Archive for February 2014

Episode #61: Let’s All Congratulate Us with Another Cup of Tea

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Can you stand another theme show? We’re guessing that you can swallow just one more as we present a second annual program of movie music to coincide with the Oscar telecast.

Lots of MGM and other musicals because we love them and because they’re so well-collected, but Tarantino is represented, and Hitchcock, and we have Elvis and even Shelley Duvall. Lots of Disney, and we have Mancini and Morricone plus some cool recent stuff, some of it a cappella. Again we hit every decade from the 1940s right on up to the one that we’re in (the twenty-teens?).

We promise a return to normalcy next time but we still think you might like this one a lot too.

(0:00:00) Bernard Herrmann — The Murder (from Psycho (1960))
(0:01:02) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:02) Judy Garland with the MGM Studio Chorus — The Trolley Song (from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944))
(0:08:06) Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif — Sadie, Sadie (from Funny Girl (1968))
(0:12:25) Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold — I Remember It Well (from Gigi (1958))
(0:14:49) Elvis Presley — Viva Las Vegas (from Viva Las Vegas (1964))
(0:17:14) Your DJs Speak
(0:20:35) Betty Hutton and Chorus — I Got the Sun in the Morning (from Annie Get Your Gun (1950))
(0:22:52) Maureen Teefy, Lorna Luft, Alison Price, Michelle Pfeiffer — Girl for All Seasons (from Grease 2 (1982))
(0:26:23) Ennio Morricone — A Fistful of Dollars (from A Fistful of Dollars (1964))
(0:29:20) Bernard Herrmann — Twisted Nerve (from Twisted Nerve (1968) and also from Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003))
(0:30:48) Your DJs Speak
(0:34:22) Allan Jones — A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (from The Great Ziegfeld (1936))
(0:36:34) Maurice Chevalier — The Aristocats (from The Aristocats (1970)
(0:39:01) Jerry Colonna, Ed Wynn, Kathryn Beaumont — The Unbirthday Song (from Alice in Wonderland (1951))
(0:40:23) Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Paul Collins, Tommy Luske, The Jud Conlon Chorus — You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly! (from Peter Pan (1953))
(0:44:47) Your DJs Speak
(0:48:41) Henry Mancini — It Had Better Be Tonight (vocal version) (from The Pink Panther (1964))
(0:50:40) Urge Overkill — Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon (from Pulp Fiction (1994))
(0:53:51) Petra Haden — A Fistful of Dollars (originally from A Fistful of Dollars (1964))
(0:55:40) Aimee Mann — One (from Magnolia (1999))
(0:58:35) Your DJs Speak
(1:01:00) Fred Astaire and Jack Buchanan — I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plan (from The Band Wagon (1953))
(1:02:52) Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová — When Your Mind's Made Up (from Once (2007))
(1:06:51) Shelley Duvall — He’s Large (from Popeye (1980))
(1:11:10) The Barden Bellas — Party in the U.S.A. (from Pitch Perfect (2012))
(1:12:13) Your DJs Start to Speak but Change Their Minds
(1:12:22) Jesse Pearson — One Last Kiss (from Bye Bye Birdie (1963))
(1:14:37) Joe Esposito — You’re the Best (from The Karate Kid (1984))
(1:17:36) Francis Lai — A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme) (Originally from Un homme et une femme (1966))
(1:20:19) Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten — Songs from Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: "Cuckoo" (from Moonrise Kingdom (2012))
(1:21:57) Your DJs Speak
(1:26:46) Adele — Skyfall (from Skyfall (2012)

Episode #60: Get Ready, Marshmallows!

Friday, February 21st, 2014

We’re practically modern this week with nothing older than the 1950s. But every decade since is also represented so we still cover a lot of ground. Indie music used in Veronica Mars, soul and pop and Barbara Ann, Lennon and Maisy, Kramer at the Brill Building, country, hip-hop, French-not-French, TV music, summer music and children! And a little more.

We’re helping you tough out this winter. It’s our job. You’re welcome.

(0:00:00) The Dandy Warhols — We Used to Be Friends
(0:03:20) Your DJs Speak
(0:05:01) The Beach Boys with Dean Torrance — Barbara Ann (session excerpt)
(0:11:00) Best Coast — Mean Girls
(0:14:40) Del Shannon — Keep Searchin’ (We’ll Follow the Sun)
(0:16:46) Jackie Wilson — Lonely Teardrops
(0:19:28) Your DJs Speak
(0:22:52) Connie Britton, Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella — The Blues Have Blown Away (from Nashville)
(0:25:40) Ryan Adams — Come Pick Me Up
(0:31:11) Guy Clark and Emmylou Harris — Be Gone Forever
(0:34:22) Feist and Ben Gibbard — Train Song
(0:37:24) Your DJs Speak
(0:40:24) Claudine Longet — All Alone Am I
(0:43:45) Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes with Sharon Paige — Hope That We Can Be Together
(0:47:22) Patience and Prudence — Tonight You Belong to Me
(0:49:17) Jim Croce — Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels)
(0:53:03) Your DJs Speak
(0:58:37) The Thorns — No Blue Sky
(1:02:59) Ivy — Ocean City Girl
(1:07:46) Pulp — Dogs Are Everywhere
(1:12:38) Ghostface Killah — The Champ
(1:16:49) Kramer — I Love How You Love Me
(1:21:23) The Pin-Ups — Lookin’ for Boys
(1:23:29) Your DJs Speak
(1:28:49) Sean Callery — “Elementary” Main Title Theme (from Elementary)

Episode #59: You’ll Be Sad Now But You’ll Feel Better Later

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Welcome to Sad Songs #2, in which we again offer a playlist of songs that make us feel sad, or think of sad things, or want to stay home and drink hot cocoa. One or two might even make you weep if you’re a girl.

There’s Irish music, music from Donovan and from the reliably depressing Wilco, Kate and Anna’s most famous song, and Dr. Dre’s lament for his brother. The Marmalade reflect on what a terrible place the world is, we hear the sad story of a clock that ticked all the seconds of a man’s life, and Mecano sing a fable about…something sad.

Blind Willie Johnson moans about how dark and cold it is, and The Red Clay Ramblers sing Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times”. Plus there are some real downers from Richard Thompson, Robin and Linda Williams, Neil Young, and Colin Hay. More than enough to wipe that smile off your face.

But as always we end on a up note, with Blossom Dearie telling us all to snap out of it and put on a happy face. Good advice. They’re only songs, after all.

We hope you enjoy this. Please tell others so they can enjoy it too.

(0:00:00) Harold Williams — Grandfather’s Clock
(0:03:18) Your DJs Speak
(0:06:55) The Green Fields of America — Kilkelly
(0:14:02) The Marmalade — Reflections of My Life
(0:18:18) Mecano — Dis-moi lune d’argent (Hijo de la Luna)
(0:22:38) Wilco — We’re Just Friends
(0:25:20) Your DJs Speak
(0:30:02) Richard Thompson — How Will I Ever Be Simple Again
(0:33:35) Neil Young — Birds (live)
(0:36:04) The Red Clay Ramblers — Hard Times Come Again No More
(0:38:59) Blind Willie Johnson — Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
(0:42:20) Your DJs Speak
(0:46:31) Donovan — She Moved Through the Fair
(0:49:22) Donovan — Wear Your Love Like Heaven
(0:51:46) Donovan — Catch the Wind (original single version)
(0:54:04) Donovan — Teen Angel
(0:56:22) Your DJs Speak
(0:59:28) Robin and Linda Williams — Across the Blue Mountains
(1:04:06) Colin Hay — I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You (from Garden State (2004))
(1:09:37) Kate and Anna McGarrigle — Heart Like a Wheel
(1:12:47) Dr. Dre feat. Mary J. Blige and Rell — The Message
(1:17:52) Your DJs Speak
(1:25:12) Blossom Dearie — Put on a Happy Face (live)

Episode #58: In Which We Reflect Upon Those Boys from Liverpool

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

It wouldn’t be right to ignore the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America, and we always do the right thing. Here’s a program of artists of every stripe covering tunes that the Beatles sang first, liberally sprinkled with excerpts from The Beatles’ Story (a Capitol biography album from 1964). We liked this while we were making it, and we still like it, and you will too.

So yes, every once in a while we can do a “theme” show like everyone else. If we were too predictable you’d stop listening. But please stick around.

(0:00:00) The Beatles — How Beatlemania Began/Beatlemania in Action (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:01:40) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:21) The Hollyridge Strings — The Night Before
(0:07:00) Gary Puckett and the Union Gap — Lady Madonna
(0:09:15) The Beatles — John Lennon (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:10:33) Stephen Bennett — A Hard Day’s Night
(0:12:58) Björk — Álfur Út Úr Hól (The Fool on the Hill)
(0:16:12) Your DJs Speak
(0:19:59) Wolfgang Ruttkowski — The Long and Winding Road
(0:22:00) Wu-Tang Clan — Uzi (Pinky Ring) (from Wu-Tang vs The Beatles)
(0:26:38) The Beatles — George Harrison (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:27:49) Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas — Do You Want to Know a Secret?
(0:29:49) Vince Guaraldi and Bola Sete — I’m a Loser
(0:32:27) Your DJs Speak
(0:37:06) The Beatles — Paul McCartney (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:38:21) The Cyrkle — I’m Happy Just to Dance with You
(0:40:35) Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs — And Your Bird Can Sing
(0:42:42) Fiona Apple — Across the Universe
(0:46:46) The Langley Schools Music Project — The Long and Winding Road
(0:50:34) Your DJs Speak
(0:52:58) Charles River Valley Boys — I’ve Just Seen a Face
(0:55:38) Ella Fitzgerald — Can’t Buy Me Love
(0:58:17) The Beatles — “Victims” of Beatlemania (from The Beatles’ Story)
(0:59:26) Steve Earle and Allison Moorer — I Will
(1:01:22) She and Him — I Should Have Known Better
(1:04:59) Your DJs Speak
(1:07:48) The Beatles — Ringo Starr (from The Beatles’ Story)
(1:08:53) Lisbonne — Here Comes the Sun
(1:12:06) Minuscule Key — Hey Bulldog
(1:14:36) Bobbie Gentry — Here, There and Everywhere
(1:16:57) Girt from the Castle — Rocky Raccoon
(1:20:38) Harry Nilsson — You Can’t Do That (Beatles Medley)
(1:22:57) The Dillards — Yesterday
(1:24:01) Your DJs Speak
(1:28:57) The Beatles — Liverpool and all the World! (from The Beatles’ Story)

Episode #57: You Just Can’t Stand to See Us Happy

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

We begin February with a quieter program containing very little shouting. There’s even some whispering, because we all need a break. Acoustic folk and country and pop and indie, a little jazz, heavy on the instrumentals, Jacques Brel with electronic accompaniment, music from Michigan, songs older than your grandpa and songs as new as last year. Hand-picked by us, always fresh (never frozen).

This time we’re SURE you’ll like it. Please listen and then share your delight with others.

(0:00:00) Pizzicato Five — I
(0:01:52) Your DJs Speak
(0:03:29) Clare Bowen — Every Time I Fall in Love (from Nashville)
(0:07:14) Rosie Thomas — Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year?
(0:11:37) Passenger — Let Her Go (acoustic version)
(0:15:58) Sondre Lerche — Modern Nature
(0:19:34) Your DJs Speak
(0:23:25) Joni Mitchell — Come in from the Cold
(0:30:53) Estelle feat. John Legend — You Are
(0:34:28) The Village Stompers — Washington Square
(0:37:08) Art Tatum — i Got Rhythm
(0:39:37) Your DJs Speak
(0:42:25) Jacques Brel — Ne me quitte pas
(0:46:15) Sufjan Stevans — For the Widows in Paradise, for the Homeless in Ypsilanti
(0:50:12) Ray Fisher and Archie Fisher — Kilbogie
(0:53:16) The Pentagons — I’m in Love
(0:55:54) Your DJs Speak
(1:00:03) Peter Sellers — She Loves You (Chinless Wonder version)
(1:01:33) The Byrds — You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
(1:04:12) Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt — The Pain of Loving You
(1:06:46) Lennings — You’re the One That I Want
(1:09:40) Your DJs Speak
(1:13:41) Whispering Jack Smith — It All Depends on You
(1:16:37) Yann Tiersen — J’y suis jamais allé (from Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001))
(1:18:11) Joseph Moskowitz — Operatic Rag
(1:20:44) Mark Mothersbaugh — Hardest Geometry Problem in the World (from Rushmore (1999))
(1:22:13) Your DJs Speak
(1:25:30) Doc Watson — Dill Pickle Rag