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More Cowbell! (Weird Instruments of Rock) & Opinions on Muse and Death

Weird Instruments of Rock: forget guitar, bass, and drums. This week's episode is all about theremin, ocarina, and of course, more cowbell, please!

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Weird Instruments in Rock

Since its earliest days, rock music has been dominated by guitar, bass, and drums. But, as Jim and Greg reveal in this episode, sometimes it's the more unusual instruments that really make a song. They play their favorite tracks featuring non-traditional rock instruments.

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Muse The Resistance

For a while, it seemed like chart-topping U.K. band Muse was a purely British phenomenon. They sold over 5 million copies of their last two records and sold out back-to-back shows at Wembley Stadium. But now their new album The Resistance has debuted at #3 in the States. Musically, Jim and Greg certainly understand the appeal. The arrangements are ambitious and the songs are full of melody. But it's with the lyrics that Muse loses the plot. Jim and Greg both wish lead singer Matthew Bellamy had more of a sense of humor. He tries to channel Freddie Mercury, but forgets that Mercury never took himself too seriously. Both hosts give The Resistance a Trash It.

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Death For The Whole World To See

The final review this week is a reissue from Detroit punk band Death. …For The Whole World To See took thirty years to see the light of day, but now Chicago label Drag City has resurrected the album, and Jim and Greg are thrilled. It was groundbreaking for three African Americans from Detroit to play punk and garage rock instead of soul and R&B. Listening to this album Jim can easily picture the group on a bill with Iggy and The Stooges and the MC5. Greg admits the music is somewhat primitive, but finds it aggressive and packed with ambition. …For the Whole World to See gets a double Buy It.


Featured Songs

  1. The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Women, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, Deca, 1970
  2. The Octopus Project, Rorol, Golden Beds EP, Peek-A-Boo, 2009
  3. The Rolling Stones, Under My Thumb, Aftermath, Decca, 1966
  4. The Troggs, Wild Thing, Wild Thing, Atco, 1966
  5. Aphex Twin, Digeridoo, Analogue Bubblebath Vol 2, Rabbit City, 1991
  6. Pink Floyd, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here, Harvest, 1975
  7. Mercury Rev, Endlessly, Deserter's Songs, V2, 1998
  8. Cat Power, Sea of Love, The Covers Record, Matador, 2000
  9. Beck, Nobody's Fault But My Own, Live at Austin City Limits, Austin City Limits, 2002
  10. AC/DC, It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n' Roll), T.N.T., Albert, 1975
  11. Muse, Uprising, The Resistance, Warner Bros., 2009
  12. Muse, Unnatural Selection, The Resistance, Warner Bros., 2009
  13. Muse, United States of Eurasia, The Resistance, Warner Bros., 2009
  14. Death, Rock-N-Roll Victim, …For The Whole World To See, Drag City, 1975
  15. Death, Politicians in My Eyes, …For The Whole World To See, Drag City, 1975
  16. Matias Aguayo, Rollerskate, Ay Ay Ay, Kompakt, 2009
  17. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers, Get Off The Phone, L.A.M.F. Revisited, Jungle, 1984
  18. Basement Jaxx, Raindrops, Scars, XL, 2009
  19. The Hollies, Everything is Sunshine, King Midas in Reverse (single), Parlophone, 1967

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