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05-16-08 Footnotes
Show 129: Saul Williams and a review of Los Campesinos!

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1 After inking a deal with Live Nation earlier this year, Madonna has announced plans to go into business with another concert industry player—StubHub. The secondary ticket company will be the official re-sellers for Madonna’s upcoming tour. That means that Madonna will not only get a cut of regular tickets, which range from $55 to $350, but a cut of “fan-to-fan” tickets as well. This news begs the question – is Madonna endorsing scalping? Jim and Greg talk to Sean Pate, StubHub’s head of corporate communications, about the decision to strike a deal with Madonna and how that will impact fans.

2 Like Laurie Anderson, this week’s guest has an incredible portfolio: poet, screenwriter, actor, activist, and, of course, musician. But, while you can call Saul Williams all these terms, it’s hard to describe his music. Saul blends rock, funk, hip hop and electronica with political lyrics. This combo was most recently heard on an album Saul made with Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor. Last year they released The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust exclusively on the web. Now Saul is again getting attention through his involvement in a Nike ad campaign. The singer, and admitted activist, explains to Jim and Greg why he agreed to let the corporation use his song “List of Demands,” in a recent commercial. He believes that the ad calls more attention to his song than it does the product, and therefore spreads the message of his music. You can hear that song performed live on the show, as well the Niggy Tardust tracks, “Banged and Blown Through” and “Convict Colony.”

3 Welsh group Los Campesinos! has released their first full length album called Hold on Now, Youngster.... The seven piece indie pop band first appeared on Greg’s radar at SXSW. He was impressed by their exuberance, but admits that you have to be in the right mood for that level of enthusiasm. The formula can’t sustain an entire album though, so Greg gives Hold On Now Youngster… a Burn It. Jim agrees about the rating, but was more put off by the band’s lyrics. Like many indie bands today, these songwriters can be mighty pretentious. Jim really wanted to love this album, so he gives Los Campesinos! an angry Burn It!

4 This week Sound Opinions welcomed a new station—WHDD-FM, in Sharon, CT. Hotchkiss School in nearby Lakeville produced John Hammond, one of the most important music industry figures in the 20th century. So Greg decided to take his turn at the DIJ as an opportunity to honor the man who discovered Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan, and even Bruce Springsteen. But it was his signing of Leonard Cohen at Columbia Records that Greg wants to highlight. It was brave of Hammond to bring the Canadian poet to the label. His first album Songs of Leonard Cohen, never achieved much commercial success, but it served as inspiration for Robert Altman’s 1971 film McCabe and Mrs.Miller. Greg chooses to add that album’s track “Sisters of Mercy” to the Desert Island Jukebox.


Songs Featured in Show #129
Bob Dylan, "Song to Woody," Bob Dylan, 1962
Madonna, "Candy Shop," Hard Candy, 2008
Saul Williams, “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, 2007 Saul Williams, “List of Demands (Reparations),” Saul Williams, 2004 Live in Studio
Saul Williams, “Skin of a Drum,” The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, 2007
Saul Williams, “List of Demands (Reparations),” Saul Williams, 2004
Saul Williams, “Om Nia,” Amethyst Rock Star, 2001
Saul Williams, “Convict Colony” The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, 2007 Live in Studio
David Bowie, “Changes,” Hunky Dory, 1971
Saul Williams, “NiggyTardust,” The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, 2007
Saul Williams, “Banged and Blown Through” The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, 2007 Live in Studio
Nine Inch Nails, “10 Ghosts II,” Ghosts I-IV, 2008
Los Campesinos!, “You! Me! Dancing!” Hold on Now, Youngster... , 2008
Los Campesinos!, “Death to Los Campesinos!” Hold on Now, Youngster... , 2008
Leonard Cohen, “Sisters of Mercy,” The Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1968
The Drifters, "Answer the Phone", I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing, 1965
Modest Mouse, "Fire it Up," We We're Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, 2007
Black Keys, "Strange Times," Attack & Release, 2008
Laurie Anderson, "From the Air," Big Science, 1982
Elvis Costello, "Pump it Up," This Year's Model, 1978


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