Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Program #565

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE FACES . . . . . Ooh La La . . . . . Ooh La La
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Most Of The Time . . . . . Tell Tale Signs: the Bootleg Series Vol. 8
CLEM SNIDE . . . . . With All My Heart . . . . . Hungry Bird
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Best For The Best . . . . . Animal Years
ALELA DIANE . . . . . Take Us Back . . . . . To Be Still
TOM RUSH . . . . . Urge For Going . . . . . The Circle Game

THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . Paint It Black . . . . . Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
FINIAN MCKEAN . . . . . Shades Are Drawn . . . . . Shades Are Drawn
RADIOHEAD . . . . . House Of Cards . . . . . In Rainbows
TELEVISION . . . . . Friction . . . . . Marquee Moon
THE SHINS . . . . . Turn On Me . . . . . Wincing the Night Away
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . My Maudlin Career . . . . . My Maudlin Career
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Sorrow . . . . . Pin Ups [ECD]
DUSTY SPRINGFIELD . . . . . I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself . . . . . The Very Best of Dusty Springfield

ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Your Head Here . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
NICK LOWE . . . . . Cracking Up . . . . . Labour of Lust
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . I’m The Urban Spaceman . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
THE BEATLES . . . . . Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite . . . . . Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
BEIRUT . . . . . Mimizan . . . . . Dark Was the Night
DEVOTCHKA . . . . . Transliterator . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Wild Billy’s Circus Story . . . . . The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
THE DECEMBERISTS . . . . . My Mother Was A Chinese Trapeze Artist . . . . . 5 Songs

M. WARD . . . . . Shangri La . . . . . Hold Time
JORMA KAUKONEN . . . . . I’ll Be All Right . . . . . Quah
JANE SIBERRY . . . . . Calling All Angels . . . . . Until The End Of The World: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
PAUL SIMON . . . . . African Skies . . . . . Graceland
NEKO CASE . . . . . Fever . . . . . Middle Cyclone
PULP . . . . . The Birds In Your Garden . . . . . We Love Life
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Gentle Hour . . . . . Dark Was the Night

An old favorite with a rueful wistfulness about "women's ways" from the Faces started this one, and it came to mind after I heard a track from Elvis Perkins' new disc that has a similar acoustic rhythmic strumming. That song has a wary optimism that Bob Dylan also taps into in the alternate version of his tune from last year, which led to Eef Barzelay and Clem Snide—newly reconstituted and with a new album (recorded three years ago)—admitting there are still strong feelings even after the romance is over. Then it was Josh Ritter attempting to put on a good face leading to Alela Diane trying to recall better times and Tom Rush covering Joni Mitchell facing up to what must be.

This portion began in a dark place with the Rolling Stones followed by Finian McKean, and then it was Radiohead looking for a way out. From there Television seemed to be ready to move on, and the Shins certainly were, although not without quite a bit of pain. A new one from Camera Obscura also seems about leaving the pain behind, which is what David Bowie's cover of an old Merseys' tune zeros in on as well, which brought us to the magnificently suffering Dusty Springfield at the end.

A new one from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 that reflects the fractured way of life in the 21st century was followed by Nick Lowe taking a more direct approach. Then it was the Bonzo Dog Band with a bouncy tale of city life with a twist at the end, and the varied assortment of instruments on that track set the stage for the Beatles carnival commercial that followed. A new track from Beirut along with one from DeVotchKa had a similar musical appeal and brought on Bruce Springsteen's vivid description of life on a Midwest midway. Tacked onto the end was an early Decemberists' tune, whose title came to mind for obvious reasons.

The final section opened with a new one from M. Ward looking forward to what comes next after his time on this planet has ended, and some of the finger picking on that track conjured up Jorma Kaukonen covering a Rev. Gary Davis tune. Then it was Jane Siberry with her wonderfully beautiful song from the Wim Wenders film that goes back almost two decades, which led to an old favorite from Paul Simon ending in a musical place that segued quite nicely into a new one from Neko Case. From there it was the lovely singing birds on a Pulp track that brought us to a serene new one from Yo La Tengo to bring down the curtain.

Here's another one from Television



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