Program #641

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
JOHN COOPER CLARKE . . . . . Evidently Chickentown . . . . . Snap, Crackle & Bop
KURT VILE . . . . . Freak Train . . . . . Childish Prodigy
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . More News From Nowhere . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues . . . . . The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall Concert"
IKE REILLY . . . . . Lights Out (Anything Goes) . . . . . Lights Out (Anything Goes)
THE KINKS . . . . . Sunny Afternoon . . . . . The Kink Kronikles
IAN HUNTER . . . . . When The World Was Round . . . . . Shrunken Heads

TOM WAITS . . . . . Singapore . . . . . Glitter and Doom Live
ELIZA CARTHY . . . . . Rolling Sea . . . . . Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys
PROCOL HARUM . . . . . A Salty Dog . . . . . A Salty Dog
THE DECEMBERISTS . . . . . From My Own True Love (Lost At Sea) . . . . . Picaresque
ALELA DIANE & ALINA HARDEN . . . . . I Have Returned . . . . . Alela & Alina
NICK DRAKE . . . . . River Man . . . . . Five Leaves Left
BECK . . . . . Around The Bend . . . . . Sea Change
THE BEATLES . . . . . Within You Without You . . . . . Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Remastered)

YO LA TENGO . . . . . Today Is The Day . . . . . Today Is the Day
PAUL WESTERBERG . . . . . Making It Go . . . . . Come Feel Me Tremble
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Coma Girl . . . . . Streetcore
BLACK LIPSTICK . . . . . Serpentz . . . . . Converted Thieves
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Stacy’s Mom . . . . . Welcome Interstate Managers
THE SLEEPY JACKSON . . . . . This Day . . . . . Lovers
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS . . . . . Loose Translation . . . . . Electric Version
YEAH YEAH YEAHS . . . . . Y Control . . . . . Fever to Tell
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Fall Dog Bombs The Moon . . . . . Reality
SUKILOVE . . . . . As Long As I Survive Tonight . . . . . Sukilove
EELS . . . . . Rock Hard Times . . . . . Shootenanny!
JOE HENRY . . . . . Your Side Of My World . . . . . Tiny Voices
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . September When It Comes . . . . . Rules of Travel

This one began with a bunch of tunes featuring folks who are struggling to make sense of situations they find themseles stuck within, starting with John Cooper Clarke's lament about a particular place that's set to a spare, almost metronomic drum beat. This burg could certainly be a stop on Kurt Vile's favored method of transporation, where you might find yourself in the midst of a group simlar to the one populating the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds track that followed, which certainly recalls a number of Bob Dylan classics, including the one we heard here. That led to a new Ike Reilly tune about a guy struggling to maintain a grip after his family has broken apart, and the rhythmic feel of that one brought to mind an old Kinks song that's also about someone who's pretty much bottomed out. Summing it all up was Ian Hunter, clearly not pleased with much of what he's been observing about the world we live in these days.

Tom Waits opened this section with his own special take on the sailor's life from the new live disc, and it was followed by a trio of seaworthy tales from Eliza Carthy, Procol Harum and the Decemberists. The tune from Alela & Alina that followed worked well as a response to the Decemberists' song, and then we moved on to a stunning Nick Drake track that's always seemed to me to be about someone who feels terribly disconnected from the world in which he exists. The same could be said for the Beck song that followed, which I think not coincidentally bears a strong musical resemblance to the tune that preceded it. It also features some strings at the end that brought to mind the Beatles and George Harrison's contribution to Sgt. Pepper, which is about the connections that exist between us all, whether or not they're recognized.

The remainder of this show was given over to another installment of the decade in music, which we started reliving a few weeks back on a year by year basis. This time around the focus was on 2003, and so far I've managed to stick to my original decision and limit each year's output to a lucky 13 songs. (If you'd like, you can review the reasoning behind this decision in the notes for Program #639.) Up next, 2004 and 2005.

Here's another one (actually two) from the Kinks


Program #640

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
IKE REILLY . . . . . The War On The Terror And The Drugs . . . . . The War On The Terror And Drugs
JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Acid Tongue . . . . . Acid Tongue
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Shampoo . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
THE WALLFLOWERS . . . . . 6th Avenue Heartache . . . . . Bringing Down the Horse
OASIS . . . . . I’m Outta Time . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul

JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Mega Bottle Ride . . . . . Global a Go-Go
SHEA SEGER . . . . . May Street . . . . . May Street Project
THE STROKES . . . . . Soma . . . . . Is This It
THE MINDERS . . . . . Right As Rain . . . . . Golden Street
THE ORANGE PEELS . . . . . Mystery Lawn . . . . . So Far
THE WHITE STRIPES . . . . . We’re Going To Be Friends . . . . . White Blood Cells
THE SHINS . . . . . Know Your Onion . . . . . Oh, Inverted World
LLOYD COLE & THE NEGATIVES . . . . . Impossible Girl . . . . . The Negatives
PULP . . . . . Bad Cover Version . . . . . We Love Life
NICK LOWE . . . . . Between Dark And Dawn . . . . . The Convincer
TAJ MAHAL . . . . . My Creole Belle . . . . . Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Floater (Too Much To Ask) . . . . . "Love and Theft"
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . Your Day Will Come . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin

GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . Any Road . . . . . Brainwashed
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Everyone Says Hi . . . . . Heathen
LEMON JELLY . . . . . Nice Weather For Ducks . . . . . Lost Horizons
THE FLAMING LIPS . . . . . Do You Realize? . . . . . Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
SUPERGRASS . . . . . Grace . . . . . Life on Other Planets
BRENDAN BENSON . . . . . You’re Quiet . . . . . Lapalco
THE SIGHTS . . . . . It’d Be Nice (To Have You Around) . . . . . Got What We Want
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Something Is . . . . . . . . Late Night Final
WILCO . . . . . Jesus, Etc. . . . . . Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Waiting On A Sunny Day . . . . . The Rising
BETH ORTON . . . . . Concrete Sky . . . . . Daybreaker
INTERPOL . . . . . Obstacle 2 . . . . . Turn on the Bright Lights
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Like Being Born . . . . . Kissin' Time

Ike Reilly writes songs that combine the personal and the political, and adds a healthy dose of social commentary and humor. Once upon a time he would have been full-blown rock star because of his talent, back when that label wasn't achieved almost solely through marketing and hype, but those days are long gone and we should be happy that he's able to put his work out there for those of us interested enough to go looking for it. After opening with one from his new disc, we heard Jenny Lewis and Elvis Perkins with a couple of tunes that lean much more to the personal, although in a somewhat more obscure manner than the tracks from the Wallflowers and Oasis that closed out this set.

The remainder of this program was devoted to the years 2001 and 2002, as we continue to look back at the past decade in music before all the sands run out. The parameters I've concocted for this can be found in the notes that accompany Program #639, and they're not extensive at all so it might be worth the extra couple of minutes of your time if you're curious about the details. So far I've been enjoying the results (Yeah, I listen to my own show, but it makes sense if you think about it—after all, I only play music I like.) and I hope you have as well.


Program #639

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . Sing The Changes . . . . . Good Evening New York City [2 CD + 1 DVD Combo]
ALL SMILES . . . . . Words Of Wisdom . . . . . Oh For The Getting and Not Letting Go
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead
THE GANG OF FOUR . . . . . I Found That Essence Rare . . . . . Entertainment
PAUL WELLER . . . . . Come On/Let’s Go . . . . . As Is Now
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Johnny Appleseed . . . . . Global a Go-Go

HOPE SANDAVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS . . . . . Blanchard . . . . . Through the Devil Softly
BLACK WHALES . . . . . Origins . . . . . Origins
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . All Tomorrow’s Parties . . . . . The Velvet Underground & Nico
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Antenna . . . . . The Eternal
BRIAN ENO . . . . . No One Receiving . . . . . Before and After Science
BIG PINK . . . . . Dominos . . . . . A Brief History of Love

HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . Nobody’s Baby Now . . . . . The Silence of Love
JORMA KAUKONEN . . . . . Genesis . . . . . Quah
KURT VILE . . . . . Blackberry Song . . . . . Childish Prodigy
INARA GEORGE . . . . . Where To Go . . . . . Where to Go
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
THE FACES . . . . . Ooh La La . . . . . Ooh La La

XTC . . . . . Stupidly Happy . . . . . Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)
WEEN . . . . . Even If You Don’t . . . . . White Pepper
BADLY DRAWN BOY . . . . . Another Pearl . . . . . The Hour of Bewilderbeast
DRESSY BESSY . . . . . California . . . . . The California EP [CD on Demand]
THE AVALANCHES . . . . . Since I Left You . . . . . Since I Left You
BERTRAND BURGALAT . . . . . TSOM . . . . . The Sssound of Mmmusic
THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE . . . . . Sailor . . . . . Zero: Songs From the Album Bravery, Repetition and Noise
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . The Model . . . . . Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Madeline . . . . . And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
PJ HARVEY . . . . . Beautiful Feelings . . . . . Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
ELLIOTT SMITH . . . . . Everything Means Nothing To Me . . . . . Figure 8
MARAH . . . . . Barstool Boys . . . . . Kids in Philly
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Things Have Changed . . . . . Wonder Boys: Music from the Motion Picture (2000 Film)

This program set sail with a track from Paul McCartney's new live release that originally appeared on last year's Fireman disc, and the forward momentum of that one reminded me of a tune from last summer's All Smiles album. Maintaining the energy was the Helio Sequence, and then we heard the Gang of Four adding a bit of social commentary to the mix followed by Paul Weller feeling the love and Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros offering some peals of wisdom to close out this opener.

The mood changed in this section with Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions looking back on some unpleasant memories followed by Black Whales pleased to be free and clear of entanglements. Their tune recalls an old Velvet Underground favorite about what's lost or forgotten that shares a connection the Sonic Youth track that followed, and from there we heard Brian Eno extending the theme before the Big Pink finished up with a rhythmically compatible tune from their recent debut.

We began here with Headless Heroes covering a mournful Nick Cave tune, and followed it with a beautiful acoustic track from Jorma Kaukonen featuring some flowing finger picking that fed nicely into one from Kurt Vile's latest disc that's in a similar vein. From there we heard Inara George trying to get her bearings, which led to Elvis Perkins having found his in a song with a rhythmic guitar pattern that conjured up one of a favorite from the Faces.

As the calendar turned to December, it occurred to me that not just the year but also the decade was quickly coming to a close, and I was overcome with a desire to create a musical accounting for all that time. Normally the last show of every year is given over to as many tunes from the past 12 months as I can cram into three hours, but even with the additional time over our regular two-plus hours together there are still some tracks that get left out. That's why I didn't want to devote every remaining show to the years 2000 to 2008, and even if I did it would have been impossible, as their simply aren't enough slots left to make it work. So as was mentioned on the program, I decided that a dozen tracks seemed a reasonable amount to devote to each year, but then I couldn't make that last final cut, so it became a baker's dozen instead. That's how we ended the this program, with the year 2000 in 13 tunes, and as was also mentioned at the time, this was just a snapshot of the year, nothing definitive or best of about the list, no order other than searching for the best flow (as is always the case), and probably most important of all after sifting through a lot of stuff, these were the tracks I felt like hearing at that moment. Still, not a bad list, if I do say so myself. And we will continue on with 2001 to 2008 in upcoming programs, which will take us to the annual Holiday Extravaganza followed by a look back at this past year in music to close out 2009.

Here's another one from Paul McCartney


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