Sound Opinions Show

Apr 2, 2015

ANNOUNCER COPY: Coming up…Drummer Hal Blaine of the Wrecking Crew talks about his experience recording some of the biggest hits of the ‘60s, including “Be My Baby,” and “God Only Knows.” Plus, Australian breakout artist Courtney Barnett.


• Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot discuss Jay-Z’s new streaming service Tidal. Tidal separates itself from competition like Spotify by maintaining artists as the majority owners. Madonna, Kanye West and Jack White were in attendance at the press conference.

• Paul McCartney has been named as one of the headliners at the 2015 Lollapalooza Festival. Other performers include Florence + the Machine and Metallica. But, the festival organizers, as well as those from Coachella, warn attendees to leave their selfie-sticks at home.


As one of the members of the famed California session group The Wrecking Crew, Hal Blaine has played on almost 40 #1 hits of the 1960’s and 1970’s. He talks to Jim and Greg about working with difficult personalities like John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas and producer Phil Spector. He also reveals how he developed drum parts for songs like “The Boxer” and “Be My Baby.”


Jim and Greg review Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit by rising Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. She was one of the most buzzed about artists at last month’s SXSW Conference.


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