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