Sound Salvation (Music)
With Steve Pick
Fri Mar 11th 2011 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 Left Banke “She May Call You Up Tonight” from There's Gonna Be a Storm - The Complete Recordings 1966-1969 (Mercury 1992) —My friend Geoff Kessell moved to New York a year or more ago, and last week, he got to see the Left Banke play this live. Jealous much? Yep.Buy it!
Brian Andrew Marek's Hissy Tape “Firecracker” from Magnetic Sound Recording Tape (BAM 2011) L —Brian Marek writes songs which hang together so well, and the arrangements are so intricately tied into the song itself. This demo EP is a delight.Buy it!
Tanita Tikaram “Twist In My Sobriety” from Ancient Heart (Reprise 1988) —I don't remember who reminded me of this one on Facebook, but I was glad to remember - she made some very good records which didn't sell, back in the day when record companies let them keep trying for a while.Buy it!
David Lowery “I Sold the Arabs the Moon” from The Palace Guards (429 2011) N —Every song I've heard on this record has been really, really good - Lowery pushes himself to new levels of achievement here.Buy it!
Andy Friedman “It's Time For Church” from Laserbeams and Dreams (City Salvage 2011) N —I knew next to nothing about this guy when I put the disc in, and this first song left my jaw on the floor - I could say it's about leaving organized religion for art and loneliness, but a description barely hints at the complexity & beauty of this song.Buy it!
Townes Van Zandt “High, Low and In Between” from High, Low, and In Between (Tomato 1972) —One of them there Townes Van Zandt classics that remind us why every singer/songwriter in Texas & beyond since he started has to nod in his direction.Buy it!
Lucinda Williams “Sweet Love” from Blessed SINGLE (Lost Highway 2011) N —Lucinda hasn't written many songs expressing pure pleasure in love, but here's proof that she can do it pretty darn well.Buy it!
Rumn Drum Ramblers “Gonna Haunt You” from Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders 2011) N L —Holy moley! I love this record. St. Louisians who understand that the forms of 30s music don't mean anything without the spirit of the new teens.Buy it!
The Velvet Underground “I Heard Her Call My Name” from White Light / White Heat (Verve 1968) —The second Velvets album is not one that I pull out very often, but listening to it last night, I once again fell in love with its everything in the kitchen sink noisy, messy approach. It's not easy to do this, kids.Buy it!
Green On Red “Gravity Talks” (Wounded Bird 1983) —They did have a bit of Velvets spirit in them, I think - another idea I nicked from Facebook friends, and I feel bad I can't remember who put it in my head.Buy it!
Chris Cacavas “Tell Me Everything” from Love's Been Discontinued (Blue Rose 2009) —That guy playing the killer organ on the Green on Red song has been releasing solo records of merit, but I never heard anything until Bill Glahn mentioned them on Facebook the other day.Buy it!
Chuck Prophet “Let's Do Something Wrong” from Soap and Water (Yep Roc 2007) —Well, he wasn't in Green on Red on their first album, but he was later, so what the heck? I haven't heard this gem in a while.Buy it!
Charles Mingus “Better Git It In Your Soul” from Mingus Ah Um (Columbia 1959) —The first jazz record I ever heard, the first song on the first side, which means I fell in love pretty much right away.Buy it!
Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland & Robert Cray “T-Bone Shuffle” from Showdown! (Alligator Records 1985) —There have been a lot of versions of "T-Bone Shuffle" over the last 60 years - this is my fave not done by T-Bone Walker.Buy it!
Stevie Wonder “If It's Magic” from Songs In The Key Of Life CD ALBUM (Universal/Motown 1976) —Another Facebook-inspired song - I don't remember who posted it, but I do remember Steve Carosello calling it a highpoint in a career of highpoints.Buy it!
Johnny Nash “Hold Me Tight” from The Reggae Collection (Epic 1993) —This one I snatched from Peter Holsapple's post on Facebook - so many great ideas pass me by every day. How did I program this show before FB?Buy it!
Elton John “Salvation” from Honky Chateau (MCA 1972) —While I knew all the singles back in the day, I'm only just now discovering some pretty spectacular Elton John album cuts - like this uplifting gem.Buy it!
Martin Belmont “Island of Dreams” from The Guest List (Gold Top 2010) N —So recently, I was on a Facebook thread and up popped Martin Belmont, former Rumour guitarist. I asked what he's been up to, & he told me about this album of duets - this one features Geraint Watkins.Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “What Love Can Do” from Working On a Dream (Columbia 2009) —You know there are some good songs on this record, if only it wasn't mastered in such a way that my ears hurt after three or four consecutive songs.Buy it!
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