Sunday, November 30, 2008

Program #536

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE . . . . . Are You Experienced? . . . . . Are You Experienced
OASIS . . . . . The Nature Of Reality . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
ELMORE JAMES . . . . . Dust My Broom . . . . . Blues Masters, Vol. 15: Slide Guitar Classics
AL KOOPER & MIKE BLOOMFIELD . . . . . That’s All Right . . . . . Live Adventures Of Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper
WILCO . . . . . The Thanks I Get . . . . . Sky Blue Sky
BETTYE LAVETTE . . . . . I Still Want To Be Your Baby (Take Me As I Am) . . . . . Scene of the Crime
ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN . . . . . Come On Over (Turn Me On) . . . . . Sunday at Devil Dirt
DAVID GARZA . . . . . Keep On Crying . . . . . Overdub
THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE . . . . . Little Wing . . . . . Axis: Bold as Love

DEVO . . . . . Shrivel Up . . . . . Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
BECK . . . . . Gamma Ray . . . . . Modern Guilt
THE RIVERIAS . . . . . California Sun . . . . . Frat Rock, Vol. 4
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . All Grown Up . . . . . Slowly But Surely
THE BEATLES . . . . . Slow Down . . . . . Past Masters, Vol. 1
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Blitzed . . . . . Lust Lust Lust
MARY WEISS . . . . . Stop And Think It Over . . . . . Dangerous Game
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Lip Service . . . . . This Year's Model
THE WHO . . . . . Substitute . . . . . Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
THE CAESARS . . . . . Boo Boo Goo Goo . . . . . Strawberry Weed

M. WARD . . . . . Rollercoaster . . . . . Post-War
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Moonlight . . . . . "Love and Theft"
LITTLE JOY . . . . . Brand New Start . . . . . Little Joy
NICK LOWE . . . . . Not Too Long Ago . . . . . At My Age
THE EVERLY BROTHERS . . . . . Cathy’s Clown . . . . . The Everly Brothers - All-Time Greatest Hits
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Let Go . . . . . The Postmarks
THE CLEANERS FROM VENUS . . . . . Mercury Girl . . . . . Golden Cleaners
THE LA’S . . . . . There She Goes . . . . . The La's
THE SEARCHERS . . . . . Needles And Pins . . . . . Searchers - Greatest Hits

NICOLE ATKINS . . . . . Cool Enough . . . . . Neptune City
THE DRIFTERS . . . . . On Broadway . . . . . The Essentials
JANELLE MONAE . . . . . Sincerely, Jane . . . . . Metropolis: The Chase Suite
THE FLAMING LIPS . . . . . Space Bible With Volume Lumps . . . . . Christmas On Mars (CD/DVD)
VITESSE . . . . . Out Under Stars . . . . . You Win Again Gravity
DAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO . . . . . Strange Overtones . . . . . Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
AIR . . . . . Napalm Love . . . . . Pocket Symphony
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . The Garden At Night . . . . . God Save the Clientele

This opener was bookended by favorites from the Jimi Hendrix Experience to acknowledge the life and work of drummer Mitch Mitchell, who died on Nov. 12. Understandably overshadowed by the unique talents of Hendrix, Mitchell was a creative and energetic musician who complemented the guitar wizard's pyrotechnics quite well. His death means that all three members of the Experience have now passed on which, even considering it's been more than 40 years since their first album's release, is still difficult to accept. A musician's life can be hard, and too many of them die before their time.

A hankering for some old Devo led to one from Beck's latest that, for all its modern details and flourishes, reminds me mostly of the kind of tunes the kids used to dance to in those fondly remembered beach party movies from the '60s—like the 1964 smash from the Rivieras, for instance. Holly Golightly was next with one that has a great trebly guitar hook, and then it was the Beatles covering a Larry Williams tune that boosted the energy level to a place that Mary Weiss (with the Reigning Sound), Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Who and the Caesars maintained until the end.

This section got off to a light and airy start with M. Ward followed by one from Bob Dylan that's wrapped in the nostalgic glow he's mastered in recent years. Then it was Little Joy with a track that opens with a similar guitar sound and then adds more instruments to the mix, including horns that brought to mind Nick Lowe lamenting the turn in his love life. A classic from the Everly Brothers led to the Postmarks offering some reasonable advice. From there it was the Cleaners From Venus with a lovely one about a girl that could be the same one the La's are singing about, and then it was a British Invasion fave from the Searchers to close it out.

The final set began with a Nicole Atkins tune about a girl desperate to leave her surroundings, followed by the Drifters with a slice of life in the big city. Janelle Monae's tune starts in a place reminiscent of that Drifters track, and it also adds a sci-fi touch that was amplified by an instrumental from the Christmas on Mars soundtrack by the Flaming Lips. From there it was the yearning synth-pop of Vitesse, a favorite from the recent collaboration by David Byrne and Brian Eno, something of an energetic one from Air and a short, almost late-'60s-kind-of-freakout track from the Clientele to bring down the curtain.

Here's another one from the Jimi Hendrix Experience

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Program #535

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
JOHN BARRY . . . . . James Bond Theme . . . . . Best of Bond James Bond
SHIRLEY BASSEY . . . . . Goldfinger . . . . . Best of Bond James Bond
THE FOUR CORNERS . . . . . Miss Moneypenny . . . . . Say You're a Scream
NANCY SINATRA . . . . . You Only Live Twice . . . . . The Hit Years
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Pet Sounds . . . . . Pet Sounds
THE WONDERMINTS . . . . . Austin Powers . . . . . Austin Powers: Original Soundtrack
TUATARA . . . . . Action Thriller . . . . . Cinemathique
JOHNNY RIVERS . . . . . Secret Agent Man . . . . . Johnny Rivers: Greatest Hits (Capitol)
EDWYN ASTLEY . . . . . Highwire . . . . . Secret Agent: Music From The TV Series
RON GRAINER . . . . . Arrival . . . . . The Prisoner: File #1
LAURIE JOHNSON . . . . . Theme From The Avengers . . . . . With a Vengeance
MIKE REDWAY . . . . . Have No Fear Bond Is Here . . . . . 7-inch single
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . You Only Live Twice . . . . . By-the-Numbers
SEX MOB . . . . . Bond Back In Action Again . . . . . Sex Mob Does Bond
ROY WOOD . . . . . The Premium Bond Theme . . . . . Look Thru the Eyes of Roy Wood: Best of the Jet Years & Beyond
TOM JONES . . . . . Thunderball . . . . . Best of Bond James Bond
PAUL MCCARTNEY . . . . . Live And Let Die . . . . . All the Best
JACK WHITE & ALICIA KEYS . . . . . Another Way To Die . . . . . Another Way To Die

DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . Teenagers . . . . . In Ear Park
THE DOLEFUL LIONS . . . . . Saturday Mansions . . . . . Out Like A Lamb
THE RAIN PARADE . . . . . 1 Hr ½ Ago . . . . . Emergency 3rd Rail Power Trip/ Explosions In The Glass Palace
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Tomorrow Never Knows . . . . . Com Plex
OASIS . . . . . Falling Down . . . . . Dig Out Your Soul
HERMAN’S HERMITS . . . . . Moonshine Man . . . . . Very Best of Herman's Hermits
THE JESSICA FLETCHERS . . . . . On Our Way . . . . . Less Sophistication
THE JANUARIES . . . . . Love Has Flown . . . . . The Januaries
THE TURTLES . . . . . You Showed Me . . . . . Golden Hits
THE ORANGE PEELS . . . . . Redwood City . . . . . So Far

MIRIAM MAKEBA . . . . . Pata Pata . . . . . Buried Treasure: Lost Gems from Deep in the '60s Vaults
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS . . . . . Funky Kingston . . . . . Funky Kingston
CAIRO . . . . . I Like Bluebeat . . . . . 100% British Ska
LINTON KWESI JOHNSON . . . . . Bass Culture . . . . . Bass Culture
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS . . . . . Jamming . . . . . Exodus
DIZZY GILLESPIE . . . . . Chega de Saudade (No More Blues) . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
HUGH MASEKELA . . . . . Grazing In The Grass . . . . . Grazing in the Grass: The Best of Hugh Masekela

The opening of the Quantum of Solace in the US gave me an excuse to pull out some of my favorite theme songs from past Bond films, and then I may have gotten a little carried away with a few theme songs from British "secret agent" TV shows of the '60s, along with some other artists who have put their own spin on the subject, from the Beach Boys and Roy Wood to the Four Corners and, just this year, the Postmarks. Perhaps a bit enthusiastic, but you're gonna get that once in awhile with freeform radio, and that's the way we like, isn't it?

The latest disc from Department of Eagles pulls off the difficult feat of feeling simultaneously light and densely detailed, and the track that opened this section seemed to flow nicely into one by the Doleful Lions that starts out in a similar place before it fades into a becalming mass of layered voices. From there it was on to the mid-'80s pyschedelia of the Rain Parade followed by the Helio Sequence with a terrific version of a Beatles tune. The distinctive drum pattern from Ringo Starr on the original was borrowed by Oasis, and then it was Herman's Hermits with a catchy track that reeks of 1967. Clearly that was a favorite year for Norway's Jessica Fletchers, who were followed by the Januaries, with more of a mid-to-late '60s Southern California feel to their sound; the Turtles, who were making music in that place at that time; and the Orange Peels, a Northern California-based band with a finely tuned pop sensibility.

Miriam Makeba passed away recently; she was a pioneer of world music and a tireless fighter for equal rights and justice all over the globe. Her first international hit goes back more than four decades, and with its South African rhythms and the distinctive clicking sound that's part of her family's tribal dialect it remains irresistible to this day. Toots and the Maytals followed with their special mix of reggae and soul, and then it was Cairo with their late '70s British single that worked as a very enjoyable combination of reggae and New Wave. Some prime reggae from Linton Kwesi Johnson followed by Bob Marley & the Wailers was next, which led to Dizzy Gillespie and friends giving an Antonio Carlos Jobim tune a workout, and then Hugh Masakela's big hit from 1968 closed the proceedings.

Here's another one from Johnny Rivers