Friday, October 31, 2008

Program #527

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
STEREOLAB . . . . . Neon Beanbag . . . . . Chemical Chords
JOHN CUNNINGHAM . . . . . You Shine . . . . . Happy Go Unlucky
THE CLEANERS FROM VENUS . . . . . Girl On A Swing . . . . . Golden Cleaners
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . .’Cause It’s Love (Saint Paralellogram) . . . . . OlĂ©! Tarantula
OASIS . . . . . Falling Down . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
JOY DIVISION . . . . . A Means To An End . . . . . Closer
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS . . . . . Midnight Man . . . . . Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!

BOB DYLAN . . . . . Red River Shore . . . . . Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8
CALEXICO W/ VALERIE LEULLIOT . . . . . Sundown Sundown . . . . . Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
GIANT SAND . . . . . Stranded Pearl . . . . . proVISIONS
ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN . . . . . The Flame That Burns . . . . . Sunday at Devil Dirt
MARK PICKEREL & HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . Forest Fire . . . . . Snake in the Radio
RICHARD BUCKNER . . . . . Spell . . . . . Meadow

BRENDAN BENSON . . . . . I’m Easy . . . . . Lapalco
JAY REATARD . . . . . Always Wanting More . . . . . Matador Singles '08
BUZZCOCKS . . . . . What Do I Get? . . . . . Operators Manual
THE VIBRATORS . . . . . Automatic Lover . . . . . Teenage Kicks
FOUR VOLTS . . . . . Heartworm (Ooh Ooh Song) . . . . . Triple Your Work Force
ART BRUT . . . . . Good Weekend . . . . . Bang Bang Rock & Roll
THE CAPITOLS . . . . . Cool Jerk . . . . . Soul Shots, Vol. 3: A Collection of Sixties Soul Classics
JAMES HUNTER . . . . . Jacqueline . . . . . The Hard Way
THE FIVE DU-TONES . . . . . Shake A Tail Feather . . . . . Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Mary’s Place . . . . . The Rising

THE BEATLES . . . . . Honey Pie . . . . . The Beatles (The White Album)
FRED ASTAIRE . . . . . Cheek To Cheek . . . . . Let's Face the Music and Dance, Centenary Issue
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Kix . . . . . The London Book of the Dead
DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS . . . . . Milk Shakin’ Momma . . . . . Original Recordings
JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS . . . . . Ice Cream Man . . . . . 23 Great Recordings
THE CHORDETTES . . . . . Mr. Sandman . . . . . Capital Gold 50's Legends
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . I’ll Dream Alone . . . . . Distortion
ROY ORBISON . . . . . In Dreams . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Black Sand . . . . . Acid Tongue

It was a bit of breezy pop to get things going with one from the latest by Stereolab feeding into a Beatleseque gem from John Cunningham followed by one with a nice strumming guitar hook by Cleaners From Venus. The guitars got a little noisier with Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, which made for a nice bridge to Oasis and one from their new disc featuring Noel Gallagher on lead vocal. Something in his inflections brought to mind an old one from Joy Division, and then it was Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds to finish up.

One of the standouts from the latest Bob Dylan offering opened this section; it's plain-spoken tale of romantic pain and longing accompanied by what these days is called Americana flowed nicely into Calexico's cover of an old Lee Hazlewood tune. Once upon a time Joey Burns and John Convertino were members of Giant Sand, so following with one I find very appealing from Howie Gelb's latest GS disc was a no-brainer. The mood was maintained by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, which led to his ex-Screaming Trees bandmate Mark Pickerel with one of the standouts from his first disc followed by Richard Buckner with one of the mysterious and compelling tunes from his last release.

A jolt of energetic pop from Brendan Benson kicked off this set, and from there the pace didn't let up through a new track from Jay Reatard followed by a couple of late '70s UK faves from Buzzcocks and the Vibrators. A momentary touch of wistfulness was introduced by the Four Volts, and then it was Art Brut with one that always conjures up the old 1966 smash hit from the Capitols. Some 21st-century R&B from James Hunter was next, followed by another '60s classic from the Five Du-Tones and a Bruce Springsteen tune that splendidly illustrates the healing power of music.

Paul McCartney's love of old English music hall sounds comes through loud and clear on the Beatles track that opened this final section. It led to Fred Astaire from the 1935 film Top Hat, and then it was the Real Tuesday Weld with one that combines the old and the new in a beguiling way. Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks followed with one of their country/swing specialties, and the ice cream theme was carried on by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers. A different kind of "man" was introduced by the pure harmonies of the Chordettes, and then the Magnetic Fields, Roy Orbison and Jenny Lewis were all haunted by their dreams.

Here's another one from Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Friday, October 24, 2008

Program #526

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DELEVANTE . . . . . Columbus And The Colossal Mistake . . . . . Columbus And The Colossal Mistake
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Love Is A Mystery . . . . . Break Up the Concrete
NICK LOWE . . . . . Love’s Got A Lot To Answer For . . . . . At My Age
OTIS REDDING . . . . . Try A Little Tenderness . . . . . The Incredible Soul Collection
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . Be Easy . . . . . 100 Days, 100 Nights
GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR . . . . . I Want You Back . . . . . Ultimate Collection
ETTA JAMES . . . . . Tell Mama . . . . . Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions
VAN MORRISON . . . . . I Will Be There . . . . . Saint Dominic's Preview
TOM WAITS . . . . . Emotional Weather Report . . . . . Nighthawks at the Diner

GEORGE HARRISON . . . . . Ballad Of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) . . . . . All Things Must Pass [BOXED EDITION]
LAMBCHOP . . . . . Slipped Dissolved And Loosed . . . . . Oh (Ohio)
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . Balmy Night . . . . . In Ear Park
PAUL SIMON . . . . . Another Galaxy . . . . . Surprise
BRIAN ENO & JOHN CALE . . . . . Lay My Love . . . . . Wrong Way Up
DAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO . . . . . Strange Overtures . . . . . Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
RADIOHEAD . . . . . House Of Cards . . . . . In Rainbows

TRAVIS . . . . . Song To Self . . . . . Ode to J. Smith
JEFF KELLY . . . . . The Depth Of My Desire . . . . . For the Swan in the Hallway
BADLY DRAWN BOY . . . . . Another Report . . . . . The Hour of Bewilderbeast
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Lovely Cost . . . . . Foreign Girls
SISTER VANILLA . . . . . Can’t Stop The Rock . . . . . Little Pop Rock
THE BEATLES . . . . . Baby You’re A Rich Man . . . . . Magical Mystery Tour
OASIS . . . . . To Be Where There’s Life . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul

PATRICK WOLF . . . . . Get Lost . . . . . The Magic Position
DEEE-LITE . . . . . Groove Is In The Heart . . . . . Charlie's Angels: Music from the Motion Picture (2000 Film)
LEMON JELLY . . . . . Return To Patagonia . . . . . Lost Horizons
SERGIO MENDES & BRASIL ’66 . . . . . The Fool On The Hill . . . . . Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Greatest Hits
STEREOLAB . . . . . Cellulose Sunshine . . . . . Chemical Chords
EL GUINCHO . . . . . Kalise . . . . . Alegranza
HARRY BELAFONTE . . . . . Jump In The Line . . . . . Very Best of Harry Belafonte

Some tunes on that basic emotion we all get entangled with sooner or later kicked off this one, with an added bonus for Columbus Day provided by Bob Delevante. Picking up on the country flavor, the Pretenders offered an accurate assessment, and then Nick Lowe added some soulful horns to his accusatory tale of woe. Those horns conjured up Otis Redding with some sage advice, followed by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings with a similar take on the subject. Graham Parker & the Rumour covering the Jackson 5 quite nicely led to some classic Etta James, which fed smoothly into early Van Morrison followed by Tom Waits providing a public service even as he slyly summed up the subject.

A favorite from George Harrison offered a serene flow that was maintained by new ones from Lambchop and Department of Eagles. The Paul Simon tune introduced more of a prominent beat and was the first in a trio that had Brian Eno as the connective tissue before Radiohead closed it out.

Travis has a new disc with something of a harder edge to it than in the past—although their stuff has always been hit or miss for me, depending on the track. From there it was a slide through Jeff Kelly and Badly Drawn Boy into the more delicate sounds of Joseph Arthur on one of my favorite tracks from his EP outburst of earlier this year. The noise level and the beat picked up with Sister Vanilla, followed by one of those Beatles tracks that broke new ground when it first appeared all those years ago and one of the many fine new tunes on the latest offering from Oasis.

The final section began with a blast of danceable 21st century pop energy from Patrick Wolf followed by Deee-Lite with their irresistible 1990 hit. Lemon Jelly maintained the energy even as they took it to a jazzier place, which fed smoothly into a pop/bossa nova take on the Beatles by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66. The open sunny feel was emphasized by Stereolab, El Guincho added some tropical flavor as he cranked up the beat and then it was Harry Belafonte to send us all out with happy feet and a great big smile.

Here's another one from Graham Parker & the Rumour