Program #680

The Kentucky Derby on Saturday provided the reason we heard the first two tracks on this show, and the Stones tune combines a bit of country twang with a sad story, so that's how we made the jump to Mary Gauthier. Her excellent new disc will be available in a few weeks; she was put up for adoption by her mother immediately after being born, and she has written an album's worth of songs that are autobiographical in nature. It's intense stuff, but beautiful as well, and the one we heard has some nice brass accompaniment that brought to mind the Elvis Perkins tune from his last disc that has a brass band wandering on by about half-way through. From there it was on to Peter Case having difficulty forgetting somebody from his past followed by Inara George struggling with her own relationship issues, which left us with Yo La Tengo covering a sort-of Bob Dylan love song to close the circle.

The Bruce Springsteen tune that opened this section came to mind after I heard the instrumental track that followed from the new Broken Social Scene disc; early on somebody in the band yells "Let's go" (or something similar, I've forgotten for the moment precisely what it is), which is certainly a Springsteen-like thing to do. The Arcade Fire song also has a similar exhortation near the beginning, and it shares the same propulsive rhythm as well. From there David Bowie maintained the forward momentum, as did Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 from their latest disc. A little bit of backwards voice at the end of that one paved the way for the Beatles with John Lennon singing backwards on the fade, and then we heard Oasis showing their love of the Fab Four to finish up.

I haven't been all that much of a Merle Haggard fan over the years, but I did find some tracks on his new disc that I liked, including one that seemed to work well into John Doe and the Sadies covering an older Haggard tune. From there it was on to another Jason & the Scorchers as we make our way through their latest disc; this time we heard one that conjured up an old Neil Young tune. That led to a couple of duets on Don Gibson songs: Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen followed by M. Ward assisted by Lucinda Williams (on a tune that's probably best known through Neil Young's version). Completing the set was a track by Wilco from their last disc that I overlooked for awhile into an old chestnut from Simon & Garfunkel, which kind of brought us back thematically to where we started.

The final portion of this program grew out of the Quadron track, which brought an old Sly & the Family Stone track bobbing to the surface when I first heard it. The Sly track came out of one from the new Mose Allison disc to start, and although it was a bit of a stretch stylistically, I was happy with the end result. The Quadron tune introduced some strings to the mix, which is how Jens Lekman entered the picture with his obvious fondness for '70s Philly Soul. Then we heard Bryan Ferry's very enjoyable cover of a Wilson Pickett hit from the Stax days in the '60s, which was followed by Spoon locked into a groove from their latest. As we neared the end the rhythm was still predominant, although Joseph Arthur added some hazy layers to soften it a bit, which paved the way for the Books featuring Jose Gonzalez on an old Nick Drake tune to bring down the curtain.

Here's the complete playist.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . All The Tired Horses . . . . . Self Portrait
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Dead Flowers . . . . . Sticky Fingers
MARY GAUTHIER . . . . . Sideshow . . . . . The Foundling
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
PETER CASE . . . . . I Hear Your Voice . . . . . Beeline
INARA GEORGE . . . . . Bottlecaps . . . . . Bottlecaps
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Fourth Time Around . . . . . I'm Not There

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Badlands . . . . . Live: 1975-85 (3CD)
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE . . . . . Meet Me In The Basement . . . . . Forgiveness Rock Record
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . No Cars Go . . . . . Neon Bible
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . A Better Future . . . . . Heroes
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Sickie Boy . . . . . Propellor Time (Dig)
THE BEATLES . . . . . Rain . . . . . Past Masters (Remastered)
OASIS . . . . . To Where There’s Life . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul

MERLE HAGGARD . . . . . I’ve Seen It Go Away . . . . . I Am What I Am
JOHN DOE AND THE SADIES . . . . . Are The Good Times Really Over For Good . . . . . Country Club
JASON & THE SCORCHERS . . . . . Days Of Wine And Roses . . . . . Halcyon Times
NEIL YOUNG . . . . . Don’t Cry No Tears . . . . . Zuma
ROSANNE CASH AND BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Sea Of Heartbreak . . . . . The List
M. WARD AND LUCINDA WILLIAMS . . . . . Oh Lonesome Me . . . . . Hold Time
WILCO . . . . . Country Disappeared . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . America . . . . . Bookends

MOSE ALLISON . . . . . Everybody Thinks You’re An Angel . . . . . Way of the World
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE . . . . . If You Want Me To Stay . . . . . Essential Sly & Family Stone
QUADRON . . . . . Average Fruit . . . . . Quadron
JENS LEKMAN . . . . . Sipping On The Sweet Nectar . . . . . Night Falls Over Kortedala
BRYAN FERRY . . . . . Midnight Hour . . . . . Street Life: 20 Great Hits
SPOON . . . . . Out Go The Lights . . . . . Transference
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Dream Of The Eternal Light . . . . . Crazy Rain
THE BOOKS FEATURING JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . . Dark Was the Night

Here's another one from Simon & Garfunkel


Program #679

New music inspires much of what gets heard on each Lucky Dog Radio show, and such was the case with this opener through the tune from Jason & the Scorchers that appeared about three-quarters of the way in. When I first heard it the guitars conjured up Reverend Horton Heat, which was preceded in turn by a trio of rocking car songs that began with Gene Vincent & the Blue Caps. That opened the door for an Ian Dury & the Blockheads tune I've been meaning to play for awhile, which was preceded by John Lennon covering Gene Vincent with an alternate take of a track that originally appeared on Rock ’N’ Roll. After Jason & the Scorchers we heard the Blasters singing about a different kind of guy followed by the Rolling Stones cutting loose at their peak and Little Richard with the title track to an enjoyable movie from the early days of rock and roll.

The next section began with the unrelenting beat of a favorite tune from Spoon's latest, and then the rhythm began to soften as we moved along from Talking Heads to Mans Wieslander. Then it was time for one from Brian Eno off of one of my all-time favorite discs, which came to mind after I took a listen to the Broken Social Scene tune that followed. Brasstronaut was next with one from their recent disc that fit in well with all that preceded it, until the track opened up and took on more of a free-flowing jazzy feel. The horns introduced at that point brought to mind an old Love tune, which was followed by Belle & Sebastian showing us all how much they were Love fans.

Last year's Postmarks disc had quite a few tunes that would have worked well in '60s espionage flicks, including the one that opened this set. A few years back Alex Turner  took a break from the Arctic Monkeys to work on a project with Miles Kane of the Rascals; they called it the Last Shadow Puppets, and they also incorporated elements from similar '60s cinema soundtracks. The song we heard ended with strings that segued beautifully into those that open the title tune from the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, with Nancy Sinatra providing vocals (the Postmarks did a nice cover of this tune back in 2008). Jarvis Cocker contributed a couple of songs to Nancy Sinatra's 2004 album; here he offered his own version of one, which was followed by the School hoping for the same outcome but less sure it will happen. That one ends with some Woh-Ohs, which is where the Ronettes tune that followed begins, and then we heard Findlay Brown offering some reassurance and Bruce Springsteen beckoning Mary to join him as he pulls out of town a winner.

This final section began in a moody place with Holly Miranda, continued down that trail past Grizzly Bear and St. Vincent, made a slight detour into a more ambient place with a piece by Knight Berman, Jr., from his soundtrack to the indie film Megahertz, and finished with Charlotte Gainsbourg musing about her recent health difficulties into Public Image Ltd and one of their more nightmarish numbers.

Here's the complete playist.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
JOHN LENNON . . . . . Be Bop A Lula . . . . . The Beatles Anthology
IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS . . . . . Sweet Gene Vincent . . . . . Reasons to Be Cheerful-the Best of Ian Dury
GENE VINCENT & THE BLUE CAPS . . . . . Pink Thunderbird . . . . . The Screaming End: The Best of Gene Vincent
COMMANDER CODY & HIS LOST PLANET AIRMEN . . . . . Hot Rod Lincoln . . . . . Too Much Fun: Best of Commander Cody
THE CLASH . . . . . Brand New Cadillac . . . . . London Calling
REVEREND HORTON HEAT . . . . . Galaxy 500 . . . . . Lucky 7
JASON & THE SCORCHERS . . . . . Moonshine Guy . . . . . Halcyon Times
THE BLASTERS . . . . . One Bad Stud . . . . . Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985)
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Rip This Joint . . . . . Exile on Main Street (Dlx)
LITTLE RICHARD . . . . . The Girl Can’t Help It . . . . . The Greatest Gold Hits

SPOON . . . . . The Mystery Zone . . . . . Transference
TALKING HEADS . . . . . This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) . . . . . Speaking in Tongues
MANS WIESLANDER . . . . . Roadkill . . . . . Yet
BRIAN ENO . . . . . St. Elmo’s Fire . . . . . Another Green World
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE . . . . . Romance To The Grave . . . . . Forgiveness Rock Record
BRASSTRONAUT . . . . . Slow Knots . . . . . Mt. Chimaera
LOVE . . . . . You Set The Scene . . . . . Forever Changes
BELLE & SEBASTIAN . . . . . I’m Waking Up To Us . . . . . I'm Waking Up to Us

THE POSTMARKS . . . . . No One Said This Would Be Easy . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS . . . . . Black Plant . . . . . Age of the Understatement
NANCY SINATRA . . . . . You Only Live Twice . . . . . The Hit Years
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Baby’s Coming Back To Me . . . . . Jarvis
THE SCHOOL . . . . . Is He Really Coming Home? . . . . . Loveless Unbeliever
THE RONETTES . . . . . Baby I Love You . . . . . The Best of the Ronettes
FINDLAY BROWN . . . . . Love Will Find You . . . . . Love Will Find You
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Thunder Road . . . . . Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2CD)

HOLLY MIRANDA . . . . . Waves . . . . . Magician's Private Library
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Fine For Now . . . . . Veckatimest
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Black Rainbow . . . . . Actor
KNIGHT BERMAN, JR. . . . . . Wardenclyffe . . . . . A Score For Tesla: Music From The Film Megahertz
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . IRM . . . . . Irm
PUBLIC IMAGE LTD . . . . . Poptones . . . . . Second Edition
Here's another one from Ian Dury & the Blockheads


Program #678

This show began with one from the new debut disc by the School, who certainly enjoy working their favorite '60s influences into their tunes. The track we heard here took me back to the early years of that decade, when Arthur Alexander had his greatest success, and both of those opening numbers worked a theme of romantic loss that we followed through the rest of the tunes in this set. Diane Dane was a character in That Thing You Do!, which was Tom Hanks's directorial debut, and her song from that soundtrack led to a Beatles track that features one of those amazing John Lennon lead vocals from their early days. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings added a bit of 21st-century soul to the mix from their new disc, which brought on Alton Ellis with a reggae version of Tyrone Davis's 1969 hit. Then we finished with the New York Dolls from last year's album setting one of their early tunes to a reggae beat, followed by Peter Tosh along with Mick Jagger on a tune whose title appeared two more times later on in the program.

I finally got my hands on a copy of the new disc by Jason & the Scorchers, which came out last month and is their first since the mid-'90s. It's moved into my current rotation of personal favorites, and here we heard a tune that looks back to days gone by with a knowing grin. Nils Lofgren once covered a Goffin/King tune that also referenced the past to comment on the present, and from there we heard the Kinks remembering good times followed by a pair of splendid Kinks covers from Steve Forbert and the Marble Tea. At that point it was time for She & Him and Teenage Fanclub with entries two and three in the same title but different song category, which led to Big Star pointing out what should be obvious and Wilco not happy about it at all.

Speaking of Wilco, Nels Cline has released a new disc of instrumental tunes, and the one we heard immediately conjured up an old Mahavishnu Orchestra track. That brought on a Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds song that has an appealingly menacing tone, which makes it the perfect tune to listen to while you're hanging out on the street described so memorably by John Cooper Clarke. At that point the resignation set in as we finished with a trio of tracks from Leonard Cohen, Dr. Dog and the Minus 5.

The final section grew out of a moving Roky Erickson song from his new disc with Okkervil River. His search for understanding and beneficence after the many travails of his life is reflected in many of the songs on this album, including the one that closed the show. Coming before it was a fine freeform radio selection of artists who all seemed to be searching for answers to their own trials and tribulations.

Here's the complete playist.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE SCHOOL . . . . . Let It Slip . . . . . Loveless Unbeliever
ARTHUR ALEXANDER . . . . . Anna (Got To Him) . . . . . The Ultimate Arthur Alexander
DIANE DANE . . . . . My World Is Over . . . . . That Thing You Do!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
THE BEATLES . . . . . I Call Your Name . . . . . Past Masters (Remastered)
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . I Learned The Hard Way . . . . . I Learned The Hard Way
ALTON ELLIS . . . . . Change My Mind . . . . . The Best of Studio One, Vol. 1
NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . Trash . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
PETER TOSH . . . . . Don’t Look Back . . . . . Bush Doctor

JASON & THE SCORCHERS . . . . . Golden Days . . . . . Halcyon Times
NILS LOFGREN . . . . . Goin’ Back . . . . . Nils Lofgren
THE KINKS . . . . . Days . . . . . The Village Green Preservation Society
STEVE FORBERT . . . . . Starstruck . . . . . This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks
THE MARBLE TEA . . . . . Sunny Afternoon . . . . . Free Digital Download
SHE & HIM . . . . . Don’t Look Back . . . . . Volume Two
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . Don’t Look Back . . . . . Grand Prix
BIG STAR . . . . . You Get What You Deserve . . . . . #1 Record/Radio City
WILCO . . . . . The Thanks I Get . . . . . The Thanks I Get

THE NELS CLINE SINGERS . . . . . King Queen . . . . . Initiate
THE MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA . . . . . Birds Of Fire . . . . . Birds of Fire
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . Night Of The Lotus Eaters . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
JOHN COOPER CLARKE . . . . . Beasley Street . . . . . Snap, Crackle & Bop
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Everybody Knows . . . . . I'm Your Man
DR. DOG . . . . . I Only Wear Blue . . . . . Shame, Shame
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . All Worn Out . . . . . The Minus 5

ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Born On The Wind . . . . . Propellor Time (Dig)
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Let It Loose . . . . . Exile on Main Street (Dlx)
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . James . . . . . My Maudlin Career
MARY GAUTHIER . . . . . Sweet Words . . . . . The Foundling
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON . . . . . Sunday Morning Coming Down . . . . . 16 Biggest Hits-Kris Kristofferson
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL . . . . . Long As I Can See The Light . . . . . Cosmo's Factory
ROKY ERICKSON WITH OKKERVIL RIVER . . . . . Forever . . . . . True Love Cast Out All Evil

Here's another one from Creedence Clearwater Revival


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