Saturday, January 31, 2009

December 9, 2008
The North Charleston Performing Arts Center
North Charleston, SC

David Byrne -
Strange Overtones
I Zimbra
One Fine Day
Help Me Somebody
Houses in Motion
My Big Nurse
My Big Hands
Poor Boy
Crosseyed and Painless
Life is Long
Once in a Lifetime
Life During Wartime
Feel My Stuff
Take Me to the River
The Great Curve
Burning Down the House
Everything that Happens

Bonus Beats:

July, 1994
World Cafe
Radio Broadcast

David Byrne -
Interview part i
God's Child
Interview part ii
My Love Is You
Interview part iii
And She Was
Interview part iv
Road To Nowhere
Interview part v

Friday, January 30, 2009

Governors Island, NY

Air - Planet Vega

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brooklyn, NY

Hermigervill - Ganamana

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

memphis circa 1996

Broadcast: Before We Begin, Again

Near Palm Springs, CA

Rumpistol - G.T.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Near Prescott, AZ

Chris Joss - Riviera 69
Brian Eno & Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp / Brian Eno: Evening Star

Thanks to my bro for reminding me of this treasure...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Near Jerome, AZ

Tussle - Blue Beat

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Outside Page, AZ

Julee Cruise - Falling

Saturday, January 24, 2009

WLYX, Memphis

Alex Chilton -
Femme Fatale
Oh Dana
Take Me Home and Make Me Like It
Jesus Christ
Death Cab For Cutie
Kizza Me
I Will Always Love You

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Bee Gees - Sweet Song of Summer

I'm finding that this one has more psychic resonance in the evil darkness of January than it did when I first heard it last June. In troth, it is a winter song.

Featuring Mike Vickers.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Big Star -
Untitled Instrumental
Thirteen (alternate mix)

Available on this bootleg. Thanks to Clunk for the tip, and to Mike for the synchronicity!

Click here to read SPC's original post of "Thirteen", with some vintage commentary from ib.

The question remains: what did they say about Paint It, Black?

Big Star -
In The Street (Alternate take)
I Got Kinda Lost (Demo with Alex Chilton on vocals)
Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Cutting Branches for a Temporary Shelter

Traditional arrangement by Simon Jeffes.

Happy Birthday Miss A.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

B:Dum B:Dum Sound - Istanbul

Can't resist ruling another one from this, the most inspirational release of 2008.

B:Dum B:Dum on MySpace

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Neon - Skydiver

Why was this not an international chart-topper?

Alex Chilton -
Let Me Get Close To You
Take It Off

Monday, January 19, 2009

Billy Preston - It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

Alex Chilton -
My Rival
I've Had It

This site has seen a couple of Big Star posts, and a handful of Alex Chilton references (all courtesy of our guest poster extraordinaire, ib, before he launched the phenomenal SibLINGSHOT), but I don't think we've covered any Chilton solo work. Amends will be made this week.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

July 16th, 1979
Montreux Jazz Festival
Montreux, Switzerland

Peter Tosh -
400 Years > Stepping Razor
Get Up Stand Up
Don't Look Back
The Toughest
Bush Doctor
Day the Dollar Die
Burial > Buk-In-Ham Palace
Mystic Man > Pick Myself Up
Legalize It

Something to offset the deep freeze.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Public Image Ltd. - Ease

Originally aired December 19, 2006

Bill Summers and Summers Heat - Walking on Sunshine

Featuring Tony Lewis on drums, Bill Summers on percussion, and Scott Roberts on rototoms. Percussion arrangement by Bill Summers. Special thanks to the great My Jazz World for a vinyl rip that sparkles as brightly as Bill's medallion.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Brian Bennett - Holy Mackerel!

If you watched a lot of rugby on English television thirty years ago (which, for any number of reasons, I did not), you might recognize this. Note the sound in the right channel which channels the J. Lennon staccato rhythm guitar stylings of Happiness is a Warm Gun and Oh! Darling.

Holger Czukay & Jah Wobble - How Much Are They?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Daevid Allen & Euterpe -
Children of the New World
Wise Man in Your Heart

I finally got around to listening to side one of this album and encountered the lovely "Children of the New World", in which Daevid expands upon the theme of Eternal Recurrence.

"Wise Man in Your Heart" is from the archives {original air date 2/6/07}, and features Mike Howlett on bass and Pierre Moerlin on percussion.

I climbed through many lives to find the secret golden flower
But when I woke I found I slept for less than half an hour

Apollis - What It Is Pt. 1 & 2

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Two Girls on Couch_Eggleston
Emitt Rhodes: Really Wanted You

Facts on the picture here. Eggleston's retrospective Democratic Camera leaves the Whitney on the 25th of this month!

The Power Station - Some Like It Hot

One of the quintessential Tedward jams. This one got my in-laws dancing at a recent family Christmas gathering, and moved them to declare it their "favorite song" (true story). Produced by Bernard Edwards. Surprising key change from the intro to the verse at 0:32.

Some like it hot but you can't tell how hot till you try.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Don Agrati - Hollywood Song

This is from Don's 1973 Elektra LP Homegrown, "recorded at home with Keith Olsen's homemade 8-track." A bit of "Mean Mr. Mustard" meets Countdown to Ecstasy-era Steely Dan, with a less competent rhythm section. Don played all the instruments himself. On a side note, Curt Boettcher apparently had some involvement.

Information Society - Tomorrow

Sunday, January 11, 2009

February 5th, 1993
The Ritz
New York

Ritz Power Jam -
Back at the Chicken Shack (Jimmy Smith)
Born Under a Bad Sign (Albert King)
Let It Rock (Chuck Berry)
Improv Blues in G
She Caught the Katy (Taj Mahal)
Down the Road (Elvis Presley)
A Mess of Blues (Elvis Presley)
Little Wing (Jimi Hendrix)
Day Tripper (Beatles)
Escaping (John Popper)
Hey Joe (Billy Roberts)
Hip Hug-Her (Booker T & The MG's)
Rock Me Baby (B.B. King)
In the Wee Wee Hours (Chuck Berry)
Red House (Jimi Hendrix)
Yonder Wall (Junior Wells)
She Belongs To Me (Bob Dylan)
Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly)
That's Heaven To Me (Eddie Cochran)
Just Before the Bullets Fly (Warren Haynes)
I've Been Loving You Too Long (Otis Redding)
Spanish Moon (Little Feat)
All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan)
Gloria (Van Morrison)

Warren Haynes: electric guitar & vocals
John Popper: harmonica & vocals
Noel Redding: bass & acoustic guitar
Lincoln Schleifer: bass
Chuck Leavell: piano
Bernie Worrell: clavinet, organ
Jaimoe: drums
Jerome Brailey: drums
Marc Quiñones: percussion
Trey Anastasio (Last three songs)
Dave Matthews (All Along the Watchtower)
Mike Gordon (Gloria)

Full information available here.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Shirley Bassey - Moonraker

I listened to this about a hundred times before I realized that the triangle in the backing track is meant to evoke the weightlessness of spaceflight.

Music by John Barry. Lyrics by the incomparable Hal David.

I've seen your smile
In a thousand dreams
Felt your touch
And it always seems
You love me

Aretha: Day Dreaming

Some soul to melt any winter blues...

Featuring Donny Hathaway on electric piano. Remind yourself why you miss Donny here.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Major Swellings - Spit and Dip

Taking the Way-Back Machine to 2005 tonight for this rowdy jam from Major Swellings. It's a re-edit, of course. If anyone happens to know what the source material is, please do get in touch. Also, a question for vintage synth fans: is that an ARP?

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Hey gang, just a reminder that we still do an hour-long show for Viva Radio every week (more or less). This week's webisode drops today at 2 PM EST, and features an assortment of classic jams from the past 2+ years of this blog, plus a handful of "new" ones to be featured here in weeks to come. Archived shows can always be accessed here. And if you enjoy the music, why not take a page from Brenton Wood's book and give us some kind of sign?

Thanks for listening.

Todd Rundgren - Everybody's Going to Heaven

Thanks to Jude for the tip on this one. Note: I'm cutting it off before King Kong Reggae, because I'm not as into that.

Featuring Moogy Klingman on organ.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Ruth - Mots

Mike introduced me to Ruth with this post. Now, two years and one day later, she or they make her or their triumphant return to these pages.

Taken from the 2008 CD reissue of Polaroïd/Roman/Photo, on Infrastition Records.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Flayer - Wanna Get Back Your Love

Happy New Year, first of all. Isn't it good to be back in an odd-numbered year? Here's another one from this (well worth the purchase). Hope you like it. Thanks for listening!