By • Jun 17th, 2009 • Category: Podcasts

Halfway through 2009, the new release schedule is in full summer-blockbuster mode. On this week’s episode, Derek Wright reviews a series of pairs: two of America’s most earnest songwriters, two of the year’s most lauded albums, and two of the host’s biggest man-crushes. There also is another installment of “Lyrical Life Lessons,” which examines one of Hollywood’s most successful Broadway adaptations.

Length: 1:08:03

New albums reviewed:
Jarvis Cocker, “Further Complications”
Grizzly Bear, “Vecktatimist”
Dirty Projectors, “Bitte Orca”
Placebo, “Battle For the Sun”
Jason Lytle, “Yours Truly, The Commuter”
Eels, “Hombre Lobo”

Lyrical Life Lessons:
Frankie Valli, “Grease”

Correction: During the second half of the discussion on Placebo’s “Battle For the Sun,” former drummer Steven Hewitt mistakenly was referred to as Stephin Merrit.

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