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05-17-13 Footnotes
Show 390: Peter Hook of Joy Division & New Order, Chance the Rapper Review

1 Google Music entered the music-streaming fray this week with its new “All Access” service for Android. The world’s top search engine is touting All Access as a combination of the best features of Pandora and Spotify. It offers curated “radio” stations alongside millions of tracks users can stream across devices. And Google is hoping users will pony up for that kind of access: unlike its competitors, Google’s service will not offer a free option.

2 Forget the Desert Island – what music would you take to outer space? This week Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield made news by covering David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the International Space Station. This isn’t the first time rock has blasted into orbit. Last year Jim covered the auction of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s space mixtape, which featured tunes by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Marvin Gaye. So what tracks would Jim and Greg want to jam to in zero gravity? Greg picks Sun Ra’s “Calling Planet Earth,” whereas Jim sticks with a classic, The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.”

3 Joy Division only recorded two proper studio albums before lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980. But those releases, a string of fantastic singles and Curtis’ own legend continue to impact fans today. But, as is often the case with legends, there’s a lot of fiction amongst the fact. And Peter Hook, the hugely influential bass player in Joy Division and New Order, wants to clear a few things up in his book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. First, there’s the tragic image of Ian itself. True, he struggled with depression, a failing marriage and a debilitating case of epilepsy that would lead to his death. But, Peter describes a beer-drinking prankster full of joy when it came to the music. He also admits that he and the band weren’t initially crazy about the sparse, moody sound Joy Division fans so love today. Much of that credit goes to producer Martin Hannett. For more on Joy Division listen to this episode.

3b Then of course we come to New Order’s bitter divorce. Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter achieved more success than Joy Division. They disbanded in 2006, but recently reunited without Peter. Listening to the interview you can hear the hard feelings, but Peter admits he’d play with those amazing musicians anytime. So how did New Order fare on their recent release without Peter Hook? Check out Jim and Greg’s review.

4 A number of Chicago rappers are blowing up right now—Chief Keef, King Louie, Lil Durk. But unlike those “drill scene” artists, Chance the Rapper is the kid next door. Jim loves that this “extraordinary artist” can be both deeply profound and also funny as heck on his new mixtape Acid Rap. He calls “Pushaman” the “Ohio” that Chicago needs. Greg is also loving the goofy, self-deprecating lyrics and hears a huge amount of growth on this second, deeply moving mixtape. Acid Rap gets a double Buy It, and yet it’s completely free!

Songs Featured in Show #390
Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray, "Caramel," Pure Sunray, 2013
Chris Hadfield, "Space Oddity," self-released, 2013
Sun Ra, "Calling Planet Earth," Space is the Place (Soundtrack), Evidence, 1972
The Beatles, "Here Comes the Sun," Abbey Road, Apple, 1969
Joy Division, “Transmission,” Single, Factory, 1979
Joy Division, “Atrocity Exhibition,” Control, Factory, 1981
Sex Pistols, “Seventeen,” Never Mind the Bollocks, Virgin, 1977
Joy Division, “Atmosphere,” Single, Factory, 1980
Joy Division, “Heart and Soul,” Control, Factory, 1981
New Order, “Dreams Never End,” Movement, Factory, 1981
Joy Division, “Isolation” Control, Factory, 1981
Joy Division “She’s Lost Control” Unknown Pleasures, 1979
Joy Division,” Shadowplay,” Unknown Pleasures, 1979
Joy Division, “Digital,” Substance, Factory, 1988
New Order, “Blue Monday,” Substance, Factory, 1987
Joy Division, “Dead Souls,” Substance, Factory, 1988
Joy Division, “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” Substance, Factory, 1988
New Order, “In a Lonely Place,” Single, Factory, 1981
New Order, “Ceremony,” Single, Factory, 1981
New Order, “Age of Consent,” Power, Corruption & Lies, Factory, 1983
New Order, “Regret,” London, 1993
Chance the Rapper, "Cocoa Butter Kisses," Acid Rap, Freely Available Mixtape, 2013
Chance the Rapper, "Acid Rain," Acid Rap, Freely Available Mixtape, 2013
Chance the Rapper, "Pusha Man," Acid Rap, Freely Available Mixtape, 2013
Moon Boots, "Love Strong," Love Strong, French Express, 2013
The Sylvers, "Hot Line," Something Special, Capitol Records, 1976
Chatmonchey, "Renai Spirits," Renai Spirits, Sony/BMG, 2006
Naked Artz, "Penetration," Penetration, P-Vine Records, 1997
Supertramp, "Take the Long Way Home," Breakfast in America, A&M, 1979

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