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


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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