Sound Opinions Show

Jun 4, 2015

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… Electronic artist Zola Jesus crafts a dark sonic universe with her operatic voice. Then, a review of the new album by English arena-rockers Florence and the Machine.



· Apple is reportedly set to relaunch the Beats Music streaming service, which it acquired as part of a $3 billion deal. The new incarnation will have a $10 per month price, but unlike its competitor Spotify, it will not offer a free, ad-supported version.

· Jim and Greg go over the latest Billboard album chart, where rapper A$AP Rocky is currently #1. Unlike last year when the Frozen soundtrack dominated for months, in 2015 several records have taken turns at the top spot.


Seattle-based electronic artist Zola Jesus is only 26 years old, but has already released five studio albums of dark, atmospheric music showcasing her tremendous voice. She offers a live performance and speaks with Jim and Greg about recording her latest album Taiga, seeking out transgressive music while growing up in a small town, and taking inspiration from filmmaker David Lynch.


Jim and Greg review How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, the third studio album from UK arena rockers Florence + the Machine. Led by singer Florence Welch, the band is now working with producer Markus Dravs, best known for his work with Arcade Fire, Coldplay, and Mumford & Sons.


Greg adds the 1971 song “Teenage Head” by California proto-punk band The Flamin’ Groovies to the Desert Island Jukebox. The song is a pure distillation of teen angst during the Vietnam era.


At the end of the show we hear comments from listeners.