Archive for October 2013

Episode #43: Not Louisiana, Paris France, New York, or Rome

Friday, October 25th, 2013

One TV song, one show tune, and no movie music at all: an unusual week. But we have cigarette commercials, Kate and Anna, Rufus covering a song of Anna’s, Stan Freberg, an early recording by Sandy Denny, The Beastie Boys, and some embarrassingly well-known 60s, 70s and 80s hits. We don’t neglect the 20s and 30s (Ukulele Ike, Django), we have a little indie this-and-that, and we even play some music from this calendar year (Pink Martini, Mike Doughty). And as usual there’s a little more (spot the reference to Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat).

You’re still here and so are we.

  1. Salem Cigarettes — You Can Take Salem Out of the Country
  2. Ian Matthews — Morgan the Pirate
  3. Buffalo Springfield — Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
  4. Sandy Denny and The Strawbs — Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
  5. Neil Young — Only Love Can Break Your Heart
  6. Pink Martini with Rufus Wainwright and The Von Trapps — Kitty Come Home
  7. Ray Lamontagne — All the Wild Horses
  8. Kate and Anna McGarrigle — En filant ma quenouille
  9. Beastie Boys — Hold It Now, Hit It
  10. Kent Cigarettes — To a Smoker It’s a Kent (Sailor, Whaler, Circus, Flyer, Baker, Actor)
  11. Stan Freberg — I’ve Got You Under My Skin
  12. Quintette du Hot Club de France (Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli) — Jeepers Creepers
  13. Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike) — Red Hot Mamma
  14. Jim Guthrie — Toy Computer
  15. Eddie Hodges — Gary, Indiana (from The Music Man)
  16. The Jackson 5 — I Want You Back
  17. Mike Doughty — So Far I Have Not Found the Science
  18. Delays — Long Time Coming
  19. The Bangles — Going Down to Liverpool
  20. Madonna — Into the Groove (Immaculate Conception Remix)
  21. Jared Faber — The Mr. Men Show (Theme)

Episode #42: Just Once More, We’re Sure You’ll Like It This Time

Friday, October 18th, 2013

This week we combine disarray with precision. We open with a Shel Silverstein cover and move on to movie music by a man who can't sing and more movie music by another man who can. Mary Hopkin covers Donovan, The Buckinghams cover Cannonball Adderley, and we have an all-Liverpudlian set. Then some space-age bachelor-pad music from Esquivel, some post-Wu-Tang ODB, pseudo-retro French pop from Jessica Paré, and Feist's big hit (sans video, sorry).

Our big gimmick is that you get to hear the same two songs (but they're great songs!) over and over again, played by different artists. Two songs, eight artists. We're sure you'll love it. We think you might. We hope you do. We wonder if you will. You're still here, right?

Add a little sports talk, a couple of tangents, and some whiny TV music, and how can you resist all that? No need to. Give it a try.

  1. My Morning Jacket — 26 Second Song
  2. Lee Marvin — Wand'rin' Star (from Paint Your Wagon (1969))
  3. Gene Pitney — Town Without Pity (from Town Without Pity (1961))
  4. Mary Hopkin — Voyage of the Moon
  5. The Buckinghams — Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  6. The Searchers — Take Me for What I'm Worth
  7. The Beatles — Misery
  8. Gerry and the Pacemakers — La La La
  9. Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas — From a Window
  10. Esquivel — Who's Sorry Now?
  11. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Kelis — Got Your Money
  12. Jessica Paré — Zou Bisou Bisou
  13. Feist — 1 2 3 4
  14. Patti Page — Mockin' Bird Hill
  15. Louis Armstrong — I Can't Give You Anything but Love
  16. Les Paul and Mary Ford — Mockin' Bird Hill
  17. Judy Garland — I Can't Give You Anything but Love
  18. Burl Ives — Mockin' Bird Hill
  19. Billie Holiday — I Can't Give You Anything but Love
  20. Maria Muldaur — Mockin' Bird Hill
  21. Mel Tormé — I Can't Give You Anything but Love
  22. W. G. "Snuffy" Walden and Stewart Levin — thirtysomething (Theme)

Episode #41: We Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere but Please Don’t Fence Us In

Monday, October 14th, 2013

This week we have some calypso and we have some Delta blues, we have Phyllis Diller, we have teenagers. We cover Porter and cover over Lightfoot, we push tobacco over cocaine. You'll hear beat poetry and chipmunks (we got 'em all cha-cha'ing and wrecking the song), fabulous instrumentals, Genghis Khan and his brother Don. We present the funk and we present music from movies and TV. We have subway music, we consider dimples, we approve both coffee and tea, and we play a little French Petula.

It's the same old stuff we always have. You know you love it. Please check it out.

  1. Kent Cigarettes — To a Smoker It's a Kent (Goalie, Surfer, Colonel, Gourmet, Cowboy, Hostess)
  2. Susan Cagle — Shakespeare (Japanese Version)
  3. Rachael Yamagata — I WIsh You Love (from Prime (2003))
  4. Pink Martini featuring Phyllis Diller — Smile
  5. Lily and Madeleine — Sea of Love
  6. Marie Bryant — Don't Touch Me Tomato
  7. Diana Coupland — Under the Mango Tree (from Dr. No (1962))
  8. Petula Clark — Ya Ya Twist
  9. Pato Banton — Don't Sniff Coke
  10. Rosemary Clooney with Thurl Ravenscroft — Where Will the Dimple Be
  11. Allen Ginsberg — Pull My Daisy
  12. David Seville and The Chipmunks — Alvin's Harmonica
  13. Bob Dylan — You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  14. Bo Carter — My Pencil Won't Write No More
  15. Positive Force — We Got the Funk
  16. Richard Thompson — Java Jive
  17. David Byrne — Don't Fence Me In
  18. The Three Suns — Canadian Sunset
  19. Gordon Lightfoot — Carefree Highway
  20. Peter, Paul and Mary — For Lovin' Me
  21. Judy Collins — Early Morning Rain
  22. Barry Gray (vocal by Mike Sammes) — Supercar (Theme)

Episode #40: Down on Your Heels, Up on Your Toes

Friday, October 4th, 2013

This week our usual jumble includes a little Stax and Motown, classic country from Skeeter and Porter and the Statlers, jazz from Mingus and from Roland Kirk, monster hits from America and Ice Cube and Them (whoever Them are), girl pop from Sue Thompson and Connie Francis, Sam Phillips covering herself, and poetry from Ernie Kovacs. Ruth Etting tells us how to dance, Harry Nilsson tells us to buy his album, and pianist George Winston calms us down. And there's even a little more.

It will please us if you listen. See how we're smiling in our picture? Please download us.

  1. Jay Ward — Rocky and His Friends (instrumental opening theme)
  2. Sam Phillips — I Don't Want to Fall in Love (2009 strings version)
  3. Carla Thomas — I'll Bring It Home to You
  4. Skeeter Davis and Porter Wagoner — A Little Bitty Tear
  5. Mary Wells — The One Who Really Loves You
  6. The Statler Brothers — Flowers on the Wall
  7. America — Ventura Highway
  8. Harry Nilsson — Buy My Album
  9. Ice Cube — It Was a Good Day
  10. Percy Dovetonsils (Ernie Kovacs) — Thoughts While Falling Off the Empire State Building
  11. Them — Here Comes the Night
  12. Sue Thompson — Norman
  13. Connie Francis — Who's Sorry Now
  14. George Winston — Graceful Ghost
  15. Band of Horses — Part One
  16. Richard Thompson — Walking the Long Miles Home
  17. The Band — Ophelia
  18. Ruth Etting — Varsity Drag
  19. Charlie Mingus — Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
  20. Rahsaan Roland Kirk — Volunteered Slavery
  21. The JBs — Pass the Peas
  22. Mimi and Richard Fariña — Downtown (instrumental)