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
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Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 7
Jun 10 2024
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 7
6 Fat Dutchmen [00:22] "Minniehaha" 6 Fat Dutchmen RCA Victor LPM-1769 1958 Ooooom-pah! New Ulm's very own 6 Fat Dutchmen blazing up that Midwestern polka scene. Why heck, they played the Nebraska State Fair for 26 straight years, don't ya know. This album has some top-notch cover art by none other than the great Jack Davis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Davis_(cartoonist)). Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and his Music from Hollywood, the Norman Luboff Choir, and the Starlighters [02:42] "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" Ski Trails Columbia CL 910 1956 Jo and co. take a fine pass at this Irving Berlin standard. --- [05:05] Nadja [05:46] "Jaguar" Sky Burial Latitudes GMT 0:22 V 2010 A translucent blue excursion into sonic etherealness. --- [24:42] Slapp Happy [25:04] "The Drum" Slapp Happy Virgin V 2014 1974 This album was originally recorded with Faust as a backing band (https://youtu.be/j2m4_KTg-VA?si=qaDjWw1MxOaPkjFl), but was rejected by their German label. After moving to London, the material was recorded with studio musicians. And of course, I came to this song by way of the excellent interpretation by Bongwater (https://youtu.be/7M8uzljiQcc?si=K1yXFGHRhSG7xkB8). Ambitious Lovers [28:25] "Admit It" Slaves of New York Virgin Movie Music 7 91229-1 1989 From a film that was very much of its time based on a collection of short stories by Tama Janowitz (https://youtu.be/YG-EEdHb6Vk?si=yCNAzeWjeu6_9eem), oddly enough a Merchant and Ivory production. of the same title. At least it introduced me to Arto Lindsay (https://youtu.be/yAVr-fP9Dbk?si=rDW4N2c9JRPLYwKt). Nomeansno [32:10] "Junk" Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 63 1988 The third studio album from these Vancouverian musicians. Space junk perhaps? Jimi Hendrix [35:47] "Can You See Me" Smash Hits Reprise Records MS 2025 1969 Stereo Jimi vox on one of my favorite Experience tunes. ---- [38:21] King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band [39:24] "Dippermouth Blues" (1923) Lionel Hampton [41:43] "When Lights Are Low" (1939) Miles Davis Nonet [43:58] "Boplicity" (1949) Thelonious Monk Quintet [46:58] "Criss Cross" (1951) The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz Smithsonian Collection P6 11891 1973 blah --- [49:56] Music behind the DJ: "Swinging Safari" by Bert Kaempfert
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 6
May 22 2024
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 6
Heino [00:23] "Heute Singen Wir Mit Heino/Wißt Ihr Was? Heute Hat's Geschneit" Sing Mit Heino Folge 9 und 10 Winterzeit - Kinderzeit - Weihnachtzeit Hör Zu 1 C 066-45 322 1979 Sing along with Heino! And evidently, the old Deustschekrooner is still alive. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the German phenomenon that is Heino, of course, there's a documentary (https://youtu.be/M-39Unh0X2E?si=WlId8Vtympf3n2ob). The Four Roses Society [03:03] "Hand Me Down My Walkin' Cane/Deep in the Heart of Texas" Sing with the Four Roses Society Four Roses K8OP-6582 / 3 Well all right then. During my brief career as a liquor store clerk (one summer during college), Four Roses bourbon was not the esteemed brand it is today. It was easily found on the bottom shelf of the whiskey section. Kitty Wells [05:49] "Country Girl" Singing'em Country Decca DL 75221 1970 One of the contenders to the title of Queen of Country Music reminiscing at the ripe old age of 51. Elvis Presley [08:24] "Santa Bring My Baby Back (to Me)" Sings Christmas Songs - Elvis' Christmas Album RCA Victor LPM-1951 1957 (1964 reissue) An extremely well-worn seasonal classic. I'm surprised it sounds as good as it does, considering the state of the record surface. Odetta [12:45] "Don't Think Twice, It's Allright" Odetta Sings Dylan RCA Victor LSP-3324 An excellent rendition of this transitional Dylan single. To my mind, it is almost as good as the jangling toe-tapper version by Waylon Jennings (https://youtu.be/2GTl6-BJhvc?si=Ofi9FdbmGvJyqCKr). Bob McGrath with the Jimmy Joyce Singers [18:30] "Black and White" Sings for All the Boys and Girls Disneyland 1357 1974 Indeed, that Bob from Sesame Street. Helped out here by some of the Wrecking Crew including Tommy Tedesco and Earl Palmer. Inspired by the Three Dog Night version of this song (https://youtu.be/PEy6968xO-I?si=hNq9IL8tnQ9RCPDd), the song was originally recorded by Pete Seger in 1956 and with lyrics by David I. Arkin, father of Alan Arkin no less. Nat King Cole [22:21] "Autumn Leaves" Sings for Two in Love Capitol Records DT 420 1963 (original release 1953) This monophonic classic album is reinvigorated in beautiful Duophonic sound! Bonnie Prince Billy [25:03] "Ohio River Boat Song" Sings Greatest Palace Music Drag City DC252 / Palace Records PR31 A collection of Nashville-ified reimaginings Will Oldham's earlier work, with a number of Nashville greats, including Hargus "Pig" Robbins. The thing I love about seeing Will Oldham perform live in whatever configuration is that he seemingly never plays a song the same way twice. This pass at the debut single from Palace Music (https://youtu.be/jYVTkUTHENg?si=Iz69YWTah4Kmc4uO) exemplifies that spirit. Wayne Newton [30:00] "More (Theme from 'Mondo Cane')" Sings Hit Songs Capitol Records T 2130 1964 Despite rumblings in Memphis and New Orleans and even Liverpool by this point, the big band sound of the Greatest Generation continues to thrive in popular music. John McCormack [32:37] "The Foggy Dew" Sings Irish Songs Pickwick CAS-407 1975 Evidently, stereo, in this case, means slapping some reverb on the left channel. Despite being partially the result of Irish immigration, I am not sentimental, which is why I chose the shortest track for this collection. Lotte Lehman [34:41] "Ich Liebe Dich (Beethoven)" Sings Lieder, Vol. 1 Camden CAL-378 Pretty sure I grabbed this from the dollar bin because in my haste I thought it was Lotte Lenya. Colin Meloy [37:21] "Bandit Queen" Sings Live! Jealous Butcher Records JB-065 2008 From a solo tour Colin Meloy made in 2006, recorded at various venues, including this one that I happened to attend at the Great American Music Hall. This live album does do one of those things that drives me nuts, which is to put the stage banter for the upcoming song before the track break. Tom Jones [43:05] "In Dreams" Sings She's a Lady Parrot XPAS 71046 1971 Candy colored clown! (https://youtu.be/R7zukRlfzh8?si=110VDkQtE8m4jD52) Nat "King" Cole [46:30] "Blue Gardenia" Ballads of the Day Capitol Records DT 680 1960 (original release 1956) As performed in Fritz Lang's classic noir The Blue Gardenia (https://youtu.be/3bxSn2UMBMY?si=vKu34lBUOQstY3f4). Harry Belafonte [49:29] "A Fool For You" Sings the Blues RCA Victor LSP-1972 1958 A collection of blues standards, including this Ray Charles number. Ella Fitzgerald [53:09] "'S Wonderful" Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book (Volume Two) Verve Records MG V-4025 1959 Helped out here by Nelson Riddle. An excellent cover painting by Bernard Buffet is featured on this album. Music behind the DJ: "Games People Play (https://youtu.be/hIBlCac8_wk?si=KjX6MUoC_zQ0qftn)" by Arthur Greenslade and his Orchesta
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 5
Apr 11 2024
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 5
The Shirts [mm:ss] "Teenage Crutch" The Shirts Capitol Records SW-11791 1978 (US pressing) (see below) The Shirts [mm:ss] "Reduced to a Whisper" The Shirts Harvest 5C 062-06 717 1978 (Netherlands pressing) That's right, not one but 2 (two!) tracks from The Shirts' debut album. Normally, I am not one to buy 2 copies of the same album, but when I was in Amsterdam a couple of years ago, I came across the Netherlands pressing with a more stylized cover and couldn't resist. They were one of the original CBGB bands that saw more success in Europe. You can also spot lead singer Annie Golden in the film adaptation of Hair (Forman, 1979) (https://youtu.be/VN5zup3b7fw?si=859TcqBo5ArA0iD2). Philharmonic Symphony of New York, Dimitri Mitropoulos [mm:ss] "Second Movement: Allegretto" Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 Op. 47 Columbia Masterworks ML 4739 1962 Composed by the Soviet Russian Shostakovich in 1937, this recording dates to 1953. Robyn Hitchcock [mm:ss] "Socrates in Thin Air" Shufflemania! Tiny Ghost Records TINY GHOST 07 2022 Great outing from Mr. Hitchcock from a couple of years ago. Joined here by Soft Boy cohort Kimberley Rew on guitar. Los Campesinos! [mm:ss] "5 Flucloxacillin" Sick Scenes Wichita WEBB500LP 2017 The wonderful 6th album from these Cardiff folks. Self-financed, no less! There is a supercute video for this song done in the style of the BBC show Flog It! (https://youtu.be/aoqs0PJ12zM?si=rIefWNr2Mwj3F3-d) Thompson Twins [mm:ss] "We Are Detective" Side Kicks Arista AL 6607 1983 So much floppy hair. The trio's third single from their third album. A suitably 80s video was also made for this track. (https://youtu.be/l2SMSoblH3Y?si=jw9yBHEFqSlCRxvH) Raspberries [mm:ss] "Tonight" Side 3 Capitol Records SMAS-11220 1973 Speaking of third albums. This song was the first of three singles from the album and reached number 69 on the Hot 100. Rush [mm:ss] "New World Man" Signals Mercury SRM-1-4063 1982 Rush's only Top 40 single, oddly enough. From the last album produced by Terry Brown. Sure, I could have chosen "Subdivisions" but if you were like me and were a suburban early-teenage male when this album came out, it was pretty inescapable and hence not really necessary to revisit. Boz Scaggs [mm:ss] "Lido Shuffle" Silk Degrees Columbia PC 33920 1976 Speaking of ubiquitous songs from my youth. With Mr. Scaggs himself on the Moog riffs. Sqürl [mm:ss] "John Ashbery Takes a Walk" Silver Haze Sacred Bones Records SBR-316 2023 Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan, assisted here by Charlotte Gainsbourg in an homage to the poet John Ashbery. There's a nice moody video to accompany this song as well (https://youtu.be/EdlCG4aw7Q4?si=nQisL8r1JTM_vHrk). Klaus Nomi [mm:ss] "Falling in Love Again" Simple Man RCA Victor PL 37702 1982 A contemporary update of the Marlene Dietrich classic (https://youtu.be/8gAo2aR_tUw?si=jpfY2F2guahlnPea) from the iconic Klaus Nomi's second album. Kris Kristofferson [mm:ss] "The Pilgrim - Chapter 33" The Silver Tongued Devil and I Monument Z 30679 1971 If I were Donnie Fritts (which I can only aspire to), I would have definitely had my name legally changed to Funky Donnie Fritts. Nine Inch Nails [mm:ss] "Sin (Short)" Sin TVT Records TVT2617-1 1990 Why it seems like 33 1/3 years ago that this album was released. Frank Sinatra [mm:ss] "When Somebody Loves You" Sinatra '65 Reprise RS-6167 1965 That is some bizarre stereo separation. Frank Sinatra [mm:ss] "Witchcraft" Sinatra's Sinatra Reprise Records R9-1010 1963 Some of Frank's big hits, recompiled here for his own label. Dwight Twilley Band [mm:ss] "I'm on Fire" Sincerely Shelter Records SRL-52001 1976 Some primo power pop kicking off Dwight Twilley Band's debut outing on the already-doomed at the time Shelter Records. Music behind the DJ: "Diamonds Are Forever (Instrumental)" by John Barry
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 4
Mar 3 2024
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 4
The Beatles [00:29] "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Apple Records SMAS-2563 1967 (1971 Los Angeles gatefold pressing) Enjoy the stereo separation! Billy Preston [03:58] "Get Back" Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band RSO RS-2-4100 1978 So yeah. A soundtrack to a movie that is very much of it's time. Not only tdo we have The Bee Gees and Peter Framption as the titular band, we have Earth Wind & Fire doing "Got to Get You into My Life", George Burns doing "Fixing a Hole", Alice Cooper doing "Because", Aerosmith handling "Come Together", and my second favorite track: Steve Martin doing a wild and crazy version of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" (https://youtu.be/F__uGshlbOo?si=qn4U4_ZIGttfns5E). This version of Get Back by the one and only Billy Preston still seals the deal for me. If you are inclined to check out this film, I can only say that it is very much of its time (https://youtu.be/oioCI1p6Y30?si=34PQo_XspuXmnRPc). Lord only knows how much white powder was used in the production. Love and Rockets [07:01] "Haunted when the Minutes Drag" Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven Beggars Banquet BEGA66 1985 The debut outing from 3/4 of Bauhaus. Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins do an excellent job of building an atmospheric experience to transition away from the darkness of their previous efforts. The Moody Blues [16:29] "You and Me" Seventh Soujourn Threshold THS 7 1972 Maybe it's me, but it seems like the intro could have been 8 bars or so shorter. True story: the first pair of concert tickets that I ever won from listening to the radio was for The Moody Blues on their Long Distance Voyager tour. For some reason my parents didn't think it would be appropriate for a 13 year old to go, so I got to keep the record (long since lost) and gave my tickets to the high school kids across the street. The Cars [20:46] "Since You're Gone" Shake It Up Elektra 5E-567 1981 Classic side one, track one. Dig the Frippian guitar solo. Ornette Coleman [24:18] "Focus on Sanity" The Shape of Jazz to Come Atlantic SD 1317 1959 (2010 Rhino reissue) You and me both, Ornette. The classic quartet rounded out by legends Charlie Haden on bass, Don Cherry on cornet, and Billy Higgins on drums. Hypnodrone Ensemble [32:36] "Eucldian/Dodecahedral" The Shape of Space Calostro Records CR01 2015 Hypnotic? Check. Drone? Check? Motorik? Check? Spaceous? Check? Nailed it. Shaun Cassidy [45:33] "That's Rock 'n' Roll" Shaun Cassidy Warner Bros Records/Curb Records BS 3067 1977 Originally a minor hit for Eric Carmen in Europe, teen idol and Hardy Boy Shaun Cassidy took this dopey number to the top of the US charts. Beastie Boys [48:19] "Slow and Low" She's on It Def Jam/Columbia 44-05292 1985 Flip side to the not-quite ready for primetime "She's on It". Fun fact: I lived in the New York Metropolitan area for twenty years and never understood the appeal of White Castle. Chelsea Wolfe [52:02] "Unseen World" She Reaches Out to She Reaches Out to She Loma Vista LVR03941 2024 It's not often that I get to play a new release on Vinyl-O-Matic, but Chelsea Wolfe's excellent new album arrived at a synchronous moment. Music behind the DJ: "Professor Fate" by Henry Mancini
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 3
Dec 17 2023
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 3
Barbra Streisand [00:20] "The Christmas Song" Seasons Greetings from Barbra Streisand... and Friends Columbia Special Products CSS 1075 1969 Babs takes things in a particularly saccharine direction, but I suppose not every version can be the Nat King Cole Trio. Rockpile [04:25] "Heart" Seconds of Pleasure Columbia JC 36886 1980 The iconic album from the band that until this point has backed solo efforts from Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds knock it out of the park on their only release as Rockpile. Guitarist Billy Bremnar steps up to take the lead vocals on this snappy number. Pavement [07:00] "Frontwards" The Secret History, Volume 1 (1990-1992) Matador OLE-1064-1 2015 A compilation from a few years ago of early Pavement material. This one is a live version of one of my favorite Pavement songs, performed at Brixton Academy in London on December 14, 1992. Years later Los Campesinos! would win my musical heart with their version of this song (https://youtu.be/DnEa4ES7ep4?si=WeB_oCdOz73gNL0E). The Fresh & Onlys [10:21] "Do You Believe in Destiny" Secrets Walls Sacred Bones Records SBR-056 2011 Always love that big spacey sound Wymond Miles brings with his guitar. Peter Gabriel [14:53] "Shock the Monkey" Security Geffen Records XGHS 2011 1982 If you ask Peter Gabriel what this album is titled, he will likely say "Peter Gabriel", like his previous 3 solo efforts. If you ask Geffen Records what this album is called, they will say "Security". The more you know. The Seeds [20:16] "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" The Seeds GNP Crescendo GNP 2023 1966 A top notch side 1, track 1 from these garage rock progenitors featuring the one and only Sky Saxon (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQWVHvjdfZw). Eigenlicht [23:19] "There Lies Already the Shadow of Annihilation" Self-Annihilating Consciousness Gilead Media Relic94 2018 Blackened metal from up Olympia WA way. A brief intro into this epic album. If it sounds like something that you might be interested in, definitely check out this release. The Who [25:13] "Odorono/Tattoo" Sell Out Decca DL 74950 1967 The third studio album from The Who and easily my favorite Who album. I made this one a twofer to give you, the listener, a better feel for the album. Bernard Gunther [33:08] "Face Slapping" Sensory Awakening: Relaxation Esalen Institute 1968 Evidently there is a follow-up record for this... Sensory Awakening: Couples. Yowza. Mitch Miller and the Gang [35:32] "Singin' in the Rain/All I Do Is Dream of You/Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goodbye)" Sentimental Sing Along with Mitch Columbia CS 8251 1960 Not sure about the last part of that medley, but the first two are solid selections from the titular film. Luna [38:57] "(Walkin' Thru' the) Sleepy City" A Sentimental Education Double Feature Records LP-DBL-0013 2017 A fine collection of covers from one of my favorite bands. This Jagger/Richards number orignally appeared on the Stones compilation album Metamorphosis (https://youtu.be/fRDtVsAvM-8?si=wyGkrescNCIU4vWd). The Parting Gifts also do a great Spector-esque cover (https://youtu.be/P903W_tJNi0?si=Fyw8WEIcJidDI4Ga). Frank Sinatra [42:42] "September Song" September of My Years Reprise Records FS 1014 1965 Frank handles this Weill number pretty well. For my money, the Lou Reed version (https://youtu.be/dHVqWRxpqXk?si=Jop71rSbI5jTlzXF) that appears on the Hal Willner project "September Song: The Music of Kurt Weill". Serana-Maneesh [48:22] "Drain Cosmetics" Serena-Maneesh Playlouderecordings PLAYR 4LP 2006 Another great side one, track one. Some mid-aighties shoegaze goodness out of Norway. Saw them perform an amazing at the Bottom of the Hill on this tour. Kermit the Frog [52:03] "Green" The Sesame Street Record Columbia CR 21530 1970 Sing it,œœ Kermie. Rosanne Cash [54:27] "Seven Year Ache" Seven Year Ache Columbia JC 36965 1981 This song has been stuck in my brain since it was first released, due in large part due to the synth lines courtesy of Booker T Jones. This was a number one album on the country charts for Rosanne, and made it to number 26 on the Billboard 200 that year. _Music behind the DJ: "Make the World Go Away" by Lawrence Welk
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 2
Sep 28 2023
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter S as in Sierra, Part 2
Sarah Vaughan [00:36] "Hey Naughty Papa" Sassy Mercury Wing MGW 12237 1962 (originally released in 1956) Hey now. Evidently this one was written by Hoagy Carmichael? Here Sarah is backed by Hal Mooney and his Orchestra. Subway [02:51] "Jupiter" Satellites Soul Jazz Records SJR 157-12 2007 Beep boop boop beep. Jerry Byrd [08:27] "Cold Cold Heart" Satin Strings of Steel Monument SLP 8033 1965 Getting very aloha with Hank's classic. Glen Campbell [11:06] "Lonesome Jailhouse Blues" A Satisfied Mind Pickwick SPC-3134 1971 A repackaging of the Glen's Capitol Records 1966 album Big Bluegrass Special. Bee Gees [14:28] "Jive Talkin'" Saturday Night Fever (The Original Movie Sound Track) RSO RS-2-4001 1977 Sometimes you just have to go with the hit. Oh wait, they're all hits. The Hot Dogs [18:13] "Feel Real Fine" Say What You Mean Ardent Records ADS-2805 1973 A great little gem of a Big Star adjacent album. Digging this track by Terry Manning. Tom Jones [21:12] "Come to Me" Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow Epic PE 34468 1977 That's right, the theme song from The Pink Panther Strikes Again (https://youtu.be/vH4-8qR79WY?si=t1IrFzJuuVfkDknP&t=7) (Edwards, 1976). You know, the one with the castle in Bavaria? My brothers and I went with my mother to see this one in the theaters instead of staying home and watching Super Bowl XI (Raiders v Vikings) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XI). Daniel Ocko [24:07] "The Guitar Player" Great Ghost Stories Troll Records 50-002 1973 Oops... right genre, wrong cover. The record is Great Ghost Stories but the sleeve is Scary Spooky Stories. Harry Nilsson [31:27] "Gotta Get Up" Schmilsson RCA LSP 4515 1971 (1979 reissue) Aleatoric glissando. Look it up. Rafael Kubelik conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra [33:51] "Schoenberg: 5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16 - Peripetia" Shoenberg/Bartok - 5 Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16/Music for Stringed Instruments, Percussion, and Celesta Mercury MG-50026 1953 blah Pete Townshend [36:04] "Squeezebox" Scoop ATCO Records 7 99063-1-F 1983 A pretty solid demo from a compilation full of Who demos. Scott Walker [38:34] "Amsterdam" Scott (Aloner) Smash Records SRS 67099 1967 Alright, so I'm cheating a little on this one too. The US release of Walker's first album, Scott, was titled Aloner. But I didn't have this album when we were running through Albums that begin with the letter A as in Alpha. It's really difficult to pick just one song to play here. My instinct wanted to go with "The Lady Came from Baltimore (https://youtu.be/7gFECZErdBY?si=Pi-CIpL5RRu22aA7)" but the atmosphere of his cover of Brel's "Amsterdam" (https://youtu.be/-Z0UGGvb4sQ?si=2SIFvLXn7CvA80UT) is so good. Siouxsie & the Banshees [43:21] "Mirage" The Scream Polydor POLD 5009 1978 The amazing debut album from Siouxsie and the Banshees. A pretty remarkable effort front to back. The version of "Mirage" that appears on this album gains a little polish but still retains the energy of the Peel Session version the year before (https://youtu.be/0S_vlZg7xBQ?si=1NqDL9OM6OhrSn50). Judas Priest [46:11] "The Hellion/Electric Eye" Screaming for Vengeance Columbia FC 38160 1982 One of the greatest 1-2 punches in album opening history. You know exactly what you are in store for. Fourteen year-old me was completely enthralled with the sound of this album. Hap Palmer [50:31] "Sweetwater Springs" Sea Gulls... Music for Rest and Relaxation Activity Records AR 584 1978 Woof. File under Easy Listening. Why do I feel the sudden urge to make a macrame plant hanger? Will Oldham [52:15] "Sapele" Seafarers Music Drag City DC261 2004 Music to accompany a documentery by. Music behind the DJ: "Cold Cold Heart" by Lawrence Welk and Orchestra
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo and some that begin with the letter S as in Sierra
Aug 2 2023
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo and some that begin with the letter S as in Sierra
Fleetwood Mac [01:08] "I Don't Want to Know" Rumours Warner Bros. Records BSK 3010 1977 Funny how the classic rock radio format ruined so much music for me through it's incessant repetition of what it deemed classic, and yet I still thoroughly enjoy Rumours. A fun little number originally from the Buckingham Nicks days. Deerhoof [04:22] "Twin Killers" The Runners Four Children of the Hoof #1 2006 Maybe it's my Gemini nature (certainly not my killer nature) that draws me to this song. Arlo Guthrie [06:41] "Coming in to Los Angeles" Running Down the Road Reprise Records RS 6346 1969 Some solid country rock on this sophomore album from Woody's son. Support musicians include Clarence White, Ry Cooder, Gene Parsons, James Burton, Chris Ethridge and Jim Gordon. Ah the joys of travelling while holding. Neil Young & Crazy Horse [10:48] "Pocahontas" Rust Never Sleeps Reprise Records HS 2295 1979 Neil, I can probably tell you how she felt. The Rutles [14:10] "Cheese and Onions" The Rutles Warner Bros. Records HS 3151 1978 Yes indeed, the Prefab Four: Ron, Dirk, Stig, and Barry (https://youtu.be/sEwySvgfwLE). While my favorite Rutles song is "I Must Be in Love (https://youtu.be/54KBPA20b9Q)", "Cheese and Onions runs a close second, thank in no small part to the Galaxie 500 cover (https://youtu.be/pAzdSeAwKpg) of that song. Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler w. Hugh Downs, Narrator [16:51] "Britten: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 (Theme)" Carnival Of The Animals / The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra, Op. 34 RCA Victor Red Seal LSC-2596 1964 Benjamin Britten's helpful introduction to the orchestra, interestingly used for an documentary film: Intstruments of the Orchestra (https://youtu.be/vkwgihr1hMM) from 1946. The Philadelphia Orchestra [21:26] "Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 78 ("Organ Symphony") - Allegro Moderato; Presto; Maestoso" Saint-Saëns: Symphony No. 3 In C Minor, Op. 78 Columbia Masterworks MS 6469 1963 Hopefully you used your recently refreshed knowledge to listen to this piece, with the addition of ORGAN! Lou Reed [36:36] "Sally Can't Dance" Sally Can't Dance RCA CPL1-0611 1974 Another vivid Manhattan story from Lou's best chart performing album. Neko Case with the Pine Valley Cosmonauts [40:43] "Right or Wrong" Salute the Majesty of Bob Wills - The King of the Western Bloodshot Records BS 029 1998 A fine assortment of late-90s Bloodshot Records luminaries headed by Jon Langford give Neko Case a hand on this jazz standard that Bob Wills turned into a Western Swing classic. The Clash [43:57] "The Magnificent Seven" Sandinista! Epic FSLN 1 1980 Track one, side one from this 3 record release from The Clash. It features a pretty dope bass groove performed by the Blockheads' Norman Watt-Roy. Sarah Vaughan [49:29] "Just Squeeze Me" Sarah + 2 Roulette SR 52118 1965 The plus two being Joe Comfort on bass and Barney Kessel on guitar. A fine rendition of this Ellington standard. Music behind the DJ: "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes" by Terry Baxter and his Orchestra
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo, Part 4
Jun 15 2023
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo, Part 4
Duran Duran [00:29] "Save a Prayer" Rio Harvest ST-12211 1982 Do you want New Wave or do you want... a ballad? How about both?! The Roland Kirk Quartet featuring Elvin Jones [06:04] "Mystical Dream" Rip, Rig & Panic Limelight LS 86027 1965 Roland Kirk - tenor sax, Jaki Byard - Piano, Richard Davis - Bass, Elvin Jones - Drums. Remember the name of this album when we get to Albums and all that begin with the letter Y as in Yankee. Herb Alpert [08:40] "1980" Rise A&M Records SP-3714 1979 Herb Alpert helps NBC out with a little instrumental for the then upcoming 1980 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Sir Eugene Goossens Conducting The London Symphony [11:06] "Introductio - Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) L'Adoration de la Terre (Adoration of the Earth)" The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps) Everest 3047 1960 blah Manfred Mann's Earth Band [15:54] "Blinded by the Light" The Roaring Silence Warner Bros. Records BS 2965 1976 More popular than The Boss's original (https://youtu.be/eJkkMgM1vIQ?t=20). Could definitely edit out the noodly scoodly guitar solo break if you ask me. This album has probably the most disconcerting cover art in my collection. Robert Gordon with Link Wray [23:03] "Red Hot" Robert Gordon with Link Wray Private Stock PS 2030 1977 Solid cover of Billy "The Kid" Emerson's Sun Records stomper (https://youtu.be/Y0nGvIXp_TM). Gordon's first outing following a stint with the Tuff Darts (https://youtu.be/Yc4dT3YI9H8). Roger Miller [25:26] "Whistle Stop" Story and Songs from Robin Hood Disneyland 3810 1973 Tell 'em Roger... er, Alan-a-Dare. Lou Reed [29:22] "White Light/White Heat" Rock 'n' Roll Animal RCA AYL1-3664 1980 (1974 original release) Lou gets all glam with the rendition of the Velvets' excitable number. P.J. Soles [34:27] "Rock 'n' Roll High School" Rock 'n' Roll High School (Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Sire SRK 6070 1979 Who else but Riff Randell (https://youtu.be/TYrvJynOoS4) (P.J. Soles)? Robert Gordon [36:40] "Black Slacks" Rock Billy Boogie RCA PL 13294 1979 Indeed, more from Mr. Gordon, this time deftly handling the Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones' classic (https://youtu.be/VcDAlATFK94). The Cramps [38:26] "Heartbreak Hotel" Rockinnreelininaucklandnewzeelandxxx Vengeance Records 669 1987 Lux, Poison Ivy, Candy del Mar, and Nick Knox recorded live at the Galaxy in Auckland NZ in 1986. Tim Curry [43:07] "Sweet Transvestite" The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Cast Ode Records OSV-21653 1978 (1975 original release) None other than Frank N Furter (https://youtu.be/ZCZDWZFtyWY). Cash Pony [46:28] "Moon Mobile" Roughhousing self-released  2018 The Bay Area's very own. Waylon Jennings [50:41] "I've Always Been Crazy" Rowdy Country K-Tel WU 3680 1983 Same Waylon, same. This single went to number one on the Hot Country songs in 1978, despite Waylon getting busted on possession of cocaine charges the previous year. Outlaw indeed. The Beatles [54:56] "I'm Looking Through You" Rubber Soul Capitol Records SW 2442 1983 (1965 original release) Now there's some stereo separation for you. It was a toss-up between this and "Think for Yourself", but I was feeling this track more. In the key of Ab for those of you playing along at home. Music behind the DJ: "That's a Nice Cap" by George Martin & Orchestra
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo, Part 3
May 8 2023
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo, Part 3
The Pogues [00:31] "Transmetropolitan" Red Roses for Me Enigma ST-73225 1984 Side one, track one from the Pogues debut album written by the one and only Shane MacGowan. Quite the entrance! The Police [04:40] "Bring on the Night" Regatta de Blanc A&M SP-4792 1979 Released in the US as the third single from their 1979 classic yet failed to chart. Skinny Puppy [08:56] "Glass Houses" Remission Nettwerk 12 NTWK 12 1984 Debut label release from everyone's favorite Industrial ensemble from Vancouver. the dB's [12:22] "Ask for Jill" Repercussion Albion Records ALB 109 1982 A snappy little number from Chris Stamey. I can neither confirm nor deny that I was once put on hold by a woman named Jill. Buffalo Springfield [16:03] "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" Retrospective ATCO SD 33-283 1969 Another debut and another Canadian ensemble. That's right, the first single from Buffalo Springfield. Written by Neil Young. The Chad Mitchell Trio [19:29] "The Ballad of Sigmund Freud" Returns to Carnegie Hall RCA Victor LOC-6007 1960 These fellas might want to look into getting some therapy. A little sample of the show Harry Belafonte put on once more at Carnegie Hall. Deerhoof [21:57] "Hallelujah Chorus" Reveille Global, Buddy! Records, Inc. DIAL 007 2002 The fourth studio release from one of my favorite bands to see live. Recorded by Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu. This copy of Reveille features a silver inked cover and white labels. Liberace [24:42] "El Cumbanchero" Rhapsody in Blue and Other Favorites Harmony HL 7237 1967 Some lively latin bears, composed by Puero Rican songwriter Rafael Hernández Marín and performed in a very lively manor by the bejeweled one himself. Ella Fitzgerald [29:16] "Runnin' Wild" Rhythm Is My Business Verve Records V-4056 1962 Whenever I hear a rendition of "Runnin' Wild" I just automatically hear Sugar Kane's version in Some Like It Hot (https://youtu.be/MPxmvZBFZcs). Rickie Lee Jones [31:56] "Chuck E.'s in Love" Rickie Lee Jones Warner Bros. Records BSK 3296 1979 Hey, a catchy song is a catchy song. Metallica [35:27] "For Whom the Bell Tolls" Ride the Lightning Megaforce Records MRI 769 1984 When I was a lad of sixteen or so, I had a Ride the Lightning shirt that I wore to the point of being teased for seemingly always wearing it. James Gang [41:57] "Funk #49" James Gang Rides Again ABC Records ABCS-711 1970 Funky indeed, even the cowbell. Wanda Jackson [45:40] "Stupid Cupid" Right or Wrong Capitol Records ST 1596 1962 Wanda doing a great job putting her vocal stylings to this Neil Sedaka classic. Fórn [47:54] "Ritual Ascension through a Weeping Soul" Rites of Despair Gilead Media RELIC90 2018 Some quality heavy doomy stuff from the Boston-based band. Music behind the DJ: "Brazil" by Billy Mure
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo, Part 2
Apr 26 2023
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo, Part 2
Usnea [00:37] "Lying in Ruin" Random Cosmic Violence Relapse Records RR7280 2014 Sophomore outing from this Portland-based death/doom metal band, on lovely bone white & blue splatter vinyl. Disc one, side one, track one. Named after everyone's favorite fruticose lichen (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usnea). Stray Cats [13:32] "Something's Wrong with My Radio" Rant n' Rave with the Stray Cats EMI America SO-17102 1983 Whole lotta pickin goin on. The waning days of that particular rockabilly revival. Ray Charles [16:07] "I Got a Woman" The Ray Charles Story Volume One Atlantic 8063 1962 An early 60s Ray Charles comp. "I've Got a Woman" lays the groundwork for "What I'd Say". Ray Charles [19:01] "Rockhouse" The Ray Charles Story Volume Two Atlantic 8064 1962 A fine instrumental demonstrating some excellent r&b chops. Mariyu Takeuchi [23:00] "ドリーム・オブ・ユー~レモンライムの青い風~" Re-Collection RCA RHL-8816 1984 If Google Translate isn't steering me wrong, this track translates to "Dream of You - Lemon Lime Blue Wind". Seems like 7-Up might want to look into a new flavor. Boris Karloff [27:55] "The Princess and the Pea" Reads The Ugly Duckling and other Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. Caedmon Records TC 1109 1959 Delightfully read by Mr. Karloff of course. First published in May of 1835. John Lee Hooker [30:16] "Boom Boom" The Real Blues Tradition Everest TR 2089 1970 Arguably the canonical John Lee Hooker song. Taj Mahal [32:50] "Going Up To The Country And Paint My Mailbox Blue" The Real Thing Columbia G 30619 1971 Recorded live in New York at the Fillmore East on February 13, 1971. Featuring not one not two not three but four... four tubas! Igor Stravinsky [36:07] "Fanfare for Two Trumpets/The Owl and the Pussy-Cat" Recent Stravinsky Conducted by the Composer Columbia Masterworks ML 6454 1967 Featuring a cover illustation of the maestro by one of my favorite artists, Alberto Giacometti. R.E.M. [41:12] "Harborcoat" Reckoning I.R.S. Records SP70044 1984 Please. Find my harborcoat. I can't go outside without it. The bands second full length album and their last with the excellent producer Mitch Easter. The Records [45:06] "Starry Eyes" The Records Virgin VA 13130 1979 _Power pop doesn't get much better than this. Skinny ties and all. (https://youtu.be/8TUepa0yfyw) Originally released in the UK as Shades in Bed, but retitled and reordered as The Records for North America. _ Willie Nelson [49:27] "Time of the Preacher" Red Headed Stranger Columbia KC 33482 1975 (1979 Terre Haute repress) Side one track ones don't get much better than this. New York Dolls [51:54] "Ain't Got No Home/Dizzy Miss Lizzy" Red Patent Leather Earmark 40018 2003 (originally released in 1984 on Fan Club.) The beautiful chaos of the live Dolls. Recorded live at the Little Hippodrome Club in NYC on March 2, 1975. Not only is there a wonderful documentary on bassist Arthur Kane (https://youtu.be/7j89-oIszO0), Martin Scorcese has just released a documentary on David Johansen (https://youtu.be/qu8oFJ-eu2c) which I can't wait to watch. Music behind the DJ: "Hang 'Em High" by Booker T and the MGs
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo
Feb 26 2023
Albums and All That, Starting with the letter R as in Romeo
George Jones [00:22] "Time Changes Everything" The Race Is On United Artists UAS 6422 1965 A very George Jones take on this Bob Wills/Tommy Duncan classic. Nadja [03:58] "Now I Am Become Death, Destroyer of Worlds" Radiance of Shadows Conspiracy Records CORE064 2008 My gateway drug for Nadja. I had read a review of this album which mentioned a new concept to me: ambient doom. I ordered the CD and the next thing I knew I was hooked. Fifteen years later I am still enthralled. Big Star [25:39] "O My Soul" Radio City Big Beat Records WIK 54 1986 (original release Ardent ADS-1501 1974) Mono, man! Side one track one from this outstanding follow up to their debut #1 Record. And if you've never seen the documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me (https://youtu.be/gxAbkqRGxqY), I can recommend it if you think you might be interested. Poppa John Gordy [31:15] "Tip Toe through the Tulips with Me" Ragtime Piano RCA Victor LPM-1060 1955 Yup, that's some ragtime piano all right. Made famous by Nick Lucas in an early the early talkie hit movie Gold Diggers of Broadway (https://youtu.be/0-MPTrWJ1uM). John Williams [33:12] "The Map Room: Dawn" Raiders of the Lost Ark - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Columbia JS 37373 1981 My favorite scene from the film, and favorite music cue of the soundtrack. Tom Waits [37:09] "Tango Till They're Sore" Rain Dogs Island Records 90299-1 1985 The album that was my gateway to the world of Tom Waits. B.J. Thomas [41:27] "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Scepter Records SKAO 93045 1969 Fare thee well, Burt Bacharach. For those of you who prefer streaming music services, you'll find this song under B.J. Thomas, not Burt Bacharach or the Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid soundtrack. The more you know. Nat King Cole [44:31] "Your Cheatin' Heart" Ramblin' Rose Capitol Records ST-1793 1965 (orignal release 1962) Perhaps Nat was taking a cue from Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music? Jimmy Buffett [46:59] "Rancho Deluxe (End Title)" Rancho Deluxe United Artists Records UA-LA466 1975 I actually dig this soundtrack quite a bit. The film is a neo-western with a script by Tom McGuane. It is very much of its time, but if you can get past that, there are some excellent performances from Harry Dean Stanton, Slim Pickens, and Charlene Dallas. And you can see Jimmy Buffett and band performing in a bar scene that features Jeff Bridges and Harry Dean Stanton playing Pong (https://youtu.be/d_p4NsgH05E). Music behind the DJ: "Tumblin' Tumbleweeds" by Lawrence Welk
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