Music For Listeners 01/15/2011
1) Beastie Boys-"Country Mike's Theme" From the CD 'The Sounds of Science: Beastie Boys Anthology'.
2) Caitlin Rose-"Shanghai Cigarettes" From the CD 'On Your Own'.
3) Chapel Club-"Surfacing" From the brand new vinyl 7" single for "Surfacing".
4) Slow Animal-"Sitting Here (Demo)" Demo sent to us straight from the band.
5) Beady Eye-"Four Letter Word" From the brand new vinyl 7" single for "Four Letter Word".
6) The Answering Machine-"Oklahoma" From the vinyl 7" single for "Oklahoma".
7) Ex-Lovers-"Blowing Kisses" From the brand new vinyl 7" single for "Blowing Kisses".
8) Jonny-"Continental" From a digital only free ep given away by the band.
9) One Happy Island-"China Fair" From the brand new split vinyl 7" single for 'Standard Fare On One Happy Island'.
10) Standard Fare-"You Can Wait" From the brand new split vinyl 7" single for 'Standard Fare On One Happy Island'.
11) Young Nick Krill-"Summer Grof (Live at G.I.G. on the Strip)" Recorded especially for broadcast on Music For Listeners.
12) Invisible Days-"Solitary Time" From the brand new download single for "Solitary Time".
13) The Sharon Stones-"Royal Rumble (Demo)" Demo straight from the band.
14) Daft Punk-"Solar Sailer" From the motion picture CD soundtrack for "Tron: Legacy".
15) The Long Tangles-"Hey, Silver City" From the brand new CD 'Silver City'.
16) The Go! Team-"Super Triangle" From the brand new CD 'The Rolling Blackouts'.
17) Best Coast-"When You Wake Up" From the brand new tour only split vinyl 7" single with Wavves entitled 'Summer Is Forever'.
18) Peter, Bjorn and John-"Tomorrow Has To Wait" From the bands forthcoming sixth album 'Gimme Some'
19) Bubblegum Lemonade-"You Only Leave Twice" From the bands forthcoming second album.
20) Mogwai-"San Pedro" From the forthcoming CD 'Hardcore Will Never Die, but You Will'.
21) Kurt Vile-"Jesus Fever" From the forthcoming CD 'Smoke Ring for My Halo'. From his forthcoming fourth album.
22) Catwalk-"One By Words" From the brand new vinyl 7" single for "One By Words".
23) Iron and Wine-"Walking Far from Home" From the forthcoming CD 'Kiss Each Other Clean'.
24) Johnny Flynn-"Been Listening (Live at the Red House Pizzeria 2010)" Exclusively recorded for broadcast on Music For Listeners.
25) The Wave Pictures-"Canary Wharf (Live at the Red House Pizzeria 2010)" Exclusively recorded for broadcast on Music For Listeners.
26) The Wave Pictures-"The Airplanes At Brescia (Live at Red House Pizzeria 2010)" Exclusively recorded for broadcast on Music For Listeners.
27) Charlie Parr-"Just Like Today (Live at the Red House Pizzeria 2010)" Exclusively recorded for broadcast on Music For Listeners.
28) "The Mid-Morning Recording" XTC-'Oranges and Lemons'
This is the album with which I found the band XTC. It is clearly not my favorite recording by them, (or else I would have already played it), but it beats out the best material by some of the most mediocre bands that have ever existed. In 1989, about thirteen to fourteen years after the band started, I listened to this CD at Sound Warehouse on Walzem Rd in San Antonio. This recording was on the "Sound Check" station which was pretty much reserved for new and up and coming bands. Little did I know that I had already heard "Senses Working Overtime" and "Dear God" from previous times; I didn't know who it was. Little did I know that they had already released an outpouring of amazing work, but it didn't take me long to that find out. I pre-recorded this show and as I write, I'm listening to the live playback on the FM broadcast. It only just now occured to me that I might have subliminaly played an album by XTC because of the tragic shootings that occured last weekend in Tucson, Az. I intentionally played an entire broadcast of XTC the week of 09/11/2001, and this week not even realizing it, I reached for the words of Andy and Colin once again. It is something about their music that helps me get though, to quote a song title and lyric, "the cynical days". It's not surprising that I reached for the album, what is surprising is the number of people who don't even know who this band is. They may be the most talented band since "The Beatles/Floyd/Stones/Zeppelin/Kinks/Who" era of rock. They are certainly way more talented than their album sales figures. This might be the most popular XTC album due to the incredibly catchy "Mayor of Simpleton". Almost everyone who had MTV at the time heard it there. I remember hearing for the first time in Sound Warehouse and thinking....."Wow, that kind of sounds like a modern day Beatles song"....Then it became their biggest American chart success. This album hold a special place for me, and I dedicate this playing of it out to the composer and professor Jack Stamps who claims it to be his favorite XTC album. It is a good one, but it still can't beat 'English Settlement' which is when I realized, "I've heard this band before. I've been singing 'Senses Working Overtime' for years".
Michael - MFL
"And you know it's true. That with logic and love we'll have power enough to raise consciousness up and for lifting humanity higher". - Andy Partridge
29) James-"Sayonara" From the CD 'Wah-Wah'.