Program #590

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
TOM WAITS . . . . . Nirvana . . . . . Orphans [Fold-out Digipak with 24-page booklet]
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Give My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
NEKO CASE . . . . . Magpie In The Morning . . . . . Middle Cyclone
TIM HARDIN . . . . . Don’t Make Promises . . . . . Hang on to a Dream: The Verve Recordings
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Lovely Cost . . . . . Foreign Girls
JONI MITCHELL . . . . . A Case Of You . . . . . Blue
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Save Me From What I Want . . . . . Actor
JOE HENRY . . . . . Tiny Voices . . . . . Tiny Voices

JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Slush . . . . . Further Complications
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Somebody Changed . . . . . God Save the Clientele
PETER & GORDON . . . . . I Go To Pieces . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 3
MOJAVE 3 . . . . . Puzzles Like You . . . . . Puzzles Like You
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . The Sweetest Thing . . . . . My Maudlin Career
THE RONETTES . . . . . (The Best Part Of) Breaking Up . . . . . The Best of the Ronettes
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . So Young And In Love . . . . . Tracks (4CD)
GARY U.S. BONDS . . . . . This Little Girl . . . . . Dedication/On the Line

ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT . . . . . Taller Children . . . . . Taller Children
SERGIO MENDES & BRAZIL ’66 . . . . . Chove Chuva . . . . . Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi
STEREOLAB . . . . . Neon Beanbag . . . . . Chemical Chords
THE HIGH LLAMAS . . . . . Green Coaster . . . . . Snowbug
CANDY BARS . . . . . Landscapes . . . . . On Cutting Ti-Gers in Half and Understanding Narravation
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Dory . . . . . Veckatimest
HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . To You . . . . . The Silence of Love
TRAFFIC . . . . . Dear Mr. Fantasy . . . . . Mr. Fantasy

ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . Mystery Train . . . . . Complete Sun Sessions
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Serious . . . . . Lady's Bridge
THE BEATLES . . . . . Honey Don’t . . . . . Beatles For Sale (Remastered)
SPOON . . . . . Well-Alright . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE BREEDERS . . . . . It’s The Love . . . . . Mountain Battles
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Early Morning . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . It Just Dawned On Me . . . . . Country Club
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . My All Time Doll . . . . . Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
M. WARD . . . . . Magic Trick . . . . . Post-War
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . Bye Bye Love . . . . . Bridge Over Troubled Water

The opener here was a Tom Waits reading of a Charles Bukowski poem that manages to feel both lonely and hopeful, and it was followed by an Elvis Perkins tune that shares similar qualities. From there we had Neko Case attempting to rally out of a sad situation and Tim Hardin aware of his relationship's doomed future. That led to Joseph Arthur struggling to make a connection, and then Joni Mitchell aware of the flaws but still deeply in love was followed by St. Vincent more uneasy about her current circumstances and Joe Henry experiencing some intense feelings.

This section began with a new Jarvis Cocker tune that has an amusing title describing how his cold heart felt after meeting the right girl; from there, however, things went south for the Clientele, and Peter & Gordon are still feeling the aftershocks. Their British Invasion pop was echoed in the Mojave 3 tune that's also dealing with a breakup, and then we had Camera Obscura trying very hard to let go followed by the Cocktail Slippers covering an old Lesley Gore tune from their recent Steve Van Zandt-produced disc. The Ronettes looking at the bright side led to a couple of Bruce Springsteen tracks featuring a bit of that '6os sound, one from the mid='70s sessions that eventually produced Born To Run and the other featuring Gary U.S. Bonds on vocals from another Miami Steve-produced record that included the Boss and the E Street Band.

Elizabeth & the Catapult are a band that's new to me; their second release has just come out and it contains a mixture of sounds that combine aspects of pop, folk and lounge. It's primarily on the lighter side and the title track began and ended in a place that conjured up an old mid-'60s tune from Sergio Mendes & Brazil '66. From there it was Stereolab with one from last year's disc that has a '60s feel and is full of forward momentum, which led to something similar, although a bit more bouncy, from the High Llamas. A more densely layered tune from Candy Bars led to one from Grizzly Bear's splendid new disc that features some of their distinctive harmonies. Finally, it was Headless Heroes covering an old I Am Kloot tune into an old favorite from Traffic to finish up.

I caught some of a recent Paul Simon interview on a television show, and one question he was asked had to do with the first record he ever bought. The answer was something I didn't recognize (and don't remember), and I don't think the audience did either, because he quickly went on to say that his second purchase was Elvis's "Mystery Train." He then picked up an acoustic guitar and played some of it, very off-the-cuff and sounding real good. So that's where this final section's opener came from, and then we heard Richard Hawley with some 21st-century rockabilly, followed by the Beatles with Ringo on lead vocal covering Carl Perkins. From there it was the latest track from Spoon, a rockin' little number that carried some good energy into a favorite from last year's Breeders disc. The Old 97's returned a bit of country to the sound, followed by John Doe & the Sadies from their new disc with a track he wrote with his old partner Exene Cervenka. Also exploring the country side of things these days is Elvis Costello, which led to a short little crowd pleaser (even if the applause on the track is fake) from M. Ward and then on to Simon & Garfunkel covering the Everly Brothers in front of a real crowd back in the '60s—thus taking us back to the beginning of this set even as it brought on the end of this program.

Here's another one from Grizzly Bear


Program #589

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . My City Was Gone . . . . . Learning to Crawl
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . Moonland . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
EELS . . . . . Fresh Blood . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
SPOON . . . . . Eddie’s Raga . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
BECK . . . . . Orphans . . . . . Modern Guilt
THE KINKS . . . . . This Is Where I Belong . . . . . The Kink Kronikles
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Up To Our Necks . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
THE RUTLES . . . . . Love Life . . . . . The Rutles

THE BEATLES . . . . . I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party . . . . . Beatles for Sale (1990)
HANK WILLIAMS . . . . . I Can’t Get You Off Of My Mind . . . . . The Best of Hank Williams
CHRIS ISAAK . . . . . It Wouldn’t Be The Same Without You . . . . . Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Changing Partners . . . . . Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
NICK LOWE . . . . . Long Limbed Girl . . . . . At My Age
UB40 . . . . . Come Back Darling . . . . . The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000
NORMA FRAZIER . . . . . The First Cut Is The Deepest . . . . . The Best of Studio One, Vol. 2: Full Up
THE TREMELOES . . . . . Here Comes My Baby . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 6
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Honey In The Sun . . . . . My Maudlin Career

NICK DRAKE . . . . . Place To Be . . . . . Pink Moon
MITCHELL FROOM . . . . . A Lullaby . . . . . A Thousand Days
HER SPACE HOLIDAY . . . . . The Great Parade . . . . . The Past Presents the Future
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Last Words . . . . . The London Book of the Dead
ST. VINCENT . . . . . The Strangers . . . . . Actor
STUART MURDOCH . . . . . Come Monday Night . . . . . God Help The Girl
FONTELLA BASS . . . . . Rescue Me . . . . . Genius! - The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection
RAY CHARLES . . . . . Unchain My Heart . . . . . Genius! - The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection
JAMES HUNTER . . . . . Hand It Over . . . . . The Hard Way
MINK DEVILLE . . . . . Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl . . . . . Cadillac Walk: The Mink DeVille Collection

GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . About Face . . . . . Veckatimest
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Fourth Time Around . . . . . I'm Not There
BOOKER T. . . . . . She Breaks . . . . . Together Through Life
BOB DYLAN . . . . . I Feel A Change Comin’ On . . . . .
BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . The Last Time . . . . . Scene of the Crime
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . The Last Time . . . . . Out of Our Heads
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Angela . . . . . Further Complications
ROBERT POLLARD . . . . . I’m A Widow . . . . . From a Compound Eye

This time out the emphasis at the start was on rhythm, with an old Pretenders tune that lent both its prominent beat and an opening line to the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds track that followed. The claustrophobic feel of that one was echoed in one from the new Eels disc, and from there it was Spoon opening up the sound somewhat, and then on to Beck with one that moved from a more complex rhythmic appeal to a lightness that conjured up late-'60s Kinks by the time it was over. From there Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 married a Bo Diddley beat with a bit of psychedelia and some punchy horns that conjured up the Rutles in all their Pre-Fab Four glory.

Having heard the alternate universe Beatles to close out the previous set, it seemed reasonable to return to the time and space we all know and love through the original Lads from Liverpool. The subject of missed connections in that one set the tone for all that followed, and its country tinge led to a Hank Williams favorite, which was followed by Chris Isaak taking a crack at an early Elvis Presley Sun Records side. Then it was a different Elvis covering a tune originally done by Bing Crosby feeding into one by Nick Lowe that has a touch of reggae, even though it's essentially a country number. That's how we made the jump to UB40, which then led to an old Studio One track from down in Kingston, Jamaica, with Norma Frazier covering a Cat Stevens song. Another Cat Stevens tune did quite well for the Tremeloes in early 1967, and that was followed by Camera Obscura from their terrific new disc to finish up.

This section opened with Nick Drake struggling to escape the black space in which he found himself; the spare acoustic sound of that one was then offset by a lovely solo piano piece by Mitchell Froom, which flowed nicely into a Her Space Holiday track that begins with a bit of piano but then quickly shifts to the soft electronic beats typical to HSH. From there it was the Real Tuesday Weld with a sad song about the end of a situation, perhaps a love affair, which led to a new track from St. Vincent that definitely appears to be about the same thing. The possibility of something better was introduced by Stuart Murdoch, featuring Catherine Ireton on vocals, who he found through an audition process he held while working on his latest project. The bass line on that one immediately calls to mind Fontella Bass's big 1965 hit, which led to Ray Charles from a couple of years later, James Hunter incorporating a bit of Mr. Charles into a track from last year's disc and Mink DeVille with the track from their first album that made people want to know more.

The final portion of the program began with a nicely flowing Grizzly Bear tune that felt like it was in 3/4 time, even if it really wasn't, so it brought to mind Yo la Tengo's cover of Bob Dylan's waltz from Blonde on Blonde. Then we had Booker T. on the Hammond B3 accompanied by the Drive By Truckers and Neil Young followed by my favorite from Mr. Dylan's new disc. The Drive By Truckers put in another appearance after that, this time accompanying Bettye LaVette on a track that shares a title with an old Rolling Stones tune. The guitars and energy of that track fed into a new one from Jarvis Cocker and on to the prolific Robert Pollard from a few years back to bring down the curtain.

Here's another one from the Rutles


Program #588

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ART BRUT . . . . . Twist And Shout . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
GENERATION X . . . . . Dancing With Myself . . . . . Perfect Hits 1975-1981
GENTLEMAN REG . . . . . How We Exit . . . . . Jet Black
BRIAN ENO . . . . . King’s Lead Hat . . . . . Before and After Science
THE DIRTY PROJECTORS & DAVID BYRNE . . . . . Knotty Pine . . . . . Dark Was the Night
DEVOTCHKA . . . . . The Clockwise Witness . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling
PATRICK WOLF . . . . . The Bachelor . . . . . Bachelor (Battle One)
FAIRPORT CONVENTION . . . . . Matty Groves . . . . . Liege & Lief

NEKO CASE . . . . . This Tornado Loves You . . . . . Middle Cyclone
EELS . . . . . My Timing Is Off . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
THE BEATLES . . . . . What You’re Doing . . . . . Beatles for Sale
NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . Lonely So Long . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . Heard You Got A Thing For Me . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
THE ZOMBIES . . . . . Time Of The Season . . . . . Odessey and Oracle
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . You’re In My Eyes (Discosong) . . . . . Further Complications
10CC . . . . . I’m Not There . . . . . The Original Soundtrack

GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Southern Point . . . . . Veckatimest
TIM BUCKLEY . . . . . Happy Time . . . . . Blue Afternoon
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Black Flowers . . . . . I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
THE BOOKS WITH JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE LEFT BANKE . . . . . Pretty Ballerina . . . . . There's Gonna Be a Storm: The Complete Recordings 1966-69
THE SHARP THINGS . . . . . What’s The New Girl Wonder . . . . . A Moveable Feast
SHADES OF BLUE . . . . . Oh How Happy . . . . . Golden Classics

JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . Husbands And Wives . . . . . Country Club
TAMMY WYNETTE . . . . . Apartment #9 . . . . . Anniversary: 20 Years of Hits
JAMES TAYLOR & ALISON KRAUSE . . . . . How’s The World Treating You . . . . . Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Down Among The Wines And Spirits . . . . . Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Careless Love . . . . . My Maudlin Career
ROY ORBISON . . . . . It’s Over . . . . . Black & White Night
JACKSON BROWNE . . . . . Fountain Of Sorrow . . . . . Late for the Sky
SHE & HIM . . . . . This Is Not A Test . . . . . Volume One

This program began with an Art Brut tune about the songs that are constantly rattling around in our brains and, for some of us, occasionally demand to be vocalized, often at rather inappropriate moments. After that we had Generation X responding to the beat in a different way followed by Gentleman Reg with a track that brought to mind an old favorite from Brian Eno. The title of that tune is an anagram for Talking Heads, which is how we moved on to David Byrne along with the Dirty Projectors. From there it was DeVotchKa with one that featured some prominent violin, making for a reasonable segue to Patrick Wolf from his new disc with a tune that features Eliza Carthy, and we followed that British folk signpost to Fairport Convention for a rousing finish.

This section started off with a couple of tunes from Neko Case and Eels about people struggling to be on the same page followed by one from the Beatles that's a bit more plaintive and another by the New York Dolls that's coming from pretty much that same place. Then the mood turned with the Cocktail Slippers looking to confirm the word out on the street; they're doing a Steve Van Zandt song, who produced their album, and it sure sounds like he had the Zombies in mind and the drum sound they achieved on their final big hit. The imagery in that one fed nicely into Jarvis Cocker lost in memory on the dance floor, and then it was the quintessential denial song from 10cc to finish up.

The opening track from the latest Grizzly Bear disc kind of scoops you up in a swirling sound, and the ebb and flow of its rhythms conjured up an old Tim Buckley tune. From there we had Yo La Tengo emphasizing the woodwinds (or some synthesized version of) and feeding into the Books with Jose Gonzalez and their mesmerizing cover of a Nick Drake track. That led to the Left Banke, one of the originators of Baroque & Roll, and then on to the chamber pop of the Sharp Things followed by the lush harmonies of Shades of Blue, one-hit wonders from 1963.

On their new record John Doe & the Sadies cover a number of classic country tunes; we heard them offering an old Roger Miller number, which flowed quite naturally into the first single Tammy Wynette ever released. The heartbreak continued with James Taylor and Alison Krause covering a Louvin Brothers tune, and then it was Elvis Costello wallowing in the sauce. Camera Obscura added some dramatic strings to the mix that provided a nice transition to a favorite Roy Orbison tune; the version heard here was from the show that orignally appeared on cable TV more than two decades ago that featured an all-star cast accompanying Roy on all of his best-loved songs. Among those participating was Jackson Browne, and the ultimately positive tone of the track we heard was echoed in the She & Him tune that closed out this one.

Here's another one from Generation X


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