Program #586

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright . . . . . Bridge Over Troubled Water
THE DECEMBERISTS . . . . . Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect . . . . . Castaways and Cutouts
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Thru’ These Architects Eyes . . . . . Outside
VAMPIRE WEEKEND . . . . . Mansard Roof . . . . . Vampire Weekend
BLUR . . . . . Country House . . . . . The Best of Blur
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Hoover Factory . . . . . Get Happy!!
RADIOHEAD . . . . . House Of Cards . . . . . In Rainbows
LEONARD COHEN & U2 . . . . . Tower Of Song . . . . . Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man

BOB DYLAN . . . . . This Dream Of You . . . . . Together Through Life
DWIGHT YOAKAM . . . . . Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room . . . . . Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . Stop The World And Let Me Off . . . . . Country Club
ROY ORBISON . . . . . (All I Can Do Is) Dream You . . . . . A Black & White Night
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . Through Sun And Wine . . . . . Cody's Dream
MARK PICKEREL AND HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . The Last Leaves . . . . . Cody's Dream
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Other Towns And Cities . . . . . My Maudlin Career
ELLIE GREENWICH . . . . . You Don’t Know . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 2

GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Cheerleader . . . . . Veckatimest
XTC . . . . . Wonderland . . . . . Mummer
JIMI HENDRIX . . . . . Drifting . . . . . Jimi Hendrix " The Cry Of Love " / " War Heroes " 2 Full LPs on 1 CD
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Cardiff In The Sun . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
CREAM . . . . . White Room . . . . . Wheels of Fire
WIN WIN WINTER . . . . . We Came From Stereos . . . . . A Brief History Of...
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Word Day . . . . . Inside Your Guitar

POLLY SCATTERGOOD . . . . . Please Don’t Touch . . . . . Polly Scattergood
THE ANGELS . . . . . My Boyfriend’s Back . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
RILO KILEY . . . . . Smoke Detector . . . . . Under the Blacklight
THE BEATLES . . . . . Hold Me Tight . . . . . With the Beatles
THE TELEPATHIC BUTTERFLIES . . . . . The Cutting Elm . . . . . Songs from a Second Wave
OUTKAST . . . . . Hey Ya . . . . . Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below
EELS . . . . . Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living) . . . . . Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
SHIRLEY ELLIS . . . . . The Clapping Song . . . . . The Complete Congress Recordings

I saw an article about the Guggenheim Museum in NYC kicking off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration with an exhibit on Frank Lloyd Wright, who designed that one-of-a-kind building, and that immediately conjured up the old Simon & Garfunkel tune. From there it was a selectiono of tunes that touch on architects and/or buildings from the likes of the Decemberists, David Bowie, Blur, Elvis Costello & the Attractions and Radiohead. To finish up we had Leonard Cohen accompanied by U2 from the soundtrack to the documentary on LC that came out a few years back; I think I like this version better than the original, and the image created by the tune's title remains as powerful as when I first heard it more than two decades ago.

This next section began with one from Bob Dylan's latest that prominently features David Hidalgo of Los Lobos on accordian, an instrument that's also used to great effect in the Dwight Yoakam track that followed. The pain of love lost continued with John Doe and the Sadies, even as they added some twang to the mix, and then it was Roy Orbison surrounded by an all-star cast of musicians with a driving take on a Billy Burnette/Tom Malloy number. After a short dose of optimism from Holly Golightly, we had Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands insisting that his girl must go followed by Camera Obscura feeling some regret after the fact seguing into an archetype of '60s girl group songs by Ellie Greenwich, who wrote more than her fair share along with Jeff Barry way back when.

Grizzly Bear has a brand new disc coming out on Tuesday, and so far I've only heard a couple of tracks, both of which are very appealing. The one that opened this set brought to mind an old XTC tune that has an organic feel with a light touch, and the Jimi Hendrix song that followed sort of floats away altogether. Super Furry Animals were next with a trippy one from their new album, and then it was Cream with one of their classic psychedelic/blues numbers into one from Win Win Winter's eclectic debut EP that has a bit of Cream in it, which seemed to flow nicely into some energetic guitar pop from last month's initial release by It Hugs Back.

Another piece of new music kicked off this final section; what grabbed me with this track by Polly Scattergood were the handclaps, which admittedly I'm a sucker for, as evidenced by everything that followed. So we had the Angels big hit from 1963; Rilo Kiley have some fun with double entendre; the Beatles from the early days, when they were particulary enamored of the effect created by two hands coming together; the Telepathic Butterflies using a small burst toward the end of their tune for added empahsis; Andre 3000 of Outkast having so much fun he can't keep his hands apart; E of Eels using the claps as a sardonic counterpoint to the words he's singing; and Shirley Ellis providing a logical conclusion to the whole mess.

Here's another one from Jimi Hendrix


Program #585

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
FEDERICO AUBELE . . . . . Luna y Sol . . . . . Causes 2
SEU JORGE . . . . . Life On Mars . . . . . The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship . . . . . Heathen
JANELLE MONAE . . . . . Sincerely, Jane . . . . . Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition)(LP w/Bonus Disc)
KLAATU . . . . . Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft . . . . . Klaatu/Hope
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE . . . . . Have You Seen The Saucers? . . . . . 2400 Fulton Street

BRASSTRONAUT . . . . . Old World Lies . . . . . Old World Lies
RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . Sail Away . . . . . Sail Away
THE BAND . . . . . The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down . . . . . Rock of Ages
NEIL YOUNG . . . . . Powerderfinger . . . . . Weld (2 disc set)
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Thin Blue Flame . . . . . Animal Years
PETE SEEGER AND LARRY LONG . . . . . Well May The World Go . . . . . If I Had a Song: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 2

JOHN LENNON . . . . . Remember . . . . . John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . “Further Complications.” . . . . . Further Complications
NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . My World . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
THE STRAWBS . . . . . Simple Visions . . . . . Deep Cuts
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE . . . . . Section 27 (Mental Caberet) . . . . . The Fragile Army
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Mt. . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
XTC . . . . . The Disappointed . . . . . Nonsuch
PATRICK WOLF . . . . . Bluebells . . . . . The Magic Position

JOE HENRY . . . . . Wave . . . . . Civilians
ST. VINCENT . . . . . The Neighbors . . . . . Actor
SHEA SEGER . . . . . May Street . . . . . May Street Project
ANTONY & BRYCE DESSNOR . . . . . I Was Young When I Left Home . . . . . Dark Was the Night
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Life Is Hard . . . . . Together Through Life
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Forest And Sands . . . . . My Maudlin Career
PORTER WAGONER . . . . . The Cold Hard Facts Of Life . . . . . Cold Hard Facts Of Life/Soul Of A Convict

Music from Argentina, or more precisely froma an Argentine musician, is where this show began. Federico Aubele is new to me, and I like the reggae-inflected track he contributed to the recently released disc that is donating all profits to organizations trying to help the people who are suffering in the Darfur region of Africa. From there it was another South American, Seu Jorge, working some magic on a David Bowie tune, which led to the Thin White Duke covering a Legendary Stardust Cowboy song. At this point you may have noticed a theme tucked in among the sound; the inspiration was some video I saw of the space shuttle astronauts repairing the Hubble telescope. That kind of stuff still mesmerizes me, and if I were an independently wealthy types who have more cash than they know what to do with, you can bet I'd be booking a seat on one of those vehicles that will be taking people into outer space sooner than you may think. Anyway, the rest of this set included one from Janelle Monae that seems to be about recalling an alien back to her home planet; an old one from Klaatu, a mostly forgotten Canadian band who received a lot of attention when this track first appeared because some folks thought it was the Beatles in disguise; and the Jefferson Airplane trying to rally the troops by means of the big picture.

A little free association from the opening section led to Brasstronaut, a band new to me whose ep will be availabe on June 2. That disc's title track set us down a path through history that included Randy Newman's blackly humorous take on the slave trade, the Band's Civil War tale, Neil Young's drama that feels as if its set in the same time period (even though that's not made clear), Josh Ritter's amazing impressionistic tour de force on the Iraq war and Pete Seeger with Larry Long ending it on a note of positivity as only he can.

John Lennon from his first solo effort initiated a set that involved a little bit of personal evaluation and review, as exemplified by the new one from Jarvis Cocker that followed. Then it was the New York Dolls from their latest with a track that conjured up the Strawbs—two bands not normally mentioned in the same sentence, at least up until now. From there it was the Polyphonic Spree seemingly on their way, although where to is not really clear, and Super Furry Animals from their latest overcoming obstacles in their path. Finally we had XTC acknowledging the sad truth and Patrick Wolf coming to grips with a toxic relationship that must stay broken.

The final section began with a Joe Henry track about a personal journey and the instability it had on family, and followed it with one from St. Vincent where Annie Clark is anxious about the instability she feels on a regular basis. The general sound of that track brought to mind Shea Seger from her one and only disc, and the recollections of home as a child on that one flowed nicely into Antony with Bryce Dessner covering an old Bob Dylan tune. Then it was Mr. D from his latest lamenting the loss of his love, Camera Obscura expecting the worst and Porter Wagoner getting blindsided by the awful truth. After that, there was nothing left to do but shut out the lights.

Here's another one from Bob Dylan and the Band


Program #584

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . It’s All Over Now . . . . . 12 X 5
HOWLIN’ WOLF . . . . . Smokestack Lightnin’ . . . . . The Best of Chess Blues, Vol. 1
TOM WAITS . . . . . Get Behind The Mule . . . . . Mule Variations
RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT . . . . . Soul Of A Man . . . . . A Stranger Here
THE KRONOS QUARTET . . . . . Dark Was The Night . . . . . Dark Was the Night
BOB DYLAN . . . . . My Wife’s Hometown . . . . . Together Through Life
DAVID BROMBERG . . . . . Suffer To Sing The Blue . . . . . David Bromberg

X-RAY SPECS . . . . . Oh Bondage, Up Yours! . . . . . Germ Free Adolescents
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Homewrecker . . . . . Further Complications
MIKE NESS . . . . . Misery Loves Company . . . . . Cheating at Solitaire
THE RAVONETTES . . . . . Blitzed . . . . . Lust Lust Lust
SISTER VANILLA . . . . . Jamcolas . . . . . Little Pop Rock
BIG STAR . . . . . Kizza Me . . . . . Third/Sister Lovers
THE CAESARS . . . . . Waking Up . . . . . Strawberry Weed
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . She Rings The Changes . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . Your Head Here . . . . . Goodnight Oslo

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Two Faces . . . . . Tunnel of Love
RICK NELSON . . . . . Lonely Town . . . . . Rick Nelson - Greatest Hits
NEKO CASE . . . . . Middle Cyclone . . . . . Middle Cyclone
JOHN CALE . . . . . Gravel Drive . . . . . Black Acetate
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Just The Same But Brand New . . . . . Actor
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Silver Morning . . . . . Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks
STUART MURDOCH . . . . . Come Monday Night . . . . . free download
THE SHINS . . . . . Sleeping Lessons . . . . . Wincing the Night Away

NEW YORK DOLLS . . . . . Trash . . . . . 'Cause I Sez So
UB40 & CHRISSIE HYNDE . . . . . Breakfast In Bed . . . . . UB40
LONE RANGER . . . . . Love Bump . . . . . The Best of Studio One, Vol. 2: Full Up
BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Ballroom Floor . . . . . Rock'n'Groove
THE JA-MAN ALL STARS . . . . . Downtown Rubadub . . . . . In the Dub Zone
CAIRO . . . . . I Like Bluebeat . . . . . 100% British Ska
THE CHANTELLS . . . . . Natty Supper . . . . . Dubwise & Otherwise 2: A Blood and Fire Audio Catalogue
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON . . . . . Making History . . . . . Independant Intavenshan: The Island Anthology
BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS . . . . . Blackman Redemption . . . . . Confrontation

After a Rolling Stones cover from the early days of a Bobby Womack tune, this show moved deeper into the blues for the remainder of this opening set. So we had a classic recorded at the Chess studios in Chicago in the mid-'50s from Howlin' Wolf followed by Tom Waits in a country blues place with a tune inspired by something that Robert Johnson's father once said of his son. From there it was a couple of Blind Willie Johnson tunes: the first from the excellent new Ramblin' Jack Elliott disc and the second performed in a harrowing version by the Kronos Quartet from the recent two-disc set devoted to raising money and awareness to continue the battle agains HIV and AIDS. Bob Dylan followed with a new tune that essentially borrows the music from Willie Dixon's "I Just Want To Make Love To You," and then it was David Bromberg with an original that explains why life's setbacks can be valuable to a bluesman.

This next section kicked off with the initial single release from X-Ray Spex in 1977; it came to mind after I heard the new Jarvis Cocker track that followed, with a blaring sax that approached the kinetic energy supplied by Lora Logic during her short stay in X-Ray Spex. Mike Ness (with some help from Bruce Springsteen) made it three saxophone-dominated songs in a row, and then it was the Raveonettes with one of their echoy, reverb-drenched specialties. Sister Vanilla likes to keep it noisy as well, and the overall looseness on this track conjured Big Star near the end of their initial run. The Caesars added a nice dose of guitar-driven pop, as did Martin Newell (along with Andy Partridge) and then it was Robyn HItchcock & the Venus 3 with one of his patented lyrically playful tracks to finish up.

Bruce Springsteen on his own to begin this set offered the first in a quartet of sad, regreful tunes that led next to an old one from a young Rick Nelson, a new one from Neko Case that also lends its title to her album and a recent one from John Cale that manages to quote the TV show Survivor in its lyrics without ruining the song. The atmosphere on that one fed nicely into a new song from St. Vincent that seems to be about moving on into a new place; the tune has a floating texture that brought to mind a Brian Eno track from music he composed for a film compiled of footage taken by Apollo astronauts during the lunar missions in the late '60s and early '70s. From there it was on to a new one by Stuart Murdoch; the song is from an upcoming album that will not be released as a Belle and Sebastian record, and the singer is named Catherine Ireton, who got the gig by auditioning for Murdoch. Finally it was the Shins with a track that builds to a rousing finish, which felt like a good place to stop.

On their terrific new disc the New York Dolls remake one of their best-loved tunes from the early days, this time with a classic reggae beat attached to it. That was all it took to become immersed in Jamaica's most-beloved export, so we had UB40 assisted by Chrissie Hynde followed by the Lone Ranger out of Studio One leading to Bunny Wailer with a tune from my favorite of his many solo discs. From there it was a bit of dub from the Ja-Man All Stars into a bit of serendipity from 1980 by Cairo followed by the Chantells injecting a bit of culture into the mix. That's where Linton Kwesi Johnson and Bob Marley and the Wailers from the first posthumous release after his death kept us, and that's when the lights went dark on this program.

Here's another one from Linton Kwesi Johnson


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