Program #660

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . Belly Full Of Arms And Legs . . . . . Free Digital Single
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Cuban Slide . . . . . The Best of the Pretenders 2009 + Break Up the Concrete
THE METERS . . . . . Go For Yourself . . . . . Funky Miracle
THE CLASH . . . . . Revolution Rock . . . . . London Calling
TOMMY T. . . . . . Tribute To A King . . . . . Prester John Sessions
VAMPIRE WEEKEND . . . . . Run . . . . . Contra
SPOON . . . . . Mystery Zone . . . . . Transference

IKE REILLY . . . . . Morning Glory . . . . . Hard Luck Stories
ETTA JAMES . . . . . I Just Want To Make Love To You . . . . . At Last!
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Death Cab For Cutie . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR . . . . . Hey Now Baby . . . . . New Orleans Piano
JAMES HUNTER . . . . . Jacqueline . . . . . The Hard Way
JAMES BROWN . . . . . I Got You (I Feel Good) . . . . . Star Time (4CD)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . I Stand Accused . . . . . Get Happy!!
THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP . . . . . Gimme Some Lovin’ . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 4
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Honey In The Sun . . . . . My Maudlin Career
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Come Running . . . . . Moondance

YO LA TENGO . . . . . Black Flowers . . . . . I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
THE LEFT BANKE . . . . . Pretty Ballerina . . . . . There's Gonna Be a Storm
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . I’m Waking Up . . . . . I'm Waking Up to Us
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Seduced And Abandoned . . . . . Realism
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . Me And Jane Doe . . . . . Irm
BRASSTRONAUT . . . . . Requiem For A Scene . . . . . Old World Lies
BECK . . . . . Round The Bend . . . . . Sea Change
GIL SCOTT-HERON . . . . . I’m New Here . . . . . I'm New Here

TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Black Smoke . . . . . Falling Down a Mountain
ROXY MUSIC . . . . . Both Ends Burning . . . . . Siren
THE BIG PINK . . . . . Too Young To Love . . . . . A Brief History of Love
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Needles In The Camel’s Eye . . . . . Here Come the Warm Jets
RADIOHEAD . . . . . Bodysnatchers . . . . . In Rainbows
THE SOFT PACK . . . . . Answer To Yourself . . . . . The Soft Pack
BUZZCOCKS . . . . . I Believe . . . . . Operators Manual

Robyn Hitchcock's website has been redesigned, and to celebrate he's offering a Phantom 45 consisting of two tracks you can download for free. The one we heard used the Bo Diddley beat, which fed nicely into an old one coming from the same place by the Pretenders. From there it was on to the New Orleans funk of the Meters followed by the Clash with an irresistable chunk of reggae (I love the end of that tune, with Joe Strummer offering El Clash Combo for weddings and parties and "bongos jams a speciality.") A terrific dub reggae/Ethiopian roots track from Tommy T. was next, and that led to new tracks from Vampire Weekend and Spoon that are all about locking in to an infectious rhythm.

The track that opens Ike Reilly's latest CD has a laid-back bluesy feel and a semi-pleading tone that brought to mind an old one from Etta James, which is more direct both musically and lyrically. The Bonzo Dog Band gave us the sad tale of Cutie, who shouldn't have gotten into that taxi, and the semi-boogie piano on that flowed quite well into a tune from the great New Orleans piano master Professor Longhair. The R&B from James Hunter that followed bears a strong resemblance to James Brown, and from there we heard Elvis Costello & the Attractions with one off of their valentine to soul music. The Spencer Davis Group followed with their first big hit from the '60s, featuring an 18-year-old Stevie Winwood on lead vocals, and that led to Camera Obscura showcasing their love of soul music into Van Morrison doing the same.

An urge to hear an old Left Banke tune from the originators of "baroque & roll" brought us Yo La Tengo and Belle and Sebastian working in a similar vein to surround it. A new Magnetic Fields track showcased Stephen Merritt's uncanny ability to write lyrics that combine sad with silly, and that flowed nicely into a beguiling new one from Charlotte Gainsbourg that seems to be about a search for answers, which is how we came to the Brasstronaut tune that followed. After that we had Beck thinking about life on planet Earth and not really thrilled by what he sees, and that led to Gil Scott-Heron coming to terms with where he's been and who he is on the title track from his excellent new disc.

Tindersticks has a new disc with a track that conjured up an old Roxy Music tune both in sound and title, and that seemed to flow well into the Big Pink with a song from their debut that offers echoes of the guitar provided by Roxy's Phil Manzanera on the Brian Eno track we heard from his first solo disc after leaving that band. Radiohead maintained the guitar energy before the Soft Pack kicked it up a notch, and then the Buzzcocks finished it off with Pete Shelley taking stock around the time the band initially broke up.

Here's another one from the Clash


Program #659

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
TIM MOORE . . . . . Rock And Roll Love Letter . . . . . Tim Moore/Behind the Eyes
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Up To Our Necks . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
BO DIDDLEY . . . . . Mona . . . . . The Story of Bo Diddley: The Very Best of Bo Diddley
BUDDY HOLLY . . . . . Not Fade Away . . . . . The Buddy Holly Story
M. WARD . . . . . Rave On . . . . . Hold Time
THE BEATLES . . . . . Words Of Love . . . . . Beatles For Sale (Remastered)
THE CAESARS . . . . . Strawberry Weed . . . . . Strawberry Weed
DAVE SITEK . . . . . With A Girl Like You . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE NEVER . . . . . A Walk Through The Park . . . . . The Never

THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION . . . . . Valentine’s Day In Juarez . . . . . Hard Luck Stories
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . From A Sinking Boat . . . . . Realism
BOB DYLAN . . . . . This Dream Of You . . . . . Together Through Life
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Careless Love . . . . . My Maudlin Career
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Crying . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
FINDLAY BROWN . . . . . I Still Want You . . . . . Love Will Find You
THE SHIRELLES . . . . . Will You Love Me Tomorrow . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . St. Valentine’s Day Massacre . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . A Wedding In Cherokee County . . . . . Good Old Boys
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Joy . . . . . Son of Schmilsson
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . She’s Got You . . . . . The List
JOHN DOE AND THE SADIES . . . . . Stop The World And Let Me Off . . . . . Country Club
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Love’s A Mystery . . . . . Break Up the Concrete
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Too Much To Hide . . . . . Nuclear Daydream
THE WATSON TWINS . . . . . U-N-Me . . . . . Talking to You Talking to Me
FISCHER-Z . . . . . So Long . . . . . Going Deaf for a Living
SHE & HIM . . . . . In The Sun . . . . . Volume Two

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Valentine’s Day . . . . . Tunnel of Love
TOM WAITS . . . . . San Diego Serenade . . . . . The Heart of Saturday Night
NEKO CASE . . . . . Middle Cyclone . . . . . Middle Cyclone
TIM HARDIN . . . . . Misty Roses . . . . . Hang on to a Dream: The Verve Recordings
BOB DELEVANTE . . . . . An Old Picture Of You . . . . . Columbus And The Colossal Mistake
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Never Anyone But You . . . . . Bonfires on the Heath
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Come And Find Me . . . . . Golden Age of Radio
WILCO . . . . . Either Way . . . . . Sky Blue Sky
STEVE EARLE . . . . . Valentine’s Day . . . . . I Feel Alright

This was the annual Saint Valentine's Day program, meaning the focus was on love songs throughout, with a nice mix of old favorites combined with new stuff that's come out in the 365 days since the last show inspired by the romance in your life was streamed to your ears. Highlights from tunes released in the past year include a favorite from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3; M. Ward covering Buddy Holly (who put in an appearance as well); a sad one from the Magnetic Fields as they go down with the ship; Camera Obscura trying hard to break it off (and failing); Findlay Brown showing his appreciation of Roy Orbison (also in there as well); the Cocktail Slippers wondering what Saint Valentine's Day will bring; Rosanne Cash lamenting the change in her love life; and Neko Case admitting to herself that love is what she needs.

Some of the older songs that always seem to make it into this show include Tim Moore's track that's really a love song to the power of rock and roll (but it's a great tune and the title makes it impossible to pass up); Tom Waits' beautifully descriptive song of awakening and understanding; Harry Nilsson's hilariously sad song of love gone wrong; two different tunes from Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle that share a title and similar sentiments; and Randy Newman offering the ultimate love song, which definitely would sit at the top of my list in this rather large catergory if I had one.

Here's another one from Findlay Brown


Program #658

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
SPOON . . . . . Got Nuffin . . . . . Transference
CHICAGO . . . . . 25 Or 6 To 4 . . . . . Chicago II (Repackaged)
JULIAN PLENTI . . . . . Unwind . . . . . Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper
THE JANUARIES . . . . . Love Has Flown . . . . . The Januaries
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . I Don’t Know What To Say . . . . . Realism
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . Femme Fatale . . . . . The Velvet Underground & Nico
THE PERNICE BROTHERS . . . . . Subject Drop . . . . . Discover a Lovelier You
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . Don’t Look Back . . . . . Grand Prix

JIMI HENDRIX . . . . . Valleys Of Neptune . . . . . Valleys Of Neptune
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . Voyage . . . . . Irm
JONI MITCHELL . . . . . The Jungle Line . . . . . The Hissing of Summer Lawns
JOHN KONGOS . . . . . He’s Gonna Step On You Again . . . . . John Kongos
TALKING HEADS . . . . . This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) . . . . . Speaking in Tongues
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Just Another Day . . . . . Another Day on Earth
BOOKER T. . . . . . Space City . . . . . Potato Hole

THE MODERN LOVERS . . . . . Dignified and Old . . . . . The Modern Lovers
THE SOFT PACK . . . . . More Or Less . . . . . The Soft Pack
THE STROKES . . . . . Last Night . . . . . Is This It
TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS . . . . . American Girl . . . . . Anthology: Through the Years
THE BYRDS . . . . . Why . . . . . The Byrds
JOHN DOE & KATHLEEN EDWARDS . . . . . The Golden State . . . . . Country Club
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . King Of All The World . . . . . Satellite Rides
FARRAH . . . . . Terry . . . . . Moustache
SUPERGRASS . . . . . Rush Hour Soul . . . . . Life on Other Planets
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Hang On To Yourself . . . . . The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust

MARVIN GAYE . . . . . I Heard It Through The Grapevine . . . . . Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Yesterday’s Tomorrows . . . . . The Hungry Saw
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . It Hurts To Be Alone . . . . . Causes 2
BRUCE SPRINGSGTEEN . . . . . The Fever . . . . . 18 Tracks
GIL SCOTT-HERON . . . . . I’ll Take Care Of You . . . . . I'm New Here
JOE HENRY . . . . . Love Is Enough . . . . . Civilians
BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . ’Round Midnight . . . . . Change Is Gonna Come Sessions
THELONIOUS MONK . . . . . Reflections . . . . . The Columbia Years: '62-'68

We opened with one from Spoon's new disc that was first released as a single last summer; when I heard it then the first thing that came to mind was an old hit from Chicago, but I resisted playing them back-to-back until now, simply because the Chicago track was beaten into the ground from overplaying many decades ago. However, I went with it because I also liked the transition from that horn-filled tune to the Julian Plenti tune with prominent trumpet that followed. The Januaries track also features that instrument in a song about the end of a romance, which led to the Magnetic Fields searching for just the right words to prevent that from happening. The quieter feel of that one was echoed in the Velvet Underground classic that warns of involvement with the wrong girl, and then the Pernice Brothers traveling down a well-worn path of romantic anguish added some jangling guitars to the mix, which were echoed in the Teenage Fanclub tune that finished up.

Next month will see the release of a new Jimi Hendrix album consisting of a dozen previously unreleased studio recordings; most are versions of previously released tunes or covers of other material, but there is also the title track of this collection, which is a Hendrx original being put out for the first time, and that's what kicked off this section. From there we heard a new Charlotte Gainsbourg tune with a rhythmic feel that conjured up an old Joni Mitchell song, which was followed by a John Kongos track in a segue that was first created on freeform FM radio back in the mid-'70s. Talking Heads kept the rhythms percolating, and that brought on one from Brian Eno's last solo disc (which preceded his 2008 collaboration with David Byrne) that fed nicely into a soulful instrumental from Booker T.'s most recent release.

This set started with the early-'70s Modern Lovers helping to lay the foundation for a lot of the late-'70s energy and back-to-basics ethos that followed; from there we heard some post-punk sounds courtesy of the Soft Pack from their new disc and the Strokes off of their first one. That always conjures up an early Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tune full of chiming guitar, which led to the Byrds, who of course were one of the originators of that sound. Next, things turned a bit more raucous with John Doe and Kathleen Edwards followed by an early one from the Old 97's. Then it was a slice of Power Pop from Farrah feeding nicely into Supergrass with a track that always reminds me of Ziggy-era David Bowie, which is where we ended up.

A classic from Marvin Gaye led off this final section; from there we heard a sad one from Tindersticks evoking that '60s soul sound into Sharon Jones & the Dap-KIngs with a heartbreaking ballad that leans more to the Stax side of the soul story. Bruce Springsteen jonesing for a girl led to a new track from Gil Scott-Heron; his first album in decades is a solid piece of work, and we heard his painfully sincere take on a tune originally done by Bobby "Blue" Bland. After that Joe Henry hoping for the best was followed by Bettye LaVette offering a signature version of a tune on which Thelonious Monk shares a songwriting credit, and he provided a beautiful piece to bring this program to a thoughtfully soothing close.

Here's another one from Thelonious Monk


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