Program #575

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ROBERT CRAY . . . . .1040 Blues . . . . . Big Smash!
NASA . . . . . Money . . . . . Spirit of Apollo
THE BRAINS . . . . . Money Changes Everything . . . . . 7-inch single
RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . It’s Money That Matters . . . . . Land of Dreams
THE FLYING LIZARDS . . . . . Money (That’s What I Want) . . . . . The Flying Lizards
WRECKLESS ERIC . . . . . Take The Cash (K.A.S.H.) . . . . . Big Smash!
BING CROSBY . . . . . Pennies From Heaven . . . . . Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957
MONTY PYTHON . . . . . The Money Programme . . . . . Monty Python's Previous Record (Expanded Edition w/ Bonus Tracks)
THE BEATLES . . . . . Taxman . . . . . Revolver [UK]

THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Somebody Changed . . . . . God Save the Clientele
KEITH . . . . . 98.6 . . . . . Ain't Gonna Lie
THE WANNADIES . . . . . Disko . . . . . Before and After (IMPORT)
THE SLEEPY JACKSON . . . . . This Day . . . . . Lovers
THE BUCKINGHAMS . . . . . Susan . . . . . Buckinghams - Greatest Hits
THE WITCH HAZEL SOUND . . . . . 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her . . . . . This World, Then the Fireworks
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Unaware . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
YO LA TENGO . . . . . From Black To Blue . . . . . And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Golden Hours . . . . . Another Green World

THE CLASH . . . . . Brand New Cadillac . . . . . London Calling
SPOON . . . . . Well Alright . . . . . Dark Was the Night
EDDIE COCHRAN . . . . . Somethin’ Else . . . . . Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . She’s The One . . . . . Born To Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set (CD/2DVD)
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Lust . . . . . Lust Lust Lust
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . All Around The Houses . . . . . Truly She Is None Other
THE WEBB BROTHERS . . . . . Some Velvet Morning . . . . . Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
LEE HAZLEWOOD . . . . . Sacrifice . . . . . Cake or Death
GIANT SAND . . . . . Can Do . . . . . proVISIONS
NICK LOWE . . . . . A Man In Love . . . . . At My Age

JOE PUG . . . . . Call It What You Will . . . . . Nation of Heat
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind . . . . . The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
PETER CASE . . . . . I Hear Your Voice . . . . . Beeline
TIM HARDIN . . . . . While Your On Your Way . . . . . Hang on to a Dream: The Verve Recordings V
AN MORRISON . . . . . Glad Tidings . . . . . Moondance
JACKIE WILSON . . . . . (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher . . . . . The Very Best of Jackie Wilson
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS . . . . . (Love Is Like A) Heatwave . . . . .Motown: The Classic Years

This program's first set opened and closed with appropriate tunes for April 15 from Robert Cray and the Beatles. In between were a handful of the many tunes recorded over the years about money, which, after all, is what Tax Day is certainly about. So providing insight on that particular subject were NASA, the Brains, Randy Newman, the Flying Lizards, Wreckless Eric, Bing Crosby and Monty Python.

The next section got off to a melancholy start with the Clientele, but that soon changed with a sublime piece of '60s Pop from one-hit wonder Keith. Sweden's Wannadies clearly have an affection for the sounds of that time, as do Australia's Sleepy Jackson. Another late-'60s favorite from the Buckinghams was next, and then it was the Witch Hazel Sound stetching out the form and leading to a new one from It Hugs Back that maintained the the groove, at least until the final minute, when everything slows down and grows more contemplative. That made for a nice segue to Yo La Tengo serving up one of their specialties, which brought us to Brian Eno from one of my all-time favorite albums to finish it off.

As mentioned during the show, I had a hankering for some Clash, which set us off down a path that led directly to the latest Spoon track; the late '50s rockin' feel on that one quite naturally brought on Eddie Cochran, and then it was Bruce Springsteen working that Bo Diddley beat. The Raveonettes got right to the heart of the matter, followed by Holly Golightly waiting patiently for fate to play itself out. The Webb Brothers covering a Lee Hazlewood tune led to one from his last disc before he passed away in 2007, and then it was Giant Sand with one of their Southwest desert-dry country-rock gems leading to Nick Lowe working in a similar vein to close it out.

A heartbroken Joe Pug kicked off this finale and was followed by Bob Dylan trying to convince himself that his feelings weren't coming from the same place. From there it was Elvis Perkins saying goodbye to all that with a superb track from his latest disc, which led to Peter Case under the spell of somebody special. Tim Hardin followed with a full-band version of one of his better-known songs of romantic uncertainty, which brought on a welcoming Van Morrison with a high-energy shot of R&B that fed perfectly into a pair of soul classics from Jackie Wilson and Martha & the Vandellas to put the capper on this one.

Here's another one from the Clash


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


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