WBEZ | Sound Opinions http://www.wbez.org/tags/sound-opinions Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en My Life in Three Songs: Sound Opinions Co-Host Jim DeRogatis http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-10/my-life-three-songs-sound-opinions-co-host-jim-derogatis-113720 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/jim derogotis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/jimderogatis">Jim DeRogatis</a> knows music. He&#39;s a longtime music critic and journalist and the cohost of <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/">Sound Opinions</a> on WBEZ. So when we recently posed our challenge to listeners and guests to define their lives in just three songs, we knew we had to ask Jim. Some folks have said it&rsquo;s a little tough coming up with three songs...but not for Jim.</p><p>And now we want to hear from you. What three songs best capture your life? Leave us a message on our hotline by calling 855-848-5551 and we might have you share your selections on the Morning Shift. In the meantime, check out our &quot;My Life in Three Songs&quot; <a href="https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/sets/my-life-in-three-songs">playlist on Soundcloud</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-10/my-life-three-songs-sound-opinions-co-host-jim-derogatis-113720 My Life in Three Songs: Sound Opinions Co-Host Greg Kot http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-06/my-life-three-songs-sound-opinions-co-host-greg-kot-113673 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/greg kot.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>He&#39;s one half of WBEZ&#39;s <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/">Sound Opinions </a>and the music critic behind the Chicago Tribune&#39;s &#39;Turn it Up&#39; column. <a href="https://twitter.com/gregkot?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Greg Kot </a>has been writing about music-related social, political and business issues for decades. And since he has such an extensive knowledge of all things music, we decided to ask him a question we posed to our listeners and on-air guests: Can you <a href="https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/sets/my-life-in-three-songs">sum up your life with just three songs</a>? Greg accepted the challenge and shares his selections.</p><p>Now can you think of three songs that define <em>your&nbsp;</em>life? Leave us a message at 855-848-5551 and we might have you share your selections on an upcoming Morning Shift.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-06/my-life-three-songs-sound-opinions-co-host-greg-kot-113673 From music critic to basketball coach http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-14/music-critic-basketball-coach-113338 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/youth bball flickr Eli Christman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/gregkot?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Greg Kot</a> has covered popular music for the Chicago Tribune for 25 years. He&rsquo;s a co-host of WBEZ&rsquo;s own Sound Opinions. He&rsquo;s written a number of books, including biographies of Mavis Staples and the band Wilco.</p><p>But his latest isn&rsquo;t about a band. It isn&rsquo;t about music at all. It&rsquo;s about Kot&rsquo;s other passion &mdash; coaching youth basketball. It&rsquo;s called <a href="http://www.gregkot.com/books.html"><em>Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball</em></a>, and Kot joins us to talk about it.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 12:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-14/music-critic-basketball-coach-113338 Morning Shift: July 22, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-22/morning-shift-july-22-2015-112450 <p><p>A federal appeals court questioned yesterday whether former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich trading a cabinet position for the Senate seat was a crime, or merely a swapping of political favors.</p><p>In a moment we talk with a former federal prosecutor about what the ruling means for Blagojevich. The hashtag #IfIDieInPoliceCustody was created not long after the suspicious death of Naperville resident Sandra Bland, the African American woman who was pulled over in a small Texas town on a minor traffic violation, arrested and later found dead in her cell.</p><p>Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis are showing the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous for their next movie night.</p><p>And Ayana Contreras is back with some deep cuts from the ladies of Chicago soul.</p></p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-22/morning-shift-july-22-2015-112450 Rock critics on the ultimate rock critic movie http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-22/rock-critics-ultimate-rock-critic-movie-112447 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/almost famous_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cameron Crowe&rsquo;s cult classic Almost Famous is a deep dive into the rock and roll lifestyle-the arrogance of the band waiting to breakthrough and the super fans that throw themselves at their feet. But it&rsquo;s really about the music lover who devotes his career to its very dissection &mdash; the critic. The film follows William Miller on assignment for Rolling Stone, following the sage advice of legendary critic Lester Bangs along the way. So, how true to the rock life is the film? Who would know better than our own resident rock critics, Sound Opinions&rsquo; Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot. Almost Famous is the featured film next Tuesday for Sound Opinions at the Movies at Millennium Park. The rock guys share their reflections on the film.</p></p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-22/rock-critics-ultimate-rock-critic-movie-112447 Get set for the Summer Music Film Festival http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-08/get-set-summer-music-film-festival-110643 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/musicfestival.jpg" title="" /></div><p>If you, like me, prefer your rock &rsquo;n&rsquo; roll at night in cool, dark places free of the broiling sun, drenching rain, and oppressive obnoxiousness of the festival scene, you&rsquo;ll be glad to hear that <em>Sound Opinions </em>has once again partnered with the venerable Music Box Theatre on Southport to present the fourth annual Summer Music Film Festival, starting Friday with Jonathan Demme&rsquo;s timeless Talking Heads concert film <em>Stop Making Sense </em>(with Greg Kot and me kicking things off) and running through Tuesday, Aug. 19.</p><p>Among my personal picks this summer: Prince&rsquo;s enduringly campy <em>Purple Rain; </em>Richard Lester&rsquo;s groundbreaking and still hugely influential <em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s </em>Night; the new documentary about the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, <em>Finding Fela, </em>and <em>The 78 Project Movie, </em>a film with Chicago roots about the all-consuming search for rare old 78 rpm discs.</p><p>The full schedule follows below, and a portion of the proceeds from all screenings benefit WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio. A five-admission pass is $45, individual tickets are $9 to $12, and more info can be found at <a href="http://www.summermusicfilmfestival.com">summermusicfilmfestival.com</a>.</p><p><strong><u>Friday, August 15</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night,</em></strong><strong> 3 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Stop Making Sense</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m. (hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot) and 9:30</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain</em></strong><strong>, midnight</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Saturday, August 16</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>Finding Fela</em></strong><strong>, Chicago premier, 2:30 p.m. </strong></p><p><strong><em>The 78 Project Movie</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m. (Midwest premier with director Alex Steyermark and producer Lavinia Jones Wright)</strong></p><p><strong><em>Good Vibrations</em></strong><strong>, 9:30 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain, </em></strong><strong>midnight</strong></p><p><strong><em>The Rocky Horror Picture Show</em></strong><strong>, midnight</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Sunday, August 17</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>The 78 Project Movie</em></strong><strong>, 3 p.m. (with Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright)</strong></p><p><strong><em>Rubber Soul</em></strong><strong>, 7:30 p.m. (Lennon interviews doc, with director Jon Lefkovitz)</strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night,</em></strong><strong> 9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Monday, August 18th </u></strong></p><p><strong><em>God Help the Girl</em></strong><strong>, musical feature directed by Belle and Sebastian&rsquo;s Stuart Murdoch, 7:30 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>A Hard Day&rsquo;s Night, </em></strong><strong>9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>Tuesday, August 19</u></strong></p><p><strong><em>Stop Making Sense</em></strong><strong>, 7 p.m.</strong></p><p><strong><em>Purple Rain</em></strong><strong>, 9:45 p.m.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em><strong>Follow me on Twitter </strong></em><a href="https://twitter.com/JimDeRogatis"><strong><em><strike>@</strike>JimDeRogatis</em></strong></a><em><strong>, join me on </strong></em><a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-DeRo/254753087340"><strong><em>Facebook</em></strong></a><em><strong>, and podcast </strong></em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/"><strong>Sound Opinions</strong></a><em><strong> and </strong></em><a href="http://jimcarmeltvdinner.libsyn.com/"><strong>Jim + Carmel&rsquo;s TV + Dinner</strong></a><em><strong>.</strong></em></p></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2014-08/get-set-summer-music-film-festival-110643 Wild Flag performs for 'Sound Opinions' at WBEZ studios http://www.wbez.org/content/wild-flag-performs-sound-opinions-wbez-studios <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-10/WildFlag.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31875880?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Wild Flag "Short Version" from <em>Wild Flag</em> (Merge)</strong></p><p>Longtime rock music fans have a tendency toward jadedness. After ten or more years of record collecting, concert attending and fanzine reading new bands can start to all sound the same. In their hit song "Cut Your Hair" Pavement's Stephen Malkmus sang, "bands start up each and every day/I saw another one just the other day, a special new band...I don't remember a line, I don't remember a word," perfectly illustrating the creep of ennui so common in the music scene.</p><p>Malkmus' Portland, Ore. neighbors in Wild Flag break through this malaise with an infectious style and swagger that's hard to deny. Our resident music critic Jim DeRogatis gave their debut album <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/2011-09-08/album-review-wild-flag-%E2%80%98wild-flag%E2%80%99-merge-91659">four out of four stars</a> calling it "not only one of the year’s strongest albums, but one of the strongest and most promising debuts in recent memory." The band builds up from '70s guitar rock like Television and adds elements of Motown girl groups, math rock and garage punk to build memorable pop songs.</p><p>Of course the music world had high expectations from the moment Wild Flag was announced due to its members' collective pedigree- Sleater-Kinney, Helium, The Minders, Quasi, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are among their past musical projects. Add to that the unexpected success of Carrie Brownstein's sketch comedy IFC show, <em>Portlandia</em>, and there was a lot of anticipation around Wild Flag.</p><p>When the band stopped by WBEZ studios for a live <em>Sound Opinions</em> session, they delivered on the raw promise of their enthusiastic live shows. Each hook was crisply excecuted, each fill pounded with precision. Enjoy these videos of one of our most exciting sessions to date.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31921258?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Wild Flag "Romance" from <em>Wild Flag</em> (Merge)</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31868758?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Wild Flag "Nothing" unreleased</strong></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/31875847?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" width="601"></iframe><br> <strong>Wild Flag "Black Tiles" from <em>Wild Flag</em> (Merge)</strong></p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 19:48:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/content/wild-flag-performs-sound-opinions-wbez-studios Cut Copy performs at WBEZ studios on 'Sound Opinions' http://www.wbez.org/story/cut-copy-performs-wbez-studios-sound-opinions-93332 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-20/cut copy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cut Copy's electronic pop music is at the top of the charts in its home country of Australia. They're not quite that well known in the U.S., but they do play their share of large headlining gigs. This summer the group had one of the top billings at Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival. The next time they passed through town, <i>Sound Opinions</i>&nbsp;invited them to come to our studios to record a session.</p><p>Much of the band's sound comes from their complex electronic equipment, so for those of us videotaping the session, it was hard to get a complete idea of what the final product would be like let alone hear what was happening over drummer Mitchell Scott's powerful rhythm. But the magic of Cut Copy comes through in what you'll see and hear below.&nbsp;Listen to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/audio.html" style="color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank"><em>Sound Opinions</em></a>&nbsp;this week to hear their interview; enjoy videos of their performance right now.</p><p style="text-align: center;">"Need You Now"&nbsp;<em>Zonoscope&nbsp;</em>(Modular Recordings)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/30863862?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;">"Where I'm Going"&nbsp;<em>Zonoscope&nbsp;</em>(Modular Recordings)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/30863806?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;">"Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution" <em>Zonoscope </em>(Modular Recordings)</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/30863836?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=cc0422" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cut-copy-performs-wbez-studios-sound-opinions-93332 Daily Rehearsal: Seven Minutes in Heaven with Ellen (Degeneres) http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-10/daily-rehearsal-seven-minutes-heaven-ellen-degeneres-93004 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-10/seven minutes .jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/migdoll.jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 223px;" title="Herbert Migdoll has one cool website, and cooler art"><strong><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">1. The Joffrey's<em> Don Quixote</em> opens tonight</span></span></strong>, but there's a more interesting person behind the scenes.&nbsp;Herbert Migdoll, the staff photographer for the Joffrey, has been working there longer than any other employee. "He is the last link between the company’s past and present,"<a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/a-vibrant-career-at-the-ballet-without-dancing-a-step"> writes Meribah Knight</a>. In other ways, Migdoll might remind you of another famous photographer, <a href="http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork/">Bill Cunningham</a>: "Outside his work, Migdoll’s life is one of austerity. He has never married. His rented room provides him a place to sleep but not much else. His real life exists where his work is — his studio and the Joffrey."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2. Last week, the man we'll now be calling Charles "old crank" Isherwood</strong></span></span> <a href="http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/07/theater-talkback-for-one-critic-its-a-rapp">declared he won't see another of Adam Rapp's plays</a>&nbsp;ever again. But he also wrote, "Contrary to popular myth, drama critics don’t salivate at the chance to savage a playwright’s work. It’s still less appealing to continue doing so, year in and year out. Who wants to be cast as the playground bully who won’t leave the poor kid alone?"&nbsp;Seriously, impressive work on Rapp's part, being so terrible as to inspire someone to never see your work again. Bravo.</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-10/seven minutes .jpg" style="margin: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 164px;" title=""><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Here's everything you'd <a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/mike-obrien,62835/">ever want to know about <em>Seven Minutes in Heaven</em></a></strong></span></span>. No, not the game you played in middle school, but the new web series by <em>SNL </em>writer Mike O'Brien. He's had on guests like Amy Poehler and Ellen Degeneres, but his less-than-auspicious beginning is far more interesting. <em>The A.V. Club</em> flashes back to a <em>Reader </em>review of one of O'Brien's first plays when he was still living in Chicago, written by Zac Thompson. Thompson <a href="http://m.chicagoreader.com/chicago/mr-1000-miles-per-hour/Content?oid=925503">apparently thought</a> that the play, divided into two acts, was by two different people.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. Tonight&nbsp;at 7 pm, the Goodman's Education Department</strong></span></span> will be visited by WBEZ's <em>Sound Opinions</em> crew (Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot) to discuss the <a href="http://www.goodmantheatre.org//Season/production.aspx?tess=4882">price of fame</a> in today's performance industry. They'll be joined by iO's Charna Halpern, and there will be an interactive game hosted by Collaboraction; "The atmosphere will be that of a red-carpet event, in which each attendee is essentially fulfilling the role of a celebrity—forced to make their way past a throng of paparazzi just to get in." Sounds...rough. It's all part of the Goodman's CONTEXT series, and is inspired by <em>Red</em>.</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>5. <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203388804576614920005071348.html">takes on Chicago theatre</a></strong></span></span>; this time 'round, it's Tom Stoppard's <em>The Real Thing</em> at Writers' Theatre. Terry Teachout says that he doubts "that <em>The Real Thing</em> will soon receive a better production than the one now playing at Chicago's Writers' Theatre." (Also, he "strongly suggest[s] that you leave this one alone", when referring to Adam Rapp's&nbsp;<em>Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling</em>, so maybe he and Charles Isherwood should form a club.<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 10 Oct 2011 14:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-10-10/daily-rehearsal-seven-minutes-heaven-ellen-degeneres-93004 Vortis: Taking the system down…3 chords at a time http://www.wbez.org/content/vortis-taking-system-down%E2%80%A63-chords-time <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/vortis (Tonee Vortis Louie Vortis).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Jim DeRogatis isn't just WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis" target="_blank">music critic</a> and co-host of<em><a href="http://www.soundopinions.org" target="_blank"> Sound Opinions</a></em>; he's also the drummer for punk rockers Vortis. For those who like their music loud, fast and in their face then, Vortis could be the ticket. The punk rockers have performed what they call "agi-tainment" since the early 2000s, and on Friday, Vortis will attempt to move the masses at Chicago’s<a href="http://www.reverbnation.com/venue/1044085" target="_blank"> Live Wire Lounge</a>. DeRogatis has also been chronicling the life of the band in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content-categories/67001">"The Vortis Diaries"</a></p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight's </em>Alison Cuddy recently spoke with the band, who performed a number of tracks in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio. Special thanks to Mary Gaffney for audio and Andrew Gill for video production.</p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29693347">"Bigger Tragedy"</a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29693347?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29691846">"Walking Down Lincoln"</a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29691846?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/29690884">"Black Block" </a><br> <iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/29690884?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ff0000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="601" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/vortis-taking-system-down%E2%80%A63-chords-time