BB pal Jess Hemerly says:
A friend recently turned me on to a great podcast put out by Chicago Public Radio called Sound Opinions, hosted by two Chicago music critics, Jim DeRogatis (Chicago Sun-Times) and Greg Kot (Chicago Tribune). The show has been on Chicago Public Radio since 2005, and all of the episodes are available on the site. These guys LOVE music. They have such insane knowledge of music and musicians that they not only make amazing connections across genres and eras, but they also have on many occasions pointed out amazing parts of songs I've never noticed but have heard 20,000 times. To wit: I never realized how truly amazing Ernie Isley's guitar solo is in Isley Brothers' "Who's That Lady?" or that "Sympathy for the Devil" is inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita. But they are also not such huge snobs that they're unwilling to admit that it's very difficult to distinguish between Parliament and Funkadelic.
They make me want to move to Chicago and befriend them (I mean that in a completely non-creepy way).