Program #587

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE BEATLES . . . . . Strawberry Fields Forever . . . . . Magical Mystery Tour
AK-MOMO . . . . . Woman To Control . . . . . Return to N.Y.
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Away With Murder . . . . . My Maudlin Career
THE ORANGE PEELS . . . . . The Pattern On The Wall . . . . . So Far
A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . The Heartbreak Rides . . . . . Get Guilty
TODD RUNDGREN . . . . . Couldn’t I Just Tell You . . . . . Something/Anything?
THE CAESARS . . . . . Strawberry Weed . . . . . Strawberry Weed

ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Sulphur To Sugarcane . . . . . Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS . . . . . Milk Shakin’ Momma . . . . . Original Recordings
VICTORIA SPIVEY & HER CHICAGO FOUR . . . . . Any-Kind-A-Man . . . . . Blues Masters, Vol. 11: Classic Blues Women
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON . . . . . Bring It On Home . . . . . The Best of Chess Blues, Vol. 2
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Jolene . . . . . Together Through Life
MIKE BLOOMFIELD & AL KOOPER . . . . . That’s All Right . . . . . Live Adventures Of Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper
BOOKER T. . . . . . Potato Hole . . . . . Potato Hole
JAMES BROWN . . . . . Licking Stick-Licking Stick . . . . . Star Time (4CD)

HERMAN’S HERMITS . . . . . No Milk Today . . . . . Herman's Hermits - Their Greatest Hits
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Goodbye . . . . . The Postmarks
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . 123 Goodbye . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Two Weeks . . . . . Veckatimest
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . I’m Waiting For The Day . . . . . Pet Sounds
THE SINGLES . . . . . I’ll Be Good To You . . . . . Better Than Before
COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . Anything You Want . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS . . . . . Hungry . . . . . Paul Revere & The Raiders - Greatest Hits
MARY WEISS . . . . . My Heart Is Beating . . . . . Dangerous Game
MEAT LOAF . . . . . You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) . . . . . Bat Out of Hell

JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Leftovers . . . . . Further Complications
LOU REED . . . . . A Gift . . . . . Coney Island Baby
EEF BARZELAY . . . . . How Dare They . . . . . Lose Big
PJ HARVEY & JOHN PARISH . . . . . Passionless, Pointless . . . . . A Woman A Man Walked By
ST. VINCENT . . . . . The Party . . . . . Actor
KATE BUSH . . . . . Wuthering Heights . . . . . The Kick Inside
MONTY PYTHON . . . . . Novel Writing (Live From Wessex) . . . . . Matching Tie and Handkerchief

An old favorite from the Beatles kicked this one off, and the distinctive mellotron that is heard throughout was echoed in the AK-MOMO track that followed. A tune with a nice hook from Camera Obscura shifted the empahasis more in a pop direction, which was emphasized by the Orange Peels track that followed. A.C. Newman continued down that path and fed into one of Todd Rundgren's three-minute pop specialties, and then it was the Caesars bringing us right back to where we started, more or less, with the title tune from their last disc.

This next section began with a new one from Elvis Costello that's essentially a risque travelogue of a good portion of America set to a sound that immediately conjured up Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. From there the sexual innuendo just kept on coming, with Victoria Spivey & her Chicago Four from 1936 leading to some Chicago blues by Sonny Boy Williamson from 1963. That sound was carried on with one from Bob Dylan's latest that borrows a title from Dolly Parton, and then it was Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield covering an Arthur "Big Boy" Cruddup number that's been done by many over the years. Then it was the title track from Booker T.'s latest disc adding a bit of funk to the mix before James Brown took us even deeper to close it out.

Some British Invasion pop from Herman's Hermits led off a set that moved from forlorn to hopeful in affairs of the heart by the time it was over. So we had the Postmarks with the big kissoff from their first disc followed by Elvis Perkins with what appears to be the ultimate farewell. A new one from Grizzly Bear seemed to offer a sliver of possibility, and then it was the Beach Boys trying the patient route. The Singles track that followed starts with a bit of a tribute to the Beach Boys vocal harmonies and then goes on to promise only the best; from there the Cocktail Slippers take it one step further; Paul Revere & the Raiders have an appetite that needs sating; Mary Weiss has a few stipulations that must be met; and Meat Loaf is ready to commit (even if she does say that to all the guys).

The final section started three examples of sly humor in song, beginning with Jarvis Cocker pulling out all his best paleontology-related lines while attempting to pick up a woman he met at a museum followed by Lou Reed explaining why the ladies like him so much and Eef Barzelay observing the lengths that self-possession can go. From there the mood turned darker with PJ Harvey and John Parish, and then it was St. Vincent either unsure or ambivalent (or maybe both) about the situation she's in followed by a trip into pure romance with Kate Bush condensing Emily Bronte's novel into four-plus minutes, which is how we ended up at Monty Python's brilliant sketch that presents Thomas Hardy writing his latest novel as a sporting event as seen throught the eyes of TV announcers.

Here's another one from Todd Rundgren


Program #586

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright . . . . . Bridge Over Troubled Water
THE DECEMBERISTS . . . . . Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect . . . . . Castaways and Cutouts
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Thru’ These Architects Eyes . . . . . Outside
VAMPIRE WEEKEND . . . . . Mansard Roof . . . . . Vampire Weekend
BLUR . . . . . Country House . . . . . The Best of Blur
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Hoover Factory . . . . . Get Happy!!
RADIOHEAD . . . . . House Of Cards . . . . . In Rainbows
LEONARD COHEN & U2 . . . . . Tower Of Song . . . . . Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

BOB DYLAN . . . . . This Dream Of You . . . . . Together Through Life
DWIGHT YOAKAM . . . . . Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room . . . . . Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . Stop The World And Let Me Off . . . . . Country Club
ROY ORBISON . . . . . (All I Can Do Is) Dream You . . . . . A Black & White Night
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . Through Sun And Wine . . . . . Cody's Dream
MARK PICKEREL AND HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . The Last Leaves . . . . . Cody's Dream
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Other Towns And Cities . . . . . My Maudlin Career
ELLIE GREENWICH . . . . . You Don’t Know . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 2

GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Cheerleader . . . . . Veckatimest
XTC . . . . . Wonderland . . . . . Mummer
JIMI HENDRIX . . . . . Drifting . . . . . Jimi Hendrix " The Cry Of Love " / " War Heroes " 2 Full LPs on 1 CD
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Cardiff In The Sun . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
CREAM . . . . . White Room . . . . . Wheels of Fire
WIN WIN WINTER . . . . . We Came From Stereos . . . . . A Brief History Of...
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Word Day . . . . . Inside Your Guitar

POLLY SCATTERGOOD . . . . . Please Don’t Touch . . . . . Polly Scattergood
THE ANGELS . . . . . My Boyfriend’s Back . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
RILO KILEY . . . . . Smoke Detector . . . . . Under the Blacklight
THE BEATLES . . . . . Hold Me Tight . . . . . With the Beatles
THE TELEPATHIC BUTTERFLIES . . . . . The Cutting Elm . . . . . Songs from a Second Wave
OUTKAST . . . . . Hey Ya . . . . . Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below
EELS . . . . . Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living) . . . . . Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
SHIRLEY ELLIS . . . . . The Clapping Song . . . . . The Complete Congress Recordings

I saw an article about the Guggenheim Museum in NYC kicking off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration with an exhibit on Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed that one-of-a-kind building, and that immediately conjured up the old Simon & Garfunkel tune. From there it was a selectiono of tunes that touch on architects and/or buildings from the likes of the Decemberists, David Bowie, Blur, Elvis Costello & the Attractions and Radiohead. To finish up we had Leonard Cohen accompanied by U2 from the soundtrack to the documentary on LC that came out a few years back; I think I like this version better than the original, and the image created by the tune's title remains as powerful as when I first heard it more than two decades ago.

This next section began with one from Bob Dylan's latest that prominently features David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on accordian, an instrument that's also used to great effect in the Dwight Yoakam track that followed. The pain of love lost continued with John Doe and the Sadies, even as they added some twang to the mix, and then it was Roy Orbison surrounded by an all-star cast of musicians with a driving take on a Billy Burnette/Tom Malloy number. After a short dose of optimism from Holly Golightly, we had Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands insisting that his girl must go followed by Camera Obscura feeling some regret after the fact seguing into an archetype of '60s girl group songs by Ellie Greenwich, who wrote more than her fair share along with Jeff Barry way back when.

Grizzly Bear has a brand new disc coming out on Tuesday, and so far I've only heard a couple of tracks, both of which are very appealing. The one that opened this set brought to mind an old XTC tune that has an organic feel with a light touch, and the Jimi Hendrix song that followed sort of floats away altogether. Super Furry Animals were next with a trippy one from their new album, and then it was Cream with one of their classic psychedelic/blues numbers into one from Win Win Winter's eclectic debut EP that has a bit of Cream in it, which seemed to flow nicely into some energetic guitar pop from last month's initial release by It Hugs Back.

Another piece of new music kicked off this final section; what grabbed me with this track by Polly Scattergood were the handclaps, which admittedly I'm a sucker for, as evidenced by everything that followed. So we had the Angels big hit from 1963; Rilo Kiley have some fun with double entendre; the Beatles from the early days, when they were particulary enamored of the effect created by two hands coming together; the Telepathic Butterflies using a small burst toward the end of their tune for added empahsis; Andre 3000 of Outkast having so much fun he can't keep his hands apart; E of Eels using the claps as a sardonic counterpoint to the words he's singing; and Shirley Ellis providing a logical conclusion to the whole mess.

Here's another one from Jimi Hendrix


Program #585

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
FEDERICO AUBELE . . . . . Luna y Sol . . . . . Causes 2
SEU JORGE . . . . . Life On Mars . . . . . The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship . . . . . Heathen
JANELLE MONAE . . . . . Sincerely, Jane . . . . . Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)(LP w/Bonus Disc)
KLAATU . . . . . Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft . . . . . Klaatu/Hope
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE . . . . . Have You Seen The Saucers? . . . . . 2400 Fulton Street

BRASSTRONAUT . . . . . Old World Lies . . . . . Old World Lies
RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . Sail Away . . . . . Sail Away
THE BAND . . . . . The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down . . . . . Rock of Ages
NEIL YOUNG . . . . . Powerderfinger . . . . . Weld (2 disc set)
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Thin Blue Flame . . . . . Animal Years
PETE SEEGER AND LARRY LONG . . . . . Well May The World Go . . . . . If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2

JOHN LENNON . . . . . Remember . . . . . John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . “Further Complications.” . . . . . Further Complications
NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . My World . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
THE STRAWBS . . . . . Simple Visions . . . . . Deep Cuts
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE . . . . . Section 27 (Mental Caberet) . . . . . The Fragile Army
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Mt. . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
XTC . . . . . The Disappointed . . . . . Nonsuch
PATRICK WOLF . . . . . Bluebells . . . . . The Magic Position

JOE HENRY . . . . . Wave . . . . . Civilians
ST. VINCENT . . . . . The Neighbors . . . . . Actor
SHEA SEGER . . . . . May Street . . . . . May Street Project
ANTONY & BRYCE DESSNOR . . . . . I Was Young When I Left Home . . . . . Dark Was the Night
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Life Is Hard . . . . . Together Through Life
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Forest And Sands . . . . . My Maudlin Career
PORTER WAGONER . . . . . The Cold Hard Facts Of Life . . . . . Cold Hard Facts Of Life/Soul Of A Convict

Music from Argentina, or more precisely froma an Argentine musician, is where this show began. Federico Aubele is new to me, and I like the reggae-inflected track he contributed to the recently released disc that is donating all profits to organizations trying to help the people who are suffering in the Darfur region of Africa. From there it was another South American, Seu Jorge, working some magic on a David Bowie tune, which led to the Thin White Duke covering a Legendary Stardust Cowboy song. At this point you may have noticed a theme tucked in among the sound; the inspiration was some video I saw of the space shuttle astronauts repairing the Hubble telescope. That kind of stuff still mesmerizes me, and if I were an independently wealthy types who have more cash than they know what to do with, you can bet I'd be booking a seat on one of those vehicles that will be taking people into outer space sooner than you may think. Anyway, the rest of this set included one from Janelle Monae that seems to be about recalling an alien back to her home planet; an old one from Klaatu, a mostly forgotten Canadian band who received a lot of attention when this track first appeared because some folks thought it was the Beatles in disguise; and the Jefferson Airplane trying to rally the troops by means of the big picture.

A little free association from the opening section led to Brasstronaut, a band new to me whose ep will be availabe on June 2. That disc's title track set us down a path through history that included Randy Newman's blackly humorous take on the slave trade, the Band's Civil War tale, Neil Young's drama that feels as if its set in the same time period (even though that's not made clear), Josh Ritter's amazing impressionistic tour de force on the Iraq war and Pete Seeger with Larry Long ending it on a note of positivity as only he can.

John Lennon from his first solo effort initiated a set that involved a little bit of personal evaluation and review, as exemplified by the new one from Jarvis Cocker that followed. Then it was the New York Dolls from their latest with a track that conjured up the Strawbs—two bands not normally mentioned in the same sentence, at least up until now. From there it was the Polyphonic Spree seemingly on their way, although where to is not really clear, and Super Furry Animals from their latest overcoming obstacles in their path. Finally we had XTC acknowledging the sad truth and Patrick Wolf coming to grips with a toxic relationship that must stay broken.

The final section began with a Joe Henry track about a personal journey and the instability it had on family, and followed it with one from St. Vincent where Annie Clark is anxious about the instability she feels on a regular basis. The general sound of that track brought to mind Shea Seger from her one and only disc, and the recollections of home as a child on that one flowed nicely into Antony with Bryce Dessner covering an old Bob Dylan tune. Then it was Mr. D from his latest lamenting the loss of his love, Camera Obscura expecting the worst and Porter Wagoner getting blindsided by the awful truth. After that, there was nothing left to do but shut out the lights.

Here's another one from Bob Dylan and the Band


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