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Sound Opinions

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Rank #38 in Music category

Music
Society & Culture
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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions - the world's only rock and roll talk show.

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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions - the world's only rock and roll talk show.

iTunes Ratings

1644 Ratings
Average Ratings
836
664
64
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44

Best Music Podcast

By Big Fan 67-78 - Aug 11 2019
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The Robert Johnson episode was sorely lacking, almost insulting in substance.Rare miss.

I appreciate a good (bad) pun

By Arielle Levy - Jun 24 2019
Read more
Also this is a great podcast.

iTunes Ratings

1644 Ratings
Average Ratings
836
664
64
36
44

Best Music Podcast

By Big Fan 67-78 - Aug 11 2019
Read more
The Robert Johnson episode was sorely lacking, almost insulting in substance.Rare miss.

I appreciate a good (bad) pun

By Arielle Levy - Jun 24 2019
Read more
Also this is a great podcast.
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Sound Opinions

Latest release on Apr 03, 2020

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Take two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions - the world's only rock and roll talk show.

Rank #1: #466 Pink Floyd's The Wall and Music & Science

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Jim and Greg conduct a classic album dissection of Pink Floyd’s epic double concept album The Wall, which celebrates its 35th anniversary in November. But first, they talk music and science with Science Friday host Ira Flatow.

Oct 31 2014

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Rank #2: #491 The Rock Fan's Guide to Jazz

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Jazz is one of America’s greatest cultural contributions. But with more than a century of music to explore, it can be hard for rock listeners to find their way in. Jazz writer John Corbett joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to offer up the Rock Fan’s Guide to Jazz.

Apr 24 2015

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Rank #3: #481 Run the Jewels and Opinions on Father John Misty

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Killer Mike and El-P of Run the Jewels talk about their unique brand of hip-hop and perform songs from one of the most highly acclaimed rap albums of 2014. Then Jim and Greg review the new album from Sub-Pop indie rocker, Father John Misty.

Feb 13 2015

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Rank #4: #627 The Best Albums of 2017

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2017 has been full of highly anticipated releases and unexpected gems from relatively unknown artists. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their lists of the Best Albums of 2017.

Dec 01 2017

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Rank #5: #597 The Velvet Underground & Nico

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The 1967 debut from The Velvet Underground didn't sell many records, but arguably no album in the past half century has had a greater influence on rock music. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot offer a Classic Album Dissection of The Velvet Underground & Nico in celebration of the art-rock classic's fiftieth anniversary.

May 05 2017

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Rank #6: #576 The Best Albums of 2016

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If you're a music fanatic, the end of the year means one thing: best of lists! Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reveal their favorite albums of the year. And Sound Opinions listeners weigh-in with their favorites of 2016.

Dec 09 2016

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Rank #7: #403 Josh Homme & Opinions on Superchunk

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Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme joins Jim and Greg for a conversation in the Sound Opinions studios. (Don't miss his story about meeting John Paul Jones at Medieval Times!) Later on, Jim and Greg review I Hate Music, the new record from indie mainstays Superchunk.

Aug 17 2013

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Rank #8: #395 Bryan Ferry & Opinions on Kanye West

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Jim and Greg don their spiffiest suits for a sit-down with Roxy Music's stylish founder Bryan Ferry. And later in the show, they weigh in on Kanye West’s dark new album Yeezus.

Jun 20 2013

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Rank #9: #462 Best Guitar Riffs and Opinions on Prince

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Perhaps the most essential element of rock 'n' roll: The Guitar Riff. Jim, Greg and some listeners break it down and name their favorites. Then they review a new double album from another guitar legend, Prince.

Oct 03 2014

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Rank #10: #479 The True Adventures of The Rolling Stones & Opinions on Lupe Fiasco and Bjork

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Last month marked the 45th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' notorious gig at the Altamont Speedway. Stanley Booth was there to witness it, and he literally wrote the book on it. Plus, we've got new albums from Bjork and Lupe Fiasco.

Jan 30 2015

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Rank #11: #449 Purple Rain and Opinions on Mastodon

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Jim and Greg look back at the classic Prince album Purple Rain on its 30th anniversary. They talk to Prince collaborators Wendy & Lisa about the album's avant-garde pop sound and suggestive lyrics. Later they review a new album by the metal band Mastodon.

Jul 04 2014

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Rank #12: #408 Replacements Reunion & Classic Album Dissection

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Jim and Greg dissect The Replacements’ classic album Let It Be in honor of the band getting back together after a twenty two year hiatus.

Sep 20 2013

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Rank #13: #490 Going Solo & Opinions on Modest Mouse

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It’s been 45 years since Paul McCartney broke away from The Beatles to release his first solo album. To mark the occasion, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk about other artists’ efforts toward Going Solo. Then they review the new album from Modest Mouse.

Apr 17 2015

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Rank #14: #419 The Best Albums of 2013

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Jim and Greg present the Best Albums of 2013, and they hear nominations from guest critics in the listening audience.

Dec 06 2013

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Rank #15: #546 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds

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Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band’s 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestrations and earnest lyrics, the album remains an enormous influence to this day. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of Pet Sounds.

May 13 2016

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Rank #16: #505 50 Years of The Grateful Dead

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The Grateful Dead has the most devoted following of any rock band in history, but also has its fair share of detractors. Jim and Greg reexamine the legacy of The Grateful Dead as the band celebrates its 50th anniversary. Later, a review of the debut album from Long Beach rapper Vince Staples.

Jul 31 2015

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Rank #17: #514 London Calling and Opinions on Keith Richards & Disclosure

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London Calling, the double album masterpiece by British punk band The Clash, recently celebrated its 35th anniversary. Jim and Greg pay it tribute with a Classic Album Dissection. Then they review the new albums by electronic duo Disclosure and rock icon Keith Richards.

Oct 02 2015

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Rank #18: #456 New Wave and Opinions on Sinead O'Connor

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Get out your skinny ties and don your best Flock of Seagulls hairdo. Jim and Greg celebrate Duran Duran, A-Ha and the best of 1980's New Wave with "Mad World" author Lori Majewski. Then, Jim and Greg review the latest album from iconic singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor.

Aug 22 2014

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Rank #19: #606 1977 – The Year Punk Broke (Pt. 1), Opinions on Fleet Foxes, and Jody Stephens

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In part one of our two-part series on the historic year 1977, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore the punk explosion in the UK with music writer Jon Savage. They discuss important British bands like The Buzzcocks, The Sex Pistols and The Clash and what made them so influential. Plus, they'll review the new record from indie folk band Fleet Foxes, and Big Star's Jody Stephens shares the song that got him Hooked on Sonics.

Jul 07 2017

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Rank #20: #487 SXSW 2015 & Opinions on Kendrick Lamar

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Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are on the ground at the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. They’ll share their favorite musical discoveries of this year’s festival. Then they review the new album from rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Mar 27 2015

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#749 Review Roundup & The Masked Marauders

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Spring is here, and it's time to get caught up with some of the new releases of the season. From comeback kids to buzzworthy new artists, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot have you covered. Plus, we revisit the "best" supergroup of all time 50 years later, The Masked Marauders.

Apr 03 2020

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#748 Social Distancing on the Desert Island, R.I.P. Singer and Songwriter Paul K.

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In light of the global pandemic, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are encouraging listeners to practice social distancing. They'll be sharing a fresh batch of Desert Island Jukebox picks, music that seems particularly well suited to the moment we're in. Greg also bids farewell to the late singer and songwriter Paul K. of Paul K. & the Weathermen.

Mar 27 2020

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#747 Joni Mitchell's Blue

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Almost 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell released what became her signature album, Blue. The record is full of complex lyrics, gorgeous guitar and deeply personal themes. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of Blue, sharing the context of the record, exploring its lasting impact and looking in depth at its impressive track list.

Mar 20 2020

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#746 OutKast's Stankonia & Caroline Polachek

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After their third album went double-platnium, Atlanta hip-hop duo OutKast let their creativity run wild on 2000's Stankonia. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot do a classic album dissection of that landmark record. Plus, Caroline Polachek shares the song that got her into music as a career and Jim adds a song to the Desert Island Jukebox.

Mar 13 2020

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#745 Songs About Animals, Opinions on Tame Impala & Grimes

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Outside of their natural habitats, you'll find animals all over music. From hound dogs to blackbirds, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite songs about animals. They also review new records from Tame Impala and Grimes, and Greg bids farewell to David Roback of Mazzy Star and the Rain Parade.

Mar 06 2020

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#744 Songs About Time, Ask the Critics Pt. 2

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Let's "Rock Around the Clock" like Bill Haley told us to! 2020 is another leap year, Daylight Savings is around the corner and this week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot explore their favorite Songs About Time. They also answer more listener questions for another edition of Ask the Critics, ranging from their personal experiences making music to their biggest disagreements.

Feb 28 2020

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#743 Buried Treasures & Briston Maroney

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It's time again for hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot to share their latest buried treasures: recently released, under-the-radar albums you need to hear! Plus, Jim takes a trip to the desert island jukebox to play a song he can't live without. Then, they hear from musician Briston Maroney about the song that got him Hooked On Sonics.

Feb 21 2020

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#742 Ask the Critics, Hologram Tours & Opinions on Wire

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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot answer listener questions in a segment called Ask the Critics! They’ll give responses on subjects like musical taste, disagreements with each other and what it’s really like to be a professional critic. Plus, they’ll talk to music journalist Mark Binelli about the rise of deceased musician hologram tours. They also review the new album from English art rock band Wire.

Feb 14 2020

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#741 King Crimson, R.I.P. Andy Gill of Gang of Four

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King Crimson is a legendary progressive rock band that has evolved through the decades in innovative, and sometimes surprising ways. This week, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis explore the constant evolution of the classic band that refuses to rest on its laurels. Plus, Jim and Greg pay tribute to Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill, dead at the age of 64.

Feb 07 2020

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#740 Best Film Acting Performances By Musicians, Host of Slow Burn on the Muders of Tupac & Biggie

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Over the years, several notable musicians have tried their hand at acting in movies, whether it’s playing a character or playing themselves. While the results are mixed, there have been a handful of great, pitch perfect performances. With the Oscars looming, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of their favorite acting performances by musicians in film. They’ll also talk with Joel Anderson, host of the third season of the podcast Slow Burn, which focuses on the murders of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

Jan 31 2020

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#739 Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Opinions on Drive-By Truckers & Torres

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Motown Records helped create the soundtrack for a generation. And no group at that famous label was more iconic than The Supremes, both for their sound, and for their groundbreaking glamour. This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk to Mary Wilson of The Supremes about her days at Motown, and how the group became international ambassadors representing an entire community. Jim and Greg also review new records from the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers and indie singer-songwriter Torres.

Jan 24 2020

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#738 The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, R.I.P. Neil Peart & Opinions on Beach Slang

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Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys elevated pop music to new artistic heights with the band's 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds. With its ingenious orchestrations and earnest lyrics, the album remains an enormous influence to this day. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot present a Classic Album Dissection of Pet Sounds. They also review the new album from punk band Beach Slang and bid farewell to Neil Peart of Rush.

Jan 17 2020

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#737 Buried Treasures & Folk Singer-Songwriter Joan Shelley

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A new year calls for new tunes. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are back with a new batch of Buried Treasures. They're always on the lookout for great new music beyond the FM dial and this week they share their latest finds. These artists might not be household names, but they're definitely worth adding to your collection. They'll also talk to folk singer-songwriter Joan Shelley about recording her latest album in Iceland and how her Louisville, Kentucky heritage manifests in her music.

Jan 10 2020

57mins

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#736 Songs About Pot, Rock Doctors & Angie McMahon

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As of January 1, 2020, Illinois joins several states in legalizing recreational marijuana. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot acknowledge the numerous songs about weed and share some of their favorites. Plus, Jim and Greg are the rock doctors, finding walk up music for a martial artist. They also find out what unique song got singer-songwriter Angie McMahon hooked on sonics.

Jan 03 2020

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#735 Albums of the Decade, Greg's Mixtape, Juice WRLD & Roy Loney

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This week, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot close out 2019 and the 2010s by sharing some of their best albums of the decade. Then, Greg will share his annual mixtape and the hosts will discuss musicians the world lost this year, including rapper Juice WRLD and Flamin' Groovies lead singer Roy Loney.

Dec 27 2019

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#734 Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular 2019 with Andy Cirzan

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It's a holiday tradition on Sound Opinions to welcome weird wax aficionado Andy Cirzan to share his annual mix of tinsel-time tunes with us. He shares his bizarre holiday music finds and the stories behind them with hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot.

Dec 20 2019

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#733 The Best Albums of 2019

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As 2019 comes to a close, hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot reflect on the best albums of the year. They also hear from Sound Opinions producers and listeners about their favorites.

Dec 13 2019

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#732 William S. Burroughs and the Cult of Rock 'N' Roll, Opinions on Leonard Cohen & Sudan Archives

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Beat writer William S. Burroughs had a profound impact and interaction with rock and hip-hop music from the 1960s through his death in the late 1990s. Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot talk with author Casey Rae about his book on Burroughs and "the cult of Rock 'n' Roll." They also review new albums from Leonard Cohen and singer and violinist Sudan Archives.

Dec 06 2019

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#731 Thanksgiving Leftovers & DJ Shadow on Sampling

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As we finish eating Thanksgiving leftovers, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot clear out musical discussions still left over from earlier in the year. From chart-topping phenomenons to surprising archival finds, there was just too much music this year to cover it all as it happened. Plus, DJ Shadow explains how he found the sample for his latest single, "Rocket Fuel."

Nov 29 2019

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#730 Songs That Make You Cry, Opinions on The Replacements & FKA twigs

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For one reason or another, everyone has got a handful of songs that make them cry. Hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share some of the songs that bring tears to their eyes. They also review something old and something new: they revisit The Replacements' album Don't Tell a Soul 30 years later and share their thoughts on the new record from FKA twigs.

Nov 22 2019

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iTunes Ratings

1644 Ratings
Average Ratings
836
664
64
36
44

Best Music Podcast

By Big Fan 67-78 - Aug 11 2019
Read more
The Robert Johnson episode was sorely lacking, almost insulting in substance.Rare miss.

I appreciate a good (bad) pun

By Arielle Levy - Jun 24 2019
Read more
Also this is a great podcast.