Program #640

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
IKE REILLY . . . . . The War On The Terror And The Drugs . . . . . The War On The Terror And Drugs
JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Acid Tongue . . . . . Acid Tongue
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Shampoo . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
THE WALLFLOWERS . . . . . 6th Avenue Heartache . . . . . Bringing Down the Horse
OASIS . . . . . I’m Outta Time . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul

JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Mega Bottle Ride . . . . . Global a Go-Go
SHEA SEGER . . . . . May Street . . . . . May Street Project
THE STROKES . . . . . Soma . . . . . Is This It
THE MINDERS . . . . . Right As Rain . . . . . Golden Street
THE ORANGE PEELS . . . . . Mystery Lawn . . . . . So Far
THE WHITE STRIPES . . . . . We’re Going To Be Friends . . . . . White Blood Cells
THE SHINS . . . . . Know Your Onion . . . . . Oh, Inverted World
LLOYD COLE & THE NEGATIVES . . . . . Impossible Girl . . . . . The Negatives
PULP . . . . . Bad Cover Version . . . . . We Love Life
NICK LOWE . . . . . Between Dark And Dawn . . . . . The Convincer
TAJ MAHAL . . . . . My Creole Belle . . . . . Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Floater (Too Much To Ask) . . . . . "Love and Theft"
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . Your Day Will Come . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin

GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . Any Road . . . . . Brainwashed
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Everyone Says Hi . . . . . Heathen
LEMON JELLY . . . . . Nice Weather For Ducks . . . . . Lost Horizons
THE FLAMING LIPS . . . . . Do You Realize? . . . . . Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
SUPERGRASS . . . . . Grace . . . . . Life on Other Planets
BRENDAN BENSON . . . . . You’re Quiet . . . . . Lapalco
THE SIGHTS . . . . . It’d Be Nice (To Have You Around) . . . . . Got What We Want
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Something Is . . . . . . . . Late Night Final
WILCO . . . . . Jesus, Etc. . . . . . Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Waiting On A Sunny Day . . . . . The Rising
BETH ORTON . . . . . Concrete Sky . . . . . Daybreaker
INTERPOL . . . . . Obstacle 2 . . . . . Turn on the Bright Lights
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Like Being Born . . . . . Kissin' Time

Ike Reilly writes songs that combine the personal and the political, and adds a healthy dose of social commentary and humor. Once upon a time he would have been full-blown rock star because of his talent, back when that label wasn't achieved almost solely through marketing and hype, but those days are long gone and we should be happy that he's able to put his work out there for those of us interested enough to go looking for it. After opening with one from his new disc, we heard Jenny Lewis and Elvis Perkins with a couple of tunes that lean much more to the personal, although in a somewhat more obscure manner than the tracks from the Wallflowers and Oasis that closed out this set.

The remainder of this program was devoted to the years 2001 and 2002, as we continue to look back at the past decade in music before all the sands run out. The parameters I've concocted for this can be found in the notes that accompany Program #639, and they're not extensive at all so it might be worth the extra couple of minutes of your time if you're curious about the details. So far I've been enjoying the results (Yeah, I listen to my own show, but it makes sense if you think about it—after all, I only play music I like.) and I hope you have as well.


Program #639

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . Sing The Changes . . . . . Good Evening New York City [2 CD + 1 DVD Combo]
ALL SMILES . . . . . Words Of Wisdom . . . . . Oh For The Getting and Not Letting Go
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead
THE GANG OF FOUR . . . . . I Found That Essence Rare . . . . . Entertainment
PAUL WELLER . . . . . Come On/Let’s Go . . . . . As Is Now
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Johnny Appleseed . . . . . Global a Go-Go

HOPE SANDAVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS . . . . . Blanchard . . . . . Through the Devil Softly
BLACK WHALES . . . . . Origins . . . . . Origins
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . All Tomorrow’s Parties . . . . . The Velvet Underground & Nico
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Antenna . . . . . The Eternal
BRIAN ENO . . . . . No One Receiving . . . . . Before and After Science
BIG PINK . . . . . Dominos . . . . . A Brief History of Love

HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . Nobody’s Baby Now . . . . . The Silence of Love
JORMA KAUKONEN . . . . . Genesis . . . . . Quah
KURT VILE . . . . . Blackberry Song . . . . . Childish Prodigy
INARA GEORGE . . . . . Where To Go . . . . . Where to Go
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
THE FACES . . . . . Ooh La La . . . . . Ooh La La

XTC . . . . . Stupidly Happy . . . . . Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)
WEEN . . . . . Even If You Don’t . . . . . White Pepper
BADLY DRAWN BOY . . . . . Another Pearl . . . . . The Hour of Bewilderbeast
DRESSY BESSY . . . . . California . . . . . The California EP [CD on Demand]
THE AVALANCHES . . . . . Since I Left You . . . . . Since I Left You
BERTRAND BURGALAT . . . . . TSOM . . . . . The Sssound of Mmmusic
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE . . . . . Sailor . . . . . Zero: Songs From the Album Bravery, Repetition and Noise
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . The Model . . . . . Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Madeline . . . . . And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
PJ HARVEY . . . . . Beautiful Feelings . . . . . Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
ELLIOTT SMITH . . . . . Everything Means Nothing To Me . . . . . Figure 8
MARAH . . . . . Barstool Boys . . . . . Kids in Philly
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Things Have Changed . . . . . Wonder Boys: Music from the Motion Picture (2000 Film)

This program set sail with a track from Paul McCartney's new live release that originally appeared on last year's Fireman disc, and the forward momentum of that one reminded me of a tune from last summer's All Smiles album. Maintaining the energy was the Helio Sequence, and then we heard the Gang of Four adding a bit of social commentary to the mix followed by Paul Weller feeling the love and Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros offering some peals of wisdom to close out this opener.

The mood changed in this section with Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions looking back on some unpleasant memories followed by Black Whales pleased to be free and clear of entanglements. Their tune recalls an old Velvet Underground favorite about what's lost or forgotten that shares a connection the Sonic Youth track that followed, and from there we heard Brian Eno extending the theme before the Big Pink finished up with a rhythmically compatible tune from their recent debut.

We began here with Headless Heroes covering a mournful Nick Cave tune, and followed it with a beautiful acoustic track from Jorma Kaukonen featuring some flowing finger picking that fed nicely into one from Kurt Vile's latest disc that's in a similar vein. From there we heard Inara George trying to get her bearings, which led to Elvis Perkins having found his in a song with a rhythmic guitar pattern that conjured up one of a favorite from the Faces.

As the calendar turned to December, it occurred to me that not just the year but also the decade was quickly coming to a close, and I was overcome with a desire to create a musical accounting for all that time. Normally the last show of every year is given over to as many tunes from the past 12 months as I can cram into three hours, but even with the additional time over our regular two-plus hours together there are still some tracks that get left out. That's why I didn't want to devote every remaining show to the years 2000 to 2008, and even if I did it would have been impossible, as their simply aren't enough slots left to make it work. So as was mentioned on the program, I decided that a dozen tracks seemed a reasonable amount to devote to each year, but then I couldn't make that last final cut, so it became a baker's dozen instead. That's how we ended the this program, with the year 2000 in 13 tunes, and as was also mentioned at the time, this was just a snapshot of the year, nothing definitive or best of about the list, no order other than searching for the best flow (as is always the case), and probably most important of all after sifting through a lot of stuff, these were the tracks I felt like hearing at that moment. Still, not a bad list, if I do say so myself. And we will continue on with 2001 to 2008 in upcoming programs, which will take us to the annual Holiday Extravaganza followed by a look back at this past year in music to close out 2009.

Here's another one from Paul McCartney


Program #638

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . Sea Of Heartbreak . . . . . The List
MIKE NESS . . . . . You Win Again . . . . . Cheating at Solitaire
LITTLE JOY . . . . . Play The Part . . . . . Little Joy
THE CRAMPS . . . . . Lonesome Town . . . . . Off the Bone
THE GROWLERS . . . . . Wandering Eyes . . . . . Are You in Or Out?
THE DOORS . . . . . The Spy . . . . . Morrison Hotel
SPIRAL STAIRS . . . . . Wharf Hand Blues . . . . . The Real Feel
THE TRANGRESSORS . . . . . I’ll Never Get Even With You . . . . . The Transgressors

JOSH ROUSE . . . . . My Love Has Gone . . . . . Nashville
THE RASCALS . . . . . I’ve Been Lonely . . . . . Anthology (1965-1972)
LANGHORNE SLIM . . . . . Say Yes . . . . . Be Set Free
INARA GEORGE . . . . . Can’t Say No . . . . . Can't Say No
SQUEEZE . . . . . If I Didn’t Love You . . . . . Singles 45's and Under
WILCO . . . . . The Thanks I Get . . . . . The Thanks I Get
HONEYDOGS . . . . . For The Tears . . . . . Here's Luck
THE BEATLES . . . . . I Want To Tell You . . . . . Revolver (Remastered)
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Beanbag Chair . . . . . Popular Songs

PINK MARTINI . . . . . Ohayoo Ohio . . . . . Splendor in the Grass
SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL ’66 . . . . . Chove Chua . . . . . Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi
QUINCY JONES & HIS ORCHESTRA . . . . . Soul Bossa Nova . . . . . Austin Powers: Original Soundtrack
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . No Said This Would Be Easy . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
STEREOLAB . . . . . Chemical Chords . . . . . Chemical Chords
BERTRAND BURGALAT . . . . . Ma Racontre . . . . . The Sssound of Mmmusic
CORNELIUS . . . . . Star Fruits Surf Rider . . . . . Fantasma

GRAHAM PARKER . . . . . Almost Thanksgiving Day . . . . . Your Country
DAN BERN . . . . . Thanksgiving Day Parade . . . . . New American Language
LONNNIE JOHNSON . . . . . Sweet Potato Blues . . . . . Steppin' on the Blues
DEE DEE SHARP . . . . . Mashed Potato Time . . . . . The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966
CAB CALLOWAY & HIS ORCHESTRA . . . . . A Good Sauce From The Gravy Bowl . . . . . A Good Sauce From The Gravy Bowl
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Country Pie . . . . . Nashville Skyline
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III . . . . . Thanksgiving . . . . . Career Moves
ARLTO GUTHRIE . . . . . Alice’s Restaurant . . . . . Alice's Restaurant

This program began with a couple of tunes detailing romance on the rocks from Rosanne Cash (with help from Bruce Springsteen) and Mike Ness (doing a nice job on a Hank Williams number). Then we heard an ambivalent Little Joy with what sounds like an old lost Rick Nelson track followed by the Cramps with a very enjoyable cover of one of his best-known tunes. The Growlers offered a track from their new release that conjured up a Doors tune that I hadn't heard in quite some time, and that sounded good feeding into a Spiral Stairs song that brought on one from the Transgressors coming to grips with the fact that revenge is out of the question.

More romantic difficulties ensued, beginning with Josh Rouse suffering the loss of his lover followed by an old favorite from the Rascals that starts in a similar place but leaves us with a happy ending. Langhorne Slim hoping for a similar result was answered by Inara George, and that led to Squeeze detailing a dilemma familiar to far too many people. An indignant Wilco was followed by Honeydogs reflecting on the aftermath of a breakup; that song has an end bit that always recalls the fade on the the Beatles track that came next, and from there we heard Yo La Tengo to close out this section.

Pink Martini kicked off this set with an instrumental infused with Latin rhythms, so that set us off down a trail that included an old favorite from Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 and a Quincy Jones track that has come to be associated with the Austin Powers movies more than anything else. That's how we came to the Postmarks with a track that has a certain espionage thriller soundtrack flair, which can also be said of the Stereolab tune that followed. Then it was on to some French Pop from Bertrand Burgalat that segued rather neatly into a track from Cornelius off his very entertaining late '90s release that I was introduced to by my brother.

SInce this show was available during Thanksgiving, we closed out with some appropriate tunes from Graham Parker, Dan Bern, Lonnnie Johnson, Dee Dee Sharp, Cab Calloway, Bob Dylan and Loudon Wainwright III. Finally, my Thanksgiving isn't complete without hearing from Arlo Guthrie, so that's what we did to bring down the curtain.

Here's another one from the Cramps


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