Program #579

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
THE VEILS . . . . . The House She Lived In . . . . . Sun Gangs
THE FLAMINGOS . . . . . I Only Have Eyes For You . . . . . 41 Original Hits From The Soundtrack Of American Graffiti
JENNY LEWIS . . . . . Trying My Best To Love You . . . . . Acid Tongue
PETER & GORDON . . . . . A World Without Love . . . . . The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 1
ARTHUR ALEXANDER . . . . . Lover Please . . . . . Rainbow Road: The Warner Bros. Recordings
M. WARD . . . . . Rave On . . . . . Hold Time
THE BEATLES . . . . . Crying, Waiting, Hoping . . . . . Live at the BBC
LOU REED . . . . . Wait . . . . . Street Hassle
THE SHIRELLES . . . . . Will You Love Me Tomorrow . . . . . The Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . The Sweetest Thing . . . . . My Maudlin Career

ART BRUT . . . . . The Passenger . . . . . Art Brut vs. Satan
THE STEVE GIBBONS BAND . . . . . No Spitting On The Bus . . . . . Down in the Bunker
JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS . . . . . Government Center . . . . . Beserkley Chartbusters
THE BONZO DOG BAND . . . . . I’m The Urban Spaceman . . . . . Cornology [3CD Set]
THE BYRDS . . . . . Mr. Spaceman . . . . . The Byrds Untitled
BILLY LEE RILEY . . . . . Flying Saucers Rock ’n’ Roll . . . . . Best of Sun Records: 50th Anniversary Edition, Vol. 2
JOE MEEK . . . . . Telstar (Demo) . . . . . Songs in the Key of Z, Vol. 1-2
THE B-52’S . . . . . Planet Claire . . . . . The B-52's
CHRIS SPEDDING . . . . . Time Warp . . . . . Guitar Graffiti
ROBYN HITCHCOCK . . . . . I Often Dream Of Trains . . . . . I Often Dream of Trains

THE HELIO SEQUENCE . . . . . Transister Radio . . . . . Com Plex
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . White Socks/Flip Flops . . . . . Dark Days/Light Years
SPOON . . . . . Finer Feelings . . . . . Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
DAVID BOWIE . . . . . Rebel Rebel . . . . . Sound + Vision
ULTRA ORANGE & EMMANUELLE . . . . . Sing Sing . . . . . Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle
NICO . . . . . Chelsea Girl . . . . . Chelsea Girl
PASCAL ROGE . . . . . Gymnopedies No. 1 . . . . . Man on Wire (Soundtrack)

CRACKER . . . . . Friends . . . . . Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey
HARRY NILSSON . . . . . Joy . . . . . Son of Schmilsson
STEVE FORBERT . . . . . Write Me A Raincheck . . . . . It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)
SCOTT WALKER . . . . . It’s Raining Today . . . . . It's Raining Today: The Scott Walker Story (1967-70)
LEONARD COHEN . . . . . Suzanne . . . . . Live In London
THE BOOKS FEATURING JOSE GONZALEZ . . . . . Cello Song . . . . . Dark Was the Night
CALEXICO . . . . . Two Silver Trees . . . . . Carried to Dust
NEKO CASE . . . . . Fever . . . . . Middle Cyclone

Songs about romance lost and found began with some new music from the Veils, and the prominent piano on that track has a '50s rhythm that conjured up the Flamingos, who were followed by Jenny Lewis with a tune that sounds like a definite nod to Carole King. From there we went 35 years back for Peter & Gordon's first big hit, not surprising considering it was a Lennon & McCartney song that appeared in the wake of the Beatles huge American success in early 1964. An Arthur Alexander track from the early '70s had a rhythmic similarity to M. Ward's reworking of an old Buddy Holly tune, and then it was the Fab Four recorded live on the BBC with their version of another Holly number. Lou Reed looking back fondly to the early '60s girl-group sound was followed by a classic from that era by the Shirelles, and the strings on that one were mirrored on the new Camera Obscura track that finished up this opener.

A new one from Art Brut found Eddie Argos rhapsodizing about public transportation, whick offered an opportunity to reach back for an old favorite from the Steve Gibbons Band. One for all the municipal workers by Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers led to a different kind of city fellow courtesy of the Bonzo Dog Band, and then the Byrds brought the alien visitor idea front and center, where it was picked up by BIlly Lee Riley. A fractured demo by Joe Meek, who wrote the huge instrumental hit named for an early communications satellite, brought on the B-52's Peter Gunn theme-based tale of an outer space visit, which was followed by Chris Spedding on a journey across the "astral plane" and Robyn Hitchcock bringing us full circle with his railroad visions.

Some psychedelia with good forward momentum from the Helio Sequence flowed nicely into a new one with similar energy from Super Furry Animals. Then it was Spoon adding a bit more backbeat followed by the relatively rare single version of a David Bowie tune from the mid-'70s, which gave way to the seductive catchiness of Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle from a couple years back. Nico followed with what could be called her signature tune, and the somber intensity of that track was relieved by the simple beauty of Erik Satie's famous piano piece, here performed by Pascal Rogé from the soundtrack to Man On Wire (the documentary about Philippe Petit's walk on a wire between the towers of the World Trade Center in 1974).

Cracker has a new disc, and a song from it with a definite country feel led to an old favorite from Harry Nilsson that's one of the funniest songs I know. From there it was Steve Forbert sending regrets from his latest disc, which seemed to segue quite well into a prime example of classic Scott Walker. That was followed by the new live version of a Leonard Cohen tune from that same late-'60s era, and then it was the Books featuring Jose Gonzalez covering a Nick Drake song that gets more hypnotic every time I hear it. Finally it was Calexico at their natural best leading to another Neko Case tune set out in the wilds of Mother Nature.

Here's another one from Nico


Program #578

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . Away With Murder . . . . . My Maudlin Career
THE BEATLES . . . . . Yes It Is . . . . . Past Masters, Vol. 1
MOJAVE 3 . . . . . Big Star Baby . . . . . Puzzles Like You
DAVE SITEK . . . . . With A Girl Like You . . . . . Dark Was the Night
THE RASCALS . . . . . Groovin’ . . . . . Anthology (1965-1972)
THE ORANGE PEELS . . . . . Girl For All Seasons . . . . . So Far
THE SINGLES . . . . . Until You Came Along . . . . . Better Than Before
THE BYRDS . . . . . She Don’t Care About Time . . . . . The Byrds
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Life Itself . . . . . Working on a Dream

IGGY POP . . . . . Five Foot One . . . . . New Values
SONIC YOUTH . . . . . Sacred Trickster . . . . . The Eternal
ASH . . . . . Burn Baby Burn . . . . . Free All Angels
IT HUGS BACK . . . . . Now + Again . . . . . Inside Your Guitar
FOUR VOLTS . . . . . Hat Trick . . . . . Triple Your Work Force
BUFFALO TOM . . . . . Sally Brown . . . . . Besides: A Collection of B-Sides and Rarities
BUZZCOCKS . . . . . You Say You Don’t Love Me . . . . . Operators Manual
SQUEEZE . . . . . Another Nail In My Heart . . . . . Argybargy
EURO-TRASH GIRL . . . . . So What About You . . . . . Digital Single
PAUL WELLER . . . . . Come On/Let’s Go . . . . . As Is Now

THE CAESARS . . . . . Boo Boo Goo Goo . . . . . Strawberry Weed
THE TURTLES . . . . . You Baby . . . . . Golden Hits
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS . . . . . Where Do You Wanna Go . . . . . Dark Days / Light Years
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Let’s Go Away For Awhile . . . . . Pet Sounds
BURT BACHARACH . . . . . South American Getaway . . . . . Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969 Film)
KEVIN TIHISTA’S RED TERROR . . . . . Back To Budapest . . . . . Judo
WHITE WHALE . . . . . The Admiral . . . . . WWI
RICHARD SWIFT . . . . . The End Of An Age . . . . . The Atlantic Ocean
NEKO CASE . . . . . Don’t Forget Me . . . . . Middle Cyclone

JOY DIVISION . . . . . Passover . . . . . Closer
ARCADE FIRE . . . . . Black Mirror . . . . . Neon Bible
GREAT NORTHERN . . . . . Numbers . . . . . Remind Me Where the Light Is
RADIOHEAD . . . . . Jigsaw Falling Into Place . . . . . In Rainbows
LOVE . . . . . Alone Again Or . . . . . Forever Changes
THE SHINS . . . . . Split Needles . . . . . Wincing the Night Away IRVING . . . . . Jen, Nothing Matters To Me . . . . . Death in the Garden, Blood on the Flowers
ELLIOTT SMITH . . . . . Everything Means Nothing To Me . . . . . Figure 8

This program began with a track from Camera Obscura's terrific new disc; there's an organ riff (at least, I think it's an organ) that brought to mind the tone pedal effect from George Harrison's guitar on the Beatles track that followed. From there we had a British Invasion-flavored tune from Mojave 3 into an old Troggs number as recently reimagined by Dave Sitek, and then a big smash by the Rascals from that decade was followed by some turn-of-the-century sunshiney pop from the Orange Peels. Then it was the Singles' take on the British Invasion into an old Gene Clark tune by the Byrds, which brought the Byrds-like track from Bruce Springsteen's latest to finish up.

Sometimes it only takes a single line from a song to bring up a connection to another one; this section began with an Iggy Pop track that has a great refrain (Don't we all wish that life could be Swedish magazines?), and it came to mind after hearing the advance track from Sonic Youth's upcoming disc that features Kim Gordon singng "I wish I could be, music on a tree." From there it was all about guitars and energy with Ash leading to a catchy new one from It Hugs Back and on to Four Volts building to a satisfying sonic roar. The guitars kept coming with Buffalo Tom, and then it was a pair from the late '70s by Buzzcocks and Squeeze that have always worked well back to back. Finally, a favorite by Euro-Trash GIrl from a few years back led to an impatiently exhortative Paul Weller.

The impressively titled track by the Caesars that opened this set shared a similar feel to the late '60s gem from the Turtles that followed, and then it was brand new music from Super Furry Animals that was also coming from the same place. The title of that one conjured up a classic instrumental from the Beach Boys, which was followed by another insrtrumental (with some additional choral singing) from Burt Bacharach before the travel-inspired portion of the set ended with Kevin Tihista's Red Terror. From there it was an idiosyncratic pop tune from White Whale, a new one from Richard Swift with Harry Nilsson overtones and Neko Case with her heartfelt cover of a Nilsson tune from her new disc.

 The tone of despair that punctuates tthe Joy Division track at the start of this final section never really lifted right through the end with Elliott Smith's nihilistic little ditty. In between were Arcade Fire looking into the void, Great Northern with a warning about the wisdom of crowds, Radiohead anticipating the inevitable decline of a relationship, Love having reached that point and feeling utterly lost, the Shins feeling hemmed in and Irving pretty much traveling down the same path as Elliott Smith.

Here's another one from Squeeze


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


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