Program #608

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE PENELOPES . . . . . Stuck In Lalaland . . . . . Stuck In Lalaland (Nouvelle Vague Feat. Elli Medeiros Remix)
THE ENGLISH BEAT . . . . . Can’t Get Used To Losing You . . . . . I Just Can't Stop It
STUART MURDOCH . . . . . God Help The Girl . . . . . God Help The Girl
BILLY SWAN . . . . . I Can Help . . . . . Greatest Hits
LOS LOBOS . . . . . What In The World . . . . . Good Morning Aztlán [Limited Edition]
BOB DYLAN . . . . . This Dream Of You . . . . . Together Through Life
MADELINE PEYROUX . . . . . You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go . . . . .
BILLIE HOLIDAY . . . . . He’s Funny That Way . . . . . The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.5: 1937-1938
JOE HENRY . . . . . Stars . . . . . Blood from Stars

KITES WITH LIGHTS . . . . . The Weight Of Your Heart . . . . . The Weight Of Your Heart
SAINT ETIENNE . . . . . Summerisle . . . . . Finisterre
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Just The Same But Brand New . . . . . Actor
GROOVE ARMADA . . . . . Remember . . . . . Lovebox
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . How Kind Of You . . . . . Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . All You Ever Wanted . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Supercollider . . . . . Welcome Interstate Managers

IAN HUNTER . . . . . Arms And Legs . . . . . Man Overboard
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . If Not For You . . . . . All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]
JIM JAMES . . . . . Behind That Locked Door . . . . . Tribute To
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Just Like The Rain . . . . . Coles Corner
JOHN HARTFORD . . . . . Gentle On My Mind . . . . . RCA Country Legends
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . I Still Miss Someone . . . . . Country Club
TAMMY WYNETTE . . . . . Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad . . . . . Anniversary: 20 Years of Hits
THE FLYING BURRITO BROS. . . . . . Do Right Woman . . . . . The Gilded Palace of Sin/Burrito Deluxe
CAT POWER . . . . . Dark End Of The Street . . . . . Dark End of the Street

BILLY LEE RILEY . . . . . You Know . . . . . Red Hot: The Best of Billy Lee Riley
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Ooby Dooby . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
THE JOHNNY BURNETTE TRIO . . . . . Rock Billy Boogie . . . . . Rock N Roll Trio/Tear It Up
CARL PERKINS . . . . . Blue Suede Shoes . . . . . Carl Perkins - Original Sun Greatest Hits
JERRY LEE LEWIS . . . . . Whole Lotta Shaking Going On . . . . . Jerry Lee Lewis - 18 Original Sun Greatest Hits
VAN MORRISON & LINDA GAIL LEWIS . . . . . Let’s Talk About Us . . . . . You Win Again
THE BLASTERS . . . . . It Must Be Love . . . . . Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985)
BUDDY HOLLY . . . . . Rave On . . . . . The Buddy Holly Collection
EDDIE COCHRAN . . . . . Somethin’ Else . . . . . Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran
BILLY LEE RILEY . . . . . Red Hot . . . . . Red Hot: The Best of Billy Lee Riley

Starting from a laid back, low-key location with a new one by the Penelopes that comes with several remixes; we heard the Nouvelle Vague version, which fed nicely into the English Beat's sublime take on a Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman tune that was originally a big hit for Andy Williams. From there we heard the title track from Stuart Murdoch's latest project; the early '60s appeal of that one brought on Billy Swan, who had  initial success in those years as a songwriter before getting a recording contract and having a No. 1 smash in 1974. The Los Lobos tune that followed has a similar rhythmic bounce and organ sound, and then it was one from the latest Bob Dylan disc that features David Hidalgo on accordian. Madeline Peyroux's breezy take on another Dylan song led to Billie Holiday, who clearly is an influence, and then we heard one from Joe Henry's brand new blues-flavored disc to finish up.

Kites With Lights is actually Jonah Cardy; his debut EP is full of lush Electro Pop and the title tune sent this set down a dreamy path that wove it's way through an old favorite from Saint Etienne into one from another Saint that seems to turn somewhat nightmarish before resolving itself in a place that segued quite well into Groove Armada making liberal use of an old Fairport Convention tune to create a magnificently brooding track. Paul McCartney followed with a reflective tune that shared a meandering feel with the Postmarks track that followed, and then we heard Fountains of Wayne with a track that came to mind after I read about the problems besetting the Large Hadron Collider in Europe.

This section kicked off with a new Ian Hunter track featuring some slide guitar that immediately conjured up George Harrison, who we heard covering Bob Dylan to follow. That led to another cover, this time of a Harrison tune by Jim James from a new EP that contains half a dozen of them. (Part of the proceeds from this disc will go to benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, which is a good thing.) The country tinge of that one brought on Richard Hawley with a flowing tune that, from the first time I heard it, conjured up an old John Hartford favorite, and then we had John Doe & the Sadies with their take on a Johnny Cash song. From there it was a twangy little Tammy Wynette number followed by the Flying Burrito Bros. and Cat Power each offering a track that featured Dan Penn as a co-writer.

To end the program we heard from Billy Lee Riley, probably the least well-known of that original group of musicians who congregated at Sun Records more than half a century ago and changed the course of pop music history. He recently passed away at age 75, and here opened and closed this set. In between we heard some appropriate stuff from the likes of Roy Orbison, the Johnny Burnette Trio, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Van Morrison & Linda Gail Lewis, the Blasters, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran. RIP Billy Lee.

Here's another one from John Hartford


Program #607

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . .Wah Wah . . . . . All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Underground Sun . . . . . Olé! Tarantula
FISCHER Z . . . . . So Long . . . . . Going Deaf for a Living
OASIS . . . . . The Shock Of The Lightning . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Up The Neck . . . . . The Pretenders
RACHAEL YAMAGATA . . . . . Sidedish Friend . . . . . Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart (2 CD)
NEKO CASE . . . . . People Got A Lotta Nerve . . . . . Middle Cyclone

THE ANIMALS . . . . . We Gotta Get Out Of This Place . . . . . Absolute Animals 1964-1968
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood . . . . . King of America
SHE & HIM . . . . . Why Do You Let Me Stay Here . . . . . Volume One
ALL SMILES . . . . . Words Of Wisdom . . . . . Words of Wisdom
WILCO . . . . . You And I . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
DONOVAN . . . . . Jennifer Juniper . . . . . Donovan's Greatest Hits
FRANCOISE HARDY . . . . . Bati Ton Nid . . . . . La Question
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . I’m In Deep . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Baby, You’re My Light . . . . .
EELS . . . . . In My Dreams . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire

A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . Elemental . . . . . Get Guilty
JOHN CALE . . . . . Gravel Drive . . . . . Black Acetate
BRYAN FERRY . . . . . I Thought . . . . . Frantic
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Quantum Theory . . . . . Further Complications
KNIGHT BERMAN, JR. . . . . . Reconcile Your Dimensions . . . . . A Score For Tesla: Music from the film Megahertz
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Mega Bottle Ride . . . . . Global a Go-Go
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Where Do You Wanna Go . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
THE KINKS . . . . . Supersonic Rocket Ship . . . . . Everybody's in Show-Biz

BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Rootsman Skanking . . . . . Rock'n'Groove
THE HEPTONES . . . . . Party Time . . . . . The Best of Studio One, Vol. 1
THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS . . . . . Pass The Kutchie . . . . . Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems, Vol. 2
ALTHEA & DONNA . . . . . Uptown Top Ranking . . . . . Uptown Top Ranking: Joe Gibbs Reggae Productions 1970-78
THE ENGLISH BEAT . . . . . Pato And Roger A Go Talk . . . . . Special Beat Service
CHARLIE CHAPLIN . . . . . Yan Kee Skank . . . . . Dancehall Rockers
IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS . . . . . Lullaby For Franci,es . . . . . Do It Yourself

This show was available on August 1, which is why we began with a selection by George Harrison from the concerts on that day in 1971. Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 followed with one that has a similar feel, especially in the chorus, which led to an old favorite from Fischer-Z featuring John Watt's plaintive, high-pitched vocals as he tries to come to grips with the girl who left him high and dry. From there we heard more about love's mysteries from Oasis through a dose of their muscular pyschedelia, which brought on the Pretenders coming at the same subject from a different angle. Rachael Yamagata added one with a food reference in the title that seems to have a bit of Chrissie Hynde in it, which fed nicely into Neko Case as "maneater."

The next section continued in the same general realm of love and relationships, starting with one from the Animals followed by Elvis Costello covering another track best associated with that British Invasion band. The uncertainty continued with She & Him, and then we heard All Smiles attempting to offer a little clarity, followed by Wilco (with some assistance from Feist) using the realistic approach to find their way. Donovan added a touch of hopefulness, and his passable French on the tune's final verse brought on Françoise Hardy, whose vocal stylings could certainly have been an influence on lead singer Tim Yehezkely of the Postmarks. From there we heard Richard Hawley expressing the depth of his love, followed by E of Eels only able to find that bliss in his inner world.

After a bit of pop pleasure from A.C. Newman to open this set, the mood turned more somber with John Cale followed by Bryan Ferry (working with Brian Eno for the first time since their Roxy Music days) ruing his involvement with someone who's left him high and dry. Then we heard Jarvis Cocker applying some physics to create a more acceptable alternate reality, and that brought on Knight Berman, Jr., from a soundtrack he's composed for an as-yet-unreleased film called Megahertz that features the amazing Nikola Tesla as a main character. Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros taking a tram to the fourth dimension (where they danced to music by the Fifth Dimension) were followed by Super Furry Animals wide open to the travel possibilities, and then we finished with the Kinks offering a more specific means of getting away.

This last section was all about the reggae, going back about three decades (give or take a year or two, and in one case half-a-dozen years) and featuring both Jamaican and British artists. So we had the mesmerizing sounds of Bunny Wailer leading to some crucial rock-steady from the Heptones and on to the Mighty Diamonds with the much superior original of a song that became a big hit for Musical Youth in an altered form that left the lyrics all messed up. Althea & Donna followed with their irresistable UK hit from 1978, and then we heard the English Beat with a bit of dancehall, which fed nicely into Charlie Chaplin, a master of that style. Finally, it was Ian Dury & the Blockheads sending everyone named Francis/Frances off to the Land of Nod.

Here's another one from Françoise Hardy


Program #606

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
R.E.M. . . . . . Sitting Still . . . . . Murmur [Deluxe Edition]
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Work Day . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
THE DOLEFUL LIONS . . . . . Saturday Mansions . . . . . Out Like a Lamb
BLACK WHALES . . . . . Origins . . . . . Origins EP
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE . . . . . Saturday Afternoon/Won’t You Try . . . . . Woodstock Two
JOSEPH ARTHUR & THE ASTRONAUTS . . . . . Temporary People . . . . . Temporary People

LUSHLIFE . . . . . The Songbird Athletic . . . . . Cassette City
NATACHA ATLAS . . . . . Just Like A Dream . . . . . Something Dangerous
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Gamma Ray . . . . . Global a Go-Go
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Thorn In Your Side . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
MORCHEEBA . . . . . Everybody Loves A Loser . . . . . The Antidote
BECK . . . . . Gamma Ray . . . . . Modern Guilt
THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS . . . . . Black Plant . . . . . Age of the Understatement

ARCTIC MONKEYS . . . . . Crying Lightning . . . . . Humbug
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Let It Loose . . . . . Exile on Main St.
PERCY SLEDGE . . . . . When A Man Loves A Woman . . . . . The Incredible Soul Collection
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . It Hurts To Be Alone . . . . . Causes 2
JUNIOR WALKER & THE ALL-STARS . . . . . What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) . . . . . The Definitive Collection
TINKERSTICKS . . . . . The Hungry Saw . . . . . The Hungry Saw
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Hold On, Hold On . . . . . Easy Come, Easy Go
ULTRA ORANGE AND EMMANUELLE . . . . . Sing Sing . . . . . Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . Femme Fatale . . . . . The Velvet Underground & Nico

TUXEDOMOON . . . . . What Use? . . . . . What Use
VITESSE . . . . . Out Under Stars . . . . . You Win Again Gravity
THE BOOKS FEATURE JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . . Dark Was the Night
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Weeping Wall . . . . . Low
KNIGHT BERMAN, JR . . . . . Wardenclyffe . . . . . A Score For Tesla - Music from the film Megahertz
LAURIE ANDERSON . . . . . Big Science . . . . . Big Science
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE . . . . . E=MC2 . . . . . Big Audio Dynamite - Planet BAD: Greatest Hits
CINDERPOP . . . . . A Lesson In Science . . . . . A Lesson in Science

We began this time with the B-side of R.E.M.'s first single; like others, I was turned into an immediate fan by the combination of punk energy and jangly guitar on both tracks, so much so that I went see to them at Maxwell's (Hoboken, NJ) in their first-ever Northeast show by myself because I couldn't convince anyone else to go with me. Their loss. It Hugs Back is a UK band that features some excellent guitar pop on their debut disc from earlier this year, and they were followed by one from the Doleful Lions that begins in a similar place and ends with some unaccompanied harmony singing that carries a subtle hint of foreboding. That led to Black Whales with the title tune from their upcoming EP, due out in September; something about that one brought to mind an old tune from Jefferson Airplane, heard here in the version they did at Woodstock as the 40th anniversary of that event approaches, and then we finished with Joseph Arthur offering one from his last disc that builds to a brilliant cacophony of sound by the time its over.

Raj Haldar is the one-man show behind Lushlife, and the various musical influences he combines with old-school beats make his new disc something way more interesting than your typical hip-hop record. Natacha Atlas likes to combine the sounds of her Middle Eastern background with more modern styles; here we heard a guest rap from Princess Julianna on a tune that flowed nicely into one from Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, whose voracious appetite for all kinds of music was clearly reflected in his own tunes. One from the upcoming Postmarks disc that sounds like the theme song for a movie of international intrigue that's yet to be made led to Morcheeba with one that recalls Shirley Bassey in full-throated James Bond mode. Beck followed with his own take on a bit of secret agent music before the Last Shadow Puppets closed out this section.

Alex Turner's other band will have a new disc out later this month; here we began with the first track that's been made available and followed it with a Rolling Stones tune that shares a similar sentiment even as its set to a different sonic palatte. The vicissitudes of love were further explored in a soulful manner by Percy Sledge, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Junior Walker & the All-Stars, and then we heard Tindersticks introduce a different intensity with more of a rock & roll approach. That continued with Marianne Faithfull covering a Neko Case song with some assistance from Cat Power flowing into Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle, which inevitably conjures up the Velvet Underground.

Another old 7-inch that goes back some three decades by Tuxedomoon kicked off the final section; the prominent bass rhythms on that one fed nicely into the synth-pop of Vitesse, which was followed by the Books along with Jose Gonzalez and their sublime reworking of an old Nick Drake tune. Then we heard a David Bowie instrumental from the first of his three '70s collaborations with Brian Eno, and that led to new music from Knight Berman, Jr., who also composes and records music as the Marble Tea. He has just released a soundtrack to a film that is still seeking a distributor; it's called Megahertz, and to quote Knight is about "a self-destructive DJ who encounters Nikola Tesla in the afterlife, and the ways they help each other work through the tattered energies of their lives." Sounds like my kind of film. From there we rode the science theme until the curtain came down with Laurie Anderson, Big Audio Dynamite and Cinderpop.

Here's another one from Junior Walker & the All-Stars


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