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