Program #626

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . Heartaches By The Number . . . . . The List
ELVIS COSTELLO . . . . . Stranger In The House . . . . . My Aim Is True (With Bonus Disc)
BEACHWOOD SPARKS . . . . . Yer Selfish Ways . . . . . Once We Were Trees
THE OLD 97’S . . . . . Ride . . . . . Blame It On Gravity
THE WHO . . . . . I Can See For Miles . . . . . Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy
JARVIS COCKER . . . . . Angela . . . . . Further Complications
THE MOVE . . . . . Hello Suzie . . . . . Shazam
SUPERGRASS . . . . . Rebel In You . . . . . Diamond Hoo Ha

BOB DYLAN . . . . . Beyond Here Lies Nothing . . . . . Together Through Life
AL KOOPER & MIKE BLOOMFIELD . . . . . Mary Ann . . . . . Live Adventures Of Michael Bloomfield & Al Kooper
SLIM HARPO . . . . . Baby Scratch My Back . . . . . The Best of Slim Harpo
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . I Just Want To See His Face . . . . . Exile on Main St.
BECK . . . . . Strange Apparition . . . . . The Information
EXENE CERVENKA . . . . . Sound Of Coming Down . . . . . Somewhere Gone
HEADLESS HEROES . . . . . Blues Run The Game . . . . . The Silence of Love
JOE PUG . . . . . In The Meantime . . . . . In The Meantime
ROD STEWART . . . . . Gasoline Alley . . . . . Gasoline Alley

THE HIGH LLAMAS . . . . . Leaf And Lime . . . . . Beet, Maize and Corn
BERTRAND BURGALAT . . . . . Biscarrose . . . . . The Sssound of Mmmusic
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . I’m In Deep . . . . . Memoirs at the End of the World (Dig)
GIRLS . . . . . Headache . . . . . Album
MARIANNE FAITHFULL . . . . . Go Away From My World . . . . . The Very Best of Marianne Faithfull
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . My Maudlin Career . . . . . My Maudlin Career
THE TEMPTATIONS . . . . . Since I Lost My Baby . . . . . The Ultimate Collection
NICK LOWE . . . . . Not Too Long Ago . . . . . At My Age
THE BUCKINGHAMS . . . . . Don’t You Care . . . . . Buckinghams - Greatest Hits
SPOON . . . . . You Got Yr Cherry Bomb . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

KURT VILE . . . . . He’s Alright . . . . . Childish Prodigy
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND . . . . . What Goes On . . . . . Peel Slowly and See
YO LA TENGO . . . . . More Stars Than There Are In Heaven . . . . . Popular Songs
BRIAN ENO . . . . . The Big Ship . . . . . Another Green World
AIR . . . . . You Can Tell . . . . . Love 2
BEBEL GILBERTO . . . . . Port Antonio . . . . . All in One

Rosanne Cash's latest disc was inspired by her father (back in 1973, he provided the list of 100 essential American songs that she used build this album), and she has been joined on a few tracks by some guests, including Elvis Costello on the one that opened this program. He followed with one of his early country-influenced tracks, and from there we heard Beachwood Sparks' brand of country/rock into one with more of a driving beat from the Old 97's. An old favorite from the Who managed to ratchet up the intensity even further, which led to Jarvis Cocker rocking out on a tune about a young woman he's come to know followed by the Move introducing themselves to another young lady, and the furious stomp of that one seemed to flow nicely into the Supergrass track that finished up.

It had been a very long time since Slim Harpo made an appearance on LDR, so that was remedied in this set, which began with a couple of tunes from Bob Dylan and the combination of Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield that built upon Harpo's distinctive rhythms. The Rolling Stones covered one of his tune on Exile, but here we heard another from that disc with a similar feel, which led to Beck and a track that always conjures up the Stones whenever I hear it. One from the excellent new Exene Cervenka album shifted the emphasis to acoustic guitar, which is where it pretty much remained with Headless Heroes, a new one from Joe Pug and a tune from the first in a trio of discs that are clearly the best work of Rod Stewart's long career.

The High Llamas began this section with a lovely pastoral tune that was followed by some languid French pop from Bertrand Burgalat that brought in more synthesizers, which paved the way for a favorite from the recent Postmarks disc. A bit of faux lounge music from Girls seemed to flow nicely into an old '60s Swinging London tune from Marianne Faithfull (from her teenage days, before her voice changed). The mood of that one was echoed in the Camera Obscura track that followed, and the Motown-inspired horns on that one were followed by the real thing from the Temptations. Horns continued to supply the hook as Nick Lowe looked back to better days, the Buckinghams tried to pry out the truth and Spoon seemed to be accepting that the relationship was blown apart.

In addition to having a great album title, Kurt Vile's new disc contains a tune that brought to mind an old Velvet Underground number; we heard it here in a live version from the box set that came out back in 1995. An extended track from the new Yo La Tengo disc followed, and the lead guitar on that one fed nicely into a tune from Brian Eno's 1975 masterpiece. From there we heard Air with a wonderfully flowing track from their new disc brought on Bebel Gilberto with the tune that closes her new disc, and also shut the door on this show.

Here's another one from the Who


Program #625

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
SPOON . . . . . Got Nuffin . . . . . Got Nuffin
THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP . . . . . Gimme Some Lovin’ . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 4
THE DETROIT COBRAS . . . . . Slipping Around . . . . . Baby
THE CAESARS . . . . . In Orbit . . . . . Strawberry Weed
DEL SHANNON . . . . . Keep Searchin’ . . . . . Del Shannon - Greatest Hits
DAVE EDMUNDS . . . . . Every Time I See Her . . . . . Closer to the Flame
MARY WEISS . . . . . I Don’t Care . . . . . Dangerous Game
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Bang! . . . . . In & Out of Control
THE CRYSTALS . . . . . Then He Kissed Me . . . . . The Best of the Crystals

TIM BUCKLEY . . . . . The River . . . . . Blue Afternoon
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Southern Point . . . . . Veckatimest
NEKO CASE . . . . . Vengeance Is Sleeping . . . . . Middle Cyclone
NICK DRAKE . . . . . Parasite . . . . . Pink Moon
THE BOOKS FEATURING JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . . Dark Was the Night
KURT VILE . . . . . Blackberry Song . . . . . Childish Prodigy
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE . . . . . Embryonic Journey . . . . . Surrealistic Pillow
WILCO . . . . . Solitaire . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Come And Find Me . . . . . Golden Age of Radio

EXENE CERVENKA . . . . . Trojan Horse . . . . . Somewhere Gone
JOHN DOE & THE SADIES . . . . . It Just Dawned On Me . . . . . Country Club
NICK LOWE . . . . . People Change . . . . . At My Age
THE MIRACLES . . . . . The Tracks Of My Tears . . . . . The Definitive Collection
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Careless Love . . . . . My Maudlin Career
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Crying . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
RICHARD HAWLEY . . . . . Ashes On The Fire . . . . . Truelove's Gutter
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Brilliant Disguise . . . . . Tunnel of Love
EELS . . . . . My Timing Is Off . . . . . Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire
THE BEATLES . . . . . What You’re Doing . . . . . Beatles For Sale (Remastered)

BEBEL GILBERTO . . . . . All In One . . . . . All in One
ALL SMILES . . . . . The Ones I Want To Live . . . . . The Ones I Want to Live
NEIL FINN . . . . . Rest Of The Day Off . . . . . One All
MARK PICKEREL AND HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . Forest Fire . . . . . Snake in the Radio
NORMAN GREENBAUM . . . . . Spirit In The Sky . . . . . The Best of Norman Greenbaum: Spirit in the Sky
FINIAN MCKEAN . . . . . Shades Are Drawn . . . . . Shades Are Drawn
MISSION OF BURMA . . . . . Good Cheer . . . . . The Sound the Speed the Light

Some good energy to kick off this show courtesy of Spoon from this past summer's EP, and the rhythm of that one brought us an old British Invasion hit from the Spencer Davis Group followed by the Detroit Cobras keeping up and on subject. The same can be said for the Caesars, who added a falsetto bit that looks back to Del Shannon, who had a lot of success with that kind of thing in the '60s. A favorite from Dave Edmunds was next and seemed to flow nicely into one from Mary Weiss's comeback disc of a few years ago that saw her backed by the Reigning Sound. Their garage rock expertise was followed by a new one from the Raveonettes, who build a nice cacaphony that at times recalls Phil Spector's stuff, which is where the Crystals fit in.

A change of pace for this section began with Tim Buckley thinking about his place in the natural world and how his love life fits into that puzzle, which led to Grizzly Bear with their disc's wonderfully swirling opening track that also references a geographic place. From there we heard the natural force that is Neko Case followed by two Nick Drake tracks: the first from his final album that is about as lonely and anguished as it gets, and the second a cover by the Books featuring Jose Gonzalez that is perhaps even more haunting than the original. A little bit of light began to shine with the Kurt Vile track that came next, which brought on Jorma Kaukonen's sublime instrumental from the second Jefferson Airplane disc. Wilco kept us heading in a positive direction, and we finished with an early one from Josh Ritter that still ranks among the most beautiful tunes he's written.

Exene Cervenka has just put out a terrific new disc that has a more acoustic approach than she's usually known for; we began here with the opening tune, which segued well into the track from John Doe's disc with the Sadies from earlier this year (not surprising, since she co-wrote it with him). Nick Lowe attempting to remain philosophical on the subject of soured relationships led to the Miracles losing the battle on that front, and then Camera Obscura ready to make the break brought on Roy Orbison unable to let go of the past. The pain continued with Richard Hawley discovering the remains of a letter he'd written to his love in the fireplace, which brought us to Bruce Springsteen's confusion about where his relationship stood. From there we heard Eels using a similar drum beat while pinning the inability to connect on bad timing, and then the Beatles finished up with a plea for better communication (also set to a similar rhythm).

The final section started with the title track from Bebel Gilberto's very appealing new disc, and the relaxed rhythms on that one were followed by All Smiles and Neil Finn working from a similar place. Then it was Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands holding on to that feeling even as they introduced a prominent guitar hook that recalls Norman Greenbaum's big hit from 1970. The guitar was still front and center in the Finian McKean track that followed, and the effects on that one fed nicely into a new Mission of Burma tune that closed this one out.

Here's another one from Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds


Program #624

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Here To Fall . . . . . Popular Songs
THE ROLLING STONES . . . . . She’s A Rainbow . . . . . Their Satanic Majesties Request
PRINCE . . . . . Raspberry Beret . . . . . Around the World in a Day
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . Inspiration Information . . . . . Dark Was the Night
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE . . . . . (You Caught Me) Smilin’ . . . . . Essential Sly & Family Stone
DAVID BYRNE . . . . . Neighborhood . . . . . Look into the Eyeball
LUSHLIFE . . . . . Another Word For Paradise . . . . . Cassette City

MISSION OF BURMA . . . . . Comes Undone . . . . . The Sound the Speed the Light
JOHN DOE . . . . . Lean Out Yr Window . . . . . A Year in the Wilderness
NEKO CASE . . . . . Train From Kansas City . . . . . Middle Cyclone
ROSANNE CASH FEATURING BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Sea Of Heartbreak . . . . . The List
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Working On A Dream . . . . . Working on a Dream
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Love’s A Mystery . . . . . Break Up the Concrete
MIKE NESS . . . . . Rest Of Our Lives . . . . . Cheating at Solitaire
JOHNNY CASH . . . . . I Walk The Line . . . . . The Legend of Johnny Cash
BOB DYLAN AND JOHNNY CASH . . . . . Girl From The North Country . . . . . Nashville Skyline

THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Back To This . . . . . Keep Your Eyes Ahead
THE MONKEES . . . . . I’ll Be Back Up On My Feet . . . . . The Birds, the Bees & the Monkees
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . I Wonder Who We Are . . . . . Bonfires on the Heath
BEBEL GILBERTO . . . . . Sun Is Shining . . . . . All in One
STAN GETZ & CHARLIE BYRD . . . . . Samba de Uma Nota Só (One Note Samba) . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
JAMES HUNTER . . . . . Hand It Over . . . . . The Hard Way
BUDDY HOLLY . . . . . It Doesn’t Matter Any More . . . . . The Buddy Holly Collection
SHE & HIM . . . . . Sweet Darlin’ . . . . . Volume One
ANDY KIM . . . . . Baby I Love You . . . . . Baby I Love You: Greatest Hits

ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Belltown Ramble . . . . . Olé! Tarantula
A BAND OF BEES . . . . . Zia . . . . . Sunshine Hit Me
THE BEATLES . . . . . Tomorrow Never Knows . . . . . Revolver (Remastered)
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Inconvenience . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
THE BIG PINK . . . . . Too Young To Love . . . . . A Brief History of Love
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Look Back In Anger . . . . . Lodger
AIR . . . . . Heaven’s Light . . . . . Love 2
QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE . . . . . Edward, The Mad Shirt Grinder . . . . . Shady Grove

It was Yo La Tengo enjoying themselves with some psychedelic sounds to kick off this show, which led to the Rolling Stones from the heart of the psychedelic era in 1967 and then on to Prince grafting that sound to his pop/funk from what the inevitable march of time now makes clear was early in his career. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings offered a nice cover of an old Shuggie Otis tune, one of the early masters of psychedelic funk, and then we heard a track from one of the originators of that sound, Sly & the Family Stone. Then it was a slice of 21st-century Philly soul from David Byrne bringing us to Lushlife's timeless hip-hop from his summertime release.

The unraveling of a relationship set to a wash of guitars from Mission of Burma is where this set began, followed by John Doe with some help from Kathleen Edwards attempting to make a connection and Neko Case covering a Jeff Barry-Ellie Greenwich tune about attempting to sever one in order to save another. From there we heard Bruce Springsteen keeping hope alive, which led to the Boss joining Rosanne Cash for one from her new disc that's coming from a place where the dream has disappeared. The Pretenders in a philosophical mood brought on Mike Ness looking forward to the future from a not-so-promising present, which led to Johnny Cash staying focused on the here and now, and then joining Bob Dylan for a reminiscence about a hometown girl.

A new one from the Clientele has a rhythm that conjured up an old Monkees track, which often comes to mind when I hear the Helio Sequence tune that opened this section. Bebel Gilberto gave the rhythm a South American flavor, and from there we heard a classic in that style from Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. James Hunter added a little modern-day r&b, and the pizzacato strings on that one recalled an old favorite from Buddy Holly. Then we heard She & Him borrowing that instantly recognizable Wall of Sound drumbeat, which is how we ended up with Andy Kim covering a Ronettes tune.

It was time for a bit of a stroll with Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3 to open this final set, and then A Band of Bees had us floating in the clouds before the Beatles advised us to serenely "float down stream." From there Super Furry Animals created a similar sonic environment, and that led to one from the new Big Pink disc that did the same even as it emphasized the beat a little more. David Bowie maintained that feel before Air took the sound in a lighter direction with some keyboards that recalled an old Nicky Hopkins-led track from Quicksilver Messenger Service, which is where the plug was pulled on this program.

Here's another one from the Rolling Stones c. 1967 (despite what the headline says)


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