Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Nov 1st 2013 7.00am–10.00am
Time zone: central
Alejandro Escovedo “Put You Down” from With These Hands (Ryko 1996) —Some people say the world's a strange and evil place / Others say because the sun shines every day we should live life come what may.Buy it!
Neko Case “Night Still Comes” from The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti- 2013) N —My brain makes drugs to keep me slow. That's the first line on this album. Well, you have my attention.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Met)” from The Bootleg Series, Vol 4, Live 1966: The Royal Albert Hall Concert (Columbia 1998) —It took me a long time to warm up to this concert - I miss Levon Helm's drumming with the Band, and Robertson's guitar didn't hit me right away. But goshdangit, this is some powerful shit right here.Buy it!
Sly & The Family Stone “Into My Own Thing” from LIfe (Epic 1968) —George Clinton must have played this cut over and over and over again, taking very careful notes. There's a reason he gave Sly some employment later.Buy it!
Buckwheat Zydeco “Come and Get Yourself Some” from Jackpot! (Tomorrow Recordings 2005) —Do you believe in having a party, do you believe in having fun? Sure! As long as I'm in bed by a decent hour.Buy it!
Amy Gore and Her Valentines “I'm Addicted” from In Love (self 2012) —This former Gore Gore Girl made one heck of a crunchy pop record last year - if this had come out in 1979, I'd have worshipped her.Buy it!
The Beatles “Ticket to Ride” from Help! CD ALBUM (Parlophone 1965) —I remember we sang this one in Concert Choir in high school, though I think it was based off the Carpenters version. At any rate, it must have been weird.Buy it!
Lou Reed “Waves of Fear” from The Blue Mask (RCA 1982) —When I heard the news that he passed away Sunday, this was the first song that popped into my head, and I had to hear it almost right away. A masterpiece of guitar terror.Buy it!
Lou Reed “Ecstasy” (Reprise 2000) —I've read a lot of really good essays on Lou Reed this past week, including one that reminded me I should have kept listening to this album a lot more when it came out. Lou Reed could never be dismissed, you know.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “I Heard Her Call My Name” from White Light / White Heat (Verve 1968) —Underneath all the noise, this is a magnificent pop song. Inside this magnificent pop song there is a wave of fear which can only be addressed by noise. Magnificent!Buy it!
Lou Reed “The Bells” (Arista 1979) —To say that I wasn't ready to listen openly to a 9 minute song with this many layers to it in 1979, well, that's an understatement of immense proportions. But it sure holds up!Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “She's My Best Friend” from VU (Polydor 1985) —The songs on this album, all rejected for various reasons when they were recorded, some redone by Lou Reed solo, are among my faves from the Velvets.Buy it!
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane “Blue Monk” from At Carnegie Hall (Blue Note 2005) —Lou Reed had nothing to do with this cut. But I had to finish the hour with something, and this is pretty great!Buy it!
Sweet Honey In The Rock “I've Got to Know” from Woody Guthrie: At 100! (Live At the Kennedy Center) (Legacy 2013) N —Sweet Honey isn't the same without Bernice Johnson Reagon, but this still sounds richer than almost any other vocal group in the world you could name.Buy it!
Queen “She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)” from Sheer Heart Attack (Hollywood Records 1974) —Big and bold and really quite lovely. I don't think they ever did much else that sounded like this cut.Buy it!
The Rides “Only Teardrops Fall” from Can't Get Enough (429 2013) N —Stephen Stills can't croon the way he used to, but he sings this one with conviction and spirit, and I think it's pretty cool.Buy it!