Sound Opinions

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Long-time listener, started when it was on WXRT. I’m 56 and the only shows I fast forward through are buried treasures. I’m getting old and can’t find interest in new music. Sad but true.


By nyc1lkg
Sound Opinions is a part of my weekly routine. I look forward to it.
Sound Opinions is a staple of my music diet to find new music (which this show delivers in spades), as well as discover artists I missed and deepen my knowledge and appreciation of artists and their influences. Moreover, I really enjoy the hosts. It’s a remarkable show.
Thank you for the kind words - we thought the Bam Bam story was fascinating too! Love, the ladies at BUST
They sound like out of touch geezers yelling at kids to get off their lawn. I think they purposely mispronounce Patreon.
Just caught this one, about Mink DeVille and CBGBs. Loved it! Truly fantastic. I hope Greg and Jim do a deep dive on Willy’s music; they’d do it proud.
Really poor sound quality - inexcusable that one participant is super loud and others barely audible - sick of having to turn it up and down dozens of time per episode. DON’T YOU HAVE A PRODUCER AND ENGINEER being such an established show??
Long time listener, first time reviewer. Been listening since before podcasts were really a thing. Not proud, just sayin. My only issue is the guys always review the same types of music. There’s never any parody. If you are looking for guys who criticize the same old rock bands new or old, rap, pop, or the occasional songwriter stuff then you have found your place. Buried treasures is great but again these guys only review music that has drums and electric guitars. If Richard Thompson though puts out an album of acoustic songs then there’s your parody. There are so many great artists out there. Such a wealth of talent that these guys seem to gloss over. That are going to, and have, pass through Chicago once touring gets back to normal. If ya want some new artists to listen here ya go: The Tillers Arlo McKinley Frontier Folk Nebraska Willy Tea Taylor Possessed by Paul James Adia Victoria Phoebe Bridgers Waxahatchee And plenty more. Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!!!


By MFcreep
The original music geeks. These guys love talking music the good and the bad. You don’t have to be a music nerd to enjoy their conversations and you might be introduced to some new sounds. 5⭐️
Listened to and enjoyed this show for 10+ years, but DeRogatis couldn’t keep his political views out of the show and it just became too infuriating to tolerate. The Kavanaugh comment in the R Kelly episode was beyond the pale, like there was some sort of moral equivalence…completely asinine. Funny how NPR manages to stick to music and keep their political leanings to themselves.
Used to enjoy the show when it was on NPR, gave the Woodstock ‘99 episode a listen and not sure when they became old pearl clutching boomers.
Could have gone longer.
All you need to know is that this podcast is sponsored by intellectually honest coffee🤢
Every once in awhile these guys really nail it, and some of the segments are great. However, doesn't get nearly as deep as a Trap Set, ProtonicReversal, Kreative Kontrol. A fine place to start, as high production values make it easy to listen to (even with annoying sponsor messages) but please dig deeper than Sound Opinions if you are a true music obsessive.
Just discovered this podcast and love everything about it. Jim & Greg are excellent. The kind of guys you could talk to for hours on end about great music. Looking forward to hearing some of their older episodes
Surely someone with the ability to fix this has noticed. Right? Otherwise I love this show. Have listened for 15 years.
Just found this series and have been picking through past episodes. When he mentioned uncle Lou, I knew that we shared similar life experiences spending teenage years in the late 70s in record stores. Very respectful of The Ig, uncle Neil and The Rolling Stones. Gabba Gabba Hey
Makes my end of the week commute worth looking forward to.
I'm a longtime fan of this show but now I'm going back to the start and listening to some of the ones I missed or don't remember well. I like the theme shows best - Cover Songs, First Impressions, Movie Music, etc. Jim and Greg are less combative then their models Siskel and Ebert and their friendly chemistry works well over the airwaves. They are both accomplished music writers and you can tell they love their subject (except for Jim's tireless work to expose R. Kelly). Great job, boys!
I've enjoyed this show for years, but it really is time to mix it up, in format, and in how popular music history is defined. The assumption of the show is that we want to hear the opinions of Kot and Derogatis; Kot seems genuinely curious and generous, but"professor" Derogatis is getting hard to listen to -- more often comes off as arrogant and condescending. And, please, please please stop referencing Eno and the Feelies every single show, it's getting weird.
Jim and Greg are having the conversations I want to have about music. Love the listener suggestions too turning me on to music I’d never hear otherwise. Keeps this city person sane until I get back to Chicago.
Jim & Greg know a lot about music. Like most humans they have great taste in music and they have terrible taste in music. Listening to them talk about music can be incredibly gratifying and/or ridiculously annoying. Their opinions may not converge with your own (that’s kind of the whole point), but there’s a lot more going on here than just reviews. Lots of interviews with interesting artists, musicologists, music historians and every other kind of music-related folks you can imagine. Highly recommended.
That DeRogatis dude is annoying. Maybe others can tolerate him, but I cannot. Wish someone would modify the app to eliminate him from the podcast.
Two know it all, insufferable asshats ruin music for everyone else. How do these two high art misfits get through the day without getting punched in the face?
The new Tool album is amazing, and they both thought it was crap. We’re talking about an album that has 5 absolutely incredibly written songs that are each over ten minutes long, but manage to make you think they are too short. The lyrics take on topics such as aging, the domino effect of nations falling to far right governments, and environmentalism. I’m not the type of person to like music because it’s complex, but the playing is absolutely virtuosic. It may not be 10,000 Days, but it’s a logical step forward in their sound, and is an amazingly cohesive album. I normally love this podcast, but this is a definite oversight of pure artwork. Tool will never be called commercial, and that is a good thing. Noah, age 13, Anchorage AK
Standard old whity guy opinions. areviews based on their own expectations for artists instesd of the work itself. Thought this sort of thing became obsolete in the late 90's
Someone called this podcast that recently. I totally disagree with it. Just saw my review from last year and had to say ya are still Slayerrific no matter what haters say.
The Robert Johnson episode was sorely lacking, almost insulting in substance.Rare miss.
Sleeplessness led me to your podcast. Loved it, learned more about the history of R&B, Motown, Marvin Gaye’s artistry, Stevie, and the evolution of the Wah Wah Pedal, had no idea of the name, but recognized the sound. I look forward to finding you again.
The best music podcast out there. They have turned me on to some great bands I never would heard of. Even if an episode features a band I don’t care for, they make it interesting. Jim & Greg are infinitely knowledgeable and informative. I love this show!
There is no better popular music podcast than Sound Opinions. My life is richer with this podcast in my life.
I have always been a full album guy so this is right up my alley. Very thoughtful analysis as always. Great work!
Also this is a great podcast.
Lots of great guests. Good stuff here.
This is no longer a music review podcast. Neo-marxist propoganda under the guise of being a music podcast.
Better than most music review podcasts, but Jim Derogatis might be the most insufferable conceited music critic around.
Knowledgeable, likable hosts and inspired topics make this a podcast not to be missed for music fans.
Jim and Greg do their research and always offer new perspectives on music. This is one of those podcasts that I listen to regularly.
Best music podcast there is
13 years and still going.
They spend way too much time lauding over artists from yesteryear. Artists well past their prime are given positive current reviews based solely on past glory. Musically, I've moved on from high school and college. They should too.
I only listen to this podcast when I run. Thus when the weather is bad, and I am not feeling it, the thought of listening to Jim and Greg gets me out of the door and on the road. They never disappoint.
I’ve lived in Chicago for 4 years and feel weird that I just came across this show a few months ago. I love it :-)
Always listen. It's always good- even when they (mostly Jim) infuriate you. These guys have the passion and the experience. The show is fun and informative.
For a artist to be good according to them they need to be singing about political topics or LGTB rights or female, or racial issue or all the stuff people actually don’t care about. Not every one listen to music to be reminded about how crappy things are. There are better music out there that don’t talk about such issues
Ryan Adams is absolutely awful.
Been listening to this show for years, ever since I lived in Chicago! Jim and Greg are living the dream, thanks for keeping us in the loop.
Mi gusta !
Jim doesn’t understand the genius of Ryan Adams. For me, that means he’s simply too much of a moron about music for me. This would be fine, but he’s a jerk about it.