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Flashlite #539

Feels

Today we have new music from Giants In The Trees, the new band for Krist Novoselic which had a wonderful album last year. Now they are back with volume two. Supergroup with Corin Tucker, Peter Buck and Linda Pittmon, Filthy Friends also has a new record. Legendary Wreckless Eric is more active than ever, new record just came out. Another legend, Rickie Lee Jones is also back with a cover of an old America song. Nina Romic from Zagreb Croatia, has a new single. And the legendary leader of True West, Russ Tolman also has a new record. We introduce also two new bands for us, Possible Humans from Melbourne AU, and Feels from Los Angeles.

Rickie Lee Jones – The Blue Ghazel;
Possible Humans – Orbiting Luigi;
Giants in the Trees – Star Machine;
Syd Straw – The Toughest Girl In The World;
Ex Hex – Tough Enough;
Feels – Car;
Filthy Friends – Emerald Valley;
Filthy Friends – Faded Afternoon;
Tommy Stinson – Breathing Room (Live in CLE);
Wreckless Eric – A Pop Song;
Wreckless Eric – Strange Locomotion;
Russ Tolman – Goodbye El Dorado – Almost Heaven;
Russ Tolman – Blame It On The Girl;
True West – You;
Nina Romic – Crno;
Rickie Lee Jones – Lonely People.

Flashlite #428

Southern AvenueWe start the show with the new rhythm and blues band from Memphis, Southern Avenue. They we check out the new tune for Janiva Magness. We also check out the music from Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux, who are collaboration on a new tour together. The New Pornographers have a new record and so does the singer of The Ettes, Coco Hames. Guided By Voices recorded a new, lengthy double album too. But a special treat today is a block in which we check out separate projects of each new member of Ty Segall’s band. Charles Mootheart has a new CFM album and so does Emmet Kelly with his Cairo Gang. We introduce the pianist Ben Boye and his band Joshua Abrams And Natural Information Society, who also have a new album out.

Joshua Abrams And Natural Information Society – Maroon Dune (Part 1);
Southern Avenue – Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love;
Janiva Magness – I Can Tell;
Phil Seymour – We Don’t Get Along;
Dwight Twilley and The Rainy Day Saints – I’m On Fire (Live in CLE);
Ty Segall – Thank you Mr. K;
CFM – Lethal Look;
Mikal Cronin – Made My Mind Up;
The Cairo Gang – What Can You Do;
Joshua Abrams And Natural Information Society – Maroon Dune (Part 2);
Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux – Rock On;
The New Pornographers – Play Money;
Fancey – Disco Angel;
Prix – Gir;
Restless Hearts – Now;
Bash And Pop – Tiny Pieces;
Coco Hames and John McCauley – Tiny Pieces;
Guided By Voices – Warm Up To Religion.

Flashlite #334

Chris SquireWe start off with the new Spanish duet called Los Bengala. They have a new album called Incluso Festivos. Zach Jones is a new name from Portland, Maine. Rolin comes from Cleveland and runs a cool band called Nowehere. We also have some good old familiar faces – Rickie Lee Jones and Richard Thompson. His new album is produced by Jeff Tweedy and his old band Uncle Tupelo saw a release of an interesting tribute recently. We cull out Leeroy Stagger from that tribute. Today we say goodbye to Chris Squire, the bassist of Yes and The Syn.

Los Bengala – No Hay Amor Sin Dolor;
Zach Jones – Some Other Day;
Warm Soda – Young Wreckless Hearts;
Nowhere – Anxiety;
Nowhere – Dead Alive (Live in CLE);
The Syn – 14 Hour Technicolor Dream;
Yes – Roundabout;
Junior Wells – Junior’s Wail (Blues Alphabet);
Richard Thompson – Good Things Happen To Bad People;
Richard Thompson – Patty Don’t You Put Me Down;
Leeroy Stagger – Train;
Uncle Tupelo – Train;
Rickie Lee Jones – Weasel And The White Boys Cool;
Rickie Lee Jones – Jimmy Choos.

Billy Childs – Map to the Treasure Reimagining Laura Nyro (Sony)

Map to the Treasure Reimagining Laura Nyro reviewMaking a good tribute is not an easy thing to do. You can have the best musicians the best songs but rarely do things fall together so nicely. On Map To The Treasure things came together perfectly and I think several things contributed to that.

First, you can find jazz, country and rock musicians and singers all collaborating together which could potentially be a bit chaotic, but one important thing to have in mind – this is a tribute to Laura Nyro – you have to be chaotic.

Second, obviously everyone involved, especially the boss of this project Billy Childs, is deeply in love with the music of Laura Nyro.

Third, the whole record is a very curious combination of emotional and rational. The songs and Laura’s musical approach wasn’t just presented as a replay, but her style and arrangements are closely studied and built upon.

And forth, the record is a strange combination of different musical taste. The musicians behind this record walk a thin line of delicious madness and saccharine which make the repeated listening an excellent pleasure. Just hear Rickie Lee Jones belting out some really out of the left field vocals on Been on a Train, and compare it to a more conventional approach taken by Dianne Reeves and Alison Krauss on this record, and you will know what I’m talking about.

Flashlite #289

Bruno Subiotto, Roger N. OutIt’s a heavy show today. We start off with OBN III’s from Austin TX, lead by Orville Bateman Neeley III. Their new album Third Time To Harm, which is loud add diverse love letter to rock’n’roll. Speaking about rocking, one of the strongest bands in Yugoslavia was The Spoons from Pula. Their singer Bruno Subiotto continued his career as a singer in numerous bands, and also as an actor. His new band is called Roger N. Out which we feature in today’s show. San Pedro Slim is also a new name in our show. He comes from San Pedro, sings the blues and plays a mean harmonica. Chuck Prophet’s new single is also featured today. It’s a heavy show today, but we finish with an incredible, soft new arrangement of Laura Nyro’s Been On A Train. This features Rickie Lee Jones on vocals and will be out on the upcoming Billy Child’s record Reimagining Laura Nyro.

Laura Nyro – Been On A Train;
Patto – Hold Me Back;
OBN IIIs – Parasites;
Blue Oyster Cult – Betty Lou’s Got A New Pair of Shoes;
Bob Mosley – The Joker;
The Spoons – Sooner or Later;
Roger N. Out – Ride Me;
Morgen – Welcome to the Void;
Powder Monkeys – I Thank You;
Sam and Dave – I Thank You;
J.B. Lenoir – The Whale (Blues Alphabet);
San Pedro Slim – Someday I Won’t Care;
Chuck Prophet – Lonely Desolation;
The Chamber Strings – I’ll Die Before She Leaves (Live in CLE);
Billy Childs Feat. Rickie Lee Jones – Been On A Train.

Instrumental bed music: Frank Zappa – Duodenum is dedicated to my dad.

Flashlite #191

Hal DavidThe Dirtbombs from Detroit joined forces with Dan Sartain and Terrible Twos for a new ep release and they cover another act from Detroit on that single – a cult band called Death. Quartet from Pittsburgh, PA Satin Gum are back with their second album, which they call LP2. Mark Eitzel and Rickie Lee Jones have new solo records out. And Crusaders of Love is a new name today, from Lille in France.

In the end, we’re paying respect to Hal David, a lyricists that used to work with Burt Bacharach. Our tribute is not obvious, as we play some versions of his songs that are not notorious, so that should be interesting.

Todd Rundgren – Love Of The Common Man;
Love – My Little Red Book;
The Dirtbombs – Politicians In My Eyes;
Death – Politicians In My Eyes;
Satin Gum – How Do I;
Crusaders of Love – never grow up;
Pylon – Crazy (Live in CLE);
American Music Club – Somewhere;
Mark Eitzel – Why Are You with Me;
Dan Stuart – Gonna Change;
Jackie DeShannon – The Weight;
Rickie Lee Jones – The Weight;
The Royal Guardsmen – Liberty Vallance;
The Cyrkle – It Doesn’t Matter Anymore;
The Last – Baby It’s You.

Flashlite #62

Rickie Lee JonesToday we begin with a block of Los Angeles garage bands and we choose the songs from the latest Nuggets compilation, called Where The Action Is. We take a chance to reflect especially on Sky Saxon, legendary member of The Seeds who passed away earlier this summer. Rickie Lee Jones has a new album out called Balm In Gilead and it’s filled with smoky, intimate, slow tempo tunes. We also check in with Marshall Crenshaw and his new album called Jaggedland and with the Drive-By Truckers guy Patterson Hood who has an exciting new solo album out called Murdering Oscar.

Mission Of Burma – 1 2 3 Party;
Mouse And The Traps – A Public Execution;
P.F. Sloan – Halloween Mary;
The Premiers – Get on This Plane;
The Ballroom – Baby, Please Don’t Go;
The Seeds – Tripmaker;
The Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard;
Carla Thomas – That Beat Keeps Disturbing My Sleep;
Amy LaVere – That Beat;
Rickie Lee Jones – The Moon Is Made of Gold;
Rickie Lee Jones – Nobody Knows My Name;
The Beatles – And Your Bird Can Sing;
The Choir – I’d Rather You Leave Me;
Action Now – Stop pretending;
Up And Out – I’m Learning;
Marshall Crenshaw – Our Town;
Marshall Crenshaw – Right on Time;
Patterson Hood – I Understand Now;
The Ace – Adamantine Sorceress of Ecstasy;
Satin Gum – Run For Cover.

Rickie Lee Jones

(Written long time ago for the old site). The story of Rickie Lee Jones starts in the late seventies, when she appeared on the cover of Tom Waits’ Blue Valentine. At the time, she, Tom and saxophonist Chuck E Weiss were unseparable friends sharing everything – talks, music, poetry, booze… One day Waits phoned Rickie saying, “Hey, babe, Chuck E’s in love…”. That was the end of trio’s close friendship, but the start of Rickie’s fruitful career. After Waits hung up, she sat down and wrote Chuck E’s In Love one of the most beautiful anthems of the seventies singer-songwriting scene in Los Angeles. One other Rickie’s song, Easy Money caught attention of the famous slide guitar player Lowell George (ex Little Feat, huge influence on Dixie Chicks). George’s reccomendation assured Rickie a contract with Warner Brothers and her first phenomenal album called simply Rickie Lee Jones was out. It included both Chuck E’s In Love and Easy Money and other 10 excellent songs, each better than the other. Rickie charmes everybody with her songs and her very sensual voice. Her singing includes a unique type of miaowing, wich makes her sound in moments like a little girl, and like a sexy diva at the same time. Rickie Lee Jones had an open road to have career as a popular singer, but she took some other roads

Her second album, Pirates surprised evrybody, as her songwriting technique achieved full maturity. Album included lengthy odes to the bohemian street life, full of wonderful images and great instrumentation by the old wolves of the Los Angeles scene, Nick De Caro, Russ Titelman, Lenny Waronker and Donald Fagen. The result was one of the artiest and most rounded records of Laurel Canyon scene.

After that point, Jones established herself as an respectable artist, and she stopped publishing records regularily. Two years after the Pirates, Rickie published a 10″ record Girl At Her Volcano, mostly filled out with covers, and audience waited one more year for a regular album Magazine. Critics never accepted the album, but I think that they were too harsh. The “A” side of the album contained Rickie in a little more easy listening manner, and “B” side was most complex Rickie’s work up to that time, and those two sides made a nice little contrast on the aestetical canvas of this album.

One of the interesting characters with whom Jones colaborated closely throughout the career was Sal Bernardi, who contributed in some of the structurally most interesting Rickie’s songs Western Slopes from Pirates and song triology Rorschachs out of the Magazine. Strangely, I’m not familiar if Sal worked with anyone else or if he had some solo projetcs, but I’m curious about his work

Five years after Magazine Jones made another master piece Flying Cowboys which reminded many of us on Laura Nyro’s work. This was a great way for Rickie to pay a tribute to one her obvious influences. This time, Jones worked with Walter Becker behind boards, so the goregous sound was guaranteed.

Rickie Lee Jones likes to play other people’s songs, but she pretty much keeps a straight line between her own songs and covers. After the Girl At Her Volcano, she made two more cover only albums Pop pop and the most recent one It’s Like This. It is always a big pleasure hearing her strange performances and unusual sellections.

Jones’ moves are hard to predict. In 1997 she published her last album consisted of her own songs, Ghostyhead, which was a strangest little thing that came out in 1997. Rickie likes exploring music, so after listening to a lot of Bristol based trip hop bands, she made a trip hop album full of great poetic pastiches. I heard people calling her a trip pop beatnick, which was a great characterisation. Rickie also colaborated with Mike Watt on several of her live shows, and I’m very unpatient to hear more from two of them…