Sound Opinions Show

Aug 27, 2015

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up… Nashville’s Bully revisits the sound of the ‘90s alternative explosion. Plus, new albums by R&B artist The Weeknd and indie rock veterans Yo La Tengo.




Miley Cyrus surprised viewers of this year’s VMAs with the announcement of Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, a new album recorded in collaboration with Oklahoma psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips and released for free on the Internet. But hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are largely dismissive of the oddball pairing.

· EMI Production Music, a division of the biggest music publisher in the world, has declared a six-month amnesty for artists who have used unlicensed samples of recordings in their library. This could be an important step forward in the often adversarial relationship between electronic musicians and publishers. Artists like Fatboy Slim and Jay-Z have already scored hits featuring samples from EMI’s catalog.

·  Several historical relics of rock are now available for the public. An upcoming auction will feature giant inflatable stage props built for tours by Pink Floyd, Queen, and The Rolling Stones. Meanwhile, Big Pink, the house in upstate New York where Bob Dylan and The Band jammed and recorded together, is now a vacation rental. Also on the auction block are ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” piano and The Beatles’ very first recording contract.


Nashville’s Bully has garnered a lot of critical buzz with the release this year of their debut album Feels Like and have become mainstays of the festival circuit. Led by singer/songwriter Alicia Bognanno, Bully’s sound is often compared to bands from the alternative explosion of the 1990s like Nirvana, PJ Harvey, and Hole. Bully joins Jim in the studio for a conversation and a live performance.


Beauty Behind the Madness is the third full-length release from Canadian R&B artist The Weeknd. The Weeknd is a frequent collaborator with his friend Drake, and the new album features production by Swedish super-producer Max Martin.


Stuff Like That There, the fourteenth album from New Jersey indie veterans Yo La Tengo, is a collection of acoustic covers of rock obscurities. Covered artists include The Cure, Hank Williams, and more.


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