Sunday, June 29, 2008

Program #500

Chrysler recently made an announcement concerning the Internet and its 2009 models that caught the attention of a lot of folks.

This feels like a major breakthrough in the portable Internet radio inevitability watch. There's still quite a ways to go, of course, and how little ol' LDR will fight it out for a presence in automobiles with all the big players currently out there (and still TK) remains to be seen. But this is what we've been waiting for, or just the start of it, at least.

Can't forget the price of gas, though; just my luck, we'll finally have Internet radio in cars and nobody will be able to afford to drive them.

Mark Ramsay's Hear 2.0 blog has more on this that, as always, is worth looking over.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
VAN MORRISON & THE BAND . . . . . Caravan . . . . . The Last Waltz (Remastered / Expanded) (4CD)
THE AVALANCHES . . . . . Radio . . . . . Since I Left You
WALL OF VOODOO . . . . . Mexican Radio . . . . . Call of the West
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . D.J. . . . . . Lodger
THE SELECTER . . . . . On My Radio . . . . . Too Much Pressure
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . Midnight Jam . . . . . Streetcore

GEORGE CARLIN . . . . . The 11 O’clock News . . . . . FM & AM
HARRY NILSSON . . . . .You’re Breaking My Heart . . . . . Son of Schmilsson
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Too Drunk To Dream . . . . . Distortion
KLARK KENT . . . . . Too Kool To Kalypso . . . . . Kollected Works
VAMPIRE WEEKEND . . . . . Bryn . . . . . Vampire Weekend
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . She Loves The Sunset . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
THE BEATLES . . . . . The Honeymoon Song . . . . . Live at the BBC
THE BREEDERS . . . . . Regalame Esta Noche . . . . . Mountain Battles
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
THE WATSON TWINS . . . . . How Am I To Be . . . . . Fire Songs

THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION . . . . . 8 More Days Till The Fourth Of July . . . . . We Belong to the Staggering Evening
JESSE PEARSON . . . . . Honestly Sincere . . . . . Bye Bye Birdie (1963 Film Soundtrack)
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . Too Much . . . . . The Number One Hits
ALL KOOPER & MIKE BLOOMFIELD . . . . . That’s All Right . . . . . Live Adventures Of Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper
WILCO . . . . . The Thanks I Get . . . . . The Thanks I Get
TYRONE DAVIS . . . . . Can I Change My Mind . . . . . The Ultimate Tyrone Davis
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . Love Vibration . . . . . 1972
GNARLS BARKLEY . . . . . Blind Mary . . . . . The Odd Couple
AL GREEN . . . . . Standing In The Rain . . . . . Lay It Down

LEMON JELLY . . . . . His Majesty King Raam . . . . . LemonJelly.KY
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Over The Hillsides . . . . . The End of the World
SLIM WHITMAN . . . . . Cattle Call . . . . . The End of the World
RADIOHEAD . . . . . Nude . . . . . In Rainbows
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Deep Blue Day . . . . . Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks
TURIN BRAKES . . . . . Falling Down . . . . . Ether Song
GLEN HANSARD & MARKETA IRGLOVA . . . . . Falling Slowly . . . . . Once
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Into The Mystic . . . . . Moondance

As the number at the top says, this was the 500th show since Lucky Dog Radio started webcasting on 01/01/01, so it seemed appropriate to start with Van Morrison's great tune about the power of radio to bring people together through the shared experience of listening to music. From there it was on to some more songs about radio—there are many to choose from but these are some of my favorites.

To acknowledge the life and career of George Carlin I played a track from the record that captured him at perhaps the most crucial point in his career. He was in the process of writing and performing material that more honestly reflected his life and the world as he saw it. Prior to that he had been a mainstream success; after this he would travel down the path that never ended until he died. The bit we heard combined something of both, simply because of the timing, and I still find it as hilarious as when it first came out more than 35 years ago. From there it was Harry Nilsson followed by the Magnetic Fields, each using one of the Seven Words You Can't Say On Television within their lyrics. Stewart Copeland in his outside-the-Police guise of Klark Kent was next with a 1979 single (his second) that rhythmically fed rather nicely into one from Vampire Weekend. Then it was a new one from the Old 97's that borrowed a bit of that Mexican serenade feel that the Beatles captured so well in their youth. The Breeders vocalizing in Spanish were next, followed by Roy Orbison with a little country feel leading to a new one from the Watson Twins to finish up.

This program was available on June 26, meaning it was time for the Ike Reilly Assassination. The quasi-church revival feel of that one led to Jesse Pearson as Conrad Birdie from the film soundtrack of Bye Bye Birdie, and then it was on to the real King. Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield followed with another tune associated with Elvis, and Bloomfield's crying guitar brought to mind Nels Kline and a little bit of R&B from the last Wilco release. Some early '70s soul from Tyrone Davis brought Josh Rouse's take on the same thing from a few years back, and then Gnarls Barkley followed with one from their latest before Al Green closed it out with a wonderful updating of his classic sound from his new disc.

Lemon Jelly's soundtrack to a fairy tale kicked off this finale and was followed by a new one from the always interesting Stephen Coates and the Real Tuesday Weld. The yodels on that one conjured up Slim Whitman (remember his late-night TV commercials from the late '70s?), and the Radiohead track from their last disc that followed seemed a perfect fit. Brian Eno with a stunning tune from the soundtrack he created for a NASA film some 25 years ago was next, and then it was a lovely song from Turin Brakes that shared a connection title-wise with the Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova track that followed. That song is from the movie Once and won the Academy Award for best song. The soundtrack also contains a terrific version of "Into The Mystic"; that song in its original form ended the proceedings and brought everything full circle for this program.

Here's another one from the Selecter

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Program #499

The sun, the sea, the sand. Maybe a little romance. Creamsicles always work for me. And certainly a beverage or three. Yep, it's summertime.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . It Must Be Summer . . . . . Utopia Parkway
CHRIS STAMEY . . . . . Summer Sun . . . . . D.I.Y.: Come Out And Play - American Power Pop (1975-78)
CHAD & JEREMY . . . . . A Summer Song . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 2
THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS . . . . . Summerland . . . . . Because We Hate You/Let the War Against Music Begin
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . The Green-Gold Girl Of The Summer . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
THE FLAMING LIPS . . . . . It’s Summertime . . . . . Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
JANE’S ADDICTION . . . . . Summertime Rolls . . . . . Nothing's Shocking
THE JANUARIES . . . . . Summer Of Love . . . . . The Januaries

BLOTTO . . . . . I Wanna Be A Lifeguard . . . . . Collected Works
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III . . . . . The Swimming Song . . . . . Attempted Mustache
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES . . . . . On The Beach . . . . . Restless Heart
THE RAMONES . . . . . Rockaway Beach . . . . . Rocket to Russia
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Surfer Girl . . . . . Sounds Of Summer - The Very Best Of The Beach Boys
ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . Summertime . . . . . Subtitulo
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Summer Nights . . . . . Marianne Faithfull's Greatest Hits
BELLE & SEBASTION . . . . . A Summer Wasting . . . . . The Boy with the Arab Strap
YO LA TENGO . . . . . The Summer . . . . . Fakebook
EVAN DANDO & SABRINA BROOKE . . . . . Summer Wine . . . . . Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
FRANK SINATRA . . . . . Summer Wind . . . . . Nothing But The Best
JOHNNY RIVERS . . . . . Summer Rain . . . . . Original

LAND OF TALK . . . . . Summer Special . . . . . Applause Cheer Boo Hiss
THE WHO . . . . . Summertime Blues . . . . . Monterey International Pop Festival
THE BREAKUP SOCIETY . . . . . The Summer Of Joycelyn May . . . . . James at 35
THE ORANGE PEELS . . . . . Long Cold Summer . . . . . Circling the Sun
SAINT ETIENNE . . . . . Summerisle . . . . . Finisterre
PERCY FAITH . . . . . Theme From “A Summer Place” . . . . . 16 Most Requested Songs
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Girls In Their Summer Clothes . . . . . Magic
THE DRIFTERS . . . . . Under The Boardwalk . . . . . The Very Best of The Drifters
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS . . . . . Dancing In The Streets . . . . . Motown: The Classic Years
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE . . . . . Hot Fun In The Summertime . . . . . Essential Sly & Family Stone
THE RASPBERRIES . . . . . Drivin’ Around . . . . . Fresh
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Summer Days . . . . . "Love and Theft"

Not much to add. Hope you enjoyed kicking off the season with these sounds.

Here are two more Summer tunes