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