Program #595

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . It Must Be Summer . . . . . Utopia Parkway
CHRIS STAMEY . . . . . Summer Sun . . . . . D.I.Y.: Come Out And Play - American Power Pop (1975-78)
JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS . . . . . That Summer Feeling . . . . . Jonathan Sings
CHAD & JEREMY . . . . . A Summer Song . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1
THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS . . . . . Summerland . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . Green-Gold Girl Of Summer . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
THE FLAMING LIPS . . . . . It’s Summertime . . . . . Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
JANE’S ADDICTION . . . . . Summertime Rolls . . . . . Nothing's Shocking
THE JANUARIES . . . . . Summer Of Love . . . . . The Januaries

JOHNNY RIVERS . . . . . Summer Rain . . . . . Secret Agent Man: The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964-2006
FRANK SINATRA . . . . . Summer Wind . . . . . Nothing But The Best
EVAN DANDO & SABRINA BROOKE . . . . . Summer Wine . . . . . Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
YO LA TENGO . . . . . The Summer . . . . . Fakebook
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . A Summer Wasting . . . . . The Boy with the Arab Strap
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Summer Nights . . . . . Marianne Faithfull's Greatest Hits
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . Balmy Night . . . . . In Ear Park
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . Summertime . . . . . Subtitulo
ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Surfer Girl . . . . . Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys
THE RAMONES . . . . . Rockaway Beach . . . . . Rocket to Russia
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES . . . . . On The Beach . . . . . Restless Heart
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III . . . . . The Swimming Song . . . . . Attempted Mustache
BLOTTO . . . . . I Wanna Be A Lifeguard . . . . . Collected Works

ART BRUT . . . . . Summer Job . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
LAND OF TALK . . . . . Summer Special . . . . . Applause Cheer Boo Hiss
THE BREAKUP SOCIETY . . . . . The Summer Of Joycelyn May . . . . . James at 35
THE WHO . . . . . Summertime Blues . . . . . Monterey International Pop Festival
NRBQ . . . . . Rain At The Drive-in . . . . . Grooves in Orbit
THE RASPBERRIES . . . . . Drivin’ Around . . . . . Capitol Collectors Series
THE DRIFTERS . . . . . Under The Boardwalk . . . . . The Incredible Soul Collection
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Girls In Their Summer Clothes . . . . . Magic
PERCY FAITH . . . . . Theme From “A Summer Place” . . . . . Percy Faith's Greatest Hits
SAINT ETIENNE . . . . . Summerisle . . . . . Finisterre
THE STYLE COUNCIL . . . . . Long Hot Summer . . . . . Long Hot Summer
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE . . . . . Hot Fun In The Summertime . . . . . Essential Sly & Family Stone
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS . . . . . Dancing In The Streets . . . . . Motown: The Classic Years

It seems for most of us that the personal summer soundtracks we recall are more about the songs of the moment than anything directly related to those three months that come around in the middle of each year. At the same time, the season has inspired more tunes than the other three periods of the year combined. So it creates a conflict, at least when it comes to programming a radio show celebrating the onset of summer. Do we hear my favorite songs from past summers, or instead sample from the wide selection available that are directly related to the season itself?

In the past I've chosen the latter route, and as you can see from this playlist I decided once again to stick with that idea. Perhaps it's a little less intimate, but it certainly feels more inclusive and, perhaps most important of all, I really enjoy playing and listening to these songs. I hope you did as well.

Here's one more summer song


Program #594

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . On The Road Again . . . . . Bringing It All Back Home
DEER TICK . . . . . Straight Into A Storm . . . . . Born On Flag Day
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . Stop The World And Let Me Off . . . . . Country Club
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Don’t Lose Faith In Me . . . . . Break Up the Concrete
DEREK AND THE DOMINOES . . . . . Anyday . . . . . Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
OTIS RUSH . . . . . So Many Roads, So Many Trains . . . . . The Best of Chess Blues, Vol. 2
CAT POWER . . . . . Woman Left Lonely . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . Ain’t Know Sunshine . . . . . Change Is Gonna Come Sessions

OASIS . . . . . To Be Where There’s Life . . . . . Cloud Nine
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . When We Was Fab . . . . . Cloud Nine
BECK . . . . . Chemtrails . . . . . Modern Guilt
THE ELECTRIC PRUNES . . . . . I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night . . . . . Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Calming The Snake . . . . . The Eternal
THE AMBOY DUKES . . . . . Journey To The Center Of The Mind . . . . . Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
THE CAESARS . . . . . In Orbit . . . . . Teenage Kicks
THE ONLY ONES . . . . . Another Girl, Another Planet . . . . . Teenage Kicks

THE HIGH DIALS . . . . . Master Of The Clouds . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
M. WARD . . . . . Stars Of Leo . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Hey . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . It’s Now Or Never . . . . . The Number One Hits
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Dance With Me . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN &THE E STEET BAND . . . . . Rosalita . . . . . Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2CD)

AIR . . . . . Somewhere Between Waking And Sleeping . . . . . Pocket Symphony
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Julie With . . . . . . . . Before and After Science
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Dory . . . . . Veckatimest
JOSEPH ARTHUR & THE LONELY ASTRONAUTS . . . . . Take Me Home . . . . . Let's Just Be
NICK DRAKE . . . . . Northern Sky . . . . . Bryter Layter
HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . See My Love . . . . . The Silence of Love
TOM RUSH . . . . . Shadow Dream Song . . . . . The Circle Game
EELS . . . . . All The Beautiful Things . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Suzanne . . . . . Live In London

We began this time with a Bob Dylan track that floated out of the mist after my first listen to the Deer Tick tune that followed, which clarified the dissatisfaction expressed through humor in the Dylan song into something more painful and real. John Doe & the Sadies then took it to an extreme, followed by the Pretenders seeking a solution from the opposite direction. The sound started shifting to the blues with Derek & the Dominos attemping to look on the bright side, but that quickly changed with Otis Rush contemplating which path to travel, Cat Power feeling the pain of the one left behind and Bettye LaVette from a brand new release pretty much doing the same.

Kicking off this section was Oasis offering the latest evidence of the Beatles continual influence on their music, and then we had George Harrison wryly looking back at his time inside the hurricane that was the Fab Four. Beck having some fun with late '60s psychedelia was followed by the Electric Prunes big hit from that period. Sonic Youth from their latest conjured up another late '60s hallucination from the Amboy Dukes, which led to another kind of trip from the Caesars before the Only Ones took us to a different world altogether to finish up.

After some nice twangy guitar pop from the High Dials to open this section we moved on to one with more of an acoustic emphasis from M. Ward followed by Elvis Perkins introducing a bit of a Southwest/Mexican rhythm to the mix. Then it was another Elvis P and a tune that was built on "O Solo Mio," best associated once upon a time with Enrico Caruso. From there we had the Old 97's continuing the Latin-influenced sounds, as did Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band from their first-ever show across the pond in the fall of 1975.

A tune from Air with a title that perfectly describes the atmosphere it creates began this final set, and from there it was a Brian Eno track that has a similar effect: the song's lyrics detail a man and woman's languid boat excursion, and the music invites you to drift away with them. Grizzly Bear with another one full of water and boat images led to Joseph Arthur & the Lonely Astronauts looking for some assistance and Nick Drake finally breaking through into the light. The early '70s pop feel of that one was echoed in the Headless Heroes track that followed even as the mood turned more regretful; from there it was Tom Rush with an early Jackson Browne tune into a sad but lovely new one from Eels before Leonard Cohen finished it all off with a live version of the tune that first brought him to prominence.

Here's another one from Elvis Perkins


Program #593

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Malibu Gas Station . . . . . The Eternal
MISSION OF BURMA . . . . . Max Ernst’s Dream . . . . . Onoffon
ROBERT POLLARD . . . . . Supernatural Car Lover . . . . . Normal Happiness
LOVE IS CHEMICALS . . . . . Over Land Over Sea . . . . . Song of the Summer Youth Brigade
THE NAZZ . . . . . Open My Eyes . . . . . Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Where Do You Wanna Go . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
PETER BJORN AND JOHN . . . . . Just The Past . . . . . Living Thing
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . Let ’Em In . . . . . At The Speed Of Sound

BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby . . . . . Change Is Gonna Come Sessions
T=BONE WALKER . . . . . Why Not . . . . . T-Bone Blues
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . That’s How Strong My Love Is . . . . . Out of Our Heads
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . My Maudlin Career . . . . . My Maudlin Career
MARILYN MONROE . . . . . I’m Through With Love . . . . . Anthology
THE SUPREMES . . . . . You Can’t Hurry Love . . . . . Motown: The Classic Years
EELS . . . . . Beginner’s Luck . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
NEIL YOUNG . . . . . Be With You . . . . . Are You Passionate?
BOOKER T. . . . . . Space City . . . . . Potato Hole

MIKE NESS . . . . . Rest Of Our Lives . . . . . Cheating at Solitaire
DEER TICK . . . . . Friday XIII . . . . . Born On Flag Day
THE WHITE STRIPES . . . . . It’s True That We Love One Another . . . . . Elephant
PORTER WAGONER & DOLLY PARTON . . . . . Better Move It On Home . . . . .
JOHN DOE . . . . . The Golden State . . . . . A Year in the Wilderness
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Working On A Dream . . . . . Working on a Dream
GLEN CAMPBELL . . . . . Wichita Lineman . . . . . The Legacy (1961-2002)
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . The Nights Are Cold . . . . . Late Night Final
ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN . . . . . Something To Believe . . . . . Sunday at Devil Dirt
ROD STEWART . . . . . Reason To Believe . . . . . Every Picture Tells a Story

GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Ready, Able . . . . . Veckatimest
ST. VINCENT . . . . . The Bed . . . . . Actor
PAUL SIMON . . . . . Another Galaxy . . . . . Surprise
JOHN CALE . . . . . Zen . . . . . Hobo Sapiens
THE BEATLES . . . . . Tomorrow Never Knows . . . . . Revolver (Remastered)
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . I’m Falling . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
THE KINKS . . . . . Wonder Boy . . . . . The Kink Kronikles

This one opened with a Sonic Youth track from their latest that features some of the dynamic kinetic energy they've managed to maintain for decades; it was followed by tunes from Mission of Burma and Robert Pollard with a similar feel, although Pollard's song has a bit more of a melodic touch. That continued with one from Love Is Chemicals, and then it was back to the '60s for the Nazz, Todd Rundgren's first band to gain any attention, mostly through the tune we heard here. Super Furry Animals increased the brightness quotient, and then it was Peter Bjorn and John with a rhythmically appealing track from their latest that immediately conjured up an old Paul McCartney tune from the Wings days.

The remarkable Bettye LaVette has a new six-song EP that is available only as a digital release, and on it she covers on old Jimmy Reed tune, which was followed here by T-Bone Walker doing that easy swinging blues that he did so well. Then it was the Rolling Stones from the early days covering a tune most associated with Otis Redding followed by Camera Obscura with the title track from their excellent recent album of sad songs about a relationship heading off the rails. Marilyn Monroe took that idea to its logical conclusion with a song she performed in Some Like It Hot, and then it was the Supremes not only not giving up but impatient for love. A new one from Eels features a very similar bass line, and from there we had Neil Young paying homage to Booker T. & the MG's and the Stax sound of Memphis followed by Booker T. from his new disc where he's joined by Neil along with the Drive-By Truckers.

Mike Ness from his first disc without Social Distortion got this section off to a rollicking start with a nice bit of rockabilly, and from there we had a quartet of tunes featuring vocals shared by a man and a woman. They began with Deer Tick joined by Liz Isenberg, moved on to one with a lighthearted touch from the White Stripes with Holly Golightly (actually both Jack and Meg White were on vocals, so a bonus girl on that one), got even dumber with Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton (sorry, I couldn't resist) and finished with a great rocker from John Doe along with Kathleen Edwards. The loving yet realistic relationship described in that tune could easily be the dream that Bruce Springsteen is working on, and from the first time I heard it something in that one brought up Glen Campbell's late '60s hit. Richard Hawley's tune also works that way as well, and the sadness in that one carried on to the Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan tune that followed before Rod Stewart covering Tim Hardin brought a touch of optimism to the close.

Tracks from the new Grizzly Bear and St. Vincent albums offered a beautifully moody start to this final set, and from there Paul Simon sent us out into the universe and John Cale did the same, although by means of a different path. A song by the Beatles reflecting John Lennon's perusal of the Tibetan Book of the Dead led to Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 in freefall followed by the Kinks celebrating the magic that is life, which seemed like a fine place to bring down the curtain.

Here's another one by Marilyn Monroe


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