Program #661

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Harmony Around My Table . . . . . Falling Down a Mountain
LOU REED . . . . . Wait . . . . . Street Hassle
THE CHIFFONS . . . . . One Fine Day . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . You Told A Lie . . . . . My Maudlin Career
SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . Make It Good To Me . . . . . Daptone Gold
KEITH RICHARDS . . . . . Wicked As It Seems . . . . . Main Offender
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL . . . . . Susie Q . . . . . Creedence Clearwater Revival

ROY ORBISON . . . . . Pretty Woman . . . . . Black & White Night
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Viva Las Vegas . . . . . The Essential Bruce Springsteen
DEAN MARTIN . . . . . Medley: Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes/I Don’t Care If The Sun Don’t Shine/I Love Vegas (Paris) . . . . . The Rat Pack Live at the Sands
TOM WAITS . . . . . Straight To The Top (Vegas) . . . . . Franks Wild Years
LOUIS PRIMA . . . . . Just A Gigalo/I Ain’t Got Nobody . . . . . Ultra-Lounge: Wild, Cool & Swingin' - Artist Series Vol 1
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Hello Mabel . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
PINK MARTINI . . . . . Bitty Boppy Betty . . . . . Splendor in the Grass
THE KINKS . . . . . Lola . . . . . Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One

LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Famous Blue Raincoat . . . . . Songs of Love and Hate
I AM KLOOT . . . . . Not A Reasonable Man . . . . . I Am Kloot
THE JAM . . . . . The Butterfly Collector . . . . . The Butterfly Collector
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . Le Collectioneuse . . . . . Irm
BERNARD HERRMANN . . . . . The Murder . . . . . Psycho: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score
WILCO . . . . . Bull Black Nova . . . . . Wilco (The Album)
TALKING HEADS . . . . . Warning Sign . . . . . Talking Heads: 77
GRIZZLY BEAR . . . . . Cheerleader . . . . . Veckatimest

THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Mystery Achievement . . . . . Pretenders
SPOON . . . . . Trouble . . . . . Transference
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . Keep The Car Running . . . . . Neon Bible
BOB DYLAN . . . . . All Along The Watchtower . . . . . Before the Flood
JIMI HENDRIX . . . . . Bleeding Heart . . . . . Valleys Of Neptune
GNARLS BARKLEY . . . . . Surprise . . . . . The Odd Couple
THE WATSON TWINS . . . . . Modern Man . . . . . Talking to You Talking to Me

The new Tindersticks album has a number of very enjoyable tunes, and the one we heard to open this show immediately conjured up an old Lou Reed track. The '60s girl-group backup-singer homage on that one fed nicely into the Chiffons, and from there Camera Obscura added a melancholy flavor to the mix. Sharon Jone & the Dap-Kings moved the sound into a classic Soul feel, which led to Keith Richards adding his distinctive touch to the rhythm. Creedence Clearwater Revival finished up with their definitive cover of a song written back in the late '50s by Dale Hawkins, who recently passed away from colon cancer.

"Susie Q" was written with the guitarist James Burton, who went on to work with Rick Nelson and then Elvis Presley when he returned to touring in 1969. In 1987 Burton and the other core members of the King's TCB Band played with Roy Orbison and many special guests for a show taped in front of a live audience that was eventually broadcast on HBO. Here we heard Burton dueling with Bruce Springsteen on an extended instrumental break in "Pretty Woman," and then it was the Boss covering an old Elvis tune that was originally recorded in 1964, the year after the Rat Pack performed at the Sands in Las Vegas. From there Tom Waits offered a sincerely insincere take on a Vegas-style tune, which was followed by Louis Prima from the Vegas lounge-act days with his energetic melding of two separate tunes that worked much better as a whole than on their own. The Bonzo Dog Band showing off their English trad jazz roots led to Pink Martini's tale of a cross-dressing D.A., which quite logically brought on the Kinks big hit from 1970 to finish up.

A change of pace to open this section was provided by Leonard Cohen's devastating tune, which seemed to flow well into one from I Am Kloot with a similar feel. An angry one from the Jam that I have on a bright yellow vinyl 7-inch disc came to mind after I heard the new Charlotte Gainsbourg tune that followed, and the chilling feel of that one recalled the Bernard Herrmann music that's such a key element in the scene where Janet Leigh meets her demise in Psycho. Wilco was next with a track that seems written from the point of view of someone who's just committed a murder, and then we heard early Talking Heads in their naturally psychotic state followed by Grizzly Bear's nightmarish vision of violence that has a similar rhythm as the tune preceding it, although played much slower.

A early Pretenders tune sent this final section off to an energetic start, which was maintained by Spoon from their latest and Arcade Fire from their most recent release. Bob Dylan with the Band from their 1974 tour were next with his "Jimi Hendrix" version of a Dylan tune (he liked Hendrix's take on the song so much he pretty much has performed it that way ever since), and then we heard Hendrix covering an Elmore James song from the upcoming disc of material never officially released until now. Finally, it was Gnarls Barkley into the Watson Twins to bring down the curtain.

Here's another one from Jimi Hendrix


Program #660

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . Belly Full Of Arms And Legs . . . . . Free Digital Single
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Cuban Slide . . . . . The Best of the Pretenders 2009 + Break Up the Concrete
THE METERS . . . . . Go For Yourself . . . . . Funky Miracle
THE CLASH . . . . . Revolution Rock . . . . . London Calling
TOMMY T. . . . . . Tribute To A King . . . . . Prester John Sessions
VAMPIRE WEEKEND . . . . . Run . . . . . Contra
SPOON . . . . . Mystery Zone . . . . . Transference

IKE REILLY . . . . . Morning Glory . . . . . Hard Luck Stories
ETTA JAMES . . . . . I Just Want To Make Love To You . . . . . At Last!
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . Death Cab For Cutie . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
PROFESSOR LONGHAIR . . . . . Hey Now Baby . . . . . New Orleans Piano
JAMES HUNTER . . . . . Jacqueline . . . . . The Hard Way
JAMES BROWN . . . . . I Got You (I Feel Good) . . . . . Star Time (4CD)
ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS . . . . . I Stand Accused . . . . . Get Happy!!
THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP . . . . . Gimme Some Lovin’ . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 4
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Honey In The Sun . . . . . My Maudlin Career
VAN MORRISON . . . . . Come Running . . . . . Moondance

YO LA TENGO . . . . . Black Flowers . . . . . I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
THE LEFT BANKE . . . . . Pretty Ballerina . . . . . There's Gonna Be a Storm
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN . . . . . I’m Waking Up . . . . . I'm Waking Up to Us
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Seduced And Abandoned . . . . . Realism
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG . . . . . Me And Jane Doe . . . . . Irm
BRASSTRONAUT . . . . . Requiem For A Scene . . . . . Old World Lies
BECK . . . . . Round The Bend . . . . . Sea Change
GIL SCOTT-HERON . . . . . I’m New Here . . . . . I'm New Here

TINDERSTICKS . . . . . Black Smoke . . . . . Falling Down a Mountain
ROXY MUSIC . . . . . Both Ends Burning . . . . . Siren
THE BIG PINK . . . . . Too Young To Love . . . . . A Brief History of Love
BRIAN ENO . . . . . Needles In The Camel’s Eye . . . . . Here Come the Warm Jets
RADIOHEAD . . . . . Bodysnatchers . . . . . In Rainbows
THE SOFT PACK . . . . . Answer To Yourself . . . . . The Soft Pack
BUZZCOCKS . . . . . I Believe . . . . . Operators Manual

Robyn Hitchcock's website has been redesigned, and to celebrate he's offering a Phantom 45 consisting of two tracks you can download for free. The one we heard used the Bo Diddley beat, which fed nicely into an old one coming from the same place by the Pretenders. From there it was on to the New Orleans funk of the Meters followed by the Clash with an irresistable chunk of reggae (I love the end of that tune, with Joe Strummer offering El Clash Combo for weddings and parties and "bongos jams a speciality.") A terrific dub reggae/Ethiopian roots track from Tommy T. was next, and that led to new tracks from Vampire Weekend and Spoon that are all about locking in to an infectious rhythm.

The track that opens Ike Reilly's latest CD has a laid-back bluesy feel and a semi-pleading tone that brought to mind an old one from Etta James, which is more direct both musically and lyrically. The Bonzo Dog Band gave us the sad tale of Cutie, who shouldn't have gotten into that taxi, and the semi-boogie piano on that flowed quite well into a tune from the great New Orleans piano master Professor Longhair. The R&B from James Hunter that followed bears a strong resemblance to James Brown, and from there we heard Elvis Costello & the Attractions with one off of their valentine to soul music. The Spencer Davis Group followed with their first big hit from the '60s, featuring an 18-year-old Stevie Winwood on lead vocals, and that led to Camera Obscura showcasing their love of soul music into Van Morrison doing the same.

An urge to hear an old Left Banke tune from the originators of "baroque & roll" brought us Yo La Tengo and Belle and Sebastian working in a similar vein to surround it. A new Magnetic Fields track showcased Stephen Merritt's uncanny ability to write lyrics that combine sad with silly, and that flowed nicely into a beguiling new one from Charlotte Gainsbourg that seems to be about a search for answers, which is how we came to the Brasstronaut tune that followed. After that we had Beck thinking about life on planet Earth and not really thrilled by what he sees, and that led to Gil Scott-Heron coming to terms with where he's been and who he is on the title track from his excellent new disc.

Tindersticks has a new disc with a track that conjured up an old Roxy Music tune both in sound and title, and that seemed to flow well into the Big Pink with a song from their debut that offers echoes of the guitar provided by Roxy's Phil Manzanera on the Brian Eno track we heard from his first solo disc after leaving that band. Radiohead maintained the guitar energy before the Soft Pack kicked it up a notch, and then the Buzzcocks finished it off with Pete Shelley taking stock around the time the band initially broke up.

Here's another one from the Clash


Program #659

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
TIM MOORE . . . . . Rock And Roll Love Letter . . . . . Tim Moore/Behind the Eyes
ROBYN HITCHCOCK & THE VENUS 3 . . . . . Up To Our Necks . . . . . Goodnight Oslo
BO DIDDLEY . . . . . Mona . . . . . The Story of Bo Diddley: The Very Best of Bo Diddley
BUDDY HOLLY . . . . . Not Fade Away . . . . . The Buddy Holly Story
M. WARD . . . . . Rave On . . . . . Hold Time
THE BEATLES . . . . . Words Of Love . . . . . Beatles For Sale (Remastered)
THE CAESARS . . . . . Strawberry Weed . . . . . Strawberry Weed
DAVE SITEK . . . . . With A Girl Like You . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE NEVER . . . . . A Walk Through The Park . . . . . The Never

THE IKE REILLY ASSASSINATION . . . . . Valentine’s Day In Juarez . . . . . Hard Luck Stories
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . From A Sinking Boat . . . . . Realism
BOB DYLAN . . . . . This Dream Of You . . . . . Together Through Life
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Careless Love . . . . . My Maudlin Career
ROY ORBISON . . . . . Crying . . . . . For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits
FINDLAY BROWN . . . . . I Still Want You . . . . . Love Will Find You
THE SHIRELLES . . . . . Will You Love Me Tomorrow . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
THE COCKTAIL SLIPPERS . . . . . St. Valentine’s Day Massacre . . . . . Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

RANDY NEWMAN . . . . . A Wedding In Cherokee County . . . . . Good Old Boys
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Joy . . . . . Son of Schmilsson
ROSANNE CASH . . . . . She’s Got You . . . . . The List
JOHN DOE AND THE SADIES . . . . . Stop The World And Let Me Off . . . . . Country Club
THE PRETENDERS . . . . . Love’s A Mystery . . . . . Break Up the Concrete
JOSEPH ARTHUR . . . . . Too Much To Hide . . . . . Nuclear Daydream
THE WATSON TWINS . . . . . U-N-Me . . . . . Talking to You Talking to Me
FISCHER-Z . . . . . So Long . . . . . Going Deaf for a Living
SHE & HIM . . . . . In The Sun . . . . . Volume Two

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN . . . . . Valentine’s Day . . . . . Tunnel of Love
TOM WAITS . . . . . San Diego Serenade . . . . . The Heart of Saturday Night
NEKO CASE . . . . . Middle Cyclone . . . . . Middle Cyclone
TIM HARDIN . . . . . Misty Roses . . . . . Hang on to a Dream: The Verve Recordings
BOB DELEVANTE . . . . . An Old Picture Of You . . . . . Columbus And The Colossal Mistake
THE CLIENTELE . . . . . Never Anyone But You . . . . . Bonfires on the Heath
JOSH RITTER . . . . . Come And Find Me . . . . . Golden Age of Radio
WILCO . . . . . Either Way . . . . . Sky Blue Sky
STEVE EARLE . . . . . Valentine’s Day . . . . . I Feel Alright

This was the annual Saint Valentine's Day program, meaning the focus was on love songs throughout, with a nice mix of old favorites combined with new stuff that's come out in the 365 days since the last show inspired by the romance in your life was streamed to your ears. Highlights from tunes released in the past year include a favorite from Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3; M. Ward covering Buddy Holly (who put in an appearance as well); a sad one from the Magnetic Fields as they go down with the ship; Camera Obscura trying hard to break it off (and failing); Findlay Brown showing his appreciation of Roy Orbison (also in there as well); the Cocktail Slippers wondering what Saint Valentine's Day will bring; Rosanne Cash lamenting the change in her love life; and Neko Case admitting to herself that love is what she needs.

Some of the older songs that always seem to make it into this show include Tim Moore's track that's really a love song to the power of rock and roll (but it's a great tune and the title makes it impossible to pass up); Tom Waits' beautifully descriptive song of awakening and understanding; Harry Nilsson's hilariously sad song of love gone wrong; two different tunes from Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle that share a title and similar sentiments; and Randy Newman offering the ultimate love song, which definitely would sit at the top of my list in this rather large catergory if I had one.

Here's another one from Findlay Brown


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