Ministry Frontman Al Jourgensen; Speedy Ortiz Plays Live; Mexico's 'Narco Cultura'

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In this episode: Ministry might have started off playing new wave and synth pop in the 1980s, but it evolved into one of the most important industrial rock bands of all time. Ministry's frontman Al Jourgensen has been there through it all, and tells it all in his memoir Ministry: The Lost Gospels According To Al Jourgensen. Jourgensen discusses his insane life and talks about what the future holds for the band.

And: There’s plenty to unpack in the wry, confessional lyrics of Speedy Ortiz -- the solo-moniker-turned rock band of singer and guitarist Sadie Dupuis. With lines like "Spent the summer on crutches and everybody teased / except for this one friend I almost forgot" (“No Below”), Dupuis lets us in, revealing her distinctively sharp point of view -- equal parts hilariously self-deprecating and brutally honest.

And: A narcocorrido is a popular type of Mexican song that glamorizes and celebrates outlaw drug traffickers. Those songs -- and the culture they celebrate -- are at the heart of Shaul Schwarz's recent film, Narco CulturaIn an interview with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Schwarz talks about the burgeoning genre, its history, and the ongoing Mexican drug war. 

 

This is an encore edition of Soundcheck.