On the show this week we celebrated the 50th(?!) birthday of Prince, the 40th anniversary of the release of Jumpin’ Jack Flash and the imminent 80th birthday of king of the crooners Vic Damone.
You can catch a repeat of the show when it goes out on Wednesday 18 June from 10pm – midnight, either by tuning in to 98.8 FM (in and around Edinburgh) or online via the Leith FM website.
The weather was lovely this weekend so we kicked off in sunny mode:
1. Soundsational Sort of Soul – In The Summertime (Birds ‘n Brass)
2. Edmundo Ros – Sunny (Today, 1977)
According to which web-site you believe, today may or may not have been the 40th anniversary of the release of this particular Rolling Stones tune:
3. Ananda Shankar – Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Ananda Shankar, 1970/2005)
Listeners may have heard that Radiohead recently launched a remix competition (see links to story below). We think this fellow should have won:
4. 1030 (James Houston) – Big Ideas (Don’t Get Any) (2008)
For no particular reason, another track from a great compilation of work by French library music genius Jack Arel:
5. Jack Arel – Strange Valley (Original & Remix, 2007)
And then another track from a reissue of this great slice of spaced-out electric piano work:
6. The Mike Nock Underground – Space Bugaloo (Between Or Beyond, 1970)
MC Zirconium brings to our attention a collection of very, very strange Cambodian pop:
7. Various – Two Wives Are Twice the Problem (Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk & Pop Music Vol.1, 2004)
Time for yet another version of show favourite Caravan by guitar wizard Buddy Merrill:
8. Buddy Merrill – Caravan (Out of This World, 1965/2007)
Then a track from a great new album from this German duo:
9. The Low Shoe Orchestra – Focus on Infinity (Through The Black Hole, 2008)
It’s Nancy Sinatra’s (68th) birthday today!
10. Nancy Sinatra – Drummer Man (bonus track on Movin’ With Nancy, 2006)
On the subject of drums…
11. Brian Bennett – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (The Illustrated London Noise, 1967/2008)
Unbelieveably, Prince turned 50 yesterday so we played a couple of celebratory tracks (both found via the fabulous WFMU):
12. Brian Joseph Davis – Purple Rain (Ten Banned Albums, Burned, Then Played)
13. Benjamin Verdery – Let’s Go Crazy (Soepa, 2007)
Sergio Mendes has a new album coming out in the next few weeks so we played one of his great tracks:
14. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Masquerade (Ye-Me-Le, 1969)
Another track from a recently released collection of albums on the MPS label by Monty Alexander:
15. Monty Alexander – Here Comes The Sun (Alexander The Great – Monty Swings On MPS, 1971)
Then it was time for some more bizarre Cambodian pop:
16. Various – Unknown (Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk & Pop Music Vol.1, 2004)
And we closed the show with an Italian double-bill, the first of which was played to mark the imminent 80th birthday of Vic Damone:
17. Vic Damone – Vieni Vieni (Tender Is the Night, 2003)
18. Giorgio Gaslini – Donna Più (A Trip? Just A Little Beat, 2008)
- Remote-Control-Finder (via GeekBrief)
- 1030 (aka James Houston) does a Radiohead remix of “Nude” called Big Ideas (Don’t Get Any) using obsolete technology and here.
- iTunes has launched iTunes U, a collection of university lecture videos. Now everyone can enjoy scruffy maths professors talking about infinity. They also have lectures from the Open University.
- The return of steam-powered engines – in cars! and here.
- UPDATE: Space toilet now flushing and here.
- The vital role that biscuits play in our economy.
- Kylie may be 40 but she’s “too sexy” by Coldplay
- Prince turns 50 and here.
- Fake bus stop keeps Alzheimer’s patients from escaping
- Virtual Breast bothering?