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11-04-11 Footnotes
Show 310: Brian Eno, Review of Coldplay
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1 Spotify and other digital streaming services are definitely the wave of the future. But some artists are eschewing streaming for more traditional methods of marketing and distribution. Coldplay, for one, has decided not to make its new album Mylo Xyloto available to Spotify, Rdio and Rhapsody. In addition, Tom Waits and Adele have said no thank you. The reasons behind this may be similar to ones we’ve heard from old school acts like Pink Floyd and AC/DC—they want their albums heard as a whole, not broken up into singles. But, as Greg points out, it may simply be that acts as big as these don’t need streaming services. They’re doing just fine on their own with radio and a large fan base behind them. Just look at Adele and Coldplay, both sales success stories for 2011.

2 Frequent Sound Opinions listeners know they can count on one thing: Brian Eno references. In fact some have taken to making it a drinking game. The legendary producer and electronic music pioneer seems to come up no matter what Jim and Greg are talking about. And for good reason—Eno is not just an innovator in the experimental world, but a major pop force as well, first as a member of the new wave band Roxy Music, then as a producer and collaborator with David Byrne and the Talking Heads, John Cale, Devo, U2 and Coldplay. He also composes solo work as well, though whether or not he’ll use lyrics, singing or poetry is never known. His last album Drums Between the Bells was inspired by the poetry of Rick Holland. And he has a new EP called Panic of Looking. Brian joins Jim and Greg from England and shares his unique philosophies on writing, recording and the studio as an instrument.

3 One band that has been working with Brian Eno in recent years is Coldplay. They first linked up for Viva La Vida in 2008. And now Eno has co-written songs for their 5th album Mylo Xyloto. It has already shot to #1, but does it deserve it? Jim compares the band to rice pudding. It’s never phenomenal, but sometimes exactly what you want and need. But rice pudding should never be deconstructed or overcomplicated, and perhaps that’s where the band went wrong with this release. Eno’s presence alone doesn’t make them any more experimental. And he didn’t do much to improve the inauthentic and melodramatic lyrics. Jim says Trash It. Greg agrees, but admits the Coldplay lyrics game is quite a fun one. He is disappointed by the stale arena rock formula and accuses them of cribbing notes from Bruce Springsteen, or worse The Killers imitating Springsteen. Mylo Xyloto gets a double Trash It.

Songs Featured in Show #310
Adele, “Rumour Has It,” 21, XL, 2011
Brian Eno, “Glitch,” Drums Between the Bells, Warp, 2011
Brian Eno and David Byrne, “America is Waiting,” My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Sire, 1981
Christopher Logue and Tony Kinsey, “Blue Shoes,” Red Bird: Jazz & Poetry, Parlophone, 1959
Brian Eno, “Needles in the Camel's Eye,” Here Come the Warm Jets, Island, 1974
Brian Eno, “The Real,” Drums Between the Bells, Warp, 2011
Brian Eno and David Byrne, “Mea Culpa,” My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Sire, 1981
David Bowie, “Look Back in Anger,” Lodger, RCA, 1979
Brian Eno, “Baby's on Fire,” Here Come the Warm Jets, Island, 1974
Brian Eno, “Third Uncle,” Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Island, 1974
David Byrne and Brian Eno, “Strange Overtones,” Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, Todo Mundo, 2008
Talking Heads, “Take Me To The River,” More Songs About Buildings and Food, Sire, 1978
Brian Eno, “2/1,” Ambient 1: Music for Airports, EG, 1978
Roxy Music, “Editions of You,” For Your Pleasure, Island, 1973
U2, “Wire,” The Unforgettable Fire, Island, 1984
Devo, “Mongoloid,” Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Warner Bros., 1978
Brian Eno, “St. Elmo's Fire,” Another Green World, Island, 1975
Coldplay, “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” Mylo Xyloto, Capitol, 2011
Coldplay, “Paradise,” Mylo Xyloto, Capitol, 2011
Charli Xcx, “Nuclear Seasons,” Nuclear Seasons, This Is Music, 2011
ELO, “Telephone Line,” A New World Record, Jet, 1976
A Flock of Seagulls, “I Ran (So Far Away),” A Flock of Seagulls, Jive, 1982
Suicide, “Frankie Teardrop,” Suicide, Red Star, 1977
10cc, “I'm Not in Love,” The Original Soundtrack, Mercury, 1975
The Cramps, “Surfin' Dead” The Return of the Living Dead: Soundtrack, Restless, 1993
Angelo Badalamenti, “Night Life in Twin Peaks,” Twin Peaks: Season One Soundtrack, Warner Bros., 1990

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