Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Program #508

It's the same old story—another Congressional hearing on radio royalties and nothing much is accomplished. You can read some of the gory details over at RAIN.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . The Garden At Night . . . . . God Save the Clientele
THE SOUNDTRACK OF OUR LIVES . . . . . Lone Summer Dream . . . . . Parasol's Sweet Sixteen, Vol. 5
STEREOLAB . . . . . Self Portrait With “Electric Brain” . . . . . Chemical Chords
BECK . . . . . Modern Guilt . . . . . Modern Guilt
JOHN LENNON . . . . . Remember . . . . . John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
JOHN CALE . . . . . Fear (Is A Man’s Best Friend) . . . . . Fragments of a Rainy Season
EELS . . . . . Hey Man (Now You’re Really Living) . . . . . Blinking Lights And Other Revelations
EEF BARZELAY . . . . . Could Be Worse . . . . . Lose Big

WILCO . . . . . Monday . . . . . Being There
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Ride . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . Junior’s Farm . . . . . All the Best
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . She Rings The Changes . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . (A Man’s Gotta Know His Limitations) Briggs . . . . . OlĂ©! Tarantula
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . .Slow Me Down . . . . . Vagabond Skies
RICHARD X. HEYMAN . . . . . All For The Girl . . . . . Living Room!!
PETER & GORDAN . . . . . I Go To Pieces . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 3
PERNICE BROTHERS . . . . . Microscopic View . . . . . Live a Little

DR. JOHN & THE LOWER 911 . . . . . Dream Warrior . . . . . City That Care Forgot
JOE HENRY . . . . . Time Is A Lion . . . . . Civilians
TOM WAITS . . . . . Long Way Home . . . . . Orphans [Fold-out Digipak with 24-page booklet]
SCARLETT JOHANSSON . . . . . I Wish I Was In New Orleans . . . . . Anywhere I Lay My Head
AK-MOMO . . . . . Return To N.Y. . . . . . Return to N.Y.
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . One Note Samba . . . . . By The Numbers - 7
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD . . . . . The Look Of Love . . . . . The Very Best of Dusty Springfield
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Tonite . . . . . Jarvis
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Tonight The Streets Are Ours . . . . . Lady's Bridge

NEIL HALSTEAD . . . . . Paint A Face . . . . . Oh! Mighty Engine
NICK DRAKE . . . . . Hazy Jane I . . . . . Bryter Layter
BETH ORTON . . . . . Thinking About Tomorrow . . . . . Daybreaker
HERBIE HANCOCK . . . . . River . . . . . River: The Joni Letters (with Bonus Tracks) - Amazon.com Exclusive
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Fourth Time Around . . . . . I'm Not There
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Kathleen . . . . . Hello Starling

This one began with a short burst of dark, semi-psychedelia from the Clientele, which quickly led to the brighter pop of the Soundtrack Of Our Lives. The horns on that one set the stage for one from the upcoming Stereolab disc, and then it was Beck maintaining the rhythm while injecting a touch of psychosis as well. That spirit was carried forward by John Lennon, John Cale and Eels before Eef Barzelay did his best to find a little optimism.

Wilco and the Old 97's emphasizing their foot-stomping, guitar-rocking sides were followed by an old Paul McCartney single from the Wings days and a Martin Newell rocker, and then it was a philosophical Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 dialing it back a bit. A recent track from Joseph Arthur with a lush feel led to a similar-sounding one from Richard X. Heyman's first full-length, then some British Invasion pop from Peter & Gordon was followed by the Pernice Brothers with an appealing track that starts with what sounds like a synthesizer/bongos combination before the full band kicks in.

One from Dr. John's latest that echoes the Night Tripper days was followed by a Joe Henry track that recalls some of Tom Waits' tunes. A couple of Waits tunes came next, one by the man himself and one from the recent Scarlett Johansson disc. From there it was on to the vintage electronic sounds of AK-Momo, the Postmarks with their remake of an old bossa nova track and Dusty Springfield seducing us with a Burt Bacharach tune. Finally, Jarvis Cocker trying to remain open to the possibilities led to a much more exuberant Richard Hawley.

Neil Halstead emphasizing his folkier side immediately brought to mind Nick Drake, then Beth Orton's melancholy fed nicely into Herbie Hancock and Corinne Bailey Rae interpreting some classic Joni Mitchell. A terrific cover by Yo La Tengo from Todd Haynes' Dylan movie brought on an early Josh Ritter tune that's still a favorite, and that's where the plug was pulled.

Here's another one from Tom Waits

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Program #507

The latest on the Internet radio/iPhone news front is that the next firmware update could very well include functionality for mobile radio, meaning a player directly from Apple as opposed to third-party applications. Just one more reason why I might have to get myself one of those babies sometime soon.

More details can be found at RAIN (it's the second entry in the group).

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
JOY DIVISION . . . . . Atrocity Exhibition . . . . . Closer
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . We Call Upon The Author . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Desolation Row . . . . . Highway 61 Revisited
EEF BARZELAY . . . . . My Apocalyptic Friend . . . . . Lose Big
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . No Cars Go . . . . . Neon Bible

BECK . . . . . Chemtrails . . . . . Modern Guilt
YES . . . . . South Side Of The Sky . . . . . Fragile
PAUL WELLER . . . . . Echoes Round The Sun . . . . . 22 Dreams
DEATH IN VEGAS . . . . . Scorpio Rising . . . . . Scorpio Rising
THE RAIN PARADE . . . . . This Can’t Be Today . . . . . Emergency 3rd Rail Power Trip/ Explosions In The Glass Palace
PINK FLOYD . . . . . See Emily Play . . . . . Works
SUPERGRASS . . . . . Ghost Of A Friend . . . . . Diamond Hoo Ha

BIG STAR . . . . . Give Me Another Chance . . . . . #1 Record/Radio City
FOUR VOLTS . . . . . Sunday Night . . . . . Triple Your Work Force
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . My Two Feet . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
THE CRYSTALS . . . . . Then He Kissed Me . . . . . Best of the Crystals
RONNIE SPECTOR . . . . . Say Goodbye To Hollywood . . . . . Cleveland International Records, 1977-1983
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Devil In A Blue Dress Medley . . . . . No Nukes
THE DETROIT COBRAS . . . . . Cha Cha Twist . . . . . Baby
CHRIS MONTEZ . . . . . Let’s Dance . . . . . Animal House: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
THE RAMONES . . . . . California Sun . . . . . Leave Home

SIGUR ROS . . . . . Goobledigook . . . . . Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
PHILIP GLASS . . . . . Knee 5 . . . . . Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach
FEIST . . . . . 1234 . . . . . The Reminder
THE BEATLES . . . . . All Together Now . . . . . Yellow Submarine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
TRAFFIC . . . . . You Can All Join In . . . . . Traffic
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS . . . . . Myriad Harbour . . . . . Challengers
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Morning Cup . . . . . Could We Survive (Dig)
DONOVAN . . . . . Colours . . . . . Donovan's Greatest Hits

It was Joy Division to start because I had just watched the documentary about the band; it did a fine job of telling the story and made clear that the big questions surrounding Ian Curtis can never be answered. People had their opinions, though, and weren't adverse to expressing them in the film. Of course, at the core of it all is the music, still some of the most scintillating stuff I've ever heard. As for the remainder of the set, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds looking for explanations led to Bob Dylan's masterpiece of cultural decadence and paranoia. In a new one from Eef Barzelay, it sorta feels as if he could be responding to Dylan (if you don't get too specific about it all), and then it was Arcade Fire pointing the way to a better place.

An old, often overlooked track from Yes sandwiched in-between a couple of new, quasi-trippy ones from Beck and Paul Weller (featuring Noel Gallagher) opened the next section. Then it was Death in Vegas (with brother Liam on lead vocals) leading to the pyschedelically tinged sounds of the Rain Parade. A bit of very early Pink Floyd was next, before one from the latest by Supergrass closed it out.

This chunk began with a lovely one from the first Big Star disc leading to a Four Volts tune that nicely combined softer verses and a harder chorus into a very appealing mix. The Old 97's borrowing a bit from the Crystals was followed by the original, and then it was Ronnie Spector covering Billy Joel, who came to mind because of his bringing-down-the-curtain shows at Shea Stadium (and it was certainly fun to see Paul McCartney close the circle he and the rest of the Fab Four began back in 1965). Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band tipping their hats to Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels led to the Detroit Cobras covering an old Hank Ballard tune, and then Chris Montez's early-'60s hit brought forth the Ramones covering the Rivieras to finish.

The end piece featured a new Sigur Ros track to start that brought to mind Philip Glass. The counting continued from there with Feist and the Beatles, and then it was Traffic with another participation tune. From there the New Pornographers led the way to a new one from Joseph Arthur before a gently flowing Donovan brought this one across the finish line.

Here's another one from the Ramones