Program #642

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Oliver's Army . . . . . Armed Forces
IKE REILLY . . . . . Sheet Metal Moon . . . . . Sheet Metal Moon
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Seaside Bar Song . . . . . Tracks (4CD)
THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre
THE CONCRETES . . . . . You Can’t Hurry Love . . . . . The Concretes
JULIAN PLENTI . . . . . Unwind . . . . . Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper
THE JANUARIES . . . . . Love Has Flown . . . . . The Januaries
BEBEL GILBERTO . . . . . The Real Thing . . . . . All in One

WILCO . . . . . Handshake Drugs . . . . . A Ghost Is Born
MISSION OF BURMA . . . . . Max Ernst’s Dream . . . . . Onoffon
STEVE EARLE . . . . . The Seeker . . . . . The Revolution Starts...Now
NEKO CASE . . . . . Train From Kansas City . . . . . The Tigers Have Spoken
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . In Your Head . . . . . Slowly But Surely
A BAND OF BEES . . . . . Hourglass . . . . . Free the Bees
A GIRL CALLED EDDY . . . . . The Long Goodbye . . . . . A Girl Called Eddy
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Echo Park . . . . . Our Shadows Will Remain
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . I Don’t Believe You . . . . . i
THE MARBLE TEA . . . . . 3 Minute Pop Songs . . . . . Hoga-Rama EP
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Bath Time In Clerkenwell . . . . . I, Lucifer
BABY DAYLINER . . . . . Raid! . . . . . High Heart & Low Estate
A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . 35 In The Shade . . . . . The Slow Wonder

ARCTIC MONKEYS . . . . . Fake Tales Of San Francisco . . . . . Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
EELS . . . . . Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living) . . . . . Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
FOUR VOLTS . . . . . Hat Trick . . . . . Triple Your Work Force
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . It’s All In My Mind . . . . . Man-Made
I AM KLOOT . . . . . Untitled #1 . . . . . I Am Kloot
AK-MOMO . . . . . Return To N.Y. . . . . . Return to N.Y.
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . How Kind Of You . . . . . Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
JOHN CALE . . . . . Satisfied . . . . . Black Acetate
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Just Another Day . . . . . Another Day on Earth
CLEM SNIDE . . . . . Fill Me With Your Light . . . . . End of Love
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Just Like The Rain . . . . . Coles Corner
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . It’s The Nighttime . . . . . Nashville
THE SHARP THINGS . . . . . These Dreams Of You Are So Much Sweeter Than The Truth . . . . . Foxes and Hounds

The new Ike Reilly release continues to be at the top of my listening pile, and something I noticed early on in the tune we heard here was the piano, which is quite similar to that found on the Elvis Costello & the Attractions song that opened the program. The Reilly track also brought to mind an old Bruce Springsteen nugget that took more than 25 years to be officially released, and that was followed by the Steve Van Zandt-produced title tune from the most recent disc by Norway's Cocktail Slippers. Another Scandinavian band, Sweden's Concretes, offered up a good dose of pop energy propelled by their horn section, and that led to one from Julian Plenti that also features some prominent horns. The Januaries followed with a tune featuring a single trumpet that hits upon a tropical feel at times, which is how we ended up with one from Bebel Gilberto to finish up.

At this point we once again turned to the ongoing review of the decade in music that's been part of the programing here at LDR for the past several weeks. In order to reach the goal of listening to 13 tunes from the years 2000 to 2008 by the time we reach the annual Holiday Extravaganza, it was again necessary to double up—so this time we heard a baker's dozen from 2004 and another 13 from 2005. For more info on the limited guidelines I'm using to choose the tracks we're hearing, you need to go back to the post-show notes from Program 639. And for those who might be finding all of this somewhat tedious, keep in mind that we're well past the halfway point and into the stretch, so hang in there.

Here's another one from Elvis Costello & the Attractions


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.


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