Program #633

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . Lonely At The Top . . . . . Sail Away
JOE HENRY . . . . . The Man I Keep Hid . . . . . Blood from Stars
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . The Show Must Go On . . . . . I, Lucifer
TOM WAITS . . . . . Live Circus . . . . . Glitter and Doom Live
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Wild Billy’s Circus Story . . . . . The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
THE DECEMBERISTS . . . . . My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist . . . . . 5 Songs

SPIRAL STAIRS . . . . . Maltese T . . . . . The Real Feel
IGGY POP . . . . . The Passenger . . . . . Lust for Life
THE CAESARS . . . . . Boo Boo Goo Goo . . . . . Strawberry Weed
PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS . . . . . Just Like Me . . . . . Paul Revere & The Raiders - Greatest Hits
VISQUEEN . . . . . Hand Me Down . . . . . Message To Garcia
THE BEATLES . . . . . Got To Get You Into My Life . . . . . Revolver (Remastered)
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Honey In The Sun . . . . . My Maudlin Career
SAM & DAVE . . . . . You Don’t Know Like I Know . . . . . The Very Best of Sam & Dave
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . Tell Me . . . . . 100 Days, 100 Nights

WILCO . . . . . Sonny Feeling . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
LOU REED . . . . . Crazy Feeling . . . . . Coney Island Baby
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Bang! . . . . . In & Out of Control
THE TUBES . . . . . Don’t Touch Me There . . . . . Young and Rich
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . 7-11 . . . . . By-the-Numbers
RAY PETERSON . . . . . Tell Laura I Love Her . . . . . Tell Laura I Love Her
GIRLS . . . . . Laura . . . . . Album
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . Desperate For Someone . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Intricate Things . . . . . Goodnight Oslo

ALELA & ALINA . . . . . Matty Groves . . . . . Matty Groves
FAIRPORT CONVENTION . . . . . Farewell, Farewell . . . . . Liege & Lief
THE SWELL SEASON . . . . . Fantasy Man . . . . . Strict Joy
JONI MITCHELL . . . . . Urge For Going . . . . . Hits
JOE PUG . . . . . Dodging The Wind . . . . . Born On Flag Day
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . She’s Got You . . . . . The List
GEORGE JONES . . . . . A Picture Of Me (Without You) . . . . . A Picture of Me (Without You)

The previous program ended with Bruce Springsteen's "New York City Serenade" and my noting that I'd never seen that tune performed live, and wondering whether it would be part of the set list for the two upcoming MSG shows. This show included another track from Springsteen's second disc, along with the happy news that I would be attending the 11/7 concert . . . where he would be playing the entire second album from start to finish! I managed to snare two tickets through the tiny drop released a few days before, and Kathy (my wife) and I ended up on the side of the stage, about 10 yards from the band. Remarkably, they were the best seats I've had at a Springsteen show since we sat in the ninth row at the old Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ, in 1978. The Wild and the Innocent was wonderful to hear, and the E Street Band did a magnificent job of recreating the original sound of the album, with the help of a five-piece horn section, along with a string section plus Richard Blackwell on congas (he played on the album) for NYC Serenade (which was powerfully beautiful). It remains to be seen if this will be it for Bruce and the band, as they are taking some time off after spending the better part of the past decade on the road and in the studio together. If so, this show brought me back full circle to the early days when I first discovered Springsteen, and that added a little something extra to an extraordinary concert.

The track heard here featured Garry Tallent on the tuba and Roy Bittan on accordian; it's one that neither Kathy or I had seen live before as well, and was another highlight. Following it was a Decemberists tune with a suitable title, and preceding it we heard a Tom Waits track from his upcoming live CD that made for a perfect segue. The Real Tuesday Weld contributed a track that seemed to fit quite nicely as well, and Joe Henry's song felt like it could be an inner monologue of the guy in the Randy Newman tune that opened the show.

The next section opened with one from the new Spiral Stairs disc, and the guiter on that one brought to mind an old favorite from Iggy Pop. From there we heard the Caesars with some of their Swedish garage rock followed by Paul Revere & the Raiders offering their prototype for that sound. Visqueen provided some more guitars along the addition of some horns, which the remastered Beatles used to prominent effect. We then stepped on the Scottish soul train with Camera Obscura, which led to one from the soul originators Sam & Dave before Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings took us home with a 21st century take on that heartfelt sound.

While listening recently to Wilco's last record I was suddenly struck by the similarity between the slide guitar on this set's opening track and the old Lou Reed tune that followed, which is why we heard them back to back. From there it was a new one by the Raveonettes that opens with a line that could be referencing another '70s Lou Reed song, and the sound of that one led to the Tubes having some fun with Phil Spector's Wall of Sound. The Postmarks covering the Ramones took us into teen tragedy territory, and of course Ray Peterson had a big hit during the peak of that niche in the early '60s. Girls followed with one about a different Laura, which led to the Minus 5 and a tune about a girl with some serious issues, and that brought on Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 (including Scott McCaughey, mastermind of the Minus 5) mulling over the nature of love and relationships between men and women.

The last portion of this program began with Alela & Alina taking on an old English folk song that many (including myself) were first introduced to through Fairport Convention, who followed with a different one from the album that contains their version. Then it was the Swell Season from their new disc with one on which Marketa Irglova sings the lead and seems to reference the rather short-lived relationship she had with Glen Hansard (the two of them have decided to continue performing together even though they are no longer a couple). A beautiful song of changes from Joni Mitchell led to a new one from Joe Pug that finds him working hard to maintain his equilibrium. Deer Tick unable to shake free of the girl he lost brought on Rosanne Cash surrounded by the material remains of a departed lover, and then we hit rock bottom with George Jones and a classic weeper from the early-'70s.

Here's another one from George Jones


Program #632

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ART BRUT . . . . . Am I Normal? . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
JONA LEWIE . . . . . You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties . . . . . The Stiff Records Box Set
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Red Dragon Tattoo . . . . . Utopia Parkway
BOAT . . . . . We Want It, We Want It . . . . . Setting the Paces
SPOON . . . . . Finer Feelings . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
YO LA TENGO . . . . . It It’s True . . . . . Popular Songs
JENS LEKMAN . . . . . Sipping On The Sweet Nectar . . . . . Night Falls Over Kortedala
THE SPINNERS . . . . . Could It Be I’m Falling In Love . . . . . The Very Best of the Spinners

PAUL WESTERBERG . . . . . Dangerous Boys . . . . . PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys (Amazon.com Exclusive)
ST. VINCENT . . . . . Save Me From What I Want . . . . . Actor
JOE HENRY . . . . . Tiny Voices . . . . . Tiny Voices
TAKEN BY TREES . . . . . Anna . . . . . East of Eden
DEATH IN VEGAS . . . . . Killing Smile . . . . . Scorpio Rising
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Moonlight Mile . . . . . Sticky Fingers
JULIAN PLENTI . . . . . Skyscraper . . . . . Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper

HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS . . . . . Trouble . . . . . Through the Devil Softly
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . Femme Fatale . . . . . The Velvet Underground & Nico
GIRLS . . . . . Hellhole Ratrace . . . . . Album
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD . . . . . All Cried Out . . . . . The Very Best of Dusty Springfield
GLASVEGAS . . . . . It’s My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry . . . . . Glasvegas
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Stranger In The House . . . . . This Year's Model (With Bonus Disc)
NICOLE ATKINS . . . . . Together We’re Both Alone . . . . . Neptune City

KRAFTWERK . . . . . Autobahn . . . . . Autobahn
JOHN CALE . . . . . Reading My Mind . . . . . Hobo Sapiens
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . The Back Seat Of My Car . . . . . Ram
THE SHARP THINGS . . . . . Driving In Manhattan In My Car . . . . . A Moveable Feast
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . New York City Serenade . . . . . The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle

The proceedings began this time with Eddie Argos of Art Brut bemoaning his inability to feel comfortable enough to ask out certain members of the opposite sex, and from there we heard first Jona Lewie and then Fountains of Wayne detailing the means by which they cope with girl problems. One from the new Boat disc contains a similar sensibility, and that brought us to Spoon introducing a different rhythmic appeal as they're searching for that special love connection. Yo La Tengo followed with a slice of strings-laced soul that reaffirms the need to focus on the important things, and then we heard a head-over-heels Jens Lekman setting the strings into something approaching disco territory before some classic Philly Soul from the Spinners finished it off.

This section began with a new one from Paul Westerberg followed by St. Vincent from her last disc; both seemed to be singing about how difficult the irresistable ones can be. The claustrophobic feel of the St. Vincent track segued nicely into Joe Henry's rhythmic collage, with its declaration of love being echoed in the Taken By Trees track that followed. Then we heard Death in Vegas with a dreamy tune featuring Hope Sandoval on lead vocals; that one always conjures up the Rolling Stones from their more adventurous days, and they brought us to Julian Plenti at the end.

The aforementioned Hope Sandoval has a new disc, and we heard one from that to open this set that segued nicely into an old one from the Velvet Underground. Maintaining the mood but ignoring the warning was Girls with the centerpiece track from their debut, followed by Dusty Springfield finally accepting the sad truth. Glasvegas owning up to their responsibility for the mess they're in led to Elvis Costello & the Attractions facing the handwriting on the wall and then Nicole Atkins getting to the crux of the whole matter.

The finale was built primarily around a driving theme, from Kraftwerk cruising down a German superhighway to John Cale behind the wheel somewhere in Rome to Paul McCartney letting someone else man the cockpit while he enjoys the view from the back to the Sharp Things finding some solace by merging with the rest of New York City traffic. That brought us to Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and a tune with an opening scene set in the back seat of a Cadillac. With their tour winding down and two stops in Madison Square Garden coming up, I wondered whether this song would make the setlist, and lamented the fact that it was the one track I regretted never seeing the Boss perform live. But as it turns out, that was not to last. . . .

Here's another one from John Cale


Program #631

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
CAROLYN MARK & NQ ARBUCKLE . . . . . Saskatoon Tonight . . . . . Let's Just Stay Here
GORDON LIGHTFOOT . . . . . Alberta Bound . . . . . Don Quixote
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . Girl From The North Country . . . . . The List
NEIL YOUNG . . . . . A Man Needs A Maid/Heart Of Gold Suite . . . . . Live at Massey Hall 1971
GIANT SAND . . . . . Stranded Pearl . . . . . proVISIONS
NANCY SINATRA & LEE HAZLEWOOD . . . . . Some Velvet Morning . . . . . The Hit Years
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Theme From “Memiors” . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)

BRIAN ENO . . . . . Here He Comes . . . . . Before and After Science
YO LA TENGO . . . . . By Two’s . . . . . Popular Songs
RACHEL SWEET . . . . . It’s So Different Here . . . . . <Fool Around br /> JENIFER JACKSON . . . . . Mercury, The Sun And Moon . . . . . Birds
FEDERICO AUBELE . . . . . Luna y Sol . . . . . Causes 2
EXENE CERVENKA . . . . . Surface Of The Sun . . . . . Somewhere Gone
WRECKLESS ERIC . . . . . Walking On The Surface Of The Moon . . . . . Big Smash!
ANGIE . . . . . Peppermint Lump . . . . . 7-inch single
BOAT . . . . . (do the) Magic Centipede . . . . . Setting the Paces

T. REX . . . . . Telegram Sam . . . . . 20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Saturday Groovers . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Drive-In Saturday . . . . . Aladdin Sane - 30th Anniversary Edition
GIRLS . . . . . Darling . . . . . Album
THE KING OF FRANCE . . . . . What’s Your Name . . . . . The King of France
RILO KILEY . . . . . I Never . . . . . More Adventurous
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . I Never Said I Was Deep . . . . . Further Complications
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Canyons Of Your Mind . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . Too Much . . . . . The Number One Hits

BOB DYLAN . . . . . Went To See The Gypsy . . . . . New Morning
DEWEY COX . . . . . Royal Jelly . . . . . Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
MOUSE & THE TRAPS . . . . . A Public Execution . . . . . Fraternity Years
THE MODERN LOVERS . . . . . Girlfriend . . . . . The Modern Lovers
SPIRAL STAIRS . . . . . True Love . . . . . The Real Feel
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS . . . . . Breakdown . . . . .
THE BLACK KEYS . . . . . So He Won’t Break . . . . . Attack and Release
THE BEATLES . . . . . (I Want You) She’s So Heavy . . . . . Abbey Road (Remastered)

This show began with tunes set in the Great White North by Carolyn Mark & NQ Arbuckle and Gordon Lightfoot, which were followed by one located just south of the Canadian border from Rosanne Cash covering an early Bob Dylan tune (one that her dad shared a duet with Dylan on for Nashville Skyline). Then we heard Neil Young with a couple of tunes from Harvest combined into one from a tour he did prior to that album's being recorded. The eternal search for romance described in those songs flowed nicely into the Giant Sand tune that followed, and from there it was a sideways step to Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood with one of their classic duets into an instrumental from the Postmarks that brought this set to a low-key, swaggering close.

A change of pace kicked off with one of Brian Eno's signature flowing tunes leading to a Yo La Tengo track with similar atmospherics but a slower tempo. The rhythmic pace picked up again with Rachel Sweet seguing quite smoothly into Jenifer Jackson, which introduced a solar system theme that lasted through Federico Aubele, Exene Cervenka and Wreckless Eric. The synthesizer bit at the end of that one conjured up the beginning of 13-year-old Angie's 1978 single, which was followed by a new one from Boat that contains a similar child-like innocence.

A prime chunk of early '70s glam from T. Rex opened this set, and it was followed by a couple of tunes that remember those days—one from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 off of their 2009 disc and the other by David Bowie through a song set in the future that looks back to the time it was released. From there we returned to the present with a tune from Girls that has a certain '50s feel, which brought on the King of France and Rilo Kiley using similar building blocks. The Jarvis Cocker track that followed seems to have a bit of that as well, and it's title played nicely off the Rilo Kiley song that preceded it. From Cocker's "profoundly shallow" we moved to the profoundly silly/smart Bonzo Dog Band doing their best Elvis Presley interpretation, which is how we finished up with the King.

Bob Dylan once denied in an interview that he'd ever met Elvis, but he did write a song that seemed to be about an encounter he once had with him; considering it's Dylan, who has been building his personal mythology since he first arrived in New York as teenager, who's to really know. After hearing Bob sing of this supposed meeting, we moved on to John C. Reilly as Dewey Cox from the very enjoyable film of a few years back. Dewey is in his Dylan phase and singing a funny song that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever; it was written by Dan Bern, who apparently was given a free pass to indulge his Dylanistic proclivities to their maximum extent. From there we heard Mouse and the Traps, a Texas group from the '60s who had a regional hit with a tune that had many folks thinking they were hearing a new Dylan song when they first encountered it. An early one from the Modern Lovers brought on a new track from Spiral Stairs, aka Scott Kannberg of Pavement, and that one reminded me of some early Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The title of that one clicked into the Black Keys tune that followed, and that led to the remastered Beatles to bring down the curtain.

Here's another one from Nancy Sinatra


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