Thursday, January 31, 2008

Program #461

On the remote possibility that having LDR available 24/7 still doesn't satiate your radio Jones, I present the following press release.

That's right, now you will be able to enjoy a radio/TV mashup, more or less, courtesy of VH1.

Having not seen the preview, it's impossible to know whether or not this "comedy" will actually be funny. If you take a shot and find that it sucks, there's always WKRP (although music licensing issues kind of screwed the DVD release of that one, didn't they).

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
SPARKS . . . . . This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
RILO KILEY . . . . . Breakin’ Up . . . . . Under the Blacklight
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . I’m Free . . . . . December's Children (And Everybody's)
THE SIGHTS . . . . . Got What We Want . . . . . Got What We Want
THE DETROIT COBRAS . . . . . Slipping Around . . . . . Baby
JANIS JOPLIN . . . . . Move Over . . . . . Pearl
WILCO . . . . . The Thanks I Get . . . . . Sky Blue Sky
BIG STAR . . . . . She’s A Mover . . . . . #1 Record/Radio City
SPOON . . . . . Finer Feelings . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

NICOLE ATKINS . . . . . Together We’re So Alone . . . . . Neptune City
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . My Oblivion . . . . . Waiting for the Moon
TOUSSAINT MCCALL . . . . . Nothing Takes The Place Of You . . . . . Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
CAT POWER . . . . . Lost Someone . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
DEREK & THE DOMINOES . . . . . I Looked Away . . . . . Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
CANDI STATON . . . . . How Do I Get Over You? . . . . . His Hands
JOE COCKER . . . . . Darling Be Home Soon . . . . . Joe Cocker!

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . Femme Fatale . . . . . The Velvet Underground & Nico
ZILLIONAIRE . . . . . The Occasion Of The Water Heater . . . . . The Street Lights Have Been Turned Down
MANS WIESLANDER . . . . . Make Up . . . . . Parasol's Sweet Sixteen, Vol. 7
BRIAN ENO . . . . . St. Elmo’s Fire . . . . . Another Green World
SNAKEFINGER . . . . . Picnic In The Jungle . . . . . Greener Postures/Chewing Hides the Sound
FRANK ZAPPA . . . . . Montana . . . . . Apostrophe/Overnight Sensation
SLIM WHITMAN . . . . . Cattle Call . . . . . The Singing Cowboys: 14 of Your Favorite Cowboy Songs
RADIOHEAD . . . . . Nude . . . . . In Rainbows

BILLY BRAGG & THE BLOKES . . . . . St. Monday . . . . . England, Half English
JACK PENATE . . . . . Torn On The Platform . . . . . Matinee
THE ENGLISH BEAT . . . . . Twist And Crawl . . . . . I Just Can't Stop It
THE SPECIALS . . . . . It’s Up To You . . . . . Specials
THE CLASH . . . . . Pressure Drop . . . . . Black Market Clash
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS . . . . . Punky Reggae Party . . . . . Legend - The Best Of Bob Marley And The Wailers (New Packaging)
BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Roots Radics Dub . . . . . Dubdisco

This one kicked off with a Sparks tune that popped into my head after reading news reports on the Democratic campaign for president. The Rilo Kiley track made a nice bridge to the rest of what followed, which had more of a rhythm & blues feel, including tracks from a couple of Detroit bands—the Sights and the Detroit Cobras—as well as an old favorite from the magnificent Janis Joplin.

The next section was all about the sadness of lost love, starting with a melodramatic tune from Nicole Atkins followed by the dark desperation of Tindersticks. Then it was the understated despair of Toussaint McCall, which flowed very nicely into a new one from Cat Power, here covering James Brown. Eric Clapton expressing his longing for Patti Harrison led to Candi Staton soulfully asking the eternal question of all broken-hearted lovers, and then Joe Cocker's gospel-tinged take on a John Sebastian song.

Zillionaire is a band that's new to me, and there's much on their brand new disc that I quite like. Their music maintains an appealing tension even in its quieter moments, much as the Velvet Underground once did. The Snakefinger tune signaled the point in this set where stream of consciousness took over, as we moved from Frank Zappa Yippie-ki-yo-ki-yay-ing himself through Montana to Slim Whitman's falsetto yodels at the big roundup, which bear a remarkable resemblance to Thom Yorke's vocal stylings.

On his new disc Jack Penate at times recalls Billy Bragg, and he also employs a bit of ska rather well. From there it was on to the Specials and the English Beat, two mainstays of the late '70s U.K. ska revival. The Clash covering Toots & the Maytals led to Bob Marley's shout-out to English punk rockers before the sublime dub sounds of Bunny Wailer brought the proceedings to a close.

Here's another one from Frank Zappa (along with John and Yoko)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Program #460

OK, a little promotional pitch here.

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NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE BEATLES . . . . . It Won’t Be Long . . . . . With the Beatles
EDWIN STARR . . . . . Twenty-five Miles . . . . . 20th Century Masters: The Best of Edwin Starr (Millennium Collection)
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . Tell Me . . . . . 100 Days, 100 Nights
THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP . . . . . I’m A Man . . . . . The Best of the Spencer Davis Group
BOOKER T. & THE MG’S . . . . . Time Is Tight . . . . . The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . If Looks Could Kill . . . . . Let's Get Out of This Country
THE ZOMBIES . . . . . Tell Her No . . . . . Absolutely the Best
THE HIGH DIALS . . . . . Sweetness And Light . . . . . A New Devotion
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Here Comes The Phantom . . . . . God Save the Clientele
THE MONKEES . . . . . Daydream Believer . . . . . The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees

BOB DYLAN . . . . . Song To Woody . . . . . No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (The Bootleg Series Vol. 7)
CAT POWER . . . . . Song To Bobby . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
RALPH MCTELL . . . . . Zimmerman Blues . . . . . Not Till Tomorrow
STEVE EARLE . . . . . Tennessee Blues . . . . . Washington Square Serenade (DIG)
JORMA KAUKONEN . . . . . I’ll Be All Right . . . . . Quah
JOHN HIATT . . . . . I’m Satisfied . . . . . Avalon Blues: A Tribute to the Music of Mississippi John Hurt
MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT . . . . . My Creole Belle . . . . . Revisited
WILCO . . . . . Your Are My Face . . . . . Sky Blue Sky
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . The Boxer . . . . . Bridge Over Troubled Water

XTC . . . . . King For A Day . . . . . Oranges & Lemons
TEARS FOR FEARS . . . . . Everybody Wants To Rule The World . . . . . Songs from the Big Chair
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . That’s What I’m Talking About . . . . . Hey Venus!
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . A Street Called Prospect . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . I Loved London . . . . . The London Book of the Dead
CANDY BARS . . . . . Landscapes . . . . . On Cutting Ti-gers in Half and Understanding Narravation
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Backstreet Girl . . . . . Flowers
BELLE AND SEBASTION . . . . . The Model . . . . . Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant

MARVIN GAYE . . . . . I Heard It Through The Grapevine . . . . . Marvin Gaye - Greatest Hits [1976]
BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . Jealousy . . . . . Scene of the Crime
JOHN LENNON . . . . . I’m Losing You . . . . . Double Fantasy
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Drive On, Driver . . . . . Distortion
IGGY POP . . . . . The Passenger . . . . . Lust for Life
RADIOHEAD . . . . . House Of Cards . . . . . In Rainbows
THE FLAMING LIPS . . . . . Are You A Hypnotist? . . . . . Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

This opener was another of those sets that was constructed backwards; the Monkees tune was written by John Stewart, who passed away last week, and the Clientele song is built on a similar piano structure. At times the High Dials remind me very much of the Clientele, and both can be traced back to the Zombies. It's not too much of stretch to connect Camera Obscura with that British Invasion band either; there's a similarity in the vocals of Tracyanne Campbell vocals and Colin Blumstone that becomes apparent when they are played back to back. When I first heard the Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings tune last fall, it immediately called to mind Edwin Starr, but for no particular reason it took me this long to pair them up.

The first half of the next section was built around the Cat Power tune, the only new one on her latest disc of covers. Written about Bob Dylan, it seemed to fit perfectly between one from the man himself (written for Woody Guthrie way back on his first album) and the Ralph McTell tune that took part of its title from Dylan's original last name. Steve Earle's latest disc is all about his move from Nashville to New York City and living in the Big Apple, and the track we heard kicks off the record. That led to some nice finger-picking acoustic stuff from Jorma Kaukonen followed by a couple of songs by one of the masters, Mississippi John Hurt before finishing up with a new one from Wilco and an older Simon & Garfunkel tune.

The latest Super Furry Animals disc has been available as an import and digitally since last summer, but it's now getting a U.S. release that includes a bonus disc. The track we heard reminded me of both XTC and the song that Tears for Fears hit it big with back in the '80s, so we heard all three to kick of this set. A Martin Newell (with Andy Partridge) tune followed, and then things took something of an atmospheric turn with tracks from the latest by the Real Tuesday Weld and the 2006 debut by Candy Bars. In their youth the Rolling Stones liked to experiment with different styles and sounds, a perfect example being "Backstreet Girl," with its Old English folk sound done up in waltz time.

The new one from Bettye LaVette is where the Marvin Gaye song came from, and it seemed to flow rather well into John Lennon letting some of his paranoia show on Double Fantasy. From there another new one off of the Magnetic Fields disc led to some stream of consciousness programming to close out the festivities.

Here's Jorma Kaukonen with an instrumental from his Jefferson Airplane days