Friday, January 30, 2009

Program #554

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE BEATLES . . . . . Two Of Us . . . . . Anthology 3
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . Here Comes The Sun . . . . . The BBC Sessions
ELLIOTT SMITH . . . . . A Fond Farewell . . . . . From a Basement on the Hill
THE SHINS . . . . . One By One All Day . . . . . Oh, Inverted World
ENVELOPES . . . . . Boat . . . . . Here Comes The Wind
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . AF607105 . . . . . 5:55
CHRIS SPEDDING . . . . . Time Warp . . . . . Guitar Graffitti
RICHARD O’BRIEN . . . . . Time Warp . . . . . The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975 Film)

THE BEATLES . . . . . Get Back . . . . . Anthology 3
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Lillian, Egypt . . . . . Animal Years
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Veronica . . . . . Spike
ART BRUT . . . . . Emily Kane . . . . . Bang Bang Rock & Roll
THE KINKS . . . . . Days . . . . . The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
THE MINDERS . . . . . Savour All The Days . . . . . It's a Bright Guilty World
THE LEFT BANKE . . . . . Pretty Ballerina . . . . . The History of the Left Banke
CINDERPOP . . . . . Cinnamon Winter . . . . . A Lesson in Science
THE ZOMBIES . . . . . Time Of The Season . . . . . The Zombies - Greatest Hits
THE SIGHTS . . . . . Suited Fine . . . . . The Sights
A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . Elemental . . . . . Get Guilty

THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND . . . . . Trouble No More . . . . . Eat a Peach
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Someday Baby . . . . . Modern Times
BENOIT CHAREST . . . . . Belleville Rendez-Vous . . . . . The Triplets of Belleville
DAN HICKS & HIS HOT LICKS . . . . . How Can I Miss You When You Won’t Go Away . . . . . Original Recordings
MADELEINE PEYROUX . . . . . You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go . . . . . Careless Love
PATTI LUPONE . . . . . I Get A Kick Out Of You . . . . . Anything Goes
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Kix . . . . . The London Book of the Dead
PASSION PIT . . . . . Cuddle Fuddle . . . . . Chunk of Change
HER SPACE HOLIDAY . . . . . The Good People Of Everywhere . . . . . The Past Presents the Future

IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Stomach Worm . . . . . Digital Bonus Track
STEREOLAB . . . . . The Ecstatic Static . . . . . Chemical Chords
THE HIGH LLAMAS . . . . . Nomads . . . . . Hawaii
BERTRAND BURGALAT . . . . . Biscarrose . . . . . The Sssound of Mmmusic
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . All I Wanna Do . . . . . Sunflower/Surf's Up
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . No One Does It Like You . . . . . In Ear Park
SOFT CELL . . . . . Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go . . . . . Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Forty years ago this month the Beatles began work on project they were calling "Get Back", reflecting their desire to return to the roots of their music and recording style. It would be more than a year before the record finally came out, with a new name, Let It Be, and an accompanying documentary film that showed a band in the midst of splitting apart. After opening with a track from those sessions, it was on to Belle and Sebastian live in Belfast in 2001 covering a George Harrison song from the final Beatles disc, Abbey Road. One from Elliott Smith with a Beatles-like quality was followed by a Shins track with a winding appeal that can't be denied. Next was Envelopes, and it was here that the set veered off in another direction, since what starts out as a lovely tune shifts rather abruptly about three-quarters of the way in to a noise collage that contains what sounds like occasional radio transmissions. That brought to mind one from Charlotte Gainsbourg about an airplane flight (and crash?) for someone in a personal crisis that segues perfectly into Chris Spedding having fun with the space-time continuum. Finally, a tune that shares the same title, just one of the many enjoyable songs found in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Referencing the Beatles recording sessions of 40 years back one more time, this section began with a recording of the final song that all four Fabs played together on in public, from the infamous mid-day rooftop concert of 1/31/69. Josh Ritter followed with one that shared a similar galloping rhythm and told of his adventures with a young lady during the silent movie days, and then it was a couple more with female names for titles from Elvis Costello and Art Brut. From there it was the Kinks in a thankful place followed by the Minders with a similar message. The sound and feel of that one brought to mind the elegant pop of the Left Banke, which was followed by Cinderpop, a Canadian band that also has a delicate touch to some of their tunes. The Zombies final big hit brought on the Sights with a tune from their last disc that features some Rod Argent-like keyboards, and then it was one from the new disc by A.C. Newman to finish it off.

The Allman Brothers covering Muddy Waters from the magical Fillmore East shows in 1971 was followed by Bob Dylan working from his vast knowledge of American roots and blues music to create a variation on the same tune. From there it was Benoit Charest with what is essentially the title tune to the wonderful animated film The Triplets of Belleville, and the jazzy acoustic strumming on that one conjured up Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks. Then it was another Dylan tune, this time by Madeleine Peyroux adding a bluesy feel that recalls Billie Holiday. That was followed by a Cole Porter tune that expresses a similar sentiment differently; here it was sung by Patti LuPone from the 1987 Broadway revival of the 1934 musical Anything Goes. You get the feeling Stephen Coates of the Real Tuesday Weld is familiar with that song, and from there it was Passion Pit that shares a similar synth rhythm, at least at the outset. By its end, however, it seemed to flow nicely into the electronics of Her Space Holiday, which is where this section ended.

A cover of a Stereolab tune by It Hugs Back was followed by one from Stereolab's latest disc that has a certain High Llamas feel to it. Some 21st century French pop from Bertrand Burgalat led to a beautiful Beach Boys track that shared a spectral quality with the Department of Eagles tune that followed, and brought the extended version of Soft Cell's huge hit from the early '80s to close out the proceedings.

Here's another one from Art Brut

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Program #553

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
R.E.M. . . . . . Sitting Still . . . . . Sitting Still (2006 Digital Remaster)

IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Work Day . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . Life Without You . . . . . Man-Made
STEVE FORBERT . . . . . Starstruck . . . . . This Is Where I Belong: The Songs of Ray Davies & The Kinks
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . Baby Driver . . . . . Bridge Over Troubled Water
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . No Baby I . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
THE BLASTERS . . . . . Kathleen . . . . . Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985)
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR . . . . . She Walks Right In . . . . . New Orleans Piano
BEN HARPER AND THE SKATALITES . . . . . Be My Guest . . . . . Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

NEIL YOUNG . . . . . Only Love Can Break Your Heart . . . . . After the Gold Rush
A.C NEWMAN . . . . . Changeling (Get Guilty) . . . . . Get Guilty
TRAVIS . . . . . Song To Self . . . . . Ode to J. Smith
FISCHER-Z . . . . . So Long . . . . . Going Deaf for a Living
JOHN WESLEY HARDING . . . . . I’m Wrong About Everything . . . . . Confessions of St. Ace
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Ain’t No Cure For Love . . . . . I'm Your Man
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Baby’s Coming Back To Me . . . . . Jarvis
THE TEMPTATIONS . . . . . My Girl . . . . . The Ultimate Collection

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . The Model . . . . . The BBC Sessions
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Fourth Time Around . . . . . I'm Not There
JACKIE MITTOO . . . . . Super Charge . . . . . Champion in the Arena 1976-1977
TYRONE DAVIS . . . . . Can I Change My Mind . . . . . The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970
JAMES HUNTER . . . . . The Hard Way . . . . . The Hard Way
ETTA JAMES . . . . . I’m Gonna Take What He’s Got . . . . . Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions
DAVID BROMBERG . . . . . Will Not Be Your Fool . . . . . How Late'll Ya Play 'Til?, Vol. 1: Live
LUTHER “GUITAR JUNIOR” JOHNSON . . . . . I Pity The Fool . . . . . From Matrimony to Alimony

MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT . . . . . Frankie . . . . . Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND . . . . . Little Martha . . . . . Eat a Peach
JOE PUG . . . . . Speak Plainly, Diana . . . . . Nation of Heat
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . I’ll Keep It With Mine . . . . . Strange Weather
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Life Itself . . . . . Working on a Dream (Deluxe Version)
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Message Of Love . . . . . Pretenders II
THE PERNICE BROTHERS . . . . . Subject Drop . . . . . Discover a Lovelier You
JOHN DOE . . . . . This Far . . . . . Dim Stars Bright Sky
RICHARD BUCKNER . . . . . Town . . . . . Meadow

It Hugs Back is a UK band that's recently been brought to my attention; I very much like the track heard here between the B-side of R.E.M.'s original Hib-Tone 7-inch and one from Teenage Fanclub's last disc. From there it was Steve Forbert doing a terrific job with a Ray Davies tune, followed by an old one from Simon & Garfunkel that fed nicely into a favorite from the Old 97's last album. Then it was the Blasters with a track that features some extra-fine piano, and of course when it comes to piano it doesn't get any finer than Professor Longhair, who paved the way for Ben Harper accompanied by the Skatalites on a Fats Domino tune from the disc that is donating whatever money it makes to further music education in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

One from the new A.C. Newman disc reminded me of an old Neil Young track, and it also seemed to flow quite well into a tune by Travis from their recent release. The vocals on that one conjured up an old favorite from Fischer-Z, and the John Wesley Harding tune that followed added a note of resignation to the sad romantic tales that preceded it. Leonard Cohen took a philosophical approach to the subject, and then it was Jarvis Cocker finding redemption and the Temptations celebrating the wonder of true love.

The Belle and Sebastian track is from a 2001 live concert in Belfast, and it was followed by a Yo La Tengo cover of a Bob Dylan tune that featured some wonderful organ. That led to a master of that instrument, Jackie Mittoo, with one of several crucial reggae sides he cut in London in the mid-'70s. His jumping-off point was a tune that was originally a hit for Tyrone Davis, and from there it was on to the title track from last year's James Hunter r&b toe-tapper. Then it was an Etta James classic in which she leaves no doubt about her intentions, followed by some blues from David Bromberg that pretty much comes from the same place and more blues by Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson to close out this section.

Mississippi John Hurt led off the final portion of the program with one of the original recordings he made in 1928, and the acoustic country blues was carried on by the Allman Brothers Band with the beautiful track that concludes the disc that appeared after Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident. From there it was the country/folk of Joe Pug segueing nicely into Marianne Faithfull covering Bob Dylan, and then it was the Bruce Springsteen track with the '60s jangly guitars from the new recored followed by an old favorite from the Pretenders that seemed a positive reply to the story told in the Springsteen song. The final trio of the Pernice Brothers with a vocal assist from Blake Hazard, John Doe with some help from Aimee Mann and Richard Buckner on his own (vocally) brought the curtain down.

Here's another one from John Doe