Program #668

Tonight I will be watching one of my favorite movies for the first time in decades: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. I still recall the first time I saw it during its theatrical run back in 1984, which, considering the number of films I've seenover the decades and the fact that with each passing year my brain more and more resembles Swiss cheese, is no mean feat. The film is silly but smart, gloriously funny, and part of it is set in New Jersey. I ordered the DVD from Netflix because the Buckaroo end credits music by Michael Boddicker recently made its way to the surface of my aforementioned brain, and that proved to be the inspiration for the tunes heard in this program's opening set. After a thematically appropriate track from Stereolab to start, Boddicker's whistling synths flowed quite nicely into a favorite from Vampire Weekend's latest. Then it was a nice contrast to the toy piano(?) that opens the DeVotchKa song, and the strings that close that one made a fine segue to the arrangement that kicks off the title track to Patrick Wolf's disc. The forward momentum of that one never fails to bring up an old Bay City Rollers song, which then offered an opportunity to play Nick Lowe's note-perfect tongue-in-cheek imitation of their sound attached to what sounds like a diary entry by a Rollers fan c. 1975. Finally, we heard Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 looking back to the same time period, although the focus is on a different crew of different music fans.

This set got off to a forlorn start with a trio of late '50s- early '60s-influenced pop gems by She & Him (from the brand new disc), Willy DeVille (covering a John Hiatt song) and Findlay Brown, and the descending hook in that last one recalls John Barry's instrumental theme to Midnight Cowboy. The lonesome Western feel of that tune led to Kathryn Williams covering Lee Hazlewood on a song that tells a very similar story to the Kris Kristofferson track that followed, and we finished with five variations on love gone bad with covers by Rosanne Cash, John Doe & the Sadies, Exene Cervenka, Cat Power and Frank Black.

The energy quotient shifted to a different level in this next section, beginning with the Pretenders sounding real fine from their new live disc into some basic guitar-driven rock and roll from the Soft Pack followed by Four Volts. Those newly minted Hall-Of-Famers the Stooges doing what they do best brought on Sonic Youth ripping through a recent favorite, and then we heard Art Brut discovering the Replacements, who followed with one of their own before Ike Reilly mixing and matching images in his own special way closed it out.

This program finished up with Lucky Dog Radio's annual March Madness-inspired set of tunes to help you get ready for the Big Dance and finish off those brackets (so you can rip them up with everybody else by the end of the Tournament's first weekend). So we heard some good advice for all the teams from Steve Forbert, a perfect choice from Madness, a flurry of dancing tunes from assorted folks, a particular favorite of mine from Haruomi Hosono and Cheech & Chong to wrap it all up with a nice neat bow.

The complete playlist follows.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
STEREOLAB . . . . . International Coloring Contest . . . . . Mars Audiac Quintet
MICHAEL BODDICKER . . . . . End Credits . . . . . The Adventures of Buckeroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
VAMPIRE WEEKEND . . . . . White Sky . . . . . Contra
DEVOTCHKA . . . . .The Clockwise Witness . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling
PATRICK WOLF . . . . . The Magic Position . . . . . The Magic Position
BAY CITY ROLLERS . . . . . Saturday Night . . . . . The Definitive Collection
NICK LOWE . . . . . Rollers Show . . . . . Jesus of Cool
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Saturday Groovers . . . . . Goodnight Oslo

SHE & HIM . . . . . Thieves . . . . . Volume Two
WILLY DEVILLE . . . . . That Is The Way To Make A Broken Heart . . . . . Live in Berlin
FINDLAY BROWN . . . . . Teardrops Lost In The Rain . . . . . Love Will Find You
JOHN BARRY . . . . . Midnight Cowboy . . . . . Midnight Cowboy: Original Motion Picture Score
KATHRYN WILLIAMS . . . . . Easy & Me . . . . . Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON . . . . . Me And Bobby McGee . . . . . Me and Bobby McGee
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . I’m Moving On . . . . . The List
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . A Fool Such As I . . . . . Country Club
EXENE CERVENKA . . . . . Sound Of Coming Down . . . . . Somewhere Gone
CAT POWER . . . . . A Woman Left Lonely . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
FRANK BLACK . . . . . Dark End Of The Street . . . . . Honeycomb

THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Precious . . . . . Pretenders: Live In London
THE SOFT PACK . . . . . Answer To Yourself . . . . . The Soft Pack
FOUR VOLTS . . . . . Hat Trick . . . . . Triple Your Work Force
IGGY AND THE STOOGES . . . . . Search And Destroy . . . . . Raw Power (2 CD Legacy Edition)
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Sacred Trickster . . . . . The Eternal
ART BRUT . . . . . The Replacements . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
THE REPLACEMENTS . . . . . Seen Your Video . . . . . Let It Be
IKE REILLY . . . . . The Reformed Church Of The Assault Rifle Band . . . . . Hard Luck Stories

STEVE FORBERT . . . . . You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play . . . . . Alive on Arrival
MADNESS . . . . . Madness . . . . . Complete Madness
BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Dancing Shoes . . . . . Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers
THE RAY BRYANT COMBO . . . . . The Madison Time . . . . . Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
FRED ASTAIRE . . . . . Shall We Dance . . . . . Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers At RKO: Motion Picture Soundtrack Anthology
DEL SHANNON . . . . . Do You Want To Dance . . . . . Del Shannon - Greatest Hits
CHRIS MONTEZ . . . . . Let’s Dance . . . . . Animal House: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
HARUOMI HOSONO . . . . . Sports Men . . . . . Philharmony
CHEECH & CHONG . . . . . Basketball Jones . . . . . Greatest Hits

Here's another one from Nick Lowe (along with Elvis Costello and James Burton)


Program #667

First off, I have to mention that Alex Chilton has died, apparently of a heart attack at the much too young age of 59. His work with Big Star in the mid-'70s had an inordinate amount of influence on so many musicians that followed, and he was responsible for a multitude of pure pop bliss moments over his career. A reformulated version of Big Star had been playing gigs recently, and they had been scheduled to play SXSW just a few days after Chilton passed away. There's a nice appreciation of his life and career that's worth a look over at the All Music blog.

This program was available during the run-up to St. Patrick's Day, so to help set the mood each of the first two sets began with an appropriate pair of songs. The remainder of the opener featured folks at various stages of success in attempting to figure out a way forward. In typical freeform radio style, the second set took us down a path that moved through a range of sounds, from the folk-rock of Joe Pug to Charlotte Gainsbourg's folky ruminations with a beat (courtesy of Beck) to Brian Eno's sublimely lilting tale of devotion to Harry Nilsson's Tin Pan Alley-like dissection of his life to the Beatles pining away for the girl who moved on to bigger and better things.

A new tribute collection for New Order has been released that features a group of artists playing their music, and the one that caught my ear was a version "Ceremony" by a band called Yes But No. I like the sound of this, and was particularly impressed when I learned that Yes But No is actually the Ward sisters: Brianna, age 13 and Skylar, age 10, who both play the guitar and are accompanied by their Uncle Jason on bass (and drums?). Here's a video of them practicing before they went into the studio. I couldn't resist playing the burst of sunshine that was 13-year-old Angie's 1979 single to follow, and then we worked our way through some new She & Him that worked well thematically with an old favorite from Kirsty McCall, followed by a couple of tunes written by the Reid brothers of The Jesus and Mary Chain fame, which led to a trio from Spoon, the Replacements and the Pretenders that all seem to be about coping with their current situations in life.

This program's finish grew out of the Brasstronaut tune that closed it out; it has a bluesy jazz feel and features an accenting trumpet that sets a proper mood for its dark sense of dislocation. Working backward from there we heard Bruce Springsteen's urban tale of small-time thief looking for his big score, Lou Reed's three-part suite of death and despair in the city (featuring Springsteen in a cameo near the end) and Andre Ethier's tune that's seemingly about a woman who takes her anger at the police to a deadly conclusion.

The complete play list follows.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE IKE REILLY ASSASINATION . . . . . When Irish Eyes Are Burning . . . . . We Belong to the Staggering Evening
THE YOUNG DUBLINERS . . . . . Rosie . . . . . Saints And Sinners
JAMES MADDOCK . . . . . When The Sun’s Out . . . . . Sunrise on Avenue C
ROD STEWART . . . . . True Blue . . . . . Never a Dull Moment
WILCO . . . . . Sonny Feeling . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . Any Road . . . . . Brainwashed
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland

JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO . . . . . The Luck Of The Irish . . . . . Some Time in New York City/Live Jam
DAVID BROMBERG . . . . . Medley Of Irish Fiddle Tunes . . . . . Demon in Disguise
JOE PUG . . . . . The Sharpest Crown . . . . . Messenger
INARA GEORGE . . . . . Where To Go . . . . . Where to Go
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . Me And Jane Doe . . . . . Irm
MANS WIESLANDER . . . . . Roadkill . . . . . Yet
BRIAN ENO . . . . . I’ll Come Running . . . . . Another Green World
RICHARD SWIFT . . . . . Ballad Of Old What’s His Name . . . . . The Atlantic Ocean
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Wasting My Time . . . . . Harry / Nilsson Sings Newman
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . The Show Must Go On . . . . . I, Lucifer
THE BEATLES . . . . . Honey Pie . . . . . The White Album (Remastered)

YES BUT NO . . . . . Ceremony . . . . . Ceremony - A New Order Tribute
ANGIE . . . . . Peppermint Lump . . . . . The Stiff Singles - Vol. 3
SHE & HIM . . . . . In The Sun . . . . . Volume Two
KIRSY MCCOLL . . . . . They Don’t Know . . . . . The Stiff Records Box Set
HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . Just Like Honey . . . . . The Silence of Love
SISTER VANILLA . . . . . Jamcolas . . . . . Little Pop Rock
SPOON . . . . . Trouble . . . . . Transference
THE REPLACEMENTS . . . . . Hold My Life . . . . . Tim
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Middle Of The Road . . . . . Pretenders: Live In London

ANDRE ETHIER . . . . . Cop Killer . . . . . Born of Blue Fog
LOU REED . . . . . Street Hassle . . . . . Street Hassle
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Meeting Across The River . . . . . Born To Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set (CD/2DVD)
BRASSTRONAUT . . . . . Insects . . . . . Mt. Chimaera

Here's another one from James Maddock


Program #666

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
10CC . . . . . Don’t Hang Up . . . . . How Dare You!
ASTRUD GILBERTO & WALTER WANDERLEY . . . . . Call Me . . . . . A Certain Smile, A Certain Sadness
BRYAN FERRY . . . . . I Thought . . . . . Frantic
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Peanuts . . . . . Falling Down a Mountain
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Temporary Like Achilles . . . . . Blonde on Blonde
CHARLES BROWN . . . . . Who Will The Next Fool Be . . . . . One More for the Road

JOSH ROUSE . . . . . Carolina . . . . . Nashville
KEITH . . . . . 98.6 . . . . . Ain't Gonna Lie
THE DOLEFUL LIONS . . . . . Saturday Mansions . . . . . Out Like a Lamb
HOLLY MIRANDA . . . . . Sweet Dreams . . . . . Magician's Private Library
THE MORNING BENDERS . . . . . Sleeping In . . . . . Big Echo
KEVIN TIHISTA . . . . . Wake Up Captain . . . . . Home Demons, Vol. 1
THE KINKS . . . . . Wonderboy . . . . . The Kink Kronikles
ALL SMILES . . . . . Words Of Wisdom . . . . . Oh For The Getting and Not Letting Go

THE PERNICE BROTHERS . . . . . Microscopic View . . . . . Discover a Lovelier You
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Walk A Lonely Road . . . . . Realism
DAVE SITEK . . . . . With A Girl Like You . . . . . Dark Was the Night
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Something Good . . . . . Kissin' Time
HERMAN’S HERMITS . . . . . A Must To Avoid . . . . . Very Best of Herman's Hermits
BIG STAR . . . . . September Gurls . . . . . #1 Record/Radio City
THE HIGH DIALS . . . . . My Heart Is Pinned To Your Sleeve . . . . . Moon Country
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . Falling Leaves . . . . . Man-Made
THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL . . . . . Six O’Clock . . . . . The Lovin' Spoonful - Greatest Hits
PAUL WESTERBERG . . . . . Gimmie Little Joy . . . . . PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys (Amazon.com Exclusive)

SPOON . . . . . Mystery Zone . . . . . Transference
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Bhindi Bhagee . . . . . Global a Go-Go
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . Voyage . . . . . Irm
LAL MERI . . . . . Lal Meri . . . . . Lal Meri
THE BEATLES . . . . . Within You Without You . . . . . Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Remastered)
ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN . . . . . Something To Believe . . . . . Sunday at Devil Dirt
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Enlightenment . . . . . Enlightenment

Romantic trials and tribulations were the focus of this show's opener, beginning with 10cc attempting to keep the lines of communication open followed by Astrud Gilberto and Walter Wanderley offering encouragement to pick up the phone. Then we heard Bryan Ferry working with Brian Eno for the first time since Eno left Roxy Music in the early '70s; Eno's keyboards and "treatments" create an almost meandering counterpoint to Ferry's tale of dashed hopes for real love, and the tune's slow fade brought on Tindersticks, with Stuart Staples and Mary Margaret O'Hara dueting on a song that examines the pair's relative interest in each other through their feelings about peanuts. Finally, Bob Dylan followed with a plaintive request for a little interaction brought on Charles Brown feeling bitter about the way things went down.

The next section began with a bit of folk-pop from Josh Rouse that seemed to flow nicely into an old favorite from Keith, who reached the Top Ten for the only time in early 1967 with this track. The Doleful Lions followed with one that manages to be driving and dreamy at the same time, and from there the sound reflected more of the latter with tunes from Holly Miranda and the Morning Benders. That led to Kevin Tihista attempting to shake his lethargy, the Kinks amazed by life's possibilities and All Smiles reflecting on where they've been as they look forward to where they're going.

One from the latest Magnetic Fields disc brought to mind a Pernice Brothers tune that actually opened this set and shares a delicate sense of dislocation; after that duo we heard Dave Sitek doing a synthed-up version of an old Troggs tune followed by Marianne Faithfull with a similar approach to one more British Invasion tune, this time by Herman's Hermits, who then gave us another of their many hits from the '60s. Big Star followed with their quintessential song of yearning, and then we heard the High Dials coming from a similar place. Teenage Fanclub maintained the mood, and the rhythmic pulse of that one segued beautifully into an old Lovin' Spoonful tune that employs an almost identical foundation to start out and then adds a touch of r&b, which then seemed to flow well into Paul Westerberg to close it out.

The final section began with the irresistable rhythm of my favorite tune from Spoon's new disc, and from there the sound shifted into more of a polyrhythmic approach with tracks from Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lal Meri. That culminated in the sounds created by Indian musicians brought in by George Harrison for his contribution to the Beatles 1967 masterpiece, and then it was the simple acoustic sound of Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan for contrast before Van Morrison brought down the curtain.

Here's another one from Teenage Fanclub


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