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Episode #66: 47 Miles of Barbed Wire

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Spring songs! Every song this week has “spring” in its name or at least in its step. From a children’s favorite about hysteria, to the guitar theme from a forgotten TV show, it’s all good and you can’t go far wrong if you listen to both ends and to the in-between. Lots of cover tunes, old folk music, hippie music, soul, hip-hop, country, romance, hardship, sadness, banana splits, Bob and Ray, a word from our sponsor, a Bonzo interlude, and even more.

See, we told you that winter would end eventually.

(0:00:00) Charles Penrose — The Laughing Policeman
(0:02:36) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:06) Tom Rush — Who Do You Love
(0:07:30) Living Colour — Crosstown Traffic
(0:10:44) Bill Plummer and the Cosmic Brotherhood — Journey to the East
(0:16:45) Ann Peebles — I Can’t Stand the Rain
(0:19:13) Your DJs Speak
(0:23:04) The Sweatermen — Just a Few Days to Go
(0:23:35) Vivian Stanshall and His Gargantuan Chums — Suspicion
(0:27:04) J. J. Fad — Supersonic
(0:31:23) The Continental — I Bought You Violets
(0:33:48) Louis Prima — Banana Split for My Baby
(0:36:18) Your DJs Speak
(0:41:23) The Haden Triplets — Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?
(0:45:10) Victoria Williams — Opelousas
(0:48:01) Clare Bowen — Black Roses (from Nashville)
(0:51:44) Cowboy Junkies — Misguided Angel
(0:56:38) Your DJs Speak
(0:59:53) Bob and Ray — Grand Motel: Continental Breakfast Anytime
(1:03:54) Drake — Hold On, We’re Going Home
(1:07:58) The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities and Towns (Matt Farley) — Plainfield, Union County, New Jersey
(1:09:53) Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs — Here Comes My Girl
(1:14:16) Warren Zevon — Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
(1:17:24) The New Year — The End’s Not Near
(1:21:07) Your DJs Speak
(1:26:36) Duane Eddy — Theme from Peter Gunn

Episode #65: A Speck of a Place, a Heck of a Place

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

For April Fool’s Day we present our regular show, straight and humorless, just the way you like it. We welcome a new sponsor as we return with Bob and Ray to Grand Motel, and there’s more! Virtuoso bluegrass and country and jazz, songs that charted, singer-songwriters, one-hit wonders, kid stuff, kids, goatherds, movie and TV music, guitars, Cole Porter, funk, Emmylou, Ella, and more, but now we’re out of breath.

(0:00:00) The Sweatermen — Yellow Snow
(0:00:31) Your DJs Speak
(0:03:36) Mark O’Connor — Soldier’s Joy
(0:07:42) Taylor Swift — I Knew You Were Trouble
(0:11:21) Lennon and Maisy Stella — Joy Parade (from Nashville)
(0:14:31) Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings — Humble Me
(0:18:34) Your DJs Speak
(0:22:30) Carole King — One Fine Day
(0:24:57) The Flying Burrito Brothers — Do Right Woman
(0:29:16) Emmylou Harris with Dr. John — Ashes by Now
(0:33:46) Ray LaMontagne — Let It Be Me
(0:38:25) Your DJs Speak
(0:43:56) Pink Martini and The Von Trapps — The Lonely Goatherd
(0:46:36) Phil Collins — Against All Odds
(0:50:02) Claudine Longet — L’amour est bleu (Love Is Blue)
(0:52:46) Ahmad — Back in the Day
(0:58:05) Your DJs Speak
(1:01:17) Bob and Ray — Grand Motel: Late Continental Breakfast Okay
(1:04:48) Sam Cooke — Chain Gang
(1:07:46) Ruth Etting — Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
(1:10:22) Ella Fitzgerald — Miss Otis Regrets (She’s Unable to Lunch Today)
(1:13:24) The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities and Towns (Matt Farley) — Clark, New Jersey
(1:15:35) Stephen Malkmus — Discretion Grove
(1:18:51) Duane Eddy — (Dance with The) Guitar Man
(1:21:28) Sir Douglas Quintet — She’s About a Mover
(1:23:52) Your DJs Speak
(1:29:12) TVOntario — The Polka Dot Door (Outro)

Episode #64: Where is the Gold?

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Some unusual and excellent covers this week plus some new and old hits, new and old folk and hip-hop and soul, Bob and Ray, Peter Sellers, some choral music, a supposedly very hard-working guy, ladies named Blossom and Adele, and even more, my goodness.

You’ll struggle if you try to find a theme here, because there isn’t one. There hardly ever is. That’s why you like to listen.

(0:00:00) Scala and Kolacny Brothers — Bittersweet Symphony
(0:03:22) Your DJs Speak
(0:04:53) Steve Nicks — I Can’t Wait
(0:09:29) Beck — Hollywood Freaks
(0:13:20) The Coasters — The Slime
(0:16:14) James Brown — Mother Popcorn, Part 1
(0:19:30) Your DJs Speak
(0:22:25) Clare Bowen and Chaley Rose — Come See About Me (from Nashville)
(0:25:23) Brett Dennen — You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
(0:28:27) Jenny O. — 1941
(0:31:26) Tony Merrick — Lady Jane
(0:34:08) Your DJs Speak
(0:38:21) Bob and Ray — Grand Motel: Continental Breakfast Until 9
(0:42:27) Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong — Can’t We Be Friends
(0:46:30) Laura Cantrell — All the Girls Are Complicated
(0:49:33) The Books — We Bought the Flood
(0:54:35) Your DJs Speak
(0:57:28) The Guy Who Sings Songs About Cities and Towns (Matt Farley) — Summit, New Jersey (That's What They Call It!)
(0:59:10) Mystikal — Hit Me
(1:02:56) The Shaggs — My Pal Foot Foot
(1:05:28) Lee Dorsey — Ya Ya
(1:07:54) Your DJs Speak
(1:10:04) Blossom Dearie — Trains and Boats and Planes
(1:14:05) Adele — That's It, I Quit, I'm Moving On (Live at The Hotel Cafe)
(1:16:39) Cathy Fink and Duck Donald — Meet Me Tonight in the Cowshed
(1:18:53) Girl Talk — Set It Off
(1:22:36) Your DJs Speak
(1:27:50) Peter Sellers with The Hollies — After the Fox (from After the Fox (1966))

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 #56: We’re Not Like Everybody Else, So Don’t Talk Back

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Except for one song in Gibberish everything this week is in English, except for the instrumentals but they were performed by well-known English-speaking people. It’s a good choice. British invaders, folk legends, pop legends, showbiz legends, Flanders and Swann, pop instrumentalists, jazz instrumentalists, hard-to-pronounce artist names and song titles, the first solo album by a Beach Boy, favorites of ours and now yours.

We do our best for you and you know it. Tell your Ma, tell your Pa. They’ll like it too.

(0:00:00) Adriano Celentano — Prisencolinensinainciusol
(0:03:49) Your DJs Speak
(0:05:59) Meryn Cadell — Sweater
(0:09:12) Talib Kweli feat. — Hot Thing
(0:13:01) The Coasters — Yakety Yak (alternate take 5)
(0:15:40) Al Jolson — I’m Just Wild About Harry
(0:17:58) Your DJs Speak
(0:23:43) The Byrds — I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better
(0:26:15) Dennis Wilson — Pacific Ocean Blue
(0:28:54) Buddy Holly — Heartbeat
(0:31:06) Old 97’s — Adelaide
(0:34:36) Your DJs Speak
(0:38:15) The Hollies — I Take What I Want
(0:40:33) The Rolling Stones — She’s So Cold
(0:44:47) The Kinks — I’m Not Like Everybody Else
(0:48:14) The Animals — When I Was Young
(0:51:11) Your DJs Speak
(0:53:57) Flanders and Swann — The Gas-Man Cometh
(0:59:29) Dusty Springfield — The Look of Love
(1:03:04) Bud Shank and Chet Baker — Hello Goodbye
(1:06:19) Miles Davis — Moon Dreams
(1:09:37) Your DJs Speak
(1:13:52) Peter, Paul and Mary — The Song Is Love
(1:16:39) Jens Lekman — The Opposite of Hallelujah
(1:21:01) Your DJs Speak
(1:25:55) Bert Kaempfert — A Swingin’ Safari

Episode #55: We Want to Do Right but Not Right Now

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

This week we have too many women, too much movie music, and too much of a good thing. After a few introductory male performers it’s girls all the way except for a few token boys in the background. What were we thinking? Earl-Jean, Amy Winehouse, Hayden Panettiere, Jewel, Piaf…but let’s stop there, you can read the playlist yourself.

There should be less whining next week.

(0:00:00) The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra (John Williams, composer) — Hedwig’s Theme (from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2003))
(0:04:49) Your DJs Speak
(0:08:39) Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver — Please Mr. Kennedy (from Inside Llewyn Davis (2013))
(0:10:38) Beastie Boys — Spam
(0:14:04) Peter Sellers — She Loves You (Irish version)
(0:15:40) Julie Andrews — A Spoonful of Sugar (from Mary Poppins (1964))
(0:19:47) Your DJs Speak
(0:25:05) Earl-Jean — I’m Into Something Good
(0:27:57) Amy Winehouse — Valerie
(0:32:28) Hayden Panettiere — Hypnotizing (from Nashville)
(0:35:40) Jewel — Pieces of You
(0:39:56) Your DJs Speak
(0:45:05) France Gall — Ella, elle l’a
(0:49:55) Alexandra Rubner, Christopher Manien — An die Musik (from Moonrise Kingdom (2012))
(0:52:21) Édith Piaf — Sous le ciel de Paris (live at Carnegie Hall, 1956)
(0:55:09) Pink Martini — Lullaby
(0:57:22) Your DJs Speak
(1:01:06) Kirsty MacColl — Walk Right Back (BBC Session)
(1:04:43) Florence + The Machine — Try a Little Tenderness
(1:07:56) Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins — Handle with Care
(1:10:53) Belly — Are You Experienced?
(1:14:36) Jenny O. — Rain (live on WFMU, 2013-04-13)
(1:18:07) Gillian Welch — Look at Miss Ohio
(1:22:21) Your DJs Speak
(1:27:56) Joe Hamilton (composer) — I’m So Glad We Had This Time Together (Theme to The Carol Burnett Show)

Episode #53: Just Like the Eighth Grade

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

We conclude our German adventure with selections from the Comedian Harmonists and from Dr. Strangelove. Everything else is in English (sorry). You’ll hear Edgar Bergen and Beth Sorrentino, two singers named Carla B., faux-Renaissance, indie pop, traditional and untraditional folk, more cover tunes, and still more, but now we’re out of breath.

We’re back to the real, safe, comfortable world next time.

(0:00:00) Anita Gordon with Edgar Bergen — My, What a Happy Day (from Fun and Fancy Free (1947))
(0:02:16) Your DJs Speak
(0:06:23) Comedian Harmonists — Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear
(0:09:47) Love — Alone Again Or
(0:13:02) Suddenly, Tammy! — Hard Lesson
(0:16:11) R.E.M. — Radio Free Europe
(0:19:58) Your DJs Speak
(0:23:44) Dead Can Dance — Saltarello
(0:26:20) Carla Bozulich — Time of the Preacher
(0:29:21) Carla Bruni — You Belong to Me
(0:32:19) The Hollies — I Want You
(0:34:32) Your DJs Speak
(0:38:24) Daniel Wylie — Forgotten Songs
(0:42:54) Iron and Wine — Upward Over the Mountain
(0:48:48) Carter Family — When I’m Gone
(0:51:53) OK Go and Bonerama — Rock ’n’ Roll Suicide
(0:55:11) Your DJs Speak
(0:57:33) Kent Cigarettes — Mississippi Gambler
(0:58:33) Fountains of Wayne — Trains and Boats and Planes
(1:01:32) Bruce Springsteen — Mary Queen of Arkansas (demo)
(1:06:04) Peter Sellers — She Loves You (Dr. Strangelove version)
(1:08:22) EPMD — The Steve Martin
(1:13:13) Richard and Linda Thompson — I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
(1:16:11) Blur — Song 2
(1:18:11) Your DJs Speak
(1:25:18) Eric Spear — Coronation Street Theme