Joan As Policewoman

Joan As Policewoman & Opinions on Metallica

Jim and Greg welcome Joan As Policewoman. The classically trained musician has collaborated with the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Antony and the Johnsons, and now she brings her unique brand of American soul music to the Sound Opinions studio.

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The labels are still holding onto the idea of selling physical media and have rolled out a new music format called SlotMusic. Each memory card will contain albums and other extras that can be played on mobile phones, computers and some portable MP3 players. So far listeners can only purchase these SlotMusic cards at big box stores like Walmart, but the big labels are certainly hoping they can entice digital music fans to actually purchase more than a single mp3. SlotMusic mp3s are higher quality than most purchased by consumers, but Jim and Greg aren't sure that will be enough incentive to walk into a store to buy music when you can simply do it online from your own home.

Keyboardist Rick Wright, founding member of Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock genius, passed away recently at the age of 65. As Jim explains, Wright was a quiet figure in a larger than life band, but he deserves to be honored. Wright was a huge jazz fan and brought a lot of those musical influences to Pink Floyd's sound. You can hear this in the song, "Summer '68" from the band's 1970 album Atom Heart Mother.




Joan As Policewoman

Joan As Policewoman, otherwise known as Joan Wasser, stops in for a visit this week. The singer/songwriter has many fans, including Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons, and of course Jim and Greg. It's easy to hear why after her live performance, which includes songs from her latest album, Real Life. Joan, who began as a classically trained violinist, describes her music as "American Soul."

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Metallica Death Magnetic

Metallica's ninth album Death Magnetic has already soared to the top of the charts, but did it deserve to? As Jim and Greg explain, there's been a lot of controversy surrounding the way the album sounds. It was mixed for radio, rather than headphone listening, and is much louder and more distorted than it should be. But that's not even its biggest problem. Both Jim and Greg were shocked at how bad and insincere singer James Hetfield's lyrics are. So awful sound + awful lyrics = a Trash It, right? Well, not quite. Jim and Greg were impressed by the guitar-playing and think that the album is better than other recent Metallica efforts. Death Magnetic gets two Try Its.



“Ready Teddy”Little Richard

The Desert Island Jukebox pick this week marks another passing of a musical great. Legendary drummer Earl Palmer passed away this week at the age of 83. Like Buddy Harman, who was discussed on the show a few weeks ago, Palmer was an unsung hero. Greg credits him with establishing the sound he defines as rock and roll. You can hear this primitive, brutal style of early rock in the Little Richard track "Ready Teddy."

Featured Songs

  1. Elvis Presley, "Return to Sender", Girls! Girls! Girls!, RCA Victor, 1962
  2. Pink Floyd, Us and Them, The Dark Side of the Moon, Harvest, 1973
  3. Pink Floyd, Summer '68, Atom Heart Mother, Harvest, 1970
  4. Joan As Policewoman, Magpies, To Survive, Reveal, 2008
  5. Mary Timony, Dungeon Dance, Mountains, Matador, 2000
  6. Joan As Policewoman, To Be Loved (Live on Sound Opinions), To Survive, Reveal, 2008
  7. Joan As Policewoman, Holiday, To Survive, Reveal, 2008
  8. Joan As Policewoman, Honor Wishes, To Survive, Reveal, 2008
  9. Antony and the Johnsons, Cripple and the Starfish, Antony and the Johnsons, Durtro, 2000
  10. Joan As Policewoman, Hard White Wall (Live on Sound Opinions), To Survive, Reveal, 2008
  11. Jeff Buckley, Hallelujah, Grace, Columbia, 1994
  12. Joan As Policewoman, Furious, To Survive, Reveal, 2008
  13. Metallica, Broken, Beat & Scarred, Death Magnetic, Warner Bros., 2008
  14. Metallica, All Nightmare Long, Death Magnetic, Warner Bros., 2008
  15. Little Richard, Ready Teddy, Here's Little Richard, Specialty, 1957
  16. De La Soul, Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey), De La Soul is Dead, Tommy Boy, 1991
  17. AC/DC, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Albert, 1976
  18. Ladytron, I'm Not Scared, Velocifero, Nettwerk Music Group, 2008
  19. Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby, Men in Sandals, Wreckless Eric & Amy Wrigby, Stiff, 2008
  20. Ludlow Lions,“I Wanna Be Bicycles,”Ludlow Lions, 2008

Footnotes SanDisk launches new line of music-filled SD cards Rick Wright dies Joan As Policewoman Metallica Earl Palmer dies