Vinyl-O-Matic

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) read less

Albums and All That, Starting with the P as in Papa, and some that beging with the letter Q as in Quebec
Jan 14 2023
Albums and All That, Starting with the P as in Papa, and some that beging with the letter Q as in Quebec
Kid606 [00:39] "Let It Rock" Pretty Girls Make Raves Tigerbeat6 meow132 2006 Hello Mid-Aughties Bay Area IDM. Michael Nesmith [05:32] "Some of Shelley's Blues" Pretty Much Your Standard Ranch Stash Pacific Arts/Island Records ILPS 9440 1977 One of my scores from Amsterdam. "Some of Shelley's Blues was going to be part of the Nashville session The Monkees had in 1968. Prior to this version it was also covered by Linda Ronstadt with the Stone Poney's (https://youtu.be/d9cQBGMzigU), as well as the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (https://youtu.be/BXJiqKgl7BI). Willie Nelson [08:52] "Blue Christmas" Pretty Paper Columbia JC 36189 1979 Having yourself a very Willia xmas? Getting some quality assistance from Booker T on the organ. The title track, made famous by Roy Orbison in 1963, is penned by none other than Willie. Prince [11:31] "I Wanna Be Your Lover" Prince Warner Bros. Records BSK 3366 1979 Prince's sophomore effort and what an effort it is! The album made it to number 22 on the Hot 100, and this lead off single (https://youtu.be/Rp8WL621uGM) hit number 11 on the US charts. Linda Ronstadt [18:29] "Hey Mister, That's Me Up on the Jukebox" Prisoner in Disguise Asylum Records 7E-1045 1975 Linda deftly handling this James Taylor number on this multi-platinum album. Emerson Meyers [22:40] "In Memoriam for Soprano & Tape" Provocative Electronics (Electronic Constructions on Traditional Forms) Westminster Gold WGS-8129 1970 Recorded at the Electronic Music Laboratory of the Catholic University of America, of all places, in 1970. Don't worry, I have an insider checking to see whether his laboratory still exists. The Cramps [27:35] "Goo Goo Muck" Psychedlic Jungle I.R.S. Records SP 70016 1981 How timely! The Cramps very well known version of Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads 1962 single. Record fiend friends, let me tell you that I have had a saved eBay search for that original Ronnie Cook single, and it has yet to go for less than three figures. Here's hoping I find it in a random place someday in the future. Thurston Moore [30:40] "Ono Soul" Psychic Hearts Goofin' Records Goo-010 2006 (originally released on DGC in 1995) Thurston hearts the queen of noise. This album features artwork by the excellent Rita Ackermann. Luna [35:53] "Beautiful View" Pup Tent Teenbeat TEENBEAT 232 1997 The fourth studio album from one of my favorite bands. This is one of the few that was released on vinyl at the time. Of course there's also the big beautiful box set (https://www.discogs.com/master/1027116-Luna-Long-Players-92-99). Purple Mountains [39:34] "She's Making Friends, I'm Turning Stranger" Purple Mountains Drag City DC680 2019 Ugh. Sadly, the final David Berman project. A thoroughly engaging album from start to finish.Interested and brave parties can check out this piece on David Berman's final days in the recent issue of Creem (https://www.creem.com/fresh-creem/david-berman-purple-mountains-final-days-feature). Temptations [43:42] "I Can't Get Next to You" Puzzle People Gordy S-949 1969 Such a hot opening track, this copy has been played many times. I tried to salvage it as best as possible. Number one single from a number 5 album. The Who [46:24] "Bell Boy" Quadrophenia (Music from the Soundtrack of The Who Film) Polydor 2625 037 1979 And what a film it is. Who knew that the king of the mods had a day job? Big Blood [51:21] "1000 Times" QuaranTunes Series No.027 Feeding Tube Records FTR634 2021 One of the things that got me through the stay-at-home phase of the pandemic was all of the excellent livestreams from musicians. This particular one from Portland ME's Big Blood was pretty much transcendtal for me. And this particular track featuring Quinissa on vocals scratched an audio itch that I didn't know I had. To really put it over the top for me, they followed it up with a cover of The Clean's "Anything Could Happen" (https://youtu.be/wPGIJdlOkbw?t=2272). Ultravox [55:20] "We Came to Dance" Quartet Chrysalis CDL 1394 1394 The sixth outing from Midge Ure and company. Oddly, produced by George Martin and less oddly cover design by Peter Saville. This track was the fourth and final single from Quartet. Robyn Hitchcock 'n' the Egyptians [59:34] "Madonna of the Wasps" Queen Elvis A&M Records SP 5241 1989 Another musician who had some great livestreams during stay-at-home along with his partner Emma Swift and Tubby and Ringo and Perry the Lobster. This song will forever be one of my favorites of his. Helped out by usual suspect Peter Buck on guitar here. Japan [01:02:39] "Halloween" Quiet Life Fame FA3037 1982 (originally released in 1979) Japan's third album, transitioning into synth pop territory. Music behind the DJ: "Gomez" by Vic Mizzy
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa, Part 4
Dec 23 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa, Part 4
Berlin [00:24] "Masquerade" Pleasure Victim Geffen Records GHS 2036 1983 Some classic nouvelle vague, very LA style. Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson [04:33] "Pancho & Lefty" Pancho & Lefty Epic FE 37958 1982 What the hell is up with the intro?! Anywho, pretty decent pass at the Townes Van Zandt classic. And these gentlemen let Townes appear as a federale in the accompanying video (https://youtu.be/UoKvUYbGu7A). The Knitters [09:18] "The New World" Poor Little Critter on the Road Slash 25310-1 1985 Well, since there was an election just recently, this seems like the one to go with. Margaret Whiting [12:15] "Gentle on My Mind" Pop Country London Records PS-527 1967 A snappy rendition of this John Hartford-penned number made popular by Glen Campbell. False [16:23] "A Victual for Our Dead Selves" Portent Gilead Media relic110 2019 Some blackened metal from this former Minneapolis combo. Ahmad Jamal [27:13] "Ahmad's Blues" Portfolion of Ahmad Jamal Argo LP 2638 1959 Recorded live at the Spotlite Club in Washington DC in September of 1958, featuring Ahmad on keys, Israel Crosby on bass, and Vernel Fournier on drums. Fun fact: Argo was a subsidiary of Chess Records. The Undertones [32:11] "It's Going to Happen" Positive Touch Harvest ST-12159 / Ardeck ST-12159 1981 A bit of a change in direction for the Northern Ireland lads. And I would say in a good way. It's always interesting when bands progress their sound. Feargal still sounds as distinctive as ever. During their appearance on Top of the Pops for this single, guitarist Damian O'Neill wore a black armband to mark the recent passing of Bobby Sands. Bongwater [35:47] "Bedazzled" The Power of Pussy Shimmy Disc shimmy 040 1990 Originally recorded by Dremble Wedge and the Vegetation (https://youtu.be/JXnoWb88Jr4). Just kidding, it's a Dudley Moore tune performed by Peter Cook in the 1967 Stanley Donen film Bedazzled. Deftly handled by Ann Magnuson, Kramer, Dave Rick, and David Licht. Earth Wind & Fire [38:32] "Fall in Love with Me" Powerlight Columbia TC 38367 1983 Track one, side one solid dancer with a heckuva guitar solo. Powerlight was the bands 12th studio album and certified gold. This song was released as single and made it to number 17 on the Hot 100. Iron Maiden [45:32] "Flash of the Blade" Powerslave Capitol Records SJ-12321 1984 The epicly epic album from my favorite band when I was a teenager. I caught them at Radio City Music Hall on this tour, with opening act Queensryche. You've never seen so much spandex and leather and hair. And then there was my nerdy self. Anywho, evidently this song made it into Dario Argento's Phenomena. Krallice [49:37] "Conflagration" Prelapsarian Gilead Media relic92 2017 Blackened goodness straight outta Queens. Pretenders [57:22] "Talk of the Town" Pretenders II Sire SRK 3572 1981 Got this one for my 13th birthday. This is an edited version of the 1980 single purportedly about Chrissie and Ray Davies. Music behind the DJ: "Slow Poke" by Lawrence Welk
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa, Part 3
Sep 27 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa, Part 3
The Photos [mm:ss] "Do You Have Fun" The Photos Epic NJE 36515 1980 Well, do you? Interested parties can spot Wendy Wu in this BBC doc on The New Romantics (https://youtu.be/Idkdr1s64HA). Aldo Ciccolini [mm:ss] "Trois Valses Distinguées Du Précieux Dégoûté" Piano Music of Erik Satie, Vol. 1 Angel Records S-36482 1968 Some modern waltzes of Erik Satie as performed by Mssr. Ciccolini. The Decemberists [mm:ss] "The Sporting Life" Picaresque Kill Rock Stars/Jealous Butcher Records JB-053 2005 A great packaging of this album, including some lovely extra bits on side 4 such as a cover of Joanna Newsome's "Bridges and Balloons" (https://youtu.be/6Drbt86VtOw). This tour also featured Petra Haden helping out on violin and tambo (https://youtu.be/3fmMHnPr9XQ). If I recall correctly, she also performed a rendition of "Wuthering Heights" (https://youtu.be/b6JO1iHmTBk). Spinners [mm:ss] "Games People Play" Pick of the Litter Atlantic SD 18141 1975 A mighty fine album featuring this track which got them to number one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles in 1975. Iron Maiden [mm:ss] "Die with Your Boots On" Piece of Mind EMI 1A 064-07724 1983 I was all in on this album when I was 15 and played the cassette version of this album to dust. Fortunately I was able to pick up the Benelux pressing when I was in Amsterdam a few months ago. And in case you're wondering, this album made it to number 9 on the Dutch charts. Kowloon Walled City [mm:ss] "Oxygen Tent" Piecework Neurot Recordings/Gilead Media NR119/RELIC111 2021 Majestic and heavy album from this Bay Area band. One of my favorites from 2021, on milky white vinyl. Pinchas Zukerman/Daniel Barenboim/London Philharmonic Orchestra [mm:ss] "Elgar: Violin Concerto, II-Andante" Pinchas Zukerman, Violiin/Daniel Barenboim, Conductor Elgar: Violin Concerto, Op. 61 Columbia Masterworks M 34517 1976 Molto relaxo, molto romantico. Henry Mancini [mm:ss] "The Pink Panther Theme" The Pink Panther RCA Victor LSP-2795 1963 Every day someone is born who has never heard the Pink Panther theme. If you are one of those people, enjoy! The Monkees [mm:ss] "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Colgems COS-104 1967 In case you were wondering, Mickey is an Pisces, Peter is an Aquarius, and both Michael and Davy are Capricorns. Boston Spaceships [mm:ss] "Canned Food Demons" The Planets Are Blasted Guided By Voices Inc. GBVI-5 2009 Robert Pollard, Chris Slusarenko, and John Moen. Mick Ronson [mm:ss] "White Light/White Hear" Play Don't Worry RCA APL1-0681 1975 Ok, we get it... you can play guitar. Evidently, Mick salvaged the backing track for this VU number from Bowie's Pin Ups session. George Martin and his Orchestra [mm:ss] "Help!" Play Help! United Artists Records UAS 6448 1965 A very layered jazzy rendtion of the my favorite Beatles' film theme song from the lads' arranger. The Melachrino Strings [mm:ss] "It's Not Unusual" Play the Tom Jones Hits! Pickwick/33 Records SPC-3242 1970 From the label that famously produced inexpensive soundalike compilations of hit songs comes some easy listening renditions of The Welshman. L.A. Witch [mm:ss] "Gen-Z" Play with Fire Suicide Squeeze SSQ173 2020 One of the bright spots of peak Covid was this gem by the excellent LA Witch in August of 2020. Not that you can see it, but this record is on beautiful popsicle red and orange vinyl. Delicious! Xiu Xiu [mm:ss] "Audrey's Dance" Plays the Music of Twin Peaks Polyvinyl Record Company PRC-312 2016 I can neither confirm nor deny that I had a thing for Audrey Horne. Music behind the DJ: "The Tiber Twist" by Henry Mancini
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa, Part 2
Aug 24 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa, Part 2
Peach Kelli Pop [mm:ss] "Panchito Blues II" Peach Kelli Pop Burger Records BRGR293 2013 A quick bit of garagey fun. Peach Kelli Pop [mm:ss] "Princess Castle 1987" Peach Kelli Pop Burger Records BRGR925 2015 Another ripping opener. Pearl Charles [mm:ss] "Night and Day" Pearl Charles Kanine Records KR148 2016 Great lead-off to Pearl's debut album, on some lovely yellow vinyl. Cocteau Twins [mm:ss] "Hazel" Peppermint Pig 4AD BAD 303 1983 Evidently Robin Guthrie felt this release was rubbish. And yet, here we are listening to it. Al Caiolo [mm:ss] "Jazz Pizzacato" Percussion and Guitars Time Records S/2000 1960 Guitars! Percussion! Stereo separation! And liner notes by Nat Hentoff! Rudi Bohn and His Band [mm:ss] "Mack the Knife" Percussive Oompah London Records SP 44009 1961 Mack the Knife meets Bridge Over the River Kwai? In separated stereo of course. If you're going to go with some Brecht/Weill martial music, why not the "Cannon Song (https://youtu.be/OcmMmHQU8cg)"? Half Japanese [mm:ss] "Listen to Your Heart" Perfect Joyful Noise Recordings JNR183 2016 Love does indeed call. Jad Fair's fifteenth studio album as Half Japanese, featuring some assistance from Deerhoof's John Dieterich helping out with guitar as well as handling the mixing and mastering. The Command All-Stars [mm:ss] "Perdido" Persuasive Percussion Volume 3 Command RS 817 SD 1960 What's that you want more stereo separation demonstrations? You got it, with this fun standard. Astute viewers of Only Murders in the Building may notice that Charles (Steve Martin) has all four volumes of Persuasuve Percussion framed in his kitchen. Odd you say? Well no, Charles is clearly an astute art collector (as is Steve Martin) and the covers for that series are designed by non other than Josef Albers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Albers). That would also explain the Ed Ruscha in the kitchen (https://edruscha.com/works/nice-hot-vegetables/). Nadja & Vampillia [mm:ss] "Aurora" The Perfect World Important Records IMPREC385 2013 Side one, track one of the ethereal collaboration between Nadja and Vampillia. Tones on Tail [mm:ss] "Performance" Performance Beggars Banquet BEG 106T 1984 A fine dark wave outing from this Bauhaus off-shoot featuring Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, and Glenn Camping. Sterling Holloway [mm:ss] "Peter and the Wolf (Intro)" Peter and the Wolf/The Sorcerer's Apprentice Disneyland 1242 1958 (originally) A nice introduction to the orchestra. Kiss [mm:ss] "You Matter to Me" Peter Criss Casablanca NBLP 7122 1978 Listener, you matter to me which is why I chose one of the shorter tracks from this not very good album. Peter Criss may be a kitty cat but this album is pretty much a dog. In case you're wondering Peter is the only member of Kiss performing on this record. The Pirates [mm:ss] "A Pirate's Life" Walt Disney's Peter Pan Disneyland 1206 1976 Never shoot a man in the middle of his cadenza. Petra Haden [mm:ss] "Goldfinger Main Title" Petra Goes to the Movies Anti- 87219-1 2013 All vocals, all awesome as per usual with Petra. And remember kids, before there was Glee, there was Petra Haden's version of "Don't Stop Believin'" (https://youtu.be/-kXbHf1SwGk) on the Engine Rooms Recordings compilation Guilt by Association. New England Conservatory Chorus [mm:ss] "Barkin: Two Emily Dickinson Choruses (Second Chorus)" Peyton: The Blessed Virgin, Ceely: Flee Floret Florens, Monod: Cantus Contra Cantum III, Barkin: Two Emily Dickinson Choruses, Davidson: Along the Edge Composers Recordings Inc. CRI SD 482 1982 Well, there's something you don't hear every day. Phoebe Snow [mm:ss] "San Francisco Bay Blues" Phoebe Snow Shelter Records SRL 52017 1974 The distinctive stylings of Ms. Snow taking a pass at this standard. Music behind the DJ: "Professor Fate" by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa
Jul 5 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter P as in Papa
Prince and the Revolution [00:51] "Kiss" Parade Paisley Park 9 25395-1 1986 Everyday someone is born who has never heard Prince's "Kiss" (or seen the video (https://youtu.be/H9tEvfIsDyo)). If that person is you, enjoy! Nadja [04:27] "Dark Circles" Paradox Incubate 15.09.14 Consouling Sounds SOULXXXXIV 2014 Live ambient doom by my favorite duo recorded (https://nadja.bandcamp.com/music) live at Incubate Festival in Amsterdam circa 2014. Blondie [14:34] "Hanging on the Telephone" Parallel Lines Chrysalis CHR 1192 1978 Check out the original Nerves version if you ever have the chance. Witch [16:56] "1000 MPH" Paralyzed Tee Pee Records TPE-085-1 2008 Taking off in a silver machine on this track from the band's follow up album. Black Sabbath [20:18] "Children of the Grave" We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll Warner Bros. Records 2BS 2923 1976 What the...?! This isn't Paranoid. This isn't even Masters of Reality! Why no, someone slipped the second disc of We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll into their Paranoid jacked. Ah well. Always check the contents of those dollar bin records, kids. KC and the Sunshine Band [25:31] "I'm You Boogie Man" Part 3 T.K. Records 605 1976 Can't deny the classics. Number one on the Hot 100 way back in 1977. The B-52's [31:15] "Private Idaho" Party Mix! Warner Bros. Records MINI 3596 1981 The band's debut single remixed for your own private party. You can tell it's a party remix because of the stereo-panned-n-flanged roto-toms. Joe King Carrasco & the Crowns [35:19] "Party Weekend" Party Weekend MCA Records MCA-5404 1983 For all you early MTV fans out there, yes this is what became "Party Christmas". Party party! Grass Widow [38:22] "11 of Diamonds" Past Time Kill Rock Stars KRS533 2010 Some Bay Area goodness from Hannah Lew, Raven Mahon, and Lillian Maring. Bob Dylan [41:16] "Billy 4" Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Columbia KC 32460 1973 I have a particular soft spot for this Dylan album. The film and soundtrack came into my life at a time when I was becoming increasingly interested in film and aspect ratios like Cinemascope. And also at a time when I was making art that was making art exploring the myth of the American West and native American folklore, especially Old Man Coyote the trickster. In this film and soundtrack we get both the myth of the American West (Billy the Kid) and the trickster (Dylan is nothing if not a trickster). The film itself is a bit of a Peckinpah shaggy dog, but worth the early 70s antihero hubris. I prefer Newman's confused teen Left Handed Gun (https://youtu.be/9BhhGqb6k4I) (another aspect of the myth Billy the kid itself: the infamous daguerrotype in question has reality preserved in reverse) to Kristofferson's avenger (https://youtu.be/a-e47wAkg9g). But with Peckinpah's film you get bonus James Coburn, Slim Pickens, Harry Dean Stanton, and even Rita Coolidge. Bobbie Gentry [47:55] "Billy the Kid" Patchwork Capitol Records ST-494 1971 Speaking of coincidences. From Bobbie's final studio album. Definitely environmental circumstances. The Modern Jazz Quartet [49:57] "A Social Call" Patterns United Artists Records UAL 4072 1960 And now for something completely different from Billy the Kid. Music derived from film cues. Falls of Rauros [54:25] "New Inertia" Patterns in Mythology Gilead Media relic119 2019 Some melodic black metal from this Tolkien-esque band from Portland ME. Music behind the DJ: "Spinning Wheel" by Terry Baxter and his Orchestra
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter O as in Oscar, and Some That Begin with the letter P as in Papa
Apr 29 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter O as in Oscar, and Some That Begin with the letter P as in Papa
The Oscar Peterson Trio [00:31] "I've Never Been in Love Before" The Trio Verve Records V6-8420 1961 Surprise! It might be the jacket for Oscar Peterson Trio + One (1964) but the record is actually The Trio (1961). Nevertheless, Oscar and the gents take a fine crack at the Guys and Dolls standard. Magic Trick [06:10] "Forest of Kates" Other Man's Blues Empty Cellar Records EMP029 2016 Excellent outing from Tim Cohen and friends, featuring cover art by Kevin Earl Taylor (http://www.kevinearltaylor.com/). Henry Mancini and his Orchestra [09:40] "Walk on the Wild Side" Our Man in Hollywood RCA Victor LSP-2604 1963 No not that "Walk on the Wild Side"... the one from Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm. You know the one with Frank Sinatra as a junkie drummer player? Anywho, it features a sax solo by Plas Johnson, who you may know as from The Pink Panther theme saxophonist. The Sandwitches [13:09] "Wickerman Mambo" Our Toast Empty Cellar Records EMP023 2015 A lively one from The Sandwitches from their bitchin' 3rd studio album on "oxblood" colored vinyl. The Rolling Stones [21:37] "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man" Out of Our Heads London Records PS 429 1965 (1969 repressing) Poor promo man... how could you win? Recorded at Chess Studios. Pandiscordian Necrogenesis [24:45] "Throne Ascension" Outer Supernal Gilead Media relic98 2018 Some Bay Area experimental black metal self-recorded by one Ephemeral Domignostika. The Police [29:01] "So Lonely" Outlandos D'Amour A&M SP-4753 1978 Not to shabby for a debut album. This track is partially derived from "No Woman No Cry", nevertheless Andy Summers keeps things interesting to be sure. Copy that? (https://youtu.be/MX6MvV8cbh8) Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter [33:50] "Suspicious Minds" Wanted! The Outlaws RCA Victor APL1-1321 1976 Ok, look I see "Wanted!" as part of the wanted poster artwork and The Outlaws as the actual title. So here it is, in Albums with Titles that Begin with the Letter O as in Oscar. Loving the shuffle breakdown in the middle eight. The Tubes [39:36] "The Monkey Time" Outside Inside Capitol Records ST-12260 1983 Loyal listeners will know that I am a big fan of monkey songs, especially ones written by Curtis Mayfield (https://youtu.be/PAX5GB2hcRA). The Tubes joined by Motels frontwoman Martha Davis here. Half Japanese [43:27] "Shining Star" Overjoyed Joyful Noise Recordings JNR151 2014 The first record from Half Japanese since their 2001 release Hello, mixed and mastered by Deerhoof's John Dieterich. Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen [47:28] "Wine Do Yer Stuff" Lost in the Ozone Paramount Records PAS 6017 1971 Between Bill Kirchen and a pedal steel guitar player who goes by West Virginia Creeper, what more do you need? Of course their cover of "Hot Rod Lincoln" (https://youtu.be/868DSi85odQ) on this album was their smash hit, this one just spoke to me. Dennis Wilson [50:34] "You and I" Pacific Ocean Blue Caribou Records PZ 34354 1977 Currently I'm a sucker for anything electric piano oriented. Chelsea Wolfe [55:15] "House of Metal" Pain Is Beauty Sargent House SH 106 2013 [Wonderfully moody number from Chelsea Wolfe](https://youtu.be/M4LzwnJtaA)'s third studio album. If you ever get the chance to see her live, you should._ B/B/S [01:00:14] "Linber" Palace Miasmah MIALP033 2016 Canadian Aidan Baker, Italian Andrea Belfi, Norwegian Erik Skodvin. Wonderfully moody improvisations captured at Berlin's Retriever Studios. Coil [01:04:45] "Tainted Love" Panic/Tainted Love Wax Trax! Records WAX 013 1985 A grim reminder of love in the time of acquired immune deficency syndrome from these Psychic TV vets. DJ Donna Summer [01:10:39] "Ratpack" Panther Tracks Vol. 1 Cock Rock Disco Vrock010 2007 For all your jumpstyle needs. Or are you more starstyle (https://youtu.be/bYCg7R7pwV4)? Music behind the DJ: "Bachelor in Paradise" by Henry Mancini and his Orchestra
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter O as in Oscar
Apr 6 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter O as in Oscar
James White and the Blacks [00:24] "Contort Yourself" Off White 4 Men with Beards 4M 504 2002 (original released in 1979) A little something for all your No Wave Funk needs. DEVO [03:30] "Peek-A-Boo" Oh, No! It's DEVO Warner Bros. Records 9 23741-1 1982 One of the more memorable videos from the early MTV era. (https://youtu.be/nrudnbUoYAw) And certainly relevant today. Zola Jesus [06:27] "Exhumed" Okovi Sacred Bones Records SBR-184 2017 Killer track from one of my favorite albums of 2017. If you've never seen Zola Jesus live, I highly recommend it. Niki Danilova is a helluva performer (https://youtu.be/jtd_q0jiYw4?t=5). Fritzi Bielmeier [10:09] "Fairgrounds, Fair Organ, Brewery Horses and Wagaon pass by/Holzhacker Baum" Oktoberfest: The Music and Sounds of the Biggest Beer Party in the World Decca DL 4332 1959 Why, it's just like being there, apart from the vomit and sawdust. Tennessee Ernie Ford with Dorothy Gill [16:01] "Ain't Nobody's but My Own" Ol' Rockin' Ern Capitol Records T888 1957 Ol' Ern rocks out, no doubt to impress a Wicked City Woman (https://youtu.be/xSdBpDgfSGY). Guy Clark [17:57] "To Live Is to Fly" Old Friends Sugar Hill Records SH 1025 1988 Guy taking this excellent Townes Van Zandt song for a nice trip with the help of Emmylou Harris on harmony vocals. The Madrid Festival de Matadors Orchestra [21:11] "Gallito" "Olé" Music of the Bull Ring Bravo! Records K 125 ? If are curious about the origins of bullfighting in Spain, the intros to a good number of Cocaine and Rhinestones Season 2 episodes (https://cocaineandrhinestones.com/episodes/season-two) will satisfy your needs (as well as any George Jones and Tammy Wynnette needs you may have). Donna Summers [23:35] "I Feel Love" On the Radio - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 Casablanca NBLP-2-7191 1979 The sadly too-short 7" edit of this epic Giorgio Moroder classic, second only in my mind to Sparks' "Number One Song in Heaven (https://youtu.be/P6I6yr7WDeg)". Siouxsie and the Banshees [29:05] "Christine" Once Upon a Time/The Singles PVC Records PVC 8906 1981 The second single from their 1980 album Kaleidoscope, marked by the addition of John McGeoch on guitar. Cheap Trick [32:04] "Saturday at Midnight" One on One Epic FE 38021 1982 Cheap Trick try on Sparks? Produced by the legendary Roy Thomas Baker. Shannon & the Clams [35:02] "Onion" Onion Easy Eye Sound EES-004 2018 Recorded at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound Studio. So much goodness on this album, so I opted for my favorite track. Red Fang [37:49] "Flies" Only Ghosts Relapse Records RR 7347 2016 Hot track one, side one from the fourth studio effort by Portland's very own Red Fang. St. Etienne [42:52] "Stoned to Say the Least (Album Version)" Only Love Can Break Your Heart Warner Bros. Records 0-40196 1991 As heard on the wonderful Foxbase Alpha. The Dirtbombs [50:35] "Hey! Cookie" Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey In the Red Recordings ITR-248 2013 The Dirtbombs! Bubblegum pop! What more could you ask for?! Jerry Lee Lewis [53:23] "Money" Original Golden Hits - Volume 2 Sun SUN 103 1969 The Killer slays this Bradford/Gordy classic. The Ink Spots [55:37] "We'll Meet Again" Original Ink Spots Vol. 1 Coronet Records CX-101 1959 It's true, we will meet again. Hopefully sooner rather than later! Music behind the DJ: "Alfie" by Christopher Scott
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter N as in November, and some that start with the letter O as in Oscar
Mar 18 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter N as in November, and some that start with the letter O as in Oscar
Faces [00:33] "Miss Judy's Farm" A Nod Is as Good as a Wink... to a Blind Horse Warner Bros. Records BS 2574 1971 The lads at peak form, produced by none other than Glyn Johns. Soft Cell [04:09] "Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret Sire SRK 3647 1981 Excellent low-key groove from these Leeds lads. There's fun cover of this by Japanese duo Salon Music and Russell Mael of Sparks (https://youtu.be/s6M69rLUMfE). Aidan Baker & Karen Williams [09:37] "Meeting in the Dark" Nonland Gizeh Records GZH74 2017 Guitarscapes by Aidan Baker and percussion by Karen Willems. Atari Teenage Riot [15:03] "Atari Teenage Riot" Not Your Business EP 1996 Grand Royal GR039/Digital Hardcore Recordings DHR US 12.1 Yup, digital hardcore was a thing. The Partridge Family presentado a Shirly Jones y David Cassidy [20:26] "Nadie Desea Ser Amada (Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted)" Al Dia (Up to Date) Bell Records 2308 004 1971 Jeez leweez, never trust a kid to refile records correctly. Why is there a copy of The Partridge Family's Up to Date in the sleeve for The Partridge Family Notebook? And why is the label in Spanish but none of the songs are in Spanish. Oh well. Herb Ellis [23:07] "Big Red's Boogie Woogie" Nothing but the Blues Verve Records MG V-8252 1957 Hot! Featuring Stan Levey on drums, Ray Brown on bass, Stan Getz on tenor sax, and Roy Eldridge on trumpet. Big Star [28:46] "When My Baby's Beside Me" No. 1 Record Big Beat Records WIK 53 1986 (original release: Ardent Records DS-2083 1972) Every day someone is born who has never heard Big Star. If you are one of those people, enjoy! The Number Ones [32:09] "Sharon Shouldn't" The Numbers Static Shock Records SSR024 2014 Hot mid-teens power pop punk from Dublin. Iron Maiden [35:56] "The Prisoner" The Number of the Beast Harvest ST-12202 1982 Bruce Dickinson's debut outing with Maiden. This album loomed large in my adolescence. Evidently Mr. Dickinson is touring with a spoken word show? (https://youtu.be/R9jfm-9L0q4) TacocaT [41:59] "Psychedlic Quinceañera" NVM Hardly Art HAR-079 2014 So many awesome songs on this album that it's hard to pick just one, but really... This Is the One! From the lyrics to the trumpets, what's not to love? Romeo Void [44:10] "Never Say Never" Never Say Never Columbia/415 Records 5C 38178 1981 Every day someone is born who has never heard "Never Say Never". If one of those people is you, enjoy! Thank goodness for the early days of MTV otherwise I would have had no idea this sound existed. Alan Price [50:16] "O Lucky Man!" O Lucky Man! Original Sountrack Warner Bros. Records BS 2710 1973 I've been obsessed with this Alan Price soundtrack since I first heard it in this over-long shaggy dog of a film by Lindsay Anderson. L.A. Witch [54:44] "Heart of Darkness" Octubre Suicide Squeeze SSQ166 2019 Mellow down spooky. Bobbie Gentry [57:12] "Mississippi Delta" Ode to Billie Joe Captiol Records ST-2830 1967 One of the hottest track one side ones you could ask for. Mulatu Astatke [01:00:22] "Munaye" Mulatu of Ethiopia Worthy Records W-1020 1972 (2003 reissue) Putting the funk in Ethiopian jazz. The Cramps [01:03:54] "I Can't Hardly Stand It" ...Off the Bone Illegal Records ILPIC 012 1985 The Cramps give this Charlie Feathers number (https://youtu.be/8h_O6U1xMlc) a fine take. There's some great local television footage of Alex Chilton helping The Cramps record at Sun Studios if you shake the internet. Music behind the DJ: "Goldfinger" by Mantovani
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter N as in November, Part 3
Feb 19 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter N as in November, Part 3
Nick Lowe [00:28] "My Heart Hurts" Nick the Knife Columbia FC 37932 1982 Nick's first outing after the dissolution of Rockpile. Another catchy tune, co-written with Carlene Carter. Such a great duo. Nicolette Larson [03:07] "Lotta Love" Nicolette Warner Bros. Records BSK 3243 1978 Fresh off assisting Neil Young with American Stars 'n Bars, Nicolette unleashes some peak 70s adult-oriented rock with this side one, track one Young cover for her debut album. Shana Cleveland [06:14] "Face of the Sun" Night of the Worm Moon Hardly Art HAR 111 2019 Some excellent cinematic Western feels for sure. Besides being an excellent musician, Shana makes my very favorite calendar (https://shanacleveland.bandcamp.com/merch). The Oscar Peterson Trio [09:44] "I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)" Night Train Verve Records V6-8538 1963 An album of excellently curated standards, with this being no exception. Tom Waits [16:20] "Eggs and Sausage (in a Cadillac with Susan Michelson)" Nighthawks at the Diner Asylum Records 7E-2008 1975 Dining with everyone's favorite dive bar maestro. Billy Oskay and Mīcheãl Ō Domhaill [22:31] "The 19A" Nightnoise Windham Hill Records WH-1031 1984 Guitars, and violas, and whistles, and harmoniums. What? I tried to pick one of the short tracks. The Beatles [25:42] "Paperback Writer" 1962-1966 Apple Records SKBO 3403 1973 One of my favorite non-album singles from the lads. The Beatles [27:57] "Don't Let Me Down" 1967-1970 Apple Records SKBO 3404 1973 What? Just because many of the folks who listen to Vinyl-O-Matic have watched all 7 hours and 48 minutes of Get Back doesn't mean we can't still enjoy this song. I mean really, how awesome was Billy Preston? Hillsboro High School Eagle Band [33:20] "Streets of Laredo" 1973-1974 Sweepstakes Reelsound Recording Company RSF-7417 1974 Ah the classic rake's lament. Fun fact: Hillsboro, Texas was used in the filming of Wes Anderson's 1996 film "Bottle Rocket". Eurythmics [34:49] "Sexcrime (1984)" 1984 (For the Love of Big Brother) RCA ABL1-5349 1984 A doubleplusgood track from this soundtrack scored by Dave Stewart. Prince [38:49] "Little Red Corvette" 1999 Warner Bros. Records 9 23720-1 1982 Perhaps one of the best first sides of any double album out there. Hard to choose just one track from the album, but "Little Red Corvette" will always be my fave. Fun fact: "Little Red Corvette" was partially the inspiration for Stevie Nick's 1983 hit "Stand Back" (https://youtu.be/gwS9BIqbffU), and in fact His Pupleness can be heard playing synth on the choruses. Los Campesinos! [43:46] "What Death Leaves Behind" No Blues Turnstile TS007LP 2013 The lead single from Los Campesinos! excellent 2013 album, on lovely hot pink vinyl. Here's an appearance that they made at the time on New York's WFUV (https://youtu.be/zaCoHn6c238). Motörhead [49:10] "Ace of Spades" No Remorse Bronze 7 90233-1-H 1984 Every day someone is born who has never heard Motörhead's "Ace of Spades". Perhaps one of those people is you. If so, enjoy! I bet you couldn't tell that Lemmy was a fan of slot machines. Fun fact: This album was leather scented when I bought it a very long time ago. A little travelling music please. (https://youtu.be/wR3xwENK7Jo) Carly Simon [51:56] "You're So Vain" No Secrets Elektra EKS-75049 1972 Every day someone is born who has never heard Carly Simon's smash hit "You're So Vain". Perhaps one of those people is you. Enjoy. Very interesting opening bass lick from Klaus Voorman. The Exbats [56:13] "Ghost in the Record Store" Now Where Were We Goner Records 173GONE 2021 One of the best albums of 2021. Can't get enough of Exbats! This song made it's first appearance for 2020's Record Store Day (https://youtu.be/T-clUD3ULcw) (back in the dark days). Taurus [58:57] "No/Thing Longing, Human Impermanence" No/Thing Self-Released 2013 Some excellent experimental heaviness from this Portland duo. Was lucky enough to catch them opening for Agalloch a couple of years ago. Music behind the DJ: "Slow Poke" by Lawrence Welk
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter N as in November, Part 2
Feb 2 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter N as in November, Part 2
Gladys Knight & the Pips [00:22] "Who Is She (and What Is She to You)" Neither One of Us Soul S 737L 1973 Gladys and the gents turning the tables on the Bill Withers groove from the year before (https://youtu.be/T4JtCCWB6Y4), and deftly covered by Meshell Ndegecello (https://youtu.be/T4JtCCWB6Y4). Redd Kross [04:28] "Peach Kelli Pop" Neurotica Five Foot Two Records FF2-003-LP/Sympathy for the Record Industry STFRI 709 2002 Side 2, Track 1 of Neurotica is this killer riff rocker that hooked me when it was first released in 1987. Neutral Milk Hotel [08:29] "Song Against Sex" Neutral Milk Hotel NMH Records NMH001 2011 All the Neutral Milk Hotel you could possibly want tucked away into this amazing box set. Naturally it's hard to pick just one song, but this one always gets the old brain juice flowing. Spinners with Dionne Warwick [12:14] "Then Came You" New and Improved Atlantic SD 18118 1974 This is one of those songs that lies dormant in my memory until I hear it and then I get a flood of childhood memories. Funny how music can work like that. Deafheaven [17:24] "Baby Blue" New Bermuda Anti- 87431-1SC5 2016 Some dreamy doomy goodness from the Bay Area band's third studio album. The Apples in Stereo [27:34] "Can You Feel It?" New Magnetic Wonder Yep Roc Records/Simian Records LP-YEP-2132 2007 Well, can you? Killer opening track from Apples in Stereo's 6th studio album co-penned by the late greate Bill Doss. Also, their first album not on spinART, and their last with drummer Hilarie Sidney. Pete Fountain [35:01] "Basin Street Blues" New Orleans Coral CRL 757282 1959 One-time Lawrence Welk clarinetist Pete Fountain takes for a trip down to the Big Easy. New Riders of the Purple Sage [31:45] "I Don't Know You" New Riders of the Purple Sage Columbia C 30888 1971 Side one, track one of the eponymous debut album from the New Riders of the Purple Sage, featuring Jer Bear on pedal steel. DEVO [37:09] "Through Be Cool" New Traditionalists Warner Bros. Records BSK 3595 1981 Side one, track one from DEVO's fourth studio album. Fun fact: this song will always remind of a small supermarket chain in the Omaha area called Hinky Dinky. Pretty sure it no longer exists. And of course, an early MTV heavy rotation classic (https://youtu.be/r5aZOW42vbQ). Oh those evil spuds. Iggy Pop [40:20] "Five Foot One" New Values Arista AB 4237 1979 Iggy's third solo album with help from former Stooges James Williamson and Scott Thurston. And yes there's a video (https://youtu.be/dnI6A_YUoDc). U2 [46:23] "New Year's Day (Long Version)" New Year's Day (Long Version) Island Records 12WIP 6848 1983 Everyday someone is born who has never heard U2's "New Year's Day". Maybe one of those someone's is you. Solidarność! The Toasters [51:58] "Shocker!" N.Y. Beat! Hit & Run Moon Records TOAST-09-10 1986 A prime examples of early 3rd wave ska from the NYC vets, which would later show up on their debut album Skaboom!. The Dave Brubeck Quartet [55:58] "Perdido" Newport 1958 Columbia CS 8082 1959 Brubeck and Paul Desmond take one of my favorite standards (https://youtu.be/AanVD5arBC0) for quite the spin. Music behind the DJ: "Brazil" by Billy Mure's Supersonic Guitars
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter N as in November
Jan 21 2022
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter N as in November
Little Dragon [00:20] "Klapp Klapp" Nabuma Rubberband Seven Four/Republic B0020210-01 2014 Little Dragon's fourth studio album and a fine one at that. Why, the even performed this track on Letterman (https://youtu.be/pKhmTNkIJ5o). 22 Sparkling Smiles [03:57] "Every Day" Nailed to the Stars Jealous Butcher Records JB-010 1996 Nice little 90s indie comp from the Portland label. KMFDM [06:44] "Naïve (Re-Mix by TKK)" Naïve/The Days of Swing + Roses Wax Trax! Records WAX 9160 1990 From the halcyon days of electro-industrial. Talking Heads [18:02] "(Nothing But) Flowers" Naked Sire 1-25654 1988 Just can't get enough of the high life sound. Great guitar interplay between guests Johnny Marr and Yves N'Djock. Talking Heads [23:17] "Pulled Up" The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads Sire 2SR 3590 1982 A double album of live Talking Heads. The first record is the talking heads in their original quartet form recorded between 1977 and 1979, heard here with this great rendition of "Pulled Up". The second record features the band as a 10 musician group recorded between 1980-81, with the addition of Adrian Belew on guitar, Nona Hendrix on backing vocals, Busta Jones on bass, Dolette McDonald on percussion, Steve Scales on congas, and the inimitable Bernie Worrell on keys. Nancy Sinatra [27:21] "Son of a Preacher Man" Nancy Reprise Records RS 6333 1969 Nancy and the Wrecking Crew keeping it downtempo with this version. Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood [30:12] "Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman" Nancy & Lee Reprise Records RS 6273 1968 Kinda corny kinda fun take on this tune by the great Tom T. Hall. For those who want to learn more about Tom T. Hall, check out this episode of Cocaine & Rhinestones (https://cocaineandrhinestones.com/tom-t-hall-harper-valley-pta) (although really you should start with this episode (https://cocaineandrhinestones.com/shelby-singleton-harper-valley-pta) and make your way forward). Nancy Wilson with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet [34:48] "A Sleepin' Bee" Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley Capitol Records ST 1657 1962 A great pairing of talents doing a nice turn on this Truman Capote-penned number. Karen Black [37:23] "Memphis" Nashville Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ABC Records ABCD-893 1975 The voluptuous delight of Karen Black singing. Bob Dylan [39:31] "To Be Alone with You" Nashville Skyline Columbia KCS 9825 1969 Snappy number from Bob, with some great drum work by Kenny Buttrey. Silver Jews [41:37] "How to Rent a Room" The Natural Bridge Drag City DC101 1996 Track one, side one of the second Silver Jews album. The late great David Berman locks in the Silver Jews sound for good. Commodores [45:52] "Flying High" Natural High Motown M7-902R1 1978 What, you thought I was going to stick you with "Three Times a Lady"? This album made it to the top of the R&B Albums chart, and number three on the Top LPSs & Tapes chart. Jacques Brel [51:03] "Les Flamandes" Ne Me Quitte Pas Barclay 90 268 1972 (1978 reissue) The Flemish! Like Brel himself. Lead Belly [53:39] "John Henry" Negro Folk Songs for Young People Folkways Records FC 7533 1960 Master of the 12-string Lead Belly fills the kids in on John Henry. Neil [57:49] "Golf Girl" Neil's Heavy Concept Album WEA WX12 1984 The Young Ones' very own Neil aka Nigel Planer takes us on a very heavy golf trip with the help of Dawn French. In case you're curious about the orignal Caravan version of this song, dig their 1971 appearance on Beat-Club (https://youtu.be/ik8dE1-SQtg). Music behind the DJ: "A Swingin' Safari" by Bert Kaempfert
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 8
Jan 11 2022
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
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 7
Dec 7 2021
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
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 6
Oct 27 2021
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
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 5
Sep 3 2021
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
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 4
Aug 3 2021
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.
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 3
Jul 16 2021
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
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter M as in Mike, Part 2
Jul 3 2021
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
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter L as in Lima, and some that begin with the letter M as in Mike
Jun 23 2021
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
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter L as in Lima, Part 6
Jun 9 2021
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