Category Archives: Radio Show

093 Elvis Costello Part 2

Elvis Costello has done a lot of recording and performing in his life. He has 24 full length “solo” studio albums. He has backing bands that he likes sometimes, and argues with and fires people from sometimes, sometimes he gets back together with them or reforms part of them and sometimes he disregards them completely. I think most of them are pretty awesome. The second half of this show covers music that was released after I was born. I didn’t divide it that way on purpose, I swear. These songs are a bit longer, maybe Elvis Costello got older and more patient, I hope I do too.

The Big Light – Elvis Costello

Suit of Lights – Elvis Costello

I Want You – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Battered Old Bird – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

This Is Hell – Elvis Costello

Little Atoms – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Tart – Elvis Costello

Still – Elvis Costello

There’s a Story In Your Voice – Elvis Costello & The Imposters

American Gangster Time – Elvis Costello

Hidden Shame – Elvis Costello

A Slow Drag With Josephine – Elvis Costello

Dr. Watson, I Presume – Elvis Costello

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092 Elvis Costello Part 1

Elvis Costello has done a lot of recording and performing in his life. He has 24 full length “solo” studio albums. He has backing bands that he likes sometimes, and argues with and fires people from sometimes, sometimes he gets back together with them or reforms part of them and sometimes he disregards them completely. I think most of them are pretty awesome. The first half of this show covers music that was released before I was born. I didn’t divide it that way on purpose, I swear. Most of these songs are short, that means there are a lot of them in an hour.

Welcome To the Working Week – Elvis Costello

No Dancing – Elvis Costello

Less Than Zero – Elvis Costello

Mystery Dance – Elvis Costello

I’m Not Angry – Elvis Costello

No Action – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Pump It Up – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Little Triggers – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Green Shirt – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Clean Money – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Lover’s Walk – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Strict Time – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Beyond Belief – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Human Hands – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

TKO (Boxing Day) – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Pills & Soap – Elvis Costello & The Attractions

091 Songs in Songs

Sometimes songs are simple, short ideas that easily make sense together, and somewhat predictably repeat themselves. Some songs are not like this at all. Some have multiple movements, even in short periods of time, they change keys, they change tempos, they change writers even. It sometimes feels like there are little (or big) songs within the song. Here are some examples that I like:

A Day In The Life – The Beatles

Up In Arms – Foo Fighters

Band On the Run – Paul McCartney & Wings

No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature – The Guess Who

Those Thieving Birds (Part 1)/Strange Behaviour/Those Thieving Birds (Part 2) – Silverchair

Bones – Saves The Day

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Rude Mood/Hide Away (Live) – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble

American Eulogy (Mass Hysteria/Modern World) – Green Day

Step It Out Mary / The Hunter’s Purse – Scatter The Mud

Black Wave/Bad Vibrations – Arcade Fire

090 More Samples

One of my favorite shows I have done was number 33, Samples, playing both the sampled song and the song in which the sample was used. I had so much fun with it, I did another one once I found enough material. Very basically, sampling involves taking portions of a previously recorded song (or any recorded noise for that matter, but I focus on songs) and using a part of it along with newly recorded material and/or other samples to make a new composition. It is very common in Rap and Hip-Hop, so you’ll find a lot of that here.

I Chase the Devil – Max Romeo & The Upsetters

Lucifer (clean) – JAY Z

Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks

Bootylicious – Destiny’s Child

Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Elton John

Good Morning – Kanye West

When Doves Cry – Prince

Pray – MC Hammer

Root Down (And Get It) – Jimmy Smith

Root Down – The Beastie Boys

089 Afterburners

I try to keep on top of listening to new music, I bookmark things in a couple music blogs, but I often get behind, and when I go to post a new releases summary from the past year, I usually realize that lots of my picks are from a year or more earlier. Apparently I did that enough that I could make a whole show out of the ones I missed, and here they are:

Al Hassidi Terei – Songhoy Blues

Brother Blue – Keaton Simons & Deantoni Parks’ Best Revenge

Keep It Between the Lines – Sturgill Simpson

Masterpiece – Big Thief

Sleep Talk – Diet Cig

Sprained Ankle – Julien Baker

Way It Should – Ashley Shadow

First Date – St. Ranger

Skeleton – Unalaska

Hand in the Fire (feat. Charli XCX) – Mr. Oizo

Can We Work It Out – Gordi

Sonata – Slonk Donkerson

How Long – All Dogs

Bury Me at the Rodeo – The Dirty Nil

A Hundred Ropes – Minor Victories