Sunday, December 28, 2008

Program #544

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
PATRICK WOLF . . . . . Overture . . . . . The Magic Position
ROXY MUSIC . . . . . Both Ends Burning . . . . . Siren
TOM VEK . . . . . If You Want . . . . . We Have Sound
TAKKYU ISHINO . . . . . Stereo Nights . . . . . Japan For Sale Vol. 2
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE . . . . . E=MC2 . . . . . E=mc2 (Extended Remix) Us 12"
BECK . . . . . Movie Theme . . . . . The Information

AIR . . . . . Once Upon A Time . . . . . Pocket Symphony
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Superstar . . . . . Juno
TAKEN BY TREES . . . . . Sweet Child O’Mine . . . . . Sweet Child O' Mine
REGINA SPEKTOR . . . . . On The Radio . . . . . Begin to Hope
STARS . . . . . The Night Starts Here . . . . . In Our Bedroom After the War
SUKILOVE . . . . . As Long As I Survive The Night . . . . . Sukilove
MADREBLUE . . . . . Certamente . . . . . The Sopranos - Peppers and Eggs: Music From The HBO Series
JOHN CALE . . . . . Reading My Mind . . . . . Hobo Sapiens

GIANT SAND . . . . . Can Do . . . . . proVISIONS
JOHNNY CASH . . . . . I Walk The Line . . . . . The Legend of Johnny Cash
NEKO CASE . . . . . Hold On, Hold On . . . . . Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
URGE OVERKILL . . . . . Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon . . . . . Pulp Fiction: Music From The Motion Picture
NINA SIMONE . . . . . Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood . . . . . Feeling Good: The Very Best of Nina Simone
THE ANIMALS . . . . . We Gotta Get Out Of This Place . . . . . Best of the Animals
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . I Hope You’re Happy Now . . . . . Blood & Chocolate
A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . There Are Maybe Ten Or Twelve . . . . . Get Guilty
THE WHITE STRIPES . . . . . Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself . . . . . Elephant
RACHAEL YAMAGATA . . . . . Pause The Tragic Ending . . . . . Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart (2 CD)

THE ROLLING STONES . . . . .Winter . . . . . Goats Head Soup
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . Winter Love . . . . . Winter Love
THE CAESARS . . . . . Winter Song . . . . . Paper Tigers
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Winter On Victoria Street . . . . . God Save the Clientele
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Valley Winter Song . . . . . Welcome Interstate Managers
THE AMAZING PILOTS . . . . . The Price Of Winter . . . . . Hello My Captor
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . I Am A Rock . . . . . Sounds of Silence
BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS . . . . . Sometimes In Winter . . . . . Blood, Sweat & Tears
HERBIE HANCOCK . . . . . River . . . . . River: The Joni Letters (with Bonus Tracks) - Amazon.com Exclusive

This one began with an appropriately titled tune from Patrick Wolf, and it was followed by an old favorite from Roxy Music, who often come to mind when I'm listening to Mr. Wolf. Next up was Tom Vek's indie/dance rock combination, with this track emphasizing the dance end of the spectrum a bit more and leading quite naturally to Takkyu Ishino's Japanese techno. Then it was Big Audio Dynamite with an extended remixed version of a tune about the filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, which led to Beck and a track that has nothing to do with cinema other than its title.

A meditation on the urgency of time from Air was followed by Sonic Youth's hazy remake of an old hit recollecting a sad affair by the Carpenters. That fed nicely into Victoria Bergsman's latest project Taken By Trees covering an old one from Guns N' Roses, which in turn brought a Regina Spektor track in which she mentions a different GN'R tune. Then it was the dueling vocals of Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan from Stars followed by a sinuously quiet track from Sukilove. The mood was maintained by Madreblu, with the Italian vocals calling to mind John Cale's tale of a road trip in Rome.

Kicking off this section was a Giant Sand track that conjured up Johnny Cash the first time I heard it, and from there it was Neko Case with a bit of twang as well. Urge Overkill followed with their cover of a Neil Diamond tune, and then it was the marvelous Nina Simone with the original of a song most associated with the Animals, who were next with another of their mid-'60s hits. One of those biting rockers that Elvis Costello does so well led to one by A.C. Newman in a more resigned mode from his upcoming new disc. Then it was the White Stripes remaking an old one from Dusty Springfield, and Rachel Yamagata attempting to put off the inevitable.

This program ended with some tunes to welcome the Winter Solstice which, although I'm not a fan of winter, is my favorite day of the season because every day that follows for the next six months brings a little more light—and that is a good thing.

Here's another one from the Animals

Friday, December 26, 2008

Program #543

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
DEMOLITION 23 . . . . . Hammersmith Palais . . . . . Demolition 23 [Japan Import]
THE HEARTBREAKERS . . . . . Born To Lose . . . . . L.A.M.F.: The Lost '77 Mixes
RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS . . . . . Don’t Die . . . . . Time
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Fat Children . . . . . Jarvis
GRINDERMAN . . . . . Honey Bee (Let’s Fly To Mars) . . . . . Grinderman
X-RAY SPEX . . . . . Oh Bondage! Up Yours! . . . . . Germ Free Adolescents
EXENE CERVENKA & THE ORIGINAL SINNERS . . . . . It Ain’t Supposed To Be . . . . . Sev7en
THE REPLACMENTS . . . . . Bastards Of Young . . . . . Tim
THE SEX PISTOLS . . . . . EMI . . . . . Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

THE CLASH . . . . . (White Man In) Hammersmith Palais . . . . . London Calling
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS . . . . . Punky Reggae Party . . . . . Legend - The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers (New Packaging)
JA-MAN ALL STARS . . . . . Hot Steppers Dub . . . . . In the Dub Zone
THE METERS . . . . . Sophisticated Cissy . . . . . The Very Best of the Meters
DR. JOHN & THE LOWER 911 . . . . . Dream Warrior . . . . . City That Care Forgot
WILLI WILLIAMS . . . . . Armagideon Time . . . . . The Best of Studio One, Vol. 2: Full Up
THE SPECIALS . . . . . Ghost Town . . . . . The Best of the Specials

CAT POWER . . . . . Dark End Of The Street . . . . . Dark End of the Street
RAY CHARLES . . . . . Lonely Avenue . . . . . The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS . . . . . My Man Is A Mean Man . . . . . Naturally
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . I Stand Accused . . . . . Get Happy!!
THE BEATLES . . . . . Leave My Kitten Alone . . . . . Anthology 1
SPOON . . . . . You Got Yr Cherry Bomb . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES . . . . . The Tears Of A Clown . . . . . Motown: The Classic Years
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Sometimes I Don’t Get You . . . . . I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
STEREOLAB . . . . . Self Portrait With ‘Electric Brain’ . . . . . Chemical Chords
THE SHARP THINGS . . . . . What’s The New Girl Wonder . . . . . A Moveable Feast

RICK VITO . . . . . Where Did You Go Bettie Page . . . . . Band Box Boogie
MATT BRUNO . . . . . Pin-Up Girl . . . . . Punch & Beauty
PETER & GORDON . . . . . Lady Godiva . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 4
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . Lazy Jane . . . . . The BBC Sessions
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Tears For Affairs . . . . . Let's Get Out of This Country
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Goodbye . . . . . The Postmarks
KEVIN TIHISTA’S RED TERROR . . . . . Back To Budapest . . . . . Judo
THE RUTLES . . . . . Doubleback Alley . . . . . The Rutles

I was listening to satellite radio in the car recently and Demolition 23 came on with a tune that I hadn't heard in a long time. Predictably it brought to mind the Sex Pistols, who closed the section, and in between was an energetic mix of old and new, with what might be considered the Heartbreakers theme song followed by a track from one-time member Richard Hell, who perhaps had Johnny Thunders in mind when he wrote it. (Probably not, but the purposes of this set it seems to work.) Then it was Jarvis Cocker having some difficulty with overweight kids, and Nick Cave in Grinderman mode looking to make his escape. Poly Styrene and X-Ray Spex expressed themselves about a different kind of liberation, Exene Cervenka & the Original Sinners offered some thoughts on the way things are . . . and should be, and the Replacements seemed worn out by it all.

Another tune conjured up by the Demolition 23 track was an old favorite from the Clash, which led to Bob Marley & the Wailers late '70s shout-out to the musical synthesis taking place in London at that time. Next was some dub from back then by the Ja-Man All Stars, followed by the rhythmic furnace that was/is the Meters. The New Orleans funk flavor continued with Dr. John seething about the neglect suffered by that city after Hurricane Katrina, and then it was back to the reggae beat with Willi Williams offering a bit of social commentary, as did the Specials to finish up.

Cat Power covering a great old song by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham segued rather snugly into some early Ray Charles followed by some modern-day soul from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. Elvis Costello continued down the road of love gone bad while showcasing his love for that kind of music, and then it was a great John Lennon vocal on a Beatles track that remained unreleased for more than 20 years after it was recorded. Spoon followed with a tune featuring some punchy horns, which led to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles putting on a brave face feeding into Yo La Tengo's falsetto expressions of confusion. The soulful horns made a return with Stereolab, and stuck around for an energetic track from the Sharp Things to finish up.

The recent death of '50s pin-up legend Bettie Page caught my eye as she inspired a few songwriters over the years, including Rick Vito and Matt Bruno. An old one from Peter & Gordon seemed a reasonable fit as well, and then it was on to a tune about another woman under some duress by Belle and Sebastian. One from Camera Obscura about a breakup due to infidelity led to a declaration of independence from the Postmarks that introduced a bit of brass for accent. Kevin Tihista's Red Terror did the same, but in a way that recalled the same Beatles tune lovingly satirized by the Rutles, the Legend That Lasted a Lunchtime.

Here's another one from the early days of the Pre-Fab Four