Friday, September 26, 2008

Program #521

Some good news on the royalty rates issue that has bedeviled Internet radio since the spring of 2007. Congress has moved on legislation that will allow whatever agreement reached by webcasters and SoundExchange (representing the record industry) to become law.

The details can be found at RAIN; take a look at the past few days worth of stories posted there to get the full picture. Not to be counting chickens ahead of their time, but this is the most optimistic news on this in over 18 months. So we'll see what happens.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
JONI MITCHELL . . . . .Urge For Going . . . . . Hits
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . Leaves That Are Green . . . . . Sounds of Silence
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . Falling Leaves . . . . . Man-Made
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Autumn Song . . . . . Hard Nose the Highway
BILLIE HOLIDAY . . . . . Autumn In New York . . . . . Ken Burns JAZZ Collection: Billie Holiday
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . Autumn Is Your Last Chance . . . . . I Often Dream of Trains
THE KINKS . . . . . Autumn Almanac . . . . . The Kink Kronikles

CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Let’s Get Out Of This Country . . . . . Let's Get Out of This Country
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City . . . . . Harry / Nilsson Sings Newman
LOU REED . . . . . Walk On The Wild Side . . . . . Transformer
THE KING OF FRANCE . . . . . Moon . . . . . The King of France
PAMELA MYERS . . . . . Another 100 People . . . . . Company - A Musical Comedy (1970 Original Broadway Cast)
JANELLE MONAE . . . . . Sincerely, Jane . . . . . Metropolis: The Chase Suite
PINK FLOYD . . . . . The Great Gig In The Sky . . . . . Dark Side Of The Moon

CALEXICO . . . . . Fractured Air (Tornado Watch) . . . . . Carried to Dust
BOB DYLAN . . . . . High Water (For Charlie Patten) . . . . . "Love and Theft"
CALIFONE . . . . . Mean Little Seed . . . . . Quicksand/Cradlesnakes
PETER CASE . . . . . Gone . . . . . Beeline
BEACHWOOD SPARKS . . . . . The Sun Surrounds Me . . . . . Once We Were Trees
THE FLYING BURRITO BROS. . . . . . Do Right Woman . . . . . Hot Burritos! The Flying Burrito Bros. Anthology 1969-1972
THE WATSON TWINS . . . . . Only You . . . . . Fire Songs
JOSH ROUSE . . . . . My Love Has Gone . . . . . Nashville
GLEN CAMPBELL . . . . . Galveston . . . . . All the Best

JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Acid Tongue . . . . . Acid Tongue
THE BEE GEES . . . . . To Love Somebody . . . . . Their Greatest Hits: The Record
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Stop Your Sobbing . . . . . The Pretenders
THE MINDERS . . . . . Jenny . . . . . It's a Bright Guilty World
MOJAVE 3 . . . . . Breaking The Ice . . . . . Puzzles Like You
THE CAESARS . . . . . Strawberry Weed . . . . . Strawberry Weed
ART BRUT . . . . . Emily Kane . . . . . Bang Bang Rock & Roll
TODD RUNDGREN . . . . . Onomatopoeia . . . . . Hermit of Mink Hollow
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Next To The Last Romantic . . . . . The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
THE OLD 97’s . . . . . No Baby I . . . . . Blame It On Gravity

This one started by marking the change of seasons; the Van Morrison track is one of those extended improvisations he was partial to in his youth and it always helps me accept the colder temperatures and loss of light that means Autumn. The Kinks tune works the same kind of magic, but with the added benefit of several smile-inducing lines from Ray Davies.

One of the few Pink Floyd songs that credited Rick Wright as sole author seemed a good way to acknowledge his life and work; at their peak the Floyd were pretty spectacular and his keyboards were obviously an integral part of their sound. Everything else here had people on the move and searching for answers, with New York City appearing as a bit of a sub-theme. That's where the tune sung by Pamela Myers fit in; the music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, and I liked the way it flowed into Janelle Monae's track from her recent disc.

This section ended with the old Glen Campbell hit from the late '60s; I'm sure I wasn't the only one to think of it in the wake of Hurricane Ike, but that didn't stop me from playing it here. The set started with a new one from Calexico and some recent Bob Dylan, which were also in response to the storm. Everything in between ranged from the hardscrabble dusty sound of Califone through the country-pop of Beachwood Sparks and the shimmering vocals of the Watson Twins.

The finale led off with something from the latest by Jenny Lewis and, after early ones by both the Bee Gees and the Pretenders that worked well together lyrically, the Minders and Mojave 3 each were next with tunes that were about somebody named Jenny. (Yeah, I know, sometimes inspiration is pretty shallow.) After a new one from the Caesars it seemed a good spot for favorites from Art Brut and Todd Rundgren; the Josh Ritter tune that followed could have been about both of them, and then the Old 97's had the distinct honor of closing it out.

Here's another one from Company by Stephen Sondheim

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Program #520

Just in case you've read something in the press that the Internet radio royalty dispute has been settled, here is a post by David Oxenford on the Broadcast Law blog that will set you straight.

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Sympathy For The Devil . . . . . Beggars Banquet
FIREWATER . . . . . Three Legged Dog . . . . . The Golden Hour
RAY DAVIES . . . . . Vietnam Cowboys . . . . . Working Man's Cafe
PHIL OCHS . . . . . Draft Dodger Rag . . . . . I Ain't Marching Anymore
STEVE EARLE . . . . . Rich Man’s War . . . . . The Revolution Starts...Now
PAUL SIMON . . . . . Wartime Prayers . . . . . Surprise
NEIL YOUNG . . . . . Lookin’ For A Leader . . . . . Living with War

STEREOLAB . . . . . Daisy Click Clack . . . . . Chemical Chords
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . Magneto And Titanium Man . . . . . Wings Over America
A BAND OF BEES . . . . . Wash In The Rain . . . . . Free the Bees
PAUL WELLER . . . . . Push It Along . . . . . 22 Dreams
STEVIE WONDER . . . . . Uptight (Everything Is Alright) . . . . . Motown: The Classic Years
MARK RONSON . . . . . She’s Got Me . . . . . Here Comes the Fuzz
SPOON . . . . . Don’t You Evah . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
CACHAO Y TU RITMO CALIENTE . . . . . Mungo, Mungo, Baby . . . . . From Havana to New York
CHICO HAMILTON . . . . . For Mods Only . . . . . Sounds from the Verve Hi-Fi
DEL CLOSE & JOHN BRENT . . . . . Basic Hip . . . . . How To Speak Hip

JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Carpetbaggers . . . . . Acid Tongue
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . From A Whisper To A Scream . . . . . Trust
JOHN DOE . . . . . Lean Out Your Window . . . . . A Year in the Wilderness
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Early Morning . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
THE NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE . . . . . Hello Mary Lou . . . . . Home, Home on the Road/Brujo
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . You Don’t Have To . . . . . Break Up the Concrete
JACKIE GREENE . . . . . Another Love Gone Bad . . . . . Giving Up the Ghost
GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . If Not For You . . . . . All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]
SEAN LENNON . . . . . Wait For Me . . . . . Friendly Fire (CD+DVD)
ELLIOTT SMITH . . . . . Little One . . . . . From a Basement on the Hill

JOHN KONGOS . . . . . He’s Gonna Step On You Again . . . . . John Kongos
JONI MITCHELL . . . . . The Jungle Line . . . . . The Hissing of Summer Lawns
DAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO . . . . . Poor Boy . . . . . Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
JOHN CALE . . . . . Zen . . . . . Hobo Sapiens
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . Hold On To Yourself . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!
BECK . . . . . Walls . . . . . Modern Guilt

Considering he once said he wouldn't take the "low road" to the White House, some of John McCain campaign's TV ads were on my mind—kind of like he made a pact with the devil to get elected and in a strange way was due a little sympathy. After all, the man has been to hell and back in Vietnam, proving his survival instincts are strong and deep, but then again, scruples count for something as well, don't they? So that's where this opening section came from. Did you notice that Obama is mentioned in the Neil Young tune; considering the disc came out in 2006, Neil gets bonus points for his crystal ball's clarity.

I've been enjoying the latest Stereolab disc since it arrived in early August; to my ears it generally leans more in a pop direction than some of their more recent stuff, along with some soulful touches here and there. Those sounds were reflected throughout this set until near the end, when it veered off into jazz territory with Cachao y su Ritmo Caliente followed by Chico Hamilton. The classic and still hilarious Del Close and John Brent comedy record was conjured up by the title of Hamilton's tune, so I tacked it on the end.

The next section started out with one from Jenny Lewis's latest, which has just been released. I'm still absorbing it, but the track that features Elvis Costello jumped out at me right away. A couple more guest vocals followed, one with Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze (who have apparently reunited once again and are playing here in the U.S.) joining Elvis, and another with Kathleen Edwards joining John Doe. The Old 97's added some country atmosphere, which was reinforced by the New Riders of the Purple Sage, who I saw a few times back in the early '70s and enjoyed quite a bit. The Pretenders have made liberal use of the pedal steel guitar on their latest disc, and then it was Jackie Greene with a track that reminded me very much of George Harrison's old cover of a Bob Dylan tune. Sean Lennon kept it in the Beatles family, and then it was Elliott Smith with a delicate tune that certainly has a late Fab Four feel.

I first heard John Kongos played back-to-back with Joni Mitchell on FM radio somewhere back in the mid-'70s after the Hissing of Summer Lawns came out. The combination always stuck in my head, and it functions as one of the building blocks in the foundation that Lucky Dog Radio is built upon. Both tunes made for a nice lead-in to a new one from David Byrne and Brian Eno that's also rhythmically appealing even as it introduced a hint of desperation, a feeling that was amplified by John Cale, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and finally Beck to finish it off.

Here's another one from Neil Young