Archive for March 2013

Episode #15: Jazzy Ladies and Pretty Young Things

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Our sets this week include numbers recorded before you were born by jazzy ladies with beautiful voices as well as more recent recordings by famous Brits most of whom are still alive.  We also have cover tunes, a Eurovision Song Contest winner, Bollywood soundtrack music, Hawaiian steel guitar, coconuts (some as big as your head), a song that's had six million views on YouTube, and a selection from what was at one time the best-selling album in history.  And we end with an instrumental by one of The Men from U.N.C.L.E. (though they weren't real uncles).

We're already plotting what comes next.  You will benefit from our plotting.

  1. Ruth Etting — It All Depends on You
  2. Peggy Lee — Them There Eyes
  3. Dinah Shore — Blues in the Night
  4. Billie Holiday — Sugar
  5. Paul McCartney — Man We Was Lonely
  6. Paul McCartney — Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  7. Herman's Hermits — A Must to Avoid
  8. Peter and Gordon — A World Without Love
  9. Joni Mitchell — Why Do Falls Fall in Love?
  10. Kalyanji & Anandji Shah — The Great Gambler
  11. Sal Hoopii's Quartet — Hula Girl
  12. Danny Kaye — I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts
  13. Kate Bush — Rubberband Girl
  14. Michael Jackson — P. Y. T. (Pretty Young Thing)
  15. Lena Meyer-Landrut — Satellite
  16. Mandy Moore — Umbrella
  17. Katy Perry — Hackensack
  18. The Thrills — Santa Cruz (You're Not That Far)
  19. David McCallum — The Edge
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Episode #14: Our Eyes Light Up and Our Tummies Say Howdy!

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

It's nice that Spring is here but it has nothing to do with our choices this time which include soul, jazz in more than one flavor, TV music, movie music (some of it a cappella), Celtic harp, and one or two good old pop tunes.  We have a Wizard of Oz outtake, at least one show tune, and several duets, but no opera (this time).

We're having fun.  We hope it shows.

  1. Petra Haden — The Planet Krypton/Main Title Theme (from Superman: The Movie)
  2. Alexandre Desplat — The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 2: Smoke/Fire (from Moonrise Kingdom)
  3. Sileas — Beating Harps
  4. Cab Calloway and His Orchestra — Jitter Bug
  5. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Buddy Ebsen, Bert Lahr — The Jitterbug (outtake) (from The Wizard of Oz)
  6. Stan Kenton and His Orchestra (vocal: June Christy) — Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy
  7. Blossom Dearie — Surrey with the Fringe on Top
  8. Bettye Swann — (My Heart Is) Closed for the Season
  9. Rahsaan Roland Kirk — One Ton
  10. The Bobbettes — Mr. Lee
  11. Billy West — …I Hope He Stays in Germany…
  12. Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret — You're the Boss (from Viva Las Vegas)
  13. Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa (feat. Mike Posner) — French Inhale (from Mac and Devin Go to High School)
  14. Eydie Gormé — Blame It on the Bossa Nova
  15. Manu Chao — Welcome to Tijuana
  16. Henry Mancini — It Had Better Be Tonight (instrumental) (from The Pink Panther)
  17. Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox (vocal: Cyndi Grecco) — Theme to Laverne and Shirley (Making Our Dreams Come True)
  18. Bongos, Bass, and Bob (vocal: Penn Jillette and Julie Brown) — Jackson
  19. Alexander — Truth
  20. Barry Gray (vocal: Don Spencer) — I Wish I Was a Spaceman (Fireball XL5 closing theme)
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Episode #13: Birling Down White Water

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

We have a big bag of Assorted Varieties this time around. Mixed in with our usual well-loved pop tunes you'll find opera, classical, pipe organ, choral music, novelties, movie music, TV music, foreign languages (most of them French), and a couple of audience recordings including a wonderful live version of "The Log Driver's Waltz" by Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

It's also our longest episode to date. This is fun. Please raise your hands so we can count you—it's hard to tell how many of you are out there.

  1. Milton Charles, the Singing Organist — Crying for the Carolines (from Spooney Melodies (1930))
  2. Roy Ayers — We Live in Brooklyn, Baby
  3. The Moody Blues — Floating
  4. David Bowie — The Laughing Gnome
  5. Epsom Chamber Choir — Ding Dong Merrily on High
  6. Mady Mesplé and Danielle Millet — "Viens, Mallika" [The Flower Duet] (from Lakmé by Léo Delibes)
  7. Emma Kirkby — Sheep may safely graze
  8. The Books — That Right Ain't...
  9. Fairport Convention — Si tu dois partir
  10. Melanie — Ring the Living Bell
  11. Kate and Anna McGarrigle — The Log Driver's Waltz (live in Nepean, Ontario, 1999-11-06)
  12. Belle and Sebastian — I'm a Cuckoo (live at the Hollywood Bowl, 2006-07-06)
  13. The Bird and the Bee — Again and Again (Hotel Room Bossanova Version)
  14. The Roots — The Day
  15. The Vogues — You're the One
  16. The Buckinghams — Kind of a Drag
  17. Petula Clark — You're the One
  18. Cass Elliott — Make Your Own Kind of Music
  19. Barry Gray (vocal by Guy Marly) — Fusée XL5 (Fireball XL5 closing theme)
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Episode #12: She Wore a Brand New Jersey

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

We're back together in the same studio this week and it shows.  We're always heavy on pop tunes (our favorite!) but especially so this time.  Our choices include some very new pop, some interesting covers,  some old favorites from both of our childhoods, some instrumental-only tunes, and, well, Bob and Ray!

This makes an even dozen episodes for us, enough that now we have to start worrying "Did we play that already?"  Did we?  I don't think so.  Not yet. The hits just keep on coming.

  1. Carey’s Problem — Led Zepplin
  2. Mini Pops — Stupid Cupid
  3. Jenny O. — I’m Gonna Love You Too
  4. Otis Redding — (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
  5. Stompin’ Tom Connors — Moon-Man Newfie
  6. Das Racist — Hahahaha JK?
  7. Bob and Ray — The Komodo Dragon
  8. Pavement — Stereo
  9. Walk Off the Earth — I Knew You Were Trouble
  10. Joe Jackson — Is She Really Going Out With Him?
  11. Skeeter Davis — I Can’t Stay Mad at You
  12. Maria McKee — My Lonely Sad Eyes
  13. Perry Como — Delaware
  14. Led Zeppelin — Going to California
  15. Stephen Bennett — You Really Got Me
  16. Van Morrison — Slim Slow Slider
  17. Peggy Lee — I Don’t Want to Play in Your Yard
  18. Guided by Voices — Awful Bliss
  19. Dr. Dre — Pause 4 Porno
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Episode #11: Wider Than a Mile

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Though we couldn't be together in the same place this week we still managed to produce a two-studios episode of Full Duplex Radio, technically imperfect but worth our while and worth yours too even if we do say so ourselves.

This time we're heavy on pop tunes and on foreigners but we don't skimp on instrumental tunes, nor on TV music, movie music, goofy cover tunes, or Burt Bacharach. There are no rules but some things just keep coming up because we like them.

  1. Vanessa Paradis — Tandem
  2. Serge Gainsbourg — Bloody Jack
  3. Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg — Je t’aime (moi non plus)
  4. Gillian Hills — Zou Bisou Bisou
  5. P. Bonneau — Number 6 Chops Down the Tree [Tropical Forest] (from The Prisoner)
  6. Booker T. and the M.G.’s — Groovin’
  7. Anita Carter — (Love’s) Ring of Fire
  8. Johnny Cash — Hey Porter
  9. Les Reines Prochaines — Opfer dieses Liedes (Wicked Game)
  10. Julee Cruise — Summer Kisses, Winter Tears
  11. The Go-Go’s — We Got the Beat
  12. Scandal — Goodbye to You
  13. Richard and John Contiguglia — Country Gardens (two pianos, four hands)
  14. The Avalanches — Since I Left You
  15. The Raveonettes — Last Dance
  16. A Tribe Called Quest — Electric Relaxation
  17. Audrey Hepburn — Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  18. Dionne Warwick — Make It Easy on Yourself
  19. B. Mossman and Bob Doyle — Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! (Closing Theme)
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