Buried Treasures & MSNBC's Ari Melber

It's time yet again for Jim and Greg to open their treasure chests and reveal relatively unknown new albums YOU need to hear! They'll also talk to the host of MSNBC's The Beat, Ari Melber, about his love for rap music and how he integrates it into his political coverage.

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Buried Treasures

From a metal group out of Guadalajara, Mexico called Canibales to a genre defying duo called The O‘My’s out of Chicago, this week, Jim and Greg dish out a batch of Buried Treasures: new music discoveries that you need to hear.


Ari Melber

Ari This week, Jim and Greg talk to TV personality Ari Melber. Melber, who began his career as an attorney, is the host of The Beat on MSNBC, a show where he unpacks the day's news, and sometimes that involves integrating rap lyrics to help explain the stories. They talk about his love for rap music, how much he prepares for his show and the similarities between hip hop and the White House today.



“I Don't Know Why I Love You”The House of Love

A band Greg highlighted earlier in the show, The Soft Science, released a cover of The House of Love's 1989 single "I Don't Know Why I Love You" as a B-side in April. For this spin on the Desert Island Jukebox, Greg's playing the original. He says that The House of Love was a victim of bad timing, coming after The Smiths, but before the Britpop boom. The song "I Don't Know Why I Love You" came on their second self-titled album. That session was their first for a major label and took more than two years and four producers to complete. Band members said new pressure to create hits caused tension within the band. The album's first single and some remixes were released against the band's will, adding to the trouble. Eventually guitarist Terry Bickers was kicked out of the band just a few days into the album's promotional tour. Still, Greg says the album is full of singles that hold up, even almost 30 years later. He points out similarities in the sound of Ride and The Stone Roses as evidence of The House of Love's influence.

Featured Songs

  1. The O‘My’s, Starship, Starship (single), haight, 2018
  2. Miss World, Click and You're Mine, Waist Management (EP), PNKSLM, 2018
  3. Soft Science, Undone, Maps, Test Pattern, 2018
  4. Canibales, Electricidad, Rocanrol, The Grizzlar, 2018
  5. Say Sue Me, Old Town, Where We Were Together, Damnably, 2018
  6. Julian Cope, That Don't Make a Revolution, Skellington 3, Head Heritage, 2018
  7. Ginkgoa, Boy Bounce, One Time, Ginkgoa, 2018
  8. IDLES, Danny Nedelko, Joy as an Act of Resistance., Partisan, 2018
  9. The Fugees, Nappy Heads, Blunted on Reality, Ruffhouse, 1994
  10. Soundgarden, Spoonman, Superunknown, A&M, 1994
  11. The Notorious B.I.G., Ten Crack Commandments, Life After Death, Bad Boy, 1997
  12. Bob Marley, Running Away, Kaya, Island, 1978
  13. 50 Cent, I'm a Hustler, Power of the Dollar, unreleased, 2000
  14. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, The Message, The Message, Sugar Hill, 1982
  15. Kanye West, Power (feat. Dwele), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Roc-A-Fella, 2010
  16. Kevin Gates, 2 Phones, Islah, Atlantic, 2016
  17. The House of Love, I Don't Know Why I Love You, The House of Love, Fontana, 1990
  18. PJ Morton, Claustrophobic, Gumbo, Morton, 2017
  19. Kelis, Bless The Telephone, Food, Ninja Tune, 2014
  20. Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, New Ways To Fail, Years, Bloodshot, 2018
  21. Flyin' Mice, Brighter Day, Brighter Day, Dr. Lime, 1994
  22. Flat Duo Jets, Love Can't Be Right, White Trees, Sky, 1993
  23. Janelle Monáe, Dirty Computer, Dirty Computer, Bad Boy, 2018
  24. Kali Uchis, Flight 22, Isolation, Interscope, 2018
  25. Jean Grae / Quelle Chris, Zero, Everything's Fine, Mello Music, 2018
  26. Allen Toussaint, Southern Nights (Live On Sound Opinions), Southern Nights, Reprise, 1975