Will McCollum

Your Old Pal Will takes you on a journey through the peaks and valleys of all recordings vinyl. A through Z, organized alphabetically by artist/compilation title, irregardless of genre. Maybe it’s by title. Maybe it’s by album. Who knows what path we take next. New episode every Wednesday. Get your Vinyl-O-Matic tshirt here! (https://teespring.com/stores/vinylomatic)
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 8
Coro Trentino [00:23] "Not en Val Gardena" Music of the Italian Alps Capitol Records T10120 A quick little Tyrolean excursion. "Bald" Bill Hagan and his Trocarderons [02:04] "Frankie and Johnny" Music to Strip By Somerset P-16800 1966 Not exactly a song I would associate with burlesque. Carlene Carter with Dave Edmunds [04:26] "Baby Ride Easy" Musical Shapes Warner Bros. Records BSK 3465 1980 That's right kids, Carlene backed by Rockpile, covering a little number Johnny and June used to do. Jacques Bondon, Lamoureux Orchestra of Paris [07:46] "Interlude for an Unexpeted Show" Musiques Officielles pour Les Xièmes Jeux Olympiques d'Hiver - Grenoble 1968 ERATO STU70337 1968 That sounds like a truly unexpected show for the Olympics. Joe Ely [13:06] "Dallas" Musta Notta Gotta Lotta Southcoast Records MCA-5183 1981 A fine rendition of this Jimmie Dale Gilmore tune, with some excellent steel guitar assistance from Lloyd Maines. The Kinks [16:33] "Muswell Hillbilly" Muswell Hillbillies RCA Victor AYL1-4558 1971 (1981 reissue) Ever wonder where The Cars got that riff from "Best Friend's Girl (https://youtu.be/RyFo6p6LGkA)"? Thee Oh Sees [21:30] "Sticky Hulks" Mutilator Defeated at Last Castle Face CF 55 2015 Another classic album from John Dwyer and company, this one from 2015. Elvis Costello [29:09] "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" My Aim Is True Columbia JC 35037 1978 Hard to pick just one track, but this is the song that popped right into my head when I pulled the record of the shelf. John Coltrane [31:59] "But Not For Me" My Favorite Things Atlantic SD 1361 1961 The Gershwin brothers standard peformed with Coltrane on tenor sax and the help of McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on double bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Brian Eno - David Byrne [41:30] "A Secret Life" My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Sire SRK 6093 1981 Mucking about in rhythm and sampling, featuring sampled vocals by Lebanese singer Samira Tewfik. Barbra Streisand [45:40] "I've Got No Strings" My Name Is Barbra Columbia CS 9136 1965 Oh Geppetto, what have you unleashed?! Barbra Streisand [48:30] "The Shadow of Your Smile (Love Theme from The Sandpiper)" My Name Is Barbra, Two... Columbia CS 9209 1965 The theme song to the steamy Vincent Minelli film from 1965, featuring Liz & Dick. Allan Sherman [51:12] "My Zelda" My Son, the Folk Singer Warner Bros. Records W 1475 1962 A little spoof on the Calypsonian classic "Matilda" (https://youtu.be/fRnOQaA1xsw). Ponty Bone and the Squeezetones [56:48] "Ni Por Mil Punados De Oro" My, My, Look at This Amazing Records AM 1015 1987 Heck yeah! Dust off the dance floor! Music behind the DJ: "Cold, Cold Heart" by Jerry Byrd
1w ago
59 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 7
Caudal [00:37] "Murk" Murk Midira Records MD 015 2015 An excellent spatial excursion from Aidan Baker on guitar, Gareth Sweeney on bass, and Felipe Salazar on drums. Kermit the Frog & Fozzie Bear [15:08] "Movin' Right Along" The Muppet Movie - Original Soundtrack Recording Atlantic SD 16001 1979 A little travelling music, please. Red Fang [18:06] "Wires" Murder the Mountains Relapse Records RR7144-1 2011 Don't try this at home, kids (https://youtu.be/WQPfQvLIseA). Or maybe do... it looks like fun. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass [23:48] "Green Peppers" Music Box A&M Records SP 19006 1969 You've heard of Green Onions? Well, Herb and amigos have Green Peppers. This compilation brought to you by BankAmericard. Various [24:48] "Jingle Bells" A Music Box Christmas - Enchanting 19th Century Music Boxes from the Colletion of Rita Ford Columbia CS 8498 1961 Jingle Bells?! Is this a... oh wait, I guess it is almost. Gendèr Wayang from Teges Kanyinan, Pilatan, Bali [28:05] "Sekati" Music for the Balinese Shadow Play Nonesuch H-72037 1969 A gamelan introduction to the five brothers of the Mahabarata story. George Melachrino Orchstra [31:11] "British Isles: Big Ben Chime/English Hymn/Oranges and Lemons" Music for the Nostalgic Traveler RCA Victor LPM-1053 1955 A little more traveling music. Or recollection of traveling? Just remember, folks, nostalgia is a disease. The Band [33:20] "This Wheel's on Fire" Music from the Big Pink Capitol Records SKAO 2955 1968 blah Bo Hansson [36:29] "The Old Forest/Tom Bombadil" Music Inspired by the Lord of the Rings Charisma/Buddah Records CAS 1059 1972 (originally released in 1970) Look out for Old Man Will! Oh few, it's Tom Bombadil. Robert Preston [42:16] "Marian the Librarian" The Music Man - Original Soundtrack Warner Bros. Records BS 1459 1962 Advent of the Sexy Librarian trope? Edgar Varèse [44:54] "Poème Électronique" Music of Edgar Varèse Columbia Masterworks MS 6146 1960 Created for the Philips Pavillion at the 1958 Brussels World Fair, a building designed in concert with Le Corbusier. Music behind the DJ: "Another Girl" by George Martin and Orchestra
Dec 7 2021
55 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 6
Cat Stevens [00:34] "I Wish, I Wish" Mona Bone Jakon A&M Records SP4260 1970 The less said about the title of this album, the better. Tommy Gumina [04:15] "Love Theme From 'La Strada'" Mood Italiano Decca DL 8630 1958 Some lovely Italiano-Americano accordion playing. Dick Hyman [06:43] "The Topless Dancers of Corfu" Moog - The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman ABC Command 938-S 1969 Catchy bleep bloop. Neil Diamond [09:45] "Song Sung Blue" Moods UNI Records 93136 1972 Can't go wrong with that electric piano intro, heavily inspired by the second movement of Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major by W.A. Mozart. Sonny & the Sunsets [14:17] "Nightmares" Moods Baby Moods Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-313 2016 Super snappy album from 2016 on lovely orange vinyl. The Blazers [17:23] "Vive la Compagne and Let Us Drink" More College Drinking Songs ABC-Paramount ABCS-219 1958 It doesn't matter what era you're in, college kids are a little pre-occupied. X [20:16] "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts" More Fun in the New World Elektra 60283-1 1983 It's true. Also featured in the Something Wild soundtrack. Johnny Mathis [24:26] "Call Me" More Johnny's Greatest Hits Columbia CS 8150 1959 Ringy ding a dingy ding. No not Blondie's "Call Me", and no not Petala Clark's "Call Me". The Monkees [28:26] "The Kind of Girl I Could Love" More of the Monkees Colgems COM-102 1967 My favorite Michael Nesmith song on the this, their second studio album. Nez takes the lead, with the boys on backing vocals. The Wrecking Crew help out with the likes of James Burton and Glen Campbell on guitar, Larry Knechtel on bass, the legendary Hal Blaine on drums, and Nez handles the steel guitar. Recorded in a 5 hour session on June 25, 1966. Edith Piaf [30:17] "La Vie, L'Amour" More Piaf of Paris Capitol Records ST 10283 1961 The celebrated chanteuse sings about life and love a few years before her death. Talking Heads [32:05] "Take Me to the River" More Songs about Buildings and Food Sire SRK 6058 1978 The transformative cover of the Al Green classic. Coincidentally, this version hit the charts around the same time that versions by Bryan Ferry, Foghat, and Levon Helm were also released. The 70s were a weird place. Made it to number 26 on the Hot 100. Fritz Busch conducting the Glyndbourne Festival Orchestra [38:46] "Overture" Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro Seraphim IC-6128 1983 (recorded in 1934/35) Just a little something in the key of D. Nirvana [42:34] "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" MTV Unplugged in New York DGC DGC-24727 1994 A powerful rendition of this traditional song, inspired by Leadbelly and Mark Lanegan. Music behind the DJ: "Call Me" by New Classic Singers
Oct 27 2021
50 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 5
The B-52's [00:31] "Throw that Beat in the Garbage Can" Mesopotamia Warner Bros. Records MINI 3641 1982 The Athens natives 3rd studio effort, this time with David Byrne on production duties. Martha and the Muffins [05:03] "Echo Beach" Metro Music Dindisc DID.1 1980 Every day someone is born who has never heard "Echo Beach". Perhaps one of those people is you. If so, enjoy! Chaka Khan [08:39] "Own the Night" Miami Vice - Music from the Television Series MCA Records MCA-6150 1985 Can you feel the heat? Nilsson [13:30] "Everybody's Talkin'" Midnight Cowboy United Artists Records UAS 5198 1969 Every day someone is born who has never heard "Everyboy's Talkin'". Perhaps one of those people is you. If so, enjoy! Tasha Thomas [17:06] "Hot Buttered Boogie" Midnight Rendezvous Atlantic SD 19223 1979 Hot stuff from the original Auntie Em in the Broadway musical The Wiz. Harry Belafonte [22:17] "Memphis Tennessee" The Midnight Special RCA Victor LSP-2449 1962 Long distance information, are you sure this is the right number? Leonard Leight [27:14] "Crazy Rhythm/Fascinating Rhythm" The Mighty Wurlitzer and the Roaring Hi-Fi Twenties RCA Victor LSP 1665 1958 Yowza! Deerhoof [29:52] "Milking" Milk Man Free Porcupine Society FPS 007 2004 One of my favorite theme albums. Oh Milk Man, what are you up to? Joanna Newsom [34:42] "The Book of Right-On" The Milk-Eyed Mender Drag City DC263 2004 Well whaddya know, another great album from 2004. We Five [39:07] "Somewhere Beyond the Sea" Million Dollar Sound Sampler A&M Records A&M 19001 1967 For better or worse, an ensemble from the Bay Area. Charles Mingus [41:32] "Mood Indigo" Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Impulse! A-54 1964 Yes yes yes yes yes. Supersystem [46:13] "Miracle (Album Version)" Miracle Touch and Go TG285 2005 fka El Guapo Mary Margaret O'Hara [50:57] "You Will Be Loved Again" Miss America Virgin 7 91274-1 1988 Fellow Canadians Cowboy Junkies would cover this a couple of years later on their album Caution Horses. Kim Carnes [54:32] "Bette Davis Eyes" Mistaken Identity EMI America SO-517052 1981 Hey kids, did you know that this song was originally written and recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1974 (https://youtu.be/FAQsOJbs-yo)? It's true! Richie Havens [58:10] "San Francisco Bay Blues" Mixed Bag Verve Forecast FTS-3006 1968 A mighty fine rendition. Ray Charles [1:00:43] "Bye Bye Love" Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music ABC-Paramount ABC 410 1962 A super snazzy rendition of the Bryant & Bryant smash hit for the Everly Brothers. Music behind the DJ: "Midnight Cowboy" by John Barry
Sep 3 2021
1 hr 4 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 4
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou [00:25] "Ancestral Recall" May Our Chambers Be Full Sacred Bones SBA-007 2020 Two great heavy tastes that taste great together! De La Soul [04:20] "Me, Myself, and I" Me, Myself, And I Tommy Boy TB 926 B A 3-sided 12" single of the classic De La Soul jam. What? 3-sided, you ask? Indeed! Side Two has parallel tracks. In this infamous sample-strong song we can hear Ohio Players, Funkadelic, Edwin Birdsong, Doug E. Fresh, and Loose Ends. Johnny Cash [08:04] "25 Minutes to Go" Mean as Hell - Ballads from the True West Columbia CS 2446 1966 Gooo...ohhh...ohhh...ohhh... Another fun Shel Silverstein tune for Mr. Cash. Pink Floyd [11:16] "San Tropez" Meddle Harvest SMAS-832 1971 This jaunty tune has long been one of my favorite Floyd songs. Clan of Xymox [16:16] "Louise" Medusa 4AD CAD 613 1986 Mmmm... darkwave. Blonde Redhead [21:34] "For the Damaged" Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons Touch and Go TG216 2000 Evidently this Chopin-based song is of some signficance to Rick and Morty fans. Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Paul Kletzki [24:32] "Dance of the Clowns, Op. 61, No. 11" Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Angel Record 35146 1962(?) Quite the dance! Sir Douglas Quintet [26:09] "Mendocino" Mendocino Smash/Mercury SRS 67115 1966 It's entirely possible that you've never heard the title track to this album. If that's the case, enjoy! Gravy Train!!!! [30:16] "Hella Nervous" The "Menz" E.P. Cold Crush 003 2002 Hella. Definitely hella. Aidan Baker & Jakob Thiesen [32:30] "Dangers Will Breed" Mépris Interior Massacre I.M.02 2013 Two great tastes that taste great together! Ultra Vivid Scene [41:20] "Mercy Seat" Mercy Seat 4AD BAD 906 1989 Waaaaay back in the waaaay back, I would play this song over and over and over again. I was obsessed. Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters [47:50] "Mele Kalikimaka" Merry Christmas Decca DL 78128 1961 (original release: 1955) A snappy number from Bing and the gals that was originally recorded in 1950. Johnny Mathis [50:41] "Sleigh Ride" Merry Christmas Columbia CS 8021 1972 (original release 1958) A mighty smooth sleigh ride indeed. The Radio City Music Hall Symphony Orchestra & Chorus [53:39] "Carol of the Bells" Merry Christmas America from the Radio City Music Hall Continental CR 1009 1972 Now that is an ending.
Aug 3 2021
58 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 3
Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh [00:22] "A Man and A Woman (Vocal)" A Man and A Woman - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack United Artists Records UAS 5147 1966 Hey dahbba dahbba dahbba dah. Kraftwerk [02:58] "Neon Lights" The Man-Machine Capitol Records S11-56854 1978 (1993 reissue) A belated fare thee well to the great Florian Schneider. P J Harvey [11:49] "Wang Dang Doodle" Man-Size Island Records 12IS 569 1993 Polly Jean and the boys building up a taught rendition of the Willie Dixon classic made famous by Koko Taylor. Nat King Cole [15:04] "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" A Many Splendored Thing Longines Symphonette Society SY5161 1965 Nat does a very smooth version of this Duke Ellington classic. Television [19:55] "Marquee Moon" Marquee Moon 4 Men with Beards 4M501 2003 (original release: 1977) Every day someone is born who has never hear "Marquee Moon". Perhaps you are one of those people. In which case, enjoy! Marshall Crenshaw [30:37] "Cynical Girl" Marshall Crenshaw Warner Bros. Records BSK 3673 1983 I found one! Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews [33:11] "Jolly Holiday" Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (An Original Cast Sound Track Recording) RCA Victor CSO-111 1964 Isn't though? Monty Python [35:18] "Word Association" Matching Tie & Handkerhief Arista AB 4039 1973 John Cleese deftly winds his way through the English language. Blossom Dearie [36:35] "Quiet Nights" May I Come In? Capitol SM-2086 1964 (1970s reissue) Blossom does a fine take on Jobim's Corcovado. Kodiak/Nadja [40:54] "KITSUNE: Fox Drone (Nadja)" MCCCXLIX/Kitsune Denovali Records den40 2009 Some excellent doom drone from Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff on clear vinyl with black and blue splatters. Transcendent. Music behind the DJ: "A Man and a Woman" by Charlie Byrd
Jul 16 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 2
The Benny Goodman Quartet [00:27] "Stompin' at the Savoy" Made in Japan Capitol Records ST 2282 1965 A recording of a performance from February 25, 1964 in Tokyo. Rounding out the quartet are Dick Shreve on piano, Colin Bailey on drums, and Monty Budwig on bass. Madness [04:32] "Night Boat to Cairo" Madness Geffen Records GHS 4003 1983 The boys 1979 single added here to their 1983 US self-title compilation. Madonna [07:47] "Lucky Star" The Immaculate Collection Sire 1-26400 1990 Number smash hit on the dance club charts, and number 4 on the Hot 100 in 1983. Badfinger [11:24] "Come and Get It" Magic Christian Music Apple Records ST-3364 1970 Badfinger do a fine job with song that Paul McCartney originally recorded as a demo during the Abbey Road sessions. Pearl Charles [15:11] "What I Need" Magic Mirror Kanine Records KR242LP-C1 2021 Easily one of my favorite albums this year on magical blue vinyl. Super dig the electric piano vibes on this track. Sarah Vaughan [18:34] "That Old Black Magic" The Magic of Sarah Vaughan Mercury Wing MGW 12280 1959 (1964 reissue) A fine rendition of the Arlen/Spencer classic from Sarah Vaughan's last album on Mercury Wing. Zamfir [21:26] "Just the Way You Are" The Magic of Zamfir Heartland Music HL1017 1984 Master of the Pan Flute! Probably the only time you will hear either Zamfir or Billy Joel on Vinyl-O-Matic is when this album comes up in rotation. Deerhoof [25:46] "The Devil and His Anarchic Surrealist Retinue" The Magic Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-315 2016 Lucky number 13! Yes that's right, this is the 13th studio album from one of my favorite bands on awesome white and purple starburst vinyl. Thou [30:16] "The Changeling Prince" Magus Sacred Bones Records SBR205 2018 One of my favorite tracks from one of my favorite albums from 2018. An awesome silver vinyl release with wax-sealed screenprinted sleeve. Gerry Mulligan and his Sextet [36:43] "Ain't It the Truth" Mainstream of Jazz EmArcy MG 36101 1956 A fine West Coast Jazz rendition of a Count Basie number. Recorded January 25, 1956 in New York featuring Mulligan on baritone sax, Zoot Sims on tenor sax, Bobby Brookmeyer on trombone, Jon Eardley on trumpet, Bill Crow on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums. Wham! [42:04] "Careless Whisper" Make It Big Columbia FC 39595 1984 Number one hit from a number one album with an iconic sax riff. Burt Bacharach [49:53] "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" Make It Easy on Yourself A&M Records SP 4188 1970 For you photography nerds out there: cover photo by Gary Winogrand. Leon & Mary Russell [52:59] "Now Now Boogie" Make Love to the Music Paradise Records PAK 3066 1977 Ok... I'm boogie-ing! Charley Pride [55:55] "Above and Beyond (the Call of Love)" Make Mine Country RCA Victor LSP-3952 1968 A mighty fine rendition of this Harlan Howard's classic from Charley's 4th studio album, which also happened to reach the number 4 spot on the country charts. The Bobbleheads [58:02] "Turn the Radio On (the Perfect Song)" Make Yourself Happy Poppop Records poppop 14002 2014 Some outstanding power bubblegum from San Francisco. Turn it on! Music behind the DJ: "Come and Get It" by Terry Baxter and his Orchestra
Jul 3 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter L as in Lima, and some that begin with the letter M as in Mike
Boots Randolph [00:26] "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" Love Songs for a Late Evening Columbia House 1P 6114 1974 That's right, the man who brought us "Yakety Sax" brings us the Kern and Harbach classic. Swans [03:45] "Love Will Tear Us Apart (Black Version)" Love Will Tear Us Apart Caroline Records CAROL 1454 1988 The Jarboe version of the Joy Division classic, engineered by the excellent Wharton Tiers. Cocteau Twins [07:39] "Love's Easy Tears" Love's Easy Tears 4AD BAD 610 1986 Title track from one of the many Cocteau Twins EPs. The Cure [11:16] "The Love Cats (Extended Version)" The Love Cats Fiction Records ficsx 19 1983 Evidently this was a throw-away song by Smith. Not too shabby if that's the case. Guitar Wolf [16:57] "Loverock" Loverock Narnack Records NCK 7020 2004 The jet-rockers blast off with this title track from their 2004 Narnack release on gold vinyl. New Order [20:11] "Face Up" Low-Life Qwest Records 1-25289 1985 My favorite track from New Order's third studio album. The concert video Pumped Full of Drugs that was made around this time contains an excellent version of this song. Terry Allen [25:12] "Truckload of Art" Lubbock (On Everything) Paradise of Bachelors PoB-27 2016 That'll show them high-falutin' New York artists. Terry is accompanied by such luminaries as Ponty Bone, Joe Ely, and Lloyd Maines. Originally released on Fate Records in 1979. Tim Cohen [30:34] "Bedfellows" Luck Man Sinderlyn LYN-024 2017 Another excellent solo outing from San Francisco's own Tim Cohen Cocteau Twins [34:25] "Feathers-Oar-Blades" Lullabies 4AD BAD 213 1982 Some very angular material from an EP that followed close on the heels of their debut album Garlands. André Kostelantez and his Orchestra [38:51] "Manuel de Falla: Spanish Dance (from La vida breve)" The Lure of Spain Columbia CL 943 1957 A little trip to Spain from the Russian-born American conductor. It makes for a pretty lively number when you accidentally record it at 45rpm! Johnny Mandel & Various [41:07] "Going Home" MAS*H (Original Soundtrack Recording) Columbia Masterworks OS 3520 1970 And that's pretty much how you handle Altman-esque overlapping dialogue for a soundtrack. Ella Fitzgerald with the Paul Smith Quartet [44:41] "Mack the Knife" Mack the Knife - Ella in Berlin Verve MG VS-64041 1960 (1967 repress) Now that is how you improvise. Malcolm McLaren [51:28] "Madam Butterfly" Madam Butterfly Island Records 0-96915 1984 A 12" single from Malcolm's attempt to fuse contemporary R&B with opera. Syd Barrett [57:53] "Gigolo Aunt" The Madcap Laughs/Barrett Capitol Records SABB-11314 1983 Excellent double record compilation of the two solo Barrett albums. Syd is joined by bandmates David Gilmour on bass, and Richard Wright on keys. Music behind the DJ: "My Sweet Lord" by Terry Baxter and his Orchestra
Jun 23 2021
1 hr 5 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter L as in Lima, Part 6
The Fresh & Onlys [00:25] "Dream Girls" Long Slow Dance Mexican Summer Mex113 2012 A solid track from one of my favorite albums of 2012, still getting heavy rotation from me. It's the finger snaps that get me everytime. Bell Witch [03:13] "Beneath the Mask" Longing Flenser Records 2012 (2015 reissue) Approriately enough for these times, features an audio extract from Roger Corman's 1964 adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Masque of the Red Death. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 [09:09] "Batacuda (The Beat)" Look Around A&M Records SP 4137 1968 Same Sergio, revamped Brasil '66. This album made it to number 5 on the Top 200. Silver Jews [11:27] "Candy Jail" Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea Drag City DC358 2008 Any chance I can get to play "Candy Jail", I'll take it. Michael Nesmith & the First National Band [15:13] "Silver Moon" Loose Salute RCA Victor LSP-4415 1970 A mighty fine opener to this mighty fine second album from the First National Band. Inexorum [18:28] "Raging Hearts" Lore of the Lakes Gilead Media RELIC97 2018 Some blackened metal from the land of 10,000 lakes on beautiful aqua/cyan swirl vinyl. Beck [23:25] "Loser" Loser Bong Load Records BL5 1993 When in doubt, go with the slacker anthems. Keith Carradine [27:20] "Rain" Lost and Found Asylum Records 6E-114 1978 Does anyone remember rain? Tacocat [32:01] "Dana Katherine Scully" Lost Time Hardly Art HAR-095 2016 Etched into the runout on side A is THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE and on the side B is BUT SO ARE LIES. I ♡ Tacocat Krallice with Dave Edwardson [35:14] "Retrogenesis" Loüm Gilead Media relic99 2017 East Coast meets West Coast as Krallice bring in Neurosis' Dave Edwardson on this epic release. Muscle & Marrow [38:42] "Bereft Body" Love Flenser Records FR67 2016 Wonderful ethereal heaviness from this Portland duo. Richard Harris [42:17] "Lucky Me" Love Album Dunhill ABC DS-50074 1972 Richard croonin' out some Jimmy Webb tunes. Love and Rockets [45:19] "Motorcycle" Love and Rockets Beggars Banquet 9715-1-R 1989 The boys get primal about Daniel's motorcycle. Carlos Santana & John Mahavishnu McLaughlin [48:54] "Naima" Love Devotion Surrender Columbia KC 32034 1973 The gentleman take a stab at the Coltrane number. Pet Shop Boys [52:02] "Love Comes Quickly (Dance Mix)" Love Comes Quickly Parlophone 12R 6116 1986 Oh hey... special guest sax appearance by Roxy Music's Andy Mackay. Suzanne Vallie [58:52] "Where Are You?" Love Lives Where Rules Rie Night Bloom Records NB008 2020 One of my favorite albums from the Year of the Plague. Music behind the DJ: "Quentin's Theme" by Joe Reisman and his Orchestra
Jun 9 2021
1 hr 4 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter L as in Lima, Part 5
Tom Jones [00:21] "Hi Heel Sneakers" Live at Caesar's Palace Parrot 2XPAS 71049 / 50 1971 A pretty decent rendition of the Tommy Tucker classic. And in case you were unfamiliar, Tom was quite popular with the ladies. Pavement [03:38] "Painted Soldier" Live Europaturnén MCMXCVII Matador OLE CCCXXIV-1 2008 This record was included with the 2008 reissue of Pavement's 1998 album Brighten the Corners and features a bootleg package design. Otis Redding [06:18] "Shake" Live in Europe Volt Records S-416 1967 Otis backed by Booker T & the MGs playing the heck of Sam Cooke's tune. Tom Jones [09:14] "Hard to Handle" Live in Vegas Parrot XPAS 71031 1969 Tom takes a pass at Otis with this live track recorded live at The Flamingo. Tangentially related, turns out Tom was able to hold is own with Janis Joplin (https://youtu.be/mZmiefQ5y4U). Thee Oh Sees [12:58] "I Come from the Mountain" Live in San Francisco Castle Face CF-075 2016 You'd think it would be hard to capture the energy of an Oh Sees show. You'd be wrong. Kenny Rogers & the First Edition [16:10] "Just Dropped In [to See What Condition My Condition Was In]" Live Vegas '72 Maplewood Records MWR00002 2015 Look out for those bowling pins. Marvin Gaye [19:33] "What's Going On" Live! Tamla T6-333S1 1974 Recorded live at the Oakland Coliseum! Spinners [24:23] "Fascinating Rhythm" Spinners Live! Atlantic SD 2-910 1975 Strong move, opening with a Gershwin number. Tom Jones [27:56] "Shake" Live! At Talk of the Town Parrot PAS 71014 1967 Shakin cover of Sam Cooke. The Living Christmas Tree Youth Choir [30:26] "Jazz Gloria" The Living Christmas Tree Youth Choir Chapel Records CPS 7374 1973 Woof. Well for starters, I'd say that's more rockin' than jazzin'. Hey you kids! Get outta my Yggdrasil! Eddie Arnold [33:43] "Cattle Call" The Living Legend of Eddy Arnold K-Tel WC 307 1974 This 70s compilation features an "autographed" 8x10! David Bowie [36:42] "Red Sails" Lodger RCA Victor AQL 1-3254 1979 A Neu!-esque outing from Bowie's third and final installment of the Berlin trilogy. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass [41:30] "Mexican Road Race" S.R.O. A&M Records SP 4119 1966 Wait, wha'ts this doing here? Well, the album cover this record is in was their 1962 release The Lonely Bull. I guess someone wasn't to mindful about which Tijuana Brass record goes in what sleeve. Rod McKuen [46:42] "Morning - San Francisco" Lonesome Cities Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records W 1758 1968 Whodda thought? Winner of the Grammy's best spoken word recording in 1968. Faces [46:42] "Maybe I'm Amazed" Long Player Warner Bros. Records WS 1892 1971 Recorded live at the Fillmore East in November of 1970, with Rod and Ronnie on vox. Luna [52:14] "California (All the Way)" Long Players 92-99: Bewitched Captured Tracks CTBOX-005 2016 No really, would you please stop quoting Rod McKuen in your postcards?finder Music behind the DJ: "Summer Samba" by Duke Ellington & his Orchestra
May 31 2021
59 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter L as in Lima, Part 4
Nadja/OVO [00:21] "Movement 2: Trapped in the Jar" The Life and Death of a Wasp Vendetta Records/Adagio830 41/49 2010 Nadja and Italian noise rockers OVO join forces for some excellent atmospherics. Jim Croce [05:16] "Roller Derby Queen" Life and Times ABC Records ABCX-769 1972 Jam that in your whip and smoke it! SISU [08:43] "Two Thousand Hands" Light Eyes Mono Prism MPR 01-EP 2013 Perhaps the best use of translucent vinyl ever for this EP by musician Sandra Vu, who was also the drummer for Dum Dum Girls. The dB's [12:53] "Lonely Is (as Lonely Does)" Like This Bearsville 1-25146 1984 A jangle masterpiece from Peter Holsapple from the first album after the departure of Chris Stamey. Track Star [18:04] "The One We Play" Lion Destroyed the World Turn Records TURN006 2002 Saw them play at Cafe du Nord along with Xiu Xiu and a few other bands to celebrate Turn Record's 5th Anniversary, so I had to pick up this record. Paula E. Sheppard, Helena Zvereva, Anatole Gerasimov [19:46] "Me and My Rhythm Box" Liquid Sky - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Varèse Sarabande STV 81181 1983 Oh the NYC club scene. Flock of Seagulls [22:36] "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" Listen Jive JL8-8013 1983 The second hit from these presumed one-hit-wonders. This one made it to number 26 on the Hot 100 in 1983. Stockhausen Ensemble [28:08] "Prozession (excerpt)" Listen (Brief Edition) CBS Special Products P8-19832 1987 What? I've been reading the CAN biography again. Mink DeVille [33:51] "Let Me Dream if I Want To (Amphetamine Blues)" Live at CBGB's - The Home of Underground Rock CBGB & OMFUG Records 315 1976 Great time capsule from the early days of CBGBs featuring tracks by Mink DeVille, The Shirts, Tuff Darts, Laughing Dogs, Manster, Sun (no, not that Sunn O))), Stuart's Hammer, and the Miamis. The Who [36:44] "Shakin' All Over" Live at Leeds Decca DL 79175 1970 This version is about twice as long as the original Johnny Kidd version, as was the style of the time. Aretha Franklin [41:04] "Make It with You" Live at the Fillmore West Atlantic SD 7205 1971 You heard that correctly. Aretha covers Bread. Marvin Gaye [45:37] "Come Get to This" Live at the London Palladium Tamla T7-352R2 1977 A fine live rendition of Marvin's seond single from his Let's Get It On album. Marc Ribot Trio [49:11] "Dearly Beloved" Live at the Village Vanguard Pi Recordings PI53 2014 Sonic goodness from this telepathic trio. Music behind the DJ: "To Sir with Love" by Terry Baxter and his Orchestra
May 13 2021
1 hr 6 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter L as in Lima, Part 3
Leon Russell [00:17] "Roll Away the Stone" Leon Russell Shelter Records SHE 8901 1970 Leon with his disciples Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and Steve Winwood. Duke Jordan [03:26] "The Feeling of Love No. 2" Les Liaisons Dangereuses Charlie Parker Records PLP-813 1962 Music from the "scandalous" Roger Vadim interpretation of the 1782 novel of the same name. Evidently much of the film in the music was performed by Thelonius Monk. Here, Jordan is accompanied by Eddie Kahn on bass, Art Taylor on drums, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, and Sonny Cohn on trumpet. The Beatles [06:52] "Get Back" Let It Be Apple Records AR 34001 1970 Featuring Billie Preston on keys, and John Lennon handled lead guitar because George had briefly quit the band during the well-documented recording process. Rolling Stones [10:00] "Monkey Man" Let It Bleed London Records NPS-4 1969 Hey... more Stones! And you know I love songs about monkeys. Bill Wyman plays vibes on this track as well as bass. David Bowie [15:29] "Shake It" Let's Dance EMI America SO-17093 1983 Since we've heard both of the big hits from this album in seasons 2 and 4 of Vinyl-O-Matic, I'm going with this kinda goofy track that closes the album. Marvin Gaye [19:16] "Let's Get It On" Let's Get It On Tamla T329V1 1973 When in doubt, go with the hit. And what a hit it is. Sure that initial skip ruins the mood a bit, but that groove gets right back in there! Guided by Voices [24:07] "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" Let's Go Eat the Factory Guided by Voices, Inc. GBVI 16 2012 One of the classic iterations of the band, and their very first release on Guided by Voices, Inc. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy [26:00] "I Called You Back" The Letting Go Drag City dc420 2006 A fine slow jam that closes out this mid-Aughties Will Oldham album. Recorded in Reykjavik, featuring the core lineup of brother Paul on bass, Emmett Kelly on guitar, Jim White on drums, and the always astounding Dawn McCarthy on vocals. ABC [33:14] "Poison Arrow" The Lexicon of Love Mercury SRM-1-4059 1982 A heavy rotation early 80s classic that reached number 25 on the Hot 100. Lemonheads [36:36] "Mallo Cup" Lick Taang! Records 32 1989 Not a fan of the actual Mallo Cup, but I am a fan of this song. Did you know that everyday, someone is born who has never heard Lemonheads cover Suzanne Vega's "Luka" (https://youtu.be/CW9Pv0WT2K0). The Red Clay Ramblers [38:48] "Killing Floor" A Lie of the Mind Sugar Hill Records SH-8501 1986 Music to accompany Sam Shephard's 1986 Off-Broadway play A Lie of the Mind, which featured a cast of James Gammon, Harvey Keitel, Geraldine Page, Will Patton, Amanda Plummer, Aidan Quinn, Ann Wedgeworth, and Karen Young. Leonard Cohen [40:45] "Tonight Will Be Fine" Leibestraume - Leonard Cohen singt seine schönsten Lieder CBS CBS 84718 1980 Sadly, just the original English language versions of Leonard's hits. Taurus [45:55] "Life (Part I)" Life Self Released 2012 Doomy goodness from Portland duo Stevie Floyd and Ashley Spungin in an outstanding box set featuring multicolor splatter vinyl, photographs, back patch, sticker, screen-prints in a custom box. Music behind the DJ: "Another Girl" by George Martin and his Orchestra
May 1 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter L as in Lima, Part 2
Kool and the Gang [00:21] "Ladies' Night" Ladies' Night De-Lite Records DSR-9513 1979 Oh yes it is. This platinum album made it to number 13 in the top 200, with this single making it to number 8 on the Hot 100. Spacemonkeyz vs Gorillaz [06:50] "5/4 (P.45)" Laika Come Home EMI/Parlophone 7243 5 39982 1 9/539 9821 2002 That's right, a dub remix of the entire debut album from Gorillaz. Lainie Kazan [11:12] "Lark Day" Lainie Kazan MGM Records SE-4385 1966 It might be a singing in the park day where you are. Hüsker Dü [14:18] "All Tensed Up" Land Speed Record SST Records 195 1990 (reissue) 17 songs, 26 1/2 minutes. Hold on to your ear plugs, kids. Originally released on Mike Watt's label New Alliance. Bauhaus [16:19] "Lagartija Nick" Lagartija Nick Beggar Banquet BEG 88T 1983 Uptempo moodiness from these goth rockers. Northless [19:24] "Extinction Verse" Last Bastion of Cowardice Gilead Media RELIC 96 2017 Sludgy doomness by way of Milwaukee. Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band [23:56] "Devil in Disguise" Last Date Warner Bros. Records 1-23740 1982 Taking this Burrito classic for an excellent spin. Originally entitled "Christine's Tune", which, having dated a Christine, is aptly titled. Bow Wow Wow [28:21] "Cowboy" The Last of the Mohicans RCA Victor CPL1-4314 1982 A different kind of cowboy music. This EP made it to number 67 on the Billboard 200. Drömloch [31:53] "Beguine" Late Style Kit Records KR18 2016 Some glitchy ambient goodness from this English duo. LCD Soundsystem [35:39] "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House" LCD Soundsystem DFA dfa 2138 2005 When in doubt, go with the hit. Ah, the heady days of electroclash. Sadly, I think the time has passed when Daft Punk will be playing at anyone's house. Leadbelly [40:54] "C.C. Rider" Leadbelly Columbia C 30035 1970 Originally recorded by Ma Rainey, Leadbelly does a fantastic job with this blues standard as well on six-string guitar. Robert Fripp & the League of Gentlemen [45:07] "MINOR MAN" the League of Gentlemen Polydor/EG PD-1-6317 1981 And now is the time on Vinyl-O-Matic when we dance. A Robert Fripp dance music experiment featuring Barry Andrews on organ, Sara Lee on bass, Kevin Wilkinson on drums, and on this track, Danielle Dax on vox. Elvis Presley [48:55] "That's All Right" A Legendary Performer - Volume 1 RCA CPL1-0341 1974 Orginally recorded by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, this recording would launch Elvis into the spotlight. Lena Horne [50:52] "It Might as Well Be Spring" Lena on the Blue Side RCA Victor LPM-2465 1962 Is it... what season is this? Lenny & the Squigtones [54:19] "Love Is a Terrible Thing" Lenny & the Squigtones Casablanca NBLP 7149 1979 Lone Wolf Michael McKean and the late great David Lander are joined by Christopher Guest on guitar and Murph Dunne on keyboards. Bonus Content: Hello. (https://youtu.be/0AcBqfMH4fU) Music behind the DJ: "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" by Lawrence Welk
Apr 17 2021
1 hr
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter K as in Kilo, and some that begin with the letter L as in Lima
Adam and the Ants [00:30] "Antmusic" Kings of the Wild Frontier Epic NJE 37033 1980 Memories of heavy rotation in my adolescent brain. Kiss [04:11] "Anyway You Want It" Kiss Alive II Casablanca NBLP 7076-2 1977 Paul does an ok job handling this DC5 hit (https://youtu.be/oiC-gowaJms). Culture Club [06:43] "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" Kissing to Be Clever Epic ARE 38398 1982 Made it to number 2 on the Hot 100. Nadja & Galena [10:19] "Trying" Konstruktion Adagio830 #63 2011 A mighty fine collaboration/ Al Kooper and Shuggie Otis [13:51] "Double or Nothing" Kooper Session Columbia CS 9951 1969 Solid cover of this Booker T classic with 15-year-old Shuggie Otis on geetar! Shogin Hogiwara [16:13] "Shin-Takasago" The Koto Music of Japan Nonesuch HS-72005 1965 Based upon a famous Noh drama about the seaside town of Takasago. The New Koto Ensemble of Tokyo [18:21] "Spring" Koto Vivaldi Angel Records SQ-37450 1977 If anyone has a quadrophonic system setup, I'll be happy to bring this over for a listening session. I bet it sounds pretty dope. Krallice [26:09] "Timehusk" Krallice Gilead Media ELD-023 2019 A fine reissue of this debut NYC black metal debut on smoky green vinyl from Gilead Media. Love and Rockets [32:20] "Lucifer Sam" Kundalini Express Beggars Banquet BEG 163 T 1986 Ride that flanger! The lads taking a fair pass at the Pink Floyd classic. L.A. Witch [35:39] "Kill My Baby Tonight" L.A. Witch Suicide Squeeze SSQ155 2017 Side one, track one from the amazing debut from the amazing L.A. Witch on amazing translucent pink marbled vinyl. Nat King Cole [39:27] "The Girl from Ipanema" L♥︎O♥︎V♥︎E Capitol Records T 2195 1965 If it's Spring up here, it must be Fall down Ipanema way. Deerhoof [42:21] "Big House Waltz" La Isla Bonita Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-286 2014 One of my favorite bands with one of my favorite albums from 2014 on lovely yellow vinyl. LA Vampires & Zola Jesus [45:46] "In the Desert" LA Vampires Meets Zola Jesus Not Not Fun Records NNF195 2010 Noise dub for everyone! Nick Lowe and Rockpile [48:01] "Love So Fine" Labour of Lust Columbia JC 36087 1979 Nick Lowe and the boys having some fun on the closing track of this album. Labour of Lust made it to number 32 on the Billboard 200, largely on the strength of "Cruel to Be Kind". Music behind the DJ: "VIVALDI: Fugue (from the Estro Harmonico Op. 3, No. 11, arranged for organ by J.S. Bach)" by The Swingle Singers
Apr 5 2021
54 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter J as in Juliett, and some that begin with the letter K as in Kilo
Juniper [00:28] "Boys! Boys! Boys! Boys! Boys!" Juniper FABCOM! Records FR-002 2020 The finest bubblefun you can have and be sober! Siouxsie and the Banshees [02:19] "Christine" Kaleidoscope PVC Records PVC 7921 1980 I dated a Christine once. Thankfully she only had one personality. Sunn O))) [05:18] "Kannon 2" Kannon Southern Lord sunn250 2015 Hello heaviness. The New Trust [15:05] "Obsidian" Keep Dreaming Discos Huelga huel018 2013 Santa Rosa's very own. Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio. Merle Haggard and the Strangers [18:49] "Here in Frisco" Keep Movin' On Capitol Records ST 11365 1975 Evidently if you're from around these parts, you don't call it Frisco. But who am I, a Yankee, to say? Anywho, that one goes out to all you loyal listeners in Shakeytown making all alone work for the last year. I can't even imagine. The Four Tops [21:29] "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I Got)" Keeper of the Castle Dunhill/ABC Records DSX 50129 1972 Tell 'em Levi. Originally recorded by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds, who are three people, not four. We've had this discussion already. Artie Shaw and his Orchestra [24:24] "Begin the Beguine" Kellogg's Presents Big Band Classics RCA Special Products DPL1-0438(e) 1980 That's right kids: eat enough Frosted Flakes and you too could grow up to own a compilation of all your favorite big band numbers performed by yesterday's stars. Jerry Reed [29:00] "Eastbound and Down" Kickin' Country K-Tel WU 3600 1981 Guitar man Jerry Reed gets us ready for that beer run. Made it to number 3 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 in 1977. Jerry gets a little help from Jordinaire Gordon Stoker. And Flash, of course. The Exbats [31:48] "I Got the Hots for Charlie Watts" Kicks, Hits, and Fits Burger Records BRGR 1456 2020 Easily one of my favorite albums from 2020. And of course, Inez is right. Roberta Flack [35:41] "Suzanne" Killing Me Softly Atlantic SD 7271 1973 We heard Roberta covering Leonard Cohen on her debut album First Take, so why not hear her covering Leonard Cohen on this double platinum album? Miles Davis [46:25] "Blue in Green" Kind of Blue Columbia PC 8163 1959 (1977 Terre Haute reissue) A modal ballad from Miles recorded March 2, 1959 with John Coltrane on tenor sax, Bille Evans on piano, Paul Chambers on double bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Benny Goodman Quartet [51:41] "Vibraphone Blues" The King of Swing, Vol 1: 1937-38 Jazz Concert No. 2 Columbia CL 817 1956 Originally recorded in 1937, this track features Lionel Hampton on both vibes and vocals, plus Benny on clarinet, Teddy Wilson on piano, and Gene Krupa on drums. Sidney Bechet [55:04] "Crazy Rhythm" The King of the Soprano Saxophone Good Time Jazz L-12013 1956 A fine take on this standard, featuring Bechet and some assistance from Jonah Jones on trumpet. Music behind the DJ: "Gomez" by Vic Mizzy
Mar 27 2021
1 hr
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter J as in Juliett
Sinéad O'Connor [00:28] "Jerusalem" Jerusalem Ensign VAS 1062 1988 More Ants on this track than you would think, and a Stiff Little Finger. Ministry [04:39] "Jesus Built My Hotrod (Short, Pusillanimous * So-They-Can-Fit-More-Commercials-On-The-Radio Edit)" Jesus Built My Hotrod Sire 0-40211 1991 IndustrioMetalBilly? Mike D'Abo [08:22] "King Herod's Song (Try It and See)" Jesus Christ Superstar Decca DXSA 7206 1970 Manfred Mann's front man handles King Herod on the original studio version. Joshua Mostel [11:25] "King Herod's Song" Jesus Christ Superstar MCA Records MCA2-11000 1973 Zero's son definitely plays it for laughs. The Jesus Lizard [16:10] "Bloody Mary" The Jesus Lizard Touch and Go T&G #43 1989 So, fun story. This is actually The Jesus Lizard's debut EP however I caught this record literrally at a CBGB's show where David Yow was flinging copies of this record off the stage. Kris Kristofferson [18:08] "Jesus Was a Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)" Jesus Was a Capricorn Monument KZ 31909 1972 Honor your influences. Joe Ely [20:37] "Suckin' on a Big Bottle of Gin" Joe Ely MCA Records MCA-837 1980 Definitely going to need some gin after all those religious tunes. A fine Butch Hancock number. John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman [23:53] "Autumn Serenade" John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman Impulse! AS-40 1963 Recorded on March 7, 1963 in Englewood Cliffs NJ with vocals by Hartman, tenor sax by Coltrane, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on double bass, and of course Elvin Jones on drums. Johnny Mathis [29:43] "Chances Are" Johnny's Greatest Hits Columbia CL 1133 1958 The one and only San Franciscan Johnny Mathis. One of my mother's favorite songs. Fun fact: Johhny Mathis and fellow Bay Area athlete Bill Russell vied against each other in the high jump during their high school years. Richard Harris [32:46] "Jonathan Livingston Seagull (excerpt)" Jonathan Livingston Seagull ABC/Dunhill Records DSD-50160 1973 Stoopit conformist seagulls all focused on food and fighting. Don't they know what it is to fly?! Spandau Ballet [37:12] "To Cut a Long Story Short" Journeys to Glory Chrysalis CHR 1331 1981 The debut albums from these London synth natives. This track made it to number 5 on the UK singles chart. Evidently this song was also Vince Clarke's inspiration for "Just Can't Get Enough". Terry Allen [40:31] "The Juarez Device/Dialogue: The Characters/A Simple Story" Juarez Fate Records 1394 1981 (original release 1975) Quite a tale, let me tell you. If this sounds like you kinda thing, definitely check this album out. Dalis Car [46:00] "The Judgement Is the Mirror" The Judgement Is the Mirror Paradox Records DOX 1-12 1984 What happens when you take one part of Bauhaus (Murphy) and one part of Japan (Karn) and stick them in a studio? You get a Captain Beefheart inspired name with a Brian Eno inspired sound. Siouxsie and the Banshees [50:36] "Spellbound" Juju PVC Records 8903 1981 The fourth studio album from Siouxsie and company. Their sound is wonderfully lifted by the guitarwork of John McGeoch. Harry Belafonte [53:53] "Jump in the Line" Jump Up Calypso RCA Victor LPM-2388 1961 Another one from my father's collection. Side two has a couple of other standout tracks including versions of "Monkey" and "Angelina". June Havoc [57:32] "Scene 1: Waterfront" June Havoc - The Record Acting Game Co-Star CS-105 1977 (original release 1958) Well, did you get the part? You're a shoe-in for Johnny. Music behind the DJ: "Come and Get It" by Terry Baxter and his Orchestra
Mar 21 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter I as in India, and some that begin with the letter J as in Juliett
Jerry Jeff Walker [00:30] "(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night" It's a Good Night for Singin' MCA Records MCA-2202 1976 The gonzo country artist himself putting a fantastic spin on the Tom Waits classic (https://youtu.be/lbH6BUNsuts). La Luz [03:23] "Pink Slime" It's Alive Hardly Art HAR-076 2013 The women from Seattle and now LA come at us with this high energy surf track from their debut album. The D.O.C. [05:46] "It's Funky Enough" It's Funky Enough Ruthless Records/Atlantic 0-96549 1989 The debut solo single from The D.O.C. that made it to the top of the Rap chart in 1989 and number 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The People [10:16] "Don't You Know What It Is to Wait?" It's Happening Here...! Record Publication Company RPC Z-86251 1966 I think they may have gotten the punctuation wrong in that album title. Seems more like it should be It's Happening... Here?! Where is here? Camden, New Jersey of course. For more information that you may ever want to know of this album, check out this old WFMU Beware of the Blog post (https://youtu.be/lbH6BUNsuts). The Who [14:30] "Athena" It's Hard Warner Bros. Records 9 23731-1 1982 Replace Athena, and you get Theresa, as in Theresa Russell who evidently was not as into Pete as he was into her on one particular night. Horns by John Entwisle, of course. GrandMaster Flash & the Furious Five [18:18] "It's Nasty (Genius of Love)" It's Nasty (Genius of Love) Sugar Hill Records SH 569 1981 Je m'appelle Your Old Pal Will. Fun stuff grooving on the Tom Tom Club grooves. Made it to number 22 on the R&B charts in 1981. Merle Haggard and the Strangers [26:11] "New York City Blues" It's Not Love (but It's Not Bad) Capitol Records ST-11127 1972 Oh those rascally yankees. Oh wait, that's me. Anywho, Merle and the boys aren't too keen on New York City in this number from his 15th studio album. Tom Jones [29:41] "Whatcha' Gonna Do" It's Not Unusual Parrot PAS 71004 1965 Tom Jones bringing some blue-eyed sould belting to this number originally written by the King of the Stroll Chuck Willis. Mantovani and his Orchestra [32:51] "Theme from Capriccio Italien, Op. 45" Italia Mia London Records PS 232 1961 Evidently one of Mantovani's memories of Italy is of... Tchaikovsky. The Italian Street Singers and orchestra [35:40] "Volare" Italian Sing-Along Decca Records DL 4027 1960 Well, did you sing along? Ton Koopman [29:41] "Bach: Toccata und Fuge D-Moll BWV 565" J.S. Bach - Orgelwerke Archiv Produktion 410 999-1 1984 I got this album when I was in high school, and it has always served me well when I'm in my more gothic moods. I definitely like this recording way more than the kooky Virgil Fox version that we heard a few episodes ago. Shriekback [48:19] "Hand on My Heart" Jam Science Arista 206 416 1984 The second album from the group created by Barry Andrews, formerly of XTC, and Dave Allen, formerly of Gang of Four. Some free funk dancefloor action for you. Lord Montego and his Calypsonians [52:11] "Rum and Coca Cola" Jamaica Calypso Audio Fidelity AFLP 1832 1957 A pretty fun take on the Lionel Belasco/Lord Invader classic. The Dave Brubeck Quartet [54:32] "Le Souk" Jazz Goes to College Columbia CS 8631 1954 Some energetic Middle-Eastern riffing from Dave and the boys recorded live at Oberlin. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross [59:08] "Cloudburst" Jazz Poll Winners Columbia CS 8410 1960 You may recall in the last episode of Vinyl-O-Matic (https://vinylomatic.com/s05e47), we heard a track from Daedelus that featured some vocal stylings by Busdriver. Turns out, Busdriver is a fan of Jon Hendricks vocalese stylings. Music behind the DJ: "5-4=Unity" by Pavement
Mar 10 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter I as in India, Part 5
Nirvana [00:33] "Scentless Apprentice" In Utero DGC DGC-24607 1993 The one track on In Utero with writing credit to all three band members. Stiff Little Fingers [04:21] "Alternative Ulster" Inflammable Material Rough Trade ROUGH 1 1979 Another one of my go-to selections on the Downtown Beirut jukebox. Ray Charles [07:04] "Busted" Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul ABC-Paramount ABCS-465 1963 Ain't it the truth though? Written by Harlan Howard and originally recorded by Johhny Cash the year prior. Stevie Wonder [09:12] "Don't You Worry 'bout a Thing" Innervisions Tamla T 326L 1973 This song made it to number 16 on the hot 100 in 1974. Stevie plays piano, drums and Moog bass; Yusuf Roahman handles the shaker, and Sheila Wilkerson plays the bongos an Latin gourd. Paul Horn [15:30] "Akasha" Inside Epic BXN 26466 1968 Recorded INSIDE the Taj Mahal. Monty Python [17:20] "How Do You Tell a Witch" Instant Record Collection - The Pick Of The Best Of Some Recently Repeated Python Hits Again, Vol. II Arista AL 9580 1981 Stick that in your logical fallacies and smoke it. Buck Owens and his Buckaroos [20:07] "Buckaroo" The Instrumental Hits of Buck Owens and his Buckaroos. Capitol Records T 2367 1965 TextExpander will be very happy to suggest adding a shortcut for me so I don't have to type out Buck Owens and his Buckaroos everytime. The Album Leaf [22:06] "Always for You" Into the Blue Again Sub Pop SP 708 2006 Some fine SoCal electro indie pop. Sean Lennon [28:20] "Photosynthesis" Into the Sun Grand Royal GR053 1998 A fine latin groove from some groovy Downtown Jazz cats. Strings Unlimited [34:11] "Flight of the Bumble Bee" Introducing Strings Unlimited Tempo Records TS 1001 Buzz buzz baby. Daedelus [35:35] "Quiet Now" Invention Plug Research PR340202LP 2002 Always a pleasure to see perform live. This track features words by the equally excellent Busdriver. Jaco Pastorius [39:07] "Fannie Mae/Eleven" Invitation Warner Bros. Records 9 23876-1 1983 Recorded while touring Japan. John Lee Hooker [43:30] "Boom Boom" Is He the World's Greatest Blues Singer? Vee-Jay Records VJS 8502 1965 Can't get much more classic than this. Grace Jones [46:02] "Love Is the Drug" Island Life Island Records 7 90491-1 1985 A look at her 9 years on... Island Records! I love this version of the Roxy Music hit, remixed by E.T. Thorngren. Three Dog Night [52:07] "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" It Ain't Easy ABC/Dunhill DS-50078 1970 Written by Randy Newman (https://youtu.be/wR0D6HJms8w) for Eric Burdon (https://youtu.be/tH47sJIFK0U), taking the song to it's highest success. Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and his Orchestra [55:25] "Fly Me to the Moon" It Might as Well Be Swing Reprise Records FS-1012 1964 Moon yes, Mars... I'm not too sure about that one. Music behind the DJ: "Holiday for Strings" by Strings Unlimited
Feb 25 2021
59 mins
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter I as in India, Part 4
Nadja & Vampillia [00:24] "Imperfect Worlds" /ımpəˈfɛkʃ​(​ə​)​n/ Throne Records TR56 2015 The third collaboration between Berlin-based Canadian duo Nadja and Osaka-based Vampillia. Quite a sublime voyage. Mike Nichols & Elaine May [19:45] "Chopin" Improvisations Mercury MG-20376 1958 Some fine improvisations from this classic comedic team. Architecture in Helsinki [23:30] "It'5!" In Case We Die Moshi Moshi Records MOSHILP07 2006 Super fun song with a super fun video (https://youtu.be/66ILUYvon7I)._ Cheap Trick [25:38] "Southern Girls" In Color Epic PE 34884 1977 So hard to choose just one track from this album, but I'll go with this one. Pure power pop goodness. For interested parties: if you shake the Internet hard enough, you might be able to find a re-recording of In Color produced by Steve Albini that features a sound closer to what the band originally intended. The drum sound on that version's "Southern Girls" is astounding. Sarah Vaughan [29:21] "It Might as Well Be Spring" In Hi-Fi Columbia EN 13084 1976 A re-issue of a 1955 collection of performance by Sarah Vaughan. Miles Davis can be heard on trumpet. Aretha Franklin [32:35] "Night Life" In Paris Atlantic SD 8207 1968 Aretha covers Willie. And it works! Ray Charles [37:53] "The Right Time" In Person Atlantic 8039 1960 Recorded live at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta. This lead track features Marjorie Hendricks on vocals. Stevie Wonder [42:11] "Part-Time Lover" In Square Circle Tamla 6134TL 1985 This song made it to number 1 on the Hot 100, and features Luther Vandross with a vocal assist. Of course Stevie plays drums and synths. Bauhaus [46:23] "In the Flat Field" In the Flat Field Expanded Music/4AD EX 5/CAD 13 1981 Title track from Bauhaus' debut album. This is the Italian pressing of the 4AD classic. Kool & the Gang [51:24] "Straight Ahead" Into the Heart De-Lite Records DSR 8508 1985 The 15th(!) studio album from Kool & Co. While this song only made it to number 103 in the US as a single, it did crack the top 20 in the UK. Frank Sinatra [54:56] "Mood Indigo" In the Wee Small Hours Capitol Records W-581 1955 (1956 Scranton Pressing) I guess Frank was blue because divorcing his wife to marry Ava Gardner didn't work out so well. Music behind the DJ: "My Cherie Amour" by Perry Botkin Jr. & his Orchestra
Feb 18 2021
1 hr
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter I as in India, Part 3
Michel Legrand [mm:ss] "The Lab" Ice Station Zebra MGM Records S1E-14 ST 1968 "Jones (Patrick McGoohan) searches the wrecked laboratory at Ice Station Zebra and finds a radio detection device which can trace the location of the capsule. But before he can make use of it, he is struck unconscious by an unseen assailant." For more exciting details about this film, please enjoy this episode of the Vinyl-O-Matic Movie of the Month from 2017 (https://vinylomatic.com/motm17-ice-station-zebra). Bong [mm:ss] "Idle Days on the Yann (Part 1)" Idle Days on the Yann Blackest Rainbow BRR246 2013 Some ambient stoner metal from these Newcastle-based Roadburn veterans. The Mamas and The Papas [mm:ss] "The 'In' Crowd" If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears Dunhill D50006 1966 Who doesn't love a good cover of "The 'In' Crowd"? This one comes from The Mamas and The Papas debut album. Suzi Quatro [mm:ss] "Breakdown" If You Knew Suzi... RSO RS-1-3044 1979 Who doesn't love a good cover of "Breakdown"? This one is from Suzi's fifth studio album. If you haven't seen her documentary Suzi Q, you should check it out (https://youtu.be/rDycne4vwro). Felt [mm:ss] "Primitive Painters" Ignite the Seven Cannons and Set Sail for the Sun Cherry Red BRED 65 1985 Why yes, that is Elizabeth Fraser on backing vox. And yes, that is some Robin Guthrie production going on there. But no, it's not the Cocteau Twins. Why yes, it is the Deebank brothers. Actually, to my ears it sounds a bit like the Feelies. But who am I to say. Feelies? Felt? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Madonna [mm:ss] "Lucky Star" The Immaculate Collection Sire W1-26440 1990 Well, since "Into the Groove" isn't included in this compilation, "Lucky Star" will do just fine. I mean, the video is pretty iconic (https://youtu.be/ThHz9wlBeLU). Made it to number 4 on the Hot 100. Yellow Eyes [mm:ss] "Jubilat" Immersion Trench Reverie Gilead Media RELIC93 2017 Some excellent New York-based black metal. Evidently this test pressing is one of 105 that were pressed for the band by Gilead Media for them to sell on their Euro tour, but the records were held up in customs and eventually returned to Gilead. Music behind the DJ: "Summer Samba" by Duke Ellington and his Orchestra
Feb 11 2021
58 mins