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  • SOUND AWAKE Setlist: September 2, 2008

    Set 3 2008, 2:38

    3 PM:
    [BBC News Headlines]

    A SOUND AWAKE SPECIAL PRESENTATION:
    Brian Wilson / That Lucky Old Sun [Radio Special] / [CD editions released today] (Capitol 08)

    4 O'CLOCK 80s BLOCK:
    Men at Work / Overkill / Cargo (Columbia 83)
    The Monroes / What Do All the People Know / The Monroes (Alfa 82)
    Alphaville / Sounds Like a Melody / Forever Young (Atlantic 84)
    Sigue Sigue Sputnik / Love Missile F1-11 / Flaunt It (EMI Manhattan 86)
    The Polecats / Make a Circuit With Me / [7" Single] (Mercury UK 82)
    [4:20 DRUG WAR NEWS with DEAN BECKER]
    The Style Council / Long Hot Summer [12" Mix] / The Singular Adventures of The Style Council (Polydor 83/89)
    Bridge Music: Tangerine Dream / Quichotte [Part II] / Pergamon (Castle UK 80)

    4:30 PM:
    Computer vs. Banjo / Giving Up on Ghosts / Computer vs. Banjo (Diagram 08)
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club / Ain't No Easy Way / Howl (RCA 05)
    Suzanne Vega / Fat Man & Dancing Girl / 99.9 F­­° (A&M 92)
    Delerium [Vocals: Camille Henderson] / Duende / Karma (Nettwerk 97)
    Spiritualized / Sweet Talk / Songs in A&E (Spaceman/Sanctuary 08) [appearing @ Meridian September 26]
    Nick Drake / Day Is Done / Five Leaves Left (Hannibal 69)
    Exit Music: Tangerine Dream / Quichotte [Part I] / Pergamon (Castle UK 80)
  • SOUND AWAKE Setlist: August 26, 2008

    Ago 27 2008, 6:45

    3 PM:
    [BBC News Headlines]
    The Beach Boys / I Should Have Known Better; Tell Me Why / Beach Boys' Party! (Capitol 65)
    The Pete Best Band / Step Outside / Haymans Green (Lightyear Entertainment 08) [released September 16/appearing at Dan Electros Guitar Bar Friday, October 11]
    The Rutles / Questionnaire / Archaeology (Virgin 96)
    The Solipsistics / Ruin My Day / Selected and uncollected recordings (Frigidisk 08)
    Jimmie Dale Gilmore / Where Is Love Now / Braver Newer World (Elektra 96)
    Duffy / Warwick Avenue / Rockferry (Mercury 08)
    Bridge Music: Ratatat / Shiller / LP3 (XL/Beggars Group 08)

    3:30 PM:
    The Pretenders / Boots of Chinese Plastic / Break Up the Concrete (Shangri-La 08) [released October 7]
    T.Rex / Solid Gold Easy Action / 20th Century Boy: The Ultimate Collection (Hip-O 72/02)
    Eddie Cochran / Somethin' Else / Somethin' Else: The Fine Lookin' Hits of Eddie Cochran (Razor & Tie 59/98)
    flowers to hide / 503 / Down the Stairs [EP] (self-release 08)
    Electric Six / Electric Demons in Love / Fire (XL/Beggars Group 03)
    Retribution Gospel Choir / What She Turned Into / Retribution Gospel Choir (Caldo Verde 08)
    Neutral Milk Hotel / Holland, 1945 / In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Merge 98)
    Voxhaul Broadcast / Rotten Apples / Rotten Apples (Retone 08)
    Colin Hay / Me and My Imaginary Friend / Are You Lookin' at Me? (Lazy Eye/Compass 07) [appearing at Dosey Doe Coffee House, The Woodlands, this Sunday]
    Bridge Music: Ratatat / Falcon Jab / LP3 (XL/Beggars Group 08)

    4 O'CLOCK 80s BLOCK:
    Gang of Four / Call Me Up / Songs of the Free (Warner Bros. 82) [request]
    Prefab Sprout / Don't Sing / Swoon (Kitchenware/Epic 84)
    The B-52's / Housework / Bouncing Off the Satellites (Warner Bros. 86)
    Wang Chung / Even If You Dream / Points on the Curve (Geffen 83)
    Micro Chip League / Communicate / New York [12" Single] (Oak Lawn 87)
    [4:20 DRUG WAR NEWS with DEAN BECKER]
    China Crisis/ Arizona Sky [Full Length Mix] / Collection (Caroline 86/97)
    Bridge Music: Ratatat / Shempi / LP3 (XL/Beggars Group 08)

    4:30 PM:
    springtide / Crucial / Just Before April (self-release 08) [physical CD now available]
    Film School / Lectric / Hideout (Beggars Banquet 07)
    Lush / Downer / Gala (4AD 90)
    Tearwave / Ripped Apart / Different Shade of Beauty (Projekt 08)
    Slowdive / Miranda / Pygmalion (Castle UK 95)
    Soundpool / So Much for That / Dichotomies + Dreamland (Aloft 08)
    Exit Music: Ratatat / Black Heroes / LP3 (XL/Beggars Group 08)
  • SOUND AWAKE Setlist: August 19, 2008

    Ago 20 2008, 4:06

    SOUND AWAKE broadcasts every Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 5 PM Central on KPFT 90.1 FM (Pacifica Radio) in Houston. You can listen online at http://kpft.org. More information (and full setlists with weblinks) can be found at http://myspace.com/soundawakeradio.

    3 PM:
    [BBC News Headlines]
    Dennis Wilson / Thoughts of You / Pacific Ocean Blue (Caribou/Epic/Legacy 77)
    Tearwave / Nothing's Wrong / Different Shade of Beauty (Projekt 08)
    Cocteau Twins / Summerhead / Four-Calendar Cafe (Capitol 93)
    Portishead / The Rip / Third (Mercury 08)
    BjÖrK / Heirloom / Vespertine (Elektra 01)
    Bridge Music: Anthony William Herndon / the adventure of L / Dig It (Somnium Creations 04)

    3:30 PM:

    JERRY WEXLER 1917-2008:
    Aretha Franklin / Drown in My Own Tears / I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (Atlantic/Rhino 67)
    Dusty Springfield / The Windmills of Your Mind / Dusty in Memphis (Atlantic/Rhino 69)
    Bob Dylan / Man Gave Names to All the Animals / Slow Train Coming (Columbia 79)

    Vampire Weekend / Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa / Vampire Weekend (XL/Beggars Group 08)
    Erasure / Solsbury Hill / Other People's Songs (Mute 03)
    Stereolab / Three Women / Chemical Chords (4AD/Beggars Group 08) [released today]
    Bridge Music: Anthony William Herndon / trip from the hip / Dig It (Somnium Creations 04)

    4 O'CLOCK 80s BLOCK:
    Blotto / I Wanna Be a Lifeguard / Collected Works (One Way 80/94)
    Men Without Hats / Pop Goes the World / Pop Goes the World (Mercury 87)
    Magazine / About the Weather / Magic, Murder and the Weather (I.R.S. 81)
    Bananarama / Shy Boy [Extended Mix] / Richard Blade's Flashback Favorites, v.2 [Various Artists] / Oglio (82/93)
    The Art of Noise / A Time for Fear (Who's Afraid) / (Who's Afraid of?) the Art of Noise! (ZTT 84)
    [4:20 DRUG WAR NEWS with DEAN BECKER]
    The Stone Roses / Elephant Stone / The Stone Roses (Silvertone 89)
    Bridge Music: Anthony William Herndon / A HIT REALITY PROGRAM / Dig It (Somnium Creations 04)

    4:30 PM:
    MGMT / The Youth / Oracular Spectacular (Columbia 08)
    Slik / Forever and Ever / Slik (Bell UK 76)
    Manic Street Preachers / Indian Summer / Send Away the Tigers (Red Ink 07)
    Red State Update / Noodles, Powder, Water, & Meat / How Freedom Sounds (Dualtone 08)
    Randy Newman / A Few Words in Defense of Our Country / Harps and Angels (Nonesuch 08)
    The Spinners / Games People Play [AKA They Just Can't Stop It] / Pick of the Litter (Atlantic 75) [PERVIS "12:45" JACKSON 1938-2008]
    Exit Music: Anthony William Herndon / 4play / Dig It (Somnium Creations 04)
  • SOUND AWAKE Setlist: August 19, 2008

    Ago 20 2008, 4:04

    SOUND AWAKE broadcasts every Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 5 PM Central on KPFT 90.1 FM (Pacifica Radio) in Houston. You can listen online at http://kpft.org. More information (and full setlists with weblinks) can be found at http://myspace.com/soundawakeradio.

    3 PM:
    [BBC News Headlines]
    Dennis Wilson / Thoughts of You / Pacific Ocean Blue (Caribou/Epic/Legacy 77)
    Tearwave / Nothing's Wrong / Different Shade of Beauty (Projekt 08)
    Cocteau Twins / Summerhead / Four-Calendar Cafe (Capitol 93)
    Portishead / The Rip / Third (Mercury 08)
    BjÖrK / Heirloom / Vespertine (Elektra 01)
    Bridge Music: Anthony William Herndon / the adventure of L / Dig It (Somnium Creations 04)

    3:30 PM:

    JERRY WEXLER 1917-2008:
    Aretha Franklin / Drown in My Own Tears / I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (Atlantic/Rhino 67)
    Dusty Springfield / The Windmills of Your Mind / Dusty in Memphis (Atlantic/Rhino 69)
    Bob Dylan / Man Gave Names to All the Animals / Slow Train Coming (Columbia 79)

    Vampire Weekend / Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa / Vampire Weekend (XL/Beggars Group 08)
    Erasure / Solsbury Hill / Other People's Songs (Mute 03)
    STEREOLAB / Three Women / Chemical Chords (4AD/Beggars Group 08) [released today]
    Bridge Music: Anthony William Herndon / trip from the hip / Dig It (Somnium Creations 04)

    4 O'CLOCK 80s BLOCK:
    Blotto / I Wanna Be a Lifeguard / Collected Works (One Way 80/94)
    Men Without Hats / Pop Goes the World / Pop Goes the World (Mercury 87)
    Magazine / About the Weather / Magic, Murder and the Weather (I.R.S. 81)
    Bananarama / Shy Boy [Extended Mix] / Richard Blade's Flashback Favorites, v.2 [Various Artists] / Oglio (82/93)
    The Art of Noise / A Time for Fear (Who's Afraid) / (Who's Afraid of?) the Art of Noise! (ZTT 84)
    [4:20 DRUG WAR NEWS with DEAN BECKER]
    The Stone Roses / Elephant Stone / The Stone Roses (Silvertone 89)
    Bridge Music: Anthony William Herndon / A HIT REALITY PROGRAM / Dig It (Somnium Creations 04)

    4:30 PM:
    MGMT / The Youth / Oracular Spectacular (Columbia 08)
    Slik / Forever and Ever / Slik (Bell UK 76)
    Manic Street Preachers / Indian Summer / Send Away the Tigers (Red Ink 07)
    Red State Update / Noodles, Powder, Water, & Meat / How Freedom Sounds (Dualtone 08)
    Randy Newman / A Few Words in Defense of Our Country / Harps and Angels (Nonesuch 08)
    The Spinners / Games People Play [AKA They Just Can't Stop It] / Pick of the Litter (Atlantic 75) [PERVIS "12:45" JACKSON 1938-2008]
    Exit Music: Anthony William Herndon / 4play / Dig It (Somnium Creations 04)
  • SOUND AWAKE Setlist: August 5, 2008

    Ago 7 2008, 13:48

    3 PM:
    [BBC News Headlines]
    The Beach Boys / A Thing or Two / Wild Honey (Capitol 67)
    Paul Westerberg / (Tell Me) Who You Gonna Marry? [unofficial title] / 49:00 [digital download] (self-release 08)
    Marshall Crenshaw / Don't Disappear Now / Life's Too Short (MCA/Paradox 91)
    R.E.M. / Accelerate / Accelerate (Warner Bros. 08)
    Interpol / PDA / Turn On the Bright Lights (Matador/Beggars Group 02)

    3:30 PM:
    David Byrne & Brian Eno / Strange Overtones / Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (self-release 08) [track available for free at website/album available August 18]
    Orbital / Lush 3-1 / Orbital [Brown Album] (FFRR 93)
    Stevie Wonder / Another Star / Songs in the Key of Life (Tamla/Motown 76) [See http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/yradish/15499/the-top-20-albums-of-all-time-for-real]
    The Presets / This Boy's in Love / Apocalypso (Modular/Interscope 08)
    Gavin Friday / You, Me and World War Three (Island 96)
    Roger Sanchez / Another Chance [Original Edit] / [CD Single] (Defected UK 01)

    4 O'CLOCK 80s BLOCK:
    Josie Cotton / Johnny Are You Queer? / Valley Girl [Music From the Soundtrack] (Rhino 81/94)
    Felony / The Fanatic / Valley Girl [Music From the Soundtrack] (Rhino 81/94) [DANSEPARC presents a Valley Girl tribute Saturday at Numbers]
    THE JUDY'S / He's the One for Her / The Moo Album (Wasted Talent 85)
    Graham Parker And The Rumour [Backing vocals: Bruce Springsteen] / Endless Night / The Up Escalator (Arista 80)
    David Bowie / Day-In Day-Out / Never Let Me Down (Virgin 87)
    Cabaret Voltaire / Sensoria [7" Mix] / [7" Single] (Some Bizarre/Virgin UK 84) [request]
    [4:20 DRUG WAR NEWS with DEAN BECKER]
    ABBA / The Visitors / The Visitors (Polydor 81)

    4:30 PM:
    Randy Newman / Korean Parents / Harps and Angels (Nonesuch 08) [released today]
    Ferrante & Teicher / Exodus / All-Time Greatest Hits (CEMA Special Markets 61/92) [LOUIS TEICHER 1924-2008]
    The Flaming Lips / All We Have Is Now / Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Warner Bros. 02)
    Letters VS. Numbers / Heresy / Soon (self-release 08)
    Yes / Siberian Khatru / Close to the Edge (Elektra/Rhino 72)

    Bridge/Exit Music: Drop Trio / Big Dipper (self-release 03)
  • SOUND AWAKE Setlist: July 29, 2008

    Lug 30 2008, 5:13

    3 PM:
    [BBC News Headlines]
    The Beach Boys / The Trader / Holland (Capitol 73)

    Live Guest: Arthur Yoria
    Little of This, Little of That / [Digital Single/free download from website] (12/08)
    I Wouldn't if I Were You [live]

    3:30 PM:
    Arthur Yoria / The Libyans / [Digital Single] (12 08)
    Belle & Sebastian / Lazy Line Painter Jane / Push Barman to Open Old Wounds / Matador/Beggars Group (97/05)
    Red State Update / Iraq (I Don't Wanna Go) / How Freedom Sounds / Dualtone (08) [Released Last Week]
    Chissum Worthington / War Is Cool / Chissum Worthington and the Secret of the Nerdle (self-release 06)
    Rodney Allen Rippy / Take Life a Little Easier / Take Life a Little Easier (Bell 74) [40 today!]
    Super Furry Animals / Show Your Hand / Hey Venus! (Rough Trade/Beggars Group 07 digital/vinyl; 08 CD)
    E / I've Been Kicked Around / A Man Called E (Polydor 92)

    SPECIAL ONE-HOUR 30TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO NUMBERS [Anniversary party held Saturday]

    4 PM:
    The Smiths / What Difference Does It Make? / The Smiths (Sire 84)
    Pop Will Eat Itself / There Is No Love Between Us Anymore [Specially Extended 12" Mix] / [12" Single] (Chapter 22 UK 88)
    Siouxsie & The Banshees / Cities in Dust [Extended Version] / Tinderbox [CD Bonus Track] (Geffen 86)
    The Cure / A Forest [Tree Mix] / Mixed Up (Elektra 90)
    [4:20 Drug War News]
    Depeche Mode / Get the Balance Right! [Combination Mix] / [12" Single] / Sire (83)
    Bridge Music: Vicious Pink / 8:15 to Nowhere / Wes Wallace: vS. [Various Artists] (self-release 00)

    4:30 PM:
    The Gruesome Twosome / Hallucinaton Generation [Syametic Nightmare] / [12"/CD Maxi-Single] (Nettwerk Canada 89)
    My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult / Do You Fear (For Your Child) / I See Good Spirits and I See Bad Spirits (Rykodisc 88)
    Fischerspooner / Emerge / 1 (Capitol 01)
    The Postal Service / Such Great Heights / Give Up (Sub Pop 03)
    Exit Music: Kraftwerk / Numbers/Computer World / Minimum-Maximum [Live] (Astralwerks 05)
  • SOUND AWAKE Setlist: July 15, 2008

    Lug 16 2008, 5:28

    3 PM:
    BBC News Headlines
    Brian Wilson / Love and Mercy / Brian Wilson (Warner Archives/Rhino 88)
    Friendly Fires / On Board / Friendly Fires (XL/Beggars Group 08) [album released September 1]
    Hot Butter / Popcorn / Super Hits of the '70s: Have a Nice Day, v.14 [Various Artists] (Rhino 72/90)
    Yazoo / Ode to Boy [Das Shadow Re-Work] / Reconnected EP (Mute UK 08) [appearing at Lakewood Theater, Dallas next Tuesday, July 22]
    Everything But the Girl / Flipside / Walking Wounded / Atlantic (96)
    Bridge Music: Twilight Archive / Something Unquiet / Ritual Fiction (Electrophonogram 08)

    3:30 PM:
    Arthur Yoria / I Don't Wear Red / [digital single] (12 08) [appearing on SOUND AWAKE and at McGonigel's Mucky Duck Tuesday, July 29]
    Fleetwood Mac / The Ledge / Tusk (Warner Bros. 79)
    fredmusic / Sugar / Sound Awake (Overdone Music 05)
    The New Pornographers / Chump Change / Electric Version (Matador/Beggars Group 03)
    Dulcesky / Icon of Distress / Unfamiliar EP (Nueve Music/Eden's Watchtower 08)
    The Church / Ripple / Priest=Aura (Arista 92)
    Southern Backtones / Forever / Southern Backtones (self-release 04) [appearing at AvantGarden Friday]
    Bridge Music: TWILIGHT ARCHIVE / Flow of Know / Ritual Fiction (Electrophonogram 08)

    4 O'CLOCK 80s BLOCK: SPECIAL Todd Rundgren EDITION
    [all selections performed and/or produced by Todd, who appears at Warehouse Live Monday, July 21]
    TODD RUNDGREN / Something to Fall Back On / A Cappella (Rhino 85) [request]
    " / Pulse / Healing (Rhino/Bearsville 81)
    " / Don't Hurt Yourself / The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect (Rhino/Bearsville 82)
    The Rubinoos / If I Had You Back / Party of Two [EP] (Wounded Bird 83)
    The Pursuit Of Happiness / She's So Young / Love Junk (Chrysalis 88)
    4:20 DRUG WAR NEWS with DEAN BECKER
    Jules Shear / Whispering Your Name / Watch Dog (EMI America 83)
    XTC / Mermaid Smiled / Skylarking [original LP/current CD editions] (Caroline 86)
    Bridge Music: TWILIGHT ARCHIVE / No Longer Nomads / Ritual Fiction (Electrophonogram 08)

    4:30 PM:
    Peter Gabriel / Down to Earth / Wall•E [Soundtrack] (Walt Disney 08)
    Hooverphonic / Frosted Flake Wood / The Magnificent Tree (Epic 00)
    The Legendary Pink Dots / Belladonna / The Maria Dimension (Play It Again Sam 91)
    Neil Halstead / Paint a Face / Oh! Mighty Engine (Brushfire 08) [album released July 29]
    Bob Lind / It's Just My Love / You Might Have Heard My Footsteps: The Best of Bob Lind (EMI 67/93)
    Freedy Johnston / Cold Again / This Perfect World (Elektra 94)
    Exit Music: TWILIGHT ARCHIVE / The Cooling Tower / Ritual Fiction (Electrophonogram 08)
  • the thirty-second day (as opposed to the thirty-second day)

    Feb 2 2008, 5:30

    Sifting through last year's blog entries, I got a hankering to jaw at some random unknown readers again. Plus I got plenty of music stuffs to jaw about, so if you need recommendation as to what to do with your ears these days, I can provide!

    1. Chissum Worthington - A year after my obsession began, I finally got to meet and hang with the man AND see him in live performance when Hopey and I trekked to the West Coast last month for our honeymoon odyssey. He was out tour guide for a day in LA and I have a picture of the two of us outaude the Bob's Big Boy in Signal Hill. The rest of 2008 is pure gravy. Not only that, but I got him to upload some free tracks to last.fm, so visit his page and take all you want. (I especially recommend Cocorenos, since I've now been there and can attest to the power of their chips 'n salsa, carne asada, and those deservedly-infamous Cadillac Margaritas. Awesome jukebox, too!)

    2. fredmusic - The night after we supped at Cocorenos with Chissum and Johnny Pumpkin, we returned for breakfast with Freddie Lemke. I was also pleased to make his acquaintance, as Sound Awake is one of my favorite albums of the past three years (and not *just* because of the title, fellow fanatics of The Beach Boys and Todd Rundgren will find much to love here). He gave me a copy of his first album, Wonderful, and I look forward to his work in progress.

    3. The Judy's - Okay, if you didn't live in or around Houston in the 80s and are a fan of Devo, The B-52's, and/or Talking Heads, have I got a discovery for you. The Judy's were the most popular (and best) New Wave band to hail from the area and enjoy a healthy fan following to this day. Their first two albums, Washarama and Moo, were finally released on CD in December, and their bassist, Jeff Walton, visited my show this past week to discuss them. There might be at least one reunion gig in Houston this summer; as a fan who was never able to make it to a first-wave gig, my fingers are knotted. Visit their website and get ye in the know.

    4. The Postal Service - I picked up their three singles and Give Up pretty cheap in January. Now that everyone's shut up about how awesome they are, I can relax and enjoy them at my leisure. Which I do.

    5. Vampire Weekend - I got a free download of Mansard Roof last fall for the show. I must have listened to it five times in one hour that night. Now the album's here, and to my ears, it's the one to beat for '08. I've noticed that most of the positive reviews for their debut on Amazon have met with a mild attack of non-helpful votes. Damn sixth-graders need afterschool hobbies.

    6. Radiohead - It's official: In Rainbows is my second-favorite RH album, right behind Kid A, and I'd like to thank them for the opportunity of trying before buying. (And yes, I'm paid up.)

    7. Via Audio - They're working on a Houston stop before or after SXSW, potentially including an appearance on Sound Awake. Into The Rentals? Stereolab? Ivy? You won't feel alienated.

    My classic-rock inclinations have been fed with recent cheap collections from Genesis, Styx and Toto, while the heavier aspect of my library expanded late last year with AC/DC, Judas Priest, Kiss and Van Halen remasters. And then there's the bottomless myriad of CDs I picked up on the trip. Look for it all to show up on your dashboard (if we're friends or neighbors) over the next few months.
  • swagadelic

    Giu 12 2007, 5:48

    The bi-monthly Houston Record Convention took place yesterday, an event I try never to miss even if I don't have much to spare. I walked out with my biggest take in a long while: 13 CDs, 3 DVDs, all to the tune of 58 bucks. (And as a KPFT jock and former employee of the organizers, I get my $3 admission fee waived. Sometimes it's adequate to be me.) I haven't had much of an opportunity to indulge in my new goodies as I've been ripping vinyl and cassettes for my roommate and mother, respectively, but I'll catch up yet. In no particular order, here's what I netted:



    Elvis Presley, Elvis Sings for Children and Grownups Too! (I paid less than $3 and the cheapest copy at Amazon is 19.99. When it was still in print, it listed for 7.98. Boggles the mind.)
    Gino Vannelli, Powerful People (now playing)
    Cluster, Grosses Wasser
    Brothers Johnson, Right On Time
    Roy Ayers, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Roy Ayers
    Gunther, Pleasureman
    Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band (self-titled)
    Jackie Mason, Live at the London Palladium
    The Morells, Shake and Push (Again, 3 bucks, out of print and 20 on Amazon)
    Warren Zevon, Stand in the Fire and The Envoy (both of which only just made their CD debut...thanks yet again, Rhino!)
    Various Artists, Instrumental Favorites: Movie Magic (a Time-Life collection I don't see in last.fm's database...contains Vincent Bell's "Airport" Love Theme, which I needed on CD)
    Various Artists, Ultra-Lounge, Vol. 13: TV Town

    Just goes to show you what I'll invest in if I find it cheap enough and in good shape. If you want to start a dialogue about anything I've listed, do speak up. I figure it was task enough to list it all, let alone critique it.
  • patience damn near nil

    Giu 6 2007, 8:59

    It took me FOUR STOPS (including a branch of the label's parent company, mind you) to locate the deluxe edition of Paul McCartney's Memory Almost Full this morning, and when I finally did (at the necessary evil that is Best Buy) it wasn't sale-priced like its standard counterpart, even though it was discounted on their website. Fortunately, some hapless employee had set up the deluxe display with the 9.99 sale card meant for the regular version and I was able to call them on it. Considering the hassle I went through to obtain it, adding the fact that I had to hit TWO different Best Buys, I can't help but think of it as instant karma. (Sorry.)

    I've been listening to it off and on all day and can honestly say that there's enough substance to merit a 9.99 investment. Macca hasn't been as believable a rocker since Wings at their apex; the ballads refrain from total froth assimilation. The weakest passage on the album is the 3-song semi-medley that's only slightly better structured than what The Who attempted on Endless Wire. On the bonus disc interview, Sir Paul mentions that he hasn't attempted anything resembling a suite since Abbey Road. That should have been a hint.

    Oh yeah, the deluxe version: don't bother unless you're an archivist or you can get it cheap like I did. Of the three bonus cuts, only one ("Why So Blue") contains any fully formed lyrics, and the 26-minute "audio commentary" might not warrant enough repeat listens to justify the $25 list. (Plus, as hinted at previously, he brings up The Beatles a little too often for comfort. We get it, Paulie...YOU DIDN'T ACTUALLY KNOW AN ELEANOR RIGBY. Let go of it.)

    Recommended cuts so far: Only Mama Knows (the toughest rocker here), House Of Wax (which I can't wait to hear on an overcast afternoon), and See Your Sunshine (featuring uncredited backing vocals from the ghost of Linda McCartney). My favorite track remains Ever Present Past, his absolute best number since the cream of Flowers In The Dirt. In all, no small potatoes for a man heading from a nasty divorce into traditional retirement age.