Music For Listeners 09/27/2008
1) The Beastie Boys-"Country Mike's Theme" From the
2) George Jones-"The Race Is On" From the CD compilation
'The Best of George Jones (1955-1967)'.
3) The Spinto Band-"Vivian, Don't" From the forthcoming
4) Oppenheimer-"I Don't Care What Anyone Says About You, I Think
You're Alright" From the CD 'Take the Whole Midrange and
5) Friendly Fires-"Jump In the Pool" From the CD 'Friendly
6) Slow Club-"Come On Youth" From the CD E.P. 'Let's
Fall Back In Love'.
7) Primal Scream-"Beautiful Future" From the CD 'Beautiful
8) Late of the Pier-"The Bears Are Coming" From the
CD 'Fantasy Black Channel'.
9) Birdmonster-"Lost At Sea" From the CD 'From the Mountain
to the Sea'.
10) Paul Weller and Bobby Gillespie-"Big Brass Buttons" From
the UK Double A-Side CD single for "All I Wanna Do Is Be With You"/"Push
11) Mercury Rev-"Snowflake In A Hot World" From the
forthcoming CD 'Snowflake Midnight'.
12) The Verve-"Columbo" From the CD 'Fourth'.
13) Mates of State-"Great Dane" From the CD 'Re-Arrange
14) Slings-"This Ain't No Last Dance" From the CD 'The
Old Hopeful Trail'.
15) Bears-"Another Tiger Romance" From the brand new
CD 'Simple Machinery'.
16) Dark Captain Light Captain-"Jealous Enemies" From
the CD 'Miricle Kicker'.
17) The Gaslight Anthem-"The '59 Sound" From the CD
'The '59 Sound'.
18) CSS-"How I Became Paranoid" From the CD 'Donkey'.
19) Ra Ra Riot-"St Peter's Day Festival" From the CD
'The Rhumb Line'.
20) Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit-"The Box" From the
CD 'A Larum'.
21) Bill Drummond-"I'm The King Of Joy" From the vinyl
LP 'The Man'.
22) Spectrum Meets Captain Memphis-"Take Your Time" From
the CD 'Indian Giver'.
23) Mogwai (Featuring Roky Erickson)-"Devil Rides" From
the CD E.P. 'Batcat'.
24) Nethers-"Autumn's Bride" From the CD 'What the Wind
Will Never Tell'.
25) Dr Dog-"Hang On" From the CD 'Fate'.
26) Noah and the Whale-"Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down"
From the CD 'Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down'.
27) Laura Marling-"Cross Your Fingers (Live)" From the
limited edition promo live CD 'Verses from the Union Chapel'.
28) The Orb-"Secrets (I Love A Woman In Uniform Mix)" From
the UK double CD 'Orblivion (Remastered and Expanded)'.
29) "The Mid-Morning Recording" Lush-'Gala'
Here's an album that should have been played sooner.
I guess the only reason I haven't played it before is because it's really
a compilation of their first three E.P.'s and a couple of extra tracks.
(I used to have loads of rules for the "Mid-Morning Recording",
but in the past year or so, I have relaxed them a bit.) So while Orlando,
(an unknown person to me at the time), was across town collecting the
seperate E.P.'s, I was working at a music store in a mall that is no
longer open today. (Yep, a whole mall that is completely closed and
vacant.) This must have been in late months of 1990 as this album was
released during that time. I was already a huge Pixies fan, so I was
certainly aware of the wonderful 4AD record label. When this first U.S.
release by Lush was thrown behind the counter, I knew it was going to
be something I wanted to hear. After listening to it in the store, I
immediately begged my manager to let me have the CD for my collection.
It took him a day or two, but he finally relented, and this early 90's
promo copy of 'Gala', is what you hear tonight. This is certainly an
album that blew me away the first time I heard it, and even today it
still has a great power. Even before the grunge scene would take over
a couple of years later. About that same time, (and most likely the
same month), I first heard Inspiral Carpets, The Charlatans, and Ride....a
great time for british music for sure. Then in early 1991, I would meet
Orlando at an Inspiral Carpets show. I remember seeing him there, but
I didn't really talk to him. We didn't become friends until after talking
to him at one of the greatest concert bills ever assembled. Orlando
and I basically became friends while seeing Ride and Lush together on
a co-headlining tour. This show had Lush playing first, and it was just
as well, as I will have to admit Ride blew Lush of the stage. That said,
I think if you put The Who on the same stage as the Cocteau Twins, as
good as they both are, the later would be blown off a stage as well.
Ride was intense and forceful, while Lush was steamy and atmospheric.
It was at this show that Orly and I would become great friends through
our love of great music. Strangely enough the next time we saw Lush,
I assisted Orly with an interview he was then producing for his public
access show "Indievision". We even got to go to their hotel
room and talk to them there. A little sad to think about now as we talked
to the late Chris Acland at that interview. Such a nice guy, and it's
so sad that he took his own life. It horrified the rest of the band
so much, that they couldn't play anymore as Lush, and they subsequently
split. On a lighter note, it was at that interview that I also fell
into a hugh crush with the lovely Emma Anderson. When questioned, she
said that she listened to Brian Eno and Massive Attack, and back in
the early 90's, hearing a beautiful girl listening to those artists
was a rare occasion indeed. From that moment I had a huge crush for
the English brunette singer/guitarist. Sadly I haven't seen her in person
since that day. Crushes, their break up, and their great music aside,
Lush is certainly a band that has big connections with Orly, Bart and
I being friends. I can honestly say if it wasn't for this band, Music
For Listeners wouldn't be on the air; certainly not as it is today.
"Only to stay, only to breathe, only to see that space and light
is what I really need".
Michael - MFL
30) James-"Sayonara" From the CD 'Wah-Wah'.