Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Program #563

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE BEATLES . . . . . Revolution 1 . . . . . The Beatles (The White Album)
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . Lenin . . . . . Dark Was the Night
PETER GABRIEL . . . . . D.I.Y. . . . . . Peter Gabriel 2: Scratch
A.C. NEWMAN . . . . . The Palace At 4 A.M. . . . . . Get Guilty
JOHN CALE . . . . . Macbeth . . . . . Paris 1919
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Message Of Love . . . . . Pretenders II
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Saturday Groovers . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
T. REX . . . . . Baby Strange . . . . . The Slider
SUPERGRASS . . . . . Rebel In You . . . . .Diamond Hoo Ha

THE NATIONAL . . . . . So Far Around The Bend . . . . . Dark Was the Night
PETER SARSTADT . . . . . Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) . . . . . The Darjeeling Limited
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Fourth Time Around . . . . . I'm Not There
SOLOMON BURKE . . . . . Flesh And Blood . . . . . Don't Give Up on Me
CAT POWER . . . . . I've Been Loving You To Long . . . . . Dark End of the Street
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Tupelo Honey . . . . . Tupelo Honey

STEVE FORBERT . . . . . Write Me A Rain Check . . . . . The Place and the Time
TOM WAITS . . . . . Emotional Weather Report . . . . . Nighthawks at the Diner
SARAH VAUGHN . . . . . Stormy Weather . . . . . Lady Sings the Blues
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Heavy Weather . . . . . Jarvis
THE LACKLOVES . . . . . Summer Rain . . . . . Cathedral Square Park
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Just Like The Rain . . . . . Coles Corner
NEKO CASE . . . . . This Tornadio Loves You . . . . . Middle Cyclone
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City . . . . . Harry / Nilsson Sings Newman

NEKO CASE . . . . . Don't Forget Me . . . . . Middle Cyclone
BOB DYLAN . . . . . I'll Keep It With Mine . . . . . Biograph
JUDY COLLINS . . . . . Since You've Asked . . . . . Wildflowers
M. WARD . . . . . Hold Time . . . . . Hold Time
THE KINKS . . . . . Waterloo Sunset . . . . . Something Else by the Kinks
THE CLEANERS FROM VENUS . . . . . A Mercury Girl . . . . . Golden Cleaners
THE HIGH DIALS . . . . . These Days Mean Nothing . . . . . Moon Country
ROXY MUSIC . . . . . More Than This . . . . . Avalon

Perhaps you had an opportunity to listen to "Revolution 20," the alternate take of the Beatles tune that was originally released in three versions more than 40 years ago. If so, than you know this fourth version is 10-plus minutes that starts off with the "slow" take minus overdubs and eventually works its way into something resembling what was called "Revolution 9" on the White Album. It was a lot of fun to hear, and still may available in some places if you search hard enough. Since LDR is always on the up and up regarding bootlegs, etc., I'm not willing to put it on the air, so we had to make do with the other version that was part of the White Album as well to start the show. Arcade Fire was next with a new track that seemed to tie in quite nicely in at least two ways, and the Peter Gabriel tune that followed seemed to offer some good advice for anyone thinking about revolution. The thread continued with A.C. Newman and John Cale, and even the Pretenders in a halfways kind of way; that trio of tunes all utilized a galloping rhythm that landed with the irresistable new track from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 about the early/mid-'70s glam era in the UK. Then it was T. Rex from those long ago days leading to Supergrass to finish it off.

This section began with a new track from the National; the tune's title describes the person being sung about has ended up, and the Peter Sarstedt classic that followed essentially covers the same territory. Then it was Yo La Tengo covering Bob Dylan's tune describing a tense moment in a relationship, and Solomon Burke with Joe Henry's song of obsessive love. One more cover from Cat Power, adding a sultry flavor to Otis Redding's soulful original, led to a blissed-out Van Morrison at the close.

Here it was one from Steve Forbert's upcoming disc sending us down a path full of tunes that battle the elements as they describe the ins and outs of love and romance. So we had a very funny Tom Waits leading to the wonderous voice of Sarah Vaughn; some good thunder atmospherics along with a nice jangly guitar from Jarvis Cocker followed by the Lackloves with a similar six-string sound; and Richard Hawley with a beautifully flowing tune seguing beautifully into a new one from Neko Case that has a similar vibe. The last track was from Harry Nilsson and had nothing to do with the weather, but it fit perfectly after the new Neko Case tune, and she covers a Nilsson track on her new disc. . . .

. . . which is where the final set began. It immediately conjured up a Bob Dylan recording that he made for Judy Collins back in the mid-'60s; the tune was not otherwise recorded by Dylan and didn't make it onto an official release in this form until 20 years later. Although she had been releasing records for most of the decade, Judy Collins didn't write her first song until 1967, and that's what followed here. Then it was M. Ward with the gorgeous title track to his latest disc; the strong feeling of nostalgia evoked in the tune brought to mind the Kinks, and from there the Cleaners From Venus with a tune about an unpredictable woman followed by a sad one from the High Dials led to Roxy Music at the end, with a song I will forever associate with Bill Murray and Lost In Translation.

Here's another one from Tom Waits






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