Desert Island

Desert Island Jukebox Special

As the hosts of Sound Opinions, Jim and Greg often choose a track they can't live without to drop into the Desert Island Jukebox. But, they were also anxious to hear what some of their favorite musical guests would take with them to a deserted island. Tune in this week to hear DIJ picks from artists like Lupe Fiasco, Robyn Hitchcock and Thom Yorke.

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Music News

In the music news this week is the announcement that four major radio corporations accused of practicing payola have agreed to a settlement with the FCC. In addition to paying the government $12.5 million, they will provide free commercial radio airtime for independent labels and local artists. Jim and Greg talk to Jenny Toomey and Michael Bracy of the Future of Music Coalition about the settlement and whether this will actually make a dent in payola. Both Toomey and Bracy admit that payola has been around forever, and is part of larger issues the music industry needs to tackle, but they're happy these steps are being taken. Jim and Greg also hear thoughts from the heads of several independent labels. You'll hear from Jim Powers of Minty Fresh Records, Bettina Richards of Thrill Jockey Records and Peter Gordon of Thristy Ear Recordings. Each label head expresses a mix of skepticism and optimism, and speaks to the question of whether or not indie labels even need commercial radio anymore. Jim and Greg get the last word and explain that payola, like a cockroach, will probably find a way to survive.


Desert Island Jukebox Highlights

As the hosts of the show, Jim and Greg are always given the tough challenge of picking just one song they can‘t live without to drop into the Desert Island Jukebox. But, over time, they’ve also asked some of their favorite musical guests to make this difficult decision. It's interesting to hear what music these artists want to be stranded with. Here are just some of the selections:

  • Thom Yorke of Radiohead - "The Old Man's Back Again" by Scott Walker
  • Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead - "Kool Thing" by Sonic Youth
  • Robyn Hitchcock - Revolver by The Beatles (in his mind)
  • Scott McCaughey - "Walking in the Rain" by The Ronettes
  • Peter Buck - "Daddy Rollin' in Their Arms" by Dion
  • Lupe Fiasco - "The Highwayman" by The Highwaymen
  • Julian Casablancas of The Strokes - "Moonlight Sonata" by Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Jon Brion - "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tenille
  • Rhymefest - "All I Do," by Stevie Wonder
  • Jason Lytle of Grandaddy - "Roscoe" by Midlake

Featured Songs

  1. Deerhunter,“Heatherwood,”Cryptograms, 2007
  2. Califone,“Pink & Sour,”Roots & Crowns, 2006
  3. Thom Yorke,“I Want None Of This,”Help - A Day In The Life Of, 2005 Live in Studio
  4. Scott Walker,“The Old Man's Back Again,”Scott 4, 1969
  5. Sonic Youth,“Kool Thing,”Goo, 1990
  6. Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3,“Ol‘e Tarantula,”Ol’e Tarantula, 2006 Live in Studio
  7. The Ronettes,“Walking in the Rain,”Best of the Ronettes, 1992
  8. Dion,“Daddy Rollin' in Your Arms,”Dion, 1968
  9. Lupe Fiasco,“Kick Push,”Food and Liquor, 2006
  10. The Highwaymen,“Highwayman,”Highwayman, 1985
  11. Vladimir Horowitz,“Piano Sonata No. 14 in C Sharp Minor (Moonlight),”Beethoven: Piano Sonatas, 2003
  12. The Strokes,“Razorblade,”First Impression of Earth, 2006
  13. Jon Brion,“Knock Yourself Out”I Heart Huckabees, 2004
  14. Captain and Tenille,“Love Will Keep Us Together,”Forget Me Nots, 1972
  15. Rhymefest,“Devil's Pie,”Blue Collar, 2006
  16. Stevie Wonder,“All I Do,”Hotter Than July, 1980
  17. Grandaddy,“Jeez Louise,”Just like the Fambly Cat, 2006
  18. Midlake,“Roscoe,”Trials of Van Occupanther, 2006
  19. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah,“Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning?”Some Loud Thunder, 2007
  20. Fall Out Boy,“Thriller,”Infinity on High, 2007
  21. The Ramones,“Cretin Hop,”Rocket to Russia, 1977
  22. Andrew Bird,“A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left,”Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs , 2005

Footnotes payola Future of Music Coalition Minty Fresh Records Thrill Jockey Records Thristy Ear Recordings Scott Walker The Ronettes Dion“Highwayman”“Moonlight Sonata”“Love Will Keep Us Together” Midlake