Slayer, Opinions on Janelle Monáe & Liz Phair

With Slayer's farewell tour approaching, Jim and Greg revisit their interview with two members of the iconic thrash metal band - drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Kerry King. They discuss their signature breakneck song pace, favorite moments in the group and working with hip hop producer Rick Rubin. They'll also review the new album from Janelle Monáe and review Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville for its 25th anniversary.

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Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer

After a five year hiatus, Janelle Monáe has returned with Dirty Computer, an album that Jim calls“a new masterpiece.”He adds that in the past (with 2010's The ArchAndroid and 2013's Electric Lady), "she was playing with afrofuturism and science fiction themes," but Dirty Computer "comes together is a much more organic way as a great pop album." Greg notes that this record strips away her alias, an android named Cindi Mayweather. The result is Janelle at her most personal. Monáe is influenced by Prince, and Greg says in songs like "Make Me Feel"“you can hear it in the way those grooves work. It's a call to action record built for dancing.”Jim and Greg both give the album a Buy It.

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Liz Phair Exile in Guyville

This month, Liz Phair's debut album Exile in Guyville will be reissued to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its initial release. This reissue will include the complete Girly-Sound tapes, which will be the first time that material will be released on a label for purchase. Back in 1991, Greg says that everybody in Chicago who cared about music had“a dub of a dub of a dub”of the tapes (which were recorded in Liz Phair's bedroom and released independently.) Many of the tracks evolved into material on Exile in Guyville. Jim and Greg agree that the album is a anthemic counter statement to Chicago's“Boy's Club”music scene. They both thought the album was great in 1993; and Greg says the recording "stands the test of time." Jim thinks that the idea that Exile in Guyville is a track by track response to The Rolling Stones' classic Exile on Main St. is strictly positioning, and“doesn't hold up.”Greg thinks that with the creation of that myth she was“playing the critics”and she was being "very tongue in cheek." 25 years later, Both Jim and Greg give Exile in Guyville a Buy It.



Kerry In the 1980s, Slayer redefined the metal genre, bringing more speed and intensity than many had ever heard. But the musical virtuosity of members Tom Araya, Jeff Hanneman, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo was often overshadowed by their lyrics and imagery, which at times referenced violence and satanism. Now after 37 years of enthralling audience and flipping off its critics, the band is calling it quits. They‘ll embark on a farewell world tour, minus members Hanneman, who died in 2013, and Lombardo, who left the group that same year. Today we’re revisiting our interview with guitarist Kerry King and former drummer Dave Lombardo. They talk about working with legendary producer Rick Rubin, ticking off Tipper Gore and more.

Featured Songs

  1. Slayer, War Ensemble, Seasons in the Abyss, Def American, 1990
  2. Janelle Monae, Make Me Feel, Dirty Computer, Wondaland, 2018
  3. Janelle Monae, Screwed (feat. Zoë Kravitz), Dirty Computer, Wondaland, 2018
  4. Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer (feat. Brian Wilson), Dirty Computer, Wondaland, 2018
  5. Janelle Monae, I Got The Juice (feat. Pharrell Williams), Dirty Computer, Wondaland, 2018
  6. Janelle Monae, Crazy, Classic, Life, Dirty Computer, Wondaland, 2018
  7. Janelle Monae, Pynk (feat. Grimes), Dirty Computer, Wondaland, 2018
  8. Liz Phair, Mesmerizing, Exile in Guyville, Matador, 1993
  9. Liz Phair, Bomb, Girly-Sound Tape 3, Not On Label, 1991
  10. Liz Phair, Girls, Girls, Girls, Exile in Guyville, Matador, 1993
  11. Liz Phair, Divorce Song, Exile in Guyville, Matador, 1993
  12. Liz Phair, Flower, Exile in Guyville, Matador, 1993
  13. Liz Phair, Soap Star Joe (Girly-Sound Version), Girly-Sound Tape 2, Not On Label, 1991
  14. Liz Phair, 6' 1, Exile in Guyville, Matador, 1991
  15. Slayer, Raining Blood, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  16. Slayer, Black Magic, Show No Mercy, Metal Blade, 1983
  17. Slayer, Jesus Saves, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  18. Slayer, Live Undead, South of Heaven, Def Jam, 1988
  19. Judas Priest, Grinder, British Steel, Columbia, 1980
  20. Motörhead, Overkill, Overkill, Bronze, 1979
  21. Slayer, Necrophobic, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  22. Poison, Nothin' But a Good Time, Open Up and Say… Ahh!, Enigma, 1988
  23. Slayer, Angel of Death, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  24. Louis Prima, Sing! Sing! Sing! (With a Swing), Sing! Sing! Sing! (With a Swing) (Single), Brunswick 7628, 1936
  25. Dizzy Gillespie, Manteca, The Complete RCA Victor Recordings, RCA Victor, 1947
  26. Slayer, Piece By Piece, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  27. Slayer, Criminally Insane, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  28. Run-DMC, Walk This Way (feat. Aerosmith), Raising Hell, Profile, 1986
  29. Slayer, Altar of Sacrifice, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  30. Metallica, Master of Puppets, Master of Puppets, Elektra, 1986
  31. Slayer, Postmortem, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  32. Slayer, South of Heaven, South of Heaven, Def Jam, 1988
  33. Slayer, Spill the Blood, South of Heaven, Def Jam, 1988
  34. Slayer, Spirit In Black, Seasons in the Abyss, Def American, 1990
  35. Slayer, Unit, World Painted Blood, American, 2009
  36. Slayer, Jihad, Christ Illusion, American, 2006
  37. Slayer, Disciple, God Hates Us All, American, 2001
  38. Slayer, World Painted Blood, World Painted Blood, American, 2009
  39. Slayer, Reborn, Reign in Blood, Def Jam, 1986
  40. Hatchie, Sure (Single), Sure (Single), Ivy League, 2018
  41. Tracy Chapman, Give Me One Reason, New Beginning, Elektra, 1995
  42. Allen Toussaint, Freedom for the Stallion (Live - Previously Unissued), The Complete Warner Recordings, Warner Bros., 2005
  43. Cowboy Junkies, A Horse in the Country, Black Eyed Man, RCA, 1992
  44. Dan Fogelberg, Run for the Roses, The Innocent Age, Epic, 1981
  45. Imani Coppola, Legend of A Cowgirl, Chupacabra, Columbia, 1997