"Season 3, Episode 19" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E19 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter E, part 2.
O hai, did you miss me? Well, that’s partly because I’ve been trying to modify my workflow now that I’m also producing Less Rock, More Talk. But without further ado, back to the music!
Dick Hyman “The Moog and Me” The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman Command Records 938-S Say, that intro sounds awfully familiar!
Jefferson Starship “Runaway” Earth Grunt Records BXL1-2515 Meh.
Barry Manilow “Can’t Smile Without You” Even Now Arista Records AB-4164 I know this seems awful, but just think poor heartbroken Abe Sapien and Princess Nuala.
Wymond Miles “Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them” Earth Has Doors Sacred Bones Records SBR-070 Such atmospheric delights.
Johnny Puleo and his Harmonica Gang “Tic-Tock Polka” Encore Italiano! Audio Fidelity Records AFSD 5931 That’s right, polka AND harmonicas. What more could you ask for?
Rolling Stones “Rocks Off” Exile on Main Street Roling Stones Records COC 2-2900 This is how you kick off an album.
The Rolling Stones “She’s So Cold” Emotional Rescue Rolling Stones Records COC 16015 No wonder Keef can’t remember which song starts how on stage.
Peter Schilling “Major Tom (Coming Home)” Error in the System Elektra Records 60265-1 Hellooo 1983 (or 1982 if you’re German).
The Smithereens “Strangers When We Meet” Especially for You Enigma Records ST-73208 Oh how I love this album, so many wonderful hooks.
Rod Stewart “Every Picture Tells a Story” Every Picture Tells a Story Mercury Records SRM 1-609 Quite the storyteller.
The Stone Roses “Elephant Stone” Elephant Stone Silvertone Records ORET1 Groovy late 80s.
Pete Townshend “Rough Boys” Empty Glass Atco Records SD 32-100 Pete hearts punk.
"Season 3, Episode 18" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E18 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter D, part 4, and some that begin with the letter E.
Billy Squier “Lonely Is the Night” Don’t Say No Capitol Records ST 12146 Led Zeppelin-esque, ain’t it?
Van Halen “Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now)” Diver Down Warner Bros Records BSK 3677 The Senior Mr. Van Halen on clarinet.
Dottie West & Don Gibson “Rings of Gold” Dottie & Don RCA Records LSP-4131 Don sure isn’t afraid of new and exciting trends in guitar electronics.
Harry Belafonte “Eden Was Just Like This” An Evening with Harry Belafonte RCA Records LPM-1402
Harry Belafonte with Nana Mouskouri “Walking on the Moon (Pame Mia Volta)” An Evening with Belafonte/Mouskouri RCA Records LSP-3415 Hey, folk songs from Greece.
Harry Belafonte with Miriam Makeba “Beware, Verwoerd!” An Evening with Belafonte/Makeba RCA Records LSP-3420 Hey, folk songs from South Africa.
Come “William” Eleven : Eleven Matador Records OLE 045-1 Thematic choice, of course.
Eagles “Witchy Woman” Eagles Asylum Records SD-5054 Spooooky.
Joe Ely “Suckin’ a Big Bottle of Gin” Joe Ely MCA Records MCA-2242 Not really something I would drink straight out of the bottle.
Ensemble Pearl “Painting on a Corpse” Ensemble Pearl Drag City Records DC544 Great project from Mr. O’Malley.
Bill Evans Trio “Haunted Heart” Explorations Riverside Records RLP 351 Spooooky.
Ex-Girl “Venus vs. Gas Onna” Endangered Species Alternative Tentacles Records VIRUS 313 Spacey.
Robert Fripp “Exposure” Exposure Polydor Records PD-1-6201 Interesting credt: Color by Stephen Sprouse.
Emmylou Harris “Ooh Las Vegas” Elite Hotel Reprise Records MS 2236 Nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.
"Season 3, Episode 17" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E17 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter D, part 4.
NOMEANSNO “The Day Everything Became Nothing” The Day Everything Became Nothing Alternative Tentacles VIRUS 62 Pummeling, good fun.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers “Even the Losers” Damn the Torpedoes Backstreet/MCA Records MCA-5105 This is the first album I purchased with my own money. It was a Fall to be raking leaves all right.
Pink Floyd “On the Run” The Dark Side of the Moon Harvest Records SMAS 11163 If you poke around the internet, you can find a great little video of David Gilmour explaining the early sequencer they used on this track. Here, let me help you: http://youtu.be/3rU_ei_x0Ag
The Rolling Stones “I’m Free” December’s Children (and Everybody’s) London Records PS 451 Having grown accustomed to the Primal Scream version of this song, I always expect the original to be more raucous-y.
Sade “Smooth Operator” Diamond Life Portrait Records FR 39581 If you happen to be working in film production, you can sing “Boom Operator” along with the song. Hours of good laughs, let me tell you.
Seals & Croft “Diamond Girl” Diamond Girl Warner Bros. Records BS2699 Listening to this song anew, I kind of get the feeling they were like “Hey, let’s get a kind of Moondance groove on this one.”
Shannon and the Clams “The Rabbit’s Nose” Dreams in the Rat House Hardly Art Records HAR-069 Hard to pick a single track on this album, but this track gets stuck in my brain more often than you’d think.
Sleep “Dopesmoker (Side 1)” Dopesmoker Southern Lord Records LORD158 Did I mention this is on transluscent green vinyl, and the album sleeve is holographic? Dude.
Sonic Youth “Rain King” Daydream Nation Blast First Records 7 75403-1 Absolutely reminds me of my days of living in Manhattan.
"Season 3, Episode 16" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
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Vinyl-O-Matic S03E16 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter D, part 3.
LCD Soundsystem “Disco Infiltrator (FK’s Infiltrated Vocal)” Disco Infiltrator DFA Records DFAEMI 2145 Bust out the mirror ball.
Mclusky “She Will Only Bring You Happiness” The Difference Between You and Me Is That I’m Not on Fire Too Pure Records PURE 154LP Note to self.
The Minutemen “This Ain’t No Picnic” Double Nickels on the Dime SST Records SST 028 I am playing a picnic this weekend. I might have to learn this riff.
Money Mark “Living in a Madman’s Hell” Demo? Or Demolition? Chocolate Industries CHLT 063
The Moody Blues with The London Festival Market “Lunch Break: Peak Hour” Days of Future Passed London Records DES 18012 Symphonic hooks.
R. Stevie Moore “Schoolgirl” Delicate Tension Personal Injury Records 01 Pretty fun. Pretty creepy.
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult “The Days of Swine + Roses(KMFDM Remix)” The Days of Swine + Roses Wax Trax WAX 9160 I suppose remixes make a lot more sense when your high on the dance floor. Not that I would know anything about that.
Mystic Braves “Coyote Blood” Desert Island Lolipop Records LPOP90 These guys are great live. You should totally go see them.
Nadja/Troum “Part 1” Dominum Visurgis Denovali Records DEN59 It’s ok, just relax and absorb.
Nadja “Falling Out of Your Head” Dagdrøm Broken Spine Records BSP06 Damn this album is so good. Nadja is so consummate as a duo, but the addition of Mac McNeilly renders them thoroughly transcendent on Dagdrøm.
"Season 3, Episode 15" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E15 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter D, part 2.
The Dream Syndicate “That’s What You Always” The Days of Wine and Roses Slash Records/Ruby Records 1-23844 Even after all these years, the more I listen to The Dream Syndicate, the more I like them.
Dumb Numbers “Strange Beauty” Dumb Numbers Joyful Noise Records JNR115 Some great stuff from the good folks at Joyful Noise Records, featuring lots of talented individuals. You should check it out.
Bob Dylan “Hurricane” Desire Columbia Records PC 33893 For better or worse, I will always associate this song with this scene: http://youtu.be/d8WHOiQZGok. That’s the power of film, I reckon.
Brian Eno “Three Variations on the Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel: (ii) French Catalogues” Discreet Music Obscure Records special OBS 3 Very discreet.
The Folk Implosion “Pole Position” Dare to Be Surprised The Communion Label comm 45 First track from their second album. And the second Barlow-related track in this episode.
Freakwater “You’re Still On My Mind” Dancing Under Water Thrill Jockey Records thrill040 First full-length outing from Freakwater, and a fine one.
Heart “Dreamboat Annie (Fantasy Child)/Dreamboat Annie/Dreamboat Annie (Reprise)” Dreamboat Annie Mushroom Records MRS-5005 So good, they did it thrice.
The Hollies “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” Distant Light Epic Records KE 30958 I guess this is what happens when the producer is out sick and the band is left to their own devices.
The Human League “Get Carter/Don’t You Want Me” Dare A&M Records SP-4892 I threw the Get Carter theme in there to keep it interesting, and it provides a nice contextual aspect to their Big Hit.
Billy Idol “Untouchables” Don’t Stop Chrysalis PV 44000 I wouldn’t say the original version of this song had some edge, but this version certainly does not. A few too many Hollywood music industry flourishes for my taste.
Waylon Jennings “Dreaming My Dreams” Dreaming My Dreams RCA Victor APL1-1062 A nice mellow rendition of this classic.
Elton John “Texas Love Song” Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player” MCA Records MCA-2100 I was more inclined to go with “Daniel” on this one, but then I realized not everyone has heard this gem.
Tom Jones “Dime Queen of Nevada” Darlin’ Mercury Records SRM-1-4010 I have no idea what this song is about.
"Season 3, Episode 14" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E14 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter C and some that begin with the letter D.
The Tubes “Talk to You Later” The Completion Backward Principle Capitol Records SOO-12151 One of my earliest MTV memories.
Worm Ourobouros “When We Are Gold” Come the Thaw The Flenser Records FR21 They played a Halloween show a year or two ago, and looked AMAZING! http://youtu.be/AaXXcAxSga4
Neil Young with Crazy Horse “Lotta Love” Comes a Time Reprise Records MSK 2266 Here’s a great Dino Jr cover of this song: http://youtu.be/a7UGui1QOSA
Zola Jesus “Vessel” Conatus Sacred Bones Records SBR-062 Hey speaking of videos, check this out: https://vimeo.com/30014047
Belle & Sebastian “I’m a Cuckoo” Dear Catastrophe Waitress Rough Trade Records RTRADELP 080 This video almost makes me want to start running again: http://youtu.be/GuKuw71YBbI
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young “Helpless” Déjà Vu Atlantic Records SD-7200 Started with upbeat Neil, ended with mellow Neil.
The Cult “Dreamtime” Dreamtime Beggars Banquet bega57 Before there was Love, there was Dreamtime.
Deerhoof “Super Duper Rescue Heads!” Deerhoof vs Evil Polyvinyl Records PRC-209-1 You lucky so-and-so.
Le Tigre “Deceptacon” The DFA Remixes, Chapter One Astralwerks/DFA ASW55191/094635519112 I presume you’ve seen this by now? http://youtu.be/fwrXC5OXqgc
Junior Senior “Shake Your Coconuts” The DFA Remixes, Chapter Two Astralwerks/DFA ASW71227/094637122716 The new piña colada song.
Dire Straits “Southbound Again” Dire Straits Warner Bros Records BSK 3266 Since “Sultans of Swing” is a song you really only need to hear once a decade (thanks to commercial rock radio), I went with this jaunty track instead.
Dion DiMucci “Donna the Prima Donna” Donna the Prima Donna Columbia Records CL 2107 2 minutes and 47 seconds of wonderful.
Bachman Turner Overdrive “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” Disco Party: 20 Non-Stop Original Hits by the Original Artists ADAM VIII A-8021 I don’t generally associate BTO with disco, but who am I to say?
Wilhelmina Wiggins Fernandez w/ London Symphony Orchestra “Aria from ‘La Wally’ (Catalani)” Diva: Original Soundtrack Recording DRG Records SL 9503 The first appearance of Domique Pinon in film. Check it out. http://youtu.be/NeZ-tPYzTKk
"Season 3, Episode 13" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E13 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter C, Part 4
Kowloon Walled City “Wrong Side of History” Container Ships Brutal Panda Records BPR-17 Bay Area bombast at its finest.
Stephen Malkmus “Vitamin C” Can’s Ege Bamyasi Played by Stephen Malkmus & Friends Matador Records OLE 1030-1 If I had to choose a Can song to cover, I think this would be it. Or “Turtles Have Short Legs”.
Bob Marley & the Wailers “Chant Down Babylon” Cofrontation Island Records 90085-1 Merciful in its brevity.
Men At Work “It’s a Mistake” Cargo Columbia Records QC 38660 Cargo is a pretty fine follow up to Business as Usual.
Wymond Miles “Night Drive” Cut Yourself Free Sacred Bones Records SBR-106 Gonna get some strange.
Joni Mitchell “Chelsea Morning” Clouds Reprise Records 6341 Seems pretty upbeat to be singing about Chelsea in Manhattan, but then again I am sure that I have different life experiences than Joni Mitchell.
Yves Montand “La Butte Rouge” Chansons Populaires de France Monitor Records MF 324 Pretty jaunty number by Montéhus about some gruesome battles of the Somme in 1916.
New Order “Ceremony” Ceremony Factory Records 33 For those of you playing along at home, the is the 2nd 12” version of “Ceremony”, re-recorded to feature the recent addition of Gillian Gilbert on guitar.
Buck Owens & His Buckaroos “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy” Christmas with Buck Owens & His Buckaroos Capitol Records T2396 If you must own one Xmas album, this should be the one.
Elvis Presley “Put Your Hand in the Hand” A Canadian Tribute RCA Victor Records KKL1-7065 What the hell? Elvis singing a goddamn hippie song? And a Canadian one at that?
Charley Pride “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” Country Music Time Life Records STW-101 Speaking of jaunty.
Prince “Jack U Off” Controversy Warner Bros Recrods BSK 3601 So controversial.
Pylon “Crazy” Crazy DB Records DB 61 So darned good.
Frank Sinatra “It Could Happen to You” Close to You Capitol Records W789 I guess it could.
Cat Stevens “Sitting” Catch Bull at Four A&M SP 4365 I’ve was never much of a Cat Stevens enthusiast, but I heard this song a Pseu Braun compilation, and, well, it’s so darned good.
The Tom Tom Club “The Man with the 4-Way Hips” Closer to the Bone Sire Records 23916-1 Wait, how many ways? I should probably start doing yoga.
"Season 3, Episode 12" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E12 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter C, Part 3
Carpenters “Help!” Close to You A&M Records SP 4271 Interesting take on one my fave Fab Four tunes.
The Cars “My Best Friend’s Girl” The Cars Elektra Records 6E-135 Irresistable pop riffing.
Shaun Cassidy “Da Doo Ron Ron” Shaun Cassidy Warner Brothers BS 3067 Teen beat.
John Coltrane “Little Old Lady” Coltrane Jazz Atlantic 1354 I would imagine Hoagy would have liked this.
George Carlin “I Used to Be Irish Catholic” Class Clown Little David Records LD 1004 It’s a mystery.
Mario Davidovsky “Electronic Study No. 1” Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center Columbia Records ML 5966 Pioneering sounds.
Josie Cotton “Johnny, Are You Queer?” Convertible Music Elektra Records 60140-1 One of the many great tracks from the film Valley Girl.
Ferlin Husky “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Country Christmas Pickwick Records SPC 1012 Known for their sound-alike records and bargain-bin compilations, it’s always xmas time with this album.
Credence Clearwater Revival “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” Credence Gold Fantasy Records 9418
Marshall Crenshaw “Cynical Girl” Marshall Crenshaw Warner Bros Records BSK 3673 Man, pop just does not get much better than this.
Cansei Deser Sexy “Let’s Make Love to Death from Above” CSS Sub Pop Records sp717 Hello 2006.
The Decemberists “Grace Cathedral Hill” Castaways and Cutouts Hush Records HSH 049|Jealous Butcher Records JBR 052 Great, simple organ and great, simple pedal steel on this.
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem “Little St. Nick” A Christmas Together RCA Victor Records AFL1-3451 As usual, Animal steals the show.
Peter Frampton “Shine On” Comes Alive A&M SP-3703 Oof. So painful. Sure I could have chosen one of the hits, but they’re too damn long for no good reason.
Connie Francis “Oh Lonesome Me” Country Music Connie Style MGM Records E 4079 Connie styles this Don Gibson number quite well.
Erroll Garner “Mambo Carmel” Concert by the Sea Columbia Records CL 883 Ah, so relaxing.
Kiss “Kiss That Girl Goodbye” Peter Criss Casablanca Records NBLP7121 One of the better tracks of this solo outing.
"Season 3, Episode 11" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E11 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter C, Part 2
Pat Benatar “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” Crimes of Passion Chrysalis Records CHE 1275 What the heck, let’s go with the hit.
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “Cursed Sleep” Cursed Sleep Drag City Records DC316 Some great vox from Mr. Oldham & Ms. McCarthy.
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “The Way” Cold & Wet Drag City Records DC318 A great live track, also from BPB’s The Letting Go.
Boston Pops/Arthur Fiedler “Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saëns)” Carnival of the Animals/The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra RCA Victor LSC-2596 Listen close, you might recognize some themes, apart from the snap-crackle-pop of the vinyl.
Bowerbirds “This Year” The Clearing Dead Oceans DOC033 Charming, soaring stuff from these good folks.
Jimmy Buffett “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude ABC Records AB-990 I’m not exactly sure how I came to have all these Buffett albums in my collection excpet to say that the early stuff is kind of a guilty pleasure, although nothing really surpasses the soundtrack to Rancho Deluxe. After that everything gets a little corny. Don’t get me wrong, I love corn.
Jimmy Buffett “The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful” Coconut Telegraph MCA Records MCA-5189 Ahyuk. Oy.
Joel Grey & Liza Minnelli “Money, Money” Caberet Original Sound Track Recording ABC Records ABCD-752 It’s Weimar. How can you not like it?
The Capes & Masks “The Eagles Code” Comic Book Heroes Mainstream Records 56069 Yeah, I don’t know either.
"Season 3, Episode 10" - KWTF - Vinyl-O-Matic
Vinyl-O-Matic S03E10 A New Sense of Purpose: Albums that begin with the letter B (and C too!)
Rochester Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf “Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat Major: Allegro, Presto (Beethoven)” Beethoven: “Eroica” Harmony Records HL 7053
Rolling Stones “Stray Cat Blues” Beggars Banquet London Records PS 539 Now that’s a groove.
The Royal Scotch Guards “Death March” Bagpipes AAMCO Records ALP 328 Sorry (not sorry).
Sebadoh “Bouquet for a Siren” Bubble & Scrape Sub Pop Records SP192 Indie. Pop.
Silver Jews “Tennessee” Bright Flight Drag City Records DC215 Mr. and Mrs.
Cat Stevens “A Bad Penny” Buddha and the Chocolate Box A&M Records SP 3623 Huh, not bad.
Stray Cats “Stray Cat Strut” Built for Speed Emi Records ST-17070 Descending.
T. Rex “Jeepster” The Best of T. Rex, 1970-1973 Warner Bros 25333 Speaking of grooves.
Talking Heads “Blind” Blind Sire Records PRO-A-3182 Back from the days of Extended Twelve Inch Remixes.
Mel Tillis “Little Ole Wine Drinker Me” The Best of Mel Tillis MCA Records MCA2-4091
Tortoise and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy “It’s Expected I’m Gone” The Brave and the Bold Overcoat Records This lead to the downfall of man.
Tom Waits “Whistlin’ Past the Graveyard” Blue Valentine Asylum Records 6E-162 Definitely gotta be peppy when you’re whistlin’ past the graveyard.
Eddy Arnold “The Streets of Laredo” Cattle Call RCA Victor LSP-2578 This song will always make me think of this: http://youtu.be/N99Ps4nLBGU
Bananarama “Cruel Summer” Cruel Summer London Records 810 291-1 R-1 So cruel.