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Sound Opinions at Sea & Phoebe Bridgers

This week, Jim and Greg take the show to the water with the episode Sound Opinions at Sea! They'll share some of their favorite songs about oceans, seas and more! Plus, a conversation and live performance at the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago with singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers.

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Songs About The Sea

Seventy-one percent of the earth is covered with water, so it's no surprise many musicians have looked to the sea for inspiration. From adventure to tragedy, Jim and Greg have gathered songs about the ocean that run the gamut.

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Phoebe Bridgers

Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers has been performing at open mics since she was 11 years old and grew up busking at farmers' markets in her native Los Angeles. Now 23, Bridgers has been lauded for her captivating musicianship, dusky vocals, and lyrical eloquence. (Channeling his other life as an English professor, Jim compares her to Joan Didion.) Bridgers's songs pull no punches, covering topics like heartbreak and loss, living with depression, and the shadowy underside of her sunny home state. She stopped by the Goose Island Tap Room in Chicago to perform "Smoke Signals" and a few other tracks off her 2017 album Stranger in the Alps. She talks to Greg and Jim about the meaning behind the album's title, how to silence a restless crowd, and the pervasive sexism of the music industry.

Featured Songs

  1. Neil Young, I'm the Ocean, Mirror Ball, Reprise, 1995
  2. Phoebe Bridgers, Smoke Signals, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  3. Enya, Orinoco Flow, Watermark, Warner Music, 1988
  4. Led Zeppelin, The Ocean, Houses of the Holy, Atlantic, 1973
  5. Frank Ocean, Moon River, Moon River (Single), Boys Don't Cry, 2018
  6. Nova Mob, Admiral of the Sea, The Last Days of Pompeii, Rough Trade, 1991
  7. The Beach Boys, Sail On, Sailor, Holland, Reprise, 1973
  8. The Velvet Underground, Ocean, VU, Verve, 1985
  9. Procol Harum, A Salty Dog, A Salty Dog, Regal Zonophone, A&M, 1969
  10. Otis Redding, (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay, The Dock of the Bay, Volt, 1968
  11. PJ Harvey, Down By The Water, To Bring You My Love, Direct Brands, 1995
  12. Talking Heads, Take Me to the River, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Sire, 1978
  13. Phoebe Bridgers, Motion Sickness, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  14. Phoebe Bridgers, Scott Street (Live on Sound Opinions), Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  15. Phoebe Bridgers, Funeral, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  16. Phoebe Bridgers, Chelsea, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  17. Phoebe Bridgers, Steamroller, Killer, Pax Am, 2015
  18. Phoebe Bridgers, Demi Moore, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  19. Phoebe Bridgers, Killer, Killer, Pax Am, 2015
  20. Phoebe Bridgers, You Missed My Heart, Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  21. Phoebe Bridgers, Smoke Signals (Live on Sound Opinions), Stranger in the Alps, Dead Oceans, 2017
  22. Bobby Darin, Beyond the Sea, That's All, Atco, 1960
  23. The Pretenders, The Phone Call, Pretenders, Sire Records, 1979
  24. Glenn Branca, Lesson #2, The Ascension, 99, 1981
  25. Alice Cooper, Under My Wheels, Killer, Warner Bros., 1971
  26. Alice Cooper, Caught in a Dream, Love It to Death, Warner Bros., 1971
  27. Alice Cooper, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Billion Dollar Babies, Warner Bros., 1973
  28. Alice Cooper, Billion Dollar Babies, Billion Dollar Babies, Warner Bros., 1973