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Peter Bjorn & John

Recently Jim and Greg invited a group of listeners to sit in on their session with Swedish trio Peter Bjorn & John. Many members of the audience had heard their album Writer's Block or seen them perform at festivals like SXSW. But, certainly everyone in the room had heard their catchy hit "Young Folks." The song has been featured in TV shows and commercials and was recently sampled by Kanye West. It provides just a taste of what the band had to offer. During their interview Peter Morén, Björn Yttling, and pinch hitter Nino Keller performed a number of songs, all of which you can sample here.

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reviews
Hell-OnHell-On available on iTunes

Neko Case Hell-On

Neko Case brings us a new Americana/alt-country exploration of Mother Nature's edgy side with Hell-On, her seventh solo album. Greg notes that though other people collaborate with her (including Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn & John, who served as co-producer on six tracks), she is the writer of these songs, he is the main instrumentalist on her record, and she is a producer.“This is her baby,”he asserts,“You can bring on anybody, and it's still going to sound like a Neko Case record because of her massive role in how it sounds.” The album provides what Jim thinks is one of her best lyrics ever on My Uncle's Navy, about a relative that used to mutilate animals. Jim wonders if“that's what sent Neko down this strange nature path.”However, Jim says that ultimately, this is“merely a very good Neko Case record.”Jim and Greg give the album a Double Buy It.

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Wounded Rhymes (Deluxe Version)Wounded Rhymes available on iTunes

Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes

Swedish singer Lykke Li has a new album out called Wounded Rhymes. She has again teamed up with fellow Swede Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn and John. The maturity is leaps and bounds above her previous effort. Greg was impressed with the“oomph”of her voice and her interesting source material. It's Phil Spector and doo-wop, but with a wicked tinge. Jim agrees, adding gospel and soul influences to that pot. Wounded Rhymes gets a double Buy It rating.

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Writer's BlockWriter's Block available on iTunes

Peter Bjorn and John Writer's Block

Next the critics give their opinions on Writer's Block, the third album from Swedish pop group Peter Bjorn and John. The trio has gotten a lot of great reviews and even some mainstream buzz due to the inclusion of their song, "Young Folks," on Grey's Anatomy. (Unfortunately the biggest Grey's breakout thus far has been The Fray).“Young Folks”features former Concretes singer Victoria Bergsman, but it's the whistle and the bass line that are the real stars for Jim and Greg. Both Jim and Greg love the pop songs on this record, which are full of eclectic touches and catchy hooks, and give it a Buy It.

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lists

The Best of 2007… So Far

Jim and Greg just couldn‘t wait until the end of the year to start picking their favorite albums, so they’ve decided to name their 2007 mid-year best.

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The Best Songs of 2007 - Mixtapes

Jim and Greg present their Mixtapes for 2007. Check out the track listing below.

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Best of SXSW 2007

While Jim and Greg definitely heard some clunkers during their time in Austin, they were mostly impressed with the wide variety of underground bands. For Jim and Greg's full wrap-ups, check out their day-by-day accounts in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Here are some they recommend checking out:

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news

Music News

iTunes announced that it will be offering cut-rate downloads on several albums in its catalog. The albums, which retail for $5.99 and $6.99, are part of a new series called“Next Big Thing.”The bargain bin includes albums from up-and-comers like LCD Soundsystem and Peter Bjorn and John. Jim and Greg are happy to see that the giant digital music retailer is waking up. Six bucks is a perfectly legitimate amount to pay for such good albums, and this is a move that's certain to please consumers, if not record labels.

Also in the news, pop star Avril Lavigne is being called out for a couple instances of plagiarism. First, power pop band The Rubinoos launched a legal case against Avril, claiming that her single "Girlfriend" was lifted from their 1979 song, "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend." Avril denies this, but the similarities are pretty striking. Then, gossip blogger Perez Hilton pointed out another suspicious similarity. The first 20 seconds of Avril's "I Don't Have to Try" sound nearly identical to electroclasher Peaches' track "I'm the Kinda." Jim and Greg think the evidence is stacking up against Avril, but are quick to point out that all rock music has been cribbed from one source or another.

Next Jim and Greg relay their experiences that at the recent Police reunion show in Chicago. Greg was pretty unimpressed, and says that the show was definitely not worth what people paid. Jim was less harsh, but agrees with Greg that the Police have always been better on album than live.

The Police concluded their tour at Giants Stadium as part of the Live Earth concert. Again, the band didn't wow our hosts, but it was Kanye West's performance that was the most strikingly bad. In fact, with the exception of a few performances, most of Live Earth was pretty underwhelming to Jim and Greg. And the world seemed to agree. Ratings were quite poor, especially compared to the success of previous attempts like Live 8. Jim is all for music influencing people to make change, but he didn't hear anything truly inspirational coming out of this crop of musicians. And Greg found the event to have a great lack of focus, though both hosts are all for Al Gore replacing Bono as music's new crusader.

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