Saturday, March 7, 2009

Program #564

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
M. WARD . . . . . To Save Me . . . . . Hold Time
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Add Some Music To Your Day . . . . . Sunflower/Surf's Up
DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES . . . . . In Ear Park . . . . . In Ear Park
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Sing This All Together . . . . . Their Satanic Majesties Request
THE POLYPHONIC SPREE . . . . . Section 27 (Mental Cabaret) . . . . . The Fragile Army
THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Can't Say No . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead
XTC . . . . . Stupidly Happy . . . . . Wasp Star (Apple Venus Volume 2)
BECK . . . . . Modern Guilt . . . . . Modern Guilt

WILCO . . . . . Wishful Thinking . . . . . A Ghost Is Born
GNARLS BARKLEY . . . . . She Knows . . . . . The Odd Couple
LAL MERI . . . . . Dreams Of 18 . . . . . Lal Meri
BETH ORTON . . . . . Comfort Of Strangers . . . . . Comfort of Strangers
T-BONE WALKER . . . . . How Long Blues . . . . . T-Bone Blues
NICK LOWE . . . . . Hope For Us All . . . . . At My Age
AL GREEN . . . . . Love And Happiness . . . . . Al Green - Greatest Hits
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS . . . . . Satisfy My Soul . . . . . Kaya

BLACK LIPS . . . . . Starting Over . . . . . 200 Million Thousand
ALEX CHILTON . . . . . Hey! Little Child . . . . . Like Flies on Sherbert
TOM VERLAINE . . . . . From Her Fingers . . . . . Songs and Other Things
PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS . . . . . Just Like Me . . . . . Paul Revere & The Raiders - Greatest Hits
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . You Belong To Me . . . . . This Year's Model
BOB DYLAN . . . . . From A Buick 6 . . . . . Highway 61 Revisited
CHUCK BERRY . . . . . You Can't Catch Me . . . . . Ultimate Chuck Berry
BO DIDDLEY . . . . . Who Do You Love . . . . . The Definitive Collection
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Up To Our Necks . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
TALKING HEADS . . . . . Uh Oh, Love Has Come To Town . . . . . Talking Heads: 77

NEKO CASE . . . . . I'm An Animal . . . . . Middle Cyclone
THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION . . . . . Charcoal Days . . . . . We Belong to the Staggering Evening
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Kitty's Back . . . . . The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
THIN LIZZY . . . . . Romeo And The Lonely Girl . . . . . Jailbreak
BELLE & SEBASTIAN . . . . . The Boys Are Back In Town . . . . . The BBC Sessions
THE YOUNG DUBLINERS . . . . . Howaya Girls . . . . . Saints And Sinners

At the top it was one of the many satisfying tunes from the new M. Ward disc; this one brought up the Beach Boys, especially in the background vocals. From there Department of Eagles carried on the idea of music in your life, along with the power it has to keep memories from fading, and then it was the Rolling Stones suggesting that everyone join in on the tune. The Polyphonic Spree followed with one that seems to be about finding a way to move forward, and then the Helio Sequence offered up a contrasting take with its focus on the sensory overload that often is part of society and culture today. From there XTC provided one way out before Beck ended it with one that reflects the anxious dislocation that many are feeling these days.

Some meditative food for thought from Wilco to lead off this section led to a more prominently rhythmic track from Gnarls Barkley, which was followed by a new tune from Lal Meri with a similar feel. Nancy Kaye's voice on that song conjured up Beth Orton, here joined by M. Ward on a primarily acoustic track that flowed quite well into some classic blues from T-Bone Walker. Then it was Nick Lowe answering T-Bone's question with one that recalled Al Green from his peak, which led to Bob Marley & the Wailers echoing the Rev. Green's sentiments to finish up.

A new one from the Black Lips that starts with a nice bit of ringing guitar and then heads off to that disheveled territory they know so well was followed by Alex Chilton in a similarly loose and disorderly place. Then it was Tom Verlaine with one from his last disc that recalls his sound of 30 years ago and seemed to segue nicely into one of the many hits by Paul Revere & the Raiders from back in the '60s. The garage-rock organ on that one was reflected in the early Elvis Costello & the Attractions tune that followed, which has always sounded an awful lot like the Bob Dylan tune that came next. From there we had a couple of rock 'n' roll pioneers in Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, whose signature beat appears in a new one from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, which in turn led to Talking Heads with track 1, side 1, from their first disc.

One of the tracks from the new Neko Case disc that immediately jumped out at me also brought to mind a favorite by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band from the early days; here they sandwiched an Ike Reilly Assassination tune seemed to flow quite well out of Neko and very much reminds me of the Boss from those times. Then it was Thin Lizzy with what has always sounded like their own take on that early Springsteen sound, which led to Belle & Sebastian captured live in Belfast at Christmas time in 2001 covering that Irish band's biggest hit followed by an enjoyable new one from the Young Dubliners to bring the curtain down. (After all, St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, so why not.)

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