Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Program #481

Continuing in catch-up mode, here's the show that was up for the first half of my recent vacation.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE BEATLES . . . . . Taxman . . . . . Revolver [UK]
MONTY PYTHON . . . . . Money Programme . . . . . Monty Python's Previous Record (Expanded Edition w/ Bonus Tracks)
MONTY PYTHON . . . . . Money Song . . . . . Monty Python's Previous Record (Expanded Edition w/ Bonus Tracks)
BING CROSBY . . . . . Pennies From Heaven . . . . . Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957
THE FLYING LIZARDS . . . . . Money (That’s What I Want) . . . . . The Flying Lizards
RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . It’s Money That Matters . . . . . Land of Dreams
WRECKLESS ERIC . . . . . Take The Cash (K.A.S.H.) . . . . . Big Smash!
THE BRAINS . . . . . Money Changes Everything . . . . . 7-inch single
THE KINKS . . . . . Sunny Afternoon . . . . . Face to Face
ROBERT CRAY . . . . . 1040 Blues . . . . . Shame + A Sin

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . The Gift . . . . . Live MCMXCIII
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . We Call Upon The Author . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Disconnection Notice . . . . . Murray Street
RADIOHEAD . . . . . House Of Cards . . . . . In Rainbows
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . Neon Bible . . . . . Neon Bible

JOE HENRY . . . . . You Can’t Fail Me Now . . . . . Civilians
SHE & HIM . . . . . Take It Back . . . . . Volume One
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES . . . . . Ooh Baby Baby . . . . . Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology
THE ENGLISH BEAT . . . . . Tears Of A Clown . . . . . I Just Can't Stop It
VAMPIRE WEEKEND . . . . . Campus . . . . . Vampire Weekend
TAPES ’N TAPES . . . . . Conquest . . . . . Walk It Off
THE SHINS . . . . . Turn On Me . . . . . Wincing the Night Away
BADFINGER . . . . . Baby Blue . . . . . The Very Best of Badfinger
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . Flowing . . . . . Man-Made

XTC . . . . . King For A Day . . . . . Oranges & Lemons
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . That’s What I’m Talking About . . . . . Hey Venus!
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Can’t Say No . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead
STEREOLAB . . . . . Vonal Declosion . . . . . Margerine Eclipse
THE AVALANCHES . . . . . Since I Left You . . . . . Since I Left You
FRIEND & LOVER . . . . . Reach Out In The Darkness . . . . . Chicken Soup For The Soul: I'll Be There For You - Songs Of Friendship, Brotherhood And Sisterhood
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE . . . . . Music Lover . . . . . Woodstock

This program was up for the period leading up to April 15th, so the opener was all money related. After all, it is what makes the world go round (to quote a tune that wasn't played).

The next section began with a live version of a Velvet Underground tune that was actually a short story by Lou Reed set to music, and which seemed a perfect segue to a new one from Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Then it was on to some prime Sonic Youth from one of my favorite discs by that NYC band; I particularly like the vague question at the heart of the lyrics inquiring as to whether or not the listener has received his/her disconnection notice, although what or who we are being disconnected from is never specified. The Radiohead tune that followed seemed to work well thematically, and then Arcade Fire provided a potential answer . . . or maybe not.

A song that Joe Henry co-wrote with Loudon Wainwright III for the film Knocked Up is where this set began. From there it was new music from She & Him—she being the actress Zooey Deschanel and him inhabiting the form of M. Ward. She wrote all the songs, he fleshed out the arrangements and the result is quite enjoyable, covering a range of musical styles—rather free form, to a degree. The sad ballad heard here led very nicely into an old favorite from Smokey Robinson & the Miracles followed by the English Beat covering another one from the Motown masters. That tune introduced a bit of ska into the mix, which was maintained by Vampire Weekend before the Shins brought things back to a more rock-based feel. The guitar on that track brought to mind Badfinger before Teenage Fanclub finished it off with a tune whose title is a perfect description of the effect it creates.

The final of this portion of this show started with an old one from XTC that came to mind after I heard the Super Furry Animals song that followed it. The Furries track is part of the bonus CD included with the U.S. release of their disc at the beginning of the year and it flowed nicely into one of my favorites from the recent Helio Sequence disc. The melodic artsyness continued with Stereolab, and the vocal bits at the end of that one segued nicely into the sly, soulfully retro feel created by the Avalanches on the title track to their last release. Sly & the Family Stone concluded the proceedings with a portion of their incendiary performance at Woodstock from the summer of '69.

Here's another one from the avalanches

Monday, April 28, 2008

Program #480

Returned from vacation about a week ago and I'm finally getting back into the full swing of things. For whatever reasons it's been hard to pick up where I left off—guess I should have stayed away a little longer . . . or perhaps I need some bigger changes than a vacation can provide. Something to mull, at the very least.

It will take a little time to catch up, but I'll eventually get there. To start, here's the program that was up in the days before my trip began.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
R.E.M. . . . . . Living Well Is The Best Revenge . . . . . Accelerate
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Today Is The Day . . . . . Today Is the Day
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl) . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
TRANSGRESSOR . . . . . The Beginning Of The End . . . . . The Transgressors
CALEXICO . . . . . Sundown, Sundown . . . . . Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
THE BREEDERS . . . . . Regalame Esta Noche . . . . . Mountain Battles
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Spanish Is The Loving Tongue . . . . . Masterpieces
DEVOTCHKA . . . . . Along The Way . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling
LOS LOBOS . . . . . Chuco's Cumbia . . . . . The Town and the City

THE RAMONES . . . . . Blitzkrieg Bop . . . . . Ramones
LOS CAMPESINOS . . . . . Broken Heartbeats Sound Like Breakbeats . . . . . Hold on Now, Youngster...
PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES . . . . . This Is Our Emergency . . . . . The New Romance
THE EASYBEATS . . . . . Friday On My Mind . . . . . The Very Best of the Easybeats
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS . . . . . Do Anything You Wanna Do . . . . . Teenage Kicks
THE JAM . . . . . In The City . . . . . In the City
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Fat Children . . . . . Jarvis
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Goon Squad . . . . . Armed Forces
ARCTIC MONKEYS . . . . . Teddy Picker . . . . . Favourite Worst Nightmare
THE KINKS . . . . . Top Of The Pops . . . . . Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One

SHEA SEGER . . . . . I Love You Too Much . . . . . May Street Project
GNARLS BARKLEY . . . . . No Time Soon . . . . . The Odd Couple
THE BLACK KEYS . . . . . All You Ever Wanted . . . . . Attack and Release
DEREK & THE DOMINOES . . . . . Little Wing . . . . . Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
LILY FROST . . . . . Season’s Song . . . . . Cine-Magique
ARCHER PREWITT . . . . . Over The Line . . . . . Three
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . I’m Waiting For The Day . . . . . Pet Sounds

JOHN CALE . . . . . Look Horizon . . . . . Hobo Sapiens
KING OF SPAIN . . . . . The Great Continental Divide . . . . . Entropy
DESTROYER . . . . . Libby’s First Sunrise . . . . . Trouble in Dreams
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Starman . . . . . The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
THE SLEEPY JACKSON . . . . . Devil Was In My Yard . . . . . Personality (One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird)
SUPERGRASS . . . . . Evening Of The Day . . . . . Life on Other Planets

This one began with some high-energy new tracks from R.E.M. and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds sandwiched around an older one from Yo La Tengo. The Nick Cave track has a little bit of the Southwest coming through in its sound, so it was followed by the Transgressors, a Texas band that did a good job of incorporating that trebly twang into their tunes. From there the Latin flavor continued to grow, with Calexico covering Lee Hazlewood followed by a new one from the Breeders (sung in Espanol), a rare Bob Dylan track that has him crooning an old standard, new music from DeVotchka that makes use of some Mariachi-like horns and finally Los Lobos with a Cesar Rosas tune for all the rug cutters out there.

The next section maintained the buzz with the first Ramones tune I can recall hearing on the radio (a long time ago) followed by a new one from Los Campesinos! that uses a Ramones-like count to start things in motion. The Pretty Girls Make Graves track has a guitar bit that's very similar to the old Easybeats hit from the '60s, and the Eddie & the Hot Rods hit from the late '70s is also about that powerful need to cut loose from the usual thing. After that the Jam were spreading the word about the new generation from that place in time, and then Jarvis Cocker rocked out with a tale about another, overweight generation that in the course of stealing his phone also managed to murder him. The Elvis Costello track that followed seemed a perfect segue, and then it was Arctic Monkeys using the old arcade game that I always knew as the Claw as a metaphor for some of what they don't agree with about the music business and media today. Of course, the Kinks were working similar territory back in the '60s.

The soft beats and country heartache of Shea Seger followed by the mournful sounds of Gnarls Barkley is where the next section started. New music from the Danger Mouse-produced disc by the Black Keys followed, ending in a crescendo that fed nicely into Derek & the Dominoes covering Jimi Hendrix. From there Lily Frost and Archer Prewitt continued the mood as they also slowly pushed the sound into more of a pop vein before the Beach Boys brought us squarely into that territory to finish up.

After opening with a John Cale tune and a new one from King Of Spain that share a geographic bent (at least in their titles), this finale hinged on the Destroyer song that followed from their latest disc. From the first time I heard it, Dan Bejar's vocals brought to mind David Bowie c. Ziggy Stardust, so that's who followed, and the Sleepy Jackson and Supergrass tracks that closed out the proceedings also shared similar vocal stylings.

Here's another from the Ramones