Friday, December 28, 2007

Program #452

Been cruising along at half speed for the past week or so and will continue to do so in these last remaining days of 2007.

Right now you can hear the last Lucky Dog Radio program for 2007; it's a look back at stuff from this year that worked for me (although not all of it, as there was way too much to fit into a normal LDR show). It will be available through 1/1/08; you can take a listen by using the link to your right.

The first 2008 program will mark a return to the regular twice-a-week schedule, so I'll see you next year.

Have a Happy and stay safe!

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE BEATLES . . . . . Christmastime Is Here Again (The Beatles 1967 Christmas Message) . . . . . The Beatles Christmas Album
XTC . . . . . Thanks For Christmas . . . . . Rag 'N' Bone Buffet
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . Christmas In Suburbia . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
MARAH . . . . . New York Is A Christmas Kind Of Town . . . . . A Christmas Kind of Town
THE POGUES . . . . . Fairytale Of New York . . . . . If I Should Fall from Grace with God
AUGUST DARNELL . . . . . Christmas On Riverside Drive . . . . . ZE Christmas Record
RUN-DMC . . . . . Christmas In Hollis . . . . . ZE Christmas Record
JAMES BROWN . . . . . Soulful Christmas . . . . . Funky Christmas
ALBERT KING . . . . . Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ . . . . . It's Christmas Time Again
OTIS REDDING . . . . . Merry Christmas Baby . . . . . Dreams To Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology
EARTHA KITT . . . . . Santa Baby . . . . . Elf: Music From The Major Motion Picture
BOB RIVERS & TWISTED RADIO . . . . . Walkin’ ’Round In Women’s Underwear . . . . . I Am Santa Claus

ARETHA FRANKLIN . . . . . Winter Wonderland . . . . . Joy to the World
MARAH . . . . . Christmas With The Snow . . . . . A Christmas Kind of Town
SUFJAN STEVENS . . . . . Come On! Let’s Boogie To The Elf Dance . . . . . Songs for Christmas
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Santa Claus Is Coming To Town . . . . . My Hometown
THE RONETTES . . . . . Sleigh Ride . . . . . Christmas Gift to You Tribute to Phil Spector
ROY WOOD . . . . . I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day . . . . . The Wizzard!: Greatest Hits & More - The EMI Years
ANDY WILLIAMS (A SHRIFT REMIX) . . . . . The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year . . . . . A Six Degrees Collection: Christmas Remixed - Holiday Classics Re-Grooved
SAINT ETIENNE . . . . . I Was Born On Christmas Day . . . . . Tiger Bay
LOW . . . . . Just Like Christmas . . . . . Christmas
LOUIS ARMSTRONG . . . . . Cool Yule . . . . . Serendipity: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture
CHARLIE PARKER . . . . . White Christmas . . . . . Christmas Blues

JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO . . . . . Happy Xmas (War Is Over) . . . . . Happy Xmas / Listen The Snow is Falling 45 rpm Record by John & Yoko
JOHN FAHY . . . . . In The Bleak Midwinter . . . . . Christmas Guitar
RON SEXSMITH . . . . . Maybe This Is Christmas . . . . . A Winter's Night: Best of Christmas
DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY . . . . . Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy . . . . . Coolest Christmas
TOM MCRAE . . . . . Wonderful Christmastime . . . . . Maybe This Christmas Tree
MARTINA SORBARA . . . . . It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year . . . . . A Winter's Night: Best of Christmas
THE BRIGADIER . . . . . Merry Christmas To Me
DARLENE LOVE . . . . . Please Come Home For Christmas . . . . . It's Christmas, Of Course
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . Blue Christmas . . . . . Elvis Christmas
JONI MITCHELL . . . . . River . . . . . Blue
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Pretty Paper . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits

COUNT FLOYD . . . . . Reggae Christmas Eve In Transylvania . . . . . Count Floyd
SHONEN KNIFE . . . . . Space Christmas . . . . . Space Christmas
DEAN MARTIN . . . . . Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer . . . . . Christmas with Dino
KEITH RICHARDS . . . . .Run Rudolph Run
THE KINKS . . . . . Father Christmas . . . . . Come Dancing with the Kinks: The Best of the Kinks 1977-1986
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . The Man In The Santa Suit . . . . . I Want An Alien For Christmas
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Little Saint Nick . . . . . Christmas With the Beach Boys
THE SWIMMERS . . . . .The Christmas Sound
DRESSY BESSY . . . . . All The Right Reasons . . . . . Kindercore Records Christmas 2
THE FREE DESIGN . . . . . Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas) . . . . . You Could Be Born Again
YO LA TENGO . . . . . It’s Christmas Time

Not much to add; it was simply a selection of seasonal stuff that I've managed to gather over the years. Hope it managed to put you in the right frame of mind.

Here's one I probably should have added last time, but even so, you can use it to take a moment and savor everything that brought you some good cheer over these past few weeks. It's Springsteen doing "Santa Claus . . ." at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ, in Sept. 1978. I was there, in the 9th row. Hard to believe it will be 30 years next September.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Program #451

The current offering on Lucky Dog Radio is the annual Holiday Extravaganza, which will be available through Christmas day. So if you're feeling in the mood for some seasonal sounds, just give the link over on the right a click and you will be instantly transported to Christmas, etc., done up LDR style.

Enjoy!

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
MOJAVE 3 . . . . . Breaking The Ice . . . . . Puzzles Like You
PETER AND GORDON . . . . . A World Without Love . . . . . The Ultimate Peter & Gordon
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Madeline . . . . . And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Let’s Get Out Of This Country . . . . . Let's Get Out of This Country
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Thunder Road . . . . . Born to Run
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Tonight The Streets Are Ours . . . . . Lady's Bridge
NICOLE ATKINS . . . . . Maybe Tonight . . . . . Neptune City
IKE & TINA TURNER . . . . . River Deep, Mountain High . . . . . Absolutely the Best
JACKIE BRENSTON & HIS DELTA KINGS . . . . . Rocket 88 . . . . . The Best of Chess Rock & Roll, Vol. 1
REV. HORTON HEAT . . . . . Galaxie 500 . . . . . Lucky 7
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . ’92 Suburu . . . . . Traffic and Weather
THE RASPBERRIES . . . . . Drivin’ Around . . . . . Capitol Collectors Series
THE SINGLES . . . . . I’ll Be Good To You . . . . . Better Than Before
THE FOUR CORNERS . . . . . Now!, Baby!, Now! . . . . . Say You're a Scream
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Stupid Girl . . . . . Aftermath
THE CAESARS . . . . . May The Rain . . . . . Paper Tigers
THE CASTAWAYS . . . . . Liar, Liar . . . . . More Nuggets, Vol. 2
THE HOLD STEADY . . . . . Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window . . . . . I'm Not There

THE BEATLES . . . . . The Ballad Of John And Yoko . . . . . Past Masters, Vol. 2
TELEVISION PERSONALITIES . . . . . Velvet Underground . . . . . My Dark Places
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . Sweet Jane . . . . . Loaded (2-CD Fully Loaded Edition)
THE CLASH . . . . . Koka Kola . . . . . London Calling
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . No Cars Go . . . . . Neon Bible
LEMON JELLY . . . . . His Majesty King Raam . . . . . LemonJelly.KY

LILY FROST . . . . . Enchantment . . . . . Cine-Magique
ANA MARTENS . . . . . Nada Parecido Con Voce . . . . . Futuros Amantes
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . His Majesty Rides . . . . . Subtitulo
JOHN CALE . . . . . Satisfied . . . . . Black Acetate
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Echo Park . . . . . Our Shadows Will Remain
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Something Good . . . . . Kissin' Time
UB40 W/ CHRISSIE HYNDE . . . . . I Got You Babe . . . . . The Very Best of UB40 1980-2000
BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Ballroom Floor . . . . . Rock'n'Groove
THE LONE RANGER . . . . . Love Bump . . . . . The Best of Studio One, Vol. 2: Full Up

This opener grew out of my wanting to acknowledge the musical contributions of Ike Turner over the second half of the 20th century (at least during those periods when he wasn't incarcerated . . . which, to be fair, was the vast majority of the time). Perversely enough, I chose a track on which Ike doesn't appear, simply because Phil Spector didn't want to deal with him in the studio (this from a guy who was notoriously difficult in his own right). So everything built to the final track, both from a sound perspective as well as lyrically, as the selections were all about breaking away and searching for love.

To make up for not playing a track that Ike was actually on, the next set began with a tune that goes back to 1951. Even though his name isn't on it, it's Ike's band (he's on piano), and the song is one of those mentioned when people try to figure out precisely where "Rock 'n' Roll" began (as if that's possible). The Rocket 88 was an Oldsmobile, so that led to a couple more car tunes, and then there was a drift into more of a garage rock kind of thing before closing out with the Hold Steady from I'm Not There.

The next section satiated a craving I've been harboring to hear "The Ballad Of John And Yoko," which was followed by a Television Personalities tune that employs a similar 50's rhythm with ascending and descending Mexican-style guitars. Following that one with a VU track was an obvious choice, but occasionally there's no harm in following that path. The last tune was the first I ever heard by Lemon Jelly; I was immediately entranced and it's still my favorite from them.

The finale was another of those sets built back to front, and it all stemmed from a desire to hear some crucial reggae, supplied here by the Lone Ranger and Bunny Wailer. Also in there were a couple of British Invasion covers by Marianne Faithfull and UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, supremely beautiful tunes from Joseph Arthur and John Cale, a Bossa Nova-influenced song by Josh Rouse preceded by the real thing from Ana Martins, and a lovely little track by Lily Frost at the top.

Here's another one from Bunny Wailer (I was at this show, right down in front—it was amazing)