Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Program #567

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION . . . . . When Irish Eyes Are Burning . . . . . We Belong to the Staggering Evening
THE YOUNG DUBLINERS . . . . . Rosie . . . . . Saints And Sinners
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Rosalita . . . . . Hammersmith Odeon, London '75 (2CD)
OTIS REDDING . . . . . I Can’t Turn You Loose . . . . . Live in London and Paris
SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS . . . . . My Man Is A Mean Man . . . . . Naturally
GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR . . . . . Heat Treatment . . . . . Heat Treatment
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile) . . . . . Saint Dominic's Preview

JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Slow Me Down . . . . . Vagabond Skies
MARK LANEGAN . . . . . Kimiko’s Dream House . . . . . Field Songs
PJ HARVEY . . . . . Black Hearted Love . . . . . A Woman, A Man, Walked By
RACHAEL YAMAGATA . . . . . Sidedish . . . . . Elephants...Teeth Sinking Into Heart (2 CD)
DIGBY . . . . . Too Late . . . . . Falling Up
THE WHO . . . . . Substitute . . . . . Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
MOJAVE 3 . . . . . Ghost Ship Waiting . . . . . Puzzles Like You
BUZZCOCKS . . . . . What Do I Get? . . . . . Operators Manual
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Little Red Light . . . . . Welcome Interstate Managers

GIANT SAND . . . . . Out There . . . . . proVISIONS
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . Pale Blue Eyes . . . . . The Velvet Underground
M. WARD . . . . . Outro . . . . . Hold Time
JIMI HENDRIX . . . . . Little Wing . . . . . The Jimi Hendrix Concerts
THE RACONTEURS . . . . . Rich Kid Blues . . . . . Consolers Of The Lonely
JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Jack Killed Mom . . . . . Acid Tongue
JOE COCKER . . . . . Cry Me A River . . . . . Mad Dogs & Englishmen

THE LIFE AND TIMES . . . . . The Lucid Dream . . . . . Tragic Boogie
NEKO CASE . . . . . Prison Girls . . . . . Middle Cyclone
MOS DEF . . . . . Kalifornia . . . . . Biker Boyz
JOHN MAYALL . . . . . California . . . . . The Turning Point
THELONIOUS MONK . . . . . Mysterioso . . . . . Live at the It Club

With St. Paddy's Day upon us, this show began with a couple of timely tunes from the Ike Reilly Assassination and the Young Dubliners, whose track brought forth Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (for obvious title reasons). The extraordinary energy in that live performance was matched by Otis Redding, and then it was the modern-day soul/r&b of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings followed by Graham Parker & the Rumour aided by some bright soul horns. Van Morrison provided the perfect closer with his homage to Jackie Wilson—and seeing as how he hails from the Emerald Isle, it was doubly perfect.

This section started with yet another group of tunes about love gone wrong—it's hard to resist as there are so many and the combinations are endless. So we had Joseph Arthur in a hurry to get somewhere alone, Mark Lanegan not sure where he is, one from PJ Harvey's upcoming disc with a title that's self explanatory, Rachael Yamagata willing to make a commitment that only goes so far, Digby smack dab in the middle of the set with a track that pretty much sums it all up, the Who with a clear-eyed assessment of the situation, Mojave 3 taking on water, the Buzzcocks asking a pertinent musical question and Fountains of Wayne unable to connect despite the many helpful modern devices on hand.

The opener from Giant Sand set a mood of questioning and loss that flowed quite well into an old one from the Velvet Underground that remains as intimate a song as I can recall hearing anywhere. M. Ward with an instrumental version of an old standard called "I'm A Fool To Want You" segued nicely into one of Jimi Hendrix's most beautiful tunes, and then it was the Raconteurs covering Terry Reid followed by Jenny Lewis with a Jack White-like tune that ends in a soulful, gospel-like place, which is how we ended up with Joe Cocker to finish.

The Life And Times are new to me, and their upcoming disc has a track that seemed to work well with the foreboding mood of the Neko Case track that followed. The dream state continued with Mos Def, which was followed by an old one from John Mayall with (almost) the same name that fed beautifully into a gem from Thelonious Monk that put the capper on this one.

Here's another one from the Ike Reilly Assassination




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