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01-04-08 Footnotes
Show 110: Fiery Furnaces, Peter Bogdanovich, Lupe Fiasco review
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1 With 2008 ahead of us, it’s time to look back at who reigned in the year that was. According to recent figures, it was The Police. The recently reunited group had the top grossing tour of 2007 with $132 million. Also making the top 10—Genesis, Van Halen and Roger Waters. While people like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera also had successful touring years, Jim and Greg were dismayed to see how dominant aging, nostalgia acts were. It doesn’t bode well for the concert industry, especially when you see that overall sales were down almost 20%. Our hosts recommend concert promoters focus more on developing younger, more diverse acts if they want to improve the numbers for next year.

2 Next up Jim and Greg speak with Oscar-winning director Peter Bogdanovich,()whose new film Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream, has been airing on the Sundance Channel and is now available on DVD. Greg notes that Bogdanovich is a director who likes to cover big subjects and big men, like Orson Welles and John Ford. And the filmmaker agrees that Tom Petty fits into that mold. He describes him as a truly “American” artist, and one that warrants a four-hour film.

3 This week Jim and Greg also speak with Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger of the Fiery Furnaces. The Oak Park, IL natives formed their duo in Brooklyn in 2002. Their latest album, Widow City, is a favorite of both Jim and Greg’s. It was an opportunity for Eleanor and Matt to indulge themselves in their 1970s upbringing. They recorded the album in a more traditional way, and used artifacts of the era like a Ouiga Board and vintage House and Garden magazines as inspiration. You can hear the classic rock influence on the tracks “Widow City,” “Ex-Guru,” and “Japanese Slippers” plus this bonus track.

4 Rapper Lupe Fiasco has a new record out called The Cool. The Chicago native, and recent Letterman guest, got attention with his 2006 debut album Food and Liquor. With this second record, the self-professed nerd has taken a turn for the darkness. His music is reflecting the serious subjects that have always been apparent in his lyrics. Greg admits that at times Fiasco borders on preachy, but he was impressed by the complexity of The Cool and gives it a Buy It. Jim was a little lost by some of the lyrics, but finds the music incredibly inventive. He thinks people who deny that rap is music should listen to this and also gives the record a Buy It.

Songs Featured in Show #110

Laazer Eyes, “One,” One, Two Three, 2006
The Police, “One World (Not Three),” Ghost in the Machine, 1981
Tom Petty, “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” Full Moon Fever, 1989
Tom Petty, “I Won’t Back Down,” Full Moon Fever, 1989
The Fiery Furnaces, “Duplexes of the Dead,” Widow City, 2007
The Fiery Furnaces, “Japanese Slipper,” Widow City, 2007
The Fiery Furnaces, “Widow City,” Widow City, 2007
The Fiery Furnaces, “Ex-Guru,” Widow City, 2007
The Fiery Furnaces, “Restorative Beer,” Widow City, 2007
Lupe Fiasco, “Superstar,” The Cool, 2007
Lupe Fiasco, “Hi-Definition,” The Cool, 2007
Lupe Fiasco, “Gotta Eat,” The Cool, 2007
Lupe Fiasco, “Little Weapon,” The Cool, 2007
Tipper, “OutsideInsideOut,” The Seamless Unspeakable Something, 2007
Wu Tang Clan, “Take It Back,” 8 Diagrams, 2007
Wu Tang Clan, “Heart Gently Weeps,” 8 Diagrams, 2007
Damon & Naomi, “The Well,” Within These Walls, 2007
Damon & Naomi, “The Aventine,” Within These Walls, 2007
Aphex Twin, “Ventolin (The Coppice Mix),” Ventolin, 1995

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