Saturday, March 21, 2009

Program #568

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ORCHESTRA LUNA . . . . . Heart . . . . . Orchestra Luna
DAVE FRISHBERG . . . . . Van Lingle Mungo . . . . . Dave Frishberg Classics
LILY FROST . . . . . Is It Just Spring? . . . . . Cine-Magique
CLUB 8 . . . . . Spring Came, Rains Fell . . . . . Spring Came, Rain Fell
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Here Comes The Phantom . . . . . God Save the Clientele
THE CLEANERS FROM VENUS . . . . . Mad March Hare . . . . . Golden Cleaners
THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEAR . . . . . Vanishing Girl . . . . . Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
THE COWSILLS . . . . . The Rain, The Park And Other Things . . . . . The Best of the Cowsills
THE BEATLES . . . . . Here Comes The Sun . . . . . Abbey Road

M. WARD . . . . . Never Had Nobody Like You . . . . . Hold Time
GARY GLITTER . . . . . Rock & Roll, Part 2 . . . . . The Full Monty: Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack
T. REX . . . . . Metal Guru . . . . . The Slider
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Saturday Groovers . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
BRIAN ENO . . . . . China My China . . . . . Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy
DIRTY PROJECTORS & DAVID BYRNE . . . . . Knotty Pine . . . . . Dark Was the Night
DEVOTCHKA . . . . . The Clockwise Witness . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling
PATRICK WOLF . . . . . The Magic Position . . . . . The Magic Position
ROXY MUSIC . . . . . Do The Strand . . . . . For Your Pleasure

JENS LEKMAN . . . . . A Postcard To Nina . . . . . Night Falls Over Kortedala
BELLE & SEBASTIAN . . . . . (My Girl’s Got) Miraculous Technique . . . . . The BBC Sessions
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . The Motorcycle Song . . . . . Lowedges
THE SEARCHERS . . . . . When You Walk In The Room . . . . . Searchers - Greatest Hits
NEKO CASE . . . . . This Tornado Loves You . . . . . Middle Cyclone
BUDDY HOLLY . . . . . Raining In My Heart . . . . . The Buddy Holly Collection
BETTIE SERVEERT . . . . . Storm . . . . . Bare Stripped Naked
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . 123 Goodbye . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
JOHN CALE . . . . . Darling I Need You . . . . . Fragments of a Rainy Season
FATS DOMINO . . . . . Aint’ That A Shame . . . . . My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino

CHEECH & CHONG . . . . . Basketball Jones . . . . . Los Cochinos
MADNESS . . . . . Madness . . . . . Complete Madness
BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS . . . . . Dancing Shoes . . . . . Birth of a Legend
THE RAY BRYANT COMBO . . . . . The Madison Time . . . . . Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
FRED ASTAIRE . . . . . Shall We Dance . . . . . The Legendary
THE RAMONES . . . . . Let’s Dance . . . . . Ramones
DEL SHANNON . . . . . Do You Want To Dance? . . . . . Grandson of Frat Rock!, Vol. 3
STEVE FORBERT . . . . . You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play . . . . . Alive on Arrival
HARUOMI HOSONO . . . . . Sportsman . . . . . Philharmony

The calendar said it was time for Spring (although here in NJ we had wind chills in the teens last night), so the program began with some tunes to celebrate. In addition to warmer weather, Spring means the start of baseball, which is why we heard Orchestra Luna's idiosyncratic take on a tune from the Broadway musical Damn Yankees and followed it with Dave Frishberg's ingenious tribute to ballplayers from his youth. From there it was Lily Frost and Club 8 with seasonally titled tunes, which led to the Clientele and a tune with a first line that reads, "April in my mind, but I can't sleep." Then the Cleaners From Venus supplied another monthly reference point that fed quite nicely into the Dukes of Stratosphear (even though their tune isn't directly related to Alice In Wonderland or Spring). A guilty pleasure from the Cowsills followed and brought us to the Beatles, with George Harrison's tune that gets right to the heart of the matter.

Most of LDR is built on the connections I find between tunes; sometimes it seems I'm the only one who hears them, and others it's so obvious that you'd have to be deaf not to get it. Such is the case with the track from M. Ward's latest that opened this section; the beat is so much like Gary Glitter's old hit from the glam rock days that I almost didn't want to play them back to back. From there it was another from the early '70s by T. Rex, followed by a new one from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 looking back fondly to those times. His mention of "mental floss" supplied by Eno seemed a good enough reason to play one from Brian Eno's second disc, which was followed by his recent collaborator David Byrne, here working with Dirty Projectors. Devotchka slipped in after that with a tune featuring violin that brought to mind Patrick Wolf, who often calls up Roxy Music, thus offering one more opportunity to return to those glitter glam days with the first track I can recall ever hearing by that band.

This set began with a trio of tunes from Jens Lekman, Belle & Sebastian and Richard Hawley that all sound at their core like they came into existence from essentially the same place. The bit of jangly guitar on the Hawley tune offered an opportunity to fill my need for a regular Searchers fix, and then it was on to my favorite from the new Neko Case disc, where she offers a wonderfully detailed expression of her love's cyclonic power. A couple more weather-related tunes from Buddy Holly and Bettie Serveert continued the sad love theme, which was carried onward with a new one from Elvis Perkins that has a bit of '50s rock 'n' roll in its bones. Then it was John Cale alone at the piano with a track that finishes on something of a New Orleans R&B flourish, which is how we ended up with Fats Domino.

In addition to Spring and baseball, mid-March also means NCAA College Basketball Tournament time, aka March Madness. Since I once loved to play (unfortunately I had to hang up my Nikes, as I grew too old and immobile to be of any use on the court) and am still a fan of the game, the program closed with some tunes inspired by the Big Dance. I hope your brackets are in better shape than mine.

Here's another one from Fats Domino




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