Thursday, October 2, 2014

Take Five (Vol. 4): Retracing Steps As a Way of Moving Forward

Here’s my CHIRP Radio show set list from Sunday, September 28th. The DJ who is normally on before me couldn’t make it in this week, so I came in early and did a four-hour show (!). It was a lot of fun. From start of finish, here’s what I played [Artist, Song + Album (Label)]…

Blondie, “Dreaming” from Eat to the Beat (Capitol)

The B-52’s, “Private Idaho” from Cool Planet (Warner Bros.)

…kicked it off with a couple of my favorite ‘80s songs…

Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa, “She He See Feel” from Savage Imagination (Thrill Jockey)

Sólstafir, “Miodegi” from Ótta (Season of Mist)

Pink Guys, “Taking Lives” from 2343 (Be Happy)

Animal Collective, “Father Time” from Centipede Hz (Domino)
This is not my favorite Animal Collective album but it’s definitely been growing on me over the years.

Merchandise, “Enemy” from After the End (4AD)

Chicago Underground Duo, “Locus” from Locus (Northern Spy)
There’s not enough of this band in my collection. Every time I hear them I’m impressed, but for some reason I have yet to get their music. I even managed to miss their set at the Chicago Jazz Festival. I’ve got to get with it…

Cymbals Eat Guitars, “Place Names” from Lose (Barsuk)

October Project, “Eyes of Mercy” from October Project (Epic)
They only released two records before breaking up. Total NPR-talk-show-type music, but it’s got it’s own unique quality that makes it memorable.

Thievery Corporation, “Culture of Fear” from Culture of Fear (Eighteenth Street Lounge Music)

Bobby Womack, “I Can Understand It” from Understanding (United Artists)
This song is pure Soul that also became proto-Disco back in the day because of the 4/4 rhythm.

YOB, “Nothing to Win” from Clearing the Path to Ascend (Neurot)

Cory Branan, “Missing You Fierce” from The No-Hit Wonder (Bloodshot)

R.L. Burnside, “It's Bad, You Know” from The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series (Sony)
The first Sopranos compilation is one of the better soundtracks ever released.

New Canyons, “Great Depths” from Everyone Is Dark (BLVD)

Perfume Genius, “Queen” from Too Bright (Matador)

Howard Jones, “Like to Get to Know You Well” from Dream Into Action (WEA/Elektra)

Rick Ulfik, “Kevin & Wendy Theme” from Street Trash (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Lunaris)

Connections, “Cruise Control” from Into Sixes (Anyway)

The Wytches, “Gravedweller” from Annabel Dream Reader (Partisan)

Melkbelly, “Newed Snow” (Public House)
This is a new Chicago band that’s got something going for them. A real raw, rippin’ garage sound that’s got some brains behind it. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them.

Douglas Dare, “Nile” from Whelm (Erased Tapes)

Alicia Bridges, “I Love the Nightlife” from Alicia Bridges (Polydor)

Chic, “Good Times” from Risqué (Atlantic)

Betty Carter & Ray Charles, “Social Call” from Social Call (Columbia)
I’m getting more and more into Betty Carter the more I listen to her. I saw her perform live in Cambridge, MA about 20 years ago. She’s phenomenal in person and on record.

Rabbits, “Reek and Ye Shall Find” from Untoward (Lamb Unlimited)

Royal Blood, “Out of the Black” from Royal Blood (Warner Bros.)

Mr Twin Sister, “In the House of Yes” from Mr Twin Sister (Infinite Best)

Ascension, “Someone (Slacker's Rolling Mix & Original Vocal Mix)” from Tranceport (Kinetic)

His Golden Messenger, “Saturday's Song” from Lessons of Dancers (Merge)

The Mamas & the Papas, “Creeque Alley” from Deliver (Dunhill)
I need to get a better copy of this song before playing it again. It was one of the first MP3s I ever ripped, and now compared to other tracks it sounds like a scratchy 45 in between a bunch of CDs.

Climax Blues Band, “Couldn't Get It Right” from Gold Plated (Sire)

Earth, Wind & Fire, “That's the Way of the World” from That's the Way of the World (Columbia)
Radio DJ Rule #5: You CANNOT miss with Earth, Wind & Fire

King Louie, “Sheesh (feat. Chi Hoover)” from Tony (Lawless)

Set and Setting, “Coping” from A Vivid Memory (Prosthetic)

Pallbearer, “Foundations” from Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore)

Ultravox, “King's Lead Hat (Recorded Live at The Lyceum 17/8/80)” from Vienna (Chrysalis)
I reviewed this band's album "Vienna" for the CHIRP library, and found it surprisingly hard-rocking. The band is most known for its mega-hit title track from that album, but they knew how to rock out New Wave/Punk style too.

Secret Colours, “Blackhole” from Peach (self-released)

Rustie, “Raptor” from Green Language (Warp)

Dog Bite, “Wonder Dark” from Tranquilizers (Carpark)

The Rentals, “Damaris” from Lost in Alphaville (Polyvinyl)

The Art of Noise, “Robinson Crusoe” from The Ambient Collection (Polydor)

Banks, “This Is What It Feels Like” from Goddess (Harvest)

The Valadiers, “Take a Chance” from The Complete Motown Singles Vol. 1: 1959-1961 (Hip-O Select)

Force MD's, “Tender Love” from Chillin' (Tommy Boy)
One of the most beautiful songs ever recorded, IMO.

Brook Benton (Cold Grits), “Rainy Night in Georgia” from Brook Benton Today (Atlantic)
If I had it to do again, I probably would not have played this song here. It’s an all-time favorite of mine and a classic Rhythm and Blues selection, but I would have saved it for another spot where it matched the mood more.

Matt Ulery's Loom, “Black Squirrel” from In the Ivory (Greenleaf)

Miles Davis, “Right Off” from A Tribute to Jack Johnson (Columbia) [partial]

I’ll be back on the air on Sunday, October 5th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Give a listen, why don’t you?

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