Program #605

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
AL GREEN . . . . . Let’s Stay Together . . . . . Greatest Hits
STUART MURDOCH . . . . . Funny Little Frog . . . . . God Help The Girl
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . Inspiration Information . . . . . Dark Was the Night
SHUGGIE OTIS . . . . . Strawberry Letter 23 . . . . . OTIS,SHUGGIE - INSPIRATION INFORMATION
LUSHLIFE . . . . . Another Word For Paradise . . . . . Cassette City
THE AVALANCHES . . . . . A Different Feeling . . . . . Since I Left You
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . My Lucky Charm . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)

JONI MITCHELL . . . . . Harry’s House/Centerpiece . . . . . The Hissing of Summer Lawns
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Fine For Now . . . . . Veckatimest
DEVOTCHKA . . . . . New World . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling
PAUL SIMON . . . . . Another Galaxy . . . . . Surprise
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Another Day . . . . . Another Day on Earth
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Back To This . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead

ROBERT POLLARD . . . . . Our Gaze . . . . . COAST TO COAST CARPET OF LOVE
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Sacred Trickster . . . . . The Eternal
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . White Light/White Heat . . . . . Live MCMXCIII
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Ziggy Stardust . . . . . Sound + Vision
MARK PICKEREL & HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . Cody’s Dream . . . . . Cody's Dream
WILCO . . . . . Wilco (The Song) . . . . . xWilco (The Album)
NICK LOWE . . . . . Rollers Show . . . . . Jesus of Cool
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Saturday Groovers . . . . .
THE CLEANERS FROM VENUS . . . . . Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me . . . . . Golden Cleaners
THE BEATLES . . . . . Yellow Submarine . . . . . Revolver (Remastered)

THE NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE . . . . . You Should Have Seen Me Runnin . . . . . The Adventures of Panama Red
DEER TICK . . . . . Little White Lies . . . . . Born On Flag Day
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . She Loves The Sunset . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
WILLY DEVILLE . . . . . Come A Little Bit Closer . . . . . Crow Jane Alley
ROBERT GOMEZ . . . . . Closer Still . . . . . Brand New Towns
BETH ORTON . . . . . Comfort Of Strangers . . . . . Comfort of Strangers
BOB DYLAN . . . . . I Feel A Change Comin’ On . . . . . Together Through Life
T-BONE WALKER . . . . . How Long Blues . . . . . T-Bone Blues

Al Green got this one going with one of his early '70s masterpieces, which was followed by a more soulful version of a track from Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl project that originally appeared on the last Belle and Sebastian disc. From there we heard Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings with a terrific cover of an old Shuggie Otis tune, and then it was Shuggie with his best-known song (through the Brothers Johnson virtual carbon copy that became a hit several years later). A track from Lushlife's latest that adds some Shuggie-like flourishes to his classic rap sound fed into the total mashup approach of the Avalanches before the Postmarks finished with an irresistable slice of horn-filled pop set to a stiff backbeat from their upcoming disc.

This section began with Joni Mitchell's moody tale of suburban anomie followed by Grizzly Bear attempting to stay tuned in to the here and now. Then we had DeVotchKa seemingly finding an oasis of happiness contrasted with Paul Simon's story of a woman starting out down that path; Brian Eno lent a hand on Simon's album, and here he followed with a track that holds a simple truth applicable to all of the thoughts expressed in this set, including those in the Helio Sequence tune that finished it off.

An energetic rocker from the prolific Robert Pollard opened this set and was followed by an appealing burst of noisy guitars from Sonic Youth's recent disc. A prime influence on that band was the Velvet Underground, and here we heard them from the reunion shows that happened in Paris in 1993 with a tune that David Bowie has covered. That one was taken from the final concert appearance he made with the Spiders From Mars, and then we heard three more tracks about bands from Mark Pickerel And His Praying Hands, WIlco and Nick Lowe. His tongue-in-cheek paen to the Bay City Rollers and Rollermania was followed by Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 looking back to a different group of music fans from the same mid-'70s period in the UK. The Cleaners From Venus followed with another time machine snapshot, this time from the Swinging '60s in London, which brought us to the Beatles and the tune that begat a wonderful animated film. We heard that one to recognize the life and work of artist Heniz Edelmann, the man behind the images in that movie who passed away recently.

Musician John Dawson also died in the past few weeks; he was one of the main guys in the New Riders of the Purple Sage, who I saw put on a couple of excellent concerts many moons ago. One from the New Riders most popular disc was followed by a new track from Deer Tick feeding nicely into one from the Old 97's that recalls an old Drifters tune, although we heard the Willy DeVille version here. That one's title conjured up Robert Gomez with a favorite from the middle release of his three discs so far, and that brought on Beth Orton (with some assistance from M. Ward) and the title tune of her last album. Finally, the strongest track off of Bob Dylan's recent disc led to the sublime T-Bone Walker to close this one out.

Here's another one from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings


Program #604

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . No One Said This Would Be Easy . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
NANCY SINATRA . . . . . You Only Live Twice . . . . . The Hit Years
LAURIE JOHNSON . . . . . The Avengers Theme . . . . . With a Vengeance
MIKE REDWAY . . . . . Have No Fear Bond Is Here . . . . . Have No Fear Bond Is Here
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Hunting Tigers Out In ‘INDIAH’ . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
DON MCLEAN . . . . . On The Amazon . . . . . Don McLean
THE KINKS . . . . . Apeman . . . . . Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One
FIREWATER . . . . . Borneo . . . . . The Golden Hour
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE . . . . . She Has Funny Cars . . . . . Surrealistic Pillow

PETER & GORDON . . . . . A World Without Love . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Away With Murder . . . . . My Maudlin Career
ROD STEWART . . . . . You Wear It Well . . . . . Never a Dull Moment
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Message Of Love . . . . . Pretenders II
SPOON . . . . . Got Nuffin . . . . . Got Nuffin
BIG STAR . . . . . You Get What You Deserve . . . . . #1 Record/Radio City
MOJAVE 3 . . . . . Kill The Lights . . . . . Puzzles Like You
THE PERNICE BROTHERS . . . . . Subject Drop . . . . . Discover a Lovelier You
PETER & GORDON . . . . . I Go To Pieces . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 3

LEMON JELLY . . . . . Spacewalk . . . . . Lost Horizons
AIR . . . . . Do The Joy . . . . . Do The Joy
10CC . . . . . I’m Not In Love . . . . . The Original Soundtrack
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Just The Same But Brand New . . . . . Actor
BRIAN ENO . . . . . The Big Ship . . . . . Another Green World
BECK . . . . . Movie Theme . . . . . The Information
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Cardiff In The Sun . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years

VIVIAN GIRLS . . . . . When I’m Gone . . . . . When I'm Gone
RED BALL JETS . . . . . Stars Are Right . . . . . Rockin EP
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Today Is The Day . . . . . Today Is The Day
STILL LIFE STILL . . . . . Pastel . . . . . Pastel EP
FOUR VOLTS . . . . . Sunday Night . . . . . Triple Your Work Force
RICHARD X. HEYMAN . . . . . All For The Girl . . . . . Living Room!!
MARSHALL CRENSHAW . . . . . T.M.D. . . . . . #447
BUDDY HOLLY . . . . . I’m Gonna Love You Too . . . . . Buddy Holly
THE SHANGRI-LAS . . . . . Give Him A Great Big Kiss . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1

This one opened with a track from the upcoming Postmarks disc that sounds like a soundtrack song for a movie that hasn't been made yet, perhaps something in an action/thriller/espianoge vein. Of course, last year they covered the theme song for You Only Live Twice, but here we heard the original from Nancy Sinatra. Then it was the great theme by Laurie Johnson from the old Avengers TV show followed by one more Bond theme, this time from the original Casino Royale—the bastard child of James Bond movies, but one that I have a soft spot for in my heart. Mike Redway is the man singing, and his idiosyncratic way with a lyric brought to mind an old Bonzo Dog Band tune, which succeeded in hijacking this set and setting off in a totally different direction. So we had Don McLean covering a lyrically playful tune from an old 1920s British musical feeding into the Kinks' looking to get back to their natural roots, and that brought on Firewater's Tod A. explaining why he had to travel halfway around the world to clear his mind set to a rhythm that conjured up an old Jefferson Airplane tune featuring Spencer Dryden pounding out something similar on the drums.

Gordon Waller passed away recently; he was 64 and suffered from heart disease. Along with Peter Asher, they were the first British act in 1964 to hit the top of the charts after the Beatles earlier that year kicked off what eventually became known as the British Invasion. For the next couple of years Peter & Gordon had a pretty successful run, benefitting from Paul McCartney's relationship with Asher's sister Jane by recording a number of McCartney tunes that the Beatles had rejected. Such was the case with the track that opened this set, which was their first single and topped the American charts in late June of 1964. The closer here was their remake of a Del Shannon track, which I happen to prefer to the original. In between one from Camera Obscura's latest that has a little of that British Invasion feel, and the bit about putting thoughts down in a letter brought on Rod Stewart attempting to make amends by doing the same. The Pretenders followed with their own missive, and then it was the new one from Spoon bringing on Big Star with something of a philosophical reply, which in turn led to a couple of three-minute pop songs from Mojave 3 and the Pernice Brothers.

This section began with one from Lemon Jelly that didn't make it into the last program, mostly because it's about walking in space, as opposed to on the Moon. Splitting hairs I know, but sometimes that's the way it works. The first track made available from the upcoming Air release followed, and part of the refrain on that one brought to mind an old favorite from 10cc. The dream-like tone was carried forward by St. Vincent into one of those Brian Eno tunes with a title that perfectly suits the sounds that go with it (he does that a lot). From there we finished with a hazy one from Beck leading to a lovely bit of 21st-century psychedelia from Super Furry Animals.

Vivian Girls are a trio of women from Brooklyn who reach back to the Ramones crossed with the Shangri-las for much of their sound; they have a new album on the horizon and we heard the first track that's been put out there for consumption. From there it was a trio of EPs, starting with the Red Ball Jets, a band from Milwaukee who had some regional success some 30 years ago, and they were followed by Yo La Tengo with a rocking version of a tune that first appeared on their Summer Sun disc. One more from an EP brought a new song with some good energy from Still LIfe Still, and then it was Four Volts with a track that always calls to mind an old Richard X Heyman tune. The tone shifted in more of a pop direction with Marshall Crenshaw, who once upon a time played Buddy Holly in a movie, and then we completed the circle with the Shangri-las.

Here's another one from Peter & Gordon


Program #603

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE KING OF FRANCE . . . . . Moon . . . . . The King of France
JONATHAN KING . . . . . Everyone’s Gone To The Moon . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 7
NICK DRAKE . . . . . Pink Moon . . . . . Pink Moon
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Blue Moon . . . . . Self Portrait
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . Blue Moon Of Kentucky . . . . . Complete Sun Sessions
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Once In A Blue Moon . . . . . What's Wrong with This Picture?
DR. JOHN . . . . . Creole Moon . . . . . Creole Moon
M. WARD . . . . . Half Moon . . . . . End of Amnesia
NEKO CASE . . . . . I Wish I Was The Moon . . . . . Blacklisted (Original Recording Remastered)
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . Big Beat Up Moon . . . . . Killingsworth
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Waiting For The Moon . . . . . Waiting for the Moon
CAT POWER . . . . . The Moon . . . . . The Greatest
FRANK SINATRA . . . . . Fly Me To The Moon . . . . . Nothing But The Best
THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR . . . . . Bike Ride To The Moon . . . . . Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
THE SATURN FIVE . . . . . Voyage Around The Moon . . . . . That Thing You Do!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
LOTHAR & THE HAND PEOPLE . . . . . Space Hymn . . . . . Space Hymn/Presenting...Lothar & The Hand People
THE BYRDS . . . . . Armstrong, Aldrin And Collins . . . . . Ballad of Easy Rider
FRANK BORMAN . . . . . Sounds Of The Space Age . . . . . From Sputnik To Lunar Landing

FRANK BORMAN . . . . . Sounds Of The Space Age . . . . . From Sputnik To Lunar Landing
THE POLICE . . . . . Walking On The Moon . . . . . Vol. 2-Tighten Up
JOYA LANDIS . . . . . Moonlight Lover . . . . . Vol. 2-Tighten Up
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Tubas In The Moonlight . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
DUBROVKA TOMSIC . . . . . Moonlight Sonata . . . . . The Best Of Beethoven
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Moonlight Mile . . . . . Sticky Fingers
THE BEATLES . . . . . Mr. Moonlight . . . . . Beatles For Sale (Remastered)
HERMAN’S HERMITS . . . . . Mr. Moonshine Man . . . . . Very Best of Herman's Hermits
THE RAMONES . . . . . Howling At The Moon . . . . . Ramones Mania
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL . . . . . Bad Moon Rising . . . . . Chronicle, Vol. 1: The 20 Greatest Hits
TELEVISION . . . . . Marquee Moon . . . . . Marquee Moon
JENIFER JACKSON . . . . . Mercury, The Sun And Moon . . . . . Birds
FEDIRICO AUBELE . . . . . Luna y Sol . . . . . Causes 2
BRIAN ENO . . . . . An Ending (Ascent) . . . . . Another Green World

Although it wasn't originally the plan, this show ended up being completely geared to the 40th anniversary of man landing and walking on the Moon, which happened on July 20, 1969. There were simply too many good songs that incorporate the Moon in their lyrics, making it too difficult to choose only a dozen or so upon which to build a portion of the program. So we made the command decision to go for the full show, and even then I barely scratched the surface of available tunes, althouugh I was happy with the overall mix after it was complete.

It also gave me an opportunity to pull out a flexidisc that came in my December 1969 copy of National Geographic. On it Frank Borman—who was the commander on Apollo 8, the first mission that sent men to the Moon in December of 1968—narrates the story of the Space Age, starting with the launch of Sputnik in 1957 and ending with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walking on the Moon. Neither an especially comprehensive nor the most riveting history of this time period, I still enjoyed throwing it in there as something that was both more than a little out of the ordinary and timely. As a freeform station LDR has the freedom to do something like that, not to mention using one of the major accomplishments of the 20th century as inspirationfor an entire program. That's what keeps it fun and interesting for me, and I hope it works in the same fashion for you as well.

Here's Neil Armstrong first setting foot on the Moon


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