Program #578

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Away With Murder . . . . . My Maudlin Career
THE BEATLES . . . . . Yes It Is . . . . . Past Masters, Vol. 1
MOJAVE 3 . . . . . Big Star Baby . . . . . Puzzles Like You
DAVE SITEK . . . . . With A Girl Like You . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE RASCALS . . . . . Groovin’ . . . . . Anthology (1965-1972)
THE ORANGE PEELS . . . . . Girl For All Seasons . . . . . So Far
THE SINGLES . . . . . Until You Came Along . . . . . Better Than Before
THE BYRDS . . . . . She Don’t Care About Time . . . . . The Byrds
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Life Itself . . . . . Working on a Dream

IGGY POP . . . . . Five Foot One . . . . . New Values
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Sacred Trickster . . . . . The Eternal
ASH . . . . . Burn Baby Burn . . . . . Free All Angels
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Now + Again . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
FOUR VOLTS . . . . . Hat Trick . . . . . Triple Your Work Force
BUFFALO TOM . . . . . Sally Brown . . . . . Besides: A Collection of B-Sides and Rarities
BUZZCOCKS . . . . . You Say You Don’t Love Me . . . . . Operators Manual
SQUEEZE . . . . . Another Nail In My Heart . . . . . Argybargy
EURO-TRASH GIRL . . . . . So What About You . . . . . Digital Single
PAUL WELLER . . . . . Come On/Let’s Go . . . . . As Is Now

THE CAESARS . . . . . Boo Boo Goo Goo . . . . . Strawberry Weed
THE TURTLES . . . . . You Baby . . . . . Golden Hits
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Where Do You Wanna Go . . . . . Dark Days / Light Years
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Let’s Go Away For Awhile . . . . . Pet Sounds
BURT BACHARACH . . . . . South American Getaway . . . . . Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969 Film)
KEVIN TIHISTA’S RED TERROR . . . . . Back To Budapest . . . . . Judo
WHITE WHALE . . . . . The Admiral . . . . . WWI
RICHARD SWIFT . . . . . The End Of An Age . . . . . The Atlantic Ocean
NEKO CASE . . . . . Don’t Forget Me . . . . . Middle Cyclone

JOY DIVISION . . . . . Passover . . . . . Closer
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . Black Mirror . . . . . Neon Bible
GREAT NORTHERN . . . . . Numbers . . . . . Remind Me Where the Light Is
RADIOHEAD . . . . . Jigsaw Falling Into Place . . . . . In Rainbows
LOVE . . . . . Alone Again Or . . . . . Forever Changes
THE SHINS . . . . . Split Needles . . . . . Wincing the Night Away IRVING . . . . . Jen, Nothing Matters To Me . . . . . Death in the Garden, Blood on the Flowers
ELLIOTT SMITH . . . . . Everything Means Nothing To Me . . . . . Figure 8

This program began with a track from Camera Obscura's terrific new disc; there's an organ riff (at least, I think it's an organ) that brought to mind the tone pedal effect from George Harrison's guitar on the Beatles track that followed. From there we had a British Invasion-flavored tune from Mojave 3 into an old Troggs number as recently reimagined by Dave Sitek, and then a big smash by the Rascals from that decade was followed by some turn-of-the-century sunshiney pop from the Orange Peels. Then it was the Singles' take on the British Invasion into an old Gene Clark tune by the Byrds, which brought the Byrds-like track from Bruce Springsteen's latest to finish up.

Sometimes it only takes a single line from a song to bring up a connection to another one; this section began with an Iggy Pop track that has a great refrain (Don't we all wish that life could be Swedish magazines?), and it came to mind after hearing the advance track from Sonic Youth's upcoming disc that features Kim Gordon singng "I wish I could be, music on a tree." From there it was all about guitars and energy with Ash leading to a catchy new one from It Hugs Back and on to Four Volts building to a satisfying sonic roar. The guitars kept coming with Buffalo Tom, and then it was a pair from the late '70s by Buzzcocks and Squeeze that have always worked well back to back. Finally, a favorite by Euro-Trash GIrl from a few years back led to an impatiently exhortative Paul Weller.

The impressively titled track by the Caesars that opened this set shared a similar feel to the late '60s gem from the Turtles that followed, and then it was brand new music from Super Furry Animals that was also coming from the same place. The title of that one conjured up a classic instrumental from the Beach Boys, which was followed by another insrtrumental (with some additional choral singing) from Burt Bacharach before the travel-inspired portion of the set ended with Kevin Tihista's Red Terror. From there it was an idiosyncratic pop tune from White Whale, a new one from Richard Swift with Harry Nilsson overtones and Neko Case with her heartfelt cover of a Nilsson tune from her new disc.

 The tone of despair that punctuates tthe Joy Division track at the start of this final section never really lifted right through the end with Elliott Smith's nihilistic little ditty. In between were Arcade Fire looking into the void, Great Northern with a warning about the wisdom of crowds, Radiohead anticipating the inevitable decline of a relationship, Love having reached that point and feeling utterly lost, the Shins feeling hemmed in and Irving pretty much traveling down the same path as Elliott Smith.

Here's another one from Squeeze