Program #577

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Sisters Of Mercy . . . . . Live In London
JOHN CALE . . . . . Satisfied . . . . . Black Acetate
NEKO CASE . . . . . Middle Cyclone . . . . . Middle Cyclone
TARNATION . . . . . Game Of Broken Hearts . . . . . Gentle Creatures
CLEM SNIDE . . . . . With All My Heart . . . . . Hungry Bird
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Best For The Best . . . . . Animal Years
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . Overs . . . . . Bookends

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . The Very Best Of Neil Diamond . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . A Better Future . . . . . Heathen
IAN HUNTER . . . . . Brainwashed . . . . . Shrunken Heads
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . All In A Day . . . . . Streetcore
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Tombstone Blues . . . . . No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (The Bootleg Series Vol. 7)
BECK . . . . . Strange Apparition . . . . . The Information
JOE HENRY . . . . . Our Song . . . . . Civilians

NEIL DIAMOND . . . . . Solitary Man . . . . . Classics: The Early Years
SHE & HIM . . . . . This Is Not A Test . . . . . Volume One
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Honey In The Sun . . . . . My Maudlin Career
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . My Lucky Day . . . . . Working on a Dream
THE RASPBERRIES . . . . . I Wanna Be With You . . . . . Capitol Collectors Series
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Red Dragon Tattoo . . . . . Utopia Parkway
THE APPLES IN STEREO . . . . . 7 Stars . . . . . New Magnetic Wonder
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA . . . . . Turn To Stone . . . . . All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
STEREOLAB . . . . . Silver Sands . . . . . Chemical Chords

PEGGY SUE . . . . . Spare Parts . . . . . Spare Parts
MARIA MULDAUR . . . . . Don’t You Make Me High (Don’t You Feel My Leg) . . . . . Maria Muldaur
RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT . . . . . How Long Blues . . . . . A Stranger Here
THE GRATEFUL DEAD . . . . . You Win Again . . . . . Europe 72
CAT POWER . . . . . Woman Left Lonely . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
TOUSSAINT MCCALL . . . . . Nothing Takes The Place Of You . . . . . Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . The Hungry Saw . . . . . The Hungry Saw
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Nine Million Rainy Days . . . . . By-the-Numbers
ANGELO BADALAMENTI & JULEE CRUISE . . . . . Falling . . . . . Twin Peaks (Season One TV Soundtrack)

This opener was one of those amazing Leonard Cohen songs that he wrote a long time ago, and it still sounds real good in the version heard here from his new live collection. The succor provided by the "sisters of mercy" is echoed in the John Cale tune that followed, but then the atmosphere became more poisonous in the tracks from Neko Case and Tarnation. From there it was Clem Snide with a song that sounds like a love song but is actually about ensuring that a relationship stays broken, and then it was Josh Ritter accepting that reality and Simon & Garfunkel seemingly sure that the time had come to call it quits—at least until the tune's final line.

A bit of social commentary from Super Furry Animals new disc that uses Neil Diamond to make a point led to David Bowie with a plea for tomorrow and Ian Hunter scolding the passive herds. From there it was Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros surveying the world in the early years of the 21st century followed by Bob Dylan pretty much doing the same in the 1960s. Then Beck trying to get a handle on his present situation gave way to Joe Henry using a (fictional) chance encounter with Willie Mays in a Home Depot as a jumping-off point for a rumination on American society c. 2007.

After leading off the last set with that new Furries tune I couldn't resist playing one from Neil himself, and then it was She & Him with some good advice for the Solitary Man. That led to Camera Obscura from their brand new disc, which is full of splendidly sad yet catchy tunes and has become my favorite of the moment. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band followed with a bright rocker from their last one that flowed nicely into a classic three-minute pop song full of yearning from the Raspberries, which then brought on Fountains of Wayne with a synth-soaked tale of a guy who gets a tattoo to impress a girl (yeah, like that ever works). Holding on to the synths were the Apples in Stereo sounding an awful lot like the Electric Light Orchestra, and then it was Stereolab incorporating a touch of ELO as well to close it out.

Music from a new trio calling themselves Peggy Sue conjured up an old Maria Muldaur tune, which then segued nicely into one from Ramblin' Jack Elliott's latest disc. Then it was the Grateful Dead covering Hank Williams from a long time ago and Cat Power with a nice take on a Janis Joplin number from last year's disc. A profoundly despondent Toussaint McCall gave way to Tindersticks with a vivid metaphor for the pain of love, and then it was a magnificently gloomy Jesus and Mary Chain cover by the Postmarks leading to Julee Cruise's etherial vocals accompanying Angelo Badalamenti's title track for Twin Peaks.

Here's another one from the Raspberries