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03-28-08 Footnotes
Show 122: Steve Earle and Allison Moorer interview, Gnarls Barkley Review
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1 First up in the news is the passing of longtime Beatles friend, manager and business associate Neil Aspinall. The man who many called the “fifth Beatle,” died earlier this week at the age of 66. He grew from childhood friend of the Paul McCartney and George Harrison to CEO of Apple Corps, and was known for his fierce loyalty to the band. But, as Jim and Greg explain, many fans blamed Aspinall for the slow release of Beatles archival materials, as well as Apple Corps’ resistance toward moving into the digital age. But, as Jim points out, before launching any new Beatles venture, he had to get Paul, George, Ringo and Yoko on board—no small feat.

2 Next up is a review of an album that’s sure to make news in 2008. Gnarls Barkley has released their highly anticipated second album The Odd Couple. This is the follow up to 2006’s successful release St. Elsewhere, which featured the hit single “Crazy.” The genre-blending duo consisting of singer/songwriter Cee-Lo Green and DJ Danger Mouse went for an even darker mood on this album, and both Jim and Greg think it’s a success. Jim loves the psychedelic universe Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse created—one that’s part soul, part rock, part hip-hop. He admits that there are no “Crazy”-style singles, but gives The Odd Couple a big Buy It. Greg was impressed by how the two men take traditional pop genres like British invasion and Motown, and update them for the 21st century. And beneath the psychedelic swirl of sounds are great melodies and complicated lyrics. Greg seconds the Buy It rating.

3 Steve Earle is Jim and Greg’s guest this week. The singer/songwriter who can also add actor, novelist, radio show host, playwright to his credits visited the show with his duet partner, muse and 7th wife Allison Moorer. That’s right—7. But Steve is obviously not a man who is afraid of risks. After years living and working in Nashville, he moved to New York. And after years making rock music, he decided to incorporate hip hop beats and electronic elements on to his most recent record Washington Street Serenade. You can hear stripped down versions of the tracks, “Tennessee Blues,” “Days Aren’t Long Enough,” and “Sparkle and Shine” during the show.

4 Like Gnarls Barkley, The Raconteurs had a successful debut album in 2006. Now, Jack White, Brendan Benson and company are back with a follow-up called Consolers of the Lonely. From the start this project was clearly an opportunity for Jack White to step outside of the boundaries of minimalism that contain the music of the White Stripes. But at the core of all the instrumentation and experimentation of the first Raconteurs record were strong melodies. And for Greg, that’s where the second album falls short. In addition to missing the great songs of the White Stripes, he found himself longing for their humor and eroticism. There isn’t really anything appealing to Greg on Consolers of the Lonely, and he’s not sure why the band rushed it out. Jim, who is an admitted fan of the art rock genre, says there is nothing worse than a bad artrock record—and this is a really bad art rock record. He notes that the band has made a point to encourage listeners to take in the album as a whole, but thinks this is terrible advice. There are only a couple of good tracks on the album, so listening to it as a whole was not an enjoyable experience for Jim. He calls it awful and depressing. Looks like our two hosts need the consoling. They both give the new Raconteurs a Trash It.

5 Greg’s Desert Island Jukebox pick this week was inspired by the odd, but successful, pairing of Gnarls Barkley members Cee-Lo Green and DJ Danger Mouse. He believes that the tension between opposites can often make for great rock music, even if it doesn’t lead to longevity. An example of this good tension can be heard in the music of the Pixies. Black Francis’ “serial killer vocals” mixed with Kim Deal’s beautiful harmonies created a sound that was both punk and pop. And one of Greg’s fondest concert memories is of the band reuniting in 2004 to perform “Where Is My Mind.” That’s why he decided to take the original version with him to the Desert Island Jukebox.

Songs Featured in Show #122
The Beatles, "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! Take 7," Anthology 2
Gnarls Barkley, "Run," The Odd Couple, 2008
Gnarls Barkley, "Who's Gonna Save My Soul," The Odd Couple, 2008
Steve Earle, "Satellite Radio," Washington Square Serenade, 2007
Steve Earle, "Tennessee Blues," Washington Square Serenade, 2007 Live in the Studio
Steve Earle, "I Feel Alright," I Feel Alright, 1996
Steve Earle, "City of Immigrants," Washington Square Serenade, 2007
Steve Earle, "Days Aren't Long Enough," Washington Square Serenade, 2007 Live in the Studio
Steve Earle, "The Revolution Starts...Now," The Revolution Starts...Now, 2004
Steve Earle, "Sparkle and Shine," Washington Square Serenade, 2007 Live in the Studio
Steve Earle, "Way Down in the Hole," Washington Square Serenade, 2007
The Raconteurs, “Salute Your Solution,” Consolers of the Lonely, 2008
The Raconteurs “Many Shades of Black,” Consolers of the Lonely, 2008
The Pixies, “Where is My Mind,” Surfer Rosa, 1988
Sons and Daughters, “Gilt Complex,” This Gift, 2008
Garbage, “Cherry Lips,” Beautiful Garbage, 2001
Garbage, “Push It,” Live in Concert
The Ting Tings, "That's Not My Name," The Ting Tings, 2008

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