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The Moog & Opinions on Kings of Leon

Jim and Greg celebrate one of the 20th century's greatest musical innovations: The Moog. Plus, they review the new album by“Band of Brothers”Kings of Leon.

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Music News

Europe is really setting the stage for how the U.S. will approach digital music in the next couple of years, so Jim and Greg take a look at news coming out of that region. In France, the government plans to subsidize legal music downloading to encourage young consumers not to illegally get songs. This is going to cost the French government some $35 million. But, this might sound like a better option than the“three strikes”law to one French ISP. Free has declined to send out warning letters to its users. Over in Ireland the three strikes approach got struck down entirely. The big four labels were unable to convince an Irish court that laws to identify and cut off internet users should be enforceable in that country like others in the EU. And finally, one U.K. music executive offers another solution entirely: £1 records for all!

If you‘ll only spend a dollar to support a band, how much would you pay to stop them? $10 million? That’s how much a former Seattle fan of Weezer intended to raise as part of a campaign to get the Rivers Cuomo-fronted band to stop playing. Jim and Greg like this idea, but think Weezer might be the wrong target. Who would you pay to (not) play?

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The Moog

Guitars, bass, drums…blah blah blah. This week it's all about the Moog! The Bob Moog-invented synthesizer has experienced a resurgence in popularity in the past few years. New artists love the analog sound, and many are gathering at next week's MoogFest in Bob Moog's adopted hometown of Asheville, NC. Jim and Greg talk to Brian Kehew, the Bob Moog Foundation's official historian, about the synthesizer's history and legacy. Kehew also co-founded an all-analog band called Moog Cookbook in the '90s and has worked in the studio with Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann and Moog superstars, Emerson, Lake & Palmer. In addition to ELP, Kehew points to the following as great synthesizer musicians:

reviewCome Around Sundown (Extended Version)Come Around Sundown available on iTunes

Kings of Leon Come Around Sundown

A couple of weeks ago Jim and Greg discussed the career trajectory of U2. Kings of Leon seem to be on a similar path. The southern“band of brothers”(and cousin) are opening for the Irish band on their 360 tour, and Jim and Greg hear a lot more stadium bombast with their latest release Come Around Sundown. Lead singer Caleb Followill has turned on the rawk singing, and no funky or soul blues cliche was left unturned, according to Jim. It's way too over the top to him and lacks any experimentation or originality. Jim gives it a Trash It rating, adding that this might be one of the worst records of the year. Greg calls that a ridiculous statement, but agrees that he doesn‘t like the direction the band is headed. They’ve lost much of the rhythm and distinctiveness from their 2003 debut. But still, Greg wouldn't throw it in the bin. Kings of Leon gets a Burn It.


Featured Songs

  1. Plastic Bertrand, Ca Plane Pour Moi, Ca Plane Pour Moi (This Life's For Me), Sire, 1977
  2. Weezer, Say It Ain't So, Weezer, DGC, 1994
  3. Neon Indian, Terminally Chill, Psychic Chasms, Lefse Records, 2009
  4. Wendy Carlos, Two-Part Invention in F, Switched-On Bach, Columbia, 1968
  5. Wendy Carlos, Two-Part Invention in B flat, Switched-On Bach, Columbia, 1968
  6. The Monkees, Daily Nightly, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd., Rhino, 2007
  7. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tank, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Island, 1970
  8. The Beatles, Here Comes The Sun, Abbey Road, Apple, 1969
  9. Brian Eno, Julie With…, Before and After Science, Polydor, 1977
  10. Stevie Wonder, Living For The City, Innervisions, Tamla, 1973
  11. Richard Hayman, The Look of Love, Genuine Electric Latin Love Machine, Command, 1969
  12. The Moog Cookbook, Black Hole Sun, The Moog Cookbook, Restless, 1966
  13. Return To Forever, Beyond The Seventh Galaxy, Where Have I Known You Before, Polydor, 1974
  14. Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lucky Man, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Island, 1970
  15. Tubeway Army, Are ‘Friends’ Electric, Replicas, Atco, 1979
  16. Beastie Boys, Sabrosa, Ill Communication, Capitol, 1994
  17. Kinky, Minotauro, Atlas, Nettwerk, 2003
  18. Fred Wesley, Blow Your Head, Damn Right I Am Somebody, People, 1974
  19. Herbie Hancock, Chameleon, Head Hunters, Columbia/Legacy, 1997
  20. Stereolab, Les Yper Sound, Emperor Tomato Ketchup, Elektra, 1996
  21. Kings of Leon, Radioactive, Come Around Sundown, RCA, 2010
  22. Kings of Leon, The End, Come Around Sundown, RCA, 2010
  23. Ratatat, Drugs, LP4, XL, 2010
  24. Fleetwood Mac, Tusk, Tusk, Warner Bros., 1979
  25. Pink Floyd, In The Flesh?, The Wall, Columbia, 1979
  26. Ben Folds and Nick Hornby, Levi Johnston's Blues, Lonely Avenue, Nonesuch, 2010

Footnotes N.Y. Times article on French music subsidies Guardian article on Irish“Three Strikes”law EW article on Weezer campaign Moogfest Kings of Leon