Archive for November 2013

Episode #48: The Land We Belong to Is Grand

Friday, November 29th, 2013

We delay our Thanksgiving dinner long enough to feed your craving for music. We have a music box, cover tunes, movie music, show tunes, and classic instrumentals. We praise tobacco, bathrooms, hair, pinball, and ghettos (just kidding about that last one). We have country and hip-hop and folk and rock and we have Petula singing in French—again!

But you’ve been here before so you know all this. Download us, please. Tell your friends. “Why are you telling me?” “I’m telling EVERYONE.”

(0:00:00) Our Music Box — Funeral March of the Marionettes
(0:01:33) Your DJs Speak
(0:05:37) Petula Clark — Viens avec moi (I Know a Place)
(0:08:19) Dark Dark Dark — In Your Dreams
(0:11:35) Cyndi Lauper — If You Go Away
(0:16:03) Kina Grannis — Blood Bank
(0:19:12) Your DJs Speak
(0:23:48) Sid Siegel (composer) — My Bathroom (from the American Standard Industrial Musical The Bathrooms Are Coming (1969))
(0:26:56) The Youngbloods — She Came in Through the Bathroom Window
(0:30:38) George Jones — The Race Is On
(0:32:46) Garrison Starr feat. PJ Pacifico — Gin and Juice
(0:36:38) Your DJs Speak
(0:43:15) Pete Townshend — Pinball Wizard (demo for Tommy (1970))
(0:46:58) Don Dacus, Treat Williams, Dorsey Wright — Hair (from the motion picture Hair (1979))
(0:49:42) Gordon MacRae, Charlotte Greenwood, James Whitmore, Shirley Jones, Jay C. Flippen, Mixed Chorus — Oklahoma (from the motion picture Oklahoma! (1955))
(0:53:00) Willie Hutch — Theme of Foxy Brown (from Foxy Brown (1974))
(0:55:24) Your DJs Speak
(0:59:24) Floyd Cramer — Last Date
(1:01:51) The Band — Jawbone
(1:06:20) Dolly Parton — In the Ghetto
(1:09:07) The Flying Burrito Brothers — To Love Somebody
(1:12:26) Your DJs Speak
(1:14:22) Kent Cigarettes — To a Smoker It’s a Kent (Skier, Boxer, Sheriff, Jockey, Traveler, Landlord)
(1:15:21) Kenneth Nelson, Jerry Orbach — I Can See It (from The Fantasticks (1960))
(1:19:26) DMX — Ruff Ryders' Anthem
(1:23:01) Your DJs Speak
(1:26:46) Lorenzo Music and Henrietta Music (composers) — Home to Emily (Theme to The Bob Newhart Show)
(1:27:49) Your DJs Speak One More Time, Briefly

Episode #47: Sugar Is Sweet and So Is Maple Syrple

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

We start our second year (it’s been that long!) with the usual hodgepodge. A morose French choir leads us into jazz and movie music and soul and a MAD flexi-disc. The Beach Boys bicker, the Beasties pronounce. We have covers, we have tobacco, we have Bob and Ray! There’s some 1980s punky stuff in there, a hit from Roger Miller, the a cappella genius of Steve Martin, a short-but-punchy TV theme, and even more.

We could elaborate. No, we’re done talking. We’re still doing this because it’s still fun. You’ll agree if you listen.

(0:00:00) Bruno Coulais — Vois sur ton chemin (from Les choristes (2004))
(0:02:17) Your DJs Speak
(0:03:27) Hartman’s Heartbreakers with Betty Lou — Let Me Play with It
(0:06:22) Fats Waller — I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
(0:09:53) King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopaters — Deep Henderson
(0:12:56) Thelonious Monk — Hackensack
(0:17:08) Your DJs Speak
(0:19:52) Ruby Keeler, Clarence Nordstrom, Ginger Rogers, Una Merkel, Chorus — Shuffle Off to Buffalo (from 42nd Street (1933))
(0:24:40) Otis Redding — Come to Me
(0:27:46) Norm Blagman and Sam Bobrick — She Lets Me Watch Her Mom and Pop Fight (from MAD Magazine, 1962)
(0:30:05) Cody Chesnutt — The Seed
(0:33:30) Your DJs Speak
(0:37:14) The Beach Boys — “Cassius” Love vs. “Sonny” Wilson
(0:40:43) Beastie Boys — The Blue Nun
(0:41:15) Beastie Boys — Pass the Mic
(0:45:32) Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten — Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
(0:49:20) Best Coast — Rhiannon
(0:52:25) Your DJs Speak
(0:55:18) Kent Cigarettes — To a Smoker It’s a Kent (Trainer, Angler, Lady, Miner, Damsel, Alumni)
(0:56:17) Bob and Ray — Your Sanitation Department in Action
(0:59:45) Michelle Pfeiffer — Cool Rider (from Grease 2 (1982))
(1:03:23) Suzi Quatro — 48 Crash
(1:07:16) Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Sheena Is a Punk Rocker
(1:09:51) Your DJs Speak
(1:12:58) Roger Miller — Dang Me
(1:14:46) Conway Twitty — Rocky Top
(1:17:32) Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers — Atheists Don’t Have No Songs
(1:21:23) Dr. Dog — My Old Ways
(1:24:53) Your DJs Speak
(1:27:44) Robert Duncan — Castle (Closing Theme)

Episode #46: We’ve Got a Little Cat and We’re Very Fond of That

Friday, November 15th, 2013

This week we start with a British Music Hall classic and ease into a crooner set, a country set, and a rap set. We have movie music from Dylan, the final (so far) version of Eydie’s big hit, and Miriam Makeba’s big hit. Mixed in there you can hear some indie this-and-that, a little Bob and Ray, and the new song that all the kids seem to love. Rounding it out are some jazz instrumentals and another great TV theme.

We think you’ll have more fun listening to it than reading about it. Plunge right in, please.

(0:00:00) Jessie Matthews — Daddy Wouldn’t Buy Me a Bow-Wow (from Evergreen (1934))
(0:02:37) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:19) She and Him — I Put a Spell on You
(0:07:10) Bing Crosby — The Lullaby of Broadway
(0:09:55) Frank Sinatra with Dagmar — Mama Will Bark
(0:12:51) Dean Martin — You Belong to Me
(0:15:52) Your DJs Speak
(0:19:04) Lennon and Maisy Stella — A Life That’s Good (from Nashville)
(0:22:25) Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert — We Were Us
(0:25:36) Emmylou Harris — Sweet Dreams of You
(0:29:41) Lady Antebellum — Just a Kiss
(0:33:18) Your DJs Speak
(0:36:56) Kent Cigarettes — To a Smoker It’s a Kent (New Bride, Singer, Party, Golfer, Batter, Hero)
(0:37:55) Ylvis — What Does the Fox Say?
(0:41:27) Raekwon and Inspectah Deck (Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles) — C.R.E.A.M.
(0:44:49) Bob and Ray — US Post Office Public Service Announcement
(0:45:17) Professor Elemental — I’m British
(0:48:16) A Tribe Called Quest — Award Tour
(0:52:02) Your DJs Speak
(0:56:19) Bob Dylan — Turkey Chase (from Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973))
(0:59:57) Man Man — Shameless
(1:06:42) Eydie Gormé — Colpa Della Bossa Nova
(1:09:10) Miriam Makeba — Pata Pata
(1:12:09) Your DJs Speak
(1:16:00) Bert Kaempfert — Happy Trumpeter
(1:18:37) Bud Powell — Over the Rainbow
(1:21:34) Your DJs Speak
(1:24:15) Bob Cobert — Password (Theme)

Episode #45: Our Left Shoe’s on Our Right Foot, Our Right Shoe’s on Our Left

Friday, November 8th, 2013

We’ve broken 90 minutes, that’s it, all bets are off. Too much music and too much talk: you get it all. You’ll hear the song that Kent stole, more Django, a rarity from Snoop Dogg, and a tearjerker from 1948. We have a set that’s all women except for Gordon Lightfoot. Nichols and May exchange barbs, James Brown shouts, Bobby Bare covers Shel Silverstein, and Kenny Rogers does what he does. You’ll hear a show tune from Doris Day, a pop-tune cover from a video game soundtrack, a little Frenchie set with Chevalier, Piaf, and Martha Wainwright channeling Piaf, plus some choral music from a French movie. And Puffin’ Billy puffs us over the hour-and-a-half marker. All while we chatter away.

The answer to your question (“Should I listen to this?”) is “Yes, of course you should.”

(0:00:00) Ray Conniff — Happiness Is
(0:02:11) Your DJs Speak
(0:07:52) Le Quintette du Hot Club de France et les cuivres (Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli) — Mabel
(0:12:00) Snoop Doggy Dogg — Gz Up, Hoes Down
(0:14:24) Isaac Hayes — The Look of Love
(0:17:42) T. Texas Tyler — Dad Gave My Dog Away
(0:20:22) Your DJs Speak
(0:23:32) Gordon Lightfoot — The Pony Man
(0:27:15) Sharon Van Etten — One Day
(0:31:58) Sam Phillips — I Don’t Know How to Say Goodbye to You
(0:35:16) Birdy — Without a Word
(0:39:59) Your DJs Speak
(0:44:20) Mike Nichols and Elaine May — Mother and Son
(0:50:50) James Brown — Living in America (from Rocky IV (1985))
(0:55:33) Bobby Bare — Sylvia’s Mother
(0:59:30) Kenny Rogers — Love Will Turn You Around (from Six Pack (1982))
(1:03:09) Doris Day, David Rose and Orchestra — A Bushel and a Peck
(1:05:58) Ben Kweller — Lollipop
(1:08:12) Maurice Chevalier — Mimi (from Love Me Tonight (1932))
(1:10:38) Édith Piaf — Comme Moi
(1:13:37) Martha Wainwright — L’accordéoniste
(1:17:41) Bruno Coulais — In memoriam (from Les Choristes (2004))
(1:21:03) Your DJs Speak
(1:28:58) Edward White and the Melodi Light Orchestra — Puffin’ Billy (Theme to Captain Kangaroo)

Episode #44: First You’ve Got to Throw It

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Our longest show ever (again). We have show tunes and TV music, autumnal music (acoustic and jazz and Belafonte), tears from Judy, and cover tunes. You’ll hear piano jazz from Nina Simone and Vince Guaraldi, a lovely 17th-century Italian dance, and Scala’s choral version of that theme from that British TV show (why can’t they do Coronation Street?). There are bald-faced Top 40 hits and a Gershwin tune played by Gershwin himself. You’ll hear funk and disco and hip-hop, a George-Martin-produced novelty from someone’s (first) childhood, and more.

Through it all we talk and talk, blah, blah, blah. We need to shut up before we break the 90-minute barrier. Beyond that there be dragons.

  1. Adnia Rice, Peggy Mondo, Elaine Swann, Helen Raymond, Martha Flynn, Robert Preston, The Buffalo Bills — Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little/Goodnight Ladies (from The Music Man)
  2. Mike Marshall and Chris Thile — Harvest Time
  3. Charlie Parker — Autumn in New York
  4. Vince Guaraldi Trio — Thanksgiving Theme
  5. Harry Belafonte — Christmas Is Coming
  6. Judy Garland and the MGM Orchestra — Toto Brings News (extended version)/Over the Rainbow (reprise, outtake) (from The Wizard of Oz)
  7. Cranberries — (They Long to Be) Close to You
  8. Scala and Kolacny Brothers — Did I Make the Most of Loving You (theme from Downton Abbey)
  9. King Creosote and Jon Hopkins — Bats in the Attic
  10. Kenneth Nelson, Rita Gardner — They Were You (from The Fantasticks)
  11. Nina Simone — I Put a Spell on You
  12. George Gershwin — Someone to Watch Over Me
  13. Nas — The World Is Yours
  14. Piffaro — La Parma (comp. Giorgio Mainerio)
  15. Archie Bell and The Drells — Tighten Up
  16. The Vogues — Five O’Clock World
  17. Edison Lighthouse — Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
  18. Charlie Drake — My Boomerang Won’t Come Back
  19. Bran Van 3000 — Cum On Feel the Noize
  20. Blondie — Atomic
  21. Parliament — Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)
  22. David Buttolph — Theme from Maverick