Program #615

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . All Summer Long . . . . . Friends/20/20
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III . . . . . Summer’s Almost Over . . . . . T Shirt/Final Exam
THE DOORS . . . . . Summer’s Almost Gone . . . . . Waiting for the Sun
FOO FIGHTERS . . . . . Summer’s End . . . . . Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Summer Days . . . . . "Love and Theft"
BILLY GRAMMER . . . . . Gotta Travel On . . . . . Very Best of Billy Grammer - Gotta Travel On
JIMMY REED . . . . . Big Boss Man . . . . . Found Love
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Factory . . . . . Darkness on the Edge of Town
THE STRAWBS . . . . . Part Of The Union . . . . . Bursting at the Seams

THE BEATLES . . . . . Sun King . . . . . Abbey Road (Remastered)
FLEETWOOD MAC . . . . . Albatross . . . . . English Rose
YO LA TENGO . . . . . More Stars Than There Are In Heaven . . . . . Popular Songs
DESTROYER . . . . . My Favourite Year . . . . . Trouble in Dreams
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Heroes . . . . . Heroes
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN . . . . . Think I Need It To . . . . . The Fountain

MARAH . . . . . Walt Whitman Bridge . . . . . If You Didn't Laugh You'd Cry
BLACK WHALES . . . . . Young Blood . . . . . Origins
BEN KWELLER . . . . . Walk On Me . . . . . Sha Sha
LANGHORNE SLIM . . . . . Say Yes . . . . . Be Set Free
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Next To The Last Romantic . . . . . The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION . . . . . Charcoal Days And Sterling Nights . . . . . We Belong to the Staggering Evening
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Sulphur To Sugarcane . . . . . Secret, Profane and Sugarcane
DAN HICKS AND THE HOT LICKS . . . . . Four Or Five Times . . . . . Alive & Lickin'

TAKEN BY TREES . . . . . Anna . . . . . East of Eden
LAL MERI . . . . . Dreams Of 18 . . . . . Lal Meri
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . The Girl From Algenib . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
HER SPACE HOLIDAY . . . . . The Weight Of The World . . . . . The Past Presents the Future
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . In Ear Park . . . . . In Ear Park
JULIAN PLENTI . . . . . Skyscraper . . . . . Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper
AK-MOMO . . . . . Time For The Muse . . . . . Return to N.Y.

This was the Labor Day Weekend edition of Lucky Dog Radio, so we heard a trio of tunes about work from Jimmy Reed, Bruce Springsteen and the Strawbs to close out the set. Labor Day also signals the unofficial end of Summer, which is why the likes of the Beach Boys, Loudon Wainwright III, the Doors, Foo Fighters, Bob Dylan and Billy Grammer were also part of this opener.

The next section began with a remastered Beatles track that makes even more apparent just how amazing their harmonies truly were, and we followed it with the Fleetwood Mac track that directly influenced John Lennon when he was creating "Sun King." Yo La Tengo was next with a new track that starts in a similarly serene place and then builds in intensity with the addition of some guitar that recalled Robert Fripp on David Bowie's "Heroes." The Destroyer track that followed evoked a similar response, and after hearing from Bowie we finished with the new single from Echo and the Bunnymen, which also has a bit of that Frippian guitar.

A bit of folk-rock from Marah looking back at a past relationship with some regret combined with bitterness started this set and led to Black Whales at more of a crossroads, as was Ben Kweller. A new one from Langhorne Slim that's burrowed into my brain has a more hopeful tone, and from there it was Josh Ritter and Ike Reilly with a couple of tunes about guys who like to play the field, so to speak. Elvis Costello followed with perhaps the ultimate version of that kind of tale before Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks finished up with a tune that dates back to the late 1920s.

Taken by Trees has been Victoria Bergsman's continuing project since leaving the Concretes in 2006, and the sounds on her new disc reflect her decision to record these tunes in Pakistan. Lal Meri maintained the MIddle Eastern rhythmic appeal, and then we heard the Postmarks with one from their new disc that introduced something of a film score feel to the mix. Her Space Holiday provided one more with prominent beats, and the quieter aspects of that tune opened the way for the swirling acoustic-based beauty of Department of Eagles. Finally, a new one from Julian Plenti that opens in a similar place and then builds to a fuller groove brought the distinctive sounds of AK-Momo to close out this program.

Here's another one from the Doors


Program #614

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Rocks Off . . . . . Exile on Main St.
THE MINDERS . . . . . Right As Rain . . . . . Golden Street
IAN HUNTER . . . . . Up And Running . . . . . Man Overboard
THE CAESARS . . . . . Waking Up . . . . . Strawberry Weed
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Nothing To Hide . . . . . Popular Songs
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Don’t Know . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
STEREOLAB . . . . . Wow And Flutter . . . . . Mars Audiac Quintet
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . My Lucky Charm . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)

BOB DYLAN . . . . . 4th Time Around . . . . . Blonde on Blonde
NEKO CASE . . . . . Star Witness . . . . . Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Bonus Disc Version)
JULIAN PLENTI . . . . . On The Esplanade . . . . . Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper
NICK DRAKE . . . . . ’Cello Song . . . . . Five Leaves Left
ROSE . . . . . Yes We Did . . . . . Les Souvenirs Sous Ma Frange
THE BEATLES . . . . . I’ve Just Seen A Face . . . . . Help! (Remastered)
LITTLE JOY . . . . . The Next Time Around . . . . . Little Joy
NICK LOWE . . . . . Not Too Long Ago . . . . . At My Age
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Honey In The Sun . . . . . My Maudlin Career

JOE HENRY . . . . . Stars . . . . . Blood from Stars
THE BLACK KEYS . . . . . Things Ain’t Like They Used To Be . . . . . Attack and Release
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Wages Of Sin . . . . . Tracks (4CD)
GLASVEGAS . . . . . It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry . . . . . Glasvegas
THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN . . . . . Just Like Honey . . . . . Psychocandy
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Last Dance . . . . . In & Out of Control

THE DIXIE CUPS . . . . . Chapel Of Love . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
LESLEY GORE . . . . . Maybe I Know . . . . . The Best of Lesley Gore: 20th Century Masters-(Millennium Collection)
THE CRYSTALS . . . . . Then He Kissed Me . . . . . The Best of the Crystals
THE RONETTES . . . . . Be My Baby . . . . . The Ronettes: Ultimate Collection; Greatest Hits
ANDY KIM . . . . . Baby I Love You . . . . . Baby, I Love You/Andy Kim
TOMMY JAMES AND THE SHONDELLS . . . . . Hanky Panky . . . . . Anthology
MANFRED MANN . . . . . Do Wah Diddy Diddy . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 2
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . I Can Hear Music . . . . . Friends/20/20
DARLENE LOVE . . . . . Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) . . . . . A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector
IKE & TINA TURNER . . . . . River Deep, Mountain High . . . . . Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner
THE SHANGRI-LAS . . . . . Leader Of The Pack . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
ELLIE GREENWICH . . . . . You Don’t Know . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 2

Back from a week down the Jersey Shore and ready for a bit of rock & roll, starting with some prime Rolling Stones into the first tune I ever heard from the Minders (and it's still one of my favorites, too). A new one from Ian Hunter kept the emphasis on the guitars, and then we heard one from last year's very enjoyable Caesars disc that did the same. Yo La Tengo was next with a straight-ahead rocker from their terrific new album that flowed very nicely into one from last spring's debut by It Hugs Back, who clearly enjoy the energetically steady grooves of Stereolab as well. Coming from a similar place was the Postmarks, with one from another new album that I can't seem to hear enough.

Bob Dylan began this section with another breakup song, this one in waltz time, which segued nicely into a Neko Case tune that started in a similar place but then quickly moved on. The more permanent loss hinted at in that one was echoed in the Julian Plenti track that followed, which led to Nick Drake's gorgeous song about a life that ended way too soon (sort of like his did). At this point a change of mood was called for, so we heard a new one with an upbeat acoustic feel from Rose that's entirely in French (other than the refrain that gives the tune its title), so I have no idea what it's about. It conjured up the Beatles, which was followed by a Little Joy tune that starts off in that acoustic mode but then works its way into something of a Caribbean rhythm. Nick Lowe's remake of an old Uniques track added some ska-like horns, and then it was Camera Obscura with the appealing soul rave-up that ends their last disc.

This section began in a bluesy place, with Joe Henry from his wonderful new disc feeling dislocated in time and trying to hold it all together leading to the Black Keys reeling from a relationship's sudden end. Then we heard Bruce Springsteen battling demons both present and past, which brought on Glasvegas literally crying in their beer over the mistakes they've made. The Wall of Sound influence on that one can also be heard in the Jesus and Mary Chain tune that followed, and from there it was an easy step to a new track from the Raveonettes that seems to be a sad farewell to a lover who has OD'd one time too many.

While I was away I read of Ellie Greenwich's passing; she contracted pneumonia, went into the hospital and died of a heart attack at 68. Although she was successful for many decades, mainly as a songwriter but also as a performer as well, her sweet spot was the period from about 1962 to 1967. Working mostly with songwriting partner Jeff Barry (who was also her husband for much of that time) Greenwich composed many of the tunes that became the soundtrack for pop/teen culture in those years, and sang backup vocals on a bunch of them as well. So we heard a selection of those songs in this final section of the program, beginning with one by the Dixie Cups that made it to the top of the charts in the late spring of 1964. From there we heard a Lesley Gore track from that same year; a couple of classics from the Crystals and the Ronettes; Andy Kim's 1969 hit version of another one originally done by the Ronettes; an early one from Tommy James and the Shondells; Manfred Mann surfing the initial wave of the British Invasion; the Beach Boys with one more first done by the Ronettes; Darlene Love with a Christmas tune that's now become a standard; Ike & Tina Turner with what proved to be the last gasp of the Wall of Sound as a creative force; and the Shangri-las with their cinematic mid-'60s teen anthem. The last track was a single released in 1965 that featured Ellie Greenwich on lead vocals and was released under her own name, which makes it a relative rarity.

Here's another one from Camera Obscura


Program #613

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES . . . . . Sixty Minute Man . . . . . Sixty Minute Men: The Best of Billy Ward & His Dominoes
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Time Waits For No One . . . . . It's Only Rock 'N Roll
OASIS . . . . . I’m Outta Time . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
MARAH . . . . . Old Time Ticking Away . . . . . Angels of Destruction
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Dream Of The Good Life . . . . . Crazy Rain
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . Art Of Dying . . . . . All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]

GIRLS . . . . . Lust For Life . . . . . Album
ART BRUT . . . . . Emily Kane . . . . . Bang Bang Rock & Roll
THE WHO . . . . . Pictures Of Lilly . . . . . Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
THE JAM . . . . . So Sad About Us . . . . . All Mod Cons
THE SUPREMES . . . . . You Can’t Hurry Love . . . . . Gold
GOD HELP THE GIRL . . . . . Come Monday Night . . . . . God Help The Girl
EELS . . . . . My Timing Is Off . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
TODD RUNDGREN . . . . . Couldn’t I Just Tell You . . . . . Something/Anything?
THE HOLLIES . . . . . Carrie Anne . . . . . Hollies - Hollies Greatest Hits
FARRAH . . . . . Life’s Too Short . . . . . Moustache
ROBERT JOHNSON . . . . . I’ll Be Waiting . . . . . Close Personal Friend

IGGY POP . . . . . Lust For Life . . . . . Lust for Life
BOBBY DARIN . . . . . Don’t Rain On My Parade . . . . . As Long as I'm Singing: The Bobby Darin Collection
NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . ’Cause I Sez So . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
MAGAZINE . . . . . Shot By Both Sides . . . . . Real Life
THE REPLACEMENTS . . . . . I’ll Be You . . . . . Don't Tell a Soul
NICK LOWE . . . . . Cracking Up . . . . . Labour of Lust
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . TLC . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
THE CLASH . . . . . The Right Profile . . . . . London Calling

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Jersey Girl . . . . . Live: 1975-85 (3CD)
THE BEATLES . . . . . Two Of Us . . . . . Let It Be (Remastered)
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Let’s Get Out Of This Country . . . . .
THE KINKS . . . . . Holiday In Waikiki . . . . . Face to Face
ARLO GUTHRIE . . . . . Ukulele Lady . . . . . Hobo's Lullaby
LED KAAPANA & FRIENDS . . . . . Radio Hula . . . . . Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters Collection, Vol. 2
DON HO . . . . . Tiny Bubbles . . . . . Don Ho - Greatest Hits
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Let’s Go Away For Awhile . . . . . Pet Sounds
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Go Jetsetter . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
THE GO-GO’S . . . . . Vacation . . . . . Vacation

Upon hearing of the recent demise of Don Hewitt, the first thing that surfaced in my brain was the tune from Billy Ward & the Dominoes that opened this show. From there we heard a trio of songs from the Rolling Stones, Oasis and Marah that at their core are all about the passage of time, and then Joseph Arthur introduced the element of life and death, which George Harrison expanded upon from the perspective of Eastern philosophy to put the finishing touches on this opener.

This section began with one from the upcoming disc by Girls that conjured up an Art Brut track that would undoubtedly make my list of favorite tracks from this first decade of the 21st century (if I managed to actually create such a list). Another song of unfullfilled longing followed from the Who, which led to the Jam covering a different Who track on love's ups and downs. The Supremes taking a philosophical approach (with a bassline borrowed by the Jam for "Town Called Malice") led to Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl and another track with a prominently soulful bass. Eels took us in more of a Pop direction with my favorite from the recent disc, which led to some magic of a similar nature from Todd Rundgren. Some late British Invasion bliss (with a steel drum solo!) from the Hollies led to Farrah, a band obviously influenced by that sound, and then it was Robert Johnson—not the iconic bluesman—from his only official disc, which came out in the late '70s and featured his hot guitar anchoring a set of terrific rock and roll tunes.

An obvious connection to the Girls track that opened the last set is the Iggy Pop tune that began this one, and following up on Mr. Pop's survival message we heard from Bobby Darin covering the song that Barbra Streisand forever took possesion of in Funny Girl. A bit of commentary on modern culture by the New York Dolls led to an early piece of claustrophobic alienation by Magazine, which brought on the Replacements suggesting a temporary personality exchange as an answer. Nick Lowe losing his grip was countered by Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 with a pharmaceutical solution, which brought to mind the Clash and their consideration of the actor Montgomery Clift.

This program was the last to appear before I took a week's vacation down the Jersey Shore, so to help me get out the door we heard a bit of traveling music, starting with Bruce Springsteen's cover of a Tom Waits tune. One each from the Beatles and Camera Obscura maintained the mood, and then we heard a kind of mini-set-within-the-set that focused on Hawaii. (I've never been, but hope to get there on some future R&R expedition.) Here we heard the Kinks a bit disillusioned with what they found upon arriving; Arlo Guthrie with a lovely rendition of an old tune that dates back to the 1920's; some serene Hawaiian slack key guitar sounds from Led Kaapana and Friends; and a guilty pleasure from Don Ho, which never fails to bring a smile to my face and actually seemed to flow rather nicely into the Beach Boys instrumental that followed. Finally, a travel tune from the new Postmarks disc brought us to the Go-Go's with the obvious closer for this edition of Lucky Dog Radio.

Here's another one from the Go-Go's


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