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It’s the end of the month… urm, beginning, actually, which means that it’s time once again for our KRCC DJ music picks of the month (you can see last month’s picks HERE).
As you’ll notice, there’s a link beneath each song that will allow you to purchase it from iTunes. If you click and buy from that link, KRCC gets a portion of the proceeds. Win-Win. Thanks!
Vicky Gregor “Morning Music Mix” Weekdays 9 a.m. – Noon
Well, I love the Magnolia Electric Company and have not been able to get “Little Sad Eyes” from the new one, “Josephine” (Secretly Canadian) out of my head. There is a Hammond organ throughout and Jason Molina’s vocals just kill.
G.T. “Vintage Voltage” Saturday, 8-10 p.m.
My pick for this month would definitely have to be Nat King Cole’s Mr. Cole Won’t Rock and Roll, because ironically enough, that’s exactly what he does when he serves up this send-up that mashes-up the Teen Queens, Elvis and Frankie Lymon with his own “Mona Lisa,” “Pretend” and “Too Young,” among a few others…a parody that at the same time’s paying tribute…simply brilliant! (From the album Live at the Sands-1960)
Jeanette Hohman “Surround Sounds” Thursdays, 10 p.m. – Midnight (And fill-in host galore!)
My favorite song this month is I Cut Like a Buffalo from the Dead Weather album “Horehound”. This is the latest Jack White project featuring Allison Mosshart of the Kills. The song is a sexy and sinister swagger that will get stuck in your head!
Mandy “Overnight Music Mix” Wednesdays, Midnight-2 a.m.
Spoon “Got Nuffin” Got Nuffin CDEP. An absolute genius cut from an otherwise forgettable EP (Sorry Spoon! I still love you!). This song alone makes me yearn for 2010 to arrive so I can hear the rest of this album.
Steve Harris “Grass Roots Revival” Wednesdays, 8-10 p.m.
Eilen Jewell “Sea of Tears” from Sea of Tears. Despite its old-time vibe, the title track from Eilen Jewell’s new Signature Sounds release is an instant classic, a tale of heartbreak featuring sultry vocals and guitar tremolo. The album peaked at #7 on the Americana charts in June, and Eilen will be opening for Caspian Hat Dance at Venue 515 at the BAC in Manitou Springs on August 7.
Delaney Utterback “GM”
So, I got around to watching the 2006 documentary about Scott Walker, 30 Century Man, this week. And, after seeing many of my heroes crying his praise, from Bowie to Eno to Zazou to Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) to Radiohead to Johnny Marr, and talk about his enduring influence, I immediately dove into my music collection to discover that I actually owned “The Drift” by Walker. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a music pool where I fling things at my home, but the release was on 4AD, a legendary label from the 80’s and 90’s (Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Throwing Muses, Pixies, Wolfgang Press… etc.), so it wasn’t a surprise to me that I had it. I’m a sucker for their pretty little logo. And… it’s a spooky release. Especially after viewing the documentary and realizing that the Walker Brothers (Scott’s first serious band) were briefly as big as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the UK in the 1960s. They were pure pop of the day, and Walker’s subsequent releases, Tilt in the 90’s and ’06’s The Drift still possess his almost Antony Heagarty-esque vocal crooning, but the pop has been stripped down to an unsettling realm somewhere between a minor and major cord, with a variety of found-sound sounding instruments–including a rack of raw pork ribs. He makes music David Lynch would feel comfortable staging as an opera. After diving into Scott Walker’s past, knowing what type of music he yearned to make and has since made, exploring his pop roots has been delightful, seeking out the dissonance and the darkness. My pick is The Old Man’s Back Again (Dedicated to the Neo-Stalinist Regime) from Boy Child: 67-70.
And my comments have hardly done the documentary justice. Here’s a preview: