Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Program #469

Any Tennessee Tuxedo fans in the crowd? I have to admit that as a kid I only found the show at best semi-entertaining, and most of that was due to Don Adams giving voice to the penguin.

(Speaking of, I'm guessing that for those of us of a certain age who were/are Get Smart fans, the new movie coming soon to a theater near you, no matter how good it actually is, can only be disappointing in the end. I think Steve Carell is great, but there always was and will only be one Maxwell Smart.)

Tennessee's sidekick, Chumly the walrus, had a certain dimwitted charm, but otherwise I don't remember all that much about the cartoon. However, it came to mind the other day after I read about a new device called the Chumby that can function as an Internet radio alarm clock, among other features.

Even though it seems to have certain limitations, I like the idea that something as mundane as a radio alarm clock can now access Web radio streams. Just another step down the road to total Internet radio domination

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
TALKING HEADS . . . . . Love Goes To Building On Fire . . . . . The Best of Talking Heads
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS . . . . . Sax Rohmer #1 . . . . . Heretic Pride
JOHN DOE . . . . . Lean Our Your Window . . . . . A Year in the Wilderness
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . My Love Will Not Let You Down . . . . . Tracks (4CD)THE RED BALL JETS . . . . . Stars Are Right . . . . . Teenline No. 101
BUZZCOCKS . . . . . You Say You Don’t Love Me . . . . . Operators Manual
THE BEATLES . . . . . Tell Me Why . . . . . A Hard Day's Night
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Can’t Get A Line . . . . . Satellite Rides
THE SIGHTS . . . . . It’ll Be Nice To Have You Around . . . . . Got What We Want
THE SEARCHERS . . . . . When You Walk In The Room . . . . . The Very Best of the Searchers
THE APPLES IN STEREO . . . . . Jenny . . . . . New Magnetic Wonder

TOM WAITS . . . . . Emotional Weather Report . . . . . Nighthawks at the Diner
JIMMY MCGRIFF . . . . . Brother Griff . . . . . Straight Up
BILLIE HOLIDAY . . . . . My Man . . . . . The Quintessential Billie Holiday, Vol.5: 1937-1938
CAT POWER . . . . . Ramblin’ (Wo)man . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
OTIS REDDING . . . . . I’ve Been Loving You Too Long . . . . . Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . 100 Days, 100 Nights . . . . . 100 Days, 100 Nights
JAMES BROWN . . . . . Please Please Please . . . . . Star Time (4CD)

LOU REED . . . . . Wait . . . . . Street Hassle
LILY FROST . . . . . The Priscilla’s Song . . . . . Cine-Magique
THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS . . . . . Dedicated To The One I Love . . . . . The Mamas & the Papas - Greatest Hits
HARVEY & THE MOONGLOWS . . . . . Ten Commandments Of Love . . . . . The Best of Chess Rock & Roll, Vol. 2
ROXY MUSIC . . . . . In The Midnight Hour . . . . . Roxy Music - Street Life: 20 Greatest Hits
MARILYN MONROE . . . . . I Wanna Be Loved By You . . . . . Anthology
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Kix . . . . . The London Book of the Dead
DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS . . . . . Milk Shakin’ Momma . . . . . Original Recordings
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Death Cab For Cutie . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]

JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Gamma Ray . . . . . Global a Go-Go
NATASCHA ATLAS . . . . . Just Like A Dream . . . . . Something Dangerous
JAH WOBBLE & BILL LASWELL . . . . . Alam Dub . . . . . Radioaxiom: A Dub Transmission
BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Blackheart Man . . . . . Blackheart Man
PETER TOSH . . . . . Don’t Look Back . . . . . Bush Doctor

There's an intensity in the Mountain Goats' music that at times reminds me of early Talking Heads, so this program began with a relatively obscure Heads tune followed by a track from the latest Goats disc. The energy level was maintained by Bruce Springsteen and John Doe, and then it was on to the Red Ball Jets, a Midwestern band from the early '80s who managed to get a few tracks onto vinyl before their time was up. From there to the end of the set it was simply a nice mixture from across the decades of three-minute pop songs, which as regular listeners know is some of my favorite kind of music.

As I mentioned during the show, the Tom Waits track that opened this next section is the closest LDR will come to providing the kind of features found on most terrestrial radio stations. A swinging instrumental from Jimmy McGriff (master of the Hammond B-3) was followed by the complementary combo of Billie Holiday from 1937 and Cat Power from last month (at least that's when her latest disc was released), and then we finished with a couple of classics from Otis Redding and James Brown sandwiching some 21st century soul/r&b from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

The next set began with Lou Reed quoting the Crystals at the end of the track we heard followed immediately by Lily Frost looking back fondly to those '60s girl groups. The Mamas and the Papas covering the Shirelles was next, and their almost choir-like harmonies brought to mind Harvey & the Moonglows from 50 years ago. Bryan Ferry counting up to midnight on Roxy Music's remake of the old Wilson Pickett tune made for a very satisfying segue, and then it was on to Marilyn Monroe. While watching Some Like It Hot last week it suddenly occurred to me that she and Mr. Ferry share a similar vocal style, so I had to play them back-to-back. The Real Tuesday Weld followed with a tune that looks back to the '20s (when Some Like It Hot is set) for its musical inspiration, after which came an early one from Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks before The Bonzo Dog Band closed it out with a tune that Magical Mystery Tour fans surely recognized.

The hinge of this final section was the Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell tune, which combined the Middle Eastern details found on both the Joe Strummer and Natascha Atlas tracks that preceded it with the rhythms of Jamaican reggae by Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh that followed.

Here's another one from Joe Strummer

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Program #468

I just found out about this from the Listening Post and thought it might be of some interest to LDR listeners.

It appears to create a certain kind of tandem effect vis-a-vis Lucky Dog Radio, especially with newer music. Put simply, upon hearing something that strikes your fancy on the program you decide it would make a welcome addition to your personal collection. By quickly heading over to Amie Street you can save a chunk of change.

Perhaps.

Once again, as with everything, it's all in the timing.


NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Bob Dylan’s Dream . . . . . The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
FRANK TURNER . . . . . The Real Damage . . . . . Real Damage
RICHARD BUCKNER . . . . . Mile . . . . . Meadow
R.E.M. . . . . . Supernatural Serious . . . . . Accelerate
THE MINUS 5 . . . . . Great News Around You . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin
THE BEATLES . . . . . It’s All Too Much . . . . . Yellow Submarine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR . . . . . What In The World? . . . . . Chips from the Chocolate Fireball

MISSION OF BURMA . . . . . Falling . . . . . Onoffon
ZILLIONAIRE . . . . . No Contest . . . . . The Street Lights Have Been Turned Down
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE . . . . . Stars And Sons . . . . . You Forgot It in People
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Speed Of Life . . . . . Low
BETTIE SERVEERT . . . . . Smack . . . . . Log 22
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Xavier Says . . . . . Distortion
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Dead Sound . . . . . Lust Lust Lust
THE CHANTAYS . . . . . Pipeline . . . . . Surf Legends and Rumors:1961-1964
JAN & DEAN . . . . . Ride The Wild Surf . . . . . The Perfect Day: The Music from 40 Years of Surfing Magazine

THE FRAMES . . . . . Ship Caught In The Bay . . . . . Burn the Maps
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS . . . . . How To Embrace A Swamp Creature . . . . . Heretic Pride
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Man Burning . . . . . Hello Starling
THE WALLFLOWERS . . . . . Sleepwalker . . . . . Breach
SPOON . . . . . The Book I Write . . . . . Stranger Than Fiction
RICHARD LLOYD . . . . . Alchemy . . . . . Alchemy
MARK PICKEREL AND HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . Cherokee Grove . . . . . Cody's Dream
WILCO . . . . . Pot Kettle Black . . . . . Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

BRIAN ENO . . . . . Third Uncle . . . . . Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy
CORNELIUS . . . . . Free Fall . . . . . Fantasma
THE TEENAGERS . . . . . Starlett Johansson . . . . . Reality Check
THE RUMOUR . . . . . Frozen Years . . . . . Frogs, Sprouts, Clogs & Krauts/Purity of Essence: The Stiff Anthology
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Can’t Say No . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead
HEAVEN 17 . . . . . Let Me Go . . . . . Luxury Gap
LILYS . . . . . Perception Room . . . . . Precollection
JOY DIVISION . . . . . These Days . . . . . live version of 7-inch single b side

This program's opener had something of a split personality. The first portion came from the new track by Frank Turner; it reminded me very much of the Bob Dylan tune that preceded it, both in sound and its theme of regret, which also comes through in the Richard Buckner song that followed. The R.E.M. track is from their upcoming new disc, and while it shares a similar sound with Buckner's tune, its optimistic lyrics took the remainder of this section in a 180° direction with tracks in a similar vein from the Minus 5, the Beatles and the Dukes of Stratosphear.

A certain noisy distorted feel tied together most of this next set, starting with Mission of Burma's propulsive guitars before really kicking in with an old instrumental from David Bowie that fed perfectly into a Bettie Serveert tune followed by one from the latest by the Magnetic Fields. A new track by the Raveonettes occupies the same territory, but it also has a bit of a surf music feel, which led to a couple of classics in that genre to finish up.

Tracks from the Frames and the Mountain Goats kicked off this section with a focused intensity that slowly gave way to more of a pop sensibility by the time it was over. I liked the contrast between Spoon's spare, slightly ragged sound and the tight rhythmic guitar of Richard Lloyd that followed. The Mark Pickerel tune from his new one has more of those pop music aspects than his stuff normally does, which made for a nice segue to Wilco at the end.

New music was the inspiration for this finale. The Teenagers new disc will be available in a few weeks; the playfully energetic advance track worked well to transition from the propulsive rhythms of early Brian Eno and the Japanese musician who calls himself Cornelius to some "New Wave" from the Rumour (without Graham Parker). The Helio Sequence track from their latest is evocative of that late '70s-early '80s period, so it seemed a fine excuse to throw in an old one from Heaven 17, before a track from Lilys that always reminds me of Joy Division led to the B side of that band's final single.

Here's another one from Mission of Burma