Program #570

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
PJ HARVEY . . . . . Black Hearted Love . . . . . A Woman A Man Walked By
MISSION OF BURMA . . . . . Falling . . . . . Onoffon
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Now & Again . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
GUIDED BY VOICES . . . . . Fair Touching . . . . . Isolation Drills
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS . . . . . Do Anything You Wanna Do . . . . . Teenage Kicks
PAUL WELLER . . . . . A Bullet For Everyone . . . . . Illumination [Limited Edition w/ Bonus DVD]
MARK PICKEREL AND HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . Cody’s Dream . . . . . Cody's Dream
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . The Jean Genie . . . . . Aladdin Sane - 30th Anniversary Edition

CLEM SNIDE . . . . . Beard Of Bees . . . . . Hungry Bird
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Come And Find Me . . . . . Golden Age of Radio
DONOVAN . . . . . Colours . . . . . Donovan's Greatest Hits
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Deep Blue Sea . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS . . . . . Myriad Harbour . . . . . Challengers
JOHN CALE . . . . . Things . . . . . Hobo Sapiens
M. WARD . . . . . Stars Of Leo . . . . . Hold Time
WILCO . . . . . Muzzle Of Bees . . . . . A Ghost Is Born

GENERATION X . . . . . Ready Steady Go . . . . . Perfect Hits 1975-1981
THE KINKS . . . . . Top Of The Pops . . . . . Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One
RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . Lonely At The Top . . . . . Sail Away
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Morning Cup . . . . . Could We Survive (Dig)
CAT STEVENS . . . . . On The Road To Find Out . . . . . Tea for the Tillerman
DEVOTCHKA . . . . . New World . . . . . A Mad and Faithful Telling

BO DIDDLEY . . . . . You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover . . . . . The Story of Bo Diddley: The Very Best of Bo Diddley
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . Every Day I Write The Book . . . . . Punch the Clock
THE MONOTONES . . . . . The Book Of Love . . . . . The Best of Chess Rock & Roll, Vol. 2
SPOON . . . . . The Book I Write . . . . . Stranger Than Fiction
CALEXICO . . . . . Writer’s Holiday . . . . . Carried to Dust
MINIBAR . . . . . Holiday From Myself . . . . . Road Movies
THE BEATLES . . . . . Magical Mystery Tour . . . . . Magical Mystery Tour
VAMPIRE WEEKEND . . . . . Walcott . . . . . Vampire Weekend
SPARKS . . . . . This Town Ain’t Big Enough For The Both Of Us . . . . . Kimono My House
THE CAESARS . . . . . In Orbit . . . . . Strawberry Weed

This show got off to a brooding start with a track from PJ Harvey's latest disc; her music at times brings up Mission of Burma for me, and they injected an energy boost that pretty much remained throughout the set. So we had a new one from It Hugs Back, who are all about the guitars and therefore fed nicely into Guided By Voices. An old favorite from the late '70s by Eddie and the Hot Rods was followed by Paul Weller expressing some anger, as he has been known to do on occasion in his career. I find the guitar rhythm on that one is similar to the title track from last year's disc by Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands, and that tune also has a bit of David Bowie in it, which is why we ended up there.

A lovely but sad tune from Clem Snide began this section and led to some early Josh Ritter that has a beautiful, flowing feel, much like the Donovan tune that followed. A new one from Grizzly Bear introduced a bit of melancholy, but only for a moment, as the New Pornographers added a lighter touch that was maintained by John Cale and then M. Ward, with one of the few tracks from his new disc that hadn't yet made it into the semi-weekly mix. At the end was Wilco, with a tune that brought us full circle through both its mood and its title.

Whenever there's a tune that's running around my head I can usually trace it to something I've recently read, seen or heard. Sometimes, however, songs just appear out of thin air, as was the case with the Generation X tune about an old British pop music TV show that began this set. That led to the Kinks singing about the experience of watching a record climb the charts, which in turn brought Randy Newman's take on what it's like after you've hit it big. That state of mind is probably not the same Lonelyville that Elvis Perkins is singing about on his new disc, but the tunes seemed to work pretty well back to back. There's a rhythmic strumming at the base of the Elvis Perkins tune that brought to mind Joseph Arthur from one of the four EPs he put out last year, and both tracks can be heard in the old Cat Stevens song that followed. Finishing it off was DeVotchKa, with what's turned out to be my favorite track from last year's very appealing disc.

I recently had a chance to see Cadillac Records, which I liked, but I couldn't help noticing how many Chess artists weren't mentioned at all in the story it told. I'm guessing they could only fit as many people as they did into a normal length film, but clearly there were some pretty important names missing. One for sure was Bo Diddley, and the track that kicked off this final section sent us down something of a literary path, at least for the opening portion. So we had Elvis Costello & the Attractions with an alternate, more stripped-down version of one his more poppy numbers, the Monotones with their big hit from 1958 and Spoon with one that can be found on the Stranger Than Fiction soundtrack. From there a bit of hitting the road slowly worked its way into the theme, starting with Calexico taking a break from the rigors of writing, Minibar taking a break from themselves and the Beatles adding some magic to the mix. Then it was Vampire Weekend with a great rollicking track about beating feet from Cape Cod for New Jersey, which conjured up an old Sparks tune about a potential showdown if one party doesn't leave, and then it was on to the Caesars leaving the planet altogether (metaphorically speaking, of course).

Here's another one from Vampire Weekend


Program #569

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Gotta Serve Somebody . . . . . Slow Train Coming
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . What You is . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
PETER BJORN AND JOHN . . . . . Just The Past . . . . . Living Thing
THE BEATLES . . . . . Baby You’re A Rich Man . . . . . Magical Mystery Tour
LAL MERI . . . . . Take Me As I Am . . . . . Lal Meri
GROOVE ARMADA . . . . . Remember . . . . . Lovebox
BIG STAR . . . . . Nightime . . . . . Third/Sister Lovers

VAN MORRISON . . . . . Mechanical Bliss . . . . . 7-inch single
THE REAL TUESDAY WELD . . . . . Bathtime In Clerkinwell . . . . . I, Lucifer
I AM KLOOT . . . . . Untitled #1 . . . . . I Am Kloot
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Hey . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Dance With Me . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
DICK DALE & HIS DEL-TONES . . . . . Misirlou . . . . . The Perfect Day: The Music from 40 Years of Surfing Magazine
THE CRAMPS . . . . . Goo Goo Muck . . . . . Off the Bone
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Dead Sound . . . . . Lust Lust Lust
PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES . . . . . This Is Our Emergency . . . . . The New Romance

BOBBY DARIN . . . . . Beyond The Sea . . . . . The Hit Singles Collection
JOOLS HOLLAND & TAJ MAHAL . . . . . Outskirts Of Town . . . . . Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND . . . . . Stormy Monday The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East
THE BLACK KEYS . . . . . So He Won’t Break . . . . . Attack and Release
THE KINKS . . . . . Set Me Free . . . . . Kinks-Size/Kinkdom
THE MINDERS . . . . . Jenny . . . . . It's a Bright Guilty World
CINDERPOP . . . . . Dead At The Side Of The Road . . . . . A Lesson in Science
TODD RUNDGREN . . . . . Couldn’t I Just Tell You . . . . . Something/Anything?
TEENAGE FANCLUB . . . . . About You . . . . . Man-Made

MARIANNE FAITHFULL & KEITH RICHARDS . . . . . Sing Me Back Home . . . . . Easy Come, Easy Go
MERLE HAGGARD . . . . . The Bottle Let Me Down . . . . . Merle Haggard - 20 Greatest Hits
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON . . . . . Sunday Morning Coming Down . . . . . Kristofferson
CRACKER . . . . . Family Tradition . . . . . Countrysides
MIKE NESS . . . . . Dope Fiend Blues . . . . . Cheating at Solitaire
JOHN LENNON . . . . . Cold Turkey . . . . . Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon

A tune from Bob Dylan's born again period is where this program kicked off, and it was followed by a new one from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 that contains something of a lyrical resemblance. Then it was another new one, this time by Peter Bjorn and John that has more than a passing rhythmic similiarity to the Beatles tune that followed. One more new tune from Lal Meri kept the emphasis on the beat, and then Groove Armada offered up a haunting track that was helped greatly by a generous sample of a Sandy Denny vocal from an old Fairport Convention song, which led to a beautifully fragile piece by Alex Chilton from the final Big Star disc.

A relatively rare track from Van Morrison helped to lighten the mood to open this next set, as did the Real Tuesday Weld and I Am Kloot tunes that followed. A new one from Elvis Perkins with a bit of old-school rock 'n' roll buried inside segued nicely into an Old 97's track that features some very Dick Dale & His Del-Tones-like guitar. From there the general feel was maintained by the Cramps and the Raveonettes, and then it was Pretty Girls Make Graves providing an urgent note on which to finish.

This section began with my favorite Bobby Darin number after I read about the recent death at 96 of Jack Lawrence, who more than 60 years ago wrote the lyrics to what was originally a composition by a couple of French songwriters. The big band mood was sustained by Jools Holland, assisted by Taj Mahal on lead vocals, which added a bluesy note and led to the Allman Brothers classic version of T-Bone Walker's tune. Some more blues from the Black Keys was followed by mid-'60s Kinks that started to push the sound into more of a pop direction. The Minders continued down that path, and then it was Cinderpop veering off into a bit of Baroque & Roll, Todd Rundgren restoring the emphasis on guitars and Teenage Fanclub doing the same in two minutes forty, which they do as well as anyone ever has.

The finale began with a new one from Marianne Faithfull assisted by Keith Richards; it's certainly remarkable these two are still breathing, let alone singing together, after everything they've each been through since the halcyon days of Swinging London all those years ago. Here they're covering a Merle Haggard tune, so we heard from Merle to follow and then it was an old favorite by Kris Kristofferson that's the best tune I know about a hangover (and so much more, of course). Then it was Cracker covering Hank Williams, Jr. on what it takes to get to the place Kristofferson was writing and singing about, Mike Ness offering his take on addiction and John Lennon with a blow-by-blow of what it's like to kick, which seemed a good place shut it down.

Here's the flip side to "Baby You're A Rich Man"


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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