Program #665

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
TOM WAITS . . . . . Live Circus . . . . . Glitter and Doom Live
DAVID BROMBERG . . . . . Sharon . . . . . Demon in Disguise
GROUCHO MARX . . . . . Lydia The Tattooed Lady . . . . . An Evening with Groucho
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Red Dragon Tattoo . . . . . Utopia Parkway
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Cause It’s Love (Saint Parallelogram) . . . . . Olé! Tarantula
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . She Rings The Changes . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . The Heartbreak Rides . . . . . Get Guilty

FINDLAY BROWN . . . . . Love Will Find You . . . . . Love Will Find You
BILLY J. KRAMER & THE DAKOTAS . . . . . Little Children . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1
THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . She’s A Fool . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
GRAHAM PARKER . . . . . It’s My Party (But I Won’t Cry) . . . . . Imaginary Television
SHE & HIM . . . . . In The Sun . . . . . Volume Two
THE BEATLES . . . . . You Won’t See Me . . . . . Rubber Soul (Remastered)
THE TELEPATHIC BUTTERFLIES . . . . . Bonhomie . . . . . Songs from a Second Wave
THE WHO . . . . . Substitute . . . . . Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
THE JAM . . . . . So Sad About Us . . . . . All Mod Cons
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Talk Of The Town . . . . . Pretenders: Live In London

BRASSTRONAUT . . . . . Lo Hi Hopes . . . . . Mt. Chimaera
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . No Cars Go . . . . Neon Bible
TALKING HEADS . . . . . Life During Wartime . . . . . Fear of Music
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Falling Down A Mountain . . . . . Falling Down a Mountain
THE DOORS . . . . . Strange Days . . . . . Strange Days
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . More News From Nowhere . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION . . . . . Let’s Get Friendly . . . . . We Belong to the Staggering Evening
THE REPLACEMENTS . . . . . I Will Dare . . . . . Let It Be
THE STROKES . . . . . Barely Legal . . . . . Is This It
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Rocks Off . . . . . Exile on Main St.
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Homewrecker! . . . . . Discover a Lovelier You
ROXY MUSIC . . . . . Mother Of Pearl . . . . . Stranded
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Just The Same But Brand New . . . . . Magician's Private Library
HOLLY MIRANDA . . . . . Every Time I Go To Sleep . . . . . Magician's Private Library

We began this time with a trip to the circus courtesy of Tom Waits, and from there moved on to the carnival, where David Bromberg told us about Sharon, who "danced like her back had no bones." The one and only Groucho Marx followed with a 1972 rendition of a tune that originally appeared in the Marx Brothers film At The Circus. Then we heard Fountains of Wayne willing to get engraved in order to impress a girl, followed by Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 explaining why that's a reasonable idea, Martin Newell offering a confirmation of that and A.C Newman with some cautionary thoughts on what can happen when things go sour.

Much of Findlay Brown's album from a couple months back has an early-to-mid '60s romantic appeal, including the title track, which was followed here by one from those days that was a big hit for Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas. The Cocktail Slippers covering Leslie Gore from back then led to a new tune from Graham Parker with a title seems clearly inspired by another big Gore hit, and that brought on one from Volume Two by She & Him, which picks up right where Volume One left off. After that we heard some remastered Beatles, which transitioned us nicely to the guitar pop with harmonies from the Telepathic Butterflies that often conjures up the early Who as well. The finishing touches were added by the Jam covering another Who tune into the Pretenders sounding real good off of their new live album.

Brasstronaut is a Canadian band from out Vancouver, BC, way; their debut disc has just been released and it's full of tunes that draw inspiration from a variety of music styles. The track that opened this set alternates between a driving rhythm and jazzy interludes featuring a cool trumpet as it tells a tale of paranoia and escape in what seems to be a war-like setting. Then we heard Arcade Fire hoping to leave for a better place, which was followed by Talking Heads in urgent survival mode. We then circled back to an open jazz-like feel, again with trumpet, from Tindersticks, with a track that manages to sound very much like what it's title describes. And then we finished with an old one from the Doors about the odd times of the late '60s that brought us to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds with a slightly surreal stream-of-consciousness snapshot taken in the moment, as it were.

The finale began with one from the Ike Reilly Assassination looking to hook up followed by the Replacements trying to convince themselves to go for something more. The Strokes brought it back to the strictly salacious, and then we heard the Rolling Stones so jaded and blown out that the only satisfaction to be found is in dreams. From there it was Jarvis Cocker calling them all out followed by Roxy Music feeling ambivalent about their addiction to pleasure, St. Vincent breaking away from the contraints of her relationship and Holly Miranda wrestling with the demons that haunt her waking and dreaming times.

Here's another one from the Replacements


Program #664

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Winter . . . . . Goats Head Soup
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS . . . . . Sometimes In Winter . . . . . Blood, Sweat & Tears
THE AMAZING PILOTS . . . . . The Price Of Winter . . . . . Hello My Captor
CAT POWER . . . . . Empty Shell . . . . . The Greatest
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD . . . . . No Easy Way Down . . . . . Dusty in Memphis
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Hubbard Hill . . . . . Falling Down a Mountain
LOU REED . . . . . Perfect Day . . . . . Transformer

THE POSTMARKS . . . . . I’m In Deep . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
HOLLY MIRANDA . . . . . Sleep On Fire . . . . . Magician's Private Library
JULIAN PLENTI . . . . . Unwind . . . . . Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper
THE POSSIBILITIES . . . . . Now And Then You Appear . . . . . Way Out!
THE SIGHTS . . . . . It’d Be Nice (To Have You Around) . . . . . Got What We Want
THE BEATLES . . . . . That Means A Lot . . . . . Anthology 2
GIRLS . . . . . Headache . . . . . Album
SCOTT WALKER . . . . . The World’s Strongest Man . . . . . It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Slush . . . . . Further Complications

NEKO CASE . . . . . Star Witness . . . . . Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Fourth Time Around . . . . . I'm Not There
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Lonesome Day Blues . . . . . "Love and Theft"
SPOON . . . . . I Saw The Light . . . . . Transference
TOM VERLAINE . . . . . Breakin’ In My Heart . . . . . Tom Verlaine
BECK . . . . . Think I’m In Love . . . . . The Information

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . Le Chat Du Café Des Artists . . . . . Irm
BERTRAND BURGALAT . . . . . Le Pays Imaginaire . . . . . The Sssound of Mmmusic
THE HIGH LLAMAS . . . . . Leaf And Lime . . . . . Beet Maize & Corn
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . In Ear Park . . . . . In Ear Park
EFTERKLANG . . . . . Mirror Mirror . . . . . Magic Chairs
DAVID BYRNE AND BRIAN ENO . . . . . One Fine Day . . . . . Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
TAKEN BY TREES . . . . . Greyest Love Of All . . . . . East of Eden
DAVID QUALEY . . . . . Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring . . . . . Essential Winter's Solstice

As mentioned in the last wrap-up, I'm sick of Winter, especially after the last major snowstorm that blew through recently—full of heart-attack snow, wet and heavy and not fun to shovel. So the program began this time with a trio of relevant tunes from the Rolling Stones, Blood, Sweat & Tears and the Amazing Pilots. Then we heard a new tune from Graham Parker that used some winter imagry and seemed to flow well into one full of hard-earned knowledge about relationships from Cat Power. She always reminds me of Dusty Springfield, and from there Tindersticks offered an instrumental that perfectly set up the Lou Reed track that left us with a subtly menacing end to this opener. Of course, that part of the song was left out when it was used for a TV commercial during the recent Winter Olympics, but that's OK 'cause it was still fun to hear coming out of the television . . . over and over again.

Another ubiquitous commercial from the Olympics was for cat food; it featured a feline wondering through a very trippy animated landscape on its way to an eventual bowl full of product at the end. Accompanying this ad was music that sounded like an homage to (or should that be ripoff of) the Postmarks; I wonder if any of the band members saw it and had the same reaction. After the Postmarks tune we moved on to Holly Miranda's new disc, which features nicely accenting horns on many tracks, including the one we heard here. The Julian Plenti track that followed featues a rather prominent trumpet, and the dense pop feel of that tune brought on one with a similar approach from the Possibilities. Next we heard the Sights sounding a lot like the early Beatles, who followed with a tune from early 1965 that didn't get an official release until more than 30 years had passed. Girls made their romantic intentions clear with one that brought to mind prime Scott Walker, who was an acknowledged influence on Jarvis Cocker (and, in fact, produced the final Pulp album).

This set began with a Neko Case song that has a rhythmic feel remeniscent of a Bob Dylan tune covered here by Yo La Tengo, which was followed by Dylan with a track of recent vintage that always sounds to me as if it would work well among all the other songs from Blonde on Blonde. Spoon was next with one that continues to unwind until the tempo suddenly picks up and rocks out to the end; it segued nicely into Tom Verlaine offering his special brand of guitar magic, which then brought on Beck in an energetic mood to finish up.

Charlotte Gainsbourg's latest disc was produced by Beck, and after hearing her sing in her dad's native tongue we moved to Bertrand Burgalat for some moody French pop. The scene shifted to the British countryside with the High Llamas, and then it was another bucolic setting from Department of Eagles. A new one from Efterklang maintained the mood, which brought on a tune with a more stately appeal from David Byrne and Brian Eno. Finally, Taken By Trees offered a song that has a guitar running through it that consistently calls to mind the well-known portion of Bach's famous cantata, heard here by David Qualey on acoustic guitar.

Here's another one from Lou Reed


Program #663

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . Great News Around You . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . I’m Waiting For The Day . . . . . Pet Sounds
ZEUS . . . . . Marching Through Your Head . . . . . Say Us
LANGHORNE SLIM . . . . . Say Yes . . . . . Be Set Free
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Right Moves . . . . . The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Absolutely Sweet Marie . . . . . Blonde on Blonde
THE CAESARS . . . . . Boo Boo Goo Goo . . . . . Strawberry Weed
THE KINKS . . . . . Tired Of Waiting For You . . . . . Kinda Kinks
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Stop Your Sobbing . . . . . Pretenders: Live In London

JASON COLLETT . . . . . Love Is A Dirty Word . . . . . Rat a Tat Tat
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . All Around The Houses . . . . . The Transgressors
LEE HAZLEWOOD . . . . . Sacrifice . . . . . Cake or Death
THE TRANSGRESSORS . . . . . The Beginning Of The End . . . . . The Transgressors
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl) . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
YOKO ONO & JOHN LENNON . . . . . Walking On Thin Ice . . . . . Double Fantasy
GIL SCOTT-HERON . . . . . Your Soul And Mine . . . . . I'm New Here

HOLLY MIRANDA . . . . . Forest Green Oh Forest Green . . . . . The Magician's Private Library
PULP . . . . . Weeds II (The Origin Of The Species) . . . . . We Love Life
YO LA TENGO . . . . . By Twos . . . . . Popular Songs
CLUSTER & BRIAN ENO . . . . . Old Land . . . . . Old Land
THE MARBLE TEA . . . . . The Center Of The Universe . . . . . A Blizzard / A True Storm
ROKY ERICKSON & OKKERVIL RIVER . . . . . Goodbye Sweet Dreams . . . . . True Love Cast Out All Evil
OASIS . . . . . Falling Down . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Tomorrow Never Knows . . . . . Com Plex

THE BEATLES . . . . . Love You To . . . . . Revolver (Remastered)
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Cardiff In The Sun . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
PINK FLOYD . . . . . Interstellar Overdrive . . . . . The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (40th Anniversary Edition)
CHRIS SPEDDING . . . . . Time Warp . . . . . Guitar Graffiti
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Adventure Rocketship . . . . . Olé! Tarantula
THE SATURN 5 . . . . . Voyage To The Moon . . . . . That Thing You Do!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
THE B-52’S . . . . . Planet Claire . . . . . The B-52's

This one opened with the MInus 5 incorporating a bit of the Beach Boys sound, and they came to mind when I heard the catchy new track from Zeus's debut album that followed. That flowed nicely into my favorite Langhorne Slim tune from last fall's disc, and the energy of that one worked well with Josh Ritter as well as Bob Dylan from his 1966 masterpiece. The Caesars kept it going with a track that has a particularly appealing title, and then we finished with two early KInks tracks—first from the Muswell Hill lads, and then from the Pretenders with the version from their new live disc of the first single they issued in 1979.

After hearing from Zeus in the first set, this section opened with Jason Collett, who has been working with them in recent years and also has a disc coming soon. His new tune has a twangy appeal that laid the groundwork for the tracks by Holly Golightly, Lee Hazlewood, Tindersticks from their latest, and the Transgressors that followed. The galloping pace of that last one was matched by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and the desperate, slashing guitar on their track conjured up John Lennon's work on Yoko Ono's single, which happened to be the last track on which he ever worked and was recorded on the day he was murdered. Finally, it was GIl Scott-Heron meditating on life and death from his terrific new disc to close it out.

Thoughts of Spring's upcoming arrival led to this set's opener from Holly Miranda's darkly enchanting new disc, and the vegetation focus was extended for one more song with an atmospheric track by Pulp. Yo La Tengo maintained the mood, and then Cluster and Brian Eno provided one with an eternal feel that flowed well into a tune from the new Marble Tea EP. After being battered by life for a long time, Roky Erickson has returned to creative work in recent years and has a new disc with Okkervil River coming next month. The advance track we heard seemed to work well into Oasis, and that segued nicely into the Helio Sequence with one of my favorite Beatles cover versions.

We heard the Fab Four with another Revolver track, which brought on Super Furry Animals to take us on a mesmerizing journey to their home base in Wales. From there Pink Floyd shifted the venue out into the heavens, where Chris Spedding proceeded to mess with the space-time continuum and Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 seemed to be doing the same. Saturn V was the name given the rocket that launched the Apollo astronauts to the moon; it's also the name of a fictitious band from the film That Thing You Do!, which was Tom Hanks' first directorial effort. Their Ventures-like tune brought us to the B-52s, who provided an appropriate place to end our journey.

Here's another one from the B-52s


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