Program #577

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Sisters Of Mercy . . . . . Live In London
JOHN CALE . . . . . Satisfied . . . . . Black Acetate
NEKO CASE . . . . . Middle Cyclone . . . . . Middle Cyclone
TARNATION . . . . . Game Of Broken Hearts . . . . . Gentle Creatures
CLEM SNIDE . . . . . With All My Heart . . . . . Hungry Bird
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Best For The Best . . . . . Animal Years
SIMON & GARFUNKEL . . . . . Overs . . . . . Bookends

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . The Very Best Of Neil Diamond . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . A Better Future . . . . . Heathen
IAN HUNTER . . . . . Brainwashed . . . . . Shrunken Heads
JOE STRUMMER & THE MESCALEROS . . . . . All In A Day . . . . . Streetcore
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Tombstone Blues . . . . . No Direction Home: The Soundtrack (The Bootleg Series Vol. 7)
BECK . . . . . Strange Apparition . . . . . The Information
JOE HENRY . . . . . Our Song . . . . . Civilians

NEIL DIAMOND . . . . . Solitary Man . . . . . Classics: The Early Years
SHE & HIM . . . . . This Is Not A Test . . . . . Volume One
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Honey In The Sun . . . . . My Maudlin Career
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . My Lucky Day . . . . . Working on a Dream
THE RASPBERRIES . . . . . I Wanna Be With You . . . . . Capitol Collectors Series
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . Red Dragon Tattoo . . . . . Utopia Parkway
THE APPLES IN STEREO . . . . . 7 Stars . . . . . New Magnetic Wonder
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA . . . . . Turn To Stone . . . . . All Over the World: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
STEREOLAB . . . . . Silver Sands . . . . . Chemical Chords

PEGGY SUE . . . . . Spare Parts . . . . . Spare Parts
MARIA MULDAUR . . . . . Don’t You Make Me High (Don’t You Feel My Leg) . . . . . Maria Muldaur
RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT . . . . . How Long Blues . . . . . A Stranger Here
THE GRATEFUL DEAD . . . . . You Win Again . . . . . Europe 72
CAT POWER . . . . . Woman Left Lonely . . . . . Jukebox - Deluxe Edition
TOUSSAINT MCCALL . . . . . Nothing Takes The Place Of You . . . . . Hairspray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . The Hungry Saw . . . . . The Hungry Saw
THE POSTMARKS . . . . . Nine Million Rainy Days . . . . . By-the-Numbers
ANGELO BADALAMENTI & JULEE CRUISE . . . . . Falling . . . . . Twin Peaks (Season One TV Soundtrack)

This opener was one of those amazing Leonard Cohen songs that he wrote a long time ago, and it still sounds real good in the version heard here from his new live collection. The succor provided by the "sisters of mercy" is echoed in the John Cale tune that followed, but then the atmosphere became more poisonous in the tracks from Neko Case and Tarnation. From there it was Clem Snide with a song that sounds like a love song but is actually about ensuring that a relationship stays broken, and then it was Josh Ritter accepting that reality and Simon & Garfunkel seemingly sure that the time had come to call it quits—at least until the tune's final line.

A bit of social commentary from Super Furry Animals new disc that uses Neil Diamond to make a point led to David Bowie with a plea for tomorrow and Ian Hunter scolding the passive herds. From there it was Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros surveying the world in the early years of the 21st century followed by Bob Dylan pretty much doing the same in the 1960s. Then Beck trying to get a handle on his present situation gave way to Joe Henry using a (fictional) chance encounter with Willie Mays in a Home Depot as a jumping-off point for a rumination on American society c. 2007.

After leading off the last set with that new Furries tune I couldn't resist playing one from Neil himself, and then it was She & Him with some good advice for the Solitary Man. That led to Camera Obscura from their brand new disc, which is full of splendidly sad yet catchy tunes and has become my favorite of the moment. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band followed with a bright rocker from their last one that flowed nicely into a classic three-minute pop song full of yearning from the Raspberries, which then brought on Fountains of Wayne with a synth-soaked tale of a guy who gets a tattoo to impress a girl (yeah, like that ever works). Holding on to the synths were the Apples in Stereo sounding an awful lot like the Electric Light Orchestra, and then it was Stereolab incorporating a touch of ELO as well to close it out.

Music from a new trio calling themselves Peggy Sue conjured up an old Maria Muldaur tune, which then segued nicely into one from Ramblin' Jack Elliott's latest disc. Then it was the Grateful Dead covering Hank Williams from a long time ago and Cat Power with a nice take on a Janis Joplin number from last year's disc. A profoundly despondent Toussaint McCall gave way to Tindersticks with a vivid metaphor for the pain of love, and then it was a magnificently gloomy Jesus and Mary Chain cover by the Postmarks leading to Julee Cruise's etherial vocals accompanying Angelo Badalamenti's title track for Twin Peaks.

Here's another one from the Raspberries


Program #576

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ART BRUT . . . . . Alcoholic Unanimous . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
THE KINKS . . . . . Alcohol . . . . . Muswell Hillbillies
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Too Drunk To Dream . . . . .
LORETTA LYNN . . . . . Don’t Come A Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind) . . . . .
SPIKE JONES . . . . . Cocktails For Two . . . . . Spike Jones - Greatest Hits
DON HO . . . . . Tiny Bubbles . . . . . Don Ho - Greatest Hits
FLOYD DIXON . . . . . Hey Bartender . . . . . Blues Masters, Vol. 14: More Jump Blues
ROGER MILLER . . . . . Chug-A-Lug . . . . . Grandson of Frat Rock!, Vol. 3
TOWNES VAN ZANDT . . . . . Talking Thunderbird Blues . . . . . Texas Troubadour
LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III . . . . . Wine With Dinner . . . . . T Shirt/Final Exam
TOM WAITS . . . . . The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) . . . . . Small Change
THE REPLACEMENTS . . . . . Here Comes A Regular . . . . . Tim

MUDDY WATERS . . . . . Champagne & Reefer . . . . . King Bee
BUNNY WAILER . . . . . Collyman . . . . . Rootsman Skanking
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS . . . . . Country Roads . . . . . Funky Kingston/In the Dark
HARRY BELAFONTE . . . . . Jamaica Farewell . . . . . "Harry Belafonte - All Time Greatest Hits, Vol. 1"
ASTRUD GILBERTO & ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM . . . . . Dindi . . . . . The Girl From Ipanema: The Antonio Carlos Jobim Songbook
SOUNDS ORCHESTRAL . . . . . Cast Your Fate To The Wind . . . . . The Best of Sounds Orchestral: Cast Your Fate to the Wind
YO LA TENGO . . . . . Gentle Hour . . . . . Dark Was the Night
BRIAN ENO . . . . . I’ll Come Running . . . . . Another Green World
THE MARBLE TEA . . . . . There’s A Girl I Know . . . . . Fantastic Day EP

BOB DYLAN . . . . . Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat . . . . . Blonde on Blonde RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . You Can Leave Your Hat On . . . . . Sail Away
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR . . . . . Hey Little Girl . . . . . New Orleans Piano
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Death Cab For Cutie . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . My Maudlin Career . . . . . My Maudlin Career
DIANE DANE . . . . . My World Is Over . . . . . That Thing You Do!: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
TERRY STAFFORD . . . . . Suspicion . . . . . The Best of Terry Stafford
NEKO CASE . . . . . I’m An Animal . . . . . Middle Cyclone

THE BEATLES . . . . . Martha My Dear . . . . . The Beatles (The White Album)
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Me And My Arrow . . . . . The Point!
RICHARD SWIFT . . . . . Bat Coma Motown . . . . . The Atlantic Ocean
THE KING OF FRANCE . . . . . What’s Your Name . . . . . The King of France
RILO KILEY . . . . . I Never . . . . . More Adventurous
MARK PICKEREL AND HIS PRAYING HANDS . . . . . Let Me Down Easy . . . . . Cody's Dream
THE FIVE SATINS . . . . . In The Still Of The Night . . . . . Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture
J. GEILS BAND . . . . . I Do . . . . . Monkey Island
BO DIDDLEY . . . . . Mona . . . . . The Story of Bo Diddley: The Very Best of Bo Diddley

A track from the brand new Art Brut disc sent this program down an alcohol-filled path that included a favorite on the subject from the Kinks followed by one with a different point of view by the Magnetic Fields. From there it was Loretta Lynn laying down some ground rules into Spike Jones with his distinctive approach to making music. Don Ho's celebration of bubbly wine led to Floyd Dixon enjoying himself down at the tavern, and then it was a little personal history from Roger Miller followed by more of the same from Townes Van Zandt. A mid-'70s tune from Loudon Wainwright III accurately reflects what much of that decade felt like to me, and then it was the double punch of Tom Waits and the Replacements on the damage that seems to accompany alcohol wherever it goes, albeit more humorously in the first instance than in the second.

This section opened with one more on catching a buzz from Muddy Waters leading to Bunny Wailer on the guy who offers the evil weed for consumption. Another slice of reggae from Toots and the Maytals covering John Denver was next, and then it was a traditional calypso tune by Harry Belafonte from early on his career that flowed nicely into some classic bossa nova from Antonio Carlos Jobim with Astrud Gilberto on vocals. A wistful cover by Sounds Orchestral of a Vince Guaraldi instrumental was followed by the latest from Yo La Tengo that brought to mind a high point from my favorite Brian Eno disc, and then it was a contemplative Marble Tea to finish up.

The upcoming Bob Dylan album has me listening to his music even more than usual right now, so after a lighthearted number from the mid-'60s it was Randy Newman following with another one that features headgear. The piano on that one conjured up Professor Longhair, which fed quite nicely into the Bonzo Dog Band tune that many years on transformed into the name of a band. Camera Obscura followed with the title track from their wonderful new disc; a musical source they like to mine is the girl group/solo-female-singer sound of the '60s, which was beautifully represented by the Diane Dane character in That Thing You Do!. That movie is set in the Spring/Summer of 1964, which is when Terry Stafford had his big hit, and then it was one with a similar tension to its sound from Neko Case.

As this is Lucky Dog Radio, it seemed appropriate to welcome the latest canine to call the White House home with a couple of tunes about boys and their dogs from the Beatles and Harry Nilsson. You can hear the influence of both on many of the tunes from Richard Swift's latest disc, and from there it was a keyboard-driven track by the King of France leading to a Rilo Kiley song that has a '50s "Sock Hop" feel, as does the track from Mark Pickerel and his Praying Hands that followed. The Five Satins big hit from that decade led to the J. Geils Band with their spirited take on an old R&B number from the Marvelows, and then to wrap it up was the man who indirectly provided the Obama's new pooch with a name.

Here's another one from Neko Case


Program #575

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ROBERT CRAY . . . . .1040 Blues . . . . . Big Smash!
NASA . . . . . Money . . . . . Spirit of Apollo
THE BRAINS . . . . . Money Changes Everything . . . . . 7-inch single
RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . It’s Money That Matters . . . . . Land of Dreams
THE FLYING LIZARDS . . . . . Money (That’s What I Want) . . . . . The Flying Lizards
WRECKLESS ERIC . . . . . Take The Cash (K.A.S.H.) . . . . . Big Smash!
BING CROSBY . . . . . Pennies From Heaven . . . . . Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957
MONTY PYTHON . . . . . The Money Programme . . . . . Monty Python's Previous Record (Expanded Edition w/ Bonus Tracks)
THE BEATLES . . . . . Taxman . . . . . Revolver [UK]

THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Somebody Changed . . . . . God Save the Clientele
KEITH . . . . . 98.6 . . . . . Ain't Gonna Lie
THE WANNADIES . . . . . Disko . . . . . Before and After (IMPORT)
THE SLEEPY JACKSON . . . . . This Day . . . . . Lovers
THE BUCKINGHAMS . . . . . Susan . . . . . Buckinghams - Greatest Hits
THE WITCH HAZEL SOUND . . . . . 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her . . . . . This World, Then the Fireworks
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Unaware . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
YO LA TENGO . . . . . From Black To Blue . . . . . And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Golden Hours . . . . . Another Green World

THE CLASH . . . . . Brand New Cadillac . . . . . London Calling
SPOON . . . . . Well Alright . . . . . Dark Was the Night
EDDIE COCHRAN . . . . . Somethin’ Else . . . . . Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . She’s The One . . . . . Born To Run: 30th Anniversary 3-Disc Set (CD/2DVD)
THE RAVEONETTES . . . . . Lust . . . . . Lust Lust Lust
HOLLY GOLIGHTLY . . . . . All Around The Houses . . . . . Truly She Is None Other
THE WEBB BROTHERS . . . . . Some Velvet Morning . . . . . Total Lee! The Songs of Lee Hazlewood
LEE HAZLEWOOD . . . . . Sacrifice . . . . . Cake or Death
GIANT SAND . . . . . Can Do . . . . . proVISIONS
NICK LOWE . . . . . A Man In Love . . . . . At My Age

JOE PUG . . . . . Call It What You Will . . . . . Nation of Heat
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind . . . . . The Bootleg Series, Vols. 1-3 : Rare And Unreleased, 1961-1991
ELVIS PERKINS . . . . . Send My Fond Regards To Lonelyville . . . . . Elvis Perkins in Dearland
PETER CASE . . . . . I Hear Your Voice . . . . . Beeline
TIM HARDIN . . . . . While Your On Your Way . . . . . Hang on to a Dream: The Verve Recordings V
AN MORRISON . . . . . Glad Tidings . . . . . Moondance
JACKIE WILSON . . . . . (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher . . . . . The Very Best of Jackie Wilson
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS . . . . . (Love Is Like A) Heatwave . . . . .Motown: The Classic Years

This program's first set opened and closed with appropriate tunes for April 15 from Robert Cray and the Beatles. In between were a handful of the many tunes recorded over the years about money, which, after all, is what Tax Day is certainly about. So providing insight on that particular subject were NASA, the Brains, Randy Newman, the Flying Lizards, Wreckless Eric, Bing Crosby and Monty Python.

The next section got off to a melancholy start with the Clientele, but that soon changed with a sublime piece of '60s Pop from one-hit wonder Keith. Sweden's Wannadies clearly have an affection for the sounds of that time, as do Australia's Sleepy Jackson. Another late-'60s favorite from the Buckinghams was next, and then it was the Witch Hazel Sound stetching out the form and leading to a new one from It Hugs Back that maintained the the groove, at least until the final minute, when everything slows down and grows more contemplative. That made for a nice segue to Yo La Tengo serving up one of their specialties, which brought us to Brian Eno from one of my all-time favorite albums to finish it off.

As mentioned during the show, I had a hankering for some Clash, which set us off down a path that led directly to the latest Spoon track; the late '50s rockin' feel on that one quite naturally brought on Eddie Cochran, and then it was Bruce Springsteen working that Bo Diddley beat. The Raveonettes got right to the heart of the matter, followed by Holly Golightly waiting patiently for fate to play itself out. The Webb Brothers covering a Lee Hazlewood tune led to one from his last disc before he passed away in 2007, and then it was Giant Sand with one of their Southwest desert-dry country-rock gems leading to Nick Lowe working in a similar vein to close it out.

A heartbroken Joe Pug kicked off this finale and was followed by Bob Dylan trying to convince himself that his feelings weren't coming from the same place. From there it was Elvis Perkins saying goodbye to all that with a superb track from his latest disc, which led to Peter Case under the spell of somebody special. Tim Hardin followed with a full-band version of one of his better-known songs of romantic uncertainty, which brought on a welcoming Van Morrison with a high-energy shot of R&B that fed perfectly into a pair of soul classics from Jackie Wilson and Martha & the Vandellas to put the capper on this one.

Here's another one from the Clash


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