Archive for February 2013

Episode #10: Did They Really Get Pinned?

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

It's Oscar Weekend and we try to avoid doing a program of movie music, but we fail. We slip in a few ringers but otherwise it's wall-to-wall movie music—why fight it?

We have music from the Dawn of Sound, Ann-Margret in stereo singing and dancing in front of a blue screen (can you see her?), lovers upset to be separating, Oscar-winning songs and composers, black private dicks, kid stuff and grown-up stuff. And we end with what we both think is one of the most beautiful songs ever to be sung in a movie.

We got your theme show right here.

  1. Maurice Chevalier — Sweeping the Clouds Away (from Paramount on Parade (1930))
  2. José Bartel and Danielle Licari — La gare (Guy s'en va) (from Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1963))
  3. Ann-Margret and Columbia Studio Orchestra — Bye Bye Birdie/Opening Credits/Overture (from Bye Bye Birdie (1963))
  4. Simon and Garfunkel — Mrs. Robinson (from The Graduate (1967))
  5. Frank Weir and His Orchestra — The Happy Wanderer
  6. Bobby Horton — Dixie
  7. Leo Kottke — Watermelon
  8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience — Little Miss Strange
  9. Hans Conried — The Dressing Song (from The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1952))
  10. Phantom Planet — Somebody's Baby (from Not Another Teen Movie (2001))
  11. Richard O'Brien — The Time Warp (instrumental) (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975))
  12. Isaac Hayes — Theme from Shaft (Live at the Sahara Tahoe) (from Shaft (1971))
  13. Janet Gaynor — Sunny Side Up (from Sunny Side Up (1929))
  14. B. J. Thomas — Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969))
  15. The Kids from Bye Bye Birdie — The Telephone Hour (from Bye Bye Birdie (1963))
  16. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson — It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp (from Hustle and Flow (2005))
  17. Judy Garland — Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz (1939))

Episode #9: It’s Not as Cold as You Think

Monday, February 18th, 2013

A freezing holiday weekend provides us another opportunity to play DJ for each other and for any eavesdroppers.  This time around we have a healthy mixture of jazz tunes and pop tunes, scratchy sounds and pristine sounds, mono and stereo, and we even play—not for the last time, you can be sure—music from the 17th century.

We're on a roll here.

  1. King Oliver — When I Take My Sugar to Tea
  2. Louis Armstrong — Cheesecake
  3. James P. Johnson — Cryin’ for the Carolines
  4. Nina Simone — Four Women
  5. Harry Nilsson — Without Her
  6. Amilia K. Spicer — Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  7. Ian and Sylvia — You Were on My Mind
  8. The Troggs — With a Girl Like You
  9. The King’s Noyse with Paul O'Dette — Nottingham ale
  10. Joanna Newsom — Peach, Plum, Pear
  11. Joanie Sommers — Johnny Get Angry
  12. B.o.B featuring Rivers Cuomo — Magic
  13. Blossom Dearie — My New Celebrity Is You
  14. Candi Staton — The Best Thing You Ever Had
  15. HoneyHoney — Little Toy Gun
  16. Gorillaz — Kids with Guns
  17. Vince Guaraldi — Alma-Ville
  18. The Ventures — Sunny
  19. Frank Zappa — Lumpy Gravy Part 2 (Finale)

Episode #8: It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes Us to Make You Cry

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

For Valentine's Day we present an overtly-themed program, dark but appealing: sad songs. A song can seem "sad" for many reasons: its lyrics, its delivery, its history, or maybe just because it's in a minor key.

We include songs that make us sad, songs that made someone else sad, songs that someone thought sounded sad. Temperance songs, songs of lost love, songs originally sung by frogs. Songs from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Entertainingly morose music. But for our finale we shatter the dark mood as we end with a tune so happy that it has the word "happy" in its title.

  1. Charley Vaughn — Father’s a Drunkard and Mother Is Dead
  2. Wu-Tang Clan — Hollow Bones
  3. The Beatles — Things We Said Today
  4. Joan Baez — Sweet Sir Galahad
  5. Kate McGarrigle — Go Leave
  6. Wilco — Either Way
  7. Linda Ronstadt — Long, Long Time
  8. Willie Nelson — The Rainbow Connection
  9. Jan DeGaetani, Leslie Quinn and Gilbert Kalish — Gentle Annie
  10. Billie Holiday — Gloomy Sunday
  11. Steve Earle — Valentine’s Day
  12. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young — Helpless
  13. De Dannan — Teddy O’Neill
  14. Sarah Siskind — Lovin’s for Fools
  15. Alex Parks — Mad World
  16. Charlie Parker — Lover Man
  17. Bert Kaempfert — That Happy Feeling

Episode #7: Us and Our Shadow

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

We manage not to mention Groundhog Day even once (except here) as we present our longest program yet, perhaps longer because we just can't shut up about the music. This time we lean toward quieter sets and jazzier sets and piano sets but you'll still find a few Golden Oldies and even a little music from the 21st Century. Music for kids of all ages.

Still nothing that could be called a "theme" but wait'll you see what we come up with next. We've been busy.

  1. The Incredible String Band — Black Jack Davy
  2. The Civil Wars — Barton Hollow
  3. Metric — Breathing Underwater (Acoustic)
  4. Syd Matters — To All of You
  5. Patti Page — New York’s My Home
  6. Nas — N.Y. State of Mind
  7. The Ran-Dells — The Martian Hop
  8. Danny and the Juniors — At the Hop
  9. Kellogg’s Raisin Bran — The Raisunniest Bran Under the Sun
  10. Roger Miller — Whistle Stop
  11. Spoon — Written in Reverse
  12. Tom Jones — Just Dropped In
  13. Classics IV — Spooky
  14. Leonard Pennario — Rialto Ripples
  15. Blossom Dearie — Tea for Two
  16. Whispering Jack Smith — My Blue Heaven
  17. Chet Baker — My Old Flame
  18. Louis Armstrong — Do You Know What it Means to Miss New Orleans?