Sound Opinions Show

May 28, 2015

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… Comedians Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster on the success of The Best Show. Then a review roundup of new albums from Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, and more. 



A statistical analysis from FiveThirtyEight shows that the songs of the summer are being released earlier and earlier each year. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on previous summer hits from Iggy Azalea to Robin Thicke to Katy Perry.


Comedian Tom Scharpling and drummer Jon Wurster of Superchunk have presented the long-running comedy and music call-in radio show and podcast The Best Show for over a decade. The highlight of each episode is when Wurster calls into the show in character as one of various inhabitants of the fictioanal town of Newbridge. The cult show is being celebrated with a 16-disc greatest hits box set and a live tour. 


Jim and Greg review four big springtime releases, including:

  • Wilder Mind from arena-folk band Mumford & Sons
  •  Sound & Color by soul-rockers Alabama Shakes
  • Carrie & Lowell by folk singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens
  • The Fun Rises, the Fun Sets from genre-hopping neo-soul artist Van Hunt 


Jim adds the 1986 song “Raymond Chandler Evening” by the surreal British songwriter Robyn Hitchcock to the Desert Island Jukebox. The song references the great American crime writer Raymond Chandler.


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