Saturday, October 09, 2010

Episode 317

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 317

The Monkees - Pleasent Valley Sunday

We kicked off this episode with two tracks from the fourth album by The Monkees, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. Pleasent Valley Sunday was written by  Gerry Goffin and Carole King and is named after a street in West Orange, New Jersey called Pleasent Valley Way. The lyrics are a brilliant observation on the comfortable existance of suburban America and how Goffin and King couldn't quite fit in after moving from New York. 

Another pleasant valley Sunday,
Charcoal burning everywhere,
Rows of houses that are all the same,
And no one seems to care.

Ken Emerson the author of the brilliant Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era, in an interview with the New York Times in 2005 noted that ''Jerry Goffin and Carole King, at that time a married couple, moved from Brooklyn to West Orange. They lived kind of uncomfortably in this suburban setting, with swimming pools in the backyard and barbecues. They were rock 'n' roll songwriters, after all.''

Ken Emerson's Always Magic in the Air (Viking, 2005)

Episode 317 - 07/10/2010

The Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
The Monkees - Don'tCall On Me
Cassius - Les Enfants
A Certain Ratio - Knife Cuts Water
Centro-matic - Cracking the Seal
Kurt Wagner and Courtney Tidwell - Picking Wild Mountain Berries
Dum Dum Girls - Stiff Little Fingers
Edwyn Collins - Come Tomorrow, Come Today
Morrissey - Picadilly Palare
Ann Scott - Dead Souls
Ingrid Olava - Warrier Song
Crocodiles - Fires of Comparison
Crocodiles - Hollow Hollow Eyes
Wild Nothing - Golden Haze
Darren Hayman & the Secondary Modern - Calling Out Your Name Again
Zola Jesus - Tower
Maps & Atlases - Pigeon (playing Whelan's, 23 Oct)
Polar Bear & Jyager - Enterprize
The Black Angels - River of Blood (playing Crawdaddy, 11 Oct)
The Black Angels - Sunday Afternoon
Wild Beasts - We're Still Got The Taste Dancing On Our Tongue
The Godfathers - She Gives Me Love
Blitzen Trapper - Below the Hurricane
Grinderman - When My Baby Comes
Grinderman - Worm Tamer
NLF3 - The Lost Racer
Spokes - We Can Make It Out
Male Bonding - Franklyn (playing Whelan's, Oct 10)

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