Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Aug 31st 2012 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
The Magnetic Fields “The Only Boy in Town” from Love At The Bottom Of The Sea (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2012) N —Sometimes I actively try to resist Stephin Merritt - don't ask me why. But darned if he doesn't have a way with words and a catchy little tune.Buy it!
Paul McCartney “Smile Away” from Ram (Apple 1971) —It was only yesterday, 41 years after I first heard this song which I've heard at least 100 times since that I realized he's actually singing "Smile Away" and not "Small World" as I've sung along forever.Buy it!
Graham Parker & The Figgs “Chloroform” from Songs of No Consequence (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2005) —I'm excited about the upcoming Graham Parker and the Rumour reunion album. But he's made some pretty darn good records without them, too.Buy it!
Craig Finn “Honolulu Blues” from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant 2012) N —Definitely an album that benefits from repeated listens - this guy is way too smart to hit you on the head with one listen.Buy it!
Ike Reilly Assassination “It's Hard to Make Love to An American” from We Belong to the Staggering Evening (Rock Ridge 2007) —One of the best songwriters of the last dozen years, and one who needs more attention.Buy it!
Elvis Costello “Worthless Thing (live)” from Goodbye Cruel World (Ryko 1995) —Few albums in pop history have had more good songs ruined by bad production. But this solo live version saves at least one of them.Buy it!
The Grass Roots “Things I Should Have Said” from Anthology: 1965-1975 (Rhino 1991) —I came into pop music in 1971, for the last couple of big hits by these guys. I never heard this one in real time, but it's a charmer, to be sure.Buy it!
The Educated Guess “A Coward's Last Stand” from West Skyline Drive (self 2009) —This Charlie Brumley guy is world class, and he lives right here in our town. This album is available as a free download:http://theeducatedguess.com/album/west-skyline-driveBuy it!
Christian Scott “Danziger” from Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord 2012) N —I'm not sure I understand what he's going on about in the liner notes, something about a new way of relating the improvisation to the written part, but I definitely know this is a major work by a major young trumpet player/composer.Buy it!
Ambrose Akinmusire “Far But Few Between” from When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note www.bluenote.com 2011) —Another young trumpeter, not quite as accomplished as Scott, but with a powerful voice and some great ideas.Buy it!
The Blasters “Rock Boppin' Baby (live)” from Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings (1981-1985) (Rhino 2002) —I had to look it up - the writer of this song was Ed Bruce, who recorded for Sun. I don't know the original, but I love this one.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Oh Lonely Days” from Lonely Weekends: The Best of the Sun Years 1958-1962 (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 1998) —The young man could croon, though he would get even better.Buy it!
Dan Bern “Don't Get Mad Get Even” from Drifter (self 2012) N —Dan Bern has released two new records on his own, and they are typically terrific. Another genius songwriter who can't get noticed enough.Buy it!
Commander Cody “It's Gonna Be One of Those Nights” from Dopers Drunks and Everyday Losers (blind pig blindpigrecords.com 2009) —The Commander redid one of his old gems a couple years ago, and it turns out fine.Buy it!
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