and Daft Punk

December 24th, 2010

59:04

Jim and Greg revisit their Classic Album Dissection of Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder. Later they review new records by French duo Daft Punk and British singer Duffy.

#264 The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2010

December 17th, 2010

59:03

Tune in for the annual Sound Opinions Christmas Spectacular featuring weird and wonderful holiday tunes curated by record collector Andy Cirzan.

#263 The Best Albums of 2010

December 10th, 2010

59:03

The end is here! Tune in for Jim and Greg's Best Albums of 2010.

#262 James Murphy and Opinions on Black Eyed Peas

December 3rd, 2010

59:03

Jim and Greg conduct a career-spanning interview with musician and producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.

#261 Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot 2010

November 26th, 2010

59:00

Sound Opinions Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot: Jim and Greg give thanks by taking out this year’s biggest musical disappointments.

#260 Teenage Fanclub & Opinions on Kanye West

November 19th, 2010

59:00

Kurt Cobain called them the the best band in the world. Now Teenage Fanclub joins Jim and Greg in the studio for a conversation and live performance. Then they review the new album from Kanye West and Jim drops a …

#259 The Rock Doctors Go Shopping

November 12th, 2010

59:03

Paging the Rock Doctors! Jim and Greg help a listener in musical critical care.

#258 Best Coast & Opinions on Bryan Ferry

November 5th, 2010

59:00

Indie pop trio Best Coast visits the show to perform its unique mix of girl-group harmonies and shoegaze rock. Plus, decades after Roxy Music, Bryan …

#257 Halloween Special 2010 and Opinions on Belle & Sebastian

October 29th, 2010

59:03

It’s time for another Sound Opinions Halloween Special. Jim and Greg have once again scoured the dark underbelly of rock and roll to find the …

#256 The Moog & Opinions on Kings of Leon

October 22nd, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg celebrate one of the 20th century’s greatest musical innovations: The Moog. Plus, they review the new album by “Band of Brothers” Kings of Leon.

#255 Pink Floyd's The Wall

October 15th, 2010

59:03

Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of Pink Floyd's landmark concept album The Wall.

#254 U2 Considered and Opinions on Neil Young & Black Mountain

October 8th, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg trace U2’s path from Dublin kids to stadium giants to Broadway darlings.

#253 Michael Rother of Neu! & Opinions on Robyn and Superchunk

October 1st, 2010

59:00

Find out why Neu! truly deserves it’s ! Tune in to hear Jim and Greg’s conversation with German rock pioneer and Neu! co-founder Michael Rother. And …

#252 Sophomore Success & Opinions on Grinderman

September 24th, 2010

59:00

After every successful debut comes the dreaded “Sophomore Slump.” This week Jim and Greg highlight artists that managed to defeat this streak and …

#251 White Mystery and Opinions on John Legend & The Roots

September 17th, 2010

59:00

Up and coming garage rock duo White Mystery stops by for a conversation and live performance. Then we review the new collaboration between John …

#250 Slayer & Opinions on Weezer and Richard Thompson

September 10th, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg sit down with members of the influential metal band Slayer to talk about speed, Satan and Tipper Gore. Plus Jim and Greg review new albums from Weezer and Richard Thompson.

#249 Fall 2010 Review Roundup

September 3rd, 2010

59:03

Jim and Greg give Buy It, Burn It, Trash It ratings to big new releases including the Jeff Tweedy-produced album by Mavis Staples and the latest by …

Show 248 Summer Road Trip and Isobel Campbell & Opinions on Mark Lanegan

August 27th, 2010

59:03

Join Jim and Greg on a Sound Opinions Summer Road Trip. They talk to folks coast-to-coast to find out what's happening in some great music towns …

#247 Electric Warrior (Classic Album Dissection) & Opinions on John Mellencamp

August 20th, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of T. Rex’s quintessential glam rock release Electric Warrior.

#246 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Tom Jones

August 13th, 2010

59:00

Buried Treasures: Jim and Greg dig up a new chest of lesser known musical gems you need to hear.

#245 Chess Records & Opinions on Dark Night of the Soul

August 6th, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg explore the history and influence of Chess Records. During its 25 year run, the Chicago label put out music by Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry …

#244 Stephen Malkmus & Opinions on Arcade Fire

July 30th, 2010

59:00

Go ahead, call 'em ironic, call 'em slackers...just be sure to tune in to hear Pavement's Stephen Malkmus talk about the band's history, influence and recent reunion. Jim and Greg also review the new release by Arcade …

#243 Stephen Street & Opinions on M.I.A.

July 23rd, 2010

59:00

This one’s for you, Britpop fans! We’ve got record producer Stephen Street talking about his work with The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur and more. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new record by pop provocateur M.I.A., and Jim …

#242 Off the Rails & Opinions on Big Boi and Alejandro Escovedo

July 16th, 2010

59:00

Off the Rails: Jim and Greg call out some of rock’s great artists who took terrible career turns. Then Jim and Greg review albums by Big Boi and Alejandro Escovedo.

#241 The Rock Fan's Guide to Country & Opinions on The Roots and Scissor Sisters

July 9th, 2010

59:00

The Rock Fan’s Guide to Country: Tune in as Chrissie Dickinson, music writer and former editor of The Journal of Country Music, proves why country music deserves our respect. Then Jim and Greg review the new albums from …

#240 Thriller (Classic Album Dissection) & Opinions on Eminem and Wolf Parade

July 2nd, 2010

59:00

One year after Michael Jackson’s death, Jim and Greg explore the legacy of the King of Pop’s most famous album with Nelson George, author of Thriller: The Musical Life of Michael Jackson. Plus Jim and Greg review the …

#239 Chrissie Hynde & Opinions on Christina Aguilera and Drake

June 25th, 2010

59:03

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders joins Jim and Greg in the studio to debut her new project JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys. Later, Jim and Greg review big summer releases from pop star Christina Aguilera and …

#238 Guilty Pleasures & Opinions on Tom Petty and Rhymefest

June 18th, 2010

59:00

Guilty Pleasures: Jim, Greg & some brave listeners reveal their musical Guilty Pleasures. Plus, Jim and Greg review new albums by veteran rocker Tom Petty & rapper Rhymefest.

#237 Chris Jones & The Best Albums of 2010...So Far

June 11th, 2010

59:02

The Best Albums of 2010...So Far: Jim and Greg name their mid-year favorites. They also talk to theater critic Chris Jones about Broadway’s rock ‘n’ …

#236 The Vocoder & Opinions on Blitzen Trapper and Sleigh Bells

June 4th, 2010

59:03

Jim and Greg are joined by Dave Tompkins, author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach, a history of the vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop. Tompkins reveals the instrument’s secret military past and funk roots.

#235 Phoenix & Opinions on Bettye LaVette

May 28th, 2010

59:03

Ultra-melodic French rockers Phoenix join Jim and Greg in the studio to perform songs from their hit 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Plus they …

#234 The Rock Doctors Battle Addiction & Opinions on The National and Janelle Monáe

May 21st, 2010

59:03

Rock Doctors Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot conduct their first rock and roll intervention. They help a listener with a musical addiction...before it’s …

#233 The xx & Opinions on The Dead Weather

May 14th, 2010

59:00

The xx has quietly taken the U.S. by storm. Now the British electronic trio is live in the Sound Opinions studio. Plus, Jim and Greg review the new album from The Dead Weather.

#232 Buried Treasures & Opinions on The New Pornographers

May 7th, 2010

59:01

Buried Treasures: With over 100,000 records released every year, it’s easy for some gems to fall through the track. This week Jim and Greg unearth some of their favorites.

#231 K'Naan & Opinions on The Hold Steady

April 30th, 2010

58:59

Somali-born performer K’Naan visits the show to talk about poetry, politics and hip hop. Plus, he and his band perform live in the studio.

#230 Spring 2010 Review Roundup

April 23rd, 2010

59:01

New records are blooming like crazy this spring. Jim and Greg catch up on new releases from MGMT, LCD Soundsystem, Hole and more.

#229 Beach House & Opinions on Erykah Badu

April 16th, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg are joined by the Baltimore duo Beach House and review the new Erykah Badu record.

#228 London Calling (Classic Album Dissection) & Opinions on David Byrne

April 9th, 2010

59:02

Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of the landmark release London Calling by the Clash.

#227 Vivian Girls & Opinions on Usher

April 2nd, 2010

58:58

Rock trio Vivian Girls stop by for a conversation and live performance. Plus Jim and Greg review the new album from Usher.

#226 SXSW 2010 & Opinions on She and Him

March 26th, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg are back from the SXSW Music Festival to tell you what bands to watch in 2010. Plus they review the latest album from She and Him.

#225 Synth-Pop & Opinions on Broken Bells

March 19th, 2010

58:59

Jim and Greg explore the roots of one of the most influential music genres today: Synth-Pop. Plus they review the collaboration between Danger Mouse …

#224 Mickey Leigh on Joey Ramone & Opinions on Gorillaz and The Besnard Lakes

March 12th, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg explore the roots of one of the most influential music genres today: Synth-Pop. Plus they review the collaboration between Danger Mouse …

#223 Songs About Radio & Opinions on Peter Gabriel

March 5th, 2010

59:01

Jim and Greg discuss the impact of radio on the music industry and music fans. Tune in to hear their favorite Songs about Radio.

#222 Movie Music & Opinions on Gil Scott-Heron and Johnny Cash

February 26th, 2010

58:59

At the Movies co-hosts A.O. Scott of the New York Times and Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune join Jim and Greg to talk movies, music and the Oscars. Plus they review albums from Gil-Scott Heron, Johnny Cash and …

#221 Rivers Cuomo & Opinions on Yeasayer

February 19th, 2010

59:01

Jim and Greg welcome Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo for a conversation and one-of-a-kind, live punk performance. Plus they review the latest album from Brooklyn indie-rockers Yeasayer.

#220 Valentine's Day Special -- Songs to Set the Mood

February 12th, 2010

59:02

Jim and Greg celebrate Valentine’s Day by playing their favorite songs to set the mood. They also hear romantic picks from listeners across the country.

#219 The Rock Doctors do Valentine's Day & Opinions on Sade

February 5th, 2010

59:02

The Rock Doctors are back in session just in time for Valentine’s Day. They provide two listeners some musical couples counseling.

#218 Peaches & Opinions on Charlotte Gainsbourg

January 29th, 2010

59:00

The always provocative electro-pop artist Peaches joins Jim and Greg for a conversation and live performance. Plus they review an album from Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jim drops a quarter in the Desert Island Jukebox.

#217 Doolittle (Classic Album Dissection) & Opinions on Midlake

January 22nd, 2010

59:00

Jim and Greg are joined by Black Francis of the Pixies for a Classic Album Dissection of the band’s 1989 landmark release Doolittle.

#216 Winter 2010 Review Roundup & Jim's DIJ

January 15th, 2010

59:01

Jim and Greg review some of 2010’s biggest new releases including albums by Lil Wayne, Spoon and Lady Gaga. Plus, it’s Jim’s turn to add a song he can’t live without to the Desert Island Jukebox.

#215 Kid Sister and Opinions on Vampire Weekend & Alicia Keys

January 8th, 2010

59:00

Chicago rapper Kid Sister joins Jim and Greg to talk about her new album Ultraviolet and perform live in the studio.

#214 Mixtapes of the Decade

January 1st, 2010

59:02

Jim and Greg mark the beginning of a new year by looking at the decade past. Tune in to hear their thoughts on the most important musical moments of …

#213 Desert Island Jukebox Special

December 25th, 2009

59:02

Jim and Greg have handed the jukebox quarters over to their guests. Members of Franz Ferdinand, The Hold Steady, The Flaming Lips and more add music …

#212 Christmas Spectacular 2009

December 18th, 2009

59:00

The Sound Opinions Xmas Spectacular: Our very own Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan, is back for this highly anticipated holiday show. Andy has a new batch …

#211 The Best Albums of 2009

December 11th, 2009

59:00

The Best Albums of 2009: Jim and Greg have made their lists...checked them twice...and are ready to proclaim the top albums of the year.

#210 Dhani Harrison & Opinions on Chris Brown

December 4th, 2009

59:00

Dhani Harrison visits the show with his band Thenewno2. Harrison, the son of the late Beatle George, talks to Jim and Greg about his musical upbringing, the perils of celebrity and even The Prisoner.

#209 Turkey Shoot 2009 & Opinions on Rihanna and Julian Casablancas

November 27th, 2009

59:00

Sound Opinions’ Annual Turkey Shoot: It’s time to put those musical turkeys out of their misery...and ours. Tune in to hear Jim and Greg’s biggest musical disappointments of 2009.

#208 The Dodos & Opinions on Norah Jones & Them Crooked Vultures

November 20th, 2009

59:00

San Francisco trio The Dodos visits Sound Opinions to showcase their unique mix of Western pop and African rhythms.

#207 School of Prog Rock

November 13th, 2009

59:01

School of Prog Rock: Jim and Greg explore the fantastical world of Progressive Rock with Charles Snider, author of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to …

#206 Grizzly Bear & Opinions on Slayer

November 6th, 2009

59:00

Tune in to hear those signature Grizzly Bear harmonies and melodies. Jim and Greg talk to the band in front of a live studio audience at the House of Blues Chicago. And later they take on metal giants Slayer.

#205 Scary Rock Songs for Halloween

October 30th, 2009

59:00

Sound Opinions celebrates Halloween with the best Scary Rock Songs. Jim and Greg play their favorites and hear some of yours.

#204 Phoenix & Opinions on Air

October 23rd, 2009

59:00

Jim and Greg welcome the quartet behind one of their favorite albums of the year: Phoenix. The French imports talk about being lost in translation and perform live in our studio.

#203 Ani DiFranco & Opinions on Bob Dylan

October 16th, 2009

59:00

Singer and songwriter Ani DiFranco visits the show to perform songs from her new album Red Letter Year and talk about her influences, politics and …

#202 More Cowbell! (Weird Instruments of Rock) & Opinions on Muse and Death

October 9th, 2009

59:00

Weird Instruments of Rock: Forget guitar, bass and drums. This week’s episode is all about theremin, ocarina and of course, more cowbell please!

#201 Music Video Games & Opinions on The Gossip and The Flaming Lips

October 2nd, 2009

59:00

Jim and Greg explore the phenomenon of music video games with one of the brains behind Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Greg LoPiccolo.

#200 2009 Fall Review Roundup

September 25th, 2009

58:36

Reviews of Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey and more, Jim's DIJ Pick

#199 U2 & Opinions on Anvil

September 18th, 2009

59:00

Love 'em or hate 'em, Bono and U2 are one of the biggest forces in music today. Tune in to hear Jim and Greg trace their path from Dublin kids to stadium giants. Later they review the new album from heavy metal band …

#198 Big Star's #1 Record and Radio City & Opinions on Jay-Z

September 11th, 2009

59:00

Jim and Greg list their favorite Songs About Work and review new albums from Phish and Vivian Girls.

#197 Work Songs & Opinions on Phish and Vivian Girls

September 4th, 2009

59:00

Jim and Greg list their favorite Songs About Work and review new albums from Phish and Vivian Girls.

#196 She & Him & Opinions on The Arctic Monkeys

August 28th, 2009

59:00

(500) Days of Summer star Zooey Deschanel visits the show to perform with She & Him partner M. Ward. Later Jim and Greg review the new album from Arctic Monkeys.

#195 The Jesus Lizard & Opinions on Yacht

August 21st, 2009

59:00

(500) Days of Summer star Zooey Deschanel visits the show to perform with She & Him partner M. Ward. Later Jim and Greg review the new album from Arctic Monkeys.

#194 Supergroups & Opinions on Mos Def

August 14th, 2009

59:00

Mix one famous musician and stir in some others. It can be a recipe for success, or disaster. Tune in for Jim and Greg’s discussion of rock’s best and worst Supergroups.

#193 The Rock Doctors Midlife & Opinions on Japandroids and Regina Spektor

August 7th, 2009

59:00

The Rock Doctors are back to help a newly 40 patient with a musical midlife crisis.

#192 Buried Treasures and Opinions on Fiery Furnaces

July 31st, 2009

58:42

Buried Treasures: Jim and Greg dig up another set of underground musical gems & then they'll review the latest album from The Fiery Furnaces.

#191 Purple Rain & Opinions on The Dead Weather

July 24th, 2009

59:00

Tune in for a Classic Album Dissection of Prince's Purple Rain, now 25 years old. Later Jim and Greg review the debut album from Jack White's new …

#190 Best of the First Half of 2009 & Opinions on Moby and Cheap Trick

July 17th, 2009

59:00

Jim and Greg pause to take stock of the first half of 2009. Tune in to hear their lists of the Best Albums of the Year...So Far. Plus, they review new albums from electronic pop artist Moby and rock veterans Cheap Trick.

#189 St. Vincent & Opinions on Maxwell

July 10th, 2009

59:00

Jim and Greg welcome one of music's rising stars: Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent. Later they review the new album from soul singer Maxwell and Greg …

#188 Driving Songs

July 3rd, 2009

58:37

Hit the road this summer with Jim and Greg's favorite Driving Songs.

#187 Anthony Bourdain

June 26th, 2009

58:37

Jim and Greg celebrate their two favorite things—Food and Music—with chef, author and rock fan Anthony Bourdain.

#186 Trent Reznor & Opinions on The Jonas Brothers

June 19th, 2009

59:00

Last year Trent Reznor was one of music’s biggest revolutionaries. Now he joins Jim and Greg in the studio for a conversation about the record …

#185 Steve Earle & Opinions on The Black Eyed Peas and Phoenix

June 12th, 2009

59:00

Musician Steve Earle joins Jim and Greg for a discussion of the life and legacy of singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Earle also performs songs written by his friend and mentor. Later Jim and Greg review new records by …

#184 Disco & Opinions on Sonic Youth and Dave Matthews Band

June 5th, 2009

59:00

Disco Dissection: Forget what you think you know about music’s most maligned genre and tune in to hear Jim and Greg reveal the real Disco.

#183 Dan Deacon & Opinions on Grizzly Bear and Wilco

May 29th, 2009

59:00

Jim and Greg sit down with electro-pop wizard Dan Deacon for a conversation and live performance. Plus they'll review albums from Wilco and Grizzly Bear.

#182 Nelson George & Opinions on Eminem and Passion Pit

May 22nd, 2009

59:00

Author and critic Nelson George talks with Jim and Greg about his new book City Kid: A Writer's Memoir of Ghetto Life and Post-Soul Success. Later …

#181 Franz Ferdinand & Opinions on St. Vincent and Green Day

May 15th, 2009

59:00

After taking the U.S. by storm with their hit song “Take Me Out,” Scottish band Franz Ferdinand is back touring the country. They stopped by our studio for a conversation with Jim and Greg, as well as a live acoustic …

#180 Joe Nick Patoski on Willie Nelson & Opinions on Bob Dylan

May 8th, 2009

59:11

Jim and Greg talk to Joe Nick Patoski about Willie Nelson. Then, they review the latest from Bob Dylan and Greg has a Desert Island Jukebox Pick.

#179 Best Live Albums & Opinions on Leonard Cohen

May 1st, 2009

58:38

With the summer concert season approaching Jim and Greg name the best live albums of all time. They also take a look at Leonard Cohen's latest concert record, Leonard Cohen: Live in London.

#178 Jill Sobule & Opinions on Booker T. Jones and The Handsome Family

April 24th, 2009

58:37

Longtime singer/songwriter Jill Sobule got fed up with the music business. So, she decided to reinvent it. Tune in to hear Jim and Greg’s …

#177 Record Store Day 2009 & Opinions on Bat for Lashes and Asher Roth

April 17th, 2009

58:37

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a panel of independent record store representatives from around the country to celebrate Record Store Day.

#176 Literary Rock & Opinions on Metric and Neil Young

April 10th, 2009

58:37

Rock Lit 101: Jim and Greg explore rock’s literary side and discuss the best pop lyricists from the stage to the page.

#175 Blitzen Trapper and Opinions on Amadou & Mariam and PJ Harvey & John Parish

April 3rd, 2009

58:43

Portland band Blitzen Trapper joins Jim and Greg to talk about their roots rock influences and perform songs from their recent album Furr.

#174 SXSW 2009 & Opinions on Yeah Yeah Yeahs

March 27th, 2009

58:42

Jim and Greg report back from the annual SXSW Music Festival with their predictions on the next big thing in rock.

#173 Merge Records & Opinions on The Decemberists and Mastodon

March 20th, 2009

58:43

North Carolina indie label Merge Records is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Join Jim and Greg as they speak with Merge founders Mac McCaughan and …

#172 Rock Doctors Couples Therapy & Opinions on Chris Cornell and Cursive

March 13th, 2009

58:42

Jim and Greg briefly abandon their posts as critics to become the Rock Doctors. A young couple seeks help bridging the musical divide in their relationship.

#171 Astral Weeks (Classic Album Dissection) & Opinions on Kelly Clarkson and K'Naan

March 6th, 2009

58:42

Jim and Greg conduct a Classic Album Dissection of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. The 1968 recording combines rock, jazz, blues and folk—making it one …

#170 Neko Case & Opinions on U2 and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

February 27th, 2009

58:42

Jim and Greg welcome back singer and songwriter Neko Case to talk about storytelling, piano-collecting, and life on the farm. Plus hear her perform …

#169 Frightened Rabbit & Opinions on A.R. Rahman and Morrissey

February 20th, 2009

58:41

Scottish rock band Frightened Rabbit stop by during their tour through North America. Tune in to hear their conversation with Jim and Greg, as well as performances from their heartbreak-inspired album The Midnight Organ …

#168 Unconventional Love Songs & Opinions on Adele

February 13th, 2009

58:42

If you are overloaded with traditional, sweet and sappy love songs, tune in to Sound Opinions for a remedy. Jim and Greg celebrate Valentine’s Day with songs that honor Unconventional Love. Because it doesn’t matter who …

#167 The Numero Group & Opinions on Lily Allen and Titus Andronicus

February 6th, 2009

58:08

Throughout music history, it's been too easy for worthy artists to fall through the cracks. This week Jim and Greg speak to the founders of Numero Group—a label dedicated to lifting those gems out of obscurity.

#166 Copyright Infringement Lawsuits & Opinions on Heartless Bastards

January 30th, 2009

58:09

What do Coldplay, Lil Wayne and George Harrison all have in common? They’ve all been sued for stealing music. This week Jim and Greg look at the …

#165 The Hold Steady & Opinions on Bruce Springsteen and Andrew Bird

January 23rd, 2009

58:07

With their rock anthems and literary lyrics, The Hold Steady are often thought of as “the best bar band in America.” Tune in to hear them out of the …

#164 Presidential Rock & Opinions on Franz Ferdinand

January 16th, 2009

58:08

As the nation awaits its new president, Jim and Greg host their own inaugural celebration featuring the best in “Presidential Rock.”

#163 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Animal Collective

January 9th, 2009

58:43

Buried Treasures: Jim and Greg dig up another set of underground musical gems.

#162 Mixtapes 2008 & Opinions on Common

January 2nd, 2009

58:43

Jim and Greg round out the year like any good music fan: with a mixtape. Tune in to hear some of their favorite songs, and then find out how they rate the new album from rapper Common.

#161 Radiohead & Opinions on Fall Out Boy

December 26th, 2008

58:43

When Radiohead visited the show in 2006, no one could predict that the band’s experiment with In Rainbows would be so successful. Take a listen to …

#160 Christmas Spectacular 2008

December 19th, 2008

58:22

Sound Opinions Christmas Spectacular 2008: The show’s very own Kris Kringle, aka Andy Cirzan, is back with another batch of weird and wonderful …

#159 Best Albums of 2008

December 12th, 2008

58:22

Music obsessives spend a lot of time creating lists, and Jim and Greg are no exception. Tune in this week to hear their ultimate list of the year: …

#158 Amy Ray & Opinions on Britney Spears & The Fireman

December 5th, 2008

58:37

With the summer concert season approaching Jim and Greg name the best live albums of all time. They also take a look at Leonard Cohen's latest concert record, Leonard Cohen: Live in London.

#157 Turkey Shoot 2008 & Opinions on Kanye West, The Killers, & Rivers Cuomo

November 28th, 2008

58:20

With the summer concert season approaching Jim and Greg name the best live albums of all time. They also take a look at Leonard Cohen's latest concert record, Leonard Cohen: Live in London.

#156 Alejandro Escovedo & Review of Guns N' Roses

November 21st, 2008

58:41

Jim and Greg welcome rocker Alejandro Escovedo for a conversation and live performance. They'll also review the long awaited album from Guns N' Roses, and then it's Greg's turn to add a track to the Desert Island …

#155 Bubblegum Pop & Opinions on Beyoncé and The Knux

November 14th, 2008

58:41

With the explosion of acts like The Jonas Brothers and Miley Cyrus, it’s time to take a look at the musical genre that has had teens screaming for over half a century: Bubblegum Pop.

#154 Don Felder & Opinions on Deerhunter and Q-Tip

November 7th, 2008

58:41

Guitarist Don Felder joins Jim and Greg for a conversation about the ups and downs of life with The Eagles. Plus they'll review new albums from former A Tribe Called Quest-er, Q-Tip, and Deerhunter.

#153 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

October 31st, 2008

58:41

At a time when most artists start to slow down, 30 year rock vets Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are only revving up. The band recorded one of Jim and Greg’s favorite albums of the year, and now you can hear them perform …

#152 The Alt-Rock Doctors & Opinions on John Legend and Parts and Labor

October 24th, 2008

58:40

Been feeling under the weather? Need a good dose of rock and roll? Then tune in this week for another appointment with the Rock Doctors. Drs. Kot and …

#151 Calexico & Opinions on AC/DC and Bob Dylan

October 17th, 2008

58:35

Jim and Greg welcome eclectic indie rockers Calexico. Tune in to hear the band's cinematic mix of rock, folk, blues and even mariachi. And stay tuned …

#150 Oliver Sacks & Opinions on TV on the Radio, T.I., and Oasis

October 10th, 2008

58:34

“Awakenings” neurologist Oliver Sacks joins Jim and Greg for an enlightening discussion about the powerful connection between music and the brain. …

#149 Psychedelic Soul & Opinions on Jenny Lewis and Lou Reed

October 3rd, 2008

58:34

Jim and Greg check into the "Psychedelic Shack." Tune in to hear their dissection of Psychedelic Soul, from Sly and the Family Stone to Gnarls …

#148 Joan As Policewoman & Opinions on Metallica

September 26th, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg welcome Joan as Policewoman. The classically trained musician has collaborated with the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Antony and the …

#147 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Kid Rock and Brian Wilson

September 19th, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. These underground gems might not be well-known but they deserve more attention. And later in the show, the critics rate the latest album from rock legend Brian …

#146 Danny Goldberg, Wedding Songs, & Opinions on Ra Ra Riot

September 12th, 2008

59:03

Manager, label executive, publicist—Danny Goldberg has donned many hats in the music industry. Tune in to hear this music insider share stories of …

#145 Back-to-School Songs & Opinions on The Walkmen

September 5th, 2008

59:02

The carefree days of sun, sand and no school have come to an end. Jim and Greg want to help you beat the end of summer blues with their favorite …

#144 The Dawn of Metal and Opinions on Brian Eno & David Byrne

August 29th, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg invite you on a trip back to The Dawn of Metal. Tune in to learn about the roots of rock’s heaviest genre. Then stay tuned for a review of the new joint project from Brian Eno and David Byrne.

#143 Tony Visconti & Opinions on Jonas Brothers

August 22nd, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg welcome producer Tony Visconti, the man behind the glam-rock sounds of T. Rex and David Bowie.

#142 She & Him & Opinions on Brazilian Girls

August 15th, 2008

59:03

Actress Zooey Deschanel has briefly left behind her male movie costars for a musical one. She's joined musician M. Ward to form She & Him, Jim and Greg's guests this week. Tune in to hear the duo's intimate …

#141 Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison & Opinions on Black Kids

August 8th, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg honor country music maverick Johnny Cash with a Classic Album Dissection of his legendary live recording At Folsom Prison, now 40 years …

#140 Rock Clubs in the 21st Century & Randy Newman Review

August 1st, 2008

59:03

Like the independent record store and band, the small rock club is also struggling to survive. Jim and Greg check in with a panel of music club owners, bookers and promoters from around the country to find out how …

#139 Jim and Greg Have Been Wrong

July 25th, 2008

59:03

Believe it or not, sometimes Jim and Greg are wrong. And this week on the show, they man up and admit it. Tune in to hear these critics admit to their occasional lapses in judgment.

#138 The Feelies & Opinions on Nas and Girl Talk

July 18th, 2008

59:03

It's the reunion Jim and Greg have been waiting for: The Feelies live in Hoboken, NJ. Tune in to hear their conversation with the art-punk pioneers, as well as a sampling of their exclusive performance recorded at the …

#137 Sub Pop Records & Opinions on Beck and Fleet Foxes

July 11th, 2008

59:03

In honor of Sub Pop Record's 20th anniversary, Jim and Greg speak with co-founder Jonathan Poneman and play their favorite tracks from the venerated Seattle label. Then stay tuned for their reviews of the latest album …

#136 Songs About America

July 4th, 2008

59:03

Join Jim and Greg for the ultimate Independence Day celebration. They'll play their favorite Songs About America and hear some of your picks.

#135 Best of 2008... So Far & Opinions on My Morning Jacket

June 27th, 2008

59:02

Jim and Greg love lists so much they can’t wait until the end of the year to make them. Tune in to hear their lists for the Best Albums of 2008...So Far. Then stay tuned for their review of the new album from My Morning …

#134 Lawrence Lessig & Reviews of Lil Wayne and Alejandro Escovedo

June 20th, 2008

59:03

With the digital music explosion, the issues of copyright, authorship and ownership have never been so important. Tune in to hear a re-broadcast of Jim and Greg’s interview with legal expert Lawrence Lessig. Plus, …

#133 Cursive & Opinions on Coldplay and Weezer

June 13th, 2008

59:03

Omaha's own Cursive sits down with Jim and Greg live in their hometown to perform some never-before-heard tracks. Then the critics will rate the …

#132 Summer Songs & Honoring Bo Diddley

June 6th, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg celebrate the songs of summer. Tune in to hear their musical remedies to beat the heat. Plus, Greg honors music legend Bo Diddley.

#131 Death Cab for Cutie & Opinions on Usher

May 30th, 2008

59:03

Death Cab for Cutie has gone from indie obscurity to having the #1 selling album in the country. Tune in to hear their discussion with Jim and Greg and performance in front of a live audience.

#130 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Al Green

May 23rd, 2008

59:03

With the summer concert season approaching Jim and Greg name the best live albums of all time. They also take a look at Leonard Cohen's latest concert record, Leonard Cohen: Live in London.

#129 Saul Williams & Opinions on Los Campesinos!

May 16th, 2008

59:03

Poet turned musician Saul Williams visits the show to talk about his newsmaking album "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust." Tune in …

#128 The Rock Doctors' Roots & Opinions on Nine Inch Nails and Flight of the Conchords

May 9th, 2008

59:03

Paging the Rock Doctors! This week on the show Drs. DeRogatis and Kot are called upon to tend to another ailing patient. Tune in to hear if their diagnoses can save this listener's musical life.

#127 Laurie Anderson & Opinions on The Roots and Portishead

May 2nd, 2008

59:03

Singer, songwriter, poet and performance artist Laurie Anderson sits down with Jim and Greg to discuss her always ambitious, and often provocative, art and music.

#126 One Note Wonders & Opinions on Madonna

April 25th, 2008

59:03

Join Jim and Greg in their celebration of the One Note Wonders of rock and roll. They may only do one thing, but they do it really well.

#125 Ray Davies and Opinions on Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

April 18th, 2008

59:00

One of the most influential singer/songwriters of all time joins Jim and Greg live in the studio. Ray Davies, former frontman for the Kinks, talks about his four decades making music and plays songs off his new album …

#124 Tim Fite & Opinions on Disfear and The Breeders

April 11th, 2008

59:03

Tim Fite mixes hip hop, folk, rock and blues with a heavy dose of humor and politics. Tune in to hear his conversation with Jim and Greg, plus a …

#123 Digital Music, Audio Fidelity & Opinions on Moby and Destroyer

April 4th, 2008

59:03

iTunes, YouTube and MySpace have completely changed how we listen to music. But have they changed what we’re hearing? This week Jim and Greg invite producer Butch Vig and music journalist Bob Gendron to talk about the …

#122 Steve Earle & Opinions on Gnarls Barkley and The Raconteurs

March 28th, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg welcome the always outspoken and political singer-songwriter Steve Earle. He’s joined by wife Allison Moorer for a conversation and live …

#121 SXSW 2008 & Opinions on R.E.M.

March 21st, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg have returned from another pilgrimage to what many call the live music capital of the world: Austin, TX. Tune in to hear their reports of the annual South by Southwest Music Festival, including what bands …

#120 Butch Vig & Reviews of Beach House and Goldfrapp

March 14th, 2008

59:04

Butch Vig, the man behind the sounds of Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana, joins Jim and Greg for a conversation about acting as producer, and therapist, to some of the biggest names in the business. Jim and …

#119 Bob Mould & Nine Inch Nails Review

March 7th, 2008

59:03

Bob Mould founded two of the most influential rock bands of the past 3 decades and pioneered what we know today as “indie rock.” Tune in to hear the …

#118 Winter 2008 Review Roundup

February 29th, 2008

59:03

It's been 25 years since fans first purchased Michael Jackson’s Thriller. Now the King of Pop has released a special edition of the landmark album, and Jim and Greg will tell you whether or not to shell out your dough a …

#117 Revolver (Classic Album Dissection) & Record Company Victims

February 22nd, 2008

59:03

This week Jim and Greg will dissect one of the greatest albums of all time--Revolver--and talk with Geof Emerick, the man who engineered it.

#116 Movie Soundtracks

February 15th, 2008

59:03

Jim and Greg gear up for the Oscars by discussing the most important part of a movie: the soundtrack. Saturday Night Fever, Purple Rain, The Graduate...Tune in to see what made the cut.

#115 Girl Talk

February 8th, 2008

59:03

Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, has become an underground sensation by using other people's music. This week the sample-based collage artist joins Jim …

#114 Powerhouse Sound & Reviews of Van Hunt and Vampire Weekend

February 1st, 2008

59:03

The members of Powerhouse Sound, Ken Vandermark, Nate McBride, Jeff Parker and John Herndon, blend jazz, rock, reggae, punk and funk for a sound that defies boundaries. Tune in to hear their discussion with Jim and …

#113 Anthony Bourdain & Songs About Food

January 25th, 2008

59:01

Superstar chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain joins Jim and Greg for a conversation about two of the best things on earth: Music and Food. What’s the connection between these two great pleasures? Jim and Greg hear …

#112 Unsung Heroes of Rock

January 18th, 2008

59:03

Unsung Heroes: In rock and roll, it's usually the biggest personalities who get the most attention. So this week on the show, Jim and Greg will …

#111 Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová and Saul Williams Review

January 11th, 2008

59:03

Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard went from struggling musicians to bona fide movie stars after appearing in the hit movie-musical Once. Tune in to hear their discussion with Jim and Greg plus a live musical performance.

#110 The Fiery Furnaces & Lupe Fiasco Review

January 4th, 2008

59:02

Brother-sister rock duo The Fiery Furnaces join Jim and Greg for a conversation and live performance. Jim and Greg also talk to Peter Bogdanovich, director of "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream", and …

#109 Mixtapes 2007

December 28th, 2007

59:01

Jim and Greg ring in the New Year with their annual mixtapes. They've compiled the best songs of 2007 to give you the perfect year-end soundtrack. Plus, Jim and Greg will discuss the controversial legacy of Ike Turner …

#108 Christmas Spectacular 2007

December 21st, 2007

59:03

The Sound Opinions Christmas Spectacular: Join Jim, Greg and holiday music savant Andy Cirzan for an entire show dedicated to this season's coolest …

#107 Best Albums of 2007

December 14th, 2007

59:02

It’s the time of year music fans live for: The End. Jim, Greg and music enthusiasts everywhere have made lists for the Best Albums of 2007. Tune in to see how their picks match up with yours.

#106 Tori Amos & Wu-Tang Clan Review

December 7th, 2007

59:00

It’s the time of year music fans live for: The End. Jim, Greg and music enthusiasts everywhere have made lists for the Best Albums of 2007. Tune in to see how their picks match up with yours.

#105 New Pornographers & Chris Brown Review

November 30th, 2007

59:03

Canadian indie rockers The New Pornographers visit the show for a conversation and live performance. And stay tuned for reviews of new albums by teen …

#104 Buried Treasures

November 23rd, 2007

59:02

It’s time for another round of Buried Treasures. Jim and Greg have a stockpile of musical gems they’re dying to unearth.

#103 Turkey Shoot 2007

November 16th, 2007

59:03

The Annual Sound Opinions Turkey Shoot: Jim and Greg celebrate Thanksgiving the old-fashioned way—by taking out this year’s biggest turkeys. Tune in …

#102 Spoon & Opinions on Jay Z

November 9th, 2007

59:02

Jim and Greg welcome indie rockers Spoon to perform songs from their new album Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. They’ll also review the latest from hip hop mogul …

#101 Ian Curtis & Joy Division

November 2nd, 2007

59:01

It's been 30 years since Joy Division hit the Manchester music scene, but with two movies and a number of reissues being released, they are more alive today than ever. This week on the show Jim and Greg will discuss the …

#100 Robert Wyatt & Opinions on Britney Spears

October 26th, 2007

59:02

With the summer concert season approaching Jim and Greg name the best live albums of all time. They also take a look at Leonard Cohen's latest concert record, Leonard Cohen: Live in London.

#99 Opinions on Neil Young & Radiohead

October 19th, 2007

59:00

This week Jim and Greg review records from two sets of musicians who refuse to play by the rules: Neil Young and Radiohead. Tune in to hear how the …

#98 John Cale & Opinions on Annie Lennox

October 12th, 2007

59:00

Jim and Greg welcome musician, producer and Velvet Underground founder John Cale for a conversation and live acoustic performance.

#97 The Replacements' Let It Be (Classic Album Dissection) & Opinions on Steve Earle

October 5th, 2007

59:00

It's time for another Sound Opinions Classic Album Dissection. This time Jim and Greg discuss The Replacements’ masterpiece “Let It Be” with Jim Walsh, author of “The Replacements: All Over But the Shouting.”

#96 Fall 2007 Review Roundup

September 28th, 2007

59:00

It's a classic Sound Opinions debate: To Springsteen or not to Springsteen. This week on the show Jim and Greg will continue that discussion with a review of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album, "Magic". Then they’ll sound …

#94 The Flaming Lips

September 14th, 2007

59:00

Oklahoma's Fabulous Freaks are coming to Sound Opinions! Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd of the Flaming Lips join Jim and Greg for a rare conversation …

#93 Kanye West vs. 50 Cent

September 7th, 2007

59:00

It's the first great rock battle of the year: Kanye West vs. 50 Cent. Both rappers have new albums coming out on the same day, so Jim and Greg will pit the hip hop heavyweights up against one another to see who comes …

#92 Track One, Side One

August 31st, 2007

59:00

It’s a term as old as the album itself: Track One, Side One. This week Jim and Greg release their inner music geek to tackle the question of what are …

#91 Roky Erickson

August 24th, 2007

59:00

Roky Erickson, leader of the 13th Floor Elevators, is one of the most influential and tragic figures in rock music. This week on the show Jim and Greg will dissect the life and career of the psychedelic music legend and …

#90 The Rock Doctors Prescribe Hip-Hop & Opinions on The New Pornographers and M.I.A.

August 17th, 2007

59:00

Drs. Kot and DeRogatis, MD are back for another Rock Doctors consultation. Tune in to hear their prescriptions for better musical health. Then, stay …

#89 The Besnard Lakes & Opinions on Lollapalooza 2007

August 10th, 2007

59:00

This week on Sound Opinions, the next great indie rock band out of Canada: The Besnard Lakes joins Jim and Greg live in the studio. Jim and Greg will …

#88 The Effigies & Opinions on Common

August 3rd, 2007

59:00

Jim and Greg have the groundbreaking Chicago punk band The Effigies live in the studio. Then they'll review the new album from rapper Common, and Greg will add a track to the Desert Island Jukebox.

#87 Buried Treasures & Opinions on Grinderman

July 27th, 2007

59:00

There's simply too much good music out there that goes unheard. So, this week on the show Jim and Greg will unearth some Buried Treasures to add to …

#86 Yoko Ono & Opinions on Prince

July 20th, 2007

59:00

Yoko Ono, once the most vilified woman in rock music, has recently become an underground heroine. This week on the show Jim and Greg will examine the strange musical path of Yoko Ono and talk to the legendary figure …

#85 Arcade Fire

July 13th, 2007

59:00

This week: Arcade Fire. Jim and Greg sit down with members of this anthemic rock band for a candid conversation about how an indie group from Montreal took the music industry by storm.

#84 Summer 2007 Review Roundup

July 6th, 2007

59:00

The gloves are off, and the hosts have stepped into the ring for another round of Kot vs. DeRogatis music reviews. Tune in to hear them discuss new summer releases from Spoon, Art Brut and T.I., plus many more.

#83 Peter Bjorn & John

June 29th, 2007

59:00

This week on the show Swedish trio Peter Bjorn & John join Jim, Greg and a live studio audience for an interview and special acoustic …

#82 Chuck D, Don Imus Controversy, & White Stripes Review

June 22nd, 2007

59:00

Ever since Don Imus uttered those controversial words on his radio show, hip hop has been feeling the heat. To make sense of recent debates about the genre, Jim and Greg will talk with rapper Chuck D and a panel of hip …

#81 The Best of 2007... So Far

June 15th, 2007

59:00

The Best of 2007 (So Far): While most critics make their best-of lists at the end of the year, Jim and Greg figure—why wait? Tune in this week to hear which albums are already big contenders.

#80 The Decemberists & Paul McCartney Review

June 8th, 2007

59:00

Colin Meloy and the members of The Decemberists visit the show for a lively conversation and performance. Also, tune in for a review of the latest …

#79 Cover Songs

June 1st, 2007

59:00

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...or so they say. This week on Sound Opinions Jim and Greg will discuss rock music's form of imitation: the cover song. Tune in to hear the hosts' picks for best cover songs, …

#78 Parts & Labor and R. Kelly Review

May 25th, 2007

59:00

This week on Sound Opinions: our loudest, most rocking guests to date. Brooklyn trio Parts & Labor visit the show and blow Jim and Greg away with their unique experimental rock. Then stay tuned for a review of the …

#77 Wilco & Rush Review

May 18th, 2007

59:00

This week on Sound Opinions Jim and Greg are joined by one of the most important bands of this generation: Wilco. The alt-country pioneers/avant-garde rockers join Jim and Greg for an interview and performance just in …

#76 The Rock Doctors Family Clinic & Wilco Review

May 11th, 2007

59:00

The rock doctors are back in session, and this time they have their greatest challenge to date: not just one patient, but an entire family of five. Jim and Greg will help another listener in need by prescribing new …

#75 Summer 2007 Review Roundup

May 4th, 2007

59:00

With every new album comes another opportunity for Jim and Greg to head to head. Tune in this week as they debate the merits of new releases from Bjork, Mavis Staples, and the Arctic Monkeys, plus many more.

#74 Tom Morello & Avril Lavigne Review

April 27th, 2007

59:00

Part social activist, part guitar god, Tom Morello is one of rock's most interesting figures. The Rage Against the Machine guitarist has unplugged, …

#73 Producer Joe Boyd & Bright Eyes Review

April 20th, 2007

59:00

Record producer and writer Joe Boyd, the man behind the sounds of Pink Floyd,Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, visits the show this week. And, tune in to hear Jim and Greg review of the latest release from Omaha emo …

#72 Booker T. Jones & Nine Inch Nails Review

April 13th, 2007

59:00

Soul legend Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MG's is this week's guest on Sound Opinions. Tune in to hear Jim and Greg talk to the man behind the …

#71 Neko Case & Timbaland Review

April 6th, 2007

59:00

One of rock's greatest voices belongs to none other than Neko Case, this week's guest on Sound Opinions.
The singer/songwriter takes a break from her recent tour to talk with Jim and Greg and perform some of her …

#70 Robert Schneider & Apples in Stereo Review

March 30th, 2007

59:00

This week Jim and Greg enter into the psychedelic world of Elephant Six. This musical collective had humble beginnings in a small town in rural …

#69 SXSW '07

March 23rd, 2007

59:00

What Sundance is to movies, SXSW is to music. Jim and Greg are back from the annual Austin, TX music festival with the lowdown on what underground …

#68 Spring 2007 Review Roundup

March 16th, 2007

59:00

The ice is starting to thaw, and with winter on its way out, a new crop of spring albums is on its way in. Jim and Greg will review new releases from LCD Soundsystem, Modest Mouse and Air, plus many more.

#67 Desert Island Jukebox Special

March 9th, 2007

59:03

As the hosts of Sound Opinions, Jim and Greg often choose a track they can't live without to drop into the Desert Island Jukebox. But, they were also …

#66 Ron Asheton & Arcade Fire Review

March 2nd, 2007

59:03

It has been over 3 decades since Iggy Pop and The Stooges last unleashed their "Raw Power." Now the protopunk rockers are back with a brand new album. Jim and Greg will talk about the band's history with The Stooges' …

#65 Lily Allen

February 23rd, 2007

59:03

British import Lily Allen visits the show this week. Tune in to sample her sweet and salty musical concoction and hear how she went from MySpace.com …

#64 Rocket to Russia (Classic Album Dissection) & Lucinda Williams Review

February 16th, 2007

59:03

It's time for Jim and Greg to conduct another classic album dissection. This week they'll focus on "Rocket to Russia" by The Ramones and discuss the making of the album and its lasting influence with drummer and …

#63 Valentine's Day Live with Robbie & Donna Fulks

February 9th, 2007

59:03

Jim and Greg love to love. And this week on the show they celebrate Valentine's Day by discussing some of the greatest love, lust, and heartbreak …

#62 Lupe Fiasco & Reviews of Norah Jones and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Reviews

February 2nd, 2007

59:03

Rising rap star and Grammy nominee Lupe Fiasco joins Jim and Greg for a conversation and performance. Then the critics tackle new albums by chart-topping pop singer Norah Jones and indie rock phenoms Clap Your Hands Say …

#61 The Rock Doctors & Opinions on The Shins

January 26th, 2007

59:03

Rock Doctors: It's time to help another listener in need. Drs. Kot and DeRogatis consult with another ailing patient and give their rock and roll …

#60 Buried Treasures

January 19th, 2007

59:03

As rock critics, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot get tons of albums every week, most of which aren’t worth your time. But, beneath every pile of rubbish is an undiscovered gem. This week on the show, Jim and Greg will …

#59 Robyn Hitchcock, Peter Buck, and Scott McCaughey

January 12th, 2007

59:03

Jim and Greg welcome an all-star lineup this week. Robyn Hitchcock and special guests Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey of REM and the Venus 3 come by the studio to talk music and play some tunes. Then Jim and Greg will …

#58 Buddy Guy & Gwen Stefani Review

January 5th, 2007

56:57

Blues legend Buddy Guy is Sound Opinions' first guest of the New Year. Tune in to hear him perform and talk with Jim and Greg about his illustrious career.

#57 Secret Machines & James Brown Tribute

December 30th, 2006

59:03

As 2006 comes to a close, Jim and Greg pay tribute to one of music's biggest losses: James Brown. They'll also give their annual "Soopie Awards" and welcome rock trio The Secret Machines for a rare acoustic performance.

#56 Jim & Greg's Best of 2006 Mixtapes

December 23rd, 2006

59:03

As every music fan knows, making the perfect mixtape is no easy task. Jim and Greg have thought long and hard about the art of mix-making, and this week on the show, they'll play their compilations of the best songs of …

#55 Christmas Music Spectacular 2006

December 16th, 2006

59:03

Ho Ho Ho! It's the Sound Opinions annual Christmas Music Spectacular with the show's official Kris Kringle, Andy Cirzan. Mr. Cirzan is back with …

#54 Best of 2006

December 9th, 2006

59:03

They've made their list. They've checked it twice. And this week on Sound Opinions listeners will find out who exactly has been nice. Jim and Greg have tallied up their favorite albums of 2006, so tune in to find out …

#53 Andy Summers & Reviews of The Clipse and The Deftones

December 2nd, 2006

59:03

This week Jim and Greg are joined by former Police guitarist, and now author, Andy Summers. They'll also review new albums by hip hop duo The Clipse …

#52 Turkey Shoot 2006 & Reviews of Jay-Z and Tom Waits

November 25th, 2006

59:03

It's Turkey time! This week Jim and Greg will celebrate Thanksgiving with their annual "Turkey Shoot." The two critics will name some of the biggest musical disappointments of the year and bury them for good. They'll …

#51 Pere Ubu & Reviews of The Game and Bert Jansch

November 18th, 2006

59:02

Punk progenitors Pere Ubu join Jim and Greg in the studio for an interview and full-blown rock performance. Then, stay tuned for reviews of albums by …

#50 DJ Shadow & Reviews of Lindsey Buckingham and Lady Sovereign

November 11th, 2006

58:59

Hip Hop pioneer DJ Shadow sits down with Jim and Greg for a truly enlightening conversation. Then, our hosts will discuss the latest solo release …

#49 Moby & Reviews of John Legend and My Chemical Romance

November 4th, 2006

58:59

One of Jim and Greg's favorite guests, Moby, visits the show this week. Plus, the critics will review the latest efforts from R&B singer John Legend and pop-punk band My Chemical Romance.

#48 First Six Months Retrospective

October 28th, 2006

59:01

Jim and Greg compile and re-broadcast songs and interviews from the show's first 6 months. Performers featured include John Cale, Colin Meloy, Jenny …

#47 Funeral Songs & Goth Rock

October 21st, 2006

58:45

With Halloween just around the corner, Jim and Greg decided to break out the black eyeliner and take a tour of the labyrinthian underground of Goth Rock. Plus, tune in to hear a morbid discussion of the best songs to …

#46 Fall 2006 Review Roundup

October 14th, 2006

59:00

This week Jim and Greg will take a look at a whole slew of new fall releases including albums from the Scissor Sisters, the Hold Steady, The …

#45 Songs in the Key of Life (Classic Album Dissection) & Reviews of Beck and The Killers

October 7th, 2006

58:59

Stevie Wonder's album Songs in the Key of Life recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. This week Jim and Greg will conduct a "Classic Album Dissection" on the landmark record and talk to some of the people who helped …

#44 The Rock Doctors & Reviews of Mastodon and DJ Shadow

September 30th, 2006

59:00

This week the doctors are back in. Rock MDs Jim and Greg diagnose yet another ailing patient and prescribe some musical cures. Plus reviews of new albums from DJ Shadow and hardcore metal act Mastodon and a Desert …

#43 Touch & Go Records and Reviews of Yo La Tengo and Lupe Fiasco

September 23rd, 2006

59:01

This week Jim and Greg discuss the 25 year history of one of music's best independent labels - Touch and Go Records. They'll also review new records from Yo La Tengo and Lupe Fiasco.

#42 Glenn Kotche & Justin Timberlake Review

September 16th, 2006

59:01

This week Jim and Greg welcome Glenn Kotche. The percussionist, best known as the drummer for Wilco, stops by to perform and joins Jim and Greg in a discussion on the state of modern drumming. Plus, tune in for the …

#41 Guilty Pleasures

September 9th, 2006

59:01

Even rock critics have guilty pleasures, and this week Jim and Greg come clean about theirs. They'll confess some of their biggest musical sins and hear some of yours.

#40 Gov't Mule & Reviews of Beyoncé and TV on the Radio

September 2nd, 2006

59:02

Gov't Mule, one of the hardest rocking jam bands around, joins Jim and Greg for a performance and conversation. Plus, the latest music news, reviews …

#39 Summer 2006 Review Roundup

August 26th, 2006

58:58

Summer is coming to an end, but a big season of music is just beginning. Jim and Greg will take a look at some upcoming new releases, including the latest from Bob Dylan, Kelis and The Roots.

#38 Mission of Burma & Reviews of Outkast and Christina Aguilera

August 19th, 2006

58:50

Post-punk pioneers Mission of Burma join Jim and Greg live in the studio. The band will talk about their decision to reunite after 20 years and play …

#37 Jason Lytle of Grandaddy

August 12th, 2006

58:59

Grandaddy mastermind Jason Lytle visits the show to talk about the band's final days and what's in store for his future. Plus, he performs live in the studio. Jim and Greg will also discuss the latest music news and …

#36 MTV's 25th Anniversary & Reviews of Slayer and White Whale

August 5th, 2006

59:03

This week MTV celebrates its 25th anniversary, so Jim and Greg will welcome some industry experts and music fans to discuss the station's impact on the music industry. Plus, they'll review albums by death metal rockers …

#35 The BellRays & Reviews of Tom Petty and Pharrell

July 29th, 2006

59:02

California garage rockers The Bellrays stop by the studio for a performance and conversation. Plus, Jim and Greg review the latest release from rock …

#34 The Rock Doctors treat Peter Sagal

July 22nd, 2006

58:50

This week on Sound Opinions, the doctors are in. Jim and Greg diagnose some common musical problems and provide their rock and roll cures. Plus, …

#33 Rhymefest & Thom Yorke Review

July 15th, 2006

59:01

This week on the show Jim and Greg welcome a hip hop star on the rise--Rhymefest. Plus, they'll review the new record from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and take a look at the life and times of Syd Barrett.

#32 Jon Brion & Johnny Cash Review

July 8th, 2006

59:03

This week Sound Opinions welcomes the man behind the music of Kanye West, Aimee Mann, Fiona Apple and many of your favorite movie soundtracks. Jon Brion joins Jim and Greg in the studio for a conversation and …

#31 The Best of (The First Half of) 2006

July 1st, 2006

59:02

The Best Albums of 2006...so far. The year is almost halfway through, so this week Jim and Greg will run down the records that are currently in the running to making the top ten.

#30 Radiohead

June 24th, 2006

59:02

Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood come into the studio for a 40+ minute conversation with Jim and Greg.

#29 Summer Songs & Reviews of AFI and Sonic Youth

June 17th, 2006

59:00

Summer is finally here, and in honor of these lazy, hazy days, Jim and Greg will run down their favorite songs for the season. Plus, they'll hear some of your suggestions and review the new records from chart-toppers …

#28 Buried Treasures

June 10th, 2006

59:02

It's time again for one of Jim and Greg's favorite shows: Buried Treasures They'll unearth some hidden musical gems that deserve your attention.

#27 Rock En Español & Reviews of Elvis Costello and The Coup

June 3rd, 2006

58:59

This week Jim and Greg take a musical tour of Latin America with Ernesto Lechner, author of Rock en Espanol: The Latin Alternative Rock Explosion. …

#26 Common & Reviews Mission of Burma and the Dixie Chicks

May 27th, 2006

58:53

Highly acclaimed rapper Common returns to his hometown to visit with Jim and Greg. Tune in for an interview and Sound Opinions' first ever live freestyle. Plus, they'll review the new releases from post-punk pioneers …

#25 'Revolver' Classic Album Dissection & The Raconteurs Review

May 20th, 2006

58:59

This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the greatest albums of all time--Revolver. Jim and Greg will dissect this Beatles masterpiece and talk …

#24 Art Brut & Reviews of Tool and Grandaddy

May 13th, 2006

59:01

This Saturday night on Sound Opinions British imports Art Brut take a break from their first US tour to visit the show. Also, Jim and Greg review the …

#23 Spotlight on Producers

May 6th, 2006

59:01

This week Jim and Greg look at some of the most recent musical collaborations. They will review new albums from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul …

#22 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah & Reviews of Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen

April 29th, 2006

59:01

Indie rock phenoms Clap Your Hands Say Yeah visit the show for a live performance and interview. Jim and Greg also take a look at Neil Young's recent protest effort, and review the latest releases from rock veterans …

#21 Steve Wynn & Reviews of The Streets and Van Hunt

April 22nd, 2006

58:57

Former Dream Syndicate frontman Steve Wynn visits the show for a live performance and interview. Plus, Jim and Greg review new albums from The Streets and Van Hunt.

#20 Spring 2006 Review Roundup

April 15th, 2006

58:58

This week on Sound Opinions: Review-a-Palooza. Jim and Greg will look at some of the best and worst albums to be released this Spring including the new releases from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Morrissey, The Secret Machines …

#19 Jenny Lewis & Reviews of Prince and The Flaming Lips

April 8th, 2006

58:57

This week Jim and Greg get a visit from one of the reigning indie pop queens—Jenny Lewis. Plus they’ll review the new albums from Prince and the Flaming Lips and pop a quarter into the Desert Island Jukebox.

#18 SXSW 2006

April 1st, 2006

59:02

This week Jim and Greg will bring Austin to Chicago. The rock critics have returned from the SXSW Music Festival to tell you about some of the best new music you'll be hearing about in the year to come.

#17 Songs About Money

March 25th, 2006

59:00

This week on Sound Opinions, a very timely theme: Jim and Greg play their favorite songs about money. It’s a show honoring public radio's favorite season—the spring pledge drive.

#16 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & Buried Treasures

March 18th, 2006

59:01

Buried Treasures: Jim and Greg dig deep to uncover some music you haven't heard, but definitely should. Plus, the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club joins …

#15 A History of the Hip Hop Generation & Reviews of David Gilmour and Goldfrapp

March 11th, 2006

59:01

This week on Sound Opinions, Jim and Greg talk with Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation, about the present and future states of hip hop. They'll also review the new albums by …

#14 Roger Ebert & Reviews of Neko Case and Jaheim

March 4th, 2006

59:02

Jim and Greg welcome Roger Ebert for a pre-Oscar bash. The three critics will discuss some of the best and worst music movies ever made, and Roger …

#13 Feist and Beauty & the Beast Duets

February 25th, 2006

59:03

On this week's episode of Sound Opinions, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot sit down with indie rock chanteuse, Feist. Jim and Greg also review the new duet record by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan and look back at some of …

#12 Lawrence Lessig & Reviews of Ray Davies and Belle & Sebastian

February 18th, 2006

59:02

Sound Opinions welcomes Lawrence Lessig, the pre-eminent expert in copyright and cyber-law, to discuss music in the digital age. In addition, Jim and Greg review the new albums from Belle and Sebastian and former Kinks …

#11 Love Stinks

February 11th, 2006

59:03

Love Stinks: Sound Opinions celebrates Valentine's Day's...rock and roll style. Jim and Greg run down their favorite anti-love songs and hear some …

#10 Shelved Albums

February 4th, 2006

59:03

The Man Killed Our Music: This week on Sound Opinions Jim and Greg take look at albums by major artists which the record companies wouldn't release. …

#9 Colin Meloy & Reviews of Cat Power and Test Icicles

January 28th, 2006

59:03

This week on Sound Opinions Jim and Greg get a visit from Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy. He talks with them about his solo tour and his love of …

#7 Donovan & Robert Pollard Review

January 14th, 2006

59:02

This week on Sound Opinions, the hurdy gurdy man himself, Donovan, comes in and chats with Jim and Greg, and puts down a few of his classic songs acoustically. Plus a review of former Guided by Voices lead singer, …

#6 Julian Casablancas & Mary J. Blige Review

January 7th, 2006

59:03

This week on Sound Opinions, we sit down with the lead singer of the Strokes, Julian Casablancas. Jim and Greg will review their new record, "First …

#5 Billy Gibbons & Listeners' Picks of 2005

December 31st, 2005

59:02

This week on Sound Opinions, Jim and Greg sit down with the surprisingly complex lead singer of ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons. Plus Jim and Greg discuss YOUR favorite albums of the year.

#4 Christmas with Andy Cirzan

December 24th, 2005

57:06

He's Back! Andy Cirzan returns to Sound Opinions for his annual Christmas music spectacular. Andy will play the coolest and weirdest music you have …

#3 Album Box Set Gift Guide

December 17th, 2005

58:03

This week Sound Opinions offers its annual gift-giving guide. Jim and Greg will run down their picks for box sets that are sure to please, and tho