Program #574

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
IGGY POP . . . . . Lust For Life . . . . . Lust for Life
NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . Dance Like A Monkey . . . . . One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This
THE BANGLES . . . . . Walk Like An Egyptian . . . . . Different Light
JENNY LEWIS . . . . . See Fernando . . . . . Acid Tongue
THE CHAMPS . . . . . Tequila . . . . . Frat Rock, Vol. 2
MICACHU & THE SHAPES . . . . . Calculator . . . . . Jewellery
BECK . . . . . Cell Phone’s Dead . . . . . The Information
BRIAN ENO . . . . . No One Receiving . . . . . Before and After Science

M. WARD . . . . . One Hundred Million Years . . . . . Hold Time
MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT . . . . . Avalon Blues . . . . . Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings
STEVE & JUSTIN EARLE . . . . . Candy Man . . . . . Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt
RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT . . . . . Richland Women Blues . . . . . A Stranger Here
BONNIE RAITT . . . . . You Got To Know How . . . . . Give It Up
BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES . . . . . Sixty Minute Man . . . . . Sixty Minute Men: The Best of Billy Ward & His Dominoes
ROXY MUSIC . . . . . In The Midnight Hour . . . . . Roxy Music - Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . I’m Your Man . . . . . Live In London
ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN . . . . . Come On Over (Turn Me On) . . . . . Sunday at Devil Dirt

THE VEILS . . . . . The Letter . . . . . Sun Gangs
JOY DIVISION . . . . . Twenty Four Hours . . . . . Closer
PJ HARVEY & JOHN PARISH . . . . . Black Hearted Love . . . . . A Woman A Man Walked By
RADIOHEAD . . . . . Nude . . . . . In Rainbows
THE SHINS . . . . . New Slang . . . . . Oh, Inverted World
BOB DYLAN . . . . . I Want You . . . . . Blonde on Blonde
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Kathleen . . . . . Hello Starling

IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Don’t Know . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
STEREOLAB . . . . . Outer Accelerator . . . . . Mars Audiac Quintet
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . Wah-Wah . . . . . All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]
OASIS . . . . . The Shock Of The Lightning . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . It’s All In My Head . . . . . Man-Made
BOB MOULD . . . . . The Breach . . . . . Life and Times
JOHN DOE & KATHLEEN EDWARDS . . . . . The Golden State . . . . . A Year in the Wilderness
NEKO CASE . . . . . People Got A Lotta Nerve . . . . . Middle Cyclone

I'm plenty old enough to remember 1977, when Iggy Pop's first solo album appeared. That was a period when a lot of music sounded fresh and daring, including the title track that opened this program. Of course, for the past decade (or more) this song has been used with all manner of mass media, to the point where we all just tune it out for the most part. I guess it shows either how far we've come or how much has been lost in thirty-odd years. The basics that made it so appealing in the first place still remain, however, and have been borrowed by a variety of musicians, including the New York Dolls from their disc of a few years back. From dancing with the Dolls we moved on to walking with the Bangles, and then it was a Jenny Lewis track that uses a bit of that Bangles tune. An old one from the Champs shared a Latin touch in the title, and that tune's main riff was borrowed by Micachu & the Shapes in their rhythmically adventurous new one that followed. The polyrhythmic approach was maintained by Beck with another one about a "helpful" consumer gadget, which seemed to segue beautifully into a Brian Eno tune whose title happens to describe what happens when your phone needs a charge.

This section began with a track from M. Ward's excellent new album that conjures up the music of Mississippi John Hurt, so one recorded in 1928 by that country blues master followed, and then it was Steve Earle and his son Justin covering my favorite MJH tune. Ramblin' Jack Elliott included an MJH cover as well on his terrific new disc, and then it was a young Bonnie Raitt with a wonderful take on an old Sippie Wallace number. That one naturally fed into Billy Ward & the Dominoes, and then we had Bryan Ferry counting the hours in Roxy Music's cover of a Wilson Pickett tune. A live version of an old Leonard Cohen favorite continued the theme, as did the Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan track that finished the set.

A highlight from the new Veils disc started off this set; the guitar and drums on that one brought to mind Joy Division, and the desolation at the heart of that track made the PJ Harvey & John Parish tune that followed seem almost joyful by comparison. From there it was Radiohead trying to resist temptation into the Shins regretting the end of a relationship and all that it means, and then we finished with a couple of pretty straightforward declarations of desire from Bob Dylan and Josh Ritter, who performed a version of this song that was both moving and amusing during the recent concert I attended at New Jersey's Wellmont Theater.

The final section kicked off with a new one from It Hugs Back that maintains an appealing groove throughout, calling to mind Stereolab as it does, whose track ends with some wah-wah effects that naturally led to an old George Harrison tune. Then it was one with good energy from the latest Oasis disc that has a similar a rhythm to a Teenage Fanclub track from their last album, which was followed by nice piece of pop with an edge from Bob Mould's new record. From there John Doe along with Kathleen Edwards offer two sides of the same coin on a great guitar-driven track that paved the way for the jangly guitar on the Neko Case tune that brought the curtain down on this show.

Here's another one from Mississippi John Hurt


Program #573

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
NICK DRAKE . . . . . Pink Moon . . . . . Pink Moon
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . Balmy Night . . . . . In Ear Park
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Q . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
WILCO . . . . . War On War . . . . . Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
THE KINKS . . . . . 20th Century Man . . . . . Muswell Hillbillies
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Everybody Knows . . . . . Live In London
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . How's Forever Been Baby . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland

THE SPECIALS . . . . . International Jet Set . . . . . More Specials
10CC . . . . . I'm Mandy, Fly Me . . . . . How Dare You!
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . AF607105 . . . . . 5:55
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Eight Miles High . . . . . By-the-Numbers
OASIS . . . . . I'm Outta Time . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
THIRDIMENSION . . . . . Save Me . . . . . Permanent Holiday
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Lately . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead

JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Trying My Best To Love You . . . . . Acid Tongue
ARTHUR ALEXANDER . . . . . Anna (Got To Him) . . . . . The Ultimate Arthur Alexander
THE BEATLES . . . . . A Shot Of Rhythm & Blues . . . . . Live at the BBC
THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS . . . . . Good Times Rock & Roll . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Saturday Groovers . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
THE CLEANERS FROM VENUS . . . . . Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me . . . . . Golden Cleaners
HUGO MONTENEGRO . . . . . The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Theme . . . . . The Music From U.N.C.L.E.: The Original Soundtrack Affair
MORCHEEBA . . . . . Everybody Loves A Loser . . . . . The Antidote
EDWYN COLLINS . . . . . The Magic Piper (Of Love) . . . . . Austin Powers: Original Soundtrack
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . There She Goes Again . . . . . The Velvet Underground & Nico

PJ HARVEY & JOHN PARISH . . . . . Passionless, Pointless . . . . . A Woman A Man Walked By
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Lovely Cost . . . . . Vagabond Skies
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Ruby Tuesday . . . . . Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Quantum Theory . . . . . Jarvis
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Madeline . . . . . And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Monster Ballads . . . . . Animal Years
M. WARD . . . . . Hold Time . . . . . Hold Time
THE BOOKS FEATURING JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . .Dark Was the Night

Some songs are so perfect that their only imperfection is their brevity (although greater length would probably be ruinous anyway). The Nick Drake tune that began this program works that way for me, so I suppose you could say it would have to be all downhill from there. Not really the case, though, as Department of Eagles followed with one whose title describes the kind of night that might include a pink moon. From there it was a dream-like new one from It Hugs Back with some effects that brought to mind the Wilco tune that followed. Then it was the Kinks with Ray Davies feeling a bit dislocated followed by a slyly funny Leonard Cohen track on bascially the same subject, which brought on Elvis Perkins to finish this opener with the beautifully sad tune that closes his new disc.

An old one from the Specials sent this section off on an aeronautical path dotted with crashing planes, as it was 10cc next with their tale of a stewardess (those of you old enough will recall that flight attendants used to go by that name back in the '70s) who went above and beyond the call of duty, followed by Charlotte Gainsbourg gaining some peace of mind as her flight goes down. From there it was the Postmarks reinventing an old Byrds classic, Oasis from their last one with a track that includes a snippet of a John Lennon interview that took place a few days before he was killed, Thirdimension quite literally calling out for help and the Helio Sequence trying to believe they've moved on when clearly that isn't the case.

The next set began with a Jenny Lewis track that has its roots in the kind of pop ballads Carole King and Gerry Goffin used to do so well. It was followed by an Arthur Alexander tune, who was a favorite of the Beatles back in the days when they were just starting to gain some traction, and they continued to play his tunes even after they broke through, as shown by this BBC appearance from 1963. That was followed by a bit of satire from the Young Fresh Fellows led by Scott McCaughey, who is one of Robyn Hitchcock's Venus 3 on the affectionate look back at the early '70s UK glam kids that came next. From there the Cleaners From Venus offered a window into Swinging London of the '60s, and then it was on to the theme from the TV show that included Illya Kuryakin as a main character. Morcheeba followed with a track that sounds like a spy movie theme song, which led to Edwyn Collins from the first Austin Powers movie and a track that rather blatently borrowed its hook from the Velvet Underground.

Loss, loneliness and the end of romance was this final set's theme, starting with a new one from PJ Harvey and John Parish that hauntingly sums up a relationhip's frayed remains. Then it was Joseph Arthur trying to rekindle a spark, followed by the Rolling Stones facing up to the obvious and Jarvis Cocker turning to high-level physics for solace. From there we finished with a wistful Yo La Tengo flowing nicely into Josh Ritter looking back through the power of music (one of many highlights from the amazing performance he and his band gave last weekend out here in New Jersey), followed by M. Ward's dream-state attempt to capture a moment in song, and the Books featuring Jose Gonzalez with their hypnotizing take on a Nick Drake tune, bringing us full circle in the process.

Here's another one from Leonard Cohen


Program #572

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Beyond Here Lies Nothin' . . . . . Together Through Life
MIKE BLOOMFIELD AND AL KOOPER . . . . . Mary Ann . . . . . Live Adventures Of Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper
RAY CHARLES . . . . .You Be My Baby . . . . . Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959)
WILLY DEVILLE . . . . . Since I Met You Baby . . . . . Live in Berlin
DAVE SITEK . . . . . With A Girl Like You . . . . . Dark Was the Night
VITESSE . . . . . Out Under Stars . . . . . You Win Again Gravity
PAUL SIMON . . . . . Another Galaxy . . . . . Surprise
PETER BJORN AND JOHN . . . . . Just The Past . . . . . Living Thing

BOB MOULD . . . . . Life And Times . . . . . Life and Times
RICHARD BUCKNER . . . . . Numbered . . . . . Meadow
NEKO CASE . . . . . The Pharaohs . . . . . Middle Cyclone
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Hold On, Hold On . . . . . Easy Come, Easy Go
TELEVISION . . . . . Venus . . . . . Marquee Moon
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . Sweet Jane . . . . .The Velvet Underground & Nico
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . Today's Lesson . . . . .Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
THE ROLLINGS STONES . . . . . Stray Cat Blues . . . . .Beggars Banquet

THE WHO . . . . . Magic Bus . . . . . The Kids Are Alright
GOMEZ . . . . . Airstream Driver . . . . . A New Tide
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . The Valley Of Malls . . . . . Utopia Parkway
NICK LOWE . . . . . So It Goes . . . . . Jesus of Cool
A.C.NEWMAN . . . . . The Palace At 4 A.M. . . . . . Get Guilty
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . (Cause It's Love) Saint Parallelogram . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
THE CAESARS . . . . .  Strawberry Weed . . . . . Strawberry Weed
DAVE EDMUNDS . . . . . Every Time I See Her . . . . . Closer to the Flame
LITTLE RICHARD . . . . . The Girl Can't Help It . . . . . The Greatest Gold Hits
EDDIE BO . . . . . Baby I'm Wise . . . . . Check Mr. Popeye

RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT . . . . . Rambler's Blues . . . . . A Stranger Here
THE GRATEFUL DEAD . . . . . Ramble On Rose . . . . . Europe 72
MARAH . . . . . Can't Take It With You . . . . . Angels of Destruction
CLARENCE WILLIAMS' BLUE FIVE (VOCAL BY EVA TAYLOR) . . . . . Papa De-Da-Da . . . . . Blues Masters, Vol. 11: Classic Blues Women
JOE HENRY . . . . . Tiny Voices . . . . . Tiny Voices

We started this time with a track from Bob Dylan's upcoming disc; it will be out at the end of the month, and from the sound of this one I'm definitely looking forward to hearing the rest. The tune has a familiar bluesy rhythm, which was also used to good effect a little over 40 years ago by Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper (who, of course, played with Dylan when he "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965) during a three-night run at the Fillmore in San Francisco. They were covering a Ray Charles tune, and after one from the man himself it was on to a live track by Willy DeVille. At this point the set shifted gears, at least musically, with Dave Sitek's stately synthed-up take on old British Invasion hit from the Troggs. The digitized sounds continued with Vitesse, and then it was Paul Simon from the disc that Brian Eno helped to produce leading to one from the new Peter Bjorn and John album that's almost as catchy as "Young Folks."

The title track of Bob Mould's new disc has an edginess that seemed to flow nicely into a favorite from Richard Buckner, and from there it was Neko Case from her latest with a track that seems cut from the same cloth as the Neko tune covered by Marianne Faithfull from her newest (probably because the Sadies had a hand in writing both). The arrangement on that one brought to mind Television, which was followed by a Velvet Underground classic that led to a slightly lurid Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds tune about a Jane and her adventures with Mr. Sandman. Finally, it was the Rolling Stones heading off down the road to Sleazeville (not that there's anything wrong with that).

This next section began in an automotive place with the Who and Gomez, widened the cultural observations with Fountains of Wayne and Nick Lowe, became somewhat surreal with A.C. Newman and Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, shifted and narrowed the focus to romance with the Caesars and Dave Edmunds, and finished with some wide-eyed New Orleans-flavored R&B from Little Richard and Eddie Bo—who passed away recently at age 78 after a long and successful career in music.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott has a new disc that sees him covering 10 Depression-era blues tunes; the one that kicked off this set is a Lonnie Johnson composition with a quite appropriate title and it flowed quite naturally into the Grateful Dead from a peak period for that band. From there it was Marah with a nice assemblage of horns on a bluesy track from their last one, and then it was back to 1925 for one from Clarence Willams' Blue Five, featuring among others Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet. The closer came from Joe Henry, the man who produced Ramblin' Jack Elliott's new disc.

Here's another one from Eddie Bo


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